Hurricane Chris Poses No Direct Threat to U.S.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Chris formed late Tuesday afternoon off the U.S. East Coast, becoming the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.
Other than churning up some rough seas along the coast, Chris poses no direct threat to the USA as it races out to sea. It could clip Newfoundland, Canada, later in the week.
As of 5 p.m. EDT, Chris had winds of 85 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane. The center of Chris was 205 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and was moving to the northeast at 10 mph.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
Happy 4th of July
SERVPRO of Bend is proud of our heritage and the independence we all have as Americans.
We wanted to take this time to thank all those people, past and present who make America such a great country.
"You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
Treatment Center Water Loss - Bend Oregon
SERVPRO of Bend was called to a treatment center in downtown Bend after it was reported that they had flooding on the main level and some of the offices had been affected.
The cause of the flooding was due to a drain on the exterior of the building being clogged. When a sudden rain storm hit the Central Oregon area, the water was unable to drain properly and found its way into some of the offices.
Fortunately, SERVPRO of Bend was able to mobilize its drying team and set up equipment to dry the affected areas and get the treatment center back up in running in 2 days.
Deer Mice and The Hantavirus
Central Oregon, like most rural areas have an abundance of wildlife--including rodents such as the deer mice. Many people don't know that, though cute the deer mice is a main carrier of the Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).
This is a life-threatening disease that is spread by:
- Inhaling airborne particles of urine, droppings, and saliva from infected rodents spreads
- Handling infected rodents, their nests, or droppings and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
Symptoms develop within one to five weeks and are flu-like, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach pain
As hantavirus progresses, respiratory failure may occur. If you may have been exposed to deer mice and become sick, seek medical attention immediately. Be sure to let your health care provider know where you have been and what you were doing.
If you have a rodent infestation or are concerned about the possibility of rodents on your property, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.
Emergency Action Plan: Commercial Property
According to Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Commercial property and building owners must comply with relevant OSHA regulations.
A regulation (29 CFR 1910.38), states that employers with 10 or fewer employees do not have to create a written emergency action plan. However, employers are still required by OSHA to communicate an EAP to staff. An EAP must communicate the following minimum requirements:
- Means of reporting fires or other emergencies
- Evacuation procedures, including exit route assignment
- Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical operations before they evacuate
- Procedures to account for all employees after evacuation (29 CFR 1910.38(c)(4))
- Procedures to be followed by employees performing rescue or medical duties
- The name or job title of every employee who may be contacted by employees who need more information about the plan or an explanation of their duties under the plan.
Building owners should not limit response planning to fire emergencies, any scenarios that could impact the safety of building occupants should be planned and documented in advance.
OSHA, Emergency Action Plan (EAP). 2017. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/implementation.html
(accessed 04 June 2018).
Asbestos in The Home
Many homes built before 1980 contain asbestos in old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), pipe cement, and joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock. Some newer houses may also contain asbestos.
A visual inspection of your home is usually not sufficient to determine if it contains asbestos. Instead, samples of suspected asbestos fibers should be sent to a certified laboratory for analysis.
Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) are two approved methods of analysis. The National Institute for Standards and Technology maintains web lists of laboratories certified to do TEM and PLM analysis.
Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides detailed guidance about how to collect samples that may contain asbestos, the American Lung Association instead recommends that you hire a certified asbestos professional to take any samples. Hiring a professional can minimize asbestos exposure for you and your family.
If you have any questions about asbestos, SERVPRO of Bend can put you in touch with certified organizations to assist in testing and remediating asbestos. Call us today at 541-385-7044.
What Is Vermiculite and Why Should You Be Concerned?
Vermiculite in an attic
Vermiculite is a natural insulation material — but it’s one that you definitely don’t want to have in your attic.
Vermiculite is a mineral mined from the earth, composed of shiny flakes that look like cat litter. When this mineral is put in an oven, it expands like popcorn. Expanded vermiculite is lightweight, fire-resistant, and odorless; since it has an R-value of about R-2 per inch, it was used for decades as an insulation material.
There is only one problem with this wonderful material: most vermiculite contains friable asbestos. When inhaled, vermiculite dust can be hazardous.
Owners of homes with vermiculite have a huge headache. If your attic contains vermiculite:
- It’s dangerous to enter your attic.
- It’s dangerous to perform any attic air sealing work until all of the vermiculite has been removed by a certified asbestos abatement contractor.
- It’s dangerous to install cellulose insulation on top of the vermiculite
If you have more questions about vermiculite or other building material that you need help identifying, give SERVPRO of Bend a call at 541-385-7044.
Where to Take Hazardous Waste in Deschutes County
At SERVPRO of Bend, we often receive questions from customers about where to dispose of items such as paint cans or thinners that have been damaged due to water or smoke damage. Deschutes County has a great facility that accepts a multitude of waste items that are deemed "Hazardous."
The facility accepts a wide variety of hazardous wastes including:
- Paints, Stains, and Solvents
- Fuels and thinners
- Oil filters and antifreeze
- Cleaning products and poisons
- Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
- Rechargeable batteries
- Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
- Pool and spa chemicals
- Thermometers, mercury thermostats and switches
Auto batteries, used motor oil and propane tanks should be taken to the Recycling Center.
If you have further questions regarding what you can and cannot take to the Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste, they can be reached at (541) 317-3163
Read more about the Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste by clicking here.
Tiny Holes in Drywall or Wood Can be the sign of a Bigger Problem
They may look innocent enough, but these little spots signal a long battle ahead. Even if they're just a grouping of small dots on the wall, each no more than 1/8 inch in diameter, they’re anything but innocent. In fact, they're probably flying termite exit holes, and they could be a sign of an active termite infestation. Flying termites chew exit holes through drywall to allow young termites to escape, then other termites fill the holes with a plaster-like substance made of wood fiber and their own feces. If you have more questions about anomalies in your house, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Bend, 541-385-7044.
What It Might Mean When A Door Suddenly Won’t Close
If you have a door that used to close easily but now sticks or won’t close at all, it’s a sign that something has shifted in the structure of your home. One possible cause could be expansive clay soil that swells when it becomes saturated and puts pressure on the foundation, causing it to shift. Or, it could be the result of normal settling. Either way, when a door will no longer close, an inspection is in order. A SERVPRO of Bend Building Technician can assist in pinpointing the problem and advise you on steps you can take to protect your home. If you have further questions about structural issues on your home, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.