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Flood and Water Damage Tips

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Record flooding is causing flood damage and water damage to homes and businesses in and around the Omaha area.  The flooding is expected to continue and possibly get worse over the coming days.

We have received several hundred calls for help in the last 24 hours and our crews are out in full force.

In order to better serve your needs, we have multiple crews and truckloads of equipment in route to assist with the cleanup and restoration effort. We expect to increase our service capacity by over 400% in the next 24-48 hours.

Generally speaking, water from a supply line is considered clean, while water from drains is considered contaminated. There are exceptions to this general guideline.

If you have clean water damage, consult this article on our website.

If you have contaminated water damage, consult this article on our website.

If you are unsure of the classification of water affecting your property, consult your water damage experts at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355 and we will help as best we can.

Tips to Minimize Flood Damage and Water Damage

Here are a few actions you should take TODAY:

  • Check your basement at least daily for water. 
    • Be sure to check all exterior walls, including behind furniture.
    • Check around all baseboards and at corners for signs of moisture.
  • Ensure gutter downspouts are not leaking and are directing water away from the structure.
  • Walk around the outside of your property, checking for low spots and standing water.  If possible, fill low spots with dirt and push standing water away from the structure.

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

Minimizing Damage From Frozen Pipes in the Omaha, NE Metro

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Due to the bitter cold in the Omaha metro today, we are getting many calls about frozen pipes and water damage. In addition to scheduling our expert technicians to help them recover, we offer advice on what to do until help arrives. The answer depends on whether the water is clean or contaminated.

Generally speaking, water from a supply line is considered clean, while water from drains is considered contaminated. There are exceptions to this general guideline.

If you are unsure of the classification of water affecting your property, consult your water damage experts at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355 and we will help as best we can.

If you have contaminated water damage, consult this article on our website.

CLEAN Water Damage Tips

DO:

  • Shut off the source of the water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible my mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangars to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

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

Frigid Temps Can Cause Water Damage in the Omaha Metro

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and heavy snow to shovel.  With lows expected to be more than -10 degrees this week, we are also at risk for frozen pipes, which can cause a major water damage disaster at your house or business.

With the extreme cold comes an increased risk for frozen pipes in cooler areas of your home or business.  Here are some tips to help prevent pipes in areas such as basements, attics, garages, and kitchen cabinets from freezing during the coming cold snap:

  • Open faucets slightly to let water drip or slowly trickle during extreme cold.
  • Keep your heat set to a consistent temperature 24 x 7.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing, especially those near outside walls.
  • Consider insulating pipes in especially cold areas of your home like crawlspaces or attics.

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.

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.