Do You Have A Fire Escape Plan For Your Family?
Living in the moment is a great way to savor your daily life and everything that occurs within it, but it’s integral to plan ahead for potential future emergencies to ensure that the best outcome possible occurs to the best of your ability if things don’t go to plan. Emergencies are never desirable, but anticipating them and preparing your family to face them ensures that they know what to do when bad things happen. Fires, in particular, can occur out of nowhere, and creating a family fire escape plan will empower everyone to act in the event that a fire takes place, no matter who they’re with or where they are in your home.
The last thing that you want to happen is for one of your family members to be trapped by a fire in your home with no means of escape, and crafting and sharing a fire escape plan can help you avoid this scenario. Creating a fire escape plan and walking through it with your family may prove life-saving in the future, and here’s how to do that.
1. Draw your home floor plan.
Make sure you label all the doors and windows as well as every room in your house and plan at least two escape routes from every room. Account for all your family members’ disabilities and create alternative escape routes as necessary.
2. Plan a meeting place near your home.
Designate a spot near your home for a family meeting place when a fire occurs. As you may be separated from your other family members when a fire occurs, it’s important to regroup and get a headcount after escaping from your home that’s ablaze.
3. Tell your kids to call 9-1-1 for help.
No matter how old your kids are, it’s important to tell them to dial 9-1-1 when a fire happens as soon as they’re capable of comprehending how to do so. This is essential, especially if no adults are home at the time of the fire.
4. Run through your fire escape plan.
Walk with your family from room to room in your house and verbally talk through the instructions on how to escape. Maybe even practice escaping if it is easy and safe to do so. Try sounding the fire alarm to get your family in the right mindset and to associate leaving the house with the alarm sounding.
In addition to the above steps, remember to educate your family on stop-drop-and-roll protocol if they catch fire and to check the doors for heat to see if they should open them or not after your fire alarm sounds. Regularly change the batteries of all your smoke detectors as well so they sound when signs of a fire are evident.
If you experience a fire at home or at your business, first dial 9-1-1, and after the fire is extinguished, call (615) 232-9391 for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s trained technicians to restore all the fire damage that has occurred. In addition to repairing and restoring anything damaged by heat and flames, we also remove all the soot, ash, and smoke from the fire as well as deodorize your property.
How Fall Storms Can Affect Your Home Or Business
Along with crisp, clear weather and chilly temperatures, fall in Middle Tennessee often brings storms with serious wind, precipitation, and damage. With or without the proper preventive measures, fall storms can bring water, storm, or even fire damage to your home or business, and it’s in your best interest to prepare for the worst so that you know what to do if unexpected damage occurs.
An influx of rain is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a storm, and flooding is often what causes serious water or storm damage when the rain gets too heavy and your home or business isn’t equipped to handle it. Especially if your gutters or downspouts are backed up or you live in a flood zone, even a little bit of heavy rain may cause water to start to accumulate under your roof or in your basement. As water seeps into your home or business, it can cause serious damage to your belongings, the building’s structural integrity, and also increase the risk of mold growth down the road.
To minimize flooding’s impact on your home, regularly test your sump pump to ensure it can remove water at a rapid pace during rain, keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris so water can run away from your home, and make sure to seal your windows, doors, and foundation properly to prevent water from coming in.
Although fire may not come to mind when you think of storm damage, fires may occur in your home or business as a result of a storm’s winds or lightning. It’s incredibly easy for a gust of wind to blow outdoor fires out of control when a storm unexpectedly hits, and trees and power lines struck by lightning may cause nearby buildings to catch fire even amidst heavy rain.
Dealing with fire during a storm can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Prevent fire damage during storms by keeping an eye on the weather report and the sky whenever you are having a fire outside your home or business. Trim your nearby trees and tall plants to reduce their chances of being hit by lightning or falling onto your home. It’s also important to keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher close to any fires you have outdoors for leisure or to burn debris from around your home.
Storms aren’t often called storms when they lack wind. (Those are normally called rain showers.) It’s safe to assume that strong, gusty winds will most likely accompany storms, and this can cause objects in your yard as well as trees and tree limbs to break and fly through the air, hitting your home, your business, or other structures. This is especially true if you have dead trees or dead tree limbs nearby your home or your business that are dead weight and easily move with a gust of strong wind.
Prevent wind from fall storms from wreaking too much damage on your home by trimming your trees and removing dead ones regularly as well as fastening any bulky objects that stay outside down when predicted storms’ winds are fast and furious. Reducing the number of things that can fly through the air and hit your home or your business as a result of being picked up by a gusty wind will help you prevent damage to your home.
For restoration or repair assistance following storm damage of any kind, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 232-9391. We provide emergency assistance 24/7, and our fire, water, storm, and mold damage restoration technicians are happy to help you get things back to working order in as little time as possible.
We Offer Commercial Restoration Services
As much as we wish they wouldn’t, disasters happen, and all types of damage occur. From fires to water damage, mold, smoke, storms, natural disasters, and biohazards like COVID-19, there are lots of unfortunate events that can wreak havoc on our homes, businesses, and other buildings we frequent throughout our daily lives. In addition to specializing in residential restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville also offers a host of commercial restoration services to help you restore and repair your commercial properties after any damage that they experience.
Every hour you spend cleaning after a disaster hits your business, you’re losing time and money that you could dedicate to furthering your objectives. This is where SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville steps in. Our team of professional restoration experts can be on-site at your business in a moment’s notice when an emergency hits, and we’re dedicated to helping you restore and repair your business as fast as we can to help you get back on your feet and to business as usual.
Our disaster recovery team is trained to address restoration following tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and floods, and no matter the size of the damage, we can help you handle it.
Our commercial restoration services include water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, and storm damage cleanup in addition to restoring damage caused by natural disasters. We have fire & smoke damage restoration technicians, water damage restoration technicians, and applied microbial remediation specialists as well as applied structural damage, odor control, and upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians. All of these team members have hours of training, certifications, and the first-hand experience to testify to their expertise. They make up our elite team for our Commercial Large Loss program that serves the hospitality industry, property managers, universities, municipalities, and the pentagon for commercial large loss restoration.
The commercial buildings we can restore include:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 232-9391 at any time of day or night after experiencing damage to your commercial property or a large loss of any kind. We’re on call and ready to help you restore your property to its former glory as fast as we can.
Fall Fire Hazards
As the air grows drier and the temperatures drop lower in the fall, the risk of fire hazards increases. In addition to beautiful foliage and a change of weather, fall also brings a variety of fire safety risks that you should be aware of and take preventive steps to reduce the risk of fire damage occurring. Check out the following tips to minimize the number of fire hazards you experience this season:
Remove flammable debris from your lawn
Deciduous trees shed their leaves during the fall months, and dry, dead leaves act as excellent kindling. While this may be great for starting any carefully monitored campfires or bonfires to gather around, letting this flammable debris accumulate in your lawn makes your yard very vulnerable to fire in the event that any of the debris were to catch a flame. To reduce this fire hazard, make it a routine to periodically (think every 2-3 weeks) rake up the leaves and twigs in your lawn and remove them.
Clean your dryer vent
Did you know that your dryer has an external vent where lint builds up over time? Every fall, start the habit of cleaning this dryer vent or hiring a professional to do so. Especially with an increase in static electricity in the air during the autumn months due to low humidity and dryer weather, this lint is far more susceptible to sparking and causing a fire. Cleaning your dryer vent in the fall can help you reduce the risk of this happening.
Monitor candles, space heaters, and other flames and heat sources closely
Chillier weather during the fall often means that you’ll start running space heaters and other heat sources like furnaces and fireplaces to warm your home. Fall also often means that you’ll light candles more often to make things cozy. All of these flames and heat sources have the potential to start fires if left unmonitored. Like your dryer vent, any space heaters should be regularly cleaned and turned off when not in use. As a general rule of thumb, don’t leave a candle or your fireplace unattended if you’re not in the room. It’s always a good idea to blow out, turn off, or extinguish any flames or heat-generating sources when you leave your home, go to sleep, or leave the room where they’re located for an extended period of time.
Hire a professional to inspect your fireplace, chimney, and furnace
Before firing up your fireplace, chimney, or furnace for fall use, hire a professional to inspect and clean them so you don’t accidentally allow any fires to spark or spring out of control. This also rings true for wood and coal stoves. It’s very possible to start fires in your chimney by burning the wrong materials in any of your stoves or fireplaces, and you should never use gasoline to start fires in any fireplaces or stoves inside your home, either. Doing so increases the risk of initiating fire damage.
As you enjoy this season, stay vigilant and aware of all of these fall fire hazards to ensure your family’s safety and reduce the likelihood of an unfortunate event occurring. In the event that you do experience a fire this autumn, our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is trained and equipped to help you with any fire or smoke damage that comes your way. We’re available 24/7, 365 days of the year, and we’re ready to help at a moment’s notice. Just dial (615) 232-9391.
Leak Under Your Sink? Here's What To Do
When water pools on the floor or in the cabinets under your sink, you’re most likely dealing with a leak. First things first, don’t panic! The situation may not be as bad as you think, but you definitely should get it checked out and examine the surroundings to diagnose the issue before major damage occurs, assuming that it hasn’t already. At the first signs of a leak under your sink, these are the important next steps to take.
1. Watch for signs of a leak.
Before you even identify a sink leak, there are a few signs that you should watch for that indicate you may be dealing with a leak. Signs of trouble include caulk deteriorating around your sink, puddles on your floor or in the cabinet under your sink, and loose faucets or plastic around your sink. Dampness and other unusual moisture around your sink also point towards a leak. Once you observe one of these signs, the next step is to identify the leak’s source.
2. Find the source of the leak.
Check the underside of any plastic laminate countertops you may have surrounding your sink for further signs of water damage. Swollen particle board or water pooling around your faucet also may point toward the leak’s origin. Dripping pipes under the sink are also potential culprits for leak sources. Does the sink leak when water is draining? Determining if your sink leaks when the water is draining or when it is plugged up can help you identify if the leak is in your drain (if water leaks while your sink is draining) or if the leak comes from the water supply (if water leaks when the drain is plugged).
3. Shut off the water and call a professional for help.
Once you find the leak’s source and survey the water damage, call a professional plumber or other water professional to assess the situation and repair the leak. If you suspect that you have experienced water damage as a result of the leak, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a team of experts trained in repairing water damage and getting affected areas dried out and back to normal. Contact us at (615) 232-9131 to have a professional give you a quote and repair the damage. You can reach us at any hour for emergencies, as well!
Although managing a sink leak is never fun, you can take preventive measures to reduce the risk of one occurring. Always remember to stay calm and assess the situation when you believe you may be experiencing a sink leak, and know that SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has your back if any water damage has occurred. Contact us at (615) 232-9391 for professional help addressing water damage, storm damage, mold, fire damage, biohazards, and more.
First Steps After Disaster Strikes Your Business
Natural disasters like tornadoes are unfortunately a reality in the greater Nashville, TN area, which is why it’s smart to verse yourself in what to do after disaster strikes your business. During 2020, the devastating tornadoes in March brought lots of disaster to our city, and now is the time to educate yourself to know what to do if something terrible comes your way.
If your business experiences a natural disaster of any type, this is what you should do first.
1. Stay out of the building until it is deemed safe to enter.
Never ever enter your storefront or office building until professionals deem that it is safe to enter following a disaster like a tornado, a fire, or a severe storm. There may be underlying structural issues that aren’t visible to the eye, and you should never risk your safety and well-being to enter a building without first having it examined post-disaster.
2. Call for professional disaster restoration help.
In order to have someone assess the damage, rely on the professionals. You can reach SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at any hour of any day for emergency assistance by dialing (615) 232-9391. Call this number and relay the disaster that has occurred along with your business’s physical location, and after you talk to the operator, wait for help to arrive. There’s nothing that you should do before a professional can properly assess the damage that has occurred and take care of any issues that require immediate action.
3. Take pictures of the damage for the property insurance claim.
While you wait for the professionals to arrive from a safe distance away from your business’s building, you can take pictures of the damage from afar to document what has happened. These pictures will be important to pass along to your property insurance carrier so you can make a claim after paying your deductible to receive any money back for the damage.
Although it may seem counterintuitive to stay away from your business’s building and do nothing beyond call for help and take pictures to document the damage post-disaster, trust us when we say that doing less is the safest thing to do. Disasters are to be taken seriously, and you should always let the disaster restoration professionals assess the safety of your commercial property before approaching and entering it yourself.
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help. Ring us at (615) 232-9391 for emergency assessments and restoration services after any disaster.
Preparing For Fall Storms In Middle Tennessee
After the summer storms roll out, the fall storms roll in when you’re in Middle Tennessee. At least that’s how it feels, right? Middle Tennessee storms bring lots of rain and gusty winds along with cooler temperatures, and all of these elements can create breeding grounds for mold growth as well as potential flooding and water or storm damage. In order to minimize the chances that fall storms take you by surprise and cause damage to your home, we recommend preparing your home or business in the following ways.
1. Create a storm safety plan.
As always, your health and safety is top priority, which is why it’s important to create a storm safety plan detailing what you will do if a storm is coming. Consider creating an emergency kit in a backpack including a flashlight, a first aid kit, bottled water, nonperishable food, a battery powered radio, and essential medicines and emergency funds. This will be quick and easy to grab if you ever have to evacuate your home because of a pending storm or tornado coming your way.
2. Trim or remove trees that have limbs that fall in the path of your home.
Be proactive about trimming any tree limbs that are positioned to fall onto your home if a storm were to tear them down. This will prevent the ugly mess that accompanies limbs tearing through your siding or your roof. Removing trees may be the better option if they’re dead or dying and are likely to become dead weight during a gusty fall storm.
3. Clean and repair your gutters and downspouts.
Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and efficiently set up to direct water away from the foundation of your home. If your gutters and downspouts aren’t properly positioned, an influx of water may pool around the foundation of your home or on your roof, making it susceptible to water damage in the foundation or elsewhere.
4. Install emergency lighting.
Your power is often the first thing to go when a tree breaks down or a telephone pole falls during a storm, and it’s a smart idea to invest in emergency lighting to kick in as soon as your power goes out. This will ensure that you can still move around your house safely in the midst of a storm.
Whether a tornado blows past your home or a tree limb falls to the ground, you may not have the energy or the tools to clean it up in a reasonable timeframe. If you’re dealing with storm damage or water or fire damage of any type as a result of a storm, the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to come to the rescue. No matter what you’re facing, we’re trained and equipped to help you handle the worst. Call (615) 232-9391 for assistance!
Deep Cleaning Services For Your Commercial Property
During the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, commercial deep cleaning services are in high demand, and the thoroughness and quality of the deep cleaning is incredibly important. However, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville offers extensive deep cleaning services including the removal of biohazards and decontamination services that adheres to the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention and local authorities.
In other words, our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive cleaning program sets a higher standard of clean. Our team engages in proactive viral pathogen cleaning that ensures the cleanliness of the businesses, restaurants, retail stores, and more public spaces within our communities.
Our coronavirus cleaning services are tailored for each unique business based on its needs. We are aware that not all businesses have the same operations or facility requirements, which is why we create bespoke cleaning solutions for each individual commercial property based on a consultation that we perform.
After our cleaning consultation receives approval, we go in and initiate an expert deep clean using proprietary EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions. Our methods and our materials always meet or exceed the Center for Disease Control Prevention’s decontamination and cleaning standards, and we take great pride in that.
Lastly, we give your commercial property a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield to display on a door or a window in your location to represent the level of cleaning and service that we’ve undertaken at that individual space. This shield can give customers or employees entering and occupying the building the peace of mind that our highest level of cleaning has taken place in your space.
To learn more about SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s specialized deep cleaning services, visit this page and dial (615) 242-9391 for more information. We want to help you rest assured that your business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and decontaminated to the best of our ability.
What To Do If Your Apartment Complex Sprinkler System Goes Off
Sprinkler systems are in place to save lives and prevent fire damage, but sprinkler systems can also cause undesired water damage if they go off at an inopportune time or are triggered by kitchen smoke or a candle. However, the majority of the time, they go off because there is a fire detected in your apartment complex. When this happens, here’s what to do next.
1. Evacuate the building.
Even if you believe that your sprinkler system was triggered by something less serious than an apartment fire, your safety should always come first. It’s time to get out of the building when your sprinkler system activates—your life may depend on it.
2. Call the fire department.
If the fire department isn’t already on its way or hasn’t shown up yet, be sure to dial 911. Your sprinkler system often is activated by heat, and the fire in question may be in someone else’s apartment even if you don’t see any occurring in your own rental unit.
3. Contact your renter’s insurance carrier.
If you believe that your belongings and/or your apartment have been affected by the sprinkler system going off, you should contact your renter’s insurance carrier. Although water damage from a sprinkler system is often much more palatable than the water damage fire hoses may wreak if there actually is a fire, getting water soaked into your belongings is never a fun time. Be sure to take pictures of the damage caused by the water and start to dry out items if they seem salvageable.
4. Save the pieces of the sprinkler system when you return to your apartment.
This step is only relevant if your apartment hasn’t been ravaged by fire. If your apartment complex’s sprinkler system did go off by accident, it’s crucial to save the pieces of the sprinkler system that scattered throughout your apartment when it went off to identify the reason why the sprinkler system was activated. This is crucial to know for insurance purposes.
5. Call the professionals.
If you are the apartment owner and the sprinkler system went off, you should call water damage restoration specialists like the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to come out and assess the damage as well as restore it.
Above all, stay safe and make your own well-being the first priority if your apartment complex’s sprinkler system goes off! To examine any damage caused by the sprinkler system, call (615) 232-9391 for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s experienced technicians to arrive at the scene and take care of the mess. We’re here to help.
Equip Yourself to Handle Emergencies during National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and connecting with SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to have professionals at your fingertips when disasters hit is a great first step to emergency preparedness. Our expert team is trained at recovering and restoring your residential and commercial properties after national disasters, storm damage, water damage, fire damage, mold, and biohazards like COVID-19.
In a year full of unanticipated emergencies like the global COVID-19 pandemic following the tornadoes that swept through Nashville in March, we continue to emphasize the importance of continually family and community disaster planning—not just during National Preparedness Month. The very nature of emergencies dictates that they’re unexpected, but that doesn’t mean you have to passively wait for one to affect you to act. As the U.S. government’s NPM’s 2020 theme states, “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today.”
We encourage you to do the following to prepare yourself to act under the stress of an unforeseen emergency:
1. Plan your communication.
Contact your family and friends to discuss your communication methods in the event of an emergency. Whether someone in your family contracts COVID-19 or a tornado destroys your physical home, it’s important to know where, when, and how you plan to communicate the emergency to them prior to, during, and after the disaster. If you are a parent, teach your kids about what to do when disaster comes your way, especially if they happen to be separated from you at that time.
2. Build an emergency kit.
Create an emergency kit with essential items like non-perishable food, water, a blanket, a first aid kit, and a flashlight to grab whenever disaster hits. Remember to include any prescription medications, inhalers, or items that address the unique needs of particular family members or pets. Keep your kit updated and supplied according to the Center for Disease Control recommendations.
3. Know and insure your areas of risk.
Do you live in a tornado zone? Are you at risk for some emergencies or disasters more than others due to where you live and what you live close by? Make sure you have insurance coverage for whatever damage your property and lives are at risk of, and do your best to fortify your home to face any inclement weather that could cause damage. Additionally, have a plan of what to do and where to go if you’re in your house, outside your house, or on the road when a local warning or emergency alert occurs.
4. Put local emergency personnel numbers and SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number in your phone.
Last but certainly not least, program the local emergency personnel numbers and SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number into your phone. While you should always call 911 if the immediate situation requires medical help or is a serious danger to anyone’s lives or property, it may be helpful to call specific personnel or SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville if your property is the only thing that has been impacted by the disaster. You can reach the SERVPRO team at any time. We have an emergency preparedness team available to respond 24/7 to any emergency situation that calls for disaster restoration.
The next time a disaster hits, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville by calling (615) 232-9391. We’re trained to help you in the wake of a disaster, and our expertise ranges from fire to water damage, mold, biohazards, storm damage, and other emergency situations. For more resources to help you create an emergency plan this September, head to ready.gov.