Gas Fireplace Safety Tips
The cold temperatures of winter are upon us, and there’s nothing quite like cozying up beside a gas fireplace to revel in the warmth of a fire. Gas fireplaces are common features in today’s houses and business lobbies, and they add a homey or classic touch that not much can’t be matched by much else.
Now, more than any other time of year, you’re probably using your gas fireplace often, and we’ve gathered a few tips to help you take safety precautions while enjoying the warmth and light of your fireplace.
1) Install carbon monoxide detectors throughout the building.
Perhaps the most important safety precaution you should take when you have a gas fireplace in your building is to install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home or office. Gas fireplaces are not known to increase the carbon monoxide levels in the building they’re present in. However, any gas appliances should be accompanied by carbon monoxide detectors so you can catch any leaks before they cause serious damage. Schedule two times annually to check and change your detectors’ batteries so they continue to function properly all year-round.
2) Keep all furniture at least 3 feet away from the fireplace.
As a general rule of thumb, you should keep all furniture and flammable objects at the very least 3 feet away from your gas fireplace. Although it’s unlikely that your gas fireplace will catch things ablaze, it’s best not to risk it, and keeping anything flammable a safe distance away from the fireplace will prevent this from happening. Even just having something flammable lean up against the hot glass or cage protecting you from the fireplace may cause a fire.
3) At least once a year, hire a professional to inspect your fireplace.
Regular maintenance is important for any appliance, and this rings true when it comes to a gas fireplace. Hire a professional to inspect your fireplace gas log set at least once a year to clean and adjust the logs and glowing embers, clean the glass, remove any obstructions from the vents, and clean the fan and air circulation passages.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding professional cleaning, fire damage, water damage, mold, or other cleanup jobs, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Restoring Furniture After Water Damage
After a flood, your furniture may be damaged beyond repair. However, it may be difficult to tell if this is the case if you don’t have experience with water damage restoration. If you’re dealing with water damage in your home or business and your furniture is clearly affected, you should probably call a professional to assess the damage and help with the restoration. Nevertheless, there are a few steps you can take while waiting for the professionals to arrive. Read on to discover a few tips on what to do after your furniture is damaged by water.
1) Call the professionals.
Restoring furniture after water damage is no easy task, and it’s wise to have a professional assess it and help with restoration unless you feel equipped to tackle it yourself. Take pictures of the damage as well so you have something to show your insurance provider when you make a claim. Documentation of damage is always an important first step.
2) Soak up excess water.
If there is any excess water around your furniture, soak it up with towels. Use a fan far away from the water to dry out your furniture. Don’t air-dry the furniture if it’s wood as that may cause it to warp. Instead, just use fans and towels to do the best job that you can drying it until the professionals arrive.
3) Rinse off wood furniture.
If you’re dealing with wood furniture that got submerged, rinse off any mud or debris that is on wood furniture. You should also remove any drawers or removable parts of the furniture to make sure it gets properly aired out. As stated in the bullet above, don’t let the wood furniture air dry.
4) Separate upholstery fabrics if possible.
Usually, upholstered furniture cannot be salvaged after severe water damage, but if you can separate the fabrics from the framework, do that. Professionals should handle any upholstered furniture that may be damaged, and this may be time-consuming and expensive to salvage. It may be wiser to just chuck it and buy new furniture.
Are you dealing with water damage? Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. In addition to water damage restoration and potentially helping you restore your furniture, we can help prevent mold growth and return your property to its pre-damaged state. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Storm-Proofing Your Garage
As winter transitions into full force and winter storms start hitting Middle Tennessee, it’s smart to be prepared by storm-proofing your garage. Winter storms often bring gusty winds, lots of precipitation, and cold temperatures, which are a recipe for a mean storm with the potential to wreak havoc on your home or business if you don’t take the proper precautionary measures. Tornadoes can also spell disaster for your properties if they aren’t braced for impact, so we suggest reading up on storm-proofing and considering implementing it in your garage.
What is Storm-Proofing?
Storm-Proofing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like--preparing your home or business for a storm by “proofing” it, whether that be by boarding up your windows, reinforcing your structural framework, or replacing doors and windows with ones designed to withstand storms.
Why Storm-Proof Your Garage?
Your garage is one of the most vulnerable areas of your home. If your garage door gets blown away or otherwise destroyed, your home suddenly has an area that may be as large as 300 square feet breaching the envelope of your house. This is an ideal avenue for the storm to enter your home and cause a huge amount of damage, which is why storm-proofing your garage is a recommended safety measure if you live anywhere that may see fierce storms during the year, tornadoes, or hurricanes.
How Do I Storm-Proof My Garage?
Now that you know why it’s important to storm-proof your garage, your next question probably is, “How do I storm-proof it?” Purchasing a hurricane-proof garage door will withstand stormy winter gusts and hopefully ward off any inclement weather that storms may bring your way in Middle Tennessee, and many hurricane garage door systems reinforce individuals’ garages in their typical areas of weakness, including garage doors’ weak skins and end stiles that aren’t often reinforced in standard garage doors.
Another option is retrofitting your existing garage door to bolster its current resistance. Retrofit kits and braces often are more affordable than completely replacing your garage door, and they are options worth considering.
If you have the misfortune of experiencing any type of storm damage, mold, fire, or water damage during the year, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has teams of trained, well-equipped professionals to deal with a variety of disaster situations. No matter the time of day, you can reach us at (615) 242-9391, and we’d be happy to help you out. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Tips to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom
Your bathroom is probably the room in your house that sees the most daily traffic, and it’s also a hotbed for moisture and mold growth if it isn’t properly cleaned and taken care of throughout the year. Mold thrives in dark, warm, and moist spaces, and your bathroom sink, shower and tub, and your toilet all are avenues where water regularly is used and may accumulate over time if left unattended. Although mold growth in your bathroom may seem inevitable when you really think about all the nooks and crevices where mold could start to colonize, there are plenty of preventative measures that you can take to prevent mold growth in your bathroom.
We’ve put together 4 tips to help you prevent mold growth in your bathroom, and we hope you’ll take them into consideration as you go about your cleaning routine.
1) Towel dry mold-prone surfaces.
One of the easiest ways for mold to grow is when mold-prone surfaces are left moist. Lots of crevices in your bathroom hold onto water that isn’t easily let go (like your shower curtains), and if you let that water untouched, it may lead to mold growth. Make it a habit to towel dry all mold-prone surfaces in your bathroom like your shower curtain and any other corners or crannies that have water sitting on or in them if they are left unattended.
2) Spray all bathroom surfaces weekly.
Invest in an all-purpose bathroom cleaner spray, and schedule a weekly bathroom cleaning where you spray all your bathroom surfaces and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth to clean and dry them. Surfaces you should pay particular attention to include your toilet, bathtub, and sinks as well as your shower walls.
3) Use your bathroom vents.
Although we often think of bathroom vents or fans as tools to help deodorize the powder room, they also do the important job of removing extra humidity from the air that can condense on your bathroom surfaces. Especially after hot, steamy showers when lots of humidity is released in the air, turn on your bathroom vent and leave it running for 10-15 minutes to suck the humidity out of the air.
4) Wash shower curtain liners and rugs often.
Every time your shower curtain and rugs are used, they get wet, which means they become prime locations for mold growth if they aren’t cleaned on the regular. Every one to two weeks, wash and dry them so you can enjoy fresh, clean rugs and shower curtain liners without any mold sneaking onto them.
Have you found mold in your bathroom or elsewhere in your home or business? Don’t wait to get assistance. Mold can be hazardous to your health and your property, and so you should contact the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team in short order by dialing (615) 242-9391. We are well-versed in mold remediation and removal, and we’re always on call to help you deal with emergencies as you see fit. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
How To Handle Water Damage To Your Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are stylish, durable, and timeless. A popular choice for kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms alike, hardwood floors enhance many homes and are excellent to clean, treat, and enjoy year-round. However, one danger to your hardwood floors is water damage. Although a quick water spill on your hardwood floor that is attended to and cleaned up after a moment shouldn’t cause any harm, water damage may occur if water gets spilled and unnoticed on your hardwood floors, soaking into the boards and absorbing into the wood.
When your hardwood floors experience water damage, these are the next steps you should take.
- Clean up the water if you can.
If the water damage seems minimal or you catch it before it’s been sitting for a while, grab some excess towels to soak up the water sitting on top of your hardwood. However, this is not always possible if, for example, a pipe bursts and you have gallons of water that have flooded your entire floor.
- Assess the visible physical damage.
Are you dealing with a white water stain or a black water stain? A white water stain indicates that the damage to your floor is only mild, and it may come out with proper treatment. White stains typically indicate a build-up of moisture in your hardwood floor. On the other hand, black water stains mean your hardwood has absorbed the water, which makes it significantly more difficult to repair. Other signs of water damage include cupping, when the edges of your hardwood flooring expand and become uneven with the sides sticking up; crowning, which consists of your wood permanently shrinking or wood planks sticking out; and buckling, which is when pieces of hardwood detach from your subfloor and stick out, indicating severe water damage.
- Call the experts.
Especially if the water damage appears severe, which is pretty much anything outside of white water stains, it’s probably wise to call the professionals like the water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. Depending on the extent of your hardwood floor’s damage, it may not even be worth trying to repair your hardwood floor, and replacing it may be a more smart use of your time and money.
The next time you notice any water damage to your hardwood floor, make sure you take these steps to properly address the repairs or replacements necessary. Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 for more information on water damage restoration. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
HVAC Maintenance in Your Apartment Complex
Like any building, whether residential or commercial, with an HVAC system, routine HVAC maintenance should be incorporated into your yearly maintenance in your apartment complex. By prioritizing HVAC maintenance, you can save time and money while ensuring your tenants’ health and safety. Catching any potential problems before they become issues is just one of many reasons why maintaining the HVAC system at your apartment complex is so important, and we’ve compiled a list of additional reasons you should keep HVAC maintenance top of mind as an apartment complex owner.
- Improves your indoor air quality.
Your HVAC system is responsible for filtering the air in your tenants’ apartments, catching unwanted particles and pumping cool air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. Dirty HVAC filters that aren’t replaced as often as they should be can lead to residents becoming sick. Additionally, failing to keep up with your apartment complex’s HVAC maintenance may lead to carbon monoxide poisoning if a unit combusts. Carbon monoxide symptoms often look like the flu and may not be attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning until they become fatal, so it’s extremely important to keep up with HVAC maintenance to avoid this risk.
- Enhances your HVAC’s longevity.
Just like maintenance helps prolong the lives of almost any appliance, HVAC maintenance will help you ensure your system is running smoothly and any problems are resolved upon discovery, decreasing the likelihood that things will go wrong and your system needs to be replaced in a short amount of time. If something in your system isn’t functioning properly, your HVAC system will have to work harder to produce the same results, resulting in extra strain on your system. This may cause premature failure, making it necessary for you to purchase a new system, which could be prevented if you had regular maintenance scheduled.
- Factors into your budget.
By regularly scheduling HVAC maintenance, you can anticipate the costs that occur annually and factor them into your budget. This will help you to save money and time in the long run, because if you didn’t factor regular maintenance into your budget, it would likely result in you paying for unanticipated, expensive repairs when your HVAC decides to stop working properly. Just one or two of these incidents could throw off your whole budget!
Do you need someone to clean and perform routine maintenance on your residential or commercial HVAC system? Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team provides air duct and HVAC cleaning to help you extend the life of your HVAC system and improve your indoor air quality. Set up regular maintenance today by dialing (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Deep Cleaning Your Business For The New Year
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the new year approaches, there’s more reason than ever to deep clean your business as we enter 2021. There’s no time quite like the new year to remove the dust, dirt, and grime from your office or your storefront, and with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, you can rest assured that your business is sanitized, disinfected, and cleaned to the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our defensive pathogen cleaning program goes way beyond the scope of standard janitorial services to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather, and our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team considers each business’s unique needs and tailors our cleaning services for them.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consists of three different C’s to help your business inspire consumer confidence in your business’s cleanliness.
First, we consult with you and your business to ensure that we tailor a bespoke cleaning program just for your facility’s needs. Depending on the vulnerability of the people who occupy your business, how your building is set up, and the traffic that passes through it daily, your business has unique needs that should be addressed accordingly with custom cleaning solutions.
Second, we perform an expert deep clean of your facility based on an agreed-upon plan. Our team uses our proprietary EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions to thoroughly clean your business based on the decontamination and cleaning standards set by the CDC.
Third, we post a certification of our cleaning procedures on your window in the form of a shield that declares your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This collateral helps instill confidence in your employees, customers, and community that your business was cleaned according to SERVPRO’s high-quality, rigid standards.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a leading cleanup and restoration company with over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, so you can rest assured that we can decontaminate and deep clean your business to the highest degree. Contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Fireworks Safety Tips
The new year is almost here! Setting off fireworks is a popular activity to celebrate big events, and this is especially true when it comes to big holidays like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. Although gatherings may be largely virtual or socially distanced this holiday season, fireworks are fun ways to celebrate the end of the year while staying far away from other people. Many look forward to appreciating the dazzling lights illuminating the dark sky to ring in the new year, but fireworks can be safety hazards if they aren’t set up and monitored properly.
To minimize any potential risks, take these 4 fireworks safety tips into account before setting off any fireworks to celebrate the new year.
1) Keep the fireworks away from children.
This safety tip should go without saying, but never let children handle fireworks. In the event that fireworks are improperly handled or malfunction, they should be far away from any young children and in the vicinity of a responsible adult. It’s also important that the adult who is setting off the fireworks is not impaired by alcohol or drugs while handling them.
2) Do not light fireworks indoors or while they’re in your hands.
Never ever light fireworks while you are inside. Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed outdoors and far away from humans so they do not harm anyone. You should also never handle fireworks when they’re lighted. As soon as you light a firework, you should back away from it or throw it in the direction you want it to go off. Also, never ignite fireworks while they’re in a container.
3) Point or throw the fireworks away from other people.
Avoid pointing or throwing fireworks toward other people--this is a recipe for disaster. Fireworks should only be used away from houses, people, and all flammable materials. Light your fireworks one at a time and maintain a safe distance away from them as soon as you are finished lighting them.
4) Keep a bucket of water nearby.
It’s always wise to have a bucket of water on hand to extinguish any fireworks that spin out of control, don’t go off, or catch fire. After using fireworks, you should always soak the spent or unused ones in water for a few hours to ensure they don’t go off after the fact.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville wishes you a great holiday season and a happy new year. In the event that you need restoration experts to help you manage fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold, you can reach us at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
How Often Should I Have My HVAC Inspected?
Your HVAC plays an integral role in heating and cooling your home or business, and it’s necessary for this vital piece of equipment to be maintained throughout the year to keep it in good condition. The better maintained your HVAC is, the fewer repairs and maintenance you’ll have to do for it over the long run. Additionally, a well-maintained HVAC has a longer average lifespan than those that aren’t maintained, which results in lower costs at the end of the day.
While you probably know that your HVAC should be inspected by a professional at some point, you came to this blog to figure out how often that should be, and we have an answer for you: every 6 months. You may have seen that your HVAC unit only needs to be inspected once a year, but it’s best practice to have it inspected every 6 months - once in the spring to check your cooling system and once in the fall to check your heating system. Let us explain.
Getting your HVAC inspected, serviced, and maintained before you start heavily using one system or the other will minimize your chances of running into serious problems with your unit. By having a professional inspect and perform routine maintenance on your unit before you start kicking it into high gear, you start off the season knowing exactly what the current status of your HVAC unit is and how up to date everything is. This puts you in a good position to proceed with heavily using your heating or cooling system for the upcoming seasons with peace of mind.
However, if something does come up after you get your HVAC inspected, you can get the problem looked at with a fresh slate, knowing exactly what your last inspection within the past six months showcased about your unit.
While you may be able to do some HVAC maintenance on your own, like changing the filter (especially if you have a filter you need to change every month), it’s often easier to trust your HVAC maintenance and inspection in professional hands. That’s where SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville steps in! Our HVAC technicians are trained in dealing with all different types of HVAC systems, and we perform routine inspections upon request. Contact us at (615) 232-9391 for more information.
What To Do If A Tree Falls In Your Yard
As time passes and weather wears away at trees, trees eventually die and fall. Sometimes, a strong storm and wind expedite the process. However, you’re generally not notified in advance when a tree falls in your yard, so we’ve gathered a list of actions you should take if a tree falls in your yard.
1) Think about safety first.
Are you inside a building that the tree fell on? Where is the tree in relation to you and your family? Is the tree at risk of falling even further and causing more damage? If the tree has come in contact with any part of your home or fallen through your roof, you should get everyone outside of your home as soon as possible. Take note of any wires that your tree has knocked down or is now touching as they may pose a fire hazard. Any injuries or structural damage should elicit a call to 911 for the fire department to come and help you out.
2) Assess the damage.
Did the tree hit any existing structures? What kind of damage did it cause? Take photos of the damage for insurance purposes later and stay a safe distance from the tree if it’s at risk of moving even more during a storm, etc. Figuring out what exactly has been damaged and how is an important step in the process of what to do after a tree falls in your yard.
3) Determine whose tree fell.
Did your tree fall in your yard? Or is it your neighbor’s tree? Even if a neighbor’s tree fell on your home or into your yard, it’s typically your homeowner’s policy that covers the damage. This might seem a bit backward, but it’s the way most policies work. However, you should take note of whose tree it is and double-check with your insurance policy and coverage to see what applies and if the tree falls into any of the exclusions.
4) Call the insurance company.
After determining whose tree fell and assessing the damage, give your homeowners’ insurance company a call. Describe the situation and provide them with photographic evidence of the damage. They’ll be able to tell you the next steps to take and what you should do next.
5) Arrange for tree removal.
Once you’ve gotten in contact with your insurance company and you know what is covered under your policy, it’s time to arrange for tree removal. Your insurance company may provide you with a list of disaster restoration specialists that they work with, but it may be smart to come to them with a name in mind to see if that will be covered under your policy. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a great disaster restoration company that can take care of tree removal, structural restoration, and more in the aftermath of storms, incidents, and other disasters.
The next time you experience a tree falling in your yard or any other disaster or damage occurs, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville by dialing (615) 232-9391. We’re available 24/7, and we’re trained in a wide variety of restoration services to come to your rescue in your time of need.