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Basement Water Damage

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Basement Pipe Broke Basement wall pipe broke and flooded walls and carpet

Unfortunately for this customer, they have suffered two major water losses in their basement, in a short amount of time. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was there to get this second job done quickly and correctly. A pipe broke behind a wall that traveled alongside the basement, poured out of the baseboards, and down towards electrical sockets. The owner caught it quickly enough before other damage had occurred, so it was our job to get in their and extract all the major water that was now underneath the carpet and pad as well. After about four days of dehumidifying and airing out the basement, the carpet was back to dry and preloss condition, no demolition was necessary, the carpet could be placed back down, and furniture could be reset. Their plumber came to fix the piping in the walls, and you would never believe a loss occurred in that basement!

Crawlspace Water Loss

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Crawlspace Water Damage Dripping water into crawlspace damage

This customer followed a slow, dripping leak from their kitchen into their crawlspace and found a much larger damage underneath the house. This leak had been running for quite some time and was soaking the insulation in the crawlspace directly under the kitchen. The water was shut off, and now it was time to track the leak source and then tearing out all the affected insulation so we could dry the structure underneath it. There was some mold detected underneath the insulation that needed to be mitigated as well. Since this was a multi-step project for us, it was important to test and check for any further damage underneath the house. The customer was starting to notice the moldy smell, which they caught early in the spore growth process. 

Front Porch Fire

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Attic Insulation damage in attic/crawlspace

A car battery charging on this customers front porch combusted and set the structure on fire. The fire went up through the attic that hangs over the porch, into the front room, and kitchen areas. The house needed to be completely gutted due to heavy smoke damage throughout. The debris all over was picked up and the damaged insulation was extracted from the attic and crawlspace. The ceiling eventually was removed to start the rebuild. There was no one home at the time so everyone was safe from the rapid moving flames. We were out to the property within an hour to board up any areas that were at risk for weather and vandalism before we were able to start on the rest of the fire damage cleanup and salvage.

Shower Wall Water Damage

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Shower Tile Dry Rot Dry rot in shower underneath window

This customer had a leak coming from their ceiling into the kitchen downstairs. At first the problem seemed to be coming from the tiles in the shower so the customer started their to see if they could track down the problem. After coming up with dry material underneath the tile, they moved to where the window seal was up the side wall of the shower. The customer came across a dry rotted area right below the corner of the window and down to the first floor in the kitchen. They called us out to look at the damage and what the next steps were to get this problem taken care of as quickly as possible. The mold was tested and removed for rebuild and the process has just begun! 

Bathroom Water Damage

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Floor Damage from Water Shower caused damage and leaked onto the floor

What started out as a small leak dripping out of their guest bathroom shower, ended up coming through the ceiling into the laundry room on the first floor. The water had been slowly moving under the flooring in the bathroom and then moved down to the first floor in the house. The customer never would have known if it wasn't for the ceiling leak. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland went in to help the customer locate the source of the water and dry the areas that could still be salvaged. The first floor ceiling was dried out and the floor in the bathroom has since been replaced. Although the floor damage looks bad, the wood floor underneath was able to be dried out instead of removed for less demolition work and less mess!

The Source? Exploding Plastic Water Bottles!

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Exploding Plastic Water Bottles Mold damage in a crawlspace pantry

In this carpeted pantry located under the stairs the owner noticed a change in temperature and then the carpet soaked over the next few days. Thinking this was just an exterior temperature change and no water lines or roof parts touching the area, the cause was a little tricky to pinpoint at first. With the closet being filled with items it wasn't until the smell became stronger and stronger over a short period of time that the items were all removed and the source was discovered! An entire case of plastic water bottles in the back of the closet had combusted and spilled water all throughout the carpet. Not knowing this could have been the cause, the water then sat underneath the carpet and created several mold spores. The area was dried out and the mold was completely removed in the baseboards so the carpet could be replaced!

Commercial Water Loss Affecting Four Businesses

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss One business affected by the loss

A water loss started from a sink in an upstairs office bathroom. The water continued to travel into the adjacent business office and then down to the offices below them. There was standing water in both of the downstairs businesses and all of the flooring and textiles throughout, were made of different materials. Two server rooms were affected by the loss so electric was a huge concern. Making sure water didn't get into the equipment and make matters worse. Major water extraction was necessary right away. Some of the flooring was natural textiles, so proper care for the specific material was also necessary for drying. The water was removed and drying equipment was placed for four days to dry the rest of walls, floors, and ceiling areas that came in contact with the water. 

Packout and Clean

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Clean out of apartment Tenant clean out

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is always available to pack out and clean apartments and homes, as well as buildings after tenants, leave and dispose of the contents. We also can clean and leave the apartment in perfect order for the next commercial or residential tenant. Some of our services include asbestos abatement, mold remediation, cleaning, pack out and pack back, carpet cleaning, air duct cleaning, clean out of crawl spaces and attics. We do the soot removal, cleaning and rebuild after a fire or water damage.

State of the art equipment

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland has the state of the art equipment to dry out your home or business and save you money by not having to move your tenants out of the area also keeps the cost of demo down it totally eliminates the need for demo. Tenants are no longer displaced from their homes or businesses.

The DBK Boost Mat Target Drying Systems increase the evaporation rate of bound moisture in materials through the use of the Boost Heat Box and patented-design, coated PVC mesh mats. Using an air mover with a minimum of 800 CFMs, the system provides controlled, targeted heat and air to affected surfaces.

Please call SERVPRO of Southwest Portland for all your Fire, Water, Mold and Bio-Hazard Cleanups 503-777-9739

Office Space Water Damage

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Individual Office Space Individual office showing the water damage on the carpet.

During the wet, and rainy season here in the Pacific Northwest, we sometimes get dumped on with large amounts of rain at once. This was an office building that had large amounts of water come through the front doors and across the carpet into other individual office spaces. Since there is no turning the water "off" at the source, different steps are taken to prevent further damage to the structure, equipment, power sources, and personal belongings. With the help of a flood truck to remove the standing water, and redirection of free-flowing water, we were able to start setting up our drying equipment for the interior of the office building. The drying equipment was set to dry overnight so the staff could still work during their regular business hours.