Recent Water Damage Posts

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." 

Water Damage In Portland Area Attic

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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When water damage strikes your Portland area property the water can impact and damage the structure of your home, the contents, and the materials within your home. 

Insulation is one building material that can be greatly impacted by water. When some insulation gets wet, like fiberglass or expanded foam they can be dried out and possibly saved. But blown insulation that gets wet loses it's R-value or ability to insulate and should be replaced. R-value measures how well building insulation can prevent the flow of heat into and out of the home.

If your residential or commercial property is affected by water damage from things like a pipe break, appliance failure or secondary damages from firefighting efforts SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is Here to Help. 

SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne is Ready To Dry Your Unexpected Water Damage

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

before and after split screen SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has teams on call 24/7 to help you when disaster strikes.

First, we determine the scope of your water damage. Then inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

We're prepared to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

With our industrial-grade dehumidifiers, they help to prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture. Our high-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.

SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has teams on call 24/7 to help you when disaster strikes. We are a local and experienced team of professionals who are ready to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Portland Area Home Suffers Water Damage

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

infographic with water damage information If water damage strikes your home, SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne are Here To Help.

Water damages can happen throughout your home from various causes, like the ice maker line to your refrigerator in your kitchen, the washing machine in the upstairs laundry room, or a pipe break in the crawlspace. Bathroom water damages are a common cause of water damage in the home. 

An early sign of water damage may be a musty smell that is an indicator of hidden water damage. Three common issues in the bathroom that cause water damage can include; 

1. Cracked shower tile that traps water unable to go down the drain and cause damage

2. Leaky seals at the base of the toilet or a leaky wax ring

3. Damaged or old caulking and grout that allows water and moisture to enter wall cavity space and cause damage

If water damage strikes your home, SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne are Here To Help. 

Portland Area Water Damage In Local Home

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

We know that your home is likely the biggest investment you have ever made, so when property damage strikes it can be really frustrating and overwhelming. We know that when water damage strikes your home, there is no time to waste to start making it “Like it never even happened.”

When you call SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne we leap into action to get crews on the way to help you. No matter what time the property damage occurs or even what day we are ready to respond to your emergency damage. Our team of trained, experienced professionals will first assess the damage in your home and come up with the best plan to remediate the damage as quickly and efficiently as possible. If water damage strikes, call the team with over 20 years of experience, we are just a call away.

Portland Area Water Damage

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

contents being packed out of a home If water damage strikes your home or office, give SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne a call today.

Water damage can happen in any home, office, or commercial building. Water damage can be caused by many different things like a leaking wax ring on a toilet, a pipe break, or an appliance failure. No matter the cause of the water damage, SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne is Here to Help. 

Often times when water damage occurs there is demolition that needs to occur so that wet materials are properly removed and new dry material can be installed. Often times a small pack out of a few rooms or even a whole house has to take place so that contents are not damaged and are out of the way for the work to happen. In those instances, SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne y will pack out and inventory all items and safely pack them back to our secured, climate-controlled warehouse where we will keep them safe until you are ready to have them back. We pack out boxes of smaller content and wrap and protect larger pieces of furniture to keep them safe. 

If water damage strikes your home or office, give SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne a call today. 

Portland Homes Damaged by Frozen Pipes

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

As winter begins the temperatures start to drop and that can cause issues in your property. When the temperatures drop below freezing for a few days in a row the water inside your pipes may freeze, causing the pipe to expand and crack. Once the temperature begins to rise the ice will thaw and cause water damage in the broken pipe. 

If your pipes have already frozen over, here are some steps until help arrives.

  • Locate the water main shut-off valve 
  • Open the faucet so thawing water can flow freely & relieve pressure 
  • Warm the pipes with a space heater or hair dryer
  • If you find leaks are causing water damage, give us a call right away

SERVPRO North Portland/West Hawthorne is Here To Help you around the clock. 

Hazards of Water Loss in Portland Area Homes

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

A water loss from things like a broken pipe, an appliance failure or a toilet overflow can cause lots of damage to your Portland area home. Not only does the water cause damage to the structure and contents of your home, but it can also involve hazardous materials that require specialized experts to remediate. The two most commonly found hazardous materials in structures today are Asbestos and Lead. 

Asbestos and lead may be common in homes and when not distributed it is not hazardous, but when property damage like water losses happen it may have to be removed, and then it needs to be taken care of the correct way to keep everyone safe. SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne is Here To Help when disaster strikes. 

Water Damage Hazards in Portland Area Home

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Water damage can strike any home and any building at any time. Damage can happen from things like broken pipes, appliance failure, storms, and even human error. No matter what the cause of loss is, SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne is Here To Help. 

If you experience a major water loss or flooding, never turn on electrical appliances that have been exposed to water. repairs to electrical wiring must be performed by a pro. There can be several risks related to water damage, including trip and fall threats from wet surfaces. It is important to observe the area around you and identify potential risks. 

Our technicians are ready to respond to your property damage no matter the time of day or the day itself. 

Water Damage Tips For Portland Properties

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes your home, there will likely be damage to the structure of your home and the contents. SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is committed to helping you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, no matter the time of day. We have crews who are on call around the clock to help you when disaster strikes. 

  1. Install storm shutters ahead of time to protect vulnerable windows. If a storm is approaching, temporary plywood shutters will work in a pinch
  2. Take shelter in an interior, lower-level room away from windows, doors, and skylights during a severe storm.
  3. If you lose power, unplug electrical appliances to prevent potential damage from a power surge once electricity is restored.
  4. Bring valuable items upstairs to protect from flood damage.
  5. If you hear thunder, hold off on showering until the storm passes. Lightning can travel through metal pipes and shock on contact.

What to Do After a Flood in Portland

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

4 part system with tips for water damage What to Do After a Flood in Portland

When water damage strikes your home, there will likely be damage to the structure of your home and the contents.SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is committed to helping you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, no matter the time of day. We have crews who are on call around the clock to help you when disaster strikes. 

Here are a few tips for what not to do after a flood:

  1. Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  2. Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  3. Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is here 24/7, 365 days a year. We are just a call away, we are Here To Help. 

What Not to Do After a Flood in Portland

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

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When water damage strikes your home, there will likely be damage to the structure of your home and the contents. SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is committed to helping you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter the time of day. We have crews who are on call around the clock to help you when disaster strikes. 

Here are a few tips for what not to do after a flood:

  1. Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  2. Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet
  3. Don’t leave wet fabrics up. Hang furs and leather goods.

SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne are here 24/7, 365 days a year. We are just a call away, we are Here To Help. 

When property damage strikes, call SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne.

9/19/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon with aluminum foil and wood blocks on it. When property damage strikes, call SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne.

When water damage strikes your home, there will likely be damage to the structure of your home and the contents. SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is committed to helping you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter the time of day. We have crews who are on call around the clock to help you when disaster strikes. 

Protect valuable furniture when experiencing light flooding or a small water loss in your home, with these two tips.

Aluminum Foil: Wrap wooden furniture legs in aluminum foil to protect them from rising water.

Wood Blocks: Place wood blocks under your wooden furniture legs to keep it high above rising waters.

If water damage strikes and takes its toll on your home, make sure to call SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne. 

Water Damage in Portland

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

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A backed-up toilet stinks. Harmful contaminants can pose serious health risks if not addressed quickly. SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean these messes. 

Follow these steps to stay safe: 

  1. Stay out of affected areas 
  2. Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated. 
  3. Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage 
  4. Call SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne we are Here To Help 24/7

Our highly trained team of technicians at SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne are ready to respond immediately to flooding from things like heavy rain or a broken pipe or when water damage is caused by an appliance failure or overflowed toilet at your Portland property. Our teams have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is restored back to normal providing you peace of mind. 

 

Finding ALL the water in your Portland home

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Finding ALL of the water in your Portland area home after a water loss is critical for drying and safety.

Even sanitary water or clean water left standing can become contaminated within days. The longer the water is able to sit and get soaked into materials the greater the damage and the more extensive remediation and repairs.  

Check these places for water or moisture: 

  • Ceilings of rooms under the source
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Wet insulation
  • Duct systems
  • Crawl spaces
  • Basements 

We know that most people do not deal with property damage regularly as we do and the mitigation process can be incredibly overwhelming. That is why it is incredibly important to use a team you can trust, with nearly 30 years of experience in the mitigation industry. 

Hidden Water Damage In Portland

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Finding ALL of the water in your Gresham area home after a water loss is critical for drying and safety.

Even sanitary water or clean water left standing can become contaminated within days. The longer the water is able to sit and get soaked in to materials the greater the damage and the more extensive remediation and repairs.  

Check these places for water or moisture: 

  • Ceilings of rooms under the source
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Wet insulation
  • Duct systems
  • Crawl spaces
  • Basements 

We know that most people do not deal with property damage regularly like we do and the mitigation process can be incredibly overwhelming. That is why it is incredibly important to use a team you can trust, with nearly 30 years of experience in the mitigation industry. 

Pipe Break in Portland Area Home

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in bathroom of home When water damage strikes, trust the team with nearly 30 years of experience to help you.

Water damage can occur in your Portland area home due to nearly countless reasons; broken pipes, toilet overflows, appliance failure, roof leaks, and even human error. Lucky for you SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne has seen pretty much every time of property loss in our nearly 30 years as your restoration experts. That means that our team of skilled, well trained, prepared and professional technicians know how to help you when trouble occurs. We have the technology of advanced drying to help restore your home and property with less demolition and less interruption to your home and everyday life.

We know that even though property damage may be ever day life to us, it is not for you. So we walk with you step, by step. Answering all your questions and addressing any concerns you may have along the way.

Leak from toilet causes water damage in Portland area home.

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

toilet with water damage When water damage strikes your property damage, you need a professionals help.

A leak from a toilet may seem like a little issue; more of a headache then an actual issue, but even a small amount of water can call a big mess. Many people may see just the water on the floor around the base of the toilet and think that just mopping up the mess will take care of the problem, but damage can be much more excessive then is visible.

It is not uncommon for toilets to malfunction and leak or have a wax ring fail and cause water damage, but it makes it no less annoying and frustrating when it happens to you, in your home. SERVPRO of North Portland/ West Hawthorne has been helping with water damages from toilet leaks and pipe breaks for nearly 30 years and our trained and experienced crews of technicians are ready 24/7, 365 to respond and help you when disaster strikes.  We are ready to help you.

Appliance Breaks in Your Portland Area Home

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

toilet with leak When water damage strikes and causes damage, call SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne.

When people think of damage in their home or office from flooding they often think of crazy heavy rains and flash floods. But flooding and water damage can occur with just an appliance break or a toilet overflow. As water runs and spreads around the property water is seeping in and soaking up into materials like sheetrock and insulation causing them to break down. Materials like sheetrock and insulation do not hold up well to water, especially for sustained periods of time. Our SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne team of skilled professionals will work to preform flood cuts of affected insulation and sheetrock from the floor up to four feet as needed, helping to make the repairs that much more smooth to patch in new installation and sheetrock.

Water Damage In the Portland Area

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

servpro equipment on racks When property damage strikes, SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is Here To Help.

Are you a, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” type of person?

Are you the "Take charge" kind of person and nothing can get you down?

That must mean you’re just the type to tackle the hard problems without a second thought. That is a great trait to have! When it comes to water damage though, you don’t want to cut corners or try and solve it alone. Whether it is a pipe bursting, a storm bringing in flooding, or a leaky roof causing your ceiling to collapse, you can count on SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne to be standing by and ready to help. We understand that every situation is unique, so we have taken the liberty to remain flexible and to prepare ourselves in as many scenarios as possible so that we can give your structure the attention only a professional, up-to-date restoration company can give. Here’s the thing: we know cleanup and restoration, and we have the tools and trained technicians to implement that know-how. When these types of things confront you and you’re in over your head, don’t feel bad and don’t lose hope. At SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne, we’ve got your back.

Water Damage in Portland Area Homes

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

servpro technicians loading equipment into a van Portland-area homes suffering water damage should know who to call when disaster strikes.

Water damage can happen in any home anywhere. Common types of water damage are from appliance breaks, pipe leaks and human error. 

When people often think of a water damage or fire they normally think of rushing rivers, crazy rainstorms but most happen from other causes. 

When appliances break the leaks that cause water damage may have been happening for a while without being noticed meaning that materials are we and damaged. Pipe breaks can happen for many different reasons some being DIY home projects gone wrong, when pipes break lots of damage can be done very quickly because lots of water can pour out of the pipe in a short amount of time. 

Human error makes a large percentage of the cause of water damages from bad installation luckily for you SERVPRO of North Portland / West Hawthorne is ready 24/7, 365 to help no matter the cause.   

April Showers bring May Flowers in North Portland

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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We know that April showers bring May flowers but they also cause water damage to your residential or commercial property. Heavy rains can cause damage to roofs, flooding through foundations or low entry points like under garage doors or doors. 

It's important to know where the possible issue areas of your home area and how to stop or slow down the flow of water. Once the water has been stopped its important to call SERVPRO of North Portland/West Hawthorne  to help you make it "Like it never even happened." 

Our teams of trained, professional and experienced technicians are ready to help you when disaster strikes 24/7, 365.  Call us at 503-907-1161 when disaster strikes and let us restore your residential or commercial property.