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BUILDING AND RECONSTRUCTION: WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER DAMAGE REMEDIATION

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

First impressions certainly do matter, whether in the world of business or at home. This is true not only for your personal appearance but also where you live and work. The overall look of your property will make a lasting first impression for your clients and neighbors, so be sure that it is making a good one. If your property has suffered from damage, whether water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or any other such disaster, it will not be putting its best face forward to the neighborhood, and that can affect your business and your curb appeal. When your Nashville home or commercial property is in need of professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville for help in restoring your property so that you can maintain your best possible image. We do restoration projects for private homeowners in the Nashville area, as well as owners of:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

If your property has sustained damage, and you are going to be undergoing some building and reconstruction after the event, it will be helpful to know what to expect.

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring your building back to full functionality. When it comes to reconstruction services, our SERVPRO team has the training and expertise to get life back to normal in record time.

WATER DAMAGE RECOVERY TIPS FOR YOUR FURNITURE

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to your furniture is not always as bad as it might seem. Sometimes the damage is very manageable and can be repaired through some simple DIY steps. If you have some furniture that needs care after flooding or weather-related water damage, here are some tips you can follow to restore your furniture and carpeting.

Wood. When a piece of furniture made from wood has been soaked in water, the first step to be taken is to let it dry completely. Place it in a room that is warm and that enjoys good circulation. You can choose to turn on the heat and fans, as well. If the outdoor temperatures are warm, you may place the furniture outside, but take care that the temperature is warm enough - cold weather will cause the piece to dry more slowly and mold can establish a colony, while air that is too hot will cause cracks to form in the furniture.

White Spots. If you find white spots on the furniture, mix a solution of toothpaste and baking soda in equal parts. After dipping a wet cloth in this solution, rub it around and on the spots and polish the area with a dry piece of fabric made from cotton.

Mildew. Black spots indicate that water has seeped through the finish into the wood itself, and that leads to mildew. If this happens, it will require you to remove the finish, clean the mildew with a bleach solution and put on a new layer of finish.

Buckled Veneer. The veneer on your furniture may have buckled or warped through contact with water. You can soak the veneer with a moisturizer to cause it to lie down flat and then wipe it clean and dry. Next, fill a syringe with veneer glue, stick the needle between the veneer and the body of the furniture, emptying the syringe slowly. After it is removed, place a wood block on top of the veneer and wait for the glue to dry, following manufacturer recommendations.

When it comes to recovery of your property and possessions from water damage, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is always here to help. We are experts in the area of restoration from the damages of fire or water, and we are also mold prevention and remediation experts.

Odor Removal In Your Apartment Complex

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

As the owner of an apartment complex, you are familiar with the handling of odor issues. When there are lots of people living close to one another, there are bound to be situations that arise that create unpleasant, and sometimes overpowering, odors. Many times they are easily dealt with by opening doors and windows, allowing spaces to air out, such as unpleasant cooking smells, for example. If a tenant has had a leak or small flood in their unit and wet carpeting is causing a bad odor, the carpet can always be professionally dried and cleaned if necessary. It may even require the removal and replacement of the carpeting (and it might be time to consider renovation of all units to wood or linoleum floors to alleviate this kind of issue in the future). Whatever you decide, you’ll need to get carpeting dried as soon as possible, completely and thoroughly, because we all know what comes next in a damp environment: Mold, along with all its odors and unhealthy aspects.

Sometimes an odor event is just too big, and you know it is going to require professional help;  that’s where SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville comes in. We are experts in deodorization, and our team is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors by determining the conditions that are causing the issue. Many times, the problem can be removed without a trace, given a little time.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes for our crew members on the proper removal of odors, and our team members know that simply masking them or using shortcuts just won’t work when it comes to a serious and persistent problem.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be tricky, so give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville a call and leave the restoration to us! We are here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are experts when it comes to mold prevention and remediation and damage from fire or water, and we are proud to serve the homeowners and entrepreneurs of Music City. Call us today!

Preparing for Hurricane Season in Nashville

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are created out of powerful thunderstorms and can cause fatalities and devastation in seconds. They are rotating, funnel-shaped clouds that extend from the thunderstorm itself down to the ground, and generally occur near the trailing edge of the storm. Winds from a tornado have been known to reach 300 miles per hour and can be obscured by rain or low-hanging clouds, developing so rapidly that advance warning is often almost impossible.

Understanding tornadoes and their warning signs will help you prepare for tornado season in Nashville.

A tornado watch means that the present weather conditions are favorable for violent weather. Keep an eye out for these danger signs:

  • Dark and greenish sky
  • Large, dark, and low-lying clouds
  • Hail
  • Loud roar, often described as sounding like a passing train

A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground, or indicated by radar, and you will need to take cover immediately:

  • Go to the lowest, most interior area of your home or business immediately, putting as many walls between yourself and the outdoors as you can.
  • Stay away from windows, and do not open them.
  • Use your arms to protect your head, or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag/pillow.
  • Remember where very heavy objects are on the floor above, and stay away from the area directly beneath, in case they fall through.

If you are in a mobile home, evacuate immediately. At school or work, you will need to follow the established drills to protect yourself. In an office building, go to an enclosed and windowless area near the center, away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Make sure you stay off of elevators, as you could become trapped. Never try to out-drive a tornado; if you are caught in your car, get out of it and go to the nearest building. If you can’t get out, stay in the car with the seat belt on, and put your head down below the windows, covering your head with your hands, coat, or any other cushion. If you can safely get to an area that is much lower than the roadway, leave your car and lie down in that area, covering your head with your hands.

It is important to have a tornado safety plan in place at your home or office, letting your workforce and family know where to quickly take shelter.

When it comes to damages to your home or business by a tornado, hurricane or other severe weather, remember that the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need us, we will be there right away.

Preventing Water Damage in Your Basement

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

The low-lying areas of any building are always more vulnerable to water damage, whether from rough outdoor weather events or from leaks inside. You will want to take the steps necessary to guard against this kind of damage to your property, which will keep your possessions from being adversely affected as well as saving you both time and money.

Here are some tips to prevent water damage in your basement:

  • Maintain proper drainage throughout your property. Take a good look around the premises of either your home or business to make sure that you have proper drainage in place when an excess amount of water is present. Burst pipes and water mains can drive a LOT of water your way, as can flooded streets and drainage ditches, and giving all that H2O somewhere to go besides your basement is a smart move. Enlist the help of a water damage specialist if you need to make some changes, or if you have already experienced issues in your basement or other low-lying areas.
  • Maintain all equipment. If your basement contains laundry equipment or other machinery that involves the use of water, make sure that these useful tools don’t become a liability due to poor maintenance. Pipes and water connections need to be regularly assessed since a tiny leak can become a big one really quickly, creating huge issues for you as a home or business owner.
  • Maintain the roof. If your roof springs a leak, the water can end up in the walls and travel all the way down to the basement. Once this area gets and stays damp for too long, a mold colony can take hold, and that is a whole new conversation. Regular roof inspections and repairs are one of the most effective steps you can take to prevent water damage in your basement. It will keep walls, windows, and floors safe, too.

When it comes to water damage in your Nashville home or business, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are experts in the areas of fire and water damage, and we are also mold remediation specialists. We’ve got you covered!

What to Expect From a Fire Damage Restoration Project

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

A fire damage event is difficult for the home or business owner on many levels, and the restoration process that follows can be intimidating. Today we are sharing what you can expect from a fire restoration project. Each fire event is a little different, and each will require a unique solution, although the overall general process stays the same. The steps we are listing below will illustrate the SERVPRO process for the average fire damage emergency.

  • Emergency Contact. Your restoration process begins the moment that you contact us. Our representative will ask you questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us to respond with the appropriate equipment and resources for your particular situation.
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment. Our team will carefully inspect and test all the adjoining rooms of your home or business to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is vital to us, allowing us to develop the perfect plan of action for your property.
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service. Fire damage will often compromise the condition of windows, walls, and roofing. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we will board up missing windows and walls, and place tarps on damaged areas of the roof.
  • Water Removal and Drying. If water damage is present, the water removal process will begin almost immediately, with the goal of removing the majority of the water. Our team will then employ dehumidifiers and air movers to remove any remaining water and complete the drying process.
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot From All Surfaces. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and all other surfaces.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. Our team uses a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to the condition they were in before the fire. We are also trained to remove lingering odors, using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
  • Restoration. This is the final step - getting your home or business back to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, installing new carpet, or painting surfaces, or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various rooms or areas.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are ready to help if your Nashville home or business suffers from damage due to fire or water. You can also count on us when it comes to mold remediation and prevention.

A fire damage event is difficult for the home or business owner on many levels, and the restoration process that follows can be intimidating. Today we are sharing what you can expect from a fire restoration project. Each fire event is a little different, and each will require a unique solution, although the overall general process stays the same. The steps we are listing below will illustrate the SERVPRO process for the average fire damage emergency.

  • Emergency Contact. Your restoration process begins the moment that you contact us. Our representative will ask you questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us to respond with the appropriate equipment and resources for your particular situation.
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment. Our team will carefully inspect and test all the adjoining rooms of your home or business to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is vital to us, allowing us to develop the perfect plan of action for your property.
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service. Fire damage will often compromise the condition of windows, walls, and roofing. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we will board up missing windows and walls, and place tarps on damaged areas of the roof.
  • Water Removal and Drying. If water damage is present, the water removal process will begin almost immediately, with the goal of removing the majority of the water. Our team will then employ dehumidifiers and air movers to remove any remaining water and complete the drying process.
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot From All Surfaces. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and all other surfaces.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. Our team uses a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to the condition they were in before the fire. We are also trained to remove lingering odors, using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
  • Restoration. This is the final step - getting your home or business back to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, installing new carpet, or painting surfaces, or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various rooms or areas.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are ready to help if your Nashville home or business suffers from damage due to fire or water. You can also count on us when it comes to mold remediation and prevention.

CLEANING YOUR HOTEL CARPETS

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

The dirt and germs that will accumulate in your hotel carpeting accelerate the wear-and-tear it will experience from all the foot traffic and baggage wheels, and the overall clean impression you want your hotel to give your guests is going to be negatively affected. Today, we would like to share a few simple tips to help you protect your carpet investment in addition to all the regular vacuuming and deep cleaning you already do.

SPOTS AND STAINS. Remember that there is no real difference between the two. All that it takes for a spot to become a stain is to forget about it for a while. A spot should be immediately blotted with a paper towel or other absorbent material to soak up as much of the spill as possible, and this should keep the spot from becoming a more pesky and problematic (and unsightly!) stain.

USE PRE-SPRAYS. Carpet cleaning chemicals can leave behind residue that will actually collect even more dirt. The next thing you know, your carpeting is a dingy mess. Only properly diluted chemicals that break down these stains and rinse clean should be used for spots. Allow your pre-spray to penetrate the spots for a while so that they can do their work.

HIGH-QUALITY EQUIPMENT. Regular cleaning, such as daily vacuuming, can vastly reduce your need for deep cleaning when it is done with high-quality equipment. Shop for properly dated filters and backpack vacuums, and remember that correctly completing periodic deep carpet extraction cleaning in your hotel is essential to keep carpeting dry, which prevents mold growth.

PRE-VACUUM. Carpeted areas need to be vacuumed daily, which allows dirt to be easily removed before it has time to get wet and become embedded in your carpeting.

TRAIN YOUR TEAM. Make sure your team knows how to clean your hotel carpets correctly. The most efficient way to ensure that your carpeting lasts is to establish a routine maintenance plan that is executed by properly trained cleaners.

PROFESSIONALS. Call a professional cleaning company to come in and help you when it’s time for large-scale deep cleaning of your hotel carpets. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have the training and expertise to get your hotel carpets fully cleaned and looking like new in a timely manner. We are water and fire damage experts, and we are fully equipped and ready to handle mold remediation.

UPDATING YOUR BUSINESS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

You know that flooding, fire, and extreme weather can happen to a business at any time, and the structures and contents can easily be negatively affected. Staff can become injured or find themselves in dangerous situations, and these are scenarios you will want to be able to prevent or be ready for. You probably have an emergency preparedness plan in place, but when is the last time you looked it over? Updating your business emergency plan is a smart thing to do on a regular basis so that you will always be prepared:

  • PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE. Make sure that all areas around your buildings are kept free from flammable materials and that landscaping is trimmed well on a regular basis to prevent fires from spreading if they occur. If you have replaced doors or windows lately, don’t just assume that they are properly sealed. Parking and entrance/exit areas need to always be clear and safe, in case of a disaster. Your emergency plan should include steps that need to be taken ahead of time that will lessen the effect a disaster could have. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, low-lying spaces are going to be in danger. Keeping these areas in good repair before a flooding event occurs will go a long way towards avoiding bigger issues.
  • EVACUATION INFORMATION. State law requires that you post an evacuation plan in a visible place for your staff and customers, and this needs to be up-to-date, with any floor plan or grounds changes noted.  Make sure that your employees understand it and know how to carefully guide clientele to safe areas should a disaster occur.
  • CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION. Update your phone and email contact info monthly, so that all employees can be effectively alerted to important information whether they are at work or at home, should a disaster event occur.

Our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is ready to help with water and fire damage, and we are proud to be mold remediation experts. Our professional damage restoration company is an important and welcome resource during tough times; we are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner as well as keep you and your workforce out of harm’s way.

PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SUMMER STORMS

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Summer storms in Middle Tennessee can bring torrential rain, which brings with it the threat of flash flooding. Severe thunderstorms are also something to be prepared for, with the lightning, high winds, and possible tornadoes they bring. Being prepared for summer storms will keep you, your workforce, and your place of business safer. If you are adversely affected, you will be able to recover more quickly, too.

A strong response plan is the best way to prepare your business for those summer storm events, and it starts with communication. When a storm hits, communicating with your customers and employees will be vital; they need to know how you will handle the situation. Are your operations reduced, or will you close completely?

Another important part of your response plan is the way you will be protecting sensitive information, such as customer and financial data. Having an off-site backup location is crucial, in case of major damage to your premises or computer systems.

The goal of your response plan should be to get your operations back up and running normally as fast as possible. If it looks like you will be facing a long term disruption, you will be glad of a contingency plan. Creating one will help support your business during an extended period of recovery or reduced operations. If your physical location is destroyed by a summer storm and your workforce is able to do their jobs from home, that will be a huge plus. Think through all the possible issues and have a plan in place that will allow you to conduct your business as close to normal as you can.

These are just a few ideas to get you started in your summer storm preparations. What your business needs will depend on the type of work you do, mostly. Planning ahead for your unique work situation will help you, well….weather the storms.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have years of experience in storm and water damage. We also handle the aftermath of fires and severe flooding. Call us today for help in preparing your business for summer storms.

RECOVERING FROM FIRE DAMAGE TO YOUR HOTEL

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can cause real damage to your hotel, and whether or not your business survives the disaster is going to be determined by the actions after it’s all over. Today, we share some tips to help you recover from fire damage to your hotel:

Documentation. Avoid costly mistakes by documenting everything; maintain a log of all contacts and phone calls so that you can keep track of everyone you speak with, when you talked with them, and what was discussed. Begin collecting receipts to document any expense that you incur during your business’ recovery period.

Insurance. Reach out to your insurance agent immediately to report your losses. Prompt action may help you avoid delays and missed deadlines, which will keep you from getting your hotel back up and running.

Security. Any unoccupied portions of your hotel can be targets for thieves or vandals. Call your local police department and request extra patrols of the property and the surrounding area. Depending on how much time your police department can commit to your premises, you may find it necessary to arrange for private security to protect the property.

Safety. Keep your guests safe and prevent further damage by having utilities serving the damaged areas turned off. Gas and electricity should be turned off at the meter; water can be turned off at the main valve. Do not resume use of any utility until it has been inspected and cleared by a professional or representative of the utility company.

Caution. While you would like to get your hotel running normally again as quickly as possible, it is vital to proceed with caution in the immediate aftermath of a fire. It can be tempting to rush into remediation and repairs, but acting in haste can be an expensive mistake. Contact experienced professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville; we have the knowledge and resources needed to restore your space properly.

Fire damage is especially devastating for a commercial property or business. Every hour spent restoring your business back to a pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we know how to deal with smoke, fire damage, and water damage, and we are available 24 hours a day.