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How Insurance Helps a Business Survive a Fire

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire alarm on wall. Whether or not a company has interruption insurance, the business always prefers to get back to work as quickly as possible.

Few events are more disruptive to a business than a fire. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association estimated that fires, both residential and commercial, resulted in more than $25 billion in property damage in 2018. It's easy for an individual fire to cause damages to property well into the tens of thousands of dollars. Therefore, it is vital that a company protects its assets with the right insurance coverage. A standard commercial insurance policy, interruption insurance, and extra expense coverage all play a role in safeguarding a company from a catastrophic loss. In most circumstances, the standard policy will cover much of the fire damage and its cleanup.

The Role of Business Interruption Insurance
After a fire, many companies are unable to operate for a period of time. This leaves the business without the ability to sell products and services, essentially drying up its revenue stream. At the same time, though the company is inactive, many bills keep coming. Interruption insurance helps in the following ways:

It replaces some or all of the income lost during an interruption
It continues payments for a specified period of time or until the company is operational again
It enables a company to pay bills and maintain its credit rating

Another insurance product, extra expense coverage, pays for added costs that allow a company to keep operating. These extra costs often allow a company to keep earning revenue.

The Role of Fire Restoration
Whether or not a company has interruption insurance, the business always prefers to get back to work as quickly as possible. A local fire mitigation franchise in Broken Arrow, OK, works efficiently to restore a property to good shape again. Certified technicians take care of soot and smoke damage, eliminate smoke odors, and clean and disinfect impacted surfaces. A professional team can handle all aspects of the recovery process and return the building to its owners.

What To Know About Mold Removal

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth behind cabinets of kitchen Mold damage kitchen in Woodland Hills, OK

A Few Things To Know About Removal

If you believe you may have black mold in your Woodland Hills, OK, home then it’s important to take care of the problem as quickly as possible, as if left unattended mold may cause long term damage to the property. Here are a few things you may want to know about mold removal.

1. It Should Be Handled By a Professional

If you find mold in your home it’s advised to contact a local mold damage remediation service to help with the mold cleanup. These professionals can contain the affected area, perform tests to make sure that the mold has not spread to other areas of the home, and clean the space after the mold is removed.

2. If Not Treated It Will Grow

If left alone mold with continue to grow and spread and may even turn into a problematic black mold. This can cause long term damage to your home by weakening it structurally, as well as causing problems with carpeting, drywall, and even damage your personal items. You may also notice that a mold infestation has a pervasive musty odor which may be extremely unpleasant.

3. Mitigation Can Prevent Future Issues

After the mold is removed you may want to consult the team working on your home for any tips that may help with mitigating a future moisture problem. This in turn can help prevent future mold. They may recommend installing a sump pump to prevent water in basement areas, sloping your yard to keep water from flowing into your house, or ensuring your gutters are cleared out, among other helpful tips.

When dealing with any mold in your home, including black mold, it’s important to contact a professional for help. If left alone mold can continue to spread and cause long term problems, and these professionals can help ensure that all of it is removed. Afterward, they can even offer help with mitigation steps to help protect against future issues.

Flood Protection: Beyond Sand Bags

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Check Out These Other Options to Prevent Flood Damage in Your Commercial Property

The sand bag is a commonly recognized solution for preventing flood damage, but it isn't the only option available when it comes to keeping your Tulsa, OK, commercial property safe from storms and high water. Take a closer look at some of the other options.

DIY Levees

If you have enough advance warning, you could use the following steps from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build flood dams around your property.

  1. Gather wheelbarrows, sheets of polyethylene plastic, a sand bag collection, shovels, and protective gear.
  2. Select a site with the right terrain and appropriate earth.
  3. Dig a 1- to 2-foot trench where you want the levee.
  4. Build up a mound with the soil, sand, or clay you have available.
  5. Cover the structure with plastic tarps.

Get more information about this method from local flood damage remediation professionals.

Inflatable Barriers

Filling sturdy bags with sand and then building a barrier around your property is a common method of directing flood waters away from your buildings and land. This method has been used to prevent flood damage for many years. The use of inflatable barriers follows the same principle except that the bags are filled with water instead of sand. The benefit is that filling the bags with water is much faster than using sand, and the time savings could prevent expensive losses.

Landscape Changes

Simple changes, such as grading landscaping away from your building, can help you avoid high water damages. Other tips include using native plants, grassy areas, water reservoir features, and rain gardens to divert extra rainfall or snow runoff. Drainage areas are also effective barriers.

Foundation Vents

Foundation vents are often used to circulate air under the floor during the summer to reduce moisture buildup. Don't confuse these vents with crawlspace vents. Flood vents, gates, or ports are used to reduce structural damage by allowing water to pass beneath a building.

As you gear up for the possibility of flooding, use more than a sand bag collection. Try out one or two of these alternatives.

How Cleanup Companies Estimate the Cost of Fire Damage Restoration

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro vehicles parked in front of a building that has had fire damage Fire damage in Leonard, OK

A commercial fire can destroy both equipment inside your property and the building itself. Thankfully, fire restoration professionals in Leonard, OK, are available to help with the cleanup.
How much you will pay for this service depends on the extent of the fire damage. When the restoration experts arrive at your property, they will probably give you an estimate for the cost of repairs.

Getting a Bid

There are several steps in the restoration process, each of which have their own related expenses. The cleanup company's bid should list the costs of these various services, including:

  • Smoke, debris and odor removal
  • Content cleaning and restoration
  • Reconstruction
  • Storage
  • Roof replacement
  • Window and door board-up
  • Security guards

You actually may get two separate estimates from the contractor. The restoration project manager will calculate the costs of emergency services such as cleaning and packing equipment. The reconstruction project manager, meanwhile, will assess how much of the property was damaged, and how much it will cost to reconstruct those areas.

Picking the Right Bid
After a fire, you may have several restoration companies competing for your services. Don't just pick the one with the lowest estimate, especially if that bid seems too good to be true. It's likely that this company's bid is so low because it outsources the bulk of the work to other companies. Once the costs of these subcontractors are added to your bill, it could quickly skyrocket.
Instead, choose a restoration business that keeps the entire process in-house. A one-stop-shop contractor will likely provide a more accurate bid from the start. The overall cost of the claim should be lower, as well. Using a full-service company also helps the claims process go more smoothly since your insurer won't have to talk to various sub-contractors.
A restoration company will calculate the cost of various services such as roof replacement, security, and storage before providing an estimate. Ideally, you should choose the professionals who promise to do all of the work themselves, even if their bid is a bit higher.

Avoiding Flooded Basements

6/20/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning gutters during the summer time. Ensure gutters are regularly cleaned, especially before a storm rolls in

If your Tulsa, OK, business has a basement, chances are that you will deal with unexpected water at some point. In some cases, a basement flood may turn into an ongoing problem. Addressing the issue, finding the culprit, and getting it fixed quickly are the keys to avoiding long-term problems and extensive repairs by a flood and water restoration expert. Depending on the culprit, and if quick action isn’t taken, insurance coverage may be denied.

Sources of Water Problems

If the building is normally dry and you come across a flooded basement, nature or piping are likely culprits. The top reasons for lower-level water problems include:

Plumbing: A leaking pipe, waste line or burst pipe can unexpectedly happen. This is especially so if they are older pipes that freeze. There could also be an issue with the main sewer line.
Windows: Rainwater or ice melt can easily find its way into improperly sealed windows.
Foundation: One of the most common causes of a basement flood, this can happen from weather, improper drainage, and sewer backups.

Fixing the Issues
Once you know the culprit, there are various solutions to keeping basements dry, from simple to more complex.

Ensure gutters are regularly cleaned, especially before a storm rolls in. Check that drains are free of debris for smooth water flow.
Landscaping is an easy way to flood-proof a property. Verify that the ground level slopes away from the building. Water-loving plants and mulch can help absorb or the water or lead it way from the building.
Have your foundation and windows inspected. Depending on the issue, additional caulking, patching, or adding a sump pump could ensure a dry property.
For more serious, ongoing issues, there are various waterproofing products on the market, such as a new drainage system or exterior waterproofing.

A basement flood can cause much more than water problems. Finding and fixing the cause can help keep your business better protected.

Team Jones Welcomes Dennis McKinley

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Dennis McKinley Please join us in welcoming and celebrating Dennis McKinley to SERVPRO Team Jones.

Our team is excited to welcome Dennis McKinley to the SERVPRO Team Jones family. Dennis joins our team as the Vice President of Commercial Large Loss and comes with over 33 years of experience in the restoration industry.  Dennis is a leader and an innovator. Prior to joining Team Jones, Dennis owned and operated his own franchise which he later sold, he created a document drying system that disrupted the restoration industry and served at SERVPRO Industries developing guidelines and protocols for performing large commercial restoration projects. Dennis casts a long shadow in the restoration world and his fingerprints stretch far and wide throughout the entire industry.   “I could not be more excited about Dennis joining our team. As a highly sought after leader in the restoration industry, we are extremely blessed to have him with us,” says Dave Jones, owner of SERVPRO Team Jones. Jones continues, "He will be an instrumental asset to our organization as we continue to grow and expand our business across the United States.” Over the course of 33 years, Dennis has gained invaluable experience and developed a reputation as a knowledgeable professional. Dennis has overseen some of the largest commercial projects in the country and has gained the respect of consultants and adjusters nationwide. Dennis will work to expand the breadth and reach of Team Jones. He also has a strong passion for mentoring other franchisees to help them secure and produce large commercial restoration projects.  Dennis reflects on his transition to Team Jones this way, “It is important for me to work with good people who are dedicated and who have drive. Dave Jones wants to grow his company and I'm here to help him accomplish this.  After much consideration and after weighing opportunities for the next phase of my career, I determined this was the only team I could see myself with. Dave Jones has the integrity and reputation that matches up with my passion and core values.” Dennis joins the powerhouse leadership team of Will Kimbrough (VP of Business Development), Pam Donaldson (General Manager), and John Rowland (Director of Production) with over 80 years of combined experience in the restoration industry. This Fall, SERVPRO Team Jones will launch an interactive mentorship program that will help hundreds of operators grow and expand their businesses.  Please join us in welcoming and celebrating Dennis McKinley to SERVPRO Team Jones. 

How to Care for Wet Items After a Flood

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Wooden floor clean after water damage Water Damage Cleanup in Bixby, OK

The effects of a flood can be catastrophic. It doesn't take much water to damage materials and items in your Bixby, OK, home. The most severe flooding can destroy these belongings. Fortunately, if you have water at home, you can still salvage some possessions. With the help of professionals and quick response on your part, you can dry out and restore many materials.

Clean Them First

Water at home can soak precious items and valuable possessions. Before you can worry about drying them, you need to make sure they're free of dirt and other debris. Carefully handle wet items and follow these steps:

  • Rinse them off with clear water.
  • Use a low-pressure valve or fine spray.
  • Gently dab the items with a cloth.
  • Be careful to not embed anything in the objects. 

Make Sure They Are Dry
A broken pipe, ruptured appliances, or sewer backup can bring excessive amounts of water into your home. To save your belongings and materials, you need to thoroughly dry them. Do not use heat to dry them, as this can crack or split some items. Instead, air dry wet possessions; however, be cautious to not leave them out in the sun. 

Reduce the Risk of Mold
You may take care of dry cleaning, but this alone may not be enough to stave off mold growth. Fungi thrive in damp, humid conditions. After cleaning the affected area in your house, you'll need to increase the airflow in the area. Open windows, turn on fans and air conditioners, and use a dehumidifier. You should next disinfect the area where there was water. This will kill mold and prevent future growth from occurring. 

Call the Pros
For your most delicate items, you should call a certified flood cleanup company. Technicians have the skills and tools to clean and dry documents, electronics, and valuables. 
If you discover water at home, don't panic. Following these tips can help you spare most materials in your house.

What To Expect When Fire Damages Your Home

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a home Fire Damage in Glenpool, OK

It’s difficult to imagine your home being affected by a fire, yet over 400 thousand homes each year experience fire damage. A fire can cause devastation, not only from smoke and fire but also water from the pressurized fire hose. If you’ve had a home fire, it’s important to consult with a fire remediation service to begin the cleanup process. This discussion may prepare you for what to expect during this phase.

What Will Cleanup Entail?

Professional cleanup crews will work quickly to sort, clean, and restore your personal property. Your homeowner’s insurance policy is likely to cover a good portion of the cleanup and reimburse you for a percentage of your losses. The following are examples of how the crews will handle your belongings.

Carpets, upholstered furniture, and other porous items may not be salvageable if they are compromised by fire damage. If water-damaged, these items will undergo numerous processes intended to dry, sanitize, and restore them.
Your documents, books and other paper-based items are challenging to restore, but they may be able to be taken off-site for specialized drying, cleaning, and pressing.
Electronic items, such as computers, will be dehydrated and repaired if not compromised by heat.

Your input and supervision are important to the cleanup process and will generally be welcomed by the technicians.

Why Hire Experts?
If your damage from fire and water is minimal, you may feel hiring experts is unnecessary. It can still be helpful to have a consultation with an expert to help outline the process. If you have significant fire damage, hiring fire-cleanup experts is strongly recommended. They are specially trained to use safety measures that protect you and your property. Cleanup crews will work quickly to take care of your belongings before mold and other forms of secondary damage can occur. Hiring professionals is generally the quickest and most stress-free strategy.
If your Glenpool, OK, home has sustained smoke, fire, or water damage, you are likely experiencing a stressful time. Having a better understanding of the cleanup process may help you make good decisions about what will work best for restoring your beloved home to its previous condition.

Handling Water Damage After a Fire

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo. Water cleanup is simply part of the process.

As homeowners in Tulsa, OK, you understand that fire causes mass destruction. Is water cleanup something that really should be added to the list, though? Shouldn't you be more concerned with the smoke and blackened ceiling? While you may not place the wetness at the top of your list, it is a repercussion of the event. Yes, it does require proper attention. Neglecting it could only make the situation worse.

1. Why Is It Wet?
When the flames set, most likely you called 911, allowing the fire department to quench the blaze. To do that, those experts had to take certain actions such as break windows or make holes in the roof or walls. Why hurt something more? After all, smoke cleanup is enough to handle? It allows the smoke to escape and provides oxygen, slowing the fire's development. In addition, your sprinkler system should have gone off, mitigating the overall harm. Finally, the fire fighter's used hoses to spray it all down, ensuring the conflagration didn't start by up again. Hence, you now have walls that look a bit like Swiss cheese; plus, they're dripping wet. It's normal and necessary.

2. How Do You Fix Water Damage?
Washing away smoke is one thing. Dealing with water cleanup is also serious. If the moisture sits too long, fungal spores can react with it, establishing a new home within the charred drywall. For this reason, collaborate with a fire and water restoration company. They can secure the building, preventing further humidity and dry out the premises, evaluating for any suspected mold growth.


3. What About the Smoke and Odor?
With the dampness gone, the fire cleanup can begin. Crews sanitize the space, even deodorizing the rooms. The holes get patched back up, new paint is added and lost items are replaced.
Yes, water cleanup is simply part of the process. Don't overlook it, as it needs attention. With it completed and the right team on your side, your place can reopen.

Tips for Protecting Your Business From Water Damage

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency preparation equipment on wooden background Create an emergency kit for your business in Liberty, OK

Extreme storm activity can occur in any location, any time of the year. Severe weather is responsible for the bulk of water-related property damage. Broken pipes and other plumbing failures make up the balance of the claims. Prevention and preparation are your best defenses against water damage. This discussion about disaster preparedness may help you reduce your risk.

Preparing Your Staff

Engaging your staff in emergency preparedness activities increases your chances of a united response during an extreme weather event. Consider taking the following precautions:

  • Creating an emergency kit that includes first aid, water, flashlights and batteries
  • Posting a map of evacuation routes from your building
  • Registering for local emergency notification services
  • Providing an emergency preparedness training for your staff
  • Posting contact information for your local water remediation specialist

These precautions could mean the difference between total chaos and a measured, coordinated emergency response.

Preparing Your Facility
Shoring up your maintenance schedule can reduce your chances of water damage. Inspecting storm drains and gutters frequently, and keeping them free from debris, helps divert floodwater away from your building. Backflow-prevention valves on irrigation and plumbing lines can help protect your clean water system from contamination. If you have one or more sump pumps, it is important to attach each one to a battery backup to ensure you can prevent a flood during a power outage.

Assessing Your Risk
One of the best ways to protect your Liberty, OK, facility is to evaluate and address the risk your location bears for flooding. You can consult your local weather officials or city planning department to get an idea of past water damage in your area. Conventional insurance policies generally don’t cover flooding, so it’s important to consult your commercial insurance agent to discuss flood insurance coverage options.
If serious flooding threatens your area, you will appreciate having spent some time on research and preparation. A few simple preventive measures could minimize your risk for damage, prevent costly water cleanup, and protect your company’s bottom line.

Suing a Landlord for Mold Problems

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Mold remediation specialist inspects walls Mold remediation specialist inspects walls

Black mold can cause problems for businesses. If it gets into the ventilation system, you may notice a musky smell when the unit is running. It can also form under sinks, carpet, or any place moisture is left to sit. Some landlords may be unaware there is a problem and will gladly remedy the situation once they are informed of the problem. Many tenants and landlords have been able to work through the mitigation process without resorting to court proceedings. However, if your landlord is unresponsive to your requests or you have experienced adverse effects from the mold, you may need to file a lawsuit to recover your damages.

Determine Whether You Have Mold

Mold can grow on just about any organic, pulpy surface. If you suspect you have it, you can begin your search by looking closely at some common areas where it is found.

  • Openings to ventilation systems
  • Underneath carpets
  • Below sinks and appliances
  • Drywall
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Wood paneling
  • Basements

Leaky plumbing or small roof leaks can lead to mold forming in places where you cannot see. You may need a mold inspector to search for mold underneath subfloors, behind walls, or inside of ventilation systems.

Know What Your Landlord Is Responsible For
Landlords are required by law to provide you a reasonably safe and healthy environment. The law prohibits them from knowingly renting out a unit with a black mold problem. This is known as the "implied warranty of habitability". If mold forms due to a problem with the building's plumbing or ventilation, they will most likely be responsible to pay for any cleaning, mold remediation, and restoration services. If you have experienced lost wages because of the situation, you may be entitled to compensation for this loss.
Finding black mold in Liberty, OK, is only the beginning. If you are dealing with a mold problem, an expert mold remediation company can rid your environment of the problem.

When Does a Sump Pump Require Maintenance?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Installation of a new sump pump and the removal of the old obsolete rusty one with a high angle view of the pumps, pit and pi Sump pump in an Arrow, OK home

Reasons a Pump Might Require Maintenance

Homeowners depend on sump pumps to eliminate water from the lowest level of residences in Broken Arrow, OK. If a sump pump fails to function for any reason, a basement or crawlspace may fill up with water and result in water damage. Here are several reasons a pump might require maintenance.

Clogged Components
Some of the most common pump maintenance tasks involve cleaning out critical components. Debris such as dirt, rocks or roots or even a frozen blockage can limit the functionality of the following components:

  • Intake screen
  • Discharge pipe
  • Pit
  • Vents

Check the condition of parts where buildup tends to form. The float should also rise and fall with water levels. Homeowners can run a vinegar solution through the pump and clear out these components, including any grates and the air relief hole in the discharge line.

Installation Issues
The quality of a sump pump installation often determines the efficacy of this flood prevention equipment. A pump should never be set up in gravel or dirt, as these substances will end up blocking essential components. The discharge line should also have a check valve to prevent back flow and an air relief hole to vent pressure.

Pump Burn-Out
Components on a pump that is overworked with insufficient power may burn out. Make sure to choose the right size of pump for a particular application. If you are not sure which pump is the right choice for a basement, plan to have experts install this flood prevention equipment. This expense is considerably less than water damage restoration.
A sump pump might require cleaning or service for any of these reasons. If none of these issues are present and a pump is still not working, it may be faulty or power might not be available. A backup power source elevated above the flood level can help to ensure a pump functions properly.

Cleaning Up After a Furnace Puffback Requires Professional Equipment

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

Puffback of an oil furnace Puffback damage in a Burning Tree, OK property

Cleaning Up After a Furnace Puffback Requires Professional Equipment

While heating oil is an excellent fuel, using it does require annual furnace or boiler maintenance in Burning Tree, OK, to function properly and efficiently. The nozzle through which oil is sprayed must be replaced and components inspected to locate damaged parts and ensure correct timing. Failure to do so can lead to serious consequences, including

  • Voiding the warranty
  • A drastic drop in efficiency
  • Puffback damage

A Furnace Puffback Is a Serious Event
There are a few different potential causes of a puffback event. Typically, it’s far more common in an oil furnace, but may also rarely happen in a gas furnace, where it can very severely damage the burner.
Probably the most common cause is where the spark electrodes fail to ignite the oil. This, combined with poor maintenance, may cause the oil to pool at the bottom, and an intermittently functioning electrode may suddenly ignite this excess fuel. With an oil furnace, usually, the worst puffback damage is the expulsion of soot through the vents, especially with forced air systems.

Soot Isn’t Like Smoke or Dust
Smoke damage is bad enough, but soot is a special kind of substance. When different hydrocarbons, such as heating oil, gasoline or natural gas, fail to fully combust, they create a sticky, carbon-rich residue. It’s highly toxic and is a known carcinogen, which is one reason annual maintenance on a furnace is so important. During a puffback, soot blows throughout the house, coating everything it touches with a nasty layer of black debris.

Soot Can’t Be Cleaned With Ordinary Equipment
Trying to remove soot with ordinary household cleaners is worse than pointless – it usually causes even more damage. Instead of removing soot, wiping it just smears the oil, pushing it into any porous surface.
Fabrics, such as carpet and clothing, usually require chemical cleaning. The house can be so contaminated from puffback damage that it has to be evacuated until cleaned. In all cases, soot will require a professional cleaning company to bring in special equipment that will strip the soot away from surfaces, furniture, and fabrics.

5 Steps to Eradicate Lingering Water Damage Odors

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on back of drywall A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall

Below Are 5 Key Components To Eliminate The Problem

For businesses in Woodland Hills, OK, even a little water damage can quickly lead to mold growth and persistent odors that can be frustrating. If flood water is the culprit, it means other contaminants, such as sewage, have made their way into the building. When a lingering odor persists, a water remediation and water restoration professional can get your business back to normal. Below are five key components to eliminate the problem.

1. Find the Source

While sometimes the problem is obvious sewage loss, such as an overflowing toilet, oftentimes, there is hidden damage. The first hint of a musty odor means mold is growing somewhere. If there hasn’t been an obvious water issue, check dark, damp locations prone to extra moisture as well as porous materials, such as drywall, wood, and carpet. Inspect pipes, appliances, roofs, and foundation for signs of damage.

2. Repair the Source

Once the culprit is known, immediate repairs should be made to prevent it from spreading, especially if it a burst pipe. After the leak, crack or other issue is fixed, monitor it to ensure the issue doesn’t reappear.

3. Dry Affected Area, Items

After the source is solved, drying out is imperative. Any items that have come in contact with the water damage should be removed. Carpeting and drywall may also need to be replaced. A professional will have the tools and expertise to ensure proper drying.

4. Eradicate the Mold

Mold spores can quickly spread to unaffected areas, causing that pesky odor to remain after the repairs are done. Mold remediation experts use specialized equipment to safely and thoroughly removed mold growth.

5. Clean and Deodorize

From documents to furniture and even equipment, lingering odors can persist if they are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Restoration specialist use various methods to eliminate odors and prevent future problems. These methods allow for many items that seem like a lost cause to be salvaged.
Mold growth after experiencing water damage doesn’t have mean long-term odors. Taking action early and getting the right help can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Do I Need an Indoor Environmental Specialist to Inspect My Home?

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of person hand wearing gloves measuring wetness of a moldy wall Call an indoor environmental specialist who will inspect your home and conduct a mold test

If your home has sustained water damage from flooding, you are most likely concerned about potential mold growth. Even if you can’t visibly see any mold damage, chances are that spores have begun to grow. To put your mind at ease, you should call an indoor environmental specialist who will inspect your home and conduct a mold test. You should never rely on home mold kits because they are not reliable.
It may be confusing to know exactly who to call in Leonard, OK to have your home analyzed. There are different environmental certifications that an environmental specialist can receive. Listed below are a few of the key programs and their qualifications.

Environmental Certifications Available

CIE - A Council-certified Industrial Environmentalist has been trained to assess the air quality in all types of buildings. They will look for molds, allergens and poor air ventilation. A person desiring this certification must have at least 2 years of experience in analyzing indoor air quality.
CMC - The Council-certified Microbial Consultant is a prestigious professional. Anyone wanting to become a CMC needs 8 years of experience in mold inspection and sampling before pursuing this certification.
CIH - In order to become a Certified Industrial Hygienist, the candidate will have completed a rigorous educational program in one of the hard sciences, such as biology, chemistry or physics, as well as 180 hours of classes in industrial hygiene. Several years of field experience as an indoor environmental specialist are also a requirement before someone can sit for the exam. The pass rate tends to stay below 40% for the difficult exam.

Regardless of the certification of the individual inspecting your home, it is important that the indoor environmental specialist you choose inspects your home thoroughly to identify all allergens and mold. They will determine the risks and then devise a plan to mitigate and remove any mold from your home so that you and your family remain safe.

What To Include in a Building's First Aid Kit

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flash light, sleeping bag, bottled water, first aid, portable radio, matches, medicine, band aids, whistle, blanket. A first aid kit is an essential item for your commercial property in Tulsa, OK

A first aid kit is an essential item for your commercial property in Tulsa, OK. Sadly, it's all too common for an emergency kit to be missing from offices and supply closets. If you haven't put together a safety kit or if you haven't made sure an existing kit is up to date, now is the time to make sure you're fully prepared for an emergency.

OSHA's First Aid List

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a complete list of items you need to create a basic kit as well as a complete kit. For example, a very basic first aid kit should contain

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Gauze pads multiple shapes and sizes
  • Gauze rolls in various widths
  • Triangular bandages
  • Supplies for cleaning wounds, such as disinfectants and swabs
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Medical tape
  • Medical gloves
  • Resuscitation equipment
  • Splints
  • Blanket
  • Directions for contacting emergency personnel


Remember that these are the very minimum of a complete kit. If you work with chemicals or specialized equipment, you may need to have other items to address the potential for risks associated with those.

Kit Installation and Training

If your property consists of multiple buildings or a lot of renters, clients, and staff, you need to install additional safety kits, so anyone exposed to danger can quickly access the supplies. You may also find that you're responsible for training employees in the use of kits. Check with OSHA for more details regarding your business responsibilities.

Protection for the Safety of Employees, Clients, and Renters

When disaster strikes Tulsa, OK, property damage remediation professionals can put your buildings back into working condition. Inventory can be replaced, and landscaping can be renewed. When it comes to the people living and working on your property, however, access to a first aid kit may be the most important way to stay safe. When is the last time you checked your kits?

Biggest Reasons House Fires Start

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Electrical fire Electrical fires are a common reason for fire cleaning

You probably hear and see stories on the news about house fires. Unfortunately, there are not uncommon occurrences. When you learn about these incidents, you probably become more concerned about your family and what you would do in the event of a home fire. The best scenario is if a fire never starts on your property. As you become aware of the typical causes of these disasters, you can take steps to prevent them.

Problems in the Kitchen

Your kitchen is an important part of your home. Like most people in Glenpool, OK, you spend a lot of time here cooking, eating and visiting. The problem is, it's also one of the biggest culprits of a home fire. The following kitchen issues can start fires:

  • Too much grease in pans
  • People leaving on stoves or ovens
  • Keeping flammable materials too close to ranges
  • Leaving the kitchen while something is cooking on the stove

Candles
Whether it's a romantic candlelit dinner or a nice scented candle to create a nice atmosphere, candles can be a wonderful addition to any room. They are also a big reason for fire causes. Make sure your candles are up higher enough that small children and pets cannot get to them. Always put out candles when leaving the room for more than a minute or two. Also, make sure candles are far away from paper and other materials that could easily catch fire.

Electrical Issues
Electrical fires are a common reason for fire cleaning. Professional fire remediation crews often come to homes to restore rooms after electrical problems started a fire. Never plug too many cords in a single outlet or power strip. Have an electrician inspect your electrical systems regularly. Make sure you secure loose wires and replace faulty electrical equipment as soon as possible.
A home fire can be devastating. Keep these leading causes in mind so you can avoid possible tragedy.

How To Handle a Basement Flood

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Completely flooded basement. It is visible line showing maximum water level higher than 7 feet. Flooded basement in Bixby, OK

No one in Bixby, OK, wants to walk into the basement and find see water all over the floor. Unfortunately, this scenario isn't unheard of. The basement is one of the most common places in the home for flooding to occur. At first, you may feel helpless against this disaster. You should keep a level head and take appropriate measures to stop the water and clean up the mess.

Typical Ways That Floods Start in the Basement

If you find water in the basement, you may wonder how this could happen. There are several possible culprits when you've got a basement flood. A few of these causes could be:

  • A broken or ruptured pipe
  • A ruptured or leaky water heater or other appliance
  • A backed-up sewer line
  • Improper drainage from rain gutters and downspouts

Find the Source
After making sure everyone in your home is safe, you need to find what is causing the flooding. If it's a pipe issue, turn off the water to your home. If it's an appliance, unplug it. If a sewer problem is to blame, call your local utility company.

Remove Materials
You want to mitigate as much damage as possible. Get as many items away from the water as you can and move them to dry ground. The only exception would be if black water is in your home. If this is the case, only professional crews should go near it.

Call the Pros
Professional disaster response teams are equipped to handle flood cleanup and restoration projects of all sizes. The technicians have the skills, equipment and techniques to remove the water, clean your materials and restore your home. The technicians can even do pipe repair. After you get in touch with a cleanup company, contact your insurance company to discuss filing a claim.
Acting decisively can help you spare more damage to your home. Also, make sure you hire a company that has experience cleaning up after flooding.

Fixing Your Water Damage the Right Way

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers stacked in a warehouse Advanced drying equipment in Liberty, OK

Having a water emergency in your business can be a frightening situation. Damage from flooding, a broken pipe or other leak can pose a huge problem for your company in Liberty, OK. Not only do you have to worry about the health and safety of your employees, but the cost of water clean up and the significant downtime from productivity can seriously impact your profits.

Cleaning the Right Way

While it may be tempting to choose a non-professional for the restoration of your property, this could have a dangerous outcome. Harmful chemicals and other contaminants can be hiding in or under the flooring and if not dried properly can pose a critical health threat to your employees.
It is important to have a certified water damage expert analyze the situation and help you come up with the best solution for your company’s water clean up. Specialists receive certification through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC was founded in 1972 and currently boasts over 60,000 certified technicians. IICRC standards were developed following American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited procedures. ANSI is recognized worldwide as the leading source for trusted standards.

Certifications

Water damage experts are trained to know what problems to look for and how best to solve them. There are several specialized programs available through the IICRC. These include:• Applied Structural Drying Technician• Commercial Drying Specialist• Building Moisture Thermography• Water Damage Restoration Technician• Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

The Commercial Drying Specialist certification course is focused on advanced drying techniques, primarily for industrial and commercial structures. The training also includes damage inspection techniques and advanced thermodynamic concepts. The course will also teach the skills necessary to manage a complex project.
Dealing with water clean up can be worrisome and traumatic but knowing that you can rely on an expert to help you resolve the problem should ease your mind and get you back in business in no time.

How To Clean Up After Water Damage

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water loss in a commercial property Commercial water loss in Jenks, OK

Outside of your family members and loved ones, your home and possessions are probably among the most important things to you. A disaster such as a flood can be devastating and may even destroy these items. Fortunately, with a quick response and the right help, you can often salvage your damaged materials when you find water in home.

Acting Quickly

If you find that your home is flooding, you should first make sure everyone is safe. If it doesn't put you in harm's way, find the source of the flood, such as a broken pipe, and stop the water. Your next steps should be the following:

  • Contact your insurance company to file a claim
  • Contact a professional water removal company to schedule cleanup
  • Remove any materials from the water, if it's safe to do so

Cleaning Furniture and Carpets

Professional crews have the necessary equipment to thoroughly remove water from your home. Though some areas may be a total loss, technicians can use dry cleaning methods to extract water from the floor and from sofas and other furniture. The team can also dry the affected items and disinfect them to discourage mold growth.

Cleaning Documents

You can certainly replace many belongings in your house if you have water at home. However, damage to pictures, sensitive paperwork, and other documents could be a terrible loss. Thanks to specialized techniques, expert cleanup crews can clean these items. The company may use freeze-drying to dry out paper and other materials. The technicians will treat your items cautiously and with respect.

Cleaning Electronics

Never turn on an electronic device if you have had a flood in your Jenks, OK, home. Let the professionals handle items such as televisions, stereos, computers, and appliances. Water removal specialists know how to safely inspect and clean up these machines properly.
It's never good to find water in home. Luckily, you can rely on the experienced help of professionals to save your possessions from damage or ruin.

What You Need To Know About Mold in Your Commercial Building

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold Black mold damage in Broken Arrow, OK

If you have a business in Broken Arrow, OK, then one of your main concerns is likely the state of the building. It is important to maintain a clean, safe and comfortable environment. One problem that you may find yourself dealing with at some point is black mold. This is a common issue in many buildings and may become reoccurring if you do not take action quickly.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that grows in moist environments. While you may be most familiar with black mold, there are actually many varieties. Some differences that you may find between types of mold are:

  • Texture
  • Color
  • Odor

It may be slimy or fuzzy and can come in a range of colors, from green to black to white. Different varieties may also have unique scents, though many of them will cause a musty or earthy odor.

Where Can You Find Mold?

Mold is spread via spores which are so small that they cannot be seen by the naked eye, making it easy for the fungus to grow without being noticed. Because of their size, spores can be found in nearly any location. However, they are most likely to form colonies in areas with a moisture problem. This can include inside of plumbing systems, walls or carpeting.

How Do You Remove Mold?

Depending on where it is growing, mold cleanup can be a difficult process. For example, it will be much harder to remove from porous materials than hard surfaces. If you do discover a mold growth, the best thing to do is to hire a professional mold remediation company to remove the fungus from the building. Trying to do so on your own could result in unintentionally spreading the spores to other areas.
Because large infestations of black mold can be difficult to get rid of, it is important to have cleanup done as soon as you notice any signs of growth. Once the mold has been removed, reducing excessive moisture is perhaps the best way to keep it from returning. Repair leaks right away and perform regular maintenance to keep mold from growing again.

3 Things To Know About Protecting Your Business from Fire

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher hanging on a wall It’s also important to maintain safety equipment such as fire extinguishers

Protecting your Burning Tree, OK, business by taking appropriate fire preparation steps is something many company owners consider. Doing so can not only help protect your staff, but may also help prevent a fire to start with. Here are a few things to consider.

Be Mindful of Fire Hazards

You can help avoid fire damage to your business property by being mindful of fire hazards. These can include

  • Open flames
  • Frayed machinery wires
  • Older building wires
  • Cigarettes, lighters, and other smoking materials
  • Cooking appliances

There are a number of steps you can take to mitigate damage from these things. These include training staff on maintenance and safety protocols for machinery, making the building a no smoking zone, and regularly inspecting the building and upgrading or repairing any problems found as quickly as possible.

Maintain Safety Equipment

Another step for fire preparation is to ensure that the safety equipment is available and functional. These may include fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems, as well as any equipment needed if your business runs machinery. Make sure all staff who work any equipment your company uses are trained for proper safety and maintenance, and always follow the manufacturer's recommendations.

Make an Emergency Plan

One thing you can do to help protect your business is to make a plan for fire or disaster preparation. These plans often include details like escape routes, the location of fire extinguishers, emergency numbers, contact information for a local restoration service, and plans for alternate ways to run the business in the event the building is compromised. After a plan is made be sure to share it with your staff.
Being aware of the fire hazards at your company is an important part of fire preparation. It’s also important to maintain safety equipment such as fire extinguishers to ensure they can be used during an emergency, and to make an emergency plan.

Tips for Preventing Mold Damage After a Flood

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Hole on ceiling, ceiling tiles on floor, standing water on floor, firefighters on entrance door Massive storm damage in a Woodland Hills, OK building

Tips for Preventing Mold Damage After a Flood

When a flood impacts your commercial property in Woodland Hills, OK, it’s crucial to do what you can to mitigate as much damage as possible. Whether the flooding resulted from a storm or burst pipe, taking immediate action is essential to helping your business recover from the incident. Failing to take proper care of the issue can result in bacteria and mold growth. Be sure to take the following steps while you wait for help to arrive in order to keep your business protected.

Dry the Area

The most effective way to prevent mold from growing on your property is to air out the affected area completely. This involves doing the following:

  • Opening up your building during the day
  • Turning on fans to facilitate evaporation and air circulation
  • Running dehumidifiers to dry contents more quickly
  • Disposing of debris and saturated items

Taking these steps can help to remove as much moisture as possible from your building and deter mold growth.

Remove Damaged Materials

Once you’ve sufficiently dried out the flooded area, you can begin to remove damaged materials from your property. If any furniture or carpeting has been severely damaged by floodwater, be sure to dispose of it right away. This also applies to any insulation, ceiling tiles or drywall that can no longer be recovered. If it isn’t possible for you to remove damaged carpeting, you can attempt to dry it using a dehumidifier or a wet/dry vacuum. Any materials that are submerged in standing water can become severely damaged, so be sure to remove them as soon as you can.
While these guidelines can help to minimize the amount of flood damage your business experiences, calling emergency restoration services immediately is the safest way to allow your commercial property to make a full recovery. A professional can take the appropriate action to deter mold growth and keep your business safe.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen damage copper pipe Frozen pipes in Oklahoma City

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 to 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 a lot 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 do burst, we're ready to fix the water damage and make sure it does not recur.

Preparing for the Insurance Adjuster's Visit After a Sudden Pipe Break or Flood

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

A man wearing a white helmet and writing on a clip board The insurance adjuster works closely with our team from start to finish

Preparing for the Insurance Adjuster's Visit After a Sudden Pipe Break or Flood

The first part of the insurance claim process is the home adjuster visit. These visits validate the claim and offer an estimate for restoration value. Therefore, to ensure you receive the funds you need following a water disaster like a pipe break, it is necessary to follow the appropriate steps.

  • Mitigate damage
  • Document loss
  • Organize and categorize

Mitigate Damage

The first step is to mitigate any further damage. You can do this, depending on the severity of the loss, through DIY methods or by calling a disaster restoration company in Leonard, OK. These companies will likely have mitigation services available around the clock.

Document Loss

Next, once you know that further loss is unlikely, you can begin documenting the damage. For example, take photos of water damage and property that was ruined in the incident. A home adjuster moves quickly from site to site, so having damaged or irrecoverable items photographed ensures that nothing is missed on their visit.

Organize and Categorize

Next, once you have photographic evidence, find any receipts or service bills to demonstrate the value and care of the items affected by the flood. Documenting and organizing this information is another way of making life easier for the adjuster and ensuring that you get the coverage you need to make your home and yourself whole again.
Many people view a home adjuster as an enemy, someone out to cancel payments and make sure that you cannot recover from a disaster. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, their job is to minimize costs to their company, but it is also to make sure that you get what you deserve. Therefore, when a disaster strikes, don't get angry with an adjuster who keeps asking questions. Instead, find a way to reduce their questions through well-documented scenes and show them how prepared you are for their visit.

Understanding Where Basement Flooding Can Come From

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking pipe. A basement flood is common and can be devastating.

Most homeowners understand that after a basement flood, they should contact a disaster restoration company in Tulsa, OK, to remedy the situation. However, how many owners consider preventative steps to avoid such disasters from happening in the first place. While no prevention is 100% fail-proof, it pays to understand how most water issues occur in the basement.

Pipe break
Sewage backup
Faulty sump pump
Failed seals

Pipe Break
A significant amount of water damage stems from broken or leaking pipes. Unfortunately, many property owners go on holiday without inspecting their pipes, increasing the risks of minor issues becoming major problems. Therefore, before any planned trip, consider calling a professional plumber to inspect your home's pipes.


Sewage Backup
Another common cause of a basement flood is a sewage backup. This type of flooding can stem from excessive exterior flooding or a clog in the main waste line. Again, an inspection will identify many of these problems before they become significant disasters.


Faulty Sump Pump
Unfortunately, sometimes, a flooded basement occurs even when the homeowners take appropriate preventative steps. For example, you might install a working sump pump only to realize that it has stopped during a massive rainstorm. Therefore, you should periodically perform maintenance checks on the device.


Failed Seals
Last, your basement might need to be resealed. Not all waterproofing methods are made equal, meaning that most seals age and fail. Most likely, you will begin to notice hairline cracks in the concrete with some water seepage. If you see this, then contact a restoration company immediately.


A basement flood is common and can be devastating. Be sure to keep an eye out for water seepage and to inspect plumbing regularly. If you find that any of the above issues have happened in your home, or if you want to make sure that they don’t, then contact a professional to assist you in both assessing and inspecting your home.

What Is Secondary Damage?

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold growth on wall Mold can grow and spread quickly

If a flood starts in your home, your priority is to stop the source and get everyone out safely. The initial damage from flooding can be severe. However, sometimes what is known as secondary damage can be an even bigger concern. Issues such as black mold can develop if you don't clean up the water and the effects of primary damage.

Preventing Secondary Damage

You may not be able to stop flooding from occurring. Issues such as a sewer backup or heavy rainfall are out of your control. However, you can minimize additional problems with prompt attention and by hiring a professional flood remediation company. Specifically, you should:

  • Repair any pipe leaks or broken appliances that caused the flooding.
  • Remove porous materials from the affected area immediately.
  • If it's safe to do so, extract any water from your home.

Mold Growth

Mold is one of the most common forms of damage after a flood. This fungus thrives in conditions such as high humidity and dampness. If you don't act fast and dry up any water, mold can grow and spread quickly. Sometimes, black mold can appear within 48 hours of the flood.

Rotting Wood

The flood cleanup team can save the building materials in your home, including wood. However, if water remains on the wood too long, it will start to rot. This could compromise the structural integrity of your Tulsa, OK, house. Make sure you call a team of specialists as soon as possible after you discover water in any room.

Corrosion

If left wet, metal can corrode and wear away. This can affect the pipes in your home as well as appliances and electronic devices. Cleanup crews will dry the items and thoroughly sanitize it as well.
To reduce the risk of getting black mold or experience other secondary problems, don't procrastinate flood cleanup. If you hire professionals, you can have peace of mind.

Don’t Wait for an Insurance Adjuster To Act After a Residential Flood

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage inside a house - words in green that say Flood damage? Flood damage in Tulsa, OK, is more common than you might think.

No one wants to go through a home flood. Still, flood damage in Tulsa, OK, is more common than you might think. As you probably know, the hours following such an event are critical. If you wait for an adjuster from your flood insurance company before taking action, you may inadvertently allow more damage to occur. Here are three important reasons you should not waste time following a flood.

1. Water Gets Everywhere

Because it is a liquid, water can seep into parts of your home you may not think about. Even worse, sealed portions of your basement, crawl space and walls often prevent air from naturally drying moisture. If you wait for your adjuster to arrive before beginning water remediation or damage repair, the processes may be both more expensive and more invasive.

2. Mold Grows Fast

Part of the reason for having comprehensive flood insurance is to cover the cost of repairing mold damage. Like water, mold can grow in hidden parts of your home. Remediation experts have the knowledge, skill, experience and tools to quickly locate and address mold and mildew. Rather than waiting for an adjuster to inspect your home, working with a reputable service in the days following a flood is often your best bet to restore your home’s comfort, appearance and value.

3. Adjusters Are Busy

If broken pipes or backed-up plumbing caused your flood, your adjuster may respond quickly. On the other hand, if your home was part of widespread flooding, the insurance company’s representative may have a full schedule. In fact, you may wait weeks before your adjuster arrives. Remember, acting quickly is important, and waiting may cause more damage.

As a diligent homeowner, you carry flood insurance. You also likely have a duty to mitigate damage caused by rising waters. Rather than waiting until your insurance adjuster can inspect your home, begin the remediation and restoration process as soon as you can.

Can Air Purifiers Eliminate Mold Spores?

11/28/2019 (Permalink)

Air purifier machine in a house Consider using an air purifier in your home to combat mold damage

Here Is What You Need To Know About Air Purifiers

If you’re looking for simple ways to combat mold damage in your Tulsa, OK, home, you may have considered using an air filtration system at some point. Before you make a purchase, though, it’s important to determine whether using this unit in your home is an effective solution for eliminating mold. Here is what you need to know about air purifiers and their ability to remove mold spores from your living space.

How Air Purifiers Work

To measure the effectiveness of air purifiers, it’s helpful to know exactly how they work. A typical air purifier uses a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to remove mold from your living space. These filters isolate airborne particles of mold and trap them inside the filter, preventing them from causing damage to your home. To get the most out of your purifier, be sure to place it in an area of your home where mold is often found. This can include the following places:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Basements
  • Rooms that contain upholstered furniture

Installing your air filtration system in any part of your home that has been impacted by mold damage can ensure that the purifier does its job effectively.

The Effectiveness of Air Purifiers

While your air purifier can help to control a mold problem in the short term, it isn’t an appropriate solution for eliminating mold spores permanently. If you wish to get to the root of your mold problem, it’s best to contact a professional. Trusting experts to remove mold from your home can help assure you that your living space is free of damage.
Air purifiers can be effective units to install in your Tulsa, OK, home. However, you shouldn’t rely on air filtration systems alone to remove mold from your living space. Trust mold remediation services to help your home return to normal so that it can remain free of mold damage.

Tips for Cleaning Out Your Dryer

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

Vacuum cleaning a flexible aluminum dryer vent hose, to remove lint and prevent fire hazard. Clean out regularly the hose of your dryer

Ways To A Prevent A Lint Fire In Your Home

Not many people enjoy doing their laundry. Between the time it takes to wash, dry, and put away your clothes, it may seem like hours before it is all done. This is especially true if it takes a long time for your clothes to dry in the dryer. If it takes more than one cycle, then it's likely time to clean out your dryer and hose. This can help prevent a lint fire in your home in Glenpool, OK.

Clean the Lint Screen

You should clean the lint screen after every load, but sometimes, the lint screen can stop trapping the lint. This can happen because of buildup from several sources:

  • Dryer sheets
  • Fabric softeners
  • Laundry detergent

To find out if your lint screen is clogged, run some water over it. If the water collects on the screen instead of running through, then it needs to be cleaned. You should also vacuum underneath and around the lint screen.

Clean Out the Hose

The hose that connects the back of your dryer to the outside of your home can get clogged with lint too. To prevent a lint fire, clean it out regularly as well. You should be able to easily detach the hose from the back of the dryer and from the hole in the wall. You might be able to stick your arm through, or you can take a broom handle or something similar to push the lint through.

Inside of the Dryer

Every once in a while, you should have a professional come and vacuum out the inside of your dryer. The lint can build up around the drum and at the bottom. This leads to a high risk of a dryer fire. If you notice longer drying times and you have already cleaned out the hose and lint screen, then it may be time to have the dryer itself vacuumed out.
These things can help prevent a lint fire. If you do experience a dryer fire, you can count on your fire repair specialists to help repair the fire damage and get your home back to normal.

2 Ways FEMA Can Help You After a Storm

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

FEMA US Homeland Security Citizen and Immigration Services Flyer Closeup The Federal Emergency Management Association can also help you after a storm

2 Ways FEMA Can Help You After a Storm

Experiencing a major storm or flood in your Bixby, OK, home can be devastating. Your home and personal belongings have likely suffered significant damage and it can be stressful figuring out what steps to take to begin to recover. Fortunately, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) can assist you with assessing the damage both outside and inside your home.

Assess the Damage Outside Your Home

In addition to offering shelters for people after a storm, FEMA can send an inspector to your home to evaluate the extent of damage. Here is an overview of the process:

Contact the organization and fill out the online application for disaster relief assistance.
Once you’ve been notified of acceptance, they will send an inspector to your home. These individuals have experience with various types of disasters and know what to look for.
The inspector will look for structural damage and identify areas that must be repaired in order to make the home inhabitable again.
Be sure to keep your scheduled appointment.

In addition to working with the Federal Emergency Management Association, you should also contact your insurance agent if applicable.

Assess the Damage Inside Your Home

Before allowing anyone to enter your home, verify that the inspector is wearing an official FEMA badge. The inspector will want to see proof of home ownership but they won’t ask you for any money or credit card information. After paperwork is completed, the inspector will go room by room taking pictures and documenting damage caused by flooding. You can ask to look at the documentation to make sure that details are complete and you’re satisfied with the thoroughness of the inspection.
Suffering through a residential storm is traumatic. While it may seem impossible to get your home back to normal again, a storm damage professional can assist with flood cleanup. The Federal Emergency Management Association can also help you after a storm.

Avoid Lingering Odors After the Flood

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded office Flooded office in Liberty, OK

After flooding in Liberty, OK, business owners want their properties back in shape as soon as possible. Even after the water subsides and the visual cleanup has happened, flood water damage can leave some hidden problems, such as mold, that may only present themselves as an odor.

Floods Aren’t Just Regular Water

Unless flooding has occurred from a main water pipe with clean water, there’s a high probability that the water contains sewage loss and other bacteria. Cleaning up this type of water damage requires more than a simple wipe down. A professional restoration company has the expertise to know where to look and how to clean up damage that could be overlooked. Places that can retain odors or result in mold growth include:

  • Air – The air itself contains mold spores that can easily spread to unaffected areas if not properly eradicated.
  • Furniture – Mold and bacteria love porous materials, especially fabric and wood. After a flooding, identifying and removing items that have come in contact with flood waters is important. After drying them out, the will need to be thoroughly cleaned.
  • Floors and Walls – Even if it doesn’t seem like the water reached a section of carpet or tiles or only went up an inch on the wall, water can sneakily travel without being noticed. Depending on the damage, sections may need to be replaced to completely ensure the damage doesn’t spread.

Why Mold Lingers

Mold growth happens fast and can be easy to visually overlook though easy to smell. Within 48 hours of flooding, mold spores can take root and begin to form. If their cycle goes unchecked, new mold spores will spread to unaffected areas and create new patches of growth. If this happens behind drywall, it may not be noticeable until the waste gases mold produces permeate your sense of smell with its musky, earthy odor.
If that odor persists, it’s likely that mold growth is still happening after the cleanup. Getting the right help from the beginning can ensure your flood experience doesn’t linger.

Tips for Handling Water Damage

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Wet wooden floor Water damage in a Jenks, OK home

Tips for Handling Water Damage

If your home has been affected by water damage, you may feel in over your head. Whether the water came from a broken pipe or a natural disaster, it's crucial to have some basic water damage remediation knowledge on hand. You will need to take action as soon as possible to start the restoration process and to limit the damage as much as you can.

Do: Call a professional. Water damage can be a very serious issue to face. You will most likely need a water damage restoration expert to handle the situation most safely and effectively.

Do Not: Attempt to clean sewage water on your own. The water in your home can be unsanitary and unsafe if it is backup from a sewer system.

Do: Ventilate the space. If you can access it safely, turn on your home's ventilation system to air the area out. You can hang rugs up and lift curtains from the floors. To increase airflow, open doors and drawers throughout your home. Find a dry, safe place to relocate valuables.

Do Not: Use any electrical appliances while on a wet surface. Water and electricity do not mix, so take any flooding of your home seriously.

Do: Stop the water flow. If you find that the water is coming from a broken pipe, and water levels are low, shut off the main water line to your home. Do Not: Wait to address the problem. Time is of the essence in a water damage emergency. It's more important to make a remediation plan than it is to try to save all your belongings.

Keep these tips in mind as you set about drying and cleaning up, should you find water damage in your Jenks, OK home. Be it a broken pipe, a sewer backup, a hurricane, or any other water predicament, it's important to keep yourself calm and make a plan immediately.

What To Expect After a Fire in Your Home

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

A burned house inside House fire in Broken Arrow, OK

A home fire can cause tremendous upheaval for homeowners and family members. Once the emergency has subsided, the focus will begin to shift to fire damage cleanup and restoration. Before cleanup can begin, some safety concerns will be addressed. Here is what you can expect.

Safety Inspection

After the fire is extinguished, fire responders will inspect and assess the structure for safety. They will look at three primary areas to determine whether it is safe for cleanup crews to enter.

  • Safety Hazards – Hazards will be identified and may need to be removed from the structure.
  • Structural Integrity – The building’s main construction will be inspected for stability, and dangerous areas will likely be cordoned off until structural integrity is restored.
  • Electrical System – The electrical will likely be disconnected until the water from the firefight can be removed.

The Inspection phase of the process establishes that your home is stable enough for you to enter it with a fire official.

Fire and Smoke Damage Survey

If you are cleared to enter your home, you will have a walk-through to view the fire damage and ask questions about the fire damage restoration process. This important step can prepare you for working with the professionals that will assist you with next phase.
Helpful Professionals

With an overview of the damage, you can contact your insurance agent to inquire about your coverage. Your agent will likely be able to refer you to a local fire remediation service. Fire cleanup is a complex process and requires specialized training and methods so your property can be cleaned, dried and restored as safely as possible.

Experiencing a fire in your Broken Arrow, OK, home can bring significant disarray to your life. In the first few hours after a fire, you can rely on emergency responders, your insurance agent and your fire damage cleanup crews to help you move forward. One step at a time, they will ensure your home and your belongings—and ultimately your peace of mind—are restored “Like it never even happened.”

Remediation May Save Your Artwork

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Professional restorer working at an ancient paintings representing religious scenes, inside a museum laboratory When it comes to delicate artwork, mold remediation in this sense often requires gentle diligent work

If your home in Burning Tree, OK shows signs of mold growth, your may think you will have to toss all your precious memorabilia, artwork and other personal treasures. While in some cases, such as flooding, that may be the best option, if caught quickly, mold cleaning may allow you to salvage your belongings.

Where Did the Mold Come From?

While it’s easy to figure out how the problem occurred if you have experienced some type of flooding and belongings are near the floodwaters, if your mold damage occurs on a painting hanging on the wall, you may be taken aback at how that is even possible. Mold requires moisture to grow, but sometimes that moisture isn’t always noticeable. Signs of potential hidden mold may include:

  • Lingering musky odors in areas with no visible water damage.
  • Wall paint is cracked, peeling, discolored or bulging.
  • Homes with previous water damage may still be harboring mold.

Can Paintings Be Cleaned?

A mold cleaning professional is the best place to start to access mold damage. If mold is caught quickly, you can eliminate its ability to spread. When it comes to delicate artwork, mold remediation in this sense often requires gentle diligent work.

It is important to remember that different types of paintings will require different approaches. Durable oil paintings may not react well with certain chemicals. Acrylics and watercolors are easier to damage. Whether it is on canvas, paper or hardboard also need to be considered. Tips to remember before the cleaning process include:

  • Plastic or cloth coverings should be immediately removed to allow the painting to dry and reduce mold growth.
  • If framed, remove the artwork and clean the frame and glass. For canvas prints, inspect and clean the stretcher while avoiding touching the actual painting.
  • Based on the type of painting, cleaning methods will differ. Dry mold can be carefully brushed off, but may leave spores. Some kind of cleaning agent will need to be used. Once you’ve determined the best solution, test an area to ensure no further damage occurs.

While mold cleaning on priceless treasures can be tedious, salvaging them is worth the effort. If you aren’t uncomfortable or unsure how to approach the task, there are experts that are Here to Help.

3 Steps for a Pipe Break Cleanup

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

A flooded office, humidifiers are placed in affected area to start drying up the areas Flooded office in Tulsa, OK

If you've experienced bursting pipes in your Tulsa, OK, business it's important to take the steps necessary for a proper clean up as soon as possible. Doing so can not only help you get back to working order quickly, but may help prevent future problems as well.

Here Are Three Things You May Want To Consider

1. Talk To a Professional

If you need to perform a clean up after you fix broken pipe flooding, then one of the first steps is to contact a local water damage restoration service. These professionals have the variety of tools and equipment that may be needed to deal with any flooding issues. This means repairing additional water damage problems such as structural damage to any flooring, as well as preventing the growth of mold.

2. Thoroughly Dry the Area

One of the most important steps to consider after flooding caused by bursting pipes is to thoroughly dry the area. In order to conduct repairs and prevent any future problems the water must be removed as quickly as possible. This may mean that they use a special pumps or water rated vacuums, as well as bailing the water by hand. Once as much water as possible has been pumped out of the flooded area, a dehumidifier can be used to pull remaining moisture from the air.

3. Sanitize the Area

A service trained to repair water damage Tulsa, OK may also be able to sanitize the area after the water has been removed. This step is important to help prevent the spread of bacteria, as well as make the space inhospitable to mold spores which can be potentially problematic. The sensitization process often involves the use of special cleaners designed specifically for this purpose.
Cleaning up after bursting pipes have caused flooding in your business can involve several steps. It's important to dry the area as thoroughly as possible as quickly as you can to help avoid further water damage, and potential mold problems. You may also want to sanitize the area after the water has been removed. If you have any questions a professional can help.

3 Facts About Black Flood Water

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

black mold behind a drywall When you know its dangers and how to combat it, you may be able to prevent the worst of the destruction.

Your Tulsa, OK, commercial building can be affected by flooding from several sources. Water damage can include warped flooring and moldy drywall, but one of the more immediate issues caused by flooding is the influx of contaminated water. If your business has recently been damaged by flooding, it can be helpful to understand how this type of water can cause long-term damage and what you can do to mitigate it.

1. It Can Contain Dangerous Chemicals

Environmental experts often call contaminated water that stems from flooding Category 3, or “black water.” This means the water did not come from a sterile source and may contain a variety of hazardous components, including harsh sewer and lawn chemicals that entered the water during flooding. These chemicals can make the water dangerous to touch, so calling in a flood damage and cleanup service is the safest way to have it removed.

2. It May Make You Sick

Category 3 water damage can be dangerous in more than one way. For example, standing black water can grow microbes that may cause a variety of illnesses. Urine and feces may also be present, even if they are not immediately visible, so it is wise to avoid this type of water completely and wait for professional cleanup services to arrive.

3. Acting Quickly Can Be Essential

Because contaminated water can become more dangerous the longer it sits, it is a good idea to call in a cleanup crew right away. This can be important even if you believe the worst of the damage has already been done. Having the water removed may reduce the chances of long-term issues with your building’s affected floors and walls and prevent mold growth, which can be difficult to treat once it takes hold.

Black water damage can harm your Tulsa, OK, commercial building in several ways. However, when you know its dangers and how to combat it, you may be able to prevent the worst of the destruction. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com

Tips to Keep Pumps Running Smoothly

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

A sump pump Regularly test pump by dumping water into the pit and basin

After a winter thaw or heavy rains in Woodland Hills, OK, the ground around a sump pump can become saturated. If more rain is in the forecast, these systems can help keep a basement from turning into an unwanted swimming pool. Like any system, proper maintenance is needed to ensure they work properly.

How It Works

These systems have collection system, tank, pump and outlet drain. Buried drain rocks or tiles collect and carry water to the tank, or tanks, typically housed in the basement. If groundwater rises to a certain level, a float or switch will activate the pump, keeping excess water from turning into a flood.

Avoid Common Problems

Although one hopes they won’t need to use the system, if the occasion does arise, regular pump maintenance provides peace of mind that it will do what it’s supposed to. If it doesn’t fire up, common issues may include a power failure, stuck switch, old system, clogged pipes or overwhelmed pump. Additionally a system not installed by a professional could mean it is faulty or improperly installed.

Don’t Ignore Preventive Maintenance

A sump pump is composed of mechanical parts, which means they need to be inspected regularly. Making an inspection part of your to-do list is an easy addition compared to the potential problems an overflow could cause.

Verify it is plugged in, preferable into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, and is standing upright.
Inspect cord for any damage.
Clear vents, intake screen and discharge pipe of any debris.
Regularly test pump by dumping water into the pit and basin. Ensure float rises and triggers the pump.
Check that outlet pipes are secure and draining away from home.

If you have a sump pump, the chances are you live in an area prone to flooding or excessive water. Being proactive is an easy way to take care of your investment and prevent water headaches down the road.

SERVPRO of South Tulsa County Donates AED

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

In a time of emergency, minutes can make the difference between life and death.  SERVPRO of South Tulsa County was proud to donate a life saving AED emergency defibrillator to Community Care College.  The SERVPRO team works day in and day out around the clock to restore peoples lives, homes and businesses, and we are honored to be able to give back to our community.

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Community Care College AED Donation

Finally, An Explanation for Why Mold Smells Musty

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Musty odor in your business?

One of the first indicators of mold growth that any building owner or occupant gets is the smell. If you've been around mold before — which, chances are, you have — then you know that mold has a musty odor. But why is this? The simple answer: Mycotoxin components.
When mold eats, grows and reproduces, it releases Microbial Volatile Organic Components. The mold releases a mixture of these chemicals as it grows, much like animals release gasses as they eat and develop. In fact, at the risk of sounding immature, many industry professionals refer to these gasses as "mold farts."

How To Identify Mold

So, you detect a musty smell, but how can you tell if it's mold? Generally, the smell of mold is unpleasant, with many likening it to the following:

  • A wet towel
  • Wet socks
  • Rotten wood
  • Deteriorating paper

Of course, the particular smell of the growth in your building will vary depending on the type of fungus present. Every mold releases a unique mycotoxin mixture. Some mixtures has a more acetone-based odor, while others exude a camphor-like smell. Other terms commonly used to describe certain molds include nutty, herbaceous or even fatty. One type of MVOC releases an odor that smells very similar to fermenting alcohol.

What To Do When You Smell Mold

If you do detect a musty odor in your building, the best thing you can do is contact a Jenks, OK, mold remediation specialist. In the meantime, run a HEPA air filtration device to rid the environment of excess moisture and to remove any mycotoxin components. Doing this can help restore your air quality and ensure you and other building occupants don't have to live with the musty smell. When your mold remediation team arrives, it will assess the damage, eliminate the growth and begin to restore both your building and damaged belongings. As an added bonus, the dirty sock smell will be gone for good.

Inspecting a Commercial Property for Mold

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

A mold inspection can remove at least one of the unknowns before a business adds a building to its property portfolio.

Buying a building is a significant investment for any businessperson, and there are a lot of moving parts to this type of transaction in Tulsa, OK. Though it can be an expensive undertaking, hiring a professional to perform a mold inspection before the sale can head off major problems and remediation costs in the long term. 

Performing a Mold Inspection Before Buying a Building

Where Mold Growth Can Be Problematic

To live in this world is to live with mold. At its best, it makes life better by contributing to the creation of bread, wine, cheese and some medicines, like penicillin. It does, of course, have serious drawbacks as well, though. 

Prime spots in a building for a mold problem are well-known:

  • Bathrooms are a place where mold can grow in grout, between wall tiles, and in the tub or shower.
  • Windows that have been improperly sealed can allow moisture into walls or ceilings and facilitate mold growth. A mold inspection can reveal this to a potential buyer.
  • Exterior doors without effective seals can allow moisture to collect and harbor mold.

Even slightly high humidity can facilitate the growth of mold. Experts recommend the prudent move of keeping indoor humidity levels below 45 percent. 

Why Mold Growth Can Be Problematic

It isn’t only visible mold that can be troublesome to a property owner. Left unchecked, mold can destroy wood because it is an organism that feeds on surface nutrients. Mold that infiltrates drywall cannot be removed, and the affected area must be cut away. Carpets and insulation are also moisture-holding materials that mold can compromise to the point that they must be replaced. 

Buying real estate can be a complicated process, and it is impossible to know everything there is to know about a building’s history or future. However, a mold inspection can remove at least one of the unknowns before a business adds a building to its property portfolio.

4 Alternatives to Using Real Candles

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Battery-operated candles are more than likely the best way to create the mood you’re wanting

Candles set the mood for romance and give off the feeling of calm and comfort. The scents bring back memories of good times, whether it’s grandma baking cookies or your childhood home surrounded by flowers. The use of candles comes down to two things: ambiance and scent, but the reality is that candles are dangerous. The romantic memories you’re trying to create could turn into images you don’t want to remember.
The National Fire Protection Association states that between 2012 and 2016, fire departments in Broken Arrow, OK, and others in the U.S., responded to an estimated 8,200 home structures created by candle fire. Alternatives for candles are the best bet and will continue to keep the mood, the scent and your home safe.

Here are Four Candle Alternatives to Try

Ambiance

Flameless or battery-operated candles are more than likely the best way to create the mood you’re wanting. This alternative to real candles comes in different shapes, sizes and colors, and you can choose the option of flicker or no flicker.


Table lamps may not be an idea that comes to mind. However, changing out a lampshade can make the difference between brightening up a room or darkening the area enough to set off a feeling of serenity.

Scented

Reed or stick infusers are glass bottle containers with sticks that are used to distribute the smell. The oil soaks the sticks and the fragrance permeates the air.


Flowers are a natural alternative to candles. Bouquets of your favorite blossoms not only brighten a room but also engulf the area with a fresh, clean scent.

The certainty is that candle alternatives are the best way to prevent a devastating fire from occurring. If you have questions about the risks of candles, a fire damage assessment specialist can give you a better idea of the havoc a fire will cause. Form memories to last a lifetime and keep your family and home safe by using candle alternatives.

4 Tips for Handling Flood Damage Safely

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call remediation experts in Burning Tree, OK

Flood Safety Basics

When something goes wrong in your home, your first instinct is probably to dive in and fix it. When your home floods, however, this may not be the best plan. Flooding in your home in Burning Tree, OK, can create various hazards, so it's important to remember some flood safety basics.

1. Cut Electricity

Electricity and water can be a dangerous combination. One of the first things you should do when your home is flooded by a storm is shut off the main breaker. You won't need the electricity while you are staying elsewhere, and turning it off keeps everyone who has to enter safe from shock.

2. Use Protective Gear

If you have standing water in your home, the best course of action is not to enter it. If you need to do so, however, one of the safety tips you should follow is to wear protective gear. You can't tell what contaminants are in the flood water just by looking at it, so put on rubber boots, coveralls, goggles, a respirator mask and rubber gloves first.

3. Call Remediation Experts

Flood mitigation specialists are experts when it comes to flood safety. They can identify and remove major hazards from your home so that you and your family are protected. They tackle the water damage problem so that you don't have to handle it alone.

4. Vacate Until Restoration Is Complete

As difficult as it may be, the best thing you can do after clean-up technicians take over is to leave. Giving them the space to concentrate on the job at hand can help speed up the process. Find other accommodations until your home is restored to the way it was before the deluge.
If your home has water damage from a storm, flood safety should be your top concern. Following these tips can keep you and your family safe while the experts do their job.

5 Cleaning Methods for Smoke Damage

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can restore your office items

Cleaning Processes That May Be Recommended

If your company in Woodland Hills, OK, has suffered from smoke damage, Then you may be wondering what the best way to clean and restore your office items are. According to many fire damage restoration professionals there are several methods, from dry-cleaning to immersion, and each one is designed for a different purpose. Here are a few cleaning processes that may be recommended.

1. Wet Cleaning

Wet cleaning is perhaps what is most commonly thought of when it comes to washing away smoke damage. It involves using a liquid cleaner on heavier damaged areas.

2. Spray and Wipe

In many cases the content cleaning of solid materials, such as desks or filing cabinets, can be done with the spray and wipe method. It's usually done using a spray cleaner and wiping it off with a rag. After cleaning you may want to move items to content storage until repairs can be completed.

3. Dry-cleaning

Using this method is primarily for items that need to be pre-treated, those sensitive to wet cleaners, or items that need only a light bit of cleaning. The process may involve a spray cleaner or powder depending on the item and damage type.

4. Immersion Cleaning

In some cases smoke damaged items will need to be immersed in a cleaner. Depending on the damage level the item may either be left to soak or simply dipped so it can be completely submerged in the cleaner before being washed off.

5. Foam Cleaning

This method is usually used when dealing with upholstery is that might react poorly to liquid cleaners. A special foam is used to avoid soaking the fabric, and can effectively remove any smoke odor the fire may have left behind.

The cleaning style your restoration professional uses to restore your office items may depend on the item type and the degree of damage. Light damage may be removed with the dry-cleaning process, while some items made need to be immersed in the cleaner for a time to properly rid of any smoke or soot damage. Others can be simply sprayed with the solution and wiped off.

Certified Restoration Companies Do the Job Right

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

It is easy to find IICRC restoration specialists in the Woodland Hills, OK, area

Certified Restoration Companies Do the Job Right

One of the key characteristics of business owners and executives is self-reliance. Small business owners want to handle problems alone. Larger businesses have in-house maintenance crews to handle repairs and cleanups. This need to be self-reliant is ill-advised when dealing with a pipe burst cleanup. This is especially true when:

  • You are a small business owner.
  • You manage a larger privately-held or publicly-held company.
  • You expect your commercial insurer to pay for the cleanup.

Water Damage Cleanup Is Not for Amateurs

The problem with a broken pipe is not the water. In the case of a sewer line break, it’s not the sewage. It’s the mold that will establish a foothold in your building if given the opportunity. An out-of-control mold problem can:

  • Financially ruin a small business owner.
  • Harm employees and stockholders of larger companies.
  • Eliminate any possibility of insurance coverage.

IICRC-Certified Restoration Companies Eliminate the Risk of Mold

The most important task in a pipe burst cleanup is to remove the moisture. This doesn’t mean just mopping the puddles. This doesn’t mean just drying the easy-to-reach areas. It means eliminating all moisture from the entire damaged area. Most people do not have the skills and equipment to accomplish this task. Properly certified and equipped technicians do.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration provides both training and certification services. Insurers depend on IICRC-certified technicians to:

  • Evaluate situations that call for restoration.
  • Recommend courses of action.
  • Follow those courses of action in restorations.

Certification is especially important when looking for a sewer cleanup company. With a sewer break, sanitization of the affected area is an important task. Properly certified technicians have the skills, equipment and experience to restore a healthy environment.
Fortunately, it is easy to find IICRC restoration specialists in the Woodland Hills, OK, area. If you need a pipe burst cleanup and restoration, they are only a phone call away.

How Different Categories of Water Damage Can Affect Your Home

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Category 1 water is generally considered the least harmful category

How Different Categories of Water Damage Can Affect Your Home

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when your home in Leonard, OK, is flooded. Many homeowners don’t realize that clean water and contaminated water can have drastically different impacts on homes, and that these categories of water can majorly affect the restoration process.

1. Category 1

Known as clean water, category 1 water is generally considered the least harmful category of water damage. A broken supply line or an overflowing sink are common sources of this category of water. Since this type of water doesn’t contain potentially harmful debris, it is often relatively simple to remove. As long as the water is removed in a timely manner and the home is thoroughly dried and restored, the likelihood of secondary damage is minimal compared to other categories of water damage.

2. Category 2

Category 2 water damage can come from a variety of sources, including washing machines or sump pumps. This category of water is known as contaminated water or gray water because, unlike clean water, it generally contains some amount of debris. This type of water should be handled with caution when it is removed. If this category of water is left to sit in a home, it can turn into category 3 water.

3. Category 3

When floodwater contains hazardous debris, it is generally referred to as black water or category 3 water. Flooding that starts outside the home or a sewer line break are common causes of this category of water. The removal process is often time-consuming, and it can be helpful to contact residential water damage repair experts to ensure that the water is safely removed. In many cases, it is necessary to thoroughly sanitize the home after category 3 water has been removed.

Though no homeowner wants their home to sustain water damage, having clean water rather than contaminated water or black water can make restoration simpler. Knowing the effects of different categories of water damage on homes can help to prepare you for restoration.

3 Mold Damage Emergency Tips for Homeowners

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Green mold growth with the words "ANYWHERE." A moisture problem can make it easy for mold to grow at a rapid rate in your home.

Though there are often steps you can take to prevent black mold from growing in your home in Tulsa, OK it isn’t always possible. It can be helpful to know what to do in an emergency to mitigate mold damage.

1. Turn Off Water

In many instances, mold occurs after a burst pipe or a broken appliance has caused water to flood the area. Since mold generally needs moisture in order to grow, minimizing the amount of water present in your home can be helpful. If water is pouring into your house from an appliance or pipe, turning off the water as soon as possible is often useful.

2. Reduce the Airflow

Though you may be tempted to turn on a fan to dry out the area, this can actually make the mold issue in your house worse. Increased airflow often allows mold spores to spread throughout the rooms, which can ultimately result in widespread black mold damage. Instead of increasing the airflow in your home, focus on reducing it by not using fans and turning off your HVAC system.

3. Keep Areas Dry

A moisture problem can make it easy for mold to grow at a rapid rate in your home. Keeping the rooms dry is often a useful way to reduce the spread of mold. Small amounts of water can often be mopped up or removed with towels. If humidity is an issue, then using a dehumidifier can be helpful. However, if there is a large amount of water in your residence, it can help to employ water and mold damage specialists who can remove water from your home and can assist with mold cleanup.

Regardless of the cause, water damage can make it easy for black mold to quickly grow in your residence. However, knowing how to react in an emergency can help you to prevent the growth and spread of mold in your home.

Prepare To Keep Pets Safe in a Home Fire

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Include your pet in the event of a fire event

For most people, pets are more than just animals; they are a valuable part of the family. A lot of work and love goes into keeping them safe and cared for. You have likely given thought and preparation to taking care of your family in case of a fire, but what can be done to protect your pets in the event of a fire emergency?

Tips for Emergency Pet Preparation

Pets should not be an afterthought, but a planned-for part of the family. Thought should be given to their wellbeing in advance to keep them safe.

  • Keep all shots and vaccinations up to date and keep records in a portable firebox
  • Make sure the person responsible for pet safety in a fire knows how to get them out
  • Have an emergency bag handy with your pet’s normal food and snacks, water, medications and a couple of calming toys or a favorite old blanket inside for comfort
  • Help prevent pet-started fires by using only flameless candles, removing any stovetop or oven control knobs a pet could turn, and making sure they are crated or kenneled when home alone.

Ideas for Evacuation

When it comes to your pet, preparation is important. Each person should be assigned one other person to help get out of the house in case of a fire emergency. The same goes for removing pets from the home. It is a good idea to run practice fire evacuation drills now and again to help your family learn how they can get out quickly from any room. Include pets in this drill and make sure people know what to do to ensure pet safety.

Following a fire emergency, the trauma of smoke and fire damage can affect the whole family, even the pets. Getting the cleanup done quickly will help everyone feel better. Engaging the services of fire remediation experts in Glenpool, OK, can help expedite that process and relieve some of the distress.

What do you do after a fire?

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage can be devastating to your business.

After you experience a fire, you may be overwhelmed and unsure about what to do.

Whenever you experience things such as fire damage, smoke damage and soot damage, you will be in need of repairing your property.

Your property getting damaged from a fire can be a bit difficult to cope with at first, there are solutions to this problem. The most effective way to deal with the negative effects of a fire is to contact a restoration company that provides fire damage restoration.

A restoration service company will come to your property to help your resolve any problems that occur from commercial fire damage such as eliminating a smoke smell. They will also address a fire in home or fire in business by providing fire cleanup services.

Restoration service companies will also board up your house or building to provide the protection it needs during the restoration process.

Protect Your Windows

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Some homes in Tulsa, OK may be especially susceptible to high winds.

Some homes in Tulsa, OK may be especially susceptible to high winds. However, you don’t have to sacrifice style and comfort to prevent windblown glass and exposure to the elements. Examine the following shutter designs to choose the best one for your home.

1. Traditional Designs

When many people picture shutters, they imagine a wooden frame on either side of the window with rows of slats. This is called the colonial design, and it is so common that many homes use a non-functional version as a decorative window accent. However, depending on the conditions in your area, the colonial shutter variety might be a solid choice for storm protection as well. Another traditional design called the Bahama shutter has vertical hinges, allowing it to open into a small awning to provide shade in warmer climates.

2. Modern Equipment

Other homeowners choose a sleek and compact look to keep their shutters out of the way when no high winds are present. Accordion and rolling shutters are made of light metals or polycarbonate, giving them a high degree of strength and flexibility. This enables the window cover to fold away or roll up when not in use. These designs are typically more expensive than the traditional varieties, and can even be electrically-powered for added convenience.

3. Temporary Protection

Storm panels and plywood are another window damage prevention method for those in high-risk locations. These storm shutters are not intended for permanent installation, and properly speaking, they do not “shut” over the window at all. Storm panels are corrugated metal surfaces that are simply affixed to the window frame with screws. Plywood is an even cheaper solution and can be implemented faster, but may not be as secure.

Whatever shutter option you choose, remember that protecting your home against high winds is the first step toward avoiding interior flooding. Have the contact information of a qualified water damage restoration service ready if you anticipate severe weather conditions.

What You Need To Know About Polybutylene Pipes

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Many business owners in Tulsa, OK do not think about the quality of the pipes in their properties until an issue arises.

Many business owners in Tulsa, OK do not think about the quality of the pipes in their properties until an issue arises. However, it can be beneficial for business owners and managers to learn about polybutylene pipes before damage occurs.

1. What Are They?

From the 1970s to the 1990s, many plastic pipes used in plumbing were installed in homes and businesses. The plastic was inexpensive to manufacture and simple to install, making it a popular choice for business owners and homeowners. However, it soon became clear that the pipes were not the best choice to use in plumbing systems, and they have since been replaced in many buildings.

2. Common Issues

Due to the plastic material they are made of, polybutylene pipes are prone to breaking, cracking and leaking. The plastic also tends to age poorly, which can result in worsening water quality over a span of a few years. Buildings that have these pipes installed often sustain water damage and require emergency restoration services. The pipes were eventually discontinued after they caused a myriad of issues, though they still are installed in many older buildings.

3. Importance of Replacement

A new plumbing system can benefit businesses in a variety of ways. In order to bring a building up to code, it’s often necessary to replace outdated materials, including the plastic pipes. Unlike the pipes made of plastic, pipes today are made of more durable materials that are meant to last. Additionally, business owners can save money over time when they replace old pipes, as newer, more durable pipes require significantly less maintenance and upkeep.

The material used in pipes can drastically affect the wellbeing of a business. Knowing what polybutylene pipes are, common issues with them and why they should be replaced can allow business owners and managers to take action before this outdated equipment causes damage to their businesses.

How To Prevent Mold in Commercial Properties

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

All commercial properties have areas that don't get much attention.

You know that black mold can wreak havoc in your commercial buildings, but what can you do when it gets into the air ducts? Molds are a natural part of the environment and have developed the ability to thrive in just about any setting with a bit of humidity. The first step to preventing spores from setting up colonies in any out-of-the-way places on your properties is to control moisture.

  • Run dehumidifiers in your buildings.
  • Install fans in attics and basements.
  • Consistently repair damaged roofing and foundations.

If you've recently noticed a mildew-y smell or become worried about contamination for other reasons, start by contacting a mold removal professional to conduct inspections and correct growth in problem areas.

Locate Sources of Trouble

Once inspections are complete and remediation technicians have left you with clean ducts, it's time to take serious action to prevent new growth of black mold. As the professionals finish up their work, ask where your problem spots are. You may learn that an HVAC unit has been leaking near the ducts or that you have high levels of humidity near a furnace. Target those areas first; conduct repairs and take steps to control moisture levels.

Control Unwanted Moisture

Next, implement a consistent pattern of maintenance. Work through HVAC systems, cleaning coils and drip pans. Consider installing gadgets to measure moisture levels around your properties. Review housekeeping routines to be sure that standing water from mops and buckets isn't a problem. Conduct routine inspections for mold growth or signs of increased humidity. The primary goal of your preventative efforts is to keep humidity levels low and immediately correct leaks and other problematic sources of water.

Make Mold Prevention a Priority

All commercial properties have areas that don't get much attention. It's easy to overlook those spots during routine maintenance and cleanup. When you put black mold prevention at the top of your list, it's easier to keep it at bay. Mold remediation specialists in Tulsa, OK can be a valuable resource in your efforts.

3 Reasons To Choose a Preferred Vendor

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Parked SERVPRO vehicle in warehouse. If your business has a restoration need, then your insurance agent may recommend a preferred vendor such as SERVPRO.

3 Reasons To Choose A Preferred Vendor

If your home or business in Tulsa, OK faces restoration needs, whether from fire, water or storm damage, then your insurance agent may recommend a preferred vendor for the job. There are many reasons insurance companies have preferred vendors. They may include the following:

1. Guidelines Help Ensure Quality Work on Every Aspect of the Job

A vendor program is often chosen because preferred vendors follow a set of guidelines. These guidelines are in place to ensure quality work across every aspect of the job and are set at a national level. This can help you rest assured that your home or business will be restored to a high-quality standard, utilizing the best practices, skills and equipment necessary for the job.

2. Following Industry Standards Lets You Know What to Expect

Another reason your insurance agent may recommend a preferred vendor is because they follow industry standards, which allows both of you to know what to expect from the process. This lets you to ask any questions you may have before the work begins and permits your agent to know that the property is being handled correctly.

3. SERVPRO Offers Tracking and Validation Every Step of the Way

A professional restoration company may offer services such as tracking your referral and sharing progress reports on the work being done. They can also offer industry validation for every step of the job. This means that you know that the proper equipment, processes and procedures are being used.

If your business has a restoration need, then your insurance agent may recommend a preferred vendor such as SERVPRO. These vendors follow national guidelines which help ensure quality work in every step of the process. The fact that they follow industry standards means that you can also know what to expect with the repairs. More than that, they may also offer services such as progress reports or referral tracking.

3 Steps to Take When Your Toilet Overflows

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Bad pipes, clogs or even sewer damage can cause toilet overflows in the blink of an eye.

3 Steps To Take When Your Toilet Overflows

Toilets are the workhorses of the bathroom, so naturally, they occasionally malfunction. One of the most common outcomes of a toilet issue is an overflow, an outpouring of water that can be messy and even dangerous if water is contaminated. Whether caused by sewer damage or an everyday clog, a flooded toilet can pose a fast-moving crisis. Don’t panic. Use these tips to be ready when your Tulsa, OK faces this common household calamity.

Why Toilets Overflow

The first thought when a toilet overflows is a clog or even sewer damage, but many things can cause your bowl to shut down. Causes include:

  • Stopped up toilet traps
  • Blocked drain pipes
  • Clogged sewer lines

Whatever the cause, the outcome is the same, a bathroom flooded with gray water. It’s key to know what steps to act fast to minimize damage.

Stop the Water

Immediately reach behind your toilet and find the water shut off valve. If you don’t have one, try opening the tank and removing or blocking the float so it won’t keep letting water fill the tank.

Clean Up

Toilet overflow water is considered contaminated gray water at best and black water if it contains human waste. It’s important after a toilet overflow that you immediately use towels to clean up the water. Wash or dispose of them afterward.

Find the Blockage

In cases where you are certain something is blocking the toilet, try removing it either by hand or with a plunger. Be sure to wear gloves to avoid contaminating your hands. If you can’t find the object or it’s too stuck, it’s time to call a plumber or sewage company.

Bad pipes, clogs or even sewer damage can cause toilet overflows in the blink of an eye. Know how to handle them. Use these tips to stop the flow of water then call your local sewage removal experts for extensive cleanup.

Mold Damage Emergency Tips You Need

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold can disrupt the structural integrity of your house, making it difficult to keep it in good order, unless you can mitigate the destruction.

Mold Damage Emergency Tips You Need

Household mold can be a real concern, especially if you should ever suffer from an emergency at your Woodland Hills, OK home that leads to water damage and mold growth. Black mold can disrupt the structural integrity of your house, making it difficult to keep it in good order - unless you can mitigate the destruction quickly. Here are three tips to follow in case of a mold emergency at home.

1. Turn Off Your Water Supply

The longer you leave water run after you have noticed mold - especially at or near the affected area - the greater the chance that your moisture problem will become difficult to manage. Turn off your home’s water supply as soon as you discover mold growth.

2. Stop All HVAC Systems

Did you know that airflow can spread destructive black mold spores throughout your home? Because of this, it is important to turn off air conditioners, heating systems and even fans when mold is present to prevent further damage.

3. Seek Professional Cleanup Help

As soon as you have taken preliminary steps to stop mold migration, contact a trusted local residential mold remediation company. Professional mold cleanup crews know how serious mold damage can be, and will work quickly to find a solution that will help save and restore your home and personal property - many can even come to your home on an emergency basis.

Water damage is stressful for any homeowner - a black mold discovery can make it even more so. If you ever find yourself facing a disaster such as this, it is best to let the professionals on the scene handle cleanup and let them know about your questions and concerns along the way. Most Woodland Hills, OK cleanup technicians are highly trained and experienced, and know what to do to alleviate your concerns so you do not have to make stressful decisions during an emotional time.

What Black Water is and How to Deal With it

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded office damaged by severe storms

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.

IICRC Certification: What It Is and Why It Matters for Your Restoration

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

The IICRC requires restoration training through a certified firm

IICRC Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification is a nonprofit organization that has been setting the bar for restoration industry standards for years. The IICRC is a globally recognized certification and one that proves that your restoration contractor is capable of doing the job.

1. Proven Knowledge

In order to obtain a restoration and mitigation certificate, technicians must prove knowledge of standard practices and procedures. They cannot receive certification without first attending and completing approved coursework through an approved school and instructor.

2. Required Training

The IICRC also requires training in the latest restoration technologies and techniques through a certified firm. The field of mitigation and restoration is a highly specialized field, and you should make sure that everyone involved in your project is a trained and specialized technician working under a certified firm. Ensuring that everyone is qualified means that you can rest assured that your residence is in good hands under the supervision of a team that has met some of the highest standards in the industry.

3. Continuous Renewals

Becoming a certified disaster restoration specialist in the Leonard, OK, area is not a one and done kind of process. Both firms and agents must maintain their certifications through continuing education and practice. Every certificate has an expiration, and just because someone was once certified and capable does not mean that they still are. Standards of care change frequently as advances in technology and techniques evolve, and it is essential that you hire a firm that is capable of performing at the standards of today, not yesterday.

The IICRC takes great pride in their certified technicians and firms, and you should too. These individuals and companies have proven their knowledge and ability, and because of that, they have earned the respect of an industry standard setter. Therefore, the next time you are faced with a disaster and the impending work of a restoration, seek out only those professionals and companies that proudly proclaim their certification.

How do I use a fire extinguisher?

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Three steps to follow when using an extinguisher

3 Easy Steps to Follow When Using An Extinguisher 

Here are 3 easy steps you should follow when using an extinguisher to put out a fire in your home.

  1. Identify Your Evacuation Path - The last thing you want to do is focus so much on putting out the fire that you become trapped in the blaze. Take a moment to look around you and ensure you have a safe escape route to use as needed before pulling out the extinguisher.
  2. Follow Instructions on Extinguisher - Fortunately, most extinguishers come with easy-to-read instructions printed directly on them. Follow the instructions and make sure you discharge the extinguisher within the effective range listed on the container. 
  3. Back Away From the Fire - It’s possible for a kitchen fire to flare up again even after you’ve put parts of it out, so make sure you back away from extinguished flames instead of moving toward them. 


Once the fire is safely put out with a fire extinguisher, call your local fire damage restoration company in Tulsa, OK. They can help repair and restore your home after fire damage has occurred. 

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

What to do with mold before help arrives?

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

South Tulsa County mold damage kitchen

Mold Problems in Your Home or Business

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. 

Moisture is A Common Source of Mold

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can grow quickly after water damage

Mold Damage Tulsa

A 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.

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. 

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.

Unchecked mold damage is responsible for toxic components called mycotoxins. 

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. 

Tips for Protecting Your Property from Flood Damage

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tulsa is always ready to respond to your emergency.

Flood damage can seem like a remote, theoretical risk – that is, until it’s in your face. Fact is, experts have estimated flood costs for the globe’s 136 largest coastal cities could cost $1 trillion annually by 2050. Wise property Tulsa, OK, property owners are thinking ahead by creating a flood plan. Not sure how to protect your property from storm damage and flooding? Here are a few tips.

About Floods

Federal officials define flooding as partial or complete inundation of 2 or more acres of normally dry land area or of 2 or more properties. Typical causes include:

  • Overflow of inland bodies of water
  • Rapid accumulation of surface runoff
  • Mudflow

All can create damage, but even just an inch of water can result in recovery costs estimated to average $27,000. Being prepared won’t eliminate the risk, but it can help minimize the costs of recovery.

Inspect Your Property

Part of flood-proofing a building is making sure that you inspect it regularly. Look for cracks in the foundation or other structure systems that could be vulnerable in high waters. Also check:

  • Flood panels, to ensure the panels or gaskets are working
  • Drainage systems for signs of damage that could prevent the pipes from draining properly

Apply Waterproof Sealants

Invest in waterproof coatings and sealants and apply thoroughly to foundations, walls and even doorways of your property. This so-called “dry flood-proofing” measure can form a thin but sturdy barrier that can minimize flood damage effects.


Invest in Water Pumps

Foundation vents encourage water to flow through a building rather than pooling around it, reducing the pressure flood waters can put on walls. This type of “wet flood-proofing” is particularly useful in buildings with basements.
Flood damage can be devastating both physically and financially. Get ahead of the risk with these tips and by identifying a local water cleanup specialist in case the worst does happen.

Establishing a Furnace Maintenance Schedule

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Keep maintenance to your furnace

As the weather starts getting colder, you will probably start wanting to switch from air conditioning to the heater in your home. To ensure that you can do so safely, however, you need to perform preventative maintenance on your furnace before you use it as well as having it professionally inspected at the end of the cold season. Fire cleaning experts recommend the following steps to get your furnace ready for regular use.

Clean

The first thing you want to do is to make sure your furnace and all its components are free of dust, which can ignite a fire when the heat is turned on and leave you looking for smoke cleaning services. The three main components to clean are:

  • Filter
  • Motor
  • Blower

Check the filter to see if it is clean. If not, change it. In fact, it’s a good idea to change the filter every month when the furnace is running continuously. Inspect each component inside and remove dust with a toothbrush or some other fine-toothed cleaning apparatus.

Repair

The need for fire cleaning can be avoided if you schedule any necessary repairs before turning the heater on. For example, if the belts look brittle or torn, they need to be replaced. Both the blower and the motor have belts, and all of them need to be strong for the furnace to work properly.

Lubricate

Many furnace motors are sealed by the manufacturer with the necessary lubrication already included. Some, however, have oil ports, and these motors require the occasional addition of lubricant. It doesn’t take a lot of motor oil to keep the furnace running smoothly. Just add a couple of drops to each port, and that should do the trick. A well-oiled motor is a happy motor that keeps your furnace operating efficiently throughout the colder months.

It’s smart to check your furnace before its first use of the year and after its last use. It is easier to keep it clean and well lubricated with intact parts than it is to hire fire cleaning experts in Tulsa, OK, when dust and grime cause sparks.

Are Home Mold Testing Kits Accurate?

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Look for a professional tester in you Bixby, OK town.

Homeowners may consider using home mold testing kits due to the comparatively low cost of these tests relative to professional testing and analysis. There are several reasons why expert testing is more accurate and useful. Learn more about the shortcomings of DIY mold tests and why it is worth it to seek the services of a certified environmental hygienist or full-service mold restoration company in Bixby, OK .

False Positives

Home mold tests vary in sensitivity. Many tests are prone to return positive results for several reasons:

  •  Mold spores are everywhere
  •  Some kits are not properly calibrated
  •  Results may be ambiguous

A home mold testing kit may react to the presence of spores without factoring in whether microbial volatile organic compounds are present. These off-gases are released during the active growth cycle of fungi and indicate that mold is actively growing.

Inaccurate Species Identification

Most home mold tests are not precise enough to identify the species of mold. It is not possible to make a positive identification based on color. Black mold or Stachybotrys is actually dark green early in the growth cycle. As there are more than 100,000 known species of mold, lab testing is necessary to obtain an accurate identification.

No Expert Opinions

Environmental hygienists and mold specialists can offer informed opinions throughout the professional testing and remediation process. Insight into the following factors may be helpful:

  • The location of mold growth
  • Potential causes
  • Whether a species of mold is toxigenic

All of these factors will impact the type of cleaning methods and equipment necessary to remediate mold damage. Remediation may be more affordable and successful if expert knowledge is available.

A home mold kit may be affordable in Bixby, OK , but it is unlikely to be as accurate as professional testing. Homeowners should put the money they might spend on attempts at DIY mold tests toward expert mold testing and remediation that can fix the problem "Like It Never Even Happened."

Partial Losses: Making an Insurance Claim

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire loss in Bixby, OK

If your business sustained a partial fire loss recently, you may be wondering what the insurance claims process will entail. Here are common questions you may have about partial losses at your commercial property.

What Qualifies as a Partial Loss?

Any damage that did not completely destroy your building but still caused destruction is considered a partial loss. Some examples include:

  • Damage that necessitates replacing unharmed items to restore uniformity
  • Smoke damage to carpets, walls and other surfaces
  • Items that did not burn but were still damaged by the fire

It can be hard to get your insurance company to take these kinds of damages seriously. Always insist on receiving the best assistance possible when talking with your agent or claims representative.

What Claims Process Should I Follow?

Here are the steps you need to take to properly file your partial fire loss claim:

1. File your claim early. Making sure to file your claim as quickly as possible after the damage occurs will help you in the long run. You will also have a better idea of what is and isn’t covered early on.

2. Record damages and expenses. Keep all receipts from repairs, snap photos of damage and keep documentation of any other steps in the restoration process. You may need them when you try to prove your financial and property damages.

3. Get professional help. A Bixby, OK, fire restoration service should be able to help you recover from smoke damage and other types of partial losses that may occur. A reliable company will take even small areas of destruction seriously and work out a cleanup plan that works for your business.

A fire loss of any size is a terrible thing to deal with, but a partial loss can present unique challenges that may prove to be frustrating for even the most level-headed business owner. Getting a great restoration team on your side and advocating for yourself with your commercial insurance provider are your best bets to receiving quality cleanup service and getting fairly compensated for your struggles.

Make Your Homeowners' Insurer Happy – Prevent Water Damage With These Simple Tips

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

A broken pipe upstairs caused the ceiling in this room to collapse under the weight of the water

Water damage is the number one reason for homeowners' insurance claims in the United States. The thing about water damage, however, is that, the majority of the time, it's preventable. Water in home is often the result of a broken pipe, burst pipe or leaking pipe. In the minority of instances, it is the result of flooding, which, to some extent, can also be prevented. If you want to get on. Your insurer's good side, there are measures you can take today to prevent costly water damage in your home.

  • Check your appliances.
  • Have your HVAC unit inspected.
  • Inspect pipes for condensation or erosion.

It doesn't take much to prevent water damage. Below is a brief guide of how and why you should implement the above tips.

Give Your Appliances a Once Over

Appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and refrigerators are a common source of water in the home. Aging materials crack, connections become loose and cold weather causes pipe bursts. You can prevent all from happening by conducting routine maintenance on all appliances and wrapping pipes with insulation if you live in a colder climate.

Request an HVAC Inspection

There are countless reasons to have your HVAC unit inspected. For one, routine maintenance can prevent costly issues. Two, regular inspections can ensure that your units are clean and therefore, only push out clean air. Three, maintenance technicians can spot moisture issues and correct them before they become costly and damaging.

Inspect Your Pipes

Pipes run all throughout your home. There are pipes in your bathroom, in your kitchen and in your laundry room. They run down into your basement and possibly up to your attic. They run through your walls and beneath your floorboards. For this reason, a single leak can become a costly and damaging problem. You can prevent costly water damage in your home by inspecting your pipes on a routine basis or, at the very least, hiring someone else to do it for you.

Pipe cleanup can be costly. You can prevent it by working with a Glenpool, OK, water damage restoration team to identify issues and correct them before they become expensive problems.

What Is the Timeline For Water Damage Cleanup?

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Unnoticed leak caused the ceiling to collapsed and covered the room with water and mold

Whether water damage results from bursting pipes or flooding, it is important to eliminate standing water and residual moisture as soon as possible. The cleanup process typically takes experts between three days to a week and a half to complete. Find out what to expect during a professional cleanup at a residence in Bixby, OK.

Average Cleanup Timeframe

Most homeowners should expect cleanup to take three to five days. The length will depend on:

  • The extent of the residence exposed to water
  • The contamination level of water
  • How long water has been leaking or left standing
  • The materials saturated by water

Homeowners should fix broken pipe or address the cause of damage as soon as possible. Afterward, professionals should remove all standing water, clean, and thoroughly dry the affected area. Avoid rushing the mitigation process, as attempting to rebuild or restore an area before it is completely dry may lead to mold growth.

Extenuating Circumstances

If wood flooring or other specialized materials are exposed to flooding or water from bursting pipes, it may take anywhere from seven to 10 days to complete the cleanup process. Hardwood floors may have to undergo several stages of cleanup, including:

  • Drying the subfloor
  • Sanding
  • Scraping
  • Retrofitting

The category of water involved can also prolong the duration of cleanup. Clean Category One water can simply be removed and the affected area can be dried. Contaminated Category Two gray water or Category Three black water calls for cleaning, disinfection, and drying. Porous contents and materials exposed to black water may need to be torn out and replaced.

Homeowners should hire a professional water damage restoration service to establish a schedule for cleanup, mitigation, and restoration. It may take less time to fix damage resulting from bursting pipes than to clean up flooding. The affected area must dry completely prior to restoration to prevent mold from forming.

What To Know About Dryer Lint

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Lint from the screen should be removed after each use

To help avoid a lint fire in your Glenpool, OK, home, many professionals recommend regular maintenance of your dryer. Fortunately, there are many maintenance steps you can perform yourself. During this process there are several things you may want to consider about lint removal from your dryer.

Where To Clean

Removing lint in order to avoid a dryer fire involves cleaning several locations.

  • The lint screen
  • The screen vent
  • The exterior vent
  • The exhaust hose
  • The dryer back
  • Behind the back panel

If you’re going to do more than wipe off the lint screen, it’s important to unplug your dryer first.

When To Clean

Many experts recommend deep cleaning your dryer at least once a year in order to avoid the build up that can lead to a lint fire. If your dryer seems unusually hot during use, or if your clothes regularly fail to dry fully, you may want to perform a clean then as well. If problems persist then it’s recommended to contact a professional. It’s also recommended to clear the lint screen after every use.

Why Clean

Every year fire damage restoration services conduct repairs to homes that experiences a fire due to lint built up. When lint accumulates inside the dryer it can cause the appliance to overheat. This is turn can lead to a fire made worse by lint’s flammable nature. Keeping your dryer clean is one way to help avoid this type of fire in your home.

Regularly removing lint from your dryer can help prevent a lint fire in your home. You could consider cleaning all the areas of your dryer including the exhaust hose and exterior vent. The dryer should be cleaned at least once a year, and lint from the screen should be removed after each use. If you think your machine is malfunctioning it’s best to call in a professional.

Common Water Issues for Businesses

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial water loss in Tulsa, OK

Common Water Issues for Businesses

For a commercial property owner in Tulsa, OK, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks

A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.

2. Plumbing Backup

Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from a number of things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Weather

Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst altogether. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional about what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks can also become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.

Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

Tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Arkansas Wednesday

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Water damage can happen after pluming failure

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in a Bixby,OK home

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

4 Ways To Protect Employees During Mold Removal

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial mold clean up in Leonard,OK

4 Ways To Protect Employees During Mold Removal

Employees in a commercial structure that is undergoing mold removal should still be able to get work done. Learn about four ways to protect building occupants during the removal process. 


1. Turn Off the HVAC System

The cooling and heating system can spread mold spores throughout a structure. It is a good idea to turn this system off as soon as you suspect that mold is developing. The problem may intensify if spores spread to other areas in the structure where conditions are conducive to mold growth. Provide fans or space heaters if necessary. Employees can also work out of a temporary location until containment is complete.

2. Seal Off Affected Areas

Sometimes, remediation professionals will recommend a limited or full containment strategy to prevent cross-contamination during mold removal. Specialists may use a single layer of polyethylene sheeting to seal off 10 to 100 square feet of a structure. If more than 100 square feet are impacted or the problem involves black mold or another toxigenic fungus, cleanup experts can create a negative air chamber out of plastic barriers and double layers of sheeting. A decontamination chamber should also prevent spores from spreading.

3. Relocate Employees to Another Area

Depending on how much of a structure is touched by mold, it may be advisable to relocate employees to a less affected part of the building. Employees often benefit from the opportunity to work out of another location until remediation is underway or complete.

4. Inform Employees About Remediation

Employees are likely to be concerned about the presence of mold in a workplace. Keep building occupants apprised of the remediation schedule and the measures being taken to promote their safety.

If you take these steps, employees should be able to work during mold removal. Remain as productive as possible by working with a commercial mold remediation and restoration company in Leonard, OK.

3 Methods for Ridding Your Building of Smoke

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

A thermal fogger can help with smoke damage in your Glenpool,OK commercial property

Ridding Your Building of Smoke

A fire in your commercial property in Glenpool,OK, can cause significant structural damage. That's not the only thing you need to worry about when it comes to getting your building back to normal, though. Smoke and soot permeate the entire area affected by the fire, so smoke cleaning must be a part of your remediation plan. Fire restoration experts are likely to use one or a combination of the following methods to rid your building of smoke damage.

1. Air Purifier

Getting the smoke odor out of the air is important. A simple air purifier won't do the trick, though. The machines the experts use have two key features. First, a purifier has to have a HEPA filter in order to get rid of the smoke smell. Smoke is made up of very small particulates, so the filter used in the device has to be able to trap them. Second, it must also have an activated carbon filter. While regular filters miss the volatile organic compounds present in smoke, the carbon filter is designed to trap and neutralize them.

2. Ozone Machine

A machine that produces ozone can help in the smoke cleaning process. When pumped into a space, ozone spreads thoroughly and works by oxidizing the odiferous molecules. It then breaks down and converts into oxygen in approximately half an hour.

3. Thermal Fogger

Smoke damage can also be remedied by the use of thermal foggers. A fogger works by simulating the circumstances that caused the smoke problem in the first place. Intense heat is applied to a chemical deodorant, turning it into a fog. The fog then seeps into the same places the smoke exists and attaches to the particles, neutralizing the odor.

When your building catches fire, you need professional smoke cleaning. With their expertise and the proper equipment, these technicians can remove the smell from your building.

"Stay Safe While Warming Your Home With Space Heaters"

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Look for safety features when you buy a heater

Numerous household fires happen every year because of a burned space heater. Although heaters are useful tools for providing comfort to homes, some common mistakes lead to about 25,000 home fires a year, and about 6,000 people are treated for related burns. Avoid these common mistakes and look for safety features when you buy a heater.

Most Common Mistakes That Lead to a Burned Heater

These cozy appliances have come a long way in the past several years, but they can still cause fires when used inappropriately. Protect your home and family by using the heaters according to manufacturer instructions and avoid some of the most common mistakes.

  • Leaving the heater running without supervision
  • Neglecting to change the filter
  • Putting the heater too close to curtains and other flammable items

Safety Features That Prevent Heater Fires

When it's time to upgrade a burned space heater, look for some of these features:

  • A safety certification label from Underwriters Laboratories or other independent testing organizations
  • Shut-off sensors including one that switches the heater off when temperatures rise too high or a sensor that switches the heater off when it's knocked over
  • 6-foot long cords for plenty of flexibility

Helpful Tips for Safe Use of Space Heaters

The best habits to use when you're running a heater in your home include:

  • Do place heaters on a sturdy, level, nonflammable surface.
  • Do leave at least three feet of room around the heater where pets and children cannot enter.
  • Do keep all combustible materials away.
  • Do unplug the appliance when it's not in use.
  • Do install smoke alarms in your home.
  • Don't use extension cords with residential space heaters.
  • Don't run heaters near water.
  • Don't use the appliance near flammable substances, such as paint and cleaners.
  • Don't plug other devices into the same outlet as the heater.

Fortunately, a home fire from a burned space heater can be resolved. There are many resources in Tulsa, OK, to help homeowners recover from fires, such as smoke cleanup professionals and local chapters of humanitarian agencies, such as the American Red Cross.

3 Tips for Roof Preservation

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Perform regular maintenance on your roof to avoid severe damages after storms

When your business is located in Liberty, OK, you probably know that a roof leak is no laughing matter. A roof is designed to protect your company from numerous types of inclement weather, including snow, ice and the blazing hot sun. However, a roof can do its job only if it’s kept in good repair. Here are a few tips you can use to help preserve your roof’s integrity.

1. Perform Regular Maintenance Checks

Many professionals recommend doing a roof maintenance check twice a year. However, if your business has an older roof or is located in an area where you experience frequent bad weather, you may desire to have a check performed more often. A maintenance check can allow you to find and repair any damage early before larger damage occurs.

2. Look for Signs of a Roof Problem

Maintenance should include looking for signs of rain, snow or wind damage, as well as cleaning out gutters and drains. You may also want to ensure that vents and other equipment are properly sealed and that previous repairs are still intact. If anything is amiss, then it's best to call a professional to conduct repairs before a major problem occurs. If you do experience a roof leak, then a water damage professional can advise you on the proper repair and cleanup procedures.

3. Do Repairs When Damage Occurs

Even wind damage can lead to leaks and other issues with your roof. It's a good idea to have any repairs made as soon as possible after a problem is detected. Having repairs made in a timely manner may save your business from a more costly roof replacement.

When you live and work in Liberty, OK, you know roof preservation is important. Performing regular maintenance checks and knowing what signs can indicate a problem may allow you to catch a roof leak before major damage occurs. If you do find a problem with your business's roof, it's a good idea to promptly contact a professional to perform any needed repairs.

How To Deal With Kitchen Leaks

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent any dishwasher mishaps, keep the kitchen sink unclogged

Water is used every day in your Bixby, OK, home, but it can be nerve-wracking when the water leaks. Any unwanted flooding may lead to ruined appliances, water damage, and mold. To prevent this from happening, learn about two common kitchen leaks and what you can do to fix them.

1. The Kitchen Sink

Plumbing fixtures don’t last forever. Sometimes the pipes get old or they malfunction. If you detect a puddle of water underneath the sink, act quickly. Remove all the items in the exposed cabinet and wipe up the water with a towel. Don’t forget to dry the underside of the sink.

Once you have soaked up all the water, leave the cabinet doors open to dry. Leave a towel and test for an actual leak by turning on the faucet and running the garbage disposal. If the sink continues to leak, call a professional.

2. The Dishwasher

Dishwashers can leak and lead to serious flooding. This is a problem most people want to avoid, especially because the water can seep into the floor and cause water damage problems below. To prevent any dishwasher mishaps, keep the kitchen sink unclogged. If kitchen repair is needed, it’s best to dry out the area and call a professional.

The Solution

There are a few common ways to discover water problems in the home. If you are concerned about kitchen leaks or water damage in your home, look out for the following signs:

  • Dripping water
  • Stained ceilings or floors
  • Swollen or wet walls
  • Mold

If you discover any these, contact a professional for help. Water damage should be taken care of quickly to avoid further problems.

Keep an eye out for leaks and potential issues that can lead to flooding. Kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements are often the most vulnerable to leaks. By being aware and acting quickly, you can prevent unwanted water in home appliances and surrounding areas.

5 Steps To Handle a Pipe Break

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Follow these steps to deal with bursting pipes and water damage in Tulsa, OK.

Bursting pipes can cause extensive damage in a commercial property. There are several steps you can take to limit the extent of the damage.

1. Call a Plumber

Contact a plumber with an emergency work order to fix a broken pipe. If more than one person is on site, one person should make the call while the other shuts off or collects water.

2. Shut Off the Water

Shutting off the flow of water to your building can limit the amount of water that can cause damage. Notify all occupants that the water is turned off.

2. Collect Water in Containers

Collect as much water from bursting pipes as possible in any containers you have on hand. Once again, if more than one person is present, you should cycle out containers as each becomes full. These containers will be heavy, and a sturdy cart may help prevent strain or injury.

3. Fix Broken Pipes

A plumber should resolve the source of the leak before you can start removing water and restoring the area. Continue to try to mitigate the damage until help arrives.

4. Eliminate All Standing Water

Use any method available such as buckets, mops, towels, or a wet vacuum to start getting rid of standing water. You may want to call commercial damage restoration professionals with specialized equipment to pump out water. Water from a burst pipe is clean Category One water. If water leaks through building materials to another floor, it becomes contaminated Category Two water.

5. Dry the Affected Area

Prevent mold or other secondary damage by completely drying the area affected by the leak. Use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of porous or semi-porous building materials and contents.

Follow these steps to deal with bursting pipes and water damage in Tulsa, OK. A plumber can help stop the leak, and restoration experts can help prevent further damage. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

5 Steps in Maintaining a Sump Pump

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

You should have a backup plan in case you lose power during a storm in Tulsa, OK.

A sump pump plays a critical part in preventing groundwater from intruding into the basement or crawlspace of your home. This pump should be fully functional during flood or storm conditions. Follow these five pump maintenance steps to ensure your pump stays in working order.

1. Inspect Your Pump Before Heavy Rains

The pump should plug into a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet and should be standing upright. Try pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The pump should start automatically, and the water should drain. If the pump is not operational, schedule repairs as soon as possible or rely on a back-up method.

2. Clean the Grate on Submersible Pumps

Raise the submersible pump and clean the bottom grate on a regular basis. The sucking action can pull small stones into the grate that block the inlet and cause damage over time.

3. Schedule Annual Maintenance

Groundwater tends to rise due to snowmelt or precipitation in late winter or early spring. This is an ideal season to make sure your pump is in working order.

4. Familiarize Yourself With the Pump Alarm

Most sump pumps have battery-powered water level alarms. Some systems can send an alert to your cell phone in the event of a flood or pump failure.

5. Consider Installing a Backup Pump

Choose from water-powered pumps that work without electricity, a battery-powered pump that uses a deep cycle boat battery, or a pump powered by a car battery. Or rely on a generator.

These five pump maintenance measures will ensure that the sump pump in your home works properly.

You should have a backup plan in case you lose power during a storm in Tulsa, OK. If groundwater backs up into your crawlspace or basement, contact a residential restoration company to make sure building materials are still viable and to prevent mold. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

Comparing and Contrasting Mold and Mildew

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Generally speaking, materials that have sustained mold damage will not be salvageable because the infiltration is not superficial.

As any homeowner in Tulsa, OK, can attest, the unwelcome appearance of mold and mildew might be a matter of when, not if. Both can proliferate in many environments, needing only moisture and nutrition to colonize quickly. And while they share many similarities, there are some significant differences in how to remediate them once they’ve taken up residence. Mold damage is typically more serious than mildew.

Fungi Unknown Facts

There are roughly 100,000 known types of fungi throughout the world, and some are not only beneficial but also delicious, such as mushrooms. What makes them unique from other types of plants is that they digest their nutrition externally before absorbing it. Both mold and mildew are fungi and can thrive on porous materials found in homes such as:

• Paper
• Wood
• Walls
• Insulation
• Fabric

Mildew Versus Mold

Mildew is white, whereas mold can take on many colors, including red, green, blue, orange and black, depending on species. Because mildew stays on the surface of the material on which it grows, removing it can be simple if the surface can be scrubbed with a cleaning solution in a well-ventilated area. Mildew can be thought of as a nuisance and a benign indication that there is too much moisture collecting in a given area.

Mold damage, on the other hand, infiltrates porous surfaces that have been exposed to excessive humidity or water, and it is more challenging to remediate. It is best to allow professionals to step in and make an assessment. The first step is to identify the source of moisture and address it. Materials like wallpaper and drywall are likely to require replacement. Once the mold growth has been removed, there are products on the market that inhibit regrowth, such as specially treated drywall and paints.

Generally speaking, materials that have sustained mold damage will not be salvageable because the infiltration is not superficial. Keeping a home as dry as possible can inhibit mold and mildew growth. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

Why Your Toilet Leaks and What You Can Do

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Once you know what’s happening to your leaking toilet, you can act quickly before the leak gets bigger.

A leaking toilet can become a serious issue in your home. With constant plumbing issues such as this, you might have to deal with a lot of water damage. To help you prevent any more problems, here are a few common reasons why your toilet might be leaking.


Common Ways a Toilet Can Leak


• Supply lines direct the water from the toilet into the pipes. Both the joints of this line and the rubber lining can wear out or rupture, which can lead to water escaping and ultimately damaging the area around the toilet.
• Flappers can also become damaged and can lead to a large loss of water in the tank. Sometimes the flush handle gets stuck and allows the toilet tank to continually fill with water. This can lead to overflow and expensive water bills.
• The float is the small ball that floats in the toilet tank. If the float is damaged or cracked, this can mess up the entire flushing process.


How To Identify a Leak


If you notice a bathroom leak but you aren’t sure where the leak is coming from, there is an easy way to identify where the water is escaping. When dealing with a leaking toilet, the tank and bowl are the only two places that water can leak from. Choose one of these locations to pour in a small amount of food coloring.


Wait about an hour before inspecting the surrounding area for the colored water. If the water shows no signs of your food coloring experiment, try the other location of the toilet and test once more. From here, you can make several repairs to prevent any more leaking. You can also call a professional in Tulsa, OK, to help you out.


Once you know what’s happening to your leaking toilet, you can act quickly before the leak gets bigger. Some people choose to repair it by themselves, or they call plumbers. Either way, be sure to prevent any water damage to your home. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

A Homeowners Guide to Fire Extinguishers

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

Arm yourself with the right tools to prevent and put out a house fire in Tulsa, OK.

As a homeowner in Tulsa, OK, you are an expert in many areas. When it comes to fire preparedness, you know the importance of having an escape plan, keeping functioning smoke detectors at every level of your home and having a fire extinguisher in case of a home fire. However, do you know which type of extinguisher is best? Do you know what information is relevant when buying a fire extinguisher? Here is a guide to help you decide.

Know the ABCs of Fire Extinguishers

There are many classes of extinguishers, some for residential and others for commercial properties. Each class works best for a different type of fire, and some combine to combat more than one type of fire. Those best for the home setting include a combination of the three classes:

• Class A rating extinguishers work best on fires involving trash, paper, wood, plastics and textiles. The container holds the chemical monoammonium phosphate.
• Class B rating extinguishers are for flammable liquids, such as grease, oil, paint, kerosene or gasoline. This also uses monoammonium phosphate, with the addition of sodium bicarbonate.
• Class C rating extinguishers are used in electrical fires and also use both monoammonium phosphate and sodium bicarbonate. Class C extinguishers do not conduct electricity.

Other Considerations

• The numbers that proceed the class rating refer to effectiveness and area covered by the contents of the canister. The larger the number, the larger the area it covers.
• Extinguishers come in different sizes. Buy the largest one that you can independently operate. A 5 pound canister is a good choice to keep in the laundry room or kitchen, while a 10 pound extinguisher would be better for a garage.

Arm yourself with the right tools to prevent and put out a house fire in Tulsa, OK. Use a fire extinguisher to combat a home fire only when the fire is caught early and contained. If the fire has spread, promptly exit to safety and call 911. When fire damage occurs, contact a fire restoration specialist and your homeowner’s insurance agent as soon as possible. Ask for guidance on returning your home to pre-fire condition. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

How to Check for Roof Damage After a Storm

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

After a major storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for damage.

After a major storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Since it's hard to see your roof, be sure to pay special attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens which indicate hail damage. Even from the ground, you may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring only minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it and clean the water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms in Tulsa, OK, wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside of your home, look for stains that indicate the source of a leak and the area that needs roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to the attic to look for the source of the leak in that area. Here are five common sources for a roof leak:

1. Vents and fans
2. Chimneys
3. Window dormers
4. Vent pipes
5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fix Water Damage

To complete your roof repair, start looking for materials that have been damaged by water. Check for discolorations and rotting wood, as well as wet drywall and insulation. If you find mold, you will need to be very careful not to spread the problem during cleanup. A mold remediation professional can help by creating a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials right away. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize, especially in a humid attic space. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are completely dry. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

Helping Your Home Adjuster Helps Home Repair

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

Insurance claims can be an easy process with proactive action.

After significant damage to your home in Tulsa, OK, your insurance company starts the process of determining adequate compensation and cleanup. As one of the first steps, a home adjuster is sent to personally investigate the damage, declare fault and approve coverage. Adequate preparation for this visit saves valuable time for starting up the cleanup and ensures the coverage is comprehensive.

Prepare Proof of Possession Damage

The representative sent for the insurance claim will ask for information about any damaged property. Researching and gathering records beforehand is very effective at stopping the need to scramble for it during or after the visit. There are several pieces of information that are helpful to have ready to hand over:

• Item description
• Purchase date
• Cost to repair or replace
• Hard copy of receipt to validate claims
• Videos or pictures of the damage and item before damage if possible

Inspect Your Own Home

Your own inspection should be conducted before a professional one. You will notice structural damage that wasn’t there before. As you go through your home, you should take notes on any new damage to structures. The home adjuster can then be guided to minor damage that may be missed and uncovered otherwise.

Shop Around

Multiple contractors can be contacted to figure out the price of materials and labor. It’s typical to reach out to an affordable professional restoration company. You can use all gathered information to understand what costs should look like to determine a fair price. Shopping around simplifies the process if you can offer bids for the work to your insurance that are affordable and dependable.

Keep Records

Throughout the entire process, you should maintain copies of every document sent to and from your insurance for your reference. Written records of names and phone numbers are effective so you never find yourself struggling to recall with whom you spoke to.

Insurance claims can be an easy process with proactive action. By helping out a home adjuster with preparation, you can ensure the repairs are timely and thorough. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

How To Prepare Your Building for Spring Thaw

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

As spring temperatures plummet at night, there’s still a risk of a frozen pipe bursting.

As temperatures begin to rise and ice starts to melt, most people are happy to welcome the spring. While warmer weather is a welcome change, the spring thaw in Tulsa, O, can cause flooding in many communities. If you want to avoid calling in a water damage mitigation specialist due to a spring flood, there are some steps you can take to protect your building from water damage during the spring thaw.

1. Remove Snow

If you have a significant amount of standing snow around your building and covering your roof, you should consider removing it before it melts. Removing the snow from around your building’s foundations can prevent the ground from becoming saturated and seeping into your basement. Likewise, a buildup of snow on your roof can cause frozen ridges to form around the edges of your roof which can prevent water from draining off when the snow melts. This can result in roof leaks that cause water damage. Call in a professional to clear your roof of snow to make sure your business isn’t at risk.

2. Check Gutters and Drains

Check the gutters, drains and downspouts around your building. Make sure gutters and drains are clear of debris that may have accumulated over the winter season. Your downspouts should direct draining water flow away from your foundation. This will allow meltwaters to drain away from your building and prevent leaks.

3. Back Up Your Sump Pump

If you lose power during a spring storm, your sump pump won’t be able to deal with the rising water table. Connecting it to an emergency backup generator or replacing it with a battery-powered sump pump could save your building.

4. Insulate Your Pipes

As spring temperatures plummet at night, there’s still a risk of a frozen pipe bursting. Wrapping insulation around any outside pipes or pipes in exterior walls can prevent this from happening. While a water mitigation specialist in Tulsa, OK, can restore your building after a pipe burst, it’s better if you never have to call them at all.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

What You Need To Know About the Flood Cut

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

A flood cut may not be ideal, but it is better than further contamination.

If your building was recently flooded, your Tulsa, OK, water restoration team has probably informed you that they need to perform a flood cut. While that may sound bad—after all, anything with the word "cut" in it cannot be good right?—it's actually a relatively simple and inexpensive procedure. It's also often necessary post flooding.

What is a Flood Cut?

A flood cut is a procedure performed to separate the damaged sections of a wall from the undamaged sections. It is necessary for several reasons, the biggest of which is that it prevents further contamination. Most professional flood cuts are made 12 inches above the water damage line. Any less and you risk adulteration despite having made the cut. After a flood, flood cuts are performed to:

• Remove all traces of water damage and restore your building to pre-flood condition
• Ensure that all contaminants are removed both internally and externally
• Get rid of all accumulated bacteria
• Restore walls to pre-flooding appearance

A flood cut is not always necessary, but it is common. Usually, professionals recommend flood cuts when flood water is categorized as two or three flood water. Category two water refers to water that contains known contaminants, such as water from a dishwasher or washing machine. Category three water refers to black water, or water from sewage backup. The goal of drywall cut is to get rid of contaminants and ensure that a home or building is safe to return to after a flood.

Flood Cuts Prevent Further Damage

A flood cut may not be ideal, but it is better than further contamination. If want to ensure that your building is safe for occupants, and if you want to prevent a major restoration such as a complete wall tear out, talk to your Tulsa, OK, storm restoration team about performing a flood cut. A flood cut may be the quickest way for you to return to business as usual post-flooding. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com/.

When Nature Becomes an Art Critic

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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.

The First Stages of Commercial Restoration

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fighting a fire typically begins with a firefighter with a fire truck and a fire hose.

During this time, the firefighter with the fire truck and fire hose will help fight the fire and help prevent any further smoke damage, soot damage and fire damage. A firefighter may also work with a fire sprinkler system to make sure any electrical fire or utility room fire is no longer burning. After this process is completed, the process of cleaning up and fire restoration can start.

The process of fire restoration may begin with a thorough look at all areas of the company. The aim is to look for areas that have smoke damage, fire damage and soot damage. Once such areas of commercial fire damage have been noted, it's possible to consider what needs to be done to start the important process of fire restoration.

It also allows any company owner to help figure out what they need to do to get their business up and running so that all the smoke and soot damage can be completely removed.

For more information visit  www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com.

Getting the Process in High Gear

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After the initial steps, the process of fire restoration can begin.

A professional company will come to the spaces where the electrical fire or utility room fire took place. They will also look at specifics such as a fire sprinkler system to see where water damage may have taken place in the aftermath of fire damage. They will also look closely at any prior fire suppression methods that have been used in the space and not worked before.

A professional can help with a specific plan to address the commercial fire damage to all the spaces in the area. Then they can help develop a smoke cleaning plan. This plan will include a complete cleaning of all areas that have been touched by the fire. The fire may have caused other problems such as areas that still contain traces of smoke and soot. These spaces need to completely cleaned in order to make sure it's easy for the business owner to open again.

Visit SERVPRO of South Tulsa County for more information about fire restoration.

How the Fire Restoration is Completed

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Professionals will remove all water logged areas of the damaged room.

They will also remove any areas of the space that have been damaged by ash, soot and fire. This may involve throwing out items that have been damaged in the fire and cannot be salvaged. The professionals may have to set aside an entire area around the property to help dispose of any items that are damaged.

After that, it's time to think about future fire suppression methods. Future fire suppression methods will focus on making sure that each areas of the office space is no longer vulnerable to any sort of fire. In many instances, new systems will be installed in the space. These can help alert the owner that potentially hazardous conditions may exist in the space and need the owner's personal attention.

Let the experts of SERVPRO of South Tulsa County restore your home after a fire.

Getting Help From a Professional Fire Damage Restoration Company

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

After a property catches fire, there will likely be a lot of considerable damage.

After a fire occurs, property owners will often have to deal with the negative effects of fire damage. As well as experiencing this, they will also have to deal with things such as soot damage, smoke damage and a smoke smell.

In order to address a fire in home or a fire in business, property owners will benefit by getting fire damage restoration. They will be in position to address commercial fire damage more efficiently thanks to the assistance provided by a restoration company.

When looking to help property owners, restoration service companies will do a number of things to protect and restore the property. These companies will have professionals that will board up parts of a home or commercial building and then eliminate debris and clean it with fire cleanup. As a result, property owners will be in position to more easily recover from a fire.

SERVPRO of South Tulsa County has more services. Visit www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

When your home floods it's important to know what to do and what not to do. Flooding can cause some big problems. The best course of action is to act quickly and begin the drying process for contents that might be in standing water.

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.

SERVPRO of South Tulsa County is available 24 hours a day. Check out our other services on our website.

What Is the Difference Between Remediation and Removal?

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Remediation is a cleanup process that gets mold back to natural levels.

Removal, on the other hand, often claims to get rid of all mold. Because there is a naturally occurring amount of mold in the air, complete removal is actually impossible.

Does All Water Damage Lead to Mold Growth?

Water problems do not have to lead to mold. However, because the fungus prefers a moist environment, burst pipes, flooding and other water issues often are precursors to mold problems. Being quick to mitigate water buildup may reduce your chances of having to deal with mold.

How Can You Tell If You're Dealing With Black Mold?

Black mold can easily be confused with other fungus variations. In order to know what you are really dealing with, you may have to have a trained mold specialist come into your facility to assess the growth. Once you know what is there, your remediation team will be able to make a plan specific to the mold you have growing in your building.

Mold growth can start for a lot of reasons. If you have high humidity, water damage problems or a warm area, you may be more prone to dealing with the arrival of fungus.

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

Mitigating the Spread of Mold 

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Flooding Causes Mold Damage

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.

What Is Category 2 Damage?

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information on commercial water damage.

How to Eliminate the Burned Popcorn Smell From the Office Microwave

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Tired of smelling the awful burned popcorn odor coming from your office break room in Tulsa, OK? You’re not alone. The office microwave sees more than its fair share of use, and the blend of smells can quickly pile up. Building deodorization is the key, and adhering to smoke cleanup in the break room is sure to help everyone start to breathe cleaner air. Here are a few ideas for eliminating the smell of overcooked popcorn in the office microwave.

1. Try using a vinegar-soaked sponge. Start by soaking a sponge in vinegar, lay some baking soda along the top of the sponge and microwave it for 25 seconds. Once it’s done, wipe down the inside walls, the glass tray and even the inner door with the sponge. This helps deodorize the interior and erase any hints of smoke that can stick stubbornly to the walls.

2. Utilize the scent of citrus fruit. Peel some oranges or cut a few slices of lemon and drop the peels or slices in a bowl of 1-2 cups of water. Microwave the contents for up to four minutes, keeping a close eye on it so the water doesn’t boil over. Leave the bowl in the microwave overnight, if possible. Any bad smells should be eradicated from the microwave.

3. Microwave a bowl of water and vinegar. Use one tablespoon of white vinegar and one half a cup of water, cooking the blend for 4-5 minutes and leaving it inside without opening the door for 10-12 minutes. The vinegar helps dispose of the burned popcorn odor while the steam from the hot water breaks down any smoke deposits or food particles stuck to the interior walls. The debris can then easily (hopefully) be wiped away with a paper towel or napkin.

When it comes to building deodorization and smoke cleanup in Tulsa, OK, any of these simple tricks for getting rid of the burned popcorn smell in the break room can work wonders. Furthermore, ensuring all appliances in the office are clean and odor-free is best for preventing any potential fire hazards down the road.

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

RECOVERING LIFE | Local disaster recovery company announces plans to donate life saving devices to our public schools

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

In the coming weeks SERVPRO of South Tulsa County, Edmond, and Stillwater/Guthrie will begin donating and installing AED devices in local schools.

February 13, 2018 

SERVPRO of South Tulsa County, Edmond, and Stillwater/Guthrie is pleased to announce that they will soon be helping to supply Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to local schools in need. 

“We want to help make sure that they are ready for any situation that could come up” says Lacey Davis, SERVPRO of South Tulsa County Emergency Preparedness Specialist. 

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias which lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Often confused with a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest is a serious condition that in some cases may be fatal. 

“Emergency preparedness is really the very core of our particular franchises. Through educating clients and the public about catastrophic disaster readiness to active shooter preparedness to emergency medical response, we feel that we are at least taking positive steps in the right direction regarding topics that are important to our core values as a company” said Dave Jones, President of SERVPRO of South Tulsa County, Edmond and Stillwater/Guthrie.

“Children’s safety and well being is paramount to those values in every single situation.  Anything we can do to assist with those issues is vital” says Dave Jones, SERVPRO of South Tulsa County, Edmond and Stillwater/Guthrie President. 

The AED devices treat the conditions through defibrillation, which allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. More importantly AEDs are designed to be used by a layperson through simple audio and visual commands and is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.  

SERVPRO has franchises in South Tulsa, Stillwater/Guthrie, and Edmond, and surrounding communities. “Our mission within our three franchises is to constantly strive to educate our clients on the importance of preparedness in all situations.” 

“We continue to spend countless hours assisting our clients with individualized Emergency Ready Plans (ERP) all over the state of Oklahoma.  These Plans are tailor fit for each client per their priorities and business models” Jones said. “For instance, your local school system will have much different priorities than your local car dealership.  We can assist with any type and size of commercial business, not for profit, municipality, school system, agricultural, industrial, and residential needs to become more prepared in the case of a disaster situation.”

Schools interested in being considered for a donation or interested in an Emergency Ready Plan should contact Lacey Davis at lacey@SERVPROsouthtulsa.com or by calling (918) 437-2095

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Lacey Davis: lacey@SERVPROsouthtulsa.com

Phone: 918-437-2095 Cell: 918-515-0334

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Call the fire department before using the extinguisher.

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

If you’re a responsible homeowner, you probably have at least one fire extinguisher in your house.

Ideally, you should have one within easy access of all fire hazards (kitchens, furnace rooms and laundry rooms are all great places to keep them). While owning at least one extinguisher is an important step toward protecting your home from fire damage, it’s equally important to make sure you know when to use it. 

1. Call the Fire Department

When there’s a fire in your home, your first reaction may be to pull out the closest fire extinguisher and put it out. However, if the fire is large, it’s important to call the fire department first. Then, if it’s safe to do so, you can attempt to put the fire out yourself while the fire truck is on the way.

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




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.

Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthtulsacounty.com for more information on commercial water damage.

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.

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    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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    Preventing Mold Damage After Flooding

    11/29/2017 (Permalink)

    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.

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    What not to do after flooding

    11/21/2017 (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.

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    Tulsa Mold Damage

    11/21/2017 (Permalink)

    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. 

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

    • Oxygen (air)
    • Darkness
    • Mold spores
    • Moisture
    • Warmth

    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.

    Tulsa-based professional mold remediation outfit is fully equipped for business and residential mold abatement. 

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