Why Clean Ductwork Matters in Your Workplace | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
Having clean air ducts ensures your employees will have a clean air supply to breathe in.
Air ducts in your commercial building or office space have a very important job. They circulate the air flow from your heating and cooling equipment throughout your commercial building or office space to ensure it is properly conditioned at all times.
Like everything in your commercial building or office space, dust can start to settle in your ductwork after just a few hours of non-movement. Dust begins to move when the system powers up, and it comes out and into your working environment. By removing the dust from within, you’ll make your workplace a cleaner place to work.
It’s important to ensure it is as clean as possible.
If you’ve never had your ducts cleaned before, now may be a perfect time. There are many benefits to duct cleaning, including:
Improving the Air Quality in Your Workplace
Take a deep breath. How clean is the air you are breathing? It is common for people in this region of Tennessee to suffer from allergies, cleaner air helps keep you healthier overall. Every time you breathe in dust and pollutants, they have the potential to trigger sneezing and coughing, as well as impact your sinuses or bronchial congestion. Cleaning your air ducts regularly ensures you’ll always have a clean air supply to breathe in, which could eliminate doctor visits and increase employee attendance.
Get Rid of Irritants in the Air
Let’s face it, it’s not just dust that lurks in your air ducts. Harmful contaminants and microorganisms live there too. Pet dander, bacteria, pollen, mildew, and other pollutants can all impact the air you breathe. A periodic air duct cleaning helps keep the coworkers in your commercial building or office space healthier instead or circulating potential problems over and over again.
Every commercial building or office space has its own unique smell. And sometimes it isn’t the most pleasant thing. Pets, cleaning agents, paint fumes, mildew, food, tobacco use, and more all contribute to stale smells that can settle in over time. A detailed cleaning of the air ducts can help remove odor that is trapped in dust particles, giving you a fresher smelling commercial building or office space.
Improving HVAC Efficiency
When ductwork and registers have a heavy buildup of dust and grime, they may not operate as efficiently as possible. When the air supply is cut off in any capacity, it means your system has to work harder to accomplish the same outcome. A cleaner system is designed to operate as efficiently as possible, giving you a system that operates at peak efficiency and provides cost-effective performance year round.
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Air duct cleaning involves removing the dust and contaminants that exist within the ductwork. This includes all areas of the system, including the supply and return air ducts as well as the registers in each room. Air duct cleaning involves powerful vacuums that pull dust and debris from deep within, preventing it from moving and circulating throughout your commercial building or office space
Dangers of a Fire in a Commercial Building | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
Powerful fumes from fire seep into the walls and floors and may contaminate the indoor air much later if they are not removed.
Fire damage is just the beginning when your commercial or office building catches fire. Smoke and water do more damage than most people realize. More times often than not, it’s unsafe to enter your place of business after a fire because there could be structural damage. It is crucial for smoke damage needs to be mitigated as soon as possible in order for the building to be returned to its pre-fire condition.
Smoke Damage is Serious
The types of materials that are burned in a commercial fire leaves behind powerful odors. Electronics, carpets, plastic, metals, and engineered-wood furniture are all burned and create odors and ash that can corrode, etch and discolor as well as cling to the remaining structure. These types of fumes from fire seep into the walls and floors and may contaminate the indoor air much later if they are not removed. These cannot be removed with a typical cleaner. It takes special equipment and the expertise of professionals to mitigate smoke damage, so the building is odor-free.
The different types of damage include:
- Metals that tarnish or corrode
- Plastics that melt and change color
- Fiberglass that cracks
- Wood that may need refinishing
- Finishes on appliances that turn yellow
The situation worsens the longer you wait to call a professional mitigation contractor. After the fire is out, the smoke and ash remain. It’s also more cost-effective to get the repair started as soon as possible. Even if the fire damage in the South Nashville is contained in a small part of your commercial building or office space, smoke damage can permeate a greater area.
Getting Smoke Damage Cleaned
Smoke and heat will distribute ash through the home and it can remain in cracks and crevices. One of the best ways to remove smoke odor is through thermal fogging. This technique opens the pores in the walls and floors to neutralize the odor from the smoke that has entered deep into them. Then, use dehumidifiers and high-powered fans to thoroughly dry the water damage.
Professionals Know the Job
Professionals use thermal fogging to neutralize odors. Different chemicals are required to remove the smoke from different substances such as wood and plastic. The final step in smoke mitigation is to repaint the walls and ceilings.
The best fire damage professionals are properly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They take extensive coursework to get their certification. They will identify all the affected materials in your home and find the source of any odors. Experts know what can be salvaged and what needs to be discarded. They use specialized detergents that have been designed to treat specific types of odor.
Professionals can also increase the possibility of saving property rather than needing to replace it, and they can clean out your vents and ducts. Some of the services offered are:
- Removal of smoke and odor
- Cleaning and sanitizing
- Professional deodorization
- Temporary protection of surfaces already cleaned
- Removal of carpets and pads if required
Fire damage is devastating, but it is not over when the fire is out. To get your home back to pre-damaged condition, professional fire and smoke mitigation is essential.
SERVPRO of South Nashville is proud to serve Forest Hills, Berry Hill, Oak Hill, Woodbine, 12 South, 8th Ave/Melrose and Wedgewood/Houston.
SERVPRO of South Nashville’s fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your commercial building, warehouse or office area, and then implement top industry standards to get your workspace restored properly available 24-hours a day.
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/fire damage repair, flooded basement or crawl space, demolition and reconstruction.
Our “Restore First” Mentality Can Help You | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
Our "restore first" mentality helps to reduce those life interruptions caused by the disaster.
We are well known for coming to your aid quickly when disaster strikes, but there is another reason why we should be one of your first calls if the worst should occur.
When it comes to helping you with your property damage, our technicians have a “restore first” mentality, using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. This mentality helps to reduce those life interruptions caused by the disaster and helps get your home or business back to pre-disaster condition.
Restoring Your Home Post-Disaster
Knowing what to do after a fire has damaged your property is stressful, but that’s where we come in. Once you contact us, our team will spring into action.
Fire damage is different for every event, and while our highly trained team works to develop a unique solution that is tailored to your needs, the general process remains the same.
Here are the steps that are included in our process:
1. Emergency contact. When you call us, we will ask you a series of questions regarding the fire damage. By doing this, it ensures we dispatch our team with the appropriate equipment and resources.
2. Inspection and fire damage assessment. When our team arrives on the scene, you will see them inspect and test adjoining rooms of the property to determine the extent of fire, smoke and soot damage. This helps us determine the right plan of action moving forward.
3. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service. Fire damage can compromise windows, walls and roofs, so a priority will be to make sure that your property is secure and protected from further damage by boarding up missing windows and walls and placing a tarp on damaged roofs.
4. Water removal and drying (if water damage is present). Since water damage from firefighting efforts often accompanies fire damage, we’ll begin the removal process right away. Dehumidifiers and air movers are brought in to remove the remaining water and finish up the drying process.
5. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. We have specialized equipment and techniques that are used to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces.
6. Cleaning and sanitizing. We will clean restorable items and structures whenever possible. They will not only be cleaned, but industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment are used to help remove odors.
7. Restoration. Our final step in the restoration process is getting your property back to pre-fire condition. Restoration includes minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet, or it could also call for major repairs like reconstruction of damaged areas.
Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of South Nashville is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Residual Damage Fires Can Cause | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
As you can see, fire doused with water creates mold’s ideal environment to thrive.
When dealing with fire damage, there is more to be cleaned up than just what is affected by the flames. Soot and smoke the fire leaves behind can continue damaging property long after the flames are extinguished, and this can give rise to other issues such as mold and rust as well.
If left untreated, this damage can compound over time, becoming more difficult and costly to remediate.
What Untreated Fire Damage Can Cause
If you’ve been affected by a fire, it is important to call your restoration team right away to prevent giving rise to other issues such as:
Soot Damage. Soot is the most common form of carbon byproduct that materials produce when they burn. Most home and commercial fires consist of multiple burned materials, leading to soot that is highly acidic. This acid can cause damage to nearly any surface it comes into contact with, with porous or textured surfaces being the most at-risk. Any soot allowed to remain in the affected area can lead to damage of carpets, walls and unburnt portions of the house. The longer the soot is allowed to sit, the more unlikely the damage can be reversed.
Mold Damage. After a fire, affected areas are often left without any artificial or natural lighting. If the fire was doused with water or set off a sprinkler system, this creates mold’s ideal environment to thrive. Mold can quickly begin growth on almost any surface, leading to discoloration and damage to items and structures.
Corrosion and Rust Damage. Rust and corrosion might not be the first thing you think of when you consider fire damage, but water left untreated on small electronics can cause it to develop and greatly increase the risk for short-circuits or electrical shock.
How to Find a Fire Restoration Company
Finding a fire restoration company that you can trust to restore your home to pre-damaged conditions is difficult if you are unsure what to look for. Here are a few questions that are worth asking as you shop around:
* Do they have a Master Fire Restorer on staff?
* Will they fully clean and sanitize the area to prevent mold growth?
* Do they use industrial-grade air scrubbers to remove odors?
* Can they do all levels of restoration, from cosmetic to construction?
If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of South Nashville hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”
How to React to Water Damage | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
SERVPRO® of South Nashville is here to help, no matter what size job.
Whether it’s from a sudden flood or a hidden leak, discovering water damage anywhere in your home or business can be alarming. However, by staying calm and following a few steps right away, you can get your property on the road to recovery in no time.
Determine What’s Safe
The most important thing when you discover water damage is determining the safety of your location. Turn off the power if need be, make sure floors and ceilings are structurally sound and ensure that there aren’t electrical items that could cause shocks when wet. Never stick around a potentially hazardous area to attempt cleanup.
Call the Professionals
After you’re sure the situation is safe, consulting with a professional service should be your next step. With a Master Water Restorer on staff, a 24/7 Emergency Service line and the ability to work with your insurance on your behalf, we can provide a solution tailored to your situation and get your life back to normal faster.
Move Items Out, Move Air In
As you’re waiting on us to arrive, this is the perfect time to salvage what you can from the damaged areas. If any items such as furniture, fabric and papers are affected, moving them out can make them more viable for restoration later on.
If the weather outside is dry and not too humid, opening a window and creating airflow can begin the process of evaporating water from drywall and floors. We’ll tackle the big stuff once we get there, but these small steps can go a long way.
Wipe Up What You Can
While a mop can’t take the place of professional restoration, blotting and mopping any standing water can certainly have an impact. If you’re able, clear out puddles and stagnant water with a mop or water-rated vacuum cleaner to start working your way toward a drier room.
If you’ve experienced water damage, SERVPRO® of South Nashville is here to help. Call us today for your home or commercial needs—we’re faster to any size disaster.
You Kitchen Could Be a Major Fire Hazard | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
Cooking fires are rated as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries.
Cooking fires are rated as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries, with the leading cause of these kitchen fires being unattended cooking.
The kitchen can serve as a family hub and is a wonderfully versatile place—a place for family and friends to gather, for quality time to be spent and where some delicious eats are cooked up. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also the space where many home fires occur.
In 2017 alone, State Farm paid out over a whopping $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:
Fire Safety While Cooking
- North Carolina
- New York
Leaving your cooking unattended is not a habit to embrace, and you should stay in the kitchen while cooking. This is not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:
1. Be careful about the type of clothing you wear when cooking. Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it big and baggy? It could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.
2. Watch the items around the stovetop. Make sure you don’t have kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.
3. Have a fire extinguisher easily accessible to the kitchen. Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.
4. Do not throw hot grease in the garbage can. The grease may not be on fire, but it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.
5. Have a fire escape plan established for all to be aware of. Thinking about the worst-case scenario is never fun, but it’s better to be prepared rather than unprepared if an emergency were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.
Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of South Nashville is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”
What Makes SERVPRO® Stand Out? | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
When you’re choosing a service provider to take care of issues in your home or commercial property, there’s nothing more valuable than the peace of mind that comes with selecting the right company to work with.
Whether you’re dealing with routine maintenance such as duct or carpet cleaning or you’ve got large-scale water, fire or mold damage on your hands, you can be assured that SERVPRO® of South Nashville will provide you with outstanding service. Here’s why:
We’re Masters in Our Field
Restoring your home or business is no light task, which is why we take our work seriously. We have a Master Water and Fire Restorer on staff—and maintain contractor licensing to ensure we can do tasks ranging from small home repairs to large-scale commercial renovations.
We also have staff members certified by NADCA to clean ductwork on residential and commercial properties, so you can know you’re getting the best in the business.
We Guarantee a Rapid Response Time
“Faster to any size disaster” is more than just a slogan to us. We know that the longer issues like mold, water and fire damage are allowed to fester, the more detrimental to your structure they can be.
Disasters don’t have respect for your schedule, but you can count on our 24/7 Emergency Service to be there whenever you call. Whether it’s a weekend, a holiday or the middle of the night, we’re at-the-ready to get your repairs started right away.
We’re Always Getting Better
As technologies change, best practices for cleaning and restoration do, too.
By keeping up with new developments and providing employees with the ability to enroll in training courses, we ensure that we’re up to date with the latest industry standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This high level of training, combined with our state-of-the-art equipment and advanced tracking technology, allows us to provide you with the best restoration experience possible.
Because of our commitment to quality and customer service, we have you covered for any cleaning or restoration needs. Contact SERVPRO of South Nashville to service your commercial or residential property 24 hours a day,7 day a week. We’ll be here to help.
Tornado Safety Tips Your Family Should Know | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
Springtime weather around here is gorgeous and refreshing after a long winter, but it can also be a time of weather unpredictability. So it is smart to always be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown.
The highest occurrences of tornadoes, traditionally, occur in April and May, which means we are currently in the height of tornado season throughout the United States. Included in this blog are some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.Severe Weather Can Cause Tornadoes
Thunderstorms, especially the ones known as “supercells,” are responsible for the roughly 1,200 tornado events in the U.S. each year.
When a tornado forms, it is due to the wind speed changing, which creates a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.
The tornado’s signature funnel cloud is transparent and not visible at first, but it becomes more visible when water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or when dust and debris are picked up.
Typically, a tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster storms have been observed. Hail and intense winds of more than 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.
Tornadoes will typically occur in the late in the afternoon, but remember that they can happen anytime and anywhere.What You Should Do Before and During a Tornado
Understanding the difference between tornado watches and tornado warnings is your first line of defense. A watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.
If there has been a warning for your area and you are in the path of the tornado, it is vital to take action to find safe shelter. Shelter options include:
- Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
- The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
- If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
- If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
Make sure that you have stored flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries in your selected tornado shelter at home. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.
If you are driving during a tornado, NEVER attempt to outrun it! If you are unable to find a safe, sturdy building to take shelter in, exit your vehicle and lay flat on the ground, covering your head and neck.
Tornadoes leave a path of destruction and devastation in their wake. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.
If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of South Nashville is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.
The Dangers of Springtime Weather | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
As we bid a fond farewell to winter, we welcome spring! Now we can enjoy the weather spring has to offer…and buckle up for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way.Expect the Unexpected
Spring brings us longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, the season also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s a toss-up at this time of year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.
Unpredictable and unstable temperatures are the cause for the changing weather, that can go from warm to cold in just an hour! That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.
Thunderstorms become increasingly common throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.
In reviewing natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, severe thunderstorms were one of the most common causes and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.
These type of thunderstorms can cause flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.Preparing Your Family
Weather prediction with 100% accuracy is not possible, but fortunately, the meteorologists do have the technology to at least give us a warning that severe weather could be imminent. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.
Some of the things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather are:
- Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
- Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
- Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.
Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:
- Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
- Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
- Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
- A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
- 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Blankets or sleeping bag
Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of South Nashville to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.
Need-to-Know Fire Safety Tips for Your Business | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
Business owners have many things to think about during the day-to-day tasks of running a business. One of those things is the safety of staff and visitors, which means planning for and preventing fires.
<h4causes-of-commercial-structure-fires">Top Causes of Commercial Structure Fires
It has been reported by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):
- Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
- Heating equipment, 11% of fires
- Intentional, 10% of fires
- Smoking materials, 9% of fires
- Exposure, 4% of fires
- Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires
Three of those causes—intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment—were responsible for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, alone, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.
When you look at more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that for the period covering 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. Those fires resulted in an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.
<h4your-business">Protecting Your Business
There are many steps you can take to protect your business from the risk of fires. By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you will possibly reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.
The first thing to do is assess your risk from fire hazards. Local governments in some areas may offer the services of a fire marshal to help you identify these risks and provide advice on creating your fire prevention plan.
Make sure that you have the right fire protection equipment in place. This would include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.
Finally, work with your employees. By creating a fire plan and reviewing it with your staff, you’ll be making sure everyone, including visitors, knows what to do in the event of a fire. At a minimum, conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep the fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation routes and the locations of first-aid kits.
Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of South Nashville is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."