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Your house is damaged by water…….What do you do?

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your house is damaged by water…….What do you do? Water can be extremely damaging to your home.

It is vital to act quickly, before more damage occurs. First you must stop the water source or intrusion. Once stopped, mitigating, or keeping more damage from happening, is where service professionals like SERVPRO of Linn County. SERVPRO can come out to your house, assess the damage, clean and dry the area affected, and restored. 

Professionals, like SERVPRO of Linn County can identify water damage in obvious areas, classify the type of water doing the damage, and put together a plan of action to mitigate and restore the affected area. In addition, restoration professionals find areas unseen that have been affected and create access, or use professionally designed equipment, that allows the drying and restoration process to occur.

Whatever type of water damage you may have, whether it is a clean water break, a leaking washing machine, or a sewage leak, it is still very important to address it quickly before further damage occurs. SERVPRO is equipped to handle whatever the situation, whether large or small.

Permanent damage happens quickly, from wood surfaces deteriorating, carpet de-laminating, or mold beginning to appear because of the moist conditions. This is why it is so important to act quickly.

While you are waiting for your restoration professional to arrive, here’s a few things you can do:

  1. Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  2. Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  4. Remove any newspapers, magazines or colored material that may bleed onto carpets.
  5. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  6. Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture. .

To prevent future water damage it’s a good idea to make sure that you regularly maintain your plumbing and roofing. In your bathroom and other rooms you should make certain that you have good ventilation and you should use good insulation in your windows and walls – especially your basement. Make sure as well to clean your gutters regularly and to make sure that there is no overspill. If you are buying a new home, make sure to research the area first to avoid houses on flood plains.

You can also prepare for potential water damage by making sure you keep your most important belongings up high and away from basement level. You should also make sure you have the number of a 24-hour emergency water damage restoration service, like SERVPRO of Linn County, in your phone at all times and you should have good insurance coverage for your home and for your possessions to cover the restoration services and items that needs may need replacing.

Be ready in case of emergency, but if and when one occurs, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Linn County. 

If you have any questions please call 541-745-2097

Having a fire that damages your home or business, and what you need to do!

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Having a fire that damages your home or business, and what you need to do! We at SERVPRO can help!

The most important part of repairing your fire damage is to find a restoration company that will help put your worries to rest and then get to work on fixing the damage as fast and effectively as possible. Every fire damage event is different and requires a unique solution but the general process stays the same.

The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Please call SERVPRO of Linn County immediately at 541-745-2097 if you have any questions about the process.

Step 1: Emergency Contact 541-745-2097. You can call us 24/7.

Step 2: Inspection, Testing, and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, our SERVPRO of Linn County Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

After the Fire Department Leaves, there is often Water Damage. The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use equipment, such as dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Linn County professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire, using a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its preloss condition. As General Contractors we can handle anything, making it look great again. 

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of large areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call us Today and let us Help.

How we handle fires at SERVPRO.

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How we handle fires at SERVPRO. This a picture of a Fire Job Linn County SERVPRO worked on.

Typically, we are called out at all times of the day and night. We do get some who come in the door and referrals from the people we've worked with.

Usually fires have a pretty short timeline. We're first call responders. We get the fire alerts and then one of us will go out to the fire and just let the customers know that we're there to be of assistance. We get out of the way of the professionals and will hang out and give the property owner any assistance we can. We can help them get the insurance process started by calling their agent for them while they take care of their family.

A lot of the time we will send pictures to the insurance agent and help the customer communicate with their insurance agent. In the off-hours the customer has no way to contact their insurance agent, but we have most of their cell numbers, so we can text their agent and let them know about the incident. The agent appreciates it and the customers do too.

Every now and then, an agent, an adjuster or a customer will call us on a fire, but that's less common than us going out and actually seeing the fire right after it happens.

The other work we do is with water damage, mold, and bio-hazard. It comes to us through referrals, our corporate office and through good people who know us or see us through our advertising.

If you have a fire in your home SERVPRO can help you with so much more than just the restoration process. Let SERVPRO of Linn County take care of you in your time of need.

If you have any questions please call 541-745-2097

Why SERVPRO, because we are certified.

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO, because we are certified. We are IICRC Certified.

SERVPRO of Linn County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Linn County

SERVPRO of Linn County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Why SERVPRO of Linn County

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Linn County is a company that strongly believes in giving back to the community. SERVPRO of Linn County is involved in many charitable events during the year. SERVPRO of Linn County staff goes above and beyond to give back. Just recently we participated in two fundraisers back to back in one day. These organizations mean so much to our SERVPRO family.

On February 16th, 2019 SERVPRO of Linn County participated in the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics that benefits our local Special Olympic athletes, and the Run Off Your Tutu for Furniture Share which helps local in-need families with beds and furniture. Both of these organizations impact our community greatly.  SERVPRO of Linn County's mission is to give back whenever we can. That’s why when you're looking for a company to work on your home or business for your restoration needs SERVPRO of Linn County is the one to pick, because we care for our community.

What are the most common cause of a fire?

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What are the most common cause of a fire? Outlet fire

While there are many reasons why a fire can start, many business fires start as a result of not paying attention to many different fire hazards in the workplace. 

While every workplace is different, there are some common fire hazards to watch for in your business.

Heat Generating Machinery

Hot machinery and heavy equipment can pose a fire risk. Be sure material that is combustible is kept away from sources of heat and are unplugged when not in use. Never leave equipment on overnight.

Broken Electrical Equipment

Fires caused by faulty equipment are the most common type in the workplace. Be sure to look out for loose or damaged wires. They need to be replaced immediately. Also keep your equipment checked and up to date. 

Faulty Fire Alarms

Be sure to check fire alarm systems and equipment often to make sure they are still in working order. If batteries run out your fire alarms will not sound in the case of a fire or smoke. It is important to make sure you have functional fire alarms in your office. 

Overloaded Sockets

Having too many things plugged in the same socket can be dangerous. Be sure to put one plug per socket and do not exceeds 300 watts in the entire socket. This can reduce the risk of a fire in your workplace. SERVPRO if  Linn County is here to help 24/7 if you home, or workplace experiences a fire.

Do you have a emergency fire plan for your home?

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do you have a emergency fire plan for your home? Fire evacuation map.

We are all busy with kids, school, work, after school activities, but we all need to take some time out of our busy schedule, and make a family fire plan. I know as a parent it hard to juggle family life, but safety for my family is always on my mind. Here is what you can do.

  • Make a map of your home, and make a fire exit plan. Post you fire plan in the kitchen area a daily reminder.
  • Teach safety techniques like step by step how to instructions to stay low to the ground, and cover your face with your shirt or a pillow case to protect from the smoke
  • Conduct drills like listening for the smoke detector, and practicing the fire exit plan for evacuation.
  • Talk about fire safety with your children. Play games to teach them stop drop and roll, and to be ready for if a fire if it happened in your home.

If a fire happens in your home SERVPRO of  Linn                 County can help you fix your home. We are hear for you and your home 24/7.

Cooking Fire Oh NO!

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cooking Fire Oh NO! Leaving a towel on the stove while cooking can cause terrible damage

Cooking fires are one of the most common fires that accrue in a home. 

The top main cause of a cooking fire are:

  1. Towels or pot holder left on the stove to close to the burner.
  2. Cooking with hot oils.
  3. Cooking on to high of heat.
  4. Food that burns in the oven or on the stove top.

The Damage that cooking fires can cause can be very hard to deal with, and clean up.

That's where we come in. SERVPRO of Linn          County has many years of experience with fires, and smoke restoration. SERVPRO can make your kitchen, and home like new. I know I need reminded to keep an eye on the stove when I am cooking. If your home experiences a fire give us a call. Here at  SERVPRO of Linn County we are  always here 24/7 to help.

How can SERVPRO help after a tree damaged your home….

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Linn County is in the heart of the pacific northwest. The pacific northwest can experience high winds all through the year. The pacific northwest is also full of beautiful large trees. Trees and high heavy winds don’t mix well. SERVPRO of Linn County has experience with handling situation on which a tree damages homes.  When trees fall on homes they don’t just damage the roof, and structure of the home. The damage can also include water getting in to the home from rain which can cause insulation and drywall issues.

SERVPRO of Linn County can come out and tarp up, and board up the affected area, and help you deal with you insurance company to help take some of the stress of you. SERVPRO of Linn County can  make it “Like it never even happened.” We are here for you and your 24/7.

SERVPRO of Linn County can do commercial fire cleans…

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Linn County can do commercial fire cleans… SMR Tyler Rice on site at Sharon's Cafe

On December 31st 2018 SERVPRO of Linn                    County responded to a fire at Sharon Cafe in Corvallis OR. SERVPRO of Linn County is very experienced in cleaning fires, and contents that were affected by fire.  The fire affected the kitchen, and contents in the kitchen, and had smoke damage to other parts of the business. SERVPRO cleaned, and packed-out contents for the cafe owners. SERVPRO of Linn County can even store the contents at our building.

We're first call responders.We here at SERVPRO are here to help 24/7. SERVPRO helped the owners  with getting the insurance process started by calling their agent with them, and helped them take care of others issues. SERVPRO of Linn County specializes in fire restoration, so when you need help, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”