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Commercial Water Damage in a Lake Oswego Restaurant

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in a Lake Oswego Restaurant SERVPRO Helps Lake Oswego Restaurants Remain Open During Water Damaging Events

SERVPRO Helps Food Service Businesses After Water Intrusion

Flooding in Lake Oswego can cause much damage if the water remains too long. A rapid response means lower costs to owners, which makes them and their insurance companies happy.

At SERVPRO, we understand for a Lake Oswego business; commercial water damage is a double threat. When it happens in a restaurant, that means that every cook, waiter, dishwasher, and cashier is now at risk as well. They face the decision to wait for restoration to be finished and hope unemployment covers their rent or try to find another job. Our goal is to get the doors reopened as fast as possible, so no one has to make that decision or even worry about it.
We start with an inspection that tells us how many people we need and the tools to use. If the business owner sends us pictures of the disaster, we can arrive with commercial grade water pumps enough equipment to start removing standing water and begin lowering the structure’s humidity level within minutes.
Once we have the water pumped out, SERVPRO technicians use two more tools to finish drying floors and carpets. For hard surfaces like kitchens, we use long-handled squeegees to push water off and outside the structure. For carpets, we deploy water extraction wands. These devices remove any excess water without harming the nape or the individual fibers.
If the flood water came from a backed up sewer line or a damaged toilet, then there is a risk of contaminated water. SERVPRO maintains an extensive inventory of anti-bacterial cleaners that kill contaminants but are safe to use in food preparation and storage areas. Depending on the size of the facility, we can remove water and clean the structure from just a few days to two weeks.
Restoring your business takes time, but it also has to be done correctly. SERVPRO of Lake Oswego / West Linn is proud to serve our neighbors and fellow business owners in Oregon. We have helped people through burst pipes and other disasters for decades and remain just as dedicated as we were twenty years ago. To schedule an inspection or one of our clean-up services, call (503) 635-6233 today.

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Smoke & Soot Effects from Wildfires in the Lake Oswego Region

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke & Soot Effects from Wildfires in the Lake Oswego Region Wildfires Meet Their Match with SERVPRO Smoke & Fire Restoration Services

SERVPRO Offers Remedies for Grappling with Wildfire Damages

Up and down the Cascades, and most recently in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon watches as wildfires ignite and spread, helped by strong westward winds. In all, over two dozen named fires burn in Oregon and Washington. Some areas near Lake Oswego have been evacuated, and others are on alert, orders to leave homes held for now but ready to issue depending on the success of firefighting efforts and the movement of the fires.

Hundreds of thousands of acres burning, and no help from Mother Nature can place your Lake Oswego home in danger of fire damage. Wildfire in the area makes residents feel powerless and frustrated, but wildfire that attacks your home is a devastation approached only be a few natural disasters. We are on high alert, ready to assist the businesses and residents of our community if property damage from the fast moving fires happens.

SERVPRO offers practical assistance when your home is in the path of a wildfire or just the thick smoke and tenacious soot carpeting our area. Lining up the professionals from our franchise to clean up soot and deal with smoke damage is a smart move as restoring a property damaged by fire residues is simply not a do it yourself proposition.

Our technicians receive IICRC approved training, preparing them for the whole gamut of best practice cleaning methods when soot and smoke residues choke your home. Smoke and soot mitigation is almost an art, our crews carefully choosing the proper techniques depending on the characteristics of the soiling present in your home.

Light dustings of smoke respond well to dry sponges, dusters, and HEPA filtered vacuums. Stickier coatings need a spray and wipe or scrub with an abrasive tool or cleanser. Certified technicians on our SERVPRO fire damage teams know how to apply pressure to remove stubborn soot without damaging the underlying surface. We have a wide inventory of SERVPRO cleaning products, sufficient to tackle any cleanup.

Fire damage nearly always requires a course of deodorization attempts before the restoration is complete. The SERVPRO approach includes removing the charred materials and cleaning and sealing the burned or sooty areas. If that does not obliterate the smell, our crews use airborne methods, including straightforward sprays and more sophisticated thermal fogging, where recreating burning conditions can neutralize odor bearing particles. A safe and efficient option involves the use of hydroxyl generators, a technology that uses hydroxyl radicals produced by certain wavelengths of UV light to eliminate persistent odors. In homes empty of people, pets, and plants we can place ozone machines to break up the odor causing compounds.

If your home suffers from smoke and soot damage traceable to the wildfires currently raging in Oregon, SERVPRO of Lake Oswego / West Linn offers solutions that are effective and practical. Call us at (503) 635-6233 to schedule a professional assessment and fire damage restoration plan.

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Try These Steps To Prevent Water Damage To Your Lake Oswego Basement

9/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Try These Steps To Prevent Water Damage To Your Lake Oswego Basement Water Proofing and Sump Pump Protect Lake Oswego Homes from Water Damage

Tips from SERVPRO to Stop Water Intrusion into Your Home

As a homeowner, you want to avoid water damage to your basement if you can. Water in your basement can cause a range of problems including damage to the structure and of course harm to any stored items. Water leakage into your Lake Oswego basement also increases the risk of mold growth.

There are many causes of water damage to your Lake Oswego basement. SERVPRO recommends homeowners be mindful of the following risks.
Aggressive tree roots. Some trees, such as silver maples, have aggressive root systems that might compromise the foundation of your home and cause a basement leak. Get some information on the trees in your garden and make sure they are not a problem. When planting new trees, plant aggressive species at least 20 feet from your home.
Sump pump faults and debris. If you have a sump pump, check it regularly for debris and faults. A broken sump pump is a quick way to a flooded basement. If you suffer regular power outages, consider getting a generator, so your sump pump keeps working even if the power goes out.
Sewers and septic tanks. Just like sump pumps, damaged, clogged, or broken sewers and septic tanks all put your basement at risk of water leaks. Get them checked out regularly. There is the added health hazard of contaminated water.
Clogged and overflowing gutters and downpipes. Your gutters and downpipes have a job to do – and if they get clogged and thus are not fit for purpose, you are looking at a big potential problem. Keep your gutters and downpipes clear of debris at all times and be sure to check them regularly. The downspouts should channel rainwater at least three feet away from the foundation.
Basement windows. If you have windows in your basement, there is a risk of leaks. Inspect your windows and make sure they are structurally sound and do not let water in. A silicone or latex tube of caulk can prevent water seepage.
Basement cracks. Cracks in the walls or foundation of your basement put it at risk of leaks. Keep an eye out for any cracks and if spotted, call SERVPRO for patching and waterproofing.
Incidents do happen. Should you find yourself with a wet basement, call SERVPRO at once. We equip our IICRC-certified technicians with pumps, extraction wands, air movers, dehumidifiers and moisture detection equipment to handle any leak. For crawlspace foundations we can offer an encapsulation program to mitigate water and moisture intrusion.
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Fire Damage Threatens Commercial Sweet Spot in Lake Oswego

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Threatens Commercial Sweet Spot in Lake Oswego Call SERVPRO for quick and professional fire remediation to get your business back to serving up sweet treats to your customers.

SERVPRO can help after an oven causes fire damage in your bakery or restaurant

Commercial ovens are the workhorses of restaurants and bakeries, taken for granted by business owners and the public they serve. Malfunctions or operator error can cause a commercial oven fire that may have wide-ranging effects on your business and surrounding buildings. Be ready with a plan of action that includes a reputable fire damage restoration expert.

Your bakery offers sweet treats to residents of the Lake Oswego area until fire damage shuts down your ovens. An improperly calibrated sensor allowed heat levels to rise, incinerating a batch of pastries. Smoke had poured through your preparation and customer service areas before the sprinkler system extinguished the fire. Sooty water, flame damage, and a horrible smell all need professional attention immediately.

SERVPRO trains its commercial fire damage technicians to respond swiftly and appropriately to exactly this type of devastation. We know you cannot afford to shut down your business for even a few days without serious negative consequences. Our goal is to devise a plan that quickly and systematically completes the steps necessary to clean up the area, repair the equipment, and eliminate the fire-related odors that are far from enticing.

Our crew takes on the water damage first, using powerful extractors to remove standing water and residual moisture. Cautious at all times, we check to make sure the electronic equipment of a modern commercial bakery poses no risk of shock as we proceed. Air movers and dehumidifiers reduce the moisture in floors and walls as our crew turns to cleaning sooty surfaces with carefully chosen products approved for use around food prepping areas.

Evaluation of any food in the pantries is crucial as the heat and smoke can make edibles unfit for consumption. We work with your insurer throughout the process to limit your business’s liability. Finally, SERVPRO deodorization experts focus on eliminating smoky and unappetizing smells. Using a four-step process approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration, and Certification (IICRC), our team neutralizes the odor particles floating in the air after removing the burned materials and cleaning off smoky residues. We complete the job with sprays or thermal fogging, leaving your bakery ready to share delicious aromas once again.

SERVPRO of Lake Oswego / West Linn awaits your call for help with the trained technicians and equipment that puts your bakery back in business. Call (503) 635-6233 to schedule a consultation as soon as the fire is out.

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High Winds And Heavy Rains Mean Flood Damage In West Linn

8/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage High Winds And Heavy Rains Mean Flood Damage In West Linn West Linn Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup After Storms and Floodings

West Linn Storm Damage Gets Help from SERVPRO

Even well-maintained homes quickly become overwhelmed with rainwater when trees or other objects fall because of straight line winds. A previously rain-tight dwelling becomes a sieve, and water rushes in through holes in the roof, exterior walls, and even the foundation. SERVPRO secures the building and gets right to work after the storm.
A tree takes out the back porch and part of the kitchen, causing flood damage to the West Linn bungalow you call home. In addition to significant destruction to the exterior, water is flowing fast into your foundation. Our full-service responders can help with the many tasks ahead.
SERVPRO swiftly protects your property from more water incursion by boarding up broken windows and doors and tarping other areas. Then we get right to work on the several inches of water standing in your basement. The chances are good that your electricity is out, so our truck mounted submersible pumps, and water extractors provide the power. Flood water can contain all manner of contaminants, so we collect it and dispose of it properly according to local regulations.
Any heating and cooling systems or major appliances like laundry machines or dehumidifiers located in the flooded area undergo evaluation for safe operation as the waters recede. If furnishings or electronics are soaked, SERVPRO crews suggest they be moved to a dry staging area like a garage for further review. Carpeting must be dried out immediately if there is any hope of it surviving, so members of our crew remove the padding and create air flow above and below the carpet with heavy duty air movers. High-efficiency dehumidifiers join the equipment lineup to get the moisture content down. In the case of contaminated water dousing the floor materials, then discarding is the safe remedy.
The SERVPRO crew uses sophisticated moisture monitoring probes and scanners to find any areas where water is hiding. If water built up behind a finished wall or in cinder block cells we drain it out by drilling holes in mortar lines or removing pieces of paneling or drywall. All interior building materials receive a thorough assessment. Soaked and crumbling areas may be removed and replaced while other less porous materials are restored.
Getting the trained technicians from SERVPRO of Lake Oswego / West Linn at your home immediately after the flood damage gives you the best chance for speedy restoration. We also endured the storm as we are members of your community, so we are ready for action at your call to us at (503) 635-6233.

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Remediating Mold Damage in Your Elderly Parents' Lake Oswego Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Your Elderly Parents' Lake Oswego Home Lake Oswego Mold Cleanup and Remediation Is Handled Professionally by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers a Professional Polite Approach to Mold Remediation

As our parents age, they want to retain their independence, but at the same time, we want to make sure their needs are taken care of adequately. Finding a happy middle-ground can be difficult at times, but doing so is essential to their health.
Family homes located in Lake Oswego are just as likely to have mold damage as any other location in the country. In homes occupied by the elderly, particular attention needs to be given to certain situations. Just as we check that their door and window locks are working to keep out intruders, we also need to make sure that the growth of mold, mildew, and other microbes are always at a minimum.
At SERVPRO, we know that your family is important to you, and when you have older parents, making sure they are happy while secure is not taken lightly. They are not as able to check on things in their home as they once did, so when problems develop, structures in the home can deteriorate much more rapidly than they might have a decade ago. Mold can come about because of torn roofing shingles or leaking pipes that are soon forgotten about after being discovered.
We use hygrometers to detect elevated levels of moisture that increase the chances of mold growth in a home. Detecting fungal activity is easy once we know where its source of moisture is located. Containing it and cleaning an area of fungal activity can seem easy to complete as a D-I-Y project. However, any area larger than ten square feet should only be handled by a mold remediation team. Bleach, a traditional means of combating mold, has been found not to be ineffective as an exterminating agent but may actually increase its growth.
Knowing that your parents may not want strangers in their home, we want to assure you that our professional technicians are trained in IICRC methods of remediation and microbial infestation removal, insured, bonded, and highly experienced in both large and small sites.
We also know from our experiences with our own parents, to always be respectful and courteous to yours, and to answer their questions in ways that can help alleviate their concerns. We always communicate with our customers, so our work remains within a comfortable range, and as fast as possible to limit inconveniences and disturbances.
If mold damage is a concern for you regarding your parents' home, call us at (503) 635-6233. Owned and operated locally, SERVPRO of Lake Oswego / West Linn is connected to our community through friends and family. We are always here for you, no matter when you call us.

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SERVPRO’s Pack Out Service Is On Hand After Water Damage To Your Lake Oswego Home Office

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO’s Pack Out Service Is On Hand After Water Damage To Your Lake Oswego Home Office Lake Oswego Water Damage and SERVPRO Equipment for Restoration

No Worries Concerning Water Removal and Cleanup in Lake Oswego When SERVPRO Is on the Job

Water damage causes disruptions to your home life. Inclement weather, a broken appliance or tub, or a damaged roof, can all cause water to enter your home and damage your possessions. In cases where you work from home and the water enters your home office, there is extra urgency in the situation. It is important to get your home office dry so you can continue with your work.
Unfortunately, there are times when the water damage to a Lake Oswego home office is quite extensive. At such times, SERVPRO is on hand to restore order and get the situation under control quickly thanks to our professional pack out service.
One of the main advantages of our pack out service is that it removes your furniture and belongings from your home office so our IICRC-certified technicians can dry every nook and cranny. Our teams come equipped with submersible and free standing pumps and venting box fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers, that are capable of tackling any water damage, even if it is extensive.
However, we do not just remove your home office items and then forget about them. We carefully log each item before loading it onto one of our removal vans and strapping it securely in place. After loading, we transport your belongings to one of our specialist pack out facilities where we treat them with the utmost care.
Our pack out facilities are staffed by SERVPRO remediation experts who have equipment on hand to dry out your belongings. We do not only store your things – we restore them and make it “Like it never even happened.” For example, we have the necessary equipment to freeze-dry any books or paperwork from your office, to prevent further damage and increase the chances of successful restoration. We also have access to powerful Esporta washers that clean more deeply than standard commercial washers. Esporta washers provide a deep clean which is effective against mold damage - a genuine risk of water damage.
The staff at our storage facility dry and clean your items while our team on the ground dries out your home office and makes it fit for use again. You can rely on SERVPRO to take everything into account so you can relax knowing your home is in safe hands.
Call SERVPRO of Lake Oswego / West Linn at (503) 635-6233 today for help with drying out your home office.

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Dinner Party Fire Damage Disaster In Lake Oswego

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dinner Party Fire Damage Disaster In Lake Oswego A Flame is No Match for SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration in Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego Homes Benefits from SERVPRO Fire-Damaging Cleanups

Cooking accidents are the most common reason fire breaks out in a residence. Stoves, microwaves, ovens, and a range of plug-in appliances all contribute to the prevalence of kitchen fires. Although the fire may be confined to the kitchen, damage often spreads throughout the house, requiring the help of the restoration professionals from SERVPRO to resolve.
All it takes is a moment or two of inattention and fire damages your Lake Oswego kitchen. Celebrating a graduation with family and friends, you were pulled into a conversation in the dining room while a saute pan you had just deglazed with a bit of white wine boiled over and the contents caught on fire. By the time you got the fire extinguisher operating the nearby cabinets were scorched, oven mitts by the stove were aflame, and the hood had flames licking at the fan vents. Once the fire department departed, we got the call to help with the mess.
A kitchen fire flares quickly and has plenty of fuel to intensify the blaze. Even when extinguished promptly the cleanup is beyond the skills of the homeowner or a general cleaning firm. SERVPRO specializes in residential fire damage restoration, committed to assisting our clients only with technicians highly trained in industry approved techniques and the use of cutting-edge recovery equipment.
Upon arrival, our project manager ensures the HVAC system is turned off and the vents covered so as not to continue circulating smoke and soot throughout your home. Eventually, the ductwork receives an inspection and cleaning, sealing, or both, performed. An assessment of other areas reveals the priority list for cleaning order and the type of equipment and products needed. Cooking fires usually contain fatty substances that combust into sticky, greasy soot. A spray and wipe technique is most often used, although if the fire burned hot and deposited a lacquer-like substance on surfaces, solvents and abrasive scrubbers may be indicated, to be employed with care to avoid secondary damage.
The smoke and soot almost always migrate at least to neighboring rooms, so the furnishings and carpeting in your dining and living rooms undergo evaluation. Greasy residues on fibers and fabric must be cleaned by professionals educated in the unique safeguards necessary to remove rather than smear and worsen the fire damage. Window coverings may need dry cleaning and blinds profit from an immersion or ultrasonic treatment performed by certified SERVPRO workers.
Food fires create an odor that takes the appetite away, but SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians deodorization specialists use one or more methods to eradicate the lingering smells. Removing the burned food and pans helps, but we may need to use sealants, sprays, or thermal fogging to get rid of the unpleasant aromas completely. Count on our persistence, and contact us if the odor recurs as sometimes treatments get better results if combined or repeated.
A kitchen fire is no match for SERVPRO of Lake Oswego / West Linn. Call (503) 635-6233 24 hours a day to set up an inspection to restore your home after the unfortunate events.

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Clackamas County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Clackamas County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb or attempt to remove it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your entire home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

·         Do not go into areas affected with mold.

·         Turn off the HVAC system and fans to prevent further spread of microscopic mold spores.

·         Contact SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

·         Do not physically touch or disturb the mold.

·         Do not blow or cause air to be blown across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

·         Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.

·         Do not spray bleach or other similar disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it is one of the cornerstones of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized state of the art equipment and time proven techniques to properly remediate your mold problem as quickly and as safely as possible.

If You See Signs of Mold infestation, Call Us as soon as possible – (503) 635-6233. SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn is here to help 24/7.

When Storms or Floods hit Clackamas County, SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn is ready!

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Clackamas County, SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in the Lake Oswego/ West Linn Area.

SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit in the Clackamas County Area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


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