How to Care For Your Belongings After a House Fire
A house fire often brings destruction and leaves damage in its wake, and there’s a good chance that your belongings received the brunt of the damage. Caring for your belongings after a house fire may seem overwhelming, but there are a few things that you can do once you call the professionals, have the fire put out, and your house is deemed safe to enter again. Always, always make sure that your house fire is completely out and your home is safe to enter before even thinking about caring for your belongings post-house fire. Your safety and well-being are most important.
So, how do you care for your belongings after a house fire?
1) Coordinate electronic cleanup with professionals.
Under no circumstances should you turn on any electronics that were affected by your house fire. Any electrical devices or appliances may pose big hazards to you and your health if they were damaged in a fire since smoke residues may have caused their metal surfaces to corrode. Don’t attempt to turn on or operate any electronics. We advise you to leave the restoration to the professionals.
2) Approach contents restoration in a multi-faceted manner
Depending on the contents of your home, dry cleaning, wet cleaning, or even immersion cleaning may be in order. Our website nicely defines the different types of content restoration cleaning that you may need to undertake or invest in following a house fire.
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
3) Take pictures of everything
If it’s safe for you to do so, take pictures of everything that was damaged in the fire so you can make the proper insurance claims and get them approved. Alternatively, a restoration team can do this for you in a safe, timely manner so that you have evidence of all the damage and it’s documented for any questions in the future.
For more information regarding caring for your belongings after a house fire, check out this page on our website. Our fire damage restoration team is always equipped and ready to come out to your home or apartment to take care of the damage and restore your property to its original condition. You can reach our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team by calling (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
The SERVPRO Difference
When it comes to restoration companies, the combination of customer service, highly qualified expertise, and state-of-the-art technology and materials that SERVPRO offers is unmatched. We’ve been in the disaster restoration businesses for dozens of years, and our reputation and longevity speak for themselves.
Always On Call
We’re consistently and reliably serving our communities, 24/7, 365 days a year, and we’re proud to offer emergency service at a moment’s notice. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has been serving our community since 1967, and we’re excited to continue to serve y’all for much longer.
We understand that your home and commercial properties comprise your livelihoods, and keeping them safe and in good condition is of utmost importance to you, your families, your businesses, and your customers.
Disaster Restoration Specialists
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we proudly serve the Nashville and Davidson County areas, helping thousands of residents take back control of their lives after water and fire wreak havoc on their homes. From mold to storm damage, biohazards, flooding, water damage, odor removal, fire, and more, our disaster restoration specialists are always being trained on the latest and safest techniques to restore your properties back to their original condition in a safe way.
As a franchise, our goal is to help make it..."Like it never even happened," and we mean that in the fullest sense of those words.
Our specialties include the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after smoke and fire damage or water damage, and we take special pride in our expertise when it comes to mold mitigation and mildew removal from your home or business. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is also a Better Business Bureau accredited business as well as a recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award!
Local Nashville Team
We’re proud that our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration, and we always maintain our IICRC-industry certification. Our local Nashville employees intimately know and understand our Music City community, and no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville.
Contact us for assistance at any hour at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
How Often Should Your Carpets Be Cleaned?
If you have dark or multi-colored carpets in your home, it may be hard to tell when it’s time for them to receive a good cleaning or not. After all, dirt and grime blend right into them, and since you trod on your carpets daily, you often forget about cleaning them until it’s long past due time for them to be cleaned.
However, how often should your carpets be cleaned? There are two things to consider when deciding how to answer this question.
1) Is your carpet residential or commercial?
Commercial carpets often see much more wear and tear and get soiled more rapidly than residential carpets. However, this can vary depending on what type of business you run and what type of household you run, too.
2) How often do you clean your carpets yourself?
The more often you clean your carpets yourself, the less frequently you may need to invest in professional carpet cleaning. Preventative maintenance actions that you should incorporate into your carpet cleaning regimen include:
- Spot removal
- Regular vacuuming
- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet
Based on your answers to these questions, the right frequency for your carpet cleaning will vary. However, a good general rule of thumb is that residential carpets should be cleaned at least annually professionally, and your commercial carpets probably should be professionally cleaned something more like every 3-6 months or even every month if they see frequent use and are heavily soiled.
Are you looking for professional carpet cleaning services to give your carpets a professional deep cleaning? SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville offers carpet and upholstery cleaning that includes bonnet cleaning, hot water extraction, deluxe precondition and rinse, showcase premier cleaning, and dry cleaning. Your specific cleaning type will depend on your wants and needs as well as your carpet condition. Learn more about our carpet and upholstery cleaning services by calling (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
How To Prepare Your Home For A Major Storm
Nashville spring inevitably means major storms, which means that it’s time to prepare your home to withstand whatever comes your way. From tornadoes to flash floods, downpours, and continual light spring rain, there are lots of different types of storms that roll through Middle Tennessee during the spring, and you’ll be thankful that you’re prepared when you don’t have water damage to worry about or flooding to combat down the road.
There are several different measures you can take to prepare your home for a major storm, and we’ve highlighted 3 of the main ones that you can get started with today.
1) Storm-proof your windows and doors.
You’ve probably heard it before but it may still be a foreign term—storm-proofing. What is that again? Storm-proofing normally consists of switching out your typical doors and windows with storm-durable doors and windows that are made of heavier materials that can withstand high winds and precipitation. This will help your doors and windows withstand weather conditions of all kinds, and it may reduce the likelihood of your windows and doors flying off their hinges or shattering if a tornado passes by.
2) Trim your trees and clear anything big and bulky away from your home
Low-lying tree branches or dead limbs are perfect ammunition for gusty winds that accompany most major storms in the area. Make sure you clear your landscape of dead limbs, low-lying tree branches parallel to your windows, and other big and bulky items like statues, etc. that could be whipped up in the turbulent wind and end up damaging your home.
3) Give your shingles and siding a once-over.
Missing and broken shingles and siding make your home more susceptible to the elements and winds that come with major storms, and you should always give your home a once-over before storm season so you can get any broken or missing ones replaced as needed. Any loose or damaged shingles will likely tear and rip away when a storm comes through, and the same can be said of siding. Imagine what a tornado might do if a simple storm could blow them out of sight.
While being prepared for major storms is a great first step toward preventing storm damage, sometimes you can’t prevent it from happening regardless of maintenance action items you tackle beforehand. If you find yourself dealing with any damage from a storm that passes through, whether it be fire, water, mold, or a tree limb through your roof, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re here to help! This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Odor Removal After Smoke Damage
One of the worst parts of fire and smoke damage is the lingering odor that seems like it will never, ever go away. However, the good news is that with proper treatment and deodorization, you won’t have to live in a home or work at a business that smells like smoke forever! While there are some buildings that are truly lost causes after the aftermath of a fire, many salvageable buildings will not permanently house a smoke odor if you hire restoration specialists to remove the smoke particles from every surface and material within the building, including the walls.
How do we go about odor removal?
1) Identify the source.
When it comes to smoke odors, the odors quite literally live in the materials of your home. From your drywall to your cabinets, furniture, and everything in between, smoke particles and soot have likely made their way into the molecules of your belongings. This means that all of these sources need to be wiped down and have the particles properly removed using the right equipment. However, without properly identifying where exactly the smoke odor is coming from, there’s no way you can expect to get rid of it. So figuring out where the smoke odor is coming from and then assessing how to deodorize those sources is always step number one.
2) Penetrate surfaces to neutralize or eliminate odors.
As mentioned above, smoke odors often penetrate surfaces and live within the very fabric, quite literally, of your belongings. This means that we need to penetrate these odor sources to remove the sources and neutralize the odors. We have high-quality deodorization equipment and techniques to do this safely so that you no longer have to tolerate the offensive and unpleasant odor of smoke in your building.
3) Eliminate any traces that linger.
Finally, we eliminate any traces of odors that linger. We know that “almost gone” isn’t good enough when it comes to deodorization, which is why we’re completely committed to eliminating traces of offensive odors in your building so that your property smells like it did prior to the smoke damage. You can rest assured that your deodorization job is in great hands when you hire our specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, and we look forward to working with you to restore your property to its former state.
For smoke damage, fire damage, storm damage, water damage, or mold, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. You don’t need to tolerate offensive and unpleasant smoke odors, and removal likely is possible. Contact us to learn more! This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Top 3 Places To Check For Water Damage In Your Home
Water damage can be sneaky...creeping up on you in places where it remains unnoticed for a while. However, the longer that water damage is left untreated, the more damage it can do, which is why getting into a regular routine of checking the most vulnerable places in your home for water damage on a monthly or bi-monthly basis is a smart idea.
We recommend checking the following places in your home for water damage following each big rain and then on a more scheduled basis.
1) Your attic.
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Your attic isn’t typically a commonly frequented place, but it does live right underneath your roof and, therefore, is more likely to have water damage from precipitation. Do a thorough inspection of your attic every month to see if you spot any water stains, discoloration, warping, dripping, or other causes for concern. Spotting condensation or other moisture in your attic is a sign that you may need to do some resealing or address water damage.
2) Underneath your windows.
Your walls can be super susceptible to water damage, especially the parts of your walls that are located right underneath your windows. If your windows aren’t sealed properly, moisture and water can leak through the cracks in the seals, and this can seep into your walls surrounding your windows. Rain creeps in between your windows and rots the framing studs in your walls without visible damage, so pay careful attention to any discoloration or signs of water damage in your walls underneath and surrounding your windows.
3) The threshold of your exterior doors.
Since your exterior doors face the precipitation and the elements, even if they are protected by an overhang, they become exposed to potential water damage at a higher rate than other locations in your home. The wood underneath your exterior doors’ metal thresholds may become damaged by water, which is evident through swelling, warping, and sponginess. Keep an eye on your door thresholds to replace your doors when necessary or prevent the damage from occurring in the first place.
While these three locations are common culprits for water damage in your home, water damage can really sneak up on you anywhere, at any time. Knowing the signs of water damage and who to call when you encounter it will give you more peace of mind in the event that an emergency occurs, so we encourage you to put SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number in your phone to call in the face of an emergency. Contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
4 Ways To Prevent Flooding In Your Home
As spring rolls into full force in Middle Tennessee, lots of spring showers and rain storms come with it. Rainy season in Nashville means that your home is more vulnerable to flooding, which is why it’s smart to take preventive measures to prevent flooding from happening if at all possible.
So, how do you prevent flooding in your home?
1) Elevate your HVAC equipment.
Your boiler, utilities, and air-conditioning units all should be elevated, especially if they live in your basement or the lower levels of your home. HVAC equipment is often very vulnerable to flooding and water due to its electrical nature, and when appliances, electricity, and water mix, nothing good occurs. If you can move your HVAC equipment to an upper level of your home or build a platform to elevate it off the floor, you’d be wise to do that.
2) Sandbag your property where water could easily flow in.
Like a shoreline, sandbags can be the first line of defense from water coming into your home if you are situated in a location where water pools easily and you may find that water can come rushing toward your home at particular spots on your property. This is especially true if you have a basement that may be a great entry point for water, and you should consider putting sandbags by its entrance and windows if there are any.
3) Invest in absorbent mulch.
Your landscaping can help you prevent flooding in your home. Yes, you read that right. Tending to your landscaping by spreading absorbent mulch around your trees and flower beds can help soak up excess water so that it doesn’t flow toward or into your home. Putting a rain barrel by your downspout may also be able to combat and reduce potential flooding or water damage.
4) Clear debris away from storm drains.
The storm drains outside your home exist for a reason. Make sure any leaves or debris are cleared away from your storm drains so that water can flow into them and drain away, not pool and potentially enter your home. Physically remove the debris so that it can’t just flow right back into the drain, and using a plunger, a drain snake, or an auger may be in order.
While these four tips will help you prevent and combat flooding in your home, you can’t always completely prevent these emergencies from happening. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is available 24/7, 365 days a year to mitigate losses and clean up water damage, storm damage, fire damage, mold, and more, and you can reach us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
What is Biohazard Cleaning?
As you may have deduced from the name, biohazard cleaning addresses hazardous biological and chemical contaminants that can pose serious risks to your health. However, what exactly falls under the umbrella of biohazards, and how do you properly clean them up?
What is a biohazard?
A biohazard consists of a substance that has microorganisms or chemical components that are detrimental to your health. Think sewage, blood, tear gas, feces, and more...all of these are biohazards. Due to the dangerous nature of biohazards, you shouldn’t necessarily just clean them up and dispose of them with an ordinary rag and soap, as you could potentially expose yourself to harmful chemicals or biological contaminants. This means that biohazards need a special type of cleaning called biohazard cleaning to properly remove all traces of the biohazards from wherever they are present.
What are biohazard scenarios?
So now that you know what a biohazard is, what are biohazard scenarios that you may find yourself in? Biohazard scenarios include, but are not limited to, the following.
- Sewage backups
- Crime scene residues
- Suicide/death accidents
- Homicide cleanups
- Blood cleanup
- Accident cleanup
- Hoarding scenes
- Animal waste/remains
- Chemical spills
- Tear gas cleanup
- Meth lab cleanup
All of these scenarios should be navigated with caution, and you should call a professional biohazard cleanup company to deal with their aftermath.
What is biohazard cleaning and how does it resolve the above scenarios?
As mentioned earlier, biohazard cleaning consists of removing biological, chemical, and pathogenic contaminants from the above scenarios by using safety apparatus, proper biohazard gear, and sanitation solutions that are OSHA-approved in accordance with health regulations.
We have a specially trained team on hand to perform biohazard cleaning at a moment’s notice, no matter the time of day. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, you can rest assured that your biohazard scenario will be cleaned up in no time and you will no longer have to worry about risking your health in the presence of the scene. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 to learn more. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Professional Cleaning Services For Your Commercial Property
Cleaning is a hassle. It’s necessary, but it takes time...and chances are, you don’t have the time as a busy business owner. Whenever odors permeate your office that your janitorial staff just can’t get rid of serious grime and moisture damage are present, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can take care of the job for you in no time!
Our Commercial Cleaning Services
For professional cleaning services that go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville offers comprehensive cleaning services from air ducts and HVAC cleaning to deodorization, removing vandalism, and cleaning up biohazards or sewage. Additionally, if someone at your commercial property comes in contact with COVID-19, we offer a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned service with cleaning standards aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s benchmarks.
Your workspace can be sparkling and odor-free in no time with the help of our highly trained staff and top-notch products that work together to undertake water damage, mold and mildew growth, and even trauma and crime scene cleanup.
Our specialty cleaning services include the following:
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
For more information, head to the Commercial Cleaning page on our website! We are available 365 days of the year, including holidays, and we’re able to address emergencies at a moment’s notice. Just contact us at (615) 242-9391 to let us know how we can help. Our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can clean your restaurant’s hood, decontaminate and sanitize your commercial office, or a variety of other commercial cleaning services to get your property back to business. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Tips For Fixing a Leaky Faucet
Drip, drip, drip...those may be the sounds you hear on a daily basis if you’re dealing with a leaky faucet. However, if you hear this noise on the regular, you should probably have the faucet looked at and fixed to prevent any serious water damage from occurring as a result.
To help you combat this issue, we’ve gathered 4 tips for fixing leaky faucets together to help you take the steps toward eliminating the leak!
1) Shut off the water.
First things first, you should shut off your water if your faucet is leaking, especially if water is coming out at a rapid rate. This will allow you to investigate the leak source and also prevent any more water damage than what has already occurred. Once you turn off the water, you can open the faucet to drain it of any lingering water from the last time it ran.
2) Disassemble the faucet.
Taking the faucet apart is a great way to look at where the leak may be stemming from. Reference this article for help determining what type of faucet you have and how to figure out how to disassemble it. The o-ring, seal, or washer may be the reason why your faucet is leaking, and if one of these is obviously out of place when you take a look at the faucet’s parts and compare them to your manufacturer’s manual at home or on the Internet, you may have just identified the leak source.
3) Identify the leak source.
If you can’t identify the leak source by disassembling the faucet, it’s probably time to call a professional to take a look at the faucet and figure out exactly what’s wrong with it. We recommend calling your local plumber to examine your sink and faucet to diagnose the exact problem and hopefully fix it. If you figure out that a simple part needs to be replaced without having to hire outside help, you can replace it and turn your water back on to see if the leak has resolved.
4) Hire a restoration company to restore water damage.
Any signs of mold or water damage, including warping, spots, stains, and obvious damage, should be addressed by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville! Water damage can affect the structural integrity of your home and also seriously damage your cabinets, flooring, walls, ceiling, and more. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 today.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a team of restoration specialists on hand to address any emergency disaster in a moment’s notice. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391 at any time of day, and we’ll be happy to take care of mold, water damage, storm damage, fire damage, and more. Just give us a call and we’ll be in touch! This franchise is independently owned and operated.