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What To Do When You Find Mold in Your Troutdale Home or Business

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

When mold strikes at your Troutdale property, call SERVPRO of Gresham!

SERVPRO of Gresham's is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our team of Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians are Here to Help when you find growth in your home or business! Our specialized mold remediation equipment and IICRC certifications and training will help us to make it "Like it never even happened".

If you find mold at your home or business, there are a few safety precautions you should take until SERVPRO of Gresham arrives to help.

  1. Stay out of the affected area if possible.
  2. Do not blow air in the affected area (fans, vacuums, etc.), as this may spread the spores causing more growth.
  3. Turn off heating an cooling systems.
  4. Never try to clean up the growth yourself.

For more information on our Mold Remediation and Restoration Services, click HERE or call us today at (503) 665-7752 to set up an inspection.

Suspect Mold? Call SERVPRO of Gresham For an Inspection!

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

If you have found or suspect mold growth at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham today!

(503) 665-7752

At SERVPRO of Gresham we understand mold and mold growth. We have the training, expertise and quality equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business. Our Mold Remediation Technicians are certified by the IICRC and continuously expand their knowledge of the trade. For more information on the training our technicians receive go HERE.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact -(503) 665-7752
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Call and set up an inspection today at(503) 665-7752 or for more information on our Mold Remediation Services click HERE.

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe While Boating in Fairview

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham wants your pet to be safe while boating!

Last week we touched on how to keep yourself and family safe while boating, this week we want to provide ideas to keep your furry friend safe as well!

  • Keep plenty of fresh drinking water available.
  • Provide a shaded area—excessive exposure to the sun can cause problems for animals.
  • Protect their feet—dogs absorb heat through the pads on their feet and boat surfaces can get very hot in the sun.
  • Let your pet get acquainted with the boat while it is on dock or trailer.
  • Walk your dog so he can relieve himself before boarding; if the boat surface allows, you may wish to train him to go in a specific spot
  • Keep your first outing short, to let your dog get used to the boat movement.

Another thing to consider is getting a doggie lifejacket. While there are no regulations regarding life jackets for pets, a dog life jacket can help keep your pet safe while aboard your boat or around any body of water. How do you choose a life jacket for your animal? Here are a few things to consider:

  • Make sure the life jacket fits securely.
  • Try to get jacket with lifting handles to make retrieving your pet safer and easier.
  • Check to see where straps and buckles fall to make sure they won’t cause your pet any discomfort.
  • Choose a bright color to make it easier to spot your dog in the water.

Give your pet a chance to get used to wearing its life jacket before actually getting on a boat. Allow your pet to practice swimming while wearing its life jacket, too.

Barbecue Fire at Your Gresham Home or Business?

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

When your BBQ goes from fun to flames, SERVPRO of Gresham is Here to Help!

If you've been faced with a barbecue fire this summer you are not alone! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), In 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year. This includes structure fires and outside or unclassified fires on home properties.

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Gresham home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

BBQ safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

If you experience a barbecue or grill fire, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

Or for more information on our Fire Damage Cleanup, Repair and Restoration services, click HERE.

Firework Damage at Your Gresham, Troutdale or Fairview Home or Business?

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

When fireworks cause fire, smoke or soot damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham.

Fire Damage?

No fire damage is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Gresham. Our highly trained Fire Restoration Technicians are available 24/7, which means we are Here to Help when faced with a fire on the Fourth of July. Once the Fire Department has cleared the scene, be sure to give us a call!

Smoke and Soot Damage?

SERVPRO of Gresham has the specialized cleaning equipment and cleaners to get your salvageable personal belongings or merchandise back to preloss condition. Our Cleaning and Odor Control Technicians can remove lingering smoke odors once the soot has been cleaned from all surfaces.

Water Damage?

Due to firefighting efforts, your property will likely suffer from water damage as well. SERVPRO of Gresham has the advanced drying equipment and techniques to get the job done right. Our team is IICRC certified so you can be sure your property will be dried quickly and thoroughly.

If you are faced with damage to your home or business this firework season, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

Who To Call After a Fire at Your Gresham Home or Business

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

You called 911, they sent the fire department, and they put the fire out... But now what?

Time to call SERVPRO of Gresham, your local Fire and Water Restoration company!

When faced with a fire at your home or business, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat you with empathy and your property with great care. We offer 24 hour emergency services and are Faster To Any Size Disaster because we know how important it is to get your home or business up and running once again. We will also work closely with your insurance provider to insure we make things go smoothly as possible. We can even help with with insurance paperwork!

If you are faced with fire damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

For more information on our Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Repair services, click HERE.

Boating Safety Tips for Troutdale

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

The suns out in Gresham, which means that boats are out too!

With the nice weather come all the fun summer activities, including boating! The following tips are here to keep you and your family safe this summer while out on your boat.

  1. Check the Forecast

Be sure to check local weather conditions before heading out on the water. If you notice darkening clouds, rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.

  1. Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist

Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water.

  1. Use Common Sense

An extremely important part of boating safety is to use your common sense. This means operating at a safe speed at all times and staying alert, Also, be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, which have been placed there to ensure your safety.

  1. Have an Assistant

Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and general boating safety. If the primary navigator is injured or incapacitated in any way, it’s important to make sure someone else can to get everyone else back to shore.

  1. Create a Float Plan

Whether you choose to inform a family member or staff at your local marina, always be sure to let someone else know your float plan. This should include where you’re going and how long you’re going to be gone.

  1. Wear or Bring Lifejackets

Many drowning can be prevented by wearing a lifejacket. Make sure that each member on the boat has an assigned and fitted lifejacket aboard before getting out on the water.

  1. Avoid Alcohol

Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for later.

  1. Learn to Swim

If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim. Local organizations, such as the American Red Cross and others, offer training for all ages and abilities. Check to see what classes are offered in your area.

  1. Take a Boating Course

Beginning and experience boaters alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation. You can learn boating safety rules by taking a local community course or online course to help educate yourself.

  1. Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check

Take advantage of a free vessel safety check from the US Coast Guard. They offer complimentary boat examinations to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. Free of charge, they’ll provide a specialist to check out your boat and make helpful boating safety tips and recommendations. They also offer virtual online safety checks as well.

SERVPRO of Gresham wants to make sure your safe in any kind of disaster; whether that is on the water or providing one of our services. Call us today at (503) 665-7752

Smoke and Soot Cleaning After Firework Damage in Gresham, OR

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

When Fireworks Leave Behind Smoke and Soot Damage This July, You Can Count On SERVPRO of Gresham To Help!

Even a small fire can leave behind significant smoke and soot damage, and even though we try to be safe (Click HERE for Firework Safety Tips), some times fireworks can lead to fires! 

SERVPRO of Gresham and our team of experts have extensive training in fire, smoke and odor control restoration and are here to help 24/7. We understand this may be a stressful time for you and want to make the process go smoothly as possible. Not only do we work closely with insurance providers, but we also have a full service team of construction professionals which means we can help from start to finish.

If you are experiencing smoke and soot damage this firework season, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752 or for more information on out Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Restoration services, click HERE.

Firework Safety Tips - SERVPRO of Gresham

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a Fire Get in The Way of Your Fourth of July Fun!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause an estimated 18,500 fires a year. Many of these fires could have been avoided by taking the proper safety precautions! 

The best way to stay safe this firework season is to go to a firework show put on by professionals. If you can't resist  lighting some off at home, here are the recommended safety tips from National Council on Firework Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

From all of us at SERVPRO of Gresham, we wish you a very fun and SAFE Fourth of July! 

If you are faced with fire damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752

Keep Gresham Safe with these Campfire Safety Tips!

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham wants to keep you safe this camping season

It's that time of the year again, camping season! SERVPRO of Gresham wants to keep you and your family safe by providing some tips on how to pick a campfire spot, prepare and build your fire, and extinguish it! 

How to Pick a Campfire Spot

  1. DO NOT build a campfire if the campground, area or event rules prohibit them.
  2. DO NOT build a campfire in hazardous, dry conditions.
  3. Find Out if the campground has an existing fire ring or fire pit.
  4. If there is not an existing fire pit, and pits are allowed, choose a site at least 15 feet from tent walls, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Beware of low-hanging branches.
  5. Choose an open, level location away from fuels such as logs, brush or decaying leaves.
  6. Take wind, and its direction, into account when choosing the site. Choose a spot that’s protected from gusts.

How to Prepare your Campfire Pit

  1. Clear a 10-foot-diameter area around the site. Remove any grass, twigs, leaves and firewood.
  2. Dig a pit in the dirt, about a foot deep.
  3. Circle the pit with rocks.
  4. Your campfire pit is built and ready for building a campfire!

How to Build Your Campfire

  1. Make sure you have a source of water, a bucket and shovel nearby at all times.
  2. Gather three types of wood from the ground. Never cut whole trees or branches, dead or alive. Live materials won’t burn, and you’ll be damaging the forest. Dead standing trees often are homes for birds and other wildlife.
    1. Tinder: Small twigs and dry leaves grass and needles.
    2. Kindling: Sticks smaller than 1″ around.
    3. Fuel: Larger pieces of wood. Keep these stacked upwind, away from the fire.
  3. Loosely pile a few handfuls of tinder in the center of the fire pit.
  4. Ignite the tinder with a match or lighter.
  5. Wait until the match is cold, and discard it into the fire.
  6. Add kindling and fuel, the larger firewood, as it grows and to keep it going.
  7. Keep the fire small and under control.

How to Extinguish your Campfire

  1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
  2. Pour lots of water on the fire. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops.
  3. If you do not have water, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
  4. With your shovel, scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure that no embers are exposed and still smoldering.
  5. Continue adding water, dirt or sand and stirring with a shovel until all material is cool.
  6. Remember: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Pack it in, Pack it out. It is your responsibility to pack out everything that you packed in, including any trash.

Whether it’s giving tips on fire safety or providing 24/7 emergency services, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! Call us today at (503) 665-7752