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Clean Smoke Residues From A Lightning Strike And Fire Damage In Your Old Hickory Home

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Clean Smoke Residues From A Lightning Strike And Fire Damage In Your Old Hickory Home Lightning can be quite unpredictable, and it is not entirely uncommon for it to strike homes, including in Old Hickory.

Cleaning Up Smoke Residues

Lightning can be quite unpredictable, and it is not entirely uncommon for it to strike homes, including in Old Hickory. The best action to prevent fire damage from a strike of lightning is to give the lightning a well-grounded path. You can ground your home with a network of aluminum and copper components. The components channel the electricity surge efficiently and quickly into the earth, creating minimal damage to the surroundings.

When lightning has struck your home in Old Hickory, the fire damage it leaves in its wake can be devastating. No matter how severe the damage is, it is best for you to trust the professionals at SERVPRO to help you clean up the mess. We have the training and tools to get your home restore back to its original state before the fire, and to do so safely and quickly.

Cleaning up the smoke residues is one of the essential parts of fire damage remediation. The first step we take is finding and identifying. We inspect your home and test for smoke residues, so we know how severe the damages are and to figure out what cleaning services are needed. We also pretest specific items to figure out the best restoration procedure. By doing these steps, we find and identify the residues, and figure out what surfaces can be cleaned.

SERVPRO techs also need to capture the residues before we can remove them. We use air and fluids to release and carry the soils away. Suspended particles are carried in the fluids and air on contact with them. Vacuuming and dissolving are two methods to contact soils and carry them off so we can dispose of them.

Smoke residues with solid particles contain mostly carbon. Dry particles are loosely attached to surfaces and can be removed by vacuuming. Moisture contacting the particles causes them to be absorbed by the surface and are more difficult to remove.

Soils and residues which are not loose have to be dissolved before removing them. Doing so causes their bond with the surface to be loosened, allowing them to be caught up in the cleaning solution and washed away when the cleaning agent has rinsed away.

By being thorough in our processes, SERVPRO of Wilson County can rid your home of all smoke residues to make it clean and safe again. Residents in the areas of Green Hill, Old Hickory, and Mount Juliet can call us anytime at (615) 449-5000 for assistance cleaning up after a fire.

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Know How to Spot Mold Growth in Your Watertown Home

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Know How to Spot Mold Growth in Your Watertown Home Mold can lurk behind furniture and give off an odor or can appear in plain sight. Regardless of how you find it, calling SERVPRO helps remediate.

SERVPRO Evaluates Mold Quickly For Best Remediation Results

Mold damage is no joke. If you are not proactive, mold can wreak havoc on your Watertown property. However, if you know how to spot the early signs of mold growth, you can prevent the situation from turning into a total catastrophe.
Mold remediation experts here at SERVPRO stand the best chance to eliminate mold if they are called upon as soon as mold damage is seen on your Watertown property. Here are few things to help you identify mold damage and seek professional help.

  • Know where mold grows

Mold loves moisture and organic matter. The most common places for mold growth are bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens where there is plenty of both moisture and organic matter for the mold to feed on. Also, make sure that you check your attics for leakage and mold growth. Other places to look for mold include windowsills, ducts, basements and crawl spaces.

  • Adjust the humidity of your home

Getting the right sized AC unit and dehumidifier is the key to preventing excessive moisture. The size of the AC and dehumidifier will depend on both the size of your home and the climate as well. If you live in a humid climate, make sure that you have the right sized dehumidification system to combat the excessive moisture. A relative humidity of 85% or more for prolonged periods can be inviting for mold growth. Make sure that you monitor the humidity of your property even when you are not at home.

  • Don’t ignore small spots or moldy odor

Little spots of mold can be easily missed, especially if they are present in corners and cracks. Make sure that you pay close attention to these places and call on the professionals here at SERVPRO as soon as you see them. Also, don't ignore any moldy smell in your home. If your crawlspace or basement smells like mold, seek professional help as soon as you can.
SERVPRO mold experts are trained and certified professionals and can help you get your mold problems under control in no time. They stand the best chance if they spring into action at the earliest stage.
Call SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 to schedule an appointment and talk to a mold expert today!

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Ice Dams Can Cause Water Damage Throughout Your Watertown Home

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams Can Cause Water Damage Throughout Your Watertown Home Fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures can help create ice dams near your roof's edge.

Water Damage Caused By Ice Dams

Snowfall in Watertown seems to fall in more substantial amounts lately than in the past. Fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures can help create ice dams near your roof's edge. When your home's heat rises, the placement of insulation under the roof should keep the heat from escaping through the shingles.

Melting snow on the surface does not create the same risk for water damage to your Watertown home that melting snow underneath poses. Water from melted snow that does not drain away from your roof before refreezing can form an ice dam. Ice dams might form in a small area or along the entire length of a section of the roof and typically form over missing or damaged insulation.

When a roof has an ice dam, the water from melting snow above it becomes trapped. Your roof's design helps water flow off, but trapped water cannot do this. Instead, thawing forces water into any tiny cracks, which enlarge when the temperature outside drops below freezing. When water seeps inside and reaches your roof's underside, it starts damaging your home's interior.

Water from your roof that manages to enter your home can end up anywhere, including the basement. We use select devices that measure the amount of moisture in the air and the materials inside your home to counteract water's natural ability to spread.

Water and moisture cause a variety of changes in the many different materials found in your home. Slight moisture for extended periods, much like that encountered in homes suffering from ice dams, causes different problems than one-time events from burst water lines and overflowing water. We put our IICRC certificates in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT) to good use when restoring homes suffering from damage brought on by water and high humidity.

When melted snow on your home reveals warm spots on its roof, ice dams can develop quickly, leading to water damage inside. Call us, SERVPRO of Wilson County, for our 24-hour service, at (615) 449-5000 to protect your home and belongings from water damage.

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Saving Your Home from Flood Damage in Old Hickory

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Saving Your Home from Flood Damage in Old Hickory Flood water that cannot enter storm drains on streets quickly enough can enter your home causing flood damage.

Rely on Professionals to Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Flooding in your Old Hickory neighborhood can happen after heavy rain from storms or from small streams that overflow near your home. Either situation can become much worse if water cannot enter storm drains at the street level.

Homeowners in Old Hickory often find that flood damage in their residence extends throughout the home. Humidity increases so much that it can affect higher levels of the home. Safely obtaining medications, personal identification and other essential items should always take priority over just rushing in and grabbing those items. Floodwaters can hide hazards that did not exist before the flooding event.

SERVPRO technicians know that caution protects people from such hazardous conditions but still wear personal protective equipment when entering homes with flood damage. Also, some debris may move from one location to another, making one-'safe' pathways in your home dangerous. Pumping out the water soon after we come to your home allows us to view the debris, and then safely remove it from your home.

Sanitizing a home after a disastrous flood helps protect your family from pathogens that could potentially cause health effects. These pathogens can hide in the silt brought in by the water, or by absorbing into porous materials such as carpeting, wood flooring, drywall, insulation, or personal belongings.

A substantial portion of sanitizing a home after floodwaters recede includes disposing of items that can never become clean again, regardless of the amount of cleaning, sterilizing, or scrubbing they receive. Food items that came into contact with the water can cause health effects, even if you cook the contents. Transmission of pathogens from one can to the can opener to subsequent cans of food is possible.  

Bedding, as well as most carpets and their pads, suffer too much during even short-lived flood events. These require disposal and replacements. We can rarely save carpet after a flood, and the padding underneath all carpets disintegrates too much to allow for salvaging.

However, no matter how badly your home suffers from flooding, we always save as much as possible. We prefer to restore materials through cleaning and other techniques over removing those materials and replacing them.

SERVPRO of Wilson County employs dedicated, skilled, and highly trained individuals who can help your family recover from flood damage. Proper mitigation of the situation can make everything “Like it never even happened.” once again. Call us at our local number, (615) 449-5000, 24/7, any day of the year.

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The Larger Scope of Restoring Fire Damages in Lebanon

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Larger Scope of Restoring Fire Damages in Lebanon Contact SERVPRO right after a fire to minimize costs and secondary damages. We will assess and then restore your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Tackle Remediation Challenges After a Fire in Your Home

As if small fires were not traumatic enough, now you have to deal with the overwhelming task of cleaning up the mess. Unfortunately for you, it takes a lot of expertise and experience to get out some of the more deeply rooted fire damages like soot and foul odors. Our team is always ready to tackle even the largest restoration tasks.
For 50 years, SERVPRO has been helping people to restore their homes after a fire. Part of this lasting reputation stems from our commitment to minimizing the cost to you directly. Emergency mitigation services can help to preserve more of the items you cherish and help keep the overall claim or out-of-pocket costs to a minimum. That is what makes the company a trusted name for fire damage restoration in Lebanon.
Many people do not realize that fire restoration covers a great deal more than just repairing damage to the structure of your home itself. Structural cleaning is a critical step to minimizing your total costs by removing soot that has adhered to surfaces in the area. The objective is to restore these cleaned areas to preloss conditions, by both removing the soot and deodorizing to remove lingering odors.
Our SERVPRO professionals can do much more than just clean the soot from walls and floors, however. By testing individual contents within the affected areas of the fire, our team can restore many of your material possessions to preloss conditions as well. Some of the items include your furniture, clothing, carpeting, electronics, artwork, and much more.
Mitigating the loss, however, starts with you. It is important to reach out as soon as possible to get the process started. The faster that you react, the faster restoration and preservation can begin. The emergency response of our team ensures that you have someone on site in a short time, walking you through the restoration process that lies ahead.
However, our experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Wilson County can only help a situation like this when they are told about it. Big or small, do not let fire damages ruin your home. Give us a call 24/7 at (615) 449-5000.

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Reduce The Risk Of Mold Damage In Watertown By Checking Your Roof For These Common Causes Of Leaks

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Reduce The Risk Of Mold Damage In Watertown By Checking Your Roof For These Common Causes Of Leaks Shingle damage is a leading cause of roof leaks.

The Common Causes Of Roof Leaks

No one wants to find a leak in their Watertown roof. A leaking roof usually means costly repairs which are often disruptive. Roof damage is a headache. There is another side effect of roof leaks that you might not realize, mold damage. Water seeping into your home creates areas of damp, and fungus thrives when it has water and a food source.

Unfortunately, your home provides mold with ample food sources, such as drywall and even wallpaper. SERVPRO suggests checking out these common causes of roof leaks so you can deal with them before the damage to your home gets any worse.

Look for wear and tear around vents, pipes or flues. Anywhere that a channel exits your roof, there is a risk of wear and tear to the exit point. Such rough spots easily spread and provide water with an entrance point. Of course, this also includes chimneys which are huge pipes coming out of your roof. Water can leak down inside your chimney and seep into the smallest cracks, and might also pool around the base of the stack.

Shingle damage is a leading cause of roof leaks. You probably do not pay much attention to your roof shingles on a daily basis. However, shingles suffer daily wear as a result of being exposed to the element, and they are not made of indestructible material. It only takes one crack in a tile to start a leak. Check your roof for damage once a year, or hire a handyman to do it for you if you do not want to climb up there.

Roof flashing is the top cause of roof leaks. Flashing refers to the metal strips that cover seams or other meeting points on your roof. Low-quality strips corrode over time and cease to function correctly, thus letting water into your home.

SERVPRO recommends checking your roof for damage regularly. It is also a good idea to check the rooms nearest the roof, especially dark or little-used attics where mold can grow unnoticed. Call us at the first sign of mold – our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to provide efficient fungus remediation.

For help with mold growth in Green Hill, Watertown, Lebanon and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 today.

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Protect Your Important Documents From Flood Damage In Old Hickory

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Important Documents From Flood Damage In Old Hickory In the event of flood damage, it is all too easy to lose valuable documents or, even worse, find the flood waters have ruined them.

Flood Damaged Documents

We all have a lot of necessary documents. Residents of Old Hickory know that throughout our lives we amass many vital pieces of paper, from birth certificates to insurance policies. Many of us do not keep our personal effects as neatly as we would like too. Sometimes life is just too busy to worry about filing. However, in the event of flood damage, it is all too easy to lose valuable documents or, even worse, find the flood waters have ruined them.

SERVPRO recommends all Old Hickory residents take steps right now to protect their papers from flood damage. Once a natural disaster hits, it is too late to take action. Plan now so you do not lose valuable information in the event of flooding.

The first step is keeping all your relevant documents together. Gather together all your records, certificates, policies and more, and put them all in one watertight lockable box. In the event of a natural disaster, you can grab the box in seconds.

It is also a good idea to make backups of everything. You might keep a set of photocopies in another box in a different location. Alternatively, you might scan all your necessary documents and keep the files on CD or a USB drive. Always keep your electronic copies separate from the originals. Some people use a bank safe deposit box for their originals or keep their electronic copies in the home of a trusted friend or relative (do be sure to use a password if you take this option.)

What should you keep in your document box? SERVPRO recommends keeping all your most vital information, including your birth certificate, marriage certificate, social security documents, medical documents, drivers license, passport, home paperwork, insurance, tax records, stocks and bonds, and your will and retirement plan. It is also a good idea to keep treasured items that cannot be replaced, such as your favorite recipes, or children's' artwork or photographs.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are available to help with post-flood cleanup. We can freeze dry water-damaged papers for later restoration. We also extract water, dry your home, and deodorize after.

For help with flood cleanup in Old Hickory, Watertown, Green Hill, and surrounding areas call SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 today.

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Larger Grocery Store Spaces in Old Hickory with Water Damage are No Match for SERVPRO

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Larger Grocery Store Spaces in Old Hickory with Water Damage are No Match for SERVPRO Don't let water damage at your grocery store send customers looking elsewhere to buy food. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Our Technicians Handle BOTH Small and Large Scale Water Damage at Your Business Location

Grocery stores with water damage in Old Hickory and surrounding communities can prove to be a challenge for some restoration companies. Large, open floor spaces and perishable merchandise create difficult, sensitive conditions that require both delicacy and speed to counter successfully. Sprinklers may go off due to a fire or just a malfunction, flooding may come from inside or outside the store, and a host of other issues may strike depending on specific equipment, furniture, and systems in the building.
SERVPRO aims to make it as easy as possible for owners of grocery stores to deal with commercial water damage in Old Hickory. Around the nation, our strategy is to overstock local franchises with industrial-grade equipment to ensure our ability to handle disasters of any size within a reasonable time frame. Even if there is standing water of measurable depth throughout the entire store, our powerful truck-mounted extraction systems can remove water within hours. Our focus is on timeliness and efficiency, so we bring in extra air movers and dehumidifiers for larger stores to accelerate the drying process. Our wide-reaching restoration and rebuilding capabilities also make sure that your facility can be entirely reconstructed without needing to go through a second company.
Recovery of merchandise may also be one of your primary concerns. While perishable goods are likely to become a complete financial loss in the event of water damage, our comprehensive inventory and recovery plans help to save as many non-perishable merchandise and objects as possible. These programs also make us a favorite with most local insurance companies, as they appreciate our ability to catalog and define costs as accurately as possible. We also take care to clean up and remove perishables quickly to prevent them from developing into sources of mold growth or even biohazards.
SERVPRO of Wilson County provides professional water removal and restoration services to local businesses in need. Call us 24/7 for services or a quote at (615) 449-5000.

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Dealing with Wet Carpeting After a Bathroom Leak in Watertown

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing with Wet Carpeting After a Bathroom Leak in Watertown Whether your sink, tub or toilet overflowed, the best decision is a call to SERVPRO to properly dry out your property and prevent a mold infestation.

Trained SERVPRO Technicians Investigate the Extent of the Damage and Then Determine the Most Effective Remediation Plan

When you have had a severe upstairs bathroom leak, that room is not the only affected area of your home. The ceiling and room below are also affected, meaning repairs need to be done to the ceiling, walls, and even flooring below the bathroom. With this level of damage in your Watertown home, you need the help of professionals right away.
Water damage in your Watertown bathroom is troublesome enough, but when it is a big enough disaster, much more of your home is unfortunately affected. SERVPRO and their expert technicians can come to your rescue, however, as we are a trained and certified water damage remediation company who do not waste time in answering your call for help.
Besides all the other damages to your home, one thing that needs to be considered is the carpeting in the room under your bathroom. Of course, the primary goal when restoring water damage is to protect and preserve your structure and contents. One of the first concerns in a case like this is carpeting and padding that is saturated with water.
Two basic problems that present itself are delamination, or the backing separating from the carpet, and latex deterioration. Carpet has two different backings. Latex is the adhesive which holds the carpet fibers to the first backing, and it also holds the secondary and primary backings to each other. It begins to deteriorate as soon as the carpeting is installed, and breaks down from gases in the area, plus traffic and sunlight.
If delamination is present, it cannot be fixed and must be replaced. Also, water damage to glue-down carpeting could cause bubbling, which occurs from loss of adhesive, not cleaning or extraction. If the bubbled area is small, SERVPRO staff may be able to fix it. Otherwise, the carpet may need to be replaced in this situation as well.
Many water disaster situations require the padding to be replaced. It can break apart when it is wet. Most padding is fortunately inexpensive, and the cost of removing and replacing it is many times less than drying the carpeting with the pad in place. If any sewage water has come from your bathroom and damaged your carpeting, it also needs to be replaced.
SERVPRO of Wilson County is always standing by to help you when your bathroom floods and causes damage to the rest of your home. Just give us a call anytime at (615) 449-5000 if you reside in the areas of Watertown, Old Hickory, or Mount Juliet.

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Treating Mold Damage on Lebanon Furnitures

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Treating Mold Damage on Lebanon Furnitures Mold Remediation in Lebanon? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Damage to Belongings and Furnishings

House furniture is highly susceptible to water damage and, consequently, mold damage. This is especially because most furniture is made of wood, which is a hygroscopic material. In other words, it can soak up and retain water (like a sponge.) While this may be good for the tree, it can be disastrous for your Lebanon home's furniture. Within a matter of days, mold growth can occur and lead to heavy losses and possible health effects.
SERVPRO has highly trained technicians based in Lebanon if you notice signs of mold damage on your furniture. We have industry-standard products designed to eliminate mold growth on any materials, including wooden furniture. Following IICRC recommendations, our professional mold remediation experts can restore your property to preloss conditions as quickly as possible.
Metal furniture is highly resistant to mold damage because of the relatively insufficient organic materials present, which are essential for mold to thrive. However, the paint on the metal furniture may contain some form of cellulose, on which the mold can feed. Additionally, if your furniture is seated next to a house plant, organic materials can transfer to the surface and facilitate mold growth. The effect on the metal may include rusting, tarnishing, and other forms of weakening oxidation.
Wood furniture is much more vulnerable to mold damage because it is an organic material in and of itself. Even wood vanish, wood glue, and wax finish can contain organic materials for mold to feed on. Thanks to the porous nature of wood, mold spores can easily seep into the grains and expand into colonies that structurally weaken your furniture. Wood that has sustained severe mold damage can succumb to rotting and risk spreading the mold further into your home.
Upholstered furniture has the worst reaction to mold growth. Most upholstery consists of organic materials such as cotton, leather, silk, and linen - all food sources for mold. These materials are porous too, meaning that mold can easily penetrate deep into the cushions and fabrics and contaminate the entire furniture. When this happens, there is little we can do other than discarding the piece and replacing it with another one.
Choosing the right furniture for your home takes time and a lot of research, which is why you cannot afford to tolerate mold growth. As soon as possible, alert SERVPRO of Wilson County to inspect and treat any signs of mold damage on your furniture. We are available 24/7 at (615) 449-5000.

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