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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)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

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.

Cedar Mill Businesses Have a Powerful Cleaning Ally | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

Have you changed the way you operate your Cedar Mill small business over the past year?

If you’re like most business owners, you’ll answer that with a simple “yes, absolutely.” Given everything that’s happened over the past 12 months, that’s understandable.

Many people who own and operate a business would also say that these changes have been stressful at times. We’ve never been asked to rethink how we live, interact, and do business in such a short time before now.

Though many businesses are already open, it’s still difficult to navigate the waters of running a business during the pandemic. You’ll want to ensure your space is safe for your customers and employees, and you’ll want to tweak your business model to meet changing needs and desires.

Resources to Help and Support You

Access to tools and programs designed to help you stay successful are easy to find. You can learn more about available business loans and get tips, advice, and more from trusted local and national resources.

Having a clean, sanitary business is vital too. That’s where we come in.

We’re available at any time 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 ways to help you clean and prepare your business.

Next, a team of experts will clean your space using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

When we’re finished, we’ll certify your business. That means you can rest assured that you’re ready to be open for business.

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.

How Prepared Is Your Family for a Spring Thunderstorm? | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills.

Are you and your loved ones ready for spring? After a cold, wet pandemic winter, it’s exactly the relief most of us will need.

Now that it’s March, many people are looking for ways to get outside as the weather warms up. One of the ways people do that is by planning outdoor projects around the house. That can be anything from adding new landscaping to your home to adding shutters to your house to painting your front door.

While you’re doing these projects to make your house more attractive, consider adding some projects to make your home a safer place, too. You can do things now to protect your home from strong storms later.

It’s not possible to accurately predict exactly where storms will hit. But you can do things today that will protect your home from damage.

Ensure Your Home Is Ready to Withstand a Spring Storm

Check out these projects and see if they merit a place on your home improvement priority list.

Be sure your gutters are cleaned out. When your gutters are in good shape, it allows water around your home to flow the right way. If gutters are full of debris, they can overflow and cause water damage.

Don’t ignore branches that are overhanging your home. Many people enjoy having mature trees in their yards. But they can cause damage if limbs are overhanging your home or garage during heavy winds. Cut them early.

Get your roof ready to deal with rainy weather. Look for missing shingles and signs of leaks. Then you can repair them.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We 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.

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.