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How To Handle Mold Damaged Personal Belongings In Omaha

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Handle Mold Damaged Personal Belongings In Omaha The tiny mold spores also find their way onto furniture, rugs, carpeting, clothing, books, boxes, papers, and more.

How To Handle Mold Damage

Mold does not limit its growth only to the structure of a home. The tiny mold spores also find their way onto furniture, rugs, carpeting, clothing, books, boxes, papers, and more. If moisture is present when they come to rest on any such organic material or cellulosic fiber, fungi can begin to grow and multiply rapidly.  SERVPRO technicians use proven strategies to remediate mold wherever they find it.

In a typical scenario, a leaky roof goes unnoticed until mold damage caused in the closet of your Omaha home’s master suite signals the problem. The drywall and ceilings absorbed rainwater over a period, allowing mold to grow not only on the building materials but also on the clothing hanging and stored in drawers and boxes. Drips of water and the excess humidity caused by the soaked framework of the closet is enough to start a chain reaction, and soon almost every piece of clothing in the whole wardrobe smells moldy. The restoration company you engage needs to be familiar with the challenges of removing mold from all types of your belongings to achieve complete recovery.

The project manager and crew assigned to your job by SERVPRO have the experience and the know-how to create a plan to save as much of your property as possible. Different materials require different approaches. Washable clothing responds well to various additives with the hottest water the fabric can withstand. Dry cleaning can also neutralize mold with the heat used during processing. Hanging clothing out in the sun and being scrupulous about drying the loads completely after treatment is also keys to mold abatement.

Expect SERVPRO, to be honest about the chances of restoring items that do not respond well to laundering or dry cleaning. At the conclusion of their mold remediation job, only those materials they feel are mold free should remain in your home. Any items that retain even a minuscule amount of moldy residue can quickly re-contaminate the surrounding area and contents. Rely on the SERVPRO Team to advise about articles to keep and those to throw away.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest earns the trust of new customers every day with the highly qualified and trained technicians who are the face of this company. Call (402) 800-2134 for a mold consultation with one of their experts.

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Restoring Flood Damaged Flooring in Omaha

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damaged Flooring in Omaha Flooding can be devastating. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO to dry your property out and then begin the restoration process.

SERVPRO Technicians Always Make Sure that the Property is Safe for Residents to Return to After a Flooding Disaster

Flooding costs Nebraska homeowners millions of dollars every year. It can often be a seemingly small incident, such as a malfunctioning dishwasher or a leaky pipe under the kitchen sink that surprises residents with how much damage can occur over time.

Mitigating flood damage in an Omaha home means inspecting and remediation. When water goes unnoticed or ignored for an extended period, floors can buckle, carpets rot, and even worse can happen. With our floor mat drying system, we find we can restore most wood floors, but if it has remained saturated with moisture for too long, it may have to be replaced.

If water has penetrated the sub-floor and the structural materials are also saturated, we can usually dry the floor cavity with a cavity drying system or heated drying system that forces warm, very dry air below the subfloor. The subfloor materials can also be accessed from the crawlspace, or from a lower floor by removing the drywall from the ceiling beneath.  These types of drying jobs usually take longer to dry - from 4 to 7 days. In rare cases, it may be necessary to remove the subfloor, such as when mold has damaged the subfloor or structural materials beyond remediation.

Although we want to get residents back in their homes quickly, we also want to restore it properly the first time. Our technicians and work crews check and recheck each area to ensure all the water damage has been restored and the humidity is within a safe range.

Returning your home to its pre-flood condition takes a lot of time and effort, but it is necessary to prevent further damage or potential health hazards. A professional remediation service will not only restore all of the water damage but make sure you understand each action and why we do it. If you need our services, call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest at (402) 800-2134 today. We are here for you.

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Mold Remediation -- Not A DIY Endeavor

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation -- Not A DIY Endeavor Bleach may remove small patches of mold from non-porous surfaces, but it is not considered an effective remediation product for large mold issues.

Many homeowners want to handle minor maintenance and damage repair themselves. It is understandable to approach minor problems in this way, as an attempt to save money and limit the amount of time any part of your home is unavailable. However, when your DIY effort is a mold remediation, calling the restoration professionals at SERVPRO will likely prove safer and more cost effective in the long run.

Picture, if you will, a clogged condensate drain line on your home air conditioner that has resulted in gradually saturating an inside wall under a discharge vent, creating a mold damage crisis in your Omaha house (this is a common cause of mold damage in Omaha homes and businesses). The wall was obstructed from your view by curtains and a table pushed under the window, so the mold went undetected until you noticed a musty odor. Tempted to handle the remediation yourself, you discuss it with your spouse and discover a disagreement. Like your spouse, we urge homeowners to consult with one of our mold specialists rather than trying to manage mold because of the complexity and importance of successful remediation.

The lay person often believes a judicious application of diluted chlorine bleach is the answer to a mold infestation. Our highly-trained staff knows differently, based upon advanced classes and certifications in the ways mold spores activate, feed, and grow. SERVPRO remediation teams use the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) protocol of containment, removal, and disposal of active colonies, and then disinfection of restorable materials.

After completion of those steps, our SERVPRO crew ensures the source of moisture is eliminated. Mold spores are everywhere, so a firm that makes the dubious claim that it gets rid of mold entirely may be untrustworthy. We understand that the key to limiting mold growth is straightforward, although sometimes a challenge to accomplish. To prevent mold from coming back, the spore count must be held to a minimum, and they cannot be exposed to water, period.

Bleach may remove small patches of mold from non-porous surfaces, but it is not considered an effective remediation product for significant colonies, especially on porous materials. The bleach misconception lies in the chemical composition of liquid bleach and the way it works in that solution. Water composes more than 90 percent of most household bleach products before dilution, and obviously more after mixing. The ionic structure of bleach impedes it from absorbing into porous materials, yet the water in the solution penetrates deeply. Ironically, this feeds the very mold you are trying to destroy. Some antimicrobials do incapacitate the growth of mold even in porous materials, and SERVPRO mold remediators are experts in their use.

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For effective mold remediation, work with the professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest. Call for a mold inspection and implementation of and EPA protocol-based plan at (402) 800-2134.

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Contact SERVPRO For Assistance After A Flood In Omaha

7/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Contact SERVPRO For Assistance After A Flood In Omaha Flooding can cause significant damage to your property.

Flood Damage

We help homeowners deal with flood damage or other water damage events on their property nearly every day. In fact, flooding in home and businesses happens frequently enough that an entire industry has grown to help people recover from it.

Omaha area residents can benefit from flood damage information provided by a local mitigation company, giving them their best shot at repairing their home should an incident occur. When flooding takes place in your home or business, SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest can provide valuable information that can make the difference between a fast recovery and a long, tedious project that never seems to end.

The question that everyone has in mind when their home or business floods is whether their insurance coverage will be sufficient to repair the damage to their home or office and personal items.  While flood insurance is usually a separate policy from your standard home or business insurance, only your insurance provider can answer that inquiry for certain. Contact your insurance agent BEFORE a flood occurs to ensure you have the proper coverage, especially if you live in a flood-prone area.

If a flooding event occurs on your property, of course, your first move should be to make sure that your family is safe. You can notify your insurance company after everyone reaches safety. Then call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest as soon as you can gain access to your property, and the flooding has subsided. Remember that the sooner the mitigation process can begin, the less damage will be incurred by your home or office and your belongings.

Homeowners also like to know how much our services cost, or if they might experience any costs themselves. For most situations, your insurance company covers most, if not all of the expenses associated with your restoration process. SERVPRO understands how important your home is; we take working with you and your insurance company seriously, providing you with the results you deserve while keeping costs as low as possible.

Start things off on the right foot: contact SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for preparation information such as an Emergency Response Plan (ERP), an initial inspection, or to begin your home's mitigation process today. We are available 24-hours a day, every day of the week prepared to put qualified technicians to work for you (402) 800-2134.

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Commercial Water Damage in Omaha can Destroy More than the Interior of a Home Furnishings Store

7/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Omaha can Destroy More than the Interior of a Home Furnishings Store SERVPRO is the Solution to a Water Damaged Business in Omaha

Keeping Your Doors Open During Cleanup After a Water Incident

Showing customers how your products can beautify their homes is much easier when the setting is as perfect as possible. Unless someone has water-stains on their ceilings and peeling wallpaper offset by discolored draperies, displaying your products with a similar background is going to cause your sales to plummet.
 
Local residents love to decorate their homes in a variety of ways using different themes, but the 'look' of commercial water damage in Omaha is not on a single interior decorator's list. Just as walls can peel and painted areas can become stained and discolored from being inundated with water over time, many items that are sought after by customers are made of materials that can easily get damaged by water.
 
Glossy metallic finishes can tarnish; paperboard and particle board items can swell and warp; glue used in the production of some items can become weak, and framed items can become foggy-looking. In addition to all of that, water can create the perfect environment for mold to develop, and this can also affect your inventory and your store's interior structures. Water damage can easily and quickly become extensive.
 
When water damage stems from a one-time event such as a broken joint on a water line, carpets and low-lying pieces of inventory are typically the hardest hit. Caring for these items should begin as soon as possible, of course, and during that time, drying building materials should also commence. If products are ready to be returned before the floors and lower walls are dried, inventory should be stored in a dry location, so as not to become damaged again.
 
When a situation involving unwanted water occurs to your store, it might be tempting to tackle the job without professional assistance, but doing so can become overwhelming very quickly. Coordinating the clean-up of a disaster can entail much more than is commonly known or expected. Most retail businesses do not have the specialized knowledge, equipment or Professional Cleaning Products that SERVPRO IICRC industry certified technicians possess.
 
As a locally owned and operated company, we are Faster To Any Size Disaster. As part of the SERVPRO System, we have access to a nation-wide network which we can rely on when the situation warrants. When you have water damage that might harm your sales and profits, call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest at (402) 800-2134. We can help keep your business in business.

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Hotel Laundromat Water Woes in Omaha

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Hotel Laundromat Water Woes in Omaha When your hotel floor floods because of the laundry room, call SERVPRO to remediate the water damage right away in order to prevent mold from growing.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Handle Large Scale Water Damage at Your Hotel

Hotels now often provide laundry facilities for guests, and larger hotels frequently have laundry rooms on every floor. Since washing machines and other water appliances can overflow or the supply hoses can break, many hotels are now at increased risk for water damage. Whether the affected area is localized or has spread from floor to floor, SERVPRO responds and restores water damage caused by this traveler’s convenience.
 
Tucked away and unattended, a guest laundry room is a prime candidate for commercial water damage to your Omaha hotel when an appliance malfunctions. Operator error due to unfamiliarity with the particular model is also a factor that can increase the possibility of flooding. Inexpensive top loading washers can use up to 50 gallons of water per wash -- enough to spread to a large area if it all escapes.  Once a water leak has occurred, it continues to spread and saturate more and more of the surrounding materials. If called out quickly, our water damage restoration crew will extract the standing water to reduce spreading, minimizing the damage and helping keep the majority of your property open and available for guests.
 
Large quantities of water with large affected areas need well planned strategies by experienced professionals to ensure complete and timely restoration; this is especially important in commercial water damage situations, where time is of the essence.  SERVPRO technicians are certified in water restoration, and train extensively in the industry’s best practices. Our trucks carry powerful, industrial grade pumps and extractors to remove standing water. The job is incomplete until our investigative team conducts a thorough assessment of water migration from the original site of the overflow. Water flows across floors, through ceilings, down walls, and along structural components, plumbing, and wiring. Damage from a broken hose or pump malfunction can often show up hundreds of feet or several stories from where the problem originated.
 
The water extraction is step one. Then we move to drying out the floors, walls, ceilings, and structural elements soaked from the washing machine flooding. There is no guessing when it comes to achieving drying goals; our staff applies our state-of-the-art moisture testing equipment and their training in moisture measurement and monitoring to determine when the affected areas of your property are adequately dry. It is crucial to reduce the moisture level of walls and floors to below 16 percent to avoid microbial growth. Ambient humidity must fall below 60 percent, with a preferred range of 30 to 50 percent to remove excess moisture and prevent mold spores from growing.
 
SERVPRO crews use a variety of techniques to remove moisture from the air and damp materials, including air movers dehumidifiers, and heat. Moisture readings continue throughout the restoration phase, informing our technicians when to cease drying efforts. Materials such as carpet padding, insulation between walls and floors, and laminate flooring often must be replaced as they are generally not restorable.  
 
If a weary guest or a defective machine causes a hotel laundry room flood, SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest responds fast and professionally. Just remember that a call to (402) 800-2134 will bring the technicians and equipment needed to abate the water damage.

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SERVPRO Proudly Offers Assistance to Our Blair Neighbors

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Proudly Offers Assistance to Our Blair Neighbors SERVPRO Proudly Helps Our Omaha Area Neighbors in Personal and Property Issues

Omaha Area Accident Victim Gets Help from SERVPRO


As Maggie Alvarado, a SERVPRO Sales & Marketing Representative was visiting clients and prospects she came upon an accident involving a semi-truck and a wheelchair-bound individual. Maggie received emergency response training while she was aboard the USS Nimitz during her stint in the Navy. She immediately pulled off the side of the road and was ready to assistance the injured woman.


The driver of the semi-truck was already on the phone calling 911, but even though our team member has certifications in several SERVPRO training programs, she utilized her other talents. Maggie is newly trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and swiftly brought her skills into play.  The 64-year old accident victim from Blair was conscious, but bleeding from her head. Maggie carefully assisted the woman from the damaged and bent wheelchair onto the grass where she ascertained that there were no life-threatening injuries.

The woman's head was cleaned with water that Maggie had retrieved from her Green SERVPRO vehicle visible on the right side of the photograph. The bleeding from the head lacerations was stopped, and a neighbor brought a lawn chair to make the hurt local more comfortable. Our Rep continued to comfort the woman until the EMT arrived. Maggie then brought them up to speed on what she had done to remove the victim from the electric-powered wheelchair, secure her safety and clean her wounds. She informed the first responders of medical issues and medications taken by our hurt neighbor.

Maggie was extremely happy to help a neighbor who was in need of help. She was particularly excited about putting her newly acquired talents to work. She represents what SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is all about. We strive to offer great service to our customers' homes and businesses after damaging events caused by fire, mold, and water. We proudly look out for our Omaha area communities in any way we can. If you find your property in need of cleanup and restoration give Maggie a call at (402) 800-2134.

Unexpected Crises Need Professional Assistance

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Unexpected Crises Need Professional Assistance SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest has the experience and expertise to restore your home from flood damage!

Need Professional Flood Restoration Services? SERVPRO Can Assist


Many modern conveniences inadvertently become liabilities when they break or fail to shut down or cycle off. Often these systems involve water -- water heaters, washing machines, ice makers, dishwashers, tubs, pools, and much more. The overflow of water can flood your home, requiring a call to a highly rated restoration company for mitigation and restortion.

Flood damage to your Omaha kitchen can happen when indoor ice and water servers malfunction in your refrigerator. Gallons of water can spread over your floor, under other appliances, and into additional rooms. You need a speedy, professional response to such a disaster, including well-trained technicians to make educated decisions and use the proper equipment to set your home back to preloss condition.

Water pulsing out of the ice maker on your refrigerator door will be clean initially, but the widening pool can pick up the dirt, grease, and hidden food particles caught beneath and between the stove, dishwasher, cabinets and refrigerator. Experienced flood and water damage responders such as SERVPRO know that water can swiftly turn from clean to tainted the longer it stands without removal. Any organic material that was affected and remains wet gives microbial growth a boost once the water activates the growing process. A team that extracts the standing water fast is vital to limiting potential health hazards and damage to the structure and contents of your home. Ensuring that moisture dries out before mold gets a toehold is one of the core missions of a high-quality water damage restoration company.

High-efficiency water extraction equipment and trained technicians pull the standing water out. Drying goals determined by the same skilled staff achieve completion through the addition of air movement and dehumidification. Throughout the process the restoration company’s staff evaluates the progress, checking for leaks to other levels of your home and the condition of porous materials such as drywall, carpeting, and cabinetry. This evaluation involves a complex series of steps, informing the water restoration technician's decisions on what to clean, dry, and restore, versus what items and structures require removal and replacement for health and safety reasons.

Selecting the correct alternative demands familiarity with the water damage restoration industry. Trying to manage without professional help risks secondary damage to your house and possible health hazards to your family where potentially infectious microbial growth remains unabated. Acquaint yourself with a top-notch flood damage restoration company to move past this disaster.


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SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest has the experience, equipment, and staff to roll back flood damage. Call (402) 800-2134 for a qualified team to arrive within hours.

Plan Ahead For A Quality Water Removal Service In Omaha

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Plan Ahead For A Quality Water Removal Service In Omaha The Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to your unique disaster needs.

Water Removal Service


A successful central Nebraska business makes a wise choice when partnering with a water removal service before the need arises. The possibility of flooding from natural or accidental causes is real and waiting for the crisis to happen before preparing is foolhardy when SERVPRO offers the chance to develop an Emergency Ready Plan.

The need for water removal services for your Omaha warehouse is predictable, although it is impossible to determine exactly when the crisis will strike. Heavy rains and storms breach roofing or push water through doorways or foundations. The question becomes which of many disaster restoration services is your chosen partner to abate the flood and extract the water? If planning for this potential problem, it makes sense to go with the company that offers to work out a solution with you ahead of time.

SERVPRO extends a unique opportunity for the business owner to work with an experienced restoration company to create an individualized blueprint for water removal and other tasks necessary to protect your building and its contents when water damage threatens. The Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to your unique disaster needs.

First, contact SERVPRO to send out an experienced project manager to assess your physical plant. Expect suggestions to limit exposure to water damage once this trained expert views your specific situation. Then take the time to complete an online checklist designed to uncover weaknesses and allow you to identify your trusted personnel, so that disaster response teams work with the employees you choose should you be away when a water crisis strikes.

The ERP allows you to use your mobile device to send a request for assistance when a water removal issue arises. Your careful attention when answering the app's questions gives SERVPRO all the information needed to locate utility shutoffs and to honor your pre-planned priorities when responding. Restoration staff knows exactly your preferences and hit the ground running when you raise the alarm.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest awaits your request to create an individualized Emergency Ready Profile and Plan. Call (402) 800-2134 to schedule a no-obligation assessment today.

Avoid Mold Damage in Omaha With Proper Maintenance

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Avoid Mold Damage in Omaha With Proper Maintenance Air conditioning ducts can quickly spread mold. Call SERVPRO to investigate if the ducts in your home harbor mold particles.

Servicing Air Conditioning Systems on a Regular Basis Can Help Prevent the Spread of Mold


Springtime is a busy time for most households. Inspecting and repairing heating and cooling systems is a crucial step in maintaining your home, but is often a neglected task. When the weather warms, and the air conditioning begins operation, failure to tune-up your central air or window units makes itself known with mold growth. The SERVPRO remediation team responds quickly when this need arises.
 
Air conditioning is all about moisture. Removing warm, humid air and replacing it with cooler, drier air within your home is the simple explanation of how AC works. Inadequate drainage of the water condensed during the process leads to the risk of mold damage. Omaha homeowners, surprised by how common this link is, find relief from the consequences when our remediation team arrives.
 
Mold is opportunistic, always present in the form of spores in the typical home, waiting for water to grow. If your cooling system is in need of cleaning, especially within the tubes and hoses that carry condensed moisture for disposal, a buildup of water is the perfect breeding ground for microbes. SERVPRO knows each system is differently configured, but all cause excess water to drip, seep, or otherwise leak down walls, into windowsills, or onto floors. Carpeting and upholstery wick up the moisture and then contain all that is needed for growth. Once we are at your home, we take a close look at the problem and plan the cleanup.
 
Mold remediation experts follow an EPA-defined set of steps to contain and remove the mold growth due to air conditioner malfunction. We clean and dry drywall, wood, and flooring affected, replacing areas that appear infiltrated with mold. A thorough cleaning and disinfection are then in order, including the replacement of filters and cracked hoses in the air conditioner itself. Furnishings that stand up to washing, like curtains, survive to be used again. Saturated furniture and floor coverings may be dispatched to the landfill because the mold persists.
 
If your central air conditioning is the source of the water, an intensive examination of the ductwork, with proper cleaning and possible sealing of unreachable areas may be required by a competent HVAC technician. Once all the machinery is reassembled, the air conditioners resume their jobs, ironically a tool in your collection to keep humidity levels low to avoid further mold growth.
 
Next Fall, take the time to clean and maintain the AC to limit microbial growth while you call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest this spring and summer if mold arrives soon after this season's cooling begins. Our dispatchers respond 24/7 at (402) 800-2134.