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How to Be Sure You Can Trust a Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the line, SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties.

You may not want to think about it now, but eventually you’ll probably come to grips with the fact that at some point your home will undergo some kind of damage. Whether you’re dealing with a water leak or a severe storm, you’ll need to do some quick decision-making when you realize your home is in need of recovery.

But there are a few important questions you’re going to want good answers to before you make that call—consider these now so when the time comes you won’t need to.

Are They Legit?

Times of crisis can open up the door for scammers, who come through the area, making wild promises about cheap recovery, using unlicensed contractors, then disappearing when the work is subpar or even unfinished.

That’s something you’ll never have to worry about with SERVPRO—we’ve been around for more than a half century, earning our reputation as the industry leader by leaving multiplied millions of customers satisfied.

And if national brands like the PGA Tour can trust us to keep their facilities on track, that can further assure you that we’ll take care of you when you need it.

Will They Be There When I Need Help?

You don’t have time to wait around while your carpet soaks or smoke smell burns into your fire-damaged home.

When you have an emergency, so do we. We’re on call 24 hours a day so you don’t have to wonder how soon someone can be out to help with your emergency.

Where’s a Fleet When You Need One?

SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is a locally owned and operated franchise based right here. But if we need backup or there’s a sudden regional disaster, we are fully backed up by the national network, who will show up with extra teams and tools.

Your work never gets lost in the shuffle or pushed off for something more profitable. When you call SERVPRO, you’re getting local expertise plus the support of a national powerhouse.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Fall Fire Dangers | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is a trusted leader in the restoration industry.

Do you feel that? It’s Autumn in Oregon again, and that means temperatures are peaking in the 60s and you’re probably breaking out your favorite seasonal hoodie. It’s a favorite season for campers, nature lovers of all kinds and of course trick-or-treaters.

As always, however, each season brings about its own potential for fire hazards of which we need to be mindful. So grab your favorite warm beverage and let’s check out a few ways to stay safe this fall.

Campfire Safety

It’s important to know both how and where to build a campfire, as well as how to put it out. Build away from any flammable structures, and don’t set a fire under low-hanging branches.

Use only a match or lighter to start a fire from tinder and small sticks, adding larger pieces of wood as the fire grows. Never use accelerants like kerosene or lighter fluid.

It’s not safe to leave your camp until the fire is completely extinguished, as anything left behind (especially larger pieces of wood) can reignite with enough oxygen. Douse your fire slowly with a bucket of water and continue to soak it until no embers remain.

Leaf Burning

Many homeowners choose to burn leaves as a natural, simple solution, but always keep safety at the forefront.

Provided it’s legal in your part of the county, burn your leaves in a barrel or pile, safely away from structures or other piles. Never burn anything inorganic, as it can release fumes or introduce harmful chemicals into the soil.

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are a top cause of household fires in colder months. Don’t put your heater near anything flammable.

Keep heaters away from kids or play areas, making sure they’re on level ground and that they’ll automatically shut off if they get tipped over. Don’t use them with extension cords as they can cause short circuits, and always turn them off when you leave or go to sleep.

Halloween

We’ll get to this in more detail later, but Halloween and fall decor can be flammable, as can costumes. Get your house ready for spooky season but do it with safety in mind.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember a nationally trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Common Sources of Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Nobody wakes up and says, “Gee, I sure hope I get to panic over some water damage this morning.” Unfortunately, water damage doesn’t really give us advanced notice before it happens. Water is always looking new places to travel, and any fissure or gap will do.

It’s important to know the ways you might encounter water damage, so let’s examine a few of the usual suspects.

Toilets. Toilets get used a lot, and wear and tear on flappers and wax seals can give way to leak issues.

Appliances. Water heaters, washing machines and dishwashers are all prone to developing leaks. Hoses and connections corrode or dry out over time, creating pathways for fissures, spills, and in the case of traditional water heaters, full-blown explosions.

Clogged gutters. Dirt, debris and leaves can gather in your gutters and cause water issues inside. Gutter backup can flood like the banks of a river and introduce streams of water into your attic and home interior, flaking your paint, ruining drywall and weakening wood beams.

Roof damage. Roof damage is the partner in crime for clogged gutters, and they pack a serious one-two punch. Hail, fallen limbs and old age can cause damage to shingles and roofing elements, allowing water to find its way inside.

Pipes. Old or damaged pipes are a frequent source of damage—this can be because of corrosion, winter freezes or even tree roots finding a crack in outdoor lines.

Blocked garbage disposals or other pipes. Excess food (or putting things like coffee grounds in the sink) can clog disposals, and hair and grease can clog sink drains and p-traps. Hard plunging and loose fittings can high-five each other and tag-team you into a floor full of water.

All pipes, appliances and roofs have normal life expectancies, and it’s important to keep up with the maintenance needs around your house. If you can catch a leak before it occurs, you can save yourself a lot of trouble.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Summer Storm Preparedness | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is on the line, ready to make things right.

Summer is in full bloom, and it brings with it all the things we love about the warmest season. Many of us finally get to take our anticipated vacations, higher temperatures practically beg us to head to the pool or the coast, and the days are longer and full of sunshine—most of the time, that is.

It may sometimes seem that summer months are more prone to thunderstorms, and that would be because it’s totally true. The presence of moisture and warm air mean that atmospheric conditions are more favorable for heavy storms in summer, especially in certain parts of the country.

The beginning of summer typically greets the Portland area with less rain than the earlier months of the year, but September begins to ramp back up toward double-digit rainy days per month.

Be Storm-Alert

Thunderstorms don’t often get a lot of attention, because we see so much rain in Oregon anyway, but they should never be ignored. You should always heed storm alerts, and when thunderstorms are predicted, you should consider postponing outdoor events as a safety precaution.

Keep an eye on local weather forecasts and buy yourself an NOAA Weather radio, which can continue to keep you updated if power is lost.

If flooding is forecast, stay inside and off the road. Heavy storms can sever tree branches and toss around backyard items and trash cans, so keep your trees trimmed and move garbage cans, trampolines or patio furniture to safety.

Dozens of people die every year in storm-related situations, so exercising caution is always your best bet. Never take storms for granted.

Be Storm-Safe

Stay inside during lightning storms. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles from where it’s raining, making it unsafe to resume outdoor activity until 30 minutes after you’ve heard the last clap of thunder.

It turns out your mom was correct—you shouldn’t bathe or shower during a thunderstorm, and you should stay away from windows.

In cases of flooding or extreme thunderstorms, prepare an emergency kit, and be familiar the evacuation route for your part of town. Stay on high ground and avoid touching flood waters. Flood waters can carry you or even your vehicle away, and they can also conceal roads that have been damaged or washed away, so turn around if you come to flooded roads.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Why Scappoose Residents Choose SERVPRO® | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is your local restoration expert.

As a home or a business owner, you have a responsibility to see that things operate and run smoothly, to manage resources and to monitor morale.

When disaster strikes, all these parts of your life get tossed in the air. All those roles get flung out the door, and a new assignment takes the reins. You take on a new role you haven’t trained for, and the pressure mounts—this crisis affects everyone, after all.

But we can relieve that pressure. Why? Because disaster recovery isn’t your responsibility. It’s ours.

Here’s why you can trust SERVPRO to step in when life gets upended.

We’re Always Ready

We’re standing every hour of every day so that we can be ready in a flash to get to your disaster. Who’s got time to wait when the kitchen is torched or the office is flooded?

When there’s a crisis, we don’t have to get ready; we stay ready.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

We know as well as anyone that every moment counts in a disaster scenario.

Every day without action brings more mold growth, more smoke smell or more lost possessions. A fast response is essential, and with a local office right here in Clatsop and Columbia counties, you reap the benefit of having a powerful nationwide network combined with the speed and flexibility of a local service.

We’re Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services

Disasters strike without regard—houses and industrial settings alike fall victim to natural and inadvertent damage.

We have customized solutions for every situation, so you can get back to your regular role as a manager or homeowner.

We’ll Make It "Like it never even happened."

We pride ourselves on completing the job. We’re the experts in restoration and recovery because we make the extra effort to see to it that your restoration is meticulously handled right down to the end.

We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World

We live in a time in which disease prevention is at a premium, and with that in mind, we offer cleaning solutions that reach further and get your space cleaner than traditional sanitation services.

We can give you a hyper-clean space and give everyone in the building peace of mind at the same time.

Disasters happen. Water heaters burst, fires blaze, storms come—it’s almost bound to happen. And when it does, your local SERVPRO will be ready to handle the cleanup and recovery, so you can get back to your regular responsibilities.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties.

Using Your Land to Protect Your Home From Fires | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is ready and able to repair any damage.

Every property owner fears seeing their property go up in flames, and wildfires cause home damage more often than you might realize. A wildfire can spread incredibly quickly, and with so much of our world made of flammable material, it’s a marvel that we can even contain them at all.

But there are a few things we can do preventively to give ourselves a fighting chance against wildfires, aside from the obvious help that would come by us simply becoming more careful.

Today we’re talking about one of those things: “defensible space.”

What Is Defensible Space?

Despite the galactic possibilities of the name, it has nothing to do with NASA missiles.

Defensible space is the bumper area you can create around your home by removing the fuel a wildfire needs to spread quickly (like dead leaves and branches), adding things like flame-retardant gravel and pavement in areas surrounding your home, and practicing responsible planting and pruning.

You can think of defensible space as a barrier of protection (aka defense), designed to safeguard your home from wildfire by retarding the spread of fire as it comes nearer. It also gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it reaches the walls of your home.

Defensible space is actually required by law in Oregon, so make yourself aware of the regulations and codes so you can be in compliance.

Why Defensible Space Matters

We know all too well that Oregon has experienced recent wildfires (we lost over a million acres of land in the 2,215 fires in 2020), but it’s not only the West Coast—there were 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.

Even removing California and its devastating 10,000+ fires from the statistics, the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was still almost 1,000. And the first half of 2021 has seen about 25% more fires than 2020 did in its first half.

We should do our part in whatever way we can to prevent wildfires, and defensible space is one more way we can be proactive.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

The Rising Frequency and Cost of Severe Storms | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

a large yellow warning sign stating that there is stormy weather ahead When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties to start the restoration process.

As if 2020 wasn’t dramatic enough with a global pandemic, it also brought the extra stress of being a record-setting year for natural disasters. 2020 saw more weather disasters than any year for which we have data.

There were 22 officially classified disasters in 2020 (which means there were 22 events that caused at least a billion dollars in damages), plus a number of other damaging storms that didn’t reach that financial level. The National Weather Service actually ran through its entire planned list of names and had to resort to naming storms using the Greek alphabet for only the second time in history.

Not Just Hurricanes

Hurricanes get the finger pointed at them first for causing destruction and financial damage, but in fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes. 

Fourteen of 2020’s official weather disasters were severe thunderstorms, some of which caused destructive tornadoes as well. Unlike hurricanes, thunderstorms happen year-round in the United States, and they happen coast to coast.

Just take this example of what a single storm can do: In August 2020, a seemingly normal line of storms in Nebraska gained steam and gave birth to a derecho (think of a tornado comprised of slashing straight-line winds instead of rotating air) which damaged more than 10 million acres of Nebraska’s corn fields. That’s almost half the state’s crop, and over 11% of the corn crop of the entire United States.

While Oregon suffered the devastation of wildfires in 2020, Oregonians also dealt with heavy rains, snow and even historic windstorms.

Not Just 2020

One would like to think 2020 was an outlier in this regard, but unfortunately, it seems as though it’s just part of the current pattern. It was the 10th year consecutively with at least 8 official disasters, following up 2018 and 2019, which saw a total of $136 billion in weather damages, and 2017, which saw a record total of over $300 billion by itself.

Storms are a potential problem for everyone, and as a home or business owner, it’s in your interest to take the necessary precautions to minimize property damage and keep everyone under the roof safe. But should those precautions prove insufficient or ineffective in an unexpected weather disaster, remember that you’ve got a friend in the restoration industry.

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

Providing a Higher Standard of Clean for Your Customers and Employees | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties team.

With cities like Portland and other metropolitan areas that were once hotbeds of COVID-19 activity finally experiencing some reprieve, hopes are rising that what we once called “normal” is on the verge of returning, and business owners are part of that collective expectation.

But a now more contagion-conscious consumer is going to need your assurance as a business owner that their shopping experience will be as safe as it can be—and that doesn’t just stop with containing the coronavirus.

As your customers and employees return to physical locations to shop and to work, they need to know they’re entering a place where their safety is regarded as highly as the bottom line. They need to know your business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives customers and employees the peace of mind they need when returning back to brick-and-mortar businesses by providing the ultimate level of sanitation.

Imagine the sensation of the cleanest your business or office has ever been. Now multiply that feeling, add in a blend of state-of-the-art biohazard procedures and technologies that go beyond traditional cleaning and janitorial services—and you’re beginning to see the full picture.

What makes this program so special? Let’s look at the three C’s of a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned:

Consult. Your business is unlike any other, so we’ll work with you to find the solutions your individual business requires. It helps that SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is locally owned and operated, so we are already aware of many intricacies of our northwest corner of Oregon.

Clean. Once we know the specific needs of your building, we get about the task of cleaning—and cleaning well. We’ll be on site with proprietary, ultra-high-grade cleaning solutions and techniques you won’t get from anyone else. Your building will receive the highest level of cleaning available, a level that always meets or exceeds current CDC standards. And this level of clean will not only quell fears about COVID-19, but it will reduce the risk of many other viral and infectious illnesses among your customers and employees as well.

Certify. You can let your patrons know they’re stepping into a business or office that truly cares about their well being by displaying the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned badge in your front window or on your door. You’ll also have digital versions and other signifiers to make sure your customers know you’ve gone to the utmost care to show them you value their protection.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Grill and Fire Pit Safety | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties to learn more.

In the warmer months, we often feel a new lease on life. The harshness of winter melts away, leaves and plants blossom and bloom, and we get a sense of reinvigoration.

The outdoors calls, tempting us with fresh sights and scents, and we’ll use just about any excuse to take advantage of the pleasant weather.

The middle of the year also brings lots of social events, family gatherings and outdoor cookouts, which unfortunately means a rise in backyard fires. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. Let’s take a look at some of the fire challenges presented in these middle months.

The grill. The grill is the first guess for most backyard fires, and with good reason—the combination of flame, high temps and abundance of nearby accelerants are a perfect combination for accidental, unwanted blazes. You want to be sure you’re grilling safely, so first inspect the grill and verify everything is in proper working order with no damage or leaks, move it away from anything flammable (like dry leaves, brush or even siding), and clean it well. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. Conversations and marshmallows around the fire pit are great, but to be safe, you need a bucket of water within reach to douse any errant flames or embers. Use this to put out the fire when you’re finished as well (do it slowly and soak everything until it’s cool to the touch). Never add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and never leave it unattended or allow children near it unsupervised.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Alright, these don’t exactly scream spring, but it’s still a great time to take care of them. You’re done with your fireplace until fall, so clean out the ash and soot so you don’t start with a dangerous buildup next time you use it. And check your dryer’s vent pipe to make sure no flammable lint is waiting for a light inside.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Does My Basement Have Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties' restoration experts are ready to help you determine the best course of action.

Oregon sees its fair share of gray, wet and cold weather in the winter months, so a basement is a valuable addition to a home. It provides additional storage space, shelter from inclement weather and can be used as additional living space or workout area.

However, since basements are dug into the ground, they naturally are more prone to experiencing water damage over the course of the home’s lifetime. It’s not a guarantee that your basement will have water damage, but its likelihood is high and should be part of regular inspections, formal or informal.

Below, we’ll look at some ways that water damage can manifest itself in your basement and how our highly trained team can help in case you do discover water damage.

Three Major Signs of Water Damage

Musky, unpleasant odors. Water that gets into the basement, while it could be clean water, can cause major issues in the way of odor if it sits around before evaporating. The scent can be an overwhelming and pungent smell due to mold and mildew that become present in the environment over time. Many people believe that all basements have a smell, but this is really only the case when there has been water damage in this space.

Flaking paint on walls or masonry. Many homeowners and landlords will often apply waterproof paint on the inside of a home, especially in basements because they believe that they can proactively thwart any damage. Unfortunately, many times this paint will simply mask the issues and then lead to even bigger problems down the road. Water that seeps in will at some point or another work its way through the paint and will commonly lead to chipping, peeling or bubbling on the surface.

Cracks in the foundation. While most homes settle over time, finding cracks in foundation is not normal and can be a sign of water damage. These cracks can appear in the floor, ceiling or the walls because water could be putting pressure on the structure in a way that it can’t uphold. Hairline cracks aren’t a huge cause for alarm, but if they become any longer or wider, they should be treated by a professional immediately.

Noticing signs of water damage in your basement? Call us today to have our expert water restoration technicians help you determine how to treat these issues and get your property back to normal as quickly as possible.