Peace by removing pieces (of mold)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has good information about mold and personal health.
"Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas." https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm
If you find suspected mold in your home or work environment, please remember that SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is trained, and ready to assist you!
Where in the Flood Plain are you?
Flood Plain Map of Tulsa
It is always good to be aware of where you stand and where you are. On the City of Tulsa website, you can locate the address of your home or office, or of any place you might be considering purchasing or renting. The map will give you an educated understanding to the flood risk of that property.
Growing up in the Tulsa area, I recall a few devastating floods through the years that changed lives forever. Tulsa has done an amazing job of researching, planning rezoning, and adjusting to create a much safer place for Tulsans to raise their families and run their businesses.
There are still areas that experience flooding during extreme episodes of rain, but the progress made by the city has been life-saving.
If you find yourself in a flood situation, please remember that SERVPRO of greater Broken Arrow has local and access to national assistance for any sized disaster.
Be a good neighbor!
Don't blow it (into the gutter)!
Beautiful Autumn is on display in lovely Northeastern Oklahoma this year! With the abundant rain and mild temperatures, the leaves have been painting stunning landscapes. What a glorious treat for us!
Now that the temperature is turning colder and the famous Oklahoma wind is in true form, those lovely leaves are in the process of following their natural design and leaving their Spring and Summer homes to blanket our lawns, gardens, sidewalks and driveways. What great opportunity to rake and mulch or bag the accumulations of fallen leaves.
Many of us use leaf- blowers to clear out areas. If air power is part of your plan to care for your lawn, just be sure to be a good neighbor and avoid blowing leaves into the streets. Rains pushing leaves into the storm sewer system is a bad idea. It raises flood risk, and an abundance of decomposing leaves in the water ways is not good for the environment.
Condensation can cause a situation
Business seemed to be running smoothly. All seemed to be well. The HVC system was keeping everyone comfortable and did not seem to be doing anything to be concerned about. Then folks began to notice moisture on the drop ceiling tiles and drips onto the flooring below. An issue like this needed to be addressed before the office became at risk for mold growth.
Investigation of the roof shows no leaks there. Further detective work revealed a build up of condensation from the HVAC system and ducting above the drop ceiling.
SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow was able to remove the excessive moisture and affected materials. The HVAC system was adjusted to enable proper draining and ventilation. The business was able to continue without interruption.
Call on us. We are always ready to help!
Table over troubled water
Who will stop this rain?
Water in the right places is a wonderful thing. We have all heard of folks singing in the rain, catching a wave, watching the river run, surfin' a safari, relishing cool clear water; Some see fire and they see rain, sittin' on the dock of the bay, or want to build a snowman. Water in the proper situation is definitely great.
However, water out of place can cause an effect ranging from a minor inconvenience to a very dangerous situation. It can add unexpected stress to your schedule. Water intrusions in your home of business need to be dealt with quickly and properly to avoid secondary damage.
The SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is ready and waiting to assist you with any water emergency that drifts your way. Don't cry a river. Give us a call.
Wet carpet with tracking
Whether the water invading your interior environment comes from a roof leak, toilet over flow, loose ice maker line, broken water heater, dishwasher failure, washing machine , a broken pipe, sewage back up, or whatever, one of the many things to consider when your home or office experiences is cross-contamination. Especially if the water is from a less than sanitary source, it is advisable to limit walking from the soiled area into non-affected areas. Notice the tracks in this picture. Sometimes tracking is unavoidable, but can be limited.
SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is trained, eager and ready to assist you with your water emergencies.
Click on our Water Damage Tips link below for more information on what to do until help arrives.
Mixing it up
Soot plus water equals a slippery mess
When a fire occurs, the way to extinguish it is to suppress the source of fuel and/or eliminate the fire's access to oxygen. When a fire occurs in your home or business, the urgent need is to get the fire put out as quickly and safely as possible. When cooking, a pan lid, baking soda or salt are sufficient to stop a fire before it grows out of control. Every home and office should have non-expired fire extinguishers and know how to use them. Many structures have fire suppression systems- sprinklers set to sense a fire and automatically come on when a fire occurs.
Once the fire is out, the clean-up begins. This is where SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow steps in. Proper cleaning after a fire varies, depending upon the type of fire, the items involved, and the materials used to extinguish the fire.
In this Tulsa warehouse, thankfully, the fire sprinklers were triggered to quickly stop the fire. A water and soot mixture make a rather slippery combination. SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow was called to extract the water, and set up drying and cleaning in order for the business to be as unhindered in production as possible.
When you least expect it
What's in your wall...?
Sometimes a project begins to grow once it has begun. Kitchen and bath remodels are quite famous for snowballing from a carefully planned and budgeted minor project to an eventful host of multiple, sometimes costly surprises.
Sometimes in the process of mitigating a water or fire damage, similar unexpected situations surprise us and our customers. In this situation, there was no expectation to discover what appears to be mold growth lurking behind the cove base on this wall. A SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow team member removed the base in order to drill holes to expedite drying inside the saturated wall cavity, which is a common practice to help speed up the drying process.
While mold is practically everywhere in our environment, have concentrated amounts in our everyday life is undesirable.
Unexpected water feature at work?
Water, water everywhere
Arriving at work to find water pouring onto the floor is not the best way to begin any work day. Folks at this Tulsa business found themselves in an extensive, unexpected water intrusion affecting much of their building. The SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow team was called and arrived on the job within minutes to assess the damage and to begin extracting the water. Once the standing water had been removed, members of the SERVPRO team began the process of setting up drying equipment according to the calculations specified by industry standards.
At SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow, we understand that any disruption to your life, whether involving our home or your business, can be a very stressful time; for a business, it can also be a very costly time. Our goal is to get your life back to normal as quickly and safely as possible, to get your life back to normal!
What about food after a fire- is it safe to eat?
When in doubt, throw it out!
Good question. We want you to be safe. Here are some guidelines from:
Indiana Dept. of Health:
- Canned soft drinks: They may be salvaged if the contents have not been subjected to excessive heat or fire. The cans must be cleaned and sanitized. If the cans have been subjected to excessive heat or are deemed uncleanable, the contents must be destroyed.
- Dairy products: As a rule, dairy products must be destroyed with no attempt to salvage, due to vulnerable packaging and temperature requirements.
- Sugars, candies, flour, cereal products, bakery products, dried beans, rice, and other grains: Usually, no attempt to salvage such products can be permitted due to vulnerable packaging.
- Products in glass with metal screw-type or metal slip covers: This includes pickles, olives, catsup, steak sauces, salad dressings, syrups, etc. This type of container is impossible to clean or disinfect due to exposure of the threaded closure and must be destroyed.
- Fish and meats – fresh or frozen: In almost all instances, these products must be destroyed. Refrigerated and frozen food: Usually no salvage can be attempted
- Produce – fresh or dried: Usually, no attempt to salvage can be permitted and all such products must be destroyed.
- Canned goods: Where the heat and water damage has been minimal, canned goods can be salvaged quickly by cleaning the exterior surfaces
Minnesota Health Department:
- Heat can cause jars and cans to split and crack allowing contaminants to enter.
- Even if cans and jars appear undamaged, heat can cause the food to spoil.
- Smoke and chemicals from the fire and extinguishing system can penetrate Cryovac packaging, plastic wraps of all kinds, and get under bottle caps or screw tops.
- Firefighting chemicals can taint food and beverages, and packaged products.
- All foods and beverages stored in a permeable packaging such as cardboard, foil, paper, screw top jars or bottles, or plastic wrap should be thrown away. All unwrapped fruits and vegetables should also be thrown away.
- Foods that were stored outside the refrigerator and which were exposed to smoke and fumes must be discarded.
- Foods in refrigerators or freezers may also be tainted by fumes since refrigerator seals are not airtight. Throw away foods from the refrigerator or freezer if they have signs of smoke damage, or have off odors.
- Ice, in both serving bins and machines, must be discarded.
- Throw away foods that were touched by firefighting chemicals. These chemicals are very poisonous and cannot be safely washed off foods. If you are not sure if the food was touched by firefighting chemicals, throw it away.
- Throw away disposable single-service utensils (plastic plates, cups etc.) that were exposed to smoke and chemicals.
- Never taste food to determine its safety.
- Please remember that food unfit for human consumption is also unfit for pets.
- When in doubt, throw it out.
Do not eat, drink or breathe in anything that has been near the flames, smoke, soot, or water used to put the fire out.
For more helpful information when you have experienced a fire: