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Commercial Services

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Services SERVPRO can give your building a fresh look with our Commercial Cleaning and Painting Services

Commercial Cleaning Services

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on local SERVPRO Professionals to make your workspace look its very best.

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Their cleaning services include the following:

Your local SERVPRO Professional will get the job done right and get it done quickly.

Have Questions? Call Us Today! 541/745-2097

Preparing for the Storm

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for the Storm Being better prepared for an impending storm can help you weather the weather!

Storm Preparation

Storms used to catch us unaware, and we only had time to react as best we could to what Mother Nature was throwing at us.  Thankfully, with today’s technology, we are usually given some advanced warning of an impending storm system.  While we still are mostly ‘reactionary’ to any storms that may come our way, by taking a few early precautionary measures, we should find ourselves in a better position to weather the storm!

Here are some steps you can take ahead of the storm:

1. Fortify your home. Check your gutters, to ensure they can safely flow water away from your home. Trim any tree branches which may hang too close to your home.  Close any patio umbrellas, or fabric awnings, which could sustain damage in high winds.

  1. Sign up for Storm Alerts. Many communities send out text and email alerts during major storms to alert residents before the storm hits.
  2. Build an Emergency Kit. Keep a ‘kit’ of basic supplies you may need when sheltering from a storm. Dehydrated food, extra water, portable camp stove, flashlight + extra batteries, a First Aid kit and extra medication are always good basics to keep on hand. Store your kit in an easy to ‘grab&go’ bag, in case you must evacuate your home.
  3. Have an Evacuation Plan. In case you must leave your home, know the best route for leaving safely from your home. Have an idea ahead of time of a safe place you may go to in the event of an evacuation.
  4. Create a Communication Plan. If you are aware of a major storm event is on its way, be sure to have your cell phones charged up. Make sure family/friend’s phone numbers are entered in to every family members cell phones, so you can contact each other easily. Also, perhaps designate a close friend or another family member outside of your community to be a ‘Primary Contact’ that YOU can check in with to update them, and others who may be concerned about you can call for updates.
  5. DON’T FORGET YOUR PETS! Create an Emergency Storm kit just for your pets – extra food, water, perhaps a disposable litter box for cats. Have crates just in case you have to evacuate. And be sure your pets all have collars with the correct contact information, just in case they get away from you during an emergency.

We cannot change the weather, but by taking a few steps ahead of time CAN help a storm pass more easily.  After the storm clears, if you find damage to your home or property, do not hesitate to call upon your Cleaning and Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO today! We can help you get back on your feet after the storm!

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Carpet Cleaning Call SERVPRO for all your Commercial Carpet Cleaning needs!

Did you know that for the average household, regular vacuuming is the best way to keep your carpets clean?  Regularly vacuuming means 2x per week, with SLOW repetitive back and forth strokes. And by slow, we mean it should take you approximately 15-20 minutes to vacuum a 300sq ft room.  This should help remove about 80% of the dry soil in your carpet.  Even with regular vacuuming, it is recommended that your have your carpets deep cleaned once per year.  And this is on carpet where most folks remove their shoes before walking on.

Now, how about the carpets in your business or office?  We do not normally ask people to remove their shoes before entering...and we have a LOT of soil to track indoors here in Oregon!  It is recommended that offices and places of business have their carpets Professionally cleaned anywhere from every 3 months to a year.  It depends on the type of business and amount of traffic - school and healthcare environments should be deep cleaning more often than, say, a Real Estate Office.

Soil is not only unsightly on carpeting, surprisingly, it can actively wear down your carpet faster.  Soil particles work their way down into the carpets backing, and act as a grinding compound. As the carpet is walked on, the particles can cut the fibers.  This will eventually lead to fiber loss, and potentially, bare spots in the carpeting.

Soiled carpet can also become a breeding ground for mold and other microbes.  Regular Professional Cleaning can help reduce the risk of repeated illness in your workplace, as well as reduce symptoms of allergies or asthma.

If you need your business’ carpets Professionally Cleaned, call upon your neighbors at your locally owned and operated SERVPRO today!

The 10 Things You Need to Know About Mold

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The 10 Things You Need to Know About Mold If you see, or even suspect mold, call the Professionals at SERVPRO today!!!

Mold is everywhere – indoors, outdoors, and even on the evening news! There is a lot of concern over mold in our environment, and how it can impact us and our families.  Here are the top 10 things the EPA feels everyone should know about mold:

  1. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  2. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  3. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  4. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    1. Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    2. Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    3. Increasing ventilation
    4. Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  5. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  6. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  7. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  8. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  9. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
  10. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints

If you do see, or even suspect mold, in your home, do not hesitate to call your Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO today!

As the Storm Approaches....

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage As the Storm Approaches.... Satellite Images can help give us *some* warning of approaching storms....

Storms can be frightening, and cause a lot of damage to our personal property.  Thankfully with today's technology, we generally do get some warning, which gives us a chance to prepare.

   What to do as storm approaches

-- Download an application to your smartphone that can notify people where you are, and if you need help or are safe. The Red Cross has a Hurricane App available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store as well as a shelter finder app. A first aid app is also available.

- Bring outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind.

-- Clear gutters of debris.

-- Reinforce the garage door.

-- Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case power goes off. Use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator.

-- Fill a bathtub with water.

-- Get a full tank of gas in one car.

-- Go over the evacuation plan with the family, and learn alternate routes to safety.

-- Learn the location of the nearest shelter or nearest pet-friendly shelter.

-- Evacuate if ordered and stick to marked evacuation routes if possible.

-- Store important documents -- passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, deeds -- in a watertight container.

-- Have a current inventory of household property.

-- Leave a note to say where you are going.

-- Unplug small appliances and electronics before you leave.

-- If possible, turn off the electricity, gas and water for the residence.

We can only do so much to prepare for an incoming storm, and our primary concern is to keep our loved ones safe.  If you experience property damage during any kind of storm, do not hesitate to call upon our Team here at SERVPRO. Our Cleaning and Restoration Specialists will help make it "Like it never even happened.”

4 Common Causes of Water Damage

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 4 Common Causes of Water Damage Water leaks can quickly cause damage to your home. If you suspect water damage, call SERVPRO today!




 

A Leaky Basement


One of the most common causes of water damage is a leaky basement. To make repairs, you have to find the leak. We can help address this problem


Leaky Plumbing


Another cause of water damage is a leaky plumbing system. Unless the system is plagued by multiple leaks, you can do the repair yourself. Depending on the extensiveness of the damage, you can either patch up the leaky pipe or change one or several damaged pipes if the problem is internal. SERVPRO can always help you with water damage repair that is out of your hands.


Fixing the Plant Root System


Did you know that plant and shrub overgrowth could cause water damage to the home too? When the root system of the plant and shrub is too close to a structure, water could penetrate its foundation. You can resolve minor water damage caused by plant overgrowth by trimming the shrubs and removing water that pools near the foundation of your home.


Damaged Drywall


For ceilings, the usual culprit is a leaky roof or a leaky toilet. For leaky toilets, we highly recommend getting a Plumber to stop the leak. Then let the Professionals at SERVPRO repair any damages that may have occurred.  We can repair drywall, dry any moisture and help protect against mold. 

SERVPRO can help make your water damages like it never even happened. We take all the precautions to make sure we repair the damage the right way and keep your family safe from mold and other issues caused by water damage.

Is it Black Mold???

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is it Black Mold??? If you see mold, schedule an inspection today!

Its what everyone fears - 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 Mold Remediation Specialist today!

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us at 541-745-2097.

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.

Design tips to help protect your basement against water damage

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Design tips to help protect your basement against water damage Ceramic tile has a timeless look, as well as it is naturally resistant to water and humidity.

Finding a home with a basement here in Oregon is almost as rare as seeing Sasquatch. When we do find a basement, our excitement is hard to contain as the possibilities are endless! This extra square footage could be ideal for storage, a guest bedroom, a playroom for the kids/grandkids, a den, a room for entertaining…..the list goes on and on.  But before we make any final decisions on what to do with this extra space, we must keep one thing in mind: basements are rare here because our ground gets very wet.  Wet ground can lead to water leaking into you home.  While there are steps you can take to help prevent water from gaining access to your basement, there are also a few simple flooring ideas that can help minimize damage IF water ever did get into your home.

AVOID CARPETING  It may seem appealing to have a softer floor covering if you plan to turn this space into a cozy room for relaxing, or a playroom for children.  But, unfortunately, carpeting and its padding soak up any moisture that may come into your home, and can become a breeding ground for mold.

Epoxy Coating a concrete basement subfloor with epoxy will make it waterproof and durable. Available in a variety of colors, epoxies can easily be applied over a weekend.

Concrete stain Stain can dress up concrete floors with very little cost an effort. Unlike some other types of concrete coatings, stain is resistant to chipping or flaking.  Stains also come in a wide variety of colors, making it easy to match your décor.

Ceramic Tile Affordable and timeless, ceramic tile can easily be applied directly over a concrete slab.  Tile is also resistant to water and humidity, making it a good choice for basement flooring.

Painted Concrete  Paint is easy  and the least expensive solution.  Do your research, and be sure to get a latex based paint that is resistant to humidity and cooler temperatures.  Use a roller to apply at least 2 coats directly to the floor.  You may have to touch up the floor every few years.

You can always accessorize for comfort by using area rugs.  These not only look nice, but can easily be replaced if any water damage does occur.  If you ever do find yourself with water damage in your basement, do not hesitate to call your Water Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO. We are on-call 24/7 and ready to help you get back to enjoying your basement.

Spring Cleaning

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Spring Cleaning can help keep your home healthy

As the weather warms up, we want to open the windows and, metaphorically, emerge from our winter hibernation.  It is typically the time of year where homeowners take a few weekends to spruce up the interior and exterior of their homes – wash away the winter drab. Keeping your home clean and tidy is important for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, a clean home is less likely to face issues like mold damage, pest infestation and other problems that stem from a lack of attention and care. From the kitchen to the garage and from the backyard to the bedrooms, Spring Cleaning is very important in the maintenance of Willamette Valley homes.

If you are looking to spruce up your home this spring season, keep in mind the following cleaning tips:

  • Clean out your refrigerator – dispose of expired items and wash each tray
  • Give all of your doormats a good wash
  • Clean your upholstery and carpet – get professional help from SERVPRO to make sure the job is done right
  • Pay special attention to washing your baseboards
  • Dust all ceiling fans
  • Scrub down your stove and oven
  • Sanitize all sinks
  • Disinfect your kitchen sink’s disposal
  • Thoroughly clean all bathrooms – including shower doors, shower walls, and drain areas
  • Disinfect and clean all toilets
  • Reorganize your bedroom closets and drawers
  • Move boxes or storage bins to check for insect/pest nests behind them
  • Pressure wash your driveway and roof
  • Wash all windows – light actually helps keep mold growth at bay!!

While there are certainly additional tasks to accomplish while doing your spring cleaning, the above list should serve as a great starting point for you and your family. While spring cleaning is important, keeping your home clean throughout the year is the key to ensuring major dirt buildup is avoided. Mold damage is one of the most common side effects of untreated water leaks and other home issues. If you think your home could use some professional attention, contact our SERVPRO team at your earliest convenience.

Storm damage can increase health risks to you and your family

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm damage can increase health risks to you and your family Standing water in your home can become a breeding ground for mold, dust mites and bacteria!

Storms can bring rain and flooding.  Would you know how to protect your family in the event of a flood? Did you realize that in addition to structural damage, a flood can pose a health risk to your family, as well?  Being aware of a few simple things can help reduce the risk to you and your family.

Evacuate if instructed to do so. Do not try to wait out the flood in your home if you are advised to evacuate.

Floodwaters often contain sewage and toxins, especially in Urban areas.  Avoid contact with the water.

Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and mold. These can become airborne, and pose a health risk if inhaled.

Identify vulnerable populations – such as elderly, children, immunocompromised, those with asthma, or any other airway diseases, and keep them from the flood waters until area has been dried.

Turn off gas and electric before entering a dwelling that has standing water.

Make sure any workers assisting in clean up wear protective gear, this includes gloves and goggles to prevent exposure to harmful substances.

When in doubt, toss it out – damp buildings and furnishings promote the growth of bacteria, dust mites, and mold.  Anything that cannot be cleaned and dried must be discarded.

CALL YOUR Storm and Water Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO! Our professionals are experienced in Storm and Water Clean-ups and Restoration. We are ready to help, and have to tools to safely get the job done.  Call us today!