National brand with the local touch | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
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There is something to be said about having strength in numbers. SERVPRO can bolster over our strength due to the over 1,700 franchises across North America. Each year the best of the best share with other franchises to ensure that we are all incorporating the best practices to improve our brand.
As a SERVPRO franchise, we have the advantage of learning from the best in our industry. While it is great to have the national brand behind us, we are also your neighbor down the street.
Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated, by individuals that make up our community. Our local franchise is fortunate enough to have two Nashville natives at the helm.
By having locals carrying the SERVPRO banner, we are able to know what is important to us here in Nashville.
If you have experienced fire or water damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts24⁄7 so we can address your damages quickly.
Making a Home Fire Escape Plan | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
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Research shows that often times most injuries from household fires are very preventable; but we do not have the proper plans in place.
Throughout childhood, we all practiced fire drills. While it may have only served as a way to get out of class- it could have been one of the most important things we learned in our formative years. Last year alone 3,645 people died due to a fire, the majority of which were preventable.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and NFPA, the best way to stay safe during a fire is to have a home fire escape plan; similar to the one that we all practiced in school.
Depending upon who you ask, there are several keys to remember in creating such a plan; however, we have compiled the list of the must haves.
- Sketch a map of you home.
- Identify two ways out of every room.
- Ensure all smoke alarms are properly working.
- Establish an outside meeting place for you and your children.
- Learn the number to the local fire department.
- PRACTICE the plan.
By remembering these seven steps, you could prevent disaster within your home!
If you have experienced fire damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts24⁄7 so we can address your damages quickly.
Choose the Right Restoration Company for Your Home | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
A quick response from SERVPRO of South Nashville ensures your Damage Restoration needs are professionally completed.
Unexpected home damage is always a shock for homeowners. It can be difficult to determine what to do next or how to react.
That’s why we always recommend that homeowners plan ahead for these types of situations, so if the damage occurs, they’ll know immediately who to call. But how do you know you’re choosing the right restoration company?Finding the Right Restoration Company
There is a lot of information surrounding the restoration industry, so it is important to narrow it down by determining what’s actually important. Here are some key points to consider when making your choice:
Their Areas of Expertise
It is not uncommon for home damages to require more than one aspect of restoration. For example, cleaning up fire damage involves ridding the air of toxic particles and water damage often involves restoring structures. A company that is certified and experienced in all aspects of damage will be a much safer bet than one that is not.
Their Night and Weekend Availability
Damages have a knack for occurring at the most inconvenient times, so it is important to pick a company that will be there whenever you call. Because we have a 24⁄7 emergency line, we are able to guarantee we’ll always be there when you need us.
Their Level of Training
It is important for a company to invest in the training of their technicians to guarantee they will be prepared for any damage situation that arises. The restoration industry has high standards for training, which is what we use as our guideline for all educational materials.
Their Ability to Scale
Because we are a local franchise with a national network of other locations, we can scale as needed for larger disasters. This ensures that we can treat a single-home fire with the same level of care as we would a city-wide disaster, providing exceptional service in both cases.
If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 24⁄7 so we can address your damages quickly.
What You Need to Know About Finding Hidden Water Damage | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
Every water disaster is different. SERVPRO of South Nashville will ensure that each water mitigation job is done correctly and completely. Give Servpr
Flooding is often the cause of water damage in a home, but that is not the only instance where it can occur. There are many ways that water can damage a home, several of which occur in hidden areas.
Water damage that is not found quickly is typically more expensive to restore. Most insurance claims are nearly $7,000 when water damage is present, and many policies do not extend coverage to water damage at all. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of what you need to know about finding hidden water damage so you can address the issue quickly.Where to Search for Hidden Water Damage
Sink cabinets are a common locale. The pipes of a sink are typically tucked away in a cabinet, making it less noticeable if they begin to leak.
Update your caulking. Caulk is a common sealant in the home, typically used around the casing of tubs and showers. Over time, it can deteriorate and let water through, but recaulking regularly can stop this.
Be aware of drywall damage. It is difficult to tell if the structure behind drywall has been damaged, but if you have any indication that it may have been (such as a flood or a burst pipe) it is best to replace the drywall as well.
Roof seals don’t last forever. The seals around exhaust fans and chimneys serve to keep water from seeping under the roof, but they will weaken with time. Inspect the roof often to determine when to replace these.
The AC unit can be a culprit. The HVAC unit has a drain for the water it collects during operation, but if this drain becomes clogged, water can begin to dispense into the unit itself.
Appliances can hide serious issues. Appliances such as washing machines use a lot of water and are rarely moved. Scoot them away from the wall on occasion to make sure there are no hidden leaks lurking.
Exterior faucets can leak, too. Spigots outside the home are connected to water lines inside the masonry or siding and can lead to hidden leaks. Listen for the sounds of water running after it has been cut off to know for sure.
If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.
Storm Damage and Restoration | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
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.
- Storm Debris.
- Snow and Ice.
- 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
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
- Water damage related to weather
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
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 24⁄7 to help with cleanup and restoration
What’s Up With Thunderstorms? | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
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 24⁄7 to help with cleanup and restoration.
The ABC’s of Taking Care of Mold in Your Rental Property | SERVPRO® of South Nashville
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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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
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 24⁄7 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.