Don't do THIS after a fire!
Do not reenter your home, under any circumstances. Fires can cause structural damage, and until it is deemed safe by a professional you should not enter. Even if it does not look like there is extensive damage, you need to have it inspected before entering. Lingering smoke in the air, electrical circuit malfunction, and gas leaks are all common risks following a fire. To ensure your safety, get out and stay out.
Do not try to clean up after a fire on your own. Do not try to wipe away smoke and soot damage from surfaces, this can cause greater damage to your home. The residue left behind after a fire contains harmful toxins that can cause serious irritation to your eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Because soot is difficult to remove, you risk causing further fire damage by scratching surfaces and pushing soot deeper into materials.
Safety comes first when dealing with fire damage! Knowing what to do and knowing what not to do can help keep you and your family safe. Call SERVPRO of Lane County, we understand the need for you to feel safe and secure in your home, and we are here to help. We will walk you through every step of the fire restoration process! Call us today 541-345-0115
Selecting the Right Type of Fire Extinguisher
One of the best safeguards against a residential or commercial fire is a well placed and fully charged fire extinguisher. Keep in mind that different types of fires require different fire extinguishers to put them out. The following facts can help you determine which is the right extinguisher for you.
The first type of fire extinguisher is the “A” classification, this means that it is effective against ordinary fuels. A typical house fire in a garbage can or debris pile uses this type. A water-based extinguisher will usually only be rated for this type of fire.
Oil-based fires fit into the class “B” type of extinguisher. It is important to not use a water filled extinguisher on an oil fire, as it can cause the fire to spread while the flaming oil moves on top of the water.
Class “C” involves combustible fumes, those include fumes from gasoline or aerosols. Foam, carbon dioxide and power-based extinguishers are the most common types of extinguishers rated to deal with this type of fire.
Extinguishers rated to put out an electrical fire is also a “C” rated and is essential for putting out this type of fire. Most foam and powder type of extinguishers can put out an electrical fire, this type of extinguisher will coat the burning material surface preventing oxygen from reaching the burning components. If an electrical fire gets out of hand the area should be abandoned immediately.
Remember most small extinguishers are for single use only. Larger extinguishers with a capacity gauge can be refilled and used multiple times. Many extinguishers are rated to be used on multiple types of fires, so be sure and choose the one that is right for your home or business.
If a fire does strike your business or home, remember that SERVPRO of Lane County is a 24/7 company that can help restore your property back to its original condition. 541-345-0115.
Protecting Your Business against a Storm
Making sure that your building is prepared before a storm event happens is the best way to minimize damage should such an event occur. Taking the time to make sure pre-storm inspections are completed will pay off in the long run.
- Take a close look at the exterior of the building. Cracks and gaps may develop over time and allow water to enter the structure and cause damage. A visual inspection can usually find these areas and taken care of.
- Check the seal around doors and windows. Gaps around doors and window may allow wind and rain to enter causing water damage to the interior of the structure.
- Check the foundation for areas that water may accumulate water and leak into the building causing structural damage to the foundation.
- Inspect Roofing. Checking the condition of the roof before and after a storm event. While maintenance personal may perform routine inspections having a roofing company maintain and repair should an important part of the structure.
- Test and maintain any backflow prevention valve and sump pump prior to any storm event may allow a backup of this system that can lead to overflows.
After a storm event passes make sure to inspect the entire building for damage. Maintaining your building before a storm event is the best way to minimize any damage that may occur.
If your property, commercial or residential, suffers from any type of storm damage, call SERVPRO of Lane County 541-345-0115
SERVPRO of Lane County is Dedicated
A commercial loss has different project needs than your average residential water loss, and we understand these distinct differences at SERVPRO of Lane County.
We are lucky enough that our day-to-day staff has the ability to train for both commercial and residential losses, no matter the size or type of job. We are also proud to be one of the very few SERVPRO franchises that has a Disaster Recovery Team that travels all over the United States, so if they are needed in Lane County, they will be in the Eugene/Springfield area within hours of the call.
When it comes to commercial property loss, time is of the essence. If the property loss causes an interruption to business, that interruption could cost our commercial clients a considerable amount of revenue. This is why our top priority is getting our day-to-day staff onsite immediately, but also having our entire Large Loss Division following closely behind.
If your commercial property experiences a significant property loss caused by water, mold, biohazard or fire - you can trust that SERVPRO of Lane County is ready to respond quickly and efficiently so that you can get back to full operation as soon as possible.
Trauma and Biohazard Cleaning
SERVPRO of Lane County has years of experience cleaning and sanitizing after traumatic events.
When a significant traumatic event takes place in your home or business, the area needs to be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned in the shortest time possible.
Proper trauma cleanup removes all pathogens from the area, cleans the air and neutralizes the risk of spreading it further. Many times, furniture and other surfaces may be stained with fluids and will need replacement. A professional trauma cleaning specialist will be able to ascertain what surfaces can be restored and what surfaces will need replacing, depending on the severity of the event.
Often times, traumatic events that require calling on the services of a professional are devastating to the residents of the home. If it involved the death of a pet or a loved one, returning to the site of the event will be a very negative emotional experience. A thorough professional cleaning of the area will begin the road to recovery for all affected parties.
Our technicians follow state and local protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe area. Our first focus is always safety. Call SERVPRO of Lane County 541-345-0115
SERVPRO of Lane County - Property Management
As a property manager, it is your job to ensure the safety and comfort of your tenants. This means you will partner with many service providers, such as a plumber, a handyman and an electrician. One of the many partners that should be on your speed dial is an emergency restoration service provider.
SERVPRO of Lane County is your BEST locally owned choice!
SERVPRO of Lane County works with countless property managers during times of crisis. Our crew is highly trained and IICRC certified to handle fire, water and even sewage back up. Got mold? We got you covered. Our warehouse is fully stocked with the latest cutting edge equipment and the RIGHT tools for the specific job.
Managing a multi-unit property gives you more than enough to worry about. You are responsible for daily upkeep around the property, as well as ensuring you are following all applicable codes and regulations. Regardless of if you manage apartment complexes, luxury condos or even commercial office buildings, you will eventually need our assistance, and we will always be there, 24/7, to provide the help you need, when you need it most.
Call SERVPRO of Lane County 541-345-0115
When disaster strikes you or your family, your home or your business, the first call you should make is to SERVPRO of Lane County. We have a 24/7/365 business phone that one of our SERVPRO of Lane County employees will answer, no matter what time of day or night...even on holidays.
Once you are on the phone with our office, we will ask you some questions about your home and your loss, which helps our crews know what equipment and supplies will best work for your situation at that time. We will get your address and ask for insurance information as well, as we work directly with insurance agents so that all parties are aware of what is happening throughout the process.
After assessing your loss, we will schedule a SERVPRO of Lane County crew to come out to your home or office as soon as possible to begin assessing the loss and to answer any questions you may have.
Making SERVPRO of Lane County your first call after a water, fire, smoke, mold, biohazard, storm or commercial loss will always be the best call you'll make! 541-345-0115
Mobile Command Center
Our Command Center is a one-of-a-kind, 53' Featherlite trailer, with a store front double door entrance. The Command center is equipped with 6 office cubicles, full satellite communications, a 14 x 20' conference room that seats 12, with a kitchen and bathroom onboard. There is also a fully, self-contained generator onboard.
We purchased the Command Center with the intention of making our day-to-day business easier when doing jobs on the road with our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team and also for Marketing events. We have taken the command center to numerous jobs across the United States. This command center is one of many that SERVPRO of Lane County has available. We can and do have many jobs running at the same time, in numerous places, both local and nationally.
SERVPRO of Lane County proudly serves the following areas: Eugene, Springfield, Florence, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Veneta, Oakridge, Junction City, Coburg, Pleasant Hill, Westfir, Mapleton, Vida, Leaburg, Lowell, Dunes City and Noti.
Heavy Rains? Call SERVPRO of Lane County
Our SERVPRO of Lane County Disaster Recovery Team traveled to Texas which had been in the middle of a rain storm.
Preceded by more than a week of heavy rain, a slow-moving storm system dropped tremendous precipitation across much of Texas, triggering record-breaking floods. Blocks of homes were leveled and the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood emergency. Our SERVPRO of Lane County Disaster Recovery Team headed down with three loaded semi trailers to help with the cleanup and getting things back to normal for all of the residential and commercial residents.
Our SERVPRO of Lane County Disaster Recovery Team is available to help on jobs in the Eugene area, as well as jobs across the United States. Call our local office at 541-345-0115.
Time to Clean those Gutters
During long summer days, it’s easy to forget that there is always a possibility of a downpour! Air conditioning maintenance and duct cleaning are essential for the inside of the home, but don’t neglect the outside! Summer rains can bring high damaging winds that can dislodge branches from trees which may look to find a new home...on top of yours! So, it’s essential that after every troublesome storm, an inspection to your rain gutters is performed. It is simple enough - all you will need is a ladder, gloves, protective goggles, water hose and a scoop.
Cleaning your gutters can be performed in 3 easy steps:
Climb the ladder and start scooping! Start from the end closest to the drain outlet and remove any debris with your scoop, working away from the drain outlet. For faster cleanup in the end, toss the offending material into a bucket on the ground.
With your water hose in tow, spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This is much easier using a hose with a pressure gauge for high and low power, but any will work just as well.
Check your drainpipes for any blockages. Hopefully any potential blocks are minimized by scooping out the debris before it makes it into the pipes. However, there are instances where the rain storms forced material into the pipes. If you see a trickle instead of a flow coming from your pipes, use the hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet. For harder to reach items, try a plumber’s snake.
Use these quick and easy tips to ensure your rain gutters are ready for any storms Mother Nature wants to throw your way.
Call our local office at 541-345-0115.