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What's the Benefit of a Certified Clean? | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills team.

It’s great to see that many places that were the hotspots during the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing major turnarounds. Hopes are high that “normal life” is back, and businesses are starting to see positive signs too.

But as consumers are starting to return to physical, in-store shopping, businesses will need to adjust how they’re operating to evolve with changing consumer needs. As a business owner, it’s important to present your store or other facility as a place customers and employees alike can trust with their well-being.

One way you can do that? Teaming with SERVPRO for a certified clean.

Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives you and your customers peace of mind by taking sanitizing your business off your plate.

Having a clean business not only makes you feel better, but it makes it clear that you care about your customers as well.

At SERVPRO, we know that feeling, and we use advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go beyond the traditional cleaning and janitorial services so that you can rest easy.

What makes this program different that all the others? Here are the three C’s of a Certified SERVPRO Cleaned:

Consult. Your business is unique, which means our cleaning techniques will be unique to your particular needs. Our SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills business is locally owned and operated, so we will already be in tune with this area and area business’ individualized needs.

Clean. Once we establish the specific needs for your business, we jump right in and get started. We show up on site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else, which gives your business the clean of a lifetime, adhering to (or exceeding) CDC standards.

Certify. Once we have completed the cleaning process, you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your business window. This is a sign to potential and current customers that displays that you have taken precautions to sanitize and properly clean your space. You’ll have digital emblems and other signifiers as well.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Beaverton Business Owners Can Depend on Our Team | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

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

How much work have you put into making your Beaverton business successful over the past year? If you’re like most business owners, the answer is “a lot.”

Navigating pandemic changes is a challenge business owners across the country are facing this year. You’ve probably spent a good portion of your time recently working through new ways to connect with your customers and deliver services in new ways.

Help and Support for Businesses

We’re here to assist business owners in our community––including those in Beaverton and the surrounding areas. We believe a local business is vital to our economy. After all, we’re local business owners too. SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is locally owned and operated.

Many businesses have already opened their doors again. And most have found new ways to work remotely or offer products and services digitally.

Others are prepared to reopen in some capacity. That might include offering takeout and delivery dining options or using social media to sell items and supplement lower foot traffic in your store location.

There’s help available from other resources as well. Some of your options include business loans and tips, advice and more from solid, trustworthy sources.

Regardless of how you and your employees have decided to move forward, we’re here to help you when you need us.

We’re available 247 to help you get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” That means a team of experts will use the latest technology to ensure your business is safe for everyone.

Here’s how we do it:

First, we’ll consult with you about your needs.

Then we’ll clean your space. And we mean really clean it. Our teams use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, our teams certify your space.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

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

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Resources to Help and Support You

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

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

We’re available at any time to help you get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” That means a team of experts will use the latest technology to ensure your business is safe for everyone.

Here’s how we do it:

First, we’ll consult with you about ways to help you clean and prepare your business.

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

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

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Preparing Your Rock Creek Business to Bounce Back From Natural Disasters | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner in gray suit When natural disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is ready and knows the commercial restoration process inside and out.

If our community has learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that life can be unpredictable and you can’t always be prepared for events. But we do know it’s possible to take steps to put yourself in a good position if something unexpected happens.

So we want to ask business owners in Rock Creek and the surrounding areas a simple question. Do you have a good plan in place to guide your business through a natural disaster?

Over the past year, business owners (and most everyone else) have seen firsthand how an unexpected disaster or event can impact their daily routines. Many members of our business community have risen to the occasion during the pandemic by looking for new solutions to problems and ways to continue providing services.

It’s not possible to predict natural disasters. And certainly, no one saw a major pandemic coming. But there are disasters that are more common—like fires, floods and severe storms.

We want to serve our local business community as best we can, so our team has put together some of the best advice we can offer to help you be prepared for a disaster and the commercial restoration process.

From Disaster to Restoration

You can still be a successful business owner after a disaster. Here are some tips to help you sail through the process:

Prioritize your disaster plan. It’s smart to prepare for a disaster before it strikes. That’s where your business disaster plan comes into play. Having it perfected before you need it can help guide you through the aftermath of a disaster when it’s harder to think clearly. For example, you may want to consider moving your business to a backup location, if that’s an option for you.

Take plenty of pictures (and make an inventory, too). Your insurance company will want to know the extent of your damage before the cleanup process begins. You can document that by taking photos of it. It’s also a good idea to put together a list of items that were lost or damaged during the disaster.

Don’t neglect updating your community. Staying in touch with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community is a smart move. And it’s easier than you might think. You can use social media and other tools to make it happen.

Don’t neglect yourself, either. Dealing with damage and restoration as a business owner is stressful. Be sure you’re taking care of yourself by making rest and healthy eating a priority. Also, talk with people you trust about how you’re feeling.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

We’re Here When Cedar Mill Businesses Need Water Damage Help | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage claims are among the most common insurance claims filed by small businesses.

And according to a 2019 study, the number of claims filed by entrepreneurs who need water damage restoration services are growing at a steady rate. The reasons for these claims can vary. In some cases, the damage involves a burst pipe or malfunctioning sprinkler system. In other cases, it might involve water damage from severe storms. All of these claims, however, have to be addressed for the health and safety of your business. Cedar Mill business owners have a trusted partner already in the community who can help with commercial water damage restoration.

Local Experts You Can Count On

Because we are a locally owned and operated business, we’re passionate about assisting our fellow local business owners when they need our help most. Even though SERVPRO is a nationally recognized brand, the owners and team members are local residents. We want to see our local business community thrive, so we’re always here to help if you need our services.

That’s why we’re proud to offer 24/7 services in the event of a water damage emergency. You can count on our team to get to your business quickly when you need us. And when we arrive, you can be assured of two additional things:

The team you’ll work with is staffed with experts. We ensure all of our technicians have the training and certifications needed to ensure your business is restored to its original state with the latest water damage restoration techniques. Our teams include a Water Damage Restoration Technician, an Applied Structural Drying Technician, an Odor Control Technician and an Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician. They’ll cover all the bases of your restoration process.

Your restoration team will be using the most advanced equipment on the market.

Because we’re part of the national SERVPRO organization, we have access to the latest restoration technology. Our team will use this technology, along with in depth knowledge, to create a personalized plan to restore your business.

We know that disasters can strike a business at any time. If your business is damaged by water or any other cause, we’re here to help you. To discuss a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, contact us at any hour for assistance.

3 Reasons to Make SERVPRO Your Commercial Cleaning Partner | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

The best time to plan is ahead of time. Or, as the motto goes, “Be prepared.” You’ll be prepared for both expected and unexpected cleaning and restoration needs with SERVPRO on your team.

If you’re like most business owners, you retain a dedicated accountant for your business, rather than hunting for one whenever the need arises. In the same way, it’s a great idea to form an ongoing relationship with a cleaning and restoration service. This partnership will keep you prepared for almost any disaster.

Let’s look at three reasons to choose SERVPRO as your commercial cleaning and restoration partner:

  1. We Offer Routine Cleaning and Disinfection

SERVPRO can be a force multiplier for your daily cleaning service. We perform routine-but-messy tasks such as fryer hood cleaning, deep carpet cleaning and more.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve added a special disinfection service to our lineup. Known as Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, this program shows your customers that your business is regularly disinfected to CDC standards. We can talk with your business about the kinds of work you need and the job frequency, then tailor a special program to meet your needs.

  1. We’re Scalable

For the big challenges, SERVPRO is there. If your facility is large or complex, we have you covered. Our experience includes health care, manufacturing and large residential complexes.

Plus, we rely on our national structure for hazard response. If you encounter a challenging problem, such as a chemical spill, we can draw on elite teams known as large-loss specialists to make your cleanup happen as swiftly as possible.

  1. We Do the Paperwork

SERVPRO also knows how to take the headache out of disaster recovery. We can help you file insurance claims and point you toward recovery resources. We can also assist your business with before-disaster planning, so that you have a set of contacts and resources on hand when an unexpected event strikes.

From fire to storm to flood, disaster can strike a business at any time. To discuss a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, contact us at any hour for assistance.

Recovering as a Business Owner After a Disaster

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Plan ahead and check your insurance coverage Plan ahead and check your insurance policy coverage.

Recovering as a Business Owner After a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

It is so rewarding to build a business and succeed, but if a disaster comes through and causes damage, that is a frustrating incident that is entirely out of your hands. This can devastate businesses that are not prepared, which is why knowing what you would do in this type of situation is so important for the longevity of your business after an emergency.

Safety during a disaster is the most important thing, so we highly recommend starting with a plan that encompasses your evacuation procedure, communicating with employees and keeping your office stocked with emergency supplies. Once you do this, you can move into phase two of the planning, which involves determining how you will be able to quickly recover.

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery for Your Business

Check your insurance coverage and call your restoration company. No two commercial insurance policies are the same, so it is wise to get in touch with your provider to make sure you have all the information necessary to file a claim if you are able to. Next, contact your commercial restoration company to get that process started. In many cases, they will be able to talk with your insurance company directly to keep things simple for you.

Get in touch with your customers quickly. Your customers will want to hear from you after a disaster, so sending out messages quickly is a great way to keep them in the loop on your timeline and how they will be able to support you through this time. It might be worth considering doing a special promotion with gift cards or other long-lasting items that they can purchase and use at a later date to assist you throughout the rebuilding process.

Make sure you are aware of the assistance offerings. There are many disaster assistance programs available to business owners, such as the Small Business Administration’s loan program, which can be used for restoration, disaster-related costs and even income due to losses from the damage. These loans are typically designed to be easy to qualify for and to repay to help business owners rebuild.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.

Preventative Commercial Cleaning in the Time of COVID-19 | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

woman in a hat with a ponytail carries a bottle of cleaner in front of shelves filled with cleaning products At SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills, we have the tools and expertise to make preventative cleaning a breeze.

As businesses across the nation begin to unshutter their doors and reopen to the public, many people are eager to return to their favorite public places: gyms, coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, public parks, and more. Many business owners find themselves asking the same questions – how can we be sure that it’s safe? How can we be certain that we are doing our part to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19?

Here at SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills, we’ve got you covered! We offer preventative sanitizing services for businesses and homes whether big and small. It is our goal to make sure that your customers feel safe and secure when they venture out into the public sphere. Whether you’re looking for a one-time cleaning service or a scheduled cleaning service on a routine basis, SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills is here to help you make sure you have a solid plan for reopening.

Whether you’re a realtor looking to ensure that their open houses are as clean as possible between showings, a small business eager to reopen to their favorite regulars, or a large scale corporation wanting to ease the worries of their employees as they return to work after the shelter-in-place orders have been lifted – we are here to assist! SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills will work with you to create a cleaning plan that best suits your needs!

If you are interested in a quote for cleaning and fogging services, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

Determining How Well-Prepared Your Business Is for a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

If you are the owner of a business, it is wise to make sure you are as prepared as possible for an unforeseen emergency or disaster in order to protect your investment. To kickstart this process, we recommend that business owners first assess where your preparedness levels are so you can better understand where to improve them.

Being aware of several key factors can let you know exactly how prepared you are for an emergency. First, understanding your insurance coverage will let you know if additional policies are required to protect you. From there, making sure you have a plan in place, both for in the moment and for recovery can keep you safe and make restoration go as quickly as possible.

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

There are many various things that a commercial insurance policy will cover, but often in the case of disasters, their coverage alone is not sufficient. Talk with your insurance agent about where your policy might be lacking—businesses not being covered against flooding is the most common issue, but there is also the option to buy umbrella coverage and interruption insurance to make sure you are fully protected.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

If a weather emergency is on the way or a disaster such as a fire breaks out, there are generally a scarce few minutes to react. Therefore, putting a plan in place will help you make the most of the time you have. Plan for any potential threat that may present itself, and provision for situations where evacuation is the best course of action as well as situations where you may need to remain in the office and survive off an emergency kit until help arrives.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

Limiting the time your business has to spend closed due to recovery is the best way to avoid excessive losses due to a lack of income. Deciding in advance what restoration company to use is a big factor in this because it will allow you to make the call right away when you discover damage to your property. Additionally, research if you qualify for disaster assistance loans from the Small Business Administration to help cover some of these costs at a reduced interest rate.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 247 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.

Making Sure Your Business is Adhering to Fire Codes | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Business owners have to plan for a variety of things, but one of the most essential hazards to plan for is a commercial fire. Fires happen quite frequently and for a variety of reasons, which is why it is important to always be vigilant about making sure your business is adhering to the fire codes set forth by authorities to be as safe as possible.

Making sure your business is up to code involves providing adequate equipment, putting planning measures in place and keeping fire exits clear to allow for quick evacuation if needed. Here are some guidelines to be sure your business is adhering to.

Fire Safety Code Guideline for Businesses

Install fire detection and suppression equipment. Installing fire alarms, smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems throughout your business is a wise choice in case a fire breaks out, and is often a requirement for commercial spaces. Once these systems are installed, performing monthly alarm checks and working with your local fire department for equipment testing will help you make sure you are adhering to these guidelines and lessening your risks.

 Keep fire extinguishers handy for all staff members. Keeping fire extinguishers present and accessible is an important part of fire safety. This way, if it is safe to do so, a fire can be stopped before it has a chance to spread and wreak more havoc on your business. Be sure that you purchase the right type of extinguishers for the fire causes your business is likely to face and follow inspection guidelines to ensure they are still in working order and not in danger of expiring.

Host regular fire evacuation drills with staff. Making sure your staff knows exactly what to do when the fire alarm sounds is an important part of keeping everyone safe. Go over evacuation procedures with staff and host drills regularly. Be sure you are reviewing different scenarios and utilizing different exit points, so that you and your staff are prepared for the variety of situations that could be possible when a fire starts.

How to Assess Your Business’ Emergency Preparedness Levels | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

man pushing backup button How to Assess Your Business’ Emergency Preparedness Levels | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

If you own your own business, you are likely familiar with how damaging natural disasters can be for those who are unprepared. It is a competitive market for small businesses, and when disasters enter the mix, things can become even more dire.

If you have started the emergency preparedness process already, you may be wondering if you are doing enough to protect your investment should a disaster or emergency occur. To help you determine where your business stands, we have put together three of the most important considerations for preparedness so you can evaluate where you should focus your efforts:

Do You Have an Evacuation Plan in Place?

Having an evacuation plan is the first step toward disaster preparedness. You should have a plan for various scenarios including fires, floods, and severe weather, as well as any risks your specific business might be exposed to (such as a chemical spill or other industry-specific emergency). Develop this plan and practice it with employees at least twice a year, being sure to debrief as a company afterward to address any questions or concerns.

Do You Have an Evacuation Plan in Place?

Having an evacuation plan is the first step toward disaster preparedness. You should have a plan for various scenarios including fires, floods, and severe weather, as well as any risks your specific business might be exposed to (such as a chemical spill or other industry-specific emergency). Develop this plan and practice it with employees at least twice a year, being sure to debrief as a company afterward to address any questions or concerns.

A Guide to Disaster Recovery for Small Businesses | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

woman hand reading Insurance Policy paper If your business has suffered from a disaster, you can count on us to be there for commercial restoration.

Facing a disaster as a small business owner can be a scary thing, but putting a plan in place can help you achieve peace of mind in case one ever impacts you.

Having a clear action plan for recovery will allow you to spring into action as soon as the disaster has passed, helping you to get back to business much quicker than if you did not know what to do. Read on for our four-step guide to disaster recovery for small businesses:

  1. Create a Business Disaster Recovery Plan

Think of your business disaster recovery plan as your master document to guide you through the emergency preparations for your business. It should include a customized risk assessment, so you know where to focus the majority of your resources, a communications plan for how you know where to focus the majority of your resources, a communications plan for how you will get ahold of employees in the aftermath, and information regarding document and data backups in case the original copies get destroyed during the disaster.

  1. Create a Business Disaster Recovery Plan

Think of your business disaster recovery plan as your master document to guide you through the emergency preparations for your business. It should include a customized risk assessment, so you know where to focus the majority of your resources, a communications plan for how you will get ahold of employees in the aftermath, and information regarding document and data backups in case the original copies get destroyed during the disaster.

  1. Be Sure You Understand Your Business Insurance Policy

Not all commercial insurance policies are created equal, so making sure you understand what your coverage map looks like is key. Most commercial policies will cover basic things, but many business owners choose to add on extras such as flood insurance, interruption insurance and umbrella insurance to make sure there are no surprises in the aftermath of a disaster.

  1. Choose a Commercial Restoration Company

The commercial restoration company you choose is one of the biggest factors that determines how quickly you can get back to business following a disaster—and reopening as quickly as possible is one of the best things you can do. For these reasons, picking a commercial restoration company in advance is a wise choice. That way you can call them immediately after the disaster in order to begin the restoration process as quickly as possible.

  1. Research Disaster Relief Loans

Depending on the type of disaster that has occurred, the Small Business Association offers many commercial disaster loans for business owners. These loans are offered at a lower than usual interest rate to help business owners get the funds they need to cover all the costs associated with recovery.

What to Do if There Is Flooding at Your Business | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

flooded warehouse with items floating With a 24/7 emergency line and years of experience in the field, you can count on us to restore your business as quickly as possible.

If you experience a flood at your business, determining what comes next can be overwhelming. For business owners, being faced with flood damage is doubly alarming as it impacts both your belongings and your livelihood. However, if you find yourself in this situation, taking a few steps right away can help mitigate any further damage and get your restoration process started as quickly as possible so you can reopen your doors.

5 Steps to Take After Your Business Floods

  1. Do not go in without permission.

After a flood, officials will need to determine when a property is safe to enter, and it is important that you wait for the green light before you do so. Floodwater can hide electrical dangers, chemicals, and other hazards, so it is essential to not put yourself in further danger by going in prematurely.

  1. Collect what you are able to salvage.

Depending on the severity of the flood, you may be able to salvage some documents or equipment from the building when you re-enter. Be extremely careful around electronics or any other hazards that may be present.

  1. Make a list of the damage.

Taking an inventory of all of the losses from a flood, both as a list and with photos, is always advised. This will help you as you deal with your insurance company to recoup your losses, as you will be in possession of concrete evidence of all the damage done.

  1. Contact your insurance company.

Getting in touch with your insurance agent as soon as possible is key for filing your flood claim and setting the process in motion. It is always advised that business owners purchase flood insurance in addition to their general policy so they are covered in the event of a flood.

  1. Contact your restoration company.

Water and flood damage should always be treated as quickly as possible to avoid further issues and set the restoration process in motion. It is wise to have a commercial restoration company picked out in advance—preferably one with a 24/7 emergency line—so you can contact them the moment the restoration process can begin to help you get back to business as quickly as possible.

Water Damage in the Workplace

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

When business owners visualize water damage, they often imagine a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.

Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings:
 
Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 


Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

Damaged appliances and equipment 


This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 

Broken pipes and plumbing 


Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
Backed up sewer lines 


This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills will assist you on getting things up and running again.

Call us anytime, 24/7, at (503) 619-6198 for immediate response! 

How dryer vents can affect your business

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Apartments pose an increased risk because of the high volume of units. If not maintained, there's a higher increased risk of fire!

One of the most common causes of fires in both apartments and homes, is also perhaps one of the most preventable.

Dryer vents connect from your clothes dryer, and can build up lint. If not cleaned out properly, the air cannot flow properly, and a fire can result. This type of fire happens most frequently in homes and apartments, posing dangers to adults and children.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These fires cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The U.S. Fire Administration also reports that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).

Apart from cleaning your dryer vent, the U.S. Fire Administration has suggestions to enhance safety when using your clothes dryer:

  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.

  • Don’t overload the dryer.

  • Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.

  • Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.

  • Don’t dry any item for which manufacturers' instructions state “dry away from heat.”

  • Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow).

  • Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.

  • Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

So whether you're a property manager of an apartment complex, or homeowner that's needing extra precautions... The bottom line here is to ensure a decreased risk of damage by keeping up with maintenance. At SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills, we also offer duct cleaning services to make sure people won't face this issue. If you do happen to experience this unfortunate event, always know that our goal is to make things seem "Like they never even happened."! 

Our growth over time

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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 are the odds of facing home damage?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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!

Thanksgiving with SERVPRO of Cedar Mill / Oak Hills

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

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!

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

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

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!

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

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Exterior Painting Cedar Mill

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

Portland Area Commercial Systems and Appliances Checklist

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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 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.

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

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

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."