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Why Replace When You Can Restore?
Our motto is restore rather than replace, and we have a few reasons behind it.
Here at SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City, our motto is that it’s always better to restore than replace.
Why do we believe this so firmly? Let’s first understand the difference between restoring and replacing. Restoring means to bring back to its original condition, while replacing means to substitute the original with an equivalent.
At first glance, replacing may seem like the way to go but we’re here to show you the raw benefits of restoration.
Restoration maintains the character.
Older houses and buildings oftentimes have iconic historic elements, whether it be vintage cabinets or doors. If these items are destroyed by a flood, any replacement you find will never compare to the original elements. By restoring these keepsakes, you’re able to preserve the look and feel of your home or business.
Restoration is cost-effective.
It may seem like replacing would save more money as you may have to purchase tools and products (or a service) to restore your home items, but in reality, restoration is much cheaper in the long run. You need to be critical when thinking of getting rid of a time that is made from older, more durable materials that have proven to last through the generations. When you replace an item, you will often be required to continue to replace it frequently over time.
Restoration takes less time.
Restoration happens as quickly as you want it to, as you’re taking the matter into your own hands. However, replacing items like windows or doors has a much slower turnaround and can take a few months until they’re made (and remember, you have to think of installation time too).
Restoration is better for the environment.
Restoration is a much greener solution as it reduces the amount of waste. Think of all the landfills that are packed with discarded doors, windows and cabinets that easily could’ve been restored.
All things considered, your return on investment is much greater when you restore items, especially when measured over a long period of time.
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Before you replace, give SERVPRO® of Central OKC a call 24/7 for any restoration needs: (405) 252-9400.
A Guide to Equipment Used in Our Water Damage Restoration Process
SERVPRO of Denton pulls back the curtain and explains the equipment it uses in its water restoration process.
You understand our water damage restoration process from one of our previous blogs, but have you ever wondered what equipment SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City uses during this process and how it works?
Luckily, for you, we’ve compiled a complete guide to the equipment we use during the restoration process!
- Moisture Detectors, Hygrometers and Other Meters: These are used in the third step of the resolution process — water removal and extraction. They measure the extent of moisture saturation in the space.
- Infrared Cameras: These are also part of the third step and are used to find the “hidden” or water that makes its way behind the walls and ceilings of your property.
- Submersible and Gas-Powered Pumps: These use industrial strength to continuously pump high-level water out and help reduce drying time and prevent bacterial growth. They are also used in the third step.
- Truck-Mounted and Portable Extraction Units: These are used in the third step to efficiently remove water from the property.
- Industrial-Grade Dehumidifiers: These are used during the fourth step of the restoration process — drying and dehumidification. They help prevent less obvious water damage that doesn’t happen immediately, such as swelling or warping of floors, walls or furniture.
- High-Speed Air Movers: These create a flow of air across the space including around walls, carpets, pads and furniture. It also helps accelerate moisture evaporation. This is used in the fourth step as well.
- Industrial Air Grade Scrubbers and Fogging Equipment: These are typically used in the fifth step of the process — cleaning and sanitizing. They help mask odors from the former water damage.
- Antimicrobial, Antibacterial and Disinfectant Treatments: All of these are used also in the cleaning and sanitizing stage to help disinfect the space and prevent bacterial and mold growth.
Thanks to SERVPRO of Central OKC, we can be sure that our properties can be safely restored in the event of water damage and that they know what they’re doing with this equipment.
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.
Tell Me More: Water Damage Repair
Homeowners aim to limit water damage caused by a leak or burst pipe in their ceiling.
If you’re dealing with water damage in your home or commercial property, it’s important to remember that immediate action is crucial. The sooner you act, the easier mitigating damage and restoring your property will be.
Call your local SERVPRO team at 888-888-8888 for 24/7 assistance in any water damage cases.
What exactly do we do? Allow us to explain.
When you call, you’ll be a specialist who will guide you through several questions that will help us address your water emergency faster and more efficiently. Like we said before, calling us as soon as you can upon identifying a water damage emergency is crucial to the restoration process.
We’ll arrive on-site with a team of Water Cleanup and Damage Restoration Technicians and Applied Structural Dying Technicians. The team will assess the situation to determine the extent of the damage and what steps are necessary to ensure a thorough, high-quality restoration of your home or commercial property.
Next, we’ll bring in our powerful pumps and vacuums to remove hundreds or even thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth. Then we’ll use specialized equipment to remove any remaining water before we begin drying and dehumidifying.
Our experts use data like room measurements, inside temperature, and relative humidity to determine the proper number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. It’s a science, and one we know intimately.
We thoroughly clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water, using several techniques we’ve perfected over the years. Our professionals are masters in sanitizing treatments and deodorizing your property.
Last comes the restoration, or the stage in the process in which we restore your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. This might involve minor repairs like replacing drywall or installing new carpet or warranting major repairs or even reconstructing an entire room. Whatever the situation necessitates, we’ve seen it before.
You can always reference our Water Damage Emergency Tips Guide for more info on what to do in a crisis.
Avoid Common Plumbing Issues
Toilets and drains tend to get blocked more often in commercial settings than in homes.
There are many unpleasant things that could bring business to a halt in your commercial property but leaking pipes and a puddle in the bathroom are some of the most annoying. One of the keys to avoiding plumbing issues in your property is preventative action against the most common problems.
Identifying Common Concerns
Naturally, it's best to identify the problems that tend to be common in Warr Acres, OK, and across the country:
Leaking pipes and faucets are very common. After all, there are a lot of pipes running through large buildings, supplying water to sinks, toilets, and drinking fountains.
Toilets and drains tend to get blocked more often in commercial settings than in homes. This sometimes happens because inappropriate items are flushed or sent down the drain.
It's often difficult to keep water temperatures within a comfortable range because there's a heavy demand for water.
Clogs, leaks, and other types of damage, such as a pipe break, often cause a foul odor that escapes from drains throughout the building.
Your property insurance agent is a good source of information about the plumbing problems that you are most likely to experience.
After you identify the issues with the highest risk factor, the next step is learning how to prevent these common problems:
Avoid leaks by regularly checking faucets and watching for slow drips. Visually inspect pipes for signs of cracks, rust, lime deposits, or moisture.
Avoid clogs and a toilet backup by providing flushable toilet paper, napkins, and towels. Provide an appropriate and convenient way to dispose of waste. Place hair traps in the sink drain.
It's important to find the right balance when it comes to water temperatures in commercial settings. This means carefully selecting the size of your water heater or heaters. You may also need to use a combination of thermostatic mixing valves and tempering. Don't forget to check the pressure valve on a regular schedule.
When you can't avoid plumbing issues and leaking pipes, contact water damage cleanup and repair technicians to get your business back to its original condition. Remember that an early response prevents widespread damage.
How Water Damage Affects Building Materials
Damaged wooden floor in an Oklahoma City, OK home
Any category of water damage ruins building materials. Damp drywall crumbles and swelling wood often becomes distorted. Find out more about the effects clean or contaminated water can have on the porous, semi-porous, and hard non-porous building materials used to build a home in Oklahoma City, OK.
Porous Building Materials
Porous materials absorb water. The level of contamination and exposure determine the extent of the damage. Several types of building materials get ruined by exposure to water:
While being exposed to either clean or contaminated water undermines the effectiveness of insulation, other porous materials saturated with clean water from a supply line can be dried following water pipe repair. Contaminated water is the worst enemy of porous materials, as disinfecting any porous substance thoroughly can pose a challenge.
Materials that are somewhat porous may be cleaned or restored with more or less ease depending on the level of contamination and extent of saturation. In these cases, it is important to make sure that disinfectant can penetrate beyond surfaces and eliminate mycelium, or the roots of mold growth. Swelling wood exposed to contaminated gray or black water may require extensive disinfection or need to be torn up and replaced.
Hard, non-porous materials are the most likely to stand up to any cleaning method. Restoration professionals use techniques ranging from blasting to immersion in cleaning solution paired with the application of ultrasonic waves to clean building materials and contents that are non-absorbent.
Assessing the porosity of materials is critical for determining the best approach to cleanup and restoration. Delicate porous materials such as insulation may be ruined by exposure to water. Swelling wood and certain other materials may be cleaned or disinfected if necessary and dried after exposure to clean or contaminated water from a pipe break, flood, or sewer backup at a residence in Oklahoma City, OK.
3 Tips for Managing Water Damage Cleanup
Water damage in a utility room
Is There Something You Can Do To Salvage Your Belongings?
You hear running water and when you go to investigate, you discover your washing machine pumping gallons of water all over your floor. You rush to the basement to turn off the water source, only to discover water pouring down the walls. What a disaster! Of course, the first thing you do is call the emergency line for your local water mitigation and repair company in Nichols Hill, OK. They'll be there within an hour, but you're thinking about the possible water damage to your house.
1. Pick Up Items
If there are rugs or carpets in your laundry room that you can pick up, remove them. Weather depending, you may want to take them outside and drape them over a clothes line or a chair to let the water drain out. Shoes, bags, and pet gear, and especially anything that has color that can run, like books or magazines, should all be picked up and moved. Most things can hang to dry and won't suffer ill-effects from water damage, but a bag of dog food should probably be replaced since you don't want to run the risk of feeding your pet anything contaminated.
2. Sop Up Water
Once the floor is clear, you can concentrate on sopping up some of the standing water. A handful of towels or a mop may be enough to get the mess under control, or you may want to use a shop vacuum. While the mitigation team will be able to help with water cleanup, the sooner you can remove standing water, the better.
3. Prop Up Furniture
Broken pipes may have gotten the better of your washing machine but they don't have to claim your furniture, too. Use aluminum foil or small wooded blocks to raise furniture up off of wet floors, especially if it's carpeted. By doing this, you're protecting your furniture from prolonged water exposure.
You can expedite your recovery from water damage by taking steps to clean up even before help arrives.
Common Warning Signs of Mold
There are certain signs that you can train yourself to look out for so you can catch mold damage in its early stages.
In one of our previous blog posts, we reviewed some of the common causes of mold. Mold often accompanies water damage. This blog post will go over some of the common warning signs of mold so that you can call SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City to come help you with your mold problems (and the associated water damage, if applicable) as soon as you have a suspicion.
Condensation on windows. High levels of condensation on windows could indicate that your home has a high level of humidity. Mold growth thrives in high humidity, so it is likely that mold could be growing somewhere in your home if the humidity level is already this noticeably high.
Odor. An odd, musty smell often accompanies mold. This smell is similar to that of damp clothes that have been left overnight in a dryer after the cycle completed. If you persistently notice this smell in your home, you may want to have your home checked for mold growth.
Water problems. Water damage is the leading cause of mold growth in buildings, as water creates ripe conditions for mold growth. Whether you had just a leak or full fledge flooding, you should have your home checked for mold growth. Regularly check leaky pipes or areas outside your home that tend to pool standing water for signs of outdoor mold growth.
Discolored walls or wallpaper. Mold can grow between your walls and wallpaper. If you notice that your wallpaper is beginning to display odd colors (particularly orange, pink, or purple) you may want to have your home assessed for mold growth.
If you suspect that your home may have any mold growth, call SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City. We can check your property for early signs of possible mold growth after water damage as well!
Common Causes of Mold
Mold is highly contagious and can easily take over an area when the conditions are right.
No matter how clean a home you keep, mold will always be present in your home. Mold serves an important part in nature and does serve an important role when very low levels are present. However, when the conditions are just right, mold can thrive and take over an area, which can cause significant damage to your property. Here is a list of common causes of mold and some appropriate preventive measures that can be taken for each:
Leaking. Moisture attracts mold. That is essential to remember when working to prevent mold on your property. Leaks that can cause mold an occur in many places in your home. One such common cause of mold are leaking pipes. It is important to remember that your property is full of both visible and non-visible piping. Mold may be growing on an out-of-sight leak. Water could also be leaking into your house form an external source, such as rainwater that comes along with a storm. Regularly check your attic for structural damage and standing water, and keep an eye on the ceiling for signs of water damage.
Poor ventilation. When clean air is not properly entering your home and contaminated air is not adequately exiting your home, a number of complications can arise. This can create pockets of moist air, which is a condition that mold thrives in. This issue commonly occurs in kitchens or bathrooms, as activities carried out in these rooms often create large amounts of steam. Fans can help with ventilation by allowing the air to better circulate in the room. Keep all the appliances in each room well-ventilated by maintaining their vents, and keep your air filters clean in general.
Humidity. Your home can be exposed to humid conditions naturally due to the area weather or a particularly stormy season. Mold feeds off humidity, but humidity also prevents puddles and damp materials in your home (think laundry) from dying properly and thoroughly. These wet or damp places create ample opportunities for mold to grow and spread. If you used a humidifier in your home, be sure that your humidifier is running below 55%, as anything higher than that is the level needed for mold to start growing. Ensuring that your home is well-ventilated can help ensure that that the humidity level does not increase indoors.
SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City is proud to offer mold remediation services. If you know you have a mold problem give us a call! If you suspect that their may be growth after water damage, we have several types of checks we can perform to assess the extent of the damage. Give us a call today at (405)252-9400 or submit an information form and we will get back to you shortly!
AC Water Damage in the Summer Months
Your air conditioner can provide much needed relief, but it can also cause much hassle if not properly maintained.
The hot summers that plague Oklahoma City are no secret. Thankfully, air conditioning allows home and businesses to maintain a comfortable temperature inside, regardless of how unpleasant the conditions outside may be. Unfortunately, air conditioners do have the potential to damage your home when they are not properly maintained. Here are some tips for keeping your air conditioner in good working condition, and some advice for what to do if you do suspect or see water leaking for your air conditioner:
-Inspect your air conditioner’s filter regularly, and clean it as needed. A large amount of water damage caused by air conditioning units is a result of a clogged air filter. Regularly cleaning and replacing your air filters may seem very inconsequential, but the amount of damage done by these can cause detrimental structural damage to your home or business. This structural damage could take the form of warped floors or sagging ceilings but could even cause the entire ceiling to cave in if the damage occurred over a long enough period of time.
-Check and clean your air conditioner’s condensation line. Check the entire length of the line for moisture and, while your conditioner is running make sure proper flowing is occurring. You should clean the condensation line every three to six months to ensure that there has not been a build up of debris. Clogged condensation lines are another leading cause of water damage caused by air conditioners.
-Make sure that you have enough refrigerant in your air conditioner. Low refrigerant can also cause your air conditioner to leak, as your air conditioner cannot function properly without it. Avoid potential water damage by regularly checking the amount of refrigerant in your unit, and keeping the level high enough for optimal functioning.
-Be on the look out for any leaks. Depending on a variety of factors such as the size of your property or the location of your air conditioner, maintenance and self-service of your unit could become something you forget it-out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, the longer a leak goes unnoticed, the worse the damage gets. Try setting outside time to glance at your unit at least once a week. Set an alarm on your phone, or jot a reminder in your planner or on your to do list. This is a very quick and easy task to complete, and can end up saving you a huge amount of money, time, and hassle in the long run.
Hopefully these tips were practical and applicable. In the event that you do experience water damage caused by your air conditioner or from any other source, SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City is happy to provide our services to you. We work on both commercial and residential properties, so do not hesitate to contact us for more information. No job is too big or too small! We are here to help Oklahoma City!
Getting Ahead of Laundry Room Leaks
A clean and well-organized laundry room is one of the simplest ways to protect yourself from potential water damage.
You rely heavily on your washer and dryer to help maintain the cleanliness of you and your family. Unfortunately, a large number of homeowners are affected by water damage that started in the laundry room. Luckily, water damage that springs from this source is preventable in many such cases. Here are some tips for minimizing water damage that could result from your washer:
-Set up your laundry room thoughtfully and intentionally. Make sure that there are at least three or four inches between the wall and your washer to allow adequate room for the water supply lines without placing any unnecessary tension or strain on them.
-Do not start a load before leaving. Ideally, you (or someone else) should be present in the house while the washer is running just in case something does happen. That way, you can catch any mishap right away, and minimize potential damage and further complications.
-Check your washing machine water supply lines regularly. These supply lines are the number one cause of water damage in the laundry room. Examine these lines, noting if are any blisters, cracks, bubbles, or breakage in the line. If any type of damage is present, you should replace the line immediately (preferably with a braided stainless-steel flex line). However, the general rule of thumb is that if the line is badly worn, the washer probably is too.
-Perform routine maintenance on your washer. Regularly check your washer’s drain and drain filter to make sure that they can are free from debris. A clogged drain can swiftly cause large amounts of flooding. Additionally, you should consult your washer’s owner manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding how often a plumber should inspect your appliance. This will allow you to replace and repair your washer’s parts before they break and cause a leak.
Hopefully, you found these tips helpful and are able to utilize some or all of them to protect your home. In the unfortunate event that this or any type of water damage does impact your home, SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City is fully equipped to help make it "Like it never even happened."