Water damage? No problem.
Lately, an abundance of our emergency calls have circulated around water damage restoration issues. We've had production technician out on these calls with immediate response, and we've been doing our best to make every job seem "Like it never even happened".
We didn't receive too much snow, but the impact of high volumes of rainfall has caused many basements to get flooded. Alongside this, there's been problems with roofing. We are always available 24/7 if you notice something out of the ordinary. It's very important to note that if the water damage isn't resolved in a timely manner, then there's a substantially higher risk of microbial growth forming. Don't hesitate to get any water damage issue taken care of! We're here to fix it.
What makes SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills special? (Valentines Blog!)
What is it that makes SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills stand apart from other businesses?
We love our community.
So we strive to ensure that not only are we caring for the damage restoration side, but also the customers we have coming to us as well. We believe that doing good things is contagious. When the holidays arrive, we want to get involved with community events to see that everyone has an enjoyable time. When people go through struggles with anything from microbial growth issues, fire damage, to even carpet cleaning... We aim to keep our customers informed and well educated from start to finish.
Stressful times are temporary. But with SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills, our number one goal is to make things seem "Like it never even happened".
Horrific weather in the Pacific NW
Water damage can easily happen when you least expect it. Always keep a close eye on every corner of the house when there's high volumes of rainfall.
"When it rains, it pours" is what they say. For many in the Pacific Northwest, it's been record breaking conditions. Seattle received more snow than they've had in 70 consecutive years!
Meanwhile in many parts of Oregon, the snowfall has been treacherous. School closings, dangerous road conditions, and many emergencies for the SERVPRO team to handle!
In Cedar Mill, however, we've been getting non-stop rain that's causing flooding around the local area. This causes potential hazards to your home in a wide variety of ways. Basement flooding is prevalent, along with leaking roofs. At SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills, we take genuine care of our community. This also means giving the insights of weather to homeowners, and sharing advice on how to sustain the inclement weather.
So whether it's you, or someone you know that is dealing with an emergency water damage situation - You can have the highest confidence that we'll make it seem "Like it never even happened."
How dryer vents can affect your business
Apartments pose an increased risk because of the high volume of units. If not maintained, there's a higher increased risk of fire!
One of the most common causes of fires in both apartments and homes, is also perhaps one of the most preventable.
Dryer vents connect from your clothes dryer, and can build up lint. If not cleaned out properly, the air cannot flow properly, and a fire can result. This type of fire happens most frequently in homes and apartments, posing dangers to adults and children.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These fires cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The U.S. Fire Administration also reports that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).
Apart from cleaning your dryer vent, the U.S. Fire Administration has suggestions to enhance safety when using your clothes dryer:
- Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.
- Don’t overload the dryer.
- Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
- Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
- Don’t dry any item for which manufacturers' instructions state “dry away from heat.”
- Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow).
- Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.
- Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.
So whether you're a property manager of an apartment complex, or homeowner that's needing extra precautions... The bottom line here is to ensure a decreased risk of damage by keeping up with maintenance. At SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills, we also offer duct cleaning services to make sure people won't face this issue. If you do happen to experience this unfortunate event, always know that our goal is to make things seem "Like they never even happened."!
How can water affect you
A fire created a wide opening in this apartment ceiling. The rain water pooled on the floor, creating even further damage.
There's always a higher risk of flooding when you live in an area that's known for heavy rainfall. With heavy rains, it could potentially result in heavy damage. So what exactly should you do to make sure there's a decreased risk for water damage, and what could follow if not taken care of?
Always close your windows when you're away from home. If wind catches the rain, and it blows into a window - you'll not only have wet window seals and carpet, but also higher chances of dealing with microbial growth. It only takes between 24-48 hours for microbial growth to potentially form under optimal circumstances.
Alongside this, you're jeopardizing the things that the eye can't always catch. If you have hardwood floors that get wet, you'll also risk having warped flooring. This not only creates a hassle for homeowners, but it could possibly mean that sooner floor replacement is imminent.
If you are faced with any water damage, regardless of size, have the confidence that SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak hills possesses all the necessary equipment to keep your home safe from getting any worse!
Fire Safety Tips
Always check the batteries of your smoke alarms. Be sure to test them every month for your safety!
One of the most devastating things a family can face is the loss of a home due to fire. It's life changing, and potentially fatal if people aren't out in a timely manner. We at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills can help you prepare the family for any future house fire emergency with these tips:
- Install the right number of smoke alarms: Check the batteries. Always do a smoke alarm test every month.
- Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like.
- Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
- Establish a family emergency communication plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
- Practice escaping from your home twice a year. Yell "Fire" to alert everyone to escape to the safe meeting location.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1. Have your address written somewhere safe so children can help first responders in a timely manner.
- Teach family members to "stop, drop, and roll" in case their clothes should catch on fire.
These tips may help your family develop a safer setting in case of emergency. If this unfortunate event ever occurs to your home, you can have the confidence we'll be there 24/7 to help with your damage restoration needs.
Most common places to look for mold
A demonstrated example of how mold can sneak behind your refrigerator!
You know that mold is bad, ugly, and can be potentially dangerous. You also know, of course, that it should be removed immediately when it's found in your home. You might know what and how to look for any potential fungi spots. But where exactly should you be looking?
The 8 most common places for mold growth happens to be:
- Basements/Cellars that have been flooded
- Underneath Kitchen & Bathroom sinks
- Underneath or behind refrigerators
- Behind walls that also contain plumbing
- Damp or wet newspapers, or cardboard boxes
- Around air-conditioning units
- Around windows that leak
- Under carpeting that may have become wet
Nonetheless, it's important to occasionally investigate for any mold around the house. Especially when it's a season with high levels of rainfall.
Our technicians are professionally trained and equipped to ensure your mold issues diminish quickly and without hassle!
We've got the extensive knowledge and experience
Between our knowledge and handy equipment, we've got you covered on every aspect!
Did you know that mold can generally take only 24-48 hours to develop with optimal temperature and humidity?
Were you aware that a household leak can waste more than 10,000+ gallons of water per year?
We are experts in the home damage restoration business, and know some surprising facts that may help homeowners who are curious about most types of damage that people tend to face. We can go on about our certifications and extensive hands-on training... But the bottom line here is that our technicians are always happy to assist you with information that you might be wondering about. We specialize across the board with fire, water, mold, and many other services that most people will eventually need! Our goal is to make it seem "Like it never even happened."
How we handle water damage
We possess a variety of sizes when it comes to equipment. Whether it's a small crawl space, or open basement... We have the tools and experts needed!
SERVPRO utilizes air movers, dehumidifiers, portable heaters, and water extraction equipment of all shapes and sizes to work fast. We work to draw moisture from the surrounding environment and make every effort to prevent damages to finished products or expensive equipment, including the structure of your building itself. Our services make controlling corrosion, rot, and mold after a flood easier than ever before.
Whether you are dealing with water damage as the result of a fire or are recovering from a flood, our team is ready and willing to help. We have an entire team of trained professionals available to respond to your water extraction needs 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. No situation is too small or too large; we are trained to provide you with full-service solutions regardless of your circumstances.
How dangerous is mold?
Stachybotrys Chartarum (black mold) is relatively rare, yet poses health risks to many.
According to the CDC:
"Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all."
With that said, the most common indoor molds are cladosporium, penicillium, alternaria and aspergillus. Stachybotrys chartarum, often called toxic mold, is pretty rare to find.
But regardless of the health hazards that mold may pose, it's also a danger for homes in general. This includes a posed risk of wood rot, to terrible odors and stains. It only takes 24-48 hours in the right conditions for mold to form! So we advise anyone in this situation to neverlet it stand for too long.
If you need experts to assist in this case, we are available 24/7 to ensure the job is taken care of immediately!