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Tornado Safety Tips Your Family Should Know | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. 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

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

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):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. 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."

The 3 Classifications of Floodwaters | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

There are three different classifications for water that causes damage: clean, gray and black. If you ever find yourself in a water damage situation, by understanding the differences in these types of water, you can be better able to handle that situation.

It will not matter which of the three types of water is involved; there will always be a cleanup and restoration process that will follow. The first—and most important—step to take is to be sure to quickly remove all the moisture and damp items to inhibit mold growth in an ideal environment.

Clean Water

Much like its name infers, this water is considered “clean” and free of contaminants. It is not the type to pose an immediate threat to your health. This water can come from:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

This will be the easiest type of water damage to work with since there are fewer microbes living in the water, but after 48 hours and building surface contact, clean water can move up to category two, “gray” water.

Gray Water

Gray water means the water damage cleanup and restoration can become a bit more serious. This water may create a health risk since it will contain slight chemical or biological contamination.

This slight contamination involved with gray water will mean that it will need to be thoroughly treated before safe consumption.

Examples of gray water is water from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. The 48-hour exposure time will also apply here as well, as gray water turns into dangerous black water if not properly and quickly treated.

Black Water

Where there is black water, you now have the most serious of the three classifications, and it is considered highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter.

This type of water would be floodwaters containing soil and all sewage waters. Sewage is contaminated with dangerous microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, which are harmful to humans.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

You should remember that, where floodwaters are concerned, it should be assumed that all water involved is black water since it will be picking up contaminants along the path it travels.

These three classifications of floodwater are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), which certifies and sets the standards to be followed in the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians all study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of South Nashville is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!

Primary and Secondary Fire Damage to Your Nashville Home

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Primary and Secondary Fire Damage to Your Nashville Home Fire damages your home in a number of ways- heat, smoke soot, and water. Call SERVPRO to help you restore your home.

Important Steps When Dealing with Fire Damage in Nashville

In the unfortunate event of a fire in your Nashville property, you need to take the right steps to restore the structure and contents to preloss condition. Different steps are necessary to achieve the desired outcome. If more items can be salvaged, then it is possible to reduce the restoration costs. It is also essential to prevent additional damage from occurring before, or during restoration.  

Carrying out a thorough inspection before starting the process of restoring fire damage in Nashville is critical because it helps establish the true extent of the problem. Some aspects of the fire like smoke damage have far-reaching effects that are easy to miss from casual observation. For example, it is essential to establish whether the damage is predominantly from wet or dry smoke to choose the right cleaning procedures. Smoke also moves towards cooler areas and being gaseous it cannot be stopped by doors or windows, so it damages areas far from the origin of the fire.  

Separating items according to the level of damage is necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians classify items into salvageable, non-salvageable and questionable items. Such separation helps in different ways. For example, creating the CCIS, content claims inventory, for the insurance adjuster is simpler especially when we use our electronic item tracking forms. It is also possible to save more items since it creates the opportunity to focus full attention on the questionable ones or even take them offsite for restorative cleaning.  

While most of the damage happens during the blaze, secondary damages can happen after it is put out. Common ways that lead to secondary damage include exposure to moisture from the water used when putting out the fire. Staining or corrosion can also occur from soot and other smoke residues because of their acidic nature. Weather elements might also damage the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians extract any standing water and also wipe off residue from finished furniture surfaces, fiberglass, and chrome or iron trim finished areas.  

Professional assistance can help you deal with the confusion that follows after a fire incident. Contact SERVPRO of South Nashville for assistance. You can reach us at (615) 331-0200 any time of the day.

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Avoid Unexpected Safety Issues During Nashville Water Damage Remediation

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoid Unexpected Safety Issues During Nashville Water Damage Remediation Finding water damage in your home can feel overwhelming especially when the problem uncovers older home building materials. Call SERVPRO.

Addressing Major Safety Concerns During Water Damage Restoration in Nashville 

If a water damage incident occurs in your building and it is not attended to as soon as possible, further damage is likely to take place. When that happens, materials like drywall and flooring may weaken and cause possible structural hazards. We start by performing an inspection of your Nashville property before offering appropriate water restoration and mitigation services. It means you cannot reenter the structure until we determine it is safe.
 
We are going to look at some of the safety steps that our SERVPRO technicians perform during water damage restoration in Nashville. In incidents where the water enters the building from above, wet drywall can soften, and the ceilings might fall onto the occupants or our employees. To free water from the ceiling cavities, we drill weep holes. We avoid punching up the holes in a row to avoid introducing perforations on the ceiling. We usually punch the weep holes from the ceiling's outside to prevent it from collapsing. Also, we wait until the first hole stops draining before making the second one.
 
Usually, particleboard floors lose their stability when they are heavily soaked with water. In such cases, they might fail to support the weight of people or machines. We have to examine the subfloor and determine its stability before we proceed with the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians also check whether the site has sharp objects such as broken glass and exposed nails.
 
Some sites may have hazardous materials such as asbestos. Whenever we come across materials that have asbestos, we do not perform activities which are likely to disturb them and release dust. It means we cannot saw, cut, hammer, break, drill, sand, brush or scrub the material. Also, we are cautious when working in older structures - buildings made before 1960 - since they might have lead-based paint which may lead to health effects.
 
SERVPRO of South Nashville offers 24-hour cleaning and restoration services that address commercial and residential needs. Call us at (615) 331-0200 and work with our highly experienced technicians who use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment.

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How Severe Flood Damage In Nashville Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Team

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Severe Flood Damage In Nashville Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Team The faster that this process can begin, the less irreparable damage that occurs to construction materials and the less possibility of developing mold.

Severe Weather Damages Result in Flooding at Your Nashville Home

Severe weather systems are all too familiar to Nashville homeowners, and the effects of these weather events can lead to substantial damages to the external materials of your home. From compromising your roof to damaging the siding and gutters of your house, one singular incident can lead to substantial water loss conditions within your house. Flooding throughout the area is often a direct result of storm damages to properties.

While you might not have experienced flood damages in your Nashville home before, some instances of flooding have nothing at all to do with your positioning to floodplains and proximity from streams and rivers. With high winds and torrential rainfall, a weakened tree could tear open the side of your house by falling or splitting or these same conditions could remove or critically damage parts of your roof.

In these situations, runoff and the torrential rainfall now have a point of access to your house, and the effects spread quickly from the source to impact multiple areas of your home. From the moment that you recognize a problem, you can reach out to our SERVPRO emergency response team. We can arrive promptly and get to work on sealing over the damaged portion of your home to prevent continual penetration and work to mitigate the damage to your property and its contents.

Being close enough to when the problem began, our SERVPRO technicians can often work quickly to extract the excess water and start work on removing the saturation and dampness from these areas as well. The faster that this process can begin, the less irreparable damage that occurs to construction materials and the less possibility of developing equally hazardous conditions with mold and microbial growth.

One of the challenging things about flooding that results from severe weather damages to your home is that you often cannot recognize a problem until you experience the symptoms. If you have a flooding emergency in your home, do not hesitate to call our SERVPRO of South Nashville rapid response team immediately at (615) 331-0200.

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Not So Easy in Nashville!! SERVPRO Knows How to Extract Water from Your Home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Not So Easy in Nashville!! SERVPRO Knows How to Extract Water from Your Home Need More Than a Squeegee for Water Removal in Your Nashville Property? Better Call SERVPRO!

Emergency Water Removal for Our Nashville Residents

Water pipes are often not insulated in the home, particularly when traveling into cellar spaces or through garages. Plumbing systems are suitably robust. However, as they age, they become more susceptible to temperature changes or pressure. These elements cause the materials to expand and retract which, over time can loosen connections or split the pipes. When that happens, water can leak rapidly and require extraction.

It is rare that homeowners own the type of equipment needed to perform extraction themselves. Water removal in Nashville requires industrial scale equipment to get the job down fast and reduce the likelihood of permanent damage. SERVPRO has an emergency call line that operates 24 hours a day and can send a trained technician to your property within four hours of notification of loss.

Generally, when standing water is over two inches high, it needs to be pumped. We use gas-powered fully submersible pumps to help remove excess before moving in with extraction wands to treat saturated carpets or floorboards. When water levels are below two inches, we may not need to use pumps and move straight onto extraction equipment.

The primary technique for removing excess water is to extract. Extractors come in various sizes and can be scaled to depending on the extent of the spill. If the water is below five gallons, we can use portable extractors which are nimble and precise. Where there is extensive spillage, truck-mounted extractors can be brought in with storage tanks of more than one hundred gallons. A SERVPRO technician can access either type after inspecting the affected area.

Extraction equipment uses a vacuum component to help lift water from saturated carpets or fabrics. These need to be managed carefully as aggressive usage can damage carpets which are up to 50% weaker when drenched in water. SERVPRO technicians are trained to perform light, repeated pass overs that reduce the pressure put on wet materials and mitigates against further damages.

If you need rapid water extraction, contact SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 now.

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The Advantages Of Hiring SERVPRO To Restore Your Nashville Home After A Water Damage Emergency

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Advantages Of Hiring SERVPRO To Restore Your Nashville Home After A Water Damage Emergency For many homeowners, combating the moisture throughout their home leads to concerns for mold growth or the weakening of structural elements.

Restoring And Protecting The Crawlspace Of Your Nashville Home

Moisture and water damages are situations that many Nashville homeowners are all too familiar with, regardless of what caused it. For many homeowners, combating the moisture throughout their home leads to concerns for mold growth or the weakening of structural elements, and restoring the damage that the situation causes requires expertise and experience.

For example, you might eventually need the services of a crawl space contractor in your Nashville home should persistent moisture cause enough damage to this critical area of your house. With the right professional services, you can not only restore and reconstruct from the damage that this area has sustained throughout the years, but also safeguard it moving forward from the moisture that caused this water damage in the first place.

One of the first things that you need to do when it comes to restoring your crawlspace following a water damage event is to assess the full scope of the structural integrity of supports and flooring underneath the house. Skilled technicians like our SERVPRO team can help to determine what materials require cleaning and restoration work, and what areas require demolition and replacement before waterproofing efforts begin.

Another thing that you might consider when you are already working through build back practices in this area of your home is waterproofing and safeguarding from future threats. This process is thorough and intricate, often involving the installation of equipment like sump pumps to redirect the water away from your house, but also coats all of the surfaces in this area in thick plastic sheeting to prevent water penetration and degradation of the wood and blockwork.

If you are all too familiar with the damages that can occur from water and moisture in your crawlspace beneath your home, trust in our dedicated professionals to help you manage this situation moving forward. Our SERVPRO of South Nashville response team is available 24/7 to help walk you through the work that needs to be complete and to see the project through to completion. Give us a call today at (615) 331-0200.

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Some of the Biggest Problems After Water Damage in Nashville Homes

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Some of the Biggest Problems After Water Damage in Nashville Homes When water damage affects electronics and other items in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

Approaches That Help Save Important Items during Water Removal in Nashville

When water overflows into a property, it does not discriminate, and any item within reach is submerged. However, the damage it causes in different items within the affected area varies. There are items ruined within just a few minutes of exposure to the water. Others can only be ruined if left submerged for extended periods. Finally, some items might not exhibit any signs of damage after the exposure, but develop problems later on. It is necessary to follow the right procedures to save valuable items in your Nashville property after a water loss incident.
 
You should pay serious attention to electronics during water removal in Nashville. If they end up submerged, you might incur huge losses. The issue with most electronics is that even a few minutes underwater can ruin them. In addition to this, the items might continue functioning normally then exhibit signs damage long after the loss. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you save electronics exposed to water. We remove the items from the affected areas or cover them with plastic sheets if it is not possible to move them. Such actions limit further exposure. The delayed damage people experience is because of letting the item to cool to the dew point, which leads to condensation and corrosion. We prevent this by keeping the item in temperatures above this point.
 
Another prized item in many households is clothes. Property flooding can ruin clothes in different ways. The most straightforward way is the transfer of stains from the dark to the bright colored clothes. You can prevent this by separating the clothes immediately after you detect flooding in the closet. Contaminants in the water and the surfaces where you place the clothes can also stain them. Exercising care when moving the clothes from flooded areas, helps prevent this.
 
The water might also affect documents and important books within the home. It is possible to limit the extent of damage by choosing the right removal procedure. In most cases, restoring affected documents to their preloss condition is not possible. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on sublimation methods to save the documents. The method works by changing solids to vapor directly without passing through liquid stages. For this to work, we have to find the damaged documents within 24 hours and freeze them within 48 hours.
 
You can save your items from unnecessary damages in case of water loss. Call SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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