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Falling Tree Causes Storm Damage in Omaha, NE

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Tree laying on house. Heavy winds caused the tree to fall on a house in Omaha, NE

Severe storms packing heavy winds caused a tree to fall on this Omaha, NE house.  After a call to their insurance agent, the homeowner called SERVPRO of Sarpy to assist with cleaning up the storm damage.

While a tree service removed the massive tree, our crews began cleaning the water damage inside the home.  Once the tree was removed and it was again safe to be on the roof, our team tarped the roof to prevent more rain from coming into the attic.  The homeowner was happy to be able to stay in their home during the repair process.

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.

Signs of Water Damage

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Most water damage is caused from leaking pipes, heavy rains or flooding; but excessive humidity can cause water damage also.  Small rooms that don't get much airflow, such as bathrooms and basement rooms are prone to water damage from excessive humidity.  Slow or small leaks from water supply lines or drains can go on for months before they are detected, causing much water damage and resulting in mold as well.  

Some of the signs that you may have water damage:

  • Standing water - this seems obvious, but it is often overlooked.  Check your basement regularly for standing water.
  • Musty or "earthy" odor - this could be a sign of mold growth and water damage.
  • Stains and spots - walls or ceilings with brown stains are a clear sign of water damage.
  • Peeling paint - painted surfaces with water damage will start to peel, bubble or flake.
  • Uneven surfaces - water-damaged floors will warp and feel uneven.

If you experience 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.

Tornado Safety in Nebraska

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

severe weather over farm field A tornado can from from any storm

Nebraska is in the heart of Tornado Alley, where warm, humid air collides with cold, dry air. In an average year, there are over 800 tornado reports and over 80 deaths. Tornadoes are most common during spring and summer but can occur anytime of the year.

tornado watch means a tornado could possibly form near the area.  A tornado warning means that there has been a confirmed tornado nearby.

If you are home during a tornado, go to a safe room in the lowest level of your home or a small interior room with no windows, hide under something sturdy like a table or work bench, and protect your head and neck with a pillow or blanket.  See ready.gov for more information on tornado preparedness.

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.

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.