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A Tornado...In Portland?

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

When we think of the Portland weather tornadoes probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind.  It makes sense that residents of Portland don’t think about them since on average there are only three that occur in the entire state annually.  While they are uncommon, just last week a tornado touched down in Northeast Portland.

 Beginning with a hail and thunderstorm that crossed across Portland and Southwest Washington ended with toppled trees and power outages.  A few trees fell and there was a report of one attic fire from the extreme weather.  The positive to this severe for Portland weather is that was not any report of injuries from the storm. 

 As rare as it is for this type of storm to cause damage here in the great city of Portland, they do occur.  If your home or business is unfortunate enough to sustain damages from this kind of weather SERVPRO of Southeast Portland is here to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

The Best Chioce for Your Restoration Needs.

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

During the event of any size disaster SERVPRO of Southeast Portland is the best choice when choosing a restoration company for three simple reasons. We are faster, properly equipped, and perfectly resourced.

As a locally owned and operated franchise we will quickly travel to your location in the event of a disaster. As your neighbor we will be there the moment you need us. We understand how troublesome a problem can be, and we never want our customers to have to wait during a stressful moment of their life. Our specialized storm teams can respond immediately to restore your property.

Here at SERVPRO of Southeast Portland we specialize in flood and storm damage and have a network of tools and equipment to handle any size disaster. We only use state of the art equipment and we are constantly updating our inventory to offer our customers the best possible service. If you need three fans, or well over 100, we have the tools necessary for any sized job.

We are an independently owned franchise of the largest restoration company in the country. Our brand has grown to several thousand franchises because we have the resources necessary for any type of disaster at our disposal. Our world-class Disaster Relief Team is strategically placed throughout the country to respond to any area immediately. Give us a call and we will be there to get your life back to normal.

Basement Flooding? SERVPRO of Southeast Portland is Here to Help!

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are many reasons why your Portland basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (503) 427-9535

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Southeast Portland and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Water Damage Can Cause Black Mold... We Can Help.

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

There are several reasons that harmful and toxic black mold can spread through your home. One of the most common factors that leads to this mold is improperly treated water damage. There are two separate types of water damage that can cause mold spores to spread inside your home. The first and most common is a slow, unnoticed leak. The second would be a large and sudden loss.

Slow, Unnoticed Leak: This damage is common when there is a leaky pipe that hidden underneath a sink, inside of the walls, near a windowsill, or under the floor. The affected areas are now filled with moisture and become a breading ground for black mold to grow and spread.

Large, Sudden Loss: When a homeowner has a large leak, or a pipe burst that leaves standing water there are two routes normally taken. A DIYer will typically try to remove all the water themselves and then dry out the affected area with retail fans and opening a few windows. This is not recommended and can lead to more problems. If you are not properly trained to fight water damage it can be difficult if not next to impossible to locate all the moisture without the proper equipment. If any of the damaged area is left untreated it becomes a harbor for black mold. The second and recommended route is to call a water mitigation company that can properly identify all the affected areas and can get to work quickly.

SERVPRO of Southeast Portland’s technicians are highly trained to identify and target water damage at the source. The best preventative measure to identify a slow, unnoticed leak would be to monitor your water usage bill. If you see an unexpected and noticeable spike in the amount of water being used it could be the sign of a leak. Calling a plumber to identify any potential problems is best. After a large, sudden loss, it is best to give a water damage restoration business a call so that your problem can be handled by professionals. As the best water damage restoration business out there, SERVPRO of Southeast Portland is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Snow is Pretty, But it Can Be Very Damaging...

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Most Portlandian’s will remember the snowstorm in December of 2008. We had nearly a foot of snow that wreaked havoc on our lives for days. Tri-Met shut down two-thirds of their bus lines while hundreds of flights were cancelled. The storm left thousands of people stranded and stuck in place while thousands of others attempted to traverse through the snow but failed. The storm even cost the city over $2 million on related services. Everyone has a story from the large, wild, and unexpected 2008 snowstorm.

The snowstorm in December of 2008 is not even in the top 10 for largest snowstorms to hit the Portland area in recorded history. In 1884 Portland experienced its snowiest December with over 31 inches of snow. Nearly three times the amount of snowfall hit the metropolitan area and surely closed everything down. If we were to suffer record breaking snow again, the damage associated with it is unfathomable.

With this much ice on the ground and a sharp decrease in temperature any small cracks inside of pipes can easily be infiltrated and expanded to the point that they break. Burst pipes aren’t the only fear when a storm such as this hits. What happens to all the water once it melts? Several feet of snow surrounding your home has go somewhere once it melts. Without proper weathering and flood protection your home could be susceptible to a flood as the result of melting snow. During the event of a major snowstorm SERVPRO of Southeast Portland has a network of Storm Responders that are “Faster to any size disaster” that are dedicating to serving you in your moment of need.

We Minimize Business Interuption Due to Water Damage.

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Recently SERVPRO of Southeast Portland had the pleasure of working with three businesses that were the victims to water damage. The three businesses are tenants of a large commercial building in SE Portland that experienced a few issues. Roofing contractors had been doing some repairs and had accidentally pierced a hole in the roof; allowing for a substantial amount of water to accumulate inside of the ceiling and attic area of the businesses. The water began dripping through into the three businesses and damaged some electronics, office supplies, and wood surfaces.

We were able to be on the site within 24 hours of the issue occurring and immediately got to work restoring the businesses items. Our team brought in top of the line dehumidifiers and quickly fixed the issue. We were able to save all affected items so that there was no lasting damage. We wiped down every surface including walls, floors, desks, computers, chairs. We worked together with the roofing contractors to prevent the issue from happening again, and the job was completed within 72 hours of the initial damage.  When your business is the victim to an accidental water damage you can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO of Southeast Portland will be there in a flash to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Have a Happy 4th of July Portland!

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday celebration this 4th of July.  Whether you are traveling to see a large firework show or staying home and lighting some off with the family we hope 2019 is the best yet.  While it is a great holiday tradition we hope that everyone is safe this year.  Fireworks are unfortunately a cause of fires every year.

Commercial buildings can be extremely susceptible to this for a couple of reasons.  One is the shear size of the buildings in many instances make is a much larger target for the unintended fiery debris.  Another is many of the buildings may be unoccupied due the holiday itself.

Luckily Portland has a great fire department that is always there for us.  If your business building is unfotunate enough to succumb to fire remeber we are also there once the fire has been put out to make it "Like it never even happened."  Happy 4th from all of us at SERVPRO of Southeast Portland.  

Bad Wiring Can Lead to Big Problems.

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Many of the commercial buildings used here in Portland were constructed some time ago.  While often times the older architecture is quite aesthetically pleasing there may be other issues.  One is that the electrical wiring may be just as old as the structure.  Depending upon the electical needs of the equipment used in the business may not be safe and could potentially cause a fire.  This may be a rare occurance, but electical wiring is still a cause of many fires.

It is important to have all the electrical inspected by a qualified electrician before using it in many instances.  Ensuring that the equipment that will be used in conjunction with the power supply is also very important.  If your business is unfortunate enough to endure a fire caused by electrical malfunction we can help.  SERVPRO of Southeast Portland is always there for our friends and neighbors to restore their commercial structure back to pre loss condition.  

Floods Happen in Oregon

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

The Christmas Flood of 1964 is something many people have forgotten about or were not alive to witness. The flood caused hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage and lasted for 3 weeks. Considered one of the worst floods to ever hit the Willamette Valley in recorded history the flood displaced 3,000 Oregonian’s from their homes and 17 people lost their lives as a result. Considered a 100-year flood we know that something like this can happen again.

More likely to be remembered is the Willamette Valley Flood of 1996 that flooded Oregon City, Tillamook, and the popular Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This flood is estimated to have caused over $500 million in property damage and left some areas submerged for several weeks. The floods were responsible for eight deaths in Oregon.

In the event of a flood SERVPRO of Southeast Portland is faster to any size disaster and has the best equipment available to restore your property and get you back in your home as quick as possible.

A Dripping Faucet Can be Destructive

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Ring Ring… Ring Ring… Ring Ri… Snooze.

If you’re like most Americans, 57% to be accurate, you hit the snooze button on your alarm at least once every single morning. Whether that extra 5 or 15 minutes is going to benefit or hurt your morning, that is entirely up to you.

Drip Drop… Drip Drop… Drip Drop…

Unfortunately, there is no snooze button to stop the flow of water or prevent further water damage. Once water damage has occurred each minute that you snooze yourself away from taking action against it can become more and more harmful towards your property. Within minutes of the water leak, piping malfunction, or one of the other numerous ways water damage can occur, the water quickly spreads throughout your property. Absorbing into walls, floors, and other easily susceptible areas of your home. Your personal belongings such as photos, important documents, family heirlooms, and electronic devices can be completely destroyed and unsalvageable during that first 15 minute window.

Spring Spring… Into Into… Action Action…

Locating your water shutoff valves can be a hassle when you only have a few minutes left on the clock to prevent further damage. Don’t catch yourself snoozing – it is important to know the location of all your major water shut off valves so that you can quickly spring into action and minimalize the damage to your home and belongings. While 15 minutes of extra sleep goes by in a flash in the morning; that 15 minutes is all the leaky pipe needs to destroy memories while taking cash out of your pocket. As a 24/7 restoration company SERVPRO of Southeast Portland is “Faster to any Disaster” – never hitting snooze on our alarm clocks. Give us a ring at 503.427.9535 and we will drop what we are doing to spring into action for you.