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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.

Storms in Omaha Can Cause Water Damage

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

This picture shows flooding in downtown Omaha If you need our services, call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest at (402) 800-2134 today

This past summer we were reminded that storms can cause water damage and sometimes significant damage. In the Midwest, storms can develop and pop up with only a few hours’ notice. With that being said being prepared for this type of situation could keep you safe and even help with preventing damage to your property.

Sometimes these storms are able to bring hail, heavy winds, and a lot of rain in a short period of time. When this happens, you should be prepared for flash flooding especially when you’re in a flood zone. Some things to also look out for is branches that could fall down and hail.

How to Prepare:

  • Bring anything inside that you don’t want damaged
  • Make sure gutters are flowing and foundation of home is pushing water away
  • Trim trees so nothing is hanging over your home
  • If you are in a flash flood zone or in an area prone to flooding, get to higher ground

Returning your home to its pre-flood condition takes a lot of time and effort, but it is necessary to prevent further damage or potential health hazards. A professional remediation service will not only restore all of the water damage but make sure you understand each action and why we do it. If you need our services, call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest at (402) 800-2134 today. We are here for you.

More Than Just Storms Lead to Water Removal in Omaha

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Leak from ceiling Leaks and other events can bring either a large amount or accumulating droplets of water into your home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage After Any Type of Incident

Even if your home has never been flooded, excess moisture may still be wearing down its materials and creating ever-costlier damage to your property. SERVPRO's water removal services in Omaha include more than just catastrophic water damage remediation. A significant proportion of our calls are for more moderate, subtle examples of water and moisture wreaking havoc in a home. Cases like these are some of the most common water removal projects we take on without any storms or flooding.
 
Excess Humidity
When a home's atmosphere is too humid as a result of excess water intrusion, airborne water droplets can start to cause damage to metals, wood, certain finishes, fabrics, and other materials common in American homes. Long periods of exposure to humid conditions can encourage mold growth in fabrics and building materials. In the course of standard water remediation techniques, we remove standing water first by pumping and extracting, then reduce the relative humidity in the air and the moisture content of materials by deploying air movers and dehumidifiers. This dehumidification process also improves overall indoor air quality (IAQ). SERVPRO offers various types of equipment such as low grain refrigerant (LGR) and silica gel based (desiccant) dehumidifiers.

Appliance Malfunctions
Even the most stalwart appliances can malfunction on occasion, and objects that use large volumes of water in their normal operation are susceptible to flooding or dampening the area around them. Even if no standing water is created, small mishaps can still saturate porous materials and cause long-term damage if the cause of the dampness is not addressed and a proper water restoration procedure conducted.
 
Leaks
Leaks and drips in other areas in your home can also develop into problems significant enough to warrant a full water removal effort.  Even small leaks are left unrepaired left unprepared for an extended period can allow the water to seep deeply into materials to create a soaked, mold-vulnerable area, often hidden behind walls or beneath flooring materials.
 
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest provides water removal solution for most any water or flood problem you may have. For fast, 24/7 service, give us a call at (402) 800-2134.

How to Be Prepared: Fire Safety Tips

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire escape plan map We’re available 24/7 to help you recover from a house fire. Call us if you experience a fire or any other type of disaster at 402-800-2134. We’re here

A house fire can happen suddenly, so it necessary to do everything possible to keep your home safe from fire hazards. Being prepared if a fire does break out is important as well. In this blog we will talk about a few safety tips to keep in mind.

Inspect smoke detectors regularly

This is one of the most important steps and could save your life in a fire. Your home should have a smoke detector in every room on every floor. Not only will this help save your life, but it could also allow for less damage. It is recommended that the batteries be changed once a year in every smoke detector. Doing these routine checkups can help keep your home safe.

Family Fire Escape Plan

When a fire breaks out people can become very overwhelmed and panic. Having an Escape plan set up will prepare your family for exactly what to do in order to get out of your home efficiently as possible. Things to plan include meeting spots, exit routes, or special provisions to any family member may need it. It is recommended to assign one person to specific tasks.

How to: Operate a Fire Extinguisher

Everyone in your household should fully understand how to use a fire extinguisher. Knowing the word PASS should help with remembering the steps:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low; pointing the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Open Flames

Open flames are common in a household and many people forget the dangers if left unattended. This can be a candle or cook top and it is possible for a flame to spread to other surfaces quickly. Always extinguish all flames when you’re not in the room.

Have A Plan

For the reasons I listed above you can see why it is important to have a plan in place. In addition to the fire escape plan, consider what you will need to do after a fire is put out. Thinking about what fire restoration company to use can help make a hard time a bit easier. SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest has a staff of trained professionals to assist you in this time of need. We’re available 24/7 to help you recover from a house fire. Call us if you experience a fire or any other type of disaster at 402-800-2134. We’re here to help!

Cleaning Up Flood Damage after Storms Hit Omaha

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Downtown Omaha flooding Recent flash flood in Downtown Omaha

SERVPRO Mitigates Omaha Area Storm Damages with a Fast Response

There are many reasons why a storm can create localized flooding in Omaha. As the open land areas around your neighborhood are developed more and more into homes, offices and retail, the soil beneath them that once absorbed rainfall is now covered with roadways and buildings that shed rain run-off. During storms local drainage systems, creeks and rivers can be overwhelmed by the rapid run-off and begin to overflow. Recent construction can change the way rainwater flows, affecting areas that have never experienced flooding problems in the past, and torrential downpours can simply douse an area too quickly for the rain to disperse harmlessly. A "wet microburst" is a small storm event, usually no larger than a few square miles, that can bring both high winds, torrential rainfall and hail in a very short time which can quickly overwhelm local flood control systems.
 
Homes in or near Omaha can suffer flood damage and other harmful effects from microbial and chemical contamination during severe storms. Between the state of flooding and any resulting reconstruction work that must be done, a flooded home needs mitigation to reduce potential water damage and restore building materials that can be saved. Rapid water extraction can significantly reduce reconstruction costs. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained, certified and experienced in flood damage mitigation.  We start by using both truck mounted and portable pumps to remove the standing water on non-porous surfaces and extract it from carpeted floors. We then employ drying equipment for rapid drying to reduce the amount of water damage the materials inside your home can suffer.
 
Since flooding brings in more than water, we also thoroughly clean and sanitize each home during the remediation process. As rainwater travels away from where it fell onto the ground, the run-off picks up pollutants such as automotive fluids, fertilizers, pesticides, and even raw sewage. Groundwater flooding that enters your home can bring pollutants from these and other sources that can seep into porous materials such as carpet and padding, drywall, insulation in exterior walls, upholstered furniture, and anything else that flood water saturates. Homes can also have substantial amounts of washed-in debris such as garbage, tree branches, leaves, silt, and other objects that require fast and complete removal.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest has the tools, skills, and IICRC certificates to prepare your flood damaged home for reconstruction, saving you time, money, and aggravation. No matter the time or day of the week, you can contact us by calling (402) 800-2134.

Fire Damage Remediation Help in the Omaha Area

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire  Regardless of what area of your home is affected, SERVPRO remediates and deodorizes your property so that you will forget there was ever a fire.

Certified Technicians Remediate Your Home Efficaciously After a Fire

Recovering from a fire in the Omaha community needs to be a team effort. Many different things are required to take your fire damaged dwelling from a sooty, wet mess back to the clean and comfortable home you deserve to enjoy with your family. Hiring a remediation company that is committed to being your partner is your first step.
 
The fire damage to your Omaha home may have many causes. The way the fire started and the type of materials that burned will impact the techniques your SERVPRO remediation team uses to bring your home back to its pre loss condition. The project manager takes the time to assess safety issues after your dwelling is released by your local fire department for remediation evaluation. Any reconstruction issues that must be addressed are referred to contractors licensed and certified to repair and replace vital structural components. After the needed outside work is completed the SERVPRO supervisor creates a step by step plan to clear your home of soot and smoke residues and odors.
 
Now your home is stabilized and ready for deep cleaning and other treatments required to abate the damage. A SERVPRO work team is dispatched to move throughout your home, cleaning each area affected by the fire and smoke thoroughly. The work crew members have all completed advanced training in SERVPRO Employee Certification and IICRC courses that guide them through every process needed to bring your home back to life.
 
The grime and coatings that combusted materials leave behind can be tough to remove, but the SERVPRO team has both the training and the on the job experience to choose the correct SERVPRO Professional Products, tools, and techniques to give you a professional job. Hard work and patience go a long way toward achieving the desired results, as the crew manages each surface and article in turn. These dedicated workers will not be satisfied until your home is clean and smells fresh, just “Like it never even happened.”
 
No group of fire remediators takes more pride in their work than the crews at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest. Give them a call at (402) 800-2134 and rely on their skill, experience, and ethical approach to arrive at your desired result after fire damage.

Plan Ahead For A Quality Water Removal Service In Omaha

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile App The Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to your unique disaster needs.

Water Removal Service

A successful central Nebraska business makes a wise choice when partnering with a water removal service before the need arises. The possibility of flooding from natural or accidental causes is real and waiting for the crisis to happen before preparing is foolhardy when SERVPRO offers the chance to develop an Emergency Ready Plan.

The need for water removal services for your Omaha warehouse is predictable, although it is impossible to determine exactly when the crisis will strike. Heavy rains and storms breach roofing or push water through doorways or foundations. The question becomes which of many disaster restoration services is your chosen partner to abate the flood and extract the water? If planning for this potential problem, it makes sense to go with the company that offers to work out a solution with you ahead of time.

SERVPRO extends a unique opportunity for the business owner to work with an experienced restoration company to create an individualized blueprint for water removal and other tasks necessary to protect your building and its contents when water damage threatens. The Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to your unique disaster needs.

First, contact SERVPRO to send out an experienced project manager to assess your physical plant. Expect suggestions to limit exposure to water damage once this trained expert views your specific situation. Then take the time to complete an online checklist designed to uncover weaknesses and allow you to identify your trusted personnel, so that disaster response teams work with the employees you choose should you be away when a water crisis strikes.

The ERP allows you to use your mobile device to send a request for assistance when a water removal issue arises. Your careful attention when answering the app's questions gives SERVPRO all the information needed to locate utility shutoffs and to honor your pre-planned priorities when responding. Restoration staff knows exactly your preferences and hit the ground running when you raise the alarm.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest awaits your request to create an individualized Emergency Ready Profile and Plan. Call (402) 800-2134 to schedule a no-obligation assessment today.

Plan Ahead For A Quality Water Removal Service In Omaha

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile App The Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to your unique disaster needs.

Water Removal Service

A successful central Nebraska business makes a wise choice when partnering with a water removal service before the need arises. The possibility of flooding from natural or accidental causes is real and waiting for the crisis to happen before preparing is foolhardy when SERVPRO offers the chance to develop an Emergency Ready Plan.

The need for water removal services for your Omaha warehouse is predictable, although it is impossible to determine exactly when the crisis will strike. Heavy rains and storms breach roofing or push water through doorways or foundations. The question becomes which of many disaster restoration services is your chosen partner to abate the flood and extract the water? If planning for this potential problem, it makes sense to go with the company that offers to work out a solution with you ahead of time.

SERVPRO extends a unique opportunity for the business owner to work with an experienced restoration company to create an individualized blueprint for water removal and other tasks necessary to protect your building and its contents when water damage threatens. The Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to your unique disaster needs.

First, contact SERVPRO to send out an experienced project manager to assess your physical plant. Expect suggestions to limit exposure to water damage once this trained expert views your specific situation. Then take the time to complete an online checklist designed to uncover weaknesses and allow you to identify your trusted personnel, so that disaster response teams work with the employees you choose should you be away when a water crisis strikes.

The ERP allows you to use your mobile device to send a request for assistance when a water removal issue arises. Your careful attention when answering the app's questions gives SERVPRO all the information needed to locate utility shutoffs and to honor your pre-planned priorities when responding. Restoration staff knows exactly your preferences and hit the ground running when you raise the alarm.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest awaits your request to create an individualized Emergency Ready Profile and Plan. Call (402) 800-2134 to schedule a no-obligation assessment today.