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How Long Does Mold Remediation Take?

3/24/2023 (Permalink)

residental bacterial growth SERVPRO® of Central Oklahoma City has you covered. We prevent future mold growth so you can live in a healthy home or business.

Oftentimes, mold will show up in a home or business and homeowners may wonder how long it takes to clean up this issue. The answer to this question is a little tricky because there are several factors that determine how long it will take for the mold remediation process to be complete.

The First Step: During the initial stage of the process, SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City will remove any contaminated materials and cordon off any areas that are being treated so no one can enter the area that is being cleaned. Once the team is ready to get to work, they will apply professional cleaning solutions and antimicrobial agents to contaminated areas such as walls and floors. Once this is done, the team will seal off these areas with plastic to prevent spores from re-entering and spreading throughout the home or business.

Next, SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City will treat any areas that are particularly impacted by mold with special chemicals or techniques such as fogging, UV light, ozone, or blasting. This will take a few days and the team will be sure to stay away from any contaminated areas while the chemicals are being used.

Depending on the severity of the mold, the team may also apply an encapsulant to certain areas to help with their removal and inhibit future growth. This is especially helpful when there are stubborn mold spores present that cannot be removed by simple biocide treatments or a thorough cleaning.

After the entire process is complete, the team will inspect and ensure that all of the areas that have been contaminated are clean. This will be done by testing for any traces of mold or fungus. If there are any traces of fungus, then the team will reapply the antimicrobial solution or encapsulant to these areas until they are completely clear.

Once all of the mold is gone, SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City will then thoroughly dry the areas that have been contaminated. This can be done by running dehumidifiers, fans or air scrubbers. This is an important part of the cleanup as moisture is one of the key factors in mold spore growth and spreading throughout a property.

SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City will Re-Inspect & Repair Damaged Items Once the contaminated items have been properly disposed of and all areas that have been cleaned are dried, the team will then replace any damaged areas with new ones that have been cleared and repaired. This will help to restore a home or business to its original condition.

The most common time that mold remediation will be required is after a major leak or water damage has occurred in a building. This can take a little longer than other types of mold removal due to the fact that the mold needs to be dealt with before it can spread throughout the structure and create further problems.

It is important to realize that although it is possible to remove mold, there will always be a small number of spores in a home or business that will cause issues for the residents and workers in the building. Luckily, with the proper mold removal procedure, most of these spores will be killed and won’t cause any serious issues. This is why it is so important to hire SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City  to handle these issues, as they are trained to properly remove all of the mold spores and make sure that the problem isn’t going to re-occur in the future.

What You Need To Know About Fire Restoration

3/23/2023 (Permalink)

residental fire damage The aftermath of fire damage affects not only the structure of your property but also your personal belongings.

When your home is damaged by fire, the damage may seem minor, but if not properly documented, it may lead to more problems later. Without professional help, your insurance company may deny any future claims. Fire restoration services to help you document the damage and file accurate claims. In many cases, fire restoration services take over before your insurance company does. They can help you rebuild your home or business after a fire. SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City is one such company. We assist with documentation, emergency board-up, soot removal, demolition, and repair of damaged areas.

The cost of fire damage restoration can be expensive, especially if you lose time or have several items to be restored. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimize your cost. By following a few simple guidelines, you can avoid the rising costs of fire restoration. First, prevent fire from spreading. In the event that a fire occurs, it is best to contact a professional fire damage restoration company as soon as possible. The sooner you begin the restoration process, the less expensive it will be.

Depending on the size of the fire, there are many different ways to determine the cost of fire damage restoration. The cost of simple single-fuel fires can be much less than a complex fire with artificial materials and incomplete combustion. Additionally, the cost of fire damage restoration can depend on the type of fire extinguisher used to put out the blaze. Carbon dioxide extinguishers don’t cost anything extra, but chemical extinguishers can leave toxic residues.

The smoke in a fire causes visible and invisible damage to your home. Fire damage restoration services use sophisticated equipment to provide superior results. You can start the restoration process by increasing ventilation in the affected area. You can use dry-cleaning sponges, rubbing alcohol, or vinegar to remove embedded particles. Trisodium phosphate is particularly helpful in releasing embedded particles. Soot removers made for smoke damage are also useful.

Water damage can also damage your possessions. Firefighting water can damage materials, causing mold growth. Firefighting chemicals also leave behind a messy mess. Using the services of SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration professionals is vital. We are licensed and insured. Our goal is to make this disaster feel "Like it never even happened." and get your home back to its original condition sooner.

The Basics of Water Damage

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

Residental Water Damage Restoration client had a toilet leak that caused water damage to the residential property, we quickly placed dehumidifiers to removed the remaining mositure

Water damage is a widespread issue that can be caused by many different causes. Pipes break, sinks and toilets overflow, roofs leak, and more can all lead to this problem.

When homeowners experience water damage, it’s essential they contact SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City immediately. We’re specialists in cleaning up and restoring properties that have been affected by floodwaters.

Water damage restoration begins with an inspection and assessment. Whether due to a burst pipe or natural disaster, conducting an exhaustive examination is paramount in order to safeguard your home and personal belongings from further harm.

A comprehensive assessment can accurately measure the extent of water damage, identify potential hazards and craft a strategy to resolve them. It also serves as an essential step when filing insurance claims and scheduling repairs.

If you detect signs of water damage, don’t hesitate to contact a reliable restoration company like SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City. We will guide you through the process of repairing your property quickly and effectively.

Once an initial assessment is conducted, SERVPRO will provide you with an assessment of damages and an estimate for cleanup and restoration costs. This information can be invaluable when dealing with insurance companies or contractors eager to begin work as quickly as possible.

Once the damages have been identified, technicians can begin to extract moisture. They may use equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to expedite this process.

This process is necessary to prevent hidden mold growth from taking hold. Mold poses a serious health hazard, potentially leading to respiratory illness and allergies.

Water damage, if left unchecked, can have devastating effects on a structure and even lead to collapse. If left unchecked, water damage could potentially destroy everything in its path.

Water damage is one of the most hazardous scenarios that can happen to a residential or commercial property. Not only does it cause extensive structural damage, but also damages furniture and other belongings as well as opening the door for mold growth.

Standard Homeowners Insurance Coverage

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

Homeowners insurance Policy Homeowners Insurance Policy

A standard homeowners insurance policy provides coverage to repair or replace your home and its contents in the event of damage. That usually includes damage resulting from fire, smoke, theft or vandalism, or damage caused by a weather event such as lightning, wind, or hail. Other covered damage could come from external forces like a falling tree.

That coverage includes your heating and cooling systems, along with kitchen appliances, furniture, clothing, and other possessions. Coverage for outbuildings on your property, such as a garage, barn, or shed, along with outdoor grills or fireplaces, swing sets, walls, or fences is also included. A swimming pool or other recreational equipment may also be covered, but those higher-risk items may require additional liability coverage.

In addition, you’re typically covered for living expenses if you need to find alternate lodging while your home is rebuilt. Liability coverage is typically included as well. That means you’ll be reimbursed for medical expenses and legal fees if people that are not living in your home are injured on your property.

SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City understand the details of your policy, and how much coverage you can expect in the event of a claim. Some lenders only require sufficient homeowners insurance coverage to pay off your mortgage, but in most cases that will not be nearly enough to rebuild your home and replace everything in it.

It’s also important to consider that rebuilding costs may increase. Improvements or additions to made to your home, increased labor or material costs, and changes to zoning requirements might require more coverage.

For all these reasons, you may want to consider a replacement cost homeowners insurance policy rather than an actual cash value policy. The former provides coverage to make repairs or replace your home and its contents at current costs. A cash value policy factors in depreciation due to age, wear and tear, and other factors.

As an example, let’s say a falling tree damages your roof, which was last replaced 10 years ago. A replacement cost policy will pay to replace the roof at today’s cost for labor and materials. An actual cash value policy will deduct 10 years of depreciation. The same logic applies to your furnace, washing machine, and other possessions. Replacement cost is more expensive, but industry experts say it is worth the added cost.

“Know the difference between an actual cash value policy and a replacement cost policy,” says Lynne McChristian of the Insurance Information Institute (III), “The former pays the depreciated cost, so you get less at claim time. With replacement cost, you may pay 10 to15% more for coverage, yet you get much more when you file a claim.”

To estimate how much homeowners insurance coverage you need, multiply the square footage of the home by the local building costs per square foot in your area. For example, if your home is 2,200 square feet and local building costs average $80 per square foot, the cost to rebuild your home would be about $176,000. A local insurance agent should be able to help determine costs in your area. You’ll calculate costs the same way for any outbuildings.

Next, take an inventory of all your possessions with an estimated value. Take photos or videos to provide a visual record. Make a note of where and when you purchased things on your inventory, especially big-ticket items. This will not only provide a record, it will also help determine how much coverage you need, and what items might require additional coverage.

According to the III, most homeowners insurance policies typically cover your belongings at a rate of about 50% to 70% of what your home is insured for. Meaning that if your home is insured for $400,000, you can expect to be reimbursed for somewhere around $200,000 to $280,000 for your furniture, clothing, and other possessions. If your inventory determines that isn’t sufficient for your needs, consider additional coverage.

Keep Your Business Clean and Odorless

1/26/2023 (Permalink)

Commercial building A commercial building is having a HVAC Duct cleaning

If you have a busy office, you may notice that over time, the carpets become dirty and stained. When this happens you can call SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City and we can clean your carpets and upholstery, making it like new.What about the areas you don't see? It's easy to determine that your carpets and upholstery need to be cleaned; you see these things everyday. What about your air ducts and HVAC system? Maybe because you cannot see the dirt and dust, it's not often thought about.Air duct and cleaning of your HVAC system can possibly, extend the life span of your system. By cleaning your system, you help eliminate the amount of dust and mold circulating throughout your building and provide cleaner and better smelling air. Mold can cause negative health affects but with preventive maintenance and cleaning, you can help control this!

Crime Scene Clean Up

1/26/2023 (Permalink)

whyservpro A crime scene being zoned off for SERVPRO bio hazard crew

Crime scene cleanup isn't something anyone wants to think about and hopefully never experiences.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. If a crime scene clean up or suicide clean up is needed, Our team will be discreet and work with you on your needs. Currently, we work with several local police departments for their crime scene clean ups and bio-hazard needs. SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City understands that when tragedy happens, it is unexpected and the goal is t o get you back in your home as quickly as you are ready. 

SERVPRO Storm Disaster Process

1/26/2023 (Permalink)

storm damage A residential property damaged by a bad storm

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City will have a Professional on-site to help ensure the water damage is handled by completing the following steps. 


We will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.


Then we will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step


To help ensure your home or business

and belongings are dried to appropriate

industry standards, we will monitor the drying process. The updates will be

consistently communicated to you.

Lastly we will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the job-site will be conducted

with you to help ensure the property was returned to pre loss condition.

Clogged Toilet Can Cause Water Damage

1/26/2023 (Permalink)

water damage A residential bathroom toilet is overflowing and causing water damage

When you think of overflowing toilets, you may picture a small flood confined to your commercial bathroom. However, if this type of overflow goes unnoticed, your commercial building could have much more extensive sewer damage. The unattended water may travel down walls and through ceilings to affect two floors or more. When this major destruction takes place, you need to call SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices..

  • Stop the flood. A flooded toilet may continue adding water to your building unless you cut off the water supply. Turning off the water may help minimize the damage or at least stop it from getting worse.
  • Tear out materials. Because you're dealing with sewer damage, any materials or furnishings that got wet may need to be removed and thrown away. This can include flooring, drywall, insulation and ceiling materials. These items often have to be tossed because sewage usually contains fecal matter, viruses, bacteria, chemicals and other potentially harmful contaminants.
  • Disinfect the space. Once the items that can be torn out have been, you need to make sure your commercial space is thoroughly cleaned. The cleaners used will depend on the type of surface getting cleaned, but any sewage company that often deals with this type of cleanup will have the cleaners and equipment needed to get the job done right.
  • Dry out the space. Putting dehumidifiers to work ensures your building is rid of excess moisture. If extra water remains, even in the form of humidity, you may have to deal with mold growth in the future.
  • Repair the damage. The final step in this cleanup process is repairing any of the damage that was done. If building materials were torn out, they need to be replaced to return your building to normal.

Sewer damage requires an extensive cleanup to ensure your building is safe for inhabitants. If you skip any important steps, you may have to deal with secondary damage sometime down the road

6 Steps to Fire Damage Restoration

1/26/2023 (Permalink)

fire damage smoke damaged surface in residential home after fire

If you have suffered from fire damage, and your home has sustained smoke damage or soot damage, you may wonder what your next step should be. Navigating the fire cleanup process can be difficult and confusing, but here are the SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City guidelines to follow to make your course of action a bit easier.

  1. Call for Emergency Services

Contact a fire restoration company as soon as possible. Most companies offer 24-hour services and can assist you right away.

  1. Appraisal of Damage

Most companies send a professional to assess your home for smoke damage, soot damage and water damage. From there, it is possible to create a plan for repair.

  1. Damage Prevention

Fires frequently damage or threaten the integrity of windows, doors, roofs or walls. These can all be temporarily repaired so that further damage does not occur before the fire restoration process can take place.

  1. Water, Smoke and Soot Removal

Once you have ensured that your home does not sustain additional damage, the fire restoration company can begin to remove water from the home and repair water damage, if there is any. Smoke cleaning and soot cleaning occur at this point to remove traces of the fire from the surfaces of your home, such as ceilings, walls and floors.

  1. Cleaning and Disinfecting

The next step is for the company to clean and repair any salvageable items in the house, such as furniture or cabinetry. In addition, the air is usually scrubbed by special equipment to improve the air quality inside your home.

  1. Restoration of Finishes

After the major structures and furniture have been repaired, it is time to bring your home back to its pre-fire condition. Sometimes, this is minor, such as repainting a room. Other times, it can be more complicated, such as small construction projects.

After a restoration company has completed its work, all signs of smoke damage should be removed, your home should be back to its original condition and all signs that a fire has occurred should be gone.

Can I Free My Crawl Space From Mold

1/26/2023 (Permalink)

mold mold in the bathroom of a residential property

SERVPRO of Central Oklahoma City knows crawlspaces are tricky exactly because of what they are: crawl spaces with little room to move, and even less room to get in difficult areas to clean up mold damage. These spaces are usually dark and dank and very poorly sealed, as well, making them ripe for mold infestation as damp and water damage set in – especially after a flood. So if the crawlspace in your home is infested with mold…how do you clean it?

Try Media Blasting

Despite how it sounds, “media blasting” isn’t playing your boombox loud enough to get reported to the neighborhood homeowners’ association. Media blasting is the practice of spraying tiny particles of non-harmful substances at a surface at extremely high speeds, causing the particles to abrade away anything on that surface as if sanding it. In fact, the practice used to be called sandblasting until sand was replaced as the medium due to the dangers of inhaling particles. Media blasting can:

  • Sand away any mold on the surfaces in your crawlspace without damaging the surface underneath
  • Allow you to access hard-to-reach places
  • Let you clean away mold without having to actually come into contact with the substances
  • Enable you to also clean underneath homes, and not just in crawlspaces

Media blasting can actually be pretty messy, but it leaves you with mold-free surfaces that have been scoured entirely clean.

So How Can I Media Blast My Crawlspace?

Media blasting requires some pretty heavy duty equipment, so it’s usually best to leave it to a professional. Specialists who understand media blasting have the appropriate equipment and protective gear to ensure the process can be done safely and thoroughly to minimize mold exposure and ensure complete eradication of your mold problem. Media blasting can also be used for mildew, and various other growths you may wish to remove from your home – or for removing old paint before repainting your house.