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Fire Safety and Preparedness

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Oven on fire SERVPRO of Sarpy County reminds you to Grill Safe Omaha

The arrival, of summer typically makes us think of afternoons at the city pool, backyard barbeques, and family vacations. 

The team at SERVPRO of Sarpy County would like to remind you to add fire safety and preparedness to your to-do list this week. 

Statistics show that home fires claim the life of one child every day and approximately 16 children are injured from fires or burns every hour.  Over 85% of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread quickly and often leave as little as 2 minutes to escape.  

Some fire safety tips:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
  • Teach kids to never play with matches or lighters and store these up and away from children.
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with 2 ways out of your house. Make fire escape practice a fun game for the kids by having a race to see how fast they can escape and practice often.  The better prepared your kids are, the better chance they have to escape.
  • Teach your children to get low and get out when they hear the smoke alarm.
  • Use common sense in the kitchen.  Pay attention when cooking and never leave a hot oven or cooktop unattended.

Don't forget to check FEMA's fire safety checklist on their website.

Have a happy and safe summer!

If your property is affected by fire damage or smoke damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.

Water Damaged Kitchen in Omaha, NE

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

carpeting with water damage spots This kitchen and hallway water damage was caused by a leaking dishwasher.

A dishwasher in this Omaha, NE home went unnoticed for several weeks, resulting in water damage to the kitchen flooring and subfloor as well as the basement ceilings and walls.  While the SERVPRO of Sarpy County crews were surveying the extent of the damage, they discovered mold growth in the affected area.

The excessive mold growth and moisture made it necessary to remove some of the tile flooring in the kitchen, but fortunately the homeowner had extra tile and was able to keep their existing flooring, replacing only the damaged tiles.  Our crews were able to clean, dry and disinfect the affected areas, allowing the homeowner to stay in their home during the recovery process and saving hundreds in costs for them.

If your property is affected by a disaster, such as water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. We are always here to help.

Water Damage Cleanup at LaVista, NE Business

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Business lobby with wet flooring This water damage was caused by a failed fire sprinkled head.

This LaVista, NE business had a fire sprinkler system head break, causing water damage to several rooms.  Our technicians arrived onsite within the hour to scope the damage and create a mitigation plan. 

Our crews split up so that one crew could begin the extraction process while another crew began the drying process in a less-affected area.  This enabled the business to remain accessible to customers with minimal impact.  As the result of our fast response, the property was restored to pre loss condition within 48 hours.

The business owner was grateful for the fast response of SERVPRO of Sarpy County and the ability to stay open for business while minimizing the damage.

If your home or business is affected by a disaster, such as water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355.  Our experienced crews are always here to help.

Hail Can Lead To Water Damage

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Roof covered with hail A hailstorm like this can cause storm damage and lead to water damage.

Most people associate hail with car damage, but hail damage on your roof can lead to costly repairs.  Left undetected, hail-damaged roof shingles can develop into slow leaks, causing much water damage and often mold damage before the issue is noticed.

SERVPRO of Sarpy County recommends having your roof inspected anytime moderately sized hail occurs in the area.  If your roofer notices roof damage or suspects water damage or mod damage in the attic, contact our office.  We will provide an inspection of the area to determine if there is an issue and what, if any, mitigation is warranted.

If your property is affected by a disaster, such as water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355;  we are always here to help.

Certified Technicians + Professional Equipment = Proper Disaster Response

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks at a job site Our quick-response team at a recent commercial water damage.

When you experience disaster, from water damage to fire damage, or have concerns about mold; the SERVPRO of Sarpy County team is here to help.  Our owner, Pat Nosal, holds several master-level certifications from the IICRC; the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.  Pat is one of only four master-certified professionals near the Omaha, NE metro area.  Led by Pat, our team of IICRC certified technicians are ready to respond 24x7 to any size disaster.  

We enhance our training with professional-grade equipment to ensure we can help our customers recover from disasters large and small while minimizing disruption to their lives and business and effectively managing costs.

If your property is affected by a disaster, such as fire damage or smoke damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355; we are always here to help.

Proper Fire Extinguisher Usage

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher with PASS acronym Always use the proper fire extinguisher properly.

With all the fire damage and smoke damage that our crews see each year, SERVPRO of Sarpy County wants to PASS on some important fire extinguisher tips.  The acronym PASS is used to remember how to properly operate a fire extinguisher:

  • P - Pull the pin, hold the nozzle away from yourself and release the pin.
  • A - Aim low, toward the base of the fire.
  • S - Squeeze the trigger lever slowly.
  • S - Sweep the nozzle side to side.

In addition to knowing how to properly use a fire extinguisher, the U.S. Fire Administration suggests it is important to know which extinguisher is best for each type of fire.  Check out this article on our website on Choosing The Proper Fire Extinguisher.

If your property is affected by a disaster, such as smoke damage or fire damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355;  we are always here to help.

Weather Preparedness Kit

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Preparedness Kit It is a good idea to maintain a preparedness kit and have it readily accessible.

Severe weather can happen at any time in Omaha and frequently causes storm damage to homes and businesses.  In many cases there is not a lot of time to prepare or grab multiple items you may need to shelter so it is best to keep an emergency bag readily accessible. 

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency recommends having enough water and nonperishable food for three days, a change of clothes for all family members, medicine, a first aid kit, and some form of entertainment such as cards or a coloring book, hygiene items such as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush and toilet paper, any valuable paperwork including instructions on how to get somewhere safe and who to call, cash and an extra set of keys.  It is best to be prepared and have a kit at the ready in case you are unable to get back into your home and need to stay in a hotel.

If your home or business is affected by storm damage, call the trusted professionals at 402-291-3355.  The experienced crews of SERVPRO of Sarpy County are always here to help.

Bathtub Leak Causes Water Damage in Council Bluffs, IA

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO dehumidifier and air movers floating carpet to dry it This carpet was able to be cleaned and dried by SERVPRO crews.

The dishwasher in this Papillion home leaked, causing extensive water damage to the kitchen and finished basement below.  Within two hours of receiving a panicked call from the homeowner, SERVPRO of Sarpy County crews were onsite extracting water and setting up drying equipment.

This home in Council Bluffs, IA had water damage in the basement due to a faulty seal in the bathtub drain on the main floor.  The water damaged the ceiling in the basement bedroom as well as part of the carpet.  Luckily the furniture was not affected, so our technicians only needed to clean and dry the ceiling and carpeting.

If your property is affected by a disaster, such as water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. We are always here to help.

COVID-19 Cleaning at Omaha, NE Business

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Air Filtration system exhausting externally SERVPRO has the expertise to handle biohazards

When an Omaha, NE care facility found a resident with symptoms of COVID-19, they reached out to the experts at SERVPRO of Sarpy County to contain the potential threat.  Since the staff reacted quickly and appropriately, the potential exposure area was minimized.

Our crews responded quickly to set up containment for the potentially exposed area with negative air pressure and proper air filtration. Once the containment was verified secure, we cleaned and sanitized the entire area.

The client was grateful for our fast response and ability to quickly contain the area, minimizing the impact on the rest of their facility and allowing other residents to remain in place confident the situation was under control.

If your home or business need deep cleaning services, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355; we are always here to help.

We Are The Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Man in full PPE working SERVPRO Technicians are trained and experienced in biohazard cleanup.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

The SERVPRO of Sarpy County team is prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables.  Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus.  Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims.  While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today -  SERVPRO of Sarpy County, 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.

Sources:

CDC guidance on preventing spread.

CDC guidance on business response.