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Partner With SERVPRO to Prepare for Water Damage to Your Business in Nashville

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Partner With SERVPRO to Prepare for Water Damage to Your Business in Nashville Specifying the location of any water and power shutoffs in your factory is key for more effective remediation. Contact SERVPRO to create an ERP.

Team SERVPRO Uses the Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) as a Proactive Means to Help Mitigate Commercial Water Damage

An old saying counsels not to “borrow trouble,” but working with a reputable disaster recovery company to formulate a response to the potential damage a water loss can do to your Nashville business can avoid and minimize negative consequences. As a successful business owner, you anticipate problems and devise solutions for many different aspects of your operations. Creating a contingency plan with us to address water damage issues is a smart business decision.

The best outcome when water damage affects your Nashville business depends on a speedy response from well-qualified restoration professionals. Our efforts to mitigate a water emergency are most efficient when we are familiar with the physical layout of your commercial property and have immediate access to critical details about your priorities and preferences. An understanding of how your business delivers goods and services to your clientele permits us to try to do our restoration work without disrupting your entire enterprise.

SERVPRO developed a method to codify all the above data and more into our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). Providing all the information we need to respond effectively and efficiently to a crisis at your company in a concise online document eliminates delays and gets you back in business fast. About half of businesses forced to shutter their windows and lock their doors to deal with water damage or other disasters find it hard to reopen and thrive. Plan with us to avoid these problems.

The ERP process begins with an assessment of your commercial property by a seasoned member of the SERVPRO management team. Expect the walkthrough of your property to be thorough and consider the suggestions we make to minimize the risk to your business property by adjusting and adapting aspects of your operations like storage decisions, equipment placement, and the completion of repairs and routine maintenance.

SERVPRO assembles a file of pictures, blueprints, and locations of key systems, including utility shutoffs during the assessment. We also encourage you to answer the questions our mobile app to enhance the assessment with Insights only you can provide, such as a list of vendors and contractors who can assist and answer questions we might have about equipment and systems as we complete the water damage restoration. Designate specific managers or employees to work with us if you are not available when the water loss occurs, crucial as waiting even a few hours increases the risk of progressive and secondary water damage dramatically.

Collaborate with SERVPRO of South Nashville, creating an Emergency Ready Plan that streamlines our response to any commercial water damage circumstances placing your business at risk. Call (615) 331-0200 to schedule an initial assessment and to notify us if the ERP needs implementation.

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Preventing Reoccurring Mold Damage In Your Nashville Residence

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Reoccurring Mold Damage In Your Nashville Residence SERVPRO Says Encapsulation of Crawlspaces in Nashville Area Homes Helps Prevent Mold Growth

SERVPRO Provides Solutions to Keep Mold from Revisiting Your Home

The discovery of mold in your home can be a traumatic ordeal. Even after professional remediation has ended, a homeowner is often left curious about the ways to prevent this situation from happening again. With the risks of health effects and structural damage associated with mold growth and colonization, it stands to reason that prevention of this microbial presence is in your best interest.  
 
Several routes can get taken to prevent mold growth from occurring in your Nashville home again once the initial threat has gotten removed. Our SERVPRO remediation technicians seek to locate the source of the moisture in the affected area of your residence to isolate this occurrence and possibly repair the damage that allowed it to happen. In some cases, though, prevention of this moisture is ultimately impossible. In these circumstances, there are some solutions to keep your house and family safe from reoccurring mold.  
 
One of the first things that our SERVPRO technicians might suggest, especially if the moisture originates from underneath your home, is crawlspace encapsulation. This undertaking takes all of the surfaces of your crawlspace beneath your home and covers it with thick plastic. Antimicrobial solution is sprayed on the structural components underneath your home before it is covered to further protect these materials from mold spores in the environment. The non-permeable 12-mil poly acts as a moisture barrier to groundwater in the soil.

 
Stationary equipment might also be another suggestion to combat the moisture present in critical areas of your property. For example, the installation of a high-strength dehumidifier can work to combat the moisture present in the atmosphere and keep it from getting to the tipping point which allows mold spores to seat and thrive. Likewise, sump pumps can get installed in areas to divert water away from your house and prevent pooling and prolonged dampness. This system works well in crawlspace environments.
 
While the initial discovery and remediation process for mold in your house might have been traumatic enough, homeowners strive never to have to deal with that same ordeal a second time. There are ways to avoid mold growth, and our SERVPRO of South Nashville technicians can help you to strive towards this goal. Give us a call anytime for assessments and mold inhibiting plans specific to your home at (615) 331-0200.

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Should I Arrange Ductwork Cleaning After Fire In My Nashville Home?

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Should I Arrange Ductwork Cleaning After Fire In My Nashville Home? SERVPRO Has Your Nashville Home Smelling Like a Flower after a Fire

SERVPRO Says Call Us to Restore Your Fire-Damaged Home in Nashville--Odor-Free Indoor Air Quality

When fire blazes in your Nashville home the visible damage alone can be overwhelming. Understanding how smoke, ash, and soot move throughout your home really opens your eyes to the devastation you cannot see, including persistent odors and progressive deterioration within and beneath surfaces inadequately cleaned. Fire resides caught in your HVAC system are a significant source of unseen and recurring damage. Lining up our duct cleaning services is a wise move.
 
An HVAC system is very capable of moving smoke and soot throughout your Nashville home if running during a fire. Ductwork cleaning after an inspection is frequently indicated in this scenario. Even if your heating and cooling system did not operate during the fire, air’s passive movement during and after the crisis could send residues inside the configuration, soiling the ventilation system. Heated air travels with a great force carrying along particulates in its current. Our duct cleaning specialists are experts at evaluating the condition of the system, both return air and supply side, post-fire and completing the work when approved.
 
Fire residues are incredibly corrosive and attracted to the metal surfaces inside your ductwork. SERVPRO technicians know the heaviest deposits are expected near the vents closest to the fire site, but the inspection we do and the cleaning we complete is comprehensive. Risking incomplete remediation by attending only to the areas near the fire does not follow best industry practices. Halting the corrosion is equal in importance to removing the soot as the long-time efficiency of the HVAC system can be impaired if it suffers deterioration because of the characteristics of the fire residues.
 
Additionally, the chances are good that your ductwork already has debris inside that caused little trouble before the fire. The smoke blown or exhausted through an operating system or drifting through a disengaged system can mix with this baseline soiling. This action exacerbates the problem because the previous debris now takes on the smell and the acidity of the smoke, transforming from harmless to harmful. When SERVPRO technicians take on the ductwork cleaning, we evacuate all debris.
 
SERVPRO crews also consider using odor oxidizers or other advanced deodorizing techniques as the final phase of the duct cleaning. Nothing ruins a seemingly successful fire restoration faster than a lingering smoke smell. If that smell “lives” in your ductwork, the reminder of the fire and its damage is constant. Strangely, a human response to the knowledge of a house fire is a psychological phenomenon known as phantosmia. Though no physical present of odor-causing molecules is present, individuals perceive a persistent odor--in their own minds. Perception is reality. All the more reason to do a great professional job. Customers and our work crews much prefer no hint of the disaster -- “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO of South Nashville offers help with all aspects of fire damage restoration, including expert ductwork cleaning. Once the firefighters are on their way out the door, call us at (615) 331-0200 to arrange for HVAC system cleaning and completion of the many other tasks required after the disaster.

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The Risks Of Mold Growth In Your Nashville Residence

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Risks Of Mold Growth In Your Nashville Residence Mold is a serious concern for your Nashville home.

The Risks Of Mold Growth

Mold is a serious concern for your Nashville home. While you might have seen this occur in your home throughout your life growing up, namely in the dark and moisture ridden basement, mold is better understood today. With potential health effects linked to exposure, removing active colonies growing in your residence should be a priority upon discovery.

However, there are reasons why you should resolve to remove mold damage in your Nashville home quickly. The better that you can appreciate the harmful effects that this fungal colony has on the contents and the structural integrity of your home, the more prepared you are to combat it on sight.

Fortunately, this microbial growth is not one that you have to face alone. Our remediators at SERVPRO have the unique training to prepare them for all varieties of mold growth and the best approaches to remove the colonies. This experience and expertise prove invaluable in fully removing mold and its damages from your residence.

One of the initial things that you must realize is the simplicity with which mold can grow. The only necessary ingredients to this hazardous presence are moisture and warmth. Spores naturally exist in the environment inside of your home on a microscopic level but only have the opportunity to seat once the other conditions get met in the affected area.

This mold growth can occur in as little as 72 hours once the conditions get met. The colonization occurs on organic materials within this area such as drywall, flooring, the contents of the room, or other construction materials. Within a brief period, the thriving colony can degrade the material and weaken it to the point of ineffectiveness.

Once you can appreciate both the potential health effects and the structural concerns of mold growth in your home, you can appreciate the importance of resolving the issue quickly. Our SERVPRO of South Nashville applied microbial remediation technicians can arrive quickly and remove this hazardous presence effectively. You can reach our team at SERVPRO 24/7 at (615) 331-0200.

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The Need For Water Removal Service In Your Nashville Nightclub

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Need For Water Removal Service In Your Nashville Nightclub While you might not ever plan for the likelihood of needing water removal services for your club, it is also a good idea to get prepared.

Professional Water Removal Service

When you own a Nashville nightclub, you are expected to be open when your patrons want to cut loose and experience the nightlife of the city. While there are countless locations to choose from to do this, your reputation revolves around the right atmosphere and availability for your customers. A water loss incident that requires removal can keep you from upholding this promise.

While you might not ever plan for the likelihood of needing water removal services for your Nashville club, it is also a good idea to get prepared for any kind of emergency that could affect your business. As you well know, your open doors are far more important than just to give people a place to go once the sun sets in the city.

One of the first things that you need to consider is the profits that you stand to lose for every evening that your facility is not fit to host the customers you serve. Having a professional company like SERVPRO handle the restoration after a water incident can help you to get these profits returning to your establishment much more quickly.

Another consideration is the employees that you have hired to keep this club running every night. Many of these employees depend solely on their pay from your club to support themselves or their families, leading to an even greater weight to get the restoration done expediently.

Our SERVPRO professionals understand the critical nature of getting your business back to the way it should be. Our crew can respond quickly to your call, and our certified and experienced technicians can get to work on removing the water, drying up the affected area, and restoring or repairing the damage it has caused.

When your nightclub experiences a water emergency, you have little time to waste in figuring out a solution. You can always depend on our SERVPRO of South Nashville water damage restoration specialists to help you overcome the damage and get your doors open once again. Give us a call 24/7 at (615) 331-0200.

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Air Duct Cleaning For Your Nashville Property Following Fire Damages

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Air Duct Cleaning For Your Nashville Property Following Fire Damages Air Duct Cleaning After a House Fire in Nashville Needed? Call SERVPRO for Restored IAQ

Nashville Smoke & Fire Damaged Buildings Rely on SERVPRO for Air Duct Cleaning

A fire in your Nashville home or business can leave you with widespread damages to face. While many of these are blatant and easy to see, some of the effects from the fire might not be so obvious. For example, the ductwork for your air circulation system likely collected substantial amounts of dirt, debris, odors, and soot while the fire continued to rage inside your property.

While you want to choose professional restoration that can handle all of the facets of restoring the damage to your Nashville home, choosing a team proficient in air duct cleaning can also be to your benefit. That is what makes SERVPRO such a wise decision for anyone who has to deal with the harsh effects of a recent fire in their house. Our team of certified technicians can respond quickly and help you overcome any of these damages.

Understanding that the ductwork can often get a considerable amount of damage with a widespread fire, these areas are often part of the initial inspection conducted by our project manager and estimator. The combusted residue is typically acidic and can corrode these conduits if not dealt with quickly. The components of the entire HVAC system can be damaged. Once restoration begins, cleaning out this network of sheet metal, insulated flex, or square fiberboard is instrumental in restoring your home to preloss condition.

Using sophisticated equipment like our spinning brush tool, we can break loose any of the caked debris or soot on the walls of the ducts. Once this brushing ends, we can turn our attention to vacuuming out the area. The heavy-duty vacuums our SERVPRO professionals use are equipped with HEPA filters to catch airborne debris, dirt, and soot. For thorough cleaning of the area, these filters often require getting changed multiple times. Restoring the IAQ indoor air quality to healthful levels is paramount to securing a safe and hazard-free living space.

Deodorization is a critical part of fire restoration as a whole and is one of the final steps towards a completed job. Thermal fogging equipment often gets chosen for this process. SERVPRO has specially formulated deodorizing and sanitizing products for finalization of the service.

Whether the fire damage was widespread or not, your ductwork in your home or business shows signs of the incident. To keep this soot and debris from floating around the house, choose professional air duct cleaning from our SERVPRO of South Nashville technicians. Our rapid response team is standing by at (615) 331-0200. 

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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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