The Dangers of Snowmelt to Your Omaha Business
Rapid Melting Conditions
The heavy amounts of snow this winter combined with rapid melting conditions creates the perfect scenario for water intrusion in your commercial building. Depending on your building's design, these leaks may or may not be immediately noticeable. If your business includes low-traffic areas--such as a storage room containing inventory or important documents--it is wise to intentionally inspect these areas on a regular basis for potential water intrusion.
Leaks from snowmelt and trapped rain-water runoff can enter your business from both above and below. Frozen drain pipes, blocked drainage systems, and ice dams are common culprits. Raking the snow from the roof of your structure is a first step in helping prevent water damage. Additionally, cutting channels through ice dams on the roof by applying calcium chloride is sometimes an effective option.
Snow removal on the ground is another important preventative measure. Clearing a 5-foot path around the perimeter of your structure helps prevent snowmelt and rain water from seeping into your business at ground level. Finally, removing packed snow from drainage areas allows water to run away from your business instead of into it.
Sometimes water damage from a snowy winter season is inevitable. If you discover a water leak, it is important to start the drying process immediately. This will aid in preventing further damage to your business, such as a future mold problem.
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The team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is trained in proper drying techniques. If you find water damage in your Omaha business, our team is ready to assist you. Call us at 402-800-2134.
Prevent Water Intrusion from Snowmelt
The Perfect Weather Conditions
The areas of Omaha, Bennington, Fremont, Elkhorn, Valley, Waterloo, and Blair have seen heavy amounts of snowfall this winter. As spring finally approaches, the forecast of warmer temperatures and rain showers creates the perfect scenario for water intrusion in your home. Unfortunately, some leaks may or may not be immediately noticeable. It is wise to intentionally inspect lower-traffic areas on a regular basis—such as storage rooms in the basement or attic—for potential water leakage. Catching a leak early is important for minimizing long-term damage.
Leaks from snowmelt and trapped rain-water runoff can enter your home from both above and below. Frozen drain pipes, blocked drainage systems, and ice dams are common culprits. Raking the snow from the roof of your house is a first step in helping prevent water damage. Additionally, cutting channels through ice dams on the roof by applying calcium chloride is sometimes an effective option.
Snow removal on the ground is another important preventative measure. Clearing a 5-foot path around the perimeter of your home helps prevent snowmelt and rain water from seeping into your house at ground level. Many times, homeowners will discover water in their basement due to unknown leaks in the foundation. Removing packed snow from drainage areas allows water to run away from your home instead of into it.
Sometimes water damage from a snowy winter season is inevitable. If you discover a water leak, it is important to start the drying process immediately. This will aid in preventing further damage to your home, such as a future mold problem.
Call Us Today
The team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is trained in proper drying techniques. If you find water damage anywhere in your home, our team is ready to assist you. Call us at 402-800-2134.
Fire Damage Remediation in the Greater Omaha Area
A fire disaster can occur at any moment in any location. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest’s fire restoration service area includes the communities of Bennington, Elkhorn, Fremont, Valley, and Waterloo. We understand the trauma of a fire, and our technicians are available 24/7 to assist you in any size situation.
What We Do
The team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest provides fire remediation services for any size job. We recognize dealing with any amount of fire or smoke damage causes a significant amount of stress to you and your family. Our technicians have the proper equipment for fire remediation and are well-trained in techniques that will facilitate the restoration of your home to a preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest assesses the scope of your restoration needs. We can provide you with the best options for a safe living area during the fire cleanup process. Communication plays a significant role in determining which facets of the fire-damaged structure are most important to you as the homeowner. The team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest will come alongside you as you navigate the path of home restoration.
While any degree of fire damage is traumatic, cleaning up the mess does not have to be. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is a trusted leader in the fire restoration industry. Our technicians strive to complete the job as quickly as possible, so you can continue on with life “Like it never even happened."
Prevent Basement Flooding from Snowmelt
Nebraska is known for extreme temperature changes.
Eastern Nebraska is known for extreme weather changes. Temperatures can vary 100 degrees between the summer and winter seasons. Even in the winter months, the climate can rapidly change. It is not uncommon to have a 60-degree day immediately following a heavy winter storm.
These extreme temperature changes make flooding a potential hazard in the Omaha and surrounding areas. The sudden melting of packed ice and snow can cause rapid runoff. If the ground is still frozen, snowmelt has no place to go and can find its way through the foundation of your structure. Homes and businesses located near creeks and rivers are at higher risk for flooding.
Some tips to prevent a flooded basement include installing a sump pump and making sure downspouts drain 20-30 feet away from your home or business. Hiring a company to professionally waterproof the basement is another option. Using a snow-blower around your home’s foundation and removing snow from the roof when safe are additional ways to limit water intrusion from snowmelt.
Call Us Today for Your Winter Weather-Related Needs
Even when preventative measures are taken, your Nebraska business or home may experience leaks and flooding. The team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is trained in water extraction and structural drying. Our employees are IICRC certified and use the most up-to-date water mitigation practices. Rest assured, the team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest will help make any water damage “Like it never even happened.”
When Fire Affects Your Omaha Home or Business
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is Ready 24/7
A fire in your Omaha home or business causes both localized structural damage and damage from deposited ash, soot, and charred residue. Additionally, water damage from firefighting efforts adds to the stress of situation. The technicians at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest are trained in smoke, soot, and fire remediation as well as in water damage restoration. We are available to meet all your disaster needs.
The technicians at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest are IICRC certified. The IICRC sets the industry standard for fire and water restoration services. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest provides the highest quality work and customer service to assure every customer receives the help they deserve in their time of disaster.
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is ready to help you restore your home or business to a pre-fire condition. We are available 24/7 and can be reached at 402-800-2134
Does Your Blair Home Have Mold?
Upon Discovery of Mold
Have you found mold in your Blair home? Mold growth is commonly found in older Blair basements, specifically in flood plains. If you discover signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest. We will assess the amount of damage, remediate the current problem, and help prevent future occurrences.
What Can Be Done?
A finding of mold might be limited to a small area of the home, or it might be part of a bigger unseen problem. It is wise to have all mold assessed. Mold spores in the air pose a health hazard when breathed in by humans.
If mold is discovered in your home, SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest will begin remediation by preventing contaminated air from traveling to other parts of the structure. Every job is unique, but in most cases the SERVPRO team will set up a containment barrier and employ air scrubbers to filter spores from the air. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest will remove and discard contaminated drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles. These items contain spores that will be redistributed if left in place. Mold spores exist naturally in the environment, but our technicians can apply products that discourage microbial growth from occurring at rapid levels.
Call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for Mold ASAP
Remember if you see mold, you might not be seeing the whole problem. Contact our team at 402-800-2134 for an assessment and estimate. Our technicians are trained in spore containment, air scrubbing, tear-out of contaminated materials, and prevention. We are here to make your mold situation seem "Like it never even happened."
Proper Drying is Essential in Your Omaha Home
The optimal time frame for removing standing water is 24-48 hours.
A flooded basement is a traumatic event for a homeowner. Unexpected flooding can happen to anyone at anytime. Attempting to handle the damage without proper training or equipment can be ineffective and dangerous. A wet-dry vacuum is helpful for removing small amounts of water but should be avoided in instances of major flooding. Homeowners should not wade into a heavily flooded basement but instead call a professional to handle the situation.
The Industry Standard
The industry time standard for removing water from a property is 24-48 hours. The technicians at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest have equipment ready for rapid water extraction. Additionally, moisture can hide in pockets behind walls or within cinder blocks, so technicians are trained in drilling small holes in mortar joints and opening wallboards to allow adequate air flow. Technicians will use moisture meters and scanning devices to locate residual water.
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The team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is trained in proper equipment usage so your home can dry safely and efficiently. We are locally owned and operated and ready to meet your needs immediately. If you have experienced flooding in your home, do not hesitate to call us. We are available 24/7 for all your water damage needs. 402-800-2134
Your Omaha Business is in Good Hands
An unexpected fire or water loss can wreak havoc on your local Omaha business. According to FEMA, 40% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. Omaha business owners can protect their commercial property and the future of their business by being proactive in emergency preparedness. Establishing a relationship with SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest helps ensure timely and efficient services in the event of water or fire damage.
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
IICRC certified firms provide:
- Accurate and honest information
- Formally trained technicians on all jobs
- Continuing education programs to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry
- Liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident
- A written complaint policy to the Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration for the purposes of dispute resolution
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is dedicated to helping you recover from a disaster "Like it never even happened." We offer a free Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your Omaha business. Contact us today at 402-800-2134 for more information.
Waterloo Property Owners Often Rely On SERVPRO For Mold Remediation
Issues like mold damage in your Waterloo crawlspace can be initially difficult to detect.
Crawlspace Mold Growth Can Be Detrimental To Waterloo Homes
The crawlspace in your Waterloo home has several purposes, but it is primarily designed to protect it from the elements like soil moisture or flooding, and pests such as termites. However, it can be difficult to prevent moisture from accumulating in crawlspaces. With much of the structure of the building exposed in this area, persistently damp conditions can allow for mold growth to occur.
Issues like mold damage in your Waterloo crawlspace can be initially difficult to detect. Most homeowners do not regularly check this area, and mold growth can go undetected for an extended period, and may not be discovered until another problem requires inspection or a musty odor is detected inside the home. Indoor air quality can be affected by crawlspace of foundation mold growth. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to identify the source of the moisture within the crawlspace, remove the mold growth occurring there, and suggest lasting solutions to help prevent the problem from recurring.
First and foremost, our professionals arrive at your address with a plan to contain the affected area and remove unsalvageable components if needed. We do strive to restore and not replace mold damaged timbers and other building elements. Once the mold has been removed, our experts can focus on drying out the affected areas and sanitizing, deodorizing, and sealing the environment. Our SERVPRO professionals can then suggest a lasting solution to prevent further mold damage moving forward.
Crawlspace encapsulation and the installation of a sump pump system can help prevent moisture from accumulating and affecting vital components of your home's construction. Many homes in NE have benefited from this service. SERVPRO recommends that you consider looking into this installation if your home is persistently plagued by dampness and mold infestations.
While you might not always know the condition of your crawl space, our SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest rapid response team can help you to overcome effects that might occur in your home when this area of your property suffers mold growth. Contact us anytime at (402) 800-2134.
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When flooding happens in your home, quick action is key to success. Contact SERVPRO right away for water removal efforts.
Flood Damage Concerns During Winter Storms In Omaha
Any given winter storm coming to the Omaha area can bring with it a variety of types of precipitation. Although snow is expected, sleet, and flooding rain are also common as storm fronts roll through. Regardless of the season, homeowners enduring the devastation of flooding need a remediation company with the trained technicians and up to date equipment capable of removing the water and thoroughly drying the structure to mitigate damage. We are up to the challenge.
The colder temperatures in the winter months make rapid mitigation of flood damage in Omaha essential. Because heating systems often have their base unit in the basement or lower level of a home, excess water can interfere with the climate control in your home. With freezing temperatures looming, a potential failure of your heating system exposes your home to even greater risk. Pipes can freeze, sending even more water into the house. Drying usually takes longer, and your family might need to relocate while the issue is resolved.
When SERVPRO arrives on the scene our experienced crew lead will plot out a course of action. The crew members work immediately, following the crew leader's plan. No delay is necessary because our service vehicles are fully stocked with our tools of the remediation trade -- pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers as well as cleaning and sanitizing equipment and products.
Our goal is to remove the standing water, including any water that migrated into cavities between walls or other hidden spaces. SERVPRO crew members are trained to IICRC Standards, including the use of moisture detection equipment that assists us in finding even hidden flood waters. Once our pumps and extractors remove the water, we set up a drying perimeter. Achieving the proper balance of air movement, temperature, and relative humidity pulls water out of the structural components. The resulting water vapor is condensed and absorbed by our dehumidifiers, and for disposal.
The final steps SERVPRO completes include disinfection with EPA registered antimicrobials. We work quickly to remove and dry out the water to prevent mold from gaining a foothold, but the sanitizing steps help inhibit the risk. After our work crew wraps up the project your home is ready for any restoration needed by your chosen contractor.
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is ready to respond to flooding disasters 12 months out of the year. Contact us at (402) 800-2134 to schedule an assessment if you struggle with winter flood damage.
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