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How to Walk on Ice

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

With the crazy weather we have had lately in the Clackamas, Oregon area, SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley wants to leave you some tips on how to walk and travel on snow and ice safely.

  • Plan Ahead
    • Leave yourself some time to move slowly and safely when walking on ice and snow. Check the roads before driving to your destination to ensure that you can make it there without being a hazard to yourself and others
  • Wear Shoes that Provide Traction
    • Choose shoes that will be safe for walking in snow and ice. Footwear that is made from rubber has better traction than plastic or leather soles. Never wear heals when walking on ice or snow.
  • Use Special Care when Entering/Exiting Vehicles and Buildings
    • Going from indoors to outdoors during snow or ice can create fall hazards, that is why you should move slowly and use a handrail when possible. Don't walk with your hands in your pockets. 
  • Walking Safety
    • You should bend over slightly to keep your center of gravity over your feet and take short steps for stability.

Water Damage Timeline

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know the timeline for water damage looks like?

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property and can saturate everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods start to spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Dishwasher Water Damage

3/17/2019 (Permalink)

We receive a lot of calls about water damage in kitchens. Upon arrival to the job, our technicians often find that the cause of the water loss is due to the dishwasher. There are three main causes of a dishwasher leak:

Supply Line

The water supply line that comes standard to most dishwasher is a copper tube. Copper tends to decay over time which leads to leaks or a total detachment. It is important to check your supply line twice a year to make sure that it is in good shape. It is also recommended that you replace the copper supply line with a stainless-steel tube for more durability.

Water Inlet Valve

There is a valve under your dishwasher that can slowly leak over time. Taking off the bottom, front plate of your dishwasher and checking for leaks twice a year is a great way to monitor if a leak is occurring.

Gasket Leaks

A gasket acts as a seal.  If you have water pooling in front of your dishwasher after using it, this may be a sign of a weak door gasket.

If you notice any sort of dishwasher leak, call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley immediately at 503-652-3997. We will answer the phone 24/7, 365 days a year to lead your water damage restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Kitchen Water Damage

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in the kitchen it a common occurrence due to the fact that there are several water lines. Here are the three most common causes of kitchen water losses:

  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Under the Sink

A water loss occurring in the kitchen often does not stay contained to the kitchen. It can spread to adjacent rooms, downstairs, or into your crawlspace. That is why is important to know where you have water lines at in your kitchen and to check on them periodically.

At the first sign of water damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley. We are available for your cleanup and restoration needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Apartment Fire Safety Tips

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

If you live in an apartment or condo, it is important for you to know how to get out as quickly as possible in the event of fire. These tips from the U.S Fire Administration can help keep you safe

  • Don’t prop open an exit or stairway door. They are specifically designed to help slow down the spread of smoke and fire.
  • If a door feels warms to the touch, do not open it.
  • Wait at a window and signal for help if you are unable to leave the room
  • Never use an elevator in the event of a fire
  • Know ahead of time where the emergency exits for your building are.
  • Learn your buildings evacuation plan and practice it often, especially if you have little kids.

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley is just one of more than 1,700 other SERVPRO franchises. This works to your advantage if you experience a large loss due to a storm.  SERVPRO has Disaster Recovery Teams strategically placed throughout the country on standby in the case that a storm hits our area. In the Pacific Northwest that include wild fires, snow and ice storms, and flooding.  Our Disaster Recovery Team, just like SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you have residential or commercial water, fire, or mold damage due to storm related events, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley.  There is no storm related disaster that is too big for SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley to help you with. We will make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Flood Water Prevention Tips from SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

The Pacific Northwest is no stranger to heavy rainfall.  Unfortunately, heavy rainfall can lead to an increase chance of flood water getting inside of your home resulting in water damage.  Luckily, SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley has a few tips for you to help prevent flood water from getting inside of you house.

  • Know if you are in a high-risk flood zone.
  • Keep sand bags handy to help divert water away from your house.
  • Confirm that your sump pump works correctly.
  • Reseal your basement to keep water from seeping in
  • Make sure that drains move away from your house

You’re not always going to be able to prevent flood damage to your house which is why you have your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley. We are available for all of your water damage needs at 503-652-3997. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Candle Safety Tips from SERVPRO

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Following these safety tips from the National Candle association allows you to safely burn candles in your home:

Before Lighting

  • Time the wick down to ¼ inch
  • Use long matches or lights when lighting the candle.
  • Keep clothes and hair away from the flame
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but away from drafts and vents.
  • Always place candles on a heat resistant surface

While Burning

  • Don’t move the candle while it is burning
  • Always keep the candle in your site
  • If the flame becomes to high, extinguish the flame immediately
  • Never use a candle as a night light

When Extinguishing

  • Use a candle snuffer to put out the flame
  • Never use water on a candle
  • Make sure that the candle is completely out before leaving the room
  • Do not touch or move the candle until it has cooled out

Please take these safety tips seriously to protect yourself and your home. If you do experience fire or smoke damage from a candle, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley at 503-652-3997. 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."

Candle Facts

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Candles can be beautiful and smell amazing, but they can also be dangerous. Candles account for more than 8,700 of all residential fires in the United States. According to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, 85% of those fires could have been avoided had these three safety rules been followed:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Never burn a candle that is close enough to catch something else on fire
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets

If you do experience fire or smoke damage from a candle, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley at 503-652-3997. 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.”

Clackamas, Oregon Power Outage Supplies

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Clackamas, Oregon and surrounding areas are expecting (AGAIN!) snow this week. Are you prepared for the power outage that may accompany it? SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley has compiled a list of items that may be useful to you if you find yourself without power for a couple of days.

  • A camping stove and propane

If you do not have a gas stove, then you should have easy access to a camping stove and propane. This will allow you to cook meals during a power outage. Please make sure that you use the camping stove outside only, no matter how cold it is!

  • Candles and matches

Candles provide a cheap way to light up your house once the sun goes down. Having a good supply of candles and matches allows for you to have light to help keep some sort of normalcy during a power outage. Remember to never leave candle unattended

  • Food

This may seem like an easy one, but it’s often forgotten about. You should have foods that you can cook on the camp stove or right out of the box: and they should be foods that you enjoy! Lots of snacks can help makes things seem more ‘normal’ during a power outage as well.

  • Baby wipes

With no electricity, you most likely won’t have any hot water. Baby wipes can help keep you clean in-between showers.

  • Full tank of gas and a car charger

Having a full tank of gas will allow you to run your car while you are inside of it to help warm you up. This also provides opportunity to charge your cell phone! But please, do not run your car within your garage.