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Evaluate the Disaster Preparations on Behalf of Your Business | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

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The value of planning ahead as a business owner cannot be overstated when it comes to logistical matters, but the same can also be said for natural disaster planning.

A sudden emergency can severely harm a business that is not prepared, causing financial issues that may even lead to a permanent closure. By planning in advance, however, you can make sure you are prepared for a disaster and plan to make a full recovery thanks to your advanced measures.

Doing a thorough evaluation of how prepared your business is for a disaster does not have to be overwhelming. By splitting it into three main categories, we have a guide to help business owners think of nearly everything they need to be more prepared.

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

It is common to assume that commercial insurance coverage will protect you from any damage that may befall your business, but that is not typically the case. Most general commercial policies are not adequate to stand up to the damage a disaster can cause—whether by excluding key events like floods and revenue interruption or by simply not covering an adequate dollar amount required to perform necessary repairs.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

Having a plan in place in case a sudden evacuation is ordered will keep both you and your staff safer in the event of an emergency. There will often only be moments to react when a disaster is inbound, and you should think of various scenarios so you can plan for all of them. Additionally, keep a supply kit with enough food, water and medical supplies to hold your staff in case you must wait for help to arrive.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

Any period of post-disaster closure represents a loss in revenue for your business, making a quick recovery vital to your continued success. By picking a restoration company in advance and having a plan in place, you can immediately place the call for restoration after a disaster to start the process. You should also consider applying for disaster recovery loans from the Small Business Administration, which offers low-interest programs to get business owners the recovery funds they need.

Decreasing the Risk of Fire at Your Business | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

a green exit sign surrounded by flames If your business has experienced a fire, call SERVPRO of South Nashville. We provide a full service from mitigation to restoration.

Threats to your business can come in all sorts of forms, which is something that business owners know all too well. However, have you thought about the threats that a fire could pose? While often underestimated, fires can cause extreme amounts of damage and can even prevent reopening in some cases—but being prepared can go a long way toward ensuring this does not happen.

When you increase your workplace fire safety, you are protecting your business and the people who show up to work for you every day. By training everyone on fire safety practices such as evacuations and making sure your business stays up to code, you can prevent a lot of headaches later on.

Fire Safety Tips for Business Owners

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Knowing the fire safety codes that apply to your business is the smartest first step toward fire safety. Efforts such as regular equipment inspections and fire exit maintenance can do wonders for the overall safety of your building.

Identify your specific risks. The risk of fire can vary greatly depending on the industry of your business and even based on geographic location, so being aware of these discrepancies and planning for them is key. Take extra precautions where necessary regarding equipment, chemicals and any other fire risks you may face.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. It is much easier to keep employees safe if they are prepared ahead of time on the fire evacuation protocol. Hosting regular drills will let everyone know exactly what to expect in the event of a real fire scenario, so they can make a safe and swift escape from the building.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Also making time for fire safety discussions with staff will help alleviate any other fire risks that have been missed in the previous steps. Things like noting the location of fire extinguishers and going over safety with breakroom cooking equipment can go a long way in preventing a fire from happening at all.

When Your Home Has Storm Damage, We’re Here to Help | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

a yellow storm damage sign in front of a large damaged roof SERVPRO of South Nashville is your Damage Restoration expert. If you experience any storm damage call us right away.

Those who own a home are familiar with all the risks involved, but have you thought about how much of an inconvenience storm damage can be? Storms caused $2 billion in losses for homeowners in 2018, and they are routinely the top reason why home insurance claims are filed.

Being able to think ahead and plan for storm damage restoration is a smart move. To help you decide what to look for in a restoration company for the aftermath, we are here to tell you about what makes us different from the competition.

How Our Storm Damage Approach Stands Out

We Create Comprehensive Restoration Plans
Treating every incident of storm damage the same is simply not possible, because every home and weather front is unique. That is why we make sure we are fully certified in many types of damage, which can allow us to fully address any restoration needs homeowners have and ensure we can help them recover completely from the storm.

We Train Our Technicians Well
Having technicians who are knowledgeable in their field is a valuable thing—so valuable, in fact, that we invest heavily into it. We have a plethora of training resources that we offer, all created in accordance with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards that are the basis for the restoration industry. Between initial coursework, online seminars and in-person training modules, we make sure our technicians are set up for success.

We Have Plenty of Resources
Because we are a locally owned business with a national brand name, we are in a unique position to offer you a community-focused approach with access to national resources, if needed. When large bands of storms come through, we can work with other SERVPRO® owners to increase our workforce and equipment fleet to ensure everyone receives the same speed and quality of service from us.

A Quality of Work You Can Trust
We take our reputation as leaders in the restoration industry very seriously, which is why it is unfortunate that so many other companies take advantage of the community after severe storms. When you work with us, you can be certain that you are getting an established, professional restoration company that will help you recover as quickly as possible.

Make Sure You’re Practicing Fire Safety Around the House | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

a person laying another wood log into hot burning fireplace A house fire can occur when you least expect it. SERVPRO of South Nashville is on call 24/7 and will guide you through any fire restoration project.

Practicing fire safety is one of the best methods that individuals can use to keep themselves and their households protected against a disaster. Fires can happen for a plethora of reasons, but by implementing prevention tips, their likelihood of occurring is significantly reduced.

There is an abundance of fire safety information around the internet, but much of it is in different locations. In order to make researching and practicing fire safety easier, we put it together in one place for your ease of reference.

What Tips to Know About Fire Safety

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Having a working smoke alarm system in your home is the top tip that experts recommend for fire safety. Smoke alarms significantly reduce the chance of becoming injured in a fire and can alert the entire household at once if it is time to escape.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Evacuating the house quickly in the event that the smoke alarm sounds is essential due to how quickly fires can spread. Make sure everyone in the household is aware of their options for escape routes, and rehearse your evacuation regularly.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Keeping a fire extinguisher stored in a convenient location and knowing how to use it will give you the power to put out a fire before it gets out of hand if it is safe to do so. Make sure to purchase the correct classification for the type of fire you are likely to experience.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. Many of us encounter open flames every day on a small scale, such as when a gas stove is turned on or a candle is lit. Though small, these flames still have a large potential for error, and they should never be left in a room unsupervised as they can quickly spread.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. The most deadly fires are the ones that break out during the early morning hours, mostly due to the reduced reaction time of sleeping family members. However, one key way to combat this is by closing bedroom doors before going to sleep. The door can slow down flames, allowing more time for everyone to execute the escape plan.

Put a Stop to Hidden Water Damage From Appliances | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

frustrated woman on floor looking at broken washer If your home experiences any flooding or other water issue, SERVPRO of South Nashville is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.

Some causes of water damage, such as floods or burst pipes, are evident to homeowners right away.

Unfortunately, hidden water damage is also a common problem, and in the case of leaking appliances, it can take a long time to be discovered. Making sure to do regular, thorough checks of the common culprits is one of the best prevention strategies for this kind of damage.

Check the Right Appliances for Water Damage

Hot Water Heater
When upkeep and regular maintenance are done, hot water heaters typically last around 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, their external components can begin leaking much earlier than this. Watching the seals and pipes surrounding your unit to check for moisture is a good idea.

Refrigerator
It is not common for most people to make a point to pull the refrigerator away from the wall, but it is something that homeowners are wise to get in the habit of. The water lines behind the refrigerator are typically sandwiched in at odd angles, which can lead to leaks and miniature tears, which can cause large issues if the fridge is not moved with some regularity.

Dishwasher
Dishwashers are also rarely moved, making them common culprits for hidden, severe water damage due to the amount of water they require. Insurance coverage doesn’t always extend to dishwasher-related damages, so checking regularly to prevent having severe water damage hiding in your kitchen is best.

Washing Machine
One of the most common places for leaks, it is recommended to check behind the washing machine at least once a month for any leaks. Even if no leaks are present, the hoses should typically be replaced every five years to ensure they do not create any issues as they wear down.

Air Conditioner
The drainage system on an air conditioning unit is designed to remove the moisture it creates as it runs, but any issues with this drainage system can easily turn into a water damage scenario. Keeping up with your manufacturer-recommended maintenance is one of the best prevention strategies—your unit will be inspected and any issues will be handled quickly. Additionally, do self-checks on your unit when it is running regularly to check for water buildup or damage.

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.