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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 equipment failure or negligence. 

All appliances have a limited lifespan, so it’s important to inspect refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, HVAC units, and bathroom fixtures in every unit for any signs of excessive aging or failure. Flooding in these areas will create huge issues for you, as the flooding can easily expand to affect not only the individual apartment but the one below or beside it, and perhaps more. Look for:

  • The sound of running water
  • Unpleasant odors in floors, walls, or drains
  • Low water pressure
  • Mold growing around appliance or fixtures
  • Worn out hoses

If leaks are left untreated, they can lead to mold growth, stains, and floor and wall damages. Encourage your residents to let you know about any issues right away so that you can address any leaks immediately. Educate your renters to keep an eye on their water bills. Any large uptick in usage and cost is a huge clue that some investigation needs to be done; there is probably a leak somewhere. 

Maintaining the roofs, gutters, and exterior windows and doors of your complex will go a long way towards keeping your business safe from the elements and flooding that can happen during heavy rains. Any drainage system on your property will need to be properly cared for, too, with debris and dirt clogging the system being removed regularly in case of heavy water. A backed-up drainage system can be a huge flooding culprit.  

If you are due for some landscaping, make sure any new large shrubs or trees are planted in places where they won’t interfere with pipelines, and remove those that are already in the danger zone. Root systems can easily break apart piping and create a flooding event. Choose those plants and trees that don’t have aggressive root systems, just to be safe.

If you do experience a flood in your apartment complex, first you will want to make sure that everyone is safe. If a unit’s atmosphere is unhealthy, make arrangements for the residents to go elsewhere while repairs are made. If the damage is extensive, it may be necessary to find them another apartment in your complex to stay in for a time. 

If it is a large, weather-related flooding event, safety is still the primary focus. Can people get in and out of their homes and the complex? Is anyone out of power? Are their elderly or disadvantaged people in your complex that need special attention? Are all children accounted for and does everyone know where all their family members or roommates are? Are any pets in danger? Many of these issues will require the aid of professionals, and perhaps even the police or fire department. 

When you are dealing with flood damages, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is always here to help, 24/7. We are water and fire damage specialists, and we have years of experience with mold remediation and prevention, as well.

What Damage Could A Winter Storm Do To Your Home?

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

You may not realize how much damage a winter storm can do to your home, but here in Middle Tennessee, they can actually be pretty destructive. 

Winter storms that bring snow, ice, and heavy winds and rains can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home and property. This damage can result from:

  • Ice Dams. An ice dam is a buildup of ice on the roof of your home. It occurs when melting snow refreezes and blocks other snow from draining properly. This can lead to a buildup of standing water that can then leak into your walls or ceilings. Ice dams can even loosen shingles or gutters.
  • Destroyed Roofs. A winter storm can cause roof damage in other ways, as well; ice and high winds can rip the gutters or tiles off your roof, for example. These same winds can also blow tree branches on top of your roof, and if these are heavy branches, they can fall through the roof and harm the inside of your home.
  • Frozen Pipes. Even if there is no snow outside, cold weather alone can be harmful to your house. Freezing temperatures can cause unheated pipes to freeze and subsequently burst. This can lead to severe water damage both inside and out. Water around your foundation can end up in your basement. 
  • Leaking Exterior Windows and Doors. If these areas of your home are not properly prepared, the winter damp will invade your home and affect flooring, walls, and even the structure itself. 

How To Prepare

There are some practical steps you should take to limit damage to your home during a winter storm, such as cleaning gutters and rain spouts in advance to prevent ice dams. You should also secure your roof tiles and trim any tree branches and shrubbery that is too close to the house or to your power lines.

Before a winter storm arrives, take a trip to the store and purchase emergency supplies such as shovels and non-perishable food. And finally, make sure to insulate any pipes that are outdoors or in low-heat areas such as basements and garages.

Even if you prepare accordingly, a winter storm can cause damage to your home. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a trusted leader here in the Nashville area when it comes to renovation and repair services to homes and businesses, and we can be onsite right away to help you recover and get back to normal after a winter storm.

How To Prepare Your Home For Winter Storms

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we advise homeowners to prepare their homes and property for the coming winter storm season. Extreme weather can lead to power outages and disruption of communications, as well as damaging personal and business property and belongings. Flooding and large snow accumulations can cause travel to become extremely dangerous and even deadly, so it’s important to be prepared for many different serious situations to occur during winter here in Tennessee. 

Here are three essential safety tips to help you prepare your home for the coming winter season:

  • Trim bushes and trees. Remove dead trees, tall bushes, and all broken branches from around your home. These can cause injury and damage the roof of your house if they fall during extreme weather involving wind, ice, or heavy snow accumulation. 
  • Clear clogged rain gutters. When snow melts, it needs to be able to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing. If there is dirt and debris left in your gutters from last spring, the water will pool and begin to back up, possibly damaging even interior wall spaces in your home. This can even lead to mold growth, causing a need for mold removal on top of the storm damage. A rain gutter that is full of dirt can become heavy and can pull away from the building, creating another set of issues. 
  • Check chimney and heating equipment. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned after winter and again before it comes around again, to prevent chimney fires. Your HVAC system also needs to be inspected, and all ducts clear and ready for use. Change out all your filters in the system, as well. If you will be using space heaters, make sure they are in great shape and also that everyone in the house knows the proper way to use them. They should never be left on if there is no one in the room. 

Our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville cares about your safety and the safety of your loved ones and your property.

Dry Ice Blasting: What Is It & How Is It Used?

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

If you own a business, you know that cleanliness is of the utmost importance. Not only does a cleaner workplace look more professional and help to boost worker morale, but an unclean industrial site can be unsafe and unhealthy. One innovative cleaning method that can be a big benefit is dry ice blasting.

What is it? Dry ice blasting is a type of abrasive cleaning similar to sand or soda blasting, where a pressurized stream of air accelerates particles toward a surface to clean it. Dry ice blasting has a wider range of applications than these and can be used in extremely sensitive environments like food manufacturing.

Dry ice blasting offers many advantages over traditional cleaning methods:

  • Environmentally Friendly. Dry ice comes from CO2 emissions that have been recaptured. During the blasting process, there are no solvents or chemicals involved, so there is no secondary waste to clean up, either. There’s also no water used, which means that mold and bacteria are less likely to grow. This cleaning method is also considered safe for the food industry and meets USDA, FDA and EPA guidelines.
  • Cleans Effectively. Cleaning with dry ice is faster, more thorough, and can often be done without disassembling or reassembling any equipment to be cleaned. It can easily reach areas that are hard to access and clean by any other means. Dry ice blasting leaves a clean, dry surface that can be recoated, as well. This method of cleaning is aggressive enough to handle difficult surfaces but sensitive enough that it can be used with delicate equipment.
  • Less Downtime or Waste. There’s less downtime involved with dry ice blasting. Equipment usually does not have to be taken apart beforehand, and there is no dry time or cool-down time required. Because the dry ice pellets evaporate upon impact, the only clean up required is the removed debris itself.
  • Safe. There are none of the hazards of cleaning with chemicals. Dry ice is non-toxic, non-abrasive, non-flammable and non-conductive.
  • Cost-Effective. Because the process is faster and there is less downtime than with other methods, labor costs are also lower. Due to its lack of negative environmental impact, you will also avoid the costly clean-up requirements of chemical cleaning methods.
  • Easy on Equipment. Dry ice blasting does not abrade, wear or erode equipment, which means the equipment will last longer.

Many industrial facilities and warehouses are now turning to dry ice blasting, which completes cleanup projects much faster, doesn’t produce secondary waste, and is particularly effective when dealing with difficult-to-remove materials. While pressure washing and steam-cleaning require that the equipment is allowed to dry out over time, dry ice blasting allows you to start using your equipment again almost immediately.

Here are some common uses of dry ice blasting for industrial workspaces:

  • Fire remediation: Dry ice cleaning does an excellent job of removing toxic residues, soot, and unpleasant odors associated with a fire. Insurance companies often work with independent dry ice blasters because their clients can experience quicker cleanup of those locations that have been damaged by smoke and fire. 
  • Restoration: The aim of restoration is to return a structure to its original state. Chemicals can seep into stone, for instance, and abrasive cleaning methods can scratch and damage the surface. Dry ice cleaning allows surfaces to be cleaned without causing any damage to the substrate. Operators can use this method on marble, glass, and onyx without damaging the surface at all. There is also no secondary waste produced by this method.
  • Dry ice blasting is non-toxic and will stop mold, mildew and other fungi from growing, eliminating odors at their source by destroying the bacterial host environment instead of using a masking agent. Dry ice blasting is 100 percent ecologically safe and harmless to humans.
  • Mold removal: Traditionally, mold removal methods entailed sanding and scraping, which are time-consuming and can be ineffective when trying to reach small spaces. Other methods, such as soda blasting and chemical cleaning, often create poor visibility and then require cleanup afterward. Dry ice blasting removes not only the mold itself but also its roots, leaving the surface completely mold-free.
  • Textiles: In the textile industry, the accumulation of lint, glue and other materials is common. Dry ice blasting can remove them without damaging the equipment.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help with all your cleanup needs, no matter how large or small. Whether it’s water damage, fire damage, or a mold infestation that you are dealing with, we can be there right away. 

What To Do When Your Interior Sprinkler System Goes Off

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

The overhead sprinkler system in your home or business is made to engage when it senses extreme heat. The sprinkler heads contain a temperature-sensitive mechanism that can only be activated when the temperature at the sprinkler head exceeds the allowable range, and they operate independently, with those directly exposed being set off first. Most fires are extinguished, or controlled, by three sprinklers or less, but the amount of water generated by just one sprinkler head can be significant. A sprinkler head can release from 15 to 40 gallons of water per minute and can fill an entire bathtub in less than two!

Prompt and professional decision-making following a sprinkler discharge in your building is essential. The actions you take in the first 24-48 hours will save you significant time and money by minimizing water damage, as well as helping to eliminate the possibility of a mold colony taking hold in your property. If your employees or guests complain of odors or signs of mold, respond immediately and use professional help for remediation of that mold or mildew where needed.  

The water in a sprinkler system is non-potable and often has absorbed oils and other contaminants that are in the piping, so cleanup will require surface cleaning from stains and elimination of odors, in addition to water damage restoration and moisture remediation measures. Where fabric and textiles are affected, prompt action must also be taken to avoid permanent staining and to preserve these articles.

The hard, non-porous surfaces in your building, such as plastics, vinyl, ceramic tile, etc., will need to be cleaned with a mild detergent and completely dried. You can use dehumidifiers for wet areas and during wetter seasons, as well, for comprehensive results.  


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is equipped with specialized instruments to facilitate comprehensive project investigation, design and implementation, and will complete your damage recovery in a timely, thorough manner. We’re experts in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial restoration, and much more!

What To Do When Your Pipes Freeze And Burst

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Even though we’re in the South, our winters here in Middle Tennessee can be pretty cold. If a cold snap comes, bringing a few days of frigid weather in a row, you could end up with burst pipes when they freeze. This kind of event can cost you a lot of money, not to mention aggravation, and will make you wonder why you didn’t prepare your plumbing ahead of time.

Make sure to educate yourself about what to do in case of a plumbing emergency - one of the first things to know is the location of the main water shut-off valve! Make sure you and at least some employees know where this is. After all, prevention is always the best plan. 

If you suspect that you already have frozen pipes, here are some tips to handle that kind of situation:

  • Turn off your water immediately, using the main shut-off valve.
  • Call the professionals. A professional company with the skills and equipment in place specifically for this kind of event is going to be able to help you quickly and efficiently. You may be tempted to try to defrost frozen pipes using a flame, but please do not do this. Any open flame in enclosed spaces is extremely dangerous, and also won’t actually work. A hairdryer might be a help, and you can apply this heat to the pipe gradually after you open the faucet. Begin near the end of the faucet and move towards the ice block. Make sure you don’t stand in water while using any electrical device!
  • If any rooms in your house are flooded, make sure to check for live electrical outlets or cords that could be submerged before you step into the standing water. If you aren’t sure, wait for the professionals to arrive.


The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is ready to help any time you have a water-related disaster. We’re available 24/7 to help with any water damage and fire damage, and we can handle cleanups of all sizes. We’re mold remediation specialists, too!

Why You Should Have Your HVAC Checked

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

It goes without saying that you rely on your HVAC system all year round, and when it stops working, your employees can become really uncomfortable. If you live in an area that becomes extremely cold or experiences blizzards, the failure of your unit could cause you to be in a pretty serious situation. Proper care and maintenance will help you to stay on top of any equipment failures and give you peace of mind. 

For the care of your HVAC system, engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your system every fall, and again in spring, can help you to be sure that the heating and cooling of your property is running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of your HVAC unit will be completed by these professionals, and they can do a thorough check-up to ensure that your unit is in proper shape to face the colder months ahead, keeping you safe from any malfunctions. 

Here are some things you can do yourself both monthly and seasonally to maintain and prolong the life and efficiency of your unit and its systems.

  • Use pleated, high-efficiency air filters. These types of filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, like the ones that carry bacteria. These filters need to be replaced at least every 90 days. 
  • Keep your HVAC unit free of grass, leaves, and pollen. Make sure grass isn’t allowed to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds while you are landscaping.
  • Clear two feet of space around all outdoor heating and cooling units.
  • Inspect all refrigerant lines each month.
  • In summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier. In the 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, and for even more energy savings you may want to pre-program the thermostats in your building. 

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we care about you and your business, and when it comes to caring for the HVAC system in your commercial building we are here to help.

How To Prepare Your Hotel For Inclement Weather

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

As a hotel owner in an area where the weather can be challenging, you need to have inclement weather policies in place so you can offer assurance to potential clients regarding re-bookings, refunds, and other concerns. If your customers are confident that you will treat them right, the weather won’t stop them from coming to visit. 

For example, allowing your guests to rebook or cancel their reservations at no cost if they are prevented from traveling by inclement weather conditions is something your guests will truly appreciate. Being flexible with early checkouts when people have to change travel plans to avoid heavy weather is another. 

An evacuation plan is another preparation you may want to consider. The government may issue warnings so that travelers can get to the airport or drive out of town in time. Your hotel can offer to provide transportation in these cases, since finding a cab or a ride-share for your guests may be next to impossible. If shelters are being made available for those who want to, or have to, stay through the storm, your hotel may assist guests here or help them find government-sponsored transportation.

When it comes to your property, you need to be prepared ahead of time by conducting regular, thorough inspections of all areas that would be affected by heavy weather, such as roofing, windows, and exterior doors. Landscaping should be kept neat and in good condition, since flying tree branches can be a real danger in high winds. Have a system in place that will ensure that items outdoors can be moved quickly, such as trash receptacles, pool chairs and other furniture, gaming tables, and the like. Designate a safe spot for them and be sure your staff knows the best way to get things picked up quickly. Choose a bad-weather crew and provide for them while they stay at your hotel. They will be available for all situations with your guests and your property. Have a plan to make sure they are fed and housed properly - they will be working hard!

These are just a few tips that can help you prepare your hotel for inclement weather, and keep your guests and staff safe, too. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experts when it comes to cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and other weather-related issues. We are skilled in large cleanups, and are proud to say we are mold remediation specialists!

Choosing The Right Contractor For The Job

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Finding a reliable and competent contractor to undertake your repair or renovation job is so important. Even with a great contractor, this process can be stressful and expensive, and can often include unpleasant surprises. The right contractor can help homeowners with these types of situations and avert disaster. 

For projects that are too big or too complicated to do yourself, you need a general contractor. He or she will then hire subcontractors for specialty work, chosen specifically for their skill. They will know who is competent and experienced in completing your particular project. 

Make sure you know exactly what you hope to accomplish before you get any estimates. Your estimate will be more accurate if you are specific about time and materials. Talk to friends and neighbors and others that you trust and get recommendations for a high-quality contractor. Interview at least three candidates, ask lots of questions and get bids from each one. Don’t be afraid to negotiate! You will want to check their licensure, complaints, and litigation history to make sure they are who they claim to be, and the BBB is a great place to start. Checking their references will let you know what their track record is when it comes to job completion, and level of excellence as well. 

Make sure you know what the contractor’s area of expertise is. If you are renovating a bathroom or kitchen, you will want to work with a company that has a great track record here. If you are working on your decking or building a separate garage, you will want to employ someone that has done this kind of project in the past with impressive results. 

When you have chosen your contractor, expect him or her to be too busy to start right away. A contractor that is highly sought after is always a good sign. 

Make sure your contract is complete and clear, including deadlines, progress payments, and material lists. If anything is not documented, it will come down to your word against theirs if there is an issue. 

Most renovation projects will require permits, and you need to make sure that everything is in place before the work starts. Never start work without a permit just to save money, even if your contractor suggests it. Tearing something down after it is begun is a waste of money, and the contractor will not do it for free. In many cases, you can also incur fines.

No matter how diligent you and your contractor are in preparing for the job, expect surprises that will add to the costs. It is wise to expect to pay 10-15% more than your contract states. Even the best contractors can get busy with other things and find it difficult to come back for the final details, so ensure that you only make the final payment after all work is fully completed to your satisfaction as per your contract. 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is your full-service repair and renovation team. We are water damage and fire damage experts, as well, and we are here to help 24/7 with all your projects. 

Deodorizing Your Condominium

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

You may be dealing with some unpleasant odors in your condominium. Funky smells from pets, foods, cigarette smoke or just plain old grime can make life in a small-sized living space truly unbearable. As renovation and home repair experts, here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we have a lot of experience in handling interior odor situations. Today, we would like to list some tips for you that can help you when deodorizing your condominium. 

  • Clean every surface, including behind your refrigerator and stove, and consider replacing your shower liner, bed linens, and mattress pad, too. Pantries and vanities can often hold old food and products that emit smells due to their age, so purging these items can really help. 
  • Make sure you clean fabrics like drapes, throw pillows, and zippered upholstery according to their cleaning instructions. Any rugs or carpeting should be professionally cleaned for a fresh start. SERVPRO of Belle Meade employs all the necessary equipment for deep carpet-cleaning. 
  • A fresh coat of paint can also go a long way toward making your condominium smell and feel like new. Clean and flat neutral colors will make your condo seem larger, as well.
  • Pet odor has become the most common problem stinking up people’s homes, and has actually surpassed cigarette smoke! People smoke in their homes less often these days because they don’t want their furniture to soak in the smell. Smoke-free condominiums have a premium over smokers’ units, so your property manager will really appreciate your choice to smoke outside, too. When it comes to your pets, make sure they are using the proper facilities for their needs, and make sure to empty the litter box daily to help deodorize your condominium. 

In a smoker’s residence, there can be instances where the smell becomes so entrenched that the sheetrock of walls has to be redone to avoid the home being completely devalued. If that is a possibility in your case, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can help you to deodorize your condominium. We specialize in carpet cleaning and large scale cleanups. We are a full-service repair and renovation company, and we handle water damage and fire damage, too.

How Hurricanes Can Still Affect Tennessee Residents

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Tennessee may be far from the Atlantic, but that doesn't mean you can afford to relax during hurricane season. Some of the most dangerous and damaging hurricane-related floods can occur hundreds of miles from the coast. As hurricanes weaken to tropical storms and move inland, massive rainfall can cause flash flooding that can last for hours and even days in some cases. A tropical storm can produce more rain than a Category 5 hurricane!

Both Western and Middle Tennessee are approximately 400 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and over the years that has proved to be close enough to mean trouble. Some examples of how hurricanes can still affect Tennessee residents:

  • In 2008, winds from Hurricane Ike felled a tree on a Nashville-area golf course and two men were killed.
  • Tropical Storm Bill and the remnants of Hurricane Ivan dumped several inches of rain on East Tennessee during 2003/2004.
  • Hurricane Opal caused $2 million in damage in the Volunteer State in 1995, half of that in the Chattanooga area. Rainfall in Middle and East Tennessee measured 3 or more inches.
  • In 1977 Hurricane Babe drenched Chattanooga and almost four times its normal rainfall was recorded for that particular month.
  • The Georgia-South Carolina Hurricane of 1940 sparked deadly, destructive flash flooding in the Southeast, including much of the State of Tennessee.

You should always make sure to pay attention to all local advisories and warnings and take steps to maintain preparedness for yourself and your loved ones.

  • Create an emergency supply kit, and make sure you have an emergency plan. Practice a flood evacuation route and ask someone out-of-state to be a point of contact in case you are separated from loved ones.
  • Get flood insurance. Make sure you are advised as to your risk, how to prepare for inland flooding, and discover how to purchase proper insurance.
  • Establish contact with a professional restoration team who can be on-site to help with repairs and cleanup after water damage and flood-related issues. 

Always keep in mind that SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help at a moment’s notice if you experience water damage from excessive rainfall or flooding here in the Nashville area during hurricane-related weather. We are a full-service restoration and repair team, and proud to help our friends and neighbors of Nashville.

Tips On Handling Water-Damaged Electronic Equipment

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

If your electronic equipment is accidentally submerged or splashed with a liquid, the very first thing you need to do is disconnect its power source as soon you can safely do so. As water damage specialists, we see all kinds of situations where electronics are adversely affected by water and other liquids here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. Today we would like to share some tips with you that can help you in handling water-damaged electronic equipment:

  1. Safety first. Always use caution when disconnecting your device from a household current or any other source. If you are standing in water or your clothes are wet, remove yourself from any potential shock hazard before retrieving a submerged or soaked electronic device.
  2. Disconnect. If your device is still submerged and connected to an external power source, you will want to find a safe way to disconnect it, and a good way to do this is to use a circuit breaker or switch for that source of power and switch it off. Use caution if you choose to remove a plug or power adapter from an outlet that has not been switched off.
  3. Hazards. Retrieving a submerged or soaked electronic device that contains a battery can be hazardous. A shorted battery may be a fire or chemical hazard, or both. If you see or feel any heat, smoke, steam, bubbling, bulging, or melting here, avoid handling the electronic device for any reason. 
  4. Turn it off. If the device is still on, turn it off.
  5. Drain fluid. Rotate and shake the device to try to let any fluid drain out, and remove the battery if it can be done safely. 
  6. Disassemble the device. To allow any remaining liquid to drain and to begin cleaning the internal components, you will have to disassemble the device. This is particularly important with acidic liquids such as fruit juice or alkaline liquids such as laundry water.
  7. TIP: Rice will not help you here!

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are water damage and fire damage specialists. We can be on the scene right away to help you with all water damage issues. Keep in mind that we are mold remediation experts, too, and we are proud to be your full-service repair and restoration team. 

Have You Seen Us Around Town?

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician and truck SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is proud to be ready and available to help with any of your water damage or fire damage needs, 24/7.

We are proud to serve the Belle Meade and West Nashville area. Have you seen us around town? Our trucks are hard to miss, with their trademark color scheme of orange and green. We hope that you experience some peace of mind knowing that our team is never very far away and can be there quickly if you experience a disaster, no matter what size. 

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 is equipped with the training, equipment, and experience to complete all your restoration or cleaning projects in a timely and professional manner in the Nashville area. We are locally owned and operated, and no one knows the ins and outs of Nashville and the surrounding communities better than our team. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is also a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, as well as a recipient of Angie's List’s Super Service Award!

As a locally owned and operated business, we live and work in this community too. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which allows us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can even call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams for additional resources.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Nashville
  • Belle Meade
  • Bellevue
  • Green Hills
  • Forest Hills
  • West End
  • Midtown
  • West Meade
  • Hillsboro Village
  • Elliston Place

If you see us around town, come say hello! We would love to get to know you.

How To Keep Your Fall Bonfire Safe And Fun

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

bonfire Keep your bonfires safe and fun with these tips!

Fall is the time of year when the weather begins to cool off here in Middle Tennessee, and building a toasty bonfire in the backyard becomes a popular way to pass the time.  Bonfires take some of the chill out of the frosty air and give us opportunities to spend time with friends and family outdoors. The following tips can ensure a safe, fun evening while gathered around your bonfire:

  • Your fire pit. You’ll probably be using some type of fire pit for building your fire in your backyard. Whether you will be using a built-in or portable model, be sure to select one that isn’t too large for the area. Your firepit should be at least 10 feet away from structures and combustible materials, and you will also want to make sure you have room for a seating area that is large enough for proper comfort and ventilation.
  • Your weather. Check your area forecast before lighting your fire. You definitely want to avoid starting your bonfire during extremely windy conditions, since a strong breeze could blow sparks onto nearby surfaces or people.
  • Starting your bonfire. Never use accelerants such as gasoline or lighter fluid to start or re-light your bonfire, since this practice could cause your fire to burn out of control. Use a lighter to light crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks as kindling to get your fire started, and then add larger sticks and eventually a log or two to keep it burning. Never throw fireworks, batteries or other combustible items into a burning fire, either. 
  • Your bonfire control. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, garden hose and water source nearby in case of an emergency. You can also choose to fill a bucket with sand since sand is a very effective alternative to water to help extinguish a fire.
  • Your clothing. Be sure to wear non-flammable clothing when starting, sitting by, or extinguishing your bonfire, and wear hard-soled shoes instead of rubber sneakers or flip flops; leaping sparks could cause them to ignite. Be sure no one goes barefoot around your bonfire!
  • Your kids and pets. Pets and children are likely to be attracted to your bonfire. Show your kids a safe path to walk that keeps them far away from the burning fire, and put glow-in-the-dark collars on your pets to easily track their movements. It might be even better to just keep them indoors. 
  • Putting out your bonfire. As the evening winds down and the fire has burned out, use a shovel to spread out the ashes and let them cool down. Slowly pour water over the ashes and monitor them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain, and then place cooled ashes in a metal can designated for ash storage only.

Don’t forget to check to see whether your area has any rules in place regarding backyard bonfires. The last thing you want to do is start a fire during a burn ban! If you experience fire damage to your property, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here and always ready to help. We are experts in water damage and mold remediation, too. 

How To Stop Mold From Returning To Your Business

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spores spread easily and can never be completely eradicated once they take hold. It can grow anywhere - on clothing, food, paper, and carpet, as well as places that we never see, like the back of drywall inside any wall that has a leak or pipes that are covered in condensation. It is a costly and difficult problem to fix, and it can add allergens and irritants that are very unhealthy for your staff and patrons. 

As a business owner, you need to know how to stop mold from returning to your place of business, and we have some tips that will help. Keep in mind that the key to mold prevention is just this: moisture control. 

  • Problem areas. Do an audit of your business and find the problem areas, such as rooms or storage spaces that have been flooded recently. If you notice windows or doors that are frequently covered with condensation or see water stains and damp spots, you know that you have a leak somewhere. Once you’ve identified the source, take steps to make the necessary repairs that will alleviate this problem. 
  • Keep things dry. Seepage after heavy rainfall or even a spill will need to be dried up right away. Mold only needs 24 to 48 hours to establish a colony, and if there has already been an infestation, the time frame may even be shorter. Proper ventilation in all areas is a great way to hinder mold from returning to your business, and using dehumidifiers can be very beneficial, too. You may be tempted to run your AC less during hot, humid weather to try and save some energy money, but it may cost you in the long run if mold starts to encroach again. Keeping your interiors cool and dry will frustrate a mold colony and ensure that your business is free from issues. 
  • Mold-resistant products. If your business is undergoing a renovation or extensive repair project, choose mold-resistant products such as drywall, sheetrock, and paint to protect your business and prevent mold. Cleaning products for bathrooms and kitchens that are formulated with mold prevention in mind can go a long way toward keeping your business mold-free. 
  • Monitor. The EPA recommendation for indoor humidity is between 30 and 60 percent, and you can measure this with a moisture meter. Paying attention to telltale signs of excessive humidity will keep you aware of any potential mold issues. 

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is here to help with home and business repair, renovation, and clean up after water damage or fire damage. We are mold remediation specialists, too.

How To Repair Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a flood, whether it’s large or small, is going to be devastating to your home, and your wood floors will really suffer. When water sits on top of hardwood, the wood absorbs the water through its pores, causing warping and discoloration, and can be permanently affected. If you have experienced water damage to your home, you will want to follow these steps to repair your hardwood floors:

  • Remove Water. Remove the water as quickly as you can. The longer the water remains, the worse the water 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 save the wood. You will also be alleviating the possibility of a mold invasion, too. 
  • Sand and Refinish. More than likely you will need to sand and refinish the wood, and this repair can bring your floors back to pre-flood condition, or at least pretty close. This step will save you all the time and money involved in having your flooring removed and new flooring installed. 
  • Contact Professionals. If you have experienced serious water damage, perhaps from a tornado, hurricane, or severe flooding, your best bet may 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. 
  • Preventive Measures. 
    • Find the source of water and plug it up. 
    • Remove all wet items from the flooring. If you have carpeting on top of your hardwood floor, remove both the carpet and the padding immediately. This is an area where mold can become a problem really quickly. 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, and rely on your professionals if the amount of water is really large. 
    • Disinfect. Prevent mold and preserve your hardwood floors by using a non-sudsy disinfectant, and then vacuum again to remove standing water. 
    • Drying. Use a dehumidifier or run your heater or air conditioner constantly to keep the air dry inside the affected room(s). 

These are just a few simple steps that you can take yourself when your hardwood floors are affected by water. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always here to help with repairs and renovations to your property when you are affected by water damage, no matter the size. We also handle fire damage, and we are mold remediation experts, too.

Making An Insurance Claim On Your Home

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience an unfortunate event at your home, such as damage from fire or water damage from flooding, you may need to file a claim with your insurance company. A claim against your homeowner’s policy comes with rules and procedures that must be followed by both yourself and your insurer. Here are some tips on making an insurance claim on your home:

  • Read your policy. Make sure you know exactly what your responsibilities are and how to fulfill them. 
  • Contact your insurer right away, and ask questions. Am I covered? How long do I have to file a claim? Is it possible that my claim will exceed my deductible? Keep in mind that if your loss is lower than your deductible, you probably won’t want to go through the claims filing process. How long will it take to process my claim? Do I need to obtain estimates for repairs to structural damage?
  • Fill out all claim forms promptly. Your insurance company will send you the necessary claim forms if it is established that you will be making a claim, and by law, these must be sent to you within a specified time period. Make sure that these forms are returned and properly filled out as soon as possible so that there are no delays. 
  • Inspection. Your insurance company will probably arrange for an adjuster to come and inspect your home. An adjuster is a representative of your insurance company who inspects property damage to determine how much the insurance company should pay for the loss. You can expect to be interviewed.
  • Preparation. Be prepared to show the adjuster any structural damage and have a list of damaged items ready so you can make the best use of their time.
  • Repairs. Photograph or videotape all damage, and then take reasonable steps to protect your property from further damage. If possible, avoid throwing out damaged items until the adjuster has visited your home. Save receipts for what you spend, as you may be able to submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement later.
  • Lost or Damaged Articles. You are going to have to substantiate your loss, so make a list of destroyed or damaged items, and make sure there is a copy of the list for your adjuster as well as copies of all receipts for replacement items. 
  • Relocation. If your home is so damaged that you need to find other accommodations while repairs are being made, keep receipts and records of all the additional expenses you incur. Most homeowners' insurance policies provide coverage for additional living expenses when a move is necessary, but you’ll need to provide proof of the costs.

When it comes to a disaster in your home, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help. We are experts at repairs and renovations for homes that have experienced fire damage or water damage. Mold remediation is another one of our specialties, and we are skilled at carpet-cleaning after an event that damages your flooring. 

What To Expect From Fall Storms

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

We’re all breathing a sigh of relief now that cooler temperatures have (finally) arrived. It’s almost time for bonfires, pumpkins, and falling leaves! Many people say this is their favorite time of the year, and it’s not hard to see why. Who doesn’t love to be able to snuggle up in a blanket and sip warm beverages?

But along with cooler weather comes occasional storms, and we all want to be prepared for these events. 

What can you expect from fall storms?

From early signs of winter to tropical developments, we need to be prepared for a wide variety of different weather events that occur during the fall season, several of which can be notably dangerous. 

This season brings an increase in clashes between cold, dry air and warm, humid air, and these in turn cause developments of severe thunderstorms. You can expect to see lots of rain, high winds, and thunder/lightning during an event of this kind. You may experience water damage or fire damage to your property during these kinds of storms. 

Another possibility is a late-season tornado. The number of tornadoes across the country during the fall is smaller, but the extreme winds and flying debris for those affected by a tornado can be catastrophic to both property and people. Being prepared for this kind of weather event may help you to avoid damage from fire or water. 

Snow is a possibility during the fall, as well, and when it does come it will be heavy and wet. Since trees haven’t yet lost a lot of their leaves, heavy-laden branches can come crashing down on your home, and you may find yourself needing repair and restoration to roofing, fences, and other parts of your home or business. 

Serious tropical weather events can still be an issue during this time of year, too. Sea temperatures will still be warm, and while Middle Tennessee is far from the ocean, we can still experience a huge amount of rain as hurricanes pass up the East Coast. Be ready for lots of water and all the water damage that can occur. Mold can quickly take hold if water is left to stand or property is not properly dried after flooding or saturation. 

Whether you need repair or restoration to your home after a fall weather event, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help. We are mold remediation experts, as well. Call us if you have experienced water damage or fire damage.  

What To Do After Finding A Leak In Your Restaurant

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Even if it’s small, a leak in your restaurant can cause issues of all kinds. You don’t want a situation to develop that will cause you an interruption in business due to damage or unhealthy conditions, so you will want to deal with any leak of any size immediately and thoroughly. 

Here are some steps to take after you find a leak in your restaurant.

  • Location. A leak in the guest bathroom is not going to be as serious as a leak in the kitchen, unless it’s a big one and threatens the dining area and spaces where perishables are kept. The very first thing to do is to make sure you know exactly where the water is coming from.
  • Prevention. Turn off any water that may be supplying the leak, and use containment methods to keep the water in one place as much as possible. Towels and other items made with absorbent materials can help here. 
  • Clean up. Mops and buckets, fans, push brooms, dehumidifiers, and elbow grease will all come into play here. Use whatever tools and resources you may have at your disposal to get rid of all water. 
  • Dry. Make sure the area is as dry as possible, and if it’s a big job, call professionals. Choose a company that has skill and experience in this area and in the area of mold remediation. It will only take a colony of mold 24-48 hours to get established in damp, dark areas, and that will spell disaster for your property. 
  • Replace. Be sure to replace any faulty pieces of equipment. If paperwork or documents were affected, a professional water damage renovation company will be able to employ special methods to restore your documents to their original state, or as close as possible. 
  • Plan ahead. Take a good look around at your premises to note any other potential issues for future reference. A professional can help you to identify problem areas.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we have the training, expertise, tools, and skills to help you with water damage and cleanup in your business or home. We are also mold remediation specialists. 

How To Avoid Fires In Your Commercial Kitchen

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

If your commercial kitchen isn’t properly maintained, it can present a significant fire hazard. Your kitchen is a hectic environment that produces a lot of food quickly, with high temperatures and flames going all day and night. When you combine this environment with excess grease and oil you could very well find yourself facing a fire in your commercial kitchen. 

Here are some tips that can help you avoid a fire in your commercial kitchen:

  • Inspect and maintain electrical equipment on a regular basis. Inspections should include looking for hazards such as frayed cords or wiring that can spark and cause an electrical fire. It is also important to check for cracked or broken switch plates on outlets, as these can expose wires and collect dust and grease, leading to a short circuit and then a fire. Any cords running behind appliances should be moved to a place where they are more visible. If problems are identified, stop using the equipment or appliance until it can be repaired or replaced.
  • Call a professional to repair damaged or malfunctioning appliances. With the built-in complexity of today’s commercial kitchen appliances, it is always a good idea to have them maintained and repaired by a trained professional. Never attempt to repair broken appliances and electrical equipment yourself.
  • Keep your deep fat fryers away from open flame cooking equipment. According to one study, deep fryers are involved in one out of every five fires. It is important to keep your fryers at least 16 inches away from any source of open flame or to install a vertical divider that extends at least 8 inches above the top of the fryer. Either option will help to ensure that hot oil in the fryer won’t splash onto an open flame and ignite. All deep fat fryers should also be equipped with a high temperature-limiting device that will automatically shut off the fuel or power to the fryer if the oil exceeds 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Have your kitchen’s exhaust system regularly inspected and cleaned to prevent grease build-up. This is not only a best practice – it is required by fire safety codes. There are different inspections and cleaning schedules for exhaust systems – monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually – based on the type of cooking operation you have.

When it comes to being prepared, our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is ready to help you. We are fire and water damage experts!

Dealing With Water Damage In Your Office

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

When your office suffers from water damage, whether it’s from a natural cause or an equipment failure, you may experience losses due to damage to office equipment and furniture, destruction of computer files and paper records. If the incident forces you to shut down your operation, you may also have to deal with loss of income. This type of event can have a pretty serious effect on your finances and can end up creating some time-consuming cleanup projects for your workforce. 

The costs to you will include repair and replacement of damaged items that are vital to the function of your operation, along with the costs of water extraction, cleanup, and any renovations that may be necessary to the premises. If you have adequate insurance coverage, your plan will pay these costs, but if not - you may be facing a burden of financial loss. 

Secondary issues, such as poor indoor air quality and mold growth, can have an adverse effect on the health and well-being of your staff, and this can often translate into sick days or loss of productivity. Conditions such as adult-onset asthma and other respiratory issues can develop if the environment of your office isn’t brought to a healthy level right away after water damage. 

It’s a smart business decision to have a contingency plan in place, in case a water or fire event affects your office building. Providing your workforce with a remote location to use in continuing to work and having your files and records backed up offsite, for example, are a couple of ways you can keep your company operating until the water damage has been cleaned up and safe to inhabit once again.

You may want to contact a professional water damage restoration company to treat and remediate your issues properly. A professional team will be able to extract the water and clean all affected areas in the shortest amount of time, letting you get back to work sooner rather than later. 

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is ready to help in the event of a disaster, large or small. We are experts in handling fire damage, as well, and we specialize in large-scale cleanup projects. In addition to these services, we are mold remediation and prevention experts. 

First Steps To Take After Your Retail Store Floods

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

If your retail business floods, you must act as quickly as possible to salvage what you can and minimize the ongoing destruction that will come from standing water and saturation. If this happens you may feel like there is so much to take care of you don’t know where to start. So today we are sharing some important first steps to take after your retail store floods.

  • Safety first, of course. It’s important to move quickly, but it’s more important to protect yourself while you assess the damage. There are many dangers that you might encounter when returning to your flooded property, such as: 
    • infectious and diarrheal diseases – floodwater can contain some really unhealthy stuff
    • fuels, solvents and other industrial chemicals in floodwater
    • drowning or being wounded by submerged objects are possible hazards in a flooded basement or storage area, as well as in moving or standing water
    • electrical hazards – watch for downed power lines or underground electrical service exposed by erosion. Do not enter your flooded building if the electrical power is on or if you can see obvious structural damage
  • Assess the damage. Walk the perimeter of the property first, taking pictures and/or shooting some video footage to document what you find.
    •  Look for erosion that has left walls unstable or exposed utilities like underground electrical service or gas, sewer, or freshwater supply lines. 
    • If electrical or gas lines are exposed, call an electrician or your power company. These are situations that are potentially deadly. Get professional help before entering the building.
  • Remove all water and dry everything as quickly as possible. If your retail store has suffered significant flooding, professional help will probably be best, and you will want to choose a company that knows mold. A mold colony can become established in 24 hours after a flooding event, and that will be a disaster for your business, affecting your fixtures and product, and therefore your livelihood.

Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you if you suffer a flooding event. We are mold remediation experts, too!

Fire Prevention Tips For Your Apartment

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

A fire in a small space, such as your apartment, can spread quickly and become a deadly fire within just a few minutes. Just a few precautions taken beforehand can protect you, your apartment, and your belongings. Today, we’d like to share some fire prevention tips with you:

  • Inspection First. Take a good look around your home to make sure all potential hazards have been identified and eliminated:
    • Use surge protectors in place of overloaded circuits or extension cords
    • Appliance cords that are frayed or cracked are replaced immediately
    • No cords are being extended under rugs or between rooms
    • Space heaters are not being used near flammable materials, such as furniture and drapery. Make sure your space heaters are always turned off when the room is empty or everyone is going to bed
    • No matches or lighters are within reach of children
    • Candles and incense are never left unattended - make sure these items are used far away from curtains and other flammable materials
    • Items such as gasoline cans or propane tanks are not stored inside your apartment 
  • Kitchen Safety:   
    • Never leave food cooking on your stove unattended
    • Keep towels and potholders away from cooking areas
    • Don’t wear loosely fitted sleeves while cooking
  • Laundry Room Safety
    • Have your dryer installed and serviced by professionals
    • Always use a lint filter in your dryer, and clean it before or after every load 
    • Remove lint that collects around the drum of your dryer regularly
    • Make sure the right plug and outlet are being used and that your machine is connected properly
    • Never leave the dryer running when you go out of the apartment or when you go to bed
  • Smoke Alarms
    • Make sure there are smoke alarms in your apartment, and that they function correctly. There should be one installed outside of every sleeping area, and they should be tested once a month, with batteries changed at least once a year. 

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are fire safety experts, and we are here for you if you experience damage from a fire, as well. 

How To Prepare Your Condominium For Heavy Rains

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

As we head into fall, we will be experiencing wetter conditions, and there will be instances of heavy rains during this time of year. As the owner of a condominium, you want to be ready for all the different types of weather that the year will bring, and heavy rain is on that list. There are several smart steps you can take to protect your property from water damage that can come from inclement weather:

  • Inspect Your Roof. Since your roofing is your first line of defense against heavy rain, it needs to be inspected ahead of those wet conditions. Walk around the exterior of your condominium, looking for spots that are sagging and for loose shingles. Take note of any issues you find, and make sure you get up on the roof for close inspection or hire a professional to do that job. You may decide it’s time to replace your roof if there are too many weak spots. 
  • Clean Your Gutters. Your gutters guide water away from your condominium, and that’s what you want during heavy rains. Without good drainage, you can find yourself with flooding around your foundations, with mold and erosion issues stemming from that. Make sure all your rain gutters are clear of any debris and free from blockages, and you may even want to think about having wire mesh installed to prevent leaves and debris from creating problems in the future. 
  • Check Doors and Windows. Take a good look at all your exterior doors and windows to make sure they are sealed properly, and that they close completely with no major signs of wear. All caulking and weather stripping needs to be in good condition or replaced if not. This step will prevent water damage from heavy rains and will also stop that wintry cold air that is just around the corner, saving you money on energy costs. 

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is always here to help when it comes to preparing your home and business for all the different types of weather we experience here in Middle Tennessee. If you need us to inspect your property and talk to you about measures you can take to protect your property, we are happy to do that. Call us!

Storm-proofing Your Hotel

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

The areas of the US that are being affected by extreme weather are widening, so business owners should no longer just assume that their region is going to experience the same weather as in years past. As the owner of a hotel, you need to reassess your storm preparedness and strengthen all your emergency plans to prevent and reduce damage to your property. 

Sudden thunderstorms bring with them high winds, rain, hail, and tornadoes that will damage your premises. Today we’re sharing some tips to storm-proofing your hotel in advance of winter storm season. 

  • Landscaping. Clear your property of dead or dying trees, and make sure that those you intend to keep are properly cared for - pruned and stabilized ahead of coming heavy weather. 
  • Clutter. It’s bad business to have clutter around your hotel, anyway, even if it is in the areas where guests will never go. Items left lying about become flying objects when a storm hits, and that can cause dangerous situations to both your guests and your staff. 
  • Storm shutters. You may want to consider installing storm windows and shutters in your hotel, just to be safe. There are many options on the market, from roll-down steel shutters to see-through polycarbonate.
  • Structural upgrades. For areas that are experiencing heavier snowfall than in the past, your buildings may need upgrades to handle the added weight to minimize the risk of roof collapse. 
  • Lightning rods. Installing lightning rods on your roof will help to prevent lightning strikes that can cause power surges and outages, which will in turn damage electronic devices in your hotel. Using grounded outlets and surge protectors will also help to prevent outages. Professionals can be consulted to determine how many rods you may need. 
  • Decking. Decking, balconies, and patios need to be built from durable materials and managed properly. 
  • Moisture control. Keep moisture out, if at all possible. Make sure caulking is done regularly and that doors and windows that need attention get it right away. Any water that penetrates your hotel interior is going to create conditions that are just right for mold and mildew to establish themselves. That’s bad for business. Regular coats of paint or stain will help to maintain a barrier to moisture. 

Storms can occur at any time, no matter the time of year. Advance preparation and effective storm-proofing of your hotel will go a long way towards preventing and minimizing damage to your business. Don’t hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for assistance. We are here for you!

Where To Check For Water Damage In Your Restaurant

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Damp areas are an attractive spot for a mold colony to grow, and that’s something no one wants, or needs, to see. Regular inspections of areas in your restaurant allow you to take care of issues before they can become serious.

Here are the top three areas to check regularly for water damage:

  • The staff bathroom. Water is the name of the game when it comes to the bath area. Most commercial staff bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly several times a week, and these times are great for checking for leaks and damp areas. Look in the least traveled spots, such as corners of any closets, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there are any leaks in these places, they can be a danger until they are fully dry. You can invest in a dehumidifier for bathroom areas that seem to be more humid than normal. 
  • The main kitchen. This area of the business sees some pretty heavy-duty usage on a daily basis. 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. The spaces under and around the coolers and freezers are places that can be damaged by water without you noticing, so get out your flashlight and make sure you see every corner clearly.
  • The dishwashing area. This area, since it often has large appliances, also has nooks and crannies that need to be checked closely. A leak behind an automatic dishwasher or under a commercial sink can create huge issues down the road. Add that to the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Have the machinery pulled out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected. 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always here to help you with any issues related to water damage in your home or business. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties, and we are mold remediation experts, too. 

Six Steps To Take When A Pipe Bursts In Your High-Rise Tower

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

If a pipe bursts in your high-rise, there will be a lot to consider. You will need to handle the issue quickly and safely so that your occupants don’t get injured and you don’t lose property or business due to downtime. A burst pipe in your high-rise can cause some serious water damage, so taking the appropriate steps will be vital to making sure your investment is protected. 

  • Step One. Call the professionals. They will arrive right away to assess the damage and to check the parts of the structure that have been affected to make sure the premises are safe. 
  • Step Two. While you are waiting for the professionals to arrive, turn off any water that is going to the affected area. Open faucets that are below the pipe burst so that pressure can be alleviated; this will help to prevent further issues.
  • Step Three. Clean up of any standing water can be done safely, as long as it is not “black water” (sewer water). Standing water can lead to mold damage and continued damage to flooring and walls. Mops and buckets can be used to safely remove most of the excess. The goal here will be to prevent the spread of water and even more damage. 
  • Step Four. Open all doors and windows to begin the drying process by circulating airflow. Once the professionals arrive with their industrial-grade equipment, they will be able to complete the process. 
  • Step Five. Ensure that electricity is turned off in the affected areas to prevent shocking anyone. Water can easily run into electrical circuits. 
  • Step Six. Contact your insurance company to let them know what has happened, and make sure to take pictures of the damage as soon as you can after the event. Your professional water damage remediation company will work with your insurance company to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that you and the tenants of your high-rise tower can get back to work as soon as possible. 

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is here to help you if you experience water damage to your high-rise tower. We are water and fire damage cleanup specialists, and we have the tools and experience necessary to deal with mold and mildew. 

Restoring Your Store After Flooding Occurs

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

When you experience flooding in your retail or “big box” store, you will want to start cleanup right away. You will be vulnerable to some pretty big risks after an event of this kind, and those risks may include possible mold damage, structural damage, or contaminated water, just to name a few. You also need to know that insurance won’t cover some issues if they could have been prevented by taking proper steps. Calling professionals in to help will be a wise choice if you experience flooding in your store so that immediate and proper action can be taken to avoid further, preventable damage. You will be able to get back to normal operations sooner, too. 

Minor leaks and common situations such as overflowing toilets can often seem like no big deal; grab a mop, get it cleaned up, and get back to work, right? But anything more than several square feet of soaked flooring actually needs professional drying, cleaning, and sanitizing! Water can quickly seep into sub-flooring and will make its way up into walls, soaking in and causing structural issues. It can linger for days, and even longer, leading to mold and mildew problems and destruction of drywall, warping of any wood, and other problems. 

It is estimated that upwards of 30 percent of all property insurance claims are going to be for water damage restoration, which includes inventory losses, as well as losses of equipment, furnishings, and store fixtures. It is vital to your business that you employ the services of a professional company that can come in right away to start the drying process.

Also, keep in mind that, even while you may be tempted to rush into the flooded area to move stock and other valuables away from the water, safety comes first. Ensure that any electricity is turned off so that no one is put at risk of injury from electrocution. 

If your store is affected by a flooding situation, call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville right away so that we can get you back to normal as soon as possible. We are fire and water damage cleanup experts, and we specialize in mold remediation, too. 

Cleaning Up After A Restaurant Kitchen Fire

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Blue fire under a burner Restaurant fires can be disastrous but damage can be minimized if you stay prepared.

A restaurant kitchen fire creates a different set of issues than a fire in a home kitchen. The main issue is going to be that damage of this kind will mean the restaurant has to be closed until everything is back to normal. It will be unusual for a restaurant to continue a partial operation, since codes and regulations that address food preparation, storage, and serving are very strict, and rightly so. Therefore, the damage that a restaurant kitchen fire causes will have to be remediated immediately so that the business owner doesn’t lose too much time or money. 

The restoration process will return the restaurant to its pre-fire condition and is done by first performing a complete assessment and inspection of the structure to determine the extent of the damage and what will need to be repaired or replaced. These repairs may even include the dining areas, depending on where the fire traveled. 

Fire damage will require a lot of cleaning to deal with soot, ash, and removing smoke odor. Specialized chemicals may have to be used for counters, kitchen ranges and exhaust hoods, shelving, walls and ceilings, doors, and all appliances, since soot and smoke often create toxic fumes that are hazardous to inhale. Smoke odor may not even be fully removable in some cases, and that will mean surfaces have to be cleaned thoroughly and then repainted and resealed to eliminate the issue. 

The kitchen equipment can possibly be repaired after fire damage, but in many cases, it probably can be replaced. The replacement costs may be less than the cost to repair and more convenient in the long run. Repaired units have to be tested and approved before being put back into service, and that can take more time than a restaurant owner wants to invest. 

Cooperation with local fire and health officials throughout the restoration process will help to facilitate the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, and this means that the restaurant can be reopened for business. 

Cleaning up after a kitchen fire in your restaurant will be time-consuming and costly. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are ready to help with this kind of damage. You can also call us for water damage cleanup or if you have developed an issue with mold or mildew. 

What To Do If You Have Water Damage To Your Apartment

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

apartment building Pipe bursts and washing machine mishaps can happen. Stay on top of the situation by following these tips from SERVPRO.

When a pipe bursts or your washing machine breaks, damage from all that water can be difficult to handle. Dealing with water damage is time-consuming, expensive, and isn’t always covered by renter’s insurance; depending on the size of the event, restoration can cost between $1000 to $10,000. 

When facing these kinds of potential costs, a renter may want to consider handling some of the repairs themselves to cut down on out-of-pocket costs, but this may not be the wisest thing to do if they are not handy. Today, we’ll share some tips to help you decide if you need the assistance of a professional or if you can do it yourself. 

Evaluation. This step is the most important since it determines all your actions going forward. Some important factors are going to be:

  • The amount of damage. A moderate amount of water in your apartment should be manageable, as long as you have the tools you need. Significant flooding or continually rising waters will be a different story, though, and you should call for help immediately in these instances. If your area has been affected by a natural disaster, that is not going to be the right time to take on a DIY project, either. Use the skills of professionals here and be sure to follow all instructions from your local disaster relief organizations. 
  • Consider the source. Figuring out where the water is coming from will be an important next step because it will help you to know what type of water you may be dealing with. Safety is always a concern when it comes to handling water that may be contaminated in some way, and in these cases, calling the professionals will be the right choice. 
    • Clean water is not a problem. It may come from rain or leaky pipes with no bacteria growing in it. This kind of water can be cleaned up with little to no professional help, depending on the amount. 
    • Gray water comes from your dishwasher or washing machine and can be slightly contaminated. It can also be safe to clean this type of water up by yourself, but be sure to use proper safety precautions, such as wearing gloves and other safety gear. 
    • The last kind of water is black water. It can come from sewers or through flooding from a body of water nearby. Never try to clean up this type of water on your own, as it can contain many kinds of highly infectious organisms and other potential health hazards. 

If you aren’t sure what kind of water you are facing, call in the professionals for help. 

The level of damage your apartment has experienced is also something to consider. Light damage can be handled by the resident, but significant damage can make your residence unsafe. In the case of safety, it’s always best to call in a water damage specialist.  

The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help you with all of your water damage issues, as well as damage from fire. We are mold remediation specialists, too!

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOUR CONDOMINIUM SPRINKLER SYSTEM GOES OFF

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

The overhead sprinkler system in your condominium complex is there to keep everyone safe from possible fire damage, and there’s no question that everyone is glad it’s there. 

However, when it does go off, there is always a mess to clean up. As a smart property owner, you know that it is important to handle any sort of water issues immediately so that you can avoid the costly problems that can arise from damp property, such as mold and mildew. Keep in mind that any intense heat will cause your sprinklers to discharge, and the sprinkler heads contain a temperature-sensitive mechanism that can only be activated when the temperature at the sprinkler head exceeds the allowable range. There is always the possibility that the sprinkler system will be triggered by high heat itself, in addition to an actual fire. You will also want to make sure that residents know never to hang items from the sprinkler heads, as this can damage them, as well as cause them to go off unexpectedly. 

Here are a few cleanup tips to consider when cleaning up after your overhead sprinkler system goes off:

  • Prompt professional assistance following a sprinkler discharge could be vital in saving your property and your residents’ belongings from permanent damage. Your actions in the first 24-48 hours can save you significant time and money and eliminate subsequent mold growth. 
  • Professional followup will also be a big help when it comes to odors, and they can evaluate the water damage and potential for mold growth in hidden areas as well as ensure that any affected building materials are dry prior to work area rebuilding. 
  • We recommend that you hire an independent water damage and mold remediation expert to represent you during planning, response, and closeout, and work together with their insurance carrier. 
  • Water within the sprinkler system is stagnant and non-potable, and the water picks up and absorbs oils and other contaminants within the piping, resulting in discoloration and odors from its sedimentary state. Cleanup actions typically not only involve moisture remediation but also involve surface cleaning from stains as well as additional measures to alleviate odors. 
  • Prompt action for cleaning is essential when it comes to fabric and textile items that have been affected to minimize permanent staining and damage.

If your condominium complex has been affected by water damage, whether from an overhead sprinkler system, flooding, or leaks both large and small, here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are ready to help right away. 

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HOTEL FLOODS

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

No business owner ever wants to experience any type of flooding; floods are messy, expensive, and time-consuming. Floods can also be dangerous, especially to someone whose business is in serving people, such as the owner of a hotel. Whether flooding comes from a pipe or equipment malfunction or from bad weather, there will be many issues to be handled, and we know you want to be prepared. So today we are sharing a few things to think about if your hotel experiences flooding:

Your guests. The safety and well-being of your guests, both those who are already staying with you and those you are expecting, is going to be at the top of any list. If the flooding is merely an inconvenience, take steps to ensure that your guests are moved to unaffected accommodations within your establishment, or partner with a friendly area hotel to make sure their needs are met. If the flooding is significant, you will want to make sure that everyone is out of harm’s way, first and foremost. Once you have determined that the flooding will not affect anyone’s physical well-being, you can take steps to handle the belongings that your guests may have had to leave behind. 

Your premises. Call in professionals if necessary to get you back up and running, ready to do business. Any time spent on cleanup is going to be time you are not spending working your enterprise, so think carefully about that before you try to do it yourself, with the intent of saving money. You might not actually save money that way!

Your future business. News will get out, so you will want to handle that right away. If the flooding was due to equipment failure, make sure you take the necessary steps to bring your property up to the highest possible standards and advertise that fact. Flooding may have occurred due to bad weather, so you will want to do whatever you can to assure potential future guests that they will be safe from the same type of experience going forward. Improvements should be placed front and center on your social media and website so that people know you have done all that is necessary to ensure a wonderful stay at your hotel in the future.

If you experience water damage from flooding or damage from fire or mold at your Nashville hotel, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville any time, and we will be there to help you right away. We care about you and your business. 

FINDING WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR COMMERCIAL KITCHEN

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Your commercial kitchen is a place where water damage and subsequent mold growth and equipment failure will be a concern. Since you and your cuisine staff spend many hours in your kitchen, it’s important to make sure that this area is free from flooding and leaks.

During the closing process, part of your kitchen staff’s job should always be to check for problems and let you know right away if they find any so they can be addressed. Whether it’s a bathroom, a sink water line, or a line that connects to your cooler/freezer area, your staff will be the first ones to notice water stains, a sure sign that a problem is developing. A quick response is always best when it comes to water damage since it can lead to some pretty tough issues if it’s not taken care of right away. 

You can follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your commercial kitchen:

  • Check your dishwashing area for damage regularly. This area gets a lot of hard use every single day, and it’s important to assess your dishwasher space perhaps even more often than you inspect the other areas of your kitchen workplace. You’ll want to make sure your dishwashing equipment isn’t leaking water, which can create problems with your interior flooring, walls, and the valuable tools of your trade. 
  • Make sure your water heater is working properly. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly or if it has seen better days, have it checked by a professional and perhaps replace it. A malfunctioning water heater can flood your business and cause major property damage. 
  • Keep an eye on water lines to the sinks and coolers/freezers by inspecting them on a regular basis, looking for telltale drips, puddles, and hard water deposits. Some leaks are so small that they can be overlooked, and a mold colony could find it first. That’s not a situation you want to find yourself in when you own a commercial kitchen. 


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experienced and always ready to help with cleanup after water and fire damage and are experts in the area of mold remediation. If you happen to find water damage in your commercial kitchen, we can be there right away to help you restore your business to its best.

HOW TO REMOVE ODORS THAT ARE PERMEATING YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Stubborn, foul-smelling odors often remain in hard to reach or clean places in the office, no matter how hard we try. It may take an experienced and well-equipped professional to deal with the stubborn smells emanating from your office refrigerator when it has housed expired food. When odors permeate your entire office, they make the workday unpleasant for everyone, so today we’re sharing some tips that will help you remove them:  

Clear the Air.  Allow a stream of fresh air to flow through your enclosed spaces to get rid of bad smells. To do this, the location of your office windows will have to be near areas that offer fresh air, for example, away from dumpsters. High-rise office building windows rarely open, so any fresh air may need to be pumped in through your HVAC system.

  • Open a window to allow fresh air to clear the room, lower the temperature, and reduce the humidity.
  • Implement HEPA filtered HVAC filters and air purifiers in kitchens, restrooms, and offices as needed.
  • Keep garbage and other trash receptacles away from the building, especially windows and doors. 

Kitchen Odors. Kitchen odors often start on the inside of microwaves, refrigerators, trash cans and garbage disposals, so keep these tools clean by attending to them regularly. While your cleaning crew will typically remove your trash nightly--scrubbing out the inside of a garbage can, refrigerator, garbage disposal or microwave is generally considered a special service, carrying an additional fee. Surprisingly, there are some natural products you may find around your office kitchen that you can use to absorb or completely remove those stubborn smells, including:

  • Fresh coffee grounds or baking soda
  • Water
  • White Vinegar

Some tips for use:

  • For refrigerators, place an open box of baking soda or an open can of fresh coffee beans towards the back to absorb smells.
  • For garbage disposals, freeze some white vinegar in ice trays and empty them into the garbage disposal, running it until the ice is gone. Repeat as necessary. You can also use fresh lemon or orange peels in place of the vinegar.
  • White vinegar also works well with smelly trash cans. Just add some to a spray bottle, spray down the inside and outside of the can, and allow it to soak for about 5-10 minutes before wiping it down with a microfiber cloth.
  • For microwaves that have food splattered and caked along the inside, mix two parts white vinegar and one part water in a dish. Place the dish in the microwave and turn it on for a few minutes.  Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the inside, repeating as necessary.
  • If your office break room has a dishwasher, chances are the inside is never cleaned. Two cups of white vinegar in an empty dishwasher on a full cycle should do the trick.
  • Additionally, old carpet and furniture absorb large quantities of dust and different smells over the years, and you may be better off by just removing and replacing them. If you would prefer to keep them, make sure to use green cleaning and extraction tools to avoid adding to the air pollution.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we’re experts on odors. If you need help with unpleasant smells in your home or office, we’ve got the skills and experience to take care of that for you. Give us a call at (615) 442-7768 today!

WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT FOR SERVPRO AFTER WATER DAMAGE OCCURS

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Here's what to do when water damage occurs.

SERVPRO will be on the scene quickly after a water damage event, but while you are waiting for them to arrive, there are some things that you can do to prepare for the cleanup. 

Here is your to-do list:

  • Safety assessment. This is the first order of business: making sure that affected areas are safe for anyone who may come into contact with them. If flooring has been affected, for example, you will want to ensure that it is safe to walk on in order to avoid slips, trips, and falls or possible collapse. Look for exposed wiring, sharp edges, and sharp objects, too. Make sure all the people who are in the home or business are safe and accounted for, and see to any needs that may come up. 
  • Take stock of the damage. Get your camera or smartphone out and take pictures of all the damaged areas and belongings. This will be helpful to have on hand for your insurance person. Make a folder just for the water damage event, and keep all the photos there. If you need to, you can add descriptive notes as to what the area looked like before the event occurred, as well as any helpful notations that may seem important. 
  • Insurance. Contact your agent and let them know what has happened. Ask them what they require to make their assessment, and get started on providing them with whatever they ask for. Obtain a copy of your policy and make sure you have all the pages it should include. If the damage is extensive or if there have been injuries and you anticipate a claim being filed, contact an attorney who specializes in these kinds of events. 
  • Dry it up. If you have safe premises, it will be a good idea to start the drying process if the event is not too big for you alone. Sweep water away from corners, for example, and mop up standing water. Move any affected machinery or furniture away from the areas that will be focused on if you can do so safely. 

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is a team of water damage cleanup experts. We handle fire damage and mold remediation, too. 

RENOVATING YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Renovations can save you time and money in the long run.

If it’s been a few years since you made any improvements to your apartment complex, let’s talk about getting started. You will want to complete your projects before your property becomes run-down or seriously dated. Wise renovations can also save you time and money in the long run, so with that in mind we are sharing some ideas today to inspire you:

  • Energy. We all have the environment on our minds these days, and when you plan your apartment complex renovation, you will want to think about becoming more energy-efficient and earth-friendly on your property and grounds. Installing solar panels, adding top-grade windows and doors, and using environmentally-responsible products such as siding, paint, and trim are all things to consider. 
  • Community. Creating or enhancing your community areas is a great way to bring your complex to another level. Providing social areas, such as fire pits, barbecue/outdoor kitchen areas, and yoga spaces are a great addition to any living area. If your apartment complex already boasts communal spots, make sure they are attractive and comfortable, with landscaping and natural touches that encourage your tenants to be outdoors and enjoy. 
  • New Palette. If it’s time for paint, consider newer palettes. Color isn’t a bad idea today, and moving away from dull gray and beige will be a nice touch. Take a look at what’s out there and be creative. 
  • Lighting. Make sure all areas are well-lit for safety. Your tenants will appreciate being able to move about the property without fear. 
  • Security. If you haven’t already, install security cameras in strategic spots around your grounds. Doorbell cameras will also allow your tenants to see who’s come knocking, lowering the chance of a home invasion. Complete regular inspections of doors and windows and all the lock devices in each unit to prevent break-ins. Your apartment complex will thrive as a safe place to live if you consistently invest in your tenants’ safety.


When it comes to your apartment complex, we know you want it to be the best it can be. It’s just good business. The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always ready to help with all your renovation needs.

TIPS TO AVOID MOLD GROWTH IN YOUR BATHROOM

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your bathroom free of mold!

Avoiding mold growth in your home is usually at the top of any housekeeping list. It’s unhealthy, unsightly, and often dangerous—especially to those with respiratory issues, the very young, and the very old. Even the cleanest home can end up battling this organism. Today, we are sharing a few tips that will help you avoid mold growth in the dampest room in the house: your bathroom. 

  • Wet things. Encourage those you live with to keep wet towels and clothing off of the floor. Install hooks to make it easy to remember—if there are children in the house, it will be fun for them to have their own hooks at just their height. Fun and colorful child-friendly hooks are easy to find, and they will make this household project simple to enforce. 
  • Wet walls and doors. Drying the shower door, the bathroom door, and the walls themselves, if they are damp, will be a smart step in the battle against mold. A colony can be established within 24 hours, so you will want to make dry walls and doors part of your daily routine, especially if you live in a more humid environment. 
  • Dehumidifier. Using a dehumidifier in your bathroom, especially if it sees heavy traffic, will be a huge help in creating conditions that mold spores don’t like.
  • Materials. If you are planning a bathroom re-do, choose mold-resistant materials. There are many available on the market today so it shouldn’t be hard to find what you need at your local hardware or DIY store. 
  • Cleaning products. Choose cleaning products that are sure to keep all surfaces clear of mildew and mold. 
  • Closets. Dark areas, such as closets and under sinks, should be checked every time you clean to make sure there will be no unpleasant surprises. Even the smallest leak can contribute to an environment that mold enjoys, so if you find one, fix it right away and dry the affected area thoroughly. 

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is proud to be experienced in the area of mold prevention and remediation. Call us today for a consultation. 

PREPARING YOUR YARD FOR STORM DAMAGE

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Preparing a little goes a long way!

Storms are a normal part of life here in Middle Tennessee, and they can cause a lot of damage. It’s always a good idea to be ready for whatever may come so that your property and belongings will be safe in any kind of weather. Here are a few ways you can prepare your yard for storm damage:

  • Landscaping. This is probably one of the most potentially dangerous parts of your yard when it comes to storms. Large trees that come down unexpectedly and branches that break off and are thrown in the wind can wreak havoc. Your windows, vehicles, and even your loved ones can be hurt by this kind of activity. Make sure the trees in your yard are properly cared for and trimmed back in anticipation of heavy weather. If a tree looks unhealthy, have it removed before it hurts someone. 
  • Trash. Larger items to be disposed of by the city should be in an area where they can do the least damage if winds pick them up. When these items are being piled up for disposal, place heavier items on top of lighter ones to lessen the chance that they get carried off. 
  • Lawn furniture. Designate a secure place to store your lawn furniture and umbrellas if bad weather is coming. A lawn chair can easily become a danger if it is carried about by high winds. 
  • Roofing. Inspect your roofing, rain spouts, and rain gutters before heavy weather hits to make sure everything is in good shape. High winds will tear off anything that is not secure and can lead to large leaks and long-term issues. 
  • Sheds. If you have a free-standing shed in your yard, give it a good once-over to ensure that it can withstand bad weather. If it is not secure, it could actually be blown across your yard or into your neighbor’s.
  • Tools. Remove yard work equipment, such as shovels, rakes, and hand tools, and place it in a secure spot ahead of bad weather. 


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you get prepared for storms and other events. If you obtain damage from flooding, storms, or fire, we have all the expertise necessary to get things back to normal.

COMMON COMMERCIAL RESTORATION PROJECTS

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring commercial spaces often requires expertise.

Restoration projects for your business are going to be quite different than those you consider for your home. Your business projects will require the expertise that is necessary to deal with machinery and other specialized business equipment, so you will have to work with professionals—preferably professionals that work with a company that has a reputation for responding quickly if you experience a disaster event, such as flood, fire, or heavy weather-related issues. Every hour spent cleaning up your commercial property after a disaster is an hour lost when it comes to revenue and productivity, and it’s just good business to work with the best and the fastest in the restoration field. 

SERVPRO is just such a company. Nationwide, we have handled large commercial loss for many types of clients, which include:

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

We are proud to handle smaller situations, too. Our Nashville neighbors can always count on us! Whether you own a manufacturing business, an apartment complex, or a sales warehouse and showroom, we can be onsite to assist you with any restoration project quickly and get the job done correctly. 

When it comes to your business, you may face restoration projects at times that will include:

  • Flood Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Inclement Weather Damage
  • Damage from Equipment Failure
  • Damage from Vandalism
  • Damage from Accidents 
  • Damage due to Aging of Property

These types of restoration projects are ones that we unfortunately see often in the commercial business world, but we are trained and ready to help, 24/7.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are experts in restoration for businesses that experience a fire event, flooding or violent weather. We are also industry experts in mold prevention and remediation. Call us today for assistance with your commercial restoration projects. 

DIFFERENT SOURCES OF FIRE DAMAGE

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire safety, there is a lot to think about, no matter the time of year. Each season brings its own fire challenges, and summertime is no exception. You’ll be spending more time enjoying the outdoors and the beautiful weather with friends and family this time of year, and you want everyone to be safe. With that in mind, today we are sharing different sources of fire damage.

  • Campfires and firepits. These two items are a big part of summer for most of us. Who doesn’t love sitting around a fire, enjoying a beverage and telling stories under the stars? However, it’s also a potential source of fire damage. Make sure you have an operational fire extinguisher at hand and that you know how to use it. If you have children around the fire, teach them early on how to practice fire safety.
  • Fireworks. It’s not unusual for people to ignore fire safety on the Fourth of July. Many cities have actually banned the use of fireworks within city limits, but often these bans are ignored and fire damage is the unfortunate result. Be wise and careful, and encourage those you love to adhere to fire safety ordinances. 
  • Trash. Summertime requires yard cleanup and landscaping, and branches and other things can sometimes end up sitting in places they should not. Make sure you arrange for the pickup of all your trash, and place it in an area where it is unlikely to cause fire damage from a stray match or other sources of flame. 
  • Electrical. If you have electrical cords running to equipment in your yard or free-standing garage, make sure they are in great shape, insulated properly, and that there is no overloading of electric sources.
  • Lightning. This is a source of fire damage that we can’t control. Be safe, and stay indoors during a storm that brings electrical activity with it. 


The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is highly trained and experienced in the areas of fire and water damage. If you have experienced damages from a fire, call us today and let’s get you back to normal! We are also mold remediation experts.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FALL STORMS

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for fall storms so you don't have to deal with damage after it's too late!

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are happy to advise area homeowners about what to expect from the coming fall storm season. Extreme fall weather, such as high winds, heavy rains, and even ice, can lead to power outages and disruption of communications and can be damaging to personal and business property and belongings. It’s important to be prepared for diverse weather situations during autumn here in Middle Tennessee. 

Here are some things you can expect from fall storms and some essential safety tips you can observe to be prepared:

  • High winds: Prepare for high winds by trimming bushes and trees and removing dead trees, bushes, and all broken branches from around your home or business. These can cause injury and damage to roofing and windows if they fall or break during extreme weather involving windy conditions. 
  • Heavy rains: Clear clogged rain gutters to get ready for all the water. When heavy rains come, they need to be able to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing. If there is dirt and debris left in your gutters from last spring, the water will pool and begin to back up, possibly damaging interior wall spaces in your home. This can lead to mold growth, causing a need for mold removal on top of the storm damage. A rain gutter that is full of dirt can become heavy and can pull away from the building as well, creating another set of issues. 
  • Colder temperatures: Since you will want your premises to stay warm, prepare for colder temperatures by checking chimney and heating equipment. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned after the winter season and again at the beginning of fall to prevent possible chimney fires. Your HVAC system also needs to be inspected, and all ducts should be clear and ready for use. Also, change out all your filters in the system. If your household or business plans on using space heaters, make sure the equipment is in great shape and that everyone that uses them knows the proper way and time to do so. They should never be left on if there is no one in the room. 


The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville truly cares about your safety and the safety of your loved ones and your property. We are experts in water damage restoration as well as fire damage cleanup and restoration, and we are mold remediation specialists, too.

A WATER DAMAGE CHECKLIST FOR YOUR OFFICE

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Here's what to do when water damage hits.

Once waters from flood or leaks recede and clean up has been done, most folks just want to get back into their business office and start rebuilding. However, one problem is that materials submerged in water have probably absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding or renovating too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems like mold growth, insect infestations, and the deterioration of walls, flooring, wood and wall coverings. Flood waters are not going to be clean, either. Therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.

Here is a checklist to refer to if your office experiences water damage:

Safety first!

  • Inspect for outside structural and electrical damage to determine if it is safe to enter. Fire hazards and gas leaks will need to be identified, as well. Use battery-powered light sources.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection. Watch for fire ants, snakes, or other animals.
  • If mold is present, wear a respirator that can filter spores.

Next steps:

  • Contact your insurance adjuster immediately.
  • Begin cleanup, salvage, and drying as soon as possible, and be sure to take photos for use for inventory. All steps suggested on this page can be taken before an adjuster arrives. Keep damaged materials for proof of loss. 
  • The adjuster will assess all office damage, and as the owner, you will need to sign a proof of loss statement. 

Electrical Systems:

  • Check that all electric and gas services are turned off before entering the premises for the first time. 
  • Have an electrician check for grounds and other unsafe conditions before reconnecting the system.

Furnishings and Carpets

  • Remove all furniture, bedding, and carpeting and bring it outdoors to be cleaned and dried (or discarded).
  • Flooded carpets and rugs should be replaced since flood water may contain contaminants, and affected carpet pads should always be discarded and replaced. Remove these items within 48 hours after flooding subsides. 
  • Thoroughly dry the carpet and subfloor as quickly as possible. If carpet is installed when damp, it can mildew.
  • All upholstered furniture and mattresses contaminated by flood water should be discarded, and solid wood, metal and plastic furniture may be cleaned and restored.  Hose off any mud, then clean, sanitize, and let your furniture dry completely out of direct sunlight.

Walls

  • Open flooded walls, even if they appear undamaged, to prevent mold, odor, and structural decay. Remove water from the structure as rapidly as possible and ventilate.
  • Remove baseboards and cut holes in wallboard to drain uninsulated walls, and remove the interior surface of insulated walls to a point above water height. Discard flooded drywall. Remove and discard all wet fibrous insulation. Clean out mud. Wall studs and plates may be sprayed with disinfectant (1 cup bleach/gallon water) to kill any existing mold and fungi.
  • Speed dry with dehumidifiers and fans. Leave walls open until they have thoroughly dried, which may take up to a month.
  • Select replacement materials that will withstand future floods (such as rigid foam insulation, removable wainscoting, ceramic tile, etc.).


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experts at cleanups after water or fire damage, no matter the size of the event. If your office has been affected by water damage, either from a leak or a flood, we are here to help. We are mold remediation specialists, too!

SOURCES OF FIRE DAMAGE TO AVOID THIS SUMMER

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Avoiding fire damage can be as simple as following a few preventive tips.

During the summer, we spend more time outdoors. We barbecue and use our firepits, or we have bonfires if we live in an area that is approved for them. We may spend time cleaning out our garages or getting our landscaping done, and these types of activities create trash that will need to be disposed of. This often entails a call to the city waste management department, with the trash then waiting curbside or near our homes or businesses for pickup. Renovation and construction projects often get scheduled for summer, too, and these also create waste that can take time to remove. 

What do all of these scenarios have in common?

They can all become fire hazards

One stray spark from a Fourth of July sparkler near a dry pile of wood from fencing or roofing can turn a fun night into a disaster, and a lack of good sense near a fire pit can change everything in a second. Here are a few tips to help you avoid fire damage this summer. 

  • Make sure your family and other loved ones understand fire safety before they start roasting marshmallows or cooking burgers. 
  • Schedule trash pickup immediately to avoid large amounts of dry material from sitting in your yard. 
  • Remove dry, dead vegetation from around your home or business premises so that if a fire breaks out this material won’t provide more fuel. 
  • Using propane tanks can be dangerous; make sure the person responsible for filling it and using the barbecue understands how to properly handle volatile fuel sources. 
  • Follow the laws of your city and county when it comes to the use of fire, and this includes fireworks. Many people ignore these regulations, but keep in mind that one stray spark on a roof can bring down a neighborhood. 

Should the worst happen, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here to help. We are experts in cleanups after fire or water damage, no matter the size of the issue, and we are also mold remediation specialists. Call us today for assistance. 

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY MOLD REMEDIATION?

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold remediation ensures that mold doesn't cause serious damage.

Mold can be found in many homes and businesses, creating the need for remediation and cleaning that is specific to this type of issue. Many kinds of mold are mostly harmless, causing few problems, unless someone in the home or business suffers from allergies or sinus issues. In that case, mold becomes a major issue, requiring complete removal, or as complete as is possible. This type of removal is officially known as mold remediation. 

If you detect that telltale, musty odor in your home or business, call a professional right away to assess your situation and advise you on the best course of action. It may be that there is some discoloration on a wall or baseboard that looks like an old stain. If no one is complaining about respiratory issues or illnesses, it can be tempting to ignore it. Don’t. It takes the expertise of a mold remediation specialist to tell if the mold is dangerous or not. Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville.

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

The word remediation is used to describe the act of remedying or reversing something, usually resulting in stopping environmental damage. The terms “mold abatement”, “mold removal”, and “mold remediation” are often used interchangeably, but they actually don’t mean quite the same thing. 

If you need help with a mold issue, call us today. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are ready to help with any kind of mold-related damage to your home or business. We are also cleanup experts, when you experience fire or water damage events, no matter the size of that event. We are proud to serve the West Nashville community. 

SCHEDULING REGULAR CLEANING FOR YOUR HOTEL’S DRAPES, CARPETS, AND MORE

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

The presence of dirt, dust, allergens, pet dander, and other unhealthy contaminants in your hotel will build up over time, constantly circulated by your HVAC system, and then will be inhaled by your staff and guests. Older buildings also pose the risk of exposure to asbestos fibers and lead dust, along with other pathogens. Thorough, regular, and professional cleaning for your hotel is going to be an important factor in keeping your indoor air fresh, clean, and healthy. 

Carpet, area rugs, drapes, blinds, and upholstered furniture all attract dust and dirt. These must be regularly cleaned to avoid buildup by removing ingrained dirt and dust, and deep stains in the fibers. Beyond making your hotel premises appear dingy, motions and impacts release contaminants into the air, adding to the problem.

The furniture, carpets, drapes, and blinds in your hotel are a major business investment. Without regular deep cleanings performed with professional equipment and procedures, they will begin to deteriorate. Carpet, upholstery, and drape fabric fibers break down, and blinds lose their smooth surface. You can help preserve the longevity of these valuable items with a regularly scheduled cleaning. 

No matter how often or how carefully your staff mops, scrubs, and vacuums, dust and dirt are difficult to remove from corners, baseboards, and where the walls meet the floor. For a thorough cleaning, a professional cleaning company will have all the skills and equipment to make it happen.

Dust is made up of many different tiny particles, including dirt, animal dander, insect waste, pollen, textile and paper fibers, and animal feces. Rather than having these contaminants circulating in your hotel air, have all dust removed from the premises, including from blinds, drapes, carpets, and upholstery, by scheduling regular cleaning. 

The SERVPRO professionals are familiar with cleaning every type of blind, including vinyl, aluminum, plantation, shutter, wood, roller shades, cellular shades, or custom blinds. We also are trained to handle all types of window dressing or curtain, and from the take down to the re-installation of all your hotel window treatments, you can rest assured that we will get the job done in a timely and professional manner. 

As a hotel owner, you may have invested in quality carpet, Persian area rugs, or have carpeting or area rugs crafted from special fibers and dyes. The wrong cleaning process can be a disaster for these items. Keeping valuable carpeting and area rugs free from ingrained dirt, dust, and animal dander helps to prolong life and keep the fibers from deteriorating. 

Every place of business needs ongoing deep cleaning, with regular more extensive services, and your hotel is no exception. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, our full-service approach can make your life easier.

WHY YOU NEED TO ACT FAST WHEN WATER DAMAGE OCCURS

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Even the smallest of leaks can result in a flood if left unattended, so it’s important to catch water leaks in your home or business and react immediately so that the damage doesn’t get worse. 

Leaking pipes and a constantly running toilet are often the expensive culprits of water damage. Finding them sooner rather than later will be key in avoiding long term issues. If you find a leak, it’s important to act quickly to stop the spread of water and limit the damage. Mold begins to grow within 24 hours of exposure to excess water, so it’s vital to have a water damage cleanup plan in place for your company.

  • Turn off the water to the affected area immediately. This keeps the situation from getting worse while waiting for the problem to be repaired. Turn off the water to just the affected fixture if possible, or the entire building if necessary. 
  • Call a licensed plumber. There are many who have 24-hour response numbers, and this may be a good one to have programmed into your cell phone’s contacts list.
  • Move files, computer equipment, and other important assets to higher ground. It’s suggested that records should be stored electronically, with copies stored off site, in the cloud or in two different physical locations. If you’re concerned about cloud storage being hacked, there are personal cloud storage options available.
  • Develop a contingency plan for staff workplaces in case the office is unusable for a few days. Options include working out of rented office space or telecommuting. This is useful in the event of any kind of disaster. 

In the event of water damages of any kind, you need to act fast to remediate the issues. Water damage can ruin all kinds of materials, and your premises will suffer from deterioration and unpleasant odors. Remember, too, that once a mold colony gets established, it can never be completely removed, so it’s best to clean up the conditions it enjoys. Any damp area needs to be dried completely before 48 hours has passed, to make sure mold doesn’t gain a foothold. If you do experience water damage and its accompanying issues, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville for help. 

ODOR REMOVAL AND OTHER SERVICES YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is well known across the nation for our fire and water damage cleanup services, and we are also tops in the mold remediation industry. But we also offer other services that you may not be aware of, so today we are going to share that information with you. 

Here are some services that SERVPRO of West Nashville/Belle Meade provides in addition to our more well-known offerings: 

  • ODOR REMOVAL. We are experts in deodorization, and trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These kinds of odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure, and masking them or using other shortcuts won't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, we can often remove it over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize any unpleasant odor thoroughly.
  • BIOHAZARDS. 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. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products to handle biohazards and can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
  • VANDALISM/GRAFFITI. Vandalism and graffiti can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner
  • COMMERCIAL. First impressions certainly do matter, particularly in the world of business. The overall look of your commercial property will make a lasting first impression for your clients, so be sure that your property is always at its best. If your business has suffered from damages, whether water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or any other such disaster, that will present a poor image to both your current and your prospective clientele. When your Nashville commercial property is in need of professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to help restore your property and maintain your best possible image.

No matter what you need, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here to help. 

Tornado Season Preparedness in Nashville

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Tornado quick facts:

  • Tornadoes can strike quickly, with little to no warning
  • Tornadoes may appear almost transparent until dust and debris are picked up, or a cloud forms in the funnel
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm, but can occur at any time
  • Southern states have peak tornado season from March through May, but as we have experienced here, they can happen at any time of the year
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph, but they can vary from stationary to 70 mph
  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but they have been known to move in any direction

Being prepared for any serious weather event is always a good idea, and understanding what you might experience will help you to figure out what will be best. It is important to have a tornado plan in place at home, at the office, or anywhere you may frequent. Know where you can quickly take shelter, and practice at home and at the office at least yearly. When a tornado watch is issued, start thinking about those safe places and what you may need to have ready if things get bad.

  • Establish a plan for communication. Make sure your family or workforce knows how to get in contact with one another before, and after, disaster happens. 
  • Make sure your insurance is up to date. Don’t wait until the worst happens to find out that you aren’t covered. 
  • Ensure that your home or business is in the best repair possible. Doing this can help you to minimize damages. 
  • Have an evacuation plan in place. Make sure everyone you care about knows where to go in the event of truly bad weather. For a tornado event, heading to lower and interior areas away from glass and exterior entrances will be the best place to weather the storm. 

In the event that a disaster strikes your home or business, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is ready to help. Call us today for help with recovering from a Middle Tennessee severe weather event.

CARING FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX CARPETS

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Maintaining clean carpets can be one of the most difficult parts of rental living, and as an apartment complex owner, you are well aware of this. The carpets in your complex will be closely examined when your units are inspected by prospective tenants, and any signs of wear or damage will often be a deal-breaker.

There are some inexpensive steps that can help to protect carpets, and you can share these tips with your current tenants, which will help them live more comfortably while they rent from you.

  • Documentation.  Before any tenant moves in, make sure all existing stains, damage and wear is documented by examining the entire unit. Don’t forget closets and other storage areas, and make sure notation is made and photos are taken. If the prior tenant had children or pets (or both), use a blacklight for those hard-to-see stains. This inspection will be proof of the original state of the carpeting, so be detailed and thorough.
  • High Traffic Area Protection. General day-to-day living will cause carpet wear, and that’s just reality. Encourage your tenants to protect high-traffic areas in their unit by letting them know that removing shoes before entry is one of the best ways to control carpet breakdown. You may even decide to install shoe organizers in each unit to make it easier for your tenants, allowing them to keep entrance ways organized and clean and encouraging everyone to stop tracking dirt down the hallways. Inexpensive mat runners can be laid down in these areas for added protection and a decorative factor, too.  
  • Accidents. Direct your tenants to do what they can to protect the carpet before a potential problem arises to avoid accidental damage, such as during painting or other decorative projects, or perhaps for parties and in areas that children use regularly. Throwing down a tarp or area rugs can go a long way towards protecting apartment complex carpeting. Even if your tenants are tidy, accidents happen.  
  • Regular Maintenance. One of the best ways to keep carpets in good shape is to practice regular maintenance. Give your tenants a list of the best cleaning practices and agents for them to use, and update them regularly with tips for carpet care, as well as for other items in their unit. Most apartment complexes have a community website these days, so a weekly blog or newsletter can help keep people on top of the latest cleaning tips.
  • Professional Cleaning. As a good business move, as well as a service to your tenants, regular professional cleaning of your apartment complex carpets will help to keep all your flooring in great condition and extend the life of each unit’s carpet. It may seem like a big expense, but if done regularly it can help save you the much bigger expense of replacing carpet sooner than might otherwise be necessary.
  • Pets. If your apartment complex allows pets, make sure that pets are fully house-trained.

You might want to institute fines if stains or considerable wear-and-tear are evident in your apartment complex units due to tenant negligence. It might sound harsh, but replacing carpets often is expensive and will lead to higher rental fees in the future.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we can help if your flooring sustains damage from water or fire. We are also mold remediation experts. Call us today!

KEEPING YOUR TENANTS INFORMED ABOUT FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

As the owner of a commercial property with tenants to think about, you will want to keep them informed about what to expect if the worst were to happen, such as a fire. It will take time to get everything back to normal, and your tenants will appreciate knowing what to expect. Every fire damage event is a little bit different and will require a unique solution, but the general fire damage restoration process is always pretty much the same.

Today we will list the steps that are usually taken so that you are equipped to share all necessary updates and information with your lessees and tenants.

FIRST STEP: Emergency Contact. The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional team with the appropriate equipment and resources.

SECOND STEP: Inspection and Assessment. Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

THIRD STEP: Board-Up and Tarp: Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO will board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

FOURTH STEP: Water Removal/Drying: The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

FIFTH STEP. Smoke Removal, Cleaning and Sanitizing. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

FINAL STEP. Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If your home or business suffers from fire or water damage, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always here to help. We are also experts at mold remediation, too!

BUILDING AND RECONSTRUCTION: WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER DAMAGE REMEDIATION

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATER DAMAGE RECOVERY TIPS FOR YOUR FURNITURE

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Odor Removal In Your Apartment Complex

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Preparing for Hurricane Season in Nashville

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preventing Water Damage in Your Basement

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What to Expect From a Fire Damage Restoration Project

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLEANING YOUR HOTEL CARPETS

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATING YOUR BUSINESS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SUMMER STORMS

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

RECOVERING FROM FIRE DAMAGE TO YOUR HOTEL

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LANDSCAPING TIPS FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

We have finally turned the corner into Spring, and the bright sky and blooming flowers are quite pleasant to see after a gloomy Winter. As the owner of an apartment complex, you have already been making lists of things that will need to be accomplished during this time of year, particularly to prevent water damage, and now that things are warming up, and a landscape refresh is more than likely on that list.

Plants and trees are extremely useful on many levels, as we all know. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing and are proven to have a calming effect on us, but they prevent erosion, attract beneficial birds and insects, and help buildings to be more energy efficient by shading them and blocking warm air.

Here are some landscaping tips for your apartment complex:

Use Indigenous Plants. If you are replacing unhealthy plants or trees or landscaping a new area, consider using indigenous plants. They will require less water and care, and will grow naturally. Their maintenance will be minimal, as well, and all of these benefits save you both time and money. In addition, they are part of the natural local environment, so they will cause no harm.

Use Attractive Specimens. A beautiful landscape for an apartment complex is the ultimate in curb appeal, so when you are choosing fresh specimens for your plantings, use those that are most visually appealing. Make sure they smell good, too - or at least select those that put out no unpleasant odors!

Use Less Grass. Grass is expensive to keep up, with all the water, fertilizer, and mowing that it requires. Allow more of your property to revert to a natural setting and invest in walking trails and natural butterfly/honeybee areas. Your tenants will love it! Less water will also reduce the change of water damage and mold growth in your apartment complex.

Use Veggies. Community gardens are sprouting up, literally, all over the country. The benefits are many: bringing people together, providing organic fruits and vegetables for the immediate locale, promoting the health of beneficial insects and birds are just a few. Designate an area or two to this project, and get your tenants involved in the process. It's something that many will enjoy and will be helpful for them in reaching their health goals.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help with any of your water damage, fire damage, or mold remediation needs!

TOP SOURCES OF WATER DAMAGE TO BE AWARE OF IN YOUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

As a commercial business owner, you have worried about your own enterprise when you’ve seen the news reports and social media posts showing water damage to other businesses after a flood or heavy rain. Disasters like that are almost always unexpected, and if you aren’t prepared for what may happen during storm season, you can suffer more water damage than is necessary.

The top sources of water damage to your commercial building will be:

  • Wet Weather. The steady rains of winter or occasional snow and ice can cause issues when there are opportunities for leaks. Take a good look around your place of business to see if your premises are prepared for wet weather. Ensure that all exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and that doors and windows are properly weather-stripped. The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be regularly inspected and well-maintained, too, to protect your machinery, product, and furniture from this most common source of water damage.
  • Flooding. Both major and minor flooding events can occur during rain storms and after ice and snow melt. The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade in from their cars, floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, and you will want to plan ahead to prevent that from happening.
  • Leaks. Another very common source of water damage is going to be from leaks in your interiors. Pipes and water heaters that are not in great repair can spring leaks quickly and cause a lot of damage if the problem is not caught right away. Regular inspections of all your appliances and water systems will help you determine if there needs to be a replacement of older items that could become troublesome.

The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is standing by, ready to help in any way we can! We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage, and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your commercial property, give us a call today!

FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

No business owner wants to see a loss happen because of flood damages, especially when they could have been prevented. There are the floods that happen because of bad weather, and then there are the floods that come about due to equipment failure or negligence. Here are a few flood damage prevention tips for you that will help you avoid the worst of both.

All appliances have a limited lifespan, so it’s important to check your refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, HVAC units, and bathroom fixtures for any signs of failure. Flooding in these areas will create huge issues for you, especially if they happen over the weekend! Look for:

  • The sound of running water
  • Unpleasant odors in floors, walls, or drains
  • Low water pressure
  • Mold growing around appliance or fixtures
  • Worn out hoses

If leaks are left untreated, they can lead to mold growth, stains, and floor and wall damages. Address any leaks immediately - this is one of the best flood damage prevention tips we can give you!

Watching your water bill is another way to prevent problems. If it goes up considerably for no apparent reason, you probably have a leak somewhere. You can also read your water meter to maintain a check on it.

Maintaining roofs, gutters, and exterior windows and doors will go a long way towards keeping your business safe from the elements and flooding that can happen during heavy rains. Any drainage system on your property will need to be properly cared for, too, with debris and dirt clogging the system being removed regularly in case of heavy water. A backed up drainage system can be a huge flooding culprit.  

If you are due for some landscaping, make sure any new large shrubs or trees are planted in places where they won’t interfere with pipelines, and remove those that are already in the danger zone. Root systems can easily break apart piping and create a flooding event. Choose those plants and trees that don’t have aggressive root systems, just to be safe.

When you are dealing with flood damages, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is always here to help, 24/7. We are water and fire damage specialists, and we have years of experience with mold remediation and prevention, as well.

CHECKING YOUR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR MOLD GROWTH

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

As a Middle Tennessee business owner, you are no stranger to extreme weather. From heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms to extreme heat and tornadoes, you’ve come to expect it. High temperatures paired with humid conditions will create an environment that is right for mold to establish itself in your commercial property. Mold will thrive in dark, moist and unventilated places such as closets, warehouses, and office storage. 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, and if the lighting is bad, this is a great time to schedule an upgrade of your interior lighting. Regular inspections can also keep you informed as to whether your roofing or walls have experienced any kind of damage that can result in leaks - another way for a mold colony to get started.

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 standing by to help! We are also experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage. Give us a call!

FIRE DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR COMMERCIAL KITCHEN

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

As the owner, or manager, of a corner cafe or a quick service restaurant, you know that fire is one of the worst things imaginable. It will endanger the lives of your staff and your guests and destroy your property, shutting you down indefinitely.

It will always be a good idea to take a look at your established policies to ensure that your practices and procedures to prevent fires in your establishment are appropriate and are being followed.

Here are some essential fire damage prevention tips for your commercial kitchen:

EQUIPMENT SAFETY. Cooking equipment is often responsible for restaurant building fires. All your equipment must be maintained in top condition, from ovens to fryers. Following established cleaning practices daily, and to the letter, in addition to regular professional inspections, will ensure that repairs are made before something happens and that your equipment won’t outlive its safe operation. 

GREASE. A buildup of grease in hoods and grease traps can be a dangerous thing. These equipment components operate under high-heat constantly, so they can easily become a fire hazard, as can kitchen ductwork. Contact an experienced cleaning and restoration professional to address these issues and help you to maintain healthy indoor air quality.

SPRINKLERS. A critical component of commercial kitchen fire safety is the fire sprinkler system. Corrosion can weaken their effectiveness, so having them regularly inspected will be a good practice in preventing fire damage.

UL COMPLIANCE. If you don’t know how old your kitchen UL suppression system is, verify that information during your next inspection. You may want to consider an upgrade to UL 300 compliance to ensure your commercial kitchen’s safety.

EMPLOYEES. The very best equipment and the most top quality maintenance can never completely prevent restaurant fires. The most effective weapon in your arsenal is going to be your employees. Train them well to always be ready for restaurant fire emergencies through monthly meetings and drills, and encourage their input when addressing safety issues. Make sure everyone knows how to use fire extinguishers and how to safely evacuate your building.

Getting your doors back open quickly will be easier with the help of a professional restoration company. Call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville if you experience fire damage, water damage, or mold issues.

SPRING SHOWERS AND WATER DAMAGE: PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SPRING WEATHER

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

The steady rains of winter, or the occasional snow and ice Nashville can experience, can cause a lot of problems to your business, and with spring showers coming you will want to be prepared. Take a good look around your place of business; are you prepared for more wet weather? You will want to make sure that your exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and the weather stripping on both doors and windows is in good repair. The roof of your office or warehouse will need to be in good shape, as well, to protect your machinery, product, and furniture from the possible water damages that can come from wet spring weather.

  • The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned, and well-maintained, drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. Inspect the parking lots of your business regularly for erosion, since the last thing you need is a bill for damages to a vehicle due to deep potholes. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the parking area, consider sandbags for any affected area. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, so you will want to plan ahead here, too.
  • If your rain gutters become clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rainwater, so inspect this area and replace any parts that are not in good repair. As water backs up, it can leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can quickly find yourself with water damage and a colony of mold.
  • Power lines and telephone poles on or next to your business property are a potential issue when wet spring weather hits. Contact your utility company and have them come take a look to make sure you, your business, and your employees will be safe.
  • Be aware of the condition of any large trees on your property. If the grounds of your place of business become saturated, a tree with an unstable root base can fall, while heavy, unhealthy branches can be extremely dangerous in high winds and can create problems for you, your employees, and your customers if they become detached.

The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is standing ready to help you in any way we can. We have the expertise to handle water damage and fire damage and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your business or property, give us a call today.

MOLD GROWTH PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX TENANTS

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

To protect your apartment complex investment, you will want to educate your tenants on best practices when it comes to mold growth prevention. For every new tenant, provide them with information about how to best prevent this issue, and renew the information for every tenant on a yearly, or even twice-yearly basis, especially in a humid climate such as the one we have here in Middle Tennessee.

Mold spores are always in the air, and they spread easily. Able to grow anywhere, mold cannot ever be completely eradicated, and it can be found on carpet, clothing, food, and even inside walls. Wherever moisture can be found, mold likes to be there. Therefore, educating your tenants on moisture control is going to be the best practice to prevent mold growth in your apartment complex.

Communication. Let your tenants know that if they see a problem or a potential issue they are to let you know right away. Perhaps you can offer a rent discount for those who identify something serious as an incentive. It will save you a bundle in the long run, so why not? Water stains, leaking water heaters, condensation on windows - these things can point to a potential issue, and mold is just waiting to establish a colony there!

Drying. Encourage your tenants to use fans and dehumidifiers in their units, especially after wet weather. Let them know that leaving wet clothing and towels on the floor can cause a problem, as well, and advise them to empty washing machines immediately.

Indoor plants. Mold loves the leaves of indoor plants, and the moist soil is a perfect mold breeding ground. It can then spread throughout the apartment. Don’t make your tenants get rid of these beautiful household items; they are aesthetically pleasing, and they help to keep indoor air clean, after all. Instead, encourage people to clean the leaves of their plants regularly and to monitor standing water. Taheebo tea is a great product to use here; the oil of this tea is able to withstand fungi even in the rainforest, and it can help to prevent mold growth in plant soil. Your tenants can find this amazing natural product at organic food stores.

Educating yourself and your tenants on mold prevention will go a long way towards preventing a colony from establishing itself. In the event that a problem occurs, however, contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for help. We are mold remediation specialists!

SCHEDULING REGULAR CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

You know that in a competitive business environment, it is essential for you to always put your best foot forward. From your customer service to your networking practices, you are always thinking about your enterprise and promoting what you do.

The appearance and condition of your physical property speaks volumes about you as a business person. When a client comes to see you in your place of business, their first impression of what you do will be what they see.

If your entries, walkways, and landscaping is top notch, they will notice. If they aren’t, they will notice. Is your waiting area comfortable and cozy? Do you have proper lighting, or do you need to change a bulb or two? Are the chairs in good repair, or do they need a cleaning? Perhaps they should be replaced. When your customer uses your public restroom, will they be surprised by the space? And if they are, is it a pleasant surprise? Or are your bathrooms places no one wants to go into? Your client will see all this, and act accordingly. If you haven’t been paying enough attention to your property, you will probably pay a price, and that price will be lost business.

When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, many business owners find it a challenge to make time to get it done, and that’s understandable. You are busy running your enterprise - we get it!

A professional cleaning and restoration company can sit down with you and create a schedule for routine cleaning and maintenance that will be perfect for your business. They can come in and assess what needs to be done, and then do it. No more concerns about the little things like light bulbs or dirty walkways, and if the carpet needs to be deep cleaned, they will schedule that with you and take care of it while you do what you are best at.


The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is experienced in cleaning and maintenance, and we have the expertise necessary to get the job done, and get it done right. We are experts in water and fire damage, and we handle mold remediation, too.

CLEANING SMOKE DAMAGE OUT OF YOUR KITCHEN

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

The damages that fire can cause are, of course, significant and devastating. Smoke is a big issue as well, and very hard to get rid of. In the event of an oven or stove fire in your kitchen, you can be left with a mess that requires the help of professionals who know how to deal with the residue left behind, and that smell. It’s not as easy as just opening a window and letting it all air out, unfortunately.

The acidity of smoke and soot can make them difficult to remove, and they contain particles that are harmful to breathe, so it is going to be essential to clean the smoke damage completely out of your kitchen as soon as possible.

There are a few things a homeowner can do themselves to alleviate smoke damage using items found in most homes, such as rubbing alcohol, vinegar, degreaser, and hot water. You will need one item that isn’t normally in your closet, and that is a dry-cleaning sponge.

Open all windows, even if it’s cold outside - ventilation is essential. Use fans, if necessary, to get air moving, and turn off your HVAC system to prevent the spread of the smoke and soot and their harmful particles.

Make sure you wear protection for yourself, such as long pants and long sleeves. Gloves and eye protection are important, as well, since you will be freeing soot as you clean. Lay down floor protection and remove furniture that is not damaged. You may be able to cover items with plastic if the area affected is small, but if it’s the whole kitchen it will be wise to simply remove everything and seal off undamaged areas. If the damage is too severe for you to handle, be sure to contact a licensed professional.

Remove loose soot particles with your vacuum, using attachments. If you have a shop-vac, that is best.

Next, using the dry-cleaning sponge, wipe up soot and smoke stains. These sponges have special chemicals in them to lift stains, so they are best for the job. Never use water or cleaners before you use this sponge, or soot will be spread all over and be impossible to remove. As the sponge gets discolored, you can slice the used parts off with a knife to get a fresh start, but make sure you aren’t using a dirty sponge - that will be counterproductive.

At this point, you can use a clean rag and any cleaning agents you have on hand. Soak your rag in the preferred cleaner and wipe all the walls throughout your kitchen, whether you see soot or smoke damage or not. Wipe down light bulbs, too. After this, soapy water should be used to wipe down everything. Refresh your water throughout the process. Once you’ve finished, you will want to wash everything down with clean water, just to be sure.

After your kitchen is clean, you will want to dry all the surfaces, and run fans, too.

This is such a huge job that you may find it necessary to call a professional for help. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville we have the expertise necessary to help you recover your kitchen from smoke damages.

SPRING STORM DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

In Middle Tennessee, Spring is very welcome. After all the gloomy, cold days and nights, it’s great to see the sun again. The surrounding hills are green, and flowers are everywhere! We are all anxious to get outside and have some fun.

Spring also brings with it some stormy weather, though, so you will want to be prepared for that. Damages to your home and other properties can make you forget the joy that this season brings with it, so let’s talk about some Spring storm damage prevention tips:

Landscaping. A thorough cleaning of your landscaping for your home or business is in order after harsh winter weather. Some plants and trees will have suffered, and some may not have made it at all. Removing dead branches and trees or other large vegetation will prevent damages in a storm from flying debris.

Drainage. Make sure your property enjoys proper drainage; often the ditch system will be full of leaves, branches, and other debris from the winter, and when water starts running, this can present a problem. Floods, even small ones, are very damaging to your property and can become dangerous very quickly.

Roofing. Have a thorough inspection done of your roofing. Loose shingles, cracks, or damage from excessive moisture made by melting snow or ice can weaken your roof’s ability to keep water out. Make these repairs right away; if you need a new roof, don’t put it off!

Doors and windows. Take a good look at all exterior doors and windows to make sure they are in good repair and fit properly. Are they well-sealed against the coming wet weather of Spring? Did they sustain damages from winter? If so, schedule repairs soon before spring storms come.

Gutters. Be sure to have your rain gutters cleaned out to prevent damages to your building through spilling water. When debris and dirt clog your gutters, the water simply has nowhere to go but into your walls when it backs up. Waterlogged walls are a great place for mold to start a colony, and that is certainly something you will want to prevent!

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are always ready to help in the event you suffer from Spring storm damages. We handle all sizes of fire or water damage events, and we are experts when it comes to mold and its remediation and prevention.

CLEANING TIPS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOTEL

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Travel season is upon us, and you will want your hotel to shine! You’ve spent the money to ensure your online presence makes a good impression with excellent photos and descriptive copy, and you want your guests to continue to be impressed when they arrive for their stay.

Today we are sharing some cleaning tips to spruce up your hotel for summer vacation:

Green stuff. After a hard winter, your landscaping is probably needing a facelift. Replace any plants or trees that look like they won’t recover, and trim back everything that is left - dead branches are dangerous as well as unsightly. Plant new flowers and bushes, and maybe add pots of small trees or other vegetation around your property, too. Using indigenous species is always a good idea since they cost less money in water and maintenance, and they won’t harm the environment.

Curb appeal. Pressure washing will get rid of the debris, dust, and cobwebs that accumulate during the months when everyone is indoors and brighten up the exterior of your buildings considerably. Employ professionals to come and wash your windows, sliding doors, and other glass viewing areas, as well, and let the sunshine in!

Flooring. Whether you have carpet or faux wood flooring, they probably could use a deep clean after months of wet weather. Your professional cleaning company can get the job done in record time and leave your hotel flooring looking brand new. If there are any lingering musty odors in your halls or rooms, a good floor cleaning can often remove it.

Bathrooms. Deep cleaning your hotel bathrooms is a great idea, and one that brings you immediate benefits by pleasing your guests. Your housekeeping staff is well-trained and does a great job with upkeep, but a deep clean for each space returns it to its original shine.

Walls and doors. Washing walls, doors, and other surfaces will lend your hotel the look of a fresh paint job without the expense. Over time, these surfaces get dirty, but since it happens in weeks, months, and even years, we don’t notice. But our guests will! Dingy walls and doors make your hotel look like no one cares, and that will drive your customers away.

Sprucing up your hotel will bring you repeat customers. Call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, and let’s get your project started. We handle damages from water and fire, as well as mold remediation.

RENOVATION PROJECTS TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR BUSINESS

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

It’s the time of year when many business owners are thinking about renovations to their holdings. The weather is warmer, and it’s going to be a lot easier to get things done now that the sun is out. Keeping your properties in good shape is important for your image as a business owner and operator in your area, so let’s get started!

Here are some renovation projects to plan out that will also prevent water damage in your business:

Roofing. Probably the single most important spot on your property to keep in good shape, especially when it comes to preventing damages from water! A quarterly inspection of your roofing is going to let you know when it’s time to for a re-do. Loose shingles, cracks, and leaks will all make an appearance after heavy weather like the weather we have all experienced this past winter, and repairing your roof during renovation is going to save you trouble and money from water damage in the future.

Pipes and water lines. Internal areas that involve water, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and some work-related spaces in some industries, are going to be due for a renovation periodically. Have a professional take a good look at all exposed pipes, faucets, and other water features as well as testing the water lines that go to the city’s system to make sure you aren’t experiencing leaks or breaks that aren’t yet apparent. A water line break can be a huge issue and disrupt your business for hours, and sometimes even days, depending on the severity.

Appliances. Your water heater, refrigerator, or freezer can all cause damages by water to your property when they fail. Replacing these items in a timely manner can prevent that, and it will give you the opportunity to choose energy-efficient models, as well, which will save you money while giving back to the earth.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we can be on the scene of a water damage emergency right away! Call us in the event that your business experiences damage from water or fire, and remember that we are mold remediation experts.

MANAGING FLOOD DAMAGE TO YOUR NASHVILLE BUSINESS

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting the bottom line of your business in the event of flooding is important! Taking steps beforehand to prevent or reduce flood damages to your Nashville business is a wise business move and can go a long way towards alleviating distress and flood-related costs to your enterprise, but sometimes even the best-laid protection plans don’t stop flood damages from occurring.

When a flooding event happens, you will need to manage all the damages left behind. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team is here to help you!

Here are some tips for managing flood damages to your Nashville business:

Respond quickly. A rapid response to flood-related damages is going to be crucial in reducing secondary damages and restoration costs. Contacting a professional restoration team and getting them on the scene right away will help you stay open for business or get you back on your feet quickly.

Utilities. If your property has experienced downed telephone poles or utilities have been affected, contact your local authorities right away and let them know what is happening. They will be recording affected properties and areas to schedule service, so this will help them to plan.

People. Make sure you have connected with your workforce to see if everyone is safe. At this point, you can establish methods of completing work from home if possible so that no time is lost there.

Weather. Keep a close watch on the weather so that you are as well-informed as possible. If there are new storms coming or if any dam-releases are scheduled, for example, you will be able to plan ahead.

Documents. Hopefully, you are storing your business-related documentation in the cloud as well as in hard copy form. If flood waters damage or destroy these items, you always have your cloud copies to pull from.

If you are working on your disaster-preparedness plan, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville can help. Floods can occur at the most unlikely or unexpected times, and we are here for you whenever the worst happens. Call us today and schedule a time for us to sit down and talk about you and your business.

SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

The warmer months are finally just around the corner. Finally! And this is always the time of year that we all consider changes and upgrades to help us start fresh. You will want your business to reflect the upbeat mood of Spring with fresh and clean surroundings and atmosphere; it is a great way for your business to be inviting to your clients, customers, and workforce, too.

Here are some spring-cleaning tips for your business:

The Professionals. Any type of commercial cleaning project needs professional assistance. Connect with area services that are well-established and highly respected. Those reviews on social media platforms can actually be a big help here. These companies will come right to you, and they will make sure that your spring cleaning is done right by following your instructions precisely.

Going green. Using green products is always a good idea. These products aren’t composed of harsh chemicals, so there is no danger of negative reactions to your working environment and those with sensitivities. There are a wide variety of environmentally friendly cleaning items these days, and your customers will be happy to know that you are going green, too.

A weather eye. Whenever you plan any seasonal job, always keep an eye on the weather. It can change at the drop of a hat sometimes, making your project difficult or impossible. When you are scheduling spring cleaning services for your business, select alternate days or a full range to allow for a change of plans. Extreme temperatures can have a negative effect on some products, as well.

Working together. Every member of your team has something valuable to add. When planning for the spring cleaning of your business, ask for input from everyone. Perhaps there is something they have noticed that needs attention that has escaped you, or maybe they have a perspective on how to streamline the process that will help you avoid work disruptions. Teamwork will help any project get done faster and more efficiently, and a cleaning job is no exception!

Contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville and let us be a part of YOUR team to help you with your business spring cleaning.

THE ADDITIONAL COSTS OF FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fires are devastating and can cause major damage to your home or business, which can often require you to hire licensed professionals to make the repairs. The extent of the damage will all depend on the fire itself, how it started, and how long it burned, and how it was put out. A few determining factors when it comes to fire damage restoration cost will be:

  • The number of affected rooms
  • The amount of damage
  • Repairs needed

It is estimated that fire and smoke restoration will cost approximately $4.50 per square foot, so for a 2,600 square foot home, this adds up to about $12,000. You probably also know that water damages will be extensive, since this is what is often used in the fighting of the fire. Water can damage walls, floors and furniture, and if not handled quickly, the damage can get worse over time. In addition, mold can easily take hold in damp conditions.

There are a few additional costs of fire damage restoration that you might not know about, such as:

  • Soot removal and cleanup. Soot can build up on curtains, walls, and carpets, and can cost anywhere from $2,000 - $6,000, depending on the size of the home or business.
  • Cleanup of burnt materials. All the materials that have been burned and are no longer usable or are obstructive will need to be removed by professionals, and this additional cost can be $50-$100 per pound.
  • Smoke damages. Clothing, carpet, and draperies absorb smoke, and the strong odor left behind will only get worse over time. Cleanup must take place at the source, and only after soot and water damage are removed. Thermal fogging and Ozone treatment are two of the most common methods, and can cost $200-$600.  
  • Air ducts. Vent and duct cleaning will prevent lingering odors from spreading.

In the event of a fire at your home or business, call the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals for help with fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, and so much more. We are here to help.

TOP SOURCES FOR COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Planning ahead can keep your commercial property safe from water damage. Just keeping an eye on the places where water can become an issue for your business will help you stay ahead of the game. Some of the top sources for commercial water damage can include:

  • STORMS: Winter and Spring bring lots of water, either by steady rains, or ice and snow, and all that water can cause a lot of problems. Make an inspection around your place of business; are you prepared for wet weather? Take note of weather stripping and poorly fitting doors and windows and the drainage for your parking areas and entryways as well as all warehousing and manufacturing outbuildings.
  • EQUIPMENT FAILURES. Unexpected events such as a burst pipe in your parking area or under a sink, or a broken or misdirected landscaping sprinkler can easily create problems by sending large amounts of water to the wrong places. In shops and warehouses, water damage can come about from broken pipes or equipment failures, such as pumps, etc.
  • WATER MAINS. These kinds of situations come from circumstances that are out of your control, but you do want to keep them in mind. Make sure your parking areas and entryways can stay open in the event that your area streets are flooded due to a burst water main. You know you will have to wait for the city or county to come and correct the problem, and you want to stay in business.
  • LEAKS. After wet weather, you may realize you have smaller water damage issues that you hadn’t noticed before. The roof of your office area, your warehouse, or your storage area needs to be properly cared for as well to protect your product, machinery, and office furniture from water damage through leaks and seepage.

If you have sustained water damages to your home or commercial property, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help in any way we can. We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage and specialize in mold remediation.

HVAC CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE THAT WILL IMPROVE THE AIR QUALITY OF YOUR BUSINESS

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Hiring a professional to inspect, clean, and maintain your HVAC system will save you time and trouble. You will want to schedule an inspection every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. Your professional will inspect and clean all the wiring and mechanisms of your business’ HVAC units, which requires training and expertise. Scheduling regular inspections, cleaning, and maintenance of your HVAC will greatly improve the air quality of your business, and that will be good news to everyone - staff and guests alike.

As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, such as:

Regularly:

  • 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 your air filters at least every 90 days.
  • In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier.
  • In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on.

Annually:

  • 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 the air quality and atmosphere of your business pleasant and healthy, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will also save you money by improving and maintaining the energy efficiency throughout your buildings and premises.

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team has the expertise necessary when it comes to inspecting and maintaining your HVAC system, and we are here 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.

IS YOUR HOTEL PREPARED FOR STORM DAMAGES?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damages can be devastating to a business of any kind, and your hotel is no different. This kind of weather event can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your Nashville hotel for Spring storm season and possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the number of storm damages your business could sustain and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal. Is your hotel prepared for storm damages? Here are a few things to think about:

  • MAINTENANCE. The most important factor in the battle against damages to your hotel is going to be regular, and thorough, maintenance. Planning ahead for the possibilities of a severe weather event is going to keep your business damage free, or at least lessen the severity. If your hotel is surrounded by mature trees, keep them properly trimmed and healthy. If your building has rain gutters, make sure they never become clogged with debris to avoid water damage and be sure to keep your parking and entries/exits free of obstructions so that people can get in or out quickly and remain safe.
  • INSPECTIONS. Employ a professional to inspect your property regularly to make sure nothing is missed. Replacing roofing, siding, or windows after a storm will be annoying and costly, and a proper inspection program can prevent those types of restoration projects from being necessary.
  • STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly. These 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 and possible water damage.
  • RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your hotel staff. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to come in to work or not. No one should drive through flooded roadways and intersections. Listening to weather updates will keep you informed, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.

Responding quickly to storm damages will get you back to business right away, and the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here for you, 24/7. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville specializes in water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold remediation, and more!

ODOR REMOVAL AND DEODORIZATION FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Due to the large numbers of people (and pets) that reside in your apartment complex, there are some serious odors that can become a challenge at times. Cigarette smoke, cat litter, and spoiled meat odors are just a few of the smells that can become offensive and troublesome very quickly. If a new resident has moved into an apartment where odors were prevalent, for example, you as the owner could wind up with some contentious conversations that could even lead to legal trouble.

When readying a unit in your apartment complex, make sure the area is completely aired out. You can leave doors and windows open for at least 24 hours, or invest in an air purifying system that can be moved from unit to unit to aid you here. A “home-grown” method that many swear by is to place vinegar or coffee grounds into a bowl and leave in the room with the odor issues. It should be allowed to sit there for several days, and each room should be treated with its own bowl. This method is economical and earth-friendly, too.

Carpet cleaning and/or replacement can be a huge benefit here since carpets are notorious for trapping odors. A green method you can employ is using baking soda: sprinkle it on the offending carpet and leave for 12 to 72 hours. After vacuuming, your unpleasant smell issue should disappear. Steam cleaning is also an option, and a professional cleaning company can be employed here to get the job done in a timely manner. If not, it may be time to consider replacing those old carpets with wooden floors. If you go this route, be sure to instruct your residents on using wood-friendly cleaners, since improper cleaning here can create all-new odor issues.

Washing windows and mirrors regularly can help with cigarette smoke odors, believe it or not. These surfaces get covered with residue and the resulting smell, and cleaning them with vinegar and water can be the perfect solution to the problem. Blinds and drapes can also be culprits and will need to be removed and cleaned. Vinegar is a big help here, too, or you can enlist the help of a professional cleaning company.

If there is still a lingering odor issue, replace HVAC filters and clean the air vents, and even replace the light bulbs. Cigarette smoke, in particular, is very invasive and affects every surface imaginable. Thoroughly cleaning the ceiling may also be a big help here.

When it comes to odor removal and deodorization in your apartment complex, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has the experience and expertise needed to get rid of the problem.

TOP COMMERCIAL SPRING CLEANING PROJECTS

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Winter is just about to end, and with Spring right around the corner, every commercial business owner will have a completely new set of cleaning projects to think about due to seasonal weather. Now is a great time to complete some of your top commercial Spring cleaning projects that will help get your business ready for the coming busier season. Here are two top projects:

    • Interiors. With more sunlight coming in your interior windows, you will see areas that need to be touched up. Deep cleaning, as well as refreshing touches by painting and other aesthetic maintenance, will help your business look its best. Some areas in your interior spaces that will need attention this Spring include:
      • Flooring
      • Windows/Mirrors
      • Bathrooms/Kitchens
      • Entryways
  • Exteriors.
    • Landscaping/Parking. Your landscaping will probably need attention after a rough winter, and a fresh paint job will be a big improvement, too. Clear out brush and trash that was blown onto your property by winter winds and engage a professional company to come and clean your parking areas.
    • Warehousing/Storage. These outlying areas could probably use a refresh after winter, too. Take a good look at them and take steps to help them look their best.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider those commercial cleaning projects for your workspaces:

Professional help. Any kind of commercial cleaning needs professional help. Professionals make the job easier. Research businesses with a local history and lots of positive reviews. A reputable company will make that sure your Spring cleaning projects are done right by following your precise instructions and making your business shine.

Going green. An important factor these days to consider is the well-being of the environment. Using environmentally sound products has a lot of advantages. Products that aren't made from harsh chemicals can help without the potential for allergic reactions from those who come in contact with them. New products on the market today make it easier than ever to get the results that you and your customers are sure to love.

Team effort. It helps to enlist the assistance of other members of your team when planning seasonal cleaning. Together, you can determine the best dates for the cleaning. You can also talk about the kind of cleaning that will need to be done in individual spaces.

The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is committed to assisting business and commercial property owners with all their Spring cleaning projects and endeavors.

Caring For Your Belongings Following a Fire

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damages will affect both the structure of your home and your belongings, as well. Smoke and soot can ruin furniture, clothing, and keepsakes-- the very things that make a house a home.

It may be necessary to contact professional help when it comes to restoring items affected by fire damage, or water damage and mold growth, too. The expertise of such a company can help you save money in the long run, all while preserving those precious, irreplaceable heirlooms. There are several methods that can be used to clean your items:

  • Dry Cleaning. For cleaning lighter residues as well as for preparation before wet-cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning. Effective for removing both moderate and heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe Cleaning. Used for items that cannot be wet-cleaned.
  • Foam Cleaning. For upholstery and other fabrics that can shrink or bleed if wet-cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning. Uses agitation of any surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning. A bath of cleaning product is used; items are dipped in and soaked.

Electronics that have been damaged by fire often present serious hazards. No device should be turned on if it could possibly have been damaged by fire. Smoke residues contain acids that corrode metal surfaces, and if they are not removed, that corrosion can cause electronic failure in that device. Taking prompt action will prevent further damages to your devices. Some of the devices you should be careful of include:

  • Computers
  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Cell phones
  • iPads and Tablets

When documents, such as photographs, contracts, wills, etc. are damaged by water or fire, extreme care will need to be taken to ensure the document is not completely lost. Although in some cases it may not be possible to return every document to pre-fire condition, a professional restoration company can certainly save a good deal of them and minimize additional damage. Depending on the type of document and level of damage, there are five professional methods used for document restoration:

  • Air Drying.
  • Freezer Drying
  • Dehumidifying
  • Vacuum Freeze/Vacuum Thermal Drying

When you have suffered a fire, handling the damages following that fire can be overwhelming. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team can help you in caring for your belongings and premises during this process.

The First Steps in Disaster Restoration For Your Business

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

After any natural disaster, you as a business owner will be left wondering where to start when it comes to picking up the pieces. You not only have to worry about repairing your own home, but also your commercial property. If your building has experienced severe damages, here are some disaster restoration tips to help you get your business back up and running as soon as possible:

  • Safety First. Safety should always be priority number one, whether you are a business owner, a homeowner or both. Even after extreme weather is over and flood waters begin to recede, for example, flooding is still a danger. Potential electrical hazards may exist, and gas leaks and water contaminants are often present - these issues will not be readily apparent to the untrained eye, so enlisting the help of professionals to determine whether there are safety hazards to remove will be a smart decision. Your property should remain off limits until an experienced inspector determines all structures and grounds are safe.
  • Insurance Claims. Begin your claim filing process for any major damages as soon as you are able. Dealing with insurance companies can be a frustrating and time-consuming process, so contacting your insurance agent right away will help get you on the road to recovery sooner rather than later. You can contact them periodically with details about the damages as they emerge, but being proactive in starting the process will save you stress in the long run.
  • Damage Survey. Take your time in processing the damages your business has sustained. It will be an emotional experience, more than likely, so don’t be surprised by that. As you assess the scope of the destruction, take plenty of pictures and make detailed notes for your insurance claims and company records.
  • Salvage. Remove any undamaged items or those things that you know can be repaired, and store them in a safe place until the disaster restoration of your business is completed. Make any minor fixes that you are able to handle, but don’t hesitate to contact professionals for assistance in the big stuff.
  • Professional Help. Damage restoration companies know how to handle projects of all types and sizes, and their expertise will help you get back to work quickly. The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can guide you through the entire process.

There is hope after a disaster, and you can recover. We are here to help you with all your disaster restoration needs.

Water Damage Prevention Tips for Your Hotel

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

The best way to prevent water damage in your hotel is to be aware. Take time to look around, especially after wet weather and check for signs of a problem. Damage to the walls and foundation areas of a building are extremely important to repair as soon as possible in order to avoid larger structural and property damages in the future, which can end up costing far more in the long run.

Here are some things to look for:

  • Look for changes in the color or texture of surfaces. Wallpaper or paint might be peeling away or appear discolored. Check for bowing in the walls, which can be a result of long-term seepage. In service areas on lower floors that may have unfinished walls, you will want to look for a white, salty substance known as “efflorescence”. This usually appears on foundational walls and will tell you how high water has risen. If flooring is swollen or removed from the subfloor, that is another indicator of water damages.
  • Make sure your staff is well-trained on how to check for leaks and maintenance needs, and establish a system they can use to get important information about those needs to the people who arrange for repairs and upkeep.
  • Cracking can occur in the foundation and/or the floor, and it is often due to water damage. Look for cracks in window seals and door panes, as well.
  • Odors are an indicator that there is an excess water problem. Oftentimes, it’s mold or mildew that causes those smells, which means you have water damage on your hands.
  • Keep drainage areas well-maintained in expectation of summer storms; directing water away from your buildings will stop any problems before they even start! Pay special attention to guest parking areas and entryways to alleviate the possibility of lawsuits from dangerous situations that can arise through water damages.

Once you have found that you have water damage, it’s probably time to call a professional general contractor. These people are experienced and trained to repair and renovate spaces that have extensive damage from excess water due to leaky pipes, flooding, etc.

The team at  SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is the team to call for cleanups after water damage or fire damage, both large and small. We are mold-remediation experts, too!

What to Do if Your Business Floods

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Whether flooding occurs without warning, as in a flash flood, or from a slow business during, or after, a heavy storm, it is a common occurrence in many parts of the country. West Nashville is no different, and as I’m sure you are all aware, Nashville has a history of flooding! Today we are highlighting some important steps to consider as a business owner if your location should experience flooding.

BE VIGILANT. 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 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.

INFORMATION. Be sure you keep copies of 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.

BUILDING PREPARATION. 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.

EMERGENCY PLAN. 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.

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.

When it comes to a flooding event, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to help. We specialize in cleanup projects of all sizes, so call us for assistance if your business experiences any kind of disaster.

Commercial Services SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Offers that You Might Not Know About

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

In addition to clean up after fire damages or water damages, the SERVPRO team is also experienced in mold remediation and removal, but you probably already know that. We are well-known for our expertise in these areas and are proud of our service to our West Nashville/Belle Meade clientele. It’s an honor to serve you!

Today we would like to share a few of the other commercial services we offer that you might not know about so that you can always keep SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville in mind when the need arises:

BIOHAZARDS. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. Failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with all health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, and so can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

TRAUMA AND CRIME SCENE. After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Oftentimes, these events can be traumatic, and dealing with the cleanup can be difficult. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO will respond immediately with the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience necessary to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

  • Crime Scene Residues

      • From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens

    • We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

These are just a few of the commercial services you might not know about that SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville offers. Visit our website to learn more!

The Importance of HVAC Maintenance in Your Business

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Proper maintenance of the HVAC systems in your business will save you both time and money. When temperatures drop, you can trust a well-maintained system to keep your interiors warm and dry, and that will protect your business investment. On the other hand, when your HVAC is not functioning properly due to a lack of maintenance, the damp and cold that can result will wreak havoc on machinery and equipment and even create an unhealthy working environment that can leave you with sick employees who can’t come in to complete their tasks. That’s when a business owner will lose both time and money. Don’t make that mistake!

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 between professional maintenance visits:

  • Use 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 the grounds.
  • 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 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 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, you can also pre-program the thermostats in your building.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville. your business is our business, and we are here to help you with all your HVAC needs and more. We are proud to serve the West Nashville and Belle Meade areas of Nashville.

General Water Pipe Maintenance that will Prevent Water Damages to Your Apartment Complex

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

No matter how pure the water piped to your apartment complex may be, there is no guarantee that it will remain as pure once it comes out of the taps. To keep your water quality high and your property free from water damages, you will want to prioritize pipe maintenance. Corroded pipes will seep copper and lead into your water supply, and can sometimes cause health hazards as well as leaks and other maintenance issues that can cause thousands of dollars to repair.

The following general water pipe maintenance tips can help to alleviate the possibilities of water damages to your apartment complex.

  • Water Softening. If your complex is located in an area that has hard water, be aware that the high mineral content can shorten the lifespan of your pipes, since the minerals will build up in those pipes over time and increase the likelihood of clogging. They can also corrode pipe joints and fillings, as well. Having your apartment complex water system tested for hardness will let you know the steps you may need to take.
  • Harsh Chemicals. It may be cheaper to use store-bought liquids to unclog a drain than to call a plumber, but these chemicals erode pipes from the inside, eventually causing leaks. Encourage your tenants to contact the main office when it comes to clogged drains; it will save money in the long run.
  • Cold Weather Insulation. In areas with especially cold winters, pipes will need to be insulated properly. Foam tape is an easy solution if an issue is found, and insulate caps on all exterior valves is a great way to prevent a freeze from entering the interior of your water piping. Use compressed air for your apartment complex sprinkler system in anticipation of a cold snap; this will save your landscaping piping.
  • Balanced Water Pressure. High water pressure can put a huge strain on your pipes, causing joints, faucets, and appliance valves to work harder than they need to.

Implementing some of these techniques can help to expand the lifetime of your apartment complex water pipes and lessen the possibility of expensive water damages.


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are experts in handling water damage and fire damage. We are also experts at commercial restoration projects and mold remediation! If the worst should occur, we are here to help.

Damages Storms Can Cause to Your Business

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Winter and Spring storms can appear on the horizon quickly, surprising you with their violence. All that water can be devastating to a home or commercial building, causing storm damage and water damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. Here are just a few of the damages a storm can cause to your business:

  • ROOFS AND GUTTERS: 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 roof that is not in good repair is just an accident waiting to happen; saturation either by water or snow can cause a weak roof to develop leaks or even to buckle under the weight. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea, and regular roof inspections will reveal problems quickly and allow you to repair problem areas before bad weather hits.
  • PUBLIC AREAS: Storm drains are in place to move excess water away from buildings, driveways, and walkways. Potholes and crumbling surfaces can be caused by storms and will present a dangerous situation for your staff or customers, and are a liability risk for you as a business owner. Your local government is usually responsible for storm drains, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away so that repairs can be made, leaving you ready for storm waters.
  • LANDSCAPING. Large trees and bushes can be pulled loose by heavy winds, especially when the ground is saturated. Weak vegetation, from a dry summer or due to age, can become a problem during a storm, with branches coming down or being blown into windows or vehicles.
  • POWER. Power surges during inclement weather can damage equipment, such as computers, fax machines, etc. Taking precautions here will help save you time and money.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always ready to help if your property sustains storm damage, fire damage, or water damage. Visit us on our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville

Full-Scale General Contractors: What to Expect for Your Business

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

A Full-Scale, or Large-Scale, Project (LSP) can have many definitions since there are no established measurements that can be used to define this type of venture. It depends on the view of the parties involved and how they view the project; for example, a large project that has been done many times previously in similar environments may actually be easy to plan and manage, and therefore may not actually qualify to be considered an LSP.

There are some thresholds that can be used to create a general understanding, such as:

  • Timeframe
  • Size of workforce
  • Budget
  • Complexity

A full-scale general contractor will be the main contractor on the project. His/her responsibility will be to ensure that the project is completed according to the specifications of the client(s), as well as any required legal compliances and building codes. Large-scale contractors will often hire subcontractors to get work done effectively and on-time. Full-scale general contractors will typically work in an office, reporting to the job site regularly to ensure that the subcontractors are meeting the specifications of the job in a timely and efficient manner. A large project requires specific skills related to their management, and a general contractor of such a project must be knowledgeable and proficient in the coordination of labor, materials, equipment, and subcontractors in order to get the job done correctly and in a professional manner.

Examples of full-scale constructions projects can be:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Office buildings
  • Shopping malls
  • Apartment complexes

Each of these commercial projects requires extremely high-quality management skills from any full-scale general contractor!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a team of skilled professionals, and we are committed to the residents of the West Nashville area. Call us today for all your damage restoration needs and cleanup projects both large and small. We are also fire and water damage experts and excel in mold remediation.

How SERVPRO Can Help Your Business Prepare for Large Loss Water Damage

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you are always thinking about the future, and you know that disasters are something you need to be prepared for. When disaster strikes, possessions are often ruined, and the structures of businesses can be negatively affected. Staff can become injured or find themselves in dangerous situations, and these are scenarios you want to be able to prevent or at least be ready for.  A professional damage restoration company can be an important and welcomed resource during times like these; such companies are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner as well as keep you and your workforce out of harm’s way.

While disastrous situations can rarely be foreseen, planning ahead in preparation for any possible commercial water damage will help you be prepared to handle such an event. During extreme weather, some areas of your business are going to be more apt to experience damage than others. For example, low-lying areas like basements, cellars, and parking lots are most likely to experience storm damage.

Planning ahead in these areas will help:

  • Basements and cellars should be inspected ahead of wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Let the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville professionals look for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas. Handling the aftermath of flooding and storm damage can be very expensive, but is an event that can be avoided if you plan ahead by enlisting the help of our team.
  • A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage, and the areas underneath it will suffer. If rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water, as well. SERVPRO is skilled and experienced when it comes to maintaining our clients’ property, and we can help you be ready in the event of large loss water damage.
  • If areas such as entryways, windows, and doors are not properly sealed against extreme wet conditions, large loss water damage is a definite danger. We can help you make sure they are free of standing water and debris, as well, if flooding occurs. Proper planning in this area can prevent injuries and costly repairs.
  • Our professionals can help ensure that all areas around your buildings are kept free from flammable materials and that all plants and trees are trimmed well on a regular basis to prevent fires from spreading if they occur.
  • State law requires that you post an evacuation plan in a visible place for your staff and customers. Make sure that your employees understand it and know how to carefully guide clientele to safe areas should a disaster occur. Have a phone tree established so that all employees are alerted to important information whether they are at work or at home. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team can help in creating a plan.

Our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help in case of disaster and large loss water damages, and the repairs your business may need in the aftermath. We are also experts in fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial restoration, and much more!

Fire Prevention Tips for Your Hotel

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

If you run a hotel business, you will want to do everything you can to protect it from disasters such as water damage and fire damage. Being prepared for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. Today, we’re sharing some tips that can help you prevent fire damages as well as some helpful tips in the event a fire ever does happen:

  • Take steps to ensure that the address numbers for your buildings or suites are highly visible, enabling emergency responders to easily find your location quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black on white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.
  • All fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from all work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot. Make sure your extinguishers are inspected and serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.
  • Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage that is illuminated at all times with a battery backup for power outages. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the exit areas and spaces around the building outside kept clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.
  • In order to prevent a fire from ever starting, all stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling in an orderly manner. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern. Entries, hallways, and storage spaces should be kept clear of clutter or obstructions to allow quick exit and access for fire personnel. These instructions have been put in place by your area fire marshal, and if not followed, can result in fines.
  • Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged into them, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
  • Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and entryways and not stored in the path of exits.
  • Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.
  • If your hotel has a restaurant kitchen onsite, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
  • Make sure your local fire department has your valid contact information on file for your business.

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is experienced in cleanup projects after fires both large and small. We are also mold remediation specialists, and here to help in the event of water damages, fire damages, and storm damages.

Keeping Mold Out of Your Office Building

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you live and work in a humid climate, or just in a space that tends to be humid, such as those in older buildings, you or your staff may be experiencing problems from mold and/or mildew or dust mites. Limited ventilation in places such as basement office spaces, or small kitchens/break areas and bathrooms, can cause moisture to build up, even in the driest of climates. It will only take 24-48 hours for a mold colony to begin growing once the airborne spores discover an environment they find attractive.

Using a dehumidifier is one of the best ways you can protect your business from a mold growth invasion. Using a dehumidifier will:

  • Reduce humidity levels, making your building less inviting to allergens, particularly mold spores.
  • Reduce the possibility that mold will develop on furniture, clothing, and other materials.
  • Help to reduce the unpleasant odors that accompany mold and mildew.
  • Allow you to breathe easier by reducing irritation to your skin and respiratory system.
  • Reduce dust, so you won’t be cleaning and dusting as much.
  • Provides a less humid environment for your office and staff, keeping electronics and tools free from rust and corrosion.
  • Lower energy costs, helping your HVAC to run more efficiently. When the air in the home is humid, the A/C must work doubly hard by cooling the air AND removing the moisture. Your unit will wear out sooner under that stress.
  • Run quietly and efficiently in the background of daily life. You won’t even notice them.

Another way to protect your commercial investment is to have routine cleaning done in all areas where water is prevalent, and keeping these areas dry daily will be helpful here, as well.

The team of  SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is always available to help with your clean up issues in your home or office. Fire damage, water damage, and mold prevention are just some of our areas of expertise.

What to Do if Your Condominium Complex Sprinkler System Goes Off

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

The sprinkler system in your condominium complex is made to go off when it senses extreme heat (174 degrees Fahrenheit or above). The heads contain a temperature-sensitive mechanism that can only be activated when the temperature at the sprinkler head exceeds the allowable range, and they operate independently, with those directly exposed being set off. Most fires are extinguished, or controlled, by three sprinklers or less, but the damage from just one sprinkler head can be significant: a sprinkler head can release from 15 to 40 gallons of water per minute and can fill an entire bathtub in under two minutes!

Prompt and professional decision-making following a sprinkler discharge in your condominium complex is going to be essential; the actions you take in the first 24-48 hours will save you significant time and money in minimizing the water damage and help to eliminate the possibility of a mold colony getting started on your property. If your tenants complain of odors or signs of mold, respond immediately, and use professional help for mold remediation, should it become an issue.  

The water in a sprinkler system is stagnant and non-potable and has absorbed oils and other contaminants within the piping, so cleanup actions will involve surface cleaning from stains, and elimination of odors, in addition to water damage restoration and moisture remediation measures. Where fabric and textiles are affected, prompt action must also be taken to avoid permanent staining and to preserve these articles.

The hard, non-porous surfaces in the condominium units, such as plastics, vinyl, ceramic tile, etc. will need to be done with a mild detergent followed by complete drying. Employ dehumidifiers for wet areas and during wetter seasons, as well, for comprehensive and complete drying.  

The professionals of SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville will arrive equipped with specialized instrumentation to facilitate comprehensive project investigation, design and implementation, and will complete your damage recovery in a timely and excellent manner. We are experts in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial restoration, and much more!

Residential Lightning Damage

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we handle fire damages caused by lightning strike roughly twice yearly on average, and 2018 was no exception. This past June, we began the work necessary to complete fire damage remediation on a local residence caused by lightning; the owner was at home and caught it quickly, so the fire itself was contained right away, but the smoke from that fire did a lot more damage than the actual flames itself, so there was still much to be done.

When the lightning hit the residence, it traveled through the electrical lines to one of the home’s electrical boxes, which then caught fire. The foyer of the home, a large entryway with a high vaulted ceiling, sustained the greatest damage, mainly where walls and ceiling met. Standing inside this area, sunlight could be seen coming in through the hole made in the roof by the fire. The home’s bonus room also experienced some damages, and the SERVPRO mitigation team went in with chem-sponge that was used to clean soot off of the walls, and they then worked from the bonus room area where the greatest damage was, moving back to other spaces further away until no soot particles were found. In doing this, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville ensured that no fire damage or smoke damage went untreated. The affected walls in all of the damaged rooms were painted after the cleanup was completed, with drywall replaced where necessary.

It was also found that the garage door opener had shorted out during the event, so this was replaced, as well as the electrical box that caught on fire, with a complete replacement of the melted wiring to that unit.

Our professional in-house crew used a white-glove treatment on this residence and completed the entire project quickly; from the first contact to completion, the restoration project took a little over two weeks.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are proud to serve the residents of West Nashville, especially when the worst happens. In the event of fire damage or water damages large or small, we’re here to help. And don’t forget - we’re also mold remediation experts! Call us today.

Storm Damage Prevention Advice for Your Tenants

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Winter storms can appear on the horizon quickly and can surprise you with the damage they can cause. Snow, ice, and sleet accumulations can be devastating to a home or commercial building, causing damages that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. Here are several steps you can share with your tenants that will help prepare them for inclement weather events and possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of damage sustained by your property holdings and the time it can take to get life back to normal.

  • REPORTING ISSUES. Make sure your tenants know who to call when they notice issues with exterior windows and doors. When windows are not sealed properly or broken, upcoming bad weather will be a real concern. Exterior doors need to be fitted properly, and if there is a large amount of swelling during wet conditions, advise your tenants to let you know immediately to avoid issues when they try to enter their homes.
  • BE PREPARED. In the event that weather forces people to stay indoors for long periods of time, they will want to be prepared with food and other necessities. Candles and flashlights, for example, should be supplied to the household in case of power outages, while a source of clean drinking water should be at hand. Advise your tenants to think and plan ahead.
  • COMMUNITY ALERTS. Your tenants can sign up for community alerts and weather warnings online. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and www.ready.gov are two sources they can turn to for alerts and information.
  • CAR EMERGENCY KIT. Let your tenants know that an emergency kit for their car would be a great idea! Jumper cables, sand, flashlight, extra warm clothing, blankets, and bottled water are a few must-haves, and they will appreciate the thoughtfulness of your notifications.
  • MAINTAIN PIPES. Make sure your tenants know ahead of time if there is to be a freeze; instruct them on how to keep their pipes from bursting by allowing a small amount of water to drip through the night and the times of extreme cold in order to prevent possible water damage.
  • RESPONSE PLAN: Advise your tenants to have a plan ready for loved ones in the event of bad weather. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to travel or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.


SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is always ready to help if your commercial property sustains damages from storms, water, or fire.

HVAC Maintenance in Your Apartment Complex

1/1/2019 (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 everyone: residents, tenants, and owner.

Here are some things you can do yourself as an apartment complex or 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, including those that carry bacteria.
  • Keep HVAC units free of grass, leaves, and pollen; make sure your landscaping company doesn’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds.
  • 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 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 unit is on firm and level ground.
  • Clean AC condensate drain with bleach/water mixture.

Have your professional maintenance company check all your apartment complex ductwork to make sure it is all sealed properly during scheduled tune-ups on your HVAC systems. For more energy savings, pre-program the thermostats in your onsite offices.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville, we care about you and your business. When it comes to maintaining the HVAC systems in your apartment complex or commercial buildings, we are here to help.

What is a Large Loss Response Team, and How Can We Help You?

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

When disasters strike, the people affected need to know that there is someone who can help with large-scale damages and destruction. A Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) is a company that is skilled and equipped to handle these types of events. The best of the best will be pre-qualified in restoration in this area so that those who are suffering don’t need to be concerned about the quality of service rendered, and each project will be supervised by a commercial operations manager who ensures that communications are seamless and mitigation is done in a timely and professional manner.

Clients who call on an LLRT can include: universities, municipalities, the hospitality industry, government offices, and apartment and commercial building owners, to name a few. Here are some ways an LLRT can help in the event of a disaster:

  • Creating a custom recovery plan based on specific needs.
  • Establishing a pre-approved pricing schedule before work begins.
  • Assigning an account manager to act as a liaison for the entire process, from start to finish.
  • Providing the necessary manpower and equipment that can handle the loss, no matter how large.
  • Providing water, power, and sanitation services during disruptions.

Over 1,700 SERVPRO Large Loss Response Teams are strategically located around the nation, and have been mobilized to handle events such as the 2017 California wildfires, Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Matthew, and the 2015 Carolina flooding, among many others in recent years, and SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is proud and honored to have been recently designated as one of these teams!

Companies are awarded this distinction on past performances and experiences, financial stability, and certifications achieved, and because our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is committed to producing quality work and service and committed to doing so as a solidly profitable and fiscally responsible business endeavor, we are very excited and proud to be able to say that we have achieved this designation - one of our biggest goals.

Our commitment to excellence has earned our franchise a highly respected reputation as being the company to call when a business has sustained serious commercial fire damage, commercial water damage, mold growth, or any other commercial disaster.

Preventing Mold Growth in Your Apartment Buildings

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can take hold in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right. Once it begins a colony, it is impossible to remove completely, and the best you can hope for is remediation. As an apartment building owner, you are responsible for a lot of people and a lot of living spaces. A mold infestation is one of those things you really don’t ever want to see. Here are a few ways you can stay on top of it:

  • Educate your tenants. When a new tenant signs their lease, provide them with literature about mold and how it starts. Make sure the information is written in such a way that anyone can understand it, and make sure all their questions are answered sufficiently. Post this information in all public spaces, especially laundry and pool areas. You can include this information again in monthly emails to all tenants, and post it on your website.
  • Schedule inspections. Schedule mold inspections; they can correspond with pest control to make sure your tenants aren’t overly inconvenienced. Engage a professional to check the places where mold is most often found. A person or company with mold remediation experience will know what to look for and what information to provide you with when it comes to problem areas or tenants.
  • Regular cleaning. Schedule regular deep cleaning of all laundry areas and pool-related spaces such as public bathrooms and showers. If you have a clubhouse, you will want to include it in this schedule as well. Any place where your property experiences a lot of foot traffic and involves water is a prime place for mold to take hold.
  • Patio rules. Institute rules for patio, deck, and balcony areas. This is where people have a tendency to store things, and it isn’t going to help you keep an eye on mold if spots such as these are cluttered and inaccessible.

Being proactive will go a long way towards preventing the outbreak of mold in your apartment buildings. If a mold problem begins, don’t hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville. We are mold remediation experts!

Preventing Storm Damage to Your Office Building

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Winter weather brings with it a lot of condensation, whether it be rain, snow, or ice, and all that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your office building for the rainy season and any possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal.

  • GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems are much better at diverting 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. Remember: it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to begin to establish a colony if damp conditions persist.
  • STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These 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.
  • RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your staff and tenants. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate with everyone so that employees know whether to come into work or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is standing ready to help if your office building sustains storm damage. Responding quickly to any problems your business has sustained can get you back to work right away.

Keeping Your Hotel’s Pipes from Bursting This Winter

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Frozen water pipes in your hotel can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. Winter carries the potential to wreak havoc on any building, causing frozen or burst pipes. Here are some tips and popular tricks to keep your water flowing and the pipes in your hotel from bursting.

Everyone understands that when water freezes, it expands. In cases of extreme cold, ice can expand to the point of breaking through or bursting any pipes that have water sitting in them. It’s important to keep pipes warm and to keep the water inside them moving if at all possible when they are exposed to frigid temperatures.

Crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas that are exposed to the outside temperatures without insulation are the most likely areas where pipe breakage will occur, so for these areas, it will be important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold. Swimming pools and water hoses are two obvious places to start. Speak to your plumber or hotel handyman about having insulation or pipe-sleeves added to trouble areas. Keep storage area doors closed if water supply lines are inside.

If you suspect a pipe is frozen but not broken, it is possible to thaw the pipe and resume regular use. An indicator that a pipe is frozen is water trickling from a faucet when it would normally flow fast and free. If you locate a section you believe to be frozen, apply a heating pad or hair dryer while keeping the faucet open for a quick fix. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you have found the area!

Contact a professional to discuss measures to be taken in future that will keep these types of events from occurring again.

Enjoy your holidays, and keep your pipes safe to prevent water damage to your hotel property! If a disaster does occur, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is ready to help. We are experts when it comes to cleanup projects both large and small, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.

Preventing Mold Growth in Your Hotel

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is unsightly and unhealthy, and a mold issue can cost you valuable hotel business. Today, we are sharing some steps you can take to mold-proof your motel or hotel business so your guests can truly enjoy their stay with you.

  • AUDIT PROBLEM AREAS. Do an audit of your business premises to identify the problem areas. Are the windows in some rooms frequently damp? Are there any persistent leaks in ceilings or hallways? Preventing mold from taking hold and spreading can be as simple as ripping up carpet or using mold-resistant cleaning and renovation products, or just cleaning out rain gutters.
  • HANDLE MOISTURE. Mold can’t grow without moisture, so take care of wet areas immediately. Seepage after heavy rainfalls or melting snow and ice, or even carpet spills or minor flooding due to broken pipes, etc. need to be fully dried within 24 to 48 hours. Make sure any bedding and furniture that may have been affected are either completely dried or removed from the area.
  • VENTILATION. Make sure all your staff members are educated as to good practices in the prevention of mold. All areas need to be properly ventilated, from 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 in guest areas, and everyone should know what to look for in break areas, bathrooms, and other areas where they work daily. Dehumidifiers might be appropriate to use, especially in more humid regions or during very wet seasons in your area to prevent water damage and mold growth.  
  • LEAK 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.
  • LIVING THINGS. Do you use live plants in your decorating scheme? We know they are beautiful and useful, too; they help to purify the air of indoor spaces, which is a welcome advantage. However, they can also accumulate mold on their leaves and in their pots. Make sure that part of their regular care involves checking for mold. Natural food stores carry products that can be added to water for your plants to keep excess moisture down while being safe for the environment.
  • RESISTING MOLD. When it comes time to repair or renovate, keep in mind that there are many mold-resistant products on the market today, such as drywall or Sheetrock. Many paints now include mold-inhibitors, which are a great asset in the battle. Some cleaning products can be a benefit, as well in preventing mold growth.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are experts when it comes to water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation and are here for all of your emergency service needs.

Handling Fire Damage to Your Apartment Complex

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

A fire at your apartment complex could be devastating. Your buildings and your tenants, along with their items of value and personal belongings, may have been lost or badly damaged by the flames, heat, smoke, or even received water damage from firefighting efforts. Firefighters may have found it necessary to cut holes in walls to look for hidden flames or in the roof to let out heat and smoke. The clean up after a fire will take a lot of time, patience, and preparation. Below, we are sharing the first steps you will need to take after fire damage to your apartment complex:

  • Insurance Company. You will need to contact your insurance agent before any fire damage is repaired or clean-up is begun. Be prepared with information on what is covered, what needs to be repaired or replaced, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of repairs to your property for you during this time.
  • Important documents. You will want to take steps to find and retrieve all important documents and replace those that have been lost or irretrievably damaged, such as tenant leasing and financial records, equipment and appliance warranties, mortgage and banking information, and tenants’ personal information.  
  • Soot Particles. Try to limit movement in the units to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the upholstery of all furniture and carpeting. Direct your tenants to place towels or old linens on rugs, upholstered furniture, and foot traffic areas to help alleviate this type of damage.  
  • Equipment and Appliances. Changing the HVAC filters in your apartment complex after a fire is a good idea, and if the power is out, let your tenants know that they will need to empty freezers and fridges and prop the doors open to get rid of the smoke. Check the wiring for ceiling fans before anyone turns them on as the wiring could have been damaged during the fire.
  • Fire Damage Specialists. You won’t want walls to be washed or surfaces painted without contacting a fire damage specialist. Walls and other surfaces, as well as carpeting and draperies, will need to be properly cleaned by a professional before any repair is done.


Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your home or business. We are also experienced in the areas of water damage and mold prevention and remediation.

Tips to Prevent Winter Water Damage in Your Apartment Complex

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

The steady rains of winter or snow and ice can present problems in the form of water damage. Take a good look around your apartment complex; is the weather-stripping on doors and windows in good repair for damp conditions? Do exterior doors fit tightly and close as they should? The roofs of your complex need to be completely watertight, as well, to protect your tenants and their personal property from winter water damages.

The parking lots of your property need to have a well-planned drainage system so that tenants and visitors can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade into their homes, the floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster for everyone, as well as increasing the risk for mold indoors from water damage. Make sure you keep an eye on potholes, as well; ice and water can dig pretty deep in a very short period of time!

Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked periodically; if a rain gutter becomes clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rainwater. As water backs up, it will leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without anyone knowing it, and you can find yourself with a damaged apartment unit and a mold problem.

Large trees on your property can become unstable if a large amount of water lands in the area. Do you need to take them out or cut them back so that they are not a risk factor? It’s something to consider.

Power lines and telephone poles on or near your apartment complex can be a possible issue. Contact your utility companies and have them come to take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your tenants will be safe.

For your records, take pictures of your property premises so that in case of damage you have proof of their prior condition for insurance purposes. Save these types of photos to a CD and/or the cloud for future access.

The paper records for your complex will be lost if exposed to water; make sure that your hard copies are kept in a manner that will preserve them in case of any water damage. Scanning them and saving to your computer system is always a good idea, and backing up those computer records will keep your business in working order, no matter what comes!

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville,  we are experts when it comes to water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and all of your emergency service needs! Contact us right away if your business has received water damage of any kind.

Minimizing Storm Damage at Your Office

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storms can become a problem with little warning. Watching the news can keep you informed beforehand, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so you need to take steps to keep your office safe from the damages that storms can cause.

Conducting an inspection of the premises of your business is vital to complete before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause problems during extreme conditions such as heavy rains and high winds. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly, and is the weather stripping in these areas in good condition? Make an inspection of your roof to see if it is storm ready. A professional can complete this on a schedule throughout the year to save you time away from your business.

Loose shutters and rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It’s a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition so that the windows of your office and the vehicles parked there are not in danger of storm damage in high winds.

Many offices and businesses in older cities have drainage ditches at the front of the property. Take time to inspect this area and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by backing up and flooding your property both during or after a storm. While this is often the responsibility of your local government, it is a good idea to be aware of any potential issues.

Make sure you have resources and instructions available for your staff in the event of violent weather. Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but your cell phone service could be at risk when rough conditions hit. You might consider installing a landline in your office, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck or injured at work or out doing errands, it will be vital that lines of communication stay open.

The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is experienced and well-equipped to assist you in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues in your place of business.

Winter Fire Hazards to be Aware of For Your Business

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

With the changing of the seasons comes cooler weather, and for most of us, it is a welcome change. Who doesn’t love snuggling up before a warm fire at this time of year? We’ve pulled out the sweaters and fluffy blankets to stay toasty, and most of us will employ a space heater or two before spring comes around again.

In your place of business, you will be taking those extra steps to make sure your staff is comfortable during the colder months, as well. Let’s make sure they stay fire safe! Here are some winter fire hazards to be aware of:

  • Most businesses won’t be using a fireplace to warm their interiors, but those who work out of doors may build fires on the job site to keep hands and toes functional. Make sure your crew is careful to use metal receptacles for those bonfires and that they place them far away from flammable materials such as wood and linens. If a wind comes up, things could get dangerous fast.
  • In your offices, the use of space heaters will be helpful. Inspect every unit used to make sure that cords and plugs are in good working condition, and enforce a policy that ensures they are never left running when the room is unoccupied or when the workday is over. Designate someone to oversee this; they should be the person who is normally last out the door. As the owner, it may very well be you.
  • Employ a landscape company to remove leaves and dead vegetation from your property. In the event of a fire in your building, space that is cleared from the foundation and exterior walls will help firefighters to gain access as well as prevent a fire from spreading further.
  • When repairing or renovating your offices or outbuildings, use fire-resistant materials whenever possible. Flooring, furniture, and paint can all be produced or treated after purchase to make them more fire safe.

The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always available to help you keep your business fire safe. In the event of damages sustained from fire or water, we have the experience and know how to complete a cleanup project quickly and efficiently, getting you back to work as soon as possible.

Having a Storm Plan for Your Condominium Complex

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damages can happen any time of year, but during the colder months, they are even more likely to be a problem. Winter brings rain, snow, and ice, and all that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your West Nashville condominium complex for the coming storm season to best prepare for possible storm damage and the accompanying water damage; preventive measures will reduce the amount of damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal.

  • GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems are much better at diverting water to proper drainage areas to prevent water damage to your condominium roofs. If the gutters in your condominium complex 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 just good business sense.
  • STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These 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.
  • LANDSCAPING. Take the necessary steps now to trim back or remove all trees or large vegetation, paying special attention to anything that could become dangerous during violent weather such as a blizzard or ice storm.
  • RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your staff. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to come into work or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is standing ready to help if your condominium complex sustains storm damage. Having a strong storm plan can get you back to business right away.

Maintaining the HVAC System in Your Highrise

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

As the owner of a highrise building, maintenance is something you are always concerned about. Every living or office unit needs to be cared for properly so that your tenants are content with their arrangements. High lease turnover is not an attractive prospect for any commercial building owner.

One of the most important aspects of your highrise is going to be the interior environmental climate you provide for your tenants, so HVAC maintenance is going to be high on your list of projects to complete thoroughly and regularly!

Depending on your total square footage, you might want to consider setting up a contract with a professional HVAC company. A business 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 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. One less thing to worry about.

When it comes to natural gas heaters, a professional can handle these easily and safely, alleviating the stress that can be a part of this particular maintenance. Your HVAC company will be able to test 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 someone not familiar with this area. 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 cost and benefits before you engage a professional on a maintenance contract. Some companies will promise priority service and reduced rates for service calls to customers who have maintenance contracts, and then there’s the peace of mind you will have 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 highrise system at top functionality.

First Steps in Dealing With a Kitchen Fire in Your Restaurant

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires can happen fast with very little warning. If one starts in your restaurant, you will need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control and causing fire damage and smoke damage to your property. Here are a few tips on the first steps to take in dealing with a restaurant kitchen fire:

  • If the fire is in an oven, 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 you think the fire may still be going, 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 and away from the source of heat. 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 a fire extinguisher. Remember to 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 alternative methods:
    • If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
    • Throw a healthy amount of baking soda on it. Do not use flour. Flour can explode or make the fire even worse.
    • Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large, wet cloth by laying the wet cloth on the fire itself. Swatting the flames with a towel or other material, however, may fan the flames and spread the fire.
    • Use a fire extinguisher. Every restaurant kitchen should have several fire extinguishers on hand for quick and easy access in case of fire damage.
    • If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, get every person out of the premises and call 911 immediately.

For cleanup after any type of fire, the team at  SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always ready to help. We are experts in cleanups of all sizes, and mold remediation is our specialty.

What to Do if Your Hotel Floods

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is a common occurrence in many parts of the country, and we are certainly no strangers to it here in Nashville. Whether it happens as a flash flood or as a slow buildup from constant rain, you need to be prepared for this type of event. As a hotel owner, there are some specific things to be aware of:

  • Your guests. The people who are staying in your property are at the top of the list of concerns when it comes to flooding. Make sure everyone is aware of impending danger, and touch base with each guest to make sure they know how to stay safe. Getting emergency contacts for your guests is a good idea, too, in case something unexpected happens and you need the assistance of a close friend or family member.
  • Medical issues. If there are guests staying with you who have medical issues or are either very young or very elderly, it might be a wise idea to get these people to a facility that can watch over them closely, such as a hospital or community safe haven.
  • Vigilance. Even if you think the flood risk is low in your area, stay vigilant. Understand the potential exposure of your property, using reports from such organizations such as the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, which provides quarterly updates and maps that show areas that are at high risk during certain times of the year. Historic flood maps are another useful resource that will help you understand the potential risk where you are. Be informed as to how high water can possibly rise, and evacuate lower levels to make sure no one gets hurt.
  • Insurance. Take note of the flood insurance you have on your property before a flooding disaster strikes. Have your attorney go over it for you to make sure that your coverage is sufficient for any disaster that might bring water damage and storm damage. Copies of this coverage and all other key business information should be kept in a safe location that won’t be damaged by flood waters.
  • Proactive. Be proactive, and consider getting a sump pump to help minimize potential damages from flooding. Make sure all maintenance projects are current for the entire building, and especially the gutters, roofing, and doors and windows.
  • Emergency Kits. These may come in handy if people get stuck in the building for a few days. Water, food, first aid items, toiletries, batteries, flashlights, and other emergency items will need to be available in the event that a flood forces people to stay put.
  • Evacuation Plan. Design a flood evacuation route for your employees and guests and make sure it is posted where everyone can access it for a quick retreat.
  • Weather Eye. Keep an eye on the weather by accessing local weather broadcasts, and paying attention to evacuation orders. If the local authorities are insisting that you evacuate, it would be a good idea to follow their instructions.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we care about you and your business. We’re here in case an emergency happens, and we can help with clean-up projects both large and small. Call us today for help with damages from flooding or fire, and don’t forget that we’re mold remediation specialists!

WHAT GOES INTO OUR COMMERCIAL DOCUMENT DRYING PROCESS

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

In the aftermath of any disaster, some of your most valued recorded items, such as documents, photographs, and books, could be lost forever. SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions, and with years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, our restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.

Our processes and facilities are:

  • Innovative: Vacuum Freeze-Drying and Gamma Irradiation. We use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and the General Services Administration. In many water damage situations, like those involving sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals, and our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your important documents.
  • Secure.  Our facilities are managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians and are kept under surveillance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Digital. We use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents. Converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals in digitizing your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.
  • Flexible capacity. We can accommodate both large commercial losses and small residential jobs.
  • Full Service. SERVPRO offers a wide range of services, which includes drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization.

The types of content we handle:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

You can count on the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville to handle all your belongings with care, including the vital recorded documents that are so important to any business owner. Call us today to learn more about our commercial document drying process at: (615) 242 9391.

The Benefits SERVPRO Can Bring To Your Hospitality Business

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Owning a business in the hospitality industry involves a unique set of challenges. Especially if your business is successful! You will enjoy lots of customers as a successful business owner, and that’s great! With lots of traffic, your business will experience wear and tear above and beyond the norm, however, so you need to be prepared for these types of events and take a proactive viewpoint to stay ahead of the game.

Having a company such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville on your team will be a great benefit to you here. SERVPRO professionals are experienced in cleanups after fire damage or water damages, whether large or small, as well as being experts in the area of mold remediation. As a national franchise, we enjoy great business relationships with insurance professionals, so anything that will involve claims will be a breeze when you work with us.

Does your business involve food preparation? Heavy duty cleaning projects for industrial kitchens are all part of a day’s work for the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team. Going over your kitchen areas thoroughly to get hard to reach places sparkling clean will be something you can enlist us to complete. Stripping all tips of floors and deep cleaning, sanitizing, and restoring them is also something that we here at SERVPRO excel in.

Perhaps your business is as a hotelier. Floors are a concern here, too, but from a different perspective. You will want all your spaces to look as though no one has even been there! Fresh and pristine hallways and lobby areas are great first impressions for your patrons, and a company like SERVPRO that has years of experience in cleanups of all kinds will be the perfect answer to this type of challenge.

In the event that your hospitality-based business suffers damage from storms, accidents, or machinery malfunctions, or any other unforeseen issues that can come out of nowhere, enlist the help of SERVPRO to get things back to normal as soon as possible.


The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is proud to serve the residents of Belle Meade and West Nashville. Call us today for help with all your clean up projects! (615) 242 9391.

SERVPRO Storm Teams: Mobilizing to Help Out During a Crisis

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Franchise System was founded in 1967 and is a national leader and provider of fire damage and water damage cleanup, restoration services, and both mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

The SERVPRO Storm Teams can provide help, whether you are dealing with a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned Storm Teams on standby should any disaster strike near you, and they are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, and the resources of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, no disaster is ever too big.

Past mobilizations include:

  • Hurricane Michael (2018)
  • Hurricane Matthew (2016)
  • Louisiana Flooding (2016)
  • Houston Flooding (2016)
  • Colorado Floods (2013)
  • Hurricane Sandy (2012)
  • Hurricane Isaac (2012)
  • Tennessee Flooding (2010)
  • California Wildfires (2009)

We’ve all heard stories or seen pictures of cars up in trees, or an entire outdoor table and chair set sitting in another yard down the street. Some of the things that can happen during violent weather are pretty scary, such as branches driven through walls by high winds, trees falling on roofs, or extremely large hail falling. The SERVPRO Storm Teams are ready to help when the worst happens to make a terrible situation a little bit more bearable.

As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville knows that fast mitigation is the key to limiting interruption in your business and personal concerns. With an unmatched national footprint of nationwide franchises, SERVPRO can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage flooding can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the right way the first time, saving you both time and money.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are proud to serve the residents of Belle Meade and West Nashville. When serious weather hits, we stand ready to mobilize our Storm Teams to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (615) 242 9391 for assistance.

Some of The Differences Between Commercial And Residential Water Damages

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

As we move into the colder, wetter months, we all have to consider the possible damages that our structures can sustain during this time of year. Summer’s storms are past, and now from leaky roofs and moldy siding to deep ruts in the driveway or potholes in the parking lot, the fall and winter months will bring their own set of concerns to both home and business owners. Weather won’t be as violent, but rains can last a lot longer, and then will come sleet, ice, and snow.

For the homeowner, some of the exterior concerns due to weather will be:

  • Eroded landscaping
  • Rutted driveways, especially those that are graded either up or downhill
  • Moldy siding, window sills, door-jambs, window panes, and roofing
  • Rotting wooden fencing and decking
  • Leaking roof
  • Puddles and pooling

For the business owner, some of the exterior trouble spots can be:

  • Potholes and eroded surfaces in public parking areas
  • Eroded walkways or damaged, buckling sidewalks and public walkways
  • Leaking roofs
  • Damaged materials and machinery that have not been stored properly

When it comes to the interior spaces, businesses have to keep an eye on employee bathrooms and kitchen/break areas to make sure that leaks are handled immediately and that spills are cleaned up right away. During bad weather, customers and vendors will track water and debris into your building, and both for safety and aesthetics, it will be a good idea to keep up with this type of accumulation to prevent water damage. Have an umbrella stand ready for everyone who comes through the door!

Homeowners also need to keep up with spills, leaks, and traffic, but it will obviously not be such a large job. In a home, water damage is more likely to come from a water heater or dishwasher that is malfunctioning, or a washer that has developed an issue.

One thing both types of structures have to be concerned about is mold, however - it is never a good thing to realize that a colony has taken hold in either your home or your business.

The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is experienced in all types of clean up after water damage to both homes and businesses, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. Call us today at (615) 242 9391!

Winter Storm Preparation Tips for Your Business

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know how to properly prepare for an oncoming winter storm? If you live in the Nashville area, you know how important preparation is when it comes to these winter storms.

The first thing you need to do is make sure that all of your pipes and water mains are thoroughly protected against freezing. You can call on a professional storm damage control service to help you in this regard. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville specializes storm damage prevention.

Preparation for Winter Storms is a Must in the Nashville Area

There are several key things that you will need to do in order to make the proper preparation for possible storm damage in your area. The first thing you will need to do is make sure that your pipes are in good condition.

A team of winter storm experts can show you how to weather-proof them so that they will not freeze. It's a good idea to replace any pipes or fitting that are showing cracks or other signs of age.

Make sure that all of your heating systems are in good running order. If they have not been cleaned in quite some time, you will need to see to this to help prevent possible fire damage. You can call on our team of experts to help you in this area.

Your next step should be to install a new set of storm windows. These should be fitted with a plastic lining on the inside. This will help to provide an extra layer of insulation that will work to keep the cold outside air from entering your home.

You will also need to make sure your home is properly insulated. It's a good idea to caulk and weather-strip all of your doors and windows.

Winter storms can be extremely unpredictable. Pipes, fixtures, and sewage systems that lasted through a previous storm may not make it through the next one. If you have any doubts about the ability of your home to survive severe storm damage, call an expert to help you get ready for it.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to answer your questions and help you to get your home up to speed. If you live in the Nashville area, call for an appointment and visit from our friendly service team today. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391.

Winter Mold Prevention Tips for Your Business

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Winter conditions can naturally encourage mold growth. To prevent mold, you need to control moisture, warmth, and food. However, this is easier said than done. It can be tasking if you don't know where to start. To help you out, we’ve put together some of our best mold prevention tips for business environments!

Waterproof your business premises

Start with properly laid out and maintained plumbing works. Leaking pipes, taps and joints can cause significant moisture in your home. If they go unchecked, they can elevate your moisture levels.

Roofing is another area that you must check. Ensure that your roofing is perfect before winter. Heavy rain or melting snow can seep through cracks or damaged gutters. Check your trenches and channels to ensure that water moves smoothly.

Unclog and clean your gutters properly. If you are unsure of how to do it, we are here to help.

Ensure proper ventilation

Humidity can cause condensation on the surfaces of pipes, walls and ceilings, which can encourage mold growth. Adequate ventilation can foster standard room conditions, which include the right humidity, temperature and quality of air. Rooms that can receive sunlight should be exposed to the natural light whenever possible.

Dustproof your premises

Dust can settle on virtually any surface. Fine dust is a potential vector for dust mites and other allergens. It has a high affinity for moisture, too. Together with humidity, the dust forms a conducive environment for all types of fungi.

Dustproofing and cleaning dust from your premise can help reduce the risk of mildew on your premises. We recommend cleaning from the top down. When vacuuming, use a HEPA-approved vacuum cleaner that can deal with the finest dust particles floating on air.

Reverse ceiling fans

Reversing fans is one of the mold prevention tips that are simple yet effective. Air circulation is important. Ceilings, walls, and other exposed surfaces are at risk of condensation. Clockwise movement pumps air upwards, which reduces the risk of condensation from the top.

Preventing mold is easier than mold remediation. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we specialize in mold remediation and prevention. We know where business premises are vulnerable. We know that mold problems can cost a business significantly in terms of downtime and costly repairs. We hope you can use these mold prevention tips wisely. If you need assistance with your water damage, fire damage, commercial cleaning, or mold remediation needs, please reach out to us at (615) 242-9391.

Top Fire Hazards Your Business Should Avoid

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your Nashville business is a serious concern. Even moderate damage can result in your facility being closed for repairs for weeks on end, and this can be financially devastating. The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Some facilities may be more likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. However, there are many fire hazards that are present in most workplaces on a daily basis regardless of the type of activities that take place in the building. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.

Electrical Concerns

Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks that quickly lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these may be damaged by pests and other forces. Electrical fires may also start when power sockets are overloaded or when equipment gets too hot. Periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.

Poor Equipment Maintenance

Other hazards in Nashville workplaces are related to poor equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace regularly may result in the accumulation of dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may also include dusty, dirty or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents and many other features that are used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.

Flammable or Combustible Materials

Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but even restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners and many other types of business may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times.

As you can see, there are numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage in your business. If your Nashville business has already experienced fire damage, it is essential that repair work is completed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is your trusted source for quality repair services. We can quickly restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391

Preventing Water Damage in Your Restaurant’s Kitchen

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Has your restaurant experienced water damage? Chances are, it has. Do you know how to prevent water damage to your restaurant? If you have inherited an older building with suspect plumbing or a property in an area that has a high risk for flooding, you will need to take precautions. The best thing you can do is to arrange for a full commercial cleaning from a certified professional in the Nashville area.

Water damage is a serious issue that can harm your livelihood. Whether your building was damaged by a flood, a burst water pipe, or a backed up sewer, one thing is certain. You will need to act fast to prevent the damage from getting any worse. If you feel that your commercial property may soon be at risk from water damage, you should contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville immediately.

Damage from water can occur in many different forms. Even after all of the water has been pumped out of your restaurant, you may still be at risk. For example, your building may have sustained structural damage that requires an expert to detect. Alternatively, the increased humidity and standing water caused by water damage are the perfect environments for mold growth.

Another important factor to consider is the possible presence of black mold and other harmful forms of bacterial growth. Black mold can hide in tiny pools of stagnant water that are hidden deep within the nooks and crannies of your building. If left unchecked, it can break out into a serious infestation in as little as 24-48 hours.

If you want to avoid flood damage to your building, the time for you to arrange for a full commercial cleaning and preliminary checkup is now. If you live in Nashville or the surrounding area, you can call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to arrange a visit. Our friendly service team will inspect your property and inform of you of any potential threats from flooding or other hazards.

Owning a restaurant or other commercial establishment in the Nashville area is a very serious responsibility. You owe it to yourself and your customers to keep your building safe from all possible emergency scenarios. If you have any suspicions of possible damage from water, let us know. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to keep your property safe from harm. If you need any assistance with water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or commercial cleaning, give us a call at (615) 242-9391.

Preparing Your Business for Winter Storms

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Winter is getting closer in the Nashville area. This means that your businesses may be affected by winter storms. These dangerous storms cause damage to property each year, but fortunately, there are ways to protect your business before the storms have a chance to cause any damage. SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is here to give you some tips you can use in order to protect your business from potential storm damage this season!

Protect Your Pipes!

Winter storms are notorious for freezing pipes within your building. These frozen pipes can burst and cause water to flow everywhere. Make sure to check your pipes regularly to see if they need any maintenance. Keep deodorization items around in case water ends up getting onto your carpet. This will help prevent any nasty smells from building up if the water does end up soaking too deep into the fabric.

Get a Generator

There is no telling whether your business will lose power during a storm. Having a generator on hand will allow you to keep electricity running even if the power does end up going out. Make sure to have a generator fully charged and on hand if you ever find yourself in the path of a winter storm.

Update Everyone Regularly

Make sure to maintain consistent communication with all of your employees. Check for weather updates on your phone or computer and plan accordingly if the weather does become severe. Ensuring everyone’s safety is a top priority for you as a business owner, so you need to be able to relay important information regarding any storms to your employees if necessary.

Have a Snow Removal Plan

Oftentimes, severe winter storms come with heavy snowfall. Failure to quickly remove snow will allow it to build up. Built up snow can potentially prevent people from leaving the building if it becomes too deep. It is important to have snow shovels on hand and regularly remove snow from high traffic areas and entrances. Failure to do so can result in injury from slipping and may lead to injured employees and customers.

Being prepared is the first step in ensuring safety during a winter storm. These tips are designed to help you stay ahead of the storm before it can cause damage to your business or property. Make sure to follow them and check the weather regularly this season for any updates on dangerous winter storms that may be coming to your area.

Sometimes, dealing with the effects of winter storms on your business premises may be overwhelming. Do not worry, SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville has the tools and experience to help you get your business back to its pre-damage condition!

3 Tips for Dealing with Commercial Water Damage

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can have devastating results on your business. It can damage your furniture, electronics, and other items, leading to significant losses. In many instances, water damage can be inevitable, meaning that you may not be able to adequately prepare for it. For example, it may not be possible for your business to prepare for flash floods, heavy rains or burst pipes, which are the most frequent causes of water damages. Knowing how to remediate water damage is essential to control the losses and ensure the safety of your employees. In the case of commercial water damage, follow these three tips to help restore your commercial property!

Remove Carpets and Rugs

Water damage often results in wetting of the flooring materials such as carpets and mats. Immediately remove the carpeting and rugs that are wet and hang or lay them outside in the open to dry. Leaving the wet carpets and mats on the floor allows molds to grow under the carpeting, resulting in more damage to the floor materials. Removing the carpeting and drying it in time could prevent the need to replace the carpets. Afterward, you can use the air conditioners to dry up the floor where applicable.

Remove the Extra Water

Prior to trying to clean up the extra water, you need to identify the water source and shut it off. When possible, try to mop up any excess water on the floor after removing the carpeting. It is necessary that you take precautions to avoid accidents such as falls. Wear protective gear and use the right cleaning equipment to remove the excess water. If the water is contaminated or too deep, do not attempt to remove it. Instead, seek the services of professional water damage restoration service providers like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville.

Protect Your Valuables

If you can, try to elevate your valuable items to prevent further damage. For instance, transfer all appliances from the ground and place them on the shelves or on high tables. Also, secure the valuables that are in contact with the water such as the furniture and larger electronic equipment. Use raised blocks or metallic foils to protect the legs of furniture and electronics. You can place the wooden or metallic blocks and foils beneath your furniture or electronics. Protecting your business valuables prevents possible irreversible damage to them. This way, you are likely to eliminate the need to replace some of the materials or undertake costly repairs.

Often, commercial water damage in your business locations may be overwhelming. Do not worry, as SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is ready to offer professional cleaning and water damage restoration services to Nashville clients.

Handwritten Testimonial

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, it is always our very great pleasure and honor to serve the people of West Nashville and the surrounding areas. We work hard to make sure our clients get the very best care and value when doing business with us, and we take whatever time is necessary to make sure that happens, each and every day.

Dealing with property restoration, renovation, or cleanup can be very stressful, and our SERVPRO team understands that. We are here to help you, our customer, and to try to make what can be a tough situation just a little bit easier. We focus on clear and correct communication and professional behavior to help set your mind at ease.

It’s a wonderful thing to receive a letter like this one we are sharing today that expresses such appreciation for our efforts:

“What great people you have!!!

Have met three of them and they are all wonderful men who represent you well. Mike and Jason are here today working in my lot garage and my guest bathroom.

Manners - gentlemen. Workers - hardworking. Humans - showing kindness and making a messy situation better because they are here!

The first gentleman's name I did not catch.

Thomas - Checked with Mike and Jason. He made it plain to builder’s company what needed to happen so that neither would come back on them and we/ I would get sick in future as he talked with builders rep. So very thankful for him spelling it out for Lia and for me. Polite but firm and professional.

When something bad or smelly happens and things get wet, damaged, etc, it's nice to know that kind men will drive up and fix things.

How can we ever thank you for hiring them? Bless you!”

Jim and Jane M.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville,, we are dedicated to our customers and our community. We specialize in clean-up projects both large and small that can be needed property damages from water or fire, and we are also specialists in mold remediation. When disaster strikes, contact us immediately for the best in customer care. Our phone number is (615) 242-9391, or click here:: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to visit our website. We look forward to speaking with you!

Changes In the Commercial Insurance Business

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville work closely with your commercial insurance company to provide you with a stress-free claims process and manage your insurance paperwork every step of the way. We know there have been changes in the commercial insurance business, and we have a professional staff who will properly and competently manage all your paperwork. Don’t worry about a thing and rely completely on us to provide you with a highly well-trained staff of professionals who will not only take the stress out of your situation but will also provide you with excellent service in getting your insurance paperwork done efficiently and competently.

In the world of the commercial insurance business, there are some changes coming with regards to mold claims, and these changes are something that every commercial property owner should be aware of. More losses caused by mold growth, bacterial growth or fungal growth are being denied than ever before.

How do you prepare for this change as a commercial property owner? The first step can be in looking into Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) insurance policies. Mold growth is the number one source of new claims under EIL policies, and these policies are sold to commercial buildings for any damage or loss caused by a contamination of some degree. However, less than 5% of commercial properties are insured under EIL insurance policies.

How do you get EIL policies?

Good EIL coverages are available at good rates for those commercial properties that have an active water intrusion loss prevention plan that is provided by a certified IICRC firm. Luckily, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is one such certified damage restoration firm! Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are able to provide businesses with Emergency Ready Programs, or ERPs, which are plans to help a business recover as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster by implementing an immediate plan of action.

With this overall increase in denial rates for mold growth claims, it is more important than ever for commercial property owners to establish a water intrusion loss prevention plan, such as an ERP, in order to better qualify for affordable EIL Policy coverage.

Don’t wait until it is too late and the mold growth has set in on your property! Reach out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville today to help set up your ERP. 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. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Commercial HVAC Maintenance Service

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Five-Star Service for Commercial Heating and Cooling Systems

Commercial properties need to prioritize comfort for their employees and customers all year long. It's essential to focus on temperature comfort for many reasons. Pleasant temperatures can keep employees in commercial settings productive, happy and healthy. They can keep customers and clients in good spirits, too. People tend to be put off by indoor spaces that are stuffy and hot during the summer months. They tend to be discouraged by indoor spaces that are excessively chilly and cold during the wintertime as well. If you're searching for professional assistance with your commercial HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system in Nashville, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville can come to your rescue. We cater to the HVAC system requirements of businesses located all throughout Nashville. If your West Nashville business is in need of comprehensive HVAC maintenance and cleaning services, you can count fully on our experienced technicians.

What Maintaining Your Commercial System Can Do

Commercial heating and cooling system upkeep is helpful for many reasons. HVAC system maintenance, first of all, can troubleshoot matters in detail. If you want to pinpoint existing air conditioning or heating system problems before they're able to accelerate, then maintenance work can be extremely smart. Remember, cooling and heating system problems can be bad news for your business. They can hurt your productivity levels significantly. That's the last thing most businesses anywhere want or need. Experiencing a cooling system catastrophe in July on an extremely hot afternoon can be awful for any business.

Maintenance service is intricate, nuanced and exhaustive. It can improve matters for you in a range of ways. It can do more than stop time-consuming and expensive system failures. It can keep your unit dependable and strong for longer. Replacing cooling and heating units can cost a lot of money. Maintenance can decrease your energy expenses on a monthly basis. These things can all lead to smoother sailing for commercial settings.

System maintenance can be terrific for relaxation purposes. If you want to feel wonderful in your commercial space regardless of the season, routine upkeep is the solution.

Reach Out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville Today

If you're searching for qualified and seasoned technicians who can offer you choice heating and cooling maintenance in Nashville, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is the answer. Our professional assistance is the best of the best. Schedule an appointment for our HVAC maintenance in West Nashville and beyond today.

Why Your Business Should Have an ERP

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Benjamin Franklin wisely said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” It’s advice that can easily apply to a business. Water damage, fire damage, storm damage and other disasters can ravage corporations. A staggering 50 percent of these companies are too crippled to reopen. So how are the other 50 percent able to rebound? They have a readiness plan.

An ERP (Emergency Readiness Plan) is a method of planning for emergencies long before they occur. It’s a carefully devised, well-rehearsed strategy that guides you and your employees to take decisive action during a catastrophe. Here are some things to consider while putting your ERP into place:

PONDER THE WORST CASE SCENARIOS

Encourage your employees to formulate as many disaster scenarios as they can. One of the worst calamities in the US occurred in the 2010 flood in Nashville, Tennessee, when the city was deluged by 13.57 inches of rain within 36 hours (an event I’m sure you all remember quite well). Studying such tragedies can help you more effectively plot possible situations.

DETERMINE PROTECTIVE ACTIONS

It is necessary to create an ERP that protects anyone in the building. The Department of Homeland Security refers to this as “Protective Actions for Life Safety,” including:

  • Fire Drills -- Rehearsals for action during a fire.
  • Sheltering -- Sheltering staff during a natural disaster.
  • Sheltering in Place -- Sheltering staff during a man-made emergency.
  • Lockdown -- Eluding an active shooter.

LEARN HOW TO STABILIZE THE INCIDENT

Stabilizing an incident means preventing further damage on the scene. This can be accomplished by training your employees in various rescue procedures including:

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Proper Use of Fire Extinguishers

TRAIN AN EVACUATION TEAM

Without guidance during an evacuation, people may blindly panic. Consider adding an evacuation team to your ERP:

  • Assign employees to guide evacuees out of the building.
  • Appoint helpers to assist persons with disabilities.
  • If an exit is blocked by a hazard such as a collapsed ceiling, make sure the evacuation team is trained to redirect employees to an alternate exit.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, is a fast, reliable, proactive provider of emergency cleaning and restoration services for fire and water damage. SERVPRO can expertly help you devise an effective Emergency Readiness Plan for your business in the West Nashville area.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan information will give you the security of emergency preparedness. The information can be downloaded into the Ready Plan app to instantly share with SERVPRO, so that the damage can be intercepted. We’ll make it “like it never happened.”

The Commercial Resources SERVPRO Has to Offer

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

When looking for cleanup for your business, we at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville can help with our commercial resources. Whether it is cleanup after a disaster or mold remediation, we help West Nashville businesses get back to conducting business as usual, as fast as possible. Nobody likes a disaster of any kind, and we are here to help you through it.

Lost time in cleanup for water or fire damage is better spent in your doing productive work for increased business opportunities. As professionals in the Nashville area, we are nearby and ready to help with disaster cleanup. Our expertise can help you through our extensive commercial resources:

Water Damage Restoration

Flooding and water damage seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. We know that and can help you get back to work with our:

  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Highly trained water damage specialists
  • Restoration know-how

No matter the location of the water damage, whether in a small office building or big box store, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion to ensure your business is up and running again as quickly as possible. Our technicians have the training and certifications they need to handle your restoration needs, no matter the size.

Fire Damage Restoration

Lost productivity is the biggest result of fire and smoke damage. With firefighting systems, water damage may also occur from water used. As a trusted leader in fire and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville knows the ins and outs of fire damage and the extra damage that can come with it and are well-equipped to handle it, including:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • Water Damage Restoration

Mold Remediation

Because mold, whether from a leak or plumbing, can cause serious problems and health risks to those who enter your business, give us a call at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to discuss how we can manage it as we work fast to address the mold. We work fast to contain the mold growth and prevent it from spreading further. Our technicians are well-trained, including:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists
  • Water Damage Restoration Technicians
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Cleaning Service

We address everyday soil and grime that are beyond the scope of your janitorial staff.

Storm and Major Events

Whether you need our elite large-loss specialists who work with the hospitality industry, universities and property managers, or you have damage from a storm, wind and rain, we can help. With our 24-hour emergency service, we will be there quickly to assess and fix the damage. Moreover, we work with your insurance to make the process as seamless as possible.

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. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Restoring Damaged Medical Documents

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Experiencing the damage of documentation through an accident or disaster in any office or business can create problems for the business owner and staff, but when that business is a medical office, it becomes much more serious, due to the specific requirements of the HIPAA laws. The private medical information of all persons 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.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville was recently called upon to restore documents from a local medical office that had been damaged by contaminated water, and we employed all of our expertise to ensure that the project was completed in a timely, professional, and safe manner.

Our technicians worked diligently to fulfill all HIPAA compliance requirements, understanding that  the privacy and protection of all personal information of the office’s patients is of the utmost importance. The team was very organized and methodical in its processes, making sure that all the information captured during the restoration was as thoroughly documented and complete as possible; after the restoration was complete, it was of vital importance that the medical staff could get back to work serving their patients with the most accurate data and records available for the benefit of all!

All during the restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville diligently followed a policy of providing daily communication to the office itself and the insurance company to ensure that all involved parties were updated on the progress of the project at all times. We also provided complete documentation to the office that pertained to HIPAA compliance in their medical record keeping.

Good indoor air quality has to be maintained during a project involving the restoring of documents, and the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville technicians understand this and took great care to ensure the air quality met the required standards.

Once the documents had been restored or recreated, it was important that all negatively impacted files were handled properly. Key information was gathered and recorded so that the office would have on file all that was required to be in their possession, and the damaged files were destroyed, with that destruction documented properly according to all requirements.

In the event that your home or business is impacted by a disaster or accident and your vital documents and records are damaged, call the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville and talk with us about restoration. We have the experience and expertise to restore these types of records, and we understand privacy law compliance. Visit our website:  SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, or call us today (615) 242-9391.

How to Prepare Your Business for Storm Damage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen any time of year, but here in Middle Tennessee, the summer months can be pretty wet. All that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your business for rainy season and possible flooding, and these preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it takes to bring your operations back to normal.

  • MAINTAIN GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems divert water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with debris such as dirt and dead leaves, rainwater will overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. Keep in mind that dampness inside walls is the perfect breeding ground for mold, which can establish a colony in that type of situation within 24-48 hours.
  • INSPECT STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for these, but keeping an eye on them around your property will enable you to be able to report a problem right away to the proper authorities in advance of flooding.
  • HAVE A RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your staff. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to attempt to travel to work or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is also important, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site, as well, in the event that people can’t get home.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is standing ready to help if your business sustains storm damage. Call us with any concerns at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville. We are also experienced in cleanups both large and small, in the event that you have suffered either water or fire damage. We are also mold remediation experts!

Three Water Damage Prevention Tips

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

We all know what water damage to homes and businesses look like after a flood or a heavy rain. Oftentimes, events such as these are unexpected, and if we aren’t prepared for what may happen during a stormy season, we can suffer more water damage than we need to.

  • DO REGULAR INSPECTIONS. Take a good look around your home or place of business; are you prepared for wet weather? Do exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and are both doors and windows properly weather-stripped? The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be well-maintained, too, to protect your machinery, product, and staff furniture from water damage. The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade in from their cars, floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster. Inspect the parking lots of your business regularly for potholes, especially after a storm. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the parking area, consider using sandbags. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, and you will want to plan ahead to prevent that from happening.
  • DO REGULAR UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE. Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked on a regular basis. If your rain gutters become clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rain water. As water backs up, it can leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can find yourself with water damage, and even mold. These types of issues can be alleviated by regular maintenance.
  • COMMUNICATE WITH PUBLIC SERVICES. Power lines and telephone poles near to your home place of business can be an issue when storm season comes if they are not in good condition. Contact your utilities companies and have them come take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your employees and loved ones will be safe. Be aware of the condition of any large trees on your property. If the grounds of your place of business become saturated, a tree with an unstable root base can fall and create problems for you, your employees, and your customers. Some trees and plants are the city’s responsibility, depending on where they are placed. Make sure you know who to call should the time come.

The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is standing ready to help in any way we can! We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage, and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your property, give us a call today at (615) 242-9391, or visit  on our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Fire Extinguisher Tips Everyone Should Know

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Being fireready is just plain smart. Make sure everyone you work with or live with knows how to properly use a fire extinguisher, just in case. Here are some things we all need to know:

  • Depending on the size of your home or business, it’s a good idea to have a few fire extinguishers around. The kitchen, garage, main work spaces, and warehouses are all places that could use one, and it wouldn’t hurt to carry them in company cars or trucks. There are different types of extinguishers for different classes of fires; depending on your business, make sure you provide the right kind of fire extinguisher. A common ABC extinguisher will put out just about any kind of fire except hot metal fires, and for those you would need a Class D.
  • It’s important that everyone in your home or business, including people who only come in once in a while, such as baby-sitters or cleaning services personnel, know where the fire extinguishers are located. It’s important to ensure that there is a clear and unobstructed path to them.
  • Keep your extinguishers up to date, performing a check every year. Make sure the external condition is good and that is still contains extinguishing agent. Check the pressure gauge to ensure that it is still pressurized in an operable range, and that the pin is attached to the extinguisher so that it can’t come loose.
  • All fire extinguishers have usage instructions printed right on them. This acronym is all you need to know:
    • P: Pull the safety Pin from the handle
    • A: Aim at the base of the fire
    • S: Squeeze the trigger
    • S: Sweep from side to side
  • If the fire continues to grow, escape routes can be threatened. If you are no longer able to safely fight the fire, and if the fire extinguisher runs out, leave immediately and call 9-1-1.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is proud to serve the Nashville community. We are always ready to help in the event of a fire, and are experienced in fire damage cleanup. We also handle water damage cleanup, and are mold remediation specialists. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville or call us at: (615) 442 7768.

Keeping Your Commercial Property Fire Ready

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your commercial property fire ready is vital in order to avoid disaster. Your livelihood and that of your staff depends on your business, and you will want to protect it. Being ready for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. We are sharing some tips here that can help you get your property ready in the event of a fire:

  • Ensure that your building or suite is visibly lettered and numbered so that emergency responders can easily find your location in a timely manner. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black/white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.
  • Fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot that is easy to get to. Make sure your extinguishers are serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.
  • Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage and should be illuminated at all times, with a battery backup for power outages. Exits should also be clear of any obstructions so that people can get out safely and quickly. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the area around the building outside clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.
  • Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling and be orderly. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern.
  • Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged in, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
  • Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and door openings and not stored in the path of exits.
  • Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.
  • If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
  • Make sure your local fire department has valid contact information on file for your commercial property.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are experienced cleanup projects after fires both large and small. In the event of water damage we’re ready to help, as well! Call us today at (615) 242-9391.

Preventing Mold Growth in Your Storage Unit

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Your storage unit is one of the areas you may not think about as much when it comes to mold growth, so keeping that issue in mind is going to be a good idea. You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue here where you are storing items that are important to you, such as paperwork, artwork, equipment, or family heirlooms, just to name a few.  

Storage units are often climate controlled, but they still need to be monitored since mold spores are everywhere. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises, even in places that are supposed to be immune.

Here are some tips to preventing mold growth in the first place:

  • When bringing any items to the unit, or removing them, check the floors, ceilings and walls for any signs of mold. That musty smell we are all familiar with will help you here.
  • Look out for standing water in this area. During storms, your unit could develop a leak due to roofing or wall damage. Alert the storage company and managers immediately, or contact a contractor or building expert to help with repairs on your own property.  
  • Ensure your storage area is well-ventilated. This information can be discussed with the managers of the storage company. If you are using storage areas in your home or business, you can always invest in a dehumidifier.
  • When you are repairing or upgrading storage areas, use mold-resistant products whenever possible. There are many kinds of paint, wood, and other materials available on the market today to help you with these types of projects.

Keeping mold out of your storage units and storage areas will keep your important items safe and in good repair.

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. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website:SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville

Summer Water Saving Tips

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Every state is experiencing the effects of drought, and saving water is on everyone’s mind these days. We waste a lot of water; our showers are too long, and we are often obsessed with an emerald green lawn. We need to change the way we handle and view water and leave behind the outdated and inefficient water management systems of the past.

Here are some tips that will help you save water this summer. Your water bill will be reduced, and you can save yourself some time into the bargain as well as doing some good for the Earth.

  1. Water your yard in the cool parts of the day. Water evaporates more quickly when it’s hot, so run your irrigation system while it’s most likely to stay with your lawn. Make sure you are not watering your sidewalk or your driveway, too. A drip system works quite well in this respect. Replacing your thirsty lawn with a drought tolerant garden would be a great way to save water, and it won’t have to be mowed every week!
  2. Check for leaky toilets. Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, your tank is leaking, and could be wasting up to 100 gallons of water a day!
  3. Take shorter showers. Trimming just two minutes off of your showers can save up to 1700 gallons of water a year. One way to do this is to turn off the shower while you shave or soap up. Install water-efficient shower heads, toilets, and faucets for a savings of thousands of gallons per year as well.
  4. Cover the pool. Make sure the water in your pool stays there by covering it when you are not using it. This will prevent water loss by evaporation.
  5. Use a car wash. Washing your car by hand can easily use 100 gallons of water, and takes a lot of time and effort, as well. Commercial car washes average 40 gallons or less!
  6. Trap rain water. Collect the water from summer rain storms by getting a water barrel. You can reuse this water for your garden. Green roofs, rain gardens, and other water-saving techniques are called green infrastructure and go a long way towards saving this most precious resource. More and more landowners and city governments are choosing to invest in these and other innovative strategies as ways to save water, reduce pollution, and save millions, and even billions, in costs for new water tanks, tunnels, and other traditional water infrastructures.


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you with all your home and business needs. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville

Chimney Cleaning in the Summer

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

During the summer, most of us aren’t thinking about the cool nights of Fall. We are too busy splashing around in the pool or at the beach and enjoying the sun. But planning ahead is always helpful; summer will be over before you know it, and you can relax just knowing that you are ready!

The warm glow of a fireplace is one of the pleasures of cooler weather. Sitting in front of a fire in your Nashville home on a crisp day is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy time with family, and it’s even better when knowing that your chimney has been cleaned and serviced. The safety of your home and loved ones is high on your list of priorities, so making sure your chimney is in good shape going into Fall and Winter will give you peace of mind. A chimney that has not been properly cared for allows fumes and dangerous toxins to escape into the home when you light that fire, and regular cleaning prevents these issues.

All chimneys should be completely cleaned at least once a year. Homeowners should also inspect this area several times a year to help identify any potential problems. Use a flashlight and take a good look at the floor of the fireplace itself, where ashes accumulate, and note any issues with the brick. These bricks are more heat tolerant than ordinary brick used in other parts of the home, so these will need to be kept in good repair. If even one brick is out of place it can affect the entire fireplace and could possibly mean that it will be non-functional until repairs can be made.

Checking the chimney itself for obstructions due to bird nests or small rodents is also necessary as well as checking for creosote build-up. If this build-up becomes too thick, one spark can cause a chimney fire. The National Fire Prevention Association says that 30 percent of all home fires are caused by fires in the chimney itself. Make sure your home is not part of that statistic by regular inspection and maintenance.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are experts in cleanups both large and small and can help in the event of fire and water damage. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

The Benefits of a Partnership with a Cleaning Company

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your office and warehousing spaces clean can be a real job, along with all your other concerns and business demands. As a smaller operation, you can often enlist the help of employees to do routine cleaning and maintenance, but sometimes a worker doesn’t have the physical capabilities for this type of task, or perhaps he or she is just too busy doing their actual job! That is always a good thing for you as a business owner but also makes it necessary to find another cleaning solution.

A partnership with a cleaning company can solve this type of situation, and there are many benefits to an agreement like this.

First and foremost, they can be available 24 hours a day, so in addition to scheduled cleaning projects such as break areas, bathrooms, lobby and waiting rooms, etc., they can be called in for the big projects. These can include overnight stripping and waxing floors, clean up after water damage, or even mold remediation!

In addition, you can expect their staff to be fully trained, which will alleviate the issue of having to instruct someone on how to take care of a cleaning project. You can be sure that the proper products and equipment will be used, and the correct personal protection will be employed. The work will be guaranteed as well, so if your offices don’t look quite the way you want them after the company has been there, they can be asked to come back and make sure you are satisfied.

Contracting a cleaning company means there is one less thing for you to concern yourself with. When you unlock the doors in the morning, the entryway will sparkle, the desks, chairs, and other equipment will be neat and orderly, with no dust in sight. No more dingy corners or musty artwork in the waiting areas, no more lingering odors in the bathroom and break room. The microwave will never be an unpleasant surprise again, and the kitchen floor won’t be slippery from yesterday’s lunch hour. What’s not to like?

Call us today here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville and set up a time to discuss all your options. We are experts in the area of cleanups, both large and small, and water and fire damage projects are our specialty. We also handle mold remediation. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, or call us: (615) 242-9391.

TOP THREE PLACES TO CHECK FOR MOLD GROWTH

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold. Just hearing the word can cause us all to cringe. It’s odorous, unsightly, and even dangerous to our health. And it can show up so fast that it can be shocking! Just knowing where to look and what areas are best to practice preventive measures in can help give you peace of mind.

Here are the top three areas to check regularly for mold growth:

The bathroom. This almost goes without saying, since everyone knows that mold likes water. And water is the name of the game when it comes to the bath area! Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, and these times are great for checking for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there are, or have been, any leaks in these places in the past, these areas are in danger until they are fully dry. You can invest in a dehumidifier for your bathroom, and that can be a great help.

The kitchen. This area of your home is also a watery place, and it is used more than any other area in the house besides the bath. 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. The trick is not giving them a place to land and settle!

The laundry room. This room, since it has large appliances, also 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 a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Enlist help, pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected. Make sure spills are cleaned and dried right away, as well.

Other areas to keep an eye on: hall closets, your garage, and/or basement.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always here to help you with any issues related to water damage in your home or business, and we are mold remediation experts, too. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties. Call us at (615) 913 4280, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SUMMER SHOWERS

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

As Spring rolls around into Summer, you are probably thinking about sunshine. The pool will be open, and the grill will be in use again. It’s a great time of year!

But Summer is also a time for rain showers in most of the country, and one thing you can expect from summertime showers is that they come up fast and bring a lot of moisture with them! Here are some things homeowners need to consider:

  • Roofs and gutters. It’s obvious to think about the condition of your roof and rain gutters in the fall, before the winter weather hits. But if they are not well-maintained after snow, ice, and winter storms, a simple summertime rain shower can create its own problems for you. Inspect these areas closely in readiness for a downpour so that you can spend the rest of your summer worry-free.
  • Garden drainage. If you have planted vegetables and/or flowers this year, you will be looking forward to the yields this project will bring. Take a good look at the drainage surrounding any garden or landscaping area and make sure water can escape if there is an abundance during a summer downpour.
  • Outdoor furniture. Some summer showers can last for an extended period of time and that can wreak havoc on your outdoor furniture if it hasn’t been maintained from the prior  year. There are many paint and finishing products available that will do a great job protecting your furniture from weathering.
  • Humidity. Summer rain storms can last for several hours, and even a day or two. In these weather conditions, you might feel the effects of extended rain showers by experiencing a higher interior humidity level. Mold can grow pretty quickly in these conditions! Investing in dehumidifiers for your home can greatly reduce the chances of a mold infestation and keep your interior air quality at healthy levels.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we care about your personal property and your business. Call us at (615) 013 4280 if you need any assistance with damages from water or fire. And remember, we are mold remediation experts! Our website is: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

KEEPING YOUR RESTAURANT’S CARPETING CLEAN

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Your restaurant’s nightly checklist has to be followed to the letter in order to keep your business in great shape and ready for the next business day. Every item has to be thoroughly washed and sparkling clean on a daily basis; the kitchen flooring, stovetops and ovens, utensils, pots and coffee makers…. And then there’s the front of house - bathrooms, host stand, and bar area with all your glassware that needs attention. But you and your team have it all handled, every day.

Flooring in a busy restaurant can be a challenge, as well. Many eateries choose to install hardwood floors, which have to be treated regularly to avoid damage from high heels, spills, and scratches from table and chair movement.

Perhaps, however, your establishment has carpeting. A nightly vacuum and spot cleaning will go a long way towards preventing potential mold growth and other issues that can cause unpleasant odors, but your carpeting will still need a regular deep cleaning to keep floors looking the way you want them to. With carpeting, spills on carpeting don’t come up quite as easily or as completely as those on hardwood flooring, and a carpet in need of deep cleaning can look dull and worn, with the colors no longer as bright and fresh; 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. Our business is experienced with cleanups from fire and water damage in both homes and large commercial enterprises, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Call us today at (615) 913 4280. You can also visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

STORM-PROOFING YOUR GARAGE

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

When planning to protect your home from storms, make your garage one of your first priorities. Your garage is one of the most vulnerable areas in your home when it comes to high winds. Here are some tips to stormproof your garage:

  • Install a garage door with a high wind-resistance rating. Storms that bring with them extreme levels of wind will cause the most damage; when a garage is breached, the winds will batter the rest of your home. Water will start to come in, and even just an inch of water can cause unwanted, and costly, damage. If you live in an area prone to tornadoes, it’s recommended that you invest in a door that can withstand winds of 130 mph or higher. Doors with high impact-ratings will protect your home and belongings from flying debris.
  • Install a bracing system. You can reinforce your garage door with proper bracing. Most garage doors are secured only by the tracks or hinges, which will be no help during a powerful storm. A bracing system works by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge.  
  • Maintain your garage door. If there are any holes, cracks or breaches, these will allow storm winds through your garage door. Perform a monthly inspection and look for any of these types of issues as well as problems with the weather stripping or any parts of the garage door mechanisms and functionality. Perform the needed maintenance as soon as possible to stay in storm-readiness.
  • Secure all windows. If you have windows in your garage, these will also be weak points during extreme weather. Ensure they are in good repair and that the weather stripping is in great shape. Having wrought-iron window protection installed as well can go a long way to protect your glass from flying debris, such as rocks or tree limbs.
  • Install drainage and flood vents. Make sure that this vulnerable area of your home is properly outfitted for the drainage of large amounts of water. You can have a trench drain installed in front of this area and on the sides of your driveway to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain any water coming inside quickly before levels rise and cause damage.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we handle clean up after house and business fires, and are well-equipped to handle water damage. Mold remediation is also one of our specialities! Call us at (615) 913 4280, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

WHY YOU SHOULD PRIORITIZE KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS CLEAN

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Those shows about failing businesses and restaurants are often entertaining and even humorous, at least to us as viewers. But they also highlight an essential detail that businesses sometimes overlook: a clean work area. That might not sound like a big deal, but a clean business sends a powerful message to staff and customers alike.

Listed here are some of the benefits of prioritizing workplace cleanliness:

  • It reduces the need to replace supplies and equipment as often. When dirt and grime are left to build up, they will cause unnecessary wear-and-tear on your office equipment. The keys on your PC keyboard can get sticky, which necessitates a call to IT. Flooring can become stained and unkempt, and office furniture left uncared for is unsightly, sending the wrong message to everyone. Regular cleaning and maintenance will save you costly replacements of these items. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville specializes in all areas of commercial cleaning and restoration.
  • It can help you find and fix damages before they becomes a problem. Regular deep cleaning can help you catch problems you might not notice otherwise and keep you looking good while doing it. You will see the signs of water damage and mold growth much more quickly, and as we all know, damage from leaks are much easier to deal with at the beginning of the issue. The longer damage from a water leak goes on, the higher the costs for repairs are going to be. Taking care of mold is also important for the health of your workforce. Mold spores can often be toxic, and its presence can be a health code violation. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville  is your Nashville area specialist for mold remediation.
  • It can help employees avoid illnesses and positively affect morale. A dirty working environment can encourage the accumulation of bacteria and viruses, which will adversely affect your employees. Clutter and grime also make it difficult to concentrate and has been proven to cause stress, especially for those people who are highly sensitive to uncomfortable surroundings. When your workers are happy and productive, your customers and clients will know it, and an atmosphere of positivity will affect your business by encouraging repeat sales and referrals.
  • It gives your business an image and reputation of trustworthiness. If your business looks like a mess, most people will assume it’s failing; how can they trust you to care about their concerns if you don’t care about your own? Water-stained walls, unkempt furniture and machinery, dusty light fixtures; all these things will give your prospective customers the idea that you are not a careful proprietor. Not the best way to get people to come back!


Call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville for help with all your commercial cleaning needs. We are experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Our phone number is: (615) 651-6557, or you can visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Things You Might Not Expect From Storms

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storms of all kinds are just a part of life. We usually know they are coming, and we know things will get wet and blown about. Sometimes there will be flooding in low-lying areas, and for the folks who live in those places, that’s to be expected, although certainly not something anyone looks forward to. But you know what to prepare for, and so you do. You check windows and doors, drainage systems, and you make sure everyone you care about knows what to do in those events. So far, so good.

But what about those storm events that cause things to happen that just didn’t seem possible, or that you weren’t looking for?

After a severe rainstorm, your property can suffer from an infestation of insects, for example. They might be seeking higher ground, or their nests were destroyed and they need to build again. Not something you would be thinking about, but it can happen! Make sure you know who to call if you develop a problem like that!

In the event of hurricanes and tornadoes, large items can end up in the strangest places! We’ve all heard stories or seen pictures of cars up in trees, or an entire outdoor table and chair set sitting in another yard down the street. This, too, is not something you would expect. What will you do if that happens? A professional cleaning company such as the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is ready and waiting to help you if your neighbor’s stuff ends up on your property!

Some of the things that can happen are pretty scary, such as branches driven through walls, trees falling on roofs, or extremely large hail falls. Before storm season, maybe think about weather events that could happen, and make some plans. Do you have a safe place for your larger machinery and cars in case of extreme weather? Do you have enough non-perishable food items in case of longer-than-normal power outages? If you have elderly neighbors, do you know who would be helping them if they were in trouble? Does that huge tree in your yard look like a liability? Safety is serious business!

We are always ready to help in the event of water or fire damage here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville or call us at (615) 651 6557!

Cleaning Up After Smoke Damage

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything in your home, from the structure to your personal belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional may be the best decision you can make. A professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville understands that your furniture, keepsakes, and other precious items are what make your house a home.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville specializes in restoring the contents of a home or business that have suffered from fire damage or water damage. They will assess all your belongings carefully to determine what items can be restored to their original condition. Professional cleaning companies use several methods to get you back to normal after a fire:

  • Foam Cleaning: This method is used for upholstery since upholstery fabrics can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry Cleaning: This method is used to clean light residue.
  • Wet Cleaning: This is a very effective cleaning method used to remove moderate to heavy smoke residues.
  • Immersion Cleaning: This method is one where items are dipped into a bath of cleaning product.

Keep in mind that electronics that have been damaged by fire present a serious hazard. Never attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that could possibly have been affected by a fire! Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and can cause electronic failure in that device. Items that you should be careful of are:

  • Televisions
  • Computers and IPads, etc.
  • DVD and CD players
  • Cell Phones

Documents and photographs can suffer a lot of damage in a fire, and many contain information or records that can be devastating to lose permanently. SERVPRO technicians are experienced in document restoration.

If the damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can organize an efficient move-out process of the affected areas. Removal from the area will result in a quicker remodeling process and will also protect your belongings from any further potential damage during that process. After the restoration is complete, move-in can be coordinated easily.

If your home or business has suffered damage from fire, water, or mold, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call today at (615) 913 4280,  or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Preparing Your Business for Inclement Weather

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen any time of year, but here in the Southeast during Spring, that can be especially true! All that rainwater can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. We share here several tips for you to help you prepare your Belle Meade/West Nashville business for our rainy season and any possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal.

  • GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems do a great job diverting 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. Remember: mold spores begin to grow rapidly if left alone in just 24-48 hours!
  • 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.
  • RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your employees before inclement weather hits. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone as to their safety, and whether to come into work or not. Your staff should not brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an in-case-of-emergency kit on site.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always standing ready to help if your business does sustain storm damage. Call us with any concerns at (615) 913 4280, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville.

Handling Mold in Your Carpet

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

In areas where the weather is often humid, keeping your carpet dry and free from mold spores and growth can be a challenge. With daily in and out foot traffic, dirt and dust and other contaminants are tracked onto the carpet, and it can be quite a challenge to keep those carpets spotless!

Here are some helpful tips for you to use if you do find mold spots:

  • If the carpet or rug can be taken outside, do so as soon as spots are found.
  • 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, 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.

You can also use this method for the purpose of cleansing 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 the equipment and experience needed to help with any of your mold remediation needs!

The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is experienced and equipped to help with mold remediation, as well as clean up after a flood and/or fire damage and water damage. Call us today at (615) 913 4280!

Or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

KEEPING YOUR OFFICE ORGANIZED

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Organizing an office is time consuming, and you might be tempted to put it off. If you consider how much disorganization can cost you in the long run, you might reconsider!

Knowing where things are and being able to find them right away will save you and your staff minutes wasted locating vital information or objects, and minutes turn into hours.

An office organization project doesn’t have to happen all at once; it can be done a little at a time. It might even be more effective if you go slowly and give it a lot of thought using everyone’s input. Let your staff help you decide where things should go, and what would work best for them as they go through their day. This will positively affect the productivity of the entire office and create content workers who can find what they need in a manner that makes the most sense to their workflow.

 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!
  • Pick it up! 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 office. From the main workspace to the reference area, supply area, make sure that the appropriate supplies and equipment are being kept in the places that make the most sense. Those items that are used the most should be within reach if at all possible.
  • Labels! Get a label maker, and label bins, baskets, shelves - so everyone knows where things belong. This will help with the daily pickup that needs to be done to keep an office organized.
  • Filing! Can your filing system be revised and become more digital than it has been? Are you duplicating your documents? You may be able to eliminate a lot of confusion if you can get rid of paper files beyond a certain time frame that you will establish.
  • Desks! Organize your own desk: the top, the drawers, underneath - everywhere that you have stored things. Make sure you can get to what you need quickly on a daily basis so that you aren’t wasting company time digging through junk. Use trays for a neater desktop paper system; even if you know where things are, on a sick day the person filling in will have no idea unless it is clearly designated, and time is wasted, once again.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are standing ready to help with your large cleanup needs such as water damage or fire damage, and we are mold remediation experts! Call us at (615) 913 4280, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Property

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with repairs and insurance companies after severe weather hits your property can be difficult. Homeowners can use the following tips to help tackle the storm damage caused by hard rains, flooding, or storm-related issues.

SAFETY FIRST

If you and your family were away from home when the storm hit, do not return until it has been confirmed safe. Contact a storm damage expert like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville; we’ll help you determine if your home is safe to return to.

INSURANCE

You will need to contact your homeowners’ insurance adjuster as soon as possible. If your neighborhood has sustained widespread damage, find out if any special teams of insurance agents, relief workers, or contractors are coming to the area. Check your policy to find out what actions you need to take or talk to your agent to make sure you are following the proper procedures. Not following these actions correctly could result in a reduced claim. Inspect your property and make a list of all damages; take photographs of all noted damage if at all possible.

RECORDING AND DOCUMENTING

Document your neighbor’s damages, as well; this can prevent the insurance provider from downgrading your claim by saying the damage is from your neglect of maintenance or other unrelated issues by giving them a way to compare. Keep a record of all the communication you have with your insurance provider, and don’t do any unnecessary repair work yourself. Hire a trusted storm damage restoration service provider such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to handle any repairs.

 BE SCAM FREE

Always check the adjuster’s identification. If you are evacuated, ask for money from your claim upfront. If they agree, you will be given a check for an amount that will be deducted from your final settlement. Some providers will automatically offer a partial payment early on during the process. Review it carefully and decline it if you feel uncomfortable with any part of it. Never be afraid to ask questions and to expect an answer that makes sense or seems fair. 

Dealing with a storm's aftermath is stressful, but reacting properly will be an immense help and can prevent problems down the road.

The SERVPRO Team of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is ready to help 24/7. Call us for your fire or water damage issues at (615) 913 8420, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

HOW TO DEHUMIDIFY YOUR HOME TO PREVENT MOLD GROWTH

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

We all know that a humidity level in your home that is too high can promote mold growth. Mold grows quickly in damp conditions, establishing a significant colony within 24-48 hours. Allergens and irritants are released as it spreads, and in some cases the situation can become toxic to those with respiratory problems. Children, older people, and pets can be especially susceptible to this danger.

Using a dehumidifier in your home can help to prevent this situation. Optimal humidity levels are between 30-50%, with 45% being the best level possible. A dehumidifier will help to maintain your indoor humidity at a comfortable level, which saves you money and helps to stunt or prevent any mold growth. Small units are available at reasonable prices, so you can put one in every room of the house that is devoted to water: the bath, laundry, and the kitchen!

Making sure your HVAC system is running at its most efficient will help to keep down your humidity levels, as well. Vents should be cleaned before the wetter months and replacing filters before every season is always a good idea.

Running fans when it’s humid outside helps to keep the damp down and cool you off at the same time. Circulating air keeps everything drier. If it’s more humid inside than out, crack a window.

Give your houseplants some outside time, as well; potting soil is wet, of course, since you must water your plants, so putting them out in the sunshine can be helpful. The leaves of a houseplant can also sustain mold growth, and you will want to keep an eye on that. There are natural solutions that can be applied to take care of this issue.

Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville at (615) 913 4280 for all your larger cleanup projects after a fire or flood. We are also experts in mold remediation! Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Keeping Your Belle Meade Hotel’s Carpet Clean

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

A busy hotel in Belle Meade is something to brag about! A high occupancy rate means you are doing something right, and it shows.

With lots of guests come lots of maintenance challenges, too. High traffic means more damage in those areas guests visit most often, and no area of your hotel sees more traffic than the flooring.

An expensive carpeting can last longer and be more cost efficient in the long run as well as being manufactured to handle high traffic situations much better, repelling heavy soiling and bad odors from wet, icy, or muddy conditions. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for; it may actually save you money spent on carpet maintenance when you invest in higher quality flooring.

There are a lot of great products on the market that you can use to help guard your carpets against damages and odors caused by spills and flooding from bathrooms, like overflowing toilets or broken piping. These products can also keep your carpets looking fresh even after all those shoes have come through.

Make sure the housekeeping staff is vacuuming thoroughly on a daily basis. Instruct them to take care of corners and edging; dingy corners and edges of carpeted areas can make an entire room look and smell unpleasant from potential mold growth if not maintained well. Your cleaning staff also needs to be trained and encouraged to communicate with you and your management team whenever they see (or smell) a problem - mold can take hold quickly, and once it’s established and beginning to spread, it can be difficult to get rid of.

A regularly scheduled professional deep cleaning of your carpets throughout your establishment can help to keep your whole Brunswick hotel looking and smelling great, and deep cleaning can preserve carpeting, helping to preserve the condition and look of your flooring, and saving you money.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is experienced in those big cleaning jobs, and we are here to help with any emergency restoration services, such as fire or flood cleanup. Call us at (615) 913 4280, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Make Sure Your Belle Meade Home is Storm Ready

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storms in the springtime are something we need to be ready for. We watch the news, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.

It’s a really good idea to conduct an inspection of your home and grounds before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during heavy rainfall and strong winds. Do all of your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? When is the last time you took a good look at your roof? These are all great questions to keep in mind.

Loose shutters and unstable large trees and bushes can present a real problem in high winds. It’s a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large, heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.

Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches or creeks on the property. Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm.

In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone you care about in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, others will worry, so keeping those lines of communication open can keep everyone safe and worry-free.

The SERVPRO team of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at (615) 913 4280, or visit us on our website:

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Nashville Home

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your home is one of the worst things to go through, ever. Your home and many items of value to you may have been lost or badly damaged by the flames, the heat, smoke or water. Firefighters may have found it necessary to cut holes in walls to look for hidden flames, or in the roof to let out heat and smoke. The clean up after a fire in your Nashville home will take time and patience.

You will need to contact your insurance agent before any fire damage is repaired or clean-up is begun. You will need to be prepared with information on what will be covered, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of your property for you during this time.

You will want to take steps to find and retrieve all important documents, and replace those that have been lost or irretrievably damaged, such as birth and death records, social security cards, mortgage and banking information and records, wills, and stocks and bonds.

Try to limit movement about the home, to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in your upholstery and carpets. You can place towels or old linens on your rugs, upholstered furniture, and foot traffic areas.

Changing your HVAC filters after a fire is a good idea, and if the power is out, empty your freezer and fridge and prop the doors open to get rid of the smoke.

You don’t want to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean carpets, etc. without contacting a fire damage specialist. Any canned or packaged food and beverage items that were stored near the heat or fire will need to be thrown out. If your ceiling is wet, don’t turn on any ceiling fixtures such as fans or lighting; the wiring could be damaged.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your Nashville home. We are also experienced in the areas of water damage and mold prevention and remediation. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville or contact us by phone at: (615) 358 0603.

Four Tips to Keep Mold Out of Your Nashville Business

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Yes, mold can be beneficial, used in making brie or penicillin, but it can also be a really big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings.

It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Here are four steps you can take to protect your business and employees from a mold issue:

  • Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to avoid mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry at all times, but especially during wet weather.
  • Proper ventilation is a good way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.
  • Many products today contain mold-resistant materials, such as sheetrock or paint. Shop around for helpful products when doing any renovation or repair to your Belle Meade business, especially in areas that will experience moisture, such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
  • Monitoring the humidity indoors in your Belle Meade business can go a long way to mold prevention. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent; you can measure this with a moisture meter easily found at your local hardware store.



Contact the SERVPRO team of Belle Meade/ West Nashville for all your water or fire damage needs, or if you need assistance with mold prevention or remediation! Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville

Or give us a call at (615) 358 0603. We’re here for you!

Preparing Your Belle Meade Business for Spring Showers and Water Damage

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Rain, rain, go away. We all know the months are coming when we will start to think of these words to that childhood song. Rain is necessary to nourish flowers and trees, and that’s great! But sometimes all that water can cause damage to your home or business.

Is your Belle Meade business ready? Let’s talk about ways to prepare.

  • Take a look at rain gutters. Clogged gutters will cause rainwater to backup, damaging your roof and walls.
  • Do a roof inspection. Are any shingles loose or damaged? Replace any that could be an issue to protect attic or work space from water damage.
  • Check interior walls and ceilings for signs of water damage; this could be an indication of roof leaks.
  • Trim any trees and bushes next to your Belle Meade business. Be sure to cut back branches that could become waterlogged and break off, damaging property.
  • Ensure that all doors and windows are secure, and that weatherstripping is in good condition.
  • Look for water collecting around the foundation of your Belle Meade business, and take steps to redirect it, if needed, to avoid water damage.
  • If your business is located near flooding areas, stockpiling sandbags to protect your property and parking areas would be a good idea.
  • Any erosion on your property will need to be handled before the rains come so that your business won’t suffer from mudslides.
  • Make sure the city drains near your business are clear of debris and earth. Call the Belle Meade Public Works Department if you think there may be an issue.

Preparedness in the event of any kind of extreme weather is always a good idea, to protect your business and property from loss and damage. Taking the time to assess your situation and thinking ahead about what may come is a good way to keep your investment secure.

Call our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville anytime, whether you need assistance with water damage, fire damage or mold prevention. Visit our website at: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville or call us at (615) 358 0603. Be safe!

Keeping Your Home Storm Damage Safe

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storms can come upon us without much warning. Yes, we watch the news, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.

An inspection of your home’s premises is a really good idea to conduct before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during extreme conditions such as a snow storm or heavy rains. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? Is all your weather-stripping in good condition? When’s the last time you took a look at your roof to see how things are looking up there? These are all great questions to ask yourself.

Loose shutters and rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It might be a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition, so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.

Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches at the front of the property. Take time to inspect this area and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm.

Your family is very precious to you. In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, families will worry, so it’s vital that lines of communication stay open.

The SERVPRO team of Belle Meade/West Nashville has your back in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at (615) 454 9215, or visit us on our website:

http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com/

Keeping Your Restaurant Kitchen Clean and Safe

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

A busy restaurant is a joy, and a challenge. It’s wonderful that you have so much business and that your patrons love your food. But keeping the kitchen in great condition on a daily basis can seem like an almost impossible task, but it’s of vital importance to pass those Health Department inspections!

So much is going on during the day, hot grease spitting, utensils loaded with food dropped on the floor, glasses breaking, and food being burned or ruined due to human error. A regular cleaning system can help keep a handle on the mayhem, and keep your restaurant kitchen clean and safe.

It is vital to maintain a hygienic commercial kitchen. Your grills should be brushed between cooking different types of meat, such as red meats, poultry, and fish. The line and prep areas should be regularly wiped down, and trash should be emptied BEFORE it overflows. Slipping and tripping in the kitchen could lead to a disaster. Make sure your sanitizing water is maintained and that there is always a sufficient supply of cleaning rags throughout all shifts.

At the end of the day, the fryers will need to be thoroughly cleaned, as will the grills and the steam table, all slicers, floor mats, and surfaces. Grease traps need to be emptied and cleaned, and hood filters should be run through the dishwasher. Sweeping and mopping the floors, including cooking areas and walk-in fridges and freezers, and cleaning all floor mats well will set the kitchen up for success for the next business day. Your work space in your kitchen will be clean and safe!

Weekly you will want to sanitize coolers and coffee machines, clean ovens and floor drains well, and sharpen all knives. Clean and well-cared for tools and machinery will keep your kitchen safe for your staff. These tasks can be part of servers’ side work, to ensure that they get done.

Monthly you should see that thermometers and ovens are calibrated, freezers deep-cleaned, and behind all ovens, stoves, and fryers gets deep-cleaned as well, as grease build-up is a major fire hazard. Keep your first aid kit well-stocked in case of accidents.  

At least once a year, schedule a visit from a professional cleaning company you trust. They can clean hoods and drains, grease traps, walls and floors, much more thoroughly than your staff, and can inspect your premises for possible kitchen safety and fire issues.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is ready to help in the area of restaurant kitchen safety and cleanliness. Give us a call today at (615) 454 9215 or visit our website:

http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com/

Keep Your Belle Meade Business Safe from Water Damage This Winter

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

We’ve all seen the news reports and social media posts showing water damage to homes and businesses after a flood or a heavy rain. Most of the time, disasters like that are unexpected. If we aren’t prepared for what may happen during storm or winter seasons, we can suffer more water damage than we need to.

The steady rains of winter or snow and ice can present a lot of problems. Take a good look around your home or place of business; are you prepared for whatever comes? Do exterior doors fit tightly and close as they should, and are both doors and windows properly weather-stripped? The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be well kept to protect machinery, product, and furniture from water damage.

The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade in from their cars, floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster.

Inspect parking lots regularly for potholes, especially after a storm. The last thing you need is a bill for damages to a vehicle due to deep potholes. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the parking area, consider sand-bagging those areas that will be affected. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, and that can be prevented.

Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked on a regular basis, too. If your rain gutters become clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rain water. As water backs up, it can leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can find yourself with water damage, and even mold.

Power lines and telephone poles near to your place of business can be a possible issue. Contact your utilities companies and have them come take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your employees will be safe. Be aware of the condition of any large trees on your property; if the grounds become saturated, a tree with an unstable root base can become a really big hazard.

Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are standing ready to help in any way we can. If you have sustained water damage to your property, give us a call today at (615) 454 9215. Or visit us on our website: http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com

Newest Member of Large Loss Response Team

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

NEWEST MEMBER OF LARGE LOSS RESPONSE TEAMS!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is proud to announce that we have recently been designated as a Large Loss Response Team! We were awarded this distinction this past November as one of approximately 60 locations out of over 1700 in the US and Canada. We are very honored, indeed!

Companies are awarded this distinction on past performances and experiences, financial stability, and certifications achieved, and because our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is committed to producing quality work and service, and committed to doing so as a solidly profitable and fiscally responsible business endeavor, we are very excited and proud to be able to say that we have achieved one of our biggest goals for 2017!

The franchise is now certified as a business that is equipped to handle the largest commercial job losses. These losses are mostly caused by fire and water damage, and we here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville are noted as having expertise in the Nashville area when it comes to these situations. Our commitment to excellence has earned our franchise a highly respected reputation as being the company to call when a business has sustained serious damage due to fire or flooding.  

Operating as an LLRT member will give the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team many more opportunities to produce commercial work in the greater Nashville area. With the explosive growth that Music City has been experiencing lately, and with no real end of that growth in sight, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is perfectly positioned as a major helping hand to many of the large businesses and corporations that have landed here, as well as the ones that are to come.

We are very honored and proud to be able to say that we are a Large Loss Response Leader, but we are more honored and proud to be able to say that we are a part of supporting Music City, Tennessee, and helping her residents prosper and live their best lives. It means a lot to our team to be in a position to come to the rescue when any crisis arises, and when it involves a large business with large loss and many lives involved, our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is glad to have the certification and expertise necessary to make sure those situations are handled in a safe, timely, and professional manner.

You can visit us at our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville or call us at (615) 442 7768. Be safe!

Keeping Your Drapes Odor Free

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Dirty draperies can make the entire room smell dingy and look unattractive. No one wants to deal with unpleasant odors; cleaning and deodorizing your drapes regularly can go a long way to making a space fresh, pleasant, and appealing.

Just removing your drapes from the curtain rod and putting them into your washing machine can be very effective if they are made of cotton or polyester blends, but some textiles, such as velvet, silk, taffeta, chenille, and brocade, simply can’t be safely cleaned by that method. These types draperies will have to be dry cleaned, as well as sheers and those that are insulated or lined. The care of a professional might be needed to remove spots and unsightly stains, as well.

Before you undertake this project, take a look at the care instructions for your draperies, usually located on a tag inside. These instructions will let you know how the material should be cared for, with specifics as to water temperature, the type of cleaning solutions that will be safe, and what the dryer setting will need to be. It might even be necessary to air dry them.

Over time, drapes will collect dust and grime just from hanging in a room. They will collect odors as well, and the smell can affect the entire room. A proper cleaning, whether DIY or professional, with restore your rooms to their normal sweet, odor-free state.

If you decide to do it yourself, you will want to start with a good vacuuming! It’s not necessary to take them down if you can reach them properly. After the vacuum cleaning, a hand-held steamer will work nicely to give them a fresh look and scent. Before steaming, you will want to be sure that the cleaning instructions don’t advise against it. Those that can be machine washed will be taken down and washed and dried; make sure you remove them from the dryer immediately to alleviate wrinkles.

After your draperies have been cleaned and re-hung, you can lightly spray them with linen spray, if their care allows. This will add a lovely scent to the room, and definitely deodorize them to keep any bad odors from hanging around.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville has years of experience in helping Nashville residents keep their homes and businesses safe and clean! From water damage to mold prevention, fire safety and clean-up and more - they are the ones to call at (615) 454 9215! Or visit their website:

http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com/

A SAFE, CLEAN NASHVILLE CONCERT VENUE

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Here in Music City we can probably boast more concert venues per capita than any other city in America, and perhaps the world. People come from every country imaginable, all year round, to hear what Nashville musicians have to say. Nashville is on so many Top Ten travel lists these days, it’s hard to keep track. And people just keep on coming.

As a venue owner here in Music City, you want to keep your space presentable at all times, ready for anything. Some shows can happen at a moment’s notice, if a band or musician rolls into town and decides to play at the last minute. You won’t want to miss any opportunities here in It City!

All these visitors in and out of your venue day after day, year after year, can cause you a lot of wear and tear. It’s a good idea to find a commercial cleaning company that can come in and clean your business and inspect for water damage, mold damage, and fire safety, all while keeping your venue fresh and clean, deodorized and ready for company!

Your seating holds a lot of people, and over time odors can grow, Refreshing and deodorizing your chairs and any other seating available in your concert venue can help to keep your business fresh and attractive.

How is your flooring holding up? Have you sustained any damage or issues from recent storms or flooding? Damaged flooring can be the cause of accidents and mishaps, which no business owner wants. It’s a good idea to get all your damp troubles taken care of right away, so that mold doesn’t have a chance to cause you a headache. Mold can spread fast, and is very unhealthy, as well as causing odors that can keep your guests away.

Chances are you have plenty of windows in your venue, and they need to be kept clean, especially after stormy weather. Natural light is a great way to keep damp down, and the passive heat it lends can lower your heating costs.

The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always ready to help with your business needs, from deodorizing your concert spaces to alleviating mold and water damages. Call them today at 615 242 9391 or go to their website:

http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com/    

You’ll be glad you did!

Keeping Your Belle Meade Business Clean in Winter

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

The winter months pose a big challenge to keeping your Belle Meade business clean and dry. Snow and ice from winter storms can affect your floors, windows, parking areas, and roofs, while the cold and sickness will affect how your staff feels, slowing down their ability to be productive. Take the steps today to avoid water damage, mold damage, and lost productivity.

Flu and the common cold are a big problem during the winter months. Cleaning and disinfecting your office equipment regularly is of the utmost importance in preventing the spread of germs, especially when it comes to those items handled daily by your staff, such as phones and keyboards, countertops, tables, and doorknobs. Commercial cleaning services can get the job done for you with eco-friendly products that will leave your office odor-free, while at the same time alleviating any concern about harmful chemicals lingering in your office atmosphere. Keeping viral and bacterial germs under control prevents sickness and reduces the loss of productivity due to employee sick days.

Wet floors can pose safety hazards for both your customers and your staff. Having your bare floors mopped and dried and carpets vacuumed on a regular basis will help to avoid accidents and mishaps. It will  also keep air moisture levels down, which can help greatly prevent mold growth! A cleaning service can shampoo carpets or polish floors after business hours. They can also share best practices with you on how to keep your floors hazard-free and looking good during the day, and can advise you on how to best guard your business from mold and water damage.

Window washing services during the winter months are something you won’t want to neglect; your windows suffer due to those frequent storms. Dirty windows are cloudy, reducing the amount of sunlight allowed into your office and customer spaces. Natural light boosts the moods of both your employees and customers, helping to promote healthy productivity and activity levels. A boost of bright sunlight from the windows can breathe new life into your workspaces during the gloomy winter months, and lighten everyone’s mood. Sunlight also helps to dry any slick, wet floors and helps to keep excess moisture under control. Moisture Left unattended is a breeding ground for mold, which no one wants to see. Maintaining the cleanliness of your windows during the winter months will lighten the mood and make a good impression on your customers, and keep your work spaces healthful and mold and odor free.

The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to help with all of your commercial cleaning, water damage, fire damage, and mold clean-up needs in 2018. Give us a call at (865) 690-9658 and let us help you get off to a clean start this year! Our website is http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com/

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville: Community Superheroes

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

As a child, I bet you loved Show ‘N Tell day. You never knew what some other kid might bring: a pet frog, a favorite book, or the super-cool toy they got for Christmas. And the anticipation you felt while waiting for your turn to show off your beloved item…. There was nothing better!

Recently, some Sumner County school students held a show ‘n tell “Community Helpers Day,” and they were asked by their teacher to bring their parents to class. The parents were invited to share with the children how their jobs help the community. One student brought his dad, who just happens to work for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville!

Dad (whose name is Dan) was able to talk to the students about disasters, and how his company comes to the rescue by helping families and businesses clean up after storms, fires, floods, and accidents. He explained what can happen to homes and properties during those times, and how it can be very difficult and messy to take care of things afterwards. He let the children know that having a company like SERVPRO in a town or city is very important, because they do a job that most people cannot do for themselves very easily.

Dan let the children know that the SERVPRO team are always ready, 24 hours a day, to help people in need (kind of like Superman!) and that they even know how to get rid of mold problems, which is a very serious problem to have, whether you are big or small. The kids learned that a company like SERVPRO knows how to get to where they need to go really fast, and that they have all kinds of machinery and tools to help them do their jobs so that people can be taken care of.

There were kid-sized hardhats for students to use while they worked alongside Dan and his co-worker Brad to learn how to extract water, and that was a class favorite. Getting rid of excess water when a flood happens, whether it’s due to a broken pipe or a big storm, is definitely a job for a community superhero!

The whole class got to see what a SERVPRO van looks like, and stood in front of one with Dan and Brad for a group photo. They also learned that vans like this one are used by the company to bring workers and supplies to the sites where people need help. Now all the kids know how to recognize a SERVPRO vehicle by that great color! And just how cool it is to know that there are people in our town whose job it is to help us when we can’t do it ourselves, no matter whether it’s day or night. On “Community Helpers Day,” they got to meet some real life superheroes, and the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is proud to have been able to be a part of that!



Deodorizing your Nashville Airbnb

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

So you’ve decided to jump on the AirBnB bandwagon. You have the space - it’s perfect, really. You’ve updated the shades and lamps, added a small fridge, and gotten all new bedding. Now it’s time to start renting!

Or is it?

You’ve started this business to make money, of course. And money in this industry means traffic. Hopefully, lots of it. But you are going to have groups of strangers in and out of your living spaces all hours of the day or night, from many different parts of the world, with all different types of lifestyles. Which means….odors. If you have a small kitchen in your unit, that presents another odor issue; some types of food when cooked can leave behind strong smells, and sometimes they can be extremely unpleasant.

The first thing a new guest will notice when they step into your AirBnB is odor. It may look really great, but if it smells bad, you might just lose a customer, and they might write a bad review...and then what?

So before you take in your first guest, lay out a plan for deodorizing your space.

Air fresheners are a good idea, such as plug-ins. And refreshing your carpet with baking soda or a dry carpet cleaner with a great scent will really help, too. Many of these products are made with ingredients that fight against mold and mold-damage, which is one of the things that creates bad odors.

If you plan on  having guests during the times of the year when it can get wet, such as spring or winter, you will have to keep an eye out for water damage and damp in your unit ,caused by leaks and foot traffic. If carpets stay damp, mold sets in, and your AirBnB can get pretty musty with that moldy smell! It won’t make a great impression on your guests, that’s for sure.

During warmer weather, leaving doors and windows open between guests can really help the odor issue. Sunshine is a great deodorizer for many unpleasant smells.

One of the best ways to keep your AirBnB smelling great and looking amazing is to hire a professional cleaning company to come in and do the job. They can de-odorize your carpets and draperies, check for mold or water damage, and if mold has started to grow and spread they can stop it in its tracks.

The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is waiting for your call! Contact them today. Their website is:    http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com/

Keeping Rugs Clean And Free From Water Damage

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Most of us have area rugs in our homes and places of businesses, and they are great for keeping feet warm and making our living and working spaces look great. They also take a beating during the winter, when people entering and leaving our homes and businesses are out walking in bad weather - rain, snow, and ice, and tracking in mud and water.

Water can damage your rugs, and if they are not cared for right away, mold can set in and spread, even in cold weather.

A daily vacuum of area rugs is always a good idea, and if they are damp or wet, they should be removed right away and placed somewhere warm to dry out. Puddles can form if people come in from a snowy day, and those puddles can stay underneath an area rug for a long time, undetected. So always check the rugs in your walkways and other rooms to see if any puddled water is hiding underneath. Causing damages to rug and floor alike.

Damp rugs can smell unpleasant, as well. Baking soda can be used to deodorize area rugs and carpets during wet weather. A single layer sprinkled on a rug and left for 15 minutes or so and then vacuumed up can make a big difference by fighting odor in your living and work spaces, and can also keep mold from starting to take hold.

Using a dry carpet shampoo can be very useful as well. These products can be sprayed on to a rug or carpet, and left for an particular length of time, which will remove spots and stains when they are vacuumed up, leaving your area rug or carpet looking great again! In addition, many of these products contain ingredients that will discourage mold from starting to grow and spread, damaging your floors.

The wet weather of winter is always a challenge, but being prepared and proactive will help you survive till spring!

Your friends at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville are always there to help with water, fire, and mold damages to your home or business.  You can contact them through their website:

http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com/

Nashville Bonfire Safety Musts

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire safety is of prime importance if you are considering building a bonfire for your family and friends to gather around on a chilly night. It is imperative that you follow the necessary fire safety tips to prevent fire damage.

Some of those tips include:

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.

Avoid starting a bonfire if it is windy because a strong breeze could blow sparks onto nearby people or surfaces.

Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke.

Don’t use lighter fluid or gasoline to get the fire going as it could get out of control. Don't burn tires, aerosols, fireworks, or anything containing paint or foam to avoid toxic fumes which could explode and cause injury.

Use a lighter and crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks to start the fire, 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 an specially designated ash storage metal can.

We at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville are dedicated to having the fastest 24-Hour Emergency Service response to any fire damage that unexpectedly happens in our area. Immediate action is crucial to limiting the damage, and we have the trained and experienced team and specialized equipment that are necessary for the prompt activities and later for restoring a home or business.

How Often Should You Replace Your Cleaning Supplies?

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

No matter what the size of your house, office location, or school is, keeping it clean is an absolute priority. Though having the right cleaning supplies is imperative to ensure a clean living space, they too need to be replaced in time. Unfortunately, knowing when to replace said items is easier said than done. We here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville have some cleaning tips for you that will let you know when to replace certain cleaning supplies and how it can benefit your work space.

Understanding Why It’s Important to Replace

Before diving into any other information, it’s important to first understand why we should be replacing cleaning products. Over time, bacteria can build up on mops, sponges, and other cleaning tools that we use often. It can get to the point to where the bacteria is offsetting the actual cleaning process. It’s imperative to use this information to ensure that bacteria is not spread around your living space.

Replacing Mop Heads

Of any cleansing product on the market, mops can collect more bacteria than any other cleaning item due to its size. Mops sit in water for long periods of time and retain water even after rinsing. This can create a bacteria rich environment, one that can be detrimental to your health. The standard replacement time for mops is two to three months after first using one.

Do I need to Replace Chemical Solutions?

While this doesn’t cause any concern for sanitation reasons, chemicals themselves should be replaced over time. Check the expiration date on the container of the cleaning solution, as these products break down over time, decreasing their cleaning potency.

Sponges

Sponges see more action daily due to cleaning dirty dishes, among other surfaces in the house. Because of this, sponges collect a lot of bacteria at an alarming rate. This can be detrimental to your health and should be replaced weekly to ensure that germs aren’t building up over time in your sink.

Vacuum Filter

If you’re using your vacuum on the daily, the filter inside of the machine can most certainly wear thin over time. If completely worn down, dust and bacteria can escape into the area, causing a multitude of problems. While they don’t need replacement often, you should do your best to replace the filter every six months or so. Not only will this stop dust from spreading in the air, but it will help with the odor removal process in your carpet too.

5 Tricks to Keep Your Gym Bag Smelling Fresh

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

While working out is great for your health, dealing with stinky gym bags is important too! Whether we realize it or not, our gym bags can gather bacteria over time from our dirty gym clothes and accessories. Not only is it unhealthy, but the smell can become gross! Fortunately, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville has some tips for you to use when it comes to the deodorization of your smelly gym bag!

Disinfect the Bag

The most logical approach to odor removal would be to disinfect the bag whenever you get the chance. Take some disinfecting wipes and scrub the insides of the bag thoroughly to properly remove any bacteria that’s been festering. Do this at least twice a week to keep the germs out of your bag and to eliminate nasty smells that can build up.

Don’t Keep Dirty Clothes in the Bag

One of the first things many people do once home from the gym is allow the bag to sit full of dirty gym clothes. Even when you come back later to remove the clothes, the more time they’re allowed to sit in a damp environment, the more chances the germs have to spread and create a nasty smell. As soon as you’re home, dump your gym bag out into the dirty clothes hamper to avoid this problem.

Let it Breathe

You’ve scrubbed the inside, kept the dirty clothes out, what more could you do to keep the bag clean? One of the best methods is the simplest: let it breathe. Any time is a good time to let your bag stay open to let it breathe in some fresh air. This will allow any odors to be released into the air, and fresh air to fill the bag.

Proactive Measures

To ensure that your bag stays fresh for longer periods of time, use protective measures to eliminate smells. Dryer sheets, essential oils, and more are fantastic ways to help keep your gym bag smelling cleaner. There are dozens of methods to use to stay proactive on the deodorization process, pick which method works best for you!

Keep your Shoes Out of the Bag If Possible

Finally, keep your shoes out of the bag if possible when it comes time to leave the gym. Shoes contain a mass amount of bacteria and can transfer germs to other items, or even fabrics inside of the bag. While it can't always be helped, do your best to keep the shoes separate from the rest, and it will help with your odor problem!

Ways To Brighten Your Winter Landscape

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

It can be easy to feel depressed during the short, cold and dull days that often occur in the winter in Nashville. However, with some thought and a bit of effort, you can brighten the appearance of both your outdoor and indoor living spaces. Simple steps can help lift moods and bring smiles to the faces of your family and guests.

Landscaping improvements

Most people don't give their typical brown and gray yard a second thought during the winter unless snow or ice causes damage. If you plan ahead, though, your landscaping can pop with color even on the darkest, cloudiest days.

If you don't already have them, make a conscious choice to plant shrubs and trees that provide fruits, berries or evergreen leaves that will provide color throughout the winter. Hollies are also well-known for their glossy green leaves and bright red berries.

Crabapple trees retain their fruit well into the winter, providing a pop of color as well. Evergreen trees remain green throughout the year, of course, but they have an added benefit. They are more easily decorated with lights, which can be used after Christmas as well.

One landscaping trick many homeowners don't consider is using trees that have interesting and colorful bark. Birch trees, for example, feature bright white bark that stands out among their gray neighbors. Different types of Japanese maple feature bark that ranges in shades from a peach-colored yellow to coral and red.

Lights, of course, add some needed brightness to a home's landscape and offer safety benefits as well as visual interest. Lighting that is focused on interesting plantings or structures add a pop to the winter landscape. Walkway footlights are an excellent way to help you and your guests walk safely while adding interest to the landscape.

Indoor improvements

Since you spend so much more time inside during winter months, your indoor space is very important. Home maintenance can play a big role in helping you feel that your space is comfortable and safe.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville provides help when your home has been hit by fire, flood or mold damage. However, sometimes what your home primarily needs is some extra cleaning that will make your home comfortable and safe while easing the extra burden holiday cleaning can bring.

Deep carpet and furniture cleaning are two important ways to prepare your home for holiday entertaining. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can help you deal with home maintenance needs by removing deep stains from carpet and spot clean accidental spills left behind in upholstery. Your guests can then see your home at its best.

4 Alternatives to Air Fresheners to Deodorize Your Home

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Nothing is more off-putting than a foul smelling home!

After taking the trash outside, flushing the toilet, and washing smelly clothes, and still odor lingers. Instead of eliminating the odor, air fresheners cover it up, which can worsen the problem. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville offers a few alternatives to tackle bad smells. We also offer deodorization services that eliminate odors while still being eco-friendly and budget-friendly.

Open Windows

While it's easier to open a window during the spring and summer than fall and winter, a window relies on the outside air to eliminate odors inside the house. A good wind creates necessary ventilation that your air conditioner and your lungs will appreciate. During warmer winter days, open the window for a few hours and let the chilly breeze circulate throughout the house. The more windows that are open, the better the circulation.  

Baking Soda

This powerful deodorizer doesn't associate with only refrigerators. Baking soda works in deodorizing the entire home or apartment too, yet the deodorization process is different. You can pour soda in trash cans, vacuum bags, and sink drains. Buy several boxes and place each box in a different part of the house. You can also combine baking soda with other ingredients to make air fresheners and oil diffusers.

Potpourri

Store bought or homemade, potpourri is a great deodorization method. In the store, smell different potpourri for the best scents before buying. Homemade potpourri consists of dried flowers, dried fruit, pine-cones, herbs, spices, and wood shavings. Both versions release an incredible, pleasant aroma. Odors naturally fade away after coming in contact with potpourri.

Simmer Scents

Create homemade deodorization scents on the cooking range. Find a spare saucepan and fill it with water. When the water is simmering, add preferred spices and/or fruits. Possible ingredients are cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, lemon slices, vanilla, orange slices, cranberry, rosemary, mint, basil, and apple slices. Take one to three ingredients listed and experiment. The aroma fills the room and neutralizes odors with ease.

Nashville residents think of air fresheners when they think of eliminating odor. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville knows there are easier, safer, and environmentally friendly deodorization methods. Baking soda and simply opening windows are great solutions.  Potpourri and scent simmering rely on fresh, natural, and good-smelling ingredients to deodorize homes. All are worth a try.

Best New Year's Resolutions for Homeowners

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

2018 is a great time to start improving in your home maintenance!

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we want to help you get your new year started right. That's why we've put together this list of New Year's resolutions for homeowners that will keep your home and property in tip-top shape all year long.

Resolution #1: I Will Do The Following Things Every Month

For this resolution, you'll need to stay on top of the monthly maintenance around the house. These are all small jobs that can be done relatively quickly. It's January - the best time to start a monthly habit of checking and/or replacing your HVAC filters, cleaning the range hood and checking your fire extinguisher. These tasks are all pretty much self explanatory, but the HVAC job could possibly get pushed back to every other month if you live alone or without pets.

Resolution #2: I Will Do The Following Things Every Three Months

Test your smoke and carbon dioxide alarms. Seriously, every three months. Over half of in-home fire deaths every year happen in houses without working smoke detectors. Feel free to stop reading and go check them now (but then come back and finish reading). Not nearly as urgent but still very important is your plumbing. Cold weather (even in Nashville) can mean frozen pipes. Check the pipes under sinks, in the basement for leaks, and be sure to check the ceilings and walls for discolouring from a possible leak as well. While you're getting in the habit of this quarterly walk-through, it's a good time to check your water softener if you have one.

Finally, there are a few resolutions that don't need a particular time of year to be effective. Take time to enjoy your house more, inside and out. It holds a lot of great memories. Plan for home improvement projects, and then plan again. Nothing is ever perfect. Don't let the quick, routine maintenance turn get put off until it's big, expensive maintenance. That's never fun.

There are plenty of things we could add to this list, but we know you're already busy enough. These resolutions will be a good start, though. Follow our advice here, and your home (and your wallet) will thank you.

Tips On Removing Pet Stains From Carpet Quickly

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Even the best trained pets can still have accidents!

When you think of SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville, you probably know that we are experts when it comes to fire and water damage. But did you know that we can also help with less catastrophic messes, like the kinds your pet leaves behind?

That’s right, if you’re in the West Nashville area, SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville can help with carpet cleaning and deodorization. We’re experts at odor removal and have been trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors that come from inside and outside your home.

Maybe you have a pet odor cleaning job that doesn’t rise to the level of needing professional help, though. SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville has you covered in that case, too. Here are a couple of easy, inexpensive solutions to pet stains and odors that only require a few products you probably already have in your home.

For urine stains that are still wet, blot the excess dampness with paper towels – the sooner after the mess is made, the better. Once you’ve absorbed as much excess as you can, mix a solution of 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Use a spray bottle to spray directly onto the stain. Let it sit for five or ten minutes and then use more paper towels to dry.

You can use the baking soda and vinegar method with heavier or older stains, too. Instead of lightly spraying, you’ll first want to pour just enough vinegar to soak the stain directly onto the carpet, followed by a small amount of baking soda. Make sure you apply vinegar first, then baking soda. Cover the area with a bowl (to prevent your pet from walking in it or ingesting it – then you’ll have an even bigger mess) and let it sit and dry completely for a day. Uncover, sweep, then vacuum and your pet’s bad stain should just be a bad memory.

For cleaning and deodorization jobs that will take more than vinegar and baking soda to get rid of, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade and West Nashville to learn how we can help fix all of your pet odor removal problems.

Storage Tips for Holiday Decorations

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let storing your holiday decorations get you down!

In Nashville, the storing process after the holidays generates as much stress as the decorating process. Make sure you dedicate clutter-free space to Christmas storage away from chemicals and flames. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville suggests organization first and storage second with these tips.

Ornaments Go in an Ornament Container

Place ornaments in an ornament container. An ornament container has two to four trays with several square components where each ornament has separate space. Alternatives to an ornament container are an ornament storage chest, egg carton, apple container, and ornaments' original boxes. Cut paper towels or a tissue carton in half; stuff an ornament in each one. Additionally, use cups with lids and gallon resealable bags to store ornaments. Feel free to use more than one idea if the ornaments are different sizes.

Wrap Christmas Lights Right

Detangling Christmas lights can drive you crazy. Solve that conundrum by wrapping Christmas lights around an object! A paper towel roll, a can, and cardboard are all great and cheap items to wrap lights. The strategy is handy to wrap tinsel garland as well.

Stuff Beaded Garland in a Bottle

Much like stuffing a letter in a bottle, you can stuff beaded garland in a bottle! Start by cleaning the bottle and drying it completely before inserting the garland to prevent mold. Don't worry about garland not sliding out of the bottle because it will slide out smoothly. Ensure the lid is on to keep pests out.

Tie and Store Artificial Trees

After use, fold the tree limbs upward and tie it two or three times. If the tree stacks, take it apart and fold tree limbs upward. Tied up trees are easier to store. Place the tied tree back into the original container, place it in a trash bag, or wrap it with plastic wrap.

Wrapping Materials Belong in an Organizer

An under-the-bed storage organizer is a good place to stuff wrapping paper, tissue paper, flattened gift bags, greeting cards, tags, gift boxes, tablecloths, napkins, and linens. Give the storage box a thorough cleaning and reuse it as Christmas wrapping storage. Place it with the seasonal items. An alternative is to reuse a hanging shoe organizer or an unused wastebasket.

Store Seasonal Items in a Large Container

Take the garland bottle, the ornament container, the wrapped Christmas lights and garland, and more seasonal items and store it in one large container. Take it to the reserved Christmas storage space. Label the container and the items inside. Place the wrapped artificial tree and wrapping storage nearby.

Make home maintenance easier by placing great care in storing seasonal items. By focusing on organization now, unloading seasonal decor will be hassle-free next year.

Deep Cleaning Your Mattress

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your mattress as clean and inviting as possible!

Deep Cleaning Your Mattress

When it comes to our mattresses, we hardly think about cleaning them. Sure, we may spend some time washing the sheets when they start to smell, but most people at home hardly pay attention to the mattress itself. Dead skin cells and sweat can accumulate inside of the mattress, making it a toxic cesspool of germs over its regular lifespan.

Fortunately, at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / Wes