Avoid Mold Scare Scams
SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow followed the Environmental Hygienist's protocol so these apartment walls could hear life again.
Recently, on a Dr. Oz program, a segment aired about mold. Expert testimony advised the audience to use common sense and caution when dealing with mold. Some of the points made:
* Do not use bleach for mold eradication.
* With a small area of mold, you should be able to clean it with soap and water. If the area is over ten square feet, professionals should be obtained to properly identify and remove the mold.
* Most insurance companies do not offer extensive mold coverage.
* In order to avoid any conflict of interest, the contractor remediating the mold should be a different person/ company than the one inspecting the mold.
SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow has certified technicians who have been removing mold from homes and businesses since 2006. Please give us a call, 910-250-2300, if you suspect mold in your living or working space.
Why wait til it's too late?
Enjoy the beauty of the weather.
The weather forecasters are predicting a potential storm. With the current technology, they have the ability to see anticipated affects of the pressure, wind, humidity, temperature, etc and tweak it in order to explore likely scenarios far in advance of the arrival of the weather system.
News coverage is extensive. Phones get alerts. Tweets and FaceBook are posted. Emails are sent. Newspapers print stories. Radios and News programs repetitively explain the potentials. In Oklahoma, we may become a bit complacent because the forecasters seem to frequently have urgent weather news that may or may not materialize. Some tune out the news of potential weather events.
Then, when the storm cometh, some folks are caught off guard. Frantic trips to the store, possibly during the inclement weather, yield empty shelves of necessities, and folks are placed unnecessarily at risk.
There is a more serene, sensible way to face the storms of Oklahoma. Two words: Plan ahead.
Whether your goal is to be prepared for thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, snow, ice, wind, wildfire, etc. American Red Cross, with whom SERVPRO has association, and gov.org have many helpful ways to plan for any foreseeable disaster. From, pet care to home to health and on, you will be able to have peace of mind if you simply follow recommended steps to be ready.
Remember that we at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow are also always ready to assist you when disaster of any size strikes. Give us a call 918-250-2300.
Quick response matters
When damage from smoke or fire occur, damage occurs at a varying rate for different items. This list from author Tim Bauer of Restoration and Remediation may help you understand the importance of responding expediently.
"1. Identify the type of fire:Every fire has a personality and damage type of its own. High oxygen fires tend to leave behind drier smoke residue that is easier to remove than the wet, smoky residue that a low oxygen fire gives off. Additionally, if water was applied to extinguish the fire, typically the humidity in a home can rise up to 100 percent, causing the wood in the home to open its pores, absorbing more smoke and residue.
2. Safety first:Smoke is highly corrosive and can ruin anything with enough time and strength. In most cases, smoke from a home or commercial fire is not coming just from burnt wood, but other items like plastics, leathers and other chemicals. All these things will impact the way you deal with it. Due to the
3.Time is of the Essence:The sooner you start the restoration process, the lower the level of damage to the property will be. Here’s what the IICRC says for a timeline of a fire:
a.“Within Minutes:Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolor; highly porous materials (marble, alabaster) discolor permanently.
b.Within Hours:Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms; fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow; uncoated metals tarnish; counter tops may yellow; finishes on appliances, particularly refrigerators, may yellow; furniture finishes may discolor.
c.Within Days:In time, acid residues cause painted walls to yellow permanently; metal corrodes, pits and rusts; wood furniture requires refinishing; vinyl flooring requires refinishing or replacement; clothing becomes soot-stained; upholstery stains permanently.
d.Within Weeks:Restoration costs escalate tremendously. Synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass, crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.”
SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is always ready to assist you when your life is broadsided by property damage. Please give us a call 918-250-2300 any time day or night.
Smoke and soot damage
It can happen so quickly. Everything seems normal and routine, and then you hear the smoke alarm, or you smell smoke, or you might see smoke or flames in the room. The mind races- "What do I do now? What do I grab? Who do I call? Where do I go?"
Hopefully, you have thought through a fire escape plan for your home and for your business so your response will be quick and you get to safety, call the fire department and the damage is minimal.
After the fire is out, and the fire fighters are gone, there are still decisions to make. On this website is some helpful information. We at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow are trained and ready to assist you in the event of smoke or fire damage. We are always ready to help!
Ready to help
Faster to any size disaster
The Tulsa/Broken Arrow area has been very fortunate to not have had a wide spread weather-related emergency in a few years. I hope that we never go through another major flood, tornado, hail storm, ice storm, blizzard, or an earthquake or wildfire.
We have had some of our teams travel to assist other SERVPRO franchises when their areas were struck by major storms and they needed extra hands to care for folks in the midst of crises.
In the same way, we at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow are ready for any size disaster. SERVPRO franchises work together, locally and nationally to help families and businesses during times of unexpected crises. If the need happens to require more hands than we have, our fellow SERVPRO local franchises know how to work together with us to take care of our community.
You can always count on SERVPRO. We are always ready to help!
Holiday cleaning time
Conscientiously Clean Carpet in Jenks, Oklahoma
The time for Fall family and friend gatherings are just around the corner. You may be planning for frenzied football fun, for tempting Thanksgiving feasts, or just quiet times of solitude. Part of the preparation for the Fall season is a clean home.
Your carpets act as a filter. They do best if the daily tracked in soil is kept from sinking down deep into the fibers by regular vacuuming, and by periodic professional cleaning. SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow has several processes to get your carpets and tile clean and ready for any season.
On this website, you can find more helpful information about cleaning in general and how we can partner with you to care properly for your carpet, upholstery and hard surfaces. Feel free to check it out, and to call us. We are always ready to help!
Getting ready for winter- a few helpful hints
Roof Leak Can Result in Ceiling Damage
Fall is here. Even though the weather has been mild, 2016-17 winter will be coming before we know it.
Now is the time to make preparations to protect your property from unwelcome damages that winter sometimes brings.
Falling leaves collect in gutters. Filled gutters can sometimes contribute to snow or ice dams during the winter. Ice dams can create an avenue for melted ice and snow to enter into your home.
Disconnect garden hoses. Often frozen pipes are not discovered until the following Spring. When folks come inside after using a garden hose, a small crack in a pipe has created water in the wall and flooring.
Have the HVAC system checked for safety before turning on the furnace. Any fire you experience indoors this winter should contained in a fireplace.
Be sure to check smoke alarms and change the batteries.
Keep flammables away from heaters.
Have a happy and safe winter!
Mold is nearly everywhere. Is that a problem?
Mold went undetected until a box was moved.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 918-250-2300
It does not take long for water to damage your home or buiness.
Unwanted water in the closet
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Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow
SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Helping Adrenaline Softball Reach Orlando
Adrenaline Softball Road to Orlando
These girls work hard and play hard. They have earned their place in the ESPN Wide World of Sports World Series in Orlando, FL July 9th through 16th. Softball has a huge following in Oklahoma and these young Oklahomans have had great success this year.
SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is delighted to give back to these special young ladies as they use their talent, skill and good sportsmanship to represent their Tulsa area community.
Be sure to join us as we cheer them on to bring home a World Series Title! You can learn more about them on their website or their face book page. Adrenaline up!