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Ice Dam Problems in Omaha, NE

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

After the last winter storm came through the Omaha, NE area, we received several calls about water damage due to ice dams.

Ice dams can form when heated as melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot run safely into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the building's interior, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

If you see icicles forming on your roof's edges, you might have an ice dam.  Inside the building, you should check for water stains or moisture in the attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls.  Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.

Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done with heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melt.

If you experience water damage, call the SERVPRO of Sarpy County team of trusted professionals at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.

Preventing Frozen Pipes in Omaha, NE

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

With temperatures dipping into single digits and below,  the risk for frozen pipes increases significantly.  Our crews respond to several calls about water damage due to frozen pipes each winter.

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your home, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture us caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to the Red Cross:

  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
  • Be sure to completely drain water from exterior water lines, such as pools, sprinklers and hoses.

If you experience water damage, call the SERVPRO of Sarpy County team of trusted professionals at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.

Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Prevention Tips Dry Christmas trees are as flammable as matches. Keep you tree watered at all times.

Since we typically see a spike in smoke damage and fire damage during the Christmas Holiday season, SERVPRO of Sarpy County would like to share a few tips for preventing fires this Holiday Season:
• Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
• Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren't easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.
• Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
• Always unplug tree and holiday light before leaving home or going to bed.
• Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
• Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
• Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels and curtains - away from your stove top.
• Designate one person to walk around your home to make sure that all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
• Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with the doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace batteries at least once a year.

If you experience fire damage or smoke damage, call the SERVPRO of Sarpy County team of trusted professionals at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.

Kitchen Fire in Omaha, NE

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fire in Omaha, NE Smoke damage and fire damage from a kitchen fire in Omaha, NE.

Our crews recently cleaned up the smoke damage and fire damage from this kitchen fire in Omaha, NE.  The cook was distracted momentarily and several thousand dollars in damage was the result.

As the holiday season approaches, SERVPRO of Sarpy County reminds you to be aware of the dangers of cooking fires.

You may be surprised to learn that cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • 475,500 structure fires were reported in the US in 2016.
  • That means one structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.
  • These fires caused $7.9 billion in property damage.

If you experience fire damage or smoke damage, call the SERVPRO of Sarpy County team of trusted professionals at 402-291-3355.  Our experienced crews are always here to help.

Fire Prevention Month Tips For Omaha, NE

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Month Tips For Omaha, NE Remember to replace your smoke detector batteries this fall.

October is Fire Prevention Month and a great time to consider your fire preparedness plans.  Do you have a fire escape plan?  Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries in the last year?  Do you have a working fire extinguisher in your home?

This year's message from the National Fire Protection Association is:

"LOOK" for places fire could start.  Identify potential fire hazards around your home and take care of them.

"LISTEN" for the sound of the smoke alarm.  You might only have minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds.  Also have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home.

"LEARN" two ways out of every room an make sure all exterior doors and windows are free of clutter and open easily.

If you or your family are affected by a disaster, such as fire 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.

Disaster Preparedness Tools For Your Family

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month (September) is a great time to evaluate and elevate your level of preparedness.  Our years of experience helping the Omaha community to recover from disasters large and small have proven the value of preparedness. Preparedness is vital to being better able to recover from most forms of loss and allow for peace of mind before anything even happens.

SERVPRO of Sarpy County encourages you to review the following links to find no-cost ways to be better prepared:

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

Disaster Preparedness Tools For Your Business

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

During my time in the military and later in private sector IT, I routinely heard “if you fail to plan, you can plan to fail” and while I used to roll my eyes and groan at this tired old cliché, my experience with SERVPRO has proven it to be true on a regular basis.  The recent fire at Pettit’s Pastry in Omaha is just one recent 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 offers a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) as an important part of your preparedness planning.  

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. 

Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Sarpy County 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 Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.

SERVPRO Adds Water Damage Capability in the Omaha Metro

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

We have increased our capacity to cleanup water damage in the Omaha Metro!

Near the end of every summer, we re-evaluate our service capabilities to ensure that we are prepared to provide the best possible disaster response to the Omaha community and beyond.
The featured addition to our arsenal this year is another extra-large cargo van with a truck-mounted water extractor. In the capable hands of our expert technicians, this monster makes quick work of flood water and helps us to better mitigate water damage, making us more efficient and effective in responding to disasters, large and small.
If your Omaha-area home or business needs water damage cleanup, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.

Commercial Water Damage in Omaha, NE

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Recent storms brought heavy rain to the Omaha area, causing water damage to several thousand square feet of a local business.  This picture shows an area of the building before we extracted the water.

Our crews responded quickly to extract the water and then cleaned and dried the affected areas with minimal inconvenience and no disruption to normal business.  The owner was surprised and grateful, saying he expected to shut down for a week to recover.  He says we saved the business thousands of dollars in revenue and reconstruction costs over his expectations.  "We hope to never need you again, but if we do, we will definitely call SERVPRO!".

If you experience 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.

Choosing the Proper Fire Extinguisher

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher can be a life-saving tool when used correctly. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends individuals are properly trained in order to use and maintain an extinguisher.

USFA says an extinguisher should only be used if:
• You have alerted other occupants and someone has called the fire department.
• The fire is small and contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket.
• You are safe from the toxic smoke produced by the fire.
• You have a means of escape identified and the fire is not between you and the fire escape route.
• Your instincts tell you that it is safe to use an extinguisher.


Classes of Fire Extinguishers:

  • Class A: Use on ordinary combustible materials, such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.
  • Class B: Use on flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline and oil.
  • Class C: Use on appliances, tools, or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.
  • Class D: Use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.
  • Class K: Use on vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are suitable for the residential market.

Check out the Fire Equipment Manufacturers Association for more information about fire extinguisher use, type and care.

If you experience 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.