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The Importance of Duct Cleaning for Indoor Air Quality

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 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!

Faster To Any Size Commercial Disaster

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 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

  • Within Minutes

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.

  • Hours 1 - 24:

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.

  • 48 Hours to 1 Week:

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.

  • More Than 1 Week:

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.

SERVPRO Commercial Services

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Commercial Services SERVPRO Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River, and Wasco Counties is proud to be the trusted choice of Business Owners and Property Managers throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

Commercial Services

Your commercial property's appearance speaks volumes to your clients. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration service, you can depend on the local professionals at SERVPRO. Our services include;

  • Commercial Water Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Electronics Restoration
  • Commercial Document Drying
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • SERVPRO's Exclusive Disaster Recovery Team

The local team at SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties is ready 24 hours a day to help get your business back up and running again. Some of the properties we service include;

  • Retail Facilities 
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospital Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities
  • Government Facilities
  • Manufacturing / Industrial Facilities

Like it Never Even Happened

Whether your need is removing a problem odor, deep cleaning flooring and carpets, or restoring your structure after a large disaster, you can count of the local professionals at SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties to get the job done right the first time, on time!

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan The SERVPRO ERP App

50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a disaster.

SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco County reminds Columbia River Gorge business owners that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

A no cost assessment of your facility

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan is a concise document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 

To learn more, contact SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties - TODAY!

Prepare Your Business for Winter Storms

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Prepare Your Business for Winter Storms Are you prepared?

SERVPRO offers tips to Business Owners

SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties knows the approach of winter means different things to different people. You might be eager for holiday events and snowy days, but if you’re a business owner in the Columbia Gorge, it’s important to prepare your business for the inevitable wintry weather. 

  • Prepare your building

Extreme winter storms can cause expensive structural damage to your building. The most common culprits are frozen pipes that burst. 

  •  Make a plan for snow and ice removal

Have a plan in place to get rid of the snow and ice that has built up on your building and surrounding property. Snow and ice can cause structural damage and limit customers’ access to your business.

  • Identify potential safety hazards

Slippery entry ways and falling overhead ice and snow could result in expensive liability claims. Keep pathways leading to and from the building clear and safe. Post warning signs if needed.

  •  Keep employees in the know

Communicate an emergency plan to employees before an emergency strikes. If there is a chance the business could close in the event of a storm, let employees know ahead of time how they will be notified (text, email, etc.).

  •  Keep a detailed inventory

While it’s a good idea to maintain your inventory list year-round, it becomes especially important before winter storms. Take photos of your building and all of its contents. Store these pictures in a safe place of site, and keep detailed records of all equipment and assets. If anything is damaged or destroyed in a storm, the inventory list will make replacements easier.

  •  Gather digital items

There are certain phone numbers you should have stored in your cell phone. These include your local fire and police, the power company, the nearest hospital, and your insurance providers.

SERVPRO can help create an Emergency Plan

SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties understands how difficult it can be for local business owners to find the time to create their own emergency plan.

Fortunately SERVPRO is ready to help! We have the experience and expertise to create and customize a specific EMERGENCY READY PLAN for your business today- at no cost to Columbia Gorge business owners!

Contact SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties today to learn more!

The Importance of Work Place Fire Drills

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Importance of Work Place Fire Drills Know what to do in an emergency

Inform your employees about evacuation procedures in your Columbia Gorge business.

Whether you have a small business or own a large corporation, you probably know effective fire drills are part of your workplace-safety plan. When employees are hard at work, it can be tough to get them to pay attention to an emergency drill. Still, the best way to ensure workers evacuate efficiently during a fire is to ask them to practice regularly. Here are some tips for conducting a meaningful fire drill.

1. Inform Employees

To get the most out of your companies fire drill, you must notify employees that it is going to happen. Be sure to provide them with information about how to effectively evacuate. Also, tell all employees that participation is mandatory. If you have customers or guests on site during the drill, don’t forget to alert them as well.

2. Monitor the Drill 

You only know if your drill is effective if you pay attention to how it goes down. When planning your drill, designate a couple employees to act as observes. These representatives should take notes during the drill. They should also compile a post-drill report. If the observers recommend improvements, work to coach employees about new evacuation procedures.

3. Ask for Help

Many fire departments have outreach officials who will collaborate with you to conduct your preparedness drill. Be sure to contact your local fire department if you move into a space that is newly constructed - they may want to do a walk through with you. When you are scheduling your drill, reach out to local first responders or emergency preparedness departments to ask for assistance. Also, consider asking these professionals to advise your employees on evacuation and first-aid techniques during the drill.

A fire in a business can be devastating. If your organization has sustained damage during a fire, working with a qualified restoration service is likely your best bet to fully recover.