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Why Professional Fire Damage Remediation Is Necessary For Your Omaha Home

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

Why Professional Fire Damage Remediation Is Necessary

After a fire in your Omaha home, it may be natural to try to inventory the damage on your own. If the blaze was short-lived and the harm to structures and contents appears minimal to an untrained eye you might be tempted to handle the cleanup personally. Fire mitigation is best performed with professional assistance for your and your family's safety and to prevent progressive damage to the structural components and contents of your home.

It takes an expert to locate all areas in your Omaha house affected by fire damage. The residues from the flames are sometimes obvious as when thick layers of soot coat surfaces including furnishings, ceilings, and walls. Other types of residue can be almost invisible, as when the fuel consumed by the fire was protein or grease. Although it is a thin layer, this latter type of soot spreads widely, is difficult to remove, and usually carries a distinctly unpleasant odor. Our technicians are familiar with practical strategies and products that loosen and clear away all types of fire debris.

SERVPRO technicians train extensively concerning the various ways smoke, soot, and odors infiltrate a home. We know what kind of evidence to seek when looking for the damage and where it is likely to be found. Failure to address damage in the first hours or days after a fire increases the severity of the harm. A delay might require the homeowner eventually to arrange for more costly remedies and risk irreparable harm. You might need to replace portions of the structure or discard personal possessions that the timely efforts of a professional remediation company could restore. A homeowner often finds responding to a disaster is a solo affair, but SERVPRO can increase the speed of your disaster cleanup and other mitigation tasks with a team approach.

Attempts to clean using conventional methods and cleaning agents meant for ordinary soiling can smear the residues and set stains that come from a fire. SERVPRO technicians match the characteristics of the soots observed with appropriate cleaning solutions, equipment and processes. Even the direction and order of cleaning a surface or furniture item has a proven best practice, taught to our employees in IICRC training and certification. Fire residues can also contain toxic elements, and our employees are well aware of ways to protect themselves and the inhabitants of a fire-damaged residence during remediation.

Put your trust in the skills and training possessed by the professional technicians at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest after fire damages your abode. Call us at (402) 800-2134 as soon as the local authorities signify the fire is out, and remediation can begin.

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Summer Storms Contribute To Water Damage In Fremont

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

High winds and heavy rains may be a common challenge in Fremont during summer. Usually, your home will be up to the challenge, shedding the water and maintaining its integrity against the power of the gales. If the force of a storm pulls up a portion of the roof or brings a tree crashing down, taking out part of a wall or some windows, a massive quantity of water can enter your house. We have every resource to remove the water and dry the structure in preparation for further repair and restoration.

Sudden and severe water damage to your Fremont dwelling can happen in an instant when a summer storm bears down. You as the homeowner must seek an immediate solution. Our crew will assess the water damage and develop a plan to remove standing water and dry the structure in anticipation of your contractor's rehab and restoration.

SERVPRO focuses first on fast and thorough water removal. Our technicians master IICRC courses in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying to ensure we complete our water damage mitigation to the highest disaster recovery industry standards. We utilize submersible pumps and commercial grade extractors to extract the water swiftly. As the storm borne water flowed from upper levels to lower in your home, saturating recesses along the way, we must be sure that we find and remove all traces.

Our crews use moisture meters and scanning devices to determine the extent of water migration and set appropriate drying goals for each area of the house. Our SERVPRO Green trucks have a full complement of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers onboard, enabling us to move directly from extraction to drying. We position the drying equipment according to our training and experience for the fastest and most efficient results and continuously monitor the decrease in moisture levels so we can return your property to you when it is ready.

Turn to SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest when storm damage leads to standing water and saturated structural components. Call us at (402) 800-2134 for a response day or night, 365 days a year.

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Professional Fire Cleanup for Your Elkhorn Home

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

After a Significant Fire in an Elkhorn House, SERVPRO Can Clean Up the Mess

Among the most traumatic events that might impact your Elkhorn home is an unforeseen disaster that threatens the structural integrity of the house and/or the health of those living in it. Fire is an excellent example of one of these occurrences. With widespread damages that vary significantly from one instance to another, most homeowners lack the experience and equipment to restore this type of damage on their own.

Regardless of what started the fire in your Elkhorn home, your focus after extinguishment is working on getting all of the fire damages restored to return your home to its previous condition. This goal might seem like an uphill battle, but with the right choice in professional restorers, you have training and expertise on your side to get the job done correctly.

Our SERVPRO management team can work alongside the representatives for your insurance to make the claims process more efficient for you. While this is often one of the most daunting and troublesome aspects of getting the restoration costs covered by your insurance provider, our professionals can help to properly document the damage and continually provide the insurance adjuster with updates regarding progress.

It is vital that you do not attempt to enter your home immediately after a fire has been extinguished, even if the first responders can assure you that the flames have been put out. There could be substantial damage to structural components that make navigating your home dangerous. Additionally, chemical or toxic environments could exist within your home that needs to be cleaned and deodorized before they are safe to breathe normally. Our SERVPRO technicians are safety-oriented and have extensive training in the use of protective equipment to enter environments like this to assess the risks.

You might not always think of professional restoration when it comes to smaller scale incidents within your home, but when you have faced a fire, restoring these effects requires experience and the appropriate equipment. You can count on our SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest restoration technicians to work efficiently to clean up the debris and prep your property for a rebuild. Give us a call anytime at (402) 800-2134.

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SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest Storm Damage Clean Up and Restoration

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

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.

Hail Damage

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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Why Leaving Water Damage Untreated is Always a Bad Idea

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

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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Common Misconceptions about House Fires

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

When you have a fire, it can be a very devastating event to your home and family. It can happen in a moment’s notice whether you are there or not and it can start in a variety of ways. In the blog we are briefly going to talk about the common misconceptions of house fires and how they can start.  SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration. A fire can cause serious property damage and a fire restoration company has the experience needed to perform the proper fire restoration process. 

Myth #1

Smoke alarms provide enough protection against house fires

Fact: Smoke alarms are able to warn people when a fire is happening but will not stop the flames from burning. It is smart to have other things in place to protect you and your home against house fires.

Myth #2

Fires don’t spread quickly

Fact: In around 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a huge fire. It only takes a few minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. In just two minutes a fire can be life threatening and I just five minutes a house can be engulfed in flames.

Myth #3

Older homes are more likely to catch on fire rather than newer homes

Fact: This is a common misconception because people think the wiring may be outdated, but that's not always isn’t the case. In newer homes the material’s they use are actually more flammable. On new homes they use lightweight wood and engineered lumber which increase the fuel load and burn easier.

The Dangers of Snowmelt to Your Omaha Business

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

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.

Some Tips

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.

The Inevitable

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.

Stealthy Smoke Damage In Your Omaha Home

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage In Your Home

When a fire breaks out in a Omaha residence, everyone understandably focuses on the harm caused by the flames. Although blackened and charred materials grab homeowners’ attention, other processes occur during a household fire that can be as destructive to the structure as the burning. This less noticeable damage also can be completely hidden, and continue to damage materials and items in your home.

Smoke and soot damage is a serious problem after a fire. The materials ignited by the fire make up the content of smoke, and the soot deposited as the airborne particles float through the atmosphere within a residence. Depending on what burned, the combustion can create dangerous and toxic byproducts. Inhaling this noxious mixture sometimes results in health issues, including severe injury or death. More people die during a fire from smoke inhalation than any burns inflicted.

The drifting smoke and soot are hard to follow as they make their path throughout a building. Hot air rises during the fire, lifting the smoke to one or more stories above the site of a fire. The smoke can slip through cracks into the areas above ceilings and between walls, filling these recesses while still emitting odors and fumes. The soot deposits a mix of incompletely burned solids, a part of the chemical combination of gases and minute particles of solids and liquids that make up smoke.

Hidden smoke damage corrodes, tarnishes, etches, and deteriorates metals, woods, glass, and other surfaces. It invades and ruins porous materials like insulation and carpeting over time. Its odor lingers, trapped in the tiny bits of combusted plastic, wood, fabric, and a host of other organic and inorganic building materials and contents inside the burned home.

It is imperative that our technicians locate and evaluate smoke damage wherever it migrates. A plan to remove the smoke damage or seal it to prevent continuous vaporization is crucial.

After the remediation of smoke damage, the final task is often odor removal. Airing out of spaces helps somewhat, but the odiferous particles remain suspended and trapped in walls and cavities, furnishings, materials and other places. Advanced technology that replicates the combustion known as thermal fogging shows good results in odor elimination. So does hydroxyl generation and other oxidative processes. These solutions work by sending other particles into the air to seek out odor molecules, They attach to the odor particles and neutralize the smell through a chemical conversion that permanently eliminates the stench.

If your home experiences fire damage, connect immediately with SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for fast and lasting results. You can count on our team to restore your property to pre-damage condition. Call us today at (402) 800-2134. “Like it never even happened.”

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Why SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

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 health effects for people sensitive to mold.

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 Many Types of Fire Damage to Bennington Homes

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Thoroughly Remediates Fire Damage in Your Home After an Incident

A fire in your Bennington home, regardless of its size, can prove challenging to overcome. Even without the substantial structural damage that can occur, your home will not be the same as it was before the disaster occurred. With so many symptoms and lingering effects to overcome, in most cases, traditional cleaning methods will not have the lasting power or effectiveness to restore the damage and remove odors from your home.
 
The fire damage to your Bennington home can present itself in several unique ways. From noxious odors left behind to smoke and soot damage, bringing your home to preloss conditions is a task best designated for trained and certified restoration specialists.
 
The moment our experienced SERVPRO team arrives at your fire-damaged home, we begin assessing the scope of the restoration issues. Our focus will be on restoring a comfortable living area for you and your family again, so communication plays a significant role in determining where to begin the restoration process and which facets of the overall restoration process are most important to you as the homeowner.
 
To begin the deodorization process, air scrubbers are employed to remove smoke and soot particles and from the air down to .3 microns.  We also utilize special equipment such as hydroxyl generators, ozone, or vapor fogging, which can neutralize noxious molecules on contact, leaving no discernable scent behind. This equipment is able to destroy odor-causing molecules deep in porous materials, such as carpet and upholstered furniture, and clothing.
 
If the fire in your home was severe enough to affect its structural integrity, our SERVPRO team is trained in controlled demolition. The structurally damaged areas will be clean and ready for reconstruction by other contractors.
 
While any manner of fire damage can be traumatic, cleaning up the mess does not have to be. You can trust the professional and courteous technicians we have at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest to get the job completed as quickly as possible. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (402) 800-2134.

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