Recent Storm Damage Posts

Here to help after the storm

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

wet carpet green equipment The right equipment for every job

At SERVPRO of Lawton, we understand that storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment.

Our team of professionals has the experience, and the equipment to help make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

24 hours a day. 7 days a week. Because storms don't wait for regular business hours, and neither do we.

We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Lawton is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Lawton community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

The "inside" scoop on storm damage

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

fallen ceiling, debris covered floor Safety is our number one priority

There's a little bit of storm chaser in all of us.

We watch the weather, and we know the impact severe storms can have on our area.

After the storm, it may be tempting to drive through the neighborhood to see how much damage was done.

Downed tree limbs, power lines, and debris are typically seen, and can be hazardous to navigate.

Just as hazardous are collapsing ceilings due to roof damage from severe storms.

When our team of expertly trained technicians arrive onsite, we first inspect the area to ensure the safety of our team, as well as the safety of our customers.

Is the exterior free from hazards? Do the roof and windows need emergency tarping and boarding to prevent further damage? Are the electricity and water turned off?

And in this case, can we contain and demo the falling ceiling without injury to anyone onsite?

There's a lot that has to happen to restore your property after the storms have passed.

And we're here to help. With safety as our number one priority.

When storm damage means water damage

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

wet concrete Frozen pipes flood homes and businesses across Texoma.

National headlines in February drew attention to the fact that almost two-thirds of the United States was in the midst of an arctic blast of record breaking temperatures.

Many media images also showed record levels of snow fall, massive pileups on freeways, and entire areas closed to travel due to hazardous conditions.

Here in Southwest Oklahoma, the images weren't as dramatic, although the damage was certainly severe.

The frigid temperatures resulted in tens of thousands of homes and businesses without electricity, heat and water.

For some, the outages lasted almost a week.

For those properties without heat and running water, it was inevitable that broken pipes would lead to water damage.

As services came back on line, SERVPRO of Lawton professionals prepared to respond to hundreds of calls for help. And we in turn called in our national Disaster Response team to ensure our communities would be helped in a timely manner.

Storm damage isn't always dramatic pictures of severe damage. Sometimes it's more subtle, such as this recent storm.

When storm damage happens, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Lawton for all your restoration needs. We're here to help.

When it's more than storm damage

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

ducting hanging from ceiling This storm led to water, fire, and smoke damage

Most of us think of storm damage as tarped roofs and flooded homes and businesses.

But sometimes, it's a trifecta of damages.

This home suffered severe roof damage during a recent storm. That led to water soaking through attic insulation, wall insulation, and major sheet rock damage.

The wet materials in the attic caused the ceiling to collapse. Which then caused the HVAC system to fall through the damaged ceiling, starting an electrical fire.

The fire and firefighting efforts led to smoke and soot damage throughout the home.

What started as storm damage quickly became water, fire, smoke and soot damage.

And the homeowners didn't know where to start the cleanup process, until they called SERVPRO of Lawton.

Our team of restoration experts walked them through the process, explaining each step that would be taken to ensure their property was properly restored.

It was a long process. But we were there for them every step of the way.

When storm damage happens, call the trusted experts at SERVPRO of Lawton.

It could never happen to me

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

blue tarps on roof Severe storms create severe damage.

Today's forecasting technology warns us well in advance of upcoming storms.

Most of us get weather alerts on our smart phones, and we follow the local weather during storm season.

And we always think, "It could never happen to me."

But it does. Even with advanced warnings, and precautions taken, storm damage happens.

This customer shared her story while our team was onsite doing restoration.

They thought they were prepared for a storm, as they had so many times in past.

Until they heard loud, crashing noises in the middle of the night. Getting out of bed, they were surprised to find themselves knee deep in water, with more water pouring into the house from the ceiling and under the doors.

They went to the kitchen to ride out the storm and stayed on the countertops until the water began to recede.

It was a long night, and an even longer morning as they assessed the damage. 

Not only was there severe damage to the home, most of the contents were also damaged or destroyed.

And they just kept saying to each other, "I never thought this would happen."

Storm damage does happen. When it does, call the #1 recommended restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton. We're here to help.

Storm damages church - again.

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged wood flooring Removal of carpet shows damaged sub-floor

Did you know your odds of being hit by lightning over an 80-year lifespan are roughly 1 in 3000?

That's much better than the odds this church faced when two storm systems days apart damaged the property.

Torrential rains damaged the retention walls surrounding the church and led to massive amounts of water flooding into the property.

SERVPRO of Lawton professionals were called to quickly begin the extraction, cleaning and drying process.

While working to remove the mud and other debris, a second storm system formed and deposited another round of water into the building.

Our crews worked diligently to remove the standing water and began to demo damaged flooring and walls.

You can see the damage done in the chapel area in this photo. Removing the carpet showed severely damaged sub-floors, which also had to be removed.

All told, the congregation was without a home for just over a month as new decking and floor coverings were installed.

Two storms. One phone call to SERVPRO of Lawton.

When water damage happens, call the trusted experts at 580-699-2662.

Hidden water damage from roof leak

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

bare studs Wet insulation and sheet rock are removed to prevent secondary damage

Oftentimes storm damage goes unnoticed for days, until a homeowner sees water stains on the ceiling or walls.

That's when you call SERVPRO of Lawton.

Our team of highly trained experts can inspect and assess the damage, locate the source of the leak, provide emergency tarp up and boarding, and begin the restoration process.

This homeowner noticed staining on her ceiling and called us for an inspection.

Our technicians inspected the roof and noted a few damaged shingles. A look in the attic confirmed water was present and flowing down and inside the walls.

Our team began demolition to remove wet sheetrock and insulation, cleaned and treated the studs to prevent microbial growth, and established a drying protocol for the home.

Luckily, the damage wasn't too severe and we soon had this home restored to its preloss condition.

If you discover storm damage, call the #1 recommended restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

The perfect storm

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

burned out house Extreme damage leaves little to restore

We see a lot of damages here at SERVPRO of Lawton.

Sadly, this loss was a combination of multiple events that completely destroyed this home.

Truly, the perfect storm.

It began with severe thunderstorms in the area that produced heavy rain, hail, strong winds, and lightning.

In the midst of the storm, lightning struck this home, causing a fire. The residents were able to evacuate quickly and safely, and waited in their car for the fire department to extinguish the flames.

Once they were allowed back into the home to retrieve personal property, they discovered there wasn't much left.

The fire had totally destroyed the roof, causing the upper floor to collapse and allowing water to pour in.

Firefighting efforts had added to the water damage, leaving piles of wet debris.

The family gathered a few items and left the property.

When SERVPRO of Lawton received the call to help with restoration, we inspected the property and found it still wet and covered in mold.

We did provide an estimate to demo the property and safely remove the molded debris, and are awaiting instructions from the homeowner.

If you're faced with damages of this magnitude, call the #1 recommended restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton.

Record breaking hail destroys roof

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

holes in roof Now that's a lot of hail damage!

Well, hail. BIG hail. Almost five inches in diameter, after a record breaking storm in Texoma.

2020 has not been an easy year. 

First, there was the pandemic and quarantine period. Then multiple rounds of severe thunderstorms rolled through Texoma.

This storm hit during the quarantine. When the homeowner called SERVPRO of Lawton for help, she first asked if we were open for business.

And we said YES! We're here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even during a pandemic quarantine.

Our team of expertly trained professionals ensured they had an extra supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which has become the new normal in response to all loss calls, and headed to the loss site.

They completed the initial inspection and began tarping the roof, boarding broken windows, and established a drying process.

The homeowner was very grateful to our team for responding quickly, using PPE, and securing her property.

Storm damage? Call the #1 recommended restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

But it doesn't look like a lot of damage!

9/19/2020 (Permalink)

Missing roof shingles Missing shingles leads to major water damage

It may not look like a lot of damage was done to this roof during a recent thunderstorm, but the damage found inside this home was severe.

The homeowner checked the roof after the storm, but didn't notice this small patch of shingles that were damaged.

Three days of rain followed the initial storm, and the water damage inside the home became very noticeable.

The sheetrocked ceilings began to pull loose in some areas, while other sheets fell down in the living area.

The sheetrock, insulation, and attic space were wet. And secondary damage (mold) had already formed.

The homeowner called their insurance agent, who recommended SERVPRO of Lawton.

One call and our team of expertly trained technicians arrived on site and inspected the property.

We tarped the damaged roof, and began cleaning up the debris in the living area. We then removed all wet materials and began the drying process.

Storm damage isn't always noticeable. Once discovered, call us at 580-699-2662. We're here to help.

Small wet spot reveals hidden storm damage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

hole in ceiling wet insulation Wet insulation and sheetrock caused by storm damage

Damaging winds and heavy rain are common with thunderstorms in Texoma. If you live here, you've learned they can develop quickly and with little notice.

As was the case with this storm. Our weather forecasters called for sunshine all day, but were proven wrong when a fast moving line of thunderstorms struck the area.

Having spent the day at work, this homeowner was unaware her property had sustained damage.

Two days after the storm, she noticed a small wet spot on the ceiling. Concerned, she called her insurance agent, who recommended SERVPRO of Lawton.

Our highly trained technicians arrived onsite and inspected the visible damage. They then removed a portion of the ceiling where they found extensive water damage from a roof leak caused by storm damage.

Working with the adjuster, we created a restoration protocol and helped make this storm damage "Like it never even happened."

Storm damages interior and exterior of home

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

collapsed ceiling debris on furniture Collapsed ceiling damages furniture

When you think of storm damage, you may think of downed trees and power lines, and possibly roof damage.

Oftentimes, it's more than that. It's windows blown out, tree limbs falling on rooftops, or severe winds that tear off a portion of the roof.

That's what this homeowner discovered after returning home. An early morning storm partially destroyed her roof, causing wind driven rains to pour into the attic space, and eventually leading to the ceiling collapsing.

She called her insurance agent, who recommended SERVPRO of Lawton.

Our team quickly responded to the call, and immediately began boarding windows and tarping the roof to prevent further water damage.

We then removed the wet insulation and sheetrock from the attic space, and cleaned up the debris from the living area.

Next on the list was the need to pack out and move her property to our warehouse for proper cleaning, followed by the removal of all wet flooring and walls.

After seven days, the home was clean and dry, and the homeowner was working with her contractor to finish the restoration process.

Storm damage? Call the #1 recommended restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton. We're here to help.

Severe weather damages property in Elgin, Oklahoma

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

red brick house blue tarp Severe thunderstorms brought hail and strong winds to this community.

Last week, severe thunderstorms blew into southwest Oklahoma, hitting one small community hard.

Elgin has a population of just over 2100 residents, the majority of whom had some storm damage.

Reports from our crews on the scene included roofs severely damaged, holes punched through skylights, downed tree and power lines, and many vehicles damaged or destroyed.

SERVPRO of Lawton began receiving calls around 2:00 am, while the storm was still raging.

Crews deployed to the site to survey the damage, and immediately began boarding up and tarping over blown out windows and damaged roofs.

Once all properties were secured, our teams began extracting water and establishing a drying protocol.

One of our customers took a video of our team as they finished securing the fourth property he had called us on. We shared that on Lasso - Texas and Louisiana page, so that other franchises could see just how grateful this customer was.

One call was all it took to get help.

Our teams worked through two rounds of severe weather that one day, and as we are wrapping up some of the job sites, a new forecast has come out.

For tomorrow. Again, for baseball sized hail. 

We're ready. For whatever happens.

Roof damage from recent storm leaves a mess.

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

pile of wet clothes Hastily removed clothing creates a mess.

This customer did not realize her walk-in closet had received damage from a recent storm.

And trust us, she wasn't happy about it.

A storm had hit Friday night, and she and her husband thought their property was okay.

Until Sunday morning, when she was getting ready for church and saw drooping sheet rock and a mess all over her clothes.

She quickly began pulling items down and placing them on a chair, which actually led to some darker items bleeding onto the lighter fabrics.

It didn't take long for the husband to call SERVPRO of Lawton.

We quickly located the source of the leak (storm damage to the shingles), and while they contacted a roofer we began sorting clothing into restorable versus non-restorable sections.

With the help of garment boxes, our team was able to clear the closet so the drying and restoration process could begin.

Storm and water damage can cause a lot of additional damage.

Check your property. If you notice damage, call the trusted experts at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-263-2662.

Storm season wrecks havoc on area homes

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

bare studs and concrete floor Heavy rains cause flooding, severely damaging this home.

Storms don't wait for regular business hours, and neither do we!

SERVPRO of Lawton is here to help when you have storm damage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Whether you need board up and tarping services or complete restoration service, call the trusted experts at SERVPRO of Lawton.

As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Lawton can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

Storm damage? Call your locally owned restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

Storm Damage Restoration Specialists

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

bare studs Demolition of a storm damaged home.

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Lawton business owners and residents.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We have direct expertise in dealing with storm damage through our national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, and have helped hundreds of families recover from losses from hurricanes and localized flooding. Severe weather happens. Be prepared to call the team with the experience, the equipment, and the resources to help make it "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

Summer storms wreck havoc

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

bare metal studs 9 inches of rain closes mall for a week.

“Since Saturday, these Oklahoma counties have experienced flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds. Initial reports show damage in numerous communities including Apache, Cyril, Lawton, Maysville and Walters. Further damage assessments are ongoing.” - Oklahoma Governor Todd Lamb.

That was in June, 2016. Over 9 inches of rain fell in one morning in the Lawton area. And a total of nine counties were included in the state of emergency declaration.

SERVPRO of Lawton responded to this storm quickly in order to help the local retailers at the mall.

The flooding affected every store within the mall, some worse than others.

This sports store had water standing inches deep, until our SERVPRO of Lawton team arrived.

We immediately began extracting water, then began pulling up the damaged carpet. An inspection in their storage area revealed severely damaged drywall and wet insulation, which was removed. 

After setting up air movers and dehumidifiers, we moved on the adjacent retails.

Overall, the cleanup from this storm took about a week. The impact on retailers and homeowners was heartbreaking.

SERVPRO of Lawton was honored to provide assistance to these retailers during their time of disaster.

And we're here to help you. When disaster strikes, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lawton.

580-699-2662.

SERVPRO is here to help after the storm

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

bare concrete and bare wall studs SERVPRO of Lawton is here to help after the storm.

Who remembers the great Oklahoma ice storm of January 2010? Or the April 2013 tornadic storm that passed through Lawton? Or the extreme flooding in May of 2016?

Many of us here in Texoma have vivid memories of where we were and what we experienced during these, and many other storms.

At SERVPRO of Lawton, we understand that storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment.

Our team of professionals has the experience, and the equipment to help make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

24 hours a day. 7 days a week. Because storms don't wait for regular business hours, and neither do we.

SERVPRO of Lawton is part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recovery Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

And we're here to help. Call us at 580-699-2662.

Storm damage typically includes flooding

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

concrete floors and bare wall studs SERVPRO is here to help after a storm.

Are you prepared? Storm damage in Texoma can result from severe thunderstorms, hail storms, tornadoes and flooding.

And sometimes, it all hits at once. 

SERVPRO of Lawton wants to help you be prepared before the storm arrives.

Make a family plan. Know where to meet if you're separated. And don't forget to make plans for your pets!

Include basic survival items and items to keep your pet happy and comfortable. 

  • Food. At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
  • Medicines and medical records.
  • Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
  • First aid kit. Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
  • Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
  • Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
  • Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
  • A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
  • Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.

Have a plan in place for your entire family! For more planning tips, visit: 

https://www.ready.gov/pets

Storm damage? We're here to help. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

Would you know what to do after a storm?

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

piles of furniture after flood Storm damage is often a combination of storms and flooding

Are you prepared?

September is National Preparedness Month, a time we promote family and community disaster and emergency planning.

At SERVPRO of Lawton, we see storm and disaster damage all too frequently. We actually meet our customers at the worst possible time in their lives, and we're here to help restore their homes and businesses.

You can help minimize the trauma of storm damage by being prepared and making a plan.

Do you have enough insurance? Do you need flood insurance? Have you taken pictures and documented all your personal property? Where will you go if you have to evacuate?

Talk to your family and friends. Tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment.

Be prepared for what might happen. Be Ready.

And if you need help, call on the professionals whose training and compassion have helped hundreds of families restore order to their lives.

Call SERVPRO of Lawton at 580-699-2662.

#BeReady

#PreparedNotScared

#SERVPRO

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Is your pet ready for storms and disasters?

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

chihuahua with bandana What's good for you is good for your pet. Be Prepared, Not Scared of storm season.

September is National Preparedness month. You've checked your kits, and your insurance.

Is your pet ready?

During a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.

If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:

  • Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals.
  • Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.
    • Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit.
    • Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter.
    • Consider an out-of-town friend or relative
  • Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.
  • Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
  • Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located.
  • Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.
  • If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger!

Need help after storm damage? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lawton.

https://www.ready.gov/pets

#BePrepared

Priority reconnection after the storm

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

bare wall studs after flooding Gutted home still has access to priority utility reconnection after a storm.

Your SERVPRO of Lawton team of professionals is part of a national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, and have helped hundreds of families recover from losses from hurricanes and localized flooding.

One key element you should have in place is a emergency response plan for your family.

This includes a plan for your pets, medications, lodging and emergency power.

This is very important for individuals who require electrical medical equipment. It's always best to have a backup power source for the short term while waiting on the power company to restore power.

"Contact your water and power companies to get on a “priority reconnection service” list of power-dependent customers if you rely on electrical medical equipment. #PrepareNow" - Ready.gov

FREE Emergency Ready Profiles to keep you safe

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

two women outside using wrench to shut off water Be Prepared! Know the location of utility shut off valves.

Do you know how to turn off your utilities in an emergency? Do you know where your shut off valves are for gas and electricity?

Millions of Americans don't, and they are constantly in the path of storms.

Did you know SERVPRO of Lawton offers FREE Emergency Ready Profiles? These profiles contain photos and descriptions of all utility shut-offs, emergency phone numbers, insurance information and more.

These profiles are presented both in hardcopy and digital, so you will always have the information on hand. 

SERVPRO of Lawton partners with area First Responders to help you and your family stay safe before, during and after a storm.

Need help? Call us today at 580-699-2662.

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