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Winter Weather is Here

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Winter weather brings freezing temperatures, and the Tigard/Tualatin and surrounding area is anticipating snowy conditions. Ensure your home or business is prepared by reading the tips below.

  • Drain water from the swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines. Do NOT put antifreeze in these lines unless directed; antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces, if needed. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Ensure that areas where water supply lines are located are insulated enough. Consider leaving kitchen and bathroom sink cabinet doors open and dripping over night if you think they risk being frozen.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes - even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Temporarily suspend the use of lower nighttime thermostat temperatures to lower the risk of frozen pipes.

We are Here to Help After a Storm

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

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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. 

Flooding 101

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Flooding can occur any time of the year. We here in the PNW have a close relationship with that liquid sunshine we call rain. Even though it is a common sight for us it is important that we know common weather terms and what we need to do when we hear them.

For instance, do you know the difference between a “Flood Warning” and a “Flood Watch”? Although the two terms sound very similar they are different and need to elicit a different response. A

  • Flood Warning means that flooding will occur soon if it has not already. You need to move to higher ground or evacuate the area immediately.
  • Flood Watch means that flooding is possible. You need to listen to local radio or TV news stations and weather centers for more information. A Flood Watch can become a Flood Warning.

If flooding or other water damage affects your property make sure to call the team with 27+ years of experience in the community.

Saving on heat expenses

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Heating and energy costs can really add up and affect your monthly budget. To save a few dollars and unneeded energy you can set thermostats at 68° when you are home and at night and when you are not going to be home for most of the day you can turn it down farther to 65-66° for additional savings.

Energy costs and monthly bills can be a daunting part of our lives, but by making small changes you can save yourself some green while being greener for our planet at the same time.

When customers have had water losses, one of the first things we do is add equipment, this is great for drying out building materials and contents. But not so great for your energy bill. We encourage customers to look at their past years' bill for the same time period and submit those to the insurance carrier for reimbursement. If water or fire damage should affect your home or office make sure to call the team with 27+ years of experience in the community, SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin.

Snow is falling

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

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We are really good in the PNW at dealing with rain, lots of rain but we struggle with snow. It’s rare and beautiful but when it starts to linger on your roof and cause an ice damn it’s not so great. Even worse still when snow starts to make its way into your home and your house is packed with friends and family. SERVPRO® of Tigard/Tualatin & SERVPRO® of Beaverton are ready 24/7 365 including Christmas and News Years to help you when disaster strikes at 503-684-5829.

SERVPRO® of Tigard/Tualatin has been serving the community since 1991. We are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened,” We are ready 24/7, 365 at 503-684-5829 to help you. We are a certified Women owned and Women run firm who are committed to serving our community when disasters such as pipe breaks and fires occur.

Alittle is a lot

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Water Standing Water

Any amount of unexpected water can cause a lot of damage, fast. We get calls from customers who have had water damage in their home or office all the time, often we are told the water has only affected a small area. But more often than not, that is not the case it is just the only water damage that is easily visible. Water runs across and down easily, it does not stay put in one area where a water loss has occurred.

We’re ready to deal with your water damage emergency day or night. When water causes damages in your home or office we are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you. Not only are we ready to help, but we are also ready to answer your call. When you call, no matter the time or day, you will speak with our owner, Kathy Linderman or one of our many trained managers ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” If water damage strikes you, make sure to call the team with 27+ years serving our community.

Avoid flooding

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

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A downspout is an essential part of your gutter system and many problems can occur if it’s not functioning properly. Leaves and yard debris can end up causing plugs and clogs in downspouts leading them to back up and not drain as intended. As you start to plant your spring flowers, be sure to check around the foundation of your home for pooling water caused by downspouts. If you see signs of pooling and puddles make sure to clean out and clear out your downspouts to eliminate the blockage and lessen your chances of flooding from rainwater.

If you do find that there is water in your basement or crawlspace weather that be from a backed up downspout or a pipe break, SERVPRO® of Tigard/Tualatin & SERVPRO® of Beaverton are “Here To Help” 24/7, 365. We have been helping customers like you when disasters occur since 1991 and are ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 503-684-5829

Trees on roofs

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Trees are beautiful and so fun to decorate and have in your home during this season, on your home however, not good. If a tree or branch fall on your home due to wind or snow it can be scary and cause water damage you can’t see. If your home should end up with more than just Santa and his sleigh on your roof give us a call. SERVPRO® of Tigard/Tualatin is ready 24/7 365 including Christmas and News Years to help you when disaster strikes

Storm damaged contents

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

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When rains fall, winds roar and storms serge after making sure everyone is safe and looked after, we worry about our property. We worry about roof shingles blowing off or that old tree that seems to be swaying more than feels safe that is near your garage. It seems like in a storm when we think about property damage, we think about the structure, the roof torn off or a tree on the roof. But we leave out the secondary damages this causes to our contents, our furniture and everything that makes a house a home. Before tossing all your contents our or placing them out on the curb for pick up, make sure you check with  SERVPRO® of Tigard/Tualatin to see if the contents can be cleaned and restored. We have been helping customers like you when disaster strikes for 27+ years. We are ready  24/7, 365 to serve you.

Fire Damage, what to do?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

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When disaster strikes your home and takes its toll on your flooring, walls, and furniture you may be stuck wondering if you are able to restore what has been damaged or if it will be replaced or maybe even what is the difference really.

Restore: To return something or someone to a former condition, place or position.

Replace: To fill the role of someone or something with a substitute.

During the claim process we will work alongside you and your insurance claims adjuster to figure out:

  • What can be restored?
  • What would you like restored or replaced if the value is comparable?
  • What needs to be replaced?

We work to answer these questions item by item, room by room with you all while inventorying your possessions. I thorough and correct inventory list will be crucial in getting your home back to preloss condition.

If a property disaster should strike your home or office, make sure to call the team with 27+ years of experience, SERVPRO® of Tigard/Tualatin.