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Flood Tips and Actions Steps in Clackamas County

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy wants you to be prepared for a flood in Gresham! 

Flood rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.

Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced. Below are prevention, mitigation and restoration tips to follow until help arrives:

Flood Prevention Tips:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain.
  • In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all facets of your business.
  • Plan for payroll continuity.
  • Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans ad inform your people.
  • Visit: ready.gov/america/local/index.html for a comprehensive plan and to learn about emergency plans for your state.

How to Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather in Oregon City

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Have you ever had a frozen pipe burst or ice dam in your business in Clackamas County? 

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To try and prevent pipe bursts from happening and other winter weather mishaps, check out the following tips for preparing your business for winter weather.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause person injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate floor hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

Here at SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy we want you, your employees, and your property to stay safe. If you do experience storm or water damage during the holiday, or at any time of the year, give us a call at (503) 655-7735.

Commons Reasons Why Your Basement Floods in Sandy, OR

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Have you inspected your home for these common basement flood causes?

Any disaster that hits your home can be devastating, that is why SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy is here to help! We are faster to any disaster and have highly trained technicians to help restore your home back to its preloss condition. The following are common reasons your basement can flood:

  1. Unsuitable Locations for Your Home: One of the most typical causes of basement flooding is that the house has been constructed on an unsuitable site. Houses are usually built on sloped terrains, allowing accumulated water to drain.
  2. Clogged gutters or misdirected water: Gutter downspouts should dispense water at least six to 10 feet away from your home, sometimes farther depending on the type of soil you have. If it is clay soil, you might be safe at five feet from the home. If your soil is sandy, consider going even farther than 10 feet.
  3. Groundwater: The complicated route of water runs in front of our eyes in rivers, lakes, streams and swamps, as well as out of sight beneath our feet.
  4. Heavy rains or melting snow: These weather events may seem obvious, but they can surprise homeowners because storm water and melting snow can travel hundreds of miles and come to affect local rivers and watersheds. You can reduce the surprise factor by tuning in to the regional weather reports. 
  5. Sump pump failure.When people live where there is lots of water in the ground, the homes often have a pump built into the basement floor. Pumps constantly work to move water out and keep it away from the basement. Like any piece of equipment, they fail or break and require regular inspection, maintenance and repair when needed.

If you ever have flooding in your basement, call the pro’s at SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy today at (503) 655-7735!

Mold Cleanup Along the Willamette River

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Cleanup Along the Willamette River Mold on ceiling

Do you know the difference between mold removal verse remediation?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels. SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

Our mold remediation process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (503) 655-7735
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Do you have signs of mold in your home? Call us today!(503) 655-7735

Watch Out for those Holiday Fire Starters in Your Estacada Business

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

How many of these fire starters do you have in your establishment?

Ah, the holidays; A fun, cheery time of year! We string lights, decorate desks, and even set up trees in the office. Have you thought about where you place the tree in relation to a heat source? While it is fun to decorate for the holiday season, some of those decorations can cause a fire in your office! The following are common holiday fire starters that could be in your office:

  • Candles
  • Christmas Trees
  • String Lights
  • Extension Cords
  • Fireplaces

Keeping these types of decorations away from a heat source, checking for faulty wiring and keeping trees watered can reduce the potential for an office fire. The following are some tips to prevent fires in your office:

  • Keep decoration or flammable items at least three feet from open flames and heat sources
  • Inspect all decorations that use electricity for damage and discard damaged decorations
  • Never string together multiple extension cords or run extension cords under rugs, carpets, or furniture
  • Water live trees daily and remove the tree when the needles start to fall off

In the event of an office fire, remember to call SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy! We have the staff and equipment to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather in Oregon City

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

How to prepare your home for winter weather!

Winter storms can cause power outages that last for days. They can make roads and walkways extremely dangerous or impassable and close or limit critical community services such as public transportation, child care, health programs and schools. With last year’s crazy winter, it might not be a bad idea to prepare your home for snowstorms or extreme cold before it happens.

Prepare your home:

  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.

Whether your home gets damaged from rainwater, storm damage, or snow and ice, SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy is here to help! Contact us any time of day or night at (503) 655-7735!

What to Do When Your Commercial Property Floods in Oregon City

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Do When Your Commercial Property Floods in Oregon City Flooded Room

Are you prepared for a flood?

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes, and damaged structures. Floods can damage and affect your business in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.

Flood Prevention Tips:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain.
  • In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Carefully asses how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Plan what you will do if your building, plant, or store is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all the facets of your business.
  • Plan for payroll continuity.
  • Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.

In the event your property does have a flood, remember SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy is here to help! We’re open 24/7 to help you when disasters strike! Call us today at (503) 655-7735!

Have You Found Mold in Your Redland Home or Business?

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

What Causes Mold in Clackamas County Commercial or Residential Structures? 

Molds can germinate in a warm, moist environment where a food source is present. How fast growth occurs depends on the combination of conditions. Spores can begin to grow after only 12 hours in some conditions and some can grow into colonies in 24 to 48 hours. Houses offer a large food supply—drywall, wood, insulation, indoor dirt, and paper. When these materials become damp or wet, settled spores can become growing molds. Water damages offer opportunities for molds to grow and multiply, since moisture and humidity levels are increased in a structure that has had water damage. Conditions that encourage mold growth are:

  • Food source. Molds feed on organic materials in a structure: wood, paper, drywall, insulation, natural fibers, and indoor dirt that often has organic matter in it.
  • Temperature. The common molds found in buildings generally grow best in typical building temperatures between 68° and 86° F. Some molds can grow at very cold or very hot temperatures.
  • Moisture. Most molds need lots of moisture, but some molds can survive in relative humidity’s as low as 65%. These molds are a particular problem to the restoration industry. To reduce mold growth, indoor relative humidity should be maintained below 60%.

If you have spotted mold in your home or business and are in need of remediation, call SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy today!

What to Do Before and After a Flood in Clackamas County

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

With the rainy season making its way into town, have you given any thought to if your commercial property  is prepared for a floodingfrom heavy rain? SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy wants to make sure you’re prepared in the event a disaster happens. The following gives tips on what to do before and after a flood.

BEFORE A FLOOD:

If an advanced Flood Warning had been issued, there are several precautions that can be taken to help minimize damage to certain areas in your business:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  • Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances.
  • Move vehicles out of low lying parking garages.
  • Raise elevators from bottom floor.

AFTER A FLOOD:

Safety first!

  • Account that all employees are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts.
  • If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers.
  • While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
  • Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains).
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
  • Return only when authorities indicate is it safe.

In the event your property has a flood, remember to call SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy today at (503) 655-7735!

Does My Home or Business Need Mitigation Molalla?

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

General Does My Home or Business Need Mitigation Molalla? What is mitigation?

Do you know what mitigation can do for you?

SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency. SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy has highly trained mitigation specialists that focus on reducing loss, enabling quick recoveries and lessening costs involved with restoration of property damage events. 

Why mitigate?

  • Mitigation reduces losses of life and property
  • Mitigation enables people to recover more quickly from a disaster
  • Mitigation lessens the financial impact of disasters

When to mitigate:

  • Water
  • Fire
  • Vandalism
  • Crime Scenes

No matter what size or type of disaster, SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy will here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (503) 655-7735 or visit our website for more information.