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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.”

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.


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.


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.


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.”

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

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.

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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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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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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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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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is locally owned and operated and serves Nashville, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Watertown, Old Hickory, Gladeville, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Inglewood, and the surrounding communities.

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

SERVPRO of Wilson County is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out, restoration equipment rental, dehumidifier rental, fan rental, demolition, painting & construction.

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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