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Do You Have a Storm Prep Plan in Place? | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties right away.

As frightening as it sounds, severe weather is more common than you might think. To put it in perspective, there are around 100,000 thunderstorms per year in the United States.

In the Pacific Northwest especially, heavy rainfall is a common occurrence, which can lead to flooding. Sometimes there is even snow at higher elevations, causing its own problems.

Being prepared in situations like these is crucial to your safety. Knowing what to do and what to avoid is of utmost importance. That’s why we are providing you with tips about best practices.

Best Communication Methods During Severe Weather

One of the most important things during the severe weather is to stay connected by communicating. But before accessing your communication plan, make sure you know how to differentiate between watches and warnings to be able to act accordingly. During watches, you will have to stay alert, while during warnings, you will need to protect yourself.

The second thing to work on is to have a way to receive necessary information. This can include you getting connected to a NOAA weather radio, TV broadcasts or receiving text alerts from officials. All of these means of communication will help you understand the severity of the storm you are dealing with.

The third step is to generate an emergency communication plan for your entire household. You need to have a designated safety area, meaning that in the case of an emergency you and the rest of the people in your home can hide there until it’s safe to exit. This can be a bathroom, attic or a special room in your house.

Prepare a Storm Emergency Kit

An emergency kit can be a lifesaver in the case of severe weather. Put all your essentials in it, such as water, flashlights and medical supplies. You never know how long a storm can last and how long you will be away from your personal belongings.

Post-Severe Weather Checklist

Going through severe weather is not only about prep work, but also about what you do afterward. After the storm has passed and you can safely return to your home or the main area of your house, you will need to inspect the space for the possible damages.

Roofs and the seals around windows and doors are usually the most affected, so checking on those is a good place to start your inspection.

If you do find damages, knowing who to turn to for help is essential. SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is your reliable restoration company that can take care of all your needs and remove any worries. And the best part is that we are open 247 to serve you!

It’s also a good idea to do an audit of your safety plan with your household members. You can discuss what worked well for you during the storm and what areas of your safety plan need improvement. That way you will know exactly how to act in the future similar situations.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

Put Your Trust in the Pros in Green | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is your local restoration expert. We are the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration.

Apart from offering a variety of reliable restoration services, SERVPRO eliminates your worries by being available 247 for all your needs.

No matter what your emergency might be, we are only one phone call away. Here’s what the pros in green can help you with today:

Water Damage

Flooding comes unannounced and can cause serious damage to your home or business, regardless of how severe. To be exact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

At the beginning of the year, flood damage hit coastal Oregon highways heavily. Landslides, flooding and damaged roads were just some of the destructions caused by the extreme rain. A witness reported the asphalt cracking and the culvert undermining. Many homes and businesses throughout Clatsop County were impacted by the severe flooding.

Home and business flooding is more common than you might think, and it’s almost certain to occur at some point in life. However, that does not mean that you are helpless in dealing with it.

SERVPRO has the right tools to repair the damages. With our tools, we detect hidden moisture and extract standing water. Furthermore, we help you in developing a water damage restoration plan so that your home is clean, dry and restored to preloss condition.

Fire Damage

According to the NFPA, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was approximately $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020.

If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we’ll tackle it right away with our seven-step restoration process. The first step is to inspect and evaluate damage before proceeding with repairs and construction.

Storm Damage

Storms can cause all sorts of floods, tornadoes and wildfires. We focus on restoring all your damages in the least amount of time.

Storm and water damage can affect not only the structure of your home but your belongings as well. SERVPRO specializes in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing.

Besides damaging your property and your house or business structure, storms can destroy your belongings as well. SERVPRO has expertise in this area, too. With content restoration, we help you rescue your belongings without having to replace them.

We offer dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing and abrasive cleaning, among other services. For deep-cleaning, we also offer move-out services, so we can bring your home back to preloss condition in record time.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We are reliable, and we care. We eliminate all your worries and serve you all day, seven days a week. You can contact SERVPRO experts via our 247 Emergency Line and receive immediate assistance.

Our experts in green are part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years experience. We’re your local restoration provider, but we also have a network of more than 1,900 locations around the United States. We’re here to make your house or business look “Like it never even happened.”

No matter the extent of the damage sustained, SERVPRO has the resources and personnel to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Here’s How Water Can Damage Your Home | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Water damage is no joke! What may seem like a small leak can quickly lead to big problems as hidden moisture eats away at the soft surfaces in your home.

A single leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year, and that water may very well be seeping into your home.

Water damage’s effects progress quickly and damage everything from floors to walls to soft surfaces in your home. It’s important that you address the issue right away to reduce the damage. After significant water impacts your home, here’s what you can expect to happen over the next few days.

In 24 Hours

This is when you want to act. The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage are crucial.

This is because water damage progresses quickly, and some items will be ruined immediately. For example, photographs and books are too fragile to withstand the effects of excessive water exposure. Soft surfaces will soak through, and porous surfaces like wood can swell from the moisture. This is also the time period when mold will also begin to form.

As a homeowner in the Clatsop or Columbia county area, you know there is a chance your home may experience water damage from flooding one day. There is actually a one in four chance of a flood damaging it within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. It’s essential you know what to do next.

SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We will remove any materials we can save as soon as possible to expedite the drying, and if there are any items in your home we cannot salvage, our experts will let you know.

It’s Been a Week

You need to be aware of how much damage water can do when it’s left to fester for up to a week. After the first 24 hours alone, water damage can do a number on your home’s structure. Not to mention, mold will spread like wildfire and contribute to the structural damage.

Porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

Longer Than One Week

At this point, the damage may be catastrophic or irreversible. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

SERVPRO Can Help You

You don’t need to think about worst case scenarios with SERVPRO by your side because our restoration process starts after the very first call. We will begin the process by thoroughly extracting any water in your home to prevent the water from spreading.

We will then move on to cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing your furniture and belongings. After most of the water is removed from your home, our pros in green will dry up all of the water you can’t see using industry-leading drying equipment.

After these steps, we may need to move on to construction work in order to bring your home back to preloss condition. The extent of the repairs will depend on how much damage your home has sustained.

Make the process even smoother by trusting SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties to handle both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. We will be sure to keep you up to date each step of the way and get you back in your home or business in no time!

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you.

Various Flood Types and the Elements That Cause Them | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water and a flood warning sign in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster, and it claims more lives in the United States per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. It can affect everything from individual homes whose property collects excess water to wide swaths of communities and cities.

According to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, the average annual repair costs for landslides in Oregon exceed $10 million.

Flooding affects all 50 states and every U.S territory, but there are similarities in types and causality among all them. There are three common types of flooding, and they happen for four typical reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ability of the ground to contain the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.

River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water.

Severe flooding happened as recently as January in Columbia County when heavy storms lead to landslides and caving roads. The damage made it difficult for local residents to travel even after the rain and flooding were long gone. One Portland man died after he was struck by a falling boulder on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice jams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

You Can Depend on SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

As a business owner or manager, you are well aware that keeping things running smoothly necessitates the use of every available hand. Significant downtime or losses might be disastrous for your company.

It does not matter what type of business or facility you are running, you should know that you already have a built-in business partner to help with cleaning and disaster recovery, and it’s right here in your backyard. SERVPRO can manage a broad range of your business needs; it’s as if you have a dedicated ally looking after an important aspect of your company’s success plan.

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and floods are some of the most frequent causes of financial loss for businesses in the U.S., and can cause catastrophic damage if they are not addressed quickly. When you call SERVPRO, you’ll be speaking with a highly trained team that is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide proven emergency services, reduce your downtime and speed up recovery time.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery from disaster can begin even before the crisis strikes. We can help you create an Emergency Ready Plan that you can put into action exactly when you need it. After a disaster, you’ll need an emergency chain of command, alternate meeting or work venues, and potentially even temporary suppliers. We’ll get you set up so that all of this can get started with a single push of a button.

All-purpose cleaning. From highly specialized services like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to common requirements like carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration in high-traffic areas, we offer cleaning solutions for any situation. We’ve been doing this for a long time and have seen and cleaned all there is to see and clean.

Restoration services. You never know when storms might cause flash floods, the interns might set fire to the kitchen or a pipe might freeze and burst in the winter. All of these occurrences need SERVPRO’s repair and cleaning services. You can count on us to restore the sparkle of your company after a messy disaster, from water removal all the way through to restoration.

Industry specialization. We can help a wide range of businesses, and we’ve spent decades learning the ins and outs of each. We can help you with whatever customized or unique cleaning or restoration needs your company has. In many cases, we’ll even enclose the workspace to prevent interfering with other elements of your company’s daily operations.

Whatever your recovery needs may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Oregon’s Spring Weather Hazards | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is a click away if you experience any damage from severe weather.

In terms of total land area, the United States only comes up short behind Russia and Canada as the one of the world’s largest countries (though China is larger if all outlying US territories are excluded).

Seasonal weather in a country with such a large and diverse territory under one umbrella isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different parts of the country experience different weather patterns, and thus face varying degrees of weather threats throughout the year.

As spring approaches, warm and cold air masses collide throughout the nation, causing extreme weather events. Let’s take a look at what to expect in some of the country’s major regions, as well as what we need to keep in mind here in Oregon.

In the Pacific Northwest, we are prone to extreme rain in the spring (as you’re probably well aware of), which may result in flooding and water damage to homes. At higher elevations, snow will continue to fall, and the resulting melting and runoff will cause problems of its own. Wildfires are also of concern for the state and have become more severe in recent years.

Winters in the Upper Midwest and Northeast are the longest, with cold weather persisting throughout the season. From Maine to the Dakotas, extreme cold and the possibility of snowstorms and blizzards can be anticipated until late spring or early summer, when temperatures begin to climb back up.

With that said, the southern West Coast will have the opposite problem and will have to be on the lookout for excessive heat waves, which could endanger lives and properties. The South Pacific, including Hawaii, will be on the lookout for possible tsunamis caused by tectonic activity.

Windstorms, derechos and the threat of wildfires will be a major concern for the center of the nation, from Iowa to Texas. When the winds are high and the weather is dry, wildfires may quickly spread. Tornado Alley, which has a high frequency of tornadoes, is also in this area.

Extreme weather is a possibility in the Southeast as well, with tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in landlocked areas, as well as dangerous rip currents on the coastal areas and hurricanes even late into spring.

Extreme weather is a significant risk in the United States, no matter where you reside. Yours may not be the same as your friend’s a few states away, but understanding how to prepare is always a smart idea.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Create a Disaster Plan for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with an emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties will be there to help.

With all the small tasks it takes to run a business like staffing and payroll, economic and technological advancement, and marketing and social media, running a business is more than a full-time job. You’ve worked overtime to get your business up and running, and we want to do everything we can to make sure it stays that way.

Being so busy, many businesses are not prepared for what to do after disaster strikes. Often, just one disaster can push a business off the books for good. In fact, 40% of small businesses, according to FEMA, can’t reopen in the wake of a disaster that shuts down operations, and 25% of those that do reopen actually end up closing for good within a year.

So what do you do? How do you make sure that if disaster strikes, you’re able to reopen?

The answer is this: Have a plan. Three-quarters of small businesses in the US don’t have any plan in place. If that’s you, let us help you change that. We want to do everything we can to help you protect your business should the worst happen.

SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties helps businesses just like yours prepare by developing an Emergency Ready Plan with you. We help you by assessing your concerns and needs in regard to your location and industry.

We’ll go over everything from flood damage to data recovery, so that if the worst happens to your business, you will have a specific plan that will help minimize downtime and impact. You won’t have to wonder what to do or when to do it.

Don’t make recovery from disaster any tougher than it already is. Let SERVPRO set you up with an emergency plan. It could be the difference between your business surviving and shutting down for good.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

The A to Z of SERVPRO Services | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

a green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties to get the job done.

SERVPRO is the national leader in cleanup and recovery services, and you see our big green vans and trucks all over town, because we’re always helping somebody.

Over our 50+ years in the space, we’ve learned to specialize in broader and broader areas, giving us a service reach that’s unmatched. Whatever the need is, if it involves cleaning or restoration, we’ve got it covered.

Water damage recovery. When leaks happen, we can stop them and repair the damage caused. When floods do significant damage, no amount of water is too big for us to get rid of.

Fire damage recovery. Even with a decades-long downward trend in fire occurrence, U.S. homeowners still experience a new fire every 23 seconds. Should you become part of that unfortunate statistic, know that SERVPRO has everything it takes to restore your property, good as new.

Mold removal. Mold is a serious issue, and all it needs is moisture, temperature and time. Given enough of those ingredients, it can weaken your home’s structure and more. Let the pros handle the removal, because it’s not safe for you.

Storm recovery. When major weather events come through and do a number on your home, we can manage every step of the restoration process, no matter the cause. From roof leaks to basement issues, we have it covered.

Commercial needs. We help business owners all over the country recover from all these things and more, plus we can provide stellar cleaning and sanitation services to set your business apart in the community.

General cleaning. Maybe you don’t have an emergency or an urgent restoration need. Maybe you’re moving in or moving out, and you simply need the place spruced up. Whatever your reason for wanting that fresh, clean feeling in your space, we can provide it in spades.

Specialty cleaning. There’s no cleaning need too unique or difficult for us to manage. We tackle crime scene cleanup, hoarding situations and more with professional care and proper protocol.

Construction. When something big happens, we’ve got big solutions, too. Even in disastrous circumstances where whole sections of homes are lost, you can trust SERVPRO to be the one phone call that settles it all.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

The Shape of Every Fire | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

a small paper house burning If your home or business has any damage, SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is ready around the clock to help you recover.

When you think of fire, you probably think of flames dancing and devouring, morphing to outline the shape of whatever poor substance is engulfed. But it turns out every fire, regardless of its form, has the same shape—in a manner of speaking.

Meet the fire tetrahedron. This shape, effectively a pyramid made of four triangles, is used by scientists to portray the four elements which make up every fire.

These elements also teach us everything we need to know about how fires can be combatted. Let’s take a tour of the fire tetrahedron.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. Every fire happens to something—in other words, fires don’t happen in a vacuum, neither literally nor figuratively. Each fire starts with a fuel source of either an organic or inorganic nature.

Heat. In order for a fire to break out, the fuel source in question has to reach a high enough heat to produce the combustion. This, of course, varies among different fuel source materials, but every material has its combustion level.

Oxygen. Fires use oxygen to further fuel their combustive exploits, and they leave behind messes of carbon dioxide to clean up and carbon monoxide to breathe.

Chemical Chain Reaction. The chain reaction is the most recent addition to the fire tetrahedron, after the scientific conclusion that all the preceding elements have to continuously happen together, over and over, for a fire to thrive. Now if you want a fire to stop, that’s another story, with the same actors.

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. The sustained heat of the fuel source is crucial to a fire’s survival. Therefore the cooling of the fuel source and the restoration of a thermal balance will cause the fuel to cool faster than it can heat up, leading to the demise of the fire.

Smother it. Not to be crude, but anything that needs oxygen can be seriously hampered by a sustained period without oxygen—and fire is no different. Any covering that prevents a fire from breathing prevents it from living.

Starve it. When a fuel source becomes scarce or unavailable, there’s nothing left for a fire to burn. After all, the material has been charred or otherwise used up, and there’s nowhere else to spread, your fire is done.

Interrupt the chain reaction. As the chemical reaction is a crucial part of the fire, the disruption of the reaction causes the fire to stutter and fail. Certain gases and chemicals have been found to be rather adept at this, though some of them are not great for the environment.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

How SERVPRO Takes Care of Your Water-Damaged Home | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

a house floating in a large body of water When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

With most insurance-type disasters that befall homeowners, there’s one variable, and it’s outside factors, such as weather. Even with fire, most of the time there’s an immediate cause like a kitchen fire while cooking. But water damage can come either from without or within, and you almost never see it coming.

In fact, unpredictable water damage pains the lives of 14,000 unfortunate homeowners every day across the nation, and many of them reach out to SERVPRO when it happens. Should it ever happen to you, here’s the process you can expect.

Emergency Contact. As soon as you reach SERVPRO, you’re talking to an expert in recovery. We’ll ask some questions, and your answers will guide us to an understanding of the scope and nature of your water situation. Then we’ll settle on a time to come view it in person.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. We’ll arrive on site ready to get to work. The first task will be stopping any remaining water flow, then we’ll take a good look at the damage and determine our next steps. We’ll talk to you about any items we believe will need replacement, and any hazards in your home that may have resulted from the water damage.

Water Removal. We didn’t only bring warm bodies; we brought heavy machinery, too. Our powerful pumps will extract the water that’s causing you problems, no matter how many hundreds of gallons may be present.

Damaged Material Removal. Next we’ll dispose of those ruined items, to allow for ease of movement and faster drying of the remaining materials.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. We’ll scrub and clean all the surfaces and areas that have been doused, getting rid of the stains and odors water damage can leave behind. If your emergency is of certain types, there may be toxins or contaminants present, and we’ll take care of those too.

Drying. Next, we’ll go to work drying the place out to protect your surfaces from rot and mold, using high-powered HEPA vacuums to suck the excess moisture from every surface and dehumidify the atmosphere.

Monitoring. Every step of the way, you’ll have an expert on site, making sure each part of the job is done professionally and efficiently.

Repairs and Construction. Once everything is dried, cleaned and/or removed, we can perform the last part of the SERVPRO process, the restoration and reconstruction of affected areas. When you call SERVPRO, you’re getting a full-service solution—from flooded to finished.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened.”