MOLD GROWTH PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX TENANTS
To protect your apartment complex investment, you will want to educate your tenants on best practices when it comes to mold growth prevention. For every new tenant, provide them with information about how to best prevent this issue, and renew the information for every tenant on a yearly, or even twice-yearly basis, especially in a humid climate such as the one we have here in Middle Tennessee.
Mold spores are always in the air, and they spread easily. Able to grow anywhere, mold cannot ever be completely eradicated, and it can be found on carpet, clothing, food, and even inside walls. Wherever moisture can be found, mold likes to be there. Therefore, educating your tenants on moisture control is going to be the best practice to prevent mold growth in your apartment complex.
Communication. Let your tenants know that if they see a problem or a potential issue they are to let you know right away. Perhaps you can offer a rent discount for those who identify something serious as an incentive. It will save you a bundle in the long run, so why not? Water stains, leaking water heaters, condensation on windows - these things can point to a potential issue, and mold is just waiting to establish a colony there!
Drying. Encourage your tenants to use fans and dehumidifiers in their units, especially after wet weather. Let them know that leaving wet clothing and towels on the floor can cause a problem, as well, and advise them to empty washing machines immediately.
Indoor plants. Mold loves the leaves of indoor plants, and the moist soil is a perfect mold breeding ground. It can then spread throughout the apartment. Don’t make your tenants get rid of these beautiful household items; they are aesthetically pleasing, and they help to keep indoor air clean, after all. Instead, encourage people to clean the leaves of their plants regularly and to monitor standing water. Taheebo tea is a great product to use here; the oil of this tea is able to withstand fungi even in the rainforest, and it can help to prevent mold growth in plant soil. Your tenants can find this amazing natural product at organic food stores.
Educating yourself and your tenants on mold prevention will go a long way towards preventing a colony from establishing itself. In the event that a problem occurs, however, contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for help. We are mold remediation specialists!
SCHEDULING REGULAR CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS
You know that in a competitive business environment, it is essential for you to always put your best foot forward. From your customer service to your networking practices, you are always thinking about your enterprise and promoting what you do.
The appearance and condition of your physical property speaks volumes about you as a business person. When a client comes to see you in your place of business, their first impression of what you do will be what they see.
If your entries, walkways, and landscaping is top notch, they will notice. If they aren’t, they will notice. Is your waiting area comfortable and cozy? Do you have proper lighting, or do you need to change a bulb or two? Are the chairs in good repair, or do they need a cleaning? Perhaps they should be replaced. When your customer uses your public restroom, will they be surprised by the space? And if they are, is it a pleasant surprise? Or are your bathrooms places no one wants to go into? Your client will see all this, and act accordingly. If you haven’t been paying enough attention to your property, you will probably pay a price, and that price will be lost business.
When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, many business owners find it a challenge to make time to get it done, and that’s understandable. You are busy running your enterprise - we get it!
A professional cleaning and restoration company can sit down with you and create a schedule for routine cleaning and maintenance that will be perfect for your business. They can come in and assess what needs to be done, and then do it. No more concerns about the little things like light bulbs or dirty walkways, and if the carpet needs to be deep cleaned, they will schedule that with you and take care of it while you do what you are best at.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is experienced in cleaning and maintenance, and we have the expertise necessary to get the job done, and get it done right. We are experts in water and fire damage, and we handle mold remediation, too.
CLEANING SMOKE DAMAGE OUT OF YOUR KITCHEN
The damages that fire can cause are, of course, significant and devastating. Smoke is a big issue as well, and very hard to get rid of. In the event of an oven or stove fire in your kitchen, you can be left with a mess that requires the help of professionals who know how to deal with the residue left behind, and that smell. It’s not as easy as just opening a window and letting it all air out, unfortunately.
The acidity of smoke and soot can make them difficult to remove, and they contain particles that are harmful to breathe, so it is going to be essential to clean the smoke damage completely out of your kitchen as soon as possible.
There are a few things a homeowner can do themselves to alleviate smoke damage using items found in most homes, such as rubbing alcohol, vinegar, degreaser, and hot water. You will need one item that isn’t normally in your closet, and that is a dry-cleaning sponge.
Open all windows, even if it’s cold outside - ventilation is essential. Use fans, if necessary, to get air moving, and turn off your HVAC system to prevent the spread of the smoke and soot and their harmful particles.
Make sure you wear protection for yourself, such as long pants and long sleeves. Gloves and eye protection are important, as well, since you will be freeing soot as you clean. Lay down floor protection and remove furniture that is not damaged. You may be able to cover items with plastic if the area affected is small, but if it’s the whole kitchen it will be wise to simply remove everything and seal off undamaged areas. If the damage is too severe for you to handle, be sure to contact a licensed professional.
Remove loose soot particles with your vacuum, using attachments. If you have a shop-vac, that is best.
Next, using the dry-cleaning sponge, wipe up soot and smoke stains. These sponges have special chemicals in them to lift stains, so they are best for the job. Never use water or cleaners before you use this sponge, or soot will be spread all over and be impossible to remove. As the sponge gets discolored, you can slice the used parts off with a knife to get a fresh start, but make sure you aren’t using a dirty sponge - that will be counterproductive.
At this point, you can use a clean rag and any cleaning agents you have on hand. Soak your rag in the preferred cleaner and wipe all the walls throughout your kitchen, whether you see soot or smoke damage or not. Wipe down light bulbs, too. After this, soapy water should be used to wipe down everything. Refresh your water throughout the process. Once you’ve finished, you will want to wash everything down with clean water, just to be sure.
After your kitchen is clean, you will want to dry all the surfaces, and run fans, too.
This is such a huge job that you may find it necessary to call a professional for help. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville we have the expertise necessary to help you recover your kitchen from smoke damages.
SPRING STORM DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS
In Middle Tennessee, Spring is very welcome. After all the gloomy, cold days and nights, it’s great to see the sun again. The surrounding hills are green, and flowers are everywhere! We are all anxious to get outside and have some fun.
Spring also brings with it some stormy weather, though, so you will want to be prepared for that. Damages to your home and other properties can make you forget the joy that this season brings with it, so let’s talk about some Spring storm damage prevention tips:
Landscaping. A thorough cleaning of your landscaping for your home or business is in order after harsh winter weather. Some plants and trees will have suffered, and some may not have made it at all. Removing dead branches and trees or other large vegetation will prevent damages in a storm from flying debris.
Drainage. Make sure your property enjoys proper drainage; often the ditch system will be full of leaves, branches, and other debris from the winter, and when water starts running, this can present a problem. Floods, even small ones, are very damaging to your property and can become dangerous very quickly.
Roofing. Have a thorough inspection done of your roofing. Loose shingles, cracks, or damage from excessive moisture made by melting snow or ice can weaken your roof’s ability to keep water out. Make these repairs right away; if you need a new roof, don’t put it off!
Doors and windows. Take a good look at all exterior doors and windows to make sure they are in good repair and fit properly. Are they well-sealed against the coming wet weather of Spring? Did they sustain damages from winter? If so, schedule repairs soon before spring storms come.
Gutters. Be sure to have your rain gutters cleaned out to prevent damages to your building through spilling water. When debris and dirt clog your gutters, the water simply has nowhere to go but into your walls when it backs up. Waterlogged walls are a great place for mold to start a colony, and that is certainly something you will want to prevent!
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are always ready to help in the event you suffer from Spring storm damages. We handle all sizes of fire or water damage events, and we are experts when it comes to mold and its remediation and prevention.
CLEANING TIPS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOTEL
Travel season is upon us, and you will want your hotel to shine! You’ve spent the money to ensure your online presence makes a good impression with excellent photos and descriptive copy, and you want your guests to continue to be impressed when they arrive for their stay.
Today we are sharing some cleaning tips to spruce up your hotel for summer vacation:
Green stuff. After a hard winter, your landscaping is probably needing a facelift. Replace any plants or trees that look like they won’t recover, and trim back everything that is left - dead branches are dangerous as well as unsightly. Plant new flowers and bushes, and maybe add pots of small trees or other vegetation around your property, too. Using indigenous species is always a good idea since they cost less money in water and maintenance, and they won’t harm the environment.
Curb appeal. Pressure washing will get rid of the debris, dust, and cobwebs that accumulate during the months when everyone is indoors and brighten up the exterior of your buildings considerably. Employ professionals to come and wash your windows, sliding doors, and other glass viewing areas, as well, and let the sunshine in!
Flooring. Whether you have carpet or faux wood flooring, they probably could use a deep clean after months of wet weather. Your professional cleaning company can get the job done in record time and leave your hotel flooring looking brand new. If there are any lingering musty odors in your halls or rooms, a good floor cleaning can often remove it.
Bathrooms. Deep cleaning your hotel bathrooms is a great idea, and one that brings you immediate benefits by pleasing your guests. Your housekeeping staff is well-trained and does a great job with upkeep, but a deep clean for each space returns it to its original shine.
Walls and doors. Washing walls, doors, and other surfaces will lend your hotel the look of a fresh paint job without the expense. Over time, these surfaces get dirty, but since it happens in weeks, months, and even years, we don’t notice. But our guests will! Dingy walls and doors make your hotel look like no one cares, and that will drive your customers away.
Sprucing up your hotel will bring you repeat customers. Call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, and let’s get your project started. We handle damages from water and fire, as well as mold remediation.
RENOVATION PROJECTS TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR BUSINESS
It’s the time of year when many business owners are thinking about renovations to their holdings. The weather is warmer, and it’s going to be a lot easier to get things done now that the sun is out. Keeping your properties in good shape is important for your image as a business owner and operator in your area, so let’s get started!
Here are some renovation projects to plan out that will also prevent water damage in your business:
Roofing. Probably the single most important spot on your property to keep in good shape, especially when it comes to preventing damages from water! A quarterly inspection of your roofing is going to let you know when it’s time to for a re-do. Loose shingles, cracks, and leaks will all make an appearance after heavy weather like the weather we have all experienced this past winter, and repairing your roof during renovation is going to save you trouble and money from water damage in the future.
Pipes and water lines. Internal areas that involve water, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and some work-related spaces in some industries, are going to be due for a renovation periodically. Have a professional take a good look at all exposed pipes, faucets, and other water features as well as testing the water lines that go to the city’s system to make sure you aren’t experiencing leaks or breaks that aren’t yet apparent. A water line break can be a huge issue and disrupt your business for hours, and sometimes even days, depending on the severity.
Appliances. Your water heater, refrigerator, or freezer can all cause damages by water to your property when they fail. Replacing these items in a timely manner can prevent that, and it will give you the opportunity to choose energy-efficient models, as well, which will save you money while giving back to the earth.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we can be on the scene of a water damage emergency right away! Call us in the event that your business experiences damage from water or fire, and remember that we are mold remediation experts.
MANAGING FLOOD DAMAGE TO YOUR NASHVILLE BUSINESS
Protecting the bottom line of your business in the event of flooding is important! Taking steps beforehand to prevent or reduce flood damages to your Nashville business is a wise business move and can go a long way towards alleviating distress and flood-related costs to your enterprise, but sometimes even the best-laid protection plans don’t stop flood damages from occurring.
When a flooding event happens, you will need to manage all the damages left behind. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team is here to help you!
Here are some tips for managing flood damages to your Nashville business:
Respond quickly. A rapid response to flood-related damages is going to be crucial in reducing secondary damages and restoration costs. Contacting a professional restoration team and getting them on the scene right away will help you stay open for business or get you back on your feet quickly.
Utilities. If your property has experienced downed telephone poles or utilities have been affected, contact your local authorities right away and let them know what is happening. They will be recording affected properties and areas to schedule service, so this will help them to plan.
People. Make sure you have connected with your workforce to see if everyone is safe. At this point, you can establish methods of completing work from home if possible so that no time is lost there.
Weather. Keep a close watch on the weather so that you are as well-informed as possible. If there are new storms coming or if any dam-releases are scheduled, for example, you will be able to plan ahead.
Documents. Hopefully, you are storing your business-related documentation in the cloud as well as in hard copy form. If flood waters damage or destroy these items, you always have your cloud copies to pull from.
If you are working on your disaster-preparedness plan, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville can help. Floods can occur at the most unlikely or unexpected times, and we are here for you whenever the worst happens. Call us today and schedule a time for us to sit down and talk about you and your business.
SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
The warmer months are finally just around the corner. Finally! And this is always the time of year that we all consider changes and upgrades to help us start fresh. You will want your business to reflect the upbeat mood of Spring with fresh and clean surroundings and atmosphere; it is a great way for your business to be inviting to your clients, customers, and workforce, too.
Here are some spring-cleaning tips for your business:
The Professionals. Any type of commercial cleaning project needs professional assistance. Connect with area services that are well-established and highly respected. Those reviews on social media platforms can actually be a big help here. These companies will come right to you, and they will make sure that your spring cleaning is done right by following your instructions precisely.
Going green. Using green products is always a good idea. These products aren’t composed of harsh chemicals, so there is no danger of negative reactions to your working environment and those with sensitivities. There are a wide variety of environmentally friendly cleaning items these days, and your customers will be happy to know that you are going green, too.
A weather eye. Whenever you plan any seasonal job, always keep an eye on the weather. It can change at the drop of a hat sometimes, making your project difficult or impossible. When you are scheduling spring cleaning services for your business, select alternate days or a full range to allow for a change of plans. Extreme temperatures can have a negative effect on some products, as well.
Working together. Every member of your team has something valuable to add. When planning for the spring cleaning of your business, ask for input from everyone. Perhaps there is something they have noticed that needs attention that has escaped you, or maybe they have a perspective on how to streamline the process that will help you avoid work disruptions. Teamwork will help any project get done faster and more efficiently, and a cleaning job is no exception!
Contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville and let us be a part of YOUR team to help you with your business spring cleaning.
THE ADDITIONAL COSTS OF FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT
Fires are devastating and can cause major damage to your home or business, which can often require you to hire licensed professionals to make the repairs. The extent of the damage will all depend on the fire itself, how it started, and how long it burned, and how it was put out. A few determining factors when it comes to fire damage restoration cost will be:
- The number of affected rooms
- The amount of damage
- Repairs needed
It is estimated that fire and smoke restoration will cost approximately $4.50 per square foot, so for a 2,600 square foot home, this adds up to about $12,000. You probably also know that water damages will be extensive, since this is what is often used in the fighting of the fire. Water can damage walls, floors and furniture, and if not handled quickly, the damage can get worse over time. In addition, mold can easily take hold in damp conditions.
There are a few additional costs of fire damage restoration that you might not know about, such as:
- Soot removal and cleanup. Soot can build up on curtains, walls, and carpets, and can cost anywhere from $2,000 - $6,000, depending on the size of the home or business.
- Cleanup of burnt materials. All the materials that have been burned and are no longer usable or are obstructive will need to be removed by professionals, and this additional cost can be $50-$100 per pound.
- Smoke damages. Clothing, carpet, and draperies absorb smoke, and the strong odor left behind will only get worse over time. Cleanup must take place at the source, and only after soot and water damage are removed. Thermal fogging and Ozone treatment are two of the most common methods, and can cost $200-$600.
- Air ducts. Vent and duct cleaning will prevent lingering odors from spreading.
In the event of a fire at your home or business, call the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals for help with fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, and so much more. We are here to help.
TOP SOURCES FOR COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE
Planning ahead can keep your commercial property safe from water damage. Just keeping an eye on the places where water can become an issue for your business will help you stay ahead of the game. Some of the top sources for commercial water damage can include:
- STORMS: Winter and Spring bring lots of water, either by steady rains, or ice and snow, and all that water can cause a lot of problems. Make an inspection around your place of business; are you prepared for wet weather? Take note of weather stripping and poorly fitting doors and windows and the drainage for your parking areas and entryways as well as all warehousing and manufacturing outbuildings.
- EQUIPMENT FAILURES. Unexpected events such as a burst pipe in your parking area or under a sink, or a broken or misdirected landscaping sprinkler can easily create problems by sending large amounts of water to the wrong places. In shops and warehouses, water damage can come about from broken pipes or equipment failures, such as pumps, etc.
- WATER MAINS. These kinds of situations come from circumstances that are out of your control, but you do want to keep them in mind. Make sure your parking areas and entryways can stay open in the event that your area streets are flooded due to a burst water main. You know you will have to wait for the city or county to come and correct the problem, and you want to stay in business.
- LEAKS. After wet weather, you may realize you have smaller water damage issues that you hadn’t noticed before. The roof of your office area, your warehouse, or your storage area needs to be properly cared for as well to protect your product, machinery, and office furniture from water damage through leaks and seepage.
If you have sustained water damages to your home or commercial property, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help in any way we can. We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage and specialize in mold remediation.