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Four Tips to Make Grill Cleaning a Breeze

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Four Tips to Make Grill Cleaning a Breeze Someone has to clean up after all the delicious food is eaten!

If you're a Nashville local, you know how gorgeous the weather can be in the summer. Our beautiful blue skies and high temps always inspire a barbecue. After you grill, watch some TV and catch up with your pals, then, it's time to clean up.

It's a job that nobody likes to do, but it has to be done. A grill that's mired in excessive grit and soot can become a hazard and could lead to fire damage on your property.

If you're already trying to deal with extensive fire damage, don't panic, because SERVPRO of Belle Meade's got your back. With 24/7 emergency service and highly trained technicians on call, SERVPRO can respond faster to any size disaster.

It's a hassle to get your grill back in top shape, but with these four tips for grill cleaning, you'll have a spotless grill in no time.

  1. Follow Proper Safety Procedures

Always make sure to follow proper safety procedures! This is true whether you're looking to spot clean after you've grilled food or you're gunning for a more in-depth, thorough cleaning.

Ensure that each of the knobs is OFF. Next, you are using propane, make sure the tank is closed. Following that, check that the grill is on a stable, even surface; and that the grill is no longer hot before you touch any of its individual parts without protection.

  1. Invest in a Good Grill Brush

Your grill brush is an important tool that you don't want to skimp out on.

What makes a great grill brush? You'll want a brush that has smaller bristles and multiple heads. Also, a long handle so that you can scrub while the gratings are still hot, and one that's durable. You'll also want to make sure that whatever brush you pick up is a good match for the size and type of grill that you're using.

  1. Burn Off Excess Food and Grease

It's never a bad idea to crank the grill up to its highest setting after you're done the cooking so that it can burn off excess grime. This can make your post-barbecue spot clean easier.

  1. Keep the Grill's Exterior Clean

Ensuring that the exterior of the grill is spotless is as important as maintaining the cleanliness of its interior. It's an easier job than the inside, though; all you'll need is soapy water and a rag.

What Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade do for you, Nashville?

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

General What Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade do for you, Nashville? We can help with a number of cleaning and restoration projects, Nashville!

Are you a factory owner whose inspection is coming up after damage to your workplace? Or maybe your office is overdue for a professional cleaning? SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help in both situations!

You have probably seen our SERVPRO trucks throughout the Nashville community. That's because we are the premier residential and commercial cleaning and restoration service. We specialize in the following residential and commercial services:

  • building services
  • cleaning services
  • fire damage restoration
  • mold remediation
  • storm damage restoration
  • water damage restoration

While many of you know us for our disaster clean-ups and damage restoration, we excel at far more. We have experience cleaning:

  • apartment buildings
  • government/military
  • high-rise residential
  • hotel/motels
  • large office/high-rise office buildings
  • large retail/big-box stores
  • manufacturing/industrial
  • restaurants
  • small office buildings  
  • small retail stores

We also provide the best in commercial cleaning for your Nashville business. Whether you need a preventative maintenance system, electronics restoration or document drying, you can trust SERVPRO of Belle Meade. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Our other professional cleaning services include the following:

  • air Ducts and HVAC
  • bio-hazard and sewage
  • carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • ceilings, walls, and hard floors
  • drapes and blinds
  • odor removal and deodorization
  • trauma and crime scene cleanup
  • vandalism

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is faster to any size disaster in the Nashville community area because we are locally owned and operated. If you need us anytime, contact us because we have 24-hour/7 days a week emergency service.

Our highly-trained and certified technicians are specialists in using technologically advanced products. We use OSHA-approved cleaning agents, and innovative techniques to restore your home or business to a preloss condition.

You can trust SERVPRO of Belle Meade to keep your property’s appearance safe and healthy for your family, staff, and clients. Do you need help with your insurance claims, we provide a stress-free claims process by helping to manage the insurance paperwork process. Call us today!

Get Your Nashville Event Space Odor-Free Fast

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Get Your Nashville Event Space Odor-Free Fast Don't let your event space lose the race due to bad smells!

Disasters of all types can be incredibly frustrating situations. Flooding can lead to all kinds of property damage. Fires can lead to all kinds of destruction on properties as well. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with persistent awful water smells. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with stubborn smoke odors, either. Prompt professional deodorization service is of the essence.

Event spaces are supposed to be comfortable, welcoming and pleasant. Who wants to attend a party or a work conference in an environment that doesn't smell fresh or clean? If your event space has recently experienced a disaster that has had lasting odor effects, you need to take action as soon as possible. A lingering odor in an event space can be highly off-putting. It can lead to other concerns beyond that, too. Strong smells can give people splitting headaches. If you want to maintain the cleanliness and health of your event space, you need to hire an experienced disaster cleanup service. A reputable disaster cleanup company can offer your space in-depth deodorization service. This service can do away with any and all hints of awful smells. It can get your space smelling and feeling fresh, clean and enticing yet again. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can handle your odor problems.

Nashville is one of the most popular destinations for weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties in the United States. With so much competition for event spaces, any and all flaws are magnified in the eyes of the consumer. Don't let a bad smell turn off your potential clients. It's important to seek help from certified and capable technicians who have experience doing away with all kinds of odors. You need service from technicians who can get rid of mildew, water, and smoke smells. You need service from technicians who can deal with septic backup and sewer smells as well. We can assist with everything from air duct cleaning to the eliminating allergens including pollen and dust mites.

You should never wait around to request professional deodorization service for your event space. The quicker you do something about bad smells, the better. You don't want to expose anyone who visits your event space to odors that are anything but pleasant. If you're searching for top-notch professional deodorization service anywhere in the wonderful Nashville, Tennessee area, the answer is straightforward and convenient. It's to reach out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We're a renowned local restoration and cleanup firm that can take care of all your deodorization service requests. We're on hand 24 hours a day to provide customers with fast and efficient emergency help, too.

4 Tips to Protect Your Nashville Home Before Going on Vacation

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Community 4 Tips to Protect Your Nashville Home Before Going on Vacation Follow these tips to leave the stress behind before you leave on vacation!

Heading to the beach? Hear the ocean calling? Or maybe it's a retreat into the mountains or a fishing trip to the lake? Maybe a journey overseas to a magical destination or resort town? If you choose to take a vacation this year (and we definitely think you should!), it is important to remember to protect your home before going on vacation. Here are 4 tips to protect your home before going on vacation from SERVPRO of Belle Meade.

Tip #1: Install Security Cameras Outdoors and Indoors that Use a WIFI Network

By installing security cameras outdoors and indoors that use a WIFI network, you can check on your home while you are gone. You can also receive notifications if anyone attempts to break into your home. This will allow you to notify authorities and to also have footage of the incident with photographs and videos of those responsible. This is generally a good idea for use when you are home as well.

Tip #2: Home Maintenance Should Be Completed

It might be tempting to put off that latest home maintenance project until you return, but you never know what will happen while you are gone. By not fixing your small air conditioner unit problem, the whole unit may fail while you are gone and cause hot temperatures that destroy beloved items or injure pets staying inside the home. By not fixing your outdoor gutter, a storm may come along and knock the whole gutter off. By not fixing small home maintenance problems before you leave, you leave your home vulnerable and invite bigger disasters.

Tip #3: Cleaning Your Home Will Make Coming Home More Inviting

This one isn't a "necessity," but it can make a world of difference when you return from your trip and find your home clean and inviting. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers cleaning solutions that can leave your home dust-free and ready for your return. Don't leave dirt to collect.

Tip #4: Don't Share That You are on Vacation on Social Media

It might be tempting to share those luxury photos of your feet in the sand or your smiling family out boating on the open water, but by sharing vacation photos on social media while you are on vacation you open yourself up to burglars. Share as many vacation photos as you want, but wait until you get back home.

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we recognize the importance of taking a little time for yourself and leaving the world behind by going on a vacation. Let us help you take care of your home projects before you leave. We are trusted by Nashville realtors, homeowners, business owners, construction companies, disaster cleanup crews, and building managers. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is proud to serve the Nashville area.

Be Safe with Water-Damaged Electronics/Appliances

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Be Safe with Water-Damaged Electronics/Appliances Always take extreme caution with water damage in your home!

Water damage can occur for many different reasons. Sometimes, it happens as the result of a flood due to heavy rains. Other times, it may be due to an inside flood, such as when a pipe or a water heater bursts. Whatever the case may be, if you are dealing with water damage or water-damaged electronics, appliances, or other devices, you need to proceed with extreme caution. The best thing you can do, after water damage has occurred, is to call on Nashville professionals who are familiar with dealing with such damage, such as our skilled pros at SERVPRO of Belle Meade. In the meantime, make sure you practice some good safety tips with the water damaged devices.

First things first, before you start thinking about possible water damage restoration, you need to make sure that you are not in immediate danger and that the devices that you own are not going to cause a fire or another serious incident.

After water damage has occurred, check your home to see if you have any damaged devices plugged in. If you find that you do, shut off the electricity at the breaker level. This will keep damaged devices from being able to start a fire. You should not touch, go near, or inspect any devices that are plugged in until you are certain that the electricity is off. Following this important tip will help you to avoid electric shock.

Believe it or not, it is not only plugged in water damaged electronics that pose a risk. Any device that contains a battery can also pose a serious risk. Thus, it's best to let our pros at SERVPRO of Belle Meade handle any such devices if you think they may have been damaged. At the very least, before touching any battery operated device, ensure that it is not giving off heat or smoke, bulging, melting, or making strange sounds. All these types of things are major warning signs that something serious and potentially dangerous is wrong with the battery!

As you can see, you're not always in the clear once the water subsides! To keep safe, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade before you do anything. At the very least, follow these simple tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

We Can Help Clean Vacant Apartments Faster!

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning We Can Help Clean Vacant Apartments Faster! Turn your vacancies into filled rooms faster with our cleaning services!

Time can go by in the blink of an eye, particularly when it comes to preparing a recently rented space for the next tenant.

Apartment building managers of Belle Meade: your days of desperate calls and getting on your own hands and knees to scrub the crevices of vacated apartments are over. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is ready for your next moment of need.

SERVPRO is well known for our large-scale services, including repair and restoration of property damaged by fire, water, mold, and natural disasters. We're also Belle Meade/West Nashville's top choice in professional cleaning for office spaces and commercial facilities. But we're about more than large-scale services. Our services are just as useful for the single bedroom apartment as they are for the big box warehouse.

No matter the state the former tenant has left the apartment, we've got the supplies and services needed to get the job done. For carpet and upholstery, SERVPRO of Belle Meade can remove unwanted dirt and dust that hide far below the surface using state-of-the-art equipment. When it comes to making an apartment like new, deodorization is key. We have the experience and knowledge to identify the source of unwanted odors and use the proper, fast-acting products that will eliminate them fast! We also get to those hard-to-reach places, like air ducts with dirt buildup. We can clean and restore your air ducts and HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality and ensure that heating and cooling systems function properly.

As a locally owned and operated business, we have the customer service and experience needed to make an apartment space like new. We also have the equipment, network, and training to do the job faster than any other cleaning service in Nashville and surrounding areas. At SERVPRO, we are faster to any disaster.

Did a recent tenant leave one of your apartments in poor condition? Or simply expecting a resident to move soon? SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers the fast service and experience you need to get the job done. Not sure where to start? Call us with your questions today!

Removing Pet Smells From Your House or Car

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Removing Pet Smells From Your House or Car We love pets, but not always their smells!

Dog and cat owners know that animal care is a big responsibility. Unfortunately, a large part of pet ownership is cleaning the messes that the animals make. However, even the most vigilant owner can have difficulty keeping animal odors at bay. The odor removal specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can address pet smells at the source. We love helping animal owners keep their home and car fresh and clean.

Sources of Animal Odors

Airborne particles from animal urine, feces, vomit, hair, and dander can all contribute to malodorous smells because these substances cling to carpet fibers and other fabric. Plus, urine can soak through the carpet, padding, and subfloor. Urine can even penetrate baseboards and drywall. Also, animal hair and dander can accumulate within a home's air ducts, which ramps up the bad odor each time the owner turns on the heater or air conditioner.

Locating the Sources

Animals tend to urinate and defecate in the same areas. To make animal odors disappear, it is crucial to find the odor's sources. Professional odor removal companies do not rely on the naked eye alone. Instead, they use a black light to highlight the areas that animals have soiled. Once all sources are located, the specialists can begin working on the removing animal odors from the home.

Treating the Areas

The techniques and tools that an odor removal technician uses depend on several factors, including the substance that handles the odor and the material that needs treatment. After thoroughly cleaning and deodorizing all affected areas, the technician will seal the surface of these areas to prevent airborne particles from creating unpleasant odors.

In more severe cases, the technician may need to clean the air ducts or use our special proprietary process. To clean air ducts, the technician will use a powerful vacuum that dislodges and removes dirt, hair, and dander from the ducts. The proprietary process may also be used to rid the area of organic pollutants in the air.

The animal odor and mold removal specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade are certified and experienced at finding and eliminating all unpleasant smells from homes and cars. Those who are ready to get control over pet odor and make their home an inviting place once again should contact SERVPRO today.

4th of July Summer Safety Tips

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

General 4th of July Summer Safety Tips Celebrate the 4th safely, Nashville!

The 4th of July is one of the best times of the year in Nashville. Many people get together to celebrate freedom, friends, and food. Unfortunately, the holiday can also be dangerous due to different risks that are present. When you want to stay safe, there are a few important safety tips to follow to protect yourself from harm.

Handle Fireworks with Caution

To prevent injuries and fires that are caused by fireworks in the community, certain precautions should be taken. Never allow small children to get near the fireworks or handle them. Adults should be the only ones lighting off the fireworks and should do so on the ground at a safe distance from trees or other objects. Keep a fire extinguisher close by and avoid lighting more than one firework at the same time.

Grill Safely

Grilling can also cause fires when you're spending time flipping hamburgers and hot dogs outdoors. Look for leaks, holes, and cracks in the grill before you start using it on the 4th of July. Avoid grilling indoors or in an enclosed area. This can cause a fire to start and will lead to you to hire professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade to repair the damage. The grill should also be placed at least two feet away from a deck, branches, or the siding of the house.

Use a Pool Gate

Many people spend time in the pool cooling off from the warm temperatures in Nashville during the summer season. Keep it a safe activity by using a pool gate that will prevent children from getting into the water when they're not supervised. Wireless outdoor sensors can also be installed to inform you if a child is near the pool. A first aid kit should also be on hand to tend to any injuries that can occur in the water. Kids should also use life jackets and flotation devices while swimming.

Practice Food Safety

Wash hands and clean the surfaces where you plan to prep food on the holiday. All meat should be cooked with a thermometer used to ensure that it reaches the right temperature to avoid food-borne illness. All leftovers should be refrigerated after two hours and not left outside. Toss out anything that sits outside for too long.

When you want to have a safe and memorable 4th of July, there are several safety practices to follow. With the right caution used, you can protect your family from harm and continue to enjoy the day.

Spring Cleaning the Garage: Get the Smell Out

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning the Garage: Get the Smell Out Keep your garage a safe haven with the cleaning tips!

Spring Cleaning the Garage: Get the Smell Out

Your car, tools, furniture, and all sorts of things can go in your garage, but if there’s a stink to it, even entering the room can be unpleasant. Fortunately deodorizing the area is relatively simple, so long as you tackle the sources of the smells and keep the area clean. Find out some useful tips below.

  • Remove scent catchers. This means removing wet and old cardboard, papers, and the like. Water, in particular, can contribute to mold growth and musty odors in general, so it’s best not to leave any of these materials lying around if you can help it.
  • Soak up spills. When oil and other strong-smelling liquids are left to sit, they can make many places unpleasant and unsanitary. You can sprinkle some cat litter on the offending spots to absorb the liquids for easy disposal, or you can proceed to the actual cleaning.
  • Clean! You may go the route of an all-purpose cleaner or a bleach and water solution for tougher areas, but now is simply the time to give the area a thorough cleaning. Pay attention to where smells are coming from so that can eliminate all sources. Smaller spaces like garbage cans will also need to be scrubbed if they’re adding to the odor.
  • Follow up. Though the garage is clean, you still need to keep up the cleanliness. Ventilate it with fresh air for several hours, if not a day, and watch for moisture and temperatures inside. Consider a ceiling fan, especially if you keep pungent chemicals constantly inside. As for keeping the smell away with deodorizers, air fresheners might only be enough to mask scents. Placing deodorants like vinegar, cat litter, or baking soda in controlled amounts can keep the stench away for good.

You probably don’t want any part of your home to stink every time you step inside, and the garage is no different. It isn’t too difficult to aerate and freshen up, so long as you can identify sources and take care of the mess. A little effort will render the room just as clean as pleasant as the others.

If you need professional help, you can call on businesses like SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville to help with the load. Not every odor can be removed quickly and easily on your own, and SERVPRO professionals have the experience and 24/7 access to expedite the process. They'll remove odors at the source and get your home back to normal in no time.

Enjoy Your Summer Fires by Building a Safe Fire Pit

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Enjoy Your Summer Fires by Building a Safe Fire Pit Fire pits are great for social gatherings - just be sure to stay safe!

Enjoy Your Summer Fires by Building a Safe Fire Pit

It's finally that time for outdoor BBQs, parties, and camp-outs and it's important to always keep safety at the forefront. Whatever type of pit you have in mind, make sure you follow all the rules from proper ignition, to ensuring every last ember has burned out. This will keep not only your family and friends safe but also those around you, like your neighbors.

Getting Started

Before you start digging to build your summer fire pit, think through the process. Where are you going to build your pit? How deep should you dig? What should you use to create the above ground wall? When selecting your spot, take care not to dig too near other items that would easily flame up. So place your pit at least ten feet from other structures and avoid overhanging branches. It's important that if you are installing a prefabricated pit, you need to ensure your ground is level. Using pavers is a great way to ensure that any burning embers that may escape won't spread to other structures or brush.

When digging your own summer pit, ensure you remove at least one foot of earth. Place large stones or landscaping bricks around the outside edge of your site and cover up at least one foot. Using concrete to secure your bricks will provide a safer, stronger pit. Once you have your pit completed, create a ten-foot circumference around it by clearing any brush, leaving only bare earth, or by using pavers to secure the area and help prevent drifting embers.

Enjoying Your Pit

Light your pit before the light is too dim. Twilight is a bit late, but with some skill, you should be able to get it lit. Make sure you have enough water stored near your pit to quickly douse flames. Finally, keep your wood well away from the pit. And it goes without saying, no horseplay should ever happen near the pit. The professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you with any fire disaster--large or small, just as they are there to help you with mold removal. While we would rather you enjoy your summer safely, we are here for you should you experience a fire, or need mold removal after the hoses have completely wet your walls. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always happy to help you restore your home after accidents happen.