Recent Water Damage Posts

CAT 3 Water Damage

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage CAT 3 Water Damage CAT3 Water Damage

When the unfortunate instance of water damage takes place in your life, know SERVPRO of Southwest Portland will do everything in our power to help. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your property safe, as well as aid in the process of the clean up. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland helping to make it "Like it never even happened."

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated from sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Sewage back up can occur because items that aren't meant to be flushed get flushed and stuck.  

SW SERVPRO is the best

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage SW SERVPRO is the best Water Damage

DO:

Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.

Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.

Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.

Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'T:

Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.

Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored rugs on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.

Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall to wall carpets to cause staining.

Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.

Use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

Turn on wet ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Sewer in the Shower

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewer in the Shower Sewer in the Shower

When the unfortunate instance of water damage takes place in your life, know SERVPRO of Southwest Portland will do everything in our power to help. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your property safe, as well as aid in the process of the clean up. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland helping to make it "Like it never even happened".

DO

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'T

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC if there is possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use low CFM household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminates.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Sewage back up can come at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Call on us to decontaminate and dry on what needs to be saved.

The do's and don't of a water damage

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The do's and don't of a water damage Water Damaged Bedroom

How to help reduce damage and increase your chances of a successful restoration continued!

Fire & Smoke Damage

Dos

  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don’ts

  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

Check back next week when we start the Dos and Dont for water damage!

Make SERVPRO of Southwest Portland Your First Call

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Make SERVPRO of Southwest Portland Your First Call Sewer Backup

When the unfortunate instance of water damage takes place in your life, know SERVPRO of Southwest Portland will do everything in our power to help. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your property safe, as well as aid in the process of the clean up. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland helping to make it "Like it never even happened".

DO

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'T

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC if there is possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use low CFM household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminates.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Sewage back up can come at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Call on us to decontaminate and dry on what needs to be saved.

SERVPRO to the Rescue

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO to the Rescue Benson Hotel

Faster to Any Disaster.  Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, a SERVPRO Professional is on-site within four hours to begin drying your building and restorable contents. Remember the faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility.  Each SERVPRO of Southwest Portland Professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process.  By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your home or building is quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland strongly believes in the 3 E's (Experience, Expertise and Equipment) and is proud to serve Multnomah County and other areas of Portland.  Please call us at 503.777.9739 twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.

Basement Flood

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Basement Flood Basement Flood

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 damage.  Water damage can affect the value of your property.  So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try to clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property and your safety.  Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.  Your SERVPRO Professional understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your home or business.  For this reason, a SERVPRO Professional under normal circumstances will have a trained, uniformed Professional on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is proud to serve Multnomah County and other areas of Portland.  Any questions please call us at 503.777.9739.

Broken Toilet Tank

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Broken Toilet Tank Broken toilet tank

The customer had a basement area flood from a broken toilet tank. The areas involved were the bathroom, bedroom, sewing room, utility room and main hallway. 

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was able to arrive at the job within an hour of the call. We set up 2 dehu's and 14 air blowers. 

The customer was very happy with the results. Telling us how easy we were to work with and how happy he was that we could get the drying down in only three days. 

Please call SERVPRO of Southwest Portland at the first sign of water damage, we can stop more damage from happening and stop mold from growing , leaving you family open to getting sick.

Please call us 24/7 at 503-777-9739.

What to do until help arrives. Sewer Backup

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do until help arrives. Sewer Backup Sewer backed up into the shower.

When the unfortunate instance of water damage takes place in your life, know SERVPRO of Southwest Portland will do everything in our power to help. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your property safe, as well as aid in the process of the clean up. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland helping to make it "Like it never even happened".

DO

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'T

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC if there is possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use low CFM household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminates.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Sewage back up can come at any time due to unforeseen circumstances. Call on us to decontaminate and dry on what needs to be saved.

Water Damage From Contaminated Water

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage From Contaminated Water A backed up toilet in a hotel caused damage to multiple floors.

When the unfortunate instance of water damage takes place in your life, know SERVPRO of Southwest Portland will do everything in our power to help. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your property safe, as well as aid in the process of the clean up. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland helping to make it "Like it never even happened."

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated from sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Sewage back up can occur because items that aren't meant to be flushed get flushed and stuck.  

What to do until help arrives. Water damage.

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do until help arrives. Water damage. Water damage can happen to anyone.

DO:

Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.

Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.

Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.

Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'T:

Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.

Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored rugs on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.

Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall to wall carpets to cause staining.

Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.

Use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

Turn on wet ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Beware of Water Hazards

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Beware of Water Hazards Standing water in a basement with electrical cords can be dangerous.

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 damage.  Water damage can affect the value of your property.  So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try to clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property and your safety.  Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.  Your SERVPRO Professional understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your home or business.  For this reason, a SERVPRO Professional under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed Professional on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is proud to serve Multnomah County and other areas of Portland.  Any questions please call us at 503.777.9739.

When Water Damages Occur

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damages Occur Water damage at an Historic Portland Landmark.

Faster to Any Disaster.  Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, a SERVPRO Professional is on-site within four hours to begin drying your building and restorable contents. Remember the faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility.  Each SERVPRO of Southwest Portland Professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process.  By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your home or building is quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland strongly believes in the 3 E's (Experience, Expertise and Equipment) and is proud to serve Multnomah County and other areas of Portland.  Please call us at 503.777.9739 twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.