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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.

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.

Saving Attic Insulation from Water Damage in Oak Hill Homes

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Saving Attic Insulation from Water Damage in Oak Hill Homes Insulation and Ventilation Help Mitigate Water Damage in Oak Hill

Water Damage Restoration and Salvaging of Building Materials

There doesn’t have to be a major storm for rainwater to start entering your home via cracks and loose tiles on the roof. If you have an old roof, which is in desperate need of a makeover, you might find that it becomes increasing vulnerable to the elements as the years pass. The problem is that it only takes a little leak for a crisis to occur in your roof and attic.

The power of water should not be underestimated. That tiny leak may be no threat now, but if you leave it untreated, it has the potential to eat away at roofing materials. This is why SERVPRO is keen to remind homeowners that routine roof maintenance is a great way to protect against water damage in Oak Hill.

The good news is that, even if the worse does happen, we can help you rescue and restore a water damaged attic.

Creating an Access Route
The most challenging part about working with attics is that they are quite awkwardly shaped. Some spaces are very tricky to get into, so the SERVPRO technicians have to use clever techniques to dry out dampness and clean the air. For instance, even in very small crawlspaces which don’t allow full physical access, they can insert fans and circulate fresh dry air, or tubes to achieve the same result.

Assessing the Damage
With the use of visual inspections, hypersensitive moisture readers, and pin-hole tests, the team can assess the extent of the damage. The primary aim is to determine how much of the structural materials has been affected by the leak. While water damaged sheetrock usually has to be removed and replaced, high-quality insulation can stand up well to moisture.

If it is carefully removed and dried out in a containment area with a controlled humidity, it is possible to save wet fiberglass insulation. However, whether or not you feel this is a worthwhile process is entirely your decision. Some homeowners prefer to get rid of all damp materials and start the restoration from scratch with new plaster, insulation, and sheetrock. If the water was contaminated and contains pathogens, chemicals, and other unhealthy agents, then replacement is the only option.

Removing Damp Materials
The removal of insulation and drywall is a relatively straightforward job, but it can produce a lot of dust and fumes. We may devise the construction of a containment perimeter to ensure that it does not spread throughout the house. Negative air movers can be used to keep the contaminated air inside the containment area until it can be neutralized and evacuated from the interior of the structure.

Where possible, we try to save and store fiberglass insulation which has responded well to drying and deodorization. Water damage in an attic takes many forms and affects many items if this crawl space is used as a large storage area for personal possessions.

SERVPRO of South Nashville is perfectly placed to respond to leaks, residential flooding, burst pipes, and chronic moisture problems. Call us for help 24/7 at (615) 331-0200.

Water Damage Restoration in Forest Hills

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration in Forest Hills Water damage can be tricky to handle on your own. Call SERVPRO to assess and handle the process to lessen the possibility of secondary damage!

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained Thoroughly to Handle Water Damage Assessments and Restoration

Training for water damage restoration is one of the most important skill sets which a professional team of cleaners, such as our staff at SERVPRO, need to give their customers comprehensive services. This includes going to your home after a water disaster like burst pipes or flooding. The technicians will not just clean the mess but will dry and repair the substructures which high volumes of moisture can affect like wood, plaster, drywall, metal and concrete. Mold is also a concern; however, there could be other problems related to moisture damage like crumbling plaster and drywall, weakening supports and beams, rust and so on. By having a professional with the proper water damage training, a cleaning crew can come out to assess your damage and create the best plan for repair.

The training involved in teaching water restoration for our SERVPRO technicians for water damage in Forest Hills teaches the difference between categories and classes of water damage and destruction, plus how to make a restoration plan based on these factors. It is important that technicians have the correct tools and knowledge for the job. Infrared probes are used to figure out the extent of destruction, and other tools like air scrubbers, air movers, different kinds and sizes of dryers and blowers, dryers made for drying inner wall and sub-floor cavities and special hardwood dryers are also used. Most situations are salvageable with the right water damage restoration training and the correct tools.

Thorough training will include hands-on activities using up to date equipment and techniques to make jobs go more smoothly and efficiently. Technicians will learn how to be more productive and profitable when completing water damage jobs. Some topics to be covered may include:

  • The three categories of water loss
  • Psychrometry, or the science of drying
  • Contents cleaning and restoration methods
  • Important Antimicrobial guidelines
  • Moisture meters and additional innovative tools
  • Dehumidification
  • S-500 water damages restoration standard

Water damage restoration is a process that you should not attempt on your own. If you have experienced any type of water damage in your home, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of South Nashville right away. We can be reached by dialing (615) 331-0200 anytime that an emergency arises.

When Your Property is Under Water, You Need Professional Water Removal Services Fast!

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Your Property is Under Water, You Need Professional Water Removal Services Fast! Eagle Rock Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

For Water Removal, Rely on SERVPRO

Flooding can happen to anyone, but when it happens to you, you need to act fast. If possible, stop the flow of water and then make the call to professional services. If it's not feasible to shut off because the water is from an external source, it's vital to call for professional assistance immediately. Professionals know how to handle flood emergencies and the best methods of water removal. In situations of emergency such as this, it helps not to be emotionally attached to items, as this can cause problems with judgment, leading to mismanagement of the situation.

When your home is waterlogged, professional water removal experts in Nashville can handle the situation quickly and get things back to "Like it never even happened." A fast response helps prevent potential problems in the future. SERVPRO Professionals are trained in all areas of natural disaster clean up, and water removal is one of these areas of expertise. Trying to battle flood damage yourself can not only cause you untold amounts of frustration and grief but also put your health and your home's structural integrity at risk. We will help you by packing up items, also, ensuring they do not suffer additional damage. These can be stored at a higher level in your home, or taken to our facility for safe keeping and any necessary cleaning.

Having the right equipment for every phase of the job is important, and so is knowing how and when to use such equipment. Reading the instruments that can detect moisture on the interior sides and also within the many different materials inside of your home is paramount to the entire drying process' outcome. If drying takes too long, more work may be required to restore your home to its pre-loss condition. We want to reduce the amount of damage your family suffers and realize a large portion of our efforts are also preventative - we aren't done when the pump truck is shut off.

Water removal includes drying your home and its furnishings to a pre-damage state. Our technicians are trained in the drying techniques' equipment and also in the use of the moisture detection meters. Your home won't just look dry; it will be dry, thoroughly. Your interior walls, furniture, flooring, and your personal belongings will all receive the expertise required to return them to like new condition. Water can damage your home even in minute amounts, and removing all traces of it ensures that pathogens are also removed, that mold will be mitigated from growing, and that your home will not suffer secondary water damage in the future.

If you have flooding or just spillage needing cleanup in your home, it's important you have experienced professionals get things right again with water removal being the first step. Call SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 and we will arrive as soon as possible. Every minute counts, and we can help you with every step of the process.

There Are At Least 5 Ways To Help Prevent Water Damage To Your Nashville Home

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage There Are At Least 5 Ways To Help Prevent Water Damage To Your Nashville Home Water Damage in a Nashville Kitchen

Household Hints to Prevent Nashville Water Damage

Water damage in your Nashville home can happen because of a number of situations, such as flooding, storms, leaking pipes or faucets as well as leaks in the roof. Leaks in the basement can also cause this damage. Some of these can be prevented in many ways; others, there is not much you can do except to call the professionals for a quick recovery after it occurs.

A few of those ways to help prevent water damage surrounding your Nashville home are concerned with preventing water from entering, leaking or seeping into your house:

1. Water heaters have a definite life span, and that is about 10 – 12 years. By replacing yours when it gets close to this time, you are helping to prevent it from leaking or giving out in a way that can flood the surrounding area and any floor below it. A newer model can also be more efficient which can save you money in the long run.

2. You might also change the hoses on the water heater to steel or metal mesh ones. These hoses help prevent any freezing that can cause the breaking of a regular rubber hose. This also applies to the washing machine, and there are two hoses there, so twice as important.

3. Monitor all dishwashers and washing machines and never leave them running when you are away from the house. If they leak, they are going to leak. It is one thing to be there and get it mopped up quickly; It is entirely another thing to come back from a weekend away after the thing broke down on Friday, right after you left.  Mopping the water up will also prevent mold from forming.

4. The air conditioning systems that are in the attic or mounted on the roof can fail, and water can flow down through all levels of the house. Swamp coolers are relatively popular, and they use a lot of water. If they break down, the possibility of losing all of that water and the supply water is very real. This could generate many gallons of water, and no one can see it for a while if you are gone.

5. Check into the waterproofing you have on the exterior of your basement or crawlspace, under the soil that is there. If you do not have the appropriate protection, in this area, water can come seeping in easily. It can be a simple fix, although not without a certain amount of expense. It also can take a professional crew or, at least, a heavy equipment operator to do it properly. It requires the extraction of a lot of soil around the exterior wall and applying the appropriate time and effort to seal this relatively porous material against the water table, rising flood from the local stream or torrential rains.

6. BONUS: Check your roof for loose or missing shingles, flashing around the chimney or roof vents. Ensure all of those vents are facing the correct way based on predominate wind direction and set up with the perfect lips that help prevent rain from entering them.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of South Nashville's water damage restoration is a cornerstone of our business. We are proud to serve Nashville, Brentwood, and Berry Hill communities with our comprehensive water damage experience. We monitor and document the drying process for your final satisfaction. Call us 24/7 for help. (615) 331-0200

Six Signs That Your Berry Hill Property May Have Undetected Water Damage

1/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Six Signs That Your Berry Hill Property May Have Undetected Water Damage Water Damage to a Laminate Flooring in Berry Hill

SERVPRO Offers Tips on Water Damage Signs in Berry Hill

Unfortunately, water can flow to any area of your home once a structural defect or natural disaster strikes your property. Water damage in Berry Hill can be an expensive and upsetting result of this unwanted water. SERVPRO suggestions, that by reading the following tell-tale signs of water intrusion you may recognize and stymie the onslaught of extensive and expensive water damage to your home.

1. Unpleasant Smells
When hidden residual water or moisture accumulates on your property, it can initiate the growth of mold and mildew. This will produce an earthy, musty odor which functions as a red flag that unseen water damage is present on your property.

2. Visual Signs of Mold Growth
Mold spores are microscopic, lying dormant in most homes, and will eventually produce mold colonies when provided with moisture. Food sources--cellulose materials and other organics are readily available. When the moisture comes in contact with dormant spores, the active mold growth process will begin. If you note any fuzzy discolorations in isolated corners or voids, and are not sure if mold is growing, you should have these spaces professionally inspected. SERVPRO will visit your property in Berry Hill to offer complimentary advice.

3. Stains on Walls and Ceilings
When water seeps into subflooring and the spaces between the levels of your structure, it will generate water stains as it starts to saturate the adjacent ceiling or wall board. This form of water damage can be a precursor to widening problems.

4. Peeling Paint or Wall Paper
These can happen to your walls as water wicks and lifts the paint or loosens the paste securing the wallpaper. The water or moisture source should be discovered and repaired immediately.

5. Sagging Walls and Ceilings
Saturated ceiling materials or drywall can appear to be displaced because of the added weight of water. Once this happens, the structures can start to buckle and deform. When walls and ceilings become soaked with water, they pose a safety hazard from falling. Don't ignore any tell-tale signs of water absorption into porous drywall.

6. Floor Effects
Water seeks its lowest level when allowed to flow. The flooring is the usual endpoint as water can collect beneath ceramic or vinyl tile (also damaging subfloor sheathing), carpets and padding. Newly manufactured laminate flooring is particularly susceptible to water damage. If your subfloor becomes completely soaked, restoring rather than replacing the materials, becomes more remote. SERVPRO makes every effort to remove the water and dry out these flooring materials, but often they are non-salvageable and must be safely discarded.

Let Us Help You Now! Call SERVPRO.
When water damage impacts your residential property, it's time to take action quickly to mitigate losses and save you money. The skilled, IICRC-certified professionals will work to restore your home to its pre-water damaged condition "Like it never even happened."

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

SERVPRO of South Nashville utilizes advanced equipment and technology to quicken the restoration time and to minimize cost. Our neighbors in Berry Hill and Nashville we proudly serve with 24/7 emergency availability. Give us a call. (615) 331-0200

Nip in the Bud Water Damage to Your Brentwood Home

12/15/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nip in the Bud Water Damage to Your Brentwood Home SERVPRO Says Interior Condensation Can Lead to Water Damage

Act Quickly with SERVPRO's Help To Mitigate Water Damage Effects to Your Brentwood Property

Water damage in Brentwood is a troublesome issue that many homeowners are not prepared to react to because of lack of prior planning. However, learning more about how to grapple with water damage is the key to mitigating damage to the structure and personal belongings. Eliminating conducive conditions leading to water damage, as a proactive measure, is the recommendation of SERVPRO. Why not stop water damage before it even begins?  Here are several signs you can look for to determine whether your home shows signs that may lead to water damage.

• Excessive condensation or humidity, poor ventilation, roof leakages, leaking pipes, dripping faucets, damp basements, and non-percolating ground water.
• Warped or rotting wood from water absorption, rusting metals due to oxidation, and musty odors in the house that may be the result of mold growth.

How Water Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help
Once you recognize one or several of the water damage signs outlined above, it is time for you to call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. These industry professionals possess all of the equipment and tools necessary to do the following:
• Complete a thorough property assessment through inspection using measuring instruments such as moisture meters and infrared detection.
• Identify additional signs of water damage on your property
• Determine the type, source, and extent of water damage and stop further water intrusion.

Why Immediate Action Is Important
Less exposure to water, especially pooling water or hidden condensation within walls or crawl spaces, will limit water damage to your building. Moisture, can within several days, lead to the start of mold growth. If left unchecked, damage can occur to cellulose materials like the cardboard backing on drywall or studs. Some strains of fungi can also lead to potentially unhealthy exposure to mycotoxins.

Why You Should Not Attempt to Complete A DIY Project
In many cases, property owners who recognize signs of water damage in their residential living space are inclined to completed a DIY project. You should never take this course of action once there is visible damage. Proper drying of waterlogged or damp items lessens the amount of personal possessions that may have to be discarded. Most homeowners do not possess the equipment for water extraction and dehumidifying, experience, and expertise to effectively clean their property for a positive water damage restoration result.

Call SERVPRO Immediately
Coping with Brentwood water damage can be very inconvenient and irritating. However, the restoration professionals of SERVPRO can simplify the process for you. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer comprehensive services, and we work with skill and speed to get the job done so you can resume enjoying your private living space. We can save you money, damage to important personal items, and offer you a safe, clean home like it never even happened.

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

SERVPRO of South Nashville invests in the latest technology and equipment because it helps us restore your Brentwood home more quickly and minimizes cost. This equipment allows us to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly and efficiently. We are proud to be a part of the local communities and are ready 24/7 to help. (615) 331-0200

Household Water Damage Causes And How To Prevent Them in Oak Hill

12/3/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Household Water Damage Causes And How To Prevent Them in Oak Hill SERVPRO Suggests to Have Drip Pan Placed Under Your Water Heater to Contain Leaks

In Oak Hill, Water Damage Prevention Tips from SERVPRO

Often, homeowners associate Oak Hill water damage with natural disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes, and storms. However, it's important to know that unwanted water intrusion can also be caused by household issues. By learning more about what these issues are and how to prevent them, SERVPRO hopes that you can preclude your residential property from being subjected to water damage and its devastating consequences.

Household Causes Of Water Damage. Water damage remediation experts know that there are many household causes of water damage. Some of them include your water heater, washing machine, and air conditioner. If any of these appliances begin to malfunction, they can leak water and thereby cause substantive water damage. Your personal possessions, furniture and structural materials can become in need of immediate water damage restoration. In addition to keeping your eye on these large appliances, be sure to pay attention to your home's plumbing system. Periodically check for pin-hole leaks around fixtures, pipe sweating, and clogged drains. Make sure to drain water lines during the winter if you plan to be away from home. Don't allow ice dams to build up on the roof gutters.

Why Water Damage Prevention Is So Important. Water damage is problematic because it can cause serious structural damage to your property necessitating repairs or replacements of building materials. However, this is not the only adverse outcome that can result from water damage. Mold spores, present in all home environments, need moisture to begin string colonies leading to mold growth. Unfortunately, ongoing exposure to mold can cause health effects for you and your household members. SERVPRO has the experience, measuring instruments, and equipment to remediate any mold issues.

Preventing Water Damage. Although hiring excellent remediation services is the correct way to deal with water damage in Oak Hill, you should also take the time to access and implement effective prevention strategies. Regular maintenance and repair work for major appliances like air handlers and furnaces, garbage disposals, toilets, and water heaters will save you money and stress.

Finding The Right Water Damage Remediation Services. In the event that your efforts do not prevent water damage from befalling your property, securing professional restoration services like SERVPRO is important. Look for some of the following attributes:

• a great Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating
• strong online reviews, with testimonials from past customers
• fair prices
• a satisfaction guarantee, in writing with validated drying
• IICRC-certified technicians and on-going training

Call SERVPRO Immediately. If Oak Hill water damage strikes your home, look to the professionals of SERVPRO. We possess all of the attributes of a winning team that puts you first and foremost. And our franchises have been in this dynamic industry for over 57 years. We expediently and fairly return your home to pre-loss condition.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of South Nashville's water damage restoration is a cornerstone of our business. We are proud to serve Oak Hill, Goodlettsville, and Berry Hill communities with our extensive water damage experience. We monitor and document the drying process for your final satisfaction. Call us 24/7 for help. (615) 331-0200

Having a Plan for Inglewood Water Damage Emergencies

8/12/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Having a Plan for Inglewood Water Damage Emergencies By having a plan to deal with water damage emergencies, it can decrease the extent of the damage and shorten the time frame to restore your home.

Having a Plan for Water Damage Emergencies

As a general rule, emergencies and catastrophes happen when they are least expected. However, just because they weren't expected at the moment they occurred does not mean we cannot be prepared for them. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with a Inglewood water damage emergency. By having a plan to deal with water damage emergencies, it can decrease the extent of the damage and shorten the time frame to restore your home. Therefore it should be essential to sit down and write out the specific steps that should be taken not just for Inglewood water damage emergencies, but all emergencies.


At the heart of this plan should be a list of professionals that can be called to assist with the rescue and recovery of this emergency. The most obvious of these will be the people who can stop the crisis from continuing. For instance, it would be ideal to call the water department and or fire department to shut off the water if a busted pipe is causing your basement to flood and was causing a water damage emergency. Once the reasons of the emergency have been contained, it is time to call the next professional on the list. That would hopefully be the insurance adjuster to assess the damage the emergency has caused and will get the process of paying for the repairs moving in a positive direction.


If you are dealing with a Inglewood water damage emergency, the extent of the damage could be extensive and is often beyond the capabilities of even the best DIY homeowner. For this type of damage, it would be an excellent idea to contact a company like SERVPRO. They have trained professionals that are experts at figuring out the exact extent of water damage and making the clean-up and repairs as fast as possible.


It is possible that repairing the damage from these emergencies can take a significant period of time depending on its extent. Therefore, to keep the timeline and costs to a minimum, you will need to hire a quality company like SERVPRO. They have a reputation that has been built on years of cleaning up after the damage of these emergencies. Hopefully, you will never need to use this plan, but if Inglewood water damage emergencies and catastrophes do happen to you, then you will be happy you had a plan. Even more joyous, if you have SERVPRO making sure your home is put back together again.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Nashville is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Nashville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Our expertise in fire damage and water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (615) 331-0200

Water Damage Restoration Guide and Tips for South Nashville

3/14/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Guide and Tips for South Nashville If the building is contaminated with sewage, it is a serious health hazard and should be evacuated until it is cleaned.

Water Damage Restoration Guide and Tips

A home or office building can be flooded by water from a natural disaster or from a burst pipe or blocked sewer line at any time. It is important to restore the building as soon as possible after a disaster because Oak Hill water damage will only get worse over time. It will undermine the structure of the house and become a breeding ground for mold, fungi, bacteria and other pathogens. The area can be dried and cleaned, but only a water danage professional has the tools and expertise to return the structure to its original state. 

If the building is contaminated with sewage, it is a serious health hazard and should be evacuated until it is cleaned. It requires an indoor environmental water damage Oak Hill professionals to verify that the restoration was successful and the building is safe to re-occupy.  

The Restoration Process

• The water needs to be completely dried as soon as possible. Mold will start to grow within 24 hours. Oak Hill Professionals have water extraction equipment that will remove all the dampness. Any electrical or electronic items should be removed from the area.

• After all the water is gone, the area should be dried with fans, air conditioning and dehumidifiers. Different materials such as wood, stone, plastic and carpet and upholstery retain water differently and have different drying times. 

• When everything is dry, the unrepairable items should be removed. Carpet can sometimes be cleaned to its former condition, but it usually needs to be replaced, especially if it has been wet for more than 24 hours. It’s not recommended to keep any items including carpet or furniture that is damage beyond repair. Even drywall should be removed and replaced.  

To make sure your home or commercial property is restored in the proper way, so it is safe and sanitary, you should contact an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified contractor. They have been trained to identify and contain moisture sources and damage and evaluate if there is mold growth or other contamination remaining on the premises. They have the equipment to properly dry the area and to find hidden Oak Hill water damage and dampness. 

Water Damage Restoration

Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

  • Flooding caused by severe weather
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Sink, bathtub or toilet overflow
  • Sewage backup

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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Nashville is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Nashville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

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Nashville Water Damage - What You Didn't Know About Water Damage Inspection

12/16/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nashville Water Damage - What You Didn't Know About Water Damage Inspection Inspect your home regularly for Nashville water damage in these common places.

Hundreds of homes in Nashville suffer water damage due to flooding each year!

Millions of properties in the world suffer from water damage every year. This could be as a result of broken water pipes, environmental flooding and torrential rains. Water damage has a host of negative effects in the home.

Effects of Water Damage in a Home

Dampness, caused by water damage, supports growth of mold and mildew. These pose severe health risks for both human beings and animals. When inhaled, mold spores often cause respiratory problems such as allergies and lung bleeding due to their chemical toxins. Mold also eats up and destroys organic substances such as wool, cotton and even food.

Water destroys wooden surfaces and makes them to rot after a certain period of exposure. It also weakens concrete and may cause walls to collapse when they remain damp.

Negative effects of water damage can be avoided by regular inspection of your home.

Areas to Inspect in a Home

There are several key places to inspect. These are:

Home Exterior

Your roof, usually the first to be affected by rains, needs to be checked for signs of collapsing and leakage. Replace missing tiles and shingles pulled out by strong winds. Also, inspect the outer walls for cracks which let in water.

Home Interior

You need to inspect your ceiling to see if it is wet, and the floor for cracks made by water. Also, check for entry of water through the foundation. In the rooms, check for bent ductwork and warped or stained wood.

Your bathroom and kitchen need inspection to see if ceramic materials such as sinks, bathtubs and toilets are leaking.

Inspect the basement for pooling water, cracked floors and walls. You also need to check your personal belongings such as furniture, electronics and garments.

Appliances

Inspection of your washing machine supply lines should be regular. When you are going away from home for extended periods, turn off its water supply.

The ice maker supply line behind your refrigerator needs inspection. If it is brittle or leaking, replacement should be prompt.

It is a good idea to inspect your water heater for corrosion and leakage that may lead to water damage to your Nashville home . Also, check if the overflow hose is well connected because regular inspection has its benefits.

Benefits of Regular Water Damage Inspection

Water damage inspection is important because:

Damage inspectors have many years of training and experience to handle all manner of water damage cases. They use specialized tools that are effective to diagnose water damage and examine places you cannot access or see.

It helps to calculate the extent of damage you have suffered so that your insurance adjuster can give settlement according to the homeowner’s insurance policy.

Discovering water leaks from broken pipes will save you much money on water bills and time on repairs.

Mold and mildew that cause health risks can be prevented and eradicated when detected.

It will eradicate musty odor caused by dampness in your home.

It will prevent or ease destruction of property such as walls, furniture, electronics and carpets.

In conclusion, water damage occurs in many places and can cost you much. Fast response is imperative to reduce the effects of water damage in your home. We are well trained to handle water damage with structural drying, contents handling and documental drying in an efficient way.

SERVPRO of South Nashville is locally owned and operated and serves Nashville, Brentwood, Berry Hill, Oak Hill, Forest Hills, Mt. Juliet, Old Hickory, Goodlettsville, Inglewood, Gladeville, and the surrounding communities

SERVPRO of South Nashville’s fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day.

Tips to Avoid Water Damage to Your Nashville Home

10/19/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to Avoid Water Damage to Your Nashville Home In Nashville Remove Snow Away From the Home’s Foundation To Prevent Water Damage

Water damage is one of those things that a lot of homeowners do not think about until it is too late. According to a leading national insurance provider, water causes 85 percent of all damage in homes. Even though broken pipes are seen as the main culprits, leaks of all types can cause havoc in a home. However, the sad fact is that a lot of suffering and costly water damage can be prevented. A few things can help people avoid costly water damage to their home.

Keep the Pipes in Good Order

Pipes are something that many people never think about until they fail. Plumbing does fail though, and the water damage that burst pipes and overflowing drains cause can reach thousands of dollars. The best way for people to deal with any plumbing problem is to repair or prevent them before a disaster happens.

It is best to check pipes at least once a year for signs of damage and condensation. People should also call their plumber if they see signs of leakage before a complete blockage can cause overflow into their home.

They should also pay attention to their water bill if they subscribe to a city water company. This is because a big increase can signify that there is a problem or a plumbing leak in their water heater or toilet. If they have a well, they should assess everything for leaks if they notice that their pump is running when no one is using any water.

People who live in a climate that has a winter season should insulate any pipes in their crawlspace, attic and basement in order to avoid bursting and water damage. They should also leave the cabinet doors located under their sink open when the temperature drops down to keep the pipes warm.

Prevent Ice Damming

If a person notices a lot of large circles along their roof during the winter, they could be at risk for ice damming. An ice dam is created when snow on the roof melts, runs down to the gutters and refreezes. This creates a pool of water that seeps down walls and underneath shingles causing extensive water damage.

To prevent ice dams, people should make sure that all openings in their attic are sealed. This includes access doors and panels, ceiling mounted fans and light fixtures. They should also make sure that exhaust ducts from the bathroom and clothes dryer do not blow moist hot air into the attic.

People should also clean gutters so that the water can flow through them easily and install a snow shield. It prevents leaks as long as the water does not back up to a point above the shield. The use of a gutter screen should also be considered. This is because it keeps out debris that can cause buildup and damage gutters.

Remove Snow Away From the Home’s Foundation

With years of settling and shifting, a home’s basement can have lots of cracks. What is worse is that poor drainage allows melting ice water and snow to seep into it causing unwanted water damage. If it is ignored, it can cause unhealthy mold accumulation and major financial loss.

To avoid this, people should remove the snow and ice away from the house especially if they have landscaping and scrubs next to the exterior walls. This is because their roots are a natural path for water to seep into the ground and the foundation. People should also check for any areas that have water pooling. Water will leak into the basement as it has nowhere else to go. This will eventually penetrate the walls and cause serious water damage.

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SERVPRO of South Nashville's fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day

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Simple Tips For Preventing Residential Water Damage in Nashville

10/1/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Simple Tips For Preventing Residential Water Damage in Nashville Prevent Residential Water Damage in Nashville and Brentwood.

By Jamie Shelley
jamieshelley.com
1 Oct. 2014 8:45 AM Eatern

Damage that occurs to your home from floods and leaky pipes can leave you with a mound of bills and a lot of heartaches. While you lack the superpower of preventing a natural disaster in Nashville, you have the ability to arm your property against water damage in Nashville. Here are natural ways to keep your real estate safe from the harmful effects of water leaks both inside and outside the home.

Preventing storm water damage starts on the outside. It’s imperative that rainwater be quickly routed away from your home by implementing the steps below. They will prevent most threats to your foundation in Brentwood and guard against the growth of mold and mildew.

1. Clean gutters so that they are completely free of debris and leaves, and ensure downspouts empty at least ten feet away from your property.

2. Keep trees trimmed in Lebanon and make sure there aren’t any limbs dangling in proximity to your Madison Tennessee home. Trimmed trees will prevent damage to the gutters and roof that can ultimately cause water leaks. Additionally, clear away any ivy that is creeping up the side of your home. Their roots can grow into weakened surfaces and allow water to seep into cracks.

3. Make sure you have flashing placed around the doors and windows to your Nashville home. These are thin metal strips that prevent water from leaking inside when it rains.

4. If you have a sump pump, it needs to be inspected and regularly cleaned. A sump pump that doesn’t work properly can cause a backup of water, pumping water into your home instead of away from it. Check the owner’s manual for instructions or contact the manufacturer for assistance.

Preventing water damage from leaky pipes is just as important as fortifying your property against natural disasters. Water damage is water damage, after all, no matter the source. To protect your home, be sure to follow the rules that are below.

1. Toilets tend to be the number-one culprit when it comes to water damage that manifests inside the home. They can also be the most difficult to spot if the leak is silent. Any unusual sounds must be addressed immediately. If you suspect a leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the upper tank. If the color has leaked to the toilet bowl within 20 minutes, you’ll need to replace one of the tank valves.

2. Routine inspections of hidden pipes are a good idea. Once a month, look under the sinks and check your water heater for signs of dripping or leaks. Always be sure to keep your water heater clear of objects so that any leaks that are present are not obstructed from view.

3. Consider installing a water leak detection system to alert you of any threats to your Brentwood home. Some emit a sound or display flashing lights if a leak is discovered while others have a shut-off valve to stop the leak immediately. These can be a real money saver for the homeowner who wants maximum protection.

4. Always be sure that water pipes that are exposed to the elements are well insulated. This will protect them from bursting in freezing temperatures, leading to water flooding in and around your home.

SERVPRO of South Nashville is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out, restoration equipment rental, dehumidifier rental, fan rental, demolition, painting & construction.

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