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The Ways That Water Damages Your Home Over Time | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Home maintenance should be a regular occurrence for everyone, or at the very least a routine inspection. However, many people overlook the warning signs of water damage because it seems like a very minor issue.

Anything from leaky faucets to bubbling paint in your bathroom or shower can indicate that you have water actively soaking into your home’s structure. It may seem absurd, but the average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

We all know that water moves fast, but in Cedar Mill and the Beaverton area where we see a yearly average of over 50 inches of rainfall, the risks are even greater. Leaks in your faucets, walls or roofs will cause water to soak into any soft surface that it touches.

Here’s what you should know about a typical timeline of water damage:

In the First 24 Hours

Being a homeowner is wonderful, but there are a lot of risks associated with this achievement as well. In fact, there is a one in four chance of facing flood damage in your home over a 30-year period in a high-risk area. So, knowing how to proceed when it does happen is critical.

The most important timeframe by far is the first 24 to 48 hours. This period can either make or break your hopes of restoration, because of how vulnerable many items in your home are.

Whether it’s furniture with fabric coverings, carpets, rugs or wooden structures, they will all soak through and/or swell from the moisture. It’s best to keep any important documents or personal artifacts in a waterproof container, but if these items do encounter water, you have to act fast.

Our SERVPRO experts focus on restoring your items rather than simply replacing them. This strategy allows you to save money while keeping your valuable items preserved.

Within the First Week

Once the initial 24-hour mark has passed, water damage really begins to grow exponentially. At this point, furniture and wood structures have fully absorbed water and begin to lose structural integrity rapidly. Your drywall, insulation, and flooring can support fast mold growth, and the home will develop an odor even faster.

Metal surfaces that have been exposed to water for this long will begin to oxidize and corrode or rust. This can ruin key pieces to the structure of your home and increase the pressure put on your walls and floors.

After One Week

When water is left to sit for an extended period of time, the damage is often catastrophic and potentially irreversible. Your home’s structure will have likely suffered major damage requiring expensive renovations and teams of people to rebuild.

If at all possible, avoid stagnant water in your home for this long, or the damage may be too far gone.

How SERVPRO Will Help

We begin our SERVPRO restoration procedure with an initial call, ideally inside the 24-hour mark. Once we have set up a time and gained the necessary information, we will begin service with a complete extraction of water. Our specialized equipment can even remove water that you can’t see.

We prefer to thoroughly remove any standing or soaked-in water to prevent moisture from spreading further and to speed up the drying process.

Odds are that many items in your home like furniture, flooring, fabrics and personal belongings will be very dirty and require deep cleaning. We will also ensure that everything is sanitized and deodorized properly to help you preserve your things.

However, these initial steps are just the beginning. If your home has sustained serious structural damage, it may require large-scale construction work to restore it to preloss condition. When you address the problem quickly, this could be minor repairs, but if the problem is widespread, you may have to rebuild entire sections.

At SERVPRO, we are able to simplify the process of restoration to help ease the stress. We take care of the damage mitigation and the rebuilding so that your cleanup and restoration stays on schedule and is done correctly.

SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

SERVPRO Has the Restoration Experts You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO Cedar Mill/Oak Hills has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

SERVPRO is about much more than ordinary cleaning, repair and construction. We’re here to assist you in the event of even the worst natural or manmade disasters.

Consider the sorts of events that may occur in the Beaverton and Portland area.

Water Damage

Flooding can occur at any moment and can cause significant damage regardless of whether it’s an inch or a foot deep and causes more than $10 billion in damages annually.

If you own a home or business, you may face flooding concerns over your lifetime, particularly in Portland. In fact, there is a 75% chance that the Portland region will see at least one flood above four feet between now and 2050.

If flooding occurs in your home or at your business, SERVPRO is equipped to handle the damage. We’ll assist you in determining the extent of the damage so that you can choose the best repair decision.

We have the technologies necessary to identify and extract hidden moisture. Additionally, we’ll work with you to build a water damage restoration strategy that will guarantee your house is clean, dry, and returned to its preloss state.

Fire Damage

A fire department in the United States reacts to a fire every 23 seconds, and in 2020, there were around $8.1 billion in property damage nationwide. If your property or business has been damaged by fire, we’ll immediately begin the restoration process using our seven-step restoration method.

This process begins with an examination and damage assessment and includes all essential in-between procedures prior to beginning repairs and construction.

Storm Damage

Storms may bring flooding and wildfires, as well as tornadoes, hurricanes, dangerous winds and blizzards. Our objective is to re-establish you in your freshly restored property as quickly as possible.

Storm and flood damage may wreak havoc on not just the structure of your house, but also on your personal items. SERVPRO specializes in content and document restoration, with a philosophy that emphasizes reusing rather than replacing.

Dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleaning and abrasive cleaning are a few of the services we provide. If your property needs a more thorough clean, we can provide move-out services to quickly restore your property to preloss state.

What Makes SERVPRO Unique?

We are there when you require assistance. You can call a SERVPRO specialist 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our 247 Emergency Line and receive immediate help.

Our professionals are members of the nation’s No. 1 cleaning and restoration team, with over 50 years of expertise. We are independently owned and run, but we are also backed by a network of over 1,900 locations throughout the United States, so you can be certain that we will promptly restore your home or business to “Like it never even happened” condition.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Why Our “Restore First” Mentality Is Best for Customers | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

road sign in front of dark storm clouds If you’ve experienced damages of any kind, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills today to get the restoration process started.

If your home sustains damage for any reason, it can be a frustrating and fraught time for your entire family. There are many emotions that people will cycle through after a fire or other disaster, and having to go through the process of handling the damage can further complicate the recovery process.

While there are always difficulties to consider throughout the recovery period, having a good restoration company on your side can truly make all the difference.

We will work with you and your insurance company to make the entire procedure as seamless as possible, and with our restoration-first mentality, we will do our best to preserve your belongings so you do not have to replace them.

How Our Restoration-First Mentality Helps Our Clients

We can help you save money on your insurance. Homeowners insurance is designed to help you cover the cost of losses in case of many types of damage, but filing a claim can also raise your premium tremendously. In the event of water damage, for example, the average claim is over $10,000. We can help lower the cost you have to claim with insurance by restoring objects where possible.

We can protect your sentimental items. We have invested in some of the most advanced restoration equipment available to us, which is what enables us to save items that may seem like a lost cause. In the past, we have been able to restore irreplaceable objects such as family photos, documents and art, as well as valuables such as electronics. Some things can’t be replicated, which is why we do our best to keep these sentimental objects intact.

We make sure your home feels like home again. As we have helped many people in the community with losses and damage, we understand all the complex emotions involved. To help make the return home easier, we focus primarily on restoring your house to its pre-damaged state and placing your belongings just how they were before the damage occurred. This will help your house feel like home again so your family can focus on healing.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.

3 Types of Flooding & What Causes Them | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water and a flood warning sign in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

The most frequent natural catastrophe in the United States is flooding, claiming more lives each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. It may affect everything from individual homes to large expanses of entire communities and cities.

Flooding occurs in all 50 states and all US territories, yet there are commonalities in their varieties and causes. There are three distinct forms of floods, which occur because of four main causes.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods occur when heavy rain flows over a region, overwhelming the ground’s capacity to hold the moisture. Excess water drains away, carrying trash, automobiles and other debris with it.

River flooding is just what it sounds like. When a river’s banks are unable to contain the excess water, the water rushes over the edges, wreaking havoc.

Coastal floods occur in locations adjacent to big bodies of water when storm surges or cyclonic activity raise the ocean or gulf levels to flood level.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with significant rainfall or storms that sit and linger for a lengthy amount of time over a region might result in flash floods or river flooding. Urban regions are particularly susceptible to rain floods, since the increased proportion of concrete and asphalt means that there is insufficient soil to absorb all that water. In Portland, there are over 30,000 homes that have a higher than a 25% risk of being seriously impacted by floods within the next 30 years. This is 13% of all properties in the city being at risk! Flooding can cause a host of issues for Portland residents, including interrupted access to utilities, overrun first-responder services as well as disrupted transportation and roadways, seriously impacting the area’s economic well-being.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and high tides may all result in water levels rising in waves, which can wreak havoc on coastal cities.

Dams and levees failing. In recent history, the most notable example of this would be the tragic levee collapses during Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams collapse when they develop fractures or when the dam’s capacity to control the surge of water behind them is exceeded.

Snowmelts and ice dams. Snow and ice may accumulate over the course of a winter in areas of the country where significant snowfall and extended freezing conditions are common, and when they begin to melt, they produce rivers of water to pour through nearby cities. Ice dams or ice jams occur when rivers get obstructed by built-up ice that is transported downstream, forcing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

SERVPRO Is Your Hidden Business Partner | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

You need all the assistance you can get when it comes to keeping a company going. As a property manager or owner, you understand how difficult it is to just keep things operating. For commercial properties, major interruptions or losses may be disastrous.

However, you have a built-in partner for all of the cleaning and restoration needs that your retail space or manufacturing facility could need, and it’s right in your backyard. SERVPRO can take care of so many different business demands that it’s like having a dedicated ally that is responsible for an entire aspect of your company’s performance.

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and floods are among the top causes of financial loss for businesses around the country, and they may cause massive damage if quick action isn’t taken. When you contact SERVPRO, you’re receiving a top-tier professional crew that’s available 24 hours a day to deliver proven emergency services and help you get back on your feet quickly.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery from a disaster begins before the tragedy occurs if your company is prepared. We can assist you in creating the ideal strategy to carry out when the time comes. During a crisis, you may need an emergency chain of command, alternative meeting or workplaces, temporary suppliers and other services, and we’ll have you set up with essentially a single button press that initiates all of them.

Cleaning services. We have an answer for every case, from trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to ordinary necessities like carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration in high-traffic areas. We’ve been doing this for a long time and have seen and cleaned all there is to see and clean.

Restoration services. Perhaps a storm caused flash flooding, the interns sparked up a kitchen fire or a pipe busted in the winter…all of these things need repair and cleaning, which SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills excels at. You can count on us to restore your business after an unwelcome occurrence, from water removal to full restoration.

Industry specialization. We can assist any business organization, and we’ve spent decades knowing the ins and outs of each one. We can handle any cleaning or restoration requirements your company may have, no matter how particular or unusual they are. In many circumstances, we may even surround the workspace so that ordinary activity in other areas is not disrupted.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Weather Hazards in Portland as Spring Arrives | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is a click away if you experience any damage from severe weather.

The U.S. is one of the largest countries in the world, coming in second only behind Russia and Canada (though China is larger if all outlying US territories are excluded).

That being said, seasonal weather in the country is not uniform considering it contains such a big and diversified area under one roof—individual sections of the country encounter their own unique weather patterns and face varying degrees of weather threats.

As spring approaches and warm and cold air masses begin to collide throughout the nation, let’s explore the variety of weather events each region can expect in the country, as well as what we should be mindful of here in Oregon.

In the Pacific Northwest, we are prone to extreme rain in the spring months, which may result in flooding and water damage to properties. Even far into the spring season, snow will continue to fall at higher elevations, and the melting and runoff associated with it will create concerns of its own. While a few areas in eastern Oregon experience a peak in precipitation in May, most areas of Oregon receive the bulk of their annual precipitation during the winter months.

Winters in the Upper Midwest and Northeast are the longest, since cold weather persists throughout the winter. Extreme cold and the potential of snowstorms and blizzards are likely from Maine all the way to the Dakotas until late spring or early summer, when temperatures start climbing.

The southern West Coast will be on watch for excessive heat waves that can jeopardize lives and safety, while the South Pacific, including Hawaii, will have to stand guard for possible tsunamis as an unfortunate result of tectonic activity.

Windstorms, derechos and wildfires will be a threat for the middle of the country, from Iowa to Texas. When winds are high and the climate is dry, wildfires may threaten to quickly spread. As you might know, a portion of this area is Tornado Alley, which has a high tornado frequency.

Lastly, severe weather is a possibility in the Southeast, from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in landlocked areas to dangerous rip currents along the coast as well as spring hurricanes.

Extreme weather poses a significant risk to residents of the United States, regardless of where they live. While yours may vary from that of a friend or relative a few states away, being prepared is always wise.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Preparing Your Business in Case Disaster Strikes | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO disaster plan packet sitting on a desk Having a plan in place in case of disaster can save your and your business from further losses. Contact us today to find out more.

If you own a business, it is prudent to make sure you are as prepared as possible for an emergency or disaster in order to protect your livelihood. To jumpstart this process, we recommend that business owners first take survey of where your preparedness levels are currently, so you can better understand where to improve or change them.

There are several key areas that can let you know exactly how prepared you are for an emergency. Having an understanding of your commercial insurance coverage and having a discussion with your insurance agent will let you know if additional policies are required to protect you. The other big factor is to make sure there is a plan in place, both for the moment disaster strikes and for recovery. Making sure these plans are in place, and you and your employees know them, can keep your business safe and make restoration go as quickly as possible.

Commercial Insurance Coverage

There are many various things that a commercial insurance policy will cover, but often in the case of disasters, their coverage alone can be insufficient. Talk with your insurance agent about where your policy might be lacking or what events can cause your coverage needs to change. Most carriers have the option to buy umbrella coverage and interruption insurance to make sure you are fully protected against disaster.

Supply Kit and Emergency Plan

If a severe weather event is on the way or a disaster such as a fire breaks out, there are maybe a few key moments to react. Having an emergency plan in place will help you and your employees make the most of the time you have. Plan for any potential threat that may present itself like having escape routes for situations where evacuation is the best course of action. The situation may also arise where you may need to remain in the office and survive off a workplace emergency kit until rescuers can come.

Have a Plan for Restoration and Recovery

Limiting the time your business must suspend operations due to the recovery process is the best way to avoid excessive losses due to lack of sales. In your recovery plan, decide on what restoration company to use when disaster strikes - this will allow you to make the call right away when you discover damage to your assets. In addition to that research, it would be wise to see if you qualify for disaster loan assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help cover some of these costs at a low interest rate.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster or you want to make a plan, contact us 247 for information on the commercial restoration process.

Stay Ready With Our Emergency Ready Plan | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills will be there to help.

Running a business is often more than a full-time job. Between staff, payroll and keeping up with constant economic and technological advancement, innovating and presenting yourself well on social media, it’s a lot to handle and can be hard to balance.

It can take only one disruption to push a business off its tracks. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses aren’t able to reopen after a disaster halts operations, and within a year, a quarter of those that do reopen are forced to close their doors.

If the pandemic shutdowns have taught us anything, it’s that it’s more important than ever for businesses to have a plan in place in case of an emergency or disaster. Three-quarters of all small businesses don’t have a plan in place and something has to change. You’ve worked hard to get your business where it is, and now you should do everything you can to protect it and help it thrive.

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is proud to help businesses in the region like yours be prepared by working with you to create an Emergency Ready Plan. We assist you through evaluating your needs and concerns specifically to your location and industry.

We’ll touch on everything from natural disasters to sewer backups, so that if your business is ever faced with an emergency, having your plan in place minimizes downtime and impact. You and your teams will know exactly what to do and when.

Don’t let poor disaster planning make your business journey any tougher than it already is. Let our experts at SERVPRO get you prepared with an Emergency Ready Plan. It could end up being the reason your business survives a disruption.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

Restoration and Recovery of Every Conceivable Kind | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

a green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills to get the job done.

If you’re a home or business owner, you’re likely aware by now that life is full of surprises, and those surprises affect your property in a host of less-than-fun ways. But whenever those things happen, and whatever havoc they may wreak, always remember that SERVPRO is right here in Cedar Mill to ensure your property is restored and all signs of damage are undone.

We cover almost every conceivable incident, including:

Water damage recovery. Floods come, pipes burst and water heaters explode. All this and more can happen to flood your home with the wet stuff, but we can get you dried and restored.

Fire damage recovery. Despite decades of fire safety awareness campaigns and a downward trend overall, fires still occur in U.S. households every 23 seconds. We make all necessary repairs, and we restore soot and smoke damage to get you set right again.

Mold removal. Water damage or high moisture conditions can allow mold to thrive, and when it does, it can weaken your home’s structure and cause illness among the inhabitants of your home. Only professionals can safely deal with a mold infestation, but that’s exactly why we’re here.

Storm recovery. Everything from winter blasts to thunderstorms and tornadoes can wreck your home. But no matter the cause or size of the damage, we’ve got the teams, tools and skills to totally restore your home.

Commercial needs. Homes aren’t the only places that damage occurs. We know businesses need restoration from storms, fires and water, too, and we can handle the job of dealing with all of those, plus we can provide world-class cleaning services.

General cleaning. Even when you simply have a need to get carpets, furniture, drapes and other surfaces cleaned at home, we’ve got you covered. You can call us anytime, with or without a disaster as the cause.

Specialty cleaning. From the general to the unique, we can clean anything. Urban areas, crime scenes, biohazard situations—all of it is well within our skillset, because we’ve spent a lot of time pioneering techniques to fit all situations.

Construction. Extreme situations can cause large amounts of damage, which may require sections of your home or business to be reconstructed or rebuilt. Never fear—we have this handled, too. No matter the size of the damage, we can take care of every step.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

What to Do in the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

a house engulfed in flames at night Restoring fire and smoke damage are one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills to learn more.

Experiencing a fire in your home is something that can completely alter your life. Being at home when a fire starts is traumatic, in addition to dealing with the aftermath of the damage to your property. Many people who experience a house fire are doing so for the first time, and learning all that comes after the incident can be an overwhelming process in and of itself.

Because we have helped countless households in our area recover from fires, we understand the ins and outs of fire recovery and wanted to share some of our favorite tips here. While we all hope a fire is something we never experience for our own households, it is something that is wise to prepare for just in case.

How to Handle the Aftermath of a House Fire

Contact your insurance company first. One of the small bright spots in an otherwise traumatic event is that oftentimes, homeowners insurance policies will provide some coverage for fire damage. If you experience a house fire, contact your insurance company right away to get details about how to proceed. They will typically have a procedure for working with a restoration company to have your damages assessed and professionally restored in a timely manner.

Check with the fire department. House fires can damage more than simply the area where the flames were. There will often be smoke and soot damage throughout the house, water damage where the fire was extinguished and even structural damage depending on how the fire department had to access the home. Before you return to the site, make sure to check with the fire department to determine if it is safe for you to do so.

Consider the emotional recovery. Experiencing a house fire is truly a traumatizing event, especially for young children, the elderly and pets. Disasters such as house fires can take an emotional toll for any family, so it is important to be aware of emotional healing needs after a fire, both for yourself and for your family. Oftentimes, organizations such as the Red Cross and FEMA will be able to put you in contact with staff that specializes in disaster recovery and the emotional aftermath.

If you need help with the restoration process after a house fire, you can depend on us. We have a team of technicians who specialize in fire restoration for residential buildings—contact us today to learn more.