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Drying a Wet Crawl Space in Nashville After a Storm

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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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Mold Damage Repair On Concrete In Nashville Homes

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Repair On Concrete In Nashville Homes Anytime you spot mold and mildew growth on the surface of your concrete walls or floors, be sure to act quickly and contact SERVPRO!

Mold Damage Repair

Concrete surfaces are usually not associated with mold growth. However, under the right conditions, extensive mold growth can occur. Any type of mold in Nashville can lead to serious health risks for you and your family. Anytime you spot mold and mildew growth on the surface of your concrete walls or floors, be sure to act quickly and contact a mold remediation service.

If you suspect the presence of mold damage in your Nashville home, SERVPRO is there to help. We have a team of highly trained, IICRC-certified technicians who are ready to respond quickly to your emergency. Our stock of resources is highly efficient at mold remediation, ensuring that your home is back to normal as quick as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Mold requires a food source and sufficient moisture to flourish. On its own, concrete is not enough to support fungal growth. Unfortunately, dust tends to accumulate quickly on the surface, like with almost any other part of a building. This layer of dust accommodates large quantities of food sources, which can lead to mold growth unless the concrete is kept thoroughly clean.

Of course, mold still requires sufficient moisture to thrive, in addition to the available food sources in the dust. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians emphasis controlling the moisture over controlling the dust. This involves handling both liquid moisture (vapor drive, flooding) and airborne moisture (lowering humidity levels).

Molds produce an acid that can degrade concrete, thereby compromising its integrity through mold damage. When the concrete alone does not provide enough nourishment, the mold can feed on algae, salts, bacteria, moisture, dirt, pollen, dust, and other particles trapped within. As mold eats away concrete, it makes it more porous, facilitating further bacterial, moisture, and particulate intrusion. This intrusion happens even in the absence of visible cracks in the concrete.

In some cases, SERVPRO professionals rely on natural ventilation to dry wet materials naturally during good weather. Since the weather is unpredictable and building materials should not remain wet for more than a day, you can reduce the risk of mold damage with protective barriers, temporary humidity control solutions, and water-resistant materials. Additionally, watch out for how workers install various elements in a building. For install, drywall should never be installed near wet concrete.

If you have a mold damage problem in your home, you can count on SERVPRO of South Nashville to remedy the situation. Our services are available 24/7. Call us today at (615) 331-0200.

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Repairing Flood Damage In Nashville

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Repairing Flood Damage In Nashville If the water remains too long, it can penetrate through the floors and cause the sub-floor and other support structure to buckle.

Repairing Damage After A Flood

Storm flooding costs Nashville homeowners millions in damages each year. Restoring a home to its original condition usually means removing standing water and moisture trapped in the walls and floors along with furniture and other personal property.

Some Nashville flood damage can be much worse, however. If the water remains too long, it can penetrate through the floors and cause the sub-floor and other support structure to buckle. With more than 20 years in the restoration business, SERVPRO knows how to find, remove, and replace damaged property when fixing your home means rebuilding from the ground up.

We start by inspecting where the customer tells us the floor had a little give even before the flood. Technicians remove one or two floorboards and examine the crawlspace underneath. If we find evidence of warping or rot, then we continue removing floorboards until we expose all of the problem areas.

If more than half of the supporting structure compromised, we strongly recommend to the homeowner to let us replace all of it. Depending on the amount damaged and the size of the room, most demolition and replacement takes anywhere from one to two weeks.

Before starting replacement, SERVPRO technicians check the level underneath. Extreme flooding can cause foundations to shift and drop several inches. Our response team is trained with commercial grade jacks and other specialized equipment to handle this situation and put the concrete pad back into its correct position. Once finished, it makes installation of a new sub-floor much simpler.

Now we install the new floor. Our response team works closely with the homeowner and the insurance company to use the best materials available, so it matches the original flooring if that is what the homeowner wants. Our goal is that the owner cannot tell where the old floor ends and our new one begins.

Rebuilding from a flood is not a quick process, but a professional restoration service makes it easier to deal with when it happens. SERVPRO of South Nashville has assisted our neighbors for almost three decades and is ready to help you. Call today at (615) 331-0200.

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What Could Be in Your Nashville Industrial Plant's Air Ducts?

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What Could Be in Your Nashville Industrial Plant's Air Ducts? Maintaining your air ducts can prevent many problems at your plant. Contact SERVPRO to schedule an inspection and cleaning today.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Damage After an Event as Well as Preventative Measures That Help Prohibit Mold at Your Commercial Facility

Regular air duct cleaning is essential for Nashville industrial plants. Factories and manufacturing facilities tend to be large, utilitarian spaces, and thus their HVAC systems often become clogged and weighed down with contaminants and stoppages. Even clean plants naturally accumulate particulate matter due to their typically larger size than most other buildings and proximity to polluted areas. If your air ducts have not been cleaned or inspected in some time, they could be circulating some of these materials without your knowledge.
Dust and Dirt
Dust and dirt may seem like a trivial concern for many Nashville industrial plants' air ducts and HVAC systems, but when left ignored and unfixed, these factors can quickly evolve into a much more prominent issue. Dust and dirt, when allowed to circulate freely, can decrease the quality of produced goods and potentially impact the health of your employees. Thankfully, this is one of the most straightforward materials to clean, even in more significant quantities.
Over time, HVAC systems can become ideal breeding grounds for some types of mold. Air ducts circulate everything in the factory's atmosphere in and out, including water vapor and certain chemicals used as nutrients by some mold varieties. If mold is allowed to grow in your factory's air ducts, it could begin producing copious numbers of spores that circulate in the facility and cause damage elsewhere, in addition to potentially causing health effects.
Some types of odors can collect and ferment inside of HVAC systems, slowly dissipating into the facility's atmosphere. Over time, the entire building could begin to smell of smoke, chemicals, and other industrial contaminants, even in office spaces. Cleaning out your air ducts helps to eliminate odors at the source and improve quality of life in the facility.
SERVPRO of South Nashville provides professional, accessible damage restoration and corporate cleaning services to businesses in the local area. To learn more about our services or request a quote, call us at (615) 331-0200.

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Why You Should Get Rid of Mold in Your Nashville Home Immediately

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Should Get Rid of Mold in Your Nashville Home Immediately Drywall can be a Common Growth Medium for Mold in Your Nashville Area Home

Potential Hazards and Remedies for Mold in your Nashville Area Home                   

Understanding that mold can negativally impact a family can help encourage homeowners in Nashville to take action sooner. However, homeowners are often unaware that they have a mold problem, or if they are, they may be unsure of how to handle it properly. Mold can grow in just about any area where moisture is present for an extended period. However, because mold can spread quickly and with few signs, it is critical to address it as soon as possible.

Where to Look for Mold in Your Home

Mold can grow both within and on the outside of your Nashville house. In all situations, it requires attention. Mold can infest your home by means of microscopic spores traveling through open windows and doors and in through heating and cooling ventilation systems. Spores can also attach to clothing and pets. Once they infiltrate the home, they can proliferate quickly in the presence of moisture and a food source. Bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and basements are areas where moisture accumulation is common and tend to be hot spots for mold development.  Other common causes are:

    Leaking pipes
    Wet basements due to foundation concerns and insufficient  ventilation
    Leaking roofs
    Poorly sealed windows

Mold tends to grow on porous surfaces including drywall, wood, ceiling tiles and cardboard.  It can be hidden, such as behind your wood paneling, under carpeting, and behind drywall. When water leaks are spotted, no matter where they are in a house, it is important to remedy them as quickly as possible, as the water can lead to structural damage in the home, and the moisture can promote mold growth alongside it. In short, it is not always possible to readily discover mold activity.

Methods of Reducing Mold in Homes

Mold proliferates and spreads rapidly. As a result of this, a prompt response for mold remediation in the home is essential. Homeowners can do this in a number of ways.

Reduce the Presence of Moisture

At the forefront is controlling moisture in the home. Reduce water vapor levels in a home by keeping the air conditioner on when the humidity in the air is high. Try to maintain a relative humidity level of below 60%, preferably between 30-50 percent. Fix all leaks in roofs and windows. Vent showers, laundry rooms, and cooking areas to allow for proper drying. If flooding occurs, properly clean and dry out surfaces.

Kill Mold that is Present

There are some methods of removing small amounts of mold from a home, but it is advisable to turn to a professional company like SERVPRO of South Nashville to handle mold removal. The Environmental Protection Agency offers some guidance on the steps that need to be taken to attempt to rid a structure of mold making it safe again. Contact SERVPRO, who has many years of experience cleaning, removing mold, and disinfecting the treated areas.

Noticing Its Presence

A musty odor is often the first indication that mold is present for most people. Areas of discoloration on surfaces may also be an indication of mold. Mold can range in color and growth patterns. If mold seems to be present, it is crucial NOT to vent the area within the affected areas internally since it may spread mold and spores to uncontaminated rooms. For odor relief only vent the ambient air to the exterior. Please contact a professional for proper remediation solutions, and to ensure that the area is properly remediated.

Following this advice can help minimize the impact on the family living in the home. It also helps to keep the structure of the home safe from the damaging impact mold causes. For assistance contact SERVPRO of South Nashville 24/7 at (615) 331-0200 for mold remediation.

Smoke Detectors and Fire Damage Prevention in Nashville Properties

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Detectors and Fire Damage Prevention in Nashville Properties It is important to have your smoke detectors professionally installed and checked regularly.

The Importance of Properly Working Smoke Detectors in Your Home

The importance of smoke detectors in preventing fire damage cannot be overemphasized. Unfortunately, too many people overlook their significance even amidst the rising cases of fire disasters in our homes. In fact, while an impressive 90 percent of all homeowners in the country have installed a smoke alarm in their houses, up to 30 percent of them do not function when needed.

At SERVPRO, we receive numerous fire damage reports from Nashville that could have been avoided by using smoke detectors. Thankfully, we have a team of highly skilled and highly trained restoration experts certified by the IICRC that are quick to respond to any emergency. Our tools and equipment are up to par with industry standards, ensuring that the restoration process goes smoothly and efficiently.

If the house is structurally sound, the heat and flames usually self-extinguish after consuming all existing combustibles. However, if the wall and ceiling fire resistance is inadequate, the fire can spread into adjacent rooms and begin the process over again. If it is not controlled, the fire can lead to complete destruction of the building and its contents.

Proper installation and maintenance is the answer to reducing the impact of fire damage with smoke alarms. A licensed professional should install the device on every level of your house, as well as the interior and exterior of each sleeping area. Avoid placing smoke detectors within 3 feet of a heating/air conditioning vent or ceiling fan, which can block the smoke from flowing to the device during a fire emergency.

SERVPRO franchise is particularly thorough when it comes to safety precautions. To ensure that your smoke alarm works at preventing extensive fire damage, you should test the device on a monthly basis, changing the batteries as needed. Additionally, make a point of replacing the entire smoke detector every ten years or so to guarantee efficiency.

You can tell when a smoke alarm is not working properly if it beeps slowly and consistently, indicating that you need a new one or the batteries are running low. Apart from beeping, most devices come with a "low battery" button that blinks when necessary. This is a clear warning that the unit may not do much to prevent fire damage.

Successful fire damage suppression is relatively dependent on a functional smoke detector. If your home sustains severe fire damage nonetheless, SERVPRO of South Nashville can arrive on time to salvage your property. For any emergency, call us today at (615) 331-0200.  

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Developing Mold Damage In Your Nashville Area Home

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Developing Mold Damage In Your Nashville Area Home While developing, mold forms multicellular filaments called hyphae and adopts single-celled growth habits called yeasts.

Developing Mold In Your Home

While developing, mold forms multicellular filaments called hyphae and adopts single-celled growth habits called yeasts. A large taxonomically diverse number of fungal species exist that can grow on the inside of your Nashville area home.

As the tubular branching mycelium threads over a contact surface, fluffy white threads begin to cover various surfaces found on your Nashville property. Mold damage occurs as these microbes systematically produce new colonies, becoming more and more visible to the human eye during the late stages of its life-cycle. Mold causes various stages of biodegradation to natural materials used to construct your home. Often leaving you and your family exposed to pathogenic molds that produce inhalable toxic compounds. There are thousands upon thousands of known mold species, making discovering the type of mold existing in your home useless.

The kind of mold that exists makes no difference whatsoever in how SERVPRO approaches treating the growth found in your home. Our technicians use a variety of strategies based on the extent of exposure that exists, using containment and control methods to stop the spread in its tracks, preventing further growth. Although mold plays a major role in our planet's ecosystem, having it in your home can produce unhealthy results. Therefore, at the first signs of mold growth in your home, it is important to contact a licensed, qualified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, for help.

Attempting to mitigate or remove mold alone can result in additional growth or additional exposure that you want to avoid. SERVPRO can help you regain control over your home’s indoor environment, and drastically improve the quality of the air that you breathe. Remember, the longer you take to act the longer mold has to develop. Given enough time, many species of mold adjust to various living conditions, surviving in harsh conditions including extreme cold, highly acidic solvents, anti-bacterial, or even within petroleum products.

Obtain professionally certified mold remediation services by calling SERVPRO of South Nashville, today. We are here to help members of our community when you need us the most (615) 331-0200.

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