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Preparing YouR Portland Area Home For StormDamage

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

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To conclude this year's Hurricane Prep Week we want to focus on the importance of getting your residential and commercial properties ready for all storms. We know we don't suffer from hurricanes here in the Pacific Northwest but we do experience storms and extreme weather so it's important to be prepared. 

In the event of storms with heavy winds

  • Trim the trees and bushes around your property to prevent damage from snapped branches
  • Board up windows to protect from flying debris. 

To learn more about preparing your property for storms and other extreme weather check out this site

If your commercial or residential property is suffering from storm damage or other extreme weather SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthrone has teams on-call 24 hours a day to respond and help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Evacuation Plan From Your Portland Area Property

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Day 4 of Hurricane Prep Week is about having an evacuation plan. We do not experience hurricanes in the metro area but there are other storms that could cause significant property and personal damage. It is important to have an evacuation route as well as an alternative route in case the first route is unpassable. 

It is also important to remember that you may have to drive a long way to get to safety and evacuate. 

If your Oregon City area residential or commercial property is affected by storm damage SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has crews who are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our teams have the skills, experience, and equipment to help make your property damage "Like it never even happened." 

Insurance Protection For Storm Damage In Your Portland Property

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Day 3 of Hurricane Prep Week stresses the importance of confirming your property insurance has you covered in the case of storm damage. It is important to review your insurance by looking at your policies ahead of time to see what is covered and what is not. It is important to check with your insurance carrier to see if flood insurance is available for your property as floods are the leading cause of damage in storms. 

To learn more about what to look for in an insurance policy and ask your insurance carrier to make sure you are covered, learn more here

If your residential or commercial property is damaged by storms with heavy rain, strong winds, or wildfires SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is Here to Help. 

Emergency Kit For Your Portland Area Home

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

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No matter the cause of the storm damage, it is always important to have a trusted and local property restoration team you can call on. 

Day 2 of Storm Prep week is all about having an emergency kit with all the essentials and with you where you need it. 

It is important to have an emergency kit located

  • In your car
  • At work 
  • At home

What to include in your emergency kit

  • Water
  • Nonperishable food 
  • A blanket 
  • A first aid kit

Check here to see the full list

When storm damage strikes, SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has crews who are on call 24 hours a day to get to work. We know that there is no time to waste before getting a crew out to begin the mitigation and restoration. 

Storm Preparedness In Portland

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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This week is Hurricane Prep Week and even though we do not get hurricanes on the West Coast there is always something we can learn. 

All this week we at SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne will be bringing you tips each day to help you be prepared for storms. 

Make A Plan 

Step one is to create an emergency plan for you and your family. Make sure that your plan includes 

  • An emergency meeting place in your home 
  • An emergency meeting place in your neighborhood
  • An emergency meeting place outside of your neighborhood. 

You can learn more and put together a whole plan by using the help from this site

If storm damage causes property damage to your Portland area residential or commercial property, trust SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Common Water Damage Areas In Your Portland Area Home

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Every home and property has unique challenges when it comes to extracting water and drying out the structure. These are four of the most common areas and why they prove to be so difficult. 

 Duct Work 

Some duct systems made of fragile and porous materials make it difficult to dry and set up drying equipment. 

Attic Space

Attic spaces can be hard to get equipment into and may have electrical hazards. Oftentimes attic spaces require that insulation is removed to properly dry the space. 

Crawlspace 

Crawlspace may be hard to work in and place drying equipment into. Low temperatures can make it difficult to warm the space and properly dry it. 

Basements 

Many basements are unfinished with lots of porous materials that would need disposing of due to possible contamination in water. 

No matter the space or the cause of damage, SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne is always Here to Help when disaster strikes. We have crews who are on call 24/7 because we know that when disaster strikes there is no time to wait. 

Grills Create Fire Risk For Portland Area Homes

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

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As the days stretch longer and they get slowly warmer families will be bringing out their grills and BBQ's. As Covid continues to get under control families and friends will begin to gather and enjoy time outdoors and around the grill. 

Grills and BBQ's can cause fire damage to homes throughout even with careful eyes and practiced grillers.

Follow these simple steps to stay safe and limit the chance of property damage. 

  • Keep children and kids away from BBQ's and grills
  • Never leave a BBQ and grills unattended
  • Keep excess propane canisters away from Grill while in operation
  • Always have a fire extinguisher nearby in the instance of a fire 

If your home suffers from soot, smoke, or fire damage trust SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

North Portland Storm Damage

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

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We all know the saying "April Showers Bring May Flowers." Luckily we up here in the great Pacific Northwest get a lot of the shower part of the quote. In addition to all the rain helping to keep our beautiful area green and the beautiful May flowers, it can also take a toll on our residential and commercial properties. 

If rain and April, showers take their toll on your Oregon City commercial property such as a warehouse, store, cafe, office, or other property. Our teams and technicians have the skills, experience, and knowledge to help restore any property to preloss condition and help to make the damage "Like it never even happened." 

If your property has suffered from storm damage, call and trust SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne to restore your property. 

Water Damage In Portland Home Affecting Wallpaper

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

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When walls are wet, wallpaper acts as a vapor barrier and restricts our ability to dry it. Special drying measures may be needed when this barrier is present.

Here are a few tips on helping to dry out your home faster and more efficiently when sheetrock covered in wallpaper is wet

  • Peel away covering to expose wet drywall 
  • If mold or microbial growth is present behind the wall, air movement can spread mold or microbial growth spores throughout the structure 
  • Perforate the wall to ventilate 
  • Remove baseboard to ventilate the wall cavity 

If your home suffers water damage from things like an appliance failure, a pipe break, or storm damage, trust SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne to help you make the damage "Like it never even happened." 

Air Fryer Causes Damage In Portland Area Home

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Raise your hand if you're part of the air fryer cooking craze! Follow these tips so you won't have to call SERVPRO with fire damage.

Follow these tips to stay safe while cooking with an air fryer. 

Don't 

Don't use cooking sprays with propellants, aerosol sprays, or chemical-based nonstick sprays. They might start to break down the coating on many non-stick baskets and trays. 

Do

Do invest a few dollars in a quality oil spray or pump and use a quality high flash point oil. 

If your home suffers from a fire, soot, or smoke damage from a cooking mishap, trust SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne to help you make it "Like it never even happened." We have crews on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to your emergency damage.