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5 Mold Risks For Buildings In Dry Climates
Mold grows in unvented bathrooms, around leaky pipes, and underneath sinks with damaged seals.
Five Sources Of Moisture That Can Sustain Mold Growth
Mold requires moisture for growth. A dry outdoor climate does not necessarily mean that mold is not likely to flourish indoors under certain conditions. Any of these five sources of moisture can sustain black mold growth within a structure in Oneta, OK.
1. Air Conditioning
When it is hot outside, a building air conditioner may run constantly. The cooling coil, condensate drain pan and insulation in an AC cabinet or ductwork may develop mold without regular maintenance.
2. Bathroom Mold
Commercial bathroom facilities are another common location for mold cleanup. Supply lines that can leak or burst or drain lines that back up raise mold risks in these areas. Buildings with showers in addition to toilets may be more prone to mold.
3. Blocked Drainage
Blocked drain lines can cause mold to form in and around bathrooms as well as on the lowest level of a building. Backed-up toilets, bathroom drains and basement floor drains are the main culprits inside, while poor rain and runoff drainage outdoors can also raise mold risks.
4. Plumbing Leaks
Black mold may be prone to grow anywhere moisture is readily available. A slow leak can keep materials wet long enough that this potentially toxigenic species or other types of mold form. Shut off the water supply as soon as you notice a leak and contact a plumber.
5. Constant Condensation
Condensation may build up in a structure due to the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Droplets may also form around pipes, water-based appliances or structural features and necessitate extensive mold remediation.
Any of these factors can support the growth of mold in a building in Oneta, OK, such as black mold. It is important to have air conditioning and plumbing systems inspected on a regular basis and keep bathrooms and other areas clean and dry to prevent or control a mold problem.
3 Types of Damage to Expect After a Fire
Fire damage in Broken Arrow, OK
Types Of Damage That Might Occur In This Type Of Emergency
Experiencing a fire in your Broken Arrow, OK, building can be a stressful experience. Unfortunately, there may be even more damage than you would initially expect. Depending on the severity of the fire, you may need a variety of repairs, from water cleanup to rebuilding.
1. Fire Damage
Of course, the most obvious type of damage is caused by flames. This is primary fire damage and is generally the most destructive. It can completely burn up many types of materials and can result in missing walls, roofs, and flooring. It can also cause windows to break and shatter. Fire cleanup can be extensive and time-consuming.
2. Smoke Damage
One type of secondary damage that you may have is smoke and soot damage. Because it travels through the air, smoke often affects a wider area than the flames during a fire. It is important to do smoke cleanup as soon as possible because soot contains corrosive elements that can cause rust and deterioration. It can affect surfaces inside the building as well as furniture, electronics, and other items.
3. Water Damage
While you may not immediately think of water damage during a fire, it often occurs when a large blaze is involved. When firefighters use hoses to put out the flames, it can flood the building with water. This can sometimes cause additional damage such as mold growth and warping wood. Having water cleanup done quickly can limit the amount of secondary damage.
A fire can cause a lot of trouble for your business, particularly if there is a lot of damage to your building. It can take a significant amount of both time and money to return your building to a safe condition. Luckily, an emergency remediation service can be of help during this situation. They can perform smoke, fire and water cleanup and can also make repairs to the building and damaged belongings.
Identifying and Replacing Polybutylene Pipes
It is important to know if your building has poly-b pipes
Identifying and Replacing Polybutylene Pipes
Most business owners do not think about their plumbing until there is a problem with it. However, if your Broken Arrow, OK, commercial building has polybutylene, also known as poly-b, pipes, it may be in your best interest to identify and replace them before they burst.
It is important to know if your building has poly-b pipes because this type of piping is at higher risk of wearing out and bursting or leaking than other varieties. The following are some characteristics that can help you determine if you have poly-b pipes:
- Gray, black or blue in color
- Stamped with "PB2110"
- Installed between 1978 and 1995
If you suspect your building has polybutylene pipes, a professional plumber can let you know for sure. He or she can also advise you regarding the next steps to take.
In many cases, replacing poly-b pipes is the best strategy. The project time and cost vary based on the number of poly-b pipes and the material with which they are being replaced. Common materials for the new plumbing include PEX, CPVC and copper. Although replacement can be expensive and time-consuming, it is preferable to incurring severe water damage at your business. If that happens, you may lose valuable documents and expensive inventory. Although an experienced restoration service can help you get your business back to normal, you may lose income if you have to shut down for an extended period. If you choose to replace the pipes, though, you have control over when the work happens and can let your customers and employees know ahead of time.
Polybutylene pipes were a seemingly efficient and economical plumbing solution in the '70s, '80s and '90s. However, it turned out that the material is sensitive to water treatment chemicals, high temperatures and other common factors. Identifying and replacing these pipes can protect your business from a burst pipe and water damage.
A Commercial Sewage Damage Prevention Checklist
Plan a plumbing inspection
Measures To Take To Avoid A Blocked Sewer
Sewer backups and blockages may seem inevitable at a building that has many occupants. In reality, there are several measures that property owners and managers can take to avoid a blocked sewer. Here is a checklist of three steps that can make sewer damage less likely at a commercial property in Tulsa, OK.
1. Plan a Plumbing Inspection
Commercial properties should undergo a plumbing inspection at least once a year. Having pipes and fixtures checked can identify issues that could end up causing pipe breaks, backups or other problems down the line. A licensed plumber can identify active leaks, indications of worn pipes or broken valves and potential water pressure problems.
2. Use Preventative Drain Treatments
An enzymatic drain cleaner may prevent clogs from forming in drains. These treatments do not damage sewer lines like the harsh formulas used to break down clogs that have already formed. These treatments introduce beneficial bacteria that feed on organic materials that could otherwise cause a blocked sewer.
3. Resolve Plumbing Problems
A structure that has frequent problems with toilet overflow or sewer backflow may require a plumbing upgrade. Consult with a plumber about solutions ranging from backwater prevention valves to sump pumps to keep minor problems from potentially becoming severe.
It may be necessary to replace or widen lines depending on the occupancy and use of a structure or pursue other preventative measures at considerable cost. This expense is probably more affordable than the cost of repeated sewer damage cleanup and restoration.
A backup can result in a toilet overflow or other issues that have the potential to cause costly damage at a building located in Tulsa, OK. Regular inspections, preventative treatments and timely maintenance can reduce the risk of major sewer damage. These measures are also more affordable than the costs associated with cleaning up damage caused by a blocked sewer.
Commercial Covid-19 Cleaning
Our boys in their full PPE
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the world for a loop. It has caused companies to think on their feet and make accommodations to insure the safety of their employees. In some cases many companies have had to become completely mobile allowing their employees to work from home. But now with things starting to go back to normal, companies are needed to make sure that their offices stay clean and have protocols in place if Covid-19 is present in the building.
Here at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow are trained to handle Covid-19 cleanings. It is just preventive before the office opens back up. Or if there is a confirmed case that has been in the building. We can handle it all.
There are procedures set by the CDC that we follow to make sure that the affected areas are clean. Here are some examples of cleaning: High touch level cleaning, enhanced cleaning, and fogging of antibacterial approved by the FDA. High touch cleaning deals with areas that come into a lot of contact with people. This can be light switches, hand ralls, and door knobs. Endached cleaning is the wiping down every surface that we can touch in the room. And the use of the fogger is to kill airborne pathogens.
Workplace First Aid
As a company that deals with heavy equipment, demolition, and power tools we need to be ready in case one of our production members injures themself on a job. It is important for all vehicles to have the appropriate first aid tools for any injury that could occur. A wide range of accidents can happen while on the job. For instance one of our production members was removing wood floor and missed the crowbar and wacked herself with the hammer and ended up having to go to the doctor. Had there not been the appropriate medical supplies in the vehicle she was in or even if there was none on the job, the arm could have swollen up quite a bit more than it did. There was gauze in the vehicle and an ice pack that helped keep the swelling down.
Examples of what should be in a first aid kit:
- Bandaids (for cuts or scratches)
- Gauze and tape (for twisting)
- Alcohol wipes (cleaning)
- Self-Adhesive Medical Gauze
- Medical Scissors
- Ice packs
- Burn Cream
- Contact List for Emergencies
Make sure that you have emergency contact information for all your employees and alert the proper authorities when an injury is too severe.
Seven Types of Sprinkler Systems
Commercial Sprinkler System
Did you know that there are seven different types of sprinkler systems used in commercial buildings? Or that heat causes a system to activate? Below are the seven systems and how they work.
Wet Pipe System
This is the most common sprinkler system in commercial buildings. In this system water is continually moving through the pipes so that when the system is activated it is immediately released.
Dry Pipe Systems
This is the second most common sprinkler system. This is used in buildings which do not have heat. It is set up this way so that water does not sit in the pipes and freeze when the cold weather comes in. It would be counter intuitive. Air pressure is used instead of water. Once a sprinkler head is activated the air is released and water is moved through the pipes to be dispersed.
When this system is activated water is released from all sprinkler heads at the same time. These are usually placed in areas where there are high risks of fire.
This system is placed where you don't want it to have an accidental activation. This could be in museums or computer labs. There are also two types of pre-action systems, single interlocking and double interlocking.
Single interlockings design is similar to the dry pipe system. However when activated is converted into a wet pipe system to help reduce the delay of the was being distributed.
Double interlocking is similar in design to the deluge system. However this system has automatic sprinkler heads. You also need two detection systems to be activated.
Foam Water Sprinkler System
This system releases a mixture of water and foam when activated. This would be best in a science lab that deals with flammable liquids.
Water Spray System
This is similar to the deluge system, however it is designed to protect a certain area or piece of equipment.
Water Mist System
Is a system that used mist to cool and extinguish fires in older historic homes or office buildings.
When An Emergency Occurs
Inside this folder is very helpful information!
Imagine this type of scenario: you are an owner of a small business with a few employees. One employee is opening the store alone and finds that the carpet is drenched with water coming from somewhere in the bathroom. Would said employee know what to do if they walked into this kind of situation? Do you have a plan for when something unexpected happens?
SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow has the perfect tool for this situation: The Emergency Readiness Profile. This profile is a folder that holds information of where your buildings shut off valves are so you are able to turn off the water to keep further damage from happening. Also the ERP provides pictures of the valves so any one will know what to do and look for. The ERP will list the contact information for all of the utilities. It has all the information for any of your preferred vendors. This being your plumber, electrician, or HVAC. It also provides information for the restoration company to know where to park and who makes the final decisions.
Another plus to this profile is they fact that it can be converted into an app for easy accessibility. And, it is absolutely free to you. SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is happy to perform this helpful service. Please give us a call!
You Can Count on Me
No waiting on line SERVPRO
Some of our valued customers have facilities in multiple locations. Several have encountered water emergencies recently in one building, then soon after one has been mitigated, dried and brought back to a preloss condition, another water issue has been discovered.
It is good to realize that our customers know they can call us any time of day, any day of the year to report a problem, knowing that we will respond with minimal delay. The SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow team is prompt to remove standing water, extract water from the flooring or carpet, inspect and use industry standards to create a drying plan, then set equipment and monitoring to get the building back to its preloss conditon.
You can gain comfort in knowing any fire, smoke, water, vandalism, etc emergency affecting your business or commercial property will be conscientiously cared for by us.
Checking out this at the library...
Drying a Tulsa County Library Branch
What do you do if you are at the library in the middle of the day and you realize you are standing on soggy carpet? Looking around, you see that a lot of the carpet is wet... As you look for what might be causing this very unwanted phenomenon, you hear water running. So, you discover that the source is the hot water heater. You can turn off the water, so it will stop, but then what...?
You call SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow, of course! The dedicated SERVPRO team members were able to be onsite within minutes to remove the water, test and evaluate the extent of the water intrusion, develop a plan and initiate the drying process. Fortunately, no books were harmed during this water damage. The library was able to continue to open its doors to patrons during its normal hours.
Give us a call when the unexpected happens. We are always ready to help!
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!
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!
Small slab leak makes a Big impact
wall to wall water
Although Oklahoma's Green Country has not seen extremely hot and dry weather that we would normally associate with the area's heavy clay soil contracting, we seem to have been called to assist with an increased number of slab leaks this summer. Most of the slab leaks have been in homes, but a number of businesses have been affected by a water intrusion from their slab as well.
No slab leak is convenient or is a simple process to deal with. The disruption of this leak was lessened somewhat compared to what it could have been. When this business discovered standing water and called the team at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow, they happened to be in between tenants. There were minimal contents affected. Once the water was extracted and the drying process of walls and floors begun, the leak was able to be detected and repaired.
Call SERVPRO, we are always ready to help!
Surf was really up!
Removing water in church flood
When this active church in Creek County held Vacation Bible School this summer, they really got into it!
The walls and rooms were creatively decorated with water scenes, sea creatures, beach settings, and surfing themed messages. On the last day of classes, the discovery was made that a toilet had malfunctioned, causing a flood of water to cascade into several rooms, creating a very realistic aquatic environment. Realizing that catching a wave inside the building was probably not a desirable activity for the children, staff wisely called SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow. The team came quickly to access the damage, extract the water, stage equipment, then return after VBS ended to place equipment and begin the drying process.
Whenever you discover an unexpected water feature in your home or business, know that you can call on SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow. We are ready for whatever happens and are always here to help!
Need to know what to do
Water heater line leak in Jenks business.
I have memories from childhood of having fire drills, tornado drills and even enemy attack drills (growing up in the 60's, that was part of our "this could happen" mentality). Today, we still have potential emergencies that could happen at any time. We don't need to live in fear or apprehension, but being ready for whatever happens gains confidence when facing the unexpected.
One of the beneficial services that the SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow team offers is preparing an Emergency Readiness Profile of your home or business. When an ERP is prepared, a SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow Team member visits your establishment and assists in helping you know what to do if facing an emergency.
A bank in Jenks recently experienced a water heater line failure, affecting multiple floors. They knew to call SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow and the team responded quickly to assist the bank to get back to business as usual.
Call us today to schedule a free ERP to be a tool you can use when facing an emergency. It should give you a bit of peace of mind, having thought through the process.
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!
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!
The Dr is in
Drying a Medical Office in Broken Arrow
Medical professionals care about their patients. It has been my experience that consistently, there is a steady stream of folks seeking out the care and skill of the doctor, dentist or other caregiver. When unexpected things happen to disrupt the normal routine of any medical professional, many lives are affected.
When this Broken Arrow medical office experienced a water intrusion, SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow was quick to respond. The SERVPRO team extracted any standing water. Affected areas of the office were inspected and measured for calculations needed in order to make a wise drying plan. The SERVPRO team then set up drying equipment.
Since the water had wicked up the walls, the cove base was removed and holes drilled to allow airflow inside the wall cavity. This step sped up the drying process. Once the cove base is replaced, the holes will be covered up. Daily monitoring the drying progress and adjusting equipment will facilitate efficient drying.
We want lives and businesses go get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Business as Usual
Lonely desk, waiting...
Next to the family unit, and faith association, business is pretty much the foundation of our society. Without many businesses successfully operating, income does not happen, taxes are not paid, folks do receive paycheck, households are unable to pay bills or buy necessities. When a business experiences damage due to a water intrusion, storm, mold, smoke or fire damage, it can be quite serious. The effects of a business in a crisis are far reaching.
Properly dealing with the crisis as quickly as possible is vital for the business to be able to recover and continue. The team at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow has training and experience to rapidly respond to your emergency. We stand ready to assist you whether your crisis is large or small. Please let us help you get back to business as usual!
Tornado Affected Businesses, Ready or Not
Ready for Emergency
In an article in the Tulsa World on August 20, attention was brought to remind business owners that having a well thought out plan in place in the event of a disaster is imperative for a business to maneuver through an unexpected disaster, like Tulsa experienced a few weeks ago. SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow enthusiastically agrees. A plan in of utmost importance!
The SERVPRO system has a very effective tool that has been designed for businesses to deploy when encountering a disaster. It is call the Emergency Ready Program. It is a proven service offered by each SERVPRO franchise as a way of helping businesses to be proactive and ready to act if an emergency arises. The ERP involves several conversations with a SERVPRO team member, and onsite visits to collect accurate information. Call SERVPRO of Broken Arrow. Let us help you be ready!
Not your usual dental equipment function
indoor lakes unwelcome
One of the fond memories of going to a dentist as a child was watching the cool swirly little water feature next to the reclining chair with the bright light overhead. I was fascinated with thinking about the endless water whirlpooling down to some unknown fairy cave or hidden lake.
Recently, one of those lake makers decided to create a new body of water right there, close at hand. The dentist and staff were not pleased with the prospect of adding waders to their work wardrobe. They called on SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow to remove the lake and dry their office back to its normal, dry and clean condition.
The water once again supplies the mysterious cave or lake as it was designed to.
Call on SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow when an unexpected water feature appears in your indoor environment. We are always ready to help!
Senior Living Center
Taking time to say, "Thank you!"
In a multi-family housing facility, often what affects one resident, affects others. At this senior living facility, a fire in one unit triggered the fire suppression system. Thankfully, that put out the fire and the resident was not injured. However, the water from the system affected the apartment along with several neighboring units and more units below where the fire was extinguished.
The SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow team was able to quickly remove the water, dry the structure, dry and move the belongings temporarily, then restore the residences and help the residents move back in their homes. Along the way, we were able to listen to life stories from an older and wise generation, laugh at their jokes, and make new friends.
Call on us, we are always ready to help!