Questions, Concerns, and Hesitations.
Give us your questions!
Over the past year that SERVPRO Cedar Mill / Oak Hill has been in service, we have done many jobs - whether big or small, we help anyone that requires our assistance. We hope that we have been doing great work whenever you are in need of help. Whenever a problem occurs, we try our best to rectify the mistake to ensure that our customers are satisfied with our work. For the customers that we have worked with in the past - what were your first concerns in regards to hiring us? Were those concerns well met after we showed up and assisted you? If you were to need us again, would you hesitate to give us a call or would you call us immediately? If you have any other questions regarding our services or feedback on our services then head over to our Facebook page and send us a message! We value your input and will try anything in our power to make sure that you are always satisfied with the quality of our work!
Teamwork makes the dream work!
Over the past year, here at SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hill, we have obtained many new faces and acquired various different talents that each person brings to the table. But with the growth of our company could come with a few downsides. A system must be put into play so that everyone will be able to do their jobs each and every day without micromanaging from their supervisors or without worrying our owner too much!
Delegating out a big task is one of the most efficient ways to get things done. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and delegation allows us as a team to achieve what our supervisor cannot do alone. Trust in your coworkers, give them the space to carry out their tasks, and if they need help a little nudge in the right direction is a great way to encourage them that they are doing a good job! Teamwork and communication is key in any successful company, and here at our office, everyone does their best to help each other out so that the job gets done quickly and efficiently. There is no job too small or too big for us to handle! Got a challenge for us? Send it our way at (503) 619 6198.
Bake sale for the greater good!
Baking for a cause is a team effort!
Food, a basic human need. For those who have no trouble obtaining food, the true meaning of the word “starving” rarely comes into play. More than 41 million Americans suffer from lack of food, and of those 41 millions, 13 million of them are children.
Children need sustenance to do well in school, without it they won’t be able to focus and have the proper mindset to succeed. The No Kid Hungry program is working to eradicate the hunger problem that is blanketing America. They are pushing for breakfast and afterschool meal to be included in school, providing support the children’s families ways to keep healthy and nutritious food in the house, and offering a summer meal program so that children in America won’t go hungry again.
This may seem as though the program is far from reach, but with the support that everyone can offer, we move one step closer to a better tomorrow! So here at SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills, we are putting our support in the No Kid Hungry program by doing a bake sale for our community to come enjoy and help further the cause, and all proceeds go directly to the foundation. So join us from 11am-3pm at the Somerset Swim Center in Cedar Mill on June 9th to help us make our community a better place. RSVP on Facebook for more info!
A shout out to Faith Bible High School!
A big shout out to Faith Bible Christian School for finally expanding to a new location! After 36 years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance, the school has finally looked to moving their primary high school location to a brand new location in Tanasbourne. This is an exciting stage for the school and the people because the campus holds promising new aspects for them as they continue to be the outstanding school in the community.
The school has always given back to the community, making it a better place for their students and the neighbors. Always putting the community first, the school has done many volunteering events and mission trips. The school’s IMPACT volunteering event has been running for several years now with 20-30 students, several parents and teachers and other various people in the community volunteering their time over Thanksgiving to go out into the community to make it a better place. The school also travels to places in Africa to build houses, build connections, and try to make the life of the people there better. The school has done so much to give to the community around them, it is good to see that they are finally getting something nice done for them. Congratulations Faith Bible Christian School! We hope your new campus will bring lots of prosperity to you and your congregation.
Leakage in your roof could lead to leakage in your wallet
Call us now!
Now that the rainy weather has mostly gone away, it’s a good time to check for leakages in your roof and make sure that there won’t be any water damage in your attic. There a many steps that you could make in order to prevent water damage from happening to your attic:
Look for any leaks
Check for any signs of water damage, like discoloration or mold growth. The angle in which two roofs meet could be prone to leaks and cracks, and there could also be leaks in the attic plumbing stacks
If your roof is completely closed off from any chance of ventilation, the moisture in the attic could potentially create a bigger problem than you would ever want. Especially during winter, with the heater making the warm air rises to the attic, the condensation of the heat will stick on the cold surfaces of the attic, and if there isn’t any ventilation then damage could slowly arise.
To prevent the condensation from sticking to the walls of the roof, then insulation could be one of the most important step in controlling the temperature level in your attic. Make sure the insulation is in good condition, thick, soft, and dry to have the best results.
Outside vent for appliances
Make sure that your appliances aren’t redirecting straight into the attic but rather be redirected outside so moisture won’t be accumulating in your attic.
If you find water damage in your home, then give us a call as soon as possible so we could limit the damage that it’s doing to your home. Just call (503) 619 6198
Tips to Mitigating Mold in Cedar Mill!
Don't let mold get to you and your home!
As we’ve mentioned in previous posts mold can certainly be dangerous and costly to remove and remediate. One of the best things to prevent having to get mold remediation services is to prevent the mold in the first place. There are mold spores all over the place and they will love to grow if you let them. Mold especially likes to grow in humid climates like Portland, Cedar Mill, Hillsboro, and Beaverton. Below are some quick tips for preventing mold damage in your home, office or building.
1. Detect and remedy mold friendly areas.
While you can’t eliminate mold completely you can help prevent it by making it challenging for mold to thrive. Mold likes to grow in damp, dark places so you can check your home or office for challenged spots where mold may grow.
- Check the basement for flooding
- Check around the house after a big rain to ensure there are no leaks
- Check the ceiling for water stains indicating a leak
- Check your gutters
2. Don’t leave wet spots or wet items.
Mold needs moisture to grow so don’t give it a chance to. If you have some flooding from a storm, a spill on the carpet or water from a leaky pipe, dry the area promptly. Failure to dry the area properly will result in mold growth. Be sure not leave wet items such as towels or clothes in a pile or in the washer, this can lead to mold and bacteria growth as well.
3. Prevent moisture and excess humidity with proper ventilation and air flow.
Ensure that humidity levels are low and there is proper ventilation. Ensuring there is proper ventilation in the shower, laundry room, attic or basement can help to ensure that it’s not humid for mold to grow. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers go a long way to remove the extra moisture in the air but even running a fan or opening a window can help get the circulation to prevent mold growth.
4. Ensure to have roof gutters in good working condition.
Mold can easily be caused by damaged gutters that result in a leak. Ensure your gutters are cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Gutters play an important part of keeping your home in good shape and protected from the rain.
5. Use mold resistant items when possible.
It should be no surprise that if you utilize mold resistant items when possible then chance of having mold problems decreases immensely. There are many mold resistant products including:
- Mold Resistant Paint
- Mold Resistant Wood
- Mold Resistant Shower Curtains
- Mold Resistant Bath Mat
- and more
If you do end up having a mold problem that you are unsure what is causing it or how to rid it you may want to call in a professional to come and assess the scene. SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills can check out your mold situation and remediate the situation as well as restore any damage caused by the mold.
Health issues from drastic changes in weather
Allergy season is upon us
With the drastic changes of weather in the past few weeks, many household are more prone to a mold infestation that could be appearing from right under their noses. Especially during the Springtime, mold have an easier time growing, manifesting, and making a colony for itself in one’s household. Here at SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hill, we are going to tell you the how, what, where, why of spotting mold and preventing it in your house.
Mold reproduce by means of spores, completely invisible to the naked eye therefore making it nearly impossible to spot until it manifests. Floating through the air until it finds its new home, but once it lands on a moist surface, the growth process begins. There are many different types of mold but all requires moisture and a food source surface to grow. Because of the common materials used to build houses, mold can easily attach itself and grow indoors. Examples such as flooding, water leakage, building maintenance, or indoor plumbing problems could lead to infestation of mold.
Many of the symptoms that cause by mold could be avoided if handled correctly. To prevent any future health problems from happening to you or your family give us a call right now at (503) 619 6198 for your free mold inspection (only available for a limited time)
Kid's Preparedness Event at Bethany Presbyterian with Birdy The Fire Dog!
I can't wait to meet you!
Woof woof. Greeting human friends. Do you have treats for me, Birdy the Fire Dog? Regardless of that answer, I, Birdy, would like to promote this cool event that my human friends are having soon. It’s the Kid’s Preparedness Program that will be hosted at the Bethany Presbyterian Church on May 5th, 2018 from 11am to 1pm.
The ERP (Emergency Readiness Program) is a program that is designed to teach children and adults all about what to do in case of an emergency. Do you know what to do in case of a fire? What about a flood situation, during an earthquake, or in the event of a tornado? The list of potential emergencies goes on and we can prepare you for any of them! The event will have a plethora of activities and refreshments to keep everyone entertained while they hear my owner talk about the program.
You can take pictures with me, Birdy the Fire Dog, in my firefighter outfit! There will be tables where you can get your face painted so you can look like me or a cat if you prefer, but that’s less cool. There will be goodie bags (that might have treats in there for me, probably not but dog can dream). There will be door prizes and free ERP giveaways. So what are you waiting for? Come down and play with me!
Get Ready Cedar Mill, Spring Storms Are Here!
Don't let this be you!
Are you prepared? Here's a few tips to get you and your home ready for possible storm damage, and ways to keep your family safe!
1. Remove Dead Wood.
Trimming your trees regularly will help fewer branches fall in heavy wind or other severe weather. For particularly tall trees, experts can do the trimming for you and can also tell you when trees are at risk of being blown over in a storm so they can be removed.
2. Secure Outdoor Items.
Loose items like grills, picnic tables, and lawn furniture should be brought inside to avoid becoming projectiles in storms with high winds. Decorations, even when they are securely attached to the home, could also cause damage or be destroyed in the storm.
3. Deal with Drainage Problems.
Having the gutters cleaned once leaves have fallen should be a given, but there can be other drainage problems around your home, including areas where water can drain onto the foundation and damage it. Landscaping professionals can help you identify the problems and find solutions so that you don’t have any issues when the storms come.
4. Inspect Roof Periodically.
A brand new roof should withstand most severe weather, but if your roof is 5-10 years old or older, it should be checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. Not only can shingles blow off in a storm, but loose nails and sheathing can cause chunks of roofing to be dislodged or create openings for rain and ice to penetrate.
If an inspection does turn up any possible leaks, getting them fixed right away will protect your home from damage in severe weather. Roofs that are over 15 years old risk sudden deterioration or failure in storm situations even if no problems are apparent.
5. Consider Impact-Rated Windows.
You may be able to protect your windows from damage by installing hurricane shutters, or just boarding up the windows if a severe storm is imminent. The fact is, though, that any new windows are likely to be more airtight and impervious to leaks and damage than older windows.
SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills can help you prepare your home to withstand storm damage, and if the worst does happen, we can help you repair the damage and get your home looking better than new. Call us at (503) 619-6198 to schedule your free estimate.
Ride Along Job
Richie arriving at the client's house
Today I went along with Richie one of our technician into the field to see what it is, exactly, that he does for his job. We arrived at the client’s home, came inside their house to inspect what is the source of the problem is. The client gave us the run down of what the people from Dr. Crawlspace had relay to her, Richie listened and diagnosed the problem after he checked under the kitchen sink. When it doesn’t seem like there is any dripping coming from the sink, Richie determined that the problem lies underneath the house.
We then move to the crawlspace of the house to check for any kind of moisture, wetness, or mold. Richie went down there to brave the darkness and coldness by himself as I stood upstairs to make sure I can get to him if he gets stuck in the crawlspace.
After about ten to fifteen minutes, Richie resurfaced and had found the source of the problem. There seems to be a broken pipe that is continuously shooting water everywhere. There are puddles in various places, he tried shutting off one of the main valve but nothing happened, and unfortunately he also spotted mold in spots. After showing pictures of what he had found, and explaining what happened to the client, he proceed to talk about the procedure that needs to happen next in order for him to restore their house into its former glory. First and foremost, he needs to shut off the water for the entire house, then he can go back into the crawlspace and dry out as much water as he can, after that a plumber can come in and fix the pipe, and then after all of that is done, Richie can begin his process in fixing the client’s house.
It was such a great opportunity for me to ride along with Richie and learn about what he does so I have a better understanding of what it is SERVPRO’s services do. Thank you for the awesome learning experience!