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SERVPRO of Wilson County : Fire Safety with Your Kids

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

It’s in the nature of a young child to be curious about fire. With this in mind, it’s best for parents of young children to learn the best way to satisfy their child’s curiosity while also instilling good fire safety practices. Use their curious nature to start a conversation about fire safety, and be sure to cover the following points.

Young Children and Fire Risks

According to the USFA children below the age of five have a much higher risk of dying in a home fire especially when compared to kids in other age groups. The reason for this is obvious: young kids aren’t capable of exiting a home in the event of a fire or understanding the dangers posed by fire.

Introducing Fire Safety to your Kids

Generally, kids aren’t really sure how to react to fires and may even hide from them instead of fleeing to safety. But if you are able to teach them about some basic fire safety facts and tell them in a fun way the exact steps to take or things to do to be safe, they will be able to protect themselves, even when you are not around.

Teach your Kids About Fire Safety 

Regardless of how busy you are or how tight your schedule is, you have to make out time to teach your kids about fire safety. The most important thing to tell your kids about what to do when they encounter a fire is for them not to ever hide under their bed, in their closet or anywhere at all when there is a fire. Instruct your kids to find a safe way to leave the house when there is a fire so they don’t get trapped and to call the authorities once they get to safety.

Make a Family Fire Plan

Instead of bombarding your kids with the intricate details about fires, start small and talk about basic fire. Make sure to talk about the subject often so that it will become second nature to them. Once they’re ready to move forward, start small with making a fire plan that can be used as an exit strategy to help your family get out of the house as safely and quickly as possible. Make sure to review and practice your fire plan both during the day and at night to ensure it’s easy to follow in an emergency.

Coping After a Home Fire

Home fires can have serious emotional and physical consequences and the aftermath can take a while for young kids to overcome. The best way to protect your kids is by preventing home fires in the first place. If you’re unable to prevent a home fire, then make sure to call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 to help quickly restore your property to its pre-fire condition following a fire.

SERVPRO of Wilson County : Proper electrical safety to avoid fires in the house

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

When working with electricity, safety needs to be your top priority at all times. According to the NFPA, one of the major dangers associated with electrical hazards are fires. Each year, electrical malfunctions account for 35,000 home fires, causing over 1,130 injuries, 500 deaths and $1.4 billion in property damage. To keep electrical components in a state where they are not misused or improperly maintained and cause a fire, it’s best to follow this guide.

Keep an Eye Out For Electrical Red Flags

When it comes to your electrical components, make sure you’re aware of the key warning signs of overloaded electrical systems. This includes (but is not limited to) outlets that are frequently blowing fuses, tripping circuit breakers and lights dimming when other devices are used. Furthermore, if you hear a buzzing sound coming from outlets or switches, or they are warm to the touch, you could have an overloaded electrical system.

Watch for the warning signs of a stressed or worn out electrical system.  These include:

  • Cover plates that are unusually warm to the touch may indicate a loose connection. 
  • Crackling, sizzling or buzzing noises behind outlets, switches or walls may indicate there’s an unsafe wiring condition called arcing.
  • Tripped circuit breakers are yet another indication of an over stressed electrical system. Circuits typically trip because of electrical overloads.  Circuits that trip repeatedly indicate a potential problem that needs attention from a licensed electrician.

Other Signs of Faulty Wiring

As a home ages, so does the wiring system. You can experience issues with worn out outlets, switches, GFCI outlets, and even the circuit breaker panel. Wiring systems in homes that are more than 30-years-old weren’t designed to handle the demands of today’s electricity needs.

If you also find that you are constantly using extension cords to power your appliances or electronics, it might be time to reconsider your electrical outlet needs. This is because extension cords can heat up and catch on fire easily, especially if they’re overloaded.

Lastly, if you find that prongs are not staying secure in your receptacle, it’s definitely time to get your receptacle’s worn contact repaired before a fire breaks loose. This is because loose contacts are known to cause arcing, which can ignite dry wood and dust, leading to fires in no time.

Electrical Fire Restoration Solutions

Electricity is something that even when harnessed and secured, can still lead to home fires due to outside sources such as a power surge, lightning strike or other natural disaster. If an electrical fire breaks out on your property under your watch, it’s best to call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 to go over your fire restoration options immediately.

SERVPRO of Wilson County : How to prepare my older home for a storm

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

No matter what region of the country you live in, natural disasters are virtually unavoidable. The question is not if a storm or natural disaster will occur but when. If you’re living in an older home in an area that is prone to severe storms and/or flooding, it’s best to plan accordingly to ensure that you’re protected before, during and after a storm.

Keep You and Your Family Safe

Before the storm hits, make sure to do the following to ensure you and your loved ones can ride out the storm safely in your old home:

  • Have a family plan that covers what to do in case of a storm and how you would survive for a week or longer without electricity or aid.
  • Have a plan for people with a disability or serious illness or those who need life-support equipment.
  • Locate the shutoffs for electricity, water and gas.

If your home hasn’t been updated and is more than 70 years old, it most likely won’t have a modern electrical circuit breaker. If that is the case, you might have screw in 25-35 watt electrical bulbs that will be powering your two prong outlets. If this sounds like your electrical panel, it might be best to buy extra electrical outlet bulbs before the storm sets in.

Stay Safe During the Storm

While you’re in the middle of a storm, make sure your old home is able to withstand its energy by:

  • Staying in your safe room, away from doors and windows.
  • Turning off electricity if flooding begins.
  • Using flashlights, not candles, for lighting.

If you have your windows boarded up before the storm hits, you should be in the clear from any damage that may occur if your window panes were to shatter.

Once the Storm Passes

Once the storm has passed and everyone has stopped acting crazy, start thinking long term about getting your old house ready for the next storm, because there will be a next storm. If your old home has incurred severe storm damage that requires a professional touch, make sure to call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 for a consultation immediately.

SERVPRO of Wilson County : Can a storm damage my foundation?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

In order to last for generations, your property needs to maintain a solid foundation. Most modern properties are built on concrete foundations which can withstand a myriad of physical stressors. But, if the foundation is under incredible stress from storm or flood damage, it’s liable to crack over time. Read more about what leads foundations to get damaged during storms and what you can do to sidestep permanent foundational damage in the future following a flood.

How Do Floods Lead to Foundation Damage?

Whether the flood event includes long periods of standing water or rapid moving waters over a short time, flooding can do severe water damage to your foundation. Flooding penetrates deep below your foundation, causing shifts and upheavals that can compromise its strength and structural soundness. The tremendous amount of weight that water carries with it is what you should be on the lookout for. Even if you let just a few inches of water linger over your foundation for an extended period of time, the weight might be too much for your foundation to shoulder.

Preventative Measures to Take

The key is to prevent water from pooling anywhere near your property. You can take these precautions:

  • Inspect your downspouts and ensure they point away from the home. If your home lacks a gutter system altogether, install one before the next incoming storm.
  • Install a sump pump or foundation vent. This enables water to flow through the home rather than pool around it.
  • Apply sealants and coatings on your walls, windows, and doorways. This prevents floodwater from entering the home through cracks in these components.
  • Grade your lawn so that the ground slopes away from your home. If the slope is toward the home or the ground is completely flat, water can pool around the house.
  • Keep mulch away from the home. Mulch can absorb water and cause the foundation, walls, and siding to rot.

Calling the Pros When Things Get Out of Control

The aftermath of a flood can deal immense damage to a foundation if the problem isn’t addressed and the water is left to linger. If you find that your foundation is sloping in a direction that it wasn’t before a storm or has cracks that used to be solid, it’s best to call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 for a consultation. Our team has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition thanks to our emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

SERVPRO of Wilson County : Storm is Coming and You're Not Home

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Storm is coming and you’re not home

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When you catch wind of a severe storm approaching your home, you need to seek shelter immediately. Of course, the safest place to be when a tornado or hurricane approaches is in a basement or storm shelter underground. But if you are not able to get to a shelter or basement, you need to find shelter that is available. See what measures you should take to protect yourself while away from your home in these two common places during a severe storm.

What to do if You’re at Work or School

If a storm reaches your region during the middle of your work or school day, there are several actions that you can take to protect yourself:

  • Go to the basement or an inside hallway at the lowest level
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums, large hallways or shopping malls
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a desk or heavy table.

What to do if you are in your Vehicle

If you haven’t had a chance to make it home yet but are on your way home, then follow these steps to keep yourself safe until the severe storm passes:

  • Never try to outrun a severe storm (especially a hurricane or tornado). Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can instantly lift up a car, truck or any other vehicle and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the vehicle immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the vehicle and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.

What to do When you get to your Home

Once the storm passes and you’re able to safely reach your home, do a quick visual inspection from a distance. After you’ve documented any storm damages and notified the appropriate authorities, make sure to get in contact with the experienced team at SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 for a consultation.

SERVPRO of Wilson County : How to Prevent Lightning from Damaging Your Home

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

How to prevent lightning from damaging your home

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Spring thunderstorms can involve rain, hail, high winds, and lightning, all of which can threaten your roof and home. If your home is struck by lightning, it can sustain significant damage—both visible and hidden from view. Learn more about the ways that lightning can damage your home and how to prevent lightning damage to ensure the continued protection of your property.

How Can Lightning Damage your Home?

Roughly 1 in 200 houses are struck by lightning every year. Direct strikes to homes can cause power surges that ruin electrical systems and electronics. Indirect strikes can also leave homes dismantled when lightning hits either a nearby tree or power Lines.

Since lightning takes the path of least resistance, a nearby strike on your property or in your neighborhood could cause surge issues in your home. Surge issues tend to be pretty similar whether a nearby lightning strike has affected your home or it was directly struck by lightning. Although these surges can affect electrical components in your home, they can also affect gas lines and possibly lead to home fires.

3 Ways to Prevent or Minimize Lightning Damage

Of all the solutions that have been proven effective at keeping your home safe from a fire following a lightning strike, here are our top 3 solutions:

  1. Use a home lightning protection system - One of the best ways for homeowners, in particular, to protect their homes from lightning is to install a home lightning protection system. Research has stated that a properly installed system is approximately 99 percent effective in preventing lightning
  2. Unplug electronics and appliances - In addition to causing structural fires, lightning can damage the electronics in your home. An easy step homeowners can take to avoid electrical damage is to unplug any electronic devices or appliances in anticipation of a storm.
  3. Install transient voltage surge suppressors - One way to make sure your electronics are always protected from lightning is to install transient voltage surge protectors. According to Allstate, transient voltage surge protectors are connected to computers and other electronic equipment to limit voltage to 5 times the normal voltage.

Call the Best After Lightning Strikes

If your home or another structure you're in is hit by lightning, check for any fires or scorching, Especially immediately after a strike, do not touch metal window frames, pipes, or electric cords, and do not use your water. If you see a fire or smell smoke, call emergency services to be dispatched to your property. Once the dust settles, call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 to assess the damages and give you an estimate for restoration.

SERVPRO of Wilson County : How to use a Fire Extinguisher

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

How to use a fire extinguisher

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We should all have at least one fire extinguisher somewhere in our home, but it’s not enough to simply keep one under the kitchen sink. If there is a fire, the safety of yourself and your home relies on knowing how to properly use that fire extinguisher. In case your fire extinguisher has been sitting around collecting dust, here’s everything you need to know before brushing it off and fighting a fire in your home the right way.

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher for the Job

Most household fires fall into one of the following categories:

Class A: These fires are fueled by solid combustibles like wood, paper, and cloth.

Class B: These fires are fueled by flammable liquids such as oil, petroleum, and gasoline.

Class C: These fires are started or fueled by faulty wiring, fuse boxes, and appliances.

Class K: These fires are started or fueled by cooking oils and greases, animal fats, and vegetable fats.

Properly Using a Fire Extinguisher

To use a fire extinguisher, follow the acronym PASS as outlined below:

Pull - Pull the pin on the extinguisher 
Aim - Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire 
Squeeze - Squeeze the trigger to release the product 
Sweep - Sweep the nozzle from side to side (slowly)

After Using your Fire Extinguisher

After your first use of your fire extinguisher using the PASS method, follow these steps to stay safe:

  • Keep an eye on things: After the flames appear to be out, continue to watch the fire area to make sure it doesn’t reignite. If the fire does start up again, repeat the PASS process.
  • Call the fire department: If you didn’t have the chance to call the fire department before discharging the fire extinguisher, do so now. They will be able to inspect the site of the fire and make sure that it is completely extinguished.
  • Get to a safe place: Once the fire is out, or if you are unable to extinguish the fire, leave the scene and find a place out of reach of the fire.

Who to Call for Fire Restoration in the Heat of the Moment

Home fires can be highly tense, nerve wracking experiences that can cause anxiety to even the most experienced firefighter. Hopefully, using these tips on how to best use your fire extinguisher in case of a home fire will help you stay safe, it may not always be effective at putting out a fire. In these cases, it’s best to not try to be a hero and instead call the fire department to continue fighting the fire and helping to save your home.

After a home fire has been put out, it’s time to think about getting your home back to its original aesthetic appeal. Although that might be a tall task for some companies, the team at SERVPRO Wilson County is more than capable to restore your property quickly after a home fire. Make sure to call us at (615) 449-5000 for a comprehensive consultation!

SERVPRO of Wilson County : How to Keep Items Safe from Fire

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

How to keep items safe from fire

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When disaster strikes your home, it can leave a trail of devastation behind. But the real gut-wrenching loss are those valuables that cannot be replaced, whether a family heirloom, photographs or some other memento. While we certainly cannot predict when a fire or flood will hit, there are some steps you can take to protect those items that are most valuable to you.

The Most Important Items to Protect During a Fire

Although we may consider many items in ours homes to be relatively valuable to us, that list gets narrowed down very quickly when a home fire hits. This list includes (but is not limited to):

  • Birth certificates
  • Property titles (i.e. your home deed)
  • Insurance policies
  • Safe deposit box keys
  • Social security cards/Passports/Forms of ID
  • Spare car/house keys
  • Wills and living trusts

This list encompasses anything that is either incredibly difficult or impossible to replace and holds tremendous value to your continued financial wellbeing. These items have relatively no value when it comes to insurance policies so getting reimbursed for the loss of any of them is nearly impossible to do.

Ways to Protect your Priceless Items

When disaster-proofing your priceless items, there are no hard and fast rules about what to keep them. The goal is to have everything in at least two places in case one is destroyed or inaccessible. Generally speaking, you have 5 places to choose from when deciding where to keep your papers:

  1. Wallet
  2. Safe Deposit Box
  3. Online/Digital Storage
  4. Attorney
  5. Friend or Relative living elsewhere

What to do After your Home Fire

Following the above tips will help you rest easier knowing that, in the case of a home fire, you don’t have to scramble amidst the mounting flames to get your priceless items in order; instead you can focus on the safety of yourself and loved ones. As soon as you have documented everything from your home fire, be sure to call the experienced team at SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 as soon as possible. We have decades of experience in restoring homes from fire damage and you deserve the expertise that we bring to the table.

SERVPRO of Wilson County : Can you fix flood damage?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Can You Fix Flood Damage?

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No matter what the source of water is that caused a flood on your property, there are steps you must take to protect your family, save your home, prevent health hazards, and decrease the costs involved in the restoration process. Although flood damage can be remediated, it takes a concentrated effort by all those involved; from the homeowners that have been affected to the professional team that is tasked with remediating the water damage. Read on to learn how flood damage can be fixed and how to prevent mold damage from forming after a flood.

The Post-Flood Cleanup Process

Cleaning up after a flood is a long, arduous process that involves meticulously removing all water damage, salvaging any personal items in the area, safely drying out the space in a way that doesn’t spread the mold spores out, and disinfecting any areas or objects the water touched. All these tasks must be done while wearing proper safety gear to avoid contact with bacteria and fungi that are likely present.

Remediating Flood Damage

After the flood waters recede and the cleanup has been done, most homeowners are eager to get back into their homes and start rebuilding. The problem with going that route of rapid rebuilding after water damage is that your wood has been submerged in water. Its surface has likely absorbed a large amount of water making the process of rebuilding too quickly a cause for concern. This could lead to mold growth, insect infestations, and deterioration of the wood and wall coverings or worse if you don’t consult with a professional water damage remediation company.

Preventing Mold Damage

Keeping your space mold-free before or after flood damage is key. Installing dehumidifiers that have a capacity large enough for your space can help you keep the humidity in your home low enough so that mold doesn’t grow. Cleaning water-soaked carpets and floors is difficult under any conditions, but in the aftermath of a storm or flood, contamination by mud, silt, sewage and mildew, can compound the problem.

If you’ve noticed that your surfaces or furniture have encountered water damage due to a recent flood, you may have to make a judgment call based on its current condition. If the water has seeped into the surface of your flooring or furniture, you may have to budget for a replacement or at least to remediate the damages that you’ve incurred.

Being Prepared for Flood Damage

Rather than not know who to turn to in the case of flood damage or try to DIY the repairs yourself, you can get peace of mind that your property is protected from flood damage in the future by calling the team at SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 for a consultation! We use professional grade cleaning and sanitizing agents as well as advanced cleaning equipment that helps us quickly and efficiently remove water damage and hidden moisture from homes of all sizes.

SERVPRO Wilson County : Is my carpet ruined after a flood?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Is my carpet ruined after a flood?

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If you’ve experienced a flood in your home that reached your carpet, you’re probably looking for the fastest solution for making your house livable again. You might be asking yourself whether you’ll need to replace your carpet completely or if you can get the water damage remediated. Before you decide to drop the funds needed to replace your water damaged carpet, it’s important to understand all the factors that correspond to your carpet’s health after a flood occurs. Read on to learn what a flooded carpet means for your property and whether you need to replace it or if you can safely remediate it with help from a local water damage restoration company.

Carpet Flooding

If your home had a water leak that made it to your carpeting, it’s essentially a race against time to prevent unwanted fungal and bacterial growth to take hold and start leaving their telltale black spores. If you can look past the water-damaged carpet that is altogether aesthetically displeasing, you might find that salvaging it could have lasting structural and health consequences in the long-term if you decide to restore it instead of replacing it.

Do You Need to Replace Your Carpet After a Flood?

If a carpet has been wet for 24-48 hours or longer, consider replacing the carpet, carpet pad, flooring and subflooring. This is because mold often takes no longer than 48 hours to form and spread which can make it nearly impossible to clean out of carpet fibers in that time. If your carpet was soaked with water from suspicious floodwater sources that contain sewage, you shouldn’t even consider salvaging it.

Who to Call for Water Damage Restoration

The best choice that you can make for ensuring your home is clean and pristine after a flood or other water damage is to call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000! Our team’s ultra-fast response time is sure to make a difference in lessening the damage, limiting further damage and reducing future costs.

SERVPRO of Wilson County : Fire precautions to watch out for

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Fire precautions to watch out for

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The important thing to remember is that in the event of a fire, every second counts. According to Ready.gov, it only takes 30 seconds for a house fire to become life-threatening. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. This is why it’s important to keep an eye on the following peripherals around your home to ensure you’re in the clear from a home fire in the future.

Check your Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors and fire alarms may be some of the most important items in your home when it comes to your family's safety. These early warning devices may help alert your family to fire and dangerous smoke while there is still time to evacuate, but they need to be periodically tested to help ensure proper function. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year.

Remember, smoke detectors have a normal life span of 10 years, according to the USFA. Even if you've performed regular maintenance, and your device is still functional, you should replace a smoke detector after the 10-year period or earlier, depending on the manufacturer's instructions.

Keep an Eye on your Appliances

Household appliances make our lives easier every day. However, every machine that operates on electricity or gas presents safety risks and should be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the number of electrical fires in the United States exceeds 25,000 a year!

Keep the electrical appliances and electrical system in your home in good repair to deter an appliance fire in the future by checking your home’s wiring on a regular basis. If you notice flickering lights, light switches that are hot to the touch, or outlets that don’t work, call an electrician to inspect and fix the problems as soon as possible.

Turn to the Pros After Fire Damage

If you’ve taken these precautions but still have encountered fire damage on your property, then it’s time call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 for immediate fire damage restoration solutions. The sooner our team can get onto the scene, the faster we can get your home back to its pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO Wilson County : What Causes Mold?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

What causes mold?

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Mold can be a huge problem, not just for your house but for your health. If you let mold fester for too long, you may need to completely gut the affected area and replace your drywall for you to be able to safely use your space in the future. Read more to learn what causes mold, the difference between mildew and mold, and how to get rid of it once you spot it in your space.

Mold vs Mildew

To determine whether or not you have mold or mildew present in your space, you’ll first need to run a few tests. The first is the smell test. Mold and mildew both emit a damp, musty smell. Whereas mildew has a rotting wood smell to it, mold has a strong, earthy stink to it. The second test is a visual one; mildew grows very close to the surface whereas mold rises above the surface and often has a roundish shape and growth pattern to it. 

Causes of Mold Growth

Mold can grow just about anywhere. Most commonly though, you can find mold growing in areas such as your bathroom, kitchen, basement, cabinets or even near pipes or ducting areas. If you live in an area where humidity is consistently high, you may have a problem with mold. Even if you don’t live in a humid climate, moisture build-up in the air indoors could massively increase mold growth.

If your home is poorly ventilated, it could be a magnet for the growth of mold and the spreading of mold spores. If your basement or foundation has areas of dampness, it could lead to mold spores forming that can only be salvaged by a licensed mold remediation professional.

Getting Rid of Mold

If you’ve spotted mildew, rather than mold, you can clean it up quickly with a 1:10 solution of bleach. You can also use vinegar or a fungicide solution to deal with mildew. If you’ve found that your space has mold, take some pictures and send it to a mold remediation specialist to assess the severity of the mold and plan a course of action.

If the mold is fuzzy and black, it may be much worse than just unsightly. The area should be opened to check for structural damage. This is where having the right safety equipment is absolutely critical to keep you safe and your area free from mold in the future. If you don’t want to take the chance of getting sick from the colorless fumes that emit from toxic black mold spores, then make sure to call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000

SERVPRO Wilson County : The Effects of Mold

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

The Effects of Mold 

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Whether it is a cold, damp winter or a warm, humid summer, activities at home can result in moisture indoors and the appearance of mold. What should your reaction be like when you discovered mold in your home? To determine that, we need to understand what mold is, what it’s good for and how dangerous it is for humans to determine what your course of action should be if/when you find spores in your space. 

What is mold? 

Mold is a fungus that can spread through excessive moisture inside and outside of your commercial building. Bacteria are nearly 13 percent of the world’s biomass. Fungi — yeast, mold and mushrooms — make up about 2 percent of life on Earth. This is exponentially more than humans, which make up only one ten-thousandth of the life on Earth. 

What is mold good for? 

Mold isn’t all bad. These spores are essential for breaking down plants and trees, returning their vital constituents to the soil for future growth. Some of the products of mold?metabolism have great importance. For example, a mold called Rhizopus produces fumaric acid, which can be used in the production of the drug cortisone. Other molds can produce alcohol, citric acide, oxalic acid, or a wide range of other chemicals. 

Is mold dangerous for humans? 

For the sake of most instances of indoor mold regarding humans however, it may be most definitely dangerous. Mold can grow on a damp surface after only 48 hours following a flood or heavy rainstorm. This fungus could result in health effects. For those who are allergic, they may produce health effects, no different from dog and cat dander.

What to do if you find mold spores in your home? 

Abnormal mold spore counts on your property could result in structural damage and health effects for those who come into close proximity with it. After a flood or water leak, it can easily spread throughout an entire building, causing permanent structural damage if not remediated quickly. If you have found mold spores are forming in your home, make sure to call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 for a consultation to assess the area and formulate a plan to restore your property to its original non-mold condition. 

SERVPRO of Wilson County Preparing for Winter

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipe Frozen pipes

Have you prepared your plumbing for winter yet? Water Damage caused by burst pipes can cost you a pretty penny. In fact, not all Water Damage in Lebanon is covered by your homeowner’s insurance. This is why it’s important to take a proactive stance in your plumbing preparation for winter by keeping your property in good condition. Here’s what you should do to keep your 2020 pipes running strong all the way through to 2021 without issues.

Shut Off And Drain Your Outdoor Faucets

As the temperatures get colder, your plumbing will expand and your pipes will burst if you don’t shut off and drain your outdoor faucets. Before the freezing temperatures roll in, make sure to remove any water hoses you may have, shut off the water supply to your outdoor spigot, and drain it from the connecting pipe. Once you remove and drain your water hoses, store them indoors before the first freeze.

Fix Leaks Now

Before the cold weather rolls in, make sure to set an appointment to have your pipes inspected by a professional. If any leaks are found, make sure to have them fixed immediately to deter any water damage instances caused by a pipe burst.

Insulate Water Pipes In Unheated Areas

Even after insulating the rest of your home, it’s a good idea to insulate water pipes that are in unheated or poorly heated areas of your home, such as crawl spaces, garages, and other such areas. Picking up a roll of tape-backed insulation can be a simple fix for insulating your pipes through the winter. You can also find foam insulation that will slip on and off of your pipes quickly and easily, which is ideal if you’d like to be able to remove the insulation at some point in the future.

Staying Safe During Winter 2020

Protecting your pipes and keeping them warm this Winter can work wonders in preventing any potentially catastrophic freezing. If your property has been stricken by water damage and you’re in need of water restoration services from a trusted team of professionals, call SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 today to take a look at your situation.

SERVPRO of Wilson County - How Bad is a Drip?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

water dripping Water dripping from a roof leak

When does that drip, drip, drip become more than just an annoyance?

How bad can a drip really get?

These are all pertinent questions that property owners must ask themselves and experts on Water Damage in Lebanon to ensure water damage is not in their future. Statistics on Poor Water Use Habits in the U.S. The average North American household wastes about 10,000 gallons of water from household leaks every year. Furthermore, one in ten homes have severe leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. A typical leak of around 10 drips per minute can waste nearly one gallon per day (29 gallons per month). A fast drip faucet that experiences more than 120 drips per minute wastes 11 gallons per day (330 gallons per month)! Left unnoticed, these drips can turn into a major strain on your budget and patience in the end. Here are a few reasons why these drips occur and what you can do to keep them under control.

Broken Seals

When your appliances were installed, the contractor put seals around all water connectors. But, as your appliances age, these seals tend to break or wear out. If you notice condensation or puddles near your appliances, you may have a broken seal. Getting this broken seal fixed immediately can save you a pretty penny in water damage costs.

Clogged Lines

Many clogged drains simply cause inconvenience. Some clogs, however, can lead to overflowing or burst pipes. For example, obstructions in air handler drain pans or in your gutters often lead to serious water damage. This is why it’s best to keep your gutters and HVAC system clean to prevent serious clogs that can result in heavy drips.


As your plumbing system ages, rust and other forms of corrosion may eat away at the pipes. If you notice any discoloration or warping on your pipes, have a plumber assess the damage right away. If you have an older plumbing system, consider replacing the pipes - since there is a high risk of corrosion for newer models.

What To Do When Your Drip Becomes Water Damage

If you have noticed an increase in your water bill, a musty smell around a drain, a change in water flow, or other warning signs of an active leak it’s best to scope out the problem for yourself. If you have water damage, it’s essential to call SERVPRO of Wilson County for a consultation at (615) 449-5000.

Our highly trained water restoration technicians are experienced with stopping the source of the water, extracting any standing water, and starting the drying process immediately.

SERVPRO of Wilson County Protecting your Lebanon Business

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

water standing large commercial water loss

Sooner or later, almost every business will suffer some type of loss from water damage. Whether it’s a broken water pipe or a leaky roof, or a flood. Because most water damage arises from unexpected events, losses can be quite severe, and can significantly harm your business.

In addition to damaging your equipment and property, a water damage loss can result in downtime and even loss of business income. Failure to have a plan in place to handle a water damage loss can be catastrophic and cause you to turn to professionals for Commercial Restoration in Mount Juliet - SERVPRO in Wilson County. Let’s learn what’s important to your organization to help it keep water damage from overtaking your property.

What Should Your Plan Be?

Having a water damage response kit on-hand for the off-chance that you experience a water leak will allow for a faster response in case of an accidental water incident. Items that might be included in your kit includes:

- High-volume wet vacuum

- Discharge hose at least 30 feet long, to be used with the wet vacuum

- Heavy-duty sorbent brooms

- Wide rubber squeegee

- Filled sandbags (depending on the prospective severity of need)

Make sure to store these kits in areas where you’ll need them quickly, such as security or mechanical rooms. Train your staff to know how to use the items in the kit so that they will be prepared at a moment’s notice.

What to Do If You Experience Water Damage.

Once you’ve located the leak or water intrusion, relocate affected employees contain the spread of water with your flood control kits if it’s safe to do so. Make sure to identify and shut off electrical equipment threatened by water and try to remove the water within 72 hours to prevent mold damage. Be sure to also call your insurance company to document the water damage for insurance purposes. Even if the amount of the damages is lower than your deductible, it’s still a good idea to document everything before undertaking any major changes.

Protecting Your Lebanon Business.

Flooding is a common challenge many businesses face in Lebanon, TN. By taking proactive measures to deter the risk of flood, you can minimize potential damage a flood can cause and help ensure that your business prevails. If you’ve been affected by water damage in your organization, call SERVPRO of Wilson County today at (615) 449-5000 for rapid consultation. Our experienced team responds quickly and does what’s right so you can get back to business as usual after water damage.

SERVPRO of Wilson County Preventing Commercial Loss

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial office Preventing Commercial Water damage

Water damage in the workplace may not only prevent you from doing business. It can also put the health and safety of your employees at risk. The moment you spot signs of commercial water damage, it’s important to take action immediately. While some water damage issues are inevitable, most problems can be prevented when the cause of water damage is found earlier. To prevent commercial property loss and the need to call for Commercial Restoration in Mount Juliet, make sure to read the proactive measures that are listed in this article.

Test Your Floor Drains

Test drains in garages, bathrooms, and basements by pouring water into them. If they’re not draining quickly, use a line snake to clear debris or call a plumber for service. Test culverts, gutters, and downspouts too to be sure they are open and clear of debris so that water is channeled away from the foundation.

Do a Visual Inspection

If your property has exterior stucco siding, do a quick visual inspection. Should you find any cracks 1/8″ wide or larger, have them repaired by a professional as this may affect water tightness. Inspect foundation and basement walls for cracks. Watermarks near cracks could be signs of recent leaks and future risks. Use a concrete patch to repair cracks or consult an expert.

Seal Cracks and Gaps

Seal any cracks, holes, or other gaps in your building’s exterior and foundation to ensure that cold air doesn’t penetrate your building and warm air doesn’t escape. Caulk, weather stripping, and other sealants can be used to make your building more energy-efficient and reduce the risk of frozen pipes.

Put More Stock in Water Damage Prevention

It’s easy to see that water damage prevention is a lot cheaper than restoration. To prevent water damage from getting worse, have professionals inspect your property at least once a year. If you see signs of water damage in your commercial property, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 right away. Fixing the root cause of water damage should stop it from getting worse.

SERVPRO of Wilson County Water Heater Safety

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water heater Man working on water heater

No matter the season, taking a warm shower or bath can be refreshing and help to reinvigorate your entire body. It isn’t until you feel a frigid rush of the water turning cold after a few minutes that you understand how important your water heater is to your home! Now just imagine that you’re having issues with your water heater that end in Water Damage in Lebanon. These scenarios can easily be sidestepped as long as you follow these safety measures in your day-to-day. If after you are done reading this - please visit SEREVPRO of Wilson County if you have any future questions regarding water issues you may be having.

Don’t Do This

The warmer the better, right? Wrong. Especially in the Winter, setting your water heater above 120° F is a recipe for disaster. Just by setting the temperature this high, you can overload the unit. Until your water heater is overwhelmed, you also risk getting serious skin burns from the scalding hot water.

It also may seem like common sense to some, but it bears repeating here to never keep combustible material or flammable material within 18”; of the hot water heater. Since the exterior of your water heater can get hot to the touch, it could cause a massive fire if you were to nudge the flammable or combustible material close enough to touch the unit while it’s heating up.

Do This Instead

While ventilation is pretty technical, you should at least make sure your water heater vents are free of dips, that they go up and out (rather than up and down), and that they are the same diameter as the tank’s diverter. It’s also best practice to flush hot water heater through your drain valve at least once a year to remove sediment build-up. Lastly, be sure to test your water heater’s safety relief valve once a year to ensure proper operation. This device protects the heater from over-pressurizing and from exceeding 210° F.

Water Heater Water Damage Solutions

At the first sign of water heater troubles, it’s best to assume the worst and take proactive measures to ensure that a water heater mishap happens on your property. If you’ve been sidled by water damage due to a water heater leak or explosion, make sure to call SERVPRO of Wilson County for a consultation at (615) 449-5000 today. Our team is ready to respond to your water damage issues 24/7/365 and treat you and your property with respect and care because we understand how disruptive and damaging water damage can be.

SERVPRO of Wilson County - When Should I Call My Agent?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

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If your company’s interior has water damage, it can be overwhelming to know what to do first. Your initial stress will likely come from the awareness that your property is flooded, your ceiling is bulging, or your toilets are overflowing. Once that sinks in, further anxiety arrives as you try to play damage control and minimize any further destruction to your property.

After a deep breath and turning off the electricity and water supply to your business should a burst or leaking pipe be the possible culprit, it’s time to pick up the phone. But who do you call first? The calls you need to consider sooner than later are to your insurance agent - and/or the most trusted professional in Commercial Restoration in Mount Juliet SERVPRO Wilson County - (615) 449-5000.

Can You Stop or Control the Incoming Water?

If you answered no, your first call needs to be to a professional immediately. Most likely that person will be a plumber or an appliance repair person. A plumber can tend to all water systems in your home, including water, sewage, and drainage pipes, as well as many appliances, such as dishwashers or washing machines.

Is the Water Source Fixed or Just Contained?

At this point, the broken water source should be under control, but that doesn’t mean the problem is necessarily fixed. For example, if you shut off the water supply to a leaky pipe, the pipe needs to be repaired or replaced in order to turn the water back on without incurring more water damage.

If you’re still having issues after trying to troubleshoot the issue for many hours or days, it’s best to get a team in there that really understands what’s going on. This is why if you’re stuck in the predicament of whether or not to call the team at SERVPRO of Wilson County today at (615) 449-5000 for a commercial consultation, err to the side of caution and call one of our agents for guidance.

SERVPRO of Wilson County Fire Prevention

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire safety and fire prevention go hand in hand. Whether you’re living in a 500 square foot apartment or a 50,000 square foot mega-mansion, preventing fires from occurring and spreading should always be priority number one. If you are unable to prevent a fire or fall unfortunate to fire damage - you must call on Mt Juliet fire restoration services from SERVPRO to help restore your property to its original condition. In the interim, it’s important to practice these fire prevention best practices to keep your property free from fires of all sizes.

How Prominent Are Home Fires in the U.S.? In 2018, 50.7% of all residential fires in the U.S. started with cooking, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Fire Administration. Heating, the second most common cause of house fires, was responsible for 9.4% of fires. Being that we are currently in the middle of Fall, headed into Winter, home heating is definitely something that homeowners lean on heavily. With this in mind, it’s recommended that homeowners set their furnace or heating system at a manageable level to avoid starting any fires.

Don’t Overload Your Electrical Outlets

It’s also important to take care, not to overload electrical outlets with multiple high-energy appliances in the kitchen and elsewhere in the home. This is to prevent a surge that could spark and lead to a fire that can often times begin in areas that you would not expect.

Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

A good way to remember to change smoke alarm batteries is to change them on Nov. 1, when Daylight Savings Time ends, and again in the spring when Daylight Savings Time resumes. This is to ensure that no matter what time of day or where you are in your home, that you know exactly where a fire is and what measures to take to extinguish it.

If you do experience fire damage Call SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 if you’ve had a property fire. SERVPRO is the number 1 restoration company dealing with fire and fire damage. The team at SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring homes from fire damage. This is the level of expertise that homeowners deserve when they’ve experienced any type of catastrophic fire damage on their property.

SERVPRO of Wilson County - How Wind From a Storm can Damage Your Home

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage House was damaged by the storm

On March 2 and 3, 25 people were killed in tornadoes in central Tennessee, including the city of Nashville. Tornado deaths in 2020 are the highest since 2011 when 553 people were killed in 1,691 tornadoes. Of course, tornadoes are not the only type of wind damage that homeowners need to be on the lookout for. Local homeowners also need to understand that if trees or their home’s infrastructure are not taken care of, it could take much less than gale-force winds to cause serious damage. Let’s learn how you can protect your property from wind storms and why you need a trustworthy team like SERVPRO of Wilson County on your side if you’re in need of wind damage restoration solutions.

Fixing What’s Broken

If you live in an area that is prone to consistently having high winds, then it’s best to be proactive and fix things like loose fence boards or peeling roof shingles. Catching these simple repairs early and getting them fixed as soon as you see them can prevent even further, more costly damage in the event of a windstorm.

Examine Trees and Shrubs

High winds and loose branches are a bad combination. Keeping trees and shrubs well-manicured and cutting down dead trees that have succumbed to disease or trunk rot is important for keeping your home safe during a wind storm. Before a storm hits, trim any damaged branches yourself or via a professional if any of the branches are touching electrical cables which could put you at risk for electric shock.

After a Windstorm

Take some time to inspect your house and property for debris and damage. If your building smells of gas, stay outside. Make sure to always keep away from downed power lines. If you’re in need of Storm Damage in Wilson County it’s important to contact the team at SERVPRO at (615) 449-5000 to come out to your property and assess the situation.

SERVPRO of Wilson County works to remove any water damage that is present and completely dry the area quickly. This will help to diminish the risk of further property damage to homeowners above and beyond the scope of any wind damage.

SERVPRO of Wilson County What Not To Do in A Fire

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Hazards House fire

Being stuck in the middle of a fire is one of the worst places to be. The unpredictable nature of a fire in an enclosed area like your home can lead to many different scenarios playing out much faster than you ever thought possible. This is why if your property has been hit by fire damage and you’re looking for the best fire damage repair in Mount Juliet, your search should start and end with SERVPRO of Wilson County. Before you give our team a call after fire damage, make sure you aren’t doing these incredibly dangerous things when you come face to face with a frenzy of fire in your home.

Jump from an Upstairs Window

This should be a no brainer. A fall from even a second floor window will most likely leave you too injured to walk away from the accident. If you’re not able to flee your home fire from the first floor, make sure to use blankets as a rope and throw mattresses out to cushion the landing or better still use a purpose-made escape ladder.

Delay Calling the Fire Department

When you’re faced with a fire in your house, apartment - or business, calling the local fire department first will likely be the difference between life and death. Even if you’re not in grave danger and can flee the property relatively easily, a call to the fire department as soon as the flames become out of control might be enough to save your home or business from being burnt to a crisp.

Retrieve Heirlooms from Upstairs

Fire can spread very quickly blocking your escape route. If you’re on the bottom floor, know that if you head upstairs, the risk of you being trapped up there rises with every second. This is why it’s best to keep all of your precious heirlooms stowed safely in a secure safe or fireproof box. That way you can rest easy knowing that those sought after items will be there after the dust has settled.

 Know What to do in the Heat of the Moment

When you’re in the thick of a home fire, it’s natural that your nerves can get the best of you. This is why it’s so important to practice running through your fire plan so that you and your items can stay safe. After the fire has been put out, it’s essential to call SERVPRO of Wilson County for a consultation at (615) 449-5000 to assess the aftermath of your home fire and put together a plan to keep your home in good condition.


10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Woman with pan of fire Grease fire in kitchen

It's hard not to panic when you see flames in your kitchen, but if you do end up with a grease fire damage in Wilson County, there's a good chance you can put it out yourself if you know what you’re doing. If a grease fire starts, make sure you know how to safely put it out and do what it takes to prevent a grease fire from flaring up in the future. 

Safely Putting out a Grease Fire

If a grease fire starts, act quickly by smothering it with a metal pan lid or cookie sheet over the top. You can also put out a grease fire with baking soda or salt. Whatever you do, do NOT try to extinguish it with water. You'll just end up spreading the fire across your kitchen.

When your pan catches fire, you don't want to burn yourself with scorching hot handles or splashing oil, so don't try to move it or pick it up. If you have a large fire, or it starts to spread, don't put yourself at risk trying to stop it. Just get out and call 911.

Preventing a Grease Fire

A 2018 study found that fat, grease, cooking oil and related substances that could be associated with grease were first ignited in 53% of the home cooking fires that began with cooking materials. This is why the safest method for putting out a grease fire comes with doing everything possible to not have on in the first place. Here are a few tips to help you keep your kitchen from being struck by a grease fire:

  • Add food gently to prevent splatter.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • Do not put frozen foods into hot grease.
  • Remove as much moisture as possible from the food before putting it in hot oil.
  • Keep a lid near the pan you're cooking with so that it is accessible if a fire starts.

If You’ve Been Affected by a Grease Fire

As you can see, most of the advice about how to sidestep a dangerous grease fire comes down to being careful and mindful in the kitchen. If something does happen to your property where a grease fire does occur, make sure to call SERVPRO of Wilson County immediately after a grease fire at (615) 449-5000 to get a team dispatched to your property that understands the importance of fire damage restoration. The SERVPRO team’s methods and experience will ultimately be the difference maker in the future of your property.

SERVPRO of Wilson County - Speed Matters When it Comes to Fire Damage

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage cartoon House on Fire

When fires ensue, the best course of action is always speed. Having a fast response has shown to lessen the damage, thereby limiting further damage and reducing costs exponentially. Let’s see why it’s so important to be first to the scene to remediate fire damage and who you should call when you’re faced with fire damages in the areas directly surrounding Mt. Juliet, TN.

How Soon Should You Remediate Fire Damage?

A house fire is one of the most devastating experiences for a homeowner in their lifetime. It is hard to fathom the possibility of having your dream home incinerated, but for many homeowners, this has become a reality. When this happens, many times homeowners will wait to call a fire restoration team until their insurance claim goes through. Unfortunately, since this process can take a little while to complete, it’s best to begin drying the structure as quickly as possible to prevent structural problems or mold from all the excess moisture.

Don’t Touch Anything

Accessing the damages inflicted in your home would be your number one priority. After a fire, there will be a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wallpaper, and paint. As much as possible, avoid touching anything in your home after a fire has happened. You may end up aggravating the situation by touching items that have soot on them. It is also advisable to avoid walking around your home after the fire has been put out because this can worsen the damages.

Separate Damaged from Undamaged Items

Once your insurance adjuster has assessed the damages and you have enlisted the services of SERVPRO of Wilson County to restore your property, separate the damaged items from those that were untouched. Check these items for possible soot and smoke damage. If salvageable, try to restore them via content restoration.

Who Should You Call For Speedy Fire Damage Restoration?

Whether you have been stricken by fire damage recently or want to take a proactive stance to increase the speed of response to a possible fire in the future, it’s important to turn to a team that has a track record for success with fire damage. That company is SERVPRO of Wilson County. Give their office a call at (615) 449-5000 to schedule a thorough consultation for rapid remediation of fire damage.

Storm Damage at your business requires Restoration Professionals SERVPRO of Wilson County

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm damage on a house in Wilson County

At the point when the weather and climate in Nashville Tennessee become detrimental to you and your business, precautions, and knowing what business can help is imperative to get you back on your feet.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is dedicated to making sure your business and livelihood are taken care of in the event of a weather-related event. Flooding or any storm-related damage is an emotional and frustrating event that needs fast, focused, and professional attention. SERVPRO of Wilson County highly recommends that you trust your most valuable asset with the professionals you trust.  With decades of working with your insurance company, and making sure your business is back up-and-running as soon as possible!

Any closings of your business risk losing clients, reputation, and money!  SERVPRO of Wilson County understands the situation you are in and what you are going through. With our 24/7 emergency response team, we are here when you need us. After a storm has come through our area, our highest priority is making sure you and your family are safe, and out of harm’s way. Once you are in a safe environment, you can contact SERVPRO of Wilson county immediately, or your insurance company. This will ensure that your home or business is in the best hands to help get you back to normal. 

When a storm event occurs make sure you have our number at the ready:  (615) 697-3409.

We are able to walk you through any storm emergency or potential damage that has occurred to your business. We will either schedule a SERVPRO professional to go to your place of business and determine the best next-steps to fix any problems you may be experiencing.  We also will work with your insurance company directly ensuring you and your business are in the most qualified hands to take care of all business restoration needs.

Before an event happens be prepared, and know who the best company is to help you in your time of need. We encourage you to read our reviews and hear from people in Wilson County:

SERVPRO Reviews Wilson County

SERVPRO of Wilson County looks forward to hearing from you when you need us!

Storm Damage at your business requires Restoration Professionals SERVPRO of Wilson County

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Wilson County

At the point when the weather and climate in Nashville Tennessee become detrimental to you and your business, precautions, and knowing what business can help is imperative to get you back on your feet.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is dedicated to making sure your business and livelihood are taken care of in the event of a weather-related event. Flooding or any storm-related damage is an emotional and frustrating event that needs fast, focused, and professional attention. SERVPRO of Wilson County highly recommends that you trust your most valuable asset with the professionals you trust.  With decades of working with your insurance company, and making sure your business is back up-and-running as soon as possible!

Any closings of your business risk losing clients, reputation, and money!  SERVPRO of Wilson County understands the situation you are in and what you are going through. With our 24/7 emergency response team, we are here when you need us. After a storm has come through our area, our highest priority is making sure you and your family are safe, and out of harm’s way. Once you are in a safe environment, you can contact SERVPRO of Wilson county immediately, or your insurance company. This will ensure that your home or business is in the best hands to help get you back to normal. 

When a storm event occurs make sure you have our number at the ready:  (615) 697-3409.

We are able to walk you through any storm emergency or potential damage that has occurred to your business. We will either schedule a SERVPRO professional to go to your place of business and determine the best next-steps to fix any problems you may be experiencing.  We also will work with your insurance company directly ensuring you and your business are in the most qualified hands to take care of all business restoration needs.

Before an event happens be prepared, and know who the best company is to help you in your time of need. We encourage you to read our reviews and hear from people in Wilson County:

SERVPRO Reviews Wilson County

SERVPRO of Wilson County looks forward to hearing from you when you need us!

Local is Better | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO of Wilson County, we are focused on being community minded. Over the course of the last three years we have made a direct effort to being involved in our community.

When our ownership changed at SERVPRO of Wilson County it was a good day for Wilson County. It was the first time that Wilson County natives were calling the shots.

The importance of having those that call Wilson County home at the helm is we have been more focused on making sure that we are making positive impacts within our community.

SERVPRO of Wilson County has been supporters of numerous Wilson County based non-profits and the local school system. Last year a local private school renamed their playground after SERVPRO due to the support in which we have provided.

When you work with SERVPRO of Wilson County you are working with neighbors!

If you have experienced fire or water damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Wilson County Strong | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County is nestled right in the heart of Wilson County. When the ownership changed hands a few years ago, the commitment was to be a local presence.

In order to hold true to this pledge, SERVPRO of Wilson County has begun a building project that will bring a new 40,000 square foot facility to the rapidly growing 109/40 Corridor.

The ownership of SERVPRO of Wilson County is committed to building a state of the art facility that will serve as the epicenter for business and community. The oversized training room will be able to provide a space for community and civic groups to meet.

SERVPRO of Wilson County sees this investment into the county as further proof that they are here for the long term and will continue to make the business community in Wilson County top notch.

When you work with SERVPRO of Wilson County you are working with friends that are working to do our part to improve the county!

If you have experienced fire or water damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Responding to Commercial Losses | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County Large Loss trained professionals

SERVPRO of Wilson County is uniquely equipped to handle both residential and commercial losses. In a commercial loss it requires an experienced team with an extremely large bandwidth. The challenge that most restoration companies experience is they only have the capacity to handle residential or commercial losses.

At SERVPRO of Wilson County, we have strategically grown our business around providing quality service to our residential clients; but also to our commercial clients.

In working with our commercial clients we ensure that we have an agreed upon scope, a set timeline, and clear expectations to ensure that we can provide the best quality.

Prior to the completion of any large loss, we ask that each of our customers share their experience and provide a true customer satisfaction.

If you have experienced fire or water damage, we are always here to help!

Call our restoration experts 24⁄7 so we can address your damages quickly.

Flooded House… Now what? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

flooded house Water damage in the home

One of the most common type of interior damage that homeowners experience is water damage. While many other types of damage can have a significant effect on the home; there are typically no other types of losses that can cause as much damage as water.

A key to water damage is to have a water restoration expert form a thorough inspection to ensure that all the lines of the water migration lines have been properly documented. If the water migration is not properly documented there is an increased likelihood of other water related damages becoming present.

If you do not properly address water damage within your home, you are making yourself more susceptible to microbial growth. As microbial growth begins to set in within your home; the mitigation process becomes significantly more costly.

By acting quickly to the first signs of water damage you will be much more prepared for a timely response.

If you have experienced fire damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

No loss too big | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County Large Loss Team responding to a large loss

At SERVPRO of Wilson County we are often asked, “how large of a loss is too large?” The answer to that is, no loss is too big. Due to the infrastructure that we have built our franchise is equipped to handle any loss regardless of the size. In fact, just this year we have facility losses that have ranged from 100 square feet to over 1,000,000 square feet of affected areas. As we continue to work alongside our partners at our Corporate headquarters, we are working daily to increase the capacity to respond even more rapidly and efficiently to large losses. Part of this strategic growth has been accomplished by creating a dedicated team solely to the development and production of large loss jobs. If you are a commercial client that is looking to learn more about how we can help reach out to our Large Loss team today!

If you have experienced fire or water damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Why SERVPRO? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Independently owned and operated: We all know it, the quality of work that is brought to market by a hands-on owner is of much higher quality than that of which came from a corporately managed service provider. Mike and Katherine Isaacson are the franchise owners of SERVPRO of Wilson County. Furthermore, Mike’s grandfather founded SERVPRO Industries back in 1967! Needless to say, Mike has lived and breathed restoration since day one of his life. If experience is what you are looking for, look no further.

Supporting local business: Mike and Katherine both have grown up and lived in Middle TN for over 30 years. They now raise two children of their own here in our wonderful community. As you trust SERVPRO of Wilson County with your restoration needs, you may rest assured knowing that the same service professional you receive may be the same person shopping beside you at the local mart. That professional will be proud of his work when he sees you! Mike and Katherine have built their business on these standards and expectations!

The right quality of people: Mike says it best, “Never neglect investing in your greatest asset- PEOPLE!” From Mike himself, to the technician that knocks on your door, our clients can trust that quality will be top of mind. This is a core value that Mike’s grandfather has instilled in him since he was a young boy. Put us to the test and call SERVPRO of Wilson County today for an estimate to make it "Like it never even happened."

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Storm SERVPRO of Wilson County A tree fell on a house during a tornado.

Storms or recouping thereafter are not factors that most businesses would work into a budget. Let me ask you a question though. Does a big box retailer account for loss prevention in their budget to offset shoplifting? Would it be smart for a veterinarian clinic to accrual a higher line item for cleaning services than a consulting firm? These are all expenses that are predictable, and those respective businesses are likely going to approach said liabilities proactively. What industry of commerce would a F3 tornado target?

The correct answer would be all businesses. While we cannot prevent the storm from happening, we can mitigate as much expense as possibly by being ready and reacting timely. SERVPRO of Wilson County is here to help! From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to not only restore your property but get your ready for when disaster strikes.

SERVPRO Emergency Response Plan (ERP) is a program we have created to assist your business and our professionals in reacting to a loss efficiently. By calling today and requesting SERVPRO to provide you with an ERP, you will receive a storm readiness professional on site to work out the details for a quick attack to get your business back up and running after disaster strikes. In most cases this is only a thirty-minute visit that will enable you to mitigate your budget expenses post-storm. This is a free service with no contract or obligation! Call SERVPRO of Wilson County today and prepare your business for the inevitable!

Proactive actions when a storm is approaching! | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

We are Tornado Ready Damage to home where a Tornado came threw.

Here at SERVPRO of Wilson County, we are always the first call by our valued customers when a storm has affected their property. I know, no one wants to expect the worst. But when it comes to protecting our loved ones and largest assets being storm ready is neglected far too often. Here are a few tips to ensure your home or business is storm ready:

· Remove any potential flying hazard. Items that are left unsecured outside may pose a risk to you, your home, or someone else’s property. Secure these loose items to the ground when possible. Check your trees and their limbs to ensure good health and that they will weather the storm.

· Check all windows to your home to ensure that they are properly secured. Windows that are not shut and locked pose a risk of straight winds shattering them.

· Safely Unplug Electronics. Only turn on anything that is absolutely necessary. Remember that appliances that are turned off but remain plugged in may still be damaged.

· Locate the safest place in your home for your family and pets. This is generally a basement or a hallway bathroom with no exterior walls. Remain in this safe place until the storm warning has passed.

In our business our first concern is the safety of our valued customers, then the restoration of their property or place of business. Please do your part in remaining safe and storm ready, then call SERVPRO of Wilson County to handle the restoration of your greatest financial assets or place of work. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

EXPERIENCE MATTERS! Save time and money by getting the job done correctly on the first attempt! | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Like it never even happened Fire, Water, Storm Damage!

Here at SERVPRO of Wilson County we understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." This goal is achieved by our licensed professionals who specialize in the cleanup and restoration of your home or business. We have the ability to extract water, dry out building materials (floors, insulation, etc.), clean and restore contents damaged by smoke or fire, and make mold and the dangers associated disappear!

Surely at some point in your life or career you have incurred the additional costs of a job not completely correctly on the first attempt. This may be due to you or someone you have trusted with a task taking shortcuts to finish it quicker, or a group of “professionals” just not being trained properly. Rest assured that every service professional you receive from SERVPRO of Wilson County will come with vast experience accommodated by an IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification).

Since 1967 SERVPRO has been the cleaning and restoration brand that you know and trust. We are forever grateful for the relationships and lives we have been able to enrich since day one. Don’t let your home or business fall suspect to anything less than the best service in the industry. Call SERVPRO of Wilson County for any cleanup or restoration needs you may occur! We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Trust the Professionals | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County  IICRC Two men cleaning a ceiling.

There is great wisdom in the saying, “if you think a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur.” At SERVPRO of Wilson County, we have seen firsthand numerous clients that did not heed this advice. When clients do not hire professionals to take care of their fire or water needs they are setting themselves up for disaster down the road.

At SERVPRO of Wilson County, we take seriously what it means to be a professional. The Cleaning and Restoration Industry follows the standard laid out by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC). The guidelines and procedures given by IICRC allow us to ensure that we are restoring your property to highest level possible.

In addition to following the process of IICRC, we go a step further by ensuring that our crews are IICRC certified. Currently our crews have over 45 certifications in over ten different certification classes.

We believe at SERVPRO of Wilson County that we will provide the best service to our clients when we have the most trained staff. The certifications are not limited to our production team, in fact we have members of our leadership team, sales team, and office team that all have IICRC certification.

By having trained professionals, we can ensure that we are providing the best quality of work to all of our customers!

If you have experienced fire or water damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Global Capacity with Local Ownership | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO we meet most of our clients when they least expecting us. Being in the emergency response industry we are called to the homes and business of those in our community at their most trying time. When your home or property is damaged you want to be able to rely on someone local that you can trust.

At SERVPRO of Wilson County, we are fortunate to have owners that not only live in here in Middle Tennessee, but are from Middle Tennessee. The benefit of dealing with a local company is that you get the personal connection. Throughout the last year alone, SERVPRO of Wilson County has invested back into our community by supporting numerous non-profits and organizations.

There is a great chance that any given time you could run into our owners or crew at the ball field or the grocery store. The SERVPRO of Wilson County is committed to our community because we are a part of the community.

The great benefit of SERVPRO of Wilson County is that not only are we local, but we have the Global SERVPRO network to rely upon. We have seen it repeated throughout the years; when a local area is hit hard SERVPRO teams are ready to respond and help out our neighbors. The same attitude is given to our local franchise as well, most recently during the March 3rd Tornado. During the first 48 hours of the storm event, we had received calls from SERVPRO’s all over the country wanting to know if we needed help to service our customers.

When you choose SERVPRO of Wilson County you are not only getting the local Wilson County franchise, but you are getting access to the whole SERVPRO network!

If you have experienced fire or water damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Be Sure That Your Business Is Prepared for an Emergency | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

office furniture and supplies submerged under water in an office room Taking measures to reduce the time that your business is closed is crucial for any company.

Being aware of any potential hazards to your business is a very important skill, and it is especially wise to consider the impact that a natural disaster can have.

Preparedness can make the disaster recovery process much easier and help you avoid common financial pitfalls that many business owners face in their wake. By gaining an understanding of how prepared your business is, you can better determine where you can improve upon your efforts.

By breaking disaster preparedness down into three main categories, it makes it much easier to stay organized and understand what efforts you should take to protect your investment. Here are the main things to consider when preparing your business for a disaster:

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

Adequate insurance coverage is something that is extremely important for a business regardless of whether a disaster is a possibility or not, but considering the impact that one can have makes it especially crucial. Many commercial policies are not enough to protect against disaster damage—specifics are excluded in some cases, and there are often gaps in what is covered at all. Be aware of what is built into your policy so you can know where additional coverage might be a wise investment.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

If a disaster is suddenly on the horizon, executing an evacuation plan quickly is the best way to keep you and your employees safe. Be sure to practice multiple scenarios and utilize multiple exits for the most accurate practice you can get. Additionally, keep your office emergency kit stocked with enough supplies for every staff member in case you must await assistance instead of evacuating.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

If your business sustains damage due to a disaster, restoration may be necessary and require an interruption in operations. Understandably, doing this as quickly as possible is top priority for business owners, which is why we recommend determining what disaster restoration specialist you would like to use in advance. Additionally, be aware of your options for disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration to aid in recovery.

How to Mitigate Fire Risks to Your Business | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Being aware of the difficulties your business might face is a key facet of being an owner, but it is important that you consider the dangers posed by factors that may not quickly come to mind—namely, fires. Commercial fires can be devastating, leading to costly damage that requires not only funding, but a lapse in business to restore.

The good news is that by implementing fire safety measures and practicing preparedness, business owners can do wonders to reduce the risks they face from a commercial fire.

By checking codes, understanding your risk profile and helping staff be prepared, you can increase your fire safety and reduce the risk that you will ever have to utilize your knowledge.

Implementing Fire Safety Measures at Your Business

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Knowing what fire safety codes apply to your business according to The National Fire Protection Association is a great place to start with your preparedness efforts. Knowing when you should be having regular equipment inspections, what precautions to take with equipment and other key fire safety elements can go a long way in strengthening your efforts.

Identify your specific risks. There are many things that impact the fire risks your business may face, and it is important to recognize that no two businesses have the same risk profile. Therefore, it is vital to gain an understanding of the specific ways your business may be vulnerable, so your efforts can be focused on the right places.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. Preparing staff for a fire alarm sounding is a great way to ensure that everyone remains calm and makes a quick exit from the building in an emergency. By regularly having fire evacuation drills, you can ingrain the process in everyone’s minds so they can be certain of exactly what should be done during a fire.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Hosting general fire safety demonstrations with staff can supplement your evacuation drills, as well. This will help make sure everyone is aware of exactly what they can do throughout their workday to prevent a fire and give them a forum to communicate any questions or concerns about the risks.

We Provide Quality Restoration When Storms Damage Your Home | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

a yellow storm damage sign in front of a large damaged roof SERVPRO of Wilson County is your Damage Restoration expert. If you experience any storm damage call us right away.

The frequency with which storms occur can make them seem commonplace, but it is important to remember that the damage they cause can be severe and costly. Approximately $2 billion in damages occurred due to storms in 2018, making them one of the most costly and common reasons for homeowners to file with their insurance company.

There is no way to predict when a storm will cause damage, which is why simply planning ahead for the restoration process is the best way to go about it. By deciding what restoration company to work with in advance, you can start the recovery process immediately after damage occurs.

What Makes Us Stand Out for Storm Restoration

Our Holistic Restoration Approach
Despite the fact that we have seen countless incidents of storm damage throughout the years, no two have ever been the same—that is why we always take a custom approach to restoration for homes. We will do a full inspection for moisture, structural damage and mold growth in order to provide you with a complete and custom plan for recovery.

Our Well-Trained Technicians
Technicians who are knowledgeable in their field are the key to our high-quality work, which is why we invest heavily in our training programs. We begin with training materials from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and provide many other training opportunities throughout our technicians’ careers to make sure they stay up-to-date on the latest restoration techniques and technology.

Our Scalable Resource Model
With a national brand behind us, we are a locally owned business that can handle damages of any caliber. We can consult with other SERVPRO® locations in the event that damages are widespread in order to provide extra resources to the community, ensuring that everyone in the area can receive restoration in a timely manner.

Our Earned Reputation
We are extremely proud of our reputation as leaders in the restoration industry, and do everything we can to uphold it. Unfortunately, there are many scams that surface after disasters occur, but by working with us, you can be certain that you are getting services from a reputable company.

Implementing Measures for Fire Safety in the Home | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

a person laying another wood log into hot burning fireplace A house fire can occur when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Wilson County is on call 24/7 for all your Fire needs.

The impact of a fire occurring in the home is great, even if it is a relatively small fire. There are many ways that a fire can suddenly begin, and it is always a shock to experience. The good news is that by implementing fire safety measures in the home, the chances of one beginning are greatly reduced.

Retaining all the fire safety information that is around the web can be difficult, as there is a plethora of tips out there. That is why we put together a convenient guide for you to review the top fire safety tips in one place.

Fire Safety Measures: An Overview

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Having smoke detectors installed in the house and making sure they are properly maintained is the top way to reduce the risk of fire-related injury and lessen the damage that occurs to the home. Test them every 30 days to be sure the batteries are still charged.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Knowing how to escape the house in the event of a house fire is another important aspect of fire safety. This will help ensure all family members know exactly what to do when the alarm sounds and can react accordingly to get to safety.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Keeping a fire extinguisher handy and knowing how to use it will ensure that you can extinguish a flame if it is safe to do so. Be sure to purchase the right classification that your household is the most likely to need.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. While some flames—like those from the stovetop or from candles—may initially seem harmless, these are the exact flames that cause thousands of fires each year. If a fire is burning in any regard, never leave it unattended in a room.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. The house fires that break out during the night are some of the most deadly, due to the decreased reaction time of sleeping victims. The good news is that sleeping with a closed door can dramatically slow down a fire’s spread as it makes its way toward the sleeping rooms of your home, giving everyone more time to react.

Catch Appliance Leaks Before Water Damage Occurs | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

frustrated woman on floor looking at broken washer If your home experiences any flooding or other water issue, SERVPRO of Wilson County is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.

All household appliances that utilize water are prone to leaks in one way or another, but if these leaks are not caught early on, water damage can begin.

Because many appliances are not moved or inspected with frequency, this water damage can be harbored for ages before homeowners are made aware—this is why regular inspections are so important for prevention.

Inspect These Appliances for Leaks Often

Hot Water Heater
The lifetime of a hot water heater will typically span 10 to 15 years, but leaks can start much earlier than this. The seals and pipes connected to the hot water heater can often break down, so keeping an eye out for any accumulation both during and after use is a smart move.

The rarity with which refrigerators are moved can lead to secret water damage that festers for ages before it is brought to light. A refrigerator’s water lines are typically made from a soft plastic that can easily fail, so checking for leaks behind and under the fridge as part of your annual home maintenance is wise.

A dishwasher’s tubing is just as problematic as a refrigerator, but is even more isolated and utilizes far more water. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance often does not cover water damage caused by older models of dishwashers, so regular checks are extremely important to keep up with.

Washing Machine
Washing machine hoses are some of the most common sources of leaks. Because they are notorious for this, it is recommended that they are inspected at least once a month by homeowners so you can be sure no issues have arisen. In addition to these regular checks, they should be fully replaced every five years in order to prevent hidden deterioration.

Air Conditioner
The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly be caused. Reference your manufacturer’s manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced—having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC-created water damage.

Ice Dam Causing Havoc? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County Ice Dam Diagram Diagram of how water can get trapped on your roof

As we are gearing up for colder weather here in Middle Tennessee, it is important to be aware of a phenomenon that wreaked havoc on this area in 2015. For the first time in recent history, the first episode of wide spread Ice Daming damaged hundreds of homes in Middle Tennessee.

An ice dam occurs when packed snow or ice melts at different speeds depending on the slopes of the roofs. As the water melts at faster rates and moves down the roof, areas with a backup of ice cause a puddle. While there may not be damage immediately, as it stays below freezing for multiple days it can cause serious damage.

Most of the time homeowners are unaware of the issue until water is coming into their home. If you do notice that water is coming in, follow these three steps:

  1. Remove wet materials near the affected area
  2. Place a fan to slow the leak
  3. Call a water restoration expert

If you follow these three steps, you will greatly increase the likelihood of mitigating your damages.

How to Prevent the Increasing Likelihood of a Winter Fire | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

snow covered Christmas tree branches Practicing prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire, however if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO of Wilson County.

Shorter days and cooler temperatures are not the only things that winter brings—it also provides an increased likelihood that a fire will occur in the home. Winter is always the peak time for fires in the home, mainly due to increased cooking, heating and decorating that can bring about hazards.

Reasons Behind an Increase in Winter Fires

An Increase in Cooking
Winter is a time for holiday meals, baking and festive dishes, but all of this extra cooking can also make a fire more likely to start. The No. 1 place for a fire to start is in the kitchen, which is true at any time of year, but applies especially during winter weather.

The Risk of Heaters
Unsafe heating practices in the home cause the second-highest amount of winter fires, due to space heaters without safety features and fireplaces or wood stoves without grates. If a heater tips over, a safety shut-off should kick in to prevent it from igniting the floor. For wood-burning apparatuses, a grate will keep sparks from traveling outside of the area and onto something flammable.

Candles and Decorations
Though candles and decorations bring forth good cheer around the holidays, they can also bring an increased chance that a fire will occur. Due to their open flame, candles are always risky—they should always be kept well away from other objects and used under supervision. For electronics, these are generally much safer as long as their wires are not worn or prone to overheating.

How to Prevent the Common Winter Fire

Knowing the commonality and causation behind winter fires is a great start to staying safe. Keeping the areas where individuals can practice extra safety in mind, as well as following the below tips will help you enjoy the season without worry:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

Home Restoration You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

There is never a bad time to practice fire preparedness, but if you are worried your family is underprepared, now might be a good time to start. The Red Cross reports that home fires happen with the most frequency during wintertime, which is an indicator that homeowners should be on their guard.

Knowing what to do in case of a fire will give you valuable peace of mind. Make preparations for what you will do if a fire breaks out, such as deciding your escape routes with family members. It is also useful to know what you will do after the fact—specifically, what restoration company you will feel comfortable calling.

Why Proper Fire Restoration Matters

It is invaluable to be able to trust your fire restoration company, both to respond quickly and to do a quality job. With our 247 response line and highly skilled technicians, we can guarantee we will get there quickly and get your cleanup completed in an efficient manner. After a fire strikes, here are some of the services you can expect from us:

Structural Cleaning

Correctly repairing a home’s structure after a fire is essential, and it is something we take very seriously. By first performing testing to determine the true extent of the damage, we will then move in with our equipment and begin the restoration process. We handle reconstruction, soot removal and more on walls, doors and floors, and can even prepare surfaces for fresh paint.

Content Cleaning

What is inside your home matters just as much as what is supporting it, which is why we do content cleaning in addition to structural repairs. With wet and dry cleaning technologies, we can fully deodorize contents of your home, including electronics, upholstered furniture, kitchen wares and a variety of other objects.

Deodorization Services

Even after the structure and the contents of your home have been repaired, smoke and soot odors can linger. Not only can these be a nuisance, but exposure to them can lead to health issues down the road. That is why we make use of technology that can scrub the air of these harmful compounds, so you can breathe without worry in your home.

Four Steps for Storm Clean Up | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water coming down from the ceiling above.

As we move through seasons of storms it is important to know what steps to take post storm. While there are plenty of things to know about how to protect yourself and your property post storm, we have complied the four most basic steps to follow.

The four most basic steps to follow after a storm:

  1. Make Safety Priority
  2. Document the damage sustained
  3. Tarp the roof or cover any openings into the house
  4. Seek help with Water Restoration

These four steps are simple, but could save you a lot of heartache as a homeowner. The most significant damage to homes post storm are caused by secondary damage, primarily due to not properly tarping or covering exposed portions of the house. By ensuring that those areas are covered you can drastically lower your chances of secondary damage.

For more information, reach out to your storm experts!

Home Restoration You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

black smoke coming out of windows from a burning house Home Restoration You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

There is never a bad time to practice fire preparedness, but if you are worried your family is underprepared, now might be a good time to start. The Red Cross reports that home fires happen with the most frequency during wintertime, which is an indicator that homeowners should be on their guard.

Knowing what to do in case of a fire will give you valuable peace of mind. Make preparations for what you will do if a fire breaks out, such as deciding your escape routes with family members. It is also useful to know what you will do after the fact—specifically, what restoration company you will feel comfortable calling.

Why Proper Fire Restoration Matters

It is invaluable to be able to trust your fire restoration company, both to respond quickly and to do a quality job. With our 247 response line and highly skilled technicians, we can guarantee we will get there quickly and get your cleanup completed in an efficient manner. After a fire strikes, here are some of the services you can expect from us:

Structural Cleaning

Correctly repairing a home’s structure after a fire is essential, and it is something we take very seriously. By first performing testing to determine the true extent of the damage, we will then move in with our equipment and begin the restoration process. We handle reconstruction, soot removal and more on walls, doors and floors, and can even prepare surfaces for fresh paint.

Content Cleaning

What is inside your home matters just as much as what is supporting it, which is why we do content cleaning in addition to structural repairs. With wet and dry cleaning technologies, we can fully deodorize contents of your home, including electronics, upholstered furniture, kitchen wares and a variety of other objects.

Deodorization Services

Even after the structure and the contents of your home have been repaired, smoke and soot odors can linger. Not only can these be a nuisance, but exposure to them can lead to health issues down the road. That is why we make use of technology that can scrub the air of these harmful compounds, so you can breathe without worry in your home.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.

Water Damage: Three Common Causes | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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The most common type of interior damage that effect homeowners is water damage. Unlike other damages to the interior of a home, the causes of water damage can stem from a list of potential issues. With routine maintenance, most water issues are preventable.

The key to water damage is to remove the water quickly as possible to protect the affected area. It cannot be stressed enough, that if you do discover standing water in your home that you contact a professional as quickly as possible.

The three most common causes of water damage are:

  1. Withstanding Plumbing Issues
  2. Sudden Leaking/Burst Pipes
  3. Worn or Faulty Household Appliances

By knowing these three common cause, we hope that you will be able to more easily detect potential water issues within your home.

3 Tips for Fire Prevention | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Most household fires are determined to have been very preventable. Accidents are more prone to happen when we are in the swing of everyday life. The National Fire Prevention Association works without end each year to bring more attention of how preventable fires are to the public.

There are laundry list of things tips to remember in order to prevent fires, but if you follow three of the most common you significantly decrease your chances of having a household fire.

According to NFPA, three tips that prevent fires in your household:

  1. Use extreme caution while cooking
  2. Do not store any flammable items in places that may become hot.
  3. Unplug electrical devices when not using them.

Implementing these three simple tips will significantly decrease your chances of a household fire.

How to make a Home Fire Escape Plan | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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According to the NFPA, often times most injuries from household fires are very preventable; but there are not proper fire escape plans in place for household members to follow.

Today, most school systems will participate in practiced fire drills at least once a quarter with their students. The practice of fire drills has been a part of the education system for many years, but something that we forget as we move beyond our grammar school years, but last year alone 3,645 people died due to a fire. This should be an alarming number- particularly for something that is preventable with proper planning.

Depending upon who you ask, there are several keys to remember in creating such a plan; however, we have compiled the list of the must haves.

  1. Map out your home.
  2. Clearly determine two ways out of each room.
  3. Test all smoke alarms for proper functionality.
  4. Create an meeting place for you and your children away from the structure.
  5. Memorize the phone number to the local fire department.
  6. Continually practice your plan.

By creating this plan, you could prevent disaster within your home!

How an Emergency Readiness Profile can save thousands.| SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

Throughout business we are always preparing for the unexpected, which is why most of us carry insurance policies. Most of the time an insurance policy is only good in the end to cover our losses, but how can we be more proactive?

Most often that is by developing contingency plans for when disaster strikes. At SERVPRO, we work hand in hand with our commercial accounts to ensure that, in addition to those steps, a through plan is created by an Emergency Readiness Profile.

The Emergency Readiness Profile is a tool that we use to identify the proper procedure for mitigating losses and quickly having our crews on site. The quicker that we can have our trained professionals on site, the less damage that your building and property will incur.

To have your facilities prepared by creating an ERP, please contact our Sales Department!

How to be safe post storm? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

The most crucial time for survival during storms is the first three hours following the passing of the storm cell. Often times, there is plenty of advice on how to prepare prior to and during the storm, but not enough attention is brought to how to survive after.

It is human nature for individuals want to assess the damage sustained by their community, but this typically leads to more stress for emergency personnel and injury to those braving the weather.

Three steps to better ensure your safety following a storm are:

  1. Do not go outside until it has been declared safe
  2. Remain cautious of downed power lines and standing water
  3. Do not enter buildings that have structural damage

By following the above steps, the safety will be significantly increased for yourself and those you love.

Sewage back up, now what? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

sewage backup SERVPRO logo with water leaking from above

According to the IICRC, there are four different classifications of water damage. Most of the levels are recommended that individuals without the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) to avoid.

The water from a backup of sewage drain into is classified as one of the most dangerously contaminated water. It is highly recommended that if you do find water from sewage back up that you immediately call a professional.

In an effort to safely protect you and your loved ones:

  1. Stay away from the water
  2. Remove all children or pets from effected area
  3. Call a water restoration expert

If you follow these three steps, you will ensure the safety of everyone within your household. While ensuring safety is the number one priority, you will also salvage more of your personal property by not waiting to take action.

Effects of Poor Air Quality in the Work Place| SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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In most business, employees spend the majority of their day at their desks. In an ideal environment you want your employees to be able to enjoy the time they spend at work.

The most common cause of employee fatigue is due to poor air quality in the workplace. It is recommended that you have a professional service your duct system annually at the very least, to ensure that your are providing the best quality air for your employees.

Poor air quality can affect your employees with the following symptoms :

  1. Headaches
  2. Nausea
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Allergy-like symptoms
  5. Irritation of eyes, nose, throat or skin

By properly cleaning your ducts, you increase the air quality for your employees and can in turn increase the productivity of your workforce!

Five Most Common Cause of Electrical Fires | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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The most preventable types of fires in the United States are electrical fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 7% of all residential fires between 2014 and 2016 were classified as electrical fires.

The most common place inside of a home for a fire to ignite during a residential electrical fires is within a bedroom, although the largest number of fatalities occur in the living room/den.

In order to prevent electrical fires, it is important to understand how these fires are typically started.

Below we have highlighted the five most common causes of electrical fires:

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

By identifying these five common cause, we hope that you will be able to more easily detect potential igniters within your home.

If you have experienced fire damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

When It Comes to Restoration, Make the Right Choice | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County's green work van with SERVPRO logo at clean up site A quick response from SERVPRO of Wilson County ensures your Restoration and Clean-up needs are professionally completed.

The surprising discovery of damage can cause homeowners to be confused about what their next steps should be. While it will always be a headache, deciding what restoration company to work with ahead of time can have a big impact on reducing stress.

By doing your research and choosing a company in advance, you can know immediately what to do should damage occur.

4 Keys to Look for in a Restoration Company

The information surrounding restoration companies can be overwhelming, so it is important to know what to prioritize. Here are some tips for making the right choice in restoration:

Check the Extent of Their Work

When it comes to purifying the air of hazardous soot particles following a fire or being able to treat water-related structural damage, choosing a company that can handle a full restoration will go a long way. By being certified in all types of restoration, we can operate the tools and utilize the techniques necessary to ensure your home is fully treated and restored.

Be Aware of Their Business Hours

When you are stressed about damage to your home, getting in touch with your restoration company quickly is important. That is why we have implemented an emergency line that is open 24 hours, so you can call us at any hour and have our team respond.

Know What Their Training Involves

The technicians tasked with your home restoration are the most important influence on the quality of work. Because we base all of our training on restoration industry standards, you can have peace of mind to know our technicians are fully trained and ready for any disaster.

Understand Their Ability to Scale

In the case of large disasters, the ability to scale is essential for keeping up a high standard of restoration. Because we have a nationwide network of locations, we can band together to ensure we treat large-scale disasters with the same level of care as any small job we do.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Checking for Hidden Water Damage Around the Home | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

water damage and flooding on kitchen tile Water damage can happen at any time. SERVPRO of Wilson County will ensure that each water mitigation job is done correctly and completely. Give Servpr

Severe weather can increase the chances for water damage, but it is far from the only reason it can occur. There are many causes of water damage that homeowners can face, with a multitude of instances occurring in secluded areas that are not often inspected.

The longer water damage is left untreated, the more difficult it is to restore—that’s why hidden water damage is so complicated. Many insurances will not extend coverage to instances of water damage, and for ones that do, most claims are over $6,500. Being aware of how to check for hidden water damage around the home will ensure that homeowners are preventing costly repairs to the best of their ability.

<h3to-look-for-hidden-water-damage-around-the-home">Where to Look for Hidden Water Damage Around the Home

  • Watch walls under windows. Windows are sealed with the wall to keep moisture out, but this does not always work as intended, especially in older homes. Check for discoloration around the window often.

  • Siding seals can falter. Where panels of siding come together, the seal can begin to falter over time and expose the plywood underneath to weather and water.

  • Check threshold panels. The metal plate that covers the wood of a door threshold is not weather-tight, so it is important to watch the wood underneath for swelling or softness.

  • Inspect exterior paint. With the multiple layers of paint on most windowsills and porches, water can slip between them and cause the paint to soften.

  • Move the dishwasher often. Most dishwashers only get moved when they need to be replaced, but it is then that many homeowners discover the damage. Moving the dishwasher regularly to check for water damage is a good preventive measure.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

The 3 Main Ways Lightning Damages Homes | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

A lightning bolt darting across the sky is a dramatic display of the power of a thunderstorm, but it’s also one of the most violent. Lightning can lead to fatalities and severe property damage when it strikes, so if a thunderstorm is nearby, it is essential to know the kinds of damage it can cause in order to be prepared.

Lightning Info

Thunder and lightning are a result of the electrical charge that all thunderstorms develop. When we see a lightning bolt, what we’re actually seeing is an offloading of the storm’s electrical charge in the form of a strike.

Clouds provide lightning with ideal insulation, which is why so many strikes remain in the sky. However, when lightning strikes an object en route to the ground is when complications can arise.

The Main Ways Lightning Causes Damage

When lightning strikes a home, the damage it causes can be due not only to the heat of the strike but also due to the way it travels through the wiring and water pipes. Here are the three main types of damage that can arise from lightning:

1. Fires. Because of the heat of lightning—typically around 500,000 degrees—it is hot enough to ignite many building materials on impact. As the lightning travels down the wires, it can also cause damage within the walls, increasing the likelihood that an electrical fire will break out in the future. A local electrician or fire department can often perform tests if your home has been struck to assess the damage and determine if any wires should be replaced.

2. Power surges. When the charge of lightning is coursing through the wires in the home, it can travel up cords and overload anything that is plugged into the wall. Using surge protectors for every electronic device can prevent this from happening.

3. Structural damage. Thunder occurs when lightning strikes within a cloud, as a result of the shock waves it creates. When the lightning strikes the ground, these shock waves contain enough force to cause serious harm. Shattered glass, cracked foundation and damaged chimneys are very common after a lightning strike happens nearby, so performing a home inspection after a storm is wise.

If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.

Exploring the Various Causes of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

There can be a plethora of driving factors behind water damage.

Water may be a necessity for life, but it can also serve as quite a destructive force in the right situations.

Concerning water damage, there can be a plethora of driving factors behind it. Are you able to identify what some of those causes are?

Common Water Damage Causes

During a six-year span encompassing 2009 to 2015, The Travelers Companies Inc. reports that the leading causes for homeowners insurance claims were:

  • Exterior wind damage
  • Non-weather-related water damage
  • Hail
  • Weather-related water damage
  • Theft

As you can see, water damage appears on this list twice, but in two different categories. That’s because water damage can be both weather-related and non-weather-related.

The most common type of water damage that will impact your home is non-weather-related, which can be from issues such as bad plumbing and appliances. While just as problematic, weather-related water damage is not as common and can stem from rain, snow and melting ice.

Curious what the top causes of water damage specifically are? The top five water damage causes are plumbing issues, washing machine leaks, busted water pipes, aging water heaters and bad weather.

Looking at things from a strictly financial aspect, water damage and freezing issues saw an average payout per claim of $8,861 between 2011 and 2015.

Protecting Your Home

Water damage always comes with quite a price tag, but the costs are higher if you’re not covered under an insurance policy. That’s why it’s important to review your policies regularly and know what’s covered by your homeowners insurance plan. In most cases, the following damages are covered by a standard policy:

  • Damages caused by from weight of ice, snow or sleet
  • Discharge and overflow of water, even by accident
  • Tearing apart, cracking, burning or bulging of a steam or hot water heating system
  • Freezing of plumbing and pipes

The good news is that in many cases, you can take proactive steps to help prevent water damage in your home. These preventive fixes and routine maintenance ideas will help make sure your home stays as dry as possible:

  • Applying water sensors and automatic shut-off valves
  • Having a plumber install back flow valves and standpipes in basement drains
  • Installing metal mesh connection hoses on the washer and dryer
  • Making sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris
  • Ridding the hot water tank of buildup by flushing it every six months
  • Keeping grease out the kitchen sink and drain
  • Running the sump pump every few months and cleaning it before the rainy season

You can use these tips to help prevent some costly water damage circumstances in your home.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of Wilson County on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

SERVPRO® of Wilson County is Here for You Even During Stormy Weather

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County can be your rainbow after the storm.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for a convenient time of year. Severe weather may occur at any moment, and that’s why SERVPRO of Wilson County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Summertime is notorious for severe thunderstorms, which are a common occurrence. These storms can also cause a chance for storm damage to your property.

Are you aware of the different types of damage that thunderstorms can cause to your property?

SERVPRO of Wilson County serves you – even during stormy weather

Thunderstorms occur all throughout the world, and there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms that occur each year. In the United States, approximately 100,000 thunderstorms occur per year, and of those, 10% are considered severe. Mature storms are when you see the most dangerous aspects of storms, including hail and heavy rain.

That’s why you can expect to get a SERVPRO of Wilson County representative to answer the phone after hours and on the weekends. We understand that a quick response can help minimize damages, and get you back to normal as soon as possible.

Restoration You May Need After a Storm

When a disaster strikes your home or business in Wilson County, you can rest assured that we will come as soon as you call us. Even if you call after normal business hours, our on call team member will ask the right questions to prepare our team of professionals to provide you with emergency services. Of the many different dangerous effects caused by a thunderstorm, one of the greatest risks is the chance for flying debris caused by the high winds associated with severe thunderstorms.

Wind gusts in a severe thunderstorm can reach up to and over 57.5 mph. That is enough to cause significant property damage.

Loose items in your yard, including items that seem non-threatening, can turn into dangerous projectiles. If it is feasible, take care and make sure everything on your patios and lawn are secured prior to any type of storm.

In addition to wind damage, thunderstorms can also produce the following damage:

Be aware of these types of warnings on the radio or weather alerts:

Lightning presents multiple dangers. When it strikes a building, it passes through the electrical wiring and can cause appliances to blow out. This movement also increase the risk of fire.

Tornadoes are highly destructive and can reach wind speeds over 200 mph. Tornadoes can do severe structural damage in a very short amount of time.

Depending on the size of the hail, it can damage everything from crops to houses and cars.

A large amount of rain in a small period of time is a common hallmark of thunderstorms. This can lead to flash flooding because there’s not enough time for the rain to soak in and there’s nowhere for the water to go.

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

A Homeowner's Defenses Against Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

The peace of mind that comes with being prepared is priceless.

Flooding is a common occurrence in some parts of the country, but did you know that it could also be brought on by natural disasters? In fact, 90% of natural disasters have flooding involved.

Natural disasters can happen to anyone, anywhere, which is why it is so essential to be prepared.

How Can Homeowners Prevent Flood Damage?

Though natural disasters are unstoppable forces, homeowners can plan ahead and prevent excessive water damage from happening in their own homes:

Know your risk. Use the FEMA Flood Map Tool or call the local branch of your emergency management office to better understand your risk and the precautions to take.

Anchor fuel and propane tanks. Even if a tank is full and heavy, anchoring it is a wise idea in case waters begin to rush in.

Protect appliances. Elevate appliances when possible to prevent their electrical and internal components from being waterlogged and damaged beyond repair.

Elevate hazardous materials. If you would not want it to come into contact with your bare skin, it should be elevated out of the flood water’s path. Pollution can make the water more dangerous for the entire region, and can even lead to fires.

Digitize valuables. Precious and irreplaceable items, such as family memorabilia, tax records and household documents, should be digitized and the physical copies kept off-site or in a waterproof safe.

Turn off electricity. Even if you feel it’s unlikely that the waters would reach electrical appliances or outlets, having live electricity near floodwaters can still be dangerous. Shut off the electrical breaker to any rooms that are at-risk for a flood.

Taking steps to protect your home is a responsible precaution that you will be grateful for in hindsight. The peace of mind that comes with being prepared is priceless.

If you’ve experienced flood damage or water damage from other causes, SERVPRO® of Wilson County is here to help. Our fully trained water remediation technicians will be there for you when you call.

How Professional Carpet Cleaning Impacts Business | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Making an effort in your business appearance will influence your employees to also take care of their work area.

What message are your business’ carpets sending to your employees and those who come into your workplace?

The importance of commercial carpet cleaning is often underestimated. Dirty carpets can have a bigger impact on companies and their employees than most people realize.

A successful business must consider, not only the appearance of their building, but how dirty carpeting can affect the health of employees. Also it’s worth mentioning, a dirty office with soiled carpets creates an uncomfortable work area and can kill motivation. If you own or manage a business that has customers or clients that enter your work space, it is crucial to make a good impression. What are your carpets saying about you?

You might not even realize how services like commercial carpet cleaning can benefit your business. Here are seven advantages of the service.

Increased Productivity

Creating a nice, clean work environment makes a big impact on your employees’ overall feelings about work. Nothing is more encouraging than an employer who is passionate about his own business. Making an effort in your business’s appearance will influence your employees to also take care of their work area and feel more at ease at work.

Employees work harder and take more pride in their work when they know their workplace is well-cared for. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner to keep rugs and carpets clean shows employees that the business owner takes pride in the workplace environment.

Gain Customers and Keep Them Coming

Let's face it, appearances matter when it comes to attracting and keeping customers. Your products or services may be amazing, but as long as your business looks dirty, grungy and unkempt it will deter customers. After all, you don’t take care of your business then it’s likely customers will get the impression your services or products are second-rate.

Keeping the carpets clean will help your business to look beautiful so that customers will want to come inside, stay longer and potentially spend more money while they are there. And, we all know the survival of any business is repeat customers.

Higher Quality Cleaning by Professionals

Some companies attempt to make their employees do the carpet cleaning. You take the risk in damaging or tearing carpets if the process isn’t done properly. Every style of carpet requires specific chemicals and water temperature that only professional carpet cleaners have access to and are trained on how to use.

Employees who don’t have the necessary skills for carpet cleaning may be nervous about accidentally damaging the carpet, causing them to clean it less frequently than recommended. Not to mention, you’ll need a storage area to keep the cleaning equipment.

Having a professional clean the carpets typically entails a more thorough cleaning process then someone who has no training and will end up having a more lasting effect.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning for the Win

Believe it or not, clean carpets play a role in your business’ success. Your business’ appearance tells your employees that you take pride in your workplace, as should they. This could mean an increase productivity, and a positive attitude towards their workplace.

You could increase profits based on the fact customers will want to stay longer, and potentially spend more money.  

You want to do everything you can to ensure your business thrives. Make sure your carpets are sending the right message.

The SERVPRO of Wilson County team specializes in cleaning - and one thing our team likes to clean is carpets for your commercial business!

A dirty carpet isn’t something any business wants to have. It looks unprofessional and unkept. Luckily, our SERVPRO of Wilson County team is here to help.

If you believe that it’s time for your carpets to be professionally cleaned, give SERVPRO® of Wilson County a call today.

Prepare for Fires in the Workplace

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Having fire extinguishers available can avoid widespread damage to your business and injuries.

Protecting your business or workplace by teaching about electrical fire safety and putting safety plans into place is always a great idea. Accidents happen, and that’s why being prepared is key. If you can extinguish the fire with fire extinguisher or blanket before it gets out-of-hand, that would be best to limit the amount of damage. Be prepared to think quickly and determine if the fire can be put out without risk of injury or endangering any of your coworkers. Always put employee safety first. It’s important to know smoke inhalation can be fatal. Fire can spread quickly, and it can produce dangerous amounts of smoke. Smoke inhalation is the cause of death in home fires than the actual fire. Not to mention, smoke causes just as much damage to the business as the fire itself. There is a five second rule of thumb that fire fighters use. They say that if you cannot extinguish a fire within five seconds then dial 9-1-1 and evacuate. Be sure to have an updated employee evacuation plan in place, and make sure to have routine fire drills so your employees know exactly what to do. After the fire is put out and everyone is accounted for and safe, you can always count on your friendly neighborhood experts at SERVPRO of Wilson County to help you put your business back together.

Here are a list of things to have established in a place of business when it comes to fire safety. Fire Marshals look for these items. These items are ultimately for your safety, and the safety of your employees and coworkers.

Make Sure You Have Clear Paths Make sure all exits are not obstructed in any way. Multiple, clear exits in the event of a fire will increase the likelihood that everyone is able to get out safely.

Emergency Exit Lights In the event of a fire, your workplace may lose power or have very little visibility due to heavy smoke. For these reasons, clearly marked paths of egress are required.

Fire Extinguishers are a MUST Fire extinguishers are crucial in stopping a small fire before it grows larger, avoiding widespread damage to your business and injuries to your staff or customers. That's why fire marshals pay special attention to verify that they are in compliance.

Fire Sprinkler System Water Supply For this system to function correctly, not only must the sprinkler deflectors have the proper clearance, the water must flow as it should when called upon to extinguish a fire. The fire marshal will examine the critical components of the sprinkler system water supply, to determine that they are in good working order.

Electrical Panels Since electrical panels have live current running through them, any potentially flammable items (like cardboard boxes stored too close to the panel) make sure you can get to the panels without having to move anything. 

Proper Storage of Combustible Liquids Combustible materials and liquids represent a special fire hazard and must be treated accordingly. These will provide fuel to any fire and they pose a significant risk to your facility, including explosion potential, so proper measures must be taken at all times.

Maximum Occupancy Limits Your building has a maximum occupancy limit which has been put in place for a reason. If a fire were to occur, this is the number of people who could safely evacuate the premises in a timely fashion.

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

Fires and The Residual Damage They Can Cause | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Long after the flames are extinguished, soot and smoke continue to damage property.

When dealing with fire damage, there is more to be cleaned up than just what is affected by the flames.

Long after the flames are extinguished, soot and smoke left behind can continue damaging property and can give rise to other issues such as mold and rust as well. If left untreated, this damage can compound over time, becoming more difficult and costly to remediate.

The Issues Untreated Fire Damage Can Cause

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

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

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

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

Questions to Help You Find a Fire Restoration Company

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

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

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

* Do they have a Master Fire Restorer on staff?

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

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

Clear Your HVAC System With Duct Cleaning | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Experts recommend regular cleaning to keep your unit running well and keep your family healthy.

We know that Wilson County homeowners are especially thankful for their air conditioning systems in the summer, but could your HVAC unit be doing more harm than good?

The Benefits of Having Your Ducts Cleaned

While an HVAC system is wonderful in the heat of the day, due to the unique design of the ducts, it is easy for them to become contaminated. As the air flows throughout the system, those contaminants can be pushed through the air and into the home, causing indoor air quality to be two to five times worse than outside in some cases.

That’s why experts recommend regular cleaning and maintenance to keep your unit running well and keep your family healthy.

The Contaminants Cleared From Ducts

When cleaning air ducts, here are the common contaminants that get removed:

  1. Mold.

Because many air duct systems are located in a home’s basement, mold and mildew can grow in and around the ductwork. Because of the dark and damp environment, mold spores are able to easily latch on and infiltrate the air circulating through the house, leading to health issues.

  1. Allergens.

Air ducts provide the perfect environment for bacteria, mold, fungus and allergens to take root, but properly cleaning the air ducts will remove these contaminants. Breathing these in can result in severe allergies or asthma, with young children being the most vulnerable.   

  1. Dust.

It is common for homeowners to feel like they are dusting more than they should have to, but there might actually be a reason. If dust is flowing through the ductwork, it will be deposited throughout the house each time the air kicks on.

  1. Pet Fur.

Our furry family members are wonderful, but animal fur is a nightmare for an HVAC system. Fur can build up in the vents, leading to germs, fungus and bacterial growth. Fur and dander can also hinder the efficiency of the system, slowing down air flow and making the unit work harder.

The Efficiency of Clean Ducts

As contaminants are allowed to build up, the HVAC system’s airflow will decrease. The Department of Energy shows that 25 to 40% of the energy used to keep the home at a comfortable temperature is wasted, with unclean ducts being partially to blame.

If you believe that it’s time for your air ducts to be professionally evaluated, give SERVPRO® of Wilson County a call today.

How You Should React to Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be alarming. Whether it's residential or commercial, we're here to help.

Discovering water damage anywhere in your home or business can be alarming, regardless of if it’s from broken pipes, hidden leaks or sudden floods. However, by staying calm and following a few steps right away, you can get your property back to normal in no time.

Be Safe

Determining the safety of your location is the most important thing when you first discover water damage. Ensure that there aren’t electrical items that could cause shocks when wet, turn off the electricity if need be and check that the floors and structures are not in danger of collapsing. Never stick around a potentially hazardous area to attempt cleanup.

Reach Out to the Pros

Once you’re sure you’re safe, it’s time to consult a professional. With a 24/7 Emergency Service line, the ability to work with your insurance on your behalf and a Master Water Restorer on staff, we can provide a fast and easy cleanup designed to get your life back to normal in a hurry.

Encourage Air Flow

Maximize your time while waiting for us to arrive by salvaging what you can from the damaged areas. If any items such as furniture, fabric and papers are affected, moving them out can make them more viable for restoration later on.

If the weather outside is dry and not too humid, opening a window and creating airflow can begin evaporating water from surfaces in the room. These small steps will go a long way until we can get there and tackle the big stuff.

Absorb What You Can

While a mop can’t take the place of industry-leading equipment, removing standing water can certainly have an impact. If you’re able, use a mop or water-rated vacuum cleaner to clear out puddles and standing water throughout the impacted area.

If you’ve just discovered water damage in your home or commercial property, SERVPRO® of Wilson County can get there fast. Call us today—we’re here to help.

Avoiding Fire Hazards in the Kitchen | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Cooking fires are rated as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries.

Has your kitchen been designated as a place for family and friends to gather and spend quality time together as, perhaps, a cozy comfort food meal is cooking? Well, the kitchen is also a space where many home fires occur.

Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries with the leading cause of these kitchen fires being unattended cooking.

State Farm paid out a whopping $130 million for homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires in just 2017 alone. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
Kitchen Fire Safety Tips

Staying in the kitchen while cooking is not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. Are you wearing loose-fitting clothing or long sleeves? They could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. Do you keep flammable items away from the stovetop? Make sure kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains aren’t too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable should be moved away from the stovetop.

3. Do you have a fire extinguisher readily accessible to the kitchen? Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. How are you disposing of your hot grease? Even if the grease is not on fire, it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to catch fire. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Have you created a fire escape plan for an emergency? No one wants something bad to happen, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry if an emergency were to occur. Review exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of Wilson County is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Choose SERVPRO® for Restoration? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County 

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement, before and after

There’s nothing more valuable than the peace of mind that comes with selecting the right company to work with when hiring someone to restore your commercial or residential property. 

You can be assured that whether you’re dealing with routine maintenance such as duct or carpet cleaning or you’ve got large-scale water, fire or mold damage on your hands, SERVPRO® of Wilson County will provide you with outstanding service. Get the facts: 

We’ll Be There Fast 

While disasters may not have respect for your schedule, you can count on our 24/7 Emergency 

Service to be there whenever you call. 

We know that the longer issues like mold, water and fire damage are allowed to fester, the more detrimental to your structure they can be, so whether it’s a weekend, a holiday or the middle of the night, we’re at-the-ready to get your repairs started right away. 

“Faster to any size disaster” is more than just our slogan. 

We’ve Got the Expertise You Need 

Restoring your home or business is no light task, which is why we take our work seriously. We have staff members certified by NADCA to clean ductwork on residential and commercial properties, and we also retain a Master Water and Fire Restorer on staff. 

Additionally,  we maintain contractor licensing to ensure we can do tasks ranging from small home repairs to large-scale commercial renovations—that way you can know you’re getting the best in the business. 

We Strive for Continual Improvement 

As technologies change, best practices for cleaning and restoration do, too. 

We ensure that we’re up to date with the latest industry standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification by providing employees with the ability to enroll in training courses and keeping up with new developments in the field. 

This high level of training, combined with our state-of-the-art equipment and advanced tracking technology, allows us to provide you with the best restoration experience possible. 

 Contact SERVPRO® of Wilson Countv to service your commercial  or residential property 24 hours a day, 7 days a 11!€ek. You can rest assured knowing that oo have you covered for any cleaning or restoration needs because of our commitment to quality and customer service. 

Making Sure Your Business Is Ready for Any Potential Disaster Situation | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Being unprepared can leave you in a desperate situation.

There are a plethora of aspects and considerations that must be addressed when running a business, but one of the most important factors to think about is emergency preparedness.

When you have a plan in place, it will not keep disasters and emergencies from occurring, but it does give your business a leg up where safety is concerned and ensure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

Coming Up With a Plan

How about you—have you taken the time to sit down to develop an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? If not, make this your next priority!

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

When an emergency occurs, it will not matter how it has occurred. Whether it’s a man-made incident or one stemming from nature, if there is no emergency plan for your business, things will escalate causing an even more chaotic situation quickly.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

Where You Should Start

Prepare for any worst-case scenario when beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business. Evaluate which scenarios are most likely to occur, as well as those that seem pretty far-fetched but could still happen. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

The internet offers a wealth of information with resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

Also, conduct a business impact analysis (BIA) to help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans—and don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

Once there is an emergency preparedness plan in place, be sure hold regular drills to practice and review it with your employees. By reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios with them, you are ensuring that the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Wilson County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Important Tornado Safety Tips for Your Family | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Spring weather brings us warming, balmy days, but it is also a time of unpredictable weather. For this reason, it is good to always be prepared for that chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown.

It is reported that, during the months of April and May, there are the most outbreaks of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively. That means that we are now currently in the height of tornado season throughout the United States.

In this blog, we are sharing some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared and safe for the worst possible scenario.

What Are Ideal Tornado Conditions?

The United States experiences roughly 1,200 tornadoes every year, resulting from severe thunderstorms, in particular those known as “supercells.”

Prime conditions for a tornado to form are when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped and dropped into a vertical position by the rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

At first, you will not be able to see the tornado’s signature funnel cloud, but it will become visible as water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or when it picks up dust and debris as the tornado travels along its path.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster storms have been observed. Hail and intense winds of more than 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

The air masses aloft generally become unstable in the late afternoon during the spring and summer, making it prime time for a tornado to occur. But it is important to remember that they can occur at anytime during the day and anywhere.

What to Do in Case of a Tornado

Have you learned the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? A watch will be issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

In other words, the tornado watch is a way of alerting you to the fact that there are favorable conditions for a tornado to develop, but if a warning has been issued for your area, you should take quick action to find safe shelter—especially if you are in the path of the tornado.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

As you take shelter in your home, use furniture cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered and protected. You should also make sure that you have flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries in your selected tornado shelter.

If you are caught out on the road during a tornado, DO NOT try to outrun it because chances are you won’t win. Attempt to seek a safe, sturdy shelter nearby immediately, or if that is not possible, exit your vehicle and lay flat on the ground.

Tornadoes are unforgiving and can wreak absolute havoc in their paths. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of Wilson County is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

Getting Ready for Unpredictable Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

We’ve crossed the threshold into spring! Now we can better enjoy the weather…but also buckle up for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Springtime and Severe Weather Threats

When we reach spring, we have longer days and more sunshine; however, there is also the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s dealer’s choice this time of year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Changing, unpredictable weather during spring is caused by the unstable temperatures—and those temperatures can go from warm to cold in a matter of hours! That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms are increasingly common throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

Taking a look at losses caused by natural catastrophes in the U.S. for 2017, severe thunderstorms were the most common and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

These storms pose a threat for floods, high winds and even tornadoes, given the right conditions. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Preparing Your Family

Weather is not something than can be predicted with 100% accuracy, but we are fortunate that meteorologists today have the technology to issue advance warnings that severe weather may be on the horizon. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather are listed below.

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Wilson County to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

Protecting Your Business From Fire | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

When you own a business, you must also take safety precautions for your business, employees and visitors. One thing you need to consider and spend a little extra time planning for and working toward is fire prevention.

<h4of-commercial-structure-fires">Causes of Commercial Structure Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

In 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

In studying more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that during the period from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires involving office properties per year. Those fires were responsible for an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

<h4your-business">Protecting Your Business

So what are some of the many steps you can take to protect your business from the risk of fires? By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you will be working to reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

You should make an assessment of any fire hazard risks in your facility. In some locations, the local government may have a fire marshal who can visit your establishment to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.

You’ll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.

Most importantly, consider your employees and visitors. Creating a fire plan and reviewing it with your staff will ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep that fire safety protocol fresh in their minds, and take time to review evacuation plans and the location of first-aid kit.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of Wilson County is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Learning About the 3 Classifications of Floodwaters | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

You may consider all water causing damage as the same, but there are three different classifications of water that cause water damage: clean, gray and black. When you understand the differences in these types of water, you will also understand how to better handle a water damage situation.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused the water damage because there will always have to be a cleanup and restoration process that follows. The most important thing to do first is to remove all the moisture and damp items quickly because this is mold’s favorite environment to grow and flourish.

Clean Water

Much like the name states, this water is considered “clean” and not any kind of water that would pose an immediate health threat. It is free of contaminants and will be water from:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

The damage from clean water is the easiest type of water damage to work with since there will be fewer microbes living in the water. However, after 48 hours and following contact with the surfaces of a building, clean water can move up to category two, gray water.

Gray Water

Gray water starts to make the water damage cleanup and restoration a bit more tedious as it may be water that could pose a health risk, due to it containing chemical or biological contamination. The slight contamination in gray water means the water should be thoroughly treated before being safe for consumption.

Gray water, for example, is water from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. The 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, because if left untreated, gray water will become black water.

Black Water

Black water is highly contaminated water and is the most serious of the three classifications and will contain harmful chemicals and biological matter.

This would include floodwaters that contain soil and any type of sewage waters. Sewage harbors contamination from microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more—many of these can be hazardous to humans.

An example of diseases that are transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

Remember, when it comes to floods, treat all waters as black water since it picks up contaminants along its path.

These three classifications of floodwater are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), an organization that certifies and sets the standard for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our technicians all study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Wilson County is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!


Smoke Detectors in Your Wilson County Property

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County reminds you that smoke detectors (smoke alarms) saves lives.

Smoke spreads fast. An alarm gives you time to get out.

SERVPRO of  Wilson County wants you to remember:

  • Closed doors can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. That is good for reducing smoke damage and fire damage. That is also why you should have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room in the home
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home
  • Large homes might need extra smoke alarms
  • Some companies make alarms that are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound
  • Do not turn off smoke detectors when cooking
  • Test the smoke alarms at least once a month. There is a test button on the alarm
  • When the alarm sounds, get everyone outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years

SERVPRO of Wilson County reminds you to call the fire department once you are outside the home.




Possible Causes for Water Damage in Your Mt Juliet home

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Causes & Categories of Water Damage in your Mt Juliet property:

An old poem has the line, “water, water, everywhere”. When you need to say this in your house, you know there is trouble. You may be looking at water damage. There are several different possible causes of water damage in Mt Juliet.   

Causes can include:

  • Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clogged pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Broken toilet pipes
  • Heavy rain
  • Snow or ice

The amount of water damage depends on the amount of water and on the cause of the damage.

It is also important to start cleanup as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is water-logged, the more damage.

Categories of Water Damage in Mt Juliet:

  1. Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
  2. Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
  • Black water. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still.



Mold Remediation vs Mold Removal

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County Presents: Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation

We cannot see mold spores without magnification. The spores can survive almost anything.

Mold removal is impossible.

“Mold removal”

  • Get rid of all of the mold.


  • Get rid of all the mold spores.

Mold starts growing within 24 hours of exposure to moisture.

SERVPRO of Wilson County can’t promise the impossible. It CAN promise mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is licensed in mold remediation.

“Mold remediation” 

  • Remove mold colonies.
  • Throw out whatever mold has destroyed.
  • Clean, dry, and disinfect the rest.
  • Identify materials that stayed wet for over 24-48 hours.
  • Throw out those items.
  • Identify moisture sources
    • leaking pipes
    • standing water
    • condensation
    • humidity (40% or higher)
  • Stop the moisture = Prevent mold


By law, only licensed professionals can remediate large areas. A “large area” is 10 square feet or more.



Storm Damage to your Lebanon property

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Wilson County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week--including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Storm and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Wilson County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call us 24/7 - 615-449-5000

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and wrap.

Hours 1-24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and wrap.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture wraps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and wraps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Wilson County

SERVPRO of Wilson County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire Escape Route

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County hopes your home or business never has to deal with fire or smoke damage.  Sometimes, a portable fire extinguisher is not enough to save your property and the only thing you can do is escape.

A small flame can turn into a large fire in a matter of minutes. Lives are more important than objects, so get yourself and others out of danger.

SERVPRO of Wilson County Tips for Escape:

  • Make an escape plan ahead of time. Make sure everyone knows the plan
  • Make sure that all doors and windows open easily
  • Plan at least two different ways of escaping every room
  • When you leave, close the doors and windows to shut in the flames
  • Practice the plan
  • Do not stop to pick up valuables. You can replace objects
  • Make sure your plan includes a place to meet that is a safe distance from the home
  • Do not turn off smoke alarms when you cook. You may need the warning
  • If you have to go through smoke, crawl under it

SERVPRO of Wilson County reminds you to call the fire department once you are outside the home.




Mold Remediation and the EPA

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County presents: Mold in Drywall

Even a tiny bit of moisture can lead to mold growing in drywall.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that only licensed professionals can clean any surface that has more than 10 square feet of mold. The EPA cannot know how you take care of your home or business, but you will need an inspection if you want to sell. You might not see all of the mold. The sooner you get rid of mold, the less damage it can cause.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is licensed in mold remediation.

Mold remediation means getting rid of the mold spores that become mold as well as fixing the root cause of the dampness. 


  • can start growing on a damp surface within 24 hours
  • can destroy the materials they grow on
  • can spread and destroy adjacent materials
  • grows from tiny spores that travel through the air

SERVPRO of Wilson County can:

  • remove drywall
  • disinfect certain surfaces
  • find the source of moisture
  • stop the moisture problem




When Storms or Floods hit Mt Juliet, SERVPRO is ready!

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mt Juliet.

SERVPRO ofWilson County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Mt Juliet, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 615-449-5000

Commercial Fire Extinguisher

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

All of us at SERVPRO of Wilson County hope your business stays safe from fire.  If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning fire damage and smoke damage.

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Wilson County recommends you keep, maintain, and know how to use fire extinguishers. 

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the office.

If you see a small fire that you can take care of yourself, use the following tips.  If you have any worries, you and everyone should leave the house and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Wilson County wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher

SERVPRO of Wilson County explains Types of Commercial Fire Extinguishers:

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C
  • Class D is for metals that can burst into flame. Class D fire extinguishers are usually needed only in some factories
  • Class K is for vegetable and animal oils and fats that are in cooking appliances. Commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses) often use them




Conditions in Your Wilson County Home Might Be Right for Mold

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Wilson County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 615-449-5000.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Wilson County for mold remediation services.

Wilson County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Mt Juliet basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 615-449-5000

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Wilson County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 615-449-5000

Flood Insurance-NFIP-Commercial

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance.  The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance.  Flood insurance  should be purchased from an insurance agent.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is interested in helping businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood.

Things to know in Wilson County including Lebanon and Mt Juliet. Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.

  • All agencies in Wilson County charge the same for flood insurance providing the same rating criteria is used
  • Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
  • The NFIP sets the rates
  • Rates depend on:
    • whether you live in a flood plain
    • flood risk in your area
    • building’s age
    • building’s construction
  • Building property insurance covers the building
  • Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
  • NFIP suggests you need both types
  • Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
  • The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661

SERVPRO of Wilson County recommends the following:

Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP

  • Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating System. The NFIP might have a discount
  • Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes

Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office.




Fire Damage with Candles

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage. Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all year round. It is  important to be careful any time you have an open flame in your home or office.

Fire Prevention is the best way to fight against fire damage or injuries.

SERVPRO of Wilson County offers these Tips for Fire Prevention from Candles:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire
  • Do not let children near candles
  • Put out candles when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Keep trees and other plants away from candles
  • Make sure candles are not near window curtains or blinds that could catch fire
  • Keep lit candles in safe candle holders
  • If the flame has to burn until the candles are out, keep the candles in holders that keep the flames behind glass
  • If the flame has to burn until the candles are out, keep the candle holders in a sink or a metal container of water
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with lit candles
  • Do not light candles in the bedroom. You might fall asleep. One third of all candle fires start in the bedroom
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • If someone in the home or office uses oxygen, do not use candles
  • Fire damage from candles happens 35 times a day in the U.S.

A little caution goes a long way to protect you and your loved ones. If  you have to deal with damage caused by smoke or fire from a candle, your friends at SERVPRO of Wilson County are just a phone call away.





Tornado Warning

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

In Wilson County, we know about the dangers of tornadoes. Storm damage, water damage, and high winds can cause death, injuries, and property destruction.

SERVPRO of Wilson County knows that tornadoes can rise up quickly. We may not always be able to get to shelter.

If you are caught outside during a tornado in Lebanon or Mt Juliet:

  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. Tornadoes can flip cars
  • Do not use your car as a shelter
  • You are safer in a low, flat location
  • Do not hide under a bridge or an overpass. Structures can collapse
  • Shield your head and neck with your arms
  • You can use blankets or coats for more shielding
  • Watch out for flying objects
  • Do not try to cross through water. Water can rise rapidly

When a tornado strikes a home or business, SERVPRO of Wilson County is here to help clean up the mess. But the most important thing you can do is to stay safe.



Mitigating Water Damage

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

If your home or business in Wilson County has water damage, you can do some things before help arrives.

Make sure that the building or home is safe.

SERVPRO of Wilson County Wants You to Remember:

  • Waterlogged materials are very heavy
  • Wet surfaces are slippery
  • Make sure that electrical power is off before you handle devices
  • Make sure you are standing on dry area before you turn on electric power

SERVPRO of Wilson County suggests that you:

  • Remove excess water with mops and/or towels
  • Wipe water from wood furniture or other items
  • Remove wet cushions. Prop them upright to dry
  • Hang up rugs to dry
  • Place foil or blocks between furniture and wet carpeting
  • Turn on dehumidifiers or air-conditioning if it is safe
  • Move colored items from wet carpeting
  • Move artwork to a safe, dry place
  • Move loose items from the floor or counters
  • Start drying items ASAP
  • Remember that mold starts growing within 24 hours
  • Stay away from rooms that have sagging ceilings




Mold in Your Home

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has guidelines concerning mold. SERVPRO of Wilson County would like to share these guidelines.

 Question- What Causes Mold to Grow:

  1. Moisture
  2. Warmth
  3. Protein-Protein is in building materials like drywall
  4. It is also in wood and in many paint
  5. Skin cells (we shed them all the time)
  6. Dog and cat dander

How to eliminate a mold problem AFTER an inspector has identified the type of mold:

  1. Call a licensed professional. SERVPRO of Wilson County is licensed in mold remediation. We know how to clean up the different mold types
  2. Be aware, there can be much more mold than you see. Mold spores are tiny
  3. Without proper training, equipment, and safety measures, you should NOT try to resolve the problem yourself



Tips for Standing Water

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

No one anticipates flooded property, but having knowledge when dealing with standing water in your Wilson County home can save time and money.

 A flood doesn’t end once the storm stops. We still have to deal with all that standing water. The flood water can take up to 11 days to disappear.

 If you have to evacuate your home, do not go back until you have been told it is safe.

Be careful when driving on roads that are covered with water in Wilson County.  Remember to “Go around. Don’t Drown!” The water may still be too deep for safe travel.

 Floods are not natural swimming pools

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the stormwater leftovers
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick
  • Don’t drink the water
  • Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock

 Flood waters vs. Animals in Wilson County

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your house. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you clean up
  • Some animals might find your yard a cozy place to live
  • If tap water is unsafe to drink, it is unsafe for your pets





Thunderstorms and Lightning

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.

 You cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Wilson County
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Wilson County repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors."  You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once indoors:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

 If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately. Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown." Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car.

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers.  Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems.




Fire Extinguisher Use for Your Commercial Property

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

All of us at SERVPRO of Wilson County never anticipate a fire. If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning the damage left by smoke and fire in your home or commercial space.

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them.

SERVPRO of Wilson County wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Wilson County suggests you remember PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

Sweep the nozzle side to side




Fire Prevention

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill the house in just a few minutes. SERVPRO of Wilson County will help you recover from fire damage. We hope you never need that kind of help.  The best fire control is fire prevention.

Please take a moment to review these safety tips for fire prevention week October 7-13.  We hope to help keep everyone safe.

SERVPRO of Wilson County offers these Tips for Fire Prevention:

  • Items that can catch fire include: dish towels, oven mitts, paper, curtains, wooden spoons, decorations
  • Heat sources include: light bulbs, fireplaces, stove tops, furnaces, candles, or electric heaters.
  • Keep items that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Turn off heat sources when you leave the home or go to bed
  • Never use the oven as a heater
  • Have the fireplace chimney inspected & cleaned once a year

SERVPRO of Wilson County suggests that you keep one or more fire extinguishers available.

Remember fire is fast. If there is a fire, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.



Fire and Smoke Services for Your Wilson County Property

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage at a Mt Juliet home

Fire and smoke damage can be extremely stressful if an experienced team is not called to respond to the emergency.  SERVPRO of Wilson County is available to assist with a team of experts 24/7 to begin the recovery process of your property.  Our team of highly skilled professionals undergo extensive fire and smoke restoration training and certification to restore your belongings “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Wilson County offers extensive cleaning and restoration services to your fire and smoke damaged property.

-Structural Cleaning- Once a fire loss has occurred SERVPRO of Wilson County will assess your fire and smoke loss to determine the depth of cleaning and equipment that must be used to thoroughly restore the structure.  Ceilings, walls, carpeting, artwork, and wood floors all require a specific cleaning process.  A SERVPRO of Wilson County professional may also be able to reduce the cost of refinishing and repainting surfaces by lightly cleaning surfaces with minimal soot.  Lightly cleaning surfaces that have less fire and smoke damage will deodorize and prepare the surface for fresh paint.

-Contents Cleaning- Our team of trained professionals will carefully inspect contents such as furniture, area rugs, and draperies to determine the most appropriate cleaning method.  SERVPRO of Wilson County can provide wet or dry cleaning methods to your contents.  Additionally, preloss condition will be restored to other contents by our professionals using our extensive deodorization and cleaning methods.  SERVPRO of Wilson County can provide you with an inventory list “to be claimed” items if your loss demands our team to remove items from your fire and smoke damaged property.

-Deodorization- SERVPRO of Wilson County also provides you with a specialized deodorization process to rid your property and contents of fire and smoke odors.  Ask your SERVPRO of Wilson County professional to explain the various methods that are available and will work best for you and your family.

Contact your local SERVPRO of Wilson County professional at 615-449-5000 to learn more about what we can do to mitigate your fire and smoke loss.  We are available 24 hour a day/7 days a week to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”



Wilson County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Wilson County.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - 615-449-5000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through the crisis. SERVPRO of Wilson County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration--in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representatives will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Restoring Your Wilson County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Wilson County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a are scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spend cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

Lebanon residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mild can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Wilson County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Wilson County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Nashville Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Nashville Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeing through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Wilson County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke - Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperature, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today - 615-449-5000

Restoring Your Gladeville Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Gladeville commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost of revenue and productivity. So when an emergency arises in your business, gives us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

Faster to your MountJuliet Water Damage Event

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Mount Juliet.

Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Wilson County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week--including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Wilson County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call us 24/7 - 615-449-5000

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and wrap.

Hours 1-24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and wrap.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture wraps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and wraps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Wilson County

SERVPRO of Wilson County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Restoring Your Wilson County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges.

Flooding and water damage events at Wilson County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Wether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to access each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Wilson County

SERVPRO of Wilson County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Storms or Floods hit Wilson County, SERVPRO is ready!

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Wilson County.

SERVPRO of Wilson County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Wilson County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have  Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 615-449-5000

Restoring Your Wilson County Area Home After A Flood

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Wilson County.

Restoring  Your Home After A Flood

Floods occurring in your Wilson County area home after a storm can be devastating. All of your belongings, the entire structure, or even just a portion become saturated with whatever the flood waters brought with them, often exposing you and your family to dangers that you cannot even see.

It takes a professional to care for flood damage on your Wilson County property the correct way. Besides, you want to have access to a company that can preform a variety of services, just in case other situations occur. Having a restoration provider, dedicated to producing quality results, is your best chance at recovery. Depending on the size of the flood, your floors, walls, furniture, and various other contents may need special attention. SERVPRO does far more then just remove water or dry out your belongings. Our technicians can resurface floors, dry and clean carpeting, as well as restore many of the items you thought lost forever.

Does Your Wilson County Home Have A Mold Problem?

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

In Wilson County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

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

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning can be quite unpredictable, and it is not entirely uncommon for it to strike homes, including in Old Hickory.

Cleaning Up Smoke Residues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for more about Old Hickory.

Know How to Spot Mold Growth in Your Watertown Home

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is not a fun thing to encounter. It can lurk off furniture and hint off a bad odor. If you think you have mold, call SERVPRO to help today!

SERVPRO Evaluates Mold Quickly For Best Remediation Results

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

  • Know where mold grows

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

  • Adjust the humidity of your home

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

  • Don’t ignore small spots or moldy odor

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

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

Ice Dams Can Cause Water Damage Throughout Your Watertown Home

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Ice damage to your roof is no fun! Fluctuations between day and nighttime temperatures can create ice dams near your roof's edge.

Water Damage Caused By Ice Dams

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more about the city of Watertown visit http://www.watertowntn.com/.

Saving Your Home from Flood Damage in Old Hickory

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Flood water that cannot enter storm drains on streets quickly enough can enter your home causing flood damage.

Rely on Professionals to Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information regarding Old Hickory.

The Larger Scope of Restoring Fire Damages in Lebanon

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO right after a fire to minimize costs and secondary damages. We will assess and then restore your home.

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

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

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

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Shingle damage is a leading cause of roof leaks.

The Common Causes Of Roof Leaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Protect Your Important Documents From Flood Damage In Old Hickory

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

In the event of flood damage, it is all too easy to lose valuable documents or, even worse, find the flood waters have ruined them.

Flood Damaged Documents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage at your grocery store send customers looking elsewhere to buy food. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

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

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

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Dealing with Wet Carpeting After a Bathroom Leak in Watertown

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Whether your sink, tub or toilet overflowed, the best decision is a call to SERVPRO to properly dry out your property and prevent a mold infestation.

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

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

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Treating Mold Damage on Lebanon Furnitures

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Lebanon? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Damage to Belongings and Furnishings

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

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Get Help Restoring Your Lebanon Area Home After A Flood

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Floods occurring in your Lebanon area home after a storm can be devastating.

Restoring Your Home After A Flood

Floods occurring in your Lebanon area home after a storm can be devastating. All of your belongings, the entire structure, or even just a portion become saturated with whatever the flood waters brought with them, often exposing you and your family to dangers that you cannot even see.

It takes a professional to care for flood damage on your Lebanon property the correct way. Besides, you want to have access to a company that can perform a variety of services, just in case other situations occur. Having a restoration provider, dedicated to producing quality results, is your best chance at recovery. Depending on the size of the flood, your floors, walls, furniture, and various other contents may need special attention. SERVPRO does far more than just remove water or dry out your belongings. Our technicians can resurface floors, dry and clean carpeting, as well as restore many of the items you thought lost forever.

Your furniture may be completely saturated, coming apart at the seams. SERVPRO technicians take the time to evaluate each item thoroughly, helping you to determine which items remain salvageable and taking the proper steps to return each item to a quality condition whenever possible. It is our goal to reduce any losses you experience while providing you with fast, efficient services you can count on to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

With access to advanced restoration and cleaning equipment, SERVPRO technicians take the guesswork out of restoring your home after a flood. Each of our IICRC-industry certified technicians understands what steps to take and begin working towards that goal as soon as they arrive.

We are available 24-7, 365, making us available whenever you require assistance. Our entire Green Fleet is fully stocked, ready to deploy at a moments notice. As a locally owned and operated business, we take pride in delivering quality solutions to our neighbors, providing solid results you can count on to recover as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Wilson County for full access to qualified professionals in your area, today. We stand ready to assist, offering services of all types that help clean and restore your Mount Juliet, or LaGuardo area home after a flood, call now (615) 449-5000.

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Tackle Water Damage in Your Lebanon Area Hotel the Right Way

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage in your hotel, call on SERVPRO for quick and efficient mitigation services.

Thorough and Efficient Water Damage Mitigation

Although it is unlikely that water damage in your Lebanon hotel affects every room, the situation does become complicated. As stress climbs, guests, revenue, and costs associated with loss all compound the situation.

It is important to obtain professional water damage assistance in your Lebanon area hotel as fast as humanly possible. Time plays a major role in the condition of flooring, carpeting, and furniture as well as the possibility of mold contamination, all of which make it harder to continue normal operations.

As water travels, it creates the potential for secondary damages to develop, including those that cause deterioration to essential components throughout the structure of your building. If you are the owner or manager of a hotel or motel, you may want to find ways to cut corners or look for short cuts to limit the impact to your business. However, this is not the time.

A professional performing water removal services, water damage restoration and mold remediation can accomplish in a short period what it takes your in-house maintenance staff weeks to do, and SERVPRO’s technicians do it correctly the first time. Avoid compounding issues that allow problems to develop on multiple floors of your hotel and obtain unique solutions to existing problems on your property, today. 

Our SERVPRO team manages the entire restoration from start to finish, offering IICRC-industry certified, experienced technicians, advanced equipment, and a variety of resources that help provide you with the results you desire. Our staff communicates with your insurance company and addresses any concerns you may have throughout the restoration process.

You get safe water damage restoration services that eliminate standing water and reduce risks associated with bio hazards. SERVPRO gives you fast, efficient, long-lasting results from professionals who understand what it takes to keep your business running smoothly. 

SERVPRO of Wilson County serves the entire community, providing answers using skilled professionals, certified in the cleanup and restoration industry. Make the right call, get the help you need 24/7, day or night. (615) 449-5000

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HEPA Vacuuming and Damp Wiping as Part of Mold Damage Remediation in Your Lebanon Basement

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Don't panic when you discover mold in your home. Calmly call SERVPRO and we'll handle the remediation process including helping deal with insurance.

There are Many Effective Stages in the SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediation Process

It is a fact that mold loves moisture. It needs a damp environment in which to grow, which unfortunately for you as a homeowner means that if you have any damp areas in your house, there is a chance of mold growing there. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are particularly susceptible and of course so is your basement. Basements are quite often damp and cold, especially if yours is used for storage rather than as part of your home.
Even in homes where the basement is just a storage space, it is important to deal with fungus as soon as it is discovered. Colonies that are left untreated have the capability to spread and cause mold damage in Lebanon to other areas of your home. There is also a possibility of items in your basement suffering mold damage and thus needing to be thrown away and replaced. That is an expense no one wants which is why we recommend calling SERVPRO at the first sign of mold – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
There are many stages to mold remediation but today let us talk about two mainstays that help in all containment and remediation situations: HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping.
HEPA vacuums contain specialist filters that trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. True HEPA filters are capable of trapping 99.97% of microns of a size of 0.3 microns or bigger. HEPA vacuuming is an important part of mold remediation because the machine traps mold and thus removes it from surfaces.
When a surface is dry and nonporous such as plastic, glass or metal, HEPA vacuuming alone might be enough to get rid of the mold. However, it is often necessary to follow up vacuuming with another cleaning action such as damp wiping, especially for wet surfaces or where the mold is growing in a layer of soils.
Damp wiping is a simple cleaning action that makes a big difference during the remediation process. Affected surfaces are carefully wiped from top to bottom because spores tend to settle downwards. Our SERVPRO teams have a range of detergents at hand to us during the wiping process and pick the best one for the job.
Our IICRC-certified technicians understand the importance of proper technique when vacuuming and wiping, such as cleaning downwards, cleaning in the direction of the negative air machine if there is one in use, and allowing time for spores and dust to settle between cleaning rounds.
Do not let mold spread from your basement throughout your home. Call SERVPRO of Wilson County today at (615) 449-5000 for help.
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Removing Smoke from Personal Items in a Fire Damage Emergency in Mount Juliet

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fires from space heaters left unattended can do plenty of damage. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage and for damage prevention tips.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Damage and Match it Up With the Most Effective Cleaning Option

It is almost winter, and millions of people are turning to their space heaters to keep warm during the cold spells. Unfortunately, space heaters are one of the leading causes of house fires, at least according to the National Fire Protection Association. Despite their small size, they draw plenty of electricity that tends to overwhelm most extension cords. If the space heater is on, but unattended to, or the unit is too close to a flammable agent such as a mattress, it can start a fire.
In the event of a space heater fire, having a restoration company in your emergency contacts is important. SERVPRO has several years of experience dealing with fire damage in Mount Juliet and can respond quickly to your emergency. We use different methods to clean your items, ensuring that everything remains safe during the cleanup process.
Removing light to medium non-greasy soils from the fire damage requires dry cleaning. First, SERVPRO professionals clean off surface dust using dusting cloths or feather dusters before vacuuming to eliminate light debris.
To remove heavy debris, we use a more aggressive cleaning method: wet cleaning. This process involves using water, with or without a cleaning agent. The item being cleaned up is extremely saturated during cleaning.
We also use foam cleaning to reverse smoke damage on upholstery fabrics that may shrink when wet. This technique is especially powerful for light residues or sensitive materials such as box springs and mattresses. If needed, we may use immersion cleaning for materials that do not shrink when completely saturated with a cleaning product. This process is particularly ideal for Venetian blinds that have sustained smoke damage.
Several other types of actions come into play in a fire damage situation like this. Detergents allow oil-based soils to blend with water-based cleaning solutions, while alkaline and acidic solutions neutralize each other. Our restorers use these chemical actions to separate smoke residues from the surfaces they attach to during a fire outbreak.
Space heater fires are rare and only occur under no supervision. If it happens to you, SERVPRO of Wilson County can respond quickly to counter the smoke and fire damage. Call us right away at (615) 449-5000.

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Commercial Water Removal Can Restore Your Lebanon Clothing Shop After A Water Snafu

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Accidents happen no matter how well you might have prepared for them, with some being harder to recover from than other types of disasters.

Commercial Water Removal

Accidents happen no matter how well you might have prepared for them, with some being harder to recover from than other types of disasters. Water spreading throughout an area from a broken elbow joint on a water line is one of these kinds of problems.
Lebanon teens want to keep up with the latest trends, and water problems can force them to shop elsewhere, making it imperative that you have access to speedy commercial water removal when you need it most. We know that while your shop is drying out that sales come to a stop and so do your profits. We can begin immediately after our initial assessment is concluded.
SERVPRO can handle not only the restoration of your shop's physical structure but also that of your inventory. Furniture, display units, and other movable items can be cleaned and dried. Some of this can be better cared for at our facility and then returned, while other items can be more easily restored on-site, instead.
Returning the entirety of your shop, including carpeting and other floor coverings, is essential to protecting your shop from future damage. Water removal always begins with the largest amount of water and works down to the stage of elevated moisture and humidity.
Pump trucks are called in when standing water exists in quantities greater than what our handheld units can tolerate easily. These smaller units are used best for situations where carpeting is saturated. Air movers and heaters, along with open windows, when weather conditions have created a dry but warm environment outside, can be used together to dry walls that have absorbed some of the water. We also make sure that the air itself is also returned to normal humidity levels. Allowing humidity to remain in the air can permit this moisture to condense later on surfaces, perpetuating the damage that we worked so hard to eliminate.
A fast reaction with a quick phone call to us is easiest when our number is already available in your office or front desk. SERVPRO of Wilson County's phone number is (615) 449-5000. You can call any day, and at any hour to inform us about your situation. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, no matter what kind.

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Making A Difference Providing Flood Damage Assistance In Mt. Juliet

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Being prepared and taking the proper steps to protect your home can make a huge difference in how you experience life.

Trust The SERVPRO Professionals To Take Care of Your Mt. Juliet Home

Thousands of homes are affected by flood damage every year, even if you do not live in an area where they occur naturally, they can be a real problem. Your home does not need to be completely submerged in water to experience significant amounts of damage.

Flood damage can occur in your Mt. Juliet home at any time, anywhere. Water makes its way into your home causing damage in many areas either as a slow leak or a rush of water, neither of which you can control. Any water source can effectively flood different areas of your home, including your basement, bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and more.

SERVPRO can provide you with valuable assistance, preventing significant damage that can occur to your floors, walls, furniture, and electronics, and avoid placing a major burden on your finances. You may also face losing personal belongings such as old photographs, antiques, or family heirlooms, causing extreme emotional stress to both you and your loved ones.

Ensuring that you have the proper insurance coverage is a great start, but finding a local restoration company, you trust to perform the restoration services you need is an absolute must. A company with qualified technicians, like SERVPRO, can provide you with an array of methods to minimize permanent damage and help fortify your property against floods.

Being prepared and taking the proper steps to protect your home can make a huge difference in how you experience life. Something as easily installed as a sump pump or additional drainage can be effective tools during an emergency. A tiny drop in the bucket when considering the alternatives you might face if you take no action at all.

Remember, the choices you make can seal your fate. It only takes a phone call to get the help you need to address damages you experience during a flood. SERVPRO provides you with the assistance you need both before and after an emergency event occurs on your property. Giving you access to expertly trained professionals that can help limit the losses you experience.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Wilson County has seasoned professionals waiting to answer your call. (615) 449-5000

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Dealing with a Waterbed Leak in Your Lebanon Home

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

When our technicians arrive, we use special equipment to get the standing water out of the room first.

Waterbed Leaks Can Cause Stress, but SERVPRO Can Clean Up The Mess

Everyone loves and needs a good night’s sleep. There has been a lot of effort and science dedicated to achieving it. Between adjustable beds and memory foam, and then, of course, the waterbed, we have a myriad of options when it comes to what we sleep on each night. Waterbeds are strange for sure and feel sort of funny when you first sit on one, but they can give you the restful night’s sleep you are looking for.

A big problem with waterbeds is the fact that their main ingredient is water. If your bed ever becomes punctured, you could be in for a lot of water damage to your Lebanon home. Waterbeds on average hold gallons upon gallons of water, which, if it becomes released, you have a miniature tsunami in your bedroom.

It is best to do what you can to avoid your waterbed mattress from becoming punctured, but when an accident happens, and you have water everywhere, you need help from professionals. SERVPRO are the ones you want to contact to help you clean up the water and salvage your bedroom so that it can be your sanctuary once more.

When you discover a leak in your waterbed of any size, keep family members out of the room. You can damage carpeting by walking on it while it is wet. If it is a small puncture which you can stop from leaking, do so as soon as possible. For a larger leak with much water, turn off the power to the room while you await help from SERVPRO.

When our technicians arrive, we use special equipment to get the standing water out of the room first. Then we test moisture levels in all areas and rooms next to the affected one to figure out the extent of the damage. A combination of non-penetrating, penetrating, camera and infrared moisture detectors are used to assess the damage. Any non-structural, porous materials are also removed from the room to be restored if possible, including carpeting and padding.

The room needs to be sanitized as well with a surfactant and antimicrobial application, along with a HEPA air scrubbing setup to clean the air. We use a balanced drying system to ensure proper and fast drying of the room to prevent additional damage, such as mold.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Wilson County takes all the precautions necessary when your waterbed leaks to ensure that your home is once again clean and safe. When this happens to you, give us a call right away at (615) 449-5000 so you sleep peacefully again.

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Professional Services Restore Homes with Flood Damage in Mount Juliet

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

When you find your home saturated with water and your favorite items are waterlogged, call us as soon as possible.

Flood Damage in Mount Juliet Homes Can Be Restored with SERVPRO's Assistance

Coming home after a day at work to find that a pipe has burst wide open and flooded your home can be extremely stressful for anybody. Not only are your personal belongings wet and possibly ruined, and your home's interior structure is under threat of serious damage, but you now have a greatly increased water bill in the near future to deal with, also.

SERVPRO can help you with restoring everything back to normal again so that your Mount Juliet home shows no signs of flood damage in the future. We also have found that explaining the ordeal to the water company can often result in payment arrangements that can take much of the shock out of needing to pay the higher bill in one lump sum.

Encountering flooded homes is what we do on a regular basis, but we never lose sight of the fact that for you, a flooded home is most likely a new and highly traumatic, stressful disaster. You can rely on both our experience and extensive training. The IICRC has certified our SERVPRO technicians in the technical areas needed most to provide flooded homes with the best in restoration and repair work.

When a home floods, personal items, toys, furniture, carpeting, and much more also become wet. We also have the know-how to deal with these situations. Much of what it affected by a flood inside your home can be restored through repairs or thorough cleaning. Unfortunately, not everything can be restored enough to warrant it being kept but we do our best to minimize the number of those items as much as possible. Reaching out to us as soon as possible can significantly reduce the number of articles that cannot be restored.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When you find your home saturated with water and your favorite items are waterlogged, call us as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Wilson County can be reached at (615) 449-5000, at any hour of the day or night, every day of the year. Every minute counts when it comes to rescuing your personal belongings and preventing additional damage to your home from becoming a reality. 

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Responding To Protect Homeowners In Lebanon From Fire Damage

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

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Water Removal In Old Hickory

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO of Wilson County is waiting for your call. We're available 24/7 - 365 days a year. (615) 449-5000


Flood Damage in Lebanon

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.


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)

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, 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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Wilson County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities:

We are proud to serve our local communities:

We are here in Old Hickory and are ready to help you. Just call us. (615) 449-5000

What Happens During Nashville Fire Damage?

6/18/2015 (Permalink)

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.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Wilson County is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Our expertise in fire damage is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (615) 449-5000

Recovery Planning From a Small Business Fire in Wilson County

6/1/2015 (Permalink)

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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Tornado Preparedness Tips Wilson County

6/1/2015 (Permalink)

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 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)

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 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)

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)

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

10/7/2014 (Permalink)

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.

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1/21/2014 (Permalink)

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