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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.

What can cause water damage in your home or business

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

picture shouse mold growth and staining from water damage. Why you should you act fast when you are experiencing water damage.

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. 

 We take all the precautions to make sure we repair the damage the right way and keep your family safe from mold and other issues caused by water damage. Call SERVPRO today at(541)745-2097.

What we at Linn/Benton County SERVPRO stand for

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Picture  shows hardwood floor being cleaned and re- sealed SERVPRO makes restored floors look great. We offer restoration for all different kinds of damages.

SERVPRO Stands for many different things and it makes us so happy to be able to serve our community with all their restoration needs.  SERVPRO works to help people restore their damages and make the restoration process as smooth as possible. We will make your home safe for your whole family.

SERVPRO of Linn and Benton County is all about serving our community and serving people; we want to be a resource, to be helpful to others—that is why we do business, and the why we do business is the most important thing, in our minds.  So, obviously people know what we do, but we want to be out there being involved in the community and be there when people need assistance, and so that is our number one focus, our number one mission: to serve our customers in time of need and give them the peace of mind.

If you need help restoring damage in your home or elsewhere, call SERVPRO of Linn/Benton County. We clean water damage, fire damage, biohazard, mold damage and so much more. We always want you to be happy with the job we do for you.

Rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Benton County and SERVPRO of Linn County to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

Carbon Monoxide - what are the risks?

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

this is a picture of a carbon monoxide detector Having CO Detectors in your home can help save lives.

When a winter storm hits, temperatures plummet. We feel the cold, even indoors as houses can be drafty, or a loss of power causes a loss of heat.  As many turn on portable heaters, the risk of fire is probably their primary safety concern.  Most people do not even consider the risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning!  But many common practices that come with a winter storm do come with an increased risk of accidental CO poisoning. To reduce your risk, and help keep your family safer during a winter storm, please be aware of the following :

  • Proper use and ventilation of portable generators. Generators can be a life saver during a loss of power in a Winter Storm.  But they also create CO, so only use a generator per manufacturer’s instructions, and only in areas with proper ventilation. Never place one in an enclosed space, such as a basement, attic or attached garage. And make sure it is placed at least 15 feet away from a window or door into the home!
  • Make sure chimneys are clean. Woodstoves, or wood burning fireplaces are a great source of heat in a cold snap. However, if the chimney is clogged, that CO filled smoke will feed back into the home, putting everyone at risk.
  • Do not idle your car, or any vehicle, in a garage. Even with a garage door open, the colder air condenses the CO in the exhaust from the vehicle.
  • Don’t use your oven or stove to heat your home.
  • ANYTHING that burns fuel can create CO. Gas-Powered Generators, Furnaces, Wood stoves, Kerosene heaters, Gas-powered tools, Gas-Powered home appliances, Gas and Charcoal Grills, and, of course, vehicles.  Only use these items in well ventilated areas.
  • Check exterior vents for ice or snow covering. During a storm, your furnace and appliance’s exhaust vents can become covered in ice or snow.  This can cause that exhaust to vent into the home, putting you and your family at great risk.
  • Install Carbon Monoxide detectors. Have at least one on every floor of your home. Change out the batteries when you change clocks for Daylight Savings.

While we cannot ever be 100% prepared for a storm, making sure your home’s heating systems are in good shape BEFORE winter storms strike is your best defense.  If you need the name of a good Chimney Sweep, or Heating & Cooling Company, call us at SERVPRO for a recommendation. We have worked with many wonderful Service Men and Women in our community and are happy to help you find someone to assist you.

Fire Safety with Kids

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

in this picture you will see children following fire safty practice when a room is filled with smoke. It is extremely important to teach Fire Safety to children , and how to properly evacuate and area with fire and smoke.

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.

What can SERVPRO do for you and your business?

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Benton/Linn county Techs preforming a fire clean SERVPRO of Benton/Linn County Techs are preforming a fire clean on a commercial building

When a fire damages your business, it can be a really stressful, and scary time.

A business can be the very thing that supports your life and family, so when a fire occurs, things need to be fixed as soon as possible.

Some of the steps we use to mitigate fire damage is:

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Usually fires have a pretty short timeline. We're first call responders. We get the fire alerts and then one of us will go out to the fire and just let the customers know that we're there to be of assistance. We stay out of the way of the professionals and will hang out and give the property owner any assistance we can. We can help them get the insurance process started by calling their agent for them while they take care of their family or simply just getting them food or water.

SERVPRO of Benton/Linn county specializes in fire restoration, so when you need help, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”