Recent Water Damage Posts

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.

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.

Bathtub Leak Causes Water Damage in Council Bluffs, IA

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO dehumidifier and air movers floating carpet to dry it This carpet was able to be cleaned and dried by SERVPRO crews.

The dishwasher in this Papillion home leaked, causing extensive water damage to the kitchen and finished basement below.  Within two hours of receiving a panicked call from the homeowner, SERVPRO of Sarpy County crews were onsite extracting water and setting up drying equipment.

This home in Council Bluffs, IA had water damage in the basement due to a faulty seal in the bathtub drain on the main floor.  The water damaged the ceiling in the basement bedroom as well as part of the carpet.  Luckily the furniture was not affected, so our technicians only needed to clean and dry the ceiling and carpeting.

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.

Frozen Pipe Causes Water Damage in Omaha

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sarpy County crews recently responded to this Omaha home for water damage in the basement.  A sprinkler supply line froze and burst in the basement wall flooding most of the basement.  Our technicians responded quickly to extract the standing water from the carpet. We used an air-injection system to force warm, dry air into the wall cavities, enabling us to save the drywall and save the homeowner hundreds of dollars.  The picture shows one of our air movers drying the carpet from underneath, saving the carpet from needing replacement.

The homeowner was grateful for our fast response and expertise in saving their walls and carpet. 

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.

Dishwasher Leak Causes Water Damage in Papillion

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen with flooring removed This water damage was caused by an appliance leaking.

The dishwasher in this Papillion home leaked, causing extensive water damage to the kitchen and finished basement below.  Within two hours of receiving a panicked call from the homeowner, SERVPRO of Sarpy County crews were onsite extracting water and setting up drying equipment.

The fast response and expertise of our technicians enabled us to save the kitchen cabinets and the home theater equipment in the basement below.  Unfortunately, the kitchen flooring had to be removed, as it was installed over existing vinyl flooring and could not be properly dried.  The client was grateful to avoid a full kitchen demolition and happy to be able to stay in their home during the cleanup process.

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 in Omaha, NE Home

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen with ceiling drywall removed This water damage was caused by a frozen pipe bursting

This home in Omaha, NE had a frozen pipe burst in the kitchen ceiling.  Water damage occurred in the kitchen, dining room and the bathroom.  SERVPRO of Sarpy County technicians needed to remove the ceiling drywall and insulation to properly dry the affected area and ensure the area was free of mold.  Our team's fast response with our specialized equipment ensured that we were able to dry behind the cabinets without removing them and dry the hardwood floors, saving thousands on the claim.  The homeowner was happy to avoid replacing their entire kitchen.

If you experience water damage at your home or business this winter, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. We are always here to help.

Water Damage Cleanup in Omaha

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Recent heavy rains caused water damage to the main floor of this Omaha business and flooded the basement.  The owners knew to call our SERVPRO team to get the mess cleaned up right.  Our crews were on the job extracting water from the main floor and the flooded basement that day.  WIth the right experience and equipment, we were able to restore all affected office equipment and clean and dry the property in less than 48 hours.

The client was glad to have the job done with no business disruption and no demolition.

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.

#NebraskaFlood - #NebraskaStrong

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sarpy County was honored recently by participating in helping our local community recover from the disastrous flooding which occurred recently. #NebraskaFlood #NebraskaStrong

Partnering with No Town Left BehindBenefect Disinfectant and Bellevue Christian Center, SERVPRO of Sarpy County was able to donate cleaning products and supplies to aid those in need.  We are truly grateful to see how strong our community has jointed together to help others. #SERVPROCares #HeretoHelp

Flood Recovery Safety Tips

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sarpy County helped this flooded business recover.

In an effort to expedite the recovery efforts from the flood damage and water damage in the Omaha area, SERVPRO of Sarpy County has increased capacity over 1000%.  With the dozens of extra trucks in town and a large trailers loaded with water mitigation equipment, we have been able to service over 1,000 households and businesses in need.

We recently published this article providing tips to minimize flood damage and water damage.  Here are some safety tips for returning to your home after flood damage:

  • Do NOT return to your home until the authorities declare the area safe.
  • If you see downed power lines, stay away and report them to the authorities and the power company.
  • Approach your home carefully, as it may have structural damage.
  • Be alert for wild animals such as snakes that may have come in with the floodwater.
  • If you smell natural gas or propane or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
  • Get all electrical appliances checked by an electrician or appliance technician before turning them on.
  • Throw away all food and medicine that may have come into contact with floodwater...WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT.
  • Wear goggles, robber-soled shoes, long pants and sleeves, and rubber or leather gloves while working in or around your flood-damaged property.
  • Check out this Omaha World Herald article for additional tips.

Here are some additional resources for flood cleanup tips:

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.

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.

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.

SERVPRO Helps Omaha Residents to Minimize Water Damage

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to use a certified team like SERVPRO of Sarpy County to ensure your water damage does not turm into mold damage.

Each spring, we receive several calls seeking advice about water damaged basements.  Callers want to know what they can do to minimize damage until our crews arrive to professionally clean and dry their property.  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 and we will help as best we can.

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.


DO NOT:
• Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
• Enter affected areas of electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
• Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
• Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
• Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
• Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.


CONTAMINATED Water Damage Tips

DO:
• Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
• Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DO NOT:
• Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
• Turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
• Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
• Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

The most important thing to remember is that if you have any questions or require help; call the professionals. Your friends at SERVPRO of Sarpy County are here to help 24x7.

Omaha Metro Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

10/2/2015 (Permalink)

Heavy rains caused this basement in Omaha to flood. This before picture shows the mess left behind after all water had receded.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Omaha Metro basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-Water tank failure
  • And many more...

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  402-291-3355.