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What to Do When a Storm Floods Your Omaha Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do When a Storm Floods Your Omaha Home After Flooding in Omaha, Calling SERVPRO is the Right Road to Water Removal and Restoration

Flooded Omaha Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Cleanup

The potential of your home to sustain flood damage increases when the city that you live in is adjacent to a river. In the case of Omaha, seasonal storms and the spring thaw can bring flooding from the Missouri River. The flood can carry debris that adds to its destructive force, breaking down doors and windows and allowing the water, mud, and debris to enter your home. Once inside, it can soak into the structure of your house and leave you with a significant problem. Fortunately, qualified and professional help is not far away.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are trained to handle the damage from the flood waters in your Omaha residence. After receiving your call, we can send our technicians to your home as soon as possible to inspect the damage. Unfortunately, flood water can contain pesticides, toxins, and sewage, and the area must be treated as biohazardous. The unclean water can damage your belongings and make porous materials such as carpet unsalvageable.
 
While the final decision on what to keep and what to discard rests with you, SERVPRO can help you sort through what is safe to keep and recommend what to throw away. We even provide a CCIS; a claims form for cataloging. Afterward, we can assist you with the process of filing a claim with your insurance company to make the entire situation more comfortable and less confusing. After completing the cleanup, our technicians can start the drying process.
 
Here at SERVPRO, we use a variety of advanced technologies to dry out your home. Using a combination of air movement, low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers, we can ensure the ideal environment for evaporation. Creating the proper conditions in the affected areas is crucial to the drying process, as your property cannot be rid of the moisture without assistance.
 
When your home sustains flooding damage from a storm, do not hesitate. Call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest at (402) 800-2134. As soon as possible, we can send our technicians to your home to help make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Fast And Reliable Water Removal For Your Omaha Business

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast And Reliable Water Removal For Your Omaha Business SERVPRO Water Extraction and Drying Help Omaha Based Businesses Remain Open

SERVPRO Follows Proven Paths for Restoration of Omaha Enterprises Water Damaging Events

Water accumulation in an Omaha commercial property can come from a number of different events and sources. Some are external issues such as storms or localized flooding. More common are circumstances where the plumbing, mechanical systems, or appliances in a business experience a malfunction or breakage. A professional water removal service is the most efficient answer to standing or trapped water found on commercial premises.
 
Leaks and overflows can fill the lower levels in an Omaha business with water, such as elevator pits or subterranean parking structures. Commercial water removal is an immediate need to avoid health and safety issues, and prevent progressive deterioration or secondary damage from the moisture. Because water can damage structures and contents rapidly business owners achieve the best outcome when a firm with experienced, trained, and certified technicians handle the project.
 
The crews provided by SERVPRO have the training and the equipment to remove water quickly. They have also mastered the skills to measure and monitor moisture levels, scanning areas behind walls or in crevices where unseen moisture can accumulate. Their training guides them when establishing drying goals and drying plans to extract the water and achieve optimum moisture reduction.
 
SERVPRO employees have high-efficiency water pumps and powerful extractors available on their service vehicles, ready for a speedy water removal plan. Since contamination of the standing water is common, they are trained and equipped to contain and dispose of it per local requirements properly.
 
Once standing water has been removed from the commercial property completely, air movement and dehumidification begin the final drying. SERVPRO employees position and reassess the efficiency of the drying equipment throughout the process, aiming for an ideal drying window three days or less to mitigate damage and reduce the potential for mold growth. When necessary, the contents of an affected area can be packed out for cleaning, drying, deodorization and storage until it is ready for re-occupation
 
During the water removal project, SERVPRO works with insurance carriers to ensure proper documentation and proper claim submissions. If needed, they also connect the business owner with other contractors who can repair and replace damaged structures, fixtures, and equipment.
 
When water threatens a local business, SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest stands ready to help with removal and drying services. Call (402) 800-2134 as soon as possible to schedule an assessment and develop a water removal plan.

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The Many Types of Fire Damage to Bennington Homes

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Many Types of Fire Damage to Bennington Homes Fire damage in your attic or any room in your home requires proper remediation by professional technicians. Contact SERVPRO to assess the damage.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Remediates Fire Damage in Your Home After an Incident

A fire in your Bennington home, regardless of its size, can prove challenging to overcome. Even without the substantial structural damage that can occur, your home will not be the same as it was before the disaster occurred. With so many symptoms and lingering effects to overcome, in most cases, traditional cleaning methods will not have the lasting power or effectiveness to restore the damage and remove odors from your home.
 
The fire damage to your Bennington home can present itself in several unique ways. From noxious odors left behind to smoke and soot damage, bringing your home to preloss conditions is a task best designated for trained and certified restoration specialists.
 
The moment our experienced SERVPRO team arrives at your fire-damaged home, we begin assessing the scope of the restoration issues. Our focus will be on restoring a comfortable living area for you and your family again, so communication plays a significant role in determining where to begin the restoration process and which facets of the overall restoration process are most important to you as the homeowner.
 
To begin the deodorization process, air scrubbers are employed to remove smoke and soot particles and from the air down to .3 microns.  We also utilize special equipment such as hydroxyl generators, ozone, or vapor fogging, which can neutralize noxious molecules on contact, leaving no discernable scent behind. This equipment is able to destroy odor-causing molecules deep in porous materials, such as carpet and upholstered furniture, and clothing.
 
If the fire in your home was severe enough to affect its structural integrity, our SERVPRO team is trained in controlled demolition. The structurally damaged areas will be clean and ready for reconstruction by other contractors.
 
While any manner of fire damage can be traumatic, cleaning up the mess does not have to be. You can trust the professional and courteous technicians we have at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest to get the job completed as quickly as possible. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (402) 800-2134.

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Tips if Fire damage occurs in your home

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage Friday tips! Some more of our Do's and Dont's for you. In the event of a fire damage if your electricity is off, empty your freezer/refrigerator completely and prop the doors open to help prevent odor, you wouldn't want to possibly forget that there is meat in your freezer and have it thaw out. Also if your heat is off during these winter months, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures leading to more unwanted damages. DO NOT consume any food/beverages that may have been stored close to the fire/heat. They may be contaminated and unsafe for consumption. In any situation I hope you find our tips helpful. If you haven't already follow us on Twitter, find us at SERVPRO_omahaNW.

Helpful tips for Fire and Smoke Damage

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

In the event of a fire there will be a lot of soot left over and all over your house. The best things you can do is keep your hands clean, soot on your hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Also wipe soot from chrome on kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim/appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.  DO NOT attempt to was any walls or painted surfaces, or clean electrical appliances (TV's, radios, etc.) that were close to the fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair man. Just think safety first in any situation if it does not look safe it probably isn't. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for any of your fire or water damage needs. 

Tips for Water Damage

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

In the event of a water damage weather it be from an inside source for example a pipe bursting or it be from an outside source like let's say a window well for your basement, either way we are here. One good tip for any water damage need is to turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building/home, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.  Please DO NOT use your TV or other appliances while standing on wet carpets/floors, especially wet concrete floors, or turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Also DO NOT enter rooms where the ceiling is visibly sagging from water. The first thing to always think about is safety and if it doesn't look safe don't enter the space.

Tips for your home in a Fire or Smoke Damage

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

In any instance of a fire in your home you are going to want to limit the movement in the space to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery/carpet, this will keep whatever soot particles are in the affected area from leaving that affected area. Limiting the movement in the space will also keep your cost to a minimum because there will be less to clean. DO NOT attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture, an improper cleaning may set the smoke odor. Let SERVPRO use our state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning supplies to properly clean your furniture/carpet or even toys/other home goods. If you think it smells like smoke let us handle the rest. We have cleaners for all types of furniture finishes that handles the scent of smoke damage. 

Tips if Water Damage occurs in your home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

In the event of a pipe bursting in your home or even something as tragic as an outside water source, you are going to want to make sure to shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source. Dealing with an outside water source is always difficult, so put your stress into our hands. DO NOT enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist, and DO NOT enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. "Lets go out there and care!" Stay safe and prepare for the upcoming winter season. Follow our Facebook page SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for more fun updates and tips on fire, water prevention.

Ice Dams And Frozen Pipes Can Be A Cause Of Mold Damage In Elkhorn

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Ice Dams And Frozen Pipes Can Be A Cause Of Mold Damage In Elkhorn Need Mold Remediation for a Home in Elkhorn? Look No Further than SERVPRO, Local and Ready to Help

In the Spring, Thaws and Rains Invite Mold Infestations

Temperature extremes during the colder months can cause many different water-intrusion problems in the Elkhorn area. Mold issues can surprise residents as most water appears frozen solid at this time of the year. Neglecting the possibility of water leakage during the winter can lead to mold growth in some spaces in a home. Professional mold remediation is the answer for the damage.
 
In an Elkhorn residence, mold damage occurs when moisture activates the mold spores that are consistently present in the air or on surfaces. During the chillier times of the year, certain forces conspire to provide the perfect environment for fungal growth. A highly-qualified mold remediation company understands the dynamics that change exterior below-freezing temperatures and frozen precipitation into the liquid water feeding a burgeoning mold colony.
 
SERVPRO technicians responding to mold growth in an attic or top floor frequently find evidence of ice dams. Gutters and eaves are vulnerable to ice dams and the seepage and leaking into home interiors that follows. If drain spouts clog with leaves, sticks, and other debris, water catches in gutters and freezes. Most gutters are adjacent to the eaves and soffits edging a roof. As the frozen water expands, it pushes under loose flashings and shingles. Warm air rising along poorly or uninsulated walls and framing melts the ice causing it to soak building materials. Mold has then both now, water and an organic surface upon which to flourish.
 
Water supply and drain pipes on or near exterior walls, in foundations, or crawl spaces sometimes freeze, resulting in cracks or breaks in plumbing, sending moisture to saturate structural components and personal belongings. SERVPRO mold remediation crews make the connection when called to abate microbial growth and damage in these areas.
 
Mold remediation requires adherence to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. Trained SERVPRO technicians contain the mold using physical barriers and often negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent the spread of the microbes. They remove and bag the moldy materials, disposing of the collected substances. HEPA filtered vacuums and antimicrobial treatment remove any debris and inhibit future mold damage.
 
For the abatement efforts of the SERVPRO team to work long term, the conditions causing water to leak inside a home during the winter must also be eliminated. Gutters and drains need repair and insulation, and interior ceilings need evaluation. Frozen plumbing requires replacement, and outdoor faucets should be winterized each autumn.
 
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest offers EPA approved training for its mold remediation teams, the highest industry standard. Call (402) 800-2134 for a mold damage evaluation any season of the year.

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Speed is Essential to a Successful Water Removal Project in Omaha

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Speed is Essential to a Successful Water Removal Project in Omaha Basement water damage can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO immediately after you notice flooding in your basement or crawl space.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Basement

The lower levels of most homes in Omaha contain several appliances and mechanical systems that can malfunction or overflow. These accidents occur without regard to a homeowner's schedule and present an overwhelming situation when discovered. Although it can be tempting to wade in and try to get rid of the damage without professional help, only water remediation experts have the equipment and training necessary to eliminate the problem.
 
When water overflows from a washing machine, leaks from a water heater, or pours into a basement when an outdoor faucet freezes in cold weather and the supply pipe bursts, a home in Omaha needs immediate water removal. The equipment most homeowners have available are not powerful enough to extricate possibly hundreds of gallons of water. A wet-dry vacuum and a mop and bucket are inadequate, unable to eradicate water within the 24 to 48-hour window recommended by industry standards to limit long-term and secondary damage. The high-efficiency submersible pumps and extractors used by professionals are crucial to fast water removal.
 
The crews from SERVPRO are thoroughly trained in water removal techniques and in the operation of the heavy-duty equipment that delivers the needed results. Often power is cut off in the area where the water collects for safety reasons. Truck-mounted extractors and pumps, with gas-powered options, permit the technicians to complete water removal swiftly even without access to a home's electricity for a time.
 
Water removal in basements and crawl spaces can be tricky as pockets of moisture can hide behind walls and within the cells of cinder blocks. SERVPRO technicians receive extensive training in the use of advanced moisture metering and scanning devices to locate residual water. Strategies such as drilling small holes in mortar joints, cutting through wallboard or paneling, or accessing water from above with long extraction wands ensure none remains to cause further structural damage and encourage mold growth.
 
Baseline moisture levels inform SERVPRO employees as they set drying goals. Throughout the removal process, the moisture levels are monitored to ensure their use of high-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers result in proper drying to complete the remediation.
 
When water in a basement, crawl space or lower living level surprises you, SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is up to the challenge. Call (402) 800-2134 for an inspection of the damage and creation of a plan to remove the water quickly and efficiently.

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