Um, is it August? These Santa Ana winds are so pervasive this year–right now it feels like the height of summer, not the depths of winter. Many other areas of the nation, like Alabama, are facing extreme weather right now, and Washington State was just ravaged with winter storms that brought most of the state to a standstill. But, they’re still standing, unlike the towns in Alabama destroyed by this week’s tornadoes. [Read more…]
Southern California Edison has done it again—the power is out for customers in the Southland. Thankfully, it’s not as many as in November when the winds destroyed power lines, or when San Diego Gas and Electric had that major shutdown in September, but over 1,400 customers are without power in Corona.
The power went out just before 3 a.m. this morning, and SCE is blaming it on equipment problems, not the wind—although it is blowing today in the Inland Empire. Or should we call it the “Windland Empire”? The Santa Anas are being very generous during this holiday season, and although all of us are appreciating the sunny, warm weather, windstorms are becoming a little frequent. [Read more…]
As if two windstorms this winter hadn’t created enough mayhem and destruction, there’s a new one about to hit the desert early tomorrow morning.
Starting at 4 a.m. Thursday morning and lasting up until 1 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service’s warning is in effect for the Coachella Valley and the Palm Springs area. They have not said if this is another “inside slider”, like the two previous storm, but the winds will be coming from the north and northeast. [Read more…]
Yes, the winter windstorms in Orange County, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire have not finished with us yet. The National Weather Service reports that another “inside slider” is going to move into the region tomorrow and Friday. [Read more…]
If you’re assuming that your roof is fine after the major windstorms over the past week just because your home wasn’t hit by a tree, you may be fooling yourself. Wind can damage a roof in many ways, without the aid of branches and other flying objects, and you might still be in danger.
Your roof goes through a lot, day by day, even in our mild Southern California weather. When it rains, it rains hard and fast, and the sun bakes your roof the rest of the time. We have Santa Ana winds frequently throughout the year—granted, rarely as strong as last week’s storm—that tear at the roof and cause damage that you can’t necessarily see. Even a light rainfall on a damaged roof can cause a larger problem that requires complex, expensive and time-consuming repair, from mold and mildew growth through to foundation damage. Sounds expensive, right?
And with so many homes with power outages after the windstorm, temperatures in the home may fluctuate, causing the perfect conditions for mold growth. Fixing a roof or a leak will be much less costly than mold remediation—at least three times less.
Waterstains or leaks in your ceiling should not be the sign you’re looking for to tell you your roof is damaged. By that time, more damage has been done than you’ll want to hear about—or pay for. Make sure you do regular roof check ups, and have a professional check it at least once a year for signs of damage.
- If you have shingles, they should tell a story: Any blisters, curls or cracks in the shingles will indicate that the roofing material has reached its working lifespan and may need replacement.
- Discolored patches, exposed nails and missing shingles should also raise a red flag.
- This goes for red, clay mission tiles too, the ones that we are so fond of here in the Southland. These are very susceptible to damage, and should be checked after any kind of storm.
- Areas such as skylights, intersection of roof planes, vents and chimney surrounds are prone to catching and holding moisture. Feel the insulation and, if you notice any wet portions or growth of molds, water may already be seeping through these areas.
- A damaged roof flashing could also be the cause of the leak. Roof flashings are found where the roof meets the wall so be sure to check ridges, plumbing vents, chimneys, skylights and eaves.
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, please call us immediately. We know how to work with your insurance company to make the process as easy and hassle-free as possible for you. Repairs now will cost you less money than if you wait, and there’s a very real danger that your insurance company will not pay for the damage that happens months down the road from a leak caused now!
If you have been affected by the wind and storm in any way, you need to act now. Call us on (877) 732-8471 immediately or fill out the form on the right and one of our trained specialists will call you shortly.
If you are expecting the winds to have left the Southland, you’ll be disappointed. Residents in some areas are still waiting for power to be restored, and many areas will have to be patient while waiting for the winds to die down.
The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning today for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties that lasts through Tuesday afternoon. The northeast winds are expected to reach 40 mph with the possibility of gusts up to 60 mph. [Read more…]
The “inside slider”, as the National Weather Service calls it, weather pattern could hit twice more this weekend, apparently, and even continue into early next week. It’s not completely unusual, says Weather Service meteorologist Miguel Miller, but three inside sliders in five days is a little out of the ordinary.
Gusts reached almost 100 miles an hour over the past two days in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, with coastal Orange County managing to dodge the strongest winds. A state of emergency was called in a few cities in Los Angeles, including Pasadena, where large trees and downed power lines made it dangerous for residents—all of the schools were closed on Thursday. Out of the 370,000 Southern California residents that were out of power yesterday, 140,000 remain without electricity.
With downed power lines down all over the southland, firefighters were called out constantly yesterday to put out fires and make areas safe for residents. States of emergency were declared in Alhambra, South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Marino, San Gabriel, Temple City, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Glendora and Arcadia.
REMEMBER: Downed power lines are dangerous! Do not attempt to move or touch them! Call the emergency services immediately, and then call us.
If you have an emergency situation, we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help:
Have you been affected by the winds? Has your residence or place of business suffered:
- Roof damage from fallen trees and debris?
- Roof damage from the high winds?
- Water damage inside your home?
Our services include:
- Emergency tarp-up
- Board and building stabilization
- Roof repair and replacement
If you have been affected by the wind and storm in any way, you need to act now. Call us on (877) 732-8471 immediately or fill out the form below and one of our trained specialists will call you shortly.
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Hurricane-force winds are hitting Southern California, with 60+ mph winds gusting through our counties, and 80 mph winds through our mountain regions. These can cause trees and power lines to fall, which can cause severe property damage. Scattered thunderstorms are said to follow, causing even further damage to homes and commercial properties. If you have an emergency situation with your property, please call us NOW on (877) 731-8471. [Read more…]