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Mold Remediation for Your Commercial Property

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on drywall If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (402) 800-2134

Mold starts to form when you have airborne spores contact moisture and food sources. Food Sources can include wood, dirt, and paper. Mold starts with some type of leak from roof, pipes, or flooding and most of the time it won’t even be visible from the outside. Mold is most definitely a threat to the structure and can cause health effects. It is important to be on a lookout for potential mold growth Any place where water is found will most likely develop mold if not taken care of properly. Listed below are common places where mold can grow.

  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Under sinks
  • Crawl spaces
  • Furnaces
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms

It is important to keep an eye on these areas as they can obtain moisture and eventually produce mold. If you suspect an area is wet bring in a professional to properly assess the situation. If something like this is ignored it can cause more damage and could become costly.

Expert Water Removal: A Critical Step When Omaha Pipes Freeze in Commercial Buildings

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of a frozen pipe that has been exposed to the cold Frozen pipes are a fact of cold winters unless they are insulated. Should you have damage after pipes freezing, contact SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Remove Water From Your Business

Record low temperatures across the country this winter put commercial buildings in Omaha at risk for frozen and broken pipes. When a broken pipe occurs, the misery from the bitter cold can be amplified by the intrusion of large quantities of unwanted water in your Omaha business or public place. Finding a company that reliably removes water and dries the structure regardless of the cause is the key to starting the remediation process.
 
Before any plan can be developed to get your commercial property back to normal, commercial water removal must be completed in the Omaha business affected. SERVPRO crews are uniquely qualified to take all professional measures to move the water out quickly and thoroughly. Specialized training to measure and monitor moisture and scan for hidden pockets of water ensures that the removal is comprehensive. Only when all of the water is evacuated can the damage caused by the intrusion be observed and appropriately evaluated.
 
Water removal needs to be completed as soon as possible after the plumbing failure due to frozen pipes. If the power in the waterlogged area has been shut off as a safety precaution, the SERVPRO vehicles responding have onboard power options for their truck mounted equipment. Submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors are precisely matched to the challenges posed by standing water.
 
When operated by technicians trained according to water remediation industry standards developed by the IIRC, this equipment does its job quickly and thoroughly. The SERVPRO team members who respond to a frozen pipe disaster have mastered the use of this state of the art equipment and deliver the highest quality results.
 
The SERVPRO production managers and technicians who work with the business owner after a water loss realize how devastating and overwhelming the aftermath of frozen pipes can be. A business can prosper in the future only if the damage done by the water is remediated quickly after removal. An essential part of their job is to listen carefully as customers share their concerns. Answering questions and explaining the process is crucial in the SERVPRO crew’s effort to offer the very best in customer service.
 
If frozen pipes due to recent plunging temperatures fill your commercial space with water, SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest has the skills and tools to remove the water. Call (402) 800-2134 anytime day or night for expert assistance.

Restoring Water Damage in Omaha Homes

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

A burst pipe that caused a water loss Call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest today if you have water damage in your home

SERVPRO Technicians Report to the Flooded Scene with Equipment to Properly Dry Out the Property

Omaha homes are vulnerable to flooding from weather and more common accidents. It is especially true for carpets and wood floors. No matter where the water comes from, a professional restoration service can deal with removing, cleaning, and remediating the ill effects a flood causes.
 
Treating water damage to Omaha homes first requires stopping the flow and removal of any standing water as soon as possible. SERVPRO certifies each member of our 24-hour response team on every piece of equipment needed for this and every action we take to return a home to its original state.
 
Since most house flooding comes from failed plumbing, stopping it is relatively simple. Upon arrival to a job site, one of our technicians first turns off the water main to the house. With that accomplished, the response team performs a complete inspection. If the weather permits, we open every window and door to the residence to enable crossflow of air.
 
Now, SERVPRO technicians bring in the equipment needed to remove water; commercial grade pumps and water extraction wands. The pumps remove water down to the surface of carpets and floors and then we use the wands to draw out water trapped either in or under both.
 
Once the carpets are free of water, they are now light enough to lift. It allows technicians to examine the floor for any remaining moisture. If there is, we use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force warm, dry air under and over the carpet to dry it. If there is a pad underneath, they remove and dispose of it.
 
The same fans and air movers work well for wood floors as well to dry them. If a moisture meter test still indicates the presence of water, it may be necessary to drill holes into the floor in corners or under the baseboards to allow additional ventilation for drying. In cases where there is water pooled under the floorboards, SERVPRO technicians may have to remove one or two boards to use the extraction wands.
 
Most of the effects from water damage can be eliminated or significantly reduced by quickly removing the moisture and drying out the affected property. For more information about what SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest can do for your home, call us today at (402) 800-2134.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile Logo Call Us Today To Get Started! 402-800-2134

As many as 50% of businesses many never recover following a disaster. A fire to a business is devastating and can cause it to completely to shut down. It is said as many as one in four business that suffer is some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. However, the ones that do survive usually have a preparedness plan in place. One-way SERVPRO helps business be prepared is with the ERP profile. Not only will this minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action, but it will help you plan in advance in the case a disaster does strike. Having this will ultimately affect how fast the cleanup process will be.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the lone of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

How to Safely Start a Campfire

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Campfire burning Check out these 4 steps to start a campfire safely

With spring slowly approaching we are all looking forward to doing more outside. This includes a lot of outdoor activities but one I am going to talk about specifically is campfires. Campfires are a great way to kick back and relax on any day of the week, but it is important that we start one safely. With starting any fire there are many risks and many things to consider before starting one as well. Below I am going to list 4 steps from starting to properly putting out a campfire.

1. How to Prepare a Campfire

Preparation is key when starting a fire, check with your county’s local restrictions. They should also have information on their website and will tell you if the conditions are ok to start a campfire. You will also need wood, a water source, shovel, and a way to start the fire. 

Picking a safe location is something to consider. If you have the opportunity to use a premade fire pit that will be your best bet. If you have to build one from scratch make sure you dig a hole about a foot deep where the dirt is dry. Also make sure there is not anything flammable within 15 feet and look for things that can catch fire above it.

2. How to Build a Campfire

One of the most common campfires lay is called the Teepee. To build this type of fire, lay tinder sticks in a teepee formation with enough space for air to get in. This formation will keep the fire burning steady as long as you add when needed.

3. How to Maintain

Now that your campfire is burning it is important to keep an eye on it. Accidents can happen in an instant when fire is involved. Watch children and pets to make sure they do not get close. As the fire continues to burn keep adding larger pieces of wood until the fire gets to the size you want it at, but make sure you keep it under control.

4. Extinguishing the Campfire

Properly extinguishing your campfire is the most important step. If any part of your campfire is still lit, embers can blow and start a fire. The best way to extinguish your fire is wait until it is burned down to ash. If you need to leave before it gets to that point pour water on to the fire slowly and stir in some dirt with your shovel. After these steps see if your fire is still hot, if it is repeat these steps.

How to Prepare for the Possibility of Flooding

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Building surrounded by flooding Nebraska floods from March of 2019

Storm season can certainly keep you on your toes. When you have a business the Omaha area it’s good to know how to prepare for the possibility of flooding. Here are five tips to help you be well prepared for anything a storm may send your way.

Have an Emergency Plan

A big part of preparing for flood damage is simply having a plan of action in place. Evacuation paths should be mapped, and those maps should be posted on every level of your building so that people know where to go in an emergency. Designate emergency responsibilities before the disaster occurs so that people know what is expected of them.

Waterproof Your Building

Make sure you have good drainage for your building. It is also good to have your building inspected regularly to find cracks or spots that are worn so that you can get the necessary repairs.

Elevate Equipment and Furniture

Electrical equipment and furniture can both be damaged beyond repair during flooding. Elevate furniture, sockets, electrical panels, appliances and all wiring where floodwaters can’t get to them.

Have Sandbags Ready

A good way to stave off excess water is to put up barriers. Set sandbags near doors, windows and other vulnerable entry points to your building. Barriers may delay the flow of water enough that you can avoid storm damage altogether.

Update Your Insurance Coverage

It’s a smart idea to check your insurance policies periodically to make sure that all potential problems are covered. If you don’t have a policy that pays for services from storm cleanup experts, you may have to pay for a lot of damage out of pocket the next time a storm heads your way.

Flooding is a common occurrence when there is a storm in your area. By making sure your employees, your building and your insurance is adequately prepared, you can prevent a lot of damage and handle the problems that do occur with relative ease.

SERVPRO's Principles of Fire Damage Restoration in Omaha

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro production techs removing soot SERVPRO professionals follow procedures for fire damage cleanup. Call today for us to get started.

From Soot to Residues: Cleaning Up After a Fire Requires Professionals

The largest percentage of damage after a home fire is usually from smoke and soot. Restoration cleaning can reduce the cost of this damage by hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Professional cleaning costs only a fraction of replacement of property or resurfacing of items such as tables, chairs, and upholstered furniture.

When it comes to cleaning up fire damage to an Omaha home, SERVPRO follows some very specific principles in how we deal with smoke and soot residues. These principles provide the guidance we use to return your house, apartment, and personal property to its original state.

First, our restoration team inspects each room in the home. Our inspectors and technicians determine which surfaces have been affected. This process starts at the source point of the fire and working their way outward to determine just how extensive the damage has spread.

Identification is next. Different types of residue can exist in the same room and even on the same item of property. Without proper identification, the team member cannot select the most effective cleaning method to remove it.

Along with residue identification comes surface identification. It is not enough to simply clean the surface; the restoration team also has to preserve the surface if at all possible. For example, certain cleaning chemicals are unusable on surfaces with a lacquer or other type of finish. Some methods are incompatible with fabrics found in curtains or furniture.

Finally, residues must be captured and removed. A dry residue on a hard surface such as marble can be easily wiped off. Conversely, a damp residue on a wood surface or a piece of fabric requires more difficult procedures which can involve agitators, vacuums, extractors and other machines that separate the residue from the surface. To increase the effectiveness of the machines, they often use one or more of the cleaners we have available from our on-hand inventories.

Restoring your home after a fire or other disaster requires a professional service. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest has the experience, training, and equipment needed to quickly and efficiently clean your home while keeping the costs as affordable as possible. Call us today at (402) 800-2134 to get started.

Why Online Reviews Are Important

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of review score SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest Review score

In todays world we can find out almost anything on Google. Where we want to eat, things we want to buy, and even how to get there. Google is also a great platform for people to share their experiences with companies, both the good and the bad. This is a great way to make a decision and it is also great for companies to see what the customer wants and expects. At SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest we take pride in our reviews because it allows us to adjust the way we do business to help service our customers the best way possible.

It is said that Online customer reviews and testimonials have tremendous influence over the purchasing decisions of other consumers. According to Pew Research Center, 82% of American adults say they at least sometimes read online customer ratings or reviews before first time purchases, including 40% who say they always or almost always do so. This is why we encourage customers to check reviews before using a service. If companies aren’t giving an effort to make them right chances are it will keep happening. We hope this information will encourage you to pay attention to companies reviews before using their service. We also encourage you to check out SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest reviews to see what customers are saying about us.

  Mention, Blog, Media Monitoring  “The 6 REAL Reasons Behind Why People Write Online Customer Reviews.” Spectoos, 5 Aug. 2019, www.spectoos.com/5-real-motivations-behind-people-write-customer-reviews/.

SERVPRO Can Reduce Smoky Odors

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro fire logo SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest can help restore your home after you have a fire, call us today 402-800-2134

Whether you live in an apartment or a free-standing house in Elkhorn, fire is a word that sends chills into every Nebraska resident. Walking through your home after having one, can leave you in shock and completely unprepared for what to do next.

Fire damage in Elkhorn homes doesn't mean a total loss of property and possessions, though. Unless flames have directly touched something, it is the smoke that causes the problems. SERVPRO has the experience, training, and equipment to restore property that has suffered both visible and odor damage. Few companies in the U.S. have our reputation for eliminating smoke odors (malodors) and returning your property to its original state.

Our response teams accomplish this using what we call Multiple-Phase Odor Control. There are three; Chemical Containment, Vapor Odor Control, and Thermal Fogging.
The goal of Chemical Containment is to block odor molecules from vaporizing into the air. Technicians spray one of our counteragents (Smoke Deodorizers) on all areas that are charred or covered in smoke residue. Depending on the size of the area, they will use either spray bottles or pump-up sprayers like the type use to spray insecticides.

Vapor Odor Control deals with those odor molecules that are already airborne when our team arrives on site. First, technicians release deodorant vapors into the air to act as counteragents to the malodors. Two of our primary counter agents are pellets with a fruity smell or counteracting beads that release a cinnamon scent.

Finally, our teams use thermal fogging to penetrate furniture, walls and other property to counter malodor particles in these items. Solvent based deodorants dispersed with these specialized foggers are broken down to a size of about one-half micron. This tiny size allows the deodorant to go just as far into the property item as the malodors have penetrated.  An additional benefit to thermal fogging is that it generates a 'dry fog' which evaporates in only a few hours and leaves just a tiny amount of residue. This dry treatment means that the chance of moisture stains on your property is very low.

Removing smoke odors after a fire has damaged your house or apartment is not a simple process. Our goal here at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is to counteract and eliminate these malodors in a thorough and fast manner to return you to your normal life. Call us today at (402) 800-2134 to get started with an initial inspection.

Mold Warning Signs

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of ceiling mold This picture shows mold on the surface but the problem could be much more severe

It may be hard to tell if you have mold in your home but if you have been suspecting mold there are a few things you can do to find out. Mold can be very bad for your health and it can be a persistent issue if it isn’t taken care of by a professional. It is important to know the early warning signs of mold so you can take care of it sooner rather than later. Over time mold can get worse, so it is best to take care of it as soon as possible.

What is Mold?

  • Mold is a fungus that thrives in a warm, damp, and humid environments. In a house the most common place mold can grow is in basements and bathrooms. More specifically under sinks, around plumbing pipes, and even on or inside drywall.

How can you tell if you have mold?

  • Musty or stale odor
  • Visible signs of mold growth
  • Past water damage
  • Condensation or consistent moisture
  • Water leaks

How can you prevent mold?

  • Keep humidity down, under 60%
  • Mold grows quick, dry up wet materials
  • If surfaces are prone to mold growth

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (402) 800-2134
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration