THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOUR CONDOMINIUM SPRINKLER SYSTEM GOES OFF
The overhead sprinkler system in your condominium complex is there to keep everyone safe from possible fire damage, and there’s no question that everyone is glad it’s there.
However, when it does go off, there is always a mess to clean up. As a smart property owner, you know that it is important to handle any sort of water issues immediately so that you can avoid the costly problems that can arise from damp property, such as mold and mildew. Keep in mind that any intense heat will cause your sprinklers to discharge, and the sprinkler heads contain a temperature-sensitive mechanism that can only be activated when the temperature at the sprinkler head exceeds the allowable range. There is always the possibility that the sprinkler system will be triggered by high heat itself, in addition to an actual fire. You will also want to make sure that residents know never to hang items from the sprinkler heads, as this can damage them, as well as cause them to go off unexpectedly.
Here are a few cleanup tips to consider when cleaning up after your overhead sprinkler system goes off:
- Prompt professional assistance following a sprinkler discharge could be vital in saving your property and your residents’ belongings from permanent damage. Your actions in the first 24-48 hours can save you significant time and money and eliminate subsequent mold growth.
- Professional followup will also be a big help when it comes to odors, and they can evaluate the water damage and potential for mold growth in hidden areas as well as ensure that any affected building materials are dry prior to work area rebuilding.
- We recommend that you hire an independent water damage and mold remediation expert to represent you during planning, response, and closeout, and work together with their insurance carrier.
- Water within the sprinkler system is stagnant and non-potable, and the water picks up and absorbs oils and other contaminants within the piping, resulting in discoloration and odors from its sedimentary state. Cleanup actions typically not only involve moisture remediation but also involve surface cleaning from stains as well as additional measures to alleviate odors.
- Prompt action for cleaning is essential when it comes to fabric and textile items that have been affected to minimize permanent staining and damage.
If your condominium complex has been affected by water damage, whether from an overhead sprinkler system, flooding, or leaks both large and small, here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are ready to help right away.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HOTEL FLOODS
No business owner ever wants to experience any type of flooding; floods are messy, expensive, and time-consuming. Floods can also be dangerous, especially to someone whose business is in serving people, such as the owner of a hotel. Whether flooding comes from a pipe or equipment malfunction or from bad weather, there will be many issues to be handled, and we know you want to be prepared. So today we are sharing a few things to think about if your hotel experiences flooding:
Your guests. The safety and well-being of your guests, both those who are already staying with you and those you are expecting, is going to be at the top of any list. If the flooding is merely an inconvenience, take steps to ensure that your guests are moved to unaffected accommodations within your establishment, or partner with a friendly area hotel to make sure their needs are met. If the flooding is significant, you will want to make sure that everyone is out of harm’s way, first and foremost. Once you have determined that the flooding will not affect anyone’s physical well-being, you can take steps to handle the belongings that your guests may have had to leave behind.
Your premises. Call in professionals if necessary to get you back up and running, ready to do business. Any time spent on cleanup is going to be time you are not spending working your enterprise, so think carefully about that before you try to do it yourself, with the intent of saving money. You might not actually save money that way!
Your future business. News will get out, so you will want to handle that right away. If the flooding was due to equipment failure, make sure you take the necessary steps to bring your property up to the highest possible standards and advertise that fact. Flooding may have occurred due to bad weather, so you will want to do whatever you can to assure potential future guests that they will be safe from the same type of experience going forward. Improvements should be placed front and center on your social media and website so that people know you have done all that is necessary to ensure a wonderful stay at your hotel in the future.
If you experience water damage from flooding or damage from fire or mold at your Nashville hotel, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville any time, and we will be there to help you right away. We care about you and your business.
FINDING WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR COMMERCIAL KITCHEN
Your commercial kitchen is a place where water damage and subsequent mold growth and equipment failure will be a concern. Since you and your cuisine staff spend many hours in your kitchen, it’s important to make sure that this area is free from flooding and leaks.
During the closing process, part of your kitchen staff’s job should always be to check for problems and let you know right away if they find any so they can be addressed. Whether it’s a bathroom, a sink water line, or a line that connects to your cooler/freezer area, your staff will be the first ones to notice water stains, a sure sign that a problem is developing. A quick response is always best when it comes to water damage since it can lead to some pretty tough issues if it’s not taken care of right away.
You can follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your commercial kitchen:
- Check your dishwashing area for damage regularly. This area gets a lot of hard use every single day, and it’s important to assess your dishwasher space perhaps even more often than you inspect the other areas of your kitchen workplace. You’ll want to make sure your dishwashing equipment isn’t leaking water, which can create problems with your interior flooring, walls, and the valuable tools of your trade.
- Make sure your water heater is working properly. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly or if it has seen better days, have it checked by a professional and perhaps replace it. A malfunctioning water heater can flood your business and cause major property damage.
- Keep an eye on water lines to the sinks and coolers/freezers by inspecting them on a regular basis, looking for telltale drips, puddles, and hard water deposits. Some leaks are so small that they can be overlooked, and a mold colony could find it first. That’s not a situation you want to find yourself in when you own a commercial kitchen.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experienced and always ready to help with cleanup after water and fire damage and are experts in the area of mold remediation. If you happen to find water damage in your commercial kitchen, we can be there right away to help you restore your business to its best.
HOW TO REMOVE ODORS THAT ARE PERMEATING YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE
Stubborn, foul-smelling odors often remain in hard to reach or clean places in the office, no matter how hard we try. It may take an experienced and well-equipped professional to deal with the stubborn smells emanating from your office refrigerator when it has housed expired food. When odors permeate your entire office, they make the workday unpleasant for everyone, so today we’re sharing some tips that will help you remove them:
Clear the Air. Allow a stream of fresh air to flow through your enclosed spaces to get rid of bad smells. To do this, the location of your office windows will have to be near areas that offer fresh air, for example, away from dumpsters. High-rise office building windows rarely open, so any fresh air may need to be pumped in through your HVAC system.
- Open a window to allow fresh air to clear the room, lower the temperature, and reduce the humidity.
- Implement HEPA filtered HVAC filters and air purifiers in kitchens, restrooms, and offices as needed.
- Keep garbage and other trash receptacles away from the building, especially windows and doors.
Kitchen Odors. Kitchen odors often start on the inside of microwaves, refrigerators, trash cans and garbage disposals, so keep these tools clean by attending to them regularly. While your cleaning crew will typically remove your trash nightly--scrubbing out the inside of a garbage can, refrigerator, garbage disposal or microwave is generally considered a special service, carrying an additional fee. Surprisingly, there are some natural products you may find around your office kitchen that you can use to absorb or completely remove those stubborn smells, including:
- Fresh coffee grounds or baking soda
- White Vinegar
Some tips for use:
- For refrigerators, place an open box of baking soda or an open can of fresh coffee beans towards the back to absorb smells.
- For garbage disposals, freeze some white vinegar in ice trays and empty them into the garbage disposal, running it until the ice is gone. Repeat as necessary. You can also use fresh lemon or orange peels in place of the vinegar.
- White vinegar also works well with smelly trash cans. Just add some to a spray bottle, spray down the inside and outside of the can, and allow it to soak for about 5-10 minutes before wiping it down with a microfiber cloth.
- For microwaves that have food splattered and caked along the inside, mix two parts white vinegar and one part water in a dish. Place the dish in the microwave and turn it on for a few minutes. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the inside, repeating as necessary.
- If your office break room has a dishwasher, chances are the inside is never cleaned. Two cups of white vinegar in an empty dishwasher on a full cycle should do the trick.
- Additionally, old carpet and furniture absorb large quantities of dust and different smells over the years, and you may be better off by just removing and replacing them. If you would prefer to keep them, make sure to use green cleaning and extraction tools to avoid adding to the air pollution.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we’re experts on odors. If you need help with unpleasant smells in your home or office, we’ve got the skills and experience to take care of that for you. Give us a call at (615) 442-7768 today!
WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT FOR SERVPRO AFTER WATER DAMAGE OCCURS
Here's what to do when water damage occurs.
SERVPRO will be on the scene quickly after a water damage event, but while you are waiting for them to arrive, there are some things that you can do to prepare for the cleanup.
Here is your to-do list:
- Safety assessment. This is the first order of business: making sure that affected areas are safe for anyone who may come into contact with them. If flooring has been affected, for example, you will want to ensure that it is safe to walk on in order to avoid slips, trips, and falls or possible collapse. Look for exposed wiring, sharp edges, and sharp objects, too. Make sure all the people who are in the home or business are safe and accounted for, and see to any needs that may come up.
- Take stock of the damage. Get your camera or smartphone out and take pictures of all the damaged areas and belongings. This will be helpful to have on hand for your insurance person. Make a folder just for the water damage event, and keep all the photos there. If you need to, you can add descriptive notes as to what the area looked like before the event occurred, as well as any helpful notations that may seem important.
- Insurance. Contact your agent and let them know what has happened. Ask them what they require to make their assessment, and get started on providing them with whatever they ask for. Obtain a copy of your policy and make sure you have all the pages it should include. If the damage is extensive or if there have been injuries and you anticipate a claim being filed, contact an attorney who specializes in these kinds of events.
- Dry it up. If you have safe premises, it will be a good idea to start the drying process if the event is not too big for you alone. Sweep water away from corners, for example, and mop up standing water. Move any affected machinery or furniture away from the areas that will be focused on if you can do so safely.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is a team of water damage cleanup experts. We handle fire damage and mold remediation, too.
RENOVATING YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX
Renovations can save you time and money in the long run.
If it’s been a few years since you made any improvements to your apartment complex, let’s talk about getting started. You will want to complete your projects before your property becomes run-down or seriously dated. Wise renovations can also save you time and money in the long run, so with that in mind we are sharing some ideas today to inspire you:
- Energy. We all have the environment on our minds these days, and when you plan your apartment complex renovation, you will want to think about becoming more energy-efficient and earth-friendly on your property and grounds. Installing solar panels, adding top-grade windows and doors, and using environmentally-responsible products such as siding, paint, and trim are all things to consider.
- Community. Creating or enhancing your community areas is a great way to bring your complex to another level. Providing social areas, such as fire pits, barbecue/outdoor kitchen areas, and yoga spaces are a great addition to any living area. If your apartment complex already boasts communal spots, make sure they are attractive and comfortable, with landscaping and natural touches that encourage your tenants to be outdoors and enjoy.
- New Palette. If it’s time for paint, consider newer palettes. Color isn’t a bad idea today, and moving away from dull gray and beige will be a nice touch. Take a look at what’s out there and be creative.
- Lighting. Make sure all areas are well-lit for safety. Your tenants will appreciate being able to move about the property without fear.
- Security. If you haven’t already, install security cameras in strategic spots around your grounds. Doorbell cameras will also allow your tenants to see who’s come knocking, lowering the chance of a home invasion. Complete regular inspections of doors and windows and all the lock devices in each unit to prevent break-ins. Your apartment complex will thrive as a safe place to live if you consistently invest in your tenants’ safety.
When it comes to your apartment complex, we know you want it to be the best it can be. It’s just good business. The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always ready to help with all your renovation needs.
TIPS TO AVOID MOLD GROWTH IN YOUR BATHROOM
Keep your bathroom free of mold!
Avoiding mold growth in your home is usually at the top of any housekeeping list. It’s unhealthy, unsightly, and often dangerous—especially to those with respiratory issues, the very young, and the very old. Even the cleanest home can end up battling this organism. Today, we are sharing a few tips that will help you avoid mold growth in the dampest room in the house: your bathroom.
- Wet things. Encourage those you live with to keep wet towels and clothing off of the floor. Install hooks to make it easy to remember—if there are children in the house, it will be fun for them to have their own hooks at just their height. Fun and colorful child-friendly hooks are easy to find, and they will make this household project simple to enforce.
- Wet walls and doors. Drying the shower door, the bathroom door, and the walls themselves, if they are damp, will be a smart step in the battle against mold. A colony can be established within 24 hours, so you will want to make dry walls and doors part of your daily routine, especially if you live in a more humid environment.
- Dehumidifier. Using a dehumidifier in your bathroom, especially if it sees heavy traffic, will be a huge help in creating conditions that mold spores don’t like.
- Materials. If you are planning a bathroom re-do, choose mold-resistant materials. There are many available on the market today so it shouldn’t be hard to find what you need at your local hardware or DIY store.
- Cleaning products. Choose cleaning products that are sure to keep all surfaces clear of mildew and mold.
- Closets. Dark areas, such as closets and under sinks, should be checked every time you clean to make sure there will be no unpleasant surprises. Even the smallest leak can contribute to an environment that mold enjoys, so if you find one, fix it right away and dry the affected area thoroughly.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is proud to be experienced in the area of mold prevention and remediation. Call us today for a consultation.
PREPARING YOUR YARD FOR STORM DAMAGE
Preparing a little goes a long way!
Storms are a normal part of life here in Middle Tennessee, and they can cause a lot of damage. It’s always a good idea to be ready for whatever may come so that your property and belongings will be safe in any kind of weather. Here are a few ways you can prepare your yard for storm damage:
- Landscaping. This is probably one of the most potentially dangerous parts of your yard when it comes to storms. Large trees that come down unexpectedly and branches that break off and are thrown in the wind can wreak havoc. Your windows, vehicles, and even your loved ones can be hurt by this kind of activity. Make sure the trees in your yard are properly cared for and trimmed back in anticipation of heavy weather. If a tree looks unhealthy, have it removed before it hurts someone.
- Trash. Larger items to be disposed of by the city should be in an area where they can do the least damage if winds pick them up. When these items are being piled up for disposal, place heavier items on top of lighter ones to lessen the chance that they get carried off.
- Lawn furniture. Designate a secure place to store your lawn furniture and umbrellas if bad weather is coming. A lawn chair can easily become a danger if it is carried about by high winds.
- Roofing. Inspect your roofing, rain spouts, and rain gutters before heavy weather hits to make sure everything is in good shape. High winds will tear off anything that is not secure and can lead to large leaks and long-term issues.
- Sheds. If you have a free-standing shed in your yard, give it a good once-over to ensure that it can withstand bad weather. If it is not secure, it could actually be blown across your yard or into your neighbor’s.
- Tools. Remove yard work equipment, such as shovels, rakes, and hand tools, and place it in a secure spot ahead of bad weather.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you get prepared for storms and other events. If you obtain damage from flooding, storms, or fire, we have all the expertise necessary to get things back to normal.
COMMON COMMERCIAL RESTORATION PROJECTS
Restoring commercial spaces often requires expertise.
Restoration projects for your business are going to be quite different than those you consider for your home. Your business projects will require the expertise that is necessary to deal with machinery and other specialized business equipment, so you will have to work with professionals—preferably professionals that work with a company that has a reputation for responding quickly if you experience a disaster event, such as flood, fire, or heavy weather-related issues. Every hour spent cleaning up your commercial property after a disaster is an hour lost when it comes to revenue and productivity, and it’s just good business to work with the best and the fastest in the restoration field.
SERVPRO is just such a company. Nationwide, we have handled large commercial loss for many types of clients, which include:
- Hospitality Industry
- Property Managers
- The Pentagon
We are proud to handle smaller situations, too. Our Nashville neighbors can always count on us! Whether you own a manufacturing business, an apartment complex, or a sales warehouse and showroom, we can be onsite to assist you with any restoration project quickly and get the job done correctly.
When it comes to your business, you may face restoration projects at times that will include:
- Flood Damage
- Fire Damage
- Inclement Weather Damage
- Damage from Equipment Failure
- Damage from Vandalism
- Damage from Accidents
- Damage due to Aging of Property
These types of restoration projects are ones that we unfortunately see often in the commercial business world, but we are trained and ready to help, 24/7.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are experts in restoration for businesses that experience a fire event, flooding or violent weather. We are also industry experts in mold prevention and remediation. Call us today for assistance with your commercial restoration projects.
DIFFERENT SOURCES OF FIRE DAMAGE
When it comes to fire safety, there is a lot to think about, no matter the time of year. Each season brings its own fire challenges, and summertime is no exception. You’ll be spending more time enjoying the outdoors and the beautiful weather with friends and family this time of year, and you want everyone to be safe. With that in mind, today we are sharing different sources of fire damage.
- Campfires and firepits. These two items are a big part of summer for most of us. Who doesn’t love sitting around a fire, enjoying a beverage and telling stories under the stars? However, it’s also a potential source of fire damage. Make sure you have an operational fire extinguisher at hand and that you know how to use it. If you have children around the fire, teach them early on how to practice fire safety.
- Fireworks. It’s not unusual for people to ignore fire safety on the Fourth of July. Many cities have actually banned the use of fireworks within city limits, but often these bans are ignored and fire damage is the unfortunate result. Be wise and careful, and encourage those you love to adhere to fire safety ordinances.
- Trash. Summertime requires yard cleanup and landscaping, and branches and other things can sometimes end up sitting in places they should not. Make sure you arrange for the pickup of all your trash, and place it in an area where it is unlikely to cause fire damage from a stray match or other sources of flame.
- Electrical. If you have electrical cords running to equipment in your yard or free-standing garage, make sure they are in great shape, insulated properly, and that there is no overloading of electric sources.
- Lightning. This is a source of fire damage that we can’t control. Be safe, and stay indoors during a storm that brings electrical activity with it.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is highly trained and experienced in the areas of fire and water damage. If you have experienced damages from a fire, call us today and let’s get you back to normal! We are also mold remediation experts.