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Bend Area Habitat seeks volunteers for El Salvador build trip

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

BEND, Ore. - Join Bend Area Habitat for Humanity on a build trip to Santa Ana, El Salvador, December 2-10, 2017. Bend Habitat has spots available for volunteers who want to have an amazing experience in a different culture and help low income families at the same time!

This is your opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime. Volunteers will help build a concrete block home for a Habitat family who will purchase it. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside the future homeowners, learn about the local culture, try new foods and more. No experience or skills are necessary. Ages 18 and older are welcome or 16 and older with adult supervision.

The team will be led by two staff from Bend Area Habitat for Humanity as part of a larger Habitat for Humanity Global Village community of building projects across the world.  Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. Help Habitat to make the world a better place to live.

The trip will include 5 days of building as well as opportunities for cultural experiences including; museum and historical tours, beaches and more. The cost is $1,500 per person plus airfare. Cost includes all in-country costs for transportation, lodging, food and cultural activities.

For more information on this amazing trip, contact Amber Morey, amorey@bendhabitat.org, 541.385.5387, ext 106

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY from SERVPRO of Bend

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July.

Please remember to thank those who help this country remain safe.

If you're wondering what to do in Bend this 4th, here are some options,

Old Fashioned July 4th Festival

Enjoy the holiday with your friends and family at the Bend Park & Recreation District’s Old Fashioned July 4th Festival.  It’s a day filled with old-fashioned fun & games, food and festivities – you won’t want to miss out!

Make a day of it: Begin at 8:00 am in Drake Park with the annual Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast then cruise to downtown Bend by 9:00 am with your dog, llama, wagon, bicycle or stuffed animal for the popular Bend Park & Recreation District Pet Parade, brought to you by Bend Pend Express. The parade kicks off at 10:00 am sharp and circles through downtown for 1.5 miles.

After the Pet Parade, head back to Drake Park between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm to enjoy the Festival with live music, local artisans and delicious food. Don’t forget to cruise through the expanded Kids & Family Area brought to you by the Law Offices of Warren John West where kids of all ages will be entertained with FREE old fashioned fun and games

Meth Lab Cleanup can be Hazardous

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Meth Lab Cleanup can be Hazardous Suspected Meth Lab

Meth Lab can be a complicated and extremely dangerous hazard. SERVPRO of Bend provides Cleaning and Restoration Services for properties that may have been used as a meth lab.

Bottles of paint thinner, drain opener or muriatic or other acids are strong indicators that someone has been making meth, as are propane tanks or other heat sources used to cook the drug. Sinks stained red by phosphorus, chemical smells and powdery residues left in glass cookware are also telltale signs.

Building materials and furniture may absorb contaminants and can give off fumes. Meth remains are very dangerous to the health and well being of occupants or future occupants of a property requiring an extensive cleanup process.

If you have any questions if your property was used as a meth lab, we recommend you first call the authorities. They are professionally trained to review the signs of a meth or any other type of drug lab.

If your local authorities have cleared the site, but it still needs to be cleaned or repaired, you can call SERVPRO of Bend. We are highly trained in biohazards and can help property owners identify key areas that need to be cleaned or repaired. Call SERVPRO of Bend today for a consultation, (541) 385-7044.

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SERVPRO of Bend Sewage Cleanup Services

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard SERVPRO of Bend Sewage Cleanup Services Sewage Cleanup

SERVPRO of Bend is proud to be certified in Biohazard and Sewage Cleanup.

When it comes to sewage damage, the job of a sewage damage restoration specialist is far more serious than simply removing waste and odors and restoring your home to its former state.

In reality, our seasoned professionals are charged with an extremely vital task: Making sure you and your family remain safe from the potential health risks associated with sewage damage. There are many different health problems that could result from sewage damage, which is one of the biggest reasons why the sewage damage cleanup process should almost always be handled by a professional organization like SERVPRO.

Here are some of the ailments and diseases you could face if you don’t call on a sewage damage expert to handle your home’s cleanup:

  • Hepatitis A, which is an acute liver infection that afflicts more than 10 million Americans each and every year.
  • Salmonella, a bacterial infection that causes symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramping, vomiting and weakness. If left untreated, salmonella can even lead to more serious diseases, such as typhoid fever.
  • Bacillary dysentery, which is a type of dysentery caused by interaction with harmful bacteria. Dysentery also causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and so forth, and can be extremely taxing on the body if immediate medical care is not sought.
  • Intestinal infections. In addition to the aforementioned ailments, there are other types of intestinal infections that may be sustained from contact with raw sewage.
  • Skin infections. When sewage comes in contact with exposed skin, a painful or itchy rash could be the result.
  • Eye infections.
  • Respiratory infections. This is of particular concern if the sewage problem is left untreated, as water damage can easily lead to mold growth, and mold releases spores that can be harmful or even fatal when inhaled by living organisms.

If you have any questions regarding Biohazard or Sewage cleanup, give us a call at (541) 385-7044.

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Oregon Couple Falls Ill After Purchasing an Undisclosed Meth House

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Oregon Couple Falls Ill After Purchasing an Undisclosed Meth House Meth Lab Cleanup

A young Oregon couple and their baby who fell desperately ill after moving into a newly purchased home have discovered that the house is a former meth lab that has been emitting highly toxic fumes ever since they moved in.

The couple bought a foreclosure property in Klamath Falls in the summer and though they recognized it was a fixer-upper, could never have predicted the traumatic events that would follow.

Within a matter of days, they began experiencing problems with breathing and by week three of their occupancy, , had been struck with agonizing sores, migraines and nose bleeds.

Buying the home 'as is', they were informed of their responsibilities for detecting lead paint and asbestos hazards and chose not to bother with an inspection that would only point out superficial repairs anyway.

Neither brokers warned them of any drug activity on the property so armed with paintbrushes and an optimism the family moved into their new home.

Information regarding the history of a foreclosed property routinely falls through the cracks by the time the bank or government agency has reached the point of foreclosure.

If you feel that a property you occupy was used as a meth or other drug producing lab, call your local authorities. Upon clearance from the authorities, SERVPRO of Bend would be happy to come out and assess the amount of cleanup needed. Call us today at (541) 385-7044.

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SERVPRO of Bend Takes Lead in Cleaning Homeless Camp in Deschutes County

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard SERVPRO of Bend Takes Lead in Cleaning Homeless Camp in Deschutes County Homeless Camp

SERVPRO of Bend along with a homeless advocacy group, veteran outreach and the Bend Police Department assisted in cleaning up a homeless camp that had been expanding on private property for over a year.

The property became hazardous when it was found that many hypodermic needles and sewage were found on the property. After providing over 3 months of communication to the individuals of whom were camping illegally on the property, SERVPRO of Bend was able to start the cleaning of the camp.

All residence of the camp were provided with information of where they could go for assistance.

SERVPRO of Bend cleaned all of the hazardous materials from the property and posted no trespassing signs to identify the property as private.

The residence were appreciative of how caring the transition from the camp to the private property went and thanked all involved for their understanding of the situation.

Disaster Recovery Profile for Your Commercial Property

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

If you are a business owner that operates out of a commercial building or an owner of a commercial property, keeping up-to-date on maintenance can sometimes seem overwhelming. At SERVPRO of Bend we provide a free service to commercial properties that minimize interruption if a disaster, such as a water or fire event happens one of your properties.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile provides critical information, such as shut-off valve locations, important areas within the facility, and priority contact information needed to begin a quick and successful recovery from whatever could happen.

As a free service to you, we will catalog all this important information into a Disaster Recovery Profile for all of your properties. Once all the information is captured, SERVPRO of Bend will provide you with a digital copy of your facilities information via our Mobile App/Web Portal.

When the worst happens, you will be better prepared. If you would like more information, feel free to call me at (541) 385-7044

 

SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Profile Helps Identify Key Areas for Building Maintenance

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Building Maintenance on a commercial property can be made easier by identifying possible issues with the property before they become hazardous. This isn’t a detailed list, but Here are some helpful tips from SERVPRO of Bend on how to consistently maintain your commercial property:

Daily

Check for hazards that might have occurred over night, especially after a severe storm.

Weekly

Monitor relative humidity in all areas of the building as an indicator of possible moisture issues. The most obvious is an accumulation of moisture on the inside of the windows.

Check HVAC thermostats, humidistats and other control systems.

Monthly

Inspect HVAC air filters as recommended in the operations and maintenance manual.

Check all HVAC vents, hoses and especially filters for debris or obstructions.

Check drain pans and condensate drains, especially if your building provides cooling systems.

Check rooftop drains to ensure there is no debris hindering the drainage

These are some, but not all of the maintenance that is required on commercial properties. If you have questions, SERVPRO of Bend is here to help.

Call us today and ask about our free, Emergency Readiness Profile that provides an electronic copy of all your critical systems. Call Us Today to schedule and appointment, 541-385-7044. 

 

SERVPRO of Bend Sponsors AHMA Golf Event

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bend, along with SERVPRO of Yamhill and Tillamook Counties were sponsors of the Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) of Oregon golf event.

It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with community leaders who strive to make a difference in their communities.

AHMA is a statewide, trade association providing continuing education and advocacy to the owners, management agents, and housing project management staff and HOME-financed apartment housing for low income seniors, families, and people with disabilities.

1,500 new apartments on the way in Bend, Oregon

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

The housing crisis in Bend may soon have some relief.

Applications to build apartment complexes rose from nearly nothing between 2004 and 2013 to about 1,000 units proposed in the past 1½ years in June. Applications for more than 500 more have been filed in the last few months.

The surge in applications is still lagging behind the demand for new rental housing. The Central Oregon Rental Owners Association annual spring survey of rental vacancies and average rents in Central Oregon found an overall vacancy rate of 1.6 percent for large apartment complexes in Bend and 1.4 percent for those with five units or fewer.