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Extreme Makeover: SERVPRO of Bend Fleet Vehicle

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Hot off the press and out of the garage!

We're extremely excited to have a new member of our already wonderful fleet of vehicles.

This small Versa was originally a plain silver color but after being rescued by SERVPRO of Bend, it got new life.

We're so excited to have given this new marketing vehicle an extreme makeover, thanks to SERVPRO's preferred provider, Build a sign llc.

We couldn't be happier with the new look so look for it racing around town (within legal limits of course).

Weather, climate threats top list of 2018 Global Risks Report

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Weather and climate threats are among the top risks that will have the biggest global impact in the next 10 years, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.

The report is an assessment by 1,000 experts and decision-makers on the likelihood and impact of global risks over a 10-year period.

Following a devastating year for weather and natural disasters in 2017, the Global Risk Report highlighted the environment as an area of particular concern this year.

Behind weapons of mass destruction in the top spot are extreme weather events, natural disasters, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation and water crises.

"Extreme weather events have ranked in the top two future risks since 2014. It should be alarming to the general public," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.

Meanwhile, extreme weather events and natural disasters claimed spots one and two for risks most likely to occur in the next 10 years.

California mudslides: Where and why they happen

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mudslides, also known as debris flows, are a type of landslide that can occur after a natural disaster, such as a wildfire. Debris flows often contain mud, rock and other materials.

“Human modification” of land can also make certain slopes and steep areas “vulnerable to landslides during and after heavy rains,” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which estimates that roughly 25 to 50 people die each year in the United States because of land and mudslides.

But mudslides can also occur without a wildfire preceding it, such as what happened recently in Mendocino, CA.

A few different factors contribute to debris flows in Southern California, David Peterson, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Washington, told Fox News.

The Thomas Fire, which burned more than 280,000 acres and primarily affected Ventura, Montecito, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara Counties, among others, removed “all of the living and dead vegetation that protected the soil beneath,” Peterson said. The land quickly eroded when there was no vegetation to hold it in place.

The fire was also hot enough to “cook out” the organic matter in the soil, which helps the earth to absorb water when it rains.

“When you have five or more inches of water in a day or two, it doesn’t buffer the impact of the rain on the soil,” he said, adding that the soil also became very hot from the wildfires. This results in the so-called “hydrophobic effect” which causes the soil to repel water.

Top Tips for a Leaking Toilet

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

In some cases, you may find that your toilet has a small leak that is manageable if you understand where the leak is coming from. First, some of the washers between the bowl and tank may have failed. Shut off the supply valve, empty the tank with a flush, then remove the nuts, bolts, and washers from the underside of the tank. Lift the tank, position it on its side, and see if the washers need replacing.

Another culprit may be faulty fasteners securing the fill valve and ballcock to the bottom of the tank. Before you replace those parts, however, first try simply tightening the nuts and bolts holding them in place—that often solves the problem.

On the other hand, if the leak seems to be coming from the base of the tank, chances are the wax ring that seals the toilet to the floor has failed. Replacing the wax ring is a much bigger job, since it involves removing the entire toilet from its base. If you decide to replace the wax ring yourself—preferably with a friend to help with the lifting—take the extra step of also replacing any bolts that show signs of corrosion. And, once you have the toilet back in place, don’t forget to add a bead of caulk around the base.

If you feel that a job such as this is more than you can handle, SERVPRO of Bend is glad to help. Feel free to call us at 541-385-7044.

Forecasters expect patches of freezing fog in Central Oregon

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Expect patches of fog and occasional freezing fog over the next couple of days in Central Oregon, forecasters say. When the fog clears up, skies will be mostly cloudy on Thursday, with a high of 41. Tuesday night's low will be around 31.

Fog typically forms when there's cool air over a warm, moist surface such as a body of water or damp soil. 

However, freezing fog occurs when the air temperature is below freezing and the water droplets in the fog become supercooled.

Supercooled water droplets stay in liquid form until they come into contact with a surface they can freeze on. Therefore, any object that freezing fog comes into contact with will become coated in ice, often creating stunning landscapes.

Freezing fog can occur anywhere the air temperature drops below freezing, but it's most common in mountain areas and is most likely to form at night when heat escapes from the atmosphere.

In some cases, these droplets can form on roads so be careful when driving on roads, specifically in more rural areas.

Mt. Bachelor Showing Signs of Snow!

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

After a slow holiday season, a small but long awaited snow storm will be hitting Mt. Bachelor.

Beginning Friday, January 5th a small storm will be bringing a consistent snowfall on Central Oregon's Mt Bachelor. The storm is forecasted to be spanning in to the following week.

For more information, go to Mt. Bachelors web site: https://www.mtbachelor.com/conditions-report/

Basement Mold

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

If your house has a basement, then basement water leakage and excess basement humidity levels could be one of the contributors to mold growth in your home.  It has been documented that at least "98% of all sub-surface basement areas will leak, at some point in their life." 

There can be many reasons for a damp or leaky basement and they all add up to problems for as homeowners, if not corrected.  Actual water leakage should not be confused with the high relative humidity typically found in basements.   Both can pose serious problems, but need very different approaches to affect a cure.

Moisture trapped between the foundation wall and the finished basement wall can allow mold to grow unnoticed. Long-standing moisture problems can lead to decay, resulting in structural damage to the house.

If you have questions about a high amount of humidity in your home or feel that you have some sort of abnormal growth on building materials, you can call SERVPRO of Bend and we would be glad to help.

SERVPRO of Bend

541-385-7044

Some Key Signs of Water Damage Around Your Home

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

You may think a water leak or a busted pipe would be easy to detect and definitely something you'd notice right away. The truth is, sometimes the signs of water damage are hidden - behind your walls, under your floor boards, or even on the exterior of your house. Whether the situation happened an hour ago or a month ago, there are a number of ways to remedy the problem with water damage repair and restoration. First and foremost is finding the source.

What to Look For

Water damage can take on different colors, textures, and even smells, depending on the type of location of the damage. For instance, ceiling water damage is usually easier to spot than water damage in a basement because you will see stains and discoloration on a ceiling, but may not know that a musty odor can be a sign that there is a problem on the lower level of your home.

Water Accumulation

The most obvious sign that you've got water damage on your hands (or that it will become a bigger problem) is areas of standing or pooling water. These can result from old or malfunctioning appliances including washers, water heaters and toilets. A puddle could also occur from a leaking roof, or from drainage pipes if the water is on the outside of your home.

Discoloration

With ceiling water damage, look for water spots and stains. The area may appear wet or dry and can be a yellow, brown or copper color. Walls may also have bubbling, cracking or peeling paint or wallpaper in addition to staining.

Another type of discoloration to look for is rust, which can occur on water heaters, pipes under sinks and bathroom fixtures. While rust isn't necessarily an indicator of water damage, it can alert you to future problem areas.

If you have any questions about whether you may or may not have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Bend

Snow Accumulation Can Cause Damage if Not Managed

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Each Winter Central Oregonians get to experience snowfall that blankets the area, creating a beautiful landscape.

In some cases, the accumulation of too much snow can be costly in the form of water damage to homes. Problems can occur when snow accumulates on the outside of a structure while warmth from the interior dissipates into cavities within the structure. When cold and warmth meet, especially in poor ventilated areas, moisture can accumulate.

If these areas don't have adequate ventilation, the accumulation of moisture can cause water damage.

Areas that may experience poor ventilation are attics, basements, and crawlspaces. If you think you may have a problem due to the accumulation of snow or ice on your property, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend and we can help. We are available 24/7 at 541-385-7044.

Ideas on How to Winterize Your Commercial Property

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Freezing temperatures can create all types of hazards and often cause major damage to properties when proper preparations are not taken.  The mess and cost to clean up a water line or pipe that freezes is not something that anyone wants to deal with and is avoidable if certain steps are taken prior to the arrival of winter weather conditions.

Freezing temperatures can also cause vital safety systems, such as fire protection systems to malfunction. Worst case scenario, sprinkler pipes can burst resulting in major damage to buildings, furnishing, computer and electrical equipment.

The saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure comes to mind when dealing with the results of frozen water lines.

5 Things You Can Do:

1. Insulate all water pipes that run along the exterior of the building or those that are located in unheated interior spaces.
2. Inspect water pipes on a regular basis, looking for any signs of small leaks or fatigue that could cause them to fail in a big way when the freezing temperatures arrive.
3. Run water at a slow drip to relieve the pressure that can burst a pipe in the case that it does freeze.
4. Check all shutoff valves and levers to make sure they are in pristine working order.
5. Keep utilities on in vacant units- if you have vacant units, the cost of maintaining utilities in that unit will offset the cost of loss that could result from the lack of heat or water movement which causes frozen pipes and subsequent water damage.

If you have any questions about freezing pipes or how to prepare your property for winter, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bend at (541) 385-7044.