Recent Biohazard Posts
Graffiti Cleanup in Central Oregon
As a property owner, vandalism is always a concern. One common form of vandalism is spray-painted graffiti. This is often applied to concrete walls, driveways, metals, wood, glass or plastic materials.
If your residential or commercial property is vandalized with graffiti, you may think it will be impossible to bring back to its original condition. However, SERVPRO of Bend is equipped to clean graffiti from any surface. Our trained technicians know the state of the art techniques to remove the graffiti and make your property look as good as new, allowing you to get back to home or work with peace of mind.
What To Do If Sewage Backs Up
Sewage back-ups can seem like a nightmare to residential and commercial property owners. If your property experiences a sewage back-up, it is important that you have a plan in place and take care of the situation quickly. This is due to the fact that the water from a sewage back-up is contaminated with bacteria and viruses that can potentially cause serious illness to people on your property.
SERVPRO of Bend is fully equipped to take care of sewage back-ups of virtually any size. Our technicians have the proper training and equipment to remove any waste and bring your property back to its pre-existing condition before the back-up, allowing you to have a safe environment and peace of mind.
Crime Scene Cleanup in Central Oregon
Crime scenes can often leave behind bloodborne pathogens and other materials that can be detrimental to your health. Due to this, it is important to handle these materials with the proper techniques and equipment.
SERVPRO of Bend's technicians are trained and certified to handle any size crime scene cleanup. Not only can we remove any materials from the scene, but we can also disinfect and deodorize the area. This will allow your property to return to its pre-existing condition and remove and threats that could pose a risk to your health. We make it our mission to bring your residential or commercial property back to a safe environment.
Common Household Items That Can Pose a Health Threat
There are many common household items that can potentially pose risks to your health. Although some of them may seem obvious, it is still helpful to have a reminder sometimes.
One household item to be aware of is antifreeze. Inhaling this product can cause severe dizziness. If this product is swallowed or consumed, it can actually be fatal.
Another household item that can possibly be detrimental to your health is latex paint. This product emits formaldehyde when it is drying, which can cause headaches and irritation to your ears, nose and throat.
Batteries can also be dangerous if not handled correctly. Batteries contain sulfuric acid and lead. They have a seal that prevents this from being exposed to its users. However, if this seal is broken the acid can cause burning and irritation to your skin and even produces gases that can easily be ignited.
Hoarding Cleanup in Central Oregon
Hoarding usually means the uncontrolled accumulation of food or other items. This can sometimes become out of hand and create environments that can pose serious health risks.
Hoarding can often lead to the growth of mold, infestation of pests, fire hazards, and structural damages. Once this happens, you will likely need special equipment to resolve the situation. SERVPRO of Bend's technicians are certified to safely remove any items that are causing a risk to people on the property. Additionally, we can sanitize and deodorize the area with a thorough cleaning, thereby making your property a safe environment once again and look as good as new.
Deer Mice and The Hantavirus
Central Oregon, like most rural areas have an abundance of wildlife--including rodents such as the deer mice. Many people don't know that, though cute the deer mice is a main carrier of the Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).
This is a life-threatening disease that is spread by:
- Inhaling airborne particles of urine, droppings, and saliva from infected rodents spreads
- Handling infected rodents, their nests, or droppings and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
Symptoms develop within one to five weeks and are flu-like, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach pain
As hantavirus progresses, respiratory failure may occur. If you may have been exposed to deer mice and become sick, seek medical attention immediately. Be sure to let your health care provider know where you have been and what you were doing.
If you have a rodent infestation or are concerned about the possibility of rodents on your property, feel free to call SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.
Asbestos in The Home
Many homes built before 1980 contain asbestos in old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), pipe cement, and joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock. Some newer houses may also contain asbestos.
A visual inspection of your home is usually not sufficient to determine if it contains asbestos. Instead, samples of suspected asbestos fibers should be sent to a certified laboratory for analysis.
Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) are two approved methods of analysis. The National Institute for Standards and Technology maintains web lists of laboratories certified to do TEM and PLM analysis.
Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides detailed guidance about how to collect samples that may contain asbestos, the American Lung Association instead recommends that you hire a certified asbestos professional to take any samples. Hiring a professional can minimize asbestos exposure for you and your family.
If you have any questions about asbestos, SERVPRO of Bend can put you in touch with certified organizations to assist in testing and remediating asbestos. Call us today at 541-385-7044.
What Is Vermiculite and Why Should You Be Concerned?
Vermiculite in an attic
Vermiculite is a natural insulation material — but it’s one that you definitely don’t want to have in your attic.
Vermiculite is a mineral mined from the earth, composed of shiny flakes that look like cat litter. When this mineral is put in an oven, it expands like popcorn. Expanded vermiculite is lightweight, fire-resistant, and odorless; since it has an R-value of about R-2 per inch, it was used for decades as an insulation material.
There is only one problem with this wonderful material: most vermiculite contains friable asbestos. When inhaled, vermiculite dust can be hazardous.
Owners of homes with vermiculite have a huge headache. If your attic contains vermiculite:
- It’s dangerous to enter your attic.
- It’s dangerous to perform any attic air sealing work until all of the vermiculite has been removed by a certified asbestos abatement contractor.
- It’s dangerous to install cellulose insulation on top of the vermiculite
If you have more questions about vermiculite or other building material that you need help identifying, give SERVPRO of Bend a call at 541-385-7044.
Where to Take Hazardous Waste in Deschutes County
At SERVPRO of Bend, we often receive questions from customers about where to dispose of items such as paint cans or thinners that have been damaged due to water or smoke damage. Deschutes County has a great facility that accepts a multitude of waste items that are deemed "Hazardous."
The facility accepts a wide variety of hazardous wastes including:
- Paints, Stains, and Solvents
- Fuels and thinners
- Oil filters and antifreeze
- Cleaning products and poisons
- Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
- Rechargeable batteries
- Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
- Pool and spa chemicals
- Thermometers, mercury thermostats and switches
Auto batteries, used motor oil and propane tanks should be taken to the Recycling Center.
If you have further questions regarding what you can and cannot take to the Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste, they can be reached at (541) 317-3163
Read more about the Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste by clicking here.
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: #114 SERVPRO Odor and Stain Remover.
#114 SERVPRO Odor and Stain Remover.
SERVPRO of Bend is called to many situations, often times requiring very specific cleaning products to properly mitigate a job.
Fortunately, SERVPRO has their own manufacturing plant for cleaning products, SERVPRO Professional Cleaning Products (SPCP,) which manufacturers all in-house cleaning products for all franchises throughout the United States. One cleaning agent that we use quite often is #114 SERVPRO Odor and Stain Remover.
SERVPRO of Bend is called to many jobs were urine or bio material that has infiltrated a home or commercial business. Using #114 SERVPRO Odor and Stain Remover, our technicians are able to eliminate odors and stains that may have been caused by urine, feces, vomit, spilled food, skunk, perspiration or other organic material.
If you need our services ore would like to learn more about the wide array of SERVPRO products we use in-house, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Bend at 541-385-7044.
Meth Lab Cleanup can be Hazardous
Suspected Meth Lab
Meth Lab can be a complicated and extremely dangerous hazard. SERVPRO of Bend provides Cleaning and Restoration Services for properties that may have been used as a meth lab.
Bottles of paint thinner, drain opener or muriatic or other acids are strong indicators that someone has been making meth, as are propane tanks or other heat sources used to cook the drug. Sinks stained red by phosphorus, chemical smells and powdery residues left in glass cookware are also telltale signs.
Building materials and furniture may absorb contaminants and can give off fumes. Meth remains are very dangerous to the health and well being of occupants or future occupants of a property requiring an extensive cleanup process.
If you have any questions if your property was used as a meth lab, we recommend you first call the authorities. They are professionally trained to review the signs of a meth or any other type of drug lab.
SERVPRO of Bend Sewage Cleanup Services
SERVPRO of Bend is proud to be certified in Biohazard and Sewage Cleanup.
When it comes to sewage damage, the job of a sewage damage restoration specialist is far more serious than simply removing waste and odors and restoring your home to its former state.
In reality, our seasoned professionals are charged with an extremely vital task: Making sure you and your family remain safe from the potential health risks associated with sewage damage. There are many different health problems that could result from sewage damage, which is one of the biggest reasons why the sewage damage cleanup process should almost always be handled by a professional organization like SERVPRO.
Here are some of the ailments and diseases you could face if you don’t call on a sewage damage expert to handle your home’s cleanup:
- Hepatitis A, which is an acute liver infection that afflicts more than 10 million Americans each and every year.
- Salmonella, a bacterial infection that causes symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramping, vomiting and weakness. If left untreated, salmonella can even lead to more serious diseases, such as typhoid fever.
- Bacillary dysentery, which is a type of dysentery caused by interaction with harmful bacteria. Dysentery also causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and so forth, and can be extremely taxing on the body if immediate medical care is not sought.
- Intestinal infections. In addition to the aforementioned ailments, there are other types of intestinal infections that may be sustained from contact with raw sewage.
- Skin infections. When sewage comes in contact with exposed skin, a painful or itchy rash could be the result.
- Eye infections.
- Respiratory infections. This is of particular concern if the sewage problem is left untreated, as water damage can easily lead to mold growth, and mold releases spores that can be harmful or even fatal when inhaled by living organisms.
If you have any questions regarding Biohazard or Sewage cleanup, give us a call at (541) 385-7044.
Oregon Couple Falls Ill After Purchasing an Undisclosed Meth House
Meth Lab Cleanup
A young Oregon couple and their baby who fell desperately ill after moving into a newly purchased home have discovered that the house is a former meth lab that has been emitting highly toxic fumes ever since they moved in.
The couple bought a foreclosure property in Klamath Falls in the summer and though they recognized it was a fixer-upper, could never have predicted the traumatic events that would follow.
Within a matter of days, they began experiencing problems with breathing and by week three of their occupancy, , had been struck with agonizing sores, migraines and nose bleeds.
Buying the home 'as is', they were informed of their responsibilities for detecting lead paint and asbestos hazards and chose not to bother with an inspection that would only point out superficial repairs anyway.
Neither brokers warned them of any drug activity on the property so armed with paintbrushes and an optimism the family moved into their new home.
Information regarding the history of a foreclosed property routinely falls through the cracks by the time the bank or government agency has reached the point of foreclosure.
If you feel that a property you occupy was used as a meth or other drug producing lab, call your local authorities.
SERVPRO of Bend Takes Lead in Cleaning Homeless Camp in Deschutes County
SERVPRO of Bend along with a homeless advocacy group, veteran outreach and the Bend Police Department assisted in cleaning up a homeless camp that had been expanding on private property for over a year.
The property became hazardous when it was found that many hypodermic needles and sewage were found on the property. After providing over 3 months of communication to the individuals of whom were camping illegally on the property, SERVPRO of Bend was able to start the cleaning of the camp.
All residence of the camp were provided with information of where they could go for assistance.
SERVPRO of Bend cleaned all of the hazardous materials from the property and posted no trespassing signs to identify the property as private.
The residence were appreciative of how caring the transition from the camp to the private property went and thanked all involved for their understanding of the situation.
At SERVPRO of Bend, we understand when a tragedy occurs; dealing with the aftermath can be distressing. When the unthinkable happens, we’re here to help.
Our technicians are trained and specially equipped to deal with the cleaning and reconstruction of a property after a death or serious injury. We comply fully with all OSHA, EPA, and Oregon Health Authority requirements.
Call today if you have any questions about our services, (541) 385-7044