A Salute to First Responders
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping" This famous Mr. Rogers quote comes to mind when we celebrate first responders: those who arrive first on the scene of any disaster or emergency.
In the event of a disaster or emergency, there are many different agencies and people in your community who are ready to respond. Whether it's a house fire or a hurricane, we are thankful every day for these first responders.
FIREFIGHTERS, EMTs and POLICE: Local fire and police departments as well as EMTs are often first on the scene of an emergency.
MILITARY: When events such as natural disasters strike, different branches of the military are often a first line of response.
FEMA COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT): As a part of FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), these volunteers are trained to be prepared for any disasters that my affect your local area in an effort to support professional responders. CERT volunteers are trained in "basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations".
SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County recognizes these and the countless other first responders in our communities for keeping our communities safe.
Commercial Water Loss ~ Ineos, La Porte, Texas
SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County Extreme Response Team was called in for emergency services due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey. This 300-acre facility was flooded with 50,000 square feet of water damage. SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County Extreme Response Team was able to mitigate damages and help get the facility back into production as quickly as possible.
Our SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment. Our Extreme Response Team helps with commercial, storm, fire and water losses, along with large bio cleaning jobs. Our large, 53' trailers are loaded and ready to respond at any given moment to have your commercial property operating under normal procedures ASAP. If your commercial property suffers from any type of damage, call SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County Extreme Response Team 541-345-0115.
You may have seen news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County. 541-345-0115
Broyhill Home Collections - Springfield, Oregon
After a large storm flooded the area, the furniture store suffered from major water damage. With a quick response, SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County Extreme Response Team was able to salvage the furniture and achieve a complete dry out to the building and contents. Our Extreme Response Team was able to work in certain areas of the store, without disrupting daily business throughout the facility.
Our SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment. Our Extreme Response Team helps with commercial, storm, fire and water losses, along with large bio cleaning jobs. Our large, 53' trailers are loaded and ready to respond at any given moment to have your commercial property operating under normal procedures ASAP.
When Lightning Strikes
Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips:
BE AWARE: Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.
GO INDOORS: Remember the phrase "When thunder roars, go indoors." Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
AVOID WINDOWS, DOORS, PORCHES, AND CONCRETE: Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
AVOID WATER: Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building's plumbing.
AVOID ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT: Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.
Our region was hit hard by a winter snow storm that nobody was prepared for...or not prepared enough. Within a 24-hour period, we got over 12" of snow, which, for this area, is a LOT!
Work at SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County didn't stop. Our owners were plowing our parking lot so that our crews and vehicles could still get out to help our customers, generators were delivered to large commercial buildings so that they could stay open to help our community, and numerous roofs were tarped after an even bigger amount of trees were removed from structures.
SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County should always be your first call, no matter what type of loss or damage you have suffered. We are here 24/7/365. 541-345-0115
Flooding Can Happen Locally
According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "approximately 75% of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:
Flash Flooding, River Flooding, Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems, Burn Scars/Debris Flows (caused by wildfires), Ice/Debris Jams, Snowmelt, Dry Wash (caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas), and Dam Breaks/Levee Failures
Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County can help. 541-345-0115
Types of Water
When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.
If your home or business suffers from a water loss or water damage, make SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County your first call. 541-345-0115
Damage Caused by Winter Fires
During the winter months, there are many circumstances that can increase the chances for fires.
Whether it be trying to heat your home or business, power outages, cooking, or lightening storms, all of these can cause serious damage if you are not prepared.
During winter snow storms, the weight of the snow on trees and power lines can cause trees and poles to snap, causing the wires to arc and possibly cause fires. As always, if you see downed power lines, please call your power company and stay away from the downed lines.
If your home or business suffers from fire damage, make SERVPRO of Springfield/East Lane County your first call. 541-345-0115. We are staffed 24/7/365 and are ready to help get your property back to its original condition.
HOARDING: A Serious Situation
Hoarding is a serious situation that can cause all sorts of damage, including upping your risk for fires. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Hoarding Disorder" is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs. Many hoarders do not find their habits to be a problem. Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation,making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. With the accumulation of clutter, power cords get buried, heaters have items placed to close to them, and electrical outlets get covered up all becoming fire hazards.