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Know What to do in the Event of an Earthquake

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing what to do in the event of a natural disaster or another unwelcomed event is crucial. Gathering a go-bag, plenty of food, water, and other survival supplies is strongly recommended to all Salem residents. Unfortunately, not all risks can be prevented or planned. The Pacific Northwest is sitting on a major fault line that is expected to slip within the next 50 to 500 years. Oregon also has neighbored some devastating earthquakes in the past. The most notable example being The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. This disaster left thousands of casualties and destroyed close to 30,000 buildings. In 1989 there was the Loma Prieta San Francisco earthquake. This occurred during the World Series and many were in awe of the devastation this caused. 

Preparing for such a disastrous event is almost impossible. However, when something falls down it is in our nature to pick up the pieces and rebuild. At SERVPRO of Southeast Salem, we fix what has been broken every single day we come into work. Whether it be an earthquake, a storm, or a fire breaks out; we will be there within a moments notice to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flooded Basement? SERVPRO of Southeast Salem can Help!

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Basement here the Pacific Northwest are unfortunately prone to flooding.  Some of the reasons your Salem area basement would flood are: 

  • A clogged or failing sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rains causing water to pool around the house
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

If any of these happen to you, give us a call and we will dispatch our highly trained technicians immediately.  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.

We specialize in water restoration and extraction:

  • 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 adhere to s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Salem if you ever have a water emergency and we will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Flooded Chiropractic Clinic

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

A Chiropractic and Wellness center located in SE Salem had the unfortunate experience of a clogged drain their restroom. We were contacted by the owner and in just an hour our team here at SERVPRO of Southeast Salem was there to help.  When our technicians arrived promptly to inspect the loss with the owner they realized the damage had affected the entire building.  Unfortunately spreading through the entire first floor going through multiple rooms as well as contaminating many contents. SERVPRO of Southeast Salem was able to go in and get the job done efficiently and effectively. The picture shows the before of the source of damage. The owner was extremely pleased with our fast response time as well as our overall remediation process. We pride ourselves on being able to help out our local friends and neighbors when an unfortunate situation occurs.  

Oh sNOw!

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Many Oregon residents will remember the snowstorm in December of 2008. Temperatures plummeted, schools closed, peoples lives halted. Tri-Met shut down two-thirds of their bus lines while hundreds of flights were canceled and flyers were stuck in the airport for hours. The storm affected thousands of others who attempted to traverse through the snow but failed. The storm cost the city over $2 million on related services. Nearly everyone has a story from the massive, crazy, and unexpected 2008 snowstorm.

The snowstorm in December of 2008 doesn't even come close to some of the snowstorms to hit the Salem and the surrounding area in recorded history. In 1884 Salem experienced its snowiest December with over 31 inches of snow which surely closed everything down. If we were to suffer record-breaking snow again, the damage associated with it is unthinkable and would send thousands into a frenzy.

With ice on the ground and a sharp decrease in temperature, any small cracks inside of pipes can easily expand to the point that they burst. Broken pipes aren’t the only fear when a storm similar to this hits. What happens to all the water once it melts? Several feet of melted snow can easily infiltrate your home. Without proper weathering and flood protection, your home could turn into an indoor swimming pool as the result of melting snow. If a snowstorm of any severity happens SERVPRO of Southeast Salem has a network of Storm Responders that are “Faster to any size disaster”. We are dedicating to serving you in your moment of need any time of year.

Floods may not be that common, but they do happen in Oregon

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

The Christmas Flood that happened in 1964 may not be known by many.  Anyone that experienced it may have forgotten and of course some of us had not been born or were too young to recall. This particular flood caused hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage and continued for over three weeks. This was one of the most devastating floods to hit the Willamette Valley in recorded history.  As a result of the damage over three thousand people were displaced from their residences and sadly there were seventeen casualties.  This flood has been referred to as a 100-year flood which means a similar occurance may happen again.

Another instance of flooding more recently was the Willamette Valley Flood of 1996.  The rising waters affected the areas of Oregon City, Tillamook, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The destruction caused an estimated half a billion dollars in property damage leaving some areas under water for a couple weeks.  Again there were unfortunately eight casualties resulting as well in Oregon.

If there is another flooding natural disaster, SERVPRO of Southeast Salem is always faster to any size disaster.  We also use the best equipment available so our highly trained technicians will restore your property to get things back to normal as soon as possible.  

Untreated Water Damage Can Lead to a Mold Problem

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold can spread through your home as the result of a few things. The most common is improperly treatemed water damage. The two types of water damage that may result in mold spores  inside your home are a slow, unnoticed leak the other a large and sudden loss.

First the slow leak is common when there is a leaky pipe that isn't easily visable under a sink, inside the walls, around a windowsill, or underneath the flooring. These result in the affected area being dark and damp which allows for the mold growth.

The second most common is a large sudden loss.  These generally occur as the result of a burst pipe, glogged drain, roof leak or a flood that result in standing water.  Many will remove the water themselves with a shopvac and attempt to air it out with fans and opening windows.  In a situation with this amount of water this may not fix the problem properly and can lead more porblems.  The main problem being the growth of mold from not properly drying out the affected area. Having a reputable water mitigation and restoration company that can properly identify the and remediate the situation can help any issues in the future.

SERVPRO of Southeast Salem’s technicians are highly trained to identify and target water damage at the source. One way to detect the slow, unnoticed leak would be to monitor your water usage bill. If there is a noticeable increase in water usage without any explanation could be the result of a leak. Calling a plumber to identify any potential problems would be the best thing to do. After a large, sudden loss, it is best to give a water damage restoration business a call so that your problem can be handled by professionals. As the best water damage restoration business out there, SERVPRO of Southeast Salem is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Go Local to Get Help

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Salem was referred to a local job by a commercial organization. A sink had malfunctioned, causing water to pour out and onto the floor overnight. When the store manager went in the next morning, she was not happy to discover flooded floors. She called it in and the company hired us for the job. The water affected the floors and baseboards as well. SERVPRO of Southeast Salem went in and did the job in a making sure to never get in the way employees during the timely drying and remediation process. Even during store hours, our techs made sure it was convenient for the employees and to not disturb any customers. In the time it took for us to get the call and complete the job the company was extremely pleased and said SERVPRO of Southeast Salem was their go-to for any other jobs they would need to be done. 

The Top 5 Causes of Fire in Salem Oregon

8/1/2019 (Permalink)


It seems everyone in Salem loves to cook and eat, but it is important to practice your culinary skills in a safe manner.  Fires caused by cooking are the number one cause of fires in Salem. Who doesn’t like deep fat fried foods? If you do indulge be cautious since frying with oil is one of the main reasons cooking-related fires start. Others include flammables near the stovetop or other hot surfaces, leaving the area while cooking, faulty appliances and cooking while impaired.  So, enjoy cooking, just remember to be safe. 


Not only do cigarettes send smoke into your lungs, but they can also bring your home or business up in smoke as one of the main leading causes of fires in Salem.

Electrical Safety

Do you have old outdated appliances or outlets? Well, here's your excuse to buy some new ones, faulty wiring and old appliances big and small can cause electrical fires.  Need a reason to update your lighting? Well, light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs can also be dangerous causing accidental fires. As if that's not enough using extension cords and space heaters and more can ignite their surroundings. 

Home Heating Equipment

Just like space heaters old or new, there are other home heating methods that may cause a fire. For instance, a wood stove, fireplace, gas or electric heat should be inspected to ensure they are functioning properly to prevent a possible fire. 

Candle Safety

Candles are great. They come in a variety of pleasant scents, they create a peaceful atmosphere and they're a good last minute gift for that co-worker you may not know so well. But as wonderful as they are they can pose a firey threat to your home is left unattended. 

Don't Worry, Work Happy!

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Salem has had the pleasure of working with many commercial businesses. More recently there were three that were affected by water damage. The three businesses are tenants of a large commercial building in Southeast Salem and suffered a few issues. While repairs were being done by roofing contractors a hole was pierced in the roof. This caused water to accumulate inside the attic area of the businesses. Water seeped through the ceiling and floors into the three businesses and damaged electronics, office supplies, wood surfaces, and more.

We were on sight within 24 hours and immediately got to work restoring the businesses. Our team brought in the top of the line dehumidifiers and quickly fixed the issue and we were able to fully restore all affected items. Every surface including walls, floors, desks, computers, chairs were wiped down and taken care of. We worked together with the roofing contractors to prevent the issue from happening again, and the job was completed within 72 hours of the initial damage. When your business is the victim to water damage you can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO of Southeast Salem will be there night or day to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why You Should Check Your Wires

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Many of the commercial buildings in use here in Salem were constructed some time ago. Although older architecture is more unique and nice on the outside, there can be many issues waiting to happen on the inside. For one, the electrical wiring may be just as old as the structure. Depending on the electrical needs of the business, and all the new equipment plugged into old outlets, fires or other damage can occur. This may be rare, but electrical wiring is still a cause of many fires.

Having electrical wiring inspected by a qualified electrician is a great preventive measure. Double-checking the equipment that will be used in conjunction with the power supply is also very important.  If your business is unfortunate enough to experience a fire caused by an electrical malfunction SERVPRO of Southeast Salem is always there to help restore the commercial structure of our friends and neighbors.