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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Using Ozone for Odor Removal

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

A lime green rectangular machine Using an ozone is a quick and effective method to remove unwanted odors.

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. 

Teaching Kids Fire Safety is Essential

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Three cartoon children smiling, says Fire Safety at the top. Educating your children on fire safety is one of the best methods of preventing a household fire.

Did you know that the US Fire Administration estimates 300 deaths and $280 million dollars in property damage is destroyed each year as a result of children playing with fire? Adults generally know quite a bit about preventing fires, and fire safety, but what about our children? It's essential to teach our kids fire safety and prevention.

1. Prevent Fires- Keep all lighters, matches and other ignitable substances out the reach of children. Use flame-less candles to prevent the risk of fire. Keep children away from the stove while cooking. 

2. Smoke Alarms- Install smoke alarms throughout your home. Make sure to check the batteries often. Educate your children on smoke alarms, and what to do when they hear one. 

3. Fire Escape Plan- Make an escape plan for your home. Practice the fire plan with all family members at least twice a year.

4. Get Out & Stay Out- Make sure children know the exit plan, and to stay outside. Everyone needs to know how to call 9-1-1.  

Educating your children on fire safety is one of the best methods of preventing a household fire.

When the Pipes Burst in Your Omaha Business

10/3/2020 (Permalink)

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County to Restore Your Omaha Business after Water Damage

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! 

Large Water Damage in a Condo Complex

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

A brick building with large white tubing on the outside, with a green van. This condo complex suffered a water loss from a roof leak. Our trailer mounted desiccant was able to dry it out quickly and efficiently.

Large Water Damage in a Condo Complex

This condo unit experienced a large water loss from a roof leak. Once on site, our production manager and crew assessed the damage, and put together a scope of work to be done. Each unit's damage was a little different, and required a different amount of drying equipment. 

Drying Equipment

Air Movers- These are energy efficient, high velocity, and can drastically speed up the drying time. Our air movers can chain together, and only use 1.9 amps. There are different types to use depending on where and how extensive the damage is.

Dehumidifiers- These work by removing excess moisture and humidity from the air. Dehumidifiers are commonly used along side of the air movers. This helps to prevent secondary damage, such as mold.

Desiccant Dehumidifier- Our trailer mounted desiccant can remove 500+ gallons of water per day. It can dry spaces 50,000 SF+. This is ideal for large commercial spaces. It dries quickly and efficiently to save time and money. 

With our arsenal of state-of-the-art drying equipment, we were able to dry this condo complex out quickly! Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County for all your water damage restoration needs.