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How Much Time to Escape from a House Fire

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Much Time to Escape from a House Fire A modern home that contains many synthetic materials can make a room engulfed within 3 minutes.

Destruction from house fires is absolutely devastating. We've gone over before how things such as Christmas trees can go up in flames within a matter of seconds. Another leading cause of house fires also contributes towards kitchen duties being left unattended. But how much time does someone need in order to escape a house fire safely?

Research has shown that 30 years ago, the average person would have about 17 minutes to safely escape a home. Nowadays, the time for someone to safely escape has lowered to a daring 3-4 minutes. The reason behind this is due to the materials that the home is made from. Older houses generally have real wood and natural materials, compared to newer properties which have been constructed with synthetic materials which catch fire even faster. The odds of facing a home fire may seem unlikely, but it's good to know these facts in case it ever happens to you. SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills also specializes in fire damage restoration. So if there's ever this situation in your life, you can feel assured that we've got your back! 

Seasonal Storms in the Portland Area

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seasonal Storms in the Portland Area The January, 2017 snowstorm ranked as one of the worst snowstorms in 20 years in Portland, Oregon.

It was about 2 years ago that Portland faced the impact of a full-blown ice storm. Some roads consisted of cars piled up by the numbers, while people helplessly roamed the streets in the snowy storm that covered all of the city. This was a terrible time for drivers and homeowners alike. News channels emphasized on the safety hazards of ice buildups on the sidewalks, and how you'll have to maintain your area to ensure a decreased risk of slipping hazards. 

For many Oregonians, this was the worst the weather had become in many years. There was abundant home damages from the storm as well. Roofs were caving in, pipes were bursting, and the need for restoration was on a rise at that time. This year, we've been fortunate to not face those conditions. However, if something does unsuspectingly happen...you know who to call! We are open 24/7 to see that your home damages are "Like it never even happened."

Seasonal home damage with water

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Seasonal home damage with water An apartment building caught fire, leading to more damage because of rainfall.

When it rains, it pours. At least that's what they say when things get really tough. We know that the Winter season is going to bring heavy rains and snow. Depending on where you live, the best thing to do is keep up to date with your house. If you notice the roofing is going bad, then be sure to get it replaced before anticipated heavy rainfall occurs. 

We've seen some bad conditions when it comes to water damage, especially if it involves a fire. Many people may also not think much about fixing a small leak immediately. But it's just a matter of time until the little things make the biggest difference. If you happen to come across even a little water problem in your home, such as leaking or a flooded floor... You can rest assured that we'll make it seem "Like it never even happened."! 

Our growth over time

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Our growth over time You can find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, and more!!

We here at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills always strive to find ways for growth. So with that said, we put all of our employees through extensive hands on training to ensure complete accuracy and efficiency in all the roles in our franchise. 

As we grow, we hope our past clients take the time to follow us on social media. Our marketing division tends to send out newsletters via email with discounts and contests that we hold. By joining us on Facebook, you'll see frequent articles about home improvement, and both local and national stories about what's happening around you! 

And the last part we should mention is YouTube! We constantly produce new videos to share more information about our service. Over time we will continuously be adding more and more content! So look us up and keep SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills around!

Our best efforts in fire damage

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Our best efforts in fire damage Damage due to a fire in an apartment complex.

We at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills have the highest amount of sympathy for those who have been affected by fires with their homes. Whether it's the California Camp Fire, or an accident that happens in the home, we genuinely care about those out there who've needed assistance. 

As always, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills will have the trained professionals and highly effective gear to ensure that it seemed "Like it never even happened". It's a devastating time for any family/business, and we completely recognize what a setback it can be. But whenever you need us, we'll be there for the call!

More about our service

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial More about our service Whether it's a confined space, or open room... We've got all the professional gear to make things right!

What makes us thrive in the field of damage remediation?

Our hands-on training and highly involved experience helps us stand out from competition. We strive to give our customers the full experience of a truly professional service to see that any home damage is taken care of quickly and efficiently. 

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills is also open 24/7... So no matter what time or day your issue happens, we will be readily be there to assist you. From contacting us to responding to your call - you can have the highest amount of confidence that we will make your damage restoration experience seem "Like it never even happened"! 

What threats does winter cause for your home?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What threats does winter cause for your home? Example of a falling tree causing significant damage due to a winter storm.

In Oregon, we're fortunate to not have extreme weather like some parts of the Northeastern part of the US. However, there's still always a posed risk of snow and ice. 

Direct damage concerns may include trees falling on homes, roof collapse due to snow accumulation, wind damage during a blizzard, displacement due to a major power outage, and frozen or burst pipes. Always try to stay thoughtful of your home condition before winter conditions arrive. This includes ensuring the gutters are cleared, and the siding of the home doesn't contain any significant damage. 

Also note that freezing temperatures may create an ice dam. An ice dam occurs when snow on the roof melts, runs to the edge and refreezes there, forcing water back up under the roof where it can cause leaks and shingles deterioration.

At the same time, high winds, hail and winter storms can tear off shingles or drive moisture beneath them, causing further damage.

In any case this season, give SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills a call for any damage restoration needs. We've got the trained professionals and trusted service to ensure your damages will be mitigated quickly! 

What are the odds of facing home damage?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What are the odds of facing home damage? Example of some extreme water damage through a ceiling.

It's something every homeowner dreads... A leaking roof, frozen pipe, or even a broken washing machine hose. They are all procuring causes for water damage loss. So what's the odds of facing this?

According to the American Insurance Association, water damage has been one of the leading claims for rising issues that homeowners will face.

According to statistics:

  • Almost 40 percent of all homeowners have said that they have experienced loss from water damage.

  • About 93 percent of all water damage can be prevented.

  • Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States.

  • 250 gallons of water is released a day due to a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe.

  • About 20 percent of all insurance claims related to water damage of some kind.

  • Billions of dollars in property losses are spent each year as a direct result of water damages.

These are things most people won't think about until it happens to them. We always encourage to work with your insurance company, and have some preparation in case you urgently need home restoration services. 

At SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills, we will always have your back if this unfortunate occurrence happens. We understand the troubles that homeowners have to go through, and it's our #1 goal to ensure it seems "Like it never even happened"!

What makes SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills different?

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What makes SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills different? One of our Production Technicians doing exceptional work!

We here at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills like to be different then our competition. We do this by truly caring about our community, and utilize systems to create the most efficiency with technology. Give us a call, and have the highest amount of confidence that you're in good hands. Our motto is to make your emergency restoration needs seem "Like it never even happened."

Update for California Camp Fire

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Update for California Camp Fire California Camp Fire

The deadliest and most destructive fire in California history has slowed down and has been predicted to be fully extinguished by Friday. The heavy rains recently have given abundant help, with crews now focusing on the hot spots and last edges of the 153,336 acre fire. The blaze has now destroyed over 13,000 homes and 5000 structures in the process. 

The death toll has risen to 88 people, with people still missing. Our hearts go out to families who have been affected by this unfortunate blaze. 

We here at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills have worked with fire damage before, and recognize that it may have a devastating toll on the families whom are involved. If you have any questions about fire safety, or know anyone who may need help with fire damage restoration... Call us at (503) 619-6198.

Tips to prevent house fires during the holidays

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips to prevent house fires during the holidays Warm fires are common. But be safe and vigilant!

The odds of facing a house fire is roughly 1 in 3000. With the holidays right around the corner, there will be an abundant amount of cooking and open flames to keep the house warm and cozy. We at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill have some wise advice for keeping safe, and decreasing those odds with these extra precautions:

Cooking

The leading cause for house fires is by cooking, or lack of attention while in session. It's easy to get distracted with kids and family while the pans are frying and oven is heating. Set timers and keep vigiliant about the location so you'll know when the food is ready. Always keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and functioning smoke detector. 

Candles

The incidence of candle fires is four times higher during December than during other months. According to the National Fire Protection Association, four of the five most dangerous days of the year for residential candle fires are Christmas/Christmas Eve and New Year’s/New Year’s Eve.

We highly recommend ensuring candles are blown out before leaving a residence, even if it's for a short period of time. It's the little sparks that can create a major blaze.

Christmas trees

It takes 30 seconds for a dry tree to go up in flames. No matter how watered the tree is, it'll take about 4 weeks for it to become dry regardless. Be sure to place the tree away from any heating source, such as space heaters and baseboard heaters. 

If you need any more advice or help with home restoration services, give us a call at (503) 619-6198!

Don't get scammed by "storm chasers"

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Don't get scammed by "storm chasers" One of our vehicles ready to deploy 24/7.
  1. Too-good-to-be-true prices. Often dubious restoration companies will offer low prices to grab your attention, but be wary of surprise costs that will hurt your wallet. Never let the price of the repairs be the sole criterion for choosing a restoration firm.
  2. Requesting upfront cash payments. While it can be a regular practice to deposit up to one-third of the estimated price on the day repairs begin, avoid paying in cash or more than the expected payment. Pay by check or credit card, and pay the final amount only after the work is finished and you are happy with the quality of the repairs.
  3. A lack of references. References are easy to check and can help you quickly identify if the company is legitimate and provides good service. Research the company online and check feedback on user-review sites such as Angie’s List or Yelp, or ask friends or business contacts if they have had any experience with the firm.
  4. High-pressure tactics. Often a “storm chaser” will arrive uninvited to your door peddling their services. If the contractor is using high-pressure sales tactics, it is best to turn them away politely and shut the door. Technicians should be courteous, thoroughly explain the scope of work and answer all questions. You should never feel pressure to accept their services.
  5. Lack of training. Professional cleaning and restoration firms require management and employees to engage in formal training in a variety of cleaning and restoration disciplines, and these educational efforts will be ongoing. Inquire about the formal training and certifications of technicians who will be working in your home or business. Look for organizations that require their technicians to hold certifications from organizations like the IICRC to ensure the work is done correctly.
  6. Inability to show credentials. Never hesitate to ask for proof. Ask to see the individual’s certification card, business license and insurance certificate. To verify a company, you can contact the IICRC which is a not-for-profit standards-setting and credentialing body for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry. Call the IICRC at 1-844-464-4272 to confirm the certification of any company that has contacted you. You can also go to https://www.IICRC.org/IICRCFirmLocator to locate a qualified cleaning and restoration firm in your area. Immediately after a storm, a home or business owner should contact their insurance provider for a storm damage assessment by an adjuster.

You can go with SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills with the highest amount of confidence that we have our professional training and necessary certifications to get the job done. We always strive to make it "Like it never even happened." 

5 Tips to pick the perfect water damage restoration company

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Tips to pick the perfect water damage restoration company Always ensure there's proper water damage restoration equipment!

Sometimes it can be tricky to find the best suitable service for your emergency water damage restoration. However, these quick tips may save you a hassle and bring complete satisfaction!

Tip #1: Make sure the company is licensed and insured with a valid certificate of insurance. If there's no credentials that seem valid, beware that the accident may fall on the homeowner.

Tip #2: Timely responses are crucial for mitigating issues. Unqualified services may hold to be a liability more than help. The lack of speedy service may warrant more damage - which may cost the homeowner more money.

Tip #3: Equipment is detrimental for ensuring the job is done right! Do they use proper Electronic Moisture Detectors and thermal imaging cameras to confirm the damaged areas? Be sure to pay attention to the equipment they use for the service. 

Tip #4: Will they work with your insurance provider? They'll need to know how to work with an adjuster to breakdown the charges and assist with the claim.

Tip #5: Do they use proper drying equipment? They'll need to know how to monitor and place this equipment, as well as record the reduction of reduced relative humidity from your home. 

Our experts at SERVPRO know how to do water dry outs, repair and restoration, and we focus on helping our clients quickly to remove the water before bigger issues arise. Don't ever hesitate to reach us at (503) 619-6198!

Thanksgiving with SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Thanksgiving with SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills All the food and drinks are bound to make a mess!

This holiday season, we recognize that many people will be coming together to celebrate the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving. With that in mind, there's going to be plenty of spills and messes to be made. 

We at SERVPRO recognize that this may include carpet stains, or even fire hazards while working vigorously in the kitchen. We want everyone to recognize that we've got your back! 

Our professionally trained technicians move swiftly to ensure your troubles are taken care of quickly. Our motto is "Like it never even happened"! 

Spills. Fires. Flooding. Home restoration. We're ready for anything. Give us a call at (503) 619-6198!

Wildfire becomes deadliest in California history

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wildfire becomes deadliest in California history Carr Fire Cleanup

We at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills send our utmost condolences to those who have been affected by the California wildfire. 

The inferno that rampaged the wooded town of Paradise in northern California became the deadliest wildfire in the state’s modern history on Monday when officials said they had discovered the remains of 13 more people, bringing the death toll to 42. 

It has also been brought to attention that more than 7100 structures have been destroyed due to the blaze. We hope that families are able to recover quickly and the fire mitigates soon.

For local fire services; we take pride in helping families with fire damage restoration and making it seem "Like it never even happened". Our professional crew has been previously dispatched to help take part in fire damage due to the California Carr fire within recent times. 

Who Do I Call For Water Damage Clean Up In Cedar Mill and Oak Hills?

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Who handles water damage cleanup in Cedar Mill and Oak Hills?

So many people try to get rid of a sizable water damage themselves to save money. It will end up costing you so much more in the long run.

Let us take a look at the process and what you will need to do to handle a water cleanup yourself:

    • You have to remove all the excess water. You might be able to handle this one if you or a neighbor has a submersible pump. SERVPRO has professional grade extraction equipment.
    • So that pump got you out of the jam, make sure it got ALL of the water cleaned up. So that means getting out your infrared camera. Oh, you don't have one laying around? SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills does.
    • Now you have to dry the area that had all that water damage. SERVPRO has dehumidifiers, do you?
    • Ok, you got it bone dry (took you long enough) but now mold is probably going to give you some problems. SERVPRO sanitizes when it cleans so you can feel comfortable the area is safe.

I think it is safe to say you should have just called SERVPRO from the start to come handle your water damage cleanup issues in Oak Hills. (503) 619-6198

Is Your Oak Hills Home Fire Proof?

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

We called in the help of the pros at SERVPRO when dealing with fire safety and fire prevention in Oak Hills and here are just a few things you can do make sure you have the best odds of being fireproof in Oregon.

TIPS FOR FIRE-PROOFING YOUR HOME/YARD

  • Create a fire safe zone around your home. Remove flammable vegetation and leaves at least 20’ from the house and at least 75’ if you live in a pine forest.
  • Inspect your home and yard asking: What can catch fire or carry it to your home?
  • Having nothing flammable within 10’ of the house. Occasional trees should be at least 10’ from the house
  • Evergreens catch fire easily and burn quickly. Prune lower limbs, thin out the trees or remove them from the safety zone.

And as always if you have fire damage to your Oak Hills home call SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills at (503) 619-6198 today!

Tips to prepare your home for fall

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to prepare your home for fall Pretty to look at, but not how you want your gutters to stay.

Is your home ready for fall and the rain that will inevitably come with it? This week we at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills would like to talk about leak and water damage prevention. Did you know that 2018 became the hottest year on record for Portland as of August 22? That is to say it’s had the largest number of days over 90 degrees. No matter how you feel about it there is no doubt we’ve had a very dry summer, and while there is no end in sight currently, there are things you can do right now to make sure you are prepared for when the rain finally does return.

A great place to start is with your roof. An improperly maintained roof can be a major, often preventable source of water damage in a home. When is the last time you had your roof inspected? It’s recommended you visually inspect your roof twice a year; once as you head into fall, and again in spring. There is no substitute for having a professional conduct the inspection, but you can check for certain signs yourself. You’ll want to look for uneven or sagging spots, damaged or missing shingles, moss and algae growth, damaged or missing chimney caps, damaged or rusted flashings, damaged sealant around fixtures, and damage to gutters.

Speaking of gutters, you should check to make sure they are clean and clear as well, and that your gutter system has proper drainage at the downspouts. While checking your gutters, look for grit from the shingles, an excessive amount could also indicate a problem. You’ll want to make sure that all water draining from any downspouts moves away from the foundation of your home, as water backing up against the foundation can cause damage and possibly flood crawlspaces and basements.

These are only a few preventative measures, but if done regularly they could keep small issues from becoming big problems. If you suspect that water may be getting in to your home, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills has the training and equipment to check crawlspaces and attics for moisture and help you determine the source. Call us at (503) 619-6198 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Fire at Withers Lumber

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Fire at Withers Lumber SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills was on the scene next day to help clean up damage from a fire.

During a Parade back on July 4th, Withers Lumber found themselves in a bit of a pickle. An SUV in their parking lot had started smoking due to an electrical issue, and was quickly engulfed in flames. The next day, they called SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills, and we loaded up the truck and headed right over!

The building hadn’t sustained much damage other than the windows being blown out, but the fire had caused a layer of soot to settle on the parking lot and front of the building. We pressure washed and cleaned that up, while also taking care of the glass and debri cause by the explosion. Our technicians removed some damaged insulation, and then cleaned up the ceiling grid.

If you have soot or smoke damage in your home, don’t hesitate to call us! We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

(503) 619-6198

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills to assist in California wildfire recovery efforts!

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills to assist in California wildfire recovery efforts! This is the kind of color change you want to see in the forest, not a wildfire disaster.

Wildfires are a yearly, often tragic reality in the West Coast states. While we in the Portland metropolitan area have been very fortunate in this regard, it is easy for us to empathize with those now facing loss from the historically large fires devastating parts of California. We at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills feel just as strongly about this, and we want to help.

This is why SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills is now preparing to send a crew of technicians down to California in the coming weeks to assist in the recovery and restoration effort. Our crews possess valuable skills, training, and experience related to both fire and water damage restoration that we want to put to use in areas where local resources are overwhelmed. Areas devastated by the Carr Fire are likely to be part of our first effort.

The Carr Fire, located near Redding, began on July 23 and has since grown to the size of 214,527 acres as of this writing, making it one of the largest wildfires in California’s history. Due to the close proximity of large population centers, there has been loss or damage to nearly 2,000 structures so far. We at SERVPRO are confident that our team will be able to make a difference to some of the home and business owners affected by this tragedy.

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills is always standing by locally to respond if you have a water or fire emergency. Call us at (503) 619-6198 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Heat wave in Portland? Make sure your pets and kids are prepared!

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Community Heat wave in Portland? Make sure your pets and kids are prepared! Have fun & stay cool this summer!

Making sure your pets and children are safe is a priority to the team at SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oaks Hills!

Here's some tips to make sure they're taken care of.

1. Provide plenty of water, even more than normal! Dehydration is one of the largest concerns regarding young children and animals in the summertime.

2. For pets, putting ice in their water bowl can be really refreshing, and don't forget the Popsicles!

3. Make sure that pets and you kids feet are safe! The ground can get very hot, and paw pads and little feet can suffer!

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills is here to help! We offer the following services in Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Tanasbourne, Bethany and parts of Hillsboro, Beaverton and Portland!

  • Duct cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • General residential, commercial, move out, and deep cleaning
  • Reconstruction
  • Water and Fire Damage Cleanup, Mitigation, and restoration
  • Mold inspections and remediation
  • Much more!

Call (503) 619-6198 for your free inspection today!

Questions, Concerns, and Hesitations.

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

General Questions, Concerns, and Hesitations. Give us your questions!

Over the past year that SERVPRO Cedar Mill / Oak Hill has been in service, we have done many jobs - whether big or small, we help anyone that requires our assistance. We hope that we have been doing great work whenever you are in need of help. Whenever a problem occurs, we try our best to rectify the mistake to ensure that our customers are satisfied with our work. For the customers that we have worked with in the past - what were your first concerns in regards to hiring us? Were those concerns well met after we showed up and assisted you? If you were to need us again, would you hesitate to give us a call or would you call us immediately? If you have any other questions regarding our services or feedback on our services then head over to our Facebook page and send us a message! We value your input and will try anything in our power to make sure that you are always satisfied with the quality of our work!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

General Teamwork makes the dream work! All in!

Over the past year, here at SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hill, we have obtained many new faces and acquired various different talents that each person brings to the table. But with the growth of our company could come with a few downsides. A system must be put into play so that everyone will be able to do their jobs each and every day without micromanaging from their supervisors or without worrying our owner too much!

Delegating out a big task is one of the most efficient ways to get things done. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and delegation allows us as a team to achieve what our supervisor cannot do alone. Trust in your coworkers, give them the space to carry out their tasks, and if they need help a little nudge in the right direction is a great way to encourage them that they are doing a good job! Teamwork and communication is key in any successful company, and here at our office, everyone does their best to help each other out so that the job gets done quickly and efficiently. There is no job too small or too big for us to handle! Got a challenge for us? Send it our way at (503) 619 6198.  

Bake sale for the greater good!

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Community Bake sale for the greater good! Baking for a cause is a team effort!

Food, a basic human need. For those who have no trouble obtaining food, the true meaning of the word “starving” rarely comes into play. More than 41 million Americans suffer from lack of food, and of those 41 millions, 13 million of them are children.

Children need sustenance to do well in school, without it they won’t be able to focus and have the proper mindset to succeed. The No Kid Hungry program is working to eradicate the hunger problem that is blanketing America. They are pushing for breakfast and afterschool meal to be included in school, providing support the children’s families ways to keep healthy and nutritious food in the house, and offering a summer meal program so that children in America won’t go hungry again.

This may seem as though the program is far from reach, but with the support that everyone can offer, we move one step closer to a better tomorrow! So here at SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills, we are putting our support in the No Kid Hungry program by doing a bake sale for our community to come enjoy and help further the cause, and all proceeds go directly to the foundation. So join us from 11am-3pm at the Somerset Swim Center in Cedar Mill on June 9th to help us make our community a better place. RSVP on Facebook for more info!

A shout out to Faith Bible High School!

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Community A shout out to Faith Bible High School! Go Falcons!

A big shout out to Faith Bible Christian School for finally expanding to a new location! After 36 years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance, the school has finally looked to moving their primary high school location to a brand new location in Tanasbourne. This is an exciting stage for the school and the people because the campus holds promising new aspects for them as they continue to be the outstanding school in the community.

The school has always given back to the community, making it a better place for their students and the neighbors. Always putting the community first, the school has done many volunteering events and mission trips. The school’s IMPACT volunteering event has been running for several years now with 20-30 students, several parents and teachers and other various people in the community volunteering their time over Thanksgiving to go out into the community to make it a better place. The school also travels to places in Africa to build houses, build connections, and try to make the life of the people there better. The school has done so much to give to the community around them, it is good to see that they are finally getting something nice done for them. Congratulations Faith Bible Christian School! We hope your new campus will bring lots of prosperity to you and your congregation.

Leakage in your roof could lead to leakage in your wallet

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leakage in your roof could lead to leakage in your wallet Call us now!

Now that the rainy weather has mostly gone away, it’s a good time to check for leakages in your roof and make sure that there won’t be any water damage in your attic. There a many steps that you could make in order to prevent water damage from happening to your attic:

Look for any leaks

Check for any signs of water damage, like discoloration or mold growth. The angle in which two roofs meet could be prone to leaks and cracks, and there could also be leaks in the attic plumbing stacks

Ventilation

If your roof is completely closed off from any chance of ventilation, the moisture in the attic could potentially create a bigger problem than you would ever want. Especially during winter, with the heater making the warm air rises to the attic, the condensation of the heat will stick on the cold surfaces of the attic, and if there isn’t any ventilation then damage could slowly arise.

Insulation

To prevent the condensation from sticking to the walls of the roof, then insulation could be one of the most important step in controlling the temperature level in your attic. Make sure the insulation is in good condition, thick, soft, and dry to have the best results.

Outside vent for appliances

Make sure that your appliances aren’t redirecting straight into the attic but rather be redirected outside so moisture won’t be accumulating in your attic.

If you find water damage in your home, then give us a call as soon as possible so we could limit the damage that it’s doing to your home. Just call (503) 619 6198

Tips to Mitigating Mold in Cedar Mill!

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Mitigating Mold in Cedar Mill! Don't let mold get to you and your home!

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts mold can certainly be dangerous and costly to remove and remediate. One of the best things to prevent having to get mold remediation services is to prevent the mold in the first place. There are mold spores all over the place and they will love to grow if you let them. Mold especially likes to grow in humid climates like Portland, Cedar Mill, Hillsboro, and Beaverton. Below are some quick tips for preventing mold damage in your home, office or building.

1. Detect and remedy mold friendly areas.
While you can’t eliminate mold completely you can help prevent it by making it challenging for mold to thrive. Mold likes to grow in damp, dark places so you can check your home or office for challenged spots where mold may grow.

  • Check the basement for flooding
  • Check around the house after a big rain to ensure there are no leaks
  • Check the ceiling for water stains indicating a leak
  • Check your gutters

2. Don’t leave wet spots or wet items.
Mold needs moisture to grow so don’t give it a chance to. If you have some flooding from a storm, a spill on the carpet or water from a leaky pipe, dry the area promptly. Failure to dry the area properly will result in mold growth. Be sure not leave wet items such as towels or clothes in a pile or in the washer, this can lead to mold and bacteria growth as well.

3. Prevent moisture and excess humidity with proper ventilation and air flow.
Ensure that humidity levels are low and there is proper ventilation. Ensuring there is proper ventilation in the shower, laundry room, attic or basement can help to ensure that it’s not humid for mold to grow. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers go a long way to remove the extra moisture in the air but even running a fan or opening a window can help get the circulation to prevent mold growth.

4. Ensure to have roof gutters in good working condition.
Mold can easily be caused by damaged gutters that result in a leak. Ensure your gutters are cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Gutters play an important part of keeping your home in good shape and protected from the rain.

5. Use mold resistant items when possible.
It should be no surprise that if you utilize mold resistant items when possible then chance of having mold problems decreases immensely. There are many mold resistant products including:

  • Mold Resistant Paint
  • Mold Resistant Wood
  • Mold Resistant Shower Curtains
  • Mold Resistant Bath Mat
  • and more

If you do end up having a mold problem that you are unsure what is causing it or how to rid it you may want to call in a professional to come and assess the scene. SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills can check out your mold situation and remediate the situation as well as restore any damage caused by the mold.

Health issues from drastic changes in weather

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Health issues from drastic changes in weather Allergy season is upon us

With the drastic changes of weather in the past few weeks, many household are more prone to a mold infestation that could be appearing from right under their noses. Especially during the Springtime, mold have an easier time growing, manifesting, and making a colony for itself in one’s household. Here at SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hill, we are going to tell you the how, what, where, why of spotting mold and preventing it in your house.

Mold reproduce by means of spores, completely invisible to the naked eye therefore making it nearly impossible to spot until it manifests. Floating through the air until it finds its new home, but once it lands on a moist surface, the growth process begins. There are many different types of mold but all requires moisture and a food source surface to grow. Because of the common materials used to build houses, mold can easily attach itself and grow indoors. Examples such as flooding, water leakage, building maintenance, or indoor plumbing problems could lead to infestation of mold.

Many of the symptoms that cause by mold could be avoided if handled correctly. To prevent any future health problems from happening to you or your family give us a call right now at (503) 619 6198 for your free mold inspection (only available for a limited time)

Kid's Preparedness Event at Bethany Presbyterian with Birdy The Fire Dog!

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Kid's Preparedness Event at Bethany Presbyterian with Birdy The Fire Dog! I can't wait to meet you!

Woof woof. Greeting human friends. Do you have treats for me, Birdy the Fire Dog? Regardless of that answer, I, Birdy, would like to promote this cool event that my human friends are having soon. It’s the Kid’s Preparedness Program that will be hosted at the Bethany Presbyterian Church on May 5th, 2018 from 11am to 1pm.

The ERP (Emergency Readiness Program) is a program that is designed to teach children and adults all about what to do in case of an emergency. Do you know what to do in case of a fire? What about a flood situation, during an earthquake, or in the event of a tornado? The list of potential emergencies goes on and we can prepare you for any of them! The event will have a plethora of activities and refreshments to keep everyone entertained while they hear my owner talk about the program.

You can take pictures with me, Birdy the Fire Dog, in my firefighter outfit! There will be tables where you can get your face painted so you can look like me or a cat if you prefer, but that’s less cool. There will be goodie bags (that might have treats in there for me, probably not but dog can dream). There will be door prizes and free ERP giveaways. So what are you waiting for? Come down and play with me!

Get Ready Cedar Mill, Spring Storms Are Here!

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Get Ready Cedar Mill, Spring Storms Are Here! Don't let this be you!

Are you prepared? Here's a few tips to get you and your home ready for possible storm damage, and ways to keep your family safe!

1. Remove Dead Wood.

Trimming your trees regularly will help fewer branches fall in heavy wind or other severe weather. For particularly tall trees, experts can do the trimming for you and can also tell you when trees are at risk of being blown over in a storm so they can be removed.

2. Secure Outdoor Items.

Loose items like grills, picnic tables, and lawn furniture should be brought inside to avoid becoming projectiles in storms with high winds. Decorations, even when they are securely attached to the home, could also cause damage or be destroyed in the storm.

3. Deal with Drainage Problems.

Having the gutters cleaned once leaves have fallen should be a given, but there can be other drainage problems around your home, including areas where water can drain onto the foundation and damage it. Landscaping professionals can help you identify the problems and find solutions so that you don’t have any issues when the storms come.

4. Inspect Roof Periodically.

A brand new roof should withstand most severe weather, but if your roof is 5-10 years old or older, it should be checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. Not only can shingles blow off in a storm, but loose nails and sheathing can cause chunks of roofing to be dislodged or create openings for rain and ice to penetrate.

If an inspection does turn up any possible leaks, getting them fixed right away will protect your home from damage in severe weather. Roofs that are over 15 years old risk sudden deterioration or failure in storm situations even if no problems are apparent.

5. Consider Impact-Rated Windows.

You may be able to protect your windows from damage by installing hurricane shutters, or just boarding up the windows if a severe storm is imminent. The fact is, though, that any new windows are likely to be more airtight and impervious to leaks and damage than older windows.

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills can help you prepare your home to withstand storm damage, and if the worst does happen, we can help you repair the damage and get your home looking better than new. Call us at (503) 619-6198 to schedule your  free estimate.

Ride Along Job

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ride Along Job Richie arriving at the client's house

Today I went along with Richie one of our technician into the field to see what it is, exactly, that he does for his job. We arrived at the client’s home, came inside their house to inspect what is the source of the problem is. The client gave us the run down of what the people from Dr. Crawlspace had relay to her, Richie listened and diagnosed the problem after he checked under the kitchen sink. When it doesn’t seem like there is any dripping coming from the sink, Richie determined that the problem lies underneath the house.

We then move to the crawlspace of the house to check for any kind of moisture, wetness, or mold. Richie went down there to brave the darkness and coldness by himself as I stood upstairs to make sure I can get to him if he gets stuck in the crawlspace.

After about ten to fifteen minutes, Richie resurfaced and had found the source of the problem. There seems to be a broken pipe that is continuously shooting water everywhere. There are puddles in various places, he tried shutting off one of the main valve but nothing happened, and unfortunately he also spotted mold in spots. After showing pictures of what he had found, and explaining what happened to the client, he proceed to talk about the procedure that needs to happen next in order for him to restore their house into its former glory. First and foremost, he needs to shut off the water for the entire house, then he can go back into the crawlspace and dry out as much water as he can, after that a plumber can come in and fix the pipe, and then after all of that is done, Richie can begin his process in fixing the client’s house.

It was such a great opportunity for me to ride along with Richie and learn about what he does so I have a better understanding of what it is SERVPRO’s services do. Thank you for the awesome learning experience!

Mold? What mold problem? Things that you don’t know about mold that can harm your home

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold? What mold problem? Things that you don’t know about mold that can harm your home Got mold?

Mold can be a very intrusive and destructive invader, it deteriorates your home making it lose its value and beauty. But what can you do if you don’t even know that you have mold? Well here are a few steps that you could do once in a while to make sure you don’t have this pesky problem in your home.
Step 1: Determine the moisture level in your home
As mentioned before, mold can be very intrusive, especially because it’s stealthy about it’s invasion into your home. To prevent this from happening, first determine what type of moisture is in the nooks and crannies of your home. After that, see how the moisture is created and where it comes from, and then take necessary steps to prevent the moisture from coming back.
Step 2: Make plans for remediation and document the mold as you go
Take pictures or videos of any mold affected area in your home so that the service crew can refer to it as they devise your remediation plan that will restore your home to its former glory.
Step 3: Call SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills
Give us a call as soon as possible so we can limit the damage that is being done to your home. Contact us at (503) 619-6198!

Clean away those ducts because it’s allergy season

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Clean away those ducts because it’s allergy season Duct Cleaning! It’s good for you!


Spring is here, and your ducts have been gathering dust and allergens all winter! Duct cleaning can be useful and should be done to keep everyone in your home healthy and happy!
New homes can be at risk too. If you just recently moved into a new house, there might be debris leftover from the workers who recently built the house, so cleaning out all the potentially nasty things in your ducts after moving in to a new home or after having a renovation in your house is generally a good idea.
If you find traces of any animals living in your ducts, then it’s certainly time to think about cleaning it! Animals can leave droppings and other various debris that you don’t want in your ducts. Mold can also be present, so it’s always it a good idea to start off your Spring Cleaning with a good ole Duct scrub!

Spring forward and get a head start on your Spring Cleaning!

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

As Spring is slowly creeping its way back into our lives, we must say goodbye to the chilly weather of Winter to make room for the waves of warmth that will be blanketing over us. With Spring coming, many people are in their preparations for Spring cleaning spree. The carpets will need to be scrubbed from all the dirty and grimy substances that has been collecting over the course of the year, the window sills need to be cleanoff from the layers of dust that have been accumulating, the molds around the house need to be hosed off to prevent more slippery surfaces, etc.

All of these duties are quite important in order to upkeep your home in order to keep its value high in the market, but let’s face it, with the high demands at our jobs, the kids that need to go to soccer practice, and the unending list of chores that already need to be done regularly at the house, one could not fit in extra time to do Spring Cleaning. Luckily, SERVPRO provides quite a long list of services that could satisfied your Spring Cleaning needs for a low low price, great customer service, and amazing end products. For more information regarding pricing, call us at (503) 619 6198.

Give your life the Power Washing it desperately need!

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Give your life the Power Washing it desperately need! The Power of Power Washing

As spring slowly creeps its way into our lives, there are many things to do as we prepare for what’s to come. More and more green will appear, one would think that the greener the planet gets, the better, but there are some danger that lurks around in midst of all this green.

You will start to notice more that moss will appear more and more around your house. With that mossy green pestering your house, it will slowly deteriorate your home making it lose its value in the long run. Moss that grows on your driveway and concrete walkways is incredibly dangerous and slippery. Here at SERVPRO, we recommend those pesky mossy green as soon as possible. Power washing is a fast and efficient way of removing moss out one’s driveway, it requires little to no effort and will make things in life so much easier. For more information on Power Washing and how we can help, give us a call at (503) 619 6198 

Bethany Presbyterian Church Shoutout!

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Community Bethany Presbyterian Church Shoutout! Basket of delectable Easter Eggs!

Happy Easter to one and all, hope everyone have had a wonderful time over this weekend to spend with their family and friends. We here at SERVPRO Cedar Mill have enjoyed spending time with our friends and family this weekend scavenge for eggs, tasting delicious homemade meals, and just appreciating the company of our love ones.

This past week, I got the chance to visit one of the local church near us just before Easter. They are the most quaint, and friendly church that I have ever got the pleasure of visiting. The Bethany Presbyterian Church welcomed me with open arms as I walk passed the doors. This Sunday, the church will be having their Easter Service as per usual, talking about how Jesus rises from the grave after three days. It was a miracle and miraculous that He risen, dying for our sins, and delivered us from evil. The service will be very educational and motivational as usual, and we hope that they have a successful sermon from their pastor. Definitely a place worth stopping by for Easter Sunday!

Happy National Puppy Day! Hope everyone’s week is ter-RUFF-ic.

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Community Happy National Puppy Day! Hope everyone’s week is ter-RUFF-ic. Happy Puppy Day!

For this year’s puppy day, we are looking at a couple of our local animal shelters to see their efforts in tending and caring to the animal’s needs. These shelters have been a safe haven for various types of animal throughout the years, and we would like to shine a spotlight on their hard work and dedication in finding the animals a safe place to live.

Founded in 1988, Jonnie Hart has funding from the Portland Miniature Schnauzer club to help find new home for Schnauzers. Although one misconception is that they only take miniature Schnauzers, the organization actually take Schnauzers of all sizes. They are a non-profit organization that have been running by volunteers in the past 25 years, operating out of foster homes scattered throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.  In the earlier years, with the local effort they placed about twelves dogs per year, and then the internet appeared. The exposure gave them a chance to relocate up to 58 dogs in 1995. Now, they place about twenty to fifty dogs annually.

Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter has staff that cared for about 4000 stray, abandoned and neglected animals just last year. They are open six days a week to the public, and feed and care for animals 365 days a year. If you turn in a lost animal to them, they try their hardest to find its home. Last year alone, they helped reunited over 1200 dogs and cats to their families. If the animal’s parents doesn’t want them anymore, the shelter works their hardest with other local shelters and rescues in Oregon to find a suitable home for the animals.

So for this National Puppy Day, we’d like to celebrate all the furry friends that are in your lives, as well as ours. May their amazing personalities continue to warm our hearts and spice up our lives. If you don’t have that special furry friend in your lives, why not come down to one of your local shelters and finally adopting that one true friend that you have been missing in your life.

For more information, go check out their websites.

Miniature Schnauzer Rescue

http://www.msrnorthwest.org/contact.htm

Bonnie L Hays animal shelter

https://www.co.washington.or.us/hhs/animalservices/animalshelter/

Fun in the Sun! Westview's marching band and color guard heads to Disneyland!

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Community Fun in the Sun! Westview's marching band and color guard heads to Disneyland! Cheer on for the Westview's marching band

All eyes are turning on the Westview school’s marching band as they prepare for their long awaited trip to Disneyland in mid April. The marching band and color guards will be participate in the Disney soundtrack as they make their way through Main Street USA of Disneyland itself. The band has been making various preparations for this event ever since the start of their school year. The trip will be lasting for four days as they prepare for one of the most incredible experience in their lives, playing along with some of the Disney starts as they march down the park for all to see. Fun in the sun will be ensure, but their talent are what we are all really here for. We hope for safe travels for the marching band, and that they will have the time of their lives in California! 

PS: Don't forget your sunblock! 

Tips on how to protect your house from storms, hurricanes and tornadoes

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips on how to protect your house from storms, hurricanes and tornadoes Prevent your house from looking like this.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, away from the coast, one rarely see or hear about a wind storm that could go up to an EF5 (Enhanced Fujita scale), but the few wind storms that did hit a few years back left the affected houses in pieces. For future protections against wind storms, here are some ways that you can prepare your house for what's to come: 

  1. Take inventory of your supplies
  2. Make sure your house has doors that can withstand some beating.
  3. Fortify your garage door.
  4. Strengthen your roof.
  5. Shutter your windows.
  6. Pin down your home
  7. Take shelter from the storm

Although the likelihood of an EF5 storm is low, it is always good to be prepare for when an actual wind storm hits. 

Buy Cookies in Cedar Mill, Help Empower the Future Leaders of America

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Community Buy Cookies in Cedar Mill, Help Empower the Future Leaders of America Empower young women to lead!

It may be difficult to see the link between Girl Scout Cookies and entrepreneurship, but the cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the world. Annually they sell over 200 million boxes of cookies, earning over $800 million dollars. Even more than dollars though, the Girl Scout who sells you these cookies is developing confidence, learning to set goals, manage money, and study business ethics. The digital platform for sales that launched in 2014, allowed girls to market and sell cookies online or through a digital app.

As this piece developed, girls are able to customize their websites and collect data related to their cookie sales. If you are wondering if these skills translate into real-life skills as adults, take note that Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and Virginia Rometti, the CEO of IBM are both former Girl Scouts.

Make sure to check out the "Digitial Cookie" to find out how to buy cookies from our local troop! 

Weather Advisory for Cedar Mill

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Weather Advisory for Cedar Mill Stay dry Portland!

Looks like fun in the sun will be going away after this weekend, the weather will be rather wet this coming up week. Plan to bring water resistance gear and stay dry next week! Look out for rainy weather on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

With the rainy weather still upon us, it is advised that one goes through their house to make sure that there are no leakage that could potentially turn into a larger problem.

This weekend was warm and sunny, but it'll be getting stormy this coming week. Make sure your home is safe, and if you run into trouble, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills! 

Winter Weather Advisory for Cedar Mill

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather Advisory for Cedar Mill Road conditions will be slippery, stay safe!

There's a travel advisory in the Portland area today from 4pm to 4am Saturday!

Make sure to pack chains if you plan on driving, as a light snow will develop later this afternoon, continuing through tonight. A light dusting may happen in the afternoon, but the main snow is expected from 3pm-6pm.

Plan on slippery road conditions, and try to stay indoors! For the latest on road conditions in your state, call 5-1-1.

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

If you see any damage from trees or heavy snow accumulation, remember you can call SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills for help!

How Do I Know If I Have A Mold Problem?

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Do I Know If I Have A Mold Problem? Call SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills for a Mold Inspection Today!

Essentially, if there is mold growth or a moisture problem, then you have or are likely to have a mold problem. It really is as simple as this: "If there has not been a water problem, then there is no mold problem."

However, determining if there is or has been a moisture problem can sometimes be difficult, especially if people are worried about past water problems that may have been intentionally covered up, as in the case of the sale or rental of a home, or if the leak may have occurred within a wall cavity or other difficult to directly inspect.

 

How Do I Prevent A Mold Problem?

The number one thing to do is prevent water problems and quickly clean up and fix any water problems that arise. Mold needs water to survive. This is why you don't see mold growing on saltine crackers or croutons; they are too dry. So if you have a leak, fix it. The trickier problems involve resolving condensation that may take place in basements or bathrooms. In these cases, you may need dehumidifiers or other measures to eliminate the moisture problem. SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills has the experience and equipment to help you out!

5 Things You Can Do To Spot Water Damage In Your Home

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Things You Can Do To Spot Water Damage In Your Home Our drying equipment is top of the line! Call today for an inspection.
When working on home remodeling projects, we know that water can be one of the most damaging elementsfor your home. Water damage can be costly and time-consuming. It’s important to take care of the problem right away to avoid making the problem worse or making a new problem.

What You Can Do…

Look out for the signs of a roof leak, a damaged water heater or a plumbing problem so you can take care of the issue right away.

  1. Ceilings & Walls – Watch for changes of color or soft spots in your ceiling and walls. These may be signs of a roof leaking. 
  2. Eaves – Keep your rain gutters clean and clear of leaves and other debris. Rainwater can damage eaves if the water gets trapped.
  3. Kitchen & Bathrooms – Check for dampness in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and look for water leaking at plumbing joints.
  4. Grout & Caulking – If your grout or caulking is cracking this means you do not have a water tight seal.
  5. Mold – Some mold in high humidity areas, like your bathroom, can be a common occurrence. Have a specialist come out and look at the area.

Whatever you do, have your water damage problem taken care of before it becomes an even bigger problem. SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills is a leader in water damage restoration & mold remediation, and can respond quickly to your needs.

What Not to Do After a House Fire

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Not to Do After a House Fire House fires can be scary! Make sure you're prepared!

SERVPRO Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is here to help!

  • Do not enter your home until you’re given permission that it is safe.
  • Do not turn on gas, water or electric utilities until a professional has deemed them safe.
  • Do not start or move your vehicle if it has been damaged.
  • Do not try to clean any of the smoke or soot damage yourself. Leave that to professionals who have the proper safety equipment and experience.

What to Do After a House Fire

  • Get permission from Fire Department officials before you re-enter the fire-damaged structure.
  • Contact family members and loved ones to inform them of the accident.
  • Attend to frightened pets and ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Call all utility providers (electric, gas, water) and inform them of the fire.
  • Call your homeowners insurance company to begin the claim process.
  • Call SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills at (503) 619-6198– available 24/7, 365 days a year – to discuss fire restoration services.
  • Understand and acknowledge the specifics of the “fire report” issued by the responding fire department and make sure you get a copy. Obtaining a copy depends on the state you live in and cause of the fire. A fire report is an official document that details the specifics of the incident. This is important for insurance purposes.
  • Document all fire damage. Take photographs and detailed notes of damage to property.
  • Retrieve valuable belongings and irreplaceable heirlooms before you leave the property.
  • Contact your local police department to notify them that your home will be temporarily vacant. Next, notify your children’s school so that teachers know your children are going through a stressful time. Finally, notify the post office to hold or forward your mail.
  • Start the process of replacing important documents lost in the fire (licenses, passports, birth certificates, etc.)
  • Fires can be traumatic for your entire family. Take care of everyone’s emotional needs and schedule counseling, if necessary.
  • If your home was damaged from a wildfire, you may be able to apply for Fire Management Assistance.
  • For disaster relief, contact your local Red Cross or The Salvation Army.

SERVPRO Cedar Mills/ Oak Hills fire damage restoration uses state-of-the art fire damage restoration technology and procedures to help get your home back to its preloss condition. Our professional technicians will treat your property with respect during the restoration process. Call (503) 619-6198 or request a home restoration quote.

How To Prepare Your Family For a House Fire

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Prepare Your Family For a House Fire Make sure your family is ready!
  • Call your local fire department or volunteer rescue organization to schedule an in-home visit. Most communities offer fire prevention training as a free service to residents. Firefighters can offer suggestions for coming up with the safest route possible out of your home, check your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, and point out potential fire hazards.
  • Identify two ways out of every room. This helps to avoid panic if one path is too dangerous to follow.
  • Create a simple, efficient route. The idea is to get out of the house as quickly as possible – a small fire can become an out-of-control blaze in less than 30 seconds.
  • Practice fire drills with your family and everyone who regularly cares for your children. Practice leaving the house with your eyes closed or a blindfold on – fire starts with a bright flame but quickly fills the house with black smoke and complete darkness.
  • If you live in a house that has two or more stories, buy a portable escape ladder that can be lowered out a window. Make sure it's tested by a nationally reputable laboratory (such as Underwriters Laboratory), and show everyone where ladder is kept and how it works.
  • If you live in an apartment building, don't include elevators in your evacuation plan because they can easily malfunction or get stuck between floors.
  • Teach your children that if they get trapped in their room, they should lie on the floor close to their bed. That's where firefighters will look for them.
  • Designate a meeting place – a safe spot outside the house where everyone can gather and be accounted for.

If you have any questions, call SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills at (503) 619-6198 to help you develop an Emergency Readiness Plan.

After Effects of the Snow Storm in Cedar Mill

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After Effects of the Snow Storm in Cedar Mill Call SERVPRO Cedar Mill if you have any damage, and we'll fix you right up!

Tuesday's late snowstorm has left behind treacherous conditions for the Wednesday morning commute. 

No new snow accumulation is expected in the Portland area, but many roads are covered in snow or slush. Some roads might appear clear and wet, but freezing conditions overnight have left behind patches of black ice.

Minor crashes were reported throughout the metro area early Wednesday, please make sure to drive safe and pull over if needed!

Signs of Frozen Pipes: What to Look For In Cedar Mill

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Signs of Frozen Pipes: What to Look For In Cedar Mill Are your pipes at risk of freezing?

We are going to go through another bout of cold temperatures here on in Cedar Mill this week.

Here are a few signs that your pipes have frozen:

Temps Are Below Freezing - Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Freezing is defined as 32° Fahrenheit.

Look For Frost on the Pipes - For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. 

Very Low Water pressure Or No Water At All - Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. 


Foul Smells - A fourth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. 

Take Action Quickly!
Once you are aware that a pipe is frozen, you must act quickly to thaw the pipe. Depending on the location of the pipe and your level of expertise, you can attempt to thaw the pipe yourself or you can contact a licensed plumber to thaw the pipe for you.

It is important to thaw the pipe as soon as possible because it has the potential to burst and cause extensive damage to your property.

If your pipes do burst and you suffer a water damage please call SERVPRO as soon as possible (503) 619-6198.

SERVPRO Cedar Mill & Oak Hills Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Cedar Mill & Oak Hills Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 Super Service Award for Commercial Repairs

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill & Oak Hills is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ Oak Hills has been listed on Angie’s List since 2015. This is the 2nd year SERVPRO Cedar Mill/ oak Hills has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Tips To Help You Beat Mold In Your Home This Winter!

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips To Help You Beat Mold In Your Home This Winter! Mold caused by storm damage, here at SERVPRO Cedar Mill, we're ready to tackle it!

Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods when it comes to mold. Mold is still alive, even in freezing temperatures.

How Does Mold Continue To Thrive In Winter?

Mold needs moisture and darkness to proliferate, and winter is primarily wet and dark. It is one of the best times of year for fungi to grow and multiply.

During winter, we tend to close up our homes when it gets colder, and a tightly sealed, warm home lends itself to mold growth, especially in wet or moist areas with improper ventilation.

Mold growth in winter is not only relegated to inside the home. The outdoors has its own special blend of circumstances for mold to thrive—most notable of which is dead plant matter. When leaves fall and plants die, the decaying plant matter releases mold spores in the air.

Can Mold Live In Freezing Temperatures?

Surprisingly, yes. Even in freezing temperatures (below 32° Fahrenheit), mold is still a living organism. Mold spores can survive very extreme environmental conditions. They lie dormant in extreme cold, but at the hint of a thaw, they will grow once again, outdoors or even in your freezer. Low, or freezing, temperatures do NOT kill mold—even if it lies dormant for an extended period of time.

Mold will come back as soon as conditions are right for it do so. All spores need are moisture, a bit of heat, and “food” (organic material that contains carbon atoms) in order to grow. That is all it takes. Within 24-48 hours of a thaw, mold spores start to multiply.

How Do You Prevent Mold (Or Get Rid Of It) In Winter Months?

The same way you do any other time of the year—fix any known leaks, dry out the moisture in your home, clean the mold affected areas and remove and dispose of items that can’t be cleaned.

Fungi thrives on quick-to-decompose items such as books, piles of loose papers, or boxes of clothing. If you’re storing those things long-term, pick an area away from external walls or windows that invite condensation.

If you are concerned about the possible health risks associated with handling mold or that your home might be damaged during the cleanup process, call us here at SERVPRO with any questions you may have.

Commercial Mold Removal In The Cedar Mill Area

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commercial Mold Removal In The Cedar Mill Area SERVPRO sealed the deal and the room on this moldy problem!

Mold in your business is a nightmare!

This local office called SERVPRO to help them with a major mold issue. They realized the value of swift, professional help when it comes to mold remediation. 

Upon arrival and investigating the office we felt the need to seal off each individual room due to the scale of the mold problem. 

We then took the proper steps to clean and sanitize the mold as we worked throughout the building making sure that each room was free of mold and ensuring the spread would not recontaminate the freshly cleaned areas by sealing with commercial grade plastic.

The work is nearing completion and the client will be able to get back to work in no time at all.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business in the Cedar Mill area call SERVPRO today! (503) 619-6198

Clearing Out Smoke Damage In Your Oak Hills Home

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Clearing Out Smoke Damage In Your Oak Hills Home Smoke damage stinks for everyone!

You’re relieved that the fire damage was minimal but shocked to find that the smoke damage is extensive.

It is easy to forget about the destructive power of smoke but we are quickly reminded of it by the horrible odor that is filling your home. The smoky pollutant irritates your eyes and airways, while the sticky residue on scorched walls and the layer of ashes begin to corrode your personal possessions. 

The urgency to clear out the smoke sets in as you realize that although the flames did not reach far, the smoke did massive damage. Smoke and ashes travel through doors and vents, reaching your entire home, penetrating your carpet, drapes, and furniture with the odor of smoke.

Even the paint on the wall is not safe! Microscopic molecules of smoke embed deep into the pores and crevices of almost anything. 

As you can see, a simple opening of windows, a wipe down with a household cleaner, and the passage of time will not be enough to fix this sort of smoke damage.

So call SERVPRO to come and put your life back together quickly and professionally. (503) 619-6198

Tips To Help Winterize Your HVAC In Cedar Mill

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips To Help Winterize Your HVAC In Cedar Mill Regular HVAC Maintenance Is The Key To Warm Winters

Winter is hitting the Cedar Mill area and that means it’s time to switch on the heat. 

Is your HVAC System ready for the challenges that winter brings?

Here are 6 maintenance tips from SERVPRO that will help you enjoy a warm and cozy home all winter long.

  1. Clean and/or Replace the Air Filter
  2. Clean the Air Vents
  3. Add Some Insulation
  4. Check Your Thermostat
  5. Cover the Outdoor AC Unit if needed
  6. Schedule an Inspection from SERVPRO

Do you need a hand with your HVAC maintenance? This is something you really should not overlook!

SERVPRO is here to assist you. Through maintenance and repair, the experienced, professional, and friendly technicians at SERVPRO will make sure your heating system is ready for the upcoming winter season. (503) 619-6198

What To Do When Your Pipes Burst In Oak Hills

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When Your Pipes Burst In Oak Hills Call SERVPRO to clean up the water damage right away!

When water pipes freeze, the water expands, which can cause the pipes to burst and allow the thawed water to leak.

A burst water pipe can cause serious damage to your Oak Hills home and furnishings.

Knowing what to do in the event of a burst water pipe can limit the damage. Here are some tips:

  • Turn off the water at the main stop tap as soon as you notice a leak. You can usually find it under the kitchen sink where the service pipe comes in, so make sure you know where it is in case of emergency.
  • If you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock.
  • Drain the cold water system by turning on all your cold taps.
  • Turn off any water heating system, such as central heating or immersion heaters, and then drain the hot water system by turning on the hot taps.
  • Switch off the electrical mains if you think the water may have leaked near your electrics or electrical appliances. However, if the mains switch is wet DO NOT TOUCH IT.
  • Call a plumber to fix the leaking water pipe.
  • Call an electrician if you think your electrical wiring may have been damaged by the water. Never underestimate the dangers associated with electricity, especially when mixed with water!
  • A burst pipe can be particularly dangerous if water leaks through for some time before you notice. In that case, the water may have caused structural damage that could result in collapsed ceilings or weakened walls. If the ceiling is bulging, be careful because it may not be safe.

If you do experience a water damage because of a pipe burst call SERVPRO right away! 503.619.6198

Exterior Painting Cedar Mill

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Exterior Painting Cedar Mill We will paint your commercial building for you!

4 Things to think about when painting the exterior of your commercial building in Cedar Mill:

1. Check the forecast -

Paint needs time to dry for maximum effectiveness. Make sure you paint your exterior when it is not the rainy season. (Good luck finding a dry stretch to paint the exterior in Cedar Mill)

2. Now is not the time to get cheap -

Some things you can get the cheaper brand with but exterior paint is not one of them. Trying to go cheap and save yourself money now will cost you more in having to redo the painting sooner than you needed to.

3. Scratch the surface -

Paint likes smooth surfaces so make sure you sand down or scrape any rough patches or chips in your building’s exterior.

4. Primetime baby -

The rule of thumb has always been to apply a good coat of primer, sand, then apply your color coats. You could also use the paint and primer in one, either way, make sure you prime your building.

Exterior Painting takes lots of time and needs to be done right, call SERVPRO and save yourself the hassle. (503) 619-6198

Who Cleans Up Storm Damage In Cedar Mill

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Who Cleans Up Storm Damage In Cedar Mill Call Us As Soon As The Coast Is Clear!

Storms hit hard and fast in Cedar Mill.

That is why SERVPRO provides immediate relief and response to your storm damage needs. We can have a team of technicians on site as soon as it is safe to do so.

We can help with a multitude of projects which also includes getting you emergency food and shelter and contacting friends and family.

Storms do not wait for normal business hours that is why you need to call the professionals here at SERVPRO who are available to you 24 / 7 / 365!

We understand the process of putting your life back together when tragedy hits. Let us show you what so many other families have already experienced ... our willingness to make your world normal again!

Call Us Today 503.619.6198!

Portland Area Commercial Systems and Appliances Checklist

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Portland Area Commercial Systems and Appliances Checklist This infographic will help cure your appliance headaches.

Building and machine maintenance can get so expensive, especially if you are not ready for it!

It would be amazing if once you bought a major appliance or system that would be the extent of the issue and they would last forever. We all know that is not the case. Just like the systems and appliances in your home have shelf lives so do the systems and appliances in your office building.

We found this amazing infographic that will help guide you as to when you will need to start thinking about upgrading your items.

Use this infographic to see when common house systems like your heating, cooling, plumbing or electrical wear out, or how long your appliances like your oven, dishwasher, washer, and dryer have before they need to be replaced. They’ve also included the average cost to replace each item.

Click Here For The Infographic.

After The Turkey Is Gone Who Is Going To Clean My Oak Hills Home?

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial After The Turkey Is Gone Who Is Going To Clean My Oak Hills Home? Leave the mess to the pros, SERVPRO cleans the best!

The turkey is gone, the dishes are stacked and the people have all left your home ... who is going to clean this mess up?

Give yourself a break this holiday season and let SERVPRO deep clean those carpets and rugs.

We have professional grade equipment that is still delicate enough for your most expensive rugs.

Our technicians are trained in the art and science of drying so your home will look better than ever after our skilled workers are finished.

So much of the holiday stress is dealing with the aftermath of the get-togethers and parties. Why don't you give yourself and your family an early present and let SERVPRO do all the dirty work for you?

Call to make your after holiday carpet cleaning appointment today! (503) 619-6198

Commercial Building Restoration in Cedar Hill

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Restoration in Cedar Hill Commercial Restoration is our business!

Who would you call if your factory had a substantial fire or flood?

What would you do if there was a mold discovery in your office building?

SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills has been solving big problems for factories and large building businesses for a while now. 

We have the manpower, technology, and insight to be able to turn your business back on its feet after a disaster and get your business being productive again as fast as possible.

Some companies say they can do it cheaper, but they do not have the same strict certifications and training processes that a technician from SERVPRO has. So sure they might be able to cut a few dollars off initially but in the long run you will be paying more and more if it is not fixed right the first time.

Why even risk it, call SERVPRO today (503) 619-6198.

Smoke Detectors Are So Important To Your Cedar Mill Home

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Detectors Are So Important To Your Cedar Mill Home Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

Fire safety tip:

Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly! Smoke detectors are so important to your Cedar Mill Home because they are often the first line of defense if a fire or heavy smoke is present.

The loud alarm generated by these life-saving machines can be heard throughout the house which signals to the people in every room that a potential emergency is present.

Please check your smoke detectors at least once per month to ensure they are working properly, this includes checking the batteries. They should also be changed out every 10 years to make sure the unit stays fresh and works to save your life when you need it the most.

If you have had a fire damage in your Cedar Mill home call SERVPRO today, (503) 619-6198!

Exposed Pipes Can Freeze

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Exposed Pipes Can Freeze Harsh Conditions Can Exist In Portland

Interior Plumbing That Is Exposed Is A Risk!


Basement pipes that are exposed are not usually in danger of freezing because most basements are usually shielded from the elements. That being said there are still areas that have bad freezes in basements around the Portland area also plumbing pipes in areas, like an attic, crawl space, and garage, are often at risk of freezing.

In most cases, you can most likely get away with just using some foam insulating pipe covers but if you have had pipes break in the past due to freezing you might want to beef up your efforts. If you are really worried about it and want an extra bit of protection you can wrap your pipes in heat tape, which activates when temperatures drop.

If you do happen to have a pipe burst and cause water damage please give SERVPRO a call (503) 619-6198!

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes In Your Portland Area Home

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Prevent Frozen Pipes In Your Portland Area Home Be Ready When The Freeze Happens!

Pipes Can Freeze Inside The Walls Of Your Portland Home If They Do Not Have Enough Insulation!

If there are signs of water damage, mold or even moisture buildup when you open a wall up that might be evidence of a pipe-freezing and bursting in the past. The culprit most likely is the former builder improperly installed the insulation and or did not use enough insulation. The best thing to do if you find evidence of a burst pipe from freezing is to add more insulation, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Most often than not this will be more than sufficient for keeping your pipes from bursting due to freezing in Portland, Oregon but if you live somewhere that gets much colder you might need to re-route the pipes so that they can hit the warmer air of the temperature controlled portion of your home or business.

If your pipes freeze in Portland call SERVPRO today (503) 619-6198.

Portland Fires and Floods Can Destroy Your Documents

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Portland Fires and Floods Can Destroy Your Documents We can help with Digitizing too!

Whenever there is a significant disaster to a home or building the last thing on your mind is all of your important documents!

Once the dust settles and the fire hoses stop spraying you are left with one heck of a mess. It is at this point that most people start to think about all those papers, files and important legal documents just completely ruined forever ... or are they?

SERVPRO has a state of the art Document Restoration Facility to bring your important papers back to life. In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.

These are the types of documents SERVPRO can help you restore:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

Call us today if you need document help because every second matters! (503) 619-6198

Thunderstorm Damage To My Oak Hills Home

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorm Damage To My Oak Hills Home When lightning strikes and thunder rolls SERVPRO is standing by.

We all know that strong winds and lightning during thunderstorms can actually cause major damage to your homes.

But who do you call when the clouds roll out?

SERVPRO has been fixing storm-damaged homes in the Grand Strand area for decades. Our highly trained technicians are qualified to handle almost anything wicked storms can throw at them.

They have the experience, training, and equipment to handle a small flood to massive thunderstorm damage resulting in holes in your roof from fallen trees or power poles, water damaged floors and even fire damage caused by lightning.

Why trust the process of putting your home and sometimes your family back together to any old person with a truck and a few tools. SERVPRO is licensed and insured to give you the ultimate peace of mind that you are in good hands.

Call us today (503) 619-6198!

Don't Mess With Mold In Cedar Mill

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Mess With Mold In Cedar Mill SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills removes mold the correct way.

Mold, in a home or business, can be damaging to both the structure of the building itself as well as the people who work or live in the building. 

DO NOT take your time when dealing with the mold removal process in your Cedar Mill home or business.

Are there Health Concerns?

YES. Some molds can be harmful and toxic and need to be removed as quickly as possible. They can lead to an unpleasant living or working situation and ultimately can make some people or animals sick.

Structure Cleaning

Sometimes you can get away with simply cleaning the surface of the structure to get rid of mold. Most times it is better safe than sorry so you should call in Mold Removal professionals like SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills who have the right tools and training to get the job done right the first time. We sanitize on a level that is not common with regular household products and DIY'ers. 

If you are overwhelmed by mold in your home or office make sure you call SERVPRO as quickly as possible. (503) 619-6198

How Do I Get The Smoke Smell Out Of My Portland Home?

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Do I Get The Smoke Smell Out Of My Portland Home? Smoke belongs by the campfire not in your home!

It happens to the best of us right. In the kitchen cooking your favorite dish, someone knocks on the door or the phone rings so you go answer it.  You walk back in the room and your stove is on fire! Smoke rolls through the house, the alarm is blaring but luckily you're a quick thinker. You reach for the fire extinguisher and put it out before there is too much damage.

Even if there is not much fire damage in a situation like this many times you have to deal with the smoke smell that lingers long after in your house.  

This week on our SERVPRO blog feed we are going to provide you with some quick tips on how to get the smell of smoke out of your house. 

Things You'll Need

·         Baking Soda

·         Vinegar and Water Solution

·         Heavy duty washing detergent

Instructions:

1.      Throw open the windows and even a door or two as quickly as possible after the fire. The less time the smoke sits around the greater chance of getting rid of it quickly. Even if it is in the middle of winter, airing your house right away will disperse the smoke and prevent any more absorption. If the weather is nice, you might want to keep the windows open for a few days, at least during the daylight hours.

2.     Launder your drapes and table linens as soon as possible; they will absorb the smoke odor rapidly. Wash them in the hottest water that the fabric can endure and heavy duty washing detergent. If the fabrics cannot be washed at home, take them to a dry cleaner, which will have solutions that will make the fabric smoke-free.

3.      Clean your cabinets, walls, and floors with a one-part vinegar, one part warm water solution. Be sure to test this first but most surfaces are fine with this solution. Vinegar naturally absorbs odors so the smell of vinegar and smoke should go away in a few hours after using it.

4.      Place bowls of baking soda around your kitchen, and even put a few inside the cabinets, pantry, and any other room that has an odor.  This too will help to absorb the odor in a few days time. Sprinkle the rugs and carpeting with baking soda and vacuum. Sprinkle the baking soda again and this time let sit for a few days time before vacuuming.

If the house still smells of smoke or if you don’t want to do the work in the first place, just call us here at SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills and we’ll get it right out.

(503) 619-6198

Who Do I Call For Water Damage Clean Up In Oak Hills?

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Who Do I Call For Water Damage Clean Up In Oak Hills? Let the experts handle your Oak Hills water cleanup!

Who handles water damage cleanup in Oak Hills?

So many people try to get rid of a sizable water damage themselves to save money. It will end up costing you so much more in the long run.

Let us take a look at the process and what you will need to do to handle a water cleanup yourself:

    • You have to remove all the excess water. You might be able to handle this one if you or a neighbor has a submersible pump. SERVPRO has professional grade extraction equipment.
    • So that pump got you out of the jam, make sure it got ALL of the water cleaned up. So that means getting out your infrared camera. Oh, you don't have one laying around? SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills does.
    • Now you have to dry the area that had all that water damage. SERVPRO has dehumidifiers, do you?
    • Ok, you got it bone dry (took you long enough) but now mold is probably going to give you some problems. SERVPRO sanitizes when it cleans so you can feel comfortable the area is safe.

I think it is safe to say you should have just called SERVPRO from the start to come handle your water damage cleanup issues in Oak Hills. (503) 619-6198

Is Your Oak Hills Home Fire Proof?

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Is Your Oak Hills Home Fire Proof? Fire Proofing Your Oak Hills Home Is The Smart And Safe Thing To Do!

We called in the help of the pros at SERVPRO when dealing with fire safety and fire prevention in Oak Hills and here are just a few things you can do make sure you have the best odds of being fireproof in Oregon.

TIPS FOR FIRE-PROOFING YOUR HOME/YARD 

  • Create a fire safe zone around your home. Remove flammable vegetation and leaves at least 20’ from the house and at least 75’ if you live in a pine forest.
  • Inspect your home and yard asking: What can catch fire or carry it to your home?
  • Having nothing flammable within 10’ of the house. Occasional trees should be at least 10’ from the house
  • Evergreens catch fire easily and burn quickly. Prune lower limbs, thin out the trees or remove them from the safety zone.

And as always if you have fire damage to your Oak Hills home call SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills at (503) 619-6198 today!

Never Use Bleach To Kill Mold

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Never Use Bleach To Kill Mold Mold has many colors and shapes.
Why You Should Never Use Bleach To Clean Mold

For many households, chlorine bleach is generally seen as your “go-to” cleaner for tough jobs. Mold removal does requires a heavy duty cleaner, but recently, many of the hazards of bleach are gaining more media attention causing people to take a closer look at the way they clean.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was one of the first federal agencies to STOP recommending the use of liquid bleach for mold remediation. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has since edited their “A brief guide to mold and moisture and your home” to exclude their once suggested use of bleach as a means to kill mold.

So what actually is mold? Let’s go over the basics to get a better understanding of how it works and how it should be properly treated.

 
 

NO ONE KNOWS HOW MANY SPECIES OF FUNGI EXIST BUT ESTIMATES RANGE FROM TENS OF THOUSANDS TO THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND OR MORE.   - CDC.GOV

According to scientists, mold is a type of fungi that is neither plant nor animal. This basically means, unlike plants, it cannot derive energy from the sun or actively “hunt” for food like an animal. Therefore, mold must be opportunistic to survive. In order to reproduce, it regularly sends microscopic spores into the air searching for a suitable environment to live. It only needs a few requirements to survive: water, warm temperatures and a food source. Once it has located the perfect environment, it can begin to grow remarkably fast, sometimes within 24 hours! This is why we often see a mold bloom after flooding, water damage and undetected burst pipes etc…

So now that we know how it works, how do we properly treat it? Big bleach labels have promised you that nothing else will do the job like bleach. Chlorine bleach is most well known for it disinfecting properties but that doesn't mean it's the best choice for mold. It’s main function is to disinfect and to, well, bleach or change the color. But after use, what usually happens? The moldy color looks like it’s gone but within a week or two the mold usually comes back and sometimes worse! Most homeowners don’t put together that it’s the bleach causing this reaction and not a really bad case of mold. The fact remains that if the mold is not removed from the material, it will most likely always return.

 

Does Bleach kill mold?

Yes, but it comes with a catch. Bleach labels will warn you that chlorine bleach will only be effective on a “hard, non-porous surface.’’ This basically means that chlorine bleach is not made to “soak in.” Therefore, its disinfecting properties are limited to a hard surface like tile or glass. So here’s the problem: To ensure survival, mold spores spread its roots (Mycelia) deep into a porous surface. Mold remediation requires a cleaner to reach deep down into wood and other porous building materials to remove or "pull out" the roots. The properties of bleach prevent it from soaking into these materials. The surface mold looks gone (it's bleached white) but the internal mold always remains to grow back.

Another issue: Bleach contains 90% water and mold LOVES water. When bleach is applied, the chlorine quickly evaporates after use leaving behind A LOT of water. This water often soaks into the porous surface allowing the mold to flourish and re-grow in this moist environment. So in effect, using bleach actually feeds the internal mold spores! Although the surface may look bleached and clean, the remaining spores will root deeper, stronger and will often return worse than before.

 
 
 
"This chemical is considered hazardous by the 2012 OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.  Sodium Hypochlorite (Chlorine Bleach) MSDS requires handlers in FULL Personal protection gear including respirators."
 -CDC.gov   
 

Bleach and mold. A few facts to remember:

  • In some cases, bleach will encourage toxic mold to grow where it was not present before.
  • Bleach will only remove the green stain from mold. The surface will appear clean but internal roots will continue to grow.
  • OSHA and the EPA have specifically advised against the use of bleach for mold remediation. See link below*
  • Chlorine bleach is caustic and extremely harmful to wood and many other surfaces. If bleach is used on wood, it will weaken the wood by breaking down its fibers. This can create further problems with the structural integrity of the home.
  • When bleach is mixed with ammonia it creates a deadly gas! *Remember, Urine contains ammonia! Using bleach in the toilet could also create a toxic gas.
  • Bleach itself is considered a toxic chemical and is classified the same as gasoline.
  • In its gaseous form (room temperature) chlorine releases Dioxins, a known cancer causing compound.
  • Bleach is highly corrosive to skin. Exposure to bare skin creates a hydrolysis reaction. This means the “oily” feeling is actually the top layer of your skin beginning to dissolve!
  • Bleach is not only hazardous to your health, it will make your mold problem worse in the long run.

No disaster or loss too big for SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial No disaster or loss too big for SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills Part Of Our Disaster Recovery Team

We live here in our small area of Beaverton/Hillsboro called Cedar Mill.  We think nothing disastrous can happen, right?  Think again because we want you to be prepared from the start.


Imagine that you work on the first floor of a large building such as an office building with many offices for insurances, brokers, medical groups, banks, whatever the case may be. Everybody leaves for the day, let's pretend it's a Friday.  Yay, Friday is finally here!  Everybody leaves for the weekend, the entire office building is secure.  On the top floor in one of the kitchens/breakrooms the hose to the ice maker springs a leak.  It seems the plastic hose split.


When you return on Monday there is water everywhere.  Looking up, the ceiling is sagging, the light fixtures have water in them.  Everybody is outside wondering what to do???


Call in SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills.  We should be your first call since we have the manpower and equipment to tackle any jobs, large or small.  Our Disaster Recovery Team is standing by ready for anything that comes our way.  You will be amazed at how fast our team will be on site, analyzing your situation and getting your office building back to the way it was, "Like it never even happened."

What is Black Mold?

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold? Don't try to get rid of this yourself...call a professional today!

What Is Black Mold?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Please refer to our Mold Damage Tips to learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives. 

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional immediately. Click here to find a SERVPRO Franchise.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 24/7 at 503-619-6198!

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  •  Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  •  Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Winter Snow Storm Cause Major Damages

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Snow Storm Cause Major Damages What is an Ice Dam?

Last winter we had one of the worst winter storms possible here in the Portland Metro area.  Roads were solid ice, it took most of us MANY hours just to get home from work even when we left early!  Trees or limbs down, vehicles all over the roadways, people stuck in their homes for days, many inches of snow all over the area.  What about the damages we don't see?


We all love icicles on roofs, it has such a fun look, a real "wintry" look to it.  What about what it can possible do to your roof?  Here is some information that has been gathered from a Nationwide Insurance website:


Ice dams. These icicles on your roof may appear harmless – and may even look pretty – but they can cause damage to your home. Here’s what you need to know about ice dam prevention and ice dam removal to help protect your home.


What is an ice dam?


An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, typically at the gutters or soffit, and prevents melting snow from draining off.


What causes ice dams?


For an ice dam to form, 3 things must be present:



  1. Snow on the roof

  2. Higher portions of the roof’s external surface must be above 32°F

  3. Lower surfaces must be below 32°F


When these factors are in play, snow will melt and the water will flow down the roof and eventually freeze – forming an ice dam.


Poor ventilation and temperature control in the attic can also lead to ice dams. Excessive warm air in the attic can cause the snow on the roof to melt regardless of the temperature outside. Recessed lighting, skylights, complex roof designs and heating ducts in the attic can all increase the chances of an ice dam developing.


Do icicles mean that you have an ice dam?


In short, no. It’s common for small icicles to form; the larger, thicker icicles are the culprits. When you notice the larger icicles, it’s important to act fast in order to prevent damage.


What are the signs that you have an ice dam?


These are the most common, according to the Ice Dam Company:



  1. Your home has a history of ice dams

  2. Icicles form on the edge of the roof or off the front edge of the gutter

  3. Ice is coming through the soffit

  4. Ice is forming behind the gutters

  5. Water or ice appears on the exterior wall

  6. Water is seeping through a door frame or window


What type of damage can ice dams cause?


If not addressed early, ice dams can cause significant damage. Here’s how:



  • Water from melting snow can seep into your house and into walls, ceilings, insulation and other interior areas.

  • Ice dams can lift roof shingles up, allowing water to leak inside your home.

  • Pressure and weight from the dams can pull off gutters and lead to structural damage that can cause flooding.

  • If attic insulation gets wet, it can become ineffective, plus mold can develop.


How to prevent ice dams:


Properly winterizing your roof is the best way to prevent ice dams. Consider these precautions.



  • Have your gutters cleaned before winter.

  • Keep your attic well ventilated, so it stays cold, and properly ventilate the roof and eaves.

  • Insulate the attic floor to reduce the amount of heat rising from within the house.

  • Rake or shovel snow off the roof before it freezes or hire a professional roofer to clear your roof.

  • Create an air barrier between the house and attic with a foil-faced cover over an uninsulated attic hatch or whole-house fan opening.

  • Install a water-repellent roof membrane.

  • Check for any potentially dangerous heat sources, including uninsulated recessed ceiling can lights, uninsulated folding attic stair openings, heating ducts, furnace or water-heating equipment and inadequate bathroom vent fans.


How to remove ice dams:


If an ice dam has formed, here are immediate steps you can take to help prevent further damage.



  • Apply calcium chloride or another ice-melting product onto the ice.

  • Place a box fan in the attic and direct it at the underside of the roof where water is leaking in. The cold air will freeze the water.

  • If your roof is flat or has a low slope, use a roof rake to sweep off the snow.

  • Have a professional remove the dam with high-pressure steam or other specialized methods.

Pleased to meet you, Cedar Mill and Oak Hills!

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

General Pleased to meet you, Cedar Mill and Oak Hills! Our new van will be seen everywhere

We are very pleased to meet all of you in our new territory!  We are new to the area, so getting around to meet all of you can take some time but we will try our best.


We are fully equipped to handle your emergencies whether they include fire, water, biohazard, mold or just general cleaning.  Is your crawlspace flooded?  We can dry it out.  Are you floors wet?  We can dry them out, even if they are hardwood.  Mold in the bathroom or basement?  We can mitigate that and make it so it never comes back.  Is there something icky or creepy that you just don't want to clean up?  Call us for any job.  Did you have a fire?  We can clean it up from cleaning your contents and getting rid of the smoke odors to the reconstruction of the damaged area.


We also have a full construction team that can take your job with no subcontractors to worry about.  You won't have to worry about schedules being coordinated, another stranger in your house, the quality of the work or any miscommunication between contractors.  We keep it simple.


We know you will be pleased with the work we do since we do it best.


 

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