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Preventing Mold in Your Bathroom

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Mold in Your Bathroom Prevention is key in keeping mold out of your bathroom

One of the most common places mold grows in our homes is in the bathroom.  This room is usually damp, exposed to high-humidity, dark, and often neglected.  Investing a small amount of time and money now, can help prevent a large amount of time and dollars down the road.  Here are a few simple suggestions to help prevent mold growth in your home:

Choose Mildrew-Resistant paint  After a nice hot shower, our bathroom walls absorb the lingering moisture, which can invite the growth of moisture.  Selecting a paint that resists mildew will give your walls an extra level of protection.

Proper Ventilation  Mildew loves moisture. To help eliminate excessive moisture, be sure to run your exhaust fan during your shower, and for about 30 minutes after. This helps ensure the walls and ceiling will dry properly. 

Let the light shine  A surprisingly simple step, that is easily overlooked, is to let in the light. Mildew loves darkness, so leaving the overhead light on, or better yet, allowing natural light to enter the room through a window will actually help keep that fungus at bay. 

Mop up water  Nip mildew in the bud by getting rid of excess water as soon as possible.  Keep a squeegee near the shower to quickly take care of the shower walls, and mop up any puddle on the floor.

Keep it clean  Simply taking the time to give your bathroom a good cleaning on a regular basis can help prevent mildew from gaining any ground in your bathroom. Spending 20 minutes a week to wipe down and disinfect can save you save you a lot of time and headaches down the road.

Prevention is the key when it comes to mold in your home.  But if you do see or smell mold, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO a call today! Our Mold Remediation Specialists are ready to respond, and make it ‘’like it never even happened”.

Spring Cleaning

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning can help keep your home healthier

As the weather warms up, we want to open the windows and, metaphorically, emerge from our winter hibernation.  It is typically the time of year where homeowners take a few weekends to spruce up the interior and exterior of their homes – wash away the winter drab. Keeping your home clean and tidy is important for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, a clean home is less likely to face issues like mold damage, pest infestation and other problems that stem from a lack of attention and care. From the kitchen to the garage and from the backyard to the bedrooms, Spring Cleaning is very important in the maintenance of Willamette Valley homes.

If you are looking to spruce up your home this spring season, keep in mind the following cleaning tips:

  • Clean out your refrigerator – dispose of expired items and wash each tray
  • Give all of your doormats a good wash
  • Clean your upholstery and carpet – get professional help from SERVPRO to make sure the job is done right
  • Pay special attention to washing your baseboards
  • Dust all ceiling fans
  • Scrub down your stove and oven
  • Sanitize all sinks
  • Disinfect your kitchen sink’s disposal
  • Thoroughly clean all bathrooms – including shower doors, shower walls, and drain areas
  • Disinfect and clean all toilets
  • Reorganize your bedroom closets and drawers
  • Move boxes or storage bins to check for insect/pest nests behind them
  • Pressure wash your driveway and roof
  • Wash all windows – light actually helps keep mold growth at bay!!

While there are certainly additional tasks to accomplish while doing your spring cleaning, the above list should serve as a great starting point for you and your family. While spring cleaning is important, keeping your home clean throughout the year is the key to ensuring major dirt buildup is avoided. Mold damage is one of the most common side effects of untreated water leaks and other home issues. If you think your home could use some professional attention, contact our SERVPRO team at your earliest convenience.

Hidden dangers of flooding

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden dangers of flooding Standing water inside your home can pose health risks.

Storms can bring rain and flooding.  Would you know how to protect your family in the event of a flood? Did you realize that in addition to structural damage, a flood can pose a health risk to your family, as well?  Being aware of a few simple things can help reduce the risk to you and your family.

Evacuate if instructed to do so. Do not try to wait out the flood in your home if you are advised to evacuate.

Floodwaters often contain sewage and toxins, especially in Urban areas.  Avoid contact with the water.

Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and mold. These can become airborne, and pose a health risk if inhaled.

Identify vulnerable populations – such as elderly, children, immunocompromised, those with asthma, or any other airway diseases, and keep them from the flood waters until area has been dried.

Turn off gas and electric before entering a dwelling that has standing water.

Make sure any workers assisting in clean up wear protective gear, this includes gloves and goggles to prevent exposure to harmful substances.

When in doubt, toss it out – damp buildings and furnishings promote the growth of bacteria, dust mites, and mold.  Anything that cannot be cleaned and dried must be discarded.

CALL YOUR Storm and Water Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO! Our professionals are experienced in Storm and Water Clean-ups and Restoration. We are ready to help, and have to tools to safely get the job done.  Call us today!

Faster to Benton County Water Damage Event

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to Benton County Water Damage Event In the event of a flood, call on your SERVPRO Professionals to help!

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Benton County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –541-745-2097

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • 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.
  • Serious 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.

About SERVPRO of Benton County

SERVPRO of Benton County 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.

Design Tips to Protect Your Basement Floor Against Water Damage

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Design Tips to Protect Your Basement Floor Against Water Damage Epoxy flooring is ideal for basements. Not only can it be beautiful, it is naturally water-proof.

Finding a home with a basement here in Oregon is almost as rare as seeing Sasquatch. When we do find a basement, our excitement is hard to contain as the possibilities are endless! This extra square footage could be ideal for storage, a guest bedroom, a playroom for the kids/grandkids, a den, a room for entertaining…..the list goes on and on.  But before we make any final decisions on what to do with this extra space, we must keep one thing in mind: basements are rare here because our ground gets very wet.  Wet ground can lead to water leaking into you home.  While there are steps you can take to help prevent water from gaining access to your basement, there are also a few simple flooring ideas that can help minimize damage IF water ever did get into your home.

AVOID CARPETING  It may seem appealing to have a softer floor covering if you plan to turn this space into a cozy room for relaxing, or a playroom for children.  But, unfortunately, carpeting and its padding soak up any moisture that may come into your home, and can become a breeding ground for mold.

Epoxy Coating a concrete basement subfloor with epoxy will make it waterproof and durable. Available in a variety of colors, epoxies can easily be applied over a weekend.

Concrete stain Stain can dress up concrete floors with very little cost an effort. Unlike some other types of concrete coatings, stain is resistant to chipping or flaking.  Stains also come in a wide variety of colors, making it easy to match your décor.

Ceramic Tile Affordable and timeless, ceramic tile can easily be applied directly over a concrete slab.  Tile is also resistant to water and humidity, making it a good choice for basement flooring.

Painted Concrete  Paint is easy  and the least expensive solution.  Do your research, and be sure to get a latex based paint that is resistant to humidity and cooler temperatures.  Use a roller to apply at least 2 coats directly to the floor.  You may have to touch up the floor every few years.

You can always accessorize for comfort by using area rugs.  These not only look nice, but can easily be replaced if any water damage does occur.  If you ever do find yourself with water damage in your basement, do not hesitate to call your Water Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO. We are on-call 24/7 and ready to help you get back to enjoying your basement.

Kids and Fire Safety

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kids and Fire Safety Flames can quickly get out of hand. Be prepared.

Home fires can start quickly, and spread at an incredible rate.  Studies have shown that once a smoke detector goes off in your home, you only have about 2 minutes to get out safely! When you have young children in the house, that thought can be overwhelming and frightening.  Altho we cannot always prevent a fire from starting, there are things we can do to help our families get out safely if a fire occurs.

Working Smoke Detectors/Alarms are of utmost importance!! Altho you only have about 2 minutes to escape once the alarm sounds, smoke detectors in the home have been shown to reduce fire-related deaths by 50%.  Considering half of all home fires occur between 11PM – 7AM, when most folks are sleeping, a working smoke detector sounding the alarm can make all the difference. As well as with so many fires starting during the night time, it is a good idea to have working alarms in each bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. For the best protection, install interconnected smoke alarms. This way, when one goes off, they all sound.  Practice a few times with the alarm actually sounding, to ensure that your child is not afraid of the sound, and that they know what they should do when they hear the alarm

Also, practice escaping out of every room of your home.  Make a game of it, see how many different ways you can get out to your designated ‘safe space’ and meeting area. Even have your kids help draw a map of your different escape routes. They will have fun. Drawing a map also helps ingrain it into their minds, making them more likely to remember what to do in the event of an actually fire.

Teach kids to not play with matches and lighters.  Make a habit of storing these items up and out of reach of young children. Teach children that if they happen to find a match or lighter, to take it to a trusted adult immediately!

Fires can be devastating, and sadly, we cannot completely fire-proof our world.   But just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family. And if you ever do experience a fire, do not hesitate to call upon your Fire Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO! We are always here to help.

Creating a Defensible Space

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Creating a Defensible Space Creating a Defensible Space can help protect your home from fire.

Last Summer, and into the Fall, Forest Fires ravaged the West Coast.  Thousands of acres of timber were lost.  And, unfortunately, so were many homes.  While a wildfire is beyond our control, as a homeowner, there are certain steps you can take to help reduce your property risk in case of a Forest Fire.

  • Install a fire-proof roof. A metal roof is ideal here in the PNW due to the heavy rain and also provides excellent fire protection. Contact your local Roofing Professional for all your options,
  • Create a ‘defensible space’ around your home – in some areas, it is required by law. Think ‘Lean, Clean and Green’ – remove all flammable vegetation within 30 feet of your home.
  • Clear debris from the yard – this includes dead branches, twigs, any old building material, etc.
  • Stack wood piles at least 30 feet from your home, and remove vegetation from within 10 feet of the woodpile.
  • Remove lower branches, at least 6 feet from the ground.
  • Trim any unhealthy looking trees. Remove dead branches, and clean out dead leaves/dried debris from under the trees.
  • Consider removing any trees that are too close to your house – many fires jump tree top to tree top, as well as Emergency Vehicles need to be able to work all the way around your home in the event of a fire.
  • Store any fuel tanks, propane or butane, at least 30 feet from the house.

For more information on Fire Safety & Prevention, you can visit : http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/FirePrevention.aspx

If your home is damaged by a Wildfire, or sustains any kind of fire damage, please contact your Fire Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO!

SERVPRO in Our Community

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO in Our Community SERVPRO Splashers are ready to take the Polar Plunge

SERVPRO in Our Community

When you see our green trucks around town, it’s a reminder that your local SERVPRO Franchise is locally owned and operated by folks who live right here in our Community.  We understand that every call is an opportunity to help our friends and neighbors.

We also enjoy being an active part of our beautiful community. You may see the familiar face of one of our SERVPRO team members at a local sporting event, or, one of our favorite fund raising activities.  Our Marketing Team recently jumped into the chilly Willamette to raise money for Special Olympics!

As residents of the Willamette Valley, we are also very familiar with the unique needs and circumstances our environment can present.  We get lots of rain which puts us at an increased risk of water damages and mold. Since we enjoy a mild climate, many of us are not prepared for when a cold snap hits.  In, the summer, our beautiful trees put us at risk for Fire.  Your local SERVPRO team understands what you are experiencing and is ready to help you through your disaster.

Faster to any size disaster, your local SERVPRO is ready to help restore your home or business in the event of Fire Damage, Water Damage, Biohazard, Mold Remediation, and much more.  If you ever find yourself in need, know you can rely on your friends and neighbors at SERVPRO!

Candle Safety

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candle Safety Candles can be inviting, but also are a leading cause of home fires.

Candles may be pretty to look at, but they are a common cause of home fires.  Remember – a candle is an open flame.  This means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.  Here are a few simple tips to help you safely enjoy burning candles in your home:

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom, or other areas where people are likely to fall asleep. Roughly one-third of home candle fires started in the bedroom.
  • Keep candles at least 1ft away from anything that may burn
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and less likely to tip over.
  • Place candles on a sturdy, uncluttered surface. More than half of all candle fires start when things that burn are too close to the candle.
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high and out of reach of children
  • Never use a candle is oxygen is used in the home.
  • Consider using flameless candles in your home. Newer ones look and even smell like the real thing. 

Candles are appealing because they can create a warm, relaxing atmosphere.  Following the above tips can help you and your family safely enjoys candles in your home.  And, if the unexpected happens, know that you can count on your Fire Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO to help make it “like it never even happened”.

Heating Safety

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Heating Safety Space heaters can add warmth during the cold months, but can be a fire risk if not used with precaution.

As the snow falls outside, we cannot help but think about home heating safety. Did you know that half of home heating fires are reported in December, January and February?  Home heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires.  With a few precautions, you can stay warm while preventing most heating fires from even happening.

Wood burning stoves and fireplaces are a wonderful way to heat your home during the winter months. As well as there is a comfort in the light smell of wood smoke on a cold winter day.  Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer’s instructions, or have a professional do the installation.  Any fireplaces should have a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.  All fuel-burning equipment should also be vented to the outside to prevent CO poisoning.  This means also keeping chimneys clear/clean to allow for proper ventilation. Installing a CO detector is also a good idea.

Portable heaters are another common option used when the temperature drops.  Just remember to keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from the heating equipment. Try to keep this three-foot space a kid-free zone, as well.  This will help prevent burns to fingers, keep children from accidentally knocking over the heating equipment, or leaving a toy or blanket ON the heater.  Also, remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.

In addition to having Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home, it is important to have operational Smoke Detectors in various locations throughout your home.  Smoke Alarms have been credited with saving many lives in the event of fire.  Check the batteries at least twice a year – a good way to remember is to change the batteries when we turn our clocks for Daylight Savings.

Following a few simple precautions when the temperatures drop can save your family from a home fire.  But, if disaster strikes, do not hesitate to call upon your Fire Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO.