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Cleaning Smoke Damage in Your Home

5/31/2023 (Permalink)

Fire damage is an unfathomable ordeal that we wouldn’t wish upon our worst enemies. The loss it brings is devastating physically and emotionally to the point where it’s difficult to know where to even start with the cleanup and restoration process. There are several points to consider when restoring your Belle Meade home from fire damage. Charred remains, soot, and smoke damage are all byproducts that need immediate cleaning and deodorizing. As the experts in odor removal and deodorization, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville/Downtown Nashville can handle any and all of your fire damage concerns, including removing smoke smells from your property. 

What Are The First Steps You Should Take To Clean Smoke Damage?

***Please ensure you don’t take the steps below in place of calling the professionals! While these first steps will help you immediately after smoke damage while waiting for SERVPRO to arrive, heavy smoke and soot restoration is a professional job. 

  • Place clean towels on rugs and other high-traffic areas in your home. You can also use old linens for the same purpose. 
  • If you own houseplants, wash them on both sides of the leaves to ensure there isn’t soot clinging to them. 
  • Mixing TSP and warm water to wipe down your home can be an effective combination. TSP, or Trisodium Phosphate, can break down the grime from smoke damage. You can buy this at a local hardware store, and once you dissolve one tablespoon of TSP per gallon of warm water, you can wipe down your home. (with prospective gear on, of course!)

How Does SERVPRO Effectively Clean Smoke Damage In Your Belle Meade Home?

  • Our equipment is designed to control air quality and remove airborne contaminants during the cleanup and restoration process. These machines include air scrubbers and thermal foggers. 
  • Firefighting efforts post-fire damage can lead to excess moisture because of water damage in the affected areas. Our deodorization products control such odors from surfacing and prevent them from spreading even further. 
  • Our disinfection products stop mold, mildew, and other harmful microorganism growth throughout your home. You can often spot mold from its musty odors in areas affected by water damage. If you suspect your Belle Meade home might have mold, read more on SERVPRO’s mold remediation services

Strong smells are a gateway to some of our most vivid memories, and the potent smells from smoke damage are enough to trigger painful memories of your house fire experience. You’ve already been through so much, and at SERVPRO, we understand. As fire damage cleanup and restoration experts with over fifty years of industry experience, we are a BBB-accredited business, so you know we mean business. With our highly trained technicians who can handle the most complicated of fire damage scenarios, our goal is to bring your Belle Meade home back to its preloss condition. If you need us, give us a call at (615) 242-9391 or fill out this contact form if that’s easier. All it takes is one call before we’re on the scene in a matter of minutes! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What SERVPRO Can Do for Your Bellevue Home

5/31/2023 (Permalink)

You may recognize SERVPRO as the expert in commercial restoration, but did you know that we can handle residential restoration as well? Our residential restoration and cleanup services are designed with one intent in mind: to make your Bellevue house feel like a home again. From emergency flood restoration to getting your air ducts and HVAC systems checked, you can count on SERVPRO to arrive at your home in minutes. We know timely restoration is vital to returning your home to its preloss condition. That’s why we come prepared with the top tools of our trade to mitigate disaster depending on your unique situation. 

What Types Of Residential Cleaning Services Do We Offer In Bellevue?

What Should You Know About Our Residential Restoration Services?

  • Water, fire, and mold damage restoration services are the main facets of our business. With water and storm damage that often leads to flooding and excess moisture, we provide mold remediation services since it only takes 48 hours for mold colonies to spread rapidly throughout a property. 
  • Our restore vs. replace mentality allows us to preserve your belongings for as long as possible. Not only does this save money, but you can keep precious mementos. Learn more about our content restoration services here.
  • Our building services are notable for the temporary protective measures in place during the restoration process to prevent further damage to your Bellevue home. 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville/Downtown Nashville is here to help when disaster strikes! With over 2,140 franchises across the US, you can trust that there’s a SERVPRO near you. As an Angie’s List Super Service Award recipient and a BBB-accredited business, we take disaster cleanup and restoration seriously. Give us a call at (615) 242-9391, or fill out this contact form here. We are prepared for the unpredictable! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Commercial Mold Remediation for Your Nashville Business

5/24/2023 (Permalink)

As a business owner, your business is your pride and joy. You’ve built it from the ground up and put your heart and soul into ensuring your business succeeds. The hours and sacrifices you’ve made for your business to get off the ground running aren’t enough to capture in words. So, when water damage and subsequent mold damage threaten to halt business operations, it’s easy to lose sight of what happens next. That’s where SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville/Downtown Nashville comes in. We are THE mold damage remediation experts with the tools, emergency response, and top-tier training for effective commercial mold remediation.

What Should You Know About Mold Before Starting The Mold Remediation Process? 

  • Microscopic mold spores exist everywhere, which is natural, so completely removing mold from your Nashville business is impossible. This may sound scary, but mold remediation is much more effective than trying to remove all mold from your property. 
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture, so it is imperative to address all sources of moisture before the mold remediation process can occur. You may also notice a musty odor which is impossible to miss!
  • Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent- even higher-than-average humidity is enough to stimulate the growth of mold colonies. 

How Can SERVPRO Help Your Nashville Business Overcome Mold This Summer?

  • We first work to contain mold before it spreads further. Mold is one of those things that will grow if action isn’t taken as soon as possible. In fact, it only takes about 48 hours after water damage for mold to present itself, so immediate action is crucial. 
  • Our specialists are trained in applied microbial remediation, water damage restoration, odor control, upholstery/fabric cleaning, and applied structural drying. We invest in equipment that contains mold to bring your Nashville commercial property back to its preloss condition. 
  • Have you heard of our disaster recovery team? This team is composed of the best and brightest in restoration. Our elite specialists are strategically positioned throughout the US to ensure that we’re always on standby if and when disaster strikes near you. 

If your business experiences a mold emergency, the pros at SERVPRO are your go-to! As your Nashville neighbors, we are a trusted leader in the restoration industry with over five decades of experience in residential AND commercial mold damage, water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also provide various cleaning services, including air ducts/HVAC, sewage, and our custom Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned commercial cleaning program. If you need any of the above services, contact us at (615) 242-9391. We’re only one call away!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Summer Storms Preparation Best Practices

5/24/2023 (Permalink)

Summer vacation has arrived, and you’re probably looking forward to taking trips with family, spending time outside in the summer sun, and going to the pool as much as possible. While all of this is exciting, it is also critical to prepare for summer storms and the challenges that come with them so that you’re not caught off guard no matter what you’re doing for summer. Taking preventative measures ensures that you and your family are safe. However, it is realistic to understand that preparation doesn’t mean immunity from storms. With that being said, if your West End home is one of the casualties of summer storm damage, there are some tips you can follow to minimize water damage while waiting for the professionals to arrive.  

What Are The Most Effective Ways You Can Prepare For Storms This Summer?

  • Make sure you have an emergency food and water supply! Severe thunderstorms can cut water and power lines, so it’s essential to have these stocked and ready when needed. 
  • Your phone and phone charger are crucial- especially since many of us use the flashlight on our phones. For backup, we recommend also having a handheld flashlight with extra batteries. 
  • Garage doors are known to buckle during extreme winds. A vertical bracing system is recommended, and comprehensive kits are available in most home improvement stores. These are important because the high-quality aluminum that this is made from attaches to the garage door’s inside. 

What Are The Best Storm Damage Tips To Reduce Further Damage?

  • You want to take precautions before picking up items affected by water damage- wet materials are heavier than they look!
  • Blotting and wiping are the best ways to remove excess water instead of rubbing, especially if you have wood floors. 
  • Turn your air conditioning on high for maximum drying during this time of year. 
  • Read more here for more tips on water removal to-dos while waiting for SERVPRO to arrive. 

We hope the above tips help you prepare for summer storm damage AND inform you what to do if your West End home is affected. When you need someone in your corner to help you through the challenges of summer storm damage, there’s no better restoration company to call than SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville/Downtown Nashville! With our state-of-the-art technology, robust training program, and 24-hour emergency response, you can’t go wrong with calling us if you need storm damage cleanup and restoration services. All you have to do is contact us at (615) 242-9391. We’ll handle the rest, including the insurance paperwork!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Summer Water Damage to be Aware of

5/17/2023 (Permalink)

It’s no secret that water damage can happen any time of the year, and summer is no different. Water damage can come in any form, whether through a washing machine overflow or the aftermath of storm damage. No matter how water damage manifests, you can always benefit from awareness because that’s how you can prevent damage to your Green Hills property. As always, when you notice the first signs of water damage, you must immediately reach out to the disaster restoration experts.

What Are Possible Water Damage Events That Can Happen During The Summer?

  • Summer storms like severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can cause flooding and subsequent water damage in Middle Tennessee. If you’ve lived in this area long enough, you would know that we get quite a lot of rain- about 53 inches per year, which is above-average rainfall in the US. 
  • A burst pipe is a common water damage situation that can occur in your Green Hills home or business due to temperature changes. Pipes burst due to water freezing, causing them to expand and leak. 
  • Leaking appliances like a refrigerator or dishwasher can lead to residential water damage, which can not only cause damage to your floor and cabinets but can also bring about mold damage if not dealt with promptly. 

What Are The Most Recognizable Signs Of Water Damage, No Matter The Season? 

  • The effects of water damage directly impacts your floors, walls, and ceilings. Your drywall can swell and break down in just a matter of minutes. 
  • You’ll also notice metal surfaces tarnish and dyes from cloth goods smudge and stain. 
  • Musty odors and mold are the most recognizable signs of water damage, hands down. All sources of dampness and moisture must be eliminated for proper mold damage remediation
  • Read more here for a more detailed timeline on how water damage can affect your Green Hills property. 

We hope you are more aware of how water damage can manifest so you can recognize water damage when it shows up and take action immediately! Since cleanup and restoration after flooding can be an enormous task, you shouldn’t feel like you need to handle it all alone. That’s where SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville comes in! We have the tools, training, and 24/7 emergency response times that help us stand out from other disaster restoration companies in Green Hills. If you need us for water, storm, and mold damage restoration this summer, contact us at (615) 242-9391. We can also help you with the insurance paperwork during the claims process!

We'll Check Your Commercial Property For Mold Growth

5/17/2023 (Permalink)

Mold growth is a result of the moisture that comes after water damage. Even a dripping pipe or excess humidity in your building encourages mold spores to multiply. You can spot mold due to its musty odors that can permeate your West End property just 48 hours after water damage. Because mold is repulsive and can aggravate allergies on top of springtime allergies, it is recommended that you get your property checked out for mold and stop any growth in its tracks. 

In What Ways Can SERVPRO Check Your West End Property For Signs Of Mold?

  • Once you contact us, our representative will ask questions about your mold situation so we know what equipment to bring. From there, we'll be on the scene at a moment's notice- that's our guarantee!
  • Upon arrival, we'll inspect your property for mold. Local and state laws require that you follow specific protocols depending on the size of your West End property. Regardless, we'll advise you based on your mold scenario throughout this process. 
  • Once our team understands the extent of mold on your property, we'll contain the spores through negative air chambers, isolating the contaminated areas and preventing mold from spreading throughout the property. 
  • Air filtration is another method we use to check for mold on your commercial property. This specialized equipment helps us capture microscopic mold spores from the air- from there, our air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums prevent mold from spreading while the mold remediation is underway. 
  • Immediately afterward, we'll remove all mold-infested materials from the vicinity. We will also use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments in areas with excess mold growth. 
  • Want to know what other content cleaning methods we use to remediate mold growth? Learn more about them here. We are also trained in odor removal and deodorization, so you won't have to worry about the musty smell much longer!
  • Mold restoration can begin only when all the above steps are complete. Depending on how your property has been affected by mold, restoration can involve minor repairs like replacing painting and drywall or significant restructuring of your entire West End commercial property. 

SERVPRO Offers Building Services In The Wake Of Disaster: What Do These Include?

  • Temporary protective measures are critical when your commercial property has been affected by water and mold damage. Your immediate concern should revolve around preserving your property while the restoration is taking place. 
  • SERVPRO can place roof tarps to prevent additional damage and boarding up to secure the building while removing excess water and debris. 
  • Some other building services SERVPRO provides include the following:
    • Drywall installation
    • Electrical
    • Floor repair
    • Temporary warehouse space so you can continue business operations during mold cleanup and restoration. 
    • And several more!

We hope that being aware of our process and services above gives you peace of mind as you navigate this ordeal. Water damage and subsequent mold damage can wreak havoc on a business by compromising day-to-day operations if you don't have a plan. Aside from practical matters, we also know that disaster in any form can rock your world emotionally, and not in a good way. That's why our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville/Downtown Nashville strives to bring your West End commercial building back to its preloss condition. All you have to do is call (615) 242-9391. By the time our job is done, your mold damage incident will be "Like it never even happened!"

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Getting Your Business Ready for Summer Storms

5/10/2023 (Permalink)

We're midway through spring, which means summer is right around the corner! With a new season comes a new set of weather-related challenges that can threaten your Belle Meade commercial property if you aren't prepared. As a business owner, we know your main priority is keeping business operations running as smoothly as possible, even when the unthinkable happens. As business owners ourselves, we will share some top tips on preparing your business for summer storms. But before that, we will explain the key differences between summer storms and spring storms, differences that shouldn't be ignored and will be a game-changer in how you approach commercial storm preparation. 

What Makes Summer Storms Different From Spring Storms? (Aside From The Season)

  • Severe thunderstorms can happen all year round, but in the summer, storms classified as "severe" usually last about 10-20 minutes compared to the spring, when the severity of those conditions can last for hours as it spans hundreds of miles. 
  • While "severe" thunderstorms may only last 10-20 minutes during the summer, thunderstorms during the year's hottest months can be intense because of the rapidly rising warm air and moisture that make up summer storms. This is compared to spring storms that happen more frequently between March and May. 
  • No matter the season, thunderstorms thrive in areas with higher-than-normal humidity. It is also critical to note that heat and humidity during summer can lead to "pop-up" storms, also known as single-cell thunderstorms, which can cause flooding. 

How Can You Best Prepare Your Belle Meade Business For Summer Storms?

  • Severe thunderstorms can knock out lights throughout Belle Meade, so finding alternate light sources is crucial. You can buy commercial solar lights that can glow for up to three days or 72 hours. 
  • Invest in fans throughout your commercial property if you haven't already. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are known to put out central HVAC systems, so it's helpful to keep fans handy to reduce cooling costs. 
  • Before and after a storm, you must clear away tree branches. Any left remaining can damage your building's exterior due to the high winds that come with summer storms. 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville specializes in storm damage cleanup and restoration! As industry leaders, we provide 24-hour emergency restoration services throughout Belle Meade and the greater Nashville community. We are the recipients of the Angie's List Super Service Award, so you know we don't mess around regarding disaster restoration. We are also one of 17 Tennessee businesses recognized as a Hire Vets Medallion Award recipient because of our commitment to hiring and retaining vets. If you need our storm damage cleanup and restoration services this rainy season, contact us at (615) 242-9391. We even make the claims process stress-free by helping you out with the paperwork!

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Practice Candle Safety At Home

5/10/2023 (Permalink)

Scented candles are lovely to have around to destress and have sweet smells waft throughout your Bellevue home. Aromatherapy has been around for years as a mood booster and even as a way to cure some diseases. As nice as all of that sounds, dealing with the repercussions of fire damage can be a huge pain because you left your burning candle unattended. Because prevention saves a lot of headaches down the road, we will share our top tips for practicing proper candle safety at home; however, we’re also aware that you can do everything and still need fire damage restoration/cleanup services. That’s where SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville can help you during moments of crisis- read more on our fire damage restoration process in Bellevue!

What Are The Most Effective Ways You Can Practice Candle Safety At Home?

  • As we mentioned earlier, never leave a burning candle unattended! Even if you’re about to run a small errand, leaving a candle burning while you are away is too risky. You can always re-ignite the candle when you come home. 
  • Piggybacking off of the previous point, leaving a candle unattended in your home with pets nearby can spell trouble! Ensure that you keep candles out of reach of pets and small children. 
  • It is recommended that you never burn a candle all the way down. A good rule of thumb is to stop burning a candle when there’s half an inch to an inch left of it to reduce the chance of a fire. 

What Does Fire Damage Restoration Look Like In Bellevue?

  • The first step starts with you calling us! We know that every fire damage scenario is different and deserves to be treated with the care that personalization offers. Our rep will ask you questions about your fire damage situation so that our team knows what type of equipment to bring. 
  • Once we know what to bring, we’ll promptly conduct the inspection and fire damage assessment portion of this process. This involves examining every room of your Bellevue home to determine the extent of fire, smoke, and soot damage. 
  • Before we start the restoration, we must put up temporary measures like board-up and roof-tarp services. Fire damage significantly affects windows, roofs, and walls, so this step is vital to prevent further damage. 
  • This step is dedicated to water removal and drying if water damage is present. In many fire damage scenarios, water damage is present because of firefighting efforts. Effective water removal and drying occur thanks to our air movers and dehumidifiers. 
  • Before we clean and sanitize the affected areas, we remove smoke and soot from all surfaces of your Bellevue home, including the ceilings, walls, and floors. 
  • The second to last step of this process is cleaning and sanitizing all restorable items and areas that succumbed to fire damage. We’re trained in odor removal and deodorization, which means our team learns several cleaning techniques during training to restore your belongings to their preloss condition. 
  • And finally, restoration! This can be minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing a new carpet, or major repairs, such as the full-scale reconstruction of one or more rooms in your home. 

Fire damage is often wrought with pain, loss, and stress, and it can be challenging to pick up the pieces and move toward restoration. A few practical measures are all it takes to ensure peace of mind, but when the unthinkable happens, you can count on SERVPRO to help you through the crisis. You can’t go wrong with our advanced equipment, highly-trained team, and 24/7 emergency response every day of the year, including holidays, to get your Bellevue home back to its preloss condition. We even help you with the insurance paperwork during the claims process to lessen the headache from this ordeal. If you need us for fire damage cleanup and restoration services, contact us at (615) 242-9391. With over 50 years of experience in fire damage restoration, you can count on us to walk you through this stressful moment!   

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Prepare Your Business For Heavy Rain This Spring

5/3/2023 (Permalink)

Spring weathers are synonymous with heavy rain and storm damage if the proper precautions aren’t in place. As a business owner, your priorities are clear: ensure business operations run smoothly so your company can keep making profits. When a natural disaster disrupts your routine, whether a fire, water, storm, or mold damage, knowing where to start the cleanup and restoration process can be challenging. That’s why they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: so that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on damages when you can take the time to prepare your business and employees for heavy rains and the repercussions that that scenario presents. 

What Should You Include In Your Commercial Storm Preparation Checklist?

  • One of the most important things to plan before a storm is ensuring payroll, HR, and other benefits remain active even after a storm. This is especially crucial immediately post-storm. 
  • The tornado drills you had in school shouldn’t be forgotten, even in the business world! Conduct drills once a quarter to prepare you and your employees for the worst. 
  • Update employee contact information frequently and back up any digital files in case they get lost during a severe storm. 
  • Have a functioning weather alert radio in your office, like an NOAA weather hazard radio, to ensure you’re updated on all severe weather alerts during this time of year. 

How Can You Care For Your Belongings Before Heavy Rains Ensue?

  • Document every item in your West End commercial property! This will serve you well for insurance purposes should you need to call your provider. 
  • Examine your business’s assets! This includes equipment and any loaned assets your business may have. You may also want to re-examine your insurance policy and see how much it covers your business’s assets post-storm. 
  • Have all your items in your disaster preparation kit operational and ready to use at a moment’s notice. These items should include the following:
    • Water
    • Non-perishable food
    • Spare batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Cell phone and charger
    • Among others

SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is THE team to call if you need commercial storm damage cleanup and restoration services! As business owners ourselves, we understand the importance of keeping business operations running as smoothly as possible post-storm, and we’re here to help. We offer a temporary warehouse space equipped with everything you need to ensure that you can keep your business running while your main building is under restoration. If you did all you could to prepare for storms this season, but your West End commercial property still needs storm damage cleanup and restoration, don’t hesitate to contact us at (615) 242-9391. We aim to make disaster restoration “Like it never even happened!”

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

We'll Make Your Home Or Business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

5/3/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sets the bar high for new ways of cleanliness! With our specialized Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, we tailor our cleaning program to keep up with your business's unique needs, not the other way around. With the numerous changes that the pandemic has brought to society, it's safe to say that a new sense of cleanliness has been a top priority for many homeowners and business owners. As the industry leaders in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, we are dedicated to inspiring confidence in our communities and ALL of our Nashville neighbors through viral pathogen cleaning. 

What Are The Three C's Of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

  • Consult: We know that no two homes or businesses are alike; that's why we ensure that our cleaning program is custom to the needs and goals of your Nashville property. 
  • Clean: The crux of the program, our team initiates an expert deep clean based on the plan we consulted with you on in the first step. With hospital-grade, EPA-approved cleaning solutions, our dedication to cleanliness is our topmost priority!
  • Certify: And finally, once our team finishes up the cleaning portion, we certify your property as Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This emblem symbolizes your dedication to the safety and well-being of everyone around you. Show it off proudly!

What Else Do You Need To Know About SERVPRO's Residential/Commercial Cleaning Services? 

  • Residential cleaning isn't just limited to emergency flooding situations. Sometimes, kids spill drinks, or you may need your upholstery cleaned after months of overlooking that part of your home. When that happens, SERVPRO has the tools and know-how to arrive on the scene immediately. 
  • We have helped the following commercial properties achieve a higher level of cleanliness:
    • Office Buildings, Large and Small
    • Restaurants
    • Hotels/Motels
    • Government/Military
    • And more!
  • As a BBB-accredited business and an Angie's List Super Service Award recipient, we are committed to helping the homes and businesses in our local communities look their best!  

SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is here to help your Nashville home or business achieve a higher level of cleanliness! With our advanced tools, continuous education training program, and faster-than-average response times, we set the bar high for effective disaster cleanup and restoration. We serve several of our Nashville neighbors, including Bellevue, Belle Meade, West End, Green Hills, and other Nashville neighborhoods. SERVPRO is unique for its ability to utilize franchise resources with the proximity that can only come from being a local franchise. With over 2,120 franchises across the US and Canada, you can count on a SERVPRO to be nearby when you need us, no matter where you are. For more information on our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, contact us at (615) 242-9391. Rain or shine, SERVPRO has your back, 24/7, every day of the year!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.