Recent Storm Damage Posts

SERVPRO One Team

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trailer SERVPRO has the right vehicle for every job!

Here at SERVPRO of Peoria we take on the one team mindset in our own operation and as a brand. SERVPRO rallies around other franchises, both neighboring and around the country. This allows SERVPRO to be able to handle al losses, no matter the size or the location. Not only do we take care of our customers like they are family, but we all support other franchises like family as well.

When your family is in a time of need, you can trust SERVPRO of Peoria to get your home or business back to pre loss condition! Our teams are available 24/7/365 for emergency services including fire, water, mold, etc. 

Give us a call at 309-673-7300

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Traveling Storm Response

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Storm trailer loaded up with equipment This is SERVPRO of Peoria's storm trailer loaded with equipment. It is always stocked and loaded for a storm or large loss.

SERVPRO of Peoria has the ability to help in disaster response anywhere in the country. We have specialized crews, vehicles, and equipment that allow us to mobilize when disaster strikes. 

Aside from our own crews and equipment, we also have a team of franchises around the country ready to help at a moments notice. 

Our team most recently mobilized to Dallas, Texas in February of 2021 to help those affected by the wide spread freezing that swept across the country. It gives our team great pride to be able to help so many people in their time of need.

Without the hard work and dedication of our team members, we would not be able to travel to help those in need. 

Don't Let Heavy Rains Cause Sewer Backup.

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Central Illinois is known for heavy rains. When there are heavy rains, an abundance of water and debris end up in municipal sanitary sewers, which can overload the sewer system. When there is more water than the sewer system can handle, excess water can flow backward into your home's sewer line and subsequently overflow into your basement. This is extremely common in our area. 

Growing tree roots may pose another danger to your sewer line after storms. Tree roots may grow quickly over the summer months due to the increase in rain. Tree roots can pierce the pipes as they search for nutrients found in sewage. Within the system, roots continue to grow and may cause broken or blocked pipes. 

Signs of a Clogged Sewer Pipe 

  • Slow drainage in toilets, showers, or sinks
  • Bubbling noise as you flush toilets or shower/sink drains 
  • Another drain backs up when you flush toilets
  • The smell of sewage (rotten eggs or sulfur)
  • Lush, green spots in your yard above the septic tank or broken pipes

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illness. SERVPRO of North Central Tazewell County | SERVPRO of Peoria | SERVPRO of Galesburg and Macomb has the specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Flood Safety is Accomplished Through Preparation.

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

House flooding Be Prepared, Not Scared!

Did you know that three out of four flood fatalities involved people in vehicles trying to cross flooded roads according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency?

Here are some tips from IEMA on how you can stay safe during storm:

Before a Flood

• It is critical that someone at home monitors weather conditions, regardless of the time of day. 

• Make sure family members and friends know how to stay safe. Make a family emergency communications plan and include pets. Check on your neighbors to make sure they are safe and well-prepared.

• Maintain an emergency supply kit. This kit will help your family cope during extended power outages. 

• Keep all of your important records and documents in a safe deposit box or another safe place away from the premises.

• Insure your property and possessions. Make an inventory of your possessions using paper lists, photographs and/or videotapes of your belongings. Give a copy to your insurance company. Update your inventory and review your coverage with your insurance company periodically.

• Have check valves installed in building sewer traps to prevent flood waters from backing up in sewer drains. As a last resort, use large corks or stoppers to plug showers, tubs, or basins.

During a Flood

• Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Many people have lost their lives by attempting to drive over flooded roadways. The speed and depth of the water are not always obvious. There may be a hidden portion of the roadway washed out under the water. Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.

After a Flood

• Use extreme care in areas of downed power lines or natural gas leaks.

• If driving, be alert for hazards on the roadways. 

If damages occur to your business or home, don't panic, call SERVPRO! We are here to walk you through the process of restoring your home and belongings, while you stay safe. 

Below is an attachment of the IEMA guide for Severe Weather Preparedness.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www2.illinois.gov/iema/Preparedness/Documents/severeweatherpreparedness.pdf 

References:

1. Illinois Emergency Management Agency, IEMA. (2021, February). Severe weather preparedness - illinois. Retrieved June 10, 2022, from https://www2.illinois.gov/iema/Preparedness/Documents/severeweatherpreparedness.pdf

 

Tips for Winter Storms & Extreme Cold in Illinois

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

The following tips come directly from the State of Illinois for what to do during winter storms and extreme cold here in Central Illinois.

Indoors

  • Stay indoors in heated areas as much as possible.
  • Make sure your home is well insulated.
  • Use warmth from natural light to your advantage where you can.
  • If you have no heat, close off unneeded rooms and place towels or rags under the doors.
  • If water pipes freeze
    •  Shut off the water as soon as possible.
    • Call a plumber and contact insurance.
    • Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water. 

Outdoors

  • If stranded outdoors:
    • Seek shelter to stay dry and cover all exposed parts of the body.
    • If no shelter is nearby, prepare some sort of make-shift shelter and build a fire for heat and so you can be found.
    • Do not eat snow as it will lower your body temperature. Melt it first.
    • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

Learn more by clicking the link at the bottom of this post. Stay safe this winter!



For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/KeepWarm/Documents/iema333_winter_storm_preparedness_guidebook.pdf

Properly Insulating Your Home Against Cold Weather

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Winter in Central Illinois can be a headache, especially considering how cold it can get. It’s always beneficial to make sure that your home is properly insulated. The following are tips for insulating your home to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property from the cold temperatures that we all know are coming.

  • Make sure to maintain your HVAC System.
    • This will help air quality, but it will also make sure that the whole system is running as best as it possibly can.
  • Use heavier curtains.
    • Heavier curtains can help to keep heat in and cool air out, especially in areas where there might be poor insulation in a window.
  • Seal doorways.
    • Using foam weather strips to make sure that air isn’t leaking in through your doors can really help to insulate your home during the winter months.
  • Add an extra layer of protection to your windows.
    • Just like sealing your doors, it can be very beneficial to add a layer of plastic sheeting to your windows throughout the winter months. It can be some of the best defense against seal leaks in your windows throughout your home.

Following these tips could save you money and shivers this winter!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.diynetwork.com/made-and-remade/learn-it/tips-for-an-insulated-home-during-a-cold-spell

Protecting Your Home Against the Changing Seasons

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

It’s not something we are happy to admit, but summer is nearly over. The seasonal change means that there are going to be different weather risks for us here in Central Illinois. There are things that you can do to prepare your home for the change from summer to fall.

  • Update your insulation if necessary
    • If your insulation is in good condition, there is a lot that you will protect against. You will be able to better regulate the temperature in your home during the cold weather. This will help keep your electric bill lower and will also help to avoid damage that can come from fluctuating temperatures.
  • Paint as a line of defense
    • House paint can chip, peel, or fade from UV Rays. Humidity and rain cause mold and mildew. All of that and more can shorten the life of the paint on your home. So if you use the right paint, you’ll be able to protect your home from these issues happening as soon as they normally would.
  • Check on your gutters
    • Be sure to clean gutters now so that the inevitable leaf debris of the autumn months won’t create or worsen any damage or clogs in the gutter.
  • Defend against critters
    • If you can remove critters or block them from entering your home now, you’ll be better off in the colder months. Critters can create messes, cause damage to the structure of your home, or even cause horrible smells. Getting rid of pests now will likely save you a lot of trouble over the fall and winter months.
  • Have your roof inspected by a professional
    • Have a professional come and check your roof for any existing damage. You should also have them check for any weak spots that might not hold well against fall debris or snowfall. This could save you from having any avoidable water damage to your roof and ceiling.
  • Trim your trees
    • Trimming tree limbs will help you prevent damage from falling limbs or other debris. This can protect your roof, siding, windows and more.
  • Seal any leaks or openings
    • Much like insulation helps to regulate the temperature of your home, sealing leaks will do the same. It will also prevent any of the elements from entering into your home through small or hidden openings.

These tips should be helpful in protecting your home and preventing damage; but if you do experience damage just remember that you can always contact your local SERVPRO® for the cleaning and restoration of your property!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/501453/11-ways-protect-your-home-when-seasons-change

Rain Damage & Home Insurance

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Here are some fun facts about rain damage and home insurance coverage.

  • Damage from rain is generally covered if it enters your home after a covered peril, such as if rain gets in through a hole caused by a windstorm. Standard policies don’t cover floods.
  • Any damage from rain that is sudden and accidental may be covered.
  • A separate flood insurance policy may be necessary for covering flood damage.
  • Water damage from rain is often covered if the water damage is the result of
    • Wind-driven rain
    • Rain, snow, and ice dams
    • Vandalism
  • Mold will be covered if it is the result of sudden rain damage. It will NOT be covered if it’s from long exposure or unknown leaks that happened before the accidental exposure.
  • Rain that causes a flood to enter through a corroded area, or is caused by neglect are damages that are NOT covered.

So what are we trying to tell you with all of these bits of information? We just want you to know what your policy likely covers and provide you with information that will help you ask your agents the correct questions. There is more information at PolicyGenius if you would like to check there. Don’t forget to ask your insurance professional if your policy covers services provided by your local SERVPRO® as well!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.policygenius.com/homeowners-insurance/does-homeowners-insurance-cover-water-damage-from-rain/ 

Wind Storm Safety Tips

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

When the seasons change, the type of storms that occur change with them. Warm weather brings about its own kind of dangers. While warm weather in Central Illinois generally means a high risk of tornadoes, windstorms also become an issue. There are things that you should know about high winds and there are things that you can keep in mind to help to keep you and those you care about safe.

The first thing that you need to know is that you should keep a close eye on the weather reports. While high winds are generally associated with other storms, it is important to note that they can be a problem all on their own. Windstorms may occur as a result of differences in air pressure; specifically when a cold front passes across an area. 

During a windstorm, it is best to stay indoors. This is because when you are outdoors, you could find yourself dealing with things like:

  • Flying debris
    • Tree limbs
    • Street signs
    • Loose objects from houses ro other buildings
    • Dirt, dust, and/or rocks
  • Traffic collisions
    • Gusts causing vehicles to drift into oncoming traffic
    • Debris flying into roadways
  • Downed power lines
    • Electrical currents can threaten you if they fall on your car or home

However, there are things you can do to protect yourself from these dangers. Of course as previously stated, the best thing you can do is stay indoors. Stay away from windows and make sure to be alert in case tree limbs or other debris fall on or into your home. If you are outside, watch out for flying debris and get to a safe place as soon as possible. If power lines fall near you, make sure to avoid them at all costs, and alert the proper authorities about the fallen line. If you are in a car, be sure to drive slowly and safely, watching for debris in the road or for other drivers who might be losing control of their vehicle. If a powerline falls onto your car, do not try to exit the car without the help of an emergency crew. Do not let anyone approach your car, and the only exception to getting out of the vehicle is if it is on fire. In that circumstance, you should jump from the car. Don’t make contact with the car and the ground at the same time.

Windstorms can be dangerous, but there is plenty you can do to keep yourself safe. If your property is damaged by wind or debris, don’t hesitate to call your local SERVPRO® to help with the cleanup and restoration.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.weather.gov/mlb/seasonal_wind_rules#:~:text=High%20winds%20can%20cause%20downed,vehicles%2C%20and%20injury%20or%20death.

Lightning Damage to Electronics

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning can be fun to look at, but we all know how dangerous it can be when it strikes. When lightning strikes your home or business, there is always the risk that you’ll experience fire damage. However, there are other risks that come with lightning hitting your property, including damages to electronics. This can happen when lightning strikes the home directly, or when the strike hits wires or pipes that lead into the property. The following are just some examples of damage that can result from this.

Electrical System (as a whole)

  • The good news is that you can protect your electrical panel by equipping it with a whole-house surge protection device. When lightning strikes wires or pipes leading into the home, it can travel through the wiring, which can lead to insulation and wire damage. This puts all of your outlets and the devices plugged into them at risk as well.

Smaller Electronics

  • Your tv, computer, phone, gaming console, and every other item that you plug in to use, charge, or for any other reason are highly susceptible to surge damage because of the way they are wired. You can help to prevent damage by making sure outlets have surge protectors to protect them from damage to the circuit board.

Large Appliances

  • Your fridge, washer, dryer, and other large appliances have the potential to be really endangered by lightning damage. It depends upon whether the appliance has manual controls or electronic controls. You can utilize surge protectors to protect large appliances as well.

The good news is that most insurance companies will be able to set you up with special policies that protect your individual electronics from damage from lightning/surging. So talk to your insurance agent and see what they can do! And if you experience fire damage or other building damage from lightning, you can contact your local SERVPRO® for the cleanup and restoration!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://strikecheck.com/webinars/surge-and-lightning-damage-to-electronics/

Spring Weather to Watch For This Year

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

As springtime slowly approaches, it is important to remember that storm threats are going to start changing. This is especially true in Central Illinois, where it seems that the weather can change at a moment’s notice. As Spring 2021 starts and the weather warms, be sure to watch and prepare yourself for the following:

  • Surprise Snow Storms
    • Central Illinois is tricky. Just when you think winter is over, you might find yourself in the middle of another snowstorm or freezing conditions. So keep an eye out for snow during the first couple weeks or months of spring.
  • The Start of Tornado Season
    • Illinois is known for its tornado season. Once spring is in full swing you can expect to start seeing tornado warnings popping up every once in a while. You should always have a plan in place in case a warning becomes a dangerous situation.
  • Flooding from High Volumes of Rain or Melting Snow
    • Spring is a rainy season. Sometimes the volume of rain can become an issue and lead to flooding; so it’s important to prepare your home and your loved ones for the possibility. However, it is important to remember that the beginning of spring can also mean the melting of mass amounts of snow. This can also lead to flooding, and it's important to watch your property when this starts to happen as well.
  • Temperature Fluctuations
    • We’re already experiencing the intense highs and lows of spring weather. You wake up and it’s 30° and by the time lunch rolls around it’s in the mid 50°s. Possible problems include freezing temperatures at night harming your pipes if the heat is still off from a warmer point in the day. There is also a possibility of the rapid changes in temperature leading to condensation or humidity that could support mold growth. The best thing you can do is keep track of the temperature fluctuations and adjust the thermostat properly!
  • Extreme Wind
    • Wind can be an issue any time of year, and spring is no exception. Just make sure that you are watching wind speeds and make sure that your home is in a condition that will protect from high wind speeds.

We want to make sure that you remember that if you experience any storm damage this spring, you can count on your local SERVPRO® to be Here to Help®!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://weather.com/news/news/2019-02-26-spring-weather-tornadoes-flooding-heavy-snow-temperature-changes

Prevent Roof Damage from Trees

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to roof damage from trees, people usually think about a whole tree finding its way into the building. However, there are other ways that trees can damage your roof. Including:

  • Dropping branches
  • Low-hanging branches
  • Dropping leaves, needles, etc
  • Excessive shade
  • Animal access

With these issues in mind, there are a few things that you can do to help prevent damage from trees. They are as follows…

  • Trim adult trees
    • Trim any branches that are too close to the roof. It could also be helpful to trim branches that are close to things that connect to your roof (wires, chimneys, etc.) to avoid them being torn from the structure.
  • Prune young trees
    • Pruning can control the way that trees grow. You’ll find that this makes it possible to control the growth and strength of the junction between the branch and trunk; helping to build the strength of the tree during storms as it continues to grow.
  • Remove debris
    • Anything that falls from the tree and can collect on the roof or in the gutters needs to be cleaned up on a routine basis to avoid heavy buildup.
  • Cut down trees that pose a great risk
    • Sick or unstable trees should be cut down to avoid large branches or the entire tree falling onto or into the roof. If you are unsure whether a tree can or should be removed, call a professional to check it for you.

If you find yourself dealing with water or other damage resulting from roof damage from trees, just remember that SERVPRO® is available 24/7 to help with the cleanup and restoration.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.iko.com/na/blog/roof-damage-from-trees/#:~:text=Yes%2C%20even%20small%20branches%20can,as%20a%20fallen%20tree%20could.

Avoid Ice Hazards

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

When temperatures drop, and ice starts to form you know that you are in for some slippery situations. The best thing that you can do for yourself and those you care about is to make sure that you are avoiding situations and areas in which ice can become a health and safety risk. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), which is more than familiar with winter weather and its dangers, has put out a list of ways to stay safe in regards to ice. Here are some of the tips they offered.

  • Use designated ice surfaces
    • Only skate or icefish on ponds, lakes, or other bodies of water that have been deemed safe.
  • Never go onto ice alone
    • Always have a buddy on the ice. If someone is there, they can either save you or call for help if something happens
  • Wear a thermal protection buoyant suit or a lifejacket
    • The right protection can be the difference between an injury and a fatality
  • Don't drive on ice if you can avoid it. If you can’t avoid it, have an escape plan
    • Avoid night travel or traveling during winter storms. Don’t drive while under the influence or if your senses are impaired
  • Avoid alcohol
    • Avoiding alcohol is important whether you’re in a vehicle or not. Alcohol can cause your body to feel warmer than it is, which could speed up the onset of hypothermia.
  • Take safety equipment with you
    • Create a winter safety kit with inclement weather gear, and include items such as ice picks, a rope, a fire started, and more.
  • Always supervise children playing on or near the ice
    • Just like with the buddy system, it’s important to make sure children are never left unsupervised near icy areas. Whether the ice could break and they could fall into a body of water or whether they could slip and fall and injure themselves, ice is a hazard for kids.

We hope that everyone stays safe this winter. Just remember to avoid ice hazards as much as possible!

For information on how we can help if ice hazards lead to damage to your property, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

http://www.ibc.ca/nb/disaster/ice/ice-safety-tips

Sleet/Freezing Rain Damage

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Sleet: precipitation that presents as ice pellets, often mixed with rain or snow.

Freezing Rain: rain that freezes on impact with the ground or solid objects.

Sleet and freezing rain are dangerous. You can slip and slip on them while walking or driving. They can also be dangerous for your property; causing damage to any spot that is vulnerable to damage from the elements - particularly your roof. This damage includes:

  • Water leaks into attics or crawlspaces.
  • Weakening the grip of shingles, making them fall off.
  • Water pooling on rooves and creating ice dams.

You can prevent roof damage from sleet and freezing rain from getting into your home (or business) by maintaining the area and getting it fixed or replaced as soon as you see it starting to deteriorate. Rooves are constantly exposed, and there’s no way to completely prevent damage to the roof. If you keep it in top shape though, you’ll have less secondary damage as a result.

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://schmidtroofing.com/sleet-can-hazardous-home/#:~:text=The%20Problems%20Caused%20by%20Sleet%20and%20Freezing%20Rain&text=This%20is%20bad%20for%20a,that%20eventually%20become%20ice%20dams

Winterizing Decks - Prevent Seasonal Damage

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Winter weather is coming, and we know how tough it can be on your home. It can be especially tough on open areas like decks/porches. That is why you should do what you can to winterize these areas.

You should start by making sure the area is cleaned of all o the dirt and debris from the spring, summer, and fall. Dirt and debris are unsightly, but they can also prevent you from being able to thoroughly winterize your deck. Exposure to that debris as well as natural moisture can lead to mold growth and other degrading to the area.

It could also be beneficial to strip and refinish/re-stain the area. When you do refinish the area, you should use a protective finish. Using the right product could save you from damages specific to that type of wood/material. (There are water repellent stains on the market. That could be VERY beneficial.)

You can also take the following steps to enhance the winterizing of your deck against damage and stains from the winter:

  • Store furniture and plant pots.
  • Inspect for preexisting damage.
  • Keep up on snow and ice removal.

If you stay on top of keeping your deck in good condition, you could really shorten your to-do list for spring cleaning. It could also reduce the amount of or even the possibility of expensive damage to your outdoor lounging area.

If you experience water damage or other seasonal damage to your home, reach out to your local SERVPRO® for the cleaning and restoration process:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/outdoor-spaces/protect-your-deck-this-winter

Frost and Fog: Welcome to Autumn

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Autumn is upon us; and as the season starts to change, so do the weather and storms we are expecting. While you’ll still see rain and thunderstorms, and possibly even early snowstorms, this is the time of year that you will begin to see fog and frost more commonly.

Fog forms when cold air moves over warm water or when warm raindrops evaporate into a cooler drier layer of air near the ground. This makes sense as the nights start to get longer and cooler. Fog can lead to more vehicular accidents and can halt air travel. Not to mention the excess moisture in the air can lead to other types of damage if it gets bad enough (ie; paint peeling, wood swelling, and more).

Frost also starts to form this time of year, again due to longer and cooler nights and when the outside surfaces cool past their dew point. Mornings are generally met with frosty grass and windows during the fall, and while it can be beautiful, it can also be a problem. Frost can damage or prematurely kill plants, which can be a problem for gardeners, farmers, or anyone with a green thumb for their yard. If it gets cold enough, of course, it is possible for frost to damage your property in areas like the roof, hose lines, or other areas that are sensitive to the cold.

There are so many things about fall weather that are beautiful and exciting. Just remember to take precautions where necessary!

If you experience storm damage to your home or business this autumn, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.weather.gov/lmk/fog_tutorial#:~:text=Steam%20fog%20forms%20when%20cold,reaches%20100%25%20and%20fog%20forms.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/5-weather-threats-to-be-wary-of-during-the-fall/356210

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/frost/#:~:text=Frost%20forms%20when%20an%20outside,ice%2C%20or%20frost%2C%20form.

How a Tornado Forms

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

There’s no denying that tornadoes are a destructive force; but how does something that destructive form? The UCAR Center for Science Education has a good explanation for what causes tornadoes to occur. We hope that knowing how these funnels of terror form might help in some way.

The first thing to note is that a tornado won’t form unless the circumstances are just right. As noted in the post on the UCAR site, “Air rising in thunderstorms can begin to spin when it's affected by winds blowing it in different directions. It starts to rise and is pushed to the side by wind. It rises a bit more and is jostled again by wind moving in another direction. Winds moving in different speeds and directions at different altitudes cause the rising air to start spinning.” They go on to say that this is most likely to happen in massive storms called supercells. However, it is important to note that not every instance of spinning air like this will result in a tornado. It is just that if there is a tornado, these are the factors that most likely will be the cause.

It is also important to note that spinning air near the ground is also necessary for a tornado to form. What that means is that Gusts of warmer and cooler air rise and fall as they blow. The right amount of air like this is what causes air near the ground to spin. If this continues the air will pick up speed as it is drawn inward. This is the air that will begin to move across the area it is in and can be tilted vertically. When that happens, that is when the gusts can be considered a tornado.

While this is a lot of information and some of it may seem scary, it’s important to know that not all thunderstorms will produce tornadoes. If a tornado does occur, just remember to follow any safety plan you have in place and stay calm!

For information on how we can help with the cleaning and restoration of tornado damage or other types of storm damage, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://scied.ucar.edu/learning-zone/storms/how-tornadoes-form#:~:text=Tornadoes%20only%20form%20when%20a,wind%20moving%20in%20another%20direction.

Storm Debris

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

There are so many things that we can and will talk about when it comes to storm debris and how to stay safe when you’re cleaning and removing debris. However, today we’re going to talk about the different types of storm debris that you might find yourself dealing with. As with many damage situations, once you know what it is you are dealing with, it makes it easier to understand how to proceed and whether you can do it yourself or call a professional.

Debris Types:

  • Vegetative
    • This can consist of tree limbs and branches (piled on the public rights-of-way)
  • Construction and Demolition (C&D)
    • This debris comes from damaged buildings and structures. Materials can consist of:
      • Wood
      • Glass
      • Metal
      • Roofing material
      • Flooring material
      • Concrete
      • Etc
  • Hazardous Waste
    • Waste that is potentially harmful to human health or the environment is considered hazardous
  • White Goods
    • Household appliances are what make up this category of debris.
  • Soil, Mud, Sand
    • These are deposits from floods, landslides, and storm surges.
  • Vehicles and Vessels
    • This type of debris is damaged or abandoned vehicles.
  • Putrescent Debris
    • Debris of this nature is generally found in the form of decomposed animals.
  • Infectious Waste
    • Contaminated animal waste, human blood, pathological waste, discarded medical instruments are in this debris type.
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear-contaminated Debris
    • This debris is contaminated with hazardous materials from an explosive event with chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear threat agents.

When you know what type of debris you are dealing with, you will understand the safety risks that are present when dealing with it. Remember, when it comes to storm or any other type of damage, you should always put safety first!

If you have damage to your home or business from debris, reach out to your local SERVPRO® for the cleanup and restoration:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://emilms.fema.gov/IS632A/DM0103030text.htm

Hail

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

When solid ice forms inside thunderstorm updrafts, the result is hail. Hail falls from the sky and can cause incredible damage. It falls when it becomes heavy enough to go against the updraft of the storm, and from there, the speed at which the hail falls is determined by the size of the hail. For example, hail that is less than one inch in diameter can fall at speeds of  9-25 mph, while hail that is two inches or greater in diameter can fall at speeds of 44-72 mph.

This natural force commonly causes crop damage, property damage, and can even cause injury. However, we would like to focus on the property damage aspect of it. The property damage that can come from hail ranges in degree of severity. It could cause little dents in cars and small cracks in building windows. It could also leave damage as bad as holes and shattered windows in cars and buildings. During the storm, you could also wind up with secondary damage from water leaking into the building. Sadly you never know what will happen until it is already happening.

Your local SERVPRO® has experience dealing with the cleaning and restoration of hail and water damage. It is one of the ways we are Here to Help® after storm damage occurs to your property.

Don’t hesitate to call and ask what we can do for you:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/hail/

Wind Damage

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Wind can cause different levels of damage depending on the kind of wind that occurs. There are a variety of different types of wind, and knowing the types can be helpful in knowing how to prepare for and what to expect from each type of wind.

The first category of winds are “straight-line winds”. Straight-line winds are powerful, fast-moving surface winds. These types of wind do not have a rotational pattern but can still cause widespread damage. This includes:

  • Inflow winds
  • Downburst (both Microburst and Macroburst) 
  • Gust Front
  • Rear Flank Downdraft

There are also rotating winds, which generally include the more dangerous winds or straight-line/rotation hybrid winds. These consist of:

  • Tornado 
  • Dust Devil 
  • Waterspout 
  • Gustnado 

So when you are listening to the weather forecast before a storm comes in and they mention one of the wind types listed here, you should be able to prepare yourself for what is to come. If you feel like you need to take safety measures, you can take them ahead of time. For anything else, you can stay calm knowing that the wind might get a little strong, but you should be alright.

If you find yourself with wind/storm damage, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.weather.gov/media/lmk/Thunderstorm_Winds_Explained.pdf

Lightning Damage

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the most dangerous parts of a storm, and it is completely unpredictable. There are so many things that could happen when lightning strikes, and when it strikes your property you could be looking at damage not only to the structure but to the contents of it as well.

The following are things you need to prepare for in the case of a horrible storm:

  • Fire danger
    • Wood and other flammable building materials can easily be ignited anywhere an exposed lightning channel comes in contact with them. It is most common in the attic or on the roof of a house and is easily conducted by wiring or pipes. When the current passes through wires, it will commonly burn them up. This presents a fire ignition hazard in and around the wiring.
  • Power surge damage
    • If any of the home's electrical wiring is struck, the explosive surge can damage even non-electronic appliances that are connected. Even the home's electrical system could experience a surge that could cause potentially significant damage to anything connected to it.
  • Shock wave damage
    • Shock waves created by lightning produce the thunder that we hear, and at close range, these waves can be destructive. It can easily fracture concrete, brick, cinderblock, and stone. Lightning's shock waves can blow out plaster walls, shatter glass, create trenches in soil and crack foundations (shrapnel is common secondary damage).

The important thing to remember is that if you find yourself dealing with lightning damage, you can count on SERVPRO® for the cleaning and restoration of your property. We’ll use our years of experience to make it, “Like it never even happened.” 

You can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://stormhighway.com/what_happens_when_lightning_strikes_a_house.php

Prepare for Floods Before Flooding Season Starts

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

It seems like there has been quite a bit of flooding in Central Illinois in the last couple of years. Just last fall, Peoria was hit hard with flooding from a major storm. Businesses and homes alike have been damaged by water and debris. We wanted to take some time to talk about how you can prepare yourself and your property before a flood hits to minimize the damage and (most importantly) injury.

Be Aware

  • To really stay on top of floods, it’s important to know what is coming. Pay attention to your local weather stations and don’t ignore weather alerts that are sent to your phone. It might be wise to purchase an emergency weather radio in case the power is lost in your area. Know what each of the weather alerts means and be ready to evacuate if necessary.
  • If you have flood insurance, be sure to contact your agent/insurance company to figure out what will be covered if you do experience damage. Many people find out too late that certain things aren’t covered by their policy. Make sure you are not one of those people.

Prepare Your Property and Your Emergency Kits

  • The landscaping of your property could help divert water from the building to lower the amount of damage that could happen to it. If the ground around the building slopes away in all directions or there is a dry creek bed or rain garden to filter rainwater runoff, the property stands a better chance of deflecting some of the possible damage.
  • Sump pumps sometimes fail. If yours stops working due to flooding, a standby generator could help to switch it back on and prevent flood damage.
  • Emergency kits should be developed not only for people who could be in the building at the time of a flood but also for pets. A kit should include important documents, first aid supplies, non-perishable food, water, chargers and power banks, and any medications that might be needed.
  • If you have time before the water hits, take the time to elevate important objects to the highest point you can and unplug any electronics that could end up in the water. Clear debris from gutters and downspouts, and anchor any fuel tanks as well.

Create an Evacuation Plan

  • To avoid being trapped, evacuate before flooding starts. Know and follow the directions from local officials or seek high ground for localized flooding.
  • If you get trapped by water,  do not enter flooded areas or moving water on foot or in a vehicle.

These tips should help to keep you, your loved ones, and your property safe during a flood. Just keep in mind that your property can be replaced, you can’t be. Stay safe and stay dry!

If you find yourself facing flood damage, contact us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/advice/expert-advice/how-to-prepare-for-a-flood/

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409002852888-3c5d1f64f12df02aa801901cc7c311ca/how_to_prepare_flood_033014_508.pdf

Winter Storm Warnings to Watch Out For

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

We covered a similar topic around this time last year. It seems like a good time to cover it again given that last weekend we were hit with snow and now we’re looking at more snow coupled with freezing temperatures.

Knowing what your weather report is trying to help you avoid is important. The following are warnings that can be put out during the winter in Central Illinois. So when you’re keeping an eye on the weather channel or the online weather broadcasting, remember these terms.

Wind Chill Advisory: Wind chills of -15° to -24° expected. These winds could be dangerous.

Wind Chill Warning: Wind chills of -25° or colder are expected and can be life-threatening.

Ice Storm Warning: Dangerous accumulations of ice will appear. They will likely result in power outages, tree damage, and unsafe driving conditions.

Heavy Snow Warning: Snow accumulations of 6+ inches. Watch for hazardous travel conditions.

Winter Weather Advisory: Cold, ice, and/or 2 - 5 inches of snow are expected.

Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter weather, such as heavy snow or ice, is possible within the next day or two.

Winter Storm Warning: Severe ice and/or 6+ inches of snow are going to start soon/now.

Blizzard Warning: Expect heavy snow, strong winds, blinding snow, near-zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening travel conditions.

When these warnings are sent out, it is important to get to cover and prepare to stay indoors for as long as is necessary. You can replace cars, you can repair your home, but your life isn’t worth risking.

If you find your home or business damaged after a winter storm, you can contact us for your cleaning and restoration needs at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www2.illinois.gov/ready/hazards/pages/winterstorms.aspx

Extreme Summer Weather in Central Illinois

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Some areas experience hurricanes, monsoons, earthquakes, and other large disaster situations. When you live in areas like Central Illinois, you luck out as far as not needing to purchase earthquake or hurricane insurance. However, it doesn’t mean that people in Central Illinois are completely safe from natural disasters.

What do we need to look out for here in Central Illinois?

Tornadoes:

  • These violent, rotating columns of air extend from thunderstorms to the ground, with damage paths generally less than 100 yards wide and a couple of miles long. At their worst though, tornado damage paths can be up to a mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes can happen at any time of year, making them a constant risk factor in areas that are prone to them. 
    • On average there are 31 tornadoes per year in Illinois, most of which produce winds 60 to 112 mph, with more violent ones producing winds up to 318 mph.

Flooding:

  • Flooding can be a fast process or it can take hours/days to come to develop. Whatever the case, it is no joke. Flooding results in the most fatalities nationally and makes up 75% of the presidential disaster declarations. Illinois has had thirteen flooding fatalities since 1995, and seven of those occurred in a vehicle during a flash flood.
    • Note: This is no surprise considering that flash floods are the most dangerous types of floods. Flash floods often follow from heavy and slow-moving thunderstorms. Generally occurring with little to no warning and during the night, this type of flood is quick to develop and hard to defend against.

Thunderstorms

  • Thunderstorms are common and the cause of a great deal of damage throughout the year. By producing tornadoes, damaging winds, lightning, hail or heavy rain, thunderstorms can be a gateway to a myriad of problems.
    • People are more often killed by lightning than tornadoes, the majority of which occur in open fields or around trees. In 2001, Illinois ranked second in the United States for lightning fatalities.

The most important thing is to be prepared and stay safe. While the storms we get here in Central Illinois might not have the initial impact of larger storms that appear closer to oceans or statewide fires, you can’t ignore the threat posed in our state during the spring, summer, and fall.

https://www.isws.illinois.edu/statecli/Tornado/04_svrprep_info.pdf

If you experience storm damage to your home or business, you can always contact SERVPRO® for your cleaning and restoration needs.

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Local Emergency Relief Services

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

This is going to be a short and sweet post about emergency relief services in Central Illinois. It’s important to know who you can contact in the case of a natural disaster in Central Illinois, especially considering we’ve already had a few tornado warnings this year and this last winter was a tough one. So here are some contacts that you can reach out to in the case of an emergency

  • Red Cross
    • Central and Southern Illinois Region Headquarters
      • 309-677-7272 or 844-319-6560
    • Central Illinois
      • Peoria: 309-677-7272 or 844-319-6560
      • Bloomington, IL:309-662-0500 or 844-319-6560
  • Local Illinois Emergency Management Agency
    • Ms. Dawn Cook - Tazewell County EMA
      • (309) 925-2271
  • The Illinois Disaster Center
  • The Salvation Army
    • 243 Derby Street, Pekin | 309-346-3010
    • 2903 W Nebraska Avenue, Peoria | 309-682-8886
    • 510 N Kellog, Galesburg | 309-342-9168

There are plenty more contacts for emergency situations if you look them up, but these are the main ones for Central Illinois. Knowing these contacts can help get you to safety and can help you recover from a disaster quicker than you would if you were to try to handle the aftermath on your own.

If you experience damages from storms or other natural disasters, you can reach out to SERVPRO® to help with the cleaning and restoration of your property.

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Flooding Safety Measures

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can affect different geographic areas in varying ways. In Central Illinois, flooding can be defined as anything from “a little too much rain” to “up to your knees in water.” It’s important to know how to stay safe for the best or worst case scenario. That said, the following are tips from varying reliable sources on how to prepare for and stay safe during a flood.

Preparation is key:

  • Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house in a flood event.
  • Make a list of emergency numbers and identify a safe place to go make a household inventory, especially of basement contents.
  • Put insurance policies, valuable papers, medicine, etc. in a safe and accessible place.
  • Collect and put cleaning supplies, camera, waterproof boots, important documents, etc. in a handy place.
  • 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.
  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts - Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • 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.
  • Find out if local streams or rivers flood easily.
  • Prepare a pet emergency kit for your companion animals.
  • If you live in a floodplain, elevate and reinforce your home to make damage less likely during a flood.
  • Install check valves in plumbing to prevent water backups. Construct barriers such as levees, berms, and floodwalls. Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds. Use sandbags when flooding is expected.
  • Know types of flood risk in your area. ( FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center )
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system.
    • The Emergency Alert System (EAS)
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    • Weather Radio also provides emergency alerts.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

Preparation is only the first step to action. When the time calls for action:

  • Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so.
  • Boil tap water until any boil order is lifted.
  • Flood water may be contaminated by a number of things - avoid contact with it and avoid food that has come into contact with the water.
  • Stay tuned in to radio stations for updates.
  • Don’t use flooded gas or electrical appliances.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. If it’s too late, do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
  • Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

These tips will keep you and your loved ones safe in case of a flood. If you have any other questions do some research or contact your local safety teams for more answers.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood.html

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.lakecountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12495/FLOOD-DAMAGE-PRECAUTIONS-SAFETY

When the flood has subsided, you can contact SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County for the cleaning and restoration of your home or business. 309-346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Safe Rooms

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are not unheard of in the Central Illinois area. The tornado that hit in Washington, IL in 2013 was a tragedy for many families. Homes and properties were demolished and lives put in danger. This was a wakeup call for many Illinois residents. It is clear now how important it is to be prepared for an event like a tornado. While making sure that you have enough supplies to sustain you and your loved ones are important, it is crucial to have a place to go and wait out the worst of the storm; and what better place for that than a safe room.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, “a safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the FEMA criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.” These rooms are made to withstand the effects of a tornado or other severe storms better than a basement would. Things that should be considered when building a safe room include:

  • The Safe Room must be adequately anchored to resist overturning and uplift.
  • The walls, ceiling, and the door of the shelter must withstand wind pressure and resist penetration by windborne objects and falling debris.
  • The connections between all parts of the Safe Room must be strong enough to resist the wind.
  • Sections of either interior or exterior residence walls that are used as walls of the Safe Room must be separated from the structure of the residence so that damage to the residence will not cause damage to the Safe Room.

It is important to keep your family as safe as possible in severe weather situations. Should you decide to build a safe room for your home, there are plenty of tips and guidelines provided on the FEMA website. There are funding options for residential and commercial properties that can help create a safe spot for people to go when disaster strikes. It is important for you to follow your local weather forecasts and pay attention to weather alerts when they come out. Preparation and paying attention are the key to staying safe and happy.

Information retrieved from:

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2008/07/29/building-safe-room-helps-protect-your-family-against-tornado-force-winds

https://www.fema.gov/safe-rooms

https://www.weather.gov/mob/Severe_Alert

Remember – if you do experience loss due to a tornado or other severe weather in North Central Tazewell County, call SERVPRO® at 309-346-5600.

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Red Cross Thunder Storm Safety Tips

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

In Central Illinois, we are aware of the severity of some of the storms that pass through the area. When bad storms blow through, it is important to have an idea of how to stay safe. The American Red Cross has a vast knowledge of how to do just that, and we are sharing some of that knowledge with you here.

  • The difference between a thunderstorm watch and a thunderstorm warning is that a watch means you need to stay alert and be prepared if something happens and a warning means it’s time to take action due to a reported incident.
  • A thunderstorm is considered severe if
    • Hail at least one inch in diameter is falling.
    • 58 miles per hour winds or less are present.
    • Flash flooding occurs.
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Pick a safe place away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail for everyone in your home to meet during a storm.
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home.
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
  • If thunder roars, go indoors!
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts, and sheds are NOT safe.
  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. You cannot predict how deep the water may be.
  • If lightning strikes
    • Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
    • After calling 9-1-1, check for burns and other injuries. If the person has stopped breathing begin CPR. If the person is breathing normally, look for other possible injuries and take proper action. People struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.

These are only a small portion of the tips and facts offered by the American Red Cross. If you visit their site you can find much more information that could save your life or the life of someone you love. Check them out and remember that the key to staying safe is being prepared.

Information retrieved from https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/thunderstorm.html

If your home or business sustains storm damages, you can always call SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County for cleaning and restoration services. 309-346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Storm Alerts - Why Are They Important

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

It doesn’t matter what season it is, there is always a risk of extreme weather. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, blizzards, and more can happen here in Central Illinois, and it is important to know who to turn to stay informed about when they’ll hit and how to protect yourself and your loved ones. In this day and age, it is easy to fall into the habit of letting ourselves be informed only by the posts we come across on Facebook and other social media platforms. While that is a good way to keep in touch while a storm event is already happening, it is possible to get the wrong information prior to the weather actually changing. Because of this, it is also difficult to understand some of the alerts given by accurate sources. That is why it is important for people to educate themselves.

The first thing to pay attention to is the source. Who should you be getting your information from? It is best to follow official weather systems and services, whether they are local or national. In Illinois, we have a varying list of storms that can hit. Some of the best sources for the Central Illinois area are:

These sites can provide a more local idea of the severe weather that the Central Illinois area will face at any given time. They also provide information on preparation and on the safety and rescue resources in the area. There are also nationally recognized resources that can be of great use as well.

The next important thing to remember is the difference between a watch, warning, and advisory.

  • Watch - there’s a chance the condition will happen. This alert usually covers a large geographical area for a lengthy time period.
  • Warning - the related weather is already occurring or is likely to occur. This alert means it’s time to take proper protective measures. Generally issued for much smaller geographical areas and shorter/more definite time frames.
  • Advisory - in between a watch and a warning. The expected weather has a good chance of occurring, even a likely chance of occurring. Typically used for less severe weather (ie; wind advisory, freezing rain advisory).

Knowing the differences between these three alerts can help you identify whether you need to take safety precautions or whether you should just stay indoors. Each warning and advisory will mean something specific though, and it is important to stay tuned into the media for your preferred weather stations.

All of this information should help you keep you and the people around you safe. Central Illinois has finicky weather, but staying alert and informed can help you handle it much easier.

Information retrieved from

https://www.fema.gov/blog/2012-01-23/best-sources-weather-alert-information

https://cnycentral.com/news/local/watch-vs-warning-vs-advisory---what's-the-difference

If you experience damage from any type of storm, you can always contact SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County to help with the cleanup and restoration. 309-346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Central Illinois Polar Vortex - Winter Safety Tips

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Get ready Central Illinois. It's coming.

It looks like winter is finally catching up to the people of Central Illinois; and it is not holding back. Heading this way is a winter storm called a polar vortex. While there has already been some snowfall around here, the thing that makes a polar vortex so worrisome isn’t the snow, it’s the extreme cold.

To clarify, a polar vortex is, “a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region during the winter season. This frigid air finds its way into the United States when the polar vortex is pushed farther south, occasionally reaching southern Canada and the northern Plains, Midwest and northeastern portions of the United States… The vortex is capable of delivering subzero temperatures...”

That being said, it seems as though this could be the coldest part of 2019. There have been forecasts predicting wind chills near -45? here in Illinois and areas to the north of us have already started to get hit. Even today, we went from temperatures in the mid-thirties all the way down to the teens, and all within a couple of hours! With all of the crazy temperature drops, it is important to really take action and prepare yourself and the people around you for the wild winter weather.

We have previously posted a blog on blizzard safety and the measures you need to take to stay safe in those winter weather situations. We encourage you to take a look at that post for a more in depth description of how to handle extreme cold and extreme snow. We are simply wanting to reach out to give those who are curious a couple of quick tips and links to keep you informed during this time.

First thing first, know your weather warnings.

  • Winter Storm Warning: Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.
  • Blizzard Warning: Sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 miles per hour or greater, plus considerable falling or blowing snow reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile, expected for 3+ hours.
  • Wind Chill Temperature: How cold people and animals feel when outside. As wind increases, heat is carried away from your body at a faster rate, driving down your body temperature and making you feel much colder. The wind chill temperature is not the actual temperature but rather how wind and cold feel on exposed skin.
  • Winter Storm Watch: Winter storm conditions possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. Review your winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Once you have received notice of severe winter weather, here are just a few of many tips to follow to get you through it.

  • Reduce fear by talking with your family about what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued.
  • Winterize your vehicle to avoid getting stranded - get your battery checked and maintain your antifreeze, wipers and washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, and oil.
  • Install good winter tires with adequate tread.
  • Service snow removal equipment before the winter storm season and maintain it in good working order.
  • Make sure each member of the household has a warm coat, gloves/mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, extra blankets and warm clothing.
  • Assemble an emergency preparedness kit and create a household evacuation plan (for humans and pets)
  • Bring pets indoors - make sure you have emergency kits for pets too with food, water, waste cleanup, and warmth.
  • Stay informed about your community’s risk and response plans.

The links below will direct you to the National Weather Service website and to the Red Cross website for more information about how to stay safe and warm. There is also a link to our blizzard safety blog that is full of helpful tips.

The important thing to remember is that the storm will pass; and when it does it will be easier to relax if you took the proper precautions before hand.

Information received from:

https://www.SERVPROnorthcentraltazewellcounty.com/blog/post/123692/storm/blizzard-safety

https://www.weather.gov/safety/cold-polar-vortex

https://www.redcross.org/local/dakotas/about-us/news-and-events/news/winter-weather-safety.html

https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/Cold-Weather-Calls-for-Special-Safety-Steps.html

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/what-is-a-polar-vortex/21793077

If you experience damage from the storm, remember you can always get contact SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County for a speedy and complete cleanup and restoration of your property. 309-346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Blizzard Safety

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

It seems as though there are an excess amount of warnings and alerts when it comes to winter months in Central Illinois. It can become overwhelming, but all of the alerts are more than warranted. Winter comes with a laundry list of risks, and not all of them have to do with the freezing temperatures. Severe winter weather can last for 24-hours or more and heightens the risks of:

  • car accidents
  • hypothermia
  • frostbite
  • carbon monoxide poisoning
  • heart attacks from overexertion
  • heat, power, and communication services loss
  • health issues in older adults, young children, and previously sick individuals

Through all of this, there are still things you can do to keep you and the people you care for safe throughout the storm. The basics, of course, start with finding shelter. That means stay off the roads, staying indoors, and dressing warmly. Invite your friends and neighbors to stay with you if your home will be safer than theirs. There are still so many actions you can take before any storms hit:

    • Be Prepared:
      • Know what to expect from the area you live in.
      • Get your home ready.
      • If you can afford outdoor generators, buy them ahead of time.
      • Build kits with enough supplies to last you days and a way to keep track of the weather reports (ie: a battery powered radio).
      • Keep a kit in your home and in your car.
      • Know how to identify and treat hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Survive the Storm
    • Layers upon layers of clothing will help whether you have generators/heaters or not.
    • Speaking of generators, only use them outdoors, never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven, and follow all safety measures. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real danger.
    • Avoid heart attacks and other health problems by avoiding any overexertion.
    • Keep a close eye on any loved ones who are elderly, particularly young, or had a preexisting condition that could be exacerbated by the cold.

When the storm passes, it is important to check your home, business, and vehicle identify any damages that may have occurred. Once everything is checked out, hopefully these tips will have made it possible for you and your loved ones to recover as quickly as possible.

Information retrieved from: https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

If you do experience damage from a winter storm this year, remember that SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County is “Here to help®.” 309-346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Storm Damage Mitigation In Pekin

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can Strike Anywhere!

When outside objects go airborne, they can become deadly!

Trampolines, swingsets, planters, and or yard furniture can become deadly projectiles during a storm. If an object crashes into your house there can be significant damage.

Storm damage can be the result of many different events but one of the most frequent storm damage events is wind picking things up and destroying personal property in its path.

This was the case for one of SERVPRO's customers that reported storm damage due to their yard objects crashing in through the roof of their home, their bedroom to be exact!

SERVPRO came in and accessed the situation, removed the objects from the roof, boarded up the damage temporarily and made all the rest of the storm damage disappear!

If you have had storm damage to your home call SERVPRO right away!

Rebuilding Roof Damage In Pekin

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

We have you covered, literally!

You might ask yourself, who handles roof damage in Pekin, Illinois? The answer is ... SERVPRO does.

Although we are not a roofing company many of our jobs and clients involve fixing a storm-damaged roof. We are capable of rebuilding your damaged unit from the ground up and the roof is part of that procedure.

SERVPRO is capable of handling a larger sized commercial project if need be. On a previous roofing job, our workers repaired the roof quickly and carefully because the weather is unpredictable so we needed to get those tarps off and an actual structure on to make sure there is not more damage inflicted on the building.

So if your business or home needs roof repair along with other damaged areas ... Call SERVPRO NOW! We will help get you covered again!

Painting Your Pekin Home After A Storm

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Painting In Pekin!

Sometimes the last thing you want to do after a major storm repair is paint!

Storm season is upon us and sometimes we luck out and just get minimal damage that involves only a few patch jobs to a wall or the exterior side of the house. 

After you finish repairing the damage you really do not feel like painting, it can be a real hassle if you do not have the right equipment.

Lucky for you SERVPRO has the manpower and resources to do all sorts of different sized jobs from one bedroom apartments to a 100 plus unit condo tower and everything in between.

So the next time you just do not feel like painting that front wall for the third time or slapping on another coat to the second floor bedrooms because a tree came through the wall, give SERVPRO a call!

Hurricane Names For The 2018 Atlantic Season

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Be in the know!

Since a few weeks, ago was all about Hurricane Preparedness, we felt you should have a little more info about this year's Hurricane Season!

We know that hurricanes do not ever really get this far inland but it is always good to stay on top of natural disaster information whenever you can.

The National Hurricane Center generates lists of names, in alphabetical order, to be used for tropical storms and hurricanes.

As storms form, they are named in order of which they arrive. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with "A" and the second is given the name that begins with "B." The lists contain hurricane names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a "Q" or "U."

There are six lists, so a name can recur once every six years so these names can not be used again until 2024. When a hurricane is especially memorable or devastating, that name is retired and another hurricane name replaces it.

Here are the names for the Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2018:

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.

If you sustain storm damage due to hurricanes or any other type of storm, call SERVPRO right away!

This Week Is Hurricane Preparedness Week In Pekin

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Know Before You Go!

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Even though we rarely have to worry about Hurricanes, many of our resident's vacation in areas where there are significant threats.

From the desk of the Community Risk Reduction Officer for our local Fire Dept:

During Hurricane Preparedness Week, make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan.

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you're in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane.

If you are, figure out where you'd go and how you'd get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn't live an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination.

Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them.

Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about- share your plan with your neighbors.

Find evacuation zones here: http://flash.org/hurricane-season/evacuation-zones/find-your-evacuation-zones.pdf.

And as always SERVPRO is here for you when the storm is over to help put your life back together!

Help, I Have Lightning Damage!

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning Damage Is Serious

We all know that lightning can actually cause major damage to your homes.

But who do you call when the clouds roll out?

SERVPRO has been fixing storm-damaged homes in the Peoria area for quite some time. Our highly trained technicians are qualified to handle almost anything wicked storms can throw at them.

We have the experience, training, and equipment to handle a small flood all the way up to massive thunderstorm damage resulting in holes in your roof, water damaged floors and even fire damage caused by lightning.

Why trust the process of putting your home and sometimes your family back together to any old person with a truck and a few tools. SERVPRO is licensed and insured to give you the ultimate peace of mind that you are in good hands.

Call us today.

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Storm Damage Aftermath in North Central Tazewell

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can Be Scary Stuff!

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are common with severe weather conditions in the North Central Tazewell area.

Because of this, you’ll find many storm damage restoration companies servicing Illinois. And with so many choices, it can be confusing to know which is the best at handling emergency residential restoration services.

Beyond looking at costs, it’s important also to consider how trustworthy a company is and what track record they have. Use this helpful guide below to help you accurately compare storm damage restoration business in North Central Tazewell County:

  • Experienced In Emergency Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration. It’s important to ask if the company is well equipped and experienced with storm damage and not just water damage. Storm damage could mean layers of mud in the living room, a tree through your roof, sewage in the basement, and so much more than the usual water damage. SERVPRO is familiar and experienced in dealing with aspects of flood damage restoration --especially the unexpected kind.
  • Trained And Certified in Industry Standards. Similar to the above tip, a residential and commercial storm damage restoration business that wants to give their customers the best service seeks additional training. Technicians with SERVPRO go through extensive company training, training with industry partners, as well as training with the IICRC--the independent organization that sets criteria for professional home and commercial restoration.

Call on SERVPRO® for the fastest and most complete flood damage restoration for both residential and commercial. For a 24-hour emergency response to storm damage call:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Be Prepared For Storm Damage

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Be storm ready, we are.

In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business, and community.

Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.


Preparation is the key to 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. No one ever plans for a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.

Contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals for more information and tools to help you be "Ready for whatever happens."

SERVPRO of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

SERVPRO Storm Team

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Team

Quicker Response Times & Unlimited Resources During a Catastrophic Event!

During the 12/28/15 Ice Storm/Area Wide Power Outage, SERVPRO storm teams from Michigan to Georgia assisted SERVPRO of Peoria with water/sewer mitigation claims.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big!

Recent mobilizations of the CAT Storm Response Teams include:

2016 Louisiana floods & Hurricane Matthew

2014 Polar Vortex

2012 Sandy

2010 Nashville floods

2008 Ike

2007 Chicago/ Ohio floods & California wildfires

2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita