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Fireplace safety

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire in a fireplace with a chain covering. Make sure to follow these steps to keep safe when using your fireplace.

A fire this time of year is great for a lot of reasons; it helps to create a warm and cozy home and limits your heating costs. But the risk of fire damage or smoke damage goes up so its important to be safe when it comes to fireplaces and wood stoves.

  • Keep your fireplace clean.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Close the damper when not using your wood fireplace
  • Have a chimney cap installed
  • Get your chimney cleaned twice a year.

If a fire or smoke damage should affect your home of office SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy are ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Our crews are ready to help 24/7, 365 when disaster strikes.

Keep animals safe in Winter Storms

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

warehouse full with boxes Keep animals safe in Winter Storms, neither do we.

We know that the Holidays can be a very busy season both for families and businesses. For many companies and businesses, the Holidays are also one of the most financially successful times. So if a disaster like a flood from a broken sprinkler line in a hotel or restaurant or fire and smoke damage in a shop or boutique can bring a successful time to a grinding halt. 

We work with you when disasters happen to make sure that you are able to continue with work as normal and your ability to serve your customers and work towards your businesses' individual goals. Our crews of trained and professional crews are on call 24/7, 365 to respond when damage happens. We help to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Candle safety

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

red candles in basket with pine cones. Follow these steps to eliminate the risk of fire from candles.

Candles are great for helping to create a warm and cozy holiday feeling but they also pose a threat. Many home fires occur due to candles left unattended or too near flammable items and the occurrence rises around the holidays.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle without a votive or a container.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the home or space.

If a fire or smoke damage should affect your home of office SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy are ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Our crews are ready to help 24/7, 365 when disaster strikes.

Keep animals safe in Winter Storms

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

various pets on a white background Keep animals safe in Winter Storms

Animal lovers want to be sure their pets are safe in storms. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy brings these tips from the Red Cross and others to keep your four-legged friends happy and well.

Protect Your Pets from Winter storms:

? Sight and scent cues are harder to keep in the winter, so make sure your pets have tags, chips, or other identification

? More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season so do not let your dog’s off the leash in a storm

? If there is a storm or it is cold, keep the pets indoors

? Clean up antifreeze as it can be fatal to mammals that drink it

? Let your dogs' coats grow in the winter

? When your pets come in from winter weather, wipe off the paws, legs, and stomach to get rid of salt, ice, and dangerous chemicals

? Make sure that outdoor enclosures are insulated and away from the wind

? Do not let ice or snow drifts block access to shelter, food or water

? Older animals (like older people) are more sensitive to cold and damp than younger ones

? When you prepare your own emergency kit, prepare ones for the animals

? If you evacuate, bring pets because you don't know how long you will be gone

? Arrange for the safety of larger animals that can't come indoors

? Shelters have to allow service animals, but not pets

? Check ahead of time which shelters or motels allow pets

If storm damage hits your Gresham Area home, call SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City Sandy 24/7. We will repair your home “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Prevent Toilet Overflows in Gresham Area Homes & Offices

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

bathroom in a home Prevent toilet overflows in your home and office.

Overflowing pantries and gift baskets are delightful. Overflowing toilets --- not so much. Sometimes, the water in the bowl gets too high, and the next flush sends it gushing to the bathroom floor. The outflow could be a sudden rush of regular water. The outflow could be far worse. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy is sharing tips to prevent such a mess.

Keep Gresham area Toilets from Overflowing:

? Shop towels, hunks of hair, cat litter, and other products can clog the toilet

? Even toilet paper can clog a toilet if there is too much of it

? Flush in large batches if there is a large amount of material

? Low-flow toilets save water and try patience – hold the handle down for a couple of extra seconds to make sure that there is enough water

? If the water in the toilet bowl is high, use a plunger to clear the drain

? Don't wait until the water is up to the bowl's rim – the water will have nowhere to go except the floor

? If a plunger doesn't work, call a plumber

Even the cleanest water will not stay clean for long. If there is any reason to suspect hidden water (musty smell, mold, wet ceilings in the rooms below), call SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy. We're always available, and we'll fix the damage “Like it never even happened.”

Frozen Pipes in Gresham

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

home with ice frozen off the rain gutters Frozen Pipes in Gresham

Cold weather is great for winter fun in the Gresham Area but not so great for the pipes. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO Oregon City/Sandy will remediate water damage “Like it never even happened”, but life is better if you can prevent the damage in the first place. Every year, over a quarter of a million homes and businesses, suffer water damage from frozen pipes that burst (Federal Emergency Management Association). SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

is sharing these tips to prevent frozen pipes that may lead to water damage.

Keeping Pipes from Freezing:

• Check for exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas

• Wrap uninsulated pipes with pipe insulation

• Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to keep cold drafts from freezing the pipes

• Keep indoor temperatures at 55 degrees F, even when no one will be at home or in the office

• If you will have several days of temperatures at or below 20 degrees F, let cold water trickle through an open tap

• Remove outside hoses from their taps

• Open cabinet doors in bathrooms and kitchens to let warmer area circulate around the pipes

SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy wishes you a winter free from water damage or storm damage.

Frozen Pipes Cause Water Damage in Gresham

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

When the temperature drops below freezing it is not uncommon for pipes to have ice blocks form and cause the pipe to break. Once temperatures rise and the block melts water floods into your home or office causing property damage. 

Follow these easy steps to minimize the potential for frozen pipes in your home or office:

  • Open cabinet or cupboard doors to keep warm air circulating around pipes.
  • Keep taps running by allowing a slow drip so that water is less likely to freeze. 
  • Remove hoses from an outside hose spigot and cover with a styrofoam cover.

If water damage from a frozen pipe or ice dame causes property damage in your home or office, make sure to call the team with nearly 30 years of experience helping you to make it "Like it never even happened." 

30 days of thankfulness, Day 30

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

Brown back ground with fall leaves on it. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

We are thankful for the support of our community these past many years. 

SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

30 days of thankfulness, Day 29

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

Brown back ground with fall leaves on it. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

We are thankful for a day to get out and enjoy our beautiful backyard. 

~ SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

30 days of thankfulness, Day 28

11/28/2019 (Permalink)

Brown back ground with fall leaves on it. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

We are thankful for a day to show our gratitude & love for our family, friends & community. 

SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy