Water Damage Cleanup Mistakes
Water damage cleanup mistakes can lead to a lot of headaches and stress. If your property needs water damage restoration, here are a few of the mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
Waiting Before Cleanup
Water damage can lead to a lot of problems. The first rule of cleanup is to do it as soon as possible. Every minute that your belongings and property stay submerged lessens the chances of you getting that item or property back to its pre-damaged state. If you wait until it’s convenient to perform the cleanup, you’ll only end up with bigger problems.
Using the wrong equipment will only aggravate the problem. Plus, the kind of equipment or tools you have might not be suitable for handling the water in your home. That means you won’t succeed at drying your home completely, which will leave your home at the mercy of mold and mildew growth. Don’t let that happen. Hire pros to handle this for you. They have specialized equipment to ensure the fast and efficient drying of your belongings and property.
Neglecting Important Details
Most of the time, people forget about the items they slog through when they wade through water damage. But there could be an electrical problem, broken glass, and other items that could injure you. It’s best that you hire pros instead of tackling this on your own. Restoration experts know what to look out for and how to do this in the safest way possible. They’re much better equipped to handle this than you with your makeshift tools.
Not Doing Your Homework
When you look for a restoration service, don’t hire the first company that you find. Look at the company’s history and background. SERVPRO of Grand Island and Hastings is your trusted resource for cleaning and restoring water-damaged property. Our teams are IICRC certified. We have the latest advanced equipment and training to make sure your water damage problems are solved completely.
If you have water damage to your home or business property, call us anytime 24/7 at 308-210-2960. We'll be there to help!
Moving Out of Your Business Due to Fire Damage
Commercial Spaces Impacted by Fire Damage may Require Pack-Out/Move-Out Services From SERVPRO
As a business owner, you know you must watch your budget and overall business operations. If you have a fire, be it big or small, you may need to think about having items packed up and moved out to get stored or cleaned off-site. SERVPRO offers a no-fuss pack-out service for Grand Island and Hastings area business owners so that your fire damage restoration project goes off without a hitch.
Fire damage at your Grand Island and Hastings area commercial business must include clean-up of charred debris as well as detailed smoke remediation. When needed, SERVPRO can help with affordable move-out service:
- Pack-out/move-out allows items like equipment, office furniture, documents, and more to get packed up and moved to a secure destination during fire restoration.
- While not always necessary, a move-out is a great way to open up space so that our skilled fire and smoke damage technicians can get to work.
- SERVPRO always carefully logs and monitors inventory before and during moving to ensure everything is in place.
- Once cleaning is complete, we return all items to your Grand Island and Hastings area business.
Minimizing additional damage during fire restoration is imperative with our team in the Grand Island and Hastings area. Call us at (308) 210-2960 when you need emergency service. We have crews standing by 24/7 – We Are Faster to Any Size Disaster!
Minimizing Risk of a Kitchen Fire
Most of us are so at home in our kitchens, we hardly take any notice of any potential risk or problems. Besides burning dinner or having the potatoes boil over, we assume we are fine.
But fires happen in kitchens all the time. In fact, well over half of the fires that start in our homes start in the kitchen. Clearly, we need to be more aware. People can get seriously injured, our homes get damaged or destroyed, and people lose their lives.
How to Minimize the Risk of a Kitchen Fire
There are so many easy ways to make sure we are safe while using our kitchens. So many fires are completely preventable.
Check Smoke Detectors
These are supposed to be checked at least semi-annually for the entire household. Change the batteries in all your detectors and check to make sure they are working.
Don’t Leave Cooking Unattended
It only takes a second for something to go wrong when you are cooking. If you need to leave the room, even for a minute, turn the burners off. Elements won’t cool down very fast, so food will continue to cook, and gas stoves will heat right back up again.
We live in an age where we are constantly distracted. Phones and gadgets can all be attention-grabbers. If you use an electronic device for your recipes, shut off email, texts, and other messaging applications so you won’t lose yourself in the banality.
Keep Area Clean
Grease from cooking can build up on the stovetop, above the stove, and on the backsplash. Wipe these down after each use or at the end of the day. Spilled or dropped food items or liquids can start a fire in seconds, whether you are in the room or not.
Remove things like potholders, tea towels, paper towels, cookbooks, aprons, and the like from coming in contact with the flame, the hot pot, or the burner. These can ignite in a flash and they crumble and bits can go everywhere, starting a larger fire.
Remove all packaging right away from the food you open, the wrappers, the grocery bags, and put them in the garbage. Make sure nothing was spilled from them when they were opened.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Avoid wearing long floppy sleeves with wide wrists, clothing that flows out or can get caught on knobs, handles or pot handles, and tie your hair back. Always use oven mitts or a potholder when touching hot lids or handles. Wear an apron and make sure your feet are covered and comfortable.
Keep Kids Away
Many kids are eager to help out in the kitchen. Give them a task they can safely do and make sure they are seated away from the stove. Always educate them on kitchen safety, heat, knives, appliances, everything.
They can get in and get underfoot, as can the family dog or cat. They are all interested when there is food being prepared. Be aware of where they are to prevent accidents from happening.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher
You should always have a fire extinguisher handy. A small one in the kitchen can save your kitchen and save lives. Baking soda, a lid, and education will help you if you know how to use them, and when.
SERVPRO of Grand Island and Hastings
If you do have a fire in your kitchen, contact SERVPRO of Grand Island and Hastings. We can clean and restore your home as good as new. We have highly trained fire restoration technicians with all the right tools and knowledge.
Know Your Options in Restoration
SERVPRO Offers Professional Floodwater Removal Solutions for Homes and Businesses in the Grand Island and Hastings area
Even if you try to stay prepared for Western Nebraska storms and flooding, there is always the chance that something happens, and you need skilled technicians to handle the cleanup. Working with a team like SERVPRO helps return your property to pre-event condition fast if you have flooding and water damage. Additionally, because floodwater is often full of contaminants, hiring trained technicians get everything done in the safest manner possible.
It is wise to have our number handy if you need prompt floodwater removal in the Grand Island and Hastings area after a storm. Our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) are ready 24 hours a day so that you are not left waiting with standing water or storm damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and provide our clients with detailed estimates before beginning restoration. Some of the quality services that you can expect when you call us include:
- Rapid water extraction with powerful pumps, extractors, and various attachments
- Packout services to either store items off-site or relocate them for detailed cleaning and drying
- Board up and tarping services for addressing a leaking roof from storms, broken windows, and more
- Controlled demolition to replace drywall, ceiling tiles, wood panels, and structural elements
- Precision drying and dehumidification to return the air inside your property to normal relative humidity (RH) levels
- Sanitizing and deodorizing with the help of EPA-registered antimicrobials and cleaning agents – leaving your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
- Documenting any relative inventory and details regarding your project to aid in the insurance claims process
SERVPRO of Grand Island and Hastings is here to help with floodwater removal and storm response. Call us at (308) 210-2960, and we can deploy our Green Fleet within hours of initial contact.
Scopes and Inspecting Water Damage
Inspecting the flood helps the technicians from SERVPRO of Grand Island and Hastings to determine the size of the project, the fundamental process also helps experts to identify the source of water damage, determine the type of water in your flooded home, and to move furniture and other valuables within your flooded home. Furthermore, this step helps the company to formulate a suitable cleanup process to eliminate the water in home.
Following inspection, our restoration company’s water cleanup experts will start extracting water from the flooded home using powerful pumps and vacuum units. A reputable restoration company will also use moisture detectors and infrared cameras to spot and eliminate water from crevices. Water removal reduces the drying time of your property's floor and wall, it prevents subsequent damage, and it prevents mold growth.
If these surfaces are left wet, they may start to break down, grow mold, swell, or even warp. To avoid this loss, SERVPRO of Grand Island and Hastings will use specialized equipment like dehumidifiers and industrial air movers to accelerate the process of drying. After that, they will use moisture meters to ensure that all surfaces achieve the desired drying goals.
Call us at (308) 210-2960 if you have questions about the problem in your home.
Preventing Water Damage Caused by Frozen Pipes
SERVPRO Provides Water Removal Services During the Winter in the Grand Island and Hastings area
As most people know, winterizing your home in the fall can help prevent issues in the winter when the temperatures drop and snow flies. Prevention is always the key to avoiding costly damage caused by cold temperatures or snowfall.
When it comes to deterring frozen pipes and ice damming in the Grand Island and Hastings area, most homeowners know the basics of winterizing your home. However, for houses that seem to be prone to damage in the winter, there are several steps you can take to prevent issues related to cold weather. First off, it is always wise to remove outdoor water fixtures, including hoses and sprinkler systems.
If certain sections of your pipes have frozen in the past, you may need to take steps to keep them warm in the wintertime. One way is to wrap a UL-endorsed heater tape to your water lines with a thermostat to prevent overheating. A less expensive way is to cover all of your pipes with foam insulation. It is also wise to heat your sink drain lines with a lamp or leave your cabinets open, especially on cold nights.
If your power happens to go out during a storm, you should open both your cold and hot water faucets so the water keeps moving. You can also go through your hose and seal off any gaps or cracks near any of your water pipes. Other more permanent prevention methods are a thermal convection-powered hot water recirculation valve or installing a "RedyTemp" system that monitors the water temperature inside your lines.
But, if you still notice a leak caused by a pipe freeze or ice dam, our SERVPRO technicians can help in the following ways:
- Water Removal Services
- Water Damage Repairs
- Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
- Water Clean Up
Anytime you notice water inside your house where it is not supposed to be, call SERVPRO of Grand Island and Hastings at (308) 210-2960.
What Are My Options When I Have a Commercial Flood?
Commercial Water Emergencies in Grand Island and Hastings can occur at any time of the year. Sometimes, you may find yourself unable to trade until the situation is under control.
Can I get a business rate reduction as a result of flooding?
In some situations where water intrusion is beyond your control, you may reduce your business rates. However, the surest way to limit losses to revenue is to take a proactive approach to restoration by enlisting commercial water removal experts in Grand Island and Hastings. Using a professional service that has experience working on commercial projects can reduce losses as well as providing you with a precise time frame to plan your business activities. Our crew chiefs can inform you of necessary restoration, possible outcomes, and working closely with local insurance adjusters.
Where can I source water displacement pumps to move water out of my premises?
Local hire centers are available to rent displacement pumps temporarily. However, you should ask yourself whether you or your staff are qualified to set up, pump, and dispose of wastewater correctly. Different types of water damage requires different types of equipment. Water with solid waste requires a pump with unique characteristics. Self-priming trash pumps have the necessary lift, volume, and ducts to transport solid wastes. However, it may be illegal to dispose of solid wastes in a regular sewer point, meaning you also need a means of transport to take wastewater to a facility for disposal. SERVPRO has both the equipment and the expertise to remove water from your commercial property following local and state regulations.
What types of water removal equipment are available to SERVPRO technicians, and what are their uses?
- High-pressure pumps provide significant power to transport water uphill and out of the property
- Self-priming trash pumps are capable of passing water with solid waste up to 1.25 inches
- Electric submersible pumps move from 100 to 18,000 gallons per hour
- Weighted extraction tools for removing moisture from thick fabrics or textiles like carpets
- Light wands which are agile enough to reach areas with space restrictions
How can I choose the right extraction tool for water displacement?
Pumping equipment is the most efficient in terms of a gallon per hour (GPH.) Next, extraction tools that are useful once pumping becomes inefficient- usually once standing water drops below two inches. Dehumidification equipment is the least efficient, and we usually reserve it for drying residual moisture or lowering the moisture content of building materials. There are other considerations when choosing your equipment, such as how far water needs transporting to reach your sewer points or storage tanks. A distance of more than twenty-five feet usually requires a high-pressure pump to displace water efficiently.
Does my business insurance cover mold growth?
It is essential to check your insurance policy to be sure of your coverage. Commercial properties usually cover flooding under a separate policy to business insurance. Equally, mold growth is usually only covered if the mold is the direct result of the water intrusion. Crucially, if mold occurs after the event, property managers must prove that appropriate mitigation efforts take place. Our water damage restoration (WRT) technicians can take steps to reduce the likelihood of mold growth. These include maintaining control over relative humidity throughout the service using thermal hygrometers. We can also take precautionary steps to prevent mold growth by applying anti-microbial treatments in the affected area.
What are the necessary steps to take when there is water intrusion at commercial premises?
- Contact your insurance provider to notify them of the situation
- Reach out to professional restorers as soon as possible- our emergency call-lines are in operation twenty-four hours a day.
- Use local companies to reduce call-out times- we promise to arrive within four hours of notification of loss.
- Wait for crew chiefs to arrive who can communicate closely with both you and your adjuster
When is it safe to reopen my business after a commercial water emergency?
A business is safe to reopen once it returns to a sanitary state. Water can carry microbes into premises, which can cause health and safety concerns. Our team can not only remove the body of water from your property but can also clean, dismantle, and reassemble the affected area. We are using chemical agents that can kill any potential microbial growth, which may include bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Once the property is thoroughly decontaminated and dry, our crew chief can perform a walkthrough. The walkthroughs occur once the restoration is complete, and we can pass on any paperwork to your insurance provider to complete a stress-free claim.
If your business requires emergency water recovery, our commercial teams are available. Contact SERVPRO of Grand Island and Hastings at (308) 535-1115.
Is Your Carpet Ruined After a Flood?
Floods can bring contaminants, dirt, and soil into your home. Even after removing the standing water and drying a property, these stains can remain on surfaces, particularly those porous materials like carpets.
Performing flood damage restoration in Nebraska area home relies on expertise and effort. SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize different carpet damage types from absorption to agglomeration and water exposure. Using tried and tested methods, we can often return carpets and textiles to an original condition. At the end of service, one of our crew chiefs can guide you through the property to explain the outcomes of restoration and effective restoration of materials.
- Burn tests and chemical tests are performed as standard to avoid further damage.
- Our hot water extraction techniques are effective at removing soils from carpets, textiles, and other porous materials.
- Roto machine buffering can restore the luster of wet carpets in the property.
Restoring rather than replacing materials is more cost-effective. Contact SERVPRO of Grand Island and Hastings for flood damage restoration at (308) 535-1115
How Landscaping Can Help Slow Flood Damage
Have you ever seen a school science demonstration of water being poured into two equal containers of soil, but one has plants growing and one does not? In the box void of vegetation, the water runs out the bottom nearly as quickly as it flowed in. In the box containing rooted plants, only a minimal amount of water trickles out. This experiment shows the importance of proper water management around your property. Learn how you can become one with the flow, using easy landscaping projects to prevent storm run-off from causing outside flooding around your home in the Grand Island and Hastings area.
- Slow the flow. Apply a deep layer of heavy mulch to slow rain drainage, giving it time to filter through the soil instead of pooling or running off to problem areas.
- Cultivate plants. Installing plants and shrubs at the base of your home can help slow the flow of water and prevent outside flooding. If you have a particular area where water tends to pool during storms, consider making a rain garden. This shallow basin is not a bog or a pond, but it uses plants to filter the rain water and facilitate its travels to the water table.
- Be a water mover. During the next rain storm, check the flow of water from your roof. Look for areas that need rerouted and consider adding rain chains, moving gutters, or adding flexible extensions to downspouts to direct water away from your foundation.
- Keep water captive. Add a rain barrel to the end of a downspout and feel good about your impact on the environment when using that recovered water to help take care of your plants.
Outside flooding can cause damage to structures on your property.
When water damage happens, it can quickly lead to mold trouble since mold spores are abundant in the environment and reproduce quickly. Professional water mitigation specialists can help clean up flood water and ensure materials are dried thoroughly to prevent your minor problem from becoming a major one.
Kids and Fire Safety
As a parent, your kids' safety is likely the number one priority on your list. Therefore, it just makes sense to have a simple escape plan that they can remember so that they can get out of your house in the Grand Island and Hastings area quickly in case of a fire. Here are a few things to teach them to ensure they know the drill.
Teaching Fire Safety to Kids
How To Get Out of the House
The smoke detector is probably the first indication that there is a home fire. When your kids hear this, they must know the steps to take to get to safety:
- Bed roll - Instead of sitting up in bed, roll to their stomachs and use the hand closest to the side to guide them to the floor.
- Floor crawl - Crouch down on hands and knees or on their bellies if smoke and heat are already in the room and crawl toward the escape.
- Test door - Touch door to see if it's still cool and if so, open slowly to see if it's safe to crawl out of the room.
Practice doing these things with your whole family so that everyone can be familiar with what to do in the event of an emergency. Your kids' safety may depend on their ability to get out of the house on their own, and these drills teach them how to do that.
How To Find Each Other After Escaping
You also want your kids to know where to go after they get out of the burning house. Fire restoration experts recommend that include a safe spot where you will meet if you get separated in your fire escape plan. A trusted neighbor's house or a well-lit parking lot of a business down the street are both good options.
Knowing what to do when there's a fire is important for everyone in the family. Protect your kids' safety by teaching and practicing the plan until they are comfortable with it.