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Kitchen Water Damage

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley Kitchen Water Damage

This basement was a victim of water damage. Here in this picture you can see the extent of the damage, a water leak from the top floor found its way to the basement causing drywall, flooring, some appliances and personal belongings to be affected. After removing affected materials, drying equipment was placed to ensure no mold would occur, monitoring appointments would be set to check on progress of drying everyday to make sure our drying plan was sufficient. After drying is complete, the rebuild can start to get your home back into preloss condition. "Like it never even happened."

When disaster strikes call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/ Happy Valley.  We are available to help 24 hours a day of the week, including holidays. 503-652-3997.

Simple water damage can much bigger than expected

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley Not a simple water job!

This customer called us with what would seem to some, a simple water damage. We arrived on site and did our inspection and what we found surprised the home owner. We were able to source the garbage disposal was leaking however it had been leaking for a while. We had to break the news to the home owner that we found microbial growth.

You will see what looks like a simple wet flooring, however under that flooring and on the wall was some pretty strong growth. 

The flooring was removed down to the sub floor as well as the cabinets, sink and stove. 

What seems to be a small water damage or simple leak can manifest into a much larger problem if not addressed immediately. 

If you think you have even the smallest amount of water damage call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/ Happy Valley 503-652-3997.

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley Cares About Relationships with Insurance Adjusters

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

An insurance adjuster is someone from your insurance company who makes all the approvals for the work that is needing done at your business or residence.  During water mitigation, fire restoration, hazmat and mold clean ups, we communicate with your adjuster daily. It’s important to not only maintain a great relationship with our customers, but also with insurance adjusters. The best results from our work come when the customer, insurance adjusters, and SERVPRO Milwaukie/Happy Valley all work together

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie / Happy Valley at 503-652-3997 for your cleanup and restoration needs. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you when disaster strikes. We will make it “Like it never even happened." 

Sewage Cleaning in Sunnyside, Oregon,

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley Sewage Cleaning at the mall.

This sewage clean-up occurred late evening at a mall during the busy holiday season. Our office staff worked late hours that evening to get everything in line. 

Our cleaning crew got started on the job first thing Friday morning and was able to get the store reopened and operating just a few hours later! 

We take pride in our work to make sure the customer completely satisfied throughout the entire process. The goal is to leave it "Like it never happened"

For your sewage clean-up, please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 503-652-3997. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Storm in Milwaukie

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley Storm in Milwaukie

During a wind storm in Milwaukie OR, this tree fell on top of someone's home. We we called out to access the situation and determine what proper steps needed to be taken. 

The picture shows the tremendous size of the tree along with its many branches. This damaged the roof and punctured holes which was allowing water into the home.

After the tree was removed and the home was tarped off we were able to see the extent off the damage. 

Our crew got busy packing out their belongings, cleaning and storing them until the home would be ready to move back into. Meanwhile the Office administration facilitated all the necessary paperwork and conversations with the adjusters to make it as easy as possible for the home owner. 

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/ Happy Valley


Commercial Mold

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley - mold on wall SERVPRO of Milwaukie/ Happy Valley 503-652-3997

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing.

Molds are part of the natural environment.  Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.  Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air.  Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet.  There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust.  The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present.  Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.  If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem.  

When you have storm damage call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley - ground water Ground water from a big rain storm resulted in this flooded crawl space.

Ground water is a pain, especially when it gets high enough it starts seeping through your vents. Unfortunately, not all insurance companies will cover a ground water claim because it is considered a natural cause. Ground water is easily contaminated.Ground water contamination is nearly always the result of human activity. In areas where population density is high and human use of the land is intensive, ground water is especially vulnerable. Just as ground water generally moves slowly, so do contaminants in ground water. Because of this slow movement, contaminants tend to remain concentrated in the form of a plume. Virtually any activity whereby chemicals or wastes may be released to the environment, either intentionally or accidentally, has the potential to pollute ground water. When ground water becomes contaminated, it is difficult and expensive to clean up. Call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/ Happy Valley if you have ground water in your basement/ crawlspace. We are ALWAYS here to help!

Why SERVPRO of Milwaukie/ Happy Valley?

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley - image of SERVPRO vans This is our response

This is what a response from SERVPRO can look like from the front porch of your home. In the moment of a disaster it can seem like no one is there to help. Within a short while once damage is assessed we will have crews on site ready for any situation at any time. Our staff is well trained with IICRC, Mold, Bio, Fire, or any other immediate disaster needs. Working with this crew has been a wonderful experience and it honestly feels great to have the opportunity to help others. I personally cant think of any other field of work or company that I would enjoy working for this much. When you are there to help it gives you a deep gratitude and satisfaction knowing you can spend your days helping others in difficult situations. Just know that if you have a disaster we are always here to help and we as a team will make it "Like it never even happened." Fire, Water, Mold, or even a tree falling on your home.

Fun family activities that prepare children for storm events

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Milwaukie/ Happy Valley, we believe in the importance of preparedness. With winter storms looming on our horizon, it’s more important than ever to ensure the children in your household are prepared.

In a report titled “Bringing Youth Preparedness Education to the Forefront,” created by the National Commission on Children and Disasters, the researchers asserted that children should not be treated the same as adults when it comes to disaster preparedness. They found that many preparedness training and education programs didn’t explicitly account for youth, while also asserting that children are not passive victims during a disaster event and therefore should be accounted for. To read the report in full, visit Ready.Gov here.

While the report was created from data collected in the early 2010s, it brings valid insight into how we can better prepare our community’s youth. Below, you will find resources for the children in your life to explore preparedness, often structured as a family activity. 

  • Prepare for disaster with Ready Wrigley! Description: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created Ready Wrigley to provide young children, parents, guardians, and teachers with tips, activities, and a story to help the whole family prepare for emergencies.”
  • Have your child play fun, interactive games that focus on responding and preparing for disaster events! Disaster Master | Build a Kit
  • Help the children in your life cope after a storm event with Trinka and Sam: The Rainy Windy Day.

No matter what storm event may lie ahead, these tools are a great way to start preparing every member in your family - you can even find resources for pet preparedness!

If you and your family end up sustaining property damage during a storm event, trust that SERVPRO of Milwaukie/ Happy Valley is ready to help you recover. Call us any time, any day at 503-652-3997.

Source: FEMA, CDC, Ready.Gov, National Commission on Children and Disasters

Leaky Air Vents?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley Leaky Air Vents

Not all water damages are big and chaotic, some are small and harmless like this one in the picture below. Here we have an air vent that has a small amount of water leaking out of it. Around the vent, the water has made the drywall wet, as long as there is no insulation it can be dried in place making the process short and sweet. Even though this is a pretty small damage we know it can be a big deal to home owners and/ or tenants and we would treat it as so. Our staff here at SERVPRO of Milwaukie/ Happy Valley are trained in handling the situation calmly keeping you updated the whole way through to help put your mind at ease. Water damage can happen to anyone so don't feel singled out!