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4 Tips for Disinfecting Your Office

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Keeping a clean office environment should be a priority for your company. This will prevent the spread of germs and keep people healthier year-round.

Here are four tips for disinfecting your office:

1.) Wipe surfaces in one direction.

If you wipe a surface one direction and then go back the opposite direction, you are going to spread the germs right back on the surface. A swift wipe in one direction will be most effective in removing germs from a surface.

2.) Make sure you're using the right chemicals.

Make sure you are using the right chemicals for disinfecting. Each cleaning product should be labeled with its intended purpose. 

3.) Make sure you get to all of the high-tough areas.

High-touch areas should be at the top of your list for disinfecting. This includes things such as chairs, stair railings, telephones, restroom surfaces and coffee pot handles/dispensers.

4.) Make handwashing a priority in your business.

Stressing the importance of handwashing in your office will go a long ways in preventing the unnecessary spread of germs.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about commercial disinfecting, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.

3 Tips for Deodorizing Your Commercial Building

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

As a commercial building owner, the last thing that you want a potential customer or visitor to think when they walk into your building is that it smells bad. Many people try to mask the smell of nasty odors by adding in good odors. However, this is only a band-aid to fixing the problem. The only way to make a bad odor leave permanently is to identify and remove the source.

Here are 3 tips that you can use to deodorize your commercial building:

1.) Don't cut your cleaning budget.

When it comes to cutting back on budgets, many commercial property/business owners think that they should start with cleaning costs. However, consistency in cleaning your facility is very important in preventing smelly odors from getting out of hand.

2.) Be mindful of lingering bathroom odors.

Surveys show that if people have a poor bathroom experience, this can negatively affect their view on the business as a whole. Make sure you're taking the time to clean bathrooms regularly, as they are more prone to developing smelly odors. 

3.) Don't forget about storage rooms and stairwells.

Rooms that people don't normally go in shouldn't be neglected either. This includes areas like storage rooms and stairwells. The last thing you want is musty-smelling mold growth to go unnoticed for an extended period of time. 

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about commercial deodorization, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, please don't hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office today at 541-385-7044.

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3 Things That Promote Mold Growth

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Before getting into this article, it's important to remember that mold is everywhere. However, that doesn't mean that we should let it grow freely where it shouldn't. Identifying what factors can lead to mold growth in your home is a great place to start in taking preventative measures. 

Here are 3 things to look out for that can promote mold growth in your home:

1.) Moisture

One of the biggest factors that promote mold growth is a moist environment. A great way to identify is promoting too much moisture is observing your windows for excessive condensation. You should also make sure that your house maintenance is up to date by periodically checking for leaks in the attic, walls and pipes. 

2.) Warmer temperatures

Ideal conditions for mold growth are usually between the temperatures of 77°F and 86°F. These temperatures generally create a more humid environment that mold favors. If you can't stand not having the thermostat up in your home, you may want to make sure that you have good ventilation and even consider investing in a dehumidifier.

3.) Time

The more time you allow a room to have ideal conditions for mold growth, the more mold that is going to grow. It's important that you stay on top of monitoring the house for any signs of growth and take action as soon as possible if you spot any. 

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about mold in your home, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044. We service all of Central Oregon, including Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, Madras, La Pine, Prineville and all of the surrounding areas.

4 Things You Need to Know Before Burning Yard Waste

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Approximately 85% of wildfires in the United States are started accidentally by humans. One of the major causes of these wildfires is the improper burning of yard waste. Taking some simple and necessary precautions can greatly reduce the chances of causing a fire when doing this.

Here are four things that you need to know before burning yard waste:

1.) Never leave a fire unattended.

This may seem obvious to most people, but it's arguably the most important thing to remember when burning yard waste. All it takes is a split second for a fire to spark where it's not supposed to, so you want to monitor your fire at all times. 

2.) Always make sure fire is completely doused with water or smothered with dirt when you're finished.

You will want to make sure that your fire is completely put out before leaving it. A great way to do this is to douse it with water or smother it with dirt. 

3.) Don't burn anything highly flammable.

You want to be careful about what you are burning with your yard waste. Refrain from using any items that could be deemed highly flammable, such as paper or fabric that has been exposed to oil or gasoline. 

4.) Don't burn yard waste on a windy day.

If the wind is excessive, you may want to postpone your yard waste burning to a different day. If a spark gets caught in the wind wrong, it has the chance of igniting a wildfire. 

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about burning yard waste, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044. We service all of Central Oregon, including Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, Madras, La Pine, Prineville and all of the surrounding areas.

3 DIY Tips for Removing Unwanted Car Odors

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Anybody that has had an unpleasant odor in their car before understands that it can be a huge nuisance. The first thing that you must do before removing any car odor is remove the source of the smell. If this isn't done, then you will only be able to temporarily remove any unwanted odors.

Here are a few DIY methods for deodorizing your vehicle:

1.) Baking Soda

Sprinkling baking soda on the interior of your car is a common way to remove odors. Baking soda absorbs most odors that it comes into contact with, making it a great tool for deodorization. Simply sprinkle the baking soda all over the seats, floor and trunk of your car and let it sit for a few hours. Once its had a chance to absorb any unusual smells, you can vacuum it up.

2.) Coffee

Using coffee grounds can also be a great way to remove odors from your vehicle. Like baking soda, simply sprinkle the grounds on the floors and seats of your car and let is sit for a few hours. Once it's given enough time to do its magic, vacuum it all up. If it's successful, you should have a subtle coffee smell in your car and any smelly odors should be gone. 

Disclaimer: If you don't like the smell of coffee, you should probably try one of the other two methods.

3.) Cat Litter

If you have some extra cat litter lying around, it could also be used to get rid of odors in your vehicle. Cat litter is designed to get rid of odors of urine and feces, but it can also be a great tool to get rid of other odors. Sprinkle the cat litter on the inside of your car and let it sit for a few hours. Once it has had time to absorb any smells, vacuum it up. You should be aware that cat litter can sometimes be difficult to vacuum, so you will want to be sure you have a high quality vacuum to use in order to do this.  

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about vehicle deodorization, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.

4 Ways to Detect Frozen Pipes

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

When the weather gets colder in the winter, pipes are at risk of freezing. Luckily, if you catch a frozen pipe early on, you can likely avoid having it burst and paying much higher cost for reparations.

Here are 4 ways that you can use to detect if your pipes may be frozen:

1.) Check the outside temperature.

Water doesn't freeze unless the temperature is 32°F or below. If the outside temperature is above this, then it is very unlikely that your pipes are frozen.

2.) Observe your pipes to see if there is frost on their exterior.

A more clear-cut way to see if your pipes may be frozen is to check if there is frost on their exterior. If you do find frost, you should take caution in turning on your faucets to avoid the possibility of your pipe bursting. 

3.) Test your faucets to see if there is running water.

If you turn on your faucet and very minimal or no water at all is coming out, then this may be a sign that the pipe responsible for the faucet is frozen. 

4.) Investigate if there are any strange odors coming from your faucets or drains.

Frozen pipes may create unusual smells that emanate from your faucets or drains. This is because when pipes are blocked by ice, the only direction for the odor to travel is back through these areas.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about water damage, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044. 

5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

When winter comes around, electric bills can tend to go up. Taking some simple steps to winterize your home can help you save money and prevent unnecessary water and mold damage to your home.

Here are 5 tips that you can use to winterize your home this season:

1.) Clean out your gutters.

Having functional gutters is very important during the winter season. If water cannot drain properly from your roof, you may be at risk of forming icicles that can lead to ice dams. If you're unsure of what an ice dam is, please see our How to Recognize an Ice Dam article. 

2.) Monitor if your air filters need to be changed. 

You should periodically check your air filters in your central air and heating system to make sure that they're in good shape. If your air filters appear to be clogged, you might want to consider changing them out with new ones. This can improve the efficiency of your heating system and save you money on long and short-term maintenance costs.

3.) Add insulation film to your windows.

Insulation film may not look the most aesthetic, but it can make a big difference on keeping heat from leaking through your windows during the winter months. Research shows that window insulation film can keep as much as 70% of additional heat from escaping through your windows. With an amount this significant, it's definitely worth thinking about. 

4.) Use caulk to fill any gaps in windows, siding and doors.

Caulking any gaps in windows, siding and doors in your home is a very affordable option for winterizing your home that can greatly reduce the amount of heat loss that you experience during the winter season. 

5.) Use a programmable thermostat in your home.

Using a programmable thermostat can make a huge difference lowering your heating bill. With this type of thermostat, you can program it to have a lower temperature when you're not home or asleep. This can be really useful to people that work full-time.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about water or mold damage, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044. 

How to Recognize an Ice Dam

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage from ice dams is one of the most prevalent problems that we hear about in the winter. Ice dams form when water pools against overhanging icicles on the eaves of your roof. Over time, this water can seep into your roof and cause water damage to your walls and ceiling.

How to Recognize an Ice Dam

The first step in avoiding water damage from ice dams is being able to spot them. Finding an ice dam is not as hard as you may think. The first thing that you should look for is icicles hanging from the eaves of your roof. Even if no visible icicles are present, you should take a closer look and check if there is a layer of ice at the base of your roof. If you don't see either of these, then you may be in the clear. 

Other signs that you can look for include:

  • If your gutters are blocked/working properly.
  • If there are water stains on your walls and ceilings.

If you notice either of these, it may be worth having a professional come in to investigate to prevent any further damages.

If you would like to learn more about preventing ice dams, please see our 3 Tips for Preventing Ice Dams article.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about water damage from ice dams, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.

4 Tips for Winter Fire Safety

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

House fires spike when the weather gets colder in the months of December and January. The leading cause of these house fires is the use of heating equipment. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the US Fire Department responds to an average of 50 thousand fires per year just from heating equipment.

Here are a few simple tips that you can follow to prevent house fires in your home this winter:

1.) Be mindful when using space heaters.

Space heaters account for more than two in five of house fires due to heating equipment (source: NFPA). Of these fires, 86% result in fatalities. The biggest cause of space heater fires is having them placed too close to flammable objects. In order to prevent this, you can follow the "3 feet" rule (see tip #2).

2.) Follow the "3 feet" rule.

A good rule of thumb is to keep anything that is flammable a minimum of three feet from any heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove and portable space heaters. This will lessen the chance of anything accidentally catching fire. 

3.) Turn off all heating equipment before going to bed.

Most heating equipment fires do not occur overnight. However, the ones that do account for almost half of house fire fatalities from heating equipment. Make sure to turn off all heating equipment before going to bed. You're better off using an extra blanket or two than unnecessarily risking your life.

4.) Remember that ovens are not heaters.

Ovens should never be used for a source of heat. This is an inefficient way to heat your house, and it can actually cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Stick to using your oven to make food as it's designed to do. 

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about wintertime fire safety or fire damage, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044. We service all of Central Oregon, including Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, Madras, La Pine, Prineville and all of the surrounding areas.