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Storms Brew Up The Need For Water Removal In Omaha

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Two people standing, worried, about storm damage After a storm ravages Omaha, some homeowners discover they have a pressing need for water removal services.

Storms Brew Up The Need For Water Removal

Heavy rains, wind, hail, and the potential for tornadic activity is a typical weather forecast in Omaha during the spring and early summer. If your home is in the path of this kind of severe precipitation mix, prepare for the possibility that water incursion can place your home at risk of significant and continuing damage. Professional equipment and technicians can reduce the threat quickly.

After a storm ravages Omaha, some homeowners discover they have a pressing need for water removal services. When several inches of rainfall in a short period, water can find its way to invade the lower levels of your residence. The saturated soil around your foundation can force water up through gaps and cracks, and if wind or hail damages siding, windows, or roofs more rain can pour inside. This scenario is the definition of an emergency; the kind we are continually ready to resolve. 

Once you have stopped the intrusion of additional moisture, removal of the water already saturating the interior is first on our agenda. Standing water must be removed fast, and it can hide in many spaces in your basement, foundation, or crawl space. SERVPRO crews are experts in pumping and extracting the water you see, and detectives when it comes to locating the water that collects in difficult to reach spaces. We use moisture meters and infrared scanners to pinpoint where caches of water can linger. Our training prepares us with strategies to remove all traces, including drilling holes in mortar joints or removing selected areas of paneling or drywall. 

Insistence upon speedy removal on both your part and ours helps reduce the likelihood of microbial growth. Quick removal and drying will also help to reduce the ongoing creep and saturation that happen when standing water is allowed to remain for an extended period.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest prides itself on a fast response to your water disaster. Call (402) 800-2134 immediately to ensure our crews are on site as soon as possible, removing the water before permanent damage can happen. 

What to Do When a Storm Floods Your Omaha Home

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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 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."

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup for Your Omaha Business

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Loss Commercial Water Loss in Omaha? Call SERVPRO We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO Strives to Extract the Water and Dry Your Business Rapidly

Commercial buildings in Omaha have pitched roofs due to the high potential snow loading in our climatic zone. They are ideal for large structures and warehouses but need more attention and maintenance to stop leaks from skylights and maintaining clog-free gutter systems for drainage. If there is anywhere on your roof where the roofing materials are damaged, deteriorated, or missing, you may wind up with leaks in your roof. Leaks like this can damage the ceiling, walls, and flooring inside your building. Roof leaks can, however, be avoided by properly maintaining your roof and having repairs done in a timely fashion.

A rood leak in your Omaha building can result in significant damage to its contents and the building itself, and quickly. As soon as you realize it is there, you want to act to prevent further commercial water damage. Calling our SERVPRO team is a good start. We are experienced in handling these situations and can work hard immediately to start the water removal and drying of your building. We understand that the purpose for our drying goals is to protect your inventory and capital investments.

Once the standing water is removed, the key to the restoration process is control of the moisture content of the ambient indoor air and in the materials. Our SERVPRO water damage restoration and structural drying technicians will strategically place dehumidification and air movement. For us to calculate dehumidification requirements, we consider both the capacity of the dehumidifiers and the nature of the environment. 

A factor that helps SERVPRO technicians define the nature of the environment is how much affected porous material is present, both in contents and building materials. The more absorbent materials there are, the more moisture they contain, which means more moisture evaporates once negative vapor pressure has been established. Water damage, which affects a large number of porous materials, increases the need for dehumidification to balance evaporation. It is crucial to capture the water vapor that is liberated from the materials to maintain continuously low vapor pressure until the materials have reached drying goals. 

The capacity of the dehumidifier is measured by the number of cubic feet of air it can condition per minute, and by how many gallons of water is removed in twenty-four hours under the AHAM test conditions. Grains per pound is a convenient system for gauging progress and setting up the right equipment. Our inventory includes large desiccant, smaller gel-based, and LGR low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. We can mix and match to attain maximum drying time thus mitigating secondary water damage to unaffected areas of the building. 

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is the answer for your building in Omaha, Fremont or Valley for professional restoration. Contact us at (402) 800-2134. 

Prepare Your Elkhorn Home Against Flood Damage

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damaged Homes Dealing with flooding can be overwhelming. For cleanup services and prevention tips, contact SERVPRO right away after an event.

SERVPRO Offers the ERP Program to Help Prevent and Mitigate Damage Caused by Flooding to Your Elkhorn Property

Flooding is a common disaster that leads to millions of dollars worth of damage for homeowners every year. Although it is nearly impossible to protect your Elkhorn home altogether, there are many ways for expertly trained flood damage restoration specialists to help you avoid or reduce damages a flood may cause.

Working with an expertly trained local professional can drastically increase your home's chances of surviving flood damage in Elkhorn. Having a pre-existing relationship provides you with access to IICRC certified technicians who know your property and have the personnel, equipment, and resources available to help during an emergency. 

Your SERVPRO team can help mitigate flood and water damage. We offer a mobile app for both residential and commercial customers. Ask us for a free consultation regarding the ERP, Emergency Ready Profile Plan for your property. Many valuable tips, contact information, and chain of command for decision-making are a few factors that arm you against the unexpected. Our goal is to prevent on-going damage as we extract the flood waters and any accompanying debris.

Negative grading often affects the flow of rainwater, which can gather along your foundation, rather than moving away as intended. Taking the opportunity to slope the ground away from the structure, making adjustments to existing landscaping, installing interior and exterior backflow prevention valves, sump pumps, and other drainage measures can help prevent flooding or sewage backups.

SERVPRO strongly advises implementing these suggestions as part of the ERP Program. We strive to provide excellent restoration services and help you limit the many ways water has to enter the home, protecting your home, contents, and personal belongings from flood damage whenever possible. 

Remember, flooding can occur any time of year. However, storms are more common during Springtime and often lead to flooding in your home. We can help you extract unwanted flood water from your property, clean-up and restore salvageable items while drying, disinfecting, and deodorizing to complete our flood damage restoration service. Rebuilding or reconstruction of flood-damaged structures by a licensed contractor can then begin. 

Contact SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for full details regarding cleanup and restoration services available to homeowners throughout Omaha and Bennington as well. We are proud to serve every member of our local community and strive to provide you with detail-oriented, trustworthy restoration services you can count on, call today. (402) 800-2134 

Tips if Water Damage Occurs in Your Home

5/9/2022 (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. "Let's go out there and care!" Stay safe and prepare for the seasons. Follow our Facebook page SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for more fun updates and tips on fire, water prevention.

Call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for Water Restoration Services

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Two people looking at water coming from ceiling This picture is showing what a major water loss would look like in a residential home.

A water problem can happen in your home or business without any future notice. When and if that happens you need help quick, call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest! Our crew is highly trained in water damage restoration. We are equipped with the best equipment and knowledge in the industry to help restore your home in the event of a water loss or intrusion. 

During the water restoration process, we focus on establishing and tracking drying goals to make certain the structure and contents are handled appropriately. When dealing with valuable documents or personal belongings we treat them with the upmost care to bring them back to the condition they were originally in.

We are part of a national network of over 1,600 franchises with special disaster recover teams placed throughout the country. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest can respond to your commercial or residential water loss regardless of the size or damage. 

Water Damage or Flooding? Call us Today (402) 800-2134

When the Plumbing Creates Water Damage to Your Omaha Salon

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Salon Commercial spaces that require more plumbing than other businesses are at greater risk for water damage caused by leaks and pipe breaks.

Call on the Professionals at SERVPRO to Restore Your Salon after Water Damage

Your Omaha salon might have all of the bells and whistles and the best staff that you can imagine, bit it still cannot adequately prepare for an unexpected water damage emergency that might occur. Salons and other businesses with plumbing requirements that extend significantly beyond the norm are obviously at greater risk for problems with leaks, drain backups and pipe breaks that can lead to water damage and mold issues. 

While it may be difficult to determine the likelihood of sudden pipe break, there are several scenarios that cause stress on small diameter pipes that can cause them to rupture. Winter in Omaha can bring very cold temperatures, and frozen pipes may soon follow. If plumbing is installed near exterior walls that are not well insulated, or should the climate control systems in the building fail, cracked pipes may soon follow causing water damage. Allowing debris (such as hair in a salon) to find its way into the drains will eventually result in a back up of contaminated water, which can result in an expensive restoration. Water hardness is also a problem in some areas of Omaha, which can result in long-term degradation of pipes and fixtures. Installing a water softener could be a worthwhile investment for your Omaha salon.

Knowing whom to call in case of a water damage emergency is a decision you should make far in advance. Our SERVPRO team has the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment designed to restore damage quickly and help your business to re-open its doors with minimal downtime. Depending on the severity of the damage, it might even be possible for our experienced restoration technicians to allow you to keep your scheduled appointments and not lose any of your profits.

Considering that s significant percentage of pipe ruptures occur within a wall, our SERVPRO professionals utilize thermal imagery to detect hidden moisture to help ensure none is left behind to support microbial growth.

Our SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest certified restoration specialists work hard to mitigate your profit losses and out-of-pocket expenses. Call us today at (402) 800-2134.

Overnight Plumbing Overflow Requires Fast Water Removal In Omaha

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Overflow Whether a toilet or sink overflowed and flooded your school, calling SERVPRO immediately is the best option. We will arrive quickly to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Remediate Flooding Situations of Any Size

Once the work or school day is over, most Omaha businesses and educational centers lock the doors and send everyone home. It is difficult to be sure that every faucet, fountain, or toilet in a commercial building or school is shut off as the doors close. Unexpected plumbing overflows discovered the next day need professional remediation.

A continually running toilet poured hundreds to thousands of gallons of water inside an elementary school, the need for commercial water removal in Omaha is discovered early in the morning by engineering staff. The toilet located outside the cafeteria caused deep water to collect in low lying areas of the school's basement. Water removal must proceed immediately for safety reasons and to reveal any damage done to the HVAC systems located in the affected areas.

SERVPRO crews are uniquely qualified to respond to this type of water disaster. Heavy-duty submersible water pumps and powerful water extractors are stocked on each responding truck, ready to operate even if power must be cut in the commercial building for safety reasons. Technicians train regularly to keep their skills sharp when presented with a large water removal request, holding IICRC certification in moisture extraction of this magnitude. 

Moisture level readings are necessary throughout the process to ensure that the excess water is eradicated. If the water arose from a toilet and food service or preparation areas are involved, it is imperative that highly-qualified technicians like those working for SERVPRO respond. They receive advanced instruction in proven strategies to manage potentially contaminated water.

If the water is determined to be gray or black according to industry standards, SERVPRO crews contain and dispose of the tainted mixture as required by local codes. When the standing and other evident water is gone, scans and moisture meter readings are done to locate moisture trapped between walls, under floors, or in the cells common in the cinder block construction frequently used in schools.

SERVPRO crews continue to remove water in these recesses until testing shows no hidden pockets of moisture. Then clean up, and sanitization completes the remediation services provided by this experienced and skilled company. 

Water removal services are a specialty of SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest. School spaces suffering from standing water need remediation, and one call to (402) 800-2134 gets expert water removal help on the way. 

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Speed is Essential to a Successful Water Removal Project in Omaha

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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 homeowner's 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 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)8002134 for an inspection of the damage and creation of a plan to remove the water quickly and efficiently. 

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

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

textiles 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 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 a 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.