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4 Ways to Be Ready For the Next Flood

1/10/2018 (Permalink)


4 Ways to Be Ready For the Next Flood

It is always good to plan ahead for oncoming flooding. Repairing storm damage can cost thousands of dollars if you do not have the right insurance policy. Fortunately, there are various ways to protect your house in Tulsa, OK so that you can evacuate with peace of mind.

1. Waterproof Exterior Walls

It does not take a lot of water to damage a property. It can still take a lot of time and money to repair flood damage that brings fewer than two feet of water inside your home. A waterproof veneer consisting of a brick layer reinforced by a sturdy membrane can help prevent a small amount of flood water from entering your property. In some cases, a membrane can be enough to keep water at bay entirely.

2. Raise Electrical Components

Outlets, meters and service panels should be at least one foot above your home’s flood level. Systems being exposed to even a small amount of flooding can cause them to short circuit.

3. Anchor Fuel Tanks

Clean flood water can become contaminated if a fuel tank sustains damage. An unanchored tank can be swept up by the flood, creating a leak and spilling oil into the basement, which causes a number of problems. It is much more difficult for a professional crew to clean up contaminated water than clean liquid.

4. Clean Gutters Routinely

You should make cleaning the gutters a regular part of your chore routine. Leaves and other debris can get caught in the gutters, and even a small amount of rain can cause the system to break apart. The likelihood of this increases with heavy storms bringing out harsh rainfall. Water can overflow from the gutters, degrading the home’s siding. This water also leaks into the home’s foundation, which can necessitate even more complicated repairs. Prepare sufficiently so you do not fall victim to extreme flooding in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit  http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

What Happens During Water Heater Cleanup

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Most water heaters are stored in a convenient space out of everyone’s way, either in a basement, closet or garage. While this is great when it comes to floorplan layout, it can be inconvenient if you have a leaking water heater. The time it takes to clean up after a broken water heater depends heavily on where it’s located. Here’s a look at what happens during a water heater cleanup.

1. Complication Assessment

The first thing that your water cleanup specialist is going to do is figure out how difficult of a remediation job it’s going to be. If a failed water heater has flooded part of your home, professionals will be able to figure out the easiest and best way to clear the water and restore the damage.

2. Water Extraction

The water has to be taken out quickly. Mold growth is more rampant in warm and wet areas. The warm water is perfect for the growth of bacteria. When it comes time to remove the water, you can’t simply soak it up or use a sump pump to extract it. There may be more moisture than you can see. A professional has to draw water from the walls and the carpets. This can be done with pumps, vacuums and dehumidifiers.

3. Home Disinfection

If your leaking water heater is out of sight and out of mind, it’s possible that you won’t realize that it flooded your basement or garage. In this case, there could be time for mold to grow. Cleanup and disinfecting has to come next. Scrub walls and non-porous surfaces with a strong formula of detergent, water and vinegar.

When it comes to a leaking water heater, it’s important that you never ignore it. While any type of flood in your Tulsa, OK home can seem overwhelming, the water mitigation process is uncomplicated with the help of a remediation professional. Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information on water damage.

Important Facts About Category 2 Water Damage

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

While category 1 water from a broken pipe or such is sanitary water, category 2 water is more dangerous. Water pipe repair won’t be the only aspect you have to deal with if your property in City, State, becomes the victim of category 2 water damage. A restoration company can clean up your flooded building and restore it. Here’s what you need to know about category 2 damage.

What Is Category 2 Water?

Category 2 water is often referred to as “grey water.” This water is contaminated and can cause illness and discomfort. While category 2 water may be clean water that sits too long, other common sources of category 2 water are the following:

• Washing machines
• Dishwashers
• Sinks
• Toilets

However, if feces are present, it’s category 3 water. Be advised that category 2 water can quickly turn into category 3 water, which is the most dangerous type. Temperature, time and cleanliness of the building are often responsible for upgrading category 2 water to category 3 water.

What Is Category 2 Damage?

This question is tricky, as category 2 water can potentially cause class 1, 2, 3 and 4 water damage. In general, for this category of damage, a fast evaporation rate is present and an entire room and walls are affected. Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches, and moisture remains in structural materials. Materials with medium to high porosity are soaked. Moisture is your enemy, and you have to be aware of mold growth, which is why it is crucial that you contact a cleanup company. Bear in mind that mold grows within 24 to 48 hours. Water pipe repair or fixing whatever caused the issue and ridding your building of water are your concerns with class 2 damage.

Class 3 damage has the fastest evaporation rate, with ceilings, walls and insulation being saturated. Class 4 damage refers to specialty drying situations, meaning that even materials with low porosity are affected.

Water pipe repair alone won’t solve the issue. A flooded building from a broken pipe or such requires the attention of a cleanup company no matter what type of water or class of damage is present.


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Flooding in Tulsa. What is the best way to be prepared?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

When preparing for a storm, you might be thinking about flood damage in Tulsa but are you really prepared for it? One of the first priorities prior to a storm is grabbing food and extra water. The second is flashlights and batteries. After you have all the emergency, personal things accomplished, it's time to think about what happens if there's a flood. Will you be prepared?

Being prepared for a flood doesn't only involve sealing the cracks in your foundation or making sure the pump in the basement has enough fuel. There are other concerns like the type of insurance coverage you have on your property if and when a flood happens to you.

Insurance Coverage

Many people are under the impression that their homeowner's insurance covers flood damage. Unfortunately, most policies do not cover flood damage even though they cover storm damage. Flood insurance might need to be purchased separately. If you have flood damage in your policy, find out exactly how much it covers. Will it cover the cost of fixing a sewer backup? Is there a cap on the amount that the policy will cover? These questions are important to ask long before you have a problem.


Contractors

When you have a problem in your home, it's essential that you have a list of contractors that you trust. All the research into contractors' policies, work ethic and reliability should be done before the contractor is needed. The local utility or public works department should have a list of contractors on hand for the public. Don't keep the list without vetting the possibilities before you need to hire them. To find out if your home is at risk for flooding, contact the possible contractors for a walkthrough of your home. This will help you research and become comfortable with the contractor before you ever need their emergency services.

Flooding and the Sewer

When an area floods around your home, it's not only your home that is impacted. The entire area can become overflowing and that includes the sewer. The sewer connections in your home could become backed up and cause unsanitary conditions. When water enters the sewers from a variety of sources during a flood, it's called inflow. The contractor that you hire to do a test on your home can find out whether you have any source of inflow problems long before a flood situation takes place. He'll need to make sure there's a proper backflow valve.

It's a good idea to have a flood or elevation map of the area surrounding your home. Even homes that are not near the coast can have flooding problems. Very dry areas cannot handle sudden heavy rains so they would be a serious problem during a big storm with potential torrential rain. When you're preparing for your next flood, make sure you have the proper help through insurance and contractors before there's a flooding problem.

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Why is Water Mitigation Important after flooding?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

The Importance of Water Mitigation

When a person's home experiences water damage, they will want to reduce the amount of damage that occurs. Water mitigation is the process of preventing damage from water inside a building. The goal is to keep any additional water damage from happening by taking fast and effective action. 

Cause And Result 

Water damage can happen after a structure has a plumbing failure. It can also result because of storm water. Broken underground pipes have also caused water damage. This has resulted in soaked rugs, warped floors, damaged furniture, walls and more. This is a time when immediate water mitigation steps need to be taken. 

Water Damage - Disaster

When a home has a plumbing failure, it is important the main water source be shut off. When flooding happens, work may not be able to begin until water levels have dropped. No matter what the cause, when water damage happens it is essential electrical breakers is shut down. This makes it possible to safely unplug and remove electrical devices. These devices could be on a wet carpet or in areas submerged in water. Aluminum foil should be placed under the legs or feet of furniture in contact with a wet carpet. Curtains and draperies should be removed if in contact with the water or a wet carpet. Immediately remove papers, shoes or other items that could be damaged. Walking on a wet carpet should be avoided as much as possible.

Inspection

Once the source of the water problem has been addressed, it's time for professionals to conduct an inspection. They will be able to carefully inspect the property and determine the extent of the damage. A recovery plan will be created. This will cover the details necessary to return a building back to its original condition. 

Water Extraction

Water that damages a building can be contaminated. Water in a home from flooding can be sewage or polluted ground water. This is a situation that could cause severe illness to people and their pets. Pumps and other equipment can be used to remove water. There is a good chance this can be done without removing any of the building's contents. This also includes removing any items soaked with water including tems such as carpeting, furniture and more. Anything that has absorbed water and cannot be restored must be removed.

Drying and Mold Prevention

Water damage can create vast amounts of mold if not handled correctly. It is important to take steps immediately to remove mold and prevent it from reoccurring. This will require using state-of-the-art dehumidifiers and air movers. It will require the humidity inside a building be carefully monitored and controlled. If the humidity is not handled properly, items not destroyed during the water damage could absorb moisture and be ruined. The damaged area must also be kept at an acceptable temperature. Providing an improper temperature is a major cause of microorganism and bacterial growth after water is removed.

Completion

It is important for a structure to be stabilized, and its integrity maintained. Every water mitigation project will be different. It's important to utilize the services of experienced water removal technicians. They will have the proper equipment and experience to restore any type of structure that experienced water damage

What to do if washing machine hose fails?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Washing Machine Hoses

A broken supply hose causes more than half of all water damage insurance claims. These insurance claims are costly. The average claim is around $6,000. If the homeowner fails to monitor the condition of the hose, it can burst. A busted hose can spill hundreds of gallons of water within an hour. Significant volumes of water can cause catastrophic water damage in Edmond in a very little time. 

There are several causes of a washing machine hose break, they include: 

Age

The hose is old and has worn out over time. If the hose is more than five years old, there is an increased risk of the hose wearing out. More than 80 percent of hoses fail between their sixth and tenth year of use.

Materials

The type of hose affects its durability. Reinforced rubber hoses, while of good quality, weaken with age, are susceptible to cracks and leaks resulting in flood damage. Floodchek hoses are the best quality.

Installation

An improperly installed hose can also cause the hose to fail. The most common installation problem involves not leaving enough room to prevent kinks in the hose.

To avoid dealing with a burst hose, replace them every five years with a steel-jacket hose. Labeling the hose with the installation date will help with remembering when to replace them. A visual inspection of the hoses every six months ensures that any initial signs of wear are identified.

Piping

You cannot prevent a piping problem without knowing the type of piping that is in your home. Different types of piping will have different types of issues. If you have a home inspection before you purchase a home in Bixby, ask the inspector about the types of pipes in the house. You can also contact a plumber to inspect your home for potential water damage.

Understanding the types of pipes in your home can determine the pipes life expectancy and how to avoid leaks, flood and health issues. The age of the pipe is not a definitive determination of its remaining life span. However, it can serve as a good estimate. Maintained pipes will have a longer life than pipes that are not maintained. When pipes have exceeded their lifespan plumbing issues, like leaking and water damage, will arise. 

Pipe Problems

Lead and polybutylene pipes, most commonly used years ago, are known for their early deterioration and susceptibility to breaking. If you think you have these types of pipes, have them inspected by a plumber. When these pipes deteriorate, the water quality decreases and the chances for leaks and water damage increases. Lead pipes can last for roughly 100 years. However, many people replace these pipes sooner because of the issues associated with lead usage.

Water Heaters

In a study by the Institute for Business and Home Safety, water heater malfunctions are the leading cause of water damage insurance claims in residential properties. The cost of these claims is often around $4,000. The majority of water heater failures are the result of burst or leaking tanks. If the water heater is more than five years old, the chances of it failing increases. The average water heater does not last beyond twelve years. 

All water heaters will weaken over time. The water’s mineral content, frequency of use, and its maintenance schedule affects their lifespan. Many people avoid purchasing a new water heater because of its cost. However, the costs associated with a leaking water heater may be far more expensive.

Maintenance Tips

Here are a few maintenance tips that will help to prolong the life of a water heater.

  • Make sure there is at least two feet of clearance around the water heater.
  • Flush the tank annually to remove any debris and sediment.
  • Check the anode rod every three to five years. If the core steel wire is exposed more than six inches or the rod is caked, replace it.

Unfortunately, because these three systems go unnoticed, they are neglected. The neglect can result in problems. Taking a moment to routinely check them will avoid catastrophic problems that can damage your home.

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    Water damage cleanup in Tulsa

    12/15/2017 (Permalink)

    Damage from water and moisture can seriously compromise the structural integrity of your home. Many consumers wonder about what to do when their home suffers water damage in Tulsa. Cleanup is a concern of numerous Tulsa property owners after a dwelling sustains water damage during a flood. Stillwater homeowners may not know where to begin or how to complete the cleanup in a way that will not lead to further water damage in their Tulsa home. In addition, burst pipes, faulty plumbing or similar problems may have been detected by the homeowner as the source of the water damage, but the repairs are not something he or she wishes to tackle. For this reason, water damage restoration companies are the best resource for individuals faced with such scenarios.

    Why Professional Water Damage Mitigation is Essential!

    The timely completion of water damage repair is vital if the Tulsa homeowner wishes to avoid costly renovations. If moisture is allowed to seep into areas other than the site of the problem, extra repairs are almost always necessary. If basement flooding is not addressed as soon as it is discovered, the water could destroy major electrical appliances, such as a water heater, washing machine or even the home's furnace. These and other appliances can be very expensive to replace. Electrical wiring can also be ruined regardless of whether or not an electrical fire occurred.

    Mold and Health Problems

    After a home has sustained water damage in Tulsa, there is a high risk for the rapid proliferation of mold or mildew. These substances not only ruin items within an Tulsa home, but can also lead to health problems such as allergies and acute asthma and a increased risk for certain respiratory infections. Persons living within a home already suffering from asthma or allergies are at a greater risk for such illnesses.

    Complications

    Unless the problem is particularly mild, water damage repair in Tulsa is often a complicated task. If moisture has seeped into insulation panels, drywall or floorboards water damage mitigation can be very tricky. Specific tools and protective gear are often necessary to work in such areas and appropriately complete the repairs. 

    Choosing a Water Damage Company in Tulsa

    Those wondering what to do when a home suffers from water damage in Tulsa will be pleased to know that professionals are available to mitigate the problem. With the exception of minor repairs that can be easily addressed, such repairs should never be attempted without the help of a moisture damage specialist. In most cases, flood cleanup from water damage involves more than merely cleaning floors or furniture and drying out personal belongings. The dwelling must also be evaluated for hazardous situations involving electrical wiring and the presence of the aforementioned mildew and mold. Mold can typically be detected by Tulsa homeowners once it has grown for several days. Most professionals use special equipment to detect its presence at an immature stage of growth that is difficult to see with the naked eye. For all these reasons, it is in the best interest of all Tulsa homeowners to contact a professional when water damage in Tulsa homes is discovered.

    SERVPRO of South Tulsa County Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. 

    Don’t Let Black Water Put You in the Red

    11/29/2017 (Permalink)

    Don’t Let Black Water Put You in the Red

    When commercial property in Tulsa, OK is flooded, it can have negative impacts on your business. Water damage of any kind can ruin equipment, furniture, important records and merchandise. However, when natural disasters such as hurricanes and heavy storms occur, flooding becomes an even bigger concern because the water typically causes the sewer to backup, which leads to bacteria-filled black water.

    What Are the Different Types of Contaminated Water?

    Experts use a three-category system to rate the level of contaminants in different types of water. The first category is “clean water,” which comes from a fresh supply line, such as a sprinkler system or sink faucet. The second category is “gray water,” which comes from sources like washing machine drains. This water is dirty but not highly toxic. “Black water” is the third and most dangerous category. Flood water, sewage and drain backups, and toilet overflows fall into this category because the contaminants in these waters are so toxic.

    How Can Unsafe Water Destroy a Business?

    When commercial property is invaded by sewage water, it contaminates the air, floor and everything it touches. If not properly sanitized, unsafe water can continue to be harmful to people. Whether the building is for a retail property, manufacturing facility or warehouse, it can put people’s health at risk. That, in turn, can make your business liable and harm your reputation. Safety concerns can also cause a business to have to close its doors, which only results in further loss.

    What Can Be Done About Harmful Flood Water?

    If you find yourself dealing with water damage, act quickly and call a commercial water restoration expert. Most are available 24-hours a day and will assess the damage, extract the water safely, remove contaminated articles, and sanitize the area according to national standards for safety.

    When black water causes water damage to your Tulsa, OK commercial property, it can put your bottom line in the red if not dealt with properly. Using this information if a flood occurs can help your business stay intact.
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    What Black Water is and How to Deal With it

    11/29/2017 (Permalink)

    What Black Water is and How to Deal With it

    After a storm and during floods, you may hear the term black water being tossed around. Water damage can be devastating, but it’s worse when this type of water is involved. Not only can your structure be ruined, but the contaminants in the water can make people sick. Here’s what you should know.

    1. What It Is

    Black water is more common than you might think. It is simply waste water. This water is full of biological material, such as sewage. While it may be easy to think that you won’t have to be in contact with it, keep in mind that it can be present in your drain, sink or toilet if they are backed up. When it comes to water damage, you have to stay diligent.

    2. When to Remove It

    You should never try to remove black water on your own; it is highly toxic. While there are some aspects of flood damage that can be repaired by you, there are still aspects that you should never deal with without expert assistance. For your health, make sure that you have a professional to contact in case of a flood in your business. They have specialized equipment that helps them to remove the waste safely.

    Water damage can be bad enough when there’s a flood in Tulsa, OK. It can be even worse when it comes to waste water being anywhere in your commercial building. You and your employees rely on your business location to be safe. Work with a water restoration specialist to be assured that this type of water is removed safely. Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information on water damage.

    Preventing Mold Damage After Flooding

    11/29/2017 (Permalink)

    Preventing Mold Damage After Flooding

    If your business was in the path of a recent powerful storm that resulted in flooding, it’s essential you address mold growth well before it happens. It’s a fact that mold can start to grow between 24 and 48 hours after flooding, which means you have to act quickly. Learn how business owners in Tulsa, OK can work with professionals to take care of standing water, bacteria and everything else that can result from the various issues related to flooding.

    Handling Mold the Right Way

    Before responding to mold problems, it’s a good idea to first understand just how mold works. Useful facts related to mold include

    Windows, doors and vents are prime entryways for mold spores, which are microscopic.
    Humidity levels of more than 45 percent act as a trigger for the growth of mold.
    Mold is easily identifiable by its pungent, musty odor.

    It’s best to take care of all water damage and flooding before enacting a mold remediation plan, otherwise, mold growth is likely to continue unchecked.

    Mitigating the Spread of Mold

    Because it might be a while before help arrives to assist you with taking care of flood damage and the mold that can result, business owners should know what steps to take to mitigate damage and risk. One of the first is to shut off the electricity to prevent accidental shocks and injuries. All valuable items and equipment should be moved to a safe, dry space, and standing water should be cleared out as much as possible to further prevent the growth and spread of mold. Finally, it’s a good idea to take pictures of the resulting damage. Insurance companies will need such evidence when it’s time to file a claim.

    Keeping mold growth and the spread of bacteria at bay is much easier when you have the right information. Be sure to put the above tips to good use if your commercial building has standing water due to recent flooding. Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information on storm damage.