Why Leaving Water Damage Untreated is Always a Bad Idea
This picture shows what drywall looks like after it has been affected by water damage
Leaving water damage untreated can be a very costly mistake down the road. It can damage materials and lower the value of your home. Besides damaging your property, it can also cause some health risks. Even a small water leak that isn’t properly dealt with can turn into a major issue causing thousands of dollars in damage. When you have a water loss or water intrusion it is important to assess the situation and deal with it in a timely manner. Below we are going to talk about what can happen when water damage goes untreated.
- Important to do it sooner than later
- Dealing with the situation immediately rather than waiting a few days can help restore your materials instead of replacing them. Water can break down dry wall, carpet, and rot wood. In most cases when you are proactive you can restore vs replace which will help save money during the process.
- Prevent mold from growing
- Wet drywall is a breeding ground for mold growth if left untouched after water damage. When dry wall gets wet it becomes weak, warps, and discolors over time. After dry wall has sat in water for a period of time the only way to fix it is cut out the affected sections and replace them. If completely left untouched after a major loss, mold will grow and will only get worse over time which can be a major health hazard for you and your family.
- Lower value of home
- Not only will water damage lower the value of your home but is a major turn off to buyers as well. Inspectors will spot and document water damage if not already documented. Buyers will also assume that you haven’t taken care of the house and could be a possible liability to buy.
As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
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SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest Storm Damage Clean Up and Restoration
This picture show the aftermath of flooding caused by storms
When a storm hits you can have little to no notice of damage to your home or property. Some storms that can cause damage include high winds, hail damage, lighting and thunderstorms, and even storm flooding. Wind and water can be a major threat when combined. High winds are able to rip off siding or shingles allowing water to enter the inside of the structure and eventually cause mold. While Hail is also able to damage a roof, it can allow water inside as well. This is why having a reliable storm restoration company to help is always a good plan in case of an emergency.
Winter storm damage
In March of 2019 much of our surrounding area had experienced this, it had caused major flooding that affected whole towns. The amount of late snow combined with warmer weather and rain not only flooded rivers and lakes but affected people’s homes as well. Most of the time this can be unexpected because it doesn’t have much warning, so it is always important to have a plan in place. Winter storms impact much of the United States and are able to cause damage to your home or even cause flooding into spring.
The most common time for hail is in the summer months. It can happen anywhere under the right conditions but is more common in the Midwest than anywhere else in the country. Hail can cause serious damage to your property including shingles, siding, gutters, and windows. After a storm it is important to check for exterior damage for all the areas mentioned above. After you have checked the outside of the house, go inside and check for leaks in the attic and water damage on the ceilings. It is important to check after a storm to prevent further damage to your home.
When heavy precipitation and high winds strike the Omaha area, commercial and residential property can take a real beating. If your home or business comes under assault, you need the help of a company that is serious about its reputation as a cleanup and remediation service provider. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest provides the Northwest Omaha, Blair, and Fremont areas with professional water damage services after severe storms.
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Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding
This is an example of what a flooded basement can look like after a flood or water loss
If your home is near a flood zone it is important to take all the correct steps to protect it. Having a plan in place can help prevent serious damage to your home. You should carry out a range of preparations and renovations. This includes maintaining gutters and downspouts, properly landscaping your yard, and inspecting and repairing foundation cracks. Follow some of the tips below to help protect your home.
Maintain gutters and downspouts
Cleaning and maintaining gutters are an essential part of making sure water can drain away from your home. Downspouts should direct water at least three feet away from your foundation to prevent pooling around your home.
Repair foundation cracks
It is very important to keep up with cracks with your home's foundation as this problem can become more serious over time. To prevent water damage and flooding, inspect the exterior of your foundation, floors, and walls on a regular basis. If you do notice any cracks, fill them epoxy.
Properly Landscape your yard
Make sure your landscape around your house is sloping away from your home. This will help direct water away from your house. If your landscaping is running towards your house there is a chance water will make its way into the basement.
Why SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services
This picture is showing what mold would look like inside of a home
There are many different types of molds and they can occur both indoors and outdoors. Molds are a form of fungus and they thrive in environments that are moist and warm and can grow on almost any material. Some common indoor molds include Penicillium, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Alternaria. Mold tends to have a rough or fuzzy appearance depending on what kind of mold and what surface it is growing on, and it can also be a variety of colors as well.
- Penicillium mold tends to grow on materials with water damage and it usually has a blue or green appearance
- Aspergillus mold grows on materials such as drywall
- Cladosporium tends to grow on fabrics and it can grow in either cool or warm environments
- Alternaria occurs in damp warm places such as bathroom shower or under a sink
Mold and Health
Molds have the ability to produce allergens and irritants. In this case inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions for people sensitive to mold. Allergic reactions to mold are common with most people but for some people symptoms can be worst including irritation to the eyes, skin, throat, and lungs.
Mold Remediation and Restoration
Permitting mold growth to continue ultimately results in structural damage, ruined personal belongings, and the risk of health effects. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest takes note of the stress and anxiety of finding a mold infestation in your home. We train our technicians comprehensively concerning mold remediation techniques, employing the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) curriculum and or SERVPRO Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP), the industry’s standard.
The crews we dispatch to assess and respond to mold damage complaints hold Applied Microbial Remediation certification. Protocols used were developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and demonstrate success in abating current mold damage and limiting future problems. We want to set our customers’ minds at ease concerning our reputation as qualified mold remediation experts in the Omaha region.
The Most Common Types of House Fires
This photo shows a home that caught fire by an electrical issue
In this blog, we are going to talk about the most common fires and how you can help reduce the risk of a fire starting in your home. The 4 most common types of fires include kitchen, electrical, heater, and smoking fires. With that being said fires can start with cooking, heating equipment, anything electrical, smoking, and candles. It is extremely important to keep an eye on these things that can start potential fires as you can help prevent having a house fire. Below listed are the 4 most common types of house fires.
Cooking fires are the #1 cause of house fires and usually start in the kitchen. This accounts for 42% of all reported incidents. Grease fires are one of the most common causes of kitchen fires and can get out of hand quickly if unattended. Be sure to never leave your cooking unsupervised because it doesn’t take long for a fire to start.
Every year there are about 50,000 electrical fires every year due to faulty wiring. A majority of the fires start because of short circuits, which causes sparking that light building materials on fire. These are one of the deadliest fires as well. Most residential fires that start this way are in hidden areas, so it takes a while for the homeowner to realize there is a fire. Electrical systems that are installed correctly are very safe, however old faulty wiring systems can be susceptible to short circuits.
Heating equipment is responsible for 15% of all residential fires. Usually, heater fires start by having fabrics and other combustibles close to them allowing them to catch fire. Never leave your home with a heater running and be sure not to leave anything close to them.
While smoking only accounts for 5% of house fires it is extremely dangerous. Most homeowners usually fall asleep before the fire starts. Since these are deadly fires it is important to be extremely cautious when you smoke inside.
Preparing Your Commercial Property for Winter Months
As we get into the colder months, it is important to do everything possible to prevent property damage during cold weather. Frozen pipes are one of the main things to watch out for, and it is important to never turn your heat off when you leave the building for a period. This includes at night or during the weekends. When a pipe freezes and bursts, it is likely to lead to serious damage from flooding. You would usually think frozen pipes are only an issue for homes/ properties in cold climates, but it is actually the opposite. Properties in warmer climates tend to not have some of their pipes properly insulated or sometimes located outside or are even in unprotected areas. It is necessary to protect the water pipes in areas where it can get cold, this sometimes means adding insulation to pipes or even getting heat into that room to prevent any pipe breaks. Below are a few tips you can try at your property to help prevent anything from happening.
Pipes located either in a basement or attic may need some extra insulation to help prevent freezing temperatures. Add foam or fiberglass sleeves to help keep pipes up to temp.
Open the Faucet
If you think your pipes may freeze overnight, you can open your faucet so its drips slightly. This helps relieve some pressure on the pipes, allowing this open will prevent pressure from building and keep the pipe from bursting.
Keep the Heat On
If you are gone for a long period of time, always keep the heat on. If the inside of your home drops in temperature, it won’t take long for pipes to freeze in certain parts of your house.
Open Interior Doors
Keeping your interior doors open will allow heat to flow throughout the home or commercial property. Some rooms may not get as much heat as other rooms.
Call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for Water Restoration Services
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 to 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 utmost 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.
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Frozen Pipe Prevention
This photo shows what insulating a pipe looks like
In the winter months it is somewhat common for pipes to freeze when outside temperatures drop below freezing. In some cases, pipes go through areas of the home that are not heated which leaves them at a higher risk to break. When your pipes do freeze the water expands causing an increase in pressure and eventually a rupture. Listed below are some recommendations to prevent frozen pipes as well as some tips if your pipes do break.
Preventing Frozen Pipes:
If its common for your pipes to freeze there are a few things you can try to possibly prevent that from happening. This includes
- Insulating unprotected pipes
- Seal small cracks that lead outside
- Keep rooms with pipes up to temp
- Never completely turn off your heat when you leave the house for a long period of time.
If a pipe does break:
- Turn off main water
- Open faucet to release pressure
- Clean up standing water
- Bring in a professional restoration company to restore anything that got damaged by water.
National Fire Prevention Month
This photo shows what rooms should have smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors.
October is fire prevention month, it is recognized in the United States and Canada to raise awareness about fire safety. During this month the goal is to educate families, communities, and students across the country. It also encourages families to review their emergency escape plans and check fire alarms.
- 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms
- Less than50% of homeowners have an escape plan
- Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental death
- 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly*
- Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their home
- Just 43% of homeowners have an escape plan*
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How to Shut Off Water in Case of an Emergency
This picture shows what a typical water shut off looks like
Knowing where your main water shut off is essential. It can help you prevent major damage in case of an emergency. Things like a sewage back up, broken pipe, or broken seal can cause thousands in water damage if you aren’t able to shut your water off. In the winter months it is common for pipes to burst, severe cold weather can cause pipes to expand and break but being able to locate and turn off the valve can prevent some damage. It is also good to know where the main shut off is if you leave your house for a long period of time.
Steps to take if this happens to you
- Turn off your water main
- Drain the faucets to release the pressure
- Inspect and fix the broken pipe
- Bring in a professional drying crew
Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment helps us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. We then dry the structure with powerful dehumidifiers. Finally, our technicians will clean the affected area with professional grade cleaning and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.
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