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Is Your Business in Frankin Prepared for Winter Weather?

11/29/2022 (Permalink)

A person places insulation around water pipes to prevent them from freezing. We are leaders in commercial damage restoration services in Lane County.

Franklin businesses trust our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County team to restore storm damage quickly and efficiently. Winter is coming, and it’s never too early to winterize commercial properties.

Here are some tips from the Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety for preventing plumbing from freezing:

  • Inspect and seal or repair all cracks, holes, leaks, windows, doors, and other openings on exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating the wall cavity.  
  • Insulate and seal around attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, and electric and mechanical chases.  
  • Ensure your pipes in hard-to-reach places like attics, crawl spaces, and outside walls are insulated—wrap pipes and faucets in unheated or minimally heated areas of the building. 
  • Make sure your existing freeze-protection devices and alarms are in good working order. Test freeze stats (low-temperature sensing device) and valves before the weather gets cold. 
  • Pipes leading to the exterior should be shut off and drained at the start of winter. If these exterior faucets do not have a shut-off valve inside the building, have one installed by a plumber.  
  • Hire a licensed fire protection specialist to conduct routine maintenance on your sprinkler system. Discuss the system’s exposure to winter weather and potential mitigation options. 

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When you have frozen pipes or storm damage in your Franklin business or home, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do to Prepare for a Power Outage in Eugene?

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

Candles light up a room during a power outage. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Lane County.

Are you prepared for power outages? Winter is coming, and our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams want everyone in Eugene to be ready in case there is a loss of power during a storm. Here are some tips on preparing for a power outage from the American Red Cross:

Create a support network. Identify people who can help you stay at home or evacuate during an extended power outage. Keep a paper copy of your contact list.

Stay connected and alert. Sign up for alert systems and apps for text alerts. Have communication devices that work without home power, including a crank or battery radio, a non-cordless home phone, and chargers/batteries for your cell phones and your computers.

Stock food and water. Store non-perishable food and water supplies for at least two weeks. Plan to use coolers and ice to extend food refrigeration and keep a thermometer in the fridge, freezer, or cooler to monitor the food temperature.

Know and plan for your personal and medical electrical needs. Take an inventory of your electrical needs. Consider backup and non-power alternatives for lighting, communication, medical devices, refrigerated medicine, cooking, garage doors, locks, and elevators. Discuss a plan with your doctors for your medical needs.

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When you have storm damage in your Eugene home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Thanksgiving Day Cooking Fire in Eugene Home?

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

A person seasons food on the stovetop. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in Lane County.

Everyone on our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day this year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), United States fire departments responded to about 1400 home cooking fire emergencies on Thanksgiving Day. This holiday is the peak day for cooking fires, most of which are caused by unattended cooking.

Here are the top ten safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food
  • Stay at home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

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When you have fire damage in your Eugene home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Happens During A Water Damage Assessment in Franklin?

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

A person is shocked to see water damage and exposed plumbing pipes. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Lane County.

Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County have been restoring water damage in Franklin for years. When we arrive at a water damage emergency scene, we begin with a detailed inspection of your home or property to assess the damage. The inspection helps our professionals assess the damage and develop the best plan of action. Here is some information from our website that describes the steps we take during this phase of the restoration:

Identify and Stop the Water Source

We will check for the source of moisture in your home or business. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful.

Identify the Type of Water

We will identify the category and classification of water damage to ensure our professionals restore your property based on industry guidelines. The water contamination level will affect the specific restoration processes we use.

  • Category 1: "Clean Water"
  • Category 2: "Gray Water"
  • Category 3: "Black Water"

Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. In addition, we will inspect for safety concerns that may be evident.

Move or Block Furniture

We move furniture, property contents, and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpets.

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When you have water damage in your Franklin home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Professional Crawl Space and Attic Inspections in Lane County?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

A crawl space shows visible signs of water damage. We provide crawl space inspections in North Eugene.

If you haven’t had your home’s crawl space or attic inspected lately, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County team can help. Crawl spaces exposed to water can lead to insect infestations, mold growth, and weakened structural supports.

You may have a breach in your crawl space or attic if you see signs of mold, rodents, or insects. During the winter months, wild animals may seek refuge in your crawl space or attic if they can gain entry. Inspecting your crawl space every six months and after storms or inclement weather is recommended.

Some signs that your crawl space or attic is compromised include:

Unpleasant odors

Strong, musty odors may be symptoms of mold or mildew, which would indicate excess water or a water leak somewhere in your crawl space or attic.

Signs of animal inhabitation or insects

Animal infestations bring the smell of urine and animal excrement. Crawl spaces and attics create great dens and nests for wild critters if they can access them! Termites love wet wood, so seeing them is never a good sign.

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When you need a professional crawl space or attic inspection in your Lane County home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Are Eugene Business Prepared for Power Outages?

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

A person places the “open for business” sign on the store window. We restore commercial property damage 24-hours a day in Lane County!

Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County team wants businesses in Eugene to be prepared to stay operational during a power outage. Here are some tips from the Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety for maintaining and servicing your generator:

The time to maintain a generator is well before a major storm or disaster strikes. Backup power can help maintain a consistent building temperature and reduce the risk of freezing pipes leading to business disruption and damage. 

Permanent

  • Permanent generators should have a proper maintenance plan that includes weekly, monthly, and annual checks. See the manufacturer’s specifications for more information.  
  • Run the unit on its maintenance plan weekly to ensure it properly functions in an emergency. Individual units may have a timer that allows a programmed test to be scheduled, and qualified personnel should oversee these scheduled weekly tests.  
  • Check the generator enclosure for loose debris or other conditions that could cause the unit not to function correctly.  

Portable 

  • Store in a dry location
  • Set up a maintenance schedule to include periodic test runs for the unit 

Call Us Today!

When you have property damage in your Eugene business or home, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Resident Struck By Lightning in Franklin?

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning fills the night sky. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in North Eugene!

Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Franklin and offer these lightning safety tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:  

  • Avoid isolated tall trees, hilltops, utility poles, cell phone towers, cranes, large equipment, ladders, scaffolding, or rooftops
  • Avoid open areas, such as fields
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Retreat to dense areas of smaller trees that are surrounded by larger trees, or retreat to low-lying areas but watch for flooding
  • Avoid water, and immediately get out of and away from bodies of water
  • Avoid wiring, plumbing, and fencing. Stay away from all metal objects, equipment, and surfaces that can conduct electricity.
  • Do not shelter in sheds, pavilions, tents, or covered porches as they do not provide adequate protection from lightning
  • Seek fully enclosed, substantial buildings with wiring and plumbing. The interior wiring and plumbing in modern buildings will act as an earth ground.
  • A building is a safe shelter as long as you are not in contact with anything that can conduct electricity (e.g., electrical equipment or cords, plumbing fixtures, corded phones). Do not lean against concrete walls or floors (which may have metal bars inside).

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When you have a storm damage emergency in your Franklin home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Lane County Residents?

10/11/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke rises towards a smoke detector. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in North Eugene!

Smoke alarms are a critical part of a home fire escape plan and play an essential role in reducing fire deaths and injuries in the United States. Working fire alarms give early warnings so you can get outside quickly. Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams respond to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Lane County, and offer these smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

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When you have fire damage in your Lane County home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Emergency Water Removal Services in Franklin?

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

An overflowing sink is flooding a kitchen. We are leaders in water damage restoration services in Lane County!

Do you know water can cause damage to a structure in as little as one to two hours? Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams use powerful water extraction equipment to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property in Franklin.

Here is some information from our website about our water removal process:

Move-Out and Pack-Out Services

When your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, we can conduct an organized and efficient move of your belongings to protect your belongings from further damage.

Emergency Water Removal

We use industrial-grade water extraction equipment to remove most of the water. This helps the drying time and prevents secondary water damage and mold and bacterial growth.

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation
  • Infrared cameras find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps are used for continuous pumping of high-level water
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Inspect the Carpet Pad and Carpet

We inspect the carpet and pad and determine if they should be removed to protect the subfloor.

  • Inspect Carpet Pad and Remove If Needed
  • Inspect Carpet and Remove If Needed

Call Us Today!

When you have water damage in your Franklin home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Why is Mold Growing in My House in Eugene?

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is growing on a water-damaged wall. We are leaders in mold removal services in Lane County!

Mold is a common challenge in Eugene. Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County offers this information from our website about mold:

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture, and mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed; otherwise, the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Call Us Today!

When you have a mold problem in your Eugene home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.