Recent Storm Damage Posts

After The Storm Clears

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

We hope you never experience a devistating storm, but we are here when you need us!

Storm damage can be a devastating and life altering experience. The first days proceeding a major storm can leave a homeowner overwhelmed and perplexed about what to do next. Some careful and calculated planning will help you and your family return to normal as soon as possible.

Safety Concerns

Regardless of if your home was flooded, hit by torrential wind or was the casualty of an electrical storm, the end result is still dangerous. Electricity can be conducted into standing water and mold will most certainly be an issue. Until a thorough evaluation by a qualified person can be conducted, it’s best to avoid the site altogether. If it all possible, consider staying with relatives or at a hotel or a shelter.  Make sure to bring a weeks’ worth of clothing and supplies. Your home should be professionally inspected prior to returning.

Government assistance

Often times after a major storm, FEMA will make provisions for those affected by major storm damage. This includes help with housing, meals, home repairs and assistance with filing insurance claims. For more information contact your local FEMA representative.

Documentation

Make sure to document as much as possible about the storm and the damage to your home, especially if your home owners insurance policy is more specific about the type of damage it will cover. Take as many photos as possible and note any major issues such as mold, exposed power lines and crumbling walls. This will all come in handy when filing a claim with your insurance company.

Filing a claim

Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. A claims representative should be assigned to you. Work with him to initiate repairs. This process can sometimes drag on for several months, but generally speaking, most policies will pay for the damage after your deductible has been paid. More often than not, homeowners policies do not cover flooding. If your home has been flooded, you need to contact your flood insurance provider. If you do not have flood insurance, you will have to pay for your repairs out of pocket. If you live in an area where flooding is a potential, consider purchasing a flood insurance policy.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Portland

As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. 503-283-3658

Heavy Rains Can Equal Property Damage in Portland

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

The wet weather in Porland can sometimes be a problem for homeowners. SERVPRO of NW Portland is always here to help.

Many natural bodies of water provide hours of fun and relaxation to Portland residents. If they overflow due to heavy rains, flooding can rush into homes and cause extensive damage. Mitigating such damage by professionals restores homes to pre-flood condition. 

When residents find their floors soggy with water, flood damage in Portland is already beginning. Carpets become ruined quickly, and the flooring support underneath becomes at risk of becoming severely damaged. Walls made of stucco, drywall and other absorbent materials quickly wick water upwards, making two lines – flood line and a wavy one where moisture prevails. 

SERVPRO professionals use pumps of various kinds to remove standing water. Switching to smaller units helps remove puddles inside usually unnoticed depressions. Afterward, we quickly remove the carpeting and padding. Setting up the machinery to dry out floors comes next. Walls that receive immediate attention can often remain standing instead of being torn away and replaced. We include the treatments needed to kill any pathogens, as well. 

Because flooding inside a home happens on lower levels, many people become surprised at how muggy the air becomes inside their flooded home. Water continually attempts to find equilibrium and uses evaporation and condensation to achieve this state. Opening windows and doors after a flood can help the moisture exit your home to much drier air outside. The air movers used to dry out walls also keeps moisture from settling, and the desiccant machines trap the water molecules before they can condense elsewhere inside your home. 

If flooding occurred inside your kitchen area, we can help restore this area to functioning capacity again. However, unlike other areas of your home where cleaning and removal of silt and other minute debris suffices, government regulations require the disposing of all foodstuffs. Contact with floodwater, no matter how temporary, renders those items inedible. In cans, there are too many tiny places where dangerous pathogens can hide, and the risk of contamination is extremely high. Bleach may render these pathogens inert, but it can also corrode the can and cause additional problems. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Portland is ready to help you with flood damage when the Columbia or the Willamette overflow in our area. Calling 503-283-3658 puts you in contact with our 24-hour service and begins the restoration process every flooded home needs.

The Many Faces of Storm Damage Restoration

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

If you live in the Portland area, a storm is ALWAYS coming! Good thing SERVPRO of Northwest Portland is ALWAYS here to help!

The damage a storm does to your home is contingent on the type of storm in question. Additionally, the level of severity of the storm has an impact of how much damage your home will sustain as well as the area that will be affected.

An example of this would be the effects of heavy, torrential rains verses the effects of a hailstorm. A hailstorm has the potential to damage your roof and external parts of your home but leave no water damages, while heavy rains can cause flooding and water damage, but not have any effect on your roof shingles or siding.

After a damaging storm has passed and your home or business has been left with damage, you will need a restoration contractor with the reputation, staff, equipment and knowledge to get the job done fast and expediently. We believe we are that company.

Here are two examples of the many types of storm damage you may encounter in the Portland area:

  • Flooding – The main concern when it comes to flooding will be water damage to your home or business. The restoration company you go with will need to be able to handle water damage restoration work and all the many variables that come with it.
  • Wind – This can be a big issue for those of us who live at the base of the Columbia River gorge! Damages from strong winds can include damage from flying debris and organic material that can damage roofing and break windows and sometimes affect structural components of the building. It is a good idea to choose a company that can assist with structural restoration.

Regardless of the type of damaged sustained in the Portland metro area, SERVPRO of Northwest Portland has you and your family covered. We take pride in our involvement in our community, as well as being a part of an elite nationally recognized restoration service provider.   

As a fire, water and storm disaster restoration specialist, SERVPRO of Northwest Portland utilizes and maintains and inventory of state of the art equipment and houses a staff of highly trained and IICRC certified personnel to return your home or business to a preloss condition. We are available 24 hours a day to tackle any issue the winter weather may throw at your home or business. 503-283-3658

SERVPRO of NW Portland is READY For Storm Season!

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

The wet season is upon us, and SERVPRO of NW Portland is ready!

SERVPRO of NW Portland is a storm and flood restoration juggernaut! Our staff is highly trained and IICRC certified to handle the stormy and wet weather common to the Pacific Northwest. Our warehouse is stocked with state of the art equipment and we are fully prepared to bring your home or business back to a preloss condition following storm damage.

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

It’s not just a catch phrase! As a locally owned and operated business, we are prepared to respond quickly and expediently with the right tools and knowledge to get the job done FAST. After a heavy rain storm, a quick response is CRITICAL to minimizing potential secondary damages and costs to your Portland home or business.

A NATIONAL COMMUNITY OF STORM & FLOOD RESOURCE

In Multnomah County, a storm disaster can strike at any time. Our team of professionals is poised and ready to assess the damage and measure our resources to tackle a large storm or water loss. Our national affiliation enables us to draw from a network of over 1700 SERVPRO franchises across the country. Our DISASER RECOVERY TEAMS are renowned throughout the restoration industry and are located strategically across the entire United States.

If your home or business ever suffers from storm damage, take the guesswork out of the equation and call the experts with a proven track record to get the job done right. Call SERVPRO of NW Portland. We are available 24/7 and are ready for any disaster at any time. 503-283-3658  

Tips to Mitigate Storm Damage from Structural Defects

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

If you live in Portland, a storm is ALWAYS brewing. Are you and your family ready?

Storms that dump many inches of rain over the period of just a few hours expose your home to the risk of severe flooding inside your foundation. The causes of these storm-related outcomes focus on the condition and capacity of gutter and downspout systems as well as the possibility of seepage because of the supersaturated ground. Our crews train extensively to respond to these types of conditions, ready to turn back the clock and return your Portland house to you “Like it never even happened.” 
 
Several days of incessant rains soak the ground surrounding your house. The water finds nowhere to go but through the cinder blocks into your foundation. As the pounding rain rolls off the roof into your gutters, it spills over, sending torrents of water over the edge of your foundation. We have answers to the flood damage afflicting your Portland home, dilemma, and you can almost guarantee yourself a better result if you call for our services immediately without trying to manage the influx of water by yourself. 
 
Our team ascertains if it is safe to work in the flooded basement, and we begin pumping out the water. We hit the ground running even if the power in your home is unavailable to use because of our powerful truck mounted submersible pumps and water extractors. Once the water level reduces, SERVPRO team members assess the condition of any mechanical systems and determine whether stored items or furnishings sustained flood damage. Cinder block walls are notorious for holding water within interior cells. Sophisticated scanning techniques find pockets of water, and we drill through mortar joints to release it. Air movers and dehumidifiers begin the process of drying the walls and floors. 
 
SERVPRO does not leave you high and dry after completion of the job. We consult with you about the reasons for this destructive event. Water incursions through the walls of your foundation signal that the grading around your home may need review. Poorly performing gutters and downspouts may need an upgrade. We also work you through the insurance claim process as storm related flooding frequently is a covered instance. 
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Portland is poised to perform when you call (503) 283-3658. No disaster is too big or too small for our professionals to lend their training and experience to meet your needs in Portland, St Johns, or even Concordia.

Storm Damage & Preventative Maintenance

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Is your Portland home prepared for a storm?

SERVPRO of NW Portland prides itself on being a leader in the commercial and residential restoration industry. As storm damage experts, we help home and business owners recover from small incidental damage all the way up to total loss after a major storm.

Storm Damage starts with severe weather, such as hail, heavy winds, hail and most common to our region, rain. The potential a storm has to damage your property is directly related to how protected your property is and if due diligence has been paid to preventative maintenance on your home or property. An example of this would be small leaks that have gone undetected and addressed for a substantial amount of time until they become a much bigger and more expensive issue.

SERVPRO of NW Portland is your local storm damage company and we can help identify some of these smaller issues before they become bigger ones. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to provide you with superior emergency service after a major storm as well as help secure your property and belongings to minimize continued damage.

Call us today to learn more about our services and how we can help your home or business in the event of a storm emergency. 503-283-3658

After Storm Tips

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

When April showers become Spring storms, damage can occur.

Spring is in the air! After the long, grey and dreary winter, those of us in the Portland area welcome this time of year with open arms. As the sun starts to peak its head around the corner, many northwest residents start their gardens and begin to make plans to get out in the much anticipated sunshine. Although we are finally seeing a bit more blue sky, we are not quite in the clear just yet. Spring often brings some severe wet weather and flash flooding mixed in with the sunshine. Spring storms can sometimes prove to be the most severe in terms of rainfall for some Portland area residents. Knock on wood, but it is very seldom that we get through the spring without at least ONE major rainstorm. After the storm, it’s important to know what to do, as well as what not to do. We’ve put together a few tips that you and your family can use in the event of a spring flood.

  • Photograph The Damage. You can never take too many photos. Your insurance company will thank you and you will have a much easier time with your claim if you have good photos.
  • Contact Your Insurance Provider. As soon as you have gathered preliminary information, you should contact your home insurance provider. In the event that your vehicle has suffered damage, contact your auto insurance provider.
  • Safety First. Be mindful of fallen power lines and take care not to come in contact with electrically charged water.
  • Inspect Plumbing. Turn of your water main if necessary. Contact a trusted plumbing contractor if you discover plumbing damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances that have come in contact with water. Turn off main power at the power source. Contact a electrician if you discover damaged electrical wires.
  • Inspect your roof. Heavy rains and wind may have dislodged some of your roofing. If you discover any damage, contact a roofing contractor.
  • Contact SERVPRO of NW Portland. If the storm has resulted in flooding, call SERVPRO of NW Portland immediately to start the water remediation process. Secondary water damage can occur in as little as 24 hours.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove fallen trees yourself. Contact a reputable arborist if the tree is on your property or the appropriate municipality if it has fallen across public lands or roads.
  • Always work with trustworthy local service providers. Unfortunately, there are some companies that attempt to take advantage of storm events. Always obtain a written contract that outlines the service expectations and a breakdown of costs.

SERVPRO of Northwest Portland specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm event. 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. If storm damage strikes your home, trust the damage restoration industry leader. 503-283-3658

Helpful After Storm Tips For Portland Homeowners

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be especially traumatic. It's good to have a plan together in the event of a disaster.

In the Pacific Northwest, storm damage can occur almost year round and can cause a tremendous amount of damage to your home. Heavy rainfall can potentially cause flooding, and those strong winds coming out of the Columbia River gorge can equal down trees on your property. After the storm damage can also create health and safety challenges as well. It is wise to have a strategy in place to help you be ready in the event of storm related damage to your home.

Use Caution

Strong winds and rain can create tangible physical hazards such as falling or collapsed roof materials, broken window glass, compromised wall structure and standing and possibly stagnant water in the basement or crawl space. Additionally, moisture can permeate into carpets, furniture, drapes and walls, creating an ideal environment for unhealthy mold to flourish. Turn off your main gas line if you smell gas. Use caution and keep an eye out for broken glass, exposed nails and other sharp objects. Contact SERVPRO of NW Portland as soon as possible to start the remediation process. It may be necessary to make alternate housing arrangements while your home is being restored.

Take Pictures

If you can safely navigate around your property, take as many photos of your property as you can to provide to your insurance company. This will help with insurance compensation.

Contact Your Insurance Provider

Alert your insurance agent of your homes damage immediately. An adjuster will be dispatched to assess the damages to your home. SERVPRO of NW Portland can help your navigate this process.

When storm related disaster strikes, you may be filled with a myriad of emotions, but having these steps in place can help you start the process of getting your life back to normal. SERVPRO of NW Portland offers 24/7 disaster restoration services. We are always here to help. 503-283-3658 

When a storms strikes Portland, SERVPRO is ready!

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

From small pipe leaks to a full scale storm event, SERVPRO of NW Portland has seen it all and is ready to help when disaster strikes!

As a flood damage restoration specialist, SERVPRO of NW Portland utilizes and maintains and inventory of state of the art equipment and houses a staff of highly trained and certified personnel to return your property to a pre-storm condition.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Being a locally owned and operated business enables us to respond fast with the correct resources. This is critical, as a fast response minimizes potential secondary damage and reduces the restoration cost.

Storm & Flood Resources

When a storm strikes Multnomah County, our team will measure our resources to handle a either a large storm or a flooding disaster. We have continuous access to equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams [[Click to your disaster recovery page]] that are strategically located throughout the entire United States.

When Storm or Flood Damage Stikes, Call the Experts at SERVPRO of NW Portland

http://www.SERVPROnorthwestportland.com/emergency-restoration

Heavy Rains in the Portland Area Can Spell Flood Damage in St. Johns

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

Your flooded home deserves the complete attention our SERVPRO team will provide after a flooding event. Contact us for a quick response.

Our Certified Technicians Arrive Equipped to Thoroughly Dry Out Your Flooded Property

After weeks of heavy rain some homeowners in St. Johns face the potential for flooding. Rain totals of more than an inch over the period of days and no end to the precipitation in sight make residents in our area uneasy. Our project managers, crews, and equipment are ready if you call.
 
Although Portland municipal officials take many steps to manage the local heavy precipitation, sometimes the rains in the neighborhood create significant flood damage in St. Johns. When your home is the one affected, you have just one concern -- how can I get help to remediate all the flood damage issues? Our technicians train in a wide range of restoration disciplines that all combine to return your house to you “Like it never even happened.”
 
When flood waters rise in the lower levels of your home, reach out for help from SERVPRO immediately. The longer you wait for help, the more probable the water will severely damage the structure of your home and your treasured possessions and important papers and documents. Flood waters also frequently contain substantial quantities of contaminants that expose you and your family to potentially hazardous substances including bloodborne pathogens, chemicals, and human and animal waste.
 
We arrive ready for any possibility. Our technicians prepare continually through IICRC approved coursework for flood damage remediation and abatement of a broad range of regular and biohazard. A project manager assesses the flood and types the waters as clean, gray (slightly contaminated), or black (dangerously tainted with sewage or other contaminated waste). We pump and extract the water, seeking out hidden pockets or water and filth with state of the art scanners and moisture meters. Contaminated fluids are contained and disposed of according to local codes.
 
Technicians treat flood areas with antimicrobial products matched to the contaminants noted. Air movers and dehumidifiers continue to remove moisture, essential to avoid more deterioration or mold damage. We pack out any water soaked possessions to a staging area where decisions to discard, or dry are made with your input. SERVPRO offers modern freeze-drying technologies for papers, a more cost-effective and successful method than air drying or dehumidification.
 
Speedy and thorough, the SERVPRO of Northwest Portland team manages all steps from flooded to clean and dry. As soon as practicable after the flooding is noted, call (503) 283-3658 for our high-quality flood remediation services.

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Overflowing Water Brings Flood Damage to Portland Homes

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding destroys building structure quickly and from the bottom up. Contact SERVPRO for drying out, remediation efforts and restoration.

Our Technicians Follow the Water's Path to Find Any Pockets That Can Harbor Floodwaters in Your Home

Many natural bodies of water provide hours of fun and relaxation to Portland residents. If they overflow due to heavy rains, flooding can rush into homes and cause extensive damage. Mitigating such damage by professionals restores homes to pre-flood condition.

When residents find their floors soggy with water, flood damage in Portland is already beginning. Carpets become ruined quickly, and the flooring support underneath becomes at risk of becoming severely damaged. Walls made of stucco, drywall and other absorbent materials quickly wick water upwards, making two lines – flood line and a wavy one where moisture prevails.

SERVPRO professionals use pumps of various kinds to remove standing water. Switching to smaller units helps remove puddles inside usually unnoticed depressions. Afterward, we quickly remove the carpeting and padding. Setting up the machinery to dry out floors comes next. Walls that receive immediate attention can often remain standing instead of being torn away and replaced. We include the treatments needed to kill any pathogens, as well.

Because flooding inside a home happens on lower levels, many people become surprised at how muggy the air becomes inside their flooded home. Water continually attempts to find equilibrium and uses evaporation and condensation to achieve this state. Opening windows and doors after a flood can help the moisture exit your home to much drier air outside. The air movers used to dry out walls also keeps moisture from settling, and the desiccant machines trap the water molecules before they can condense elsewhere inside your home.

If flooding occurred inside your kitchen area, we can help restore this area to functioning capacity again. However, unlike other areas of your home where cleaning and removal of silt and other minute debris suffices, government regulations require the disposing of all foodstuffs. Contact with floodwater, no matter how temporary, renders those items inedible. In cans, there are too many tiny places where dangerous pathogens can hide, and the risk of contamination is extremely high. Bleach may render these pathogens inert, but it can also corrode the can and cause additional problems.

SERVPRO of Northwest Portland is ready to help you with flood damage when the Columbia or the Willamette overflow in our area. Calling (503) 283-3658 puts you in contact with our 24-hour service and begins the restoration process every flooded home needs.
 
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Inadequate Gutters And Downspouts Cause Foundation Flood Damage In Portland

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Portland Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Storm Damage Cleanup

SERVPRO Tips to Mitigate Storm Damage from Structural Defects

Storms that dump many inches of rain over the period of just a few hours expose your home to the risk of severe flooding inside your foundation. The causes of these storm-related outcomes focus on the condition and capacity of gutter and downspout systems as well as the possibility of seepage because of the supersaturated ground. Our crews train extensively to respond to these types of conditions, ready to turn back the clock and return your Portland house to you “Like it never even happened.”
 
Several days of incessant rains soak the ground surrounding your house. The water finds nowhere to go but through the cinder blocks into your foundation. As the pounding rain rolls off the roof into your gutters, it spills over, sending torrents of water over the edge of your foundation. We have answers to the flood damage afflicting your Portland home, dilemma, and you guarantee yourself a better result if you call for our services immediately without trying to manage the influx of water by yourself.
 
Our team ascertains that it is safe to work in the flooded basement, and we begin pumping out the water. We hit the ground running even if the power in your home is unavailable to use because of our powerful truck mounted submersible pumps and water extractors. Once the water level reduces, SERVPRO team members assess the condition of any mechanical systems and determine whether stored items or furnishings sustained flood damage. Cinder block walls are notorious for holding water within interior cells. Sophisticated scanning techniques find pockets of water, and we drill through mortar joints to release it. Air movers and dehumidifiers begin the process of drying the walls and floors.
 
SERVPRO does not leave you high and dry after completion of the job. We consult with you about the reasons for this destructive event. Water incursions through the walls of your foundation signal that the grading around your home may need review. Poorly performing gutters and downspouts may need an upgrade. We also work you through the insurance claim process as storm related flooding frequently is a covered instance.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Portland is poised to perform when you call (503) 283-3658. No disaster is too big or too small for our professionals to lend their training and experience to meet your needs in Portland, St Johns, or even Concordia.

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When Storms or Floods hit Multnomah County, SERVPRO of Northwest Portland is ready!

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in the Portland Area.

SERVPRO of Northwest Portland 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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit in the Multnomah County Area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROnorthwestportland.com/emergency-restoration that are strategically located throughout the United States.

 

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (503) 283-2658 SERVPRO of NW Portland 

SERVPRO of NW Portland Mobilizes to Help Louisiana Flood Victims

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of NW Portland & SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/West Linn at (503) 283-3658

As floods ravage the State of Louisiana the team of professionals from SERVPRO of Northwest Portland jump into action to help Louisiana flood damage victims.

Louisiana Officials Say: At least 13 killed and 30,000 rescued following severe Louisiana weather. With more than 40,000 homes being affected, the Red Cross said this is the U.S.'s worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Friday.

Our team of professionals loaded vehicles and a couple trailers with the proper equipment needed and headed to Louisiana early Thursday morning to assist the people of Louisiana in the aftermath and cleanup of this massive storm. After 4 long days of driving, they arrived and had boots on the ground ready to help.

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