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Services Needed to Protect Your Nashville Home After a Storm or Flood

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Services Needed to Protect Your Nashville Home After a Storm or Flood Crawlspaces harbor moisture. Call SERVPRO to discuss how to prevent moisture from remaining in your crawlspace.

Preparation is the Key to Preventing Storm Damage

Owning a home that resides in an area plagued by flooding, constant storms or inclement weather conditions can cause severe structural maintenance issues to develop over time. It is of particular importance to pay attention to new homes these days, where, even the slightest problems give water access to unprotected materials used during construction.
 
You would benefit from taking the time to locate a quality company that can provide you with the technicians and equipment necessary to dry out the crawl spaces of your Nashville home after a flood or heavy storm. Face it; the crawl space design used fifty years ago does not match changes made in building design over time.
 
SERVPRO offers a variety of services to help dry your entire home, including crawl spaces and other hard to reach areas. Depending on the foundation of your home, you likely open your crawl space access and find a dirt floor underneath. You may also find puddles of standing water, bugs, rodents, and little to no ventilation.
 
The vents installed in your home’s crawl space during construction are not adequate to remove moisture or protect your indoor environment sufficiently enough. Many homeowners find that crawl space encapsulation not only provides you with a more energy efficient option, but it also provides your family with a higher indoor air quality throughout your home.
 
At SERVPRO, we can provide you with crawl space encapsulation services that involve the use of recent technology to separate the crawl space from the ground using a high-quality vapor barrier; this creates an additional layer that protects your home from outdoor elements.
 
Our technicians perform a full inspection to determine the state of your crawl space before doing anything else. It involves locating and repairing any possible water problems that exist, along with cleaning, mold, and pest remediation services before encapsulating, to help avoid leaving vermin or fungi behind that can destroy the seal around the barrier we create.
 
SERVPRO can fully encapsulate your crawl space and install high-quality dehumidifiers to help regulate the temperature that exists, this often reduces foundation cracks, interior drywall cracks, developing uneven floors and produces great results your family can enjoy.
 
Contact SERVPRO of South Nashville for additional information or to obtain the services you deserve today. (615) 331-0200

What To Do If You Discover Water Damage In Your Nashville Home

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do If You Discover Water Damage In Your Nashville Home Nashville Leaks and Damage Get Help from SERVPRO

Call SERVPRO in the Nashville Area For Water Extraction

Water damage probably is not something you think about a lot, but it can happen surprisingly easily. Perhaps you got called away while a faucet was still running, or maybe a pipe burst in your kitchen. Flooding is a real risk for homeowners, too. If you find water has leaked or got into your home in any way, it is necessary to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Where should you start?
 
The first thing to do if you discover water damage in your Nashville home is identify the source of the water, and cut it off if you can. Try and do this quickly to prevent the problem from getting any worse. Stop up any leaks, shut off any running faucets, use sandbags towels as a barrier against flowing water on the floor.

Once you have identified and cut off the source of the water, what then? It is vital that you remedy any water damage as quickly as possible. If left unchecked, water can harm your home’s structure and furnishings, and encourage the growth of mold. Our water damage technicians are skilled at mitigating secondary water damage. This limits out of pocket expenses and reduces stress and inconvenience.
 
Luckily, help is at hand. SERVPRO is ready and waiting to help you deal with water damage in your home. We can respond to your call quickly and send out our IICRC certified technicians to get the situation under control and help restore your home.
 
From the moment they arrive, our SERVPRO technicians get to work drying out your home. We remove any contaminated and non-salvageable materials and do everything we can to make your home safe. Our focus is on getting your home dried out as quickly as possible to minimize damage to your house and inconvenience to you.
 
Our team brings powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry out your home, including water damaged materials such as carpets. Air movers help dry your home by expelling the moist, humid air from the room and bringing in warm, dry air to create a drier atmosphere and increase evaporation. This type of refrigerated low grain dehumidifier can extract up to 30 gallons of moisture per day from the ambient air within your home.
 
Our qualified SERVPRO technicians are experienced in placing our equipment in the most efficient manner, to dry your home out quickly. Whether the problem is confined to just one room or affects your whole house, we  come equipped with everything needed to start drying it out straight away. Moreover, if your home needs professional products to help mitigate any resulting mold growth, our technicians are trained to apply those too.
 
If you discover water damage in your home, don’t delay – call SERVPRO of South Nashville. We are dedicated to serving our local community. For an immediate 24/7 response to your water emergency call us at (615) 331-0200.

Quality HVAC Cleaning Services Performed In Nashville

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Quality HVAC Cleaning Services Performed In Nashville Dirty Ducts? Poor Air Quality? Why Wait? Call SERVPRO

Count on SERVPRO to Keep Your Ducts Sanitary with a Cleaning Service

Providing you with proper HVAC cleaning involves the removal of potential health problems related to mold contamination, dirt, pollen, dust, and debris that build up in your ventilation system over time.

Clogged ventilation systems in your Nashville area home make HVAC cleaning methods necessary to provide you with a quality indoor environment. These cleaning methods are critical for restoring system efficiency and reducing related energy costs.
 
The installation of most HVAC ducting or trunk lines happens inside of your ceiling, attic areas, or crawl spaces that make access difficult. However, cleaning and decontamination of regular sheet metal ducting are usually possible.
 
When it comes to coated fiberboard and flex ducting, replacement becomes necessary to avoid spreading gray or black water contaminants throughout the home. The type of material on the inside of the duct system becomes a critical factor in restoration.
 
If your ducting contains fiberglass insulation and is left unused for extended lengths of time, mold and mildew may be present, which requires replacement of the fiberglass lining due to related health issues. If not a significant amount is found, we can try fogging with antifungal agents and check the results.
 
SERVPRO technicians use a variety of tools and equipment to perform an inspection and perform HVAC cleaning properly. Dust scopes provide technicians with an inexpensive way to show customers before, and after results of a service, while inspection and air washing systems help reach tight spaces and locate damages.
 
SERVPRO technicians use special personal protective equipment such as coveralls with hood and boot options, full-face HEPA filtered respirators and gloves. These items help protect technicians throughout the cleaning process and maintain a safe, quality environment for you and your family.
 
Airless sprayers and foggers provide SERVPRO technicians with a solid method for applying antimicrobial coatings and disinfectants to surfaces and air duct systems found in any size ventilation system. Spray Foggers apply sanitizers and deodorizers, while airless sprayers apply coatings. Coating spray systems and mini cart spray systems used in combination with a pressure washer help apply coatings and disinfectants in various ways.
 
Industrial-grade HEPA filtered wet-dry vacuums assist with the removal of dust and debris building up throughout your ventilation system, while dryer vent cleaning equipment allows technicians with higher quality attachments and tools necessary to clean all types of dryer vent systems and duct work. All HVAC filters are also changed out during the service.
 
Contact SERVPRO of South Nashville for access to expertly trained technicians and quality services that help improve your indoor air quality today. (615) 331-0200

SERVPRO Flood Damage Oak Hill TN

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Flood Damage Oak Hill TN Call the Experts. For Water, Fire, Mold Damage we make it “Like it never even happened.”

Overflowing creeks and rivers are a regular occurrence in many parts of Tennessee. Unfortunately, that also means flooded homes are a regular occurrence as well. When this happens, it is important to begin the water removal process as quickly as possible.
Flood damage in Oak Hill requires a professional restoration company. Poorly done water removal puts your home at risk for continued loss. SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team ready to answer your call and meet whatever requirements that your home may need. Our inspectors quickly determine the personnel and equipment we need to put your home and your life back to normal.
Here are the three general steps we take to get the water out of your home, reduce moisture to prevent mold growth, and thoroughly dry your home.

First, water removal and extraction. The only to stop continued loss of property and building material is to pump out all standing water and then use specialized extraction equipment to draw water out of carpets and concrete, tile or wood floors.

Second, identifying moisture levels and controlling mold. Even with the flood waters removed, remaining high levels of moisture in building materials and the surrounding air can provide an environment where mold spores can expand and begin to grow. Technicians use air content meters to measure moisture and mold levels and probes to check the inside of drywall for moisture and mold.
If technicians find mold, they treat affected areas with fungicides and anti-bacterial cleaners. These treatments stop growth while other technicians begin the drying process. If materials are not restorable, they are removed and disposed of according to state and federal regulations.

Third, drying out your home. If moisture levels are high, response team members use a combination of air movers, space heaters, and dehumidifiers to draw out the remaining excess amount and lower the levels back to normal. Once accomplished, mold spores stop growing and shrink back to their dormant state.
Mitigating the effects of flooding is a time-consuming and costly process. Accomplishing it with a handful of family members with a car-vac, a mop, and a bucket is not possible and may put your home at further risk. SERVPRO of South Nashville is here to help our community and neighbors return their homes to their original state. Call us today for an initial, free inspection at (615) 331-0200.

Air Duct Cleaning Services Available In The Nashville Area

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Air Duct Cleaning Services Available In The Nashville Area These Nashville Ducts Need SERVPRO for a Good Cleaning

SERVPRO Expertly Cleans and Sanitizes Duct Systems


Maintaining your home involves a variety of basic tasks, some are easy, while others should be high on your responsibility meter. Any tasks involved in taking care of the indoor environment of your home fall into this category.


Regularly performing air duct cleaning in your Nashville area home is a fundamental component to maintaining a safe, healthy environment for your family. Even if your home is not involved in an emergency situation such as a fire, or mold incident that enters your ventilation system, you should seek professional cleaning services to maintain the ducting in your home properly.
 
SERVPRO technicians often find that the ventilation system's ductwork can spread residues, dirt, and debris throughout a structure within minutes. Causing moderate to heavy smoke damage during a fire and possible contamination issues when dealing with mold incidents in your home.
 
SERVPRO technicians follow any state or local contracting laws to assess the problems of your ventilation system. Using a fully licensed, IICRC certified technician to visually inspect any mechanical components in your system including dampers, turning vanes, mixing boxes, and the cooling coil, along with checking for disassembled sections of ducting, bends or folds.
 
At SERVPRO, our technicians find that sheet metal ducting is easier to clean unless lined with insulation, which makes deodorization difficult, if not impossible under certain conditions. If your system has sections of flex ducting installed, replacement may be the most cost-effective solution due to the pleated folds that exist.
 
Duct sealing provides a solution for sections where cleaning may not be possible. Sealing involves the removal of vent registers and air intakes, along with any filters that exist. The technician then vacuums the dust and soot from all reachable surfaces such as the inlet plenum and each outlet.
 
After inspecting all of the mechanical components and cleaning them properly, a technician uses a general purpose wall and surface cleaner on interior surfaces. Beginning the sealing process by using an ULV fogger with duct sealer and deodorizers to apply a sealing agent.
 
A nozzle placed into the plenum works in combination with the central blower to blow sealer through the inlet towards any outlets that exist. Once sealing is complete, we reinstall outlet and inlet covers and place odor counteracting beads within the system to combat odors that exist.
 
Contact SERVPRO of South Nashville for access to expertly trained technicians to help improve your indoor air quality today. (615) 331-0200

Quarantine Methods Used by SERVPRO

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quarantine Methods Used by SERVPRO In some cases, we may need to erect or adapt small areas within the home for decontamination and cleaning of supplies and clothing.

SERVPRO Quarantine Methods Used When Dealing with Mold Damage 


Depending on the extent and severity of your mold damage, SERVPRO may deem it necessary to put in containment and quarantine measures in parts of your home. These can range in size from a few feet to entire sections of the home but are always designed to contain mold to its current extent and prevent further contamination throughout the home. If the mold is limited, you may not need to worry about containment at all. However, if our inspector does deem the situation worthy of quarantine measures, these are some of the preventative steps you can expect us to take.

Sealed HVAC Systems

One of the most often implemented containment measures is the sealing off vents and air ducts throughout the building. Mold damage in Nashville homes can spread quickly through heating and air conditioning lines, especially if the source colony is located near a vent. Sealing off HVAC systems may make temperatures a bit uncomfortable in the home, but it is worth it if the mold can be successfully contained.

Plastic Sheeting

We may put up plastic sheets and barriers across moldy surfaces to keep its spores from becoming too much of a problem. These air-tight barriers are effective at both denying the mold moisture and preventing its spores from reaching other parts of the home, and so are used widely and in both small and large mold remediation projects.

Establishing Clean Rooms and Decontamination Rooms

In some cases, we may need to erect or adapt small areas within the home for decontamination and cleaning of supplies and clothing. Whenever someone - be it SERVPRO staff or the homeowner - leaves or enters the moldy area, they have to go through this special area and make sure that no mold spores can leave the quarantined zone. This stops mold spores from hitching a ride on you and your belongings as you move between rooms.


 


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SERVPRO of South Nashville provides thorough and well-planned mold remediation for homes suffering in its grasp. Call us at the first sign of mold 24/7 at (615) 331-0200.

What To Do If You Discover Water Damage In Your Nashville Home

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do If You Discover Water Damage In Your Nashville Home Drips Become Water Damaging Problems in Nashville

Call SERVPRO in the Nashville Area For Water Extraction

Water damage probably is not something you think about a lot, but it can happen surprisingly easily. Perhaps you got called away while a faucet was still running, or maybe a pipe burst in your kitchen. Flooding is a real risk for homeowners, too. If you find water has leaked or got into your home in any way, it is necessary to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Where should you start?
 
The first thing to do if you discover water damage in your Nashville home is identify the source of the water, and cut it off if you can. Try and do this quickly to prevent the problem from getting any worse. Stop up any leaks, shut off any running faucets, use sandbags towels as a barrier against flowing water on the floor.

Once you have identified and cut off the source of the water, what then? It is vital that you remedy any water damage as quickly as possible. If left unchecked, water can harm your home’s structure and furnishings, and encourage the growth of mold. Our water damage technicians are skilled at mitigating secondary water damage. This limits out of pocket expenses and reduces stress and inconvenience.
 
Luckily, help is at hand. SERVPRO is ready and waiting to help you deal with water damage in your home. We can respond to your call quickly and send out our IICRC certified technicians to get the situation under control and help restore your home.
 
From the moment they arrive, our SERVPRO technicians get to work drying out your home. We remove any contaminated and non-salvageable materials and do everything we can to make your home safe. Our focus is on getting your home dried out as quickly as possible to minimize damage to your house and inconvenience to you.
 
Our team brings powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry out your home, including water damaged materials such as carpets. Air movers help dry your home by expelling the moist, humid air from the room and bringing in warm, dry air to create a drier atmosphere and increase evaporation. This type of refrigerated low grain dehumidifier can extract up to 30 gallons of moisture per day from the ambient air within your home.
 
Our qualified SERVPRO technicians are experienced in placing our equipment in the most efficient manner, to dry your home out quickly. Whether the problem is confined to just one room or affects your whole house, we  come equipped with everything needed to start drying it out straight away. Moreover, if your home needs professional products to help mitigate any resulting mold growth, our technicians are trained to apply those too.
 
If you discover water damage in your home, don’t delay – call SERVPRO of South Nashville. We are dedicated to serving our local community. For an immediate 24/7 response to your water emergency call us at (615) 331-0200.

Water Stains on Your Walls Can Signal Water Damage in Your Nashville Home

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Stains on Your Walls Can Signal Water Damage in Your Nashville Home Nashville Water Stains Indicate Problems

SERVPRO Inspects Your Nashville Property for Water Damage to Eliminate Problems

Water stains develop after water has saturated an area. These stains can happen on clothing, upholstery, drapes, and even walls. Many homes across the country have them on walls and ceilings. Getting rid of them seems like it would be easy to do, but they often reappear. Even painting after priming the wall where these are present does not always seem to work.

In Nashville, many of the homes were built a while ago, and these stains can indicate underlying water damage. Older homes have windows that, as the house continues to settle, shift and lose their weather-tightness. Torrential rains and even snow can enter around these frames, and saturate the wall with moisture.

Many homeowners ignore these problems because the floor itself may remain dry. However, if the wall is wet, and this repeatedly happens, over time, this can create a problem inside the interior of the wall. A potential problem for another discussion is the proliferation of mold. Insulation can disintegrate, and other secondary water damage issues can arise. When insulation disintegrates, it loses its ability to keep cold air out and warm air in, and vice versa, creating a higher electric and gas bill for you and a strong transference of heat.

Other situations include the ceiling when water enters through the roof. Ceilings can have water stains, also. Water damage can include problems with lights and fans located in the ceiling, just as it can with outlets located on the wall under windows. Duct work tubes made of metal in the attic can become rusted and cause your furnace and cooling system to work harder than they should have to keep your home at the desired temperature.

Newer homes can also have water stains. Indicative of slowly accumulating water that creeps across the interior side of the exterior surface, they may appear soon after, but not immediately, substantial rainfall. Having a newer home is not a guarantee that water damage cannot happen.

If you have noticed that you have water stains on your walls or ceiling, call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Nashville. We can put an end to the water damage wherever it exists, and keep it from happening again. Call us, 24/7, at (615) 331-0200 and not only will we get rid of that embarrassing water stain, but we can make sure it does not return again.

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Nashville Post Water Damage

2/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Crawl Space Encapsulation in Nashville Post Water Damage SERVPRO Removes the Water and Then Encapsulates Your Nashville Home Crawl Space

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Moisture in a Nashville Crawl Space After Water Intrusion with an Encapsulation


Many homeowners ignore their below ground crawl space if they cannot convert it into a full room; this is a mistake for two reasons. A crawl space is a source of moisture that turns into a perfect environment for mold growth if ignored and can degrade the construction materials. Also, a crawl space is a valuable storage area if it is waterproofed properly.

This conversion process is called encapsulation, and it adds value and waterproofs Nashville homes when done by a professional company. SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to help you protect your home while at the same time add extra storage space by controlling the humidity, sealing cracks and other openings, and installing a barrier against future moisture and ancillary problems. We construct a dry zone under your home.

Controlling Humidity: First, we pump out standing water. Next, we install a dehumidifier to lower the air moisture content. One of our technicians then examines the crawlspace to determine if an interior drain system (perimeter tile) is needed to prevent a return of water. If your residence is near a creek, river, or pond, this may be necessary.

Sealing Cracks and Openings: Our SERVPRO conversion team examines every point of entry into the crawlspace; every crack in the concrete, every joint between the blocks and space around each pipe and vent (ductwork) that enters or leaves the area. For cracks and joints, repairing them is accomplished easily with fresh cement and a few hours of finishing work. Once completed, a vapor barrier is applied to exposed surfaces to reduce the threat of future moisture and mold growth. Sealing off space around pipes and vents requires a special compound. The type we use depends on the material of the item to be sealed and how much space is between it and the opening around it. If the gap is large, then team members use insulation to fill it.

Installing a Barrier: This is a polyethylene type liner crafted to keep moisture outside, away from the crawl space and any property you store there. The liner comes in different thicknesses, allowing us to seal walls, ceilings, and floors. The liner can even function, a primary reason for a vapor barrier, on a dirt floor if there is no continuing leak underneath to disturb the soil. We can also install a sump pump and a permanent dehumidifier to maintain a consistent RH level in the crawl space.

Waterproofing your crawl space protects your home, improves your indoor air quality and adds to the property value. SERVPRO of South Nashville does this and more to help keep your residence safe and dry from weather and plumbing disasters. Call us today at (615) 331-0200 for an initial inspection.

Preventing Kitchen Fires In Your Forest Hills Home

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Kitchen Fires In Your Forest Hills Home Forty percent of home fires start in the kitchen.

Preventing Kitchen Fires


The kitchen is the busiest room in the house in many homes. It is where food is made and where families congregate to interact with one another and share meals. It is one of the most hazardous areas in the home when it comes to fires. Forty percent of home fires start in the kitchen. A fire can occur from cooking habits or appliances. Smaller appliances like toasters and microwaves cause fires, as well as the larger items. The easiest way to lower the possibility of a fire in your kitchen is to learn how to prevent them. You should also have a fire remediation company’s information on hand, such as SERVPRO, in the case of an emergency.

Prevention of fire and fire damage comes in many forms. No flammable items, for example, should be within three feet of your stove or oven in your Forest Hills home for prolonged periods of time. Keep pot holders, towels, oven mitts, and paper towels away from heat. Loose clothing while you are working at a stove isn't a good idea. Wipe burners and other surfaces on the stove or inside ovens regularly to clean off food particles, oil and other materials that can catch fire when hot. If you do have an accident in your kitchen with one of these items, our technicians at SERVPRO need to be made aware, so we can clean up the damage and restore your kitchen for you.

Utensils which have aluminum or foil, metal, or other objects which are metal-based need to be kept away from your microwave oven. Do not place paper products in your oven unless the instructions on the product say to do so. Exceptions can include pizza trays made for the oven. When using cooking oil, heating it on medium instead of high is much safer. Don't leave food cooking on the stove, either, as this is unsafe and the food can unexpectedly catch on fire. You should especially never walk away from food cooking in oil.

Replace any kitchen appliances that have damaged or frayed cords, since this raises the risk of short circuits and electrical fires. Ensure that children know the rules of kitchen safety and that they are tall enough to stand over the stove and see the whole area clearly before they can cook. They should also only do so under adult supervision.

In the case of accidents, anyone working in the kitchen needs to learn what kind of fire extinguisher that is required to put out kitchen fires. These dry chemical extinguishers are suitable for putting out regular fires like those involving fluids such as oil. Once the fire is safely out, you can count on SERVPRO to remediate the damages for you. Kitchen safety is crucial, as there are several ways in which fires can start. If a kitchen fire happens in your home, contact SERVPRO of South Nashville right away. We walk you through the process of remediation and calm your worries when you give us a call at (615) 331-0200.