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A new standard in Commercial Cleaning

12/5/2023 (Permalink)

Virus Cleaning Image When the Flu or COVID breaks out in your office and impacts your business, count on Certified: SERVPRO® Clean!

As we heading into Cold and Flu Season - and COVID-19 hasn't gone anywhere, we need to look to a NEW standard in Commercial Cleaning.

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. And in 2020, we saw the tremendous toll COVID-19 on families and businesses across the country.

If you’ve already gotten the flu or COVID 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 or COVID shot today to protect yourself, your loved ones and your place of business.  And Certified: SERVPRO® Clean brings a higher standard of clean to business across our Communities if the Flu or COVID impact your place of business.

Cell Phone Fire Risk

12/5/2023 (Permalink)

Burnt Mattress ignited from a Charging Cell Phone Understand the fire risks cell phone chargers can pose, for your family's safety!

SERVPRO® of Benton/Linn County has responded to multiple home fires that were caused by cell phone chargers. Now days it’s hard to find a home that doesn’t have a cell phone in it, and if there is a cell phone then there will be charger.  Our phones are major part of our day, and we have them will us all the time. I personally have mine on me 24/7, and I charge it on my night stand next to my bed.  Did you know that chargers produce a large amount on energy? One fire we responded to the cell phone charger caught a mattress in a child's bedroom on fire. He are some tips to help keep you safe from a cell phone charger fire.

  1. Only buy and use devices that are listed by a quality testing laboratory.
  2. Make sure to always follow the manufacturer’s instruction.
  3. Only use the battery and charging cord that’s designed for you specific device.
  4. Do not charge your device under a pillow, on your bed, on a couch or in a location that’s exposed to direct sunlight.

We here at SERVPRO® of Benton/Linn county is always here to help if your home or business has experienced a fire. We are ready to help 24/7.

What is a Biohazard?

11/8/2023 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleaning Let the trained Professionals at SERVPRO® take care of all your Biohazard Cleaning needs

Exposure to biological and chemical residue and contaminates can pose serious health consequences for individuals who come into contact with them – from building occupants, employees, and customers. Failing to properly handle and remove such hazardous materials can lead to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Technicians have been trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous materials and properly prepared waste in compliance with OSHA, EPA as well as State and Local health regulations.

Biohazard Clean-Up includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death.

  • Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, are volatile and can leave harmful residues.

  • Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to teargas and pepper spray residues, your SERVPRO® Professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

  • Arson and Vandalism

Your local Franchise Professionals can provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, destruction of property, spoiled foods and human or animal waste.

  • Sewage Backup

Sewage Backups and black water intrusions are not only nasty, they can also introduce harmful microorganisms into the surfaces and even below surface.

  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

If you experience any of these circumstances, or have a question as to whether your loss qualifies as a Biohazard, do not hesitate to call your Highly Trained Qualified Biohazard Professions at SERVPRO® at 541-745-2097

Ready for the Storm

11/6/2023 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Here at SERVPRO we are prepared to respond to your storm damage

SERVPRO® technicians maintain certifications from the IICRC, which allows our team to handle weather related damages to residential and commercial properties.

A rainstorm in the Willamette Valley, caused property damages and our team was dispatched to the area.

Here is an example of the certifications our team members have.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively. 

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

Technicians with AMRT certification learn safety practices and mold/ sewage remediation techniques. 

Let our trained and qualified professionals take the stress and worry away from storm damages by keeping you up to date with the process, with our fast and efficient work to get your home or business back in order, and with our courteous and polite employees.

SERVPRO® is "Faster to Any Size Disaster". Call 541-745-2097 for an inspection.    

What is an ERP?

11/1/2023 (Permalink)

ERP App In case of emergency, we offer the FREE ERP App at your fingertips!

The up keep and maintenance of a building is typically over seen by a property maintenance manager. The job duties typically entail services to keep the building up to operating standards.  

Here at SERVPRO we offer a unique free of charge building inspection called an ERP, Emergency Ready Profile. 

We meet with the building services manager and complete a full walk through of their property. Tagging all gas & water shut off values and advising of where circuit breakers or electric breakers are. We discuss knowing the entry and exit points and all potential hazards. We put together a quick and easy to read folder that contains all of the buildings pertinent information; points of contacts, insurance information, phone numbers for utilities, etc. As well as a APP that you can readily use from any device.

We feel the importance of this services is PRICELESS, as all property managers or building services departments have safety protocols they must adhere to. Give us a call today to book a ERP!

SERVPRO® for all your emergency needs

10/9/2023 (Permalink)

24/7 Neon Sign We are here 24/7 for all your emergency needs!

SERVPRO® was first founded in 1969, and quickly expanded into more than 1,600 franchises
nationwide. With over 45 years of experience in cleanup and restoration, our track
record has earned us the trust of the insurance industry and countless business and homeowners. No matter the size of the job, our trained professionals will be there to restore your property to its original state, “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO® is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a years for all your emergency needs.
- Fire, Smoke and Soot
- Water Removal and Dehumidification
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Catastrophic Storm Response
- Move Outs and Contents Restoration
- Document Drying
- Electronics and Equipment
- Contents Claim Inventory Service
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Deodorization
Call SERVPRO® today at 541-745-2097!

How to help prevent mold growth in your home

10/6/2023 (Permalink)

Mold Growth on Window Sill Taking steps to help prevent mold growth can save you money down the road!

Here are some ways to keep your home safe from mold damages and prevent further damage. Brought to you by SERVPRO® of Benton and Linn County.

  1. Eliminate Clutter

Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air. Furniture and curtains that block supply grilles cause condensation. All this moisture creates microclimates in your home that welcome mold growth.  Push furniture away from vents and grilles to keep air circulating. On humid, still days, run a couple of fans to keep air moving.

  1. Shut Windows and Doors When AC Is On

When you open windows and doors, you let air conditioning escape, waste money, and invite humid air into your cooler home. This causes condensation, which mold loves. So keep doors and windows shut when the AC is humming.  Also, maintain your home at around 80 degrees when you’re on vacation or at work. Too often, we bump the thermostat up to 85 degrees, or turn off the AC when we’re away. This raises temperature and humidity, which creates the ideal home for mold.

  1. Monitor Humidity

An indoor humidity monitor will help you keep track of moisture levels that, ideally, fall between 35% and 50% relative humidity; in very humid climates, at the height of summer, you may have to live with readings closer to 55%. But if you reach 60% relative humidity, it’s time to look for the source of the added moisture; above 70% relative humidity, certain species of mold can begin growing.

  1. Water Damage 

If left untreated can cause major damage in your home including serious Mold Growth. 

water damage whether it is a clean water break, a leaking washing machine, or a sewage leak, it is still very important to address it quickly before further damage occurs. SERVPRO is equipped to handle whatever the situation, whether large or small.

Permanent damage happens quickly, from wood surfaces deteriorating, carpet delaminating, or mold beginning to appear because of the moist conditions. This is why it is so important to act quickly.

If your home is experiencing Mold give SERVPRO® of Benton and Linn County a call today at (541)745-2097

Choose SERVPRO® for your Commercial Loss needs!

10/6/2023 (Permalink)

Commercial Needs SERVPRO® has trained Technicians to handle your Commercial Loss needs!

A commercial loss is much different than a residential loss. When it comes to SERVPRO® responding and mitigating a commercial loss, we have to take into account that there are many more parties of interest involved, and documentation of the job and proper communication about job progress and emergency response efforts may have to be distributed to multiple owners, managers, and insurance companies throughout the process.

SERVPRO® has worked within commercial buildings for over 20 years. We are used to navigating the delicate balance between communications with multiple owners, while also working with multiple vendors, to bring the structure back to preloss condition.

Experience really is key to when it comes to responding to a commercial loss. We prioritize what is most important to our customers and we get to work stabilizing the building as soon as possible. Each day a commercial property isn’t operating it is costing our customer money. As a longtime restoration vendor, we know that getting the facility/structure operational as soon as possible is key for customer satisfaction.

A large part of handling a commercial loss is efficient and frequent communication with the right parties at the right time. Our team at SERVPRO® keeps communication and customer satisfaction at the forefront of our job responsibilities at all times.

So when your business or facility has a loss, you can feel confident calling SERVPRO®. We will be able to respond to the disaster and get the situation under control faster than any other restoration company in the Willamette Valley.

We have the experience, the knowledge, the connections, and the communication and dedication to see commercial restorations come to a smooth and timely completion.  Give us a call today at 541-745-2097.

SERVPRO® Certified Clean

10/2/2023 (Permalink)

COVID Virus Image We are leaders in viral pathogen cleaning services

Our local SERVPRO® team is trained and certified to provide deep cleaning and decontamination services that exceed the scope of a standard cleaning service. We offer a full range of deep cleaning services to keep your commercial business virus-free. Our Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned program is a defensive pathogen cleaning program that inspires consumer confidence.

How does the program work? It’s based on our unique 3 C’s:

  • Consult:Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the individual needs of each facility
  • Clean:Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO® Cleanedby the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and community.

Call Us Today!

Having a Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned business will reinforce consumer and employee confidence. Our local teams are Here to Help ® when you need cleaning and decontamination services. Call us today at 503-648-8513.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO® franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO® protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA-approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO®-certified cleaning experience.

Fire Safety

8/4/2023 (Permalink)

house on fire Flames can spread quickly - teach your children firesafety!

Home fires can start quickly, and spread at an incredible rate.  Studies have shown that once a smoke detector goes off in your home, you only have about 2 minutes to get out safely! When you have young children in the house, that thought can be overwhelming and frightening.  Altho we cannot always prevent a fire from starting, there are things we can do to help our families get out safely if a fire occurs.

Working Smoke Detectors/Alarms are of utmost importance!! Altho you only have about 2 minutes to escape once the alarm sounds, smoke detectors in the home have been shown to reduce fire-related deaths by 50%.  Considering half of all home fires occur between 11PM – 7AM, when most folks are sleeping, a working smoke detector sounding the alarm can make all the difference. As well as with so many fires starting during the night time, it is a good idea to have working alarms in each bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. For the best protection, install interconnected smoke alarms. This way, when one goes off, they all sound.  Practice a few times with the alarm actually sounding, to ensure that your child is not afraid of the sound, and that they know what they should do when they hear the alarm

Also, practice escaping out of every room of your home.  Make a game of it, see how many different ways you can get out to your designated ‘safe space’ and meeting area. Even have your kids help draw a map of your different escape routes. They will have fun. Drawing a map also helps ingrain it into their minds, making them more likely to remember what to do in the event of an actually fire.

Teach kids to not play with matches and lighters.  Make a habit of storing these items up and out of reach of young children. Teach children that if they happen to find a match or lighter, to take it to a trusted adult immediately!

Fires can be devastating, and sadly, we cannot completely fire-proof our world.   But just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family. And if you ever do experience a fire, do not hesitate to call upon your Fire Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO®! We are always here to help.