2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

When does 2021’s hurricane season start?

 

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is coming quicker than most people thought. The season usually begins on June 1, 2021, and ends on November 30, 2021. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin and is adopted by convention. However, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time of the year. Starting with this hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) will begin issuing regular Tropical Weather Outlooks on May 15, two weeks earlier than they used to do so in the past, while the NHC, the National Weather Service (NWS), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) discuss whether or not to move up the official start of the hurricane season to May.

What are the names for this year’s hurricanes?

 

The following names will be used for named storms that form in the North Atlantic in 2021. Retired names, if any, will be announced by the World Meteorological Organization in the spring of 2022. The names not retired from this list will be used again in the 2027 season. This is the same list used in the 2015 season, with the exceptions of Elsa and Julian, which replaced Erika and Joaquin, respectively.

 

 

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Houston Winter Storm & Pipe Bursts

Houston Winter Storm & Pipe Bursts

When Regency DRT arrived in Houston this morning the temperature dropped in Southeast Texas into near-historic levels, causing thousands of reported pipe bursts in Houston alone. Not only that but it left millions of homes and businesses without power creating a better environment for pipes to freeze.

With an average yearly snowfall of 63 inches and temperatures reaching -25 to -30 Fahrenheit, our Michigan location is no stranger to this type of damage.

So how can you tell if your dealing with a pipe burst?

 

 

Pipes break during wintry weather because the water freezes and expands inside the pipe, similar to putting a bottle of water or a can of soda in the freezer and watching it expand outward.

Often the pipes can’t take the stress, and they break. This could happen inside your home’s walls, in the attic, under your home or on the pipes outside your home.

Here are 6 telltale signs to look out for: 

Frost or icicles – on the exterior of a pipe

Stains on your walls or ceiling – Look very carefully, perhaps with a bright flash light, for any discoloration from the normal paint. The beginning of a leak won’t always show up as falling sheet rock — try to catch it in the very early stages of discoloration as it gets wet.

Sagging sheet rock – know that most of the time when dry wall gets wet, it has to be replaced, especially if is soaked and sagging or can easily be pierced with your finger or a tool. Fix the leak first, of course. Just repairing the leak without removing damaged dry wall or moisture could caused mold problems down the road.

Low water pressure or no water pressure – this could impact all your water fixtures or just one or two in a certain wall that froze. Of course, this is more difficult to tell if your city’s entire water supply is compromised or suffering from low water pressure.

Expensive water bills – if you haven’t changed your habits or had additional people staying over, a sudden jump in your monthly bill may be an indicator that you have a leak somewhere. It could even be from of a faucet or line outside or under your home where it may be less obvious. Again, walk around the perimeter of your property on a dry day and look for any clues like standing water or mud.

Smelly or Discolored Water – If you’re not sure what we mean by this please visit our “Know Your Water” article. This is extremely important in regards to safety.

 

What can I do to prevent further damage?

 

 

Act quickly – If the stress of water damage doesn’t motivate you to act quickly, the possibility of mold might. Mold can begin to develop within 24-48 hours of exposure to moisture. Say hello to airborne spores and harmful particles! Since mold has been linked to serious illness, be sure to act quickly whenever water damage is suspected.

Stop the flow of water – Assuming it’s safe to proceed, shut off the water supply leading to the damaged area. If you can’t tell where the water is coming from, get in touch with an expert immediately.

Turn off the power – For small cases of water damage, this step can be skipped. However, when water has saturated walls and floors, it’s better to be cautious. Don’t unplug or switch off electrical appliances when in contact with water. Some homeowners have fallen into the “It won’t happen to me” trap and gotten injured. Stay safe and smart.

Assess the damage – Before you or a professional water damage restoration company begins remediation, take stock of the damage. Write down exactly what looks damaged and the source of the damage. Use your phone to snap pictures of visible signs of the damage. This photographic evidence can help you in filing an insurance claim and can offer your restoration company more guidance on the source of the problem.

Salvage your most valuable possessions – Again, this step should only be done if the area is safe to enter. If you can, locate and remove your most important items from the damaged area. If your items are severely damaged, many restoration companies offer content restoration services. Content restoration is a process of individualized restoration to specific items and is ideal for homeowners with a wide variety of possessions that have been damaged. Contact our team for more information on this service.

Prepare the area – To prepare the affected area for full restoration, dry up visible water. Place old towels on the ground and sop up as much water as possible. Standing water is devastating to a home’s structural integrity and can compound water damage into more costly restoration projects.

Contact a professional – Unfortunately, many do-it-yourself restoration projects fall flat. With limited knowledge and equipment on the process of water damage restoration, homeowners usually only scratch the surface of remediation. Warped flooring returns and moldy smells become more apparent. Regency is no stranger to water damage. Whether you’ve experienced major flooding or just a subtle leak, contact Regency DRT for your restoration needs.

 

Is there anything I should avoid doing?

 

 

Regency does NOT recommend DIY mitigation and restoration – If you have water damage within your home, your first instinct may be to go on to Google and find the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to clean it up yourself. With the internet at our fingertips, it seems that we can find “answers” to our problems within seconds. Although we may find these “answers,” it doesn’t necessarily mean they are correct, that they even work, or are the best option for you. Click Here for more information.

 

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When Should I Call a Professional?

It’s pretty common to have a water leak and not even realize it. Most leaks are hidden from plain sight and require special attention to detail in order to notice them. Take a moment and look for the following signs that result in the need for leak detection services.

1. Mushy Ground

If it’s not raining often in your area, your yard should stay dry. However, if you walk around your house and notice areas of mushy, moist ground, you can probably benefit from water leak detection services. Unusually mushy ground could signify a broken water line that’s draining directly into the earth around your home. Allowing the leak to go unfixed will not only keep your yard soggy, but could eventually cause the earth to shift, causing costly damage to your foundation.

2. Skyrocketing Water Bill

One of the easiest ways to spot a water leak is to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you go from paying 50 dollars a month to 350, you probably have a leak or a busted line. Make sure you compare bills over a period of time. Also consider looking at last year’s bill.

3. Sound of Continuously Running Water

Everyone knows the sound of a running toilet or dishwasher. Since it’s such a normal sound in the typical home, you might fail to notice the sound when appliances aren’t running. Periodically check your appliances and toilets when you hear the sound of running water to make sure something is actually turned on. If you hear the sound but know everything is turned off, you must have a leak under your home or in the walls.

4. Mysteriously Changing Water Meter

If you suspect a water leak, turn off everything that uses water in your home for about an hour. After awhile, go to your water meter and have a close look. Is it still running? A running meter signifies the need for water leak detection.

5. Wet Spots in Home

Wet spots on floors and walls might be common in a home with frequent spills. However, if you notice discolored areas where you’re sure nothing has been spilled, keep a look out. If they don’t go away or you notice more, you may have a hidden water leak.

6. Musty Smells

Smelling a musty odor in your home means that water is lurking somewhere. Consider hiring a water leak detection expert to help you hunt down the source. Breathing in the moist air is not only uncomfortable, but it also can negatively impact your allergies.

7. Need for Excessive Pool Chemical Treatments

When a swimming pool has a leak, you’ll probably find yourself treating it with more chemicals than normal. That’s because the costly chemicals are leaking out along with the water. Keep track of chemicals you use each month. If you see a drastic fluctuation, begin searching for leak detection services.

Leaving a leak alone will inevitably cost you hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Save yourself some cash and look for the signs. If you think you have a leak, don’t hesitate to call a professional for water leak detection.

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Toilet Tank Leaks, What You Need To Know!

According to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), toilets are responsible for approximately 27 percent of the water used in homes on a daily basis. The amount of water used by toilets is only increased when there is a leak. A leaking toilet tank can result in an incredible loss of water every minute it has not been stopped. It oftentimes goes undetected until a leak test has been conducted.

What Causes Toilet Leaking?

  • Ineffective flush valve system
  • Fill valve problems

An ineffective flush valve system is the most common culprit of toilet leaking. At the bottom of a toilet tank is the flapper, or flush valve ball. The ball or flapper is supposed to form a watertight seal. After a period of time this part can begin to deteriorate or become defective. When this occurs, water begins to leak around it into the toilet bowl. Although this leak is the most common, it can be the most difficult to detect, because the toilet leaking is silent.

While the ineffective flush valve is responsible for most leaks, fill valve problems result in a leaking toilet tank as well. The second most frequent cause of a leaking toilet tank is a broken or inadequately placed fill valve, or ball cock. Problems occur when the shut-off valve does not completely close or the float is placed too high. If this happens, the tank will experience a continuous flow of water, which then enters the overflow tube.

Water and Money Consumed Before a Leak Test

Toilet leaking results in a tremendous amount of water loss. Every day that a silent leak goes undetected can amount to as much as 300 gallons of water. That is three times the amount of water the average American uses in an entire day. When water is wasted, that easily translates to money spent on higher water bills. Depending on the size of the leak, it is possible to end up paying an extra $500.00 every year on water that was never used. Performing a leak test regularly allows you to take action before more water, and ultimately money, can be wasted.

How Can I Tell if the Toilet is Leaking?

A leak test can be performed by placing a toilet tablet into the toilet tank once the filling has stopped. Wait for a period of 10 minutes, and then check for color in the bowl. If color emerges, you have a leak problem that needs to be fixed right away. The toilet tablet is very inexpensive. They cost as little as $0.19 for one package containing two tablets.

Leaks involving the fill valve are not as easily detected. Once the toilet tank is full, remove the tank covering and check for water flowing in the overflow tube. If this is occurring, you have a leaking toilet tank on your hands. A water leak sensor is available to alert you as soon as toilet leaking is detected. The device flashes a green LED light when the toilet is properly functioning. Once toilet leaking has been sensed, the LED will flash a red light and make a beeping sound. A water leak sensor costs approximately $20.00, and pays for itself many times over during the course of a year in the money you will save by knowing right away when you are facing a leaking toilet tank.

Act Fast!

When your house has been water damaged, there is no time to lounge around and wait for a good time to start the cleanup process. We at Regency DRT have more than twenty years of experience to handle every type of water damage dilemma you might face. Some of the services we provide include water extraction and pump-outs, complete structural drying, dehumidification, mold and sewage remediation, water damage cleanup due to frozen pipes and broken pipes, and off-site personal property cleaning.

Please contact us for more information on how we can help you. Even if you aren’t interested in our services at this time, we are happy to offer any advice and information on how to recover from water damage.

 

 

Four Types Of Thunderstorms

Like other things in life, thunderstorms differentiate depending on certain conditions. Sure, we’ve got severe and non-severe storms, but are you aware that there are four different types of thunderstorms?

In their infancy, most thunderstorms start up as high cumulus clouds. wet parcels of air rise, expand, and cool, inflicting these clouds to grow. This creates what we decision an updraft. Often, the white, wispy look of the growing cloud is replaced by a darker shade. This ominous look is water vapor condensing into ice crystals and water droplets that will later fall as rain.

If there’s an updraft, then there must be a downdraft, right? Once the ice crystals and water droplets become heavy enough, gravity takes over and the precipitation begins to fall. As it descends, it forces the surrounding air down with it. This creates the downdraft, transporting cooler, humid air to the surface.

The downdraft is also responsible for what helps weaken a storm. As the downdraft becomes stronger, it eventually overtakes the updraft, leading to the thunderstorm’s demise. If that warm, moist air can no longer rise, the entire process stops and what once was a dangerous storm, becomes a cloud with light rain that gradually dissipates.

Now let’s break down the four different types they can become:

Singe-Cell Thunderstorms:

Single-Cell Thunderstorms are pulse storms. As with all thunderstorms, they are formed in areas of high humidity. They barely last an hour but can create severe hail and weak tornadoes.

Multi-Cell Thunderstorms:

Multi-Cell Thunderstorms consist of a group of single-cell thunderstorms at different stages of their life. They make everyone aware of their presence by lightening.

Multicell Line Storms consist of a line of squalls leading the front.

Multicell Cluster Storms can produce moderate sized hail, flash floods, and weak tornadoes.

Super-Cell Storms: 

Super-Cell Storms are the most severe type of thunderstorm. They can produce strong downbursts, large hail, and occasional flash floods.

 

Hurricane Updates

[Update 11/03/2020 10:00AM]:

Hurricane Eta

What we know:

Through Friday evening, heavy rainfall from Eta will likely lead to catastrophic, life threatening flash flooding and river flooding across portions of Central America, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain. Flash and river flooding is also possible across Jamaica, southeast Mexico, El Salvador, southern Haiti, and the Cayman Islands.

A catastrophic and life-threatening storm surge, along with destructive waves, are expected along portions of the northeastern coast of Nicaragua near and to the north of where the center makes landfall. Water levels could reach as high as 14 to 21 feet above normal tide levels in some parts of the hurricane warning area.

 

What is the likelihood of it gaining strength?

Catastrophic wind damage is expected where Eta’s eyewall moves onshore along the northeastern coast of Nicaragua. Tropical-Storm-Force or greater winds are already occurring within the Hurricane Warning area in Nicaragua. A Tropical Storm Warning is also in effect for the northeastern coast of Honduras.

 

 

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Tropical Storm Updates

[Update 11/10/2020 10:00AM]:

Tropical Storm Eta

What we know:

Heavy rainfall will continue across western Cuba and South Florida today and tonight. Additional flash and urban flooding, especially across previously inundated areas, will be possible in South Florida. Flash and urban flooding will also be possible for western Cuba.

What is the likelihood of it gaining strength?

Eta could approach the northeastern or north-central U.S. Gulf Coast later this week as a tropical storm, and possibly bring impacts from rain, wind, and storm surge. Interests in this area should continue to monitor the progress of Eta and updates to the forecast this week.

 

Tropical Storm Theta

 

What we know:

Tropical Storm Theta formed in the Atlantic Monday night. It poses no threat to land but was notable nonetheless, making 2020 a record-breaking hurricane season.

What is the likelihood of it gaining strength?

Not predicted to make landfall as of 11/10/2020 10:00AM

 

 

 

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October Hurricane Outlook

The tropics are quiet. Too quiet. We are still in the peak of Hurricane Season within the Atlantic and Pacific, but the seas are silent. However, this hiatus will not last long.

The month of October has featured several of the United States’ most vicious and ill-famed systems (i.e. Hurricane Michael in 2018).

During October, wind shear begins to increase over the eastern and central Atlantic which will tear a system apart before it develops. However, in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, the water temperatures are close to their warmest, and the wind shear remains close to its minimum.

Formation locations or tropical systems during October. (NHC/NOAA)

October is the most dangerous month for hurricanes for states like FL. Of the 112 recorded hurricanes to strike Florida since 1950, thirty-eight have occurred in October.

All Florida hurricanes since 1850 during the month of October (NHC, OPC, NOAA, HURDAT)

During month of October, there is a southward advance of the jet stream, as cold air begins to move over Canada. Which will facilitate fuel intense extratropical transitions because the remnants of hurricanes will move north.

What to Expect

By October 10th, rising motion related to consecutive convectively coupled Kelvin wave, a huge overturning circulation that meanders the tropics, will spread out around the western Atlantic. That upward motion can make it easier for storm clusters to become organized and a tropical system to mature, if one develops.

Broad rising motion will more than likely move in from the west and spread into the Western Atlantic by the second to third week of October. (CPC, NOAA)

 

During this point, the Madden-Julian Oscillation, or MJO — an analogous circulation that traverses the tropics monthly — is also supposed to enter a state that will cause a lot of storms and rain within the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

A phase 8 or 1 pattern would favor increased storms in the Gulf and Western Atlantic. (CPC, NOAA)

Even though some cooler waters linger within the northern Gulf after being churned up by Sally, the majority of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico stay warmer than usual. There is Plenty of heat to encourage a Hurricane if one does form.

Sea surface temperature anomalies in the Gulf of Mexico. (Tropical Tidbits)

 

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Tropical Depression Updates

[Update 11/13/2020 1:00PM]:

Tropical Depression Thirty-One

What we know:

Through Wednesday morning, heavy rainfall from Tropical Depression Thirty-One may lead to life-threatening flash flood and river flooding across portions of Haiti, Jamaica and Central America. Flooding and landslides from heavy rainfall could be significant across Central America given recovery efforts underway after Hurricane Eta.

What is the likelihood of it gaining strength?

The depression is expected to strengthen to a hurricane while it approaches the coast of Central America, and there is a risk of dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall impacts across portions of Nicaragua and Honduras beginning Sunday night. Hurricane Watches will likely be issued for a portion of this area tonight.

 

 

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Tropical Disturbance Updates

[Update 12/02/2020 10:00AM]:

Tropical Disturbance 1

What we know:

A gale-force, non-tropical low pressure system is centered between the Madeira Islands and the Azores. This system has become less organized during the past 24 hours, and environmental conditions are expected to become less conducive for development as the system moves southwestward during the next day or two. Although subtropical development is now unlikely, this system will continue to produce strong winds and locally heavy rains in the Madeira Islands and the Azores through Wednesday.

What is the likelihood of it gaining strength?

Formation chance through 48 hours: 10 percent (Low).

Formation chance through 5 days: 10 percent (Low).

 

 

 

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