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What Happens in the Event of a Fire

Today we want to talk about what happens in the event of a fire. A house fire can be absolutely detrimental and here at OHI, we know firsthand how destructive they can really be. Though we don’t often like to think about our own home in such a disaster, it’s important to know the steps of what happens in the event of a fire. Let’s set up a possible scenario: 1. Disaster Strikes Something terrible happens in your home—whether that’s some ashes that weren’t disposed of properly or a simple electrical fire. Fires can often start in the most unexpected of places, and often when you aren’t even home. Before […]

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Insurance Coverage: Your Teenager’s First Night Out With the Car

Insurance Coverage: Your Teenager’s First Night Out With the Car

Accidents happen. As silly as some of them can be, they happen to the best of us. google down . The good news is that many of these incidents that can happen around the house are actually covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Below is the first in our series of “Did you know that you insurance covers…” videos. It tells the story of a teenager named Jimmy and is first night out with the family car. Disaster unfolds, but don’t worry: your insurance has you covered. OHI Construction works with insurance companies in the area to make sure your home gets back to normal in no time. To learn more […]

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OHI at the First Responder 5K

OHI at the First Responder 5K

On June 1st, the OHI crew came out in support of the First Responder 5K. The race was organized by our friends at ServPro Tigard and sponsored by organizations like Red Cross and yours truly—OHI Construction. It was a fantastic time getting to go out and be a part of supporting our local community. Being a part of the place we all call home is something that has always been high on our list of priorities here at OHI. The race was for a great cause and was great fun getting to see some familiar faces in the industry. We had a team of 10 participating in the 5K, including […]

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Disaster Upgrade: Turning a Tragedy into a Blessing

Disaster Upgrade: Turning a Tragedy into a Blessing

Whether it’s a flood or a fire, accidents do happen. It’s always a tragedy when they happen and disasters can often strike at the most unexpected of times. Calling something a “disaster upgrade” might sound a little strange, but in reality, it’s a fantastic way to turn a tragic event into a big blessing for your family. What we call something a “disaster upgrade” when someone chooses to upgrade a part of their home that gets ruined by an accident or natural disaster. Whether it’s surfaces, floors, or even something like plumbing, there is no smarter time to consider a remodel than when your house is already under construction. Disaster Upgrade: […]

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The Four New Years Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make

The Four New Years Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make

Many New Years resolutions end up losing their meaning over the years. But as a homeowner, you owe it to yourself to make some serious resolutions this year that will keep your property and family safe throughout the year. It’s okay to not live up to your goals all yeah, but if you never try, you won’t make it! 1. Heating: Dust and Filters The first thing to take care of, especially in the winter and spring season, is get into a regular routine of changing the air filters for your heater. Not only will this make your heater more efficient, it might even prevent a house fire. Another thing […]

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3 Ways To Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

3 Ways To Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are one big, expensive, mess for any homeowner. The cold weather has already hit us, but it’s not too late to take some preventative steps toward keeping your pipes thawed throughout the winter. Here are 3 ways to prevent frozen pipes this winter in your home: 1. Regulate Heating It might make for a higher heating bill, but making sure you keep the house relatively warm while you’re away will save you a big hassle in the long run. We advise our clients to never let the temperature of their house get under 55 degrees during the winter, even while the house is empty. google down We also […]

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How To Keep Your Family Safe From Lead Poisoning

How To Keep Your Family Safe From Lead Poisoning

Since 1978, lead-based paint has been banned from usage in homes due to the very serious threat of lead poisoning. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, “Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood.” Fortunately, water-based lead-free alternatives are now commonplace. However, because so many houses were built before 1978 that are still lived in today, we haven’t yet completely overcome the safety concerns related to lead-based paint. What You Can Do […]

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Mold Remediation, Decontamination Chambers, and Negative Space

Mold Remediation, Decontamination Chambers, and Negative Space

Mold is a serious deal — an expanding virus that can infest your entire home if you’re not careful. The scariest part is that because mold will often grow almost entirely beneath the surfaces of your home, you may not even notice the toxic fumes being produced or the deterioration of the insides of your house. Here are the steps we take to make sure hostile mold situations don’t get worse during the remediation process. Setting up a decontamination chamber The first thing we do when we face a mold crisis is set up a decontamination chamber. Setting up a safe place to clean off our bags and tools gives […]

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How To Properly Water Your Lawn Without Damaging Your Home

How To Properly Water Your Lawn Without Damaging Your Home

When you read that title, we know what you were thinking: “How incompetent do you have to be to mess up watering your lawn?” But sure enough, every year, homeowners file insurance claims involving neglected sprinklers and moldy basements. Sprinkler heads can be fussy contraptions and if you are away from your house all day, unpredictable things can happen to even the most responsible homeowner. If you are away on vacation, the chances that an overactive sprinkler system could destroy your property or basement without you noticing are even higher. Moldy basements and leaking roofs If the watering of your lawn isn’t taken care of properly, the most common problems […]

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5 Tips That Will Keep Your Home Safe While On Vacation

5 Tips That Will Keep Your Home Safe While On Vacation

  School is out—and so is the sun. That can only mean one thing: summer is upon us! You probably already have vacations lined up for the summer months to get a break from work and home life. But blissful vacations can be stressful if you don’t make sure your home is safe and sound before skipping town. Don’t let this happen to you! Everyone knows to lock up their house, but here are five tips for keeping your home safe while you’re on vacation that you may not have thought of: 1. Turn Off and Unplug Appliances If you are going on a long trip, turning off your appliances—and […]

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