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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.

Homes constructed prior to 2004 may contain asbestos in their walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, siding, HVAC systems, insulation, pipes and more.

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. 

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 is 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.

This is where an ERP is a huge advantage and compliment to a businesses 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

Cleaning Excess Snow From Your Roof

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Ice dams can’t form without snow.  If you’re able to prevent ice dams, you’re far more likely to prevent your roof from leaking and damaging the inside of your home.

Another reason roof snow removal is so important is that it’s a good idea to keep all that excess weight off your roof.  As a rule of thumb, one square-foot of snow that’s one-inch in depth weighs about a pound.  If your roof has 12 inches of snow on it, that could easily amount to thousands of pounds of stress on your roof.

  That’s not even counting the weight of any ice dams that may form as a result of leaving the snow on your roof; just one cubic foot of ice weighs 57 pounds, and a typical ice dam can weigh thousands of pounds.  Minimizing the stress placed on your roof is a great way to minimize the risk of leaking and cave-ins (the latter of which occur more frequently than you might think).

If you have questions about snow removal or ice dams, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend 541-385-7044.

Central Oregon digs out from record snow

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Plows, shovels, snowblowers and the like were the tools of the trade Tuesday in the big digout from the record Central Oregon snowfall that closed schools for a second day. But with more snow on the way -- possibly nearly a foot -- February is destined to end as the snowiest month of the winter, by far.

As of Tuesday morning, areas around Bend ranged from 18 to 26 inches of snow on the ground, according to NWS observers, while Madras had a foot, Prineville 15 inches, Redmond 21-23 inches and Sisters 27 inches.

Another snowfall record fell Tuesday. The NWS said Prineville reported 5 1/2 inches of snow, smashing the old Feb. 26 record of 2 inches, set back in 1960 (records date back to 1897).

NewsChannel 21's Bob Shaw said another very cold night could bring 4 to 8 inches of snow by Wednesday morning.

source: News Channel 21

SERVPRO of Bend wants to Thank our Crew

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

We wanted to thank our crew for their team effort in assisting with the digging out our vehicles from a record snow fall.

Despite having the area snowplowed, it was necessary for out team to dig out our service vehicles from 3 feet of snow.

This allows us to be ready when the need comes for us to help our customers with any level of Emergency Services. Our vehicles are stocked and ready for Whatever comes our way.