Recent Posts

Storm Damage and Restoration | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Wind and hail can be highly destructive; capable of damaging both the exterior and interior of your home.

Wind can topple trees, rain can cause flooding, hail can put dents and holes in the roof and gutters, lightning strikes can wreak havoc on your electrical system. Everyone knows that any major storm can leave your home with damage. From serious thunderstorms and snowstorms to hurricanes and tornadoes, your major structures like your roof, siding, fencing, outbuildings, and more can be left with a variety of problems that need repair. When your property is hit by a serious storm, immediate action is crucial.

With years of experience in the industry, we employ licensed professionals to perform all kinds of restoration projects. We also handle emergency repair tasks 24/7. Give SERVPRO of South Nashville a call and we will be happy to serve you.

Types of Storm Damage:

  • Wind & Storm
  • Hail. 
  • Storm Debris.
  • Snow and Ice.
  • Rain.
  • Fire. (from lightning)

Nature can throw all kinds of powerful weather disturbances at us, and the only thing we can do at times is to just cover up and hope for the best. Both wind and hail can be highly destructive; capable of destroying both the inside and outside of dwellings. It is important that when your property gets damaged by either wind or hail, you should find a way to have it fixed immediately.

If you're experiencing any of these issues, it's time to call in a storm damage repair and recovery service near you.

Storm damage can be a headache to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of South Nashville on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

Learning About the Causes of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

As important a role as water plays in our lives, it can also turn into quite a destructive force.

You already know that water plays a vital part in life—without water, there’d be no life. But as important a role as water plays in our lives, it can also turn into quite a destructive force, too.

With there being so many different ways water can damage your home, it’s always smart to review different causes and ways to prevent them.

The Root of Damage

For the period covering 2009 to 2015, The Travelers Companies Inc. reported that the five top causes of home claims were:

  • Damage caused by wind
  • Water damage not involved with the weather
  • Hail
  • Water damage related to weather
  • Crime

You may have noticed that water damage is on this list twice, and in two different capacities. It is either caused by the weather or some other accident within the home.

Weather-related water damage isn’t as common, but can be quite a nuisance when it occurs. Rain and snow are responsible for this situation. Non-weather-related water damage is your biggest troublemaker at home and can be due to plumbing and appliance breakdowns.

There are five common causes for water damage in your home. They are plumbing, appliances, water pipes, water heaters and weather.

Stopping It Before It Starts

You already know that water damage is very expensive, now can you imagine if none of it was covered by your homeowners insurance? It’s best practice to review your policy so that you know exactly what is covered. Covered in a standard policy are:

  • Damages caused by winter weather
  • Water from discharge and overflow, including accidental
  • Disintegrating or damaged pipes for a steam heating system
  • Frozen plumbing

Luckily, preventing some water damage conditions is possible—this means less muss and fuss for you.

These preventive measures can help limit the circumstances of water damage in your home:

  • Use water sensors and automatic shut-off valves.
  • Keep your washer and dryer off the basement floor.
  • Make sure the connecting hose for your washer and dryer are the metal mesh type.
  • Clean your gutters.
  • Keep grease out of your kitchen drain.
  • Have your sump pump in good running order before the wet season.

Following these ideas and maintenance tips just might help you avoid potential water damage situations.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of South Nashville on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

Safety Tips for Summertime Grilling | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes grilling out can get out of hand, that's why SERVPRO® of South Nashville is available 24/7 to help with cleanup and restoration.

A fun way to spend the summer with friends is grilling outside. But sometimes those backyard barbecues can get out of hand if you’re not careful. In fact, according to the US Fire Administration, barbecue fires cause over $27 million in property damage severely injure about 6,500 people each year.

We have outlined tips and tricks of the grilling pro’s so that the next time your firing up the grill you’ll know exactly what to do to ensure a safe and fun meal.

First of all, make sure your grill isn’t leaking gas. An easy way to check is to make a soapy solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rub it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on with the grill lid open. If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.

Secondly, keep your grill away from your home and give yourself plenty of space. Fire could flare up into the structure above so grills should not be used underneath any type of roof like a garage, carport or porch. Also, make sure outdoor decorations like hanging plants or baskets, outdoor furniture and umbrellas are not within 10 feet of your grill.  Most of these items are made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot. This simple rule is an important one.

Third, make it habit to clean your grill after each use, especially if cooking fatty meats. Grease is a major source of flare ups. And as grease and fat to build up on your grill provide ample opportunity for your fire to get out of hand. Also, don’t overfill your grill with food. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire, like your clothing.

Another good rule to put on your grilling checklist is to keep a spray bottle full of water close by. That way you can instantly eliminate any minor flare-up by simply spraying it with water. However, a spray bottle doesn’t override the necessity of have a fire extinguisher. Keep a fire extinguisher next to your grill. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for help. Practice using a fire extinguisher and show your spouse, children or any other people living in the home how to use it. This is an important knowledge for indoor fires, as well, and could save lives.

These simple grilling tips are for you and your loved ones safety that way you can enjoy your summertime barbecues.

If a fire has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of South Nashville is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration

What’s Up With Thunderstorms? | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Hail damage costs can top $1 billion per year.

Spring and summer are notorious for severe thunderstorms, which are a common occurrence. These thunderstorms also cause a chance for storm damage to property.

How much do you know about the different types of damage that can be caused by a thunderstorm?

Thunderstorm Knowledge

Thunderstorms occur all over the world, and there are approximately 16 million thunderstorms yearly. Here in the United States, approximately 100,000 thunderstorms occur per year, with 10% of those are considered severe.

Moisture and rising unstable air—accompanied by a “lifting” mechanism caused by either hills or mountains that force air to rise, or where warm/cold or wet/dry air collide, causing a rising motion—are the necessary conditions for the formation of a thunderstorm.

Thunderstorms go through three stages during their life cycle: the developing stage, the mature stage and the dissipating stage. It is in the mature stage that hail, heavy rain, frequent lightning, strong winds and tornadoes are produced.

Thunderstorms and Damage Types

Thunderstorms present many dangerous conditions, but an even larger risk is the one posed by high winds causing flying debris.

A strong enough storm can see wind speeds of 57.5 mph or higher. Property damage can certainly come from winds that high.

You should make sure to secure any loose items in your yard, even those that seem harmless. Tree branches, gravel, mailboxes, fencing, lawn furniture, potted plants and garbage cans are all possible dangerous projectiles during a high wind situation.

Thunderstorms can create property damage in the following ways in addition to wind damage:

Lightning Fire is of course a concern with lightning, but it goes further than that. If lightning strikes your home, it can travel through the wiring and damage anything that is plugged into an outlet.

Tornadoes It is possible for tornadoes to reach upward of 200 mph, which means they are an especially dangerous and destructive force.

Hail Regardless of its size, hail is another damaging aspect of thunderstorms. In fact, the NOAA reports that damage costs can top $1 billion per year.

Flooding Heavy rains that accompany thunderstorms can create the opportunity for flash flooding. This can damage structures and nature alike.

If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of South Nashville is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration.

The ABC’s of Taking Care of Mold in Your Rental Property | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth is common in middle Tennessee due to the high humidity year-round.

There are numerous tasks a property manager is responsible for, and maintenance of the rental unit itself is one of the most important. Maintaining the property keeps your tenants happy and extends the longevity of the building. Humid weather and lots of precipitation year-round in the middle Tennessee region is the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold is a common problem in homes in the Nashville area, especially in dark, moist, enclosed areas such as bathrooms, basements and crawlspaces.

If one of your tenants notices a small mold problem, there are common household products to remove it from hard surfaces.  However, porous surfaces and large growth mean you need to involve mold remediation professionals, such as SERVPRO® of South Nashville.  You will need to make sure that the mold remediation professionals have access to EPA-registered antimicrobial coating.  Antimicrobial coating does not only kill the mold colony, but also helps to prevent future growth.

Your next step is to find a licensed mold remediation company, such as SERVPRO® of South Nashville. A licensed contractor has the training, expertise and experience required to do the job well, safely and to code. This provides assurance that the contractor has adequate knowledge and experience.

The ABC’s of how to find a mold expert:

  1. Confirm that company is certified for mold removal and remediation. This will ensure that the company knows how to remove the mold safely in order to prevent any potential health risks. Reputable remediation companies should participate in certification programs such as the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Ask for proof of certification, SERVPRO® of South Nashville is happy to show you ours!
  2. Be sure that the company is insured and conducts employee background checks. Verify that the contractor is up to date on its liability and worker’s comp insurance, that the amount is adequate, and that the policy covers mold and microbial work. A reputable business should be bonded and conduct background checks on its employees. Again, SERVPRO® of South Nashville makes sure our employees have all undergone background check.
  3. Get a written estimate after an on-site evaluation. As with any reputable sub-contractor or outside vendor you hire, have the contractor come to the job site, investigate the situation and present a detailed, written estimate with all services to be provided noted.

Always Communicate

Be sure to communicate with tenants/occupants if and when work will be done in the building. Let them know the company that has been retained and that uniformed workers may be in the building as well as the dates they may be on the premises.

Keeping your tenants or guests unexposed to mold is necessity to have a successful rental property or hotel. If your home has experienced water damage you could have mold growing as well. We want you to know that SERVPRO® of South Nashville is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips for Family Safety in case of Fire | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

You can protect your home from a kitchen fire, especially if young children living in the home, by teaching about kitchen fire safety.

Mistakes can happen while cooking, and that’s why being prepared is key. You can protect your home from a kitchen fire, especially if young children living in the home, by teaching about kitchen fire safety. Putting safety plans into place is always a great idea. If you can extinguish the fire before it gets out-of-hand, that would be best to limit the amount of damage in your home. Be prepared to think quickly and determine if the fire can be put out without risk of injury or endangering any of your family members. Always put safety first.

Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death in home fires. Not to mention, smoke causes just as much damage to the home as the fire itself. There is a five second rule of thumb that fire fighters use. They say that if you cannot extinguish a fire within five seconds then dial 9-1-1 and get out of the house. Make it a priority to review at least once a year what to do in case there is a fire in your home so your family members know exactly what to do. After the fire is put out and everyone is accounted for and safe, you can always count on your friendly neighborhood experts at SERVPRO of South Nashville to help you put your home back together.

Here are a list of things to have established in a place of home when it comes to fire safety. These items are ultimately for your safety, and the safety of your family members and family.

Kitchen Appliances Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States. A fire can start from:

  • food left unsupervised on a stove or in an oven or microwave 
  • grease spills
  • a dish towel too close to a burner
  • a toaster or toaster oven flare-up 
  • a coffee pot accidentally left on

Tips for using the stove:

  • Always supervise kids while cooking.
  • Turn all pot handles in so they can't be knocked over.
  • Don't wear loose-fitting clothing that could catch fire around the stove.

Cigarettes According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of fire deaths in the United States and Canada, killing about 1,000 people per year. Most fires start when ashes or butts fall into couches and chairs.

If you smoke:

  • Be especially careful around upholstered furniture.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Make sure cigarettes are completely out before you toss them into the trash.

Matches and Lighters Playing with matches is still the leading cause of fire-related deaths and injuries for kids younger than 5 years.

  • Always keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.
  • Store flammable materials such as gasoline, kerosene, and cleaning supplies outside of your home and away from kids.

It's good to practice fire safety with your family. There are also steps you can take to protect your home and prevent fires in your home.

If you’ve experienced fire damage or water damage, SERVPRO® of South Nashville is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in fire remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

Protect Your Home from Floods | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

There are steps homeowners can take to protect yourself and lessen the hassle after the storm passes.

If you think that your home isn’t at risk of flooding, you might be surprised.

Some form of flooding is involved in 90% of natural disasters. That is why homeowners are advised to be educated on how to prepare, even if they don’t believe they are “at risk” for a flood.

Ways to Protect Against Flood Damage

It is alarming to learn that a flood is on the way, but homeowners can take steps to lessen the damage rising waters will cause:

Have a conversation about emergency procedures. All members of your household should understand how to cut off the electricity to the home in case of waters rising, and you should also have an evacuation plan put in place.

Turn off electricity. One can never be too safe where electricity and water are concerned. Turn off the electricity to all areas of the house that might sustain water damage to prevent risk.

Anchor fuel and propane tanks. A tipped fuel tank can lead to a dangerous spill or even a fire, and floodwaters can often be the cause. Remove fuel tanks from the property or anchor them securely.

Digitize valuables. Precious and irreplaceable items such as family memorabilia, tax records and household documents, should be digitized and the physical copies kept off-site or in a waterproof safe.

Protect appliances. Elevating appliances can go a long way in preventing their internal workings from getting waterlogged and malfunctioning. Cinder blocks or other household materials can be used to elevate them off the ground.

Elevate hazardous materials. Household substances contain many chemicals that can pollute water and make it dangerous for the entire area. Elevate these substances to prevent toxic leaks.

Your family’s safety is of chief concern when a disaster is imminent, but there are also steps you can take to protect your home and lessen the hassle after the storm passes.

If you’ve experienced flood damage or water damage from other causes, SERVPRO® of South Nashville is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

Why Clean Ductwork Matters in Your Workplace | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Removing Odors

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.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

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

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

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.