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When storms or floods hit Washington County, SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin is ready!

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin 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. We service the Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Sherwood, Wilsonville, Lake Oswego and West Linn areas.

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. Since we have staff that lives in your area, we understand the gravity of a local storm or flood affecting your home.

When storms hit in the Washington County Area, SERVPRO can 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. Just as we would ship our crews out to them, they can assist us in a Large Loss response.

Always be prepared for Storm or Flood Damage. Call Us at (503) 684-5829 SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin for immediate help following a flood or storm damage event.

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin is here to help after storm damage

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storms that dump many inches of rain over a period of just a few hours expose your home to the risk of severe flooding inside your foundation. Here at SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin, Lake Oswego/West Linn, and Beaverton, our crews train extensively to respond to these types of conditions, ready to turn back the clock and return your home or business to you “Like it never even happened.” 

In the case of a storm, several days of incessant rain can soak the ground surrounding your property. The water may find nowhere to go but through the cinder blocks into your foundation. As the pounding rain rolls off the roof into your gutters, it spills over, sending torrents of water over the edge of your foundation. 

If you find yourself handling the aftermath of water damage to your home or business after storm conditions, rest assured that SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin is here to help. Our team will be able to ascertain if it is safe to work in the flooded basement, and we will begin pumping the water out of the affected area as soon as possible. 

Our crews will hit the ground running – even if the power in your home is unavailable to use. We will arrive on scene with the necessary equipment to begin the restoration process on your property. 

Once the water level is reduced, SERVPRO team members assess the condition of any mechanical systems and determine whether stored items or furnishings sustained flood damage. Cinder block walls are notorious for holding water within interior cells. Sophisticated scanning techniques find pockets of water, and we drill through mortar joints to release it. Air movers and dehumidifiers begin the process of drying the walls and floors. 

SERVPRO does not leave you high and dry after completion of the job. We consult with you about the reasons for this destructive event. Water incursions through the walls of your foundation signal that the grading around your home may need review. Poorly performing gutters and downspouts may need an upgrade. We also work you through the insurance claim process as storm related flooding frequently is a covered instance. 

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin is poised to perform when you call (503) 684-5829. No disaster is too big or too small for our professionals to lend their training and experience to meet your needs in Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Sherwood.

Important tips for when your property sustains storm damage

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

As the fall and winter seasons approach, those of us in the Tigard/Tualatin area welcome this time of year with open arms. As the sun starts to set earlier its head and the leaves begin to fall, many northwest residents start to prepare their home or business for the change in weather. Preparing for your property for the season’s weather conditions is a crucial step to mitigating future damage from extreme weather. But should a storm hit your home or business, it’s equally important to be aware of how to respond. 

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin has put together a few tips that you and your family can use in the event of storm damage to your home or business.

  • Photograph The Damage. You can never take too many photos. Your insurance company will thank you and you will have a much easier time with your claim if you have good photos.
  • Contact Your Insurance Provider. As soon as you have gathered preliminary information, you should contact your insurance agent. While your local agent is less likely to handle the claim themselves, your agent can be a valuable advocate for your interests while you navigate the claims process.
  • Safety First. Be mindful of fallen power lines and take care not to come in contact with electrically charged water.
  • Inspect Plumbing. Turn of your water main if necessary. Contact a trusted plumbing contractor if you discover plumbing damage. 
  • Disconnect electrical appliances that have come in contact with water. Turn off main power at the power source. Contact an electrician if you discover damaged electrical wires.
  • Inspect your roof. Heavy rains and wind may have dislodged some of your roofing. If you discover any damage, contact a roofing contractor.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin. If the storm has resulted in flooding, call SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin immediately to start the water remediation process. Secondary water damage can occur in as little as 24 hours.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove fallen trees yourself. Contact a reputable arborist if the tree is on your property or the appropriate municipality if it has fallen across public lands or roads.
  • Always work with trustworthy local service providers. Unfortunately, there are some companies that attempt to take advantage of storm events. Always obtain a written contract that outlines the service expectations and a breakdown of costs.

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. If storm damage strikes your home, trust the damage restoration industry leader. 503-684-5829

Don’t wait to remediate when you see mold in your commercial property

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Removing mold from a property can be an expensive process, but it can cost you more money if you wait to remediate the damage. SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin is available 24/7 to respond to your mold or water damage issues so that you can keep your business running. In the case of mold affecting an indoor area after water damage occures, SERVPRO will be able to set up containment areas for the affected area. Doing so will minimize the invasion to your place of business as we handle the mold issue in your commercial space.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a property. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

If you have stagnant water or areas of increased humidity in your commercial space or property, be aware that mold can develop in those conditions. Mold spores thrive on moisture and heat. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to this. Because of this, it's important to try to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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 AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

If you're concerned about mold growth in your commercial space, steps you can take to reduce the chance of mold growth is to keep the area well ventilated, dry, and to reduce the humidity of the air.

If your home or business has a water or mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to clean restore the property.

If You See Signs of Mold in your commercial space, Call Us Today – (503) 684-5829 - SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin, Lake Oswego/West Linn, and Beaverton.

Learn About the Institute that Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin, we mention our IICRC certification often. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. As a IICRC firm, SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin follows the guidelines and regulations outlined below.

IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you are a commercial property owner, you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin will handle you water, fire, or mold damage well. If you experience fire, water, or mold damage in your commercial space, contact SERVPRO to begin the mitigation process. 503-684-5829

Preparing for Winter Storm Damage in the Tigard/Tualatin Area

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Neighborhood street after winter storm, servpro provides emergency services SERVPRO is there for you during a Storm Damage Emergency.

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin, Lake Oswego/West Linn and Beaverton prides itself on being a leader in the commercial and residential restoration industry. As storm damage experts, we help home and business owners recover from small incidental damage all the way up to total loss after a major storm.

With the autumn and winter seasons approaching the Tigard/Tualatin area, it’s important to remember the potential damage that extreme weather can have on properties. Storm Damage starts with severe weather, which can be considered as hail, heavy winds, snow, freezing ice and sleet, or heavy rain, among other weather conditions that can lead to Storm Damage.

The potential a storm has to damage your property is directly related to how protected your property is. Preventative maintenance on your home or property is a property owner’s first defense against Storm Damage. During fall and winter months, small issues such as an undetected leak in a pipe, can lead to large damages in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin is your local storm damage company and we can help identify some of these smaller issues before they become bigger ones. Whether it is a fallen tree, a leak in your pipe, or extreme weather damage, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with superior emergency service after a major storm event. SERVPRO will be there to help secure your property and belongings to minimize continued damage.

Call us today to learn more about our services and how we can help your home or business in the event of a storm emergency.

Obtaining an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Is your Tigard/Tualatin, Lake Oswego/West Linn, or Beaverton business ready for a water or fire damage emergency? The moments immediately following a fire or water damage event are the most crucial. Putting an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) into place can make all the difference. Did you know that SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin can help you put together an ERP free of charge?

Here are a few advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP):

  • This service is provided to you free of charge.
  • A compact electronic and physical document containing the critical information necessary in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you obtain entrance into your building preceding a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration specialist.
  • Identifies the line of command for authorization of commencement.
  • Provides personnel and staff with pertinent details about the building, such as the location of water and gas main shut off valves, electric breakers as well as emergency contact information.

Contact SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin today to find out more about scheduling an appointment at your facility with one of our qualified representatives. This complimentary assessment of your building will help you and your staff save crucial time in the event of an emergency and establish SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin as your fire and water mitigation provider. (503) 684-5829

A Reliable Commercial Restoration Service for the Tigard/Tualatin Area

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro staff stand together in front of the warehouse SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin staff stand together in front of our warehouse in July 2019!

When it comes to your business, there is no shame in admitting you may need to call in a restoration professional to get you out of a jam. SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin, Lake Oswego/West Linn, and Beaverton is always here to help. As a reputable restoration contractor, we believe it’s important to encourage consumer education. There are a few things you may want to consider before you enter into an agreement with restoration contractor – even SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin.

As you are considering restoration contractors, consider these factors:

Is their website legitimate?         

The internet has come a long way and it is the fastest way to find most services, including restoration contractors. One way to quickly determine if the company’s site is legitimate is to see if it includes informative links to the services they provide. Most reputable commercial restoration contractors will offer the following services:  

  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Black water removal and remediation
  • Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning

You also may want to check to see if the company you are considering has an online presence with Yelp, Facebook and Google. These sites are a bit harder to falsify.

Read reviews and testimonials

The majority of modern companies have a link on their website that leads to client testimonials. What better way to ascertain if this is the right company for you than reading other clients reports? Additionally, look for examples of their work, whether that is before and after images or job portfolios.  

Give them a call. Ask Questions!

Any professional service provider should know what they are talking about. They will know their company’s history and should be able to answer basic questions about the service they provide.

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin, Lake Oswego/West Linn, and Beaverton is a locally owned and operated franchise. We take pride in our involvement in our community, as well as being a part of an elite nationally recognized restoration service.   

We welcome scrutiny and invite you to investigate our claims. If you need a reputable and honest fire or water restoration contractor, give us a call today. We would be happy to answer all of your questions and concerns. (503) 684-5829

Plan ahead for leaks and prevent mold damage in your Tigard/Tualatin coffee shop

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Leaks can happen in any business. Coffee shops in the Tigard/Tualatin area are at high risk for leaks and water damage because of the nature of the business. After a leak, there is a genuine risk of secondary mold damage – something no business owner or patron wants to see in a coffee shop. It’s important to plan to prevent leaks and therefore mold damage in your business.

Carrying out a risk assessment and putting guidelines in place for what to do in the event of a leak is an important step to take as a business owner. Above all, responding quickly to the presence of a water leak can improve your chances of preventing secondary mold damage in your business. Additionally, making sure to check appliances, pipes, and other trouble areas in the business for water leaks on a regular basis can help you catch a leak before it does exponential property damage.

Check out our previous blogs about our Emergency Ready Profile and how it can help keep your business open following a disaster.

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin is on hand to help dehumidify and dry your property before mold has a chance to grow. For help with mold prevention in Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Beaverton, Sherwood, and Wilsonville, call SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin at (503) 684-5829 today.

Why Tigard/Tualatin restaurants take on more water damage than other businesses

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Due to the nature of their business, restaurants will often have higher water consumption during operation. This increases the likelihood of water damage occurring in a restaurant. SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin is passionate about preparing our community’s restaurant owners for the sometimes inevitable reality of water damage in their place of business.

Many factors can contribute to water damage in a commercial kitchen. Examples of this can be clogged drains, burst or damaged water lines, and flooding from plumbing issues or from extreme weather. Restaurants have many moving parts and are open to the public, which can at times cause issues in the publically used areas such as the restrooms.

Additionally, issues can arise from both new and old appliances. Being aware of this risk and preparing accordingly as a restaurant business owner is crucial to surviving property damage to your business.

To learn more about preparing your business for disaster, please visit our blog on our Emergency Ready Profile service.

For help with mold prevention in Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Beaverton, Sherwood, and Wilsonville, call SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin at (503) 684-5928 today.