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Preparing Your Rock Creek Business to Bounce Back From Natural Disasters | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner in gray suit When natural disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is ready and knows the commercial restoration process inside and out.

If our community has learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that life can be unpredictable and you can’t always be prepared for events. But we do know it’s possible to take steps to put yourself in a good position if something unexpected happens.

So we want to ask business owners in Rock Creek and the surrounding areas a simple question. Do you have a good plan in place to guide your business through a natural disaster?

Over the past year, business owners (and most everyone else) have seen firsthand how an unexpected disaster or event can impact their daily routines. Many members of our business community have risen to the occasion during the pandemic by looking for new solutions to problems and ways to continue providing services.

It’s not possible to predict natural disasters. And certainly, no one saw a major pandemic coming. But there are disasters that are more common—like fires, floods and severe storms.

We want to serve our local business community as best we can, so our team has put together some of the best advice we can offer to help you be prepared for a disaster and the commercial restoration process.

From Disaster to Restoration

You can still be a successful business owner after a disaster. Here are some tips to help you sail through the process:

Prioritize your disaster plan. It’s smart to prepare for a disaster before it strikes. That’s where your business disaster plan comes into play. Having it perfected before you need it can help guide you through the aftermath of a disaster when it’s harder to think clearly. For example, you may want to consider moving your business to a backup location, if that’s an option for you.

Take plenty of pictures (and make an inventory, too). Your insurance company will want to know the extent of your damage before the cleanup process begins. You can document that by taking photos of it. It’s also a good idea to put together a list of items that were lost or damaged during the disaster.

Don’t neglect updating your community. Staying in touch with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community is a smart move. And it’s easier than you might think. You can use social media and other tools to make it happen.

Don’t neglect yourself, either. Dealing with damage and restoration as a business owner is stressful. Be sure you’re taking care of yourself by making rest and healthy eating a priority. Also, talk with people you trust about how you’re feeling.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

We’re Here When Cedar Mill Businesses Need Water Damage Help | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage claims are among the most common insurance claims filed by small businesses.

And according to a 2019 study, the number of claims filed by entrepreneurs who need water damage restoration services are growing at a steady rate. The reasons for these claims can vary. In some cases, the damage involves a burst pipe or malfunctioning sprinkler system. In other cases, it might involve water damage from severe storms. All of these claims, however, have to be addressed for the health and safety of your business. Cedar Mill business owners have a trusted partner already in the community who can help with commercial water damage restoration.

Local Experts You Can Count On

Because we are a locally owned and operated business, we’re passionate about assisting our fellow local business owners when they need our help most. Even though SERVPRO is a nationally recognized brand, the owners and team members are local residents. We want to see our local business community thrive, so we’re always here to help if you need our services.

That’s why we’re proud to offer 24/7 services in the event of a water damage emergency. You can count on our team to get to your business quickly when you need us. And when we arrive, you can be assured of two additional things:

The team you’ll work with is staffed with experts. We ensure all of our technicians have the training and certifications needed to ensure your business is restored to its original state with the latest water damage restoration techniques. Our teams include a Water Damage Restoration Technician, an Applied Structural Drying Technician, an Odor Control Technician and an Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician. They’ll cover all the bases of your restoration process.

Your restoration team will be using the most advanced equipment on the market.

Because we’re part of the national SERVPRO organization, we have access to the latest restoration technology. Our team will use this technology, along with in depth knowledge, to create a personalized plan to restore your business.

We know that disasters can strike a business at any time. If your business is damaged by water or any other cause, we’re here to help you. To discuss a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, contact us at any hour for assistance.

If Your Home Needs Restoration Services, We’re Here to Help | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

black glasses and pen sitting on top of white insurance policy If your home is damaged due to a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills. From start to finish, we will be here to help.

There’s no such thing as two identical homeowners insurance claims, and that’s especially true when it’s your home that’s damaged.

Every claim that’s made is as different as the homeowners themselves. The reasons can include severe weather issues, like wind, hail and rainAccidents and appliance malfunctions are also common home damage culprits.

Regardless of how different these claims seem, they all have one thing in common. What is it? The importance of beginning the restoration process quickly and efficiently to minimize damage to the home.

A Team of Experts In Your Corner, Fast

When your home is damaged, the most important thing is to start the restoration process quickly so that you can minimize the damage to your home and the property inside it. The damage process can move fast, with signs of damage to wood becoming visible within days. And the mold and mildew process can begin within a few hours.

We understand that minutes matter when you’re dealing with damage to your home. That’s why our teams are available at any time to help you. We’re available 247, including nights, weekends and holidays. If you ever need us, all you have to do is call our team. We’ll answer and get the process started.

We’re always here, but there are other good reasons to choose SERVPRO, too. Here’s what makes us different:

Our team members are knowledgeable, highly trained experts in their field. Working with SERVPRO means the team that comes to your home to evaluate the damage and begin the restoration process knows the latest techniques and strategies in restoration work. They’ll create a customized plan just for your home.

We use the latest technology on all the homes we restore. We have SERVPRO’s backing and access to their technology. We will use that leading-edge technology when we work on your home if you ever need our services.

This SERVPRO location is a locally owned and operated business. When you reach out to us, you’re calling friends and neighbors who want to serve your community and help those who need restoration services. We take pride in the way we’re able to serve our communities.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Yikes! My Carpet Is Soaked. What Next? | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

carpet with wet spots If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is available 24/7.

Maybe you’re taking a driving tour of some beautiful parklands. Maybe you’re away on business. Whatever happens, you return home to find there’s been a burst pipe or other water leak in your house…and your carpet is soaked.

Can a wet carpet be saved? And if so, can you dry it yourself? The answers depend on how long the carpet was wet and whether it was contaminated with sewage or other hazardous substances.

How Long Was the Carpet Wet?

As soon as water soaks into your carpet, it begins to change. Fibers absorb water and swell. Any mold lurking there begins to spread.

That means you have a limited time window when you can dry the carpet yourself, in place, without taking it up off the floor. Generally, if your carpet was only wet 48 hours or less with clean water, you can dry it in place.

How Do I Dry a Carpet?

First, you’ll want to thoroughly get as much water as you can up by hand. Press clean, dry towels into the carpet and wring them out.

Keep on until you can wring no more water out of them. In the meantime, use fans, open windows and/or dehumidifiers to keep removing moisture from the area.

Next, use a wet/dry vacuum and repeat the same steps as for the towels: vacuum and then empty the canister repeatedly, until you can’t get more water up.

Finally, sprinkle the carpet with baking powder or commercial carpet cleaning/disinfecting powder. Leave overnight, then vacuum up.

Was the Water Contaminated?

If the carpet was wet with contaminated water, or if it was wet more than a day or two, you’ll need to take it up, dry under it, and shampoo or steam-clean and disinfect it. This is a cumbersome process where a cleaning and restoration team such as SERVPRO can really come in handy.

If you want to assess whether a wet carpet can be salvaged, or if you need help with drying and disinfecting your carpet, reach out to us right away.

From emergency cleaning and restoration to routine disinfection, we’re there for you. Contact us at any hour for a consultation or immediate assistance.

Easy Steps You Can Take Now to Lower Your Fire Risk | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mills/Oak Hills

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires tend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Our team wants to help homeowners in Oak Hills be safer during this cold winter season. One way we can do that is by helping you lower your risk for a winter house fire.

Winter house fires are more common than you think. Fire damage claims are among those most often filed by homeowners. And winter house fires result in about 890 deaths every year.

We pulled together the most impactful tips to help Oak Hills homeowners stay safe. These tips fit easily into your budget, and you can add them to your daily routine without a lot of effort. But they can make a big difference.

Tips to Make Your Home Safer

Here are some great tips you can use to make your home a safer place:

Be prepared to prevent grease fires. Grease fires are a common problem in the kitchen. You can’t put these fires out with water because water makes them worse. Instead, you should have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen to stop them. You can also smother those fires with baking soda or a metal lid.

Take care of your home’s natural gas furnace. Don’t let your home’s furnace get behind on maintenance. A professional needs to check your home regularly for rusted parts and clogged vents. Those can be a fire hazard and they’re not always obvious. Your furnace might be working well as far as you can see, even with these issues.

Use your fireplace safely. Clear chimneys are vital to the safety of your fireplace. It would help if you also were sure your fireplace is clean and you’re disposing of the ashes correctly. A fireplace caked in ashes can be dangerous.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Why Choose SERVPRO? We Hit the Sweet Spot. | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

If you’re reading this, you may be a small or mid-size business looking for a cleaning and restoration partner. Since that’s not a choice you make very often, let us tell you a little about why SERVPRO makes great sense as a partner for your business.

A National Organization…

Unlike some cleaning and restoration firms, we’re more than just a mom-and-pop enterprise. Our national network ties us into the latest cleaning standards, new products and practices, and updates on any environmental or chemical threats that might be out there. Because we’re part of a wider network, we’re always prepared for when the latest national issue hits.

…Made Up of Local Neighbors

While we draw on national expertise, our local team knows and understands the Cedar Mill, Oak Hills, and Beaverton areas. We hire locally and we’re tight-knit, meaning that your disaster response team will likely be made up of your neighbors. You might even see a friendly face.

Local knowledge extends to more than manpower. Since we’re all in the same environment, we have the inside scoop on the kinds of issues our neighbor businesses may be dealing with. For instance, we tend to be pretty damp, especially in the winter. Flooding and mold can become problems. Since we’re right here with you experiencing the same trends, we know exactly what to expect. That makes it easy to be prepared.

…Dedicated to Serving YOU!

SERVPRO is dedicated to making any disaster scene “Like it never even happened,” and that goes for everything from your physical facility to your paperwork. On a job site, we take pains to identify and correct even hidden problems. And when it comes to filing insurance claims and getting payments, we take as much work as possible off your hands. That’s why SERVPRO is the logical choice for your cleaning and restoration partner.

From fire to storm to flood, disaster can strike a business at any time. To discuss a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, contact us at any hour for assistance.

Finding Water Damage in Your Beaverton Home | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

If you had to file a water damage claim on your Beaverton home last year, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re probably in good company because that most likely includes some friends and neighbors in your community.

How common are water damage claims? They’re the most common type of homeowners insurance claim that gets filed. And about 1 in 50 Americans files them each year. (That’s why we know there’s likely been more than one claim in your neighborhood or community.)

Water damage claims keep growing, even as fire damage claims are falling.

Can You Spot Home Water Damage?

Many homeowners don’t know when to take the next step and call professionals to help with the water damage process. The signs aren’t always easy to spot. But once you know what they are, they’re unmistakable. Here’s what you might see when your home has water damage:

You see signs of fading and staining on the fabric in your home. You might notice jewel-toned curtains looking less vibrant or the upholstery on your couch sporting water spots. If you see these signs, your home has too much moisture and should be evaluated.

Your home smells noticeably musty. This distinctive scent is one of the first things you’ll notice when you’re dealing with mold damage. It’s an early sign so if you smell it, you need to call immediately to keep the problem from getting worse.

The wood in your home has started to show signs of warping and damage. Wood can be anything from valued antique furniture to your hardwood floors to your window panes and door frames. These items can be damaged within just a few days so if you see damage, get the restoration process started sooner rather than later.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Help When Your Oak Hills Home Needs Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

No one likes to think about dealing with mold damage at home—and the potential health hazards mold can pose. But millions of American families every year find themselves needing mold remediation services.

Signs of mold in your home can vary and may include damp spaces, a musty odor or discoloration on your ceiling, walls, or floors. You might also notice peeling paint, wood warping and even physical symptoms, especially if you suffer from certain types of allergies or asthma.

If you notice any of these signs in your home, then it’s smart to consider reaching out to a trusted partner for an evaluation of your home. They can tell you more about mold remediation and restoration services.

How SERVPRO Is Different

When it comes to mold remediation, we’re a trusted local partner for many families. Here’s why so many residents trust us:

Our team is available 24/7. When it comes to home restoration, time is always of the essence. That means the sooner you can meet with a certified restoration technician and get a plan for remediation in place, the better your home will be able to recover. Getting started fast saves you both time and money.

We have highly trained mold remediation specialists. Calling our team connects you with home restoration technicians who have all the skills and knowledge needed to assess your situation and create a personalized plan for correcting it. They have the expertise and experience you’ll want in your corner.

We use the latest technology. By combining highly trained experts and leading-edge technology, we can use the latest strategies to help your home overcome a mold threat. We work to restore your home in a way that’s both logical and economical.

We are a local business. We are always here to help our friends and neighbors in Cedar Mill, Oak Hills, Bethany, Beaverton and the surrounding communities restore their homes. But our services also come backed with the security and expertise of a national organization.

If you need help with mold remediation, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

3 Reasons to Make SERVPRO Your Commercial Cleaning Partner | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

The best time to plan is ahead of time. Or, as the motto goes, “Be prepared.” You’ll be prepared for both expected and unexpected cleaning and restoration needs with SERVPRO on your team.

If you’re like most business owners, you retain a dedicated accountant for your business, rather than hunting for one whenever the need arises. In the same way, it’s a great idea to form an ongoing relationship with a cleaning and restoration service. This partnership will keep you prepared for almost any disaster.

Let’s look at three reasons to choose SERVPRO as your commercial cleaning and restoration partner:

  1. We Offer Routine Cleaning and Disinfection

SERVPRO can be a force multiplier for your daily cleaning service. We perform routine-but-messy tasks such as fryer hood cleaning, deep carpet cleaning and more.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve added a special disinfection service to our lineup. Known as Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, this program shows your customers that your business is regularly disinfected to CDC standards. We can talk with your business about the kinds of work you need and the job frequency, then tailor a special program to meet your needs.

  1. We’re Scalable

For the big challenges, SERVPRO is there. If your facility is large or complex, we have you covered. Our experience includes health care, manufacturing and large residential complexes.

Plus, we rely on our national structure for hazard response. If you encounter a challenging problem, such as a chemical spill, we can draw on elite teams known as large-loss specialists to make your cleanup happen as swiftly as possible.

  1. We Do the Paperwork

SERVPRO also knows how to take the headache out of disaster recovery. We can help you file insurance claims and point you toward recovery resources. We can also assist your business with before-disaster planning, so that you have a set of contacts and resources on hand when an unexpected event strikes.

From fire to storm to flood, disaster can strike a business at any time. To discuss a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, contact us at any hour for assistance.

We Have Resources to Help With Fire Restoration l SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Suburban house that caught on fire If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills to fully restore your home.

Did you know that house fires are more common during the winter months?

It’s true. There are various causes of winter fires, ranging from problems with space heaters to toppled candles.

Accidents involving Christmas trees are one of the leading causes of holiday fires. But issues with home heating systems and mishaps in the kitchen can cause problems for homeowners, too.

The Help You Need Is Right Here

While no one likes to think about the aftermath of a house fire, it’s a reality for millions of American families each year. We want to help you restore your home to its original condition if damaged by a fire.

Here’s why we are Cedar Mills’ trusted partner for fire damage remediation and restoration:

Our team believes in restoration first. We have a team of local experts who want to ensure you get the help you need. With our pool of resources, we can help you save your repairs and homeowners insurance premiums. Our team’s experts want to make your restoration process as painless as we can for your family. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

We’ll help with the entire restoration process. Fire damage goes beyond problems caused by the fire. It can include smoke damage, water damage and issues with odors in furniture upholstery. Our team can work through restoration on all of these and more.

We are members of your community. SERVPRO is a national company but the owner and employees of our franchise are all local to the Cedar Mill/Oak Hills area. We have access to the leading-edge resources, equipment and techniques available to a large national company, and we bring those things to your restoration project.

We’re available 247. Fires don’t happen on a predictable schedule. And getting started with the restoration process as soon as possible is a vital step in restoring your home. We know that timing matters during an emergency, so our team is available at any time when you need help.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.