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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 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.

SERVPRO South Nashville : Water Heater Maintenance?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Water Heater Maintenance?

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Water heaters often work perfectly for a decade or more without any care which is a big reason why they’re so easy to neglect. This is why taking just a few minutes to maintain your water heater once a year will pay off big for extending the tank’s life span and optimizing its efficiency and safety. Read on to learn more about water heater maintenance best practices so that you don’t need to call on a team to remediate water damage on your property.

How Often Do You Need to Maintain Your Water Heater?

Doing yearly maintenance on your water heater is always best practice. Typically it’s best to perform your maintenance in between the two major seasons (Winter and Summer). This is typically the time when your water heater isn’t working as hard and you can afford to take a little time out of your day to perform the necessary tasks that is needed to adequately maintain your unit.

Water Heater Maintenance Best Practices

Your water heater’s pipes serve the same purpose as insulating any pipe in your home – regulating temperature to prevent freezing or forming condensation in the warmer months. Depending on the pipe, you can use foam insulation or fiberglass pipe wrap. Regardless of the type of insulation used, properly protect your pipes to ensure maximum energy efficiency and maintain pipe health.

As time goes by, our water heaters can collect sediment in the base of the tank. That’s why it’s best to  drain its tank into a bucket and stir up the sediment every year. This can allow fresh air to enter the tank, allowing new water to flow inside. Then drain the water and repeat this process until there’s no longer sediment coming from the tank.

Who Do You Call When Your Water Heater is Leaking?

At a certain point, your water heater will give out due to overuse, age or other factors beyond your control. When this happens, you might notice your water pressure or temperature isn’t working the way it usually does. In these cases, your unit will likely begin leaking. If you catch the leak soon enough and call SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 to remediate the water damage, you’ll fare better in the future.

SERVPRO South Nashville : Can I Fix My House After A Fire?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Can I fix my house after a fire?

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Home fires are more of a common occurrence than most Americans would care to believe. Unfortunately, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that in 2019, there were 361,500 residential fires in the United States. Although these fires are tragic to experience, there are fire damage restoration companies that can fix the fire damage and get your property back to its original condition. Learn more about how long to expect repairs to take following a home fire and what to expect during the process of working with a home fire damage restoration company that you can trust.

How Long Does It Take to Rebuild?

Your fire damage repair schedule will change based on what your property needs. Following the initial consultation, your fire damage restoration company will assess the damages to help them understanding what exactly needs to be restored, how long it will take, and the associated cost involved. Once the cost and scope of the restoration project is agreed upon, the company will proceed to sanitize the areas that have been damaged and remove soot. This involves removing everything from flooring, furniture, wallpaper, paintings, and electrical sockets.

What’s to Expect During the Rebuilding Process

Putting out the blaze itself can cause harm to yourself and property that will likely need to be addressed following the restoration process. The water and chemicals used to extinguish the fire can create secondary damage. This is why having a professional fire damage restoration company at the helm to configure the correct process based on the severity of fire damage that you have incurred will ensure the restoration project gets done correctly.

During the initial phase of the restoration project, your fire damage restoration company will assess the damage to understand if your home is structurally intact following the fire. If not, it may not be able to be saved. But if the fire damage is more so surface level than anything, it may be advantageous for you to consider their proposal for restoration and push forward with the remediation process.

Who to Turn to For Fire Damage Restoration

Cleaning up after a fire and restoring a home to its original condition is a job that requires professionals. This is why after the fire (and after you’ve notified your homeowners insurance company), it’s essential to act quickly. Contact SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 as soon as the flames die down to configure a streamlined process towards fire damage repairs for your home.

SERVPRO South Nashville : Your Nashville Business had a Fire?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Your Nashville business had a fire?

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Business owners have many fears when it comes to handling their operations. With the complexity and unpredictability that characterizes the modern world, a new disaster is always around the corner. One of the most pressing issues that business owners deal with on a daily basis is the threat of a business fire. Be proactive and learn what you need to do on the off chance that your business is sidled with fire damage in the future.

Take Action Following a Business Fire

Before you take action to address the fire damages incurred in your business, it’s best to understand the extent of the damages on your property. This could potentially help you avoid further aggravation and unnecessary repair bills in the future.

Smoke is a primary cause of damage during a fire. Depending on the source of the fire, there can be different types of smoke; including wet smoke, dry smoke, and fuel oil smoke. Wet smoke is the hardest to remediate because of its thick coating, but the fuel oil smoke can leave behind a heavy soot that can cause even more damage and discoloration.

What to Expect

The soot and smoke must be cleaned quickly and correctly because they pose serious health hazards. The particles, if inhaled, can cause bronchitis and other lung disorders that can further aggravate conditions like asthma. Although the fire cleanup is stressful, the best thing you can do now is to take a few deep breaths in and, while keeping a leveled head, push forward with getting a quote for fire damage restoration to keep your business pressing forward.

Who to Call

Business fires have the potential to penetrate inside the core elements of your structure including the underlying support beams. This is why if your Nashville, Tennessee business has fallen victim to fire damage, it’s critical that you call SERVPRO South Nashville immediately at (615) 331-0200 for a consultation that will begin the restoration process and get your business back up and running in no time.

SERVPRO of South Nashville - Trees fell on my house after a storm - what now?

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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When a tree falls on a house, the damages can be extensive and troublesome to repair. When a tree is driven into your home by severe weather, those damages can be catastrophic and life-threatening.

Knowing what to do and which Storm Repair Company to call to remove a tree and clean up the flood water will help you get your home restored fully and quickly.

What Happens After a Tree Impact

When a tree impacts your home, the entire structure may be compromised regardless of where it falls. If the tree has fallen directly on your roof, it could lead to permanent structural damage that could cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair. Even if the tree isn’t a direct hit to your foundation, it could damage your plumbing, causing pipes to be dislodged and lead to a flood. This could potentially be worse if the problem isn’t caught quickly.

Why Do Trees Fall During Severe Storms?

During severe weather events, the damage caused by the tree’s impact can be exacerbated by wind-driven rain or snow entering your home through the hole in the roof. During a flood, massive amounts of erosion can take place, loosening the hold that trees have in the ground. This instability, coupled with the force of moving water and wind, can easily topple your healthy tree onto your home.

What To Do After Flooding Due to Tree Impact?

First and foremost, make sure not to panic. This is why you have insurance. Once you have a chance to document everything with pictures and narrated videos, make sure to do the following:

  • Shut off the water supply to the house.
  • Shut off the electricity to avoid electrocution.
  • Prepare an evacuation kit, including personal documents, clothes, electronic device chargers, snacks, and valuables.

At the same time that you contact a 24-hour emergency tree service, make sure to also make the call to SERVPRO South Nashville today at (615) 331-0200 for a consultation.

SERVPRO of South Nashville Who is the best storm damage company?

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Finding the right storm damage company is ultimately what will ensure the success of your restoration project. When it comes to your search for Storm Damage Cleanup in Nashville, the search should start and end with the team at SERVPRO South Nashville. Before you make your call to our trusted team, see what we have to offer that is head and shoulders above what you will find in the area.

The Speed of Our Service

The first 24-48 hours after a storm is critical for conducting an assessment of your storm damage repair needs. When you choose SERVPRO of South Nashville, you know you’re getting access to a team of highly trained individuals that are available 24/7 to service your storm restoration needs.

The Resources We Have At Our Disposal

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO. Whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood, the SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Our Restoration Process

Once we have completed the water removal of your property, we’ll begin working on the restoration process. We’ll restore your property to the condition it was in before the damage occurred, whether that entails minor repairs (like replacing drywall or installing new carpeting) or major ones (like reconstructing parts of your property).

Contacting the Best Storm Damage Company

When it comes to storm damage repairs, the only way to get the job done right the first time is to call SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200. Just one phone call can set you up to get your property back into pre-storm shape quickly, helping you save potentially thousands of dollars and rest easier at night knowing that you’re in good hands.