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Prepare your home for cold weather

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

As we roll into the month of October we are getting closer to winter home owners will start to prepare for the cold weather. One of the main cause of loss during the winter season is pipe bursting. Even after the weather starts warming up home owners will find out they have a pipe leak from crack pipes caused by the cold weather.

Tips for Preparing Your Pipes for Winter Weather:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninstalled areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets.
  • Faucet covers are ideal for the outdoor faucets.
  • Keep the temperature set to the same both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may get  a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F..

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 backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

Water Vs. Fire - SERVPRO is here to mitigate both

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Many residents in our service area are currently facing the eminent threat of wildfires. SERVPRO is not only here to restore your home after a natural disaster but we are also here to share tips regarding evacuations and protecting your home during a natural disaster. Ways to protect your home: Clean debris out of the gutters; remove yard debris surrounding your home; water the perimeter, bark, grass, and trees; Keep windows and doors closed at all times; Trim trees or Limbs that could cause damage; Repair loose window screens; Move flammable materials away from exterior walls. Preparing yourself for an evacuation: Gather important documents (Id’s, Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards, proof of insurance, medical records, passports, list of personal contact; Have a go bag ready. This should consist of at least one week's worth of clothing. Emergency food to last at least one week. As the threat of evacuation gets closer to heavily populated cities ensure you are staying updated with your local Sheriff’s office and fire department. Once a level 2 evacuation has been declared it is best to evacuate as quickly as possible. Mass evacuations during a level 3 evacuation can cause traffic jams and clog exit routes.As always, SERVPRO is here to help you restore your home and belongings after a natural disaster. Should your home be affected by smoke or fire damage we are available 24/7, 365 days a year for your needs. Please call our office anytime at 503-648-8513.

Leave us a review on Yelp!

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO! We really appreciate your business and truly value you as a customer.

Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us and we'd love to hear your feedback on how you feel about your recent service! If you could take a few minutes to leave a Google review for us we'd really appreciate it.

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Cleaning your car during a pandemic

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Some of us take pride in cleaning our vehicles and some of us dread it. Unfortunately, during a global pandemic all of us have to make an effort to stop the spread of virus'. This includes routine preventative cleaning of your car!

Below I have outlined ways to keep you and your car virus free. 

  • Routine cleanings of the exterior and interior
  • Use CDC approved cleaner for the interior and exterior touch points. 
  • Shampoo carpet, mats, and upholstery regularly
  • Ensure that you are constantly cleaning door handles, steering wheel, center console, and dashboard

We have seen a lot of people using their rear view mirror as a place to put their masks when not being used. While this is a great idea to ensure you mask does not end up on the floor or in a dirty glove compartment it does come with its own problems. Believe it or not, rear view mirrors are a high touch point of most vehicles. When conducting your routine cleanings ensure that you allow dwell time for all touch points including rear view mirrors before wiping. 

Clean your HVAC vents, it could cost you!

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

We have recently seen a spike in Commercial fires due to HVAC vents not being properly maintained. To ensure your business does not lose crucial income due to a fire, please refer to the following tips.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25-40% of the energy* used for heating or cooling is wasted because air pollutants require an HVAC system to work harder to heat and cool a facility. According to the EPA, a buildup of just 0.42″ of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%. Dirty duct-work can load filters quickly and lead to more stress on the air handler and potentially higher energy costs

  1. Maintain filters.
    Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your HVAC system and change filters regularly. If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently. Also, be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.
  2. Minimize dust.
    Dust and vacuum your home regularly, using the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take – preferably HEPA bags. If you undertake dusty construction or renovation work in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not turn your HVAC system on until you have cleaned up the dust.
  3. Clean cooling coils and drain pans.
    Cooling coils, which are designed to remove water from the air, can be a major source of moisture contamination that can lead to mold growth in your HVAC system. Make sure that the drain pans under these coils drain properly and check any nearby insulation for wet spots. If you see substantial standing water and/or debris in these pans, contact a qualified service professional immediately. If your system includes an in-duct humidifier, be sure to follow manufacturer operating instructions.

We're faster to any disaster

We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage. limit further damages and reduces the cost. Our professional make disasters, "Like it never even happened."

If your home or business suffers from an emergency, call (503) 648-8513

Inspect for mold prior to listing!

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Spring and summer are the most popular times of year to sell a home, and the best!

However, the last minute repairs and detailing can really put a ding into closing on a sale or purchase of a home. 

Now is a great time to begin getting inspections and repairs done to your home. You avoid long waits for contractors, pricey estimates, and later closing dates.

Fall is also a great time to get final repairs and detail work completed because most contractors tend to slow down due to weather concerns. 

Call us today for a free estimate on mold remediation in unfinished spaces such as attics, crawlspaces, basements, and garages!

We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. If you suspect mold, we can come inspect it for you.

We're faster to any disaster

We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage. limit further damages and reduces the cost. Our professional make disasters, "Like it never even happened."

If your home or business suffers from an emergency, call (503) 648-8513

Protect your business and employee's during flu seaon

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Starting in 2005, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) established the National Influenza Vaccination week “to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.” In 2017, by the end of November only about 41% of the recommended US population had been vaccinated.

If you’ve already gotten the flu, you can still get vaccinated to protect you against other strands of the flu, according to the CDC. People with high risk of complications from the flu include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions and people over the age of 65, and should get vaccinated. Although anyone is at risk of getting the flu, for high-risk people, hospitalization or death is more likely than for others.

According to the CDC, “flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.” Get a flu shot today to protect yourself and your loved ones.

SERVPRO is hiring

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Yamhill & Tillamook Counties and SERVPRO of Hillsboro / Forest Grove is currently hiring Production and Cleaning Technicians.

Primary Role: Perform services as assigned, following SERVPRO production guidelines. Communicate with the customer to make sure that all needs are met. Support crew chief and other production personnel as needed. Clean and maintain vehicles, equipment, warehouse and office areas as needed.

Results Expected: Production processes are performed according to guidelines and work orders. Communications to crew chief and customer are timely. Jobs are completed at or beyond customer expectations. Vehicles, equipment, and facilities remain clean, orderly, and working properly.

The requirements for this position:

Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft.
Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed.
Some night and weekend work is required.
Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please call 503-648-8513 for more information or email your resume to

Residential water damage can be a nightmare, we are here to help!

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Residential water damage Water damage caused by an upstairs toilet supply line.

Imagine that you had a long day at work and you just want to come up and throw your feet onto the coffee table. 

You key your put you key in the door and you can almost feel the sweet relief. You walk in, and your entire living room ceiling has collapsed!

You left home and nothing was out of the ordinary. You get home to water and fallen sheetrock all over your floors and furniture. This truly sounds like a nightmare!

Unfortunately, that was the case for this customer. Instead of relaxing she quickly got on the phone with the insurance carrier who recommended she call SERVPRO. Within 1 hour of receiving the call SERVPRO was onsite with a full staff to begin emergency mitigation services. 

We were able to work quickly and efficiently to remove the standing water, clean the contents, and begin drying the affected materials. 

If you find yourself in this predicament please do not forget to call 1-800SERVPRO!

Where is this water coming from??

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage Rockpile had caused water to begin entering the building through an exterior wall affecting multiple rooms!

It was a busy Tuesday for this SERVPRO office due to a Monday full of rain, when we received a call from a local city office. 

Help, there is water coming into our building and we do not know where it is coming from. This is something that we here more often than not. Usually we find the source of the water is from inside the building. 

This was not the case with this city office. We received the call early in the morning. We had yet to finish our coffee! But that does not stop SERVPRO from having an onsite time of less than two hours. In this case, it was about 25 minutes. 

When we arrived onsite we first checked inside the building to find the source. With no luck we went to the exterior of the building. On the side of the building we found a rock pile that had been placed right next to an exterior wall of the building. 

This rockpile was causing the water to pool around the foundation. OH NO! We are SERVPRO do much more than just demolition and drying. Sometimes our jobs consist of digging trenches to free water from trapped spaces. 

That is exactly what we did for this facility. We created a trench to drain the water into an adjacent parking lot. 

Within 2 hours of receiving the call we had found the source, fixed the problem, extracted standing water inside, and setup equipment to begin drying. 

Remember, SERVPRO is faster to any Disaster. If your home or business suffers a disaster don't forget to call 1-800-SERVPRO!