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Biohazard Awareness

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Crew cleaning feces off wall Homelessness Clean Up Done by Our Crews!

Over the past years we have seen a steady incline of homelessness. This has forced folks to live on the streets, without adequate facilities for cleanliness or a restroom. One of our specialties here at SERVPRO is Biohazard removal. Our crews are called out daily to clean up feces from folks defecating on public right of ways as well as businesses buildings. This is a biohazard, and our teams are trained and well protected to handle the cleanup and removal of feces. Outside of feces we often find other biohazards such as needles. We properly handle and discard these needles as they too contain biohazard. We here at SERVPRO have steps that we take to ensure the safety of all. If you are experiencing a biohazard, reach out! We are always here to help! 

Did you Know?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Dustpan filled with grease Dustpan Filled with Grease Removed from a Commercial Kitchen Clean!

Did you know?

Many folks are not aware of our building services we offer outside of our emergency fire and water services. Here at SERVPRO we have services for all building types, that include:

Duct Cleaning

Floor Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

Janitorial Cleaning

Biohazard Cleaning

Removal of Odors 

Deep Cleaning Services for Grease Removal 

Upholstery Cleaning 

Commercial Kitchen Cleaning

Covid Cleaning

All of our services are Certified Cleaned! 

In addition to building services, we offer an emergency readiness preparedness service for building owners. This includes us completing a full analysis of your building and putting together a booklet advising off all your emergency shut off values for gas and water as well as all your emergency contacts in case there is a disaster.  

There is no cost for this program. Contact us for your free review!

Winter is Coming!

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Storm brewing over ocean PNW Winter Outlook 2022-2023!

It is that time of year where we all start to ponder what winter will look like here in the PNW. 

Forcasters believe we will have our third year of La Nina.

What is La Nina? The La Nina phase tends to turn our weather cooler and wetter in the Pacific Northwest across the winter months. Frigid, deep ocean waters surface in the eastern Pacific and cause the polar jet stream to push north, bringing a parade of strong storms into the Pacific Northwest. La Nina winters can easily set the stage for snow events.

So, in preparation and protection. Folks should plan early to protect from possible winter storm damage. 

Weatherize your home! Cap outside water spickets, open your cabinets in your home to help heat keep your pipes warm, leave a drip stream running from your facet nightly to keep water flow through your pipes. 

If you do experience a busted water pipe due to frozen pipes, call us!  

Individual Cleaning Standards: What is Clean?

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

I think it’s important to note that everyone has different standards of clean. I met a man once who said he kept his home meticulously clean…and he was half right. His home was very clean, in the sense that it was clean of disorganization and clutter. But there was dust covering all horizontal surfaces within the home. So is clean “organization”? Or is clean “free from contamination & dust?” The answer is the later. If a space is well organized, it can still be filthy. But a “messy” house, with toys, books, clothes, and clutter everywhere…can be completely clean!

So how clean is your home? Most spaces appear clean until more detailed inspections take place. SERVPRO keeps our standard of clean as “Sparkling, dust free, sanitary, organized” organization matters when it comes to keeping a clean home. It’s also easier to maintain a clean home if it isn’t constantly covered with clutter. But it is interesting to note, that a space can appear messy as can be, but be completely clean.

Regular and proper cleaning is good for indoor air quality and health. Keeping the dust at bay is good for people with lung conditions such as mesothelioma and asthma. Airing out your home is very important, especially if you have no central air. Moving stale air out of a space, and inviting fresh air into the space, can give your house a crisp and fresh feel.

As spring is coming to an end, many of us are feeling the push to finish (or start) our spring cleaning list. So here are some tips on keeping your house clean, organized, and full of fresh air!).

-Make the beds daily (and keep bedding laundered weekly)

-Do laundry as it accumulates, don’t save all the laundry for one day of the week

-prioritize chores and tasks (dishes are more important right now than organizing the bookshelf)

-Be happy with 80% clean, if you get your home to 80/20 you are doing a pretty good job! Try not to obsess over the details and look at it as a 100% or nothing scenario.

-Declutter! Haven’t used it in the last 12 months and aren’t planning on using it in the next 12? Donate or throw out or sell that stuff!

-vacuum every day (or every other day if carpet is not a heavily trafficked area).

-sort and recycle paper ASAP! (Mail, magazines, bills, etc)

-Use doormats!

-Keep a cleaning schedule (Tuesday bathrooms get deep cleaned, Wednesday is dusting, etc)

-Try to wash dishes right after meals, and keep counters clean by the end of the day!

-Do a 15minute pick-up/organize routine at the end of each day!

-Air out your house often when the weather is clear and air quality outside is good.

Happy Cleaning!!

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications..

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Mold, Mold, Mold!

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

Mold can happen to anyone at any time, in their home or business. Mold can be in places you never go, like in your attic or even in places you go often, like your bathroom. 

It’s best to get things checked out after being saturated, wet or exposed to moisture to look for mold growth. Mold is almost always a problem before it is even discovered and can start to grow after 24 to 48 hours.

SERVPRO  is here 24/7/365 to inspect, clean, treat, and remove mold. SERVPRO also handles water damage the right way, the first time, to make sure everything gets properly dried and treated to prevent mold.

If you suspect mold in your home or business, or have any kind of water damage, it can lead to having mold so call SERVPRO

House Fire Smoke...How Dangerous Is It?

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

“They say it’s the smoke that will get ya” I cannot recall the first time I heard that term, but it took me awhile to understand what it truly means. Here in Oregon we are exposed to smoke often, we have cookouts, we BBQ, we have campfires, we have burn piles when conditions allow, and all of us know what it’s like smelling like a campfire on a summer night.
You may ask what the difference is between campfire smoke and house fire smoke? The answer may surprise you, because both are very dangerous to the human lung. Campfire smoke is carcinogenic.
In fact, The environmental protection association finds that smoke from wood burning is 12 times more carcinogenic than smoke from cigarettes, and it stays in the human lungs and body up to 40 times longer!
The answer to why house fire and campfire smoke is so incredibly toxic and dangerous is simple. It is unfiltered. Particles and chemicals that have not been completely burned are inhaled and larger than any particle that even avid smokers lungs encounter.
When a house fire happens, the smoke is enclosed in a compact space, it is concentrated and can cause immediate acute respiratory effects.
The saying “Never go back inside a burning building” makes all the sense in the world when you think about it. You may rationalize, well the fire is in the bathroom upstairs, I can fetch something from the downstairs living room…in realty, if smoke is throughout the home, you need to remove yourself from the structure as soon as possible…and stay out.
House Fire safety and education is so important and can greatly increase your chances of surviving a house fire. The soot and residue that a house fire leaves behind is also a carcinogenic…even when the smoke has settled.
If you suffer the unfortunate occurrence of a fire to your home or business, entrust SERVPRO of Benton, Linn, Lincoln and Polk County to clean and repair the damage safely from the beginning.

Heart to Help!

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

Image of a Heart We Have the Heart to Help!

SERVPRO representatives come from all types of back grounds, but all have the same focus on Why they choose SERVPRO and to work in this industry. They all have the heart to help.

What we do here at SERVPRO is more than restoring property damage. We assist our communities and work hand in hand with folks during their most tragic life happening event. 

Going through a major loss such as a house fire, back up of sewage, water loss or biohazard clean-up is a daunting process. Our team here at SERVPRO understands our expertise, the need of calmness and guidance. 

From commercial size scale of loss to the small leak in a home, all losses are the same to us.

When considering a mitigation company, choose SERVPRO, the folks with a heart to help!

Commercial Building Fire

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Building on fire Fireworks cause Fires, Practice Safety!!

On the 5th of July in Albany Oregon, I stood in the rain just across from the courthouse downtown. I was waiting for my coworkers, who were putting in extra hours to come and help protect what was left of the once beautiful, historic commercial rental before me. Many neighbors came by to commiserate over the devastating damages. As the workday ended, Mayor Alex stopped by and expressed his empathetic sorrow for those now displaced by the fires rage, and we admired what was left of the original craftsmanship with heavy hearts. A fleet of SERVPRO vehicles began to arrive on the scene and Alex hurried off to go about doing important mayor things while my coworkers got started.

                There is a process here at SERVPRO for dealing with disasters. There are professionals who evaluate structural integrity, who remove the damage, who rebuild. In the very beginning, we work to secure the property so that no curious cats come to harm. We are well versed in the language of the insurance companies and their processes, and we work hard, efficiently, and very quickly to ensure that no liability will fall on the already burdened. We view this as an essential first response for any member of our community. We are here to help.

                 I’m sure that you have already guessed how such a large commercial rental building could have come to such a sad place in its long history. The giveaway is the date I suppose. You are right. Fireworks, that had even been watered down after their show, were left bagged up on the back porch. And Albany’s firemen watered all through the night, heroes that they are to save what they could. We’d like to take a moment to share with you how to properly dispose of your fireworks.

1)      Completely submerge your fireworks in a bucket of water.

2)      Allow them to soak overnight.

3)      Double wrap the soaked fireworks in plastic so they do not dry out 

Commercial Duct Cleaning

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro Vehicles Duct Cleaning prevents Odors and Allergies!

Did you know that when your air ducts are dirty, they accumulate dust, pollen, mold and other debris? This means that when you turn on your HVAC system, you begin recirculating these pollutants into every room, and every lung in the building. Employees who become sick due to polluted or poor indoor air quality can cost businesses opportunities, profit and their reputation, and it’s worth noting for facility administrators that their company could face legal action if the occupants of their building become ill due to negligence. A healthy environment is a priority, at work or at home.

So, what can we do about it? Here at SERVPRO, we meet and strive to surpass industry standards set forth by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA). A proper duct cleaning service allows compressors and fans to work at their peak operating competence which reduces energy consumption and improves the efficiency of the HVAC units. Humidity and compression can spread mold growth exponentially throughout your building, be it commercial or residential, so by cleaning the duct work you can prevent unwanted growth and help to keep the people inside, healthy.