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Commercial and Large Loss Restoration

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

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As the number one choice in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City can help you every step of the way. From immediately after the disaster to returning your property to its preloss condition, we want to make the process as smooth as possible.

When your commercial property is suddenly hit with damage due to a storm, flood, fire or other disaster, it can leave you, your employees and customers in shock. It’s important to know that you have professional large-loss specialists to handle the restoration process as quickly as possible so that you can get back to business. 

Each large loss project is managed by SERVPRO of Central OKlahoma City. They’re backed by the SERVPRO headquarters operations team to help you have the smoothest restoration experience possible

SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

Our Disaster Recovery Teams are composed of elite technicians who have the training and resources to handle large-loss events for industries that have included hospitals, universities and government facilities.

SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City Disaster Recovery Team is an elite team of technicians. We’re strategically located and prequalified to respond Faster to any size disaster.

Our highly-trained professionals understand your need to keep business going, even after an emergency. That’s why we offer flexible solutions, working after hours or around the clock to complete your restoration project. In many cases, SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City can clean up in a way that the damaged space can be safely isolated from functional space so that normal operations can proceed around the cleanup. This minimizes the downtime you have for your facility. We’re Faster to any size disaster™ providing 24/7 emergency service. You can be sure that SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City is ready to respond to your emergency call.

5 Ways To Prevent House Fires

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

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We’ve all  heard the stories, or at least seen someone's story on tv. It starts out of nowhere, then- before they knew it- FIRE! The damages of a fire can be disastrous, In fact, there are about 365,500 house fires in the U.S. every year. On average, 7 people die in U.S. house fires every day. SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City wants to help keep your home and loved ones safe, it is critical that you follow these 5 tips.

Smoke Alarms

This one should be a no-brainer. Smoke alarms are absolutely essential for keeping your home safe. Make sure you install at least one on every level of your home and inside all the bedrooms in the house.

Battery Changes

Having smoke alarms is great, as long as you alway remember to make sure they’re working. Test the smoke alarms once per month, and if the batteries are dead, replace them.

 Checking The Home

 Be sure to check certain systems in your home regularly. You may even want to hire a professional to ensure that your home is thoroughly inspected. The things you should regularly check include; the condition of your home’s electrical system, the natural gas/LP gas system in your home, and the air conditioning and heating units in your home.

Kitchen Safety

One of the most common causes of house fires is something going wrong in the kitchen. To ensure your safety in the kitchen,  SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City wants you to follow these practices: When you’re cooking on a stove and need to leave the stove for a minute or two, turn it off rather than letting it cook unattended. Don’t cook while under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, or if you’re tired. Also, ensure that no clothes or rags are left on or near a burner.

Safe Use of Wires

Faulty wiring and outlets are one of the top causes of house fires. So make sure your wires and outlets are working properly. Do not attempt to plug or unplug anything if your hands are wet. Also, don’t pinch or cover electrical cords with items like rugs.

If all of the above steps are followed, and the unthinkable fire still occurs, remember that  SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City fire damage restoration experts will be ready and faster to your disaster and make it feel “Like It Never Even Happened”.

3 Questions About Caring for Leather Furniture After Fire Damage

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

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f you’re wondering how to properly care for leather after it's been affected by fire damage, you’ve come to the right place! SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City has some helpful tips that could save your personal or professional belongings.

How Can Leather Be Cleaned?

When it comes to cleaning, leather upholstery typically needs to be dusted and vacuumed on a weekly basis. You can wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth, or a damp cloth if the dust is thicker. Remember to never, ever use a soaking wet cloth on your leather upholstery. Use your vacuum’s cleaning attachment to vacuum corners, nooks, and crannies in leather furniture. It’ll do wonders!

How Often Should Leather Be Conditioned?

 After that first step, comes conditioning. Leather conditioning is just as important as leather cleaning! Leather furniture should be conditioned once to twice a year, depending on the amount of wear and tear it endures on a daily basis, and quickly it’s drying out.

What Causes Leather to Dry Out?

Leather is similar to our skin, which needs to stay moisturized in order to remain healthy and in good condition. What causes leather to dry out? Well, if your sofa or chair is near an air vent, or a sunny window, it could dry out and fade quicker than if it were placed away from the vent/window (or if the window were covered).

SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City has experience with cleaning, conditioning, and caring for leather furniture! Especially after fire damage and water damage. If your furniture is in need of a little bit of tender loving care, don’t be afraid to contact SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City. We can clean and restore your leather to its original condition, and you’ll love the results! Our motto is to make this disaster feel “Like It Never Even Happened.”

WHAT HAPPENS DURING STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Step One: Ensure everyone is safe 

Severe storms can leave behind broken, disintegrated glass, roofs, ceilings, windows, and other hazards. It is critical that the first priority following a hurricane is ensuring that everyone is safe.

Generally, it’s your first time inspecting the property to assess the storm’s damage. While this is important, there are more critical precautions you must conduct.

First, confirm that there’s no threat of electrocution. This is more likely if flooding has occurred and down power lines are close to the property. If this is the case, stay away from the property until the power is cut.

If your roof appears unstable, evacuate from the house until professionals can inspect the structure. Actively watch out for things such as nails, sharp debris, and glass.

Most importantly, if the house smells of natural gas after the storm, notify the gas company immediately.

Ensuring everyone’s safety will always SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City be the number one step that is a non-negotiable act after a storm’s passing.

Step Two: Guard the property

After taking the necessary safety precautions, your second step is to guard and secure the property.

Check for any broken windows, heavy leaks, and flooding. Board up any window that is still letting water in. Remove any valuable possessions that might be at risk. Remember, stagnant water is notorious for causing more severe problems. Also, water intrusion can lead to mold growth which can be life-threatening.

This step is overwhelming for most people. Reaching out to SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City storm restoration team is your best option.

Step Three: Documentation of all storm damages 

After ensuring everyone is safe and the property is guarded, assessing the damage is the next step to storm damage restoration. This can be an emotional process but is vital for filing an insurance claim.

It is essential that documentation of all the storm’s damages is thorough. Taking pictures of both the exterior and interior of the property helps. Every photograph must be detailed.

If there are any major appliances or furniture that is broken, photograph them to help determine the replacement value. Documenting every damage to a property will make the insurance claims process more straightforward.

It is also vital to carefully inspect the property’s exterior as many damages can go unnoticed. Look for damage residing on roof shingles, siding, window frames, and outdoor HVAC units.

The documentation process may seem like a hassle and unnecessary, or even stressful, but it must be done to recover the correct amount of losses acquired.

Step Four: Partner with SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City

Dealing with storm aftermath is challenging, not to mention the complicated procedure of processing your claims. When you hire SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City we will assist the property’s damages accurately and aid in getting the property back to normal.

Working with a company with a strong reputation and positive public image is important. Ensure the organization has extensive knowledge regarding handling all types of damages that can arise because of a storm.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING WIND DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

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CLEAR THE AREA OF ANY DEBRIS

Except for extreme cases, wind by itself is not all that dangerous to your home. The trouble comes when it blows any surrounding debris into the side of your house. Things such as rotting trees, branches, or even gravel can destroy your property if you are not careful. Removing these items from the area is an excellent way to nip any future problems in the bud.

You may be hesitant to do this as removing trees from a property consumes both time and money; however, leaving it and putting your home at risk create the possibility of a bigger problem. Unfortunately, many homeowners fail to recognize this and end up dealing with the expensive damages left behind by the tree’s limbs.

REINFORCE THE DIFFERENT AREAS OF YOUR HOME

  • Windows

Storm shutters are an addition that you can add to your home’s windows to increase their durability. This added resistance protects your home and the people living inside it from wind-borne debris. On top of storm shutters, you have the additional option of adding shatter-resistant film or high- impact glass to your windows.

  • Doors

Your doors are another area of your home that can easily succumb to wind pressure. Reinforcing these with a heavy-duty deadbolt, stronger hinge attachments, and slide bolts can drastically reduce the chances of their destruction.

  • Roof

Your roof is one of the most important defenses when it comes to a wind storm. Fortifying it and taking care of any loose shingles is one way to keep your roof prepared for high winds. Another option is to change out your regular shingles altogether for impact-resistant shingles.

SEAL GAPS IN YOUR HOME

Sealing off the gaps and cracks in your home removes its vulnerability. These entry points allow wind and water to enter you home, creating many other issues. Resealing the areas around your windows and doors with caulk will help prevent flooding and mold issues exacerbated by winds.

WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

SERVPRO®? of Central Oklahoma City is here to assess your storm damage and determine the next steps towards repairs to make this disaster feel “Like It Never Even Happened.” If you need a roofing evaluation or have suffered exterior damage due to storms or other natural disasters contact us and schedule a storm damage evaluation and start on the road to recovery.

WHY SERVPRO? COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY SERVICES

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

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WHY SERVPRO? Whether you own a commercial building or manage many commercial buildings, they present unique challenges when something goes wrong. Proper maintenance can prevent little problems from becoming large-scale problems. If they do, SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City is ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.” And while we are available 24/7 for your repair and restoration needs, we’ve compiled three tips from professionals across the industry that can prevent your commercial building structure from incurring a major loss:

  1. Maintain your roofing structure. Fixing leaks as soon as they arise instead of putting them off to deal with later will significantly decrease your chances for a major loss. Whether the issue is minor or major may only be detectable by professionals. Either way, it’s imperative to address the problem sooner rather than later.
  2. Regularly check your fire control system. Whether it’s a communication line in your system that has gone down or fire suppression sprinklers aren’t working, your fire control system should be checked regularly to make sure it’s functioning properly. Responsible action and routine maintenance check can prevent significant damage to your building structure.
  3. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance. Commercial HVAC systems differ significantly from home HVAC systems. Which means they are significantly more complicated and usually require professional assistance. Proper planning and scheduling routine professional exams will allow parts to be replaced when needed, as well as checking for any major faults.

As you can see, the old adage ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ definitely applies to your commercial building structures. However, even with regularly scheduled maintenance and quick action on the part of the building manager, things can go awry. SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City has professionals that will answer your call immediately and begin taking actions to limit the damage. Our trustworthy and confident staff will develop a plan, move quickly, and execute flawlessly. We are a leader in the restoration industry, and our professionals are faster to disaster any size.

Fire Damage Contents

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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When fire strikes your home or business you first thought is what about my contents? Fire and fire contents are top tier important when it comes to assisting the loss. When our knowledgeable team arrives they will not on take care of the fire structure and fire smell, they will provide services needed to take care of your contents and make sure to restore them back to preloss condition. SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City will make sure to provide the needed services to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Electric Fire

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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When building a new home or business electrical fires happen unexpectedly and can cause serious fire damage. When fire damage happens you can trust that SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City will arrive to assist the damages. Our team knows how valuable it is to get your home or business back to living or working and in stable condition. When fires happen you want to make sure you are ready for whatever happens. 

Ownership

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City? Each SERVPRO® is independently owned and operated. SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City is family owned, from the owners to their daughter and son in law working in the business to continue to provide the care and family environment. Not only do the google reviews speak values about our team and location but SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma city is one big family along with being one team. Keep in mind when you chose your next restoration company just from the name of them, reach out to SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City for your next mitigation restoration needs from a one team foundation who truly cares about helping and serving others.

Generator Safety Tips

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A generator is plugged into an outdoor outlet on a house Emergency weather events make the use of generators more common. Be sure to stay safe when operating a generator.

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below provided by the American Red Cross.

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use it in wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopylike structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warnings.