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30 days of thankfulness, Day 27

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

I am thankful for great committed hard working employees. 

~ Dennis Mesford

30 days of thankfulness, Day 26

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Brown back ground with fall leaves on it. We are here to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

We are thankful to live and work in such a beautiful area. 

~ SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

30 days of thankfulness, Day 25

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my job. 

~ Jorge Barrera

30 days of thankfulness, Day 24

11/24/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful to live in such a beautiful place. 

~ Angie Linderman

30 days of thankfulness, Day 23

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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We are thankful for our customers who trust us to help them make it "Like it never even happened." 

~ SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

30 days of thankfulness, Day 22

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my family!

~ Melissa Maszy

30 days of thankfulness, Day 21

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my job and to be working, my family and God.

~ Luz Gomez

30 days of thankfulness, Day 20

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

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We are thankful for our vibrant & diverse community. 

~ SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy 

30 days of thankfulness, Day 19

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Brown back ground with fall leaves on it. We are faster to any size disaster.

I am thankful for my family and friends and being back in the northwest for good.

~ Janet Beal 

30 days of thankfulness, Day 18

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

I am thankful for my friends and family and the adventures we’ve had. 

~ Madelyn Mesford

30 days of thankfulness, Day 17

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my wife, three daughters and my family.

~ Vicente Arista

30 days of thankfulness, Day 16

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my family.

~ Nick Gomez

30 days of thankfulness, Day 15

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

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We are thankful for local first responders, for protecting not only our property but those in the community.

~ SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy 

30 days of thankfulness, Day 14

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for being able to travel and experience new places.

~ Carrie McCargar

30 days of thankfulness, Day 13

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for Star Wars.

~Sean Sevier

30 days of thankfulness, Day 12

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my job and my family.

~ Maria Morales

30 days of thankfulness, Day 11

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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We are thankful for our vendors who are always willing to help.

~ SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

30 days of thankfulness, Day 10

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my job.  I am thankful for my grandkids, daughter, and family.

~ Greg Gomez

30 days of thankfulness, Day 9

11/9/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my kids and family.

~ Sara Strong

30 days of thankfulness, Day 8

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

I am thankful for the new Jeep I just got!

~ Austin Jones

30 days of thankfulness, Day 7

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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We are thankful for the support of the community.   

~ SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy

30 days of thankfulness, Day 6

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my family, our health and the provision our jobs and community supply.  I am thankful to live in an amazing and beautiful community where friends and businesses actively support one another.

~Scott Thomas

30 days of thankfulness, Day 5

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my good health.

~Ellen Mesford

30 days of thankfulness, Day 4

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my family and my job.

~Belen Coronado

30 days of thankfulness, Day 3

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my wife and the support I receive from her.  I am thankful for my wonderful twin daughters and my grandson.  I am thankful for the many opportunities I have had during my lifetime.  I am thankful for my health.

~ Curt Appleberry

30 days of thankfulness, Day 2

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

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I am thankful for my kids.

~ Jennifer Lee

30 days of thankfulness, Day 1

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

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We are thankful for our amazing and dedicated staff.

 ~

SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/ Sandy

Happy Halloween!

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO house logo designed with a layout of candy. Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We hope that you and yours have a safe, fun and festive Halloween!

National Cat Day

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Black cat with yellow eyes. Words "Avoid bad luck in your home this year" underneath the SERVPRO logo. National Cat Day

We here at SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy LOVE cats and could not let National Cat Day pass us by without celebrating. If a black cat crosses your path and bad luck befalls you we have you covered. From water damage, fire damage, mold damage, biohazard, storm damage and commercial losses, and many other disasters.

SERVPRO of Gresham and SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy have been helping customers when disaster strikes for nearly 30 years. Our crews are experienced, trained and ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are in need of help after fire damage, call SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy.

Festive and safe fun!

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Black background with orange Jack-O-Lantern face next to the words Candle Safety. Have a safe and fun Halloween.

Pumpkin carving and Jack-o-lantern contests are part of a lot of families fall traditions. It is important to make sure that traditions are safe and don’t present a fire risk to you, your family and your property.

Make sure that to avoid the risk of fire and danger for you and your family by blowing out candles at the end of the night or using electric candles. We know that the idea of a fire is very scary, but we want to make sure that you are prepared in the chance a fire strikes your home.

SERVPRO of Gresham and SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy have been helping customers when disaster strikes for nearly 30 years. Our crews are experienced, trained and ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are in need of help after fire damage, call SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy.

Don’t be part of that statistic.

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Flames coming from a home on fire with the words "70,000 disasters per year" written over the home. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy has been helping customers like you for nearly 30 years.

Did you know that 70,000 disasters per year strike homes across the US a year? Home fires are more common than anyone would like to think. Fires can start from electrical issues, unattended candles, unmaintained fireplaces and cooking fires. We know that the idea of a fire is very scary, but we want to make sure that you are prepared in the chance a fire strikes your home.

SERVPRO of Gresham and SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy have been helping customers when disaster strikes for nearly 30 years. Our crews are experienced, trained and ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are in need of help after fire damage, call SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy.

Smoke webs should only be a Halloween Decoration.

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Black smoke webs shown on white walls. If fire damage strikes, we at SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy is ready 24/7 to help.

Spider webs and smoke webs should only be around as Halloween decorations, nothing else. We know that fires and smoke damages can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone, from things like unattended candles to electric fires. Or even a bag of popcorn left too long in the break room microwave.

Smoke webs like this can occur after fires and need to be part of a professional cleanup. We can help with that. We have crews who are ready to come out, assess the damage, communicate with your insurance adjuster and help to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy has been helping customers with fire and smoke damage for nearly 30 years. Our crews of trained and experienced professionals are ready 24/7, 365 to help when disaster strikes.

Fireplace safety

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Campfire on black background with Fireplace Safety Tips on the right hand side listed out. Stay safe with fires.

We know that as the temperatures drop the chances of building a fire in your home go up. If you are wanting to create a fire and help create that perfect fall feeling make sure to follow these simple five fireplace safety tips:

1. Burn only dry, split firewood. Avoid chemically treated wood.

2. Install a chimney cap.

3. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

4. Close damper when the fireplace is not in use.

5. Schedule a yearly fireplace and chimney inspection.

If fire damage or smoke damage affects your home or office we are SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy is ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy has been helping customers like you for nearly 30 years when disaster strikes, our crews are trained, experienced and prepared to help when disaster strikes.

Cold Weather Safety

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Orange space heater with the words "Space heaters account for 43% of US home heating fires" over black backgrounds. Stay safe as the temperatures drop.

When it comes to fire safety, you can never be too careful. Space heaters account for 43 percent of all home heating fires in the United States. October is home fire prevention month, we at SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy will continue to bring you information on how to be safe all year long because we want to help you and your family focus on safety.

SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy has been helping customers like you when disaster strikes for nearly 30 years. Our crews of trained, professionals are ready to help you 24/7, 365. Our crews are able to help you restore your Bull Run area home or your Beaver Creek office to preloss condition helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Rain, Rain go away.

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Orange gloved hand removing dry leaves from a rain gutter. We are ready 24/7, 365.

Cleaning gutters is a necessary job that’s easy to delay. Rain gutters get clogged with leaves and other debris over time, which can cause water damage to your home.

Here To Help®

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Two production technicians using reach poles to clean soot. The words " Helping make fire damage "Like it never even happened We are Ready 24/7, 365.

Fire and smoke damage can affect anyone, anywhere and at any time. We at SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy have nearly 30 years of experience helping to clean up your Oregon City area home or office after a kitchen fire, electrical fire or soot damage. Our crews of trained, experienced and professional technicians are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

Our crews are able to help to clean up the structure like the walls and fixtures as well as your contents like photographs, clothes, textiles, and furniture. If your home or office has damage from smoke or soot, we are can clean it up and help to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you when disaster strikes.

89%, don't be part of that statistic.

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

hand in orange glove removing leaves from a gutter. SERVPRO of Gresham is ready 24/7, 365.

In 2018, 89% of wildfires were caused by humans. Yikes! Learn before you burn this fall and educate yourself on local rules and regulations for burning backyard debris.

We LOVE Orange!

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Three pumpkins with white text saying " Orange is one of our favorite colors" over top of the pumpkins. We LOVE Orange!

Fall or Autumn in the Pacific Northwest can be the most beautiful time. The skies are blue, the weather is crisp. October is not just one of the best months around, but it is also Fire Prevention Month. We at SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy want to help you and your family be safe all year long.

Through out the month of October we will be bringing you, your family and your business safety tips and advice. A great place to start is with at home fire drills or at work fire drills, where you practice what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. Including a designated meeting spot to gather after an emergency to take a head count and regroup to report any one who may be missing to first responders.

Hockey Time

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

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The wait is over, the ice is frozen, hockey is back! Which team will lift the Stanley Cup this season?

International Coffee Day

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

White coffee mug with orange SERVPRO logo on it. Coffee is spilling out of the mug. Happy International Coffee Day!

Happy International Coffee Day! SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy is powered by coffee so it only feels right to celebrate it today with another cup or two.

Where is your favorite local coffee shop?

Emergency Ready Program

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Words 82% of businesses agree, "If someone could make it easy for me to be prepared, I'd do it." above SERVPRO ERP logo. SERVPRO of Gresham will help by providing a FREE Emergency Ready Plan with you to talk through what to do if disaster strikes.

We know that you have so much to do as a business owner. Often times it is just a matter of getting through the days. Putting out the little fires that come up does not leave a lot of time or mental capacity to think beyond and plan on what needs to be done. We are SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy want to help make your life easier. We can help by helping to set up your emergency plan by using our Emergency Ready Program App.

We will come out for FREE, really truly free. Walkthrough the property with you or a facilities manager. We identify where utility shut-offs are, how access is granted and other important information needed to quickly assist with damages in the property. We then create a report that outlines the utilities, including the photos of where they are, directions on how to find them, account information and who to call at each company.

If you would like to have a FREE Emergency Ready Profile put together for your Gresham area company or property please call and speak with one of our marketers at 503-665-7752.

Coffee Day

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

green back ground, with white coffee cup SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy are ready to help 24/7, 365.

We’re always gassed up, and “Ready for whatever happens.” Enjoy International Coffee Day!

Fire Extinguisher 101

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher with three steps on how to use listed under orange SERVPRO house logo. Fire extinguishers can help save lives and lessen damage from fires.

Fires can occur anywhere and can start from many different things around the home or in the office. It is important to have smoke alarms to alert you to fires starting as well as fire extinguishers in case a fire starts.

To help you out of a smoky situation follow these steps

Step 1. Lift lower handle

Step 2: Squeeze handles

Step 3: Direct discharge at base of flame

If a fire starts in a break room because a coworker leaves a bag of popcorn in to long and causes smoke to fill up the room, or an electrical fire causes damage to your property. SERVPRO of Gresham has been helping customers with their property damage for nearly 30 years, our trained and experienced technicians are ready 24/7, 365 to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Emergency Alerts

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Phone with Emergency Alerts on the display. SERVPRO of Gresham is ready 24/7, 365 to help with property damage.

Storms can seemingly appear from nowhere with little or no warning. Make sure that your phone is set up to alert you to any emergency’s in the area.

If your Wood Village area home or office is affected by storm damage or other losses from fire or flood, we are Here To Help® you. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City Sandy has been helping customers like you for nearly 30 years. Our crews of trained, professional and empathetic technicians are ready to help you 24/7, 365 when disaster hits.

Our crews have experience with helping when a sprinkler breaks on the top floor of a high rise or a fire affects several floors of a local university’s dorm. We are ready to help you when disaster strikes and help to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Numbers

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Green paper contact book. SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help you when disaster strikes.

In the case of a disaster like a large storm or earthquake it can be terrifying not knowing where your loved ones are or knowing if everyone is okay. Right after a disaster the phone systems can become overwhelmed and fail making it difficult to get a hold of loved ones or to get information about what to do in an emergency.

It is important to have phone numbers and other important information written down so that you can still contact those you need even if your phone’s battery is dead or it has been damaged. To help avoid the influx of calls after an emergency it is great to have a designated person out of the area for family to call and check in with. That person will be able to communicate better if they are outside of the emergency center then those where the issue has happened.

Power Outage Kit Necessities

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flashlight with light beam shinning. Power outage preparedness kit packing list.

Large storms like hurricanes and tornadoes do not really affect us much in the Pacific Northwest, but we do often get wind storms that knock out the power. It is important to be prepared in case of a widespread power outage that lasts for a while.

Your power outage kit should include:

  • Plenty of bottled water
  • Battery-operated radio & clock
  • Flashlight for each family member
  • Extra batteries
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Non-Electric can opener & eating utensils
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • First-aid kit

September is National Preparedness and we have been discussing ways you can prepare and we hope you put them into practice not just in September but all year long. If your property suffers from water damage from a roof leak or a fire from a lightning strike, make sure to call the team with nearly 30 years of experience serving customers, SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy , 503-665-7752.

89%, don't be part of that statistic.

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

%89 over laid on dry leaves SERVPRO of Gresham is ready 24/7, 365.

In 2018, 89% of wildfires were caused by humans. Yikes! Learn before you burn this fall and educate yourself on local rules and regulations for burning backyard debris.

Emergency Car Kit

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Tropical storm with black truck in the high rain water. SERVPRO of Gresham wants you to be prepared for what comes your way.

When it's important to have an emergency kit in your home and office, it is also important to have one in your car.

Not sure what to include in your Emergency Car Kit? Follow this list to have a complete and prepared kit:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlights
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Water

Because storms can occur at any time with little notice, it is very likely that you would not be at your home or office where you may have a larger emergency preparedness kit. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy wants to make sure that you are prepared to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” If disaster strikes, make sure to call the team who has been helping customers like you for nearly 30 years. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy is ready 24/7, 365 at 503-665-7752.

Emergency Ready Plan for your Multnomah County Home

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Phone with SERVPRO Emergency ready plan with home on fire in the background. Utilize our FREE Emergency Ready Profile to help you get prepared for whatever comes your way.

When the unthinkable like a fire in your Multnomah County home or a sprinkler going off on the top story of a high-rise downtown breaks time feels like it stands still and also rushes past in the blink of an eye at the same time. SERVPRO has a FREE app called the Emergency Ready Profile that allows you to create a plan for what to do if there is a property damage.

SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy also offers a FREE service of coming out and walking your commercial property with you. We help to identify where utilities are, how to turn them off as well as account information for the utilities. If you would like more information about how SERVPRO of Gresham can help you with property damage, call us at 503-655-7752 today to speak with one of our marketers.

Gutter Maintenance at your Sandy Home

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Rain gutter at the bottom of a white wall. SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help when water damage from heavy rains causes damage.

All through out the month of September which is National Preparedness Month, we are working to bring you useful information that you can put into action to keep your home and office protected from disasters. Part of being prepared is ensuring that regular maintenance is completed around your property. 

Its important to make sure that you clean out the gutters of your Sandy area home and drains on your property to make sure that rain water can drain correctly and not pool up on the roof or near points of entry of your property. If damage from rain water or a broken pipe case damage in your home, make sure to call the SERVPRO with nearly 30 years of experience serving customer. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you.

Smoke Alarms Help Prevent Death

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm on black background. Make sure that your smoke alarms are working, they can make the difference between a headache and a tragedy.

Smoke alarms help prevent deaths. It is that simple. When a fire occurs you normally have as little as two minutes to get to safety and that is only if you have had a fire alarm installed, correctly work and alert you.

We at SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy want you and your family to be prepared so that if the worst ever does happen you are protected and everyone knows what to do.

It is crucial that everyone in your house knows

  • What a smoke alarm sounds like
  • What to do when they hear the smoke alarm
  • Two routes out of the home
  • A meeting spot gather and make sure that everyone is accounted for

If your Gresham area home suffers a fire loss and there is cleanup needed, make sure to call the team with nearly 30 years of experience.

How many days of emergency supplies do you need to prep in your Oregon City home? Part 2

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Lay flat image of emergency supplies including water, sleeping bag, batteries ect. We want to make sure you and your family is prepared for disaster. Take a look at the list and get prepared.

Part 2

When putting together a preparedness kit it is important that it includes enough supplies to last five days.

When assembling your preparedness kit, it is important to include things like

  • Water to last for five days for each person in your home or office
  • Canned food to last for five days for each person in your home or office
  • Can opener
  • First aid kit
  • All-weather gear for all members of your home or office
  • Jacket for all members of your home or office
  • Hat for all members of your home or office
  • Battery operated radio
  • Batteries
  • Keys
  • Cash
  • Important paperwork for all members of your home or office
  • Flashlights
  • Sleeping bag for all members of your home or office

If a disaster like a flood or a wildfire should cause damage to your home or Gresham area office call the team with nearly 30 years of experience helping customers, SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy.

How many days of emergency supplies do you need to prep in your Oregon City home? Part 1

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Lay flat image of emergency supplies including water, sleeping bag, batteries ect. Are you prepared for any storms or disasters? If not, its time to get prepared.

When assembling your preparedness kit, it is important to include things like

  • Water
  • Canned food
  • Can opened
  • First aid kit
  • All weather gear
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Battery operated radio
  • Batteries
  • Keys
  • Cash
  • Important paperwork
  • Flashlights
  • Sleeping bag

When you are planning and preparing for your emergency kit it is important to include all members of your Oregon City house hold in both the process but also to make sure you will have enough supplies for everyone in the household.

Although here in the Pacific Northwest we do not get hurricanes or tornadoes really, we do get wildfires, wind storms that cause power outages and extreme rain that can cause flooding and of course the possibility of “the big one”. Being prepared can help to eliminate some of the worry and stress around a disaster.

Emergency Kit 101

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo with a lay flat image of emergency supplies. SERVPRO of Gresham wants to make sure you are as safe as possible and prepared for what comes your way.

Emergency planning can be very overwhelming and it can be intimidating to know where to start and what to include. Throughout the month of September, we will talk through some different emergency lists and what to include or not to include. We want to make emergency planning as user friendly as possible.

A great place to start while planning out your emergency kit is;

  • A sleeping bag
  • A first aid kit
  • A battery operated or wind up radio
  • Canned food and a can opener

We want to make sure that you are prepared for whatever may occur and that includes repairing any property damage after a storm in Gresham or the East Side.  After the storm has quieted and everyone is safe it is time to start making property damage “Like it never even happened.” That is where we come in. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy has been helping customers like you for nearly 30 years when disaster strikes and we are ready 24/7, 365.

Which Half Are You?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Map of the US with the Western half Orange and the Eastern half as Green. SERVPRO of Gresham wants to make sure your business is able to open again after a property damage.

Statistically only 51.5% of homes in America have an emergency kit ready.

Half. Only half.

Only half of the homes in America are prepared for an emergency or disaster. Which half are you in? Some may think that an emergency kit is unnecessary or too expensive or a frivolous concern that will never be needed.

We at SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy want to make sure that you, your family and home as well as your office and company are prepared for any disaster that may come. Our crews of trained and experienced technicians are available 24/7, 365 to help you when disaster from pipe breaks, home fires, sprinklers on top floor of a high rise or an electrical fire in a new building. If disaster strikes call the team with nearly 30 years of experience in the metro area serving customers and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Happy Labor Day

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Grill with food on it. Be safe!

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

National Preparedness Month

9/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange sky with lightening strikes throughout. SERVPRO of Gresham wants you to be prepared for whatever comes your way from storms to fire or water damage.

September is National Preparedness Month and us here at SERVPRO of Gresham want to make sure you are prepared for whatever comes your way. Throughout the month we will be bringing you information, checklists, packing lists and statistics so that you and your family will be as prepared as possible. 

We know that despite the preparations that may be in place it can be difficult to plan for the unknown. But you can always plan who you will call and use when a property damage strike. We at SERVPRO of Gresham want to be that for you. We want you to know that no matter the call, we will be ready 24/7, 365 to assist you and help to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Know us before you need us.

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Know who to call before you need to call someone.

We at SERVPRO of Gresham talk all the time about the importance of knowing who you are going to call before you actually need to call them. Along with a nationwide network of SERVPRO’s who are ready to respond we also offer a free (IT REALLY IS FREE) service where we will come out to your commercial property and complete an Emergency Ready Profile.

An Emergency Ready Profile includes

  • Information about utilities including company name and number, account number and point of contact.
  • Photos of utility shut off locations including directions to find them while in the middle of a disaster.
  • Directions and photos of where crews are to park their vehicles and how they will gain access to the space in an emergency.

An Emergency Ready Profile is not only helpful for our crews to know where to park and who to speak with but most importantly it gives your team and company a game plan in the case of a disaster. It makes sure that everyone is working from the same information and calling the appropriate and correct contacts instead of just googling. If you would like to have an Emergency Ready Profile created call SERVPRO of Gresham today at 503-655-7752 to speak with one of our representatives about scheduling a time.

Fire Cleanup or House Cleaning

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Gresham for any of your cleaning needs.

Fire’s can cause a ton of damage, but even if there is not a full-blown fire soot and smoke can SERVPRO of Gresham is able to help with cleaning up after a fire or smoke damage from things like electrical fires or even a bag of popcorn left in the microwave to long in the break room.
In addition to being your priority response team for fire and smoke cleanup, SERVPRO of Gresham can also help with your house and office cleanup. We are available to have our team of trained and experienced cleaners come out to deep clean and restore your home or office after a property damage or just regular cleaning. If you are in need of cleaning, make sure to call the team with almost 30 years of experience in the metro area

Commercial Water Damage in 97204

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Recently SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy was called out to a large commercial water damage.We had a facility manager call us directly after hours to help with the water damage clean up; they knew that even though it was the middle of the night we were ready to help. They had a fire sprinkler that burst and caused damage to multiple floors. The water only ran for a few minutes but because of the volume of water it caused a lot of damage. 

SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy have been helping customers for nearly 30 years when damage strikes. We are ready to help you when disaster strikes no matter the day or time, our crews are ready 24/7, 365 to help you make it "Like it never even happened." 

Steps to keep your home safe this summer

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your home protected while you are away, if there are any issues call SERVPRO of Gresham.

When you are away from your home on vacations or work trips, it is important to take precautions to avoid property damage and protect yourself from burglary.

  1. Ask a trusted friend to keep an eye on your house, in case of inclement weather or a burglary.
  2. Unplug your electronic items to protect them from power surges.
  3. Turn down your thermostat. 75-80 degrees is a safe setting for summer.
  4. Turn down the temperature on your water heater to save on your electric bill.

Make sure that you have steps in place for what to do if your property has a flood from something like a broken pipe or a fire from the kitchen while you are away. It is important that you know important insurance information and have a list of who to call in case you have issues such as a trusted plumber and SERVPRO of Gresham.

A property damage can feel like really bad traffic

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

When your property loss is going as slow as traffic, make sure to call SERVPRO of Gresham for help.

Property damage can be frustrating it can occur from seemingly nowhere and “just a little bit of water” can create a ton of damage. It can be almost as frustrating as really bad traffic. It can feel like it’s taking forever or just stops for no reason. SERVPRO of Gresham wants to help you avoid such frustration during a property loss. We work with you and your insurance company to move along the process of a claim and keep it moving, all with the hope to make it “Like it never even happened.”

If your home should have damage from a kitchen fire that spreads and causes smoke damage or a broken pipe in the laundry room upstairs that you used to love causes an indoor water fall, make sure to call the team with nearly 30 years of experience serving customers like you in the metro area.

No Need to Stress with SERVPRO of Gresham

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Sit back and let SERVPRO of Gresham take care of you when property damage strikes your home.

Property damage from broken pipes, flood and fires can cause a lot of stress for you and your family. With SERVPRO of Gresham we have you taken care of from the first phone call to the last, so just sit back and let us take care of you.

When you have a property disaster from a broken pipe or a house fire SERVPRO of Gresham is here for you in your time of need. After you call to begin work, we respond within four hours. A quick start to the mitigation is crucial to limiting the damage that you have in your home and helping to keep the time that your home will be disrupted shortened. So if a disaster like a fire or flood should cause you damage make sure to call the team that has been serving the metro area for nearly 30 years, SERVPRO of Gresham.

Rainstorms Cause Lots of Mess and Damage

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help with all of your cleaning needs.

Summer rain storms can come on almost from nowhere and be over almost as quickly as they appeared. But the damage and mess they can make can last long after the clouds have cleared and the sky has become blue again. Along with the sky opening up and dumping rain down heavy and fast causing possible damage to homes from roof leaks or flooding, it also causes general messes around the house.

SERVPRO of Gresham has trained and experienced technicians who can help to clean any messes in your home or office from mud being tracked across the carpet to flooding in your crawlspace causing back up into your home. SERVPRO of Gresham is ready 24/7, 365 to help you when disasters from fire, flood or even mud strike your home or office.

SERVPRO of Gresham restores your home and your contents.

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is able to help you with packing, cleaning and storing your items.

When your home suffers a property disaster from things like broken pipes, an overflowing toilet or an appliance that malfunctions not only does your sheet rock and flooring get wet but also your contents. When water starts to cover the floor it also can cover your furniture and anything in the room.

SERVPRO of Gresham is able to not only assist you with the property damage by drying out and cleaning your home but we are also trained and ready to help with what to do with those wet books and bookshelves. SERVPRO of Gresham will come into your home, inventory, pack out, dry, clean, store and pack back your contents once your home is ready to go back together. We are able to store your contents safely and securely in our private indoor, secure, climate-controlled warehouse. If disaster causes you damage, call the team that has been helping for nearly 30 years in the metro area, SERVPRO of Gresham, 503-665-7752.

Back To Work and Back To Business

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to respond when your disaster suffers a property damage.

Property damage can be a real headache. It disrupts your day and interrupts your customers as well.  We know that for you to be in business you need to be able to serve your customers and do your daily work.

When SERVPRO of Gresham responds to a commercial property loss we evaluate with you the priorities for your business and customers. We work alongside you to make sure that what our business needs to reopen and restart normal operations is our highest priority.

50% of businesses that have a property disaster never reopen. We at SERVPRO of Gresham want to make you are able to reopen quickly and get back to what you do best; serving your customers. If a property damage should strike your office or home, make sure to call the team with almost 30 years of experience. SERVPRO of Gresham is ready 24/7,365 to help you.

Home Fires Caused by Grills

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham wants you to practice good Grill and BBQ safety this summer.

Nearly 9,000 home fires are started by grilling accidents each year. Grills can cause lots of damage, follow these tips this summer to keep your home and family safe.

BBQ and grill safety tips from NFPA:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
  • Grills and BBQ’s should be placed well away from the home, deck railing 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.

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We are dedicated to responding 24/7, 365 to your home or business.

Lightning Fires Part 2

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Summer storms can cause a lot of property damage, SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to respond and help when disasters strike.

Lightning fires cause about $451 million dollars in property damage each year. SERVPRO of Gresham has a team of trained, professional, experienced technicians ready to respond when your home or office has a fire damage or smoke damage from things like lightning strikes, electrical fires or cooking fires.

Summer storms often have lightning but here in the Pacific Northwest we are more likely to have wind gusts that can cause damage to roofs or cause trees or limbs fall onto homes and buildings causing pipes to break or rainwater to cause damage inside.

SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to respond to any loss at any time of day. We have been helping customers like you for almost 30 years and are ready 24/,7, 365 to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Lightning Fires Part 1

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes are a large cause of property fires in the US.

Summer storms can be beautiful and fun to watch but they can also create a LOT of damage. Do you know how much property damage lightning fires cause each year? (check back on Thursday the 25th for the answer)

  • $8 Million
  • $451 Million
  • $74 Million
  • $1.2 Billion

If your home or office suffers from damage from summer storms such as from a fire started by lightning or from electrical surges that cause smoke damage, we are Here To Help®. SERVPRO of Gresham has been helping customers like you for almost 30 years when disasters strike. We work with you during the insurance claims process helping to advocate for you and walk through the confusing process with you helping to make a confusing process less so.  If a disaster causes damage, call SERVPRO of Gresham at 503-665-7752.

Toilet Leaks Can Seem Small but Create A Big Mess

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Even what looks like a "small" property damage can cause a big issue.

A leak from a toilet may seem like a little issue; more of a headache then an actual issue, but even a small amount of water can call a big mess. Many people may see just the water on the floor around the base of the toilet and think that just mopping up the mess will take care of the problem, but damage can be much more excessive then is visible.

It is not uncommon for toilets to malfunction and leak or have a wax ring fail and cause a water damage, but it makes it no less annoying and frustrating when it happens to you, in your home. SERVPRO of Gresham has been helping with water damages from toilet leaks and pipe breaks for nearly 30 years and our trained and experienced crews of technicians are ready 24/7, 365 to respond and help you when disaster strikes.  We are ready to help you, 503-665-7752.

Water Coming Through The Ceiling

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

When water comes through the ceiling affecting your work, SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to help you.

When water is dripping and running through the ceiling in your office from the floor above, would you know what to do? As water continues to fall and drench all the desks and computers would you be able to still help your customers? Would you be able to get your business back up and running?

SERVPRO of Gresham is there to help you make it “Like it never even happened” by responding to your call quickly and dispatching crews to begin the mitigation and dry out process. Our crews have the training and experience to respond, assess the damage and begin mitigation. We work with you, the customer to get your business back to operations so that you can get back to serving your customer.

SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to help you 24/7, 365, call us at 503-665-7752.

Property Damage from Summer Storms

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is able to respond to all losses, no mater the size of the loss, the cause or when it occurs.

Summer storms can seem to appear from nowhere and disappear almost as fast sometimes. But the damage they can cause may last much longer. SERVPRO of Gresham is Here To Help® when disaster strikes from unexpected thunderstorms, flash flooding or roof leaks in your property causing water damage to your interiors.

SERVPRO of Gresham has been helping customers like you with storm damage for nearly 30 years, our crews of trained and experienced technicians are ready to respond 24/7, 365 to assist you and help make it “Like it never even happened.” Not only can we help mitigate the damage from water or fire damage, but we are also ready to help you restore your home to preloss condition with our exceptional reconstruction department.  If your property should suffer from property damage due to summer storms call SERVPRO of Gresham at 503-665-7752

No Loss too Large

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

No loss is too large for SERVPRO of Gresham, we can respond to commercial fire and water property damage.

SERVPRO of Gresham has been helping customers with property damage for nearly 30 years. We have experience with all types of losses and all sizes. Even if a pip breaks in a high rise building downtown our crews are trained and equipped to help get your respond quickly and efficiently.

We have years of experience working on commercial losses from fire due to an issue with electrical or a sprinkler break in a hotel because a guest tried to hang a shirt from a sprinkler head. We work alongside business owners and management to get your business up and running again so that you can serve your customers and keep the doors open. Our priority is you and your priorities. If your business should suffer a property disaster call SERVPRO of Gresham at 503-665-7752.

But what about my hardwoods?

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Rescue mats used to dry out hardwood floors.

Your home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make, that is why we will do everything in our power to save and restore your home to pre- loss condition. That includes your hardwood floors. One of the most valuable pieces of equipment in our company is our rescue mat system. They allow us to remove moisture from hardwoods without having to preform demolition. The mats slowly extract water and moisture from the hardwoods and underneath. Sometimes floors will still need to be sanded and refinished but often once the rescue mats have dried the floors you would never be able to tell there was a loss at all that affected them.

If your home or office is affected by a water damage from a pipe break or sprinkler leak make sure to call SERVPRO of Gresham so that our team of trained and experienced technicians can help restore your property and we can show you first hand how we make it “Like it never even happened."

Happy Fourth of July

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Happy fourth of July from all of us at SERVPRO of Gresham!

This Fourth of July hopefully is full of food, fireworks, friends and family. As you gather with your nearest and dearest, we hope that you will remain safe this holiday. Follow these tips to keep you and yours safe as you celebrate the Red, White & Blue.

  • Have a bucket of water ready for fireworks
  • Keep a safety circle around fireworks to keep even the littlest revelers safe
  • Keep all grills and BBQ’s away from homes and free of any overhands including branches
  • Never put used fireworks with unused fireworks

We understand that accidents can happen, even on a Holiday. SERVPRO of Gresham is who to call if you and your family experience a property loss due to fire or smoke damage. We work with you to restore your property back to pre-fire condition. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you when disaster strikes. No matter the day or time, our crews are ready to respond and help you to make it “Like it never even happened.” If you suffer from a property loss call us at 503-665-7752.

The Fourth of July can spark a flame at any time.

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fireworks can lead to fires, take precaution to avoid danger and structural damage.

SERVPRO of Gresham wants you to be cautious and enjoy your summer activities. 

Precautions for fireworks to prevent fires:

  • Before setting off fireworks, wet the ground beneath
  • Never put used fireworks with unused fireworks
  • Always water down your used fireworks
  • Don’t attempt to re-light used fireworks
  • Light fireworks in a safe clear area
  • Wait 15-20 minutes after watering down fireworks to throw away.
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency

We understand accidents happen, and SERVPRO of Gresham is who you should call to restore your property back to pre-fire condition. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you when disaster strikes. No matter the day or time, our crews are ready to respond and help you to make it “Like it never even happened.” If your home or property is damaged due to fire, smoke or soot damage call us at (503)665-7752.

Fire Drills Are Not Just For Schools

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure to practice fire drills in your home and that everyone knows what to do when a smoke alarm goes off.

During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. 

Know the risks and numbers

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly.
  • If a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape.
  • Make sure that your family has a fire escape for your home and practice it regularly.

Make sure that your family has a fire escape plan for your home and practice it regularly. Everyone in the home should know what a smoke alarm sounds like, multiple ways to leave the home and the central meeting place for the family.

If a fire damage or smoke damage should cause damage to your home or property SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to respond 24/7, 365 to help when disaster strikes, give us a call at 503-665-7752.

Fire Damage Cleanup in Fairview Area

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

When fire damage strikes, make sure to call SERVPRO of Gresham.

Cleaning up a fire damage requires special skills; from taking care of smoke and water damage, to repairing the structural integrity of your property, to cleaning personal items and making it “Like it never even happened.”

Our fire damage cleanup specialists are trained to walk through each step of the process with you.

Our goal is to help restore your life to normal as soon as possible by beginning fire damage repair quickly. We know the importance of starting fire damage cleanup services as soon as possible to limit further damage from the after effects of a fire.

  • Our technicians will work with you throughout the fire damage cleanup to help you make the best decisions about repair, restoration or replacement of your property.
  • Our fire damage repair starts with a structural evaluation of major components of your residence, such as the roof, walls, flooring and insulation.
  • Removing smoke damage and repairing water damage caused by the fire being put out are key parts of restoring a fire damage.
  • Once our experts determine which items are able to be cleaned and restored, they know exactly which fire damage restoration and cleaning methods will be the most effective in restoring your items to preloss condition.
  • We coordinate fire damage cleanup services with your insurance company, to help reduce stress and make an already complicated and stressful situation easier for you.

Contact SERVPRO of Gresham today with any questions you may have or call us at 503-665-7752 to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Production Technician

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Production Technician
Do you love helping people through difficult situations?
Then, don’t miss your chance to join SERVPRO of Gresham as a new Production Technician. In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive toward the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”!

Our Franchise is seeking someone who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, enjoys meeting new people, has excellent communication skills, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Receive fantastic on the job training that allows you to become a member of the team as you learn how to mitigate property loss.

Does this sound like you?  Email your resume to jlee@SERVPROgresham.com today to apply and become a member of the team.

Requirements:

  • Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
  • A valid driver's license with a clean driving record.
  • Proficient in using an iPad for digital paperwork and documentation. (DryBook experience preferred but not required)
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions and able to pass drug test.
  • Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, you must be willing to be on call on a rotational basis.
  • Must work well within a team environment to build each other up and be supportive.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Perform on-site production services including water extraction, demolition, fire clean-up, and contents inventory/packing.
  • Develop production expertise: services, products, equipment, and documentation.
  • Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.
  • Follow the SERVPRO uniform and conduct policy.
  • Must be dependable in attendance and very punctual.
  • Xactimate sketching skills are preferred but not required.

Construction experience and IICRC certifications are a plus.

Email your resume to jlee@SERVPROgresham.com today to apply and become a member of the team or call 503-665-7752 for more information.

Now Hiring an Estimator

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Call 503-665-7752 for more information

Do you love helping people through difficult situations?
Then, don’t miss your chance to join SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy as a new Estimator. In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive toward the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”!

Our company is seeking someone who is hardworking, has excellent communication skills, is detail oriented and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Receive fantastic on the job training that allows you to become a member of the team as you learn how to scope and bill mitigation loss.

Does this sound like you? Does this sound like you?  Email your resume to jlee@SERVPROgresham.com today to apply and become a member of the team.

Requirements:

  • Must have a professional appearance and great attitude
  • A valid driver's license with a clean driving record
  • Proficient in using technology
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions and able to pass drug test
  • Must work well within a team environment to build each other up and be supportive
  • Xactimate sketching skills are preferred but not required

Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Perform on-site production services including water extraction, demolition, fire clean-up, and contents inventory/packing.
  • Develop production expertise: services, products, equipment, and documentation.
  • Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.
  • Follow the SERVPRO uniform and conduct policy.
  • Must be dependable in attendance and very punctual.
  • Xactimate sketching skills are preferred but not required.

Email your resume to jlee@SERVPROgresham.com today to apply and become a member of the team or call 503-665-7752 for more information.

Odor Issues Causing You Frustration?

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

DIY a tropical summer potpourri but with larger odor issues make sure to call SERVPRO of Gresham.

Are you dreaming of a tropical vacation? Have a trip planned but you want to start living that vacation life now? Have an odor or a funk you just cant get rid of?

 Transform your home with this sweet, fresh concoction that’ll perfume your home in the lightest, most refreshing way. 

  • Juice of two lemons
  • 1 tsp. of coconut extract
  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced (stems and all)
  • 2 cups of water

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Simmer over low heat for a few hours, replenishing the water as necessary.

If odor is causing a larger issue in your home then a little DYI can take care of make sure to call SERVPRO of Gresham to preform an inspection and get to the source of your odor issues.

15,000 Household Fires Started By Dryers

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

15,000 household fires started each year from dyers.

Household fires can start from many different causes that you may not suspect are a risk around your home. Did you know that more then 15,00 fires a year are started by clothes dryers?!?

Washers and dryers are great and make life easier, but it is crucial that you clean your dryer vents at least once a year. You want to make sure there is not lint built up that can ignite easily and potentially cause a lot of damage and is a huge safety risk.

If a fire damage or smoke damage should cause damage to your home or property SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to respond 24/7, 365 to help when disaster strikes, give us a call at 503-665-7752.

Start of Summer Safety

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Summer safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.

Did you know a car parked in direct sunlight on a 72-degree day can reach an internal temperature of 119 degrees in an hour? Practice good Summer safety by not leaving kids and pets in cars this summer and stay safe. SERVPRO of Gresham is here to provide you and your family with information, tips and tricks on how to stay safe from heat, fire, storms or other disasters that strike our area.

If a fire damage or smoke damage should cause damage to your home or property SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to respond 24/7, 365 to help when disaster strikes, give us a call at 503-665-7752.

SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to help when disaster strikes

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to help you with property damage, small to big.

When you have a property damage from things like a fire or flood you need service. You need it fast. That is where SERVPRO of Gresham comes in. Our crews of trained, compassionate and professional technicians are ready to respond no matter the time or day to your property loss.

SERVPRO of Gresham has helped property owners when they have had fires in their warehouse, or a sprinkler pipe break on the top floor of a local college residence hall. We have on call teams who are able to respond quickly when disaster strikes. We know that immediate action is the key to limiting damage to your property. If your property is affected and needs mitigation help, call SERVPRO of Gresham 24/7, 365 at 503-665-7752 for help.

BBQ Fire Damage and Tips

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

When grilling and using your BBQ, follow these steps to stay safe.

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

With Summer Arriving, Fires Can Occur When You Least Expect It

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to property due to BBQ's.

The Fourth of July and BBQ's can spark a flame at any time.

SERVPRO of Gresham wants you to be cautious and enjoy your summer activities. 

Precautions for BBQ's and grilling to prevent fires:

  • Keep your grill at least 10ft from your home
  • Clean your grill regularly
  • Always check for gas leaks
  • Keep a spray water bottle handy
  • Make sure to have a fire extinguisher next to your grill

We understand accidents happen, and SERVPRO of Gresham is who you should call to restore your property back to pre-fire condition. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you when disaster strikes. No matter the day or time, our crews are ready to respond and help you to make it “Like it never even happened.” If your home or property is damaged due to fire, smoke or soot damage call us at (503)665-7752.

SERVPRO of Gresham Wants You to be Prepared for an Unexpected Fire

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can occur when you least expect it and we want you to know the correct precautions.

SERVPRO of Gresham understands the stress caused while experiencing fire damage. We’re prepared to help and work to restore your home to pre-fire condition. To prevent a house fire, check out the following safety tips.

  • Test your smoke alarms (batteries at least once a month)
  • Inspect heating sources
  • Keep oven and stove clear of unnecessary items
  • Maintain upkeep on dryers
  • Keep an eye on any cords that are plugged into outlets
  • Store flammable products safely
  • Use the fireplace responsibly
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care.

If you experience unexpected fire damage, call us today! We’ve got your back! (503)665-7752

For Fire, Smoke, and Soot Restoration, Call SERVPRO of Gresham!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why should you use SERVPRO of Gresham?

We have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts.

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
  • Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
  • Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Step 7: Restoration

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (503) 665-7752

Do You Think Your Commercial Business Has Mold Growth?

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is prepared to detect and eliminate mold growth!

Any commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Gresham commercial business if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your business through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you believe your commercial property contains mold, call us today! (503)665-7752

Heavy Rains Can Cause Flooding in the Troutdale Area

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham Wants you to be prepared for an unexpected flood.

Restoring flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Gresham property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced. Below are prevention, mitigation, and restoration tips to follow until help arrives:

Here are some simple flood prevention tips:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain.
  • In any case, always listen to the emergency plan given by your local law enforcement.
  • Leaves are well known for clogging gutters, make sure to clean out your gutters and drainage downspouts at least twice a year.
  • Extend downspouts at least 10ft from your home.
  • Direct water flows from your downspouts away from your home.
  • Preventative landscaping can also prevent mudslides and flooding.

If you experience flood or water damage, call us today! (503)665-7752

Heavy Winds Causes Tree to Fall on Fairview Home

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

The Pacific Northwest is known for unexpected weather and can do a lot of damage to your home or businesses.

Unexpected winds may cause trees to fall on a home or business. You may be faced with damage to the building and roof. Mold Growth may occur if Water Damage is present. 

SERVPRO of Gresham is a leader in the water restoration industry. We make it a priority to get there fast and get the job done right.

We have an extensive team of experienced technicians that have specialized equipment and consistent training. We're a full-service restoration company, so we can do everything from start to finish. Why deal with multiple contractors when you can work with one company to do it all.

If your home or business is experiencing storm damage, call SERVPRO of Gresham. No matter what kind of damage the fallen tree caused, we can help.

Have an unexpected disaster? Call us today (503)665-7752, we've got your back! 

Bathroom Leak Caused Water Damage to Local Troutdale Home

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Any leak any size; SERVPRO of Gresham has your back.

Bathrooms are very common with experiencing leaks, and they happen more often than you think. If you’re finding water damage in your bathroom, there’s a high chance you’re dealing with a leaky toilet, sink, tub, or shower.

SERVPRO of Gresham is prepared to tackle any water leak that may occur. Don't avoid it; water spreads quickly and it’s important to contact us at the first sign of a leak.

We will conduct an inspection and damage assessment. This is where the water extraction process begins. This step removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Gresham can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage.

Call SERVPRO of Gresham today if you have an unexpected water leak! (503)665-7752 available 24hrs a day, seven days a week.

Fire and Smoke Damage is Destructive to Your Troutdale Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham understands you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable.

Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care.

Until help arrives, follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

What to do after a fire:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set a smoke odor.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (503) 665-7752

Fire in Your Rockwood Home?

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help you through the fire restoration process.

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Gresham has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Every fire damage 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

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate board up and roof tarp service

Step 4: Water removal and drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and sanitizing

Step 7: Restoration

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.

SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to help you through these stressful times and we’re available 24hrs.

If you have questions about Fire and Smoke damage, call us today (503)665-7752.

Has Your East Side Property Experienced Water Damage?

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage including smoke and soot cleanup is a specialty that SERVPRO of Gresham upholds. We're ready to fix your business or commercial property. 

In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. SERVPRO of Gresham has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your business to pre-fire condition.

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Gresham for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem, deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your work space look its very best.

Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air ducts and HVAC
  • Bio Hazard and Sewer 
  • Trauma and Crime Scene 
  • Carpet and Upholstery 
  • Drapes and Blinds 
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors 
  • Oder Removal and Deodorization 
  • Vandalism 

If your business experienced a fire loss, call us today and we'll respond immediately24 hrs -503-665-7752

Uncertain if it's Mold? Call SERVPRO of Gresham For An Inspection!

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

If you believe you've found Mold Growth but not sure, call SERVPRO of Gresham today! 

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Gresham home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to re-mediate your mold infestation.

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. 

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Have Mold Related Questions? Call Us Today – 503-665-7752

Heavy Rain and Wind May Cause Damage to Your Fairview Home

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is here to protect you when stormy weather hits.

As we approach winter wind and rain in the Pacific Northwest, SERVPRO of Gresham is trained and prepared to restore any damage that may occur. Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Gresham, and we determine the scope of your water damage. The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Once water is eliminated, we clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water.

Returning your home to its pre-water damage condition may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet. Also, major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business may occur.

If you’re concerned about flood damage or need our 24/7 emergency services, call us now at (503) 665-7752

Why SERVPRO of Gresham is The Right Choice For You

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham has been awarded the "Family Oriented Business" of the year award. The Gresham Business Excellence Awards lunch honored our franchise of over 27 years of service.

Many of our own staff has experienced many types of losses. We truly understand how devastating and stressful it can be. We’re here to guide you through the process with compassion and understanding.

We help local businesses, schools, city/government buildings, and medical facilities. Each commercial building has special needs that we tailor to when on site. Being locally owned and operated, we’re close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Gresham
  • Troutdale
  • Fairview
  • Orient
  • Wood Village
  • Rockwood

With our dedication and hard work, we're prepared to help resolve any disaster that may occur.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today (503)665-7752. Available 24hrs!

Winter Winds Creating Damage Across Troutdale Area

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is prepared to help restore any disaster that strikes.

Specializing in storm and flood services, we understand there can be a range of issues that can occur. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation. Our water damage restoration and applied structural drying technicians will quickly restore your property back to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Storm Services:

  • Water restoration process
  • Caring for your belongings
  • Mold redemption
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Oder removal
  • Building services
  • Commercial storm damage

Call us today (503) 665-7752, we've got your back! Available 24-hrs a day.

Clean Up Water Damage in Your Fairview Office

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help before microbial growth occurs.

With our 24-hr emergency service, we're prepared to reduce water damage. SERVPRO of Gresham has highly trained water restoration technicians who will mitigate your commercial business. We take pride in being part of the Gresham community. Saving commercial businesses one day at a time.

No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises.

Commercial restoration services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Disaster Recovery Team

We respond quickly to your needs. SERVPRO of Gresham has great relationships with commercial and residential property managers, health care professionals, higher and lower educational buildings, city buildings, insurance agents, and multiple insurance adjusters. 

Have Water or Flood damage? Call us today (503) 665-7752 

We're available 24hrs.

Wood Village Experiencing Damage During Winter Storms

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham understands your home is more than a structure.

Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your home, but also your belongings. Instead of replacing damaged belongings, SERVPRO of Gresham preserves keepsakes that can't be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before water damage.

When cleaning personal belongings we use several different methods.

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

SERVPRO of Gresham conducts effective move outs, electronic cleanup, document/photograph drying, and offering a content claims service.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today (503)665-7752. Available 24hrs!

SERVPRO Of Gresham Hours are 24/7

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day , 7 days a week. Contact us any time.

24 Hour Emergency Service

There is never a convenient time to experience a flooding or water emergency, that’s why SERVPRO of Gresham provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When security or maintenance calls in the middle of the night or after hours, you can always count on a SERVPRO of Gresham representative to respond. We understand that commercial losses need immediate attention. We have a list of references that would be happy to confirm how quickly we respond to your needs. Contact us for more information.

Waking up or coming home to a flooded home can be stressful. You can always count on your local SERVPRO of Gresham representative to respond to your call. We understand how important your personal belongings are to you. Getting to you quickly can help minimize the damage to them and your home.

No matter the size, SERVPRO of Gresham has the staff, training, and equipment to quickly help you.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (503) 665-7752

Why SERVPRO of Gresham?

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

Over the past few decades, the restoration industry has seen rapid advancement in the technology and techniques commonly used in restoration. SERVPRO of Gresham Professionals has used these advancements to restore properties back to preloss condition more quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively. An authentic restoration company will be IICRC certified, always check to make sure you are hiring a certified company like SERVPRO of Gresham.

Call us 24/7 and let us show you how we can help! 503-665-7752

SERVPRO of Gresham services Troutdale and Fairview

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

With over 13 certifications, SERVPRO of Gresham’s goal is to ensure that you are receiving the best service possible. For that reason we have our employees undergo initial and continuous training in property damage restoration. This training includes the areas of water and fire restoration and carpet and upholstery cleaning. Our training is provided by SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility and regular Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) industry certifications. Our staff is also knowledgeable in other areas such as Oregon Fair Housing Laws and Oregon Safety and Health, Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

SERVPRO Of Gresham

12/8/2018 (Permalink)

Why should you use SERVPRO of Gresham?

We have the equipment to help you.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Contact us at 503-665-7752, we have the right tools to help you get through this.

Storm Damage on the East Side

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Winter storms on the East Side can cause chaos to your home. SERVPRO can help.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful! Stay Safe!

SERVPRO of Gresham can send someone right away to help assess the situation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please visit our website or call us.

Have A  Storm Damage Emergency? Call (503) 665-7752

Wood Village Home or Business Mold Issues

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help with mold questions and issues.

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Call us today 503-665-7752

Commercial Property Flood in Gresham, OR

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial property floods in the Gresham, OR area.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO has over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, strategically positioned to be faster to any size disaster. If your Gresham home or business is affected by water damage, we can provide an immediate emergency response that helps to prevent secondary damage and mold.

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We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As leaders in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water-damage condition. Our process includes documentation of the drying process to validate your property is dry. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

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We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment help us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. We then dry the structure with powerful dehumidifiers. Finally, our technicians will clean the affected area with professional grade cleaning and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

Commercial Cleaning in the Gresham, OR Area

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial cleaning in Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, and Fairview.

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Gresham for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Gresham offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Have Questions? Call Today – (503) 665-7752

Multnomah County Flood in Business

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Do you need help with a flood in your Multnomah County business? 

SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help.

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.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (503) 665-7752

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Gresham 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

We are available 24/7.

Fairview Frozen Pipe Cleanup

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help if you have had a frozen pipe in your building.

SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of Gresham has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Have Questions? Call Today – (503) 665-7752

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Gresham responds quickly to your Gresham fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,700 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Whatever type of building you have that suffers a loss from a frozen pipe burst, we can help you. 24/7 

Community of Gresham

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is all about having a good time in the community but also helping it.

There is never a convenient time to experience a flooding or water emergency, that’s why SERVPRO of Gresham provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When security or maintenance calls in the middle of the night or after hours, you can always count on a SERVPRO of Gresham representative to respond. We understand that commercial losses need immediate attention. We have a list of references that would be happy to confirm how quickly we respond to your needs. Contact us for more information.

Waking up or coming home to a flooded home can be stressful. You can always count on your local SERVPRO of Gresham representative to respond to your call. We understand how important your personal belongings are to you. Getting to you quickly can help minimize the damage to them and your home.

No matter the size, SERVPRO of Gresham has the staff, training, and equipment to quickly help you.

Look for us at local events!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (503) 665-7752

Why should you use SERVPRO of Gresham in your Troutdale home?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

We do more than just fire and water damage.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

The use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be needed to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property.

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

contact us today to learn more about our other services. We are here to help 24/7. 503-665-7752

Storm in the Gresham Area

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

If there is a storm in the Gresham area, SERVPRO of Gresham has you covered.

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Gresham business owners and residents.

Learn More

 

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

Learn More

 

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Gresham can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

Please call 503-665-7752 for help. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mold in your Fairview Home

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help with mold.

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Be sure to call SERVPRO of Gresham with your mold issues. 503-665-7752

Determining the Category of Water Damage

9/24/2018 (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!

How Do I Know If I Have Mold in my Troutdale Home?

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

One of the many questions SERVPRO of Gresham gets on a regular basis is “How do I know if I have mold?”

Mold requires moisture and a food source to grow such as wallpaper, drywall or other organic building materials. In most cases, mold grows from having high humidity in your home or business, a non-ventilated bathroom or a recent water loss. However, if you believe that you do have mold growing in your home or business it is best to have a qualified environmental lab take samples. An environmental lab will be able to explain the testing process and provide results based off of the samples taken from your home. Based off of those results, they provide recommendations on how the mold would need remediation. Then, SERVPRO of Gresham can take those results and recommendations to properly re-mediate the home or business of any microbial growth.

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!

Every Second Counts During a Fire

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.

In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.  The American Red Cross suggests that families have a developed and practice a home fire escape plan. Here are a few suggestions to help you and your family to develop an emergency escape plan:

  • Draw a map of each level—Show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure that all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Consider escape ladders—This is something to consider for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
  • Choose an outdoor meeting place—Make sure the meeting place is a safe distance in front of your home, where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Teach children—Teach them how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
  • Practice makes perfect—Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime, at least twice a year.

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!

SERVPRO of Gresham is an IICRC Certified Firm

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Gresham

SERVPRO of Gresham 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

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!

Get a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for Your Troutdale Business

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

An estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen.

SERVPRO of Gresham has worked with many businesses in the area to ensure they are prepared for any emergency. 

More than 60% of U.S. small businesses do not have formal emergency response plans & do not back-up their data off site.

No Plan Means You're Less Likely to Recover

80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

70% of small business that experience major data loss go out of business within a year.

43% of companies that experience catastrophic data loss never reopen.

51% of companies with data loss closed within 2 years.

80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

Tips For Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan

  • Let the professionals help you. Work with an emergency restoration company for assistance in creating your emergency ready profile.
  • Identify and label utility shut-off locations.
  • Identify local utility contact information.
  • Identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.
  • Establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. Please contact one our Business Development Representative to setup your free Emergency Ready Profile.

Need Help? Call us today at (503) 665-7752 for more information or assistance!

Fire Damage Restoration in Your Fairview Home

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Gresham Fire Damage Restoration

A fire can be devastating to any Gresham home, causing severe fire damage, affecting its look and value. The restoration process is complex and requires the services of fire remediation experts like SERVPRO of Gresham.

The Fire Restoration Process

There are several techniques used to restore a home after a fire. The main goals are to remove anything that cannot be salvaged, extract all excess water, thoroughly dry everything and rebuild all damaged areas.

Water and Mold Issues

One of the effects of fire damage is the water left over after the fire is out. Furniture, drywall, floors, and carpets are soaked and provide a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew. SERVPRO utilizes large fans and powerful dehumidifiers to dry out your home in preparation for cleaning and rebuilding.

The Cooling and Heating System

The filter and coils of an HVAC system of a home are often blocked by soot and particulates from a fire. The parts must be replaced, and the cost depends on the amount of damage caused by smoke and heat. The ductwork must also be checked for soot buildup as it will cause problems if not removed.

Rebuilding the Home

A home that is left structurally unsound by fire damage will need to be reinforced and rebuilt. While this can done through independent contractors, the SERVPRO Gresham remediation service team can take care of the rebuilding process, reducing stress and worry for the homeowner.

Removal of Damaged Items

Part of the fire restoration process is the removal of anything that cannot be saved. If smoke-damaged items are allowed to remain, they may contaminate the home. SERVPRO may be able to help with salvageable items or can make recommendations for their repair.

A fire is a sudden, disruptive life event and working with a professional fire remediation service like SERVPRO is the fastest way to clean and restore a home. Our experts will get things back to normal with minimal stress to the homeowner and will often cost less than hiring additional contractors. Most home insurance policies will pay for at least part of the remediation costs.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, we work and live in Gresham too. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services.

We're Fire and Water Damage Specialists.  Call (503) 665-7752 for 24/7 assistance!

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

Green Products For Your Fairview Home

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham Offers Green Products For A Clean Home

If you need a thorough and natural spring cleaning in your Gresham home, SERVPRO of Gresham has exactly what you need. Our trained cleaning professionals use only green products to deep clean your house and brighten up your home! SERVPRO of Gresham has many different cleaning services and a few of them include the following: 

  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet & Upholstery
  • Ceiling, Floors & Walls
  • Drapes & Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage & Toilet Overflow
  • Trauma & Crime Scene
  • Vandalism & Graffiti
  • Building Services
  • Commercial Cleaning Services

Our products and services are designed to bring you a clean and environment friendly home. If you’re interested in our cleaning services or have questions about our work, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752.

Gresham Home Damage From Fireworks

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives to your fire damaged home

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Gresham (503) 665-7752






Congratulations to Gresham High School Graduates

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham Congratulates 2018 High School Graduates!

It’s that time of the year! Another high school graduation ceremony begins as our local students prepare to walk across the stage and on to their next adventure. We are proud to congratulate our local high schools on this annual achievement. Stay safe and good luck in this new beginning!

If you're in need of any of the following services, let SERVPRO of Gresham know how we can help!

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building Services

If you’re interested or have questions about our services at SERVPRO of Gresham, please call us at (503) 665-7752 or visit our website http://www.SERVPROgresham.com\ for more information.

Fairview Home Mold Remediation Facts

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

6 Mold Remediation Facts From Your Local SERVPRO of Gresham 

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Don't hesitate to call us at any time, 24/7 at (503) 665-7752

Gresham Business Restoration

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO of Gresham a call if your business needs restoration services!

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO Gresham can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Gresham can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Gresham can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Call us at (503) 665-7752!

Gresham Home Attic Water Damage

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Ways to prevent your attic from water damage

Water damage and mold are most likely to occur in your attic. Most of us only go up to our attics when we need something. Be sure to check your attic frequently for leaks and other possible issues. During storms, your attic and roof take the brunt of it. Stains appearing on your ceiling is a sign of a leak in your attic.

Here are four steps to help you keep your attic water-free:

  • Check Your Attic Regularly

It is important to check your attic as often as your check the rest of your home. Your attic could be holding water, which will cause your ceiling to leak, as well as cause mold damages.  

  • Check your Roofing After Severe Weather

After a severe storm or heavy winds, it is crucial to check your roofing and ensure it is still intact. A missing shingle could cause water damages to your attic, which will eventually cause mold and major water damages.

  • Check for Leaks in your Attic

When in your attic, give it a once-over to make sure it doesn’t have any leaks or small holes that could allow water inside.

  • Make Sure Your Water Heater is Working Properly

If your water heater is old or isn’t functioning as well as it should, you should have it checked by a professional. If your water heater leaks, you will end up with a flooded home, and possible major water damages.

If you’re struggling with water damage in your attic or other parts of your home, give SERVPRO of Gresham a call at (503) 665-7752.



Musty Smells In Your Troutdale Home

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Gresham now to save your home from odor

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Gresham Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give SERVPRO of Gresham a call, and leave the restoration to us. Available 24/7 at (503) 665-7752!




Generator Safety for Gresham Residents

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

We want to make sure you are safe during the next storm power outage

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below from American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp help up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

If your home or business is damaged due to a storm, call SERVPRO of Gresham! We have the training, tools, and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Science of Drying Your Gresham Property

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know the science SERVPRO of Gresham uses to dry out your home or business?

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Gresham Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chance of any secondary damages. If your business suffers from water damage, your local SERVPRO professionals will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether that materials are drying
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material- but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, the professionals at SERVPRO have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of Gresham also state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO have the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (503) 665-7752!

The Behavior of Smoke and How It Affects Your Troutdale Property

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know the different types of smoke?

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of Gresham professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information can be vital to proper restoration.

We know smoke can penetrate various within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke:

  • Wet Smoke (plastic and rubber)
  • Dry Smoke (paper and wood)
  • Protein Fire Residue (produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)
  • Fuel Spill Soot (furnace puff backs)
  • Other types (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

SERVPRO of Gresham professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers a fire or smoke damage, call us today at (503) 665-7752!

SERVPRO of Gresham is Hiring a Sales and Marketing Representative

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

When your business operations are interrupted by fire or water damage, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Gresham provides professional cleaning or emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. We have the training, equipment, and resources to handle any size disaster.

SERVPRO of Gresham

We are currently looking to hire a goal oriented and ambitious outside sales representative, to promote and sell our services to commercial facility directors, maintenance managers, owners and property managers.

This sales position will promote and sell franchise services in assigned territory, which results in meeting or exceeding assigned sales goals. Grow and develop customer base by utilizing a systematic process to identify new prospects and to routinely contact and follow up with customers. Conduct repetitive contact calls to build relationships and educate the customer on why we are the best restoration company in Gresham, Oregon City, Sandy, and the surrounding areas. Utilize the quarterly Marketing Media Kit to market our services and to sell the benefits. Monitor and follow-up on all assigned jobs ensuring that customer needs are met. Building relationships and consistently returning until service is needed along with preparing and completing sales presentations.

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Strong understanding of all products and services applicable to target client segment
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable policies and procedures
  • Working knowledge of all organization products and operations
  • Demonstrated sales and marketing skills and abilities
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Ability to develop and administer budgets
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

While a background in sales is preferred, we are willing to train the right candidate. You need to be comfortable with B2B relationship selling and enjoy talking to people. Please contact us to if you are interested in learning more about our company and the open sales position.

Jennifer Lee

503-729-3850

jlee@SERVPROgresham.com

Do you know how electrical fires can start in your North Gresham home?

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical fires can happen at any time of year but are more prominent in winter months.

The months with the most electrical fires are December and January due to increased use of heating appliances and lights. Most electrical fires start in the bedroom, but the highest number of fatalities occurs with fires located in the living room, family room and den. The most common electrical fires are caused by the following:

  1. Faulty outlets/appliances: Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, receptacles, and switches.
  2. Light Fixtures: Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires.
  3. Extension Cords: Misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into an outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure.
  4. Space Heaters: Many times people put space heaters too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches, and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous in this regard because the coils become so hot they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface.
  5. Wiring: Outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves and air conditioners.

No matter how a fire gets started in your home, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! We are open 24/7, 365 days a year and are faster to any disaster. Call us today at (503) 665-7752!

Groundwater in Basement of Gresham Residence

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

How Groundwater Affects Your Home in Multnomah County

Picture this: you come home after a long, rainy day at work to find yourself standing in water that has flooded your basement. You look around and don’t see any leaks or broken pipes and can’t seem to figure out what the problem is. You may be experiencing groundwater entering your home. Groundwater is the water suspended in the dirt around your home. Groundwater getting in your home can cause all kinds of damage, money, and headaches. The first step to preventing groundwater in your home, most commonly the basement, is to ensure proper waterproofing. Without proper waterproofing, water damage can cause humidity, bacteria, and mold growth.

If you are experiencing water damage, no matter the cause, don’t hesitate to call SERPVRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752! If you are looking for more information on our water restoration services, please visit our website.

SERVPRO of Gresham is faster to any disaster in the Gresham Area!

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know why speed is so important when dealing with a disaster?

Speed is the key when disaster strikes! Immediate response lessens the damage of:

  • Wood and drywall saturation
  • Delamination
  • Carpet and furniture stains
  • Warping hardwood floors
  • Mold/Mildew
  • Content damage

SERVPRO of Gresham follows the guidelines below:

  1. Within ONE HOUR of receiving the loss, a SERVPRO National Call Center Service Agent will dispatch the loss to the nearest available Franchise, and a Franchise professional will contact the customer.
  2. Within FOUR HOURS of receiving the loss from the SERVPRO National Call Center, the assigned Franchise will be on-site to begin the mitigation
  3. Within EIGHT HOURS of the initial on-site visit, the Franchise will complete a verbal briefing which will be communicated to the adjuster.

If you are ever in need of water or fire restoration services, call your local SERVPRO of Gresham for a speedy service at (503) 665-7752. Wondering what types of services we offer? Visit our website!

Water Damage Affects Gym on the East Side

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Any water damage in your facility is bad.

There is no such thing as a small disaster. Especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria - or causes mold, rot, and other unseen damages. Water damage can affect the value of your property, so before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property.

SERVPRO of Gresham understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, we offer 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained professional on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752!

Have You Recently Opened or Renovated A Business in Gresham?

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can assist with post-construction cleanup in your company!

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadline- the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.

SERVPRO of Gresham can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner. These services include:

  • Post-construction cleaning- Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it’s time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate.
  • Dehumidification and drying- During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on a SERVPRO professional to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.
  • Final cleaning- You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. We provide cleaning services to give the building that extra shine.

If you recently opened or renovated a business and need cleaning done, give us a call at (503) 665-7752!

Have Ice Dams Affected your East Side Hotel?

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know what ice dams are?

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water had penetrated the roof membrane.“ Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to help prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter.

If winter weather causes water damage to your property, SERVPRO of Gresham is only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition!

Mold Prevention in the Gresham Area

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever gotten mold in your home or business?

The kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of the house to mold growth and it is very easy for mold to occur there if preventative actions are not taken. It is important to keep kitchens mold free because this is the same space in which food is prepared and consuming mold can be harmful. Preventing mold from growing in your kitchen is quite simple and it only takes a few preventative actions to ensure that your kitchen is safe, otherwise you may need a professional mold remediation service like SERVPRO of Gresham.

The kitchen has a higher level of moisture in it than most other rooms of the house and as a result, surfaces such as the wall may become moldy. If there is some mold growth on the wall, make sure to remove it and keep an eye on that area as mold is likely to grow back in the same spot if the humidity rises again.

  • One option for preventing mold growth on the walls is using mold resistant paint which is water resistant and will prevent mold from penetrating through the painted layer. Adding mold resistant paint to your kitchen will also rejuvenate the look of the kitchen walls.
  • Another way to prevent mold from growing in your kitchen is to make sure your kitchen is dry and free of standing water. As you do the dishes or clean up the kitchen, water can get into small spaces around the sink which increases the risk of mold. It is important to dry the water from these hidden places as they are the most likely places for mold to grow with or without the excess water. After you clean your kitchen, use a separate towel to dry the water from the counters, cracks, floor, and other areas that are wet.
  • Humidity is another common cause of mold growth and limiting the humidity within the kitchen will greatly decrease the risk. The best way to keep the humidity down within the kitchen is by opening the windows and making sure there is always good ventilation. It is important to remember that excess moisture, standing water, or high humidity is at the root of every mold outbreak and the key to keeping your kitchen mold free is eliminating each of these sources. Keeping mold out of your kitchen will not only contribute to a cleaner space but also make it a safer place to prepare food.

If you do happen to find more mold than you can safely clean yourself, contact a professional such as SERVPRO of Gresham.

Has Your Medical Office Experienced a Fire in Rockwood?

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 3340 fires in office properties each year. SERVPRO of Gresham wants to help lower the amount of office fires that happen each year by providing information on what causes fires and tips on prevention.

Causes:

  • 29% are caused by cooking equipment
  • 12% are caused by electrical distribution and light equipment
  • 10% are intentionally set
  • 9% are caused by smoking materials
  • 4% are caused by exposure
  • 3% are caused by electronic, office, or entertainment equipment

Prevention:

  1. Regularly update and practice an emergency plan.
  2. Keep emergency exits and escape routes from being blocked and difficult to navigate.
  3. Maintain routine checks of sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and other fire safety equipment.
  4. Keep non-essential equipment or small appliances in the break room or kitchen areas clean and unplugged unless in use.
  5. Keep office equipment regularly serviced and repaired.
  6. Do no overload outlets and do not use frayed wires.
  7. Get a fire risk assessment and follow the recommendations
  8. Consider installing pre-flare-up fire detection sensors that detect the potential for a fire and alert the business, property manager, guard on duty, etc.

We know how damaging fire can be to a business and are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” Next time your property has a fire, smoke or odor damage, or needs a post-fire cleaning, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Gresham!

When Winter Weather Affects Your Retail Store

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let weather in the Pacific Northwest slow down your business!

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm 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 SERVPRO of Gresham a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Gresham has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

For more information on our commercial restoration services, go HERE or call us today at (503) 665-7752!

Does Your East Side Business Have Mold?

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help when mold strikes in your Gresham business!

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Gresham can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

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

Frozen Pipes Prevention Tips for Your Downtown Portland Hotel

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

There is never a good time to experience a frozen pipe burst, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help you prevent this from happening!

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing level, you are also at risk of frozen pipes, which can create major disaster at your home or property.

Frozen pipes:

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.  To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

If you experience a water loss from a broken pipe, remember to call your friends at SERVPRO of Gresham!

Who is Your First Call When You Get Wind Damage in Troutdale?

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham, of course! Our teams of highly trained professionals are ready to help with your disaster 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our technicians will arrive quickly to start boarding up any windows broken in the wind storm, preventing any further damage. Then they can begin to address any water damage that may have resulted from the broken window and restore the home or business to make it look "Like it never even happened."

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.

If you are facing wind or storm damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752!

SERVPRO of Gresham Supports Cystic Fibrosis in Portland

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

If you would like to learn more, please visit the Cystic Fibrosis website.

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Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects the lungs.

  • According to the American Lung Association, it is the second most common inherited disorder occurring in children in the United States.
  • About 70,000 people worldwide live with CF of which 30,000 are in the United States. About 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Because of increased research efforts, those with CF are living well into adulthood.
  • Since 2009 hundreds of firefighters from across the country and around the world have come to Portland to compete in the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge, and have raised over $900,000 in the fight to beat Cystic Fibrosis and make CF stand for "CURE FOUND".

SERVPRO of Gresham is honored to be a part of the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge each year in support for raising money to help raise funds in the battle against cystic fibrosis.

Happy Holidays everyone! We can’t wait for the next Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge to help continuing raising awareness and money for CF.

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about cystic fibrosis, please visit our website!

Ice Dams in Your Wood Village Home

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

This is a picture of what an ice dam may look like at your home.

Do you know what an ice dam is?

Maybe you have been fortunate enough to never experience ice dams, but they can be a serious problem in the winter. Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can back flow under the roof’s shingles and into the structures interior areas. Here are SERVPRO of Gresham, we can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition.

Next time you experience an ice dam or storm damage, be sure to call your local SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752. For more information on our storm damage and restoration services, please visit our website.

Winter Weather Prevention Tips for Your Multnomah County Apartment Complex

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Does your Gresham apartment complex suffer from the devastating effects of winter weather?

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your property if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damages and interior water
  • Inspect the property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces, and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.

When winter weather strikes, call your local SERVPRO of Gresham to strike back!

Flood Tips and Action Steps in Multnomah County

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham wants you to be prepared for a flood in Gresham! 

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.

Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced. Below are prevention, mitigation and restoration tips to follow until help arrives:

Flood Prevention Tips:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain.
  • In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all facets of your business.
  • Plan for payroll continuity.
  • Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans ad inform your people.
  • Visit: ready.gov/america/local/index.html for a comprehensive plan and to learn about emergency plans for your state.

How to Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather in Wood Village

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Have you ever had a frozen pipe burst or ice dam in your business on the East Side

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To try and prevent pipe bursts from happening and other winter weather mishaps, check out the following tips for preparing your business for winter weather.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause person injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate floor hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

Here at SERVPRO of Gresham we want you, your employees, and your property to stay safe. If you do experience storm or water damage during the holiday, or at any time of the year, give us a call at (503) 665-7752.

Train Your Staff on Fire Safety in Your Gresham Business

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Do you know what to do in the event of a fire in your business?

Why should you train your employees for fire safety? The hazards from fire can pose a significant threat to your business. Every year many people are injured by fires that occur in the workplace - and the financial costs of a fire can be equally devastating. In the event of a fire, the highest priority is always to get the occupants of the building out of harm’s way. Trained staff will provide the best chance for this to happen in a methodical and efficient manner.

When a fire breaks out and panic settles in, you don’t want to rely on your staff thinking or problem solving on the go. Instead, set up a plan that’s unique to your establishment, and have your staff practice it until it’s embedded into their minds and they can perform it on autopilot. Look into your local government agencies or fire departments to see if there are training's offered for your or your employees.

Mold Cleanup Along the Columbia River

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold on ceiling

Do you know the difference between mold removal verse remediation?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels. SERVPRO of Gresham has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

Our mold remediation process:

  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

Do you have signs of mold in your home? Call us today! – (503) 665-7752

Watch Out for those Holiday Fire Starters in Your Wood Village Business

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

How many of these fire starters do you have in your establishment?

Ah, the holidays; A fun, cheery time of year! We string lights, decorate desks, and even set up trees in the office. Have you thought about where you place the tree in relation to a heat source? While it is fun to decorate for the holiday season, some of those decorations can cause a fire in your office! The following are common holiday fire starters that could be in your office:

  • Candles
  • Christmas Trees
  • String Lights
  • Extension Cords
  • Fireplaces

Keeping these types of decorations away from a heat source, checking for faulty wiring and keeping trees watered can reduce the potential for an office fire. The following are some tips to prevent fires in your office:

  • Keep decoration or flammable items at least three feet from open flames and heat sources
  • Inspect all decorations that use electricity for damage and discard damaged decorations
  • Never string together multiple extension cords or run extension cords under rugs, carpets, or furniture
  • Water live trees daily and remove the tree when the needles start to fall off

In the event of an office fire, remember to call SERVPRO of Gresham! We have the staff and equipment to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather on the East Side

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

How to prepare your home for winter weather!

Winter storms can cause power outages that last for days. They can make roads and walkways extremely dangerous or impassable and close or limit critical community services such as public transportation, child care, health programs and schools. With last year’s crazy winter, it might not be a bad idea to prepare your home for snowstorms or extreme cold before it happens.

Prepare your home:

  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.

Whether your home gets damaged from rainwater, storm damage, or snow and ice, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! Contact us any time of day or night at (503) 665-7752!

How to Prevent Mold from Growing on Your Gresham Property

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold under kitchen sink

Mold growth can be common in Oregon; do you know how to prevent it?

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Some household situations that lead to mold growth include:

  1. Clogged gutters and downspouts
  2. Leaky plumbing
  3. Leaky roofs
  4. Using hot water without venting the steam to outdoor air.

Also, when indoor air is warmer than outdoor air, moisture can collect on cold surfaces like single pane windows, uninsulated walls, pipes and roofs.

Ways of preventing household mold:

  • Install double-pane windows or insulation to keep moisture from collecting on cold surfaces.
  • Inspect and repair leaks in roofs, gutters, foundations and plumbing.
  • If you rent, consider taking pictures of moisture problems and documenting the situation with your landlord.

Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to remediate your Gresham home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752!

What to Do When Your Commercial Property Floods in Gresham

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for a flood on the East Side?

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes, and damaged structures. Floods can damage and affect your business in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.

Flood Prevention Tips:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain.
  • In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Carefully asses how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Plan what you will do if your building, plant, or store is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all the facets of your business.
  • Plan for payroll continuity.
  • Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.

In the event your property does have a flood, remember SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! We’re open 24/7 to help you when disasters strike! Call us today at (503) 665-7752!

What to Do Before and After a Flood in the Riverfront Area

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

With the rainy season making its way into town, have you given any thought to if your commercial property  is prepared for a flooding from heavy rain? SERVPRO of Gresham wants to make sure you’re prepared in the event a disaster happens. The following gives tips on what to do before and after a flood.

BEFORE A FLOOD:

If an advanced Flood Warning had been issued, there are several precautions that can be taken to help minimize damage to certain areas in your business:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  • Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances.
  • Move vehicles out of low lying parking garages.
  • Raise elevators from bottom floor.

AFTER A FLOOD:

Safety first!

  • Account that all employees are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts.
  • If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers.
  • While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
  • Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains).
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
  • Return only when authorities indicate is it safe.

In the event your property has a flood, remember to call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752!

Have You Found Mold in Your Wood Village Home or Business?

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

What Causes Mold in East Side Commercial or Residential Structures? 

Molds can germinate in a warm, moist environment where a food source is present. How fast growth occurs depends on the combination of conditions. Spores can begin to grow after only 12

hours in some conditions and some can grow into colonies in 24 to 48 hours. Houses offer a large food supply—drywall, wood, insulation, indoor dirt, and paper. When these materials become damp or wet, settled spores can become growing molds. Water damages offer opportunities for molds to grow and multiply, since moisture and humidity levels are increased in a structure that has had water damage. Conditions that encourage mold growth are:

  • Food source. Molds feed on organic materials in a structure: wood, paper, drywall, insulation, natural fibers, and indoor dirt that often has organic matter in it.
  • Temperature. The common molds found in buildings generally grow best in typical building temperatures between 68° and 86° F. Some molds can grow at very cold or very hot temperatures.
  • Moisture. Most molds need lots of moisture, but some molds can survive in relative humidity’s as low as 65%. These molds are a particular problem to the restoration industry. To reduce mold growth, indoor relative humidity should be maintained below 60%.

If you have spotted mold in your home or business and are in need of remediation, call SERVPRO of Gresham today!

Commons Reasons Why Your Basement Floods Along the Columbia River

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Have you inspected your home for these common basement flood causes?

Any disaster that hits your home can be devastating, that is why SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! We are faster to any disaster and have highly trained technicians to help restore your home back to its preloss condition. The following are common reasons your basement can flood:

  1. Unsuitable Locations for Your Home: One of the most typical causes of basement flooding is that the house has been constructed on an unsuitable site. Houses are usually built on sloped terrains, allowing accumulated water to drain.
  2. Clogged gutters or misdirected water: Gutter downspouts should dispense water at least six to 10 feet away from your home, sometimes farther depending on the type of soil you have. If it is clay soil, you might be safe at five feet from the home. If your soil is sandy, consider going even farther than 10 feet.
  3. Groundwater: The complicated route of water runs in front of our eyes in rivers, lakes, streams and swamps, as well as out of sight beneath our feet.
  4. Heavy rains or melting snow: These weather events may seem obvious, but they can surprise homeowners because storm water and melting snow can travel hundreds of miles and come to affect local rivers and watersheds. You can reduce the surprise factor by tuning in to the regional weather reports. 
  5. Sump pump failure.When people live where there is lots of water in the ground, the homes often have a pump built into the basement floor. Pumps constantly work to move water out and keep it away from the basement. Like any piece of equipment, they fail or break and require regular inspection, maintenance and repair when needed.

If you ever have flooding in your basement, call the pro’s at SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

Does My Home or Business Need Mitigation in SW Portland?

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

What is mitigation?

Do you know what mitigation can do for you?

SERVPRO of Gresham is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency. SERVPRO of Gresham has highly trained mitigation specialists that focus on reducing loss, enabling quick recoveries and lessening costs involved with restoration of property damage events. 

Why mitigate?

  • Mitigation reduces losses of life and property
  • Mitigation enables people to recover more quickly from a disaster
  • Mitigation lessens the financial impact of disasters

When to mitigate:

  • Water
  • Fire
  • Vandalism
  • Crime Scenes

No matter what size or type of disaster, SERVPRO of Gresham will here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (503) 665-7752 or visit our website for more information.

Windstorm in Troutdale Causes Tree to Fall on Home

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

A windstorm caused a tree to fall on a nearby home.

A windstorm is wind that is strong enough to cause at least light damage to trees and buildings and may or may not be accompanied by rain. Wind speeds during a windstorm typically exceed 34 miles per hour. Wind damage can be attributed to gusts or longer periods of stronger sustained winds. Windstorms may last for just a few minutes when caused by downbursts from thunderstorms, or they may last for hours to several days when they result from large-scale weather systems. In our area, Troutdale is known for being on the windier side, but have no fear SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! If a tree causes damage to your home or business, give us a call!

SERVPRO of Gresham provides 24/7 emergency services every day of the year. No matter the time or season reach out today at (503) 655-7735!

Did You Know SERVPRO of Gresham Cleans Contents?

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Have your belongings been affected by fire or water damage from the Eagle Creek Fire? 

Water and fire damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Gresham understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. SERVPRO of Gresham specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to preloss condition.

 If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire or water damage, SERVPRO of Gresham can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Whether you in need of content cleaning from a fire, water, or other type of loss, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (503) 665-7752

SERVPRO of Gresham Can Clean Smoke and Odor Damage from Your Home!

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Was your home or business affected by the Eagle Creek Fire?

In the aftermath of the Eagle Creek Fire, multiple homes and businesses were affected by smoke and odor damage. SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help like it “Like it never even happened.” As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition. We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life. Some examples of things SERVPRO is able to clean are:

  • Clothing
  • Drapes
  • Upholstery
  • Walls
  • Carpet
  • Smoke and Soot Cleaning
  • Hard Furniture/Floors
  • Odor Removal

If you have any questions regarding smoke and odor removal, please visit our website or call us at (503) 665-7752

Does My Home Along the Columbia River Have a Water Leak?

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Alarm

Do you know how to spot a water leak? 

You never expect a water leak in your home, but it’s good to be prepared and know what to do in case it happens! Sometimes, leaks can go undetected due to where they happen in the home (inside walls, under floor, or in your crawlspace). The following tips can help you determine if a leak is present, whether you can see it or not!

  • Watch your water bill for unexpectedly high usage. High water usage could be a sign of a problem.
  • Use no water for two hours. Read your water meter before and after this period. If this reading is not the same, you likely have a leak somewhere.
  • Check your toilet by placing food coloring in the toilet tank. In 15 minutes or less, if the colored water is in the toilet bowl without flushing, there is probably a leak.
  • Fix leaks and drips as soon as you see them.
  • Use water leak alarms and automatic water shut off systems to catch leaks quickly.

In the event that you have a water leak and need mitigation, call SERVPRO of Gresham! Our highly trained technicians will be happy to help get your home back to its preloss condition.  

Office Cleaning Tips for East Side Businesses

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Who says cleaning has to be done in the spring?

Maintaining a clean office keeps germs at bay and keeps you and your employees happy and healthy year-round. Did you know that office desks have been found to be more than 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat? How about how office telephones have around 25,000 germs per square inch? Below are some tips to help with your journey of keeping the workplace spic and span all the time!

  • Clean all surfaces. Wipe down all of your hard surfaces, including desks, chairs, tables, and shelves. Electronics are just as important; your phone, keyboard, and mouse are high germ zones. You should also clean off your printer, fax machine, computer screens, and other electronic surfaces with an appropriate cloth or cleaner.
  • Declutter. Clean out your filing cabinet and get rid of old papers that have been lying around your workspace. Be sure to shred paperwork containing confidential or sensitive information.
  • Organize. Summer cleaning provides the perfect time to create a filing system that helps reduce workspace clutter. 
  • Tackle the junk drawer.  Just take it slow and toss or recycle anything you no longer need. Continue by organize the items you’re planning to keep.
  • Virtual organization. Cleaning your work space isn’t just about disinfecting and filing. Use this opportunity to organize your computer documents and emails so you can find needed files without a cluttered desktop or inbox.

SERVPRO of Gresham wants to help businesses keep their offices clean year-round! If you are looking for commercial cleaning services, visit our website or call us today at (503) 665-7752!

SERVPRO of Gresham Going to Houston, Texas for Emergency Services

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham helping with Hurricane Harvery.

SERVPRO of Gresham is deploying a crew to head to Houston, Texas on Friday at noon. A second crew will deploy in 2 weeks as this will be a long process. Right now the area is in the rescue and emergency relief phase of this storm. Once able, crews will be sent out to help the community restore their homes and businesses. Several SERVPRO disaster response teams are already onsite and are waiting for additional crews to arrive and help start the process of rebuilding.

The destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey has made our Gresham Company ask ourselves what can we do, and what we would want others to do if the Pacific Northwest was in the same situation. We help local schools, hospitals, and residents in our neighborhood all year round. This is our time to help another part of our country in an emergency situation and work alongside of many of our SERVPRO team members from across the country.

Our technicians are leaving their families to go help others in need at this horrific time. SERVPRO of Gresham’s owners are truly honored that our staff is willing to spend this time away from their families and friends. They show generosity and compassion towards our customers daily but to pack up and head into the storm is really amazing to us. Everyone is so happy and proud of all of them. Our office staff will be staying behind to assist and guide our crews from our Gresham office.

SERVPRO of Gresham would like to thank the Pacific Northwest Vancouver branch of the Red Cross for their assistance in preparing our crews for travel into the Houston, Texas area. We would like to remind everyone to be sure to verify the credibility of local charities and companies offering assistance. All of our SERVPRO staff in the Texas area will be in SERVPRO uniform.

How An Emergency Ready Profile Can Help Your Multnomah County Home or Office

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Is your Wood Village home or business prepared for a fire, flood, or storm? 

In the event of an emergency, the ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the FREE SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building quickly following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes--resolve to Be READY. Call SERVPRO of Gresham to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2017. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

How to Prep Your Fairview Business for an Earthquake

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Earthquake preparedness for Multnomah County

While earthquakes don't occur often in where we live, it's important to know how to react in the event of an earthquake. The following provides advice to help your family be better prepared for major storm events. 

  1. Put together an earthquake survival kit. Your office could be without electricity, internet, water, gas and sewage services for several days. The American Red Cross advises a survival kit has the following:
  • Water
  • Food
  • Flashlight
  • Sanitation/ personal hygiene items
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Family/ Emergency contact info
  • Medication
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Extra cash
  • Blankets
  • Map(s) of areas
  1. Meet regularly to go over plan.
    • Meet with your staff regularly to establish an emergency plan. Talk about basic safety procedures and establish a safe meeting place for everyone to meet.
  2. Asses your Risk
    • Determine how ready your business is for an earthquake or other natural disaster
  3. Secure Important Documents
    • Keep copies of priority documents and records in fire and water proof portable containers.
  4. Practice!
    • Practice the plan you have established in your workplace to check preparedness. It is recommended to do so twice per year.
  5. Get Training
    • Take first aid classes or how to use a fire extinguisher. Training will help keep you focused and know what to do when an earthquake occurs.

Commercial Building Cleaning in East Side

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham Can Clean Your Commercial Building!

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Greshamfor prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Gresham offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Whether your office is in need of carpet cleaning to biohazard cleaning, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! Our goal is make it, “Like it never even happened.” Have more questions? Call us today at (503) 665-7752

Help! My Troutdale Home Caught On Fire and Damaged My Property!

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Source: https://homefiresprinkler.org

Have You Heard of Home Fire Sprinklers?

We’ve seen them in commercial and industrial properties and public buildings, but did you know you can get fire sprinklers installed inside your home? 85% of all US fire deaths occur inside the home*; installing an automatic fire sprinkler could save your life. There is an 80 percent reduction in the risk of occupants dying in a fire when fire sprinklers are present. Additionally, there is a 70 percent reduction in direct property damage per fire.* On top of reducing fire damages, fire sprinklers are cost effective. A report commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation places the average national cost of installing sprinklers in new homes at $1.35 per square foot, or about one percent of the total construction cost.

*Source NFPA.org and firesprinklerinitiative.org

What Causes Microbial Growth in Gresham Area Homes?

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Microbial growth in garage ceiling cavity.

Are you experiencing microbial growth in your home?

Microbes are a vital part of the ecosystem and necessary for life. Microbes are everywhere, even within our indoor environments, but under certain conditions they also may become a threat to human health. Microbial growth in indoor environments should be controlled. Microbes are living organisms that pollute our environment, contaminating the air or water.

Microbes include viruses, bacteria and fungi.

  • Fungi are organisms that digest materials in their surroundings to get nutrients rather than eating (like animals) or making food (like plants). Fungi are typically multicellular, meaning they have many cells.
  • Bacteria live in soil, water, and organic matter. Like fungi, bacteria absorb surrounding materials, but bacteria are normally single celled.
  • Viruses are the simplest microbes and lack many of the abilities of bacteria and fungi. Viruses grow, multiply, and cause diseases in living things. They can only grow and multiply inside a living entity.

If you have questions regarding microbial growth in your home, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752!

Office Fire in Gresham Causes Great Damage to Building

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Has your commercial property had a fire in the Gresham area?

SERVPRO of Gresham knows fires don’t only affect homeowners; they can also affect business owners as well. Luckily, we are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Gresham has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

To learn more about the commercial services SERVPRO of Gresham offers, go here. We provide our services 24/7, call today at (503) 665-7752

Help! My Toilet Overflowed in Rockwood!

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

What type of water overflow do you have in your home or business?

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Luckily, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help!

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow. It can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Did your home or business have a sewage backup or toilet overflow? Call us today at (503) 665-7752!

Do You Have a Pool for Your Pet in the Gresham Area?

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Our furry family loves swimming too! 

Cooling off in the pool is a great way to escape the summer heat, but our pets need supervision to stay safe around swimming pools. The following will explain the signs of heat stroke in dogs and cats, health tips for swimming, and what do you once your furry friends get out of the pool.

Heat Stroke:

Dogs:

  • Dogs don’t sweat and can’t regulate their body temperature.
  • They also don’t handle heat well.

Cats-:

  • Don’t handle heat well
  • They are able to sweat through their foot pads
  • Body temperatures over 105°F are dangerous and require immediate care

Signs of heat stroke:

  • Excessive panting or drooling
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Red tongue or gums
  • Lethargy or weakness

Preventing Poolside Heat Stroke:

  • Provide a shaded area
  • Have fresh and clean water available
  • Something for your pet to lie on, concrete or a wooden deck can get hot and burn their paws

Health Tips:

  • Swimming is excellent exercise for pets, but don’t assume they know how to swim right away.
  • Don’t let your pet drink pool water; the chemicals can be harmful to them.
  • Get goggles for dogs to protect their eyes.

Out of the pool:

  • Wash the pool chemicals off your pet with fresh water
  • Clean and dry out their ears to prevent infections
    • Use soft cotton balls
    • Dogs with floppy ears are more likely to get infections

SERVPRO of Gresham wants to keep you and your four-legged friends safe and healthy!

Gresham Arts Festival!

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is thrilled to be a lead sponsor for the Gresham Arts Festival!

SERVPRO of Gresham is so excited to be apart of and be a lead sponsor for the Gresham Arts Festival. The festivities kick off Friday evening on July 14, 2017 from 5:00PM-9:00PM with Art Under the Stars. You will be able to peruse through the silent auction in Historic Downtown Gresham and enjoy the tunes of Norman Sylvester. 

Saturday morning, 7/15/2017, the fun continues from 9:00AM-5:00PM for the Gresham Arts Festival. More than 150 artists will fill the streets with an array of unique, handcrafted art. Also featured: live cultural and musical performances, unique shopping and restaurants. During the day, the community will be working towards reclaiming the Chalk of Fame: Guinness World Record. A town in Canada stole the world record, set by the Gresham community in 2015, for the largest display of chalk pavement art. 

We can't wait to see you there!

Keeping Pets Safe in Fairview House Fires

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Gresham home fire tips to keep your furry family safe!

July 15, 2017 is National Pet Fire Safety Day! The following are tips to prevent fires that pets may cause and what to have to be prepared for an emergency.

Prevention:

  • Extinguish open flames: Pets are generally curious and investigate open flames such as candles.
  • “Baby proof” your home: When your pet is left unattended, consider keeping them confined from potential fire It is advised to keep pets in a crate or behind baby gates to secure the area. Some pets, especially puppies and kittens, will chew electrical cords or loose wire when left alone.
  • Remove or lock stove knobs: According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cooktop is the #1 piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Remove glass water bowls from wooden decks: The rays of sun, when filtered through glass water bowl, may ignite the wooden deck below. Instead, use bowls made from ceramic or stainless steel.

Be prepared for an emergency:

  • Get a rescue alert sticker: These stickers should be placed on a front-facing window, and will alert rescue workers of the presence of pets in your home.
  • Arrange a safe place to house your pets after an emergency: Local and state safety and health regulations do not allow pets to be housed in Red Cross Disaster shelters. Keep a list of pet friendly places to stay. These could be with: friends, relatives, pet-friendly hotels, boarding facilities, or veterinarians.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification: There is a chance your pet may be lost following a disaster. Make sure your pet wears up to date contact information at all times.

Make an emergency preparedness kit:

Have a kit made and keep it in a safe place, either by the door or in your car. Your kit should include supplies for up to seven days.

  • Medication and medical records
  • Leashes, hardness or carrier
  • Current photo in case your pet gets lost
  • Bedding and toys
  • Bowls, cat litter, and litter pan
  • Emergency contact information
  • Food, bottled water, and a can opener

SERVPRO of Gresham wants to ensure you and your furry families stay safe in an emergency. To learn more about our services, go HERE, or call us today at (503) 665-7752

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

Fire Escape Planning Tips for your Gresham Home

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Tips for a fire escape plan in your Fairview household

The following are several tips that could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one should a fire break out in your home or business:

  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.
  • Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm.
  • Practice finding your way out of the house with your eyes closed, crawling or staying low and feeling your way out of the house.
  • Remember to escape first, and then notify the fire department.

 

What you can do until help arrives:

 DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.

 

DO NOT:

  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Clean any electrical equipment.
  • Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

 

For more information on our fire repair and restoration services click HERE, or call today at (503) 655-7725

Camping World Troutdale Fire

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Troutdale fire at Camping World

Gresham Fire Fighters were called to Camping World in Wood Village after a three alarm fire. SERVPRO of Gresham was called and was honored to step-up and take on this large loss. We got to meet the great staff while cleaning the showroom, store, and maintenance department. They really have a great crew; everyone was so nice and helpful!

SERVPRO of Gresham has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

 

Learn more about the Gresham Fire Department here

If you’re looking for an RV or camping equipment, check out Camping World here

In the event of a large loss at your business learn more about our commercial restoration services here, or call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752.

Fire Safety Tips for Troutdale Home and Business Owners

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire prevention tips for Multnomah County households and offices

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking - Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside - If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach - Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords - Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

7. Have a fire escape plan - Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

8. Install smoke alarms - Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once.

9. Test smoke alarms - Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed.

10. Install sprinklers - Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.

 

 

Whether its giving tips on fire safety or providing 24/7 emergency services, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! For information on fire damage repair and restoration we provide visit here, or call today at (503) 665-7752

 

Common Reasons Water Enters Your Gresham Crawl Space

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

How moisture can make its way into your East side home or business crawl space 

Living in the Pacific Northwest, moisture problems can be a common with homeowners and businesses. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help. The following are ways water can make its way into your crawl space

  • Sewer drain line leakage
  • Kitchen waste line leakage 
  • Flooding from a nearby river, brook or stream 
  • Sprinkler water coming through vents
  • Naturally-occurring high groundwater table
  • Gutter downspouts that are directed incorrectly 
  • Homeowners over watering plants and foliage 
  • Leaks in swimming pools (rare)

Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment help us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. We then dry the structure with powerful dehumidifiers. Finally, our technicians will clean the affected area with professional grade cleaning and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

 

If you are flooded with crawl space issues at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

Bathroom Leak in Gresham Oregon?

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

When you have a toilet or sink leak on the east side, call SERVPRO of Gresham!

With all the water the flows through them, bathrooms are especially at risk for a leak. If you are finding water damage in your bathroom, there is a good chance you are dealing with a leaky toilet, sink, tub, or shower. 

Don't put it off; water spreads quickly so it is important to contact us at the first sign of a leak. SERVPRO of Gresham is faster to any size disaster because we know the importance of addressing water damage quickly. We can bring out a plumber to take care of the leak, then our technicians can address the water damage. Once these steps are completed our construction professionals can make the repairs necessary to make it "Like it never even happened."

 

If you are faced with any sort of bathroom leak in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

 

SERVPRO of Gresham's 25th Anniversary

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham Owners, Dennis and Ellen A. Mesford

SERVPRO of Gresham is proud to announce our doors have been open for 25 years now!

 

What started as a small business being run from a two car garage has turned into a company that employs over 25 employees and still growing. We have grown both in experience and size and continue to expand our knowledge of the industry. It brings us so much joy to play a role in our community and we strive to be involved as much as we can. You can find our owners Dennis and Ellen at many of Gresham's community events through out the year.

Thank you to all of our customers, clients and employees for helping us get to where we are today. We would be nothing with out the relationships with out customers and clients and without the hard work of our employees. We are so grateful for each and every one of you.

Declutter Your Office Before the New Year - Tips From SERVPRO of Gresham to Get Organized!

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Does your Multnomah County Office need some sprucing up? Here are a few tips to get you started!

 

  1. Get rid of what you don't need. We tend to think everything is important and needs to be kept. Go through all your stuff and ask yourself: Does this item have unnecessary multiples? Does it have a purpose? Is it outdated? Did you even remember you had it before you started your cleaning? Do you really need it? 
  2. Add more storage. Whether it's a shelving system or a filing cabinet, adding more storage to your office will give everything a place to go. Don't go overboard or else you might end up with even more clutter!
  3. Make sure everything has a place. If things don't have a place to go, they will likely end up cluttering up your desk. 
  4. Address your problem areas. Everyone has that drawer full of random stuff that has no where to go. Organize it by putting things in a more permanent home and adding some drawer dividers.
  5. Hide your cables. Cables are often a huge source of office clutter. Get rid of the problem by adding a cable box, zip tie your cords together, hide them with cord concealers and hide them behind a desk or other furniture when you can.
  6. File paperwork daily. How many times have you walked in to an office and to see stacks of un filed paperwork all over? It looks horrible and makes it hard to find anything. Make sure to file away paperwork every day to avoid this.
  7. Sort your desktop icons. Digital clutter can be just as bad as real life clutter. Put all the extra documents and pictures on your desktop into a folder. Put everything you don't need anymore into the "trash".
  8. Disinfect and and clean. With all the stuff we have to get done in a day, it's easy to forget about something like disinfecting your office.  Do it yourself or hire a professional to get rid of those lingering germs!

 

Whether its giving tips on how to declutter or providing 24/7 emergency services, SERVPRO of Gresham is here to help! 

For information on the Commercial Cleaning Services we provide visit here, or call today at (503) 665-7752

Sump Pump Failure Due to Gresham Power Outage

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

One of the most common causes of a sump pump failure is power outages.

 

With all the snow and wind storms we've been experiencing, it's very likely Gresham will see a higher volume of power outages this season. When you have a sump pump failure due to a power outage, you are put at high risk for a basement flood when it rains or snows. You can prevent this from happening by purchasing a back up generator just for your sump pump that you can turn on manually when a power outage strikes.

If you don't have a back up generator and are now experience a flood due to sump pump failure, call us at SERVPRO of Gresham today. We are open for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

(503) 665-7752

Tis' the Season of Giving, Donating, and Volunteering in Multnomah County

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Looking to give back some how this holiday season, but don't know where to start?

 

Here are a few organizations to get you going:

Portland Rescue Mission

  • Volunteer to serve meals, mentor a man or woman in recovery, or care for children.
  • Donate food, socks, blankets and other care items
  • Support our programs with a special gift or monthly donation

Oregon Humane Society

  • Volunteer at the shelter
  • Donate food, toys or other care items (See full list here)
  • Foster a pet
  • Adopt a pet
  • Set up monthly contributions

Toy & Joy Makers

  • Donate toys for all ages
  • Make a cash donation
  • Volunteer to help

 

These are just a few of the many great organizations in the Portland area that help our community. If we all committed to even just on act of giving this holiday season, just imagine what we could accomplish!

From all of us at SERVPRO of Gresham, we hop you have a happy, fun a and safe holiday season!

When Dealing with Windstorm Damage in Multnomah County, Who Do You Call?

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham, of course! Our team of highly trained professionals are ready to help with your disaster 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Our technicians will arrive quickly to start boarding up any windows broken in the wind storm, preventing any further damage. Then they can begin to address any water damage that may have resulted from the broken window and restore the home or business to make it look "Like it never even happened."

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.

 

If you are facing wind or storm damage at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

 

Restoration Technologies at SERVPRO of Gresham

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham has the technology to get the job done!

The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Gresham Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

The use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be needed to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property.

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

 

For more information on the services we provide at SERVPRO of Gresham, visit our website or call (503) 665-7752

Toilet Overflow or Sewege Backup Emergency in Gresham Oregon

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

Toilet Overflow or Sewer Backup?
Call Today (503) 665-7752

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO of Gresham has specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Gresham will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Gresham is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.

Call Today (503) 665-7752

Mold in Your Gresham Business?

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help when mold strikes in your Gresham business!

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Gresham can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

 

If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752

Frozen Pipe Burst in Gresham, Oregon Home or Business

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

When a frozen pipe in your home or business suddenly breaks, who do you call?

 

SERVPRO of Gresham of course! When your Gresham home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Gresham uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

This time of year pipes are especially prone to being frozen, bursting and leaking. Weather reports for the upcoming week say the temperature may even drop below freezing, brrr!  

 

If you are faced with water damage from frozen pipes, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

 

Stay Safe Gresham! Holiday Fire Safety Tips 2016

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun, but remember these fire safety tips Gresham!

  • Inspect your holiday lights every year before you put them up.
  • Throw away any light strands that have frayed or pinched wires.
  • A dry tree can catch on fire more easily. Water your Christmas tree every day 
  • Use battery-operated flameless candles, that look, smell and feel like real candles. 
  • Make sure any lit candles are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily
  • Don't overload electrical outlets
  • Stockings are hung with care at least 3 ft above a heat source
  • Turn off decorations when leaving the house, or going to bed
  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Have your chimney inspected to see if it needs cleaning
  • Put a screen on your fireplace to avoid any embers falling onto the carpet or floor

 

For information on the Fire Damage Repair and Restoration Services we offer visit www.SERVPROgresham.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration  or Call us at (503) 665-7752

Think you Might Have Black Mold in your Multnomah County Home or Business?

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

What is Black Mold?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Many people ask us how you can tell if it's Black Mold. Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Gresham immediately at (503) 665-7752

 

 

Restoration Services for your Multnomah County Home or Business

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

If your property has been faced with fire, water, or storm damage, the first thing to be addressed is temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, SERVPRO of Gresham can begin to restore your home ore business to get your property back to its pre-loss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Gresham can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Gresham can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

 

If you are interested in any of the services listed above, give SERVPRO of Gresham a call at (503) 665-7752

Let SERVPRO of Gresham Clean Your Drapes and Blinds Before the New Year

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

Begin the New Year with a clean house, starting with your drapes and blinds!

 

SERVPRO of Gresham excels at cleaning fine fabrics and intricate pieces using wet or dry cleaning methods as required.We carefully inspect and test fabrics to determine which of our System’s five cleaning methods is best suited to your fabrics. We use state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for cleaning fine fabrics. 

A good rule-of-thumb is to clean drapes approximately every two years. A recent survey by SERVPRO disclosed that the average customer believes drapes should be cleaned when they look dirty. Depending on your heating system, the amount of smokers in the home, and other factors, drapes may not show soil for two to six years. The oily atmospheric soil will gradually cause the fabric to deteriorate. Often, direct sunlight is unjustly blamed for this. You may triple the life of your draperies through professional cleaning, which is relatively inexpensive compared to replacement costs.

SERVPRO of Gresham has an exclusive process of dry cleaning draperies right in your home. There’s no need to have your home or office exposed while your draperies are out being cleaned. We inject a specially formulated solvent into your drapery under pressure and extract the chemical, leaving your drapes clean. This special process results in no damage or shrinkage to the material. Most importantly, you will get quality cleaning at a reasonable price.

 

Need Your Drapes or Blinds Cleaned? Call SERVPRO of Gresham Today at (503) 665-7752

SERVPRO of Gresham Can Help when Winter Weather Causes Damage to your Commercial Building

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Don't let weather in the Pacific Northwest slow down your business!

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm 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 SERVPRO of Gresham a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Gresham has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

 

Fore more information on our commercial services, go HERE or call us today at (503) 665-7752

Ice Dams May Cause Damage to your Gresham Home

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Winter weather that may arrive soon make ice dams a likely possibility.

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can back flow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas. It is extremely important to address the problem quickly as possible to prevent any further damage. 

SERVPRO of Gresham is faster to any size disaster and offers 24/7 emergency services. We can help mitigate water damage caused by the ice dams and help you get back to pre loss condition.

 

If you are faced with an ice dam this winter season, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

 

SERVPRO of Gresham Helps with Gas Explosion in NW Portland

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

This October, NW Portland was faced with a huge gas explosion.

SERVPRO of Gresham was called out to help clean up the mess that followed the explosion, which destroyed a bagel shop, a tattoo parlor and eyewear business. It also severely damaged a spa, pizza shop, restaurant, apartments, condo building and several retail shops next-door. We cleaned up a lot of glass and cleaned much of the contents from the business effected. 

We we're very honored to work along side local fire departments during the beginning stages of clean up and are so thankful there were no casualties and of the eight people injured, there were no life threatening injuries. It was amazing to see the community join together to help out and just as great to see how fast the effected business were up and running once again.

 

Fore more information on the services we offer at SERVPRO of Gresham, visit www.SERVPROgresham.com

 

 

Winter Weather in Gresham May Cause Frozen Pipes

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Advisory, Gresham and the Portland area may see some snow this week!

Although the snow can be very exciting, usually when we have colder, winter weather, we see an increase in the amount of frozen pipes. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back flow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

SERVPRO of Gresham us faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment an training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

 

If you are facing frozen pipes this winter season, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752

Christmas Eve Karaoke in Gresham

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Need something to do on Christmas Eve in Gresham?

ALL HOLIDAY MUSIC. Our favorite tradition of all, Christmas Eve Karaoke gives you the mic to sing your favorite songs of Christmas. It's an all ages Christmas Eve party to share with the community. Come join them from 7 pm until closing. 

All ages until 10:00 pm

Skyway Bar and Grill
If you have any questions please call 503-622-3775.

Please be safe and as always if you get home and find you have an emergency and need our services please contact us right away. We are here to help you so you can enjoy your holiday. 

http://www.SERVPROgresham.com

SERVPRO of Gresham Supports Local Charities

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Come support local charities that SERVPRO of Gresham supports. 

WinterVille at the Zimmerman Heritage Farm, a  new holiday festival taking place at the historic Zimmerman Heritage Farmhouse, will feature performances by local high school choirs, a winter beer and cider garden for guests 21 and over, tours through the beautifully decorated Zimmerman House, local food and craft vendors, a children’s craft area and free photos with Santa for children.

East County Historical Organization and Treadway Events have partnered to bring this community event to the area to raise money for the East County Historical Organization – a local non-profit organization.

WinterVille will be open eight nights, Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 8 through Dec. 18. On Thursdays and Sundays the event is open from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm; on Fridays and Saturday, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Adult admission is $12 and admission for children is $8 (including a free photo with Santa).

A $2 discount is offered to those who donate a canned food item or new, unwrapped toy to benefit Toy and Joy Makers and SnowCap Community Charities.

http://www.SERVPROgresham.com/community

Education is important to us at SERVPRO of Gresham

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham's GM, Dennis Mesford, speaking on "Understanding the Restoration Industry."

We are always ready and willing to educate ourselves and others.

Our GM, Dennis Mesford, has been in the industry for nearly 25 years. Although he has a lot of experience in the field, him and the rest of the employees at SERVPRO of Gresham are always looking for opportunities to further their knowledge to serve you better.

We also take any opportunity we can to educate our community on things like emergency preparedness and what to do when your pipe brakes. Educating people on what to do in emergency situation can mean the difference between minor and MAJOR damage.  SERVPRO of Gresham also provides CE classes to insurance companies to help them provide excellent service to their clients.

 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent tips and information on Damage restoration!

Has your Gresham home or business been vandalized?

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help you when facing vandalism or Graffiti.

A somewhat common issue many homeowners or business owners will face is vandalism and graffiti. The damage can range from a minor prank, like a food fight, to malicious destruction of property, such as breaking windows or arson. Incidents like these can be very upsetting to both the property and the community! That's why at SERVPRO of Gresham we work to quickly address the situation and begin the cleaning process as soon as possible.

It is crucial to act quickly in these situation not only to get your home or business up and running smoothly, but also to prevent any further damage. For example, if vandals have broken a window on your property it can cause significant water or mold damage if left unaddressed.

 

If you are facing an emergency involving vandalism or graffiti, give us a call at (503) 665-7752. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

 

 

For more information on the cleaning services we offer at SERVPRO of Gresham, click HERE.

SERVPRO of Gresham at the 25th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham owner and employees bundled up to hand out free hot chocolate

This year at the 25th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Gresham, OR we gave out free hot chocolate to everyone who came out to enjoy all the holiday fun. It was a great way to get to know our community even better and chat with some of the locals in the area. SERVPRO of Gresham was honored to hold the title as one of the Silver Sponsors this year.

The event featured Santa's Parade, a Celebration at the Plaza, live music, photo's with Santa and lot's of other fun activities for the kids. If you missed out on the fun, make sure to come out next year!

Check out some more pics from the Spirit of Christmas page!

 

Interested in some of the other community events SERVPRO of Gresham is involved in? Visit our Community Photos page today! 

If the rainy season causes flooding in your Gresham property, call SERVPRO.

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is here for you when the rainy season arrives!

With the rainy season coming to the Pacific Northwest, those with a property in a flood zone may face some flood damage. Thankfully SERVPRO of Gresham offers storm damage services that will get your property back to looking "Like it never even happened".

We know flood damage can be devastating to a home or business owner which is why our highly trained technicians stay available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At SERVPRO of Gresham, we are dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

 

 

For more information on our Storm Damage Restoration and Cleanup services visit www.SERVPROgresham.com/storm-flooding-restoration

 

If you are concerned about flood damage or need our 24/7 emergency services, call us now at (503) 665-7752

Need help getting your home or business back to pre-loss condition?

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

You can simplify your project and save money by hiring a company who can take care of both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Why deal with multiple companies or contractors when you can work with one reputable and experienced company?

SERVPRO of Gresham offers many different building and reconstruction services to get your property back to looking "Like it never even happened". From carpet repair and installation, to plumbing or electrical services, we at SERVPRO of Gresham can get the job done. If you aren't sure whether or not we offer a service you're in need of, just ask! 

For more information on the Building and Reconstruction services we offer at SERVPRO of Gresham visit us at www.SERVPROgresham.com/building-services or call today at (503) 665-7752

SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to cleanup and restore your commercial building!

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

When a problem arises at a commercial building it is very important you hire a company who will not only do the job right, but will do so in a way that disrupts your customers and employees as little as possible. At SERVPRO of Gresham we have the training and expertise to get your business back to looking "Like it never even happened." In the event of an emergency, SERVPRO of Gresham is quick to respond so that your commercial building can be up and running as soon as possible and minimize the amount of cleaning and restoration that will be needed. This not only cuts down time it takes to finish, but also minimizes cost. 

For more information on the services we provide for commercial buildings visit www.SERVPROgresham.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning or call today at (503) 665-7752

Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration in Gresham

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Gresham offers biohazard and crime scene clean up and restoration? Our trained technicians can safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.

Some different things SERVPRO of Gresham can clean and restore include:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens: Our trained professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue or other potentially pathogenic substances.
  • Methamphetamine Labs: SERVPRO Franchise Professionals follow federal and state guidlines to remove harmful substances and residues left over from production of illegal drugs.
  • Crime Scene Residues: From fingerprint powder and evidence gathering chemicals to teargas and pepper spray residues, our technicians can clean and restore your property and contents.
  • Arson and Vandalism: SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism such as graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and animal or human waste.
  • Sewage Backup: If you are experiencing a sewage backup or black water intrusion, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. Our technicians ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized. 

 

Call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752. We are available for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Unexpected flood? SERVPRO of Gresham is ready to help!

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

We're Faster to Any Disaster!

When a flood happens in your home or business, it is crucial to respond as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage and reduce cleaning a restoration costs. At SERVPRO of Gresham our trained technicians are ready to go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will immediately response to your emergency.

Water is particularly invasive and will quickly spread through out your home in a matter of minutes. If you wait to get help for days, or even just hours, serious damage can be caused to your home and personal belongings. That's why it is so important to us here at SERVPRO of Gresham to respond to your emergency as quickly as possible and begin the water extraction process.

 

For more information on our storm damage services visit www.SERVPROgresham.com/storm-flooding-restoration or give us a call at (503) 665-7752

SERVPRO of Gresham is here for you Thanksgiving 2016!

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

The turkey is roasting, pumpkin pie is ready for whipped cream and friends and family are on their way, when suddenly a pipe breaks or you have a kitchen fire! Who can you call on Thanksgiving Day? Call SERVPRO of Gresham, we have trained technicians ready to go anytime, any day.

Here is a list of things you can do to prevent disaster this turkey day:

  • Start the day with a stove and oven that is free of any food debris or grease.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing near a heat source or open flame.
  • If deep frying your turkey, make sure not to add to much oil as to avoid spills, burns and grease fires.
  • Don't forget to wash for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food, especially raw meat.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by.
  • Never leave the kitchen unattended while cooking on a stove top, or when cooking a turkey.
  • Keep pets and children out of your cooking area.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working.

 

From all of us at SERVPRO of Gresham, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Does Your Gresham Home Have a Mold Problem?

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost anywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Although it is impossible to remove all mold from a home or business, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration companies will advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all the mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following facts on mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may even enter your home through windows, doors or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens or irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, and sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often causes a strong, musty odor that can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and asses your property and use our specialized training, equipment and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

 

For more information on our mold remediation services visit www.SERVPROgresham.com/mold-remediation.

 

If you see any signs of mold, call us today at - (503) 665-7752  OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK!

Why we LOVE Gresham, Oregon!

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

We love Gresham, Oregon! We have been here working on your homes and business for almost 25 years and we would not want to go any where else. (Except Oregon City and Sandy! But more on that later.) What can we say, we love the people, the community, the art, the culture, the businesses, and the schools! There is not much we don't love about Gresham. The Farmers Market! The parks, the trails, the libraries! The splash pad, the art center, the shopping! We could go on and on..

SERVPRO of Gresham understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. So thank you for choosing us! Thank to everyone in Gresham for allowing us to provide you with excellent service all these years. Community is important to us. 

Visit our website and see pictures of us in our community. SERVPROgresham.com/event-photos

Things Happening In Our Area This Fall

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

At SERVRO of Gresham we are very involved with our community. After all, what is more important than getting to know your customers before they need your services. We support groups, schools, and Chambers in Gresham. We have been lucky to be a part of a Guinness World Record in Gresham.  We are also so lucky to hand out hot chocolate and apple cider at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. There are many things happening in Gresham this fall. By the way thanks for coming out to The Teddy Bear Parade! It was a great turnout this year!We have listed a few and their websites for you to visit. Have a Happy Fall! We hope to see you around town!

Fall Festival of the Arts- fallfestivalofthearts.com

Gresham Farmers Market- greshamoregon.gov/Events/2016/Arts-and-Culture/Gresham-Farmers-Market/

City Fest- greshamoregon.gov/Events/2016/Community-Events/CityFest/?d=10/01/2016

Tips to Help Prevent Mold

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Let's face it, we live in the Pacific Northwest and well... it is wet. We got a group of people together to discuss how they cope with the damp weather we have and asked for their helpful tips for preventing mold growth in their home. Here are some of the great tips we got :

1. Humidity control. This really is number one in the Pacific Northwest!

2. Fix any and all leaks right away. Water is amazing, it can travel and fast; you may never know its there.

3. Use exhaust fans. Especially in your bathrooms and kitchens.

4. Clean! Clean! Clean! Be sure to clean regularly and get those hard to reach places that could be damp and you don't even know it.

5. Call SERPVRO of Gresham whenever you come across something that could be mold or water damaged. Or visit our website at SERVPROgresham.com

MOLD

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be a scary thing when you find it in your home. If you have pets and small children it can make you worry more. Your health is the most important thing you have. Be sure to take care of it. You may be great at doing things around the house, but if you find mold do not try to remove it yourself. Unless, you are certified and you have the proper equipment. You can put you and your family at serious health risks if not done properly. You may also create more work down the line for your home. Call SERVPRO of Gresham for you mold needs. We specialize in mold remediation and are certified and trained in giving you the best service in Gresham. Visit our website for more information. SERVPROgresham.com

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IICRC! Mold! SERVPRO Of Gresham!

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

What does IICRC, mold, and SERVPRO of Gresham have in common? We all want to make sure we clean your water damaged home or business correctly so you do not get mold growth. SERVPRO of Gresham technicians are IICRC certified when it comes to mold. SERVPRO of Gresham takes the words of IICRC directly from their website: 

"Mold remediation is a critical part of a technician’s job and is perhaps the main reason professionals should receive detailed instruction before handling a work site. Mold growth is a major threat in any home that has harbored standing water, and it can cause severe health problems with prolonged exposure. Looking for mold and safely removing it should only be done by trained professionals. If not done correctly, a technician may leave mold behind, which will eventually spread and compromise other parts of the home."

Please visit our website for more information on mold at SERVPROgresham.com

Also visit the IICRC website to learn more about what it takes to become certified and clean your home or business correctly at iicrc.org

Mold In Your Car

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

As a member of the Marketing team, we were talking about how we spend a lot of time in our cars. We might as well live in our cars, some say. We said we should market other marketers. Some people do not have time to clean out their cars (or just don't). We realized how easy you could actually get mold in your car. Our discussion lead to how can we help people that get mold in their cars, here is what we came up with:

Clean your car. Put it in your calendar if you must! | Clean up spills immediately, do not let that coffee spill sit for a week. | Use a lid on your drinks, we know you want the coffee to cool down, but keep the lid on to prevent spills. | Keep extra dry clothing or shoes in your car along with a bag for wet ones, (and do not leave the bag of wet shoes or clothing in your car. It will smell and become musty and can lead to mold) | Don't let others eat and drink in your car. | Detail and Clean your car. If you smell something musty or damp smelling, try to find the source. If you cannot find it call SERVPRO of Gresham. We specialize in mold and smells in buildings as well as your cars.

SERVPROgresham.com/mold-remediation

Exhaust Fan Fire- Who would have thought!

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

When speaking to one of our local Property Managers here in Gresham, I was told a so called fact that I was surprised about. She stated that there are two number one causes of fires in apartments. (or at least these are the two that she has come by in her career) One is the dryer vents in your laundry rooms. She stated over the years that she has seen and heard of several fires stemming from vents that had not been cleaned in years. This make sense, we clean the small vent out each time we put a clean load of laundry in the dryer. The second was the exhaust fans in the bathrooms. How many times have you cleaned your bathroom and not looked up to see if the exhaust vent needed dusting. I know I am guilty! SERVPRO of Gresham works with many Property Managers in our area. We hope they read our blogs and if they have already call to get your dryer vents and bathroom exhausts cleaned. We love coming to visit you, but for the safety of everyone living and visiting your apartment complex, get it schedule today!

Visit us at SERVPROgresham.com

Deep Fried Turkey Safety Already- It Is October!

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

Yes, my friends it is that time of the year again. The holidays are right around the corner. Is your mouth watering because you are thinking of the delicious turkey you may be having next month? Well, if you are going to deep fry it, please be careful and follow the manufacturers instructions. Garage fires can spread quickly through your home. If you are going to deep fry your turkey this year, be sure to do it outside of your garage. Also, please make sure you practice other garage safety habits such as storing your flammable substances in a fire safe container. If you spill gasoline, soak it up with sawdust or cat litter. Be sure to put the remains in a safe container after the spill has been absorbed. Do not use anything flammable over a throw rug or cardboard on your garage floor. Be sure to install the proper ceiling if you have an apartment above your garage or if you garage is connected to your house.

If for some reason you need us this upcoming holiday season be sure to call us at 503-665-7752, after all we are the fire damage experts. Visit our website for more information about our company. SERVPROgresham.com

Fire Restoration Steps

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

When you call SERVPRO of Gresham out to your home after a fire, there are a few steps we take in order to get your home looking "Like it never even happened".  First we send our Master Fire Tech to your residence to assess the situation. He will first make sure the home is secure, intruders like to enter homes that have had a fire because the chances of no one being there are high. He makes plans to remove your items. Some items will have to be disposed of while other items can be restored. While they are making plans, another crew will extract water that has remained in the home from putting the fire out. Our crews will be instructed to dry out as much as possible to prevent further damage. When your personal items are moved offsite, our crews will clean them with our state of the art equipment at our warehouse and then store them for you until you are ready to have them delivered back to you. Our Fire Crews will be in your home removing soot and smoke residue from you walls, floors, and ceilings. Once your home is clean, the crew at SERVPRO of Gresham will do their best to make sure everything is back to it's pre-loss condition. Visit our website to learn more about Fire Restoration- SERVPROgresham.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Home Fires and Children

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

When a home fire happens, it is important to know what to do. Most children don’t know what to do to escape a fire safely. Here are a few things that can help you learn what to do when there is a fire:

Make an escape plan for everyone in your household. Be sure to decide on an outside meeting place for all household members to go after leaving the house. Practice fire drills with children. Practice meeting them at the meeting place.Teach them to not open doors if they see smoke or fire coming from it. If they are trapped in a room, open a window and yell for help. If they have a phone in that room they can call 911 also. Children may have learned "Stop, Drop and Roll" at school. Remind that this is what they do if their clothing or any part of them catches fire.

SERVPRO of Gresham is active in the community. We attend National Night Out's and hand out Fire Safety Booklets to children. We have prizes if they can answer simple questions about what to do in case of a fire in your home. 

Fire safety with children is very important. Be sure to talk to your children and practice everything today. It can save their lives.

An ERP may help prevent water damage.

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

ERP! Have you heard of it?

Emergency Readiness Preparedness! It has been around for years but most recently it is available as an app on your phone for easy access. Your staff can use this when you are on vacation, your family when a pipe breaks and you are not home, and for anyone that needs to know where shut off valves are located in your building or home. 

Ask one of our Sales and Marketing Reps to come show you this FREE service we do. Everyone at SERVPRO of Gresham recommends having an ERP done for your property. When a pipe breaks, you where know where to go to shut the main water valve off. This can save you a lot of water damage in the future. 

Call today to set up an appointment to schedule your ERP. It takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Visit the website to learn more ready.SERVPRO.com

What to do when you have water damage from a flood.

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

What to do when you have a flood. Here are a few quick thinking tips that may save your residence or commercial building from a lot of damage. This will help with repairs down the road...

  1. Check your pipes and your main water shut off in your home or building. If sewage backup occurs, don’t use any other sink or toilet.
  2. Call your insurance company as soon as you can. They can tell you what your policy covers. 
  3. Take pictures of the flooded areas. Do not throw anything away. Your insurance company may cover a replacement. When you speak with your assigned adjuster, you can ask them what is covered.
  4. Disconnect appliances that have had their power source exposed to water.
  5. Call SERVPRO of Gresham at 503-665-7752. We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can help walk you through what to do next. Our relationships with insurance agents and adjusters will help your mitigation go smoothly.

A Flooded Building! Now what Gresham?

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

Gresham has many residential buildings, commercial buildings, government buildings, etc. Whatever type of building you are in, SERVPRO of Gresham can help with water damage. When your Gresham building has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Gresham uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal. Have a water damage or flood clean up need? Call us at 503-665-7752 or email us at jlee@SERVPROgresham.com. We have a ton of useful information on our website. Please visit our website at SERVPROgresham.com. You can also go directly to our water damage section by visiting SERVPROgresham.com/water-damage-restoration.

Let our trained technicians help you with your flooded building!

What Comes With Us To Your Flooded Room?

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Gresham we have many tools and machines that we bring out to your water loss. Here are some examples of what we may bring:

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment,Water Extraction Equipment, Drying Equipment, Odor Removal and Deodorization,Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

When our technicians removed some of these items from his or her truck you may not know what they are used for. Please free to always ask our representative to explain anything you do not understand. We have a lot of different things we use to help clean up your water loss. Our staff is fully trained and very knowledgeable in everything they bring to your home or commercial building.Our main goal is to dry and clean up any water loss you have as quickly as possible all while keeping you, the customer, informed of every thing we are using and doing.

Visit our website for more information: SERVPROgresham.com

Creating an Excellent Organization

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham has excelled at creating an excellent organization. So much that they won the CEO award. (CEO- Creating an Excellent Organization) This award was presented to the staff one rainy morning before everyone left to complete their schedule for the day. The entire staff cheered and clapped in excitement. Hugs and high fives were filling the room. Everyone was so appreciative. Our staff was so grateful that our franchise received such an award. Our very humble owners presented this to the staff and said we could not have done this without you. 

This excellence carries over when we come to your front door or show up at your front lobby. We start each day passing this award. It is a reminder to give our best each day when we get in our green trucks and head out. 

We all represent SERVPRO of Gresham each day when we are at work and in our personal lives. We are proud to be a part of an business that has "Created and Excellent Organization"

25 Years in Gresham

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

This upcoming January 2017, Dennis and Ellen Mesford will have independently owned and operated SERVPRO of Gresham. Way back in 1991, they decided to go on this adventure together so they could help their community members when in need. They have been members of many local associations over the years. They have contributed to all of the local schools in the Gresham area and the East Side. SERVPRO of Gresham has been a great attribute to the Gresham community. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Sept. 18, says that as of January 2012, the median time that wage and salary workers had been with their current employers was just 4.6 years. This is a terrible trend. A wonderful thing about being open for 25 years, is our company can have employees that have been staffed here for a long long time. 

We, the employees of SERVPRO of Gresham, would like to thank Dennis and Ellen for a wonderful 25 years!

Look for our celebration come the New Year! Cheers to another 25 years!

 

SERVPRO of Gresham is prepared for your loss.

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO  of Gresham is prepared for any size disaster. We are a large loss facility. This means we can help in any size loss you may have. We have a warehouse filled with enough air movers, fans, dehumidifiers, and other equipment to take on your loss. Our staff is waiting for your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our employees have continued education classes and E learning to keep us updated. Our teams are trained to work with your insurance also. We have built great relationships with our local agents and adjusters. When they know SERVPRO of Gresham is on the job, they can tell their customers they are in good hands.

Keep our number handy for day you have an emergency! We are ready and prepared to help you with your loss.

Gresham Residents, Do you know what IICRC means?

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

Gresham Residents! Do not be fooled. If you have a fire or water restoration need make sure you hire someone like us who is trained and certified. SERVPRO of Gresham is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. Our crews are certified in many different things. Here at SERVPRO of Gresham we take our customers seriously and we always make sure our crews are trained and certified before we send them to your fire or water loss.Our website, SERVPROgresham.com shows our crew that has been through training.

Call us today with your IICRC questions.

Water Damage Timelines Can Be Important to Our Gresham Customers

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. SERVPRO of Gresham is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Gresham arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

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.

Do you have water damage? Call us today 503-665-7752

Is Mold Covered by Insurance? SERVPRO of Gresham #HeretoHelp

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (503) 665-7752

                Is Mold Covered by Insurance Policies?

Insurance? Much of the damage that mold causes is not covered by homeowner insurance policies. If you file a claim for water damage, but you don’t take steps to deal with further damage caused by the water (such as the growth of mold) then you could forfeit the money from your claim. The SERVPRO of Gresham Team can help you with this problem.

                 When Is Mold Remediation Covered?

We can inspect your premises for you, determining the extent of the water damage and if you need to be worried about mold growth. We also recommend that you have the air tested for mold spores when water damage occurs.

The EPA has established a set of guidelines detailing information you should know about mold.

1. Mold can cause asthma flare-ups, allergic reactions, breathing problems and much more.

2. You cannot get completely get rid of mold spores in the air. But you can limit their presence with moisture control.

3. Mold is caused by moisture, and getting rid of the moisture problem is the first step toward mold remediation.

4. Start with the water source to fix your mold problem.

5. Decrease humidity levels in your home to prevent mold growth. Also ensure you have proper ventilation to keep mold spores from taking root.

6. Get rid of damp spots as soon as possible after water damage occurs.

7. Mold should be thoroughly cleaned with detergent, and some porous material may need to be replaced.

8. Seal and insulate doors and crevices to ensure that condensation does not get inside your home.

9. Do not place carpet in areas with a continual moisture presence. This includes near drinking fountains and in the bathroom.

10. Mold can grow pretty much anywhere, and all they need is water and nutrients, the latter of which they can get from carpet, drywall and wood.

Fixing the Problem

If you want to handle mold growth, you should start by preventing it from growing in the first place.  You don’t want to remediate the mold yourself, unless you are a professional. When water damage happens to your home, have experts dry the area thoroughly and get all the water out. With no water present, the mold cannot grow.

SERVPRO of Gresham- #HeretoHelp

In Need of 24 Hour Service?

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Who do you call in the middle of the night when you realize you have a flooded basement and you stopped the leak yourself?

                             SERVPRO of Gresham

SERVPRO of Gresham provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Gresham and surrounding areas. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

·         24-Hour Emergency Service

·         Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

·         Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

·         A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

·         Locally Owned and Operated for 24 years.

Whether your Gresham home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

·         Water Damage Restoration

·         Fire Damage Restoration

·         Mold Remediation

·         Storm Damage Restoration

·         Cleaning Services

·         Building/Reconstruction Services

Have Questions? Call Us                 24/7  

        503-665-7752

SERVPRO of Gresham Specializes In Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of Gresham's smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Gresham will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

·         Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

·         Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

·         Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today  503-665-7752

Testimonials- SERVPRO of Gresham Thinks They Are Important!

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Testimonials are written or recorded statements that support your credibility and level of expertise. They also strengthen your reputation by expressing the trust that other people have in you and your business offerings. They are a wonderful tool that helps you to attract a deeper interest from perspective clients and existing clients and will ultimately make you and your business increasingly more successful.

When it comes to SERVPRO of Gresham, the success of the business depends heavily on word of mouth. Testimonials are formal forms of expression that support that concept. They are extremely powerful tools when it comes to strengthening your branding. Testimonials strengthen the credibility of you and your business and as you know, people will not do business with you if they don’t trust you and find you to be credible. You will be surprised at how many valuable testimonials you will be able to collect, not just by asking your business connections for them directly but also through discussions that have been generated from your blog postings and other online discussions that have occurred as a result of your online presence.

Our customers have written wonderful testimonials regarding our services and our staff. Please visit our website and check out our testimonials from customers that are happy with our services.

http://www.SERVPROgresham.com/testimonials

How Can SERVPRO of Gresham Help You?

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Gresham specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Gresham can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business. 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. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Gresham. 

Restoring Your Commercial Property In Gresham After Water Damage

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage in Gresham commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

Our number one goal is to get your commercial building up running so you can resume business as usual. 

Mosquito Control Around Your Home

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Learn How to Protect Your Home from Becoming a Mosquito Breeding Ground

Many of the mosquitoes found around your home have bred on or around your or your neighbor’s property. Mosquitoes require standing water for their production. Eliminating standing water early in the spring will reduce the production of those summer mosquitoes. Here are a few ideas for searching out and eliminating potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes:

Keep bird baths and ornamental ponds clean. In warm weather, change water weekly.

Remove leaves from gutters so water will flow freely. Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas.

Eliminate standing water around animal watering troughs.

Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks and eliminate puddles that remain for several days.

Dispose of, or store in a dry place, any cans, bottles, tires, and any other containers that hold water.

Cover boats or store upside down or in a dry place.

Where feasible, fill all holes in the trees on your property.

When swimming season is over, empty and store wading pools in a dry place. Cover large pools and check frequently to insure against mosquito breeding. Pool chemicals like chlorine, at ordinary concentrations, will not kill mosquito larvae.

Remember; Elimination of standing water must be done no later than early April to reduce later mosquito problems. Continue to monitor potential breeding grounds throughout the summer.

Facts:

There are over 3300 species of mosquitoes worldwide. It is responsible for more human deaths than any other living creature (source: Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, St. Paul, MN).

There are 48 known species of mosquitoes in Oregon. Several of the species found in Oregon can carry disease under the right conditions.

All mosquitoes must have water in which to complete their life cycle.

Only female mosquitoes suck blood.

The males feed only on plant juices.

It takes as few as 7 days in warm weather for a mosquito to complete its life cycle (egg to adult).

The female mosquito may live as long as 3 weeks during the summer. She can also live many months over the winter in order to lay her eggs the following spring.

Splash Away the Summer Blues

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

School is out for the summer, and if your kids are like mine, its only day three of summer vacation and you are already hearing the dreaded words "I'm bored!" Let me say - kudos to teachers everywhere for keeping these little guys entertained for over 7 hours a day! Because the last thing you want to do is have them sit in front of the television, computer, or video game console all summer - now is the time to make a plan!

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. It is recommended that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Why not spend those 60 minutes splashing in the pool this summer? Swimming pools are an outstanding resource for getting your kids to exercise during the summer months. Kids love to play in the water and probably won’t even realize that they are getting at great workout at the same time! (And from my experience, water play REALLY tires them out - think naps!!!)

We have some really great pool games available here on SwimmingPool.com, but here are a few of my favorites:

Hold a scavenger hunt in the pool. There are many different pool toys that float or sink. Throw several toys in the pool while your child is not looking. Instruct them to swim, dive and float to retrieve all of the toys. The kids will get plenty of exercise and have fun while doing it. You can continue this exercise until your child has been swimming and fetching toys for at least 30 minutes.

Create some relay races in the pool for a fun workout. Have the kids jump into the pool, fetch some rings, paddle on a raft and swim over pool noodles and through some inner tubes. The first kid to touch the other side of the pool after finishing all of these obstacles is the winner. The great part about this activity is that you can perform any type of relay race by using objects you already have in your home or near your pool.

 Have the kids create a whirlpool. Line the kids up along the inside edge of the pool. Have them all run in a clockwise direction for five minutes. At this point, the water’s current should be flowing strong enough to push them along. When you give the signal, have them turn around and try to swim in the opposite direction. This will take some time and a substantial amount of effort. Walking and running against the resistance is a great way to work their muscles. Safety note: this type of activity should only be attempted in an in-ground or above ground pool – not an inflatable pool. If attempted in an inflatable pool, the sides could possibly collapse, causing possible injury.

You don't really need expensive toys or equipment - inexpensive pool noodles or a beach ball will work great. The most important thing to remember is that children should never swim alone in a pool without adult supervision. Be sure to enforce pool safety with children at all times.

Propane Grills

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a Light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it. FACTS: July is the peak month for Grill fires – roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns.

Fire Damage Cleanup

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning fire damage requires special skills in everything from taking care of smoke and water damage, to repairing the structural integrity of your property to cleaning personal items. Our fire damage cleanup specialists know how to handle all these tasks.

Our goal is to help restore your life to normal as soon as possible by beginning fire damage repair within three hours of your initial call. They know the importance of starting fire damage cleanup services as soon as possible to limit further damage from the after effects of a fire.

Our technicians will work with you throughout the fire damage cleanup to help you make the best decisions about repair, restoration or replacement of your property. Our fire damage repair starts with a structural evaluation of major components of your residence, such as the roof, walls, flooring and insulation. Removing smoke damage and repairing water damage from putting out the fire are also a key part of cleaning fire damage. Once our experts determine which items are reusable, they know exactly which fire damage repair methods will be the most effective in making the items usable again.

We will also coordinate our fire damage cleanup services with your insurance company, to help reduce stress.

Firework Safety Tips

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fireworks can be great fun. Unfortunately, every year, people get hurt because they fool around with fireworks. Last year over 900 people required hospital treatment from accidents involving fireworks. Make sure you’re not one of them by following these few simple rules.

Never play with fireworks - They are explosives and can hurt you.

Only adults should light or hold fireworks.

When you are watching fireworks stand well back.

Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.

Fireworks will frighten your pets, so keep your pets safely indoors.

If you are given a sparkler: Always wear gloves. Hold it at arm’s length. When your sparkler goes out, DON’T TOUCH IT. It could still burn you, so put it in a bucket of water.

How to Prevent Mold

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

The kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of the house to mold growth and it is very easy for mold to occur there if preventative actions are not taken. It is important to keep kitchens mold free because this is the same space in which food is prepared and consuming mold can be harmful. Preventing mold from growing in your kitchen is quite simple and it only takes a few preventative actions to ensure that your kitchen is safe, otherwise you may need a professional mold remediation service like SERVPRO of Gresham.

The kitchen has a higher level of moisture in it than most other rooms of the house and as a result, surfaces such as the wall may become moldy. If there is some mold growth on the wall, make sure to remove it and keep an eye on that area as mold is likely to grow back in the same spot if the humidity rises again. One option for preventing mold growth on the walls is using mold resistant paint which is water resistant and will prevent mold from penetrating through the painted layer. Adding mold resistant paint to your kitchen will also rejuvenate the look of the kitchen walls.

Another way to prevent mold from growing in your kitchen is to make sure your kitchen is dry and free of standing water. As you do the dishes or clean up the kitchen, water can get into small spaces around the sink which increases the risk of mold. It is important to dry the water from these hidden places as they are the most likely places for mold to grow with or without the excess water. After you clean your kitchen, use a separate towel to dry the water from the counters, cracks, floor, and other areas that are wet.

Humidity is another common cause of mold growth and limiting the humidity within the kitchen will greatly decrease the risk. The best way to keep the humidity down within the kitchen is by opening the windows and making sure there is always good ventilation. It is important to remember that excess moisture, standing water, or high humidity is at the root of every mold outbreak and the key to keeping your kitchen mold free is eliminating each of these sources. Keeping mold out of your kitchen will not only contribute to a cleaner space but also make it a safer place to prepare food. If you do happen to find more mold than you can safely clean yourself, contact a professional such as SERVPRO of Gresham.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

3/17/2016 (Permalink)

Don't get in a pinch.  We are always here to help.  #HappyStPatricksDay #HereToHelp #SERVPROGresham #JustOneCallAway

Old cell phones can dial 911

1/15/2016 (Permalink)

It still works for 911!

Smart Tip: Did you know that many old cellphones can still be used to call 9-1-1 even without a connected service? Just make sure the phone is charged and within range of a signal.

Basement flooding - what to do??

1/13/2016 (Permalink)

Basement floods are no fun

All basements are prone to flooding. Water always runs from high to low ground, and this means that under the right circumstances your basement becomes an unwanted swimming pool. But where does the water come from?

One common culprit behind basement flooding is rain. Excessive amounts of rain in a short period of time can overload basement waterproofing systems, saturating the earth around your basement and then pushing in through foundation cracks.

Properly waterproofed basements and homes should have a tar sealant on both the inside and outside of foundation walls, in addition to what's known as "weeping tile." This tile pulls water away from your home to the local sewer system. If these systems fail because they can't handle the incoming water load, your basement will flood.

The slope of your lawn, also called the "grade," can contribute to your basement flooding. Your lawn should always slope away from your house, directing rainwater toward the sewer system. To make sure your lawn isn't the problem, take a walk around your home when it's raining. If you see water pooling next to your house, you have a problem.

Sewer backups also cause basement flooding. Suburban homes usually have a sewer tie-in line that is lower than the floor of the basement, allowing dirty water from tubs, toilets and sinks to be carried away. If this sewer line becomes clogged or damaged and its waterline rises above that of your basement floor, expect water to come rushing back into your home.

If a flood occurs, remove any organic items such as bedding, towels and upholstery that have been damaged. If they don't dry within 48 hours, throw them away because they'll start to mold. Next, take a look at the basement structure. Any wet drywall needs to be completely removed, as does wet insulation or wood underneath. Water will spread through these materials quickly, and even slightly damp wood grows mold. Mold spores and contamination can lead to serious health issues, address any mold concerns immediately, as mold spreads quickly throughout a home.

If you have flood insurance, call your insurance provider. If you're not sure, check your plan. Some companies deliberately omit floods or "acts of God' and won't cover the replacement of any water-damaged items. Knowing this upfront is very important.

The insurance company will send out an adjuster to assess the damage, take a list of all the items and call in a professional. Whether you go with insurance or not, chances are you'll want to call an expert. You have several choices here. Basement waterproofing companies can get the water out and deal with any foundation issues, whereas disaster restoration specialists (like SERVPRO) will remove the water, deal with any mold and mildew issues and then return your basement to (nearly) its original state.

Christmas Tree Safety

12/15/2015 (Permalink)

tips

Trees, though festive, can be the cause of serious fire damage.?#‎12DaysOfSafety?
? Keep your tree away from fireplaces.
? Avoid high-traffic areas.
? Don't forget to water it!

Floods

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

We made the news!

Our crews are having quite the busy week helping our community with the flooding.

Electrical Fires

11/24/2015 (Permalink)

Signs to watch for

Electrical problems can be a big factor in home fires. Make sure you take time to notice some of the signs of outdated wiring.

A Salute to all Veterans

11/11/2015 (Permalink)

Thank you!

On Wednesday, November 11th, Americans will celebrate Veterans Day. The special holiday is dedicated to the brave men and women of the armed forces who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the rest of us safe and free. They include members of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and the Coast Guard.

The holiday was first celebrated on November 11th, 1919 by U.S. President Wilson as Armistice Day to honor the soldiers that served during World War I. The "Great War" as it is often called officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, the fighting ceased seven months earlier on November 11, 1918, at precisely 11:00 am, when an armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany was declared. As a result, November 11th became the date of choice for the celebration.

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