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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.

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.

Yikes! My Carpet Is Soaked. What Next? | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

light brown carpet with water spots from a leak somewhere If you have water damage in your home, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is available 24/7.

Maybe you’re taking a driving tour of some beautiful parklands. Maybe you’re away on business. Whatever happens, you return home to find there’s been a burst pipe or other water leak in your house…and your carpet is soaked.

Can a wet carpet be saved? And if so, can you dry it yourself? The answers depend on how long the carpet was wet and whether it was contaminated with sewage or other hazardous substances.

How Long Was the Carpet Wet?

As soon as water soaks into your carpet, it begins to change. Fibers absorb water and swell. Any mold lurking there begins to spread.

That means you have a limited time window when you can dry the carpet yourself, in place, without taking it up off the floor. Generally, if your carpet was only wet 48 hours or less with clean water, you can dry it in place.

How Do I Dry a Carpet?

First, you’ll want to thoroughly get as much water as you can up by hand. Press clean, dry towels into the carpet and wring them out.

Keep on until you can wring no more water out of them. In the meantime, use fans, open windows and/or dehumidifiers to keep removing moisture from the area.

Next, use a wet/dry vacuum and repeat the same steps as for the towels: vacuum and then empty the canister repeatedly, until you can’t get more water up.

Finally, sprinkle the carpet with baking powder or commercial carpet cleaning/disinfecting powder. Leave overnight, then vacuum up.

Was the Water Contaminated?

If the carpet was wet with contaminated water, or if it was wet more than a day or two, you’ll need to take it up, dry under it, and shampoo or steam-clean and disinfect it. This is a cumbersome process where a cleaning and restoration team such as SERVPRO can really come in handy.

If you want to assess whether a wet carpet can be salvaged or if you need help with drying and disinfecting your carpet, reach out to us right away.

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

A Silent Invader—Water Beneath Your House | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water Under House If you have water damage in your home, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Clatsop, Columbia Counties is your local water restoration expert.

Have you ever been awakened by water dripping on your nose? Or been frustrated by a burst pipe? People often experience these flooding mishaps—they’re hard to miss, and the solutions are obvious.

However, water underneath your home or business also creates problems, perhaps worse ones. Water can do plenty of damage if it’s neglected, both to people and property. Let’s discuss water in your foundation and/or basement—and how you can dry it out before it becomes a problem.

Sources of Low-Lying Water

Maybe you sometimes see water standing in your basement, or find that your basement walls are damp to the touch. Rainwater draining under your house is one common cause. Faulty construction, such as crevices at joints or openings around where pipes enter, may also let water in.

Why Worry About Hidden Wetness?

Though it isn’t instantly annoying, dampness in your foundation, crawlspace or basement can harm health and structures. Encouraged by damp conditions, mold can grow, making people sick. Water seepage may also crack concrete walls and rot joists, leading to potentially severe structural issues.

Protection Via Landscaping

Your first step to halting low-lying water is to keep it away from your home or business. Your structure should lie slightly uphill of the ground around it. Try creating a gentle grade of about an inch per foot, for at least six feet all around your home to encourage rain water to drain elsewhere.

Protection Via Construction

Anything underground will come into contact with some dampness, of course. But it’s important for that dampness to stay outside…not in. Drain tile systems and drainage pipes known as French drains can help steer away unwanted water, as can a sump pump.

Though it may take some investment of time and money to protect your basement or foundation from water damage, it’s better than finding mold or, worse, structural problems. If you ever do end up needing restoration due to low-lying water damage, give SERVPRO a call!

If water damages your home, we’re there for you. Contact us at any hour for a consultation or immediate assistance.

Detecting Toilet Leaks | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

toilet with leak This is a toilet with a visible leak.

When you think about water damage to your home, you may picture something dramatic—a floor or burst pipe. But slow leaks can cause damage, too, as well as encourage black mold, which is dangerous to your health.

One common source of higher water bills, home damage and mold accumulation is a leaky toilet. Let’s look at why it’s important to identify toilet leaks, as well as how to detect them.

Breathe Safely
Leaking toilets can encourage the growth of mold—colonies of tiny, living organisms that thrive in moist, stagnant, dark environments. The darker molds pose the most danger. They can cause allergic reactions or asthma attacks—and even worsen chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

As well as causing mold, leaking toilets can lead to damaged floors and walls. Wood or drywall may eventually need to be replaced. In any event, you need to detect leaks quickly.

Find the Leak

Common signs of a leak will vary depending on where it occurs.

External leaks may cause:

  1. Water around the base of the toilet
  1. Discoloration or loose tiles around the base of the toilet or behind the toilet
  1. A “soft” feeling to the floor around the toilet

Interior leaks may cause:

  1. Sounds of water running or “ghost flushes”
  1. Having to hold or jiggle the handle to complete a flush and stop the toilet from running

You can confirm an interior toilet leak by dropping food coloring into the tank. If the color appears in the bowl without you having flushed the toilet, you have a leak between the tank and bowl.

Fixing the Leak

Depending on your skill and interest level, you may want to fix the leak yourself or defer to a plumber.

Exterior leaks, which are most often responsible for mold and home damage, may be harder to fix. For interior leaks, though, you can often attempt an easy fix by making sure the flapper seats tightly after every flush and checking that the chain is the right length to allow the flapper to open and close properly.

From fire to storm to flood, disaster can strike at any time. Contact us at any hour for assistance.