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Signs of Failing Gutters after an Ice Dam in Central Oregon

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Signs of Failing Gutters after an Ice Dam in Central Oregon Our certified technicians are available 24/7 to help with your water damage restoration.

After this Winters ice damming, it’s important to keep the maintenance up on your Central Oregon home.

It is important to keep your gutters clean and free of debris. This might seem like a basic task, and one that not a lot of people like to do. However, not doing so can create significant issues for your property if not taken care of. From roof leaks to problems with the foundation of your home, clogged gutters can lead to costly repairs if they are left untreated. 

If you are seeing signs such as shingles with curled up ends, missing shingles, gutters which are pulling away from your home these are clear warning signs that your gutters are failing. When water damage is apparent on your home, you need water cleanup services from SERVPRO of Bend.

SERVPRO of Bend can take a look at your home to see where the damage is and how extensive it is, plus clean it up.  

Cracks in your gutters lead to water leakage and water damage to your home. If you do not deal with it right away, this leads to larger cracks and more expensive damages.

If you have any questions regarding roof damage or water intrusion to your home, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.

SERVPRO - Mold Remediation In Central Oregon

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO - Mold Remediation In Central Oregon Our technicians are certified in proper mold remediation and are available 24/7.

Property Owners in Central Oregon can find mold in their house, commercial building, or apartment. Contrary to what many believe, most homes or businesses in our community has mold.

Usually, they are harmless, but with the right environmental factors, they can expand and grow into a problem that can compromise structures and cause negative health effects in some people.

The chemicals that SERVPRO of Bend technicians use are the strongest chemical agents to safely combat mold spores. In fact, the chemicals we use are manufactured by our own SERVPRO labs.

They destroy every micro-organism on contact, so our teams use them sparingly, and only while wearing proper protective gear. Despite their strength, these chemicals don’t impact the surfaces, making them ideal for mold but not damaging surfaces.

If you have any questions regarding mold or water damage to your home, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.

Commercial Water Damage in Central Oregon

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage in Central Oregon SERVPRO of Bend Technicians are certified in Commercial Drying.

When protecting your commercial property in Central Oregon from developing problems that can have a negative impact on production, it is important to plan accordingly.

A lot of small issues that start out as a nuisance can become larger issues over time. The effect can be loss of rent, frustrated tenants and a building that is deteriorating. Retaining control of the smaller issues before they get out-of-hand is extremely important, especially for commercial properties.

When commercial property owners in Central Oregon find themselves faced with commercial water damage, it is important that they call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bend. We are certified in Commercial Drying through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Having areas where water damage forms or continually drips from lines and joints that are not properly connected can pave the way for future damage that can heavily impact production.

The presence of water can make create other situations such as infestations by rodents and damaging insects more likely to happen. These living creatures need a continual source of water to survive. Moisture causes materials to disintegrate, allowing easier access for these pests to cause more damage.

If you have any questions regarding water damage to your commercial property, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.

Asbestos Testing on Every Property 2004 and Older

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bend's priority is making sure that our customers and our team members are safe, especially with hazardous or potentially hazardous materials.

In Oregon, homes constructed prior to 2004 may contain asbestos in their walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, siding, HVAC systems, insulation, pipes and more. Homes and buildings constructed prior to 2004 need to be tested for asbestos. Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral that was used extensively in the U.S. in many construction materials. Use has decreased significantly over the years, but there are still building materials produced today that contain asbestos.

When asbestos-containing material is disturbed and improperly handled, tiny hazardous fibers are released into the air and may cause lung cancer and other illnesses.  It’s important that asbestos is properly tested before any material is removed. 

In accordance with Oregon law, we test every material that is in a home that has been built in 2004 or older prior to removing it.

If you have questions about asbestos or any other hazardous material, feel free to give SERVPRO of Bend a call at (541)385-7044.

We Provide an Emergency Readiness Profile For FREE

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Many commercial property owners don't realize that SERVPRO of Bend provides an Emergency Readiness Profile (ERP) for FREE.

We at SERVPRO of Bend know that the best time of planning for catastrophic events are not when the event happens, but before anything happens. Nobody plans on having a disaster but they can always build a plan in case one happens. Many property owners that we have talked to about ERP’s are surprised to realize that they don’t have an “official” plan when it comes to, “What would happen if…”

It isn’t uncommon when asked, that many commercial property owners don’t know where their main water shut off is. It is very important to know where a water shutoff and other primary components of the building are located. Fortunately, the SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Profile (ERP) that SERVPRO of Bend provides locates and documents these important components for FREE.   

This is where an ERP is a huge advantage and compliment to a business’s Disaster Planning Program. 

While other restoration companies charge for this valuable service, We at SERVPRO of Bend do it for FREE.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an Emergency Readiness Profile at your commercial property, don't hesitate giving us a call at 541-385-7044.

Providing Information to combat Ice Dams

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Protect your investment by preventing dangerous ice dams and icicles Summit Ice Melt Systems

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SERVPRO of Bend has been providing preventative maintenance information to Central Oregonians for over 12 years. Our team are local professionals who understand the variety of weather changes that Central Oregon experiences. 

During the winter months, such as right now, ice dams can begin to wreak havoc on residential and commercial properties. Ice dams are a natural occurrence in snow country. They form when certain conditions co-exist. During these conditions, dangerous icicle and heavy ice formations develop.

To combat ice dams, it is important to remove snow build up from eaves and rain gutters. Too much build up of ice on the edge of the eaves will freeze, causing a dam of ice. When snow located on the upper are of the roof, where it is exposed to heat melts, it has nowhere to go but down. This in turn, could create water damage.

If you feel you have damage from an ice dam, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.

Mold Staining

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

It isn't uncommon in Central Oregon to find that a lot of homes suffer from poor ventilation in the attic space, that can result in secondary damage, such as microbial growth or staining from microbial growth.

SERVPRO of Bend was called out to this residential property in Redmond, OR when the owner noticed that one side of their home had clear plywood on the inside of the roof material but the north facing side of the interior plywood was covered in black.

SERVPRO of Bend technicians went into the attic and metered the north side of the roof material and found that it was not metering wet. However, the attic space was stuffy, and it felt as if there was not adequate ventilation.

After calling a roofer, the homeowner realized that the attic needed more vents. Once the roofer completed the installation of new vents, SERVPRO of Bend was called back to remove the staining.

After spraying the affected area, the result was a clean, almost new looking plywood on the north facing side of attic interior.  

Bend Fire Department roof advice, fire hydrant clearing

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Weather forecasts are calling for several more inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, followed by some rain, and then freezing temperatures on Wednesday night. These conditions have the potential to add a significant amount of weight to snow-covered roofs.

If possible, Bend Fire officials say, try to remove some of the existing snow from the roof, remembering that the roof surface will be quite slippery.

In addition, with possible rain and some melting, all that water has to go somewhere. The most helpful thing people can do is to clear a channel to the storm drain on your block, so the water on the street can drain off. 

If the temperatures rise and the rain materializes, the roads may become quite slushy, which can change the driving characteristics quickly and dramatically. Drive with extreme caution through deep slush.

Also, please do not forget that lonely red hydrant standing out there in the snow. Get a neighbor or two to help dig the snow out from around it, starting at the street. If it is needed, the best place for firefighters is at the end of a hose line, knocking down the fire, rather than shoveling out the hydrant.

Gov. Brown declares 10-county winter storm emergency, including Deschutes County

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday declared a state of emergency in 10 Oregon counties, including Deschutes, due to severe winter storm conditions.

The counties included are: Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Linn, and Marion.

The declaration comes at the request of local officials and is based on the recommendations of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

"As our state and local authorities continue to work hard to clear roads, reconnect power and ensure the safety of the community, this declaration will provide additional resources and the potential for federal highway system funds in the future," Brown said.

“I urge all Oregonians to follow the recommendations of local authorities, and avoid travel while ODOT crews work on the roads and restore core services."

The governor's declaration directs OEM to coordinate the deployment of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police and the Oregon National Guard to support local communities as needed.

source: KTVZ 21

Roofs collapse at SE Bend warehouse, Alfalfa ranch

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

A familiar aftermath of heavy snowfall struck twice in Central Oregon in recent days, with the roof of an Alfalfa riding arena collapsing on Wednesday and the roof of a Bend warehouse falling in on Thursday.

And the roof of a bakery distribution warehouse collapsed in southeast Bend Thursday morning, causing an estimated $850,000 in losses but no injuries after 2-3 feet of snow fell on the region in just a few days this week.

Police and fire officials were called shortly after 11 a.m. to the roof collapse at the Bimbo Bakeries warehouse on American Loop, officials said.

And the roof of a bakery distribution warehouse collapsed in southeast Bend Thursday morning, causing an estimated $850,000 in losses but no injuries after 2-3 feet of snow fell on the region in just a few days this week.

Police and fire officials were called shortly after 11 a.m. to the roof collapse at the Bimbo Bakeries warehouse on American Loop, officials said.

Two people inside evacuated on their own after hearing cracking and popping noises. The roof collapsed about 15 minutes later.

source: KTVZ 21