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Causes and Prevention Tips for Wintertime Fires | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

snow covered Christmas tree branches Practicing prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire, however if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO of South Nashville.

Wintertime fires are a big concern for individuals due to their statistical likelihood of occurrence.

House fires occur the most in the winter, and the increased risk makes it important to understand the causes and prevention tips in order to stay safe and fire-free this season.

Reasons for the High Rate of Winter House Fires

An Increase in Cooking
At any time of the year, cooking is found to be the leading cause of house fires in the country, but this holds especially true for the winter season. Because there are many holiday meals, occasions for baking and a general increase in cooking in the winter, it is important to exercise caution at any time the oven or stove is in use.

The Risk of Heaters
Using extra heating methods in addition to the central heating unit is quite common, but it can increase the fire risk if safety precautions are not taken. Heating is the second-highest fire cause during the winter months, typically due to unsafe fireplace use and the use of heaters that do not have automatic safety switches to prevent a fire from starting.

Candles and Decorations
While the safety of decorations is not something commonly thought of, during the winter months, it becomes gravely important. Open flames from holiday candles can quickly spread if left unattended, and electronic lights and other decor can overheat or spark if they are not well-maintained.

Preventing Winter Fires From Occurring

The many things that can contribute to a winter fire are important to note, not so that they can be avoided but so they can be completed safely. By understanding what is behind these fires and following the below prevention tips, individuals can do a better job at being fire-safe:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

The Importance of Proper Restoration After a Fire | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

black smoke coming out of windows from a burning house Having a team on your side after a disaster can help relieve stress. SERVPRO of South Nashville is here to help when a fire strikes.

Fires are a concern for homeowners year-round, but with the approaching winter, this is a good time of year to ensure you are properly prepared. The rate of home fires peaks in the wintertime, so it is important to stay vigilant.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do in advance, such as practicing a fire evacuation plan with every member of your household and determining what restoration company you would like to work with to restore your home and belongings. That way you can call right away to get the process of restoring your home started.

The Types of Cleaning Fire Restoration Requires

Over the years, we have developed a cleaning system for fire restoration that handles your home, its contents and your air quality, ensuring the cleanup is thorough and your things are fully restored to their pre-fire conditions. These are the cleanings and services we provide:

Structural Cleaning

Structural damage in a fire can affect almost every aspect of a home, including floors, walls and ceilings. By performing initial testing, we can determine the severity of the damage and what equipment we will need to utilize for restoration. We can provide restructuring, cleaning and even paint preparation for most surfaces in the home.

Content Cleaning

Using wet and dry cleaning equipment, we are able to restore many of your home’s contents during the process as well. This is often more cost-effective than replacing your items and allows you to keep your belongings intact. We can fully clean and deodorize many items, such as kitchen wares, bedding, upholstery and more.

Deodorization Services

The lingering odors from a fire are not just a nuisance—they can be dangerous, too. Smoke and soot exposure are associated with negative side effects, making it vital that the air is scrubbed and purified properly following a fire. Thankfully, we have the technology and expertise to handle this for you, so you do not have to worry about the health of your family due to poor air quality in the home.

The Importance of Proper Restoration After a Fire | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

black smoke coming out of windows from a burning house Having a team on your side after a disaster can help relieve stress. SERVPRO of South Nashville is here to help when a fire strikes.

Fires are a concern for homeowners year-round, but with the approaching winter, this is a good time of year to ensure you are properly prepared. The rate of home fires peaks in the wintertime, so it is important to stay vigilant.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do in advance, such as practicing a fire evacuation plan with every member of your household and determining what restoration company you would like to work with to restore your home and belongings. That way you can call right away to get the process of restoring your home started.

The Types of Cleaning Fire Restoration Requires

Over the years, we have developed a cleaning system for fire restoration that handles your home, its contents and your air quality, ensuring the cleanup is thorough and your things are fully restored to their pre-fire conditions. These are the cleanings and services we provide:

Structural Cleaning

Structural damage in a fire can affect almost every aspect of a home, including floors, walls and ceilings. By performing initial testing, we can determine the severity of the damage and what equipment we will need to utilize for restoration. We can provide restructuring, cleaning and even paint preparation for most surfaces in the home.

Content Cleaning

Using wet and dry cleaning equipment, we are able to restore many of your home’s contents during the process as well. This is often more cost-effective than replacing your items and allows you to keep your belongings intact. We can fully clean and deodorize many items, such as kitchen wares, bedding, upholstery and more.

Deodorization Services

The lingering odors from a fire are not just a nuisance—they can be dangerous, too. Smoke and soot exposure are associated with negative side effects, making it vital that the air is scrubbed and purified properly following a fire. Thankfully, we have the technology and expertise to handle this for you, so you do not have to worry about the health of your family due to poor air quality in the home.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.

Sewage back up: Do’s & Don’ts | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Water damage is never welcomed within your home; but sewage back up is the worst of the worst.

Many issues can be the reason that your home is full of sewage back up, but one thing is for certain- you never want it in your home. Whether the backup was caused by a blockage in the sewer line or from a cracked or collapsed sewer pipes, the best step is to get it out as quickly as possible.

In order to provide the most prompt of services follow these three tips:

  1. Avoid contact with the water
  2. Remove the elderly, all children, and pets from the home
  3. Call a water restoration expert

If you follow these three steps, your home will be back to normal at the quickest rate as possible. If you have experienced a water loss, please contact us immediately.

Frozen Pipes = Disaster | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Although we have experienced an abnormally warm start to fall, the Farmer’s Almanac is warning us to prepare for an extremely brutal winter.

Cold winters are something that we do not experience all to often here in Nashville, but when we do it can bring with it a whole host of issues. One of the issues that is often over looked is frozen and busted pipes.

Three tips to decrease your chance of frozen and busted pipes:

  1. Ensure you have proper insulation
  2. Keep a steady drip of water during frigid nights
  3. Maintain a warm climate within your home

These three steps you will help you to eliminate the risk of having a frozen or busted pipe. Frozen or busted pipes can cause significant damage, so precautionary steps are highly encouraged.

Electrical Fires: Five Most Common Causes | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly a tenth of fires over the last 3 years were classified as electrical in nature. Most fire experts inform us that the most common type of preventable fire in the United States are those that are electrical.  

The numbers are divided on where the most dangerous spot within the home is. When looking at the data, most fires begin in the bedroom; while most deaths occur in the den.

It is wildly important that we begin to take seriously the dangers associated with electrical fires and ways to prevent them.

The five most common causes of electrical fires are:

  1. Faulty outlets/appliances
  2. Light Fixtures
  3. Extension Cords
  4. Space heaters
  5. Wiring

Take note of the above and insure that your home has taken all of the necessary precautions.

Fire Prevention Tips | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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The most preventable type of damage to your household is caused by fires. Often times we are caught up in our normal routines that we let our guard down. As our guard comes down, accidents happen.

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge officially named the first week of October as Fire Prevention Week. As we are coming fresh off of Fire Prevention Week, we wanted to give you three easy tips to decrease your chance of fire loss.

Three Fire Prevention Tips:

  1. Unplug electrical device’s when not in use
  2. Use caution when storing flammable items/never place them in areas that may become hot
  3. Use extreme caution while cooking and using the stove

These three tips are not the be all approach to stopping fires; but they can play a significant role in eliminating carless household fires.

What kind of wind was that? | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Tree fallen on the house Large tree fallen on the front of the home

Wind is the unseen tormentor of Mother Nature. Most of the time damage from storms are very visible and easily identifiable; but wind damage can often be hard to identify. Many of us are familiar with tornadoes that cause wind damage, and what we call straight-line winds; but there are actually many different types of wind.

The importance of understanding what type of wind to expect, can help you significantly anticipate the type of damage that will happen.

According to The Weather Channel wind can be classified in these additional categories:

  1. Cyclone
  2. Downdrafts
  3. Downbursts
  4. Microburst
  5. Gust Fronts
  6. Derechos
  7. Haboobs
  8. Bow echoes

It is also important to know what type of winds your insurance policy will cover. If you experience wind damage, call your insurance agent.

What is an Emergency Readiness Profile worth? | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Most companies prepare for the unexpected, hence the reason most have insurance policies in place. However an insurance policy typically only comes into play after a loss has occurred. Which begs the questions, how can we be proactive in our approach?

Larger companies have develop contingency plans that upper management is aware of in the event of disaster. At SERVPRO, we work with our commercial accounts to create an Emergency Readiness Profile that even the least experienced employee can follow.


Our Emergency Readiness Profile is a tool created to more properly identify best practices to mitigating losses. Additionally it allows our crews to arrive more quickly on site; research has shown the quicker trained professionals arrive on site the less damage that your building and property will sustain.

To have your team properly prepared via an ERP, please contact our Sales Department!

Air Quality in the Work Place, it’s a BIG deal | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

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In general, a large portion of an employees day is spent at their desk or within a confined office. As a nation we have come a long way from the poor work conditions that were prevalent just a century ago; however, most would be surprised to know just how bad conditions today still are.

Millions of dollars are lost each year by businesses due to employee sick days causing them to be out of the office. Additionally, business lose money when their employees are fatigued while on the clock. Often overlooked, the employers can play a significant role keeping their employees health by providing clean air.

Five effects of having poor air quality within your business can lead to:

  1. Headaches
  2. Nausea
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Allergy-like symptoms
  5. Irritation of eyes, nose, throat or skin

With proper cleaning of your ducts, you can increase the health of your employees and the bottom line of your business.