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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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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)

Cleaning 4 Alternatives to Air Fresheners to Deodorize Your Home 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)

General Best New Year's Resolutions for Homeowners 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)

Cleaning Tips On Removing Pet Stains From Carpet Quickly 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)

General  Storage Tips for Holiday Decorations 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)

Cleaning Deep Cleaning Your Mattress 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 / West Nashville we have some solutions for you to use when it comes to deep cleaning your mattress. Not only will these techniques help with the deodorization process, but it will help improve your mattress’ lifespan. Here are the tips that can help deep clean that mattress in no time!

First Step: Supplies

Before we begin to go over the cleaning process, you first need to buy some cleaning supplies to make this work. 16 ounces of baking soda, essential oils and a standard vacuum cleaner will do. Nothing too fancy here, right?

Step Two: Rotate the Mattress

Now that we’ve got our supplies, rotate the mattress on its backside. You should be doing this every six months or so anyway, but for now we’re going to be cleaning both sides of the mattress. Distribute your favorite essential oils over both sides of the mattress. This will help with odor removal process, but won’t quite remove the germs itself.

Step Three: Apply Baking Soda

Take your 16-ounce box of baking soda and use the entire package on both sides of the mattress. Mix it in with the essential oils, scrubbing deep to ensure that it gets into the mattress. Give it about an hour or so to set in. During this time, clean the areas around the mattress, like the walls or underneath while you wait! Best to get everything in one clean sweep!

Step Four: Vacuuming

After an hour has passed, plug in your vacuum cleaner, and let it do its magic! Make sure to vacuum on both sides, and be careful not to leave any lingering amounts of baking soda behind. After you have deep cleaned your mattress, you’ll be sleeping much better at night!

How to Keep Your Water Bill Low

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Keep Your Water Bill Low Keep an eye out for leaks all over your house!

How to Keep Your Water Bill Low

A significant number of buildings that get mold growth in Nashville get it as a result of water leakage. We can tell that the water bills have gone up in addition to mold problems. There are many other areas where water gets lost or is wasted. You can lower your water bills by dealing with these areas. Here are some tips.

Wash full loads with your laundry machine and dishwasher

A partial load uses as much water as a full load. However, you will be required to wash more often. With a full load, you conserve water by washing less often.

Use a low flow shower head and water efficient toilet

A low flow shower-head can cut your water usage by almost half while at the same time offering a similar experience. Water-efficient toilets can reduce the consumption of water by over 40 percent.

Repair leaking faucets

Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville teams encountered a few homes which were damaged by leaking faucets and blocked drainage. Water filled the sinks and drained to the flow. Leaking faucets can cause water damage in addition to wasting water. Do not ignore that drop that is falling every few seconds; it might be making up for up to 10 percent of your water bill.

Harvest rainwater

Attach rain barrels to the eavestrough downspout to harvest rainwater. You can irrigate your kitchen garden and the lawn or wash your car and other outdoor equipment with the water and not pay a dime for it.

Water your lawn in the evening or early morning

Water your lawn before the sun comes up. This way, you will not be losing the water to evaporation. Moreover, do not overwater your lawn. Use a time to set the length of the period that you will water the lawn depending on the soil dryness.

Turn off water when not using it while doing tasks like brushing, shaving or cleaning items

Do not leave the water running when you are actually not using it as you complete the tasks such as brushing your teeth, shaving, or other such tasks. Shut the water off and then on when you need to use it.

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we believe that you can cut your water bills by almost 40 percent by following the above water conservation best practices. Give it a try!

Quick Home Fixes For a Clogged Shower

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

General Quick Home Fixes For a Clogged Shower Don't call a plumber just yet!

Every so often, we can find ourselves with a clogged shower drain. No matter how often you try to prevent this from happening, there always seems to be something stuck down in the drain. Often, it’s mildew in combination with hair that gets stuck down there, causing a massive backup of dirty water every time you shower. Pretty gross, right?

SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville has some quick fixes that will help you with your clogged shower drain. This way, you won’t have to worry about nasty build up and cleaning will become a much easier task for you when it comes time to do the deed. Here are the tips that’ll help you fix that annoying buildup.

Use a Plunger

Before getting into any kind of crazy cleaning methods, one of the easiest things to do would is to use a plunger when there’s standing water in the bathtub. This will help move around any objects blocking the drain, and help drain whatever is down there. Try this first before moving on to the next step.

Use a Hook

The next logical step would be to use a hook to help dislodge anything that’s down there. Oftentimes, you’ll find that hair is the culprit causing the backup down below. Use a hook, such as a bent coat hanger, and work your way down the drain. If it is a big clump of hair that you end up grabbing, remove it and throw it in the trash.

Use Safe Chemicals

Using chemicals certified safe for usage should be your best bet to a DIY de-clogging project. Not only will this help you with flushing whatever is down there, but it will help with odor removal, another nasty side effect of a clogged drain. Gunk can build up over time, and using safe chemicals to clean the drain is needed anyway for proper cleaning.

Contact a Professional

If all else fails, it may be time to hire a professional to help you with your drain. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville in Nashville can help you with your big cleaning needs around the home. You don’t want to wait any longer if you’ve tried everything we mentioned before in the article. Take it from me, these folks are professionals and are here to help. The sooner you can remedy the problem, the better your chances of mitigating long term damage to your drain!

Tips for Cleaning Your Vacuum Cleaner

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips for Cleaning Your Vacuum Cleaner Even our cleaning supplies need to be cleaned on occasion!

Our vacuum cleaners take a toll quickly. Almost every family out there uses their vacuum cleaner frequently, but often don’t maintain it well enough. This can be bad for both the machine and your household. By not cleaning your vacuum cleaner, dust and other nasty things can get into the air. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville has some tips you can use to clean your vacuum cleaner that will prolong its life cycle.

Make Sure to Replace the Bag

Most vacuum cleaners use a disposable bag to collect dust and other nasty items it picks up from the ground. A lot of people forget to replace this important item, and the dust will sit in the bag while the vacuum cleaner is not in use. This can lead to dust and other nasty particles to seep out of the bag and into the air while the vacuum isn’t in use. Make sure to replace this to avoid anything getting out into the air.

Ensure That the Container/Bag is Attached

One of the biggest hazards of vacuum cleaner usage is not sealing the container or disposable bag tightly enough. What ends up happening is dust and debris will get sucked up into the vacuum cleaner and blown back out into the air. Make sure that these items are attached tightly, otherwise you could be undoing all the cleaning you’re trying to do!

Cleaning the Brush Roller

The “teeth” of the vacuum cleaner is where most of the work is done, and oftentimes items can get stuck down there. Take some time every so often to clean the teeth, and remove any debris that may be lodged. This will ensure that the belt is running optimally, and can prevent it from breaking if there’s a snag in the teeth.


Making sure to vacuum your home regularly is a great way to remove any pollen or dust that can build up in the carpet. With these tips I’ve mentioned, your vacuum cleaner will run much longer and more efficiently. With proper maintenance, you can get the most out of your machines!

Tips for Storing Seasonal Clothes

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips for Storing Seasonal Clothes Make room for the new season in your closets!

Sweaters, coats, and parkas, oh my! Winter clothing takes up a lot of room, and your closets may be bulging. Since we live in Nashville and enjoy four real seasons, we have the luxury of packing away seasonal clothing for part of the year and making more room in our closets. Follow these tips for seasonal storage before tossing clothes into cardboard boxes.

Start with a purge. Donate or recycle any items you have not worn during the past year. Clothing needs room for air circulation to minimize the growth of mold, so having less in a closet is better for your clothes. You can also better see what articles of clothing you have when they hang neatly and separately instead of in a packed mass.

Some items should never be packed and stored. Delicate fabrics, handmade quilts, and treasured heirlooms need the consistency of a temperature controlled environment to preserve and prolong their lifespans.

Once you know what you want to store, wash and dry it. Cleaning and deodorization help remove traces of organic material that can attract pests. It also minimizes the risk of mold and its unpleasant odor.

If you are storing items in a garage or other area that is not humidity and temperature controlled, use plastic sealable bins. Rodents can chew through cardboard and nest, so protect your clothes in plastic.

To pack a bin, place heavier clothes, like jeans, in the bottom, and stack lighter clothing to the top. Rolling clothes, instead of folding can minimize wrinkles. Skip mothballs. They may have been used by your great-granny, but their disadvantages outweigh their benefits.

Label the container so you can swap clothing with the changing seasons. Safely stow bins in your garage or a storage unit.

Once a year, have all carpets, including that in closets, deep cleaned. Use a professional service like SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville. Set aside one day when your summer clothes are packed and ready to store, and you have not yet unpacked last year’s winter gear, to clean carpets and drapes throughout the home.

Coming Up with a Family Emergency Situation Plan

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Coming Up with a Family Emergency Situation Plan Make sure your family is prepared for disasters!

An emergency can happen when we least expect it. It is important to prepare as much as possible for any situation. Having a family emergency plan is crucial to keeping your family safe during an imminent crisis. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville would like to share strategies you can use with your family in the event of a crisis to keep them prepared and safe.

Have a Designated Meeting Space

In the event of a fire or other disaster inside the home, it’s important to have a designated meeting space that is close to the property. If a fire happens, find somewhere safe that is close by for the family to meet.

Dealing with Natural Disasters

With the weather acting as unpredictable as it has been of late, it’s important to understand your town’s geography and climate and prepare for whatever weather affects it the most. In the case of a flood, don’t wait for the water to get to unsafe levels! Your family’s safety comes first, and it’s not worth risking staying in your home if it’s going to flood from the water. Take what little belongings you can and leave before the water gets too out of control.

Know Basic CPR

If one of your family members becomes injured, faints, or worse, it’s important to know basic CPR skills before paramedics can arrive. Make sure your whole family attends CPR classes; they’re affordable, hands-on, and can save a life! Keeping track of your loved ones’ medical history is important, too. If disaster strikes and a medical flare-up happens, you need to know what to do!


Disaster strikes when we least expect it to. We oftentimes live comfortable lives and forget that an emergency can strike at any time. Your family’s safety should be a top priority, and planning is the best way to ensure this. Communicate with your family, create contingency plans for disasters, and you’ll find yourself more prepared than you thought you were in the event of a disaster.

Holiday Lighting Decoration Tips

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Community Holiday Lighting Decoration Tips Get in the spirit of the holidays and decorate your home!

Nashville may be known as Music City, but it is also known for putting on some great holiday shows, and not all these have to do with music. The truth is that people from Nashville love to decorate for the holidays and, while fire safety precautions are always taken, they go well out of their way to put on some great lighting shows! Of course, if you want in on the action, consider some of the following holiday decoration tips for your lighting:

  • Before you start decorating think about the look you are going for in decorating your home for the holidays. Do you want fun and cheery? Do you want a more elegant display? Obviously, if you want elegance, you will want to pass on the 6 foot Santa on your roof.
  • During the holidays, you are apt to get a higher number of guests to your home. A quick call to SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville will get the inside of your home ready for holidays and you can take care of the outside by utilizing whatever shrubs, trees, or fencing you have to create a magical and decorative path for guests to follow.
  • Outlining the unique characteristics of your Nashville home with lighting can make your home stand out in your neighborhood. Whether you prefer stunning white lights or colorful, lighting your home up will create a fantastic holiday scene.
  • Take special care with fire prevention and safety when hooking up your lights. Make sure to use outdoor lighting on the exterior of your home, as the fire damage can be extensive to the exterior, and the interior, if you use the improper lighting.
  • Don’t be afraid to go big with your lighting. A swirl of lights surrounding your chimney, a tree, or your fence posts can do wonders for your holiday spirit. Again, make sure that you are following proper safety protocol with these. Don’t overload your outlets!
  • If you want to further reduce the risk of an electrical fire, remember you can use battery operated lighting to illuminate your home as well. Small holiday bags placed on your steps with battery-operated candles will provide you with the magic you need for the holidays.

Nothing says you have the holiday spirit more than decorating your home with cheerful lighting. The important thing to remember is you can’t go wrong with whatever type of display you put up. As long as it puts you in the mood for the holidays, that is all that matters.

Make Your Office Smell Good but Not Overpowering

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Make Your Office Smell Good but Not Overpowering Does your office or place of business need freshening? Our deodorization services can help with that!

We notice if something smells particularly bad or particularly good, but average smells don't usually generate a lot of notice. However, scent can actually affect your mood, for better or worse. That's why it's important to ensure that your office smells good, but not overpowering.

Deodorization and Odor Removal

The first step to making an office smell good is to sniff out the source of any negative odors. This can be surprisingly difficult, as the culprit might be hiding in the walls, ceiling, or floor. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we're pros at finding and eliminating the source of any negative odors.

Once we've determined what's causing an unpleasant odor in your office space, we use industry-leading deodorization methods to target and remove both the negative odor and its source.

Adding in Positive Scents

While removing an odor can make a huge difference in the smell of a space and on employees' moods, it often isn't enough. Olfactory bulbs, which are the parts of our body that process scents, have a direct effect on the parts of the brain which process emotion and learning. This means that adding positive scents to the office can make working there an incredibly pleasant experience, and can also function to improve productivity!

Scents proven to increase mood and focus are:

Lemon, Jasmine, Rosemary, Peppermint

  • Lemon can promote concentration and produce calming effects. It also contains natural antibacterial properties, which can be a lifesaver for offices!
  • Jasmine has been shown to lift your mood by producing feelings of confidence and increasing optimism and energy.
  • Rosemary helps to improve focus and clarity as well as fighting physical tiredness – great effects for a workplace to have.
  • Peppermint increases concentration, focus, and acts as an energy booster to help you come up with brilliant ideas.

Just be careful not to overdo any aromatherapy, as too much scent in the workplace can cause productivity to drop or irritate allergies.

If you have a need for odor removal or deodorization services in the Nashville area, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville has the technical experience, know-how, and professional savvy to make your office smell brand new again. Contact us today to see how we can help your business smell its best!

Cleaning Your Artificial Christmas Tree

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cleaning Your Artificial Christmas Tree It's time to get your tree ready for the Christmas season!

As the holiday season rolls around, it's likely that you'll be pulling your artificial Christmas tree out of storage. About 70 percent of Americans will celebrate Christmas this year, and of those who celebrate the holiday, only about 20 percent of trees are real! Many people recognize the benefits that come with artificial Christmas trees; namely, reliability, easiness, and attractive looks.

After eleven months in storage, however, many artificial Christmas trees both look and smell a little dusty. No matter how well you try to keep the dust out, it always finds a way in. Here are some tips for cleaning an artificial tree to keep it looking as good as the day you bought it.

Dust

One of the foremost necessities in cleaning an artificial Christmas tree is to remove any dust clinging to its branches and needles. Using a static cling cloth, gently wipe it along the branches. The static will pick up loose dust and stop your tree looking drab.

Shake with Salt

If your tree needs something a bit more intensive, salt can actually help! This is a method that is effective for small trees or larger trees that come apart into smaller pieces. Add small trees or tree pieces to a large bag with a handful or two of Kosher salt, then vigorously shake. The salt will act as an abrasive cleaner, scrubbing away any grime that's clinging on tightly.

A Seasonal Sponge Bath

For heavy cleaning, a light dusting won't be enough. At the start of every season, carefully wipe each branch down with a gentle, wet sponge. This will pick up the dust and dirt that settled between the needles while the tree was in storage. Sponging a tree, especially a larger one, can be time-consuming, so plan to tackle this at short intervals or enlist the help of others.

Deodorization

After your tree is clean, you'll still need to deodorize it periodically. You can hide a scented air freshener intended for a car in the branches of your tree to give it a seasonal scent, or periodically spritz the branches with an air freshener to keep them smelling fresh.

Professional Services

Sometimes, home cleaning just doesn't cut it. For more extensive cleaning services around your home, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is locally owned and operated in Nashville, Tennessee, and has expert solutions to keep every part of your house clean.

Preventing Water Damage While You're Away on Vacation

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage While You're Away on Vacation Take these steps to keep your home safe from water damage while you travel!

One of the highest insurance claims in Nashville by homeowners is water damage, according to a study done by the Insurance Information Institute. In fact, leaky pipes and in often cases appliances cause millions of dollars of damage in freezing weather and storms annually. While you’re on vacation, it’s no surprise that a leaky pipe can burst and cause hundreds of dollars of repairs. This is why it’s important to read our steps below on how to prevent water damage to your home while you’re away.

Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation

Before embarking on your trip, check pipes under your sinks and the water heater for any rust, cracks, or damage. You should also check the seals around your windows to make sure there are no cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, check the exterior of your house and see what condition your roof shingles are in. If any show damage, getting them replaced before leaving for vacation is a good idea.

Step 2. Inspect Your Major Appliances

It’s important that you inspect the hoses that connect to important appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washer/dryers, and refrigerator. If there is any damage, you should get the hose replaced before you leave to prevent extensive water damage.

Step 3. Clear Out Your Gutters

Make sure to get any debris out of your rain gutters before leaving for vacation. This way, you won’t have any blockages that can cause damage while you’re away.

Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump

Make sure it is in good condition and clear any debris from clogging the pit. You should also run a few tests, listening to the sounds it makes and making sure that the water in the pump is actually going outside. You should also install a battery-powered backup in case there is a power outage while you’re away.

Step 5. Insulate Exposed Pipes

If you are planning on being away from your home during the winter, it can be a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes. This will prevent them from freezing while you are away.

Step 6. Get Someone to Check on Your Home

Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you are gone. Instruct them to ensure that the heat is always on if your vacation is during the winter. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.

Step 7. Turn Off the Water

Lastly, if you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main. You will also want to drain the pipes completely so that they do not freeze or burst during the colder months. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water. You should also open the cabinets under your sink to let the warm air surround the pipes.

If you do experience water damage while you are away from your home, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville as soon as possible.

Garbage Disposal Deodorization and Cleaning Services

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Garbage Disposal Deodorization and Cleaning Services Your garbage disposal doesn't need to smell of garbage!

A dirty garbage disposal can be a serious inconvenience. It can also make your kitchen and home smell less than fresh. The good news is that cleaning a garbage disposal on your own doesn't have to be hard. You can rely on citrus fruits to freshen up your garbage disposal. Don't simply throw away grapefruit, orange, lime or lemon peels. Put a peel or two inside of your garbage disposal. Put a little water down the drain and switch the disposal on. Voila! You're on track to a garbage disposal that no longer smells like your worst nightmare.

Take advantage of vinegar and baking soda. There's a good chance you have those things at home already. Shake a little baking soda down into your garbage disposal. Put a cup of vinegar down into it as well. Give the two ingredients the opportunity to froth and foam. Let the blend stay for anywhere between five and 10 minutes total. Afterward, use hot water to clean everything out!

Ice cubes can also come in handy for garbage disposal cleaning purposes. Put several ice cubes into the disposal. Switch the water on. Keep it on for anywhere between one and two minutes. This can make a great option for people who want to deal with garbage disposal clogs that are causing awful smells in the home. Ice cubes can rid the blades of stubborn and persistent food remnants of all kinds. Doing away with pieces of food can cut odors in a significant way.

Do you have a garbage disposal that's so dirty that it actually needs professional deodorization and cleaning help? Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We cater to clients located all throughout the Nashville, Tennessee area. If you want your Nashville home to smell as lovely as possible, our in-depth deodorization service can help in a big way. Our technicians are experienced and capable odor removal professionals who can help you live in a home that smells squeaky-clean again. Call our company as soon as possible to get more details about our garbage disposal services. Phone us today to secure an appointment.

Preventing Cooking Fires This Thanksgiving

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Cooking Fires This Thanksgiving Make sure you and your family are safe this Thanksgiving by avoiding kitchen fires!

Thanksgiving is a time when Nashville families get together. People look forward to cooking a wonderful meal with classic favorites. When in the kitchen, you should know the importance of kitchen safety. You want to make sure that you keep your kitchen safe from hazards like fire. Fire damage can be incredibly costly. A single fire may cause hundreds if not thousands of dollars in fire damage.

Clean the Area

Before you start that big Thanksgiving dinner, clean the entire kitchen. Clear all grime from the oven. Wash the microwave. Make sure the floors are swept. Clean everything else in the room including the fridge, the windows, the doors and the area leading to the kitchen. A clean kitchen is a safe kitchen.

Protect Yourself

When cooking, make to wear the right clothing. Do not wear anything with dangling sleeves that could catch or spread a fire. You can also wear good boots to protect your feet. Oven mitts are a must when you bring things out of the stove. Hot pots, pans, and utensils can catch other items on fire, so prepare a place to put them after you bring them out.

Supervise Children

Thanksgiving is a fun time to bring kids into the kitchen and teach them simple tasks. They can help sort or get things out of the fridge. However, they need to be carefully supervised for their own safety. Keep them away from stoves and anyplace where there might be live flames.

Proper Storage

One of the best ways to help prevent fires when cooking any large meal 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. Also, make sure that any pots you are using have all handles away from everyone in the kitchen. This way, no one grabs the pots by accident and starts a fire.

Hopefully, your Thanksgiving is filled with great memories of family and food. In the unfortunate event that a fire does cause damage, do not hesitate to give us a call at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville!

Using Essential Oils for Green Cleaning

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Using Essential Oils for Green Cleaning Essential oils are a great way to tackle some cleaning projects!

Using Essential Oils for Green Cleaning

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant-derived oils. These oils are extracted from plants and contain the natural scent and property of the plant which they derive from. Essential oils are frequently diffused into the air for aromatherapy, and can also be used in cleaning. Because they are solely plant-derived, they are 100 percent all natural and contain many beneficial properties.

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are strong, so it is important to use them correctly. They should never be applied topically or ingested, as they can cause adverse reactions and irritation.

There are many different ways to clean with essential oils, but one of the most popular and versatile methods is to create an all-natural spray. In an eight-ounce bottle, combine 4 ounces of water, 4 ounces distilled white vinegar, and 12 to 24 drops of your preferred essential oil (or use a mix). For tougher jobs, adjust the recipe and use a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to water.

Together, vinegar and essential oils are a powerful combination that creates an environment where microorganisms have difficulty growing. Depending on the essential oil(s) you choose, your all-natural spray will have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal qualities. Essential oils are also deodorizing due to their strong scents.

Below are some of the most popular essential oil choices.

Lemon

Known for its bright, fresh scent, lemon is a popular choice for aromatherapy, as it has been shown to lift people's mood. It is also one of the most effective choices for surface cleansing. Its antiseptic, antimicrobial, and bactericidal mean that it cuts through germs and grime with ease. Lemon essential oil is also a great choice for odor removal due to its scent.

Sweet Orange

Sweet orange (or just orange) essential oil is antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial. It is also a powerful degreaser. Sweet orange is great for dirty cutting boards and other places where raw meat has been as it has been shown to inhibit the growth of E. coli.

Lavender

One of the most popular oils for diffusing due to its relaxing scent, lavender is also a worthy disinfectant. With antiseptic, antiviral, fungicidal, bactericidal, and deodorization properties, it is a must-have in your essential oil arsenal.

If you have odors in your home or workplace that essential oils cannot handle, give us a call. Our deodorization techniques are the best on the market!

Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home Don't tackle mold without professional help

Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home

Black mold is one of the worst fears you might have as a homeowner. Toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) grows in common household features such as carpet, drywall, insulation, and sub-flooring. It grows when these household materials have been in contact with moisture. As it grows, it releases spores into the air. These spores can be harmful or even fatal to humans. At low levels of exposure, spores can cause respiratory problems and irritation; at severe levels of exposure, it can cause bleeding in the lungs and severe nausea and vomiting.

Where to Test for Black Mold

Testing for mold is essential, and you should have a dwelling inspected for black mold before you buy it or sign a lease. If you suspect there may be black mold in your home, or you have never had your home tested, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade for professional mold remediation services in the Nashville area. While many aspects of home-ownership can be handled in a D.I.Y. fashion, black mold is not something to be messed around with.

Carpet

Black mold loves to live on the carpet. Dust collects in carpet fibers and those same fibers trap the humidity and dampness that enables mold to grow. Carpets in below-ground levels are especially susceptible to mold as there is more humidity there.

Carpet mold is often not visible from the surface, except in severe cases, which makes testing for it necessary even if you don't see any evidence.

Air Conditioning and Heating Vents

Air conditioning and heating vents actually create ideal conditions for black mold to grow. Dual-purpose vents that both heat and cool your house raise that risk as they are in constant use.

When you have mold in your air vents, those spores are being circulated throughout your home. The sooner you can perform mold remediation procedures, the better. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has a 24-hour mold emergency service hotline to quickly begin the process of cleaning your air vents.

Drywall

Mold is unfortunately common in drywall, as it traps humidity. This is especially common as the seasons change from winter into spring. Because of the nature of it, mold in drywall is rarely visible except in severe cases. For this reason, it's imperative to have a potential home be tested for mold in the walls before you sign a lease or put down a deposit.

Spotting Water Damage Early

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spotting Water Damage Early Be on the lookout for these signs of water damage!

Spotting Water Damage Early

Water is one of the most important natural resources. However, when there is a leak in your roof or plumbing system, water damage will make for one of the most stressful problems you will face as a homeowner. Before water can cause damage to your property, you will need to identify the problem and request professional help.

Standing water

If you notice standing water around your property, you should suspect a problem with the plumbing system or flooding. Regardless of the source of the problem, stagnant water will weaken the foundation of your home if allowed to stand for a considerable period of time. The water will also form a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Water spots and stains

Another common sign to look for is water spots and stains on your walls and ceilings. While there will be no visible water in such cases, any leaks that manifest in this form could damage your drywall or wooden flooring. Once you notice this sign, you should consider assessing the extent of the damage to take the necessary measures.

Mold

If part of your home is damp and has been out of sunlight for a while, mold may start growing on the surface. While it is possible to treat and remove mold that grows on these surfaces, it would be important to hire the best experts in Nashville.

Evidence on walls

If your drywall is sagging or appears to be saturated, this could be a sign that water is causing damage to your property. Some of the other subtle signs you should never ignore include bubbling or peeling paint. Such defects should be repaired before water deteriorates your building material further.

Musty smells

If your home is not well ventilated, odors and smells will be trapped in the space in case there is a persistent leak. The smells will not only be a sign of damp areas but could also be an indication of mold growth.

Sounds of water running

When you are sleeping at night and the house is quiet, you may hear sounds of running water in the pipes or dripping inside the walls. This could be a sign of water damage.

Once you have noticed any signs of water damage, it is advisable to call a reliable company to carry out repairs. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has the expertise and experience to help you address such problems and prevent them from recurring.

Creating Your Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Cleaning Schedules

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Creating Your Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Cleaning Schedules Use these schedules to keep your house and business in sparkling clean condition!

Keeping your home clean is an ongoing battle, but it's also very rewarding to sit back on the couch and look around to see a spotless environment. When your home is clean, it's like a burden is lifted and you're able to focus on more important things in your life. And the same is true of keeping your office or workplace clean as well. Here are some recommendations for keeping your home clean on a consistent basis.

Daily Tasks Around the House

The key to having a clean home and keeping it clean is to do a little bit every day. Things like picking up those bits of food that fall on the kitchen floor and wiping up those puddles that form around the faucets can go a long way to reduce the need for deep cleaning later on. Many children will be able to clean up after themselves by putting dirty clothes in the hamper, picking up their toys and putting their dirty dishes in the sink. They'll need a reminder from time to time, but once they get in the habit – and as they see you modeling the same behavior yourself – they'll start forming good daily habits.

Bedrooms and Living Room

  • Wash dirty laundry
  • Make the beds
  • Straighten up the floor

Bathrooms and Kitchen

  • Wash the dishes
  • Wipe down kitchen sink and countertops
  • Take out the kitchen trash
  • Wipe down bathroom countertops

Things to Clean Once Per Week

Now, some of the items below might only need to be cleaned every other week, depending on how quickly dust builds up in your home. And if you have a robot vacuum, you can have it come out every day or every other day if you prefer. Just be sure to tidy up the floors daily to keep items from getting sucked up into your vacuum.

Carpet cleaning and deodorization are really easy to keep up. Just sprinkle some baking soda and let it sit for half an hour before you vacuum. If you haven't done this in ages, then shoot for an hour for the first few weeks to achieve a deeper level of odor removal, especially if you have pets.

Bedrooms and Living Room

  • Dust ceiling fans and lamps
  • Clean mirrors
  • Dust items on bookshelves
  • Deodorize and vacuum carpets

Bathrooms and Kitchen

  • Clean microwave and toaster interiors
  • Clean mirrors
  • Disinfect countertops and sinks
  • Clean toilet inside and out
  • Spray and clean shower walls, tubs, and faucets
  • Sweep and mop hard flooring

Things to Clean Once a Month

The monthly tasks and those that are done even less frequently are the ones that put you into deep cleaning mode. The first couple times you perform these tasks might require a lot of work, but once a high level of cleanliness in your home is achieved, it becomes much easier through your daily and weekly cleanups.

Bedrooms and Living Room

  • Vacuum lampshades, drapes, and blinds
  • Vacuum couch cushions and chairs
  • Dust air vents

Bathrooms and Kitchen

  • Clean refrigerator interior
  • Clean oven interior
  • Clean top of refrigerator and kitchen cabinets
  • Clean air vents


If you live in the Nashville area and have questions about commercial or residential services, please consider SERVPRO of Belle Meade. We'd be happy to answer your questions and help you resolve any of your cleaning needs.

Preparing Your Home for Thanksgiving Guests

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

General Preparing Your Home for Thanksgiving Guests We love to see homes decorated for the holidays!

Thanksgiving is a big holiday in Nashville. We love inviting family and friends over for a great meal. One of the most important aspects to welcoming guests is an inviting house. We want Thanksgiving guests to feel at home the second they walk through my door. Part of preparing for the holiday is making sure that all is in order before you begin to cook a meal. As you know, Thanksgiving is a very busy time of the year. There's so much to be done from making your favorite stuffing to cooking a turkey to creating the pies your family likes best. It can be fun preparing for the holiday but also stressful at the same time.

Getting Help

Part of preparing for the holiday season is cleaning the home. Welcoming guests to a freshly cleaned home is a wonderful way to start off the holiday. However, it's not always easy to get everything done. This is why it can be useful to have help for the holidays. Help can make any home smell great and look pleasing. When it comes to cleaning any home, it's best to consider all that needs to be done. Home maintenance requires careful attention to detail. All areas of the home from the basement to the attic must be scrubbed. For many people, it's useful to work with us to help them get all areas of their home in the best shape possible.

A Fabulous Holiday

The holiday season is all about friends and family. Many families want to think about recreating grandmother's fabulous sweet potato casserole rather than worrying about scrubbing the bathroom floor or cleaning out the fireplace. This is where SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can help. We offer the kind of services that make it easy for clients to sit back and enjoy the holiday. We can clean your air ducts, ceilings, floors, walls, carpets, window treatments and more! This way you can concentrate on the things that are truly important to you as you prepare for the holiday: enjoying great company with your wonderful family and friends.

Get That New Car Smell Back in Your Car

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Get That New Car Smell Back in Your Car Your car can smell "fresh off the lot" all year long with these tips!

One the great pleasures of buying a new car is the scent. Like many other Nashville area residents, we love how a new car smells when we get into it. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, many company clients want to discover how to keep that new car smell each time they start to drive. Fortunately, we've found there are a lot of ways to help keep any car smelling wonderful for as long as you own it. Doing so can help make it even more fun to drive and even help increase the retail value of the car should you decide to sell it later. Keeping the car's interior in good shape is important as is making sure that you use odor removal services should the smell you like go away.

Keep the Air Fresh

If you, like us, do a lot of driving, you want to keep the air in your car as fresh as possible. Fresh air helps you concentrate on the road at all times. It also helps your passengers feel better. On a hot Nashville day, fresh air in your car can be particularly important so you don't get overheated or dehydrated. An air freshener can also help. Look for air fresheners that have new car scent to them.

Clean Often

Once you buy a new car, you get busy. Sometimes, you forget to clean it. In that case, it can help to clean at least once a week. Take some time early in the morning and look closely at the car. It's a very good idea to remove any papers from the dashboard if you don't need them as well as removing any unwanted items from the truck. Periodic cleaning helps our clients maintain that new car smell much longer. They also find it helps to vacuum the interior of the car to get rid of any particles of food that may have fallen to the floor when they are not looking.

Remove any Odors

Remove any odors as soon as possible can help make sure the new car still smells good. Many clients find periodic deodorization is ideal. Lots of things can cause odors in the car. For example, rain can get inside the car and create a different smell. Try to get rid of any odor as soon as you notice it.

If your DIY efforts are not successful, give us a call and we will handle your deodorization needs!

Chimney Cleaning Tips

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chimney Cleaning Tips Keep your chimney clean to prevent fire damage in your home!

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we know the lovely warm glow a chimney can add to any home. Sitting in front of a fireplace in your Nashville home on a crisp day is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy an evening with family. There is nothing more important than keeping your home and family safe. To help keep those fires going, it's useful to make sure the chimney is periodically cleaned. Chimney cleaning can help a fireplace stay in good shape and reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in your home. Additionally, the chimney allows smoke, fumes and dangerous toxins escape the home through its ventilation. Read on for some helpful tips on having your chimney services.

Inspect the Brick

All chimneys should be completely cleaned at least once a year. Proper cleaning is important to make sure that the chimney is in good working order. Any homeowner should also perform an inspection on their own. This can help identify any potential problems that must be addressed as soon as possible. It's a good idea to bring a flashlight and have a good look at the floor. All the ashes in the chimney accumulate here. The flooring needs to be kept in good shape to make sure the fire can be turned on. Note any problems with the brick surrounding it. The bricks used in a fireplace are more heat tolerant than ordinary bricks. They need to be maintained to prevent any fire in the fireplace from spreading to other areas of the home. If a single brick is out of place, this can make the rest of the chimney far less functional.

Have a Look Up

After having a good look at the area surrounding the fireplace, it's a good idea to have a look at the rest of the chimney. Put on some old clothes and get in the area surrounding the fireplace. Have a look at the chimney area. You should see if there's any obstruction or other issues. Small birds and rodents often find themselves stuck or you could have a thick layer of creosote and soot sticking to the flue and masonry inside the chimney. When this gets too thick, all it takes is a spark and you have a chimney fire on your hands.


According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 30 percent of home fires are caused by chimney fires. Be sure your home is not one of them and have your chimney cleaned regularly. If you do run into trouble with smoke or fire in your home, give us a call. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we take pride in making it like it never happened.

How Coffee Grounds Can Help You Get Rid of Minor Odors

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

General How Coffee Grounds Can Help You Get Rid of Minor Odors Your morning cup of joe can get rid of small odors and get you energized for the day!

Got smells? Did you know that the makings of your daily cup of joe can help you get rid of minor odors that keep your Nashville home, apartment or business from being nose-friendly?

Coffee grounds or ground up coffee, before it becomes drinkable, can help you with deodorization of numerous smells around the house or office. For example, if someone left something in the refrigerator and then forgot about it for a month, a nasty smell might be the result. Simply grind up some coffee and leave several bowls in the fridge. The odor will be absorbed within a few hours or a day. (Do not use these grounds for making your next cup of coffee, however!) Refrigerator smells are a common problem in offices and the workplace, where busy minds might go out to lunch and forget they brought a lunch that morning. Grounds can also be left in the freezer overnight, after a freezer failure, to absorb the food smells.

Coffee grounds can also be rubbed on your hands to eliminate the smell of onions and garlic after a session of cutting during dinner preparation. Cooks will find this tip very helpful on a daily basis.

The grounds from coffee might even help neutralize the smell of dead animals as well as pet urine smells. Some people have put a dish of coffee grounds in the bathroom to help with deodorization.

You might want to keep a bag of the grounds in your cooler when camping or going to a big game. Sports enthusiasts can fill a sock with grounds and leave it in the cooler.

Another odor that coffee grounds can help with is that from ashes in a fireplace. They help neutralize the burnt smell as well as make cleanup of the ashes easier.

If using coffee grounds doesn't do the trick, you might want to call SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville to address your major odor problems in the Nashville area. We can help you with deodorization and have cleaning services as well as mold remediation. Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville a call to help assess the problem and offer a solution.

Where to Start with Major Cleaning Jobs

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Where to Start with Major Cleaning Jobs We know how hard it is to start over after disasters. Let us help you put the pieces together.

When your home or business is affected by a natural disaster, it creates havoc in every facet of life. We understand how shocking it is to see your belongings in a state of complete disarray, and we do our best to help Nashville neighbors when you need us the most. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is poised to take your call no matter when emergencies arise.

Cleaning expertise you can trust in Nashville

With years of experience helping our neighbors in West Nashville and Belle Meade, we provide high-quality service backed with decades of experience and training. Our licensed and bonded experts can help you clean-up after construction disasters. Have you ever went to show a property to find out a pipe burst and flooded the property? Our commercial cleaning services will help you get rid of the problem by starting with the basics. We remove all the affected material and move it outdoors so that we can clean, treat, or dry the area out depending on the emergency. While the main area is cleaned and sanitized, we inspect the belongings we brought outside to see what is salvageable. We clean, disinfect, and repair damaged items, help prepare insurance forms and statements and get things clean and dry fast.

In cases of fire

Our cleaning services include removing soot and smoke damage from clothing and upholstery. The key in any disaster is to begin to clean up immediately. This is because items begin to retain yellowing from smoke and grow mildew and mold within the first few hours after a natural disaster.

Do you need help cleaning up after a tornado or strong wind damage?

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is equipped with the most advanced cleaning equipment and technologies on the market to ensure that you feel like we were never then when we finish fixing up your home or office. When strong storms strike, we are ready to serve our neighbors in your time of need.

Let us help you get started in the critical hours immediately after a disaster, and we guarantee to restore as much as we can to get you back to life before the storm. We work with your insurance company to help expedite the claim and get things back to normal. Call us when you need help, or to inquire about our daily restoration services at (615) 442-7768.

Preventing Electrical Fires

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Electrical Fires Electrical fires can get out of control quickly. Prevent them from ever occurring with these tips.

Over 1300 people sustain injuries or death due to electrical fires every year in the United States. And almost every one of those injuries or deaths could have been prevented. The fact is that many fires of this nature happen because of human error. Taking preventative steps now will help you avoid a fire in the future. Here are five ways you can prevent such a fire in your Nashville home or business.

Fix or replace broken plugs and cords

Frayed electrical cords and broken pugs can overheat or throw off sparks. Both of these can cause a fire. It is not difficult to replace most appliance cords or plugs. If you are not able to do the work yourself, an electrician can do the work for you.

Don't overburden electric outlets

Plugging too many appliances or electronics into the same outlet can cause overheating. An overheated plug can spark or blow out completely and cause a fire. If you need to plug more than one thing into an outlet, use a power strip with built-in overload protection.

Have faulty wiring fixed

If you have flickering lights, buzzing outlets, or breakers that constantly trip, you have faulty wiring somewhere. Faulty wiring is often hidden in the walls or ceiling cavities. So, leave faulty wiring to an electrician. He can diagnose and fix the problem quickly and effectively.

Keep flammable materials away from electrical appliances

Your home and business abound with flammable materials, such as paper, rugs, draperies, towels, and blankets. Keep electrical appliances well away from these flammable materials. This includes electric heaters, hair dryers, irons, and lamps. Never hide cords under rugs because they can overheat and cause fires.

Get an electrical inspection done

If your home or business is an older property, consider a thorough inspection performed by a professional electrician. Older homes often contain aluminum wire or even knob and tube wiring, which are both prone to cause fires more than modern copper wiring. It may be time to rewire your century-old building.


Each of these tips will help you prevent an electrical fire from starting in your home or business. Now, if the worst happens, and you do sustain damage from a fire, you need the help of professionals to get your home and business straightened out. Call on the fire damage restoration specialists here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade.

How to Keep Mold from Coming Back

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Keep Mold from Coming Back Bathrooms are more susceptible to mold damage because of excess moisture.

Mold is a serious problem. For some Nashville homeowners, it can cause problems for the foundation of their home and even trigger health issues. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we know how dangerous it is. Many of our clients want to know how to prevent mold from coming into their home and prevent it from coming back. Many homeowners are delighted to learn there are easy steps they can take that will help with mold remediation. Such steps can help make sure the mold stays away from all areas of your home.

Moisture and Humidity

This problem is frequently caused by too much moisture and humidity in the home. Water encourages the growth of spores. If the initial treatment did not stop the problem, it's a good idea to think about where water in the home originates. We do our best to examine each area to make sure there is no problem with water. However, sometimes things can be missed. Water may be coming from other areas of the home as a result of a new problem. In that case, steps need to be taken to remove the moisture again.

Ventilation

Clean, fresh air can help get rid of mold. New mold remediation efforts may focus on bringing cleaner air into the home. It's a good idea to think about air circulation. If the air is stagnant, the problem can recur. Items like a ventilation system in each bathroom can help. Ventilation systems help remove water vapor and improve air circulation in your home. They're easy to install and can be turned on after a quick shower to remove the moisture in the air.

Periodic Cleaning

In addition to a ventilation system and a complete inspection of the property, it also helps to clean as often as possible. Cleaning helps with mold remediation efforts by keeping humidity and moisture at bay. Spills should be mopped up quickly. Vinegar is an effective cleaning agent that kills most mold species instantly. Distilled vinegar can be poured into a spray bottle and used to clean the walls each month. This will help kill any new spore growths. Wipe it down after cleaning to keep moisture out of your home.

Odor Remedies for Home or Work

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Odor Remedies for Home or Work Keeping bad odors away will make your office more productive!

Odors have a big effect on the human brain. As you know, being around unpleasant smells can even diminish the enjoyment of your own home. Odors are an even bigger problem in professional work-spaces where they can scare off clients or make employees less productive. Whether you are dealing with an odor problem at home or at work, these solutions can help you to deal with your problem.

Check Unexpected Places

Even the busiest clean freaks can end up with gross smells because odors can hide in unusual areas. A stinky kitchen could be caused by a clogged drain in a dishwasher, mold buildup behind a baseboard, or food debris underneath a cushion. The first step in deodorization will be to find the source of the smell and remove it.

Clear Drains With Vinegar

Vinegar is a natural and effective way of dealing with odors caused by plumbing issues. After clearing up any clogs, pour a half cup of apple cider or white vinegar down a drain to kill odor-causing bacteria. You can also run your dishwasher and washing machine with a quarter cup of vinegar to kill smells in these appliances.

Neutralize Odors Trapped in Fabric With Baking Soda

This tip works for carpet, upholstery, mattresses, and other fabric covered areas that have absorbed unpleasant odors. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the area, let it sit overnight, and vacuum it up in the morning to deal with lingering smells.

Clean Hard Surfaces With Homemade Deodorizing Solutions

Even hard surfaces like tile, plastic, metal, and wood can have nasty odors sitting on top of them. These overlooked surfaces can actually be the reason your work or home is still smelly. Fill a spray bottle with a diluted mixture of vinegar and citrus essential oils, spray it on the surface, and then wipe up the surface with a rag. This will make your home smell strong for a few hours, but the odors will disappear along with the vinegar scent.

Talk to the Professionals

If do-it-yourself remedies are not working, it might be time to get some help from deodorization experts. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we have the equipment needed to find and remove anything that could be causing unpleasant odors. Our cleaning and odor removal professionals can get rid of nasty scents linking in carpet, floors, air ducts, walls, and other areas of your Nashville home or business.

3 Places Water Leaks Could be Hiding in Your Home

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Places Water Leaks Could be Hiding in Your Home Check these areas to make sure water is not damaging your home!

If you are a homeowner in Nashville, you know the danger that water damage can cause to your house. Sneaky leaks and unforeseen plumbing problems can cost you more than an increased water bill. They can cause massive damage to your home, and repairs can be in the thousands of dollars. Last year, almost 40 percent of homes suffered some sort of water damage, ranging from a frozen pipe bursting to leaky roofs. Out of these 40 percent of homes, 93 percent of the incidents could have been prevented! Read through this article to find out 3 of the most common ways that water damage can be in your home, without your knowledge! If you do find damage from water in your home, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call. We can give you a quote for water damage restoration, and help you get through the pain of water damage.

Leaky Pump Valves

One of the most common ways that water leaks can happen in your home, comes from the pumps that are in your shower or central air system. These pumps, while rugged, are not impervious to wear and tear. The valves in them often go for years without service, and by the time you can see the damage that they've caused, it is often too late. The water seeping out of the valves can cause floorboards to be destroyed, or cause mold to grow around the area of the pump. The best practice is to give a water restoration company a call and have them assess the damage.

Leaks from the Bathtub

Another sneaky way that water can damage your home, comes from your bathtub. If the watertight seal around the tub is somehow broken, not all the water from your long shower or bath will end up down the drain. It may take a few days to finally notice, but that notice will be shocking. If you have an upstairs bathroom, that notice may come in the form of water dripping from your ceiling, right before the ceiling begins to sink down from the added weight of the water. If your bathroom is downstairs, you may not notice the leak for a longer period of time, allowing for the water under the bathtub to eat away at wood flooring. The worst outcome from the leaking bathtub is that mold growth is almost inevitable!

Hidden Toilet Leaks

Toilet leaks are some of the most common leaks that happen in a home. This makes them the most important place to watch for a runaway leak, and one of the most important places to have inspected by SERVPRO of Belle Meade. Toilet leaks that are not immediately visible to the homeowner can cause massive damage over a long period of time, much like the bathtub leaks mentioned above. A leaking gasket or valve can cause water to pool under the toilet fixture, eating away at the floor of your home.


If you think you might have a leaking valve, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call. They can inspect your home for potential leaks, and evaluate the risk these leaks can pose to your home.

Does Your High-Quality Department Store Have a Low-Quality Smell?

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Does Your High-Quality Department Store Have a Low-Quality Smell? Don't let lingering smells chase your customers away!

Are you chasing away shoppers with the bad smell of your store? High-quality department stores are known for their classy appeal. From the outside, they look appealing urging those passing by to walk in for some retail therapy. But do you know how your store smells?

The Importance of Good Smelling Stores

If you run department store, you know that keeping your margins up is non-negotiable. There are many ways that retailers have influenced shoppers to make purchases and playing on their sense of smell is one of them.

A study by the American Journal of Business indicates that certain scents in a retail environment help shoppers reduce their anxiety levels while in a crowded store space. Supermarkets regularly deploy in-store delis where the aroma of food triggers hunger pangs in the customers, driving impulse food purchases and foot traffic.

If smell positively impacts customer behavior, then it goes without saying that the reverse is true. If your store has a dank smell, it will repel shoppers and cut on your sales. A good example is this Apple store that had a lot of body odor smell and was driving customers away. Deodorization is, therefore, an important part of the sales strategy for any department store looking to maintain high brand standards and increase turnover.

Odor Removal

If you want to eliminate any bad smells from your store you need to engage a top-quality professional. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we seek to provide impeccable deodorization services to Nashville stores and businesses, homes, construction workers and others who require the service.

Identifying the source of the odor is the first step and doubles up as also being the trickiest part of the process as well. Our professionals are skilled in odor detection through training gained via IICRC technical classes and therefore will not be looking to mask your bad store smell but to eliminate it.

Bad smells inside your store affect not only your customers but also the staff. Productivity suffers when your employees can’t work more efficiently because they have to keep stepping out for fresh air or find other ways to combat the odor. We are not satisfied with only removing your bad odor, but we go one step further to identify the conditions that cause it saving you the time, lost income and staff-hours due to odors. Get in touch with us today to kick that odor out once and for all!

4 Important Autumn Lawn Tips

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

General 4 Important Autumn Lawn Tips Maintain your lawn this fall to get a head start on spring!

As Nashville heads toward the autumnal season, your lawn prepares for winter. The thick grass thins out and once mowed, it grows back slowly. Many believe this is the time to stop mowing and to store the garden equipment. Not in Nashville! Help transition your lawn to fall with these tips.

Mow the Lawn

Mowing the grass in the fall is still a good idea. In the summer, the grass receives enough sunlight and water to grow and mowing aids in the rapid growth. In the fall, the grass is absorbing sunlight, water, and nutrients for a long winter. Your job is to mow the lawn so the grass can absorb the sunlight.

Fertilize

The nutrient grass craves is fertilizer. In autumn, the lawn focuses more on nutrients than growth due to the summer-to-winter transition. Fertilizer gives grass the nutrients it craves to stay healthy before growing stronger next spring. Specifically, fertilize the ground during autumn to replace nutrients lost during summer growth. The lawn will transfer the nutrients to the roots for winter storage.

Rake Falling Leaves

An autumn staple is raking fallen leaves from trees, and everyone has a strategy. Some rake as leaves piles up while others wait until all leaves fall off the trees before raking. The recommended approach is raking periodically throughout autumn. If Nashvillians wait for every leaf to fall from the trees, the leaves at the bottom turn wet and sticky from weeks of rain and dew. The soggy mess blocks the sun too. Consequently, suffocation and fungal diseases manifest from the combination, harming the grass.

Weed Removal

Buttercups, daisies, clover, and dandelions are popular names, yet they categorize as weeds. Weeds, unfortunately, ruin a perfect lawn. Autumn is perfect for weed elimination. Since weeds are in the transition period too, it will soak up herbicides easily. Spray herbicides/weed killer early to mid-autumn for successful absorption. Weeds transfer herbicide to the root, killing it. Brown spots are normal; fresh grass will grow next spring.

Nashville business and home maintenance aren't over when autumn arrives. Continue to care for your lawn until every leaf is raked and the browning takes over. Then, prepare for next spring by cleaning garden equipment, removing unused gas and oil, and sharpening blades.


You take care of your lawn, and SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can help you take care of the rest of your home or business. Call us today to find out more!

4 Tips to Keep Your Garbage Can from Smelling like Garbage

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning 4 Tips to Keep Your Garbage Can from Smelling like Garbage Keep your kitchen smelling as clean as it looks!

Although it might seem like a lost cause, it is possible to keep your garbage can from smelling like garbage. Of course, if your garbage can doesn't have an odor, then the spaces around it are less likely to smell. We doubt you want your home to smell like garbage, so SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville would like to offer some suggestions to stay odor-free.

Bag it

The easiest way to keep a garbage can smelling fresh is to seal up the garbage and keep it well away from sensitive noses. Since most garbage doesn't smell bad until it starts to decompose, a kitchen garbage can with a lid is a great choice for kitchen waste. A foot-operated lid can provide an added measure of hygiene and safety. You can open the lid while cooking without dirtying your hands (or the lid). When the bag fills, you seal it up and place it in your outside garbage can. It's important to remember to seal the bag and place bags in the can.

Freshen it

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, garbage cans can start to smell. From sprinkle-in powders to adhesive deodorant stick-ons, many products are available to deodorize garbage cans. Some are as simple as fragrances to mask garbage smell with a variety of more pleasant smells. Some products offer more advanced composition and actively neutralize unpleasant odors rather than mask them. If budget is a concern, or you prefer to keep things simple, then it doesn't get much simpler than sprinkling some baking soda in your garbage can to absorb odors.

Keep it clean

When you do wind up with loose garbage in the can, smells can linger. After emptying your can, does it still smell? If it does, then cleaning it might not be a bad idea. Since much of the smell comes from decomposition and the bacteria involved, use a disinfectant or diluted bleach solution when cleaning your trashcan.

Seek professional help

When odor removal simply becomes too much of a task, don't hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville to discuss professional deodorization. If your garbage smell has spread to some other part of the kitchen or bathroom that you just can’t seem to be able to find and eliminate, help is available.

4 Seasonal Cleaning Tips for Your Business

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning 4 Seasonal Cleaning Tips for Your Business Give your Nashville business a sprucing up this fall

As the seasons change, it’s the perfect time to make important changes in your business. If you own a Nashville business, the change of seasons offers a wonderful opportunity to start anew. A business that has completely clean surroundings is inviting to your customers and your employees. When planning any such effort, it's a good idea to keep several factors in mind to help make the process flow more easily.

Hire Professionals

Any kind of commercial cleaning needs professional help. Professionals make the job easier. Look for experienced commercial cleaning services with a long history and lots of satisfied customers. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville’s commercial cleaning services will come to your business and make sure the job is done right. Our team will follow your precise instructions and make your business shine.

Stay Green

Another important factor to consider is staying green. Using green products has a lot of advantages. Products that aren't made from harsh chemicals can help without the potential for reactions. New products on the market today make it easier than ever to get results you and your customers are sure to love.

Keep the Weather in Mind

When planning a seasonal job, think about the weather. Sudden weather changes are quite common as the weather changes from winter to spring or summer to fall. Any business owner should make sure they have a range of dates when planning any project. It's a good idea to pencil in a few days first. If there's heavy snow or high heat, the service has the flexibility to decide on another date instead. Many types of products also work better under conditions like low humidity.

A Team Effort

It helps to enlist other members of your team when planning any seasonal cleaning. Together, you can determine the best dates for the cleaning. You can also think about the kind of cleaning that will need doing in your spaces. Teamwork helps get any cleaning job done faster and more efficiently.


Let SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville be part of your team. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help your business look its best.

4 Tips to Transition Your House from Summer to Autumn

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

General 4 Tips to Transition Your House from Summer to Autumn While the leaves are transitioning outside, transition the inside of your home, too.

Proper preparation for the autumnal season in Nashville is vital. When thinking about the coming colder weather and your home, you want to do all you can to keep your home in good shape. The summer-to-fall transition is the perfect time to deal with any minor issues so they don't become major issues.

Completely Clean the House

As fall moves in, this is the perfect time to get the house as clean as possible. Cleaning should focus on removing any accumulated dirt and grime. During the summer, people often run in and out of the house. Dirt gets tracked from one room to the next. Effective cleaning should concentrate on making everything in the house new again. Hire a service to make sure it's done properly. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville offers several cleaning solutions to make sure the job is done correctly the first time.

Look for Leaks

Leaks are common in many homes. Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team has seen first-hand some of the major damage that water can cause in a home. Be aware of any water leaks in your home. Look around the entire property to see if there's any water there, paying close attention to your plumbing areas and your basement. Leaks can lead to mold problems in your home – try to catch any problems before they escalate.

Storing Outdoor Furniture

You enjoyed being outside during the summer, but now autumn temperatures are turning colder. Make sure your autumn furnishings are right for the upcoming weather. It's a good idea to take the time to look at any porch furniture and make sure it's in good shape. It's also a good idea to take this time and make any necessary repairs. Afterwards, the furniture can be put away in the attic or other space so it stays in good shape for next year.

Changing the Decor

Late summer makes the perfect time to change the decor. If you want to paint your bedroom, this is the right time of year to do it. Paint dries faster in less humid weather. This is true for other projects as well. Staining your deck as summer falls away helps protect it against the winter weather to come. If you need major repairs such as a new roof, this is also the right time of year. The cooling late summer weather an ideal time to be outside.

4 Tips to Keep Your Crawlspace Clean and Dry

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 4 Tips to Keep Your Crawlspace Clean and Dry Protect your home – keep your crawl space clean!

If you have a crawlspace beneath your home, it's crucial to keep that area clean and dry. Dirty, damp crawl spaces not only encourage mold and mildew growth, but also provide a perfect environment for snakes, rats, spiders, or even termite infestations.

These tips will help you in cleaning your crawl space and keeping the area dry and protected.

  1. Prevent Water Leaks

Standing water and mold are common problems in dirt crawl spaces. The first step in keeping your crawl space free of moisture is to eliminate water leakage. This can be accomplished with the installation of a sump pump to rid the crawl space of standing water and help dry out the area. If the crawl space is very damp or wet, you can also use a humidifier to enhance the drying process.

  1. Improve your Home Drainage

Once you have a system in place for removing water from your crawl space, the next step is to prevent as much moisture as possible from entering. Groundwater seepage is one of the most prominent ways crawl spaces become damp. You can prevent this by improving drainage around the foundation with soil that's graded at least 0.5 inches per foot, sloping away from the house.

Provide Better Insulation

There are many ways moisture can get into your crawl space and a number of ways you can prevent that from happening. One way is to lay down a heavy-duty plastic moisture barrier on the floor of your crawl space to prevent ground moisture from condensing in the space.

You can also use moisture-proof insulation for any exposed foundation walls. Also, install additional vapor barriers on the walls of the crawlspace. This forces moisture toward the sump pump rather than into your Nashville home's foundation.

  1. Use Commercial Cleaning Services

If your crawlspace is currently damp, dirty, infested with mold or mildew growth, or suffering from standing water problems, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can help you restore your crawl space to a clean, dry condition. Our expert cleaning technicians will provide mold removal or mold remediation services as necessary. We will completely dry out your crawl space, and install protective measures to help keep the space beneath your home dry, clean, and free from contamination and critters.


Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville to tackle all your tough cleaning jobs, including home crawl spaces and mold/mildew removal. Our highly trained technicians deliver prompt, professional services for all aspects of residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services.

Does Your Summer Cabin Smell Like a Family of Bears?

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Does Your Summer Cabin Smell Like a Family of Bears? Give your cabin the Goldilocks feel with deodorization services from SERVPRO of Belle Meade!

Does Your Summer Cabin Smell Like a Family of Bears?

Summer cabins provide an excellent way to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. But often these cabins may not get the care and cleaning required to keep them fresh and odor-free, especially when used heavily during the hottest months of the year. Whether you spend a lot of time at your summer cabin, or just a few weekends a year, the home may become dirty and smelly from heavy usage, especially with kids. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has experience in working with many types of summer cabins and vacation homes to complete cleaning and odor removal services.

Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade Before Your Summer Vacation

When you leave your summer cabin locked up for the fall and winter, it can become dusty, dirty, and musty smelling. A team of professional cleaners can come in before the first visit of the summer season so that it's ready for your family to enjoy. No one wants to spend the first few hours of their precious vacation time cleaning and deodorizing. The best option is to call in the professionals at SERVPRO to do a thorough cleaning and complete deodorization of your home so that it's ready for relaxation upon your arrival.

Professional Cleaning at Season's End

A complete cleaning and deodorization can also be beneficial before you close up your vacation home once the summer is over. This will help to reduce the dirt and grime for your return to the vacation home the next year. Plus, having professionals do the job means that you can spend your last days at the property relaxing, rather than cleaning. A heavily used summer cabin has likely been through a lot of wear and tear, especially when children are involved. SERVPRO can clean carpets, flooring, and upholstery to remove dirt and grime, which helps to protect your property in the off-season when it's not in use.


SERVPRO of Belle Meade works with clients all around the Nashville area. Whether you're a homeowner who needs your vacation home cleaned before your use it, or someone who is preparing to sell a vacation property, SERVPRO can remove dirt and odors, making the property look and smell clean and fresh. They do everything from air duct cleaning to complete odor removal to ensure that the air in your property is clean and fresh so your family can enjoy your vacation property.

3 Tips for a Safer, Cleaner Attic in Nashville

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning 3 Tips for a Safer, Cleaner Attic in Nashville Keep your attic safe and clean with these 3 tips!

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we see a lot of emergency situations, like fires, that could have been prevented. One of the most common areas for this is the attic. Homeowners often neglect the attic because it is generally a storage area. We never go up there unless we are looking for something specific. Small issues in the attic can become household emergencies if we are not careful!

The attic is one of the most exposed areas of your home when it comes to the elements. Because of this, you want to do everything you can to keep it clean and insulated. Heat and moisture can wreak havoc on an already messy crawl space. An improperly insulated one is a welcome home for pests like rodents and insects. Here are some tips you can use to keep your home safe.

  1. Use Good Storage Units - Nashville summers can get extremely hot. Because of this, you want to use containers that can appropriately protect their contents from extreme heat. In some instances, cardboard boxes are don't handle heat well, let alone the contents inside of them. This is why so many people use large plastic or rubber bins that seal to store items in their attics. This keeps things safer and more organized.
  1. Lighting - You might be surprised at the effect that proper lighting can have on your cleaning. Most attics are poorly lit, meaning you aren't getting every bit of dust or debris up from all the dark corners. This adds up over time and can be a problem if you don't address it. Try installing a few extra lights up there. You might be surprised at what you see and how much more often you want to be up there.
  1. Get Rid of Stuff - Let's face it. You probably have a lot of stuff up there that you haven't seen in years. One a year, get rid of everything you haven't used since the last time you cleaned. You will be surprised at how much clutter you have and getting rid of it will go a long way towards helping you organize it.


These three tips will take you a long way towards having a clean, organized and safe storage area. A clean and organized area is less likely to be a problem during a fire. It also gives you a lot more space to work with when it comes to storage.

Do You Have a Smelly Restaurant? We Can Help!

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Do You Have a Smelly Restaurant? We Can Help! Keep your restaurant fresh for your customers and employees!

Does your Nashville restaurant smell like a bad recipe? Do you have customers come into your place and wrinkle up their nose? Or they walk in and then leave without ordering anything. You know you’re in need of odor removal when customers suddenly lose their appetite when entering your restaurant in Nashville. We know it’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s one we, at SERVPRO of Belle Meade, have experience correcting! So, how can we help you with your odor problems? Read on and discover 3 ways SERVPRO of Belle Meade will get your restaurant sweet-smelling once again.

Deep cleaning

Sometimes you need a bit more than the everyday cleaning job your staff does. Just like we do deep cleaning a couple times a year in our homes, it is essential to have this done in our restaurants as well. Restaurants enjoy a thorough cleaning of the floors, drapes, blinds, carpeting, and upholstery. Food smells can become trapped in fabrics leaving a sour or greasy smell. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has specialty cleaning services to ensure your restaurant gets deep cleaned.

Deodorization

Not only does your Nashville restaurant need a deep cleaning, but it needs an odor removal process using deodorization. Our staff is trained to discover what is causing the odors. This is an important first step in eliminating the odors. Once our staff knows where the smell is emanating 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 is not just about hiding or covering up offending smells, but it’s essential to go to the root of the problem and neutralize it.

Inspect for mold

Mold is one thing that not only leaves a musty odor, but it has a negative impact on your health. That’s why it’s so important to determine if mold is the culprit and, if so, to begin action right away to combat it. We have 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 isolate, then eliminate it.


At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we make cleaning and restoration our expertise. We train and educate our staff to combat stinky smells wherever they may be. If you have a restaurant that does not smell too sweet, contact us today.

3 Great Car Cleaning Techniques

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning 3 Great Car Cleaning Techniques Follow these tips to keep your car shining!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade would like to offer Nashville car owners, a few tips about maintaining their vehicle. Certainly, the average driver makes a substantial investment in their vehicle and would like to preserve its beauty for a long time. In addition, a well-maintained vehicle has a higher resale value. All drivers should take this into consideration. Maintaining and cleaning the vehicle is all a part of ownership. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to clean a vehicle. In this piece are 3 great car cleaning techniques that will keep your car well maintained, well into the future.

  1. Window Cleaning

Cleaning the windows and windshield on a vehicle is considered an easy task. Simply grab a window cleaner and shine the windows. However, it's important to realize that some cleansers might harm the windows and windshield. Here is a tip. Avoid any ammonia based window cleaners. Ammonia based cleaners will damage your tinted windows. The ammonia based cleaners will also ruin leather, vinyl, and the rubber inside of your vehicle. Select a no ammonia based cleaner. Roll windows down an inch or two. Spray cleaner generously on the window. Wipe and go over the top of the window. Roll up and clean the bottom edge.

  1. Inside

It's important to keep the inside of your vehicle clean too. A vacuum with attachments is the best for keeping the inside of the vehicle clean. Vacuum the interior with a crevice tool. Use this tool on the seats, around the dashboard, on the doors, and the floors. Forget about purchasing overpriced cleansers for upholstery. Instead, apply a mild solution of soapy, warm water to stains and rinse to remove any remaining soapy residue.

  1. Outside

Avoid washing your vehicle in the sun because this will add spots to the vehicle and ruin the finish. Instead, wash the vehicle in the shade. Start the process by rinsing off the car for a few minutes to remove grime and dirt from the road. Use your favorite exterior cleaner to complete the process. Rinse off rims and tires, let dry naturally. Use a commercial cleaner to remove any tough spots on the tires or rims.

Bathroom Have a Smell You Can't Flush Away? We Can Handle That!

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

General Bathroom Have a Smell You Can't Flush Away? We Can Handle That! Residential or commercial, we can keep your bathroom spotless and odor-free!

Bathroom odors are common, but they often dissipate rather quickly. In some cases, foul odors may linger, and they could even permeate into your bedroom or living areas. If your Nashville area home is plagued by bad odors from your bathroom, rest assured that there may be an effective solution available to help you properly address this problem. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the company to call when you have a serious bathroom odor issue that requires professional results.

What May Be Causing Your Odor Problem

Before you reach out to our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville for deodorization and odor removal service, you may be wondering what is causing the issue. After all, the cause of the problem may play a major role in determining the best treatment option. Some bathrooms smell moldy and musty because of mold and fungus growing in hidden areas of the space. Because a bathroom has a high humidity level, this can be a serious problem in some homes. Other spaces may have the foul odor of human waste. This could be caused by plumbing or cleanliness issues or other problems. Our odor-fighting efforts will be determined by the cause of the odors that are in your home.

What We Can Do to Improve the Situation

When you reach out to our skilled team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade to address this challenging situation, you will not be disappointed with the results. Some deodorization efforts simply mask the problem for a short period of time, and this means that the smell may quickly return to your Nashville area home. However, we use a proven and efficient odor removal process that address the odor at its source. By taking this significant step, we can assure you that the smelly odor that is currently in your bathroom will not quickly return.


It can be embarrassing to have foul bathroom odors in your home. More than that, it can negatively affect your entire home living experience. This is a serious issue that requires a professional solution if you want to enjoy the best overall results. Now is a great time to reach out to our friendly and experienced Nashville team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade to learn more about odor removal and to begin the deodorization process. We will provide you with the fast, exceptional results that you desire.

Tips to Keep Your Home Gym from Smelling Like Your High School Gym Locker

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Home Gym from Smelling Like Your High School Gym Locker No one wants their house to smell like a locker room!

When the gym in your home becomes a source of foul odors, you will want to take of it immediately. No one wants their home gym to smell like their high school gym locker! The good news is that SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville can get the odor out fast.

Keep your workout clothes clean

During a workout session, there is no doubt that you will sweat. The perspiration odors will stick on your workout clothes, a factor that will make your home gym smell if the clothes are not cleaned properly and regularly. It is important to identify the best products to use when cleaning these clothes so that they are clean and fresh before every workout session.

Deodorize the room

Today, thanks to innovation, there are several products in the market that you can use to eliminate foul odors in your home. Deodorization will ensure that all odors are absorbed without leaving any lingering fragrances in the room. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the best in the deodorization business.

Ensure proper ventilation

A simple step in ensuring that your home gym smells fresh at all times is to ensure proper ventilation. This will promote the free flow of air, allowing clean and fresh air into the room while letting the bad smell out. Renovating the gym to enhance the better flow of air would be a great option if this problem has been going on for a while.

Use cleaning products

One of the reasons why your home gym can be a source of foul odors is due to lack of proper cleaning and maintenance of the space. Using natural and safe cleaning products such as vinegar, baking soda, and natural lemon juice will absorb the bad smell and leave an awesome smell in the room.

Call in experts

You may want to call in cleaning experts if these tips do not deliver the desired results. Experts from SERVPRO of Belle Meade will assess the room and identify the specific source of the odor before taking steps to eliminate it.

Part of making sure that your home gym does not become a source of bad smell is to be proactive. Even before there is a smell, you should keep the workroom clean and organized. This will create a welcoming environment that encourages you to do your workout.

3 Tips to Keep Your Construction Site Clean

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Tips to Keep Your Construction Site Clean Keep your construction site clean and safe!

A dirty and disorganized construction site will not only make for an eyesore but will also present serious health and safety risks to workers, supervisors, and anyone who visits the site. With the huge volumes of waste that accumulate during and after a construction project, cleaning as well as managing and disposing of waste is likely to present a major challenge. To ensure that the project is completed within the set time-frame and avoid unnecessary complications, you should consider following these tips to keep your construction site clean.

Have clean-up tasks regularly

With the different materials used in construction sites, it would be important to separate the scrap material. Materials such as concrete, metals, and wood can be piled up in an organized manner before being recycled. You should also identify effective and safe ways of disposing of materials that are not recyclable.

To ensure that cleanup tasks are carried out on a regular basis, specific tasks should be assigned to individual workers. This will help to hold each worker to account at the end of the cleaning exercise. For better services, you should consider hiring commercial cleaning services.

Place trash cans on site

Having trash cans and dumpsters on the site will make it easy for you and the construction workers to manage waste. In case there are smaller scraps that cannot be categorized in any specific pile, the trash cans will hold them until the designated time for getting rid of waste. Workers at the site will also have a place to place any wrappings, bags, and containers after eating or drinking various products. In the end, you will have a clean construction site that promotes the health and safety of all workers and visitors.

Choose a responsible contractor

Any responsible and professional construction contractor understands the importance of keeping a construction site clean. Such a contractor will be aware of the various Nashville laws relating to environmental conservation. This is why you should shop around before settling on a contractor of your choice. Contractors who have been in business for a number of years will have the experience needed to maintain a clean construction site. This will ensure that they educate everyone at the site on the importance and effective ways of promoting a clean and safe working environment.


With these simple tips, you will create a safer and more productive work environment. This will go a long way in helping you to avoid expensive lawsuits and claim settlements. Hiring SERVPRO of Belle Meade will help you reduce the chances of delays and budget overruns.

Your Recently Flooded Office Does Not Have to Smell Like the Cumberland River, Nashville

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Recently Flooded Office Does Not Have to Smell Like the Cumberland River, Nashville The Cumberland is beautiful, but it does not need to run through your office!

Let's face it, weather happens. Whether it's storms or a good soaking rain, mother nature can do a number on your property. When the water inside is almost as treacherous as outside, Nashville knows who to call. And that's SERVPRO of Belle Meade.

When you've got major water damage, you don't want to wait. And SERVPRO of Belle Meade won't make you. We're available 24 hours a day for an immediate response. We understand the severity of water damage and why it's important to arrive promptly. We also understand that water related disasters may not be your area of expertise. But you can trust us because it's ours. Our representative will ask the right questions over the phone to know the right type of equipment for our staff to bring. Once there, you can be assured that our well-trained team has things under control. They will devise the right plan for your property, be it a home, business or even construction site, depending on the extent of the damage. Before any repair work can be done, our professionals do the necessary tasks of stopping the infilling of water and checking for additional safety concerns, such as asbestos or lead. We don't slap a band aid on the problem. We ensure the essential work is done before we set about restoring.

Removing the water from your property caused by flood damage requires a major effort of both man and machine. SERVPRO of Belle Meade assists in moving furniture and even carpet where necessary. Move out service is even available if it is determined that your belongings are safer off of the property. Then we use state of the art equipment, including truck, mounted vacuum units, to pump up to hundreds of thousands of gallons of water out. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of mold and secondary water damage. We make this a priority because we know you'd rather not have to call us again.

No one has ever said they love the smell of drying walls or floors in the morning. We take the process of deodorization very seriously. Our air scrubber and deodorization equipment go above and beyond to remove offensive post-waterlogged odors. Instead of covering up bad smells, we eliminate them. We use the best quality in equipment to keep floors, walls, and furniture from coming away warped.

We also specialize in cleaning and restoring individual belongings damaged by water. We provide rebuilding services where needed during the restoration process. We do it all and we do it fast when untimely and inconvenient water damage wreaks havoc on your property. All you have to do is call us. We handle the rest.

3 Great Qualities of a Gazebo in Nashville

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

General 3 Great Qualities of a Gazebo in Nashville A gazebo can make relaxing in your backyard a paradise!

Looking to buy a gazebo or canopy? You'll face many choices from expensive wooden structures to a variety of designs, materials, and models. Instead of trying to compare all the little details, you need to know what features are going to be the most important. To help you make a decision, here are three great qualities of gazebos and canopies that you should consider.

  1. Sturdy Construction

While there are many cheap gazebos and canopies you can buy, you want to choose one with a sturdy construction. Lots of less expensive or poorly made gazebos/canopies have a flimsy base and structure. It's also important that the gazebo or canopy can withstand the hot and humid Nashville weather. If yours is made of wood, it's essential that you apply water and heat resistant coating on it to make sure it lasts a long time. Weather resistant materials will ensure your purchase lasts!

  1. Hard Top Metal Roofs

Fabric based gazebos and canopies can absorb the heat and humidity that's common with the Nashville weather. If you want something that protects you and your family from the heat, you want to go with a gazebo or canopy that has a hard metal top. The hard tops are sturdy and the metal roofs reflect the heat so that it stays cool underneath the gazebo or canopy. The metal roofs come in all the standard designs, so don't think that you can't achieve the same look as a wooden roof. And don't worry about the metal reflecting a bright glare as almost all the commercial models are painted over.

  1. Netted Gazebo/Canopy

Mosquitos can be a problem in Nashville. If you want to create a space on your property where your friends and family can relax, make sure you choose a gazebo or canopy that has pull out nets. These nets will keep out mosquitoes and other bugs from entering the gazebo or canopy. They'll also ensure that there is plenty of ventilation inside. If you're looking for a larger gazebo that will be a more permanent structure, you can still install ventilated covers for extra protection from the sun and the bugs.

Gazebos and canopies are a big investment, so making sure that you properly maintain it and protect it from the weather is important. SERVPRO of Belle Meade wants you to enjoy your gazebo. Always follow safety installation instructions, or have a professional set it up for you. If you encounter any water or fire damage to your property, give us a call. We are always ready to lend a helping hand, Nashville!

3 Must-Have DIY Tools for Nashville Homeowners

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

General 3 Must-Have DIY Tools for Nashville Homeowners What tools do you consider must-haves, Nashville?

While we are ready and able to help with cleaning or restoration, we also realize that many homeowners prefer to perform their own home maintenance. With that in mind, we present a list of three must-have DIY tools for home maintenance in the Nashville area.

  1. Staple Gun

For both home improvement and repairs, a staple gun is a must-have. Many homeowners think of staple guns as a professional tool, particularly because larger ones can be pricey and difficult to use. We recommend purchasing a moderately sized staple gun; once you see the many uses it provides, you'll be glad you did. Staples are inconspicuous and sturdy, therefore, staple guns are great for reupholstering furniture and attaching curtains. Staple guns are also useful if your home experiences damage since staples can hold together dozens of materials. Take it from our professional technicians (and excuse the pun): this tool should be a 'staple' of your DIY toolkit.

  1. Corded Power Drill

While many homeowners already have a power drill, for serious home improvement projects or repairs, we recommend owning a corded drill. Cordless drills, while great, tend to run out of juice when working on longer DIY projects. A corded drill is useful to have around if you want to assemble new cabinets, or if you want to build furniture yourself.

  1. Reciprocating Saw

To close out this list, we chose a tool that most homeowners don't have. A reciprocating saw can cut through almost any material you might have on hand, from wood to tubing to metals. They're perfect for DIY furniture, or for demolition purposes. It's important to choose the right reciprocating saw, some are too heavy to be practical, but there's no end to the uses you'll find for one, making it one of our most highly recommended DIY tools.

If you're looking for home cleaning, disaster cleanup, or other cleaning and repair services in the Nashville area, consider SERVPRO of Belle Meade. SERVPRO's trained and experienced technicians and advanced technology allow us to tackle any home project, and with us, you can always expect friendly service.

Keep Your Private Club Clean, Nashville!

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Keep Your Private Club Clean, Nashville! Your club members will appreciate a spotless meeting place!

Running a private club can be a joy for many reasons. A private club can make a terrific setting for all kinds of events. You can host a dinner party for your friends, colleagues or family members. It is also a great place for a comfortable, cozy and peaceful hang out. A private club makes a solid choice for many events.

If you operate a private club, it's your responsibility to make sure that it's always in meticulous condition. Disasters of all types, however, can interfere with conditions in private clubs. Strong floods can bring on water damage, mold and foul odors of all kinds. Fires can lead to the unwelcome presence of soot and intense and distinct smoke smells, too. When you need deodorization services for a private club, you should give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call!

Deodorization is a big task that calls for a considerable degree of expertise and experience. It's not a job for amateurs. If you want to make sure that the air in your private club is fresh and clean, you need to recruit certified restoration technicians who have experience. Our trained professionals know the ins and outs of smoke smells, mildew, mold, sewer backups and beyond. Private clubs are built on reputation and you do not want your club associated with bad odors! Our professionals can provide you with comprehensive deodorization service so people forget that your private club ever had an odor issue!

Disasters can strike at any time of the day or night. They can strike first thing in the morning right after you get to work. They can strike late at night when no one is paying much attention as well. That's why it's critical to work with prominent restoration and cleanup firms that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you notice a strange odor in your private club, you should do something about it without a minute of delay. Prompt attention can turn situations around quickly. It can also greatly minimize discomfort and stress.

When you're on the lookout for reputable professional deodorization service, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a firm that can aid you. Call us as soon as you can to reserve an appointment for our five-star deodorization work.

We Can Clean Your Professional Garage Nashville!

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning We Can Clean Your Professional Garage Nashville! Your professional should look...professional! We can help with that!

Keeping your professional garage organized, clean and easy to navigate can be a big hassle for busy professionals. If you're looking to keep a commercial garage or shed in tip-top condition, you don't  have to do so without outside help. That's because you can always recruit professional commercial cleaners. Professional cleaning technicians have ample experience. They have training. They, because of that, are well-versed in all the most reliable, effective and efficient cleaning techniques out there. If you want to forget all about a workplace shed that's a cluttered and disorderly nightmare, professional cleaning service can go a long way. If you want to make it a lot easier for your staff members to be able to locate necessary products and tools, a cleaning service can be a great help as well.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade can offer you garage service that's the picture of comprehensive, thorough and dependable. Our technicians can provide you with all types of cleaning services. Some examples of these are odor elimination, deodorization, hard floor cleaning, vandalism removal, wall cleaning and ceiling cleaning. It doesn't matter if you want to make sure the walls are neat and 100 percent devoid of markings. It doesn't matter if you want your garage floors free of stains and discoloration. Seasoned professional technicians can do great work for you.

Commercial cleaning service can be helpful in many ways. It can save hard-working business owners a lot of time. If you need more time to focus on work and less on tidying up your garage, commercial cleaning help can save hours. Commercial cleaning service can also make your work more comfortable. It can even make it healthier. Strong indoor air quality is vital for work settings of all varieties. You don't want to breathe in poor air day in and day out. You don't want your staff members to have to do so, either.

If you're looking for A+ commercial cleaning service for a garage in Nashville, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is ready to help out. We can help you turn your commercial garage or shed into an enticing, airy, fresh and clutter-free place. Call us as soon as possible to make an appointment.

We Can Keep Your Cinema Odor-Free All Season Nashville

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning We Can Keep Your Cinema Odor-Free All Season Nashville The smell of fresh popcorn is the only odor you want in your cinema! We can help with that!

Is there anything worse than walking into a cinema to watch a movie and smelling the stench of rotting food, stale popcorn, and spilled sodas? Thinking about it makes us want to curl up at home with an iTunes or Amazon Prime rental. Don't be that cinema that smells horrible and scares customers away. Instead, welcome SERVPRO of Belle Meade into your cinema to keep the place fresh, clean, and welcoming for your customers.

We Take Deodorization Seriously

Too many companies are interested in coming into your establishment and then blasting citrus scents hoping that they can conceal the stench. That isn't enough! Our company will not act as a giant air freshener. This is a "masking" technique and it won't work to control your serious odor problem. In fact, we recommend that clients who are unsure about our practices call several companies and ask them about their odor removal and deodorization process. Most times, companies are unable to walk clients through their process or speak only of infusing the room with new "fresh" scents despite the fact that this means old, gross, disgusting scents are sure to resurface later.

What Does Our Odor Removal and Deodorization Process Look Like?

SERVPRO of Belle Meade will visit your location first to inspect the stench. We always do a full inspection of our client's properties because we know how important it is to first identify an odor before attempting to eliminate it. We also need to know what surfaces are affected so that we can remove the scent without leaving any foul smells behind. Each of our SERVPRO technicians is trained in various techniques to identify smells and then eliminate them using a variety of odor removal products. Our odor removal products can neutralize offending smells and come in a variety of sizes and strengths. We are confident we can remove your foul smells from your cinema.

Who Trusts SERVPRO of Belle Meade?

Our clients include Nashville cinemas, Nashville movie theaters, Nashville business owners, building managers, construction teams, and even homeowners and individual car drivers. We even work offer disaster cleanup and work with those who require disaster cleanup services to get rid of the most atrocious and foul smells. We take deodorization seriously and we want to ensure a fresh and healthy environment for everyone by providing the cleanest and odor-free air possible. Our cleaning and deodorizing solutions are one-of-a-kind.

Questions? We love to talk to repeat clients and new customers. Call us today at (615) 745-3638.

Four Tips to Make Grill Cleaning a Breeze

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Four Tips to Make Grill Cleaning a Breeze Someone has to clean up after all the delicious food is eaten!

If you're a Nashville local, you know how gorgeous the weather can be in the summer. Our beautiful blue skies and high temps always inspire a barbecue. After you grill, watch some TV and catch up with your pals, then, it's time to clean up.

It's a job that nobody likes to do, but it has to be done. A grill that's mired in excessive grit and soot can become a hazard and could lead to fire damage on your property.

If you're already trying to deal with extensive fire damage, don't panic, because SERVPRO of Belle Meade's got your back. With 24/7 emergency service and highly trained technicians on call, SERVPRO can respond faster to any size disaster.

It's a hassle to get your grill back in top shape, but with these four tips for grill cleaning, you'll have a spotless grill in no time.

  1. Follow Proper Safety Procedures

Always make sure to follow proper safety procedures! This is true whether you're looking to spot clean after you've grilled food or you're gunning for a more in-depth, thorough cleaning.

Ensure that each of the knobs is OFF. Next, you are using propane, make sure the tank is closed. Following that, check that the grill is on a stable, even surface; and that the grill is no longer hot before you touch any of its individual parts without protection.

  1. Invest in a Good Grill Brush

Your grill brush is an important tool that you don't want to skimp out on.

What makes a great grill brush? You'll want a brush that has smaller bristles and multiple heads. Also, a long handle so that you can scrub while the gratings are still hot, and one that's durable. You'll also want to make sure that whatever brush you pick up is a good match for the size and type of grill that you're using.

  1. Burn Off Excess Food and Grease

It's never a bad idea to crank the grill up to its highest setting after you're done the cooking so that it can burn off excess grime. This can make your post-barbecue spot clean easier.

  1. Keep the Grill's Exterior Clean

Ensuring that the exterior of the grill is spotless is as important as maintaining the cleanliness of its interior. It's an easier job than the inside, though; all you'll need is soapy water and a rag.

What Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade do for you, Nashville?

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

General What Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade do for you, Nashville? We can help with a number of cleaning and restoration projects, Nashville!

Are you a factory owner whose inspection is coming up after damage to your workplace? Or maybe your office is overdue for a professional cleaning? SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help in both situations!

You have probably seen our SERVPRO trucks throughout the Nashville community. That's because we are the premier residential and commercial cleaning and restoration service. We specialize in the following residential and commercial services:

  • building services
  • cleaning services
  • fire damage restoration
  • mold remediation
  • storm damage restoration
  • water damage restoration

While many of you know us for our disaster clean-ups and damage restoration, we excel at far more. We have experience cleaning:

  • apartment buildings
  • government/military
  • high-rise residential
  • hotel/motels
  • large office/high-rise office buildings
  • large retail/big-box stores
  • manufacturing/industrial
  • restaurants
  • small office buildings  
  • small retail stores

We also provide the best in commercial cleaning for your Nashville business. Whether you need a preventative maintenance system, electronics restoration or document drying, you can trust SERVPRO of Belle Meade. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Our other professional cleaning services include the following:

  • air Ducts and HVAC
  • bio-hazard and sewage
  • carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • ceilings, walls, and hard floors
  • drapes and blinds
  • odor removal and deodorization
  • trauma and crime scene cleanup
  • vandalism

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is faster to any size disaster in the Nashville community area because we are locally owned and operated. If you need us anytime, contact us because we have 24-hour/7 days a week emergency service.

Our highly-trained and certified technicians are specialists in using technologically advanced products. We use OSHA-approved cleaning agents, and innovative techniques to restore your home or business to a preloss condition.

You can trust SERVPRO of Belle Meade to keep your property’s appearance safe and healthy for your family, staff, and clients. Do you need help with your insurance claims, we provide a stress-free claims process by helping to manage the insurance paperwork process. Call us today!

Get Your Nashville Event Space Odor-Free Fast

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Get Your Nashville Event Space Odor-Free Fast Don't let your event space lose the race due to bad smells!

Disasters of all types can be incredibly frustrating situations. Flooding can lead to all kinds of property damage. Fires can lead to all kinds of destruction on properties as well. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with persistent awful water smells. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with stubborn smoke odors, either. Prompt professional deodorization service is of the essence.

Event spaces are supposed to be comfortable, welcoming and pleasant. Who wants to attend a party or a work conference in an environment that doesn't smell fresh or clean? If your event space has recently experienced a disaster that has had lasting odor effects, you need to take action as soon as possible. A lingering odor in an event space can be highly off-putting. It can lead to other concerns beyond that, too. Strong smells can give people splitting headaches. If you want to maintain the cleanliness and health of your event space, you need to hire an experienced disaster cleanup service. A reputable disaster cleanup company can offer your space in-depth deodorization service. This service can do away with any and all hints of awful smells. It can get your space smelling and feeling fresh, clean and enticing yet again. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can handle your odor problems.

Nashville is one of the most popular destinations for weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties in the United States. With so much competition for event spaces, any and all flaws are magnified in the eyes of the consumer. Don't let a bad smell turn off your potential clients. It's important to seek help from certified and capable technicians who have experience doing away with all kinds of odors. You need service from technicians who can get rid of mildew, water, and smoke smells. You need service from technicians who can deal with septic backup and sewer smells as well. We can assist with everything from air duct cleaning to the eliminating allergens including pollen and dust mites.

You should never wait around to request professional deodorization service for your event space. The quicker you do something about bad smells, the better. You don't want to expose anyone who visits your event space to odors that are anything but pleasant. If you're searching for top-notch professional deodorization service anywhere in the wonderful Nashville, Tennessee area, the answer is straightforward and convenient. It's to reach out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We're a renowned local restoration and cleanup firm that can take care of all your deodorization service requests. We're on hand 24 hours a day to provide customers with fast and efficient emergency help, too.

4 Tips to Protect Your Nashville Home Before Going on Vacation

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Community 4 Tips to Protect Your Nashville Home Before Going on Vacation Follow these tips to leave the stress behind before you leave on vacation!

Heading to the beach? Hear the ocean calling? Or maybe it's a retreat into the mountains or a fishing trip to the lake? Maybe a journey overseas to a magical destination or resort town? If you choose to take a vacation this year (and we definitely think you should!), it is important to remember to protect your home before going on vacation. Here are 4 tips to protect your home before going on vacation from SERVPRO of Belle Meade.

Tip #1: Install Security Cameras Outdoors and Indoors that Use a WIFI Network

By installing security cameras outdoors and indoors that use a WIFI network, you can check on your home while you are gone. You can also receive notifications if anyone attempts to break into your home. This will allow you to notify authorities and to also have footage of the incident with photographs and videos of those responsible. This is generally a good idea for use when you are home as well.

Tip #2: Home Maintenance Should Be Completed

It might be tempting to put off that latest home maintenance project until you return, but you never know what will happen while you are gone. By not fixing your small air conditioner unit problem, the whole unit may fail while you are gone and cause hot temperatures that destroy beloved items or injure pets staying inside the home. By not fixing your outdoor gutter, a storm may come along and knock the whole gutter off. By not fixing small home maintenance problems before you leave, you leave your home vulnerable and invite bigger disasters.

Tip #3: Cleaning Your Home Will Make Coming Home More Inviting

This one isn't a "necessity," but it can make a world of difference when you return from your trip and find your home clean and inviting. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers cleaning solutions that can leave your home dust-free and ready for your return. Don't leave dirt to collect.

Tip #4: Don't Share That You are on Vacation on Social Media

It might be tempting to share those luxury photos of your feet in the sand or your smiling family out boating on the open water, but by sharing vacation photos on social media while you are on vacation you open yourself up to burglars. Share as many vacation photos as you want, but wait until you get back home.

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we recognize the importance of taking a little time for yourself and leaving the world behind by going on a vacation. Let us help you take care of your home projects before you leave. We are trusted by Nashville realtors, homeowners, business owners, construction companies, disaster cleanup crews, and building managers. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is proud to serve the Nashville area.

Be Safe with Water-Damaged Electronics/Appliances

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Be Safe with Water-Damaged Electronics/Appliances Always take extreme caution with water damage in your home!

Water damage can occur for many different reasons. Sometimes, it happens as the result of a flood due to heavy rains. Other times, it may be due to an inside flood, such as when a pipe or a water heater bursts. Whatever the case may be, if you are dealing with water damage or water-damaged electronics, appliances, or other devices, you need to proceed with extreme caution. The best thing you can do, after water damage has occurred, is to call on Nashville professionals who are familiar with dealing with such damage, such as our skilled pros at SERVPRO of Belle Meade. In the meantime, make sure you practice some good safety tips with the water damaged devices.

First things first, before you start thinking about possible water damage restoration, you need to make sure that you are not in immediate danger and that the devices that you own are not going to cause a fire or another serious incident.

After water damage has occurred, check your home to see if you have any damaged devices plugged in. If you find that you do, shut off the electricity at the breaker level. This will keep damaged devices from being able to start a fire. You should not touch, go near, or inspect any devices that are plugged in until you are certain that the electricity is off. Following this important tip will help you to avoid electric shock.

Believe it or not, it is not only plugged in water damaged electronics that pose a risk. Any device that contains a battery can also pose a serious risk. Thus, it's best to let our pros at SERVPRO of Belle Meade handle any such devices if you think they may have been damaged. At the very least, before touching any battery operated device, ensure that it is not giving off heat or smoke, bulging, melting, or making strange sounds. All these types of things are major warning signs that something serious and potentially dangerous is wrong with the battery!


As you can see, you're not always in the clear once the water subsides! To keep safe, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade before you do anything. At the very least, follow these simple tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

We Can Help Clean Vacant Apartments Faster!

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning We Can Help Clean Vacant Apartments Faster! Turn your vacancies into filled rooms faster with our cleaning services!

Time can go by in the blink of an eye, particularly when it comes to preparing a recently rented space for the next tenant.

Apartment building managers of Belle Meade: your days of desperate calls and getting on your own hands and knees to scrub the crevices of vacated apartments are over. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is ready for your next moment of need.

SERVPRO is well known for our large-scale services, including repair and restoration of property damaged by fire, water, mold, and natural disasters. We're also Belle Meade/West Nashville's top choice in professional cleaning for office spaces and commercial facilities. But we're about more than large-scale services. Our services are just as useful for the single bedroom apartment as they are for the big box warehouse.

No matter the state the former tenant has left the apartment, we've got the supplies and services needed to get the job done. For carpet and upholstery, SERVPRO of Belle Meade can remove unwanted dirt and dust that hide far below the surface using state-of-the-art equipment. When it comes to making an apartment like new, deodorization is key. We have the experience and knowledge to identify the source of unwanted odors and use the proper, fast-acting products that will eliminate them fast! We also get to those hard-to-reach places, like air ducts with dirt buildup. We can clean and restore your air ducts and HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality and ensure that heating and cooling systems function properly.

As a locally owned and operated business, we have the customer service and experience needed to make an apartment space like new. We also have the equipment, network, and training to do the job faster than any other cleaning service in Nashville and surrounding areas. At SERVPRO, we are faster to any disaster.


Did a recent tenant leave one of your apartments in poor condition? Or simply expecting a resident to move soon? SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers the fast service and experience you need to get the job done. Not sure where to start? Call us with your questions today!

Removing Pet Smells From Your House or Car

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Removing Pet Smells From Your House or Car We love pets, but not always their smells!

Dog and cat owners know that animal care is a big responsibility. Unfortunately, a large part of pet ownership is cleaning the messes that the animals make. However, even the most vigilant owner can have difficulty keeping animal odors at bay. The odor removal specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can address pet smells at the source. We love helping animal owners keep their home and car fresh and clean.

Sources of Animal Odors

Airborne particles from animal urine, feces, vomit, hair, and dander can all contribute to malodorous smells because these substances cling to carpet fibers and other fabric. Plus, urine can soak through the carpet, padding, and subfloor. Urine can even penetrate baseboards and drywall. Also, animal hair and dander can accumulate within a home's air ducts, which ramps up the bad odor each time the owner turns on the heater or air conditioner.

Locating the Sources

Animals tend to urinate and defecate in the same areas. To make animal odors disappear, it is crucial to find the odor's sources. Professional odor removal companies do not rely on the naked eye alone. Instead, they use a black light to highlight the areas that animals have soiled. Once all sources are located, the specialists can begin working on the removing animal odors from the home.

Treating the Areas

The techniques and tools that an odor removal technician uses depend on several factors, including the substance that handles the odor and the material that needs treatment. After thoroughly cleaning and deodorizing all affected areas, the technician will seal the surface of these areas to prevent airborne particles from creating unpleasant odors.

In more severe cases, the technician may need to clean the air ducts or use our special proprietary process. To clean air ducts, the technician will use a powerful vacuum that dislodges and removes dirt, hair, and dander from the ducts. The proprietary process may also be used to rid the area of organic pollutants in the air.

The animal odor and mold removal specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade are certified and experienced at finding and eliminating all unpleasant smells from homes and cars. Those who are ready to get control over pet odor and make their home an inviting place once again should contact SERVPRO today.

4th of July Summer Safety Tips

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

General 4th of July Summer Safety Tips Celebrate the 4th safely, Nashville!

The 4th of July is one of the best times of the year in Nashville. Many people get together to celebrate freedom, friends, and food. Unfortunately, the holiday can also be dangerous due to different risks that are present. When you want to stay safe, there are a few important safety tips to follow to protect yourself from harm.

Handle Fireworks with Caution

To prevent injuries and fires that are caused by fireworks in the community, certain precautions should be taken. Never allow small children to get near the fireworks or handle them. Adults should be the only ones lighting off the fireworks and should do so on the ground at a safe distance from trees or other objects. Keep a fire extinguisher close by and avoid lighting more than one firework at the same time.

Grill Safely

Grilling can also cause fires when you're spending time flipping hamburgers and hot dogs outdoors. Look for leaks, holes, and cracks in the grill before you start using it on the 4th of July. Avoid grilling indoors or in an enclosed area. This can cause a fire to start and will lead to you to hire professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade to repair the damage. The grill should also be placed at least two feet away from a deck, branches, or the siding of the house.

Use a Pool Gate

Many people spend time in the pool cooling off from the warm temperatures in Nashville during the summer season. Keep it a safe activity by using a pool gate that will prevent children from getting into the water when they're not supervised. Wireless outdoor sensors can also be installed to inform you if a child is near the pool. A first aid kit should also be on hand to tend to any injuries that can occur in the water. Kids should also use life jackets and flotation devices while swimming.

Practice Food Safety

Wash hands and clean the surfaces where you plan to prep food on the holiday. All meat should be cooked with a thermometer used to ensure that it reaches the right temperature to avoid food-borne illness. All leftovers should be refrigerated after two hours and not left outside. Toss out anything that sits outside for too long.

When you want to have a safe and memorable 4th of July, there are several safety practices to follow. With the right caution used, you can protect your family from harm and continue to enjoy the day.

Spring Cleaning the Garage: Get the Smell Out

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning the Garage: Get the Smell Out Keep your garage a safe haven with the cleaning tips!

Spring Cleaning the Garage: Get the Smell Out

Your car, tools, furniture, and all sorts of things can go in your garage, but if there’s a stink to it, even entering the room can be unpleasant. Fortunately deodorizing the area is relatively simple, so long as you tackle the sources of the smells and keep the area clean. Find out some useful tips below.

  • Remove scent catchers. This means removing wet and old cardboard, papers, and the like. Water, in particular, can contribute to mold growth and musty odors in general, so it’s best not to leave any of these materials lying around if you can help it.
  • Soak up spills. When oil and other strong-smelling liquids are left to sit, they can make many places unpleasant and unsanitary. You can sprinkle some cat litter on the offending spots to absorb the liquids for easy disposal, or you can proceed to the actual cleaning.
  • Clean! You may go the route of an all-purpose cleaner or a bleach and water solution for tougher areas, but now is simply the time to give the area a thorough cleaning. Pay attention to where smells are coming from so that can eliminate all sources. Smaller spaces like garbage cans will also need to be scrubbed if they’re adding to the odor.
  • Follow up. Though the garage is clean, you still need to keep up the cleanliness. Ventilate it with fresh air for several hours, if not a day, and watch for moisture and temperatures inside. Consider a ceiling fan, especially if you keep pungent chemicals constantly inside. As for keeping the smell away with deodorizers, air fresheners might only be enough to mask scents. Placing deodorants like vinegar, cat litter, or baking soda in controlled amounts can keep the stench away for good.

You probably don’t want any part of your home to stink every time you step inside, and the garage is no different. It isn’t too difficult to aerate and freshen up, so long as you can identify sources and take care of the mess. A little effort will render the room just as clean as pleasant as the others.

If you need professional help, you can call on businesses like SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville to help with the load. Not every odor can be removed quickly and easily on your own, and SERVPRO professionals have the experience and 24/7 access to expedite the process. They'll remove odors at the source and get your home back to normal in no time.

Enjoy Your Summer Fires by Building a Safe Fire Pit

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Enjoy Your Summer Fires by Building a Safe Fire Pit Fire pits are great for social gatherings - just be sure to stay safe!

Enjoy Your Summer Fires by Building a Safe Fire Pit

It's finally that time for outdoor BBQs, parties, and camp-outs and it's important to always keep safety at the forefront. Whatever type of pit you have in mind, make sure you follow all the rules from proper ignition, to ensuring every last ember has burned out. This will keep not only your family and friends safe but also those around you, like your neighbors.

Getting Started

Before you start digging to build your summer fire pit, think through the process. Where are you going to build your pit? How deep should you dig? What should you use to create the above ground wall? When selecting your spot, take care not to dig too near other items that would easily flame up. So place your pit at least ten feet from other structures and avoid overhanging branches. It's important that if you are installing a prefabricated pit, you need to ensure your ground is level. Using pavers is a great way to ensure that any burning embers that may escape won't spread to other structures or brush.

When digging your own summer pit, ensure you remove at least one foot of earth. Place large stones or landscaping bricks around the outside edge of your site and cover up at least one foot. Using concrete to secure your bricks will provide a safer, stronger pit. Once you have your pit completed, create a ten-foot circumference around it by clearing any brush, leaving only bare earth, or by using pavers to secure the area and help prevent drifting embers.

Enjoying Your Pit

Light your pit before the light is too dim. Twilight is a bit late, but with some skill, you should be able to get it lit. Make sure you have enough water stored near your pit to quickly douse flames. Finally, keep your wood well away from the pit. And it goes without saying, no horseplay should ever happen near the pit. The professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you with any fire disaster--large or small, just as they are there to help you with mold removal. While we would rather you enjoy your summer safely, we are here for you should you experience a fire, or need mold removal after the hoses have completely wet your walls. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always happy to help you restore your home after accidents happen.

Be Careful with Kitchen Fires, Nashville!

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Be Careful with Kitchen Fires, Nashville! Our fire restoration process can have your kitchen back online!

Kitchen flames can occur suddenly and cause lots of damage; even after the flame is tame. The flame burns anything in its path, soot leaves items covered in gray ash, the smoke damages walls, and the burn odor lingers. Sprinklers add water damage to a destroyed flame, and fire extinguishers spread particles on the flame and unharmed items. After the coast is clear, the cleaning process becomes a time-consuming chore.

It's always advisable to hire SERVPRO of Belle Meade in the Nashville area to handle fire damage.

Begin by gathering cleaning materials. Soap, water, sponge, dry cloth, and scrubber are the obvious necessities, but in a kitchen fire, health risks increase. Therefore, prepare to enter the cooking area with goggles, face mask, and gloves.

To clear odorous smells, open a window and/or door and turn on the fan. Turn the fan in the window or door's direction. Avoid turning on the HVAC; those scents don't leave the home. It circulates the odorous scent throughout the home instead of pushing it outdoors.

The cleaning process varies by how extensive the damage is. First, clean the area where the blaze originated. Afterward, soap and water can clean walls and ceilings containing smoke. Soap and water can clean floors, dishes, appliances, and furniture too. It might take multiple cleans for results.

Cabinets, drawers, and pantries require cleaning attention as well. The closed environment does not provide shelter for items inside or the door outside. Flames can destroy that area too. Open cabinet and pantry doors. Open drawers. Take everything out of cabinets, drawers, and pantries. Be sure to clean the cabinets, drawers, and pantries to remove soot and smoke damage. Clean items that were inside. Return items to cabinets, drawers, and pantries when dry.

With water damage, it's best to wipe wet areas with a dry towel. A fan can speed up the drying process. Ensure hard-to-reach areas get adequate fan air so it won't turn into mold and mildew.

Toss out or throw away furniture, cooking items, dishes, and appliances showing no signs of improvement after two or three rounds of cleaning. Toss out food in appliances, pantries, cabinets, and drawers regardless of whether it was harmed to reduce health risk.

Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade and one of our specialists will tackle kitchen damage. An uncontrollable flame should not take away from the joy of cooking and family/friend togetherness. We'll make your cooking space look like new.

Keep Your Kid's Room Smelling Baby Fresh, Nashville!

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Keep Your Kid's Room Smelling Baby Fresh, Nashville! We can eliminate odors in any room!

It’s time to do a thorough cleaning of your home and as you walk into your child’s room a stench smacks you in the face. You might question what the odor is from, but the main goal is to get rid of the foul smell in the quickest and easiest method available. Odors can originate from all sorts of things including smoke, pet hair, and dander, mildew or mold. Take one or more of these measures to get rid of the smell once and for all!

Vacuum

Never underestimate the power of vacuuming. Vacuum carpets and hardwood floors, paying special attention to areas such as corners and against the wall to ensure you get everything from food crumbs to pet cleaned up. Sprinkle carpet deodorizer on carpets and allow it to absorb into the fibers before vacuuming it up. Use the hose to get rid of dust and debris on furniture such as chairs or couches that may be in the room or the curtains. You can also opt to take them down completely and wash them.

Washing

Wash down surfaces to get rid of dust, spilled food or other traces of odor. Wash down walls and take down your light fixtures to give them a good cleaning. The Nashville heat can make the smells worse than they already are. If water damage from mold or mildew is an issue, you may need to seek services from SERVPRO of Belle Meade for professional remediation.

Open windows

Allow fresh air to come into the room by opening the windows. Consider purchasing an air purifier if quality seems to be an issue. Consider putting a long-term air freshener such as a plug-in or auto sprayer to keep it smelling fresh.

Eliminate unpleasant stenches from your home by being proactive in your cleaning efforts. You’ll get rid of the unpleasant smell that your kid seems to be immune from in no time. If you're having difficulty getting rid of the stubborn smell no matter what you do, you might need to seek outside assistance. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help with deodorizing any place in your home large or small quickly at a cost that is affordable to you.

Tips to Keep Your Vacation Home Smelling Clean

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Having a vacation home is a luxury because you can retreat to this spot when you want, and you can also use it as a source of extra income. Imagine, however, that you walk in after some time away to discover a putrid smell. You may also receive a telephone call from renters complaining about the stench. Whether you're spending time there or living at your year-round residence, maintaining a clean smell in your vacation home is imperative.

Use Automatic Air Fresheners

Part of the problem is that you may not get to your vacation home in Nashville enough to evaluate the scent. Therefore, you can set up automatic air fresheners. Models are available that need not be plugged into the wall so you don't have to worry about leaving items in the sockets when you aren't there. While you will need to replace these air fresheners once in awhile, the scent filling the house on a regular basis can create a pleasant aroma.

Hire a Cleaning Service

As long as you are comfortable with having a cleaning team enter the home when you aren't cleaning, you should hire one to come on a regular basis. You may choose to have the service once per week or every other week. If you rent out the house to vacationers, using a clean service is practically a necessity to ensure an enjoyable experience for the travelers.

Handle Major Damage

After a flood, mold may start to accumulate in the house. Even if a flood has not occurred, the property may have issues with mold. Therefore, you can call SERVPRO of Belle Meade to handle the issues. Mold can lead to an unpleasant scent, and it is also bad for health. You should not have to live in a house with mold, and people are unlikely to want to rent a property with mold. SERVOPRO of Belle Meade can also help you to deal with other types of damage and scents, such as those ones left by a fire.

Air It out

While you shouldn't leave the windows open when no one is there, you should open them as soon as you can when you enter the property. A house that hasn't had its windows open in a while can begin to smell and feel stale.

Fortunately, when you learn how to keep your vacation property complete with a clean scent, you can enjoy it even more.

What to Do if There Is a Water Leak Around a Window

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

The natural elements can wear down the integrity of a home. Over time, the homeowner may notice leakage around a window, which can possibly result in wood rot, mold and water damage. The longer the leak is left unaddressed, the more the repairs will cost.

Locate the Problem

Even a slow drip can mean that more water is sitting inside of the wall. Once a homeowner notices moisture trickling from a window when it rains, the first step is to carefully look at the wall around the area to find the source of the leak. However, thanks to gravity, appearances can be deceiving; liquid may pool in one place, but that place is not always the leak's origin.

Two common problem areas are the edge and the rubber seal. The gap between the edge and the surrounding wall is usually sealed with caulk. Eventually, the caulk dries out and begins to peel and chip. Like caulk, the rubber seal situated between the panes and frame can ultimately dry out, creating rips in the rubber.

Gauge the Severity of Damage

Depending on the severity of the damage, the window may need to be replaced. A replacement is usually warranted when decaying or softness is found on nearby surfaces. However, even if the surrounding surfaces seem to be structurally sound, the homeowner should not just re-caulk the gaps without getting an expert's opinion on the full extent of the damage.

SERVPRO Can Help

A specialist at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can determine whether any ceiling tiles or drywall have sustained damage. After he assesses the situation, the restoration technician will give the homeowner the best remediation option to make the damage disappear. By acting quickly, the homeowner can prevent expensive repairs in the future. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always ready to help the residents of Nashville and the city's surrounding communities solve their water damage problems.

Tips To Transition Your Home From Spring to Summer

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

It's common for many people to spend more time at home during the summer season as they entertain and bond with the family. Unfortunately, the space can have a lack of functionality and appeal if it's not updated. If you want to transition your home from spring to summer, there are a few important tips to follow.

Add Blackout Curtains

Hang blackout curtains to prevent the heat from transferring into your home which creates a cooler interior setting. The curtains can help to keep your energy costs low and can prevent your HVAC system from working too hard. You can also apply tint to the windows to block harmful UV rays.

Hire Professional Cleaners

Feel proud to show off the quality of your home by hiring professional cleaners who can perform seasonal cleaning that includes wiping down the baseboards or the blades on overhead fans. The cleaners can also deep clean the carpets or remove water residue in the showers for regular home maintenance that will create a comfortable setting to spend time in during the season. You can also hire a professional from a company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville to restore water damage from leaks that developed earlier in the year.

Prepare the Pool

If you have your own pool, you can prepare it for summer use by adding new chemicals and shocking the water to keep it clean. Skim the water for leaves or debris, and scrub the walls of the pool with a brush to remove algae that have developed. You'll also want to vacuum the floor of the pool to remove dirt or grime that is present. Don't forget to check the pool pump to ensure that water is flowing through it. Use a hydrochloric acid mix if the salt chlorinator is covered in white-scale.

Plant Annuals

Brighten up your home by planting annuals that will create a cozy and beautiful setting. Place the plants in areas where there's direct sunlight or use impatiens that can thrive in areas of shade. Place a few lanterns outside that can hold lit candles when you're planning on spending time outdoors in the summer evenings.

Replace the Air Filter

Replace the air filter on your HVAC system to ensure that it operates better during the summer months and to reduce your energy usage on the property. You can also hire a professional to inspect the appliance and perform any repairs that are needed, which will increase its lifespan.

Don't Back Away From the Vehicle - Clean it at SERVPRO

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

If you open the door on your RV or your vehicle and the smell makes you step back a step or two, you are definitely overdue for a good cleaning. SERVPRO of Belle Meade’svehicle and RV cleaning service can deodorize and get rid of those horrible smells.

Whether it is a family car or a family getaway on wheels, it doesn’t take long for the small space to build up odors and become a mess. Food, dirt, pet hairs, and things that are unmentionable or unknown end up in every crack and crevice. Detailed cleaning gets those hard to reach areas clean.

Vacuuming and shampooing the seats and carpets is just the start of the services that SERVPRO in the West Nashville area provides. Getting door jams, trunks and dashboards cleaned right is a little trickier for owners, but SERVPRO has  this covered. Window cleaning is more important than just removing dirt. Streaks that are left behind can impair nighttime driving vision, so drivers want to make sure it is cleaned right and left streak free. Special attention is given to vinyl and leather items, ensuring that they properly cleaned by the professionals.

Traveling with animals? Pet hair and smells can linger even from the cleanest of animals. Shedding allows for the fine hairs to get in the air and travel all through the vehicle. Pet accidents should be cleaned and deodorized to helpdeter pets from using that same spot.

RV cleaning ensures owners that the bathroom is sanitized, the refrigerator is spotless, and the cupboards are clean. Sanitation of the countertops is just as important to us as is it is to you -- SERVPRO of Belle Meade cleans itlike it was our personal vehicle.

Your vehicle might not stink on the outside, but dirt and debris can play havoc on paint jobs and RV roofs. Take advantage of the car or RV wash services toget rid of the elements that can cause rust, stains, and scratches, making your ride last longer.

Whether you live local or coming to visit the Nashville area, SERVPRO is ready to help with all your cleaning and odor removal needs. Don’t be embarrassed. We don’t care what, where, or how long dirt has been there, our qualified professionals can handle odor removal and all of your vehicle cleaning needs. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.

How To Care For Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

5/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Care For Hardwood Floors After Water Damage SERVPRO of Belle Meade can keep your hardwood floors in great condition even after water damage

Welcome to SERVPRO of Belle Meade and Nashville. Our company can help restore your hardwood floors after home water damage from storms, major appliance leaks, or malfunctions like a burst pipe.

Whenever you have water damage at home, give us a call. Some jobs need expert equipment and materials to remedy and warped hardwood floors are one of those jobs. If you want to get a start before we arrive, following these tips could help stem the tide of damage.

After removing wet items from the area, use a wet vacuum, such as a ShopVac, to remove as much of the water as possible. Go over the entire area multiple times, because even when you can’t see any more water on the floor, the vacuum may be still working to suction the rest of the water out of small cracks and crevices in the floor. Next, clean the surface with a disinfectant floor cleaner that doesn’t foam or suds. Something like Mr. Clean is a good choice.

Next, put a dehumidifier in the affected area and leave it running for at least a full day to further dry out the area. Also, consider putting fans in the room to help with the drying process. If it’s not humid outside or raining, you can open any windows as well.

When the floor is completely dry, check for signs of mold or mildew, and if you see any, treat it with a paste-like mixture of baking soda and water. Do not use bleach on your wood floors. If you can address the water damage problem right away, it’s more likely you’ll be able to salvage them. According to the EPA, mold can start growing in moist areas within 48-72 hours of the first initial contact the floors have with moisture. Time is critical when drying out hardwood floors affected by water and excess moisture.

Seeking out professional help is a good idea when the problem is in a large area or you think it’s not something you can handle yourself. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has sophisticated commercial equipment that helps pull moisture from underneath the floorboards for effective drying and allowing moisture to be released, even from the smallest of places. Moreover, if the damage occurs as the result of a natural disaster or some other weather event, your homeowner’s insurance may cover all or part of the damages that occur, so keep that in mind as well.

Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Fishing Boat

5/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Fishing Boat Your boat doesn't need to smell fishy! Clean it like a pro with SERVPRO of Belle Meade!

Marine vessels used for fishing are havens for dirt and bacteria. On the inside, the fish smells linger in the air, and on the outside, mildew and grime cling onto the boat's surface. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has all of the tools needed to clean and deodorize fishing boats; however, those who are willing to do the manual labor can do the cleaning themselves. Review a few tips to get the most out of cleaning and deodorizing your boat.

Choose the Type of Cleaning

The purpose of boat cleaning is to work smarter and not harder. There are more effective methods that don't involve scrubbing over stubborn stains for hours. Hiring professionals are one option that is guaranteed to work every time. Doing the cleaning yourself will save you money, but the results are less effective unless you can afford the high-quality equipment.

Removing Odors Is Possible

Odors are common in boats that are constantly exposed to rotting fish, diesel fuel, and polluted water. A lack of routine cleaning is the reason why the smells are unbearable in some boats. On the exterior, some odors are caused by regular encounters with seaweed, slime and floating debris in the water. Mold and mildew are the reasons why some boats emit strong musty smells.

Odor removal is best performed by professional cleaners. Anti-odor products are made to mask the smells and not remove the sources of contamination. Professional cleaners use pressure washing tools that work better than regular scrub sponges and brushes. They have the special equipment to remove particles that are causing odors.

Don't Underestimate the Results

Many boat owners think that boats should be spotless with no cracks or scratches in sight. In reality, boats spend most of their time in unclean, unstable environments. Sailboats are likely to collide with reefs, whales and other vessels. Likewise, hundreds of fish go in and out of a fishing boat, so getting rid of every last fish residue is not possible. Every fishing boat, whether new or used, depreciates in value the moment that it hits the water.


Look for a Nashville service that understands the dynamics of boat cleaning. For a thorough cleaning, including the additional service of odor removal. Cleaning is the first step before you choose other restoration services, such as parts rebuilding, painting and refinishing. Find the ideal company that works on all types of fishing boats in all conditions.

Tips to Make Your Home Smell Like Spring

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips to Make Your Home Smell Like Spring There is still time to make your home or office smell like spring!

Even though the Nashville sun makes it feel like summer, spring is still here for a few more weeks. This also means you still have time for Spring Cleaning at home and in your office. Both settings can become musky over time due to lots of factors. If you want to make your home smell like spring, there are a few important tips to follow.

Clean the Carpets

Deep clean the carpets to remove grime and dirt that has accumulated in areas of high traffic. You can also spot clean certain parts of the carpet where wine stains or food have spilled. Shake out any rugs that are in the home outside to remove dust and dirt.

Add Extra Plants

Placing plants in different areas of the home will improve air quality and help eliminate scents and odors. Some of the top plants to use include palms, ferns, and peace lilies.

Make Your Own Citrus Spray

Allow your home to smell like fresh fruit with a DIY citrus spray that you can spritz in different rooms throughout the day. The spray will deodorize and disinfect the home to remove smells in the kitchen or dusty scents in rooms that aren't used as frequently. Use four cups of vodka and peels from two oranges with a few drops of orange essential oils in a spray bottle. Consider adding a few sprigs of rosemary or mint.

Use a Diffuser

Diffusers break down essential oils and release them into the air to create a beautiful natural scent. It's also clean and easy to use instead of dealing with melted wax or burns.

Use a Fresh Bouquet of Flowers

Make it a point to put a fresh bouquet of flowers in an entryway. This will brighten up any setting and allow it to smell like spring. The strongest scents will come from flowers that include roses, gardenias, wisteria, jasmine, and lilacs.

Hire Professional Cleaners

Residents in Nashville can hire the professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade to perform odor deodorization services. Whether it's water damage or mold, we have the tools to rid your rooms of many odors. Smoke from cigarettes or fire damage won't last after our deodorization techniques. You can keep heads in beds whether you work at a hotel or just cleaning your home. Our cleaning will include using commercial equipment that freshens up the space and improves air quality.

A Clean and Odor-Free Pool

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning A Clean and Odor-Free Pool Keep your pool clean and odor free this summer!

Importance of a Clean Pool

Because pool season is around the corner, many families are beginning to think about cleaning and deodorizing their pool. Most people know that a swimming pool can be home for all types of bacteria, algae, and other unwanted wildlife. Not only are these things not pleasant to have in your pool, they can lead to contamination for those in and around the pool. Cleansing and odor removal of your pool is more important than you might think.

Benefits of Choosing a Cleaning Company

Maintaining a clean swimming pool is harder than you may think. Even if you have the right sized pool filter, it may still be a challenge to get your pool as sanitary as you may want it. Many people choose to use a pool cleaning company to make sure that they have a valid cleansing and odor removal process. A pool cleaning company will not only get the job done, but they will get it done in a timely manner.

Most pool owners are not aware of the knowledge needed to prevent and fix any maintenance problems that may happen with your pool. Companies can check for any problems that may go neglected without a large background in pools. This will end up saving you money in the future in terms of fixing maintenance problems as they come up. Professionals also offer their advice on how to care for the pool before the next time they come back. Their advice is personalized to your specific pool, family, environment, etc.

When professionals come to clean your pool they will also inspect the parts to make sure everything is running the correct way. They will inspect things like the filter, pump, and any other equipment that runs the pool.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is a company that specializes in many residential cleaning services right here in Nashville. We offer a 24-hour emergency service and we're faster to any disaster. Give us a call for a quote on whatever you'd like cleaned today!

Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts In Summer

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts In Summer Keep your air ducts clean during the idle months to prevent future problems!

A few months ago. the heater worked on overdrive keeping your house warm from winter's frosty touch. Now, the HVAC will be in use again, this time keeping the home cool from summer's scorching heat. Between winter and summer is spring when the unit often sits idle. Take advantage of the idle time! SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville can clean your vents and have you ready for the next season.

Maximum Use

During winter heating, air ducts collect dust, debris, and smoke in exchange for toasty heat. The dust, debris, pollen, and other unwanted stuff clog the airflow. Cleaning it now means the heating and air conditioning unit will work at its peak when the air conditioning part of the unit comes on this summer. Do you want to turn on the air conditioner and clean it then? Do you want dust, dirt, and debris returning to the home due to overflow? Both answers are no!

Health Concerns

Garbage in, garbage out; the dirt, dust, debris, and smoke clogging the ducts can reach your throat and nose. A thorough cleaning means breathing in fresh air. This creates fewer chances of allergies and asthma symptoms too.

An equally grave health concern is eliminating mold and mildew from the ducts. Mold and mildew spread spores anywhere in places where it has the best chance of growing. Heating and air conditioning units are no exception. Unclean ducts mean mold and mildew affect fresh air entering your home. In turn, homeowners will deal with mold and mildew symptoms. This is avoidable if ducts are clean.

Pest Control

Warm weather in Nashville encourages bugs to build a nest in your home. They come out looking for a place to stay and select your ducts as the primary home. Insects, vermin, roaches, and small animals burrow inside dust, debris, and dirt as a hiding space. If left unattended, the growing hiding space can become an uncontrollable infestation. When it's finally time to clean it, it will become more than anyone bargained for. A clean duct won't have infestations because the ducts are too clean for pests to hide.

Energy Bills

Expect light or energy bills to lower when ducts are clean. A clean duct equals less time to cool the home at the desired temperature. No roadblocks exist so air goes faster without turning up the controls to do so. The unit is off more often, which translates into lower energy bills.

DIY duct cleaning is not the approach to cleaning out air ducts due to health concerns and pests. Now is perfect timing to spring clean the HVAC unit and our professionals are the primary choice to do this. Give us a call today!

Using Blinds to Control the Temperature at Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Using Blinds to Control the Temperature at Home Using blinds to control the temperature at home can save you money!

Heating and cooling costs can pile up. Keeping a house cool in the summer and avoiding heat loss during the winter makes the house livable. Homeowners want to figure out how to accomplish this goal as effectively and cheaply as possible. Here are a few tips from SERVPRO of Belle Meade for homeowners to help keep utility bills to a minimum.

Advanced Technology

Today's blinds are more advanced than ever before. They're also more green than ever before. Windows are one of the most heat and cold sensitive areas of the house. Light, air and heat can seep out when you least expect it. A single draft can cause a lot of energy loss. Heat getting through the windows can make the entire room feel too hot and make it hard to cool the house.

The Blinds

Blinds can help control this issue and offer many advantages. Many kinds of blinds can be used with precise control such as a timer. Controlling the blinds with a timer allows the homeowner to precisely determine how much light is let into the room during the day. Closing the blinds when not home can help avoid increased heat in the space during the summer months. Homeowners should consider keeping blinds up during colder months to allow more light and heat into the house and make it warmer when they get home.

Other Tips

The use of advanced technology is not necessary to get results. A homeowner can choose to use standard blinds but make sure they are installed properly. There should be no gaps between the material. Consider changing blinds depending on the season. Those who live in a four season climate should use darker materials during the winter and lighter materials during the summer. This helps control the amount of light getting into the room. Any homeowner should also consider consulting with a HVAC service. They can also further point out what steps should be taken with the blinds to help the owner use blinds to control the temperature in their home.

Effective DIY Alternatives to Running an Air Conditioner

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Effective DIY Alternatives to Running an Air Conditioner Use these alternatives to running an AC and save money!

Air conditioning is wonderful on a hot day, but it can be costly to operate. With a little creativity and the resources you already have in your home, you can stay cool while saving energy and money. Try these DIY tips from SERVPRO of Belle Meade to your air conditioning costs down!

Windows

Notice which direction the wind is coming from, and open a window that is in its direct line. Next you will want to open a window opposite of this one. You will be creating a funnel effect that will naturally draw the cool air through. Skylights help by causing a chimney effect that creates a steady breeze.

Fans

Placing a fan in the open windows increases the effect. If you don’t have window fans, an oscillating fan in front of it will work as well. Ceiling fans run in a counterclockwise direction also helps.

Close Curtains

The sun beating through the windows will radiate heat into the room and increase the temperature. Closing the curtains prevents this. Follow the sun throughout the day. Close curtains that are letting sunshine in, and open ones that are shaded. This is most effective with heavy drapes.

Cooler Appliances

Consider using a slow cooker instead of your oven during the hottest Nashville months. You can also take advantage of grilling out rather than using the stove top. You will be enjoying delicious summer meals while preventing heat build-up within the home.

An Evaporative Cooler

Evaporative coolers work well in areas with low humidity. It costs half of what it does to run an air conditioner. If you don’t want to invest in an evaporative cooler, you can make a homemade version. Put a block of ice into a bowl, and place it in front of a fan.

Plan Ahead

You can plan for those hottest days by installing awnings over your windows that get the most sun. UV fighting coatings can be applied over the windows too, and planting trees near the house will eventually provide much needed shade.

If you are looking for ways to avoid your HVAC unit this summer, try these simple DIY tips. You’ll be saving money and energy while staying comfortable and cool.

4 Hard to Remove Smells in the Garage

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning 4 Hard to Remove Smells in the Garage Smells in your garage difficult to handle? Let SERVPRO of Belle Meade handle it!

The garage is one area where smells can really start to build up. Here are four especially hard to remove smells in the garage. It is likely that you have been in a garage with at least one of these smells before.



  1. Pet Odors: You love the animals in your home. However, you probably don't love the mess that your beloved animals can leave behind. If your pet likes to spend time in the garage, they could be leaving urine and feces there. It can be tough to detect a pet odor problem until it has started to get out of control. Our company provides deodorization solutions so your garage is no longer at the mercy of pet odors.



  1. Mold: A few items in this list are merely unpleasant to deal with. However, mold is extremely dangerous and can grow at a rapid rate. It isn't uncommon for mold to completely take over a home, if measures are not taken. Small amounts of mold within a home are enough to cause illnesses. SERVPRO of Belle Meade specializes in removing harmful mold from your home. Our mold remediation services ensure that this problematic substance is properly handled.



  1. Smoke: Cigarette smoke can certainly be a tricky smell to remove on your own. If someone has or currently smokes cigarettes in a garage, it can really leave behind a smell. Like pet odors, if left untreated cigarette smoke odor becomes tougher to remove easily. Smoking for prolonged times can also cause nicotine to form on walls and surrounding areas. In addition to removing the smoke odor, our company can also clean nicotine stained surfaces.



  1. Chemical Spills: Whether it is cleaning solutions or food waste, spills happen all the time. Spills in the garage often happen when throwing something away. If a chemical solution has spilled, caution is of the utmost importance. In most cases, these chemicals are filled with ingredients that are dangerous to breathe in. Our company can ensure any and all chemicals spills are removed, without you having to breathe in dangerous chemicals.

In conclusion, there are smells that can prove extremely difficult to remove from a home. However, our team of professionals specializes in cleaning and deodorizing garages all around Belle Meade.

How Does Your HVAC Work?

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

General How Does Your HVAC Work? Ever wondered what makes your HVAC run? Here's some insight into your heating and cooling system!

Everything requires moderation. Whether it is during the hottest days of summer or in the dead of winter in Nashville, it is human to want to moderate the temperatures. Despite us relying on our HVAC for comfort, many don't understand how the system works. If you want to learn more about HVAC systems, read the following blog for insight!

How do different HVAC systems work?

Gravity systems rely on the principle that cold air is heavier than hot air; thus will be at the bottom while hot air rises. Thus, it is not possible to use gravity systems alongside air conditioning systems. They are usually placed in the basement. When you switch it on, warm air goes to the ceiling and heats your house, and when it cools, it sinks and is reheated.

Forced air systems usually takes cold or hot air and pushes it through metal tubes using a blower. Hot air and cold air is forced through different channels subject to whether you are using the furnace or air conditioner. The major drawback of forced air systems is blowouts. With time, the systems undergo tear and wear which can cause the malfunctioning of the blowers.

Radiant systems also have a similar drawback as the gravity system; as they cannot be used alongside air conditioning systems. Radiant heating systems are used to heat all parts of the house, but most commonly, they heat implements that distribute the heat around your home such as radiators.

 

The following is a list of HVAC parts and how they work:

For you to understand how heating and cooling systems work, you need to know how their parts work. Regardless of the model, these systems comprise of four major parts.

The air conditioner handles cooling the air and is usually placed outside the building. It utilizes either a coolant liquid or electricity to lower the temperature of the air. When it is switched on, it sends cold air inside and hot air outside.

The thermostat controls the system. Usually, it turns the system on or off and controls the temperature. It also operates specialized features that are installed in some heating and cooling systems.

The ductwork consists of channels that enable the transition of cold and hot air in the home. It is fixed in the interior of the building.

The furnace uses various heat sources such as oil or natural gas to heat the air. There is a heat exchanger inside the furnace which maintains the air at the required temperature. Usually, the heater is placed in the basement, attic or inside a specially designed cabinet.

Now that you know how it works, make sure you keep your HVAC in good condition. Schedule routine cleaning with SERVPRO of Belle Meade and keep your air quality and your home or office comfortable!

Why Does Your Kitchen Sink Smell?

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why Does Your Kitchen Sink Smell? That bad smell isn't garbage - it's your sink!

Since your kitchen is probably the main hub of your home, you want it to be clean and smell as fresh as possible. If your sink is putting off a rank smell, there is cause for concern. A smelly kitchen sink may indicate an overload of bacteria. Some of these bacteria may make your family sick from breathing it.

If you live in the Nashville area, SERVPRO of Belle Meade may be the answer to cleaning and refreshing your kitchen sink pipes. Here are some of the main reasons your sink may be grossing out your family:

Bacteria from Food

Some of the offending smells in your sink may be from bacteria that have made a home in the drain pipes. These minuscule invaders get everything they need to live in your kitchen: water, bits of food, and warmth from the stove. The more they thrive, the worse smell you will encounter.

You do not have to be held hostage by these putrid pests. By pouring ½ cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar down the drain, it will set off a chemical reaction that will kill the yucky bacteria. All you have to do is rinse the sink and drain with hot water after the treatment. There are also commercial disinfectants on the market for cleaning sink pipes. If these do not work, you may need a professional drain cleaning company.

Garbage Disposal Fallout

One of the handiest contraptions in the kitchen is your garbage disposal. It grinds food waste down to tiny particles that will easily pass through the sewer system. Garbage disposals can put off foul smells when these particles build up and decay on the disposal blades. This can also be the consequences of putting fatty meats and stringy veggies down the machine. A quick fix for a ripe garbage disposal is to grind a few lemon or orange peels down it. The citric acid will naturally cut the clogged up grease and will kill smelly bacteria.

Stopped Up Kitchen Vent

If you have cleaned and refreshed your sink and garbage disposal and still detect a foul stench, you might have a clogged vent. You may not realize that there is a vent that leads from your sink pipes to the roof for ventilation. Sometimes, bacteria and other debris can clog the vent from the outside. A professional drain cleaning company can use a snake brush to clear the debris and get rid of the offending smells.

When your kitchen is free from odors, it will be a joy to cook in again. Just take some precautions and give your garbage disposal, pipes, and vent a good cleaning periodically. Your whole family will thank you!

Bedbugs Invade Nashville and Knoxville!

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Bedbugs Invade Nashville and Knoxville! Don't let bedbugs go untreated!

Bedbugs are insects that were almost eradicated, but have unfortunately made a strong comeback. In fact, there was a report from Orkin placing Knoxville and Nashville on the Top 50 Cities with bedbugs list! These pests are difficult to deal with due to their tendency to hide in places that make them hard to spot. They also have the ability to survive for up to a year without any food! So what are these monstrous bugs and how do you deal with their threat?

What Do Bedbugs Look Like?

Adult bedbugs are oval, reddish-brown colored insects that can be up to 5 mm in length. They resemble an apple seed in both size and shape. Before a meal, a bedbug will appear flat, but changes to a swollen shape and takes on a more reddish hue after a meal.

Where Are These Pests Present?

SERVPRO of Belle Meade has treated various types of properties for bedbug infestations. While these pests prefer environments where humans sleep, such as private homes and hotels, they can appear anywhere. This includes retail stores, movie theaters, office buildings, public transportation vehicles, etc.

Are These Insects Deterred by a Clean Environment?

Unlike other common household pests like cockroaches, bedbugs have no interest in any scraps of food lying around a home, as they exclusively feed on blood, preferably that of humans. They have been seen in all kinds of residences, from rundown cabins all the way to luxury villas, as they can live and reproduce in any indoor location where humans congregate, whether it looks like a complete mess or is cleaned several times a day by a janitorial crew.

However, removing clutter can make bed bugs easier to spot and also helps professional pest control technicians ensure that the product they use gets to all places the pests may be hiding in.

How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Once an infestation takes hold, getting rid of all the bugs is very difficult and is definitely not a DIY project. If you notice signs of bedbugs in your home or commercial property, you should contact us to schedule a professional treatment. If the infestation is particularly severe, several repeat visits may be necessary to ensure that all of the pests and their eggs have been eliminated.

Odor Eliminators vs. Air Fresheners

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Odor Eliminators vs. Air Fresheners Know the difference between odor eliminators and "maskers"

SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville can address problematic smells in the home, but it’s important to understand that eliminating them goes beyond spraying a fresh scent. The difference between removing and masking scents can have a big impact on your home when the problem is more than a passing stink.

Odor removal and deodorization targets the source of the smell. Whether it’s from mold, leaks, or whatever might give off a smell around your home. This can be inside or outside, and there can be multiple spots and sources involved. This will often call for special training or equipment if the source is serious. A few home staples like vinegar and baking soda can help, but the more powerful and long-lasting the smell, the more likely you’ll need a professional to tackle the issue. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to eliminate odor.

Lingering stenches, as described above, are usually indicative of a bigger problem. Masking smells with air freshener could mean missing a dangerous health risk to your home and family. Additionally, air fresheners can’t eliminate the smell. It might make an area smell nicer for a while, but unless the source is removed, air fresheners simply deposit a scent that won’t last. Overpowering the bad smell won’t clean any affected surfaces, either, so it’s better to address whatever is causing the issue.

Air fresheners offer a quick fix when you can’t identify the source of a smell, but they can end up mixing smells instead of eliminating the bad one. There’s usually more to a stench than the odor itself, so careful consideration of the problem can spare you a lot of unpleasant stinking. In short, if the odor is coming from a place like your garbage can or dirty laundry, air fresheners can offer a temporary improvement. However, when the problem is larger, older, or worse, seek out professional removal and deodorization to get rid of the smell for good. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the choice in Nashville for odor elimination services. Give us a call today!

How Dehumidifiers Can Help At Home

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

General How Dehumidifiers Can Help At Home Keep your home fresh and free of excessive humidity!

High humidity can cause many health related issues ranging from the unpleasant to the severe. Optimal humidity levels are between 30- 50%, with around 45% humidity being most desirable. Dehumidifiers help to maintain indoor humidity at comfortable levels. This can both save you money and help you avoid any number of health risks. Here are 3 ways dehumidifiers can help you at home.

  1. Helps prevent the formation and spread of mold and mildew

Mildew emits a strong scent, which can permeate an entire home. If you leave your clothes in the washer too long when humidity is high, they can become "mildewy" and need more cleaning. This can pile up huge water and energy bills. Mold can become toxic and even life threatening to people with any kind of respiratory problems. Children and pets are particularly susceptible to the toxic effects of mold and many people have mild to severe allergies to mold. Famed legal personality Erin Brockovich had to spend nearly $600,000 to have her million dollar dream home purged of toxic black mold. Since mold and mildew thrives in warm, moist environments, dehumidifiers help keep them in check.

  1. Helps keep you comfortable

As your body temperature rises, your body releases moisture (sweat) to help cool you off. When humidity levels are optimal, your sweat evaporates into the air, leaving you cool and dry. When air molecules are already saturated with water, there is no room for them to absorb further water, which means you run around wet and sticky. Bacteria is another organism that thrives in humid environments. This means minor cuts and injuries are more susceptible to infection. A wide range of minor medical issues can also be exacerbated by humidity such as acne and athlete's foot.

  1. Helps your HVAC system operate efficiently

When air molecules are ladened with water, it makes them harder to heat or cool down. Think of a pan of water. A half full pan will heat and cool more quickly and efficiently than a full pan of water. The same is true of air molecules that are half filled with water (humidity is at 50%). A dehumidifier will help your HVAC system heat up and cool your home down faster and more efficiently, which can save you significantly on cooling and heating costs.

If your HVAC or air ducts need cleaning, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville. We can help keep your air quality at optimal levels in your home!

Benefits of Mold Remediation

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Benefits of Mold Remediation Don't let a moldy situation get you down! We can handle it!

Excess moisture in your home, whether from a flood, leaky pipe, or  high humidity, can lead to mold growth. Once mold grows, it requires a company such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade to safely and completely remove mold and mold spores and prevent its return.

Due to heavy rains and high humidity, Nashville homes are at risk for excess interior moisture. This leads to the growth of mold and mildew in the home. Basements, attics, and crawl spaces are especially susceptible to mold, though it can occur in any area where there is dampness or moisture. Mold remediation ensures that mold is safely and completely removed from an area while also preventing further growth.

Remediation is a multi-step process that requires a certified and licensed professional such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade. It is not safe to attempt as a do-it-yourself task. We can test the areas to see where mold spores are located and what kind of mold is growing to best combat the problem. Once that is determined, technicians seal off the area with heavy-duty sheeting and duct tape to prevent mold from escaping. Then, we remove all objects that can not be clean, such as porous items like drywall that has mold grown all the way through.

After sealing and removing items from the home, work can begin. Technicians use air filtration and professional-grade cleaning agents to start the process. We scrub and clean the area off of non-porous items such as wood and tile. The detergents used are effective and environmentally-friendly and safe for homes and businesses. Once clean, technicians dry the area using fans and dehumidifiers. We also search for the cause of the mold growth if not already treated.

Mold remediation will ensure your Nashville home is safe and healthy for you and your family. If your home has had water damage, whether minor or major, or there are damp or humid areas, it is a good idea to call a professional company to test and see if remediation is required. Call us to set up an appointment today!

4 Hard to Remove Smells in Offices

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning 4 Hard to Remove Smells in Offices No one likes bad office smells! These are some of the worst!

We spend plenty of time in our offices. Some of us spend more time at work than we do at home so we need our offices to smell pleasant. No one wants to work in an office that reeks of garbage or cigarette smoke.

What if your office has a stink that you can't eliminate? Deodorization, the science of removing particularly tricky smells, can help. And the professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade are the experts in removing the most persistent of foul smells.

What are the trickiest stinks, the most challenging smells to remove from an office. SERVPRO experts list four smells that can be especially vexing.

Cigarette smoke: Most offices are smoke-free these days. But there might be areas of your office that are still havens for smokers. Maybe the scent of cigarette smoke regularly wafts into the office space from a side entrance popular among the office's smokers.

Ask anyone who's ever tried to sell a home: It can be a true challenge to eliminate the scent of cigarette smoke from furniture, carpeting and walls. Sometimes, only professionals can accomplish this task.

Mold and mildew: Has your office flooded? Then you might be dealing with the twin odors of mold and mildew, the common result of water damage. These smells can make an entire office smell sour. Again, removing these smells from furniture and carpeting can prove challenging without the help of professional cleaning services.

Spoiled food: Office kitchens and lunchrooms are breeding grounds for truly awful smells. Who knows how long that casserole on the bottom shelf has been there? And no one even recognizes what's in that tub shoved against the fridge's back wall.

Most refrigerator smells can be eliminated by tossing spoiled food. But sometimes, refrigerators become breeding grounds for offensive bacteria. In such a case, it's time for the office cleaning staff to tackle a deep-clean of your office kitchen's refrigerator.

The shared bathroom: Does your office have a shared bathroom? Then you can bet it is a source of bad aromas. Often, these odors can be avoided with simple air fresheners and common courtesy on the part of office workers.

But some bathroom smells can't just be sprayed away. If your office bathroom is causing serious smell problems, it might be time to call in a professional deodorization service. Again, there are some smells only a professional can tame.

How to Choose Between "Mold Removal" and Mold Remediation

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Choose Between "Mold Removal" and Mold Remediation The choice is easy once you know the facts!

Discovering mold growth in your home can be an awful experience, and if left unchecked, mold can wreak havoc and destruction. Calling in experts to remove the growth can restore the safety of your home before the growth gets out of control. You need to be careful when choosing a professional because some may try to pull the wool over your eyes on how the process works. One of the easiest to catch is hearing “mold removal.”

What happens during this process is not a complete wipe of mold in the home. The reason why is because it’s impossible: mold spores are everywhere much in the same way bacteria is, and they can’t be destroyed in totality. Services who claim they can may either be misinformed or dishonest, so it pays to know ahead of time what you need for your home. A company with the experience and expertise to know the difference won’t lead you astray.

The professionals here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can handle mold growths in home, whether they spring up or worsen over time. The true process is mold remediation, in which the source of the growth is addressed and treated until mold levels reach a safe, natural amount. It takes more than removing mold-infested surfaces and filtering in fungicides, so the root of the problem is the most important thing to tackle.

Even though mold spots look and smell unpleasant, they aren’t going to be the main concern. Any business that eliminates the physical threat of mold alone isn’t doing the whole job, which is why it’s important to distinguish between a “removal” and remediation. The obvious signs of a growth go when the actual cause of the mold goes, so make sure you’re getting the procedure you need done.

If you need an inspection or mold assessment, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call today!

Deodorizing Cigarette Smoke from Lounges

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Deodorizing Cigarette Smoke from Lounges Don't let cigarette smoke linger another day!

Many public places, such as restaurants and stadiums, do not allow smoking for health and safety reasons. Some establishments allow lounges for smokers to use in an enclosed place. The benefit of this in that smokers and non-smokers know exactly where smoking is allowed. However, long after smokers leave, the smoke lingers and can be a nuisance to anyone who walks nearby. To keep both parties happy, schedule deodorization visits from SERVPRO of Belle Meade!

Cleanliness Is Important

Staying clean is a common goal for all business owners. Even in a lounge with only one smoker, people can smell smoke from several yards away. In a room with many smokers who come every day, there are smells that linger long after the visitors leave. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has the tools to remove the odors entirely. Last year, we had the privilege of converting The Gold Rush in Nashville into a non-smoking building! It had allowed smoking for 42 years and we transformed it over night!

Time Management Is Important

Some cleaning methods are more effective than others. It takes time to research your options and find solutions that actually work. You are not given the luxury of time as a working professional. You don't always have the time and energy to research the thousands of deodorizers that exist on the market. We already know what works and will tell you what works during our visit.

Customers Choose Established Names

SERVPRO of Belle Meade has a team of restoration technicians that focus on homes and businesses dealing with cigarette smoke. If you have these issues, we have the experience, knowledge and equipment to tackle any job. We remove the odors, not just mask them! Even if you have allowed smoking for 42 years like The Gold Rush!

Lounges with years of lingering smoke and odor cannot be freshened with sprays alone. Should the time come when you need to clean your business, whether for selling or maintenance, and cigarette smoke is involved, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is your first call Nashville!

Preventing Lingering Pet Odor

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Preventing Lingering Pet Odor You love your pets, but your house doesn't need to smell like them!

Having pets is a part of life. Having pet odor doesn't have to be. If you love having pets, but can't stand the lingering odors they create, then there are a few things you can do to help eliminate those unwanted odors.

Your carpet can be a big source of lingering odors. Dirt, pet dander, urine, and fecal matter can remain deep inside carpet fibers. Carpet powder only helps deodorize and clean the surface but does little to get in deep. Using a carpet cleaner is more effective but only if you know how to use it correctly. The experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade know how to deep clean your carpet to get rid of any unwanted odors. Their equipment and expert knowledge on carpet cleaning will get the job done right the first time and provide lasting results.

Odors can also linger within the air duct system of your home too. Cleaning the air ducts is a task that should only be left to the experts. SERVPRO has the right equipment to clean out your air ducts and eliminate those lingering odors. You'll notice the difference the first time you use your HVAC.

Pet odors can also linger within the walls and baseboards of your home. Pet urine can be absorbed by the wooden baseboards or absorbed into the gypsum material of your drywall. Priming and painting may not be enough. SERVPRO has the necessary chemicals to clean and deodorize your walls and baseboards.

Choosing SERVPRO of Belle Meade to help with your home's deodorization is the smart choice. Having a pet doesn't mean you have to live with lingering odors. The expert knowledge and equipment of SERVPRO can eliminate all of your home's odors and make it seem like you never had pets at all.

3 Warning Signs of Mold

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Warning Signs of Mold Be on the lookout for these signs of mold!

Nothing sends shivers through a homeowner's spine like mentioning the word "mold." Not only can it cause damage to your home and make it hard to sell, it also can be a health hazard to you and your family. Here are three warning signs of this insidious fungus that you don't want to ignore:

1) Water spots

Any wet spot in your Nashville home can be a potential sign of fungus growth. This can include water spots on your ceilings or walls, or on floors in your basement or crawlspace. If you find evidence of water spots, you need to find the potential moisture source and get it taken care of promptly. Using a highly-recommended remediation company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the best option.

2) Discoloration

If you find a spot on a wall or floor that's discolored, it is a potential sign of mold. Discoloration that is green or black is a definite warning sign of fungus growth. However, any discoloration can mean growth is present, even if it isn't of the tell-tale colors.

3) Bad smell

If you have fungus growth in your home, it can cause a bad smell. Depending on the type of growth and how much of it you have, you could have a very strong smell or one that is faint. It can smell musty or earthy, or it can produce a smell that is more pungent. Any bad smell needs to be investigated.

Mold can be harmful and is not something to be ignored. If you experience any of these warning signs, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade to investigate. Our staff receives extensive training on how to effectively deal with mold infestations. We also have the equipment and start of the art techniques to carry out remediation tasks and keep your home safe and clean.

Freshen Up Your Restaurant This Spring

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Freshen Up Your Restaurant This Spring Give your customers a fresh greeting this spring with our cleaning services!

A new season is almost here in Nashville, and it offers an opportunity to refresh your restaurant. Winter months normally mean windows stay shut, and dirt and grime from boots and heavy shoes gets tracked onto the floor. Similar to how people look forward to spring cleaning at home, you can do the same for your restaurant. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers plenty of services that can help your business start the season fresh!


Clean Your Air Ducts and HVAC


Your air ducts and HVAC unit work hard throughout the winter to keep your customers and employees warm. The ventilation system should be properly cleaned in the spring to make sure the air quality in your restaurant is not poor. If it has not been serviced for some time, your air could be circulating dust, pollen, odors and dirt and debris. Our technicians and equipment can clean out your system and make sure everyone breathes easier in the new season.


Kitchen Cleaning


Checking the hoods in the kitchen is usually a twice a year job, so what better time to start than for spring cleaning. Cleaning the pilots lights (if it is gas) is also a good idea. Just make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions. Empty and sanitize the ice machine, and wipe down walls, ceilings and dry storage areas. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers great commercial cleaning options as well, so give us a call if there are items you want professionals to fix.


Rugs and Carpets


If your restaurant uses rugs or carpet, springtime is a great time to freshen them as well. If the furniture in your restaurant does not often move, tracks from normal foot traffic can start to wear down your rugs or carpets. When they become matted, these items also hold in an abundance of dust and debris that is carried in on shoes. A proper cleaning will get rid of the smells and the dust!



SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is only a phone call away if you need a professional to help freshen up your restaurant for spring. Get in contact today!

Tips To Keep Rugs in Great Condition

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips To Keep Rugs in Great Condition Keep your rugs in great shape with these tips!

Maintaining your home is crucial, but it's also a fantastic idea to maintain all the furnishings inside your home, including your carpeting and flooring. Here is SERVPRO of Belle Meade’s top 10 helpful tips for keeping your rugs and flooring in great condition:

6 Rug Care Cleaning Tips for Nashville Homeowners

1. Vacuum clean each rug at least twice per week to remove dust, loose dirt and debris.
2. If you have pets, sweep the pet hair out of each rug before vacuuming. Pet hair can clog your vacuum cleaner bag, and the vacuum cleaner won't always remove it all.
3. At least once per month, take each small area rug outdoors and shake it out. This helps to keep it clean, and it also will help the fibers in the rug from becoming matted down.
4. When you spill something on a rug, be sure to spot clean it immediately to prevent it from becoming stained. Use only the cleaner recommended by the manufacturer of your rug.
5. Do not ever use bleach on a rug! Bleach can weaken the fibers and ruin the color.
6. Clean each rug professionally at least once per year.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville Suggests 4 Rug Care Tips for Preventing Wear and Tear

All the flooring in your home can benefit from these 4 tips to prevent wear and tear:

1. Be sure to use a rug pad to reduce wear and tear on each rug in your home. A rug pad will help each rug to grip the floor better, enabling it to stay in the same spot rather than slipping and sliding around.
2. Rotate each rug periodically, perhaps once every quarter or once every two months. Usually, a rug will start to show wear based on the traffic patterns through your home. Each rug may get worn or dirty in the spots that get significant amounts of foot traffic. Rug rotation will help to prevent this. It will enable the rug to receive a more even amount of wear overall so that the same spot doesn't get worn down.
3. Rearrange your furniture. This will have much the same effect as rug rotation, preventing the same spots in your rug from getting worn down.
4. Encourage friends and family members to remove their shoes before entering your home. This will reduce wear and tear on all your flooring, including your rugs.

Tips To Transition Your Home From Winter To Spring

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips To Transition Your Home From Winter To Spring The time for Spring Cleaning is right around the corner!

Spring often means entertaining, family BBQs, and having guests in your home. Spring also allows you to spend more time outdoors. The last thing most people want to do when the weather gets nice is to stay inside to do their spring cleaning. That's where it can be helpful to hire SERVPRO of Belle Meade to do the heavy cleaning for you.

Seasonal Cleaning Services in Nashville

After spending the cold winter doors inside with the windows shut tight, spring is the ideal time to freshen up the house. However, once you open those windows, you may notice dust and dirt that has gathered throughout the home. Calling in professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade can ensure that your home is clean, fresh, and ready for spring.

What Can SERVPRO Do for Your Nashville Home?

During the winter, the home tends to get grimy from mud and dirt tracked in during wet weather. This can often gather on carpets and upholstery which can lead to stains and discoloration. SERVPRO has the equipment and materials needed to clean your carpet and upholstery to make them look clean and smell fresh. They also perform HVAC and air ducts cleaning services. These are especially important after a long winter because of prolonged usage. Cleaning the air ducts helps to remove dirt, allergens, and dust, to keep it from circulating through the home. People also experience issues with water damage during the spring due to frozen and burst pipes if the temperature drops to extreme lows. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is also experienced in remediation of water damage to get rid of stains and odors.

Why SERVPRO of Belle Meade for Your Seasonal Cleaning?

SERVPRO has professionals who can do a thorough check on your home to provide advice and what cleaning services will be most beneficial. They always use the most up-to-date cleaning equipment and the latest in cleaning materials to ensure the best finished product. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has highly trained technicians and they work in a timely manner to get each job done to exceed customer satisfaction.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Cleans Office Buildings Better with Deodorization Techniques

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services SERVPRO of Belle Meade Cleans Office Buildings Better with Deodorization Techniques Keep your office fresh and clean with deodorization!

Cleaning is an important part of owning a business. Customers expect and employees expect for a company to ensure the building they shop and work in is clean and odor-free. However, many businesses only schedule cleaning the floors or trash removal on a regular basis. If you want your business to always look and smell its best, it's important that you plan deeper cleaning. SERVPRO of Belle Meade utilizes state-of-the-art deodorization techniques that guarantee a cleaner office.

Deodorization is a deep cleaning process that can completely eliminate odors in a  building. This is a process that doesn't just get rid of the surface grime, but makes sure that your building is clean in a way that typical processes can't match.

What SERVPRO of Belle Meade Brings to You

If you need deodorization services in Nashville, you need to call SERVPRO of Belle Meade. Our employees receive certification in the best cleaning and deodorizing techniques in the industry. Our equipment is designed to get your business clean, and to ensure that the deep-down grime and muck is removed. This makes for a more professional clean as well as a longer-lasting process.

Of course, SERVPRO brings with it more than just the right equipment for the job. When SERVPRO comes in, you'll know the job will get done correctly the first time, every time. Because of the company's deep connections to Nashville, you know that they'll always stand behind their work. This isn't just a cleaning company - SERVPRO cares about the work that it does.

If you want bad smells removed from your property, there's only one place to call. Make sure that you always work with the professionals to complete major tasks such as this, as using the wrong chemicals or the wrong techniques might end up making your problem worse. SERVPRO is here to make sure the job is done correctly.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Cleans Taxis and Rental Cars Better with Deodorization Techniques

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO of Belle Meade Cleans Taxis and Rental Cars Better with Deodorization Techniques Keep your cars smelling fresh with deodorization!

Smells can linger in vehicles and that's not ideal when you rely on passengers for business. If you drive a vehicle professionally, you do not want a potential fare flying out the window of your smelly car. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has a solution for odors in cars.

It can be hard to keep the inside of a cab or a rental car clean in Nashville. As people come and go from the airports, Broadway, and all over the city, they track in mud, dirt, and garbage. That potentially leaves your cars in bad shape. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you to get rid of not only the mess they leave behind and the smells.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade has a deodorization service that can erase foul smells. That means that the car will smell fresh for passengers and they will have a more pleasant experience.

Getting rid of odors in your vehicle is about more than just making your life a bit more pleasant. If you are able to eliminate odors and stains from the interior of the cab, you'll be able to operate on a level playing field with the other drivers. When your taxi or rental vehicle is clean and smells great, it allows your passengers to remember that you provide an important service that can't be matched by someone who only drives part time.


Our deodorization techniques are second to none Nashville. If you want to make sure that your taxi or rental vehicle smells great and gives your passengers the best possible riding experience, make sure that you invest in deodorization. When you're ready to make sure your vehicle has all its unpleasant odors eliminated, give us a call.

Tips for Keeping Your Hot Tub Clean

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips for Keeping Your Hot Tub Clean Keep your hot tub clean all year long to enjoy its benefits!

Nothing can compare to stepping into a nice clean hot tub after a long hard day. A good soak is a great way to relax both the mind and body, but you have to keep your tub clean to enjoy the long-term benefits! Here a few tips from SERVPRO of Belle Meade on how to keep your hot tub clean year round:

A Healthy Tub

It is important to keep the tubs as clean as possible to prevent health hazards. The moist environment can be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth. These can lead to respiratory and skin problems if not taken care of promptly. A complete cleaning should be done on a regular basis. This includes both the tub itself and the cover. Cracks and crevices in and around spas are notorious for bacteria and mold growth.

Stopping Bacteria

Bacteria in spa tubs usually manifests in the form of slime or strong odors. Improper sanitation is almost always to blame for these conditions. Filmy or cloudy water is also an indicator that the tub is in need of professional help. Be sure clean the inside of the spa and also check the filters, jets, and pipes for any bacterial growth. Sometimes it is what can’t be easily seen that is the problem. Regular cleanings and proper sanitation techniques are recommended to keep bacteria at bay.

 

How often a spa needs to be cleaned is dependent on a variety of situations. Spas that are used on a regular basis require more cleanings, and the number of different people who use the tub is also a factor. Filters are an essential part of any spa tub and need to be changed often to ensure that the system is filtering out unwanted debris. If the filters become blocked, the pump is forced to work harder, which can lead to a complete power failure.


SERVPRO of Belle Meade wants the people of Nashville to enjoy their tubs in a safe and clean environment. Follow these steps along with the manufacturer's guidelines and you'll be warm and stress-free all year long.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Cleans Up Nashville Hotel Rooms

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Belle Meade Cleans Up Nashville Hotel Rooms Let us keep your hotel room smelling fresh and new!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Cleans Up Nashville

If you run a hotel in or around Nashville, then you know how important it is to offer the cleanest rooms to patrons. Your business runs on customer approval and a good first impression. When travelers walk into a room for the first time, it needs to look clean and smell great! This promotes positive reviews and encourages people to come back again. Allowing SERVPRO of Belle Meade to deodorize your rooms creates great first impressions.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Identifies Odors

Commercial buildings, like hotels, do not always have the ability to open windows and let in fresh clean air. This is one reason SERVPRO of Belle Meade has special deodorization techniques. We have professional staff trained to identify and eliminate difficult odors. Knowing is not only half of the battle, it is part of the solution.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Handles Odors

We can handle a wide range of offensive odors. Our techniques are specifically designed to restore the room to a comfortable state. Unwanted smells can be trapped in carpets, draperies, upholstery, and even hard surfaces. Covering up the problem with fragrance or simple fresheners is not the answer. State-of-the-art advances in proprietary cleaning have changed the way deodorization can work.

A complete cleaning is the first step to a fresh smelling room. Even vents can be the source of the problem and we check them when there is a persistent odor. This also helps keep the air quality rating at a healthy level. Carpets can trap gases, dirt, hair, and dust which breaks down fibers while causing a musty smell.

A bad smell spells trouble for hotel owners. The professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade are ready to take your hotel business to a new level of clean. We can work with you to schedule routine cleanings to prevent offensive odors from taking over any room. Call today for an appointment and quote on a deodorizing plan that will keep customers coming back. Let us identify and eliminate the odor before it becomes a bigger problem for your hotel and your guests. We are just a phone call away!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Tips For Keeping Your Carpet Clean in Winter

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO of Belle Meade Tips For Keeping Your Carpet Clean in Winter Keep your carpet fresh and clean all winter!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Tips For Keeping Your Carpet Clean in Winter

Are you one of the people that assumes their carpets need less maintenance during winter? Sure, less mud is tracked into the house, but is that all you need to worry about? Unfortunately, even a short and relatively mild winter can still ruin your carpet. The following tips will save you time and money on carpet maintenance this season.

Start by airing out the rooms in your home regularly. It's tempting to close all the windows, turn up the heater, and keep heavy blankets on hand for the chilly days and cold nights! However, your carpets need to be aired regularly to keep them dry and smelling fresh. Try this technique even on days you don't want to leave your cozy bed. Choose the warmest hour of the day and open the windows. Then close the door to that room. This will help the air circulate while keeping cold air contained!

Another great tip is to sprinkle baking soda on your carpet. Afterwards, vacuum the excess powder. This helps to deodorize your carpet and combat humid conditions. As we know, humidity can increase and spread odor-causing bacteria.

Moisture can easily get onto and into your carpets from the humid air, muddy shoes, wet paws or spills of liquid. Have a dry cloth on hand to blot spills as they happen. When moisture sits and builds on a carpet, bacteria is more likely to multiply.

Be frugal and visit appliance stores during holiday sales to buy a durable vacuum cleaner. To simplify cleaning, invest in a vacuum that lifts embedded dirt and leaves your floor dry. Don’t consider this as an excess buy because a top brand vacuum cleaner is invaluable. It is a one-time buy, so consider it an investment.

Buy a small floor rug that doubles as a decorative mat and carpet protector. The obvious solution to dealing with muddy and wet shoe marks is not to bring them inside the house. Visit any home goods store to purchase a an indoor rug with a rough surface. This surface lets you wipe off more particles and moisture from your shoes. If feasible, keep slippers by the rug so your family can switch footwear easily.

If your carpets soak up an excess amount of moisture, such as during a flood, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call. Our equipment and training will keep your carpets clean and dry year round!

Treating Storm Damage with SERVPRO of Belle Meade

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Treating Storm Damage with SERVPRO of Belle Meade We can help you recover from storm damage Nashville!

When storm damage strikes Middle Tennessee, it is often unexpected and damaging. There must be something about the Tennessee Valley that makes rain and strong winds want to vacation here all year! We love and respect Mother Nature but also recognize she can be a real pain. Those damaging winds and heavy rain can cause huge problems in a hurry. If left untreated, storms can leave permanent effects on your home. If you find yourself needing help in a situation like this, the experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you save your home and get you back to your life.

 

Storm damage can affect your home in a variety of ways. Water in a home cannot be contained. Moisture looks for a dry surface to penetrate, so it can wick up your walls and expand in your floors. If left untreated, it can affect the integrity of your foundation and can also grow into mold and mildew. Honestly, it doesn't take long for these negative effects to start. Therefore it's important to immediately have damage in your home treated by a professional.

Nashville Services

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville  works hard to offer 24/7 emergency clean-up and restoration services. We can restore fire damage, water damage and provide mold remediation. We are also a cleaning company that not only offers traditional carpet, air duct and upholstery cleaning, but also specializes in odor control, bio-hazard environments, sewage and more. We won't just help protect future damage to your home, but we'll get it back to looking (and smelling!) its best.

Nashville Professionals

We only employ trusted professionals. All of our technicians go through restoration training. We perform to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines. The IICRC sets the standards for restoration companies nationwide. We also continue expanding our knowledge and gain new SRT and RRRP certifications. We have also completed the 30-hour general and construction industry training program from OSHA. We work quickly and efficiently so you can be back in your home.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade loves helping the citizens of Nashville, as well as our outlying neighboring communities. You can request help online or call us today at (615) 242-9391. Don't let storm damage ruin your life. We won't even let it ruin your home.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade's Deodorization Services Cleans Rental Properties

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO of Belle Meade's Deodorization Services Cleans Rental Properties Deodorization clears out the bad smells from your rental property!

When welcoming a new tenant into a rental property, it's important that there are never any lingering odors from the previous tenant. The Nashville and Middle Tennessee population continues to rise at an amazing rate as more people learn about the many great things the city offers. Rental properties are a source of income for many residents here, and competition is fierce for available spaces. You don't want to give people any reason to choose a property over yours, so ensure your rental unit is in top condition. SERVPRO of Belle Meade helps Nashville landlords keep their properties in clean condition and smelling fresh with our deodorization services.

Proper Odor Removal

Why are we the professional service that more property owners trust when they need to get one of their apartments, homes, townhomes or condominiums into move-in-ready condition? It's our level of experience that can't be beat by the competition. Every SERVPRO technician has been trained to not only identify but also eliminate offensive odors inside a room or building, whether they are emanating from outside or inside the structure.

We attend IICRC technical classes so that our employees become experts at removing any and all odors, even trace odors, completely. We don't simply mask odors or take other shortcuts designed to only last for a few days. The powerful combination of training and equipment is tops in the industry. Our professional deodorization services ensure any offensive or strange odors will be quickly identified and properly eliminated.

The Right Equipment

We don't just train our employees. We also provide each of them with the proper equipment to identify and obliterate offensive odors. We use high quality, very effective odor elimination products in the course of our work once we have been able to identify what is causing the odor. We also identify the conditions which are causing the odor to linger on such surfaces as carpeting, flooring, carpeting, upholstery and walls.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Don't hand over the keys to a rental property without giving SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call first for an estimate for professional deodorization services. We are the leading restoration experts in the greater Nashville area for identifying and eliminating offensive odors no matter how serious the odor problem or how persistent the odors have been over time.


Our highly trained technicians have mastered the science of odor detection and proper elimination. When you invest in our professional odor removal services, we guarantee that you will be pleased with our fast and friendly response to your call for assistance, in addition to being 100% satisfied with the ultimate results after our cleaning crew leaves.

How SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you recover from Flood Damage

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you recover from Flood Damage We can help you recover from flood damage

Flood damage can strike when you least expect it. Whether you are dealing with the fallout of another major flood or you have water damage from a leaky pipe, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has the tools and experience to solve your problem. Working with the professionals is not only a good way to keep your space dry, but the best way to reduce the damage that can be caused by flood waters.

If you've lived in the Middle Tennessee region for more than a few years, you know that flooding is a real possibility. From unseasonable rain to issues surrounding the lakes and rivers, your property could be at risk for water damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has great experience dealing with these problems. Our company will not only help you to dry out your damaged spaces, but it will also help you to find any damage that can't be seen with the naked eye. This will help you to avoid further problems from rot and mold while helping you avoid the issues that can decrease the value of your property.

 

Nashville's First Choice in Residential Water Damage Control

Remember, water damage doesn't only come from floods - something as simple as a leaky pipe can cause major damage in your home. If you find yourself on the wrong side of water damage of any sort, make sure to give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call. We use the same equipment and expertise we use for flood damage to deal with your other water-based problems. They can also help you track down the source of your damage fast. If you're looking to save your home from damage, this is the best way to do so.

 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the Leader in Water Damage Repair

Whether you are dealing with the fallout of an unseasonable flood or you have a residential plumbing issue that causes a backup, we can help you. The last thing you need when dealing with this type of damage is to worry about the people who can quickly help you, so we only work with the best. Remember, water damage can be hard to spot on your own, and it can be even harder to fix - so don't try to tackle this type of problem without professional help.

 If you live in the Nashville or Belle Meade area and need an evaluation, don't hesitate to give us a call!

Saving Lambie and Duckie!

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Community Saving Lambie and Duckie! Jeff Sewell saved the day!

We write often about the ways in which SERVPRO of Belle Meade can meet your needs when faced with a cleanup after a disaster. Whether it’s flood damage, sewer cleanup or any other traumatic circumstance, SERVPRO always hopes to help make it “like it never even happened”. And even though the memories of the winter holidays are receding, one family has reason to continue to be thankful, and we were happy to be a part of their recovery story.

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade team received a call for a family who had suffered a devastating fire in their home the Monday after Christmas. These calls are always difficult, but the team wanted to help this family begin to put the pieces together after the disaster. Sometimes, even in the face of undeniably awful loss, something can be salvaged.

SERVPRO began the assessment with the family about the scope of the cleanup and items of loss. During this time, the daughter asked her mother about two particular items: Lambie and Duckie. This little lamb and duck had accompanied her since she was an infant and carried deep sentimental value. Unfortunately, Lambie and Duckie where in a room with a collapsed ceiling. The two keepsakes sat buried beneath soot. The parents attempted to express to their child that Lambie and Duckie were likely gone.

Enter Jeff Sewell, a SERVPRO team member.

Aware of the immense value of this lamb and duck to the daughter, Jeff volunteered to rescue them. Beneath the ashes and soot, Jeff searched for Lambie and Duckie. After some time, the effort was rewarded with a successful recovery. However, the toys were covered in grime and dirt and smelled entirely of smoke. Not giving up hope of a complete restoration, Jeff volunteered to return to the office and “make it like it never happened” for this little girl’s toys.

Back at headquarters, a specially formulated solution for cleaning and eradicating smoke odor was prepared. The solution would not harm the keepsakes but could removed the stench permanently. After the technique ran its cycle, Lambie and Duckie were presented back to the family in recovered condition.


We understand how difficult it can be during the time after such events. That is why we hire good people like Jeff Sewell at SERVPRO of Belle Meade. Jeff wanted to go above and beyond a simple job and made sure a family received the best possible treatment. We always promise to do our best whenever you give us a call!

Smart Decisions to Make to Keep Your Nashville Home Warm in the New Year

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

General Smart Decisions to Make to Keep Your Nashville Home Warm in the New Year Stay warm when temperatures fall without breaking the bank!

Winter weather creates challenges for Nashville home owners who want to stay warm, especially during power outages and extreme cold. There are smart ways and not-so-smart ways to achieve this. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has some tips for staying warm while reducing the risk of a house fire.

Before winter begins, have a home heating professional or HVAC service the furnace and fireplace. Finding and fixing problems ahead of time ensures safe and reliable heat in all but the most extreme circumstances. Now is the time to consider professionally installing stationary space heaters which area safer alternative than portable models.

 

Small “do-it-yourself” projects completed before the thermometer plummets can save money while allowing you to keep the house warmer. An inexpensive and easy project is installing thin foam sheets behind the cover plates of electrical outlets and wall switches. Home improvement stores sell pre-cut sheets to fit nearly any outlet at an affordable price. It may not seem like much, but this will save a surprising amount of heat.

Filling gaps around door and window frames stops heat from leaking from a house. Foam or putty can be pushed into the gaps in a matter of minutes, reducing heat loss and drafts. A can of spray foam can handle bigger gaps under cupboards and in the basement or attic.

Installing insulation in the attic and walls is a bigger project requiring more time and money. Plan to do this during the warm-weather months, and you’ll reap the benefits when it is cold.

If time has run out, portable space heaters can be a godsend if the power goes out during a severe storm. You can keep one or two rooms reasonably comfortable. Unfortunately, these heaters are one of the leading causes of house fires when used incorrectly. For safety's sake, only use recommended fuel types in gas-powered models, and buy only UL-rated electric heaters.

General safety tips include locating portable heaters at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire. This includes upholstered furniture, wall art, storage containers and electrical cords. Turn off the heater when it is not needed or when nobody is available to monitor it, especially at night when everyone is sleeping. Keep children and pets three feet away from the heaters at all time.


Short-term and long-term projects can keep your home warm and safe even in the worst of weather.

Don't Bring Mud From Last Year Onto This Year's Carpet!

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Don't Bring Mud From Last Year Onto This Year's Carpet! Keep your carpets and rugs clean this year Nashville!

Many New Year's resolutions include plans for making this year better than the last. Perhaps we want to spend more time at the gym for fitness. Maybe reading through the books on your shelf or Kindle is a priority for you. Whichever goal you set for yourself, it is important to not allow perceived shortcoming from the past to affect your progress. That is similar to allowing mud from your shoes to ruin your carpets or rugs! Fortunately, we know all about keeping carpets and rugs clean and that leaves you with one less item to worry about it in 2017!

Many people use the phrase "spring cleaning" to remind themselves that once a year, some form of heavy cleaning needs to take place. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we do recommend a professional cleaning of your carpet every 12 months. However, if your carpet or rugs withstand a heavy amount of foot traffic, then consider preventative maintenance more often.

There are ways to keep your rug or carpet looking and smelling fresh everyday. Regularly vacuuming prevents the dry soil that most carpets and rugs trap from making a home in your home. If you have a furry, shedding, four-legged family member (code-word for pet puppy) as well, this tip is important. Animal hair, gases, oils and other dust settle in carpets and rugs.

Consider moving furniture in an area to create different traffic patterns. This prevents one area of the room from becoming overused and carpet fraying. If you turn the lights off in a room and walk from end of the other without bumping into anything, congratulations! You're a ninja! Also, it might be a sign that your furniture has not moved for some time. But we understand if you like the way your room looks; hey, it's your home and we aren't judging!

Strategic placement of walk-off mats are useful in rooms that have doors that connect to outside. Wipe your shoes and leave them in an area near the door. This works well with young ones who can never seem to find their left shoe when it's time to leave for the dentist.

There are situations that home maintenance cannot handle alone and SERVPRO has plenty of solutions. Our state-of-the-art specialized cleaning methods include:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Whatever mix of professional and home remedy you want to use is great. When it is time for the professionals, make sure SERVPRO of Belle Meade is at the top of your list!

Three Popular SERVPRO Nashville Blogs from 2016 Part 2

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

General Three Popular SERVPRO Nashville Blogs from 2016 Part 2 Thanks for everything 2016! 2017 will be even better.

And we’re back! We hope you enjoyed last week’s look at three of our popular blogs from last year. This week we finish up looking back with three more blogs. Again, it was an honor to serve so many of you in 2016 and we look forward to continuing that service in 2017!

Now onto the posts!

 

1) SERVPRO of Belle Meade Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Nashville

Last August was special for this franchise as we celebrated 10 years of service to the great city of Nashville. The origin of SERVPRO of Belle Meade is 99% divine intervention and 1% "right place at the right time," as one of owner Rob Dixon's closest friends brought up the idea during a dinner conversation! The rest is history and a self-described rollercoaster of a journey that is only trending upwards.

The SERVPRO brand has a special significance for Dixon as well. His roots in Gallatin also house the SERVPRO international headquarters. The support his franchise receives from corporate team members and fellow SERVPRO managers mirror what his team hopes Nashville feels. Rob loves the sense of togetherness in the Nashville community.

 

2) Rush Back to The Gold Rush in Nashville!

This was one of our favorite blogs of last year for many reasons. We used our amazing deodorization process to help the company make a huge change!

The Gold Rush Restaurant and Bar is legendary in Nashville. The popular dive makes its way onto plenty of "Top 10" and "Must See" lists in Nashville. Their fantastic bean rolls keep the kitchen humming until late into the night. The establishment is often the place to be after a musical performance at the neighboring Exit/In. Since 1974, the bar has been a staple of the Nashville nightlife, but another staple of The Gold Rush is its status as one of the few bars that still allow smoking inside. Well, that status has changed forever thanks to SERVPRO of Belle Meade.

Recently, SERVPRO turned one of the last bastions of smoking in Music City into a non-smoking business. Overnight. Yes, you read right. Forty two years of cigarette smoke and its dingy residue vanished into much thinner air in one night. The air ducts received a serious cleaning as well. Now, lungs everywhere can breathe easier while gulping down more bean rolls.

 

3) SERVPRO Supports the 9/11 Nashville Stair Climb

Last year marked the third year that SERVPRO was a sponsor of the memorial event and we are proud to be a part of such a respectful tribute. The Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is an emotional and grueling day as we remember the sacrifices that were made and the families that were left behind.

We at SERVPRO stand firmly with all firefighters and the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities. We can never repay all of the selfless acts performed, so we hope that in this small way, we can say “thank you.”

Thanks for taking a short trip down recent memory lane with us! We look forward to making an even better and bigger impact for the city of Nashville in 2017!

Three Popular Nashville SERVPRO Blogs from 2016!

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

General Three Popular Nashville SERVPRO Blogs from 2016! We had a great 2016 Nashville!

Welcome to 2017 Nashville! We hope everyone had a great holiday season and the new year has started off on the right path. Last year was a strong one for us at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and for our customers. The feedback on our posts were great and we are excited to bring you even more information and testimonials in 2017! So just for fun, we decided to run down 6 of our favorite posts from the last year - 3 in this post and 3 in the next! So without further ado:

1) SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Honored with Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal

In April, we ran this post about our franchise being honored with the Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal for quality of service. The blog stated:

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville enjoys a track record of documented success, including helping their clients recover faster from disaster. Their goal is to make it look “like it never even happened.” The three major components of their services are emergency response, repairs/construction, and cleaning. They handle the management of the project from the initial emergency response to the final clean up following repairs in order to give their clients peace of mind and the opportunity to focus on their own lives instead of the disaster.

As a participant in BBB's online seal program, SERVPRO is able to display the BBB seal on their website or social media outlets. The online seal will link directly to SERVPRO’s BBB Business Review giving consumers’ added confidence in business practices while demonstrating the company meets and supports BBB Standards of Trust.

2) We Can Uber Lyft Bad Odors Out the Window, Nashville!

In July, we let taxi, Uber, and Lyft drivers know that our fantastic smoke removal process works in cars as well as it does in hotel rooms! So Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers take note: give us 3 hours and you’ll be riding through Music City with the windows down and an odor-free breeze! You’ll be free to cruise Broadway, 12 South, East Nashville, and any other hotspot without the smell of a zillion deliriously happy denizens trailing behind!

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we know how invasive that cigarette odor can be and we know how to give it the boot. We have a few deodorization methods we can employ based on the complexity and severity of the situation. Oftentimes, deodorization results can be achieved quickly, allowing you to get right back to work in Nashville.

Cigarette odors and nicotine staining often require cleaning to remove the source. We use a revolutionary proprietary technology that allows us to treat the car with a safe gas that can eliminate the cigarette smoke odor and other unwanted scents at their source. We still recommend a good cleaning even if the odor and staining are not heavy because a small treatment today can help to avoid a large service later.

3) SERVPRO Is Now An Official WeatherBug Location Nashville!

In July, we also announced our official partnership with WSMV-TV to become one of the 19 official WeatherBug locations for the Nashville area! As a sponsor, SERVPRO is a camera location facing the beautiful downtown Nashville skyline. In segments that feature local WeatherBug perspectives, SERVPRO is one of the rotating camera POVS. Have you seen us on one of the morning segments?

That’s it for part 1, Nashville! The next three will be available soon!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Ranked #1 in Duct Cleaning in September Nashville!

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Belle Meade Ranked #1 in Duct Cleaning in September Nashville! We're #1 thanks to our customers!

As we close out a year of great success, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is excited to be honored with the top ranking in the residential duct cleaning category out of nearly 1700 locations for the month of September! That is incredible and only possible because of our fantastic customers and hardworking employees. The ranking was announced in the most recent edition of SERVPRO’s Newsline magazine and places a cap on a busy 2016.

This past August also marked SERVPRO of Belle Meade’s ten year anniversary of service to Nashville, a milestone that owner Rob Dixon is very proud to achieve. In the blog linked above, Rob tells the story of the idea that created the Belle Meade franchise and some of the events that made the job so difficult, yet a blessing to others - especially the devastating flood of 2010.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade was a mere 3 years old when the flood waters rose. The natural disaster was a sink or swim moment for the franchise. The volume of calls were at an all-time high and it was again 99% divine intervention and 1% hard work that made the team thrive and survive. Additionally, 300 SERVPRO teams from around the country came to Nashville to help the hurting community. The quality of work that those teams performed helped set the standard for a SERVPRO franchise that still exists. In fact, the Belle Meade location ranks in the top 100 SERVPRO locations out of the 1700 spread across the United States and Canada.

The Belle Meade location also received a Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal of Approval in April of 2016. As a participant in BBB's online seal program, SERVPRO is able to display the BBB seal on their website or social media outlets. The online seal will link directly to SERVPRO’s BBB Business Review giving consumers’ added confidence in business practices while demonstrating the company meets and supports BBB Standards of Trust.

SERVPRO Of Belle Meade promises to continue striving for even better results in 2017 to ensure Nashville has the best commercial and residential cleaning option in the United States! Give us a call and see how we can help you in the new year!

Freshen Up Your Business for the New Year, Nashville

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Freshen Up Your Business for the New Year, Nashville Let SERVPRO of Belle Meade help clear out the old and bring in the new with a commercial cleaning for your company.

With the winter holiday season finishing and Christmas right around the corner, most businesses are focusing on the year end goals. Rightly so, as a great percentage of sales occur during these few weeks. Keeping an eye on your marketing and sales numbers for the year is a great idea because it allows you to plan for what needs to occur next year. What could your business do differently? Do you need a fresh start? Let SERVPRO of Belle Meade help clear out the old and bring in the new with a commercial cleaning for your company. Our experts can perform a variety of services to ensure you won’t bring the muck from 2016 into 2017!

As commercial cleaning experts, the staff at SERVPRO of Belle Meade are qualified and experienced in techniques designed to make your office or property look as good as new. We can handle a number of different jobs or sites including:

 

  • 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

Many companies employ janitors or cleaning crews to handle the day-to-day maintenance of a property and that is great. However, some jobs require special equipment and techniques to fully tackle and make a great impression. For example, our work with the popular spot, The Gold Rush in Nashville. If you remember our blog, our team transformed the restaurant and bar into a smoke-free operation overnight. Forty two years of cigarette smoke were completely eliminated and the business smelled fantastic.

Another great way to breathe fresh air in the new year is to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned. Over time, air units can circulate pollen, dust, dirt, and debris which your employees and customers breathe. A thorough cleaning will tackle odors and mold and restore efficiency to your system.

 Finally, if your property contains carpets, rugs, blinds, or window treatments, consider having them spruced up as well. Routine vacuuming and dusting are great preventative maintenance; but a deep cleaning will do wonders for the image and smell of your business. Even if you are an Uber, Lyft or taxi driver, our cleaning techniques are top of the line!

So give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call and schedule a fresh start for the new year.

Home Heating Tips for Winter Warmth

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

General Home Heating Tips for Winter Warmth Keep your home heated for less this winter Nashville!

It seems the temperature finally dropped for good this time, Nashville. So scarves, hats and long coats are officially acceptable items of clothing again. Our region may not see the single-digit numbers other areas plummet to, but that’s fine by us! As we touched on last week, extremely cold weather can present a unique set of problems. If you missed that post, then definitely use the link above and give it a read. We’ll continue our quest to keep you safe and warm this winter with some handy home heating tips directly from Energy.gov.

 A stat that maybe should not have surprised as much as it did, is that on average, heating your home typically accounts for as much as 42% of your utility bill. That’s incredible! However, having that knowledge as we head into the coldest season can help plan accordingly.

 A sweeping change you can make to immediately see a difference in your monthly bill and your home heating comfort is switching to an energy efficient furnace. This also saves the environment making it a win-win for everyone.

 We used a similar list last week, but here are the home heating tips directly from Energy.gov

 

  • Set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and lower the setpoint when you're sleeping or away from home.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as recommended.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing. When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
  • During winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

Also, consider having your air ducts checked for leaks. Poorly insulated air ducts can account for a huge portion of your heating bill if that energy is being wasted especially in unconditioned spaces. Talk to your heating maintenance company before attempting upgrades yourself. If your air ducts have not been checked or cleaned in a few months, consider giving us a call as well. We can make sure there is no debris impeding air flow but giving your air duct system a thorough sweeping clean!

 Winter is coming Nashville! Be prepared!

Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter Nashville

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter Nashville Let the water drip to prevent frozen pipes!

As we continue to list safety ideas for you to consider this winter, we have one today that carries a little more potential for costly damage due to the nature of when and where the disaster can occur. Frozen water pipes in your home can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. Yes, even Nashville winters carry the potential to wreak havoc in homes with frozen or burst pipes. So, let’s make sure you are as safe as possible this season by informing you of some well-known tips and popular tricks to keep your water flowing and your pipes safe and sound.

First, let’s talk about the what, how and and why of frozen pipes. As many of you know, when water freezes it expands. In cases of extreme cold, ice can expand to the point of breaking through or bursting your pipes that have water sitting in them.

Crawl spaces, attics, garages and similar places that are more exposed to the outside temperature without insulation are the most likely areas where pipe breakage will occur. So for these areas, it is important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold. Swimming pools and water hoses are easy areas to begin the process. Speak to plumber about having insulation, or perhaps a pipe-sleeve, added to trouble areas. Keep the garage door closed if water supply lines are inside.

An area that sees potential for loss every year is families travelling for the holidays and pipes bursting when no one will know for an extended amount of time. No one wants to come home from the airport or after a long drive and see water all over the floor or running water trickling to a standstill. But don’t fear, there are ways to prevent these events as well. It is highly recommended to keep your thermostat no lower than 55?  while away from home. Some sources say even while home, keep the same temperature at night as you do during the day. We will leave that to your discretion as it could result in a higher than normal heating bill but possibly prevent a high repair charge.

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. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you found the area!  If you can’t never try something you are not comfortable with. Phone a plumber and have an expert do the work. You can also ask for quotes on proper insulation for your pipes so they don’t freeze again in the future.

Enjoy your holidays Nashville and keep your pipes safe to prevent water damage to your home! If a disaster does occur, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is ready to help.

Deck The Halls Safely Nashville

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

General Deck The Halls Safely Nashville Enjoy the holiday season safely!

Deck The Halls Safely Nashville!

 

Now that Thanksgiving and all of its glorious buffet goodness is stuffed behind us, many people are looking forward to the upcoming Christmas holiday season. You may have noticed that retailers started putting out decorations the day after Halloween, but we aren’t fans of skipping holidays! So as you head to the shed or garage where your light displays, Santa’s sleds, elves, red-nosed reindeers, frosty snowmen, oversized gift boxes and trees are stored, here are a few statistics and tips to keep in mind before you climb to the roof with thoughts of sugar plum fairies dancing around your head.

 

  • Be sure to use lights that have been deemed safe by a reputable testing laboratory, like UL or ETL.
  • When possible choose the cooler-burning "mini" lights over larger bulbs. The older style burns hotter and can potentially start fires.
  • Use lights that have fuses in the plugs.
  • Inspect each set of lights for damage. Return or throw out any set with cracked or broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
  • Replace burned out bulbs promptly with bulbs of the same wattage.
  • Don’t hang lights on a metal tree as it can become become charged with electricity and shock unsuspecting carolers. The tree can also short out the lights and cause a fire.
  • Always use outdoor lights for outdoor displays. The packaging will note whether the lights can be used indoors, outdoors, or both.
  • All outdoor electrical decorations should be plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
  • Use extension cords properly. Outdoor cords can be used anywhere, but never use indoor extension cords outside.
  • Secure outside lights with insulated holders (never tacks or nails) or run strings of lights through hooks.
  • When you leave or go to bed at night, turn off your Christmas lights.

Thanks to Rob Brouhard, EMT with VeryWell blog for those tips.

 

The same concerns should be addressed when considering using candles as well. It is amazing how many injuries are reported during the holiday season due to decorations. Here are a few statistics according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International:

 

  • In 2004-2008, an estimated 1,170 home fires per year began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees. These fires caused an annual average of 8 deaths, 54 injuries, and $19.1 million in property damage.
  • Christmas tree and holiday decoration fires result in twice the injuries and 5 times more fatalities per fire than the average winter holiday fire.
  • On average, 260 home fires begin with Christmas trees each year, resulting in 12 deaths, 24 injuries and $16.4 million in property damage.
  • An additional 150 home fires per year begin with holiday lights and other decorative lighting, causing another 8 deaths, 16 injuries, and $8.9 million in property damage each year.
  • Candles started 45% of home decoration fires.
  • December is the peak time of year for candle fires.
  • Christmas, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Day are the top 3 days of the year for candle fires.
  • Roughly 5,800 people per year were treated in hospital emergency rooms for falls associated with holiday decorations.  More than half of these injuries were caused by falls from ladders or roofs while decorating outdoors.
  • CPSC estimates that each year, about 4,000 injuries associated with electric extension cords are treated in hospital emergency rooms.  50% of these injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from people tripping over extension cords.  13% of these injuries involve children less than five years of age; electrical burns to the mouth accounted for 50% of the injuries to young children

 

We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season safely so follow these tips and light up your neighborhoods Nashville!

Use Your Space Heater Safely This Winter Nashville

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Use Your Space Heater Safely This Winter Nashville Be safe when using space heaters!

As the months roll on and the winter season approaches, it is important to talk about home fire safety - especially with space heaters. SERVPRO of Belle Meade wants you to remain warm and safe Nashville, so here are some tips and stats on space heaters.

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between “2009-2013, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 56,000 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 470 civilian deaths, 1,490 civilian injuries, and $1.0 billion in direct property damage. These fires accounted for 16% of all reported home fires”. Those are astonishing numbers.

 

Also consider:

Based on 2009-2013 annual averages:

  • Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for two of every five (40%) of home heating fires and four out of five (84%) of home heating fire deaths.
  • The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (30%) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
  • Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, was the leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires and accounted for more than half (56%) of home heating fire deaths.
  • Nearly half (49%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.

Source: NFPA's “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment" report by Richard Campbell, April 2016.

So how do you stay safe when using a space heater? Consider these as essential elements for buying.

  1. Consider the size. If you are only trying to keep a small space warm then one of the smaller spot heating units should do the trick. If you are attempting to heat an entire room then one of the larger units makes more sense.
  2. Check for safety measures. Be sure your heater has a temperature sensor that automatically shuts down the unit when it has reached a certain temperature or has been running for a certain amount of time. Just as important is a sensor that detects when it has tipped over.
  3. NEVER USE AN EXTENSION CORD. Extension cords will not protect portable space heaters from surges and can heat up rather quickly from electric currents causing the extension cord to melt and create a fire hazard.
  4. Handles are especially useful for moving smaller units without risking burning your hands.
  5. Thermostats that show room temperature and the temperature of the unit are also useful.
  6. Timers are helpful if you just want a quick boost of heat and then the option to shut it off automatically. This can tempt some people to leave the room while it is running but we do not recommend that.
  7. Make sure the power cord gives you at least 70 inches of length because you can NEVER USE AN EXTENSION CORD!

So Nashville, prevent a fire in your home this winter by following these guidelines when using your space heater!

Keep Your Dryer Clean of Lint Nashville

11/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keep Your Dryer Clean of Lint Nashville Regular cleaning can prevent dryer fires

Did you know dryer lint is one of the leading causes of dryer failure and house fires? "How is this possible if you are clearing the lint from the filter between uses," might be a question you're asking. That is a great practice to follow, but by no means the only maintenance you can perform to keep your drying running smoothly. We are in the habit of making sure your home remains a safe haven for you and your family, especially concerning fire, as our recent campaign with the American Red Cross attests. So here are a few tips and reasons to go the extra mile when cleaning your dryer.

Yes, removing the lint from your dryer between uses is a great place to start. But did you know fabric softener can affect the usefulness of your lint filter? The next time you finish a load of laundry, remove the lint filter and clean it as you normally would. Next, run water over the filter and see if the water pools. If it does, your filter runs the risk of still clogging despite your efforts. It is an easy enough fix though so don't fret. Use a brush and warm soapy water and gently clean the filter. Try the water technique again until the water runs unimpeded. You are already much safer when running your dryer so congratulations!

Next, unplug your dryer and disconnect the vent hose / line from the dryer. This is where the majority of fires begin - in the exhaust duct. The buildup is usually higher in flexible hoses because of the potential for excess lint to get caught in the ridges. If you can switch from a flexible duct to rigid, we highly recommend you do. Your dryer and home will thank you! Depending on how often you run the dryer, we recommend cleaning at least once a year, but have clients who clean it every season. You can measure your needs based on how much lint you find when you clean, but back to the cleaning! Take your extendable brush and gently extend it into the vent and brush the lint back towards you - pushing it further just makes it harder to reach!

Ensuring the ducts are clean and clear of obstruction is an important step and checking the dryer drum is as well. This one requires a bit more DIY so if you are not comfortable, please call a licensed handyman. Removing the top or front from the dryer (based on where the lint filter is) requires removing a few screws. Once the panel is removed, you can brush and vacuum the drum, being careful around sensitive electrical parts. Make sure to get the lint under, around and behind the unit after cleaning.

These few steps can ensure you lessen the risk of a dryer fire in your home Nashville!

We Can Save Your Wood Floors from Water Damage Nashville!

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Can Save Your Wood Floors from Water Damage Nashville! Our water extraction services are second to none!

It brings our team of professionals great pleasure to know that Nashville residents trust us when a dire situation arises. We understand that it’s normally not a happy day when you have to call a restoration or cleanup crew! So, we take great care in ensuring all customers receive stellar service when we make a visit.

We were recently able to help a customer during a stressful situation and the family was kind enough to leave an encouraging review for us! Clarence and his family experienced first-hand how damaging leaking water can be when left unchecked. Rain seeping from a window seal caused their Brazilian cherry hardwood floors to buckle! Our expertise in water extraction saved a hefty repair bill!

Here is their review in full!

“The SERVPRO employees were excellent! They were prompt in resolving our water damage issues. They were very professional and extremely knowledgeable in finding the exact solution to quickly extract the water from our home. In addition, SERVPRO was able to discard and properly treat mold [affected] areas in our home due to high levels of moisture and rain seeping through the window seal, causing our Brazilian cherry hardwood floors to buckle up. We were utterly despaired knowing it would cost thousands of dollars to repair the hardwood back to its original condition. Once again, SERVPRO was determined to assist us in every way possible. They went above and beyond using their top of the line equipment and their highly intelligent staff to eradicate the problem and restore our Brazilian cherry hardwood floors back to their original state. We salute the SERVPRO team and we highly recommend them to get the job done right. We are forever grateful for your service to our family.”

As you can tell, prompt care from our knowledgeable crew were able to help Clarence and his family. We have great tools on hand in case your documents or precious photos are damaged in the disaster too. Luckily, our vacuum freeze drying chamber was not needed for this job.

If you have any issues with water damage from rain, floods, leaking or standing water, we can help! Even if you detect mold in the home due to the damage, we have all the tools necessary to save the day! You can even search for “a SERVPRO near me” in your mobile browser and contact us directly! We’re ready to help so call today!

Water Extraction Services Conveniently in Nashville!

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Extraction Services Conveniently in Nashville! Have any pipe leaks checked out as soon as possible!

If your home has been flooded due to a natural event, busted water pipe or from a fire, you must act fast. Water damage can cause serious damage to your home and create an environment in which mold can flourish. It is highly important that you contact a water extraction company as soon as possible. The value of your property and the health of your family could be at risk, so you need to ask fast.

Water extraction is a complicated process that must be done right the first time around. If all moisture is not removed from the home, mold could take root and slowly infect your home. Certain types of mold can cause serious health problems for your family and can even be deadly! This mold will often go undetected until health issue starts to come to light. It’s important to ensure that your home is completely free of moisture which will help protect your family from the mold.

If you find yourself in a situation needing water extraction, be prepared to do the following:

  1. Move out temporarily.
  2. Contact your local water extraction technicians.
  3. Examine the carpet.
  4. See water removal equipment invade your living space. (The aftermath makes it worth it)

Thankfully, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is a leader in the industry and has helped hundreds of families, just like yours, recover from water damage. Getting your home back to normal as quickly as possible is important to you. So, if you face a serious water issue, why not contact them today? They will work hard to remove the water from your home and help you get your life back. They know just how serious water damage can be. Call now to speak with one of the representatives from the company.

Proper Tree Pruning is a Great Preventative Measure Nashville!

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

General Proper Tree Pruning is a Great Preventative Measure Nashville! Help keep your community beautiful and your roof safe!

As the autumn leaves fall, it can serve as a reminder that our trees can benefit from periodic pruning. There are many benefits to properly trimming so we recommend speaking with an arborist about your specific tree type and what time of year is best. With that disclaimer out of the way, let's talk about the benefits!

Maintaining the structural integrity of a tree is important. Look at it as a preventative measure for for your home. Strong storms can cause the tree limbs and branches to snap and land on your roof if they extend over your house causing damage. Proper pruning can keep the weight of a tree balanced to minimize the chances of a tree falling over. There are even instances of new community developers developing specific tree types *cough bradford pear* because of their poor weight distribution amongst other reasons. To call that tree a safety hazard would be putting it mildly.  So, keep your tree well trimmed and it will be healthy as well as beautiful.

Again, speak with a certified arborist to discuss the best time to have your tree pruned. Also, knowing how much of a tree to prune safely is important as fatal damage can be mistakenly caused. Many trees are safe to prune in autumn as it is a dormant season. So the loss of sap is mitigated and the insects that could cause damage are possibly dormant as well.

So Nashville, keep your community safe and pretty by speaking to an arborist about when it is safe to prune your trees. Your roof will thank you!

SERVPRO Supports the Home Fire Awareness Campaign, Nashville!

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Supports the Home Fire Awareness Campaign, Nashville! Check your smoke alarms monthly and practice your 2-minute fire drills at home, including an escape plan.

SERVPRO is proud to support the American Red Cross and their month-long Home Fire Awareness Campaign. This month, we recognize the two-year anniversary of an important initiative to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires, which is the disaster Red Cross responds to most frequently every year.  As the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign reaches this significant milestone, the Red Cross and community partners have already saved at least 111 lives, and have made at-risk communities from coast-to-coast stronger and safer by installing more than 473,000 smoke alarms, replacing more than 32,000 batteries and creating nearly 170,000 escape plans.  

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15) and the campaign anniversary, the Red Cross will focus  efforts on raising awareness about fire safety nationwide, and by canvassing local communities to install smoke alarms in homes that need them. They also spend time teaching people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home. Throughout the month, the Red Cross will be talking about the Home Fire Campaign our social media, through email and digital marketing, and via celebrity ambassadors.

Nashville, we invite you to align with these important and visible messages of fire safety and join us in promoting two important life-saving calls to action: 1) check your smoke alarms monthly, and 2) practice your 2-minute fire drills at home, including an escape plan. We want to ensure all of our neighbors know what to do in the event a fire emergency happens at home. Make sure your family and friends have a plan as well.


Share these videos (courtesy of the Red Cross) and help spread the word through social media. We can prevent home fire disasters Nashville!

Mucky Power Outlets are the Opposite of Clean Energy Nashville!

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Mucky Power Outlets are the Opposite of Clean Energy Nashville! Keep your power outlets clean!

So you've cleaned your drapes and blinds, rid your gutters of unwelcome falling leaves, and had your HVAC unit checked! You are the model of pristine living and the envy of your social circle - except you may have missed a spot right there in your kitchen. Your power outlets.

Most areas in plain view receive routine maintenance such as vacuuming the carpet because it's an easy habit to get into. Yet we plug many electronic devices into sockets daily and never consider what muck lies beneath the protective plate. Do you want to know? Now you can't resist right? Let's take a peek shall we!

Before you do anything resembling getting close to an exposed outlet, turn off the power! Again, TURN OFF THE POWER before cleaning your outlets are all the clean energy is going to be zapped right out of you.

Removing the power plate is the easy part. Use a screwdriver, remove the screws and take the plate from the wall. Two options likely await you depending on where your socket is located. Outlets in the kitchen may have a yucky grease coating. Fight the urge to vomit. Grab a QTip and 409 and use it to wipe away the offensive substance. Try it like an ear canal and skirt the edges - don't enter directly.

This is also a good time to check the plate is flush with the wall with no exposed areas. You can readjust once you've finished the cleaning.

An extremely simple exercise gets your home one step closer to ultimate clean nirvana. Happy cleaning!

Don't Turn a Blind Eye to Your Drapes Nashville!

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Don't Turn a Blind Eye to Your Drapes Nashville! Keep your curtains fresh with scheduled cleanings!

When you plan your weekend house cleaning, what areas and items make the list? Vacuuming the carpet or sweeping and mopping the floor are often near the top of the list. Dishes that need to be added to the dishwasher and wiping down counters in the kitchen. The bathroom and all its potential muck in the toilet, tub and sink are certain to be tackled as well. But when you spray and wipe your windows and glass, do you remember to give some attention to your drapes and blinds?

Window treatments add pizazz and personality to any room. They can also add dust and allergens from pets, pests and smoke! The next time you walk into your home and the light is shining through the window, give your drapes a little shake and see what glitters and falls in the sunlight. Even shaking your drapes out once a day can do wonders because you can keep dirt and dust from settling in the fabric. We won't mention the potential spider eggs! Oops.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade recommends professionally cleaning your drapes every two years. After we test your fabric, we use state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning methods designed specifically for your job. This ensures the safety of your drapes. We clean them in your home so there is no need to send them out to a cleaner and have your home easily viewed through the windows. We will inject a specifically formulated solvent into the fabric and extract it - leaving your drapes looking and smelling fantastic!

Increase the lifespan of your drapes for a fraction of what it would cost to replace them. Call us today!

Let Us Help You Keep Nashville Clean from Vandalism

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Let Us Help You Keep Nashville Clean from Vandalism Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services? Call Us Today – (615) 242-9391

Did you know that SERVPRO of Belle Meade handles graffiti and vandalism cleanup? Some forms of public art are beloved and celebrated in neighborhoods as they help identify a well known attribute of the area. 12 South and 5 Points are both popular Nashville neighborhoods with very different vibes and the area reflects that! However, not all forms of "public art" have beautification or identification as its intent.

According to NeighborhoodScout.com and CityRating.com, in 2012, the city property crime rate in Nashville was higher than the national property crime rate average and higher than the Tennessee state average. While some data suggests the rates will be lower in 2016, we have seen the articles about the vandalism at the Music City Central bus station which caused MTA to shut it down for repairs. Or the story of the Belmont art graduate who had her mural for East Side Cycles on 11th Street in East Nashville defaced with white paint. It is not an everyday occurrence, but when it happens in your neighborhood or to your home or business, it can be upsetting.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade's team of cleanup experts know how to get your business or home free of any graffiti. We can fix many examples of vandalism, such as broken windows. We can also do this  in a timely manner to minimize the amount of anguish the situation may cause. SERVPRO can remove spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls and driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.

Hopefully, your place of business or house will never experience the effects of vandalism. However, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is available to cleanup in the event you are the victim of a property crime. So keep our number close and we'll be on the scene in an emergency.

We're Your Umbrella In A Storm, Nashville!

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We're Your Umbrella In A Storm, Nashville! When the storms come, give us a call!

Did you know that the probability of precipitation in Nashville in August is 36%? On days with precipitation, the probability of thunderstorms is 56%! That's incredible. In September the number drops to 32% with thunderstorms likely on 37% of those days. We are heading into three relatively dry months, historically speaking, for Nashville, but according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, this past August was one of the wettest ever nationwide! More rain could mean more storms and more storms could mean more flood and storm damage. That is a lot of "ifs" but when the stormy days come, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is ready to help!

SERVPRO employs trained water and storm damage specialists, water restoration technicians and applied structural drying technicians. We also have IICRC recognized commercial drying specialists on our team! That means we can restore your home or business and get life back to normal. Our list of storm related services includes (but not limited to):

  1. Mold Remediation
  2. Sewage Cleanup
  3. Carpet Cleaning
  4. Odor Removal
  5. Contents Restoration
  6. Move Outs / Pack Ups
  7. Electronic Cleanup
  8. Document / Photograph Drying

So the next time the thunder rolls and lightning strikes, have our number ready in case the worst case scenario happens.

Also, browse our storm damage testimonial page for reviews from our satisfied customers!

Prepare Your Chimney For Cooler Months in Nashville!

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Prepare Your Chimney For Cooler Months in Nashville! Clean out your chimney before the season ends!

September is here! Although autumn doesn't begin until the 22nd of September, we are going to help you prepare early! The temperatures will mellow into a more comfortable range, leaves will begin to fall and before you blink twice, winter will be knocking on our doors! But let's not get ahead of ourselves - we're here to talk about cleaning your chimney in anticipation of cooler nights. So let's get started!

Chimneys need cleaning at least once a year, more often if yours sees more use than average. Autumn is a a great time to check because you don't want to start a fire for the first time in winter without performing maintenance. How do you know if your chimney needs sprucing up? Take a flashlight and look into your chimney. Take a knife and scrape a bit of soot off of the wall. If it is more than 1/8 inches thick, get your gloves on because it's cleaning time!

If this is the first time your fireplace is seeing cleaning materials, be sure to check for nesting animals and critters who may have made a home there!

The next step is to measure the chimney. It's okay to overestimate but try to be as accurate as possible. This can be accomplished by climbing on the roof and measuring down or measuring up through the fireplace. The size and shape of the flue is important to jot down as well. It can be round or square, 6" or 8".

It’s time to grab a chimney brush, goggles, a broom and dustpan and a face mask. Cleaning from the top down with a weighted brush requires up and down motions as you scrape away debris. Cleaning from the bottom up requires a partner on the roof to help scrub with a pulley system. After cleaning there will be lots of debris on the floor. Be careful sweeping and discarding!

Now your chimney is ready for the cooler winter nights!

Rush Back to The Gold Rush in Nashville!

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

Community Rush Back to The Gold Rush in Nashville! Come see (and smell) the new Gold Rush, Nashville!

The Gold Rush Restaurant and Bar is legendary in Nashville. The popular dive makes its way onto plenty of "Top 10" and "Must See" lists in Nashville. Their fantastic bean rolls keep the kitchen humming until late into the night. The establishment is often the place to be after a musical performance at the neighboring Exit/In. Since 1974, the bar has been a staple of the Nashville nightlife, but another staple of The Gold Rush is its status as one of the few bars that still allow smoking inside. Well, that status has changed forever thanks to SERVPRO of Belle Meade.

Recently, SERVPRO turned one of the last bastions of smoking in Music City into a non-smoking business. Overnight. Yes, you read right. 42 years of cigarette smoke and its dingy residue vanished into much thinner air in one night. The air ducts received a serious cleaning as well. Now, lungs everywhere can breathe easier while gulping down more bean rolls. How was all this achieved in one night without a massive cleanup effort?

The SERVPRO team employs a state-of-the-art proprietary deodorization process that eliminates smoke odor in a safer way than ozone or thermal foggers. SERVPRO uses the same process to turn smoking rooms into non-smoking rooms in hotels. The ability to rid cigarette smoke in this way is a great way to unveil a grand reopening.

So, keep track of The Gold Rush website’s new unveiling via the timer on their homepage and head in to see (and smell) the changes soon!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Nashville

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of Belle Meade Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Nashville We love this city and look forward to the NEXT 10 years of service!

This month marks the 10 year anniversary of SERVPRO of Belle Meade serving Nashville.

During the last decade Rob Dixon and his team have helped many people recover from the low points of disaster. He is so grateful for the support and trust received from the community during this time.

The origin of SERVPRO of Belle Meade is 99% divine intervention and 1% "right place at the right time", one of Dixon's closest friends brought up the idea during a dinner conversation! The rest is history and a self-described rollercoaster of a journey that is only trending upwards.

The SERVPRO brand has a special significance for Dixon as well. His roots in Gallatin also house the SERVPRO international headquarters. The support his franchise receives from corporate team members and fellow SERVPRO managers mirror what his team hopes Nashville feels. Rob loves the sense of togetherness in the Nashville community. That spirit helped the business and the city survive and thrive after a tremendous tragedy struck.

The May 2010 Nashville flood was devastating. Many residents still feel the sting of that disaster. SERVPRO of Belle Meade was a mere 3 years old when the flood waters rose. The natural disaster was a sink or swim moment for the franchise. The volume of calls were at an all-time high and it was again 99% divine intervention and 1% hard work that made the team thrive and survive. Additionally, 300 SERVPRO teams from around the country came to Nashville to help the hurting community. The quality of work that those teams performed helped set the standard for a SERVPRO franchise that still exists. In fact, the Belle Meade location ranks in the top 100 SERVPRO locations out of the 1700 spread across the United States and Canada.

Your support is crucial to our ability to better serve this community. 5 years ago, Dixon purchased its current home near downtown Nashville which enables SERVPRO of Belle Meade to respond to your needs EVEN faster. This is all because you trust and believe in our service. For that we thank you and look forward to the next 10 years of meeting your needs.

Get Your Nashville Home Ready For Autumn!

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

General Get Your Nashville Home Ready For Autumn! Make sure your home is ready for the changing season!

Summer is still in full swing in Nashville, but Autumn will be here soon. These long hot days and nights will give way to cooler temperatures. Every season brings change and a different set of items to stay on top of with your house. Since it is never too early to start thinking about getting your home ready for a changing season, let's start with a quick list of recommended items.

  1. Have the roof inspected for leaks or damaged shingles. This summer seems to bring torrential downpours and sweltering heat in alternating amounts. Heat builds up in the attic causing temperatures to rise. It becomes more of a problem when the attic is not vented. If the heat has no place to escape, it can cause your shingles to blister and crack while making it’s way out. Let's avoid that!

  2. Power wash any siding. Many HOA maintained communities mandate the cleaning of house siding. Muck and grime can accumulate and leave a horrid green grime stain.

  3. Check for wood rot near window seals. Moisture in wood creates an environment conducive to fungal growth and causes the wood’s fibers to deteriorate. So, when water contacts an unprotected wood surface for a long enough period of time, the wood begins to rot.

  4. Test your smoke detectors! (Buy them if you own none!) This is important because besides having a hot house, a fire won't warn you on its own. Having these installed may bring down your home insurance as well.

There are plenty of other items you can check, including having your HVAC unit checked. This is just a start, but you can be confident your home is more prepared by following these steps!

Nobody Wants A Moldy Bathroom In Nashville

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Nobody Wants A Moldy Bathroom In Nashville Keep your bathroom mold free with these tips!

You may already know SERVPRO employs highly trained mold remediation technicians that tackle commercial jobs large and small. However, mold also appears in homes in various situations. So let’s prevent mold appearing in one place we have seen it often - in your bathroom!

 

Now, it’s important to understand how and why mold grows in a bathroom to work on preventing its appearance. Bathroom mold is most commonly caused by excessive dampness. So try these tips to keep or clean it out.

  1. That sheen of steam on your mirror may be fun to draw letters or cute faces for your significant other but beware! It is important to run your exhaust fan while you shower or bathe. Let it continue to fan out the moisture for twenty minutes after you bathe as well.

  2. Squeegee the tile and your bathroom wall to rid it of excessive moisture as well. Also, make sure the tile is waterproofed with a standard grout sealer.

  3. If you currently have mold, use the 90/10 water / bleach blend to scrub it away and call the professionals at SERVPRO to check for any unseen mold in your crawl spaces or attics.

Mold is nobody’s friend, so give it the boot and breathe easy again! We are here to handle any jobs!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade - Nashville's Commercial Drying Specialists

7/29/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Belle Meade - Nashville's Commercial Drying Specialists We can respond quickly and have your doors open for customers again!

Pursuit Of Perfection in Keeping Nashville Dry

 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always looking for ways to better serve the Nashville community. In this pursuit, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) have declared the Belle Meade team have met the standards and requirements for the Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) title!

Since 1972, The IICRC has certified and developed certifications and standards for inspection, cleaning and restoration. The IICRC also serves as valuable consumer referral source for certified technicians and firms. They provide education and testing in a similar fashion to a university. There are prerequisites that must be met before an individual or a company can gain certification in a particular course or track. The course and description page even resembles a college coursework curriculum! All of this means SERVPRO of Belle Meade always works to exceed industry standards.

Having the ability to offer companies commercial drying is a huge benefit for Nashville businesses of any size. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can dry buildings in a more efficient and effective manner than ever before. This is especially true in emergency situations where businesses need their doors open quickly.

Whether it is a downtown Nashville hotel or a condo complex, SERVPRO of Belle Meade can respond quickly to reduce downtime. Keep our number in your cellphone in case an emergency arises!

SERVPRO Supports the 9/11 Nashville Stair Climb

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Supports the 9/11 Nashville Stair Climb We at SERVPRO stand firmly with all firefighters and the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities.

On September 11, 2016, the 7th Annual Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will take place at William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower in Downtown, Nashville, TN. On that day, 343 firefighters will put on their full gear and climb 110 stories to remember the 343 FDNY Firefighters who died at the Twin Towers.

 

This is the third year that SERVPRO will be a sponsor of this event and we are proud to be a part of such a respectful tribute. The Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is an emotional and grueling day as we remember the sacrifices that were made and the families that were left behind.

According to the official website by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the 343 firefighters participating in the event will be wearing full gear (from 60 to 80 pounds) and climbing for someone specifically. Each climber will be given a badge to wear with the name and photograph of one of the FDNY firefighters killed on 9/11/01. Furthermore, 100% of funds raised go to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and are specifically earmarked to help families directly affected by 9/11/01.

We at SERVPRO stand firmly with all firefighters and the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities. We can never repay all of the selfless acts performed, so we hope that in this small way, we can say “thank you”.

Registration is open now here.

SERVPRO Is Now An Official WeatherBug Location Nashville!

7/15/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Is Now An Official WeatherBug Location Nashville! Watching the skies with the same view as our neighbors

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is proud to announce a partnership with WSMV-TV to become one of the 19 official WeatherBug locations for the Nashville area! As a sponsor, SERVPRO will be a camera location facing the beautiful downtown Nashville skyline. In segments that feature local WeatherBug perspectives, SERVPRO will be one of the rotating camera POVS.

 

We all watch as intently as our neighbors when those dark storm clouds roll in from the horizon and threaten storms. Believe us, our creeks and gutters fill up just as quickly too! We all live in the same communities. We use the same parks as you when the sun is just right. We also retreat to our homes with the air conditioning when the temperatures inch towards triple digits. That is what this partnership means for SERVPRO. We work and live together in this great state and we want to be more than just a company you call on when things get bad. When you see our green trucks rolling through the streets, give us a wave - unless you’re driving. In those cases, a smile will do just fine as well!

WSMV.com is a great website for checking forecasts, school closings and other weather-related events. Their WeatherBug is prominently featured on its own page with a list of local weather stations and SERVPRO will soon have its name added to the list!

Be on the lookout for us on your local airwaves!

We Can Uber Lyft Bad Odors Out The Window, Nashville!

7/8/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning We Can Uber Lyft Bad Odors Out The Window, Nashville! Drive around Nashville odor free!

In previous posts, we talked about the process of removing smoke from hotel rooms and ridding the stench of cigarettes from local businesses. We know there are small business owners as well who rely on their cars for cash and our deodorization process works in smaller spaces as well. So Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers take note: give us 3 hours and you’ll be riding through Music City with the windows down and an odor-free breeze! You’ll be free to cruise Broadway, 12 South, East Nashville and any every other hot spot without the smell of a zillion deliriously happy denizens trailing behind!

 

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we know how invasive that cigarette odor can be and we know how to give it the boot. We have a few deodorization methods we can employ based on the complexity and severity of the situation. Oftentimes, deodorization results can be achieved quickly, allowing you to get right back to work in Nashville.

Cigarette odors and nicotine staining often require cleaning to remove the source. We use a revolutionary proprietary technology that allows us to treat the car with a safe gas that can eliminate the cigarette smoke odor and other unwanted scents at their source. We still recommend a good cleaning even if the odor and staining are not heavy because a small treatment today can help to avoid a large service later.

Call us with your questions today. We are not afraid to tackle any deodorization challenge and we’re the most effective service in our market in Nashville. Best of all, if our methods prove ineffective in your scenario, we have a money back guarantee.

Clean Your Gutters After Storms, Nashville!

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Clean Your Gutters After Storms, Nashville! Prevent potential water leaks into your home by cleaning gutters after storms!

During Nashville’s long summer days it’s easy to forget that the city is often the recipient of torrential downpours! Air conditioning maintenance and air duct cleaning are essential for the inside of the home, but don’t neglect the outside! Summer rains can bring high damaging winds that can dislodge branches from trees which may look to find a new home...on top of yours! So, it’s essential that after every troublesome storm, an inspection to your rain gutters is performed. It is simple enough - all you will need is a ladder, gloves, protective goggles, water hose and a scoop. Let’s dive in!

 

Cleaning your gutters can be performed in 3 easy steps:

Climb the ladder and start scooping! Start from the end closest to the drain outlet and remove any debris with your scoop, working away from the drain outlet. For faster cleanup in the end, toss the offending material into a bucket on the ground.

With your water hose in tow, spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This is much easier using a hose with a pressure gauge for high and low power, but any will work just as well.

Check your drainpipes for any blockages. Hopefully any potential blocks are minimized by scooping out the debris before it makes it into the pipes. However, there are instances where the rain storms forced material into the pipes. If you see a trickle instead of a flow coming from your pipes, use the hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet. For harder to reach items, try a plumber’s snake.

Use these quick and easy tips to ensure your rain gutters are ready for any storms Mother Nature wants to throw at Nashville this summer!

Thanks to HomeTips.com!

It’s Hot Outside. Here’s How to Stay Cool This Summer in Nashville

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

General It’s Hot Outside. Here’s How to Stay Cool This Summer in Nashville Keep your units in top condition for a cool summer!

Join us as we continue our series of essential summer maintenance tips with great notes on how to keep your air conditioning unit functioning properly courtesy of Jeff Wilson at DIY Network!

 

Obviously with the heat raging through Nashville, citizens want to turn the air conditioner up to keep the home infernos down! However, with any appliance, unit or tool that is primarily used seasonally, it is important to ensure nothing damaging occurred during the “offseason”. Luckily, this can be completed in 10 easy steps according to Wilson.

Step 1 - Shut off the power. An easy and often overlooked step. Don’t skip it or you could risk not being around for steps 2 through 9!

Step 2 - Clean away debris. Grab some work gloves and a screwdriver to remove the top enclosure. Dig out the the dead leaves and any offending material.

Step 3 - Spruce the fins. Once the top is removed, use a garden hose to spray the fins from the inside to the out. Not a pressure washer - just a hose - otherwise the fins will spray all over the lawn like a failed fishing trip.

Step 4 - Check the fins for damage. If you didn’t heed our advice in Step 3 (see above), this step will take longer. If the fins need to be straightened use a blunt butter wife.

Step 5 - Clean around the unit. Once everything is reinstalled, sweep away debris and growth around your unit.

Step 6 - Ensure the unit is level. There is one exception: “Service Experts’ Moody adds this exception: “If you have a heat pump system, it’s okay for the pad to be slightly sloped away from the home’s foundation to allow for defrost run-off during the winter.”

The last few steps require cleaning inside the unit. If you are not comfortable with these steps, please call a professional.

Step 7 - Clean the evaporator coil with a no-rinse coil cleaner.

Step 8 - Check the evaporator drain.

Step 9 - Change the blower air filter. This should be checked twice a year. Once for summer and once for winter. See that’s easy to remember.

Step 10 - Turn the power back on. This is essential for the unit to work, otherwise all of your hard work will be for naught. If you skipped Step 1, you’re probably not still reading this.


So, with these 10 easy steps you can beat the heat this summer and ensure a cool happy season!

Keep your pool clear all summer!

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Keep your pool clear all summer! Keep cool this summer in a clear, sparkling pool!

With another hot summer on horizon, I bet you’re thankful for that backyard pool! If you’re lucky enough to have your own pool, it’s important to keep up on cleaning and maintenance to keep it clear and clean all summer long.


Get on track with these tips from Jennifer Blair, Demand Media:


  1. Maintain Chemical Levels.


Most importantly, keep the chlorine and pH levels in check. Chlorine keeps your pool clear by killing germs and bacteria that make their way into the water. pH determines how effective the chlorine is, so it’s important to find the perfect acid/base balance. You should test the water in your pool twice per week with water testing kits, such as Home Depot’s 5-Way Pool and Spa Test Kit or the Taylor Comprehensive Test Kit.


  1. Administer Shock and Algaecide Weekly.


With proper chemical levels, weekly shock and algaecide treatments can help keep your pool extra sparkly. You can find these treatments at your local home improvement or pool supply store. Make sure to read the instructions regarding how much product to use based on the size of your pool!


  1. Backwash.


Backwashing is the process of cleaning your pool’s filtration system. This is done by reversing the flow of water through the system. You should backwash your system whenever your pool starts to look cloudy or when the pressure gauge reading is 5-7 pounds per square inch above the normal reading (make sure to make note of what is “normal”).


  1. Skim regularly.


With pools, it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts. What’s on the outside, or top, matters, too! Regularly (at least daily) skim the top of your pool to remove large debris, such as leaves and bugs, that make their way onto the water’s surface. Not only will it make your pool look more inviting, but it will avoid cloudiness from the breakdown of the debris.

Beat the heat, Nashville! Tips to have your home ready for summer!

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

General Beat the heat, Nashville! Tips to have your home ready for summer! When the temperature rises, energy bills can as well!

A quick glance at the weather forecast says Nashville is going to feel the summer heat soon! That means pools opening up, sprinklers out on the lawn, and high air conditioning bills! Everything except high bills sounds like the summer we love. Thankfully, we can help keep that third one as cool as the temperature in your pool with a few tips.

The first step is incidentally the easiest step. Check the filters for your heating and cooling system and ensure they are still in great shape. It’s always recommended to check with the manufacturer's instructions when changing, but a general rule of thumb is when the season changes, so does your filter.

To test your air conditioning unit is running properly, use the “cool” setting on the thermostat, drop the temperature and see what happens. If cool air is not blowing, check the breaker box before calling in a licensed professional for a quick maintenance check. Also, the sooner you call, the greater your chances are of having someone come out. The deeper into summer we go, the deeper down the list you go as everyone tries to have their house serviced. Luckily, you’ll be one of the first!

A few other quick items to check include: checking for holes in the water hose, checking your pool’s pH balance, cleaning ceiling fans, checking outside electrical outlets, and definitely consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat!

Get ready for another hot summer, Nashville!

Nashville Home Air Duct Cleaning Pt. 2: Customer Testimonial!

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Nashville Home Air Duct Cleaning Pt. 2: Customer Testimonial! Even in newer homes, the average amount of time recommended to have your air ducts looked at is every 2 - 5 years.
We recently wrote an article about how the air ducts in your home function as lungs. We emphasized the importance of keeping them clean for the health of your home. Today, we have a customer testimonial video giving a glimpse into what it looks like when we come to your home.

The video is a short highlight package of what the customer thought of our work as well some issues we brought to light during the cleaning process. It is amazing how much we can find when we clean inside the areas. Remember, everything we find is potentially something you and your family have been breathing! Even in newer homes, the average amount of time recommended to have your air ducts looked at is every 2 - 5 years.


So watch the video and give us a call when you are ready to see what your air ducts may be hiding!

The Energy Efficient Nashville Home

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

General The Energy Efficient Nashville Home Changing a light bulb could have a big effect on your monthly bill!
There are so many benefits to making your home energy efficient. Most importantly, reducing the negative impact your home can have on the environment benefits everyone on the planet! If everyone makes an effort to change one thing with their home, the positive impact would be incredible. Also, the long-term cost savings benefits your bank account as well!

So what does it mean to be energy-efficient?

It is certainly a “buzz-phrase” but being energy efficient simply means reducing unnecessary energy consumption. This is important because our society increasingly relies on gadgets daily. Cell phones, tablets, computers, smart televisions, streaming media players - they all consume energy! These items are etched into our lives and it will take effort to make changes. So let’s start small with these tips.

  1. Switch to fluorescent light bulbs. Yes, they cost a little more upfront, but their lifespan can reach 12 years and they use so much less energy. It’s an easy quick fix.

  2. Use warm water to clean (instead of hot). The cost of heating the water those few additional degrees far outweighs the cleaning difference. Wash on warm and only with full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine.

  3. Plant trees. This is a more long-term investment, but the benefits are plentiful. Shading your home decreases summer cooling bills immensely. Oh and trees help us breathe. That’s kind of a big deal!

  4. Purchase energy efficient appliances. Also, an easy fix. When you look for your new oven, microwave, washing machine or dryer, check for the energy efficient seal. It means it has been designed to meet the standards of reducing energy consumption!

  5. Lastly, unplug unused devices. Even “standby” uses energy, so when you aren’t using your coffeemaker or toaster or charging your phone - unplug it!

These are just a few of the simple tips we can all use to keep our planet healthy and save a few dollars in the process!

Our Vacuum Freeze Drying Chamber Can Recover Your Important Photos and Documents!

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Vacuum Freeze Drying Chamber Can Recover Your Important Photos and Documents! You memories might not be lost forever
Water damage can be disastrous in many ways. At home, the pain of a flood or a burst water pipe affects us financially and emotionally. Not only will your family most likely need to temporarily relocate, but looking through the remnants of important flooded papers and cherished photos can be heartbreaking. A note from a high-school sweetheart, a letter from a beloved family member, a last will and testament or even a child’s favorite artwork could all be at risk.

At SERVPRO, we are experts in helping families recover from water damage and that includes document and photo drying. When your valuable paper products are damaged by water in Nashville, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy your documents. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, our Nashville team can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying

  2. Dehumidification

  3. Freezer Drying

  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying

  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Of course water damage does not only occur at home; our Nashville businesses are at risk from the same flooding waters and burst pipes. Important tax documents, business permits, vouchers and ledgers - we know how important these are to your company and we are prepared to help save those items. We can help recover documents, photos, books, ledgers, blueprints, and more. from hospitals, schools, law firms, engineering firms, libraries, courthouses, and other government buildings.


Our vacuum freeze drying chamber is ready and waiting to pain of flood and water damage behind you and start a speedy recovery. Contact us with questions and concerns - we’d love to help!

Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Nashville Home

5/13/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Nashville Home Got started on cleaning your carpets and rugs!
Spring is a wonderful season in Nashville. Green leaves return to our trees, flowers begin to bloom and residents emerge from (normally mild) winter hibernation. Suddenly, windows are thrown open and sunlight seeps back into our homes. So, there’s no better time of year to kickstart cleaning.

Drape and blind cleaning are typically performed every two years. However, cranking the heat throughout the winter, smoking indoors and other factors can cause soiling and deterioration on the fabric. Once the shutters are open and that cool breeze blows throughout your house again, make sure the air is free of odor causing particles by either dry-cleaning your drapes or having professional SERVPRO technicians come to your house.

Rug and carpet cleaning can be handled by most competent vacuum cleaners. However, tracking snow or mud or pet paw tracks throughout the winter can build up lots of soil. To preserve and extend the life of your rug or carpet, we recommend having a professional cleaning once every year. SERVPRO professionals have state-of-the-art equipment to make your rug and carpet look brand new. Consider these tips as well:

Preventative maintenance actions include:

  • Regular vacuuming

  • Spot removal

  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting

  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns

  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet



These are just a couple of steps you can take to freshen your home this season. We are including one of our favorite (and colorful) Spring Cleaning Checklists can be found via the link here thanks to www.freebiefindingmom.com!


Happy Cleaning!

Air Ducts = House Lungs! So Keep Them Clean in Your Nashville Home!

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Air Ducts = House Lungs! So Keep Them Clean in Your Nashville Home! Home lungs need care too!

Owning a home is a wonderful experience that comes with huge responsibilities. The list of what needs to be checked is a lengthy one that can honestly seem overwhelming at times – so let us handle a few of them for you! Keeping your house properly maintained ensures you will have a place you love to call home for years.

One area that many homeowners neglect is properly maintaining the air ducts. If you think about what the air ducts do for your home, it is very similar to what lungs do for your body. With that in mind, the industry standard for residential properties is to have the air ducts cleaned every two - five years. This process improves indoor air quality by moving debris within the duct work. It will increase the lifespan of your AC system and make it more efficient.

You may be thinking, “what could they possibly find in these units?.” We are glad you asked!

We have removed things as eccentric as 1950s soda cans (dating from when the home was built), to the more serious discoveries of mold that people never knew existed. Fortunately, not only do we remove debris, we also treat it with an antimicrobial agent to eliminate mold and bacteria. This is a preventive measure that absolutely helps keep your system free of nasty airborne agents.

Do the smart thing and let us keep your house lungs clean. We will ensure your duct work, air handler and system are free of old soda cans and mold. We are equipped to handle any size unit whether you have a residential home that needs care or a building as large as a hospital. If we do find damaged duct-work or maybe the air duct was never connected, we can complete minor repairs such as reattaching them to the vent.

Call us today and let us help you breathe easier!

Cigarette Odor! Butt Out Of Nashville!

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cigarette Odor! Butt Out Of Nashville! Let us kick your cigarettes' butts!

Cigarette Odor Removal in Nashville

Do you have a friend who smokes and keeps an air freshener in their car? Sure, it’s a quick fix but you know as soon as you leave the vehicle, you’ll smell of cigarette butt as well.

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we know how invasive that cigarette odor can be and we know how to give it the boot. We have a few deodorization methods we can employ based on the complexity and severity of the situation.

Cigarette odors and nicotine staining often require cleaning to remove the source. We use a new technology that allows us to treat the home or car with a safe gas that can eliminate the cigarette smoke odor at its source, without harming your family. We still recommend a good cleaning even if the odor and staining are not heavy because a small treatment today can help to avoid a large service later.

Also, consider having your air ducts cleaned during our cigarette odor removal service. This treatment will neutralize odors in the air duct system. In the majority of cases, the HVAC system is used by SERVPRO to distribute the deodorization product equally throughout the house, which in turn, removes the odor inside the air duct.

Here are a few examples of how we’ve helped rid Nashville of cigarette odor!

Example 1 - A very well known downtown hotel, recently contacted SERVPRO of Belle Meade to convert 6 smoking rooms into non-smoking rooms. Can you imagine the lingering aroma? Within one day, we were able to convert those hotel rooms to non-smoking units without any trace of cigarette smoke odors. We even recommended taking the smoking signs off the doors as we were leaving. The hotel no longer allows smoking and the General Manager was ecstatic.

Example 2 - A local investor purchased a residential investment property in South Nashville that was heavily affected by cigarette odor. This investor put in some elbow grease and cleaned the walls, ceilings and floors himself before calling us. Using our new technology, we completed an air duct cleaning and overnight deodorization. The property was free of any trace of cigarette scent much to his delight.

Example 3 - Air fresheners and dryer sheets not giving your car that fresh scent? Give us 3 hours and you’ll be riding through Music City with the windows down and a odor-free breeze.

Call us with your questions today. We are not afraid to tackle any deodorization challenge and we’re the most effective service in our market in Nashville. Best of all, if our methods prove ineffective in your scenario, we have a money back guarantee.

Skunk Deodorization: Removing Skunk Funk From Your Nashville Home

4/22/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Skunk Deodorization: Removing Skunk Funk From Your Nashville Home We can rid your home of skunk funk.

You know the smell as soon as it assaults your nostrils. That sulfuric nauseating scent causes you to reach for a tissue, napkin or anything to cover your mouth and nose. It’s bad enough when you’re driving along  back roads and it forces you to roll up your windows. Can you imagine that offensive aroma in your Nashville home? We can and we know how to handle the situation.

Firstly, many people are not aware that skunk deodorization could be covered by insurance. Call SERVPRO first to assist you when talking with insurance to have it at least partially and potentially all of the costs covered if you decide to file a claim.

Typically, calls pertaining to skunk deodorization range from: 

1. “I let my dog out and he got sprayed by a skunk and came back in and rubbed against our carpet and upholstery and it smells horrible.”

2. Skunks are known to spray under a house - wherever their nest or living space is located. They could also spray in a crawl space for any number of reasons.

3. The skunk is simply near your house and the smell is pulled in through the air duct or in cracks found near doors and windows.

We’ve heard it all and we know how to handle all of these situations and more! Our first step is to remove the source - I.e. the skunk. We do not recommend you doing this yourself so definitely call an animal professional!

Our second step is to determine what needs to be cleaned - furniture, carpet, clothing. The spray oils can cover multiple surfaces and they will all typically need to be cleaned. Also, if insulation in a crawl space has been affected, it may need to be replaced.

SERVPRO uses proven technology for deodorization allowing them to not just mask the odor but completely eliminate the problem at its source. In the past, this process could take several days, but with this new technology, this process can be fixed in a much more timely fashion...even as short as one day in some circumstances. 

If you need SERVPRO to handle your skunk funk, you can expect to be out of your house for short period of time while deodorization is in progress. If filing an insurance claim, the company will occasionally pay for food and hotel while the client is displaced.  Finally, SERVPRO will properly ventilate your home to ensure you and your family return to a clean and safe environment. 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Honored with Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

Nashville, TN – Recently, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville was honored with the Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal for the quality of their service.

As one of 19 locations in the Middle Tennessee area, the Belle Meade/West Nashville franchise has been in operation for over 37 years and is now owned and operated by Rob Dixon. During his ownership, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has helped thousands of customers claim their property back by providing quality clean up and restoration services following damage from water, fire and mold.

 “We are so grateful to be presented with this award,” stated Rob Dixon. “To be recognized for our outstanding service is quite an honor.” 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville enjoys a track record of documented success, including helping their clients recover faster from disaster. Their goal is to make it look “like it never even happened”. The three major components to their services are emergency response, repairs/construction and cleaning. They handle the management of the project from the initial emergency response to the final clean up following repairs in order to give their clients peace of mind and the opportunity to focus on their own lives instead of the disaster.

 SERVPRO is recognized as an industry leader in both the commercial and residential restoration market with over 1,700 locations internationally. The company provides coverage in both the United States and Canada, establishing relationships with major insurance companies, commercial clients and individual homeowners.

 As a participant in BBB's online seal program, SERVPRO is able to display the BBB seal on their website or social media outlets. The online seal will link directly to SERVPRO’s BBB Business Review giving consumers’ added confidence in business practices while demonstrating the company meets and supports BBB Standards of Trust.

 For more information, please contact Rob Dixon at 615-242-9391, rob@SERVPROofbellemeade.com

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Honored with Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

Nashville, TN – Recently, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville was honored with the Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal for the quality of their service.

As one of 19 locations in the Middle Tennessee area, the Belle Meade/West Nashville franchise has been in operation for over 37 years and is now owned and operated by Rob Dixon. During his ownership, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has helped thousands of customers claim their property back by providing quality clean up and restoration services following damage from water, fire and mold.

 “We are so grateful to be presented with this award,” stated Rob Dixon. “To be recognized for our outstanding service is quite an honor.” 

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville enjoys a track record of documented success, including helping their clients recover faster from disaster. Their goal is to make it look “like it never even happened”. The three major components to their services are emergency response, repairs/construction and cleaning. They handle the management of the project from the initial emergency response to the final clean up following repairs in order to give their clients peace of mind and the opportunity to focus on their own lives instead of the disaster.

 SERVPRO is recognized as an industry leader in both the commercial and residential restoration market with over 1,700 locations internationally. The company provides coverage in both the United States and Canada, establishing relationships with major insurance companies, commercial clients and individual homeowners.

 As a participant in BBB's online seal program, SERVPRO is able to display the BBB seal on their website or social media outlets. The online seal will link directly to SERVPRO’s BBB Business Review giving consumers’ added confidence in business practices while demonstrating the company meets and supports BBB Standards of Trust.

 For more information, please contact Rob Dixon at 615-242-9391, rob@SERVPROofbellemeade.com

5 Ways to Prepare for Rainy Days in Nashville!

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

Your Nashville home is your most valuable asset so don’t get caught in the rain.  Take steps now to secure your property before April showers dampen your mood.  

 

Storms can happen in the blink of an eye with little to no warning.  The aftermath of not being prepared can be stressful and costly.  Taking the time to address a few key areas of concern can make a huge difference between staying high and dry or up to your knees in water.  One of the best things you can do to get prepared is to pretend there is a storm coming right now and take action.  

1. Go out and purchase any supplies you may need should you lose power or water supply for a period of time; batteries, a backup generator, bottled water, canned foods and gas just to name a few.  By having these items ahead of time, you can avoid standing in line for hours and risking supplies running out.  

2. Make sure that you have the proper insurance plan in place. Check on your policy so that you are familiar with what is and what is not covered and to make sure that everything is current.

3. Do what you can to secure your property. Seal up any cracks or gaps around windows and doors and check your roof for any broken or loose shingles. Installing items such as window shutters, garage door braces, and roof clips can all help to protect your Nashville home as well.  These resources can be costly but they can save you money in the long run!  

4. Take care of the trees surrounding your home.  Make sure to keep trees pruned and healthy.  Remove any dead branches and trim back any limbs that could become a danger to your house.  Overhanging limbs can scrape the roof and damage shingles or can bust through windows.  Properly maintaining your landscaping is an easy and necessary task in being proactive against storm damage.  So, keep your yard picked up and clear of debris.  

5. Also, secure patio furniture and pick up any items such as sporting equipment or lawn items and put them in an appropriate storage space.  

Storms are truly unpredictable and sometimes damage is unavoidable. Taking proactive measures can help but also be sure to have the contact information for your local Nashville service company handy should you need help with the aftermath!



Don’t go Undetected in Your Nashville Home!

3/31/2016 (Permalink)

Protecting your Nashville home or business from fire should be a priority.  Smoke and fire damage can be costly and devastating, but there are steps you can take to decrease your risk. Making sure your smoke detectors are in prime working condition is one of those steps that is simple but can have an enormous impact.

 

Smoke detectors are a key line of defense and in many cases your first warning of danger. First of all, it is important to make sure that everyone is aware of what the alarm system sounds like and knows how to respond appropriately. It is also important to be able to recognize the warning signs of a poorly functioning unit. For example, if a detector begins to “chirp” periodically, the battery is low and needs to be replaced.  It is important to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for what kind of battery to use for your specific unit. Installing interconnected smoke alarms is one of the best options for protection due to the fact that when one alarm goes off, all of the alarms go off.  

Here are a few more tips to help maintain the smoke detectors in your Nashville residence.

  1. Only install smoke detectors that have a label from a recognized testing laboratory

  2. Do not place detectors near windows or any area where a draft may prevent the unit from operating properly

  3. Make sure you have enough detectors for your space and that they are installed at the proper heights for each room

  4. Ensure that they have been installed correctly and that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use

  5. Test every detector at least once per month by pressing the “TEST” button on the device

  6. Never paint over a smoke detector

Fire and smoke damage can overwhelm your Nashville home or company in very short amount of time.  Taking the appropriate precautions to maintain your detectors is an easy and simple step in protecting yourself and your loved ones from harm.  

For more information on smoke detector maintenance and fire safety and prevention please visit www.nfpa.org



Ways to Clean Up After a Small Kitchen Fire in Your Nashville Home

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

Do you like to cook? If so, you probably know the risks involved when in the kitchen preparing a tasty meal. Sometimes, we can get distracted and leave a hot pot on the stove or item in the oven. These don't typically cause problems unless forgotten about. Especially so, if there is grease involved.

It is recommended to stay alert while cooking. Also, make sure your smoke detector is up to date. Unfortunately, fires still occur and must immediately be put out.

If you live in an apartment, there might be a sprinkler system. If at home, you may have pulled out the fire extinguisher before the fire department arrived. Regardless, there was probably even more damage done when the fire was put out. So, that's why we have put together a check list of what to clean after a small kitchen fire has been put out.

1. Walls and ceilings likely have smoke or water damage. They will need to be wiped/dried thoroughly.

2. Dishes near or involved in the fire may need to be thrown away.

3. Furniture and floors depending on how large the fire was will need a deep scrubbing.

4. If the fire got out of hand, there may be a need for remodeling or replacing of appliances and more.

5. Lastly, there may be hidden places where water is standing. Grab a fan to make sure the area gets completely dry to prevent mold from growing.

While these things may take a few days to clean, they will save you from more damage in the future.

Don't Let a Sprinkler Leak at Your Nashville Residence Get You Down

3/18/2016 (Permalink)

Now that spring is on its way, you've likely started watering your grass again with an underground irrigation system. This is a great tool for handling the mundane task of preventing your grass from dying of not enough hydration. Unfortunately, not all good things are without problems. It's time to discuss ways to prevent your sprinkler system from having any problems or causing leaks.

What is low head drainage?

This is when the sprinkler continues to siphon water once the system has been turned off. This typically occurs at one of the lowest points in your yard as water drains down to that water spout. According to experts at Sprinkler Warehouse, "If a sprinkler head is located in the lowest part of the system, water will flow out of that head until an equilibrium has been reached or all of the water has emptied out of the zone's pipes."

When this happens, puddles start to form and or water flows across walkways and driveways. This can be prevented by a few adjustments being made to your system or the installation of a drain check valve.

How does a broken pipe occur?

A broken pipe can occur in the main line or lateral line of an irrigation system. In the main line, there is continuous pressure, so if there is a break or leak in this pipe, then water is continuing to run. Unfortunately, this can cause erosion or a wet spot. Attention needs to be made to this problem immediately so that the water line can be completely turned off for repair.

A lateral line reaches different zones in your yard and are under pressure when the system is running. It can be hard to detect a leak because it's only visible when the system is on and you have to notice which zone actually has the leak. Regardless of its location, it too can cause erosion or holes in your lawn. If you notice a leak in your irrigation system, it can be fixed and should be addressed fairly quickly.

Use this information to keep an eye out for any leaks or problems that could arise this Spring.

Tips to Keeping Your Floor Clean in Your Nashville Home

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Is your home collecting dirt and germs every time you walk through the door? The answer is yes. Shoes collect bacteria on the soles and can track it straight into your home, but there are a few ways to prevent this. More importantly, there are ways to treat your floor and home if it hasn't been done recently.  

Problem:
Some of the bacteria that lands on our shoes can cause a decline in our health if not cleaned. In fact, an EPA study shows that unhealthy herbicides can also be tracked in on our shoes. Don't let this scare you because it can be prevented.

Tip:
Try setting a shoe rack in your garage or right when you walk into your home for shoes to be placed. This limits the exposure of these unwanted germs. It's not a bad idea to clean your shoes once a month to either. Not only will this help eliminate bacteria, but will also make your shoes look better, longer.

Problem:
If you think that your carpet or flooring already has unhealthy herbicides in it, then it may be time for a deep cleaning. Of course this will help kill germs and bacteria, but also get rid of dirt.

Tip:
If you have a steam cleaner, use it to clean your floor. The heat of the water that cleans your carpet will help kill bacteria. If your home is mostly hardwood or tile, grab your mop and the appropriate cleanser to rid your floor of unwanted germs.

Lastly, if you are still unsatisfied, a professional cleaning company can do the job.  In either situation, plan to have a good floor cleaning once a month.

Be Prepared to Handle Mold in Your Nashville Home

3/5/2016 (Permalink)

Part of having your own home is maintaining it and keeping it a safe place to live. We often discuss preventing fires and leaks, but preventing and checking mold is just as important. Mold can continue to grow and become a serious health problem.

Firstly, it is important to do what you can to prevent mold. Try a structure guard that can help protect surfaces with a sealant. This prevents mold and mildew growth. However, no matter what preventative measures you take, it is still necessary to stay on the lookout and test for mold continually

If you find what appears to be mold in your home, try conducting an at home mold test.  Here are the best ones for 2016. If you don't want to conduct a test yourself, you can always contact a mold specialist to perform a professional test. Once completed, it's the results that matter.

What happens if you find mold? Here are our remediation steps to help you.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville - (615) 242-9391
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Why It's Important to Get Fire Damage Cleaned Up Immediately

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

It's devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your Nashville house. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority.

The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage that occurred. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem.

Take these action steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire.

1. Contact your insurance company.

2. Contact your local fire restoration company.

3. Take photographs of the damage.

4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.

5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.

6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.

While a house fire is a trying experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So, remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire.  

Ways to prevent Nashville cold air moisture from leading to mold in your home

2/22/2016 (Permalink)

Even though it's cold outside, there is moisture in the air. This moisture can get trapped in your house and cause mold. For example, if indoor air contacts a cold surface, it can cause condensation. That condensation can lead to mold if not cleaned regularly. This can be prevented.

1. Check your ceiling and roof to make sure there are no holes. Even a small hole in the ceiling of a humid home can cause condensation to become frost. Unfortunately, when the sun warms up the roof, this frost melts.

2. Make sure your home does not have any air leaks letting air escape from your home. This should be a routine check because if air leaks, condensation is more easily formed.

3.  As spring and summer are on their way, the reverse can happen when the air conditioning is blowing. An air leak can cause air to seep into your home. With this, condensation can build, even on the walls or under wallpaper. Be sure to continue a routine check throughout the year.

Keeping these steps in mind can prevent mold from forming in your Nashville home. However, if you do find mold, be sure to immediately call for help to get it handled properly.

Are you losing money while trying to heat your Nashville home?

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

Your home may be safe from water leaks and damage, but could still be experiencing air leaks. Air leaks are small cracks or spaces in your home that allow the air to escape, making it harder to keep your home warm in the winter or cold in the summer. As the air sneaks out of the home, it causes your furnace or air conditioning unit to work harder and use more energy to push air consistently throughout the home in order to replace the air that is leaking. There fortunately are ways to take care of these air leaks and remedy your situation. These leaks can be taken care of by weather stripping your Nashville home.

Weather stripping is the act of applying material to joints in areas of your home, such as windows or doors to keep air from escaping. The first step to begin weather stripping is finding the origin or the air leaks. Energy.gov gives a list of some areas of the home to inspect and what material is best to use when blocking these leaks.

Common air leak locations

Interior

  • Electrical outlets

  • Switch plates

  • Door and window frames

  • Electrical and gas service entrances

  • Baseboards

  • Fireplace dampers

  • Attic doors

  • Vents and fans

Exterior

  • All exterior corners

  • Outdoor water faucets

  • Where siding and chimneys meet

  • Areas where the foundation and bottom of the exterior meet

Once you find the origin of the air leaks, it’s important to find the appropriate material to use for weather stripping the specific location of the leak. Vinyl and metal may be more expensive than a cheap felt or foam material, but will hold up and last longer, especially in high traffic areas of the home. Check out the list of 14 different weather stripping options that are available to keep your energy bill low at Energy.gov.

The dangers of a leaky roof on your Nashville home

2/9/2016 (Permalink)

There are several dangers that come along with a leaky roof. The water entering the home not only causes damage to interior and structure, but can also become a health and fire hazard as well. Although it can be expensive and time consuming to repair or replace a roof, it’s important to take immediate action when a leak is noticed. Angie's List gives us some insight on the dangers that occur from a leak in your Nashville home.

1.    Attic and ceiling damage

The first place that a roof leak hits is the attic or internal ceiling of the home, causing ceiling plaster to expand, bubble and darken. The water can also damage ceiling fans and light fixtures.

2.    Interior mold

One of the more serious issues that occur from a roof leak is mold growth. The consequences of letting the water settle without repairing the leak immediately can be harmful to your health. Mold damage can spread throughout the home’s structure, HVAC system and into personal belongings

3.    Fire hazard from water damage

Water isn’t aware of the material that it’s landing on when a leak occurs. If and when water gets exposed to shorted wires (such as some wires that could be placed across your attic), this can pose as a serious fire hazard.

4.    High utility bills/wasted energy

As water leaks in through the roof, it causes damage to the insulation in the attic. Over time, this damage can cause your home to lose a large amount of hot and cold air, resulting in higher bills and the use of more energy.

5.    Compromised structure

Water can be a powerful force of nature, especially when exposed to the same area over time. When water causes a roof to leak, it can also damage other areas of the home’s structure such as rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing and exterior trim. 

Keeping the carpets clean in your Nashville home this muddy season

1/29/2016 (Permalink)

The wet season is here, bringing on more than just flood and water damage. This is the time of year that our upholstery and floors get affected most with stains from the mud and dirt that we track in. 

Although many stains are better off to be removed right away, mud stains should be taken care of after waiting until the mud dries. Trying to clean mud right away causes the mess to spread, giving you a bigger and tougher stain to clean in the end. Drying the mud with a fan can speed up the process of removal. Cleanipedia gives us tips on how we can effectively remove mud stains and keep our carpet clean this season.

1.     Start off by using a vacuum hose to pick up the dry pieces of mud. This will get all of the excess crumbles out of the way to keep from smearing them across the floor. Move the hose gently across the area to ensure that you’re not pressing the dirt deeper into the carpet. 

2.     There will most likely be some pieces of mud still stuck to the fibers of the carpet after using the vacuum. These remnants left over will need to be removed by scraping them out of the carpet using a gentle object, such as a spoon.

3.     Once you’ve scraped the dirt out, run the vacuum hose back over the area to pick up the remainder of the particles. If there are still particles left over, continue to scrape and vacuum until all dirt remnants have been removed.

4.     Now that all of the extra mud has been removed from the carpet, there is usually still a stain to be seen unfortunately. There are multiple different methods and removal products to help clean the stain, but even a simple warm water and laundry detergent mixture can do the trick. (Always make sure to try using the solution on a small, unseen portion of carpet first to test it out before applying it to a large area.)

5.     Once you have your mixture put together, soak the sponge into the solution and gently dab the area until the stain is completely covered and faded. Let the area dry naturally to see the outcome.

Remember - If you’re still having trouble removing a stain, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always available to help!

Keeping safe from fire damage while staying warm and cozy in your Nashville home

1/22/2016 (Permalink)

As the temperature drops throughout Nashville, we find ourselves staying bundled up and inside where it’s warm. This is the time of year when people start to bring out extra sources of heat to warm their home. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) gives us a list of other heat sources available, as well as how to stay safe this winter while using them.

·      Space heater

o   Keep anything that can burn or catch fire at least three feet away at all times.

o   Buy a space heater that has an automatic power-off, especially for if the heater tips over accidentally.

o   Do not keep the heater on when unattended or while sleeping.

o   Plug the heater directly into an outlet instead of using an extension cord or power strip.

·      Fireplace

o   Do not burn paper in your fireplace. This can cause small, burning particles to fly into the living area.

o   Keep a screen in front of your fireplace to prevent embers from flying out into the living space.

o   Never leave a fire unattended while sleeping or when out of the house.

o   When cleaning out the ashes from the fireplace, make sure to dispose of them in a metal can with a lid that’s at least three feet away from your Nashville home.

·      Wood-burning stove

o   The wood-burning stove is treated much like a fireplace with the same rules that apply, but with a wood-burning stove, there is also the chimney that comes into play.

o   Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a professional.

** Read more about heating fire safety at USFA and remember to only use products that are labeled as being tested in a laboratory.

Waterproof the foundation of your Nashville home to prevent water damage

1/13/2016 (Permalink)

Waterproofing your Nashville home keeps your foundation dry and prevents water and structural damage from occurring over time. According to Enlightenme, there are several ways to waterproof your foundation from the inside and outside of your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Check your home and get it protected before the next storm hits.

Exterior

·      Drainage – This type of waterproofing method works by having gravel and a drainpipe installed into your landscape to collect the excess water and carry it away from the foundation of your Nashville home.

·      Waterproofing exterior membranes – These are applied by using a brush or roller directly on the foundation of the home. They are usually made by polyurethane to create a waterproof seal to prevent water from entering the home.

Interior

·      Drainage/sump pump systems – Drainage pipes and tiles are placed around the perimeter of the foundation to direct water to the sump pump in your home, allowing it to exit the home and flow away from the foundation.

·      Waterproofing interior membranes – Just as there are materials to waterproof the exterior of your home, there are also materials to protect the inside also. These are applied to the inside walls of the foundation and stop moisture from entering the lower levels of the home.

Make sure your sump pump is working properly in your Nashville home to avoid water damage

1/8/2016 (Permalink)

Sump pumps are essential to homes that have lower levels. When homes have levels below the sewer line, it can cause water to collect in inconvenient places such as a basement or lower level utility room. Sump pumps ensure that the water drains properly and does not collect in your home causing water damage. Just like any other device, it is important to make sure that the pump is working properly and maintained. EHow gives a list of actions to take in order to check your sump pump thoroughly before the next storm hits.

1.     Find the outlet pipe that allows the water to drain outside of your home. Make sure that there aren’t any clogs or damages done to the drain making it impossible for water to exit the home and flow away from the foundation.

2.     Locate the sump pump in the lower level of your home and check the inside of it to ensure that the pump is not clogged with debris. Also, make sure that the pump is plugged in. It is electrical, so if it is not plugged in, it will not run when needed.

3.     Since you don’t want to wait for a storm to pass through in order to test out the sump pump, there are other ways to make sure it works before mother nature hits. Slowly pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the pump to simulate if a storm were to hit. As you pour, watch for it to turn on and start pumping the water out of your home. It should start pumping when the water reaches about 8-12 inches below the basement floor.

4.     If your sump pump contains a float in the basin, make sure that it is also functioning properly and not caught on anything while running the test. This float is what lets the sump pump know when the water reaches a certain height and activates the pump.

It’s important to test the sump pump every couple of months to ensure that it is working properly to avoid water damage in your Nashville home. Make any necessary repairs and replacements if there are issues that occur while testing the pump.

Protecting your Nashville home from storm damage

1/3/2016 (Permalink)

Snow isn’t the only thing leaving its mark on our homes this time of year. It may not be springtime yet, but storms are still whipping through cities causing power outages and home damage. According to the National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), damage caused by trees during severe weather, account for over $1 billion in property damage. Broken limbs or trees can cause mass amounts of damage to your property if they make contact. Such damage can be done to roofing, siding, windows and even structure to the home, causing lots of expensive repairs. Unfortunately there is no way to stop the unpredictable weather, but there are ways to prevent damage from happening to your home.

Assessing your tree

The National Storm Damage Center insists on trying to keep trees healthy and surviving as long as they’re not posing an immediate threat, but how do we know if the tree is ready to be taken down or not? There are different ways that a tree can be assessed to give you a better answer to that question.

·      Broken limbs – the larger amount of large limbs that are broken on a tree, the less likely it is to survive or recover from storm damage. This tree is unfortunately probably ready to be taken down.

·      Amount of limbs broken – A tree showing more than 50% of it’s limbs broken or damaged means that it will most likely have a difficult time producing leaves in the upcoming season, therefor making it harder for it to survive.

·      Leader branch – Is the upward-trending branch at the top of the tree broken? Without this branch being intact, it is likely that the tree’s growth will be stunted, making it less likely to survive.

·      Location – Last, but not least is location. Saving trees is important for our environment, but keeping lives safe is obviously more important to us. The biggest decision on whether to keep a tree in your yard or not is purely the location of the tree. Is it in a location that could cause damage or injury to your home, car or family if it were to break? If so, it is better to be safe than sorry and get it removed before a storm comes through. 

Keeping the Air in Your Nashville Home Clean this Winter

12/28/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning Keeping the Air in Your Nashville Home Clean this Winter Source - http://trusthomesense.com/blog/duct-cleaning-indoor-air-quality-and-health/dsc00055-copy_2/

Now that the weather is getting colder and we’re nestled away inside our homes, it’s a good time to check your home for certain things that may need to be replaced or cleaned. Take your air ducts for example. Many times, these go unnoticed, but can’t be forgotten. According to Houselogic, the air in your home circulates through the air ducts about five to seven times a day, carrying all of the dust and particles through the air. This is where your HVAC filter comes into play, but this filter can only handle so much.

Reasons for cleaning your air ducts

·      Keeping the air clean – This can be important, especially for people with allergies. Getting rid of the dust will ensure that it does not get fed back into the home.

·      Ease of airflow – Making sure that your air ducts are clean makes it easier for air to flow smoothly and circulate throughout the house. This also reduces the amount of energy that needs to be used in order to circulate the air.

Methods of cleaning air ducts

  • Hand-held vacuum – This can be done by attaching the brush to the end of the vacuum hose. This may be the easiest for some people, but unfortunately not the most efficient. This usually leaves dust behind in places that are harder to reach.
  • Mechanical brush – A rotary brush is attached to a mounted vacuum that is fed through the ductwork to suck away debris. This method can be harsher for older systems.
  • Air Sweep – This is known as the most effective way to get the job done. A mounted vacuum with a compressed air hose is fed into the ducts to get rid of any lodged or stuck debris.

Maintain your Nashville home during winter to prevent mold damage

12/18/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Maintain your Nashville home during winter to prevent mold damage Source - http://blackmoldresources.com/mold-science/?viewall

Although the winter weather has been mild so far, we have to be ready for the harsh weather that January might bring. The cold winds and wet snow not only take a toll on our bodies, but also our homes and belongings. Unfortunately, the wet weather brings on lots of water and mold damage possibilities during this time of year. It’s important to check your home throughout the season to make sure that permanent damage isn’t going unnoticed.

HubInternational gives a list of common household areas to maintain during winter in order to make sure that there is no water or mold damage occurring. These main areas include the roof, basement, windows and plumbing. These are the most common places that water is likely to enter the home and collect bacteria that can possibly turn into mold.

Basement

·      Check for water leaks in corners and spaces where the wall and floors meet.

·      To remove excess moisture from the air, place a dehumidifier in the basement to decrease the humidity.

Roof

·      Keep an eye out for loose or missing shingles.

·      Check the seals around any openings in the roof such as skylights, chimneys or vents.

Windows

·      Dry any areas that are covered in condensation to make sure that the water does not sit and collect bacteria.

·      Check for loose or damaged siding or caulking.

·      Ensure that seals around windows are tight and not cracked.

Plumbing

·      To prevent exposed pipes from freezing, cover them in insulation to keep from bursting.

·      Make sure there are no leaks or cracks in the pipes that will let water out.

·      Let water drain from outside faucets and then turn them off for the winter.

·      If you’re not going to be near your home for an extended period of time, shut off the water.

Many people wait until spring to fix damages and inspect the home, but the damages have usually already occurred and gotten worse by then. Try to inspect before and during the winter to ensure that you catch any leaks ahead of time and prevent permanent damage to your Nashville home.

Clean out your gutters to avoid flood damage in your Nashville home

12/11/2015 (Permalink)

As the temperature drops, we’re starting to see colder mornings and nights that will soon turn into us cleaning frost off of our windshields and making sure that the car is warm enough to sit in on the way to work. With the colder temperature also comes the harsher weather. It gets harder to stay out in the cold during these blustering days, especially when it’s for housework, but it’s important to stay on top of work that needs done to ensure your home is safe from flood or water damage.

With the gutters sitting way above eye level on your home, people sometimes forget that they need attention. Not cleaning your gutters can lead to excessive damage in the future. They are the important part of your home that keeps water away from your foundation and roof. If they aren’t cleaned properly or on a regular basis, they can clog up and cause overflow of water, forcing it into your home. The backup of material in your gutters can also lead to mold and bacteria growth.

Cleaning your gutters does not have to be done every other week or even every other month. It’s good to clean them biannually. Make sure that there is not a build up of leaves, twigs or even nesting materials from animals that will block water flow.

Depending on the size of your home, it can be an easy and quick process to complete, but obviously a tough job for someone who has a fear of heights. To clean your gutters, you’ll need a ladder tall enough to reach the top of your house, rubber gloves, a small rake, trash bag and a hose. QuickenLoans explains how to clean out your gutters properly with a few simple steps. 

1.     Set the ladder up so that you’re within safe reach of the gutter.

2.     With gloves on, start to remove the debris and either throw it directly into the trash bag or onto the ground to clean up later once you’re off the ladder.

3.     Once you’re done cleaning the section that is within your reach, climb down from the ladder and move it to the next section to repeat the same process.

4.     Once the gutters seem clear from all debris, hose them down to make sure that there is no extra debris stuck or clogged. This will also show you If there is a leak in your gutters that needs repaired.

If you don't feel comfortable cleaning your gutters on your own, contact a professional to help you out!

Keep your Nashville home safe from fire damage this year by following these Christmas tree safety tips

12/4/2015 (Permalink)

The holiday season is upon us and the streets and houses are covered in color. As you drive around the city you can see homes strung with lights, wreathes hanging on doors and trees lit up in windows. If you decide to pick out a real tree this year, remember to keep some safety tips in mind. The National Fire Protection Association gives some tips on how to stay safe while picking out, placing, decorating and disposing your tree.

Picking out a tree  

  • Pick out a tree that is fresh and not dead or dying. Look for a tree that displays fresh, green needles that don't fall off easily.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in a stand, cut approximately 2” off of the base of the trunk.
  • Take a look around the room and make sure to place the tree at least three feet away from any type of heat source including, but not limited to, fireplaces, candles, radiators, heaters or lamps.
  • Make sure that the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the base daily to keep the tree from drying out and causing a fire hazard.

Decorating the tree

  • Check the lights to make sure they’re labeled as tested and that you are using them as stated (indoor or outdoor use).
  • Replace strands of lights that are worn, frayed or have loose bulb connections.
  • Turn off lights before leaving the home or going to bed.

Disposing of the tree

  • Get rid of the tree as soon as possible after Christmas. Having a dried out tree in the home is a fire hazard. Check with your local community to see what your options are for disposing the tree properly and safely. Do not leave the tree in the home, garage, or leaning against the house outside.

Stay safe while decorating and entertaining for the holidays

11/28/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stay safe while decorating and entertaining for the holidays Source - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Candle_light,_pillar_candle.jpg

The holidays are finally here meaning lots of food, family, celebrations and decorations. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to prepare for the next big holiday! This time of year can seem like the busiest, from longer work hours to trying to find the perfect gift for loved ones. Don’t let the running around fog your mind. It’s important to keep safety forefront during this time of year to avoid fire damage incidents. RedCross gives some fire safety tips to keep in mind while decorating and entertaining for the holidays.

1.    Keep children, pets and decorations away from lit candles

This is the perfect time of year to light your Christmas scented candles to fill the home with a welcoming and cozy aroma. As you're placing your candles around the home, make sure that they are set in safe locations out of the reach of children, pets and decorations.

2.    Remain in the home and set a timer while cooking

Cooking is one of the most time consuming tasks around the holidays, so it’s understandable that people try to multitask as much as possible while making meals. It’s easy to forget that something may be in the oven when you have a lot of other things to focus on. Set a timer and make sure to stay in the home when cooking meals.

3.    Choose decorations that are flame resistant

There are plenty of decorations to choose from every year and as the years go by, companies are coming up with safer ways to decorate your home. While searching for new decorations, try to find ones that are fire resistant or retardant. Also keep in mind to place trees away from heat sources, exits and water real trees daily.

4.    Never leave fireplaces or portable heaters unattended

Sometimes having a portable heater running can go unnoticed or forgotten about. Set yourself a reminder or timer to remember to turn off the heater or fireplace, especially before heading off to bed for the night.

5.     Do not light the fireplace where stockings are hung

Many people hang their stockings traditionally over the fireplace every year. As this a great decoration, make sure to not use the fireplace while the stockings are hanging. The smallest ember can fly up and land on a stocking and start a fire.

Keep your Nashville home warm and your heating bill low

11/20/2015 (Permalink)

Are you having trouble keeping your home warm during the winter, but are still feeling a difference in your wallet from increased heating bills? This may be an indication that your home needs some maintenance, repairs or restoration. Popular Mechanics lists off some ways to cut your home heating bills this winter. 

1.    Replace worn weather-stripping

The draft and cold air that seeps into the house is usually let in through worn weather-stripping. As the cold air gets in, the furnace works harder to pump warm air into the home to increase the overall temperature. As the furnace works harder, this increases your bill over time. It’s smart to replace the weather-stripping around your doors and windows every few years to save you money and keep the warm air in.

2.    Seal air leaks in duct work

Check your ducts for gaps in the seams and corners where the ductwork may have come apart. Energy Star states that the typical house with forced-air heating loses about 20 to 30 percent of air to system leaks, holes and gaps. You can cover these gaps with a mastic sealant or metal tape to seal them.

3.    Keep the heating registers clear

Covering up these vents will cause poor air circulation throughout the room leaving it feeling colder than it normally would. Make sure that your vents are clear and able to provide even airflow.  

4.    Lock your windows and doors

This is a small step that can be easily overlooked, but locking your windows and doors can help keep the warm in and the cold air out. When setting the lock on your door or window, a tight seal forms to keep that cold air out. 

These four tips are a good start to helping you save air and money. Check out the rest of the tips that could help you save this winter at Popular Mechanics.

Prevent ice dams from forming on your Nashville roof this winter

11/12/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Prevent ice dams from forming on your Nashville roof this winter Source - http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20557572_21099309,00.html

According to Familyhandyman.com, one-third of the heat loss in the average home is due to hot air rising through the ceiling into the attic. If you’ve ever had to go into an attic on a hot summer day, you know that the attic holds in hot air like a sauna. With the hot air compressed under the roof, it causes the roof to warm up and melt the layer of snow on top. Although the attic heat warms up the top of the roof, there is still that cold edge around the home that the heat doesn’t reach. This cold edge is where ice dams build up. The melted snow flows down the roof until it hits the ice dam where it freezes, building up an even bigger dam. The trick to keeping ice dams off of your roof and water damage out of your home this winter is by keeping your attic and roof cold enough to prevent mass melting of the snow. Here are some tricks to keep your roof cold.

·      Close up attic bypasses

Most of the heat that escapes to the attic is due to cracks near light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys, or cracks in drywall. Stopping some of those leaks may be tough to reach, but plugging them up with caulk or foam can prevent the hot air from rising into the attic and heating the roof.

·      Measure your attic insulation level

Check the depth of the insulation covering your attic to make sure that they meet building code. If there is less than 8 inches, you most likely will need to add more insulation. Most building codes require 12-14 inches of fiberglass or cellulose.

·      Increase roof ventilation

Placing vents into your roof will help ventilate the warm air and allow some cool, outdoor air to seep in, keeping the attic at a reasonable temperature. Adding vents can be a tricky task, but if you have experienced ice dams during past winters, try to focus on the areas where they have built up previously.

All of these tasks can be done to prevent ice dams, but may take some experience to complete. Contact a professional to assist with helping you cool down your roof and prevent ice dams from forming this winter.

Is your Nashville home ready for the cold winter weather?

11/7/2015 (Permalink)

General Is your Nashville home ready for the cold winter weather? Window installation kit Window installation kit Source - http://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/3770/draughty-pvc-window

The cold weather is back to stay for the next couple of months and it’s time to make sure that your home is ready for it. According to Popular Mechanics, there are steps that can be taken to winterize your home before the cold is here to stay. Taking the time to winterize your home will not only save the energy in your home, but also keep money in your pockets monthly. 

·      Change furnace filter

This task can be easy to forget, but should be done once a month during the cold season. These filters fill up quickly and without proper airflow, more energy is used when trying to heat the home and in turn costs more money. 

·      Fill in the cracks 

Take a look around your home for any gaps or cracks in seals. Many cracks form at corners, chimneys and where pipes or wires exit along the foundation. Use caulking or weather stripping to seal up these gaps to save energy and money throughout your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, simple leaks can sap home energy by 5% to 30% a year. 

·      Run fans in reverse 

Many people either don’t realize that this is an option or just forget to change their fans direction. Running the fan counterclockwise produces a cool breeze, while running the fan clockwise takes the warm air from the ceiling and circulates it back into the room, making the room warmer. 

·      Insulate your windows 

Plastic over your windows does not have to look big, bulky and noticeable. Department stores sell cheap windows insulation kits that help keep the draft out and the warmth in.

Don’t let frozen pipes ruin your winter holidays

10/30/2015 (Permalink)

The cold weather always finds a way to creep up on us, making us bundle up in layers of clothes to keep warm. Although the cold weather is an indication of fun holidays and family get-togethers, it’s also a warning to make sure your Nashville home is prepared to avoid water and mold damage. Don’t let your pipes bursting ruin your holiday fun. Danny Lipford, writer of Today’s Homeowner, shares some tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing.

·      Insulate your pipes

The pipes located in your crawlspace, basement, attic and exterior walls are all crucial locations to insulate. Snap-on foam insulation can be used and secured tightly to make sure there are no gaps and joints in the pipes are completely covered.

·      Drip faucets

During cold days and nights, it helps to let your faucets drip both hot and cold water to avoid pressure build-up and keep the water moving to prevent freezing.

·      Heat pipes

Wrapping pipes with UL approved heat tape is a way to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Make sure the tape has a built-in thermostat to prevent from overheating and causing possible fire hazards. Make sure to read instructions thoroughly when using heat tape.

·      Check foundation

Having cracks in your foundation walls can cause cooler weather to get in and make it more likely for pipes to freeze. Fill the cracks with caulking or expanding foam.

Source - http://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-prevent-pipes-from-freezing-and-thaw-frozen-pipes/

Reasons to have the carpet cleaned in your Nashville building year round

10/24/2015 (Permalink)

Carpeting holds many pollutants, dirt and dust follicles making it easy for particles to build up over time. As the rainy season approaches, muddy shoes join right along with it. During the muddy season, it gets tougher to keep flooring clean and prevent stains from surfacing on the carpet. CleanLink.com lists the top reasons to have your carpeting cleaned year round. 

  • Prolongs the life of the carpeting. As dirt and material gets locked into carpet, it wears the flooring away over time.
  • Most warranties for carpet are maintained by having it cleaned using the extraction method approximately every 12-18 months.
  • Carpet traps airborne pollutants and allergens, so keeping it cleaned regularly protects indoor air quality.
  • Stains and spots are easier to remove and keep the carpet from getting permanently damaged over time.
  • Carpeting is easier to maintain. Keeping carpet cleaned regularly keeps from needing deep cleaned often.
  • Having clean carpet in a room, especially an office building enhances the overall appearance and atmosphere for workers and customers.

Source - http://www.cleanlink.com/news/article/Ten-Reasons-to-Have-Carpets-Cleaned-Year-Round--15658 

Ways to control the moisture in your Nashville home to prevent mold damage

10/15/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ways to control the moisture in your Nashville home to prevent mold damage Source - http://moldvictim.org/flood-mold-property-damage/

It’s that time of year when the climate is changing rapidly around the country and moisture is filling the air. Many storms and rainfalls are causing flood damage and leaving their mark on homes and buildings. As the water sits and dampens furnishings and materials within the home, it creates an easy breeding ground for mold to live and produce. It’s important to take control of moisture from immediately to prevent the growth of mold and mold damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives some tips on how to prevent mold. 

  • Ventilation in homes is essential. We see fans in bathrooms and kitchens many times used to ventilate the area. These are important in making sure that moisture does not get trapped in the room.
  • Since bathrooms are constantly filling with moisture, it’s important clean them with mold-killing cleaners.
  • Be sure to clean furnishings or damp areas within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Watch out for any leaks present in the home. Whether it be through the roof, the walls or even the plumbing, this allows more moisture to enter the home and create breeding grounds for mold.
  • Many people don’t use carpet in rooms such as bathrooms or basements that are prone to flooding due to the fact that carpeting holds moisture easily. If carpeting or upholstery is damaged by water and is not able to be dried quickly, make sure to dispose of the property as it may be holding mold spores.
  • Keep in mind that with the changes in the weather, humidity is likely to range throughout the day from the moisture in the area. Make sure that you’re keeping humidity levels as low as possible in the home. It is recommended to keep levels no higher than 50% throughout the day. Air conditioners or humidifiers can help with this.

Fire Prevention Week 2015: October 4th – October 10th

10/9/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Week 2015: October 4th – October 10th Source - http://files.esfi.org/file/Fire-Prevention-Week-2015-0E9E.pdf

 

Every year, the National Fire Protection Association sponsors fire prevention week where they pick a topic about fire safety to share with communities. This year, the topic chosen was “Hear the Beep Where you Sleep” to show everyone the importance of having smoke alarms installed in every bedroom of the home. According to the NFPA, roughly half of home fire deaths that occur happen from fires that occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are sound asleep.

Smoke alarm safety tips 

·      Choose smoke alarms that have the label showing that they’ve been tested in a testing laboratory.

·      Install smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside of every sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Basement smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling right at the bottom of the stairway.

·      On main levels, (such as where the living room or dining room is) install smoke alarms in the main rooms and right where the entrance of the stairway leads to a different level of the home.

·      Smoke alarms should be installed at least ten feet from a cooking appliance.

·      Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings. If mounted on the wall, they should not be more than 12 inches from the ceiling.

·      Interconnect all smoke alarms, so if one goes off, they all go off in the home. This will ensure that no matter where you are located in the house, you will be aware of the house fire. Make sure that all smoke alarms are from the same manufacturer and compatible.

·      Remember to always test smoke alarms at least once a month, replace batteries when necessary and make sure to replace the smoke alarms when needed or stated by manufacturer.

Source - http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms/installing-and-maintaining-smoke-alarms

Firefighters climb 110 stories to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

10/1/2015 (Permalink)

Community Firefighters climb 110 stories to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower Source - http://www.nashvilledowntown.com/go/tennessee-tower

As we all know, this past month of September holds a special place in our hearts as we remember the lives lost in the tragic event that took place on September 11, 2001. On that day, 343 firefighters lost their lives in attempt to rescue the ones stuck on the top floors of the Twin Tower buildings. To reach the fire and the people waiting to be rescued, the firefighters had to climb 110 stories in full uniform. Since this day, many groups and organizations have come together to raise money for the families directly affected by this event. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is honored to sponsor the Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb event as people gather to honor the fallen firefighters and raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

This year, on September 15th, was the 6th annual Nashville stair climb, where 343 local firefighters raised money and registered to climb 110 stories in full gear (60-80 pounds) up the William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower. Each participant is given a badge to wear during the climb, showing the name and photograph of one of the FDNY firefighters killed on September 11th, 2001.100% of the funds raised at the event will be given to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to help the families directly affected by the ones lost back in 2001.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created by congress to lead a nationwide effort in order to honor America’s fallen firefighters. According to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation official website at firehero.org, the foundation’s mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Check the Foundation’s site to find an event near you to help support our fallen firefighters.

Avoid fire hazards while trying to stay warm as the Fall weather settles in

9/25/2015 (Permalink)

As we can all tell by the weather, we’re starting to experience the cooler weather now that Fall has approached. This unfortunately means more time inside, as we get further into the year. As we spend more time inside trying to stay warm, it’s important to remember the safety precautions to take in order avoid potential fire hazards and fire damage. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) put together Fall season safety tips to keep in mind as the weather gets cooler.



Fall Safety Tips:

  • Most people enjoy the feeling of being snuggled up in a warm blanket, as the weather turns chilly, but take proper precautions when using electrical blankets. Do not place the electric blanket under a mattress or child and always make sure that it is exposed instead of being covered by other blankets or comforters. Also never let pets sleep on an electric blanket.
  • Look for dark, charred or frayed spots on the blanket or near the electrical cord. This could indicate damage and could potentially cause a fire.
  • Never fold electrical blankets when in use. This can lead to overheating and fire damage.
  • Do not leave blankets unattended or when sleeping.
  • Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture and use only weatherproof electrical devices for your outdoor activities.
  • This is the time to start putting away the warm weather tools and swap them out for the tools that are needed for the colder weather. Check your equipment ahead of time to make sure there are no wear and tear in the cords and if there are, make sure to get them replaced to avoid electrical hazard.
  • Keep dry leaves away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.

Source - http://www.esfi.org/fall-safety

Don’t let the electrical system in your Nashville home cause fire damage

9/18/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don’t let the electrical system in your Nashville home cause fire damage Electrical safety tips

Most of us have grown up using electricity just about every day of our lives. Whether it is plugging in a toaster, watching TV, or even charging a laptop or phone, we’re surrounded by it. Electricity is essential, but can be a huge hazard to us if not used and maintained properly. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (Esfi.org), home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in property damage. 65% of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors. ESFI gave a list of some electrical fire safety tips to keep you and your family informed on the proper electrical safety precautions.

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

  • Make sure that there are smoke detectors installed on every floor of the building, inside each room and right outside of every sleeping area to ensure that the alarms can be heard even when sleeping.
  • Test smoke detectors monthly to make sure that they’re working properly and have working batteries.
  • Have your electrical system inspected by a certified professional to make sure that all of the electrical work meets the National Electric Code safety standards.
  • Look and listen for signs of electrical problems such as, flickering or dim lights, buzzing or sizzling sounds from electrical outlets, or insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. If any of these or any other electrical problems are found, contact a professional as soon as possible for the issue to be inspected.
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many electronics. Consider having more outlets or circuits installed by a professional.
  • In homes with children, install tamper resistant devices to keep children from getting electrical shocks or burns.
  • Create an evacuation plan that can be used in the event of a fire.

Source - http://www.esfi.org/resource/home-electrical-fires-184

What is the flood risk of your Nashville home or business area?

9/9/2015 (Permalink)

A flood can happen just about anywhere with rainfall. According to Floodsmart.gov, a flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow. The site advises that floods are the #1 natural disaster in the United States. Floods can happen due to multiple different factors such as: rainfall, river-flow, topography, flood-control measures, and changes due to building and development. Areas are marked as having different levels of flood risks. There are high-risk, moderate-to-low risk, and undetermined-risk areas. You can check the flood risk of your area by checking the flood map at Fema.gov (https://msc.fema.gov/portal).

High-risk

High-risk areas, also known as special flood hazard areas, have at least a one in four chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage. Any homes or businesses in these areas that have loans from federally regulated companies are required to have flood insurance. On the flood map, these zones are marked as letters A and V.

Moderate-to-low risk

Moderate-to-low risk areas, also known as non-special flood hazard areas, carry nearly 20% of flood insurance claims and receive one-third of disaster assistance for recovery. Flood insurance is not required in these areas, but it is highly recommended for all property owners and renters. These areas are shown with the letters B, C, or X in the flood map.

Undetermined-risk

Since flood risks are possible anywhere, these areas are not completely safe from floods, but have not had flood analysis conducted in them. These areas are shown on the flood map with a letter D.

Source - https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/defining_flood_risks.jsp

The four main ways to remediate your home after fire damage hits

9/2/2015 (Permalink)

When something drastic happens such as a home fire, our minds aren’t always thinking of the next steps involved to repairing the fire damage. This is when restoration companies come into play to make sure that the fire remediation process is as efficient as possible and the home is brought back to its original state; safe and structurally sound. Fire remediation is the process of cleaning up the debris and damage caused after a fire occurs. According to enlightenme.com, there are four main steps that a restoration company can take to remediate the fire damage in your home.

1.     Drying the home

Water damage is one of the biggest concerns following a fire. As the water sits, it collects bacteria, contaminants and becomes the perfect place for mold to grow. Restoration companies have the proper equipment to help dry out the area such as dehumidifiers, large fans and other machines to quickly circulate the air through the home. 

2.     Cleaning the HVAC system

If an HVAC system is present in your home, it is a strong possibility that the filters or coils in the equipment will get clogged from the soot and debris caused by the fire damage. Depending on the severity of the damage, the restoration company may have to replace the filters or perform extensive repairs.

3.     Rebuilding damaged structure           

The structure of the home is very important to keeping your family safe. If the structure is damaged, it may need replaced. A remediation company will help assist in the steps to making sure your home’s structure is safe and rebuilt correctly.

4.     Removing the last of the debris

Any items that are unable to be salvaged will need removed to make sure that they don’t contaminate the rest of the home and belongings. Some items may be tough to restore back to their original state, but this is also something that the restoration company is able to assist with. Make sure that everything is cleaned properly before putting it back into the home to ensure that there is not debris contaminating the other belongings in the home. 

Source - http://enlightenme.com/fire-damage-remediation/

Meet the staff - Nathan

8/28/2015 (Permalink)

A Nashville native, Nathan Bragg has an associate's degree in welding and EMT training. He takes great pride in his work with SERVPRO and even loves the heat of the outdoors. That's why Phoenix is his favorite city to visit when he isn't in Nashville. If not working, Nathan may be playing softball to continuing spending time outdoors or riding around town on his motorcycle. Lastly, keep an eye out at local eateries. He enjoys visiting Nashville's finest, especially Ruth's Chris.

Keep your hard surface flooring shining bright year round in your Nashville business

8/28/2015 (Permalink)

We spoke about how to properly maintain commercial carpeting in our last blog, but what about the commercial properties that have purchased hard surface flooring instead? We’ve got those commercial properties covered in this article. Although many people view hard flooring as an easier cleanup, it still takes the proper care and maintenance year round to keep it looking presentable and clean.  According to the Institute of Inspection of Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the first step to maintaining your hard surface flooring is identifying the type you have. The IICRC states that there are primarily six different categories of hard flooring such as, natural stone, concrete, ceramic, wood, resilient and specialty. Each category may take a different method of cleaning to ensure that it lasts a long lifetime.

·      Using a walk off mat is critical to keeping dirt and extra contaminants from entering your building and sticking to your flooring. Just as dirt wears down carpet, it also can damage and cause erosion on hard surface flooring. According to the IICRC, five feet of walk off mat will reduce dirt from entering the building by 33% and 25 feet of walk off mat will reduce almost all dirt by time the person has entered your clean Nashville business.

·      Make sure to clean up spills right upon discovering them. This is not only extremely important for your customers’ safety, but also will stop from causing a stain or water damage on your flooring. Find the proper cleaning product for the type of flooring you have, mark off the area, clean the spill up and dry the area fully before letting people walk back over the surface.

·      We spoke previously about vacuuming carpet regularly to eliminate dirt build up and although there is isn’t much material for dirt to build up on with hard surface flooring, the dirt will cause erosion, breaking down the flooring and possibly causing visible damage. Make sure to provide daily maintenance to the surface by mopping, scrubbing and cleaning the area thoroughly after the commercial traffic is done for the day. This will lead to a longer lifespan and will help eliminate replacing the flooring early on.

·      Last but not least, sometimes it’s nice to treat your flooring to some special treatment. If there are stains or tough to clean spots that have developed over time, this doesn’t always mean that the floor needs to be replaced. Contact your local restoration company to help clean the surface with their specialty equipment.

Source - http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/hard-surface-cleaning/

Keep the carpet in your Nashville business maintained year round to prevent replacement

8/20/2015 (Permalink)

Keeping carpet clean is not a fun task, especially in high traffic areas such as commercial buildings. As a business, it’s crucial to keep that clean and professional image, but as we know, replacing carpet can get pricey, so it’s important to maintain and take care of the carpet year round. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, there are things you can do maintain your commercial carpeting and keep it from getting permanently damaged over time.

·      Keep the walkway leading up to your building clean to prevent dirt, clippings and other materials from tracking in with the crowd.

·      To grab any dirt that’s being tracked in before it hits your carpeting, place a large entry mat outside of the doorway on a hard surface. Make sure it is on top of cement or something that will not get water damage from water soaking through. The mat should be large enough for people to take a couple of steps to wipe away anything that is stuck to the bottom of their shoes.

·      Make sure to vacuum at the end of everyday. Since your commercial building sees much more traffic than an everyday home, it requires much more vacuuming and upkeep. The quicker you pick up the dirt, the less likely it is to stick in the carpet and the easier it is to remove.

·      Aside from making sure that you’re vacuuming every night to remove the loose dirt, it’s also important to deep clean the carpeted area semi-annually. This will keep the high traffic areas such as the entrance clear from collecting dirt build up over time.

·      For any stains or spills that occur, make sure to treat the area immediately to keep from permanently damaging the affected carpet.

Source - http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/commercial-carpet-cleaning/

Meet the staff - Brenda

8/18/2015 (Permalink)

Community Meet the staff - Brenda Brenda Dollar

Meet Brenda -

Brenda Dollar came to us recently from western North Carolina being unable to resist the allure of living near her three grandchildren in Nashville.  Her strong background in accounting, banking and customer service make her a great fit in the accounting clerk role.  Her only challenge is living in "enemy territory" as a graduate from the University of Florida and avid Gator fan!  When not at SERVPRO or playing with her grandchildren, she enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, visiting with her extended family (especially her two daughters in Raleigh, NC) and antique hunting with Mike, her husband of 36 years.

How to clean a surface using dry ice blasting

8/14/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning How to clean a surface using dry ice blasting Check out the video link at the end of the article!

According to cleanblasting.com, there are three steps in the process of dry ice blasting.

Step 1 –

            The dry ice pellets are sent out of the blasting gun at a high speed creating a forceful impact when hitting the surface that they are projected at. This energy transfer causes the surface to be cleared of any extra dirt/contaminents without damaging the surface underneath.

Step 2 –

            The dry ice is a very low temperature of -79 degrees Celcius causing a micro-thermal shock when the dry ice pellets come in contact with the contaminents and surface that they’re hitting. This micro-thermal shock is what also cracks and removes the particles after the initial energy transfer.

Step 3 –

            The last step of the dry ice blasting process is the gas pressure. As the dry ice pellet explodes on impact, it converts to a harmless CO2 gas that is forced between the contanimenent and substrate layer forcing the last of the contaminent layer away from the substrate, leaving only the contaminents to be left behind and the substrate unharmed.

Check out our example video at: 

http://tinyurl.com/SPBMIceBlasting

Source - http://cleanblasting.com/dry-ice-blasting-process/

Being aware of a water leak the moment it happens to prevent water damage in your Nashville home

8/7/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Being aware of a water leak the moment it happens to prevent water damage in your Nashville home Source - http://odditymall.com/water-leak-flood-detectors

Although water leaks usually start off small, they can turn into bigger disasters. Many times, the leak goes unnoticed until it is too late and the small leak has now turned into water damage that we weren’t even aware of. As the water damage sits, it becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold. With all of the hidden places in our homes, it’s impossible to have our eyes glued to every corner. This is where devices such as the water leak alarm come into play to help us out. Enlightenme.com speaks about the importance of having water leak alarms in the home.

The alarm is equipped with leads that have detection mechanisms used to detect when there is a water leak. Once the detection is made by the lead, it sends a signal to the alarm to create a loud, piercing noise, warning you that there is a leak in the home that needs your attention. It’s important to take care of the leak immediately once it is found to prevent further damage and bacteria growing from the water sitting.

It is recommended to use the water leak alarm for places that are most likely to experience leaks and are not always easily visible.

The alarms are usually positioned in places such as:

·      Under cabinets or sinks

·      Basement corners

·      Attics

·      Bathrooms

·      Kitchens

·      Laundry rooms

Source - http://enlightenme.com/water-leak-alarm/

How to remove that awful smoke smell after your Nashville home has been hit with fire damage

7/31/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to remove that awful smoke smell after your Nashville home has been hit with fire damage Fire damage

When our home and belongings are affected by fire damage, we usually aren’t thinking about the aftermath of the damage right away. Aside from figuring out all of the insurance deductibles and what needs replaced, we also have to worry about the hidden smell that may linger after an incident such as a house fire. According to the Home Guides on SFgate.com, there are steps that can be taken to eliminate the smell of fire damage, bringing your home back to its original scent.

Steps to removing fire damage smell

1.     Blow fresh air into the house to start the process of removing the odor. Close all windows and doors except for one window to work as an exhaust. This will force the pressure of the air blown from the fan to push out any smoke lingering in the home.

2.     Remove any linens, pillows, drapes, or curtains and put them in the wash to completely clean and remove any residue that is left over. Any plastic blinds will need to be wiped down and washed by hand.

3.     Any solid surfaces, such as tables, chairs, baseboards, shelves or tile, will need to be sprayed down and scrubbed to remove the residue and smell from the surface. It is recommended by SFgate to use one gallon of water mixed with a teaspoon of dish soap and a quarter cup of white vinegar.

4.     Vacuum any carpeted area with a vacuum that holds a high-efficiency filter to make sure that particles do not blow back into the air. This will also be a good time to clean the furniture with the vacuum or upholstery cleaner.

5.     Make sure to wash and scrub all windows and screen due to the smoke and residue possibly getting stuck on the screens as the smoke tried to clear the rooms.

6.     Remove and wash all of the light fixtures within the home to make sure that there isn’t residue left untouched at the top of the light fixtures in the hard to see and reach areas.

7.     Scrub or mop any hard surfaced floors where particles may have settled even during the cleaning process. Make sure that if using a mop, there aren’t particles being placed into dirty water and then back onto the floor that was just cleaned.

Source - http://homeguides.sfgate.com/remove-fire-smoke-smell-apartment-8328.html

Being aware of the severity of water damage that has affected your Nashville home

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Being aware of the severity of water damage that has affected your Nashville home Source - http://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/5299/repairing-bubbling-blown-plaster-on-an-interior-wall

To get started in the restoration of a home or business that has been affected by water damage, it is important to know the extent of damage that you are getting into. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are four classes of destruction that explain the severity levels of water damage. Knowing the class of destruction first will help in making a restoration plan to fix the water damage.            

Classes of Destruction

Class 1 –

            Class 1 is the easiest water damage to deal with due to the slow evaporation rate. Only part of the room or area is affected for this class and there is little to no wet carpet that has been affected.

Class 2 –

            Due to the fast evaporation rate of Class 2, the whole room becomes affected. From the carpeting to the walls and structure, moisture covers the room.

Class 3 –

            This class involves the fastest evaporation rate where ceilings have now become involved. Most instances from this class have had liquid come from the ceiling. The moisture in these incidents will most likely affect the ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors.

Class 4 –

            When an area has reached class 4, this means that the liquid has had enough time to completely saturate materials such as hardwood, brick or even stone. These incidents require specialty-drying situations.

Source - http://www.iicrc.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html

Cleaning techniques for cleaning soot and smoke residue after fire damage occurs

7/16/2015 (Permalink)

Just as fire moves rapidly through the home, soot and smoke moves quickly through the home once the fire is put out. The aftermath of soot and smoke damage is not a pretty sight and can affect just about everything in the home, but that does not mean that some things cannot be salvaged and cleaned. Depending on the type of fire that occurs and with the proper techniques, there is a possibility for a recovery of some materials. According to publichealth.lacounty.gov, there are different techniques to cleaning depending on the person’s situation.

High- oxygen fires

            These types of fire usually result in dry, dusty soot. This type of damage would be most effectively cleaned up by using a dry sponge to remove the top layer deposits, then detergent to get the stain out and water to rinse.

Low-oxygen fires –

These fires leave a damage that is more like a greasy deposit coating. Do not start off with a dry sponge for this type of damage. This will most likely cause smearing worsening the damage. Use a high-alkali detergent mixed with warm water to wash down the area and remove the greasy deposits. Make sure to rinse thoroughly afterward to ensure that the area is clear.

Methods to cleaning heavy residue –

·      Low-pressure sandblasting

·      Sodium bicarbonate blasting

·      Dry-ice blasting

·      Power washing with stream

·      Chemical application and agitation

·      Non-destructive rubber blasting

** Safety tips to remember **

·      Do not use electrical appliances that have been near a fire.

·      Do not use ceiling fixtures on wet ceiling.

·      Get drapes and other linens dry-cleaned to eliminate transfer of soot from one area to the next.

·      Do not touch anything during first inspection.

·      Do not hesitate to contact a professional

Source - http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/docs/emergunit/cleanFireDamage.pdf

Methods to removing the water and mold damage from your Nashville home

7/10/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Methods to removing the water and mold damage from your Nashville home Equipment ready to serve!

According to epa.gov, there are some cleanup methods to remediating mold damage and water damage from a home or commercial building. The methods used are chosen depending on the amount of water damage done or the material that is affected.

Some methods used to cleanup mold and water damage

1. Wet vacuums

Restoration companies use wet vacuums to collect excess water that has accumulated on floors, carpets, or hard surfaces. These vacuums should only be used when the surface is still wet and should not be used on porous materials. These vacuums can be in contact with contaminated water and mold, so it is important to make sure that all parts and attachments are cleaned thoroughly.

2. Damp wipe

When water damage occurs, there is a high possibility that mold damage is right around the corner. Use a damp wipe to remove the mold spores and dry immediately to make sure that the surface is no longer damp. Leaving a damp surface can cause mold to grow further. Most porous materials need to be discarded due to the mold growing in spaces that cannot be reached or cleaned out. 

3. HEPA Vacuum

A high-efficiency particulate air vacuum is usually used as the last piece of equipment to finish up the remediation of the area. The vacuum should be used after mold or water damaged is removed and thoroughly dried. The contents that are vacuumed up will pass through the air filter in the HEPA vacuum making sure that all allergens and left over contaminants are taken out of the air.

Source - http://www.epa.gov/mold/i-e-r.html#Remediation

How to stay safe this summer when joining around the campfire

7/8/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to stay safe this summer when joining around the campfire Source - https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b7/Campfire_4213.jpg

Although it’s getting hotter outside, the nights are still keeping cool, making it the perfect weather to sit around a campfire. Whether it be your family’s annual camping trip or just a small fire in your backyard, it’s always important to remember the proper safety precautions to take. The smallest fire can spread and cause fire damage in a matter of moments. It’s good to know the safety precautions to take ahead of time and be prepared.

According to Smokeybear.com, there are steps to take when maintaining and extinguishing a fire.

Maintaining your campfire

1.      Once your fire is already roaring steadily, keep it maintained by adding larger pieces of dry wood.

2.      Make sure the fire is staying at a manageable size and is not in danger of getting out of control.

3.      Never leave the campfire unattended. It can take a matter of moments for the wrong material to catch on fire and spread.

4.      Never cut live trees or branches to use in the fire.

Extinguishing your campfire

1.      Try to allow the campfire to burn completely out to ashes to ensure that it will not start back up.

2.      Pour lots of water on the fire and embers, even the ones that are not glowing red. The embers that look dead are still very hot.

3.      Pour water until the hissing sound stops.

4.      Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.

5.      Make sure everything is wet and covered in water so that it is cool to the touch.

6.      If water is not available, dirt can also be used to put out a fire. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers to cool it down.

7.      If it’s too hot to touch, then it’s too hot to leave.

Source - http://www.smokeybear.com/put-out-campfire.asp

Don’t let soot damage settle in your Nashville home

6/29/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don’t let soot damage settle in your Nashville home Soot damage

The time to act on fire damage restoration is unfortunately right after the disaster happens. At the time of the devastating incident, many people are not in the right state of mind to act quickly and get the area cleaned up and restored. This is where companies, such as SERVPRO, come into pla