A Lesson On Dry Sponges
Soot from fire damage cannot be cleaned with just water. SERVPRO uses a special dry sponge on surfaces like drywall. It is made of a natural rubber and used like an eraser.
Once the surface of the sponge is dirty, it must be discarded and cannot be cleaned or reused. The sponges are very porous and hold a remarkable amount of soot. After wiping soot off the surface, then it can be washed.
There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back “Like it never even happened.”
If you have questions about fire, smoke or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties at (918)486-1055.
Hygiene Tips on COVID-19
Across the nation and the world as a whole, the Coronavirus is the top headline. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news, many events are being cancelled around the nation because of this outbreak.
During this time, it is extremely important to maintain extra vigilant personal hygiene and safety precautions. Here are some helpful tips to follow:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Stay home when you have a fever or present a risk of spreading illness to others.
- Maintain a proper social distance between people (3 feet).
- Shaking hands and other forms of social greeting that creates contact with other people is discouraged during this period.
Our team hopes that these tips were helpful and that everyone will stay safe in such a crisis and take the proper precautions to remain healthy.
Types of Fires
Many people don't know this but there are different types of smoke.
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Mayes and Wagoner Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
SERVPRO: For All of Your Restoration Needs!
SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties should always be your primary choice for any of your restoration services; from water and fire restoration, to mold mitigation, to duct cleaning — you name it — we do it all!
Not only that, but we are available 24/7 for any and all of your needs. We are there when you need us, especially during odd hours and times when you would need us most.
There is no flood too small, and no fire loss too large for us to handle; we tackle each job with a steadfast commitment to complete our goals on time, professionally, and with the utmost care.
Don't believe us? Check out our Google and Facebook reviews — we take great pride in being able to provide quality service to our residents.
If you ever need a restoration company you can count on, you know who to call...
SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties!
Untreated Water Damage Leads to Mold Growth
When water damage is left untreated, mold growth quickly occurs. Contact SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties at the first sign of water damage.
If you have ever been curious about where a certain odor was coming from and almost went crazy looking for the source, there is a chance it could have been caused by water damage. But how does water damage cause such foul smells, and what can you do about them? SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties provides restoration services and has experience in dealing with this kind of issue.
Although it often starts out as just a nuisance, water damage can worsen over time. Seeping water can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which is when foul odors start to emerge. Water triggers mold to release spores, creating a sickening stench. Odors can also be a result of other contaminants. For instance, when a sewer backs up, the resulting smell comes from the sewage that is inside your home.
So, what can you do about it? Well, this is one mess you definitely should not try to clean up yourself: Water damage always calls for a professional touch. Additionally, if there is any form of sewage present, you will need professional sewage cleanup services to remove all the hazardous and toxic materials. The same is true for mold cleanup. And remember: It is important to call an expert right away. Whether you just noticed a leak or your home recently sustained a flood, now is the time to contact a specialist. If you wait too long, the damage could become more expensive to repair and may even harm your health.
If you have water damage and need a crew that can handle large cleanups with ease, get in touch with SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties. Their friendly staff can help with all types of damage done to your home. To find out more about the services they offer, call (918)486-1055.
Thunderstorm Preparedness in Oklahoma
Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. They can cause severe damage to your home and property in Oklahoma. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:
- Include winds over 50 MPH
- Create hail
- Cause flash floods
- Cause tornadoes
In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.
SERVPRO® of Mayes & Wagoner Counties knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:
- Know the risk for thunderstorms in Oklahoma
- Sign up for your community’s warning system
- Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
- Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system
SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:
- Unplug appliances
- Do not use landline phones in office or home
- Pay attention to alerts and warnings
If you can’t get inside a building:
- If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately. Find shelter
- If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
- “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car.
A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers. Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems.
SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties is independently owned and operated.
Our New Year's Resolution
3, 2, 1.... NO!!!!
New Years is always full of fun and exciting times. The best part of New Years is setting your “New Year's Resolution”. Here at SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties, we have a resolution of our own. Our resolution is to educate more people about how we do what we do. So, here is a countdown of some of the things that make SERVPRO your go to for any type or size of water loss.
5: We provide 24-hour service every day of the year, including holidays, so we are always prepared for when you need us the most.
4: Our team is highly trained in water mitigation.
3: For every job we get called into, we have a policy. The 1-4-8 Policy. Our goal is within one hour, a representative will make initial contact with you and set up a time to be there. We have 4 hours to be on site at your disaster- big or small. We have 8 hours to brief the team and get started on getting your home or business back "Like it never even happened."
2: Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings.
1: A trusted leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises.
Here at SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties, we pride ourselves on being the best at what we do. From the moment we get the call, our objective is to give our customer the best results. We provide a nice and friendly experience to go along with the hard work that we put into each and every job. Make it your New Year’s Resolution to use SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties in your time of need and we will do our best not to disappoint.
Tips To Prevent Mold
In some cases, mold can be good — it's essential in making brie and penicillin, for example, but it can also be very, very bad, especially when it grows undetected in your home.
Here are some tips to prevent mold from growing in your home:
- Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.
- Dry wet areas immediately.
- Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.
- Equip your home with mold-resistant products.
- Monitor humidity indoors.
- Direct water away from your home.
- Clean or repair roof gutters.
- Improve air flow in your home.
- Keep mold off household plants.
Remember mold can be dangerous and there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mold prevention. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step.
Space Heater Safety
With the cost and hassle of replacing central heat, a lot of people are using more space heaters. These heaters can lower your energy bills by adding direct warmth to the rooms you use more frequently. But while these portable heaters can be both efficient and economical, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when putting one in your home.
When shopping for a space heater make sure to buy one that fits your needs. Buying a larger heater for a smaller area can cause your utility bills to be higher. A small heater being used to cover a larger area will cause it to work harder. Make sure to buy a heater with overheat protection.
Room heaters with overheat protection switches function by using a temperature sensor to detect when internal components become too hot. When an unsafe temperature is detected, the switch automatically shuts off the unit to prevent overheating. Most new space heater also offer tip over protection. This feature shuts the space heater off if it accidentally tips over. Another great feature is the cool-touch feature where the exterior part of the heater is safe to touch for houses with children or pets.
One good rule is to always plug a space heater directly into an outlet. Plugging directly into an outlet helps prevent over heating. Plugging into an extension cord can cause fires, overheating, or a chance of electrical shock. Remember that if you do have to plug into an extension cord use one that is rated for the size of the space heater.
Stay away from using space heaters in humid areas and bathrooms. To avoid shock do not touch a space heater with wet hands or any type of water. Remember to always shut off your heater when leaving the area. Some heaters have automatic timers that shut off for you, but leaving a heater on and unsupervised can be very costly and dangerous.
Educating yourself about the safety hazards that come with the improper use of portable heaters will help you achieve better peace of mind as you keep your home warm, comfortable, and fire hazard-free this winter.
Christmas Tree Fire Safety
Don’t let Christmas ever heat up too much — with fire that is. Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars a year in property damage. More importantly, these fires can be dangerous to your family and friends. Tree dryness, electrical malfunctions, and poor location can be a deadly combination when showcasing a live tree in your home.
Here are some safety tips for your tree to help unwanted surprises during the Hollidays.
-Keep the bases of the tree well watered to prevent it from drying out.
-Keep away from heat sources such as heaters, fireplaces, or light sources such as candles.
-Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches.
-Do not forget to turn the Christmas lights on the tree out at night.
-Be sure to plug your lights into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
Don’t let your Holliday season burn out and go up in flames. Remember these few safety tips to help make sure your Holliday season goes as planned.