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SERVPRO of South Nashville: What can SERVPRO do?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire department located somewhere in the United States responds to a fire every 24 seconds. Furthermore, it’s estimated that fires each year account for more than $25.5 billion in direct property damage costs. Let’s take a closer look at how SERVPRO South Nashville can help you cleanup and recover from a devastating fire, water, mold, storm or commercial property damage event.

Inspection and Damage Assessment for Fires

After our initial outreach and emergency contact with a customer, our team comes to the property to carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action that we will follow throughout the remaining steps of the restoration process.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Fire Damage

Once we have created a plan for your property restoration project, our team gets geared up and ready to clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that have been damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Your Choice for Commercial Restoration Success

Restoration is the final (and most important) step in our process in getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. This process uses multiple types of equipment and can take as long as it’s needed for the damage to be completely remediated.

Sticking With the Team at SERVPRO for Your Home Restoration Project

Whether you’ve experienced fire, water, mold, storm or commercial property damage, SERVPRO South Nashville should always be your choice to restore your property back to its original condition. If you’d like to speak with a specialist on our team today, make sure to call us 24/7 at (615) 331-0200 so that we can understand your unique situation.

SERVPRO of South Nashville: Smoking Hazards in the House

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, are the cause of starting more than 17,000 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments every year! Fires from cigarettes and smoking materials cause nearly 1,000 deaths and 3,000 injuries each year in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. Find out what you need to know about keeping your home and family safe from smoking hazards in your home.

Smoking Hazards

Smoke is a mixture of heated particles and gases, and it’s impossible to predict its exact make up. The items burned, the temperatures reached, and the amount of oxygen available all play a part in determining the type of smoke produced. While smoke may seem to dissipate quickly, the quick cooling of the particles leave a film and odor able to penetrate the contents of a building, and its structure.

The Importance of Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors allow people to get up see what’s going on. Most the time when we have a fatal fire, there is not a working smoke detector. It’s important to have a safety plan that prepares you to think about where that fire is and how you’re going to get away from it, or get out of the house.

As the seasons change over into the next one, make sure to take the time to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors and test them as well. You don’t want to be in the position where you’re not able to detect massive amounts of smoke in your home until it’s too late.

Smoke Damage

Smoke damage is the physical damage caused by smoke that’s generated by a fire, not the damage caused by the fire itself. Smoke doesn’t destroy items like fire does, it just coats them with soot and a foul smelling odor.

Smoke damage is also a major health risk, whether it’s the result of a full on house fire or a localized fire that was contained to one room. During smoke inhalation, you have more carbon monoxide in your lungs which prohibits oxygen into your body.

Getting your Home Back After a Fire

No matter how a home fire occurs, it can be devastating for a homeowner to shoulder. If you are a smoker or live with a smoker, make sure to practice safe smoking habits to deter the onset of a home fire. If a home fire still arises, make sure to call SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 for a complete fire restoration consultation that helps get your home back into pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of South Nashville: Hot Can Be Too Hot

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Cold temperatures typically call for property owners to lean more on using their furnaces. While these appliances can keep warm, you’ll want to keep safe, as well. Overall, there are many symptoms of an improperly-functioning furnace that could spell trouble. Let’s look at a few of the more common issues to help you be proactive when dealing with the possibility of an overheating furnace.

Recognize the Signs of an Overheating Furnace

An overheating furnace loses some function and may stop working completely. You’ll probably notice something is wrong when your furnace overheats, but you may not know exactly what’s happening. Watch for the following signs that indicate your furnace is overheating:

  • A constant burning aroma
  • A strange humming noise
  • The furnace turns off before finishing a cycle

The humming sound is a sign that your motor is working too hard. Always turn your furnace off if you hear this noise. When the furnace turns off too early, it means that the heat exchanger is at a dangerous temperature and the high-limit switch has turned off the system.

Notice the Signs and Symptoms

First you notice a burning or “hot” smell coming from your furnace or vents. Or you hear odd noises coming from your furnace. Then, it shuts off entirely and won’t start up again. These are all signs that your furnace may be overheating — a situation that definitely needs attention!

In conclusion, you should never ignore an overheating furnace! The problem won’t go away on its own, and continuing use of your furnace can cause significant and expensive damage to your system. If your furnace overheats and explodes, it could cause massive fire damage to your property. Thankfully, in these cases you can always call the trusted team at SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 for fire restoration solutions that help get your property back to it’s pre-fire state.

SERVPRO of South Nashville: Ice Storms Precaution

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Ice storms are caused by freezing rain, which occurs when raindrops fall from a warm layer of air into air that is below freezing and become supercooled. When the supercooled drops hit a surface that’s below 0º, they freeze instantly and form a layer of ice. While those glistening, ice-coated trees might look beautiful from the comfort of your heated home, ice storms can lead to widespread power outages and cause serious damage to homes, trees, and power lines. Learn more about how to prepare your home and life to stay safe from damages once an ice storm rolls through town.

Before an Ice Storm Hits

The heavy build-up of ice can break tree branches, down power lines, and damage homes and cars. Other dangers include hypothermia, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, which can occur from people using alternative heating sources during periods of extended power failures.

If an ice storm warning has been issued, prepare yourself before it arrives. Make sure you have emergency supplies for you and your family to last at least 72 hours. You should also do the following:

  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings.
  • Listen to the radio or TV for weather advisories and warnings.
  • Fill up your car’s gas tank.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit with basic supplies including food, water, a flashlight, battery-operated radio and extra batteries.

What to Do After an Ice Storm

After the storm has passed, you might be tempted to get out of the house to salt your sidewalks or go to the store to re-stock your supplies. Consider these tips before leaving the house after an ice storm:

  • Watch out for falling ice, branches, and power lines. Even hours after the freezing rain has stopped, ice, branches, and power lines can continue to break and fall down. Avoid walking or driving under trees or anything else that could be coated with ice and stay away from downed power lines.
  • Check for a buildup of ice on your roof. Ice dams can do serious damage to your home, and they shouldn’t be ignored. If you notice a buildup of ice or snow on your roof, consider hiring a professional to safely remove it.

Calling the Pros When Ice Storm Damage Occurs

If you spot downed powerlines or tree branches nearby when you’re inspect your property and the immediate surroundings for damage, it’s best to not go near them at all. If the ice cracks part of your infrastructure and melts, it could lead to extensive water damage on your property that will need to be remediated immediately to keep mold from growing. If you have encountered this scenario or something similar, make sure to call SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 for an immediate consultation.

SERVPRO of South Nashville: Storms in Nashville

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

The severe storms that rocked Nashville, Tennessee in May 2020 left more than 107,000 locals without power. This particular storm brought straight line winds as high as 60-80 miles per hour and knocked down trees, power lines and power poles. To protect yourself and your property against these Nashville severe storms, it’s best to learn more about them first.

The Storm of May 3rd 2020

To understand first how a Nashville storm differs from anywhere else in the country, we must first identify the characteristics of the most recent severe storm on May 3rd, 2020. Before it had knocked out power to most of Nashville, the Nashville International Airport was able to measure the fifth-strongest gust on record at 72 mph during the storm.

The type of severe storm that rocked Nashville on this day was known as a derecho, meteorologic term that denotes a widespread convectively induced straight-line windstorm. These storms are characterized by having a particularly damaging downburst clusters of thunderstorms that often lead to tornadoes if the conditions are right.

The Fallout from the Severe Storm

Sadly, 1 man was killed and 3 other people were injured by falling trees due to the May 2020 storm in Nashville. Much of the region that was left without power was in the metro/downtown area. In densely populated areas like these, it’s important for property owners of all types to do their part in proactive property protection to ensure safety for themselves and others.

With storm season approaching quickly, it’s never a bad idea to stay one step ahead in making sure that your property is secured and protected against any and all potential storm-related damages. If you do incur damages from severe storms in Nashville, make sure to call SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 for an immediate consultation.

SERVPRO of South Nashville : Electrical Fire Hazards and How to Prevent

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Electrical fire hazards and how to prevent

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Electrical fires are known to be widespread throughout the U.S., causing injury, claiming lives, and resulting in large losses of property. This makes it incredibly important to know how to use your electrical appliances safely to deter a fire from occurring in the future. Learn more to understand the causes of electrical fires and what steps you can take to be safe around your electrical components in the future.

Causes of Electrical Fires

Most electrical fires result from problems with faulty electrical outlets and old wiring. Problems with extension/appliance cords and plugs also cause many home electrical fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Lamps, light fixtures and light bulbs (28%) and fixed wiring (22%) account for the largest share of fires among major types of electrical distribution equipment.
  • Cords and plugs (39%) account for the largest share of civilian deaths.
  • Lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs (30%) account for the largest share of civilian injuries.

Safety Precautions to Take Around Electrical Components

To help prevent an electrical fire in your home, routinely check electrical appliances and wiring. Following these key tips will also ensure that you keep your home safe from an electrical fire:

  1. Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
  2. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  3. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have
  4. to use extension cords.

Restoring Homes Following Electrical Fire Damage

When your home gets struck by an electrical fire, not any restoration service will do to handle the cleanup after the fallout. It takes a specialized team of trained professionals like the ones at SERVPRO South Nashville to treat you with respect and empathy while always treating your home and belongings with great care. If you’re in need of our fire damage restoration solutions to help your property get back to normal following an electrical fire, call us today at (615) 331-0200 for a consultation!

SERVPRO of South Nashville : Wind Damage in Nashville

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Wind damage in Nashville

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Understanding the impact of high winds and how you can best protect your property from wind damage is essential to living in Nashville during storm season. Improving your appreciation of what high winds can do to your property will ultimately help you minimize damage from large storms. Learn more about the recent high winds that rocked Nashville and what you can do to prepare your home for future high wind storms.

High Winds in Nashville in 2020

From the night of May 2nd, 2020 to the morning of May 3rd, Nashville was pummeled with an incredible storm that carried with it massive amounts of destruction due to high winds. Some of the worst damage occurred across the Nashville metro area, where winds between 60-80 mph knocked out power to over 130,000 customers - the worst power outage on record for the city. A peak wind gust of 71 mph was measured at the Nashville International Airport, which is the 5th highest on record at that location.

Preparing your Property for Future High Wind Storms

If severe weather is in your forecast in the near future, follow these tips to minimize damage on your property:

  1. Secure outdoor items like trash bins and patio furniture that could blow away.
  2. Take down items like hanging plants that could be blown into windows or patio doors.
  3. Be sure that propane and other fuel tanks are properly secured.
  4. Remove any dead or rotting trees and limbs that could fall and cause damage.

Who to Call When High Winds Impact your Home

In many areas, the odds are pretty high that - at some point - a home will be subject to high winds. Unfortunately, as we can see from the above information, that is not the case in Nashville. If you are impacted by high wind damages due to a severe storm, it’s important that you act quickly to restore your property to its original state. Doing so takes having a team like SERVPRO South Nashville at your disposal. Call us at (615) 331-0200 to schedule a consultation today!

SERVPRO of South Nashville : Should I Run a Space Heater?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Should I run a space heater?

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Space heaters can be effective tools for providing added warmth at home if you’re not wanting to turn on your heating system or don’t have access to one in your property. If you plan to use a space heater on your property, it’s critical that you follow basic precautions to ensure that it’s being used safely. Read on to learn more about the prevalence of space heater fire accidents in the U.S. and if running a space heater in your home is worth the risk.

Space Heater Home Fire Statistics

Space heaters are a wonderful way to keep warm when we are at home or even at work. But they don’t come without their risks of causing or contributing to fire and electrical hazards. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) tells us that space heaters account for 43% of U.S. home heating fires and 85% of associated deaths in the U.S. alone. For home fires in general, 20% of these fires occur between 8 p.m. and midnight and another 18% occur between midnight and 8 a.m.

Is Running a Space Heater in Your Home Worth the Risk?

Although the statistics on space heater fires is a very real threat that can be scary to consider, the reality is that more often than not, these accidents are all completely preventable. Here are our top 5 tips to follow to keep your home safe from a space heater disaster in the future:

  1. Don’t leave the room while the space heater is on.
  2. Position space heaters so that they are at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn such as paper, drapes and furniture.
  3. Don’t leave the space heater on when you go to sleep.
  4. Do not use space heaters for purposes other than providing supplemental heat (no cooking, drying clothing or thawing frozen pipes).
  5. Make sure you have functional smoke alarms (that you test regularly) throughout your home and, especially, in bedrooms.

Although following these tips won’t put you 100% in the clear from a space heater fire, it will definitely allow you alleviate your tension while one is operating nearby.

What Happens If Your Space Heater Sparks?

As with any electrical component, there is always an apparent risk of a short circuit that could send up sparks and lead to fire damage. If this happens on your property, it’s best that you call the trustworthy team at SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 for an immediate solution. Our experienced team takes great care in restoring properties from recent fire damage and will work quickly and effectively to ensure that your fire damage cleanup and restoration runs smoothly.

SERVPRO of South Nashville : How Winds Can Damage Your Home

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

High winds can damage your home

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As high wind speed moves through the community, they can carry debris from homes and buildings, which can contribute to the widespread destruction of properties. It is for this reason that it is essential to put in place preventive measures to prevent high winds from incurring damages on your property. Read on to learn more about how much wind your home can withstand and ways to strengthen your home from high winds.

How Much Wind Can Your Home Withstand?

Even though all properties are truly unique in their own way, they all have relatively similar structural features that help them sway with the high winds. As storms have increased in severity in recent years, many building codes have been updated to ensure that properties of all sizes and classifications can withstand strong high winds, thereby decreasing the costs associated with storm damages.

According to the NOAA, hurricanes start at 74mph which are then classified by specific categories (1-5). For wind speeds weaker than 74 mph, you can still note these characteristics:

  • 19mph: the swaying of small trees.
  • 25mph: one cannot use the umbrella, and whistling of wires and branches can be heard.
  • 32mph: difficulty when walking through the wind and swaying of the whole trees.
  • 39mph: branches begin to break from trees, and vehicles veer on the road.
  • 47mph: small structural damage.
  • 55mph: wind begin to uproot trees, more structural damages.
  • 64mph and up; most structural damage.

As you can see, it’s not until wind speeds top 47 mph that structural damage is likely to occur.

Ways to Strengthen Your Home From High Winds

If you want to rest easier when high winds blow through your neighborhood, then start with investing in modifications to your home that help reduce damage from heavy winds, such as pressure-rated windows. If you get the right pressure-rated windows, your property could be able to withstand wind gusts of up to 150 mph (Category 4 hurricane). Any doors that are leading to the outside should also be secured with three hinges and should be anchored to the door frame with a deadbolt.

Turning your home into a wind fortress may be extreme if you aren’t regularly forced to deal with strong winds. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take simple preventative measures to mitigate potential damage from the occasional heavy gusts.

Restoring Your Home Following High Wind Damage

Following a high wind severe storm has rolled through, assess your property from top to bottom to determine if any damages have occurred. No matter when you end up sustaining high wind damages to your property, you can trust SERVPRO South Nashville to restore your property back to its pre-storm condition. Call us today at (615) 331-0200 to request a consultation!

SERVPRO South Nashville : Quick Fixes for Leaks?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Quick fixes for leaks?

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Plumbing leaks can happen at any time and in any location of your home. In some cases, the best way to prevent a leak is to take it upon yourself to quickly fix the issue before a water damage remediation specialist arrives to assess the situation. Let’s go over the top 3 quick fixes for leaks so that you can keep your home high and dry and away from all of the negatives that water damage can bring with it.

Hose Clamps

Your first line of defense against a pipe leak is often to use a thick piece of rubber that is held in place by a hose clamp. By wrapping the rubber around the leaking part and tightening the hose clamp at both ends of the rubber, you can usually stop or at least greatly slow down the leak and buy you some time for a permanent repair.

Pipe Wraps

If you have a smaller leak and know that you’re going to get your pipes replaced within about 72 hours, then using pipe wraps can help them maintain their safe water flow in the short term. This thick, heavy-duty tape is stretchy and a little gummy. This means that it can be stretched and stuck to itself to increase the compression of the tape wraps. Again, this should not be seen as a long-term solution, so if you plan on going this route make sure to call a water damage remediation specialist to assess the location of the leak as soon as possible once you’ve located the leak.

Plumber’s Putty

Plumber’s putty naturally resists water, adhering to your pipes and allowing you to work it around cracks.so it should hold for long enough. After you’ve squeezed the putty in as much as you can, you should apply caulk right over the top of it. The caulk will help form a secondary seal and lasts longer than plumber’s putty will, but it would be hard to put on without the putty.

Turning to the Water Damage Remediation Pros

Not all leaks are visible to the eye. If you’ve seen a spike in usage on your water but haven’t changed your habits dramatically, then you might have a leak behind your walls that needs to be addressed ASAP. If this last scenario is your current reality, then it’s best to call the team at SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 to stop by to address any possible water damage you may have. We are equipped with top-of-the-line equipment and our water damage specialists come highly trained to get your property back to pre-water-damage condition.