Recent Commercial Posts
Water Damage in the Workplace
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Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems.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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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."