Recent Fire Damage Posts

SERVPRO of South Nashville: Smoking Hazards in the House

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, are the cause of starting more than 17,000 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments every year! Fires from cigarettes and smoking materials cause nearly 1,000 deaths and 3,000 injuries each year in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. Find out what you need to know about keeping your home and family safe from smoking hazards in your home.

Smoking Hazards

Smoke is a mixture of heated particles and gases, and it’s impossible to predict its exact make up. The items burned, the temperatures reached, and the amount of oxygen available all play a part in determining the type of smoke produced. While smoke may seem to dissipate quickly, the quick cooling of the particles leave a film and odor able to penetrate the contents of a building, and its structure.

The Importance of Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors allow people to get up see what’s going on. Most the time when we have a fatal fire, there is not a working smoke detector. It’s important to have a safety plan that prepares you to think about where that fire is and how you’re going to get away from it, or get out of the house.

As the seasons change over into the next one, make sure to take the time to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors and test them as well. You don’t want to be in the position where you’re not able to detect massive amounts of smoke in your home until it’s too late.

Smoke Damage

Smoke damage is the physical damage caused by smoke that’s generated by a fire, not the damage caused by the fire itself. Smoke doesn’t destroy items like fire does, it just coats them with soot and a foul smelling odor.

Smoke damage is also a major health risk, whether it’s the result of a full on house fire or a localized fire that was contained to one room. During smoke inhalation, you have more carbon monoxide in your lungs which prohibits oxygen into your body.

Getting your Home Back After a Fire

No matter how a home fire occurs, it can be devastating for a homeowner to shoulder. If you are a smoker or live with a smoker, make sure to practice safe smoking habits to deter the onset of a home fire. If a home fire still arises, make sure to call SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 for a complete fire restoration consultation that helps get your home back into pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of South Nashville: Hot Can Be Too Hot

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Cold temperatures typically call for property owners to lean more on using their furnaces. While these appliances can keep warm, you’ll want to keep safe, as well. Overall, there are many symptoms of an improperly-functioning furnace that could spell trouble. Let’s look at a few of the more common issues to help you be proactive when dealing with the possibility of an overheating furnace.

Recognize the Signs of an Overheating Furnace

An overheating furnace loses some function and may stop working completely. You’ll probably notice something is wrong when your furnace overheats, but you may not know exactly what’s happening. Watch for the following signs that indicate your furnace is overheating:

  • A constant burning aroma
  • A strange humming noise
  • The furnace turns off before finishing a cycle

The humming sound is a sign that your motor is working too hard. Always turn your furnace off if you hear this noise. When the furnace turns off too early, it means that the heat exchanger is at a dangerous temperature and the high-limit switch has turned off the system.

Notice the Signs and Symptoms

First you notice a burning or “hot” smell coming from your furnace or vents. Or you hear odd noises coming from your furnace. Then, it shuts off entirely and won’t start up again. These are all signs that your furnace may be overheating — a situation that definitely needs attention!

In conclusion, you should never ignore an overheating furnace! The problem won’t go away on its own, and continuing use of your furnace can cause significant and expensive damage to your system. If your furnace overheats and explodes, it could cause massive fire damage to your property. Thankfully, in these cases you can always call the trusted team at SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 for fire restoration solutions that help get your property back to it’s pre-fire state.

SERVPRO of South Nashville : Electrical Fire Hazards and How to Prevent

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Electrical fire hazards and how to prevent

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Electrical fires are known to be widespread throughout the U.S., causing injury, claiming lives, and resulting in large losses of property. This makes it incredibly important to know how to use your electrical appliances safely to deter a fire from occurring in the future. Learn more to understand the causes of electrical fires and what steps you can take to be safe around your electrical components in the future.

Causes of Electrical Fires

Most electrical fires result from problems with faulty electrical outlets and old wiring. Problems with extension/appliance cords and plugs also cause many home electrical fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Lamps, light fixtures and light bulbs (28%) and fixed wiring (22%) account for the largest share of fires among major types of electrical distribution equipment.
  • Cords and plugs (39%) account for the largest share of civilian deaths.
  • Lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs (30%) account for the largest share of civilian injuries.

Safety Precautions to Take Around Electrical Components

To help prevent an electrical fire in your home, routinely check electrical appliances and wiring. Following these key tips will also ensure that you keep your home safe from an electrical fire:

  1. Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
  2. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  3. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have
  4. to use extension cords.

Restoring Homes Following Electrical Fire Damage

When your home gets struck by an electrical fire, not any restoration service will do to handle the cleanup after the fallout. It takes a specialized team of trained professionals like the ones at SERVPRO South Nashville to treat you with respect and empathy while always treating your home and belongings with great care. If you’re in need of our fire damage restoration solutions to help your property get back to normal following an electrical fire, call us today at (615) 331-0200 for a consultation!

SERVPRO of South Nashville : Should I Run a Space Heater?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Should I run a space heater?

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Space heaters can be effective tools for providing added warmth at home if you’re not wanting to turn on your heating system or don’t have access to one in your property. If you plan to use a space heater on your property, it’s critical that you follow basic precautions to ensure that it’s being used safely. Read on to learn more about the prevalence of space heater fire accidents in the U.S. and if running a space heater in your home is worth the risk.

Space Heater Home Fire Statistics

Space heaters are a wonderful way to keep warm when we are at home or even at work. But they don’t come without their risks of causing or contributing to fire and electrical hazards. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) tells us that space heaters account for 43% of U.S. home heating fires and 85% of associated deaths in the U.S. alone. For home fires in general, 20% of these fires occur between 8 p.m. and midnight and another 18% occur between midnight and 8 a.m.

Is Running a Space Heater in Your Home Worth the Risk?

Although the statistics on space heater fires is a very real threat that can be scary to consider, the reality is that more often than not, these accidents are all completely preventable. Here are our top 5 tips to follow to keep your home safe from a space heater disaster in the future:

  1. Don’t leave the room while the space heater is on.
  2. Position space heaters so that they are at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn such as paper, drapes and furniture.
  3. Don’t leave the space heater on when you go to sleep.
  4. Do not use space heaters for purposes other than providing supplemental heat (no cooking, drying clothing or thawing frozen pipes).
  5. Make sure you have functional smoke alarms (that you test regularly) throughout your home and, especially, in bedrooms.

Although following these tips won’t put you 100% in the clear from a space heater fire, it will definitely allow you alleviate your tension while one is operating nearby.

What Happens If Your Space Heater Sparks?

As with any electrical component, there is always an apparent risk of a short circuit that could send up sparks and lead to fire damage. If this happens on your property, it’s best that you call the trustworthy team at SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 for an immediate solution. Our experienced team takes great care in restoring properties from recent fire damage and will work quickly and effectively to ensure that your fire damage cleanup and restoration runs smoothly.

SERVPRO South Nashville : Can I Fix My House After A Fire?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Can I fix my house after a fire?

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Home fires are more of a common occurrence than most Americans would care to believe. Unfortunately, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that in 2019, there were 361,500 residential fires in the United States. Although these fires are tragic to experience, there are fire damage restoration companies that can fix the fire damage and get your property back to its original condition. Learn more about how long to expect repairs to take following a home fire and what to expect during the process of working with a home fire damage restoration company that you can trust.

How Long Does It Take to Rebuild?

Your fire damage repair schedule will change based on what your property needs. Following the initial consultation, your fire damage restoration company will assess the damages to help them understanding what exactly needs to be restored, how long it will take, and the associated cost involved. Once the cost and scope of the restoration project is agreed upon, the company will proceed to sanitize the areas that have been damaged and remove soot. This involves removing everything from flooring, furniture, wallpaper, paintings, and electrical sockets.

What’s to Expect During the Rebuilding Process

Putting out the blaze itself can cause harm to yourself and property that will likely need to be addressed following the restoration process. The water and chemicals used to extinguish the fire can create secondary damage. This is why having a professional fire damage restoration company at the helm to configure the correct process based on the severity of fire damage that you have incurred will ensure the restoration project gets done correctly.

During the initial phase of the restoration project, your fire damage restoration company will assess the damage to understand if your home is structurally intact following the fire. If not, it may not be able to be saved. But if the fire damage is more so surface level than anything, it may be advantageous for you to consider their proposal for restoration and push forward with the remediation process.

Who to Turn to For Fire Damage Restoration

Cleaning up after a fire and restoring a home to its original condition is a job that requires professionals. This is why after the fire (and after you’ve notified your homeowners insurance company), it’s essential to act quickly. Contact SERVPRO South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 as soon as the flames die down to configure a streamlined process towards fire damage repairs for your home.

SERVPRO South Nashville : Your Nashville Business had a Fire?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Your Nashville business had a fire?

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Business owners have many fears when it comes to handling their operations. With the complexity and unpredictability that characterizes the modern world, a new disaster is always around the corner. One of the most pressing issues that business owners deal with on a daily basis is the threat of a business fire. Be proactive and learn what you need to do on the off chance that your business is sidled with fire damage in the future.

Take Action Following a Business Fire

Before you take action to address the fire damages incurred in your business, it’s best to understand the extent of the damages on your property. This could potentially help you avoid further aggravation and unnecessary repair bills in the future.

Smoke is a primary cause of damage during a fire. Depending on the source of the fire, there can be different types of smoke; including wet smoke, dry smoke, and fuel oil smoke. Wet smoke is the hardest to remediate because of its thick coating, but the fuel oil smoke can leave behind a heavy soot that can cause even more damage and discoloration.

What to Expect

The soot and smoke must be cleaned quickly and correctly because they pose serious health hazards. The particles, if inhaled, can cause bronchitis and other lung disorders that can further aggravate conditions like asthma. Although the fire cleanup is stressful, the best thing you can do now is to take a few deep breaths in and, while keeping a leveled head, push forward with getting a quote for fire damage restoration to keep your business pressing forward.

Who to Call

Business fires have the potential to penetrate inside the core elements of your structure including the underlying support beams. This is why if your Nashville, Tennessee business has fallen victim to fire damage, it’s critical that you call SERVPRO South Nashville immediately at (615) 331-0200 for a consultation that will begin the restoration process and get your business back up and running in no time.

South Nashville Fire safety SERVPRO of South Nashville

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

House on Fire House with flames coming out of the top

Our number one priority is the safety of our SERVPRO customers and residents of Nashville Tennessee.

A fire in your home can cause genuine harm. Your home and a large number of the things in your home might be seriously harmed by the fire blaze, intense heat, smoke, and water/fire retardants used to extinguish the fire. You will discover some things that may not appear harmed by the fire may be hindered by smoke and might be saturated with water used to put out the fire. Anything you need to spare or reuse should be cleaned when you have the ability to enter your home when safe.

It is critical to comprehend the danger to your security and wellbeing even after the fire is out. The sediment and soiled water left behind may contain things that could be debilitating and harmful. Be exceptionally cautious in the event that you go into your home and in the event that you contact any fire-harmed things.

Contact your insurance agency immediately and ask them what to do first. SERVPRO works alongside you and your insurance company to ensure that first and foremost you and your well being are being looked after. SERVPRO is an authority in cleaning and reestablishing your property, and making sure your house is “Like it never even happened.”

Approach your insurance agent and request to work with SERVPRO for estimates you can trust. At the point when you contact us (615-697-4190), you will know - your home or business will be in the hands of the professionals designed to help you and your restoration needs.

The Red Cross gives you several tips and has many resources. Their Top Tips for Fire Safety* are below:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

Although we hope you never have to deal with the tragedy of a fire - if it ever happens, SERVPRO is here.

*Red Cross

SERVPRO of South Nashville Remedies Smoke Damage

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage Smoke damage in a home

Experiencing Smoke Damage in Nashville? Below we will explain how SERVPRO of South Nashville remedies Smoke Damage.

We’ve all heard the saying, where there’s smoke there’s fire. At SERVPRO, we never make assumptions about a situation. Instead, our expert team works hard to comprehensively assess every fire and smoke restoration call with top of the line testing and remediation equipment along with industry-leading expertise to get the job done right. Ready to learn more about how our team can help you get your home back on the right track following smoke damage? Then follow along below.

SERVPRO of South Nashville Pedigree

First and foremost, the SERVPRO of South Nashville team is devoted to providing full-service fire and water damage mitigation and restoration solutions that focus on cleaning AND repairing your home. SERVPRO has the training, certifications, and insurance knowledge to assist you with cleaning up and repairing your home or business after a disaster.

Our Smoke Restoration Process

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. This is where our “restore first” mentality comes into play. By focusing on restoration first, we can help to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

Furthermore, since smoke and soot can travel and penetrate into other rooms affecting paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing, and any other belongings, ventilation of the fire scene is key. By opening the windows and aerating the space, we can begin to remove soot and odor. Following debris removal, our team focuses on cleaning and repair that moves the project towards full restoration.

Nobody Does It Better Than SERVPRO

The entire SERVPRO of South Nashville team is equipped with the necessary water and fire damage training and expertise that is perfect for helping homeowners get their homes back in a livable condition quickly. We have a Master Fire restorer, certified through the IICRC, who will make it their duty to ensure that your fire damage cleanup and restoration runs smoothly.

All in all, here at SERVPRO we have decades of experience in restoring homes from fire damage. If you’re interested in learning more about our services and how you can get the fire and smoke remediation that you need after major fire damage, then call our office at (615) 331-0200 today.

SERVPRO of South Nashville Fire Safety During the Fall

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Candle burning

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 Americans each year and approximately injure 20,000 more.  Furthermore, U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 2 million fires each year, with close to 75% of them occurring in homes. These staggering statistics are enough to make anyone want to learn more about Fire Safety during the Fall season. Here are just a few Fire Safety best practices from SERVPRO of South Nashville that you can start following immediately to help deter a fire on your property this Fall.

Install Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are one of the most important additions to any home regardless of the season. But more so in the later part of the year smoke, most homeowners find themselves to be indoors more often running more electricity (electronics, appliances, etc.) that it can create opportunities for fires to occur. This is why it’s important to install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly so that you lower your risk of a fire breaking out.

“Space Out” Your Space Heaters

This should seem like a no-brainer for most homeowners but you would be surprised how many homeowners still think that it’s “the more the merrier” when it comes to having space heaters. It’s important not to overload your outlets with too many space heaters and give them at least a 3 foot buffer to ensure they don’t make your space much more toasty than you would ever want.

Be Extra Careful With Candles

Every Fall season, many homeowners decide to take their scented candles out of storage and light them up all over their house to create a festive atmosphere. Although this is a great way to accentuate your space, it’s important to play it safe when it comes to lighting candles. A rule of thumb with candles is to NEVER leave them unattended and always keep them away from flammable items like blankets and curtains. By placing candles in secure, tip-proof holders and extinguishing them before leaving or going to sleep, you’ll lower your risk of a fire breaking out on your property.

What To Do If There’s A Fire

A faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost. If you’re keen on lowering your fire restoration costs and giving yourself peace of mind after fire damage, then reach out to SERVPRO of South Nashville. Our team is dedicated to responding immediately to your Nashville fire damage emergency quickly to bring your home back to the condition it was in before the fire.

We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. You can rest assured that with SERVPRO’s Fire Restoration in Nashville, we can make your fire damage "Like it never even happened." Have questions for our team or want to schedule an appointment? Then call us today at (615) 697-4190!

SERVPRO of South Nashville Top 10 Fire Hazards in the Home

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Flames coming from the roof

October 4th - 10th, 2020 is Fire Prevention Week, while the expert team of SERVPRO of South Nashville is here to help if you experience a fire disaster below you will find the top 10 Fire Hazards in the Home.

1. Electrical Outlet Issues

The top cause of House Fires in the United States stem from issues with electrical outlets. In 2020, we are using more electronic devices than ever, and doing so we oftentimes are using too many on a single outlet. To help prevent fires be sure to not exceed your voltage on a single outlet in your home.

2. Outdated Home Wiring

Household wiring should be checked routinely to avoid circumstances that trigger major fire damage in your home. Often times wiring that is outdated, worn, or even compromised from animals can cause fire hazards in and outside your home.

3. Decorative Lights

With Halloween and Christmas right around the corner, be sure to take the proper precaution when using decorative lights including outside lights, plugs, surge protectors, extension cords, and turning off your Christmas Tree Lighting when you are not home to minimize risks.

4. Hair Products

When in a rush, do not forget to unplug your styling products. A simple mistake can result in huge damages. Make sure that your curling iron and hair dryers are off and placed on heatproof material to help reduce the chances of a fire.

5. Toasters

Proper care of your toaster can help to prevent house fires. Crumbs inside the toaster can be dangerous as they can cause sparks which leads to hazardous problems in the kitchen. Make sure to clean your toaster routinely.

6. Candles

We all love candles and aromas however we need to be cautious of placement and be sure to put them out prior to going to bed or leaving the house. Always try to place candles in holders that prevent them from falling on surfaces or tabletops.

7. Washer & Dryers

Washer and Dryers are a leading cause of fires. Routine maintenance and cleaning can help to prevent fire hazards by cleaning filters and vents as well as the outside vents of the home.

8. Smoking

If you are a smoker or someone smokes in the home, try to do so outside. Always keep lighters and matchsticks out of reach of your children as this is one of the top causes of home fires.

9. Dust in Electric Sockets

This is a recurring process as the dust piles inside electrical sockets and if not cleaned regularly may ignite and result in fire hazards.

10. Electric Blankets

While they do wonders to keep us warm in the winter, Electric Blankets can cause fires. Be sure to use an electric blanket that doesn’t have too much wear and tear. When not in use, do not fold the blankets as it helps prevent electrical issues that lead to fire hazards.

Should you experience Home Fire Damage in your Nashville, let the experts at SERVPRO of South Nashville help restore your home “Like it never even happened.” With our 24/7 emergency dispatch, we will have someone on-site quickly to access the damage and help you in your time of need.

South Nashville Fire safety SERVPRO of South Nashville

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Blue house on Fire

Our number one priority is the safety of our SERVPRO customers and residents of Nashville, Tennessee.

A fire in your home can cause genuine harm. Your home and a large number of the things in your home might be seriously harmed by the fire blaze, intense heat, smoke, and water/fire retardants used to extinguish the fire. You will discover some things that may not appear harmed by the fire may be hindered by smoke and might be saturated with water used to put out the fire. Anything you need to spare or reuse should be cleaned when you have the ability to enter your home when safe.

It is critical to comprehend the danger to your security and wellbeing even after the fire is out. The sediment and soiled water left behind may contain things that could be debilitating and harmful. Be exceptionally cautious in the event that you go into your home and in the event that you contact any fire-harmed things.

Contact your insurance agency immediately and ask them what to do first. SERVPRO works alongside you and your insurance company to ensure that first and foremost you and your well being are being looked after. SERVPRO is an authority in cleaning and reestablishing your property, and making sure your house is “Like it never even happened.”

Approach your insurance agent and request to work with SERVPRO for estimates you can trust. At the point when you contact us (615-697-4190), you will know - your home or business will be in the hands of the professionals designed to help you and your restoration needs.

The Red Cross gives you several tips and has many resources. Their Top Tips for Fire Safety* are below:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

Although we hope you never have to deal with the tragedy of a fire - if it ever happens, SERVPRO is here.

*Red Cross

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.

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.

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.

Electrical Fires: Five Most Common Causes | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly a tenth of fires over the last 3 years were classified as electrical in nature. Most fire experts inform us that the most common type of preventable fire in the United States are those that are electrical.  

The numbers are divided on where the most dangerous spot within the home is. When looking at the data, most fires begin in the bedroom; while most deaths occur in the den.

It is wildly important that we begin to take seriously the dangers associated with electrical fires and ways to prevent them.

The five most common causes of electrical fires are:

  1. Faulty outlets/appliances
  2. Light Fixtures
  3. Extension Cords
  4. Space heaters
  5. Wiring

Take note of the above and insure that your home has taken all of the necessary precautions.

Fire Prevention Tips | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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The most preventable type of damage to your household is caused by fires. Often times we are caught up in our normal routines that we let our guard down. As our guard comes down, accidents happen.

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge officially named the first week of October as Fire Prevention Week. As we are coming fresh off of Fire Prevention Week, we wanted to give you three easy tips to decrease your chance of fire loss.

Three Fire Prevention Tips:

  1. Unplug electrical device’s when not in use
  2. Use caution when storing flammable items/never place them in areas that may become hot
  3. Use extreme caution while cooking and using the stove

These three tips are not the be all approach to stopping fires; but they can play a significant role in eliminating carless household fires.

Making a Home Fire Escape Plan | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

  1. Sketch a map of you home.
  2. Identify two ways out of every room.
  3. Ensure all smoke alarms are properly working.
  4. Establish an outside meeting place for you and your children.
  5. Learn the number to the local fire department.
  6. 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 experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Safety Tips for Summertime Grilling | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips for using the stove:

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

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

If you smoke:

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

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

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

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

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

Residual Damage Fires Can Cause | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

As you can see, fire doused with water creates mold’s ideal environment to thrive.

When dealing with fire damage, there is more to be cleaned up than just what is affected by the flames. Soot and smoke the fire leaves behind can continue damaging property long after the flames are extinguished, and this can give rise to other issues such as mold and rust as well.

If left untreated, this damage can compound over time, becoming more difficult and costly to remediate.

What Untreated Fire Damage Can Cause


If you’ve been affected by a fire, it is important to call your restoration team right away to prevent giving rise to other issues such as:

Soot Damage. Soot is the most common form of carbon byproduct that materials produce when they burn. Most home and commercial fires consist of multiple burned materials, leading to soot that is highly acidic. This acid can cause damage to nearly any surface it comes into contact with, with porous or textured surfaces being the most at-risk. Any soot allowed to remain in the affected area can lead to damage of carpets, walls and unburnt portions of the house. The longer the soot is allowed to sit, the more unlikely the damage can be reversed.

Mold Damage. After a fire, affected areas are often left without any artificial or natural lighting. If the fire was doused with water or set off a sprinkler system, this creates mold’s ideal environment to thrive. Mold can quickly begin growth on almost any surface, leading to discoloration and damage to items and structures.

Corrosion and Rust Damage. Rust and corrosion might not be the first thing you think of when you consider fire damage, but water left untreated on small electronics can cause it to develop and greatly increase the risk for short-circuits or electrical shock.

How to Find a Fire Restoration Company


Finding a fire restoration company that you can trust to restore your home to pre-damaged conditions is difficult if you are unsure what to look for. Here are a few questions that are worth asking as you shop around:

* Do they have a Master Fire Restorer on staff?

* Will they fully clean and sanitize the area to prevent mold growth?

* Do they use industrial-grade air scrubbers to remove odors?

* Can they do all levels of restoration, from cosmetic to construction?


If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of South Nashville hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Primary and Secondary Fire Damage to Your Nashville Home

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

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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Should I Arrange Ductwork Cleaning After Fire In My Nashville Home?

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has Your Nashville Home Smelling Like a Flower after a Fire

SERVPRO Says Call Us to Restore Your Fire-Damaged Home in Nashville--Odor-Free Indoor Air Quality

When fire blazes in your Nashville home the visible damage alone can be overwhelming. Understanding how smoke, ash, and soot move throughout your home really opens your eyes to the devastation you cannot see, including persistent odors and progressive deterioration within and beneath surfaces inadequately cleaned. Fire resides caught in your HVAC system are a significant source of unseen and recurring damage. Lining up our duct cleaning services is a wise move.
 
An HVAC system is very capable of moving smoke and soot throughout your Nashville home if running during a fire. Ductwork cleaning after an inspection is frequently indicated in this scenario. Even if your heating and cooling system did not operate during the fire, air’s passive movement during and after the crisis could send residues inside the configuration, soiling the ventilation system. Heated air travels with a great force carrying along particulates in its current. Our duct cleaning specialists are experts at evaluating the condition of the system, both return air and supply side, post-fire and completing the work when approved.
 
Fire residues are incredibly corrosive and attracted to the metal surfaces inside your ductwork. SERVPRO technicians know the heaviest deposits are expected near the vents closest to the fire site, but the inspection we do and the cleaning we complete is comprehensive. Risking incomplete remediation by attending only to the areas near the fire does not follow best industry practices. Halting the corrosion is equal in importance to removing the soot as the long-time efficiency of the HVAC system can be impaired if it suffers deterioration because of the characteristics of the fire residues.
 
Additionally, the chances are good that your ductwork already has debris inside that caused little trouble before the fire. The smoke blown or exhausted through an operating system or drifting through a disengaged system can mix with this baseline soiling. This action exacerbates the problem because the previous debris now takes on the smell and the acidity of the smoke, transforming from harmless to harmful. When SERVPRO technicians take on the ductwork cleaning, we evacuate all debris.
 
SERVPRO crews also consider using odor oxidizers or other advanced deodorizing techniques as the final phase of the duct cleaning. Nothing ruins a seemingly successful fire restoration faster than a lingering smoke smell. If that smell “lives” in your ductwork, the reminder of the fire and its damage is constant. Strangely, a human response to the knowledge of a house fire is a psychological phenomenon known as phantosmia. Though no physical present of odor-causing molecules is present, individuals perceive a persistent odor--in their own minds. Perception is reality. All the more reason to do a great professional job. Customers and our work crews much prefer no hint of the disaster -- “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO of South Nashville offers help with all aspects of fire damage restoration, including expert ductwork cleaning. Once the firefighters are on their way out the door, call us at (615) 331-0200 to arrange for HVAC system cleaning and completion of the many other tasks required after the disaster.

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Air Duct Cleaning For Your Nashville Property Following Fire Damages

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Air Duct Cleaning After a House Fire in Nashville Needed? Call SERVPRO for Restored IAQ

Nashville Smoke & Fire Damaged Buildings Rely on SERVPRO for Air Duct Cleaning

A fire in your Nashville home or business can leave you with widespread damages to face. While many of these are blatant and easy to see, some of the effects from the fire might not be so obvious. For example, the ductwork for your air circulation system likely collected substantial amounts of dirt, debris, odors, and soot while the fire continued to rage inside your property.

While you want to choose professional restoration that can handle all of the facets of restoring the damage to your Nashville home, choosing a team proficient in air duct cleaning can also be to your benefit. That is what makes SERVPRO such a wise decision for anyone who has to deal with the harsh effects of a recent fire in their house. Our team of certified technicians can respond quickly and help you overcome any of these damages.

Understanding that the ductwork can often get a considerable amount of damage with a widespread fire, these areas are often part of the initial inspection conducted by our project manager and estimator. The combusted residue is typically acidic and can corrode these conduits if not dealt with quickly. The components of the entire HVAC system can be damaged. Once restoration begins, cleaning out this network of sheet metal, insulated flex, or square fiberboard is instrumental in restoring your home to preloss condition.

Using sophisticated equipment like our spinning brush tool, we can break loose any of the caked debris or soot on the walls of the ducts. Once this brushing ends, we can turn our attention to vacuuming out the area. The heavy-duty vacuums our SERVPRO professionals use are equipped with HEPA filters to catch airborne debris, dirt, and soot. For thorough cleaning of the area, these filters often require getting changed multiple times. Restoring the IAQ indoor air quality to healthful levels is paramount to securing a safe and hazard-free living space.

Deodorization is a critical part of fire restoration as a whole and is one of the final steps towards a completed job. Thermal fogging equipment often gets chosen for this process. SERVPRO has specially formulated deodorizing and sanitizing products for finalization of the service.

Whether the fire damage was widespread or not, your ductwork in your home or business shows signs of the incident. To keep this soot and debris from floating around the house, choose professional air duct cleaning from our SERVPRO of South Nashville technicians. Our rapid response team is standing by at (615) 331-0200. 

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Preserving The Contents Of Your Fire Damaged Forest Hills Home

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

As dramatic as widespread fire in your home can be, perhaps one of the most devastating realizations is the contents of your home.

Preserving The Contents Of Your Fire Damaged Home

As dramatic as widespread fire in your Forest Hills home can be, perhaps one of the most devastating realizations is the contents of your home. While walls can get repaired and replaced, some of the things that you own are one-of-a-kind. To protect these items from the irreparable damage that can sometimes occur on account of a fire incident, you can count on professional restoration services.

With widespread fire damage in your Forest Hills home, many homeowners consider all of the items that are not a part of the construction of the house that could get unsalvageably damaged as the effects persist. Fortunately, our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to your call and get these items protected from the harmful effects that linger behind after extinguishment.

As our estimator walks through your fire-damaged home and assesses the full scope of the problems that our team of professionals must overcome. Part of this process is a detailed list of items in your home that are at risk for further damage, items that currently have damages, and those that are unsalvageable with even concentrated restoration efforts.

For those that need relocation or restoration, we have a process known as packing out. This service moves the at risk and damaged items out of the affected areas of your home to a nearby storage facility until interior restoration completes. This time away can allow for concentrated and concise restoration efforts on damaged items, which can help you to salvage many of the contents of your home that you believed to have gotten ruined.

Once the restoration process completes, these items move into the packing in stage. In this phase, the contents of your home get returned to their original places and positions, making it even more like the fire never occurred in the first place.

Since you as a homeowner can appreciate that much of the damages that threaten your home after a fire require professional assistance to overcome, make sure that you get the right team for the job. Our SERVPRO of South Nashville fire restoration technicians has the experience and equipment to restore your home quickly. Give us a call anytime at (615) 331-0200.

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Vent Cleaning in Nashville Homes After a Fire

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Having your HVAC ducts cleaned after a fire is crucial to containing the damage to one area. Call SERVPRO to discuss and have us come out to the home.

Team SERVPRO Offers Thorough and Effective Remediation After a Fire

For every Nashville homeowner who suffered through a house fire, we have an immediate piece of advice. Do NOT turn on your heating and air system. Regardless of the size of the fire, some smoke and soot residues did find their way to your vents and ductwork. Turning on the system to try and rid your home of the smoke odors only spreads these residues throughout the ductwork and the entire home.
 
It is why every home needs vent cleaning after a fire in Nashville. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that the affecting residues might be small, but if they spread, that makes the task of returning each home much more difficult for us and costly to the homeowner.
 
One of our inspectors starts the process by removing the vent covers and examining the interior of the ductwork. If the fire was a small one and quickly extinguished, then it is very likely the residues are minor and do not extend too far past the vent entrance.
 
If this is the situation, our technicians begin cleaning by wiping down the affected vent covers and other surfaces. If the residue is a dry powder, they use a dry sponge to remove it. When the residue is sticky or very thick, SERVPRO technicians apply either water or a cleaning agent to the sponge to break it up and remove it.
 
If the residues have settled farther into the ducts, our teams use sponges and scrub brushes on telescoping arms to break them up. Next, they use commercial vacuums with wands and hoses to reach in and remove any residue the sponges could not pick up.
 
In a larger fire, the smoke may have deposited residue much father into the ductwork. When this happens, our restoration teams move to fog generating devices to clean every surface we cannot reach otherwise. Technicians mix a cleaning agent to place inside the fogger. As the device begins working, other team members ensure the other vents are sealed tight while another specialist activates a box fan to force the fog throughout the entire ductwork slowly.
 
Once they cover every surface, technicians uncover an exit point and increase the fan speed to force the fog and particles out of the ducts. They repeat the process until no more residue particles exit the system.
 
At SERVPRO of South Nashville, it is our goal to return your home to its pre-fire condition, so you and your family have a clean, safe environment. If you need our services, contact our office today at (615) 331-0200 to schedule a visit for an estimate.

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Cleaning Fire Damage In Nashville Homes

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Every Nashville house fire is different.

Fire Damage Restoration

Every Nashville house fire is different. The amount of heat, open flames, and smoke present all depend on what burned and the amount of oxygen available to the fire. These two factors determine a third one, how hot the house burned. Together, they determine the type and amount of smoke residue and what methods are needed to clean and remove them.

Since smoke residue makes up much of the fire damage, Nashville homes suffer, SERVPRO has developed an extensive number of methods to remove it. Between them, we can restore lost property to its original state if it is otherwise physically undamaged.

Dry Cleaning is our first approach. The majority of residues after a fire are powdery and is considered light-to-medium contamination. Our restoration teams can clean this type off the property and structural surfaces with dry cloths or sponges. If the layer is very thick, we may use a commercial-grade vacuum cleaner.

Wet Cleaning is next, and we use it for medium-to-heavy residues. These usually contain some moisture and are a little sticky. Team members use water to dampen the same cloths and sponges before use. For a stickier residue, we use a mild cleaner and repeat until the surface is residue-free.

Spray and Wipe is the method we prefer for wood surfaces and upholstered furniture. Too much moisture can damage these surfaces, and this gives us better control over the amount we use. SERVPRO technicians apply either water or a cleaner using a spray bottle to the surface and then clean off the residue with a cloth.

For more delicate fabrics, we use Foam Cleaning. It is very good to prevent colors from fading or if the fabric is at risk of shrinking with too much moisture. Team members use a pump-up sprayer to force air into a bottle of cleaner or stir up a bucket of cleaner by hand. They then spray the foam or apply it by hand with a sponge or upholstery brush to the affected fabric.

Abrasive Cleaning we use only on items not easily damaged like brick or stone. It consists of a much stronger chemical cleaner and a scrubbing brush. For very deep surface grooves, we may need steel wool.

Finally, we use Immersion Cleaning when the residue is so thick that we cannot remove it by hand. We set the item inside a tank of cleaner at our offices and then use a sound wave generator to force cleaning bubbles across surfaces like window blinds. Depending on the thickness of the residue layer, it may take up to several hours to finish the task.

Fully restoring your home after a fire can take a few days or several weeks. SERVPRO of South Nashville understands the importance of returning your life to normal, so we work as quickly as possible to get you back into a clean, safe environment. Call us today at (615) 331-0200 to get started.

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Fire Damage from a Wood Stove in Forest Hills

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

A wood burning stove provides heat and creates an ambiance. If your stove happens to start a fire in your home, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Preventing Fire Damage Starts With Following Maintenance and Standards Guidelines

A night at home in Forest Hills relaxing with your family could quickly turn into a disaster if your wood burning stove is not maintained correctly. If it is not up to proper standards or installed wrong, it could create severe fire and smoke damage to your home. Costs can add up quickly, with both interior and exterior damage, and the smoke can affect your health as well.
 
You should be careful to purchase a wood stove that meets recommended EPA requirements, but even so, when a fire starts in your home, you need professional help to clean up afterward. The fire damage in Forest Hills left behind, no matter how big or small, requires tools and knowledge that the staff at SERVPRO already have.
 
There are various services we perform to get your home back to its previous condition. The goal of mitigation is to secure your home and stop any more damage from happening. It can include winterizing the plumbing to avoid frozen pipes, boarding up openings to secure the structure, and establishing a temporary source of electricity. If your home is wet from fire-fighting efforts, we need to do emergency drying to prevent secondary water damage.
 
To clean a home after a fire, SERVPRO focuses on removing some residues from the structure and possessions, plus deodorizing odors given off by residues. We consult with you on which components can be cleaned and which cannot. Repair and replacement are needed for anything that does not respond to cleaning.
 
Your personal property also needs to be cleaned of smoke residues. Sometimes they can be cleaned on site, but other times we need to pack and move items to a different location for cleaning and storage.
 
Structural components could be damaged to the point that they cannot be restored, so reconstruction and repairing need to be done. It may require additional skills than what we have, so in that case, we work with licensed general contractors to restore your home entirely.
 
SERVPRO of South Nashville takes care to fully restore your home after a fire, including cleaning and repairing anything needed. Your home in Nashville, Forest Hills or Berry Hill is in good hands with us, so just give us a call at (615) 331-0200 any time you need.

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Smoke Detectors and Fire Damage Prevention in Nashville Properties

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to have your smoke detectors professionally installed and checked regularly.

The Importance of Properly Working Smoke Detectors in Your Home

The importance of smoke detectors in preventing fire damage cannot be overemphasized. Unfortunately, too many people overlook their significance even amidst the rising cases of fire disasters in our homes. In fact, while an impressive 90 percent of all homeowners in the country have installed a smoke alarm in their houses, up to 30 percent of them do not function when needed.

At SERVPRO, we receive numerous fire damage reports from Nashville that could have been avoided by using smoke detectors. Thankfully, we have a team of highly skilled and highly trained restoration experts certified by the IICRC that are quick to respond to any emergency. Our tools and equipment are up to par with industry standards, ensuring that the restoration process goes smoothly and efficiently.

If the house is structurally sound, the heat and flames usually self-extinguish after consuming all existing combustibles. However, if the wall and ceiling fire resistance is inadequate, the fire can spread into adjacent rooms and begin the process over again. If it is not controlled, the fire can lead to complete destruction of the building and its contents.

Proper installation and maintenance is the answer to reducing the impact of fire damage with smoke alarms. A licensed professional should install the device on every level of your house, as well as the interior and exterior of each sleeping area. Avoid placing smoke detectors within 3 feet of a heating/air conditioning vent or ceiling fan, which can block the smoke from flowing to the device during a fire emergency.

SERVPRO franchise is particularly thorough when it comes to safety precautions. To ensure that your smoke alarm works at preventing extensive fire damage, you should test the device on a monthly basis, changing the batteries as needed. Additionally, make a point of replacing the entire smoke detector every ten years or so to guarantee efficiency.

You can tell when a smoke alarm is not working properly if it beeps slowly and consistently, indicating that you need a new one or the batteries are running low. Apart from beeping, most devices come with a "low battery" button that blinks when necessary. This is a clear warning that the unit may not do much to prevent fire damage.

Successful fire damage suppression is relatively dependent on a functional smoke detector. If your home sustains severe fire damage nonetheless, SERVPRO of South Nashville can arrive on time to salvage your property. For any emergency, call us today at (615) 331-0200.  

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Assistance and Tips for Getting Your Nashville Fire Damage Claim Filed

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO helps you board up your home to keep your belongings safe from outside elements during remediation.

SERVPRO helps to make the fire insurance claim process more simple for you

A fire in your home can be a very stressful experience. Fires also cause subsequent soot, smoke, water and fire damage, causing you even more loss. Even a small fire produce smoke, which not only affects your personal belongings but your health as well. You must make many important decisions quickly. Many mistakes sadly are made by those who are unfamiliar with the insurance process and without the right representation.

When your Nashville home has gone through a fire of any size, you want the professional help of a fire damage remediation company such as SERVPRO. Not only can our technicians help you to clean up and repair all types of damage from a fire, but we can also help you speak with your insurance agent so you can get the coverage that you deserve.

There are also tips you should know immediately following a loss that makes getting your claim processed correctly much easier. First, keep a record of anyone you speak with following the disaster. This can include representatives from the fire department. If possible, remove valuables from your home like jewelry and cash, which could be taken easily after a fire.

Do not throw any damaged goods away. SERVPRO helps you determine what is salvageable and what is not, plus take a camera and document your possessions. When the claim for insurance is prepared for your fire damage, any damage is taken into consideration. However, it must be recorded so that it can be reimbursed.

To avoid any more damage to your Nashville home, our SERVPRO technicians help you with boarding up windows and tarping your roof if necessary. Doing this prevents the outside elements or animals from entering your home and creating more problems.

Keep a record of any expenses you acquire during this time, including living and food expenses when you need to leave your home during restoration.

SERVPRO of South Nashville knows how stressful even a small fire can be, which is why we respond quickly to your call for help. Residents of Nashville, Woodbine, and Berry Hill can get in touch with us easily after a fire by dialing (615) 331-0200.

For information about the Nashville Fire Department, visit http://www.nashville.gov/Fire-Department.aspx.

SERVPRO - Nashville Vent Cleaning Costs After A Fire

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Nashville is here for you when disaster strikes.

What Are The Costs of Cleaning Your Vent After A Fire?

Cleaning a home after fire damage is a long process that needs a professional service. No matter how hard homeowners work, they do not have the training or the equipment to clean their home properly. Scrubbing with bleach and repainting every wall and ceiling does not get the job done.

After a fire, vent cleaning is a must for every Nashville home. The cost to do it is irrelevant; the cost to not do it is to spread smoke and soot residue through the entire home the first time someone turns on the HVAC. SERVPRO knows that August is almost here, so a clean and functioning air conditioner is a must.

Since smoke gets into everything, we start with the idea that every vent and section of ductwork behind them is contaminated. That means that while we can clean everything within reach of a brush on a telescoping arm, we still cannot wipe down every inch by hand. The solution is to use fogging machines to vaporize a combination of chemical cleaners and antibacterial agents. Then, we force the fog through the ductwork in a controlled manner to clean them all.

Technicians carefully mix the agents while other team members seal off all vents except for the exits that we want. Flexible, temporary ducts are attached to the entry and exits, and then the fogging machine is started.

As the fogger does its work, we place a box fan behind it and turn it on low. This airflow begins to drive the fog slowly throughout the ductwork. After enough time has elapsed for the agents to work, we unseal the exit point. When technicians see the fog begin to flow through and out of the house, we increase the speed of the fan. The increased airflow speed breaks loose residue we would not reach before and blows it out of the home. Technicians repeat the process until no more contaminated particles come through the exit.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of South Nashville wants to help put our friends and neighbors back into their homes as quickly and safely as possible. If you have had a fire, call us today at (615) 331-0200 for an inspection and free estimate.

For more information regarding the city of Nashville, click here.

Nashville Vent Cleaning Is Wise Maintenance for Fire Damage Protection

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Protects Your Nashville Home from Fire Damage with Dryer Vent Cleaning

SERVPRO Helps Prevent Fire in Your Nashville Home with Dryer Vent Cleaning


House fires affect millions of people every year at the cost of over $500 Million. Smoke detectors have proved their value every year, saving lives and homes from total loss. Most house fires start in the kitchen, but a significant number still occur in a place most forget about once the item is installed, the dryer vent.

A dryer vent cleaning cost may seem like an avoidable charge, but it is needed to prevent fire in your Nashville home. There are over 15,000 dryer fires each year, and the accumulated property damage cost exceeds $70 Million annually. SERVPRO has the personnel and equipment needed to keep you from adding to those numbers in the coming year. This vent cleaning can also reduce the workload of your clothes dryer while lowering energy usage.

A dryer inside the house or apartment uses a metal exhaust pipe (galvanized iron or steel usually) to vent hot air to the outside of the home. The zinc-coated material is designed to handle the highest dryer setting and more, but not open flames from burning, built-up lint. Since this is an exhaust pipe and smoke seeks the easiest access, a vent fire goes undetected by the smoke detectors much longer than a fire anywhere else in the house.

If your dryer is in the garage or under a carport, the chance for a major fire is reduced, but not eliminated. The flexible vent tube may not run under the house, but it is still at risk. The buildup of lint can still ignite, destroying your dryer and the washer next to it. As the flexible, plastic pipe melts, the burning material quickly ignites drywall and other building material. Worse, there is the possible loss of a car, boat, ATV or RV that might be parked next to the dryer as well.

Our SERVPRO technicians can eliminate this threat with an inspection. We can attach an air mover which introduces high-velocity air flow into your vent for just a few minutes. If the build-up has caked against the sides of the pipe, they use a brush with a telescoping handle to scrape the sides and then reattach the air mover to blow the lint outside your home. For a flexible conduit, we detach it from the dryer and clean it outside using either an air mover or your own garden hose to wash it out.

The cost for vent cleaning is minor compared to other restoration and cleaning work. It is significantly cheaper than removing fire damaged drywall and cleaning smoke and soot covered property. If you need our services or would like an inspection, contact SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200.


For more information about Nashville visit:  https://www.nashville.gov

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguishers for Your Nashville Home Helps Prevent Damage

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says to Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy to Mitigage Damages to Your Nashville Property

SERVPRO Tip, Keep Your Nashville Home Safe From Fires

Between garage fluids, kitchen appliances, children playing and electrical equipment, there are many things in your home which are possible ignition sources. However, do you have fire extinguishers in your garage, kitchen, and workshop of your home? Also, are they the right kind for your home? Fires are a scary event, no matter their, and SERVPRO is always standing by to help you clean up after a fire has happened in your home.
 
Fire extinguishers to extinguish fires and fire damage in your Nashville home are divided into five categories, depending upon the elements of the fires they are made to fight. Each extinguisher is rated with numbers, serving as a guide for how much fire the extinguisher can fight. As the number increases, it indicates more fire-fighting power. The fuel feeding the flame also indicates the correct extinguisher to utilize.
 
Since there are various fire extinguishers to select from, choosing the right one can be a task that is quite daunting. For some people, not knowing what kind to purchase is the biggest hurdle. The best choice for a home fire is an ABC fire extinguisher which is made for multiple kinds of fires.
 
Besides having one in your home, it is just as important to keep it readily available in case of an emergency. Once the fire is out, our technicians at SERVPRO can get to your home quickly to mitigate the damages and repair your home and possessions before more damage occurs from the settled soot and smoke.
 
You should have one or more extinguishers on each level of your home, and the most important areas to keep them are your garage and kitchen since they are the most susceptible to fires.

Kitchen
Here is where most home fires start. Do not place the extinguisher near the stove since it can be out of reach if it is on the stovetop. The best place to keep it is mounted by the door of the kitchen, so you can easily get to it or under the base sink cabinet.
 
Garage
Since a garage is usually the storage area flammable materials are kept, this is another space you need to have fast access to a fire extinguisher. Like the kitchen, the best position is mounted by a doorway.
 
Your fire extinguishers should be kept in plain sight, easily reachable during an emergency. Do not put them away in closets, since it costs you valuable time when it is needed.
 
Using an Extinguisher Correctly
Remember PASS if you ever do need your extinguisher:
 P – Find the pin in the handle and pull it. The pin keeps the handle from getting squeezed accidentally and discharging the extinguisher.
A – Aim for the base of the fire where you have the most effect on the fire with the extinguisher.
S – Find the lever on top of the extinguisher and squeeze it, starting the deliverance of the contents inside.
S – The spray should go in a sweeping motion side-to-side across the fire’s base.
 
SERVPRO of South Nashville can help you recover from the traumatic event of a fire in your home. We have the correct training and certification, plus the proper tools and equipment, to do the job efficiently and thoroughly while keeping you in mind. Give us a call at (615) 331-0200 anytime.

Fire Damage in Your Nashville Home can be Eliminated

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

During the time we are restoring your home's interior, we also take the time to clean your family's personal belongings.

Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Nashville Home? 


House fires only need a small spark near combustible materials to start burning a home's interior. Other times, arson plays a role. Regardless of the cause, the damage sustained can be extensive and affect areas of a home that never caught on fire.

Residents in the Nashville area should know that fire damage is not the only problem with a house fire. Firefighters know the damaging and deadly effects of smoke, also. Smoke is known to be more deadly than the flames of a fire because smoke permeates everywhere while fire itself is unable to burn without consuming something. Flames are hot, making people move away from them, but smoke is harder to avoid. Only a small amount of smoke needs to be present to cause asphyxiation, especially when people remain asleep.

In addition to being capable of turning family heirlooms into charred pieces of garbage, fires produce smoke and soot of different qualities. These qualities depend greatly on the type of material that was consumed by the fire. Plastics and rubber-based items create possibly the worst and dirtiest of all kinds of smoke and soot when they are burning, with items made of wood producing the least harmful side-products when they are burned. However, everything that burns during a fire produces some amount of smoke, ash, and soot. Soot has an oily feel, and it clings to everything it touches, but at the same time, the microscopic abrasives that soot contains begin to cut into whatever it covers.

SERVPRO employees are trained in determining the different types of soot, and also in how each type needs to be cleaned from the surfaces of the multitude of possible materials in your home. When a house fire is happening, soot and ash are spread through the home and lands on everything. Cleaning soot is not an easy task, but we are experienced and knowledgeable in the most effective methods currently known, providing our customers with the best possible outcomes to a horrible situation.

During the time we are restoring your home's interior, we also take the time to clean your family's personal belongings. Hard surfaces such as shelving where items were stored are cleared and then cleaned. Each item is replaced after being restored to a clean condition. While we might not replace items in their original location, we always attempt to return them to the same area. When items are damaged beyond repair or restoration, we discuss these situations with our customer before disposing of anything.

Other surfaces such as textiles might be laundered at our site, or cleaned and restored at your home. Each item is individually cared for in the best manner possible. We want to obtain the results that make everything “Like it never even happened.”


 


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SERVPRO of South Nashville can help you return to how things used to be after fire damage. Call us at (615) 331-0200, 24/7, and we can begin the restoration and cleaning processes your home deserves.


 

Preventing Kitchen Fires In Your Forest Hills Home

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Forty percent of home fires start in the kitchen.

Preventing Kitchen Fires


The kitchen is the busiest room in the house in many homes. It is where food is made and where families congregate to interact with one another and share meals. It is one of the most hazardous areas in the home when it comes to fires. Forty percent of home fires start in the kitchen. A fire can occur from cooking habits or appliances. Smaller appliances like toasters and microwaves cause fires, as well as the larger items. The easiest way to lower the possibility of a fire in your kitchen is to learn how to prevent them. You should also have a fire remediation company’s information on hand, such as SERVPRO, in the case of an emergency.

Prevention of fire and fire damage comes in many forms. No flammable items, for example, should be within three feet of your stove or oven in your Forest Hills home for prolonged periods of time. Keep pot holders, towels, oven mitts, and paper towels away from heat. Loose clothing while you are working at a stove isn't a good idea. Wipe burners and other surfaces on the stove or inside ovens regularly to clean off food particles, oil and other materials that can catch fire when hot. If you do have an accident in your kitchen with one of these items, our technicians at SERVPRO need to be made aware, so we can clean up the damage and restore your kitchen for you.

Utensils which have aluminum or foil, metal, or other objects which are metal-based need to be kept away from your microwave oven. Do not place paper products in your oven unless the instructions on the product say to do so. Exceptions can include pizza trays made for the oven. When using cooking oil, heating it on medium instead of high is much safer. Don't leave food cooking on the stove, either, as this is unsafe and the food can unexpectedly catch on fire. You should especially never walk away from food cooking in oil.

Replace any kitchen appliances that have damaged or frayed cords, since this raises the risk of short circuits and electrical fires. Ensure that children know the rules of kitchen safety and that they are tall enough to stand over the stove and see the whole area clearly before they can cook. They should also only do so under adult supervision.

In the case of accidents, anyone working in the kitchen needs to learn what kind of fire extinguisher that is required to put out kitchen fires. These dry chemical extinguishers are suitable for putting out regular fires like those involving fluids such as oil. Once the fire is safely out, you can count on SERVPRO to remediate the damages for you. Kitchen safety is crucial, as there are several ways in which fires can start. If a kitchen fire happens in your home, contact SERVPRO of South Nashville right away. We walk you through the process of remediation and calm your worries when you give us a call at (615) 331-0200.

Avert Fire Damage with Preparation and Detectors

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguishers and Sprinkler Systems Save Property and Lives in Nashville

SERVPRO Suggests Ways to Prevent Fire Damage from Becoming Excessive

Thousands of Americans perish or are burned and injured in house fires every single year. Many of these fires were preventable, making the fatalities that much worse to accept. One of the best ways to tackle fire damage is to combat it before it ever occurs. The best defense is a good offense, take some easy and inexpensive steps to save the valuables in your home which not only include material things but the lives of those living under its roof.
 
Fire damage in Nashville may often be unavoidable to homeowners; however, there are preventative measures and methods you can take to avoid smoke and fire damage from devastating your home. We at SERVPRO don’t want to see your home, belongings, or memories go up in flames if you can prevent it.
 
Preventing Fire Damage
Preventing a fire from breaking out is a lot simpler, cheaper, and easier than most homeowners think. Don't wait for a disaster to strike; avoid all of the headache and heartache by following some of the tips below.
 
Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Having a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in one’s home is one of the best ways of preventing a devastating fire from taking place. It is recommended that homeowners place smoke detectors on every level of your home and outside of each bedroom. During sleeping hours, it is especially important to have fire detectors nearby to alert sleeping inhabitants to danger. There are two different types of detectors: photoelectric and ionization, and it is best to have both of them in your home, as they work in a variety of ways. Test each detector once a month and change the batteries once a year. This cheap upkeep can save lives if you are willing to commit just a moment each month to do so.
 
Carbon Monoxide alarms are great assets in homes that use gas. Carbon monoxide emits no odor and cannot be seen Preventing leaks from this very toxic and potentially deadly gas is crucial. Make sure you have properly installed carbon monoxide alarms. They are less expensive and higher tech than ever and can save your life.
 
Fire Extinguisher
Once you have been alerted to smoke or fire in your home, you can keep damage to a minimum or avoid it completely by having a fire extinguisher at the ready. Every home is advised to have a fire extinguisher for safety, but how many actually do?
 
Easy to use, inexpensive, and potentially life-saving, perhaps you should be thinking more about acting and getting a unit for your home. They come in many different sizes, from large, medium, to smaller, handheld options. Having a fire extinguisher can truly be a lifesaver for families with children, the elderly, and the disabled, who can quickly take action.
 
The best places to keep them are in your kitchen and garage (if you have one). The best kind to get for in-home use are labeled “ABC” or “BC.” These extinguishers are useful for small fires because they work for just a short time. Make sure you learn how to use it when you purchase one so that you are not surprised at the worst time.
 
Sprinkler System
While many homeowners may not find this option feasible for monetary reasons or time constraints they can protect property, but can also leave a mess. If you are having a new home built or are fixing up an old one, consider adding a sprinkler system to the ceiling of your home in areas suggested by a contractor or fire expert.
Contact Us

Call SERVPRO of South Nashville at (615) 331-0200 the moment you have experienced an unfortunate fire event. Our fire damage specialists can answer all of your questions, respond swiftly to your emergency, and offer you peace of mind.

Keeping Fire Damage Risk Factors Low

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Advice: Lightning Rods Can Prevent Fire Damage to Your Nashville Home

SERVPRO Tips to Help Prevent Home Fires

Fires are often easily prevented, but a single crucial mistake can end up costing a victim dearly should a fire start. The initial step in fire prevention is to eliminate risk factors, and different types of fires have different risk factors to go along with them. Keeping these factors mitigated and proper safety measures in place are the most important part in stopping future fire damage to your home, so make sure to account for these risk factors in the future.
 
Lack of a Lightning Rod
Lightning causes many fires each year, and one of the most common sources of fire damage in Nashville is lightning. Although they are not foolproof, having a quality and working lightning rod installed on top of your roof is essential for preventing many lightning strikes from reaching your home. Unfortunately, beyond these, little can be done to avoid fires from storms aside from building with fire-retardant materials.
 
Aging or Water-Based Fire Extinguishers
Small fires are quickly dealt with by a capable fire extinguisher, but having such an extinguisher on hand is unfortunately not true for many American households. While older and water-based fire extinguishers typically work well enough for regular fires, electrical and grease fires require smothering, water-free extinguishers to be put out safely. Make sure your home has capable extinguishers in easy to reach and access locations.
 
Keep Flammable Objects Away from Lights, Candles, and Outlets
Many fires start when paper or other flammable materials are kept too close to a bright light, candle, or an outlet. Should these experience a power surge or heat the paper enough to burn, it can start a fire, often in an unseen and unlikely place. Take care to leave lights and candles unobstructed.
 
Use Surge Protectors
Surge protectors are designed to protect against dangerous power surges. They aren't too expensive, and in addition to preventing some electrical fires, they may also save your electronics in the event of a power surge.
 
SERVPRO of South Nashville knows the ins and outs of fire safety, as we see the unfortunate consequences of a lapse in precaution most time we set out on a restoration job. If you've had a fire damage your home, large or small, call us at (615) 331-0200 for emergency restoration and mitigation services.

Causes of Residential Fire Damage

6/5/2016 (Permalink)

When it comes to disasters, there is probably none worse than a residential fire and fire damage in Berry Hill.

What Causes Residential Fire Damage

When it comes to disasters, there is probably none worse than a residential fire and fire damage in Berry Hill. Not only do the flames cause inherent danger as they destroy your family’s home, but there is also the effect afterward that debris, soot, smoke, and odor cause to your home and possessions, plus structural damage to the home itself. For most homeowners, a fire is an event that is unimaginable; however they happen for a variety of reasons. With this in mind, below is a look at the top ten fire causes:


1. Home heat fires – your furnace needs regular inspection and make sure combustibles are not near any portable heaters.
2. Cooking fires – unattended kitchens, splattering grease, and combustibles near the source of heat are very common fire starters.
3. Smoking – always ensure that you extinguish the cigarette if you smoke in your house.
4. Electrical fires – look out for frayed cords, overloaded plug outlets and overuse of extension cords.
5. Children – keep lighters and matches away from children to stifle any curiosity they could have about what happens when various items burn.
6. Candles – candles could smell nice, however if left unattended, they could lead to a major issue.
7. Flammable items – do not keep adhesives, paint or cleaning agents close to sources of heat.
8. Faulty wiring – a significant safety hazard is inadequate wiring, which is many times prevalent in older apartments and homes
9. Grills – do not ever cook on the grill under an awning or on a porch. Give yourself a lot of space away from your home.
10. Holiday décor – be aware of how close your Christmas tree is to your fireplace, and always make sure that you are hanging other décor safely.

An inevitable occurrence, when a fire does happen, you will want to be able to call on someone who can repair any of your structural damage, plus get rid of any soot coatings, smoke damage stains, and odors to get your property back to its condition pre-loss. At SERVPRO, we can do all of this for you. We can be at your home quickly to mitigate the damages, make sure to secure your property and start emergency cleaning to items that are a priority. While we are on the site, your property will be inspected, assessments for damage written, and preliminary estimates made to give you a restoration plan that is comprehensive. This could include getting odor and smoke removal, structural cleaning, deodorizing, content restoration and structural repair.


Fire damage in Berry Hill can catch you off guard, and when it does you will want to contact SERVPRO of South Nashville by dialing (615) 331-0200 right away. We can then come and assess your damages and start getting your home cleaned up and restored.

Fire Damage in Oak Hill Can Be Problematic

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

One of the more interesting facts about fire is that most house fires start in the kitchen.

Oak Hill Residential Fire Damage Problems 

Taking care of Oak Hill residential fire damage quickly means that you can return to your property and your normal life. Fire can wreck your home from the inside out and cause a lot of costly and time-consuming issues. From determining whether you can salvage and restore your items or need to replace them entirely to dealing with the lingering smells, cleanup after a fire can be a lot of work. Even when the flames don’t destroy your home, soot, smoke, and water can cause extensive damage. 

The Aftermath of a Fire

Immediately after a fire in Oak Hill, the sheer amount of work to do may seem overwhelming. The best way to handle this is to break it down into stages. First, the Oak Hill fire damage will need to be assessed to see what is required. Make a list in priority order of rooms that have been affected. Remember that damage can go beyond what is immediately apparent. You should also board up any broken windows and contact a roofing company to inspect the roof for any signs of damage. Once you’ve documented all the damage, cleaning is the next priority.

Clean House

Your hardwood and linoleum flooring should be mopped to get rid of dirty smudges from the fire. If mopping and wiping it down with cleaning solutions does not work, you may need to refinish or reseal the flooring. Carpets can be cleaned as well and may be able to be salvaged in many cases. However, it’s important to ensure that the padding underneath is not retaining water. Mold can become an issue when moisture is left in the carpet pads. If your walls and ceilings are heavily covered in black soot, they should be wiped down. If the soot does not come off or there is any damage to the drywall, a thorough cleaning will prepare the walls to be repaired and repainted in the future. 

Restore or Replace Possessions

There may be items that need to be cleaned and restored or even replaced throughout your home. Furniture that hasn’t been damaged by flames may retain a smoky scent. Having the upholstery steam-cleaned may help remove the smell. Lamps, artwork, draperies and decorative items may just need a quick cleaning, but they may also need to be completely replaced. Make a list of the items that are necessary to replace right away and the ones that can wait. This can help keep you on task and reduce the amount of time you spend shopping. Don’t forget to check electronics for signs of fire damage and clean them thoroughly before seeing if they still work. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of South Nashville is ready to handle all of your Oak Hill residential fire damage cleanup needs. We have the right tools and resources needed to clean up after any disaster. When fire damage occurs in Oak Hill, Brentwood, or Berry Hill, we have the personnel to help. Call us for fast and reliable services at (615) 331-0200.

How Fire Damage Remediation Experts Restore Your Nashville Property

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Suggests to Keep a Safe Distance Between the Fire Wood & Place

Nashville Fire Damaged Home is Restored by SERVPRO

Dealing with Nashville fire damage can be one of the most difficult experiences a homeowner encounters. Even a small fire, lasting only several minutes that produced smoke and soot is a larger problem than it would initially appear. However, hiring a team of professional fire damage remediation experts like SERVPRO can expedite and optimize the restoration process. Learn more about how industry professionals can address and resolve your fire damage issues by reviewing the short outline provided below:

The Fast Response. One of the reasons that securing a professional fire damage restoration service is helpful is the fact that industry professionals offer a fast response. In most cases, SERVPRO, with several local franchises nearby, will send a qualified agent to your property as soon as they receive your call. This fast response is immensely important for several reasons. The faster a rep arrives, the quicker an agreement can be signed initiating the water extraction and commencement of clean up.  Less time means more of your personal possessions and furniture can be salvaged, limiting the effects of the water damage. Additionally, a fast response impedes damage to the structure, interior walls, ceilings and flooring of your property  Finally, the fast response decreases the likelihood that mold will start to grow. It all starts with the assessment and inspection.

The Professional Assessment. In addition to offering a fast response, the fire damage restoration experts will be able to provide you with an intelligent assessment. The assessment is important and effective because it provides both you, your insurance adjuster and the contractors with a clear understanding of how much of your property has been damaged and to what extent. Coordinating the fire damage restoration process can lower your claim and save you both time and money.

Comprehensive Fire Damage Restoration Services. Another reason that fire damage restoration services are so effective results from the fact that they are comprehensive. When you call a professional restoration team like SERVPRO, the skilled technicians will be able to offer services which address each unique issue that results from fire damage to your Nashville home. This includes, but is not limited to things such as:
• content restoration, on-site or packed and removed to our cleaning facilities, clean and repair rather than replace
• sanitation, Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers for odor and application of fungicides and disinfectants.
• deodorization, thermal foggers to neutralize odor-causing particulates
smoke and soot removal, careful wipe down to lower material replacements and painting
• odor removal, not simply masking
• air duct cleaning--smoke, and soot can damage rooms untouched by the flames
• vent cleaning, filters, condenser air handler

Don't Delay: Get Great Fire Damage Restoration Services Today.
Although fire damage to your Nashville home can be a challenging household issue to deal with, the professionals of SERVPRO can simplify the process. As industry leaders with over 55 years of experience in the dynamic fire damage restoration sector, we offer fast, friendly services that work. Each of our IICRC-certified professionals will use cutting edge methodologies and specialized equipment to expedite each component of the restoration process. We even offer a final walk-through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction with the condition of your property.

Highly Trained Water and Fire Restoration Specialists

SERVPRO of South Nashville is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Nashville community too. When you have a water, flooding, or fire emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We’re also part of a network of over 1,650 Franchises, including special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters. Call us 24/7 for help. (615) 331-0200

How A Fire Damage Company Helps Restore Your Home in Brentwood

9/21/2015 (Permalink)

This is the Place for a Fire in a Home

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home After a Brentwood Fire Damage Event

Once a fire has affected your home in Brentwood, it's very important that you obtain assistance with the water removal, cleanup, repair, and restoration processes. A fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help you with each of these processes, and their assistance can help limit your stress and expedite the restoration procedures. Learn more about how fire damage companies can assist you with the restoration of your home by reviewing this quick reference guide:

Before You Hire A Fire Damage Company

Prior to hiring a team of fire damage specialists, you need to contact your insurance company and the local disaster relief service. Your insurance agent must grant you permission to begin the cleanup process. A disaster relief service can provide you with assistance for immediate needs like temporary housing, clothing, and food if the fire damage to your home in Brentwood is that severe.

Removing Smoke Odors

After you have contacted your insurance agent and the disaster relief service, it's time to call a team of fire damage specialists. These individuals will be able to assist you in many ways, including by removing smoke odors from your property. They will use several tools to accomplish this objective, including an ozone machine. Although ozone machines can be rented by the general populace, the equipment is expensive and ozone is toxic. For these reasons, it's prudent to leave this work to a crew of trained, knowledgeable professionals.

Mold And Mildew Prevention

In addition to removing smoke odors from your property, fire damage technicians from SERVPRO assist with mold and mildew remediation. Mold and mildew are problematic for many reasons, one of which is that they can damage the structural integrity of your property. Additionally, mold and mildew pose many health risks to you and your family. The fact that they can make you more susceptible to respiratory issues and lung problems call for immediate action. To eliminate these risks, fire damage specialists use water pumps and vacuums to remove most of the water and moisture from your home.  Then powerful air movers and dehumidifiers are employed to dry your home out quickly.

Because of their extensive experience and training (see IICRC), fire damage specialists are effective in expediting and optimizing the cleanup and restoration processes for you. When you start your search for a top-of-the-line fire damage restoration company, you should turn to SERVPRO. As an industry leader with a firm commitment to ethics and excellence, we're your first choice when you want to secure a quick resolution to your fire-damage problems in your Brentwood home at affordable prices. We are always available to help.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Nashville is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event in Brentwood. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life. Call us for help. (615) 331-0200

Oak Hill Electrical Fire Safety Tips

6/18/2015 (Permalink)

One of the most common causes of fire in American homes is faulty electrical wiring and electrical malfunctions.

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

One of the most common causes of fire in American homes is faulty electrical wiring and electrical malfunctions. In fact, electrical malfunctions are responsible for nearly 15 percent of all house fires across the nation and lead to thousands of dollars in losses for homeowners and businesses alike. Unlike flooding, hurricanes or tornadoes, the risk of an electrical fire can be reduced and even prevented in some cases. Read on to learn how you can help preserve the integrity of your home or business with some simple electrical Oak Hill fire prevention tips.

Electrical Fire Facts and Figures

More than 25,000 electrical fires are reported in the United States each year and result in the injuries or deaths of approximately 1,500 Americans. These figures are proof that electrical safety cannot be overstated. Because electrical fires often cause more property damage than their non-electrical counterparts, they tend to be more costly than other types of Oak Hill fires.

Don’t Overload Electrical Outlets

The simplest method of avoiding the Oak Hill electrical fire hazard is to avoid the overloading of electrical sockets. Socket overload occurs when a person plugs too many cords into a single outlet, power strip or extension cord. A classic example is the full power strip attached to an extension cord and plugged into a single outlet.

To help avoid a Oak Hill fire from electrical outlet overload, be sure to purchase power strips that feature built-in overload protection. Overload protection will automatically shut the power strip down in the event of an overload to help prevent an electrical fire.

Don’t Use Damaged Plugs or Cords

Regularly inspect the cords to your appliances and electronics to avoid the hazard of frayed and damaged electrical cords. You may want to schedule a quarterly inspection of your home or business to locate any exposed wire or damaged connectors.

Hire a Home Inspector

If you live in an older home, you are likely to have outdated wiring systems. Even if your home is relatively new, you may still be able to benefit from a home inspector’s services, as electrical contractors have been known to cut corners or perform shoddy work. The cost of a home inspection is far less expensive than the cost generated by an electrical fire. As with any contractor, be sure that the home inspector is qualified to perform the job before granting permission to work on your property.

 

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Fire Damage Nashville - What Do I Do After a Fire?

12/10/2014 (Permalink)

Fire's in your home cause not only fire damage, but water damage too.

Fire damage is a home owner’s worst nightmare. Even a small fire can require costly repairs when all is said and done. Without the knowledge or professional aid of a restoration crew, it is easy to feel lost and alone when recovering from a home fire. That is why research is key. Talk to a restoration crew about the after effects of fire damage so that you are better equipped to deal with the lingering effects of smoke and scorched property. Regardless of the size of the fire, it is always a good idea to schedule an inspection before attempting any fixes on your own. 

Once you know what you are dealing with, you can begin the slow and daunting task of restoring your home to its former glory. When a home in Nashville has fire damage occur, there will be an unpleasant odor, due to the soot and smoke that is left behind. It is not recommended that the home owner attempt to clean the soot on their own, especially after a large fire. The reason is that soot and leftover smoke can be hazardous to your health. Professional gear is required to handle such fire damage safely and efficiently. Only a professional restoration team has access to the cleaning agents used to treat smoke, soot and fire damage. 

Before dealing with a contractor, it is important that you speak to your insurance agent. After a fire, you may receive quotes from eager construction crews willing to help you rebuild. However, what is in your insurance policy will likely dictate the course of action when it comes to reconstruction. It is best to let your agent deal with this, so that you can focus on other things. 

Your insurance company will need a list of all damaged property. Be sure to separate all damaged and undamaged items to make this process easier. If all goes well, you will be reimbursed for the damaged items, depending on your insurance policy. You may even be reimbursed for storage fees, if you need to remove damaged items from your home. This is a good idea, as burnt property may contain harmful soot and make the deodorizing process more difficult. You may also want to move undamaged property to a safe location. Furniture, and other items, might absorb the unpleasant odor, ruining an otherwise undamaged piece of property. 

Your insurance company may cover Loss of Use. This means that they will pay for shelter and food if your home is unfit to live in while the restoration process occurs. If so, it is best to be reasonable when reserving a hotel or motel for your family. The insurance company will only cover what is necessary, and this will help you to avoid complications when the bill arrives. 

Most home owners would not consider water damage after a fire. However, the two usually go hand in hand, as water is used when extinguishing a fire. Water damage can be just as destructive, so be sure to treat your home accordingly. A water removal team will help to prevent any further destruction and the development of mold. 

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SERVPRO of South Nashville’s fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day.