Recent Storm Damage Posts

Protecting Your Garage During Storm Season

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

We are currently in the peak of storm season when tropical storms and hurricanes are popping up regularly.  But what if you don't live near the coast?  Is there still a threat during storm season?  The answer is YES!  In the south, with high temperatures and humidity, storms can be extremely dangerous.  When planning to protect your home one of the most vulnerable areas is your garage.  Your garage is susceptible to high winds and flooding.  Here are a few tips to storm-proof your garage:

  • When purchasing a garage door look for one with a high wind-resistance rating.  If a storm with very strong winds or a tornado comes through and your garage door is breached the winds can batter your home.  This can lead to water coming in and causing costly damage.  For areas prone to tornado's it is recommended that you invest in a garage door that can withstand 130 mph or higher winds.
  • When installing your garage door consider installing a bracing system.  This will reinforce the integrity of the door by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge.
  • Make sure to do proper maintenance to your garage door.  Repair any breaches or holes that would allow wind to get through the garage door.  Also make sure to check the weather stripping and mechanisms for proper functionality.
  • Do you have windows in your garage?  Make sure they are secure and their weather stripping is in proper condition.  Having wrought-iron window protection also greatly helps in protecting the glass from flying debris.
  • Install flood vents and proper drainage.  You can have a trench drain installed to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain water getting through before levels rise and cause damage.

At SERVPRO of Valdosta we believe in being prepared for any emergency.  We can handle any of your storm or water damage emergencies.  Call us at 229-244-1466

Hurricane Season 2022

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane season for the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes.

Did you know?

  • About 40% of hurricanes hit Florida. 
  • Hurricanes are most active in September (source noaa.gov)

Preparation is the best protection against the danger of a hurricane. Prepare your home and office today! 

  1. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan
  2. Take an inventory of your property
  3. Hurricane Prep Kit
    A basic disaster supply kit includes:

- 1 gallon of water per person

- non-perishable food to last three days

- a battery-powered or hand crank radio

- flashlight + extra batteries

- first aid kit

- whistle to signal for help

- moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

- Can opener for food

- Local maps (printed)


When a hurricane strikes, SERVPRO of Valdosta is ready to take action to restore your home or business. If you need help after a hurricane, count on SERVPRO of Valdosta to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Are You Prepared for Unpredictable Valdosta Storms?

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

A tree is shown down on a road after a storm If your home has experienced storm damage, it's important to get professional help quickly. Call SERVPRO of Valdosta (229) 244-1466

According to the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family.

During a tornado, people face hazards from extremely high winds and risk being struck by flying and falling objects. After a tornado, the wreckage left behind poses additional injury risks. Although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, there are actions you can take for your health and safety.

In Your Home During a Tornado


The (NCEH) recommends that if you are at home during a tornado, pick a place in the home where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. One basic rule is AVOID WINDOWS. An exploding window can injure or kill.


The safest place in the home is the interior part of a basement. If there is no basement, go to an inside room, without windows, on the lowest floor. This could be a center hallway, bathroom, or closet.

In Your Car


The (NCEH) warns the least desirable place to be during a tornado is in a motor vehicle. Cars, buses, and trucks are easily tossed by tornado winds.


DO NOT TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO IN YOUR CAR. If you see a tornado, stop your vehicle. Do not get under your vehicle.

Calling For Professional Help After a Storm

If your home has experienced storm damage, it's important to get professional help quickly. Call SERVPRO of Valdosta (229) 244-1466. A certified, trained technician will take care of the damage. Our experts have the knowledge and equipment to restore your home or business.


When a storm hits your Valdosta home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

Preparing for Storms in Valdosta

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

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If you have lived in Georgia long enough you are not surprised to read headlines like, "Powerful storms roll through southeast Georgia, leaving damage along the way."


Is your home ready for the next round of storms?


While hurricane season is not for several months, it's important to note, 55 hurricanes have been recorded in the Valdosta, GA since 1930. That's not a large number compared to other areas, but you and your family should still prepare.


Recent violent storms prompted tornado watches and warnings for parts of several states. Preparing for a tornado is different than preparing for a hurricane.


In addition to checking forecasts and signing up for notifications, the National Weather Service also recommends:


Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go there when tornado warnings are issued. Don't forget pets if time allows.


Prepare Your Home: Consider having your safe room reinforced. You can find plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.


Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for the possibility of tornadoes. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt.

If you have storm damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Valdosta (299) 244-1466. They are ready to respond to your emergency quickly.


SERVPRO of Valdosta technicians are trained and ready to help. They have the experience to restore your home or business efficiently.
SERVPRO of Valdosta can even help with your insurance.


SERVPRO of Valdosta specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. We use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 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. SERVPRO of Valdosta (299) 244-1466.

Severe Storm Damage Is Costly And Dangerous

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Valdosta Storm Damage


Storm damage in Georgia can be expensive and deadly. Severe storms often leave behind widespread damage. Floodwaters often scatter debris. After the storm power lines need to be restored and fallen trees removed from roads. Cars and homes are often damaged from the water and winds.


If your home or business is damaged during one of these violent storms, call our team of professionals. SERVPRO of Valdosta (229) 244-1466.


SERVPRO of Valdosta is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with storm damage, immediate action is critical.


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.


SERVPRO of Valdosta 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.

SERVPRO of Valdosta is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

24-Hour Emergency Service


Faster to Any-Sized Disaster


Highly Trained Restoration Technicians


A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry


Locally Owned and Operated


Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

When severe storms hit Valdosta, call the team that can help. SERVPRO of Valdosta (229) 244-1466.

Severe Thunderstorms Cause Damage Throughout Georgia

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

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According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms are officially defined as storms that are capable of producing hail that is an inch or larger or wind gusts over 58 mph. Hail this size can damage property such as plants, roofs and vehicles.

Wind this strong is able to break off large branches, knock over trees or cause structural damage to trees. Some severe thunderstorms can produce hail larger than softballs or winds over 100 mph, so please pay attention to the weather so you know when severe storms are possible.

Thunderstorms also produce tornadoes and dangerous lightning; heavy rain can cause flash flooding.

What should you do when the lightning and thunder stops and it looks likes the severe thunderstorm is over?

Stay Informed: Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. More severe thunderstorms could be headed your way.
Contact Your Family and Loved Ones: Let your family and close friends know that you're okay so they can help spread the word. Text messages or social media are more reliable forms of communication than phone calls.


Assess the Damage: After you are sure the severe weather threat has ended, check your property for damages. When walking through storm damage, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Contact local authorities if you see power lines down. Stay out of damaged buildings. Be aware of insurance scammers if your property has been damaged.


Help Your Neighbor: If you come across people that are injured and you are properly trained, if needed, provide first aid to victims until emergency response team members arrive.


SERVPRO of Valdosta is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.


SERVPRO of Valdosta specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


SERVPRO of Valdosta is here to help (229) 244-1466.

Hurricanes And Flooding, What You Can Do Ahead Of The Storm

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

According to The Federal Emergency Management Agency Flooding is the most common, and most expensive, natural disaster in the United States. Just 1 inch of water pooled in a single-story, 1,000 square-foot home can cause close to $11,000 worth of damage; 1 foot of water in a 2,500 square-foot single-story home can cause more than $29,000 in damage.


The National Hurricane Program (NHP) provides data, resources and technical assistance for hurricane evacuation planning and response for state, local, tribal, territorial and federal government partners. The National Hurricane Program is a partnership between FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

Here are some simple steps from FEMA you can take to prepare yourself and your family. For complete list visit FEMA's official website.

Know your Evacuation Route

Check with local officials about what shelter spaces are available this year. Don’t forget, coronavirus may have altered your community’s plans.

Gather Supplies

Have enough food, water and other supplies for every member of your family to last several days. Consider the unique needs of your family, such as supplies for pets or medication for seniors. Adding extra masks, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes or general household cleaning supplies can help to protect you from COVID-19 when you evacuate to a shelter.

Make an Emergency Plan

Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Don’t forget a plan for the office, daycare center, school and any other locations you frequent.

Plan with Disability in Mind

No two people are the same: each of us moves through, functions in and navigates the world differently. It is important to make your emergency plan based on what works best for you.

Creating a support network or planning ahead with accessible transportation can ensure that you stay safe when disaster strikes. Visit Ready.gov/disability for more information on how to plan if, for example, you are blind, hard of hearing or have sensory disabilities.

SERVPRO of Valdosta specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we 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.


If you have storm damage or questions about restoration call us SERVPRO of Valdosta (229) 244-1466.

Fast Response To Valdosta Storm Damage

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Agreen SERVPRO of Valdosta van is shown When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Lightning strikes the U.S. 25 million times a year, which sometimes results in death or permanent injury. You are safest indoors, or inside a hard-topped enclosed vehicle. This is according to the National Weather Service.

During high winds, tree damage is expected, and loose objects can become airborne and dangerous. You are safest indoors, away from windows, in an interior room.

Storm Knowledge Watch vs. Warning

A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH means Be Prepared. Stay informed and be ready to act, because severe thunderstorms are possible.


A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING means Take Action! Take shelter in a strong building, because severe weather is occurring or will occur shortly.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes.

SERVPRO of Valdosta provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.


SERVPRO of Valdosta (229) 244-1466.

Hurricane preparedness tips.

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Once again NOAA Predicts an above Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season. With a prediction of 13-19 named storms and 3-6 of them to be of a major impact to the Atlantic Seaboard. What you do now greatly helps to determine your safety and the ability to better deal with the outcome. We have added some suggestions to help prepare a hurricane kit.

  • Non-perishable food (3 days worth for each person in your home)
  • A flashlight with fresh batteries
  • A weather radio
  • A First Aid Kit
  • Medications
  • Copies of important documents
  • Cash
  • An Emergency Blanket
  • A map of the area
  • A fully charged portable battery for cell phones
  • Water

No one knows your family better than you and it goes to serve that you could add to this box to better fit your family's needs. As we always hope the hurricanes will not make landfall and impact homes, we are prepared and ready to help when they do. SERVPRO of Valdosta is on Standby and we are READY to Help.