It can be difficult for consumers to find accurate, factual information on water damage restoration, mold remediation and related air quality. There is a lot of conflicting information available and it’s confusing, even for industry professionals.

Via our toll free 1-888-DryHero phone line, I not only receive calls from Lincoln & Omaha, but from around the country from consumers trying to verify what restoration contractors, insurance adjusters and home inspectors have told them. I just shake my head at some of the things I hear. This page is my attempt to provide you with quality mold and water damage information.

-Ritch Paprocki

Water Damage Prevention: Gutters and Downspouts

In Nebraska, a homeowner’s key defense against a flooded or water damaged basement is your rain gutter system. Clean gutters, adequately sized downpouts and proper downspout extension placement are all simple steps you can take to reduce the threat of rainwater damaging your home’s basement. read more…

Importance of Promptly Drying Your Water Damaged Basement

A water damaged basement is one of those property maintenance items that will absolutely cost you more money if you don’t take prompt action to minimize damage. The longer your basement materials remain wet, the greater the potential for structural damage, mold growth and bacteria. read more…

How to Dry a Water Damaged Home in Nebraska

Regardless of the degree of water damage, the basic principals required to dry and restore a flooded home are the same. Removing unsalvageable materials, removing excess water, dehumidification, air flow and envinronmental controls are used on every water damage restoration project. read more…

6 Important Water Damage Considerations

Six important water damage considerations include 1) how significant is the damage, 2) what types of materials are affected, 3) should you hire a restoration professional, 4) should you file an insurance claim, 5) how long has it been wet and 6) how much will it cost. read more…

Question Your Restorer: What Type of Dehumidification do You Use?

The ability to quickly remove significant amounts of water vapor from your water damaged home will affect how quickly it dries. The faster it dries, the less potential there is for bacteria and mold growth. When selecting your restoration company, ask them what kind of dehumidifiers they use and how they determine how much dehumidification is necessary to dry your home. read more…

Restoration Company Working For You or Your Insurance Company?

Who is your water/mold restoration contractor working for? Seems pretty obvious, right? Well, if your “insurance” restoration contractor gets the majority of their work directly from insurance company referrals, they may be working for them and not you. It’s important that your restorer is your advocate. read more…

Question Your Restorer: How Much Will It Cost?

A great litmus test for your water damage or mold remediation contractor is to ask them to give you a firm quote before they begin the work. This is especially critical if you’re water damage isn’t covered by insurance or if you just want to avoid filing a claim. If they can’t give you a price, keep shopping! read more…

When Should You Test Your Home For Mold?

Mold is on a lot of peoples’ minds today. Caring for the elderly or having young children at home can elevate concerns about air quality. Stale odors, buying a used home, major water damage and even health issues can be prudent triggers for mold testing in your home. read more…

Can You Save Water Damaged Carpet and Pad?

In general, water damaged carpet and pad is easily salvageable if you follow a few basic rules. Clean water source, elapsed time since getting wet, age of carpet and the ability to extract the majority of the water affect the likelihood of a successful drying job. read more…

How to Dry and Save Water Damaged Hardwood Flooring

The same general principals for drying out water damaged materials apply to hardwood floors, with a caveat. Wet hardwood flooring requires prompt action and specialized drying techniques not available to the typical DIYer. But, we’ll show you how the pros do it. read more…

Should You Have Your New Home Inspected For Mold?

There are several reasons that you may want to have your home inspected for mold. If you’ve had prior water damage, musty odors, visible mold or if you’re getting ready to sell your home. read more…

If Mold is “Everywhere”, Why Should I Worry?

As justification for ignoring a mold problem, some property owners will accurately state that “mold is everywhere”, but inaccurately state subsequently that there is therefore nothing to worry about. read more…

Considerations Before Filing a Water Damage Insurance Claim

When you discover water damage in your home, there are some imporant considerations before you call your Nebraska insurance agent. The source of the water damage, severity and type of water can all have an impact on your decision to file with your insurance company. read more…

5 Signs of Mold Growth in Your Nebraska Home

Five common signs that you may have mold in your home include 1) discoloration of building materials, 2) musty odors, 3) deformed building materials, 4) prior water damage events and 5) water staining. read more…

Question Your Mold Remediator: What Are Your Credentials?

When evaluating who to hire to remediate your mold problem, always ask for their credentials. Many water damage restoration and mold remediation companies have certified but the individuals performing the work do not. Worse yet, countless untrained contractors hold themselves out as mold professionals. read more…

Do-It-Yourself Mold Remediation: A Good Idea?

Before attempting your own, do-it-yourself mold remediation, take a step back and consider whether or not it’s good idea. While some people can over-complicate the mold remediation process, others can make the mistake of ove-simplifying it. Seriously consider your ability to properly remedy the problem without causing more harm than good. read more…

Top 4 Places For Mold Growth in Your Nebraska Home

The top four places to find mold in your home are 1) finished basements, 2) crawlspaces, 4) attics and 5) plumbing systems and fixtures. read more…

Steps to Take When You Find Water Damage

Following these basic steps when you find water damage in your home can help you avoid bigger problems later. read more…

Steps to Take When You Find Mold

Following these basic steps when you find mold growing in your home can help you avoid bigger problems later. read more…

Infrared Thermal Imaging For Water Damage Restoration

Infrared thermal imaging is a powerful and accurate technology for locating hidden water damage in your Nebraska home. read more…

Introduction to Mold in Nebraska

Molds are organisms that may be found indoors and outdoors. They are part of the natural environment. Theyt break down and digest organic material. Also called fungi or mildew, molds are neither plants nor animals. Rather, they are know as fungi. read more…

Lincoln Nebraska Water Damage Cleanup Protocols

These basic water damage cleanup protocols will help Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska property owners manage water damage in their own homes or businesses. read more…

Why and Where Mold Grows in Nebraska Homes

Mold can grow on many Nebraska building materials including wood, paper, carpet, drywall and insulation. Because mold eats what it’s growing on, it can damage a strcture and its contents. If left unchecked it will eventually cause structural damage to building materials. read more…

Locating and Identifying Mold and Water Intrusion

Since mold can grow on wet building materials, it’s important to look for areas of your home where water intrusion and moisture can be present. read more…

Basic Mold Remediation Guidelines for Nebraska Homeowners

Promptly drying water damaged materials, identifying mold contamination, avoiding mold exposure and following basic mold remediation procedures are all important issues when protecting your family from mold exposure. read more…

Large or Complex Mold Remediation Projects

When Nebraska residents are facing large or complex mold remediation projects, we always recommend using a mold remediation professional that has experience in these critical situations. This is especially true when extensive containment is required to control cross contamination. read more…

Critical Barriers, Containment and Personal Protective Equipment

Protecting building inhabitants during mold remediation requires the use of barriers, containments and personal protective equipment. The more mold there is the more likely it is that you will be exposed to mold. read more…

How to Evaluate Mold Remediation in Nebraska

Now that the mold has been cleaned up, how do you know the work is complete? This section gives Nebraska homeowners a quick and easy checklist to ensure the safety of their indoor air. read more…

Nebraska Property Managers Should Communicate the Remediation

Nebraska property managers should openly communication with concerned building occupants to avoid anxiety surrounding the mold remediation. read more…

Mold Prevention in Nebraska Buildings

Simply put, the key to mold prevention in Nebraska is moisture control. Materials should be kept clean and dry and water damage should be promptly addressed and dried out. read more…

Guide to Nebraska Indoor Air Quality

Nebraska indoor air quality includes a braod spectrum of contaminants, such as bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses, pet dander, cat saliva, pet urine, rodent urine, household dust, formaldehyde, dust mites, tobacco smoke, cockroaches and pollen. read more…

How Mold Spores Effect Your Health…And What You Can Do About It

Mold spores common indoor air pollutants. Due to their microscopic size they are easily inhaled and can affect your respiratory system. Understanding what mold spores are and how you can protect yourself can dramatically improve your air quality and health. read more…