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We here at SERVPRO don’t just do restoration, but construction too!

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Begining stages of framing for our new SERVPRO/ MCGinnis office building, Our owners and employees put many hours in to our new office and shop.This picture shows the beginning stages of the framing.

Behind SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County, we are backed by McGinnis Enterprises, the construction company.

Having a construction company behind our SERVPRO name allows us to do new construction and other projects beyond the restoration and mitigation that SERVPRO is known for.

An example of the work we do, is our new office, hand built by our franchise owners, Tim and Nick McGinnis.

Tim and Nick worked tirelessly on the building, from groundbreaking to what it is today. Now it serves as a very comfortable office, and a large warehouse, equipped to fix large quantities of contents, service vehicles, and store our machinery.

An example of the things SERVPRO of Benton County and McGinnis Enterprises is capable of is: Mitigation, Restoration, Clean up, Biohazard, HVAC cleaning, construction and carpentry.

Having a contractors license allows us to do so many things. If you are needing restoration help, or remolding you bathroom give us a call today (541)745-2097.

What SERVPRO does to keep the customer and employee’s safe.

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Axel and Daniel from SERVPRO of Benton/Linn county are demostration how to use Personal Protective Equipment. In this picture is our crew lead Axel and project manager Daniel.They are doing a demonstration on how to put on, and remove PPE.

In SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County’s line of work, we face a lot of jobs that pertain to biohazard, including exposure to blood or bodily fluids. We are here with the tools necessary to clean up situations that normally would not be safe for the average individual.

Our franchise is there to clean up after deaths, sickness, sewage, or accidents, so you don’t have to!

  1. Part of the precautions that we take to keep our techs safe, is proper training, and continuing education; we are never done learning how to be even better at our jobs. This includes weekly meetings where we go over a particular subject, and training's.

Another part to how we keep our techs safe is through proper PPE, also known as “Personal Protective Equipment”.  One of the important requirements for our techs is to have or acknowledge the need for a Hepatitis B vaccination.

For extreme biohazard risk, our techs  will apply a suit, gloves, face mask, and then seal it with tape, to ensure full security from biohazard elements.

At SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County, we always ensure the safety of not just out customers, but our employees too!

How to prevent mold in your home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growing on drywall. In this picture a water heater had been leaking over a period of time causing massive mold growth and damage to the drywall.

Mold!        

Most hear the word and think ‘YUCK!’. It’s easy to forget that mold can ever be a good thing! We use it to make some cheeses and even penicillin.  It is one of nature’s beneficial decomposers.  Mold can, and does, grow anywhere – as anyone in Oregon knows only too well! But, it’s easy to forget any of the good reasons for mold when we find it in our homes.  Decomposing our carpets, or drywall, or floorboards…

To flip the old adage, a good defense against mold is a good offense. Its best to prevent mold growth before it becomes a problem.  And the best offense is: moisture control.  Easier said than done, here in Oregon, I know!  Mold can be costly to fix, but relatively easy to prevent. Here are a few ways you can help curb indoor moisture issues, and the mold that thrives on it.

  • Identify potential problem areas in your house.While you cannot ‘mold-proof’ your home, you can take measures to make it more ‘mold-resistant’.  Inspect your home for problem areas: does your basement flood? Do you experience condensation on windows? Invest a little time and money now to address such issues.
  • Dry wet areas immediately. Mold needs moisture to grow – taking a moment to wipe up any standing/pooling water can prevent mold growth.
  • Proper Ventilation.Every day household activities can encourage mold growth: cooking, showering, and doing laundry…making sure your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room are properly ventilated can help keep moisture down, and thus keep mold from taking root.
  • Utilize ‘mold-resistant’ products in your home. Whether building a new home, or renovating an older home, consider using mold-resistant drywall or sheetrock in high-humidity rooms.
  • Clean or repair gutters.A mold problem may be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking due to a clogged or damaged gutter. Cleaning your gutters regularly and having them inspected for damage can help prevent water from invading home.

These are just a few of the often simple measures you can take, as a homeowner, to help protect your property, and your family against the potentially harmful effects of mold in your home.  If you do suspect or find mold in your home, call your Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO.

Did you know SERVPRO cleans cars?

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is not only known for their Fire and Water restoration, but we do plenty of cleanup jobs in our community.

Mostly, we do home cleanup, or business cleanup, but every once in a while, we get the opportunity to clean vehicles.

Recently, we had the honor of cleaning out a police cruiser for one of the local police departments in our area, it was pretty fun seeing it in our warehouse getting cleaned.

People will need car cleaning in the event there is a biohazard, like blood from an accident or someone gets car sick, excessive amounts of dirt, or smoke damage from smoking in the vehicle. We also do mold remediation on cars. We’re here to help when the job needs to be done!

SERVPRO of Benton County has all the equipment necessary to clean pretty much anything; including cars!

Why it is important to have your carpet cleaned in your office.

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning carpets with a hot water extractor. Carpet cleaning in a office space.

Did you know that for the average household, regular vacuuming is the best way to keep your carpets clean?  Regularly vacuuming means 2x per week, with SLOW repetitive back and forth strokes. And by slow, we mean it should take you approximately 15-20 minutes to vacuum a 300sq ft room.  This should help remove about 80% of the dry soil in your carpet.  Even with regular vacuuming, it is recommended that your have your carpets deep cleaned once per year.  And this is on carpet where most folks remove their shoes before walking on.

Now, how about the carpets in your business or office?  We do not normally ask people to remove their shoes before entering...and we have a LOT of soil to track indoors here in Oregon!  It is recommended that offices and places of business have their carpets Professionally cleaned anywhere from every 3 months to a year.  It depends on the type of business and amount of traffic - school and healthcare environments should be deep cleaning more often than, say, a Real Estate Office.

Soil is not only unsightly on carpeting, surprisingly, it can actively wear down your carpet faster.  Soil particles work their way down into the carpets backing, and act as a grinding compound. As the carpet is walked on, the particles can cut the fibers.  This will eventually lead to fiber loss, and potentially, bare spots in the carpeting.

Soiled carpet can also become a breeding ground for mold and other microbes.  Regular Professional Cleaning can help reduce the risk of repeated illness in your workplace, as well as reduce symptoms of allergies or asthma.

If you need your business’ carpets Professionally Cleaned, call upon your neighbors at your locally owned and operated SERVPRO today at (541)745-2097

Your house or business is damaged by water…….What do you do?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage carpet, and furniture in the OSU Valley Library Damage to the carpets and furniture.

Your house is damaged by water…….What do you do?

It is vital to act quickly, before more damage occurs. First you must stop the water source or intrusion. Once stopped, mitigating, or keeping more damage from happening, is where service professionals like SERVPRO of Benton County and SERVPRO of Linn County come in. SERVPRO can come out to your house, assess the damage, clean and dry the area affected, and restore it “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Professionals, like SERVPRO of Benton County and SERVPRO of Linn County can identify water damage in obvious areas, classify the type of water doing the damage, and put together a plan of action to mitigate and restore the affected area. In addition, restoration professionals find areas unseen that have been affected and create access, or use professionally designed equipment, that allows the drying and restoration process to occur.

Whatever type of water damage you may have, 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.

While you are waiting for your restoration professional to arrive, here’s a few things you can do:

  1. Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  2. Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  4. Remove any newspapers, magazines or colored material that may bleed onto carpets.
  5. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  6. Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture. .

To prevent future water damage it’s a good idea to make sure that you regularly maintain your plumbing and roofing. In your bathroom and other rooms you should make certain that you have good ventilation and you should use good insulation in your windows and walls – especially your basement. Make sure as well to clean your gutters regularly and to make sure that there is no overspill. If you are buying a new home, make sure to research the area first to avoid houses on flood plains.

You can also prepare for potential water damage by making sure you keep your most important belongings up high and away from basement level. You should also make sure you have the number of a 24-hour emergency water damage restoration service, like SERVPRO of Benton County and SERVPRO of Linn County, in your phone at all times, and you should have good insurance coverage for your home, and for your possessions to cover the restoration services and items that needs may need replacing.

Be ready in case of emergency, but if and when one occurs, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Benton County and SERVPRO of Linn County

If you have any questions please call 541-745-2097

Storms in the Pacific North West

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Funnel cloud from a wind/rain storm in Oregon Funnel cloud that was forming over the Willamette valley.

Living in the Pacific North West you almost never know what kind of weather you are going to see. The last week here in Oregon the weather has had a mind of it’s own. The temps went from the low 90’s to the low 60’s just in a matter of a couple of days. This brings very crazy weather.  Yesterday the mid-Valley experienced heavy rain at times and multiple funnel cloud.  With this kind of weather come flooding and wind damage to homes and businesses. We here at SERVPRO of Benton/Linn county are ready to respond 24/7 to any issue you home might be experiencing from the storm. SERVPRO has many years of storm damage experience.  If you home or business needs help from a storm give SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County a call at (541)745-2097.

I didn't Know Air Ducts needed to be cleaned!

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

2 photos with one showing a dirty airduct and the other a cleaned airduct Before and After a air duct cleaning.

It’s easy to forget that in our homes and our commercial spaces, that there is a cooling and heating machine in the ceiling, or in the wall, that requires maintenance.

Like how after a certain number of miles, your car requires an oil change; your forced air system and ducts require attention as well after a number of uses.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three to five years. However, how often you need it depends on where you are located. Some locations in the U.S. tend to be more damp, which can lead to mold in the air ducts.

In addition to regular servicing, other times that you want to have those ducts cleaned are:

  • If you see, or smell mold within the duct system, many people in the U.S. have mold allergies, which can make your business and home life difficult.
  • You see or smell rodents within the duct system.
  • If the ducts are covered in dirt and debris
  • If you own pets that produce dander (which means cleaning the ducts more frequently)

By cleaning those ducts, you lower the chances for allergy attacks, and get to breathe clearly (see what we did there), knowing your air is clean. Energy savings is great too, by keeping your ducts clean, it keeps your air system from having to work harder, using more energy, which ends up costing you more. As the National Air Duct Cleaners Association says “Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system taken air in and breathes air out.”

When you are running a business, customers are your number one responsibility, so get those ducts checked out and know that SERVPRO is always by your side! Call today to schedule your cleaning  (541)745-2097

OMG Did I leave the oven on!

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

About Ten years ago I was a mother of two very small boys, and a stay at home mom with a military husband that was gone a lot for work. It was a cold winter’s night and I decided to make brownies. Well it was dinner time and I realized I was out of butter. I loaded my littlies in to the car, and off we went to the store. I took us about 30min to get back to the house. To my surprise the fire department was about to break down my front door. The smoke alarm went off which notified our security system which then called the fire department. I had forgotten the brownies in the oven!! Thank goodness there was no fire but my home was full of brownie smoke. I am sure we have all been there at some point in our lives.

In the study, the NFPA outlined that “Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires and civilian fire injuries and the second leading cause of home fire deaths,” and accounts for over 47% of all reported home fires.most cooking fires occur during the holiday season between November and December, however, the risk is always there. Be cautious, and aware of all cooking equipment.

Here are some tips:

  1. If there is a fire in the oven, shut it off, and do not open the door. By opening the door oxygen is now free to feed the fire, which does not solve the problem. Keep the door shut, and the lack of oxygen will eventually cause the fire to die out.
  2. Do not leave dirty pans on the stove, anyone, especially children, can walk by and accidentally bump the knob and thus turning on the oven.
  3. Do not pour water on a grease fire! The water will sink to the bottom, and steam will make the flames rise higher. Use a fire extinguisher. In addition, 55% of non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurs when the victim tries to fight the fire themselves!

Enjoy your meal, but please be careful of the dangers of cooking equipment. But if the unthinkable happens, don’t be afraid to call SERVPRO of Benton and Linn County, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Yes We Can!

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County believes that no job it too big or too small.  We are a 24hr company, and will respond right away. Having a loss at you business can be very difficult, and we know that. Our project managers will work with the owner to schedule a time work on the loss when it good for them. SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County worked on a job where we were needed to work when the business was closed for the night, so that is would not disturb the business during the day. Our amazing technicians were more than happy to do that for the business owner.  If your place of business has experienced damage of any kind give SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County a call. We are here 24/7 to help.