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Safe Fire Restoration For Your Oklahoma City Home

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safe Fire Restoration For Your Oklahoma City Home A fire can also rearrange or damage natural walkways, making it necessary to inspect the entire area before entry into your home.

Restoration is The Key for Your Damaged Residential Property

A fire in your home results in ash and soot placement over many indoor surfaces. It is no secret that smoke, ash, and soot damage far exceed fire damage in most cases. There are a variety of dangers that exist when handling these materials including contact with small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals and other health concerns such as skin irritation and respiratory issues. 

After experiencing fire damage on your Oklahoma City property, you should never allow children or pets near your home until after repairs are complete. All of your personal belongings, clothes, furniture, and even children's toys are not safe until you have a chance to clean them properly. Professional restoration technicians wear protective equipment to help avoid contact with these substances while they perform their services, you should too.

Attempting to perform cleanup on your own, with a regular shop-vac or home vacuum forces hazardous particles into the air. SERVPRO technicians use HEPA filtered vacuums to help avoid this problem and fully remove small particles that might otherwise escape detection. All gathered ash piles require specific handling and disposal to prevent public environmental conditions and should never be dumped into storm drains.

Entering your home after a fire without the proper support is certainly not recommended. A professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, can provide you with expertly trained fire damage personnel with years of experience identifying and eliminating possible hazards. It only takes moving or exposing a smoldering piece of wood or other debris to reignite your fire once oxygen becomes available again.

A fire can also rearrange or damage natural walkways, making it necessary to inspect the entire area before entry into your home. Structural damages are not always visible, always have professionals check your stairs, floors, and roof before beginning repairs. SERVPRO’s initial fire damage inspection provides customers with ways to avoid hazardous materials, unstable work surfaces, electrical hazards, and other problems that might go unnoticed otherwise.

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Get the protection, cleaning, and restoration services you deserve, call SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City, today. (405) 677-4000

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Quality Water Damage Restoration Services Available in Oklahoma City

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Quality Water Damage Restoration Services Available in Oklahoma City When your commercial kitchen suffers water damage, call SERVPRO for quick remediation services. Your business can re-open fast after restoration.

Trained Technicians Specializing in Restoration can Get Your Business Doors Open Quickly After a Damage Event

Water penetrating the walls of your restaurant can lead to significant problems that close your doors before you have time to react. As with any water damage situation, mold can play a major role, but not if you know how to respond correctly.
Having the assistance of a qualified commercial water damage restoration company in Oklahoma City gives you access to trained professionals who understand how important your business is. With the correct equipment, tools, and experience, water causes minimal damage. Just remember, time plays a major role in the quality of the restoration you receive.
Make the most of what is available by contacting a company like SERVPRO, today. We can mitigate many of the damages you suffer and provide you with exceptional services during an emergency. With our 24-hour emergency services, you are never alone.  
You may experience plumbing issues in your kitchen, which cause extensive damage to your appliances, food stores, and serving equipment. SERVPRO’s expertly trained cleaning technicians understand how to apply specific methods that retain your appliances, such as ovens, fryers, refrigerators, and more.  
Take advantage of the services we offer; you may be surprised by the results you receive. SERVPRO pays close attention to each item affected by water damage. We move furniture from your dining area to a safe, dry location, caring not to damage each item further along the way. Our technicians dry, clean, disinfect, and repair each item individually, preventing losses that you suffer.
We have a long history of helping customers obtain the services they deserve during an emergency. Our IICRC certified technicians use a restore versus replacement attitude when performing restoration services on your property. We care about keeping your doors open so that you can provide quality services to the residents of our community.  
Visit SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City, today. We are locally owned and operated, friends within the community that come to your aid during an emergency. Obtain the cleanup and restoration services you deserve, call now. (405) 677-4000

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Better Insulated, Energy Efficient -- And Moldy?

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Better Insulated, Energy Efficient -- And Moldy? Always have a professional inspect the home for mold damage.

Is Mold Damage Causing Issues In Your Home?

Over the past three or four decades, new homes and remodeled areas in existing homes feature tighter windows and doors. This functions to keep warmth or coolness inside during outdoor temperature extremes. There is some concern that this air tightness may exacerbate microbial growth. SERVPRO helps homeowners sort out fact from fiction where mold growth in a newer or refurbished home is concerned.

You spent time and money remodeling a sunroom into an additional living area on your main floor. The last thing you expected was mold damage in your newly remodeled Oklahoma City house. An unpleasant smell is the warning that something serious is happening in the affected room. Contacting a restoration agency familiar with microbial growth is crucial. We are mold remediation experts, able to help you contain and remove active colonies as well as determining where the mold is finding its water supply.

The sun room shows dark streaks on the ceiling and above the new windows in addition to the musky smell. SERVPRO technicians inspect the area and identify mold growth. We contain the space, closing and hanging a plastic barrier inside the interior door as we check out how extensive the mold colony appears. Our team wears protective clothing and equipment as work progresses. A decision to remove part of the drywall along with the mold ensures all remnants leave your home for disposal. If we were unable to isolate the room from the rest of the house, air scrubbers, producing negative air pressure to keep the moldy material from spreading throughout the house, would do the job, filtering and trapping tiny particles of mold.

Although you and your family lived in this house for several years, this is the first time mold grew in the sun room. The difference is the more tightly fitting windows, trapping in moisture. Because the new windows reduced air flow significantly, we may suggest a system to vent the air, perhaps with an exhaust fan. Before the remodeling, the room had no heating or cooling system. Expanding the house’s HVAC system into the area is another option. The SERVPRO supervisory team works with you and other contractors to correct the ventilation issue.

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Let SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City help you solve the puzzle of unexpected mold growth. Call us at (405) 677-4000 to connect with our mold remediation team.

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Instant Flood Damage can Ruin Your Night in Oklahoma City

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Instant Flood Damage can Ruin Your Night in Oklahoma City Bathtubs can overflow leaving large amounts of water on your floors. Have SERVPRO on speed dial to handle these types of emergencies.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Get Your Flooding Disaster Under Control

Mishaps happen to even the most cautious of us, even in our own homes. One situation that can bring about extreme damage can occur when you are preparing for bed, drawing your bath, shutting off appliances, and reach the television – something good is on – that movie you wanted to see so much, for so long, is finally on the screen. You sit down, relax, and forget that your bath water must be nearing the top of the tub by now.
Oklahoma City might have several theaters, and in situations like the one above, seeing a movie there might have kept you from forgetting about the overflowing tub that caused all that flood damage. However, then again, being away from home when a water pipe breaks wide open can create just as much of a mess, and sometimes, an even bigger one. In either situation, water can spread faster than you can mop it up. For that reason, you need to have professionals like those from SERVPRO help, and our Water Restoration Technician's (WRT) training can assist in ensuring that your home is more than just mopped up.
Before we leave any home and consider the job there complete, the residence's moisture and humidity levels are restored to their normal ranges. These include the structure itself, the belongings in it, and the air, also. A bathtub overflowing might seem like a simple task to remedy, but in reality, it can become very complicated simply because of the fluidity of the water permits it to seep into the tiniest of cracks and porous surfaces.
Water does not stop moving, either, but continues to flow, evaporate, condense elsewhere, and evaporate again. Just as in nature, water continues to do this, until we physically remove it from your home. SERVPRO uses different methods to achieve this goal of normal dryness.
We start by removing the largest amounts and collections of water with handheld extractors that pump the water into containers. When situations require larger amounts be removed, we use one of our pump trucks first, as this is much safer and highly efficient. When all visible water is eliminated, working toward the elimination of water trapped by carpets, wood paneling, flooring, and other porous materials, we use heaters and large air blowers. At times, we also use special pads that remove excess moisture.
When belongings are affected, we decide which method is best according to the item itself. Many items are not damaged by the actual water itself at the initial event, but instead, they are damaged later by moisture in the air that travels and then condenses on the surfaces. This applies in particular to photographs and paintings, making the use of dehumidifiers necessary.
No matter the cause of your flood damage event, call us, SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City, at (405) 677-4000. Because we know that accidents happen around the clock, we never close, keeping us available to you at all times.

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Making the Most of Water Removal Services Available for Your Oklahoma City Home

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Making the Most of Water Removal Services Available for Your Oklahoma City Home Knowing where the main shut off valve for water coming into your home can save you further damage. Call SERVPRO for remediation right after.

SERVPRO's Quick Response can PREVENT Many Types of Secondary Damages

As soon as an incident involving massive water intrusions occurs in your home, you need to call someone for help.  The longer it takes for you to make a decision, the more damaging the situation can become. What started as a broken pipe in your wall, affects your subfloor, floor, carpeting or floor cover, furniture, cabinets, crawl spaces, attic, or basement.  
Without the proper water removal and drying services, your Oklahoma City property can fall victim to water damage that causes massive problems. Water itself may be essential for living, but it can still cause catastrophic damage in your home. Everything from floods to leaky faucets can cause major health and safety issues, making quality restoration services a blessing.
You want to stop the flow of water immediately, so knowing the location of and how to use your water main shut-off valve can help prevent many damages that may occur. After that, contact SERVPRO, we can repair the damaged water source, utilize industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment to get things under control swiftly and prevent additional damages from forming.  
When dealing with major water intrusions on your property, turning the water off is only the beginning. You should also shut down any power sources located on your property; this helps avoid electrical problems, fires, or injuries. Having a professional company, like SERVPRO on your side gives you the ability to assess total damages and provides you with the services you deserve to recover properly.
The longer it takes to remove excess water, the more likely your home is to develop secondary damages. Many problems like mold, rust, corrosion, and biohazards only occur if given time to develop. Making the call to SERVPRO ensures that you receive a level of excellence that reduces risks associated with water damage to your property and protects your family from harm.  
We can even help you refit your house with water-resistant building materials such as stone, tile, sealed concrete, or even waterproof wallboard. Using water-resistant glues, galvanized or stainless-steel nails and fasteners, installing additional drains, backflow valves, or sump pumps to improve future chances and limiting any losses you experience.
Make the most of the services available to you, contact SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City today. (405) 677-4000

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Convenience Store Needs Water Removal After Plumbing Fail in Oklahoma City

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Convenience Store Needs Water Removal After Plumbing Fail in Oklahoma City Water damage at your convenience store needs quick remediation so that your customers don't find a new place to shop. Call quickly after damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Respond Quickly After a Water Damage Disaster in Your Store

When a water main bursts inside your busy convenience store you need a speedy response. Water spreads throughout the shopping aisles, coolers, and storage areas. The amount requires professional removal, or permanent damage is possible to the structure and fixtures of the store. The staff at SERVPRO has the experience and access to the equipment that makes water abatement possible.
Water pooling within your business needs fast removal for your Oklahoma City convenience store to continue operations. You have banks of refrigerators, a coffee and beverage service area, open coolers with food and drinks all at risk from the water. You need our full-service expertise and industrial strength pumps and water extractors to set things right in a hurry.
SERVPRO staff arrive with powerful, truck-mounted equipment dedicated to speedy commercial water removal. We avoid electrical hazards during the pumping by relying upon our truck-based emergency services to supply the energy needed to run the equipment if the power is turned off in your shop for safety reasons. After the visible water exits via pumping and extractors, we set up a pattern of air movers and dehumidifiers planned with our drying target in mind.
We remove rugs and other soaked materials to ancillary sites to dry out. Then we work with you or your manager to determine what inventory within your store has too much damage to salvage. Food products and paper serving dishes must not suffer tainting from the water, or they are not fit for human consumption. Because of the debris constantly tracked into a convenience store, garbage receptacles that filled and spilled over with water, restrooms that possibly shared sewage during the flooding of water, and other issues, the possibility of severe contamination of non-sealed items for sale is real. SERVPRO has certified staff who help you make tough decisions that protect your business and your customers from harm.
If you contact us immediately, we have the chance to mitigate water damage issues quickly. Our fast reaction means your store is offline for only a short period, just long enough to remove the water and make good decisions about foodstuffs and other items to discard. An even better result emerges if you took the opportunity to create a free Emergency Ready Plan and Profile with us before a crisis occurred. Water removal is just one of the services you pre-plan by using our mobile app along with an on-site assessment by one of our inspectors. List your priorities in the event of a disaster and give SERVPRO essential information about your physical plant through this proactive practice.
SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City is ready to help your business recover from water emergency situations. Call (405) 677-4000 to develop an emergency plan and to get one of our crews on site when the water does not stop flowing.

Storm Damage And Your Roof In Oklahoma City

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage And Your Roof In Oklahoma City Even when there was no hail or rain produced during a storm, your roof can sustain damage.

Storm Damage To Your Roof

Even when there was no hail or rain produced during a storm, your roof can sustain damage. Strong winds make stress points on your roof which, over time, can weaken and be compromised. Roofs are made to resist typical winds; however, they can be damaged incrementally over years of high winds and debris blown around by the wind. It is important to fix the initial damage and replace missing shingles quickly to stop any high fuel costs and water damage that inevitably result from a roof which is damaged.

The effect that the wind has over your Oklahoma City home’s roof is not uniform. Areas such as the perimeter and corners of your roof are susceptible to high wind pressures and storm damage, while the center could have fewer stresses. Most wind damage begins at the edge of the roof. Anywhere the material of the roof is just a bit loose, the wind gets under it and pushes it up, therefore giving the wind more to grab onto during the next storm, which makes a peeling effect. This type of damage can begin quite small, but keep growing over time through repeated exposure to the wind.

SERVPRO can be counted on to help get your roof repaired when storm damage has ravished it. With our professional training and courteous, timely work, we can help to prevent further damage to your home from intruding water by covering damaged areas with tarps or plywood for temporary protection. We then focus on restoring water damage of the attic and other affected areas. Our technicians may be able to do the roof repairs, but we can always get help from one of our roofing contractor partners to rebuild your roof to code when needed.

Tree Damage And Flying Debris
Wind events which are significant also cause debris to fly into your roof. Tree branches, shards of glass, and other debris can be more damaging than the wind at times. When looking at your roof after a windstorm, investigate what could have blown across or onto the roof. It's a good idea to check your downspouts and gutters since debris can clog them and make other problems in the future. Make sure to keep your trees trimmed and away from the roof. Tree branches that touch a roof gouge and scratch roofing materials when branches are being blown around. Overhanging trees which have falling branches cause damage or even puncture shingles and other materials on your roof.

If you suspect damage to your roof, call SERVPRO right away. Remember, the longer you wait, the more damage occurs. The cost to replace or repair your roof is much less when you do not have added water damage and leak repair costs. We also help you speak with your insurance company to take some of the stress off you and to help you file your claim. All damage gets documented thoroughly, and we draw up a plan for remediation before we even begin any work.

SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City understands how important it is to repair a roof that has sustained storm damage. The protection of your family and home depend upon your roof, so we are available at all hours when you dial (405) 677-4000.

Cleaning The Air During Mold Damage Remediation In Oklahoma City

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning The Air During Mold Damage Remediation In Oklahoma City Mold and Spores Remediation Requires Cleanup of the Ambient Air in Oklahoma City by SERVPRO

Oklahoma City Air Quality is a Vital Segment of Mold Cleanup

Mold is a real nightmare for any homeowner. Spores quickly spread throughout an area and can take up residence in furniture, clothes, and carpets. Damp areas are particularly in danger of fungus growth. Oklahoma has high humidity, and fungi love high humidity, so householders in the area need to be on the lookout for mold. When you find telltale black (or any other color) spots or notice the distinctive musty smell of mold, it is time to call in SERVPRO.

There are many stages to remediation of mold damage in your Oklahoma City home. One of the most vital steps is cleaning the air of mold spores. No one wants mold spores in the air of their home if it can be avoided. Not to mention the fact that airborne particles travel to other locations within your house and potentially set up new colonies when they land.
Our IICRC-certified technicians start by sealing off affected areas and create contained working stations. This isolation prevents further spread of the fungi throughout your home. One key aspect of mold remediation is removing airborne spores from contaminated areas. If most of these spores are not removed, remediation is not complete because they can spread.
Air scrubbers are built to filter even small particles such as fungus spores. They draw in air from the surrounding environment and pass it through a series of filters to remove particles. Air scrubbers can be used to remove lead, dust, asbestos, chemical fumes – and mold. This cleaning is a vital part of mold remediation both because of already airborne mold and due to the possibility of more spores becoming airborne as cleaning takes place. Air quality is key.
Our professional teams come equipped with HEPA filter air scrubbers. A HEPA (or High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter traps small particles. To be considered a true HEPA filter, a filter must have been tested and shown to remove at least 99.97% of particles of 0.3 microns in size. SERVPRO only uses true HEPA filters in our mold remediation process.
Another way we limit the spread of contaminants is by the utilization of a negative air machine. This piece of equipment is often used in conjunction with air scrubbing. We create negative air pressure by using ducting to remove contaminated air from the area and vent it outside. This creates a vacuum effect which helps limits the spread of airborne spores. Cleaning air and removing contaminated air reduces the risk of the mold moving throughout your home. This process can also include installed HVAC systems.
If you have mold in your house, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City at (405) 677-4000 today for assistance.

Why Fire Damage in Oklahoma City Homes is NOT the End for Family Photos

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Fire Damage in Oklahoma City Homes is NOT the End for Family Photos There are a few options when dealing with fire damaged photos. Call SERVPRO to dicuss.

SERVPRO Specializes in Handling Unique and Delicate Fire Damaged Items

The vast majority of residential fires get identified and extinguished quickly. While they do not pose a risk to life, they can still spell big trouble for family photographs and other important documents. Contrary to popular belief, the major danger is not heat but soot residues.

When fire burns at a lower temperature, it produces oily, sticky soot which clings to exposed surfaces. It is tough to remove, and it can leave permanent stains, particularly on paper items. This kind of fire damage in Oklahoma City properties presents a challenge. However, SERVPRO has the expertise to needed to reverse its effects.

Keep reading to learn about how soot and smoke affect paper materials and what can be done to save family photographs.

Two Main Types of Smoke Damage

Dry Smoke

Dry smoke is the result of fires which burn fast at a high temperature (such as a cooking oil accident). The risk of paper items setting alight is greater under these conditions, but the smoke is less likely to smear and stain exposed surfaces. It is easier to remove because it sits in a dusty layer and responds well to suction removal with a handheld vacuum.

Wet Smoke

In contrast, wet smoke is a by-product of fires which burn slower and at a lower temperature. It poses a much bigger risk to photographs and documents because it is sticky. Attempting to remove it with a vacuum is a bad idea because the residues are spread easily with the wrong type of handling. Usually, the SERVPRO team sends affected items to an offsite specialist who applies repair treatments in low humidity conditions.

The Importance of Careful Handling

Whether we remove soot and smoke on site or refer affected photographs to a specialist, we handle possessions with the utmost caution. Careful handling is imperative after a fire because too much movement can force smoke particles deeper into porous surfaces.

Even if photo albums are not directly affected, they may pick up the lingering odor of smoke. We deal with this by setting up deodorizing equipment. It produces microscopic odor-banishing particles which follow the smoke particles deep into porous materials. They are applied in a very light fog so that the humidity of the room remains stable and no moisture damage occurs.

You do not have to face the damage of a house fire alone. The experts at SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City have the skills and expertise needed to carry out repairs quickly. We can save your valuable and precious possessions. Call us 24/7 at (405) 677-4000.

Commercial Fire Damage in Oklahoma City

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage in Oklahoma City Don't let fire damage suspend production and cost you even more money in lost business. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Regularly Handles BOTH Small and Large Scale Fire Damage Events

Large warehouse operations are profitable, but when a disaster strikes, they also have their specific problems. There are often multiple property owners, which means multiple insurance companies that all want to push their claims first. For the owner of the structure, this means many more headaches than what a small business owner has to deal with after a fire.

Commercial fire restoration, after an Oklahoma City business suffers a fire, is an extensive, multi-step process. SERVPRO takes the immediate steps of reducing damage effects, to include smoke and soot cleanup, water cleanup and property evaluation. We also perform an evaluation to determine the cost regarding labor, equipment, and replacement. Some of the key factors we examine are:

  • Loss of Use - The number of days the structure remains closed.

  • Loss of Value - The loss of income while the structure remains closed.

  • Effect of Smoke and Heat - Damage to the structure and property inside. Smoke and heat inspection also includes the possible effects that smoke and soot residue may have on SERVPRO and customer employees.

  • Replacement versus Restoration - This is a dual list of items. For example, the cost of replacing damaged storage racks as opposed to repairing them.

Understanding these factors, among others, determines the plan we develop to restore a business back to operating status as quickly as possible. It also helps identify the initial actions we take to prevent further damage. Our response team works closely with city fire departments to make certain the structure is safe to return to and begin work. These services include:

  • Supply emergency power and lighting.

  • Board up entry points to prevent trespassing, theft, and vandalism. Technicians also secure large, damaged areas where trespassers might try to access the structure. These actions also prevent new damage from inclement weather.

  • Pump out water that pooled from fire suppression systems.

  • Provide dumpsters for disposing of unrecoverable property.

For large warehouses, we bring in heavy moving equipment to clear a path through fire damaged property to complete a thorough inspection of the entire structure.

Restoration after a fire is a long process. For a business, this means a continued loss of the income needed to pay for services and insurance. SERVPRO of South Oklahoma City has decades of experience in repairing fire damage and working with fire departments and insurance companies to help you reopen your doors. Call us today at (405) 677-4000 to begin.