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Winter Weather Preparations | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

a close-up image of a car and tire moving through snow If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills for fast, restorative solutions.

It’s the time of year where family gatherings are the norm. Your calendar is likely full of get-togethers along with many other things. As you think of all these holidays, naturally, things like home maintenance get “lost in the cracks.”

There’s one thing you can’t forget, though, which is the importance of staying safe during potentially hazardous weather.

As winter makes its way to our area, let’s review some important safety tips that winter brings with it.

Protect Your Family

Communication is key! It’s one of the best ways you can protect your family. Ensure that your family has an emergency action plan to help reduce fear in the case of bad weather, and can stay in contact in the face of danger.

Another way to prepare for winter weather is to winterize your vehicle. That means making sure everything is in good working order.

It would be resourceful to keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle in case you become stranded in your car during the cold. Things you could include are spare clothes, non-perishable foods, and a first-aid kit.

Protect Your Home

As many people know, frozen pipes are one of the most substantial expenses (and headaches) for homeowners. Make sure you know how to prevent frozen pipes before a disastrous accident occurs.

Now is a perfect time to inspect your home heating source to ensure it is well-maintained and properly working. If your home has a fireplace, make sure it’s cleaned and well ventilated before use.

As you prepare your home for colder weather, go ahead and stock up on extra firewood as it could become difficult to get once weather conditions change.

Protect Your Pets

Just like you, your pets need to be warm. Make sure they have protection from the weather, either by bringing them inside your home or having a place set up for them in your garage.

It’s also important to confirm that your livestock has plenty of thawed water and food.

Watch for Melts and Flooding

As we all know, your home can flood from things other than torrential rain. For example, snow or ice melt, which turns into water, can cause dangerous floods.

While we don’t get much snow here in Beaverton, it’s still important to keep an eye on the weather. Make sure to keep up with emergency weather alerts, and always use caution.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

What Causes House Fires? | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills are here for you if your home is affected by fire.

Your home is your most prized possession, as it should be! You have worked hard to buy your home and the items inside. So, why do we become so careless in everyday routines?

Safety shouldn’t take a backseat, but despite many ad campaigns and awareness advertisements, more than a quarter of all reported fires still occur in the home.

So, we want to provide you with a refresher on fire safety in your home! As you settle in for the evening, review these top causes of house fires and learn what you can do to help prevent them.

Cooking. As you might suspect, this is one of the top causes of house fires and injuries. Almost half of all house fires begin in the kitchen from unattended cooking. Because we all get busy, and life is hectic, we can tend to overlook how risky cooking actually can be. That’s why it’s important to always stay with any food that you are preparing…or call for delivery!

Heating equipment. This is the second most common cause of house fires. It can come from a combination of equipment malfunctions, mishaps and flammable materials placed too close. The main culprit is those small, convenient, space heaters. If you decide to use these, ensure that you keep them out of the way of high-traffic areas and away from anything flammable.

Electrical fires. Faulty wiring or an overload of a circuit is typically the reason for this kind of fire. Older homes can’t keep up with the high usage of electricity, so it’s important to have the electrical system in an older house inspected regularly and upgraded as necessary.

Intentional fires. As crazy as it may sound, there are more than 28,000 intentional home fires started every year. These are fires that are set on purpose with the intention of destruction, not fires set for legitimate reasons that get out of control.

Smoking materials. Smoking materials cause less than 5% of fires, but are the most common contributor to fire deaths. These deaths commonly result when someone falls asleep while smoking.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact the SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills team today to see how we can help.

No Matter the Business, We've Got Solutions | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills for all your cleaning needs.

As you are aware by now, SERVPRO offers custom solutions for homeowners. But did you know that we take care of our business owners, too? We provide commercial restoration services after any type of accident or disaster!

If you experience water damage, storm damage, fire damage or mold in your business, we’re here to help. And our services go beyond disaster recovery, too.

Here at SERVPRO, we know what it’s like to be a business owner and the importance of having a clean commercial space. That’s why we are determined to help you in keeping your facilities clean.

Commercial Cleaning for All Businesses

Your focus should always be your customers, and you can allow us to make your business’ cleanliness our business. We send in professionals to provide high-grade cleaning and sanitation for every size of business:

Shopping malls, restaurants and small boutiques. From a small, local antique shop to major shopping stores, we provide the same exceptional service.

Educational facilities from preschools to major universities. While most places have a janitorial service, studies show that regular cleaning only clears half the bacteria from desks. And that’s if they are cleaned every day; if they aren’t, the numbers are much worse.

Places like hotels, convention centers and other large venues. We can make the entrance of your facility feel like more of an escape—and one that’s clean and safe.

Foodservice facilities like quick-service restaurants or distribution centers. Any business related to food needs to maintain a higher level of clean.

Apartment complexes, small office buildings or multi-level high rises. The cleanliness and sanitation of these facilities can make or break the business.

The stakes are high. Each year, $260 billion is lost due to sick days and diminished productivity due to illness. We can help dwindle this down by helping you to provide a clean, healthy environment for your employees and customers alike.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Know Who You Can Trust as a Restoration Partner | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills.

Life happens. Sometimes Mother Nature comes in and takes a swing, or a freak accident happens and causes a major life change.

Whether it affects your home or your business, you will need restoration or cleanup services—and you will need them quickly, so it helps to determine where you’d turn for restoration in advance of a disaster.

There are a few important things you need to remember when you are considering working with a service company:

Are They Legit?

Some people find this out the hard way, but after an emergency, there always seem to be people who show up offering help, which can be great, but it’s vital that you know not everyone has your best interest in mind. Sadly, after disaster situations scammers tend to show up and take your money when you’re the most vulnerable.

As for us, we are not new to this scene. We have been a part of this landscape for over 50 years, and because of that, we have earned a good reputation. We put in the necessary work so that our customers are satisfied, and we won’t stop until they are.

As if this isn’t enough, it’s important to share that we are trusted by national brands, like the PGA Tour, which only accepts high-quality services.

Can You Count on a Quick Response?

When something happens and wreaks havoc on your daily life, you need to know that you can call someone immediately to get help.

We stay on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week because life doesn’t always work within “business hours.”

Can They Access Added Support?

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is locally owned, and we will always have a team right here in town to help you when disaster calls. If at some point a major storm or other disaster strikes our area, you can rest assured that we are backed by the nationwide network of other SERVPRO franchises - so if mass chaos happens, we can access even more highly trained technicians with powerful tools. Our technicians will come in ready to work so that every homeowner gets the service and quality services that they need.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got a trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Cooler Weather Fire Dangers | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is a trusted leader in the restoration industry.

With the hottest days of the year finally out of the way, we can go outside and enjoy the day. We can prep for the shorter days and all the fun family holidays that come along with the fall season.

This type of weather is when most places have the nicest weather, and everyone starts looking forward to more friends and family gatherings.

But like any other season, fall brings its own dangers, like potential fire hazards. So, as you enjoy your last few pool days, why not review some fire safety tips?

Campfire Safety

Fall evenings are sometimes spent by the campfire with friends or family talking about life. When you do this, it’s best to use your fire safety tips that come almost like second nature for you.

You should never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. And like we all know, fires can easily get out of control, so be sure to keep them far away from your home or trees.

When enjoying the campfire, make sure that someone is always at the fire. It’s also smart to keep a fire hose or full water bucket close by in case you should need it quickly.

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters can be quite useful during the colder months, but they can also be quite dangerous. These little things are one of the most frequent causes of home fires.

It’s important to keep your space heater away from anything flammable, and it’s also best to invest in one that will turn off if it is knocked over.

Another important reminder is to plug it directly into an outlet, never an extension cord, and turn it off when you leave the room or go to bed.

Halloween

We still have some time before we get to Halloween, but it doesn’t hurt to start thinking ahead. Realizing that candles, decorations and costumes can all be fire hazards can save you from major accidents, so be sure to stay aware at all times.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Main Sources of Water Damage in the Home | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Dealing with water damage is something no one ever dreams of having to deal with. But the reality is: At some point or another, it’s likely to happen to you. Whether from natural disasters or faulty appliances, it can present some major damage to your home.

Being aware and prepared for how water can cause issues can save you time and money in the long run. Look at these examples of common issues that can damage your home:

Severe weather. Mother Nature herself can be a problem. Severe weather can cause all kinds of potential hazards, from flood waters to thawing pipes.

Leaking/bursting pipes. Thawing pipes are an all-too-common cause of flooded homes. It’s also a possibility that the roots of those beautiful trees you have growing in your yard can cause a crack in outdoor lines.

Appliances. Today’s technology can be quite fabulous, but when these trusty appliances fail, they can be a real pain. As appliances get older, their pipes can rust and hoses can weaken. Dishwasher, washing machines and water heaters all have drain lines that can either become clogged or begin to leak, causing water to accumulate in the house. Water heaters can also flat-out explode.

Clogged drains. Sink drains can become quickly clogged with food, hair or grease. Clogged drains can back up into the sink or other places within the home and cause wall support or flooring to become warped.

Roof damage. This may seem like a known hazard, but with falling limbs or hail, these can cause serious damage to your roof, which can let rain leak into the ceiling or walls of your home.

Home maintenance, inside and out, is always important and can save you time and money in the long run. By doing the maintenance now, you can save yourself the headache of leaks turning into water damage later.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Why Summer Is Often the Stormy Season & Why Our Area Is an Exception | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is on the line, ready to make things right.

When most of us think about summer, we think about lots of sun and lots of heat. Because the weather is so pleasant, many of us spend more time outdoors, enjoying time with family.

But if it sometimes seems as though there’s also more rain during the summer, that would be because it’s totally true. During the summer, the two components needed for storms—moisture and warm air—are out in full force in many parts of the country. That means thunderstorms become more likely.

Take this info with a grain of salt. In our area this summer, we’re facing oppressive heat and very dry conditions, which have set us up for wildfire hazards. Our rainiest season comes a little later in the year, when October rolls around. File these tips away for the occasional rainy summer day—and keep them handy throughout the fall and winter!

Be Storm-Alert

No matter the time of year, it’s important to heed weather warnings. Always pay attention to storm alerts and consider cancelling outdoor events if heavy storms are predicted.

Local weather forecasts will often be the most accurate. Invest in an NOAA Weather radio so that you can continue to access these vital weather alerts even if the power goes out.

During storms with heavy rainfall, flooding is always possible, so stay alert. Heavy storms can also bring intense winds, which can fell tree branches and send items outside your home flying. Keep your trees trimmed back, and when inclement weather is predicted, pull outdoor furniture and other items inside or secure them.

Dozens of people die every year in storm-related incidents, so caution is always the best choice. Keep an eye on the weather conditions and know what to do when they strike.

Be Storm-Safe

When lightning is in the area, go indoors. Even if you can’t see lightning, if you hear thunder, lightning is in the area. Stay inside until at least 30 minutes after you hear the last bit of thunder.

Your mother was right—you should stay away from windows and avoid bathing or showering during a storm.

Because severe weather can strike fast, plan ahead by creating an emergency kit and knowing the evacuation routes for your area.

In cases of intense rain, flash floods can occur. Never attempt to drive through flood water, since only a few inches of rain can have a disastrous effect.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Understanding What Makes SERVPRO Different | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is your local restoration expert.

Understanding What Makes SERVPRO Different | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or you run a fortune 500 business, the work you do can be tough and time-consuming.

So when disaster strikes, it can get nearly anyone’s morale down. Normal, daily duties get thrown to the back burner so that you can focus on the emergency at hand.

It seems that now, along with normal responsibilities, you are now in full-on “recovery” mode for your people and yourself! We want to help relieve you of some of this stress.

How? We thrive in the disaster recovery world, it’s our job! Let’s look at why you can trust us.

We Are in Go Mode

We have technicians available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At a moment’s notice we can rush to get your place back to normal. Who has time to waste when the house is full of water or there’s a fire in the office?

When disaster hits, we stay ready and available so that you don’t have to.

We React Quickly

As a recovery business, we know that in a disaster situation, every second counts.

Every minute that passes causes more mold growth, more fire damage or more water cleanup. A fast response is crucial, and with us located right here nearby, you will see exactly how quick and responsive our team is.

We Can Restore Both Homes & Businesses

Disasters strike without favor to anyone or anything. Whether it’s your home or your business, damage to either can be extremely impactful.

With highly trained technicians who stay up to date and have access to the most advanced technology, we work to have your place back to normal in no time.

We’re Committed Until the Job Is Finished

There’s no greater satisfaction than to know we have helped a family or business “fix” their place as if a disaster never happened. We work hard in recovery and restoration because your satisfaction is what matters most.

We Evolve When Needed

In this day and time, disease prevention is more highly valued than ever before, so keeping that in mind, we now offer cleaning services that go above and beyond your normal janitorial services.

Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program allows you to offer a safe work environment and also provide customers and employees with peace of mind at the same time.

Disasters or accidents happen. Whether it’s a busted pipe, faulty appliance or a lightning strike that set the house on fire, SERVPRO is here and ready to take it on.

Regardless of the what, where or why, SERVPRO has the tools, technicians and training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to let us tackle the hard stuff, get in touch with SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills.

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.