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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville honored with award for the Top Producing Franchise in Middle Tennessee for 2014

6/8/2015 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville honored with award for the Top Producing Franchise in Middle Tennessee for 2014 SERVPRO Gold Seal

Nashville, Tenn. – SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has been awarded as the Top Producing Franchise in Middle Tennessee for 2014

As one of 19 locations in the Middle Tennessee area, the Belle Meade/West Nashville franchise received the award by generating the highest total sales volume in the area. The location has been in operation for over 35 years and is now owned and operated by Rob Dixon, owner since 2006. During his ownership SERVPRO of Belle Meade has helped over 6,000 customers claim their property back by providing quality clean up and restoration services following damage from water, fire and mold.

Rob says, “Some of the contributing factors to our success in 2014 include, earning the opportunity to become preferred vendors with multiple insurance carriers and property management companies, assisting clients with restoration due to the 2014 Polar Vortex and continuing to provide quality work and care for all our Nashville customers.”

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.

For more information, please contact Rob Dixon at 615-242-9391, rob@SERVPROofbellemeade.com

Don’t let the spring storms cause water and flood damage in your Nashville home

6/8/2015 (Permalink)

General Don’t let the spring storms cause water and flood damage in your Nashville home Drying out flood damage Source - http://www.servproyorbalindabrea.com/before-after-photos/mold-removal-remediation

With storm season underway, there are unfortunate cases of flooding and power outages taking place all over. The humidity and flooded areas create a perfect combination and environment for mold to grow, giving you more than just flood damage to take care of. The sooner the water damage is cleaned up, the less likely there is a chance for mold to produce, leaving you with less to cleanup in the end. According to Angieslist, there are important steps to take in order to prevent mold damage after a flood.

Flood damage cleanup

1.     Remove furniture and upholstery to clean or repair separately.

2.     Start by using a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of as much water as possible so the water is not sitting. 

3.     Use fans to circulate air and speed up the drying process. A dehumidifier can also be used to remove the excess moisture in the air to prevent mold growth.

4.     Once the water and moisture is cleared, start cleaning and treating the carpet and flooring throughout the flooded area. Steam clean any carpeted area to properly sanitize and check the padding under the carpet to ensure that it does not need replaced. Carpet padding usually needs replaced when a flood occurs.

5.     Clean walls and baseboards with warm water and soap to remove any residue. Then apply bleach and water mixture to sanitize the surface. 

Water damage produced from a flood can be dangerous and cause illness due to the bacteria sitting in the water. It’s important to act quickly when it comes to flood and water damage to prevent illness and worse damage to occur.

Source - http://www.angieslist.com/articles/6-steps-prevent-carpet-mold-after-water-damage.htm

Keep your family and home safe from fire damage by maintaining your smoke alarms

5/22/2015 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms have been a staple in the American home, but should not go unnoticed or taken for granted. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties that did not have working smoke alarms. The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms. Most smoke alarm failures are due to missing, disconnected or dead batteries. According to the NFPA, there are precautions to take when it comes to maintaining and checking your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarm safety tips

·      Install smoke alarms inside and outside of each bedroom or sleeping area. Every level of the home, including the basement should have smoke alarms installed.

·      It is recommended to have interconnected smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm goes off, they all go off at once.

·      Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by hitting the test button on the smoke alarm.

·      Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or high up on a wall.

·      Replace all smoke alarms at 10 years of use.

·      People that are hard of hearing can order special smoke alarms that include flashing strobe lights and bed shakers to alert the person within the property.

·      Make sure to talk with your children about the importance of smoke alarms and what to do in case of a fire.

·      There are two kinds of alarms: ionization and photoelectric

                  o   Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn                              about flaming fires

                  o   Photoelectric smoke alarms are quicker to warn                          about smoldering fires

                  o   It is best to have both present in the home

Source - http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms/safety-messages-about-smoke-alarms    

Prevent water damage in your Nashville home this spring by watching for sump pump failures

5/18/2015 (Permalink)

General Prevent water damage in your Nashville home this spring by watching for sump pump failures Sump pump diagram Source - http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/plumbing/sump-pump1.htm

Sump pumps are headache savers when it comes to saving our basements from flooding whenever a downpour occurs. The sump pump sits in the lowest part of our basement or crawlspace and is automatically activated when it detects that there is water starting to fill up the hole it is sitting in. As the pump runs, it sends the water out of the discharge line and away from the home making sure that the home does not flood. Like any other mechanical device, sump pumps still have the possibility of failing.

Causes of sump pump failure

·      Power failure – The most common cause for failure of a sump pump is a power outage. As we know, most power outages happen when we need the sump pump most, during a storm. Purchasing a backup generator to keep your sump pump moving during a storm can save your home from a flooded basement.

·      Improper installation – The installation of a sump pump is crucial to it working properly. One mistake or misstep in following the manufacturer instructions can lead to water to be displaced. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s manual or consult a professional to make sure the sump pump is installed correctly.

·      Frozen or clogged discharge line – The discharge line is where the water exits the home. It is important to make sure that the line is protected from freezing and does not have debris such as dirt, rocks and sticks. A grated discharge line will give water a separate way to flow in case of a blockage.

·      Lack of maintenance – Manufacturers recommend testing and running the pump every 2-3 months.

·      Switch problems – The purpose of the sump pump is to automatically turn on when a sensor notices that there is water build up. If the pump gets shifted and moves position inside of the basin, it can cause switch to be inaccurate and not know where the correct water level is, making the pump not switch on at the correct time.

·      Manufacturer defect – Although it is rare to get a bad machine right out of the store, it still is possible. It is important to test the pump after installation to ensure that it is running properly so that you aren’t finding the defect when it is already too late.

Source - http://renewservices.com/7-causes-of-sump-pump-failure-what-to-do/

Grilling and fire pit safety tips to prevent fire damage this summer at your Nashville home

5/8/2015 (Permalink)

General Grilling and fire pit safety tips to prevent fire damage this summer at your Nashville home Grilling safety tips

As the weather gets warmer, we transition from spending all of our time bundled up inside, to spending every minute we can outdoors in the sun. We’re excited to finally trade the stove for a grill and the fireplace for a fire pit in the backyard. As we drag the summer appliances out and set up the backyard to get ready for the summer, we have to keep the proper safety precautions in mind to avoid fire damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year grilling causes an average of 8,800 home fires.

Grill safety tips:

  • There should be a 3-foot clearance surrounding the grill making sure that there are no kids or pets within this range
  • Position the grill far away from home siding, deck railings, and out from underneath overhangs or branches
  • Periodically remove grease buildup from the trays below the grill to prevent grease fires
  • Make sure to buy the proper starter fluid for charcoal grills and never add the fluid once the grill has already been ignited
  • If using a propane grill, check the propane cylinder hose for leaks each year to make sure that it is not leaking gas while cooking

Fire pit safety tips:

  • Before lighting the fire, make sure that the lid can fit over top of the material inside of the pit in case of an emergency
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby
  • Do not use flammable fluid to start or relight the fire
  • Keep the fire pit well away from flammable materials and fluids
  • Do not burn trash, leaves, paper or cardboard that could spark or send hot particles through the air 

Source - http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grilling

Spring season maintenance tips to prevent water and flood damage in your Nashville home

4/30/2015 (Permalink)

General Spring season maintenance tips to prevent water and flood damage in your Nashville home Smoke detector -- Source: http://www.mycampbellrivernow.com/3179/new-home-safety-fire-inspection-program/

It’s that time of year that we’ve been waiting for, when we can replace our winter coats with our shorts and tank tops. It also means Spring cleaning time is here and people are getting their houses ready for the beautiful weather ahead. Properties have been put through the ringer for the winter months and now may need some extra care to get the property ready for summer. Instead of worrying about repair and restoration while everyone is out enjoying the weather, walk through some maintenance tips to prevent the headache of water and flood damage this spring. According to Travelers.com, there are some important things to keep in mind when running through your spring maintenance and cleaning checklist this year.

Safety maintenance tips:

  • Check electrical outlets for frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Make sure that fuse boxes, outlets and extension cords are not overloaded.
  • Check the water heater for leaks or corrosion.
  • Clean or replace the furnace filter.
  • Inspect your home detectors and replace the batteries. These should actually be tested monthly to ensure that they’re working properly.
  • Clean out the clothes dryer exhaust duct to make sure it isn’t clogged with lint or dust, which can be very flammable.
  • Check the expiration on your fire extinguisher and make sure that it is located in an accessible area and ready for use.
  • Look into possibly replacing high-intensity bulbs, such as incandescent bulbs that produce more heat, with fluorescent light bulbs.

You can print out your own Traveler’s spring home maintenance checklist from: https://www.travelers.com/prepare-prevent/home/home-maintenance/spring-home-maintenance-checklist.pdf

Source - https://www.travelers.com/prepare-prevent/home/home-maintenance/spring-maintenance-tips.aspx

Don’t let the April showers bring more than May flowers to your Nashville home this year

4/24/2015 (Permalink)

General Don’t let the April showers bring more than May flowers to your Nashville home this year Make sure to always clean your gutters to stop them from clogging.

The heavy rain makes its appearance around this time each year, bringing thousands of dollars in water damage to residents all throughout the United States. Taking the time to do some preventative maintenance can save a lot of headache and money when the rain starts to pour.

According to the Institute for Business & Home Safety, there are several ways to keep your home protected from water damage occurring. 

Inside of your home

  • Know the location of the shut off valve – water travels quickly, so in case of an emergency, make sure to know where the main shut off valve is located.
  • Inspect hoses and faucets – check the hoses and faucets for cracks or leaks and replace any that need replaced. It is recommended to replace these every seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs – check the seal around the shower and tub to make sure that it is tightly sealed and water is not leaking out.
  • Check pipes – check the pipes for leaks or cracks, especially right after winter when there is pressure from the cold weather.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve – this will keep the pressure from increasing when the pipes are cold, keeping them from bursting.

Outside of your home

  • Check downspouts for debris – make sure there isn’t anything clogging the drains causing a water backup.
  • Install gutter guards – these guards are used to keep the roof gutters from clogging and makes sure that the water is being drained off of the roof properly. 
  • Seal windows – make sure that there is a tight seal around your windows to keep from water leaking into the home.
  • Inspect your roof – look for any damaged or missing shingles.

 Source - http://www.iii.org/article/how-protect-your-home-water-damage

Don’t let your air conditioner unit cause water damage to your Nashville home

4/17/2015 (Permalink)

General Don’t let your air conditioner unit cause water damage to your Nashville home Source - http://www.compactappliance.com/Buyers-Guide%3A-Air%3A-Window-Air-Conditoner/BUYERS_GUIDE_AIR_WINDOW.html

The snow has melted and we’re finally feeling the warmth start to creep up on us, indicating that summer is right around the corner. Instead of worrying about the snow or ice making its way into our homes, we are now moving onto other issues, such as our air conditioner units. As most of you have probably witnessed, some AC units will show signs of moisture from condensation forming on the unit. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless it becomes more than just condensation. 

Causes

When the AC unit starts to show signs of leaking and appears to be more than just the average condensation, it’s important to know what to look for to stop the leak or water damage from getting worse. Some of the most common issues that cause these units to leak are improper installation, blocked drain hole, air leakage or broken pump.

There are different parts to the AC unit that may fail or get blocked causing the AC unit to leak and cause water damage. The condenser pump that pumps the water out of the condenser pan may be broken or has lost power causing it to stop pumping the water out of the unit. You can test this by checking the power to the pump and pouring water into the pan to see if it is pumping it out properly. Another issue may be a blockage in the drain hole. If the drain that sends the water out of the unit is blocked by debris or dirt, this can also cause a backup of water leading to an overflow effect and leaking. These mechanical breakdowns can sometimes be spotted due to a malfunction of the unit, but there is also the issue of air leaking or improper installation.

When it comes to the installation of the AC unit, it is important to make sure that it is level. An AC unit that isn’t level can cause the excess water to flow toward the leaning end and leak out of the unit. Making sure that the seals on the unit are tight is also an important detail to watch out for. If excess warm air is able to enter the unit, this causes moisture from the air to condense, therefore causing excess moisture to pool below the unit.

Having water pool up in the unit can cause leaking and eventually lead to water damage, so it is important to keep an eye on your air conditioner this summer and make sure that it is running properly. Having this pool of water also indicates that the unit is not running as efficiently as it should, meaning there is a possibility you are spending more money to keep your Nashville home cool. If it is hard to find the cause of the leak, make sure to consult a professional for help. 

Source - http://www.redbeacon.com/hg/why-my-air-conditioner-leaking-water/

Cleaning your Nashville home after the fire and soot damage settles in

4/10/2015 (Permalink)

When the smoke clears and the soot settles, let someone else take care of the cleaning and restoration. After a fire occurs, the last things we want to face are the left over remains of our belongings covered in soot and fire damage. There isn’t always lost hope for remains left over from fire damage. Depending on the amount of damage done, some objects in the home can be restored with hard work and powerful machinery. The cleaning equipment available to restoration companies are far more powerful than the average vacuum sitting in your Nashville home. Trying to clean some materials with the wrong product or equipment could even lead to further damage.

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, there are three common mistakes people make when attempting to tackle the cleaning on their own. The first mistake is using too much shampoo. Sometimes people think that the more shampoo, the better, but in some cases, this could just lead to more damage. The second mistake is using too much water when trying to clean the carpet or upholstery, causing water stains or excessive moisture. Last, but not least, the final mistake is not protecting the carpet from the furniture. Wooden furniture can stain the carpet from dyes and metal furniture can rust and stain the floor beneath it. It’s always important to keep the furniture separated from the carpet and cover the furniture immediately after cleaning to ensure they will not get damaged again.

Hiring a professional can help in many different ways, from the special equipment to the professional opinion for an insurance adjuster. Soot damage leaves a heavy residue that calls for heavy-duty equipment. Restoration companies have the tools to clean the damaged property most efficiently. Tools such as wet cleaning tools, rotary scrubbers, and extractors can inject steam and lift deep stains the first time around instead of having to clean the same surface multiple times. This also ensures that there won’t be too much soap or water leaving stains or residue. As the company cleans the belongings, they’re also able to gauge the amount of damage that has been done and what can be restored or needs replaced. Depending on the insurance that the victim carries, these damages may be covered. The restoration company is able to give proof of the damages done and gives a professional opinion for the claims adjuster to work with. Don’t let all of the weight sit on your shoulders when dealing with a catastrophe. SERVPRO is here to help with any fire or soot damage that hits home.

Source - http://www.iicrc.org/cleaning-smoke-damage-with-professional-a-77.html 

What category of water is sitting in your Nashville home after water damage occurs?

4/1/2015 (Permalink)

General What category of water is sitting in your Nashville home after water damage occurs? Clean water flood damage Source - http://www.removewater.com/what-types-or-sources-of-water-damage-can-occur-in-your-home-or-business/

We all know that there are many different uses for water. In our household alone, water is used for drinking, sanitation and even sewer purposes. When water damage occurs, it’s important to know where the cause of the damage started so that we’re able to identify the category of the water that we’re dealing with. According to the Institute of Inspection and Restoration Certification, certain categories of water can pose a higher threat than others. The IICRC set the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration. 

Categories of water contamination

Category 1 –

This category of water is also know as “Clean Water”; the most     known out of all of the categories. This is the water that is sanitary to drink, cook with and wash in. This water is only sanitary while in it’s source though, such as the pipes in your home. Once it is exposed to other elements, there is a possibility of becoming contaminated.

Category 2 –

Once the water reaches category 2, it usually is noticeable due to foul odor or different look. At this level, the water is unsafe to consume or come in contact with. This category is also known as “Gray Water”. It usually occurs from an overflow of the toilet or other appliances. Do not leave this water unattended for long.

Category 3 –

Category 3, or also known as “Black Water”, is almost always pretty noticeable to point out due to the high level of contamination. Being at this level means that it may contain raw sewage, pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances. This high level category is extremely toxic.

It is always important to clean any type of flood or water damage as soon as it is noticed. The longer the water damage sits, the higher risk of the water becoming contaminated and causing illness.

Source - http://www.iicrc.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html

Battling drywall water damage in your Nashville home

3/20/2015 (Permalink)

General Battling drywall water damage in your Nashville home Drywall water damage / Source - http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/us/il/des-plaines/anvil-interiors-inc-reviews-7525548.htm

Between the walls and ceiling in our homes, we are surrounded by drywall. With as much as there is, damaged drywall can become a hefty fine to pay. Detecting drywall water damage early on is the key factor to saving money and to keep the damage from spreading. Depending on the extent of damage, some incidents of drywall damage can be cleaned and repaired without any replacements. 

According to realestate.com, some signs of water damage include odors, stains and discolorations, peeling wall surfaces, warped or buckled walls and even mold damage. Once the damage is located, it’s time to get to work. Don’t let any type of water damage sit without repair; it is more likely to worsen over time. Every situation has a different outcome depending on the cause of the water damage.

With drywall being a heavier material to begin with, the longer is saturates in the water, the heavier it becomes, causing more damage to the affected area.  If the drywall has been exposed for less than 2 hours and has not been sitting in contaminated water, there is a good chance in saving the drywall by repairing it. 

Realestate.com gives instructions on the proper way to repair and replace drywall -

1.      Determine how far back the drywall needs to be removed. Cut out the damaged area; whether it is a small square or the entire bottom half of a room that has been damaged by flooding. End the cut in the middle of a stud on both ends of the opening to provide an anchor for the replacement drywall.

2.      Make sure to remove any wet/damaged insulation and completely dry the interior and exterior of the wall to ensure that there will not be further damage done while it sits.

3.      Once the inside of the wall is completely dry, replace the old insulation with brand new material.

4.      After the insulation is replaced into the dry wall, we will make sure to cut a new piece of drywall to fit into the opening of where the damage was done.

5.      As the final touch, use drywall tape to tape off the seams and cover the seams and screws with mud or compound to make a smooth, level surface across the new drywall.

Source - http://www.realestate.com/advice/repairing-water-damage-in-your-home-10472/ 

Don’t let water damage sneak into your Nashville home

3/13/2015 (Permalink)

General Don’t let water damage sneak into your Nashville home Source - http://bakerbrothersplumbing.com/2013/09/slab-leaks/

By the time water damage is noticed, it is usually too late and the damage has already been done. We may not have a scent or special power to always know where that one hidden leak or spoiled foundation is, but there are some areas that are important to be aware of. According to the writer of coolray.com, there are 5 different areas of your Nashville home to keep a regular inspection on. Coolray explains why each area is an important part of the home to pay attention to throughout the year. Although, some incidents cannot be prevented, being able to recognize the damage ahead of time can save a lot of money, resources and further damage done to your belongings.

  • Appliances

Some appliances such as water heaters, washing machines and refrigerators have a tendency to leak over time. These leaks can start off small, but if not taken care of, can turn into a big mess. 

  • Basements

Basements collect moisture from drips through the foundation that tend to cover the walls. As the moisture evaporates, it creates more humidity, which in turn can cause condensation throughout the cold basement.

  • Plumbing

Even the smallest of leaks inside a wall can become a bigger issue over time. Make sure to check your plumbing periodically to make sure that there aren’t any loose attachments that could cause a leak down the road.

  • Pipes

A backed up pipe can lead to much more than just that pipe being clogged. As the pipe backs up, it can cause them to back up into other drains causing a massage leak or flood under floor boards or even behind walls. If there are signs of a clogged pipe, make sure to have it looked at immediately to stop further damage.

  • Air conditioner

Many people have seen the moisture that collects on air conditioners on a hot, sunny day. This moisture gets worse throughout the life of the air conditioner due to regular maintenance going unseen. Make sure to watch regularly for any signs of leaking or damage to the unit.

Source - http://www.coolray.com/blog/article/hidden_causes_of_water_damage/ 

Keeping a level head after the fire damage has been done

3/6/2015 (Permalink)

We’re always told that if disaster strikes, we are to remain calm, cool and collected, but when that time hits, it’s hard to always put those words to action. Although there is a lot of chaos in that moment, it is still very important to stay organized and calm from the beginning of the disaster to the end of the restoration. According to ldr4service.com, there are steps we can take to stay organized and calm during these tense times.

Steps to clearing the chaos –

  • First, call your insurance agent to get the claim filed as soon as possible to get the insurance adjustor to your home.
  • Next, call a local restoration team to assess the damage as soon as possible and get working on the damage so it does not get worse over time.
  • Keep a binder and notepad with all of the information that you’re receiving from your insurance provider and restoration professionals. (During this hectic time, don’t rely on remembering everything just off the top of your head)
  • Last, but not least, make sure to save all receipts and documentation you receive pertaining to the incident and only give copies when requested; keep the originals.
  • Now that we’ve gone through the steps to do, here are some steps NOT to do when involved in this situation. 

  • Make sure not to wire any soot damage from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces. 
  • Do not keep or use carpet or furniture that has been heavily damaged by the residue as this is unhealthy.
  • Dispose of any canned goods or food items that were exposed to the extreme heat.
  • Do not turn on any electronic devices until they’re thoroughly inspected by a professional to make sure there isn’t electrical damage.
  • Hopefully no one will ever have to go through these events, but if it does occur, these steps will help you keep that calm and collected mindset to get through the unfortunate. 

    Source - http://www.ldr4service.com/after-the-fire-smart-steps-toward-fire-damage-restoration/ 

    Keep a clean roof to prevent water damage in your Nashville home this winter

    2/26/2015 (Permalink)

    General Keep a clean roof to prevent water damage in your Nashville home this winter Using a roof rake to clear the snow off of the roof

    This winter feels like its never-ending; with our continuous snowfall and days below 0 degrees, spring is feeling further away. The snow has been piling up since the beginning of winter with barely any breaks causing the snow to accumulate. Don’t let the snowfall weigh heavy on your home and shoulders this winter. Make sure to keep the heavy snow off of your roof and out of your home to prevent the unwelcome water damage that it brings.

    Your roof may be giving you warning signs that it’s not holding up with the weight of the snow. According to NBC News reports, two feet of snow accumulated on the average sized roof can weigh up to 38,000 pounds, or 19 tons. That’s about the equivalent of 4-5 cars parked on top of your roof. The most obvious sign is the caving or sagging of a roof. This shows right away that there is too much weight sitting in one area. As the mass amount of snow sits and starts to melt, it flows in every direction to make its way off of the roof. This causes water to seep into the home causing water damage to the roof, insulation, attic, gutters and interior of the home.

    Removing the snow multiple times throughout winter helps to keep it from piling on so high and heavy. There are different ways to remove the snow safely from your roof, such as roof rakes or even professional help. The roof rakes extend long enough to usually remove the snow while standing from the ground to ensure that no one is climbing up that high off the ground in the middle of winter. If you don’t have access to a roof rake, you’re next best option is to hire a professional. Although this may be costly in the beginning, it will save you a lot more money in the long run from water damage that may occur to your roof and home. It also is a lot safer than climbing up on an icy roof on your own.

    Source - http://www.homesessive.com/read/prevent-roof-collapse-remove-ice-and-snow 

    Keeping warm and safe in your Nashville home this winter

    2/18/2015 (Permalink)

    General Keeping warm and safe in your Nashville home this winter Wood burning stove vent system

    According to Nfpa.org, half of home heating fires are reported between the months of December and February. For some, cranking the heat isn’t cutting it during this frigid winter. With temperatures plummeting below 0, people are finding every excuse to stay inside and keep as warm as possible. Alternatives to the furnace can be a great way to bring in extra warmth into the home, but can also create more fire hazards. Heating equipment in the home is one of the leading causes to fire damage and deaths.

    Installing a wood burning stove or fireplace could be a great way to help heat up your home. Everyone loves the feeling of sitting next the fireplace on a cold, winter night. These are the more permanent, yet safer options over the portable heaters. If you choose to add extra heating equipment to your home this winter, just keep a few things in mind. 

    Keeping warm while staying safe!

    • Make sure that all fuel-burning equipment is vented properly to the outdoors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
    •  Give at least a good 3 feet in distance from any type of heating equipment to make sure that someone or something doesn’t get burned.
    • Make sure that the equipment and vents are properly cleaned every year to ensure that there is no blockage.
    • Always make sure to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or home or even going to bed for the night.
    • Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop any sparks from flying out of it and into your living area.
    • Last but not least, always make sure to test your smoke alarms monthly. 

    Source - http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/heating_safety.pdf

    Keep the air in your Nashville home clean

    2/13/2015 (Permalink)

    General Keep the air in your Nashville home clean Dirty vs. clean air duct Source - http://airpridehvac.com/duct-cleaning/

    The cold wind and wet ground makes it easier to justify staying inside wrapped up in a blanket with a hot chocolate in hand. Being stuck inside during a cold winter day is sometimes the best way to spend your day off, but being stuck in the house isn’t getting us the fresh air our bodies prefer to breathe in. Throughout the house, we have our HVAC systems that work as the lungs of our home, breathing the air in and out of the home. Keeping this system clean is essential to keeping the air clean that we breathe in daily.

    According to the HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association (NADCA), up to 40 pounds of dust is accumulated annually from everyday living activities in a typical 6 room home. This means that throughout the year, our bodies are breathing in those dust particles constantly. The particles pulled into the HVAC system recirculate throughout the house about 5-7 times a day causing that build up in the air ducts. The average American spends about 26 years of the life sleeping! For most people, this includes in their own home, so aside from all of the time just spent in the household, there are at least 26 years that we possibly are breathing in that same air in our homes.

    Aside from saving your respiratory system from a harsh beating, there also is the energy savings that clean air ducts provide. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling is wasted. Just like any other type of blockage, the more objects blocking the airway, the harder the system has to work to move the air successfully throughout the house. This is where the energy is wasted. Having a clean HVAC system provides a good amount of air flow throughout the home without the system having to work as hard. This leads to less energy used and a longer life for the HVAC itself, which in the long run saves you money to pocket away for the fun things. 

    Source - http://nadca.com/en/why-clean-air-ducts#

    Save your sentimental items with Ultrasonic Content Cleaning

    2/6/2015 (Permalink)

    General Save your sentimental items with Ultrasonic Content Cleaning Three chamber Ultrasonic Cleaner Source - http://www.tovatech.com/blog/7816/ultrasonic-cleaner/contents-restoration-and-ultrasonic-cleaning

    As a homeowner or even a renter, one of our biggest fears is losing everything we own to a natural disaster, especially the items that are most sentimental to us. When a natural disaster hits, it is much more than just a physical burden, it also takes a mental toll with everything that now needs cleaned and repaired. There are many different methods of cleaning, depending on the type of damages that are done, but one specific way could truly salvage items that you might have just given up on in the past. This method of cleaning is called Ultrasonic Content Cleaning.

    Ultrasonic Content Cleaning uses cavitation action to access even the smallest of crevices on damaged objects. Cavitation is the formation of vapor cavities in liquid, meaning small bubbles that implode to send powerful shockwaves of pressure across the damaged or dirty object, successfully removing residue. This process can send the cleaning fluid in places that a hand cannot reach to clean.

    According to TovaTech, the restoration process for smoke and water damaged articles includes a couple of different steps. First the objects are placed into mesh baskets where they are pre-washed with high agitation to remove as much loose residue as possible. Next, they are placed into the ultrasonic cleaning tank for the cavitation action to take place.  The bubbles from the cleaning fluid make their way through the items, removing the last of the remnants thoroughly cleaning the, what used to be, damaged items. The rinse station is next where the flowing reverse osmosis water (water that was put through a membrane removing tap water impurities) removes the soap residue and leaves that clean final touch. The last 5 minutes of the cleaning process go to the drying tunnel where the dyer covers the items in a continuous, down draft, hot air to make its way back to the customer.

    According to besttechnologyinc.com, the assembly line layout of the Ultrasonic technology can improve cleaning and labor times by as much as 75%. This process has saved tons of money by restoring products instead of having to replace them. Items that look like they could never be used again have been restored back to beautiful looking items. Don’t give up on your items next time and give the ultrasonic cleaning a try.

    Source - http://www.tovatech.com/blog/7816/ultrasonic-cleaner/contents-restoration-and-ultrasonic-cleaning

    Don’t let the winter weather leave its mark on your Nashville business

    1/29/2015 (Permalink)

    This time of year brings in the chaos, from cars bring covered in snow to carpet being stained with mud; there is no escaping the winter mess. The kids and pets come running through the front door leaving behind a trail of debris that will later take some time to deeply clean, but at least it’s just a small crowd. In a different situation though, what if those couple of kids and dog were hundreds of customers walking through your living room daily? Cleaning the carpeting of a small living room can even be a challenge, but it is nothing compared to a corporate office with 10 times the traffic. Maintaining a large office requires more attention and higher end equipment to ensure that the area is always up to professional standards.

    According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), “the first critical component in programmed maintenance and cleaning is routine vacuuming coupled with rapid response to spots and spills.” The longer dirt is sifted into the carpet by constant traffic, the more worn down the fibers get in the carpet, leaving stains or worn out spots that eventually require carpet replacement. Making sure that spills and stains are taken care of promptly can make a large difference in the amount of years that carpeting lasts and for a company, which can mean saving thousands of dollars.

    Tricks to maintaining commercial carpeting:

    • Vacuum daily, especially after hosting large parties or events where the traffic throughout the house or office is more than usual. This will stop dirt and debris from being permanently imbedded into the carpet or harder to remove at a later date.
    • All carpet should be deep cleaned at least twice a year. Some areas with more traffic should be deep cleaned quarterly. Deep cleaning the carpet consists of using a carpet shampoo vacuum to wash, scrub and rinse the excess dirt out of the carpet.
    • Treats spots immediately! Just warm water and mild detergent if treated right away can clean most spots. If the spots or stains are given time to settle, this could mean a more intense and expensive clean up for you later. 

    Source - http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/commercial-carpet-cleaning/

    Don't let the soot or smoke damage settle in your Nashville home

    1/21/2015 (Permalink)

    General Don't let the soot or smoke damage settle in your Nashville home Chemical dry sponge used to clean soot off of surfaces

    When a fire blazes through a home, the first thought in peoples' minds is not whether the carpet or upholstery made it safely through without a burn. Those thoughts don't settle in until after the wreckage. All at once, we are hit with the thoughts of everything that now needs done following the incident. This is where the professionals come in to take that burden off of your shoulders; To take care of the smoke damage, fire damage, and soot damage throughout the home.

    It's hard to take immediate action and get motivated after a tragedy happens, but when it comes to smoke and soot damage, there is no time to wait. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are some steps to be taken immediately following a house fire.

    Steps to take following the incident:

    1. Take safety precautions – Make sure to have the proper gloves and respiratory protection to enter a property after a fire. Breathing in the smoke residue could lead to respiratory health issues down the road.

    2. Bring in box fans – Open windows after immediately entering to start airing the building out. Fans help to get the contaminated air out as quickly as possible. Ventilation is key to prevent further damage to health and the home.

    3. Clean every surface – Don't leave any surface behind. Check all surfaces (on top of cupboards and below appliances) for soot and smoke residue. Using soap and water, scrub the area thoroughly to make sure that there is nothing left behind. Chemical dry sponges are recommended for cleaning soot damage off of surfaces to ensure that all residue is gone. (seen in picture)

    4. Use a high efficiency vacuum – Smoke and soot damage will cling most to upholstery and carpet, making it difficult to recover. If you're able to recover these assets, make sure to use a high efficiency vacuum with a HEPA (High-efficiency particulate air) filter to ensure that the dirt isn't being blown back out onto the floor.

    5. Clean all laundry – Any washable materials should be professionally cleaned at dry cleaner who knows what to use to neutralize the odor and acid from the soot. This will also make sure that your washer and dryer doesn't get damaged in the process.

    Source - http://www.iicrc.org/what-after-smoke-damage-has-happened-a-140.html

    Make sure your Nashville home is protected this Spring

    1/14/2015 (Permalink)

    General Make sure your Nashville home is protected this Spring How a sump pump works

    Spring time is right around the corner and although we are ready for the nice weather, most of us are not ready for the storms and flooding. Instead of letting the storm and flood damage take over your Nashville home, we can be proactive and make sure that we’re ready for the unexpected weather to hit. According to Rytech, there are 5 points to keep in mind when protecting your home from flooding this spring.

    1. Check for leaks ahead of time on your own before finding them during a storm. Take matters into your own hands and use the hose lightly to test any suspicious areas that may have caused issues in the past to find out where the leaks may be happening. 

    1. Roof flashing is installed below the first course making sure that the flow of water is directed away from openings, keeping water out of your home and from deteriorating the walls. It’s always a good idea to have your roof professionally inspected annually to check for damage. 

    1. Basements are the most common area to flood in a home, being located at the very bottom, so it’s always a good idea to look into a sump pump to protect your assets. If you have a sump pump already, make sure to check for any damage or signs of failure. (Irreplaceable items should be placed higher up or even on a different floor in case of unexpected weather events.)

    1. Make sure to keep the gutters cleaned to eliminate constant water flow down the exterior of the home causing possible leaking into the home. 

    1. Last, but not least, compare the costs to the risks. Many people hold off on putting some extra cost into making their home more water resistant due to cost, but the cost of cleaning up the damage after the incident is usually much more expensive.

    Source - http://www.rytechinc.com/5-points-to-keep-in-mind-to-protect-your-home-from-flooding/ 

    Connect with us and have a chance to win prizes

    1/7/2015 (Permalink)

    General Connect with us and have a chance to win prizes Calendar magnet for postcard

    Connect with us and have a chance to win prizes

    For anyone who has been following our blog, you see a mixture of articles that give tips and tricks for cleaning up water damage, flood damage, fire damage, and even mold remediation for your Nashville home. The blog gives us a way to share our knowledge at your convenience and connect with you, our client, which has kept our business flourishing. 

    We want to stay connected as much as possible as we bring in the New Year and make 2015 an interactive year for our clients. We’re starting off in January by holding a social media contest, giving you different ways to win some great prizes, such as event tickets, sports swag, and event tickets.

    For this contest, our clients will be receiving a post card in the mail with a detachable calendar magnet on it. Once they receive the postcard, they will take a creative selfie with the card and post it to our Twitter or Facebook page to be entered into the contest. Throughout the month of January, there will be winner’s chosen weekly for this contest to everyone that chooses to participate. Have fun and be creative with the card! We want to see as many smiling faces as we can. 

    In February, we have our rug-cleaning contest, which is going to give one lucky winner an opportunity to get one free area rug cleaning. Many people don’t see or know the actual process or getting a large area rug cleaned, but it is quite a process to see, so we’re going to share the process with you over the month of February. There will be more details of the contest, as we get closer to the month of February, so keep an eye on our Facebook page to get started! 

    We’re excited to get to know our clients more as we start off 2015. Get connected with our Facebook and Twitter and watch out for more contests and information to come throughout the year.

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROwestnash

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/SERVPROWestNash 

    Bring in the New Year Safely by inspecting your Nashville home

    1/2/2015 (Permalink)

    Bring in the New Year with a good start by making sure that your house is safe for 2015. The holidays are over and people are starting to work toward their New Year resolutions and get the house organized as a brand new start. There are some key things to look over in your house to make sure that the essentials are covered to bring in a safe new year. According to Medicalalert.org, the essentials consist of electrical, home heating, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, security, and safety. 

    Electrical

    • Repair and replace any loose or frayed wires to prevent fire damage
    • While looking over the electrical, try adding more outlets where you find yourself switching out plugs or relying on extension cords to make your home more convenient for yourself.

    Home Heating

    • Examine outside vents to keep excess moisture out of the home and make sure that they’re not blocked to proper ventilation. For example, attic vents are used to keep excess moisture out of the attic and make sure that mold damage doesn’t invade your Nashville home.
    • If you have a chimney, hire a chimney sweep to give it a good look over and make sure that it’s still giving proper ventilation.
    • Have a professional check the water heater

    Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors

    • Test all alarms and replace detectors that need to be replaced 
    • Clean detectors out to make sure that the grill is not blocked by dust particles

    Bring in the New Year Safely by inspecting your Nashville home

    1/2/2015 (Permalink)

    Bring in the New Year with a good start by making sure that your house is safe for 2015. The holidays are over and people are starting to work toward their New Year resolutions and get the house organized as a brand new start. There are some key things to look over in your house to make sure that the essentials are covered to bring in a safe new year. According to Medicalalert.org, the essentials consist of electrical, home heating, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, security, and safety.

    Electrical

    • Repair and replace any loose or frayed wires to prevent fire damage
    • While looking over the electrical, try adding more outlets where you find yourself switching out plugs or relying on extension cords to make your home more convenient for yourself

    Home Heating

    • Examine outside vents to keep excess moisture out of the home and make sure that they’re not blocked to proper ventilation. For example, attic vents are used to keep excess moisture out of the attic and make sure that mold damage doesn’t invade your Nashville home.
    • If you have a chimney, hire a chimney sweep to give it a good look over and make sure that it’s still giving proper ventilation.
    • Have a professional check the water heater

    Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors

    • Test all alarms and replace detectors that need to be replaced
    • Clean detectors out to make sure that the grill is not blocked by dust particles

    Is there mold damage hiding in your Nashville home?

    12/17/2014 (Permalink)

    General Is there mold damage hiding in your Nashville home? Mold shown on the sash of a window

    As the winter is quickly approaching and temperatures are fluctuating, moisture is making its way into our homes in the most unexpected areas. As moisture sits and humidity rises within the home, mold begins to find its place to grow. According to Houselogic.com, the 5 most unexpected places for mold to hide in your home are chimneys, refrigerator drip pans, front-loading washing machines, dishes, and windows sashes and seals.

    1. Chimneys

    As rain and snow collect down in the chimney, they combine with the dirt and other particles within the brick to create a breeding ground for mold to grow. 

    2.  Refrigerator drip pans

    The drip pan collects moisture and food spills over time and goes unnoticed from being located under the refrigerator where most people don’t think to clean or even look.

    3.  Front-loading washing machines

    The seal around the door of the front-loading washing machines often stay wet from being closed when not being used, which creates a great environment for mold growth.

    4. Window sashes and seals

    This is the time of year when the chill of the cold weather combine with the warmth of the inside to create condensation along windows and walls. The dirt and dust particles left on these surfaces mixed with the moisture create the perfect surface area for mold to grow.

    5.  Air conditioners

    The air conditioning units hold the dust, pollen and moisture from the air. With the AC sitting throughout the winter, it gives mold the chance to grow and still be hidden away.

    Source: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/air-quality/unexpected-places-mold-can-hide/

    Preparing your Nashville home from water damage this winter

    12/11/2014 (Permalink)

    General Preparing your Nashville home from water damage this winter How ice dams are formed Source: http://learningcenter.statefarm.com

    These past couple of years has brought on bitter cold winters and unexpected climate changes. Don’t let the next polar vortex ruin your holiday season. It’s better to play it safe than sorry and start preparing your home for what might come!

    According to Chris Kissell from netquote.com, the low temperatures, ice and snow caused $81 million in winter weather-related damage in 2012. Bursting pipes alone can result in more than $5,000 in water damage, including the amount of damage that can be done from a flooded basement or flood damage in other parts of your home.

    Another important and dangerous winter issue is ice dams that collect on the roof. Ice dams are created from snow melting from a warm part of the roof back down to a cold spot where the water refreezes and forms a dam. The ice dams continue to build up over cold days leaving a pocket for water to sit and leak through the roof.

    Here are some preparation tips to protect your home this winter:

    • Make sure to insulate pipes – pipe insulation can cost as little as .50 per linear foot according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
    • Clean out gutters to make sure there is no blockage, so water has a way to escape - Ice dams can cause water to back up and flow into the house. 
    • Ensure that there are no cracks or broken seals around windows and doors.
    • Check the roof for leaks or cracks in seals, especially around vent and chimney stacks – snow is most likely to collect on the downwind side of the roof causing damage to shingles.

    Christmas Tree Safety In Nashville

    12/5/2014 (Permalink)

    The holidays are finally here and as we drive down the streets, we see endless lights illuminating the city. People are excited to decorate and make their home a warm and cozy place for the holidays with plenty of decorations. This is the time of year where family gathers around to decorate the house and Christmas tree with ornaments and string lights. Some families like the authentic trees while others still like the traditional, real tree that they’ve picked out themselves.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments respond to an average of 210 fires caused by Christmas trees each year. There are ways to make sure that your home will not be one of the 210 to be affected.

    Picking out the perfect tree

    • If your family is picking out an artificial tree this year, make sure that it is certified by the manufacturer to be fire retardant.
    • If you’re picking out a real tree, make sure that the pine needles are green and not falling off the tree easily as this is a sign that it may be dried out.

    Picking the right place for the tree

    • Start off by making sure that the tree is completely clear of any heat source (at least 3 feet away).
    •  Add water to the stand daily to keep the tree from drying out.
    •  Last, but not least, make sure the tree is not in the way of an exit. You always want to make sure that all exit ways are clear in case of an emergency.

    Being safe while decorating

    • Make sure to always check the lights that you’re buying. Make sure that they’re for the correct use (either outdoor or indoor). This can make a big difference in the way they were manufactured.
    • Replace any string of lights that has physical damage or loose bulb connections.
    • Always make sure to unplug the lights before going to bed or leaving the home.

    Once the holidays are over and it’s time to dispose of the tree, make sure to contact your city and find the proper place to dispose of it. Don’t leave the tree in your garage, home or even right outside of the home. These couple of steps can help prevent fire during your holiday season.

    Source: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/christmas-tree-fires/christmas-tree-safety-tips

    Avoid Nashville Water Damage During Holidays

    11/13/2014 (Permalink)

    With the cold weather and holidays coming around the corner, the last thing people need is a weather disaster such as water damage!  Just like people walking around bundled up in their winter jackets and tons of layers, a house also has to have the proper insulation to keep its insides warm and stable.  Without proper insulation, not only do costs go up for your heat, but this also can bring on frozen pipes.  This is a very expensive and messy situation that people don’t want to find them stuck in, especially right around the holidays.

    According to the Red Cross, there are preventative actions that can be taken ahead of time to stop pipes from freezing.  Here are some tips to keep in mind this winter!

  • When the weather is bitter cold outside, even a trickle of water dripping from a faucet can help prevent the pipes from freezing.
  • Many people travel throughout the holidays, but this doesn’t mean that people should completely shun the heat from their homes.  The temperature in a home should never go any lower than 55 degrees F. 
  • During the night, people tend to turn their heat down to save some money, but the temperature on the thermostat should actually always remain the same, no matter if it is day or night.  Night is when the temperature drops the most, making it the time for pipes to freeze over easier, so this is a crucial time to have the heat up.
  • Last, but not least, make sure your home is properly insulated to the standards of your state suggested by the IECC.  Check out the climate zone and insulation information for your area here - http://www.efficientwindows.org/codes2012/Tennessee2012.pdf  
  • Avoid Nashville Water Damage During Holidays

    11/13/2014 (Permalink)

    With the cold weather and holidays coming around the corner, the last thing people need is a weather disaster such as water damage!  Just like people walking around bundled up in their winter jackets and tons of layers, a house also has to have the proper insulation to keep its insides warm and stable.  Without proper insulation, not only do costs go up for your heat, but this also can bring on frozen pipes.  This is a very expensive and messy situation that people don’t want to find themselves stuck in, especially right around the holidays.

    According to the Red Cross, there are preventative actions that can be taken ahead of time to stop pipes from freezing.  Here are some tips to keep in mind this winter!

    • When the weather is bitter cold outside, even a trickle of water dripping from a faucet can help prevent the pipes from freezing.
    • Many people travel throughout the holidays, but this doesn’t mean that people should completely shun the heat from their homes.  The temperature in a home should never go any lower than 55 degrees F.
    • During the night, people tend to turn their heat down to save some money, but the temperature on the thermostat should actually always remain the same, no matter if it is day or night.  Night is when the temperature drops the most, making it the time for pipes to freeze over easier, so this is a crucial time to have the heat up.

    Nashville Carpet Cleaning: Keeping your carpets looking newer, longer.

    11/1/2014 (Permalink)

    General Nashville Carpet Cleaning:  Keeping your carpets looking newer, longer. Residential carpet cleaning

    Replacing carpet can take quite a hit on someone’s wallet, especially if it is a large area.  As long as there isn’t contaminated water damage, there is a good possibility that the carpet can be restoratively cleaned to a very high level of long lasting cleanliness, especially with the proper techniques and equipment that some cleaning professionals have. Carpeting will last much longer with proper and regular care such as vacuuming often, using safe products, and having your carpets cleaned regularly by a trained professional. 

     According to nationalcarpetcleaning.net, 99% of all stains can be removed, if done properly, as long as they’re cleaned within the first few days before it the stain sets completely in.  Some people scrub or brush vigorously to remove a stain or spot with the thought that the harder they scrub, the quicker the stain will dissolve, but this is actually false.  It is always best to blot a stain by pressing down firmly to soak up the damp area instead of rubbing it in and possibly spreading the stain.

    Nationalcarpetcleaning.net gives some examples of good cleaning habits for specific, well-known spills such as:

    Removing red wine stains

    • Blot the spot with a paper towel or cloth to pick up most of the moisture
    • Then combine 1 teaspoon of carpet shampoo and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl and damp a sponge in the mixture
    • Blot the stain with the mixture until the stain lifts, blot with water and then dry with a paper towel

    Removing nail polish stain

    (I thought this was an interesting tip because they advise to let the nail polish dry  completely first before trying to clean because trying to clean the stain while it is wet can lead to spreading the stain and making it worse.)

    • Most people have window or glass cleaner and for this removal process that is all you really need.
    • Rub the cleaner into the stain with a scrub brush and then with a damp fabric to pull the pieces of nail polish out of the carpeting.

    Nashville Water Damage and Restoration

    10/16/2014 (Permalink)

    With how unpredictable weather can be, it sometimes strikes when we least expect it, leaving damages that we aren’t able to prepare for.  According to the Insurance Information Institute, about 1 in 55 insured homes have a property damage claim that is caused by water damage or freezing each year.  Between the years of 2008 and 2012, water damage and freezing was one of the leading causes in property damage, accounting for an average of 21%. 

    Water damage is not something that can wait to be restored.  The moisture throughout an enclosed building can cause growth of mold and other organisms rapidly within a short period of time.  According to thewaterpage.com, exposure to mold can cause serious health risks including respiratory diseases and other asthma and aggravated allergy symptoms.  It’s important to clean the affected area as soon as possible.  This can be done on your own very cautiously(although not recommended especially with disclosure requirements upon sale of a home/business) or with the help of water damage restoration companies/specialists.

    Some tips given by a leading insurance carrier for preventing water damage include:

    • Be careful where you plant(trees/plants)
    • Clean out roof gutters
    • Keep an eye on your water bill
    • You might not know there is damage until it is done
    • Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals
    • Never pour grease down your sink

    -       Details for these tips can be found at - http://www.farmers.com/inner-circle/home-tool-kit/5-ways-to-prevent-water-damage/

    Sources:

    Homeowners and Renters Insurance. Retrieved October 13, 2014, from http://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/homeowners-and-renters-insurance 

    Effects of Water Damage. Retrieved October 13, 2014, from http://www.thewaterpage.com/water-damage-effects.htm

    Smoke Alarms save Nashville lives and property

    10/10/2014 (Permalink)

    General Smoke Alarms save Nashville lives and property Smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high up on a wall according to NFPA

    Every year the National Fire Protection Association takes a week to focus on spreading the awareness on the importance of fire prevention.  This fire prevention week was started back in 1927 to honor those killed in the Great Chicago fire on October 8, 1871 that killed more than 250 people.

    According to the NFPA, almost 60% of fire deaths from 2007 to 2011 happened in homes that either did not have smoke alarms or had smoke alarms that were not working at the time.  These statistics are what lead the NFPA to choose this year’s theme, “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month”.  Smoke alarms not only can save lives, but can also lessen the chance for greater water damage and smoke damage done throughout the building. 

    Smoke alarm safety tips from the NFPA:

    • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month
    • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high up on the wall
    • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years
    • Install smoke alarms inside and outside of every bedroom/sleeping area

    Check out this link for more tips on keeping your smoke alarms up to date

    http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/SmokeAlarms.pdf

    Oriental/Area Rug Cleaning in Nashville Pt. 1

    7/26/2014 (Permalink)

    General Oriental/Area Rug Cleaning in Nashville Pt. 1 One of our team members "dusting" a rug with our "RugBadger Pro". The results are amazing. We have removed pounds(literally) of soil from rugs.

    There are many reasons to have your oriental or area rug cleaned regularly.  The most common is general cleaning including soil and stain removal.  

    There are many criteria when choosing a company to perform rug cleaning in Nashville.  Reputation, cleaning methods, training, insurance, convenience, and pricing.  We will address some of these briefly today:

    • Reputation: Ensure the company you choose has a positive reputation in the cleaning industry.  Ways to check this are the local BBB, online reviews, and even asking customers who have used them before.  Check out SERVPRO of Belle Meade online and ask your neighbors about us!
    • Cleaning Methods: Methods range from surface cleaning to full "rug bath" immersion.  At SERVPRO of Belle Meade we use the most effective tools in the industry from the "RugBadger" for dusting your rug to full immersion in a rug bath if your rug meets the criteria for that method
    • Training:  Ensure the company you select has proper industry training to care for your rug.  At SERVPRO of Belle Meade we have trained at an IICRC(industry standard) School in the RCT(Rug Cleaning Technician) course as well as with local industry leaders in cleaning techniques.
    • Insurance:  Ensure the company you choose has proper insurance to cover (1)the company in your home (2)your rug in transport and (3)your rug in their cleaning location.  SERVPRO of Belle Meade carries all proper insurances for cleaning rugs of any value from area rugs to heirloom oriental.  
    • Convenience:  Ask prospective companies about their process start-to-finish.  Our process includes a complimentary evaluation in your home, pickup, storage(long term if desired), and delivery by licensed, insured, and trained technicians. 
    • Pricing:  Giving an accurate price is challenging without properly evaluating a rug.  Ask prospective companies how they determine pricing.  At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, again, we offer a complimentary evaluation in your home where pricing can be established.  Many factors go into proper pricing such as rug fiber type, size, age, soils/stains, appraised value, and more.  

    Consider us this year when you think about getting your oriental or area rug cleaned in Nashville.  We would appreciate the chance to earn your business!  

    Top 2 reasons to clean air ducts in Nashville, TN

    4/23/2014 (Permalink)

    General Top 2 reasons to clean air ducts in Nashville, TN Electric Nikro SL4000 unit with HEPA filtration we use in some residential settings.

    Spring is springing here in Nashville.  With that comes thoughts of spring cleaning, and for some of us, indoor air quality.  It seems that everything in the area has a nice yellowish tint of pollen.  That, paired with the fact that I passed three air duct cleaning company vans on the way in to work, got me thinking it would be time to share the benefits of having your air duct system(s) cleaned.  

    A common rule of thumb used by NADCA(National Air Duct Cleaning Association) is "If your ducts LOOK dirty then they probaby ARE dirty".  This seems elementary but it is usually true.

    The first reason is indoor air quality.  It is calculated that up to 40lbs of dust is created annually in a normal home just through everyday living.  An HVAC system works like the lungs of a home and that dust we mentioned is recirculated 5 to 7 times per day building up in the duct system.  This leads to potentially poorer air quality and a need for higher frequency of dusting/cleaning.  

    The second reason to clean air ducts is energy savings.With 25 to 40% of the energy used to heat and cool homes wasted annually dust and contaminants in the HVAC system cause increased strain on the unit and shortens the life.  With a clean HVAC system the opposite is true resulting in less contaminates and longer system life.  

    For more info on air duct cleaning or to schedule a consultation visit our website here:

    http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com/airduct-cleaning/

    Prepare for Nashville Spring flooding with Flood Safety Awareness Week

    3/19/2014 (Permalink)

    General Prepare for Nashville Spring flooding with Flood Safety Awareness Week A home and vehicles sustain major flood damage

    We know you all had it marked on your calendar but, yes, this is Flood Safety Awareness Week. As the weather turns from brutal cold we are all excited to see the first indicators of spring here in Nashville.  Here are some tips from the National Weather Service for spring flood season:

    Before a flood:

    1. Create a communications plan
    2. Assemble an emergency kit
    3. Know your risk
    4. Prepare your home
    5. Prepare your family/pets
    6. Charge your essential electronics
    7. Leave

    During a Flood - this is really common sense but we will list in the interest of thorough journalism:

    1. Stay Informed
    2. Obey evacuation orders
    3. Get to higher ground
    4. Practice Electrical Safety
    5. Avoid flood waters

    The most common forms of flooding we see in Nashville are basements and crawlspaces.  Make sure to check your sump pump breaker switch and test your unit regularly for functionality. 

    Of course if you do experience flooding please consider calling SERVPRO to help with the cleanup.  As always we are here to help.

    Biggest Water Damage In Nashville 2014

    2/12/2014 (Permalink)

    General Biggest Water Damage In Nashville 2014 The start of the CMM 2013. These were some of the first runners thru at 7:30am

    Join us this April 24th in creating Nashville's biggest water damage.  How you ask?  Here is the simple math:

    100 volunteers + 1 zillion little cups + a fire hydrant + 35,000 marathon runners = biggest water damage in Nashville.

    Come help us hydrate 35,000 people as they run by the SERVPRO/Nissan North America water station.  We set up at 5am and are cleaned up by 8:30 and you have your entire Saturday ahead of you(or you can go back to bed). 

    If you would like to sign up to help please contact us via social media or email/call/text Rob Dixon for details.  This is our fifth year to participate and it is really a lot of fun.  We hope many of you will choose to join us.

    Top 4 ways to prevent frozen pipes in Nashville

    1/3/2014 (Permalink)

    General Top 4 ways to prevent frozen pipes in Nashville example of a frozen pipe that could cause extensive damage to a home or building.

    With the most frigid temps seen in many years bearing down on us it seems appropriate to put the word out about how to prevent frozen pipes in Nashville.  Speaking from experience frozen pipes and the subsequent water damage caused have been some of the largest jobs we have been called on here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade.  Here are some ways you can be on guard at your home or commercial property:

    1. Remove garden hoses and store them inside.  Close the valves supplying the outdoor hose bibs and leave the bibs open allowing water to drain.  Leaving it open allows any remaining water to expand without causing the pipe to break.

    2. Inspect areas without heat where pipes run.  Areas like garages, attics, basements, and under cabinets are areas to focus.  Consider insulating pipes in these areas which is more economical than heating those areas.

    3. Drain your pool and sprinkler lines at the end of the season as recommended.

    4. Install “heat tape” or “heat cable” on any pipes that are especially prone to freezing.  These can be purchased at a home store and are very affordable protection vs. the alternative.

    We hope these tips are helpful.  If you do find yourself in a situation where you need help due to water, fire, smoke, or mold damage SERVPRO of Belle Meade is here to help.  You can reach us at 615-242-9391.

    Follow us on Twitter @SERVPROwestnash and “like” us on Facebook!

    Flooded basement in Nashville

    12/20/2013 (Permalink)

    General Flooded basement in Nashville This flooded basement was quite large but our crews were able to quickly remove the water to begin drying.

    A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Nashville basement could flood, including: 

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe 
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

    The flooding in this Nashville home was caused by heavy rain runoff.  Nashville had received over several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system.

    We were onsite within an hour, to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had basement dry. We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine you’re your home’s structure is actually dry. 

    If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

    We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment
  • Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - 615-242-9391 

    Christmas Tree Fire Safety

    12/16/2013 (Permalink)

    When it comes to Christmas trees you’ll find no bigger fans than those of us at SERVPRO.  We have three in our office location.  I only have one in my home but we have three at the office?  Anyway, I digress.   In order to keep your home safe as well as beautiful  follow these steps:

    • Always use indoor, laboratory tested and approved lighting when decorating trees or other decorations.  Bulb reflectors can also be a safety mechanism to help protect trees from bare bulbs
    • Carefully check light strands for frayed, faulty, or exposed wiring, broken bulbs, and loose connections.
    • Never leave lit trees unattended
    • Keep live trees moist and watered at all times.   Watch this shocking video to see the difference between a watered tree and a dried out tree:
    • http://youtu.be/RNjO3wZDVlA
    • Set up trees at least three feet away from heat sources like radiators, fireplaces, candles and lamps
    • Ensure trees are secured properly in a sturdy tree stand to help prevent them from tipping over
    • Ensure artificial trees are fire-retardant
    • Dispose of live trees properly once they begin drying out or losing needles.  Dries out trees are highly flammable. 

    Since 2006 over 5,000 customers (insurance agents/adjusters, home/business owners and/or property managers) in the greater Nashville area have trusted SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville with their clean-up, restoration and repair needs. In addition to being a top 100 location we have a General Contracting Division that allows us to fix anything from a small toilet leak to the complete restoration of the Green Hills YMCA after the May 2010 flood. We have continued to grow through the tried and true method of treating each customer as we would want to be treated.  Our goal is to continually make it Like it never even happened.” 

    Call us at 615-242-9391 for assistance. More information is available by visiting our website at www.SERVPRObellemeade.com

    You can follow us on Twitter (@SERVPROwestnash) and like us on Facebook.

    National Preparedness Month

    9/18/2013 (Permalink)

    September is National preparedness month. During this time, most of us are enjoying Labor Day, drafting our Fantasy Football teams, and enjoying the crisp (or maybe not so crisp) fall weather. We are likely not thinking about what would happen if a disaster were to strike in our home. Would you and your family be prepared if you were to have your air conditioning line leak into the floor? As fire season approaches, are you taking extra caution when using stoves, fireplaces, etc.? Most of us are generally cautious in our actions and try to avoid reckless behavior, however, accidents do happen and let me tell you folks, and we have seen it all… Dogs that turn on stoves, boisterous teens who get in a fight and hit a main water line, overflowing sewage lines… we could go on… But what does it look like to have a good safety plan in place? Is it expensive? Who does it involve? What is the plan of action? If you are reading this and scratching your head, never fear, SERVPRO is here and we are ready to answer these pressing questions!

    First off you should make a game plan for each type of emergency- Weather related (flood and tornado), fire, and water damage. Work with your family and neighbors to help everyone understand where to go and what to do in case of any of these types of emergencies. Your family can download Family Emergency Plan templates at www.ready.gov/make-a-plan and you can keep it on the fridge!

    Second, make sure you have up to date contact information. Do you have accurate records for family, friends and loved ones? Do you know the number to your local fire department, police district, or local SERVPRO? Do you have a hard drive for your computer in a safe place? Is there a fire proof safe in your house that your family members and neighbors might need to be aware of?

    Check your policy- Make sure you annually review your insurance policy so that if something does happen, you know that your insurance company will be helping in the fight to get you up and running.

    Have the right tools readily available. Does your home and car have a fire extinguisher in it? If not, it might not be a bad idea to keep those handy and even have more than one in the home if you have a lot of square footage. Stock up on items that you could use in the case of a power outage. Keep batteries and flashlights in designated spots throughout your home with mini first aid kits.

    Last, but certainly not least- Know your home or property. Do you know where the main water shut off is? Do you know how to flip the breaker or how to turn off your electricity? It would definitely be a good idea to tag these shut offs. SERVPRO does Emergency Ready Plans where we can come to your home and or place of business and tag these items and more for you so that anyone in your family or business can stop a leak before it does too much damage.

    Remember your safety this month and every month and contact your local SERVPRO if you have any emergency service needs! 

    Country Music Marathon 2013!!!!

    4/24/2013 (Permalink)

    It's that time of year again when Nashville and it's guests trek 26.2 miles all over town in the Country Music Marathon. With over 35,000 participants and growing it continues to become one of the premier races in the country. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville proudly partners with race sponsor and fellow Nashville business, Nissan North America to staff the water station number at mile 3. The sense of excitement is tremendous when 35,000+ runners come through to get hydrated as they battle the hill at Demonbruen. The sights and sounds are always great from the bands every mile of the course, cheering on friends we see come by, and my personal favorite, a full battle-dress marine with pack running for his miitary brothers and sisters. If you happen to be in the race we appreciate you helping us create the "biggest water damage in Nashville" every year at the CMM mile 3. See you there.....