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An Escape Route Could Save Your Life During a Fire

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning Do you have a fire escape plan at home?

Escape planning tips

  • Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code® requires interconnected smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  • Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.
  • If there are infants, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency
  • If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have emergency release devices inside so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency. Emergency release devices won't compromise your security - but they will increase your chances of safely escaping a home fire.
  • Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family's fire escape plan. When staying overnight at other people's homes, ask about their escape plan. If they don't have a plan in place, offer to help them make one. This is especially important when children are permitted to attend "sleepovers" at friends' homes.
  • Be fully prepared for a real fire: when a smoke alarm sounds, get out immediately. Residents of high-rise and apartment buildings (PDF) may be safer "defending in place."
  • Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

Put your plan to the test

  • Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.
  • Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.
  • Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.
  • It's important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation.
  • If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route. Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire.
  • Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat – but be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit.
  • Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
  • In some cases, smoke or fire may prevent you from exiting your home or apartment building. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice "sealing yourself in for safety" as part of your home fire escape plan. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to keep smoke from coming in. If possible, open your windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in. Call the fire department to report your exact location. Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.

Have Your Air Ducts Been Cleaned Recently?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Air Duct SERVPRO Air Duct Cleaning Services. Call 918-486-1055 today for your free inspection.

Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

Proper ventilation helps improve indoor air quality. Ventilation can control indoor humidity and airborne contaminants, both of which either contribute to or act as hazards.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

Benefits of HVAC Air Duct Cleaning

  • A better-smelling home. Once you rid those air ducts of all that dust and nasty debris, you’ll probably notice that your home smells cleaner and fresher.
  • Fewer pests. A clean air duct offers very little appeal to nasty pests like spiders, roaches, and mice. Dirty air ducts provide these little buggers with a place to build a nest and to find food.
  • You’ll breathe easier. With clean air ducts, all of the tiny particles you can’t see will be reduced. Breathing in pollutants can cause you to feel sluggish and tired. Cleaner air makes it easier to breathe and should help to reduce any unwanted symptoms.
  • Your air conditioning system will last longer. You already know that you should change the air filter in your unit every month. But a clean duct system also frees it up from clogs and will allow air to flow more freely. The result? A longer-lasting, more powerful cooling and heating system.

SERVPRO of Mayes and Wagoner Counties professionals routinely inspects the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment, save money on repairs, and give you cleaner air to breathe. For additional information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today at 918-486-1055.

Lake & Boating Safety

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Boat on Grand Lake Boat on Grand Lake near Langley, Oklahoma

As a locally owned SERVPRO® Franchise, SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counties is the leading storm damage restoration company serving the Coweta, Wagoner, Porter, Broken Arrow, Pryor, Chouteau, Locust Grove, Adair, Langley, Salina, Disney, Spavinaw, Okay, East Tulsa and Grand Lake areas with continuous coverage 24-hours a day, seven days a week. When severe weather damages a home or business, SERVPRO® technicians are ready to respond to any disaster and make it “Like it never even happened."

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, swimming, and fireworks. Today we will cover Lake and Water safety.

Oklahoma is home to over 200 lakes and over 1 million surface acres, perfect for boating, swimming, fishing and all kinds of water recreation. In our area we have five lakes, Grand Lake, Hudson Lake, Fort Gibson Lake, Spavinaw Lake and Lake Eucha.

And if you’ve been in Oklahoma for any amount of time, you know that this time of the year is lake time. But with that fun time in the water comes some safety tips that everyone should review.

When Swimming

  • Never swim alone.
  • Always wear a Coast Guard approved life vest. The USCG estimates that 76% of fatal accidents were the result of not wearing a life vest.
  • Make sure your life vest fits you properly.
  • Swim in designated areas.
  • Always supervise children.
  • Avoid using alcohol and drugs that can impair your motor skills.
  • Understand the lake currents where you’re at.
  • Know the weather conditions.
  • Do not dive into the water. Jumping from cliffs or bridges is dangerous due to shallow water, submerged rocks, trees, or other hazards.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Because of the time it might take for emergency services to arrive, your CPR skills can make a difference in saving someone's life.
  • Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes are dangerous to swimmers and boaters.
  • Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as water wings, noodles, or inner tubes, in place of life jackets. These are toys and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

When Boating

  • Know the lake. Find a map of the lake you will be on and look out for dangerous spots, such as underwater structures, low water areas, areas prone to debris.
  • Understand signage and flags around the lake and docks.
  • Know the rules. Know the boating regulations for the area and state you are in.
  • Have your boat checked by a professional. It is good to have your boat checked over by a professional at least once per boating season.
  • Do a check of your boat before every time you go out. Check your motors, check the exterior of the boat.  Doing a general check each time will help eliminate problems once out on the water.
  • Use common sense. One of the most important parts of boating safety is to use your common sense.
  • Always operate your vessel at a safe speed,
  • Always stay alert not only of what is going on inside your boat but what is happening outside of it, this includes other watercraft, people, objects, etc.
  • Be aware of buoys and other navigational aids, all of which have been placed there to ensure your own safety.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and fluids while out on the lake to avoid heat stroke. Your body can dehydrate faster than you realize.
  • Pack sunscreen. Apply sunscreen often throughout the day to avoid serious sunburn.
  • Be aware of Carbon Monoxide poisoning while boating, especially if you are with a group of boats close together.
  • Keep your phone, keys, and wallet in a sealed plastic bag to keep them water safe.

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Firework Safety

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

Firework Stand Firework Stand

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, swimming, and fireworks. Today we will cover Firework safety.

If not handled properly and safely, Fireworks can be extremely dangerous, causing bodily injury and even structure fires.

The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal, but they are not safe.

In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16. And while most of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,200 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.

Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires.

If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks


Every year, young children can be found along parade routes and at festivals with sparklers in hand, but sparklers are a lot more dangerous than most people think.

Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries.

Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.

The best choice might be to grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the fireworks show.

Visit for Independence Day, Fourth of July and Firework shows near you.

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Grilling Summer Safety

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, swimming, and fireworks. Today we will cover Grilling safety.

Seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker*, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there is an increased risk of home fires.

In 2014-2018, fire departments went to an annual average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outside or unclassified fires.

Grilling fire facts

July is the peak month for grill fires (18%), including both structures, outdoor or unclassified fires, followed by June (15%), May (13%) and August (12%).

In 2014-2018, an average of 19,700 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.** Nearly half (9,500 or 48%) of the injuries were thermal burns, including both burns from fire and from contact with hot objects; 5,200 thermal burns, per year, were caused by such contact or other non-fire events.

Children under five accounted for an average of 2,000 or 39%, of the contact-type burns per year. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child, bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals.

Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,900 home fires per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires annually. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Ten percent of gas grill structure fires and 22% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks.

Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in 1,300 home fires per year, including 600 structure fires and 600 outside fires annually.

Here are 10 Do’s and Don’t Tips


  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
  1. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
  1. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough. Turn the main gas valve off after each use.
  1. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
  1. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up, you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
  1. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.


  1. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.

  1. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
  1. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
  1. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air, or it can kill you, your family and pets.

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Source: NFPA's Applied Research. * Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA). **Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, queried in April 2016

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5/4/2021 (Permalink)

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SERPVRO® has been in business since 1967, has over 1,700 franchises all over the United States, 24-Hour Emergency service, detailed estimates and has trained technicians to meet every disaster need.

SERVPRO® specializes in Fire & Water – Cleanup @ Restoration.

SERVPRO® works with all residential, business, and commercial losses.

SERVPRO® offers a wide variety of professional services, from cleaning to restoration!


  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds.
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Deodorization
  • Biohazard and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism


  • Fire, Smoke and Soot
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold, Mitigation and Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Electronics and Equipment
  • Document Drying
  • Contents Claim Inventory Services


  • We have in house crews to take care of your reconstruction needs.
  • We can act as your general contractor to get you back in business.
  • We have a list of preferred vendors to use for every project.

SERVPRO® proves to be faster to the disaster with our Timely Assignment guarantee.

  • Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® Franchise professional will contact you to arrange for service.
  • Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will be on site to start mitigation services.
  • Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster. Which means, with approval work will begin ASAP.

There are no more waiting days for a contractor to respond when every hour counts, SERVPRO® is Here to Help.

What about Insurance?

SERVPRO® is the preferred Cleanup & Restoration company for most major insurance company and works with all insurance companies. We work with your insurance company directly to expedite your claim to get you back into your home or business as quick as possible. Our technicians will give detailed estimates, generate comprehensive room-by-room inventories, and categorize what can be salvaged and what is non-salvage from your loss.

If necessary, our SERVPRO® professionals are trained to move out and store inventory properly for the cleaning and reconstruction process.

Our Technicians are Certified!  

Our technicians boast IICRC Certifications and go through continuing education classes to stay up to date on the latest tools, technology, and techniques.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)
  • Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT)
  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT)
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technicians (UFT)
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD)

Advanced Technology!

SERVPRO® understands using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claim loss expenses. Using the right tool for the job, combined with our trained technicians saves the homeowner time and money.

From Detection equipment, Extraction equipment, Air Moving equipment, Dehumidification equipment and Deodorization equipment SERVPRO® has it all to ensure the right tool for the job.   

If you have any questions, call your SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counites, 918-486-1055. 24/7 Emergency Response.  Always FREE Estimates for any job.

SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counties specializes in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration.

SERVPRO® has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Types of Smoke and Fires

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

House fire in Pryor House fire in Pryor, Oklahoma

Fire is divided into five classes (A, B, C, D, and K) that are primarily based on the fuel that is burning. This classification system helps to assess hazards and determine the most effective type of extinguishing agent.

CLASS A – Involve common combustibles, such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, trash, and plastics.

CLASS B – Involve flammable liquids, solvents, oil, gasoline, paints, lacquers, and other oil-based products.

CLASS C – Involve energized equipment such as wiring, controls, motors, machinery, or appliances.

CLASS D – Involve combustible metals such as magnesium, lithium, and titanium.

CLASS K - Involve combustible cooking media such as oils and grease commonly found in commercial kitchens.

As well as different types of fires, there are different types of smoke, wet and dry. With the different types of smoke comes different types of soot residue after a fire.

Before restoration can begin, SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counties Technicians will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based off the information from the testing.

Here are some examples of the different types of smoke.

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber – Normally low heat, smoldering fire, leaves a pungent odor, sticky to the touch, and smeary throughout the structure. Leaves smoke webs.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood – Typically fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises throughout the structure and therefore smoke rises.

After the fire there may be more than just damage from the fire itself.  Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire – It is virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, it can leave an extreme pungent odor.

If you have any questions, call your SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counites, 918-486-1055. 24/7 Emergency Response.  Always FREE Estimates for any job.

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Why we use dry sponges

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Soot from House Fire in Adair Example of soot left over from a fire we were called out on in Adair, Oklahoma

Dry Sponges aka Smoke Sponges are a type of sponge that SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counties use to remove soot during a fire cleanup.

Dry Sponge Cleaning

The Dry-Cleaning Sponge is used to clean smoke residues from surfaces. Dry Cleaning Sponges are made of vulcanized natural rubber, like an eraser rubber sponges that contain no chemical products for the purpose of cleaning. Rather, sponges clean through friction and absorption. As a sponge is pressed, rubbed, and pulled across a soiled surface, the porous sponge absorbs soils from the surface. Firm pressure is needed to “erase” soot from a surface. Dry Cleaning Sponges are effective in some situations, but not in others.

Sponges clean flat, nonglossy surfaces better than glossy surfaces. The sponge often smears residues on a glossy surface, where a wet cleaning process is needed to remove the residues. Dry Cleaning Sponges can usually remove light-to-medium soils and residues that are non-greasy but should not be used for greasy residues.

Dry cleaning is the best alternative when wet cleaning is not possible. Wet cleaning is a more effective process for removing residues, but some surfaces may be damaged by a wet cleaning process. For example, moisture can set smoke residues into a porous surface, causing stains. Dry cleaning is the safest method to use on unfinished wood surfaces to avoid moisture setting residues into the porous wood.

Once the surface of the Dry Sponge is dirty, it must be discarded and cannot be cleaned or reused. The Dry Sponges are very porous and holds a remarkable amount of soot. After wiping soot off the surface, it then can be washed to the original condition.

A few notes if you do have a fire and soot is present.

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls.
  • Don’t attempt to clean carpet or upholstered furniture without consulting SERVPRO® first.
  • Do place towels or old linens over the carpet to limit further damage by walking on it.
  • Do limit the movement throughout the structure to prevent soot particles from being further embedded into carpets and upholstery.
  • Do keep hands clean and don’t touch anything that has soot on it.
  • If the electricity is off, do empty any refrigerators, freezers and prop the doors open. This will prevent the food from leaving odors in the appliance after it is turned off.
  • Don’t operate any electrical appliances or equipment that might have smoke damage until they have been cleaned and checked.
  • Don’t send clothing with smoke residue to dry cleaners that are not experienced in cleaning fire-damaged clothing. SERVPRO® can help you in this step at getting your clothing cleaned.
  • Do wash plants on both sides of the leaves with water.
  • If your HVAC system was on, do make sure that the filter is changed and consult SERVPRO® regarding cleaning your HVAC duct system.
  • Throw out any cosmetic or medications that may have been contaminated by smoke or the heat of the fire.
  • Do not use any canned or packaged food that was close to the heat of the fire.

If you have any questions, call your SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counites, 918-486-1055. 24/7 Emergency Response.  Always FREE Estimates for any job.

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Summer Hygiene Tips

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Pool Time Summer time means pool time

With restrictions being lifted or lightened and summer right around the corner, here are some summer hygiene tips to help you and your family whether you are going to the local pool (Pryor, Wagoner, Coweta) or water park (Wagoner) or the many lakes in our area such as Hudson Lake, Fort Gibson Lake, Grand Lake, Spavinaw Lake or Lake Eucha.

Healthy Swimming Behaviors

Although chlorine and other disinfectants are an effective way to kill germs found in recreational water, they do not work instantly. Despite the use of disinfectants, many people have become sick with recreational water illnesses (RWIs), which are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water from swimming pools, hot tubs/spas, lakes, rivers, or oceans.

RWIs include gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. The most commonly reported RWI is diarrhea, caused by germs like Cryptosporidium (“Crypto”) and E. coli 0157:H7.

In the past two decades, there has been an increase in the number of RWI outbreaks. Remember, chlorine and other disinfectants do not kill germs instantly. Additionally, the mixing of chlorine with pee and sweat uses up the chlorine in the pool, which would otherwise kill germs.

We all share the water we swim in, and each of us needs to do our part to help keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy.

To help protect yourself and other swimmers from germs, here are a few easy and effective steps all swimmers can take each time we swim:

Keep the pee, poop, sweat, and dirt out of the water!

  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
  • Shower before you get in the water.
  • Don’t pee or poop in the water.
  • Don’t swallow the water.

Every hour—everyone out!

  • Take kids on bathroom breaks.
  • Check diapers and change them in a bathroom or diaper-changing area–not poolside–to keep germs away from the pool.
  • Reapply sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

Check the free chlorine level and pH before getting into the water.

  • Pools: Proper free chlorine level (1–3 mg/L or parts per million [ppm]) and pH (7.2–7.8) maximize germ-killing power.
  • Hot tubs/spas: Proper disinfectant level (chlorine [3–10 parts per million or ppm] or bromine [4–8 ppm] and pH [7.2–7.8]) maximize germ-killing power.
  • Most superstores, hardware stores, and pool-supply stores sell pool test strips.

For more safety tips or information, visit

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SERVPRO® has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Water Damage Comes in all Types

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded House Flood waters from the May 2019 Historical Oklahoma Flood

Water damage is two words that every home or business owner dreads hearing.

Water damage can originate by different sources such as a broken dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow, a dishwasher leakage, broken/leaking pipes, flood waters, groundwater seepage, building envelope failures (leaking roof, windows, doors, siding, etc.) and clogged toilets.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 13.7% of all water used in the home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks.

Water damage begins when intruding water, it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, mold growth, bacteria growth, rusting of steel, swelling of composite woods, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, etc.

The damage may be imperceptibly slow and minor such as water spots that could eventually mar a surface, or it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as burst pipes and flooding. However fast it occurs, water damage is a major contributor to loss of property.

Between May and June 2019, the Green County area saw historic widespread flooding along the Arkansas River basin and its tributaries, which includes the Grand and Verdigris Rivers. The flooding reached from Fort Gibson Lake area to the Grand Lake area. Towns affected in our territory were Locust Grove, Chouteau, Wagoner, Coweta, Salina, Spavinaw, Kansas, Rose, Langley, Adiar, Inola, Claremore, Pensacola and Disney.

Flooding in the Arkansas River basin caused an estimated $3 billion in damage and killed five people.

There are three basic categories of water damage, based on the level of contamination.

Category 1 Water - Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and classified as "clean water". Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.

Category 2 Water - Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to. Known as "grey water". This type carries microorganisms and nutrients of micro-organisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 Water - Known as "black water" and is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, storm surge, ground surface water or standing water.

Category 2 Water or Grey Water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant may be re classified as Category 3 Water. Toilet back flows that originates from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color.

Remember that every water damage is different, each requiring a unique solution. Your SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counties team will inspect the damage to your property, then access what steps need to be taken, then create a plan of action.

Remember that SERVPRO® works will all insurance companies and is the preferred vendor for most insurance companies.

As a business or homeowner, one of the most important parts of the process is determining where the water has come from.. Finding the cause and making sure that the leak is fixed is the first of many steps that need to be taken.

The Damage - If left unresolved water damage can cost the home or business owner thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

The Recovery - It is important to get our SERVPRO® team to the water loss as soon as possible to get the water removed swiftly.

  • Our technicians use specialized equipment to target the water and use moisture sensing equipment to detect any wetness hiding where we cannot see.
  • We will remove all the moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers. Sometimes this may take a few days to complete this process.
  • We will remove any damaged property such as carpet, cabinets, and appliances from the affected areas.
  • We will also remove with care, any belongings such as furniture, clothing, and personal items that can be restored. We can clean and sanitize many of your restorable items.
  • The restoration process could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding. SERVPRO® can rebuild everything, from a room to a whole house or business.

SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counties specializes in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration.

If you have any questions, call your SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counites, 918-486-1055. 24/7 Emergency Response.  Always FREE Estimates for any job.