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Preventable Causes Of Flood Damage In Nashville

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preventable Causes Of Flood Damage In Nashville Storms Large and Small in the Nashville Area--Call SERVPRO for Fast Help

SERVPRO Offers Advice and Insight into Storm Damage Prevention and Mitigation

Although no one can stop the rains, there are ways to limit flooding in your Nashville home. Overland flooding or backups due to overwhelmed storm sewage systems are but two of the sources of floodwaters in the lower levels of your home. Regardless of the source of the water, we have the technicians and the equipment to help you recover.
 
Even though the water causing flood damage to your Nashville home may be drawing your eyes down as it seeps into the foundation or lower levels, the problem often is at the roofline. Clogged gutters and damaged downspouts cause water to pound down near the perimeter of your home, saturating the soil and ultimately invading through the slab, poured, or cinder block foundation. We can respond to and restore the damage but expect suggestions from our managers or production crew to minimize or even eliminate future flooding.
 
The grading and landscaping around your home can also contribute to the seepage of floodwaters into the foundation. Over time even correctly graded ground can erode and shift, encouraging rainwater to drain into your home rather than away from it. SERVPRO crews also see scenarios where plantings surrounding your home contribute to excess water moving into the porous materials making up the base and protecting the lower levels of your house. Irrigation systems or merely an overdone watering of foundation gardens have the unhappy result of a wet home.
 
SERVPRO evaluates the characteristics of the water flooding into your home to determine whether it needs to be contained and disposed of according to local regulations. The sooner you get our team to your home the more likely that the water checks out as Category 1. If the soil around your home is loose, dirt particles can flow in with the water. Lawn chemicals, fertilizers, and even pet wastes can taint the water, requiring careful handling. Gutter overflow can also contain bird and animal waste and mold, threatening the flooded area with microbial growth if not disinfected and dried out after the flood water evacuates.
 
Submersible pumps and water extractors pull most of the flood water out of your home. If Category 1 we can drain it outside, but take care to deposit far from the house to prevent it from flooding again. We use moisture meters and infrared scanners to locate hidden pockets of moisture and to set a baseline for drying goals. SERVPRO crews position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to dry out the affected space. The moisture numbers are monitored to ensure we achieve standard levels.
 
The team at SERVPRO of South Nashville has the necessary training and experience to remediate seepage-based flooding. Do not hesitate to call us at (615) 331-0200 if flood waters build up in your home.

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Preserving The Contents Of Your Fire Damaged Forest Hills Home

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preserving The Contents Of Your Fire Damaged Forest Hills Home As dramatic as widespread fire in your home can be, perhaps one of the most devastating realizations is the contents of your home.

Preserving The Contents Of Your Fire Damaged Home

As dramatic as widespread fire in your Forest Hills home can be, perhaps one of the most devastating realizations is the contents of your home. While walls can get repaired and replaced, some of the things that you own are one-of-a-kind. To protect these items from the irreparable damage that can sometimes occur on account of a fire incident, you can count on professional restoration services.

With widespread fire damage in your Forest Hills home, many homeowners consider all of the items that are not a part of the construction of the house that could get unsalvageably damaged as the effects persist. Fortunately, our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to your call and get these items protected from the harmful effects that linger behind after extinguishment.

As our estimator walks through your fire-damaged home and assesses the full scope of the problems that our team of professionals must overcome. Part of this process is a detailed list of items in your home that are at risk for further damage, items that currently have damages, and those that are unsalvageable with even concentrated restoration efforts.

For those that need relocation or restoration, we have a process known as packing out. This service moves the at risk and damaged items out of the affected areas of your home to a nearby storage facility until interior restoration completes. This time away can allow for concentrated and concise restoration efforts on damaged items, which can help you to salvage many of the contents of your home that you believed to have gotten ruined.

Once the restoration process completes, these items move into the packing in stage. In this phase, the contents of your home get returned to their original places and positions, making it even more like the fire never occurred in the first place.

Since you as a homeowner can appreciate that much of the damages that threaten your home after a fire require professional assistance to overcome, make sure that you get the right team for the job. Our SERVPRO of South Nashville fire restoration technicians has the experience and equipment to restore your home quickly. Give us a call anytime at (615) 331-0200.

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Dealing With The Pressing Issues of Mold Growth In Your Nashville Residence

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing With The Pressing Issues of Mold Growth In Your Nashville Residence SERVPRO Digs Deep to Remediate Mold Hyphae in Nashville Homes and Places of Business

SERVPRO Can Explain the Benefits of Professional Mold Remediation for Your Home, and then Do It.

Homeowners experience mixed emotions when they discover mold growing in their Nashville houses. While on the one hand, some homeowners believe that this fungal growth is not a threat to them or their families, others understand the potential risks and want the growth dealt with appropriately as soon as possible. That is where professional mold remediation comes into play.
 
You might not think of mold damage in your Nashville home as being that considerable of an issue, and certainly nothing that some bleach and elbow grease cannot resolve, but you are wrong. Often fungal and microbial growth in your home deeply imbeds in the organic material and can prove impossible to reach with conventional cleaning methods. At best, your efforts could clean the surface mold away, but not the entire organism or colony. The fact is that the water in bleach may actually promote the continued growth of colonies.
 
Our SERVPRO certified applied microbial remediation technicians get specially trained to deal with all varieties of mold and fungal growth. The training encourages the most effective remediation techniques, making our team a wise choice to make short work of your issue.
 
After a thorough inspection, our SERVPRO professionals set up a perimeter around the affected area using negative air chambers and air scrubbers to trap airborne mold spores. These devices may be fitted with both HEPA filters for entrapmant and activated carbon filters for odor control. Drying the area and restoring the damage that allowed for the moisture are critical components of the remediation process as well.
 
Sanding and soda blasting are two approaches that commonly get used to remove mold colonies below the surface that you can see. Another penetrative approach is spraying an antimicrobial solution on the surfaces to allow this chemical to affect the entire hyphae.
 
Deodorization is one of the final steps of our remediation process, and it may involve the use of thermal foggers. These machines release an unscented chemical compound which breaks apart the musty odor molecules found in the vicinity of mold colonies. Once these molecules have gotten neutralized, no odor is left behind.
 
Now that you have a broader understanding of the complexities of mold remediation, you might also be able to trust that you need professional assistance. You can always count on our SERVPRO of South Nashville AMRT crew to respond rapidly and get to work on removing this threat from your property. Give us a call today at (615) 331-0200.

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Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Nashville Discuss Structural Drying

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Nashville Discuss Structural Drying SERVPRO Can Use Giant Desiccant or Small Portable Dehumidifiers During Water Cleanup and Restoration to Nashville Commercial Properties

Dehumidification and Water Cleanup and Restoration by SERVPRO

If a pipe ever breaks inside your construction company's office in Nashville structural drying is often a necessity. After water gets extracted contents and building materials can still hold moisture. Mold can form on organic materials that retain moisture for longer than 48 hours.
 
During the drying process, air moving and dehumidification systems get set up to speed up the evaporation of materials. When restoring a commercial water damage problem in Nashville, it is essential to have the correct ratio of dehumidifiers to air movers to create the best environment for rapid drying. It is also vital that the equipment gets set up in the right way so that it works as best as possible.
 
Air movers work to create a counterclockwise air flow that hits wet surfaces at a 45-degree angle. The air pushes away moist air close to wet surfaces after the water evaporates off of the materials. The movers force air into the center of the airflow where the dehumidifier pulls moisture out of the air and dispenses it in liquid form.
 
The amount of dehumidifiers needed varies based on several conditions. The capacity of a dehumidifier is calculated by the number of cubic feet of air the machine conditions in a minute and the number of gallons removed in 24 hours using standard conditions. The water damage is also given a class based upon what types of materials inside your office got wet.
 
Class one water damages need little dehumidification because only non-porous materials got affected by moisture, whereas class three cases require the most dehumidification because water has affected many materials in the building. Calculating dehumidification needs requires knowing the class of damage, type of dehumidifier and size of the area. The manufacturer's "pints per day" rating on the dehumidifier also plays a role in determining dehumidification parameters.
 
Once our SERVPRO crew members figure out the best equipment to use for drying, we formulate a plan to mitigate the moisture issues at your company's office without interfering with your business operations. In some cases, only certain areas get dried during business hours, and the equipment gets set up so that it is not in the way of your employees and customers. Our SERVPRO technicians can then come back when your office is closed and complete the remainder of the drying.
 
Knowing the right type and amount of equipment to use when drying out structural components can make the overall drying process more efficient. For professional assistance with structural drying, call SERVPRO of South Nashville at 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Vent Cleaning in Nashville Homes After a Fire

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Vent Cleaning in Nashville Homes After a Fire Having your HVAC ducts cleaned after a fire is crucial to containing the damage to one area. Call SERVPRO to discuss and have us come out to the home.

Team SERVPRO Offers Thorough and Effective Remediation After a Fire

For every Nashville homeowner who suffered through a house fire, we have an immediate piece of advice. Do NOT turn on your heating and air system. Regardless of the size of the fire, some smoke and soot residues did find their way to your vents and ductwork. Turning on the system to try and rid your home of the smoke odors only spreads these residues throughout the ductwork and the entire home.
 
It is why every home needs vent cleaning after a fire in Nashville. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that the affecting residues might be small, but if they spread, that makes the task of returning each home much more difficult for us and costly to the homeowner.
 
One of our inspectors starts the process by removing the vent covers and examining the interior of the ductwork. If the fire was a small one and quickly extinguished, then it is very likely the residues are minor and do not extend too far past the vent entrance.
 
If this is the situation, our technicians begin cleaning by wiping down the affected vent covers and other surfaces. If the residue is a dry powder, they use a dry sponge to remove it. When the residue is sticky or very thick, SERVPRO technicians apply either water or a cleaning agent to the sponge to break it up and remove it.
 
If the residues have settled farther into the ducts, our teams use sponges and scrub brushes on telescoping arms to break them up. Next, they use commercial vacuums with wands and hoses to reach in and remove any residue the sponges could not pick up.
 
In a larger fire, the smoke may have deposited residue much father into the ductwork. When this happens, our restoration teams move to fog generating devices to clean every surface we cannot reach otherwise. Technicians mix a cleaning agent to place inside the fogger. As the device begins working, other team members ensure the other vents are sealed tight while another specialist activates a box fan to force the fog throughout the entire ductwork slowly.
 
Once they cover every surface, technicians uncover an exit point and increase the fan speed to force the fog and particles out of the ducts. They repeat the process until no more residue particles exit the system.
 
At SERVPRO of South Nashville, it is our goal to return your home to its pre-fire condition, so you and your family have a clean, safe environment. If you need our services, contact our office today at (615) 331-0200 to schedule a visit for an estimate.

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Keep Your Costs Down And Employee Attendance Up With HVAC Cleaning At Your Nashville Office

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Keep Your Costs Down And Employee Attendance Up With HVAC Cleaning At Your Nashville Office You might not think of your office building as being a constant flow of dust, debris, and possible contagions, but it is.

HVAC Cleaning At Your Office

When you think about ways to help your Nashville office space run a little more efficiently, you might come up with a long list of possible changes that you could make. While there are undoubtedly strategies that you could implement to decrease your outgoing expenses while improving the quality of the job for the employees that work there in the building, one of the unexpected ways that you can do this is through cleaning the ductwork and HVAC system.

You might not think of your office building as being a constant flow of dust, debris, and possible contagions, but it is. Without a regular cleaning of the network of ducts and the appliances which provide the forced air through these channels, your Nashville office could continuously be under a barrage of microscopic annoyances and germs without HVAC cleaning. Fortunately, SERVPRO offers a way for you to keep this threat contained and to improve the quality of the air at the office and reduce your overhead costs at the same time.

You may not think about it much, but clogging ductwork and vents can force your air conditioning units and heaters to work harder than they usually would to provide the same level of comfortable air you are accustomed to on a daily basis. Of course, no one is going to be able to tell usually whether channels are getting full of debris and dust without cameras and the appropriate equipment, which is why professional cleaning services are always the best choice.

Our SERVPRO professionals can camera ducts to find blockages and problem areas and set up high powered vacuums over ventilation points that can pull all of the dirt and debris from inside these pathways without flooding the rooms with this same sediment.

With your circulation systems able to function as they should, and not working overtime to provide a comfortable environment, your overhead heating/cooling costs come down. Additionally, with less debris and potential germs circulating the office, you can keep more of your staff healthy (even through the cold and flu seasons) and producing for the company. Contact SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 for more information about our HVAC cleaning services.

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Eliminating Mold Damage in South Nashville Homes

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Eliminating Mold Damage in South Nashville Homes Mold occurs when moisture is present in your home, this can be caused by a small plumbing leak or flooding.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

Many South Nashville residents somehow think mold is their fault, either through neglect or poor housekeeping. The reality is that mold spores are present in every home, regardless of how much bleach the owner uses. These spores are also no more harmful than common house dust until the right circumstances and requirements are met.

Mold damage to South Nashville homes can only happen when there is enough moisture present in the right temperature range to activate these tiny spores which begin feeding on a nearby food source. Stopping further growth requires understanding how mold grows and finding the best way to interrupt it and prevent growth in the future immediately. At SERVPRO, our response teams train to do just that.

Inert and active mold spores cluster together. Each spore is smaller than the width of a human hair, and a cluster of thousands is still so small it can fit on the head of a thumbtack. They remain this small, and inert until they absorb enough moisture from a small pool of rainwater or an even smaller plumbing leak. With only a tiny amount of water, the spores extend hyphae which grow over and into food sources like drywall, wood framing, and even roof tiles.

That is why our teams ask two questions of every homeowner: Where is the mold and Have you had a leak of any type recently? The answers tell our technicians where to look for mold and the source of the moisture that triggered the spores to begin growing.

It applies to storm flooding, recent fires, and broken plumbing. In each instance, an unusual amount of water, large or small, has entered the home. SERVPRO knows the type is important because flooding and the fire department can soak carpets and floors while broken plumbing might be a split pipe or water hose in the garage or laundry room.

Flood water can also drain through the floor, or down the stairs, into the basement. Since this part of the home is not usually part of daily life, mold can grow here longer than in a bathroom or elsewhere before someone notices it. Our teams need to eliminate this, and every source of moisture, regardless of where it might be. If they do not, then the owner soon has a recurring problem.

If you are dealing with water now, or a mold problem caused by the previous flooding, call SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 today. We are here to help you and your home.

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Why Basement Waterproofing Can Save Your Nashville Home

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Basement Waterproofing Can Save Your Nashville Home Basement Waterproofing Protects Many Nashville Homes from Water Damage

Be Proactive and Protect Your Home Again Water Intrusion

You might not realize it, but the floodplains and low lying areas change over time. While your home might have not initially got constructed in a known flooding area, years of changes to the contours of the hills, other construction projects, and multiple other factors could put your home in a flood-prone area now. While homes that were always going to experience higher volumes of exterior water got reinforced during construction to withstand these elements, if your home was not considered to be at risk during construction, it might not have these precautionary reinforcement measures.
 
If your Nashville home experiences flood damage with every severe storm that passes through the area, you might consider waterproofing your basement. This process can help you to better combat the damaging effects of floodwaters by reinforcing your home from the inside to prevent penetration. In truth, several approaches could aid in preventing flood damage, and the combination of these options varies from residence to residence.
 
Initially, our SERVPRO technicians thoroughly inspect the integrity of the foundation walls surrounding your basement for weak points and vulnerable areas. For gaps and cracks that get located from this initial inspection, these areas get coated with hydraulic cement to withstand the pressure of external water against these penetration points. Roll on waterproofing material is commonplace for interior protection as they are efficient to apply and resistant, and this material would coat the entire interior wall. A permanent dehumidifier can also help regulate the humidity levels to protect concrete construction and belongings.
 
You might require a sump pump to get installed to help fight underground water that wants to put pressure on the concrete flooring or the walls of this basement area. While our team does not install sump pumps, we can help you in grading flooring and adding ditches and drains to direct water to the pump more efficiently.
 
Fighting flood damage in your home might not be a battle that you have had to fight the entire time you have lived in your house. As homes age and the landscape changes, you might need to consider the possibilities and benefits of waterproofing your basement to prevent the continued costs of flood damage restoration in the lower levels of your home. Give our SERVPRO of South Nashville technicians a call today at (615) 331-0200.

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Stopping and Preventing Flood Damage in Nashville

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stopping and Preventing Flood Damage in Nashville Sealing off your crawlspace can help prevent any water from seeping into your home from the floor. Contact SERVPRO to discuss or for remediation.

Preventative Measures Can Go a Long Way to Preventing Any Future Damage to Your Home


Nashville residents deal with rain and flooding every storm season. Most homes do not have to deal with much water, some flood every year, and a few have to deal with more water than they ever expected.
 
For a few of them, it is the flood damage under Nashville homes that cause both short- and long-term problems. Crawlspaces are usually just a space under a home that provides a place for spiders, rats, and other pests. After more than twenty years supporting our neighbors, SERVPRO knows that some homes are at risk even when the owners think they are high and dry.
 
Floodwater can penetrate every crack in a concrete wall, and if the groundwater is already high, it can seep up through the ground. Depending on how high the water is outside the home, water in a crawlspace can remain for days.
 
Even if the water in a crawlspace drains swiftly, it does cause some damage every time a heavy rain strikes a home. Installing a sump pump provides a way to begin removing water soon after it begins to collect, but preventing water from entering, to begin with, is a much better way to deal with the problem.
 
Encapsulation closes off the crawlspace from outside moisture. It not only protects the crawlspace but if the flood water rises high enough, it penetrates into the home through the sub-floor. We start with finding every crack and seep in the walls and seal them with hydraulic cement. After they fill every crack, our technicians cover each wall with masonry cement. These two compounds together form an excellent seal against further water intrusion.
 
Next, SERVPRO technicians cover the floor and walls with thick sheets of polyethylene as a vapor barrier. We stretch these sheets into place and use polyurethane caulk or foundation tape to secure them.
 
Once we have the crawlspace sealed off, we remove moisture from what is now an enclosed environment. Our technicians do this by installing one or more dehumidifiers. Each device can draw 25 gallons of water from the air. It not only reduces humidity to a normal level but lowers the risk of mold spores expanding and growing into a mass that can cause further damage.
 
Encapsulation can also reduce utility costs. Depending on the size of the crawlspace, some homes could see their heating and cooling bills reduced by as much as eighteen percent.
 
Protecting a home from flood damage takes much more than just pumping out water and drying out carpets. If you have floodwater in or under your home, SERVPRO of South Nashville is here to help. Call us today at (615) 331-0200.

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Remediation Experts For Nashville Restaurant Mold Damage

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediation Experts For Nashville Restaurant Mold Damage Plenty of Nashville Restaurants In this Great City Need Mold Remediation--Trust SERVPRO

The Trusted Name of SERVPRO Is the Answer to Mold Remediation and Cleanup in Commercial Properties

Casual to fine dining, Nashville area eatery establishments have to contend with the risk of mold damage. Mold spores are on surfaces and in the air everywhere but need a source of water to grow and reproduce. Commercial kitchens, bars, and patron areas are challenged with managing moisture and subsequent mold growth. We are an expert mold remediation company and offer a full spectrum of services and recommendations to avoid microbial damage from threatening your business.
 
Mold damage can take hold many places in your Nashville restaurant. Spills not entirely cleared, leaks in pipes or connections, appliance malfunctions, and external events like heavy rains or flooding bring water into contact with mold spores. If more than 24 to 48 hours pass before the removal of standing water and the drying of structure, mold can grow. Restaurants are crammed with surfaces that support mold growth as the fungi feed on organic matter after water starts the cycle. When our team comes to evaluate your space for mold remediation, we also carefully scope out sources of moisture and debris that could host a colony.
 
SERVPRO uses EPA protocols and state of the art equipment and cleaning products to eradicate the current mold colonies efficiently and safely. Our first step is containment, including using heavy plastic sheeting as a barrier and negative pressure air scrubbers to keep mold debris from spreading into unaffected areas. Our mold remediation team bags the microbial colonies and any porous materials and residues infiltrated with the mold, bags it, and disposes of it following all applicable hazardous waste laws, rules, and regulations. Protecting consumable products from excessive mold contact is of paramount concern.
 
We then use EPA registered disinfectants to treat the formerly moldy spaces, and HEPA equipped vacuums to clear out any lingering particles. SERVPRO works with you and any appropriate vendors or contractors to remedy the moisture problems that fuel the mold growth initially. If moisture is not managed, mold becomes a problem again.
 
Throughout the process, we are aware of the particular constraints posed by the preparation and serving of food and beverages for the general public. Using a licensed and certified mold remediation firm such as SERVPRO ensures all local health requirements are met or observed. We also remediate quickly, as even a day or two of downtime means loss of revenue and reputation.
 
Call SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 if you suspect mold is growing in your bar, grill, diner, or any other restaurant, bistro, or cafe. Our skilled staff and comprehensive array of equipment and products get you back to business fast.

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