Recent Water Damage Posts

We Are Hiring for a Water Technician!

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Coos is hiring for a Water Damage Technician!

Do you love being an investigator and finding out what happened? Well we have the perfect job for you!

Join Our Disaster Recovery Team today!

SERVPRO is a water damage response team that receives calls in Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties when local residents or businesses have water damages from broken pipes to sewer back ups and we are looking for first responders to join our Disaster Recovery Team!

This would entail having a current drivers license and passing a background check. 

When someone has a water damage they call us for help. This responder would be the individual who shows up in the equipped vehicle, assesses emergency clean up and relays information to office and home owner.

If this sounds like an exciting position to you, apply in person today!

1640 Maple Street, Suite B

North Bend, OR 97459

Floor Tenting: Alternate Drying Methods

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Floor Tenting This is the plastic tenting built to more efficiently control the humidity and direct the hot dry air.

SERVPRO of Coos Curry and Del Norte Counties has the special drying capabilities to salvage all types of floor coverings.

We were recently drying out solid hardwood and marble tile by a "tenting" method that allows us to better direct and control the heated air.

SERVPRO also used a sandwich of drying chambers to dry the layered materials from top and bottom drying chambers simultaneously. This means setting up a drying chamber in the crawlspace also! We are equipped with smaller units that fit into more confined spaces.

In efforts to salvage the materials, the flooring under the plastic tenting gets heated with the hot dry air.

Sewer back up in Powers, OR

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

The city caused a sewerage back up in Powers, OR this summer.

They are currently working to get this issue resolved, however efforts are still in progress.

There were residential complications due to the back up, and several homes were affected in the Powers area.

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties has helped with remediating after this event.

We are able remove the mess and/or odor. If you have or suspect water damage, or if you notice an odor inside your home give us a call today.

If you have been affected by the sewer back up in Powers, SERVPRO is ready to help. Call us at 541-808-2600 immediately. We will walk you through the process of returning your home to preloss condition.

2020 Water Damage and COVID-19

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ESSENTIAL

We are still performing our essential services at this critical time. We have been helping our community through this pandemic, and we are still here to help. 

We are an essential business.

When someone in our community has a water damage, it cannot wait.

We offer essential services.

We offer the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program as well as emergency response for water damage, and several other services.

Please call our office today for pricing for Coronavirus remediation or sanitation, COVID-19 clean-up or if you would like more information on what services we are offering and how we are operating during this pandemic. SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties is always here to help, and we are taking extra precautions during this time. Call 541-808-2600.

Tips To Prevent Water Damage/Loss

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Tips to help prevent water damage/loss in your home:

-Maintain trees and vegetation around home.

-Clean gutters and downspouts regularly. Ensure that good drainage is happening.

-Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you are to leave your residence for an extended amount of time.

-Investigate any water leaks and fix promptly upon discovery.

-Check appliance hosing and plumbing fixtures for any possible breakage, and replace promptly if need be.

-Run plenty of water in your garbage disposal when using so that it won't clog up and create a possible leak.

-Check caulking around shower, tub, toilet, and sinks for any possible repairs.

-Check your water pressure, if the pressure is set too high, this can cause pipes and hoses to fail. A water pressure gauge can be bought and tested from your local hardware store. If your water pressure is above 100 psi, install a pressure regulator, which can also be located at your local hardware store.

- Monitor your water bill, sometimes finding a leak is due to noticing small or big changes on your water bill charges.

Cause of Loss: Residential

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Washer removed from affected area. This washer was removed and detached to allow drying process and demo to begin in affected area.

Water losses can be unexpected and catastrophic to a property owner. This before photo was taken of a washer that had been removed from the affected area of the house. This washer had an unexpected leak in the hose that caused damage, not only to the laundry room that it was located in, but also to the rooms in the lower level of the house. Water losses can spread to places that property owners wouldn't expect or be bigger losses than what was initially expected. With the help from SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties, our professionally trained technicians can detect the cause and size of your water loss and then take the affected area and make it look like "it never even happened."

SERVPRO Water Damage Services

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fast Response Time 

Our water damage restoration technicians are always on stand-by and ready to help when any situation arises. 

Water Extraction Services

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties has a wide variety of portable extractors and a truck mount for heavy-duty situatuions. 

This is the most important step, as proper extraction reduces drying time.

Contents Services

When a water damage occurs, there are usualyy belongings in the area. We are able to assist or complete moving services to get contents out of the affected area, (cleaned or dried if necessary) and returned to their original place.

Drying Services

In some situatuations, water extraction isn't necessary due to amount of time that has passed.

This results in bound water.

Bound water requires heat vs. airflow to correct. 

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties is equipped to handle bound water, standing water, and everytthing in between!

Call to discuss our water damage services today at (541) 808-2600.

What To Do Until Help Arrives: Water Damage

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Where is the water coming from?

Water Damage From Clean Water Source

Dealing with water damage can be difficult.

The first thing you need to ask yourself, is where is this water coming from?

  • A broken water pipe?
  • Leaking refrigerator?
  • Sink or bathtub overflowed?
  • Hot water heater leaked?

These are all examples of a clean water source. Here are some tips to follow until your local SERVPRO can respond.

DO:

  • Call SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties at 541-808-2600 for immediate response.
  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  • Remove paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe, dry place.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors. 
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment is exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards. 
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining. 
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner. 
  • Use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. 
  • Turn ceiling fixtures on if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retaining water. 
  • Feel like you're on your own. Call us now at 541-808-2600 and you will have an entire team to help you through this process. 

Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

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1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

What To Do Until Help Arrives: Water Damage - Contaminated

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Drains clogged

Water Damage from Contaminated Water Source

Have you ever had a toilet overflow, sewer back up, or a drain clog in your house? Then this looks familiar to you. Here are some tips to help. 

Do:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage water.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items. 
  • Understand contaminants can become airborne, so minimize traffic/disturbances in the affected area.
  • Call SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties immediately at 541-808-2600.

Don't:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry structure or items, or spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

Call SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties today at 541-808-2600. We are faster to any size disaster. 

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Please contact your physician. 

This Sink Caused a Mess

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Our technician removing affected flooring

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties was called to a home where the sink was plugged with debris, and overflowed. Have you ever seen your sink fill up without a plug in it? That's exactly what happened to this home owner, and she had a mess to deal with. Luckily, she called us here at SERVPRO, where we are professionals in this type of situation. Upon inspection, it was hard to tell how bad the water damage was, but we are equipped with moisture meters that give us readings on the moisture content level of a certain material, and we are able to determine an approximate square footage before removing any materials. This is what it looks like when we are removing the affected flooring to dry out the bare structure. In some cases, cabinets can be saved, other times they need to be replaced. Call us at SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties at 541- 808-2600 to help asses your damages, and use our expertise to help you!

Checking Your Attic for Water Damage

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Call us if you are unsure of what you're dealing with.

Attics can be a problem area when it comes to water damage. It’s one of the main places where damage from heavy rainfall can occur, and then mold becomes a concern. Your attic is one of the places in your home that you won’t visit regularly; usually, a trip up to the attic is only made when you need something you have put up for a rainy day. It’s important to check your attic area periodically for leaks and water damage, especially after winter or other rainy seasons, according to your geographic location.

Some houses have water heaters in the attic, and they are known to leak as they age. Your attic will also take the brunt of storms, right along with your roof. When the roof sustains damage such as loose or missing roofing material, you will probably see water stains in the attic, letting you know a problem is developing.

Follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your attic:

  • Check your attic for damage regularly. It’s important to assess your attic space as often as you check other parts of your home. You’ll want to make sure this area isn’t holding water, which can spread to problems with your interior ceilings.
  • Check your roofing after severe weather. It’s crucial to check all roofing after a strong storm and/or high winds to ensure it is still intact.
  • Make sure your water heater is working properly. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly or if it has seen better days, have it checked by a professional. A malfunctioning water heater can flood your home and cause major property damage.

Here at SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties, we are always ready to help with cleanup after water and fire damage and are experts in the area of mold remediation. Call us at (541) 808-2600.

Water damages in Spring time

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let this happen to your home!

Spring brings lots of changes, especially with the weather. Temperatures can be unpredictable, swinging from balmy to frosty in one 24-hour period. A sunny week can be followed by a week of storms, and you will want to be prepared for all these situations.

You will want to do an assessment of your property before heavy rains, checking drainage, roofing, and windows and doors. Make arrangements as soon as possible for repairs to be done before the rainy season begins.

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. Lightning, flooding, and other types of activity will be a part of your spring weather experience, which is caused when warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air. Planning ahead makes sense so that your property and the people you care about can avoid injury and damages.

Here are some things to think about or to have on hand for storms:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries.
  • A battery-operated, NOAA Weather Radio.
  • An emergency evacuation plan. Have a map of your home complete with an escape route in case of a flood. Make sure everyone knows where to go in the event of a disaster.
  • Make sure everyone has a list of important contact information, such as:
    • Telephone numbers of police and fire departments
    • Telephone numbers of family, neighbors, and friends
    • Medical information for members of the household
  • A First Aid Kit, which should include:
    • Antibiotic ointments
    • Sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
    • Adhesive bandages
    • Non-latex gloves
    • Scissors and tweezers
    • Aspirin
    • Instruction booklet
    • Adhesive cloth tape and absorbent compress dressings
    • Any medications necessary for additional needs
  • 3-5-day supply of clean water and non-perishable food
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, etc.

Planning ahead before wet weather hits is always a good idea. Call us here at SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, & Del Norte Counties if your property sustains water damage. We are also here for cleanup after fire damage and are mold remediation experts. Our phone number is (541) 808-2600.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties.

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help!
Call Today - 
541-808-2600

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Spring Flood Tips

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Act fast to prevent secondary damages. Every hour counts!

Spring snowmelt often leads to flooding conditions in Massachusetts. This year’s record snowfall could make the spring thaw even wetter. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your property.

Advance Preparation

Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, then channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and are directing water as intended.

Consider a French Drain

If your basement frequently floods, you should consider a French drain and sump pump to keep the water at bay. Standing water in your basement is a host for dangerous microbes that may affect your family's health.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. You may find you need a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can do so safely without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain in your neighborhood, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your property.

Consider Flood Insurance

Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you with the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear of flash flood watches and warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view will deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO® of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties at (541) 808-2600 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 541-808-2600

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties   and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 541-808-2600

Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
541-808-2600

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties 

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Faster to your Coos, Curry & Del Norte Water Damage Event

7/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Coos, Curry & Del Norte

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –541-808-2600

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties

SERVPRO of Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.