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Problems That a Thunderstorm Can Cause | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

a large lighting strike just in front of person driving down road Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties if you experience any damage.

Even though we don't often see them along the coast and Columbia River - every single thunderstorm is dangerous due to lightning, high winds and heavy rains. Many occur and cause no issues but there is always the potential of danger present.

During a thunderstorm, there will always be thunder and lightning present, often accompanied by rainy and windy conditions. Thunderstorms are often to severe status in certain scenarios where there are high winds over 58 miles per hour and hail that is over an inch in diameter. Regardless of if the thunderstorm is regular or severe, it should always be taken extremely seriously.

Damages That Often Occur Due to Thunderstorms

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. When a storm contains thunder, it also contains lightning every single time. Lightning is a dangerous force and causes at least 300 bodily injuries annually. Lightning can also damage homes and buildings due to fire hazards or by felling trees or telephone poles nearby.

Property damage due to hail. Not every thunderstorm has hail, but when one does, it is important to acknowledge just how dangerous it can be. Hail falls extremely quickly and can cause injury to anyone who is not sheltered adequately when it occurs. Additionally, hail can dent cars and cause damage to the structural integrity of homes by damaging the roof or siding and letting water in.

Harm from flash flooding. While flooding is typically contained to areas near bodies of water, flash flooding can happen anywhere that heavy rain is occurring. It is often associated with underperforming storm drains or runoff areas, but as rain continues to fall, it can quickly become a major concern. Flash floods are highly dangerous even if they are just a few inches high and can happen suddenly.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Our Restoration Technicians Set Us Apart | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop Contact SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

Home damage never happens at a good time.

But even when you’re dealing with home damage, there’s a lot you can do to ensure your home can be restored after damage. Calling a home restoration company is a great first step.

Choosing the right one is key to ensuring the damage is handled professionally and that your home can be restored just the way you remember it.

It’s a Common Problem

While it’s not true, many homeowners naturally assume that home damage is rare. The statistics don’t support that belief.

The Insurance Information Institute estimates that fire damage impacts one every 350 homes every year. If you consider every possible cause of home damage (like storms and flooding), the numbers become closer to one out of every 20 homes each year.

Instead of being frightened by these statistics, use them as a motivation to have a plan in place. Knowing how to choose your restoration partner is key.

We want to be our area’s preferred restoration partner. That is exactly why we prioritize our technicians’ training when they join our team.

Our Technicians’ Training Makes the Difference

When you work with our team, you can be certain you will receive timely service from exceptional professionals. Our technicians go through our extensive training program and also has the ability to train through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

The IICRC sets the industry standards for restoration and offers extensive certifications for all of our technicians.

Our investment in training can translate into your confidence in what our team offers. We’re here to help you, and we hope you will trust us if you ever need restoration services!

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Take the Right Steps to Keep Your Home Safe From Rain Damage | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties today.

Many homeowners associate water damage with severe floods and storms or problems in the home (like a burst pipe.)

It’s easy to think of rain as a minor hassle and something that likely won’t damage your home. But that isn’t quite the truth. Rain can actually cause significant damage to your home over time.

How Common Is Water Damage?

Either you or someone you know will file a home water damage claim this year. That statistic may be surprising, but it’s true!

How do we know? Our team did some simple math (and factored in how many people the average person knows). About one in every 50 Americans will need water damage restoration this year. That translates into millions of American families and homeowners.

If you have a big social circle, more than one person you know might find themselves facing a water damage restoration project this year.

Home Maintenance Suggestions for You

Here are some helpful projects that can make a difference and protect your home from damage!

Correct any yard drainage issues. Knowing how your yard drains is vital to protecting your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Landscape your yard using native plants. If you do a little homework, the flowers and shrubs you use to help you landscape your home and add curb appeal can also become an added layer of protection. Native plants can help. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Consider sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Astoria Business Owners Can Depend on Our Team | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

a crew of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside commercial building If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties to learn more.

How much work have you put into making your Astoria business successful over the past year? If you’re like most business owners, the answer is “a lot.”

Navigating pandemic changes is a challenge business owners across the country are facing this year. You’ve probably spent a good portion of your time recently working through new ways to connect with your customers and deliver services in new ways.

Help and Support for Businesses

We’re here to assist business owners in our community––including those in Astoria and the surrounding areas. We believe a local business is vital to our economy. After all, we’re local business owners too. SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is locally owned and operated.

Many businesses have already opened their doors again. And most have found new ways to work remotely or offer products and services digitally.

Others are prepared to reopen in some capacity. That might include offering takeout and delivery dining options or using social media to sell items and supplement lower foot traffic in your store location.

There’s help available from other resources as well. Some of your options include business loans and tips, advice and more from solid, trustworthy sources.

Regardless of how you and your employees have decided to move forward, we’re here to help you when you need us.

We’re available 247 to help you get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” That means a team of experts will use the latest technology to ensure your business is safe for everyone.

Here’s how we do it:

First, we’ll consult with you about your needs.

Then we’ll clean your space. And we mean really clean it. Our teams use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, our teams certify your space.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Home Projects to Prepare Your Family for Spring Storms | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties.

How has your family been doing during this cold, wet, pandemic winter?

If you’re ready for spring, you’re just one of the many families in our region that are. You’re in good company.

It’s already March, so people are beginning to think more about what they can do when the weather warms up enough to spend time outside. You can plan outdoor projects, like more landscaping or a new deck or gazebo.

While you’re doing these projects to make your house more attractive, consider adding some projects to make your home a safer place, too. You can do things now to protect your home from strong storms later. The good news is that most of these projects aren’t time-consuming or expensive. With a little help and a long, sunny weekend, you can get them done.

Is Your Home Ready for a Spring Storm?

Check out these projects and see if they merit a place on your home improvement priority list:

Declutter any debris you find in your gutter. When your gutters are in good shape, it allows water around your home to flow the right way. If gutters are full of debris, they can overflow and cause water damage. Our team recommends cleaning your gutters regularly. You may want to do this every season, so you’re always prepared for heavy rains.

If you have a sump pump, check it sooner rather than later. If your home needs one of these to keep water out of your basement, then it’s a good idea to be sure it’s working before you need it.

Prepare your roof for stormy weather. Make it your priority to look for missing shingles and signs of leaks. If you repair your roof early on, you don’t have to face finding out about leaks and damage during a storm. You’ll save yourself time, money and other issues surrounding water damage.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Your Astoria Business Can Bounce Back After a Natural Disaster | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner in gray suit SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties knows the commercial restoration process inside and out.

Over the past year, business owners (and most everyone else) have seen firsthand how an unexpected disaster or event can impact their daily routines. Many members of our business community have risen to the occasion during the pandemic by looking for new solutions to problems and ways to continue providing services.

It’s a good idea to plan for more common types of natural disasters businesses can face—like fires, floods and severe storms.

We want to serve our local business community as best we can, so our team has put together some of the best advice we can offer to help you be prepared for a disaster and the commercial restoration process.

Moving Past a Disaster and Restoring Your Business

These tips can help you thrive after a natural disaster:

Understand the importance of your disaster plan. Disaster plans are vital. So make one before you need it when you can think clearly about the next steps you would need to take to keep your business operating. For example, you may want to consider moving your business to a backup location, if that’s an option for you.

Ensure you’re documenting everything. You’ll need to take plenty of photographs for your insurance company. They’ll want to see the extent of the damage before your cleanup process begins. Additionally, it’s a good idea to make an inventory of all the lost and damaged items.

Keep the stakeholders you depend on in the loop. You’ll want to find ways to reach your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community. This can be easier than you might think, thanks to social media and email marketing lists.

Be sure you’re taking care of yourself. A natural disaster that impacts your business can make your financial future feel uncertain. Be sure you’re caring for your physical and emotional needs by eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and talking with people you trust.

Connect your employees with resources. Your employees will also be impacted if your business has to close or cut hours for restoration work. There are resources available to small business owners and their employees through organizations like the Small Business Administration (SBA).

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

How to Know You’re Choosing the Right Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

When your business is damaged, it’s important to open the doors again as soon as possible. One of the biggest keys to opening your doors again fast is choosing the right company to work with you on restoring your property. Whether your business is damaged by fire, water, storms or some other cause, you can count on your local SERVPRO team to get the job done right.

Things You Should Consider

When you’re working with a commercial partner, you need to choose a company with excellent customer service and availability.

After all, your business is vital to your family, your employees, your customers and your community. You’ll want to have a good idea of how long the project will take––and be certain someone will answer if you have questions or need something explained to you.

Our teams are available 24/7 to help during emergencies. You can call at any time and know you’ll be talking with a local team member who can help you get the restoration process started quickly.

You’ll also want to know the team you’re working with is well-qualified to do your restoration work. We have technicians certified at the highest levels to deal with commercial restoration, fire damage, water damage, mold remediation and other types of restoration you might need.

SERVPRO’s technicians will be using the latest technology available on the market.

Because our location is affiliated with SERVPRO’s national brand, we have access to the types of technology and advances that are available to large, national companies.

When combined with our technicians’ knowledge and skill, our equipment gives us a powerful advantage when working on restoration projects.

We also think it’s important that we love this community. We live and work here, so we want to see our local business community thrive. Part of that is helping businesses we value to reopen their doors after their business is damaged.

Don’t wait. Call us at any time if you need our help when your business is damaged.

We’ll be there to assist you.

If your business needs restoration help and support, you can depend on us to provide the services you need. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

We’re Ready to Help You Restore Your Home in a Timely Manner l SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

black glasses and pen sitting on top of white insurance policy If your home is damaged due to a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties. From start to finish, we will be here to help.

Did you know that all the restoration jobs we work with have one thing in common? You might be surprised to learn that, no matter how different the circumstances are, all of our jobs have one thing in common.

It’s a simple thing, too. It’s the fact that moving quickly to start the restoration process is the best way to ensure any home or structure can be restored to its original state as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Timing matters because once a home is damaged, the issues can spread and compromise more of the home. For example, water damage can begin to deteriorate wood within hours and warp it within days. The first signs of damage from mold can appear even before that.

Our Teams Are Here When You Need Us

Because we know how quickly mold and water damage can move through a home, our team is available to help you 247. You can call us at any time if you have a home restoration emergency. We’ll be ready to help you.

Our teams are ready to partner with you and bring the highest training and certifications to your job. When you work with us, you can be assured the team will bring the highest level of knowledge in the field to your home.

Our technicians also have access to the best restoration technology available today in addition to their skill levels. Because we’re part of SERVPRO, we have access to the same leading-edge technology that a national company has. And we bring it here to you.

Reasons Homeowners Need SERVPRO

We receive calls for a variety of issues, but there are a few of the most common ones include damage from severe weather and home accidents and appliance malfunctions.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Finding Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

paint bubbling and peeling from wall Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO and we will help guide you through the restoration process.

If you had to file a water damage claim on your home last year, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re probably in good company because that most likely includes some friends and neighbors in your community.

How common are water damage claims? They’re the most common type of homeowners insurance claim that gets filed. And about 1 in 50 Americans files them each year. (That’s why we know there’s likely been more than one claim in your neighborhood or community.)

Water damage claims keep growing, even as fire damage claims are falling.

Can You Spot Home Water Damage?

Many homeowners don’t know when to take the next step and call professionals to help with the water damage process. The signs aren’t always easy to spot. But once you know what they are, they’re unmistakable. Here’s what you might see when you’re home has water damage:

You see signs of fading and staining on the fabric in your home. You might notice jewel-toned curtains looking less vibrant or the upholstery on your couch sporting water spots. If you see these signs, your home has too much moisture and should be evaluated.

Your home smells noticeably musty. This distinctive scent is one of the first things you’ll notice when you’re dealing with mold damage. It’s an early sign so if you smell it, you need to call immediately to keep the problem from getting worse.

The wood in your home has started to show signs of warping and damage. Wood can be anything from valued antique furniture to your hardwood floors to your window panes and door frames. These items can be damaged within just a few days so if you see damage, get the restoration process started sooner rather than later.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

What Do I Do After a House Fire? | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

large flames and smoke coming out of roof of brown brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties to fully restore your home.

The unthinkable has happened - and you and your family have survived a fire. Maybe flames scorched your kitchen or perhaps your house burned completely.

However it happened, you may be feeling traumatized and at a loss for what to do next. Let’s talk about the steps to take after a fire to help you get back on your feet again.

  1. Get to Safety

After a fire, do not re-enter your home until your local fire services have given permission. Instead, find a place to stay. If you don’t have friends or relatives who can take you in, your local Red Cross or Salvation Army may be able to assist you.

  1. Make Contacts Promptly

After a fire, you have plenty of calls to make and emails to send. You’ll need to get the ball moving with insurance, as well as with restoration or rebuilding. Contacts to make include:

  1. Your insurance agent
  2. Your landlord or mortgager
  3. Your local fire department (for a copy of the fire report)
  4. Essential contractors, such as a cleaning and restoration professional
  5. Any accounts or agencies you need documentation reissued for (bank, driver’s license etc.)

Of course, you may not have all these email addresses or phone numbers at hand—they might have been in the fire!

To make your life easier, plan ahead by creating a disaster contact list and placing it in an online location, such as a Google drive. That way, you can get to it from any location that has internet.

Perform other documentation, too, such as taking photos and saving all receipts related to the fire.

  1. Keep Caring for Your People

Emotional and physical needs won’t disappear after a day or two. Fires can be traumatic for children and adults.

If needed, check with your doctor for any lingering problems—smoke inhalation can make some chronic illnesses worse, for instance. Have your veterinarian check your pet’s health, too. And take time to attend to your own mental health, such as by visiting a counselor or looking for online resources.

If you’re concerned about planning ahead for a fire or other disaster, consult with SERVPRO. We can help with disaster planning, as well as advise you about how best to file insurance claims.

From emergency cleaning and restoration to routine disinfection, we’re there for you. Contact us at any hour for a consultation or immediate assistance.