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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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You Can Avoid Mold Damage in Nashville if Properly Prepared

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation You Can Avoid Mold Damage in Nashville if Properly Prepared See a Mold Patch in Your Nashville Garage? Don't Wait--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Advises Nashville Property Owners to Be Aware of Possible Mold Infestations to Limit Needed Remediation

Mold spores are present everywhere, and a spike in moisture and other favorable conditions leads to mold growth. Unfortunately, fungi are not just a problem because infested surfaces are unsightly or that its musty smell is uncomfortable, Nashville properties with visible mold growth might be considered rundown. Some people even associate mold with being dirty. September being the national preparedness month, you should learn a few things about preventing or cleaning visible mold before it gets out of hand.
 
The risk of mold damage in Nashville increases during periods when other events such as storms and heavy rainfall occur. This spike happens because of the likelihood of breaches that deposit water inside the house as well as the increased relative humidity in the air. Lack of moisture is the most significant hindrance to mold growth. Therefore, humidity-rich air is like a catalyst. In case your property floods, our SERVPRO technicians can help dry it quickly enough before mold develops, typically within 24-72 hours.
 
Mold and icebergs have one thing in common because, by the time you spot the visual signs, there is a huge underlying problem. One thing that can help establish the presence of mold when it is not yet visible is the musty smell it produce. However, since you live in the house, it may be possible to get used to the smell of the house and miss this vital clue. Proper cleaning procedures are therefore necessary to deal with the entire problem. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize different techniques including establishing containment zones, cleaning the affected areas and drying any moisture depending on the extent of the problem.
 
Although mold usually grows on surfaces, its effects can go deeper if you take long before starting the remediation process. Mold and other forms of fungi cause decomposition of organic matter. At this stage, the remediation process ceases to be a simple cleanup exercise because we have to remove the affected materials, which increases the costs involved.
 
Call SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 if you suspect a mold problem in your property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Widespread Flooding In Nashville When Creeks And Streams Overflow

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Widespread Flooding In Nashville When Creeks And Streams Overflow One of the significant risks to streams, creeks, and rivers overflowing is the possibility of bacteria and contamination through the water.

Widespread Flooding When Creeks And Streams Overflow

Heavy rainfall and long-spanning storms throughout the Nashville area have taken a significant toll on the structures and houses. While many of the residents have attempted to safeguard their homes against the possibility of these severe weather systems, no potential solution is ever guaranteed. With the widespread damages and natural disasters that can often arise from prolonged torrential rainfall on bodies of water throughout the area, you should prepare yourself for what to do should you be in the path of destruction.

When you think of flood damages in your Nashville home, most homeowners only consider the high volume of water. While this is a significant risk all on its own, there are many ways that your home gets affected by the rising waters throughout the area. As a commitment to helping you mitigate the damage that these instances can cause, our SERVPRO professionals can begin removing at-risk items from your home once we have gotten assigned to complete the restoration, to preserve them and keep them out of harm’s way.

One of the significant risks to streams, creeks, and rivers overflowing is the possibility of bacteria and contamination through the water. There are so many places and businesses that flood waters impact on a route to your home, and these can carry damaging chemicals or specific items that pose a threat as well. Our SERVPRO technicians not only can extract and dry the water damage, but to clean up the debris and dirt left behind, and ultimately disinfect the area in light of potential contamination.

Our technicians can help to prepare your home for reconstruction and remodeling following the worst of the flood effects. With the high powered water rushing into your home, the pressure can significantly damage and ruin materials like drywall and wood, requiring them to get removed when they cannot get restored by our advanced techniques. The objective is to leave the area ready for a residential contractor to start building immediately.

Understanding some of the ways that our SERVPRO of South Nashville technicians can help you through a situation like this can show you the level of dedication that we have for our customers. It can also show you the commitment that we have to do our job to the highest degree with every restoration task we perform. Give us a call immediately when you experience flood damages at (615) 331-0200.

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Partner With SERVPRO to Prepare for Water Damage to Your Business in Nashville

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Partner With SERVPRO to Prepare for Water Damage to Your Business in Nashville Specifying the location of any water and power shutoffs in your factory is key for more effective remediation. Contact SERVPRO to create an ERP.

Team SERVPRO Uses the Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) as a Proactive Means to Help Mitigate Commercial Water Damage

An old saying counsels not to “borrow trouble,” but working with a reputable disaster recovery company to formulate a response to the potential damage a water loss can do to your Nashville business can avoid and minimize negative consequences. As a successful business owner, you anticipate problems and devise solutions for many different aspects of your operations. Creating a contingency plan with us to address water damage issues is a smart business decision.

The best outcome when water damage affects your Nashville business depends on a speedy response from well-qualified restoration professionals. Our efforts to mitigate a water emergency are most efficient when we are familiar with the physical layout of your commercial property and have immediate access to critical details about your priorities and preferences. An understanding of how your business delivers goods and services to your clientele permits us to try to do our restoration work without disrupting your entire enterprise.

SERVPRO developed a method to codify all the above data and more into our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). Providing all the information we need to respond effectively and efficiently to a crisis at your company in a concise online document eliminates delays and gets you back in business fast. About half of businesses forced to shutter their windows and lock their doors to deal with water damage or other disasters find it hard to reopen and thrive. Plan with us to avoid these problems.

The ERP process begins with an assessment of your commercial property by a seasoned member of the SERVPRO management team. Expect the walkthrough of your property to be thorough and consider the suggestions we make to minimize the risk to your business property by adjusting and adapting aspects of your operations like storage decisions, equipment placement, and the completion of repairs and routine maintenance.

SERVPRO assembles a file of pictures, blueprints, and locations of key systems, including utility shutoffs during the assessment. We also encourage you to answer the questions our mobile app to enhance the assessment with Insights only you can provide, such as a list of vendors and contractors who can assist and answer questions we might have about equipment and systems as we complete the water damage restoration. Designate specific managers or employees to work with us if you are not available when the water loss occurs, crucial as waiting even a few hours increases the risk of progressive and secondary water damage dramatically.

Collaborate with SERVPRO of South Nashville, creating an Emergency Ready Plan that streamlines our response to any commercial water damage circumstances placing your business at risk. Call (615) 331-0200 to schedule an initial assessment and to notify us if the ERP needs implementation.

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Preventing Reoccurring Mold Damage In Your Nashville Residence

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Reoccurring Mold Damage In Your Nashville Residence SERVPRO Says Encapsulation of Crawlspaces in Nashville Area Homes Helps Prevent Mold Growth

SERVPRO Provides Solutions to Keep Mold from Revisiting Your Home

The discovery of mold in your home can be a traumatic ordeal. Even after professional remediation has ended, a homeowner is often left curious about the ways to prevent this situation from happening again. With the risks of health effects and structural damage associated with mold growth and colonization, it stands to reason that prevention of this microbial presence is in your best interest.  
 
Several routes can get taken to prevent mold growth from occurring in your Nashville home again once the initial threat has gotten removed. Our SERVPRO remediation technicians seek to locate the source of the moisture in the affected area of your residence to isolate this occurrence and possibly repair the damage that allowed it to happen. In some cases, though, prevention of this moisture is ultimately impossible. In these circumstances, there are some solutions to keep your house and family safe from reoccurring mold.  
 
One of the first things that our SERVPRO technicians might suggest, especially if the moisture originates from underneath your home, is crawlspace encapsulation. This undertaking takes all of the surfaces of your crawlspace beneath your home and covers it with thick plastic. Antimicrobial solution is sprayed on the structural components underneath your home before it is covered to further protect these materials from mold spores in the environment. The non-permeable 12-mil poly acts as a moisture barrier to groundwater in the soil.

 
Stationary equipment might also be another suggestion to combat the moisture present in critical areas of your property. For example, the installation of a high-strength dehumidifier can work to combat the moisture present in the atmosphere and keep it from getting to the tipping point which allows mold spores to seat and thrive. Likewise, sump pumps can get installed in areas to divert water away from your house and prevent pooling and prolonged dampness. This system works well in crawlspace environments.
 
While the initial discovery and remediation process for mold in your house might have been traumatic enough, homeowners strive never to have to deal with that same ordeal a second time. There are ways to avoid mold growth, and our SERVPRO of South Nashville technicians can help you to strive towards this goal. Give us a call anytime for assessments and mold inhibiting plans specific to your home at (615) 331-0200.

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