Recent Water Damage Posts

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.

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 

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!

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!

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!

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.



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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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 Along the Columbia River Have a Water Leak?

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Basement flooding - what to do??

1/13/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Basement flooding - what to do?? 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.

Floods

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Floods We made the news!

Our crews are having quite the busy week helping our community with the flooding.