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Prescribed burns due south of Bend Thursday, Friday

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

On Thursday and Friday, firefighters are planning ignitions on the 121-acre South Bend 446 unit, located south of China Hat, about one mile south of the Back Nine Golf course and Woodside Ranch. On Friday, firefighters plan ignitions on South Bend 137. The 250-acre unit is adjacent to Lost Tracks Golf Course and will be visible from China Hat Road.

Burning in these units is designed to decrease hazardous fuels accumulations within the Wildland-Urban Interface near to the city of Bend and surrounding values at risk to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire, as well as reintroducing fire into a fire adapted ecosystem.

Due to the location of these units, the public could see smoke and drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby highways and Forest roads. For all prescribed fires, signs will be posted on significant nearby Forest roads and state highways that could be impacted. 

Cleaning Smoke Damage

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Prescribed burns and Wild fires may not directly affect your house. However, the smoke and soot can get airborne and affect areas of your home that you may not see.  

Even if the fire was localized, smoke and soot can have traveled throughout the house, affecting walls, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing, and other personal items. In order to repair and recover your damaged property, you will want to have clean the smoke and soot damage from walls, textiles, clothing, and furniture, and remove the smoky odor as well

SERVPRO of Bend has extensive knowledge and is certified in Fire and Smoke damage clean up and odor control.

If you have smoke damage from a fire or prescribed burn, feel free to give us a call and we can come out and help you decide on a plan for mitigating the damage.

Call SERVPRO of Bend 541-385-7044.

Cleaning Tools We Recommend to Have Around Your Property

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bend's cleaning department is frequently asked about what cleaning tools are essential for households to have. Here is a list of some essential cleaning tools that every home or apartment should have. 

1. Sponge: There are a huge variety of sponges out there. It's nice to have a mix of regular sponges, some with an abrasive side, and then some with a microfiber side to tackle just about any dirty surface.
2. Towels: White towels for cleaning. When a white towel is used, you'll know when they're dirty, and they can be easily bleached and disinfected without getting ruined. An eco-friendly alternative is cut up old t-shirts.
3. Squeegee: These little tools are a must-have for keeping showers mold and mildew-free. They also work great on windows.
4. Microfiber Cloths: Microfiber can often get surfaces clean on its own or with just a little water, and shouldn't scratch or leave streaks behind, especially with stainless steel.
5. Spray Bottle: Keep spray bottles on hand if you ever need to rinse something off with water, or like to make your own cleaners. When you put a chemical in a spray bottle, make sure to label it clearly.
6. Broom, Dustpan and Mop: This is obvious. If you have any hard surfaces like wood, tile, cork, and linoleum, you will need a broom and mop to get them clean. Dustpans help with the process, and of course are crucial for quickly cleaning up any spills.
7. Vacuum: Whether it's a Roomba or a Dyson vacuum, these machines help keep floors clean and allergies at bay.
8. Bucket: A nice sized bucket can not only stow your cleaning supplies, but also be used for mopping, or any other of a multitude of household tasks.
9. Scrub Brush: A sponge or cloth isn't always going to work, so keep a bristle scrub brush on hand to use on tough stains.
10. Toothbrush: When you need something a little more detailed than a scrub brush, a toothbrush is a great option. Disinfect some old toothbrushes and put them to work on grout, sink rims and all the other nooks and crannies in your house.

If you have any other questions regarding cleaning, feel free to contact us at 541-385-7044.

SERVPRO of Bend at the Central Oregon Builders Home and Garden Show

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Come visit SERVPRO of Bend at the 2018 Central Oregon Builders Home and Garden Show at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds May 4-6.

We will be at booth 302, so come on by and visit us. We will have Putt-Putt golf available so you can hone your putting skills. 

Enter to win a Home First Aid Kit courtesy of SERVPRO of Bend.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you mention that you heard about the show from our web site, receive 5 extra raffle tickets.

Julie Irwin Nominated for Bend Woman of the Year

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bend's owner, Julie Irwin has been on of over 40 nominees for the Bend Chamber of Commerce's "Woman of the Year."

The 2017 Women of the Year recipient exemplifies the character and accomplishment expected of the Women of the Year. 

The Bend Chamber received 42 nominees in total for the five awards categories. Nominations were open to both Bend Chamber members and non-members. The purpose of the Women of the Year Awards is to recognize exceptional women of all ages, of diverse cultures, roles and accomplishments, who have demonstrated commitments for the betterment of our local community and beyond.

Read More Here:

https://bendchamber.org/community/julie-irwin/

Done With Winter? Some Things You Can Do Now to Prep Your House for Spring

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Clean Rain Gutters

Wind, animals, and gravity bring sticks, leaves, and other organic matter into your rain gutters, and chances are yours have accumulated their share of detritus over the winter. That's bad news for your home: When downspouts are clogged, rainwater can spill out of your gutters and around the perimeter of your house, putting it at risk for leaks and flooding. Get ready for spring showers by removing the mess from your gutters to ensure that the water will flow freely.

Change Filters

To maintain optimal air quality in your home, it’s a good idea to replace your HVAC system's air filter seasonally as well as the filter in your kitchen range hood. While you're at it, consider changing the filters in your water purification system. Depending on your water, you might not need to change these as often as your HVAC filters, but it's not a bad idea to check them now. So, go ahead and welcome spring with new filters all around to keep your home clean and fresh, and your appliances in good working order.

Check Vents

As snow melts away from your home’s foundation, it’s a good time to check any vents along the foundation or in the attic. Look for missing or damaged screens, debris, signs of insect or rodent infestation, or other issues, and correct them before they have a chance to become bigger problems later in the season.

Check the Roof

Take advantage of the sun’s return to check your roof for cracked or missing shingles or tiles, and examine flashing around vents and the chimney for damage. While you’re at it, have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.

If you have any questions about the above items or some other cleaning tips, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.

Bathroom Hazards, Like Mold To Be Aware Of

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold

With a daily influx of humidity, bathrooms are a prime locale for mold. You can often see it in the grout between tiles or along caulk lines, but it can also grow out-of-sight behind walls and ceilings, under floors, or inside ductwork. Prevent the buildup with proper ventilation, including dehumidifiers, fans, and open windows.

Soap Scum

Neglecting the tub isn’t just unsightly—that slimy buildup can lead to slips and falls while bathing or getting in and out of the tub. The bathroom is the leading location for unintentional injuries, especially for older people, so in addition to keeping the tub or shower floor clean, consider adding non-slip strips to the floor or installing grab bars to decrease the risk of injury.

Air Fresheners

Everyone knows what happens in the bathroom—but covering up the scent with an air freshener may do more harm than good. Some sprays contain VOCs and cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde. If it stinks, open a window or turn on a fan.

Flexible Vinyl Flooring

Sure, it’s a quick upgrade, but some vinyl flooring contains phthalates, a volatile compound often used to make plastics more flexible and durable. This chemical releases into the air and household dust, especially in enclosed areas, and high levels of phthalates have been linked to asthma and allergies in children.

Bathroom Cleaners

It’s tempting to use the super-duper strongest cleanser you can find, but some commercial cleaners contain chemicals that can irritate the eyes and skin or emit dangerous fumes. Instead, look for cleansers certified as the Safer Choice by the EPA, or make your own from non-toxic products like vinegar, borax, and baking soda.

If you have questions or need help cleaning up a mess, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend's Cleaning Team at 541-385-7044

Late Central Oregon winter could raise avalanche danger

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Important to have right gear, think safety

BEND, Ore. - If you're headed into the Central Oregon backcountry, it's important to be prepared and know the risks you could be facing, one of which is an avalanche.

Kevin Grove, an associate professor of physics and engineering at Central Oregon Community College, is also a board member for the Central Oregon Avalanche Association. 

Grove said it does not take much for an avalanche to occur, and right here in Central Oregon, we have the proper ingredients where we could see an avalanche in the backcountry.

"You need a combination of terrain, weather, snowpack and a person to create risk of an avalanche in the backcountry," Grove said Tuesday. "We have all of those in Central Oregon."

Grove added that over the past eight years, there have been eight avalanche deaths in Oregon.

He said it's important to be very cautious and aware of your surroundings when you head into the mountains.

Anyone that is heading out into the backcountry for any recreational activity should be prepared for the risk of avalanche, according to avalanche safety instructor Susie Fagen Wirges.

Madras, Oregon duplex deck fire traced to cigarettes

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Neighbors, first fire crew stop blaze's spread

MADRAS, Ore. - A fire broke out Saturday morning on the deck of a Madras duplex and threatened to move into the home, fanned by high winds, but was stopped by neighbors and fire crews, officials said -- and was sparked by improperly extinguished cigarettes.

Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 crews arrived around 10:40 a.m. at the duplex in the 200 block of Northeast Ninth Street, finding neighbors putting out the blaze, as residents were not home, said fire Captain Kasey Skaar.

The first engine split its crew, with one crew  to check the deck for extension into the duplex or adjacent unit and overhaul the burned area, Skaar said. The other crew gained access to the attic and found no extension into the area.

A second engine crew called to the scene was available for other calls. A total of three staff and nine volunteers were called out.

"Due to the high winds, the fire could have burned quickly and could have been much worse," Skaar said, thanking neighbors and fire crews for their quick response

Fire destroys Madras, Oregon mobile home; no injuries

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

MADRAS, Ore. - A fire destroyed a Madras mobile home early Friday, but the resident was away at work and there were no injuries, officials said.

Crews were called shortly after midnight to the reported fire in a single-wide mobile home at Tops Trailer Park at 23 Northwest Depot Road, Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 Captain Kasey Skaar said.

The first engine crew to arrive protected nearby homes and attacked the fire agressively, Saar said. A second engine crew soon arrived and helped with the effort, as well as salvage and overhaul. A total of 10 volunteers and three staff were called to the scene.

The home was a total loss, and the cause of the fire was not determined, Skaar said.

The American Red Cross sent disaster responders Friday to help the resident with resources for immediate basic needs, the agency said.