Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Preparation is Key

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

At this point most of us living in the Sarpy County area know how to handle the big winter storms. We rush to the grocery store to get milk and bread because we are all convinced we will be in our house for days on end! The storms that bring feet of snow to our area, no school for days, and state of emergency to keep nonessential personal off the roads. You could lose power, which could cause food spoilage or frozen pipes… and let’s not forget if there is a quick warm up right behind it, you could experience flooding. The nice thing about these larger storms is that they give us time to prepare.

BUT what about the smaller storms? The ones that only bring a coating, inch or two of sleet, snow or ice? The ones that they always say won’t cause much of an impact?

Did you know these smaller, less significant storms can actually cause a greater impact to your home and business? Why? Because we don’t prepare as much. We are told they won’t be as big so we tend not to stress as much and let our guard down. Four wheel drive can plow through anything right… wrong!

So... what can you do?

  1. Have a list of your vendors and an emergency ready profile (ERP) completed on your business as an additional add to your continuity plan. It saves you time, in the event this “insignificant storms” turns out to be a really big deal.
  2. Just because there is a storm coming, your business operations cannot come to a halt. Set clear expectations for those in authority as well as non-critical employees in the event an emergency does occur. Is your emergency plan communicated by text, email, or phone call? Is everyone aware of this? It may also be beneficial to subscribe to and send out public transportation updates so no employees are left stranded at your office. Likewise is it acceptable for your employees to arrive late or leave early to ensure their safety?
  3. With smaller storms we tend to not walk the perimeter of our business to inspect for damage or ice accumulation. By not doing this, it can lead to larger issues down the road or worse, a customer becoming injured. It is always a good practice no matter how large or small the storm might be to inspect your property and document everything. You never know when your insurance may need that information.

Winter Storms Can Cause Water Damage

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles covered in snow This was the result of the last heavy snow in Omaha. Our team came in early to clean our vehicles of all the snow.

With potentially heavy snow predicted in the Omaha, NE area this week, SERVPRO of Sarpy County reminds you to be on the lookout for storm damage or water damage. 

Ice dams are always a concern after a heavy snow.  The snow insulates itself against the roof and gutters, causing melt which backs up under the shingles.  This results in waters getting into the attic space and your home's interior.  Check out this blog on our website about ice dams.

If you have snow drifting along your home ro business, it is important to shovel the snow away from the foundation to prevent the melting snow from backing up into your basement.

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

Preparedness for Pets

12/6/2020 (Permalink)

Black lab dog wearing scarf SERVPRO of Sarpy County askss you to help your pets to be prepared.

During this Holiday Season, SERVPRO of Sarpy County wants to remind you to be (pet) prepared.  Pets are just as important as any family member to many people, so make them a part of your preparedness planning.

There are several things you can do to make sure your pets stay safe during an emergency.

  • Have a trusted friend who can check on your pets if you are unable to get home.
  • Know how to find pet friendly hotels along your travel routes.
  • Build a Pet Preparedness Kit:  download this Pet Preparedness List from for more information about building a preparedness kit for your pet.

We hope you and yours enjoy a safe Christmas and a happy New Year.

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.

Storm Causes Sewer Backup in Omaha, NE

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Basement Bathroom with walls and insulation removed This flooded bathroom was caused by the heavy rains from a storm.

A heavy rainstorm caused this sewer backup in Omaha, NE.  Our crews arrived onsite quickly, but black water damage such as this requires extensive cleaning and sanitizing, including removal of all porous materials in contact with the contaminated water. 

Did you know a standard homeowner's insurance policy excludes coverage for such an event?

The backup of sewer and drains as well as the failure of a sump pump is excluded.  Damage sustained from either of these problems may not be covered leaving you to pay for the cleanup.  If you have a finished basement, or use your basement area for storage, you shouldn't go without this coverage endorsement.

Heavy rains can trigger a backup.  A storm sewer backs up into your home and usually comes in through a sump well, washtubs in the basement, or toilets in the basement.  However, the damage can happen anywhere in the house.  Sump pump failures normally occur from power outages or motor failures.  Sump pumps run on electricity and during a bad storm many times the power goes out.  That's when you need the sump pump the most, to pump the heavy water from the rain out of the basement.

The damage can be quite costly.  Normally damage occurs in the basement, which houses the mechanical systems of the house such as: washer and dryer, furnace, hot water tank and the numerous items people store there.  Water or sewage usually destroys anything it comes in contact with.  For the thousands of dollars in damage, it would be well worth purchasing the additional coverage with your homeowner's policy to cover such an event.

Be sure to ask your agent about this coverage to make sure you already have it on your policy or to purchase it.  Also, ensure you have enough coverage.  The additional cost is small compared to the risk of loss and your peace of mind.  Ask your agent or company what your best option is.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

When Water Damage Occurs - SERVPRO Is Here To Help

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rains this season continue to cause water damage to homes and businesses in the Omaha, NE metro area.  Our crews are trained and IICRC certified to clean and dry your damaged property to industry standards.  The picture shows our fleet ready to deliver flood relief supplies earlier this year.  Our trucks are always loaded with the right equipment and ready to dispatch to any size disaster.  With the right experience and equipment, the men and women from SERVPRO of Sarpy County's "green team" stands ready to answer the call, day or night.

If you have flood 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.

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.

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.

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in the Omaha Metro

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

The Papio Creek came pretty close to running over after heavy rains in the Omaha area.

Recent heavy rains led to flooding concerns for many parts of the Omaha Metropolitan area. According to an article in the Omaha World Herald,  rainfall totals ranged from 1.26 to over 2 inches around the Omaha area.

Heavy rains frequently cause water seepage into basements, which is not usually covered by standard homeowners insurance.  Keep gutters clear and downspouts running away from your foundation to guard against basement flooding

It is also a good idea to check your foundation for low spots, particularly after a heavy rain.  Sometimes, gutters overflow during a heavy rain and cause the ground to sink.  These low spots collect rainwater near your foundation and can lead to water seeping into the basement.

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.

Tornado Cleanup in the Omaha Metro

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sarpy County was called upon to secure and restore this storm-damaged home in the Omaha-Metro area.

On Friday June 16, 2017, a severe thunderstorm tore through Omaha and Sarpy County with two tornadoes developing in Bellevue as confirmed by National Weather Service. An F2 tornado hit the Hyda Hills and Two Springs neighborhoods particularly hard, damaging many houses and causing significant wind and water damage.

SERVPRO of Sarpy County has been working around the clock to help those effected by this major storm event. Our office staff continues to take calls day and night, maintaining a list of those in need of our services and managing the logistics of the recovery effort, while our crews are working long hours to help those in need.

SERVPRO of Sarpy County understands that tornado damage is a very traumatic event and is stressful for everyone affected. We are here to help ease the hardship as we continue to assist affected households and businesses.

If you need help or have questions, call the experts at SERVPRO of Sarpy County any time day or night at 402-291-3355.

Be Storm Smart, Be Storm Ready

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sarpy County reminds you to Be Ready

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms

  • 5,000 floods or flash floods

  • 1,000 tornadoes

  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage*. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking a few actions and being an example to others are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know your risk.  The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action.  Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communication plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example.  Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Build an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)

  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

  • Manual can opener

  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Clothing

  • Dust masks or bandanas

  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Hygiene items

  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information

  • Cash

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Matches in a waterproof container

NOTE:  Statistics gathered from

Be Prepared For Severe Weather in Omaha

4/25/2016 (Permalink)

While we are all excited that warmer weather is finally here, SERVPRO of Sarpy County wants to remind you to be prepared for severe weather season.  In 2013, there were seven severe weather and climate disaster events across the United States, claiming the lives of 109 people. 

As a national sponsor of the Red Cross Ready Rating Program and a premier fire and water restoration provider, SERVPRO of Sarpy County wants you to be better prepared in 2016.

A few simple actions will increase your readiness today:

Check the weather forecast regularly.  Know when there is an increased risk of severe weather in your area.

Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.  A weather radio can be purchased at many retailers and also at the Red Cross Store online,

Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.  These are emergency messages sent by authorized government-alerting authorities through your mobile carrier.  Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.  Visit to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts, including how to determine of your mobile device is WEA-capable.

Learn more about severe weather safety.  The Red Cross is an excellent source of severe weather safety and warning information and tools.  Visit to learn more about preparedness for disasters of all kind.  Be sure to check out the app store for the FREE Red Cross Tornado App.