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Conserving water and why it is important.

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Conservation can come in many forms. Water is a very important resource to us and we have to be sure to turn off faucets and conserve water when we are able to. Here are some tips for your family and children to follow when it comes to conserving water from SERVPRO of Benton County.

When it comes to water conservation, making the matter apparent to your children will have many benefits. It will begin to teach them the value and practices of conservation early on in their lives, a lesson that will hopefully stick for long into the future. Kids are sponges – chances are if you teach your child a way to save water in an interesting way, he or she will relay the message to classmates or friends.

Turning off the tap: minimize water use in the shower by turning off the shower head while shampooing and conditioning. Depending on where they live, this practice alone could save the average family up to $100 and 3,200 gallons of water per year (*based on a family of 3).

Sometimes you or your kids will pour more water than they wind up drinking. Instead of dumping this water down the drain, use it to water your plants, pour it into your pet’s water bowl, into your teapot or another practical use that will eliminate having to use the faucet. The same goes for ice cubes left at the end of your water glass.

Avoiding toys that require a constant stream of water as opposed to those that you fill can make a major difference when it comes to water usage. If it’s just too hot, limiting their time playing in the sprinkler can keep tabs on the situation. Also reminding your children to not play in the running water faucets and keep water use to just the needed usages.

Once you start conserving, expose your children to the struggles for clean water around the world. What they’re doing at home may translate into wanting to do more to help others.

Ways to prevent MOLD in your home.

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Picture Shows mold growth in a corner of a wall where it meets with an outside door. This picture shows mold growth in a corner of a wall where it meets with a out side door.

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.

4. 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

What can cause Water Damage in your home?

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

picture show water damage insulation in a crawl space under a home. Water Damage can happen all over your home, and even underneath it.

A Leaky Basement

One of the most common causes of water damage is a leaky basement. To make repairs, you have to find the leak. We can help address this problem

Leaky Plumbing

Another cause of water damage is a leaky plumbing system. Unless the system is plagued by multiple leaks, you can do the repair yourself. Depending on the extensiveness of the damage, you can either patch up the leaky pipe or change one or several damaged pipes if the problem is internal. SERVPRO can always help you with water damage repair that is out of your hands.

Fixing the Plant Root System

Did you know that plant and shrub overgrowth could cause water damage to the home too? When the root system of the plant and shrub is too close to a structure, water could penetrate its foundation. You can resolve minor water damage caused by plant overgrowth by trimming the shrubs and removing water that pools near the foundation of your home.

Damaged Drywall

For ceilings, the usual culprit is a leaky roof or a leaky toilet. For leaky toilets, we highly recommend getting a Plumber to stop the leak. Then let the Professionals at SERVPRO repair any damages that may have occurred.  We can repair drywall, dry any moisture and help protect against mold. 

Call SERVPRO today if your home or business is experiencing Water Damage our number is (541)745-2097.

Fire Safety at Home and what you need to know.

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

picture of a home interior that had to be gutted down to the 2/4 studs SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County working on a fire loss in Salem OR.

Fires can be very frightening – they are scary, spread quickly and can cause devastating losses.  While we cannot completely fire-proof our homes, there are a few steps you can take to help protect your family in the event of a fire.

  • Install and regularly test smoke detectors. Statistics show that working smoke detectors reduce the risk of death in a house fire almost in half! Fires spread quickly, and once that alarm sounds, you may only have a minute or two to escape.
  • Practice Fire Drills at home.Since time is of the utmost importance during a fire, it is best to KNOW what do in the event of a fire.  What is the best escape route? Where does the family meet up outside?  In order to respond quickly, it is best to have a rehearsed plan ahead of time.
  • Have fire extinguishers handy & know how to use them.Keep them in an easy access location near a likely source of fire – in the kitchen, the laundry room, etc.  And maybe buy a few extra and have your children practice using them (probably best to do OUTSIDE).
  • Childproof your kitchen.To keep small children from accidentally turning on the stove, which may having something on it that could burn.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.And teach your children they are not toys.

While no one wants to imagine what they would do in the event of a fire, it is better to be prepared, and have a plan to help keep your family as safe as possible.  And if you do experience a fire, do not hesitate to call your Fire Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO.  We are here to help. We can take care of your home, so you can take care of your family.

SERVPRO can finish the job.

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Wood floors that had to be sanded down and restained after a water loss in the kitchen. SERVPRO crew repaired water damaged hard wood floors.

SERVPRO can start and finish the job.

Did you know that Benton/Linn County SERVPRO has an in house construction company? Well we do! When you chose to have SERVPRO come, and work on your home or business we are able to finish the job completely.   You don’t have to worry about finding another company to finish the repairs. Our construction crew is made up of   two project managers, three carpenter teams, and a painting crew.  They are extremely talented and hard working.  Our project mangers work with the insurance company to insure the job is being done to insurance standards, and to what the customer wants.  Our mission is to make this situation the easiest we can on the customer, and make sure they are happy with the work that was performed on their home or business.

Why SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County?

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

picture is of our Marketing Team getting ready to run in the the river for the polar plunge SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County Marketing Team.

SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County is a company that strongly believes in giving back to the community.  SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County is involved in many charitable events during the year. SERVPRO of Benton County staff goes above and beyond to give back. Just recently we participated in two fundraisers back to back in one day. These organizations mean so much to our SERVPRO family.

On February 15th, 2020, SERVPRO of Benton and Linn County participated in the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics which benefits our local Special Olympic athletes, and the Run Off Your Tutu for Furniture Share which helps local in-need families with beds and furniture. Both of these organizations impact our community greatly.  SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County's mission is to give back whenever we can. That’s why when you're looking for a company to work on your home or business for your restoration needs, SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County is the one to pick, because we care for our community.

Cell phone charger fires and how to keep you and your home safe

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Picture shows a matress out in a front yard that that had caught fire due to a faulty cell phone charger, Always use phone chargers that are recommend for you cell phone.

SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County in January 2020 responded to two 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.

Top Causes for Cooking fires

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

picture shows damage from a microwave fire. Yes! Microwaves are helpful, but can cause extreme damage when they malfunction.

Cooking fires are one of the most common fires that accrue in a home. 

The top main cause of a cooking fire are:

  1. Towels or pot holder left on the stove to close to the burner.
  2. Cooking with hot oils.
  3. Cooking on to high of heat.
  4. Food that burns in the oven or on the stove top.
  5. Microwaves 

The Damage that cooking fires can be very hard to deal with, and to clean up.

That where we come in. SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County has many years of experience with fires, and smoke restoration. SERVPRO can make your kitchen and home like new. I know I need to be reminded to keep an eye on the stove when I am cooking. If your home experiences a fire give us a call. Here at SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County we are always here 24/7 to help.

Fire Emergency Plan, and why we need one.

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

We are all busy with kids, school, work, after school activities, but we all need to take some time out of our busy schedule, and make a family fire plan. I know as a parent it hard to juggle family life, but safety for my family is always on my mind. Here is what you can do.

  • Make a map of your home, and make a fire exit plan. Post you fire plan in the kitchen area a daily reminder.
  • Teach safety techniques like step by step how to instructions to stay low to the ground, and cover your face with your shirt or a pillow case to protect from the smoke
  • Conduct drills like listening for the smoke detector, and practicing the fire exit plan for evacuation.
  • Talk about fire safety with your children. Play games to teach them stop drop and roll, and to be ready for if a fire if it happened in your home.

If a fire happens in your home SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County can help you fix your home. We are here for you and your home 24/7.

How to protect your home in a storm

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Picture shows a tree being uprooted out of the ground and falling in to a home. In the Pacific North West it is very common to have wind storms, and them to cause a major damage to homes.

We live in the Pacific Northwest and we love it! That also means we have a a lot of different weather that we experience in the winter months. From strong winds and rain to heavy snow here are 4 ways to protect your home from a storm. 

    1. Clear away outdoor items

Make sure all lawn furniture, gardening tools, sporting equipment and other outdoor items are stored away if a storm is heading your way. High winds during a heavy storm can potentially pick up these items and send them flying through a window or far away from your home. Putting away loose outdoor items in this situation can protect your house (and your neighbors’ houses) from unnecessary damage.

    1. Trim the trees

Take time to examine the trees in your yard or surrounding your house.

Storms will often snap large tree branches, which can damage your home's siding, smash your car or even topple power lines and cause outages. If the tree has a loose connection with a big branch, consider sawing it off. It might reduce some shade in the yard, but can potentially protect your home.

    1. Have standby power

Electricity lines are vulnerable during storms. Fallen branches can easily snap the power lines, and lightning strikes can blow up transformers, causing major power outages.

A whole-house surge protective device runs in the $200 to $300 range and is easy for an electrician to install. A generator is a great way to protect your home during storms and for a constant back up.

    1. Flood-proof your home

Heavy rainstorms can lead to flooding, which can potentially wreak havoc on homes. Water damage can devalue a house and cause significant problems with the foundation.

Be ready in case of emergency, but if and when one occurs, rely on the professionals at Linn/Benton County SERVPRO. Call us today at (541)745-2097.