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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.

Get Help with Water Damage in Your Omaha Area Home

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Get Help with Water Damage in Your Omaha Area Home Having a sump pump installed can save you from having extensive water damage problems in the future.

SERVPRO Can Provide a Thorough Evaluation and Locate Potential Drainage Problems


Basements and crawl spaces in your home are some of the most common places in the house to have water damage, and they can also be some of the hardest to keep dry. Trying to fix the problem yourself is always difficult because the exact problem is not always clear.
 
Without professional training, locating drainage problems or water leaks in small confined areas of your Omaha area home often leads to additional water damage forming in areas that are even harder to reach. Water becomes your enemy when it plays a role in compromising the safety and security of your home.
 
Contacting expertly trained professionals within the water damage restoration industry, like SERVPRO, helps you deal with the consequences of water intruding in your home. Our technicians have years of experience and infrared moisture detectors to assist with locating moisture problems and can provide you with the water removal, restoration, cleaning and deodorization services you need to get back on your feet quickly.
 
SERVPRO can also help in situations where you notice a strange, musty odor in your crawl spaces, or find excessive moisture that can lead to damage from mold. Although internet self-help forums can be a great source of information, they are not always your best resource. Contacting a professional company to help eliminate problems that can lead to property damage from water or mold is your best bet.
 
We offer many services that assist with improving your indoor air quality including advanced air purification and water extraction equipment to help remove contaminants from your living environment. 


Contact SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest today for answers to your questions and further explanation of many of the services we have available for the greater Omaha area. (402) 800-2134.  


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SERVPRO's Principles of Fire Damage Restoration in Omaha

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Principles of Fire Damage Restoration in Omaha SERVPRO professionals follow procedures for fire damage cleanup. Call today for us to get started.

From Soot to Residues: Cleaning Up After a Fire Requires Professionals


The largest percentage of damage after a home fire is usually from smoke and soot. Restoration cleaning can reduce the cost of this damage by hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Professional cleaning costs only a fraction of replacement of property or resurfacing of items such as tables, chairs, and upholstered furniture.

When it comes to cleaning up fire damage to an Omaha home, SERVPRO follows some very specific principles in how we deal with smoke and soot residues. These principles provide the guidance we use to return your house, apartment, and personal property to its original state.

First, our restoration team inspects each room in the home. Our inspectors and technicians determine which surfaces have been affected. This process starts at the source point of the fire and working their way outward to determine just how extensive the damage has spread.

Identification is next. Different types of residue can exist in the same room and even on the same item of property. Without proper identification, the team member cannot select the most effective cleaning method to remove it.

Along with residue identification comes surface identification. It is not enough to simply clean the surface; the restoration team also has to preserve the surface if at all possible. For example, certain cleaning chemicals are unusable on surfaces with a lacquer or other type of finish. Some methods are incompatible with fabrics found in curtains or furniture.

Finally, residues must be captured and removed. A dry residue on a hard surface such as marble can be easily wiped off. Conversely, a damp residue on a wood surface or a piece of fabric requires more difficult procedures which can involve agitators, vacuums, extractors and other machines that separate the residue from the surface. To increase the effectiveness of the machines, they often use one or more of the cleaners we have available from our on-hand inventories.

Restoring your home after a fire or other disaster requires a professional service. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest has the experience, training, and equipment needed to quickly and efficiently clean your home while keeping the costs as affordable as possible. Call us today at (402) 800-2134 to get started.

Local Printing Companies In Omaha Can Turn To SERVPRO For Help With Fire Damage

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Local Printing Companies In Omaha Can Turn To SERVPRO For Help With Fire Damage Prevent Fire Damage and Install a Sprinkler System for Your Omaha Shop

Fire in an Omaha Business Deserves Great SERVPRO Restoration


A relatively minor fire can have devastating consequences on your printing business. Everything from machine inventory to customer orders and other assets can be affected, leaving you wondering whom to call to get the help you need.
 
When your Omaha property is affected by fire damage, it becomes necessary to find quality assistance. Take the time to research a local company that has the resources and training needed to provide you with the professional restoration services you deserve.
 
Reaching out to SERVPRO means that we respond immediately, sending the right technicians to control the fire, smoke, water, odor, and content damage on your property. Our technicians use their experience and training to produce excellent results for our customers.
 
Our fast response helps save many your company assets affected by a fire. We can even restore important documents and machinery while providing you with the move-out services you need to save inventory and stored orders that were waiting for customer pick-up.
 
SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly, ready to get to work. Starting with an initial inspection to assess the extent of damage that exists on your property. If necessary, we provide board-up and tarping services to help mitigate exposure to compromised areas and handle any water issues caused by firefighting efforts.
 
The extraction equipment we use for water removal consists of both portable hand-held units and truck-mounted water extractors. This equipment is capable of displacing massive amounts of standing water. If more than two inches of water exists, we also have access to submersible pumps that handle an even larger volume.
 
SERVPRO offers document drying restoration services to assist with saving wet, damaged books, paper products, and relevant documents. While we cannot remove damage that already exists, we can prevent additional damages from occurring. Saving valuable resources for your company that you rely on to provide products to your customers. We even provide off-site freeze drying and document restoration.
 
We can also help you with damage to electronics, such as computers, monitors, and other machinery. While we concentrate on the associated restoration services, your electronics get sent to a qualified professional for evaluation and restoration services needed to keep equipment from being a total loss due to exposure.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for help with managing your restoration process and obtain the services you deserve. (402) 800-2134

Recovering from Mold Damage in Omaha

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Recovering from Mold Damage in Omaha Mold Remediation in Omaha by SERVPRO Eliminates Musty Odors

Your Omaha Home Gets Freed from Mold Odors with SERVPRO's Help

Mold often produces a distinctive scent that many describe as a 'smelly odor' that rarely goes away. This odor might decrease when the humidity decreases or the temperature is cooler, but mold's smell never really goes away. Spores from growing mold are often released, and it is the chemicals that these spores carry with them that can cause an otherwise very clean home to have a musty smell.

Your Omaha home can develop mold damage when moisture levels are high enough to support mold colonies. Fungi require a steady supply of moisture to continue to grow, and SERVPRO crews use this to find where mold is lurking in your home. Our fully trained applied microbial remediation technicians use building moisture thermography (BMT) to detect higher levels of moisture that could be a source of water for mold. Not every area that has greater than normal levels of moisture has mold, but drier areas are much less likely to be able to support living mold colonies.

Removing drywall and other materials from your home that have been damaged by mold is part of the remediation process. Sometimes, replacement of these materials with new materials is sufficient, but other items can be cleaned and then returned. Reinstalling elements and furnishings that have been cleaned and sanitized is typically less expensive than replacing those same items, but this is not always the case.
 
Carpeting is one type of material in your home that needs to be examined before deciding to replace or restore. Changing your carpeting when remediating mold can be a low-cost way to remodel areas of your home. It 's hard to remove mold and spores from carpeting because of the fibrous nature of the carpeting and its backing in cases of severe infestations. Padding itself presents a challenge. Carpeting is very prone to stretching when being cleaned, and this can be very apparent when the carpeting is reinstalled. Our Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) can assist in this area to ensure you receive the best results.

Other types of flooring can often be restored more easily than carpeting. Wood floors can be sanded and resealed. Our technicians can clean linoleum floors when the damage is not extensive, and then reglue. We typically advise the homeowner to start with a fresh floor covering. SERVPRO knows that every part of your home is important, and we make sure that every area where mold exists in your home is remediated. We easily and accurately locate where water may be entering into your home and causing problems so that we eliminate future problems before they begin.

Calling SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest at (402) 800-2134 when you are tired of experiencing a musty odor. We can end your mold damage problems. We are always ready to take your call, day or night.

How SERVPRO Technology Saves You Money On Omaha Flood Restorations

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Technology Saves You Money On Omaha Flood Restorations Don't let flooding devastate your home in Omaha. SERVPRO will help you to remediate and reconstruct.

Advanced Planning Can Save Time and Money After a Disaster Strikes


SERVPRO strives to be an industry leader in technology and innovation, employing systems, equipment, and communication techniques that give us an edge over any water damage situation. Our lineup of equipment includes advanced moisture detectors, monitoring equipment, well-optimized and planned drying systems, and more high-tech solutions to age-old problems. These are all intended to save both us and you time and money on restorations, as we can better understand the situation and deal with it in a more time-effective manner.
 
Moisture Detection
 
One of the most important steps we take when evaluating flood damage in Omaha is moisture detection. Using sensitive, top-of-the-line thermal moisture detectors, our crews are able to detect and map out pockets of water and moisture throughout your home. With this data, we can understand where to target our efforts and how much time and effort will need to be expended in each room. As a result, we don't waste resources on rooms that are mostly dried already, and don't end up missing spots of concern that may be hidden elsewhere in the home.
 
The ERP System
 
SERVPRO has recently introduced our new Emergency Ready Profile system, which allows you to create an online profile of your home and any other properties you may own that give us access to critical information in the event of a disaster. Time is often wasted trying to get critical information on floor plans, utility locations, contact lists and more, but all of these can be uploaded beforehand through the ERP system so that our technicians can have all the information they need before they even arrive. We strongly recommend taking advantage of the system so that future accidents can be handled with only the touch of a button.
 
Specialty Drying Setups
 
One of the most important steps in mitigating damage from floods is getting the home dried quickly. Fast drying means that water doesn't have time to seep in and cause lasting problems such as warping or cracking. We use industrial-grade equipment such as air movers to accomplish this goal, taking care to arrange them in specific formations so as to maximize their efficacy in dealing with the problem.
 
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest carries a slew of advanced technology and strategies to help get your home back in shape ASAP after a flood. Call us 24/7 at (402) 800-2134.