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Identifying Fire Damage

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Identifying Fire Damage Soot in a First floor closet

walking through a building or a property the obvious will have already been identified in respects to old fire or smoke residue. 

Simply because burnt or destroyed materials may have been replaced, if the property isn’t fully restored properly then, signs of a previous fire will still loom within the property. 

Ways to indendtify the damage, is to look in the unsuspecting areas of a property. Smoke travels light and can get into the most unlikely places. The corners in closets, cabinets, behind appliances and other large objects. Soot from smoke is a corosive and continues to destory the very location in which it is found and everything in its surroundings. Soot is airborn so it doesn’t take much for these areas to continually affect a property if it is still apparnet in a location. 

If you have found soot or the evidence of smoke damage, feel free to call us for a free consultation at 918-913-4490 and ask for the Field Reps: Jeff, Duel, or Linda to assist you in the matter.

Tornado 2018

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado 2018 Mobil home park affect by Oklahoma Tornado on Nov. 30th.

Late in the night on November 30th, 2018, eastern Oklahoma met a fate it wasn't expecting.

Locked away in the hills of Cherokee and Adair counties, a tornado rolled and jumped the hills of Lake Tenkiller destroying numerous homes beyond repair, leaving many families without food clothing and shelter.

Fortunately, no lives were lost in Oklahoma through this disastrous funnel that chose to spiral down into the quite lives of the residents that live in these areas.

Lake Tenkiller is known as an Oklahoma vacation destination so many property owners lost their vacation homes and most were not present in their properties due to the winter season. However, there were few full-time residents that experienced total loss and fewer that experienced some degree of structural damage.

SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties wants to thank all area first responders and area businesses for their effort and sacrifice in our communities that were affected by the tornado by helping residents get back on the road to recovery.

Mobile Home Combustion

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

In Oklahoma our communities have vast amounts of mobile homes.

When it comes to mobile homes, they require a different kind of understanding that the traditional property structure. Due to how mobile homes are made and manufactured, they require a different understanding for property care and maintenance.

Under extreme pressures such as tornadoes as experienced here in Oklahoma this combination can be deadly.

Pre-screen your mobile home for potential safety hazards such as but not limited too air tight doors for furnaces. Make sure your heating system is working properly and that the air flow exchange is not blocked in any way. Also check for leaks stains and debris.

Last but not least, during storms with extremely strong winds such as that that accompanies most tornadoes can affect the air exchanges within a mobile home. Please be sure to take all proper precautions for your region when face with storm warnings.

NSU Tahlequah

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial NSU Tahlequah Northeastern State University, Seminary Hall in Tahlequah, OK.

According to Northeastern State University's website, built in 1889, the Northeastern State University Seminary Hall is the oldest building on campus. Northeastern State University was originally founded in 1851 as the Cherokee National Female Seminary. The original school was located in Park Hill, but was destroyed by a fire on Easter Sunday in 1887. Two years later, the school was rebuilt in Tahlequah where it remains to this day.

Some believe that the NSU Seminary Hall is haunted. There have been strange reports of photographed orbs, puzzling sounds and odd smells. Others claim to have seen a female ghost wearing either a black uniform or white wedding gown. Some believe it is the ghost of Florence Wilson, a principal who spent 26 years at the Cherokee National Female Seminary. Wilson's fiancée, Pleasant Buchanan, was thought to have perished in the Civil War, and Wilson never married. Some believe she never left the school.

According to Northeastern State University's website,

Built in 1889, the Northeastern State University Seminary Hall is the oldest building on campus. Northeastern State University was originally founded in 1851 as the Cherokee National Female Seminary. The original school was located in Park Hill, but was destroyed by a fire on Easter Sunday in 1887. Two years later, the school was rebuilt in Tahlequah where it remains to this day.

Some believe that the NSU Seminary Hall is haunted. There have been strange reports of photographed orbs, puzzling sounds and odd smells. Others claim to have seen a female ghost wearing either a black uniform or white wedding gown. Some believe it is the ghost of Florence Wilson, a principal who spent 26 years at the Cherokee National Female Seminary. Wilson's fiancée, Pleasant Buchanan, was thought to have perished in the Civil War, and Wilson never married. Some believe she never left the school.

But according to those at SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties, Pleasant is there to provide company during the long and lingering hours of work that our crews put in. Our crews work for and with all clients living or deceased and will give you a story to tell about how scarily clean and restored your property was when we left. Who else to trust your historic buildings and properties with if not SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties.

Professional Development MPS

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Development MPS Harris Jobe/Professional Development Muskogee Public Schools.

Muskogee Public Schools are relocating their professional development building from the historic downtown Best Center to the new location in Country Club at MPS’s old Harris Jobe facility.

Our teams worked tirelessly on various projects throughout the entire facility to help the school board prepare for their move across town.

SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah assisted in general cleaning support from carpet cleaning (Muskogee’s Best of 2018) and mopping floors to cleaning light fixtures, dusting, wet wipe surface areas, wash windows, change out ceiling tiles, content manipulation which can sometimes include a pack-out/pack-in.

SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah does Emergency Ready Plans for all commercial and government facilities including schools and hospitals. We can also give these plans to your local first responders and property owners and managers. This is an exclusive offer from your area SERVPRO. To get your own ERP contact us at 918-913-4490.

Thanks Chicken Creek

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thanks Chicken Creek Marketing Specialist, Linda Sacks, with Chicken Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.

This month, after the devastating tornado tore through Green Country, many of our first responders, tribal first responders, businesses, and volunteers responded to our hurting communities and families.

Chicken Creek specifically was responsive to their community's needs and worked with the Cherokee Nation on being able to meet those needs as well as partnering with SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah.

We were glad to be of assistance in a time of need and are thankful we come from a community that supports each other in everyway. We were especially glad that Chicken Creek reached out to us to help support their community with lunch one weekend.

We hope and pray that Chicken Creek, along with every other community affected makes a great recovery and have their lives restored like this tornado never even happened.

Water Damage By The Inch...DID YOU KNOW?

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know?

A 1/4 inch supply line from the Ice Maker, with normal household pressure, can pump 1/2 to 1 gallon of water per minute.  That's 700-1,400 gallons of water running through the kitchen in a 24 hour time period.

Did you know?

A 3/8 inch supply line to a toilet can pump 2 to 3 gallons of water per minute with normal household pressure.  In a 24 hour period, that could be 3,000-4,000 gallons of water flowing through the home.  Hopefully not an upstairs toilet!

Did you know?

A 5/8 inch hose from a washing machine can pump 10-12 gallons per minute, or 14,000-17,000 gallons in a 24 hour period.  That is the size of a 18'x4' round swimming pool.

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW..

  • Where the main shut off is in your home?
  • Is the only shut off at the main meter?  Do you need to find it?
  • Does each appliance have its own shut off?

Find it, make it, let others know where it is in case you are on vacation, or away from home.

But in the unfortunate event that you should have a water leak... GIVE SERVPRO A CALL!

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today

Where Mold Lives

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Where Mold Lives Porous wooden floor not coated affected by mold.

Any porous material such as carpets/padding, ceiling tiles, insulation, wallboards, upholstered furniture and bedding that contain more than a small area of mold should usually be removed from any contaminated area and discarded.

Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely. Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold and hire a professional mold remediation service.

If you have any questions or want a free consultation please feel free to call SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties  at 918-913-4490.

Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Molded areas must be cleaned an dried effectively to mitigate its return to the affected area.

Sometimes dehumidifiers and air scrubbers as well as containments are necessary to clean an area without affecting other areas. 

Cross Contamination

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cross Contamination New insulation to be installed before completed remediation in designated room. Contaminated insulation to be discarded due to cross contamination.

Cross contamination is the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another, with harmful effect. It is the inadvertent transference of bacteria or other contaminants from one surface, substance, etc., to another especially because of unsanitary handling procedures. When proper precautions are not taken, usually due to lack of experience and/or information on the cleaning of microbials or molds, cross contamination occurs. Most molds and microbials are airborne and transfer very easily. Be sure to hire a professional if the area is larger than a 10"x10" area or if the situation persists after a proper environmental cleaning. Other factors may need to considered that the inexperienced person may not be aware of. For questions and a free consultation please call SERVPRO Muskogee/McIntosh Counties and Tahlequah at 918-913-4490.