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Will Solar Panels Keep the Lights On During Bad Weather?

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Solar panels covering the entire roof of a house Extreme weather and storms could result in panel damage.

The durability of a solar panel is not easily compromised. It is not constructed with moving parts and it is manufactured with high quality materials. Panels are put through rigorous tests and quality control to ensure their strength and longevity. If panel damage does occur, it is typically due to weather; therefore, if you live in Oklahoma City, OK and have solar panels, it is important to understand how nature can potentially leave you in the dark.

What Can Cut the Power

Extreme weather and storms could result in panel damage. Possible weather factors that cause damage include the following:

  • Hail
  • High wind
  • Rain
  • Tornadoes

Panels are essentially outward facing glass. Exposure to high winds and tornadoes can pummel your roof with branches and other debris that can crack or even break a panel completely. Cracked and broken panels expose your roof to excessive amounts of water, which can lead to costly roof damage. Continued exposure to strong storms with excessive rain and hail can create further complications if your roof has already sustained damage or become the starting point for expensive amounts of structural harm.

How To Keep the Lights On

An initial investment in high quality panels, as well as installation by experienced professionals, can be the first line of defense against damage due to wind and water. Panels that are cracked, damaged or routinely subjected to large amounts of wear can be evaluated by a professional to see how to repair and prevent roof damage. Potential damage or obstruction to panels is likely if they are consistently exposed to wind and water, as well as severe weather. If you know that Oklahoma City, OK is an area that experiences weather conditions that may put your energy efficient investment at risk, it is essential to speak with an expert in storm damage restoration.

Solar panels can be a smart choice for both your home and the environment, but they're not invincible. Panel damage happens. That's why regular maintenance is essential to keeping them in working order — and keeping your lights on.

5 Habits of Great Landlords

9/1/2019 (Permalink)

If you own a rental property in Oklahoma City, OK, you have certain basic responsibilities to your tenants. You must keep the building safe and make sure all maintenance requests such as plumbing problems are fixed. Being a great landlord, however, means going above and beyond the minimum standard requirements. Here are five things that exceptional landlords do.


1. Make Expectations Clear
The rental agreement that your tenants sign should outline their responsibilities while they live in your building. It should also tell them what they can expect of you. It's important that each party knows what is expected of them before keys are exchanged.


2. Train Your Staff Well
Your customer service reputation is only as good as your least effective employee. Make sure your staff knows how to handle tenant complaints about commercial plumbing and answer frequently asked questions about the property.

 
3. Lead by Example
Your staff is likely to follow your lead. If you are hard to reach or if you let reported plumbing problems go unresolved, that is how they are going to think the business should be run. Motivate them by showing them what doing a great job looks like.


4. Respond Quickly to Problems
One of the best landlord tips is to make sure you respond to maintenance issues in a timely manner. It's helpful to have licensed local plumbers on speed dial for issues that a plunger can't fix. 


5. Communicate Effectively
Above all, communicate quickly and often with your tenants. Don't settle for giving them the minimum notice required by the law. If the building needs repairs, let them know as soon as you know. Show them that you respect them, and they are likely to respect you in return.


Whether you are dealing with a plumbing issue or a neighbor dispute, being present and active at your rental property is essential to good customer service. Following these tips can help you be a great landlord.

Always Here to Help

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City is the premier choice when it comes to fire, water and mold restoration. Our team is quick to respond and help mitigate any losses you might experience. Our team takes great pride in making sure each job is completed to your expectations and well documented along the way. 

SERVPRO has the resources and experience to handle any size job from small to large. It is critical to make sure that you do not wait long if you have water sitting in your home or business, for it can cause secondary damage, like mold and weird odors. SERVPRO makes sure to mitigate all damages to prevent the formation of secondary damages from occurring. If you have any questions, our team is here to help 24/7, 365 days a year. We want to be your educational resource for any issues you might have. We are always here to help. 

SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City here to help if you suspect mold in your home or business

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Suspected mold in home needing remediation by SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City.

What to do if you suspect mold in your house

Mold - the very thought can put terror into the eyes of a homeowner. After all, mold in your home can make you and your family sick. If nothing else, it looks disgusting. But it can also weaken your walls, ceilings and floor. And if you try to sell a house known to have mold, you might as well put a sign on your front lawn that reads: "Not For Sale."

So if you think you have mold, and plenty of houses do what should you do?

Test for mold. That's probably the last thing you or any homeowner wants to hear because mold testing can be expensive, and there are plenty of horror stories out there.  The average cost to test for mold – not to remove, just to test – is $834, according to HomeAdvisor.com. If that price makes you ill, you could buy a mold testing home kit, which generally runs anywhere from $10 to $50. That said, molding test kits have a reputation for being unreliable.

If you do have mold. Don't panic yet. This may not be a major problem. Call SERVPRO to have it removed by licensed professionals.

A lot of keeping mold away comes down to basic maintenance. Here are some things you can do around your house:

  • Caulk around the water fixtures in your kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Clean out the gutters. Standing water in your gutters due to clogs can lead to water leaking into the eaves, and thus in exterior walls.
  • Caulk around your windows to keep out heavy rain.
  • Take care of any roof leaks as soon as they are detected.
  • Do you have a crawl space under the home? If you do, check under it to make sure there's no water accumulating and standing there.

For more information on mold removal call SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City today!

SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City offers latest in odor fighting technology

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl Generator working on strong odors

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City now introduces a new tool for odor destruction. One of the most annoying things is an unpleasant odor be it at your home, office or shop. SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City understands the frustration you go through trying to get rid of the odor and thus introduces a new tool that will make sure the odor is gone for good.

With the use of a hydroxyl generator you are assured that the odor will be gone by the time we are through. In the past deodorization was done using masking agents, filters and other ineffective methods. Now with the latest technology we assure our customers perfection by using a hydroxyl generator. The generator is a new technology that beats all the other methods used in the past. The generator is able to:

  • Cleans all air and all spaces in a contained room
  • Produce atmospheric hydroxyls that are strong enough to neutralize bacteria and viruses
  • Hydroxyls can penetrate into porous materials, fabrics and anywhere else as needed

However strong the odor is the hydroxyl generator will be able to kill it. It produces “superior hydroxyl” molecules that eliminate bacteria, mildew, mold, noxious gases, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor environments. These molecules can penetrate to the furthest edge of the house restoring its original scent.

For more information on odor removal call SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City today!

SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City offers Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is right around the corner which is when homeowners typically begin to make a list of spring-cleaning chores to prepare for the warmer weather ahead. This year remediation specialists at SERVPRO suggest including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) duct maintenance on your to-do list.
Air duct cleaning can help reduce costs for both heating and cooling as well as protect the health of your family members and employees. Air duct cleaning removes bacteria, dust and mold to ensure greater air quality. This prevents inhaling unwanted contaminants which can cause allergies and other respiratory illnesses, by having a professional cleaning from us.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency
- May help eliminate offensive odors
- Helps reduce the potential for mod growth

For more information on air duct cleaning call SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City today!

SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City Gives Back to Oklahoma City

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City Owner Nicholas Hickman volunteers as Cub Scouts Den Master at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City is proud to be an active member in Oklahoma City's civic community. We love working with local nonprofits and metropolitan organizations. Whenever possible we try and donate our time and/or resources to better Oklahoma City. During the past year we have volunteered and assisted with groups such as the Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, churches, schools and neighborhood associations. In addition, SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City has donated time and resources to provide continuing education for real estate and insurance professionals. We have proudly sponsored lunches for area churches and exhibited how we be of service to their facilities. Please contact us to see how SERVPRO of North Oklahoma City can be of service to your organization.