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Duct Cleaning Care

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Before and after duct cleaning. Before and after duct cleaning by SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest and Omaha West / Saunders County.

With the spring passing and summer about to start, it’s time to start thinking about duct cleaning for your residence. Ventilation systems are oftentimes the biggest culprit of poor indoor air quality so it should be a priority to inspect the ductwork for your home or business. Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask a professional to show you any mold that they might find.

If your ducts were not properly installed, maintained, and operated, issues may become harmful to yourself and loved ones. If moisture is present, the potential for mold growth is increased and spores may be released into your home or business. If you think you may have mold growth, vermin, or excessive amounts of dust in your ducts – you should consider calling SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest and Omaha West / Saunders County for a quote at 402-408-0134.

COVID-19 Cleaning Importance

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning surfaces SERVPRO disinfecting an office from a COVID-19 exposure.

In the past year, everyone across the world has had to learn to live differently because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing everyone can do to be safe is following the CDC guidelines when you are in public.  If you encounter a positive COVID case at home or at work, you may want to consider a cleaning service to disinfect and ensure the virus does not spread. At SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest, we have state-of-the-art equipment to ensure you and the safety of your loved ones.

First, we clean all surfaces 7' and down. Second, we use our EPA registered disinfectant to mist throughout the entire cleaning area. We use a ULV fogger to apply our disinfectant. The fogger gives the solution an electrostatic charge, allowing it to wrap conductive surfaces with an effective and even coverage. Last, our crew will do a final wipe down, and ensure no residue is left behind. SERVPRO tailors the cleaning scope to match the needs at hand. Each job can vary depending on if it's a confirmed case or preventative cleaning and the space that needs to be cleaned and disinfected.

Call the cleaning specialists at SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County for all your cleaning needs at 402-408-0134.

SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest Has You Covered

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro vans in action. Call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest for your restoration and cleaning needs.

Disaster strikes when you least expect it, but SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest is here when you need us the most! Whether your residence or business needs restoration from a fire, flood, or mold, we have got you covered.

What separates us from the competition?

At SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest, we are family-owned and operated to give you the best customer service in Omaha. We will answer your call 24/7, even after business hours! We have all new equipment that we can dispatch at a moment's notice and will be ready for any disaster that strikes.

Our services:

Restoration:

  • Fire, smoke, & soot
  • Water removal & dehumidification
  • Mold mitigation & remediation
  • Move outs & content restoration
  • Electronic Equipment

Cleaning:

  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Crime scene & vandalism
  • Carpet & upholstery
  • COVID-19 disinfecting
  • Drapes & blinds
  • Ceilings & walls
  • Artwork & books
  • Deodorization

Give us a call at any time for a quote or more information at 402.408.0134.

Omaha Temperature Drops to Lowest in 25 Years

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Pipe bursting in action. This pipe burst was caused by a frozen pipe thawing.

Last week with Omaha temperatures dropping to the lowest they have been in 25 years, residents should be aware of precautions they need to take in order to stop frozen pipes from bursting when they begin to thaw. Temperatures dropped below -23°F in a cold snap that the metro has not seen in years, and this week we will see temperatures rise to greater than 60°F. This is a weather pattern that is bound to see pipe bursts across the city.

                If one of your pipes burst, don’t panic. The first thing you should do if this happens is turn your water main off and call a plumber. Make sure the burst pipe is fixed to minimalize any damage that may have occurred from the water running into your home or business. Try to let in warm air and turn your heat up to prevent further damage from additional pipes freezing. Getting air to circulate is a big step in the drying process and will help you minimalize your damage.

Call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County for all your commercial restoration needs. Our crews are highly trained and available 24/7- including all holidays. We are able to respond to your water damage quickly and our state-of-the-art equipment sets us apart from the rest! Call us for a quote today at 402.408.0134.

Keep Your Pipes Safe This Winter

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipe This pipe break was caused by freezing cold temperatures.

With temperatures dropping below freezing almost every night, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your home or business safe from freezing pipes. Here are some tips that can help you through the winter:

  • Insulate exposed water lines in areas that are not heated
  • Irrigation systems that are exposed should be taken out or insulated
  • Drain any outside faucets or water lines
  • Turn off inside drain pipes that lead outside
  • Shut off irrigation systems
  • Close doors and windows tightly so cold air does not find its way inside

If your pipes do freeze, don’t panic. Before this becomes a major issue, there are a few things you can try so they don’t burst.

  • Soak towels with warm water and wrap them around the frozen pipes
  • Use a hairdryer on a low setting and apply heat to affected pipes
  • Do not apply excessive or overpowering heat to the pipes

There is a chance even if you follow these precautions that your pipes could still freeze and burst. If this happens to you, please consider contacting SERVPRO® of Omaha Southwest for help. We have a team of trained professionals that will be there on the spot to help you in your time of need. Call us at 402-408-0134 for a free quote today.

Protecting Yourself & Others From COVID-19

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians wiping down a counter after a COVID cleaning SERVPRO technicians wipe down a store after a COVID-19 cleaning.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the country, it is more important now than ever to take precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe. Make sure you follow the CDC guidelines to ensure you are being as safe as possible. That means wash your hands often – especially when you are preparing food, after you use the restroom, after leaving a public place, and before touching your face or mask. Make sure you are avoiding close contact and wearing a mask when around others. If possible, try to maintain 6 feet (or two arms’ length) between yourself and anyone who does not live in your household. Following these guidelines will help keep you and others as safe as possible.

If you come in contact with someone that contracts COVID-19, begin a quarantine period and monitor yourself for symptoms. SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County follows a three-step process for confirmed COVID cleaning. First, we clean all surfaces 7' and down. Second, we use our EPA registered disinfectant to mist throughout the entire cleaning area. We use a ULV fogger to apply our disinfectant. The fogger gives the solution an electrostatic charge, allowing it to wrap conductive surfaces with an effective and even coverage. Last, our crew will do a final wipe down, and ensure no residue is left behind. SERVPRO tailors the cleaning scope to match the needs at hand. Each job can vary depending on if it's a confirmed case or preventative cleaning and the space that needs to be cleaned and disinfected.

Call the cleaning specialists at SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County for all your cleaning needs at 402-408-0134.

7 Areas Where Mold Could Be Growing in Your Home

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

We don’t often like to think about it, but mold has the potential to grow almost anywhere inside of your home. All homes have the main elements to grow mold – oxygen, warmth, darkness, the inhabitance of mold spores, and a surface where it can form. Adding moisture, whether it is from a leaky pipe, heavy rain, or other outside factors is when you will start to see the mold begin to grow. It is entirely possible that you could already have mold in your home without knowing.

Areas to Look for Mold

Bathroom
As you may have guessed, bathrooms can be a breeding ground for mold. It is important to check your shower walls, bathtub, sink, & toilet areas. These are key places where moisture can be found, and if these are not properly maintained you may be looking at an unwanted mess.

Kitchen
Ranging from food that is forgotten about, to dishes that need to be cleaned – the kitchen is another area where mold is commonly found. In these instances, you should look in and under your sink, in and behind your refrigerator, behind your stove and microwave, and your trash cans. These areas are typical for finding leftover food that you may have forgotten about and you will want to rid of those immediately.

Bedroom
One area that you may not expect to find mold would be your bedroom. If you don’t have a mold-proof mattress or water-proof mattress cover, there is potential for moisture to seep into your mattress and gather mold. You will also want to be conscious of your windows and windowsills as this is a place where condensation can form. If this is not cleaned properly, mold can and will grow.

Living Room
If you are one who loves growing house plants, you will need to be wary of moisture that these plants can hold. If untreated, these can be a significant source of mold growth. Besides house plants, make sure that you always keep your couch cushions dry, and if applicable have your fireplace and chimney cleaned by a professional. These are all areas moisture can gather and mold can grow if unnoticed.

Attic
Since an attic is usually a dark room in your home, it has considerable potential for mold growth. Be sure to frequently check for leaks or water can pour in and create mold. Another area to check would be in your insulation and vents. These are two places that if not cleaned properly have the chance to also build mold.

Basement
Especially when it rains, basements are one area that you need to make sure stay clean or they can harbor mold. When looking for mold, you will want to check near any pipes, ducting, and vents. If your house has a sump pump or if your water heater is in your basement, these are areas that moisture can build up.

Garage
Especially when used for storage, you will want to check up on your garage as much as possible. When storage items aren’t frequently moved around, this gives mold the chance to grow as it can latch onto these surfaces if there is any moisture on them.

Evidently, there are many areas that mold can grow in your own home. Make sure you are checking and cleaning these areas frequently so you can ensure your own safety. If you do happen to find mold in any of these areas, call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest and Omaha West/Saunders County at (402)408-0134 to remediate your mold issue today. Our team will not only help you identify the mold you find, but we will give you options for complete removal and remediation of all surfaces that are affected.

Preparing Your Home for the Seasons Ahead

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

A roofline with orange and yellow leaves in the gutter Preparing for the upcoming seasons can save you money from costly storm damage that could have been prevented.

It's time to start preparing your home for fall and winter, and help prevent any damage from the potential storms ahead.

INDOORS- Check all windows and doors to make sure there are no drafts. Have your furnace inspected regularly. Change the filter to your furnace. Check to ensure your carbon monoxide devices and smoke detectors have new batteries and are in good working condition. Make sure your thermostat has new batteries, and is functioning well.

OUTDOORS- Do a roof check. Make sure you don't have any loose or missing shingles. Get them replaced or fixed before winter hits. Clean out your gutters and check the downspouts. Disconnect the garden hoses, and store them inside. Drain your sprinkler systems to avoid any water damage to your home. Service your winter equipment now. 

Preparing for the upcoming seasons can save you money from costly storm damage that could have been prevented. Once you have completed the maintenance, sit back and enjoy the beautiful changing seasons, knowing you are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. 

Time to Prepare Your Omaha Business for Winter

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

A green pipe that is frozen with icicles around it. Fall is the perfect time to start preparing your business for winter. Preparing now could save you time and money from winter storm damage.

Fall is the perfect time to start preparing your business for winter. Preparing now could save you time and money from winter storm damage.

Ensure your furnace is cleaned and working properly. Also, change the filter. 

Line up snow/ice removal. Make sure they are able to have the sidewalks and driveways cleared before anyone arrives to work. Have extra salt on hand for sidewalks. The last thing anyone wants is for someone to fall. 

Shut off any outside water source, and have the lines cleared. This will help to prevent frozen or burst pipes when the temperatures drop. 

Have a plan for staff. Let them know where to check for any weather related delays. Also, who they need to call if weather prevents them from coming to work. Add a storm damage restoration team to your list of emergency contacts in case of emergency. 

Winter storms can be dangerous and cause great stress to businesses, so it is essential to have a plan.

Professional Commercial COVID Cleaning Services

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

A man in a white suit, gloves, and mask spraying disinfectant from a green fogger. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

SERVPRO understand the value in business owners being able to reassure their staff and customers that they are doing all possible to protect against COVID. SERVPRO has been known as leaders in the cleaning and restoration world, and strictly adheres to protocols set forth by the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention).

SERVPRO follows the CDC guidelines on cleaning for viral pathogens. First, it is important to pre-clean all surfaces before disinfecting. We use an EPA registered disinfectant throughout the area. Disinfecting is killing germs on surfaces or objects. The ULV fogger we use gives the disinfectant an electrostatic charge, allowing it to wrap conductive surfaces with an even coverage. A final wipe down is done to ensure no residue is left behind. 

Each commercial cleaning job is different, depending on the size and type of space, and if it is a preventative clean or a confirmed COVID clean. We tailor the cleaning scope to match the needs at hand. Call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County with all your cleaning needs.