Cleaning Fire Damage In Nashville Homes
Every Nashville house fire is different.
Fire Damage Restoration
Every Nashville house fire is different. The amount of heat, open flames, and smoke present all depend on what burned and the amount of oxygen available to the fire. These two factors determine a third one, how hot the house burned. Together, they determine the type and amount of smoke residue and what methods are needed to clean and remove them.
Since smoke residue makes up much of the fire damage, Nashville homes suffer, SERVPRO has developed an extensive number of methods to remove it. Between them, we can restore lost property to its original state if it is otherwise physically undamaged.
Dry Cleaning is our first approach. The majority of residues after a fire are powdery and is considered light-to-medium contamination. Our restoration teams can clean this type off the property and structural surfaces with dry cloths or sponges. If the layer is very thick, we may use a commercial-grade vacuum cleaner.
Wet Cleaning is next, and we use it for medium-to-heavy residues. These usually contain some moisture and are a little sticky. Team members use water to dampen the same cloths and sponges before use. For a stickier residue, we use a mild cleaner and repeat until the surface is residue-free.
Spray and Wipe is the method we prefer for wood surfaces and upholstered furniture. Too much moisture can damage these surfaces, and this gives us better control over the amount we use. SERVPRO technicians apply either water or a cleaner using a spray bottle to the surface and then clean off the residue with a cloth.
For more delicate fabrics, we use Foam Cleaning. It is very good to prevent colors from fading or if the fabric is at risk of shrinking with too much moisture. Team members use a pump-up sprayer to force air into a bottle of cleaner or stir up a bucket of cleaner by hand. They then spray the foam or apply it by hand with a sponge or upholstery brush to the affected fabric.
Abrasive Cleaning we use only on items not easily damaged like brick or stone. It consists of a much stronger chemical cleaner and a scrubbing brush. For very deep surface grooves, we may need steel wool.
Finally, we use Immersion Cleaning when the residue is so thick that we cannot remove it by hand. We set the item inside a tank of cleaner at our offices and then use a sound wave generator to force cleaning bubbles across surfaces like window blinds. Depending on the thickness of the residue layer, it may take up to several hours to finish the task.
Fully restoring your home after a fire can take a few days or several weeks. SERVPRO of South Nashville understands the importance of returning your life to normal, so we work as quickly as possible to get you back into a clean, safe environment. Call us today at (615) 331-0200 to get started.
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Regain Control of Mold Damage in Your Nashville Area Home
It is important to avoid pacing boxes too tightly when storing them in closets to allow air circulation and prevent mold growth.
Tips on Preventing Mold Damage in Your Home’s Storage Spaces
As you may already know, mold can grow anywhere in your Nashville area home. All it takes is moisture to provide mold with the last ingredient it needs to begin a growth cycle. Believe it or not, a common place for mold growth is your closets.
It only takes a little moisture for mold damage to occur on your Nashville property. You may place damp clothing, jackets, shoes, or additional items into your closet thinking they might dry, when in fact, these articles can accelerate mold growth.
Sometimes it all comes down to habits, which SERVPRO can help you change. Keeping mold in mind when storing items in your closet can help eliminate conditions mold needs to thrive. Try to only store clean, dry clothing and never pile clothing and other items on the closet floor.
Avoid packing clothes or boxes too tightly; your closet needs air circulation to reduce moisture. If you have containers, like plastic tubs, make sure you line them with cotton sheeting to eliminate condensation. Keep items off of the floor as much as possible to prevent trapping moisture, use plastic-coated wire shelves instead of solid wood shelves.
You can also place low-wattage bulbs in your closet, the heat from the bulb helps keep the closet and stored clothing dry, especially in rooms with high humidity, like the bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen. Replace solid closet doors with louvered doors, or leave your closet doors partially open whenever possible to eliminate moisture problems that often occur.
If you have any size mold problem in your home, SERVPRO’s IICRC technicians can provide you with quality mold remediation services that help regain control of your living environment. We can locate existing problems, remove excess moisture, eliminate odors and perform a variety of cleaning services that help return your home to a quality condition that you and your family can enjoy.
SERVPRO of South Nashville has expertly trained mold remediation technicians available 24/7, who remain dedicated to helping you limit any losses you might experience and address a variety of environmental problems that often occur in your home, call today. (615) 331-0200
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How Simple Crawl Space Repair Can Prevent Water Damage To Your Nashville Home
Water in your crawl space can cause structural damage. If you notice water pooling in that area, a quick call to SERVPRO can offer you options.
Trained Technicians Remediate Water Damage in Your Home and Offer Options to Prevent a Recurrence
Water damage to your Nashville home can be devastating enough, especially when you start to realize that the problem rests with a combination of the construction of your foundation walls and water that can penetrate this weakened wall through your crawl space. Fortunately, some solutions can help you to prevent further damage in the future.
Crawl space repair for your Nashville home is a typical response to the presence of water from walls adjacent to this area of your property. This service is one that more and more homes in the region need as they age, even when the initial construction was sound. If you have been noticing water in the lower levels of your home penetrating from this exterior area, SERVPRO has the solution to restore not only the water damage to your home but prevent future damages as well.
Our process is two-fold, offering first the repairs that these block walls need to prevent further penetration of water when conditions are less than favorable outside. Typically this gets accomplished through a thorough visual inspection to locate problem areas. These are cracks, holes or worn out mortar joints are parged over with hydraulic cement.
The second part of this process is encapsulation. Through using thick plastic sheeting, we can completely enclose the crawl space area after the initial repairs have gotten completed. The process ultimately prevents water from accessing the crawl space at all and also prevents water from affecting the mortar joints or repairs made to the shared wall with the basement or lower level.
Lingering water damage from the initial penetration also gets remedied while our SERVPRO team is on site. Depending on the severity of the issue, we have lots of available equipment at our disposal for water extraction and drying efforts. We even utilize infrared technology to inspect inside of walls for the presence of water that cannot get seen with the naked eye. The thorough inspection ensures that we have completed restoration, but also offers you peace of mind as well.
If you have noticed that your crawl space could use some repairs and waterproofing, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of South Nashville. You can reach our experienced and professional technicians anytime at (615) 331-0200.
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Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Nashville Home
Floodwaters can rise quickly, filling your home with water and causing much damage, SERVPRO is here to restore your "Like it never even happened."
Rely on SERVPRO for Fast and Efficient Flood Damage Restoration
Overbank flooding is what most people think of when they hear about floods in Nashville. When filled with heavy rains, the water in a river overflows its banks and spreads over the land surrounding it. The water tends to spread out and be moving slowly when the area is flat and wide. It might look as if it is not moving at all.
Floods can cause massive flood damage to your Nashville home. The waters can rise quite quickly, giving you little to no time to save anything from your home before having to evacuate. Either way, when the floods have receded, you need help cleaning up your home again. SERVPRO is always ready to help you out, as we are professionally trained flood damage remediation specialists.
We recognize that water damage creates a devastating setback for you and your family, so we do whatever it takes to give you back that sense of security with the least amount of disruption. Our restoration and recovery process is aimed at people and property. We understand the emotional disruption which most people go through after suffering a flood. You can rely on us to minimize the impact of the flooding and damage.
SERVPRO professionals identify how severe the damage is, both seen and hidden, by using sensors like hygrometers and moisture detectors. We also help you overcome feeling helpless by explaining all our processes so you understand what is going on at all times, what you can expect, and what you can do.
Water damaged homes are the perfect environment for the growth of bacteria and mold. One of mold’s favorite foods is the paper on the drywall. Paired with the warm, humid air, this creates the ideal reproduction environment. It is why removing the water and drying your home as quickly as possible is so important. However, if any mold has begun to grow in your home, we can also take care of that for you.
SERVPRO of South Nashville is experienced at cleaning up all kinds of flood and water damage so that you can trust your home in 12 South, Woodbine, or Berry Hill to us. When you call us at (615) 331-0200, we are quick to get to your home and begin work, so your home does not suffer additional damages.
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Fire Damage from a Wood Stove in Forest Hills
A wood burning stove provides heat and creates an ambiance. If your stove happens to start a fire in your home, contact SERVPRO for remediation.
Preventing Fire Damage Starts With Following Maintenance and Standards Guidelines
A night at home in Forest Hills relaxing with your family could quickly turn into a disaster if your wood burning stove is not maintained correctly. If it is not up to proper standards or installed wrong, it could create severe fire and smoke damage to your home. Costs can add up quickly, with both interior and exterior damage, and the smoke can affect your health as well.
You should be careful to purchase a wood stove that meets recommended EPA requirements, but even so, when a fire starts in your home, you need professional help to clean up afterward. The fire damage in Forest Hills left behind, no matter how big or small, requires tools and knowledge that the staff at SERVPRO already have.
There are various services we perform to get your home back to its previous condition. The goal of mitigation is to secure your home and stop any more damage from happening. It can include winterizing the plumbing to avoid frozen pipes, boarding up openings to secure the structure, and establishing a temporary source of electricity. If your home is wet from fire-fighting efforts, we need to do emergency drying to prevent secondary water damage.
To clean a home after a fire, SERVPRO focuses on removing some residues from the structure and possessions, plus deodorizing odors given off by residues. We consult with you on which components can be cleaned and which cannot. Repair and replacement are needed for anything that does not respond to cleaning.
Your personal property also needs to be cleaned of smoke residues. Sometimes they can be cleaned on site, but other times we need to pack and move items to a different location for cleaning and storage.
Structural components could be damaged to the point that they cannot be restored, so reconstruction and repairing need to be done. It may require additional skills than what we have, so in that case, we work with licensed general contractors to restore your home entirely.
SERVPRO of South Nashville takes care to fully restore your home after a fire, including cleaning and repairing anything needed. Your home in Nashville, Forest Hills or Berry Hill is in good hands with us, so just give us a call at (615) 331-0200 any time you need.
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The Benefits of Crawl Space Waterproofing For Your Nashville Home
Our SERVPRO team has the proper equipment and tools to waterproof your crawl space area.
Crawl Space Waterproofing Your Nashville Property
Severe weather and torrential storms happen all year round throughout the Nashville area. Keeping your home protected from the elements and wholly waterproofed from potential storm damages or weak points in your foundation can prove difficult, especially when the point of penetration for water is not simple to determine or easy to access.
A great example of what might be difficult for an average person to access quickly would be the crawl space attached to your home. Often, this gets designed without much space to move around efficiently, and depending on when it came into existence, might have hindered exterior waterproofing efforts for your home. When this crawl space becomes the source of water damage and potential flooding, it is time to consider crawl space waterproofing for your Nashville house.
Our experienced SERVPRO team arrives and begins immediately assessing the conditions of the foundation and home structure attached to the crawl space. Understanding points of water penetration give our professionals the opportunity to seal off these points to prevent further water throughout the encapsulation process. For block work, sealing up cracks and worn areas is a combination of hydraulic and masonry cement to provide a seal that water cannot penetrate.
Since a lot of the damaging water pools up from the ground into crawl spaces, our experienced SERVPRO restoration technicians install a sump pump where the water is believed to be at its worst. The installation is a permanent one but also helps to keep the area dry through encapsulation. By covering all of the surfaces that could play a damaging role in adding to humidity with 12mm heavy plastic, the entire crawl space becomes protected from the typical pooling that has been present following severe weather events.
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The process does not take long to complete and ensures that your crawl space is entirely dried out and no longer presents a threat to flood your home or further damage structural components. If this is something that you feel like your home needs, or would like our experienced professionals to help you make that determination, give SERVPRO of South Nashville a call today at (615) 331-0200.
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Drying a Wet Crawl Space in Nashville After a Storm
SERVPRO Provides Encapsulation for Nashville Crawl Spaces to Mitigate Storm Damage
SERVPRO Dries Out Crawl Spaces and Offers Encapsulation to Prevent Future Water Damage from Storms
Nashville homes are usually storm resistant. People here are used to the wind and rain and act accordingly to protect their roofs, walls, and floors. It is more challenging to protect basements and crawlspaces from the same water, however.
To dry out a Nashville home wet crawlspace, we first have to remove the water. That is not usually a problem, but since this is a storm, the ground is going to be very wet and possibly damaged. SERVPRO technicians understand that means multiple, water-filled low spots. It can be difficult to bring in hoses even in a large crawl space to syphon out the pooling water.
The next step is to lower the humidity as much as possible. Bringing in a dehumidifier is not usually an option, just like pump hoses. We can set up dehumidifiers with flexible plastic conduits to direct the moist air from the space to the exterior. We can also place containers with chemical desiccants in the crawlspace to absorb water from the air. If possible, we set up an air mover above the crawlspace and blow in warm, dry air to displace the damp air we attempt to draw out using an exhaust fan.
Now that we removed the water, SERVPRO technicians encapsulate the crawlspace once the moisture level and soil dampness have been reduced to normal levels. We cover the dirt floor with polyethylene sheets and a polyester mesh for reinforcement. This 12 mil plastic guard covering prevents moisture from leeching up from the ground.
Next, SERVPRO technicians check the walls for cracks or seeps caused by the storm. Technicians can fill weaknesses with hydraulic cement and then cover the walls with masonry cement. These two compounds form an excellent seal against further water intrusion. Now that the walls are secure, we seal the polyethylene sheets and polyester mesh floor to them with waterproof, foundation tape.
Finally, to protect against further storms, we recommend applying a thick coat of liquid rubber to the outside of the foundation. Once it sets, the only way stormwater can get through is for a storm to crack the foundation or shift it underneath the home.
Drying out a wet crawlspace is not an easy task. It takes a professional service to remove the water and prevent further intrusion from future storms. To see how we can protect your home, call SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 today. We are here for you.
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Protecting Against Water Damage In Nashville
Water from outside sources does not have to flood a Nashville home to cause damage.
Protecting Against Water Damage
Water from outside sources does not have to flood a Nashville home to cause damage. A constant source can find or even cause cracks in a foundation where it eventually seeps into a home. Often, preventive actions can deal with water issues very effectively.
To prevent Nashville home water damage; there are several issues that SERVPRO can address for every homeowner. These are drains and landscaping, foundation protection, and crawlspace encapsulation.
Poorly maintained or damaged rain gutters and drains can direct water down a wall instead of away from the structure. It collects at the bottom of the wall and seeps down where it eventually finds its way through the foundation and into the home. Fortunately, this is the easiest preventive measure for us.
Technicians check each gutter and drain. We reattached drain pipes to walls and securely connect them to the rain gutters. Then we clean out clogged gutters and pipes and run water through the entire system to check for leaks and other problems.
If the problem was long-term, the water might have affected the landscaping. That can be a poor appearance, or it may mean that enough soil was washed away to cause pooling against the house. To repair this, SERVPRO technicians may need to replace soil or even install a drainpipe just below the surface to direct water away from the house.
With the water directed away from home, we now dig out around the foundation and look for cracks or seeps. To seal these, and protect against further problems, we coat each foundation wall with liquid rubber. The sealant protects against water intrusion and does not leak unless a wall suffers severe physical damage.
Finally, we seal off the crawlspace. Our technicians inspect the inside of the foundation walls and seal every crack and seep with hydraulic cement. To augment this and protect the entire surface, we then apply masonry cement over each wall. These two types of cement form an exceptional barrier to water intrusion in the future.
Protecting the walls takes care of most of the problem, but water also seeps up through the ground. To prevent this, we cover the floor with plastic, polyethylene sheets and reinforce the surface with a polyester mesh to provide more strength. Our last step is to seal the new floor covering to the foundation walls with a special, polyurethane caulk and foundation tape. It waterproofs the crawlspace completely unless there is major damage to the home.
Protecting your home against water damage can seem impossible, but SERVPRO of South Nashville is here to walk you through every step, so your home is safe against not just this winter, but for many seasons to come. Call us today at (615) 331-0200 to get started.
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Basement Waterproofing in Nashville II
The mortar between cinder blocks can wear away as water continues to push against it causing flood waters to be able to enter your home.
SERVPRO's Steps to Restoring and Preventing Future Flood Damage
Many areas of Nashville are prone to flooding. Due to the high amount of groundwater, some homes wind up flooded even when nothing comes in through the doors or windows. Basements are especially vulnerable.
Basement waterproofing a Nashville home takes several steps. To stop flooding, SERVPRO first needs to remove any standing water, inspect the walls and floor for seeps and leaks, and then seal both the inside and outside of the basement.
Our inspection team uses pumps and extraction wands to draw out the water from the basement. Even with a large room, we can usually accomplish this in a single day. Since there may be cracks or seeps in the floor, we lift and remove any carpets covering it. If the air is exceptionally humid, condensation can be a problem, and we may have to place a dehumidifier to lower the air moisture content.
Next, we inspect. Cinder block is difficult to penetrate, but the mortar between the blocks can wear away when water continually pushes against it. Flood damage does not usually lead to seeps, but when there are surface cracks where it joins the walls, water can get inside.
Now, we seal the inside of the basement. SERVPRO technicians fill every crack and seep with hydraulic cement which stops further leaks. Then, they cover the walls and any affected portion of the floor with masonry cement. This second cement is waterproof, and the two together form a very effective seal against future water intrusion.
The basement is now secured, but the blocks behind the cement are still vulnerable. The only way to completely seal the basement walls is for our technicians to excavate around the foundation and expose the cinder blocks. We clean any debris and then coat every inch with liquid rubber. This sealant is designed to withstand floodwater and extreme weather. It does not leak unless one of the walls separates from the floor.
Protecting your home from flooding is not a simple task. SERVPRO of South Nashville has the expertise and tools needed to seal your basement from even some of the worst weather and its effects. If you need our help or want to prepare for the next flood, call us today at (615) 331-0200.
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Encapsulating a Wet Crawl Space in Nashville Homes
Taking preventative steps like encapsulating your crawlspace can save you money and headache later on. Contact SERVPRO to go over the job.
SERVPRO Technicians Offer BOTH Water Damage Remediation and Prevention Services
Most Nashville homes have a basement or a crawlspace under their home. A finished basement is usually dry, with only the humidity being a problem for a homeowner or resident unless there is a burst pipe or water seeps in through the walls.
A wet crawl space in a Nashville home is another problem entirely. They usually have a dirt floor, which is often not level which results in pools of water forming in different areas underneath the home. It makes sealing off the area more difficult, but SERVPRO has the training and knowledge to turn even the soggiest area into a dry space fit for storage or just to prevent further damage.
After stopping any leaks, our first step is to encapsulate the crawlspace. We fill in any low points and then cover the dirt floor with polyethylene sheets and reinforce them with a commercial grade polyester mesh. Technicians seal the two layers to the foundation walls with a polyurethane caulk or a waterproof, foundation tape. Once in place, the two layers seal the floor and prevent moisture from coming in through the ground.
Before we seal the floor entirely, one of our inspectors checks the cinder block foundation walls for cracks and spots where water may seep in from the outside. Response team members fill each crack, spot, and the seams between cinder blocks with hydraulic cement. This material works as a water barrier, and then we cover the basement walls with masonry cement which works to seal against even the smallest seep.
To completely seal off a crawlspace from outside water, we recommend that homeowners waterproof the outside of the foundation as well. SERVPRO technicians excavate around the foundation walls and coat them using a liquid rubber. Once applied, water only gets into a crawlspace if the water rises high enough to flood the home and then work its way downward.
If you have water underneath your home or want to seal your crawlspace by encapsulating it, contact SERVPRO of South Nashville today. We can seal most areas in just a day or two and help you keep your home dry and safe. Call us today at (615) 331-0200.
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