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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.

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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)


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.

Central Oregon snow brings crashes; DCSO patrol car in one

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

BEND, Ore. - A few to several inches of snow fell over much of Central Oregon again Saturday morning, leading to several slide-offs and crashes around the region, none with serious injuries reported -- including a collision east of Bend that damaged a Deschutes County sheriff's patrol car.

In a Facebook post, sheriff's office Sgt. William Bailey said the deputy at the wheel was slowly approaching the stop sign on Deschutes Market Road at Hamehook Road "but was unable to stop on the icy roadway and slid into the path of another vehicle." The deputy was not identified.

"We are relieved to report that no one was injured in the crash," Bailey wrote, adding, "Even with regular driving training, accidents can happen. Even driving extremely slow, accidents can happen. If you have to go out, drive carefully!"

Bend-area observers reported 2-4 or more inches of new snow by Saturday morning, while Sisters and Redmond had about two inches, Prineville over an inch and Madras about a half-inch 

The National Weather Service reduced Sunday's expected snow amounts a bit, but still predicts over a foot in the Cascades and 2-5 more inches possible in the Bend area by Sunday night, though a mix of rain and snow is predicted during the daytime as temperatures climb to near 40 degrees.  Below-normal temperatures and a chance of snow showers linger in the area through the coming week.

Home Fires Peak During Winter Months

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Working smoke alarms cut the chances of dying in a house fire in half, and they are a family's first indication of a fire. But once that alarm sounds a fire can spread quickly, leaving only a minute or two to escape, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That's why it's so important to have an escape plan and practice it using different ways out of the house.

NSC provides the following tips to keep your home safe from fire:

  • Install both types of smoke alarms (ionization and photoelectric) and carbon monoxide alarms; change the batteries at least once a year in these devices
  • Plan – and practice – an escape route and agree on a meeting place outside of your home; be prepared to assist young children, family members with special needs and pets
  • Know two ways out of every room in the home
  • Learn how to use your fire extinguisher
  • If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll
  • When evacuating, if door handles are hot, pick an alternate route
  • Leave your house and call for help; do not go back to help someone else

If you have questions about fire mitigation, please give SERVPRO of Bend a call at 541-385-7044. We have certified fire mitigation specialists on staff to help.

47% of reported home structure fires were caused by cooking.

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Agencey (NFPA)

  • In 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 170,200 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year. Almost half (47%) of reported home structure fires were caused by cooking.
  • Ranges or cooktops, with or without ovens, accounted for the majority (62%) of home cooking fire incidents and even larger shares of civilian deaths (87%).Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in these fires and fire deaths.
  • More than half (55%) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.

If you have questions about Fire Mitigation or Remodeling, call SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.

Rain Storms and Gutter Maintenance

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rain Storms and Gutter Maintenance Clogged Gutters

Preventative maintenance is the best way to prepare for the wind and rain storms that usually accompany a winter storm. 

Gutters help catch rainfall and ensure it stays away from the foundation of your home. If your gutters get clogged with ice or debris that piles up during the season, your gutters can't do their jobs. We all know there are giant leaves EVERYWHERE right now, so just make sure they don't stay in your gutters.  

Clean your gutters by spraying a hose through them from the bottom up. Use a scoop or towel to remove any clogs in your gutters, or you can purchase a hose attachment tool that is specifically designed for cleaning gutters. 

It is crutial that you check your home for signs of leakage. Fixing a leak early on can prevent flooding, mold, mildew and even a collapsed ceiling. Scan your ceilings for water marks and look for peeling paint.

You should also check the outside of your home for any telltale signs of leakage.

Make sure there are no cracks in the ridges of your roof. Wind can cause roof damage, so keep an eye out for loose, curled, or missing shingles. If you do have roof damage, water can enter your home.  

Cleaning your gutters is a quick and easy way to protect yourself from the harsh weather heading our way!

An ounce of prevention can save you from having gallons of water inside your home