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Mold Problem in Ladds Addition?

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Oh no, mold!

Did you know that in the right conditions, mold can spread throughout your home in as little as forty-eight hours? SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has been providing mold mitigation and remediation services in Ladds Addition area for years. Here is some information from our SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne about what causes mold to grow.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally, almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Although mold can be mitigated and remediated, it can never be completely eradicated. This is why:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float in the atmosphere, and can enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems, or even come indoors on your clothing or pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. or the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth
  • Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

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SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is ready to respond to mold infestation emergencies in Ladds Addition 24-hours a day.

Rebuilding Services in Portland.

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

One Convenient Point of Contact for Portland

When your home is damaged by fire or water, you may have to deal with many vendors and repair people. It can be very confusing and difficult to oversee the repair work and work a full-time job and take care of your family during a restoration. It can also be challenging dealing with the insurance company process and paperwork.

It’s good to know that SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne provides a full range of restoration services, and we can manage the restoration project from the initial cleanup through to construction and rebuilding repairs. This provides you one convenient point of contact and one person managing the entire job from start to finish! We can supervise these rebuilding services:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Roofing Services
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

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If you need restoration and reconstruction services for your Portland home or business, SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is Here to Help. ® We offer a variety of restoration and building services to restore properties to preloss condition. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Contents Restoration Services in Portland?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

When my Portland home basement flooded, we were out of town, and the damage wasn’t discovered for a few days. Everything that touched the ground was damaged by water. All the furniture and cardboard boxes stored down in the basement were standing in water. My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne.

The SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne technicians arrived quickly, assessed the situation, and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They contacted my insurance adjuster and helped me with the insurance paperwork and process. Fortunately, they were able to clean and restore most of the items from my basement and return them to preloss condition. Here are the cleaning methods they used:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

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SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has a team of highly trained technicians with the specialized training and experience to clean and restore your keepsakes.  We’ll restore your water damage in Portland, “Like it never even happened.”

Flooded Bathroom in Portland?

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Sinking Feeling in Portland?

I was down in my office for a couple of hours on a conference call before I heard a funny dripping and splashing sound coming down the stairs. When I investigated, I discovered that my daughter had left the sink running in my Portland home. There was a shallow lake in the bathroom, and water was running down the hallway. The stairway carpeting was saturated. My neighbor told me to call SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne and I’m glad I did.

I was amazed at how quickly the SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne technicians arrived. They quickly extracted the water and set up powerful air blowers and movers to dry the upstairs and downstairs areas that were flooded. Thanks to their fast mitigation, the floors were not warped or damaged, and there was no damage to the walls and baseboards. They documented the drying process and cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized the affected areas.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

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When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is ready to respond 24-hours a day.  We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Portland, “Like it never even happened.” 

Storm Damage Emergency in Portland.

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Portland Storm Disaster.

At SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne we are on-call 24-hours every day of the year, and we restore storm damage emergencies of all kinds and sizes. Our technicians have the specialized equipment and experience to quickly and efficiently mitigate any storm damage emergency you may have.

When we arrive, we will inspect the structure for damage, and tarp the roof if there is roof damage and board up any broken windows or doors to secure the structure and minimize further storm damage. We will remove the tree and debris, and if there is water damage, we will extract the water and set up powerful air dryers to completely dry the damaged area. We will help you with the insurance process and paperwork, and we will document the drying process to ensure the room moisture is returned to normal readings. Whenever possible, we will work with minimal disruption to you and your family.

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Severe storms can cause trees to fall with no warning. When you experience a storm damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has a team of highly trained restoration technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your storm damage in Portland, “Like it never even happened.”

Storm-damaged Roof in Portland.

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can Happen When You Least Expect It

When my Portland home was damaged in a recent storm, we were out of town, and the damage wasn’t discovered for a few days. A tree had broken a window and water and debris were everywhere. My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne and I’m glad I did.

SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has been responding to storm damage emergencies for years in [city name] area and know that severe weather is unpredictable and storm damage happens no matter how well prepared we are. After a storm has passed is a good time to inspect your roof for storm damage (if possible) and make repairs as needed.

Storm Damage Roof Inspection

Look for obvious signs of damage to the roof, including damaged roof shingles, damaged roof gutters, and downspouts. Check roof vents and look for cracks in weather stripping around doors and windows. Replace damaged materials as necessary.

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SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has a team of highly trained technicians with the specialized training and experience to clean and restore storm damage quickly and efficiently. We’ll restore your storm damage in Portland, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire-damaged Garage in Portland.

12/19/2021 (Permalink)

Garage fires happen in Portland.

We were lucky that the fire was contained to the garage, or the insurance company would have declared the fire damage as a total loss. After the fire was extinguished, the Portland fire department reported that the fire originated from a faulty electrical wire. The smoke and soot from the fire even managed to travel inside the house!

SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has the advanced training, experience, and specialized equipment required to restore fire damage of all kinds, and no job is too big. Our highly trained fire restoration technicians are on call 24 hours a day and typically arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Here are some safety tips from our website on what to do after a fire:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as to not further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

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When your Portland home or business experiences fire damage SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is here to help you.  We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” 

Ember Fire in Portland?

12/18/2021 (Permalink)

Ember fire prevention tips for Portland.

Our family loves to sit around the outdoor firepit in the evening. One night a gust of wind came and blew some of the embers up and onto the decking above us, and a fire broke out. It happened so quickly. Although the Portland fire department responded quickly and extinguished the fire before it could spread to other parts of the house, there was still a lot of fire, smoke, soot, and water damage left from the firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne responds to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day and we clean and restore all kinds of property damage. Research published by the National Fire Protection Association and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety reports that deck fires have a better chance of igniting when fuel sources are closer together.  Here are some tips for minimizing fire risk from windblown embers to decks:

  • Do not store items that can ignite underneath of a deck
  • Increase the gap between deck boards from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch
  • Increase joist spacing from 16 inches to 24 inches
  • Apply a foil-faced self-adhering flashing tape (foil-faced bitumen tape) on the top of each joist

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When your Portland home experiences fire damage SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is here to serve you.  We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” 

Mold Problem in Lloyd District Office?

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Problem in Lloyd District

When the roof to our office complex leaked, enough moisture came into the building to create a mold problem. There was a musty odor that I could not locate anywhere in the building. The next day I looked up and saw mold spreading across the ceiling where it hadn’t been yesterday. I called SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne, and they sent a team out to mitigate and remediate the problem. Here are some facts about mold from our website:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning or heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed to discourage the mold from returning
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

Call Us Today!

When your Lloyd District commercial business has an emergency SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24 hours a day.

Flooded Building in Laurelhurst?

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Mitigation

When water damage happens in your commercial building, it’s important to mitigate the damage quickly and efficiently to avoid costly repairs due to a water-compromised structure. SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne water restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to respond to commercial water damage emergencies in Laurelhurst.

Highly Trained Team

We know that water damage happens at all times of the day and night. Our technicians are certified in water restoration from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Specialized Equipment

We have the specialized equipment, advanced training, and experience to restore any commercial water loss to preloss condition with minimal disruption to your employees and customers. Whether a pipe bursts in the middle of the night, or the sewer system fails, or you discover a leaking heating, ventilation, or air conditioning unit, we are Here to Help. ®

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is on-call and ready to respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Laurelhurst area. We’ll restore your commercial property SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne, “Like it never even happened.”