SERVPRO recognizes National Wildfire Awareness Month
Now is the time to prepare!
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties would like to remind our friends and neighbors that May has been deemed "National Wildfire Awareness Month".
Five Things You Should Know
- We all have a role to play in preventing wildfires and protecting our communities.
- Prevention can begin at home. The "Defensible Space" is your property's front line defense against wildfires. Protect it by removing brush and trimming branches that hang near your home.
- Wildfires can come without warning, and move quickly. Prepare now in case you have to leave your home. Register for emergency notification systems in your community and make a plan where your family will go and how you will stay in contact if evacuated.
- Never underestimate the importance of campfire safety: always check if the campground or park allows outdoor fires before you strike a match. If permitted, make sure you have water or an extinguisher on hand. Before you leave, make sure the fire is dead out - if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave.
- Yard clean-up tools can actually start a wildfire if not handled properly. Be mindful when operating gas powered equipment and be prepared to extinguish fires if started, or operate equipment early in the morning when temps are lower, and humidity is higher.
2018 Facts - By The Numbers
During the 2018 wildfire season, Oregonians were responsible for starting 1,330 wildfires that consumed over 329,000 acres. The locally owned SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties reminds our Columbia River Gorge neighbors that the local SERVPRO professionals are always ready to help, 24/7/365.
BBQ Season Safety Tips
Don't let grill fires ruin your day!
Home Grill Fires
It’s that time of the year again, BBQ season; everyone loves this time of the year when they get to spent it with friends and family outside grilling up some tasty meals. Before you start up that grill, let’s make use you are prepared to grill safely.
In 2013-2017, Grills, Hibachis, and BBQ's were involved in an average of 10,200 per year, including an average of 4,500 structure fires and 5,700 outside or unclassified fires. These fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 reported civilian injuries, and $123 million in direct property damage.
Based on 2013-2017 annual averages:
- July (17%) was the peak month for grill fires, followed by June (14%), May (13%) and August (12%).
- The grill had not been cleaned in roughly one-quarter of the fires.
- More than one-quarter of grill structure fires started on an exterior balcony or open porch. Ten percent began when an outside wall caught fire; 5% began with some type of structural member or framing.
- Eighty-five percent of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 10% used charcoal or other solid fuel.
- Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,700 home fires per year, including 3,600 structure fires and 5,100 outdoor fires annually. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Eleven percent of gas grill structure fires and 23% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks.
- Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in 1,100 home fires per year, including 600 structure fires and 500 outside fires annually.
Five out of six (83%) grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used charcoal or other solid fuel.
The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to clean, having the grill too close to something that could catch fire and leaving the grill unattended.
A leak or break was the leading cause for outside or unclassified grill fires. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills.
About SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River, & Wasco Counties
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River, & Wasco Counties is locally owned and 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. 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 and state of the art equipment to restore your property.
9 Ways To Prevent Water Damage In Your Home
Don't let water damage sink your day
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties would like to offer Columbia River Gorge residents helpful tips to prevent water damages to
1. Disconnect Hoses
Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe and cause it to burst inside your home.
2. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage and ice dams.
3. Maintain or clear Bushes and Vegetation
Thriving shrubs can be a beautiful thing – except when their roots wrap around your pipes and break them.
4. Know your Water Main Location
Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time.
5. Check Appliances Regularly
Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to manufacturer’s directions.
6. Investigate Leaks Right Away and Fix Promptly
If you opt to ignore moisture damage, or postpone making the necessary repairs, be prepared to experience mold, mildew, or dry rot.
7. Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses
Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Consider installing stainless steel hoses.
8. Check Your Water Pressure
If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure.
9. Monitor Your Water Bill
Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill.
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties is locally owned and our team of highly trained professionals can respond to your emergency 24/7/365.
The Importance of Duct Cleaning for Indoor Air Quality
What is the condition of your ductwork?
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties reminds Commercial and Residential property owners and Managers that during the frigid cold of winter, or the sweltering heat of summer, avoiding the outdoors may keep us safe from dangerous weather, but we face another danger from the inside. The air quality inside a building begins to worsen when there is less fresh outdoor air and an increase in people and animals. Poor air quality is not only uncomfortable but can be bad for your health.
Maintenance is Critical
With little fresh air coming in, indoor air must recycle through the HVAC system, spreading germs, dust, mold, and allergens. This recycled air moves through duct systems, adhering to the interior of the ductwork, especially in ducts with fiber linings. It’s similar to dirt on shoes. If your shoes have treads, dirt and mud get stuck more easily, allowing you to spread it from room to room. But some of the dirt still sticks in the deep crevices of your shoes. Particulates can do the same in ductwork. This means in periods like winter, where a lot of particles are getting trapped inside, your system and ductwork can get pretty clogged up. While regular HVAC maintenance usually includes cleaning this dirt and debris from the air handling unit coils, condensing pan, ductwork cleaning is often considered nonessential. This can be a mistake, especially if there is no facility maintenance schedule for changing dirty filters or incorrect filter sizes are used. This can cause dirt and allergens to build up quickly in ductwork.
If there has been any major event or evidence of mold, or when normal dust and allergens buildup during the winter months inside ducts, some will come loose periodically, spreading throughout the building. But you also want to get your ducts looked at in or around the winter months because people aren’t the only living things that come in when it’s cold. Insects and rodents can also hunker down inside your ductwork, and definitely require professional cleaning to remove.
Call the Local Professionals
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties has the specialized training to clean and decontaminate your ductwork, as well as the specialized tools to dislodge dirt and debris stuck in your system. After the ductwork is inspected for large debris, like insects, rodents, and waste, caked-on buildup will be loosened, then vacuumed out with industrial vacuums equipped with HEPA filters. Evidence of microbial growth in your HVAC system or ductwork can require anti-microbial agents to kill and prevent any further growth as well. If you are looking for professional services to clean your ductwork, you can count on the Professionals at SERVPRO- were always here to help!
Frozen Pipes? SERVPRO to the Rescue!
The local professionals at SERVPRO are always here to help!
Did you know?
A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the build up of pressure between the water source and the blockage.
A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. The professionally trained technicians at SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties are faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and industry leading training to the Columbia River Gorge.
If you suspect a frozen pipe
If you open a faucet and no water comes out, don’t take any chances. Call a plumber. If a water pipe bursts, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve (usually at the water meter or where the main line enters the building); leave the faucet(s) open until repairs are completed. Don’t try to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame; this will damage the pipe and may even start a building fire. You might be able to thaw a pipe with a handheld hair dryer or heat gun. Slowly apply heat, starting close to the faucet end of the pipe, with the faucet open, then work toward the coldest section.
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties is the Columbia River Gorges trusted choice of property owners and managers alike. The dedicated team at SERVPRO is always available 24/7/365 to service your needs!
Faster To Any Size Commercial Disaster
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties - the trusted choice of Columbia Gorge property owners and managers alike.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services for commercial property owners and managers alike, throughout the Columbia River Gorge - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays!
We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage can be very invasive. Water can quickly spread throughout your property and absorb into flooring, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River, & Wasco Counties will arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs, while getting you back in business fast!
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 541-386-2288
Water Damage Timeline
Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and fixtures. Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets. Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Drywall begins to swell and break down. Metal surfaces begin to tarnish. Furniture begins to swell and crack. Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain. A musty odor appears.
Mold and mildew may grow and spread. Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp. Metal begins to rust and corrode. Furniture warps and shows signs of mold. Paint begins to blister, wood flooring swells and warps. Biohazard contamination is possible.
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive. Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
The Local Professionals
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River, & Wasco Co. 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. 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.
Hardwood floor rescue in Hood River Oregon
The local professionals at SERVPRO use the latest state of the art equipment.
At SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties, often times we are asked if hardwood floors can be successfully dried following a water damage event. The answer depends on several factors, the main one being- how long have the floors been affected by water.
Time is of the essence
While other factors will affect the results (type of wood, thickness, age, etc), the sooner a hardwood floor can be dried, the better the chances are that the floor can be saved.
State of the art equipment
In this situation, SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties was quickly on scene and deployed "Rescue Mats" - that concentrate vacuum directly on the flooring surface, drawing the water out through the channels in the flooring. This also protects the finish of the flooring, unlike conventional "wand extraction" or "truck mount extraction" used by many water mitigation contractors or carpet cleaning companies.
Contact the Local Professionals
If your hardwood flooring has suffered a water damage, contact SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties - We're always here to help!
SERVPRO Offers Fire Safety Awareness Tips
Practice makes perfect!
Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!
Top Tips for Fire Safety
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
- Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
- If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
If a Fire Starts:
- Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher
- Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
- Yell "Fire!" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
- If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you. If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan.
For more information or free emergency planning materials, contact SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counites today!
Smoke Detector Safety Can Reduce Fire Damage In Columbia Gorge Homes
Be sure to install your smoke detectors in the best place to insure that they are effective in detecting smoke in you Columbia Gorge home.
Thanks to public safety awareness campaigns and building codes, most Columbia Gorge households have a smoke detector in their homes. Unfortunately, many homes still have an inadequate number of detectors and some of those may be mounted incorrectly. An improperly placed smoke detector can affect the devices ability to sense smoke quickly and put your home at risk of a fire.
Because modern furnishings – from appliances to bedding to carpeting- are primarily made from synthetic materials, house fires spread faster than in the past, when furnishings were from natural materials. This creates a need for more detectors throughout the home in order to give everyone time to escape. The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code requires an alarm inside and outside of every sleeping room as well as on each floor of a home, including the basement.
Smoke detectors might also be installed in an ineffective place in a room. When placed on a wall, it should be between 4" and 12" from the ceiling. When on a ceiling, it should be 4" from the adjoining wall, to avoid the "dead space", as seen in our graphic to the right. If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of the peak (four inches down from the peak). In a basement, the best place to install your alarm is at above the bottom step. Avoid installing near doors, air ducts and windows, as they might interfere with detection.
Most of the smoke detectors found on store shelving today have a permanent, non removable lithium battery that will last ten years. This removes the need to replace the battery when it starts beeping – or worse, the battery being removed and not replaced. Of course, the detector itself will require replacement after ten years. When the alarm starts chirping at the end of its lifespan, that is your signal to replace it.
In our work as fire damage restoration professionals, we have seen the devastation that a house fire can cause. It's heartbreaking to see a home and all the contents that were very sentimental to those who lived there destroyed. Take the time today to check your smoke detectors and make sure that they are properly placed, that there are enough of them and that they are in working order.
When Winter Storms Hit The Columbia River Gorge, SERVPRO is Ready
When winter storms strike, count on SERVPRO to strike back!
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use state of the art equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
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 Winter Storms and Flooding
When storms hit SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Co., we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access additional equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country, and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROeastclackamashoodriverwascocounties.com/disaster-recovery that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 541-386-2288.