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What May Be Causing Your Toilet To Leak?

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What May Be Causing Your Toilet To Leak? One of the most common reasons for a bathroom leak is a failed wax ring

Different Causes of a Leaking Toilet

Discovering a pool of water under your toilet after flushing can leave you wondering what is causing this to happen. It is likely that your toilet is leaking, which can be a result of various factors. Understanding the different causes of a leaking toilet in your Hall Park, OK, home can help prepare you to fix the problem properly and reduce water damage.

Dry Wax Ring

One of the most common reasons for a bathroom leak is a failed wax ring. The wax ring, which is located between the sewer pipe and the bottom of the toilet, can cause leaking around the toilet’s base when the ring dries out. If this is the case, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Shut off water by turning valve behind toilet
  •  Flush until all water is drained from tank and bowl
  • Disconnect water supply tube from bottom of tank
  • Remove toilet and wax ring
  • Clean flange and install new wax ring

You can follow these steps on your own or have a plumber do it for you. Make sure to quickly replace your wax ring in order to prevent any further water damage.

Loose Tank Assembly

Another possible explanation for your leaking toilet is that the tank is not tightened properly. To fix this problem, first turn the shutoff valve and drain the water as explained in the last section. Next, use a screwdriver to hold the tank bolts in place and tighten each one. Once the tank is tightened, your job is complete.

Improper Installation

In some cases, the problem is that one or more parts of the toilet were not installed properly to begin with. If an important piece is not inserted correctly, or if it is missing completely, your toilet will not function the way it should and therefore may start to leak. Depending on what needs to be replaced, you may have to remove the toilet as described previously and reinstall one with repaired parts.

If left unaddressed, a leaking toilet can lead to severe damage in your home. Schedule water damage repair to keep the problem under control.

4 Tips for Removing Mold From Your Shower

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 4 Tips for Removing Mold From Your Shower Shower mold can be handled easily if it's caught early

How to Get Rid of Mold in Your Shower

Over time, it is normal for the grout in your shower to look dingy. If that dinginess is fuzzy or slimy, however, you probably have shower mold. Getting rid of mold damage in your shower may be something you can handle on your own if the problem is very small, but if your efforts are incomplete, you may be setting yourself up for a larger problem later. Here are some tips for getting rid of mold in your shower.

1. Skip the Bleach

Bleach should not be your first choice for mold cleanup. Not only does it give off undesirable fumes, but it also is comprised of mostly water. Since black mold thrives in water, using bleach would most likely mean you are just feeding it instead of killing it. Instead, use a detergent such as Borax to combat the mold in your grout.

2. Use Elbow Grease

In order to get rid of shower mold, you are going to have to scrub. You may have to use several rags or a brush to clean the entire surface, since reusing the same dirty rag will probably just redistribute the mold rather than actually cleaning it off your tiles.

3. Don't Cover It Up

If you scrub and the grout stays moldy, it will probably need to be replaced. Don't just add new grout on top of it, though. The existing grout will need to be removed before new grout is applied.

4. Get Professional Mitigation

You should only attempt black mold cleanup if the problem covers a very small area. If your whole shower has mold, you should call mold remediation specialists to take care of the problem. They have the training and equipment to do the job well, and they can test afterwards to make sure the fungus is gone.

If your home in Eason, OK, has a mold problem in the bathroom, it's important to clean it as soon as possible. Shower mold can be handled easily if it's caught early.

SERVPRO Technicians Will Not Waste Any Time Restoring Your Fire Damaged Property

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Technicians Will Not Waste Any Time Restoring Your Fire Damaged Property Regardless of the type of damage, SERVPRO of Norman technicians are trained in the latest methods of remediation.

Returning your home to its original state after a fire involves removing damaged property and debris, structure reconstruction, and cleaning of the building and personal property. Each task requires trained personnel with the latest in restoration equipment and cleaning agents.

SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team with access to a nationwide network of equipment and cleaners to handle any fire damage to your Lexington, Oklahoma home. When it comes to recovering structural and personal property, we have developed four techniques to ensure the right chemicals, procedures, and tools match the damage.

4 Fire Damage Restoration Techniques in Lexington

  1. Absorption – Some surfaces are too fragile to use a water-based or solvent-based cleaner. In these cases, a dry powder is used to coat the property lightly. They are very efficient in removing soils from porous surfaces like brick, carpet, drapes, marble, and upholstery. Once the contamination has absorbed into the powder, it is easily extracted by dry wiping or using a vacuum if possible.
  2. Surface Techniques – Spray and Wipe and Foam Cleaning prevent material from being saturated with water or a cleaning agent. Spray and Wipe is the preferred technique for hard surfaces and furniture. Once the agent is sprayed or misted onto the property, it is wiped off with a dry towel. We use Foam Cleaning on property that is easily damaged by excessive moisture. It still puts enough cleaning agent onto the assets while reducing the amount of liquid. Technicians apply foam by hand using a sponge or with a pump-up sprayer which is dryer still and a better technique for more delicate or older fabrics.

  3. Saturation Techniques – Hand Wash and Rinse use cloth towels soaked in a cleaning agent to cover and lightly scrub soils and other contamination from surfaces and fabrics. After several repeats, a dry towel is used to absorb the remaining moisture. For deeply stained cloth, we deploy an Upholstery Cleaning Machine (UCM). This device uses a cleaning agent or water to remove heavy soil along with an adjustable agitation action to work contamination from the property.

  4. Immersion Technique – Response team members, place affected property into a tank filled with one of our cleaning agents. The technician maintains constant observation of the property to ensure thorough cleaning without damage to the item. If needed, the technician has the option to use an ultrasonic cleaner to generate sound waves which force millions of vapor bubbles through the immersed item for a faster operation.

SERVPRO of Norman has the tools and training to put your home back to its pre-disaster state. Regardless if it is a small or large fire, we work with you to get your life back to normal. If you need us, call today at (405) 292-0808.

4 Common Causes of Residential Fires

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4 Common Causes of Residential Fires Make sure to turn off your space heater when you're not in the room

4 Common Causes of House Fires

A home fire can cause extensive fire damage and put your family’s safety at risk. There are precautions you can take, however, to prevent a fire from breaking out in your home in Etowah, OK, in the first place. Here are four common causes of house fires and how you can avoid them.

1. Cooking and Kitchen Appliances

One of the leading fire causes in homes happens in the kitchen. Someone may leave a burner on when cooking, or a grease fire can get started when oil comes into contact with a heating element. Following standard kitchen safety tips can help you avoid the need for fire damage cleanup. Keep all flammable objects away from burners, and never leave your stove unattended while it’s on.

2. Clothes Dryers

A lot of lint can build up in your dryer in a short amount of time, particularly if you have a large family and thus a lot of laundry. If the lint comes into contact with a heating element, a home fire can occur. Fire cleanup professionals recommend cleaning your lint screen before every load and cleaning out the inside of your dryer as well as the exhaust hose every six months.

3. Electrical Circuits

An overloaded circuit can result in an electrical fire. Too many plugs or worn extension cords can cause a shorted fuse. Make sure your outlets can handle the wattage you need before you plug in too many appliances. It is also a good idea to purchase surge protectors to avoid the need for fire cleaning.

4. Heaters

Space heaters are great in the winter, but if you don’t use them safely, you may get way more heat than you want. Give them a three-foot radius so that nothing flammable touches them. Make sure they remain upright, and turn them off when you’re not in the room.

A home fire can cost a lot of money and put your family at risk. Avoid the common causes to prevent fires from happening.

When Does Mitigation Stop and Restoration Start?

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Does Mitigation Stop and Restoration Start? Performing mitigation in a Norman, OK building

Mitigation takes place in the hours and days after a flood with the goal of stopping primary damage from worsening or preventing secondary damage from occurring. A flood cleanup company may extract water, perform cuts and promote drying. Restoration can begin after the affected area is clean and dry. Here are a few ways to differentiate between mitigation and restoration.

After Damage Occurs

Limiting the severity of damage is the top priority after a flood. A mitigation service may provide any of the following measures:

  • Assessing and documenting damage
  • Determining structural risks
  • Extracting water and debris
  • Tearing out damaged building materials

All of these steps fall under the category of mitigation. A business or building owner can hire a specialized cleanup firm or rely on an all-in-one mitigation and restoration company.

After Damage Has Been Limited

Mitigation continues after initial measures have been taken to extract flood water. A flood cleanup company will then take steps to eliminate every trace of damage:

  • Cleaning
  • Disinfecting
  • Drying

Disinfection is necessary for leaks or flooding involving contaminated water. It may take several days for the area to dry.

After the Area Is Clean and Dry

Restoration can begin after all traces of flood damage have been cleaned or removed. A new company or the same one-stop shop will repair and rebuild the structure. Relying on one company for mitigation and restoration has several advantages, such as continuity of services and a single estimate and schedule.

The differences between mitigation and restoration are more obvious if a building or business owner relies on different companies to provide these services. The transition between companies may also increase the risk of miscommunication or interrupt the workflow. For a consistent quality of work and timely completion, building and business owners should depend on a flood cleanup company that provides both mitigation and restoration services in Norman, OK.

Top 5 Flood Safety Tips for Homeowners

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Top 5 Flood Safety Tips for Homeowners Hire SERVPRO, the professionals in water damage restoration.

Tips For Flood Safety

Floods are the top natural disaster throughout the United States. Obviously, certain areas are prone to flooding, such as coastal regions, swamplands, canyons, plains and valleys. However, sudden heavy rains can result in flooding in any locality. Because of this, you can be prepared by following a set of tips for flood safety.

1. Stay Up to Date

Weather conditions can change at a moment's notice. Follow weather updates via smartphones, radio or TV. Staying informed helps determine whether you need to evacuate.

2. Gather Essential Supplies

A flood may require you to leave your home. There's also the potential for injuries, especially with flash floods. Prepare a survival kit containing three days' worth of supplies. Items include:

  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Phone chargers
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • One gallon of water for each person
  • Non-perishable food
  • Personal hygiene and sanitation products
  • Copies of important documents

These items can sustain you during and after a flood. Make sure you keep the kit in a secure place that's easily accessible.

4. Watch Where You Drive

It doesn't take much flood water to make driving a vehicle nearly impossible. Six inches to two feet of water can cause a car, truck or SUV to stall or get swept away. When you near a flooded area, turn around and drive to higher ground.

5. Exercise Caution When Returning Home

Once the flood is over, it doesn't mean all is well. You still need to focus on flood safety, especially when you're returning to your home. Be aware that roads are weak and susceptible to collapse. Clean and disinfect all wet items in your home. Wait for news reports to find out if the water in Noble, OK, is safe to drink.

Stay Out of Harm's Way

Floods pose a real threat. Following basic flood safety tips keeps you and your loved ones out of harm's way. When it comes to cleaning your home after a flood, it's best to hire a professional water damage restoration company.

What To Do After Wooden Floors Get Wet

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do After Wooden Floors Get Wet Damaged wooden floor due to water damage

Steps to Take to Preserve Wooden Floors

When a commercial property in Mickiddyville, OK, sustains water damage from a pipe burst or from flooding, wooden floors often get wet as a result. There are several steps you can take to preserve wooden floors.

1. Dry the Surface Quickly

After the flow of water has stopped, removing the water and drying the area is one of the first things you can do to keep your building’s floors from becoming warped. A wet floor can be hazardous to a business’s employees and customers, making the removal of water exceptionally important. Additionally, a wood floor and the subfloor can absorb water and become swollen if water is left to sit for an extended period of time.

2. Ensure the Root Cause Is Identified and Fixed

Whether the water damage was caused by a leak, a pipe burst or a broken appliance, it’s important that water does not continue to damage the floors and the surrounding areas. Before you can be certain that further damage won’t occur, you need to identify the source of the water. Once the cause of the flooding has been identified, it’s also often helpful to fix the leak or the break that caused the issue, and if the issue cannot be fixed immediately, turning off water in the building can be a useful short-term solution.

3. Keep the Area Dry

Even if water is not actively flooding an area in your business, your wooden floors still have the potential to become warped. High levels of humidity or wet items that are left on top of floors can increase the likelihood of your floors becoming swollen. Water damage restoration professionals can often assist in keeping your floors consistently dry by using dehumidifiers and other powerful equipment.

A flood or pipe burst doesn’t necessarily mean your business’s floors will sustain damage. Quickly drying the floors, finding and fixing the cause of the damage and keeping the area dry can help you protect your business’s wooden floors.

Why Does Mold Smell?

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Does Mold Smell? If you smell a strong musty odor you may have a mold problem

It isn't uncommon for properties to have distinctive smells. Think of the difference between stepping into a dentist's office versus a legal firm, for example. Some aromas are just a reflection of the work that goes on within the building, such as in a flower shop. Additionally, environmental factors influence the smells within a building. However, a musty odor shouldn't be dismissed as the result of a rainy day. That distinctive odor could be carrying a mycotoxin.

What Smells?

A mycotoxin is any toxic substance that is produced by a fungus, such as mold. If you've ever gone down into an unused cellar, you may have noticed a distinctive musty smell. For many property owners, that scent immediately leads to concerns. The substances produced during active mold growth include:

  • 1-octen-3-ol, or "mushroom alcohol"
  • Geosmin, often smelled after rain
  • 1-butanol
  • Borneol
  • 3-octanone
  • 2-hexanone

It's interesting to note that some of these aroma-making substances are used in the production of perfumes, such as 1-octen-3-ol. However, this fact shouldn't prevent you from hiring a mold remediation specialist if you notice the scent in a closet on your property.

Testing for Trouble

These professionals will probably run a few different tests to determine the extent and severity of the problem. They are likely to test for MVOCs, or Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds, often a primary source of that musty odor, and for high humidity levels, a source of mold growth. With the information from these tests, the specialist will create a mold remediation plan that probably involves reducing moisture levels in trouble spots, completing repairs around your property, and initiating preventative strategies, such as HEPA filtration devices.

Take Note:

It's important to remember that a given mycotoxin may produce smells without presenting any real impact on building occupants. As you work closely with mold remediation technicians in Lexington, OK, you'll learn more about why mold causes odors and how to prevent further growth.

What to Look for in a Restoration Company

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What to Look for in a Restoration Company SERVPRO offers a variety of services

What to Look for in a Restoration Company

When looking for a restoration company in Slaughterville, OK, there are a number of features you may want to look at including the ability to be faster to any size disaster. Choosing the right company for your property's restoration needs can make a difference. Here are some things you may want to consider.

1. The Ability to Deal With Multiple Damage Types

Many professional restoration services like SERVPRO offer the ability to work with multiple damage types. This is often because one type of damage can lead to another. For example, fire put out by water can also result in mold if the water is left to stand too long. Most restoration companies can help fix smoke and fire damage, water damage, storm damage and also offer mold remediation for this exact reason.

2. A Quick Response Time

Being faster to any size disaster also means arriving with the right materials and equipment required to do the job. Locally owned franchises such as SERVPRO have locations across the country allowing them to be where they need to be when disaster strikes. Because they are a franchise, they also have access to corporate equipment and materials, which gives them the ability to handle large-scale jobs as well.

3. They Offer a Variety of Services

A restoration company such as SERVPRO also offer a variety of services designed to help your agent process the insurance claim. These include an electronics inventory service as well as an online database that provides access to information such as photographs and progress reports for the damaged areas, estimates, filed paperwork, and many other details needed for a properly filed claim.

Whether you're choosing a restoration company because they have the ability to be faster to any size disaster, or they can deal with multiple damage types, you may also want to look at the other services they provide. Many companies can help you clean your damaged items as well as the structure, and has services they can offer which can make keeping track of the details needed by your insurance provider easier.

3 Steps to Prevent Water Damage During Your Vacation

3/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Steps to Prevent Water Damage During Your Vacation Water heaters are a main source of water damage while on vacation

There’s nothing worse than returning home from your vacation to find your belongings water damaged. Water damage is one of the most common homeowner’s insurance claims and much of it happens when people aren’t there to stop it. Before your trip, learn how a water pipe repair or other small steps can keep your Hall Park, OK, home from being flooded.

Causes of Water Damage

There are countless ways for water to wreak havoc. While you are present, there’s time to stop it. But while you’re gone, water from a broken pipe, for example, can spray uninhibited for hours. Some of the main sources of vacation water damage are:

  • Water heaters
  • Appliance hoses
  • Sump pumps
  • Pipes

While there’s not much you can do after the fact but clean up, there are a few steps you can take beforehand to reduce the odds of a watery outcome.

Examine Your Pipes

Pipes are natural culprits for leaks, so checks yours out if you’re leaving for more than a day or two. Check under your kitchen and bathroom sinks as well as in your laundry room. Wherever you see drips or excess condensation, make a water pipe repair before you go.

Check Appliance Hoses

Take time to look at the hoses to your washing machine, refrigerator and other water-using appliances. If you find a kinked or damaged hose, replace it.

Check Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps are a lifesaver, but only if they work. Look over your sump pump and listen to the motor for any sounds of malfunction. Filling the sump pit and running the pump to clear debris is also a good idea.
As much as a trip can reduce stress, coming home to water damage can induce it. Just one water pipe repair or hose replacement can reduce the risk. Use these tips and more from your local water damage specialist to keep your home front dry while you’re gone.