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Does Your Bennington Home Have Mold?

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

Upon Discovery of Mold

Have you found mold in your Bennington home?  Mold growth is commonly found in older Bennington 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 can cause health effects.

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

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Basement Flooding

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.

Call Us Today

The team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is trained to 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.  Call us at 402-800-2134.

Why SERVPRO Can Help With Winter Flood Damage In Northwest Omaha

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding scenarios are not limited to the warmer months in Northwest Omaha.  The wintry mix of rain, ice, snow, and sleet we can experience here can impact your home with water damage due to flooding.  Lower temperatures and ice complicate matters, making it even more important to use a reputable remediation company when a storm, plumbing failure, or appliance malfunction floods any area of your home during the winter.

Heavy, wet snow can lead to flood damage in Northwest Omaha.  If your home falls victim to the effects of an ice storm, roofs and siding may be unable to hold the weather at bay, allowing moisture to intrude.  As the icy coating melts, it can seep in through the slightest openings, or flow in through gaping holes opened in the structure by falling tree limbs or downed power poles.  Waste no time when this scenario presents, as a rapid and professional response is essential.

SERVPRO can assist you with roof-tarping and board up services, the first step to remediate the damage done by frozen and liquid water during the storm.  Once your property is secured, our crew chief will assess the damage.  Water naturally moves through the structure to lower levels, collecting on floors but also hiding in cavities can be detected with penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters, thermohygrometers, and infrared cameras by our IICRC-trained team to establish the dimensions and severity of the flood damage.

Our crews match equipment to the various phases of ground water flood damage mitigation.  Pumps and extractors clear large quantities of standing water, containing and then disposing of it outside the building's structure.  We can detect and remove hidden caches of water using a variety of strategies, including holes drilled through drywall behind base boards, through mortar joints, or flood cuts.  Access to dry out all wet spaces is critical to minimize secondary damage such as mold growth.  Familiarity with all possible aspects of flood damage is why SERVPRO is an industry leader.

The final phase of flood damage remediation is structural drying.  Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are stocked on all our service vehicles, preventing delays as the abatement plan progresses.  Our thorough preparation makes most projects seamless, another reason why SERVPRO is the best choice of ready your home for eventual rebuilding and restoration by your chosen contractor.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest helps manage the effects of flooding any season of the year.  When water intrudes, make your first call to our team (402) 800-2134.

Protect Your Home from Winter Weather

12/19/2021 (Permalink)

With the temperatures dropping and snow falling make the right decisions on keeping your home safe from fire and water damage this winter.  If you live in an area with harsh winters consider the following: 

-Make sure to clean your gutters every spring and fall.  If your gutters aren't clean snow melting off your roof will back up in your clogged gutters and potentially cause water to back up under your roofline.  The snow melting on your roof occurs when either the heat from the sun or heat from your house escapes and the attic warms the roof.  Snow then melts off the roof and refreezes making an ice ridge that traps water on your roof.  That water stuck in those ice ridges can leak into your home and can cause some serious damage.  To prevent heat from continuously ventilate the attic air.

-Plumbing...the dreaded frozen pipes! Plumbing located on exterior walls or unheated crawl spaces is most likely to be your culprit for a bursting frozen pipe.  All interior pipes should be insulated and exterior pipes should have weather resistant insulation for protection.  Don't forget to disconnect hoses from your outside water faucets.  If you believe there is a frozen pipe somewhere in your home, shut off the water main and call a plumber to resolve the problem before more damage occurs.

-Fireplaces and other indoor heating systems with poor maintenance can cause fire, puff-backs and smoke damage.  A fireplace is beautiful and keeps your home warm with low electricity bills but without proper care it can cause a house fire.  Clean chimneys and flutes on your fireplaces annually.  Get your furnaces checked once a year and keep space heaters 3 feet or the recommended length away from any flammable objects.  This includes window blinds/curtains, furniture, bedding, and decorative rugs.

-Take further precautions by changing your smoke alarms batteries every 6 months and don't forget to replace your smoke alarms after 10 years.

Not everything can be prevented but take the steps to prevent as much of the damage as possible.  Have a safe winter season.

Smoke and Soot

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire damage there is always that smoke smell.  There are two different types of smoke, wet smoke and dry smoke.  It sounds weird I know but a wet smoke is from your plastics and rubbers.  This is a low heat, smoldering, sticky and smelly smoke typically leaving smoke webs, these are a bit more difficult to clean.  A dry smoke is your paper and woods, this is a fast burning, high temperature where heat rises (aka smoke rises).  Knowing the smoke type helps figure out the soot residue type left behind.  There are 3 types of soot residue after a fire, fuel oil soot (furnace puff backs), protein fire residue (produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire), and other (tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue).  SERVPRO  of Omaha Northwest professionals are trained to handle the toughest of losses.  If you have any questions or need our 24/7 services, call us at (402) 800-2134.

Hotel Laundromat Water Woes in Omaha

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Handle Large Scale Water Damage at Your Hotel

Hotels now often provide laundry facilities for guests, and larger hotels frequently have laundry rooms on every floor.  Since washing machines and other water appliances can overflow or the supply hoses can break, many hotels are now at increased risk for water damage.  Whether the affected area is localized or has spread from floor to floor, SERVPRO responds and restores water damage caused by this traveler's convenience.

Tucked away an unattended, a guest laundry room is a prime candidate for commercial water damage to your Omaha hotel when appliance malfunctions.   Operator error due to unfamiliarity with the particular model is also a factor that can increase the possibility of flooding.  Inexpensive top loading washers can use up to 50 gallons of water per wash -- enough to spread and saturate more and more of the surrounding materials.  If called out quickly, our water damage restoration crew will extract the standing water to reduce spreading, minimizing the damage and helping keep the majority of your property open and available for guests.

Large quantities of water with large affected areas need well planned strategies by experienced professionals to ensure complete and timely restoration; this is especially important in commercial water damage situations, where time is of the essence.  SERVPRO technicians are certified in water restoration, and train extensively in the industry's best practices.  Our trucks carry powerful, industrial grade pumps and extractors to remove standing water.  The job is incomplete, until our investigative team conducts a thorough assessment of water migration from the original site of the overflow.  Water flows across floors, through ceiling, down walls, and along structural components, plumbing, and wiring.  Damage from a broken hose or pump malfunction can often show up hundreds of feet or several stories from where the problem originated.

The water extraction is step one.  Then we move to drying out the floors, walls, ceilings, and structural elements soaked from the washing machine flooding.  There is no guessing when it comes to achieving drying goals; our staff applies our state-of-the-art moisture testing equipment and their training in moisture measurement and monitoring to determine when the affected areas of your property are adequately dry.  It is crucial to reduce the moisture level of walls and floors to below 16 percent to avoid microbial growth.  Ambient humidity must fall below 60 percent, with a preferred range of 30 to 50 percent to remove excess moisture and prevent mold spores from growing.

SERVPRO crews use a variety of techniques to remove moisture from the air and damp materials, including air movers, dehumidifiers, and heat.  Moisture readings continue throughout the restoration phase, informing our technicians when to cease drying efforts.  Materials such as carpet padding, insulation between walls and floors, and laminate flooring often must be replaced as they are generally not restorable.

If a weary guest or a defective machine causes a hotel laundry room flood, SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest responds fast and professionally.  Just remember that a call to (402) 800-2134 will bring technicians and equipment needed to abate the water damage.

SERVPRO's Training and Experience are Just Right for Your Water Damaged Omaha Home

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

A Local Omaha Water Cleanup Company with Nationwide Connections

Through a combination of national training and restoration standards, and our local Omaha-based water damage mitigation techniques and experience, SERVPRO provides some of the best service available to local homeowners facing a potential catastrophe.  Whether you are looking to reverse damages from a ruptured water line or dealing with the damaging effect of a storm or other catastrophes, our experienced crews help people like you all across town recover from water damage and get their homes back to the way they were before the disaster occurred.

Keeping Things Local...

Owner Rick Hovanec has lived in the area for years.  He founded our franchise and brought to Omaha water damage mitigation services the highest quality.  Many of our crew members, representatives, and managers have lived in the area for decades and appreciate the opportunity SERVPRO provides them to give back to the community.  They ensure the safety and comfortable living for their neighbors and friends through quality service and professionalism.  Hiring SERVPRO means engaging locally owned and operated services, along with smiling technicians who could live just down the street.

...Plus Some National Resources

By being part of the nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises, we have the resources to deal with any water damage problem with the kind of precision care and expertise not possible from a standalone business.  We have the advantage of the SERVPRO network of neighboring franchises, as well as a handpicked list of specialists and contractors who can provide care for more delicate items not usually handled by our technicians.  Our national backing also allows us to train our crews to a superior standard and exchange knowledge and experiences with other franchises that could be up to thousands of miles away.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is as much a part of the local community as you are, with ties and connections to happy customers across the city.  If you have any questions or need 24/7 services, call us at (402) 800-2134.

Wood Flooring

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

The faster water is removed, the less damage occurs.  Wood flooring expands as it absorbs moisture.  Typically you would notice in wood flooring that it warps or buckles.  If proper drying is not done those floors may need to be removed.  There are two noticeable warping effects on wood floors, cupping and crowning.

Cupping:  this occurs when water is absorbed from the bottom of the wood.  The edges of the wood floor will slightly raise hence the name "cup" in cupping.  This is often fixed with sanding.

Crowing:  this occurs when the top of the wood contains more moisture than the sides and bottom.  This makes wood flooring arch in the middle.  If the bottom of the wood is over-dried this will occur.  You may not be able to sand this out and floors would need to be replaced at this point.

If you have an questions or concerns about your flooring and moisture contact SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for any of your water, fire and mold needs.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in basement Call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for an evaluation of your situation at (402) 800-2134.

Water intrusion into the basement or foundation of your Omaha home can be the result of a variety of causes.  Groundwater flooding is one cause, with an increased incidence of this when the ground becomes saturated with runoff from several storms in the space of a few days or weeks. Finding a reliable remediation company to help you restore the resulting water damage is the key to a satisfactory resolution.
 
When groundwater enters your building, the initial step in the remediation of the water damage in Omaha will usually be to extract standing water and pump it back outside from whence it came. Removing any standing water is necessary for SERVPRO employees to determine the extent of damage and whether any repairs or reconstruction will be required. Only when substances inside the building contaminate intruded groundwater is it necessary to retain the fluid for disposal in a sanitary sewer system. Such contaminating substances may include sewage backup, chemicals, or other hazards that cannot be spread back out on the ground.
 
Once the extraction is complete, the SERVPRO remediation team will address other questions to move the water damaged property back to preloss condition. Decisions must be made as to what materials can be remediated by the technicians. A detailed plan will be developed and discussed with the owner, and every step will be followed before the project is considered complete for the customer.
 
The SERVPRO remediation team members have received extensive training in sorting through water-damaged structural materials and personal possessions. Their education received guides their efforts as they help the homeowners understand which items that were damaged by the water can be cleaned and returned to preloss condition. They diligently make sure all articles and surfaces determined salvageable are restored. Materials and items too damaged with moisture or contaminants to remediate will be recommended for disposal.
 
The highly-qualified employees of SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest are ready to help community members move on after water damages foundations and basements. Call for an evaluation of your situation at (402) 800-2134.

SERVPRO Technicians Handle Many Aspects of Fire Damage Restoration From Clean-Up to Removing the Odors

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO after the fire fighters leave for remediation and restoration efforts.

When a home endures a disaster, changes to its appearance also happen. Fire causes both physical and chemical changes to take place to the interior and often, to the exterior of a home. Physical changes can mean once-beautiful aspects to your home become charred or dirty. Chemical changes often mean horrible odors permeate the air.

Homeowners with fire damaged homes start the restoration process through mitigation. Cleaning and preparing the home by removing all safety hazards ensures that complete restoration happens quickly and smoothly. When something shows damage in your home after a fire, we first try to save the material. Only when that fails do we opt for removal of the material.

When a fire causes your home to burn, many changes take place. When we remove fire-damaged materials, odors often dissipate and become much weaker. Carpeting and rugs absorb a tremendous amount of soot but can remain reasonably clean-looking. However, below the surface can hold staggering amounts of soot and other debris. Our technicians can discuss options with you regarding the amount of damage sustained by the carpets in your home.

Cleaning the surfaces inside of your home removes the soot that creates the signature odor of a house fire. Soft materials absorb soot
and steadily give off odor-causing particles. Specialized cleaning and laundering of these items at our facility ensure they remain out of the way while work progresses. When finished cleaning these items of soot, returning them to you happens at your convenience.

Eliminating any remaining odors decreases the number of memory triggers your family experiences, and helps make the memory of the fire fade much more quickly. Our Odor Control Technician works with our customers individually because odor detection varies from person to person. While one person may not smell an odor at all, another person might smell an overpowering scent. We want to ensure your satisfaction with how your home smells and looks before we consider our work finished.

There are many other ways that the technicians at SERVPRO can help you and your family recover from fire damage. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest wants to help you every step of the way. Call us at (402) 800-2134 whenever you need expert services.