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Freezing Pipes

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem:

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
How to Protect Pipes From Freezing
Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:
  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

SERVPRO of North Tulsa Biohazard Cleanup

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO® of North Tulsa County Professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard cleanup to residential and commercial property owners. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. Your local SERVPRO® of North Tulsa County Professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO® of North Tulsa County Professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO® of North Tulsa County Professionals can help with:

_ Bloodborne Pathogens

_  Sewage Backups

_ Black Water Intrusions

*State and local regulations vary. Contact your local SERVPRO® of North Tulsa County Professional for 24-hour Emergency Service.

Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup

Service Response Guidelines*

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 business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation. 918.371.0222

Untreated Water Damage Leads to Mold Growth

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

When water damage is left untreated, mold growth quickly occurs. Contact SERVPRO of North Tulsa at the first sign of water damage.

If you’ve ever been curious about where a certain odor was coming from and almost went crazy looking for the source, there’s a chance it might have been caused by water damage. But how does water damage cause such foul smells, and what can you do about them? SERVPRO of North Tulsa provides large-scale restoration services and has experience dealing with this issue. Here, they explain a few ways odors can occur and how you can handle them.

Although it often starts out as merely a nuisance, water damage worsens 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’s inside your home.

So, what can you do about it? Well, this is one mess you definitely shouldn’t try to clean up yourself: Water damage, especially at the level where it’s producing odors, always calls for a professional touch. Additionally, if there’s any form of sewage present, you’ll need professional sewage cleanup services to remove all the hazardous and toxic materials. The same is true for mold cleanup. And remember: It’s important to call an expert right away. So whether you just noticed a leak or your home recently sustained a flood, now’s the time to contact a specialist. If you wait, the damage could become more expensive to repair and may 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 North Tulsa. Their friendly staff can help with all types of large-scale damage. To find out more about the services they offer, call 918.371.0222

24 Hour Emergency Service

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Tulsa County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

SERVPRO of North Tulsa County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today  918-371-0222

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Tulsa County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of North Tulsa County

SERVPRO of North Tulsa County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of North Tulsa County Satisfied Customers

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Each and every person that works for our office strives every day to ensure that all our customers, no matter the job, have positive feedback at the end of our work.  Our main concern is ensuring that we complete your job with complete satisfaction and ensure that it is as stress free as possible. 

Here are recent quotes from our satisfied customers: 

EVERYONE I DEALT WITH WAS TOP NOTCH.  HONESTLY, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME OUT IN A TIME OF NEED.  WHILE IT MAY YOUR JOBS, IT FELT LIKE EVERY PERSON I SPOKE WITH WENT THE EXTRA STEP DURING THIS TIME.  Terrell, Oologah

YOU GUYS HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP US OUT WHEN EVEN OUR INSURANCE COMPANY WAS DIFFICULT TO GET AHOLD OF.  I WILL RECOMMEND YOU TO ANYONE THAT NEEDS YOUR SERVICES.  April, Tulsa

I have really been impressed with SERVPRO and its staff.  From explaining the process the first day, to packing out my house, picking up our materials lists, they really do a great job.  They have taken care of our home and our family.  Thank you.  Isamar, Tulsa

Each one of the jobs above were so different: a death cleanup, water/mold remediation and fire damage cleanup and restoration; but the main outcome was our satisfied customers and their ability to be back in their home "Like it never even happened."  We are here to take care and help not only your home, but you as individual by making this process as simple as possible.   

5 Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

We have all thought once or twice about trying it every Thanksgiving, yep you guessed it, deep frying a turkey!   Most have seen the thousands of videos of Uncle Joe trying to deep fry his first turkey and completely failing.  You may have asked yourself this question before: is it worth it??  Well here are few things to consider when planning your Thanksgiving cooking methods:

*Turkey fryers can easily tip over

*Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.

*Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.

*An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause the oil to splatter when put in the pot. 

If you do decide to venture into the land of deep frying, just remember these things when planning your holiday menu.  Happy deep frying!!!

Take YOUR Life Back!

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

When fire, water, and mold damage take control of your life, we help take it back! Contact your local bright green clean up team to help you get your life back!
Give SERVPRO of North Tulsa County a call today! 918-371-0222!

LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS!

  • BE AWARE: Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for any thunder, postpone any outdoor trips or activities!
  • GO INDOORS: Find a safe enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. (Safe shelters include: homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with windows rolled up.)
  • AVOID WINDOWS, DOORS, PORCHES, AND CONCRETE: Do not lie or lean on concrete floors and walls! Lighting can travel though any m...etal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
  • AVOID WATER: Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have anything in contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel though a building's plumbing.
  • AVOID ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT: Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel though electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

SERVPRO System Services

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO System Services Open 24.7 and 365 Days a Year

Restoration:

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

Cleaning:

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

*Services vary by location

Faster Response & Faster Clean-Up is Money Saved For You!

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

General Faster Response & Faster Clean-Up is Money Saved For You! Service Response Guidelines

What separates SERVPRO from other restoration companies? Our 1-4-8 protocol!
-Within 1 hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
-Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional is starting mitigation/restoration services.
-Within 8 hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing from a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.

The benefit for you as a Homeowner or Business Owner is faster response, faster cleanup and money saved.
“Ready for whatever happens” Give US a call! 918-371-0222