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When Nature Becomes an Art Critic

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Nature Becomes an Art Critic Mold cleaning is difficult when it comes to a prized piece of artwork.

When mold begins to overtake your paintings, it can feel like nature is criticizing your taste in art. What’s actually happening, though, is that the paint – particularly in older paintings – and canvas are fertile breeding grounds and food for mold to devour, and the climate in Tulsa, OK, may even be contributing to that. So is it possible to save your paintings with mold remediation and mold cleaning, or are they lost forever to the ravages of time and mold damage?

You Can Save It – But Stay Away from Chemicals and Water

Your first instinct may be to attack your paintings with bleach and soapy water. This can ruin your paintings even worse than the mold. Acrylics are water-soluble and will begin to dissolve; oils can react poorly with bleach and other chemicals. You might save the canvas, but you’ll lose the art. Cleaning a painting suffering from mold damage is a delicate process involving:

• Dry brushing. A soft bristle brush can be used to dry brush and remove multiple types of mold, although one should be gentle.
• A mild mix of alcohol and water applied only to the back of the painting; applying to the front can dissolve the paint.
• Careful wiping with a barely-dampened cloth with water and no chemicals. Don’t use a cloth wet enough to cause damage to the paint.
• Sunning to destroy the mold. Be delicate with this, as sun exposure can also ruin paintings. Use sunlight as a deterrent in short periods before returning to cleaning with dry brush methods again.

Prevention Is the Best Measure

Mold cleaning is difficult when it comes to a prized piece of artwork. While some can be restored, it’s better to avoid altogether by preventing mold exposure with your precious art. Keep your art stored in a cool, dry place above any normal flood levels for your area. If necessary, contact art preservation specialists about mold cleaning and prevention. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

Say Farewell to Cigarette Smoke in Your Home With These Tips

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Say Farewell to Cigarette Smoke in Your Home With These Tips Though these steps are effective in milder cases, in more severe cases, you may need to call in the professionals.

Not much is worse than the smell of lingering cigarette smoke in a home or building. If you recently purchased a home that is contaminated by the smell of nicotine, or if you have recently quit smoking and want to free your home from the odors of your past habit for good, there are a few home deodorization tips you need to know. Before you get started, however, there are a few supplies you need to gather:

• Baking soda
• A gallon of vinegar
• Clean towels
• A bucket
• A strainer
• An ozone machine (in extreme cases)

Wash Fabrics With Vinegar

If you’ve ever been to a bonfire or spent even an hour in a smoke-infested environment, you know how badly cigarette smoke can affect fabrics. The first step toward freeing your home of the odors of nicotine is to wash any easily removable fabrics, such as drapes, blankets and bedding, in warm water and vinegar.

Clean the Carpets

While your linens are in the wash, sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda over your home’s carpet and upholstered furniture. The best way to do this is to dump baking soda into a strainer and sprinkle it throughout your home. Let the baking soda sit for 30 to 60 minutes, and then vacuum it up.

Wash the Walls and Hard Surfaces

While you’re waiting for your carpets and upholstery to absorb the baking soda, move on to the next phase of home deodorization: cleaning the hard surfaces. Mix 75 percent vinegar with 25 percent warm water and scrub the solution on all of your home’s hard surfaces. Only file one-third to one-half of your bucket at a time, as the water will get dirty. You don’t need to be meticulous in this step, as even a light layer of vinegar removes the smoke odor.

Though these steps are effective in milder cases, in more severe cases, you may need to call in the professionals. A Tulsa, OK, smoke remediation team can use an ozone machine to rid your home of the worst of the smell, and a local contractor can seal your home deodorization efforts with a fresh coat of pain. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

How To Spot Mold Growth In Your Office

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Spot Mold Growth In Your Office Mold growth in commercial buildings is a serious issue.

Mold growth in commercial buildings is a serious issue. While the cleanup and repair costs can be tremendous, the cost and inconvenience of potentially having to move out of the building for a period of time can be far greater. Even in instances of mold smell, most encounters with mold are after it’s had the opportunity to grow and become visible. However, there are ways you can spot mold growth before it gets out of hand.

A Strange Smell

Although mold can grow in your walls for a while before you see it, there are instances when the mold smell is obvious before the stains show up. For example, if you notice a persistent, rotting or fungus smell in a particular section of your office, then the culprit is likely mold.

Moisture Exposure

If your building was affected by any of the flooding in Tulsa, OK, then it’s likely to experience mold growth. In this case, even before you smell anything, mold may start to gain traction in the affected areas. Similarly, if there’s a leak in an area of your building, then mold can certainly begin to take form.

Light Discoloration

Before your walls turn totally green or black, you may notice some slight darkening initially. This is also a possible sign of mold growth that should be investigated further.

In either of these cases, you should not attempt to determine the severity or clean up the mold yourself as it may not be limited to what you see. You should contact a mold cleanup specialist who can properly identify the entirety of the growth. Even if the mold can’t be seen or the mildew smell isn’t present, the specialist can use an infrared thermal camera to detect the presence and level of moisture in your walls. With this information, the specialist can make a proper recommendation for safe cleanup.

Mold smell in commercial buildings should not be taken lightly. Overlooking it or using traditional cleanup measures may lead to bigger problems down the line. It’s best to contact a specialist early on who can complete a thorough assessment and recommend a safe solution. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/water-damage-restoration

What To Do When the Pipes Freeze at Your Commercial Property

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What To Do When the Pipes Freeze at Your Commercial Property The most important thing to be aware of is that you need to act quickly. The longer pipes are frozen, the higher the possibility is that you will have

Winter comes with tons of challenges for a business in Tulsa, OK, especially if the season is particularly harsh. It can be difficult to bring in customers, and when you do, you should ensure the property is safe for them to shop. Plowing snow and putting down salt on any ice are some of the unique requirements during this chilly season. Another major obstacle common in winter is broken pipes because of the cold temperatures.

Signs Your Pipes Are Frozen

The good news is that there are clues that your pipes may be frozen and water damage is incoming. This can go a long way toward resolving the situation quickly with the help of expert technicians.

• Lack of water coming from the pipes may be a sign that your pipes are frozen. This can also manifest as a slow-moving trickle of water rather than the normal stream.
• If the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes can burst if proper precautions are not taken. This can lead to water damage in the building and a need for cleanup.
• Frost can sometimes be seen on visible pipes if they have frozen. This can also be a warning sign that the pipes are going to freeze soon.
• A strange smell coming from a pipe may mean it is blocked by ice. The smell will often emit into the building as it has nowhere else to go.

How To Handle the Situation

The most important thing to be aware of is that you need to act quickly. The longer pipes are frozen, the higher the possibility is that you will have damage that requires water cleanup. In order to ensure thawing is done properly, it is usually best to contact an expert in Tulsa, OK. This can ensure you have help who can handle any water damage and take care of the emergency. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/

5 Reasons To Board and Tarp After Roof Damage

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 5 Reasons To Board and Tarp After Roof Damage To ensure the boarding and tarping are properly done, work with experienced restoration specialists.

Roof damage in Tulsa, OK, is not uncommon after a major weather event, such as heavy storms or snow. Unfortunately, some homeowners do not take steps immediately after an event to prevent the damage from worsening. However, tarping or boarding could potentially help mitigate the damages. In addition to preventing further damage to the roof, there are five other reasons to use boards or tarps.

1. The cost of the repair can increase. The longer the damaged roof is left exposed to environmental elements, the more damage can occur. Potentially preventable problems could lead to a balloon in your costs.

2. The home is vulnerable to vandals. Depending on the extent of the damage to your roof, there is a possibility that vandals and robbers could gain access to your home and destroy or steal your possessions. Tarping and boarding your home could be the deterrent you need.

3. Unwanted pests could enter your home. Pests, such as roaches and rodents, can sometimes find their way into your home through openings that are left by wind damage and roof damage.

4. Guests could be injured by the roof. Until the roof has been professionally assessed by restoration specialists and properly boarded and tarped, anyone who visits your home could be at risk of injury from falling parts from the roof. One incident could lead to a lawsuit or a claim against your homeowner’s insurance.

5. Your insurance provider may require mitigation. Depending on your insurance policy, there could be a provision that requires you to take steps to mitigate the damage to your roof. If you fail to act, your claim may be denied or the settlement offer reduced.

By acting immediately to mitigate your roof damage in Tulsa, OK, you could potentially save on the costs of repairs and avoid more serious consequences that can result from waiting. To ensure the boarding and tarping are properly done, work with experienced restoration specialists. SERVPRO of South Tulsa is here to help with any size storm damage! For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

Who Thinks Mold Is Interesting?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Who Thinks Mold Is Interesting? Commercial water removal and mold clean up job in the Stillwater area.

To most people who are not scientists, mold is a dark and nasty, black substance that seems to come out of thin air and makes keeping your bathroom clean nearly impossible. Generally, mold does not seem interesting or even a welcome subject to study but merely something to destroy when armed with gloves and bleach. However, the art of mold cleaning may require a little testing to see just what you are up against. A certified industrial hygienist actually takes an interest in mold and has the job of determining just what kind it is. If you have any concerns or questions about your mold invasion, you can contact a mold remediation specialist in Tulsa, OK.

Who Are These Masked Scientists?

Well, of course they are wearing a mask. They are dealing with mold. Only these specialists are trained to determine if the air you breathe and the environment around you is safe. They are concerned with the public and any technicians or workers who may be dealing with the mold cleaning project. Their job is to fight mold using the following methods:

• Taking samples of the surfaces and air where mold is evident
• Examining the samples under a microscope
• Performing readings to determine the type of mold and its effect on people who have come in contact with it

Where Do You Find These Mold Adversaries?

Although it may not always be necessary to have a certified industrial hygienist run tests when there is mold damage, there are specific times when their expertise is of great benefit. Many mold remediation companies rely on certified industrial hygienists when performing assessments following water damage or when a microbial presence is discovered. Their training and professional assessment are beneficial in determining the safety of the environment.

While you may not want to give mold cleaning a second thought, when this substance seeps into your life, it’s good to know there are skilled people who understand its effect on your surroundings. Certified industrial hygienists know just what they are looking for and how to protect your quality of life. Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information on mold. 

How To Remove Odors After a Flood

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Even after the flood water has receded in Tulsa, OK it can leave its legacy behind. One of these legacies is a litany of foul odors, which can indicate anything from mold growth to sewage loss left behind in the building. When cleaning and restoring after flood damage, odor elimination is one of your top priorities.

1. Dry Everything Thoroughly

Your first step in preventing odors is to dry everything as thoroughly as possible, as quickly as possible, before standing water has time to set and seep into any porous surfaces. Drain standing water as best you can by using vacuum suction if you need to. Mop and blot every surface. Open all windows and doors to let air in to further dry out, and use fans to hasten the process. Water left behind can lead rapidly to mold growth and should be addressed quickly.

2. Remove Anything That Might Hold Odors

Unfortunately, some of your possessions and inventory will have to go. Fabric, carpets, and other items may hold odors that are impossible to get out of porous surfaces without particular types of deep chemical or steam cleaning. Even if you intend to have them cleaned, remove them from the premises during initial cleanup before the odors start to set.

3. Make Use of Disinfectant and Odor Absorbers

Disinfectant is your friend in preventing mold growth. Every surface you mop dry should also be thoroughly disinfected. Odors can hang in the air, however, and can cling to surfaces. Believe it or not, kitty litter is a great odor absorber to spread over surfaces. You can also buy chemical odor absorbers and special steam cleaning and humidifier devices specially intended to remove odors from the air and open surfaces.

4. Hire Professionals

If those pesky odors still won’t abate, you may have to bring in professionals. Professional storm restoration and flood water damage cleaners often have commercial equipment not readily available to most homeowners and business owners, and they are licensed to handle more hazardous but effective chemical cleaners. Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information on commercial storm damage. 

Ceiling Fixture Leaks: 3 Quick Mitigation Solutions

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with leaks in your Tulsa, OK home may be something you have dealt with in the past. However, it can be startling when they come from your ceiling's light fixtures. These leaks can cause flooding and damage your electrical system, so acting quickly to stop the leak when you notice water in a light fixture can prevent costly problems later.

1. Shut Off the Water

Shutting off the water to your home can prevent pooling and flooding, especially if the leak is up in your attic. This can also slow or stop ceiling damage caused by a broken pipe. Once you shut off the water, it is wise to avoid your attic space for a bit, even if you know that is where the leak originated, because it may not be safe to enter.

2. Turn Off the Electricity to Your Upper Floors

Water in a light shade can pose a severe electrical shock hazard, so turning off the electricity to your upper floors can reduce the risk of injury or fire. Be cautious operating your fuse box, and wear rubber gloves for additional protection. Have family members move to the main floor of your home to ensure their safety before you cut the power.

3. Call for Flood Cleanup Services

Having a flood cleanup and restoration company come to drain pooling water from your home and assess the damage can help you begin the repair process. These professionals can also advise you about ceiling damage and whether you will need to replace any sections stained or weakened by the leak. Once flood technicians clean up and ensure that the attic is safe to enter, you can go up and inspect the damage to report it to your insurance agent.

Finding water in a light fixture or dripping from your Tulsa, OK home's ceiling can be a stressful experience. Knowing which actions might prevent serious water damage and keep your family safe might help you take action with confidence if a leak should occur. Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information on water damage. 

1 Question You Should Ask About Mold

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Whether constant high humidity or surprise water damage leads to mold growth in your Tulsa, OK, business, you likely are left with a few questions about mold and the cleanup process. Check out these frequently asked questions to learn more about mold and the remediation procedure to make sure you are comfortable when the commercial mold remediation experts come to your aid.

How Can Mold Show Up in a Building?

Spores can be found floating in the air everywhere. Whether indoors or outdoors, it is completely natural for there to be mold spores. When spores find the right environment, they land and start growing into fungus. Mold may be more prone to show up in your building if you have an environment that is primarily:

• Dark
• Humid
• Warm

Spores often enter a building through windows, doors and vents.

For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com.

What’s Involved on a Commercial Fire

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

When fire damage happens, any business owner must be prepared to get it cleaned up.

The process of fire restoration after can take a period of time. Smoke damage and soot damage must be removed. Many business owners face commercial fire damage are not sure how long the process will take after the fire hose is gone along with the firefighter and the fire truck.

When it comes to examining commercial fire damage, it may take some time to survey the damage from an electrical fire or a utility room fire. It may also take some time to explore the area as the fire sprinkler system may still be operating.

Fire suppression methods such as a fire sprinkler system may not only have failed to prevent an electrical fire or a utility room fire but also created even more problems that a fire truck and fire hose are not able to prevent.

SERVPRO of South Tulsa County has experienced Fire Restoration technicians. Visit our website for more information about our services.