All in a day's work
Water in a medical center
As you commute to work, there is possibly a lot on your mind as you prepare your thoughts for the tasks and people you anticipate to encounter. Not many folks head to work expecting to find that water has invaded the floor.
So, what are you to do if you arrive and find this very unwelcome intrusion? If you have had one of our team members come to your business to help you with a very helpful, free Emergency Readiness Plan, you know right away where your water turn off is, who to call (SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow, of course, and other professionals, i.e., plumber, building supervisor, etc. You will have information in hand to know what processes to follow and a plan of action.
With an ERP from SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow, what could be a completely chaotic start of your work day, could be less intense, more hopeful and smooth than it wold be facing the disaster with no plan in hand.
We are always ready to help you plan, and come when the unexpected happens!
I spy with my discerning eye...
Wet, bubbled ceiling, hiding in a Broken Arrow closet
How well would you recognize a water intrusion in our home or business? Seeing standing water on the floor, or a waterfall on the wall is pretty obvious, but sometimes, a water leak is a bit more subtle.
A very slow leak, for instance, can travel under w hardwood floor into multiple rooms before warping, or cupping, or a "squishy" sound is noticed. Water can leak through attic insulation, travel along framing, behind furniture, or into a closet and not become apparent for quite some time.
Discolorations on walls or ceilings, bubbling or peeling paint, sagging ceiling or ceiling tiles are suspicious and should be investigated for water damage.
Some times, it is your nose that knows. A musty odor can indicate that water has been present for a while and should be dealt with quickly.
Should your eye happen to spy water in your home or business where it should not be, the team at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is ready to come help you any day, any time!
Preparing for that last chance before summer is over
Keep the memories sweet when you get back home!
It's startling to comprehend that Summer 2018 is nearly at its end! That realization often prompts us to schedule one last "Hurrah" before Fall enters our world. If this is hitting home with you, be certain to properly prepare yourself and your loved ones, and your home for your get-away.
Since no one will be home, one might consider turning off the HVAC system in order to be energy- efficient. If this is your mindset, please reconsider. We live in the great state of Oklahoma- beautiful, green, and in August, also hot and humid. Especially this summer with the cycle of thunderstorms the past several weeks.
The outside humidity and heat affect our indoor humidity and heat levels. Running the air conditioner, even on a higher temperature, will help maintain a more desirable humidity level in your home and lessen the risk of finding the unwanted guest of mold visiting your home upon your return from vacation.
Pack your bags, and have fun! Remember us if you ever have a need- we are ready to help you in all seasons!
Don't forget about the furry family member!
One of many ways to show affection to your pet
While most house fires statistically occur during the Fall and Winter, the Tulsa- Broken Arrow area seems to be experiencing more than usual this Summer.
When considering how to prepare for a fire, what comes to your mind? Smoke alarms? Fire Extinguishers? Thinking through what to grab, if time allows? Practicing a fire drill- or at least communicating with your loved ones the best escape and meet up plans for different scenarios?
In all your preparations, do not forget to plan for you beloved pets. If you keep your medical information in a fire-proof container, you might consider also storing the pets' records there as well. If your family is displaced while home is made habitable again, think about having a well-researched place for the pets, in case the temporary housing is not friendly to pets.
House fires are traumatic, in varying degrees to people, but also to animals. A little planning can make a stressful time a bit more bearable.
Remember, also, calling SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow can help make your stressful situation less chaotic as well.
Can damage from lightning be prevented?
Earlier this week, Tulsa/Broken Arrow and neighbors got hit again with another strong August thunderstorm. The wind was fierce, rain torrential, and lightning startlingly prolific. As I brazenly exited the flooding Wal-Mart into the deluge, armed with my SERVPRO umbrella, I immediately felt very vulnerable and foolish, as the thunder and lightning was nearly non-stop. and the wind was straight at me. It made me wonder if there are ways ( other than staying inside) to prevent lightning damage.
Inside is the place to be, avoiding windows, porches, landlines and showers. Unplugging electrical devices can protect them in the event of a power surge. Purchasing a quality surge suppressor is a safeguard, as well.
A UL-approved, properly installed and maintained lightning protection system, consisting of cables, connectors, rooftop rods and two or more grounding rods sunk deep into the ground, possibly offers reasonable protection for your house. It is designed to give lightning a low- resistance path to the ground.
Reading about lightning and safety has renewed my respect for safety. I hope you are inspired to check into lightning safety, as well.
But, when storms do affect your home, your business or your environment, call SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow anytime. We are trained and ready- always ready to help- faster to any- sized disaster!
How Far Can it Go?
Even when confined to a garage...
This completely unexpected fire in an attached garage woke up a family in the middle of the night. Thankfully, everyone was able to get out and the amazing Broken Arrow Fire Department was able to confine the fire to the garage.
Along with a fire damage, usually water is involved from extinguishing the fire. SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow was called to assist with drying and to inspect how extensive the soot and smoke from the fire affected the house.
Soot is a surprisingly invasive byproduct of fire. Even though the doors may be shut, the soot and smoke find ways to get inside drawers, doors, walls, etc. With specially designed sponges, testing can differentiate between soot and dust to help evaluate the extent of smoke damage.
To learn more about what to do when dealing with the aftermath of a fire, please check out fire tips: http://www.SERVPROgreaterbrokenarrow.com/fire-damage-tips
Some things can't be prevented
You can do you best to be prepared and to keep your family safe. Situations happen that are beyond your control.
Weather- related disasters such as Floods, Wind, Ice Storms, Lightning, etc cannot be prevented. The best we can do is to be informed about the best practices to put in place in the event of various disasters, be prepared, stay alert about current situations, and communicate your plan to your family.
This home suffered a lightning strike. A quick, temporary fix was a tarp to prevent further damage from rain and wind until the extent of damage could be evaluated and repairs scheduled and performed.
Look for helpful information to assist you as you prepare for the unexpected and for tips if and when you face a crisis.
And remember, you can call on SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow 24/7. We are always ready to help!
How to know
Sign of a wet time
This year, we have encountered an unusually high number of slab leaks in beautiful Green Country. Many of the leaks went undetected for weeks before discovery. What are the clues that may cause you to suspect a slab leak?
- Higher water bill
- increased humidity
- gurgling sounds in floor ducting
- cracks in foundation
- wood flooring cupping
- pooling water
- musty odor
- doors not shutting differently
- diminished water flow in faucets
- floor temperature changed in areas
- walls that seem to have separated from the floor
- water meter running when all faucets are shut
Probably a leak won't display all of these signs. The typical current first suspicion or evidence for our customers has been the warping or cupping of wood flooring. For a recent customer, it took 16 plus truck mount tank-fuls of water to extract all the water in the ducts and floors. That is over 640 gallons of water!
Slab leaks can be quite disruptive for a family or business. A plumber can repair the plumbing. SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow can quickly come to extract water and get your home back to preloss condition.
DIY Not Always the Best Route
Unfortunately, the owner did not know floor was wet
The force is strong- the drive to meet and beat the challenge that is facing you. There are times, however when it is best to call in professionals.
Often, during a water migration, the water that is visible is jus a small representation of the full amount of water that has entered forbidden areas.
Water wicks up walls and furniture and sometimes it is not detectable by touch. An avid do it yourself enthusiast might pull out the shop vac and a couple of fans and think all is well in a day or so.
Frequently, we are called in to a home or business where there was a previous water intrusion that was not completely or properly dried and has developed into secondary damage such as rot or mold issue. Sometime the dampness seems to have attracted insects as well.
We’re all for standing up to life events as they occur, but do encourage to know when to seek professionals who are equipped with knowledge, experience, compassion, specialized equipment, and a zeal for helping folks in crisis.
When you see water where is should not be, give SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow a call. We're always here to help you evaluate if you can handle it on your own, or ought to get assistance.
BROKEN ARROW BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
Stormy and Blaze are coming, too!
The SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow team is excited to again get the opportunity to meet face to face some of our neighbors at the Broke Arrow Police Department's Back to School Bash! We will be bringing back our Bernoulli Ball game and hand out school supplies with the many other organizations and businesses who want to help our community's children have what they need to excel this year!
There will be immunizations, health screening, hair cuts, safety demonstrations, fun activities, and school supplies.
We hope to see you Saturday, August 4, between 9 AM and noon at a new location this year- Broken Arrow Assembly, 3500 West New Orleans.
Best thing, Surprise guest will be helping us hand out supplies- One of our future SERVPRO employees. Although sh'e only 14 months now, she is excited to give you a smile and watch you play Bernoulli Ball!