Recent Water Damage Posts

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.

Faucets
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.

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.

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. 

4 Ways To Prevent Water Damage

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Sealant gun crack covers the crack in the floor of the wall tile concrete Reseal any crack on the walls

Four Additional Ways To Prevent Water Damage

If you’ve experienced water damage in your New Tulsa, OK, home, you know how invasive it can be. While some disasters simply can’t be avoided, such as unexpected flood water in home, performing regular maintenance is one of the best ways to avoid costly repairs. 


1. Protect the Basement
The basement is a common area of the home that experiences water damage. Cracks in the foundation and improper drainage are two main reasons this zone is susceptible. A quick inspection of the basement can help homeowners identify problems. First, reseal any cracks in the floor or walls with water sealant. This should prevent water seepage that occurs after substantial rain. Second, check the soil outside the home to ensure that water flows away from the building.


2. Understand the Plumbing System
A homeowner should be educated about the plumbing system. Once a year, inspect all hoses and faucets leading up to appliances. A leaky or broken pipe should be repaired immediately, and pipe cleanup can be done by trained professionals. Caulking around showers, tubs, and sinks should also be inspected and resealed on a regular basis to prevent water in a home. You may also wish to install a pressure release valve to guard against pressure produced by freezing pipes.


3. Repair the Exterior
The following areas outside your home should be inspected regularly:

  • Windows
  • Roof
  • Downspouts
  • Sprinklers


These are typical problem zones and should be checked at least once a year. Caulk around windows, replace missing and cracked roof shingles, remove debris from downspouts, and check that the sprinklers aren’t causing water damage to the foundation of your home.


4. Store Belongings Properly
Many homeowners store their belongings in basements and attics. These two areas commonly experience dampness and moisture. Store belongings in waterproof bins to prevent damage caused by water. Bins should also be placed up off the basement floor.
You can prevent many causes of water damage by performing regular maintenance. Fortunately, water restoration specialists are available to help if you experience any water home emergency.

3 Things To Consider When Handling Carpet After a Flood

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Wet carpet of a home Carpet damaged by water

Three Things To Consider In The Wake Of A Flood

A home can be partially or fully flooded from many sources. There might be a pipe break or a water supply line leakage. Rain can seep in from a leaking roof or improperly sealed windows and doorframes. Rising water from nearby sewers, rivers and lakes can infiltrate your home. After a flood, restoration is often necessary. One part of your home that may or may not be salvageable is your carpet. Here are three things you should consider in the wake of a flood in your home in Oneta, OK, if you have carpeting.

1. Water
The category of water that caused the damage should be factored in when deciding whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced. There are three:

  1. Category 1 water is clean water, water from an uncontaminated source like a pipe break, broken water supply line or overflowing bathtub.
  2. Category 2 water is grey water, water which carries contaminants that may cause illness and comes from sources like toilets and washing machines.
  3. Category 3 water is black water, water which carries microbes and substances capable of causing severe illness and death and comes from sources like sewers and trash filled runoff.

If the water that floods your home is Category 1 water, the carpeting may be able to be saved. If it is from the other two categories, it is best to replace the carpeting because of the level of disinfection and cleaning that would be required.

2. Time
It is recommended by the EPA, CDC and FEMA that after a duration of forty-eight hours, carpet saturated with clean (Category 1) water should be replaced. Mold begins developing after a mere twenty-four hours. The amount of sanitizing needed after forty-eight hours is significant. Though some claim that it is after seventy-two hours that replacement should be considered. There is no set time.

3. Restoration
Consider hiring a professional cleanup and restoration company. Such companies are often able to clean and restore carpeting.
Whether it is from a pipe break or rain, flooding can wreak havoc on carpeting. It is important to know when it is worth trying to save it versus replacing it.

3 Key Differences Between Storm Damage and Ordinary Water Damage

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Brown boxes and green air movers. There are many different types of water damage, but when it comes to recovering from storms and flooding, it is important to take the process serious

There are many different types of water damage, but when it comes to recovering from storms and flooding, it is important to take the process seriously in Broken Arrow, OK. Storm damage is much different than ordinary damage, such as your typical pipe leak.


Here are three key differences between storm cleanup and pipe leak cleanup:


1. Classification


Guidance from the EPA classifies flood damage as a Category 3 and a pipe break as a Category 1. There is a significant difference in cleanup methods, depending on how the water damage is categorized. The category identifies the type of water and process required to repair and restore. Category 1 damage involves water that is treated and clean, and void of solid waste or bacteria. Category 3 damage includes flooding or sewage backups with severely contaminated water.


2. Cleanup Methods


Category 1 restoration is relatively simple. Because the water is clean and not contaminated, the main concern is eliminating standing water from your home. After the water is removed, you will need to dry and dehumidify your property to prevent any mold colonies from forming. Category 3 restoration is a more in-depth process due to solid waste. In addition to drying and dehumidifying, you will also need to clean and disinfect any affected areas.

3. Level of Help


While Category 1 cleanup is relatively simple and can be handled with fans and dehumidifiers, Category 3 requires the help of a storm cleanup and restoration service. These professionals are specially trained in storm damage restoration and have advanced equipment to ensure the flooded area is thoroughly cleaned and dried, and that any risks of mold are eliminated. They typically use antimicrobial and anti-fungal treatments and will remove and replace damaged materials, such as drywall and carpet.


If you find yourself victim to severe flooding or a sewage backup, do not shrug it off as a simple home repair. Call for help immediately to ensure your home is properly treated and restored to its pre-flood condition and prevent any additional damage.

Sewage Overflow Prevention

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage Overflow Toilet with sewage overflow

Sewage Overflow Prevention

Sewage overflow is defined as an overflow of untreated or partially treated wastewater from a sanitary sewer system.  This can occur when there is an obstruction in the pipes that can cause the waste waters to backup and be released from a toilet, sink or drain.  There can be many different factors as to what can cause a sewage overflow. And there are ways that we at home can help try to prevent sewage overflow from happening.  As well as ways to keep other issues from happening. 

  • Contributing factors:
    • Build-up of solids and fats, oils and greases
    • Excess rainfall flowing into sewers that are not meant to hold rainfall.
    • Failures that keep the system from properly functioning properly.
    • Trees rooting cause obstructions, shifting and breaks.
  • What you can do at home:
    • Collect oils and grease and don't dispose of them down the drain.
    • Scrape food scraps into the trash.
    • Use sink and drain strainers
    • Minimize use of garbage disposal.
    • Avoid using washing machine or dishwasher during big storms
    • Route rain gutters onto lawn
    • Make sure lawn sewer cleanup cap is intact
    • Avoid planting trees near sewer lines
    • Do not use toilet as trash can

If you do end up having a sewage overflow in your home call your local SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow to come and make it look "Like it never even happened."

The Three Categories

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Visible water Visible water from a hot water heater leak.

In the restoration business water damage is separated into three different categories.  These categories help classify the water type and what steps need to be taken to resolve the water damage issue.  The three categories are as follows. 

First is Category 1 

This is considered clean water.  Water under this category comes from a sanitary source such as a sink or a water supply line. If it makes contact with skin or is ingested it will not cause harm to the person who made contact.

Second is Category 2

This is considered grey water.  This is water that is contaminated with bacteria.  Toilet overflows, washer and dishwasher overflows are examples of this.  If in contact with a person it can cause sickness.

Third is Category 3

Finally is the black water.  This is grossly contaminated water that can cause serious illness if made contact with.  Examples of a Cat 3 are sewage and flooding from outside sources such as streams, creeks, and rivers.  

When this does happen call SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow to come and correct the damage caused.  We are IICRC certified and know what needs to be done to get the job done.

Wintertime Water Damage

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

winter 2020 snow Snow can be fun or formidible

Even though Spring is predicted to come early this year. Here in Oklahoma we have received quite a few inches of snow.  With the temperature being lower and the possibility of snowfall there are different types of water damage that can occur.  Here are some examples of water damage that could occur in the winter time:

The first are frozen pipes. This can occur when temperatures drop to where ice can form in the pipes.  This causes pressure to build and a pipe can burst from this pressure. A way to help prevent that from happening is to leave your faucets slightly open to help relieve that pressure.  You can also check to see if the pipes have insulation around them. 

The second is melted snow. Snow is beautiful, but when it melts it makes the ground muddy.  In some cases when it melts it can leak into one's basement and cause water damage that way.  A way to prevent this is to make sure to shovel snow away from the base of your home.

If you do end up having water damage remember to call us here at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow.  Please stay warm and safe.

Hide and Seek

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

Out of Plain Sight.

A water leak often goes undetected for a while, especially if it is a slow leak or it comes from an obscure location. The longer water is unrestrained, of course, the risk increases that damage can occur.

Finding this leak was a bit of a mystery. Turns out,  the leak was inside of a wall and under a sink. As the water slowly spread, it affected walls, floors, sub-floors, cabinets not only in the primary room, the water also spread to the adjoining rooms. 

The home owner's insurance company knew who to call, SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow, of course. The team at SERVPRO was able to remove the unsalvageable materials and get the home back to preloss moisture in order that reconstruction can occur and the family can get their life back to normal.

Feel the Earth Move Under Your Feet...?

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

This slab leak went unnoticed for a while.

Slab leaks happen. Frequently the cause of a slab leak is settling of our lovely Green Country Oklahoma clay soil; or sometimes pipes corrode with age and develop pin holes. Slab leaks are never a welcome event in your life.

Signs of a slab leak:

Soggy carpet.

Puddles, if puddles develop under wood flooring, you may notice the wood has cupped or become warped. Or water may squish up between the planks as you walk on the flooring.

Puddles outside the home.

Musty odor.

Increased, unexplained water usage/bill.

Low water pressure.

Warm/hot area on the floor (if a hot water line is affected).

Cracks in the floor.

Sounds of running water when no appliance or faucet is using water.

If you suspect a water leak, the best policy is to take action as soon as possible to limit the damage slab leaks can cause. You will want to turn off your water, then contact your plumber, insurance company and SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow. 

Many plumbers can detect the exact location of the leak and then repair it. SERVPRO can assess the extent of the water intrusion, remove standing water, dry what is salvageable, and remove what is not. Your insurance company will assist you with guidelines on what is covered and how your policy will work for you. We have many helpful tips on this site for what to do until help arrives!

Hole in the floor, gang.

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Slab leak is no fun.

This home-owner was facing a mystery. Water was appearing in the carpet and pad covering the floor, but the water did not seem to be coming from any sink, toilet, tub, pipe, water heater, dishwasher, etc. After eliminating all other possibilities, the discovery was finally made of a slab leak. SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow was called and the team was onsite within minutes to extract water and evaluate how to best serve our customer. We were able to provide some humidity control until a plumber could find and repair the leak. 

After the leak was repaired, the drying process was able to be set up and executed. The process includes daily readings of the humidity level of the air and structure, making adjustments as the home becomes back to its preloss normal humidity.

Mystery solved. We hope you never get to join the hole in the floor gang. But, if you do, please call SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow. We are honored to serve our neighbors and community.

Attic- placed HVAC malfunction brings the ceiling down

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

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!

I spy with my discerning eye...

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

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!

How to know

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Sign of a wet time

This year, we have encountered an unusually high number of slab leaks in beautiful Green Country. Many of the leaks went undetected for weeks before discovery. What are the clues that may cause you to suspect a slab leak?

  1. Higher water bill
  2. increased humidity
  3. gurgling sounds in floor ducting
  4. cracks in foundation
  5. wood flooring cupping
  6. pooling water
  7. musty odor
  8. doors not shutting differently
  9. diminished water flow in faucets
  10. floor temperature changed in areas
  11. walls that seem to have separated from the floor
  12. water meter running when all faucets are shut

Probably a leak won't display all of these signs. The typical current first suspicion or evidence for our customers has been the warping or cupping of wood flooring. For a recent customer, it took 16 plus truck mount tank-fuls of water to extract all the water in the ducts and floors. That is over 640 gallons of water!

Slab leaks can be quite disruptive for a family or business. A plumber can repair the plumbing. SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow can quickly come to extract water and get your home back to preloss condition.

Here we are stuck in the middle with...

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

White in Green Country

December is a memory, but a cold Oklahoma winter is still hanging around for a while. The weather experts have said we are experiencing the coldest days Oklahoma's Green Country has faced in four years. Over the New Year's celebrations, we were able to assist a few homes with unexpected and unwelcome additions to their festivities- water related to freezing temperatures.

We want to remind our neighbors of good practices to avoid getting your feet wet, unexpectedly. 

Our coldest months are December through February, so even if you have not prepared, it is prudent to take steps now: 

  • Be sure garden hoses are disconnected.
  • Add insulation (when weather permits) to outside walls, attics and unheated inside areas.
  • If it is too cold to caulk windows and doors, consider installing window weather sealing kits for temporary use until Spring.
  • Know the location(s) of your water shut off valve(s).
  • Leave a cabinet door ajar to expose under sink areas to heated air.
  • Leave a slow stream of water running during extreme cold.
  • Keep your plumber's phone number and the SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow number handy in case your best efforts fail.

Not so hot

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let pipes freeze

The weather outside isn't really frightful, but it is to be pretty cool- below freezing, in fact. If you want to keep the inside delightful, one aspect of that is to avoid disasters- water disasters in general, and water pipe break disasters, specifically.

One thing you can to do keep pipes from freezing in sub- freezing temperatures is to open the faucet  bit to allow the water run.

Another way is to ensure the pipes have access to heat. That can be as simple as opening a cabinet door. Some times plugging in a light bulb near the pipes, or a space heater is the way to keep a pipe from freezing- especially in an unheated building.

If a space heater is your only option, be sure it is safe and be sure to keep flammable items far from it.

Table over troubled water

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

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.

On Track

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

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. 

http://www.SERVPROgreaterbrokenarrow.com/water-damage-tips

Troubled Water

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water heater malfunction spreads water through walls into kitchen in Broken Arrow

Recently, I asked a group of preschoolers what they knew about water. They recalled that they could drink it, swim and splash with it, bathe in it, make tea (if the water is hot), and wash hands with water. Not one of them mentioned that it could cause trouble if it was not in its proper place in their home. Water in its proper place is mostly not in our foremost thoughts.

Most of us do not have a plan in place for what to do if our home or business experiences a water intrusion. The team at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is trained and ready to arrive quickly in order to tackle unexpected water damage that troubles you and your family or associates. Give us a call. We will be your bridge to help get your life back.

When is a good time for water damage?

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage is not convenient

When would you think is a good time for water damage in your home or business? The correct answer is never! Discovering water in places it should not be within your home or your business can be a time of moderate to extreme stress, anxiety, inconvenience, expense, distress, loss, etc. It can seem overwhelming to face it alone.

The team at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is trained to professionally mitigate water, fire, mold, etc intrusions. We consider it an honor to assist our neighbors with skill and compassion as we work together to help make the unexpected, unplanned, unwanted disaster "Like it never even happened." 

Please call on us to assist you when the unexpected happens. 918-250-2300. We are always ready to help!

Often, it's the little things

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

A BIG problem can begin with a tiny malfunction.

A missing nail in a horse shoe, if not replaced, can cause the shoe to be lost, and could cause the horse to be lost, the rider to be lost, the battle to be lost. Similarly, a malfunctioning small ring, valve, gasket, hose, etc. could be the reason water is not properly channeled to its intended path way. Such was the case for a Broken Arrow family. A very small part in the overall plumbing system failed, resulting in a flood of water covering nearly the entire first floor of their home before the problem was discovered.

The SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow Team is trained and ready to fight the battle for you. Call us. We are always ready to conquer your water invasion.

It does not take long for water to damage your home or buiness.

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Unwanted water in the closet

 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 918-250-2300

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • 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.

 

 

Who do I call to get water out of my flooded floor?

4/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow ready for you in Broken Arrow/ Tulsa area.

Walking in water can be a very enjoyable experience if you happen to be chillin' at the beach. However, to discover standing water inside your home or business can send you quickly into panic mode.

SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is trained and always ready to help you with unexpected events like a broken pipe, water leak, smoke damage, fire, mold, vandalism, etc. 

You can quickly see steps to take during these unexpected events from tips on our web site.

 http://www.SERVPROgreaterbrokenarrow.com/water-damage-tips ; http://www.SERVPROgreaterbrokenarrow.com/fire-damage-tips 

We also offer free to our customers an emergency response plan that will help you know steps to take should an emergency arise. 

Whether one room is affected, or an entire home or commercial building, let us walk with you through the unwelcome event to completion and help you get your life back.