Recent Storm Damage Posts

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."

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.

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!

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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

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.


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.


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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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SERVPRO of Wilson County has seasoned professionals waiting to answer your call. (615) 449-5000

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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.

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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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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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