Recent Storm Damage Posts

Lightning Safety

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is the season when lightning is most prevalent, though it can actually strike any time of year. Lightning strikes in the United States about 25 million times every year. Though rare, lightning strikes to humans can be fatal. On average, about 47 people are killed by lightning strikes every year, while hundreds more are left seriously injured.

As we enter the lightning season, it is important to know how best to stay safe. Below is a list of tips that will help you avoid injury or even death:

  • Avoid open spaces during a thunderstorm
  • Avoid metal structures just as fences or even electrical wiring
  • Avoid trees, metal towers, and utility polls
  • Try to stay indoors if possible
  • Even though the skit may look clear, that doesn’t mean you are safe from lightning. If you hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning

How to Prepare for a Tornado

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Tornado season is upon us once again and it is time to go over your family’s plan in case of severe weather. As Midwesterners, we know well how violent tornadoes can be and the widespread damage that can be done. While most damage is out of our control, being well prepared for these disasters saves lives.

The first thing you can do in preparation for a tornado is identify a safe place in your home where your family and pets can gather. This place will be located in your basement or cellar. If you don’t have a basement, make sure the safe room is on the lowest level in your home. If you live in an apartment complex, try to stay in the hallways near the center of the building and away from windows on the lowest possible floor. Mobile home owners should seek shelter at nearby safe structures.  Mobile homes are never safe during a tornado.

Preparing your family for a tornado should take place long before a Warning is announced. Everyone in the household should be aware of the safest place to go during a tornado, especially children. This does not only apply to your home; because we are not always at home when a tornado strikes, everyone in your household should understand emergency plans at their place of work or school.

You should also have a supply kit prepared to use in your safe place while you wait out the storm. These should include emergency supplies, such as medications, flashlights, first-aid kit, and a battery operated radio to monitor the progress of the weather.

Call your local restoration professionals at SERVPRO for more information!

What to Do During a Lightning Storm

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

We’ve been having a lot of thunderstorms in the Quad Cities lately, and it’s that time of year again when SERVPRO reminds of you the importance of storm safety, particularly as it relates to lightning. Here are some tips to keep you safe during a thunderstorm:

  • It is not safe to be outdoors during a thunderstorm. If you can hear thunder, that means get inside and stay put until at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder.
  • Stay away from anything electrical in your home, as well as plumbing, windows, and doors. Lightning can be conducted through these mediums and reach you.
  • If you can’t get indoors, retreat from elevated surfaces, do not stay under trees, and stay away from any object that can conduct electricity.

Quad Cities Flooding

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

We have been lucky in the Quad Cities this year so far when it comes to flooding. Last year we saw record flood levels and widespread devastation all across our communities. But why have we been so lucky this year? First you have to understand why flooding happens in the first place.

Generally, flooding is when water overflows on to land that is usually dry. This can happen during a heavy rain, or when a large amount of snow melts, causing waterways to be overwhelmed. Last year we had heavy snow and rapid melt in the northern parts of the country, which lead to an overwhelmed Mississippi river.

This year, the Mississippi river, as well as the Rock river, was not overwhelmed by increases in water flow. Let’s cross our fingers that this continues.

Storm Damage Clean-Up

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with storm related water damage, your immediate action is crucial to preserving and restoring your property and getting your life back to normal.

When disaster strikes, you should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Davenport / Bettendorf has been helping our Quad Cities communities weather life's storms for over 25 years. We are open 24/7 and can respond immediately to any storm and flooding conditions.

When necessary, we also have the capability to perform pack-out services, removing your salvageable personal property for off-site cleaning and storage while we dry and restore your property.

If you have a storm-related water damage, call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Prevent Water in Your Basement During Rain

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

water in basement Water can creep in quick during a heavy rain.

We haven’t experienced any flooding in the Quad Cities yet this year, but we have seen some rain. And we all know what this can mean: wet basements. Whether you have a compromised foundation or an inadequate draining system, you may fall victim to a wet basement during the rainy months. No matter the cause, there are ways to prevent water from accumulating in your basement during heavy rains.

Here are some tips to help get you through spring:

  • Check your sump pump: a faulty pump can lead to rising water in your basement. Always make sure to test your pump regularly to ensure proper function. It can save you a lot of money.
  • Make sure your gutters are clean: full gutters can lead to overflow and saturation of soil around your foundation. Limiting water accumulation around your foundation will help prevent water seepage.
  • Keep an extra pump on hand: sometimes your sump pump can’t keep up with rising groundwater levels, especially during exceptionally hard rains. Having an extra pump can lessen the burden on your main pump and double your flood prevention power.

If you experience water in your basement, call SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Stay Safe From Lightning

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes in the United States approximately 25 million times per year. Most of these strikes occur in summer, though lightning can actually strike at any time during the year. And though it is rare, lightning strikes on humans can be fatal; in fact, an average of 47 people per year are killed in lightning strikes, while hundreds of people are seriously injured. You can use the following tips to keep yourself  and others safe from lightning strikes:

  • Try to avoid wide open areas during a storm.
  • Stay clear of trees, towers, utility poles, or any other large or tall metal objects.
  • Stay clear of metal structures such as fences or wiring.
  • Stay indoors if possible.
  • Clear skies do not mean you are in danger. If you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning.

Why Does Flooding Occur?

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Flood scene in downtown Davenport

There are few places in the world that do not have to worry about flooding. As it goes, ‘where there is rain, there will be flooding’. And, being a local business in the Quad Cities for over 25 years, we have seen our fair share of flooding on the Mississippi and Rock River, and we know the devastation it causes in our communities.

Technically, flooding is when typically dry land becomes overwhelmed and covered by a sustained water presence. But how does this process take place? What makes a river flood? Rain is a large contributor: as rain water pours into rivers from creeks and storm drains, the river is overwhelmed with water and its banks encroach on adjacent dry land, referred to as the floodplain. While river flooding can be caused by heavy rains, there are other causes. One of these include rapidly melting ice or snow that pours into storm drains and finds its way into streams and rivers; this will very quickly add to the normal amount of water flowing in a river and cause level rises as the water moves downstream. We experienced a great deal of this with record snow fall this year.

As we know in the Quad Cities, it can take several days for flooding to develop, giving our residents time to prepare for the incoming water. But this flood in particular was difficult to be ready for, as the flood water has stuck around for a record length of time, and was higher than any in history. As we recover in our communities from this devastation, SERVPRO is “Here to Help” with residential and commercial clean-ups. If you have experienced water damage, call SERVPRO at 563-386-3540 to make it “Like it never even happened."

Flooding - What To Do Until Help Arrives

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Quad Cities communities know well the effects associated with floods. Every few years we have a really bad one. But this year has been no exception. In fact, we have broken records as the water continues to rise and has sustained major flood levels for several weeks. By all means, this will go down as one of the worst floods in Quad Cities history.

At SERVPRO, we understand how stressful and inconvenient the flooding season can be. If you are experiencing water damage from flooding, here are some things you should do before help arrives:

  • Turn off your circuit breakers for wet areas in your home. Only do this if access to your panel is safe!
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off of damp floors.


  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Touch contaminated water or items that have come into contact with contaminated water.
  • Leave books, newspapers, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

Call SERVPRO today at 563-386-3540 if you need assistance.

Preparing For a Flood

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

With the large amounts of melting snow up north, coupled with forecasts of heavy rain, this flood season is set to be an historic one. For this reason, it is important that you and your family are prepared. This means paying close attention to local weather predictions, being mindful of possible road closures, and following instructions from local authorities when applicable. If flooding in your area is probable, have a safe place nearby where you can temporarily relocate, such as with a family member or friend. Also, if you have pets, make sure to have food and water, vaccination papers, and proper housing arrangements made, such as animal-friendly hotels.

In addition, the American Red Cross recommends having certain items packed and ready to go for when a flood hits. See the list below of some of these essential items:

  • Water—3+ day supply (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food—3+ day supply (non-perishable, easy to prepare)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First-Aid kit
  • Medications
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blankets

For more information, please call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at 563-386-3540.

Tornadoes: How Do they Work?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

What are they?

A tornado, often called a twister, is a rapidly circulating column of air extending from the clouds of a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes can create winds exceeding 300 miles per hour; though, even much slower winded tornadoes can cause destruction.

While, most often, tornadoes last only a few minutes and do not travel much more than a mile before they disappear, others grow to massive sizes and travel for several miles, causing widespread devastation to communities.

What causes them?

Tornadoes spawn out of severe thunderstorms as warm, moist air and cool, dry air is combined. As these 2 air types collide, an instability is created. As a change in wind direction takes place, coupled with an increase in wind speed, a horizontal spinning effect begins in the lower atmosphere. Then, as air rises toward the sky, the horizontal rotating winds become vertical, thus creating the tornadoes we all recognize.

What to do when affected by storm damage

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

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

Faster Response

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

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the area, 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 (563) 386-3540

What you should have in your emergency supply kit

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know your risk

Understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family.

Take action

Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an example

Share your story with co-workers, family, and friends. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Build an emergency supply kit

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Contact SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf professionals for additional readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s FREE Emergency Ready Profile. Learn more and be “Ready for whatever happens!”

(563) 386-3540

Be prepared for severe weather

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. Many businesses affected by major disasters never reopen—especially if they do not have an emergency plan in place. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared.

Know Your Risk.

Understanding the type of hazardous weather, how it can affect you, your family or employees is important. Check the weather forecast regularly, and obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.

Take Action.

Create a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and materials in a safe place.

Be an Example.

Share your preparedness story with your family and friends. Inspire others to do the same.

Preparation is key in making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540 to establish your Emergency Ready Profile and be “ready for whatever happens.”

Tools to help you be prepared for severe weather

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

One of the easiest ways to protect yourself during sever weather is to have a weather radio in your home or office. It is just as important to have a radio as it is to have a fire alarm according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A weather radio is designed to alert you of dangerous weather situations. Allows you to be warned in order to be safe. Most major retailers and online stores offer weather radios with these features for around $30. The following are the most important features to look for in a weather radio:

  • Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear).
  • Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county)..
  • Ease of programming.

Remember to be safe and keep track of weather conditions. When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. Call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540 to get the team that’s faster to any size disaster.

Shocking facts about lightning

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.

Be aware.

Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

Go indoors.

Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete.

Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightening can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

If you fear you have storm damage, call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 396-3540. We are here to help.

2017 A Year of Storms—Were You Prepared?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Major storms from Hurricane Harvey that ravaged the Texas and Louisiana gulf shores and Hurricane Irma that tore a path from the northeastern Caribbean Islands to the gulf shores of the Florida coast to 1,321 tornadoes that occurred from January through August all brought devastation across the United States.  Often times we do not know where or when disasters or emergencies will strike, but you can be ready.

Now is the time to think about the basics—the things you would need in advance of an emergency; how will you communicate, what supplies do you need to keep in your home, car or office.  The more you know about what to do in a storm emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster.

Recommended Items for a Basic Emergency Supply Kit

  • Water, one gallon per person, per day
  • Food, non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio—preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Garbage bags, plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn  off utilities, if necessary
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Candles and matches in a waterproof container

If disasters do strike, call the professionals at SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at 563-386-3540 to help you mitigate the damage and restore your life.  The first steps taken in a disaster situation can mean the difference between recovery and total loss.

Prepare your home before the storm!

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Not only does summertime bring along warmer temps, it also brings the increased risk of damaging thunderstorms to the Davenport and Bettendorf area. SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf are here to help you clean up your home or business after the storm, but right now we want to talk about what a home or business owner can do before a storm hits to help decrease the potential damages done to your structure. Here are some tips that could benefit you when a storm hits.

  • Remove dead or rotting tree branches that pose a threat to your property. These branches pose a greater risk to fall and cause damage
  • Secure any outdoor objects, such as lawn furniture, that could be blown away or that could potentially cause damage to your home or a neighbor's.
  • Shutter your windows, and be sure to secure any outside doors. If your are not able to shutter your windows, make sure to at least close your window blinds, shades, or curtains.
  • Before the storm hits your area, be sure to unplug any unnecessary electronic equipment

If a storm has damaged your home or business, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540.

An Emergency Supply Kit could prove life saving when a storm hits

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

When a storm is bearing down on your home there is one thing that could prove life saving to your family if the storm causes major damage to home, or neighborhood. This is the Emergency Supply Kit. Every home should have a kit made in case of a massive storm damages your home or business. These are the recommended items that you should have for your Emergency Preparedness Kit for your home or business. 

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3 day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks of bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local Maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container.

Summer is here! And so are the storms!

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of DAVENPORT/BETTENDORF is here to help the next time a storm damages your home!

When Storms Hit Davenport or Bettendorf be sure to call SERVPRO!

Summer starts today, and we have already had our fair share of storms around the Quad Cities. Living here in the midwest, we all know how much damage our severe thunderstorms can cause. Hail can wreak havoc on roofs. Heavy rains can cause lead to flooded basements. Wind can knock down trees that could potentially destroy your home.

No matter how much damage a storm causes to your home or business, always remember that SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf is here to help with the clean up. Next time the sirens go off in your neighborhood, all the way from Muscatine to Clinton, remember that SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf is more than ready to assist your home or business with the clean up.

If Your Davenport, Bettendorf, Muscatine, or Clinton Home or Business Has Been Damaged By A Storm Call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540