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Aug 8, 2017

Smoked Out

As I’m sure most you reading this know, the Pacific Northwest has been hit by fires crossing multiple state lines. Through this dry season, the fires have been able to spread quicker than responders are able to contain. As we pray for rain, and the safety of the people in danger, we must prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario to minimize the impact to ourselves and the fire continuing to spread to other areas.

We are already seeing the effects of these fires on the air quality of out city. Be sure to stay indoors as much as possible, and change the air filter as needed in your HVAC.

If the fires are threatening your need to evacuate, be sure to stay tuned to a radio station or reliable information source for the correct move to make. If you have any questions on what areas need to be evacuated, don’t hesitate to call us.

Be sure to clear all debris around your house that could be a potential fire hazard. This includes tree limbs, dead or alive, around your property. It is best to keep a minimum of 50 feet and suggested 200 feet between your home and the surrounding tree environment.

Be sure to keep your property well watered. In extreme scenarios it is best to create a berm or ditch around your property to increase the likelihood of stopping the fire.

While these tips are what we believe to be the most important and easily achievable in preparation, Inhabitant.com provides a more extensive list that you can reference to ultra-prepare your house.

In the unfortunate event that you do have to evacuate, comply with all police and safety regulations on the most effective way to leave the are. Let’s gather as a community and help each other get through this unfortunate circumstance and back to normal as quickly as possible.

In the aftermath, if your house has taken significant damage and needs to be restored in any way, call Central Oregon Disaster Restoration at 541-318-7853. We are here to give you peace of mind and get you back to normal living in your home as soon as possible. Oregon has had an intense year of both extreme cold temperatures and extreme heat, and we’re here to help in any scenario.

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The winter season is in full swing and frozen pipes can cause some costly problems. Frozen water can cause pipe bursting which can be a painful repair. Here is what to do to prevent your pipes form freezing and what to do if they do happen to freeze.

Keep the water running

The easiest trick to remember is to keep your faucets dripping when it gets cold. Even if it doesn’t keep your pipes from freezing, it will lower the pressure in the pipes so they don’t burst if they do freeze. Also, keeping the faucet open will help water flow to assist thawing if they are frozen.

Air Flow

To keep your interior pipes from freezing, open up the cabinet doors so air can flow around them to keep them warm. For pipes under the house, wrap them in a layer of foam to keep them from freezing drafts. Keep garage door use to a minimum if your water supply is located in the garage. Make sure where the pipes enter and exit the home is properly sealed. Improper sealing will let hot air out and cool air in. Also seal exterior faucets off with an insulating hose dome to keep them warm in winter.

Thermostat

During the winter months make sure to keep the temperature in the house regulated during all hours of the day and night. Also, if you are going away during the winter months then keep the thermostat at a temperature that will keep the pipes warm enough so they won’t freeze. Make sure all areas of your home are properly insulated and heat isn’t escaping. If the snow is melting on your roof then that means that your ceiling isn’t properly insulated and heat is escaping through the roof.

What to use to thaw a frozen pipe

If a pipe slows to a trickle or stops all-together then you may have frozen or burst pipes. Once you have found the source of the problem open up the faucet to allow water to flow. Then, use any of the listed methods to apply steady heat to the frozen section.

An electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe.
A plug-in hair dryer
A space heater (make sure no flammable substances are near)
An incandescent heat lamp
DONT use any open flame tools.
Apply heat until water flow completely comes back. If you are unsuccessful then contact a licensed plumber to take care of the problem. ... See MoreSee Less

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