Recent Storm Damage Posts

What Are The Difference Types of Floods?

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Floods are the most widespread natural disaster to occur. They can cause significant damage with only a small amount of water and can happen almost anywhere in the country. 98% of United States counties have experienced a flood event. Here are some of the main kinds of floods so that you can better understand how they work and how to best protect yourself and your property.

Flash Floods – These floods typically cover a smaller area and can happen with little to no notice at all. These floods occur when heavy rainfall cannot be handled by the area where it’s falling (the rain is falling faster than it can be absorbed by the land) and instead rises quickly. These floods are fast moving and can take out trees, cars, and large rocks.

Coastal Floods – These are floods from storm surges in coastal areas. Wind from the storms pushes water inward and when these powerful waves breach the coastal landmasses the areas can flood.

River (Fluvial) Floods – These are floods that are caused by riverbank, lake or streams that overflow due to an extensive amount of rainfall or snowmelt over an extended period of time. River floods typically aren’t the most dangerous, however they can cause dams to break so the damage can quickly become very costly for the surrounding areas.

Urban Floods – Floods in urban areas are typically caused when a city’s drainage system cannot keep up with the amount of precipitation. Sewers can back up, and the streets can fill with water. Many urban floods can also fall under the flash flood category, showing up very quickly. These floods make driving incredibly dangerous and can cause an immense amount of property damage to the affected areas. Because of the nature of these floodwaters, these floods are also considered to be blackwater, that is highly contaminated, and the cleanup should always be left to professionals.

With water damage from any kind of floods it’s imperative that the cleanup and remediation begins as soon as possible to help prevent further secondary damage. That’s why SERVPRO responds faster to any size disaster. We offer emergency services 24/7 365 days a year and our team of highly trained technicians are ready to handle whatever is thrown at us. So, don’t delay and give us a call and let us know how we can help.

Winter Weather Prep at Home

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Winter is almost here! Temperatures are dropping and it won’t be long before we’re below freezing and there’s snow on the ground! Is your home ready for the artic freeze?

If you haven’t already, you should have your HVAC system inspected to ensure proper function. HVAC issues with the inability to keep your house warm are an obvious discomfort, but they can also lead to frozen pipes and water damage to your home.

Double check all of your outdoor plumbing to be sure that everything is turned off and drained, so no water freezes in the pipes and causes any damage.

If you use a fireplace during the winter, you should have it cleaned and inspected before use. Creosote buildup is a big fire hazard and can also prevent smoke from exiting your house and instead, have it blow back in. Additionally, double check your smoke detectors and make sure they’re functional.

Winter weather can be so much fun! Just be sure to prepare properly so you can get the most out of your winter wonderland. As always, here at SERVPRO of Hampton North we’re ready and waiting should you encounter any damage to your home during this year’s winter storms.

Are You Ready for Hampton, VA Winter Storms?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Are you ready for this year’s winter storms?

Incoming winter storms can be an exciting time for everyone, with so much fun to be had playing in the snow, however winter storms can also bring a lot of problems if you aren’t prepared.

One of the biggest issues in winter storms is power loss. With ice on the trees and the snow getting heavy, branches inevitably fall and can take out power lines leaving you without electricity and potentially also no heat! Make sure that you and your family have plenty of flashlights and fresh batteries for them in case of a power outage, and most importantly make sure that everyone knows where they are in the house so that they’re easier to find when the lights go out and you need them most. If you know a storm is on the way, charge your devices (phones, computers, radios, etc.) before the storm hits, and consider purchasing a power bank for the extra boost in case you need it. Blankets and candles are important to keep around for warmth, just be sure to blow out your candles before you leave the room.

Stock up on water and non-perishable foods as you may not be able to travel on the roads if the storm creates difficult driving conditions. It’s helpful to also have some food on hand that does not need to be cooked in case the power is out and you can no longer use your appliances.

Always try to avoid traveling during a winter storm, but if you do have to travel during the storm always carry a blanket, water, some extra layers, and a fully charged cell phone in case you get stuck and need help.

Getting snowed in can sometimes be scary but as long as you’re prepared you can spend the time having fun with your family and not be concerned about your safety.

Hurricane Season is Coming - Time To Prepare

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, this Atlantic Hurricane season is going to be an active one. They are predicting above-active storms during this season that falls between June and November, however the most active months are August and September. The NOAA is urging the nation to do what they can now to prepare for heavy winds and rains that could cause damage to homes and businesses.

According to Ready.gov, here are some key points that are important to know before the storm hits:

  • Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem, find out how rain, wind, water could happen where you live so you can start preparing now.
  • Discuss your hurricane emergency plan with your household and the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on COVID-19 
  • Gather supplies for everyone in your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, cloth face coverings, pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk.
  • Check on your elderly neighbors and help them gather supplies if needed. Also if you or anyone in your household is an individual with a disability, take extra measure that accommodate them.
  • Know your local evacuation zone in case of emergency evacuation.
  • Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide
  • Review your insurance policies and make sure personal documents (like ID) are up to date. Flood insurance needs to be purchased separately.
  • Prepare your business with a continuity plan or contact SERVPRO of Hampton North for a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to continue operating when disaster strikes.

Are You Ready Before Winter Storm Hits

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

With the likelihood for severe winter storms to hit our Hampton area soon, we want you and your home to be prepared and as ready as possible ahead of the storm.

Follow These Tips to Prevent Water Damage From Busted Pipes

  • Drip your faucets! Even a small trickle of water moving through the pipes can prevent them from freezing.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Keep garage doors and other doors that lead to the outside closed to prevent the influx of cold air.
  • If you will be leaving your home during the cold weather make sure that you leave the heat on in your home (55 °F or higher)

If you experience a water damage this winter, we here at SERVPRO of Hampton North are on standby 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We offer emergency water extraction, electronic drying, document drying and restoration, as well as mold prevention and mitigation.

Prepare Before Winter Storms

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Hampton North, we want you and your family to be as prepared as possible for any type of weather. With winter right around the corner, it's important to be ready, knowledgeable, and prepared for prepping your home and your family in case a snow storm comes through. Check out some tips of what to do before the snowstorm:

  • fill up your gas tank
  • insulate your pipes and cover outdoor spigots
  • make sure you have flashlights and batteries in an accessible spot
  • purchase a generator or inspect yours to make sure its working properly
  • charge your phones, and any other electronics, and even consider buying wireless charging devices for your phones
  • stock up on water, food, medications and toiletries

If you experience a water damage after a snowstorm from burst pipes, or roof leaks, call the professionals at #SERVPRO of Hampton North. Our team will always be ready for whatever happens. 757-825-9700

Power Outage kit

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross suggests that every household have an emergency preparedness kit for your home and for your car. Unfortunately, only a little more than a half of the homes in the U.S. have an emergency kit.

Your power outage kit can start with a duffle bag or a backpack. Depending on the situation, the kit can be a 3-day supply for an evacuation or a 2-week supply for home. The kit should include:

  • at least a gallon of water per person, per day
  • canned food
  • a can opener
  • flashlights, batteries
  • a first aid kit
  • personal hygiene items
  • a multi-purpose tool
  • medications
  • copies of personal documents such as proof of address, deed/lease, passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies
  • A printed list of emergency phone numbers and of family and friends.

The needs of all family members including your pets should be considered when building your emergency kit.

Should you find yourself with a water damage disaster from a broken pipe or from a damaged water tank in your home or business, call the team that has been serving the Hampton area for over 20 years. Call SERVPRO of Hampton North 24/7, 365 to help you when emergency strikes.

Prepare Your Pipes for Winter Weather

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Before Winter Arrives. . . Don’t Let Pipes Freeze

A major home maintenance disaster is bad enough in itself, but when several disasters happen all at once, well that’s a nightmare.  Especially when your water pipes freeze because not only do you have to call a plumber, but that crack in your pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flood damage, serious structure damage, and the immediate potential for mold damage.

The causes of frozen pipes are quick and sudden drops in temperature, poor insulation, and thermostats that are set too low.  Now is the time when the temps are warmer to prepare your home and here are a few preventive precaution steps.

  • Insulate your pipes in your crawlspace and in your attic. Exposed pipes are vulnerable, and the more insulation, the better.
  • Use approved and tested insulation products for use intended, either indoors or outdoors and make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Seal those leaks near or around the pipes. Electrical wiring outlets, dryer vents, and pipes can be caulked or insulated to keep out the cold air. The least little opening during severe cold weather can cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Disconnect garden hoses before winter and if you can drain water from indoor pipes that lead to outside faucets and shut off the valve. This can help prevent that little bit of inside pipe from freezing.

If you have water or flood damage, call us at 757-825-9700.

Spring Storms

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Be prepared ahead of the storm!

Spring storms can be unpredictable. In the spring there are days in which we are closer to summer and other days where it snows! The changing weather during the spring can cause potential hazards that can be hard to predict/plan for since the weather can change rapidly, leading to the experience of many seasons in the same day! Mark Twain once said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” 

The most serious weather threat comes from powerful thunderstorms. Thunderstorms develop when warm moist air collides with cool, dry air.  Dangers associated with severe thunderstorms include lightning, tornadoes, and flooding. Since the weather changes so rapidly in the spring it is important to have an emergency plan in place. Having a first aid kit and an emergency evacuation/shelter plan as well as keeping a 3-5 day supply of water and non perishable food are all measures that can be taken to prepare for the potential of severe weather in the spring.


If your home or business experiences storm damage this spring, we are Here to help! Our Disaster Recovery Team is ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to any disasters that may strike in any season.

Billion Dollar Disasters.

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Since the year 1980 ten winter storms have caused over $2 billion of damage in the United States.

Since the year 1980 ten winter storms have caused over $2 billion of damage in the United States. Winter storms have the potential to produce strong winds, drop feet of snow on homes and businesses and the weight of ice from freezing rain can cause damage to power lines and trees. In addition the damage caused from the storm itself there is the aftermath of when all of the snow melts; a quick increase in temperate or heavy rain can set the stage for catastrophic flooding. For us here on the east coast we have face another winter storm hazard in the form of coastal flooding. Strong winds in combination with the high tide can overcome the coastline causing beach erosion and major damage to homes and businesses.

With winter weather approaching and the chance for severe winter storms increasing it is important to be prepared.

Keeping gutters clear of leaves and debris will allow water to move more freely and will help with drainage from your roof when snow begins to melt.

Keep your pipes warm to avoid them freezing and bursting. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. If you have a cold basement/crawlspace, or attic with pipes make sure to wrap those pipes in insulation to help keep them from freezing. Drip your faucets to keep the water flowing, even a small trickle of water can prevent the pipes from freezing.

Check your roof prior to the storm and repair any damages that are apparent. If a large amount of heavy snow accumulates on your roof it can cause it to collapse. Use a roof rake to remove the snow from your roof to prevent collapsing from the weight and also to prevent ice-dam damage.

When snow has accumulated on your roof, it is important to keep your attic space cold. This prevents the development of an ice dam; The snow from melting and then refreezing near the edges as icicles which can cause roof leaks that leads to water coming into your home and causing damage water damage on walls and ceilings. 


This winter if you suffer from any storm damage, SERVPRO Hampton North is Here to Help. With trained franchise professionals on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year we are ready to make your storm damage “Like it never even happened."

Winter Storm Forecast Terms

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know what these 9 common winter storm terms mean for you and your home or business?

With the cold weather quickly moving in it is likely that you may have already heard many of these winter weather terms. But, do you know what they mean for you, your family and your home or business. Here is a list of the 9 common terms you are likely to hear this winter.

Nor’easter - This is a term that we here on the east coast are widely familiar with. A Nor’easter gets it name from the northeasterly winds that batter the coast when these storms pass through. Nor’easters do not always produce snow, however when weather conditions permit, rain and wind can quickly become wind, snow and ice. Most nor’easters last only a few days, however their impacts can be significant leaving behind millions of dollars of damage.

Clipper - A clipper is a small, fast-moving storm system that forms in or around southern Canada or the upper Midwestern United States and moves towards the East Coast. Clippers generally only drop a few inches or so of snow, however there have been clipper storm systems in which adequate moisture is available and snowfall totals can far exceed what was originally forecasted. 

Polar Vortex -  A polar vortex is a large and persistent circulation in the upper-levels of the atmosphere that wraps around the far northern latitudes of the earth. A polar vortex acts like an atmospheric barrier that can keep bitterly cold air confined to the Arctic Circle. When the polar vortex is disrupted and the circulation breaks down, parts of the polar vortex can dip south and allow that frigid arctic air to spill deep into the United States for a few days.

Bombogenesis - While this may sound like a made up term a bombogenesis, or bomb cyclone is a very real meteorological event that occurs in conjunction with a nor’easter in which a low pressure system undergoes a drastic drop in air pressure (24 millibars or more in 24 hours or less). The result is a large scale storm that affects large portions of the east coast for several days and bringing about blizzard like conditions for some areas. 

Squall Line - A squall line is a heavy line of precipitation that’s usually accompanied by gusty winds. Sudden and heavy snow can cause roads to quickly become dangerous for travel. Reduced visibility is likely and the roads will become slick with near white out conditions traffic accidents are inevitable. 

Freezing Rain  - Freezing rain forms when a snowflake falls through a layer of above-freezing air high above the ground. The snowflake completely melts into a raindrop and falls back into subfreezing air near the surface. Once the raindrop hits the ground (or another surface) it instantly freezes leaving behind a heavy layer of ice making travel almost impossible, and carries the potential to break tree limbs and cause power lines to fail. 

Sleet - Sleet is similar to freezing rain in that goes through a melting and then refreezing process. Sleet feels like hail and accumulates like snow, but it can freeze solid not longer after falling creating a stubborn slab of ice that can be hard to shovel or plow through, often these attempts to remove the ice can cause damage to sidewalks, roadways and driveways. 

Graupel - Graupel is a soft snowflake that is more comparable to sleet rather than snow. It does not accumulate and can also be compared to the frost that you see on the grass in the mornings. It is essentially a freezing fog and generally causes no issues.

Flash freeze -  A flash freeze occurs when the temperature drops very quickly not long after it rains, causing the water on roads and sidewalks to freeze in a short amount of time. Most common after a powerful storm in which the temperature quickly drops (40 °F or more) in just a few hours. Flash freezes are dangerous because they create black ice, which makes travel unsafe. 


We here at SERVPRO Hampton North want you and your family to be safe this winter season. Always check the forecast before leaving home and be sure to add a Winter Car Emergency Kit to all family vehicles. Review or create your business's Emergency Response Plan and be safe when traveling on busy roadways.

Get Ahead of the Storm

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hampton North will help clean up your home or business after the storm in Hampton.

Hurricane Prep Guide

Getting prepared for a hurricane in Hampton Roads is not only about buying lots of water or filling up the gas tank.  There are steps needed to help protect you and your family if your home is threatened by a hurricane.

Stock Emergency Supplies

  1. Water & Food at least a 3-day supply for you and your pet
  2. Tools like flashlights, extra batteries, a wrench, plastic sheeting & duct tape, trash bags
  3. Medical Hygiene and Cleaning Supplies like a first-aid kit, necessary medications, glasses, contact lenses, moist towelettes, toothpaste, and personal hygiene products
  4. Personal Items, like sleeping bag for each person and change of clothing
  5. Activities like books, games, playing cards, paper, pencils and pens
  6. Radio for NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  7. Other Items like a whistle to signal for help

Prepare and Protect Your Property

  1. Do a Home Inventory with contents of closets, drawers and cabinets? Store your home inventory lists, photographs and video tapes in a waterproof place off the premises.  Keep receipts of high valued items, which may separate insurance coverage.  Always update your home inventory after making large purchases.

Review Your Insurance Policies

  1. Is everything up to date? If you’ve done any major renovation or made a major purchase, make sure your insurance agent is aware to help determine if your current limits are enough to cover the value.
  2. Coverage for additional living expenses in case you can’t live in your home until it has been restored from damages.
  3. What about flood damage? Do you have coverage?
  4. Do you have comprehensive coverage on your car insurance policy? What happens if a tree falls on it or water, wind or flying debris damages your car?

Plan Your Evacuation

  1. Become familiar with alternate routes in case travel becomes treacherous or traffic congested
  2. If you don’t have a car, plan on how you will leave if you need to evacuate; make plans with family or friends or your local government or aid agencies
  3. Plan what you will do with your pets, leave them with family, take them with you or to a kennel
  4. Keep a road map in your car in case you need another route on unfamiliar roads
  5. Prepare a bag or file with important papers, like your homeowner’s insurance policy, keep it with you.

If you have suffered water damage after a storm, SERVPRO of Hampton North is prepared to assist you after the storm to clean up the mess and help restore your home to its pre-storm condition.  We are “Always Here to Help.”  Call us at 757-825-9700.

SERVPRO® Emergency Preparedness Tips

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleanup by SERVPRO® of Hampton North 757-825-9700.

A Few Steps to Prepare and Protect Your Family

We are at the beginning of hurricane season on the Atlantic coast, and SERVPRO® of Hampton North is wanting everyone to remember the importance of disaster preparedness.  The key to disaster preparedness is having an emergency plan in place before the disaster hits.  Preparing with a few simple steps can make the difference in protecting and keeping your family safe and protecting your property from weather related damage.

Build a basic emergency supply kit stocked with enough water and food for a minimum of three days for you and for each of your family members, pets included.  Be mindful to include any necessary medications.  Recommended emergency supply kit items include:

  • Water (one gallon/per person/per day)
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery or solar powered radio, preferably a NOAA weather radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Local map
  • Important documents, such as insurance policies, bank account information, passwords, and identifications
  • Matches (in a waterproof container) and/or lighter

Make a Family Emergency Plan.  A Disaster may not strike when you and your family are together at home.  Plan now for a meeting place and how you will contact each other.  Visit ready.gov to access a Family Emergency Plan template to help with your planning.

Stay Informed.  Know your flood zone for your property and your neighborhood and know the evacuation route should evacuation become necessary.  Listen to your local news and authorities for direction.

Prepare your property.  You may need to prepare your home for the impact of a storm or hurricane.  Covering all your windows in your home will help to protect it.  Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows; however, the second-best option is to board up the windows with plywood.  Tape will not prevent your windows from breaking.  Trim your trees and bushes that are around your home and clear any debris from rain spouts and gutters.  Secure outdoor furniture, trash receptacles, decorations and anything else not secured that could become projectile. 

Establish a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for Your Business.  SERVPRO® developed the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for their facility, at no charge.  The business owner works with SERVPRO® of Hampton North to gather and document information that will become critical if a disaster strike.  Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their own information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO’s free smartphone app.  Contact us at 757-825-9700 to get set up.

Hurricanes. . . Plan Ahead

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes. . . Plan Ahead

Hurricanes, Plan Ahead

Hurricanes are huge storm systems that form over warm ocean waters.  These systems move towards land with threats of powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, landslides and tornadoes.  The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.  Hurricanes are most active in September.

  • Remember that if you are under a hurricane warning, you should find shelter sooner rather than later to protect yourself from high winds and flooding. You should evacuate if you are told to do so.  If you must take refuge, you should do so in a storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.  Make sure you have a way to receive and listen for emergency information and alerts.  Use a generator outdoors only and away from windows. #FloodSmart turn around, don’t drown!  You shouldn’t walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

Plan Ahead

When a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving

  • Turn on the TV or radio to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit, and include food & water enough for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Prepare to use your family communication plan if you lose power. For example you can call, text, or email or use social media.  Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually more reliable and faster than making a phone call.
  • Know and review your zone & evacuation route and shelter locations with your family as you may have to leave quickly.
  • Keep your car in good working condition with a full tank of gas, emergency supplies and extra clothing.

Next:  Plan Ahead. . . When a Hurricane is 18 -36 hours From Arriving

Prepare Now for 2018 Hurricane Season

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Find Your Zone

In 2017, many regions suffered through nightmarish scenarios from multiple hurricanes. 

Virginia, however, has not experienced a direct hit from a major hurricane in generations.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) says not if, but when, and is encouraging all Virginians to start preparing today for the 2018 hurricane season which officially began on June 1st. 

"Hurricanes cause high winds, tornadoes and landslides, but their deadliest hazard is flooding. Tropical storms and depressions can be just as dangerous."

Coastal Virginians, you need to know your hurricane evacuation zone for both your home and workplace.  Evacuation zones A through D are in place across coastal Virginia.  Residents will be directed to evacuate depending on the tides, the storms intensity, it's path and other factors.  

Have Storm or Flood Damage?        Call Us Today (757) 825-9700

Weatherizing Around Windows and Doors

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hampton North

Weatherizing Around Windows and Doors

Are you feeling a draft even though your windows and doors are closed?  Chances are that you need to add or replace the seal on the windows or replace the weather stripping around the doors. 

Conducting a maintenance check or inspection of your home can help minimize the risks for potential damage caused from extreme cold temperatures or winter storm conditions.

You want to caulk around cracked window seals, replace any broken windows and add weather stripping or caulk to loose window panes.  The diy network offers tips on weatherproofing doors and windows.

Should water damage occur due to extreme weather or something else, give us a call, we’re your 24/7 Emergency Service, SERVPRO of Hampton North at 757-825-9700 #SERVPROHamptonN #LikeItNeverEvenHappened

Winter Weather

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hampton North, 757-523-9700

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season.  Cold weather, snow and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or your office. 

Ice dams form when the heated air melts the roof snow downward and the melted water runs into ice that is still frozen causing the water to dam up.  When this water is trapped, it can not flow or run into the gutter system and can backflow under the roof shingles and into the interior structure of your house or business.

Ice Dam damage:

  • Water can seep into your home or building’s walls, ceilings, insulation and other interior areas.
  • Ice dams can lift roof shingles causing water to leak inside your home.
  • Pressure and weight from the dams can pull off your gutters and lead to structural damage.

Our friends at Nationwide blog about Preventing Ice Dam Damage to Your Roof and Home.

If this disaster strikes, you need to take immediate action to prevent additional damage to your property.  SERVPRO of Hampton North franchise professionals have the winter storm experience and expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Prepare Your Home

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hampton North, 757-825-9700

Prepare Your Home

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep your cabinet doors open during cold spells as this will allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water running through your faucets, especially those that run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off your outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn to “off.”
  • If you do shut off your outdoor faucet, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure that your gutters are clean and in good shape, secured. Leaves and such can clog and cause a damming effect which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace, HVAC system can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

SERVPRO of Hampton North has been serving the community since 1967.  We specialize in storm damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Winter Warnings and Advisories

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hampton North, 757-825-9700.

SERVPRO of Hampton North wants to help you to be prepared for the upcoming winter weather.  The National Weather Service will issue advisories and warnings.  It is important that you understand these and know how to prepare for winter and  to be Winter Safe.

  • Blizzard Warning- Winds or gusts to 35 mph or more for at least 3 hours and lots of falling or blowing snow reducing your visibility to less than ¼ mile.
  • Winter Storm Warning- 6” or more of snow, or a combination of winter weather types with major impacts.
  • Ice Storm Warning- ¼” or more of ice accumulation.
  • Winter Weather Advisory- Less than 6” of snow, Less than ¼” of ice accumulation from freezing rain, Visibilities reduced in blowing snow with winds less than 35 mph, Combinations of these.
  • Wind Chill Warning- Wind chills of -25°F or colder with winds of 10 mph or higher.
  • Wind Chill Advisory- Wind chills of -15°F to -24° with winds of 10 mph or higher.

SERVPRO of Hampton North has been serving the community since 1967.  We specialize in storm damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Power Outage Gadget Picks for Hampton

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

A downed power line caused by this tree after a storm.

More than 60% of power outages are a result of stormy weather and your best defense against the dark is to have on hand power outage gadgets at home or the office.

Our friends and experts #ThisOldHouse have compiled a list of handy power outage essentials that will help you and your family or employees get through the night without leaving you feeling so . . . powerless.  

Essentials such as an All-Weather Radio that bests your smartphone using three different power sources, a Cell Phone Charger that juices up with a manual crank or hold a charge for a full year, a Waterproof lantern made to brave the worst of camping conditions,  a tripod flashlight with gripping legs and magnetic feet. and last but not least, a plug-in lamp that turns on automatically when the power goes out, so you can see where you are walking.  

When Storms or Floods Hit Hampton, SERVPRO is ready!

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Hampton, VA.

SERVPRO of Hampton 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 Chesapeake,  we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.  Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today [757-825-9700]

When Storms or Floods hit Hampton SERVPRO is ready!  

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Hampton.  

SERVPRO of Hampton 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 Hampton, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. 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 (757)825-9700. 

The Differences Between Storms

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Know your storm terminology and stay safe this season!

With hurricane season in full swing, there are a few terms that are becoming frequent on our morning weather forecasts: Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm, and Hurricane. What is the difference, and how should we react to each?

Tropical Depression

A tropical depression forms when a low pressure area is accompanied by thunderstorms that produce a circular wind flow with maximum sustained winds below 39 mph. Most tropical depressions have maximum sustained winds between 25 and 35 mph.

In the U.S., the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is responsible for issuing advisories upgrading or downgrading tropical activity.

Reconnaissance aircraft missions are sent by the NHC flying into tropical storms to gather data, like wind speeds, to aid in making these classification changes. Surface data from islands, buoys and vessels can also be used to make changes.

These systems can turn into Tropical Storms, and ultimately hurricanes or they can begin to diminish before even making landfall.

Tropical Storm

An upgrade into a tropical storm occurs when cyclonic circulation becomes more organized and maximum sustained winds gust consistently at or above 39 mph, and no higher than 73 mph. Tropical storm status is when the naming of the storm takes place.

These systems can become a problematic when they make land fall with increases in flash flooding for coastal areas.

Hurricane Classification

A tropical storm is then upgraded into Category 1 hurricane status as maximum sustained winds increase to between 74 mph and 95 mph.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is used to rate hurricane intensity in the Atlantic Basin. A 1-5 rating system is used, with Category 1 being a less intense storm and Category 5 very intense.

Only 3 Category 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. in the 20th and 21st century. The three Category 5 storms to hit the USA were the 1935 Florida Keys "Labor Day" hurricane, Hurricane Camille, which hit Mississippi in 1969, and Hurricane Andrew, which hit Dade County, Fla., on Aug. 24, 1992.

The most important thing to remember during hurricane season is to be prepared! Preparing now will save you from long lines at the store, and afford you effective evacuation routes. When it comes time for clean up after the storm, SERVPRO® Hampton North will be here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Hurricane Preparedness in Hampton

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

With hurricane season upon us, it is important to be prepared. Even with advanced warnings, hurricanes can be deadly and it pays to have a plan in place. Below are some tips to get your family and home Hurricane Ready.

Supply Kits

Create a supply kit. These can be stored in large plastic totes or in a large backpack for grab and go emergencies. Keep non-perishable foods, water, flashlights, batteries, an emergency weather radio, list of emergency contact numbers, a map, and any medications that would be needed for your family and pets. For kits that can be taken on the road, include small activity books to have on hand as well.

Written Emergency Plan

Mark out locations that you and your family can evacuate to. Plan for additional areas further inland in case of a larger storm system.  Create an Emergency Preparedness Plan for your business. This can be done with SERVPRO® of Hampton.

The most important thing to remember during hurricane season is to be prepared! Preparing now will save you from long lines at the store, and afford you effective evacuation routes. When it comes time for clean up after the storm, SERVPRO® of Hampton will be here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is Heat Lightning?

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

With summer comes summer storms and who hasn’t seen heat lightning flashing along the horizon on a muggy evening. But what is heat lighting, and is it dangerous?

What is Heat Lightning?

Sometimes during a storm, you can see lightning strike, but cannot hear the thunder as there is large distance between you and the storm. This is known as heat lightning. As there is no audible sound of thunder, the lightning is just seen as a flash of light.

As the lightning takes place far away, the sound waves get dispersed while traveling and do not reach the observer. Heat lightning is nothing but ordinary lightning, minus the sound of thunder. It is a term used to describe flashes of light that are seen near the horizon. As light flashes can travel to a larger distance than sound waves, only the flashes of light are seen, but the thunder is not heard.

Facts about Heat Lightning

  • It occurs in summers and especially on hot summer nights. Hence, it is named so.
  • It is not followed by thunder and rainfall like ordinary lightning. The thunder and rainfall actually take place at a distance, and so are not observed.
  • The Earth's curvature, airborne elements like snow or dust, etc., can muffle the sound of the thunder.
  • Heat lightning can be seen all over the world. It is especially common in the mountainous regions.
  • It is usually an indication of an approaching storm.
  • Many lightning casualties occur in the summer months. But, chances of being struck by lightning can be prevented if you follow safety rules.
  • Just because you cannot hear the thunder, does not mean you are not at a risk of getting struck by the lightning. Remember that light travels faster than sound.

Is Heat Lightning Dangerous?

Heat lightning is equally as dangerous as ordinary lightning. Many people enjoy watching the brilliant orange flashes of light near the horizon. But it is advised to immediately seek shelter indoors. As mentioned above, it is an indication of an invading storm, and people may not realize how close the storm is and may be under risk of getting struck by the lightning.

Lightning Safety Measures

Remember, when you see lightning, always stay indoors. If you are outdoors, it is best to stay in your car or seek shelter in nearby buildings. Avoid standing under a tree or seeking shelter in very high buildings. If you are on a hilltop, try to seek shelter as you are at a higher risk of getting struck with lightning. One should also stay away from electrical poles or telephone lines. It is even advised not to use plug-in electrical equipment for safety reasons.

If your home is damaged by storms this summer, call SERVPRO® of Hampton at (757)825-9700.

Friday Facts - Flood Insurance Updates

5/24/2013 (Permalink)

House Flooded During Hurricane Sandy - Source Google Images

It's almost hurricane season, and we all know that in Hampton Roads with our many water ways, flooding is as much of a problem as the possible storm situations. Heavy rains associated with storms can results in a variety of flood related damages to your home. We want to make sure that from Williamsburg to Elizabeth City, from Surry to Virginia Beach, all across the Tidewater Area that you are covered!

"In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 which calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies to make a number of changes to the way the NFIP is run.

Actions such as buying a property, allowing a policy to lapse, or purchasing a new policy can trigger rate changes. You should talk to your insurance agent about how changes may affect your property and flood insurance policy.

What Can Be Done to Lower Costs?

For home owners and business owners:



  • Talk to your insurance agent about your insurance options.

  • You will probably need an Elevation Certificate to determine your correct rate.

  •  Higher deductibles might lower your premium.

  • Consider incorporating flood mitigation into your remodeling or rebuilding.

  •  Building or rebuilding higher will lower your risk and could reduce your premium.

  •  Consider adding vents to your foundation or using breakaway walls.

  •  Talk with local officials about community-wide mitigation steps.


  • For community officials:



  • Consider joining the Community Rating System (CRS) or increasing your CRS activities to lower premiums for residents.

  • Talk to your state about grants. FEMA issues grants to states, which can then distribute the funds to communities to help with mitigation and rebuilding."


  • Source: http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/

    Have open communication with your insurance agent about protecting yourself in case of flood; water damages and water instrusions from  flooding are often not covered, and you don't want to risk large out of pocket expenses when restoring your home and property. 

    Now, stay dry and enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. We salute all of our troops and remember those who have sacrificed to allow us our freedom!