Steps to Prevent a Fire
We're experts in fire damage restoration, but we've also got some tips to help mitigate the risk of a fire in the first place.
Our experts at SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City are trained to be faster to any disaster, and to restore fire damage "Like it never even happened." You know we’re always a phone call away.
With that said, however, there are still a number of easy steps you can take around your home or commercial property to mitigate the risk of a fire before it happens. Take a look:
Check Your Smoke Detectors
Be sure to regularly check the fire detectors throughout your home or property to ensure they have working batteries and are operating properly. You can do this fairly easily by pressing the little button on your smoke detectors. If the alarm is loud and striking, that means it’s working properly. If the sound is weak and faint, or, worse yet, there’s no sound at all, then that means you’re in need of a battery change.
Regularly Clean The Lint Trap in Your Dryer
It can be easy to forget, but when lint backs up in your dryer it can create a dangerous fire hazard. Every so often it’s also a good idea to check behind your dryer to ensure no lint or articles of clothing have fallen back there and created a fire risk.
Clean Your Stove and Oven
One of the leading causes of stove or oven fires are food bits left behind from past meals that can combust the next time you’re cooking, so it’s important to clean your stove and oven regularly to ensure there’s nothing that could suddenly spark a kitchen fire. In that same line of thinking, be sure to always make sure things like towels or oven mitts are far enough away from your stove and/or oven that they won’t accidentally catch on fire.
And be sure to never leave the kitchen while cooking, because a fire can start quickly and can escalate even faster if you’re not there to take action right away. Remember that attacking grease fires will only further feed the flames, and that the best way to subdue a grease fire is to cover it and trap it.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher In Your Home or Property
You never know when you might need it, but when you do you’ll be glad you have it. Keep it somewhere that’s both safe and easily accessible in the event of an emergency, and be sure you and/or someone in your home or commercial property is properly trained to use a fire extinguisher.
Call Us If you Need Us
If you do sustain fire damage, give us a call 24/7 at 405-252-9400 to speak with our experts and have a team dispatched to your home or property.
What to Expect This Hurricane Season
Stay one step ahead of hurricane season with some helpful info from your neighborhood restoration experts.
Summer has arrived in Oklahoma, which means hurricane season is officially in full swing. And after last year broke records for number of storms (according to The Farmer’s Almanac and the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University), another active hurricane season is anticipated in 2021.
Scientists anticipate 17 named storms in 2021, eight of which are categorized as hurricanes. These numbers are based on forecasts from April 2021 that are subsequently updated throughout hurricane season through the end of August. Since 1981, the average number of hurricanes per season is 6.4, meaning this summer is likely to continue a recent trend of above-normal storm seasons in the USA.
In 2020, much of the hurricane-caused flooding in the U.S. occurred in Louisiana, Texas, and other gulf states. However, hurricanes can persist as severe storms as they make further landfall into inland Texas and Oklahoma.
You already know that SERVPRO is faster to any disaster, and that no matter the storm damage our restoration experts can make it "Like it never even happened." But the more you know about hurricanes, the better you can prepare before they hit.
Here are a few hurricane facts that could come in handy this summer:
What Criteria Qualify a Hurricane
A hurricane is a tropical storm with winds that are at least 74 mph. They’re usually weakened when they make landfall, which is why states bordering large bodies of water (like the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico) are often the most impacted. However, even if after making landfall it falls below the threshold of an active hurricane, it can still cause wind damage and flooding from the intense rain that persists.
There Are Different Classes of Hurricanes
Hurricanes can be classified from 1-5 depending on the speed of wind of that particular storm. A Class 1 hurricane ranges from 74-95 mph, while a class 5 hurricane is a storm with 156+ mph winds. The last class 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States was Hurricane Maria in 2017.
How Meteorologists Predict Hurricanes
Thanks to modern satellite technology, meteorologists are able to identify and track hurricanes that develop and travel more easily than ever. Hurricanes usually take a few days (or even more than a week) to fully develop and ultimately make landfall. That’s why it’s vital to heed hurricane warnings if a storm threatens our area!
And, as always, call us 24/7 for expert advice or to have a team of specialists dispatched to your home or commercial property: (405) 252-9400.
Tips for Summer Storm Preparedness
Although we can't prevent a storm from happening, there are ways to prepare and increase safety when they do.
Summer is the height of storm season in Oklahoma, and with it comes, of course, a greater risk of storm damage to your home or commercial property.
You already know that if your property floods, is struck by lightning, or sustains any other kind of wind or storm damage, that the experts at SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City are faster to any disaster. But what can you do to protect yourself and your property as a storm is approaching?
Here are a few tips:
Get To Lower Ground
If a storm is approaching that promises to bring strong wind and even the possibility of a tornado, it is wise to avoid higher stories of your home or property. If you have a basement, that is an optimal place in which to wait out a storm.
If not, try and find a place on the ground floor of the building, ideally in an interior room that has limited, if any, windows to the outside. This reduces the risk of broken glass injuring someone inside the property.
Have Supplies Handy
It’s not uncommon for a severe summer storm to knock out power for an unknown amount of time. That’s why it’s important to have supplies like a flashlight and extra batteries handy before a storm arrives so you can be prepared for whatever comes next.
Try and avoid relocating immediately before (or during) a storm, as not only will rain impact visibility but high winds and lightning strikes can be the downfall of even the most defensive drivers.
Try to Unplug
Even if you don’t lose power, lightning strikes can cause power surges, so try and unplug non-essential electronics that you’re not using as a storm bears down on your property to reduce the risk of a surge or even an electrical fire. This can include anything from spare televisions not in use to kitchen appliances to unused phone chargers or gaming consoles. Unless it’s essential, it’s not a bad idea to unplug it.
And, again, should a storm do damage to your home or commercial property, call our team at (405) 252-9400 and a team of SERVPRO specialists will make it "Like it never even happened."
Cleaning the Mess You Can’t See
SERVPRO experts are trained to tackle any mess, including the ones you might not be able to see.
You take pride in your home or commercial property, and work hard to keep it safe, clean, and comfortable. But what about the messes that might be hidden to the untrained eye; things like dirt and dust beneath the surface, or mold that can create foul odors and deteriorate the condition of your property?
That’s where SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City comes into play. We’re not just experts in restoration, but in cleaning and mold removal as well. Take a look at a few ways our experts can help you maintain a cleaner home, be it with a visit from our team or just a few pointers you can use around the house.
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Our team attacks dirt and dust beneath the surface of your carpeting or upholstery with top-of-the-line equipment and industry leading expertise. The difference a clean carpet, or clean upholstery, can make in your home is noticeable. If you think the color in your carpet is beginning to fade, give us a call to bring your home back to life!
Air Duct Cleaning
For homeowners, “cleaning the air ducts” is a chore that often goes forgotten. As the old saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” But keeping your air ducts clean is vitally important for a number of reasons. Not only can it keep dust and other allergens from spreading throughout your home, but it can improve the heating and cooling efficiency of your home if air is flowing through clean ducts.
Remember to regularly run a feather duster along your ducts, and to change your air filters as often as is necessary; most homes need a change every 90 days, but some homes with pets can require a change as often as once every 30 days.
Most cleaning services can’t top SERVPRO’s expertise in effectively deodorizing your home. Our residential cleaning services can rid your home of unwanted odors coming from sources you might not even be able to see.
Commercial Cleaning Services
If most of this blog sounds like it is written specifically for homeowners, rest assured that SERVPRO experts are trained to tackle commercial cleaning as well. Normal wear and tear in your workspace is normal, and sometimes it can pile up beyond the scope of your janitorial service.
When this happens, give SERVPRO a call and our specialists will head right over. We can handle cleaning jobs, odor problems, and more, so you know your workspace will look its very best.
How We Become Experts
The Training House at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility gives our specialists a chance to apply what they've learned.
We don’t call our SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City restoration professionals things like “specialists” and “experts” for nothing. And they certainly don’t get to be that way overnight.
So what exactly does go into training the experts who time and time again uphold our promises of being faster to any disaster and making your restoration project look "Like it never even happened."
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification: The IICRC sets the bar for the entire cleaning and restoration industries, and it’s our priority to not only meet but exceed those standards. Our specialists take to heart the IICRC’s best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and more.
Employee Certification Training: Our program is designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. It includes SERVPRO crew training and additional training in fire and water restoration and carpet and upholstery cleaning.
The Training House
The true foundation of our Franchise training is a 15-day hands-on program at our SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility.
Here, team members get to work in the Training House, a model home where they can apply what they’ve learned in cleaning and restoration in simulated real-life situations. Taught by certified instructors, the course ensures our SERVPRO specialists are indeed experts who can handle anything because they’ve seen everything.
You can learn more about the Training House on our SERVPRO YouTube page.
e-Learning and Continued Education
Even after joining one of our Franchise teams, SERVPRO experts have plenty of resources to keep them at the forefront of new technologies or processes in the industry.
Our library web-based training courses sharpen the skills and expertise of all our specialists. And SERVPRO of Central OKC even offers credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate adjusters and franchise staff, to improve their skills in emergency mitigation.
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
- Restorative Drying for Loss Control
- Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)
Contact Our Team
If you’re ever facing a restoration emergency, find peace of mind with SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City. Call us at (405) 252-9400 or request help online.
Tell Me More: Commercial Restoration
If an unexpected emergency leaves your business' equipment and information in jeopardy, call SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City for help.
There’s never really a “good time” for a commercial restoration project. Often they come out of necessity, without any warning, bringing your business to a screeching halt. With that in mind, we work fast - without sacrificing quality or thoroughness - to get your business back up and running after sustaining water or fire damage.
Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Commercial water restoration can present unique challenges, but it’s nothing we haven’t already conquered before. Our on-site team is comprised of Water Damage Restoration Technicians, Applied Structural Drying Technicians, Odor Control Technicians, and Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technicians, and each plays a key role in our process.
These technicians are expertly trained and equipped with top-of-the-line equipment to limit water damage and jumpstart the restoration process.
Learn more about SERVPRO Professional Franchise Training and Certifications.
Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Like with water damage, our fire damage restoration process involves a highly skilled team of expert technicians, armed with top equipment and unmatched training. The team includes Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians, Odor Control Technicians, Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technicians, and even Water Damage Restoration Technicians to restore any damage caused by putting out the initial fire at your commercial property.
And, whether it’s a fire or water damage restoration project when all is said and done we will not only keep our “Like it never even happened,” promise, but we can affirm that your commercial property is SERVPRO Certified clean, leaving no doubt around the cleanliness and safety of your property.
Disaster Recovery Team
It’s important to act fast when a natural disaster strikes your commercial property, and that’s why we have strategically placed storm teams who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They’ve dealt with damage from tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, blizzards; you name it, they’ve seen it before, and no job is too large for our teams.
And beyond commercial restoration, in the event of a storm or natural disaster, our SERVPRO Large Loss Division will come to your rescue. We know damaged equipment or products can not only cost you money but cost you time in re-opening your business, which is why we ensure every large loss is overseen by a Commercial Operations Manager. This person a seamless communication in replacing damaged equipment or goods.
Learn more about our Disaster Recovery Team.
How Clean is ‘Clean?’
The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned badge let's visitors to your business know you've prioritized safety and cleanliness.
The world in which we live, and our collective way of life, have changed dramatically in the past year with the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Chief among those changes is a heightened focus on cleanliness, particularly as it affects personal safety and public health.
So how do we define ‘clean’ in 2021? If you know us at all, you know we have experts on the team who can answer that question.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Our SERVPRO experts faced the pandemic head-on, developing a specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program that prevents the spread of Covid-19. We believe in it so strongly that we’ll certify your safety when we’re finished.
The process is built from our three C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
First, our professionals - covered head-to-toe in a safety suit - will consult the situation to determine a plan of action. Every business is unique, and in these delicate times, we think every cleaning plan should be unique, too. The team will check out the space and ask questions to ensure no nook or cranny is missed.
Then it comes time to clean. We go to work using our hospital-grade cleaning solutions - which are EPA-approved and adhere to all CDC standards - relying on a variety of techniques depending on the surface, space, and other circumstances affecting your business.
Last comes the most important part: certification. You don’t want to just be “pretty sure” about cleanliness in these times; you want to certify your safety and the safety of your employees and customers. We will do a final, thorough review of your business to ensure our high standards for cleanliness and customer satisfaction have been met. If they have, we’ll slap a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned badge on your business to let customers know you’ve made cleanliness and safety a priority.
Residential Cleaning Services
Our cleaning services don’t stop with our commercial property owners. Our pros are experts in residential cleaning as well!
From carpets and upholstery to air ducts, sewage backup or mold build-up, we’ve seen it before and we know what to do next. We’ll clean the dirt and grime you see on the surface but will go deeper to attack the dust and odor build-up living beneath the surface. Trust us, you’ll notice the difference when all is said and done.
Check out more on our residential cleaning services.
Whether you’re a business owner, a homeowner, or simply a proud member of the community, the next time you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield you can proceed to know that the No. 1 choice for cleanup and restoration was there.
Caring For Your Belongings After an Emergency
Standing water damage in a residential living room threatens to damage home electronics and other precious belongings.
SERVPRO experts understand that your home or commercial property is more than just a structure; fire, water, and storm damage can affect your belongings as much as they affect the structure itself.
So what do you do to care for your belongings after an emergency? The answer is multi-faceted.
First, with the help of SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City experts, assess what items can be restored. Our teams can pretest your belongings to determine what can be restored via one of a handful of safe and effective cleaning methods.
- Dry Cleaning - Used to clean light residues or to pre-clean items that will ultimately need a deeper cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - Used to remove moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that cannot withstand wet or dry cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned by other means.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves deep scrubbing to create agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Belongings are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
SERVPRO experts always seek to “restore” rather than “replace” whenever possible. This not only helps preserve your precious keepsakes but can also save you the money to replace items not covered by your insurer.
Learn more about our restoration cleaning methods.
Of course, some of your most vulnerable possessions when water damage strikes are your electronics, and water-damaged electronics can present a dangerous hazard in your home or commercial property.
First and foremost do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. Allow an expert to coordinate the restoration of impacted electronics like televisions, and computers. We work with qualified electronics technicians who are trained to safely clean and inspect your damaged electronics.
And when it comes to salvaging water-damaged electronics, time is of the essence. Those experts act swiftly, starting with a thorough cleaning of the exterior to prevent further corrosion and damage. However, to reiterate, urgency should never take precedence over personal safety. Our teams at SERVPRO of Central OKC are faster to any disaster, and we take calls 24 hours a day.
Documents & Photographs
Important documents and photographs should be handled with great care if damaged. Mishandling of these items can exacerbate damage beyond the point of restoration.
While some documents might not be restored to perfect condition, SERVPRO experts can do a tremendous amount to minimize damage by employing a combination of…
- Air Drying
- Freezer Drying
- Vacuum Freeze Drying
- Vacuum Thermal Drying
Learn more about our document restoration services.
At SERVPRO of Central OKC we understand the stress that comes with recovery from an emergency. Our experts can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS).
Learn more about the Contents Claim Inventory Service.
First Steps to Take in an Emergency
When the unforeseen happens, it's good to have a plan in place.
Flooding from a burst pipe. A grease or electrical fire. A natural disaster.
You hope it never happens to you, but what if it does? What do you do first, and when does your neighborhood SERVPRO team come into play?
First And Foremost
Do not panic. Stay calm and remember that safety is the most critical factor in these situations. Belongings can be replaced, but people cannot.
Tell everyone to calmly evacuate the premises to a safe distance, obtaining only essential belongings, and only if safely accessible upon evacuation. Once outside, make sure everyone on site is safe and accounted for.
If a fire or a collapsing structure, or if someone on-site needs urgent medical attention, make 9-1-1 your first call. After that, call your insurance agent.
In the event of a flood, try and move more important belongings to higher places or even higher stories of a multi-story home or commercial property. However, if floodwaters are moving fast enough, they can take you off your feet, so assess the severity of the flood to determine how urgently you need to evacuate.
What To Document
Write down any and every detail you can recall, and remember that no detail is too insignificant. Note anything that seems damaged or out of order. Any further information pertaining to a potential cause is essential.
And once it is safe to do so, don’t forget to capture visuals for your insurance agent. They will usually advise you on when is the right time to do this. Take photos, or even shoot video, on your smartphone if you can.
After ensuring everyone is safely evacuated and contacting your insurance agent (and emergency services if a fire dictates it), call your local SERVPRO experts at (405) 252-9400.
Our phones are manned 24/7, and we can advise on how to proceed, thanks to our free consultation policy. If it’s a small job you can handle yourself, that’s great! If not, there’s never been a job too tough for our team to tackle.
Save our phone number, and remember that we’ve got your back!
The Dangers of Chemical Drain Cleaners
Many commercial building owners use chemical drain cleaners to flix a clogged drain.
Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Dangerous
Many commercial building owners use a chemical cleaner to fix a clogged drain. However, this could just cause more harm to the premises. Here are some reasons your clients should only use chemical products as a last resort. These cleaners can actually cause harm in several ways.
1. They Can Hurt Pipes
The heat produced by chemical cleaners can harm certain pipes. Older metal or plastic pipes are particularly prone to damage from chemicals.
2. They Can Hurt the Environment
The chemicals from drain cleaners do not stay in pipes forever. They eventually end up in landfills, lakes and rivers, where they could poison various animals.
3. They Can Hurt People
Cleaners can even cause adverse effects to humans. Simply breathing them in while trying to clear a clogged drain could irritate the throat and eyes.
Since chemical drain cleaners can be dangerous, your clients should first try to clear the clog with mechanical options such as an auger or plunger. If that does not work, they can use non-toxic cleaners that use bacteria or enzymes to eat the clog. These cleaners work best on clogs that result from organic materials such as soap, hair, or grease.
To prevent damage to your clients' The Village, OK, buildings, you should tell them to avoid pouring chemicals down a clogged drain. An auger or enzymatic cleaner can safely remove the clog without harming the pipes.
If a broken or deteriorating pipe does harm your client's property, you will need to call sewage cleaning specialists to dry the premises and remove any mold. SERVPRO franchise professionals will respond quickly to the emergency and do what they can to thoroughly restore the property while keeping costs down. The franchises have the corporate resources to tackle big projects yet remain locally operated and owned.
SERVPRO is thus a preferred vendor for numerous insurance providers. Whether your client's water loss resulted from a chemical drain cleaner or a frozen pipe, SERVPRO can assist with the repairs.