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WHAT TO DO WITH MOLD BEFORE HELP ARRIVES

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of South Tulsa County has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South Tulsa County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

If you have any questions about Mold, do not hesitate to contact us directly. 

Water Damage Emergency Tips

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
  • What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Arkansas Wednesday

    3/27/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Arkansas Wednesday Bad storms need the air to be both warm and moist and that wasn't the case for most of March.

    Oklahoma Tornadoes

    On Wednesday, one individual was killed and many others were injured as the result of different tornadoes that ran through Tulsa during its evening rush hour. According to Tulsa County Sheriff's Capt. Billy McKelvey, one person was killed in their mobile home near the suburban Sand Springs. The whole Sand Springs area was practically destroyed Wednesday during the intense weather.

    As of now, it is not certain whether or not the death was the result of the tornado itself or straight-line winds that hit the park. McKelvey stated that the park could hold anywhere from 40 to 50 trailers at a time. Overall, though, 15 people were believed to have been hurt from the storm. However, McKelvey does not have an exact number yet. "It could have been much worse," he said.

    Tornadoes didn't just hit Tulsa, they were seen elsewhere in Oklahoma. There were also some tornadoes at this time in Arkansas, although there were no injuries reported from those. Back in 2013, Oklahoma was also dealt with fatal tornadoes when one went through parts of Moore. This Oklahoma City suburb was faced with 24 deaths from this EF5 tornado. Before Tuesday, it had been over a month since the last time the United States saw a tornado. 

    Much of the damage caused from these tornadoes could be seen on television. The news showed video from Wednesday evening where roof damage was evident throughout a Moore neighborhood. In fact, the glass door that is on the Tulsa building that is home to the National Weather Service was completely smashed. A bunch of cars in the parking lot even had their windows cracked. 

    Don Ruffin, a resident in the Moore area, said that he was with a neighbor at a local convenience store when he saw the tornado quickly coming closer. "I don't know how close it was to us, but it looked like it was coming toward us, and so we didn't take any chances," Ruffin said. "We got in our vehicles, ran home and got in our shelters." Ruffin said once the storm was over, there were some fences on the ground and "patio furniture thrown everywhere."

    The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management made a note that statewide, there were roughly 80,000 power outages reported. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also reported that there was an overturned tractor-trailer on Interstate 35, which had completely stopped all traffic. 

    The tornado season usually kicks up for most parts of the United States in March, but thanks to the weather patterns Oklahoma was experiencing these storms weren't much of an issue before this past week happened. Bad storms need the air to be both warm and moist and that wasn't the case for most of March. However, this week southerly winds turned the temperatures into the 70s and 80s range for these areas. Weather fronts then took that air and transformed them into Wednesday's storm.

    While the tornado in Oklahoma was categorized as a EF5 tornado, the one that hit northwest Arkansas on Tuesday night will likely be classified as an EF0. An EF0 is the weakest level of a tornado, with wind speeds coming in at anywhere from 65 to 85 mph. Meteorologist Jeff Hood from Little Rock said that this tornado was actually a waterspout, which means it never even made it onto land. Instead, it formed completely over water.

    Prior to this week, there were only about two-dozen twisters total for this year. Typically, this number is about 120. The last time that the Storm Prediction Center is reporting that the United States had no twisters in March was about 50 years ago.

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    When a natural disaster strikes it can be all too easy to lose hope in light of severe damage and loss. Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood – the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help fast.

    No Disaster Is Too Big
    The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of South Tulsa County Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

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    Flood Damage Tulsa - Is Your Property Prepared for Flooding?

    12/22/2014 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Flood Damage Tulsa - Is Your Property Prepared for Flooding? Prepare for flood damage before it happens.

    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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    SERVPRO of South Tulsa County’s fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day

    Tulsa Mold Damage - Causes of Mold Growth in Your Home

    12/12/2014 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Tulsa Mold Damage - Causes of Mold Growth in Your Home Keep you home clean and healthy by hiring a professional to clean mold damage in your home.

    Mold is a fungus that can be toxic to humans when present in large quantities. Mold forms in nearly any condition where moisture is consistently present. Superficial problems left unaddressed can become virtual petri dishes for mold proliferation. For example, attics are dark environments. Sunlight kills bacteria, and the complete absence of light provides an optimal environment for mold to expand. Attics are warm or even hot during summers in arid climates. These two conditions allow mold to spread rapidly. 24-48 hours is usually sufficient. An air conditioning evaporative coil leak in the attic that is not remedied will lead directly to mold growth.

    Common conditions that contribute to mold growth in a home, bathroom or office, such as:

    Oxygen (air)

    Darkness

    Mold spores

    Moisture

    Warmth

    Another source of mold growth can be found in wood and cotton as well as drywall, which is extremely susceptible to long-term moisture retention if not allowed to dry out.

    Mold Spores

    Mold spores allow for proliferation in any closed environment. Dust is transmissible and can pass between many persons so long as a thorough hand-washing doesn't occur. Dust-borne spores may be more hazardous to humans and pets because they can be breathed in. Spores also land on surfaces prone to constant human touch like desks, tables, cabinets, beds, and bathroom and kitchen counters. Basements used as living or storage areas are also candidates.

    Moisture

    Moisture is the key element for mold growth. Roughly 50-55% humidity triggers mold propagation like a jump start on a car battery. Indoor humidity and moisture increases in rain season. Consider that a palpable dampness can be sensed on the skin inside a home during a rain. If a person can detect dampness by touch or breath, so can a mold fungus.

    Pipe leaks, drywall fissures and wall cracks and gaps all act as channels by which mold spreads.

    Mold damage is the specific term for mold proliferation when it has spread to the stage its toxicity is affecting living persons and pets. Mold damage requires immediate attention and can involve structural repairs and replacement of critical areas that cannot be cleaned. Treatment involves drywall and wood replacement, moisture reduction and elimination, bleach and fungicide applications and painting.

    Mold Damage Tulsa

    Unchecked mold damage is responsible for toxic components called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can pose serious health risks that contribute to impaired lung function and other breathing problems. An affected immune response, neurological issues and even death can result from infection caused by mold spores and mold damage.

    If moisture and mold problems present themselves in your home, they need to be addressed as soon as possible. A Tulsa-based professional mold remediation outfit is fully equipped for business and residential mold abatement. Get rid of mold and keep your home or office building a clean, healthy environment for adults, children and pets alike.

    SERVPRO of South Tulsa County is locally owned and operated and serves Oklahoma City, Edmond, Tulsa, Sapulpa, Okmulgee, Jenks, Catoosa, Sand Springs, Glenpool, Coweta, and the surrounding communities. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up

    Preventing Water Damage from Frozen Pipes in Your Oklahoma City Home

    10/13/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Preventing Water Damage from Frozen Pipes in Your Oklahoma City Home In Oklahoma City the temperature drops well below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and you know that your water pipes may freeze and cause water damage.

    By Dave Jones
    11 Oct. 2014 8:45 AM Eastern

    Preventing Frozen Pipes

    You live in Oklahoma City where the temperature drops well below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you know that your water pipes may freeze. Unfreezing them is a chore that requires patience, so it's better if they don't freeze in the first place, which requires diligence and preparation.

    In Oklahoma City, temperatures can drop to the teens or low 20s just about any time between November and March. Usually, there is plenty of warning on the local Edmond news. Follow these tips tom reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes and the resulting water damage.

    • When you hear those warnings, make sure you open the faucets in your Edmond house, and let them drip throughout the dangerous weather. That will keep them from freezing and causing alot of water damage. However, before you get to that point, prepare your pipes. Wrap any exposed areas in fiberglass insulation or foam rubber.

    • If you have exposed piping in your crawl space or attic, insulate it to ward off the extreme cold.

    • Open all your cabinet doors so that warm air can circulate around the pipes.

    • You can also install powered heat tape, which requires little maintenance and provides maximum protection. It costs pennies per day to keep your Edmond pipes safe an prevent water damage.

    • If you have a conglomeration of pipes in one area, put a high-wattage lamp near them to keep them warm.

    • Stop all drafts from getting to the pipes by caulking the nearby windows and any openings in the foundation.

    • Slow and steady wins the race. A professional plumber knows how to slowly thaw your pipes safely, so they won't suffer more water damage.

    If your pipes do freeze, remain calm. Don't try to thaw them in 30 minutes. If you overheat your frozen pipes, you could cause internal steam that will burst your pipes, and then you'll have frozen pipes and a big mess of water damage to repair and clean. A hair dryer set on low will do the job quite nicely if you have the patience to let it work.

    If you're unlucky enough to have your pipes burst and cause water damage, you should contact SERVPRO of South Tulsa County immediately to fix your pipes and remove any trace of the problem. We're standing by to perform emergency service if you need us. Call (918) 437-2095 if you need help 24/7/365.

    An unexpected cold snap can snarl your pipes. Be prepared against any such event. Thoroughly insulate your Oklahoma City home, and pay attention to the weather reports. A measure of prevention will eliminate any need for a cure. But if your pipes to burst, we're ready to fix the water damage and make sure it does not recur.

    What To Do When Your Oklahoma City Home Suffers Water Damage

    10/6/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage What To Do When Your Oklahoma City Home Suffers Water Damage Damage from water and moisture can seriously compromise the structural integrity of your Oklahoma City home.

    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 Edmond. 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 Stillwater 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 Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City 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 Edmond 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 Oklahoma City

    Those wondering what to do when a home suffers from water damage in Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City homeowners to contact a professional when water damage in Oklahoma City homes is discovered.

    SERVPRO of South Tulsa County Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of South Tulsa County proudly serves Oklahoma City, Edmond, Tulsa, Sapulpa, Okmulgee, Jenks, Catoosa, Sand Springs, Glenpool, Coweta, and surrounding areas.We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

    Water damage can happen after a structure has a plumbing failure

    9/16/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water damage can happen after a structure has a plumbing failure When a home has a plumbing failure, it is important the main water source be shut off. We help with water damage repair in Tulsa and Edmond.

    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

    SERVPRO of South Tulsa County is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out, restoration equipment rental, dehumidifier rental, fan rental, demolition, painting & construction. 

    SERVPRO of South Tulsa County proudly serves Tulsa, Bixby, Claremore, Sapulpa, Okmulgee, Jenks, Catoosa, Sand Springs, Glenpool, Coweta, Edmond,Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Stillwater, Yukon, Bethany, Mustang, Moore, Guthrie, Choctaw, and surrounding areas.

    How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage

    9/7/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage Check hoses to prevent water damage in Tulsa, Edmond Ok.

    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.

    When you need help at night or weekend give us a call we will be there call us at (918) 437-2095 

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