When you life is disrupted by mold
"...Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes." Chuck Swindoll
Our lives are frequently disrupted. Often we cannot undo the event, so our response to the disruption is the main thing we can control.
Some good advice is found in Success magazine (Fall 2018 Issue) called, The "Only Constant" written by speaker and author, Jim Rohn. Here is an excerpt:Speaker and author, Jim Rohn. Excerpts:
"In life, the winds of circumstances blow on us all in an unending flow that touches each of our lives. It’s one thing to create change, it’s another thing—often unavoidable—to have change foisted upon you when you don’t expect it.
We all experienced the blowing winds of change. Yet some of us still manage to reach our intended destinations. What guides us to different shores is determined by the way we have chosen to set our sails. The way that each of us thinks makes the major difference in where each of us arrives.
Unforeseen circumstances happen to us all. We have disappointments and challenges. We all have reversals and those moments when, in spite of our best plans and efforts, things just seem to fall apart. Challenging circumstances are not events reserved for the poor, the uneducated or the destitute. The rich and the poor have marital problems. The rich and the poor have the same challenges that can lead to financial ruin and personal despair. In the final analysis, it is not what happens that determines the quality of our lives, it is what we choose to do when we discover that the wind has changed directions.
When things change, we must change. We must struggle to our feet again and reset the sail to steer us toward the destination of our own deliberate choosing. The set of the sail—how we think and how we respond—has a far greater capacity to alter our lives than any challenges we face. How quickly and responsibly we react to adversity is far more important than the adversity itself. Once we discipline ourselves to understand this, we will finally and willingly conclude that the great challenge of life is to control the process of our thinking.
Learning to reset the sail with the changing winds rather than permitting ourselves to be blown in a direction you did not purposely choose requires the development of a whole new discipline. It involves going to work on establishing a powerful, personal philosophy that will help to influence in a positive way all that you do, think and decide."
When the wind has blown you into a mold, water, fire, etc. damage. Refrain from becoming anxious. And know that you are not alone. We can help you sail through this unplanned journey.
The time when rain greets you at work
Soggy carpets, walls and ceilings are not pleasant.
It only takes a small opening, combined with rain, gravity and maybe some healthy Oklahoma wind, to allow water to find a path to your work space. Unless your work area happens to regularly be under water, you should deal with the situation promptly.
If your office has allowed SERVPRO of Greater Broken arrow to conduct a free Emergency Readiness Plan, you already know who to call and what to do in an unexpected emergency. In any case, you can call the SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow team to come quickly, assess the situation, mitigate the water and begin the drying process. The sooner mitigation begins, the less risk of collateral damage for you and your business, and the sooner you can get back to business as usual. Give us a call. We are always happy to help!
Attic- placed HVAC malfunction brings the ceiling down
Not a fun thing to face at home or at work
There is a trend to place in Oklahoma attics appliances, such as water heaters and heating and cooling systems. Most of the time, those placements are very helpful. The appliance is out of the way and in a central location to service the house.
However, when there happens to be a leak in the unit, in the pipes, or a clog in the drain, a problem can arise. The leak is usually not discovered until the insulation and ceiling below the leak have become saturated with water and the ceiling discoloration is observed.
I am not sure how to avoid these leaks. I suppose you could add inspecting the pipes and drain as a weekly chore, but that seems impractical. An option might be to use drain pans and shut offs with water detection sensor.
These leaks do not seem to happen often. I hope it never happens to you, but if one happens in your home or business, please give the team at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow a call. We are trained and always ready to help!
Never too far away to help
Yep, he's wearing a wig, just trying to fit in with his girls...
One of the blessings of having a son in the military is him meeting his one and only while stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. When his military contract was up, he enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard and of course brought his beautiful wife and by then, precious baby daughter, to experience life in Green Country. Our daughter-in-law grew up in North Carolina. Generations of her large family remain there.
With her family in several cities directly in Hurricane Florence's path, she has been naturally concerned about their safety and well-being. She has kept in communication and they are thankfully all safe and well... Isolated, and perhaps inconvenienced due to flooding, minor storm damage and power outages, but gratefully unharmed.
She was also able to direct them who to call if the storm caused damage to any of their homes - SERVPRO, of course. Even though she and my son are too far to assist them with their own hands, they have confidence that the SERVPRO franchises in their part of North Carolina will be able to care for her family as if they were their own.
Time to check your check list?
When he visits, I want to be sure to keep this little guy safe...
It seems like just a short time ago, it was time to review our plan for fire safety within the home. But it is already a year later and time to check again!
Living with a disabled person, as many do, our family, and yours too, needs a plan for how to best get everybody out safely and quickly. We also have frequent little house guests. What is the plan if the grandchildren are over and the smoke alarm goes off in the middle of the night? Who grabs who? What about the pets? Where do we meet up and count noses? Who calls 911 for help?
Do you have enough smoke alarms? Do the smoke alarms all have working batteries? Are they current or is it time to replace them? Are the fire extinguishers expired or okay?
Are we overloading any outlets? Do we see any fire hazards to address? We hope you never experience a house fire. We hope we don't either. Sometimes the unexpected does happen. The best we can to is prepare to be safe and to be prepared.
If your home or business does experience smoke or fire damage. Please call on SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow. We are always ready to help.
Play it safe.
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!