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SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest Offers a NO COST Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Profile, Are You Ready? 50% of business will never reopen after a disaster Contact SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest today to set up your ERP!

What is an Emergency Readiness Profile?

Did you know that 50% of businesses will not reopen after a disaster? And 75% of those that did reopen had some type of preparedness plan in place? An Emergency Readiness Profile is essential to your commercial property.

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile is not a contingency plan but is a vital component of any existing plan. Most full contingency plans are made up of three main parts: incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity. The SERVPRO ERP addresses incident response and disaster recovery. Think about the potential disasters that could affect your facility. Now ask yourself this question: Are You Ready?

SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest, at no cost, will prepare an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to help us become more familiar with your property and therefore, can respond faster, mitigating secondary damage. This also gives owners/managers a snapshot of your building for an immediate plan of action. This way you know in advance what to do, who to call and what to expect, saving you time and money. SERVPRO has also developed an app that organizes information for you to have at your fingertips. So when you’re away from your business and receive a call saying that your commercial property has flooded, you can, at the touch of a finger, pull up information as to where to shut-off the gas or water.

If you’re a commercial property owner/manager interested in having an ERP in place, give SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest a call, ask for one of our marketers. 402-408-0134 

Commercial Properties

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

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What Is a “Commercial Property?”

Commercial properties may refer to:

  • retail buildings
  • office buildings
  • warehouses
  • industrial buildings
  • apartment buildings
  • “mixed use” buildings, where the property may have a mix, such as retail, office and apartments.

There are nuances to managing each of these types of properties. Properties intended for commercial use have more public visitors and therefore have more people on the property each day that can get hurt or do something to damage your property. Commercial properties also face numerous risks that could potentially cause financial devastation for the property owner or the tenants. From weather-related property damage to criminal activities, the list of things that could go wrong may seem endless. While it is impossible to fully protect all your properties from damage and financial loss, there are ways to help protect your business and it starts with liability insurance! While business liability insurance covers the people and products of a business, commercial liability covers the actual physical location. This will cover any damages to your property from accidents, weather-related incidents, and vandalism. This is just as important as any other kind of insurance, as it will allow you to return to business in a more timely manner. Commercial and business liability insurance policies are often lumped together. SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest accepts ALL insurance providers! We will not let you down. 

Commercial Water Damage Problems

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

downtown Omaha, large skyscraper buildings in the distance with highway Protect your commercial building from water damage, Call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest today!

As an Omaha commercial property owner, it is not a matter of IF it is a matter of WHEN. You may be forced to contend with common water issues such as a broken pipe or flooding. For this reason, it is important that you understand what to expect and, more importantly, how to deal with water-related headaches. Below are just four of the most common causes of water troubles that building owners have to deal with:

  • Broken pipes
  • Fire sprinklers
  • Toilet overflow
  • Supply line breaks

If you are faced with any of the above issues, there are steps you should take to minimize damage and repair costs.

BROKEN PIPES:

Broken pipes are par for the course of commercial property ownership and usually stem from old age or freezing temperatures. When faced with a broken pipe, you should shut off the water supply, locate the source of damage and make the necessary repair. If the damage is too great, you may have to contact your local plumber.

FIRE SPRINKLERS:

If your building catches fire, the fire sprinkler system should activate. After the fire department clears call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest's fire and water remediation team to help clean up the damage and restore your building.

TOILET OVERFLOW: 


Toilet overflow is another common issue in which many business owners are forced to deal. Because you never know what toilet water contains or what causes an overflow, you should not attempt to deal with the mess yourself. Block off the area and contact a plumber and water repair company right away.

SUPPLY LINE BREAKS:

Like broken pipes, supply line breaks can happen because of old age or because of adverse weather conditions. When a supply line bursts, shut off the main water valve right away to prevent further damage and contact both a plumber and a local water remediation team as soon as possible.

As a commercial building owner, you are bound to run into water-related issues. Whether the issue stems from a broken pipe or a sewage backup, the best thing you can do to minimize damage and keep costs low is contact SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest today at 402-408-0134

Let SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest Help Your Government Facility Today!

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that Government facilities have to stay open even when they need to be cleaned or restored? 

Government facilities don't have to worry. When grime, odor, or moisture challenges go beyond the help of the regular janitorial staff, SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest will provide a prompt service in handling any issues. Also, Roof leaks, overflows, or pipe bursts can occur in any type of property, and government buildings are no exception. Water damage ranging from minor to major incidents can occur and affect not only the building but also the people exposed. Some types of water damage can be dangerous, and the more minor situations can even escalate if left untreated. 

When a building needs a deeper clean or disaster strikes a government facility, our team at SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest is here to answer the call quickly in order to assess the damage and start mitigation procedures. We are quick to respond to help ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs.

SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest has restoration experience with every level of the government; State, County, Town, City, and District. Call us today (402)408-0134.

Restaurateurs, Home Owners, and Office Break Rooms with Dishwashers

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

A dishwasher located between cupboards shows leaking water in the form of a puddle on the tile floor. Are there puddles of water from a leaky dishwasher? Give SERVPRO a call to clean up the mess!

It is pretty common nowadays to clean your dishes using a dishwasher. Having a dishwasher in your business, home or office means there is a water line which can lead to potential water damage if leaking starts to occur. 

SERVPRO recommends all Omaha restaurateurs, home owners and offices take the following steps to take care of their dishwashers to reduce the risk of water damage.

Do Not Overfill

It is tempting to fill your dishwasher to the brim especially when there only a couple of dishes left in the sink. However, tell yourself and your staff not the crowd the rack, as an over filled dishwasher is much more likely to leak. It is better to do a couple of smaller loads rather than trying to fit everything into one big load.

Do Regular Maintenance on Doors

Dishwasher door hinges become loose, door latches become misaligned or door seals break, all of which can cause a leak. Sometime the problem can be solved with a tightening of a few screws and you can use an epoxy patch kit to remedy minor seal breaks. However, other times it is not possible to fix the door hinges, latches or seals on your own and that leads to buying a new dishwasher.

Check the Tub and Hose

The tub and hose can both develop faults over time. Consistent and constant use may corrode the tub and create a big hole, and aging hoses can become unstable or cease to fit properly.

Use the Correct Detergent

Always use a dish washing detergent and follow the manufacturer instructions. The incorrect dish washing detergent or too much of the correct dish washing detergent can cause suds and even a blockage. 

These leaks, if not dried fast or correctly, can lead to mold.

For help with water damage to your business or home give SERVPRO a call at (402) 408-0134 to help remedy the situation.

Mold 101

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

White hairy like mold fuzz with dark colored dotted ends. Where there is moisture there is mold. Don't wait when you find unwanted water to call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest!

Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found nearly everywhere. It can be black, white, orange, green or purple. Mold thrives on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled.

The exact number of mold species is still unknown, scientists estimate that there are thousands. Many of them can affect your business and home.

Here are three of the most common kinds of mold and how they are identified.

1) Aspergillus

Aspergillus is frequently found wherever dust accumulates and spreads to areas like floors, wallpapers and air filters. It typically has a brown or dark green color and certain species are also found on food.

2) Stachybotrys 

Stachybotrys earned its nickname, black mold, through its distinctive greenish black and gel like appearance. It is frequently found where moisture dwells such as restrooms or on walls in rooms that have experienced flooding. 

3) Cladosporium

Cladosporium colonies can grow in bathrooms, basements and on any wooden surface. Typically, you can spot this type of mold by its green or brown color. This mold is possible to removed by yourself but calling qualified mold experts can assist in its disposal.

National Preparedness Month

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Did you know September is National Readiness Month? Disasters can strike businesses big or small. Disasters can devastate a community in just a matter of moments.

Disasters caused by wind, fire, water, or weather can strike at anytime without warning. Business owners need to establish an Emergency Plan and practice it with all employees. 

Companies can find vital information regarding emergency plans at ready.gov/business. 

-Update all emergency contact information and give to all employees.

-Implement Emergency Policies and Procedures.

-Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.

-Conduct Emergency drills with employees.

SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest offers a NO COST Emergency Readiness Profile (ERP) to help with your emergency planning. 

Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest at (402)408-0134 to discuss your ERP today! 

Disaster Preparedness For Your Business

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Whether your business experiences a large fire damage, water damage, or a small sewage backup, preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following the disaster.

The recent fire at Pettit’s Pastry in Omaha is just one example of the need to be prepared. According to the Omaha World Herald article, several business were affected and fortunately, a few of them are able to conduct business from alternate locations.

Since September is National Preparedness Month, it is a great time to consider your level of disaster preparedness at your business. As a trusted partner in the Omaha business community, we would like to share a few free disaster preparedness tools for your business.

Ready.gov is a great resource for all aspects of preparedness, from planning to implementing an effective disaster plan.

SERVPRO of Omaha SW offers a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) as an important part of your preparedness planning.

Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Omaha SW to establish your ERP today.

If your business is affected by a disaster, from fire damage to water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Southwest at 402-408-0134. Our experienced crews are always here to help.

National Preparedness Month: Plan to Stay in Business

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

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As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.

This year, for National Preparedness Month during the month of September, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.

Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.

Ready Business askes companies to take three simple steps:

  • Plan to stay in business
  • Encourage your employees to become Ready;
  • Protect your investment

Tips to help Businesses be Ready

Ready Business, an extension of Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to get started preparing their and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.

  • Update and Distribute Emergency Contact Information to your Employees. Additionally, you can create and distribute a list of important emergency numbers in the areas you do business.
  • Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans.
  • Conduct Office Evacuation/Shelter-in-Place Exercises and Drills. Once completed, evaluate how well they worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.
  • Put Emergency Items on Display. Showcase an Emergency Supply Kit in your break room or other high-traffic locations and encourage employees to get their own Emergency Supply Kits for their homes.