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Archived Storm Damage Blog Posts

How often do Storms occur in San Diego, CA?

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

white house with grey shingles Keep the roof of your home nice and updated to avoid damage.

Natural disasters occur in every state in the United States, but what could possibly be a threat to San Diego, CA? The most common natural disasters are wildfires, droughts, and floods.

A wildfire is a natural disaster that is almost guaranteed once a year. Residents in Southern California are aware of the fire season from September through November.

Droughts are also common in Southern California and occur from a lack of rain. In recent years San Diego, CA is no longer considered to be in a drought.

After the drought storms such as heavy rain and even hail damage are becoming more common in southern California, many residents are needing to prepare for possible losses. The good news is there are various ways to prepare for a storm. One of the most expensive damages related to storms is reconstructing a roof. Replacing shingles and making sure your roof has been thoroughly inspected will save you a lot of money versus finding out you have a roof leak during a storm.

Inspecting your roof is one of the most expensive costs during a storm, but we have more tips and suggestions to avoid storm damage to your home. Read a previous article titled The Right Way to Prepare for the Rain for additional tips!

Storm Damage with SERVPRO of San Diego East

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

rain storm Rain and thunder storm in city.

SERVPRO of San Diego East has been in business since 2018. We have helped many people’s homes and businesses flourish during moments of distress. Some of our notable clients have been Lyft, Asian Business Center, and HUB International. 

All the above customers have one thing in common- storm damage. Many San Diegans are not accustomed to heavy rain and infrastructures are not typically built to withstand harsh climates. With our help their properties were back in business in no time. SERVPRO of San Diego East prioritizes storm cases and makes sure to stop water at its track.

During storm remediation we make sure to keep in contact with the property owner or manager. It’s important to keep in contact due to all the steps that take place during the water remediation process. We also keep in contact with your insurance company in order to proceed with the steps needed to get your business back and running. 

SERVPRO of San Diego East is honored to serve the community of San Diego. For enquiries please call (619) 280-2377.

Common Damages Storm's Bring to a Residence or Business

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

San Diego storm Storm in 2017 located in San Diego, CA

The forecast shows rainy days are ahead of us. With this information it is important to start preparing your residence and/or commercial property for the potential water leaks or damage. Since there are many variables that can occur during a storm we have listed below many action items you can take to be one less person that calls a remediation company like SERVPRO of San Diego East.

First thing first make sure to be aware of the type of storms that occur in our area especially those whose residence or commercial property is in close proximity to Imperial Beach, Coronado Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla Shores. Properties close to the ocean will always have the worst damage due to the combination of the tide, water waves, rain, and wind speed.

  • Flooding
  • Ground Water: Ground water is a form of flooding, it occurs when water fills in the cracks beneath your property. Luckily for you there is an entire website dedicated on educating common factors in ground water to learn more go to groundwater.org.
  • Roof Leaks: Roof leaks are very common during storms - this occurs if there are many holes in your shingles with also the combination of weak infrastructure. Depending on the type of material used for your shingles it is important to renew your roof after 12-25 years. Your roof may have withheld last year’s rain, but if you know you are due for maintenance make sure to update that before the costs increase. Many times homeowners do not update their shingles, which is the shield of the infrastructure of their home or business and further damage their property.

San Diego Rain Storms

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

rain drops San Diego winters are rainy days.

Last Years San Diego Storms

For many, many years San Diego, CA did not have much rain. As of 2018 rain has become a more frequent visitor, and as of 2019 Southern California is no longer considered drought territory. San Diego, CA is expected to have rain storms starting in the month of November. Last year many property and residential owners were unprepared for the damages rain storms bring. Many people’s homes were minimally flooded, rain came through the roofs of their homes, and other unknown leakage became apparent after the rain storm.

Prepare For The Rain

It is sometimes difficult to prepare for a rainstorm because most likely during a rain storm is when commercial and residential owners find out they are having water leaks. The team at SERVPRO of San Diego East highly suggests when rain leaks into your home it is best to call a remediation company immediately, this will ensure low cost. If you had water leaks from last years rain make sure that issue has been fixed before the rainy season begins. The cost to update your home may be expensive, but the money invested does not compare to the cost of water damage repairs.

How Can SERVPRO of San Diego East Help

If water damage occurs know that remediation companies will help restore your home or commercial property. Depending on the situation remediation companies will use an array of equipment to properly retract the issues caused by the rain. If parts of your home or business have been severely soaked there will be extended steps that will need to take place such as reconstruction. Reconstruction is rebuilding parts of the infrastructure that no longer has strength - many times this is drywall.

Make sure to call a remediation company immediately once water damage is present.

Did you know that groundwater is considered a flood?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

person walking in sewer This is where sewer backup comes from, make sure to call SERVPRO of San Diego East to get all the germs out.

According to insurance companies groundwater is not covered by homeowners insurance but rather considered a flood. Homeowner insurance does not cover damage from water entering from below surfaces of the ground. Some examples of groundwater damage are: sewer water back ups, water that comes heavy rain these may be covered by flood insurance.

San Diego, CA has been in a drought for many years. But as you can tell from the many rain showers of 2019 and 2020 that is no longer the case. Some states in the midwest have a sump pump installed. A sump pump is used to extract water from the basin of the lowest point of a home. Making sure you also include flood insurance will also help you avoid paying out of pocket cost.

SERVPRO of San Diego East is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

How to Prepare for a Flash Flood Watch

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

water droplets on window during rain Protect your homes from the rain.

For the next couple of days San Diego, CA will be under a flash flood watch. Flash floods happen when large bursts of rain occur. Have you ever thought if there are ways you can prepare for a flash flood watch? The answer is yes!

How to safely prepare for a flash flood watch?

  • Do not swim, walk or drive through flooded areas.
  • During flash floods power outage can be an effect, make sure to have flashlights.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit.
  • If your home is effected move to the highest points in your home. 

How to prepare your home for a flash flood watch?

  • During flash flood watches make sure to unplug electronics you are not using.
  • Make sure outdoor furniture is covered or put inside.
  • Make sure you documents are sealed and placed somewhere where water can’t get to it.
  • Sometimes barriers are placed in homes that have reoccurring flood damage to stop the water.

SERVPRO of San Diego East is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Plan of Action: Water Damage Edition

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Lady fixing water pipe under sink The importance to establishing a safety plan for your home or property.

Having a fire or water damage disaster in your home or property is uncommon and will most likely happen to you once in your lifespan. It is important to have a plan of action when this occurs so you know exactly what to do when it does happen. You also save so much money knowing the details.

Today we will be focusing on creating a water damage plan for your home. Here are some steps and tips.

  • Make sure you know where and how to stop the water source from your home.
  • Know the details of your home or property insurance. 
  • Know the estimated costs of water damage.
  • Take into account the different roles of an insurance agent and service technicians.
  • If you’re renting a home or renting space in your commercial make sure the tenants have home or property insurance.
  • Note the high levels of your home so you can stay safe if a flood occurs.
  • Make sure you know where all sources of water are located.
  • And very importantly find a local restoration or remediation company like SERVPRO of San Diego East that can take care of a variety or services such as water damage repairs and fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO of San Diego East is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, and groundwater.

Rain the Greatest Indicator of Infrastructure

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water in homeowner's living room. Standing water in homeowner's living room.

San Diego, CA has been experiencing a lot of rain. Rain is a great indicator of quality of construction to buildings and homes. Rain comes with a flood of emotions as well as water damage. 

Some possible losses consist of:

  • Flood in your home.
  • Ground water entering your home or property through the ground.
  • Roof leaks.
  • Sewage backup.
  • Pipes bursting.

When such losses occur it is important to take action immediately. Water damage may not seem hazardous, but it can cause mold and make the infrastructure of your property or home fragile. It can lead to drywall softening and collapsing that could either damage your valuables or put yourself and those around you at risk. 

If you are experiencing any losses make sure to call SERVPRO of San Diego East at (619) 280-2377.

The Right Way to Prepare for the Rain

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Rain storm. Roof leaking from rain storm.

There has been a lot of rain in San Diego, CA these past couple of days. SERVPRO of San Diego East has worked on multiple projects that were due to the surplus of rain. We had several people call us in the late of night due to leaks caused by the rain. Sometimes these leaks are unavoidable, but we want to prep you for the next storm.  

There are various forms on getting prepared for the rainy weather. Here are some tips to avoid rain damage. 


  • Plant shade trees or palm trees at least 20 feet away from your home. 
  • If you have gutters, make sure they are clean. 
  • Ensure there are no leaks on your roof, I will add an article below with specifics. 
  • Check for damage on your resident housing and repair if needed. 
  • Weatherstrip windows and doors when you are aware of rain forecast. 
  • Have your trees trimmed. 

  How to Find & Repair Roof 

San Diego, CA 1858 Hurricane

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Satellite view of hurricane near Mexico and California Satellite view of hurricane in Mexico going north into California.

Tourists, travelers, and even locals are not typically threatened by hurricane worries. Why would they? There hasn’t been a hurricane since Tuesday October 2nd, 1858 – that was more than 160 years ago. The last time San Diego, CA ever worried about a hurricane the population was 4,325. And the Civil War had not yet come. 

The possibilities of a hurricane occurring in San Diego, CA are truly very slim – but not impossible. The ocean water has been increasing in temperatures since 1977 due to the water from Baja California shifting north into the San Ysidro, CA and San Diego, CA water masses. Although hurricanes are slim in southern California – the loss in damages would be very high because of the current population and temperature rises of the water. 

In 1858 three ships were damaged, many rooftops were torn from homes. This is why it is important to know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. 

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management provides great detail in what to do in order a hurricane strike.  

Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons?

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

A radar image of Hurricane Dorian Dorian, is set to be the first hurricane to hit the east coast this year.

Through out our life time we may have heard these three names for storms. Hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tropical storms. So what is the difference between all these? 

Well here is a quick guide:

Hurricanes are tropical storms that form over the North Atlantic Ocean and Northeast Pacific.

Cyclones are formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Typhoons are formed over the Northwest Pacific Ocean.

Tropical Storms a localized, very intense low-pressure wind system, forming over tropical oceans and with winds of hurricane force.

So which would you be most likely to come in contact with in your area? Well for starters you can rest assured that a hurricane will almost never hit the west coast because of the cold water in the Pacific Coast! But remember, regardless of the storm, SERVPRO is ready to handle any situation! 

Storm Disaster Recovery Team

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Crew Chiefs getting their technicians ready for the day Two Crew Chiefs preparing their technicians for the day, this is one of the multiple storm teams ready to respond around the United States.

Did you know SERVPRO has a team specified for large scale disasters? 

Hurricanes, blizzards, wildfires and floods are just some of the types of things our Disaster Recovery Teams are built for. Here is a quick list of times are teams have been assembled! 

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is composed of the best of the best when it comes to restoration and mitigation experts. The specialists are hand picked, prequalified and positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

 If you know of a disaster near you, be sure to call SERVPRO of San Diego East (619) 280-2377!

Storm Damage

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Ocean Beach pier after a large storm! The after math of storm waves crashing into Ocean Beach Pier.

San Diego is known for its beautiful homes on the ocean and its beautiful beach communities. Those homes and communities, at times, can be the most peaceful and restful places. 

A few years ago a large storm hit San Diego and greatly affected its beach homes and communities! 

Many homes where flooded and many personal belongings where lost due to water damage. 

Multiple SERVPRO franchises rallied together to be able to provide the home owners and property owners the proper remediation. The damage was extensive but SERVPRO's franchise where able to make it look "Like it never even happened!" 

Remember, to have SERVPRO of San Diego East on speed dial, so we are able to remove and restore any storm damage. We never wish any damage on any of our customers, but if there is...you know who to call!

Storm Preparation

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

A tree that has fallen over a car. Strong winds in San Diego, caused not only flooding in homes, but tress outside of homes to fall.

San Diego is known for many things, but storms are not one of them, but when we do get the occasional storm that comes through, SERVPRO of San Diego East wants to make sure you are prepared for the worst!

Here are some tips from the City of San Diego, to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe through out any emergency during a storm.

When Rains Arrive

  • Report flooding to the City's emergency dispatch center at 619-527-7500
  • Report downed electrical lines or gas emergencies to San Diego Gas & Electric at 800-411-7343.
  • Leave early if your property is in a flood zone. Water levels can rise fast once storms start. 
  • Drive carefully! Take your time getting home or to work.

After Rains Pass

  • Report non-emergency problems, including but not limited to blocked storm drains, potholes, and broken street lights
  • To report structural damage to your property or residence, call the City's emergency dispatch center at 619-527-7500.
  • Contact your property insurance carrier and SERVPRO of San Diego East to report damages to your property and learn how to file a claim with the City for flood damage.