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Mobile Command Center

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Holiday Farm Fire - Lane County Oregon

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lane County wants to say THANK YOU to all of the fire and police personnel spending countless hours trying to protect us and our homes/businesses.  

9/11/2020 Update:  (inciweb.nwcg.gov)

Springfield, Ore. – Firefighters have been working to protect structures, as well as establish control lines on the Holiday Farm Fire.  At 156,708 acres in size, the fire is currently 0% contained.  Other priorities include clearing roads, such as Highway 126 for responder access to the area.  Yesterday the weather was more favorable to firefighting operations.  Winds decreased to 5-10 mph and the relative humidity was slightly higher than recent days. 

Structural crews used the break to establish defensible space around communities, helping to keep these values safe.  Structural and wildland resources have been working in tandem to keep the fire away from homes and businesses. There are currently 17,732 structures threatened by this fire.

425 personnel are now assigned to the fire.  Resources continue to be spread thin across the region and the nation, as many areas have large fire activity.  Local resources, such as cooperators with heavy equipment have been dispatched to this incident to begin assisting in the battle. In addition, members of the Oregon National Guard are here and will be staffing checkpoints on the roads so that sheriff’s deputies are free to patrol neighborhoods.

Today’s weather calls for poor humidity recovery in higher elevations.  Firefighters have been asked to stay watchful for the potential of the inversion layer lifting (blanket of smoke), which could cause a more dynamic fire environment with more active fire behavior. 

Public and firefighter safety remains the highest priority.  Fire managers are asking the public to please avoid the fire area. Roads are closed throughout the fire to give firefighters room to work and to keep the public safe.  Fire weakened trees, ash pits, and falling rocks and other debris are just some of the hazards on the incident.  Many communities, in both Lane and Linn counties remain under Level 1, 2, or 3 evacuation orders.  Current evacuation information can be found at:

Lane County: www.lanecounty.org/mckenziefire

Linn County: www.linnsheriff.org/fire_live_updates_sept_2020/

Fire personnel are touched by the outpouring of support from the community. Unfortunately, all resources are ordered through dispatch systems, and volunteers cannot be utilized. The fire must utilize individuals with appropriate qualifications. No donations can be accepted by fire personnel.  People looking to volunteer or donate are encouraged to look at local organizations such as American Red Cross or United Way, who will be aiding displaced residents.

Air quality is expected to remain at very unhealthy levels throughout the region today. Individuals are encouraged to avoid prolonged exposure to the outdoors or heavy exertion while outdoors.

Wildfires

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Although personal safety is always the primary concern in these situations, the first several days after the fire is controlled are critical to preventing secondary damages from smoke and soot. Once the local authorities say it is safe to return to your homes and businesses, SERVPRO of Lane County would like to offer the following steps you can take to help minimize additional harmful effects.

DO:
• Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
• Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
• Brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpet.
• Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
• If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
• Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
• Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.
• Change HVAC filter.
• Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

DON’T:
• Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery.
• Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
• Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. They may have been contaminated.
• Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
• Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Contact SERVPRO of Lane County for assistance 541-345-0115.

Water Mitigation Professionals

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

A flood can happen anywhere around the home or business and can occur for any number of reasons. Some are old pipes which have finally given up the ghost or have been ruptured by frozen water, faulty seals on a dishwasher or shower unit or external damage to a building during a storm are just a few of the ways a flood can occur.

Water damage to property, whether business or residential premises, can be a disaster if you don't know how to handle it. We are your local professional water damage specialists in Anchorage, and we will be on hand just when you need us. 
 
Being knee deep in cold water in the middle of the night is something for which few of us are prepared, but our SERVPRO of Lane County technicians are ready. If you find the worst has happened, take some simple preventative measures to minimize damage to your premises. 
 
First, check for any obvious dangers such as electrical equipment or instruments that may cause injuries such as machinery or tools; it may be necessary to isolate the electricity supply. DO NOT handle any electrical equipment. 
 
Second, take anything that can be quickly moved, away from the flood area. Be aware that some things can get heavier when waterlogged such as fabrics, papers and containers which may collect liquid. 
 
Third, contact our trained SERVPRO of Lane County professionals. When the worst happens, it is important to know that the technicians coming to help you are fully prepared, IICRC certified, bringing the right equipment and that they will arrive as quickly as possible.

  
For any flood, storm or water problems, SERVPRO of Lane County will be there to help!  541-345-0115

Commercial Water Loss

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial restoration experts know water damage  is a frequent cause of anxiety and inconvenience for business owners in Anchorage. Unfortunately, many business owners do not know what steps to take to defend their commercial property against the challenges fostered by water damage. Many of these owners aren't certain who to call once the water damage has occurred. We suggest SERVPRO of Lane County. Luckily, there is a wide range of effective measures that you can implement to lessen the possibility of commercial water damage.  Following are some suggestions for awareness and preparation to prevent or mitigate commercial water damage to your business.

Assessing Your Risks

One of the best ways to decrease your susceptibility to water damage is to assess your company's risks. In many cases, commercial properties are more susceptible to stubstantive water loss than their residential counterparts. The fact that most businesses and office buildings are closed during the evening and nighttime hours allows for a leak to persist undetected for an extended time. If this unwanted water intrusion is a burst pipe or other structural failure, the  result can be far more severe. 

Although every commercial property will be at least somewhat different, most of them have a water heater, toilet, and working sink. In some cases, you may have specialty equipment and appliances that are plumbed to the water. Commercial water damage potential is much greater in food processing plants due to the substructure required for large water usage. Many other factory type settings are typically in the same position. Additionally, your property may be at increased risk of flooding due to storms or melting snow.

SERVPRO of Lane County can respond immediately to your commercial water damage in Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer and surrounding areas, regardless of the size or scope of damage.  Call us at 541-345-0115.

Storm Waters

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home can cause many problems. That might sound like an understatement; however, many people do not understand what this amount of pooling water can do to their houses. First of all, flooding can come from groundwater that rises from a local river or stream. It can originate from a septic tank backup or through the less than adequate waterproofing in your basement walls. A leaking pipe or frozen pipe that bursts just about anywhere in your home and on any floor, can qualify as a flood because it causes many of the same problems. When standing water covers several rooms from a storm or malfunction, you need help.

When you see the standing water in the basement, crawlspace or lowest level of your house, whether you know the source or not, heavy pumping equipment is needed to mitigate the impending water damage. 

The water begins by being absorbed into building materials and furniture such as wooden pieces and their fabrics. If the water has gotten into your basement from the first floor, it may have passed over and through a storage closet. Therefore, clothing may have been impacted as well as stored personal items, electronics, and photo albums. It has also gotten into and behind walls, under sinks and any ceilings and sub floorings

The increased moisture level can also create a perfect environment for molds to grow with 48-72 hours if the structure is not quickly dried. Drywall that has become soaked with this liquid can start the process of breaking down. This breakdown can be noticed as a bulging and crack as well as deteriorating and falling away from the attached studs. Electrical wiring may create a hazardous situation.

If you have experienced a flood and need the help of a highly trained water damage restoration company, call SERVPRO of Lane County at 541-345-0115 for assistance.

Water Damage Process

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Although experiencing water damage in your home or business can be a stressful event, getting professional help is effective in limiting your anxiety and restoring your property. There are a wide range of procedures that water damage specialists do in order to restore your property to its former condition.  

Water Damage Experts Work In Teams

Following exposure to water damage, it is critical that you prevent secondary water damage from affecting your home or business. After assessing a course of action, rapid water removal will help to stymie progressive water damage. Some results of secondary water damage include continuing damage to furnishings, mildew and mold.  Water removal specialists prevent these dangerous fungi from spreading by working in teams. By having multiple technicians working on different areas of your house, a water remediation company can expedite the cleanup process to ensure that your home returns to its former sanitary, safe state. 

Water Removal Experts Use Specialized Equipment

One of the reasons that the crews from SERVPRO of Lane County are so effective in water removal is the use of heavy duty, specialized equipment. Water extractors remove large volumes of water rapidly, therefore, decreasing the time needed for dehumidification equipment to continue the water removal process. These water remediation specialists also use air-moving machines to increase the evaporation rate of interior moisture. Because the only effective way to stop secondary water damage is by thoroughly drying the affected area, these machines are very important during the restoration process. To maximize results, water damage experts from SERVPRO of Lane County may also utilize Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to disperse fungicides and disinfectants.

Calming the Water Damage Storm

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience any type of water damage in your home or business, it can be a stressful situation.  By getting water damage technicians/specialists on their way to you, it can limit your anxiety and help you understand how we are going to restore your property. There are a wide range of procedures that water damage specialists do in order to restore your property to its former condition:

Water Damage Experts Work In Teams

Following exposure to water damage, it is critical that you prevent secondary water damage from affecting your home or business. After assessing a course of action, rapid water removal will help to stymie progressive water damage. Some results of secondary water damage include continuing damage to furnishings, mildew and mold.  Water removal specialists prevent these dangerous fungi from spreading by working in teams. By having multiple technicians working on different areas of your house, a water remediation company can expedite the cleanup process to ensure that your home returns to its former sanitary, safe state. 

Water Removal Experts Use Specialized Equipment

One of the reasons that the crews from SERVPRO of Lane County are so effective in water removal is the use of heavy duty, specialized equipment. Water extractors remove large volumes of water rapidly, therefore, decreasing the time needed for dehumidification equipment to continue the water removal process. These water remediation specialists also use air-moving machines to increase the evaporation rate of interior moisture. Because the only effective way to stop secondary water damage is by thoroughly drying the affected area, these machines are very important during the restoration process. To maximize results, water damage experts from SERVPRO of Douglas County may also utilize Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to disperse fungicides and disinfectants.