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Different Types of Mold

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary 

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). Even though some forms of mold can pass value to our lives, other forms of mold can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 

To the Unhealthy 

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusion can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide a food source for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health hazard for your family and pets. 

If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752 for 24/7 assistance!!

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Repair Services in Wood Village

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

You never want to discover a water damage in your home, but the unfortunate reality is that many homeowners will have to deal with this problem at some point. How you handle the water damage is important because a fast response may minimize the chance of mold growth in your home. There are a few steps that you can take when you discover water damage in your home.

Stop the Flow of Water

In some instances, you will not be able to stop the flow of water into the property. For example, if there is a major flood related to a severe thunderstorm, floodwaters may rise all around the property, and you may not have any way to stop the flow of water. On the other hand, if the flood is related to a damaged pipe in the home, you may be able to turn off the main water valve to stop the flow of water. You can also call a plumber so that the repair work on the pipe can be completed and they can assist you in finding the source of the leak. 

Dry Out the Property

If you have water damage in your home, your next step should be to remove the water and dry out the property. These steps need to be taken quickly to help prevent the possibility of mold growth in the home. SERVPRO of Gresham offers professional remediation services to help you dry out the property the correct way. Our team of professionals will extract the water and place equipment to properly dry the property to its pre-damaged conditions.

Call for Professional Assistance

No one wants to deal with water damage in their home with moisture that can lead to mold growth. Professional water damage remediation is available to help you overcome the damage in your home quickly. SERVPRO of Gresham is the company to contact when you discover water damage in your home.

Your local SERVPRO has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (503) 665-7752  for 24-hour assistance!

When Storms or Floods Hit Gresham, SERVPRO is Ready!

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

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.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Gresham has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Gresham, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Your local SERVPRO has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (503) 665-7752  for 24/7 assistance!

Determining the Category of Water Damage

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

IICRC S500 Standard Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration defines three categories of water. Category refers to the type of water affecting the structure.

A Category I loss is where water originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestion or inhalation exposure.

A Category II loss is when water contains a significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. Category II water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms. Examples of Category II are: Discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, overflows from washing machines, overflows from toilet bowls on the room side of the trap with some urine.

Category III water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents and can cause significant adverse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed. Examples of Category III water are: Sewage, Flood water, and other contaminated water entering or affecting the indoor environment, such as wind-driven rain from hurricanes, tropical storms or other weather-related events.

Have water damage?

SERVPRO of Gresham has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (503) 665-7752 available 24/7!

Need Help Restoring Fire-Damaged Home in Wood Village?

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Gresham to restore firework damage

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Gresham! We can help you restore your home back to original condition. – (503) 665-7752

Fireworks Leave Behind Smoke and Soot Damage in Gresham

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

You Can Count On SERVPRO of Gresham To Help!

Even a small fire can leave behind a significant amount of smoke and soot damage, and even though we try to be safe, sometimes 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 as 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. We are available 24/7.

Summer BBQ Fires In Troutdale

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham BBQ Safety Tips For Your Gresham Home

Summer BBQ’s are a great way to enjoy the weather, spend time with family and friends, and eat amazing food. Although a backyard BBQ can be a ton of fun, be sure to know your fire safety tips. These tips can be useful to prevent injuries and damage on your property. If you ever experience fire damage SERVPRO of Gresham can help you restore your home!

  • BBQ grills should be used outside and all times
  • Regularly clean your grill of any grease or buildup
  • Always supervise the grill to prevent injuries or fires
  • Keep your grill at a safe distance from your home

Be sure that the fire is completely out before leaving your grill for an extended period of time. Wind can be a dangerous contributor in starting and spreading a fire. Keep water or an fire extinguisher nearby incase of an unexpected fire.

We understand how devastating a fire can be and we don’t want you to be alone in the process of restoration, so call SERVPRO of Gresham 24/7 at (503) 665-7752!

Get Help For Fire Damage In Troutdale

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can restore your fire damaged home!

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 pre-fire condition. Our Cleaning and Odor Control Technicians can remove lingering smoke odors once the soot has been cleaned from all surfaces.

If you are faced with damage to your home or business this firework season, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 655-7735

Pool Safety In East Side

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Pool Safely Tips and Facts from Your Local SERVPRO of Gresham

When summer brings the heat crashing into your daily routine, a pool is a great way to cool off and break up the dog days of summer.

Swimming pools and other water features on your property require regular maintenance and awareness of safety when friends and family, particularly small children, are swimming in your pool.

If your pool causes water damage to your East Side property, SERVPRO of Gresham has a team of highly trained professionals who can restore your property back to pre-damage condition.

Don’t forget to be safe! Parents should be supervising any young children who don’t have strong swimming skills. Most drowning deaths among young children happen at times when parents are nearby, but the children are not properly supervised. Never leave your child or their friends unattended around water. Infants and children under the age of 2 can drown in as little as one inch of water. Enrolling your children in year-round swim lessons at your local swimming pool is the best way to prevent drowning accidents in the future.

If you have questions about SERVPRO of Gresham’s services, call (503) 665-7752!

Firework Safety In Fairview

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Gresham Home Fires In July

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