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Tornadoes...what to do

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know 1,200 tornadoes hit the US each year? Omaha, NE is a tornado-prone zone. It is essential to be prepared for natural disasters. Do you know the difference in tornado watch and tornado warning?

A watch means conditions are favorable for development. A watch can be issued up to 8 hours in advance of severe weather. It also usually covers a large area. Take necessary precautions in case bad weather strikes. Keep up to date with changing weather status. Have a plan to take shelter in case WARNING status is issued. 

A warning means severe weather is occurring or imminent. It covers a small area. When a warning is issued, take action immediately to protect your life! Seek shelter immediately. Stay away from doors and windows. Do not attempt to outrun a tornado.

What to do During a Tornado

Stay updated on weather alerts. Continue to listen to local news sources or weather services for tornado watches and warnings.

At Home: Go to the lowest level interior room. Stay away from windows and doors. 

At workplace or school: Proceed to your tornado shelter. Do not gather in big open areas, and stay away from windows and doors.

Outside: Seek shelter in a sturdy building immediately. If no safe shelter is available, lay flat in a ditch or ravine. Cover your head.

If disaster strikes, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest & Omaha West/Saunders County to make your storm damage, "Like it never even happened." 

When Water Invades, Call SERVPRO

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water in a room, says SERVPRO If you suffer from a water damage, call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest to make it "Like it never even happened."

Do you know the right steps to take when you have a water damage? Timing is essential when it comes to water. When your home or business suffers a water loss, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest. Our crew is WRT (Water Restoration Technician) Certified. We have the expertise and state-of-the-art drying equipment to properly restore your property after a loss. 

Water Damage in Omaha, Nebraska?

Call Us Today- (402)408-0134

Even though there are no two water damages the same, the general process is the same.

Step One- Contact SERVPRO for Emergency Services

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our crew will take vital information to help us get the right equipment to you right away. Timing is vital to stop further damage from water. 

Step Two- Inspection

We assess the damage and form a scope of work to be done. Our crews use thermal cameras and meters to measure moisture. This helps us to determine how far the water has traveled, and to do a proper and complete dry out. Even though your carpet and walls may appear and feel dry, water can be underneath flooring or behind the wall. Our equipment helps to find all moisture.

Step Three- Water Extraction

Extracting and removing the water is vital. We have different methods of extraction, depending on the amount of water. This step is essential to help prevent any mold growth. 

Step Four- Drying 

We have specialized equipment to dry out your property. The techs are highly trained to use the right equipment and the right amount to dry out your property quickly and efficiently. 

Step Five- Clean and Sanitize

Our techs will clean and sanitize to restore your property to pre-damage conditions. We have specialized equipment to clean anything from carpets to contents. 

If you suffer from a water damage, call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO Over the Other Guys?

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

A large green machine on a sliver trailer, says SERVPRO When disaster strikes, call the team with the knowledge and experience, the state-of-the-art equipment, and compassion at each step of the process.

Aren't all restoration companies the same? What sets SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest apart from the rest? 

Education: We know that knowledge is power! We have invested in all of our techs to take specialized training in water restoration. All of our techs are WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician) certified. This is specialized certification through the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) that gives techs a better concept of water damage, it's effects and techniques for drying of structures. Our leadership team has several years of experience in water mitigation as well as reconstruction. Lathe leads the team with several certifications and years of cleanup, restoration and construction experience. 

Equipment: We have invested in specialized state-of-the-art drying and cleaning equipment. The trailer mounted desiccant dehumidifier can remove 500+ gallons of water from a large space in a 24 hour period. It can dry spaces 50,000 + sq ft. This saves you time and money when it matters most. The complete ultrasonic cleaning system can be used to restore personal belongings instead of the cost to replace. The media blasting machine can remove soot and smoke damage, mold, and even graffiti from property. SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest has also invested in a brand new duct cleaning machine. We take pride in our arsenal of specialized drying equipment. 

Customer Service: We value our reputation. The techs are there to explain the process in full, address any questions or concerns, and help to get your property back to pre-damage condition. We strive to make the restoration process seamless for the customer. At the end of a job, we want to make sure the customer is happy with our services and would recommend us in the future.

Faster to Any Disaster: We know when you have an emergency, you need someone there fast! Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours, and neither do we. Our crews are on call and ready to help 24/7- including all holidays.  The faster we can start the initial assessment process, the faster the water extraction process can start. Timing is essential to prevent any secondary damage.

When disaster strikes, call the team with the knowledge and experience, the state-of-the-art equipment, and compassion at each step of the process. SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest proudly serving Omaha, NE and surrounding communities.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Three people cleaning wearing full white suits with full face masks. SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest has trained professionals ready to help 24/7/365- including ALL major holidays.

Biohazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can cause serious health issues. Some common biohazards are sewer backups and flood water.  SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest has the proper equipment, training, and protective gear necessary to safely make any biohazard situation "Like it never even happened". 

Examples of Biohazards

Mold

COVID and other viral pathogens

Crime Scenes

Bodily Fluids

Hoarding

Animal Infestation

Flood Waters

Sewage Backups

Call (402)408-0134 for your biohazard cleanup needs!

After a biohazard has been found, make sure you clear the area if deemed unsafe. Call the appropriate emergency personnel if life-threatening. Call a professional restoration company to safely mitigate the hazardous situation. Flood water and sewage backups should be considered dangerous. Flood water can contain harmful contaminates. Biohazard situations don't wait for regular business hours, neither do we. SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest has trained professionals ready to help 24/7/365- including ALL major holidays.

Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

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.

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.