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The Financial Burden of Severe Storms | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

a roadway closed do to falling tree branches from storm If your home is damaged by storms or any other reason, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is ready and able to repair any damage.

The year 2020 is one for the history books for sure, and one of the records it will be known for is it was a record-setting year for natural disasters. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive, weather-wise.

During 2020, there were 22 official weather disasters (which are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollars in damages), along with many other storms that weren’t even counted in that statistic. In 2020, for example, there were so many hurricanes and tropical storms that the National Weather Service had to refer to the Greek alphabet just to name them all.

The Cost of Storms

Yes, hurricanes can bring immense damage and destruction, but sadly, it’s not the hurricanes causing all of the monetary damages. The most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

There were 14 official weather disasters that were thunderstorms and tornadoes out of the storms in 2020. Thunderstorms, as we all know, happen anywhere and during any season throughout the year. No matter what you do, there is no avoiding them.

This is how impactful a single storm system can be: In August 2020, a typical line of thunderstorms in eastern Nebraska exploded into a derecho.

A derecho is something like a tornado that has straight-line winds instead of swirling ones, combined with a heavy thunderstorm. This derecho impacted more than 10 million acres of corn fields, which is almost half the state’s corn crops. That means that 11% of the entire country’s corn fields were affected.

Is This the New Normal?

Even though these facts can be astonishing, when it comes to the weather, 2020 seems to reflect what the new “normal” is. This was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight-billon dollar disasters.

In 2018 and 2019, there was a combined $136 billion in damages, and 2017 had a damage total of over $300 billon, which was the highest total on record.

Storms are going to happen, and with what we’ve seen, their frequency and intensity are showing no signs of slowing down. As a home or business owner, you need to take whatever precautions are possible to help minimize the damage to your property.

If you do experience property damage, you’ve got a friend in the restoration industry! It is our goal to recover your valued items and make it seem “Like it never even happened.”

When storms wreak havoc, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

Defensible Space and the Fight to Protect Your Home | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

a gravel driveway on the side of a brick home When fires do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills to start the restoration process.

Watching your home go up in flames would be horrific! Wildfires are a more common cause of property damage than many people realize. They spread at incredible rates and with so many combustible materials around us, we are lucky to get them stopped.

Thankfully, there are a few things that we can do to fight against the spread of wildfires. The most obvious help would come from being more careful. But there are some other actions you can take.

Let’s talk about “defensible space.”

Defensible Space—What Is This?

Defensible space is the buffer area you can create around your home by removing wildfire “fuel.”

Things like dead trees and leaves should be removed, and you should add things such as flame-resistant gravel. You should also use responsible planting and pruning practices.

You can think of defensible space as a barrier of protection, designed to protect your home in the event of a wildfire. Defensible space helps by slowing or stopping the spread of fire as it draws nearer.

It also gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it breaches your home’s perimeter.

Defensible space is required by law in some states, and for us here in Cedar Mill/Oak Hills/Beaverton area, we’re required to reduce excess vegetation around our homes.

Why Does Defensible Space Matter?

When you think of wildfires, you typically think of California, but sadly (and often) wildfires can happen anywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.

California had a devastating 10,000+ fires, but even not including them, the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was around 1,000. For 2021, the first six months have already seen about 25% more fires than 2020 did in the same period.

Many people in our area remember the Labor Day fires which burned over 900,000 acres and covered the Willamette Valley in a non-stop smoke haze for more than a week.

Clearly, the more precautions we take to help prevent or manage wildfires, the better everyone will be. Defensible space is one way we can do our part.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

What's the Benefit of a Certified Clean? | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills team.

It’s great to see that many places that were the hotspots during the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing major turnarounds. Hopes are high that “normal life” is back, and businesses are starting to see positive signs too.

But as consumers are starting to return to physical, in-store shopping, businesses will need to adjust how they’re operating to evolve with changing consumer needs. As a business owner, it’s important to present your store or other facility as a place customers and employees alike can trust with their well-being.

One way you can do that? Teaming with SERVPRO for a certified clean.

Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives you and your customers peace of mind by taking sanitizing your business off your plate.

Having a clean business not only makes you feel better, but it makes it clear that you care about your customers as well.

At SERVPRO, we know that feeling, and we use advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go beyond the traditional cleaning and janitorial services so that you can rest easy.

What makes this program different that all the others? Here are the three C’s of a Certified SERVPRO Cleaned:

Consult. Your business is unique, which means our cleaning techniques will be unique to your particular needs. Our SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills business is locally owned and operated, so we will already be in tune with this area and area business’ individualized needs.

Clean. Once we establish the specific needs for your business, we jump right in and get started. We show up on site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else, which gives your business the clean of a lifetime, adhering to (or exceeding) CDC standards.

Certify. Once we have completed the cleaning process, you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your business window. This is a sign to potential and current customers that displays that you have taken precautions to sanitize and properly clean your space. You’ll have digital emblems and other signifiers as well.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Warm Weather Fire Safety Tips | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills to learn more.

Warmer weather reminds everyone to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. Vacations, campouts, parties and seasonal celebrations are just the beginning, but what people tend to forget is that warm weather also produces a higher risk of fire ignition!

Did you know that spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year? It’s true! While warmer weather brings all sorts of pleasant experiences and opportunities, it also increases the chances of fire.

The good news is there are steps you can take to lower that risk.

Grilling. Warmer weather means barbecuing or firing up the grill. But grill fires certainly spike during the warmer months as well. Taking care of a few steps ahead of time can help save you—and your dinner. Confirm that the grill is in good working condition, have it placed at least three feet away from everything and clean it before each use. The last point is particularly important since almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

Fire pits or campfires. Campfires are made for sleepovers, s’mores and so much more. While making s’mores or enjoying the sights and sounds of the fire, make sure you never leave kids unattended around either a campfire or a fire pit. Be sure to keep a bucket of water or drag a water hose close to the pit. You should keep your fire pit three feet away from anything that can catch fire, and finally, put the fire out slowly to avoid scattering embers.

Chimneys and dryer vents. They don’t call it “spring cleaning” for nothing! Warmer months are the perfect time to clean the things you don’t do on a normal basis—things like your chimney and your dryer vent hose. By taking these extra precautions like having your chimney inspected and dryer vents cleaned you are possibly doing some lifesaving maintenance that will save you money and time in the future.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

How Will I Know If My Basement Has Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

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A basement is a great asset to a home. Whether used for storage, additional living space or workout area, especially for those of us in Oregon who experience lots of cold, gray and wet winters, it also provides a safe place to go in the event of a storm.

However, because basements are in the ground under the house, they often see more water damage over the course of your home’s lifetime than other parts of the house.

While water damage is not a certainty, it is more common for homes with basements, so try to be extra careful in paying attention to the smell, appearance and feel of your basement so it doesn’t become a problem later. We’ll look at some ways below to identify any potential signs that there is water damage in your basement.

Three Major Tell-tale Signs Your Basement Has Water Damage

Musky odors. Water that gets into your basement can be clean, but the longer it stays and stagnates, the more likely it is to become pungent and unpleasant when it evaporates. It is a common misconception that all basements stink and have a distinctive musty smell, but this shouldn’t be the case. This smell only happens when mildew and mold are present in your basement, so while it is important to watch for signs of mold, it’s equally important to smell for it.

Flaking paint on walls. Well-intentioned homeowners often apply waterproof paint to interior areas that may experience a leaking problem, particularly the basement. The problem is that this paint will only mask the water damage for a short period of time and it can lead to larger problems down the road. Water that seeps in can work away at this paint and can lead to cracking, bubbling or peeling.

Foundation cracks. Even though homes shift over time due to various reasons, cracks in a home’s foundation are not normal and can be indicative of serious water damage. These cracks are not limited to the unfinished concrete in the basement, but can appear on the ceiling and walls as well. Hairline cracks are not cause for an immediate solution, but if they grow, so should your concern.

If your basement is showing any of these signs of water damage, let us come by and assess it. Our water restoration technicians can help you determine the cause of the problems and find a plan to treat it properly. Contact us 247 to learn more.

Beaverton Business Owners Can Depend on Our Team | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

a crew of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside commercial building If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills to learn more.

How much work have you put into making your Beaverton business successful over the past year? If you’re like most business owners, the answer is “a lot.”

Navigating pandemic changes is a challenge business owners across the country are facing this year. You’ve probably spent a good portion of your time recently working through new ways to connect with your customers and deliver services in new ways.

Help and Support for Businesses

We’re here to assist business owners in our community––including those in Beaverton and the surrounding areas. We believe a local business is vital to our economy. After all, we’re local business owners too. SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is locally owned and operated.

Many businesses have already opened their doors again. And most have found new ways to work remotely or offer products and services digitally.

Others are prepared to reopen in some capacity. That might include offering takeout and delivery dining options or using social media to sell items and supplement lower foot traffic in your store location.

There’s help available from other resources as well. Some of your options include business loans and tips, advice and more from solid, trustworthy sources.

Regardless of how you and your employees have decided to move forward, we’re here to help you when you need us.

We’re available 247 to help you get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” That means a team of experts will use the latest technology to ensure your business is safe for everyone.

Here’s how we do it:

First, we’ll consult with you about your needs.

Then we’ll clean your space. And we mean really clean it. Our teams use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, our teams certify your space.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Various Ways That Thunderstorms Can Cause Damage | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

a large lighting strike just in front of person driving down road Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills if you experience any damage.

Though thunderstorms are something we don’t see very often in the valley, they can increase in frequency during the spring and summer months, and it is important to consider their seriousness. Every thunderstorm can be extremely dangerous, as each thunderstorm contains lightning, rain, high winds and more—all of which can cause significant damage.

Any time a rain front develops thunder and lightning, it is considered a thunderstorm. If there is hail over one inch in diameter and winds over 58 miles per hour, the storm will be upgraded to severe. Any type of storm can lead to serious conditions, and it is important to be aware of all the issues they can cause.

Why Thunderstorms Are So Dangerous

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. If a storm front has thunder, it will also have lightning present, even if you are not able to see it. Lightning injures 300 people every single year, in addition to causing many home and structure fires and felling trees that inevitably cause damage.

Property damage due to hail. While hail is something that does not occur with every thunderstorm, when it does, it can be quite hazardous. Hail can fall at incredibly quick speeds, causing injury to anyone without adequate shelter, denting cars and causing damage to homes that can lead to water damage via the roof or siding. While large hail is the most dangerous, even small hail can cause these issues if conditions are right.

Harm from flash flooding. Though most people consider flooding something that is only likely to happen around bodies of water, with flash flooding, it can be a threat nearly anywhere. Flash flooding is often caused when rainfall is heavy and drainage systems or ditches get backed up, which can quickly lead to standing or flowing water. Flash floods are particularly dangerous because of their force, which can knock people over and carry cars away in its tide.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Why SERVPRO®? Let's Look at Our Advanced Technology | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oaks Hills

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

house with debris pile in front At SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills, our cleaning and restoration services are powered by advanced technology. Contact us today to learn more.

What does advanced technology have to do with restoration and cleaning? Quite a lot, actually. When we at SERVPRO show up to a job, yes, we do apply a lot of old-fashioned elbow grease. But, equally important, we deploy advanced devices and products to create a safe, healthful environment for you.

Let’s look at some of the technology SERVPRO draws on when we’re cleaning and restoring your structures and contents.

Soggy Business

Water damage can be a real bear to deal with. First, there’s getting rid of standing water. Then, there’s locating hidden dampness and addressing it as well.

If anything’s missed, it can result in damage down the road. Luckily, SERVPRO has tools to help us find and conquer moisture of all kinds.

Moisture Meters. Water can lurk below floors, in carpets and drywall, even above ceilings. To locate hidden water, we use devices like a hygrometer to measure the humidity in a space. Another device for finding remaining dampness is an infrared meter. Yes, that’s the same meter that shows nifty heat maps. It works for finding water because wet spots tend to be cooler than dry ones.

Industrial Drying Equipment. After we find any hidden water, SERVPRO uses industrial-grade technology to get rid of it. For instance, we might use high-powered dehumidifiers and fans to draw water out of air and porous surfaces. A thorough drying can prevent mold growth in the future, as well as stopping material such as wood from warping and losing their shape.

The Chemistry of Clean

When we turn to cleaning and disinfecting, SERVPRO selects devices and disinfecting products that can effectively purify air and surfaces. After fires, floods or other disasters, we use industrial scrubbers to remove mold, smoke and other odor-causing contaminants from the air.

For surfaces, we select from OSHA-approved cleaners and disinfectants to destroy bacteria, fungi, molds and other contaminants. We’re always looking to stay at the cutting edge of disinfection science. For instance, in 2020 we addressed the new threat of the COVID-19 pandemic by deploying EPA-certified disinfecting products.

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

Choose a Restoration Company That Values Excellence | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

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What do you think about when you’re planning for spring and summer seasons? Those future plans likely include a vacation, some gardening projects or maybe going through your child’s seasonal sports obligations and creating a family schedule.

If you’re lucky, you may even get to pencil in some time at the pool, too.

One thing most homeowners don’t plan for is a natural disaster or accident that damages their homes.

These plans aren’t fun or interesting, but they are vital. And they are needed more often than you would think.

Millions of Claims Are Filed Every Year

The Insurance Information Institute reports that about 1 in every 20 homeowners will file a claim this year.

Those statistics include every type of claim filed. But certain types of home damage culprits are more common than others.

About 1 in every 350 American homeowners will file a fire claim for issues ranging from lightning strikes to appliance fires. Water damage happens even more frequently than that. Estimates show that about 1 in 50 homeowners will file one of these claims for reasons like appliance leaks, flooding and rain damage.

Service You Can Depend On

Our highly trained expert technicians set us apart. Our technicians receive certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides various certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians can use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

And when you choose your local SERVPRO, these restoration experts will take the knowledge they’ve gained through our intensive training programs and use it to restore your home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire 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.

Don’t Let Heavy Rains Damage Your Oak Hills Home | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills today.

Water damage to your home can come from a wide variety of places. Some may be obvious; others might be more difficult to detect. Regardless, you will want to be sure you’re doing everything in your power to lessen your risk of damage.

If you’re like most homeowners, you think it only happens during severe floods and storms or from problems in the home (like a burst pipe.) Rain, after all, is a common occurrence in our community. It’s easy to think of it as a minor hassle and something that likely won’t damage your home.

But heavy rains, which are common in many places during the spring, can cause a significant amount of water damage, too. This damage can accumulate over time if you’re not careful with maintenance.

Don’t Let Wet Weather Become a Hazard

We see many water-damaged homes, so we have a wealth of ideas that can help you keep your home safe.

Buy native plants. If you do a little homework, the flowers and shrubs you use to help you landscape your home and add curb appeal can also become an added layer of protection. Native plants can help. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Think about sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step.

Check your yard. Knowing how your yard drains is vital to protecting your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.