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SERVPRO of Bend Emergency Ready Profile

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that 50% of businesses close down following a disaster?

Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at your peace of mind.

SERVPRO offers a no cost Emergency Ready Profile assessment of your facility?

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile is a tool used to minimize business interruption and allow a facility to have an immediate plan of action. Our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a concise profile document that contains critical information that is needed in case your facility has an emergency.

The Emergency Ready Profile can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action

The profile provides a facility with details such as shut-off valves locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Having quick access via your cellular phone, or computer of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Protect Yourself & Your Property from Smoke This Wildfire Season

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Since this year’s wildfire season began in the Western U.S. and into Canada, the presence of smoke in seemingly unlikely areas across the country has drawn the attention of Americans as well as the media.

Where typically we might see images of ashy skies and smokey sunsets in our own region, both the media and our online friends have been quick to share overcast-looking images from regions as far as the Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard. The captions of the images point out, “This isn’t a foggy day. This is smoke!”

One particular series of images and videos show the Manhattan skyline blanketed in smoke along with news that the Air Quality Index (AQI) for fine particulate matter in the air had reached nearly 160 – all due to wildfires in the West.

While the long-distance travel potential of wildfire smoke may be surprising to some, it’s certainly not surprising to wildfire experts. In fact, just last year during what was considered one of the worst wildfire seasons in decades, smoke from wildfires in the Western U.S. drifted through the atmosphere for nearly 5,000 miles.

Even at such a distance, smoke can be harmful to young children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with respiratory and heart disease. Imagine the effect smoke can have on both health and property when its source is less than a tank of gas away!

As we at SERVPRO of Bend are experts in smoke damage and odor remediation, we wanted to offer you some expert advice about protecting your body and property from wildfire smoke. But first, let’s take a look at how air quality is measured.

A Little About the Air Quality Index (AQI)

If a wildfire is close enough to threaten your property, or even just a few miles away, you need little warning that smoke rolling into your area may be harmful. In addition to the smell and the difficulty you may have breathing, you may also notice ash falling from the sky.

There’s no doubt you’ll need to take precautions to protect yourself, your family, your pets, and your home.

But, what if the fire is hundreds or thousands of miles away, presenting itself as a hazy day with an odor reminiscent of a warm campfire? In this case, paying attention to the Air Quality Index (AQI) can help you determine your risk.

AQI is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) index for air quality. It takes into consideration the number of pollutants in the air (i.e., ground-level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide), then assigns a number that indicates the severity of such pollutants.

The numbers go from zero to well-over 300, with the highest numbers indicating the most extreme levels of concern. AQIs from zero to 50 is considered good, and those 51 to 100 are moderate to acceptable. Beyond that, people should begin to take precautions.

  • 101-150 – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups: Members of sensitive groups (children, seniors, those with respiratory health issues, etc.) may experience health effects, while others are less likely to be affected.
  • 151-200 – Unhealthy: Some members of the public may experience health effects, and those insensitive groups may have more serious health issues.
  • 201-300 – Very Unhealthy: This is high enough for authorities to put out a health alert as the risk increases for everyone. Everyone should take precautions.
  • 300-Plus – Hazardous: This indicates an emergency condition. You’ll want to leave ASAP.

You can typically track your region's AQI in real-time through your smartphone’s weather and/or news app.

Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire smoke can be unpredictable and can enter your area to varying degrees with little to no warning. So, it’s important you’re prepared and know how to respond when the sky darkens and your nose first picks up the scent. Here are tips for reacting in such conditions:

Keep Your Indoor Air Clean: When smoke rolls into your area, seal off all entry points into your home by closing all doors, windows, and vents. Turn your AC to recirculate and close the fresh-air intake. If you need to, consider the use of an air purifier. Not only do you want to keep the air you breathe clean, but you also want to prevent the possibility of your home absorbing smoke odors and damage.

Stay Indoors: If you have no reason to go outdoors, don’t. Stay inside to keep your smoke exposure to a minimum. This goes not just for you and your family, but also for your pets.

Wear a Mask: If and when you have to go outside – say, to go to work, head to the grocery store or pick up the kids from school – wear a mask. We all have them at this point.

Don’t Contribute to the Problem: Lighting candles, using the fireplace and even vacuuming and dusting can further contribute to poor air quality in your home. So, why do it when you’re already fighting the smoke?

Don’t Ignore Your Health: If you experience health effects, leave your home and consider visiting your physician or an ER doctor. Or, if you’re in a high-risk population and your home’s not sealed and equipped to handle the smoke, perhaps treat yourself to a night in a nice hotel. You get no points for toughing it out.

Contact SERVPRO of Bend

During this wildfire season, if your home sustains any smoke damage, don’t try to handle it on your own. Contact the Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO of Bend, and our team will quickly respond to your needs and provide you an estimate for getting your home back to normal.

To learn more, call us at (541) 385-7044 or fill out our online contact form. We’ll be happy to get back in touch with you as soon as possible!

It’s Wildfire Season. Think ‘Fire Prevention’ When Maintaining Your Property

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

It’s wildfire season again in Central Oregon – a reality that few people are eager to deal with less than a year after we saw more area burned in the Oregon Cascades than any of the previous 36 years combined.

The Labor Day wildfires of 2020 may have affected more land in and around the Oregon Cascades than any single wildfire season over the last 120 years. And, the devastation wasn’t limited to isolated wilderness land. The fires damaged more than 4,000 structures (including homes) and led to more than 10% of the state’s residents experiencing some level of evacuation advisory.

Yes, last year’s wildfire season was one for the history books.

For homeowners specifically, we at SERVPRO of Bend believe such recent events can also serve as a great reminder of why it’s essential to always think of “fire prevention” when maintaining your home and property. These efforts include such considerations as using non-combustible building materials whenever possible and creating a defensible space around your home.

Keep reading to learn what you can do today and in the future to help keep your home safe in the event there’s a wildfire in your area.

What is a Defensible Space?

One of the best things a homeowner can do to prevent wildfires from spreading to their homes (or vice-versa, a home fire spreading into surrounding land) is to create a “bubble” around the house where burnable material, or fuel, is kept to a minimum.

This area is called defensible space.

“To help your home survive a wildfire, create defensible space between your home and its surroundings by 100 feet or more,” states the document “Keeping Your Home and Property Safe from Wildfire,” which was created by the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service.

According to the OSU Extension Service, in the event of a wildfire, defensible spaces allow firefighters to safely defend your home and other structures while breaking up a direct pathway from the fire to your home.

The primary way to create such a space is to reduce flammable vegetation and other fuels around the home. Regularly remove dead plant material (i.e., leaves, needles, twigs, dry mulch, and woodpiles) that accumulates along the ground and in your gutters, and trim back overhanging limbs by at least 10 feet from the roof and siding.

Keep your property “lean and green” as you extend away from the house, working to incorporate fire-resistant plants into the landscape. These options include various types of plants, from trees and shrubs to annuals and perennials. (OSU Extension Service offers a 48-page guide to fire-resistant plants that you can download here.)

Other Fire-Safe Considerations

Besides creating a defensible space, other fire-resistant considerations can be made when building, remodeling, or even simply replacing features of your home. These include:

Roof & Siding: Always consider combustibility when building or replacing your roof or siding. Avoid using easily combustible material, such as cedar shakes, which, while attractive, can act as kindling when dry.

Patios & Decks: These outdoor spaces can also serve as fuel when a wildfire’s close. Ideally, for fire prevention, these spaces will be made from concrete or first-resistant composites. Wood decking is fine so long as it’s been treated against fire.

Screen Entry Points: Homes typically have several low-key entry points, such as vents or chimneys, that can be susceptible to flying embers. Be sure to screen these areas with 1/8th- to 1/4th-inch wire mesh to prevent flaming materials from finding their way into your home. Do NOT use nylon window screens as they can quickly melt.

What If I Get Fire or Smoke Damage?

Despite these efforts at keeping wildfires at bay and away from your property, it’s still possible your home may sustain fire, soot, and smoke damage if a wildfire finds its way into your area or neighborhood.

Should this happen, SERVPRO of Bend is there to respond quickly to your needs. After all. Immediate action and fast response can limit damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs.

If you’ve experienced the misfortune of fire, soot, or smoke damage, contact us today. Our 24/7 emergency services are available by calling us at (541) 385-7044. Our highly trained fire restoration technicians will be there to help you!

Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Independence Day Happy 4th of July

On behalf of all of us here at SERVPRO of Bend, have a great Independence Day.

Everybody be safe while we celebrate our Country's Independence. Quick History Moment: Independence Day commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. There are a lot of great things going on in our community this 4th of July. If you're looking for things to do in Bend, Oregon this 4th of July, here are a few options to consider: July 3rd -  Fireworks in the Ballpark Night!The Bend Elks are proud to host one of the only firework shows in Central Oregon! Join us July 3rd as we take on Yakima Valley with a show after the game. Bend Pet Parade and Festival at Drake Park 9 AM - 2 PM Bend July 4th Fireworks, Pilot Butte at 10 PM La Pine Frontier Days, Jul 1, 5 PM – Mon, Jul 5, 6 AM  

Dry Rot in Central Oregon: Where, How & What to Do

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

A home that needs mold removal in Bend, Oregon A home that needs mold removal in Bend, Oregon

More than 90 percent of all new homes are designed with wood serving as the primary material. Both natural and abundant, wood gives homes their shape while enhancing certain design elements that are pleasing to the eye.

Its most essential responsibility, however, is establishing a home’s structural integrity.

From beams, trusses, and joists to roofing, siding, and window frames, both builders and homeowners rely on wood to protect the longevity and safety of the structure while also protecting what, to most of us, is the most significant investment of our lives.

That’s why we at SERVPRO of Bend have determined that safeguarding a home from an all-to-common issue like dry rot is so critical.

If left undetected and untreated, dry rot can jeopardize a home’s structural integrity as well as its value. This can lead to safety issues, diminished home values, and thousands of dollars in future repair costs.

What is Dry Rot?

First off, the term “dry rot” is a bit of a misnomer.

Dry rot is a type of wood decay caused by a fungus called Serpula lacrymans. This type of fungus feeds on wood and timber, and for it to grow and spread, it needs a higher-than-normal level of moisture.

So, for dry rot to occur in a home, an excess moisture level must first exist. Unfortunately, there are plenty of ways for such levels of wetness to penetrate a home. These can include a leaky roof, undetected drippings from a pipe, or high moisture levels at or near the foundation of the house.

However, the moisture gets there, over time, it can permeate the wood that helps the fungus grow and breed. As it does, the fungus feeds on the wood, causing it to weaken and rot.

Despite this moisture-dependent structural breakdown, the affected wood can often feel dry and stiff to the touch.

To make matters worse, dry rot can spread through moisture-rich areas due to the release of airborne spores. So if your home’s crawl space is excessively humid, all the wood near your home’s foundation is at risk of dry rot.

This certainly isn’t a pleasant thought.

What Are the Signs of Dry Rot?

Unlike seemingly more extreme water damage caused by sudden pipe bursts, roof damage, or waterline leaks, dry rot often appears silently. But don’t let that fool you.

Under the right conditions, dry rot can spread quickly. It’s a fungi that is known to cause damage in areas of homes in, near, or around:

  • Windows & Doors
  • Basements & Crawl Spaces
  • Wet Rooms (Bathrooms, Kitchen, Laundry Room, or any room with a plumbing fixture)
  • Attics (Caused by roof damage or improper ventilation)
  • Outdoor Siding & Decks

Regardless of where it occurs, the signs you may be dealing with (or soon will be dealing with) dry rot are relatively obvious. They include:

Wet or Moist Areas: Areas that are humid or improperly ventilated are prime spots for dry rot, whether that’s under your home or in the attic. Also, if you find leaks or condensation anywhere in your home – around windows, under sinks, near pipes, etc., you should also consider the possibility of dry rot.

Damp Smells: As a fungi, dry rot – as it grows and spreads – puts off a relatively distinct smell often  described as damp, stale, or “mushroomy.” If you notice such smells in your home, be aware that dry rot (or, at the very least, water/moisture damage) may be the cause.

Swelling or Discoloration: If hidden around windowsills, in walls, along floorboards, etc., dry rot can cause areas of the interior to swell, discolor or become softer to the touch. Such signs can also show up outdoors, often near the bottom or along the seams of siding.

Wood Discoloration or Fungal Growth: An obvious sign to be sure, if you see this under a sink, in the attic, or under your home, you’re likely witnessing dry rot in action. In turn, this should cause you to spring into action.

What Do I Do?

If you suspect dry rot is eating away at the wood in, under, over, or around your house, don’t assume the damage is already done. You must limit the damage before it spreads any further.

This includes, of course, determining the source of your home’s excess moisture and correcting it, so your dry rot issue doesn’t return.

At SERVPRO of Bend, our mold removal team is trained and highly experienced in dry rot and mold remediation, applied microbial remediation, water damage restoration, and applied structural drying.

After taking care of your source of water or excess moisture, our team will:

  • Inspect and assess the damage
  • Contain the area using a negative air pressure system
  • Filter the air in the infected areas
  • Remove the fungi materials
  • Clean and restore the area and its contents

We provide these as both scheduled and emergency services. And, if you require these services as part of an insurance claim, know that while it’s OK for an insurance company to suggest a service provider, it’s your right to choose the mold remediation service provider you desire.

To learn more or schedule your initial mold assessment, call us at (541) 385-7044.

Intense Thunderstorms Bring Hail and Rain Followed by Record Heat

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Central Oregon is prone to Thunderstorms but Wednesday brought hail that piled up as if it were a winter day in Bend, OR. 

 The slow moving storm began dumping up to an hour of torrential rain and hail that flooded streets, stripped leaves off trees and flattened bushes while dropping dime- to quarter-sized hail and sending small rivers of bark mulch or dirt flowing from yards.

The storm did, however, provide a temporary respite from recent high temperatures that is due to soar into potentially record-breaking over-100 temperatures for several days, starting this weekend and continuing through July 1st.

Residents of Central Oregon should be "Heat Aware," limiting outdoor activities. Some things to consider are drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the direct sunlight, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Be Aware Of Overloading Circuits

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

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With the summer months coming, it's easy to forget that overloading circuits with air conditioners and fans can be fatal if proper wattage is not regulated in your home.

Never overload electrical outlets and circuits. Overloaded electrical outlets, or circuits that supply power to several outlets, is a major cause of residential fires. Overloaded outlets and circuits carry too much electricity, which generates heat in undetectable amounts. The heat causes wear on the internal wiring system and can ignite a fire.

All wiring systems have circuit breakers or fuses that disconnect power when circuits become overloaded.

To prevent overloading, never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or use multiple extension cords or power strips to power devices. Use only outlets designed to handle multiple plugs.

Give special consideration to appliances that use 1,000 or more watts, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, hot plates, irons, microwave ovens, dishwashers, heaters, and deep fryers. Avoid plugging them into the same outlet or circuit. To use these appliances safely, know which outlets are connected to the same electrical circuit in your home. The electrical box in your home should be labeled to tell you where different circuits provide power. For devices, wattage requirements are listed in appliance manufacturer's instructions.

Begin a habit of regularly checking electrical cords and outlets. Fires that begin in these areas are difficult to detect, yet easy to prevent.

Spontaneous Combustion of Oil Soaked Rags

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Now that winter is gone and summer is here, the lists of “Honey Do’s” are in full swing. One common item on a few of our lists is staining or re-staining a deck or wood items in the home.

Did you know that one of the most common type of Spontaneous Combustion fires are those caused by improperly disposing of oil and stain-soaked rags? Examples of these products are oil-based paints, stains, teak, linseed oils, varnishes, polyurethane, paint thinners, etc. Spontaneous combustion of oily rags occurs when rag or cloth is slowly heated to its ignition point through oxidation. The oils commonly used in oil-based paints and stains release heat as they dry. If the heat is not released in the air, it builds up. If this heat has no way to escape, like in a pile, the temperature will rise to a level high enough to ignite the oil and ignite the rag or cloth. The fire from this can spread quickly to other combustibles and cause great damage to your home or property.

Prevention of spontaneous combustion fires begins with good housekeeping. A clean work area can prevent a fire from spreading and getting bigger by not allowing the fire fuel to burn. Also understanding the potential for self-heating of rags soiled with oils such as linseed oil and turpentine is a key step in eliminating these preventable fires. To dispose of oily rags properly and safely,

 Use a metal container with a tight-fitting lid.  Place soiled and used rags inside and then fill the rest the way with water, seal the top and do not open it. This will prevent the oils from oxidizing, and thus keeping the rags from heating up and igniting.

If you have questions, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.

Does My Home Have a Mold Problem? It Can Happen, Even in Central Oregon

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Central Oregon markets the region as a vacation destination, one that distinguishes itself from other, more lush parts of the state thanks to its drier, sunnier high-desert climate.

Yet, we at SERVPRO of Bend would like to warn local homeowners not to become complacent due to the relative dryness of this area, especially where water damage and mold are concerned.

While mold can be a more troubling issue for those living in the valley and in the coastal regions of Oregon, it also still exists in Central Oregon. 

Mold, after all, is everywhere. It exists as microscopic spores that flow through the air around us, both indoors and out. And, under the right conditions, mold spores can settle, colonize, thrive, and produce odors, allergens and irritants.

Where Does Mold Grow?

Homeowners who identify mold in their homes commonly find it growing in drywall and walls, in attics and crawl spaces, under leaky sinks, in showers, in ductwork … anywhere you may find a combination of moisture, cool temperatures and relative darkness.

A type of airborne fungus, mold can germinate in as few as 12 hours and start reproducing within one to two days. This process involves continually shooting microscopic spores into the air.

Mold can also produce an objectionable odor that can best be described as “musty.” In addition, it will typically damage surfaces on which it grows, whether that’s wood, drywall, grout or fabric.

What Are the Signs I Have Mold in My House?

If you know what you’re looking for or where to look, the most obvious sign you have mold in your home is that you simply see it. If you open a bathroom cupboard or duck down into your home's crawl space, for instance, mold will often stand out as dark spots in or around moist or humid environments.

If you’re not out looking for it, however, some of the top signs you may have a mold problem in your home include:

A Musty Odor: You may not notice this all throughout the home, but if you start to recognize a musty odor under sinks, in the shower, around duct vents, behind appliances, in the attic, etc., it may be time to start inspecting for mold.

Water Leaks/Damage: If you find water leaks that appear to have gone unnoticed for a period of time or uncover signs of water damage in your home, these are prime spots for mold. Thoroughly check these area(s) for growth.

Warping, Cracking or Peeling: Moisture that seeps into your drywall will nearly always result in the growth of mold. So, if you notice any bubbling, peels or cracks in your drywall that may indicate excess moisture, you’re likely to also have a mold problem.

What If I Find a Mold Issue?

The first thing to know is that mold spreads quickly, so even if you have a small mold problem today, it can become a major problem before you know it. So, don’t drag your feet. The quicker your response to a mold problem, the more limited the damage (and the costs of the damage) will be.

Secondly, wherever one might find mold in their homes, the one common denominator is moisture. To therefore remediate a home’s mold issue, one must also quickly address the causes and sources of said moisture, otherwise the mold is bound to come right back.

Here at SERVPRO of Bend, we are highly trained mold remediation specialists with advanced education in applied microbial remediation, water damage restoration, and applied structural drying.

After cutting off the source of water, moisture and/or humidity, our team will:

  • Inspect and assess the mold damage
  • Contain the area using a negative air pressure system
  • Filter the air in the infected areas
  • Remove the mold and any mold-infested materials
  • Clean and restore the area and its contents

We provide these as both scheduled and emergency services. And, if you require these services as part of an insurance claim, know that while it’s OK for an insurance company to suggest a service provider, it’s your right to choose the mold remediation service provider you desire.

To learn more or to schedule your initial mold assessment, call us at (541) 385-7044.

Check for Leaks and Water Damage During Spring Cleaning Season

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Whether it’s because the tasks so closely align with the seasonal premise of rebirth or simply because we find the fresher, warmer air to be so invigorating, spring has traditionally been a time for cleaning and improved living in Central Oregon and beyond.

And, as we capitalize on this added motivation to downsize, organize, deep clean, and prepare for more active days ahead, we at SERVPRO of Bend recommend homeowners add one more effort to their spring maintenance lists: checking for leaks and signs of water damage around the house.

After all, leaks and the water damage they create – even the so-called small ones – represent one of the biggest and most costly threats to American homes.

What Restoration Company Do I Choose?

Before we get into the how behind checking for water leaks, we at SERVPRO have an important reminder for homeowners. If homeowners do find and report water damage to their insurance companies, this doesn’t mean they lose choice when it comes to clean up, repair and restoration.

Most insurance carriers will “recommend” a water damage restoration company to you. This is acceptable, but the final decision is legally up to you. It is your property, and like using any other service to work on your house, you have the ultimate choice of who you use.

SERVPRO of Bend is contracted with you, the property owner. We work with all insurance carriers and are a preferred provider for most.

The Cost of Leaks

According to Water Damage Advisor, a top resource hub for information about water damage in the U.S., insurance companies paid out $17 billion in 2017 alone to help repair water-damaged homes and property. The average claim exceeded $10,000.

And, despite what you might expect, little of this damage was caused by flooding, storms, or other weather phenomena.

On the contrary, the most common causes of water damage claims come from leaks, malfunctions, or structural flaws in roofs, toilets, sinks, refrigerators, irrigation systems, water heaters, and HVAC systems. Yes, even tiny leaks can create big problems.

A small leak under a sink or behind a refrigerator that drips ten times per minute, for instance, will release an average of 500 gallons per year. That’s enough to warp floorboards, cause serious molding, and create massive structural damage in a home – just from a slow series of tiny drips.

How prevalent are such issues? Nearly 40 percent of all homeowners have admitted to experiencing some sort of loss – structural, financial, or otherwise – from water damage.

How Do I Check for Water Leaks?

When inspecting your home for potential leak issues, start with the following areas suggested by our team here at SERVPRO of Bend:

Behind Appliances

All appliances that require water hook-ups have the potential to leak. So, check behind and underneath your refrigerator, dishwasher, and clothes washer for puddles, moisture, or signs of water damage such as swollen spots on the floor. Also, check around all water connections for leaks and potential damage. Replace hoses as necessary.

Under Sinks/Behind Toilets

Look in all cabinets under sinks and drainage lines for small puddles, dry rot, mold, or warped spots in the wood that may indicate water damage. Also, check around and behind all toilets in the home to ensure there are no leaks in the toilet, its seals, or the line which feeds the water reservoir.

Peek in Your Crawlspace

If you have access to the entrance to your crawlspace, open it up, grab a flashlight and take a peek under the house. Even if you don’t feel comfortable crawling around in the space, a visual inspection for puddles under bathrooms and sink junctions can help you to know if you have any issues with pipes or in areas above sinks and appliances.

Gutters & Rooflines

Make sure your gutters are cleaned out and maintained, and do a visual check of your roof and roofline for any missing or loose shingles due to wind or general wear and tear. Also, ensure any buildup of needles and other debris on your roof – such a common occurrence here in Central Oregon – is removed.

Irrigation System

When you turn your irrigation system on for the spring and summer, make sure all sprinklers are pointed away from the home’s foundation and siding. Consistent spraying throughout the season can cause foundational damage as well as damage to siding and underlying sheetrock. Also, check for leaks in underground lines, especially those close to the house, that may cause water buildup under the home.

Siding/Foundation

Perform a visual inspection of possible water damage to your home’s foundation and siding. Moisture, cracks, and warped siding can be a sign of several potential issues, from problems with the irrigation system to deficiencies in your roof and gutters.

What Do I Do If I Suspect Water Damage?

If you find leaks or signs of water damage during your inspection, the first thing to do is look for ways to remove water from the equation. If under sinks, behind toilets, attached to appliances, or related to your irrigation system, look for water shut-off valves leading to the connected appliances or fixtures.

However, if the leak is bad and time is of the essence, turn off your home’s main water shutoff valve. If you don’t know where that is, don’t wait for an emergency to happen to look for it. Contact the city for help locating it.

Once you’ve done what you can to prevent additional damage, contact a licensed professional (i.e., plumber, irrigation expert, roofing company, etc.) to assess and fix the cause of the leak. If the damage is bad enough that you plan to make an insurance claim, be aware that it is up to you – not your insurance company – which company you choose to clean and restore the mess made from the water damage.

At SERVPRO of Bend, we offer water removal, damage repair, and restoration services no matter the time of day or the size of the job. Using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, we will quickly dry your home or property, ensuring the job’s done right.

If you’ve experienced water damage and wish to receive an estimate for our services, call today at 541-385-7044.