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Avoiding Heating Fire Damage In The Omaha Metro

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Space Heater Amid Flammable Material EPIC Space Heater Fail

Heating and electrical malfunctions are some of the top causes for residential fires, resulting in millions of dollars in smoke damage and fire damage annually.

As the temperature drops, the need for heating appliances grows resulting in a spike in residential fires during the early heating season.  The increased use of space heaters, often placed too close to furniture and other flammable items and/or left on at the end of the day causes several business fires each winter.

A majority of electrical fires are caused by faulty outlets and old appliances.  Everyday use of electrical wiring can cause tears which can be a fire hazard.  Light fixtures are another cause of electrical fires, often with incorrect wattage incandescent bulbs or when placing flammable material too close to the fixture.  

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.

Smoke Damage Cleanup - Upholstery Cleaning

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Our Fire Team Crew Chief, Kay, specializes in upholstery cleaning furniture that has smoke damage.  She oversees pack outs of properties with fire damage or smoke damage

Humidity from the water used to put out the fire turns the soot residue form the fire very acidic, so our main priority in cleaning smoke damaged contents is to neutralize the acidic soot particles.  Ince cleaned by hand, the items are processed through an ozone chamber, either on-site or at our facility.  The ozone chamber finalizes the cleaning process and deodorizes the smoke-damaged items.

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.

Winter Storm Water Damage Prevention Tips

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Many people are unprepared for the quickly approaching winter season and the winter storms that bring frigid temperatures along with ice and snow.  SERVPRO of Sarpy County recommends having a winter checklist for your home or business to help prevent water damage from winter storms.

Here are a few items to consider:

  • Put weather stripping on doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering.
  • Insulate water pipes to help prevent them from freezing and possibly bursting.
  • Check your roof for possible leaks and loose or broken shingles.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything flammable.
  • Trim tree limbs that are close to the house.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Stock up on ice melt.

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.

Halloween Safety in Omaha, NE

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Yard with Halloween decorations This photo shows about 2/3rds of our Production Manager's yard as he is decorating for Halloween.

Adults and children alike look forward to October for one reason, Halloween. The candy, decorations, and costumes create a fun environment. Most of those that work at SERVPRO of Sarpy County have children of their own and enjoy the holiday season, being seasoned vets, they have multiple tips for October 31st. Make sure the costumes fit correctly and make adjustments if need be, as well as test out any make up to make sure your children don’t have a reaction. Be conscious of any long fabric hanging from the costumes, these can catch on decorations and tear. Don’t be afraid to skip the one lit house on a dark road, if you’re in a large group go together or not at all. Lastly, Check the candy, check for any candy that the kids may have allergic reactions to or any candy that may have been opened. Don’t be afraid to keep the good stuff for yourself!

If you have too much Halloween candy left over, call the experts at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355;  we are always here to help.

Flooded Gym Floor In The Omaha, NE Area

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

floor mat drying system on gym floor SERVPRO was able to save the gym floor with our wood floor drying system.

SERVPRO of Sarpy County was recently called out to a nearby business after the gymnasium floor suffered water damage.  The wood floor boards were already beginning to swell and buckle. In most cases, hardwood flooring can be expensive to replace. Not only can the water warp the boards, but it can also seep between the boards and cause them to separate from the glue. Our team uses specialized drying equipment and dehumidifiers to remove water from the floor as well as the air. Using our top of the line equipment, we are able to clean the water as well as any dirt under the boards. If we did not use this equipment it would be easier for mold and harmful bacteria to grow. SERVPRO of Sarpy County is trained to properly care for your hardwood flooring problems. 

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.

SERVPRO Supports Fire Prevention Week

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

campfire with roasting marshmallows SERVPRO reminds you to always practice fire safety.

The theme for Fire Prevention Week this year is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape".  Fire prevention week started because of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.  The fire lasted two days and affected a 3-mile radius, displacing thousands.  Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey Bear have become a large part of Fire Prevention Week, teaching children that no matter how small something or someone is they can always help prevent a fire.  For example, a child can remind the adults to blow out candles before leaving the home or going to bed.  

We typically see an increase in fire pit accidents with the arrival of the Fall season.  While Smore's are tasty and fun, it is best to make them over the stove or gas grill if it is too windy out.

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.

Hurricanes Can Cause Water Damage in the Omaha-Area

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Because we live in the Omaha Metropolitan area we might only see hurricane season on news reports, but we can still feel the effects in the Midwest.  The tropical weather down south mixes with the cool air from up north and can create storms.  As of August 30th, we have had over 24 inches of rainfall this year. 

These storms are causing water damage to our homes and businesses.  Our trained teams at SERVPRO of Sarpy County work as quickly as possible to extract the water and clean and dry affected areas.  Heavy rains can clog gutters with debris, causing even more flooding to basements and main levels of homes and businesses.

If your Omaha-area home or business needs water damage cleanup, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355;  we are always here to help.

Prepared, Not Scared in Omaha, NE

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month and the theme this year is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters.  One way to be prepared is to contact SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355 for a no-cost SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan.

The Department of Homeland Security splits the month of September into four sections, each one preparing us for a national disaster.

Week one - Finances. Check to make sure you have insurance coverage and have extra money set aside.

Week two - Planning. Know where to go and how to get there. Some people set aside time to have a conversation about where their family would meet at if they became separated and how to get there while others make it a quick dinner conversation.

Week three - Children.  Most schools have a week dedicated to preparing students on who to call in case a disaster ever occurs.

Week four - Community. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) train volunteers to prepare for disasters that may occur in their community. 

Go to https://www.ready.gov/september for more information about National Preparedness Month.

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

Preventing Fire Damage From Grill Mishaps

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Uncovered Grill on deck left unattended and on fire If you leave your grill unattended and uncovered like the one in this picture, you might need SERVPRO to come clean up the mess.

Football season has officially started and we all know what that means, Saturday cookouts!

SERVPRO of Sarpy County has seen fire damage and smoke damage caused by backyard celebrations year after year.  A good grill master knows that being unaware of grill safety can be a factor for seasonal fires.

Grill Safety Tips:

  • Grill away from any structure.
  • Make sure your grill is stable.
  • Keep your grill clean.
  • Check for propane leaks.
  • If the flame goes out, wait five minutes before relighting.
  • Keep an eye on what is going on around the grill.
  • Be cautious when using charcoal starter fluid.
  • Don't wear loose clothing or clothing that can dangle.
  • Be prepared to put out a fire.

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.

Mold Cleanup in Omaha Metro School

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Crew in protective suits and masks removing mold from Omaha-area school classroom Everything in the classrooms needed to be cleaned to ensure the mold was sufficiently mitigated and the area safe for staff and students.

When the staff at one Omaha-area school discovered mold growth, they knew to call SERVPRO of Sarpy County.  We dispatched crews to the site to inspect and clean the affected areas and coordinated with an environmental specialist to ensure the site was safe for the staff and students.  The picture shows one of our crews cleaning the affected areas and ensuring the site would be safe for the children to return.  With the right experience and equipment, SERVPRO of Sarpy County stands ready to answer the call, day or night.

If you have mold damage or water damage in your home or business call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355.  Our experienced crews are always here to help.