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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.

Call Us Today

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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Rely On SERVPRO For Efficient Water Cleanup In Elkhorn

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

Rely On SERVPRO For Efficient Water Cleanup

The extent to which a water event can cause damage to your Elkhorn home can be shocking. Water can cause great destruction to the building materials that make up the structure and finishes of your home. Fast and thorough water removal can halt or slow the harm, but requires the skilled technicians and advanced equipment we can offer to be properly remediated.

When a pipe bursts or an appliance fails in your Elkhorn home, water cleanup needs to happen right away. Most homeowners do not have access to, nor know how to operate the high-efficiency equipment necessary to get the water out of a residence quickly. A household shop vac cannot remove the vast amounts of water an appliance like a water heater or washer can flood throughout a home, especially if it takes a while for your to locate and turn off the supply line. Our vehicles carry commercial pumps and extractors for our crews to collect and dispose of significant quantities of water in a short time frame.  Responding quickly is important because the longer standing water remains in the structure, the more damage it will do.

When SERVPRO arrives after a water loss, our experienced crew chief uses training and experience to devise a plan to clean up and then dry out the water damage. Responding to water crises is one of our core services, so our crew reacts swiftly, but with attention to the details that makes every job unique. Cleaning up water within the first few hours reduces the risk of microbial growth that increases in potential and severity the longer the water remains.

When you hire SERVPRO to clean up a water loss, you can expect both removal of the moisture and professional structural drying. If you skip the drying step the chance of progressive water and secondary damage is high. Many building materials, including drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, and flooring, to name a few, absorb water and then begin the process of deterioration fast. Materials swell and warp, losing their strength and developing odors and an unsightly appearance. Our ability to clean up the water and then use air movement, heat, and dehumidification to dry structural components means your home recovers from most of the water’s destructive power.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest should be your first call at (402) 800-2134 if you need fast, professional water cleanup. Let our experts respond with their skills, knowledge, and specialized equipment.

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Some Mistakes After Water Damage in Valley That You Should Avoid

10/4/2022 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for an Efficient Response to Your Valley Water Removal Needs

When an appliance leaks or a tub overflows in your Valley home, sometimes the quantity of water that escapes can be deceiving. Depending on the elapsed time between the leak and it's discovery, dozens or even thousands of gallons might be finding their way throughout your home or business. Commercial capacity water removal equipment is required, and we have it available to help you.

Your home can be recovered entirely, after water removal in Valley and structural drying. The key is following the flow of the water, then extracting and drying it completely regardless of where it moves. Our crew members master IICRC training, receiving certification as Water Restoration Technicians. This course teaches the industry standards, preparing our crew chief to devise an effective drying plan and our crew members to carry the plan to completion.

One of the ways we help our employees to help you is by investing in state of the art equipment. SERVPRO service vehicles will arrive at your home loaded with submersible pumps, truck-mounted water extractors, commercial grade air movers, and advanced dehumidifiers. Not a second is lost after our expert assessment. Our crew will jump to the task right away, proficient with the equipment and the confidence that comes from training and previous experience with a successful outcome over a thousand of times.

Essential to the best result is the regular and consistent use of moisture measuring and monitoring devices. SERVPRO technicians follow the lead of the project manager who determines drying goals for each structural element. Psychrometrics is the science of drying, achieving a balance of air movement, temperature, and humidity to hasten the evaporation of moisture from building materials. Our employees must demonstrate the practical application of psychrometrics during the certification process, and then bring that skill to your home while remediating a water loss.

We measure the moisture content of the walls, floors, ceilings, and other surfaces and materials affected. Because water can seep into cavities between walls, under floors, and in a range of open recesses, SERVPRO technicians also learn to use infrared scanning devices that locate this hidden water, using various techniques to release the water or otherwise make it accessible for removal.

When water intrudes into your home in Valley, contact SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest to assist in professional water removal. Call (402) 800-2134 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to schedule an assessment and the commencement of removal services.

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Tips for Water Damage

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

In the event of a water damage weather it be from an inside source for example a pipe bursting or it be from an outside source like let's say a window well for your basement, either way we are here. One good tip for any water damage need is to turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building/home, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.  Please DO NOT use your TV or other appliances while standing on wet carpets/floors, especially wet concrete floors, or turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Also DO NOT enter rooms where the ceiling is visibly sagging from water. The first thing to always think about is safety and if it doesn't look safe don't enter the space.

Tips if Fire damage occurs in your home

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage Friday tips! Some more of our Do's and Dont's for you. In the event of a fire damage if your electricity is off, empty your freezer/refrigerator completely and prop the doors open to help prevent odor, you wouldn't want to possibly forget that there is meat in your freezer and have it thaw out. Also if your heat is off during these winter months, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures leading to more unwanted damages. DO NOT consume any food/beverages that may have been stored close to the fire/heat. They may be contaminated and unsafe for consumption. In any situation I hope you find our tips helpful. If you haven't already follow us on Twitter, find us at SERVPRO_OmahaNW.

Patience and Persistence Count in Omaha Water Removal Scenario

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Professional Technicians, Equipment, and Experience for Mitigating a Water Loss

Although it is critical that water mitigation proceeds with due speed in your Omaha home, rushing the procedure is not consistent with the best practices established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Remediation of the harm done by water begins with thorough water removal, employing the most efficient equipment available. Our water removal crews are IICRC certified and our equipment top-notch.
 
When we receive a call for water removal in Omaha, one of the first concerns for our professional team is getting the moisture off, and out, of floors and floor coverings. A comprehensive plan to remove as much water as possible with pumps and extractors is usually the most efficient way to manage the crisis. Moving too quickly from extracting the liquid water to less effective drying techniques delays the completion of a water removal job overall and can expose structural components to secondary damage. Planning and execution both play a key role in successful water removal.
 
Drying techniques have their place in nearly all SERVPRO water loss remediations. Shortchanging water removal strategies to jump prematurely to structural drying, however, has the potential to compound the harm done to structural components and fixtures.
 
Research shows that extraction is literally 1200 times more effective than dehumidification when we manage water removal situations. Given this principle, expect SERVPRO crew members to spend as much time as necessary to pull the water out of the carpeting and padding. Introducing air movers and dehumidifiers when significant amounts of water linger in porous materials, like carpeting and upholstery, can prolong the drying process unreasonably. It is harder to achieve the equilibrium necessary among the air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters when that residual moisture is in the mix. The SH Specific Humidity reduction to standard levels is crucial for water damage mitigation.
 
In some water losses, depending on the water category, carpet padding must be removed and discarded. Fortunately, padding is relatively inexpensive and easy to replace, and its removal also allows for quicker and more complete extraction from the carpet by our SERVPRO crew. Items like upholstered furnishings can be packed out offsite for drying. Another option might be to build a mini-containment area in your home to focus on the drying of severely saturated items and to more quickly restore the home to its preloss condition.
 
Water removal requires the experience and training offered by the professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest. Call (402) 800-2134 as soon as possible to develop your personalized water remediation plan.

Helpful tips for Fire and Smoke Damage

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

In the event of a fire there will be a lot of soot left over and all over your house. The best things you can do is keep your hands clean, soot on your hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Also wipe soot from chrome on kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim/appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.  DO NOT attempt to was any walls or painted surfaces, or clean electrical appliances (TV's, radios, etc.) that were close to the fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair man. Just think safety first in any situation if it does not look safe it probably isn't. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest for any of your fire or water damage needs.