Recent Storm Damage Posts
Storms can be devastating!
A storm event can be devastating to your home or business. Even with proper planning, any damage to your property can be impactful. At SERVPRO of East Clackamas/ Hood River & Wasco counties we offer our community a 24-7 emergency response team. We are highly trained and ready to assist you in your time of need. 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 SERVPRO of East Clackamas/ Hood River & Wasco counties we have the capability to scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country that are strategically located throughout the United States. We are truly “Faster to any size disaster.”
Preparing Your Business for a Winter Disaster
Prepare ; -verb, (pre-pare, pri-'per) : To make ready for use
Now Is the time to Prepare!
As the well-known catch phrase from the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” warns, “Winter is coming.” Now is the time to start preparing your small business for a potential disastrous winter storm season — just in case.
Here are five things your business should do right now to prepare for a winter disaster.
Get Familiar With Your Insurance Policy
Step one is revisiting your insurance coverage. Secure a copy of your policy for your records if you don’t already have one. Keep copies of this information is a separate location – in case you are unable to access your business location.
Inventory Valuable Equipment
It stands to reason that you want to be able to tell your insurance company what you lost in a winter disaster. Pictures of equipment stored on your smartphone are good. Even taking pictures of the outside of your business is a good way to make sure you have images of your building before and after any damage occurs.
Check your building and surrounding areas, looking for potential problems, so you can address them now. Are tree limbs overhanging your business that could be dangerous if weighted down with ice and snow? Are walkways and parking areas free and clear of hazards and obstacles that may be unnoticed if covered in snow or standing water?
Some of the best things you can do to prepare your business for a winter disaster are proactive and physical. Covering or insulating any exposed piping properly will prevent burst pipes and water damage when the thermometer dips.
A contingency plan can be elaborate or simple, but you need to have one! Your plan should include such details as where you’d set up a temporary shop after a disaster strikes. Another consideration might be where your employees can work from if a disaster strikes in order to continue operations. Don’t forget to have a backup communication plan for employees.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile
Ask your locally owned SERVPRO professional about starting an Emergency Ready Plan for your business or organization. With this no cost assessment, SERVPRO will also provide a concise document with critical information relating to your business and property that can be stored in the cloud, and accessed from anywhere by authorized persons in a time of crisis.
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.
SERVPRO travels in Winter Weather and we want YOU to be Prepared Too!
Always plan for the unexpected - you may not be the only one you help in an emergency
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties is proud to respond to our customers in The Columbia River Gorge 24/7/365 - whenever their time of need is.
In doing so, our crews travel in some of the most challenging condition The Gorge can throw at us - in fact you likely have seen our vehicles doing just that.
All of us at SERVPRO want you to be safe and prepared as well, and so we offer the following winter travel preparedness tips;
Prepare your vehicle
Check your tires and make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm and check tire pressure during cold weather. Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.
Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. Don't wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers.
Keep your fuel tank full — don't let it fall below half a tank on winter trips.
Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages
What to carry on winter trips:
Keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kit. Consider the needs of your pets if they are traveling with you.
Load your car with winter travel gear : tire chains, ice scraper, snowshovel, jumper cables, road flares.
Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration
SERVPRO is ready 24/7/365
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today 1-541-386-2288
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco County Franchise Professionals
- Provide 24/7 Emergency Services
- Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
- Mold Remediation Specialists
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- Locally Owned and Operated
Why Choose a SERVPRO Franchise Professional?We're Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals live alongside you in the Columbia River Gorge and are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
We're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists
We specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables us to get you back to normal.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.
Regardless of the Storm Damage, We Can Help
Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.
- Flooding caused by heavy rains
- Damage caused by snow and ice
- Wind damage events
- Wild fires
- Any Natural Disaster
How to Expedite Storm Recovery With Your Mobile Device
SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile APP
SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties understands life is busy - and we want to help Columbia Gorge residents and business owners to be better prepared.
Just as you use a smartphone to receive emails and other updates, your disaster preparedness plan can be mobile as well. Your cell phone can be used as a lifeline to communicate and connect with family and work contacts, and execute emergency response plans.
Your local SERVPRO professionals can help you accomplish this preparation by offering our no-cost proprietary Emergency Ready Profile. This profile can be customized to suit your particular needs in a time of crisis - such as photographs of utility shut-off locations, and your service providers specific contact information - all in one convenient location.
The First Step is the Most Important
Contact SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties today to learn more about the Emergency Ready Profile today!
5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Winter Storms
SERVPRO is ready to help 24/7/365
SERVPRO offers tips to Columbia Gorge residents
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties knows a thing or two about Columbia Gorge winters and the storms that can bring unwanted damage to your home. The professionals at SERVPRO would like to remind you of the 5 key tips to better protect your structure:
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a sow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or un-insulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in a basement, crawlspace, or garage and turn it to the off position.
- If you followed the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner value is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
Help is always available 24/7
If old man winter is just too persistent and your best preparations are thwarted, remember the professionals at SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties are available to help - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
SERVPRO warns homeowners about Ice Dams
Ice Dam at work
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties reminds Columbia Gorge residents that Ice Dams can be a major problem during the winter season.
What is an Ice Dam?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can back-flow under the roof's shingles and can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Often this damage can go unnoticed for days, or longer - causing extensive damage.
SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River, and Wasco Counties has the industry leading training and state of the art equipment to mitigate the damage caused by Ice Dams and quickly get your structure back to preloss condition.