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How Does Our Team Train To Be The #1 In The Restoration Industry?

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

When you experience fire, water, storm, or mold damage to your Bellevue commercial property, know that you don’t have to go through it alone! As a locally owned and operated business, we serve the greater Nashville area and its surrounding neighborhoods, including Bellevue, Belle Meade, Green Hills, and West End. One of the facets of our business that we take great pride in is our training and certifications- we go the distance when it comes to learning all we can about restoration and put our knowledge to practical use when disaster strikes. Below, we have listed how we go through the certification and training process as well as the continuous education classes that we offer to improve emergency mitigation knowledge. 

What Does The Training And Certification Process Look Like For Our SERVPRO Team?

  • We first start with initial franchise training, a 15-day, hands-on course at SERVPRO’s corporate headquarters. This lays the groundwork for the SERVPRO training program and is generally for new franchise owners who want to hone their skills on restoration topics such as fire and water damage restoration. 
  • All of our employees must go through IICRC certifications, the industry-approved cleaning, and restoration checkpoints through which all disaster restoration must be followed. Employees are also taught best practices in cleaning techniques and mold remediation and take courses in fire and water restoration so that our team is prepared for when the unpredictable happens. 
  • Our staff also has access to e-Learnings and Continuous Education courses designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Video presentations and reference materials are available to study on a self-paced, flexible basis. After every module, the lessons are broken down into tests to assess proficiency. Becoming skilled at high-quality restoration doesn’t happen overnight!

What Other Honors Have We Received Showing Our Dedication To Being The Best In Restoration?

  • It’s no secret that fire and water damage restoration are the cornerstones of our business! We prove it to you by having FSRT (Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician) and WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician) certifications in our belt. We are committed to the health and safety of our employees and clients!
  • In Belle Meade and West Nashville, our franchise was awarded the Top Franchise for Growth in Middle Tennessee distinction- another symbol of our enthusiasm to help our local community!
  • We are affiliated with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, which invests in the success of the greater Nashville area- to be a part of this endeavor is to invest in our employees’ and community’s growth and well-being. 

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, every minute counts when your Bellevue home or business is affected by a natural disaster. With tornado season in full swing, we provide fast, 24-hour service, not just during tornado season but all year round! An unprecedented event doesn’t book a slot on your calendar like a client might, so we arrive on the scene as soon as we can. SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster in an emergency because we have over 1,700 franchises nationwide and Canada. Do you need us at your Bellevue property right away? Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us make what would otherwise be a trying time more manageable for you. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

These Are The Best Ways To Care For Your Belongings After Storm Damage In Green Hills

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers! But with the heavy rains that are so synonymous with Nashville tornado weather, the damage that these rains can bring with them is not something to take lightly. Storm damage often encompasses more than just exterior property damage to your Green Hills home or business; it also includes your tarnished belongings. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, our crew knows there’s more to a house than just its four walls- the belongings you own can have deep sentimental value that’s worth more than any price you put on it. We’re always here when our Nashville neighbors need us, and we provide a number of contents restoration services, listed below. 

What Kinds Of Contents Restoration Services Does SERVPRO Offer After Storm Damage? 

  • Before forging ahead, we pretest your contents to determine which items can be restored to their preloss condition. Contrary to popular belief, many things CAN be restored to their preloss condition, so we utilize several cleaning methods; these include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and immersion cleaning (which are all exactly what they sound like!)
  • We offer electronic cleanup for water-damaged devices. If you suspect that one of your devices or appliances has fallen victim to water damage, tread lightly! Do NOT try to turn on any electrical device that has been affected by water damage, as this can be very hazardous. Leave electronic restoration to the experts
  • If you thought your valuable documents post-storm damage were irretrievable, think again! While some documents may not be in a condition to be restored, many documents can be saved thanks to our highly trained team’s meticulous attention to detail. We offer document drying services ranging from air drying to vacuum thermal drying based on the level of storm damage. 



What Else Should You Know About Contents Restoration After Storm Damage In Green Hills? 

  • For items that require extreme caution to be cleaned, we offer spray and wipes, which can be effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning. 
  • You may need foam cleaning if your upholstery is involved because these kinds of fabrics might shrink or bleed if cleaned normally. 
  • Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) provides a detailed and accurate report of your belongings. This features a room-by-room inventory of your contents, with barcoding in some cases. You will get peace of mind knowing exactly what your items are worth when settling claims. This, in turn, helps you show a burden of proof when dealing with insurance paperwork. 

Our “restore vs. replace” mentality has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on items you can’t put a price on. It is human nature to attach memories to material objects because we also attach those memories to the person that gifted us in the first place. When you need contents restoration services in Green Hills, don’t hesitate to contact us at (615) 242-9391. We’ll bring your contents back to peak condition. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Here's What The Fire Restoration Process Looks Like For Your Nashville Commercial Kitchen

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

It can be a painful ordeal to bear remembering the glowing embers of a rampant fire making its way through your Nashville kitchen. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional aspect of this experience, but the idea of working through the practical aspects, including insurance paperwork, researching, and calling the right restoration company, is frustrating. Most importantly, getting back to business can be anxiety-inducing. That's why at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we give our all when it comes to restoring your Nashville commercial kitchen. Aside from restoration, we also provide commercial cleaning services and specialty building services

What Does The Fire Restoration Process Look Like In Nashville? Part One:

It's crucial to remember that while not all fire damage scenarios look the same based on the size and scope of the damage, the general step-by-step process stays the same. 

  • The emergency fire restoration starts when you contact us! Our representative will ask you a series of comprehensive questions based on your fire damage issue to know what kinds of equipment and resources to bring to your location. This helps us respond immediately and without too many hiccups along the way. 
  • A fire damage assessment will be conducted around your Nashville commercial kitchen to examine the smoke, soot, and water damage that were the byproducts of fire damage.
  • Some of the building services we offer are roof-tarp and board-up services to prevent further fire, smoke, and soot damage from compromising the roof, walls, and windows of your commercial property. 

What Does The Fire Restoration Process Look Like In Nashville? Part Two:

  • If water removal and drying are necessary, we take those steps here. By using dehumidifiers and air movers, we can remove most of the water and begin the drying process. 
  • We remove smoke and soot from all surfaces at this point. Smoke inhalation can have adverse effects on your health and irritate your nasal passage. To avoid any aggravated allergies, we use air scrubbers, thermal foggers, and deodorization agents to remove airborne contaminants and improve air quality. 
  • This leads us to the sanitation treatments we carry out to remove odors and other contaminants from your property. These OSHA-approved cleaning agents control odors from retaining excessive moisture (leading to mold!) and preventing the growth of harmful microorganisms. 
  • The final step to the fire restoration process in Nashville is the actual restoration process. Depending on how severe the damage is, restoration can involve minor repairs like replacing carpet or installing drywall or major repairs like complete repair and reconstruction of various areas in your Nashville commercial kitchen. 

While there isn't a cookie-cutter remedy to getting over fire damage because we all process these things differently, know that you have a friend in us! We are a locally owned and operated business, so we're always nearby and ready to help our Nashville neighbors however we can. We even work with your insurance company to help you manage the paperwork throughout the claims process! All you have to do is call us at (615) 242-9391. Let us handle the rest. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Pipe Burst In Your West End High-Rise Tower? Here's What We Can Do

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

The rushing gust of a burst pipe overflowing your West End building with unsanitary water is distressing when you think about the damp odors and mold that can result from that extra moisture. Contaminated water is not something to mess with, and being educated on the various types of tainted water is to your benefit so you can watch out for it and call for help when needed. It is also of utmost importance to reach out if you feel you are in murky waters (literally!) In an emergency, minutes matter, and at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, our team is known to provide an immediate response, day or night, because emergencies aren't on a set schedule! An emergency response minimizes damage and restoration costs, so time is of the essence. 

What Are The Three Types Of Contaminated Water?

  • Category 1: "Clean Water"- this type of water comes from a clean source like a faucet or a broken (pure water) supply line. If not taken care of promptly, this water has the potential to tread category two or category three territory depending on water temperature, time, and contact with sullied water. 
  • Category 2: "Gray Water"- Can be dangerous. This type of water may contain bacteria and viruses and can quickly deteriorate to category three water if left untreated. 
  • Category 3: "Black Water"- This type of water is the worst of them all, and any contact with it should be avoided at all costs. This type of water may contain microbes and other harsh chemicals and can cause health effects. 

What Is The General Walkthrough For Water Damage In West End?

  • Within one hour after you reach out to us, one of our teammates will contact you to coordinate a service run. Within 4 hours of notifying us, you will have us on the scene to conduct water damage restoration after our representative has asked you a series of questions regarding the size and scope of the damage. 
  • You'll know exactly what to expect and the anticipated outcome because our professionals will walk you through the process every step of the way!
  • We will also begin pre-testing for maximum restoration- this means we work outward from the root cause of the damage. This helps us mitigate damage effectively because water damage may not always be seen to the naked eye. 
  • By the eight-hour mark, we will give a verbal briefing to your adjuster or property manager so that all parties understand the scope of the damage before we perform cleaning and restoration services. 
  • You will also get a final walkthrough before project completion to confirm that everything is done to your satisfaction. 

Do you need our water damage restoration services in West End? At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we specialize in water damage restoration services - and this isn't our first rodeo! We have almost six decades of experience in the restoration industry, being named a Top 100 SERVPRO Franchises Member and a BBB Accredited Business. If you need us, don't hesitate to contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Innovative Ways To Combat Commercial Property Damage To Your Belle Meade Hotel

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

If you saw a well-maintained, adequately kept-up-with commercial property, what would be the first thoughts that come to mind? That this business is professional? Orderly? Proficient in customer service? The truth is that first impressions really do matter in the world of business, and a commercial property that shows its best side to the world is the one that gets noticed and makes profits. This is especially true if you work in the hospitality industry, where stellar customer service and impressions are of prime importance. If your Belle Meade hotel has been ravaged by fire, water, mold, or storm damage, immediate action must be taken for your hotel to get back to its day-to-day business operations. When you make that first call to SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, you can feel confident knowing that you are in expert hands. 

How Can Your Belle Meade Hotel Survive Commercial Property Damage Post-Disaster?

  • Some communities have a disaster debris management plan after a natural disaster. It may be wise to look into these plans and see how they can help your Belle Meade commercial property. 
  • Cleaning activities post-disaster can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. You want to start with opening all windows when entering a building
  • Before undertaking this monumental endeavor, it is a good idea to get a closer look and write down the extent of damage before the experts come on the scene, so you have a detailed report of the damage when you call the professionals and your insurance company. 



What Are Some Commercial Services That SERVPRO Can Offer You In Your Time Of Need?



It’s devastating to recover from the physical and emotional remnants of a natural disaster, and it’s stressful to continue normal business functions when your hotel is going through the restoration process. This is why we offer move-outs and pack-outs if your Belle Meade hotel requires intensive restoration, which is an organized and effective way to move out of the affected area(s) temporarily. This then leads to a quicker remodeling process and prevents further on-site damage. We also work with your insurance company to help you manage the insurance paperwork, coordinating a worry-free claims process. Whether your Belle Meade hotel has experienced a natural disaster or simply needs a good clean, contact us at (615) 242-9391. We are always happy to help our local community in any way we can! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

It's Tornado Season: Your Step-By-Step Guide To Prevent Your Bellevue Home From Storm Damage

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Music City has a way of welcoming you warmly into the heart of Tennessee, but the storms it presents are no joke. If you think it's always raining here, you're not that far from the truth. The Volunteer State is the sixth rainiest state in the US, with an average yearly rainfall of 51.6 inches. With spring looming on the horizon, storm damage is further aggravated by the balmy weather of a new season. Suppose you don't take care of storm damage right after it happens. In that case, the effects of water damage, flooding, and mold remediation will start to take root, which is why immediate action is necessary to remedy this. Below, we have listed ways to prevent storm damage to your Bellevue home and what to do if you experience storm damage this spring. 

What Are Some Steps You Can Take To Prevent Storm Damage To Your Bellevue Home? 

  • Have a "safe" room to shelter in during a major storm like a tornado or severe winds. These rooms provide a level of protection that other rooms in your Bellevue home may not. If your safe room is underground, make sure it's designed so that water doesn't gather during a thunderstorm. 
  • Reinforce garage doors with double-entry doors. Because these doors are prone to falling under high wind pressures, a good course of action involves using girts and strengthening wheel tracks to reinforce garage doors. You can also use longer hinge attachments on the frame and door to help support double-entry doors. 
  • If there are any objects outside of the home, make sure to secure those, so you don't endure trash cans, sports equipment, or gutters flying away during intense winds. 



If You DO Experience Storm Damage, What Does The Water Damage Restoration Process Look Like In Bellevue? 

  • The first step begins when you call us! Our representative will ask you a series of questions to help us understand the scope of the damage so we know what equipment and resources we need to bring to the scene. 
  • The next step involves a water damage assessment which is where we inspect the extent of damage and see how deep the moisture has penetrated all surfaces. By taking these first two steps to understand how potent the storm damage was, we're setting ourselves up for thoroughly mitigating damage "like it never even happened!"
  • Once we know where the source of the water damage lies, we remove and extract water using powerful pumps and vacuum units to promptly remove hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from your Bellevue home. This helps prevent further damage and mold damage resulting from excessive moisture. 
  • This then begins the drying process, where we gauge room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine how many air movers and dehumidifiers are necessary to dry your home. 
  • Before restoration, we sanitize your belongings and remove musty odors caused by water and storm damage. 
  • And finally, we begin restoration at this stage, ranging from installing new carpet to full-scale room remodeling in your Bellevue home. 

We hope you don't have to deal with round two of the Great Flood of 2010. Still, if you are dealing with the aftereffects of storm damage and flooding, our professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville have the resources, training, and equipment necessary to get the job done efficiently and get your Bellevue home back to its pre-storm condition. Our team knows the greater Nashville area because we are locally owned and operated, so we are nearby, and ready to help our Nashville neighbors should the need arise. Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us help you get back to normal so you can welcome a new season uninterrupted. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Top 6 Ways To Rid Your West End Home Of Smoke Smells After A Fire (#3 Is Critical!)

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

A fire having made its way through your West End home is already traumatic enough to bear. The odors that come along with it not only whisk you away to an unpleasant time, it is also detrimental to your health if you are breathing in the stale smoke smell constantly. If you need a detail-oriented group of experts to perform odor removal services, you’ve come to the right place! At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we are fire damage restoration specialists with training in fire and smoke damage, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning, and water damage (which can happen due to firefighting efforts). 



What Are Some Ways To Get Rid Of The Rank Smoke Smells In Your West End Home? 

  • Method #1: Cleaning to remove the odor source should be your first point of interest. Baking soda is a standard option that many homeowners lean towards because it absorbs odors naturally and is inexpensive
  • Method #2: You can also use activated charcoal to absorb odors by placing it in bowls around the house for several days. It would also be helpful to keep doors open for some time until the smell dissipates. (Unless the weather has other ideas!)
  • Method #3: If you’re trying to get smoke smells out of clothing, which is generally the most difficult to get rid of, adding one cup of vinegar in the wash cycle with your usual detergent is effective. However, if the smell persists, try this process again until the smoke smell is gone. 
  • Method #4: According to the FEMA website, you must have all HVAC units and ductwork professionally cleaned to remove soot, smoke, and ash residue. Having these integral parts in a home routinely inspected is critical to prolonging the life of these systems. 
  • Method #5: While you may be busy focusing on cleaning structural areas of your West End home, don’t forget knick-knacks and other items that may seem “random.” It may only be a small part of your home’s belongings, but washing and dusting these will go a long way in removing offensive smoke odors and preventing the smell from lingering.
  • Method #6: Indeed, smoke molecules left behind post-fire have a way of clinging to walls, furniture, and other areas of your West End home. If the intense smell doesn’t show any signs of leaving, you may need to hire professionals to remove airborne contaminants through air scrubbers and deodorization agents

What Procedures Do We Conduct For Carpet And Fabric Upholstery Cleaning? 

  • Each fabric tells its own story, so it may seem like all is lost when the smoke odors envelop the textiles. When you call us, you are protecting your investment because we have a host of cleaning options to match any carpet or upholstery. 
  • For short-pile carpets, we do bonnet cleaning, which is a less aggressive cleaning method. 
  • We oversee hot water extraction for all carpet types, a deeper cleaning method to rid your West End home of any smoke smells from carpets and upholstery. 
  • For deeply soiled areas, a deluxe precondition and rinse is the way to go. 
  • And many more!



When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is here for you! It’s already stressful enough to deal with the checklist of to-dos after fire damage to your West End home, and we understand. To make the process simpler for you, we even work with your insurance company to manage the paperwork when you file a claim. Our goal is to get your life back to normal as soon as possible, so when you contact us, we arrive on the scene almost immediately because we know disaster doesn’t set a schedule to make a bang. We won’t keep you waiting! Call us at (615) 242-9391 for a stress-free restoration experience. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Why Pick SERVPRO For Your Disaster Restoration Calamities In Green Hills?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

When you call SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, you know you are calling the best in restoration! As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, you can count on us to set the bar higher. We have over 1,700 franchises in the US and Canada, so we are positioned to be at the disaster scene in a matter of minutes. We also have a commercial large loss division supervised by an operations manager to ensure seamless communication and effective mitigation. We only dispatch the most trained professionals onto the scene! 

In What Types Of Disasters Does SERVPRO Specialize? 

  • Fire Damage Restoration includes smoke damage restoration, soot cleanup, and water damage from firefighting efforts. If you prolong water damage restoration, you will find mold colonies growing. You can see that damage is often a cyclical process- when one thing happens, you want to act quickly so something else doesn’t plague your Green Hills home or business! 
  • Our water damage technicians specialize in applied structural drying, odor control, and fabric cleaning services. We also use water extraction equipment and moisture detection equipment so that the musty odors from water damage don’t linger!
  • If water damage has led to mold, we have the experts ready to take care of a mold infestation! Our team is trained in applied microbial remediation, which rids your Green Hills property of any contaminants left behind by mold and stops harmful bacteria growth.
  • While predicting a storm’s path is challenging, our disaster recovery teams are trained in major storms and catastrophic events like tornadoes and hurricanes. 

What Else Sets SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Apart From The Rest? 

  • If you need property damage restoration, give SERVPRO a call! Our corporate training facilities prioritize initial training and continuous education to properly understand IICRC industry certifications.
  • Our training includes employee certification and e-Learnings to keep restoration and sanitation best practices top of mind. We also drive home the importance of professionalism and effective communication throughout these courses.  
  • Our experience in specialty cleaning services ranges from trauma and crime scene to air ducts and HVAC units. A clean home or business keeps everyone safe, comfortable, and better able to concentrate. An organized mind will reflect on your surroundings, so why not commit to a cleaner environment? SERVPRO can do that for you! 




At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we are experienced in both residential AND commercial restoration! As the Angie’s List Super Service Award recipients and cloaked with the Better Business Bureau Accredited Business title, we are committed to being an active member of this community. Being a locally owned and operated business, our team knows every nook and cranny of the Nashville area, so we’re nearby and ready to take on any of your restoration calamities in Green Hills. Whether you need us for a routine cleaning or full-scale disaster restoration, contact us at (615) 242-9391, and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.” 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

The Lowdown On Commercial Restoration Services In Bellevue

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

In the world of business, it is essential to keep up your Bellevue commercial property’s appearance. The cleanliness of your business shows your customers that you are reliable and care about the well-being of your building. A workplace that gleams and glitters is a sign of trust and reliability to clients and potential clients. Not only does a spotless workplace benefit your customers, but it also benefits your employees who will be more productive in a clean environment. Below, we have listed the scope of our commercial cleaning services, including everything you need to know about our personalized Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. 



All That Glitters IS Gold: What Kinds Of Commercial Cleaning Services Does SERVPRO Offer? 

  • The typical wear and tear of daily operations can take a toll on your Bellevue commercial property’s appearance. You may not have the time or the expertise to deep clean your office building. 
  • When grime, dirt, and moisture challenges go beyond your janitorial staff’s capabilities, it’s time to give SERVPRO a call! You can rely on us to get your workspace looking its best whether you’re concerned about odor removal or deep cleaning flooring

We also offer several specialty cleaning services, including:



What Do You Need To Know About Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned For Your Bellevue Commercial Property? 

  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our defensive pathogen cleaning program. In a nutshell, it’s proactive viral pathogen cleaning. This system goes beyond regular janitorial cleaning practices.
  • We bring a higher standard of cleanliness wherever we go because we have over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination!
  • This program is built on the 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify. 
  • We tailor a cleaning program based on your Bellevue facility’s unique needs when you consult us. 
  • Next, we get down to business by initiating an expert deep clean based on the agreed-upon plan using our proprietary EPA-Approved, Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. We also adhere to all levels of safety regulations set by the CDC.   
  • Finally, you’ll receive a shield posted on your business’s front window. This image certifies your commitment to upholding the highest cleanliness levels for the well-being of your employees, customers, and community. 



Does your Bellevue business need a good clean? SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is your #1 in commercial restoration! Being a business ourselves, we know how integral your business’s image is to the overall brand. You want to make an impact in your community, but not in a negative way. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 to learn what kinds of commercial restoration and cleaning services we provide- we’ve got everything from air ducts and HVAC to vandalism! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.  

What Building Services Does SERVPRO Offer After Water Damage?

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can come from several sources - a leaking pipe, a running faucet, a washing machine overflow, or even a natural disaster such as flooding or storm damage. While prolonged exposure to water damage leads to mold and odor issues, you don’t have to wait- call the professionals! At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to properly restore your Nashville commercial building. The water damage restoration process is three-fold: it involves the water removal, cleanup, and drying process, which we document to verify that your Nashville property has been dried thoroughly. We also work with your insurance provider to manage the paperwork for a stress-free claims process. When we’re through the restoration journey, your Nashville business will be at its preloss condition or better!



What Types Of Building Services Can SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Provide? 

  • When your business has been affected by water damage, the immediate concern should be implementing temporary measures until the experts arrive to prevent further damage. 
  • These measures can include placing roof tarps and boarding up to remove debris and secure the building. 
  • We offer a full range of building restoration services, including document drying and drywall installation to furniture restoration and floor repairs (hardware AND linoleum). 

What Does The Water Damage Restoration Process Look Like In Nashville? 

  • It is crucial to note that every water damage scenario is different, but the general process stays the same. 
  • Once you call us, a representative will walk you through the crisis and ask several questions to help us understand the scope of damage and types of equipment to bring. 
  • After we gather information, the water extraction process starts almost immediately. This is because the drywall will break down, and furniture starts to crack along with a musty odor that will overtake your Nashville property if water damage is not taken care of ASAP. 
  • Once we finish the extraction process, drying and dehumidification begin. We use specialized equipment to access the remaining water hidden in plain sight. Our knowledgeable team uses room measurements, relative humidity, and temperature to determine the number of air movers and dehumidifiers to bring for drying your property. 
  • Next, we clean and sanitize all restorable structures and items damaged by water. Our team is trained to remove odors and deodorize your property through a number of techniques
  • Finally, the restoration process begins! This means we restore your Nashville business to its preloss condition through a series of major or minor repairs



Does your Nashville commercial building need to be restored? The first step is simple- reach out to us at (615) 242-9391! With our fast, 24-hour emergency service, you can count on us to be there when you need us. We know that an immediate response mitigates damage more efficiently and minimizes the cleaning and restoration costs. Because water can easily absorb into furniture, walls, and floors, we will immediately start the water extraction process. Don’t wait for the water damage to cause a permanent stain on your Nashville property- contact us today! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

5 Smart Strategies To Maintain Your Belle Meade Property After Storm Damage

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Southern rains nourish crops and bring a much-needed refuge from dry, humid days. While a moderate amount of rainfall is good for sustenance, too much of it can have the opposite effect. Nashville is primarily known for major storms like tornadoes which often happen around this time of year. Just last year alone, Middle Tennessee experienced 45 tornadoes. It’s helpful to know how to prepare for major storms in Belle Meade and maintain your belongings post-storm damage should you encounter this situation. 

What Can You Do To Prepare Your Belle Meade Home For Storm Damage? 

  • Thunderstorm winds can cause significant damage. If you have any loose objects in your yard, it is a good idea to secure them as the wind is not gentle when throwing around these objects. 
  • Fallen tree branches can also cause severe damage. Make sure you remove weak branches and prune any other tree branches. You also want to get your car in the garage because a tree branch hitting your car would be problematic, especially if you only have minimum coverage
  • Tornado damage is the most challenging type of storm to prepare for because the winds are so extreme. If a tornado warning is issued in your area, safety first! Go to the center-most site of your Belle Meade home (i.e., your closet or the bathtub) while crouching as low as possible. Stay away from windows, and make sure water isn’t leaking through the roof. 

What Are Some Ways To Maintain Your Belongings If You Experience Storm Damage? 

  • Before storing your items, clean and dry them thoroughly! If you pack items away without basic sanitation, you can encounter mold and mildew issues. 
  • You may also want to invest in new storage boxes and packaging materials. While it may be tempting to grab readily available boxes or other forms of package materials, purchasing brand-new containers would be a better idea. If your Belle Meade home has experienced previous storm damage, it may be difficult to determine if used boxes have endured water damage.
  • Another option is looking into storm shutters, which prevent windows from breaking when debris comes into the picture. To prevent the glass from breaking, you can add shatter-resistant film or stormproof, high-impact glass. 

Recovering from the throes of storm damage is never easy. That’s why our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville provide a variety of services for post-storm damage, including a Contents Claim Inventory Service that provides a detailed and accurate report of your belongings. By taking a room-by-room inventory of your belongings, we provide better information to settle claims quickly, thereby bringing you peace of mind to an otherwise stressful time. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 to learn more about how else we can help you safeguard the keepsakes that mean the most. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Are Some Preventative Measures To Take After Experiencing Fire Damage?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

The scorching heat of a burning fire that overtook your Green Hills property is sure to bring back distressing memories. The soot, the smoke smell, the odors, the hard-to-recover belongings - the list goes on. Adding to the stress of rebuilding your Green Hills home or business is the looming task of filing a claim with your insurance company. We know how overwhelming this process can be, which is why it is better to take steps to prevent fire damage from happening rather than having to deal with the headache of fire damage after the fact. Below, we have listed preventative cleaning measures and what the fire restoration process looks like in Green Hills. Although no one fire damage scenario is the same, and each situation requires different equipment on the scene, the general process remains. 



What Kinds Preventative Cleaning Measures Should You Take To Ensure Proper Maintenance Post-Fire? 



If You Need Fire Restoration Services In Green Hills, What Does That Process Look Like? 

  • The first step starts with contacting us! Our representative will ask questions based on the extent of damage done to your Green Hills property, so we know the right way to respond by bringing the appropriate equipment and resources. 
  • Once we appear on the scene, we inspect your property to determine the extent of fire, smoke, water, and soot damage. The insights from this inspection are crucial for devising a plan of action. 
  • Next, we provide immediate board-up and roof-tarp services. This helps maintain security and prevent further damage as fire damage often compromises roofs, windows, and walls. 
  • The fourth step is to provide water damage restoration and drying services if water damage is present. Due to firefighting efforts and other restoration services, the water removal process is crucial to fire damage restoration. We use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove excess water, and from there, we complete the drying process. 
  • We will then use specialized equipment to remove smoke odors and soot from all surfaces, including ceilings and walls. 
  • Once we clean, sanitize, and disinfect all restorable items, we begin the restoration process. (Thanks to our industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment!) This can range from minor fixes such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet to major repairs such as full-scale room reconstruction to your Green Hills home or business. 




The trials and tribulations of fire damage may make it hard to figure out where to get started, but you don’t have to walk this road alone! Our specialty is fire and water damage restoration at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville. With our caring professionals who have an eye for detail and the training to back us up, you can feel secure knowing you have the professionals working with you. All you have to do is call us at (615) 242-9391. We’ll take care of the rest. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Need Commercial Restoration In Nashville? We Are The Experts!

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

The overall look of your Nashville commercial property speaks volumes about how well you maintain its luster. How your Nashville building presents itself is just as essential as the features and services it offers to existing and potential clients. If your commercial property has been affected by fire, water, mold, or storm damage, the damage sustained won’t send the right message. That’s why it’s crucial to call the right restoration company specializing in commercial restoration as soon as possible!

What Can SERVPRO Do To Remediate Mold In Your Nashville Commercial Business? 

  • Aside from being unappealing, mold can cause health effects. Even a slight roof leak or loose-fitting plumbing is enough to strengthen a mold infestation. 
  • With over 1,700 franchises in the US and Canada, we are a trusted leader in the water and mold restoration industry, thanks to our rapid response times and structured processes. 
  • We have technicians that can perform odor control, applied microbial remediation, upholstery and fabric cleaning, applied structural drying, and more

How Do Our Disaster Recovery Teams Mitigate Commercial Storm Damage And Other Major Disasters? 

  • Because commercial restoration presents unique challenges from an operational standpoint, our experienced team comes prepared! We are equipped to handle large commercial storm or water damage situations with our continuous training and state-of-the-art technology
  • The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams comprise our top restoration professionals, also known as our Commercial Large Loss Units. These specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the US to handle disasters of all sizes. 
  • A commercial operations manager supervises every large loss unit to execute commercial storm damage restoration. This ensures an open line of communication and timely mitigation.

As business owners ourselves, we bring a level of empathy and care to our restoration process because we know that an hour spent on restoration is an hour of productivity and profits down the drain. Time and tide wait for no one, they say, and playing the waiting game with restoration is never a good idea! If you need emergency commercial restoration services for your Nashville commercial property, contact our SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville team at (615) 242-9391. We’d be happy to assist you on your restoration journey! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

These Are The "Must-Know" Facts About Mold Remediation In West End

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

What comes to mind when you think of "mold?" You may think of a colony of mold that grows exponentially from exposure to moisture or maybe even the smell- the smell alone is enough to conjure up unpleasant memories! The unfortunate part is that mold is tough to remove completely, and it doesn't take much for the spores to germinate. Even a small water leak from a dripping pipe is enough to cause thousands of tiny spores to grow, taking only 48 hours for it to become a severe problem. Aside from it being unsightly, mold exposure can cause health effects which is why it must be taken care of ASAP!



Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation: Is It Possible To Remove ALL Mold? 

  • Removing all mold from your West End home or business is next to impossible because microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, indoors AND outdoors. 
  • These spores can float in the air and enter your property through windows, doors, HVAC systems, or even come in through your clothes or your pets. 
  • Keep indoor humidity under 45 percent because even humidity that's slightly higher than average can support mold growth. 
  • It's also challenging to remove all mold because molds have very broad diets. This means that they'll feed off of anything ranging from bread and cheese to that bar of soap you have in the bathroom. 

Until Help Arrives, What Can You Do For Your West End Home Or Business To Limit Mold Growth? 

If you have a mold problem in your West End home or business, consider the following:

  • Mold can be hidden behind drywall or under carpeting- a strong, musty odor may indicate this!
  • While mold can cause health effects for almost anyone, children and the elderly are especially vulnerable, so limit exposure as much as possible. 

What To Do:

What NOT To Do:

Mold is a nuisance for daily living and business operations alike. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we specialize in water damage, storm damage, and flooding, all of which are prone to encouraging rapid mold growth. If you suspect that your West End home or business has become vulnerable to mold, contact us at (615) 242-9391. We have the training, expertise, and equipment to handle all of your mold concerns! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Are You Sending Garments To An Ordinary Dry Cleaner Post-Fire Damage? Here's What You Should Do With Clothes Instead

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

It doesn't take much for a fire to damage everything in its wake. The smoke, soot, odor, and water damage typical of fire damage is hard enough to clean up, but what do you know about cleaning textiles post-fire? One thing you should keep in mind with garments after fire damage is NOT to send them to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning can set off smoke odors, making cleaning even more difficult. Below, we have listed what you should do with clothes post-fire, as well as what else you shouldn't do after a fire at your Bellevue home or business. 

What Should You REALLY Do With Clothes After A Fire? 

  • Since soot is oily, it can easily stain items, so you shouldn't touch upholstery, curtains, and other furniture after a fire. It is best to call the professionals to do heavy-duty garment cleaning, but you can also do some DIY cleaning while waiting for the experts. 
  • Some soot can be removed by holding a vacuum cleaner nozzle slightly off the surface of the textile to be cleaned. You shouldn't use the vacuum cleaner as a whole to do a deep clean of soot because it can ruin the machine
  • Removing smoke odor from clothing after a fire should also be high on your list of priorities. Unless properly deodorized, smoke can remain in clothes, carpets, draperies, and upholstered furniture. 
  • At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we use wet or dry cleaning methods as necessary to clean and maintain fabrics. It is a good rule of thumb to clean fabrics every two years whether you have experienced a natural disaster or not.  

What Else Shouldn't You Do After A Fire? 

  • Don't attempt to wash or paint any walls or surfaces without contacting us! This also goes for shampooing carpets and upholstery. 
  • If any canned or packaged food or beverage has been stored near the fire, heat, or water, do NOT use it!
  • Wiring may be damaged post-fire, so you should refrain from turning on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. 
  • Unless you've contacted a reliable repair service, you shouldn't clean any electrical appliances that have been close to a fire, water, or heat. 

Need fire damage restoration and cleaning services? SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is here to help! Our "restore vs. replace" mentality ensures that you save money while being able to hold onto precious keepsakes that are irreplaceable. Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us be a part of your Bellevue restoration journey! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Sets SERVPRO Apart From All Other Restoration Companies Near Me?

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is the restoration company for YOU! We are proud members of the Nashville community and surrounding areas. We are here for you when disaster strikes. Our goal is to get your Belle Meade home or business back to normal as soon as possible. 

What Is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned And What Are The 3 C’s That Go Into It? 

  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a uniquely SERVPRO brand that is here to usher in a new standard of cleanliness for your Belle Meade business! It is easy to remember by the 3 C’s. 
  • Consult: We tailor a unique program for YOUR business’s needs since we know that no one business is the same. 
  • Clean: This is the heart of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. An expert deep-clean is conducted based on the agreed plan. We use our proprietary EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions while always following protocol established by the CDC
  • Certify: If you see a shield posted on the front of your or someone else’s business, you’ll know that that business has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This beacon symbolizes a business’s dedication to keeping themselves, their employees, and their customers safe. You can walk into any Belle Meade business knowing that the #1 choice in cleaning and restoration has put their stamp of approval. 



What Are Some Other Qualifications That Make SERVPRO Stand Out From The Competition? 

  • We are a Better Business Bureau accredited business AND a recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award!
  • We do initial and continuous franchise training to maintain our IICRC certification to be equipped with the ever-changing trends in the restoration industry. 
  • We are a proud partner in the nationwide network of qualified restoration franchises. Our team comprises local employees who could navigate the greater Nashville area in their sleep!
  • We have also been a top franchise for growth in Middle Tennessee- so that says something!



For over five decades, we have taken pride in the quality of our work. We work in conjunction with your insurance company to make your claims process as seamless as possible. With our elite large-loss specialists strategically positioned throughout the US and Canada, you can trust that there’s a SERVPRO near you if disaster arrives. Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us bring you the highest caliber quality in our restoration. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Basement Flooded? These Are The Top 5 Things To Do Before Help Arrives

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

With the higher than average rainfall that is characteristic of Nashville weather, it should come as no surprise that Music City brings with it storm damage and frequent flooding. If your Green Hills home floods, you can trust that SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the experience and know-how when it comes to flooding. You could say water damage is the bread and butter of our business! Below, we have listed the top 5 things to do until help arrives and what NOT to do so you have both sides of information at your disposal. 

What Should You Do Before The SERVPRO Professionals Arrive? 

  • Keep children and pets away from standing waters because this is often contaminated. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
  • You can remove excess water by blotting and mopping. 
  • Move all precious objects to a safe, dry place. 
  • Keep all damaged material for proof of loss. This is useful for insurance purposes. 

What Should You NOT Do Before The SERVPRO Professionals Arrive? 

  • While there are several precautions you should take, there are also certain things you shouldn’t do; one example is leaving wet fabrics in place. If you have any furs or leather goods, hang them!
  • Do NOT use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water! Regular vacuum cleaners are not made to pick up liquids, and doing so can run the risk of electrocution and damage to your vacuum. If the flooding is minor, you may be able to use a wet-dry shop vacuum for water removal. 
  • Do NOT use TV or other household appliances. Contact with water can cause metal pathways in your TV’s circuit board to corrode, making it unusable. 
  • If the ceiling is wet, do NOT turn on ceiling fixtures. This also goes for sagging ceilings where you have to keep out of the room altogether. 
  • Do NOT leave colored items like books or magazines on wet carpets or floors. 

As always, the main question you have to ask yourself when your Green Hills basement floods would be, “is it safe to stay in the house?” If you answered “no” to that question, know that SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville offers move-outs and pack-outs to help make the remodeling process quicker while protecting items from further on-site damage. You also want to be mindful of wet materials as they can be heavier than they look. As always, we work with your insurance company for a stress-free claims process to help you manage the paperwork. If you need us, you can contact us at (615) 242-9391. We’ll bring your Green Hills home back to its preloss glory. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Everything You Need To Know About Commercial Fire And Water Restoration In West End

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

The way your West End commercial business looks on the outside is just as important as the services that it offers. First impressions can affect future opportunities, collaborations, and other important matters relating to your West End commercial property. While it may seem like a lot of pressure to keep up with first impressions, there are ways to maintain your property’s shine even after a natural disaster. If you’ve experienced fire or water damage to your West End business, you’ve come to the right place. We specialize in commercial fire and water restoration at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville! Read on to learn more about what commercial fire and water restoration look like in West End. 

What Is The Scope Of Commercial Fire Restoration In West End? 

  • While commercial fire restoration can present unique challenges, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the continuous training, expertise, and specialized equipment to get you through this devastating experience. 
  • We not only deal with fire damage when conducting the restoration process; we also tackle smoke damage, soot, and water damage as a result of a fire. 
  • The odors left behind thanks to fire damage are unlike any other. The equipment we use removes airborne contaminants and controls the air quality during restoration and cleanup. This equipment includes thermal foggers and air scrubbers. 

What Is The Scope Of Commercial Water Restoration In West End? 

If you need commercial restoration services, call us at (615) 242-9391. We hope you won’t need us so close to the Super Bowl, but we do offer rapid 24/7 service 365 days of the year because we know disasters can happen any time. We know time is of the essence to prevent the remnants from spreading exponentially. We are the commercial restoration experts! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Common Misconceptions About Storm Damage And How You Can Overcome Them

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

If you know anything about Nashville, it’s that we get lots of rain and tornadoes! On average, we get 49 inches of rain per year, according to this source. While rain is excellent for plant growth and sustaining life, it can lead to flooding, mold, odor, and more when in excess. You need the experts if this happens to you! We specialize in storm damage restoration and cleanup at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville. With speedy response times and the resources we can access from multiple franchises, you can count on us to get back your Nashville home or business “Like it never even happened.”

What Are Some Common Misconceptions About Storm Damage?

  • When disaster strikes, you may be wondering how insurance works in line with the scope of damage to your Nashville property. It is a common misconception that you don’t need to file an insurance claim after storm damage, but this is far from the truth! 
  • What you do need to know, however, is that you can’t make a claim until you’re able to document your Nashville property’s damage, which goes for any disaster, not just storms. 
  • Just because you can’t see the damage doesn’t mean it’s not there! Storms can loosen your shingles enough to create openings where water can come through, causing dents that lead to water leaks after a certain period. It is still better to call a professional to do an inspection on the extent of the damage so any further damage can be prevented!



How Can SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Help You Restore Your Contents After Storm Damage? 

We offer several contents restoration services, including:

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning
  • Spray And Wipe
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning
  • Immersion Cleaning
  • We also offer move-outs and pack-outs, which lead to a quicker remodeling process and protect items from further damage on-site. 
  • We offer electronic restorations services because electronics damaged by water are hazardous and can lead to corrosion and damage. Our qualified electronics technician will clean and inspect any damage from the outside in on a device. 

If you find yourself in need of storm damage restoration, you’ve come to the right place! Our experienced team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is on call 24/7 to promptly respond to storm and flooding scenarios with the equipment necessary to get your Nashville property back to pre-storm damage conditions. Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and know that we’ve got your back! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville For Your Bellevue Home?

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we are the restoration experts! It’s a devastating ordeal to witness the remains of a natural disaster in your Bellevue home, but you don’t have to deal with it alone. And it’s not just the damage done, there’s also a whole process with insurance that you have to go through, but that’s also something you can rely on us to help you! We help manage the insurance paperwork and process so you can go through a stress-free claims process and a seamless disaster recovery timeline so you can go back to your new normal. 

What Kinds Of Residential Services Does SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Offer? 

  • Whether you need emergency restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on our trained professionals! With advanced restoration equipment and 24-hour emergency service, you can rely on us to make your Bellevue house feel like a home again. 
  • Fire, water, and mold are paramount to our business! We are also experts in storm damage cleanup and restoration as well. 
  • We can also take on residential cleaning services, from cleaning air ducts to removing biohazard contaminants. Having a safe, comfortable living environment is what makes a home a refuge after a long day, and we are committed to helping you make that happen. 

Why Should You Choose SERVPRO As Your Go-To For Residential Restoration? 

  • Our highly trained team undergoes continuous education training to be the best in property restoration! From initial to ongoing training, you can rest assured that our staff has the industry knowledge and the IICRC industry certifications to restore your property. 
  • We are faster to disasters of all sizes! Tragedy doesn’t strike from 9 to 5, so we don’t operate on regular business hours either. We provide restoration services 24/7- even on holidays, so you can expect an immediate response time, night or day. 
  • With all the advancements in technology over the past few decades, it would be silly to continue restoration the old-fashioned way, especially when our specialized equipment can restore your Bellevue home to preloss conditions quickly, efficiently, and more reliably! We use equipment to detect, measure, extract, dry, and deodorize areas of the property so that any harmful residue isn’t left behind. 

We are proud to be an active member of the Nashville community. As a locally owned and operated business, we know Nashville like the back of our hands! If you need us, don’t hesitate to contact us at (615) 242-9391. We are always ready and nearby to help our Nashville neighbors! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Commercial Restoration In Green Hills? SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Is Here To Help!

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Every hour spent on commercial restoration due to fire, water, mold, or other disasters is another hour of revenue and productivity lost trying to get back to business. Keeping up with your bottom line can be overwhelming while getting your business spic and span for clients and leads after a disaster. That’s where SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville comes into the picture. We are equipped with advanced technology, rapid response times, and the industry knowledge to restore your Green Hills business “Like it never even happened.” Below, we will delve into the cornerstones of our business, fire and water damage, and what those restoration processes entail for a business. 

What Does Commercial Water Damage Restoration Include In Green Hills?

  • While commercial water damage can present unique challenges, like odor control, mold, and drying techniques, we have the training and certifications to manage each water damage scenario through to the end. 
  • We have technicians specializing in water damage, including applied structural drying, odor control, and upholstery cleaning.
  • We can restore what you may have thought was replaceable, from document drying to dry cleaning to hardwood floor repair!

What Does Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Include In Green Hills? 

  • Few things are more devastating than fire damage to your Green Hills commercial business. If the unthinkable happens, have us as your emergency contact so we can come onto the scene to do an inspection and fire damage assessment of the property. 
  • We will immediately provide board-up and roof-tarp services, after which we will bring in our water damage technicians to remove any excess water damage if the damage is present. 
  • Restoration will only happen after all soot particles and musty odors have been thoroughly removed, and all surfaces have been deodorized and sanitized. Our fire damage technicians specialize in these processes and smoke restoration and fabric cleaning.  



We are proud to be your Nashville neighbors! We take an active role in our community because we know how impactful a natural disaster can be on your life and your Green Hills business. If you need commercial restoration in Green Hills and the surrounding Nashville areas, give us a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re happy to help. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

The 411 On The Water Restoration Process In Belle Meade (Pay Attention To Step 3!)

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Winter weather is no joke, and if you’ve lived in Music City for a while, you know that we get a generous amount of rain, storms, and tornadoes. With this comes frequent flooding leading to many other issues, including mold and odors. Luckily, our experienced team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the training to help your Belle Meade home or business recover from water damage. Below, we have listed what to do immediately after flooding while you are waiting for us and the water restoration process as a whole. 

What Should You Do Soon After Water Damage In Your Belle Meade Home Or Business?

  • Mopping and blotting help remove excess water, a practical DIY method to utilize while waiting for the professionals. 
  • Remove loose items from the floor and prop wet cushions and upholstery. 
  • Art objects and other precious items should be moved to a safe, dry place. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks in between furniture legs and wet carpets. 
  • Colored rugs should be separated from soaked carpets. 

What Is The Step-By-Step Water Restoration Process In Belle Meade? 

  • Contacting us is the first step on the road to restoration! Our representative will ask you a series of questions to help us understand the damage better. 
  • This step is followed by an inspection and water damage assessment around your Belle Meade property, so we know the extent of the damage and what resources are needed to carry out restoration to the end. 
  • This third step is crucial: the water removal and extraction process! You could say it’s the nitty-gritty behind water restoration! We use powerful vacuum units and pumps to remove hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, preventing further damage and mold growth. 
  • It isn’t enough to remove water; the affected areas have to be dry also! Our professionals use room measurements, relative humidity, and temperature to determine the ideal number of dehumidifiers and air movers to dry your Belle Meade home or business. 
  • Before restoration can happen, cleaning and sanitizing your property is essential to rid your vicinity of unpleasant odors. We use a number of sanitation techniques to deodorize your home or business, including disinfectant and antimicrobial treatments. 
  • This is when restoration occurs: this can include minor repairs such as installing new carpet and replacing drywall or major repairs like full reconstruction of your Belle Meade home or business. 

We take several precautions during the water damage process, including documenting the drying process to validate that your property has been accounted for thoroughly. We are locally owned with national resources that we can call on at any given moment. We are faster to any size disaster because we know time is of the essence in the event of a natural disaster. Call us at (615) 242-9391, and we’ll be on the scene in minutes. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

West End Office Space Suffering From Fire Damage? We Are The Fire Damage Experts!

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Several problems plague a business post-fire damage aside from the emotional turmoil you may be going through. These can include smoke damage, soot, water damage, and musty odors that you have to take care of. Fortunately for you, this is not something you have to go through alone. Our trained team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville are THE fire damage experts with the tools and training necessary to handle damage of any and all capacities. 

What Kind Of Contents Restoration Services Do We Offer Post-Fire Damage To Your West End Office Space? 

  • Move-outs and Pack-outs
  • Electronic Cleanup
  • Document and Photograph Drying
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service

How Is SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Equipped To Handle Odor Removal? 

  • We are trained to identify and remove offensive odors as the experts in sanitation and deodorization! Since these odors can come from a number of places, both inside and out of a structure, each scenario is treated differently. 
  • SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville teaches IICRC technical classes as a part of our team’s training so that odors can be removed properly. If your odor problem is severe and persistent, masking and other short-term methods won’t cut it. 
  • Because fire damage often affects your West End office space’s indoor air quality, checking your ventilation systems regularly is essential to your HVAC unit’s lifespan. 
  • You should also check the ceilings, walls, and floors of your West End office space, because these areas are prone to dirt, dust, cooking oils, grease, pet dander, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. These contaminants are magnified through the smoke and soot odors of fire damage, so it’s vital to regularly check your ceilings, walls, and floors for the long-term sustenance of these areas. 
  • If you need a professional to examine your West End office space’s HVAC units and internal structures for additional fire damage and other contaminants, don’t be afraid to contact us- we are the fire damage experts!

Fire damage has a way of turning your world upside down, but with SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville’s expert team and quick response times, you can rest assured that you have the right people on your restoration journey. We also work with your insurance provider to help you manage the paperwork for a seamless claims process. Call us at (615) 242-9391- we’d be happy to help. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Kinds Of Residential And Commercial Services Does SERVPRO Offer For My Nashville Property?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, our highly trained technicians are dedicated to providing you with 24-hour emergency service! Our quick response times and strategic positioning allow us to be on the scene when you need us, no matter whether your Nashville property has been damaged by fire, water, or mold. Because we are a locally owned and operated business, our team knows Nashville like the back of our hand, so you know we’ll arrive at your destination on time. SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, which means we take on every project with a level of professionalism and care that is hard to find elsewhere!

What Kinds Of Residential Services Does SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Offer? 

  • With over 1,700 franchises in the US and Canada, SERVPRO is dedicated to providing quality service. 
  • You can depend on SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville for these residential emergency damage restoration services, which include:
  • Our residential services aren’t just limited to disasters- we know that life happens, kids spill drinks, etc. We offer cleaning services such as removing biohazard contaminants and cleaning air ducts. 
  • We are committed to creating a safe and comfortable living environment for you and your family. Learn more about our residential cleaning services here

What Kinds Of Commercial Restoration Services Does SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Offer? 

  • Your Nashville business’s image is heavily dependent on how you routinely maintain it. You need professional help when it’s impacted by fire, water, or mold damage. 
  • When you need professional help, we have the resources and continuous training to get your property back to business as soon as possible. 
  • Our commercial services include:

We are proud to be an active member of the Nashville community. With our advanced technology and experienced technicians, we are dedicated to making your Nashville property "Like it never even happened." Whether you need routine cleaning services or full-scale disaster restoration, contact us at (615) 242-9391, and we’ll be there- rain or shine. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Commercial Cleaning Services We Offer That Can Transform Your Belle Meade Business

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

They say cleanliness is close to godliness, and this applies to your Belle Meade business as well! Our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the training and expertise to provide commercial restoration AND commercial cleaning services so your business can put its best face forward. Below, we have listed our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned criteria and what our strategically positioned disaster recovery team can do for your Belle Meade business’s best possible image post-disaster. 

What Is The Criteria For My Belle Meade Business To Be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned? 

  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our defensive pathogen cleaning program, and it goes way beyond the scope of routine janitorial services!
  • With over 50 years of experience with biohazard cleaning, including biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can count on SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville for a higher standard of cleanliness!
  • So, how does it work? For simplicity, we remember it by the 3 C’s:
  • Consult: We know every business has unique needs- that’s why we tailor our cleaning program based on the unique demands of each facility. 
  • Clean: This is the bulk of the operation! An expert deep clean is conducted using our EPA-Approved, Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions based on the agreed-upon plan. During this process, we are conscious of adhering to the cleaning and decontamination requirements set by the CDC
  • Certify: A business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned when you see a shield posted on the front window. This beacon of sanitation tells customers that a company is doing what it takes to keep themselves and others safe and healthy. 

What Is SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team And What Can They Do After Disaster Strikes? 

  • Our disaster recovery team is composed of our Commercial Large Loss Division. To be a part of this prestigious unit, you have to be the cream of the crop in restoration. 
  • These specialists are trained in handling disasters of any size. They are strategically positioned throughout the US and Canada so that you’ll always have a SERVPRO franchise ready to help you out when disaster strikes. 
  • The difference with SERVPRO is our ability to cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor while also dispatching trained professionals. If you require a professional, SERVPRO is the one to call!

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words- the image that your Belle Meade business portrays in pictures is the image that will stick. If you need emergency restoration services or professional cleaning, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville at (615) 242-9391, and we’ll be on the scene to help you out. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How To Recuperate After Storm Damage To Your Bellevue Home

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Winter storms are neither kind nor do they come announced. It can be tough to recuperate and know where to begin with the restoration and insurance claims process. Below, we have listed our carpet cleaning and odor removal services, as well as knowing the three types of contaminated water to look out for during the recovery process. 

What Are Our Carpet Cleaning And Odor Removal Services Post-Storm Damage? 

  • No matter how high-quality your carpets may be, even the best quality carpets can show signs of wear and tear after a certain point, and especially after storm damage!
  • Some carpet cleaning services we offer are Bonnet Cleaning, Hot Water Extraction, Dry Cleaning, Showcase Premier Cleaning, and Deluxe Precondition and Rinse. 
  • We have the training and equipment required to identify and eliminate offensive odors post-storm damage. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of going below the surface to neutralize an unpleasant odor. 

There Are THREE Types Of Contaminated Water After Storm Damage? What Are They And How Can I Classify Them? 

  • Category 1: “Clean Water.” As you can tell from the name, this type of water is from a clean source, such as a faucet or a broken clean water supply line. While this water is “safer” than Category 2 or 3, it can quickly become hazardous if left untreated. 
  • Category 2: “Gray Water.” This type of water may contain bacteria and viruses that can cause illness if ingested. This type of water can come from dishwashing overflow, washing machine overflow, or toilet overflow with some urine. (but no feces)
  • Category 3: “Black Water.” This type of water is highly unsanitary- any contact with it should be avoided! These kinds of water can germinate from standing water supporting microbial growth, flooding from rivers or streams, or water from the toilet trap. 

It’s difficult to pinpoint precisely when storm season is, especially since it’s common knowledge that tornado season in Middle Tennessee is usually in March. But don’t underestimate the strength of a winter storm! Because immediate action is critical to your Bellevue home’s longevity, reaching out to us should be your first point of contact to get the restoration process started. Call us at (615) 242-9391 and let us help you jumpstart your quest for restoration in Bellevue! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Experiencing A Leak In Your Pipes? Here's What To Expect

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Happy New Year from your friends here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville! While disaster is never a good way to start the New Year, we take pride in being there for our Nashville neighbors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have prompt response times. With that being said, pipe leaks can happen, especially during winter. If your pipes are clogged or have a leaky faucet, putting off this problem will only lead to further damage. 

What To Do Immediately After A Leaky Pipe Situation While Waiting For The Professionals? 

  • Turn off your water and drain the faucets! The sooner you do this, the better chance you can minimize damage. Once your water has been shut off, you should empty your taps of any remaining cold water in your systems. This will help relieve pressure and prevent other areas in your pipe systems from freezing. 
  • Investigate where the pipes burst! This is critical because if your pipes appear to have been leaking for a while, you want to be careful entering rooms. Look for bulging ceilings and other warning signs of water damage. 
  • If you catch water damage soon enough, place buckets underneath the leakage areas. 

What Does The Water Damage Restoration Process Look Like In Green Hills? 

  • Once you've called us, the restoration process begins. While every water damage scenario is different, the general process stays the same. 
  • At this point, we will inspect your Green Hills property to determine the scope of water damage. We will also test how far the moisture has traveled to guarantee proper and complete restoration. 
  • Almost immediately after the inspection, the water removal and extraction process begins. This includes using powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds of gallons of water promptly and efficiently, which helps prevent mold growth and further damage. 
  • Drying and dehumidification are vital to removing water that is harder to access. Our professionals use room measurements, relative humidity, and temperature to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed for successful cleaning and restoration. 
  • Step 5 of this process consists of cleaning and sanitation! With the damp odors that are a noticeable side effect of water damage, our professionals provide sanitation treatments and use a number of cleaning techniques for content restoration
  • After this, we take on the task of restoring your Green Hills home or business to its preloss condition. Restoration can include minor repairs like installing new carpet and replacing drywall or major repairs like full-scale room reconstruction. 

Leaking pipes can not only lead to water damage and flooding, but odors and mold issues if not taken care of as soon as possible. Luckily for you, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville specializes in water damage restoration- you could say it's the cornerstone of our business! Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us make this process as stress-free as possible. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

These Are The Top 10 Ways To Resolve Fire Damage To Your Nashville Property

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Starting the new year right is challenging when a fire throws its weight around your Nashville property. It conjures up numerous painful memories that you want to dispel as soon as it appears. If the unthinkable occurs this New Year, you will need expert help to get your life back to normal. Below, we have listed the top 5 things you should do immediately after fire damage while waiting for the professionals and the top 5 do-not-dos, so you have a good idea of what to keep an eye out for and what to avoid



What To Do After A Fire To Your Nashville Property? 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. 
  • Change the HVAC filter. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 
  • Prop doors open and empty freezers if electricity is off. 
  • To reduce further soiling walls, woodwork, and upholstery, keep hands clean and place clean towels or old linens in major traffic areas in your Nashville home or business. 

What NOT To Do After A Fire To Your Nashville Property? 

  • The wiring may be damaged post-fire damage, so it’s imperative that you DO NOT turn on any ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. 
  • DO NOT attempt to wash painted walls and surfaces or shampoo carpets and upholstery- leave the heavy-duty cleaning to the professionals!
  • DO NOT use any food or beverages that have been near fire, heat, or water without reaching out to a certified repair service. 
  • DO NOT send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner because smoke odor may result from improper cleaning. 
  • DO NOT clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, water or heat without contacting the right people. 

After any fire damage scenario, your primary concern should be safety first! You also have to remember not to carry wet materials as they can be heavier than they look. We hope you won’t need us this New Year, but if you do, contact us at (615) 242-9391. We’ll restore your Nashville property AND work with your insurance provider for a stress-free claims process. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Why Should You Pick SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville For Your West End Commercial Property?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

You've heard the saying: don't judge a book by its cover. While this is a good saying to live by, it's often not the case when making a first impression. It is said that people have a solid impression of who you are within the first 7 seconds of meeting you. This may seem unsettling if your West End commercial property has suffered the effects of water, fire, or mold damage, but don't go into panic mode just yet! Our experienced team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the industry knowledge, training, and specialized equipment to bring your business back to its former glory but better…

What Kinds Of Commercial Cleaning Services Does SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Offer?

  • It's common knowledge that your West End commercial property will experience the natural wear and tear that gradually soils your office after a certain point without regular cleaning. 
  • Advanced forms of grime, moisture, and odor go beyond your janitorial staff's capabilities, which is why you should call the professionals!
  • We offer several specialty cleaning services, including:

What Other Qualities Make SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Stand Out From The Competition? 

  • Our Belle Meade/West Nashville team is here for you when disaster strikes! We understand when your home or business is affected by the brunt of water, fire, or mold damage, and we bring a level of care and empathy to every disaster scenario that occurs. 
  • Our specialties are cleaning and restoring commercial and residential property after water and fire damage- you could say it's the bread and butter of our business!
  • We're proud that our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. We leverage our industry knowledge to mitigate damage of all sizes and scopes. 
  • Our team maintains their IICRC-industry certification through continuing education and property damage and restoration training. We know that trends and findings in every industry are subject to change. 
  • We are also a proud recipient of the Angie's List Super Service Award!

Natural disasters are many things, but convenient timing has never been one of them! We know that every hour spent cleaning up is another hour of productivity and lost revenue. As a locally-owned and operated business, we are always here to help our Nashville neighbors during a tough time. Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us be your go-to for commercial restoration. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Easy Fixes For Storm Damage To Your Belle Meade Home

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage isn’t restricted to seasons or holidays; oftentimes, it comes uninvited, and it can be stressful to deal with the aftereffects storm damage leaves behind. But all is not lost! There are steps to take initially, but you must call the professionals after making some quick fixes. Below, we will list those steps and explain how the content restoration process works in Belle Meade. 

What Should I Do Immediately After Flooding To My Belle Meade Home? 

  • Remove excess water by blotting and mopping. 
  • After removing lamps and tabletop items, wipe excess water from wood and other furniture. 
  • Gather loose items from floors. 
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting. 
  • Remove art and other valuable objects to a safe, dry place. 
  • Place aluminum foil and wood blocks between damp carpeting and furniture legs. 
  • Prop wet upholstery and cushions for a quick drying process. 

How Should I Care For My Belongings After Storm Damage To My Belle Meade Home?

  • SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville specializes in content restoration because we believe in the “restore vs. replace” philosophy. This mindset helps you save money while also keeping any precious belongings that can’t be replaced. 
  • We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored to their preloss condition, whether the damage was from water, fire, mold, or storm.  
  • Several methods of contents restoration are utilized, including:
  • Dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning
  • Spray and Wipe
  • Immersive Cleaning
  • Abrasive Cleaning

Just this month alone, we had a tornado watch in the Middle Tennessee area, so you know that storms and tornadoes are not uncommon here. Immediate action is crucial to getting your life back on track post-storm damage with all of the repercussions that storm damage, flooding, and water damage present. Not only do we help mitigate damage, but we can also help manage the insurance paperwork to pave the way for a stress-free claims process, as we know that insurance is a key player in the storm damage restoration journey. Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us help you start the New Year off right. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Are The Differences Between Mold "Removal" And Mold Remediation In Your Nashville Home?

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth in your Nashville home is not only unsightly, but it can also lead to health effects. All it takes is a small water leak or excess humidity to spiral out of control, and within 48 hours, you could have a case of mold damage on your hands. Fortunately for you, our highly trained mold specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville have the industry knowledge, training, and expertise to manage your mold situation.  

How Does Mold “Removal” Differ From Mold Remediation?

  • Microscopic mold spores exist indoors and outdoors, so it’s impossible to remove ALL mold from your Nashville home. While it’s often advertised that mold can be totally “removed,” this is simply untrue. 
  • Mold can be remediated, however, and when exposed to water, it can quickly grow into colonies. This is why it is imperative to address any sources of water or moisture before mold remediation can begin. 
  • You can detect possible mold problem areas through their smell. Mold produces a strong, musty odor, and aside from mold remediation, our team is also trained in removing odors caused by mold damage and water damage. 

What Does The Mold Remediation Process Look Like In Nashville? 

  • While every mold remediation process is different, there are a few key steps that remain the same. The first step is to contact us! We are the mold damage experts, and our representative will ask a series of questions to make sure we have a complete understanding of your situation, so the mold mitigation process is as seamless as possible. 
  • Next, we will conduct an inspection and mold damage assessment to thoroughly inspect your property for obvious signs of mold. Although local and state laws may have a specific documentation process based on the size of the affected area, the general protocol here requires that we provide guidance on your unique mold damage situation. 
  • Once we find visible signs of mold, we use several forms of containment to trap the mold and prevent it from spreading further. We may use advanced containment procedures such as negative air chambers and negative air pressure during the cleanup process. All fans and HVAC systems will be turned off during this process to reduce the spread of mold. 
  • We use powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to regulate air filtration, which prevents the spread of mold while the mold remediation is in progress. 
  • Afterward, we remove all mold-infested materials and begin content cleaning and belongings. We use fogging equipment to remove putrid odors caused by mold and disinfect your items. 
  • Once we complete all these steps, the restoration process can begin. This can include minor reparations such as replacing the drywall, painting and installing new carpeting, or major reparations such as a full-scale reconstruction of various areas of your Nashville home. 

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we care about helping out our local community as best as we can. Disasters can happen when you least expect them. Still, because we are a locally-owned and operated business, we make it a point to respond immediately when handling a crisis. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 and let us help you get through your mold calamities stress-free. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Is The General Overview Of Commercial Restoration Services Offered In Bellevue?

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Convenience isn't a natural disaster's specialty, and especially when it happens to your Bellevue business, there's no way to be fully prepared. It's frustrating when every hour spent cleaning up after fire or water damage is one hour of lost revenue and productivity that negatively impacts your business's bottom line. Our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville are the commercial restoration experts. We can handle water, fire, and mold restoration as well as the restoration that comes after any major seasonal storm

What Is SERVPRO'S Catastrophic Storm And Major Event Response? 

  • Whether you're dealing with a tornado, flood, blizzard, or hurricane, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville can also take on specific storms. 
  • The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby in the instance that a storm strikes near you. Even if we can't predict the future, we are prepared for the unpredictable, 24/7 365 days a year!
  • We can mobilize local command centers and call upon resources from over 1,700 franchises across the US and Canada, so you know that no disaster is too big for us!

What Kind Of Clients Have We Served In The Commercial Large Loss Program? 

Some of our clients include: 

  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • Property Managers
  • The Hospitality Industry
  • The Pentagon

We also have experience restoring the following

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Prominent Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Government/Military Buildings
  • Manufacturing & Industrial Facilities




As business owners ourselves, we empathize with business owners who have suffered a loss in their commercial property thanks to water, fire, mold, or storm damage. We hope this doesn't happen to you as 2021 comes to a close, but if you need us, don't hesitate to contact us at (615) 242-9391, and we'll be there to get your Bellevue business up and running. 

Experiencing A Leak In Your Pipes? Here's What To Expect

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Happy New Year from your friends here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville! While disaster is never a good way to start the New Year, we take pride in being there for our Nashville neighbors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have prompt response times. With that being said, pipe leaks can happen, especially during winter. If your pipes are clogged or have a leaky faucet, putting off this problem will only lead to further damage. 

What To Do Immediately After A Leaky Pipe Situation While Waiting For The Professionals? 

  • Turn off your water and drain the faucets! The sooner you do this, the better chance you can minimize damage. Once your water has been shut off, you should empty your taps of any remaining cold water in your systems. This will help relieve pressure and prevent other areas in your pipe systems from freezing. 
  • Investigate where the pipes burst! This is critical because if your pipes appear to have been leaking for a while, you want to be careful entering rooms. Look for bulging ceilings and other warning signs of water damage. 
  • If you catch water damage soon enough, place buckets underneath the leakage areas. 

What Does The Water Damage Restoration Process Look Like In Green Hills? 

  • Once you've called us, the restoration process begins. While every water damage scenario is different, the general process stays the same. 
  • At this point, we will inspect your Green Hills property to determine the scope of water damage. We will also test how far the moisture has traveled to guarantee proper and complete restoration. 
  • Almost immediately after the inspection, the water removal and extraction process begins. This includes using powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds of gallons of water promptly and efficiently, which helps prevent mold growth and further damage. 
  • Drying and dehumidification are vital to removing water that is harder to access. Our professionals use room measurements, relative humidity, and temperature to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed for successful cleaning and restoration. 
  • Step 5 of this process consists of cleaning and sanitation! With the damp odors that are a noticeable side effect of water damage, our professionals provide sanitation treatments and use a number of cleaning techniques for content restoration
  • After this, we take on the task of restoring your Green Hills home or business to its preloss condition. Restoration can include minor repairs like installing new carpet and replacing drywall or major repairs like full-scale room reconstruction. 

Leaking pipes can not only lead to water damage and flooding, but odors and mold issues if not taken care of as soon as possible. Luckily for you, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville specializes in water damage restoration- you could say it's the cornerstone of our business! Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us make this process as stress-free as possible. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Kinds Of Residential And Commercial Services Does SERVPRO Offer For My Nashville Property?

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, our highly trained technicians are dedicated to providing you with 24-hour emergency service! Our quick response times and strategic positioning allow us to be on the scene when you need us, no matter whether your Nashville property has been damaged by fire, water, or mold. Because we are a locally owned and operated business, our team knows Nashville like the back of our hand, so you know we’ll arrive at your destination on time. SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, which means we take on every project with a level of professionalism and care that is hard to find elsewhere!

What Kinds Of Residential Services Does SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Offer? 

  • With over 1,700 franchises in the US and Canada, SERVPRO is dedicated to providing quality service. 
  • You can depend on SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville for these residential emergency damage restoration services, which include:
  • Our residential services aren’t just limited to disasters- we know that life happens, kids spill drinks, etc. We offer cleaning services such as removing biohazard contaminants and cleaning air ducts. 
  • We are committed to creating a safe and comfortable living environment for you and your family. Learn more about our residential cleaning services here

What Kinds Of Commercial Restoration Services Does SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Offer? 

  • Your Nashville business’s image is heavily dependent on how you routinely maintain it. You need professional help when it’s impacted by fire, water, or mold damage. 
  • When you need professional help, we have the resources and continuous training to get your property back to business as soon as possible. 
  • Our commercial services include:

We are proud to be an active member of the Nashville community. With our advanced technology and experienced technicians, we are dedicated to making your Nashville property "Like it never even happened." Whether you need routine cleaning services or full-scale disaster restoration, contact us at (615) 242-9391, and we’ll be there- rain or shine. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How Much Does It Cost To Fix The Remnants Of Fire Damage In West End?

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Few stories are as tragic as a fire running rampant on your West End home or business. Dealing with the devastation that fire damage presents is disheartening, and it can be stressful trying to figure out where to start. From calling the right professionals to filing a claim with your insurance company to the costs that come into the equation, you shouldn’t have to struggle alone. Your neighbors at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville are just the people to call when experiencing an incident that’s as life-changing as fire damage. We are the fire damage experts, and we can help manage the insurance paperwork and process so you can get your life back on track. 

What Are The Costs Of Fixing Fire Damage On Average In West End? 

  • While fire damage costs vary depending on the size and scope of the damage, many homeowners and business owners usually pay between close to $3,000 and $33,000, with a national average of close to $17,000 for a complete repair. 
  • The exact costs will depend on potential water cleanup, soot removal, smoke damage restoration, and chemical repair from fire extinguishers. 
  • Policy coverage will come into play here, especially with out-of-pocket costs, so it is crucial to contact your insurance company. 

What Are Some Fire Damage Tips I Can Incorporate While Waiting For Help To Arrive? 

  • After any fire damage situation, your main priority should be whether staying in your West End home or business is safe. 
  • Post-fire, you should limit movement in your property to prevent soot particles from being imprinted onto carpets and upholstery. You want to maintain clean hands to avoid soiling walls and woodworks also. 
  • It is also critical to change your HVAC filter and double tape layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 
  • We DO NOT recommend cleaning any electronic appliances that have been close to fire, heat, or water without contacting us! You also shouldn’t wash any walls or painted surfaces without proper care and guidance. 
  • This may be common sense, but it should be mentioned nonetheless: DO NOT use any canned food packages or beverages stored near fire or water. 
  • It is also advised to NOT turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet because the wiring could be damaged. 

No matter the size or scope of fire damage to your West End home or business, disaster is disaster, and it is our job to bring a sense of normalcy after your life has done a complete one-eighty. We take pride in our rapid response times, training certifications, and advanced equipment to make fire damage look "Like it never even happened." Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us bring you some peace this holiday season. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville For Your Green Hills Home?

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Knowing that you have a safe space to come back to after a long day is the hallmark of a beautiful home, and it can feel like your life is at a standstill when a fire, water, or mold damage takes that away from you. As trusted leaders in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville can get your Green Hills house feeling like a home again. We have the training, equipment, and experience so that you can rely on us during emergencies. 

What Makes Up SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville’s Residential Restoration Services? 

  • The big three: fire, water, and mold are the foundations of our business! Our fire damage services include smoke and soot removal, cleaning, deodorization, upholstery, and fabric cleaning. In many fire damage cases, water damage techniques are applied to offset the fire residue, so we also have water damage technicians here to help. 
  • Fire, water, and mold are often interconnected because overexposure to water in an area, even when trying to neutralize fire damage, can lead to mold growth because mold thrives on moisture. 
  • When this happens, you want to take immediate action to prevent prolonged exposure, sometimes leading to health effects. 

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville For Your Green Hills Home? 

  • Our professional team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is committed to getting your life back to normal as soon as possible. Dealing with the stress that a natural disaster brings can take a toll, and your neighbors at SERVPRO are here to make things easier for you. 
  • We specialize in fire and water cleanup and restoration, and we have the expertise in mold and mildew removal from your Green Hills home. We have the necessary IICRC certifications to restore your home professionally. 
  • We are also a Better Business Bureau accredited business and the recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award! 

Going through the ebbs and flows of life is normal, but when fire, water, or mold is involved, it can dramatically change how you define your home life. With over 1,700 franchises in the US and Canada, we are devoted to providing quality service. Whether you simply need your carpet and upholstery cleaned or you need major repairs done to your Green Hills home, our highly trained technicians respond swiftly and with empathy. Contact us at (615) 242- 9391, and know that we’ve got your back!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Does The Storm Damage Process Look Like In Belle Meade?

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you’ve lived in the Nashville area for some time, it may not come as a surprise to you that we get a generous amount of rain every year. While getting some rain is good for avoiding droughts and famines, too much of a good thing can also be a bad thing. Too much rain can translate into storm damage, water damage, and frequent flooding. If this happens to you, you have to be choosy in picking the right restoration company with expertise and industry knowledge. SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is only one call away, and we respond 24/7 because we know that natural disasters aren’t planned. 

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville For Your Storm Damage Woes? 

  • We are highly trained storm damage specialists! Water damage is the backbone of our business, and with that comes storm damage and flooding. Our training in storm damage restoration is second to none, which means we’ll get your Belle Meade home or business back to pre-storm condition. 
  • We’re faster to any disaster, big or small! Damage is damage, and no matter the size or scope, we have the rapid response time to reduce restoration costs and further damage. 
  • We have the resources and connections of over 1,700 franchises in the US and Canada to handle massive storms and other disasters. We also have access to Disaster Recovery Teams, who are the cream of the crop in restoration! These specialists are strategically positioned throughout our franchise locations, so a professional is always near you should a natural disaster ravage your home or business. 

What Specific Storm Damage Services Can SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Do For You? 

  • We offer several services in the storm damage category, including: 
  • We also provide content restoration for your belongings because our business runs on the “restore vs. replace” mentality to keep costs low while also preserving precious items. 
  • We have state-of-the-art technology, including moisture detection equipment, water extraction equipment, drying equipment, air scrubbers, and thermal foggers to speed up the restoration process. 

Storm damage brings with it a series of problems that only grow exponentially if not taken care of immediately. With our expertise in both the residential and commercial spheres, we take great pride in our attention to detail and our ability to respond promptly. Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us do our part to get your Belle Meade home or business good as new.  

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Is The Full Scope Of Commercial Cleaning Services We Can Offer To Your Bellevue Business?

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

In the business world, first impressions stick with you long after the meeting. Your Bellevue commercial property is the outermost shell of your business's personality, and you want to show it off well. If your property has suffered from the wear and tear of fire, water, or mold growth, it will not showcase the same energy pre-disaster unless you call the right restoration professionals. If your Bellevue property needs commercial cleaning and restoration services, know that SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is here for you and your business!

What Kind Of Commercial Cleaning Services Can SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Do For You? 

  • Running a business is tough, and especially after a natural disaster, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start with the cleanup. When the grime, odor, moisture, soot, or any other challenges go beyond the scope of your janitorial services, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is the one to call!
  • We can handle cleaning from odor and sanitation issues to deep cleaning flooring carpets, so you can depend on us to get the job done! 
  • We can also remove hazardous contaminants and roof cleaning services, so you know we have the specialized tools to get your Bellevue property looking its best. Our cleaning services include:

How Can My Bellevue Business Be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

  • With the Covid-19 Pandemic creating a "new normal" in every aspect of our lives, the bar for cleanliness has also transformed. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we are committed to inspiring confidence in our local community as we maneuver our way through this new normal. 
  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our defensive pathogen cleaning program which goes way beyond your average janitorial cleaning practices. Our proactive viral pathogen cleaning technique works because we have over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination. 
  • So, how does this work? We make it easy to remember with the three C's:
  • Consult: Every business is different, so we tailor our services based on each company's unique needs. 
  • Clean: Once a training program has been created based on your business's cleaning goals, we conduct an expert deep clean using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. That's how you know we always stick to the premier level of cleanliness set by the CDC. 
  • Certify: Once your Bellevue business has been thoroughly cleaned, a shield will be placed across your window to display the fact that you have just ushered in a new standard of clean! With this, you'll also show your employees and customers that you are dedicated to their comfort and security during uncertain times. 

To keep your Bellevue business being the lean, clean, fighting machine that it is, you want to uphold the level of cleanliness that will make your employees and customers feel safe coming into your building. If there is anything we learned this past year, adaptability and flexibility are keys to becoming the best business you can be to keep your place in this competitive landscape. If you need commercial cleaning services that will show your business's best sides, contact us at (615) 242-9391 and set your Bellevue business apart from the rest. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage To Your Nashville Home?

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

The level of destruction that water damage is capable of is no joke. It's significantly more relevant considering that the Middle Tennessee area gets high average rainfall, leading to frequent flooding and mold damage. Luckily, our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the expertise, specialized equipment, and prompt response times to ensure that the wear isn't prolonged. Below, we have listed some tips you can implement while waiting for us to arrive and how homeowner's insurance can cover water damage to your Nashville home. 

What Can I Do While Waiting For Help To Arrive At My Nashville Home? 

  • One major action you should take post-flooding is to remove excess water by mopping and blotting! After removing tabletop items and lamps, ensuring that you wipe excess water from wood furniture helps reduce further damage to your belongings. 
  • Gather loose items from floors! Leaving items lying around doesn't help when you try to mop and blot areas with signs of water damage. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpets! This helps against permanent rust from furniture stains. 

How Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage To My Nashville Home? 

  • In the case of a natural disaster, homeowners insurance can generally cover the incident. For example, if your drywall is soaked after your water heater ruptures or you have a burst pipe, homeowners insurance can help pay for those repairs. 
  • Homeowners insurance can cover water damage from leaking plumbing, such as if your washing machine hose breaks; in other words, as long as it's accidental. Homeowners' insurance doesn't cover poor maintenance of appliances. 
  • In most cases, two types of coverage apply depending on what's damaged: dwelling coverage and personal property coverage. 
  • Dwelling coverage helps pay for the structure of your home if the structural integrity is compromised as a result of flooding. 
  • Personal property coverage refers to restoring your belongings if they are damaged by a risk that was already covered. 
  • In both situations, it's important to remember that a deductible will apply before your coverage kicks in. 

It can be stressful figuring out the inner workings of insurance on top of restoring your Nashville home "Like it never even happened." But with our advanced technology and 24-hour emergency response, we have the know-how to restore properly. As a locally owned and operated business, we may even be neighbors- so we know Music City like the back of our hand! Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville at (615) 242-9391, and let us get your Nashville home as good as new. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do After Fire Damage To Your Green Hills Commercial Kitchen?

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

The memories that fire damage conjures up can be excruciatingly painful, even more so when the ashy shreds of what used to be your Green Hills commercial kitchen lay in the dust. While this is an overwhelming experience, you don’t have to go through it alone. If the unthinkable happens, you will need a professional to guide you through the process. That’s where SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville comes in. 

How Is SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville Trained To Handle Commercial Fire Restoration? 

  • The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the requirements to adhere to in the restoration industry. To fully prepare our team for the worst, our professionals study best practices in fire restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other related restoration courses. 
  • The foundation of the SERVPRO training program is the Initial Franchise training. A 15-day hands-on course at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, this program is for new franchise owners, and topics covered include Fire Restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, Water Restoration, and Mold Remediation. 
  • Our team also takes part in continuing education classes because learning goes beyond the initial training period. As trends in the restoration industry change and evolve, it only makes sense to keep up with them so we can continue being a trusted leader in the restoration industry!

What Does The Fire Damage Restoration Process Look Like In Green Hills? 

  • First things first, you need to contact us! Our representative will ask questions about the event so that we are better prepared to help you when we arrive on the scene. 
  • Next, we will do a thorough inspection and fire damage assessment which involves testing adjoining rooms of your property to determine the severity of the fire, soot, and smoke. 
  • After this, we immediately board up the missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs to prevent further damage. 
  • If water damage is present, this is where we take action. We remove excess water and then use air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the drying process. 
  • This is the point where we remove soot and smoke from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces using specialized equipment
  • After ridding your Green Hills commercial kitchen of any remains of fire damage, we make sure to clean, sanitize, deodorize, and disinfect all items. We’re trained to do this using fogging equipment and various industrial air scrubbers. 
  • Once we have completed the above steps, the restoration process can finally begin. This means getting your Green Hills business back to pre-fire condition. Depending on the scope of the damage, restoration may involve minor damages such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpets, or major damages such as the complete reconstruction of your Green Hills commercial kitchen. 

There are few things more devastating than the trail of destruction that fire damage leaves behind. When this happens, the best thing to do is call us at (615) 242-9391. We are a locally owned and operated business that cares about our neighbors and the Nashville community. Let us help you so that you can get back to business. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do Winter Storms Affect Your Bellevue Home's Roof

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

While winter storms can be frightful, it's not the end of the world if your Bellevue home's roof has been affected. When your home has been damaged by a storm this winter, taking temporary measures until help arrives can be beneficial. Removing extra water and securing roof tarps can protect your structure from further damage. At the same time, our seasoned restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville can help you revamp your Bellevue home to be as good as new.  

What Are The Three Types Of Contaminated Water, And How Do You Handle It? 

  • Water from sewer systems backups is not only gross but highly unsanitary. They may contain viruses and bacteria that are very dangerous and can cause serious illness. Once you figure out what type of water you're dealing with, you can proceed with the restoration process. 
  • Category 1: Clean Water: This water is from a clean source such as a faucet or a broken clean water supply line. This water is relatively harmless unless left untreated. 
  • Category 2: Gray Water: If ingested, this water can cause discomfort or illness because this water originates from washing machines or dishwasher overflows and toilet water. This water may contain viruses and bacteria, so be warned!
  • Category 3: Black Water: This water is characterized by water from beyond the toilet trap, intense microbial growth, and flooding from rivers and streams. All contact with this water type should be avoided as it can cause severe illness or death if ingested. 

***Special training and expertise are required to clean up category 3 water safely, so understanding what makes up the different types of contaminated water is key to your Bellevue home's safe recovery. 



What Can You Do To Prevent Your Roof From Bearing The Brunt Of A Winter Storm? 

  • Repair any minor roof leaks and cut away loose tree branches that can fall on your home during a winter storm. 
  • Have your chimney inspected once a year. You can find an inspector online, or you can contact your local fire department and have them recommend an inspector. 
  • Weatherstrip doors, windows, and any exterior panels to avoid rain and water from entering through your roof or any other part of your Bellevue home. 

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is here to help! With our expertise in storm damage, restoration, and cleanup, you can't go wrong by calling us today at (615) 242-9391. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Sets SERVPRO Apart From Other Restoration Companies Near Me?

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is a trusted leader in the restoration industry with over twenty years of experience, whether you need air duct cleaning or a full range of water damage restoration services. With fire and water restoration being the cornerstone of our business, we are committed to appearing on the scene with our specialized equipment and expert training. Not only do we offer restoration, but we also offer both residential and commercial cleaning services that range from carpet and upholstery to biohazard contaminants. Our range of work spans many industrial buildings, including restaurants, small office buildings, government offices, and hotels/motels for commercial cleaning services. 

What Are Some Of The Residential Restoration Services That SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Can Offer?  

  • Our residential water damage services encompass storm damage, mold remediation, and sewage cleanup. 
  • We use specialized equipment to inspect, remove, extract, clean, and sanitize any area of your Belle Meade home that has been affected by fire, water, or mold. 
  • We also document the drying process to ensure that your Belle Meade property has been dried thoroughly. 

How Can SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville Bring Life Back To My Belle Meade Business? 

  • We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to get you back in business. We know that every hour of restoration is an hour of productivity lost to bringing your commercial property back to normal, so we prioritize promptness and efficiency. 
  • Our highly trained technicians include water damage specialists, fire damage specialists, mold damage specialists, storm damage specialists, and our disaster recovery team
  • Our commercial cleaning services include air ducts/HVAC to ensure pure air quality, biohazard and sewage to prevent illness that often comes with coming in contact with these bacteria and viruses, ceilings/walls/hard floors so that these structures aren’t exposed to dirt, dust, grease, pet dander, oils, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants, among others.

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, our motto is to restore, not replace, and we take that very seriously! We are proud of our highly trained team, who work hard from their initial training at the corporate facility to continuous education in IICRC industry certification. With that in mind, you can trust us to take care of your Belle Meade residential or commercial property with knowledge of the latest technology and trends in the restoration industry. Call us today at (615) 242- 9391, and let us help you out! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Commercial Restoration For Your West End Retailer

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

It’s not easy to deal with the physical and emotional brunt of the damage that a natural disaster can leave behind on your West End retailer. When this happens, your emotional concern should be temporary protective measures such as boarding up to secure the building, placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and cleaning up water and debris to reduce extra clutter. Once these measures have been taken, the restoration process can begin. 

What Are Some Commercial Restoration Services That We Can Offer Your West End Retailer? 

  • We offer HVAC services, drywall installation, electrical, marble floor repair, hardwood floor repair, carpet repair and installation, drywall removal, plumbing, and scalable resources, among others
  • Our professional team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville can simplify the restoration process by handling the initial damage mitigation and reconstructing the affected areas.   
  • Instead of hiring multiple restoration companies for different services, considering having one qualified company for the entire restoration course can keep costs low while also saving time. 

What Are Some National Resources That Our Franchise Can Call Upon To Rebuild Your West End Retailer? 

  • No disaster is too big for us! We can mobilize local command centers and call upon the expertise of over 1,700 franchises in the US and Canada. 
  • Should a natural disaster take over your West End retailer, we have strategically positioned fire, water, and storm damage teams on standby. 
  • Whether your business took a hit because of a tornado, blizzard, hurricane, or flood, know that SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the rapid response time, advanced technology, and the expertise to rebuild the fragments of your commercial property post-disaster. 



We’ve all heard the saying, first impressions are lasting impressions- they usually resonate with us long after the event is over. The same thing goes for your West End retailer. Retailers have contributed to the economy in more ways than one- but despite the significance of retail, it’s not easy to get away with a negative first impression. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here to help, and impress, you! If you need commercial restoration services, don’t hesitate to contact us at (615) 242-9391. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How To Care For Your Belongings Post-Water Damage

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can easily affect the structure of your Nashville property, but it can also alter your belongings. Our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville knows that your family’s clothing, keepsakes, furniture, pictures, and other mementos help make your house a home. Listed here are some ways we can restore your belongings post-water or storm damage in Nashville. 

What Are Some Ways SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville Can Help You Restore Your Possessions After Water Damage? 

  • We pretest your contents to determine which items are restorable. We use several methods to clean your content to avoid mold formation by dry cleaning, wet cleaning, spray and wiping, foam cleaning, immersion cleaning, and abrasive cleaning. 
  • Document and Photograph Drying- extreme caution must be taken when water tarnishes documents to confirm that excessive water doesn’t ruin the copy. While some papers may be beyond saving, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville can restore many documents and reduce further damage. 
  • Depending on the damage level and document type, there are five options for document restoration, including dehumidification and vacuum freeze-drying. 

What Is Contents Claim Inventory Service For Belongings After Water Damage? 

  • Our CCIS (Contents Claim Inventory Service) provides an accurate list of your assets following water damage. Digital photos, and in some cases, barcoding, are taken as we do a room-by-room inventory of your items. 
  • Our CCIS includes: a preloss list and contents value, a detailed report of content, a comprehensive rundown of information to settle claims quicker, and a burden of proof for claims with our assistance so you can have peace of mind knowing you are in good hands. 
  • There is also special care that must be taken towards antiques and collectibles. These items are difficult to appraise without knowing what it is made of and how much it costs. 

While water damage can lead to several issues such as mold, odor, and sanitation issues, it can also change many parts that make up the whole of your belongings. Despite the frustration of it all, you can be confident knowing that our experienced team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is capable of handling anything that water damage throws on your path. Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and we’ll take care of your belongings every step of the way.

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Are Some Wood Fireplace Safety Tips To Adhere To This Holiday Season?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and all you want to do is cozy up in a warm blanket near a crackling, wood-burning fireplace in your Green Hills abode. While it’s certainly true that home is where the hearth is, if not kept safely, your wood-burning fireplace can cause heartache and stress during what’s supposed to be one of the most celebratory times of the year. Here are some fireplace safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season. 

The Lowdown On Fireplace Safety: What Are Some Preventative Measures To Take? 

  • Use manufactured logs or seasoned hardwood that burns more cleanly than natural wood! This minimizes soot buildup, which often causes chimney fires. However, one thing to note about manufactured logs is that they burn hotter than natural wood, and if you burn more than one at a time, it can negatively affect your wood-burning fireplace. Slow and steady does the trick!
  • Keep it simple! What we mean by this is logs that have decorative finishes like glossy wrapping paper and foam peanuts can release toxic fumes. Avoiding evergreen boughs and pounds of paper is better for your fireplace because such material can cause your fireplace to flare up quickly. 
  • Open the windows when you are lighting a fire! This ensures the fire has enough oxygen to burn efficiently. Fires usually require about five times more oxygen than a room without a fireplace, so keep your windows open to guarantee that your fire burns safely. 
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector! Carbon monoxide is a deadly, odorless gas that is usually caused by faulty fireplace maintenance. Investing in a carbon monoxide detector will help you and your loved ones be more proactive than reactive, not just during the holidays but year-round. 

If The Unthinkable Happens, How Can SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville Help? 

  • While we hope you don’t have to deal with the incinerated remains of your Green Hills home this holiday season, if it does happen, know that SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is just one call away! We are faster to any size disaster because we know how physically and mentally devastating natural disasters can be. 
  • Fire and water damage restorations are our bread and butter, so it makes sense that we specialize in these processes! We are trained in fire and smoke restoration, upholstery and fabric cleaning, odor control, and soot cleanup. 
  • Our restore vs. replace mentality saves money, helps you recover your restorable belongings after cleanup, and gets you back into your Green Hills home sooner than if everything were to be replaced! 

While few things are more overwhelming than the destruction that fire damage leaves in its wake, we hope that these precautionary measures will help you and your family stay safe this holiday season. If ever the situation arises, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville will rise to the occasion! Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us do the heavy lifting! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Why SERVPRO Is Your Go-To For Commercial Restoration In Bellevue

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

It’s tough to pick back up the remains left behind by fire, water, mold, or storm damage to your Bellevue commercial property. SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and we have the know-how and the advanced equipment to bring your Bellevue business back to life. 

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Belle Meade And West Nashville? 

  • What makes us stand out from the crowd is our record response times! With over 1,700 franchise locations in the US and Canada, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. We know time waits for no one, and we make it so that we can take immediate action when disaster strikes. 
  • Our highly trained technicians are experienced in property damage restoration. Still, we believe in continuous learning, which is why we have ongoing training. This is so our staff is equipped with IICRC industry certifications and the latest trends in the restoration industry. 
  • With how boundless technological advancements have been over the past few decades, it only makes sense to incorporate the efficiency of technology into our processes! These advancements ensure that SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville can restore your Bellevue business back to its preloss condition quickly and reliably. Our specialized equipment includes water extraction equipment, drying equipment, moisture detection and measurement equipment, and antimicrobial treatments. 

How Does Our Disaster Recovery Team Help With Commercial Restoration? 

  • SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville’s Disaster Recovery Team is composed of the cream of the crop in restoration! Our handpicked specialists are prequalified and carefully placed across the US to handle disasters of all sizes and scopes. 
  • To ensure prompt mitigation and seamless communication, every Disaster Recovery team is supervised by a Commercial Operations Manager. We also cut costs by the oversight of temporary labor. 
  • We are available 24/7, 365 days of the year because there’s no telling when disaster can strike!



Being a locally owned and operated business ourselves, we know how tough it is to see your business affected by the onslaught a catastrophe can bring. Whether it’s fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold remediation, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville knows how to get you back to business! Contact us at (615) 242-9391 and have us be a part of your commercial restoration journey. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How To Handle Mold In Your West End Property After a Storm

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Rainy days can be a nice aesthetic when you’re indoors or if the rain isn’t overpowering. Of course, you get the most benefit out of something if done in moderation, but too much of a good thing can also be problematic. That’s very true of the aftereffects of storm damage. When it comes to storm damage to your West End property, the best thing you can do to minimize mold is to take quick action. It just takes a small water leak to expand into a bigger problem when it comes to mold. The steps laid out here will give you an overview of our mold services, as well as listing the reasons why SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville are the trusted leaders in mold remediation. 

What Are Some Mold Remediation Services That SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Can Offer? 

  • It is a well-known fact that mold will grow in places with excessive moisture or where there has been flooding. Once a mold spore has set into your West End property, it can spread quickly and become a severe issue in as little as 48 hours. 
  • When you first contact us, we will do a thorough mold damage assessment of your property. Based on the size of the affected area, local and state laws may require specific documentation protocol and inspection. 
  • This then leads to containing the mold to prevent further damage through negative air chambers and negative air pressure. This will prevent the mold spores from spreading during the containment process. As a note, all HVAC systems will be turned off to support this process. 
  • Next, we use specialized air filtration equipment to capture microscopic mold spores from the air, and we also remove mold-infested materials at this point. We do this through antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to not only aid mold prevention but to prevent further colonies from forming as well. To remediate heavy mold growth, we also advise removing mold-infested porous materials like carpeting and drywall. 
  • Once we’ve cleaned all the restorable content that has been affected by mold, the restoration process begins. Restoration can mean minor repairs such as replacing drywall and installing new carpets, but it can also mean major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas in your West End property. It all depends on the extent of mold damage post-storm. 

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville For Your Mold Remediation Woes?  

  • We’re faster to any size disaster! Mold spreads exponentially, so we’re dedicated to promptly responding when you contact us. 
  • We’re trained mold remediation specialists! We have the experience, expertise, and advanced equipment to get your West End property back to its preloss condition. 
  • We use state-of-the-art technology to detect and obstruct the water source feeding the mold before using negative air pressure to isolate the area. 

Mold is not only gross, but it also poses a series of health effects once you come in contact with it. Because we are a locally-owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is nearby and ready to help our neighbors! Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and let us help you with your mold-damaged property. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

SERVPRO Can Handle Commercial Restoration in Belle Meade

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

You know what they say: first impressions are lasting impressions. It may sound crazy, but expert research has found that it only takes you and your business 7 seconds to make a first impression! While this sounds intimidating, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the advanced technology, expertise, and experience to restore your Belle Meade commercial property back to its preloss condition, regardless of how it got weathered down in the first place. If your business has been through water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or any other disaster, here’s how we can help your business put its best image forward: 

What Does It Mean When A Business Is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned? 

  • As we redefine our new “normal” in light of Covid and the various strains that have followed suit, it is also safe to say there’s a new definition of cleanliness. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we are committed to inspiring confidence across the community as we navigate our way amidst the new normal- and this newfound goal of ours has ushered in Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned goes beyond the regular janitorial cleaning practices, and it is nothing but proactive viral pathogen cleaning. 
  • This new defensive pathogen cleaning program was borne out of our 50 + years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination. 

What Makes Up The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program? 

  • This program was founded on the 3 C’s- Consult, Clean, and Certify. 
  • Consult- Because every business is different, we will tailor a cleaning program based on your facility’s needs. 
  • Clean- An expert deep clean is executed using our proprietary EPA-approved Hospital Grade cleaning solutions. Our team always makes sure to adhere to CDC guidelines and keep up with the ever-changing trends in the restoration industry. 
  • Certify- You will know when your Belle Meade business has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned when you see the shield posted on the front window. By showing this emblem on your commercial property, you show your employees, customers, and local community that you value their comfort and security during these trying times. 



While it may be alarming to know that first impressions make so much of a difference, we offer numerous services for your Belle Meade business to stand out among the crowd. This can range from commercial cleaning to storm damage restoration to large commercial projects, but whatever your restoration concerns may be, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville has your back! Contact us at (615) 242-9391, and we’ll arrive on the scene to bring your Belle Meade commercial property back to its original luster. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How To Protect Against Pipes Freezing In Your Nashville Business

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are never a good thing. Even a tiny crack in the pipe, whether it’s plastic or copper, can release water that can amount to flooding. With a few safety measures, you can feel confident knowing you’re taking action to prevent this from happening to your Nashville business. 

How Can You Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter? 

  • Insulate your pipes! Exposed pipes are more vulnerable to freezing temperatures, so the more insulation you use, the more secured your tubes will be. 
  • Seal open leaks. Inspect any leaks in your Nashville business and carefully seal them to prevent cold air from coming inside. Look for any leaks around dryer vents, pipes, and electrical wiring. 
  • Disconnect garden hoses and fasten valves and faucets. If possible, use an indoor valve to drain water from pipes that lead to outdoor faucets. 
  • Adjust your thermostat to stay at the same temperature day and night to prevent pipes from freezing. 

If A Pipe Bursts In My Nashville Building, What Are Some Steps To Take To Minimize Damage? 

  • If a crack in the pipe leads to a pipe burst, temporarily shut off the water. Shutting off water from the main valve will prevent further damage until help arrives. 
  • Remove excess flooding by blotting and mopping. Lamps and tabletop items must be removed before wiping wood furniture. 
  • Place wood blocks or aluminum foil between wet carpeting and furniture legs. 
  • Wet carpets must be separated from colored rugs to prevent staining.
  • Take all art objects to a dry place.   

Freezing temperatures can cause a slew of problems to the internal structure of your Nashville business if you are not careful. Checking for frozen pipes should be part of your winter property maintenance so you can pave the way for a happy holiday season. If you find yourself in need of water damage restoration from a frozen pipe this winter, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What to Do After Fire Damage To My Bellevue Commercial Building

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Few incidents evoke painful memories as a fire running rampant throughout your Bellevue commercial building. If the unthinkable occurs and you have to call someone who can help you get your business back and running, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can do the job! Our speedy response times, highly trained technicians specializing in fire restoration, and advanced technology set us apart from the competition. 

What Kind Of Precautions Should You Take Immediately Post-Fire? 

  • You should prioritize safety under all circumstances! If it is unsafe to stay in the house, we can conduct efficient move-outs/packouts, so you don't remain in the exposed area for too long. 
  • Do not overload outlets. If necessary, use extension cords or surge-protected multi-outlet power strips. 
  • Post-fire, electrical "slip and fall" hazards are the most common concerns- be careful!
  • Wet materials are heavier than they look- think twice before picking up a damp object!

What Are Some Preventative Maintenance Tips You Can Take After A Fire?

  • Carpets can filter trapping gases, dirt, dust, soot, animal hairs, and other soils. The actions you take between carpet cleanings can significantly increase the lifespan of your carpet. 
  • 79% of soil in your carpet is dry soil, according to the IICRC. It may seem like a simple household task, but vacuuming is integral to your carpet's thorough care and maintenance. 
  • Other preventative measures include moving furniture to change traffic patterns and piloting the carpet to prevent matting. 
  • A good rule of thumb is to get your carpet and upholstery professionally cleaned once a year, regardless of a natural disaster. If you wait until your carpet and upholstery get filthy post-disaster, it may be too late to restore them to their former glory. 

Facing the effects of fire damage is never easy. It may be intimidating to think about where to begin when you may still be reeling from the aftermath that the destruction left behind. We understand. As a business ourselves, we know how paramount it is to get your business back to normal as soon as possible. That's why SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville operates 24/7 - because we know disaster can strike at any moment. Contact us today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

SERVPRO Can Handle Winter Mold Remediation In Green Hills

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Even though mold is generally suppressed during the winter months, mold damage can still occur. Mold damage can affect the structure of your Green Hills property. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville understands that your home or business is more than just the sum of its parts. It's where you've created valuable memories and successes that last a lifetime. 

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Restore Your Property From Mold Damage? 

  • Our "restore vs. replace mentality" helps you preserve cherished mementos that are irreplaceable. It saves you money as well.
  • The restoration process involves minor repairs such as installing new carpet and replacing drywall and painting, but it can also involve major repairs such as reconstruction in various areas of your Green Hills home or business- it depends on the scope of the mold damage.
  • No matter how major or minor the mold remediation process may be, our experienced technicians are trained to arrive on the scene with a 24-hour emergency response time. 

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Handle Commercial Mold Remediation? 



  • Mold infestations can be caused by minor water invasions, such as a loose plumbing fitting or a roof leak. The key is to act quickly because mold left untreated can spread rapidly.
  • We first contain the infestation to prevent the spread to other parts of the building before beginning the restoration process. This also incorporates a mold damage assessment, air filtration, removing mold-infested items, and deep-cleaning your belongings. 
  • We utilize several methods to clean your belongings which include:
  • Dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Foam cleaning
  • Spray and wipe
  • Immersion cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning

Mold is a highly inconvenient occurrence that can happen in your Green Hills home or business. While it doesn't take much for mold growth to spread, it also doesn't take much to call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville if you are experiencing mold damage to your property. Call us today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do If Your West End Hotel Floods Due To Storm Damage This Autumn

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

It’s no secret that the Nashville area receives a significant amount of rainfall, especially during the fall! Even though this makes droughts uncommon in the area, this can also mean we experience fairly frequent water damage, storm damage, and constant flooding. This can also pose a problem when insurance payouts are involved. When your West End hotel encounters a harmful storm, urgent action is necessary to minimize the damage. 

What Kind Of Storm Damage Restoration Does SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville Offer?  

  • We provide sewage cleanup and restoration. The water from sewer system backups is not only grossly unsanitary, but they are also incredibly dangerous. Serious illness can result from the viruses and bacteria present in this water. This situation must be promptly addressed for minimum damage. 
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning is another service we provide for our greater Nashville community. Even the best quality carpets and upholstery aren’t immune to dirt and grime after a certain period. We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods, including hot water extraction, bonnet cleaning, showcase premier cleaning, and more. 
  • Part of what we do at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville involves taking preventative measures to halt further damage. These actions include spot removal, regular vacuuming, and using walk-off mats to reduce the amount of soil tracked on the carpet. 
  • Odors emanating from your carpets, drapes, and other upholstery in your West End hotel can put a damper on your property’s image. As experts in deodorization, we are trained to track and eliminate offensive odors which can come from inside or outside the structure. 

What About The Ceilings, Floors, And Walls Of My West End Hotel? 

  • First things first, before repainting, you should have your walls cleaned so that the primer and paint can stick properly. 
  • Because ceilings and walls are exposed to several contaminants, it is vital to clean these areas because your HVAC systems can distribute these particles throughout your property. 
  • While hardwood flooring seems sleek and low-maintenance from afar, this assumption is a myth because soil can accumulate over time in the floor’s layers.
  • Our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has industry-approved and time-tested cleaning methods to bring back the original shine of your West End hotel’s hardwood floors. 

Whether your property needs a moderate or deep clean, you can rely on SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to bring you some peace of mind this fall. Call us at (615) 242-9391- we’d be happy to help. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Should You Do If Your Bellevue Home's Sprinkler System Goes Off?

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Your home's sprinkler system is an integral part of extinguishing fires and reducing smoke and dangerous substances. While this can be helpful in the case of a fire, if a sprinkler system goes off, that's a problem. The water damage from these systems can be even more disastrous than the smoke and soot damage from a fire. Laid out here are a few tips on steps you should take if your Bellevue home's sprinkler system goes off. 

What To Do Post-Damage From Your Bellevue Home's Sprinkler System? 

  • First, you need to assess how minor or how significant the damage is. (after making sure everyone is safe and the smoke has cleared, of course!) Water damage has to be dealt with ASAP to prevent structural damage or mold growth. (Let's remember that mold growth can occur almost 24-48 hours after water damage in the affected area!)
  • Areas you would need to assess before calling a professional would be to check the main areas of damage to your home, i.e., carpeting, wet drywall, wet office materials, upholstery, etc. 
  • Go outside your house, where you would hook up a hose. There should be another circular valve, has holes in the knob and is usually red. 
  • Turn this valve clockwise to shut off your home's main water supply (temporarily) until you find out the location of the sprinkler system valve from the product's manufacturer. 

What Kind Of Water Damage Restoration Services Do We Offer? 

  • We offer 24-hour emergency service- you call, we'll be there!
  • We have advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment to move the restoration process as effectively as possible. 
  • We are locally owned and operated- meaning we know our way around the greater Nashville area, so you can rest assured that we'll appear on the scene faster to any size disaster!
  • With our highly trained technicians specializing in water damage, we are a trusted leader in the water restoration industry. 

While it can be stressful to deal with the damage that a malfunctioning sprinkler system can cause to your Bellevue home, we hope the tips provided above are helpful until help arrives. If you find yourself in need of water restoration and cleaning services, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242- 9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Keeping Yourself Safe During Bonfires In Nashville

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Cooler weathers, leaves changing color, and pumpkin spice may signify the arrival of fall, but one other activity that screams fall is bonfires! Sitting around a bonfire with your family and friends may be a fun way to spend time this fall in Nashville, but you should never forget the risk that comes with outdoor fires. Compiled here is a list of guidelines to adhere to so you can have a safe, fun bonfire this fall. 

What Are Some Safety Measures To Protect Yourself From Fire Damage As A Result Of Bonfires? 

  • Check the weather before building your bonfire! Don’t set up a bonfire on a windy night. 
  • Make sure that the area you have your bonfire is in a legal location. Before you begin, find out your state’s regulations about fire.  
  • Keep an eye on anyone running too close to a bonfire so that no one gets hurt. 
  • Keep a garden hose or a bucket of water nearby in case the fire spreads. It never hurts to be prepared. 
  • Make sure that the wood you’re burning is dry and seasoned. No furniture, nothing coated or treated, and certainly no railroad ties should be thrown into the flames. 
  •  Do NOT burn anything with foam or paint! This includes canisters and aerosols. The chemicals from these items can release toxic fumes and are incredibly flammable. Such products are known to explode, so it’s best to stay away from these materials during a bonfire. 
  • Douse the area with water so that there aren’t any flammable fragments after the bonfire. 

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade And West Nashville Help With Fire Restoration This Fall? 

  • We’re faster to any disaster- big or small. Damage is damage, and we strive to restore your Nashville property "Like it never even happened."
  • We specialize in fire and water damage, which is the foundation of our business. This includes fire, smoke, and soot restoration, odor control, fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration. 
  • We have a “restore vs. replace” mentality. This helps you get back to your Nashville home or business faster while also lowering costs. This mindset leads to the specialized training and equipment that we use to get your property back to the way it was before the fire. 
  • We know that every fire damage scenario is unique, so we tailor each restoration project to the situation on hand. 

A warm, jovial activity such as a fall bonfire can be a festive way to ring in fall, but if you’re not careful, the night can end in disaster. We hope that with these tips, you can have a safe, enjoyable bonfire this season, but if the situation arises (we hope it doesn’t!), our experienced team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is only one call away. Contact us at (615) 242- 9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.  

Why Should You Pick SERVPRO For Your West End Property?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

It can be tough dealing with the physical (and emotional) remains of a fire, water, or mold damage to your West End property. Whether it was your home or your business that fell victim to a natural disaster, the end goal is to go back to life pre-disaster, "Like it never even happened." That’s where SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can help you. 

What Are Some Of Our Guarantees For Your West End Property’s Restoration Process? 

  • Our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service. We know that there is no optimal time for disaster to strike. 
  • Our response times are quick and timely to ensure that further damage won’t be a byproduct of the current damage. 
  • We are locally owned and operated, which means we know every nook and cranny of the greater Nashville area, further ensuring quick response times. 
  • Our professional team has to undergo a series of courses and training materials to provide them with the most updated knowledge on property restoration. The Employee Training modules include Fire and Water Restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, and Crew Training. After successful completion of the courses and an exam, certification is awarded

What Are Some Things That Make SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville Different From Other Restoration Companies? 

  • We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry! With over 1,700 franchises in the U.S. and Canada, we are committed to providing quality service. 
  • Whether you need storm damage restoration or you need your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville have the advanced technology and techniques to restore your West End property. This includes water extraction equipment, drying equipment, odor removal and deodorization equipment, moisture detection, and measurement equipment, and more. This makes for a reliable and prompt restoration journey. 
  • We work with your insurance. We can even help manage the paperwork to secure a steady, stress-free recovery process. 
  • We are a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business and the recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award! 

No matter your situation, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help during a stressful time. Our specialties include residential and commercial restoration, fire, water, and storm restoration, as well as mold and mildew removal. No damage is too large or small for us! Contact us at (615) 242- 9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

SERVPRO Specializes In Commercial Restoration In Belle Meade

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

As environmental patterns are constantly changing, it’s never been more crucial to invest in commercial restoration for your business. Having a functioning business is key to the efficiency of business processes. It also improves the practical work habits of your team as a whole. When your Belle Meade business requires restoration services, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help!

What Are Some Building Services SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville Can Provide? 

  • If your business experiences damage due to a natural disaster, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures to prevent further damage. This includes placing roof tarps. It also means boarding up to secure the building from more water, soot, or debris. 
  • After taking these measures, the restoration process begins. You may need reconstruction to get your Belle Meade business back to its previous condition. 
  • This includes removing an odor problem or deep cleaning your carpets and upholstery. 

What Makes Up SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s Disaster Recovery Team? 

  • SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division comprises the “cream of the crop” in disaster restoration. Our exclusive specialists are strategically positioned across the US to handle any disaster. 
  • A commercial operations manager oversees each large loss division. This integrates seamless communication with swift mitigation times to deliver the best service. 
  • SERVPRO is unique from other large loss restoration companies. We can cut costs through the oversight of temporary labor. We also provide strategic placement of professionals. You can count on us to dispatch the most trained production professionals!
  • Some of our clients for SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division include:
  • The Pentagon
  • Universities
  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers

It can be tough to pick up the pieces of the business you’ve invested time, money, and resources in. If you ever find yourself in this position, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preparing For Winter Storms In Green Hills

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Here in the South, it’s common knowledge that we get a lot of rain. While symbolically, rain alludes to life and rebirth, in a practical sense, too much of it leads to flooding, water damage, and mold damage resulting from water damage. Winter storms, especially, can be a challenge because not only are there cold temperatures to deal with, but there are also icy roads, communication service losses, and power failures. Of course, in any flood damage situation, your number one priority should be safety. Still, it’s also crucial to know what to do to prevent the problem from occurring. 

How Do You Prepare For Winter Storms In Green Hills?

  • Keep blankets and other heat-generating materials in storage! If you have extra blankets, coats, an emergency phone charger, and coal (if you have a wood-burning stove), you’ll stay warm this winter, even if your power goes out. 
  • Install weather stripping! Weatherstripping is the process of sealing your Green Hills home’s windows and doors with stuff around the cracks to regulate the interior temperature and keep the cold air outside.  
  • According to the CDC, you should have your chimney or flue checked every year if you plan on using a fireplace or a wood stove for emergency heating. You can find an inspector online or ask your local fire department for recommendations.
  • Research the best generators. This is key because winter storms often bring with them an array of other issues such as precipitation and wind, which can easily down power lines causing your heat to go out as well. A generator ready to go when emergency strikes help counteract any foodstuffs that can spoil if the power goes out. 

If You Must Go Out During A Storm, What Are Some Items To Have In Your Emergency Car Kit? 

It is best to stay off the roads as much as possible, but have an emergency car kit if you must travel! This can include:

  • A shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Battery-powered radio with additional batteries 
  • Cell phone (and with it, extra batteries, and a portable charger) 
  • Road maps
  • Tire chains
  • Tow chains
  • Rope
  • Coats
  • Blankets 

And many more

Winter storms and the problems that arise from them, like frozen pipes and frequent power outages, are inconvenient. Our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville recommends you check all areas of your Green Hills home to make sure you are thoroughly prepared for the “just in cases” of storm damage! Call us today at (615) 242-9391 if you’re experiencing winter storm damage. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Specializes in Commercial Restoration

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

It can be tough enduring the heartache of your Belle Meade business loss to a fire or an unforgiving flood. Luckily, our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville specializes in commercial restoration! We know how important getting back to business is because every hour spent on restoration is one hour of productivity and revenue lost. Our methods of rehabilitation are practical and efficient! Here’s how we can help: 

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville Help With Commercial Water And Mold Damage Restoration? 

  • Our professionals have the training, equipment, and experience to handle large commercial flooding resulting from water and storm damage. 
  • Our water and mold damage specialists have IICRC training and certifications. These set requirements for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our professionals study the best practices in water, mold, and fire restoration. We also specialize in carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other related courses. 
  • When it comes to mold infestation, we first start by containing the colonies. This is to help obstruct the spread to other parts of your Belle Meade building. This process leads to the restoration of affected areas using antibacterial and antimicrobial treatments. 
  • We have technicians taking care of every aspect of the restoration process. This includes an Applied Structural Drying Technician, Odor Control Technician, Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician, and an Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist. This ensures that we do the best we can to help you get back your Belle Meade business. Whether it’s a small office building or a big box store- no job is too large for us! 

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville Help With Commercial Fire Damage Restoration?

  • Like water and mold restoration, fire restoration has its own set of steps to follow. We have the best technicians to restore your Belle Meade business to its preloss condition. Our team guarantees a 24-hour emergency response!
  • We have specialized technicians every step of the way. 


Any disaster, no matter what type, is unpredictable and a challenge to overcome. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has the training to conquer what may seem to be unconquerable. What’s unique about us is that we have ongoing training for our employees to always stay up to date on the trends and practices in the restoration industry. Call us today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How To Prevent Fire Damage To My Nashville Home

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Few things in this world are scarier than fire damage, and the aftermath evokes painful memories. To prevent life-changing fire damage from happening, you have to exercise caution and learn the necessary safety precautions. This is so that the heartbreak of losing your Nashville home doesn’t happen again. 

What Are Some Preventative Measures I Can Take To Keep My Nashville Home Fire-Safe? 

  • Test your fire and smoke alarms every month! In today’s busy world, where it seems like we are doing a million things at once, it can be easy for a small detail like checking the smoke alarms to slip our minds. But a small detail like that can make a big difference! Making routine checks and changing your smoke alarm batteries helps in the long run. 
  • Measure carbon monoxide levels! While carbon monoxide doesn’t damage your home as a fire does, it can be dangerous when released from burning carbon materials. It is an odorless, colorless gas that releases from burning wood, natural gas, coal, and heating oil. When you use the fireplace carelessly or leave something on the stove unattended, you increase the chances of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning in your Nashville home. It would be wise to get a dual-sensor carbon monoxide and smoke detector to stay safe from a fire this fall. 
  • Practice safe habits! Be responsible around candles, don't smoke indoors, and refrain from closing bedroom doors at night. 

How Can SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville Help If You Lost Your Nashville Home To Fire? 

  • If you are dealing with the unimaginable horror that comes with post-fire damage, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville is here to help! The hallmark of our business is fire and water damage restoration. We have extensive training to get your Nashville home back to pre-fire condition. This includes expertise in fire and smoke restoration, odor control, deodorization and sanitation techniques, upholstery and fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration. 
  • We are faster to disasters of all sizes and scopes! We have a 24-hour emergency response because we know accidents and natural disasters can happen day or night. 

If you are recovering from the unfortunate loss of your Nashville home to fire damage, don’t hesitate to contact us through our website or call us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Does the Water Damage Repair Process Look Like in Bellevue?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

When your Bellevue home or business floods due to excessive rain, common in Nashville, especially during tornado season, it can be stressful trying to pick up the pieces of your pre-disaster life and put them back together. Luckily, our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has the expertise, specialized equipment, and resources to not only remove signs of water damage in your Bellevue property but also how to restore your items to pre-disaster conditions as well. Our scientific approach to water removal and cleanup lets us dry and restore your property and belongings "Like it never even happened." 

What Are The Steps To The Water Restoration Process In Bellevue? 

  • The process starts when you contact us! We offer 24-hour emergency service- we will show up faster to any disaster. 
  • Our water damage inspection starts by identifying and stopping the water source. For proper restoration to happen, it is imperative to end the problem before applying the solution! This also includes identifying the type of water ranging from clean water to black water, helping us determine the level of contamination. 
  • Next, we start the water removal process, where we use powerful pumps and vacuum units to extract hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. This effective method reduces drying time but more importantly, it prevents further water damage and obstructs mold and fungal growth. 
  • The drying and dehumidification process starts with our team using room measurements, relative humidity, and room temperature. This process determines the quintessential number of dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water that persists in your Bellevue property. 

How Does The Cleaning and Sanitation Process Work? 

  • When water damage has made its way through your property, the walls, floors, and ceilings will be the areas of interest because they will bear the brunt of water damage. In addition to cleaning your property’s structure, we will also clean your upholstery, furniture, clothing, and other restorable belongings. 
  • Many places in the property and items will require professional odor removal and deodorization since wet materials have a distinctive odor. 
  • This odor removal involves several sanitizing treatments, including antimicrobial, antibacterial, and disinfectant treatments for your Bellevue property to experience a deep clean post-water damage. 

With frequent rainfall comes frequent flooding, and the restoration and cleanup process can be a hassle to deal with when you have other obligations and responsibilities in your daily life. Thankfully, our highly trained team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville specializes in water damage and the cleanup process that follows. Call us today at (615) 242-9391- we’re here to help! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Does A Restoration Company Do After Storm Damage in Belle Meade?

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

If you know anything about Nashville weather, it’s that we get a lot of rain here in Music City. While rain can be a relief during a drought, and it helps crops grow, we all know that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Unfortunately, too much rain causes flooding, water damage, and storm damage. If this happens to you, you may be looking for a restoration company to help your Belle Meade home or business get back to its new normal. Enter: SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville…

What Does The Storm Damage Restoration Process Look Like In Belle Meade?

  • The first step, of course, would be to contact us! Our representative will guide you through the process and may ask a series of questions to help us better understand the extent of storm damage in your Belle Meade home or business so that we can utilize the appropriate equipment. 
  • Next, we inspect and test the scope of storm damage to determine how far the moisture has traveled. While this process is going on, please keep an eye out for hazards like exposed nails, broken glass, or downed power lines. 
  • By this point, we begin the water removal process; we use potent vacuum units and pumps to remove gallons of water from your Belle Meade property quickly. This helps prevent further water damage and mold growth as a result of storm damage. 

What Happens After The Water Is Removed?

  • Once that’s cleaned up, we begin the drying and dehumidification process, which consists of using specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that was harder to access the first time around. This leads to a deeper clean.  
  • Any restorable item will be cleaned now. We make sure that our professionals employ proper sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property. 
  • The final step is restoration, which is where we repair your Belle Meade home or business to its preloss condition. Some of the minor procedures that go into the restoration process include installing new carpets or replacing drywall. In-depth restoration goes more into renovating various rooms or areas in the home or business. 

Dealing with the remnants of storm damage is no fun. Still, with SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville’s compassionate care and philosophy of restoration and NOT replacement, we guarantee 24-hour emergency service and a level of expertise to usher in the sense of normalcy after storm damage. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, and rain or shine, we’ll be there. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO Can Handle Mold Remediation In Green Hills

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage has made its way into your property, mold growth can increase exponentially in as little as 48 hours! Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, we are equipped to handle all types of mold… even black mold. 

What Should I Do If I Find Black Mold?

  • It is best to treat any mold, regardless of color, with caution and stay away from all affected areas, and of course, don’t touch or disturb the mold! 
  • In many cases of black mold, multiple types of mold can exist in the same building structure, which is why you should contact us right as you see the first signs of mold in your Green Hills property. 

After Contacting SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, How Does The Mold Remediation Process Work?  

  • An inspection and mold damage assessment will be carried out on your Green Hills home or business to ensure the proper measures are taken to remedy the damage. Since every mold damage scenario is unique, we want to have the most effective equipment and resources to best conduct the removal process, so be ready to answer a series of questions from our highly trained professionals
  • Mold containment is the next step to recovery. This is where our team uses advanced containment techniques such as negative air chambers and negative air pressure to isolate the contaminated area and prevent the mold from spreading further. This directly leads into the air filtration process, where we use strong HEPA vacuums and “air scrubbers” to prevent greater spreading while the remediation process is in place. 
  • Afterward, we clean all mold-infested belongings and use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to exterminate mold colonies and prevent new colonies from taking their place. 
  • The restoration process begins here, where we tailor the approach to fit the level of mold damage that your Green Hills property has experienced. This could involve minor repairs like painting and replacing drywall or major repairs like a complete redesign of various areas and rooms of your property. 

Mold can be a pain to deal with but working with us is not! When you need trained personnel to help you recover from mold damage to your Green Hills home or business, look no further than SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville. We have the experience and training to handle molds of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Call us today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Does A Restoration Company Do After Storm Damage in Belle Meade?

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

If you know anything about Nashville weather, it’s that we get a lot of rain here in Music City. While rain can be a relief during a drought, and it helps crops grow, we all know that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Unfortunately, too much rain causes flooding, water damage, and storm damage. If this happens to you, you may be looking for a restoration company to help your Belle Meade home or business get back to its new normal. Enter: SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville…

What Does The Storm Damage Restoration Process Look Like In Belle Meade?

  • The first step, of course, would be to contact us! Our representative will guide you through the process and may ask a series of questions to help us better understand the extent of storm damage in your Belle Meade home or business so that we can utilize the appropriate equipment. 
  • Next, we inspect and test the scope of storm damage to determine how far the moisture has traveled. While this process is going on, please keep an eye out for hazards like exposed nails, broken glass, or downed power lines. 
  • By this point, we begin the water removal process; we use potent vacuum units and pumps to remove gallons of water from your Belle Meade property quickly. This helps prevent further water damage and mold growth as a result of storm damage. 

What Happens After The Water Is Removed?

  • Once that’s cleaned up, we begin the drying and dehumidification process, which consists of using specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that was harder to access the first time around. This leads to a deeper clean.  
  • Any restorable item will be cleaned now. We make sure that our professionals employ proper sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property. 
  • The final step is restoration, which is where we repair your Belle Meade home or business to its preloss condition. Some of the minor procedures that go into the restoration process include installing new carpets or replacing drywall. In-depth restoration goes more into renovating various rooms or areas in the home or business. 

Dealing with the remnants of storm damage is no fun. Still, with SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville’s compassionate care and philosophy of restoration and NOT replacement, we guarantee 24-hour emergency service and a level of expertise to usher in the sense of normalcy after storm damage. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, and rain or shine, we’ll be there. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Commercial Restoration For Your Bellevue Restaurant

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

As the saying goes, first impressions are lasting impressions, which certainly holds true in the business world! The way your Bellevue property looks can make or break a client's opinion of your business, so it's crucial to make the client's first impression a good one. Not only is commercial cleaning and restoration beneficial for your client, but it's beneficial for your employees as well because it boosts employee productivity. Regardless of the motivator, commercial cleaning and restoration are integral to your business's image. 

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville Help Me Restore My Bellevue Restaurant? 

  • We are available 24 hours a day to restore your Bellevue restaurant "Like it never even happened," so that you can get back to business! 
  • We have the expertise, training, and specialized equipment to handle commercial fire, water, or mold damage. We have ongoing training so that we are never behind on industry tips, tricks, and trends. 
  • No job is too big for us- we even have a Commercial Large Loss Division to prove it! We know that it's always inconvenient when disaster strikes and that every hour lost to restoration is an hour of productivity and revenue lost. Our elite large-loss specialists are strategically positioned throughout the United States and highly qualified to handle disasters of all sizes. We ensure that a commercial operations manager supervises the large loss to strengthen seamless communication and mitigation efforts. 
  • At SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs is like no other. We employ oversight of temporary labor and strategic placement around the disaster area for the most effective restoration of your Bellevue restaurant.  

What Kind Of Commercial Buildings Can SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/ West Nashville Restore? 

We can restore any of the following: 

  • Small Office Buildings
  • High-Rise/Large Office Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Retail/Big Box Stores
  • Government/Military

And More!

Throughout human history, restaurants have fulfilled the need for human connection and shaped the world's social landscape. If your Bellevue restaurant has experienced fire, water, or mold damage due to a natural disaster, it can be devastating to take the steps to restoration. If that's the case, don't hesitate to contact us through our website or call us at (615) 242-9391. We are always ready to take on the unpredictable. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Quickly Does Mold Grow After Water Damage In Nashville?

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

It’s never a good thing for mold to make an appearance in your Nashville home or business- it’s like adding insult to injury after water damage! As crazy as it is, mold can develop within 24 - 48 hours after being exposed to water. When this happens, the last thing you want to do is prolong mold exposure because allergens caused by this unsightly aftereffect of water damage can cause serious health effects if not taken care of as soon as possible. Even though every mold damage scenario is different and has to be handled accordingly, the general mold remediation process is the same, and that process always starts by contacting us

After I Contact SERVPRO Belle Meade/West Nashville, What Are The First Steps? 

  • Local and state laws may require specific documentation and inspection based on the size and scope of the affected area in Nashville. Despite this, one of the steps that remain constant is a mold damage assessment, after which we will give you guidance based on your unique situation. 
  • We use advanced technology to detect mold spores that may be hidden from the average eye because, other than water, mold feeds on cellulose.
  • Because mold can become a dreadful problem just two days after water damage, our professionals use various containment methods to prevent even greater mold spread. 

What Are Some Containment Methods SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville Uses? 

  • Some advanced containment methods include negative air chambers to isolate the affected area and applying negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. We also use specialized filtration equipment, including potent “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums, to capture microscopic mold spores from the air throughout the remediation process. 
  • When we remove mold, we also remove mold-infested materials, and we apply antibacterial and microbial treatment to eradicate mold colonies and prevent new colonies from forming. This marks the start of the restoration process.  

It can be frustrating when mold resulting from water damage gets in the way of your day-to-day activities in your Nashville home or business. If you find yourself stuck in this bind, don’t be afraid to call us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.   

What Makes SERVPRO Different From Other Restoration Companies Near Me?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are committed to repairing your property “Like it never even happened.” We take great pride in providing stellar customer service as a locally owned and operated business. We serve the greater Nashville community with residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services because every disaster is different, so we have different processes catered to the damage type and size.  

Why Choose SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville? 

  • As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we know how intimidating it is to start the restoration process. That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency service. Day or night, our experienced technicians will be there to bring you the help you need. 
  • We are faster than the average restoration company to any size disaster, big or small. In most restoration and cleaning scenarios, immediate action is necessary to mitigate the present damages and any future damages. No matter the size or scope, we can handle it! 
  • Our trained technicians know property damage restoration! From SERVPRO’s corporate training facilities to industry certification, we don’t send out just anyone to fix that leaking pipe or remove smoke and soot from your property. Since industry trends are always subject to change, we prioritize providing ongoing training so that the restoration journey remains up to date.  

What Separates Us From Other Restoration Companies?

In the Digital Age, technology is paramount for data and information to travel faster than ever before. That has been useful for the restoration industry because the equipment we use depends on the type of disaster. This helps us to restore your property quickly and more efficiently. Some of the equipment we use include:

  • Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment 
  • Water Extraction Equipment
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments 
  • Drying Equipment 


Nashville may be Music City, but you don’t have to sing the blues if a natural disaster shows up uninvited. We work hard to ensure that you don’t have to go through such an overwhelming experience alone. We treat every customer with compassion and empathy and strive to restore your property to pre-damage conditions. Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do After Smoke Damage To My West End Home?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with the cleanup that comes post-fire damage is devastating enough, but what about handling the soot and smoke smell afterward? Often, it’s true that scents can bring back emotional memories, and the smoke damage is sure to conjure up some traumatic ones. That’s why, at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we specialize in deodorization and odor removal so that you can start the restoration process post-disaster.   

What Are Some Ways SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Can Eliminate Smoke Odors?

  • Our experienced team is trained to identify and eradicate offensive odors as a result of smoke damage. These odors are known to come from sources beyond the interior of your West End home. 
  • We have the training and equipment required to detect these odors, thereby eliminating them soon afterward. Our technicians have access to numerous odor removal products capable of penetrating through carpets, upholstery, and surfaces to neutralize the smell completely. 
  • We also teach IICRC technical courses in proper odor removal. We know that just going surface level won’t be enough to thoroughly eliminate smoke odors, especially if those odors are severe or persistent. In other words, we know better than to take shortcuts! 

How Can I Recover Important Documents And Precious Photographs After Smoke Damage?   

We handle all documents and photographs with extreme care to ensure that fire/smoke damage doesn’t ruin the items further. Although some documents may be beyond saving, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can still save many of your documents and help reduce further damage. 

There are five options for document/photograph drying, depending on the level of smoke, soot, and fire damage. These options are: 

  • Vacuum Thermal Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Air Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying 
  • Air Drying


Smoke damage to your West End home as a byproduct of fire damage doesn’t have to turn your life upside down. However, with our expertise in this field and our prompt response time, you can get your life back to normal in no time! Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Mold Remediation In Your Nashville Commercial Building

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

All it takes is a dripping pipe or even excess humidity for a mold colony to form in your Nashville commercial building. Once this happens, microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, making it that much harder to remove all mold from your Nashville building without the proper equipment and safety measures. 

What’s the 411 on Mold? 

  • Aside from being microscopic, mold spores float in the air and can enter your building through windows, HVAC systems, doors, or even take a trip to your building through your clothing or a pet. Talk about an unannounced guest! 
  • Mold spores flourish in moisture-rich environments. This means mold can grow dramatically in the presence of water, forming mold colonies. Adding insult to injury, these colonies oftentimes produce health effects. 
  • Before the mold remediation process, our team of professionals must address any water or moisture in the building environment before proceeding with the inspection and mold damage assessment. 
  • Excess humidity is also a culprit to mold growth in your Nashville commercial building. That’s why it’s important to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. 
  • To find out where affected areas are in your building, mold often has a strong, musty smell, which can help you in your mold remediation journey. 

The Dos And Don’ts of Mold Damage

  • As obvious as it may be, DO stay out of the affected area(s) and turn off all HVAC systems and fans!
  • Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville, where our highly trained technicians specialize in mold remediation with advanced technology and expertise in this field. 
  • No matter what, DON’T touch or disturb the mold!
  • DON’T try to dry the area without professional supervision.
  • DON’T blow air across the surfaces where the mold resides. This will cause the mold to spread faster. 
  • DON’T spray disinfectants or bleach on mold. 


Not only can mold cause damage to your Nashville commercial building, but it can also be hazardous to your health. If you think your building may show signs of mold damage, don’t hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preparing for Fall Storms in Bellevue

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

If you know the Greater Nashville area, it should come as no surprise that Music City gets a heavy dose of annual rainfall, which is great to cool off from a hot, sticky day. However, it can also mean storm damage, water damage, and frequent flooding in your Bellevue home or business. To alleviate storm damage as the temperatures decrease, you have to take the appropriate measures to reduce and prevent further damage. 

Storm Damage Checklist: Get The Scoop On Flood Remediation

  • DO remove excess water by blotting and mopping affected areas.
  • DO remove colored items from wet carpeting.
  • DO gather and remove loose objects from wet areas and move to a safe place. 
  • DO place wood blocks and aluminum foil between wet carpets and furniture legs and prop all wet cushions. 
  • DON’T leave wet fabrics, furs, and leather goods lying around! Make sure to hang them up.
  • DON’T use household appliances! This means not using your vacuum cleaner to remove water. 
  • DON’T turn on the ceiling fan if the ceiling is wet! This also includes staying away from rooms where the ceiling is sagging from excess water. 

Further Cleanup: Electronic Restoration

  • We know that water damage can cause a severe threat to your electronics. If you think that any of your electrical devices has been a victim of water damage, DO NOT attempt to turn them on! 
  • To prevent further corrosion and damage, we start the restoration process by cleaning up the exterior of all electronic devices. 
  • Electronics will be examined thoroughly by an experienced electronics technician afterward. 
  • We can handle anything from TV sets to computers and more! 


It’s hard to predict the unpredictable, but a few practical measures and a call to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can get you back on your feet after a storm in Bellevue. Contact us today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Steps You Should Take After Fire Damage in Green Hills

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Few things are scarier than the destruction that a fire leaves in its wake. It’s overwhelming to think about where to start with the restoration process. You may have some burning questions on the causes of fire damage, how to prevent a fire from reoccurring, or how to effectively recover from fire damage. 

To Do Or Not To Do?

  • DO limit movement in the area to prevent soot particles from getting onto any carpets and upholstery.
  • DO keep your hands clean to prevent further contamination on walls, upholstery, furniture, etc.
  • DO change HVAC filters and tape extra layers of cheesecloth over the air registers.
  • DO empty the freezer and keep the refrigerator door open if the electricity is off.
  • DON’T wash any walls or surfaces without contacting us.
  • DON’T try to shampoo rugs and carpets without us assessing the area first.
  • DON’T use any food or beverage that has been too close to the fire. 
  • DON’T try to clean any electrical appliances that have been to close to the fire, smoke, heat, or water without reaching out to an authorized repair service. 

What Does The Fire Restoration Process Look Like For Your Green Hills Home/Business?

  • The process begins when you call us. When you make this call, a company representative will ask questions about the extent of the fire damage to give us context on how best to help you, since we know that each fire is different. This will help us to respond quickly with the best resources and equipment. 
  • The next step is inspection of your Green Hills home/business and a fire damage assessment so that we can put together a game plan after detecting the size and scope of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. 
  • Since fire damage affects roofs, windows, and walls the most, immediate board-up and roof tarp services are crucial to maintain security and put preventative measures in place. 
  • If water damage is evident, water removal and drying begin immediately after removing soot and smoke from all surfaces. 
  • We clean and sanitize before restoration, which is the final step on the arduous journey to fire damage repair. 


After the physical, emotional, and mental turmoil that a fire can cause for your Green Hills home or business, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is committed to helping you find some normalcy after such a devastating event. Contact us today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Water Damage Repair in West End

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

If you have lived in Music City for long enough, chances are, you’re aware that we get quite a lot of rain, which can lead to frequent flooding. Losing all of your precious belongings (and with that, memories) in a relentless torrent can undoubtedly be mentally, emotionally, and physically overwhelming. Thankfully, we have the expertise required to help you restore what was lost and get back to a new normal after water damage to your West End home or business. 

Safety First, Safety Second…

  • As always, in these instances, your number one priority should be safety. Is it safe to stay inside your West End home or business?
  • You should be sure only to do indoor activities that are safe for you to perform post-flooding. 
  • Don’t push yourself to lift too many objects, because wet materials can be VERY heavy- be careful! 
  • Some of the most prevalent concerns involving water damage are electrical hazards and “slip and fall” incidents, so be aware of the damage post-flood. 

How Do I Restore My Belongings After Water Damage To My West End Home Or Business? 

  • Here at SERVPRO Belle Meade/West Nashville, our philosophy of “restore” and not “replace” motivates us to help you restore your items as if they were our own, and we work tirelessly to make sure your belongings are as good as they were pre-flood. As a result, we first pretest your contents to start this process. 
  • Next, we utilize several methods to clean your materials, including dry cleaning, wet cleaning, spray and wipe, immersion cleaning, foam cleaning, and abrasive cleaning. 
  • Suppose your West End home or business requires intensive cleanup and restoration. In that case, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can coordinate an efficient, effective, and stress-free moveout of the affected area(s). This provides several benefits, including a quicker remodeling process and protecting items from further damage. 
  • We also provide electronic cleanup, photograph, and document drying services, and contents claim inventory services.  


If you find yourself needing extra guidance on a trying and emotional experience such as water damage repair in West End, look no further than SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville! As trusted leaders in the restoration industry, we pride ourselves on our ongoing training and rapid 24/7 emergency response because we know that natural disasters don’t come announced! Contact us today at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Prevent Storm Damage To My Nashville Business?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Here in Music City, it comes as no surprise that the high amount of annual rainfall leads to flooding and storm damage aside from water damage. In order to ameliorate the damage caused by excessive flooding, immediate action is of utmost importance- that’s why at SERVPRO Belle Meade/West Nashville, our team is on call 24/7 to answer to flooding and storm conditions; not only that, but we also have the resources, specialized equipment and experience needed to get the job done and get your business up-and-running again. 

As a locally owned and operated business that specializes in storm damage, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is nearby to promptly help your business recover post-storm. We understand the importance of getting back to work as soon as possible so that your business doesn’t incur more loss as a result of something that is out of your control; this allows us to provide thorough and empathetic disaster restoration to our local community. 

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville For Your Nashville Business?

  • When disaster hits, time is of the essence! Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we know that time is money- that’s why our quick response time will help prevent greater damage to your Nashville business and reduce any more restoration costs that can come as a result of that. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 
  • Our team of highly trained storm damage specialists have comprehensive storm damage and water restoration training that lets us help you bring your Nashville business back to normal. Our team of water damage restoration technicians and applied structural drying technicians have continuous training so that we can maintain a high caliber of skill and professionalism during the face of disaster.  

What Makes SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville The Experts in Storm Damage Repair? 

  • As a trusted leader in the storm restoration industry, our highly trained staff go through initial and ongoing training and certifications to combat the unpredictable. From initial franchise training to web-based courses, we make sure our team has the resources to be in-the-know when it comes to ever-changing industry requirements. 
  • We have access to numerous resources designed to handle major storms. These include access to Disaster Recovery Teams located across the country and the capacity to assemble local command centers throughout the nation. 

If your Nashville business needs post-storm restoration, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Should I Do If I Find Mold In My Bellevue Home?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

As the saying goes, a little goes a long way. This can also be applied to mold growth in your Bellevue home! Even a small leak through a dripping pipe or excess humidity one hot summer day can give way to a mold colony. 

Once a few spores have set in, it’s very easy for mold to accumulate, spreading throughout your whole house in just 48 hours! Mold is undoubtedly unsightly, but it can also affect your family’s health if not taken care of as soon as possible. 

If you think your Bellevue home has been infested with mold, don’t hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville! Our team of highly trained and qualified professionals can inspect your property and utilize our specialized equipment to reduce your home’s mold infestation and bring it back to pre-mold condition. 

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville For Your Mold Woes? 

  • We know molds spread rapidly- that’s why our staff at SERVPRO make it a priority to respond immediately when you reach out to us. We keep an open line of communication to show our dedication to our Bellevue community because we know that a fast response reduces costs and further damages. 
  • Not only is our team highly trained in mold remediation, but we also use advanced mold remediation techniques and equipment. This equipment helps to find out the root cause of water feeding the mold, allowing us to isolate that area by using a negative air pressure chamber. 

The Mold Remediation Process, In A Nutshell

  • Every mold situation is different, but generally, after making a call to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, our team will carry out a comprehensive mold damage assessment at your Bellevue home.
  • Then the process of mold containment and air filtration begins before removing the mold and other mold-infected items. 
  • After a thorough cleaning of the affected area(s), the restoration process begins so that you can go back to life pre-mold infestation. 


Visit our website for a more in-depth review of mold remediation and restoration! Don’t let the “Mold Wars” take over your life - give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391, and we can put an end to that pesky mold, once and for all! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Specializes in Commercial Water Damage Restoration

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

When a flash flood occurs, a pipe bursts, or you find a leak in your water system, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is only a call away to address your commercial water damage. No job is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, and this extends to all commercial water damage scenarios.

What does SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s commercial water damage restoration process look like?

Our commercial water damage restoration consists of the following.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Why choose SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for your commercial water damage restoration?

SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville’s team has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies, We respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project, and our technicians include those who specialize in various areas.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician


Need to get a hold of a water damage restoration company for your commercial restoration needs? Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do After Water Damage To Your Green Hills Basement

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage is always unexpected, unwanted, and unfortunate. It also never waits to happen at a convenient time, but rather, it often comes up in the form of an emergency situation. However, water damage in your Green Hills basement can be swiftly taken care of with a call to your local restoration company, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville.

What to do when water damage occurs in Green Hills?

First things first, you should make sure that you get to safety. You can assess your safety by paying attention to the following:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Next up, you should call an emergency number for a water damage restoration company to get on the scene. By putting SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number in your phone right now, you won’t have to look one up if water damage comes to pass: (615) 242-9391. 

What happens after I call the restoration company if water damage occurs in my Green Hills basement?

While you wait for the restoration team to arrive, we suggest doing the following once you’ve deemed the situation safe. 

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.


Once the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team arrives, they’ll go through the water damage restoration process to prevent further damage and mitigate more losses from existing damage. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are Some Dangers Of Fire Damage in West End?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

When not properly addressed and taken care of, fire damage in West End, or any other place in Nashville, can spell disaster for a building’s structural integrity as well as the general health and well-being of the building’s occupants. After a fire, there are several necessary steps that must be taken during the fire damage restoration process to restore buildings to their original conditions and ensure the health and safety of everyone who enters them.

So, what are some of the dangers of fire damage in West End?

  • Fire damage can leave your building full of soot, which when inhaled, can cause or exacerbate serious conditions like lung cancer, asthma, and more. 
  • Heat can severely weaken or damage concrete, wood, and other structural materials that often make up the commercial and residential buildings on West End. Your building should always be assessed post-fire damage to check for structural damage before you or anyone else enters it again.
  • Permanent fire damage can also impact the buildings adjacent to where the fire took place. Depending on how far the fire and smoke spread, others buildings nearby may not be safe or need to be restored, too.

How can you restore fire damage in West End?

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, our fire damage restoration process consists of the following steps. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call (615) 242-9391.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test the adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the damage. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

We can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs to prevent further damage. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

If water is present, the removal process begins almost immediately.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Specialized equipment and techniques help remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Next up comes cleaning, sanitization, and disinfecting. 

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step to restore the building to its pre-fire condition.


You can contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for fire damage restoration or other disaster restoration services by calling (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Why Should You Choose SERVPRO of Belle Meade?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

When disaster hits - whether that be a flash flood or something more along the lines of Nashville’s March 2020 tornado - you should have a disaster restoration company’s number in your phone to call. However, not many companies offer a comprehensive suite of disaster restoration services. However, no matter the disaster’s size or scope, look no further than SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville?

Instead of having just one or two specialties like mold remediation and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville offers a host of disaster restoration services, including commercial and residential:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • And many more!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville also invests heavily in training and state-of-the-art technology and products to respond to any size disaster with expertise in a matter of hours. With 24/7 emergency service, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is just a call away from getting started on restoring your commercial or residential properties to their preloss conditions.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville over other restoration companies?

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we invest heavily in hiring from our greater Nashville community to serve our neighbors and friends within the city. 

Our highly trained technicians go through extensive training, including:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) set the industry standards for the cleaning and restoration, and our professionals study and take to heart IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.


Need a restoration company to help you clean up after damages or an emergency situation? Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Can Clean Your Nashville Commercial Building

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

While standard janitorial services are sufficient for frequent surface cleanings of your facilities, Nashville commercial buildings often need a thorough deep cleaning every few months to get rid of built up grime, dust, and other contaminants that find their way inside. When you find yourself in need of extensive commercial cleaning, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can help. 

What all is included in SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s commercial cleaning?

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville offers prompt cleaning services for your commercial buildings in Nashville, including:

How do I know which commercial cleaning services I should hire SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for?

Since we offer a variety of specialty commercial cleaning services, it may be confusing for you to determine which one you need our help with in particular. However, our job is to help determine this for you so that your properties get the cleaning they need. 

Our cleaning experts have the training and state-of-the-art technology and sanitation products to take your commercial building to the next level of clean. We can ensure that any biohazards and contaminants are free from the building, and we can also clean restaurant hoods. Our scope of cleaning services is wide, and we’re happy to help you determine just which service will suit your needs when you call us to schedule a cleaning.


Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 for more information about our commercial cleaning services as well as our commercial restoration services. No matter the time of year or the disaster or dirty building you’re dealing with, our team can help. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How To Prepare For Summer Storms In Bellevue

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Bellevue, like the rest of Middle Tennesee, sees lots of summer storms rolling through it during June, July, August, and beyond. Storms in Nashville often bring buckets of water from the sky as well as flash floods, lightning, thunder, and sometimes fires. So, how can you stay prepared for summer storms to minimize the possibility of storm damage affecting your residential or commercial properties? We've rounded up a few action items for you to take to prepare your home or business for Bellevue summer storms. 

What Should I Do to Prepare for Bellevue Summer Storms?

  1. Make sure that any low-hanging limbs are cut down and disposed of and that anything that could fly into the air with gusty wind is anchored to the ground. Storms too often end with objects flying into buildings that weren’t properly placed or taken care of before a storm suddenly occurred.
  2. Clean your gutters. Make sure that your gutters are free from debris so that they can do their job and funnel water away from your home or business. 
  3. Create an emergency plan. Make sure that everyone in your household knows what to do if a tornado or severe storm watch occurs and they’re at home or away from home. 

How Can I Stay Safe During Bellevue Storms?

  1. Get inside. Staying away from tall structures like telephone poles and trees when a storm rolls in is important because these may fall with the gusts of wind that often accompany summer storms. 
  2. Don’t use electrical devices or appliances. In case lightning strikes your home, you should avoid using any electrical devices or appliances that have cords and are connected to your home’s electricity. These will experience an electrical surge if your electricity gets affected by the storm. 
  3. Have candles and flashlights on hand. Sometimes the power goes out during summer storms, so you should make sure that you have candles and flashlights to illuminate your home if the power goes out. You should also have an emergency kit with first aid nearby.
  4. Don’t take baths or showers. Water can carry an electrical current if it is hit by lightning, so stay out of the shower when a storm occurs in Nashville.


While preparation measures are important to minimize the chances that storms will damage your Bellevue home or business, storm damage is never completely preventable. When you experience storm damage, fire damage, water damage, or other disasters in Bellevue, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. We are trained in responding to emergency situations, and we’re ready to help. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration In West End

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Thanks to Nashville’s many inches of rainfall each year, water damage is an unfortunate reality for many businesses in Middle Tennessee. However, a flood, burst pipe, or water leak does not have to spell disaster for your West End business. With the right professional services at the appropriate time, your commercial water damage can be repaired so that your commercial building is back to its original condition in as short a timeline as possible.

So, what does commercial water damage restoration look like in Nashville?

When it comes to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s commercial water damage restoration approach, we pride ourselves in our quick response and mitigation efforts to address the damage at a moment’s notice. Here are a few reasons why our commercial restoration services stand out:

  • No matter the size of your job, we can handle it. No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville.
  • We offer 24/7 emergency service, 365 days a year. Whether it’s 3 am or 12 pm, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has commercial restoration specialists on call to help you in your time of need. We understand that time is of the essence when it comes to commercial restoration, and this is certainly true for water restoration in particular. 
  • Our commercial water restoration team includes Water Damage Restoration Technicians, Applied Structural Drying Technicians, Odor Control Technicians, and Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians so we can address every facet of water damage at your commercial property.

What does SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s commercial water damage restoration process look like?

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, our commercial water damage restoration process includes 6 steps.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact 

This is when you call (615) 242-9391 and report your water damage.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Next, we determine the scope of your water damage.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

After we arrive, the water removal process begins and removes as much water as possible to minimize damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Drying is an important next step to get rid of every hint of water that lingers as well as combat mold growth. 

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and deodorize your entire property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Lastly, we repair what’s been affected by water damage.


For more information on SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s commercial water damage restoration services, you can visit our website here. Our disaster restoration specialties also include residential and commercial fire damage restoration, mold remediation, deodorization, and cleaning. Give us a call at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preventing Fire Damage To Your Green Hills Home This Summer

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Hot, humid Nashville weather is here to stay for the summer season, and all the static electricity in the air paired with the high temperatures are a recipe for fires everywhere, including Green Hills. House fires can be sparked by a wide variety of incidents--from leaving your stove on to a spark catching flame in your dryer. Nevertheless, you can take action to minimize the chances that your home will not experience fire damage.

How Do You Prevent Fire Damage to Your Green Hills Home?

There are a few steps that you can take to prevent fire damage to your Green Hills home this summer. 

  1. Test your fire/smoke alarms every month. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and you never know when the batteries in your smoke detectors decide it’s time to quit on you. Make it a routine habit to check your fire/smoke alarms every month, replacing any batteries as necessary.
  2. Clean your dryer’s lint trap and external vent. After continuously drying loads of laundry for days and weeks on end, your dryer’s external vent can experience lots of buildup from the lint that doesn’t get caught in its lint trap. Especially during the summer months, you should make sure that your home’s external vent is cleaned and replaced if necessary. Always removing the lint from your dryer’s lint trap after every use is also a good practice to adopt.
  3. Regularly wipe down your kitchen. Any grease lingering on your stove or oven is a recipe for disaster waiting to happen. Fire damage can often easily be traced back to grease in your kitchen, so making it a habit to clean your stove, oven, and all your other kitchen appliances will ensure that you minimize the chances of a grease fire occurring.

How Else Can You Lower the Chances of Fire Damage in Your Green Hills Home?

In addition to the preventative measures listed above, you can also proactively protect yourself and your home from fire damage by doing the following.

1. Invest in homeowners’ or renters’ insurance.

Make sure that your homeowners’ insurance policy includes house fires. In the unfortunate event that fire damage does occur, you want to have peace of mind that your insurance will cover any damages that are beyond repair. This will prevent you from losing everything even if an emergency hits.

2. Store flammable lawn clippings and other outdoor materials in safe places.

Don’t just leave dry leaves and lawn clippings in piles in your yard. This puts your home in a prime position to act as kindling for any fire that occurs within these flammable materials close by. Dispose of flammable outdoor materials as soon as you can, and while you’re waiting to get rid of them, keep them far away from your house to minimize the chances that your house catches fire if they somehow do.

3. Make sure your family knows your emergency fire escape plan.

Every homeowner should have an emergency fire escape plan in case of fire in your Nashville home. Write the plan down and go over it with your roommates, family members, or tenants so that they are prepared if the worst comes to pass.

If you ever find yourself in need of fire damage restoration specialists, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a team of fire restoration specialists who can restore your home or business to preloss condition. For more information on our disaster restoration emergency services, contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Storm Damage Restoration For Your Nashville Home

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Severe weather this time of year in Middle Tennessee is something we all expect. Seasonal storms bring powerful winds or flooding from heavy rain, creating unsafe conditions and damaging your home. The first consideration for anyone, of course, is to ensure that people involved are safe. Then, it’s time to turn your thoughts to storm damage restoration for your home. 

What Can I Do After Storm Damage To My Nashville Home?

Once the storm has passed, there can be all kinds of hazards left behind. It will be wise to look out for damage that may create a dangerous situation, such as:

  • Collapsed roofing
  • Smashed windows
  • Standing water
  • Impassable roads

Our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can help you navigate and manage hazardous conditions to ensure your property is secure and safe, preventing accidents, injuries, and further damages from occurring.

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade Help With Storm Damage Restoration?

Our expert team will put a specific plan in place to help get you back to normal as soon as possible. This plan includes:

  • Removing standing water
  • Drying affected areas
  • Controlling the moisture to keep mold and mildew from growing
  • Restoring drywall, hardwood floors, paint, and carpet
  • Restoring important documents and belongings
  • Working with insurance companies and claims adjusters


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is committed to ensuring quality repairs in a timely and professional manner. In addition to helping you with storm damage restoration for your home, we handle fire damage, biohazards, vandalism, cleanup projects both small and large, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Makes SERVPRO Different From Other Restoration Companies?

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are proud to be part of a disaster restoration company that guarantees commercial and residential property restoration to their original, pre-disaster states. We recognize the importance of your presence in the Nashville community, and we exist to help you operate like a disaster never happened, even when one does.

Our team of disaster restoration experts consists of individuals from across the greater Nashville community, and we also highly value hiring veterans who are looking to rejoin the workforce after their military service for our country.

As part of the community that we serve, we understand the pain it faces whenever disasters - whether they are mold, storms, tornadoes, COVID-19, or others - hit. This allows us to provide the highest quality service and compassionate disaster restoration care to our fellow Nashville neighbors and friends.

How is SERVPRO different from other disaster restoration companies?

  • We guarantee high-quality, pre-disaster conditions to the best of our abilities. We’re not going to just do a patch job after a disaster comes your way. 
  • We have expertise in a wide variety of areas, including commercial cleaning, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage, deodorization, air duct cleaning, and more.
  • No job is too large or too small. Commercial and residential properties are all fair game, and we will do our best to restore them to preloss conditions.
  • We champion preparedness. Although we only gain your business when disasters actually happen, we champion preparedness so you won’t need to hire us in the first place. We don’t want you to have to contact us, but when you do, we’re ready to respond 24/7, 365 days a year. 

What makes SERVPRO a disaster restoration leader?

  • Our constant training of all of our technicians and restoration specialists ensures that the latest techniques and practices are always used on the job.
  • Our investment in state-of-the-art technology means that you reap the benefits of a faster, more effective cleanup post-disaster that protects your health and safety above all else.
  • We span the nation. No matter where you live, chances are high that a local SERVPRO with local employees is available to provide the same high-quality disaster restoration services that our SERVPRO brand guarantees.


For disaster restoration assistance of any kind in Nashville, TN, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Mold Remediation After Water Damage To Your Office

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Once mold has established a colony, it can never be eradicated. Preventing mold from establishing a colony in your office is essential, and SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can help with suggestions and direction as to the best way to accomplish this goal. 

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade Help With Mold Remediation?

Our team of experts has all the training and equipment necessary to complete the mold remediation process.

Every mold damage scenario is different and will require a unique solution, however, the general mold remediation process is always the same. Below is information about what the mold remediation process after water damage to your office might look like.

What Does The Mold Remediation Process Look Like?

The steps listed below illustrate our typical process:

  1. Call us immediately if you notice an issue at (615) 651-6557. We will come to your location and do a mold inspection and mold damage assessment
  2. Contain the mold colony and spores as soon as we identify them.
  3. Establish proper air filtration in the area to ensure the air quality in your office is maintained
  4. Remove all mold and mold-infested materials so that another colony cannot begin from spores on these materials
  5. According to their type and material, contents and belongings will all be cleaned thoroughly and correctly to avoid as much loss as possible
  6. Initiate and complete total restoration of your location and belongings

Here at SERVPRO Of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we care about your health and safety, so if you are experiencing issues from a mold infestation in your office, we are here to help. Our technicians maintain the proper training and tools to take care of mold remediation and can help you with appropriate mold prevention techniques to help you guard against future infections in your office. We are also experts in large-scale cleanup projects, and can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! Call us for help with fire damage and water damage. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Nashville Water Damage Repair After A Flood

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Any city on the banks of a river will experience flooding in low-lying areas during wet weather. As a resident of Nashville, you have probably been affected by this. 

How Does Flooding Occur In Nashville?

Flooding occurs regularly in the Nashville area, and can happen from:

  • Having a drainage ditch overflow
  • Excess rain in creeks or rivers
  • Burst pipes or appliances

Your safety and that of your loved ones are of the utmost importance if the worst happens, and SERVPRO can be onsite right away to investigate the damage and start the restoration process, getting you back to normal as soon as possible. 

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade Help After Water Damage?

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are dedicated to helping our customers recover from a flooding event as quickly as possible, no matter the cause or size. We will:

  • Work with the insurance claim community
  • Document the damages and begin the drying process
  • Check for dangerous situations, such as exposed wiring near standing water
  • Save documents and dry out wooden flooring and textiles


We are your partner in Nashville water damage repair after a flood, and we handle mold remediation, too! We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Three Ways To Protect Your Belle Meade Home From a Fire

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Your home is a special place, full of happy family memories and history. You have spent both time and money on your home over the years to make it truly yours, so it’s a significant investment, too. Losing any part of your home from a house fire would be costly and devastating. 

Being aware of the most significant hazards will help to keep your home safe from the damages of a house fire and help you avoid the costs associated with its recovery. Here are three ways to protect your Belle Meade/West Nashville home from a fire: 

How Can I Protect My Belle Meade Home From An Electrical Fire?

Electrical fires are all too common. An equipment malfunction can cause an electrical fire due to:

  • An overloaded circuit
  • A bad extension cord
  • An overheated light bulb
  • Various other types of electrical home appliances

Taking the proper safety precautions when it comes to electrical systems will help you to avoid a fire. 

Some tips to help avoid a fire includes:

  • Overload outlets or electrical cords
  • Leave halogen, holiday, or outdoor lights on overnight or when away from your home

You can also schedule an electrician to come and perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.



How Can I Avoid Fires in My Belle Meade Kitchen?

Another way to protect your home from a fire is to be safe in the kitchen. Ensure you have the proper tools to use for all cooking projects, such as:

  • Pans and pots in good condition
  • Hot pads that don’t have holes in them
  • Afire extinguisher, and someone who knows how to use it properly.

There may be some people in your household that need special help when working in the kitchen, such as young children or people with physical disabilities; be sure they have a helper with them to avoid accidents that could result in a fire. 

How Do I Prevent Fires From Open Flames In Belle Meade?

Any type of open flame needs to be handled correctly, such as:

  • A fire in your fireplace
  • Candles
  • Matches

A fire in your fireplace needs to be extinguished before everyone goes to bed. Matches should be stored out of the reach of children. Candles are a lovely way to add pleasant scent and ambiance to your Belle Meade home, but they also become a fire hazard if left alone. Always ensure that candles are not left to burn when the household is asleep or away from the house.


These three fire hazards prevention practices are just a few of the ways you can protect your Belle Meade/West Nashville home from a fire. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are proud to serve the Nashville community. We restore homes and businesses after fire damage, as well as flooding, accidents, vandalism, biohazards, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Commercial Cleaning For Your Nashville Business

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

As the months pass and the seasons change, your Nashville business likely sees lots of foot traffic, including your customers and your employees. This influx of individuals at your company means that the dirt, dust, and grime accumulated on people’s shoes will end up on your floors and settle throughout your commercial building. However, regular and thorough commercial cleaning can return your Nashville business to its original sparkling clean state.

What types of commercial cleaning services exist for my Nashville business?

Everything that goes beyond the scope of your janitorial staff, our franchise can handle at your Nashville location.

Our team offers specialty cleaning services for commercial properties, including:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

You can also elect for commercial kitchen cleaning and more. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can also take care of any moisture control challenges that may bring about mold and mildew. 

What types of Nashville commercial properties will you clean?

We clean the following types of commercial properties in Nashville:

  • 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

From small retail stores to high-rises, no commercial cleaning job within our scope is too big or small for the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 to learn more today! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Expect From Summer Storms in Nashville

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Nashville, Tennessee, is prone to high humidity and temperamental summer storms in the middle of the year. These weather conditions often make moisture control within your residential and commercial properties quite difficult, resulting in mold and mildew growth, or even flooding and water damage. To help you prepare to combat summer storms and prevent them from damaging your home or business, we’ve gathered a couple of tips together to help you know what to expect from summer storms in Nashville.

What are Nashville summer storms like?

  • Summer storms in Middle Tennessee can occur abruptly and dump buckets of water from the sky. As a result, flash floods are relatively common and should be prepared for.
  • High winds and even tornadoes are part of Nashville’s summer storms from time to time. You should account for this in your storm preparedness planning.
  • Humidity goes through the roof during Nashville summer storms. Anything that isn’t appropriately sealed is susceptible to moisture and potential mold growth. Keep this in mind when checking your house for any water damage post-storms. 

How should you prepare for summer storms in Nashville?

  • Use sandbags to reroute water from your yard’s flood zones away from the house.
  • Clean your gutters so that water can run through them and they can do their job.
  • Replace your garage door with a stormproof, heavy-duty door that will withstand high winds.
  • Weatherstrip your windows and doors to seal them from outside moisturize creeping inside and accompanying mold growth.


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, our disaster restoration specialists are trained to respond to summer storms, emergency floods, water damage, mold, biohazards, and more at a moment’s notice. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 to reach us for your Nashville disaster restoration needs for summer storms and beyond.

Nashville Mold Removal - What You Need To Know

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Mold removal is a misnomer. While mold removal is ideal in theory, mold consists of thousands of tiny spores, microscopic particles that often can’t be entirely removed from buildings or surfaces. However, mold remediation is a process that we undertake at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to remove as many of the microscopic spores as possible and to remediate the adverse effects of any mold growth you experience.

What do you need to know about Nashville mold removal?

  • In Nashville, frequent storms and rain showers coupled with high humidity make mold growth reasonably commonplace. Therefore, minimizing the possibility of water damage and mold growth will go a long way toward keeping your properties mold-free.
  • The mold remediation process should be started as soon as possible after it is discovered, as mold can be hazardous to your health. 
  • Mold remediation begins with an inspection and assessment of the damage before measures are taken to contain, sanitize, and remediate the mold-ridden area.

How does mold remediation work in Nashville?

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, our mold remediation process consists of the following steps. Keep in mind that each set of mold remediation professionals will do mold removal slightly differently.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  2. Mold Containment
  3. Air Filtration
  4. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  5. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  6. Restoration


Have you discovered mold at your Nashville commercial or residential properties? Don’t hesitate to contact the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team at (615) 242-9391 for mold remediation services. We’re available to respond to emergencies 24/7, every day of the year. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Restoring Your Nashville Business After Flooding

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding is an unfortunately common occurrence in Nashville businesses when the rainy season rolls around. Dealing with the aftermath of a flood is never fun and often overwhelming. However, restoring your business is a possibility and should be explored if you’ve experienced the pains of a Nashville storm. So, how do you restore your business after flooding in Middle Tennessee?

How can you restore your Nashville business after flooding?

  • Ensure your water damage is accurately assessed and accounted for so it can be restored as much as possible. Especially in the event of a flood, you’re probably going to have to call the local water damage restoration professionals to ensure that all the water damage is dried.
  • Mold growth needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Flooding provides an excellent opportunity for mold to colonize within your Nashville business, and mold can cause health effects to your customers and employees. Any mold that may have formed in as little as 24 hours after it floods should be identified and remediated immediately. 
  • Dry everything out and replace or reconstruct anything that’s damaged beyond repair. When it comes to water damage restoration after flooding, pretty much everything is going to be soaked. Everything needs to be dried to prevent mold growth and restore your business to its former condition. 

What does water damage restoration look like at your Nashville business after flooding?

Water damage restoration processes may look different from professional to professional, but at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, the commercial water damage restoration process is as follows. 

  1. Inspection and testing to determine the flooding damage’s scope
  2. Water removal and water extraction where necessary
  3. Dehumidifying and drying
  4. Sanitizing and cleaning
  5. Restoration to original condition

We understand the unique pains of commercial water damage restoration, which is why we always send the following technicians to your flooding job: 

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician



Whenever you find yourself dealing with flooding, water damage, fire damage, mold, or odors, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. We’re here to help you restore your business or home to its former state. Learn more about SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s commercial water damage restoration and complete water damage restoration process. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Does A Fire Damage Restoration Company Do?

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Maybe you’ve heard of a fire damage restoration company before, but what exactly do they do? Why would it be helpful to hire one post-fire? 

What does a fire damage restoration company do?

  • Damage assessment 

First and foremost, a fire damage restoration company assesses the damage caused by fire and decides the most appropriate course of action to take to tackle the aftermath. 

  • Fire and smoke restoration

Anything damaged by fire is likely charred, smoke-filled, sooty, and potentially past return. Fire and smoke restoration technicians will restore any possessions that they can to their original state if desired.

  • Odor control and deodorization

Smoke can be hazardous to your health and is pervasive throughout your home or business after a fire. Controlling and removing this odor is a specialty of fire damage restoration companies. 

  • Upholstery and fabric cleaning

Smoke, soot, ash, and fire often severely damage and pervade upholstery and fabrics within your home or business. These can be cleaned and restored by a fire damage restoration company if they’re not past the point of no return. 

How does a fire damage restoration company restore your property after fire damage?

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, our fire damage restoration process starts with you making an emergency call to us at (615) 242-9391 and answering a trained representative’s questions so we can send you the help you need. After we get the information from you, we go about the following steps.

  1. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  2. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
  3. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  4. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration


For a more detailed look at each of these steps in our fire damage restoration process, check out the whole fire damage restoration breakdown. We recommend saving SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number in your phone for any fire damage or water damage emergencies that you may experience in Nashville: (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Is Mold Remediation?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Most individuals know that mold growth inside or on buildings should be removed. However, mold removal and mold remediation are two different things, and the latter is often misunderstood or not understood at all. So, what is mold remediation?

What exactly is mold remediation?

  • Mold “removal” is a misnomer for mold remediation. Since mold particles are microscopic and can easily penetrate surfaces and materials of all types, removing mold that naturally exists everywhere is a fallacy. Mold remediation, on the other hand, removes a mold contaminant that may cause health effects as well as affect the buildings or surfaces it resides on. 
  • Mold remediation consists of containing mold in a particular area and then using air filtration to take the mold spores out of the air. We then use microbials and antifungals to remove any traces of mold from your belongings and prevent colonies from regrowing. 
  • Remediation also includes replacing or restoring any parts of your building that may have been destroyed or damaged by mold growth in the first place. 

How does mold remediation work?

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, our mold remediation process includes the following steps. 

1. Emergency Contact - (615) 242-9391

Call us to reach a representative that asks a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

3. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

4. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows us to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air.

5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold and to prevent new colonies from forming.

6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean and disinfect everything affected by mold.

7. Restoration

We return your home or business to its original state.


For more information on SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s mold remediation services, contact us at (615) 242-9391. Read more in depth about our mold remediation process and commercial mold remediation. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Storm Damage In Nashville

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Nashville summer is almost officially here, and thunderstorms and humidity are through the roof during this late spring and summer season. While storms can be enjoyable once in a while, the precipitation, flooding, water damage, and storm damage they can cause to Nashville properties is notably not. There are several ways, from putting sandbags out to block water from gushing into your yard to making sure to clear out your gutters regularly, that you can minimize storm damage in Nashville. However, complete avoidance is, unfortunately, impossible. So, how can you deal with storm damage in Nashville? 

What should you do after storm damage to your Nashville property?

  • Stay away from the damage. If a tree has fallen onto your home or business, don’t enter the building. If your home or commercial property is flooding, stay far away from the water.
  • Call the local storm damage professionals. From fires to flooding and everything in between, storm damage in Nashville can be brutal and needs to be assessed by professionals. Call your local storm damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 to get a professional out to inspect and assess the damage on an emergency notice. 
  • Take pictures of the damage. To help with your insurance claim and make sure that you’re covered, take photos of the storm damage from a safe distance away. This documentation will help you to receive the money you’re due.

How can professionals after storm damage to your Nashville property?

  1. A trained representative at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville will field your call and ask appropriate questions about your emergency to understand what type of storm damage you’re dealing with, so we can help accordingly.
  2. Our professionals will arrive on the scene and inspect and assess the damage. 
  3. Water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, or other emergency restoration services will begin. 


Every storm damage situation is unique, which is why SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a great company to work with to get your Nashville property restored. Our unique expertise in various disaster restoration services ensures that we can adequately address your storm damage in a timely, thorough manner. Contact our team at (615) 242-9391 to work with us. This franchise is independently owned and operated. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Nashville Home Restoration After Water Damage

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

In Middle Tennessee, warm spring rains and summer thunderstorms are regular occurrences. The topography of Nashville often brings flash floods that can cause severe water damage to homes. These occur at a moment’s notice, often leaving devastation in their wakes. In addition to precipitation, water damage can quickly arise within any Nashville home due to pipe bursts, leaks, unattended faucets, and more. So, how do you deal with home restoration after water damage takes place?

How do you restore your Nashville home after water damage?

  1. Assess the damage. How severe is the damage you've experienced? Is your whole basement flooded, or do you just have a water stain from the puddle underneath your fridge? Is your ceiling dripping? Are there water stains that show evidence of water damage, but you don’t know where the water damage is coming from? All of these questions are important ones to ask and answer to the best of your ability.
  2. Identify the source. Shut off your water main as soon as possible after discovering water damage if it seems to be coming from a source inside your home like your sink, a leak, a pipe burst, or more. If the water is coming from outside precipitation, do what you can to clean it up or prevent that from happening again.
  3. Call the professionals if necessary. Does the damage appear severe? Is water continuing to gush into your home without any signs of stopping? Not sure what’s going on or how to stop it? All of these situations warrant calling disaster restoration professionals. They will be able to come out to your home in short order and deal with the water damage emergency at hand.

What should you do to restore your Middle Tennessee home once you discover severe water damage?

It’s better to leave severe water damage to restoration professionals. Unless you’re a plumber yourself, it’s probably best for you to let restoration professionals deal with severe water damage to your Nashville home. After all, water damage can easily get worse in a heartbeat, so we recommend giving SERVPRO Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391, and we’ll take your job through the following.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
  3. Water Removal/Water Extraction
  4. Drying and Dehumidification
  5. Cleaning and Repair
  6. Restoration

Need a water damage restoration professional on the job? Contact us at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville by dialing (615) 242-9391. While you’re waiting for us to arrive on the scene, here are some water damage emergency tips you can consider. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO Can Help With Commercial Water Damage Restoration

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage needs to be addressed as soon as possible to mitigate its severity, which can quickly spiral out of control if left unattended. Commercial water damage is a complete headache, but luckily, water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can help restore your commercial building after water damage to return it to its original state. 

How can SERVPRO help with commercial water damage restoration?

  • When frequent flooding occurs after Nashville’s rainfall, our highly-trained, local technicians will respond to an emergency water damage situation at your business in a matter of moments. After answering questions that a trained representative asks to understand your situation, we send out an emergency response team no matter the time of day. 
  • We document the drying process to validate that your business has been dried and returned to its former condition. 
  • We use state-of-the-art technology to mitigate water damage, dry your space, clean everything that needs cleaning, and make flooded surfaces above water dry once again. 
  • We restore and reconstruct anything that has been affected by the water damage to your commercial building. 

What does SERVPRO do during commercial water damage restoration? 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s commercial water damage restoration process looks a little different than its residential water damage restoration.

We send the following professionals to your commercial property to take care of restoration:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician


Want to learn more about our commercial water damage restoration process? Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team neatly documents it on our website, as well as our comprehensive water damage restoration process for residential properties too. For help in your time of need and water damage restoration after flooding to your Nashville commercial property, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Mold Removal In Your Nashville Commercial Building

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

As Nashville thunderstorms are in full swing, lots of water is pouring from the sky and clinging to the rafters and nooks and crannies of your commercial building. Paired with the humid temperatures of the season, this creates a perfect environment for mold growth. Due to mold’s hazardous nature, mold removal should be top of mind and prioritized at the first signs of mold. 

How do you remove mold in your Nashville commercial building?

  • Mold removal is no easy task due to the tiny size of the spores that the bacteria consists of, which means that mold removal is a job that is best left to the professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville.
  • Our mold remediation technicians are trained in the industry’s leading mold remediation techniques and can make sure that your commercial building is returned to its original, mold-free state. 
  • After discovering mold, give a mold remediation company a call, explain your mold situation, and have them come out to take care of it. 

How do professionals remove mold from commercial buildings in Middle Tennessee?

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we recommend the following steps after you discover mold in your Nashville commercial building and give us a call at (615) 242-9391.

  1. Contact the emergency number (615) 242-9391
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s highly trained team of mold removal professionals will be on the scene in a matter of minutes after you contact us. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year to help you with mold removal at your commercial building upon discovery. Read up about our mold removal process and contact us at (615) 242-9391 for any disaster restoration jobs. We’re here to help. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do After Fire Damage To Your Nashville Home

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage is no joke. From ashes to soot, smoke, and odors that linger for days, it can be a very hefty job to take on fire damage restoration and cleanup in your Nashville home. Fires are never planned for, but they do happen, which is why it’s best to be prepared for the worst and know what to do after fire damage hits your home in Nashville.

What steps should I take after there is fire damage to my Nashville home?

  • Stay out of your home until the fire department deems it safe for you to enter it. Never, ever, ever walk into a home with fire damage until you’re given the a-okay from the professional firefighters. Your home may have severe damage to its structural integrity, which could result in structures falling and causing more damage in short order if you choose to enter it. 
  • Take pictures of the damage from afar once you’re approved to enter (if you’re permitted to enter). Fire damage can leave your Nashville home in disarray, but your homeowners’ insurance should cover some of the damage if you can provide documented proof that a fire occurred. Show pictures of your ruined home and possessions to make sure it’s covered.
  • Call restoration professionals to assess the damage. Depending on how damaged your home is, it may not be worth repairing. Calling disaster restoration professionals to look at how severely the fire damages your possessions and your home will help you know what steps to take down the road.

How should I deal with fire damage to my Nashville home?

  • Call your insurance provider and provide documentation of your Nashville home’s fire. Your provider should be able to tell you what is and isn’t covered under your current policy, and that should provide a sound basis on what you should look into getting restored or not. If the fire was significant, it might not be worth getting anything restored. 
  • Determine a timeline with your restoration professionals to have everything restored. How much will it cost for you to have your home and possessions restored, and which ones can actually be restored? Talking with your restoration professionals will allow you to figure out what a reasonable timeline is to expect and what accommodations you may need to make in the meantime. 


The next time you or someone you know unexpectedly deals with fire damage to their Middle Tennessee home, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. We’re here to restore your home to its former state. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Is It Likely For Lightning To Strike Your Home?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is in full force here in Nashville, and storms are commonplace now that it’s warm outside and summer is quickly approaching. Between wind, rain, thunder, and lightning, there are a lot of potential ways that storm damage can impact your home. However, while wind and rain are often thought about and contemplated when it comes to storm damage, there is less information widely available about how lightning strikes may affect your property.

How likely is it that lightning will strike my home?

In actuality, the likelihood of lightning striking your home during a thunderstorm or a lightning storm is quite rare. Only 0.5% of houses in the U.S. are hit by lightning each year. However, lightning strikes obviously pose quite a danger to your home as they may:

  • Start a fire
  • Cause a power surge
  • Produce a shock wave that causes an explosion

Since most homes are made of wood materials, it can be very easy for a fire to start from a lightning strike’s electricity, and anything in water is susceptible to a shock wave. This is why it’s inadvisable to shower or take a bath during a thunderstorm.

What can I do to prepare for lightning strikes?

To prepare your home to beat the odds in the event that it experiences a lightning strike, we recommend staying indoors and away from wiring and pipes during thunderstorms that lightning may follow if it strikes them. These include using anything that is connected to a pipe as well as any wired devices. Think:

  • Your shower
  • Your sink
  • Toilet
  • Desktop computer
  • Any other wired device

Wireless devices like your cell phone are safe to use. Lightning protection systems are available to be installed, but they are usually only recommended for those in high lightning strike locations.

For help dealing with any fire, storm, or water damage in the Middle Tennessee area, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preventing Water Damage During Construction

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

During the construction of residential or commercial properties, the foundation and base structures of your project are exposed to all of the elements, including wind, rain, heat, and more. These elements can cause water damage during construction if you aren’t careful about preventing water and moisture from seeping through unsecured building openings like windows, doors, and more. This may lead to mold growth, which is dangerous for your health and safety as well as the integrity of the building and should be avoided to the best of your ability. 

How Can I Prevent Water Damage During Construction?

Monitor for water leaks and detection to avoid unnecessary damage. Most pressurized potable fire and water systems can have monitoring devices attached to them so you can monitor the mains for any water leak detection. Having these devices set up to signal an alarm when a leak is detected will allow you to catch leaks early so you can take care of them while on the job or after hours.

Are There Any Potential Existing Water Damage Issues?

Water damage prevention should be top of mind when designing a project’s construction and schedule. You should also make sure that any contractors that you’re working with are fully qualified to install roofing and help with the building components that they’re hired to take care of. This ensures that everyone working on your construction project is taking the necessary measures to build with water damage prevention in place. 

What Is A Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan?

A Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) plan is key to preventing water damage during construction. After all, planning ahead is the best way to prevent damage from happening. What will you do in the event that a natural disaster or severe weather is heading your way? Are there tarps and weather-withstanding materials you can use to protect your building from harm’s way? A QA/QC plan also includes:

  • Planned evacuation routes
  • A setup for leading water away from your construction project
  • An assessment of water infiltration susceptibility so that you can account for vulnerabilities


If you find yourself facing water damage on the job, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391 and we’ll be prepared to assist you as soon as possible. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Is Your Business Prepared In Case of A Fire?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fires can come swiftly, quietly, and in the middle of the day or the dead of night, catching you off guard. So, how can you prepare in case of a fire? While many individuals have a fire safety plan for their home, it’s important not to forget to have preparations in case of a fire for your business, too. After all, you probably have employees or customers that frequent your business, so how can you be prepared to keep them safe if a fire were to occur?

To help you plan ahead to face an emergency, we’ve compiled a list of 3 things you can do to prepare your business in case of a fire.

How Many Fire Extinguishers Do I Need In My Business?

Have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your building. Not only is having fire safety equipment on hand integral for the safety of everyone at your business, it normally is required by most fire codes. If your business’s office or storefront has multiple floors, there should be a minimum of one fire extinguisher per floor of your building. Your entire staff should also know where the fire extinguishers are located and how to properly use them, too. 

  1. Pull the pin
  2. Aim at the fire’s base
  3. Squeeze the extinguisher’s nozzle
  4. Sweep the spray from side to side to fight the fire.

Do We Need To Conduct Fire Drills?

In addition to fire drills, make sure your employees know:

  • Where the fire extinguishers are located and how to use them
  • To call the local emergency department or 911 in the event of a fire
  • Where to safely evacuate from the building.

Run through your fire safety evacuation plan at least annually, and do fire drills where the alarms go off and you follow your evacuation plan to a T so that everyone knows what to do if they go off for real. 

How Does My Insurance Apply After Fire Damage?

No matter what type of business you own and operate, you should have the appropriate insurance to cover any fires that destroy your material goods or space. In addition to having insurance to cover the costs of any fire emergencies, you should also have a backup that syncs regularly between your business’s server and cloud technology. You should also have digital copies of all important physical documents. This ensures that the destruction of any computers or materials will not completely compromise or eliminate your important documents and papers.

Is your business prepared in case of a fire? If not, today is a great day to start! It’s never too early or too late to plan for a potential fire at your business and consider the impacts that it could have. Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for fire damage restoration help at any day and any hour. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do After A Flood In Your Apartment Complex

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Floods can occur suddenly in places like Middle Tennessee thanks to an abundance of spring storms and flood zones. However, there is so little information on what to do after this occurs when you least expect it. For this reason, we’ve gathered together a few action items you should take post-flood in your apartment complex.

So, your apartment complex flooded and you’re not sure what to do? We advise the following.

How Do I Know Where The Flooding Is Coming From?

If you manage to notice the flooding right as it’s occurring, figure out where it’s coming from. Was it:

  • A water source left on that you can quickly turn off?
  • Did a pipe burst and result in water gushing everywhere throughout your apartment? 

Knowing where the flooding is coming from will dictate your next move.

When/Should I Notify My Landlord?

As a renter, you have limited ability to call in professionals and have them deal with a flooded apartment. Notify your landlord ASAP if flooding has or is occurring and you’re not able to take care of it directly yourself. If you are the landlord, then call the professionals to take care of the water extraction and drying processes. Especially if the water damage is coming from a burst pipe, shut off the water main if you have access to it.

What Can I Do To Help After A Flood?

  1. Document the damage
  2. Contact your insurance company
  3. Notify your neighbors

Your insurance company will need pictures of the flood damage in your apartment, so make sure to take photos to document it if you can safely do so. If your apartment is full of water and it’s impossible to safely document the damage, this can be worried about later.

With pictures in hand, contact your insurance company to file a claim and get as much of the damage covered as possible. When you do this, or even before you do this, you should also notify your neighbors on either side of you as well as your neighbors below you that flooding has occurred. This may affect their walls or ceilings and need to be looked at, taken care of, or repaired, too.

Flooding is always a headache, but knowing what to do after a flood can help you feel a little more prepared in the event that one occurs. We recommend putting SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number in your phone to call in the event of flooding, water damage, fire damage, mold, or other emergencies that need to be attended to by disaster restoration professionals. Contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

3 Tips For Homeowners To Prevent Storm Damage

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year again...April showers bring May flowers in Middle Tennessee. Excess rain and spring storms inevitably increase the chances of flooding and storm damage. However, homeowners can and should take precautionary measures to prevent hazards from occurring during and after storms. 

Wind, precipitation, and lightning can cause fire, floods, and lots of other types of damage, so we’ve compiled a list of 3 tips for you to prevent storm damage to your home.

How Can I Prevent Moisture From Entering My Home?

Sealing air leaks around your windows and doors prevents moisture from seeping through your siding and walls into your home. Wherever you can see light shining through around your doors and windows is a good place to start adding weatherstripping. Reduce energy loss and block gusty winds and moisture from your home with weatherstripping, which helps with temperature control as well as minimizes the growth of any mold that may occur as a result of water or moisture accumulation from spring storms. 

Can Trimming Branches Help Prevent Storm Damage?

Do an assessment of any dead or diseased trees or large plants in your yard every spring. Any tree limbs that are low-hanging, dead, or diseased may be susceptible to easily breaking during a particularly wild storm, and they could end up in the roof of your home or breaking through your siding. To avoid any devastating damage that a large tree limb or other loose objects near your home may create, make sure you cut these limbs off and dispose of them far away from your home so they don’t blow into anything as a result of a storm.

Why Is Cleaning My Gutters Important?

Gutters are meant to draw water away from your home, but if they’re clogged from dirt and debris from the winter season, they can’t do their job. Without a clear gutter to guide water from the top of your home to appropriate places outside of it, water will build up in places that you don’t want it to, which may damage the foundation of your home or even worse. For advice on spring gutter cleaning, check out this article.


As spring comes into full force here in Nashville, we want to help you be prepared for the storms that accompany it so you can minimize the potential damage or emergency situations that could arise. However, if you find yourself dealing with mold, water damage, fire damage, or storm damage of any kind, our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and trained in disaster restoration responses to assist you. Just give us a call at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO's Advanced Technology

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we stay trained and equipped with state-of-the-art technology that helps us restore your commercial and residential properties back to their preloss conditions. No matter the disaster that has occurred--whether it’s mold damage, fire, flooding, storm damage, or a biohazard situation--our team of professionals and technicians are well-versed in advanced technology that allows us to safely remove hazardous materials from the site that has seen disaster.

How Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Help After Water Damage?

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment


Nowadays, infrared cameras and other detectors allow us to identify the source and extent of moisture damage so we can deal with it appropriately.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.

Water Extraction Equipment

When it comes to water damage, mitigating the extent of it as quickly as possible is key to salvaging your property. Our water extraction equipment allows us to do that.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

After extracting water, drying the affected areas is a huge next step to avoid mold growth and the troubles that come with that. 

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace.
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Odors can be hard to identify and remove due to the small particles that carry them. However, our technology allows us to do both safely and efficiently. 

  • Air scrubbers remove airborne particles and contaminants.
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents control odors.

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Antimicrobial Treatments

Odors and contaminants like to linger after damage occurs, which is where sanitizing agents come in to remove them for good.

  • Cleaning agents help to stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

For disaster restoration specialists equipped to get your property back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

3 Most Common Places For Mold Growth In Your Business

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Dark and damp spaces are mold’s best friend, and they’re the most likely culprits for mold growth in your business. There are a number of common places in your home and your business that are highly susceptible to mold growth but you may not regularly check. To avoid the colonization of mold in your business and the countless health and safety effects that inevitably accompany that, we recommend keeping tabs on these 3 most common places for mold growth in your business.

Mold: Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind?

  • Crawl spaces
  • Ductwork
  • Closets

These spaces don’t get much attention for good reason, but mold often is unchecked when it grows in places that are out of sight and out of mind. For these reasons, keep an eye out for signals that indicate mold growth may be occurring in these spaces. Have professionals inspect and clean your crawl spaces and ductwork every year so that you can identify mold growth if it is occurring and take appropriate action to remove it.

Can Mold Grow In Dark Environments?

Often forgotten spaces, basements and attics don’t usually see the light of day, and these dark environments with their proximity to the outside elements, humidity, and moisture are prime locations for mold growth. Schedule monthly habitual inspections of your basement and attic to scan for signs of mold growth, like: 

  • A rotten smell
  • Warping
  • Cracking or peeling material
  • Growing dark spots

Other Most Common Places For Mold Growth?

Especially in your bathrooms and kitchens, mold growth likes to occur around:

  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Faucets
  • Drains
  • Plumbing fixtures

Anything that carries moisture and may experience condensation that is left unattended can encourage mold growth. Even though you, your employees, and your customers may frequent these spaces, mold may still grow in them thanks to the appropriate temperatures and humidity present. Make sure that cleaning the exterior and lower levels of your fixtures and appliances is a priority at your business to prevent mold from growing in the first place or at least allow for its initial growth to be noticed early on.

Have you discovered mold growing in your business? Our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is thoroughly trained in mold remediation and removal, and we’re available 24/7, 365 days a year. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 for a mold inspection and restoration of your property back to its former, mold-free state. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do When Your Appliance Is Leaking

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Coming home to a puddle on the floor under one of your household appliances is a cause for concern that warrants investigation. After all, a leaking appliance can cause some serious water damage that affects the structural integrity of your home and can cost thousands of dollars if it isn’t caught and cleaned up in time.

So, what should you do when you discover that your fridge, freezer, or washing machine is leaking? We recommend taking the following steps.

Is Your Appliance Level? 

If your appliance isn’t gushing water and the puddle is small, take measures to clean up the water and double-check that your fridge or freezer is level. If your appliance isn’t set on level ground, there’s a good chance that it may be leaking since the water source is off-kilter. Especially if the appliance is new, your floors have recently been remodeled, or you moved your appliance recently, an appliance that is not sitting level may be the reason behind your leak.

How Can I Stop The Water Leak From Getting Worse?

Whenever water is gushing out of an appliance or you discover an obviously long-standing leak that hasn’t been tended to, the first step you should take is to turn off your water main. Having water actively run to your appliance is probably making the leak even worse, which is why water is pouring out of it in the first place. Once your water main is off, you can hopefully spot where the leak is coming from.

What Can I Do To Clean Up After A Water Leak?

Use towels and any mops that you have to clean up excess water that is pooled on your floor. This allows you to mitigate further damage and assess the existing damage. Do you see:

  • Mold
  • Warping
  • Stains
  • Discoloration

Anything that has tears, holes, shows signs of mold or is obviously completely soaked and unlikely to dry soon should be looked at by a professional. 

How Can The Professionals Help?

Water damage left untreated can wreak havoc on your home, which is why a leaking appliance should always be checked out and taken care of so the leak is identified and permanently resolved. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a highly trained water damage restoration team who is ready to take care of your emergency at a moment’s notice. We suggest putting our number into your phone in case of emergencies: (615) 242-9391.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, our water damage restoration process is comprehensive, helping you identify and remedy any water damage that your appliance leak may have caused. For water damage, storm damage, fire damage, mold, or other disasters or commercial cleaning services, contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How to Care For Your Belongings After a House Fire

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A house fire often brings destruction and leaves damage in its wake, and there’s a good chance that your belongings received the brunt of the damage. Caring for your belongings after a house fire may seem overwhelming, but there are a few things that you can do once you call the professionals, have the fire put out, and your house is deemed safe to enter again. Always, always make sure that your house fire is completely out and your home is safe to enter before even thinking about caring for your belongings post-house fire. Your safety and well-being are most important.

So, how do you care for your belongings after a house fire?

1) Coordinate electronic cleanup with professionals.

Under no circumstances should you turn on any electronics that were affected by your house fire. Any electrical devices or appliances may pose big hazards to you and your health if they were damaged in a fire since smoke residues may have caused their metal surfaces to corrode. Don’t attempt to turn on or operate any electronics. We advise you to leave the restoration to the professionals.

2) Approach contents restoration in a multi-faceted manner

Depending on the contents of your home, dry cleaning, wet cleaning, or even immersion cleaning may be in order. Our website nicely defines the different types of content restoration cleaning that you may need to undertake or invest in following a house fire.

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

3) Take pictures of everything

If it’s safe for you to do so, take pictures of everything that was damaged in the fire so you can make the proper insurance claims and get them approved. Alternatively, a restoration team can do this for you in a safe, timely manner so that you have evidence of all the damage and it’s documented for any questions in the future.

For more information regarding caring for your belongings after a house fire, check out this page on our website. Our fire damage restoration team is always equipped and ready to come out to your home or apartment to take care of the damage and restore your property to its original condition. You can reach our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team by calling (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

The SERVPRO Difference

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to restoration companies, the combination of customer service, highly qualified expertise, and state-of-the-art technology and materials that SERVPRO offers is unmatched. We’ve been in the disaster restoration businesses for dozens of years, and our reputation and longevity speak for themselves. 

Always On Call

We’re consistently and reliably serving our communities, 24/7, 365 days a year, and we’re proud to offer emergency service at a moment’s notice. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has been serving our community since 1967, and we’re excited to continue to serve y’all for much longer. 

We understand that your home and commercial properties comprise your livelihoods, and keeping them safe and in good condition is of utmost importance to you, your families, your businesses, and your customers. 

Disaster Restoration Specialists

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we proudly serve the Nashville and Davidson County areas, helping thousands of residents take back control of their lives after water and fire wreak havoc on their homes. From mold to storm damage, biohazards, flooding, water damage, odor removal, fire, and more, our disaster restoration specialists are always being trained on the latest and safest techniques to restore your properties back to their original condition in a safe way. 

As a franchise, our goal is to help make it..."Like it never even happened," and we mean that in the fullest sense of those words. 

Our specialties include the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after smoke and fire damage or water damage, and we take special pride in our expertise when it comes to mold mitigation and mildew removal from your home or business. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is also a Better Business Bureau accredited business as well as a recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award!

Local Nashville Team

We’re proud that our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration, and we always maintain our IICRC-industry certification. Our local Nashville employees intimately know and understand our Music City community, and no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville.

Contact us for assistance at any hour at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Often Should Your Carpets Be Cleaned?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you have dark or multi-colored carpets in your home, it may be hard to tell when it’s time for them to receive a good cleaning or not. After all, dirt and grime blend right into them, and since you trod on your carpets daily, you often forget about cleaning them until it’s long past due time for them to be cleaned.

However, how often should your carpets be cleaned? There are two things to consider when deciding how to answer this question.

1) Is your carpet residential or commercial?

Commercial carpets often see much more wear and tear and get soiled more rapidly than residential carpets. However, this can vary depending on what type of business you run and what type of household you run, too.

2) How often do you clean your carpets yourself?

The more often you clean your carpets yourself, the less frequently you may need to invest in professional carpet cleaning. Preventative maintenance actions that you should incorporate into your carpet cleaning regimen include: 

  • Spot removal
  • Regular vacuuming
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Based on your answers to these questions, the right frequency for your carpet cleaning will vary. However, a good general rule of thumb is that residential carpets should be cleaned at least annually professionally, and your commercial carpets probably should be professionally cleaned something more like every 3-6 months or even every month if they see frequent use and are heavily soiled. 

Are you looking for professional carpet cleaning services to give your carpets a professional deep cleaning? SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville offers carpet and upholstery cleaning that includes bonnet cleaning, hot water extraction, deluxe precondition and rinse, showcase premier cleaning, and dry cleaning. Your specific cleaning type will depend on your wants and needs as well as your carpet condition. Learn more about our carpet and upholstery cleaning services by calling (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How To Prepare Your Home For A Major Storm

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Nashville spring inevitably means major storms, which means that it’s time to prepare your home to withstand whatever comes your way. From tornadoes to flash floods, downpours, and continual light spring rain, there are lots of different types of storms that roll through Middle Tennessee during the spring, and you’ll be thankful that you’re prepared when you don’t have water damage to worry about or flooding to combat down the road.

There are several different measures you can take to prepare your home for a major storm, and we’ve highlighted 3 of the main ones that you can get started with today.

1) Storm-proof your windows and doors.

You’ve probably heard it before but it may still be a foreign term—storm-proofing. What is that again? Storm-proofing normally consists of switching out your typical doors and windows with storm-durable doors and windows that are made of heavier materials that can withstand high winds and precipitation. This will help your doors and windows withstand weather conditions of all kinds, and it may reduce the likelihood of your windows and doors flying off their hinges or shattering if a tornado passes by.

2) Trim your trees and clear anything big and bulky away from your home

Low-lying tree branches or dead limbs are perfect ammunition for gusty winds that accompany most major storms in the area. Make sure you clear your landscape of dead limbs, low-lying tree branches parallel to your windows, and other big and bulky items like statues, etc. that could be whipped up in the turbulent wind and end up damaging your home.

3) Give your shingles and siding a once-over.

Missing and broken shingles and siding make your home more susceptible to the elements and winds that come with major storms, and you should always give your home a once-over before storm season so you can get any broken or missing ones replaced as needed. Any loose or damaged shingles will likely tear and rip away when a storm comes through, and the same can be said of siding. Imagine what a tornado might do if a simple storm could blow them out of sight.


While being prepared for major storms is a great first step toward preventing storm damage, sometimes you can’t prevent it from happening regardless of maintenance action items you tackle beforehand. If you find yourself dealing with any damage from a storm that passes through, whether it be fire, water, mold, or a tree limb through your roof, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re here to help! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Odor Removal After Smoke Damage

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

One of the worst parts of fire and smoke damage is the lingering odor that seems like it will never, ever go away. However, the good news is that with proper treatment and deodorization, you won’t have to live in a home or work at a business that smells like smoke forever! While there are some buildings that are truly lost causes after the aftermath of a fire, many salvageable buildings will not permanently house a smoke odor if you hire restoration specialists to remove the smoke particles from every surface and material within the building, including the walls.

How do we go about odor removal?

1) Identify the source.

When it comes to smoke odors, the odors quite literally live in the materials of your home. From your drywall to your cabinets, furniture, and everything in between, smoke particles and soot have likely made their way into the molecules of your belongings. This means that all of these sources need to be wiped down and have the particles properly removed using the right equipment. However, without properly identifying where exactly the smoke odor is coming from, there’s no way you can expect to get rid of it. So figuring out where the smoke odor is coming from and then assessing how to deodorize those sources is always step number one.

2) Penetrate surfaces to neutralize or eliminate odors.

As mentioned above, smoke odors often penetrate surfaces and live within the very fabric, quite literally, of your belongings. This means that we need to penetrate these odor sources to remove the sources and neutralize the odors. We have high-quality deodorization equipment and techniques to do this safely so that you no longer have to tolerate the offensive and unpleasant odor of smoke in your building.

3) Eliminate any traces that linger.

Finally, we eliminate any traces of odors that linger. We know that “almost gone” isn’t good enough when it comes to deodorization, which is why we’re completely committed to eliminating traces of offensive odors in your building so that your property smells like it did prior to the smoke damage. You can rest assured that your deodorization job is in great hands when you hire our specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, and we look forward to working with you to restore your property to its former state.


For smoke damage, fire damage, storm damage, water damage, or mold, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. You don’t need to tolerate offensive and unpleasant smoke odors, and removal likely is possible. Contact us to learn more! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Top 3 Places To Check For Water Damage In Your Home

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can be sneaky...creeping up on you in places where it remains unnoticed for a while. However, the longer that water damage is left untreated, the more damage it can do, which is why getting into a regular routine of checking the most vulnerable places in your home for water damage on a monthly or bi-monthly basis is a smart idea.

We recommend checking the following places in your home for water damage following each big rain and then on a more scheduled basis.

1) Your attic.

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Your attic isn’t typically a commonly frequented place, but it does live right underneath your roof and, therefore, is more likely to have water damage from precipitation. Do a thorough inspection of your attic every month to see if you spot any water stains, discoloration, warping, dripping, or other causes for concern. Spotting condensation or other moisture in your attic is a sign that you may need to do some resealing or address water damage. 

2) Underneath your windows. 

Your walls can be super susceptible to water damage, especially the parts of your walls that are located right underneath your windows. If your windows aren’t sealed properly, moisture and water can leak through the cracks in the seals, and this can seep into your walls surrounding your windows. Rain creeps in between your windows and rots the framing studs in your walls without visible damage, so pay careful attention to any discoloration or signs of water damage in your walls underneath and surrounding your windows. 

3) The threshold of your exterior doors.

Since your exterior doors face the precipitation and the elements, even if they are protected by an overhang, they become exposed to potential water damage at a higher rate than other locations in your home. The wood underneath your exterior doors’ metal thresholds may become damaged by water, which is evident through swelling, warping, and sponginess. Keep an eye on your door thresholds to replace your doors when necessary or prevent the damage from occurring in the first place.

While these three locations are common culprits for water damage in your home, water damage can really sneak up on you anywhere, at any time. Knowing the signs of water damage and who to call when you encounter it will give you more peace of mind in the event that an emergency occurs, so we encourage you to put SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number in your phone to call in the face of an emergency. Contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

4 Ways To Prevent Flooding In Your Home

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

As spring rolls into full force in Middle Tennessee, lots of spring showers and rain storms come with it. Rainy season in Nashville means that your home is more vulnerable to flooding, which is why it’s smart to take preventive measures to prevent flooding from happening if at all possible. 

So, how do you prevent flooding in your home?

1) Elevate your HVAC equipment.

Your boiler, utilities, and air-conditioning units all should be elevated, especially if they live in your basement or the lower levels of your home. HVAC equipment is often very vulnerable to flooding and water due to its electrical nature, and when appliances, electricity, and water mix, nothing good occurs. If you can move your HVAC equipment to an upper level of your home or build a platform to elevate it off the floor, you’d be wise to do that.

2) Sandbag your property where water could easily flow in. 

Like a shoreline, sandbags can be the first line of defense from water coming into your home if you are situated in a location where water pools easily and you may find that water can come rushing toward your home at particular spots on your property. This is especially true if you have a basement that may be a great entry point for water, and you should consider putting sandbags by its entrance and windows if there are any. 

3) Invest in absorbent mulch. 

Your landscaping can help you prevent flooding in your home. Yes, you read that right. Tending to your landscaping by spreading absorbent mulch around your trees and flower beds can help soak up excess water so that it doesn’t flow toward or into your home. Putting a rain barrel by your downspout may also be able to combat and reduce potential flooding or water damage.

4) Clear debris away from storm drains.

The storm drains outside your home exist for a reason. Make sure any leaves or debris are cleared away from your storm drains so that water can flow into them and drain away, not pool and potentially enter your home. Physically remove the debris so that it can’t just flow right back into the drain, and using a plunger, a drain snake, or an auger may be in order.


While these four tips will help you prevent and combat flooding in your home, you can’t always completely prevent these emergencies from happening. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is available 24/7, 365 days a year to mitigate losses and clean up water damage, storm damage, fire damage, mold, and more, and you can reach us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What is Biohazard Cleaning?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

As you may have deduced from the name, biohazard cleaning addresses hazardous biological and chemical contaminants that can pose serious risks to your health. However, what exactly falls under the umbrella of biohazards, and how do you properly clean them up?

What is a biohazard?

A biohazard consists of a substance that has microorganisms or chemical components that are detrimental to your health. Think sewage, blood, tear gas, feces, and more...all of these are biohazards. Due to the dangerous nature of biohazards, you shouldn’t necessarily just clean them up and dispose of them with an ordinary rag and soap, as you could potentially expose yourself to harmful chemicals or biological contaminants. This means that biohazards need a special type of cleaning called biohazard cleaning to properly remove all traces of the biohazards from wherever they are present.

What are biohazard scenarios?

So now that you know what a biohazard is, what are biohazard scenarios that you may find yourself in? Biohazard scenarios include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

All of these scenarios should be navigated with caution, and you should call a professional biohazard cleanup company to deal with their aftermath.

What is biohazard cleaning and how does it resolve the above scenarios?

As mentioned earlier, biohazard cleaning consists of removing biological, chemical, and pathogenic contaminants from the above scenarios by using safety apparatus, proper biohazard gear, and sanitation solutions that are OSHA-approved in accordance with health regulations. 

We have a specially trained team on hand to perform biohazard cleaning at a moment’s notice, no matter the time of day. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, you can rest assured that your biohazard scenario will be cleaned up in no time and you will no longer have to worry about risking your health in the presence of the scene. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 to learn more. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Professional Cleaning Services For Your Commercial Property

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning is a hassle. It’s necessary, but it takes time...and chances are, you don’t have the time as a busy business owner. Whenever odors permeate your office that your janitorial staff just can’t get rid of serious grime and moisture damage are present, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can take care of the job for you in no time!

Our Commercial Cleaning Services

For professional cleaning services that go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville offers comprehensive cleaning services from air ducts and HVAC cleaning to deodorization, removing vandalism, and cleaning up biohazards or sewage. Additionally, if someone at your commercial property comes in contact with COVID-19, we offer a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned service with cleaning standards aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s benchmarks. 

Your workspace can be sparkling and odor-free in no time with the help of our highly trained staff and top-notch products that work together to undertake water damage, mold and mildew growth, and even trauma and crime scene cleanup. 

Our specialty cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism


For more information, head to the Commercial Cleaning page on our website! We are available 365 days of the year, including holidays, and we’re able to address emergencies at a moment’s notice. Just contact us at (615) 242-9391 to let us know how we can help. Our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can clean your restaurant’s hood, decontaminate and sanitize your commercial office, or a variety of other commercial cleaning services to get your property back to business. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Tips For Fixing a Leaky Faucet

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Drip, drip, drip...those may be the sounds you hear on a daily basis if you’re dealing with a leaky faucet. However, if you hear this noise on the regular, you should probably have the faucet looked at and fixed to prevent any serious water damage from occurring as a result. 

To help you combat this issue, we’ve gathered 4 tips for fixing leaky faucets together to help you take the steps toward eliminating the leak!

1) Shut off the water.

First things first, you should shut off your water if your faucet is leaking, especially if water is coming out at a rapid rate. This will allow you to investigate the leak source and also prevent any more water damage than what has already occurred. Once you turn off the water, you can open the faucet to drain it of any lingering water from the last time it ran. 

2) Disassemble the faucet.

Taking the faucet apart is a great way to look at where the leak may be stemming from. Reference this article for help determining what type of faucet you have and how to figure out how to disassemble it. The o-ring, seal, or washer may be the reason why your faucet is leaking, and if one of these is obviously out of place when you take a look at the faucet’s parts and compare them to your manufacturer’s manual at home or on the Internet, you may have just identified the leak source. 

3) Identify the leak source.

If you can’t identify the leak source by disassembling the faucet, it’s probably time to call a professional to take a look at the faucet and figure out exactly what’s wrong with it. We recommend calling your local plumber to examine your sink and faucet to diagnose the exact problem and hopefully fix it. If you figure out that a simple part needs to be replaced without having to hire outside help, you can replace it and turn your water back on to see if the leak has resolved. 

4) Hire a restoration company to restore water damage. 

Any signs of mold or water damage, including warping, spots, stains, and obvious damage, should be addressed by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville! Water damage can affect the structural integrity of your home and also seriously damage your cabinets, flooring, walls, ceiling, and more. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 today.


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a team of restoration specialists on hand to address any emergency disaster in a moment’s notice. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391 at any time of day, and we’ll be happy to take care of mold, water damage, storm damage, fire damage, and more. Just give us a call and we’ll be in touch! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

4 Most Common Causes Of House Fires

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Knowledge comes before prevention, which is why we want to educate you regarding disasters that could occur. While it’s never fun imagining all the “what-ifs,” it’s an integral step to strategizing and planning how you can take the necessary steps to avoid the “what-ifs” to the best of your abilities. This includes knowing what the most common causes of house fires are! 

We’ve compiled a list of 4 of the most common causes of house fires so you know what precautions to take to avoid your home catching ablaze.

1) Cooking

You probably already guessed—cooking is the most common cause of house fires across the country. We frequent our kitchens often to cook meals (or even just to microwave them), and many of the kitchen appliances we frequently use include electrical components as well as open flames if you have a gas stove. Your microwave, stove, oven, and even your fridge and dishwasher are susceptible to causing house fires while you cook if you don’t properly clean up grease and other flammable materials that you may use while cooking, like oil. Overheating food in the microwave leading to combustion fires is also very real! Be careful while cooking, and don’t forget to clean up as you go or, at the very least, after you’re done cooking.

2) Heaters

Another common culprit of house fires is heaters. Heaters are often placed too close to clothes, furniture, bedding, fabric, and other flammable materials, which burst into flames when they become too hot. Having clothing hung over them to dry or placing them too close to curtains are also common ways that heaters cause house fires, so you should always use space heaters with caution. Make sure they’re placed on even ground and are at least two feet away from anything flammable. Heaters should also be regularly cleaned. 

3) Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes can lead to deadly house fires. Be careful about where and when you smoke cigarettes to avoid house fires at all costs. Cigarettes and other materials that are smoked should always be properly extinguished and disposed of, and flicking them into shrubs, onto your porch or balcony, or elsewhere is a potential recipe for disaster. Be vigilant and stay safe while smoking near your home, if you do it at all.

4) Washing Machines and Dryers

Laundry appliances, in particular clothes dryers, are another very common cause of house fires. The build-up of lint, dust, dirt, as well as the clothes circulating within clothes dryers, can catch aflame within the machine or due to lint in the external dryer vent. Washing machines and clothes dryers can alight because of electrical faults, and this is also true of any large kitchen appliances or other appliances like furnaces, fireplaces, and wood stoves that you may have in your home.


No matter what may cause damage to your home, whether it be fire, water, a storm, or mold, our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can help you at a moment’s notice. Just contact us at (615) 242-9391 for a highly trained technician to be on their way to you! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Mold Prevention In Your Warehouse

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Mold exposure can spur a large number of adverse health conditions, which is why preventing mold and remediating commercial and residential spaces where it lives is so important. Sometimes blind to the naked eye, mold spores are multicellular fungi that grow by decomposing organic material, and mold colonies often appear and thrive in dark, warm, and moist spaces.

Unfortunately, commercial warehouses often have many spaces like this, which make them a breeding ground for mold if they aren’t properly prepared for prevention. Taking great care to prevent this mold growth will protect your vulnerable warehouse workers, especially those who have asthma, allergies, or particularly weak immune systems that may experience more severe health effects as a result of mold exposure.

So, how do you prevent mold in your warehouse? 

1) Attend to plumbing issues ASAP

Is moisture creeping in through a leaking pipe, a leaking roof, or maybe even an unsealed door or window? These should be attended to immediately after discovery. Any sort of plumbing issue that creates a wet space inside your warehouse should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent mold growth.

2) Clean ventilation systems

It should really go without saying, but cleaning your HVAC ventilation systems should be top of mind. Mold often grows around or in your ventilation systems of they’re not regularly serviced and kept in good condition, and the air circulation also spreads mold spores throughout your warehouse at a very rapid rate. Make sure that the air carried throughout your warehouse isn’t ripe with mold by adhering to regular maintenance schedules for your HVAC system.

3) Perform regular mold inspections 

You know where mold often likes to grow? In all of the high moisture spaces in your warehouse! Make sure you do a thorough mold inspection on a scheduled basis, especially in the dark crawlspaces and under items that may not get checked frequently. Also, run fans and control humidity with dehumidifiers to lower the moisture levels in your warehouse to prevent mold from colonizing.


Have you discovered mold in your warehouse or another of your commercial or residential properties? Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 to get our mold remediation specialists to come and take care of the mold for you, keeping your employees and contractors safe. You can also reach us for water damage, fire damage, storm damage, and commercial cleaning services. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preparing For Tornado Season In Nashville

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

March is finally here, which means that tornado season has arrived here in Nashville. In this month last year—which was 2020—Nashville experienced some serious damage as a result of a tornado with winds up to 165 miles an hour. We all felt the devastation that North Nashville experienced, and as a result, we’re more committed than ever to promoting tornado preparedness measures during tornado season in Middle Tennessee. We’ve compiled a list of 4 things to do to prepare for tornado season this year.

1) Make an Emergency Kit

This rule of thumb should be true for all disasters, not just tornadoes. Having a pre-packed emergency kit in your car and in your home with essential supplies like required medications, nonperishable food, clothing, a blanket, first aid supplies, a flashlight, a form of money, and a radio makes it easy for your to grab and dash when an emergency occurs. You never know when you’ll need to access your emergency kit, so it’s best to be prepared and have one nearby in the locations you frequent most. 

2) Know the Signs of a Tornado

The sky often looks dark and greenish when tornadoes are around, and large, dark, low-lying clouds, especially when rotating, are clear signs that a tornado is approaching. Large hail and a loud roar often accompany tornadoes, and you should also make sure that your phone receives weather alerts so you know when tornado watches and warnings are in effect. If you spot a tornado, dash for cover according to your safety plan right away. In general, the lowest most interior part of your house is the safest place for you to be when a tornado is approaching, and you should crouch on the floor and cover your head with your hands. If you’re in a mobile home or car, get out right away and take shelter in a building, and always avoid windows and anything that could shatter or blow toward you.

3) Have a Safety Plan and Practice It 

If you own a business, make sure that you have a tornado safety plan in place and practice it with tornado drills so all of your employees know where to go when a tornado passes. The same rings true for your family in your home. Also, always put as many walls as you can between you and the tornado. Nashville.gov has a great article about what to do and where to go when a tornado watch or warning is in effect. 

4) Create an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile allows you to prepare a profile of critical information about your home or business that is easily accessible in the wake of an emergency. By creating an Emergency Ready Profile and designating SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville as your disaster mitigation and resource provider, you’re going to be one step ahead of any disasters that come your way, including tornadoes, which allows our professional team to get the ball rolling and act as quickly as possible to mitigate damage when an emergency occurs. 


Tornado season is tough, and it’s best to always be prepared in case the worst occurs. In the aftermath of a tornado or another disaster, whether that be water damage, fire damage, storm damage, or mold, you can rely on SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville and our teams of trained disaster restoration specialists to help your repair and restore your properties following a disaster. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391 at any time of day or night. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Warning Signs Of Water Damage In Your Apartment Complex

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Staying vigilant about spotting damage in your apartment complex before anything serious occurs is incredibly important. While damage in your home typically only impacts your home, damage in your apartment complex creates a high likelihood of more than one apartment experiencing the aftermath of an unexpected disaster since units are often above, below, and beside other units. That makes it easy for scenarios like water damage to impact both one apartment’s floor and another apartment’s ceiling, etc. 

As a commercial property owner, avoiding experiencing the havoc of water damage going down in your apartment complex should be a top priority. We’ve gathered a few warning signs to look out for so you can address any damage before it becomes an issue that impacts any more units than its origin apartment. Make sure you educate your tenants on signs of water damage to be on alert for so that they report any suspicious warning signs to you as soon as possible.

1) Pooling water or puddles

If you or one of your tenants notices pooling water or puddles, especially near big appliances like sinks, toilets, showers, radiators, washing machines, or dishwashers, you should investigate the source of that water right away. Water should never be collecting on the floor, ceiling, or walls of your apartment complex, and noticing water appearing frequently in one place is a clear sign that something is amiss and should be looked into. 

2) The sound of dripping water

Although you aren’t always able to spot visible water damage, sometimes you can hear it. Is your sink suddenly really leaky or do you hear water dripping but you just can’t identify where it’s coming from? Either you or a professional should inspect the apartment where the sound is coming from as well as perhaps the nearby apartments to identify where the dripping water is and what it’s coming from. 



3) A musky mold smell

Does an apartment suddenly smell musty or like rotten socks? You’re probably dealing with a mold problem. A rotting smell indicates that water damage has likely already occurred and instigated mold growth, which is an additional mountain you’ll have to tackle as well as resolving whatever water damage caused the mold growth to begin with. If you can visibly see mold, you’re also in trouble. That should be addressed as soon as possible because of the potential health and safety ramifications that mold growth could have for your tenants.

4) Discoloration

Are there any discolored spots on your walls, ceilings, or floors that look like water streaks or are just suspiciously abnormal? These may be a sign of water damage or mold growth. These may appear inside or outside of your apartment complex, and if outside, they may indicate that your gutters are overflowing and need to be checked out. 

Have you noticed any of these warning signs of water damage in your apartment complex? You should have them checked out in short order if you have, and our disaster restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can assess the damage and dry it, restoring your complex back to its former condition if necessary. Give us a call at (615) 242-9391 whenever you discover a warning sign that needs to be investigated. 


No matter the time of day, our highly trained local technicians are on call 24/7, 365 days a year, and are able to respond to emergencies and less pressing situations in minutes. You can read more about our water damage restoration process here. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Fire Damage Tips Before Help Arrives

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fires often occur unexpectedly and for bizarre reasons. Maybe you forgot to blow out your bathroom candle before you went to work, the kitchen grease caught fire, static electricity made your dryer vent go up in flames, or a fire originated from one of a host of other sources. Regardless of where the fire started, the facts are the facts: fire damage can do a serious toll on your home or business—oftentimes, you’re not only dealing with burnt possessions, but soot, ash, and smoke are quite literally everywhere.

The longer your property sits in the aftermath of a fire, the more damage may occur, so it’s integral to take the following steps after a fire blazes through your property and you’re waiting for professionals to arrive to assess the situation and restore what they can.

1) Limit movement within the affected space.

Any movement in or out of the space affected by fire may stir up soot and cause even more damage than what’s already occurred. Soot particles very easily embed themselves into just about everything imaginable within your property, so take great caution to not cause them to sink any further into the surfaces they’re currently covering. 

2) Take pictures of the damage.

We can’t emphasize this step enough. If only one area of your property is affected and you can enter it to document the damage, take all the photos you can of your damaged possessions to file with your business or homeowner’s insurance claim. Having picture proof of what happened will be essential to ensuring you get the money that you’re owed thanks to whatever coverage you have. 

3) Keep your hands clean and try not to touch things.

Just like we advise you to limit movement throughout your home, make sure that anyone who does traverse through your property has clean hands and touches as few things as possible. Like we said before, soot and ashes from fire damage are super easy to smear throughout your home, causing even more damage than what’s already occurred. 

4) Cover your carpets and upholstery.

Clean towels or old linens should go over all of your carpets, upholstery, and rugs that you’re walking over so that you don’t actively step in any messes or tread things further into your flooring or your home. Fabric and textiles are probably the most difficult items to salvage or clean following a fire if they were directly affected, so you should be careful to cover all the traffic areas in your home.


In addition to these 4 tips to implement while waiting for professional restoration help to arrive at the place of the fire, you can read more about what you should do and also what you should NOT do after a fire here. Whether you experience fire damage, water damage, storm damage, mold, or smoke, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is available 24/7 with highly trained technicians and restoration specialists who are equipped to help you restore your property following a disaster. Put our emergency contact number in your cell so that you can call us whenever you need: (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do After Water Damage To Your Deck

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Especially if your wood deck doesn’t have a roof overhead, it bears the brunt of all the elements year-round. While most decks are designed to withstand precipitation and temperature changes, there comes a time when the amount of wear and tear reaches a tipping point, which means your deck can then experience water damage from its exposure to rain, snow, sleet, or ice. Additionally, if your property floods and your deck is submerged for a long period of time, the chances that your deck will experience water damage are fairly high. However, what steps should you take after water damage to your deck occurs?

We’re glad you asked! Moisture can damage your deck in a variety of ways, including but not limited to mold and mildew growth, cracked deck boards, sweeping away hardware like nails and screws, and weakening your ledger board. All of these scenarios require slightly different approaches to resolving the damage, and we’ve laid out exactly what to do in each situation below. 

Mold and Mildew Growth

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: mold growth is no joke. Mold and mildew can pose effects to your health and safety, leaving you at risk of health effects if left untreated. If your wood deck has mold on it, make sure you either hire a mold remediation professional to get rid of it or treat it yourself with the proper precautions. You may need to replace any decayed wood or permanently wet areas of your deck that promoted the mold growth in the first place, too. 

Cracked Deck Boards

Water loves seeping into the crevices and splits in cracked deck boards, which is why they often contribute to water damage to your deck. When the water seeps into your deck boards, they expand, and once they dry, they shrink, which causes your deck boards to crack even further and creates larger splits. This often results in splinters and warped wood. Obviously, these are not properties that you want to find in your deck if you want to use it, so you should make sure to treat the wood on your deck regularly and replace any damaged boards beyond repair. 

Missing Hardware

Again, water damage doesn’t always equate to missing hardware on your deck, but water can and usually does loosen and sweep away nails and screws from your deck over time. When hardware goes missing, water can find its way into the holes where it used to belong, which gives it an easier avenue to seep into your deck boards and cause damage. We suggest checking your deck boards on a regular basis for missing hardware and replacing it as well as for mold and mildew growth to avoid water damage when possible.

Weakened Ledger Board

Your deck’s ledger board is what secures your wood deck to your home, and when water surrounds it, this can cause it to weaken, discoloring the siding and sheathing on your home as well as rusting or growing mildew. Water may directly start to enter your home along the ledger board, rotting away the wood and pulling away from the house. If a weakened ledger board isn’t eventually addressed, water damage may cause your deck to collapse, which can result in serious injuries if that occurs when someone is on your deck.

Water damage to your deck is never ideal, but we hope that this article was helpful and gives you an idea of what to do when you notice water damage occurring or signs of it surfacing. Need help getting rid of mold or mildew or simply don’t want to take care of the water damage to your deck yourself? No problem! Our water damage restoration team would be more than happy to help you restore your deck to its original condition. Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 at any hour for assistance. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Finding a Leak in Your Roof

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Especially since roofs are often out of sight and out of mind, you may not pay adequate attention to the condition and maintenance of your roof. However, it is important to stay up to date with your roof’s condition and repair or replace it as necessary. One obvious sign of roof damage includes a leak in your ceiling right underneath your roof and water pooling in your home or in your drywall. However, your first step should be to have the leak properly inspected so you know if it warrants an entire roof replacement or just a repair.

Have Your Roof Inspected Twice A Year

As a general rule of thumb, you should have your roof inspected twice a year for any potential damage or leaks that need to be addressed. These can be self-checks or you can hire a professional to inspect your roof for you. If you opt to self-check your roof, schedule time in the spring and the fall for you to observe your roof for any physical damage. However, it’s wise to hire a knowledgeable roof inspector to assess your roof’s condition and see any issues that might not be obvious to your untrained eye.

Take Immediate Action

If you or your inspector discover a leak in your roof while inspecting it, you should take immediate action. Firstly, head to your attic to identify the true root of the leak. Knowing exactly where the leak is occurring is integral to getting it fixed. The best way to check for the leak’s true source is to go into your attic while it’s raining with a flashlight and a piece of chalk. Mark exactly where the leak seems to be stemming from with the chalk so that you can remedy it. 

Call SERVPRO

If it’s not raining when you discover the leak, you should opt to call a local restoration company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to examine the water damage and figure out the next steps to repair it. 


Repairing a leak in your roof is necessary to both protect your home’s structural integrity and also minimize or eliminate any existing mold that has grown due to water exposure. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s mold remediation technicians are expertly trained and equipped to handle any water damage or leaks in your home that cause mold growth, and we also have water damage restoration specialists on staff who can take care of your water damage if you catch it even before mold growth occurs (or far after). You can reach our various disaster restoration experts at (615) 242-9391 at any time of day or night. We’re here to restore your home or business back to its original, safe state. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Mold Removal In Your Apartment Complex

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Have you experienced a water leak in your apartment recently? If so, your apartment may be experiencing mold and mildew growth, which you need to have identified, examined, and treated as soon as possible. 

Any little bit of moisture that accumulates on organic materials like drywall, wood, ceiling tile, fabrics, and more can lead to mold and mildew growth in as little as 24-48 hours, and mold doesn’t stop growing as long as water lingers and moisture persists. 

If you’re a renter, you should immediately call your landlord to inform them of your suspected mold growth, and if you’re the property owner, you should call a local mold remediation company at your earliest convenience. It’s always best to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to getting a professional to diagnose the issue and resolve it.

After contacting a local mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we’ll send out one of our highly trained mold remediation technicians to inspect your apartment for mold and prescribe action if necessary. Our mold remediation process typically proceeds as follows:

  1. Emergency Contact - (615) 242-9391
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we take great pride in helping our community to restore their homes and businesses back to their pre-disaster state, looking out for your health and safety. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391 for assistance taking care of mold, fire damage, water damage, storm damage, and more. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Quickly Does Mold Grow After Water Damage?

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause serious issues in your home or your business, one of which is creating the perfect environment for mold growth. Experiencing water damage and mold growth within your home can pose hazards to your health, and we can’t emphasize the importance of taking care of water damage as soon as possible to avoid the dangers that mold brings in mere hours after an incident occurs.

Yes, you read that right. After water damage takes place, mold can start growing within 24-48 hours after various elements of your home like your carpet, your drywall, and your furniture experience water exposure. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) states, mold and mildew start growing as early as a day after water damage occurs and will continue to grow indefinitely until the moisture and water are removed from the area. Since mold is a fungus, it thrives in moist environments and reproduces by quickly generating spores, which are tiny, lightweight seeds, that travel through the air and digest materials that are organic like ceiling tiles, drywall, fabrics, plants, and more. 

Have you identified mold in your home? First things first, figure out where the source of moisture is coming from and get that addressed. However, it’s not quite enough to just eliminate moisture. The existing water damage must be restored and the mold and mildew that has already grown need to be completely removed.

Although you can gear up with protective gloves, masks, and eye protection to attempt to remove the mold yourself, your safest bet is always going to be contacting local mold remediation professionals.


For professional help dealing with the presence of mold in your home or your business, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. Not only do we have highly trained mold remediation technicians on staff, but we also are available 24/7 to respond to any emergencies that present themselves. Make it a point to take care of water damage as soon as possible and keep your property safe and mold-free! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preventing Commercial Kitchen Fires

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Of all the businesses you can think of, which seem like the most likely to catch fire? You guessed it: restaurants and buildings with commercial kitchens. Besides the obvious fact that commercial kitchens often contain ovens and stoves, they also usually have refrigeration equipment, big electrical appliances, and different types of cooking equipment like fryers that lend themselves well to going up in flames if the wrong materials are nearby at the wrong time. 

So how do you prevent commercial kitchen fires? We’ve put together a list of safety precautions to help you avoid an unplanned kitchen fire and maintain a safe commercial kitchen. 

1) Maintain your cooking equipment regularly

We can’t stress this point enough. Although maintenance may seem like a hassle to schedule and unnecessary fees every year, it’s an integral part of maintaining a commercial kitchen with minimal fire hazards. Since cooking equipment and appliances are normally fired up every day, or at least most days, wear and tear builds up in no time. If any minor issues are left unaddressed, this could lead to more vulnerabilities in the equipment that may make it easier for things to catch fire. Be proactive about repairing any damage and fine-tuning the equipment to save money in the long run as well as be vigilant about safety.

2) De-grease your kitchen

Almost all restaurants experience grease building up on their appliances and countertops as oil splatters out of pans and things aren’t properly cleaned as people are moving speedily about your kitchen. However, grease is a highly flammable substance that should be degreasing all of your kitchen surfaces on a regular basis. So many kitchen fires stem from grease catching ablaze, but reducing the amount of grease available to catch fire should automatically reduce the risk of your kitchen going up in flames. 

3) Have fire safety systems in place

Does your restaurant have a sprinkler system in place? It should at least have carbon monoxide detectors installed and fire extinguishers in the kitchen. Make sure that your entire kitchen staff is trained on what to do in the event of a fire and where to go. They should all know how to use a fire extinguisher, and education on how to handle grease fires (do NOT throw water on them) should also be widely known.


If you experience fire damage, water damage, storm damage, mold, or another disaster, give the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville restoration specialists a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Handling Smoke Damage To Your Furniture

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Although flames are pretty when they’re dancing in your backyard campfire, they’re suddenly a threat when afflicting your property and leaving some serious ruin in their wake. Fire can cause major damage to your commercial and residential properties, but burning things to a crisp isn’t the only signs of aftermath you have to deal with after a fire runs its course.

In addition to burning everything in sight, flames often leave dust, ash, soot, and smoke, which cause plenty of problems on their own. Smoke, which consists of the gases and vapors that emit from anything that undergoes combustion, seeps into household objects and lingers in the form of a very discernible odor when it soaks into things like furniture, in particular. 

Even if your couches and chairs escape the wrath of flames, smoke damage to your furniture is a very real issue that you may experience. Clothing, furniture, and textile items are vulnerable to smoke seeping into their threads and stuffing, and the odor isn’t one that will simply disappear if you leave your furniture to air out in the sun for a day or two.

To firmly tackle smoke damage, it’s always best to contact your local restoration professionals to deodorize the furniture to ensure odors are completely removed whenever possible. However, while you wait for the experts to arrive, you can do a few things to provide temporary relief. These practices include vacuuming any soot or ash from your furniture, using vinegar spray on visible stains, and wipe any wood furniture with a dry chemical sponge to remove soot.

Once the professional restoration experts arrive, we often use an ozone treatment to produce an oxidizing agent that actually breaks up the smoke molecules to remove their odor. 


Smoke damage calls for deodorization that is complicated, but SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has technicians who are specially trained to remove any odors from your home for your health and peace of mind. Call us at (615) 242-9391 for assistance! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Offers 24-Hour Emergency Service

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Emergencies never happen on our desired timelines, which is why being on call 24/7, 365 days a year is an essential aspect of our disaster restoration services to combat fire, water, storms, mold, and more. Tornadoes, biohazards, black mold, and trees that land on top of houses are situations that can’t wait to be addressed, and SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville always has a representative and disaster restoration specialists on call to face whatever emergencies come your way, no matter the time of day or the day of the year. 

Even during holidays, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can suit up and be out to your residence or business in a matter of minutes. We provide state-of-the-art technology and vetted, trained specialists who are able to respond to pretty much any disaster that befalls your property at an inopportune time. 

Immediate action is a critical part of most disaster responses to mitigate damage and protect the health and safety of you, your family, your employees, and your customers. For example, water damage is particularly invasive and can cause serious losses with excruciatingly high costs in the form of property damage if it isn’t rapidly extracted. Water damage that isn’t addressed in a timely manner may lead to mold growth, rust, corrosion, biohazard contamination, and more that compromise buildings’ structural integrity and individuals’ physical health. 

As you can imagine, preventing as much of this damage as possible is a lot more feasible when addressed in minutes instead of hours or even days. 

The next time an emergency disaster occurs at your home or your commercial property, no matter the size or scale of it, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. We’ll pick up the phone, listen to your situation, and send out an expert team to deal with the damage if it’s in our capacity to do so. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Creating An Emergency Ready Profile For Your Business

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

When disasters hit and you aren’t prepared, your business may have only a slim chance at survival. According to recent research, as many as 50% of businesses shut down following a disaster, which speaks volumes to the importance of emergency preparedness so you’re equipped to beat the odds in the case of an emergency. 

Enjoy greater peace of mind by proactively creating a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business so that you won’t have to scramble in the wake of a disaster. Having a plan in place will enable you to minimize fire or water damage that may occur to your business, ensuring timely mitigation and successful cleanup when your business experiences the unexpected.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville offers a comprehensive SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile advantage that provides you with the following:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. 
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Creating your Emergency READY Profile is a simple process, and getting started consists of just 5 steps.

  1. Visit SERVPRO.com/ready. Register for an account using your email address as your username and choose a password.
  2. Choose your preferred SERVPRO Franchise Representative to contact in the event your home or business experiences water, fire, mold, or other types of damage.
  3. Begin creating ERPs for all of your properties.
  4. Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application on your iPhone, tablet, Android, or Blackberry device from the respective App Store.
  5. Launch the Ready Plan App and sign in using the same username and password from STEP 1.

For more information regarding the Emergency READY Program best practices, getting help if damage occurs, and sharing your plan, head to this website


Are you ready to create an Emergency READY Profile with SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to protect your business’s future?  Visit SERVPRO.com/ready and select SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville as your preferred SERVPRO Franchise Representative to contact if your home or business experiences water, fire, mold, or another type of damage. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do After Your Basement Floods

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy rains, winter storms, burst pipes, and sneaky leaks all can result in your basement flooding, and it’s often frustrating or even panic-inducing to come home to water pooling in your basement or even worse, steadily rising. Although your instinct may be to run into the water and start baling it out by the bucketful, we recommend you proceed with caution before taking any hasty courses of action. 

Knowing what to do ahead of time is the best way to stay calm in the unfortunate situation of a flooded basement, so we’ve compiled a list of next steps you should take after discovering flooding in the lowest room in your home. 

1) Stay out of the water

Never compromise your safety by entering floodwater in your basement. The first thing you should do after discovering flooding is to call your electrician as well as SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to help deal with water removal and any water damage that may have occurred or is currently occurring. Entering floodwater, especially when your circuit breaker is still on, puts you at serious risk of electrocution or worse. If your power breaker is located on an upper floor that isn’t flooded, turn off your power, but if it’s located downstairs, stay far away from the floodwater.

2) Determine the source of the water.

Is the flooding from rain or does it stem from a burst pipe or another leak in your home? This is key to being able to stop the flooding from impacting your basement any more than it already has. If the flooding is coming from a storm or rain shower that is ongoing, you should wait to deal with the flooding until the pros come. 

3) Remove the water from your basement after you determine the source or the storm stops.

Once the professionals have arrived or if you’ve managed to turn off your power and determined the water source is from inside your home, it’s time to move any electronic appliances that haven’t touched the water but are close to it far, far away. Next, you can start baling the water out of your basement. Be sure to wear appropriate boots and gloves to move things out of your basement, and proceed with caution as the wet areas are sure to be slippery. You may need to purchase a second sump pump or use towels and a mop to soak up the water, depending on the severity of the flooding.

4) Dry your basement and any damp objects.

Figure out if any damp objects are worth keeping and attempting to dry out or if you should just pitch them. Any upholstered furniture is likely ruined if it was submerged in water for a lengthy period of time. Depending on the extent of the flooding, removing your carpet may be necessary. Use fans to start drying the area until the professionals arrive to take care of the rest. 


All of these steps are integral to take as soon as it’s safe to deal with basement flooding to minimize or avoid mold growth. Mold can cause health effects, and damp objects and flooded areas are particularly susceptible to mold colonies, which is why you should address basement flooding as soon as possible. If you ever experience a flooded basement or water, storm, fire, or mold damage or any kind in your home or your business, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7 and ready to help you when disaster hits! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Gas Fireplace Safety Tips

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

The cold temperatures of winter are upon us, and there’s nothing quite like cozying up beside a gas fireplace to revel in the warmth of a fire. Gas fireplaces are common features in today’s houses and business lobbies, and they add a homey or classic touch that not much can’t be matched by much else. 

Now, more than any other time of year, you’re probably using your gas fireplace often, and we’ve gathered a few tips to help you take safety precautions while enjoying the warmth and light of your fireplace.

1) Install carbon monoxide detectors throughout the building. 

Perhaps the most important safety precaution you should take when you have a gas fireplace in your building is to install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home or office. Gas fireplaces are not known to increase the carbon monoxide levels in the building they’re present in. However, any gas appliances should be accompanied by carbon monoxide detectors so you can catch any leaks before they cause serious damage. Schedule two times annually to check and change your detectors’ batteries so they continue to function properly all year-round. 

2) Keep all furniture at least 3 feet away from the fireplace.

As a general rule of thumb, you should keep all furniture and flammable objects at the very least 3 feet away from your gas fireplace. Although it’s unlikely that your gas fireplace will catch things ablaze, it’s best not to risk it, and keeping anything flammable a safe distance away from the fireplace will prevent this from happening. Even just having something flammable lean up against the hot glass or cage protecting you from the fireplace may cause a fire.

3) At least once a year, hire a professional to inspect your fireplace.

Regular maintenance is important for any appliance, and this rings true when it comes to a gas fireplace. Hire a professional to inspect your fireplace gas log set at least once a year to clean and adjust the logs and glowing embers, clean the glass, remove any obstructions from the vents, and clean the fan and air circulation passages. 


As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding professional cleaning, fire damage, water damage, mold, or other cleanup jobs, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Restoring Furniture After Water Damage

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

After a flood, your furniture may be damaged beyond repair. However, it may be difficult to tell if this is the case if you don’t have experience with water damage restoration. If you’re dealing with water damage in your home or business and your furniture is clearly affected, you should probably call a professional to assess the damage and help with the restoration. Nevertheless, there are a few steps you can take while waiting for the professionals to arrive. Read on to discover a few tips on what to do after your furniture is damaged by water.

1) Call the professionals.

Restoring furniture after water damage is no easy task, and it’s wise to have a professional assess it and help with restoration unless you feel equipped to tackle it yourself. Take pictures of the damage as well so you have something to show your insurance provider when you make a claim. Documentation of damage is always an important first step.

2) Soak up excess water.

If there is any excess water around your furniture, soak it up with towels. Use a fan far away from the water to dry out your furniture. Don’t air-dry the furniture if it’s wood as that may cause it to warp. Instead, just use fans and towels to do the best job that you can drying it until the professionals arrive.

3) Rinse off wood furniture.

If you’re dealing with wood furniture that got submerged, rinse off any mud or debris that is on wood furniture. You should also remove any drawers or removable parts of the furniture to make sure it gets properly aired out. As stated in the bullet above, don’t let the wood furniture air dry. 

4) Separate upholstery fabrics if possible.

Usually, upholstered furniture cannot be salvaged after severe water damage, but if you can separate the fabrics from the framework, do that. Professionals should handle any upholstered furniture that may be damaged, and this may be time-consuming and expensive to salvage. It may be wiser to just chuck it and buy new furniture.


Are you dealing with water damage? Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. In addition to water damage restoration and potentially helping you restore your furniture, we can help prevent mold growth and return your property to its pre-damaged state. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Storm-Proofing Your Garage

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

As winter transitions into full force and winter storms start hitting Middle Tennessee, it’s smart to be prepared by storm-proofing your garage. Winter storms often bring gusty winds, lots of precipitation, and cold temperatures, which are a recipe for a mean storm with the potential to wreak havoc on your home or business if you don’t take the proper precautionary measures. Tornadoes can also spell disaster for your properties if they aren’t braced for impact, so we suggest reading up on storm-proofing and considering implementing it in your garage.

What is Storm-Proofing?

Storm-Proofing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like--preparing your home or business for a storm by “proofing” it, whether that be by boarding up your windows, reinforcing your structural framework, or replacing doors and windows with ones designed to withstand storms.

Why Storm-Proof Your Garage?

Your garage is one of the most vulnerable areas of your home. If your garage door gets blown away or otherwise destroyed, your home suddenly has an area that may be as large as 300 square feet breaching the envelope of your house. This is an ideal avenue for the storm to enter your home and cause a huge amount of damage, which is why storm-proofing your garage is a recommended safety measure if you live anywhere that may see fierce storms during the year, tornadoes, or hurricanes.

How Do I Storm-Proof My Garage?

Now that you know why it’s important to storm-proof your garage, your next question probably is, “How do I storm-proof it?” Purchasing a hurricane-proof garage door will withstand stormy winter gusts and hopefully ward off any inclement weather that storms may bring your way in Middle Tennessee, and many hurricane garage door systems reinforce individuals’ garages in their typical areas of weakness, including garage doors’ weak skins and end stiles that aren’t often reinforced in standard garage doors.

Another option is retrofitting your existing garage door to bolster its current resistance. Retrofit kits and braces often are more affordable than completely replacing your garage door, and they are options worth considering.

If you have the misfortune of experiencing any type of storm damage, mold, fire, or water damage during the year, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has teams of trained, well-equipped professionals to deal with a variety of disaster situations. No matter the time of day, you can reach us at (615) 242-9391, and we’d be happy to help you out. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Tips to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Your bathroom is probably the room in your house that sees the most daily traffic, and it’s also a hotbed for moisture and mold growth if it isn’t properly cleaned and taken care of throughout the year. Mold thrives in dark, warm, and moist spaces, and your bathroom sink, shower and tub, and your toilet all are avenues where water regularly is used and may accumulate over time if left unattended. Although mold growth in your bathroom may seem inevitable when you really think about all the nooks and crevices where mold could start to colonize, there are plenty of preventative measures that you can take to prevent mold growth in your bathroom.

We’ve put together 4 tips to help you prevent mold growth in your bathroom, and we hope you’ll take them into consideration as you go about your cleaning routine.

1) Towel dry mold-prone surfaces.

One of the easiest ways for mold to grow is when mold-prone surfaces are left moist. Lots of crevices in your bathroom hold onto water that isn’t easily let go (like your shower curtains), and if you let that water untouched, it may lead to mold growth. Make it a habit to towel dry all mold-prone surfaces in your bathroom like your shower curtain and any other corners or crannies that have water sitting on or in them if they are left unattended.

2) Spray all bathroom surfaces weekly.

Invest in an all-purpose bathroom cleaner spray, and schedule a weekly bathroom cleaning where you spray all your bathroom surfaces and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth to clean and dry them. Surfaces you should pay particular attention to include your toilet, bathtub, and sinks as well as your shower walls. 

3) Use your bathroom vents.

Although we often think of bathroom vents or fans as tools to help deodorize the powder room, they also do the important job of removing extra humidity from the air that can condense on your bathroom surfaces. Especially after hot, steamy showers when lots of humidity is released in the air, turn on your bathroom vent and leave it running for 10-15 minutes to suck the humidity out of the air. 

4) Wash shower curtain liners and rugs often.

Every time your shower curtain and rugs are used, they get wet, which means they become prime locations for mold growth if they aren’t cleaned on the regular. Every one to two weeks, wash and dry them so you can enjoy fresh, clean rugs and shower curtain liners without any mold sneaking onto them.



Have you found mold in your bathroom or elsewhere in your home or business? Don’t wait to get assistance. Mold can be hazardous to your health and your property, and so you should contact the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team in short order by dialing (615) 242-9391. We are well-versed in mold remediation and removal, and we’re always on call to help you deal with emergencies as you see fit. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How To Handle Water Damage To Your Hardwood Floors

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Hardwood floors are stylish, durable, and timeless. A popular choice for kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms alike, hardwood floors enhance many homes and are excellent to clean, treat, and enjoy year-round. However, one danger to your hardwood floors is water damage. Although a quick water spill on your hardwood floor that is attended to and cleaned up after a moment shouldn’t cause any harm, water damage may occur if water gets spilled and unnoticed on your hardwood floors, soaking into the boards and absorbing into the wood.

When your hardwood floors experience water damage, these are the next steps you should take.

  1. Clean up the water if you can.

If the water damage seems minimal or you catch it before it’s been sitting for a while, grab some excess towels to soak up the water sitting on top of your hardwood. However, this is not always possible if, for example, a pipe bursts and you have gallons of water that have flooded your entire floor. 

  1. Assess the visible physical damage.

Are you dealing with a white water stain or a black water stain? A white water stain indicates that the damage to your floor is only mild, and it may come out with proper treatment. White stains typically indicate a build-up of moisture in your hardwood floor. On the other hand, black water stains mean your hardwood has absorbed the water, which makes it significantly more difficult to repair. Other signs of water damage include cupping, when the edges of your hardwood flooring expand and become uneven with the sides sticking up; crowning, which consists of your wood permanently shrinking or wood planks sticking out; and buckling, which is when pieces of hardwood detach from your subfloor and stick out, indicating severe water damage. 

  1. Call the experts.

Especially if the water damage appears severe, which is pretty much anything outside of white water stains, it’s probably wise to call the professionals like the water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. Depending on the extent of your hardwood floor’s damage, it may not even be worth trying to repair your hardwood floor, and replacing it may be a more smart use of your time and money.


The next time you notice any water damage to your hardwood floor, make sure you take these steps to properly address the repairs or replacements necessary. Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 for more information on water damage restoration. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

HVAC Maintenance in Your Apartment Complex

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Like any building, whether residential or commercial, with an HVAC system, routine HVAC maintenance should be incorporated into your yearly maintenance in your apartment complex. By prioritizing HVAC maintenance, you can save time and money while ensuring your tenants’ health and safety. Catching any potential problems before they become issues is just one of many reasons why maintaining the HVAC system at your apartment complex is so important, and we’ve compiled a list of additional reasons you should keep HVAC maintenance top of mind as an apartment complex owner.

  1. Improves your indoor air quality.

Your HVAC system is responsible for filtering the air in your tenants’ apartments, catching unwanted particles and pumping cool air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. Dirty HVAC filters that aren’t replaced as often as they should be can lead to residents becoming sick. Additionally, failing to keep up with your apartment complex’s HVAC maintenance may lead to carbon monoxide poisoning if a unit combusts. Carbon monoxide symptoms often look like the flu and may not be attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning until they become fatal, so it’s extremely important to keep up with HVAC maintenance to avoid this risk.

  1. Enhances your HVAC’s longevity.

Just like maintenance helps prolong the lives of almost any appliance, HVAC maintenance will help you ensure your system is running smoothly and any problems are resolved upon discovery, decreasing the likelihood that things will go wrong and your system needs to be replaced in a short amount of time. If something in your system isn’t functioning properly, your HVAC system will have to work harder to produce the same results, resulting in extra strain on your system. This may cause premature failure, making it necessary for you to purchase a new system, which could be prevented if you had regular maintenance scheduled.

  1. Factors into your budget.

By regularly scheduling HVAC maintenance, you can anticipate the costs that occur annually and factor them into your budget. This will help you to save money and time in the long run, because if you didn’t factor regular maintenance into your budget, it would likely result in you paying for unanticipated, expensive repairs when your HVAC decides to stop working properly. Just one or two of these incidents could throw off your whole budget!


Do you need someone to clean and perform routine maintenance on your residential or commercial HVAC system? Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team provides air duct and HVAC cleaning to help you extend the life of your HVAC system and improve your indoor air quality. Set up regular maintenance today by dialing (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Deep Cleaning Your Business For The New Year

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the new year approaches, there’s more reason than ever to deep clean your business as we enter 2021. There’s no time quite like the new year to remove the dust, dirt, and grime from your office or your storefront, and with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, you can rest assured that your business is sanitized, disinfected, and cleaned to the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our defensive pathogen cleaning program goes way beyond the scope of standard janitorial services to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather, and our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team considers each business’s unique needs and tailors our cleaning services for them. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consists of three different C’s to help your business inspire consumer confidence in your business’s cleanliness. 

First, we consult with you and your business to ensure that we tailor a bespoke cleaning program just for your facility’s needs. Depending on the vulnerability of the people who occupy your business, how your building is set up, and the traffic that passes through it daily, your business has unique needs that should be addressed accordingly with custom cleaning solutions.

Second, we perform an expert deep clean of your facility based on an agreed-upon plan. Our team uses our proprietary EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions to thoroughly clean your business based on the decontamination and cleaning standards set by the CDC. 

Third, we post a certification of our cleaning procedures on your window in the form of a shield that declares your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This collateral helps instill confidence in your employees, customers, and community that your business was cleaned according to SERVPRO’s high-quality, rigid standards. 


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a leading cleanup and restoration company with over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, so you can rest assured that we can decontaminate and deep clean your business to the highest degree. Contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Fireworks Safety Tips

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

The new year is almost here! Setting off fireworks is a popular activity to celebrate big events, and this is especially true when it comes to big holidays like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. Although gatherings may be largely virtual or socially distanced this holiday season, fireworks are fun ways to celebrate the end of the year while staying far away from other people. Many look forward to appreciating the dazzling lights illuminating the dark sky to ring in the new year, but fireworks can be safety hazards if they aren’t set up and monitored properly.

To minimize any potential risks, take these 4 fireworks safety tips into account before setting off any fireworks to celebrate the new year. 

1) Keep the fireworks away from children.

This safety tip should go without saying, but never let children handle fireworks. In the event that fireworks are improperly handled or malfunction, they should be far away from any young children and in the vicinity of a responsible adult. It’s also important that the adult who is setting off the fireworks is not impaired by alcohol or drugs while handling them. 

2) Do not light fireworks indoors or while they’re in your hands.

Never ever light fireworks while you are inside. Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed outdoors and far away from humans so they do not harm anyone. You should also never handle fireworks when they’re lighted. As soon as you light a firework, you should back away from it or throw it in the direction you want it to go off. Also, never ignite fireworks while they’re in a container. 

3) Point or throw the fireworks away from other people.

Avoid pointing or throwing fireworks toward other people--this is a recipe for disaster. Fireworks should only be used away from houses, people, and all flammable materials. Light your fireworks one at a time and maintain a safe distance away from them as soon as you are finished lighting them.

4) Keep a bucket of water nearby.

It’s always wise to have a bucket of water on hand to extinguish any fireworks that spin out of control, don’t go off, or catch fire. After using fireworks, you should always soak the spent or unused ones in water for a few hours to ensure they don’t go off after the fact.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville wishes you a great holiday season and a happy new year. In the event that you need restoration experts to help you manage fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold, you can reach us at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Often Should I Have My HVAC Inspected?

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Your HVAC plays an integral role in heating and cooling your home or business, and it’s necessary for this vital piece of equipment to be maintained throughout the year to keep it in good condition. The better maintained your HVAC is, the fewer repairs and maintenance you’ll have to do for it over the long run. Additionally, a well-maintained HVAC has a longer average lifespan than those that aren’t maintained, which results in lower costs at the end of the day.

While you probably know that your HVAC should be inspected by a professional at some point, you came to this blog to figure out how often that should be, and we have an answer for you: every 6 months. You may have seen that your HVAC unit only needs to be inspected once a year, but it’s best practice to have it inspected every 6 months - once in the spring to check your cooling system and once in the fall to check your heating system. Let us explain.

Getting your HVAC inspected, serviced, and maintained before you start heavily using one system or the other will minimize your chances of running into serious problems with your unit. By having a professional inspect and perform routine maintenance on your unit before you start kicking it into high gear, you start off the season knowing exactly what the current status of your HVAC unit is and how up to date everything is. This puts you in a good position to proceed with heavily using your heating or cooling system for the upcoming seasons with peace of mind.

However, if something does come up after you get your HVAC inspected, you can get the problem looked at with a fresh slate, knowing exactly what your last inspection within the past six months showcased about your unit. 

While you may be able to do some HVAC maintenance on your own, like changing the filter (especially if you have a filter you need to change every month), it’s often easier to trust your HVAC  maintenance and inspection in professional hands. That’s where SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville steps in! Our HVAC technicians are trained in dealing with all different types of HVAC systems, and we perform routine inspections upon request. Contact us at (615) 232-9391 for more information. 

What To Do If A Tree Falls In Your Yard

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

As time passes and weather wears away at trees, trees eventually die and fall. Sometimes, a strong storm and wind expedite the process. However, you’re generally not notified in advance when a tree falls in your yard, so we’ve gathered a list of actions you should take if a tree falls in your yard. 

1) Think about safety first.

Are you inside a building that the tree fell on? Where is the tree in relation to you and your family? Is the tree at risk of falling even further and causing more damage? If the tree has come in contact with any part of your home or fallen through your roof, you should get everyone outside of your home as soon as possible. Take note of any wires that your tree has knocked down or is now touching as they may pose a fire hazard. Any injuries or structural damage should elicit a call to 911 for the fire department to come and help you out. 

2) Assess the damage. 

Did the tree hit any existing structures? What kind of damage did it cause? Take photos of the damage for insurance purposes later and stay a safe distance from the tree if it’s at risk of moving even more during a storm, etc. Figuring out what exactly has been damaged and how is an important step in the process of what to do after a tree falls in your yard.

3) Determine whose tree fell.

Did your tree fall in your yard? Or is it your neighbor’s tree? Even if a neighbor’s tree fell on your home or into your yard, it’s typically your homeowner’s policy that covers the damage. This might seem a bit backward, but it’s the way most policies work. However, you should take note of whose tree it is and double-check with your insurance policy and coverage to see what applies and if the tree falls into any of the exclusions. 

4) Call the insurance company.

After determining whose tree fell and assessing the damage, give your homeowners’ insurance company a call. Describe the situation and provide them with photographic evidence of the damage. They’ll be able to tell you the next steps to take and what you should do next.

5) Arrange for tree removal. 

Once you’ve gotten in contact with your insurance company and you know what is covered under your policy, it’s time to arrange for tree removal. Your insurance company may provide you with a list of disaster restoration specialists that they work with, but it may be smart to come to them with a name in mind to see if that will be covered under your policy. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a great disaster restoration company that can take care of tree removal, structural restoration, and more in the aftermath of storms, incidents, and other disasters. 


The next time you experience a tree falling in your yard or any other disaster or damage occurs, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville by dialing (615) 232-9391. We’re available 24/7, and we’re trained in a wide variety of restoration services to come to your rescue in your time of need.

Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

It’s the most beautiful time of the year...Christmas season! Many families and individuals who celebrate Christmas often decorate and display a Christmas tree to lift their spirits and spread holiday cheer. However, Christmas trees can pose serious fire hazards if they aren’t properly set up and necessary fire safety precautions aren’t taken. 

Rest assured that you’ve taken important fire safety precautions with your Christmas tree this year by taking these four tips into account. 

1) Choose a fresh tree.

The more vibrant green, sappy, and perky your tree looks, the fresher it is! Fresh trees are much less susceptible to fire and are less dry, which is one of the most common reasons why Christmas trees can catch fire (when they’re too dry). A fresh tree also shouldn’t have needles that are already easily shedding or that break without much effort. Keep your fresh tree in water 24/7 and replenish its water supply daily.

2) Place your tree far away from heat sources.

Your tree doesn’t need any heat. Period. If you have a fireplace, a radiator, a space heater, a lamp, or any other heat sources close to your tree, you should move your tree (or your heat source, if possible). Candles and heat vents should also not be anywhere close to your tree to minimize their chances of becoming a fire hazard.

3) Turn the lights off overnight.

Your tree lights emit a little bit of heat, and they don’t need to be on all night. They likely don’t even need to be on all day if you’re not at home! Make it a habit to unplug the tree lights every night and any time you’re not in the same room as your tree or you’re gone for extended periods.

4) Don’t choke the light cords. 

Instead of choking your tree with lights, it’s much safer to attach only three strings of lights to any extension cord as a general rule of thumb. The fewer conduits between the cords, the better. You should also never run your tree lights’ cords under your carpet or any rugs, and it’s wise to keep them along the wall to prevent people from tripping over them. Always make sure your light cords aren’t frayed or otherwise damaged, as well. 

5) Never use electric lights with an artificial tree.

Electric lights on a metal tree is a prime recipe for disaster and potential electrocution. Never use electric lights with an artificial tree to avoid this situation. Charging the tree with electric lights is a disaster waiting to happen.

These 5 tips are only a handful of best practices for Christmas tree fire safety, but we hope you’ll consider them when preparing your tree for the holiday season. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we hope you’ll enjoy the holidays to the full! Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (615) 242-9391 to deal with any fire damage, water damage, or mold that comes your way. We desire to keep you safe, happy, and healthy over the holiday season!

How To Prepare Your Home For Strong Winds

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

As fall winds down and winter approaches, winter storms, and their accompanying strong winds are in store for folks in the greater Nashville area. Storms often bring gusty winds, rain, sleet, snow, and ice, and all of these can implement serious damage to your home if you don’t take preventive measures to prepare your home to face inclement weather.

Prepare your home for strong winds this winter by doing these four things:

1) Trim your trees.

You’ve most likely heard this before, but we can’t emphasize it enough. Trim your trees in preparation for forceful winds! Any dead branches or particularly long tree limbs are susceptible to breaking and flying into your home or any other nearby buildings when strong winds come to visit. Have playground equipment, a fence, or other outdoor structures that may be vulnerable to gusty winds? Make it a point to secure those, too. 

2) Reinforce your chimney.

Particularly if you have a chimney that is six feet or taller or wider than 40 inches, adding vertical reinforcing steel at its corners will ensure that it doesn’t get toppled by any mighty winds. Do you have a brick home? Hire a contractor to inspect and maintain your masonry on your home and also on your chimney to ensure it’s in good condition and can withstand the force of the wind at high mph.

3) Install storm windows and doors.

Strengthening your windows and doors, including your garage door, will ensure they won’t go anywhere when strong winds are around. These also help protect your home from the cold temperatures that winds bring. Impact-resistant storm windows are designed to withstand strong winds and can easily replace your existing windows and doors until the storm or windy season passes.

4) Seal your roof. 

A poorly maintained roof is especially vulnerable to strong winds tearing shingles off and making any existing damage or weak links worse, so reinforcing your roof as well as maintaining it throughout the year puts it in a good position to withstand gusts of wind. You can reinforce and seal your roof by using peel and stick tape along the seams of your roof or using a peel and stick membrane over the entire thing. You can also have it professionally inspected every year to keep it in good repair.


Are you dealing with the aftermath of windy storms? Whether you experience storm damage, fire, water damage, or mold, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has your back. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 for disaster restoration assistance any day, anytime.

How To Prevent Mold In Your Attic

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Your attic is a prime location for mold growth. Dark, close to your roof and most likely damp, and often neglected, it’s no surprise that you often hear of attic mold growth. However, there are preventative steps that you can take to avoid being surprised by mold in your attic. 

We recommend taking these measures to prevent mold in your attic:

1) Inspect your attic every season (and check for roof leaks.)

A good general rule of thumb is to inspect your attic four times a year, every season, to make sure that there are no leaks in your roof or your attic. Signs of a leak that you should look for include discoloration in wood or insulation, raised shingles, wet areas in your roof alleys or anywhere in your attic, and condensation. Catching a leak early on will ensure you prevent mold growth from the start or at least minimize it before it spirals further out of control.

2) Make sure your attic is adequately insulated.

Controlling the temperature and moisture levels in your attic is integral to preventing mold growth. Insulation does just that. Make sure that your attic has adequate insulation to minimize air transfer between it and the rest of your home. Your attic’s temperature should be at or just about the air temperature outside your home, and your attic itself as well as any heating ducts in it should be insulated so that this is the case.

3) Make sure your attic has proper ventilation.

Without proper ventilation, your attic’s moisture levels will most likely be very high, which puts your attic at a higher risk for mold growth. Mold loves moisture. The warm air that rises to your attic will condense on cold surfaces if your attic doesn’t have the ventilation it needs, so you should make sure you have vents that allow this to escape outside. Double-check that your insulation doesn’t cover your vents.

4) Vent your appliances outside, not to your attic.

Any vents in your home, including your dryer, kitchen, and bathroom vents, should not funnel air or moisture into your attic. They should vent directly outside into the fresh air. Venting your appliances to your attic is a recipe for poor ventilation there if the demands are too high for the attic to withstand, and this can result in the accumulation of moisture and mold growth. 


In the event that you discover mold in your attic or any other part of your home, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7, and our technicians are experts at identifying and remediating mold as well as fire damage, water damage, storm damage, and more.

What Is Soot And Why Is It Dangerous?

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire has blazed, soot often rests in the fire’s aftermath. Soot is a black residue of fine particles that appears after a fire burns and a carbon-filled material like wood, coal, oil, or other fuel is burned incompletely. All combustion sources can yield soot, and it often lingers in the air for a while after a fire has burned as well as disperses around the scene of a fire, accumulating on pretty much every surface available in a fine layer. 

Soot often can be distinguished by looking for black residue on items after a fire occurs, but soot particles are even smaller than dust, which means that not all of it is visible to the naked eye. Soot’s prevalence and pervasiveness after a fire can have serious implications for your health and home, which is why it’s incredibly important to hire a team of professionals to clean up soot after a fire occurs.

Soot contamination also can stain materials in your home, causing the odor to stick around long after the time of a fire. Soot’s foul-smelling odors resemble fire and smoke smells, and its lingering presence ensures that its odor stays while it does, too. Particles from soot are also shown to corrode metal in electronic devices, making your property at risk for damage from it.  

All in all, soot decreases the level of air quality at your property and may put you or others at risk.

Don’t let soot take advantage of your health and property--make sure professionals clean it up and restore your property to its previous state for your well-being! The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team has fire damage restoration experts who will remove every trace of soot from your home, restoring it to its pre-fire condition. Call us at (615) 242-9391 today for help removing soot from your residential or commercial property.

Preventing HVAC Water Damage

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Your HVAC unit is particularly susceptible to water damage thanks to the water it pulls out of the air to cool your space down. However, if this condensation isn’t properly drained, your HVAC is primed to overflow, making the floors, carpets, walls, and ceilings around it wet. To prevent this less than ideal scenario, we recommend taking the following measures to minimize or avoid HVAC water damage altogether. 

  1. Keep your HVAC unit clean.

We can’t emphasize this step enough—keep your HVAC unit clean by removing all the dust and dirt that has accumulated on your condenser at the very least once a year. Spring is the best time of year to do this! Cleaning your HVAC unit twice or even more frequently may be a smart move. You should also make sure any plants or objects are a minimum of two feet away from your unit to keep the airflow flowing!

2. Flush the drain line.

When you have your air conditioning running, double-check your condensation line opening to ensure that water is freely flowing to the drain. Do you spot a clogged drain line? Poke the drainage holes with a wire or paper clip to clear it. Also, it’s good practice to flush your drain line with a commercial mold or algae prevention solution or just regular bleach at least once or twice a year to ward off mold growth.

3. Change its filter. 

So many people don’t realize that it’s important to change your HVAC unit’s filter at least once a month. Over time, dust and debris build up on your HVAC filter and changing it prevents the unit from overworking, which extends its longevity as well as prevents the coils from freezing. When the unit overworks, its coils are at a much higher risk of freezing.

4. Install a condensation pump.

Condensation pumps do the important work of funneling excess water flow to its appropriate disposal drain. This is a great, sometimes overlooked, way to reduce the risk of water damage! In addition to installing a condensation pump, consider installing a safety float that shuts down the unit when the condensation builds up to the point of overflow.

5. Get a professional to inspect it.

Does maintaining your HVAC to prevent water damage sound like quite the hassle? Hiring a professional to regularly inspect your HVAC ensures that a trained individual will monitor the risk of water damage your HVAC poses and keep it in good repair throughout the year. 


Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals are well-versed in keeping up with routine HVAC maintenance, and we’d be more than happy to help take care of preventative maintenance for you. Give us a call at (615) 242-9391 to learn more about our services!

What To Do If A Pipe Bursts In Your Building

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

A pipe burst never happens at an opportune time, and you may freeze in the event that one occurs and you don’t know what to do. To empower you to act in the case of a pipe burst emergency, we’ve compiled a list of steps for you to take after a pipe bursts in your building. 

  1. Shut off the water.

Whether you have control of the water supply or the phone number of the person who does, shut off the water or ring the individual who can do so as soon as possible. Shutting off the water at the main valve will help you prevent further water damage. Depending on the type of pipe that experienced the burst, you may be dealing with a whole array of further damage after it breaks.

2. Call a plumber.

If you don’t already have a plumber’s emergency number stored in your phone, now is the time to input one. Even if you don’t have a clue about the first steps to take to repair a broken pipe, your plumber does. You’re probably going to need a plumber to repair the burst, and calling one to assess the damage as soon as possible is wise.

3. Assess the damage, and if needed, call the water damage restoration professionals.

How much damage did the pipe burst cause? Is there water everywhere? How long has the water been soaking into your carpet, your walls, or ceiling? Especially if there appears to be a lot of water damage or the pipe burst is discovered an indeterminate amount of time after it occurs, call the water damage restoration professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. Our highly-trained, local technicians will be on the scene in a manner of minutes after you call, no matter the time of day, and we will document the drying process to validate that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly. 

4. Document everything and file an insurance claim.

Although you may panic after a pipe burst, remember to snap photos of all the damage once you discover it. Documenting the whole pipe burst thoroughly will come in handy when it comes time to file an insurance claim, and keeping track of damages, repairs, and quotes from different professionals will ensure that you have a written record as a paper trail. 

5. Soak up excess water.

If there isn’t too much of it, grab a few towels and clean up the excess water. Soaking up water that is sitting on your floor will help minimize the damage it causes. Above all, keep calm, and call the professionals to take care of the pipe burst and any subsequent damage that occurs as a result!


No matter the reason, if you ever experience any water damage, fire damage, storm damage, or mold growth in your home, business, or apartment building, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year, even on the holidays.

5 Space Heater Safety Tips

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

As the temperatures drop lower and cold weather rolls in to stay for awhile, you’re probably breaking out the space heaters to warm up your home or business. While space heaters provide wonderful warmth during the colder months, they also can be safety hazards if they aren’t properly set up and monitored to ensure they don’t pose any risks to you or your home. A space heater fire is never on anyone’s agenda, so we recommend following these 5 space heater safety tips to avoid any unwanted fires from occurring:

  1. Carefully place your space heater at least 3 feet away from flammable objects. If any objects come in contact with the space heater’s electric heating face or a hot surface, it poses a serious fire risk. As a general rule, never sit or drape anything over your space heater, don’t set it near rugs, furniture, bedding, clothing, window treatments, or other flammable materials. Also, make sure that it’s sitting on a level surface so that it doesn’t accidentally fall or tip over. 
  2. Don’t use extension cords. Plug your space heater directly into an outlet. There’s a much higher chance of your space heater overheating or otherwise malfunctioning if it’s plugged into an extension cord or an outlet strip. Minimize these dangers by plugging your space heater directly into an outlet that has the power capacity necessary to fire it up and keep it running.
  3. Unplug it when you’re not using it. This should go for almost all appliances, but it’s especially relevant for your space heater. When you’re not using your space heater, you should first turn it off and then you should unplug it. Having a space heater running while you don’t want it to be running poses a fire hazard as well as a waste of energy. 
  4. Clean, inspect, and maintain your space heater. On a regular basis, you should clean your space heater and wipe it down to avoid dispersing dust and other allergens throughout your house. You should also carefully monitor your space heater to ensure that it’s working as it’s supposed to and nothing wonky is happening. If anything seems out of order, turn it off and unplug it right away until a professional can inspect it and you can safely run it again. Alternatively, you can just dispose of it and purchase a new space heater.
  5. Don’t run your space heater in the bathroom or a basement. Space heaters should never be run in places that are humid or wet because space heaters are not meant to be wet. Don’t handle your space heater if your hands are wet or you just got out of the shower. The electricity from the space heater could run through the water and shock you. This is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

While we love our space heaters as much as the rest of you, it’s important to run them safely when you have them operating. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you with any fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold that comes your way this fall and winter season, and we’re available 24/7 at (615) 242-9391. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help you fix any damage to your home or business. 

4 Top Places To Check For Mold In Your Warehouse

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold thrives in the dark, damp corners of buildings, which makes your warehouse a prime location for mold growth, especially if it isn’t thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. The smell of rotten eggs or dirty socks is a sign that mold is growing somewhere in your warehouse, and once you have reason to suspect it, don’t wait to investigate. Here are the 4 top places to check for mold in your warehouse.

  1. The bathroom.

You might have already guessed that the bathroom is a great place to investigate for mold, especially if you’re smelling it throughout your warehouse. The bathroom is a common spot for mold growth because of the water supply that runs to the sinks and the toilets and the constant dampness in the air as a result. Check under the sink, by the toilets, around the faucets, and even on the walls.

2. The basement or the cellar.

If your warehouse has a basement and/or a cellar, there’s a high probability that mold growth may be occurring in one of those places. Mold likes growing in the dark, and these more closed off spaces are often dark and more susceptible to moisture from the outdoors, so you should definitely check them out. Colonies may be living on your floor if it’s damp.

3. The ceiling.

In addition to the flooring and the walls and wallpaper, mold can live in the ceiling. If you haven’t caught on yet, mold can live and grow just about anywhere if it has the proper moisture and an undisturbed environment. Keep an eye out for any unusual colored spots or specks on the ceiling and make sure to have them investigated if you spy them.

4. Your HVAC units.

HVAC units often experience build-up, especially when the moisture that accumulates on them isn’t properly disposed of. Any other units in your warehouse that use water or mist are also great locations to inspect for mold and should be checked on a regular schedule.


In sum, it’s super critical to establish a regular routine of inspecting your warehouse for mold growth. Mold spores can be hazardous to your and your employees’ health, and you shouldn’t let it fester untreated. If you need mold remediation for your home or your business, you can reach SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391.

Preparing For Winter Storms

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

The last thing you want to be taking care of this winter is frozen pipes or other issues that come with the cold weather, and preparing for winter storms and all their rain, sleet, and snow is a good way to keep those scenarios far away. In anticipation of subpar weather this winter, follow these 6 tips to prepare for winter storms:

1. Install weather stripping. 

Weatherstripping consists of sealing your doors and windows with material around the cracks to keep the cold air outside and the interior temperature regulated. Without weatherstripping, it’s easy for cold air, snow, and water to seep in through the cracks around your windows and doors, which makes your house chillier and also introduces potential mold growth. Adding weather stripping can keep the warm air inside your house while keeping cold air out, which also cuts down on your energy bill!

2. Invest in a generator.

Especially if you have a business that people come to in-person, investing in a generator is a smart decision. This is particularly true if you have refrigerators or food storage of any kind on-site that will spoil if the power goes out. Winter storms often bring wind and precipitation, and these can down power lines at a moment’s notice. Having a generator to kick in just in case will help prevent any damage from going down if the lights and heat go out. 

3. Keep blankets or other heat sources in storage.

If the power goes out, that also means your heat goes with it. To prepare for this, it’s a good idea to have extra blankets, coats, dry firewood for your wood-burning stove (if you have one), and an emergency phone charger that doesn’t require electricity to power up your phone even if the rest of your power is out.

4. Identify where your garage door’s manual release lever is located.

Since winter storms can cause power outages, it’s smart to educate yourself on where your garage door’s manual release lever is located so you can still leave your house if the electric garage door isn’t working. 

5. Open your cabinet doors to allow warm air to insulate your pipes.

On particularly cold days, it’s not a bad idea to leave your cabinet doors open under your sinks to allow warm air to circulate and insulate your pipes. Frozen pipes are a recipe for disaster, and it’s best to prevent them if at all possible.

6. Stay off the roads as much as possible.

Winter storms bring ice, sleet, rain, snow, and wind, and all of these elements can spell danger on the roads. It’s best to stay at home and minimize your time on the roads during winter storms until all the precipitation is cleared.

Take a walk around your house and make sure you’re prepared for the winter storms that are inevitably coming your way! If you experience any winter storm damage, you can reach SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. 

What To Do If You Find A Biohazard On Your Commercial Property

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazards, or biological and chemical contaminants, can pose serious dangers to your health and well-being. Not only do they create unhealthy and dangerous environments, but they put people at risk, which is why it’s integral to deal with biohazards properly in the event that you find one on your commercial property. Biohazards include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

As you can see, many of these scenarios are glaringly hazardous to general health and safety, and you must be sure to call professionals to deal with the biohazard right away instead of attempting to manage it on your own. The sensitive nature of biohazards means that reverting to do-it-yourself cleanup may pose dire consequences, so it’s best to contact experts like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville instead.  

Common biohazard scenarios include sewage backups, bloodborne pathogens, and illegal drug manufacturing labs/meth labs, which all pose emergencies that require immediate responses. Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391 and we’ll send trained technicians to safely dispose of the biohazard as quickly as possible. 

We’re available 24/7, 7 days a week, and even on holidays to respond to biohazard emergencies that put you at risk. Don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help.

Immediate First Steps if an Appliance is Leaking

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever come home to water pooling on your floor under your sink or by your refrigerator? You may have panicked. Immediate steps to take after a water leak aren’t really common knowledge, so it’s important to educate yourself beforehand so you know what to do if an appliance leaks on you! 

1. After you’ve discovered a water leak, shut off the water to that appliance.

Depending on when you’ve caught the leak, you may be able to avoid the most costly damage. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. After identifying a leak, shut off water flow to that appliance so that you can find its source.

2. Unplug nearby electronics.

Any electronics near the leak should also be unplugged and shut off. If the water from the leak appears excessive, turn off the circuit breaker to your home. Give your local electrician a call as well as the restoration professionals to assess the damage and how to proceed. Your safety is paramount.

3. Note where the water appears to be coming from.

Appliance water leaks often can be categorized into three common problems: a drain line leak, a supply line leak, or a burst pipe. A drain line leak stems from a leaky drain that isn’t properly working. This may be fast or slow and can result in bacteria in the line. On the other hand, a supply line leak stems from leaks in your water supply piping that brings water to your appliance.

4. Take pictures for insurance claims. 

Especially if extensive damage has occurred, take pictures of the leak and the subsequent water damage to file an insurance claim with. It’s important that you do this before cleaning up any of the mess so that you have accurate documentation of the leak.

5. Call the professionals. 

While there are ways you can attempt to identify the leak type and resolve it yourself, it’s always a smart investment to call the local plumbing professionals to assess the leak and fix it. If there is damage that needs to be cleaned up, you’ll probably need to contact your local restoration company, too.

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of an appliance water leak in your home, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7 and have seasoned technicians trained and equipped to handle water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold, and other disasters.

How To Prevent Fires In Your Commercial Kitchen

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

When they’re not properly cleaned and kept in order, commercial kitchens are hotbeds for fires. Heat sources like ovens, stoves, microwaves, fryers, and more paired with flammable liquids like oils, alcohol, and other cooking materials can spell disaster within a commercial kitchen if preventive steps aren’t taken. Keep your commercial kitchen fire-free with these 5 steps:

1. Keep anything flammable away from the flames and heat sources.

Paper towels, plastic containers, packaging, and just plain towels should be kept far away from any open flames or heat sources as a general rule of thumb. Even when your stove isn’t fired up, it’s still smart to keep all flammable objects far away from the heat source. If someone accidentally bumps a burner or forgets to turn it off, it could be a prime opportunity for a flammable object to catch aflame, and that’s the last thing that you want to be dealing with. 

2. Make sure your cooking equipment is well-maintained.

It’s super easy for your cooking equipment to malfunction, spark, or accidentally turn on if they’re not fitted with modern fire suppression systems. Cooking equipment is a huge cause of commercial kitchen fires, so be sure to have all the fire suppression measures in place that you can to prevent any malfunctions or accidental fires from occurring. Having your cooking equipment regularly inspected and serviced is an integral part of keeping it well-maintained. 

3. Clean up grease.

Perhaps the most highly flammable substance in a kitchen is grease, and this can be everywhere if you don’t clean it up. Cleaning your kitchen on a regular basis is incredibly important from a general health perspective as well as from a fire safety perspective. As you cook things in your kitchen over time, especially in a frier or anything that involves oil or fat or some sort, grease builds up in your kitchen and flies onto objects like your cooking equipment, your cabinetry, your countertops, and your clothes. Maintain a regular, thorough cleaning schedule to remove the grease buildup and prevent grease kitchen fires.

4. Monitor your electrical cords.

Although commercial kitchen fires often are the result of your equipment catching fire, electrical fires do also occur. Make sure you monitor your electrical cords winding throughout the kitchen and that you have them replaced or repaired if you see any fraying or signs of melting. These make the electric supply more vulnerable to starting fires.

5. Train your staff on how to handle a kitchen fire.

Last but certainly not least, ensure that your kitchen staff is properly trained on what to do in the event that a fire occurs. For example, they should know that they should never open an oven if there are flames inside of it, where the fire extinguisher is, what to throw on a grease fire (hint: it’s NOT water...flour is a good alternative).


Although you can never completely prevent fires from occurring, taking preventive measures can significantly reduce the chances that you need to deal with a commercial kitchen fire. Are you dealing with the aftermath of a fire? Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 and we can send our expert fire damage restoration professionals to return your commercial kitchen to its former glory. We also are experts in deodorization and water damage, storm damage, and mold remediation, so give us a call if you’re in need of restoration services. We’d be happy to work with you.

SERVPRO Is Your Go-To For 24/7 Disaster Restoration

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever come home from work to water overflowing from a kitchen sink leak or woken up to a crash of a tree into your garage during a late-night storm? No matter the disaster, damage, or hour, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s trained disaster restoration professionals are equipped and ready to come to the rescue. 

Disasters never crop up on a nicely scheduled timeline. In fact, they often happen when they’re least expected and at odd hours. A tornado or a flash flood doesn’t wait for a convenient time to inflict damage on your property...it just shows up, sometimes unannounced. However, you don’t have to deal with disasters and the damage they leave in their wake alone. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a team just a call away to fight an emergency restoration battle just for you. Whether you’re dealing with flooding, water damage, fire, mold, or smoke, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is available to you 24/7 with the technicians and state-of-the-art technology able to return your property back to its original state.

While disaster restoration jobs may take time, our emergency response doesn’t make you wait. We will be with you at a moment’s notice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that includes holidays! You can expect an immediate response time from us, day or night, and we pride ourselves on our ability to assist you in your times of need. 

Immediate response to disaster scenarios enables us to minimize the damage that occurs and keep your restoration and repair costs low as a result. In particular, water can be very invasive, and precious minutes can accumulate higher costs and more extensive damage if it’s not addressed from the get-go. 

We are staffed and equipped to respond to emergencies on both small and large scales and at both residential and commercial properties. Don’t hesitate to call us if you even think you have an inkling of an emergency on your hands, and our disaster restoration team will be on their way to you before you know it. As they say, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 at any time. We’ll be on our way in moments.

What To Do After Flooding In Your Basement

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding can occur at the least expected times and be a huge headache to deal with, especially if you don’t know where to turn or who to call after it happens. Basements are common culprits of flooding due to their low-level, underground nature, which means water ends up accumulating there first. While your basement is in the process of flooding or immediately after the damage is done, here’s what you should do.

1. Don’t enter the flooded basement.

Although you may be tempted to start bailing out buckets of water, it’s safest to avoid the water and refrain from entering your basement. Instead, call your local professional restoration company and an electrician to come out and assess the aftermath. Since electricity flows through water, it poses a significant threat to you and your family members if the electricity isn’t’ properly dealt with beforehand. Turn off your circuit breaker only if your circuit breaker is located on the ground level or upper level of your home outside of the basement.

2. Remove excess water if it’s under two feet.

Once the electricity is turned off, it may be safe to enter your flooded basement and start bailing out water. The longer the water sits in your basement, the more damage it causes. Check out your sump pump and replace it to help remove the water, because there’s something obviously wrong with our sump pump if your basement is flooding in the first place. Using buckets, a mop, and towels can help soak up the water if the flooding isn’t that extensive.

3. Air out damp objects.

Anything damp in your flooded basement is subject to mold growth if it’s left unattended, so it’s essential that you remove any damp objects from your basement to air out to dry. Be sure to take some pictures and file an insurance claim as soon as you can after the flooding and damage are apparent. If your basement is finished, you should also rip out the wet carpet and padding underneath it. More times than not, your carpet will need to go in the trash.

4. Dry the flooded area.

Rent some fans and a shop vacuum to dry the area as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth and further destruction. You should also have a professional inspect the area to instigate any necessary repairs as well as prevent future growth. A dehumidifier may also be a smart investment to remove excess moisture from the air, which allows your basement to dry faster.


In the unfortunate event that you are faced with flooding in your basement, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. Our disaster restoration professionals are well-trained in water damage, storm damage, fire damage, and mold damage restoration services, and we’re available 24/7 to respond to any emergency situations.

We Are Experts In Biohazard Commercial Cleaning

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues without a definite end date, many businesses are being more vigilant than ever in taking health and safety precautions. Has your business been exposed to someone with the virus? If you are looking for professionals to help you decontaminate your business from COVID-19 or any other biohazards like medical waste, blood, sewage, or bacteria, look no further than SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We have over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and contamination, which is a testament to your ability to trust us to safely remove any biohazards from your commercial properties.

Our biohazard team is trained in professional cleanup and recovery services for COVID-19 decontamination as well as chemical spills, blood cleanup, crime scene residues, and more. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting any area or building that has biohazards present, we also deodorize the area to ensure it doesn’t leave any unpleasant smells or health risks in the air as well as removing the actual biohazards.

For COVID-19 cleaning specifically, we offer a defensive pathogen cleaning program called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned that far surpasses standard janitorial cleaning with proactive viral pathogen cleaning procedures in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. 

For each Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned client, we create a tailor-made cleaning program for the unique needs of their facility, initiate a deep clean with our proprietary EPA-approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions in adherence to CDC standards, and leave a shield on your window or door to assure your customers or clients recognize and feel safe as a result of the cleaning procedures that have taken place at your facility.

In the event that you need someone to clean your commercial buildings or properties’ premises after COVID-19 or other biohazard exposure, dial (615) 242-9391. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville would be more than happy to assist you in returning your property to its former, safe, clean, and healthy state.

When Should I Call The Professionals After Water Damage?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage should never be taken lightly as it can cause a variety of health issues as well as ruin your belongings and seriously endanger buildings’ structural integrity. However, it can be hard to determine the extent of your water damage after you first suspect that it may be present, and this can make it hard to know when you should call the professionals after you suspect, identify, or experience water damage to your home or business. 

Do you think you may have water damage at your residential or commercial properties? Read on to discover when you should call the professionals if you are suspicious of or certain that you have water damage. 

Suspected Water Damage

Has a water stain appeared on your ceiling or another sign of trouble that you think may indicate water damage? It may be worth investigating the suspected water damage on your own before calling in professionals to address it.

It’s good practice to inspect your home carefully every few months for signs of water damage, which include flaking or peeling paint, water stains on the walls or ceiling, puddles or moist spots, and bowed walls. All of these visual signs point toward water damage, and the more that you see, the higher the likelihood of increased damage severity. Stains from mold or dried spots also may indicate that water damage is or was present and may not have been correctly addressed in the past. 

After taking note of any and all signs of suspected water damage, it’s time to call a professional to come in and assess the signs that you’ve noticed as well as pick up on any others that may have missed your eye. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to water damage and calling a professional is always a smart idea.

Identified Water Damage

Are signs of water damage obvious and glaring? Especially if you see live mold, big stains, or compromised structural integrity, call the professionals right away after identifying definite water damage. It’s hard to know the extent of the damage from a simple visual assessment, so it’s integral for you to get professionals on the scene as soon as possible to survey the situation and tell you what to do next. It may not be safe for you to remain in the building if the water damage is extensive enough, and this is hard to know without having professional eyes on the damage.

Whenever you suspect or identify water damage, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 to have the damage assessed and properly repaired and restored. If you believe the water damage warrants an emergency, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re available to address emergencies at any time of day or night.

Do You Have A Fire Escape Plan For Your Family?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Living in the moment is a great way to savor your daily life and everything that occurs within it, but it’s integral to plan ahead for potential future emergencies to ensure that the best outcome possible occurs to the best of your ability if things don’t go to plan. Emergencies are never desirable, but anticipating them and preparing your family to face them ensures that they know what to do when bad things happen. Fires, in particular, can occur out of nowhere, and creating a family fire escape plan will empower everyone to act in the event that a fire takes place, no matter who they’re with or where they are in your home.

The last thing that you want to happen is for one of your family members to be trapped by a fire in your home with no means of escape, and crafting and sharing a fire escape plan can help you avoid this scenario. Creating a fire escape plan and walking through it with your family may prove life-saving in the future, and here’s how to do that. 

1. Draw your home floor plan. 

Make sure you label all the doors and windows as well as every room in your house and plan at least two escape routes from every room. Account for all your family members’ disabilities and create alternative escape routes as necessary. 

2. Plan a meeting place near your home.

Designate a spot near your home for a family meeting place when a fire occurs. As you may be separated from your other family members when a fire occurs, it’s important to regroup and get a headcount after escaping from your home that’s ablaze. 

3. Tell your kids to call 9-1-1 for help. 

No matter how old your kids are, it’s important to tell them to dial 9-1-1 when a fire happens as soon as they’re capable of comprehending how to do so. This is essential, especially if no adults are home at the time of the fire. 

4. Run through your fire escape plan.

Walk with your family from room to room in your house and verbally talk through the instructions on how to escape. Maybe even practice escaping if it is easy and safe to do so. Try sounding the fire alarm to get your family in the right mindset and to associate leaving the house with the alarm sounding. 

In addition to the above steps, remember to educate your family on stop-drop-and-roll protocol if they catch fire and to check the doors for heat to see if they should open them or not after your fire alarm sounds. Regularly change the batteries of all your smoke detectors as well so they sound when signs of a fire are evident. 

If you experience a fire at home or at your business, first dial 9-1-1, and after the fire is extinguished, call (615) 242-9391 for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s trained technicians to restore all the fire damage that has occurred. In addition to repairing and restoring anything damaged by heat and flames, we also remove all the soot, ash, and smoke from the fire as well as deodorize your property. 

How Fall Storms Can Affect Your Home Or Business

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Along with crisp, clear weather and chilly temperatures, fall in Middle Tennessee often brings storms with serious wind, precipitation, and damage. With or without the proper preventive measures, fall storms can bring water, storm, or even fire damage to your home or business, and it’s in your best interest to prepare for the worst so that you know what to do if unexpected damage occurs.

Flooding

An influx of rain is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a storm, and flooding is often what causes serious water or storm damage when the rain gets too heavy and your home or business isn’t equipped to handle it. Especially if your gutters or downspouts are backed up or you live in a flood zone, even a little bit of heavy rain may cause water to start to accumulate under your roof or in your basement. As water seeps into your home or business, it can cause serious damage to your belongings, the building’s structural integrity, and also increase the risk of mold growth down the road. 

To minimize flooding’s impact on your home, regularly test your sump pump to ensure it can remove water at a rapid pace during rain, keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris so water can run away from your home, and make sure to seal your windows, doors, and foundation properly to prevent water from coming in.

Fire

Although fire may not come to mind when you think of storm damage, fires may occur in your home or business as a result of a storm’s winds or lightning. It’s incredibly easy for a gust of wind to blow outdoor fires out of control when a storm unexpectedly hits, and trees and power lines struck by lightning may cause nearby buildings to catch fire even amidst heavy rain. 

Dealing with fire during a storm can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Prevent fire damage during storms by keeping an eye on the weather report and the sky whenever you are having a fire outside your home or business. Trim your nearby trees and tall plants to reduce their chances of being hit by lightning or falling onto your home. It’s also important to keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher close to any fires you have outdoors for leisure or to burn debris from around your home.

Wind

Storms aren’t often called storms when they lack wind. (Those are normally called rain showers.) It’s safe to assume that strong, gusty winds will most likely accompany storms, and this can cause objects in your yard as well as trees and tree limbs to break and fly through the air, hitting your home, your business, or other structures. This is especially true if you have dead trees or dead tree limbs nearby your home or your business that are dead weight and easily move with a gust of strong wind.

Prevent wind from fall storms from wreaking too much damage on your home by trimming your trees and removing dead ones regularly as well as fastening any bulky objects that stay outside down when predicted storms’ winds are fast and furious. Reducing the number of things that can fly through the air and hit your home or your business as a result of being picked up by a gusty wind will help you prevent damage to your home.


For restoration or repair assistance following storm damage of any kind, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We provide emergency assistance 24/7, and our fire, water, storm, and mold damage restoration technicians are happy to help you get things back to working order in as little time as possible.

We Offer Commercial Restoration Services

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

As much as we wish they wouldn’t, disasters happen, and all types of damage occur. From fires to water damage, mold, smoke, storms, natural disasters, and biohazards like COVID-19, there are lots of unfortunate events that can wreak havoc on our homes, businesses, and other buildings we frequent throughout our daily lives. In addition to specializing in residential restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville also offers a host of commercial restoration services to help you restore and repair your commercial properties after any damage that they experience. 

Every hour you spend cleaning after a disaster hits your business, you’re losing time and money that you could dedicate to furthering your objectives. This is where SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville steps in. Our team of professional restoration experts can be on-site at your business in a moment’s notice when an emergency hits, and we’re dedicated to helping you restore and repair your business as fast as we can to help you get back on your feet and to business as usual.

Our disaster recovery team is trained to address restoration following tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and floods, and no matter the size of the damage, we can help you handle it. 

Our commercial restoration services include water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, and storm damage cleanup in addition to restoring damage caused by natural disasters. We have fire & smoke damage restoration technicians, water damage restoration technicians, and applied microbial remediation specialists as well as applied structural damage, odor control, and upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians. All of these team members have hours of training, certifications, and the first-hand experience to testify to their expertise. They make up our elite team for our Commercial Large Loss program that serves the hospitality industry, property managers, universities, municipalities, and the pentagon for commercial large loss restoration.

The commercial buildings we can restore include: 

  • 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

Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391 at any time of day or night after experiencing damage to your commercial property or a large loss of any kind. We’re on call and ready to help you restore your property to its former glory as fast as we can.

Fall Fire Hazards

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

As the air grows drier and the temperatures drop lower in the fall, the risk of fire hazards increases. In addition to beautiful foliage and a change of weather, fall also brings a variety of fire safety risks that you should be aware of and take preventive steps to reduce the risk of fire damage occurring. Check out the following tips to minimize the number of fire hazards you experience this season:

Remove flammable debris from your lawn

Deciduous trees shed their leaves during the fall months, and dry, dead leaves act as excellent kindling. While this may be great for starting any carefully monitored campfires or bonfires to gather around, letting this flammable debris accumulate in your lawn makes your yard very vulnerable to fire in the event that any of the debris were to catch a flame. To reduce this fire hazard, make it a routine to periodically (think every 2-3 weeks) rake up the leaves and twigs in your lawn and remove them. 

Clean your dryer vent

Did you know that your dryer has an external vent where lint builds up over time? Every fall, start the habit of cleaning this dryer vent or hiring a professional to do so. Especially with an increase in static electricity in the air during the autumn months due to low humidity and dryer weather, this lint is far more susceptible to sparking and causing a fire. Cleaning your dryer vent in the fall can help you reduce the risk of this happening.

Monitor candles, space heaters, and other flames and heat sources closely

Chillier weather during the fall often means that you’ll start running space heaters and other heat sources like furnaces and fireplaces to warm your home. Fall also often means that you’ll light candles more often to make things cozy. All of these flames and heat sources have the potential to start fires if left unmonitored. Like your dryer vent, any space heaters should be regularly cleaned and turned off when not in use. As a general rule of thumb, don’t leave a candle or your fireplace unattended if you’re not in the room. It’s always a good idea to blow out, turn off, or extinguish any flames or heat-generating sources when you leave your home, go to sleep, or leave the room where they’re located for an extended period of time.

Hire a professional to inspect your fireplace, chimney, and furnace

Before firing up your fireplace, chimney, or furnace for fall use, hire a professional to inspect and clean them so you don’t accidentally allow any fires to spark or spring out of control. This also rings true for wood and coal stoves. It’s very possible to start fires in your chimney by burning the wrong materials in any of your stoves or fireplaces, and you should never use gasoline to start fires in any fireplaces or stoves inside your home, either. Doing so increases the risk of initiating fire damage.

As you enjoy this season, stay vigilant and aware of all of these fall fire hazards to ensure your family’s safety and reduce the likelihood of an unfortunate event occurring. In the event that you do experience a fire this autumn, our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is trained and equipped to help you with any fire or smoke damage that comes your way. We’re available 24/7, 365 days of the year, and we’re ready to help at a moment’s notice. Just dial (615) 242-9391. 

Leak Under Your Sink? Here's What To Do

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

When water pools on the floor or in the cabinets under your sink, you’re most likely dealing with a leak. First things first, don’t panic! The situation may not be as bad as you think, but you definitely should get it checked out and examine the surroundings to diagnose the issue before major damage occurs, assuming that it hasn’t already. At the first signs of a leak under your sink, these are the important next steps to take. 

1. Watch for signs of a leak.

Before you even identify a sink leak, there are a few signs that you should watch for that indicate you may be dealing with a leak. Signs of trouble include caulk deteriorating around your sink, puddles on your floor or in the cabinet under your sink, and loose faucets or plastic around your sink. Dampness and other unusual moisture around your sink also point towards a leak. Once you observe one of these signs, the next step is to identify the leak’s source.

2. Find the source of the leak.

Check the underside of any plastic laminate countertops you may have surrounding your sink for further signs of water damage. Swollen particle board or water pooling around your faucet also may point toward the leak’s origin. Dripping pipes under the sink are also potential culprits for leak sources. Does the sink leak when water is draining? Determining if your sink leaks when the water is draining or when it is plugged up can help you identify if the leak is in your drain (if water leaks while your sink is draining) or if the leak comes from the water supply (if water leaks when the drain is plugged).

3. Shut off the water and call a professional for help.

Once you find the leak’s source and survey the water damage, call a professional plumber or other water professional to assess the situation and repair the leak. If you suspect that you have experienced water damage as a result of the leak, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a team of experts trained in repairing water damage and getting affected areas dried out and back to normal. Contact us at (615) 232-9131 to have a professional give you a quote and repair the damage. You can reach us at any hour for emergencies, as well!


Although managing a sink leak is never fun, you can take preventive measures to reduce the risk of one occurring. Always remember to stay calm and assess the situation when you believe you may be experiencing a sink leak, and know that SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has your back if any water damage has occurred. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 for professional help addressing water damage, storm damage, mold, fire damage, biohazards, and more.

First Steps After Disaster Strikes Your Business

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

Natural disasters like tornadoes are unfortunately a reality in the greater Nashville, TN area, which is why it’s smart to verse yourself in what to do after disaster strikes your business. During 2020, the devastating tornadoes in March brought lots of disaster to our city, and now is the time to educate yourself to know what to do if something terrible comes your way.

If your business experiences a natural disaster of any type, this is what you should do first.

1. Stay out of the building until it is deemed safe to enter.

Never ever enter your storefront or office building until professionals deem that it is safe to enter following a disaster like a tornado, a fire, or a severe storm. There may be underlying structural issues that aren’t visible to the eye, and you should never risk your safety and well-being to enter a building without first having it examined post-disaster.

2. Call for professional disaster restoration help.

In order to have someone assess the damage, rely on the professionals. You can reach SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at any hour of any day for emergency assistance by dialing (615) 232-9391. Call this number and relay the disaster that has occurred along with your business’s physical location, and after you talk to the operator, wait for help to arrive. There’s nothing that you should do before a professional can properly assess the damage that has occurred and take care of any issues that require immediate action.

3. Take pictures of the damage for the property insurance claim.

While you wait for the professionals to arrive from a safe distance away from your business’s building, you can take pictures of the damage from afar to document what has happened. These pictures will be important to pass along to your property insurance carrier so you can make a claim after paying your deductible to receive any money back for the damage.

Although it may seem counterintuitive to stay away from your business’s building and do nothing beyond call for help and take pictures to document the damage post-disaster, trust us when we say that doing less is the safest thing to do. Disasters are to be taken seriously, and you should always let the disaster restoration professionals assess the safety of your commercial property before approaching and entering it yourself.


When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help. Ring us at (615) 242-9391 for emergency assessments and restoration services after any disaster.

Preparing For Fall Storms In Middle Tennessee

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

After the summer storms roll out, the fall storms roll in when you’re in Middle Tennessee. At least that’s how it feels, right? Middle Tennessee storms bring lots of rain and gusty winds along with cooler temperatures, and all of these elements can create breeding grounds for mold growth as well as potential flooding and water or storm damage. In order to minimize the chances that fall storms take you by surprise and cause damage to your home, we recommend preparing your home or business in the following ways.

1. Create a storm safety plan.

As always, your health and safety is top priority, which is why it’s important to create a storm safety plan detailing what you will do if a storm is coming. Consider creating an emergency kit in a backpack including a flashlight, a first aid kit, bottled water, nonperishable food, a battery powered radio, and essential medicines and emergency funds. This will be quick and easy to grab if you ever have to evacuate your home because of a pending storm or tornado coming your way.

2. Trim or remove trees that have limbs that fall in the path of your home.

Be proactive about trimming any tree limbs that are positioned to fall onto your home if a storm were to tear them down. This will prevent the ugly mess that accompanies limbs tearing through your siding or your roof. Removing trees may be the better option if they’re dead or dying and are likely to become dead weight during a gusty fall storm.

3. Clean and repair your gutters and downspouts. 

Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and efficiently set up to direct water away from the foundation of your home. If your gutters and downspouts aren’t properly positioned, an influx of water may pool around the foundation of your home or on your roof, making it susceptible to water damage in the foundation or elsewhere. 

4. Install emergency lighting.

Your power is often the first thing to go when a tree breaks down or a telephone pole falls during a storm, and it’s a smart idea to invest in emergency lighting to kick in as soon as your power goes out. This will ensure that you can still move around your house safely in the midst of a storm.


Whether a tornado blows past your home or a tree limb falls to the ground, you may not have the energy or the tools to clean it up in a reasonable timeframe. If you’re dealing with storm damage or water or fire damage of any type as a result of a storm, the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to come to the rescue. No matter what you’re facing, we’re trained and equipped to help you handle the worst. Call (615) 242-9391 for assistance!

Deep Cleaning Services For Your Commercial Property

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

During the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, commercial deep cleaning services are in high demand, and the thoroughness and quality of the deep cleaning is incredibly important. However, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville offers extensive deep cleaning services including the removal of biohazards and decontamination services that adheres to the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention and local authorities.

In other words, our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive cleaning program sets a higher standard of clean. Our team engages in proactive viral pathogen cleaning that ensures the cleanliness of the businesses, restaurants, retail stores, and more public spaces within our communities. 

Our coronavirus cleaning services are tailored for each unique business based on its needs. We are aware that not all businesses have the same operations or facility requirements, which is why we create bespoke cleaning solutions for each individual commercial property based on a consultation that we perform.

After our cleaning consultation receives approval, we go in and initiate an expert deep clean using proprietary EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions. Our methods and our materials always meet or exceed the Center for Disease Control Prevention’s decontamination and cleaning standards, and we take great pride in that.

Lastly, we give your commercial property a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield to display on a door or a window in your location to represent the level of cleaning and service that we’ve undertaken at that individual space. This shield can give customers or employees entering and occupying the building the peace of mind that our highest level of cleaning has taken place in your space.


To learn more about SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s specialized deep cleaning services, visit this page and dial (615) 242-9391 for more information. We want to help you rest assured that your business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and decontaminated to the best of our ability.

What To Do If Your Apartment Complex Sprinkler System Goes Off

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Sprinkler systems are in place to save lives and prevent fire damage, but sprinkler systems can also cause undesired water damage if they go off at an inopportune time or are triggered by kitchen smoke or a candle. However, the majority of the time, they go off because there is a fire detected in your apartment complex. When this happens, here’s what to do next.

1. Evacuate the building.

Even if you believe that your sprinkler system was triggered by something less serious than an apartment fire, your safety should always come first. It’s time to get out of the building when your sprinkler system activates—your life may depend on it. 

2. Call the fire department.

If the fire department isn’t already on its way or hasn’t shown up yet, be sure to dial 911. Your sprinkler system often is activated by heat, and the fire in question may be in someone else’s apartment even if you don’t see any occurring in your own rental unit. 

3. Contact your renter’s insurance carrier.

If you believe that your belongings and/or your apartment have been affected by the sprinkler system going off, you should contact your renter’s insurance carrier. Although water damage from a sprinkler system is often much more palatable than the water damage fire hoses may wreak if there actually is a fire, getting water soaked into your belongings is never a fun time. Be sure to take pictures of the damage caused by the water and start to dry out items if they seem salvageable.

4. Save the pieces of the sprinkler system when you return to your apartment.

This step is only relevant if your apartment hasn’t been ravaged by fire. If your apartment complex’s sprinkler system did go off by accident, it’s crucial to save the pieces of the sprinkler system that scattered throughout your apartment when it went off to identify the reason why the sprinkler system was activated. This is crucial to know for insurance purposes.

5. Call the professionals.

If you are the apartment owner and the sprinkler system went off, you should call water damage restoration specialists like the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to come out and assess the damage as well as restore it.

Above all, stay safe and make your own well-being the first priority if your apartment complex’s sprinkler system goes off! To examine any damage caused by the sprinkler system, call (615) 242-9391 for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s experienced technicians to arrive at the scene and take care of the mess. We’re here to help.

Equip Yourself to Handle Emergencies during National Preparedness Month

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and connecting with SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to have professionals at your fingertips when disasters hit is a great first step to emergency preparedness. Our expert team is trained at recovering and restoring your residential and commercial properties after national disasters, storm damage, water damage, fire damage, mold, and biohazards like COVID-19.

In a year full of unanticipated emergencies like the global COVID-19 pandemic following the tornadoes that swept through Nashville in March, we continue to emphasize the importance of continually family and community disaster planning—not just during National Preparedness Month. The very nature of emergencies dictates that they’re unexpected, but that doesn’t mean you have to passively wait for one to affect you to act. As the U.S. government’s NPM’s 2020 theme states, “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today.”

We encourage you to do the following to prepare yourself to act under the stress of an unforeseen emergency:

1. Plan your communication.

Contact your family and friends to discuss your communication methods in the event of an emergency. Whether someone in your family contracts COVID-19 or a tornado destroys your physical home, it’s important to know where, when, and how you plan to communicate the emergency to them prior to, during, and after the disaster. If you are a parent, teach your kids about what to do when disaster comes your way, especially if they happen to be separated from you at that time.

2. Build an emergency kit.

Create an emergency kit with essential items like non-perishable food, water, a blanket, a first aid kit, and a flashlight to grab whenever disaster hits. Remember to include any prescription medications, inhalers, or items that address the unique needs of particular family members or pets. Keep your kit updated and supplied according to the Center for Disease Control recommendations.

3. Know and insure your areas of risk.

Do you live in a tornado zone? Are you at risk for some emergencies or disasters more than others due to where you live and what you live close by? Make sure you have insurance coverage for whatever damage your property and lives are at risk of, and do your best to fortify your home to face any inclement weather that could cause damage. Additionally, have a plan of what to do and where to go if you’re in your house, outside your house,  or on the road when a local warning or emergency alert occurs. 

4. Put local emergency personnel numbers and  SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number in your phone. 

Last but certainly not least, program the local emergency personnel numbers and SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number into your phone. While you should always call 911 if the immediate situation requires medical help or is a serious danger to anyone’s lives or property, it may be helpful to call specific personnel or SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville if your property is the only thing that has been impacted by the disaster. You can reach the SERVPRO team at any time. We have an emergency preparedness team available to respond 24/7 to any emergency situation that calls for disaster restoration.

The next time a disaster hits, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville by calling (615) 242-9391. We’re trained to help you in the wake of a disaster, and our expertise ranges from fire to water damage, mold, biohazards, storm damage, and other emergency situations. For more resources to help you create an emergency plan this September, head to ready.gov.

COVID-19: Changing The Way We Think About Air Quality In The Workplace

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Rarely discussed and usually taken for granted, Indoor Air Quality (I.A.Q.) has now become the new IT topic in the HVAC/facilities management world. Like most of us pre-COVID we took the indoor air we breathed for granted in the building we worked in. Most just wanted it cooled or heated depending on the ever-changing Tennessee weather. I was no different. I never really thought about how the building HVAC system worked or how the ventilation was set up allowing the building to “breathe properly.” You heard me…the buildings are designed to breathe and keep our indoor air environment healthy and efficient.

Like the yearly physical we schedule with our doctors to maintain a plan and monitor our body and health, HVAC manufacturers, service companies and property managers are recognizing the need to acknowledge and improve the Indoor Air Quality within the buildings we presently work in and will be returning to. Research is rapidly being conducted to see if COVID-19 can be spread through our shared air space. Leading companies in the HVAC world are rushing to develop solutions for this ever-changing IT topic. Many service companies have relied on NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) for advice on how to maintain equipment and cleaning standards. Now, property managers and facility owners are feeling the need to act quickly and come up with solutions and remedies to retrofit the workspaces. Below I have listed some of the latest alternatives and ideas the HVAC manufacturers are suggesting prior to the re-opening:

  • Upgrading heating and ventilation systems
  • Extra heavy-duty filters 
  • UV-C - Ultraviolet light systems in the ductwork
  • Electrically charged filtration 
  • Air-monitoring sensors 
  • Portable filter machines with HEPA filtration
  • Proper cleaning of the ductwork and HVAC coils

These are just a few examples to help with the ventilation and air circulation in work areas. As September is Emergency Preparedness Month, it’s important to always be thinking ahead in these situations and seeing what we can do to make sure our workspaces and offices are as safe as possible.

- Marty Sexton, Marketing and Sales Specialist at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville

National Preparedness Month - 4 Things To Do NOW

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

As I write, there is yet another hurricane (Sally) headed toward the Gulf Coast, and wildfires on the West Coast have ravaged more than 3.1 million acres. We’re in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic - over 188,000 lives have been lost in the US since March, and experts are sounding the alarm to prepare now for what could be a “devastating” cold and flu season.

Nine months into 2020, and we're tired of hunkering down.

Forecasters are saying that we will be living with COVID-19 until Q4 of 2021. Let that sink in a moment. According to Jeff Edelstein, founder of SOS Survival Products, “Following disasters, people get tired of dealing with disasters.” People want their lives to “get back to normal.” No one wants more bad news or how to read about how to prepare for the next wave of disasters.  

“We’re all in this together” and WE’VE GOT COVID FATIGUE!

But friends, we don’t have the luxury to procrastinate. It’s 2020, and it also happens to be National Preparedness Month. So, grab your emergency Wheaties and read on.

Tip 1:  BEYOND TOILET PAPER AND HAND SANITIZER 

If you are like me, my emergency supplies were tapped this March and April during quarantine.  If you haven’t already started to replenish your supplies, now is a good time to get going on it.  The LAST thing I want to do is try and find toilet paper when it’s 4 degrees this winter!  

You know the basics- two week’s supply of food, one gallon of water per day, per family member.  But also, rethink your First Aid Kit.  I have three- I felt prepared, but recently discovered my OTCs expired in 2013…nice.  

Social media and the internet are your friends right now.  Pinterest and YouTube are a rich resource of checklists, videos, and solid emergency prep ideas.  Follow your local police and fire departments on Twitter, and #prepyourhealth and #natlprep are both great.  And don’t forget, the American Red Cross, CDC, FEMA, and Ready.Gov are gold mines for emergency preppers.

Tip 2:  CASH IS STILL KING

Do you have cash with your emergency kit?  Small bills?  Most people keep $400 to $600 in cash, in small bills, but 40% of Americans say they would struggle to come up with it. Today, with unprecedented layoffs and 13.3% unemployment, that number is probably higher.  If you are in that boat, just concentrate on two weeks of food and water while you build up the cash reserve.  



Tip 3:  QUARANTINE 15?  TIME TO LACE UP AND EAT A SALAD

I did not gain 15 pounds in quarantine. I gained 20.

There was not a cake, biscuit, pie, or doughnut that I did not savor with glee during quarantine.  But the reality is, that was probably one of the worst things I could do. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, six in ten American adults have a chronic disease, and four in 10 have two or more. Those Americans battling COVID-19 that have a chronic disease have a tougher time, and sadly, the chance of death from COVID increases with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

All too often, people would rather buy supplies than eating better and exercising. Better to lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement.

Tip #4:  LAST, BUT NOT LEAST

Don’t forget to help Mom and Dad.  

If you are blessed to still have your Mom and Dad around, the AARP has some wonderful tips for emergency planning for senior citizens. Help your parents prepare emergency food and water and, more importantly, help them with preparing their important documents. Prescriptions, medications, a schedule for their medication, contact information for family, copies of their photo IDs, copies of medical insurance, and, lastly, their durable and medical POAs.  All these things should be in a waterproof/fireproof document bag that can be easily found in an emergency.

In all seriousness, friends, don’t let your guard down. 2020 is an extraordinary year and who knows what lies ahead for us this fall and winter. With some thoughtfulness, planning, and strategy, we can stay well this winter, and look forward to Hallmark’s “Very COVID Christmas.”

- Shannon Warner, Business Development at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville

Staying Prepared With SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Look back, if you will, to December 31st, 2019. What were you doing? Who were you with? Were you having a great time with a big group of your closest friends just counting down the minutes until you could put the drag that the last year might have been behind you? Just looking forward to a new year and all the possibilities that it would bring. Now think back to that night again only, this time, try to picture everything that 2020 has managed to throw at the world. Were you in any way prepared for any of this?

By now it’s pretty easy to see that almost none of us were ready for this year. Asking anyone to be ready for a global pandemic is a pretty tall order; let alone the whole world. Here in Nashville, we happened to have a tornado just a week before the world went into quarantine. Add hurricanes and wildfires to the mix and it begins to put into perspective how unprepared a lot of us are for these situations. It’s never too late, or early, to begin thinking about what can happen next. Here at SERVPRO, we understand as well as anyone what it means to be ahead of the curve when bad things happen.

Let’s start with some easy, albeit effective, steps you can take to be better prepared in case of an emergency. 

Step one: Have a plan. 

It’s always good to have an idea of what you need to do, and what you need to do it, in case of an emergency. Get together with your family to plan out escape routes in case of a fire and make sure everyone knows their way out. Does everyone know where the fire extinguishers are… You do have an extinguisher, right? Everyone should have a nice solid flashlight next to their bed too (in my experience, emergencies are never convenient). 

Step two: stock up. 

The great toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortage of 2020 was short-lived, thankfully, but should’ve been a large wake-up call to a lot of us. It’s never a bad idea to keep plenty of sanitary items stocked up but you could also go the extra mile and consider things like clean potable water, food (things you can make without electricity), matches/lighters, extra clothes, a first aid kit

Look, there are a million resources online that will give you a better idea about these types of things. You don’t have to become “doomsday prepper” level of stocked up but, after some of the craziness we’ve seen this year, I wonder if those people aren’t onto something.


Outside of some of the more home-based emergencies, resources like ready.gov or, the National Security Council’s own, nsc.org are great resources for anyone looking to get ahead of their next unforeseen event. There they provide in-depth guides and plans to almost every kind of disaster you can imagine: natural or otherwise. And that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? Being prepared in those situations that you might never have considered?

From articles about how The First Five Minutes Are The Most Crucial In A Medical Emergency to What To Keep Ready In A Home Emergency Supply Kit, these are things that most of us might never have thought of. So study up. Begin to think about the worst things that might happen; so that you can make the best of those situations when they occur. Make safe and sound your new normal.

How To Deal With a Kitchen Fire

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Cooking in your kitchen often includes heat of some sort, which makes it an area prone to fire hazards. However, there are several steps you can take in the event that you experience a kitchen fire due to hot oil, a stovetop nightmare, a microwave disaster, or any other cause. Kitchen fires are terrifying and can be costly, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be prepared to deal with them. Since kitchen fires are the leading cause of fire injuries and home fires, it’s important to know what to do if a grease fire or another type of kitchen fire occurs to prevent it from spreading to the rest of your home.

  • Never, ever put water on a grease fire. 

Grease fires should be smothered and then left to fizzle out the rest of the way on their own. Instead of extinguishing a grease fire, water often causes the oil that caused the fire to splash, which can encourage the fire to spread. A good tip is to keep the pot or pan lid nearby at all times when cooking, and in the event of a grease fire, grab an oven mitt to use the lid to place over the fire.

  • Close the oven or microwave door if there’s a fire in either appliance.

Spy a fire in one of your kitchen appliances? Don’t open the door! The lack of oxygen inside each appliance while shut should suffocate the flames. On the contrary, opening the microwave or oven door will feed the flames with oxygen, allowing the fire to stoke and spread. However, if your oven or microwave continues to smoke while closed and you suspect a fire may be raging inside it for a while, call your local fire department to come out and take care of it.

  • Use a fire extinguisher.

If the kitchen fire is too big to smother with a pot or pan lid, grab your fire extinguisher and aim it at the base of the fire. Don’t spray the fire extinguisher at the flames. The flames stem from the base of the fire, which is what you want to extinguish because once the base of the fire is put out, the flames will follow. Remember to pull the pin out, aim low, squeeze the handle, and sweep the extinguisher back and forth from side to side at the fire’s base.

  • Don’t throw flour at a fire. Try baking soda or salt instead. Flour is prone to exploding, which is the opposite of what you want to happen, as this may make the fire worse. Baking soda or salt may be enough to smother a small grease fire if you have nothing else close by on hand to combat the fire with.

Are you dealing with the aftermath of a kitchen fire? For professional help dealing with smoke damage, fire damage, or deodorization, contact the fire disaster restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville by calling (615) 242-9391. We have years of experience restoring properties after fire, water, storm, and mold damage, and we are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies that come your way.

Top Three Places To Look For Mold In Your Home

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to mold damage, prevention is essential to minimize the havoc that mold wreaks on your home. Mold can be hazardous to your health and your home, which gives you all the more reason to keep a sharp eye out for any signs of mold to treat it before it becomes a problem. Since mold is attracted to moisture and water, it’s natural to presume that the most common places for mold growth are in damp areas of your home, and this is correct!

To combat mold growth before it does serious damage, get in the habit of regularly checking these three locations.

1. Your Bathroom. 

With your toilet, shower or bathtub, and sink all being connected to sources of running water, it should be no surprise that your bathroom is one of the most frequent culprits of mold growth. Your shower and your bathtub are normally damp and retain some sort of moisture 24/7 since they often never completely dry out between uses, which makes them the perfect environment for mold spores to thrive. Make it a weekly habit to check all the nooks and crannies of your shower and bathtub for mold growth, including the shower curtain, the shower head, the faucet and faucet handles, the tub, and even your shampoo bottles and razors that you keep in the shower. Routine cleaning will help you identify and minimize mold growth as well. 

2. Your Kitchen.

After your bathroom, your kitchen is the second most likely location to find mold in your home. With the dishwasher, the fridge, the kitchen sink, and other appliances that use running water, your kitchen also is set up for the accumulation of moisture that mold growth loves. Don’t forget to check underneath the sink for mold spores as well as along any windows and windowsills that are present. If your windows aren’t properly sealed, they may be a source of mold growth. Also, be sure to thoroughly dry your dishes before storing them in your cabinets! Different commonplace kitchen items like wooden spoons and cutting boards can be prime locations for mold growth. 

3. Your Bedroom.

Although you might not necessarily have running water sources connected to your bedroom, it’s good practice to also thoroughly inspect it for mold on the regular. Mold can creep up in places like your air conditioning vents and units, windows and windowsills, and in curtains or on your mattress. Especially if you don’t have a mold-resistant mattress, all it may take is a little bit of moisture soaking into your mattress for mold to grow. Make it a biweekly routine to inspect your bedroom for mold in all of the places that are susceptible to it.

While these three rooms are among the top places to look for mold in your home, there are additional locations to consider when completing an informal mold inspection at home. We recommend checking out this article for a few more mold-prone areas. Whether you know you are dealing with mold or just suspect that an unidentified substance might be mold, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 to come and check it out. Mold always requires quick action, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How To Handle Water Damage In Your Attic

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Late summer in Nashville means an influx of rainwater is rolling through town. These storms can severely impact your roof and spaces like your attic in your home. Water damage isn’t something to take lightly, and your attic is one of the places in your house that is most susceptible to water damage if your roof is in less than ideal repair. In the unfortunate event that you experience water damage in your attic, here’s what you should do next.

1. Figure out where the water is coming from.

First things first, always assess the water damage and try to determine where the water is coming into your attic. Figuring out where the water is coming from is key to preventing further damage and helps you realize what you should address first. Be sure to turn off the electricity before assessing the damage and touching anything electrical in the area! Water and electricity is never a good combination. The water damage may be more extensive than what meets the eye, so take careful notice of any water damage that is deeper than it may appear on the surface.

2. Stop the water leak(s).

Once you determine where the water is coming from, see if you can stop the water leak or call a professional to come and stop it as soon as possible. Take pictures of the leak and the damage for your home insurance carrier in the event that the damage goes beyond your deductible. These are essential for your claim to be approved and water damage to be minimized. You can reach the water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville 24/7 for any emergencies at (615) 242-9391.

3. Repair the damage.

Especially if there are any structural problems as a result of the water damage, your attic will need to be repaired in short order. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to hire professionals to repair structural, electrical, plumbing, or insulation damage. All of these types of attic damage affect your home beyond just the attic, which is why it’s integral to get them assessed and repaired.

Water damage in your attic requires attention and remedial action, and routinely checking your attic after it rains is a good practice to get in the habit of to minimize any potential damage that may come your way. If left unnoticed and unattended for a long time, water damage can severely alter the framework and livability of your home, which is why it should be adequately paid attention to. For help handling any water, fire, or storm damage as well as mold remediation and biohazard cleanup (including COVID-19 cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection services), contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. Our team is expertly trained and equipped with state-of-the-art technology to return your home or business to tip-top shape.

What Does It Mean For Your Business To Be Cleaned, Sanitized, & Disinfected?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected are three words that are commonplace these days. Since our current state of global affairs includes the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety precautions demand a higher level of cleanliness as well as sanitation and disinfection to prevent the virus from spreading any more than it already has. However, you may be wondering what the difference is between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, and what exactly it means for your business to experience these three things. To help you out, we’ve broken this down for you.

In short, a cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected business is free of dust, dirt and grime (cleaned), treated to reduce bacteria on surfaces (sanitized), and has had measures taken to destroy and inactivate bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces (disinfected). Clorox has a nice rundown here

Cleaning consists of removing debris, dirt, and dust from surfaces through some combination of scrubbing, washing, or rinsing. This often includes vacuuming, mopping, and the like.

On the other hand, sanitizing is a method of treating bacteria on surfaces to reduce it. This is done by applying a sanitizing solution specific to a strain of bacteria to lessen its presence. Sanitation can kill bacteria and viruses, but it does not primarily do so in the same way that a disinfectant does.

Disinfecting is a method of killing and removing bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces using specific chemical agents that are approved by the EPA. Disinfecting is the best way to completely kill any virus or bacteria living on a surface.

To ensure that your business is clean and stays clean, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville uses our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned solutions to clean, sanitize, and disinfect your business to kill any traces of COVID-19 or other bacteria or viruses as well as reduce the bacteria and make the location hygienic and safe for individuals’ use. 


Has your business experienced exposure to any confirmed COVID-19 cases? Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to thoroughly clean, sanitize, and disinfect your space by calling (615) 242-9391. Your employees and customers safety is of utmost importance, and we are here to help.

Fire Safety In Your Office

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

In the event that a fire ever occurs in your office, it’s important to have a few fire safety precautions in place to keep your employees and commercial building prepared for dealing with one. While having a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors goes without saying, do your employees know what to do if the alarm sounds or they have to use the extinguisher?

Here are a few fire safety precautions that you should ensure are in place:

  • Make sure your employees know how to use a fire extinguisher. Every 6 months or so, hold a training session where your employees learn how to use a fire extinguisher if they don’t already know how to use one. Something as simple as this could be the difference between an accidental office fire from a microwave or a lighter being extinguished or burning up everything in sight. Here’s a great article on how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Regularly change your smoke detectors’ batteries and ensure one is installed in every room. As a general rule of thumb, test your smoke detectors once a month and replace their batteries twice a year. By ensuring that your smoke detectors do their job and have the battery juice to sound, you can prevent office fires whenever smoke occurs first.
  • Share your office’s evacuation plan. Depending on the size of your office, you need to have one or multiple evacuation plans to adhere to the building’s fire code. Make sure to take into account any legal requirements for fire evacuation plans before you post them around the building and share them. 
  • Do a few fire drills. Sharing your office’s evacuation plan isn’t enough. Hold a couple fire drills and run your employees through the proper evacuation routes so they know where to go if the building catches on fire. Rehearsing an evacuation plan makes it that much easier to take action in the event that a fire actually occurs.


With all of these fire safety precautions in place, we hope that you’ll never have to manage the aftermath of an office fire. However, If you ever end up dealing with fire damage, water damage, mold, or other natural disaster damage, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. Our team of professionals are trained and equipped to help you manage restoration and cleaning.

Top Three Spots to Check for Water Damage in Your Home

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Catching water damage before it becomes evident can save you time and money, so knowing the top spots in your home to regularly monitor for damage is crucial for any homeowner. Instead of waiting until a water stain appears on your ceiling or water pools on the floor under your sink, make it a priority to inspect these three spots for water damage on a monthly basis.

1. Check under the sink.

Sinks are regularly located in your kitchen, your bathrooms, and maybe even in other rooms in your house. Since water flows from the faucets and comes up through pipes underneath the sink, it’s not uncommon for leaky sinks to occur. Always inspect the cabinetry and piping underneath your sink for any leaks or moisture.

2. Don’t forget to look behind the toilet. 

Your toilet is another frequently-used appliance in your home that uses a lot of water with every flush. Monitoring the space behind and around your toilet for any water damage is always a good practice.

3. Take a look at your roof.

It’s easy to forget to look at your roof for water damage, but if your gutters aren’t working properly or your roof isn’t in good shape, there’s a fair chance that water may be seeping through your roof into your attic, your garage, and your ceilings. It can be hard to know what to look for, but any obvious water stains are a bad sign. Be sure to check out the roof from the exterior and the interior sides (your ceilings). 

Water damage can be costly and affect the structural integrity of your home, and so it’s important to keep an eye out for water damage before it wreaks havoc. If you’re looking to buy a new home, here are a few things to look for to ensure that you don’t prematurely buy a home that’s susceptible to water damage. 

If you recognize the signs of water damage on one of your regular rounds inspecting the vulnerable areas of your home, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. With state-of-the-art technology and training, our disaster restoration professionals are equipped for handling the job.

Fall Cleaning Checklist For Your Business

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

In order to keep your business looking spick and span year-round, it’s important to deep clean it at least once every season. As fall approaches, we’re sharing a useful fall cleaning checklist for your business for you to reference as you prepare for cooler temperatures and clean up after the summer storms, heat, and all the wear and tear that the season brings.

Give the Floors a Deep Clean

Do you have carpets or rugs in your business? If so, consider hiring a professional to give them a deep clean. Removing dust, spills, stains, and dirt from your carpet or rugs is no easy task, and you’d be surprised how much a clean carpet will brighten up a room and improve its appearance. If your flooring is a hard surface, get out your mop and polish to make it shine! Removing any streaks or scuffs from your flooring and adding a coat of wax or another type of polish can make your floors—quite literally—sparkle.

Get your Air Ducts Inspected

After a growing season full of pollen and other particles in the air, pollutants can find themselves backed up in your air ducts. Be sure to inspect your business’s air ducts while doing your fall maintenance. An inspection ensures that any mold growth is remediated and pollutants are removed, making the air quality better and safer for your employees and your customers.

Clean the Windows

Summer storms have probably left your windows streaky and grimy. To remove all the residue that has been left behind by the elements (and maybe sticky fingers, too), thoroughly clean all windows and doors. If you choose not to hire professional window cleaners, be sure to have a professional-grade window cleaning product, a squeegee, a sponge, and some microfiber cloths on hand.

Dust the Corners and the Fixtures

Although time passes fast, it seems like dust accumulates even faster. When’s the last time you really dusted those hard-to-reach corners or the top of your lighting fixtures? If it’s been a minute, this is your reminder to do so! Catching dust early is always best to minimize the time it has to irritate your employees and customers. Dusting is also satisfying and quite important to make sure your business presents itself well.



In addition to these action items, it may be a good idea to sanitize all high-touch areas and potentially hire a professional to perform a deep clean of your business as fall nears. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we offer Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned services that provide high-quality sanitation and disinfectant commercial cleaning services for any business or residential property. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 for commercial cleaning or disaster restoration services. We’re here to help!

How to Manage Storm Damage Before Professional Help Arrives

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Especially in Middle Tennessee, the thunderstorms that come rolling across the city can cause severe damage, leaving homes and businesses upset and at risk in their wake. Coming home to an uprooted or fallen tree (or two) can inflict costly damage, particularly if you don’t know how to ensure it doesn’t get worse before it can be properly cleaned up. That’s why it’s important to know how to manage storm damage before professional help arrives.

Storm damage comes in all shapes and sizes—it doesn’t fit into one clear box, but there are a few general steps to take to manage storm damage immediately after it happens:

1. Don’t Go Outside Until You Hear the Okay

Whenever severe storms, tornadoes, or other natural disasters have watches or warnings around you, take caution! Make sure you monitor your radio and your phone to hear the okay to leave your home when the threat of the storm has passed. Your safety and well-being always should come first.

2. Document the Damage

Before doing anything else, take out your phone and snap pictures of all the damage. This is essential to make any insurance claims on property damage that you have sustained due to a storm. By having photos of the damage before any cleanup has occurred, you’re more likely to be able to claim the maximum amount of coverage from your insurance that you can in order to cover the costs.

3. Cover Any Areas Where More Water Could Enter

If your roof or home has any holes or damage that allows water to continue to enter your home, make sure you cover them to the best of your ability with a tarp or something else to prevent more water from entering. Chances are, rain may still be pouring down after you sustain some storm damage, and you never know when it may start up again even if it has stopped.

4. Remove Excess Water

Is your basement now a mini-ocean? Do your best to remove any excess water you can by the bucketful or with a shop-vac. However, don’t attempt to do this until you are certain that there is no electrical damage and you aren’t at risk of your power channeling itself through the standing water. 


In all that you do after storm damage occurs, be sure to take caution and keep your safety in mind first and foremost. Once you have the time and signal to do so, call a local professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to get your place looking back to normal. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391.

How to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Commercial Building

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Breathing in the odors of rotten food and musty socks is never fun, and the hazards of smelling the odor of mold range far beyond just general displeasure. Whether you know that your commercial building has a history of mold, is vulnerable to mold growth due to other conditions, or just want to make sure that mold damage never occurs and potentially harms the health of your employees and customers, here are 3 steps that you can take to prevent mold damage in your commercial building:

  1. Routinely inspect all areas of your building for mold, water damage, and areas vulnerable to mold growth. Any areas that are prone to moisture, like near your air conditioning units, are hotspots for potential mold growth. We also recommend checking areas near your windows, your water and sewage pipes, underneath bathroom and kitchen sinks, and anywhere else there are water sources in your building. By scheduling a monthly inspection around your building, you can be sure to catch any mold growth before it becomes hazardous and damaging to your property and its occupants.
  2. Clean HVAC drip pans regularly. Make sure that your HVAC’s coils and drip pans are regularly attended to and any water and moisture that is clinging to them is removed. Plugged pans don’t drain properly, and this makes them a breeding ground for mold when moisture accumulates. All of the HVAC’s ducts and other components also should be kept dry and moisture-free as best is possible to prevent mold growth. 
  3. Attend to any plumbing issues as soon as possible. If a pipe ever leaks or bursts, it’s essential to call in a professional or repair it yourself at the earliest convenience possible. A leaky roof or a leaky pipe as well as unsealed windows and doors can give moisture time to accumulate and invite mold to start growing.

In addition to these 3 steps, here are some more mold prevention actions you can take.


 Have you discovered mold on your commercial or residential property? Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 for help cleaning up and disinfecting the area. We’re committed to prioritizing your health and safety with our quality restoration services.

Sources of Summer Water Damage

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can quickly rack up expenses to clean up and replace items beyond repair, which is why knowing where water damage may originate is key to prevention. Summer water damage can be a nightmare to manage, and summer storms, flash floods, and pipe leaks and bursts are all culprits when it comes to excessive water ruining your property.

To stay educated on potential ways that your property may be vulnerable to water damage, we’ve compiled a list of sources that water damage stems from:

1. Excessive Rainfall

Heat-triggered thunderstorms often accompany the hot temperatures of the summer months, and you should always be vigilant about excessive rainfall and the damages it can do to your home or storefront. Do you live in a flood zone? Is your roof sturdy and impenetrable? Do you have the proper gutter system to redirect water from pooling in nooks and crannies of your home’s exterior? All of these questions and considerations are important to keep in mind as you face summer storms. Owning a building that is vulnerable to water damage caused by excessive rainfall is something that must be accounted for so preventive steps can be taken, ensuring that your home or store’s occupants stay dry.

2. Flash Floods

While these may be triggered by excessive rainfall, flash floods can also occur at a moment’s notice by even just a little bit of rain if you live in a flood zone or by a body of water. Small creeks, streams, rivers, or even drainage ditches can turn your backyard--and potentially your home--into an ocean without any warning, and this can seriously damage any items you have - especially at ground level or below. If you have a finished basement or valuable items located on your ground floor, ensure they are moved to higher ground if at all possible in order to make sure that water damage can only harm so much of your property.

3. Pipe Bursts and Leaks

Last but certainly not least, pipe bursts or leaks can cause significant damage to your home or your business. If your sewage starts seeping into your home, your air conditioner breaks and releases water into your apartment, or your pipes burst or leak due to expanding in the summer heat, you’ll most likely have a water damage issue on your hands. Inspect your pipes and air conditioning units carefully to ensure that their maintenance is up-to-date and the likelihood of a leak or burst is reduced.


If you have the misfortune of experiencing water damage in your home or commercial property this summer, don’t hesitate to give the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. Our expert professionals are available 24/7, and we can take care of mold damage, deodorization, biohazards like COVID-19, and cleaning services for fire, water, and storm damage.

First Steps For Cleaning Smoke Damage in Your Home

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire can cause devastating damage to your home, but perhaps even more challenging than facing fire damage is the aftermath it leaves in its wake: smoke damage. 

Fire smoke consists of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and soot, which enters walls, paint, furniture, fabric, ductwork, and every other nook and cranny in your home. These harmful chemicals linger in the air as well as become absorbed by your belongings, forming residue on and within your belongings.

Without proper identification and removal, smoke damage and its lingering odor are nearly impossible to eliminate, but there are a few first steps that you can take to address the damage while waiting for cleanup professionals to arrive. Don’t let the impact of smoke damage get you down. Here’s what to do:

  1. Assess what you can save and what you should discard. If the fire and smoke that occurred caused significant damage, there will most likely be some items that are beyond repair and are not worth trying to salvage. Try to identify these from the get-go and dispose of them as you can. 
  2. Invest in appropriate supplies. In order to go about removing smoke damage, it’s important to have the right supplies to protect yourself from the harmful chemicals that smoke residue contains. Make sure to wear safety goggles and gloves while wiping down furniture and the walls to remove the surface residue. Terrycloth towels and Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) that you can buy at your local hardware store are two essentials to help you break down the grime that smoke has deposited throughout your home.
  3. Dissolve TSP in warm water to wipe things down. It is generally recommended to dissolve one tablespoon of TSP per one gallon of warm water. Use this solution and a sponge to wipe down your property with protective gear on. 
  4. Wait for the professionals to arrive. Although you can start taking care of smoke damage by following the three steps above, it’s always best to hire a professional for heavy soot or smoke damage as well as deodorization, which is a big, daunting task. It’ll save you time and stress to hire the professionals to take care of the most extensive damage.


If you ever have the misfortune of experiencing fire and smoke damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville by calling (615) 242-9391.  We’re trained and ready to help.

We Can Remove Unpleasant Odors After Water Or Fire Damage

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

The odors of mold, mildew, soot, and smoke easily permeate through your household items and can linger for months after water or fire damage, making your home or business extremely unpleasant spaces to reside or within. Unfortunately, these odors are stubborn, and it often takes more than just opening up the windows and airing out the space to remove them.

Mold gives off a smell that is described as musty, earthy, or meaty. It often smells rotten or like something decaying, and the unpleasant odor is quite pungent. If you smell mold, this could be a serious hazard to your health and your home, and you should definitely get it checked out. Mold growth is often the result of moisture or water damage in some area of your home or commercial space.

On the other hand, fire damage brings its own set of obvious odors with it—smoke, soot, and ashes all can leave your property smelling like secondhand smoke and also deposit particles in the air that can become trapped in your lungs. Without proper ventilation and cleanup, this smoke odor will remain in every crevice of your building unless it is properly removed.

However, that’s where our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can step in and restore your property back to its original, fresh condition! We are experts in odor removal as well as restoration services, and we will gladly send a team member out to assess your unique situation so that we can remove the odors from your dwelling.

Deodorization is a multi-step process that includes:

  • Identifying the odor
  • Determining where the odor is located by finding the conditions where it contacts surfaces
  • Figuring out the best way to remove the odor
  • Removing the odor and eliminating any trace of it

We have a variety of odor removal products and are trained in techniques to penetrate surfaces to neutralize odors that are trapped within them. 


Whether you know the origin of the unpleasant odor or you just want your property to smell clean and odor-free once more, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re thoroughly trained in deodorization as well as Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and restoration services to help you clean up after fire damage, flooding, storm damage, mold, biohazards, and natural disasters.

Caring For The HVAC In Your Office

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

It’s a good idea to have an inspection of your office HVAC done every fall and again in spring, after the heavier-use months during winter and summer. A professional will inspect and clean all of your unit’s wiring and mechanisms, and you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that someone with the proper training and experience has taken good care of your office HVAC system.

As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do yourself to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, too:

  • Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system
  • Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
  • Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines every month
  • Replace the air filters every 90 days
  • Turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier in the summer months
  • In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on

Here are some annual to-do’s:

  • Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
  • Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
  • Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture

Caring for your HVAC properly throughout the year will keep your work environment air quality and atmosphere pleasant, which is just good for business. It will also save you money by improving and maintaining your energy efficiency throughout your building.


The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is prepared at all times to inspect and maintain your HVAC system, and to answer any questions you might have. We are also experienced in large cleanup jobs such as those needed because of fire damage or water damage, and we are pros at mold remediation. Let us get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

How To Know If Your Tree Is Dying

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Trees are valuable assets to any landscape, providing lovely and restful aesthetics as well as shade for wildlife and other plants. Sometimes it’s obvious when a tree is dying; its leaves turn brown in the summer or its branches are riddled with holes from pests. Sometimes, however, it’s not at all clear when a tree is in poor health. A dead or dying tree located near a building or home can be dangerous since broken limbs can cause injuries to people and pets and can lead to costly repairs if they land on your building or vehicle, so it’s vital for a home or business owner to recognize the signs of a dying tree to avoid costly and dangerous accidents. 

Here are some signs that you may have a dying tree so you can take care of it before it does damage to your property.

BARK. The bark of a dying tree becomes loose and starts to fall off, and it may also have vertical cracks or missing bark. You will want to keep an eye out for deep splits in the bark that extend into the wood of the tree since such cracks often create weaknesses that can cause damage in storms or other weather events.

LEAVES AND BRANCHES.  Look for branches without lush green leaves on your deciduous trees, and those that have only brown and brittle leaves during the growing season. They may also have dead leaves still hanging on well into the winter instead of dropping to the ground. When it comes to evergreens, these types of trees will have red, brown, or yellow needles or leaves when they are stressed or dying.

PESTS.  Pests - such as bark beetles and carpenter ants - prefer trees that are under stress or are in the process of dying. Also, fungal or bacterial infections are more common in dying trees as well, so make sure to pay attention to mushrooms growing on the ground at the base of a tree or on the tree itself. Their presence is a possible indication that you have rot in the roots or trunk of the tree, and such decay can then extend further into the tree’s interior, leading to structural issues in the future. 

ROOTS.  Determining root damage isn’t always easy. If your tree has a shallow and/or partially exposed root system, pay attention to changes that might suggest exposure to extreme elements or if poor soil compaction have affected the vitality of its roots, such as thinning foliage, poor yearly growth, yellow undersized leaves, dead branches, and wilted brown leaves during the growing season.


Your SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is here to help you with all of the challenges that can come from home or business ownership. We can handle fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation, and we’re committed to getting your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Checking Your Attic For Water Damage

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Your attic is the number one place where damage from heavy rainfall can occur, and it’s also one of the places in your home that you won’t visit regularly. A trip up to the attic is only made when you need something you have put away for a special event, such as a holiday or a birthday, but it is very important to check your attic area periodically for leaks and water damage, especially during the summer storm season here in Middle Tennessee. 

Your attic will take the brunt of summer storms, just as your roof will. When the roof sustains damage from high winds or flying debris, such as loose or missing roofing material, you will probably see water stains in the attic. These let you know a problem is developing. An issue in the attic that is left unchecked will end up affecting the interior of your property, and spaces that are damp and dark for any length of time will put you at risk for a mold infestation. It only takes a day or two for a colony to start. 

Follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your attic:

  • Check your attic for damage regularly. It’s important to look over your attic space often, just as you do all the other areas of your home or business. You want to make sure this area hasn’t experienced any water damages, which can spread to problems with your interior ceilings if left unattended.
  • Check your roofing after bad weather. It’s crucial to check all roofing after a strong storm and/or high winds to ensure it is still intact. Flying debris, such as tree branches or loose building materials, can cause serious issues in volatile weather. 


We are proud to help the Nashville community with cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. If your home or property has experienced damages from Middle Tennessee stormy weather, we are ready to help you get back to normal right away. Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Safety Tips For Using A Fire Extinguisher

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

OSHA states that fire is the most common emergency occurrence owners of homes and small businesses should plan for. One of the best ways to be prepared is by having a fire extinguisher readily available, making sure it’s properly maintained and audited, and by being educated on its proper use. This will already be a fire safety requirement for any business, and it’s a good idea for the homeowner, as well. 

OSHA requires employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur so that it can be determined if/when an evacuation needs to take place. OSHA has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this training is helpful for homeowners as well.  

The PASS training technique is recommended: 

  • P. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A. Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire. 
  • S. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent. 
  • S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished. 

Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. Such training should enable anyone to be able to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately. 
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should also know how to keep the route from becoming blocked,
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher (outlined above), and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again. 
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel. 

NOTE: Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If the environment becomes too dangerous, everyone should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can evolve very quickly, and people need to understand that safety comes first and foremost. 


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help with cleanup projects both large and small and are dedicated to getting your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. We also handle mold prevention and remediation, as well as fire damage and water damage.

Preparing Your Business For Inclement Weather

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Inclement weather is common here in Middle Tennessee during the summer months, so as a smart business owner we know you’re already thinking about keeping your business investment safe ahead of an event like this. Lots of rainwater can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. 

Today we here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville are sharing some preventive measures you can take that will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains, as well as the time and costs it can take to get your operations back to normal. 



  • STORM DRAINS: The storm drains on your commercial property need to be maintained properly at all times, but most especially this time of year. Storm drains are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters. 
  • GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems are going to divert excess water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations, causing damage there while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea, as well, since mold spores thrive in damp areas and can begin to grow rapidly if left alone in just 24-48 hours.
  • RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your business employees before any inclement weather comes to your area. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a communication plan for everyone as to their safety and are able to let them know whether it’s safe to come into work or not. Your staff should not feel as though they should be driving through floodwaters or other potentially dangerous areas. Listening to weather updates will tell you what you need to know. Make sure you have an emergency kit on site for any emergencies that contains first aid materials, batteries, radios, flashlights, and snacks. 


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always standing ready to help if your business does sustain storm damage. We handle water damage, fire damage, and mold prevention, and we can get your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.

Using A Dehumidifier In Your Home

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers help to maintain indoor humidity at these comfortable levels, keeping the air in your indoor spaces healthy by preventing mold and mildew from settling in. This can both save you money and help you avoid any number of health risks. 

Here are some benefits to using a dehumidifier in your home, from our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville: 

MILDEW/MOLD PREVENTION. Mildew emits a strong scent, which can affect an entire home, large or small. Since mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments, dehumidifiers help keep them in check by keeping the air in your home at optimum levels. 

COMFORT. As your body temperature rises, your body releases sweat to help cool you off. When humidity is at an optimal level, your sweat evaporates into the air, leaving you cool and dry. However, air molecules that are already saturated with water have no room to absorb further water, which means your skin will remain wet and sticky. Everyone knows how uncomfortable that can be! Bacteria is another organism that thrives in humid environments, and minor cuts and injuries are more susceptible to infection in such a situation. Some minor medical issues can also be made worse by humidity, such as acne and athlete's foot.

HVAC SUPPORT. When air molecules are ladened with water, it makes them harder to heat or cool down. For example, a pan only half full of water will heat and cool more quickly and efficiently than a pan that is full. This is true of air molecules that are half-filled with water as well, such as when humidity levels are at 50% or above. A dehumidifier will help your HVAC system heat up and cool down your home faster and more efficiently by reducing the water in the air, which can significantly save you cooling and heating costs.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here for all your cleanup projects, both large and small, and remember that we are mold remediation experts! We also handle fire damage and water damage, and we are committed to getting, and keeping, your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Summer Water Saving Tips

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Saving water helps us to protect against drought, and it can also help save you time and money. There are lots of ways to take advantage of all the rebates and incentives offered by many utilities for water-efficient upgrades, such as water-smart showerheads or landscaping with drought-tolerant plants. Expanding conservation and efficiency programs can actually reduce water use in cities by up to one half of the previous usage!

Here are some summer water-saving tips for you to try, from us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville:

Water evaporates quickly when the sun is high, so you may want to try watering your lawn during the cooler hours so that it will stay in your soil. Take steps to make sure you’re watering your yard, too, and not the sidewalk or driveway. A drip irrigation system works better than sprinklers by sending targeted amounts of water right where it needs to go. You will want to check to see if you qualify for a rebate to make your irrigation system more water-efficient.

Get rid of your ever-thirsty turf grass and replace it with a beautiful drought-tolerant garden that doesn’t need water or mowing. 

Leaks are expensive and often hard to find. To see if your toilet is wasting water, you can put a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet into your tank. If the color shows up in the bowl you know right away that your tank is leaking and could be wasting up to 100 gallons of water a day! An inexpensive rubber flapper made to fit your toilet’s make and model may be all you need to fix it.

Shortening your shower by as little as two minutes can save up to 1,750 gallons of water per person in your household every year, and another cost-reducing trick is to turn the water off while you soap and/or shave. You can also capture the water that’s normally wasted while you wait for the shower to warm up by collecting it in a bucket, and use it for watering your plants; just make sure that if the water gets soapy it’s not toxic to your garden. 

Upgrading your showerheads, using your dishwasher instead of handwashing dishes, using a rain barrel, and taking your car to the car wash are all ways you can lessen your water usage during the summer, and during the rest of the year, too. 

Taking steps to conserve this precious natural resource is good for Nashville, and that’s important to us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We’re proud to serve our community by helping with fire damage, water damage, and mold prevention. Call us today to get your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Keeping Your Restaurant’s Carpet Clean

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

As the owner of a restaurant, you have a long list of cleaning requirements, and your nightly checklist has to be followed to the letter in order to keep your business in tip-top shape, ready for the next business day. Every item has to be thoroughly washed and sparkling clean each and every day; the kitchen flooring, stovetops and ovens, utensils, pots and coffee makers. And then there’s the front-of-house and the bar area - bathrooms, host stand, and all those wine glasses, just to mention a few more items! But you and your team know how to handle it, and SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has some tips, as well.

Flooring in a busy restaurant can be a separate issue, however. Many eateries these days have hardwood floors, which have to be treated regularly to avoid damage from high heels, spills, and scratches from table and chair movement.

But maybe your establishment has carpeting, instead! A nightly vacuum and spot cleaning will go a long way in preventing potential mold growth and other smelly possibilities, but the carpets will still need a regular deep cleaning due to all of the foot traffic. Spills on carpeting don’t come up quite as easily or as completely as those on a hardwood floor. We know you have spent a lot of thought and money on choosing just the right carpeting for your place of business, and a carpet in need of deep cleaning can look dull and worn, the colors no longer as bright and fresh, and that can reflect negatively on your guest’s experience. Make sure a deep cleaning is on your cleaning checklist!


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are equipped to handle the toughest carpet cleaning jobs of all. Our business is experienced with cleanups from fire and water damage in both homes and large commercial enterprises. Call us today at (615) 242-9391.

Maintaining Your HVAC In Your Apartment Complex

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

For the care of your HVAC systems in your apartment complex or commercial buildings, engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your system at regular intervals throughout the year will ensure that the heating and cooling of your property is running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed, which requires the kind of training these professionals have. The experience and expertise of such a company are invaluable to any business owner since the comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves are important to tenants and owners alike. 

It’s important to ensure that the upkeep necessary to prolong the life and efficiency of all the HVAC units in your apartment complex. Some actions that you can take yourself as an apartment complex or commercial business owner both monthly and seasonally, in between professional scheduled maintenance, will be:

  • Use high-efficiency, pleated filters. Filters of this type contain an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as dust or those that carry bacteria. 
  • Keep HVAC units free of grass, leaves, and pollen, and take steps to ensure that your landscaping company doesn’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds.
  • Keep at least two feet of space clear around all outdoor heating and cooling units.
  • Inspect refrigerant lines monthly.
  • Replace air filters in every unit at least every 90 days.
  • In summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier.
  • In fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water.
  • Replace your carbon monoxide detector battery.
  • Ensure outdoor AC units are on level, firm, and dry ground.
  • Clean AC condensate drains with bleach/water mixture regularly.

Have your professional maintenance company check all your apartment complex ductwork periodically to make sure it is all sealed properly when they come to complete scheduled tune-ups on your HVAC systems.


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville, we maintain all the training and skill sets needed by our team members for taking care of HVAC systems, and when it comes to maintaining the units in apartment complex or commercial buildings, we are always here to help.

What To Do In Case Of A Fire In Your Restaurant Kitchen

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in your restaurant kitchen can happen with little to no warning, so you will need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control and putting your staff and property in danger. 

Here are a few tips on what to do in case of a fire in your restaurant kitchen:

  • If it’s a fire in one of the ovens, close the door immediately and turn off the oven, leaving the door closed. Lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. 
  • If the oven continues to smoke and it looks like the fire is continuing to grow, call the fire department right away. 
  • When it is a fire in a cooking pan or pot, ensure that a lid is put on right away, and move it off the burner. Turn off the stove and wait for the lack of oxygen to stop the flames inside your pot.  
  • If you are not able to safely put the lid on the flaming pan, or if there is no lid readily available, use the fire extinguisher. Always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves. 
  • Never use water to put out a grease fire. Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease. Try one of these methods instead:
    • If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
    • Throw lots of baking soda on the fire; do not use flour, since it can explode or make the fire even worse. 
    • Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large, wet cloth. 
    • Use a fire extinguisher. 
    • Swatting the fire with a towel, apron, or other material is likely to fan the flames and spread the fire. 
    • If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, get every person and pet out of the house and call 911! 

Have a plan to educate every staff member properly on fire prevention and proper fire management before they come to work for you. Education in this area can save money and lives. 


For cleanup after any type of fire SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help. In addition to handling fire damage, we also handle water damage and mold remediation.

Flood Prevention In Your Basement

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Rain can be a daily occurrence during the summer in some parts of the country, and that includes Middle Tennessee. Flooding is a very real hazard when this happens, of course, and that can be not only inconvenient but also very dangerous and costly. Your possessions can be ruined, and building structures can often be affected negatively. In these times, you can contact a professional water restoration company for help. Such a company is an expert in water damage cleanup and repair. 

While flooding can’t be predicted most of the time, being aware of the areas of your home or business that are most vulnerable can help you be prepared to prevent flooding in those areas, and no area in your house is more at risk than your basement. Here are some ways you can practice flood prevention in your basement:

Basements and cellars need to be regularly inspected during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during a storm, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, flooding is always going to be a possibility. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas.

Ensure that the doors and windows of the basement or cellar area are properly sealed against wet conditions. Entries and stairs are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.

Take steps to make sure that water is drained away from the foundations of your buildings. Standing water in these areas can create weaknesses in walls and foundational elements, eventually allowing water to leak into your basement area. 

If you use machinery involving water in your basement, make sure you keep these items in good repair, as well. A cracked hose or a malfunctioning pump can release large amounts of water in a short period of time, and if you don’t visit your basement often you could end up with some issues due to standing water, such as serious corrosion or mold.


Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville are highly trained and experienced in all repairs and cleanup needs that come from damage caused by water and fire; mold prevention and remediation is an area we are highly skilled in, too.

Odor Removal In Your Apartment Complex

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

The existence of odor issues is something every apartment complex owner or manager is very familiar with. There are bound to be situations that arise to create unpleasant odors with so many people living close together, and sometimes those smells can be overpowering. There are lots of reasons issues of this kind arise; keep in mind that if it is a serious situation, your friends here at SERVPRO are here to help. 

Bad odors can often be dealt with by opening doors and windows to air out apartments when odors are caused by cooking. However, if one of your tenants has had a leak or small flood in their unit and their wet carpeting is now putting out an unpleasant smell, the carpet should be professionally dried and cleaned. This may very well require the removal and replacement of the carpeting after more extensive flooding, though. Ensure that the carpeting is either removed or completely dried as soon as possible to prevent a mold colony from taking advantage of the damp environment. If you do end up removing the carpet, you may want to consider changing your flooring choice to linoleum or faux wood, to lessen the chance of this happening again in the future.

Sometimes an odor event is truly serious, and you know it is going to require professional help;  that’s where our SERVPRO team can be a big help. We are experts in deodorization, and our team receives specialized technical training specifically designed to enable them to quickly identify and eliminate offensive odors by determining the conditions that are causing the issue right away. Many times, they will be able to remove the problem without a trace. Our highly-trained team members are also very aware that simply masking odors or using shortcuts is not going to be sufficient when it comes to handling a serious and persistent problem; we don’t take shortcuts!

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be complex, so give us a call here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville; we’re happy to handle it for you. We are experts when it comes to mold prevention and remediation, and we are skilled at helping you recover from water damage and fire damage. SERVPRO is proud to serve the homeowners and business owners of the West Nashville area.

Restoring Water-Damaged Documents

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Damage to documentation in your home or business due to a water-related incident, such as flooding related to bad weather or a machine malfunction, can create issues for you that could have far-reaching results. Private or financial information is something that simply cannot be lost or mishandled, and our team is dedicated to the proper and careful recovery and restoration of such data if it becomes damaged by flooding or any other water-related accident. 

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we are often called upon to restore documents from an office or a home that has been damaged by water, and sometimes that water has been contaminated, making the job even more complicated. We employ all our expertise to ensure that the project was completed in a timely, professional, and safe manner. 

Our team is very organized and methodical in its processes, and we make sure that all the information captured during the restoration is thoroughly documented and as complete as possible; after the restoration is complete it is of vital importance that home or business owners can access any information they may need to serve their clients or get their households running normally again, right away. 

We diligently follow a policy of providing daily communication to our clients and insurance companies involved to ensure that all interested parties are updated on the progress of the project at all times. We also provide complete documentation to our clients that may pertain to sensitive or private situations, such as medical information which is protected by HIPAA.  

Healthy indoor air quality has to be maintained during a project involving the restoring of documents. Our SERVPRO technicians know this and take great care to ensure the air quality meets all required standards. 


In the event that your home or business is impacted by a disaster or accident and your vital documents and records are damaged, call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We have the experience and expertise to restore all types of records, and we understand privacy law compliance, too.

Smoke Removal From Your Furniture

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

No matter where the odor of smoke comes from, whether it is a house fire, fire pit or cigarette/cigar smoke, it’s one that lingers longer than anyone wants it to. Today we are going to share a few ways you can get the smell of smoke out of your furniture, whether you are handling wood or fabric. 

Cleaning Fabrics. Two cups of witch hazel and twenty drops of an essential oil, such as lemon or peppermint, can be a very efficient and cost-effective way to get rid of the odor of smoke from your furniture. Place the mixture in a glass spray bottle and shake well, and then spray liberally onto your furniture fabric and allow it to air dry. The oil will help to absorb the smoke odor instead of just masking it. 

Dry Cleaning for Wood. As a test, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on a corner of the piece and let it sit as a test for about an hour, then vacuum away. Once you have determined that your furniture will not be negatively affected, cover the exterior and interior of your pieces with the baking soda and let it absorb the smoke odor for up to eight hours, depending on how bad the smell is, and again you can just vacuum up the baking soda from the exterior parts. We do recommend that you wait a week before removing the baking soda from the interior since this area will probably have been more affected by the smoke. Repeat this process as needed. 

Wet Cleaning for Wood. Apply Murphy’s Oil Soap, using an amount approximately the size of a nickel, to a soft sponge; you can also use a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar here. Gently rub the affected areas in a circular motion, which will help you avoid damage to the wood surface and finish. Allow your furniture to air dry in a warm interior space, although make sure not to place your piece in the direct sunlight, as it could cause the wood to warp. 


If your furniture and other belongings have been negatively affected by unpleasant smoky odors and you aren’t able to get satisfactory results by yourself, remember that SERVPRO is just a phone call away. The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always ready to help with smoke odor, fire damage, water damage, and mold prevention/remediation. We maintain the necessary training, skills, and equipment that will help us to get your belongings back to normal as soon as possible. We are committed to getting your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Mold Remediation In Your Hotel

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

You have put a lot of time, money, and effort into your hotel business, and as a smart hotel owner, we know you’re careful to take the proper steps that will ensure your premises are in top-notch condition. Mold is one of those issues that no hotel proprietor ever wants to see, so today, we are sharing some tips that will help you keep your motel or hotel business free from mold so that your business won’t be adversely affected. 

  • Audit. Do an audit of your business premises to identify problem areas. If you find windows in some rooms frequently damp, or any persistent leaks in ceilings or hallways, these will be areas to focus on right away. Preventing mold from taking hold and spreading can be as simple as ripping up carpet or using cleaning and renovation products that are mold-preventive.  If you do find that you have a mold issue, keep in mind that SERVPRO of Belle Meade is just a phone call away and we can get your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
  • Drying. Mold growth can’t occur without moisture, so take care of wet areas immediately. Seepage after heavy rainfalls or melting snow and ice, carpet spills, or minor flooding due to broken pipes, etc. need to be fully dried within 24 to 48 hours. Make sure any affected bedding and furniture are either cleaned and dried completely or removed from the area entirely to prevent the need for mold remediation services. 
  • Ventilation. All areas need to be properly ventilated, including the kitchen to the on-site laundry, if you have one. Your housekeeping staff needs to be trained to keep a lookout for leaking AC units and plumbing in guest areas, and everyone should know what to look for in break areas, bathrooms, and other areas where they work daily. If mold is found, use the appropriate cleaning solutions, such as a bleach/water combination, and consider using dehumidifiers, especially in more humid regions, or during very wet seasons in your area to prevent further mold growth.  
  • Inspections. Regular inspection of exterior doors, windows, and roofing can expose any leaks or improper fits right away. Even the smallest leaks can, over time, cause a mold issue that can be difficult to eradicate. Making sure rain gutters are kept clean of dirt and debris is another preventive measure that can help. 
  • Products. When it comes time to repair or renovate, there are many mold-resistant products on the market to choose from today, such as drywall or Sheetrock. Many paints now include mold-inhibitors, as well, which are a great asset in the battle against mold, and these may be a helpful choice when you are repairing or renovating your hotel.

The best way to practice mold remediation is through prevention! If you need help with remediation of an existing mold problem, call us. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are mold experts, fully equipped to handle both remediation and prevention. And when it comes to water damage and fire damage, as well as cleanup projects both large and small, we’re here to help.

Preparing For Summer Storms

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Summer storms are events that every home and business owner knows to prepare for, and in Middle Tennessee, the lightning, high winds, and possible tornadoes can be very dangerous and damaging. Being prepared for summer storms will keep you, your family, and your workforce safe, and protect your property from the worst of the damage. If you are adversely affected, you will be able to recover more quickly, too. 

Develop a response plan to prepare your business for those summer storm events. When a storm hits, communicating with your customers and employees should be first on your list; they need to know how you will handle the situation. People need to know where you are, and what the next step will be. If you are caring for older people, or if you have small children, communication with those who are nearest will be key for the safety of these most vulnerable family members. If you are handling a business, your workforce will need to know what is going to happen with your operations.  

The goal of your business response plan should be to get your operations back up and running normally as fast as possible so that you can avoid any associated loss. Creating a contingency plan 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. 

A home-focused contingency plan will allow for family members to have somewhere to go in the event that your home is not accessible. An area hotel or the home of a close friend may work well for everyone, but make sure you put this in place in advance of a summer storm.

These are just a few ideas to get you started in your summer storm preparations. What your home or business needs will be will depend on the type of work you do or the makeup of your family. Planning ahead for your unique life situations will keep everyone safe and your business running as smoothly as possible. 


If you do experience a severe weather event, remember that we are always here to help you with any situations of this kind. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have years of experience in handling storm damage, fire damage, and water damage from floods and other disastrous events. Call us today for help while preparing your home or your business for summer storms.

Pressure Washer Best Practices

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Pressure washers are truly impressive and efficient when it comes to cleaning the exterior of your home or business, but they can cause more harm than good if they aren’t used correctly. Today we are going to share some of our best and practices for pressure-washing that we think will help you to avoid damage from using your power washer. 

When you are refreshing your dirty deck, cleaning mold or grime from your patio furniture, or removing packed mud from your tire wells, any of these tasks can be done more quickly and efficiently when you make use of your pressure washer, since it uses up to 80 percent less water than the average garden hose, but it produces more than 50 times the power!

It’s also essential to use this tool properly to ensure satisfying, damage-free results. Whether you’re in the market for a powerful machine or you already have one that works well for you, take note of our best practices, so you can be sure to get the most from this powerful cleaning tool.

Without an adequate water supply, your pressure washer won’t fulfill any of your expectations for efficiency. You will first want to test the water flow from your hose by timing how long it takes to fill a five-gallon bucket. If it takes two minutes or less, that will be plenty, but if it takes longer than that it indicates that there’s not enough water flow to operate the washer. Once you have determined that you have sufficient water flow to supply your pressure washer, make sure that you clean out the inlet filter and check that the connections are secure wherever the tool attaches to a hose or other accessory. 

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are fire damage and water damage experts, and we handle cleaning projects of all sizes, too. If you have a cleanup that is just too big for you, keep us in mind! We’re proud to serve our friends and neighbors here in Nashville whenever situations arise that they need extra help with.

Odor Removal In Your Restaurant

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Has your Nashville restaurant developed an unpleasant odor? That’s a great way to lose business, so today we are going to share some tips on odor removal that will help you get your restaurant sweet-smelling once again.

Deep Cleaning. Sometimes you need a bit more than the everyday cleaning chores that your workforce does regularly. Food smells can become trapped in fabrics leaving a sour or greasy smell, so deep cleaning will often be helpful to remove them. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers professional cleaning services that will ensure that your restaurant gets cleaned thoroughly with the end result of a fresh environment.

Deodorization. Not only does your Nashville restaurant need deep cleaning, but it needs an odor removal process that uses deodorization, too. The team here at SERVPRO is trained to discover what is causing any unpleasant odors in your restaurant; this discovery is an important first step in eliminating those odors. Once our staff knows where the smell is coming from then we can use the proper formula to remove it. We have several different deodorizing formulas created to get to the source of the bad smells. Odor removal isn’t only just about hiding or covering up offending smells, but it’s also important to get to the root of the problem and neutralize it.

Mold Inspection. A mold colony will not only leave a musty odor, but it has a negative impact on the health of anyone near it. That’s why it’s so important to determine if mold is the odor culprit and to begin action right away to combat it if it is. SERVPRO has tools and equipment that help us determine if there is a mold problem. It doesn’t take much for mold to develop and then spread. If you suspect mold, we will discover the source and work to remediate it. 


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, cleaning and restoration are two of our areas of expertise. We train and educate our staff to combat unpleasant odors wherever they may be found. If you are struggling with odors of this kind, contact us today. We also handle water damage and fire damage.

How To Handle Biohazardous Waste

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

It is extremely important to call in a trained and certified biohazard cleaning company to handle any biohazard cleanup.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences, and a failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. Here at SERVPRO, we are trained to safely clean up and remove hazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, and we help transform any unsafe environment back into clean, safe homes, and offices.

Safety Equipment. Cleaning extreme situations requires the use of personal safety wear to protect cleaners from exposure to bloodborne diseases, dangerous chemicals, and infection. The average person does not possess this type of equipment.

Cleaning Equipment. Thorough cleaning of locations affected by biological hazards calls for specialized equipment and cleaning solutions. Certified bio-remediation companies use advanced equipment and effective disinfectant solutions that will leave the client sites free of biohazards. Our staff are trained to use this equipment to remove all hazardous materials from your home – many of which you can’t even see.

Disposal. Objects that have come into contact with human or animal blood or waste - such as needles, carpets, mattresses, and clothing - should be disposed of properly so they don’t pose a health threat to the public. We understand the requirements for transporting and disposing of biohazard waste appropriately.

Difficult Scenes. The work involved in cleaning up after a crime or trauma is mentally, physically, and emotionally difficult for those connected to the victim to handle. Our team has years of experience working in this taxing environment.

Peace of Mind. Use of a professional biohazard cleanup company will leave you with complete assurance that your family and friends are safe from any harm posed by the biological hazards once present in your home or business.

If you have biohazardous waste on your premises, contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to schedule a cleanup.

Gas Fireplace Best Practices

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

In addition to being the centerpieces of ambiance in any home, a gas fireplace provides fire and heat. They also require specific safety precautions. Here are some gas fireplace best practices:

Safety Screens. All gas fireplaces should have a protective screen over the glass. Such screens help to reduce the risk of someone getting a serious burn by providing a barrier that will prevent skin from coming into direct contact with the hot glass. Keep in mind, however, that screens can also retain heat, so touching them is never a good idea. If there are children in your home you’ll want to keep that in mind.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and poisonous gas that can be deadly. For safety reasons, every home should have at least one carbon monoxide detector located in rooms near gas appliances, including fireplaces. In addition, your home should also have smoke detectors. Be sure to check and replace the batteries on a regular basis to ensure that they are in good condition.

Annual Inspections. Schedule inspections with a licensed gas technician or hearth dealer to inspect your gas fireplace every year. They can check the gas lines, clean the unit’s burner and control compartment, and look to see if condensation is present. This is an important yearly appointment that shouldn’t be delayed.

Venting. When you are selecting your gas fireplace, try to choose a model that offers direct-venting. They have sealed combustion systems that protect indoor air quality by drawing air from outside the building while sending all the combustion exhaust and any by-products to the outside. A video explaining direct vent technology is available here.

Fire Damage. If you have an accident and your premises suffer from fire damage, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for clean up or repairs from a fire event. We also handle water damage, and we’re mold remediation experts, too. We are proud to serve our friends and neighbors here in Nashville, and we hope that you keep us in mind for all your future needs.

How Often Should You Have Your Business Cleaned?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Keeping your business looking good is high on your list of priorities since you know that your clients and your workforce will both appreciate that. It’s also an important consideration when it comes to everyone’s health, as well. You may be wondering just how often you should have your business cleaned in order to meet these requirements? And what’s the best way to go about achieving your cleanliness goals for your business?

Every season of the year brings its own type of dirt and grime, so not only is a Spring cleaning always a good idea after Winter, but you might even want to do a Fall cleaning project after Summer, and then a Winter cleaning after Fall! This will help your premises to stay fresh and presentable all year round. Contact a professional cleaning company for the bigger projects, such as your friends here at SERVPRO, who can make sure that your business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. 

If you have a particularly busy season in your business, getting everything cleaned and set up ahead of time, as well as recouping after your busy season is over, might be a good idea when it comes to scheduling an in-depth cleaning, as well.

When it comes to the mess and dirt of day-to-day operations and when to clean up, that should be done on a regular basis so that you can avoid unnecessary deep clean projects that are time-consuming and even expensive. 

Here are some pointers as you get ready for cleaning your business:

Let your employees know that a cleaning process will be beginning, and let them know there may be possible interruptions in tools or workflow. Make sure they are aware of the cleaning products that will be used in case anyone has allergic reactions. Many people prefer to be exposed to more eco-friendly products these days, so that’s an option that will make everyone happy.

Provide your workforce with a cleaning schedule so that they know exactly what to expect, and if it will be necessary for them to remove any of their work items or put items in a safe place. 

Your cleaning project may include:

Flooring. 

  • Deep-clean carpets to remove stains.
  • Move file cabinets, conference tables, desks, and other large furniture items to clean the entire floor. 
  • Clean flooring baseboards and corners with a high-powered vacuum.
  • Buff and scrub tile and concrete.
  • Consider re-finishing and re-sealing floors for a renewed appearance.
  • Look for fire hazards on the floor. Remove any floor or stairway blockages.
  • Observe tile for breaks, dents, or cracks, and consider replacing broken tile or redoing the flooring. 

Walls.

  • Look for chipped paint and cracks, and decide if you need to repaint. If the cracks are large, you may want to have a professional inspect for damage.
  • Clean all windows to remove dust and marks, cleaning both outside and inside. For tall or high windows, hire a professional window cleaning service.
  • Dust and wash the drapes and blinds. This area is usually forgotten in weekly cleanings.
  • Dust ceiling corners, light fixtures, and tops of doors.

Bathrooms. 

  • Clean the grout in between the tiles.
  • Sanitize and deep clean all surfaces with bleach-based products.
  • Re-caulk in areas of cracking or splitting.
  • Bleach the inside of toilet bowls. Rub the external of the toilet bowls with a sanitizing cleanser.
  • Wash the floor baseboards around toilets and urinals.
  • Wash all trash-cans.
  • Replace all toilet paper, soap, and other usables.
  • Look for signs of mold or mildew, which is more common in high-humidity environments like bathrooms. Remove any mildew immediately.

Cleaning the premises of your business can be a big job, so keep in mind that here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we can make sure your premises are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

When Should I Replace My Roof?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

You may be asking yourself when you should replace your roof. Maybe you live or work in an older building, and you know it will become necessary at some point. Perhaps you have seen some water stains in your attic or you have just gone through a season of really heavy weather and some shingles have disappeared. Today we are going to share some things to think about as you decide when you should replace your roof. 

Gutters/Rain Spouts. Rain spouts can pull away from the building if they are overloaded or clogged with water and debris, and this can do damage to the corners of the roof and exterior walls. This kind of damage is easily seen from the ground, so take a walk around your building to see if there is any sign of this kind of damage. If the damage has been evident for a while and you haven’t done repairs, your roofing may have experienced enough damage that it needs to be replaced. 

Shingles. If you see curled or buckled shingles, or if shingles are missing, that’s something that will need to be repaired right away if you are to avoid leaks and future water damages. Water stains in the attic are a telltale sign that you might need a new roof; higher-than-average energy bills are another sign that you may need a new roof. If mold has made an appearance, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call today.

Maintenance. Conducting regular inspections of all parts of your roofing will aid you when it comes to the condition of your roof. It can be easy to forget about it, but a damaged roof can quickly become a huge issue, allowing water to intrude into every part of your home or business and cause water damage. 


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you with your roofing concerns. We handle water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation, so contact us right away if you have experienced any of these issues. Water damage can be from a roof that needs to be replaced, or it can cause you to need to replace it; we can help you in every roofing situation!

How To Clean Up After Smoke Damage

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional may be the best decision you can make, since fire will affect everything in your home or business, through the flames, heat, soot, and smoke. Your structure can even be adversely affected. You’ll need the assistance of professionals who have the expertise and equipment that is needed to get your work or personal space back to normal as soon as possible. 

Unsafe Conditions. Inhaling smoke can have an immediate negative effect on you, even if it’s only for a short time, so avoiding a smoky situation is really important. With that in mind, you won’t want to enter your home or business until all the smoke is cleared from your premises. Hiring a professional fire and smoke damage restoration contractor will ensure that your property is free from the after-effects of a fire quickly and thoroughly. 

Cleaning Methods. SERVPRO specializes in restoring the contents of a home or business that has suffered from fire damage or water damage. The team will assess all your belongings carefully to determine which items can be restored to their “pre-fire” condition and will use several cleaning methods to restore your property to its original condition. These can include:

  • Foam. This is used for upholstery since upholstery can shrink or the colors may bleed if water is used. 
  • Dry. This method is used to get rid of light residue.
  • Wet. This is a very effective cleaning method, used to remove moderate to heavy residues.
  • Immersion. In this method, items are dipped into a bath of cleaning products for a thorough cleaning that removes heavy residues and overwhelming odors.  

Electronics. Electronics that have been damaged by fire and the accompanying smoke often present a serious hazard, so never turn your electronics on after they have been damaged by fire, just to be safe. Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and that can cause electronic failure in a device. Computers, televisions, and CD/DVD players should be assessed and cleaned by a professional before they are used again. 

If the smoke and fire damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO can organize your move-out process if that is necessary. Removing your items from the area will help any remodeling process go a lot faster, as well as l protect your items from any further potential damage. Once that is complete we can then coordinate and organize your move back into your premises so you can get back to normal.


If your home or business has suffered damage from fire, water, or mold, here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville we handle fire and water damage projects of all sizes, and we are mold prevention and remediation experts, too.

How To Replace Your Carpet After Water Damage

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Carpets make any room cozy, and they can help reduce noise, too. However, heavy foot traffic, dirt, spills and more can diminish the quality of your carpet, and if you experience a water damage event, such as flooding from a burst pipe or a weather-related disaster, you may end up having to deep clean it or even replace it if the damage is especially bad. Replacing your carpet could be a project for you to handle if you enjoy doing things yourself, but it is certainly one for more experienced do-it-yourself-ers. If a DIY project of this size is not something you want to tackle, contact a flooring professional for help. 

Here are the materials you will need to complete your carpet installation project: Tackless Strips, Carpeting of Choice, Carpet Scissors, Hammer, Staple Gun, Knee Kicker, Utility Knife, Dust Mask, and Gloves. 

Measure. 

Before you begin making any permanent changes, you’ll need to decide how much carpet you’ll be replacing and what kind you’ll choose. Measure the area and write down all your measurements, including small areas by windows, closets or hallways. Keep in mind, you’ll want to allow for a little extra to make room for error.

Out With The Old. 

Once you’ve purchased the amount of carpeting you’ll need, the next step is to remove the existing carpet and carpet padding. Make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands, and a dust mask as well. Starting in a corner of the room, detach the existing carpet from the tack strip. Fold back and cut, about every 3’ or so, into sections you can handle easily. After you’ve removed the carpet, remove the padding in the same way you removed the carpet - and also remove any glue or staples that are stuck to the floor before proceeding to the next step. If your tackless strip is not damaged, you can keep it and use it to install your new carpeting.

Clean The Floor.

You want to be sure that you’re starting with a clean floor to work on, especially if the floor replacement was due to water damage. Sweep and vacuum the floor to start, then smooth out any areas that may have excess material. Make sure the flooring underneath is completely and thoroughly dry, and mold-free. If you discover a mold issue, call us here at SERVPRO for mold remediation measures. 


Install Strips.

If there was no damage to the old tackless strips you might be able to use them. Size to the wall and nail them a half-inch away, avoiding doorways. 

The Padding.

Next, it’s time for the carpet pad; you will want to be sure the padding is an exact fit, as you don’t want it to overlap. Staple it to the inside of the tackless strip, and stretch and staple any seams of the padding as well. Cut any excess padding and secure any joins with tape.

Lay The Carpet.

Lay the carpeting over the carpet pad, leaving a few inches of excess. Make sure the carpet pile is going in the appropriate direction, especially if you are matching other carpets. Using the knee kicker, attach the carpeting to the tackless strips; place the kicker against the carpet and hit to stretch the carpet into the strips. Trim the carpet with your utility knife and create a clean look by tucking in the edges between the wall and the strip using a metal edge.

Clean Up and Conclude.

Clean and vacuum the area to finish, trimming any excess threads. 

Replacing and installing your own carpet is not easy work, but when it’s done you can be proud of your accomplishment! 


Always keep in mind that whenever your property suffers from water damage, fire damage, or a mold invasion, our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always here to help!

Managing Flood Damage In Your Nashville Business

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

During storm season here in Middle Tennessee, your business may experience some damage from flooding. Here are some tips you can follow to manage flood damage in your Nashville business:

Safety First!

  • Do not enter the building until a professional has cleared it if you believe that it has been structurally damaged or if there is flood risk remains.
  • Do not go anywhere near downed power lines or any standing water or metal objects near these downed wires. Stay away from damaged trees, and do not wade into floodwaters.
  • Avoid using open flames, especially indoors. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Once the worst has passed, assess any and all damage that the building has received. Inspect every part of the property for possible destruction, including machinery, making sure to avoid standing water or using electricity. 
  • Do not climb onto your roof unless the building has been deemed structurally sound, and practice precaution when climbing and working on ladders.
  • If using a chainsaw to cut fallen or damaged trees or branches, take precautions to ensure they do not cause any more damage when they fall.
  • Remove any wet material, such as rugs or carpets, and properly dry them out to prevent mold from establishing itself. Dry your premises by opening windows and doors; it can be helpful to have fans running if it can be done safely. 
  • You are at risk for mold within the first 24-48 hours following a flood, so it is vital to remove the water as soon as possible and start remediation. Flooding poses a risk to drywall, support beams, and foundations, as well, and floodwater can also contain dangerous contaminants and sewage so it must be avoided.
  • Keep track of everything that was destroyed or damaged in the storm by documenting it through photos or videos along with putting together a list of broken items. You will need this list for insurance purposes.


If your business has experienced a flooding event, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville as soon as possible. Here at SERVPRO, our focus is your safety and we are here to offer our professional help for water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. We have years of experience in these areas and we are happy to help!

How Quickly Can Mold Spread After Water Damage?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

If you have experienced a water damage event, one of the first concerns you may have is whether you may suffer from a mold infestation. How quickly can mold spread after water damage?

If the damage happened suddenly you can get the issue cleaned up quickly - within a few days or so - you may not have a mold growth problem, but this is only probably if the area is dried thoroughly and quickly. If you undergo a plumbing flood or a water leak that has gone undetected for a while, chances are good that mold is going to be present.  

You will want to contact a mold remediation specialist if this is the case. They know that mold spores are everywhere, and under the right conditions, they will move right in and begin to grow within 24-48 hours of a flooding situation. They may not be visible right away, either. Within just a few hours, the spores can spread throughout your premises, ready to settle. 

One way to find out for sure if you have hidden plumbing leaks is a moisture meter that measures moisture in common residential construction materials. Anything over 15% tells you that you need a water cleanup crew from a qualified restoration company.

This is why all water damage restoration companies will tell you that the faster water damage is taken care of, the less likely it will be that you have to deal with mold. One of the main concerns the experts take into consideration is making sure the damaged area is dried completely to reduce the risk that mold can take hold at all. 

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we maintain the specialized training and equipment needed to remediate a mold infestation wherever it occurs. Once mold establishes a colony it can never be totally removed, so the very best practice is going to be to ensure that the conditions mold enjoys are not present. If you need help in the prevention of mold, or if you now need remediation services, we are here to help.

How To Fix A Leaky Faucet

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Faucet leaks can spring up with no warning and catch you unaware. Determining where the water is coming from and then taking care of the leak before it damages parts of your home are going to be important steps to take to avoid as much damage as possible. 

Here are the steps involved in fixing a leaky faucet:

  • Before beginning work on your fixture, make sure your water supply is turned off, from the handles over the sink to the knobs underneath that control the water coming in from the main line.
  • Remove any decorative parts of the handle knobs using a flat-head screwdriver. Underneath each knob, there will be a screw that mounts the handle to the stem. Unscrew, then gently remove the handle with your flat-head. Using penetrating oil can assist in loosening it, allowing you to take the faucet handle off the stem.
  • Use your wrench to loosen the packing nut; from there you should notice the stem - remove that as well. Depending on the faucet, some stems pop right off, while others twist off from the valve. Check the removed parts for any damage.
  • Inspect the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat—they could be the reason for your leak. Remove the washer and put a replacement inside the seat. It's crucial to make sure your replacement washers and O-rings are an exact fit. Make sure to check the seat to see if the sides fit a cone-shaped or flat washer, and purchase the appropriate type. You may want to take the old O-ring to your local hardware store to verify the correct size. You can also buy a package including many different sizes of O-rings—sometimes it's worth the extra cost.
  • Carefully reassemble all the parts (in this order: washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and handle). Slowly and gently turn the knob to test the running water and check to see if you have fixed your leaky faucet.

Once you have determined that your faucet is correctly repaired, take precautions by inspecting your drywall and flooring for water damage, looking for buckling, discoloration, and unhealthy odors - which could mean mold has established itself in the damp area. 

In the event that you experience a large water event and the damage is beyond your ability to fix or if a mold colony has been established, don’t hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville We have the skills and experience needed to take care of the water damage from a leak, large or small. We are also mold prevention and remediation experts!

What To Do If Your Business Floods

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Taking steps beforehand to prevent or reduce flood damages to your 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 the damage from occurring. 

Here are some things to consider if your business floods:

RESPONSE. 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.

SERVICES. If your property has experienced downed telephone poles or utilities have been affected, contact local authorities right away and let them know what has happened. If it is due to a weather event in the area, they will be recording affected properties and areas to schedule service, so this will help them to plan.

WORKFORCE. 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. 

INFORMED. 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. 

DOCUMENTATION. You should be storing your business-related documentation in the cloud as well as in hard copy form. If floodwaters damage or destroy these items, you always have your cloud copies to pull from. 


When you are working on your disaster-preparedness plan, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville can help. Floods can occur when you least expect them, and we are here for you no matter the time of day or night. We are mold prevention and remediation experts, too.

Best Places To Check For Mold In Your Home

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is odorous, unsightly, can be even dangerous to our health, and it can show up very quickly. Knowing where to look and what areas are most vulnerable can help keep you a step ahead of a mold infestation. If you do find an issue, you’ll want to contact a professional remediation company right away to ensure that your home and your loved ones stay safe. 

Here are the best to check regularly for mold growth in your home:

BATHROOM. Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week. This is the perfect time to check for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen or storage closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there have been any leaks in these places in the past, these areas will be in danger until they are fully dry. If you detect a brand new leak or drip, have it corrected immediately. You may want to invest in a dehumidifier for your bathroom, as well, which can be a great tool in the fight against mold. 

KITCHEN. This room is known as the heart of the home, and in addition to the traffic, water is used almost constantly throughout the day. Keep an eye out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores, which are always in our air and cannot be removed. 

LAUNDRY. This room in your home has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often since no one ever sees them. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have elements present that will encourage the possible establishment of a mold colony. Enlist help to pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected. 

Other areas to keep an eye on: hall closets, garages, storage units, warehouses, and basement areas. 


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always here to help you with any issues related to mold and its remediation.  Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties, as well.

Candle Safety At Home

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Candles have been used as a method of home lighting throughout human history, and even though electric light bulbs have now overtaken candles as the main lighting source in our homes, millions of decorative candles are still sold every year. There’s just something about the glow and scent of candles that ensures they are a part of our lives. 

Unfortunately, candle use is also the cause of many preventable home fires. It is estimated that candles cause more than 15,000 home fires every year, many of which result in injury or even death. More than half of these fires start because the candles are too close to combustible materials, which is something that is easily preventable.

Here are a few tips that can help you practice candle safety at home:

  • Burning candles should never be left unattended, and be sure to keep candles away from anything flammable.
  • If your candle is in a candle holder, it should be sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over. Candles should be placed where children and pets can’t reach them.
  • Candle wicks should be trimmed to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping. Keep the pool of wax in the candle clear of debris such as wick trimmings. 
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for candle use. Most candles should be burned for only a couple of hours at a time.
  • Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer rather than blowing them out, as hot wax can splatter.

Flameless candles are a safe alternative to lit candles and produce a similar soft, glowing effect. Lit candles are not recommended for use during power outages, so use battery-powered flashlights, lanterns and even flameless candles instead.

Finally, any talk of candle safety is incomplete without a reminder to check all smoke alarms in your home. Working smoke alarms in your home will greatly increase your chances of surviving a home fire, so check them every month to ensure they are working properly.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we care about your safety. Call us if you experience fire damage, water damage, or issues from a mold infestation.

Preventing Electrical Fires In Your Business

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Over 25,000 electrical fires happen right here in the United States every year, and fire damage can often be extremely damaging to a business. Damage can be sustained both from the actual event and the water that is used for the firefighting efforts, as well. As a smart business owner, we know you want to prevent this kind of disaster from occurring to your organization, so today we want to share some simple steps with you that you can take to prevent these electrical fires from happening in your business:

Inspection. One of the most important steps you can take is to have your business inspected for any hazardous situations that could cause a fire. A licensed electrician can help to keep you, your employees, and your property safe by letting you know what needs to be done after a thorough assessment. One example is to replace wiring in an older building; wiring is not made to last forever. 

Cords and Plugs. A very common cause of electrical fires is an electrical cord, plug, or outlet damage. If these items are found to be tattered or frayed, worn out or showing burn signs, they should be replaced immediately. Cords in poor condition can overheat or cause a spark, which can lead to a full-blown fire. Replacing damaged cords is a simple and relatively inexpensive safeguard against electrical fires and can even be purchased for appliances separately if any are in poor condition.

Outlets. Take steps to avoid overloading your outlets. Overburdened sockets are another risk factor for an electrical fire. The United States Fire Administration recommends that you buy power strips equipped with internal overload protection; this feature will ensure that a strip shuts off its power supply as soon as it becomes overloaded, helping prevent fire damage. 

Space heaters. Any appliance that plugs in can be dangerous if not used carefully. Flammable materials such as paper, cardboard, coats, and rugs, need to be watched and kept away from any equipment that produces heat or can overheat. 

Wiring. Faulty wiring is yet another hazard, and if a flickering lamp or sparking outlet is something you are experiencing, contact a licensed electrician your area to make the necessary repairs. If anything that conducts electricity feels warm to the touch, have your electrician check it out to see if it needs to be replaced. 


Just a few minutes of time, a few preventive measures, and a few dollars to replace items that could be dangerous can save lives and property, as well as save you from expensive fire damage clean up. If your business suffers from water or fire damage, remember that the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is ready to help any hour of the day or night.

Spring Storms In Middle Tennessee

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Spring storms in Middle Tennessee can be unpredictable, with temperatures swinging from balmy to frosty in one 24-hour period. A sunny week can be followed by a week of storms, and we know you will want to be prepared for all these situations. 

Some things to think about when it comes to preparedness:

You’ll want to do an assessment of your property before heavy rains, checking drainage, roofing, and windows and doors. Make arrangements as soon as possible for repairs to be done before the rainy season begins. 

Lightning, flooding, and other types of activity will often be a part of your Middle Tennessee Spring weather experience, when warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air. Planning ahead for thunderstorms makes sense so that your property and the people you care about can avoid injury and damages. 

Here are some things to have on hand for storms:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries.
  • A battery-operated, NOAA Weather Radio. 
  • An emergency evacuation plan. Have a map of your home complete with an escape route in case of a flood. Make sure everyone knows where to go in the event of a disaster. 
  • Make sure everyone has a list of important contact information, such as:
    • Telephone numbers of police and fire departments
    • Telephone numbers of family, neighbors, and friends
    • Medical information for members of your household
  • A First Aid Kit, which should include:
    • Antibiotic ointments
    • Sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
    • Adhesive bandages
    • Non-latex gloves
    • Scissors and tweezers
    • Aspirin
    • Instruction booklet
    • Adhesive cloth tape and absorbent compress dressings
    • Any medications necessary for additional needs
  • 3-5-day supply of clean water and non-perishable food
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, etc. 


Planning ahead before wet weather hits is always a good idea! Contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville if your property sustains water damage or fire damage, and keep in mind that we are also here for you if you need help with mold prevention or remediation.

Top Fire Hazards In Your Home

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

The causes of house fires range from candles left burning to unattended food in the kitchen, and it is estimated that over ¾ of all structure fires are in residential properties. A lot of these fires are preventable by taking precautions, so today we want to share some of the top fire hazards,  along with safety tips to minimize your risks.

Candles. From 2009-2013, an average of 9,300 home fires in the U.S. were started by candles. That’s an average of 25 candle fires per day. Some safety precautions:

  • Extinguish all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily.
  • Never burn a candle all the way down.

Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Some safety tips include:

  • Stay alert when cooking and don’t leave cooking food unattended.
  • Wear close-fitted clothing with short or tightly rolled sleeves.
  • Keep hot pads, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and towels away from any heat source.
  • Do not place metal or foil in a microwave oven.
  • Don’t throw water on a grease fire; put a lid on the pan to smother the fire.

Electrical. These fires can be caused by an equipment malfunction, an overloaded circuit, or an overheated appliance such as a washer, dryer or space heater. Take these safety precautions:

  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • Don’t overload circuits or outlets.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you don’t have to use extension cords.
  • Consider hiring an electrician to perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.

Space Heating. Space heaters accounted for one-third of home heating fires and four out of five home heating fire deaths. To be safe:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have heating equipment cleaned and inspected annually.
  • Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

If you experience water damage or fire damage in your home or business, always remember that SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help! We’re mold remediation and prevention experts, too.

You Know You Need A Professional Restoration Company When...

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience damages from fire, storms, or water, the effects can be crushing. In today’s DIY culture it may be tempting to consider taking care of it yourself, but let’s be realistic. Many homeowners won’t actually know where to begin when it comes to the cleanup process, which can be expensive and time-consuming, to say the least. How do you decide? 

You know you need a professional restoration company when...

There’s A Fire. If your home has sustained fire or smoke damage, a professional restoration company can effectively treat and remediate all affected areas. The fine particles of smoke will settle into cracks and crevices, resulting in unpleasant odors throughout your home, while lingering smoke damage poses a potential health threat by contributing to respiratory and other breathing issues. Property that has been affected by the water used to fight the fire can often be saved if restoration is undertaken right away, so reach out to your professional restoration experts as soon as possible.  

Bad Weather Hits. Inclement weather brings with it all kinds of devastation, as we all know. Strong winds, hail, and heavy rains damage roofing, while tree limbs and other debris can be extremely dangerous and destructive. After a bad storm, you may have sustained extensive damage that will require the skills of a professional restoration company. 

There’s Water Damage. Flooding and other water damage can cause large-scale problems to all kinds of structures, and the dangers are two-fold. The contents and structure itself can be compromised, but you also have to consider the additional risk of a mold infestation. The longer your structure remains damp, the bigger the problems can turn out to be, and doing so can cause small issues to become serious over time. Don’t wait to contact your professional restoration experts. 


If your home or business sustains damages from a fire, storm, or water, getting the help you need to return your property to its original condition is vital. For Belle Meade and West Nashville residents, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help! We have years of experience in working with area residents and commercial clients, helping with cleanup projects both large and small, and we are mold remediation experts, as well.

Installing Appliances Properly To Avoid Water Damage

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Most of us like to save money by doing things ourselves, and there are actually a lot of projects around your home or business that you can complete yourself. These could be projects like painting and plastering, installing ceiling fans and lighting, installing tile or carpeting, or perhaps laying out and creating a backyard vegetable and herb garden. More experienced homeowners may be skilled enough to build brick walls, roof their own homes, or pour and finish concrete walkways and slabs, as well. We can find much of the information we need on the internet these days to help us begin and then execute projects and tasks of all kinds, and many home improvement centers now offer seminars and classes on do-it-yourself projects for all interested parties, too. 

There are some bigger home improvement projects that may take the help of a professional, however, due to their size or logistical challenges. Some tasks, when done incorrectly, can even cause unwanted damage that may make it worth your while to ask for assistance. In such cases as these, contracting the help of a professional company to complete the job may be the best choice. 

You could be considering replacing your large appliances in your home, and this may be a project you are thinking about completing yourself, but the logistics of a project such as this one can be a big challenge due to the size of many appliances and the technical know-how that is often necessary. It’s also extremely important that the installation is done correctly in order to avoid water damage in the future. It is very often more cost-effective to ensure that a job is done right the first time. 


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are ready to help with household or business projects of all sizes, so if you do happen to experience water damage, we are here to help! If you have experienced storm damage, fire damage, or mold infestation, we are experts in each of these areas, and we are proud to serve the Nashville community.

Spring Cleaning For Your Business

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

You know your business to get cluttered and dirty during the wet months of fall and winter, and a good spring cleaning is a great way to brighten and freshen your organization as we move into the warmer months. Today we would like to share a few tips to help you spring clean your business. 

Furniture. Move out furniture and items that will be in the way of vacuuming, scrubbing, and carpet cleaning. This is a good time to rearrange your floor plan to maximize your use of space, too. 

Flooring. Vacuuming, sweeping, and carpet cleaning are all important steps to restoring your business to a clean and healthy environment. As you complete these projects, you can check for damage, mold, and pests. Make lists of what you find and schedule repairs and remediation accordingly. 

Sanitize. Make sure all computers, desks, and appliances are properly sanitized and cleaned. This can prevent germs and illness from spreading to employees and around the business. 

Surfaces often forgotten when doing daily cleaning procedures, such as doorknobs, window frames, mop handles, and brooms, should all be wiped down.

Restrooms. Bathroom facilities, such as countertops, sinks, restroom walls, toilets, and floors should be sanitized and cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis. Taking the time to break everything down, replace malfunctioning fixtures, and deeply sanitize your restrooms can be part of your spring cleaning plan. It is also an optimum time to have the caulking around the toilets and sinks re-done to improve and support the seals.

Dust. An important part of the deep spring cleaning process is making sure that those areas often ignored will get cleaned thoroughly. The dust in areas such as under furniture, inside storage spaces, and around appliances, for example, can build up over time and can be unhealthy for both your customers and your workforce. 


We know you are already busy running a successful business. If you need assistance in cleaning this spring or any other time of year, our team of highly trained professionals here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can be onsite right away to get the job done!

Top Places To Check For Mold In Your Business

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Middle Tennessee, we all expect heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms, as well as extreme heat and tornadoes. We also know that high temperatures and humid conditions will create an environment that is right for mold to establish itself in a commercial property, and the best way to stay on top of a mold issue is to do regular inspections of your property for the sights and scents that spell trouble. 

You will want to take a look around a day or two after extremely wet weather during the warmer months. Move machinery and office equipment, and look at the places where the walls join the floor and in the corners. Check out the ceiling closely for any recent leaks. Regular inspections can also keep you informed as to whether your roofing or walls have experienced any kind of damage that can result in damp areas that will allow a mold colony to get started. 

The spaces where mold thrives will be in dark, moist and unventilated places such as closets, warehouses, and storage spaces.

As you establish the top places to check for mold in your business, you will want to establish preventive measures that will help you avoid this issue:

  • Keep all workspaces well-ventilated
  • During the more humid months, you may want to use a dehumidifier
  • Make sure exterior doors are properly sealed
  • Use the floor and walls as little as possible when organizing stored items on shelves
  • Cardboard should not be kept in storage areas
  • Remove any standing water immediately and dry the area completely
  • Keep plant and tree overgrowth under control by trimming back shrubs and plants near structures

Probably the number one way to prevent mold, though, is to keep an eye out for vulnerable areas. 


If your home or business has developed a mold problem, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is standing by to help - we are mold prevention and remediation experts. We are also experienced in the cleanup after water and fire damage. Give us a call!

What To Do If Your House Floods

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

If your home has been flooded, the proper steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of your family along with the integrity of the structure. If the levels of flooding are not severe, here are the steps to follow so your house can get back to normal in no time. If the flooding is severe, make sure to bring in the professionals to handle the issue. 

Here are some steps to take if your house is flooded: 

  • Evacuate everyone from the premises as soon as possible once the flooding starts. Find a dry, safe spot away from the house while waiting for the flooding to stop. If flooding is caused by a natural disaster, call the authorities or listen to the local news to find a temporary shelter and relocate to that shelter when possible. Call 911 if anyone needs medical attention and make sure that everyone is accounted for and safe.
  • Attempt to find the source of the flooding if it is not from a natural disaster. Stop it at the source, try to turn it off any faucet or seal it up; turning off the main water valve may also solve the issue.
  • Turn off the electricity, but do not attempt to reach the fuse box if you have to walk through water to reach it! If you cannot reach the fuse box without stepping in water, call an electrician.
  • Document all the damage by taking photos and videos of all the affected areas. This information will be necessary for insurance purposes if you need to file a claim. 

Next comes the clean-up process:

  • Do not touch the water without the proper equipment, as it may be contaminated with sewage or other hazardous material. If you have to enter the establishment wear waders or waterproof boots.
  • All of the water must be removed, and then a wet vacuum or a pump can be used to dispose of any standing water.
  • Attempt to salvage any items that were not seriously damaged. Do not eat any food that has been contaminated by floodwater.
  • If the water damage is not too bad, dry the space out with fans and dehumidifiers. Anything that was touched by the water also needs to be disinfected.

Warm, wet spaces are an attractive breeding ground for mold colonies, so act as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth.

  • Your property needs to be as dry as possible to prevent mold spores from growing. Once a mold colony gets established it is not possible to remove completely. Keep the affected areas as dry as possible and treat them with a strong cleaner, such as a bleach solution. 
  • Open any windows and doors to let fresh, dry air in and circulate. 


If the damage to your home is critical and you doubt you are capable of fixing the issue by yourself, don’t hesitate to call us to assist you in getting your house back to normal. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experts when it comes to water damage repair and restoration, and we are mold prevention and remediation pros, too.

Fire Prevention In Your Kitchen

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mealtime is a time when families get together. We all look forward to cooking a wonderful meal while visiting with our loved ones. When in the kitchen, you should practice fire safety, so that you can prevent a fire in this room known as the heart of the home. Fire damage can be incredibly costly; a single fire may cause hundreds if not thousands of dollars in fire damage, and can put those you love at risk. Here are some fire prevention tips for your kitchen:

Cleanliness. Before you even begin to prep for the meal, ensure that the entire kitchen is clean by clearing all grime from the oven, washing the microwave, and making sure the floors are swept. Leftover food particles and grease can help a fire ignite before you know it. A clean kitchen is a safe kitchen.

Protection. When cooking, make sure to wear the right clothing. Don’t wear anything with dangling sleeves that could catch or spread a fire. Oven mitts are a must when you bring things out of the stove, too. Hot pots, pans, and utensils can catch other items on fire, so prepare a place to put them after you bring them out. Clear an area for hot items, and make sure the surface is clean and dry. 

Children. Mealtime brings the kids into the kitchen, and they will enjoy help you by performing simple tasks, such as helping to get things out of the fridge. You can use this time to teach them fire safety and to ensure that they know to keep away from stoves and any other place where there might be live flames.

Proper Storage. One of the best ways to help prevent fires in your kitchen is to store all chemicals like solvents away from any heat source. Keep cleaning fluids on shelving that is protected far away from the stove and range, and make sure that any pots you are using have all handles away from everyone in the kitchen. Knocking a burning pot or pan onto the floor or a person can cause serious injuries and start a fire quickly. 

Your kitchen should always be filled with friends, family, and food, and SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help make that happen. Whether your home suffers from fire damage, water damage, or a mold infestation, we are ready at a moment’s notice!

Preparing Your Business For Heavy Rain This Spring

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Damage prevention is always going to save you both time and money. Preparing your Middle Tennessee business for heavy spring rainstorms will do just that. Water damage is at the top of the list of weather events that a business can suffer from, and the cleanup for this kind of event can be extensive, as well. With that in mind, we would like to share some ways you can prepare your business for heavy rains. 

  • The number one way to prevent damage from water is through regular maintenance. Taking good care of the drainage areas for your entrances, your parking lots and your roofing will help you to avoid water damage from large amounts of water. All around your premises are areas that can be a risk to your customers and your workforce, so regularly scheduled inspections and repairs for these areas are vital for your preparation. 
  • Instruct your workforce to say something if they see something. Vigilance will go a long way towards keeping your premises in good repair ahead of the rainy seasons. 
  • Make it part of your routine to look around your grounds for overflowing ditches or gutters after heavy rains and storms, and take note of standing water, too. Issues like these can cause erosion and potholes, not to mention breed mosquitoes. You can prepare your business for the next round of spring rains by identifying your vulnerable areas.
  • If you have a flooding event, large or small, it is always going to be a good idea to get it cleaned up and dried completely as soon as possible. As you are recovering, take the time to record what you have found so that you can ensure that the proper renovations or repairs are made to help prepare you for the next round of storms. You may want to contact professionals to help you determine your most vulnerable areas and what the proper steps may be for storm and heavy rain preparation.

If you need help with cleanup from water damage, large or small, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always ready to help. You can count on us for assistance with fire damage, mold prevention, and mold remediation, too.

Preparing For Spring Storms

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Every smart home or business owner knows that spring storms can be dangerous. You are always interested in protecting your property from damages and injuries that could potentially happen due to violent weather. Although storms are difficult to predict, you can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your investments and your loved ones.

Here are just a couple of ways to prevent damages and ensure your employees, family, and property are safe by preparing for spring storms.

Assessments. The state of your business prior to any potential storms needs to be thoroughly assessed and documented. Document your property via video or photo as protection in case the worst happens. When filing insurance claims, it is necessary to have before and after pictures of your property.

Roofing. Roofs can leak and potentially cause water damage to your business, so you will want to make sure your roof is in the best shape possible. Make sure there aren’t any shingles that are compromised, which can cause water to leak through your roof. It is also important to inspect your ceilings for any discoloration. This is often a telltale sign that you have already sustained some water damage.

Gutters. Clean your gutters regularly throughout the year to prevent them from getting clocked and adding cracks to your foundation. You will want to schedule this project ahead of the seasons that are known to bring large amounts of water to your area. Gutters are designed to keep water away from your property, so it is necessary to ensure the gutters are working properly. If there are cracks in your foundation, water could leak in and cause flooding in your business.

Debris. High winds can cause debris to fly and do some pretty serious damage. Some studies have shown that this is the single biggest danger during a storm. Look around your business for trees that have the potential to fall and threaten your property. If you see any trees that pose a threat, consider seeking assistance in order to help you take care of them properly.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we know that even with all proper precautions storm damage can still affect your home or business. If you or your business have experienced damage from a storm, we can help you recover right away. We are fire damage and water damage experts, and we are skilled at handling mold, too!

Steps To Take When Your Ceiling Is Leaking

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

It will always be immediately obvious when you have a leak in your ceiling! Drips of water, discolored tiles or plaster, and peeling paint are going to be dead giveaways. It isn’t always as obvious as to where that water is coming from, and it can be difficult to find the source. Common causes will include: include leaky or burst pipes, a toilet or tub that has overflowed, and leaks in your roofing, just to name a few. In addition to unsightly staining and damage to your interiors, it can lead to mold if they are from a smaller leak, while large leaks and burst pipes can cause your ceiling to crumble completely in a fairly short period of time. If you have a serious issue you will probably want to call a professional full-service repair company. 

In the meantime, here are a couple of steps to take when your ceiling is leaking: 

  • Dry the Ceiling. If the damage is minor, you will want to find the source first and repair that. Using fans and dehumidifiers can be a big help after the repair is done, and you may want to rent commercial units for the best effect. You can use scaffolding to raise these machines up near the ceiling, improving airflow and getting things drier faster. 
  • Paint/Repair. For a minor ceiling situation, you can make repairs without replacing drywall or plaster by scrubbing the area to take away loose debris, wiping the area with a clean cloth, and allowing it to air dry. If your ceiling is painted, apply a primer to block water spots, and then apply 2 coats of paint, blending it into the damaged areas. For a plaster ceiling, just fill in the gaps and cracks with new plaster.

The steps above are great for someone who is a do-it-yourselfer or when the damage is minor, but if you have experienced a large leak in your ceiling with a lot of damage to your building, you can always rely on us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We’re proud to be able to help all our friends and neighbors here in the Nashville area when the unexpected happens. We are water damage and fire damage experts and skilled in mold prevention and remediation, too.

Dehumidifying Your Home To Prevent Mold Growth

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Studies have shown that high humidity can cause many health-related issues; some are very severe. Optimal humidity levels are between 30- 50%, with around 45% being the most desirable for both health and comfort. Dehumidifiers help to maintain indoor humidity at these comfortable levels, keeping the air in your indoor spaces healthy. This can both save you money and help you avoid any number of health risks. 

Dehumidifying your home will prevent mold growth: 

  • MOLD AND MILDEW. Mildew emits a strong odor, which can affect an entire home. If you leave your clothes in the washer too long when humidity is high, they can become "mildewy" and will need to be re-washed, which only adds to your water and energy bills. Since mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments, dehumidifiers help keep them in check.

Along with mold and mildew prevention, dehumidifying your home will help you:

  • LIVE IN COMFORT. As your body temperature rises, your body releases sweat to help cool you off. When humidity is at an optimal level, your sweat evaporates into the air, leaving you cool and dry. However, air molecules that are already saturated with water have no room to absorb further water, which means you run around wet and sticky. Everyone knows how uncomfortable that can be! Bacteria is another organism that thrives in humid environments, and minor cuts and injuries are more susceptible to infection in such a situation. Some minor medical issues can also be made worse by humidity, such as acne and athlete's foot.

It will also help you save on energy:

  • HVAC SUPPORT. When air molecules are ladened with water, it makes them harder to heat or cool down. Did you know that a pan only half full of water will heat and cool more quickly and efficiently than a pan that is full? It’s true! And the same is true of air molecules that are half-filled with water. In the same way, a dehumidifier will help your HVAC system heat up and cool down your home faster and more efficiently by reducing the water in the air, which can significantly save you cooling and heating costs.


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help with all your cleanup projects, both large and small, and remember that we are mold remediation experts!

How To Safely Use Your Fire Pit

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Now that it’s becoming more pleasant outside, many of us are uncovering our firepits and looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Practicing fire safety is going to be an important thing to remember. 

Let’s have a quick refresher on how to safely use your firepit:

Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.

Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.

Don’t start your fire if it’s really windy; a strong breeze can easily blow sparks onto nearby flammable materials, such as firewood piles or roofs, and can hurt people, too. 

Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 

Don’t use lighter fluid or gasoline to get your fire going as it can easily burn out of control or even result in explosions. Don't burn tires, aerosols, fireworks, or anything containing paint or foam to avoid toxic fumes which could also explode and cause injury.

To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 

Wear non-flammable clothing and hard-soled shoes when starting, sitting near, or extinguishing the fire. 

Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.

Keep the proper fire extinguishing equipment, or at least a water hose, handy in case there is an emergency. You could also fill a bucket with sand, which can be used instead of water to help extinguish a fire.

As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is dedicated to providing the quickest response to any fire event that may occur in our area. Immediate action is crucial to limiting the damage, and we have a trained and experienced team, along with the specialized equipment necessary for prompt recovery and restoring your home or business.

What To Do When Your Apartment Sprinkler System Goes Off

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

The overhead sprinkler system in your apartment complex is there to keep tenants safe from possible fire damage, and everyone is glad the system is in place. However, when it does go off, there is going to be a mess to clean up. What should you do when your apartment complex sprinkler system goes off?

You know that it is important to handle any sort of water issues immediately in order to avoid the costly problems that can arise from your 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, so make sure your tenants understand that they need to be careful with heat inside their units. 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 apartment 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.

Creating An Evacuation Plan For Your Business

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

As a smart business person, you know it’s a wise move to be ready for whatever might happen.  Your commercial property is an important investment, both for you and for the people who work there as well, and you want to protect that investment and the well-being of all involved. 

Having an evacuation strategy in place is a basic requirement for guarding lives and keeping people safe. As you are creating your strategy, think about the types of disasters that are most common to your area, as well as those that are not common or weather-related, such as human threat or fire.

Six important points to consider while you are creating an evacuation plan for your business are:

  • Communication. How tenants and workforce members receive emergency alerts or warnings. An alarm system within the building might work best if your commercial building is composed of large shops or warehouses. If your property is an office, then perhaps a phone tree to contact each department or office individually would work best.
  • Shelter. What kind of shelters are available onsite for people? For areas that experience tornadoes, for example, an area on the lowest floor or below ground that is constructed to withstand the highest wind forces will be necessary. 
  • Direction. Ensure that a map is posted in all public areas. It needs to be clear and labeled properly so that anyone can reference it and easily know where to go.
  • Updates. During the event and afterward, you will need to be able to communicate with your tenants so that they are updated concerning the state of your building. Your business will be discontinued so that the emergency can be handled, and they will want to know when it is safe and when they can exit shelters or re-enter the building and get back to work. Create a strategy where you can communicate with everyone in a timely and efficient way to prevent misinformation and confusion. Text messages could be the best course here, for example. 
  • Special Needs. Take special situations into consideration. It is a requirement that any exit strategy is tailored to individuals with any special needs, and you will want to think about older people and those that are impaired visually or in their hearing. Designating areas to gather ahead of time for having volunteers in place that can manage and oversee these situations will be helpful. If your commercial business houses sensitive equipment or machinery that is designed to save lives, this will need to be taken into consideration when dealing with emergency evacuation, as well. 
  • Guide. Create a complete guide for all tenants and members of the workforce who use your commercial building, outlining the information discussed above and including all templates, maps, and contact information, and place it online for easy access to all. 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you in the event of any emergency or accident. We specialize in water and fire damage clean-ups no matter the size, and we are mold remediation experts, too. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Rain Gutters?

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Unclogging gutters and rain spouts are an important part of home maintenance in the fall and spring. It’s an easy job to do yourself, but if you are afraid of heights or doubt your ability to get it done, don’t forget your friends here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade. We can help you in both cleaning and unclogging your gutters, which help to keep you from dealing with damage from water during the wet months.

You risk experiencing water damage to your roof, basement and crawl space if gutters and rain spouts are not cleaned out regularly. So how often should you clean out your rain gutters? It’s going to be important to take care of this task before the rainy season hits in the spring, summer and into the fall, for sure, so it is probably a good idea to complete this task at least three times a year, ahead of wet and windy weather. Debris will build up in your gutters at those times, preventing water from draining down and out, and if the gutters can’t channel the water when it rains, it ends up pooling and backing up into your walls and attic, or near your foundation and in your basement.

You will want to use step ladders on solid level ground and try to schedule cleaning when the weather has been dry for a few days. This way, the debris, leaves and pine needles won’t be as soaked and will be much easier to remove. Remove larger debris and then follow that up with a powerful hose that washes everything else down towards the downspout. You will also want to clean the gutter filter screens and make sure there are no clogs in your downspout. If these tasks seem like more than you want to handle alone, call us!

Contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for any water damage caused by your rain gutters. Gutter cleaning and unclogging rain spouts is an easy regular home maintenance fix. Do your family a favor by preventing water damage to your home or business with regularly cleaning your rain gutters.

How To Handle Mold In Your Carpet

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

When the weather is humid, keeping your carpet dry and free from mold can be a challenge. Dampness, together with dust and dirt, are tracked in by day-to-day foot traffic, and that creates conditions deep in your carpet that are perfect for the establishment of a mold colony. 

Here are some tips to help you handle mold in your carpet:

  • Sweep the affected area with a broom to loosen the mold growth.
  • Vacuum the area to remove as much mold as possible, and empty the vacuum bag into the garbage immediately.
  • Using a mixture of dishwashing soap and water, scrub the affected area with the solution.
  • Let it dry in the sun if you are able to bring your carpeting out of doors, as this is one of the best ways to disinfect material. If you cannot take it outside, pat it dry using dry towels or rags. 

Here is another method that can cleanse your carpet of mold:

  • Scrub the affected areas with a rag soaked in dishwashing detergent and water, or do a base clean with a steam cleaner.
  • Using household bleach with a gallon of water, soak the mold patch for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Using a steam cleaner, suck up the liquid, and then pat the carpet dry or remove outside into the sunshine. 


If the mold growth is too much for you to handle on your own, or you would like the assistance of professionals, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville has all the equipment and experience needed to help with any of your mold remediation needs. Our team is experienced and equipped to help with mold remediation, as well as both water damage and fire damage clean up projects of all sizes.

Fire Threats To Be Aware Of In Your Restaurant

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

A restaurant kitchen fire can happen in no time, and in that environment, there are many fire threats to be aware of. Awareness and caution can help to keep fires from starting, and also be vital in keeping the fire from spreading, threatening peoples’ lives and damaging expensive property and equipment. 

  • The first fire threat you will think of will be the ovens. If there is a fire in an oven, close the door immediately and turn it off, leaving the door closed. Lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If the oven continues to smoke and you think the fire may have continued, call the fire department right away. 
  • The next threat will be your stovetops. When it is a fire in a cooking pan or pot, use an oven mitt or other protection to put the lid on right away, and move it off the burner. Turn off the stove and wait for the lack of oxygen to stop the flames inside your pot. If you are not able to safely put the lid on the flaming pan, or if there is no lid readily available, use the kitchen fire extinguisher. Always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves. 
  • A major fire threat in any restaurant kitchen is going to be a grease fire. Never throw water on this type of fire; water repels grease and will splash, spreading the fire by splattering the grease. Try one of these methods instead:
    • If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
    • Dump baking soda on it. Do not use flour; it can explode or cause the fire to expand and thread. 
    • Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large, wet cloth. 
    • Use a fire extinguisher. 
    • Swatting the fire with a towel, apron, or other material is likely to fan the flames and spread the fire. 
    • If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, evacuate your kitchen and restaurant premises and call emergency personnel. 


For cleanup after any type of fire, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always ready to help. We have all the training, skills, and equipment necessary to get you back in business as soon as possible. We are also water damage and mold remediation specialists.

HVAC Maintenance For Your Commercial Property

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Maintenance is something you are always concerned about when you own a commercial property of any kind. Equipment and machinery need to be cared for properly so that you don’t lose business, time, or money. One important maintenance aspect of your business is the interior environmental climate you provide for your staff and clientele, so HVAC maintenance is going to be high on your list of projects to complete thoroughly and regularly.

Depending on the total square footage of your enterprise, you may want to consider setting up a contract with a professional HVAC company. The owner of a smaller business might be able to maintain their system themselves, while larger companies are going to need professional assistance.

A professional that handles large-scale maintenance of this kind will have a predetermined schedule that will include tune-ups, clean-and-checks, and other services whose purpose will be to keep your HVAC system and units performing at their best. 

Changing all the filters and humidifier pads on a regular basis will go a long way to prolong the life of your system, and your HVAC company will include that in your contract. 

Your HVAC company will be able to test your natural gas heating system to see if carbon monoxide is being released into spaces in your building due to gas not burning completely. This is a project that would be difficult for anyone without the necessary training. With the right equipment, they can determine oxygen levels, as well as carbon monoxide levels and flue temperature, allowing your furnaces to be adjusted for optimum performance. 

You will want to calculate costs and benefits before you engage a professional on a maintenance contract. Some companies will provide priority service at reduced rates for service calls to customers who have maintenance contracts, and you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing there is an experienced eye doing regular inspections, alleviating any guesswork. 


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we know HVAC systems inside and out, and we have the experience necessary to keep your system functioning properly year-round. We are fire damage and water damage specialists, and we handle mold remediation, too.

New Additions! Acquisition of SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson and SERVPRO of North Nashville!

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Hello and Happy New Year!

I wanted to let you know that I am now the owner of SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson and SERVPRO of North Nashville! I have owned SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for 14 years and I'm so excited to continue our work serving the Nashville community with excellence.

To everyone in West Nashville, don't worry! I will continue to serve as the owner of SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville and you can expect the same great service that has helped us grow for years.

We are very excited about this expansion into the Hermitage/Donelson and North Nashville areas, as it gives us the opportunity to grow our presence and provide the highest quality service to these communities.

I, along with my entire SERVPRO team, want to thank you for your support over the last 14 years in West Nashville! Our growth would not be possible without you.

If you live or work in the Hermitage/Donelson or North Nashville areas, or if you have friends or family that do, please spread the word!

- Rob Dixon, Owner of SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville

How To Prevent Flooding In Your Home

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

We all know what your home could look like after a flood or during heavy rainfall. A homeowner can lose precious belongings, and sometimes family members and pets can be at risk since events such as these are usually unexpected. Being prepared will help you and your loved ones to remain safe. 

With that in mind, here some tips to help you prevent flooding in your home:

  • INSPECTION. Take a good look around your house to ensure that you are prepared for wet weather. Check exterior doors to see if they fit as tightly as they should and that both doors and windows are properly weather-stripped. A small leak can easily turn into a small flood. Your driveway needs to have a well-planned drainage system so entering and exiting your home can be safe even during wet weather. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the street or yard, or perhaps bodies of water in your neighborhood, you should consider using sandbags. Homes and low-lying buildings near a flooding body of water can end up being at risk, so you will want to plan ahead to prevent that from happening. 
  • COMMUNICATE WITH PUBLIC SERVICES. Drainage areas that are maintained by the city or county are monitored, especially during heavy rains. If these spots begin to overflow, make sure to contact your city representatives immediately to keep them informed and updated. If there is a problem developing, you can take steps to sandbag vulnerable areas around your home and buildings on your property. 
  • INTERIORS. Some flooding isn’t caused by weather; it’s caused by an equipment failure. Make sure your plumbing and appliances are regularly inspected and maintained so that you don’t experience this kind of flooding. Take a look at basements and garages regularly so that you can stay on top of things. It’s all about preparedness. 


The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always ready to help in any way we can. We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage, and we specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your property, give us a call today!

Preventing Flood Damage To Your Hotel

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire is a common concern for every hotel business owner, but your premises could actually be in more danger of damage by water. Water damage can come in the form of flooding, which is caused by heavy rains, flash floods, dam failures, mudflows, and snowmelt. If you have construction going on in the area, roads and bridges that are being added can often alter the normal flow of water. This may increase the potential for flood damage to your hotel.

There are some steps that you can take to minimize water damage to your hotel property, however, and we are sharing these tips to help you prepare.

  • Know the flood zone risk for your area, and evaluate that risk with professional help. 
  • Ensure that important equipment and appliances, such as laundry facilities, HVAC systems, and hot water systems are located above the expected flood levels for your area. 
  • Have all drains and sump pumps inspected regularly to ensure that they are properly operational. 
  • Keep sandbags stocked onsite for help in diverting unusually high water away from the property and parking areas, to include exits. 
  • If heavy snow is expected, flag drains ahead of snow plows to avoid them becoming stopped up. 
  • The law requires that you have an evacuation plan set up for your guests and staff. Ensure that your staff is well-versed in the route and that you hold drills periodically to refresh everyone and to instruct new staff members. 
  • Make sure that your staff is aware of the flood alert signals for your community and that they know what to do in the event of a flooding emergency. Emergency contacts should be easily accessible and referenced so that everyone onsite can make the necessary calls to alert area police and other emergency personnel in the event that their assistance will be needed. 


The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is proud to serve the Nashville community. We are water damage and fire damage specialists. If you experience flood damage to your hotel, we are here to help, and we are happy to consult with you on flood prevention methods that will protect your investment from the damage that can come from such an event. We work with insurance companies and adjustors on your behalf, as well.

How To Get The Smell Of Smoke Out Of Your Furniture

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

There may not be anything more unpleasant than the smell of smoke clinging to your furniture, curtains, or clothing. No matter where the smell originated, whether a house fire, fire pit or cigarette/cigar smoke, this particular smell can linger even after washing the items. Today we want to share a few methods that can help to get the smell of smoke out of your furniture fabric or the surfaces of your wooden furniture and restore them to their original condition.

Fabric Furniture

You can make a spray from two cups of witch hazel and twenty drops of an essential oil such as lemon or peppermint, place the mixture in a glass spray bottle and shake well. Spray liberally onto your furniture fabric and allow it to air dry. The oil will help to absorb the smoke odor instead of just masking it. 

Wooden Furniture

Sprinkle just a small amount of baking soda on a corner of the piece and let it sit as a test for about an hour. Vacuum it up with your vacuum cleaner brush attachment. Once you have determined that your furniture will be okay with this method, cover the exterior and interior of your pieces with the baking soda and let it absorb the smoke odor for two to eight hours, depending on how bad the smell is. Using your brush attachment, vacuum up the baking soda. We recommend that you wait a week before removing the baking soda from the interior since this area is probably more affected. Repeat this process as needed. 

Apply a dollop of Murphy’s Oil Soap the size of a nickel to a soft sponge, or use a half-and-half mixture of water and vinegar. Gently rub the affected areas in a circle, which will avoid damage to the wood surface and finish. Allow your furniture to air dry in a warm interior space. Do not place in the direct sunlight; this will help to keep the wood from warping.


When it comes to fire damage and all the issues that fire can cause, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always ready to help. We maintain the necessary training and skill that will help us to get your belongings back to pre-fire condition as soon as possible. We handle water damage and mold remediation, too.

If Disaster Strikes, Call SERVPRO!

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO team of Belle Meade and West Nashville is proud to serve our Middle Tennessee community. 

About us:

SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide you with 24-hour emergency service. When fire damage or water damage affects your home or business, we respond quickly to bring you the help you need. 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is perfectly positioned and equipped with the training, equipment, and experience that is necessary to complete all your restoration or cleaning projects in a timely and professional manner in the Nashville area. Locally owned and operated, our team knows the ins and outs of Nashville and the surrounding communities. We are also a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, as well as a recipient of the Angie's List Super Service Award!

When your home or business experiences any kind of disaster from fire or water due to flooding or equipment failure, we are here to help. We are certified large-scale disaster experts as well, so if you suffer from the damages that a tornado or heavy thunderstorm can cause, call us. We respond right away to a disaster of any size with a focus on getting you back to normal as soon as possible.

As a home or business owner, you will have a lot of questions and concerns when disaster strikes. Our SERVPRO team will thoroughly answer each and every one, so that you know exactly what to expect. We will help you pack up what is salvageable so that it can be cleaned and inventory every piece. We remove sheetrock, carpet, and insulation and remediate the building. Once the home or business work is complete, we return all the revitalized items. We are experts at cleaning items and belongings damaged by fire, water, or mold.

When disaster strikes your Middle Tennessee home or business, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We have all the experience and equipment needed to get you back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation experts. 

How To Repair Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

A flooding event of any size will have a negative effect on your building and property, and your wood floors will really suffer. Any time water saturates hardwood, the wood absorbs the water through its pores and this, in turn, causes warping and discoloration. If you have experienced water damage to your wood flooring, you will want to follow these steps to repair them:

  • Removing Water. Soak up the water as quickly as possible. The longer the water remains, the worse the damage will be. The first 24 hours are critical, but if you are able to remove the water and dry your floors completely, you may be able to avoid serious and irreversible damage. You will also be alleviating the possibility of a mold invasion. 
  • Sanding/Refinishing. You will need to sand and refinish the wood. This repair can bring your floors back to pre-flood condition and will save you all the time and money involved in having your damaged flooring removed and new flooring installed. 
  • Contacting Professionals. When you have experienced extensive water damage, such as from a tornado, hurricane, or severe flooding due to a large weather event, your best bet will be to contact a professional water damage restoration service. They are experts in this area and will have the personnel and equipment necessary to get your water damage taken care of as fast as possible. Make sure you call them right away! If your area has suffered a weather disaster, these companies will probably have a waitlist. 
  • Taking Preventive Measures. 
    • Find the source of water and take the necessary steps to stop the flow. 
    • If you have carpeting on top of your hardwood floor, remove both the carpet and the padding immediately and take care of any other wet objects, as well. You may have to deal with odors and discoloration after a water damage event. Remember that your restoration professionals can help you with carpet-cleaning after a water damage event, too.
    • Use a shop-vac or household vacuum to extract as much water as you can. Rely on professionals if the amount of water is really extensive. 
    • Prevent mold and preserve your hardwood floors by using a non-sudsy disinfectant, and then vacuum again to remove standing water. 
    • Use a dehumidifier or run your heater or air conditioner constantly to keep the air dry inside the affected areas. This will help to prevent unpleasant odors and may provide a deterrent to mold, too. 


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has the skills and equipment necessary to get your floors back to pre-damage condition, and we are always here to help with repairs and renovations to any area of your property when you are affected by water damage event, whether large or small. We also handle fire damage, and we are mold remediation experts, too.

When And Where You Should Check For Mold In Your Warehouse

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

If you begin to detect the odors associated with mildew or mold in your warehouse, or if your employees are experiencing them, don’t wait to investigate. Mold can live in walls, behind wallpaper, under flooring, and in ceilings, and these are just the most common places. If your investigation doesn’t find anything, the next best way to determine if the smell is coming from a mold colony is to hire a certified mold inspector to stop by and check it out. They will be able to run the necessary tests to determine if you have a mold problem in your warehouse.

Some places to check for mold will be a basement or cellar area, or the bathroom. Mold will take hold in damp areas, so if there is a wall or a floor where dampness is an issue, mold will be attracted there. It will establish colonies in dark corners, as well. Scheduling periodic visual inspections in these areas will help to identify a mold colony before it becomes unmanageable. 

If your warehouse has recently undergone a flooding event or significant leaks have developed recently, these will be situations that could promote a mold issue. Always consider areas with moisture as places you need to pay attention to. 


The wetter times of the year are going to be important times to be vigilant when it comes to mold in your warehouse. In Middle Tennessee that can be all year round! Be aggressive when investigating the source of mold and addressing it. If you need help, call the mold remediation experts here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We have the experience and skills needed to take care of the mold issues that can develop in your warehouse or business. We handle water damage and fire damage, too.

How To Tell If Your Tree Needs To Be Removed

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Trees are beautiful additions to any yard, sheltering our property year after year. We can even become quite fond of them as they grow and change with the seasons. Our children play in them, and their branches have been hosts to birdhouses, treehouses, and windchimes.

But if a tree is posing a risk to people and property, the safest thing to do is to have it removed. How will you know when the time comes? Here are some ways to tell if your tree needs to be removed. 

  • Bark. Scratch a small piece of bark off of some twigs from your tree. If the layer under the bark is brown and dry, that is not a good sign. Some signs of a dead tree can include:
    • Decay-producing fungi, like mushrooms, growing at the base of the trunk around the roots. The roots of a tree are a strong indicator of the health of the tree
    • Chipped, peeling bark and cracks in the trunk
    • Cavities in the trunk
    • Dead or hanging branches in the upper part (called the crown)
    • Fine twigs with no living buds at the ends
    • The tree has developed a lean that it did not have before; this can be an indicator that the tree is dying and may fall

Once it’s determined that your tree is declining, or even no longer living, it becomes a safety hazard. It can lose branches or tip over in a storm, damaging your home or property, and it can be completely unpredictable. 

If a pest or a disease caused the tree to decline, it will be vital that it be removed so that other trees in the area don’t become infected. 


You may be considering taking the tree out by yourself, but it’s a big job with a lot of factors to take into consideration. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville we are ready to help with tree removals. We are also fire damage and water damage experts, and we handle mold remediation, as well.

Preventing Mold Growth In Your Storage Unit

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Your storage unit can be a very susceptible area to mold growth, especially when you live in an area that experiences high humidity at certain times of the year. You’re not going to see the inside of your storage unit very often, and if things get wet or damp, a mold colony can become established pretty quickly. You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue in your storage unit. 

Here are some tips for preventing mold in the first place:

  • Paint. If your storage unit is on your own property, paint it with mold-resistant paint. Products of this type are readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store. When doing any type of repair or renovation, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients. 
  • Keep It Dry. Avoid standing water in your unit. If there has been a big rainstorm, drop by and see how things look. If there is standing water of any kind, make sure it all gets cleaned up and aired out before you leave. 
  • Smell. If you visit your unit and you can smell that telltale musty odor, check all the walls and corners to see if a mold colony has established itself. Any damp and dark area is prime mold real estate.  
  • Location. A storage unit company will most likely offer interior and exterior units, so if you are storing items that are valuable or that could be adversely affected by mold, you may want to pay the extra leasing fee and rent an interior space. Make sure that the location you are using is in good shape throughout the premises, with proper weather stripping and roofing that will withstand wet weather.  
  • Wrapping. Wrapping your items in plastic if at all possible is going to help a great deal in preventing mold growth. You can obtain large rolls of bubble wrap for furniture and large items if needed.  


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage.

How To Keep Your Restaurant’s Carpet Clean

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

As the owner of a restaurant, you have many requirements when it comes to cleaning. Each cleaning checklist has to be completed fully and correctly so that your business is always in tip-top shape, ready for the next business day. Every item has to be thoroughly washed and sanitized each and every day, including the kitchen flooring, stovetops, ovens, utensils, pots and coffee makers, to name a few. There is also the front and the bar area - bathrooms, host stand, and all those wine glasses, as well. You have a great team, though, and everyone knows how to handle all of it. 

Flooring in a busy restaurant can be a separate issue, however. Many eateries these days opt for hardwood floors, which have to be treated regularly to avoid damage from high heels, spills, and scratches from table and chair movement.

If your establishment has carpeting, instead, vacuuming nightly, along with spot cleaning, will go a long way in preventing potential mold growth and other potentially unpleasant circumstances. The carpets will still need a regular deep cleaning due to all of the foot traffic. Spills on carpeting don’t come up quite as easily or as completely as those on a hardwood floor. We also know you put a lot of thought and money into choosing just the right carpeting for your place of business, and a carpet in need of deep cleaning can look dull and worn, which will reflect negatively on your guest’s experience. So make sure a regular deep cleaning for your carpeting is on your cleaning checklist.

You may opt to have your carpet treated with a product that will repel spills and stains, and this can be really helpful. Shop around and make sure that the treatment you choose has been cleared for areas with high foot traffic to avoid slips, trips, and falls. 


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are equipped to handle the toughest carpet cleaning. Our team is well-trained and experienced with cleanups from fire and water damage in both homes and large commercial enterprises, and we also handle mold remediation.

The Most Common Causes Of House Fires

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

A fire can ignite in seconds and spread uncontrollably, decimating your home in minutes. According to reports, there are more than 350,000 house fires every year in the U.S. They can be started in many ways, generally falling into either of these two categories: combustible materials or chemical reactions. Here are some of the most common causes of house fires:

  • Cooking. This is probably the most common of all and is often caused by grease that is overheated on a stove or in the oven. Grease is very flammable and can combust spontaneously. Once it is ignited it’s difficult to control. Never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking in oil or if the food you are cooking produces grease.
  • Heaters. Space and baseboard heaters are common causes of fire as well, especially if items made of fabric or combustible materials are placed too close to them. Electrical heaters are also dangerous if the wiring is faulty or if flammable items get too near. 
  • Electrical Wiring. Short circuits causing arcing are another culprit, as are circuits that are overloaded.
  • Smoking. Cigarette butts dropped on furniture, carpets, or other flammable materials are yet another common cause of house fires. This often happens due to the smoker falling asleep. Smoking in bed is especially dangerous since it only takes a single stray ash to ignite bedding or clothing. 
  • Candles. During the holidays, candles are a common culprit of house fires. Always extinguish them when you leave the room, and keep them at least 12 inches away from any flammable materials. 
  • Chemicals. Residential chemical fires occur when vapors from gas and other petroleum liquids reach a high temperature or when the fumes contact a source of an open flame.   
    Store all fuels and other chemicals in their proper containers and keep them in locations that are protected from heat. 
  • Oily Rags. Another cause of fires is when oily rags spontaneously heat up. Never store oil-soaked or chemical-soaked rags after they are used, and never stack them in a pile. Heat can be spontaneously generated as the fumes combine with oxygen. These rags should be spread out in an outdoor location until the oil evaporates. Once thoroughly dry, they can be washed for reuse. 
  • Christmas Trees. Christmas trees are a holiday tradition for many families, but they come with risks. Real evergreen trees tend to dry out over time, and by the end of the holiday season, they can pose a very serious danger of flash fire. A hot light or a spark can immediately set the tree aflame, and such fires spread incredibly fast, engulfing a room in a matter of seconds. 


If you experience damage from fire or flooding, give us a call. The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has the training, equipment, and expertise to get you back to normal as soon as possible.

Steps To Take If Your Power Goes Out During A Storm

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A power outage is not that unusual during stormy weather, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared. We’re going to share some steps with you today that can help you keep your premises warm and safe when bad weather blows into town. 

Keep Warm. If you have enough advance notice, heat your building really well and guard those higher temperatures ahead of the storm’s arrival so that your interiors stay warm longer if the power goes out. Make sure to use your fireplace or wood-burning stove if available. You may want to stockpile thick blankets, pillows, and heavy clothing just in case this event requires everyone to stay put for a while. A blizzard or heavy weather that causes flooding can create this kind of situation easily. 

Charge Devices. Keep all cell phones, iPads, and laptops plugged in so that they are fully charged if you lose power. This step will guard your ability to get important information about the conditions in your area and enable you to contact emergency personnel if necessary. 

Recharging with Vehicles. Cars and trucks can be used to recharge cell phones if those batteries start to die. Ensure that the vehicles are not running in enclosed spaces to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Landlines. You may want to consider installing a landline ahead of seasonal bad weather. A cordless phone won’t work if the power goes out, while a corded landline draws power from the line itself and so is more reliable under these circumstances. 

Don’t Call. Working cell towers may be overloaded by others in the affected area calling to check in on each other or using the internet. Cell phone providers recommend text messaging rather than calling during a disaster, since text messages use much less network capacity or battery power. Getting on social media platforms for information might be tempting, but if possible, try to keep usage brief and use the phone's apps rather than web browsers to minimize network use and battery drain.

Battery-Powered Radios. If you have access to a battery-powered radio or car radio, use these to get your news updates rather than taxing the wireless network and your phone battery.

The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help if you have experienced damage from fire or flooding. We are large-scale cleanup experts, but we handle restorations of all sizes.

What Can Cause Water Damage In Your Commercial Building?

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage of any kind can be devastating to a business. Even the smallest of leaks left unchecked can create huge amounts of trouble and cost a lot of money to repair. As a business owner, you may be thinking about ways you can prevent this from affecting your business, so let’s talk about what can cause water damage in your commercial building:

Pipes. Your commercial building may be older, with plumbing that has seen better days. Leaky pipes can easily become an issue as the gaskets and seals wear out and the pipes themselves break down. 

Faucets. In kitchens, break rooms, bathrooms, and shops you are going to have sinks and water faucets. A faucet that is older and that has developed a drip can not only annoy you but can cause a lot of damage if it’s ignored for too long. 

Roofing. The roofing of your commercial building should be kept in top shape to guard against water damage. If a roof is not in the best shape and has developed weak spots and small holes, the walls and ceilings of your building are in danger. 

Spills. Spills of all sizes can cause damage if they are not cleaned up in a timely manner. Even the smallest puddle of water can seep into all kinds of materials, resulting in warped wood, discolored tiles, and flaking plaster. Keep in mind that it only takes a little amount of damp to attract a mold colony, and that just takes the damage to another level. 

Floods. When heavy, wet weather hits, a flood can occur. We’ve all seen the pictures of what a flood can do, and it can be devastating. From washing away walkways and trees to moving vehicles and even the building itself, a flood is a powerful force. 


If you experience water damage in your commercial building, call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We’ll be there right away to help you get back to normal. We are restoration pros, and we handle mold, too.

How To Properly Use Space Heaters

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

During the winter, your central heating system works overtime. Sometimes you may only need to heat one room and give your main heater a break by using a portable space heater - an effective option, and one that can save you some money, too. 

These units are high-wattage appliances, though, and they do have the potential to cause fires in your home if not used correctly. Today, we are sharing some tips on the proper use of space heaters so that you and your loved ones can stay safe. 

When Purchasing A Space Heater

  • Label. Check to see that your heater is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Smart Heaters. Purchase one with a sensor that will shut it off automatically if it overheats or gets tipped over. 
  • Preparation. Install smoke detectors in your home, as well as carbon monoxide alarms. These need to be tested monthly. 
  • Inspection. Inspect your heater and its cord and plug. Do not use it if you think it could be defective. 

Setting Up Your Space Heater

  • Placement. Place your heater on a solid flat surface, and make sure it’s at least 3 feet from anything flammable. If it is being used in the garage or workshop, keep it away from any paint, oil, and gas cans. 
  • Hazards. Don’t place the heater on furniture or cover it up, and be careful of high-traffic areas and doorways, where someone could trip over it and get burned. Never run a power cord under carpets, rugs, or furniture. 
  • Plugs. Plug your heater into an outlet directly instead of using an extension cord or power strip. Make sure the plug fits well and is the only plug in the outlet.  
  • Water. Always keep your heater away from water, and if you’re wet - don’t touch it. 

Running Your Space Heater

  • Check. Check your heater often to make sure that the plug, cord, outlet, or faceplate isn’t hot. If it is, stop using it immediately, and remember that a hot cord may mean it is defective and could ignite a fire. 
  • Time. Don’t run your heater 24/7. It isn’t made to work for long periods of time. 
  • Turn it off. Never leave a space heater unattended or in a child’s room, and turn it off while you are sleeping. 

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we care about you and your family, and we want you to be safe. If you do experience damage to your property from fire or water, call us! We are specialists when it comes to fire damage or water damage, and we can handle mold, too.

Keeping Your Business Organized For 2020

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

If you experienced some disarray and confusion in your business last year and you are really wanting 2020 to be different, we’ve got some tips to help you get your business organized for 2020. 

Your staff may be a real help as you decide where things should go, and what would work best for the business. Getting everyone involved will open up the floor for an organization discussion. If your workforce is involved in the decision-making they will feel a sense of ownership, and it is far more likely that after you get your business organized, you will keep your office organized. 

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Purge: Shred, empty, and get rid of everything you don’t really need. Take a good look around and identify those items you haven’t used in at least six months. Your archived records need to be kept, of course, but for how long? If you haven’t already, set up an archive schedule that allows for discarding records that are older than you need them to be. If anything isn’t in working order, and it can’t be fixed in a timely manner, throw it away. Encourage your staff to minimize their desktop knickknack collections. If they can’t find time to dust everything weekly, then some things will have to go!
  • Straighten: Gather up items around the office that aren’t where they should be and put them away. 
  • Zones: Determine the type of work that happens in each area of your business. From the main workspace to the reference area, make sure that the appropriate supplies and equipment are being kept in the places that best meet the needs of the business. Those items that are used the most should be easily accessible. 
  • Labels. Clearly label all storage boxes, bins, and shelving so everyone knows where things belong. This will help with the daily pickup that needs to be done to keep your business organized throughout the year.
  • Filing. If you find yourself duplicating your documents, or if your filing system can become digitized, you will be able to eliminate a lot of paper. This step alone can be a big help in keeping your business organized in 2020.
  • Work Stations. Organize all work stations, paying attention to all the places where items are stored. Make sure tools and materials are easily accessible so that labor hours aren’t being wasted searching for things needed to complete projects. Use trays for a neater desktop paper system, for example. Even if the staff member knows where things are, on a sick day the person filling in will have no idea unless it is clearly designated. 


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are always ready to help with your large cleanup projects, with water and fire damage being two of our specialties. We are mold remediation experts, too.

Steps To Take After Major Flooding In Your Business

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding is a common occurrence in many parts of the country, and West Nashville is no exception. As a smart business owner we know you want to be ready should the worst happen. Flooding is dangerous, and kills nearly 100 people yearly, in addition to causing an average of eight billion dollars in property damage in the U.S. yearly. Being prepared can keep your business and your workforce safe in the event of a flood. 

  • Step One - Know Your Area. Even if you think the risk of flooding will be low, it’s important to be vigilant. Understand your location’s potential exposure. You can reference the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s quarterly updates and maps to see what areas of Middle Tennessee are at higher flooding risk during certain times of the year. Historic flooding maps are also a helpful resource. Just knowing the potential rates of rising waters and how long it would take to drain off will be important pieces of information for you as a business owner.
  • Step Two - Have Your Information At Hand. Be sure you keep all copies of your insurance documents and other key business information in a flood-safe location. Using the cloud for storage of business-related information will be essential when it comes to the potential loss of documentation. 
  • Step Three - Be Prepared. Prepare your location for a flooding event. Investing in a sump pump could help to minimize damages, as well as maintaining gutters, drains, and roofing. Anchoring any fuel tanks is also a good step to take. 
  • Step Four. Create a flood evacuation route and share it will your workforce so that they know how to get themselves and any customers to higher and safer ground if it becomes necessary. Invest in an emergency kit and keep it well-stocked, in case people get stranded in the building. 

When it happens:

  • Step One - Roll Call. Make sure you know where everyone is and that they are safe. Do not encourage anyone to come to work if it is dangerous to do so, and keep people onsite if it isn’t safe to travel home. 
  • Step Two - Call Emergency Services. Contact your local fire department and police, and let them know the status of your property and everyone involved.
  • Step Three - Turn Off Electricity. If you have standing water inside or around your buildings, turn off all electricity and unplug appliances and computers, etc.
  • Step Four - Stay Informed. Stay connected to local news stations to get updates and important information. The most important thing is that everyone is safe.  


When it comes to a flooding event, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to help. We specialize in large-scale disaster repair and cleanup, so call us for assistance if your business experiences any kind of disaster.

Where To Check For Mold Growth In Your Commercial Business

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you take care to be ready for all kinds of weather conditions. From heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms to extreme heat and tornadoes, you’ve come to expect extreme weather events here in Middle Tennessee. You are already aware that high temperatures paired with humid conditions will create an environment that is right for mold to establish itself in your commercial property, but did you know that the warm atmosphere indoors during winter is also attractive to these organisms? The best way to stay on top of a mold issue is to do regular inspections of your property for the sights and scents that spell trouble.

You will want to take a look around a day or two after extremely wet weather. Move machinery and office equipment, and look at the places where the walls join the floor and in the corners. Check out the ceiling closely, and if the lighting is bad, this is a great time to schedule an upgrade of your interior lighting so that you can catch a colony before it gets large. Mold will thrive in dark, moist and unventilated places such as closets, warehouses, and office storage. Any places where there is, or has been, standing water that has soaked into materials of any kind are going to be places that can develop mold, especially if they are in warmer surroundings, and if your roofing or walls have experienced any kind of damage that can result in leaks, this is another prime area that could be in danger of infestation.

The best way to handle mold is to use preventive measures in the first place. Here are a few ideas that can help:

  • Keep all workspaces well-ventilated
  • Use a dehumidifier, especially during the more humid months
  • Make sure exterior doors are properly sealed
  • Organize all stored items on shelves, using the floor and walls as little as possible
  • Don’t keep cardboard in storage areas
  • Remove any standing water immediately and dry area completely
  • Trim back shrubs and plants near structures, not allowing overgrowth


If you suspect that your home or business has developed a mold problem, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help; we are mold remediation specialists and experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage, as well.

Do I Have To Worry About Mold In The Winter?

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

You may be wondering if you really have to worry about mold in the winter. Well, turning up the heater in the coming colder months will keep you cozy and warm. But did you know that this very warmth also creates the perfect environment for a colony of mold? These infestations are both unsightly and unhealthy and can make life truly miserable for those who have an allergic reaction to these organisms. A mold colony can also spread quickly and secretly within your walls, compromising their strength and making your home or business unsafe.

Mold and its cousin, mildew, have recognizable differences. Mildew has a flat surface and will appear powdery. It begins growing with white coloration and will become yellow, brown, or black over time, while mold can be a wide range of colors and will have a fluffy appearance. The spores for both are everywhere, even in the air we breathe, and their risk increases when winter arrives since mold and mildew would much rather be where it’s warm when it’s cold outside (just like us).

Their growth can be prevented, however. Here are some tips for mold prevention this winter:

  • Mold and mildew feed on any organic material. Old food, the rug on your kitchen floor, or wooden cupboards - it’s all fair game for these organisms. Make sure surfaces are kept clean and dry and don’t allow food to sit out and become moist and warm.
  • Moisture condenses when it comes into contact with a colder area, so you will most likely see mold or mildew on tile grout, windowsills, and baseboards during the colder months. Taking care of leaks and areas that collect water right away will be a big help in keeping mold from becoming part of the family.
  • Once a colony establishes itself you can’t ever get rid of it completely. Once the moisture, warmth, and food it needs are reintroduced it will simply start to grow again.
  • Windows, exterior doorways, skylights, and indoor plumbing that are not properly sealed will produce conditions that are attractive to mold colonies. 
  • Keeping the air dry in kitchens, laundries, and bathrooms will be a big help when it comes to preventing mold this winter. Running these fans during times when the air is moist will do wonders. You can also use dehumidifiers in your home to prevent mold from establishing itself; follow the established recommendations for keeping your home at the proper level of humidity for this purpose. 

So, you see, you actually don’t have to worry about mold in the winter, if you take the proper steps to prevent it from colonizing. You will have to be vigilant, however. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help if you experience a mold or mildew invasion this winter. Call us for more prevention tips or for mold remediation. We are experts in this area!

How To Prepare Your Yard For Winter Storms

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Before the coldest weeks of winter are here, you’ll want to inspect your yard to make note of any winter preparation projects you need to complete. You already know it’s smart to ensure that both the exterior of your building and its surrounding landscaping are ready for the cold winds, snow, and ice that winter storms can bring. When your premises are in great repair and ready for cold weather you will also enjoy lower energy costs, increased efficiency, and a safer property overall.

Your yard will be affected by winter weather, of course, so here are some steps you can take to prepare this area for winter weather, too:

  • Overgrown branches should be trimmed back from all buildings and all electrical and power wiring. This will help to guard against loss of power or property damage that can be caused by icy or wind-blown branches during a storm. 
  • Aerate and reseed the lawns, and be sure to a winterizing fertilizer applied. This will promote deep-root growth when spring comes. 
  • Clean and dry outdoor furniture and use a heavy covering if it is staying outdoors. You can also bring it into a warehouse or other storage unit for protection. 
  • Store any hoses to prevent cracks and preserve their shapes so they can be used again next year. Make sure all outdoor pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads are drained to guard against burst pipes. 
  • Look for decay, insect damage, or splintering in any areas that are built of wood, such as decking, walkway railing, and decorative items. Taking care of those issues ahead of winter weather will prevent further deterioration. Clean away leaves and dirt from between the boards so that mold has nowhere to establish itself.

In addition to your yard and landscaping, here are a few interior items to take care of:

Your heating systems will need to be in the best condition possible. They will be seeing a lot of use in the coming months! 

  • Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace for maximum efficiency and improved indoor air quality.
  • Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
  • If you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable unit to save on heating costs.
  • Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort.
  • Flush your hot water heater tank to remove sediment and check the pressure relief valve to make sure it’s in proper working order.

These are just a few helpful hints for you to use in preparing your yard/property for winter storms. If you need help with any of your projects for your home or business, remember that the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always available to assist. We are experts when it comes to clean up and repair after a weather event of any kind, and our team has the expertise and skills necessary to complete your projects quickly and professionally, getting you back to normal right away.

How To Prepare Your HVAC For The Winter

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

For the care of your HVAC systems in your commercial buildings, engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your system every spring and fall will ensure that the heating and cooling of your property are running as efficiently as possible. With the winter months almost upon us, it is important to schedule an HVAC inspection in advance of the coming cold weather. Cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed, which requires the kind of training these professionals have. The experience and expertise of such a company are invaluable to any business owner since the comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves is important to residents, tenants, and owners alike. 

Here are some things you can do yourself as a commercial business owner both monthly and seasonally to maintain and prolong the life and efficiency of all your units and systems in between professional maintenance visits:

  • Use pleated, high-efficiency filters. These types of filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as those that carry bacteria. 
  • Keep HVAC units free of grass, leaves, and pollen. Make sure landscaping companies don’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on your grounds during the warmer months, and during the fall you will want to ensure that dead leaves and branches don’t end up there, either.
  • Clear two feet of space around all outdoor heating and cooling units.
  • Inspect refrigerant lines each month.
  • Replace air filter at least every 90 days.
  • In early fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water.
  • Replace your carbon monoxide detector battery.
  • Ensure the outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground.
  • Clean AC condensate drain with bleach/water mixture.

Have your professional maintenance company check all your ductwork to make sure it’s sealed properly when they come to tune-up your HVAC. For more energy savings, preprogram the thermostats in your building. 


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we care about you and your business. When it comes to preparing the HVAC system in your commercial building for the winter months, we are here to help. We are proud to offer our expertise in water and fire damage repair and cleanup to our friends and neighbors here in the Nashville area.

What To Do If Your Restaurant Kitchen Catches On Fire

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

A fire in a restaurant kitchen can happen in an instant with little to no warning. If a fire starts, you will need to act fast to keep it from getting out of control, putting your staff and your patrons at risk. Take stock of what kind of fire you have and where it is located in your kitchen area. Here are a few tips on what to do if your restaurant kitchen catches on fire:

  • If it’s a fire in the oven, close the door immediately and turn off the oven. Leave the door closed! Lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. 
  • If the oven continues to smoke and you think the fire may have continued, call the fire department right away. 
  • When it is a fire in a cooking pan or pot, use your oven mitt to put the lid on right away, and move it off the burner. Turn off the stove and wait for the lack of oxygen to stop the flames inside your pot. 
  • If you are not able to safely put the lid on the flaming pan, or if there is no lid readily available, use your fire extinguisher. Always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves. 
  • Never use water to put out a grease fire! Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease. Try one of these methods instead:
    • If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
    • Throw lots of baking soda on it. Do not use flour; it can explode or make the fire even worse. 
    • Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large, wet cloth. 
    • Use a fire extinguisher. 
    • Swatting the fire with a towel, apron, or other material is likely to fan the flames and spread the fire. 
    • If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, get every person out of the building and call emergency services. 


For cleanup after any type of fire, the SERVPRO team of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help. We can be on-site with all the necessary equipment and skill right away to get you back in business as soon as possible.

How To Handle A Flood In Your Apartment Complex

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

As a wise apartment owner, you know to be prepared for flood damages, and you know it’s always smart to do what you can to prevent them whenever possible. Your complex may suffer from floods that happen because of bad weather, or it may be the type of flood that comes about due to