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Spotting Water Damage is Not Always Easy | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

leaky pipe in a crawl space Seeing signs of water damage? Call SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills today to get the restoration process started.

Water damage at your business can be slow moving and hard to notice. Often, it’s easy to overlook the first signs of an issue. Before you realize, it’s become a significant problem and your business needs costly repairs and cleanup.

Water damage can happen to any business owner––even those who are diligent enough to do regularly scheduled maintenance. But there are signs you can spot early that will help you correct problems and protect your investment.

Curious about what you need to look for when you’re searching for water damage? Here are some tips that may help you spot the hidden signs of leaks and damage that might be lurking in your buildings.

Most of these tips are simple and don’t require a lot of time, money, or expertise.

Your water bill is rising - Has your water bill jumped over the past few months? That can be a sign there’s a leak somewhere in your pipes. Keep an eye on your water meter, if it is jumping higher and higher, your plumbing might be leaking water somewhere. Check your fixtures and underneath any cabinets with sinks. You might notice moisture, condensation, and damage if your plumbing system has failed.

Test your toilets - If you notice water seeping from the base of any toilets in the bathrooms, that’s a clear sign. You may also see issues with the flooring around the toilet – staining or another sign of damage.

Wood has started to show signs of warping and damage - Wood can be anything from valued antique furniture to hardwood floors to windowpanes and door frames. These items can be damaged within just a few days so if you see damage or swelling, get the restoration process started sooner rather than later.

If you notice any signs of a leak, seek professional help to repair it. It will save money on your water bill and help you minimize water damage while protecting your assets.

Visible microbial growth – Mold or mildew can be a sign of leak. Water follows gravity down so if you see growth anywhere, check the surrounding areas for leaky pipes, a leaky spot on the roof, or excess moisture present.

If you see any of these signs of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills right away. We’ll come inspect the area, find the leak, and put a plan together to make your property whole again. We pride ourselves on making it seem “Like it never even happened.”

DOs and DON’Ts – Sewage Damage | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician standing in crawlspace hatch covered in mud At SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills, no job is too big, too small, or too gross. Call us today if storms or another reason cause you sewage damage.

Storms can cause heavy rainfall and tax our local sewer systems, potentially causing all sorts of problems in and outside of your property. Water contaminated by sewage can contain a multitude of contaminants including bacteria and viruses. Any contact with sewage or surfaces and materials contaminated by sewage should be avoided unless the proper precautions are taken.

SERVPRO has more than 50 years of experience in safe sewage cleanup, so we know a thing or two about doing it the right way. Here are the dos and don’ts of dealing with sewage damage:

DO

Go to a safe area.  Evacuate people and pets away from the home or business.  Keep everyone away until the area has been restored.

Contact your insurance company. Professional cleanup & restoration companies work closely with insurance providers.  You will want to contact your provider immediately to file a claim.  Take down your claim number so you can provide it to a SERVPRO team member later and speed up your claims process.

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO. Call 503.619.6198 to get connected with a SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills team member. It is important to act fast so you can avoid the damage spreading. The sooner you act, the more money and time saved. It may also be necessary for us to extract some wastewater so that the next step can be completed.

Contact a septic company or plumber. It is critical to identify the source of the backup quickly.  A plumber should begin repairing the issue as soon as possible. It may also be necessary to contact

Ventilate the area. If possible, open windows to encourage air to flow through your home or business.  This may help slow mold growth by drying the area as much as possible before our SERVPRO team arrives as mold thrives in moist and poorly ventilated spaces.

Take pictures of the damaged area and contents. You can do this by yourself or with your insurance claim field adjuster after the area has been deemed safe to enter.  Pictures should include the damaged area, the source of the sewage backup, any damaged personal or business property and possessions and structural damage.

DON’T

Don’t touch anything.  Avoid skin contact with any sewage or sewer water.  Remember, get everyone out of your home as quickly as possible.

Don’t eat or drink anything exposed to the sewer water.  No one in your home or business should use toilets or sinks connected to the sewage lines.  Don’t drink any water from your sink or filtered water hookups that are connected to the backup line. If you’re unsure – do not use it.

Don’t remove items from the area.  You should not touch anything that has been exposed to sewage. Our SERVPRO team will keep a record of all items removed from the damaged area, including those deemed unsalvageable. Documenting and keeping a good record of all affected items is an important part of the claims process.

Don’t try to clean it up.  You may be destroying evidence that could impact your insurance claim.  Leaving the area after you call your insurance, the professionals at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills, and a plumber, is the best thing you can do. Allow the experts at our SERVPRO to help you return your home or business to safety.

If you discover sewage damage in your home or business, you can count on our team at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills to handle the cleanup and restoration. Contact us any time day or night for emergency services.

Why choose your local SERVPRO? | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO van parked outside a job site Call us 24/7/365 for any of your emergency restoration needs – SERVPRO is here to help.

Why choose your local SERVPRO? | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

Our “Restore First” mentality is best for our customers

If your business or home sustains damage for any reason, it can be a frustrating and fraught time for your entire staff or 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.

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.

We can help you save money on your insurance

Most homeowners and business insurance are designed to help you cover the cost of losses from many types of damage but filing a claim can also raise your premium tremendously. We can help lower the cost of your claim to your insurance by restoring items where possible instead of replacing them.

We can protect your essential and sentimental items

We have invested in some of the most advanced restoration equipment available, 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 essential and sentimental objects intact.

We do our best to make it “Like it never even happened”

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 to work or home easier, we focus primarily on restoring your property to its pre-damaged state and placing your belongings just how they were before the damage occurred. This will help your property feel like normal again so your staff or family can focus on healing and returning to a routine.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us anytime you need to begin the restoration process. Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills today to learn more.

Mold Can Be A MONSTER | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

black mold showing on walls and ceiling inside home Seeing signs of mold in your home or business? Contact us today to get remediation started.

No one likes to think about dealing with mold damage — and the potential impact on your health mold can pose. However, every year thousands of business & homeowners find themselves needing mold remediation services, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

Signs of mold in your business or home can vary and may include damp spaces, a musty odor or discoloration on your ceiling, walls, or floors. You might also notice peeling paint, wood starting to warp or maybe even see the growth with your own eyes. If you notice any of these signs in your business or home, then it’s smart to consider reaching out to a trusted partner for an inspection.

How SERVPRO of Cedar Mill is different

When it comes to mold remediation, we are a trusted local partner for many businesses and families. Here’s why so many people trust our team:

  • Our team is available 24/7

When it comes to restoration, time is always of the essence. That means the sooner you can meet with a certified restoration technician and get a plan for remediation in place, the better your business or home will be able to recover. Being proactive will save you time, money, and worry.

  • We have highly trained mold remediation specialists

Calling our team connects you with restoration technicians who have all the skills and knowledge needed to assess your situation and create a personalized plan for correcting it. We have the expertise and experience you’ll want on your side, and we’ll help guide you through the process step by step.

  • We use the latest technology

By combining highly trained experts and leading-edge technology, we can use the latest strategies to help your business or home overcome a mold threat. We work to restore your business or home in a way that’s both logical and economical.

  • We are a local business

We are always here to help our friends and neighbors in Cedar Mill, Oak Hills, Bethany, Beaverton and the surrounding communities to restore their businesses and homes. Our services also come backed with the security and expertise of a national organization.

If you are experiencing or suspect you have a mold problem, or just want to learn more about our mold restoration services contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills today for an estimate.

Storm and Water Damage Restoration - "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

man in black Servpro shirt extracting water from floor Big storm? Burst pipe? Slow leak? Whatever caused the damage, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills will make it seem “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage restoration is the process of repairing a property after it has been damaged by water. The most common causes of water damage are flooding and plumbing leaks, but there are other causes such as burst pipes and overflowing tubs or toilets. The restoration process involves removing moisture and preventing mold growth to prevent further damage. To properly mitigate water damage, specialty drying equipment such as air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are required. 

It is important to take proper precautions when working in a water-damaged building. To protect yourself against the dangers of potential mold, you should wear protective clothing: long-sleeved shirts and pants may be necessary to avoid skin contact with mold spores. You should also always wear eye protection and a mask when doing restoration work in a water-damaged home or business. Gloves are also helpful for protecting your hands from bacteria that might be present on surfaces or objects that you are handling. In addition, keep an eye out for electrical equipment such as power tools and extension cords; these could be damaged by flooding and pose safety hazards if they become energized while you're working on them.

We are proud of the work our employees do. They are some of the best in their fields, and they work hard to help our customers get back to normal as quickly as possible.

We know that you can't always be there when a flood or leak happens, but it's important to us that you're aware of what your friends at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills can do for you when you need us most. We understand that water damage restoration is an emotional experience for many people, but we hope that this information will help take some of the stress out of getting back on track after an incident like this.

Now what happens when your home is dry but torn apart? Our SERVPRO is unique in the sense that we are one of the few water mitigation companies in the area that offers reconstruction services after mitigation! Truly making your disaster like it never even happened. 

You’ve heard about construction and remodeling but what is reconstruction? Reconstruction is simply repairing the areas that were once affected by water damage. Our highly skilled team has over 6 decades of combined experience in commercial and residential reconstruction. From commercial flooring and drywall installation to small residential patch and paint – we can do it all!

Now that we’ve covered reconstruction let’s talk about repairs and remodels. Being a full service SERVPRO means that our construction division can and will take on any job, big or small. Let’s say you are getting ready to sell your home and notice that the walls have faded and there are several areas where wall hangings were that now needs a paint touchup. Our highly trained team can fill holes, prime, and repaint those spaces. Maybe you’re not selling your home, but you want to remodel your kitchen or bathroom! This is where it gets exciting. We have a team dedicated to tile install, vanity and cabinetry removal and replacement, and plumbing fixture installation. 

No job is too big or too small for our team. We also work with highly trained subcontractors for large scale remodel projects where code upgrades are required. Lots of electrical or plumbing to repair? Our subcontractors are one call and work order away from completing a total renovation of your home. 

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills - painting the world green one call at a time!

Decreasing the Chance of Fire Around Your House | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

lit candle left on a dresser unattended Lit candles likes this one should never be left unattended since flames can spread so quickly in a home.

Preventing fires in your home may not be at the front of your mind, but with these easy tips – we aim to change that. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s data, between the years of 2015-2019 the U.S. experienced an average of about 350,000 home structure fires per year. So you can see why following these easy tips may be to your benefit.

General Fire Safety Tips:

  • Make sure there are smoke detectors installed on all levels of the home, especially inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Check each smoke alarm battery at least once a month and replace them as necessary.
  • Practice a fire escape plan at least twice per year with the entire household.
  • Keep fire extinguishers throughout the house, especially in common areas.
  • Clear out dryer lint trays after every use and have your ventilation line cleaned at least once per year.
  • Do not run extension cords under rugs, through doors or around corners where they might become pinched.

Kitchen Fire Safety Tips:

  • Never leave the stovetop or oven on when you leave the room — the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher stored nearby and be sure everyone in the household knows how to operate it.
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of stove so they can’t accidentally get knocked or grabbed by children.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or shirts with long, hanging sleeves as these could catch fire if it comes in contact with a heat source.
  • Don’t throw hot grease in the garbage – instead let it cool and throw it away (and never pour grease or oil down your drain).

Bedroom/Office Fire Safety Tips:

  • Always keep an eye on open flames, even candles and guarded fireplaces.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Discontinue and replace frayed phone chargers and other cables immediately.
  • Use electric blankets with extreme caution and never sleep with them turned on.
  • Keep lamps and electronics that produce heat (i.e. computers) away from curtains or drapes.

If your home has been damaged by fire, you can count on us to respond quickly and help you begin restoration. We can handle damage from flames, smoke, soot and water — call SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills today to learn more.

How to Handle the Common Causes of Commercial Damage | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills are your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

The importance of businesses, both large and small, in the United States cannot be understated. Business owners must balance so many tasks in their day-to-day ranging from payroll and finances to training and hiring employees. With all of this on their plates, there is no good time to deal with the damages of a disaster.

Last year alone, almost $150 billion in damages occurred due to weather-related events and the cost in damages continues to increase every year.

In a place like Cedar Mill, Beaverton and Hillsboro, severe winter storms can devastate the community and can cause power outages and road closures.

Here are the common ways natural disasters can damage our businesses and how to address them:

Water Damage

Water damage after precipitation is a huge cause of costs after extreme weather. Snow that collects on top of roofs can accumulate and create leaks and damage to businesses. Snowmelt flooding can also cause issues for the foundation of your building.

When this heavy precipitation occurs, it is important to make sure your building is resilient. Inspect your roof to make sure it’s healthy and substantial. And you should also consider landscaping in a mindful way to redirect water away from your business.

Leaking, even at a low rate, can cause severe damage when left unattended. Being aware of the condition of your walls, ceiling and floors is a good way to check for damage. If you can see discoloration or any abnormalities, it is best to address those early on.

Storm Damage

Storms, big or small, can have a significant impact on our homes and businesses. Even at a lower intensity, storm winds can toss debris into the air and damage exteriors. At higher intensity, winds can exceed 70 mph. This can cause serious structural damage and even peel off roofs when speeds of 75+ mph are reached. It is not unlikely for a loss of life to occur at this stage.

Window covers can be utilized to reduce storm damage, but it is important to ensure that windows and their seals are inspected. Similarly, the door seals and their integrity are also worth checking up on.

Knowing what can and cannot be blown away in heavy winds can save you from having to suffer more damage costs. Loosely held signs, outdoor furniture and decorations are all capable of being whisked away when a big storm comes.

Know Who to Call

In rain, snow or winds, the damage they cause can be great. While it may seem cumbersome at first, taking the steps to protect and prevent storms is worth it in the long run.

Closing down to make repairs is not something any business owner wants to do. Thankfully, we have 247 availability, and our expert team quickly responds to ensure that the proper restoration plan is enacted.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Prevent In-home Fires With These Easy Steps | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire Are you dealing with damage due to a house fire? Contact SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills to learn more about our fire restoration services.

In 2022, the American Red Cross has already responded to over 20,000 in-home fires. And it is important to take steps to prevent them because that number doesn’t even scratch the surface of the approximately 346,000 the country sees per year.

Smoke detectors are still the primary way to prevent the damages fires can cause, but here are some ways to strengthen your prevention efforts:

Make Sure That Your House Is Clutter-Free

In addition to being generally unsightly, clutter in hallways and stairwells can become a fire hazard. Blankets, loose clothing and other cloth items are especially flammable in the event of a house fire. When clothes are left near a water heater, they can also start a fire.

While having more open space can prevent fueling a fire, it also serves as a means to clearing escape routes in the event of an in-home fire.

Another common cause of fires is overloaded extension cords. Unplugging less commonly used appliances and clearing unused electrical appliances can help reduce this risk.

Leaving space between furniture and wall outlets is a great way to promote proper airflow and reduce overheating.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Your yard is the primary line of defense when it comes to a fire that originates outside. Being intentional with your landscaping and spreading out your plants helps to protect your home and grants workspace to firemen who are responding to your emergency.

Because this is a frequent issue, fire-prone states like California have issued defensible zone requirements for yards. Because Oregon is just as prone to fires, it would be smart to implement these practices.

This should not discourage anyone from doing their typical gardening. Instead, place plants strategically to provide the most protection. It is also a good idea to clear out anything that could add fuel to the flames, like dead plants or limbs.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

To bolster decluttering your home and yard, spring-cleaning will help reduce fire hazards. Taking the time for a deep-clean on your stove and having your chimney cleaned and inspected can prevent a fire.

Although all these things can seem cumbersome, even something as simple as dusting your surfaces can be a form of fire prevention. Note and address the dust gathering near appliances and outlets.

When fire prevention can be as simple as maintaining a clean and tidy home, it is a no-brainer to take these steps and prevent the potentially devastating damage it can cause.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Protect Your Business With Our Fire Safety Tips | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

packet of paper on a desk showing a fire response plan Having a plan in place and the proper equipment installed can prevent many business fires. Contact us today to make a plan or start cleanup services.

Experiencing a fire is never something that is on someone’s agenda, but they happen more often than you might think. Over 18,000 business fires caused more than $700 million in damages in 2019 alone. Taking a proactive fire safety approach is key to making sure you are reducing your chances of ever having to deal with a fire in your business.

Fortunately, implementing fire safety in your business is about planning ahead and generally developing good habits to prevent it from becoming an issue. Prevention and escape planning recommendations are similar to those of house fires.

How Can I Take a Proactive Fire Safety Approach?

Check your smoke detectors. If you never consider the smoke detectors in your building, now is the time to start. Smoke detectors should be installed throughout the business and be tested every 30 days to make sure they do not have defects. The majority of business fires are caused by cooking, so kitchen/cafeteria smoke detectors are especially important. Most commercial buildings will have their own fire suppression systems, so make sure they are regularly inspected by professionals.

Create a fire escape plan. If the smoke detectors do go off, it is important that everyone at your company knows what comes next and how to escape safely. Employees should:

  • Call 911
  • Notify co-workers of the fire
  • Walk, don’t run, down the stairs – never use the elevator
  • designate a spot for you to all reconvene outside to check in.

Limit your fire risks. There are many ways to get into the habit of fire safety to lessen your overall fire risk profile including:

  • Post clear fire escape plans on every level of a building
  • Teach employees about exit locations, escape routes and fire protection equipment
  • Check the condition of fire ladders and escapes
  • Conduct regular emergency drills

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Though there are many fires that will immediately be too large to use a fire extinguisher on, if there is a small and contained fire, knowing how to use one can keep a small issue from becoming a large one. A working fire extinguisher should be installed in the kitchen/cafeteria and any other high-risk areas (following all fire codes), and you and your employees should all be familiar with how to use them.

If your business is damaged by a fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.

Have You Planned Ahead for Severe Weather? | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills right away.

Extreme weather is often a scary experience, and rightly so. Severe storms cause a number of different events that all have the ability to damage your home and yourself. Events like lightning, flooding, hail and powerful winds are just a few of the dangerous effects of storms—and storms are very common.

In fact, there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, which is more than 2,000 per week.

In the Pacific Northwestern United States, Oregon to be specific, we know the dangers that come with severe weather. We experience some of the most rainfall in the country and suffer powerful windstorms that have done enormous amounts of damage to our community.

Unfortunately, the weather we see so often is here to stay, and we can’t wave a magic wand to make it disappear. However, we can—and absolutely should—prepare and be ready for it, which is what we hope to convey today.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

The only thing as important as your safety during nasty weather is your ability to communicate with your family and local government. Knowing what all of the emergency alerts mean is key and being able to receive updates from the authorities is important, too.

For staying in touch with your local government, you should ensure that you have multiple ways of receiving information. Cell phones work great for this, but storms can often prevent you from having an adequate cell signal. It’s recommended that you have a NOAA weather radio, as these have been proven to work even during the most severe weather.

Next, you should develop a proper communication strategy for yourself and your family. This includes a plan on how to communicate when extreme weather is inbound—this allows everyone to check in and have peace of mind with regard to their loved ones.

Beyond that, designate a safe room in your house that is as close to the center as possible and away from any windows or doors. Basements and bathrooms often work well, but it’s most important to ensure that your shelter area is structurally sound.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is a relatively simple way to stay prepared and reduce the risk of being negatively affected by storms. These packs should contain any essential item that you and your family may need for a minimum of 72 hours of sheltering and should be stored in your designated safe room for ease of access.

Typically, these kits contain nonperishable foods, flashlights, batteries and any first-aid supplies that you might need. As a rule of thumb, you should keep one gallon of water per person, per day, in your emergency kit. However, each kit should be designed specific to your needs, and you might have to include items not listed here.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

When the dust settles, it’s critical for you to take steps that can improve your safety plan and assess the level of damage that your property has suffered. After you’ve received the all-clear, check your property for damage.

Places like doors, attics and windows are often the most affected and can allow water to enter the home once their seals have been broken.

If you discover damage, remember that you can call us 247. Our expert team in green has a trusted reputation with over 50 years of restoration experience, and we provide a quick response that helps you deal with the problems fast. Always act immediately when you find damage to your home, and call SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills for any and all of your cleanup and restoration needs.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.