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Signs of Frozen Pipes: What to Look For In Cedar Mill

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Signs of Frozen Pipes: What to Look For In Cedar Mill Are your pipes at risk of freezing?

We are going to go through another bout of cold temperatures here on in Cedar Mill this week.

Here are a few signs that your pipes have frozen:

Temps Are Below Freezing - Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Freezing is defined as 32° Fahrenheit.

Look For Frost on the Pipes - For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. 

Very Low Water pressure Or No Water At All - Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. 


Foul Smells - A fourth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. 

Take Action Quickly!
Once you are aware that a pipe is frozen, you must act quickly to thaw the pipe. Depending on the location of the pipe and your level of expertise, you can attempt to thaw the pipe yourself or you can contact a licensed plumber to thaw the pipe for you.

It is important to thaw the pipe as soon as possible because it has the potential to burst and cause extensive damage to your property.

If your pipes do burst and you suffer a water damage please call SERVPRO as soon as possible (503) 619-6198.

SERVPRO Cedar Mill & Oak Hills Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Cedar Mill & Oak Hills Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 Super Service Award for Commercial Repairs

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill & Oak Hills is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills has been listed on Angie’s List since 2015. This is the 2nd year SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ oak Hills has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Tips To Help You Beat Mold In Your Home This Winter!

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips To Help You Beat Mold In Your Home This Winter! Mold caused by storm damage, here at SERVPRO Cedar Mill, we're ready to tackle it!

Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods when it comes to mold. Mold is still alive, even in freezing temperatures.

How Does Mold Continue To Thrive In Winter?

Mold needs moisture and darkness to proliferate, and winter is primarily wet and dark. It is one of the best times of year for fungi to grow and multiply.

During winter, we tend to close up our homes when it gets colder, and a tightly sealed, warm home lends itself to mold growth, especially in wet or moist areas with improper ventilation.

Mold growth in winter is not only relegated to inside the home. The outdoors has its own special blend of circumstances for mold to thrive—most notable of which is dead plant matter. When leaves fall and plants die, the decaying plant matter releases mold spores in the air.

Can Mold Live In Freezing Temperatures?

Surprisingly, yes. Even in freezing temperatures (below 32° Fahrenheit), mold is still a living organism. Mold spores can survive very extreme environmental conditions. They lie dormant in extreme cold, but at the hint of a thaw, they will grow once again, outdoors or even in your freezer. Low, or freezing, temperatures do NOT kill mold—even if it lies dormant for an extended period of time.

Mold will come back as soon as conditions are right for it do so. All spores need are moisture, a bit of heat, and “food” (organic material that contains carbon atoms) in order to grow. That is all it takes. Within 24-48 hours of a thaw, mold spores start to multiply.

How Do You Prevent Mold (Or Get Rid Of It) In Winter Months?

The same way you do any other time of the year—fix any known leaks, dry out the moisture in your home, clean the mold affected areas and remove and dispose of items that can’t be cleaned.

Fungi thrives on quick-to-decompose items such as books, piles of loose papers, or boxes of clothing. If you’re storing those things long-term, pick an area away from external walls or windows that invite condensation.

If you are concerned about the possible health risks associated with handling mold or that your home might be damaged during the cleanup process, call us here at SERVPRO with any questions you may have.

Commercial Mold Removal In The Cedar Mill Area

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commercial Mold Removal In The Cedar Mill Area SERVPRO sealed the deal and the room on this moldy problem!

Mold in your business is a nightmare!

This local office called SERVPRO to help them with a major mold issue. They realized the value of swift, professional help when it comes to mold remediation. 

Upon arrival and investigating the office we felt the need to seal off each individual room due to the scale of the mold problem. 

We then took the proper steps to clean and sanitize the mold as we worked throughout the building making sure that each room was free of mold and ensuring the spread would not recontaminate the freshly cleaned areas by sealing with commercial grade plastic.

The work is nearing completion and the client will be able to get back to work in no time at all.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business in the Cedar Mill area call SERVPRO today! (503) 619-6198

Clearing Out Smoke Damage In Your Oak Hills Home

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Clearing Out Smoke Damage In Your Oak Hills Home Smoke damage stinks for everyone!

You’re relieved that the fire damage was minimal but shocked to find that the smoke damage is extensive.

It is easy to forget about the destructive power of smoke but we are quickly reminded of it by the horrible odor that is filling your home. The smoky pollutant irritates your eyes and airways, while the sticky residue on scorched walls and the layer of ashes begin to corrode your personal possessions. 

The urgency to clear out the smoke sets in as you realize that although the flames did not reach far, the smoke did massive damage. Smoke and ashes travel through doors and vents, reaching your entire home, penetrating your carpet, drapes, and furniture with the odor of smoke.

Even the paint on the wall is not safe! Microscopic molecules of smoke embed deep into the pores and crevices of almost anything. 

As you can see, a simple opening of windows, a wipe down with a household cleaner, and the passage of time will not be enough to fix this sort of smoke damage.

So call SERVPRO to come and put your life back together quickly and professionally. (503) 619-6198

Tips To Help Winterize Your HVAC In Cedar Mill

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips To Help Winterize Your HVAC In Cedar Mill Regular HVAC Maintenance Is The Key To Warm Winters

Winter is hitting the Cedar Mill area and that means it’s time to switch on the heat. 

Is your HVAC System ready for the challenges that winter brings?

Here are 6 maintenance tips from SERVPRO that will help you enjoy a warm and cozy home all winter long.

  1. Clean and/or Replace the Air Filter
  2. Clean the Air Vents
  3. Add Some Insulation
  4. Check Your Thermostat
  5. Cover the Outdoor AC Unit if needed
  6. Schedule an Inspection from SERVPRO

Do you need a hand with your HVAC maintenance? This is something you really should not overlook!

SERVPRO is here to assist you. Through maintenance and repair, the experienced, professional, and friendly technicians at SERVPRO will make sure your heating system is ready for the upcoming winter season. (503) 619-6198

What To Do When Your Pipes Burst In Oak Hills

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When Your Pipes Burst In Oak Hills Call SERVPRO to clean up the water damage right away!

When water pipes freeze, the water expands, which can cause the pipes to burst and allow the thawed water to leak.

A burst water pipe can cause serious damage to your Oak Hills home and furnishings.

Knowing what to do in the event of a burst water pipe can limit the damage. Here are some tips:

  • Turn off the water at the main stop tap as soon as you notice a leak. You can usually find it under the kitchen sink where the service pipe comes in, so make sure you know where it is in case of emergency.
  • If you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock.
  • Drain the cold water system by turning on all your cold taps.
  • Turn off any water heating system, such as central heating or immersion heaters, and then drain the hot water system by turning on the hot taps.
  • Switch off the electrical mains if you think the water may have leaked near your electrics or electrical appliances. However, if the mains switch is wet DO NOT TOUCH IT.
  • Call a plumber to fix the leaking water pipe.
  • Call an electrician if you think your electrical wiring may have been damaged by the water. Never underestimate the dangers associated with electricity, especially when mixed with water!
  • A burst pipe can be particularly dangerous if water leaks through for some time before you notice. In that case, the water may have caused structural damage that could result in collapsed ceilings or weakened walls. If the ceiling is bulging, be careful because it may not be safe.

If you do experience a water damage because of a pipe burst call SERVPRO right away! 503.619.6198

Exterior Painting Cedar Mill

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Exterior Painting Cedar Mill We will paint your commercial building for you!

4 Things to think about when painting the exterior of your commercial building in Cedar Mill:

1. Check the forecast -

Paint needs time to dry for maximum effectiveness. Make sure you paint your exterior when it is not the rainy season. (Good luck finding a dry stretch to paint the exterior in Cedar Mill)

2. Now is not the time to get cheap -

Some things you can get the cheaper brand with but exterior paint is not one of them. Trying to go cheap and save yourself money now will cost you more in having to redo the painting sooner than you needed to.

3. Scratch the surface -

Paint likes smooth surfaces so make sure you sand down or scrape any rough patches or chips in your building’s exterior.

4. Primetime baby -

The rule of thumb has always been to apply a good coat of primer, sand, then apply your color coats. You could also use the paint and primer in one, either way, make sure you prime your building.

Exterior Painting takes lots of time and needs to be done right, call SERVPRO and save yourself the hassle. (503) 619-6198

Who Cleans Up Storm Damage In Cedar Mill

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Who Cleans Up Storm Damage In Cedar Mill Call Us As Soon As The Coast Is Clear!

Storms hit hard and fast in Cedar Mill.

That is why SERVPRO provides immediate relief and response to your storm damage needs. We can have a team of technicians on site as soon as it is safe to do so.

We can help with a multitude of projects which also includes getting you emergency food and shelter and contacting friends and family.

Storms do not wait for normal business hours that is why you need to call the professionals here at SERVPRO who are available to you 24 / 7 / 365!

We understand the process of putting your life back together when tragedy hits. Let us show you what so many other families have already experienced ... our willingness to make your world normal again!

Call Us Today 503.619.6198!

Portland Area Commercial Systems and Appliances Checklist

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Portland Area Commercial Systems and Appliances Checklist This infographic will help cure your appliance headaches.

Building and machine maintenance can get so expensive, especially if you are not ready for it!

It would be amazing if once you bought a major appliance or system that would be the extent of the issue and they would last forever. We all know that is not the case. Just like the systems and appliances in your home have shelf lives so do the systems and appliances in your office building.

We found this amazing infographic that will help guide you as to when you will need to start thinking about upgrading your items.

Use this infographic to see when common house systems like your heating, cooling, plumbing or electrical wear out, or how long your appliances like your oven, dishwasher, washer, and dryer have before they need to be replaced. They’ve also included the average cost to replace each item.

Click Here For The Infographic.