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Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month - a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness for your home or business, including a fire escape plan.  Do you have a fire escape plan?  Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?  

SERVPRO of Douglas County provides our customers with an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) to have at your fingertips when emergency strikes.  SERVPRO of Douglas County prides itself on helping our customers be prepared BEFORE disaster strikes.  

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness, which is the perfect time for you to contact us to set up a time for an ERP.  "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere."  This theme hopes to create awareness in the steps necessary to reduce the chance of a fire and how to react in the event a fire does happen.  The NFPA states the following:  

“LOOK” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

“LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

“LEARN” two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Stay safe and prepare now to help ensure you are ready for any disaster.  SERVPRO of Douglas County is ready to help you prepare for a disaster, just as much as we are there to help you through a disaster!

Types of Smoke

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Douglas County professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Their knowledge of building systems  helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.  The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke:

*Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

*Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

*The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process. 

TYPES of SMOKE:

*Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) - Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

*Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) - Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

*Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

*Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) - While "puff backs" can create havoc for SERVPRO of Douglas County professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

*Other types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) - Special loss situations require special care.  

Flood Waters

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Due to heavy rainfall in Tomball, Texas, a flood occurred at Tomball Regional Medical Center.  The main level of the hospital was flooded, which affected approximately 40,000 square feet.  Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was called out to Tomball, Texas to provide demolition and to prepare the affected area for renovations and drying services, as well as to disinfect all of the affected areas.  

Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team professionals helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

Pacific Cheese Factory ~ Reno, Nevada

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Pacific Cheese Factory in Reno, Nevada suffered damages from a commercial fire, which also lead to smoke damage as well. Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was contacted to provide mitigation services to the manufacturing facility and to get the factory back in working order as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team professionals were able to do so while working in other areas of the building, as well as assisting with packaging in Pacific Cheese's other location in Hayward, California. 

Our SERVPRO of Douglas County  Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our SERVPRO of Douglas County  Extreme Response Team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

Making Mold Damage a Priority

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

After a large freeze, First Tennessee Bank in Johnson City, TN had a water pipe burst which if not dried properly, can lead to a significant amount of mold growth.  Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was called in to provide demolition and drying services, and to prepare the affected 40,000 square foot area for renovation.   

Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was able to complete the demolition and drying services in a timely manner so that this facility was not disrupted for any longer than needed.

Our SERVPRO of Douglas County  Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

Roof Damage = Water Damage

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO of Douglas County, Extreme Response Team was called to perform emergency services after a severe wind storm.  The Econo Lodge in Lincoln City, OR property is 41,000 square feet and suffered significant water damage throughout. The hotel's roof was damaged and allowed water to flood several areas of the hotel.  Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team responded to perform demolition, complete dry-out and preparation for repairs.

Our SERVPRO of Douglas County, Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

The Behavior of Smoke

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke.  There are two different types of smoke-wet & dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  

SERVPRO of Douglas County professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns.  Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration.  Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Douglas County professionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents.  The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO of Douglas County professionals to focus on saving your precious items.

Water and Storm Damage Can Lead to Mold

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

After a heavy storm and a significant amount of mold growth, our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was called in for mitigation that was needed in the 60,000 square foot building at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team removed and disposed of all contaminated material and completed a heavy cleaning.

Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was able to complete the mitigation and subsequent work in a timely manner so that this facility was not disrupted for any longer than needed.

Our SERVPRO of Douglas County  Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

Fire, Smoke and Water Damage ~ Albany, Oregon

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

An exhaust fan in a basement bathroom resulted in heavy smoke damage throughout the 1910 church building.  Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was brought in immediately to perform extensive cleaning, content manipulation and reconstruction of the 90,000 square foot building.  Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was able to meet a deadline to open the church school within a time frame that didn't disrupt classes for any longer than needed.

Our SERVPRO of Douglas County  Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our SERVPRO of Douglas County  Extreme Response Team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

Frozen Pipes...Texas Here We Come

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Frozen Pipes...Texas Here We Come Hornedo Middle School, El Paso, Texas

Hornedo Middle School in El Paso, Texas suffered water damage due to frozen pipes. Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was contacted to provide drying services and to prepare the affected 60,000 square foot area for renovation. Our SERVPRO of Douglas County Extreme Response Team was successful in restoring the school within the required time frame so that classes could resume as quickly as possible.

Our SERVPRO of Douglas County  Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our SERVPRO of Douglas County  Extreme Response Team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.