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Tips for Water Damage

9/12/2022 (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 if Fire damage occurs in your home

9/12/2022 (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.

Patience and Persistence Count in Omaha Water Removal Scenario

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Professional Technicians, Equipment, and Experience for Mitigating a Water Loss

Although it is critical that water mitigation proceeds with due speed in your Omaha home, rushing the procedure is not consistent with the best practices established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Remediation of the harm done by water begins with thorough water removal, employing the most efficient equipment available. Our water removal crews are IICRC certified and our equipment top-notch.
 
When we receive a call for water removal in Omaha, one of the first concerns for our professional team is getting the moisture off, and out, of floors and floor coverings. A comprehensive plan to remove as much water as possible with pumps and extractors is usually the most efficient way to manage the crisis. Moving too quickly from extracting the liquid water to less effective drying techniques delays the completion of a water removal job overall and can expose structural components to secondary damage. Planning and execution both play a key role in successful water removal.
 
Drying techniques have their place in nearly all SERVPRO water loss remediations. Shortchanging water removal strategies to jump prematurely to structural drying, however, has the potential to compound the harm done to structural components and fixtures.
 
Research shows that extraction is literally 1200 times more effective than dehumidification when we manage water removal situations. Given this principle, expect SERVPRO crew members to spend as much time as necessary to pull the water out of the carpeting and padding. Introducing air movers and dehumidifiers when significant amounts of water linger in porous materials, like carpeting and upholstery, can prolong the drying process unreasonably. It is harder to achieve the equilibrium necessary among the air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters when that residual moisture is in the mix. The SH Specific Humidity reduction to standard levels is crucial for water damage mitigation.
 
In some water losses, depending on the water category, carpet padding must be removed and discarded. Fortunately, padding is relatively inexpensive and easy to replace, and its removal also allows for quicker and more complete extraction from the carpet by our SERVPRO crew. Items like upholstered furnishings can be packed out offsite for drying. Another option might be to build a mini-containment area in your home to focus on the drying of severely saturated items and to more quickly restore the home to its preloss condition.
 
Water removal requires the experience and training offered by the professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest. Call (402) 800-2134 as soon as possible to develop your personalized water remediation plan.

Helpful tips for Fire and Smoke Damage

8/9/2022 (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. 

Hidden Voids in the Building Structures Make Professional Water Removal Crucial in Your Omaha Business

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Team SERVPRO First Finds the Source of the Water Damage on Your Property

Modern construction methods for commercial properties intentionally design cavities and other recessed areas on all levels and sections to provide insulation and passageways for utilities, but these are also areas where water can collect unnoticed. A musty odor can be the first indication of moisture buildup, and the possibility that dormant mold spores have begun to grow, which can lead to larger microbial colony growth. Your first impulse might be to manage the mold, but our advice almost always is to eliminate the moisture that sustains it before proceeding with mold remediation.
 
Businesses look for a company that can handle both commercial water removal in Omaha and microbial remediation. A streamlined approach makes sense, minimizes downtime, and saves money. Our crews hold multiple certifications from the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and are experienced in practical strategies for eliminating standing water and moisture, as well as federal and local protocols for mold abatement, even in hard to find and reach places within your commercial building.

Our technicians begin with a rigorous investigation, employing various means for moisture detection including moisture meters, thermo-hygrometers and infrared scanning to locate trapped water stores. Once located, we use a broad range of strategies to release, extract, or drain the moisture, including high-efficiency submersible pumps when necessary. Extensions on the extractor wands permit SERVPRO crew members to extract water from hidden or hard-to-reach spaces like cinderblock cells and cavities between walls. Drilling through mortar joints or cutting and removing portions of the drywall can give water caught in tight spaces a way to flow out and away. Once all standing water has been removed, we use the techniques and equipment specified for Applied Structural Drying to reduce the moisture of the materials to normal levels, and remediate any mold to provide long-term inhibition of microbial growth.
 
Once the multi-step water removal and mold remediation project is completed, your property will be ready for additional repairs or rehabbing by your chosen contractor. SERVPRO leaves the property dry, clean and sanitized for your business success.
 
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest offers the highest-quality water removal and drying services for commercial properties. Call (402) 800-2134 to schedule an inspection of the challenges you face and the development of a custom solution.

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The Steps We Take To Provide Excellent Service To Fire Damaged Commercial Properties In Omaha

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage To Your Omaha Commercial Building Needs Top Notch Professional Remediation

Fire damage can wreak devastation on an Omaha business that can go far beyond the cosmetic harm of soot and smoke residues. Substances emitted into the air and deposited after burning are toxic and highly corrosive. We provide businesses recovering from fires in our community complete cleaning and expert preparation of surfaces for reconstruction.

Fire damage in your Omaha restaurant need not cause your eatery to close its doors for long if you partner with our project crews. Many enterprises that shut their doors for fire recovery work fail to reopen. Statistics support working hard to limit business closures after a crisis. Working with our experienced crews means minimal downtime and a fast turnaround to “Like it never even happened” condition.

The first step in many fire remediation projects is water and chemical removal from the firefighting efforts. Using SERVPRO streamlines the work as our crews are skilled in a wide range of remediation techniques, addressing both water and fire damage issues. Our service vehicles are equipped with pumps and extractors to remove standing water.

SERVPRO technicians are well-versed in specialized techniques to clear away the soot and other debris left after a fire. Commercial kitchen fires often deposit a thin but hard to remove the lacquer-like coating on surfaces due to the grease and high levels of protein among the burned materials. Crew members use special tools and solvent-like cleaning products to break down protein bonds which loosens soot that can then be wiped away.

A tough problem businesses face after a fire is the lingering smell of smoke, a particular turn-off in a place where people gather to enjoy delicious dishes. SERVPRO employees master a continuum of strategies to eliminate smoky odors after a fire. First, we remove burned items for cleaning and restoration and clean the affected areas thoroughly. Then we consider options such as thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators to find and neutralize odor particles in a way similar to how the malodors spread initially. Modern technology like hydroxyl generators chemically changes odor bearing particles left after combustion, eliminating odors by chemical reaction.

When fire devastates your restaurant, SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is ready to remediate the damage, readying the property for reconstruction by your chosen contractor. Call (402) 800-2134 as soon as the firefighters leave to get our crews on site fast.

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Arrange for Fast and Reliable Storm-Based Water Removal in Omaha

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Provide Water Extraction and Drying Services after Storms

Omaha frequently is in the path of severe storms. Heavy rains exacerbated by wind and tree damage that can expose a home to vast quantities of water that can collect in lower levels and recesses. Attempting to manage water removal on your own is inefficient and usually incomplete. Our technicians have both the experience and equipment to help finish the job professionally.

Water from storm damage that remains in your Omaha home for an extended period of time can continue to migrate further into your home and deeper into the materials.  The longer it is present, the more damage it can do.  Excess moisture can cause mold to begin to grow, causing further damage and presenting potential health effects.  That is why it is important to call us immediately after a storm damages your home.
 
Our SERVPRO crew can arrive at your home with the equipment needed to begin the remediation onboard our trucks. An experienced Production Manager can assess the scenario quickly, meaning there will be no delay in our response. The longer water remains pooled inside your structure, the more likely permanent damage can compromise your home’s building materials and contents. Responding fast also reduces the chance for microbial and chemical contamination of any standing water, which reduces both the potential health hazards and the cost of the cleanup.
 
The SERVPRO crew can extract any standing water, employing several different devices and techniques.  Groundwater flooding that enters your home from outside can generally be pumped directly back outside.  Interior flooding from other sources must usually be captured. Our employees can measure moisture levels in the ambient air inside your home, in the building's structural components and finish materials, as well as the contents of your home.  There are different types of diagnostic equipment and sophisticated scanning devices to locate water that may have migrated into hidden recesses. We may need to remove sections of drywall, drill holes in brickwork, and find other innovative ways to get at and remove trapped moisture.
 
Once the water is invisible to the naked eye, we calculate drying goals based on the moisture meter readings. SERVPRO employees place air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers in the most optimum pattern to achieve the drying goals. When moisture levels return to normal, you and your contractor are ready to take additional steps to repair the now-dried areas.
 
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest wholly and swiftly remediates water losses to your home and outbuildings. Call us at (402) 800-2134 to schedule an assessment and planning session so we can help remove the weather-related water standing in any spaces within your house.

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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.