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Responding To Protect Homeowners In Lebanon From Fire Damage

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Responding To Protect Homeowners In Lebanon From Fire Damage Our SERVPRO technicians can deliver remarkable results when dealing with damage caused by fire and soot.

Protect Your Lebanon Home from fire Damage By Calling SERVPRO

Smoke and flames billow out of control as firefighters rush in to put the raging fire out, you and your family stand helpless, mesmerized by the scene. You sigh as the fire consumes room after room of your dream home, asking yourself how anyone could ever recover from such devastation.

When local authorities finally determine that it is safe for you to reenter your Lebanon home, the extent of fire damage you see from the outside diminishes hope even more. You know it is not safe for your family to enter.

After taking your family to a hotel, you make some calls, letting loved ones know what happened and that everyone is okay. Next, you place a call to your insurance company, who suggests you seek help from a professional restoration company before you give up hope.

At SERVPRO, we help families recover from situations like this every day. We often tell people to keep their heads up and look at the situation they are in as an opportunity, rather than a setback. Unless you happen to be one yourself, you should never consider your home lost before giving professional restoration technicians an opportunity to assess the damage.

Expertly trained IICRC certified technicians, like those found at SERVPRO, can deliver remarkable results when dealing with damage caused by heat, smoke, and soot associated with fires in your home. The damage you see may not be quite as severe as you think, or there might just be a way that experienced restoration technicians can restore many of the contents of your home to a quality condition that you simply do not understand, yet.

Giving SERVPRO the opportunity to respond to your emergency situation, provides you with access to technicians with several years experience, advanced equipment, and other resources that make recovering from a fire more of an option that you may think.

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SERVPRO of Wilson County can respond quickly to any situation, providing you with the help you deserve during an emergency, help you protect your family, and restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition in a quick and efficient manner. Call our offices today. (615) 449-5000

For more information regarding the city of Lebanon, click here:http://www.lebanontn.org

Water Removal In Old Hickory

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal In Old Hickory Regardless of the source of the water, it can quickly destroy property, damage your home, and result in mold problems if not quickly removed.

Water Removal


Flooding can result from failed plumbing, a thunderstorm or even someone forgetting to turn off their sprinklers before going to bed. Regardless of the source of the water, it can quickly destroy property, damage your home, and result in mold problems if not quickly removed.

When it comes to water removal in Old Hickory, it needs to be done by a professional restoration company to ensure your home is dry and safe. SERVPRO has years of experience throughout Tennessee when it comes to pumping out standing water, extracting water from carpets and treating affected surfaces. Once our technicians secure your home to ensure a safe working environment, we bring in pumps to remove any standing water that is higher than two inches. If the power has been interrupted, we provide generators or generator trucks for continuous electrical support. Once every room has been pumped out, one of our technicians will check the crawlspaces in your home for water and remove that as well.

With your floors no longer underwater, the next step is to extract the water trapped in your carpets and wood floors. First, we use moisture meters to determine how much has penetrated them. Next, we move any furniture that might be in the way and to prevent secondary damage as we work.

Now, we replace the pumps with water extractor wands. These devices are designed to draw water out of carpets and floors without harming carpet fibers or the wood surface. If there is a pad underneath the carpet, we remove and dispose of it. It is tough to dry out a pad, and it is certainly cheaper to replace one than pay the cost of restoring it.

With the carpets and floors dry, technicians examine these surfaces for damage. We examine the carpet for bad seams, mold and if the back of the carpet has delamination. Fixing minor seam damage is simple, but large separations and excessive delamination require replacing the carpet. We also recommend disposal if we find mold in the carpet fibers.

If the carpet is determined salvageable, technicians treat the back of the carpet and the floor underneath with a deodorizer and perhaps an antimicrobial agent and then lay it back down. We use the extractor wands again to draw out any possible remaining moisture. Once that is completed, we stretch and reattach the carpet. Removing water from your home must be done quickly and thoroughly. If you have standing water or a wet living room floor, contact SERVPRO of Wilson County. Call us at (615) 449-5000 today.


For more information about the City of Old Hickory, Tennessee visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Hickory,_Tennessee

My Neighbor's Home Caught Fire - Why Is My Home Damaged?

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage My Neighbor's Home Caught Fire - Why Is My Home Damaged? Smoke is the most common problem for homes neighboring a site that has had fire damage.

Why Did My Home Get Fire Damage?


If your neighbor has recently dealt with a fire, you are probably concerned for their safety and any property that might have been lost in the blaze. However, your attention should also be focused on your home, as well. Even if the flames never reached your property, you may find some new spots of damage if you look close enough. SERVPRO often has to perform fire damage restoration services on an entire block for a single fire due to the spread of effects many pyres cause. Here are a few ways your home might require our services for a fire that never touched it.

Smoke Damage

Smoke is the most common problem for homes neighboring a site of fire damage in Old Hickory. Large house fires produce large amounts of smoke, and this material can work its way deep into houses around the block. If your home was downwind of the fire, this might be an especially troublesome factor. SERVPRO carries machinery that makes short work of any smoke damage you may have incurred, cleanly and inexpensively.

Ash Staining and Burn Marks

If your home is close to the nearest neighbor or winds were especially strong at the time of the fire, you may find some visual indicators of damage on the exterior walls and surfaces. There may be burn marks or, more commonly, ash stains present on walls, windows, and roofing. Our SERVPRO technicians help to clean up these unsightly but relatively mild forms of damage without too much cost to you.

Debris and Hazardous Materials

Especially severe fires may produce large amounts of debris or hazardous materials that may fall into your property. Handling these objects and materials yourself is difficult and dangerous. We have the training and personnel necessary to make short work of any offending items tainting your property.


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SERVPRO of Wilson County is available around-the-clock to help locals who have encountered fire damage of any shape or size. If your home has been hurt by a fire in any way, give us a call at (615) 449-5000.

Water Damage From The Second Story Of Your Lebanon Home

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage From The Second Story Of Your Lebanon Home When one of these appliances overflow in an upstairs bathroom, it has the potential to send quite a lot of water throughout your home.

Water Damage And Your Home


Water damage and flooding from the second story of a home can happen when you have an upstairs laundry room or bathroom. Water can overflow from the sink, toilet, or bathtub, a pipe leading to these fixtures can burst or develop a slow leak, or your washing machine can leak.

It is obvious where some sources of water damage come from, but if you have a slow leak from a pipe, for example, you might not see the damage until it becomes visible from downstairs. For more urgent flooding, turn off the water in your Lebanon home to prevent even more water damage. No matter how much damage you have, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO to help you clean up the water and repair your home.

Detecting An Upstairs Leak
When you have a slow leak from a pipe upstairs, you likely won’t notice until you see signs of water damage. You may see discoloration on the walls and ceiling under the leak. Remember that water flows wherever gravity takes it, so where the discoloration is might not be where the water is coming from, but rather the lowest point in the ceiling.

Water leaking from an upstairs pipe can pool inside your ceiling, making it sag and potentially collapse. If it is sagging, you might have a leak which is extensive to deal with, and it's best to avoid the area until you are sure of the extent of the damage.

Flooding From Sinks, Toilets, And Bathtubs
When one of these appliances overflow in an upstairs bathroom, it has the potential to send quite a lot of water throughout your home. The first thing to do is shut off the water at the source or by using the emergency valve.

The water should not be turned back on until the issue is fixed. SERVPRO’s trained technicians can ensure that the water is thoroughly removed, and if the water has entered your walls, there is a chance that mold can grow. SERVPRO therefore also checks for mold and cleans that up as well if necessary.

Electrical Hazards
Flooding from your second story, unfortunately, sends water downwards, influencing the electrical system of your home. Watery can run through walls and affect wall outlets or can go through light fixtures. Wet electrical wiring creates a hazard either way, and it is best to shut off power until you can be sure that all electrical components are safe and dry.

Do not touch any wiring or electrical components which are wet before shutting the power off. Electrocution is possible when water and a live current are present. If the wet wiring trips your breaker, don’t turn it on again until you get the all clear from the professionals.

SERVPRO of Wilson County understands that water damage from your second story can involve many factors, so they check for everything from electrical problems to mold. Give them a call right away at (615) 449-5000 if you realize you have an issue with water damage in your home.

We Pack Out and Clean Soft Furnishings After Flood Damage To Your Mount Juliet Vacation Rental

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial We Pack Out and Clean Soft Furnishings After Flood Damage To Your Mount Juliet Vacation Rental SERVPRO's Esporta System Cleans Your Commercial Inventory in Mt. Juliet

SERVPRO's Esporta Wash System Cleans Contaminated and Soiled Materials Post Flooding


Flood damage is a nightmare for any business owner. Tennessee suffered flash floods last year, and business owners know that floods can happen quickly and cause harm to any investment property. That means loss of income during the cleanup and restoration operation. Getting your business back up and running again is a priority.
 
Flood damage to your Mount Juliet vacation rental property is a serious issue. Soft furnishings such as bedding, pillows, throws and drapes are a key part of any vacation property business. Such items need to be dried quickly to prevent further damage and reduce the risk of mold growth. Flood cleanup is a stressful time, and naturally, you want to save as much of your inventory as possible for guest usage.
 
That is where SERVPRO comes in. We pack out your soft furnishings for thorough drying and cleaning in cases of severe flood damage. You do not have to wait for your premises to be dried first – our teams work on both at the same time. We understand that high-quality clean drapes, bedding, towels and more are a key part of any vacation rental business.
 
Our technicians start the pack out process with a complete inventory of the belongings we remove so you can rest assured that if it goes out, it all comes back. Your soft furnishings are carefully packed and transported to our professional storage facility for restoration and drying.
 
SERVPRO experts utilize the patented Esporta wash system for cleaning and restoring soft furnishings. Esporta is a unique system that was designed specifically to clean and save dry furnishings, so those affected by flood, mold, or fire damage do not have to pay for costly replacements.
 
Most washers use agitation or tumbling action to clean. The Esporta system uses hydraulic motion – the same motion that waves make when eroding rocks. Hydraulic motion dislodges both organic and inorganic particles and forces them out of soft materials. Esporta’s unique blend of powerful detergents complements the washing motion. They are tough on contaminants but do not damage bedding, throws, pillows or drapes.
 
Independent tests show that the Esporta system restores 90% of soft items to food-grade clean. Our IICRC-certified technicians use this powerful system to return your soft furnishings to you as good as new - “Like it never even happened.”
 
Do not let flood damage ruin your business. Call SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 for assistance.

Get Help Immediately to Limit Fire Damage in Your Watertown Home

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Get Help Immediately to Limit Fire Damage in Your Watertown Home Don't let soot and smoke linger on your property. Call SERVPRO for a rapid response to your fire damage disaster.

Fast Response Increases Remediation and Restoration Success

Fires take their toll on personal items and result in a variety of damage that you cannot even see. Calling professional technicians as soon as possible makes restoring many of your items affected by smoke and soot entirely possible. Just keep in mind that the longer it takes for you to make a decision, the more time acidic residues have to damage your belongings.
 
Most people look at the fire damage in their Watertown home with little to no hope of restoration. Luckily expert technicians can tell the difference between a salvageable item and one that is unrestorable. With the right amount of time, the appropriate tools, experience and many advanced cleaning methods at their disposal, many of your items can survive.
 
In many situations, the type of fire, material, and extent of exposure pose particular challenges. Smoke particles can penetrate various surfaces, leaving behind residues and odors that make many restoration companies cringe. However, with the proper ventilation and removal of unsalvageable debris, cleaning and deodorization methods prove highly effective in returning your property to a quality pre-damage condition.
 
At SERVPRO, we have successfully treated curtains and upholstery items found in homes just like yours. We use vacuums and the proper hose attachments, along with cleaning and deodorization techniques to remove stubborn particles. Clothes and bedding provide technicians with unique circumstances; each takes special handling and cleaning methods to remove odors and stains correctly.
 
SERVPRO technicians find that leaving furniture in place and moving it to another location can be challenging as well. Handling furniture items the wrong way can cause additional damage while leaving them where they are can cause significant damage to your flooring or carpeting.
 
Hard flooring caught within the affected area often requires refinishing or replacement. Water used in firefighting efforts stain, rip, and scar flooring. However, under the right conditions cleaning and deodorization techniques can return things to normal.
 
Many of your appliances or fiberglass surfaces can turn yellow if left exposed for too long while metal surfaces produce rust and corrosion, and plastic surfaces stain or discolor within minutes if not wiped down with the correct solution as soon as possible, SERVPRO cleaning professionals can help.
 
Make an immediate choice to call for help, SERVPRO of Wilson County is available 24-7, 365 days a year. With our emergency response teams standing by to assist you with a variety of situations in your home. Call today. (615) 449-5000

SERVPRO - Lebanon Mold Damage

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO - Lebanon Mold Damage A mass of spores, no larger than a pinhead, can contain thousands.

Has Mold Taken Over your Lebanon Home?


Fire and water damage are evident to even a casual observer. A homeowner, insurance agent or a restoration specialist can begin the process of categorizing damage and repairs once they set foot on the property. Combating mold is a slightly more difficult process to begin.


The first step to stopping mold damage in Lebanon is finding it. SERVPRO maintains a trained team of inspectors who have the latest in training and detection equipment to find mold growth and then direct our 24-hour response team in the best way to keep it from spreading and remove it.


A mass of spores, no larger than a pinhead, can contain thousands. When this small mass is disturbed, the spores spread out in every direction. How far they spread is determined by the amount of force that strikes the mass and the airflow around the affected area. Even a gentle air current can spread spores down hallways and into multiple rooms. The air currents generated in a house fire are much more violent and push mold spores farther throughout the structure.


After they spread, spores can lie dormant on any surface for months or years. While they are clear to see on a kitchen counter, spores are invisible on a high shelf in a laundry room or garage. Spores wait, hiding in these places, for three conditions to grow; they are a high moisture level, food source, and the right temperature range.


The air humidity is much greater after flooding or other water damage. If the fire department responded to a fire in your home, the standing water left after they stopped the event serves the same purpose. Spores expand thanks to the extra moisture and send out a network of hyphae that spread across a surface or grow down into it if it is a suitable food source and once the temperature is between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.


Mold grows especially well on paper material in drywall and the wood in floors and wall paneling. The cotton, rayon, and wool in carpets and rugs are also excellent food sources for a thriving mold colony. Once we remove the standing water and expose the property item to air, spores begin to expand within hours. Our inspectors use specially designed air content meters to check for mold before deciding to pull up a carpet or begin pulling down drywall.


 


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If mold is suspected, our inspectors enter every crawlspace, look behind every wall, and dig under every floor to clean it out. SERVPRO of Wilson County understands that any missed spores quickly grow again if we do not remove them or change the conditions to prevent further growth. If you need our help or simply suspect there may be a problem, contact us at (615) 449-5000 today.

Take Advantage Of Water Removal Services Available In The Old Hickory Area

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Take Advantage Of Water Removal Services Available In The Old Hickory Area Old Hickory or Any TN Hotel Stays Dry with SERVPRO Water Removal

Water Removal In Your Old Hickory Hotel by SERVPRO Minus Guest Disruptions

If you think about it, water sources are everywhere in your hotel. You may have ice machines, drinking fountains, refrigerators, bathrooms, kitchenettes, and vending machines that all connect to a water source of some kind. While some of you even offer laundry services on every floor to make things convenient for your guests.  
 
On the one hand, these amenities may make it more likely for customers to return to your establishment while visiting Old Hickory. While on the other, water removal and restoration services become necessary to handle some situations that having these comforts presents.  
 
Each appliance or fixture linked to a water source can cause water to spread throughout various unprotected areas of your property. Clogged toilets, broken pipes, plumbing leaks, in combination with weather conditions increase the likelihood of water-soaked furnishings or carpeting, as well as damage to your walls, ceilings, floors, and various other items found on your property.
 
A fully certified restoration company, like SERVPRO, can provide you with the services you need to eliminate unwanted water exposure. Using infrared moisture detectors to locate and remove hidden pockets of water found in walls, ceilings, or floors, and making it possible to avoid mold contamination or major disasters that would limit or prevent your ability to offer services to your guests.
 
Give SERVPRO technicians the opportunity to address water issues in your hotel. If you catch things early enough, our technicians can locate and remove excessive moisture before it becomes a major challenge. We can work during off-hours to limit disruptions to your guests and keep safety concerns to a minimum throughout the water removal and restoration process.
 
SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated, giving you access to IICRC certified technicians that train tirelessly to provide you with the latest solutions to water removal and restoration situations that happen on your property. We have access to a variety of water removal equipment such as hand-held and truck mounted water extractors of all shapes and sizes, making locating and removing water easier, even in hard to reach areas.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Wilson County today; we help you keep your business running, while safely performing the water removal services to keep operations moving forward. (615) 449-5000

Science Experiment Gone Wrong -- Water Damage Due To Your Kid’s Curiosity

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Science Experiment Gone Wrong -- Water Damage Due To Your Kid’s Curiosity Water frequently takes the path of least resistance so a spill in your bathroom can send water seeping through walls and ceilings.

SERVPRO Knows Accidents Happen, That's Why We Are Available 24/7/365


Water and all its properties are fascinating to the average child. Playing outside with the hose or a water gun, or visiting a waterpark or local pool, is an acceptable way for your youngsters to learn about the ways of water. Purposely overflowing a sink or tub, or sending toys down the toilet is a sign that SERVPRO needs to step in while you do some serious redirection with your progeny.

All it takes is a moment of two of inattention and water damage threatens your Lebanon home. Any member of your family can be the culprit, but your kids do not appreciate that the flood of water over the lip of the tub has to go somewhere. No matter how well-tiled and grouted, your upstairs bathroom sends water through ceilings and down walls if it pools up on the floor. The leaking is just the start of the issues we help you resolve when water escapes its intended containers, and you discover leaking in other areas of the house.

When the SERVPRO crew arrives, expect us to inspect both the downstairs damage and the source above. Water frequently takes the path of least resistance so a spill in your bathroom can send water seeping through walls and ceilings far way from the original puddle. Our technicians remove any remaining water in the bath and set up air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture in cracks and crevices. As we dry floor joists and drywall, we want to make sure we find and manage hidden pockets of moisture. As an experienced water damage recovery company we know dark and moist areas breed mold, avoidable if drying is successful and started quickly.

Do not be surprised if we inspect the flooring on the level of your home below the overflow. It is possible today’s accident is a repeat performance you may not have noticed weeks or months before. The floorboards receiving the drips that lined up next to your tub, before their journey through the ceiling, may show warping or buckling. If the water is clean, it passes through a textured ceiling with little sign yet damages the hardwood below. SERVPRO first must dry out the floor, using vacuum panels or a mat system to direct air and warmth below the surface and draw out the moisture. Sanding completes the job after thorough drying. We consider replacing floorboards if they exhibit cupping, where the planks pushed up on each side, with a depression down the length.


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When water escapes its rightful place in your home SERVPRO of Wilson County responds with many strategies to restore water damage. Our operators answer inquiries around the clock at (615) 449-5000.

Commercial Flood Damage Can Affect Other Companies Dependent On Factories In Watertown

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage Can Affect Other Companies Dependent On Factories In Watertown It only takes one factory affected by flood damage to slow, or even stop, production in factories unaffected by flooding.

Commercial Flood Damage


Manufacturing parts and materials for other businesses are vital activities to any area's economic health. It only takes one factory affected by flood damage to slow, or even stop, production in factories unaffected by flooding. Unproductive periods of just a few hours can seriously impact these other businesses.

Watertown has many factories that produce items necessary to the manufacture of products that are sent all over America, meaning commercial flood damage here can affect much more than just our area. Being locally owned, we at SERVPRO know that our local businesses and factories need to keep running. When flood damage is behind a plant shutting down, we can help get everything back to normal again.

A flood's severity is based on more than just the height of the water. The category of water is also important in assessing the damage. Class of water reflects the drying process required by not only the structure but also of the contents. Because many factories are without carpeting and substantial amounts of upholstered furniture, the moisture content is typically very low. Reaching this low level of humidity may require lengthier drying times than other settings would typically require.

Small floods from broken water lines are the easiest to clean up and repair. Flooding of larger areas can increase the time, as can water from sources that are dirty. Category 2 and 3 sources include contaminated water that began as clean but did not remain so and sewer and drain backups, as well as outside sources from rivers and creeks. These sources require not only cleaning and drying but also decontamination of all surfaces that can not be replaced.

After drying, cleaning, and decontamination, the next step we take in protecting from flood damage is the application of mold-inhibiting protectants. Concrobium is a safe liquid that is applied to any surface. It dries within a few hours. Other ways we protect your factory is by detailing machinery that has sediment and other residues which can affect its ability to function correctly. Debris build-up can happen even with a clean-water flood. We know that without the machinery to make your products, your factory cannot function the way it should.

For flood damage of any kind, SERVPRO of Wilson County gladly puts our skills and training to work in restoring your factory to running condition again. Minimize your downtime by calling us at (615) 449-5000, anytime, day or night, we are here for you 24/7 and can restore everything “Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage Remediation for Your Old Hickory Home

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Remediation for Your Old Hickory Home Our fast response and experience in flood damage repair make us an easy choice in restoration repair.

Your Old Hickory Home Can Be Restore From Flood Damage With SERVPRO's Help


Floods can be highly destructive to your home, as water can seep into every corner and crevice of your home. It goes through rooms and walls, creating lasting and permanent problems unless it is treated adequately and quickly. To effectively mitigate and repair flood damage, you need the trained professionals at SERVPRO to come to your home and help you.

At SERVPRO, we offer highly qualified flood damage repair specialists who are here to work with you to restore your Old Hickory home back to its previous state before the flood. We have a nationwide network of experts to make sure you are served in a timely fashion, by technicians who are familiar with your local area and the local building codes. Our flood damage repair services give you a comprehensive range of repair and cleanup services, covering everything from the removal of standing water to total restoration.

Rapid Structural Drying

Our services include the fast drying of your structure which saves you as the property owner and your insurance company time and money. Rapid drying is safer, healthier and provides less inconvenience for you and your family. It also minimizes the replacement of expensive structural materials, and this process also is less disruptive and brings you less stress during the remediation process.

The process of rapid drying also lowers the chance for potential mold growth since the structure is quickly dried. We focus on rapidly drying the whole home, not just cushions and carpeting. Most structures and the contents inside can be dried within three to four days.

Further Remediation

After the visible water is extracted, SERVPRO experts start developing and planning for the places that are unseen – such as insulation, drywall, beams, framing, and ceiling tiles. Even if the room looks like it is dry, mold can begin growing behind walls and on the wood where you cannot see it, causing major problems down the road.

Our certified technicians are IICRC trained, following approved standards. We have a full range of equipment on hand, such as diagnostic equipment, desiccant dehumidifiers, low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, and thermal imaging equipment.

Our fast response and experience in flood damage repair make us an easy choice in restoration repair. We also help you converse with your insurance company to get your flood damage claim settled quickly and with the least stress possible on your part.


 


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After your home has suffered from flood damage, SERVPRO of Wilson County is ready to help you at any time. All you must do is dial us at (615) 449-5000, and we quickly send out professional staff to create a plan of remediation for your home to get your life back to normal as soon as possible. 

Rebound From A Restaurant Fire With Minimal DownTime In Gladeville

3/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Rebound From A Restaurant Fire With Minimal DownTime In Gladeville Restoration of fire damage needs to start immediately.

Fire Damage


Your restaurant and gift shop is a go-to for the community, offering items sourced locally with a personal touch. When a blaze damaged your commercial kitchen, both you and your customers feared that restoring and repairing meant long-term closure. SERVPRO brings the skills and experience required to swiftly get both kitchen and shop back in operating condition, often without a full shut-down.

It is frightening and heartbreaking to survey the fire damage done to your Gladeville business. We respect the hard work your unique eatery and boutique required to become a mainstay of our area. Our highly qualified technicians adhere to the same work ethic as they assess and plan for quick and professional restoration. Closing for even a few days can spell disaster for your business’s recovery. If the structure of your business is sound, we use industry-approved techniques to barricade the damaged areas during our work. This allows you to keep unaffected areas open for your customers while our team restores the damage. Our staff knows exactly what cleaning methods and products to use to remove soot and deodorize smoke odors fast.

The key to a successful restoration for your business is preparation. After the firefighters depart it wastes valuable time if this is the first you ask “is there a reputable restoration company near me?” SERVPRO offers our commercial customers a way to “Put Help In The Palm Of Your Hand.” Develop an Emergency Ready Profile in consultation with one of our project managers. We schedule a walk-through of your business to assess the risk and familiarize ourselves with your layout. You complete a thorough questionnaire with our mobile app. Identify key personnel permitted to authorize work, prioritize post-disaster tasks, and map the location of crucial utilities and shut-offs in advance. Restoration of fire damage starts immediately when these pieces are in place for our technicians.

Contact SERVPRO of Wilson County for a local restoration team when your retail store suffers fire damage. Call our experienced dispatchers at (615) 449-5000 and welcome one of our project managers to your site within hours to start the journey to put you back in business. If you have an Emergency Ready Plan in place, the process is seamless.

Qualified Mold Damage Mitigation Services Available In Watertown

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Qualified Mold Damage Mitigation Services Available In Watertown Watertown Moisture Leads to Mold Damage--Call SERVPRO

Need Mold Remediation? Contact SERVPRO for Help

Mold growth can produce devastating results in any home, while some molds also produce mycotoxins that are known toxic molds that often affect human health. Regardless of the type or amount of mold that exists on your property, professional remediation services are your best bet for getting things under control and preventing future contamination.
 
A proper mold remediation company can provide you with services required to restore mold damaged areas in your Watertown home including crawl spaces, basements, and attics. This company should also be able to produce IICRC certifications and introduce you to OSHA & EPA standards concerning the treatment and removal of mold infected materials found in your home.
 
Mold problems exist in your home due to flooding, leaky roofing material or indoor plumbing issues. Mold enters your home through the air, passing through vents in your walls and ceilings, often condensing in moisture areas during various weather conditions. Even when the right conditions fail to exist, mold spores can remain dormant and reactivate its growth cycle whenever humidity levels increase.
 
Mold remediation services, like those offered at SERVPRO, use containment and control procedures to limit the area of exposure. Negative air pressure systems, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers clean the indoor air quality found within the affected area and removing the harmful agents, eliminating conditions that allow growth to occur.
 
SERVPRO technicians use various physical removal methods to mitigate damages found on your property. Porous materials such as sheetrock and wood can become saturated by mold growth and require removal to get the contamination under control.
 
After disposing of overly infected materials, SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered disinfectants to treat various hard surfaces in your home and continue drying, cleaning, and deodorization services that help return your property to a quality preloss condition.
 
We even have specific services available to address the contents of your home caught in the affected area. Often having success in restoring many of the items you may have thought of as a loss.
 
Take a few minutes to contact SERVPRO of Wilson County today for additional information concerning our mold remediation services and obtain the services you and your family deserve. You may be surprised by the results you receive. (615) 449-5000

The Five Stages of Water Damage in Lebanon Homes

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Five Stages of Water Damage in Lebanon Homes Water Leaks and Intrusions Cause Degrees of Damage in Lebanon homes.

Properties Suffer Degrees of Damage Caused by Water

When homes are hit by water damage, either internal or external, the destruction does not happen all at once. It is a gradual process, which occurs in stages. Restoration technicians use these stages to determine the severity of the problem and how to handle it.

There are five stages of water damage in Lebanon homes. They start with the mildest (some cases do involve just this level of damage) and end with the most severe, which is usually defined by mold growth and stagnation.

Keep reading to find out more about how water damage develops and why it is important to respond fast and halt it in its tracks

Stage One
Water damage starts with the source of the problem. So, if a pipe has burst, this is the beginning of the water intrusion. In some cases, it is quite slow. In others (such as a broken main), the liquid accumulates quickly. Gravity drives all liquid lower, so there is a possibility that anything stored below the affected area is also in danger. The SERVPRO technicians can inspect the entire property to identify vulnerable areas.

Stage Two
Almost instantly, the wicking of moisture occurs, mostly into porous items. Drapes, curtains, carpets, clothing, and other fabrics do not collect standing water until they are completely absorbed and full of liquid. So, in rooms with lots of porous items, it takes longer for standing water to build, but this does not mean that the problem is less severe.

Stage Three
Elevated humidity characterizes stage three. It occurs when the moisture in and around the wet materials starts to evaporate into the air. The atmosphere becomes full and saturated with it. Secondary water damage is a danger at this point, as the heavy air tries to displace water vapor into absorbent items. There may be condensation forming on walls. Ceiling tiles are likely to warp and sag.
Stage Four
If the water damage reaches this stage in its development, there is a risk of mold and microbes. Once wet materials have taken on a certain amount of liquid (20-25% of their actual weight for wood and paper), they become a fertile environment for mold spores. It is imperative that appropriate action happens before they are allowed to multiply and spread.

Stage Five
The spread of microbes characterizes the most severe stage of water damage. It is still possible to restore a home at this point, but there may be large amounts of material which require disposal. When allowed to develop this far, all areas not affected are in danger of being contaminated.

If you need fast, effective repairs, SERVPRO of Wilson County is the right choice. We are a local remediation service, with tried and tested techniques. Our technicians are warm, friendly, and a great source of advice. Call us 24/7 at (615) 449-5000.

SERVPRO Mold Damage Watertown

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Mold Damage Watertown If you have mold growing in your home, don't touch it. Call the experts at SERVPRO and we will make it "Like it never happened."

Removing excess water and moisture is not enough to eliminate the threat mold poses to your home. It is simply the first step to stopping an infectious spore growth that can easily cause as much damage to a structure and other property as water or fire.

Mold damage in Watertown homes has to be dealt with quickly to return them to their original state. If this process takes too long, then the resulting permanent damage can be extensive. SERVPRO defines four tasks necessary to accomplish this and return you to your apartment or house as quickly as possible.

First Step - Containment
Our response team makes certain the mold does not spread to uncontaminated areas of your home and to protect anyone that may enter these areas during the remediation process in underway. To do this, we install containment barriers (plastic sheeting) at entrances and exits.
Next, team members establish air movers and exhaust fans to create negative air pressure in the contaminated area. Negative air blows loose mold spores and those dislodged by remediation outside your home. At the same time, we also tape shut your HVAC vents to prevent mold from blowing into other rooms of your home.

Second Step - Remove Contamination
Our actions here depend on the type of surface. Porous materials such as drywall and fabrics (curtains) that have visible mold growth are thrown out. We clean nonporous surfaces like glass, marble and many plastics that resist mold.
Technicians use specially designed vacuums with HEPA filters to remove loose mold from damp surfaces and mold covering dry surfaces. These filters are made to catch even a single spore from your property.

Third Step - Clean Surfaces
Team members clean all surfaces in two directions: From top to bottom and with the airflow. These motions support the negative air pressure previously established and make it more efficient. Dry surfaces may only require wiping down with soft cloths while a wet surface may require using one of the anti-fungal or anti-microbial cleaners we keep on-hand.

Fourth Step - Dry the Structure
With cleaning completed, the emphasis is now on preventing spores from expanding and growing again. Our technicians add dehumidifiers to the air movers and exhaust fans already in your home to lower the air moisture levels which forces mold spores back into an inert state.


Remediating the effects of mold growth is a lengthy process. SERVPRO of Wilson County is here to make it as painless as possible and get you back into your home. Call us at (615) 449-5000 today if you suspect there is a problem and want one of our inspectors to take a look.

Construction can Increase Flood Damage in Lebanon

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Construction can Increase Flood Damage in Lebanon If floods are regular but typically shallow, SERVPRO can install sump pumps that help protect your home from damage.

Flood Damage in Lebanon Can be Increased by Construction 


Spring time is soon upon us and snow melts combined with the increase in new construction in the area, floodplains may have changed. These changes may affect your neighborhood.

When floodplains change in Lebanon, flood damage can become a reality with the first heavy rain or snow melt. When an area has new construction, especially when it involves shopping malls or sizable neighborhoods, there is less available ground that can absorb the water. Water can also change the path it takes as it drains away from higher ground. When pathways are altered, floods can happen.


Floods that happen because of new construction may be temporary problems that occur for a while, but then taper off in their frequency, or they may remain frequent and regular. If floods are regular but typically shallow, SERVPRO can install sump pumps that help protect your home from damage.


When floods are deeper, and last longer, we are always available to assist with the cleanup and repairs needed to bring your home back to how it should be. When floods become a regular occurrence, we can help reduce the amount of water that can enter your home by boarding up basement windows, entry doors, and lower floor windows. Boarding up cannot prevent all water out, but doing so can decrease the amount of water significantly.


After a flood, we can begin working to reduce the damage by removing any standing water and then lessening the humidity until it is within a normal range. Indoor humidity during a flood is often much higher than the air outside, so we always remove anything present from a board-up job before starting work. This greatly decreases the amount of drying time required and doing so also improves the results of our efforts. If security is an issue, we can always install temporary fencing around your property to give you peace of mind.


 


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When flood damage is affecting your home, contact SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000. Because floods affect our community without notice, we are always here for you and your family.

How Are Deodorization Agents Used to Restore Fire Damage in Mount Juliet?

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Are Deodorization Agents Used to Restore Fire Damage in Mount Juliet? SERVPRO's Ozone Machine Helps Eliminate Smoke Odors After a Fire in Mt. Juliet

SERVPRO's Equipment and IICRC Best Standards Neutralize Smoke Damage

Deodorizing technologies are a big part of fire damage restoration. They have made the job of eliminating lingering odors much easier than it was in the past. It is because deodorizing machines imitate the behavior of smoke and soot particles.

These devices can disperse odor busting chemicals in a way that ensures full penetration. Without this, deodorizers have a habit of getting obstructed and settling on top of surfaces, which isn’t very helpful. So, when we repair fire damage in Mount Juliet homes, we always turn to this technology.

Keep reading to learn about the deodorizing agents used and why they are so effective at banishing bad smoke smells.

Masking Chemicals
Masking deodorizers are only used as a supplementary measure because they don’t eliminate smoke odors. They merely hide them. They can be useful if odors are very strong and the SERVPRO team finds it hard to work around them. Sometimes, we apply masking chemicals at the very end of the restoration, when the odor causing particles are gone. They leave a pleasant floral fragrance.

Absorbing Chemicals
These chemicals neutralize smoke particles by drawing them into or onto themselves. In most cases, another method (an air purifier) is then needed to capture these ‘amalgamated’ particles and dispose of them safely.

Pairing Chemicals
Similarly, pairing chemicals neutralize smoke odors by joining with them to form two bound particles. Once contact is made, the odor is assimilated, and a masking agent is applied.

Disinfecting Chemicals
It isn’t just odors that deodorizing machines can disperse, however. They are also an excellent way to release disinfectants, particularly in rooms containing significant amounts of porous items (such as fabrics).

Chemicals ending with ‘-cide’ (Latin root meaning to kill) deal with microorganisms directly. They kill noxious substances in the air. Chemicals ending with ‘-stat’ are used to restrict and control their propagation.

Common Deodorizing Equipment
The success of deodorizing, particularly after a fire, depends on how the chemicals are applied. The aim is to ‘follow’ the smoke into the damaged or compromised items. So, as smoke behaves in a very distinct way – like a kind of mist – the deodorizers replicate this, assuring contact with the unwanted particulates.

The most commonly used machines are wet and dry foggers, vapor diffusers, and ozone and hydroxyl generators. At SERVPRO, we assess the nature of the fire damage first and then decide which method is most suitable.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is a local franchise, with lots of experience handling fire damage in residential and commercial buildings. If you need help fast, we are ready to provide it. Call us 24/7 at (615) 449-500.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Mount Juliet

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fire Damage Mount Juliet Don't let a fire keep you down, Call the experts at SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened".

Despite what many people think of when it comes to a home fire, most of the damage is not from the flames. Even in a slightly more rural area, the restoration and replacement costs come from soot and smoke.


With Cedar Creek running through town and the Cumberland River to the North, fire damage to Mount Juliet homes usually starts from the inside or another nearby structure. A brush fire does not find enough fuel to burn long before someone puts it out. Regardless of the source, SERVPRO has the expertise and the equipment needed to help folks get back into their house, apartment or duplex as quickly and safely as possible.


The technicians on our 24-hour response team train to the standards determined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our personnel studies the latest procedures and train on the best equipment needed to remove the soot and smoke that ruin the interior of your home as well as furniture and other personal property.


Each team keeps an extensive inventory of equipment on-hand to meet every challenge. Commercial grade vacuums remove every type of dry soot remaining after a fire. Air movers and exhaust fans circulate air out of as small an area like a laundry room to larger spaces such as foyers and stairwells. Cleaning machines such as shampooers and steamers take care of carpets, furniture and other property such as drapes and curtains.


In addition to the equipment, each team has access to an extensive line of cleaning products. Besides general cleaners like carpet shampoo, we also use specialized cleaners that do not damage paint and clean surfaces such as marble and glass countertops without damaging them.


If the damage is permanent, our team members remove the property for you. We dispose of everything unrestorable under all state and federal regulations.


Please do not attempt to clean your home yourself. If improperly cleaned, soot and the smoke residue is ground deeper into a surface, which may result in it being thrown out. Finally, if you still have power, do not turn on your HVAC system. This action will blow the soot throughout your home.


SERVPRO of Wilson County is here to help you return your home and your life to what it was before the fire. Call us today at (615) 449-5000 to get started.

Old Hickory Water Removal Includes Key Factors

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Old Hickory Water Removal Includes Key Factors Old Hickory Home Gets Water Damage Restoration from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage to Homes in Old Hickory

Water can be the single biggest threat to a structure. We need to drink it for survival. We use it to wash our clothes. We clean our dishes with water. Water is great and necessary. Water can also be a very destructive force. From small leaks to major floods, water can destroy property quickly and leave a lasting line of damage in its wake.

When water removal becomes a necessity in your Old Hickory home, do not take the mess into your own hands. You may think you have cleaned up and dried all of the water, but it takes certified water restoration professionals like SERVPRO, to ensure complete water removal. Even after the flood waters have subsided, there may be damage from water soaked beams or wood. There could be higher humidity levels which can lead to microbial growth, mold, and bacteria. These factors could potentially affect your family's well-being. Our IICRC certified Applied Structural Drying Technicians are qualified on water detection including hidden moisture, leaks, and mold growth.

Successful drying relates to key factors such as temperature, humidity, evaporation, and airflow (movement). These points must all be coordinated to expediently extract any standing water and restore a normal RH, relative humidity, to the affected structure. Dry air can absorb moisture from wet surfaces. Also, the technicians can create conditions that are optimal for the final drying. The strategic placement of air movers and dehumidifiers are critical. This proven methodology results in a final walk through with the homeowner to document and verify the return of the building to its preloss condition. "Like it never even happened."

If you believe that there is hidden water in your home or you need help with flood damage, whatever your problem, contact SERVPRO of Wilson County. Our staff is available 24/7 to respond to your emergency. Just call (615) 449-5000.

Take Immediate Action When Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Lebanon Home

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Take Immediate Action When Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Lebanon Home The existence of condensation is a strong indication that water issues are causing excessive moisture, which means it's the right conditions for mold.

Take Swift Action With Mold


One day, you notice one of your basement windows completely fogged over, but think little of it. You have been using the basement of your home for storage and are constantly in and out for various reasons.

The existence of condensation is a rather strong indication that water issues are causing excessive moisture, which means that the right conditions for mold damage exist somewhere in your Lebanon home. If the area affected by mold is big enough, it is likely to require professional mold remediation services from a certified expert. A musty, dank odor accompanies the first signs of mold intrusion into your living space. If you have recently experienced flood waters, excessive ongoing condensation, or if you have had a plumbing problem recently, and never cleaned things up properly, mold damage is developing in the area where the leak occurred, even if you cannot see it.

The last thing you want to do is to attempt the remediation yourself, especially if the affected area is larger than three square feet. A quality remediation company like SERVPRO can help you locate the moisture source, stop it, and get any mold contamination under control, quickly and efficiently, restoring a safe, healthy environment in your home. Since the visual signs of mold growth are often small, SERVPRO technicians have experienced different situations with mold issues, where homeowners have gone on for several weeks without taking action, and we would like to prevent this type of scenario from happening to you. Waiting to take care of the problem, causes more contamination to develop and additional damages to occur. You may have heard that procrastination kills, in this case, procrastination thrives.

There are several different types of mold, SERVPRO technicians experience a large variety, depending on the circumstances that exist. Certain kinds of microscopic mold spores develop into large colonies that look like ordinary dirt, while other types of mold appear blatantly white, and others develop into clusters of black spots. Small patches quickly spread over vast areas, hidden or visual. All it takes is 24 to 48-hours to spread, which means that you should take action as soon as possible if you find even the smallest mold spots developing anywhere in your home.

Contact SERVPRO of Wilson County today for all of your mold damage and remediation needs (615) 449-5000.

Fire Restoration Services Offered In Hickory

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Services Offered In Hickory There are precautions that every homeowner in Hickory should be taking to avoid fire damage from developing in their homes.

Hickory SERVPRO Fire Restoration Services

Having a fire suppression system installed can stop fires and save lives. The type of system and firefighting efforts deployed, determine the extent of damage you experience after a fire. Regardless, you'll need repairs, so let's take a closer look at what a fire damage restoration process entails.
 
There are precautions that every homeowner in Hickory should be taking to avoid fire damage from developing in their homes. It's common sense, right? You'll want to develop a plan to get to safety to at least walk away with your lives. The same could be said about your home, developing a plan to limit as much damage as possible is a good thing. It would be smart to find a quality local company that helps you plan ahead.
 
Not only does SERVPRO have an Emergency Preparedness Application online for you to use to plan ahead, but we also take the time to explain our services to you and answer each and every question you have during your restoration process. You might agree, having a level of understanding concerning the services that technicians perform on your home are beneficial.
 
At SERVPRO we experience three different levels of fire damage. With minor fires, light smoke residues only affect individual rooms with small losses. Medium fires cause moderate damage and smoke residues cover a larger area. While major fires, engulf large portions of a building charring structural materials, leaving massive damage and repairs necessary throughout the home.
 
SERVPRO provides a variety of services to assist you, consider these the five categories of fire restoration services that we provide.
 
Mitigation - Used to secure the structure, preventing further damage by boarding up openings, winterizing your plumbing to prevent freezing, and establishing a temporary source of electricity to prevent hazards and allow other services equipment to be deployed.
 
Structural Cleaning - With a focus on the removal of smoke residues and deodorizing odors that exist on a building's structural components, repairing or replacing necessary components as needed.
 
Contents Cleaning - Any of your personal property within the affected area, has smoke residues removed. Often enough this service can be performed onsite. However, some situations require your contents to be packed and moved to a safe location.
 
Specialty Restoration - All of your electronics, expensive artwork, clothing, and even furniture that needs refinishing is subcontracted out for special handling.
 
Reconstruction - Some fires cause damage to structural components and materials where restoration is not feasible. Therefore replacement is necessary to return your home to a quality pre-loss condition.
 

 

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We can handle all of your restoration services, call SERVPRO of Wilson County today. (615) 449-5000

Why Certified Water Damage Technicians Are The Best Choice For Lebanon Homeowners

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Certified Water Damage Technicians Are The Best Choice For Lebanon Homeowners Let the Experts at SERVPRO help with water damage in your Lebanon Home or Business

When water is an issue in your home, it can be very hard to chart where it first entered and the route it took once in the building. Restoration companies that are comfortable with missing areas of water damage can put your home at continuous risk of deterioration and possible microbial growth. SERVPRO water damage technicians complete courses that are approved by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), exposing them to industry wide standards that make the health and safety of consumers the structural integrity of their homes the center of any water restoration effort. These courses also comprehensively educate our staff on water detection strategies to ensure a home inspected by a certified tech has been thoroughly evaluated for water sources, hidden saturation, possible microbial growth.
 
Stressing the need for optimal drying of any water damage within your home in Lebanon is the mantra of the IICRC approach for water damage control. Our employees understand their training opportunities and their practical experience that water entering and remaining without abatement in a home can change a healthy and comfortable environment to a potentially hazardous and deteriorating one. Whether your physician has warned you are susceptible to mold and its spores, so you must avoid any microbial growth, or you fear your home’s structure or the contents are degrading because of unattended water damage, it is clear that finding, repairing, and restoring any area where water leaks or seeps into your home is crucial to maintaining a proper standard of living.
 
SERVPRO employs certified technicians who not only remove the obvious wetness in a client’s home but also have the knowledge and tools to reduce moisture levels in structural components, contents, and even the air to industry approved levels. Proper techniques, including accurate measurements of humidity and moisture and a knowledge of how to balance air movement and dehumidification, are the key to water damage remediation. Competence with these techniques is required of every SERVPRO employee. When you contact us for help you can be confident you have the weight of an entire proper restoration industry on your side.
 
If you suspect hidden water may be compromising your health and the condition of your dwelling contact SERVPRO of Wilson County. Our dispatchers answer (615) 449-5000 day and night, scheduling a water damage inspection within hours of your call.

Maintaining Your Watertown Sauna

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Maintaining Your Watertown Sauna Let SERVPRO of Wilson County take care of all your mold damage problems!

Your Watertown Sauna May Be at Risk of Having Mold Damage

A sauna experience can be quite healthful and relaxing, but because of the humidity and heat which is generated in combination with human contact, it is also the perfect place for mildew and mold to grow. You can take some easy steps to take to keep your sauna looking great and to discourage mildew and mold growth. Most saunas are constructed of unfinished wood like red cedar. Putting an applied finish on will make the surface very hot to the touch. One exception to this is finished duckboards, the loose platforms on the floor, and applied finishes on door handles using polyurethane or varnish to keep constant contact from turning them dirty and dark.

Maintaining Your Sauna

The last thing you want to have in your sauna is mold damage, as this could create costly cleanup or replacement.To keep your sauna from having mold damage in Watertown, keep up with the simple steps below on a regular basis:

Using plain water and a soft-bristled brush on the benches and walls each time after use will get rid of dust and dirt. If perspiration has stained and accumulated on the wooden benches, a warm solution of water and a bit of mild detergent can be used with a sponge or soft bristle brush to wipe down surfaces.

Without using excess water, ensure you are rinsing the wooden surfaces after each use thoroughly with a clean terry cloth or sponge. Also, lift the duckboards and set them against the benches before leaving your sauna.
If you do see mildew or mold start to grow on the surfaces, you should seek professional help from a mold remediation service such as SERVPRO, who have the right equipment to get rid of the mold properly. They can also check for any mold which might be hidden.

Occasionally, perspiration will stain the wooden surfaces a dark color. Using a solution of oxalic crystals and warm water will lighten the wood and return it back to its original look. If you have a wooden bucket in your sauna, it should be tipped over before you leave the sauna. You should also prop open the sauna door when you are done to let the right air flow in. This will help prevent bacteria and mold growth.

Lastly, do not pour big amounts of cold water over the hot sauna rocks, as this can damage them. Instead, pour no more than a cup or so of warm water over the rocks at one time to get the steam that is desired.

 

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If after all your efforts you still wind up getting mold growth in your sauna, remember to contact us at SERVPRO of Wilson County instead of trying to clean it up yourself. We have the knowledge and experience to get rid of your mold problem, so do not hesitate to give us a call at (615) 449-5000.

The Reasons Why Flood Damage in Mount Juliet is so Harmful and Risky to Your Health

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Reasons Why Flood Damage in Mount Juliet is so Harmful and Risky to Your Health Call the experts at SERVPRO to help with any Flood damage that may occur.

Whenever there is a flood that affects a home, there are safety issues that are instantly created. Others, such as mold, can wait for weeks to begin growing. Cleaning up the debris, sediment, and pathogens that the flood brought with it and left behind are paramount to protecting human health.
 
In Mount Juliet, flood damage brings with it damage to your home's interior and exterior. Your home needs more than just repainted. Walls need to be restored to a healthy state, where waterlogged sections are cut away and replaced, and then repainted. Your furniture must also be restored to a safe condition. Sanitizing everything takes time, or a team of experts working together to quickly removed the damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”
 
Flood waters leave fine silt behind after receding. Removing this deposited silt will not only remove pathogens, but it will also eliminate the grit that can ruin your wood floors. This silt can also hold moisture which can cause wood floors to warp, or to become riddled with mildew and mold. Because this silt is so fine, special vacuums are needed to extract the silt and other debris without sending any of it into the air.
 
To dry out your home's interior, we use heaters and other water extraction methods. As the air becomes saturated with humidity from the flood waters continually evaporating, air movers, which are more powerful than the typical household fan, are needed to move the air out of the home. Because this air can hold harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microbes, air scrubbers should be used. SERVPRO has all of these pieces of equipment and more, we know how to place them in your home for maximum effectiveness.
 
Having flood damage can feel like a real catastrophe, but it is even worse when the situation is not cleaned up correctly, exposing people to the risks left behind. Calling SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000, any time you have such an emergency as this, can eliminate those risks and return your home to normal again.

Commercial Water Damage Services Provided In Watertown

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Services Provided In Watertown Our SERVPRO technicians understand that every single minute that it takes to perform your repairs are essential to a successful restoration.

Watertown Commercial Water Damage Services Available 

As a small shop owner, you would benefit from taking a little time to educate yourself about the information and services that our company provides concerning commercial water damage restoration. Doing so could mean the difference between getting the services that you need to save a majority of your inventory from total loss and obtaining the incorrect services that simply don't do you any good.

Our professional commercial water damage restoration staff in Watertown will make sure that you are properly informed throughout your repair and work hard to get it done right. It is our goal to limit any possible downtime and inconvenience to your daily customers.

Each situation provides SERVPRO with a unique challenge, and we've found that we can provide a better experience for our clients by adhering to IICRC best practices concerning water damage restoration. The quicker we're able to respond, the more of a chance we'll have to assist you with saving as much inventory as possible.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand that every single minute that it takes to perform your repairs are essential to a successful restoration of your products. We spend a great deal of our time learning which items require us to process them quickly and what type of materials require special handling and special processing later on. Learning how to handle a particular product makes our service as fast and efficient as possible for you.

It doesn't matter to us what the size of your emergency is; we will respond quickly and do everything that is necessary to limit the water damage to your commercial property. SERVPRO's highly trained restoration specialists go above and beyond their training to provide you with the knowledge and equipment that you need.

With our restore, versus replace mindset installed into each employee, our technicians have the ability to perform every aspect of the recovery themselves. You won't need to contact anyone else to get the job done.

Before you attempt to use any of those clean-all or do it yourself cleaning products, think long and hard about the vast amount of damage you can do and remember the full range of services that we offer.

 

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Flood Damage in Lebanon

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Lebanon Call SERVPRO if your suffering from Flood or Storm Damage.

When you’ve experienced broken pipes in your home, it can cause a considerable amount of flooding and water damage. Even with a small amount of water damage, you need to act quickly to make sure it is properly repaired and cleaned up, so your home does not suffer from more damage, including the growth of mold.

That is why after any flood damage in Lebanon from broken pipes, you need to get a hold of a professional restoration company as soon as possible. Our team at SERVPRO has the knowledge and experience you need to restore your home back to its pre-loss condition. They know all of the steps that need to be gone through to do the job correctly.

After arriving at your home, our technicians will first carefully inspect all aspects of the areas which were damage. They will then start to mitigate the loss. If the water is clean, they will follow this guide:

Securing the Structure – A supervisor will be informed of any dangerous situations such as falling ceilings, electrical hazards, and subfloors that are deteriorated.

Removing Standing Water – They will pump out any standing water if it is two or more inches deep using the correct pumps. They will also check walls and floors under the damaged area and crawl spaces for standing water. It will be pumped out as necessary.

Extracting Water – A moisture meter will then be used to figure out the extent of the water penetration in floors, carpets, ceilings and walls. Furniture will be blocked and moved as needed and water will be extracted from carpets and hard surface flooring. Carpeting will also be detached and water extracted from the floor and carpet pad. The pad will be removed from your home and in most cases need to be discarded.

Treating Surfaces -Our professionals at SERVPRO will then check the back of the carpet for damages like bad seams, delamination or visible mold. If it is damaged, they will determine if the damage was preexisting and a supervisor will be notified about any carpets damaged to the point which they shouldn’t be dried and reinstalled. The damaged carpet will be taken out of the structure as needed.

The back of the carpet if salvageable and the floor will be treated with the right antimicrobial or deodorizer. The carpeting will then be laid back on the floor and the water will be extracted from the surface fibers again. If needed, the right antimicrobial and deodorizer will be applied to the face fibers.
Furniture stains will be removed before the carpet dries.

Drying Equipment – The technicians will then position air moves to create fast airflow to wet surfaces. The amount of air movers needed will be determined based on IICRC recommendations. Humidifiers will be positioned to deliver warm, dry air in the area affected. The number and size of dehumidifiers will also be based on IICRC recommendations.
Surfaces will be cleaned and all debris removed when everything has been thoroughly cleaned and dried.

Our professionals at SERVPRO of Wilson County are ready to come help you clean up your flood damage any time you need. Just give us a call at (615) 449-5000 so we can come survey the damage and get started right away.

SERVPRO Is Serving Our Civilian and Military Communities Against Mold Damage

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Is Serving Our Civilian and Military Communities Against Mold Damage SERVPRO Safely Remediates Mold Patches from Your Watertown Home

Mold Remediation Is Professionally Remediated by SERVPRO

With Round Lick Creek and Beach Log Creek running through town, the threat of flooding and other water damage is an ongoing concern. Water is usually easy to remove though it's simple to tell when it's gone. That's not what catches so many homeowners by surprise.

If not discovered or left untreated, mold can do more damage to a Watertown home or business than six inches of standing water. Since it is impossible to clean 100% of these fungi, what we at SERVPRO works to is the sanitary level. This is the point where it is safe to allow occupants to return to the home or business. By comparison, an operating room is not considered safe until it is cleaned to a sterile level. A sterile environment is just not possible or necessary in the average home.

We achieve a sanitary level of cleaning with extensive testing and using some of the best equipment in the restoration business. Our inspectors and technicians are trained to industry standards. These IICRC certified in AMRT, applied microbial remediation technicians, have the skill set to defeat mold outbreaks.

We'll begin with a complete building inspection. If any mold spores are discovered, our inspectors will trace it to the source and discover just how extensive it may be. If the infestation hasn't reached your HVAC system, our technicians will seal off all vents and duct work to prevent any possible spread during the cleaning process.

The next step will be to set up a series of exhaust fans to blow any spores in the infected area out of the building during cleaning. To reduce the moisture of the room, carpets, and floors, technicians will also set up a series of dehumidifiers to return them to their normal moisture content.

Now, anti-microbial and anti-fungal cleaners and foggers will be deployed to neutralize it. Once the source has been mitigated, then our technicians will begin work to remove the mold spore dust and other particulates using specialized, commercial vacuums with HEPA filters and air scrubbers.

If you suspect mold damage in your home or business, call us today at (615) 449-5000 for an inspection and to begin the restoration process. SERVPRO of Wilson County is ready to support our civilian and military communities.

Commercial Fire Damage and Insurance

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage and Insurance Watertown Commercial Fire Damage is Restored By SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Works with Your Insurance Company After Fire Damage

When there is a fire, the resulting smoke, flames, and water can be devastating to a business and its contents. Fire insurance is essential for the survival of a commercial enterprise.  A few years ago, companies protected themselves from fire damage through a general insurance policy. The insurance industry has made many changes, including coverage for businesses. Today, most business owners can purchase a “commercial property” policy or a "BOP" (business owners policy). These are package policies that specifically covers damages caused by a fire and other disasters.
 
When there is a commercial fire damage event in Watertown, there are important steps to take to keep your insurance policy current. This information will help when SERVPRO restoration experts arrive:
 
• Annually review your policy and keep it up-to-date regarding your properties and their current locations.
 
• If you own multiple buildings, insure them under a single policy with a “blanket limit.”
 
• Keep a fire prevention plan and inform your employees about what they should know when and if a fire occurs. Many insurance carriers provide a discount for an active fire prevention program. SERVPRO offers a program ERP that helps keep important contact and structural information available to you on any mobile device.
 
Property owners may think that insuring their property for less than its real value will save them money. No, this is wrong! First, the policy will not cover the full costs of repairing or replacing your property. Secondly, most property policies contain an “agreed value clause” or a “coinsurance clause.” These are clauses that impose a penalty if the owner fails to under-purchase insurance that is a specific percentage of their property's value. Tennessee property owners can avoid this penalty for under-insurance, by covering their property for 100% of its value. Another step is not to insure your property based on the tax assessment or estimate provided by your insurance agent.
 
Many commercial property policies pay losses based on the actual cash value of the damaged property and not its replacement cost. After a fire, company property such machinery, valuable equipment, and furniture can also be expensive to replace. The best protection against significant out-of-pocket expenses under insurance policies is to insure them on a replacement cost basis. This type of coverage is more expensive than coverage based on the actual cash value.
 
SERVPRO of Wilson County is highly staffed with fire damage remediation experts. Not only is it our job to restore you to a pre-fire condition, but we also can help commercial business owners with their insurance paperwork and process. We are locally owned and operated, which means we are proud to be an active member of this community. Call us today at (615) 449-5000 so that we can help restore you back into the black.

Remediation Of Mold Damage And Avoiding Future Growth

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation Of Mold Damage And Avoiding Future Growth Mold in a Petri Dish, Not in Your Gladeville Home, Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Suggests Elimination of Moisture to Inhibit Mold Growth

Where water has infiltrated a building the potential of mold damage exists, requiring you to seek a professional opinion on how to treat the mold and repair your home or business’s premises. Rely on the expertise of the trained technicians from SERVPRO  to advise you on the best course to restore the integrity of areas in a structure infested by a mold outbreak. Our approach to mold issues inside a building is balanced and responsible, taking into consideration the underlying reasons fungi present themselves as an issue to be solved for you, your family or business. We pledge, to be honest, and straightforward as we discuss your concerns, basing our recommendations on science and best practices rather than fear or unattainable promises.
 
If you are struggling with mold damage in Gladeville we first take the time to explain the processes creating this challenging problem. Our trained staff will assess your particular situation and offer many pronged approaches to inhibit the growth of mold in your home or business and repair the existing damage. We advise first to discover and then to eliminate any source of moisture as an effort to remove mold and repair its damage. The mold remediation will fail if water continues to feed its growth. Then we will explore ways both to restore the look and structure of your building and to avoid future mold infestations.
 
Mold spores are everywhere, a fact of life, tiny and often unobtrusive unless conditions are ripe for their growth. After we at SERVPRO remediate your mold damage, our mission is to advise you on how to make your home or business unlikely to promote mold growth later. Eliminating leaks from windows, appliances and roofs and any other sources of moisture are essential, including monitoring humidity levels. We offer many tips to help you cultivate an environment that is unlikely to support future mold development and the resulting damage.
 
Be prepared in the fight against mold damage and contact SERVPRO of Wilson County when you are fearful you see or smell mold in your business or home. Knowledgeable mold remediation technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 449-5000. Stop worrying and take action by giving us a call to help you put your home back in balance if pesky mold spores have multiplied.

What Can Cause Flood Damage

8/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Can Cause Flood Damage Sewage Backup Can Bring Contaminated Water into Your Home

SERPVRO is Trained and Ready to Help with Damage from Flooding

Flood damage is one of the most devastating types of water damage that can happen to a home. Additionally, floods are often not the fault of a homeowner and happen due to forces outside of his or her control. Floods can be devastating financially due to their destructive nature and the relative rarity of flood insurance contracts, which are often required due to homeowners' insurance policies not covering floods. Here are a few ways that flooding could strike your home unexpectedly.
 
Flooded River and Lake Shores
 
If you live near a river or other water source, you may be at significant risk of flood damage in Watertown. These natural water features are often prone to flooding, especially in spring after a heavy snow melt. Furthermore, these are often the first areas to be flooded during a storm, due to their low-lying nature and proximity to aforementioned overflowing banks.
 
Heavy Storms
 
Storms don't just affect properties near a water source. Any home at the bottom of a hill or in even the slightest of lower elevations is at risk of flooding during heavy storms or hurricanes. These floods are often particularly damaging, as they often carry Black Water which is more dangerous and difficult to deal with.
 
Sewage Backup
 
Sewage backup or overflow is very dangerous, as this water typically contains substances harmful or even deadly to humans within it. Our technicians are trained to avoid these dangers and seek help if they can't, but you likely lack their expertise and experience with these materials. Whenever you have sewer overflow on your property, you should do your best to vacate the area as quickly as possible and only return after professionals recommend you do so.
 
Tank and Pipe Leaks
 
Tank or pipe leaks and bursts may also cause limited flooding in your home. Although these often have less potential for infection and danger than other flooding sources, you should still leave the cleanup to us for risk of contamination.
 
SERVPRO of Wilson County is a locally owned and operated company which is trained in the cleanup and restoration of all types of flood and water overflow damage. If you require fast and reliable service for any such disaster, call us 24/7 at (615) 449-5000.

Homes are Not Immune From Fire Damage

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Homes are Not Immune From Fire Damage Old Hickory Fire Damage Can Use the Help of SERVPRO.

Fire Damage Restoration From the SERVPRO Experts

If your home has been devastated by fire, it's good to know that we have the experience and equipment to turn back the clock on fire damage. It is vital that work begins immediately after a fire. The high level of corrosive activity of soot and smoke particles, as well as the settled ashes from burning materials, will corrode both metal and glass, discolor carpets and other textiles, and become stronger-smelling as time passes.

Our crews are trained and certified by IICRC in the repair and restoration of fire damaged homes and businesses. We can reverse residential fire damage in Old Hickory homes. After our crews have repaired and restored your home, all, or most, traces of the fire will only be in your memories.

Our Experienced and Professional Crews Use the Best Equipment to Undo Fire Damage
As we go about the task of cleaning your home after a fire, we also determine which of your items can be restored to like new or nearly so condition. This keeps replacement costs lower, and can help you feel more at home more quickly. As we clean, we repair your home as a whole unit, piece by piece. When it comes to textiles such as carpets and rugs, bedding and throws, pillows and stuffed toys, we use state-of-the-art technology to remove the particles from the fire's smoke that create acrid odors. In certain cases, we can pack-out fire damaged personal items and furnishings for cleaning. Specialized cleaning can eliminate odors even further if needed.

Walls and other hard surfaces are cleaned and if necessary, repainted. This removes stains and odors. Carpets that have been smoke damaged are also specially cleaned and deodorized, and then dried. This is also effective for those carpets that became soaked with water during the fire. Dehumidifiers are required at times to remove the humidity from the firefighters' hoses.

Replacements are Sometimes Necessary
During a fire, sometimes items are damaged by the actual fire. These things are not very easily repaired, and are often set aside and noted in our inventory checklist. Because we are a third party, most insurance companies, particularly the major ones, review our checklists and honor them. We do this so you can present this to your insurance company for faster and usually less-troubled processing. We want to do everything possible to help you regain your home and your life, and as rapidly as possible.

Don't Fight that Fire Damage Alone – Call for Expertise that Can Protect Your Family
We are available 24/7, every day of the year to assist those in our community who have suffered from a fire. You owe it to yourself and to your family to take the necessary steps to regain your home, in not just habitable condition but the condition that you desire. "Like it never even happened." At SERVPRO of Wilson County, we are prepared to help you do just that. Call us at (615) 449-5000.

What You Shouldn't and Should Do when You Encounter Residential Water Damage

6/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Shouldn't and Should Do when You Encounter Residential Water Damage Flooding can cause residential water damage in Mt. Juliet to any area of your home.

The Do's and Don'ts of Residential Water Damage

It happens to many homeowners and even to tenants, at times. Flooding can cause residential water damage in Mt. Juliet to any area of your home. The water may come from many sources, and with extremely rare exceptions, flooding should be treated as an emergency.


Residential water damage only begins with the initial flooding, and with sump pumps, much of the water can be extracted. Mold and mildew can also damage your home and your belongings. These harmful aspects of mold and mildew can continue until the cause of their growth is eliminated. This is why it is imperative to apply the use of more than just a sump pump and a few fans. Doing so might get most surfaces dry-to-the-touch, but it won't be enough to penetrate into the interior of most of the damaged items. This is especially true for walls, floors, and ceilings of the rooms below where the flooding took place. Water damage behind fixed structures such as bathtubs and shower stalls can also hide water that can seep into other areas for months after the initial water damage took place.


Sometimes, water damage results from sewer backup into your basement instead of overflowing from a non-draining sink or tub, or from a leaky pipe. Blackwater such as sewer backup should never be cleaned up by yourself. The health risks involving contact with black water are very high. Water from other sources can also create health problems. Water from natural sources does not contain only natural and non-harmful substances. Heavy rainfall or flood waters can contain oil and gasoline from runoff from nearby roads, residue from garbage, decaying fish and wildlife that have drowned, and many other contaminants.


Professional clean-up should be used for residential water damage, especially for that involving sewer backup or flood waters from rainfall or overflowing rivers and streams. In addition to the always-present risk of electrocution, water can hide many other dangers. You can avoid these dangerous hazards by calling us, SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000. We are experts in eliminating water damage in residential settings and can help you get your home and your family back to normal.

Lebanon Fire Damage - Treating Fire Damage in Lebanon

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lebanon Fire Damage - Treating Fire Damage in Lebanon Dealing with fire damage? Don't stress, SERVPRO of Wilson County can make it "Like it never even happened."

Lebanon Fire Damage Treatment

Lebanon residential fire damage can wreak havoc on your home, and this holds true regardless of how large or small the fire is. Even a small grease fire in the kitchen can cause widespread damage throughout the home, and the damage can be even more significant from a larger fire from an electrical issue, a lightning strike or another cause. Overcoming the damage and repairing the home to its former condition is a top priority, but the work may be more significant than you might think. 

How a Fire Damages a Home 

The most obvious way a Lebanon fire damages a home is from burning; flames can quickly spread from a small area to cover a larger surface area in the home. They can reach elevated heights, burning from floor to ceiling within a few short minutes. However, the damage from a fire is more widespread than that. Firefighters may use water and fire-retardant chemicals to put the flames out, and these substances can cause additional damage. They can mix with the ash to create an almost mud-like mess. This is combined with other damage from smoke, which can fill the entire home quickly even when the fire is contained to a single room, and special techniques may be required to remove the smoke from the walls, carpeting, and other surfaces. Keep in mind that smoke odors and staining are both concerns. 

How to Clean Up the Damage

At first glance, some homeowners with a do-it-yourself mentality may think about repairing their home on their own, but this is not recommended. Lebanon fire damage cleanup may require water remediation efforts, chemical clean-up, and construction efforts. Also, smoke damage removal may be required to remove the damage from the home. There are special techniques and even advanced equipment that can be used to effectively repair the damage so that your home is restored and all signs of the fire are removed.

Why Time Is of the Essence

While using the right techniques to repair the damage is important, speed is also critical when responding to a Lebanon residential fire damage issue. For example, water that remains in the home for a lengthy period of time can lead to mold growth. This can make a fire damage issue turn into a significant problem that takes more time, effort and money to repair. Besides, you want your home to be returned to normal quickly so that regular daily functions can be restored.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When you want to overcome Lebanon residential fire damage effectively in as little time as possible, professional services are the answer. SERVPRO of Wilson County is a locally owned company that can respond to your request for assistance, and we will work hard to remedy your damage as soon as possible. Our commitment is to help our valued clients improve the condition of their homes. To set up service with our team, call us today at (615) 449-5000.

A Nashville Commercial Building Shuts Down from Soot and Smoke Damage

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial A Nashville Commercial Building Shuts Down from Soot and Smoke Damage Stop Burning Up Business Cash, Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Quickly Restores a Smoke Damaged Business in Nashville

Owners react differently to the effects of commercial fire damage to their businesses in Nashville. Some proprietors find it difficult to face the daunting task of restoring and repairing the water and fire damage, especially in the immediate aftermath of a major incident. Moreover, there are others who jump in too quickly, when it appears to be minor fire damage. They have the right idea, wanting to limit the business downtime, but they do not take the time to seek expert help with fire and smoke damage restoration procedures.

However, the reality is that business, whether a retail enterprise, single standing restaurant or a rental building has been fire and smoke damaged, it needs professional attention to reopen quickly the establishment. You cannot unless you have specific experience in this field, handle soot removal and smoke odor eradication on your own. If you try, you possibly only end up causing more damage to business furniture, retail inventory or renters personal possessions and treasures.

It is frustrating to have to hold back, particularly when all you want to do is fix things, help your employees, clients, or tenants to return to normal conditions. But you must take that essential first step – call in the assistance of an expert soot and smoke removal team like SERVPRO to mitigate losses. The faster that you do this, the quicker the repair work can begin. While waiting, avoid handling or touching soot covered items.

Things That You Can Do To Help
If you are granted re-entry, take extreme caution. The floors may be slippery and uneven. The chemical by-products of combustion may pose a health risk. Our advice is to do one thing only. Make sure the HVAC system is turned off to limit the circulation of smoke through the duct work. This will prevent the smoke and odors from migrating to previously unaffected areas of the business. Soot is an oily substance that coats hard surfaces, soft surfaces like drywall, and fabrics. Its removal should be done by SERVPRO trained technicians, according to IICRC-Approved schooling, using special sponges and cleaning products. The prevention of streaking and staining will greatly improve the restoring of materials, rather than the removal through demolition. Less cost and less lost business.

Brass and copper items and fixtures should also be removed from the building if you can safely do so. The acidic nature of smoke can tarnish and pit these metals, rendering them un-salvageable. SERVPRO can pack-out business devices, computers, wetted documents, and furnishings to its facilities for cleaning and storage.

Commerce ceases when the doors to your smoke damaged Nashville business are closed. SERVPRO utilizes state of the art equipment like ozone machines, Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers for dispersing fungicides and disinfectants, and Thermal Foggers to destroy odor causing particles. From Inspection to Final Walk-Through, we will restore your business as quickly as possible to its pre-smoke and dire damaged state "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Wilson County has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large or small commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your smoke emergency occurs in a restaurant in Lebanon, a motel in Watertown, or an office building in Nashville, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Call for 24/7 emergency service. (615) 449-5000

How to Handle Residential Water Damage in Old Hickory

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Handle Residential Water Damage in Old Hickory Although water damage can happen quickly and cause immense damage, there are ways to prevent a lot of it.

Handling Old Hickory Residential Water Damage

Any type of flooding will likely cause homeowners to seek Old Hickory residential water damage services. Even a small flood from an overflowing toilet will need to be resolved quickly, especially when there’s contaminated water with bacteria that can cause health issues. Large rain storms can also cause flooding to your home if roof damage occurs. Even a leaky water heater or burst pipe can cause heavy water damage. After any type of flooding, you should have your home cleaned, dried, disinfected, and deodorized to ensure the health and safety of your family. Whether water damage in Old Hickory happens quickly and without warning or slowly over time, it needs to be resolved as soon as you discover it so that it does not get worse. 

Finding Hidden Water

Though some flooding and water may be obvious, it can also exist out of view. Moisture sensors can be used to find water problems wherever they may be hiding. Even if you have water inside of your walls or soaking the flooring underneath your carpets, sensors can track the moisture levels so that you can make sure no areas are left untreated. Moisture meters can also be used to let you know that the drying process is going smoothly. 

Removing All Water From the Home

To remove Old Hickory water damage, professional extractors will likely need to be used. Air moving equipment and dehumidifiers can help to speed up the drying process for you. There are refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers that can be used to get moisture out of the air in your home, and there is also equipment that can be used to deodorize your home after a big water emergency. You want to make sure that odor-causing issues are properly taken care of, and you can have fungicides injected into contaminated areas if needed. Thermal foggers can also be used to neutralize odors at their source. 

Getting Help Fast

It is imperative to get help quickly whether the water damage is done to your flooring, sub-floor, walls, or ceiling. Water damage just gets worse if it is not treated, so it is important to make sure that all of your flooding concerns are taken care of right away before standing water starts to cause additional structural and cosmetic concerns. Additionally, mold and other health concerns can become an issue if all of the moisture is not taken care of promptly.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Wilson County can tackle water damage problems of all sizes. Our company has all of the tools and equipment necessary to remove water from your home safely. When water damage occurs in Old Hickory, Gladeville, or Inglewood, we have the personnel to help. Call us today at (615) 449-5000.

Residential Fire Damage in Nashville

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage in Nashville A Fire Extinguisher May Prevent a Call to SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Call SERVPRO for Nashville Fire Damage Restoration

Even a small fire can result in significant damage to your home, and SERVPRO is the right service provider for all your Nashville fire damage restoration needs. The size of the fire will impact how much of your space is burned, but even a small fire can create significant smoke damage in the building. Also, water may have been used to extinguish the fire, and this can result in water damage to your home. If you are looking around your property and wondering how you can fix the damage,  rest assured that we can get the job done for you.

A Fast Response
A fire can rage through your home at any time of day or night, so our hardworking team is ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day. We'll respond quickly because we understand the urgency of the situation. Your goal is to get your home restored to a livable condition as soon as possible, and you may also be concerned about mold growth caused by the water from firefighting efforts. Our specialists are highly experienced and understand your concerns. When you contact our team of restoration specialists for residential fire damage services, you can rest assured that we will begin the process quickly and work diligently to complete quality work promptly. Your home can be restored quickly with our team on the job.

The First Step in Fire Damage Restoration
The first step in a residential fire restoration project is water extraction to dry out the home, and we use specialized equipment and proven techniques to get this process completed quickly. Keep in mind that the longer you postpone calling us to begin the water remediation process, the more likely it is that you will have mold growth in your home. So call the trusted and skilled team at SERVPRO of Wilson County to assist you without delay.

The Restoration Process
After the water has been removed from the home, our professional technicians will take the next step of completing fire damage restoration. This includes removing smoke and soot damage in all areas of the home that have been affected as well as determining which materials and surfaces can be salvaged or refinished. We clean, repair, and restore in an attempt to prevent discarding of items. This mitigates costs to you and allows you to hang on to your precious, personal possessions.

We understand how challenging it can be to deal with Nashville fire damage in your home. Our primary goal is to improve the condition of your home without delays, economically. Our specialists are all IICRC-certified and committed to your satisfaction. We will leave you with the thought that your home is back in pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Wilson County specializes in water and fire damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We proudly serve our local communities of Nashville, Lebanon, and Old Hickory and are only a phone call away. (615) 449-5000

Perks And Benefits of Watertown Fire Damage Restoration Services

12/15/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Perks And Benefits of Watertown Fire Damage Restoration Services Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Fire Damaged Home

Watertown Fire Damage Restoration Made Easy With SERVPRO

Household fires can cause extensive fire damage in Watertown in a variety of ways. For example, the fire aftermath will typically leave your residential living space covered in soot and ash with smoky odors for good measure. Additionally, your property will likely be subjected to water damage due to the extinguishing work of firefighters. In many cases, homeowners understand the extensive fire damage done to their properties and fall into despair or deep stress. By securing high-quality fire damage restoration services, you can maintain your steadiness while having your property restored quickly and safely. Learn more about the perks and benefits of securing professional restoration services by reviewing the following information compliments of SERVPRO.

Fire Damage Services Clean Your Home Quickly to mitigate damages. Your adjuster should arrive soon after calling your insurance company. By contacting SERVPRO also, we can assess the damage, and since we are an approved vendor for many companies--insurance and property management--cooperative to start promptly the fire damage restoration and limit your liability claim .

Mold Prevention. Another important service provided by fire damage services is mold prevention. By eliminating excessive water and moisture from your property, we can impede the unwanted fungus from growing in your residential living space. This mold remediation work is important because ongoing exposure to the fungus may cause health issues along with damaging your property.

Comprehensive Services. Yet another benefit of hiring a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO is the total package of offered services. We will likely be able to address and resolve any issue you have as a result of the fire damage. Our equipment, experience, and training are at the ready. The top priority is water removal if standing water is present. The process has many moving parts.
• content restoration at your home or our facilities
• sanitation using antibacterial and antifungal products
• deodorization using ULV foggers
smoke removal
• odor removal using chemical and liquid foggers to neutralize, not mask the odors
• air duct cleaning for smoke particulates and soot residue
• vent cleaning to polish the finished look

Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Effective Fire Damage Services
Once your Watertown home has been impacted by a house fire, it's logical to hire a branded professional fire damage restoration company. In so doing, you can have your property restored to its original condition effectively and expediently. The IICRC-certified professionals of SERVPRO possess the industry experience and expertise necessary to accomplish each component of the restoration process. We take pride in serving your best interests.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in Watertown too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Wilson County is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency in Watertown, Lebanon, or Mt. Juliet. Always available 24/7 to help. (615) 449-5000

In Mt. Juliet, How SERVPRO's Professionals Expedite the Initial Water Damage Restoration Process

11/18/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage In Mt. Juliet, How SERVPRO's Professionals Expedite the Initial  Water Damage Restoration Process Servpro Saves Your Home from a Big Drop of Water

SERVPRO Keys on Drying Out Your Home in Mt. Juliet Following Water Damage

Water damage in Mt. Juliet can be a devastating reality for residential property owners. However, professional water damage restoration specialists can help you quickly restore your property and get your life back to normal. The professionals of SERVPRO have been providing high-quality restoration services for over 55 years, and our IICRC-certified technicians are highly skilled in expediting this important process. Learn more about how we optimize the water damage restoration project by reviewing this short outline:

The Property Assessment. The initial step the professionals of SERVPRO will do upon arriving at your home is to provide you with a property assessment. This assessment, through careful inspection, helps our team determine the extent of your water damages. Upon this determination, we can work directly with your insurance provider to coordinate an agreed upon water damage restoration process. Mutual cooperation, with the okay of you and your adjuster, expedite the restoration process and mitigate your out-of-pocket expenses.

Water Damage Classification. The professionals of SERVPRO utilize standards established by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to classify your water damage. This classification will aid in establishing proper drying and cleaning steps. Water extraction sets the process. There are four classes:

Class 1: The losses are quickly caught, confined and involve few absorbent structures and possessions.

Class 2: The primary losses are highly absorbent materials on the floor, such as padding and carpeting.

Class 3: Water damage results from originating overhead and impact drywall, insulation, wall frames, and ceilings. Flooring materials with a high rate of absorbency are impacted.

Class 4: Specialty drying for saturated ground soil, masonry, plaster, stucco, concrete, and hardwood flooring and furniture.

Water Drying Process. The next component of the Mt. Juliet water damage restoration process will be water drying. The drying process will typically involve four steps:

1. Removal of excess water. Our professionals use several methodologies to accomplish this objective, including powerful truck-mounted water pumps, portable and rideable wet-vacuums, and even mops and buckets.

2. Evaporation. We use specialized equipment like air movers (high velocity specialized fans), heaters, and dryers to remove remaining accumulated water.

3. Dehumidification. Because water intrusion generates increased moisture levels making the ambient air more humid, we'll utilize dehumidification strategies to extract moisture from the air. SERVPRO has advanced desiccant (chemical based), refrigerant (like a/c action), and basic dehumidifiers to speed the drying process to completion.

4. Dry Result. The SERVPRO technicians will use moisture meters and thermohygrometers to gauge heat and relative humidity, both reliable monitoring devices. This helps us determine if any adjustments or further treatments are necessary to complete the drying process. We will provide you with a guarantee of successful drying of your property.

Call SERVPRO Immediately. The key to restoring your Mt. Juliet home following water damage is securing high-quality restoration services. We will help alleviate stress by offering you empathetic and professional services at fair prices. Our aim is to return your house to pre-loss condition, and you to your home, as quickly as possible.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of the Mt. Juliet community. SERVPRO of Wilson County is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Lebanon, Watertown, and Mt. Juliet residents with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies. We are faster to any size disaster, available 24/7. Call us for help. (615) 449-5000

What To Do After Fire Damage in Your Mt. Juliet Home?

10/13/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After Fire Damage in Your Mt. Juliet Home? Call Your Agent, Then Call SERVPRO

Call SERVPRO to Quickly Restore Your Fire Damaged Home in Mt. Juliet

A House fire can be one of the most devastating experiences that a residential property owner in Mt. Juliet must confront.
Unlike other kinds of property mishaps, fire damage at times is irreversible. In losing personal possessions, family photographs, and witnessing the result of structural damage to their property following a fire, many individuals find themselves trapped in a world of emotional turmoil and financial strain. However, knowing what to do after a house fire can keep all this turmoil in perspective and save you money, and restore your home more expediently. With a plan in hand created from the following quick reference guide for tips and tricks, you will be better prepared to meet such an unfortunate event.

Call Your Insurance Company

The first step you should take following a house fire is to call your insurance company. Your second phone call should be to SERVPRO, an excellent fire damage restoration company.  Our representative will assess and inspect the fire damage at your home. Hopefully, your insurance adjuster will also arrive thereby facilitating a cooperative working relationship with SERVPRO. The company and our rep will help you place your claim and assess the depth and scope of the fire damage done to your residential property. Also, insurance agents and SERVPRO will take photos of the damages done to your property, and we can begin the fire damage repair process.

Contact A Disaster Relief Organization

If the fire damage is severe, homeowners are temporarily left without living space following a fire. In some cases, these individuals can stay with a friend or family member until the restoration process is complete. If there is no relative or friend nearby with whom you can temporarily live, be sure to call a disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross or FEMA. These organizations can provide you with temporary shelter and meet other needs as your property is restored.

If you are without living quarters the team to call for expedient, excellent restoration assistance is SERVPRO. No company can coordinate the entire process from water extraction, drying, cleaning and repairing your home in Mt. Juliet faster than SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer excellent customer service, use cutting edge equipment, and put your needs first. Our personal and professional approach has made us industry leaders with over 1,650 franchises. We're ready to begin restoring your residential property immediately.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Wilson County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this Mt. Juliet too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby in Waterton and Gladeville and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Nashville, TN community. Call us for an instant response. (615) 449-5000

Why You Should Hire a Water Damage Company in Lebanon That Works With Insurance Companies

9/21/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why You Should Hire a Water Damage Company in Lebanon That Works With Insurance Companies Stop the Leak

SERVPRO Works with Many Insurance Companies in Lebanon

When you find that your home in Lebanon is struck by a natural disaster such as a fire or flood, there are several issues that you must handle at the same time. You need to work with your insurance company to determine how much financial assistance you can receive for the water damage to your property. Additionally, you'll need to locate a water damage restoration company that can expedite and optimize the restoration process. Ideally, you'll want to hire a company like SERVPRO that works in conjunction with many insurance providers. There are numerous benefits that result from doing so. Some of them include:

This Water Damage Company Can Help You Obtain a Fair Settlement

One of the primary benefits of hiring SERVPRO to work with your insurance provider is that the two groups can work together with adjustors to develop a fair settlement for water damage fees. Bear in mind that SERVPRO is neither an insurance agent or adjuster and holds you responsible for fees.  We will issue you a Water Damage Emergency Report on our first visit upon request. Cover the details with your insurance company and let SERVPRO get to work to minimize the effects of the water damage.


This Water Damage Company Uses Sound Business Practices

In addition to assisting you with the process of getting a fair settlement for restoration services, a water damage company like SERVPRO that works with your insurance provider is likely to utilize sound business practices. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that insurance companies have extensive industry experience that enables them to identify and work in unison with the most exceptional, efficient water damage companies on the block. Thus utilizing the services of a water damage company that you obtained from an insurance referral is one of the best ways to ensure that your specific needs are met in an ethical, expedient manner.

Call SERVPRO Now

Hiring a water damage company that works in conjunction with your insurance provider is a great way to ensure that you obtain exceptional services. If you're currently searching for an experienced water damage restoration company, be sure to consider SERVPRO. We employ franchise professionals who have obtained IICRC industry certifications and are trained according to high standards. We also provide 24/7 emergency response and assistance for your convenience.

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in Lebanon too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Wilson County is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Lebanon community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

 We carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. Call us for help. (615) 449-5000

Old Hickory Mold Assessment and Remediation

8/14/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Old Hickory Mold Assessment and Remediation All molds require wet environments to grow.

Mold Assessment and Remediation 

Old Hickory mold growth will affect all types of homes. There are many types of fungi. Black mold grows on cellulose surfaces such as wood, hay or paper. Dealing with mold can be difficult and involves a comprehensive inspection that will assess the location and cause of the mold and create a plan for dealing with it. This is best done by SERVPRO they will ensure the mold and its source are eliminated.


Assessment and Cause
All molds require wet environments to grow. This is especially true of black mold. This means that the most common causes of mold are water leaks, flooding or extensive use of humidifiers in an enclosed space. Once affected areas are identified, determining the source of the moisture and how to stop, it is the most important step when assessing a Old Hickory mold problem.


Remediation
Remediation, or treatment of a Old Hickory mold problem, may involve some steps depending on the severity of the mold. Less extensive surface molds can often be scrubbed away with soap and water. An air purifier may be used to deal with mold spores already in the air. If mold growth is deeper than the surface, then the entire affected piece will need to be removed to stop the mold from coming back or spreading. This may require the replacement of furniture or parts of walls or flooring. Such extensive and deep mold growth is common after severe flooding and water damage to the home. Mold is notoriously difficult to eradicate, and if any mold colonies or airborne spores are left behind, they may continue to grow and spread the mold.


Fixing the source of the mold usually involves dealing with the water or moisture that allowed it grow in the first place. If the moisture was caused by a one-time event such as a flood, then simply drying out the space with heaters and fans may be an important step. If the assessment discovers another long-term problem such as a leaky pipe, that will need to be fixed to prevent the mold from recurring.


Homeowners can prevent or limit the Old Hickory mold growth by keeping careful watch over the moisture in their home. Always vent spaces where large amounts of steam accumulate such as in the shower, kitchen, or any room that uses a humidifier. Identify and fix broken pipes or leaks quickly. If a flood does occur, dry the affected area as quickly as possible before mold growth sets in.

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What Happens During Nashville Fire Damage?

6/18/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Happens During Nashville Fire Damage? When approaching Nashville fire damage, time is of the essence.

What Happens During Fire Damage?

A Nashville fire can happen to anyone; events such as cooking while distracted, malfunctioning heating equipment, smoking in the home, a fallen candle or faulty electrical wiring can quickly cause a devastating fire that can damage the home.

It is important that a homeowner cleans as soon as possible to avoid permanent damage and discoloration. Donning a dusk mask, the homeowner must first ventilate the home by placing a box fan in an open window to draw out air, soot and dust. All carpets, floors and walls must then be dried to prevent mold, mildew and water damage. A SERVPRO technician uses dehumidifiers and large industrial fans for effective drying, and walls and ceilings with water damage must be repaired or replaced.

Soot is next removed from the walls and ceilings before it is possible to effectively clean them. Adequately removing oily soot from draperies, carpets and other household items results in preventable stains. A heavy-duty vacuum is used to remove soot from these items, and a mixture of chemicals is used for certain paints on the walls and ceilings. 

Carpets, furniture and draperies are next deodorized to remove Nashville smoke odor before cleaning. Household deodorizing sprays only provide temporary remedy, and may also interact with smoke odor to create an additional unpleasant odor. A professional restoration technician, like SERVPRO, may use a counteractant or an ozone generator to break up Nashville smoke molecules, which permanently eliminates the odor. Only then are the home and items inside prepared to be cleaned with mild alkaline cleaners, detergents and dry cleaning.

Professional restorers, like SERVPRO, also rid household ducts from trapped smoke odors with various techniques such as thermal fogging or using a chemical sealer. Insulation in the attic may also need to be replaced due to its smoke-retaining properties, which may move through a home in warm weather.

When approaching Nashville fire damage, time is of the essence. Within minutes of fire extinguishment, soot can permanently discolor small appliances, plastics and highly porous materials, and walls, flooring, upholstery and furniture becomes permanently damages within days. Professional consultation, like SERVPRO, along with immediate action after a fire can make a profound difference in restoration, repair and replacement costs, and reduces the time needed to return a home to livable conditions.

  

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Recovery Planning From a Small Business Fire in Wilson County

6/1/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Recovery Planning From a Small Business Fire in Wilson County Disasters can strike at any time, so it’s beneficial to have a plan of attack ready if you’re a small business owner.

Recovery Planning From a Small Business Fire

Disasters can strike at any time, so it’s beneficial to have a plan of attack ready if you’re a small business owner. It doesn’t matter if it’s weather-related, one caused by faulty technology or even the result of human error, the economic devastation that a Wilson County fire can wreak on a business can be overwhelming. So it’s important to be prepared for even a small disruption of service in order to keep the economic engine humming.


Technology Troubles
One of the most vital areas that can be affected is a company’s Information Technology department. That’s because proprietary information that was only available on a server that might have been damaged from Wilson County fire could put the fate of the company up in the air.


The aspect of natural disasters is just as dangerous to whatever technology a company is using. In virtually every case, any modern company will have information pertaining to their clients on a server or computer, so the loss of that data can have a lethal effect on a company’s business.


The Safety of Personnel
Of course, the dangers of Wilson County fires can be mitigated by simply making sure that the employees and staff of your company are protected from harm’s way. Those people should be issued a list of exits and escape routes should a disaster of this nature occur. By knowing how to quickly leave a dangerous area, the main issue of dealing with the emergency can be addressed.


Making Other Arrangements
In addition, making arrangements to store data away from the business itself, as well as backing it all up on a daily basis, will keep it from being lost forever if a Wilson County fire happens to take place. In some cases, necessary equipment or office-related material may be just as important to the everyday running of the company.


The Dangers of Inaction
Having plans in place offers more hope of resuming operations more quickly, since a disaster often serves as the death knell for far too many businesses. It helps to have regular meetings in order to brainstorm potential ideas that can help the entire company.


In short, planning for failure (or disaster in this case) is always better than failing to plan, so by using this advice, a small business can be nimble enough to stay viable during a crisis.

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When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Wilson County responds quickly to your Nashville business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,650 Franchises. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Tornado Preparedness Tips Wilson County

6/1/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Preparedness Tips Wilson County There are a number of precautions you can take before a twister strikes, in order to help reduce the potential for harm to you and your family.

Tornado Preparedness Tips

Wilson County tornadoes are violent forces of nature that can suddenly strike with very little or no notice, bringing devastation to entire communities within moments. A tornado warning indicates imminent threats to property and lives, so if you are located in a district that is at high risk for tornadoes, it is imperative to prepare for such a catastrophic event by reviewing a few safety tips for survival.


There are a number of precautions you can take before a twister strikes, in order to help reduce the potential for harm to you and your family. Follow these emergency plan guidelines in preparation of a Wilson County tornado.


Disaster Awareness
Regions that are subject to tornadoes usually have a siren warning system set in place. Be sure you and your family are aware of the tornado warning siren sounds, so that you are equipped to take action before the twister touches ground. Another option is to purchase an NOAA weather radio that will sound a loud alert upon the issuance of a tornado warning. In the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch, it is also advisable to turn on the television or radio, in an attempt to stay informed on the latest weather activity.


Store Important Documents
An essential process in Wilson County tornado readiness is to protect important documents such as, birth certificates, social security cards, insurance policies, wills, and vehicle titles against damage. In order to guard these items, it is recommended to preserve them in a lockable safe that is both fire and water-resistant. Significant valuables and keepsakes should be sealed away as well.


Prepare an Evacuation Route
One of the simplest methods to minimize the likelihood of injury during the passage of a tornado is to create a floor plan for your home or building that identifies all of the possible exit routes. It is highly recommended to identify at least two exit paths from each room. Then, determine which community facilities are the best locations to occupy during a storm. Once a plan is formed, review it with your family and consider running practice drills to help ensure all family members understand the strategy.


Safety Precautions
Prior to a severe storm or tornado, secure your home with an emergency preparedness kit, which includes a first-aid kit, fire extinguishers, and other items that will be beneficial in the midst of a disaster. Mark the location of these items on your emergency floor plan and consider reviewing basic first aid procedures with your family. In addition, identify the sources of your water, gas, and electricity so they can quickly be shut off, should a Wilson County tornado touch down.


Take Shelter
Evacuation is not always possible. As a precaution, determine the safest places in your building to take cover. In general, the best location to endure a tornado is in an interior room without any windows such as, a closet, basement, storm shelter, or lowest level of a building. Cover up with blankets, pillows, mattresses, tables, and other structures as a shield against falling debris.

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Top 10 Tips for Preventing Mold Damage in a Water Damaged Nashville Home

4/27/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Top 10 Tips for Preventing Mold Damage in a Water Damaged Nashville Home Mold Damage in Nashville can be difficult to remove. Contact a professional to ensure your home is protected from Mold

Mold infestations can begin very shortly after a water damage emergency, in sometimes as little as 48 hours. If your Nashville home is flooded due to burst pipes or a natural disaster, it will greatly benefit you in the long run to do everything you safely can to reduce the amount of permanent damage. Many molds are virtually harmless to human life, while others cause respiratory problems, irritations of the eyes, nose, and throat, or severe infections that cause vomiting and lethargy. Mold also threatens sensitive materials, especially paper and fabrics. Thankfully, a prompt and thorough cleanup will do much to prevent mold damage in Nashville.

1. Increase ventilation by keeping doors and windows open to increase the speed at which standing water evaporates. If you can safely use power, your A/C and fans will help the process.

2. Carpets and pads that have been soaked should be disposed of to allow the flooring to dry faster. You want to give the structural aspects of your house as much breathability as possible.

3. Upholstered furniture, mattresses, and pillows too are difficult to clean and take a long time to dry. Throw them out before they contribute to the amount of moisture in the house, or attract mold damage themselves.

4. Wet wallboard is very likely to facilitate a mold damage invasion, and should be taken down where affected, especially if it has begun to visibly swell or deteriorate.

5. Make copies of any books, papers, and documents that have been soaked as you can, but don't try to keep them in the house. If they aren't important, dispose of them immediately.

6. For vinyl and ceramic floors, mop up any excess water with a disinfecting cleaner. Check underneath them to make sure the layers below haven't been saturated.

7. Draperies and curtains are easier to save than most upholsteries so long as you have them washed or dry cleaned according to their requirements, but don't leave them hanging over your open windows obstructing airflow.

8. Through fans, dehumidifiers, and air circulation, desaturase hardwood floors as best you can. However, don't use heat to dry them, as they'll be damaged and warped.

9. Wet ceiling tiles need to be removed and discarded. Let the space be exposed until it's dry.

10. If you find yourself needing to do all of the above, chances are you need to hire a professional water remediation service. Professionals have the experience, expertise, and tools to efficiently remove all moisture from a house, and are the safest choice for preventing Nashville mold damage and other damages.

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. For flood damage cleanup, residential cleaning services, household mold removal, serve pro service company, water damage, mold removal, mold removal company, how to get rid of mold, damaged by mold, identifying mold contact SERVPRO of Wilson County. If you suspect that your Nashville home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Wilson County can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

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Precautions When Returning to Your Wilson County Home

3/14/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Precautions When Returning to Your Wilson County Home Although we try to prevent water damage and purchase flood insurance, we cannot always stop the inevitable.

Precautions When Returning to Your Home

Whether caused by a leak, a natural disaster, or any other type of issue, Gallatin water damage can be devastating for a home. Although we try to prevent water damage and purchase flood insurance, we cannot always stop the inevitable. The actions that you take immediately upon returning home will have a huge effect on how much Goodlettsville water damage is done and how long it takes to repair the house. 

1. Ensure the water has stopped. Before you begin to repair the damage, or even live in your home, you must ensure that the source of the water has been cut off. This includes sealing a leak, turning off water to your home, or simply waiting until a flood has stopped. 

2. Call your insurance company. It's important to notify your insurance company of the Hendersonville water damage as soon as possible. Even if you don't have flood coverage, they may be able to help you.

3. Dry the house. You will not be able to remove all the damage, but you should do your best. Mop or use a wet vacuum to remove water and dry both floors and walls as much as possible. Remove damaged carpeting and other textiles. 

4. Keep good ventilation. Ventilation will help to dry out the home. In addition, the fresh air will discourage mold and mildew from forming and prevent Inglewood water damage from being the catalyst that destroys the home. 

5. Check below the leak. Water flows downhill, so there will likely be water damage in the basement or in lower floors. 

6. Have your home inspected for mold. Mold can be a health risk for occupants of your home. By the time you see green or black fuzz on your walls, floors, or fixtures, it is already too late. A trained inspector will likely be necessary in order to feel assured that you do not have mold inside your walls.

While Gallatin water damage is stressful, it does not have to ruin your home. As soon as you discover the damage, follow these steps and involve your insurance agent as early as possible.

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Nashville Water Damage - When Nashville Water Damage occurs spring into action

1/3/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nashville Water Damage - When Nashville Water Damage occurs spring into action Water Damage in you Nashville home should be addressed before it gets bad.

Take Fast Action When Nashville Water Damage Occurs

If your home is flooded, then you need to spring into action. It is important that Nashville water removal is accomplished in a timely manner to prevent damage to your home. There are other problems that water causes such as unhealthy indoor air quality. You can physically remove wet items and carry them outdoors to dry. A large fan will help with Nashville water removal fast to dry items faster. High humidity levels can affect every member of your family in a negative manner. If you have family members with respiratory problems, then it is important that you get rid of excess water.

Consider hiring a company that specializes in water damage. They will bring professional equipment that will dry your home faster. This is important to prevent damage to your floors, walls and ceilings. Protect yourself and your family by wearing a respiratory mask while cleaning up after water damage. Throw away items that have been saturated with water such as mattresses, rugs and carpets.

Water damage can also occur due to damaged water or sewer lines. If the sewer has backed up into your home, you must take steps to prevent bacteria from entering your home. Consult a professional water damage company for best results. Consult with your insurance agent to find out what items are covered. Some homeowner's policies do not cover damage due to flooding or other disasters. Prepare ahead of a disaster by storing items such as canned foods and important papers inside plastic containers and bags. Important information such as insurance policies should also be protected.

If your area weather station is reporting possible flooding in your area, then you should unplug all appliances. Turn the electricity off before you vacate the premises. It is important to prepare ahead for natural disasters that can catch you off-guard. Make sure all family members know what to do in case of an emergency. Never use your household vacuum to remove excess water. A professional Nashville water damage company has equipment to remove water safely and efficiently. Contact a professional before an emergency situation unfolds in front of you and your family.

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Nashville Fire Damage - Why You Should Leave Smoke Damage Removal to a Professional

12/16/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Nashville Fire Damage - Why You Should Leave Smoke Damage Removal to a Professional After a fire, a professional can help make the home like it was before the fire.

Fire damage is just the beginning when your house or office catches fire. Smoke and water also do a lot of damage, and it’s not safe to enter your house after a fire because there could be structural damage. Smoke damage needs to be mitigated as soon as possible in order for the building to be returned to its pre-fire condition.

Why Is Smoke Damage Serious?

Smoke leaves behind powerful odors because of the material burned. Carpets, upholstery, wood and plastics are all burned and create odors and ash that can corrode, etch and discolor as well as cling to the remaining structure. Some of the fumes from the fire damage will seep into the walls and floors and may contaminate the indoor air much later if they are not removed. These cannot be removed with a household cleaner. It takes special equipment and the expertise of professionals to mitigate smoke damage, so the house is odor-free.

The different types of damage include:

 Plastics that melt and change color

 Fiberglass that cracks

 Finishes on appliances that turn yellow

 Metals that tarnish or corrode

 Wood that may need refinishing

The longer you wait to call a professional mitigation contractor, the worse the situation will be. After the fire is out, the smoke and ash remain. It’s also more cost-effective to get the repair started as soon as possible. Even if the fire damage in Nashville is contained in a small part of your house, smoke damage can permeate a greater area.

How Is Smoke Damage Cleaned?

Professionals use thermal fogging to remove smoke odor. This technique opens the pores in the walls and floors to neutralize the odor from the smoke that has entered deep into them. The also use dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the water damage and ozone generators to neutralize the odor. Different chemicals are required to remove the smoke from different substances such as wood and plastic. The final step in smoke mitigation is to repaint the walls and ceilings.

Professionals Know the Job

The best fire damage professionals are properly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They take extensive coursework to get their certification. They will identify all the affected materials in your home and find the source of any odors. Smoke and heat will distribute ash through the home and it can remain in cracks and crevices. Experts know what can be salvaged and what needs to be discarded. They use specialized detergents that have been designed to treat specific types of odor.

Professionals can also increase the possibility of saving property rather than needing to replace it, and they can clean out your vents and ducts. Some of the services offered are:

  Removal of smoke and odor

  Cleaning and sanitizing

  Professional deodorization

  Temporary protection of surfaces already cleaned

  Removing carpets and pads if required

Fire damage is devastating, but it is not over when the fire is out. To get your home back to pre-damaged condition, professional fire and smoke mitigation is essential.

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Carbon Monoxide Nashville - Are you Carbon Monoxide aware

11/11/2014 (Permalink)

Are you ‘Carbon Monoxide’ aware - It’s not just a Domestic Boiler Problem? 

Every week there seems to be a new article in the media with the two words we all fear - carbon monoxide. Very effective campaigns driven by The HSE, Gas Safe and other industry bodies have raised awareness of the danger, but to a degree this has been quite rightly focused on the Domestic Sector which is often unregulated, hence targeting owner occupiers with a campaign highlighting the dangers.

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How to Get the Fireplace Ready for a Cold Nashville Winter

10/15/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Get the Fireplace Ready for a Cold Nashville Winter As the weather gets colder in Nashville, and the days get shorter. Fire damage in Nashville gets more likely.

By Jamie Shelley
Oct. 15, 10:55 AM ET

As the weather gets colder in Nashville, and the days get shorter, people retreat indoors to the warmth of their hearts and Madison homes. If they have a fireplace, fall is a good time to make sure that the flue and chimney are in good working order. A few important tips for your Goodlettsville home will make sure that their fireplace is ready for the upcoming winter season. In order to prevent any fire damae to the house.

Checking from the Outside

People should assess their chimney from the outside. They should determine if it is leaning or if there are any chipped masonry joints or bricks. They should also look out for any holes or cracks.

Homeowners in Inglewood should also check for any stains, loose sections and corrosion if their chimney is made from factory-built metal. If the chimney is exposed to the attic, they should make sure to check there as well for any signs that repair needs to be done.

Install a Chimney Cap

A good cap can reduce water and wildlife damage to the chimney. Snow and water can enter an uncapped chimney and subsequently thaw and freeze causing expansion damage. Small wildlife can live in a chimney creating clogs and potentially introducing ticks, worms, fleas and other disease-causing pests to the house. A chimney cap that features screen mesh will keep wildlife out while protecting the roof from sparks and embers.

Check for Stains and Leaks

Inside your Hendersonville home, people should check the area around their fireplace for any dampness or stains. A damaged flue liner or a faulty flashing could cause all of these. If your White House home sees signs of water around their chimney,  the Gallatin homeowner should call a professional immediately.

If their fireplace has grilles and louvers on the front, people should clean them as well. A clean vent will keep the fan working and to prevent dust from gathering. Using a regular vacuum with a hose extension or a shop vacuum gets the job done.

Inspect the Flue

Your Old Hickory fireplace flue is the duct that allows the gas, smoke and other waste products to exit your Mt. Juliet house. It is vital for people to make sure that they inspect the flue for any signs of blockage. This is done to prevent any smoke and gas from returning to the house.

People in Watertown should also not forget that creosote can build up in the fireplace flue and create a fire hazard. If they look up through the flue and cannot see the light from above the house, it may be a sign that it is blocked, and they may need a professional to clear the flue blockage. If they can see the light, people should simply clean the flue with a fireplace brush.

Replace Deteriorated or Broken Brick Lining

People should also not forget to check for any deteriorating or broken brick lining. Cracks found in the lining are not a major concern, but if the brick lining starts to deteriorate to the point that its steel body is exposed, people may permanently damage the structure due to heat from the flames.

Check the Gas Connection

If your Nashville home has a gas-burning fireplace, it is important that they contact their local gas company and inspect the connection. People should have them inspect it for proper flow of gas and any leaks.

The Bottom Line

A fireplace is a beautiful addition to any house as it provides both ambiance and warmth for a homeowner and their guests over the cold months. However, it is important that a fireplace is working safely and efficiently. With regular maintenance, a fireplace can give people years of wonderful service.

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References:

http://grennanconstruction.com/2013/08/22/5-tips-to-prepare-your-fireplace-for-the-winter/

http://www.hmshomewarrantyblog.com/how-to-prepare-your-fireplace-for-winter-weather/

http://www.camdenfires.co.uk/fireplaces/prepare-fireplace-winter/

http://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-your-fireplace-ready-for-winter-138691/ 

What You Need To Know About Bathroom Flooding In Your Lebanon Home

10/7/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage What You Need To Know About Bathroom Flooding In Your Lebanon Home Bathroom flooding can be very destructive and damaging to your home in Lebanon.

By: Jamie Shelley
Oct. 6 2014 9:14 AM ET

Bathroom flooding can be very destructive and damaging to your home in Lebanon. Flooding can lead to potential health and safety risks if not handled properly. Bathroom flooding is especially problematic because it can happen at any time of the day or night. You should know several things about bathroom flooding situations. Nashville is north enough to be susceptible to pipe freezing and possible water damage after pipes thaw. Keep informed about the possible freezing by watching channel 5 weather.

Causes of Bathroom Flooding

Bathroom flooding can be caused by several things. Clogs are very common. Clogs deep in your plumbing can force water back up and out of your sink, tub or toilet. Drain problems can result in flooding. A jammed drain or a drain that is filled with hair or toilet paper can cause flooding. The drain will stop the water from reaching the pipes. A pipe connected to a fixture could burst because of corrosion, age or water pressure problems. A final cause could be frozen pipes that block the drains.

How Bathroom Flooding Can Harm Your Mt. Juliet Home

Flooding in your Mt. Juliet home can do allot of damage and possibly your health. The water can start to rot away the beams that make up the structure of the floor, walls and the ceiling below. Severe flooding in Watertown can reach your basement and damage the foundation or appliances like water heaters. Flooding can start to corrode other pipes in the bathroom causing water damage to your Old Hickory business or home. The water can cause toxic mold to start growing. You might catch a disease or infection if you come into contact with wastewater. Even sewer gases from your Old Hickory sewers that come up can lead to respiratory problems and eye or nose irritation. If you are experiencing health problems call University Medical Center at 615-444-8262.

How to React When Bathroom Flooding Starts

You need to act fast when bathroom flooding starts. Attempt to shut off the water from a safe location. Avoid touching or standing in wastewater from toilets or backed up drains. Attempt to contain the flooding if possible so that less of your Gallatin home is damaged. Do not flush toilets. If you have towels and mops, then try to minimize the amount of standing water on the ground.

The Importance of Contacting Professionals

You always want to contact restoration professionals when you have a bathroom flooding situation. Professionals will know how to prevent mold growth and how to remove all the water from your bathroom safely. They will attempt to salvage as much as possible. You want to rely on a restoration company to repair water-damaged areas for maximum safety. You should always call a restoration company when you encounter flooding in your bathroom. Call a professional water damage restoration company immediately to deal with water damage. SERVPRO of Wilson County is a professional water damage remediation company and can be reached 24/7/365 at 615-449-5000.

Preventing Bathroom Flooding

You can prevent some bathroom flooding situations by watching what goes into the drains. Do not put large amounts of toilet paper, food or other objects in toilets and sinks. Keep solid items out of drains. Have your pipes and plumbing inspected regularly to avoid corrosion and burst pipes. Have your sewer lines and drains professionally cleaned once every one to two years. Call plumbers as soon as you see slow drains or frequent clogs. Just a few simple actions can prevent many bathroom flooding situations.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

SERVPRO of Wilson County Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Wilson County proudly serves Nashville, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Watertown, Old Hickory, Gladeville, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Inglewood, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

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