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Cleaning Up the Mess After the Fire Trucks Leave

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom destroyed by fire Fire damage in New Tulsa, OK.

Cleaning Up the Mess After the Fire Trucks Leave

The fire fighting process is seldom pretty. The fire department has a job to: put out the fire, rescue people and animals and limit property damage. Sometimes to do this the firefighters must bring down doors with axes, break windows and open holes in roofs. Then there is the damage caused by the fire itself. For these reasons, a board-up is often needed to secure your home from additional damage. In this precarious state, your home in  New Tulsa, OK, is vulnerable to storms, vandals and even wild animals.

A Job for Professionals
An emergency board-up is not a simple task. Your home after a fire is a notoriously unstable place. Climbing up on the roof with boards and nails is best left to a professional fire mitigation franchise. Not only can trained workers with the appropriate equipment do the job safely, but they can also make sure all gaps are closed. Once the home is secure, the mitigation crew will take the following steps:

  • Inspection and assessment of the property
  • Water removal and drying
  • Removal of soot and smoke damage
  • Cleaning and repair services
  • Restoration

A secure board-up allows workers to perform their tasks in safety. They often must contend with water damage as a result of the fire department using fire hoses to put out the blaze.

A Solution to Fire Damage
Both fire and fire fighting efforts can make a mess of your home at first. With the help of trained professionals, though, your home can be restored to its original condition. The goal of a SERVPRO company is to make the home look "Like it never even happened." This takes advanced cleaning methods and specialized equipment. Technicians employ a variety of cleaning techniques that eliminate smoke odors and clear away soot from all surfaces. A board-up is often the beginning of an important process to get your home back in shape.

5 Storm Preparation Items To Keep On Hand

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial power generator Commercial power generator.

Here Are Five Useful Items To Keep In On Hand

According to FEMA, flood water is the number one concern from a natural disaster within the United States. In fact, within the past ten decades, statistics show that floods cost roughly $2.4 billion a year, making the situation extraordinarily costly and time-consuming. Commercial owners in Broken Arrow, OK, face the daunting task of combating Mother Nature's fierceness. While you cannot stop her ferocity, it is possible through preparation to mitigate harm. 

1. A Generator
A flooded building requires immediate attention. A water restoration company is prepared to attend to the hazard as soon as possible, often arriving within 24 hours. The sooner the property is assessed, the better. A generator on hand permits these workers to enter the facility promptly, inspecting rooms for saturation concerns.
Electricity is likely out. This device allows for the team to get a closer view.

2. Flashlights
Blackouts are entirely possible, especially if a transformer blows within the vicinity. Also, the flood water may compromise the electrical wiring. Purchase several flashlights so you and the specialists may safely tour the building.

3. Portable, Battery-Operated Radio
Employees or yourself could get stuck within the establishment. Should this occur, those inside need communication with the outside world. If electricity cuts off, a portable battery-operated radio keeps everyone in the loop.

4. Sandbags
Although bulky to store, sandbags create a barrier around the building's perimeter, keeping water from reaching within. Have some on hand for quick access. Line them around the low-lying sections of your place, stacking them like bricks.

5. Plywood
Glass is extremely vulnerable to high winds and projectiles. In fact, sometimes it's more likely that water damage arises from trees or objects busting windows. Have several sheets of plywood cut to window size stored within the back room. When a gale comes through, use them to combat obstacles.
It's possible to get ahead of flood water. It requires getting prepared early with the right supplies. Focus on things that secure the premises and assist anyone who remains inside.

When You Should Replace the Various Pipes in Your Home

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Close-up Of A Man's Hand Holding Blue Napkin Under Leakage Pipe Kitchen faucets are just as crucial to a functioning household as bathroom faucets.

When You Should Replace the Various Pipes in Your Home

Pipes do not last forever. Over time, you may discover supply line damage. This could lead to a bathroom leak that necessitates cleanup and restoration services. To prevent any leaks, you should get your older pipes replaced. When to do so depends on the age of your Oneta, OK, home and your plumbing system.

Washing Machine Hoses
Many water losses result from leaks in the washing machine. To keep the appliance functioning and prevent flooding, you should replace the supply hose every three years. You should also replace the hose if you notice any of the following:

  • Leaking water
  • Rust
  • Bubbling
  • Obvious signs of damage such as kinks and cracks

Supply Pipes
Even though these pipes have to deal with constant pressure, supply line damage typically only occurs in older homes. In fact, copper pipes can last 70 to 80 years. Brass and galvanized steel pipes survive even longer than that. Still, if you do notice a supply line leak, you should get it checked out immediately.

Faucet lines typically can be repaired without having to replace the pipes. However, if you find yourself constantly fixing the faucet, it may be time for an upgrade. Some people also replace their faucet pipes purely for efficacy reasons.

Drain Pipes
Cast iron drain pipes are meant to last 80 to 100 years. Yet if your drain lines are made of plastic, they may only last 25 years. A storm or tree root can easily damage these lines, as well.

Toilet Pipes
Different parts of your toilet last varying amounts of time. The wax seals only need to be replaced every 20 or 30 years. However, the valves, fittings, flappers and lever have a lifespan of just four or five years.
Major supply line damage usually occurs only when those pipes are old. However, other pipes in your home can wear down over time, especially lines made of plastic. Those lines should be replaced periodically before a huge leak occurs.

Grill Masters

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Grilling tools Materials used while grilling.

Who Is Ready For Warmer Weather And Longer Days?

The employees at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow are. With the changing of the seasons, we look forward to warmer weather and longer days. The joy of being able to spend more time outside and going on adventures. Being able to use the grill and having friends and family over for quality time is a plus as well.  However, grilling can become dangerous if people aren't careful.

Here are some safety tips for grilling at home:

  1. Make sure you are a good distance from your home and not under an overhang.  Also, be careful of trees if you have any in your yard.
  2. Make sure that the grill is on a flat surface.  Don't want it falling over on you.
  3. Check for leaks if using a propane grill.  
  4. Keep the grill clean.  Make sure to remove any build-up from grease or fat.  And if using a coal grill make sure that the coals are cool before removing them.
  5. Keep an eye on your surroundings.  If you have children that are playing outside while the grill is going make sure to tell them that it is on.  And make sure that they stay a good distance from it.
  6. Will coal grills be careful with lighter fluid.  Make sure to keep out of reach of children. Might also consider buying a chimney which will remove the need to use lighter fluid.
  7. Wear the appropriate clothing while grilling.  Not clothes that are loose and dangle.
  8. Be ready to put out a fire.  Keep a fire extinguisher near.  And if it becomes uncontrollable please call 911.

Once the Smoke Clears: Steps To Take Following a Commercial Fire

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Warehouse Fire Inside Fires can happen to any building at any time.

Steps You Can Take Following A Commercial Fire

A commercial fire can cause significant headaches, especially considering your livelihood is at stake. While it can be difficult to react quickly and appropriately to such a huge loss, it’s essential that you do take action right away. By beginning fire restoration efforts immediately after the smoke clears, you can minimize damage and expenses and resume business sooner rather than later. Below are four steps you can take following a commercial fire.

1. Contact Your Insurance Company
Once the firefighters have put out the last flame, contact your insurance company. Your fire insurance policy should kick in right away and help you cover the cost of restoration and repairs. The policy should also cover any water damage that resulted from the firehoses as well as smoke cleaning services.

2. Assess, But Don’t Touch
To ensure you receive the most thorough fire restoration services, assess and make note of all visible damages. While you should not walk around in the damaged building, you can provide information on how the fire started, where the majority of damage occurred, what contents were in the building at the time of the fire and other pertinent details. Your notes can give your insurance company an idea of how much they should pay you.

3. Have All Utilities Shut Off
Active gas lines and electrical systems have the potential to cause more damage if left on when your building is in disrepair. Contact your utility companies to have each shut off until an inspection reveals that each is safe to use. Shutting off utilities while you’re unable to operate can also save you money.

4. Contact Your Local Oneta, OK, Restoration Company
Finally, contact your local fire damage restoration company. The professionals have the tools and know-how to safely clean and restore your building to pre-fire conditions.
Fires can happen to any building at any time. While it’s hard to be prepared for such a disaster, you can mitigate damage and recover quickly by using the above advice and contacting a fire restoration company as soon as possible.

3 Steps to Take in Case of a Leak in a Multifamily Home

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

New Multi-Family Housing in Suburban Setting When a leak occurs in a multifamily home, the business owner is not the only person who suffers.

Steps To Take In Case Of A Leak In A Multifamily Home 

When a leak occurs in a multifamily home, the business owner is not the only person who suffers. Multifamily homes can accommodate two or more families in a collection of apartments. Damage from water in home apartments can cause residents to experience days of inconvenient repairs, especially in severe cases. Business owners in Broken Arrow, OK, can be prepared by:

  • Having a list of contacts in case of an emergency
  • Creating a plan for repairs
  • Having tools on hand for water cleanup

1. Find the Leak
Look for the source before taking action so that you can create a plan of action. If the leak is not severe, you may be able to fix it yourself. In extreme cases, such as a burst pipe or toxic water, residents may need to relocate while an apartment is being fixed. Communicate effectively with them to avoid frustrated residents. Pipe cleanup and property restoration should take place before they are able to move back into the apartment.

2. Contact Your Insurance Company
Insurance companies can save you money by covering cleanup and restoration. Most companies cover a broken pipe and water in-home repairs. Contact your insurance company immediately to make a claim and out-of-pocket costs.

3. Contact a Professional Cleanup and Restoration Service
After contracting a plumber to fix the leak, a company that specializes in water damage restoration can quickly clean and restore your property so that residents can return to normalcy. SERVPRO is a company that specializes in restoring and dehumidifying water-damaged materials to prevent microbial growth in the future. Hire professionals that make it seem “Like it never even happened.”
Having a plan for water damage in multifamily homes can help keep your residents happy. If you have experienced a water in home emergency, hire contractors to help fix your property.

How To Clean Flood-Damaged Electronics

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Above view of laptop with water drop damage liquid wet and spill on keyboard, accident concept For most flooded electronics, simply drying them out is not enough.

Steps For Safely Cleaning And Restoring A Water Damaged Device

If your Tulsa, OK, building floods, the cleaning and restoration process that follows can be complicated. One of the most daunting aspects of water damage cleanup is what to do about flooded electronics.

1. Stay Safe
When retrieving your electronics, be careful to avoid any shock hazards. The safest bet is to disconnect the building power if possible. Avoid standing in water or wearing wet clothing when handling electronics and use extra care with battery-operated devices.

2. Disassemble and Drain
Make sure the device is turned off and remove the battery. Turn and gently shake the device to drain as much water as possible. Carefully disassemble the device as completely as you can. To completely remove water from around and under circuit board components, fully submerge the circuit board in a container of isopropyl alcohol. For best results, use alcohol with a concentration of 90% or higher.

3. Carefully Clean
For most flooded electronics, simply drying them out is not enough. Most floodwater contains at least some contaminants, so it’s important to clean devices. Removing any residue or debris is particularly important with sensitive components such as circuit boards. Use a soft toothbrush or small paintbrush to gently clean these components, being especially careful around cables and connectors to avoid damaging the contact surfaces. Dry the cleaned components using a clean hairdryer on a cold setting, or by placing them under a slightly warm desk lamp.

4. Reassemble and Test
Reassemble your device only after it is completely dry. Always use a new battery, never one that has been submerged. Carefully turn the device on and test to see if it is working correctly. When troubleshooting electronic damage, it’s helpful to replace one part at a time until you find the defective component.
Unfortunately, not all flooded electronics can be fully restored to working condition. This cleaning process will help you salvage as much as possible.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher A fire extinguisher that's home is under the kitchen sink for any fire that happens in the kitchen.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Most homeowners have a fire extinguisher sitting in their homes.  Whether it is under the kitchen sink or in the utility closet. This safety tool probably does not get a lot of attention and is collecting dust.  And if you don't dedicate time to acquaint yourself with your fire extinguisher you probably aren't too familiar with how to use one. To better understand how to use a fire extinguisher you must know that there are different kinds of extinguishers used for different types of fires.

Class A: Are fueled by sold combustibles like wood and paper.

Class B: Are fueled by flammable liquids like oil, and gasoline.

Class C: Are for electrical fires, this can be due to faulty wiring.

Class K: Grease fires, which are mainly fueled by cooking oils and fats from animals and vegetables.

You should first read the label on the extinguisher to make sure that it is what you're supposed to use for the current situation.

When ready to use the fire extinguisher remember to PASS:

P: Pull the pin.

A: Aim the nozzle on the hose low, toward the base of the fire.

S: Squeeze the handle to discharge the extinguisher.

S: Sweep the nozzle back and forth until the fire is extinguished.

Remember to review the label on the extinguisher when going through the fire safety plan you have set up for your home.  Make sure that everyone has knowledge of where to find it and how to use it if need be. And remember to call 911.

Water Heater Leaks

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Water heater If you experience water damage due to a water heater you need to contact a water restoration company.

Steps To Fix A Water Heater Leak

No one ever plans for water damage to occur in their home.  They don’t wake up in the morning and look at their calendar and say “I think the water heater should break on this day at this time.”  However when it does occur you want to be prepared and ready to deal with the damage.  With water damage, the faster you are at stopping the cause the easier it is to recover. To help you be prepared here are the steps to fix a water heater leak:

Step 1: Find the source of the leak. Make sure that it is the water heater that is leaking. If your water heater is among other appliances it is possible that they could be the cause for the leak and not the water heater.

Step 2: Shut off the power.  A water heater can be powered by electricity in which case you would need to go to your breaker and switch it off.  It can also be powered by gas in which case you would need to find the on/off switch at the bottom of the tank and make sure that it says off.  Make sure not to mess with the gas valve. 

Step 3: Shut off the water supply. The water shut-off valve for the cold water supply located at the top of the water heater.  It will either have a handle you pull down or a knob that you turn clockwise to shut off. 

Step 4: Find the location of the leak. You want to find the location of the leak so that you can accurately tell a restoration company what has happened.  There can be many reasons as to why the water heater is leaking.  There could be a problem with the cold water inlet or hot water outlet connections. Or the pressure valve. Or the internal tank. 

Step 5: Repair or Replace.  When a professional has come and looked at the tank they will be able to tell whether or not the tank can be repaired or if it should be replaced.

Step 6: Call SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow at 918-250-2300. 

How to Get Rid of Mildew on Plants

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Plant with mildew Plant mildew can become increasingly problematic if not taken care of quickly and effectively.

Follow These Steps To Get Rid Of Plant Mildew

Both household and garden plants are susceptible to mildew growth. Certain types of plants, such as lilacs, roses, squash, and cucumbers are significantly more likely to become victims. Don't panic; just follow the steps below to get rid of the plant mildew in your home in Broken Arrow, OK.

1. Gather Your Materials.
There are a few supplies you need to gather before you start the treatment process. For this technique, you need plant clippers, alcohol wipes, and fungicide. Your fungicide should contain copper, sulfur, potassium bicarbonate, or neem oil.

2. Remove and Discard the Infected Portions.
Identify the portions of your plants that have powdery mildew on them. They look like white and gray splotches that typically appear on leaves and stems. Use the plant clippers to snip these portions off. Discard them separately from the rest of your compost.

3. Disinfect Yourself and Your Tools.
Before you move on with the treatment process, you need to remove any mildew traces from yourself and your tools. Otherwise, you're just spreading more plant mildew. Use the alcohol wipes to carefully wash your hands and the plant clippers.

4. Apply the Fungicide.
Before you move forward, double-check the label on your fungicide to ensure that it's safe to use on the specific plant you're treating. Follow the instructions on the label to apply the fungicide to your plants. Most fungicides require reapplication every one to two weeks.

5. Implement Preventative Measures.
The appearance of mildew typically signals that there's something wrong with the environment conditions. Thin and prune your garden plants to help improve air circulation. Next time you water your plants, don't pour the water from above. Pour it directly into the soil. This prevents standing moisture from accumulating on the leaves.
Plant mildew can become increasingly problematic if not taken care of quickly and effectively. If the above technique isn't working for you, or the problem has gotten worse, contact mold remediation experts for assistance.