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Protecting Yourself and Others From COVID-19

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

A man in a white suit, gloves, and mask spraying disinfectant from a green fogger. SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County follows a three-step process for confirmed COVID 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

11/1/2021 (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.

Water Damage Restoration in Omaha, Nebraska

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire or flood having a trusted team of professionals to call who can come in and get the work done quickly is critical. SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest provides complete water damage restoration in Omaha, NE. It may be basement flooding due to a bad foundation or water damage cleanup in Omaha, NE after a flood occurs outside of the home. Rely on our team to help you.

When To Call for Water Damage Cleanup Services in Omaha, NE
There are many reasons to call our team to help you. Recognizing the signs of water damage in your home is the first step. That may include a musky smell, dampness in the basement, or areas of standing water. Consider a few answers to your most common questions:

Does water damage get worse over time?
Yes, it can worsen over time as the foundation becomes weaker due to the presence of water. Walls and other surfaces absorb the water, making them less stable, allowing more water in.

Does water damage happen immediately?
It can happen immediately if there is structural damage to the area. It can happen over time, too. That’s why it is so important to always pay close attention to changing conditions in your home.

What happens if you don’t fix water damage?
Water that remains in place will allow mold and bacteria to thrive, causing possible health effects to you and your family. Over time, this can also lead to structural damage of the home, making it more likely that you will have foundation problems.

Can water damage make you sick?
Yes, it takes just 8 to 12 hours for standing water to begin to grow mold, especially when there is a high amount of warmth present in the area. This can be especially harmful to those with allergies or asthma, but it can lead to health effects for many people.

What does water damage restoration include?
Water damage restoration begins with the removal of damaged and wet materials that cannot be cleaned. It includes cleaning all surfaces to minimize any potential mold buildup. In addition to this, all repairs can be made to restore the home in safe condition.

How long does it take to repair water damage?
This really depends on what is involved. Most of the time water damage begins with the removal of water and the drying out process, which can take hours to days. The cleaning and restoration work can take longer depending on how extensive it is.

What are the top benefits of water damage restoration?
Water damage restoration ensures your home is safe again for your family to live in. It also helps to protect the structural integrity of the home.

Mold Damage Remediation in Omaha, NE
Our mold damage remediation services in Omaha, NE provide the relief you need from mold. That includes removing all areas of mold, drying out and cleaning the space, and working closely with you to avoid recurrence.

Why Trust Us with Water Damage Restoration in Omaha, NE?
SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest offers everything you need, including 24-hour emergency service and highly trained restoration technicians that can handle even the worst situations. You can depend on us as a locally owned and operated company. We use the most advanced restoration and cleanings services. Call us today for immediate help.

It's Time To Prepare For the Season Ahead

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Leaves in a gutter along a roof line Preparing for the upcoming seasons can save you money from costly storm damage that could have been prevented.

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

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

A man in a white suit, gloves, and mask wiping a table off. SERVPRO has been known as leaders in the cleaning and restoration world.

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. 

Using Ozone for Odor Removal

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Any home or business owner that has had to face the after math of fire, knows the lingering odor of smoke is unpleasant. A simple surface clean doesn't always get rid of the odor. SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County has state-of-the-art equipment to remediate fire and smoke damage.

What is Ozone? Ozone is a molecule composed of three atoms of oxygen. The oxygen that we breath contains two atoms of energy. The third atom of oxygen can detach and reattach to molecules of other substances, which changes their chemical composition. This machine oxidizes and removes odor. These machine are not limited to odors from smoke. They can be helpful in many odorous situations. 

Our IICRC certified techs are highly trained in smoke and odor removal. For situations that may seem impossible to remove the odor, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County. 

Categories and Classes of Water Damage

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

A hallway with wet carpet that says Our goal is to help make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO The category and class of water damage decide what type and the amount of equipment needed.

SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest and Omaha West/ Saunders County are known as the leaders in restoration. Our techs follow the IICRC's (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration. The techs will assess the damage, and determine the category and class. These help determine the amount and type of drying equipment needed.

Category 1: Refers to clean water, or water that does not pose a threat to humans. A broken water supply line would be an example of this category. Note: A Category 1 can become a Category 2 after 48 hours.

Category 2: Water is also called gray water. This means that the water is contaminated and may cause sickness of ingested. This type of water contains microorganisms. Overflow from toilet bowls, or an appliance leak would be category 2.

Category 3: Water is known as black water. This type of water is unsanitary, as it contains bacteria and other organisms that cause sickness. The possible sources of black water damage include sewage problems and contamination of standing water.

There are also several classes of water damage. The class of damage is important when assessing water damage repair options.

Class 1: is limited water intrusion in a room. Materials absorb very little of the water from this type of damage. Water damage repair is the easiest in this type of situation. Water intrusion were wet, represents less than 5% of the combined floor, walls, and ceiling in the space.

Class 2: has a fast rate of evaporation, which means that carpets and cushions may be damaged. Water damage repair is more difficult when it involves class 2 damage. 5%- 40% of the combined floor, walls, and ceiling are affected.

Class 3: has the great amount of absorption. Over 40% of the floor, walls, and ceiling are affected.  

Call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County for all your water restoration needs.  

When the Pipes Burst in Your Omaha Business

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can be one of the most devastating losses to a business if not taken care of properly. The more plumbing fixtures a business has, the greater the chance of a water damage. With water damage, timing is crucial. 

There are several different scenarios that may lead to a water damage in your Omaha business. With Omaha's cold winters, pipes can easily freeze with below normal temperatures. If plumbing is on an exterior wall, there is a greater chance of a frozen pipe. Appliances that have water attached to them are another source of water damage in a commercial space. Toilets and sinks can overflow and cause extensive 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! Our state-of-the-art equipment sets us apart from the rest! 

Why SERVPRO Over the Other Guys?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

A green machine in the bottom of the picture with a tall grey building in the background. This desiccant helped to dry out a large hotel.

Why SERVPRO?

1. Locally Owned and Operated, National Support

All SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated. SERVPRO has over 1800 franchises in the US and Canada. SERVPRO owners have resources across the country, with years of experience and knowledge in all things restoration and cleaning. When disaster strikes, rest assured SERVPRO will be able to handle any size disaster. 

2. Highly Trained Professionals

Our SERVPRO crew is highly trained in cleaning and restoration. All of our techs are WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician) certified through the IICRC. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our team understands that disaster doesn't always strike at the most convenient time. Our crews are ready and waiting 24/7- including all holidays. We are faster to any disaster.

3. Advanced Specialized Equipment

The IICRC sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. In the IICRC S500 for water damage, it incorporates psychometry. Psychometry involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively. An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal. Hygrometers can be used to measure the extent of moisture saturation. This helps to find lurking moisture even when it appears dry. Our desiccant can remove 500+ gallons of water in a 24 hour period. In addition to the desiccant, we have an arsenal of high tech drying equipment.