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We can be the best in the business in water restoration, carpentry, etc., but without our safety practices, we would be an accident waiting to happen!  We believe safety is one of the key elements that separates the good from the best. At Menold we believe this is reflected in the way we continue to provide education to our team...
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How to Respond After a Home Disaster

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 ​It's devastating when your home is damaged due to water, fire, or mold. Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster is an extensive process, involving everything from cleanup to making the insurance claim. That's why we've compiled a list of steps to give you a game plan and hopefully to make your life a little easier:1. Respond to Emergencies ...
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Protecting Your Documents Before a Disaster

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We've seen firsthand the physical and emotional devastation that follows a natural disaster. That's how we know it's critical to develop a disaster preparedness plan for your home or business so you can be as prepared as possible. Although we can never be completely ready when disaster strikes, having a plan can significantly help throughout the re...
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Disaster Preparedness Guide for Small Business Owners

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Protecting yourself today means you're better prepared for tomorrow. It's critical for small business owners to implement a disaster preparedness plan to help in the case of a natural disaster such as a flood, tornado, or fire. Consider the following tips to ensure the safety of your employees, customers, and property: 1. Purchase the Right Insuran...
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The Top 3 Areas for Residential Flooding

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Flooding is more than just an inconvenience; it can cause serious damage to your home and even your health if water damage is not properly controlled. While it can be difficult to predict, you can still take steps to educate yourself on where water damage is likely to start, leaving you better prepared to handle the aftermath. 1. Bathrooms The bath...
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Preparing Your Property for Spring Storms

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Ready or not, spring is upon us! Although we're all looking forward to green grass and warmer temperatures, spring also brings many natural disasters such as powerful winds, flooding, and tornadoes that can cause severe property damage. Don't be an unprepared property owner! There's not a lot you can do to battle Mother Nature, but there are a few ...
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Central Illinois Winter Weather Cramps Homeowners’ Style

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Welcome to Central Illinois in January. Why did we decide to live here again? For the next week, here's what we can expect:Peoria-Morton Area Weather Bloomington-Normal Area WeatherChampaign-Urbana-Mahomet Area Weather With temperatures like these, homeowners in these areas should take the necessary steps to prepare. Many different forms of propert...
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Summer Storms and Residential Storm Damage Restoration in the Midwest

Summer Storms and Residential Storm Damage Restoration in the Midwest
If you live in Illinois, you know this summer we've experienced severe storms, one right after another. Severe storms may become dangerous, especially the ones we experience, and it is crucial to know the different types of storm damage and how they can impact the places we call home. If your home is left untreated, damage from pounding rain, hail,...
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Storm Damage Restoration in Bloomington-Normal, IL

Storm Damage Restoration in Bloomington-Normal, IL

The tornado that destroyed a large swath of Washington, IL, on November 17, 2013, was a stark reminder to all Central Illinois residents of how powerful storms can change lives in a moment’s notice. Though the Bloomington-Normal, IL, area escaped the smaller town’s fate, it still suffered extensive hail damage as pellets of frozen rain measuring as large as four inches in diameter, or the size of a softball, pelted the community. Bloomington-Normal also required tree damage repair as high winds wreaked havoc across the city.

 

In terms of the amount of harm caused, the horrific tornado in Washington may have been a fairly uncommon event. Hail damage is not. Hail causes $1 billion in lost property and crops each year. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country. There are things you can do, however, to limit the damage hail can cause to you and your property. Here are some safety tips from the National Weather Service:

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Hail Damage in Peoria, IL

Hail Damage in Peoria, IL

Hail damage is a problem in Peoria and across Illinois. Softball-size hail is not unheard of and can shatter glass, puncture the roof of your house or business, and destroy the exterior of your car. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country. As you can see, Peoria is no stranger to hail damage, not to mention the types of storms that bring flood damage.

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Storm Damage Restoration in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Storm Damage Restoration in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Hail can be a major problem for you and your property. Every year hail causes a billion dollars in damage in the United States. Unfortunately, Illinois and its nearly 13 million residents are especially vulnerable to damaging hailstorms. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country, and in the previous 14 years, hail caused an average loss of about $180 million a year, the fifth highest nationwide. Menold Construction and Restoration has the experts to assess and repair any hail damage that your home or business may suffer in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Our professionals provide full restoration services in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding areas. But before you need our help, keep in mind a few tips that might limit the damage to you and your home.

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Signs of Storm Damage

In the Midwest a home could have different storm damage ranging from hail to wind damage, from tornado all the way to snow storm damage. Knowing the signs that your home may have storm damage is crucial in detecting and restoring the issue quickly. Below are areas to check for storm damage:

 

  1. Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows: Look at each of the windows at your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken windows and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check any appliances. Inspect your AC/HCAC unit as well as items such as a barbeque grill.

 

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Prepare to Prevent Tornado Storm Damage

Spring is upon us, and so are the weather and storms that come with it. In the Midwest, we know that means the potential threat of tornadoes, the majority of them occurring between April and June. While we can’t prevent all of the damage that tornadoes and other severe storms cause, there are a few things that you and your family can do to prepare that will give you a greater chance of staying safe.

  1. Prepare a disaster supply kit. This should contain things like bottled water and non-perishable food items, a flashlight and first aid kit. A complete list can be found here. Keep this place in a designated spot in your home and make sure that all family members know where it is located.
  2. Know your warning system. Not all warning systems are created equal, so understand what all of the sirens in your area mean.
  3. Select your safe room. This should be an interior room on the lowest level of your home, away from windows, or a basement or storm cellar. Make sure everyone in the home knows which room you’ve selected.
  4. Practice drills. This ensures that in the event of a storm, you are ready. Assign tasks as needed, for example, who is responsible for locating the family pet.
  5. Storms are often accompanied by high winds. Prepare outdoors as well by removing diseased or damaged trees and branches, secure any lawn furniture, trash cans or anything else that wind could pick up.
  6. Know the warning signs for a tornado and don’t wait to seek shelter.
In the event that a tornado strikes, following these simple disaster preparedness steps could keep you and your family safe. If you find yourself in need of repair due to damage caused by high winds or severe storm, contact professionals to make sure that the repairs are done properly and efficiently.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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