Recent Storm Damage Posts

What's In A Name?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

How are Storms Named?

Have you ever wondered who names storms and how names are chosen and what even qualifies a storm to be named?

Well, not all storms are named and as a matter of fact, a storm must be of a significant size to be named as noted by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s website.

Here’s a brief as mentioned by NOAA. Tropical Storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and order throughout the year which would make archival and information retrieval a little more cumbersome. So that’s where the idea of naming storm became the more better solution for reference.

In 1953, the USA began using female names and by 1978 male names were added.

There is a strict procedure established by the World Meteorological Organization on the specifics names given to a storm. The names do have meaning though just as a VIN# on a vehicle denotes details.

Read more about storm naming by clicking here.

Hundreds of Flooded Basements in Salem, OR

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture Meters shows wet drywall well above marked waterline Moisture meter shows how high the drywall is affected past the point the water flooded to.

The ice storm last February was unlike anything most Oregonians have ever experienced. It wreaked havoc on the outside/exterior of homes with damage to (trees, plants, out structures, and tile roofing). It also caused massive structural damage from trees on homes). The storm also did a massive huge amount of interior damage, this came in the form of flooded basements. Flooded basements happened when the electricity went out, the basement sump pumps shut off, and while this is normally not a large problem…in this case, the electric stayed out for 7-10 days for thousands of homeowners. The sump pumps could not pump out all the water that continued to flood into their basements.

Here at SERVPRO, a flooded basement was the #1 call received. A close second was trees on homes. I will tell you an interesting fact when it came to inspecting these basements, by the time we arrived and inspected there was very little standing water left. One home I’ll never forget, the owner had used painters masking tape (brilliant idea) to mark out where the water came up to on the basement walls. You could also see the water line in many areas of the basement, but she was surprised to see how far up the wall the drywall was soaked past the point the water filled up to.

Drywall will hold water and expand; water will travel up inside of drywall much like a spider would on the outside. So, what looked like a foot of saturated drywall was over twice that amount. The finished product of this job was great though, we were able to return the homeowners basement back to a dry and safe environment.

We accomplished this by packing out and sanitizing first. We then did minimal demo, dehumidification, and airflow. We also deterred growth of microbes by applying anti-microbial products to any areas that met the storm water.

Part of the reason this job had the great outcome it did was that the homeowners took initiative! They invested in a generator right after the storm hit and flooded their basement, within a 24-hour period they had pumped out any standing water all by themselves! What Rockstar's!

If you would like to see pictures and read up on this historic Ice Storm, below is a link to an article The Stateman's Journal published and pictures they captured. Ice Storm Article.

"You wouldn't believe how LOUD it was!"

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

An attic space shows a tree has punctured a hole through the roof Attic space shows that a tree has punctured through the roof.

Trees were hit hard this past February...when the Ice Storm hit Salem and the surrounding areas hard. Most people with vegetation on their land lost trees, if not to the wind, to the broken branches and trucks giving up due to the heavy weight of the ice pulling them down.

SERVPRO responded to loss here in Salem, that had the occupants still living there, but they had a tree on their roof…in one place, they had part of the tree through the roof. It punctured through the shingles and plywood without any trouble at all. The shear force of the tree smashing through the roof was shocking. The homeowners described it as “Louder than anything they had ever heard” and “Scary”. The water intruded through the broken roof, down through the insulation, saturated the beams and back of the drywall on the ceiling and finally ran down the interior walls in the family room.

The water made its way through the attic, the family room, and finally ended in the garage. The wall in the family room was paneled and painted…the water warped the paneling beyond repair and the paneling and drywall in the family room had to be replaced. The garage also had part of the drywall of the ceiling removed to treat/dry behind.

Overall, most of the damage was secluded to the roof, family room, and garage. Once we got the non-salvageable materials removed and dry, it was just finishing touches from there. As you can imagine, we had to wait until the roof was secured/not leaking before we did any work. Throughout this time, we stayed in touch with the customer, the insurance, and the vendors involved. This home had good insurance in place that covered the losses due to the storm. If you haven’t checked up on what your policy covers, ask for a review with your agent. Going into a storm and dealing with damage from a storm is much more manageable when you know how the process goes, and what you are covered for.

Below is a press release issued by oregon.gov and includes insurance tips for ice storms/winter storms.

Oregon.gov provides insurance tips after Ice Storm

Oregon may see "Dry Thunderstorms" as fire season builds.

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Map shows the areas where a higher likelihood of dry thunderstorms are expected to hit. Map shows areas in Oregon where Dry thunderstorms are predicted to happen.

You may have noticed the lightning and thunderstorms we had here in the Willamette valley this past week.

Lightning and thunder are a normal occurrence that happen frequently throughout the country. It’s not an occurrence that happens often here in the Willamette valley. So, are thunderstorms dangerous? Yes, but the level of danger varies depending on where you live.

Thunderstorms have a much higher rate of being accompanied by tornadoes and strong winds if you live in the southern states. Tornado warnings don’t happen very often here in Oregon. But the storms here that have lightning and thunder can still bring strong winds, hail, and lightning bursts that can fall trees and fry electrical systems.

There is also a chance of dry thunderstorms taking place over much of Oregon this week. See photo of areas where potential dry thunderstorms might hit. Dry thunderstorms don't have much moisture and are heat driven, making them extremely dangerous in fire season.

So how do you stay prepared and protected? Here’s some tips from Ready.gov on ways you can prepare for the storm!

-If it starts to thunder and lightning, go indoors.

-If there is thunder and lightning outside, stay off electrical devices connected to the wall with a power cable.

-Strengthen your home by keeping up on home maintenance and roof repairs, also cutting any close trees away from your house.

-If a road floods, don’t try and drive through it, turn around.

-Pay attention to authorities and weather forecasts.

-Lastly, make a Preparedness Plan (this helps you and your children be more safe and secure in the event of a strong storm). Link: Emergency Plan.

Again, storms can be frightening at times. They are also a force of nature to watch, so watching and chasing storms is something that people do. If you are fascinated by storms, please watch from a safe distance and from the cover of your vehicle or home. Stay Safe and Stay Prepared.

Trooper, Chaser or Responder

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

two black boxes one servpro graphic SERVPRO Heroes respond nationally to storm events to assist in recovery and cleanup.

Storm Troopers, Chasers and Responders.

Weather is awesome!

When you think of the word storm, how do you think about it? What visuals come to mind?

Maybe you think of Star Wars and the Stormtroopers, who for all intents and purposes are bad guys.

How about storm chasers, the adrenalin junkies whose vehicles are decked in expensive gear with the sole purpose to place themselves smack in the middle of a super cell. The kind of storms that pulled Dorothy and Toto out of Kansa and pushed them through the portal to Oz?

Isn’t interesting that the word storm is used in multiple contexts? The word is even used as a mascot for sports teams.

It has a very wide range of use for sure. But for the most part, storm as in weather patterns and events is the most fascinating of all. They impact just about every corner of the world.

Although destructive, the natural beauty, power and sheer size of storms are something to stand in awe of.

From the air, land and water storms can form in various fashions which is why they’re so interesting. There are never two storms alike, even though the makeup may be similar.

How they start, travel and stop is just amazing.

Weather is awesome but let’s chat about what’s really awesome. The people who respond to storm events.

There are multiple thousands of people across the country who respond to locations affected by large storms. These teams of people work tirelessly to aid those in peril. From civic organizations, volunteer groups like the Red Cross to small and large companies.

SERVPRO Franchises respond and dispatch crews to large storm events across the United States of America. We're always ready to help.

We haul millions of dollars in resources to help communities recover post event and we’re grateful to be a part of the restoration and recovery of communities nationwide.

We are Storm Responders, the good guys in every community we show up in.

Lack Of Rains Effect On The Willamette Valley

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Here in the Pacific Northwest we get lots of rainy days, but we get more sunny days than people living in other states might think. Oregons stormiest and wettest months are coming to a close, and as we move into mid-may we approach the warmest and sunniest days of the year. Many of us saw an unprecedented last year in storms and climates affected by wildfires.

The wildfires, although not a storm, were spread easier and wider due lack of precipitation in the willamette Valley from January-September 2020. The dry conditions caused a small wildfire to grow exponentially and violently across any area they were started in.

We also saw an ice storm this past winter that was unlike anything we have seen in the region before, this storm took out the electricity for many Salem residents for more than a week, it also caused a vast amount of damage in the area due to trees on homes, and sump pumps failing in basements (that are widespread within oregon as we have many mid-century homes).

On average in Oregon we have 152 rainy days a year. This year so far we are listed as “Much less than normal” when it comes to precipitation. There have been more severe or usual weather occurrences, but not more rainfall over the past 12 months.

It important to note that we may need to start researching methods to better handle a heavier wildfire season than average. After seeing the devastation from last year hopefully this year we are a bit better prepared.

Here is some great information about wildfire safety and prevention tips: https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Wildfire/Wildfire.pdf

Remember the biggest cause of wildfires is humans, most wildfires are completely preventable. Let’s be extra careful this season with our awareness when it comes to campfires, burning bans, cigarette disposal, and the setting off of fireworks. It only takes a moment that can cost hundreds of acres of burning with the right weather conditions.

How The Past Winter’s Weather Has Made Us A Better Restoration Team!

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

The ice storms that hit the willamette valley this past winter were unprecedented. We had so many people calling us, and so did every single other restoration company in the area. At first it was daunting, overwhelming, and trying to keep up was a task that took our team well into after work hours. We had people calling us with trees through their roofs, we had people calling with flooded basements, damaged windows, and no access to electricity. All the generators in the area sold out in a matter of hours. People couldn’t drive on the icy streets (Us included the first 12 hours).

We were too busy! Not just as a company, but as a industry within the entire area. There was not enough help to get to everyone that needed it, when they needed it. It took a couple days, but we fell into the rhythm of knowing how to have that first conversation with a distraught customer. Most were completely understanding and just happy that we could help at all, even if it wasn’t right away.

We had companies calling us saying they were referring clients to us, we had to give them the same answer that we did so many others, we have a waiting list in place for customers and we will get to you as soon as we possibly can!

It’s not easy to know how to navigate a situation like that as a company that is here to help. We are programmed to get to losses as quickly as possible, however getting to many properties quickly was just not an option overall.

If such an occurrence happens again, and hopefully it won’t for a long, long time, but if it does…as an industry and as a community I think we will be able to face the aftermath of such an event in a much less fearful way. After all, knowing we have gotten through it before gives us strength when it comes to facing the same obstacle again.

Power Outages Preparedness

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Power outages can be particularly inconvenient if you rely on the electric for your heat, cooling, and cooking needs. If you have multiple days straight of power not being available, hundreds of dollars worth of food/meat could go to waste as well. There are options and measures one can take to be prepared and more equipped to maintain your lifestyle during such an outage.

  1. Invest in a generator. Generators can be pricey and costly to run, but even if you only run them for a few hours a day, that’s enough to re-cool/freeze your fridge & freezer, take a warm shower, cook your meals, and cool or heat your home to a comfortable level. Generators are expensive, but for the particularly vulnerable to such power outages they could be worth the trade off.
  2. If a generator isn’t an option you wish you explore, you can always invest in a large cooler & a propane camp stove. A large cooler, with bags of ice changed out daily, can rescue the food you have in your fridge. A propane stove can still allow you to cook homemade meals. But as far as cooling you or house, heating your house, or taking showers or baths…those will not be alleviated with the cooler and propane option.

There are multiple things you can do right now to prepare for such an outage.

-Buy canned food, ready to eat!

-Buy extra gallons of fresh water

-Buy wet cleansing wipes for refreshing when showers aren’t an option

-Know where your cold weather clothes are kept/sleeping bag

-Invest in a solar charger, so you can continue to charge your phone and contact family

There are many other things you can do as well, these are just some ideas. If you know someone at risk (a senior citizen, someone with a health condition, someone with small children) check in on them during a power outage. Being prepared yourself, allows you to be better prepared to help others.

Wind Damage...Rare, But Costly

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Here in the Pacific Northwest we don’t get much wind damage, but when we do, it can cause serious damages. Our coastal region is more prone to stronger winds, but our coastal region is also more prepared for strong winds…being that it’s normal out there.

The main cause for concern with high winds is power outages and fallen trees. We have all seen the men from the city in their bucket trucks trimming limbs back from power lines. Keeping tree limbs clear of power lines and falling dead trees as soon as they are noticed prevents disasters due to trees falling into homes and over power lines.

If you notice a large tree next to your house or a city power line, it’s best to inspect it regularly to insure it’s healthy. Also, you will want to trim it, or have it cut back if it starts to impede the path of the electric line. Strong winds can take down even healthy trees, so be diligent about the height of the tree and weigh the risks of letting it tower above your house.

Most windows are storm resistant now, but many older homes still have single, or double pane glass windows installed. Broken windows due to limbs and high winds are often due to older windows not being replaced when needed.

An old roof is also cause for concern when it comes to wind damage. If a roof is already rotting or falling apart in places it needs to be replaced before high winds make the likelihood of wind and water damages more costly and inconvenient.

The Atlantic Storm Season's Effect on the Pacific Northwest

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

The Atlantic Storm Season effects the Pacific Northwest too, here's how.

For the most part, the Pacific Northwest which includes Oregon, Washington and Idaho are not necessarily effected by storms in the Atlantic Region directly.

However, our industry which is called Disaster Cleanup and Restoration is impacted by storm events in other parts of the country from the South to the Eastern Seaboard.

When big events occur in other parts of the country, their own local resources are either rendered useless or non-accessible. Equipment and supplies can be damaged and no longer useful or functional. And that is why the Pacific Northwest is impacted.

The SERVPRO franchise system has operators in ever major metro market place. This means no matter the event or size, if there is property damage due to flooding, fires, storms, tornadoes or hurricanes the SERVPRO system can respond.

While Oregon doesn't generally have major weather events, we did have a fluke Tornado in Aumsville, Oregon that took the state and Willamette Valley by surprise.

Storms in the Willamette Valley

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we get rain more than anything else when it comes to storms. Rain, given enough of it, can cause major damages. When inches of rain fall within a short amount of time, even the storm drains in cities can’t keep up. Also, in residential areas, rain can backup along the side of houses and businesses. Rain coupled with heavy wind is detrimental to older roofs as well.

Water penetration into basements, lower floors of homes, attics, and through roof leaks can cause damages that are costly to repair. Storm water is also considered contaminated water, so it isn’t advisable to try and clean up water that has made its way into your basement (without the correct precautions).

Residents in Oregon talk about how the state wouldn’t be so beautiful if the rains didn’t come like they do. And they are right, the rain here in Oregon can be tedious, especially in the colder months, but it does keep our beautiful Oregon home green, lush, and beautiful.

If you have suffered an unexpected storm loss, reach out to SERVPRO of Salem West (503) 393-9999. We are available day or right and we want to bring your home back to preloss condition.

Protecting your belongings from storms

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

We’ve all done it, left something out in the rain that we weren’t supposed to. Maybe you’ve left the window down in your car overnight, and woken up to a soggy seat on the way to work. Maybe you forgot that book you were reading in the hammock as a storm rolled in and your sunny afternoon disappeared and you disappeared inside your house. Whatever the reason, you don’t think about rain affecting the belongings you keep IN your house…Right?

When we think about storms here in Oregon, we think about wind damage and flooding. Flooding is one of the things that can cause the most damage to your precious belongings. Flood water is also considered contaminated water (due to the unknown materials it had traveled through before it invaded your home).

Keeping your belongings safe in your home is pretty simple and here are some tips to get you started:

~When storing clothes, papers, or cardboard boxes, never leave them on the floor. Instead place them on shelving off the floor.

~Also, if you don’t have shelving, buy some storage totes with lids and use them in place of cardboard boxes…especially if you store things in a basement or garage with concrete flooring.

~Place your family pictures higher on walls.

~Store your valuables off the floor.

~Make sure your homeowners insurance is up to date on the value of your belongings.

~If a flood does happen, don’t place the safety of your belongings over the safety of your life, get to a safe place first! Then call emergency for help.

These are just some ideas to help you get started. Your belongings are something you are proud of and want to keep safe, the same as your home. If your belongings are damaged, call SERVPRO of Salem West (503) 393-9999, we have an amazing content restoration team and we are here to help!

Storms...are you prepared?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Here in the Pacific Northwest we see a lot of rain, however strong winds and rains that cause major damage to homes and businesses are not as frequent. Overall, this is great for our us, our homes and our businesses. What we don’t focus on, or tend to forget about, is being prepared for a storm.
A heavy storm can wreck havoc. Structures, whether it business or residential, don’t stand a chance against heavy rains and winds that can take shingles off of roofs.
We see more losses during unusually heavy rainstorms than we usually see within a 24 hour period. Most of the losses we see are from flooded basements, leaky roofing, and fallen trees onto structures. Sometimes even storm drains can’t keep up with heavy flowing water, and the drains back up into yards, houses, streets, and businesses.
We need to consider what we will do if a large storm hits? Do we have supplies if the electricity goes out? How will we stay warm or cool if the electricity stays out for an extended period? Do we have enough fresh water and non-perishable food on hand if traveling isn’t advised?
If storms do hit your home or business and you need help remediating the loss and cleaning up the debris and water, call SERVPRO of Salem West. We are available 24 hours a day to help you in the occurrence of storm damage.

A Storm's Coming...

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

When a storm hits the area hard, SERVPRO of Salem West is on high alert. Heavy rainfall and high winds often means water intrusion into businesses and homes, and board ups to windows and structures due to wind damage causation.
It doesn’t always happen that way, but SERVPRO prides itself on being as prepared as possible for whatever may come during a storm. Storm water that intrudes a house, through the roof, the basement, the walls, or other points of entry, is labeled as category 3 water (Black Water) this is because there is no traceable way to tell what the water has ran through before it enters a place of business, or a personal home. This being the case, our technicians treat storm losses with care and increased safety measures.
Many home owners and business owners don’t know the dangers of storm water…especially when it comes to flooding. Storm water in cities and heavily populated areas is often referred to as “Polluted Runoff” this term is in reference to the water picking up any pollutants along it’s pathway. Whether the water ran through a construction site, picked up fertilizers from the ground, Oil and Anti-Freeze from cars, or bacteria from pet wastes and failing septic systems, it can carry and transport all sorts of pollutants directly into a home or business.
So if you find your space affected by a recent storm, you can have faith that SERVPRO of Salem West will take the necessary precautions and measures to restore it to a safe and clean environment. SERVPRO of Salem West is here to serve the community whether it be a flooded house from a storm, or a flooded house from a dishwasher. Call SERVPRO of Salem West. We Are Faster To Any Disaster!

Resources: https://doee.dc.gov/service/why-stormwater-problem

Gutters: Why It’s Important to Clean Before Winter Storms Arrive

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Cluttered gutters in Salem, Oregon Time to clean your gutters!

Fall is a beautiful time of year. Leaves from the trees change from green to yellow or red. Then there is the aftermath of leaves that make their way into gutters. If you aren’t part of the growing numbers of homeowners that are replacing their gutters with guards that block the leaves here are a few of the reasons you may want to get those gutters cleaned before the winter storms hit:

Gutters themselves can become damaged over time from not being cleared:

Aside from becoming an eye sore, as things can grow out of the gutters as the leaves break down, the weight of the gutters can increase with the buildup of organic matter that breaks down from the leaves. This could lead to the gutters pulling away from the face boards on the roof line.

Crawlspaces or Basements can become flooded:

With a clogged gutter, the rainfall can run over the gutter and collect around the perimeter of the home. The water can then find its’ way through the foundation into the basement or crawlspace under the home. The foundation can become compromised overtime by becoming unstable due to settling or cracking. If not detected soon enough you may end up with further damages due to mold growth on any part of the structure under the home.

While we may not be able to clean your gutters for you, we here at SERVPRO of Salem West and of SERVPRO of Lincoln and Polk Counties can assist in the cleaning of your basement or crawl space from any water damage. Call us 24/7 at (503) 393-9999.

September Storm - 6" in 4 Hours

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

standing water on hardwood floor Water flowed under the doorway of this commercial building causing damage to the flooring.

Typically, the average rainfall that the Salem/Keizer area receives is between 1” – 2” in the month of September. Residents here are not accustomed to a significant amount of rainfall, but on September 10, 2019 a total of 6” of rain fell from the sky. The storm surged through both towns causing minor and major flooding.

                Without warning and time to prepare, residents were both left in the dark after power outages and water intruding from roofs, windows and doors. There is always a possibility for water damage during any storm, whether light or heavy rains occur. The customers’ we serve wasted no time reaching out to SERVPRO® of Salem West in their time of need.

                With quick response, our technicians were dispatched to multiple locations. Services performed that night ranged from water extraction to beginning the drying process in order to lessen the damage. We are available 24/7 365 days a year. Our team of highly trained technicians are ready to make it “Like it Never Even Happened” ™ and return your property to preloss condition.

SERVPRO® of Salem West/Lincoln and Polk Counties are standing by and are just a phone call away to serve you, our future customers. Remember to call us (503) 393-9999 for your mitigation services.

The Calm Before The Storm

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

antique photo of Christian Doppler Christian Andreas Doppler

It has been said, there's a calming before the storm rolls in but most times there's early warnings thanks to inventor Christian Doppler.

Christian Andreas Doppler, born Nov. 29, 1803 was an Austrian physicist who invented the Doppler Radar technology which is still in use today. 

Doppler radar is a tool specifically designed to measure direction , speed / velocity of objects such as rain drops in motion towards or away from a detector.

This technology is what allows millions of people across the United States to prepare for major weather events in their local areas. 

In years gone by, citizens would know a storm was brewing by looking up into the sky, now we have early warnings of what is to come and the potential danger level.

Should your property ever be damaged by a storm, feel free to call the teams at SERVPRO of Salem West (503) 393-9999 to help you walk through the cleanup process.

Oregon Fire Season

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

The 2019 fire season in Oregon is in full effect.

When the countryside dries and underlying brush act as fire starter and kindling, it is only time when an unexpected lighting strike, strikes up a fire.

These fires burn fast, hot and spread quickly with minor wind burst while jumping trenches, fire breaks and dirt roads.

in 2018 the cost to battle Oregon wildfires reached 514 million dollars according to an article in the Salem, Oregon Statesman Journal newspaper. Per the SJ the cost were so high because the fires took extended time to battle and conquer.

What can you do if you have a home in the outback, wilderness or near dry public lands?

#1 Think safety first.

#2 Have a pre-planned escape route.

#3 Talk to your insurance agent to ensure proper coverage.

#4 Take inventory of your personal belongings using your smart phone or video camera and back it up to the cloud.

#5 Plan a meeting destination.

Where there's snow, there's potential for ice damage.

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

During winter season there are things homeowners need to do in order to protect their homes from potential damages. 

In this picture of the snow storm that happened in February of 2017, shows what happens when you don't clean out your gutters.

Under all snow is typically ice patches. The heat from your home rises causing the ice to melt. When the ice melts you have trapped water. Where does that water go? You guessed it; it seeps into your roof causing water damage in your ceiling and walls. 

This kind of damage is costly and if it isn't taken care of in a timely manner you run into more potential damages such as mold growth in as little as 48 hours. Save yourself some cost and call the professionals. 

Taking a little time out of your day to clean those gutters can prevent ice dams and save you money. 

SERVPRO of Salem West is 24/7/365. Call at any time for an estimate for all your storm emergencies. (503) 393-9999. 

Flooding in Salem, Oregon is a rare event

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in Salem, Oregon is a rare event, but when it happens it is a major event.

In an article posted in the local newspaper the Statesman Journal on 4/10/2019 titled Willamette River reaches projected high point, begins dropping, as Salem roads, parks remain closed.

This region isn't necesarily prone to major weather events like other parts of the country but when it happens, you can bet it's all front page news.

While the Willamette Valley's beauty stretches wide with vast agricultural land, close access to beaches and sandy deserts to the East, the Willamette Valley occassionaly gets hit with minor storm events.

Flooding mainly occurs near the waterways and occasionlay spills into neighborhoods and communities. When this happens you can rest assured knowing the SERVPRO of Salem West is here to help, any time, any day anywhere.

Call us when you need us (503) 393-9999

Call us anytime, day or night where ever you are.

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Salem West and other franchises will travel to where you are to help you.

From any major type of storm event or naturla disaster we will dispatch a crew fo qualified team members to help you, your family and the community through a touch time.

We have the experience and know-how to service residential and large commercial projects.

From fire, water, mold, bio-hazard and reconstruction, we can take care of your facility cleaning, mitigation and repairs projects.

We are one stop for any storm related damage.

You can call us anytime, day or night at (503) 393-9999.

Floods in Salem, Oregon

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Salem, Oregon

For current and soon to be homeowners, it's important to know if you are in a flood zone and if your home is at risk of damaging flood waters. 

Flood maps show us where flood risk zones are and their boundaries. Here you will see the flood zones for Salem, Oregon. Know where you stand and be prepared.

In case of a flood it's important to move your electronics up high, shut off all power in your home and have an emergency escape plan with exit routes.

SERVPRO has top of the line equipment and trained employees who have the necessary skills to repair your home, business, and belongings making things look "Like it never even happened."

The best part about SERVPRO is we are 24/7/365 because we know disasters don't wait for normal business hours.   

For a flood estimate or water damage inspection call SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999.

For more information on the City of Salem floodplain click Here

Interior Damage Caused from Snow Storm

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen damage from snow & water

Snow storms can cause multiple damages to your home or business, most of which cause water damage. 

Water damage is stressful enough but letting it go more than 48 hours can cause mold to start growing. 

A small amount of water damage is easier to deal with for you and your wallet.

SERVPRO of Salem West have employees that have the tools and resources to find the signs and cause of water damage.

This older style home in Bend, Oregon was affected by water damage from melted snow. 

SERVPRO of Salem West was called out to fix the damages before they got worse. 

We all know that with winter comes heavy rainfall and snow. Make sure you take the necessary steps to protect your property like cleaning out your gutters, protect your pipes, and make sure your windows and doors are sealed. 

In any home disaster situation, fire, water, mold, or storm call (503) 393-9999 for 24/7/365 inspections and estimates. 

Windstorm Cleanup - Lincoln City & Newport, Oregon

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Windstorm causes residential board up

Oregon’s coastal region is no stranger to extreme windstorms. Windstorms can create minimal to severe damage to residential and commercial properties. Are you prepared for the after effects of a storm? SERVPRO of Lincoln & Polk Counties are ready to dispatch crews in any given situation. We can perform property board ups, keeping further damage from happening to removing residual damage and cleanup efforts.

Our technicians are IICRC certified allowing our team to handle weather related damages to both residential and commercial properties.

Some of the certifications our technicians have are;

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

Technicians learn proper techniques and protocol to handle water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

Technicians learn the proper techniques to dry water-damaged structures effectively and efficiently.

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

Technicians with AMRT certification learn safety practices and mold/sewage remediation techniques.

Our qualified technicians can take the stress and panic away from storm damages by keeping you informed with the process and progress. Our professional employees will quickly have your home or business back in order.

SERVPRO of Salem West is “Faster to Any Size Disaster.” Call (503) 393-9999 for an inspection after any disaster.

Rains Storms Cause Damage in Basement, Keizer Oregon

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fall and winter seasons can bring lots of rain. If you have a home with a basement, make sure it's protected.

The last thing any homeowner needs is a flooded basement, by even a few inches. There is a high probability that the City of Keizer's sewer system will back up. When a sewage disaster strikes from a rain storm a combination of water and sewage can seep through the foundation of your home. 

Here are a few examples of basement flooding dangers:

  • personal property loss or damage
  • mold growth

In the event of water damage, call SERVPRO of Salem West to restore the damage. Our highly trained technicians and  state-of-the-art equipment will turn the disaster to "Like it never even happened." 

For more information click Here.

SERVPRO of Salem West is available 24/7/365. We are here for you.

Tsunami Preparedness - Oregon Coast

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Are you prepared?

A tsunami is caused by an underwater disturbance such as earthquakes. It is a series of waves that can vary from minimal wave height to turbulent waves several feet high.

Tsunamis that occur locally can take up to 20 minutes to form after an earthquake. A tsunami that occurs farther out in the ocean can take up to 5 hours to arrive on land. There is more time for an official warning from the national warning system, NOAA. Evacuation zones and routes for the Oregon Coast are important to know in case of mandatory evacuation notice.

You never know when a disaster such as a tsunami will strike and it is important to be prepared. Create a Family Disaster Plan and review it with your family members. This will aide in a household evacuation and by setting up a specific location to meet after your home is evacuated. By creating an emergency kit, you and your family will have the necessary items to stay safe if an evacuation notice is not needed.

Being prepared will keep you and your family safe, but what happens when you return home and see standing water and damage from the tsunami. SERVPRO of Salem West serves the Oregon Coast and is available with certified crews ready to inspect and being to restore your home.

Our technicians are certified from the IICRC, which allows them to handle weather related damages to residential and commercial properties.

SERVPRO of Salem West (503) 393-9999 for an inspection and questions you may have about preparing for a disaster.

Storm Drains - Keep Them Clean

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Free of debris

The coastal region of Oregon is hit with rain storms every year. Beginning in late August leaves from trees start to drop which is a leading cause of clogged storm drains.

Storm drains near a residential or commercial property that become clogged are apt to cause water damage to the structure. The increased water build up can flood streets and rise to a standing structure. When water damage occurs from flooding, even minimal flooding the water needs to be extracted.

SERVPRO of Salem West technicians are highly trained in water mitigation. They use state-of-the-art equipment such as powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuums that will remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO of Salem West is quick to respond and prepared for anything. In case of a water disaster call (503) 393-9999.

SERVPRO water damage services

Newport, Oregon Flood Map

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Newport, Oregon

For current and soon to be homeowners, it's important to know if you are in a flood zone and if your home is at risk of damaging flood waters. 

Flood maps show us where flood risk zones are and their boundaries.

In case of a flood it's important to move your electronics up high, shut off all power in your home and have an emergency escape plan with exit routes.

SERVPRO has top of the line equipment and trained employees who have the necessary skills to repair your home, business, and belongings making things look "Like it never even happened."

The best part about SERVPRO is we are 24/7/365 because we know disasters don't wait for normal business hours.   

For a flood estimate or water damage inspection call SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999

For more information on the Newport, Oregon floodplain zone click Here.

Ice Dam in Bend, Oregon

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Bend, Oregon

During winter season there are things homeowners need to do in order to protect their homes from potential damages. 

In this picture of the snow storm that happened in February of 2017, shows what happens when you don't clean out your gutters.

Under all that snow is ice. The heat from your home rises causing the ice to melt. When the ice melts you have trapped water. Where does that water go? You guessed it; it seeps into your roof causing water damage in your ceiling and walls. 

This kind of damage is costly and if it isn't taken care of in a timely manner you run into more potential damages such as mold growth in as little as 48 hours. 

Taking a little time out of your day to clean those gutters can prevent ice dams and save you money. 

SERVPRO of Salem West is 24/7/365. Call at any time for an estimate for all your storm emergencies. (503) 393-9999.  

Snow Storm Clean up

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Bend, Oregon

SERVPRO of Salem West technicians maintain certifications from the IICRC this allows our team to handle weather related damages to residential and commercial properties.

A snow storm in Bend, Oregon caused property damages and our team was dispatched to the area.

Here is an example of the certifications our team members have;

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively. 

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

Technicians with AMRT certification learn safety practices and mold/ sewage remediation techniques. 

Let our trained and qualified employees take the stress and worry away from storm damages by keeping you up to date with the process, with our fast and efficient work to get your home or business back in order, and with our courteous and polite employees.

SERVPRO of Salem West is "Faster to Any Size Disaster". Call (503) 393-9999 for an inspection.    

For more training and certification requirements check out our website.

http://www.SERVPROsalemwest.com/restoration-training-certifications

Damages Caused from Snow Storm.

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Bend, Oregon

Snow storms can cause multiple damages to your home or business, most of which cause water damage. 

Water damage is stressful enough, letting it go more than 48 hours can cause mold to start growing. 

A small amount of water damage is easier dealt with for you and your wallet.

SERVPRO employees have the tools and resources to find the signs and cause of water damage.

This older style home in Bend, Oregon was affected by water damage from melted snow. 

SERVPRO of Salem West was called out to fix the damages before they got worse. 

With winter comes heavy rainfall and snow make sure you take the necessary steps to protecting your property like cleaning out your gutters, protect your pipes, and make sure your windows and doors are sealed. 

In any home disaster situation, fire, water, mold, or storm call (503) 393-9999 for 24/7/365 inspections and estimates. 

Storm Drains

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Turner, Oregon

Storm drains serve a great purpose.

Storm drains create escapes for water run offs. This helps and reduces residential and commercial properties from flooding.

The City of Salem writes,

"During the most recent event in January 2012, some areas of south Salem received over nine inches of rain within a five-day period. Heavy rainfall combined with melting snow caused substantial flooding in the Battle Creek, Mill Creek, Pringle Creek, and Croisan Creek basins. Approximately 300 people were evacuated from their homes, and 64 city streets were closed due to high water".

Imagine, how much more water would collect with out storm drains. 

SERVPRO of Salem West is "Faster to Any Size Disaster" 24/7/365. Call (503) 393-9999 for you flood damage needs. 

Salem Flood Map

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Salem, Oregon

Are you in the Salem, Oregon floodplain?

For current and soon to be homeowners, it's important to know if you are in a flood zone and if your home is at risk of damaging flood waters. 

Flood maps show us where flood risk zones are and their boundaries.

In case of a flood it's important to move your electronics up high, shut off all power in your home and have an emergency escape plan with exit routes.

SERVPRO has top of the line equipment and trained employees who have the necessary skills to repair your home, business, and belongings making things look "Like it never even happened."

The best part about SERVPRO is we are 24/7/365 because we know disasters don't wait for normal business hours.   

For a flood estimate or water damage inspection call SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999.

For more information on the City of Salem floodplain click Here

Coastal Storm - Lincoln City Oregon

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Lincoln City, Oregon

Storms know no boundaries and all communities experience them during different seasons under various weather conditions.

An Oregon coastline city of Lincoln City experiences storms coming off the Pacific Ocean.

High winds and horizontal rain can cause damages including lifted roofs, blown off siding and water infiltration to residential and commercial properties.

This hotel had experienced some water damage; SERVPRO was then called in to provide services.

Are you prepared? Do you have a plan for, "What if this happened?"

For a no-cost commercial property preparedness plan, contact SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999.

SERVPRO of Salem West offers Emergency Ready Profiles which is part of a disaster preparedness plan and inspections.

Click this link below to start your own Emergency Ready Profile plan now.

https://ready.SERVPRO.com