Recent Storm Damage Posts
Storm-Proofing Your Garage
As winter transitions into full force and winter storms start hitting Middle Tennessee, it’s smart to be prepared by storm-proofing your garage. Winter storms often bring gusty winds, lots of precipitation, and cold temperatures, which are a recipe for a mean storm with the potential to wreak havoc on your home or business if you don’t take the proper precautionary measures. Tornadoes can also spell disaster for your properties if they aren’t braced for impact, so we suggest reading up on storm-proofing and considering implementing it in your garage.
What is Storm-Proofing?
Storm-Proofing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like--preparing your home or business for a storm by “proofing” it, whether that be by boarding up your windows, reinforcing your structural framework, or replacing doors and windows with ones designed to withstand storms.
Why Storm-Proof Your Garage?
Your garage is one of the most vulnerable areas of your home. If your garage door gets blown away or otherwise destroyed, your home suddenly has an area that may be as large as 300 square feet breaching the envelope of your house. This is an ideal avenue for the storm to enter your home and cause a huge amount of damage, which is why storm-proofing your garage is a recommended safety measure if you live anywhere that may see fierce storms during the year, tornadoes, or hurricanes.
How Do I Storm-Proof My Garage?
Now that you know why it’s important to storm-proof your garage, your next question probably is, “How do I storm-proof it?” Purchasing a hurricane-proof garage door will withstand stormy winter gusts and hopefully ward off any inclement weather that storms may bring your way in Middle Tennessee, and many hurricane garage door systems reinforce individuals’ garages in their typical areas of weakness, including garage doors’ weak skins and end stiles that aren’t often reinforced in standard garage doors.
Another option is retrofitting your existing garage door to bolster its current resistance. Retrofit kits and braces often are more affordable than completely replacing your garage door, and they are options worth considering.
If you have the misfortune of experiencing any type of storm damage, mold, fire, or water damage during the year, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has teams of trained, well-equipped professionals to deal with a variety of disaster situations. No matter the time of day, you can reach us at (615) 242-9391, and we’d be happy to help you out. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
What To Do If A Tree Falls In Your Yard
As time passes and weather wears away at trees, trees eventually die and fall. Sometimes, a strong storm and wind expedite the process. However, you’re generally not notified in advance when a tree falls in your yard, so we’ve gathered a list of actions you should take if a tree falls in your yard.
1) Think about safety first.
Are you inside a building that the tree fell on? Where is the tree in relation to you and your family? Is the tree at risk of falling even further and causing more damage? If the tree has come in contact with any part of your home or fallen through your roof, you should get everyone outside of your home as soon as possible. Take note of any wires that your tree has knocked down or is now touching as they may pose a fire hazard. Any injuries or structural damage should elicit a call to 911 for the fire department to come and help you out.
2) Assess the damage.
Did the tree hit any existing structures? What kind of damage did it cause? Take photos of the damage for insurance purposes later and stay a safe distance from the tree if it’s at risk of moving even more during a storm, etc. Figuring out what exactly has been damaged and how is an important step in the process of what to do after a tree falls in your yard.
3) Determine whose tree fell.
Did your tree fall in your yard? Or is it your neighbor’s tree? Even if a neighbor’s tree fell on your home or into your yard, it’s typically your homeowner’s policy that covers the damage. This might seem a bit backward, but it’s the way most policies work. However, you should take note of whose tree it is and double-check with your insurance policy and coverage to see what applies and if the tree falls into any of the exclusions.
4) Call the insurance company.
After determining whose tree fell and assessing the damage, give your homeowners’ insurance company a call. Describe the situation and provide them with photographic evidence of the damage. They’ll be able to tell you the next steps to take and what you should do next.
5) Arrange for tree removal.
Once you’ve gotten in contact with your insurance company and you know what is covered under your policy, it’s time to arrange for tree removal. Your insurance company may provide you with a list of disaster restoration specialists that they work with, but it may be smart to come to them with a name in mind to see if that will be covered under your policy. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a great disaster restoration company that can take care of tree removal, structural restoration, and more in the aftermath of storms, incidents, and other disasters.
The next time you experience a tree falling in your yard or any other disaster or damage occurs, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville by dialing (615) 232-9391. We’re available 24/7, and we’re trained in a wide variety of restoration services to come to your rescue in your time of need.
How To Prepare Your Home For Strong Winds
As fall winds down and winter approaches, winter storms, and their accompanying strong winds are in store for folks in the greater Nashville area. Storms often bring gusty winds, rain, sleet, snow, and ice, and all of these can implement serious damage to your home if you don’t take preventive measures to prepare your home to face inclement weather.
Prepare your home for strong winds this winter by doing these four things:
1) Trim your trees.
You’ve most likely heard this before, but we can’t emphasize it enough. Trim your trees in preparation for forceful winds! Any dead branches or particularly long tree limbs are susceptible to breaking and flying into your home or any other nearby buildings when strong winds come to visit. Have playground equipment, a fence, or other outdoor structures that may be vulnerable to gusty winds? Make it a point to secure those, too.
2) Reinforce your chimney.
Particularly if you have a chimney that is six feet or taller or wider than 40 inches, adding vertical reinforcing steel at its corners will ensure that it doesn’t get toppled by any mighty winds. Do you have a brick home? Hire a contractor to inspect and maintain your masonry on your home and also on your chimney to ensure it’s in good condition and can withstand the force of the wind at high mph.
3) Install storm windows and doors.
Strengthening your windows and doors, including your garage door, will ensure they won’t go anywhere when strong winds are around. These also help protect your home from the cold temperatures that winds bring. Impact-resistant storm windows are designed to withstand strong winds and can easily replace your existing windows and doors until the storm or windy season passes.
4) Seal your roof.
A poorly maintained roof is especially vulnerable to strong winds tearing shingles off and making any existing damage or weak links worse, so reinforcing your roof as well as maintaining it throughout the year puts it in a good position to withstand gusts of wind. You can reinforce and seal your roof by using peel and stick tape along the seams of your roof or using a peel and stick membrane over the entire thing. You can also have it professionally inspected every year to keep it in good repair.
Are you dealing with the aftermath of windy storms? Whether you experience storm damage, fire, water damage, or mold, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has your back. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 for disaster restoration assistance any day, anytime.
Preparing For Winter Storms
The last thing you want to be taking care of this winter is frozen pipes or other issues that come with the cold weather, and preparing for winter storms and all their rain, sleet, and snow is a good way to keep those scenarios far away. In anticipation of subpar weather this winter, follow these 6 tips to prepare for winter storms:
1. Install weather stripping.
Weatherstripping consists of sealing your doors and windows with material around the cracks to keep the cold air outside and the interior temperature regulated. Without weatherstripping, it’s easy for cold air, snow, and water to seep in through the cracks around your windows and doors, which makes your house chillier and also introduces potential mold growth. Adding weather stripping can keep the warm air inside your house while keeping cold air out, which also cuts down on your energy bill!
2. Invest in a generator.
Especially if you have a business that people come to in-person, investing in a generator is a smart decision. This is particularly true if you have refrigerators or food storage of any kind on-site that will spoil if the power goes out. Winter storms often bring wind and precipitation, and these can down power lines at a moment’s notice. Having a generator to kick in just in case will help prevent any damage from going down if the lights and heat go out.
3. Keep blankets or other heat sources in storage.
If the power goes out, that also means your heat goes with it. To prepare for this, it’s a good idea to have extra blankets, coats, dry firewood for your wood-burning stove (if you have one), and an emergency phone charger that doesn’t require electricity to power up your phone even if the rest of your power is out.
4. Identify where your garage door’s manual release lever is located.
Since winter storms can cause power outages, it’s smart to educate yourself on where your garage door’s manual release lever is located so you can still leave your house if the electric garage door isn’t working.
5. Open your cabinet doors to allow warm air to insulate your pipes.
On particularly cold days, it’s not a bad idea to leave your cabinet doors open under your sinks to allow warm air to circulate and insulate your pipes. Frozen pipes are a recipe for disaster, and it’s best to prevent them if at all possible.
6. Stay off the roads as much as possible.
Winter storms bring ice, sleet, rain, snow, and wind, and all of these elements can spell danger on the roads. It’s best to stay at home and minimize your time on the roads during winter storms until all the precipitation is cleared.
Take a walk around your house and make sure you’re prepared for the winter storms that are inevitably coming your way! If you experience any winter storm damage, you can reach SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391.
What To Do After Flooding In Your Basement
Flooding can occur at the least expected times and be a huge headache to deal with, especially if you don’t know where to turn or who to call after it happens. Basements are common culprits of flooding due to their low-level, underground nature, which means water ends up accumulating there first. While your basement is in the process of flooding or immediately after the damage is done, here’s what you should do.
1. Don’t enter the flooded basement.
Although you may be tempted to start bailing out buckets of water, it’s safest to avoid the water and refrain from entering your basement. Instead, call your local professional restoration company and an electrician to come out and assess the aftermath. Since electricity flows through water, it poses a significant threat to you and your family members if the electricity isn’t’ properly dealt with beforehand. Turn off your circuit breaker only if your circuit breaker is located on the ground level or upper level of your home outside of the basement.
2. Remove excess water if it’s under two feet.
Once the electricity is turned off, it may be safe to enter your flooded basement and start bailing out water. The longer the water sits in your basement, the more damage it causes. Check out your sump pump and replace it to help remove the water, because there’s something obviously wrong with our sump pump if your basement is flooding in the first place. Using buckets, a mop, and towels can help soak up the water if the flooding isn’t that extensive.
3. Air out damp objects.
Anything damp in your flooded basement is subject to mold growth if it’s left unattended, so it’s essential that you remove any damp objects from your basement to air out to dry. Be sure to take some pictures and file an insurance claim as soon as you can after the flooding and damage are apparent. If your basement is finished, you should also rip out the wet carpet and padding underneath it. More times than not, your carpet will need to go in the trash.
4. Dry the flooded area.
Rent some fans and a shop vacuum to dry the area as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth and further destruction. You should also have a professional inspect the area to instigate any necessary repairs as well as prevent future growth. A dehumidifier may also be a smart investment to remove excess moisture from the air, which allows your basement to dry faster.
In the unfortunate event that you are faced with flooding in your basement, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. Our disaster restoration professionals are well-trained in water damage, storm damage, fire damage, and mold damage restoration services, and we’re available 24/7 to respond to any emergency situations.
How Fall Storms Can Affect Your Home Or Business
Along with crisp, clear weather and chilly temperatures, fall in Middle Tennessee often brings storms with serious wind, precipitation, and damage. With or without the proper preventive measures, fall storms can bring water, storm, or even fire damage to your home or business, and it’s in your best interest to prepare for the worst so that you know what to do if unexpected damage occurs.
An influx of rain is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a storm, and flooding is often what causes serious water or storm damage when the rain gets too heavy and your home or business isn’t equipped to handle it. Especially if your gutters or downspouts are backed up or you live in a flood zone, even a little bit of heavy rain may cause water to start to accumulate under your roof or in your basement. As water seeps into your home or business, it can cause serious damage to your belongings, the building’s structural integrity, and also increase the risk of mold growth down the road.
To minimize flooding’s impact on your home, regularly test your sump pump to ensure it can remove water at a rapid pace during rain, keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris so water can run away from your home, and make sure to seal your windows, doors, and foundation properly to prevent water from coming in.
Although fire may not come to mind when you think of storm damage, fires may occur in your home or business as a result of a storm’s winds or lightning. It’s incredibly easy for a gust of wind to blow outdoor fires out of control when a storm unexpectedly hits, and trees and power lines struck by lightning may cause nearby buildings to catch fire even amidst heavy rain.
Dealing with fire during a storm can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Prevent fire damage during storms by keeping an eye on the weather report and the sky whenever you are having a fire outside your home or business. Trim your nearby trees and tall plants to reduce their chances of being hit by lightning or falling onto your home. It’s also important to keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher close to any fires you have outdoors for leisure or to burn debris from around your home.
Storms aren’t often called storms when they lack wind. (Those are normally called rain showers.) It’s safe to assume that strong, gusty winds will most likely accompany storms, and this can cause objects in your yard as well as trees and tree limbs to break and fly through the air, hitting your home, your business, or other structures. This is especially true if you have dead trees or dead tree limbs nearby your home or your business that are dead weight and easily move with a gust of strong wind.
Prevent wind from fall storms from wreaking too much damage on your home by trimming your trees and removing dead ones regularly as well as fastening any bulky objects that stay outside down when predicted storms’ winds are fast and furious. Reducing the number of things that can fly through the air and hit your home or your business as a result of being picked up by a gusty wind will help you prevent damage to your home.
For restoration or repair assistance following storm damage of any kind, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We provide emergency assistance 24/7, and our fire, water, storm, and mold damage restoration technicians are happy to help you get things back to working order in as little time as possible.
Preparing For Fall Storms In Middle Tennessee
After the summer storms roll out, the fall storms roll in when you’re in Middle Tennessee. At least that’s how it feels, right? Middle Tennessee storms bring lots of rain and gusty winds along with cooler temperatures, and all of these elements can create breeding grounds for mold growth as well as potential flooding and water or storm damage. In order to minimize the chances that fall storms take you by surprise and cause damage to your home, we recommend preparing your home or business in the following ways.
1. Create a storm safety plan.
As always, your health and safety is top priority, which is why it’s important to create a storm safety plan detailing what you will do if a storm is coming. Consider creating an emergency kit in a backpack including a flashlight, a first aid kit, bottled water, nonperishable food, a battery powered radio, and essential medicines and emergency funds. This will be quick and easy to grab if you ever have to evacuate your home because of a pending storm or tornado coming your way.
2. Trim or remove trees that have limbs that fall in the path of your home.
Be proactive about trimming any tree limbs that are positioned to fall onto your home if a storm were to tear them down. This will prevent the ugly mess that accompanies limbs tearing through your siding or your roof. Removing trees may be the better option if they’re dead or dying and are likely to become dead weight during a gusty fall storm.
3. Clean and repair your gutters and downspouts.
Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and efficiently set up to direct water away from the foundation of your home. If your gutters and downspouts aren’t properly positioned, an influx of water may pool around the foundation of your home or on your roof, making it susceptible to water damage in the foundation or elsewhere.
4. Install emergency lighting.
Your power is often the first thing to go when a tree breaks down or a telephone pole falls during a storm, and it’s a smart idea to invest in emergency lighting to kick in as soon as your power goes out. This will ensure that you can still move around your house safely in the midst of a storm.
Whether a tornado blows past your home or a tree limb falls to the ground, you may not have the energy or the tools to clean it up in a reasonable timeframe. If you’re dealing with storm damage or water or fire damage of any type as a result of a storm, the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to come to the rescue. No matter what you’re facing, we’re trained and equipped to help you handle the worst. Call (615) 242-9391 for assistance!
How To Handle Water Damage In Your Attic
Late summer in Nashville means an influx of rainwater is rolling through town. These storms can severely impact your roof and spaces like your attic in your home. Water damage isn’t something to take lightly, and your attic is one of the places in your house that is most susceptible to water damage if your roof is in less than ideal repair. In the unfortunate event that you experience water damage in your attic, here’s what you should do next.
1. Figure out where the water is coming from.
First things first, always assess the water damage and try to determine where the water is coming into your attic. Figuring out where the water is coming from is key to preventing further damage and helps you realize what you should address first. Be sure to turn off the electricity before assessing the damage and touching anything electrical in the area! Water and electricity is never a good combination. The water damage may be more extensive than what meets the eye, so take careful notice of any water damage that is deeper than it may appear on the surface.
2. Stop the water leak(s).
Once you determine where the water is coming from, see if you can stop the water leak or call a professional to come and stop it as soon as possible. Take pictures of the leak and the damage for your home insurance carrier in the event that the damage goes beyond your deductible. These are essential for your claim to be approved and water damage to be minimized. You can reach the water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville 24/7 for any emergencies at (615) 242-9391.
3. Repair the damage.
Especially if there are any structural problems as a result of the water damage, your attic will need to be repaired in short order. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to hire professionals to repair structural, electrical, plumbing, or insulation damage. All of these types of attic damage affect your home beyond just the attic, which is why it’s integral to get them assessed and repaired.
Water damage in your attic requires attention and remedial action, and routinely checking your attic after it rains is a good practice to get in the habit of to minimize any potential damage that may come your way. If left unnoticed and unattended for a long time, water damage can severely alter the framework and livability of your home, which is why it should be adequately paid attention to. For help handling any water, fire, or storm damage as well as mold remediation and biohazard cleanup (including COVID-19 cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection services), contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. Our team is expertly trained and equipped with state-of-the-art technology to return your home or business to tip-top shape.
How to Manage Storm Damage Before Professional Help Arrives
Especially in Middle Tennessee, the thunderstorms that come rolling across the city can cause severe damage, leaving homes and businesses upset and at risk in their wake. Coming home to an uprooted or fallen tree (or two) can inflict costly damage, particularly if you don’t know how to ensure it doesn’t get worse before it can be properly cleaned up. That’s why it’s important to know how to manage storm damage before professional help arrives.
Storm damage comes in all shapes and sizes—it doesn’t fit into one clear box, but there are a few general steps to take to manage storm damage immediately after it happens:
1. Don’t Go Outside Until You Hear the Okay
Whenever severe storms, tornadoes, or other natural disasters have watches or warnings around you, take caution! Make sure you monitor your radio and your phone to hear the okay to leave your home when the threat of the storm has passed. Your safety and well-being always should come first.
2. Document the Damage
Before doing anything else, take out your phone and snap pictures of all the damage. This is essential to make any insurance claims on property damage that you have sustained due to a storm. By having photos of the damage before any cleanup has occurred, you’re more likely to be able to claim the maximum amount of coverage from your insurance that you can in order to cover the costs.
3. Cover Any Areas Where More Water Could Enter
If your roof or home has any holes or damage that allows water to continue to enter your home, make sure you cover them to the best of your ability with a tarp or something else to prevent more water from entering. Chances are, rain may still be pouring down after you sustain some storm damage, and you never know when it may start up again even if it has stopped.
4. Remove Excess Water
Is your basement now a mini-ocean? Do your best to remove any excess water you can by the bucketful or with a shop-vac. However, don’t attempt to do this until you are certain that there is no electrical damage and you aren’t at risk of your power channeling itself through the standing water.
In all that you do after storm damage occurs, be sure to take caution and keep your safety in mind first and foremost. Once you have the time and signal to do so, call a local professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to get your place looking back to normal. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391.
How To Know If Your Tree Is Dying
Trees are valuable assets to any landscape, providing lovely and restful aesthetics as well as shade for wildlife and other plants. Sometimes it’s obvious when a tree is dying; its leaves turn brown in the summer or its branches are riddled with holes from pests. Sometimes, however, it’s not at all clear when a tree is in poor health. A dead or dying tree located near a building or home can be dangerous since broken limbs can cause injuries to people and pets and can lead to costly repairs if they land on your building or vehicle, so it’s vital for a home or business owner to recognize the signs of a dying tree to avoid costly and dangerous accidents.
Here are some signs that you may have a dying tree so you can take care of it before it does damage to your property.
BARK. The bark of a dying tree becomes loose and starts to fall off, and it may also have vertical cracks or missing bark. You will want to keep an eye out for deep splits in the bark that extend into the wood of the tree since such cracks often create weaknesses that can cause damage in storms or other weather events.
LEAVES AND BRANCHES. Look for branches without lush green leaves on your deciduous trees, and those that have only brown and brittle leaves during the growing season. They may also have dead leaves still hanging on well into the winter instead of dropping to the ground. When it comes to evergreens, these types of trees will have red, brown, or yellow needles or leaves when they are stressed or dying.
PESTS. Pests - such as bark beetles and carpenter ants - prefer trees that are under stress or are in the process of dying. Also, fungal or bacterial infections are more common in dying trees as well, so make sure to pay attention to mushrooms growing on the ground at the base of a tree or on the tree itself. Their presence is a possible indication that you have rot in the roots or trunk of the tree, and such decay can then extend further into the tree’s interior, leading to structural issues in the future.
ROOTS. Determining root damage isn’t always easy. If your tree has a shallow and/or partially exposed root system, pay attention to changes that might suggest exposure to extreme elements or if poor soil compaction have affected the vitality of its roots, such as thinning foliage, poor yearly growth, yellow undersized leaves, dead branches, and wilted brown leaves during the growing season.
Your SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is here to help you with all of the challenges that can come from home or business ownership. We can handle fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation, and we’re committed to getting your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
Preparing Your Business For Inclement Weather
Inclement weather is common here in Middle Tennessee during the summer months, so as a smart business owner we know you’re already thinking about keeping your business investment safe ahead of an event like this. Lots of rainwater can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair.
Today we here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville are sharing some preventive measures you can take that will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains, as well as the time and costs it can take to get your operations back to normal.
- STORM DRAINS: The storm drains on your commercial property need to be maintained properly at all times, but most especially this time of year. Storm drains are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters.
- GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems are going to divert excess water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations, causing damage there while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea, as well, since mold spores thrive in damp areas and can begin to grow rapidly if left alone in just 24-48 hours.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your business employees before any inclement weather comes to your area. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a communication plan for everyone as to their safety and are able to let them know whether it’s safe to come into work or not. Your staff should not feel as though they should be driving through floodwaters or other potentially dangerous areas. Listening to weather updates will tell you what you need to know. Make sure you have an emergency kit on site for any emergencies that contains first aid materials, batteries, radios, flashlights, and snacks.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always standing ready to help if your business does sustain storm damage. We handle water damage, fire damage, and mold prevention, and we can get your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.
Flood Prevention In Your Basement
Rain can be a daily occurrence during the summer in some parts of the country, and that includes Middle Tennessee. Flooding is a very real hazard when this happens, of course, and that can be not only inconvenient but also very dangerous and costly. Your possessions can be ruined, and building structures can often be affected negatively. In these times, you can contact a professional water restoration company for help. Such a company is an expert in water damage cleanup and repair.
While flooding can’t be predicted most of the time, being aware of the areas of your home or business that are most vulnerable can help you be prepared to prevent flooding in those areas, and no area in your house is more at risk than your basement. Here are some ways you can practice flood prevention in your basement:
Basements and cellars need to be regularly inspected during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during a storm, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, flooding is always going to be a possibility. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas.
Ensure that the doors and windows of the basement or cellar area are properly sealed against wet conditions. Entries and stairs are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.
Take steps to make sure that water is drained away from the foundations of your buildings. Standing water in these areas can create weaknesses in walls and foundational elements, eventually allowing water to leak into your basement area.
If you use machinery involving water in your basement, make sure you keep these items in good repair, as well. A cracked hose or a malfunctioning pump can release large amounts of water in a short period of time, and if you don’t visit your basement often you could end up with some issues due to standing water, such as serious corrosion or mold.
Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville are highly trained and experienced in all repairs and cleanup needs that come from damage caused by water and fire; mold prevention and remediation is an area we are highly skilled in, too.
Preparing For Summer Storms
Summer storms are events that every home and business owner knows to prepare for, and in Middle Tennessee, the lightning, high winds, and possible tornadoes can be very dangerous and damaging. Being prepared for summer storms will keep you, your family, and your workforce safe, and protect your property from the worst of the damage. If you are adversely affected, you will be able to recover more quickly, too.
Develop a response plan to prepare your business for those summer storm events. When a storm hits, communicating with your customers and employees should be first on your list; they need to know how you will handle the situation. People need to know where you are, and what the next step will be. If you are caring for older people, or if you have small children, communication with those who are nearest will be key for the safety of these most vulnerable family members. If you are handling a business, your workforce will need to know what is going to happen with your operations.
The goal of your business response plan should be to get your operations back up and running normally as fast as possible so that you can avoid any associated loss. Creating a contingency plan will help support your business during an extended period of recovery or reduced operations. If your physical location is destroyed by a summer storm and your workforce is able to do their jobs from home, that will be a huge plus. Think through all the possible issues and have a plan in place that will allow you to conduct your business as close to normal as you can.
A home-focused contingency plan will allow for family members to have somewhere to go in the event that your home is not accessible. An area hotel or the home of a close friend may work well for everyone, but make sure you put this in place in advance of a summer storm.
These are just a few ideas to get you started in your summer storm preparations. What your home or business needs will be will depend on the type of work you do or the makeup of your family. Planning ahead for your unique life situations will keep everyone safe and your business running as smoothly as possible.
If you do experience a severe weather event, remember that we are always here to help you with any situations of this kind. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have years of experience in handling storm damage, fire damage, and water damage from floods and other disastrous events. Call us today for help while preparing your home or your business for summer storms.
When Should I Replace My Roof?
You may be asking yourself when you should replace your roof. Maybe you live or work in an older building, and you know it will become necessary at some point. Perhaps you have seen some water stains in your attic or you have just gone through a season of really heavy weather and some shingles have disappeared. Today we are going to share some things to think about as you decide when you should replace your roof.
Gutters/Rain Spouts. Rain spouts can pull away from the building if they are overloaded or clogged with water and debris, and this can do damage to the corners of the roof and exterior walls. This kind of damage is easily seen from the ground, so take a walk around your building to see if there is any sign of this kind of damage. If the damage has been evident for a while and you haven’t done repairs, your roofing may have experienced enough damage that it needs to be replaced.
Shingles. If you see curled or buckled shingles, or if shingles are missing, that’s something that will need to be repaired right away if you are to avoid leaks and future water damages. Water stains in the attic are a telltale sign that you might need a new roof; higher-than-average energy bills are another sign that you may need a new roof. If mold has made an appearance, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call today.
Maintenance. Conducting regular inspections of all parts of your roofing will aid you when it comes to the condition of your roof. It can be easy to forget about it, but a damaged roof can quickly become a huge issue, allowing water to intrude into every part of your home or business and cause water damage.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you with your roofing concerns. We handle water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation, so contact us right away if you have experienced any of these issues. Water damage can be from a roof that needs to be replaced, or it can cause you to need to replace it; we can help you in every roofing situation!
Managing Flood Damage In Your Nashville Business
During storm season here in Middle Tennessee, your business may experience some damage from flooding. Here are some tips you can follow to manage flood damage in your Nashville business:
- Do not enter the building until a professional has cleared it if you believe that it has been structurally damaged or if there is flood risk remains.
- Do not go anywhere near downed power lines or any standing water or metal objects near these downed wires. Stay away from damaged trees, and do not wade into floodwaters.
- Avoid using open flames, especially indoors. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
- Once the worst has passed, assess any and all damage that the building has received. Inspect every part of the property for possible destruction, including machinery, making sure to avoid standing water or using electricity.
- Do not climb onto your roof unless the building has been deemed structurally sound, and practice precaution when climbing and working on ladders.
- If using a chainsaw to cut fallen or damaged trees or branches, take precautions to ensure they do not cause any more damage when they fall.
- Remove any wet material, such as rugs or carpets, and properly dry them out to prevent mold from establishing itself. Dry your premises by opening windows and doors; it can be helpful to have fans running if it can be done safely.
- You are at risk for mold within the first 24-48 hours following a flood, so it is vital to remove the water as soon as possible and start remediation. Flooding poses a risk to drywall, support beams, and foundations, as well, and floodwater can also contain dangerous contaminants and sewage so it must be avoided.
- Keep track of everything that was destroyed or damaged in the storm by documenting it through photos or videos along with putting together a list of broken items. You will need this list for insurance purposes.
If your business has experienced a flooding event, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville as soon as possible. Here at SERVPRO, our focus is your safety and we are here to offer our professional help for water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. We have years of experience in these areas and we are happy to help!
Spring Storms In Middle Tennessee
Spring storms in Middle Tennessee can be unpredictable, with temperatures swinging from balmy to frosty in one 24-hour period. A sunny week can be followed by a week of storms, and we know you will want to be prepared for all these situations.
Some things to think about when it comes to preparedness:
You’ll want to do an assessment of your property before heavy rains, checking drainage, roofing, and windows and doors. Make arrangements as soon as possible for repairs to be done before the rainy season begins.
Lightning, flooding, and other types of activity will often be a part of your Middle Tennessee Spring weather experience, when warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air. Planning ahead for thunderstorms makes sense so that your property and the people you care about can avoid injury and damages.
Here are some things to have on hand for storms:
- A battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries.
- A battery-operated, NOAA Weather Radio.
- An emergency evacuation plan. Have a map of your home complete with an escape route in case of a flood. Make sure everyone knows where to go in the event of a disaster.
- Make sure everyone has a list of important contact information, such as:
- Telephone numbers of police and fire departments
- Telephone numbers of family, neighbors, and friends
- Medical information for members of your household
- A First Aid Kit, which should include:
- Antibiotic ointments
- Sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
- Adhesive bandages
- Non-latex gloves
- Scissors and tweezers
- Instruction booklet
- Adhesive cloth tape and absorbent compress dressings
- Any medications necessary for additional needs
- 3-5-day supply of clean water and non-perishable food
- Blankets, sleeping bags, etc.
Planning ahead before wet weather hits is always a good idea! Contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville if your property sustains water damage or fire damage, and keep in mind that we are also here for you if you need help with mold prevention or remediation.
What To Do If Your House Floods
If your home has been flooded, the proper steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of your family along with the integrity of the structure. If the levels of flooding are not severe, here are the steps to follow so your house can get back to normal in no time. If the flooding is severe, make sure to bring in the professionals to handle the issue.
Here are some steps to take if your house is flooded:
- Evacuate everyone from the premises as soon as possible once the flooding starts. Find a dry, safe spot away from the house while waiting for the flooding to stop. If flooding is caused by a natural disaster, call the authorities or listen to the local news to find a temporary shelter and relocate to that shelter when possible. Call 911 if anyone needs medical attention and make sure that everyone is accounted for and safe.
- Attempt to find the source of the flooding if it is not from a natural disaster. Stop it at the source, try to turn it off any faucet or seal it up; turning off the main water valve may also solve the issue.
- Turn off the electricity, but do not attempt to reach the fuse box if you have to walk through water to reach it! If you cannot reach the fuse box without stepping in water, call an electrician.
- Document all the damage by taking photos and videos of all the affected areas. This information will be necessary for insurance purposes if you need to file a claim.
Next comes the clean-up process:
- Do not touch the water without the proper equipment, as it may be contaminated with sewage or other hazardous material. If you have to enter the establishment wear waders or waterproof boots.
- All of the water must be removed, and then a wet vacuum or a pump can be used to dispose of any standing water.
- Attempt to salvage any items that were not seriously damaged. Do not eat any food that has been contaminated by floodwater.
- If the water damage is not too bad, dry the space out with fans and dehumidifiers. Anything that was touched by the water also needs to be disinfected.
Warm, wet spaces are an attractive breeding ground for mold colonies, so act as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth.
- Your property needs to be as dry as possible to prevent mold spores from growing. Once a mold colony gets established it is not possible to remove completely. Keep the affected areas as dry as possible and treat them with a strong cleaner, such as a bleach solution.
- Open any windows and doors to let fresh, dry air in and circulate.
If the damage to your home is critical and you doubt you are capable of fixing the issue by yourself, don’t hesitate to call us to assist you in getting your house back to normal. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experts when it comes to water damage repair and restoration, and we are mold prevention and remediation pros, too.
Preparing For Spring Storms
Every smart home or business owner knows that spring storms can be dangerous. You are always interested in protecting your property from damages and injuries that could potentially happen due to violent weather. Although storms are difficult to predict, you can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your investments and your loved ones.
Here are just a couple of ways to prevent damages and ensure your employees, family, and property are safe by preparing for spring storms.
Assessments. The state of your business prior to any potential storms needs to be thoroughly assessed and documented. Document your property via video or photo as protection in case the worst happens. When filing insurance claims, it is necessary to have before and after pictures of your property.
Roofing. Roofs can leak and potentially cause water damage to your business, so you will want to make sure your roof is in the best shape possible. Make sure there aren’t any shingles that are compromised, which can cause water to leak through your roof. It is also important to inspect your ceilings for any discoloration. This is often a telltale sign that you have already sustained some water damage.
Gutters. Clean your gutters regularly throughout the year to prevent them from getting clocked and adding cracks to your foundation. You will want to schedule this project ahead of the seasons that are known to bring large amounts of water to your area. Gutters are designed to keep water away from your property, so it is necessary to ensure the gutters are working properly. If there are cracks in your foundation, water could leak in and cause flooding in your business.
Debris. High winds can cause debris to fly and do some pretty serious damage. Some studies have shown that this is the single biggest danger during a storm. Look around your business for trees that have the potential to fall and threaten your property. If you see any trees that pose a threat, consider seeking assistance in order to help you take care of them properly.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we know that even with all proper precautions storm damage can still affect your home or business. If you or your business have experienced damage from a storm, we can help you recover right away. We are fire damage and water damage experts, and we are skilled at handling mold, too!
How Often Should You Clean Your Rain Gutters?
Unclogging gutters and rain spouts are an important part of home maintenance in the fall and spring. It’s an easy job to do yourself, but if you are afraid of heights or doubt your ability to get it done, don’t forget your friends here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade. We can help you in both cleaning and unclogging your gutters, which help to keep you from dealing with damage from water during the wet months.
You risk experiencing water damage to your roof, basement and crawl space if gutters and rain spouts are not cleaned out regularly. So how often should you clean out your rain gutters? It’s going to be important to take care of this task before the rainy season hits in the spring, summer and into the fall, for sure, so it is probably a good idea to complete this task at least three times a year, ahead of wet and windy weather. Debris will build up in your gutters at those times, preventing water from draining down and out, and if the gutters can’t channel the water when it rains, it ends up pooling and backing up into your walls and attic, or near your foundation and in your basement.
You will want to use step ladders on solid level ground and try to schedule cleaning when the weather has been dry for a few days. This way, the debris, leaves and pine needles won’t be as soaked and will be much easier to remove. Remove larger debris and then follow that up with a powerful hose that washes everything else down towards the downspout. You will also want to clean the gutter filter screens and make sure there are no clogs in your downspout. If these tasks seem like more than you want to handle alone, call us!
Contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for any water damage caused by your rain gutters. Gutter cleaning and unclogging rain spouts is an easy regular home maintenance fix. Do your family a favor by preventing water damage to your home or business with regularly cleaning your rain gutters.
How To Prevent Flooding In Your Home
We all know what your home could look like after a flood or during heavy rainfall. A homeowner can lose precious belongings, and sometimes family members and pets can be at risk since events such as these are usually unexpected. Being prepared will help you and your loved ones to remain safe.
With that in mind, here some tips to help you prevent flooding in your home:
- INSPECTION. Take a good look around your house to ensure that you are prepared for wet weather. Check exterior doors to see if they fit as tightly as they should and that both doors and windows are properly weather-stripped. A small leak can easily turn into a small flood. Your driveway needs to have a well-planned drainage system so entering and exiting your home can be safe even during wet weather. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the street or yard, or perhaps bodies of water in your neighborhood, you should consider using sandbags. Homes and low-lying buildings near a flooding body of water can end up being at risk, so you will want to plan ahead to prevent that from happening.
- COMMUNICATE WITH PUBLIC SERVICES. Drainage areas that are maintained by the city or county are monitored, especially during heavy rains. If these spots begin to overflow, make sure to contact your city representatives immediately to keep them informed and updated. If there is a problem developing, you can take steps to sandbag vulnerable areas around your home and buildings on your property.
- INTERIORS. Some flooding isn’t caused by weather; it’s caused by an equipment failure. Make sure your plumbing and appliances are regularly inspected and maintained so that you don’t experience this kind of flooding. Take a look at basements and garages regularly so that you can stay on top of things. It’s all about preparedness.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always ready to help in any way we can. We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage, and we specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your property, give us a call today!
How To Tell If Your Tree Needs To Be Removed
Trees are beautiful additions to any yard, sheltering our property year after year. We can even become quite fond of them as they grow and change with the seasons. Our children play in them, and their branches have been hosts to birdhouses, treehouses, and windchimes.
But if a tree is posing a risk to people and property, the safest thing to do is to have it removed. How will you know when the time comes? Here are some ways to tell if your tree needs to be removed.
- Bark. Scratch a small piece of bark off of some twigs from your tree. If the layer under the bark is brown and dry, that is not a good sign. Some signs of a dead tree can include:
- Decay-producing fungi, like mushrooms, growing at the base of the trunk around the roots. The roots of a tree are a strong indicator of the health of the tree
- Chipped, peeling bark and cracks in the trunk
- Cavities in the trunk
- Dead or hanging branches in the upper part (called the crown)
- Fine twigs with no living buds at the ends
- The tree has developed a lean that it did not have before; this can be an indicator that the tree is dying and may fall
Once it’s determined that your tree is declining, or even no longer living, it becomes a safety hazard. It can lose branches or tip over in a storm, damaging your home or property, and it can be completely unpredictable.
If a pest or a disease caused the tree to decline, it will be vital that it be removed so that other trees in the area don’t become infected.
You may be considering taking the tree out by yourself, but it’s a big job with a lot of factors to take into consideration. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville we are ready to help with tree removals. We are also fire damage and water damage experts, and we handle mold remediation, as well.
Steps To Take If Your Power Goes Out During A Storm
A power outage is not that unusual during stormy weather, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared. We’re going to share some steps with you today that can help you keep your premises warm and safe when bad weather blows into town.
Keep Warm. If you have enough advance notice, heat your building really well and guard those higher temperatures ahead of the storm’s arrival so that your interiors stay warm longer if the power goes out. Make sure to use your fireplace or wood-burning stove if available. You may want to stockpile thick blankets, pillows, and heavy clothing just in case this event requires everyone to stay put for a while. A blizzard or heavy weather that causes flooding can create this kind of situation easily.
Charge Devices. Keep all cell phones, iPads, and laptops plugged in so that they are fully charged if you lose power. This step will guard your ability to get important information about the conditions in your area and enable you to contact emergency personnel if necessary.
Recharging with Vehicles. Cars and trucks can be used to recharge cell phones if those batteries start to die. Ensure that the vehicles are not running in enclosed spaces to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Landlines. You may want to consider installing a landline ahead of seasonal bad weather. A cordless phone won’t work if the power goes out, while a corded landline draws power from the line itself and so is more reliable under these circumstances.
Don’t Call. Working cell towers may be overloaded by others in the affected area calling to check in on each other or using the internet. Cell phone providers recommend text messaging rather than calling during a disaster, since text messages use much less network capacity or battery power. Getting on social media platforms for information might be tempting, but if possible, try to keep usage brief and use the phone's apps rather than web browsers to minimize network use and battery drain.
Battery-Powered Radios. If you have access to a battery-powered radio or car radio, use these to get your news updates rather than taxing the wireless network and your phone battery.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help if you have experienced damage from fire or flooding. We are large-scale cleanup experts, but we handle restorations of all sizes.
How To Prepare Your Yard For Winter Storms
Before the coldest weeks of winter are here, you’ll want to inspect your yard to make note of any winter preparation projects you need to complete. You already know it’s smart to ensure that both the exterior of your building and its surrounding landscaping are ready for the cold winds, snow, and ice that winter storms can bring. When your premises are in great repair and ready for cold weather you will also enjoy lower energy costs, increased efficiency, and a safer property overall.
Your yard will be affected by winter weather, of course, so here are some steps you can take to prepare this area for winter weather, too:
- Overgrown branches should be trimmed back from all buildings and all electrical and power wiring. This will help to guard against loss of power or property damage that can be caused by icy or wind-blown branches during a storm.
- Aerate and reseed the lawns, and be sure to a winterizing fertilizer applied. This will promote deep-root growth when spring comes.
- Clean and dry outdoor furniture and use a heavy covering if it is staying outdoors. You can also bring it into a warehouse or other storage unit for protection.
- Store any hoses to prevent cracks and preserve their shapes so they can be used again next year. Make sure all outdoor pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads are drained to guard against burst pipes.
- Look for decay, insect damage, or splintering in any areas that are built of wood, such as decking, walkway railing, and decorative items. Taking care of those issues ahead of winter weather will prevent further deterioration. Clean away leaves and dirt from between the boards so that mold has nowhere to establish itself.
In addition to your yard and landscaping, here are a few interior items to take care of:
Your heating systems will need to be in the best condition possible. They will be seeing a lot of use in the coming months!
- Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace for maximum efficiency and improved indoor air quality.
- Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
- If you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable unit to save on heating costs.
- Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort.
- Flush your hot water heater tank to remove sediment and check the pressure relief valve to make sure it’s in proper working order.
These are just a few helpful hints for you to use in preparing your yard/property for winter storms. If you need help with any of your projects for your home or business, remember that the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always available to assist. We are experts when it comes to clean up and repair after a weather event of any kind, and our team has the expertise and skills necessary to complete your projects quickly and professionally, getting you back to normal right away.
What Damage Could A Winter Storm Do To Your Home?
You may not realize how much damage a winter storm can do to your home, but here in Middle Tennessee, they can actually be pretty destructive.
Winter storms that bring snow, ice, and heavy winds and rains can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home and property. This damage can result from:
- Ice Dams. An ice dam is a buildup of ice on the roof of your home. It occurs when melting snow refreezes and blocks other snow from draining properly. This can lead to a buildup of standing water that can then leak into your walls or ceilings. Ice dams can even loosen shingles or gutters.
- Destroyed Roofs. A winter storm can cause roof damage in other ways, as well; ice and high winds can rip the gutters or tiles off your roof, for example. These same winds can also blow tree branches on top of your roof, and if these are heavy branches, they can fall through the roof and harm the inside of your home.
- Frozen Pipes. Even if there is no snow outside, cold weather alone can be harmful to your house. Freezing temperatures can cause unheated pipes to freeze and subsequently burst. This can lead to severe water damage both inside and out. Water around your foundation can end up in your basement.
- Leaking Exterior Windows and Doors. If these areas of your home are not properly prepared, the winter damp will invade your home and affect flooring, walls, and even the structure itself.
How To Prepare
There are some practical steps you should take to limit damage to your home during a winter storm, such as cleaning gutters and rain spouts in advance to prevent ice dams. You should also secure your roof tiles and trim any tree branches and shrubbery that is too close to the house or to your power lines.
Before a winter storm arrives, take a trip to the store and purchase emergency supplies such as shovels and non-perishable food. And finally, make sure to insulate any pipes that are outdoors or in low-heat areas such as basements and garages.
Even if you prepare accordingly, a winter storm can cause damage to your home. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a trusted leader here in the Nashville area when it comes to renovation and repair services to homes and businesses, and we can be onsite right away to help you recover and get back to normal after a winter storm.
How To Prepare Your Hotel For Inclement Weather
As a hotel owner in an area where the weather can be challenging, you need to have inclement weather policies in place so you can offer assurance to potential clients regarding re-bookings, refunds, and other concerns. If your customers are confident that you will treat them right, the weather won’t stop them from coming to visit.
For example, allowing your guests to rebook or cancel their reservations at no cost if they are prevented from traveling by inclement weather conditions is something your guests will truly appreciate. Being flexible with early checkouts when people have to change travel plans to avoid heavy weather is another.
An evacuation plan is another preparation you may want to consider. The government may issue warnings so that travelers can get to the airport or drive out of town in time. Your hotel can offer to provide transportation in these cases, since finding a cab or a ride-share for your guests may be next to impossible. If shelters are being made available for those who want to, or have to, stay through the storm, your hotel may assist guests here or help them find government-sponsored transportation.
When it comes to your property, you need to be prepared ahead of time by conducting regular, thorough inspections of all areas that would be affected by heavy weather, such as roofing, windows, and exterior doors. Landscaping should be kept neat and in good condition, since flying tree branches can be a real danger in high winds. Have a system in place that will ensure that items outdoors can be moved quickly, such as trash receptacles, pool chairs and other furniture, gaming tables, and the like. Designate a safe spot for them and be sure your staff knows the best way to get things picked up quickly. Choose a bad-weather crew and provide for them while they stay at your hotel. They will be available for all situations with your guests and your property. Have a plan to make sure they are fed and housed properly - they will be working hard!
These are just a few tips that can help you prepare your hotel for inclement weather, and keep your guests and staff safe, too. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experts when it comes to cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and other weather-related issues. We are skilled in large cleanups, and are proud to say we are mold remediation specialists!
How Hurricanes Can Still Affect Tennessee Residents
Tennessee may be far from the Atlantic, but that doesn't mean you can afford to relax during hurricane season. Some of the most dangerous and damaging hurricane-related floods can occur hundreds of miles from the coast. As hurricanes weaken to tropical storms and move inland, massive rainfall can cause flash flooding that can last for hours and even days in some cases. A tropical storm can produce more rain than a Category 5 hurricane!
Both Western and Middle Tennessee are approximately 400 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and over the years that has proved to be close enough to mean trouble. Some examples of how hurricanes can still affect Tennessee residents:
- In 2008, winds from Hurricane Ike felled a tree on a Nashville-area golf course and two men were killed.
- Tropical Storm Bill and the remnants of Hurricane Ivan dumped several inches of rain on East Tennessee during 2003/2004.
- Hurricane Opal caused $2 million in damage in the Volunteer State in 1995, half of that in the Chattanooga area. Rainfall in Middle and East Tennessee measured 3 or more inches.
- In 1977 Hurricane Babe drenched Chattanooga and almost four times its normal rainfall was recorded for that particular month.
- The Georgia-South Carolina Hurricane of 1940 sparked deadly, destructive flash flooding in the Southeast, including much of the State of Tennessee.
You should always make sure to pay attention to all local advisories and warnings and take steps to maintain preparedness for yourself and your loved ones.
- Create an emergency supply kit, and make sure you have an emergency plan. Practice a flood evacuation route and ask someone out-of-state to be a point of contact in case you are separated from loved ones.
- Get flood insurance. Make sure you are advised as to your risk, how to prepare for inland flooding, and discover how to purchase proper insurance.
- Establish contact with a professional restoration team who can be on-site to help with repairs and cleanup after water damage and flood-related issues.
Always keep in mind that SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help at a moment’s notice if you experience water damage from excessive rainfall or flooding here in the Nashville area during hurricane-related weather. We are a full-service restoration and repair team, and proud to help our friends and neighbors of Nashville.
What To Expect From Fall Storms
We’re all breathing a sigh of relief now that cooler temperatures have (finally) arrived. It’s almost time for bonfires, pumpkins, and falling leaves! Many people say this is their favorite time of the year, and it’s not hard to see why. Who doesn’t love to be able to snuggle up in a blanket and sip warm beverages?
But along with cooler weather comes occasional storms, and we all want to be prepared for these events.
What can you expect from fall storms?
From early signs of winter to tropical developments, we need to be prepared for a wide variety of different weather events that occur during the fall season, several of which can be notably dangerous.
This season brings an increase in clashes between cold, dry air and warm, humid air, and these in turn cause developments of severe thunderstorms. You can expect to see lots of rain, high winds, and thunder/lightning during an event of this kind. You may experience water damage or fire damage to your property during these kinds of storms.
Another possibility is a late-season tornado. The number of tornadoes across the country during the fall is smaller, but the extreme winds and flying debris for those affected by a tornado can be catastrophic to both property and people. Being prepared for this kind of weather event may help you to avoid damage from fire or water.
Snow is a possibility during the fall, as well, and when it does come it will be heavy and wet. Since trees haven’t yet lost a lot of their leaves, heavy-laden branches can come crashing down on your home, and you may find yourself needing repair and restoration to roofing, fences, and other parts of your home or business.
Serious tropical weather events can still be an issue during this time of year, too. Sea temperatures will still be warm, and while Middle Tennessee is far from the ocean, we can still experience a huge amount of rain as hurricanes pass up the East Coast. Be ready for lots of water and all the water damage that can occur. Mold can quickly take hold if water is left to stand or property is not properly dried after flooding or saturation.
Whether you need repair or restoration to your home after a fall weather event, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help. We are mold remediation experts, as well. Call us if you have experienced water damage or fire damage.
First Steps To Take After Your Retail Store Floods
If your retail business floods, you must act as quickly as possible to salvage what you can and minimize the ongoing destruction that will come from standing water and saturation. If this happens you may feel like there is so much to take care of you don’t know where to start. So today we are sharing some important first steps to take after your retail store floods.
- Safety first, of course. It’s important to move quickly, but it’s more important to protect yourself while you assess the damage. There are many dangers that you might encounter when returning to your flooded property, such as:
- infectious and diarrheal diseases – floodwater can contain some really unhealthy stuff
- fuels, solvents and other industrial chemicals in floodwater
- drowning or being wounded by submerged objects are possible hazards in a flooded basement or storage area, as well as in moving or standing water
- electrical hazards – watch for downed power lines or underground electrical service exposed by erosion. Do not enter your flooded building if the electrical power is on or if you can see obvious structural damage
- Assess the damage. Walk the perimeter of the property first, taking pictures and/or shooting some video footage to document what you find.
- Look for erosion that has left walls unstable or exposed utilities like underground electrical service or gas, sewer, or freshwater supply lines.
- If electrical or gas lines are exposed, call an electrician or your power company. These are situations that are potentially deadly. Get professional help before entering the building.
- Remove all water and dry everything as quickly as possible. If your retail store has suffered significant flooding, professional help will probably be best, and you will want to choose a company that knows mold. A mold colony can become established in 24 hours after a flooding event, and that will be a disaster for your business, affecting your fixtures and product, and therefore your livelihood.
Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you if you suffer a flooding event. We are mold remediation experts, too!
Restoring Your Store After Flooding Occurs
When you experience flooding in your retail or “big box” store, you will want to start cleanup right away. You will be vulnerable to some pretty big risks after an event of this kind, and those risks may include possible mold damage, structural damage, or contaminated water, just to name a few. You also need to know that insurance won’t cover some issues if they could have been prevented by taking proper steps. Calling professionals in to help will be a wise choice if you experience flooding in your store so that immediate and proper action can be taken to avoid further, preventable damage. You will be able to get back to normal operations sooner, too.
Minor leaks and common situations such as overflowing toilets can often seem like no big deal; grab a mop, get it cleaned up, and get back to work, right? But anything more than several square feet of soaked flooring actually needs professional drying, cleaning, and sanitizing! Water can quickly seep into sub-flooring and will make its way up into walls, soaking in and causing structural issues. It can linger for days, and even longer, leading to mold and mildew problems and destruction of drywall, warping of any wood, and other problems.
It is estimated that upwards of 30 percent of all property insurance claims are going to be for water damage restoration, which includes inventory losses, as well as losses of equipment, furnishings, and store fixtures. It is vital to your business that you employ the services of a professional company that can come in right away to start the drying process.
Also, keep in mind that, even while you may be tempted to rush into the flooded area to move stock and other valuables away from the water, safety comes first. Ensure that any electricity is turned off so that no one is put at risk of injury from electrocution.
If your store is affected by a flooding situation, call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville right away so that we can get you back to normal as soon as possible. We are fire and water damage cleanup experts, and we specialize in mold remediation, too.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOUR CONDOMINIUM SPRINKLER SYSTEM GOES OFF
The overhead sprinkler system in your condominium complex is there to keep everyone safe from possible fire damage, and there’s no question that everyone is glad it’s there.
However, when it does go off, there is always a mess to clean up. As a smart property owner, you know that it is important to handle any sort of water issues immediately so that you can avoid the costly problems that can arise from damp property, such as mold and mildew. Keep in mind that any intense heat will cause your sprinklers to discharge, and the sprinkler heads contain a temperature-sensitive mechanism that can only be activated when the temperature at the sprinkler head exceeds the allowable range. There is always the possibility that the sprinkler system will be triggered by high heat itself, in addition to an actual fire. You will also want to make sure that residents know never to hang items from the sprinkler heads, as this can damage them, as well as cause them to go off unexpectedly.
Here are a few cleanup tips to consider when cleaning up after your overhead sprinkler system goes off:
- Prompt professional assistance following a sprinkler discharge could be vital in saving your property and your residents’ belongings from permanent damage. Your actions in the first 24-48 hours can save you significant time and money and eliminate subsequent mold growth.
- Professional followup will also be a big help when it comes to odors, and they can evaluate the water damage and potential for mold growth in hidden areas as well as ensure that any affected building materials are dry prior to work area rebuilding.
- We recommend that you hire an independent water damage and mold remediation expert to represent you during planning, response, and closeout, and work together with their insurance carrier.
- Water within the sprinkler system is stagnant and non-potable, and the water picks up and absorbs oils and other contaminants within the piping, resulting in discoloration and odors from its sedimentary state. Cleanup actions typically not only involve moisture remediation but also involve surface cleaning from stains as well as additional measures to alleviate odors.
- Prompt action for cleaning is essential when it comes to fabric and textile items that have been affected to minimize permanent staining and damage.
If your condominium complex has been affected by water damage, whether from an overhead sprinkler system, flooding, or leaks both large and small, here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are ready to help right away.
PREPARING YOUR YARD FOR STORM DAMAGE
Preparing a little goes a long way!
Storms are a normal part of life here in Middle Tennessee, and they can cause a lot of damage. It’s always a good idea to be ready for whatever may come so that your property and belongings will be safe in any kind of weather. Here are a few ways you can prepare your yard for storm damage:
- Landscaping. This is probably one of the most potentially dangerous parts of your yard when it comes to storms. Large trees that come down unexpectedly and branches that break off and are thrown in the wind can wreak havoc. Your windows, vehicles, and even your loved ones can be hurt by this kind of activity. Make sure the trees in your yard are properly cared for and trimmed back in anticipation of heavy weather. If a tree looks unhealthy, have it removed before it hurts someone.
- Trash. Larger items to be disposed of by the city should be in an area where they can do the least damage if winds pick them up. When these items are being piled up for disposal, place heavier items on top of lighter ones to lessen the chance that they get carried off.
- Lawn furniture. Designate a secure place to store your lawn furniture and umbrellas if bad weather is coming. A lawn chair can easily become a danger if it is carried about by high winds.
- Roofing. Inspect your roofing, rain spouts, and rain gutters before heavy weather hits to make sure everything is in good shape. High winds will tear off anything that is not secure and can lead to large leaks and long-term issues.
- Sheds. If you have a free-standing shed in your yard, give it a good once-over to ensure that it can withstand bad weather. If it is not secure, it could actually be blown across your yard or into your neighbor’s.
- Tools. Remove yard work equipment, such as shovels, rakes, and hand tools, and place it in a secure spot ahead of bad weather.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you get prepared for storms and other events. If you obtain damage from flooding, storms, or fire, we have all the expertise necessary to get things back to normal.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FALL STORMS
Be prepared for fall storms so you don't have to deal with damage after it's too late!
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are happy to advise area homeowners about what to expect from the coming fall storm season. Extreme fall weather, such as high winds, heavy rains, and even ice, can lead to power outages and disruption of communications and can be damaging to personal and business property and belongings. It’s important to be prepared for diverse weather situations during autumn here in Middle Tennessee.
Here are some things you can expect from fall storms and some essential safety tips you can observe to be prepared:
- High winds: Prepare for high winds by trimming bushes and trees and removing dead trees, bushes, and all broken branches from around your home or business. These can cause injury and damage to roofing and windows if they fall or break during extreme weather involving windy conditions.
- Heavy rains: Clear clogged rain gutters to get ready for all the water. When heavy rains come, they need to be able to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing. If there is dirt and debris left in your gutters from last spring, the water will pool and begin to back up, possibly damaging interior wall spaces in your home. This can lead to mold growth, causing a need for mold removal on top of the storm damage. A rain gutter that is full of dirt can become heavy and can pull away from the building as well, creating another set of issues.
- Colder temperatures: Since you will want your premises to stay warm, prepare for colder temperatures by checking chimney and heating equipment. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned after the winter season and again at the beginning of fall to prevent possible chimney fires. Your HVAC system also needs to be inspected, and all ducts should be clear and ready for use. Also, change out all your filters in the system. If your household or business plans on using space heaters, make sure the equipment is in great shape and that everyone that uses them knows the proper way and time to do so. They should never be left on if there is no one in the room.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville truly cares about your safety and the safety of your loved ones and your property. We are experts in water damage restoration as well as fire damage cleanup and restoration, and we are mold remediation specialists, too.
Tornado Season Preparedness in Nashville
Tornado quick facts:
- Tornadoes can strike quickly, with little to no warning
- Tornadoes may appear almost transparent until dust and debris are picked up, or a cloud forms in the funnel
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm, but can occur at any time
- Southern states have peak tornado season from March through May, but as we have experienced here, they can happen at any time of the year
- The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph, but they can vary from stationary to 70 mph
- The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but they have been known to move in any direction
Being prepared for any serious weather event is always a good idea, and understanding what you might experience will help you to figure out what will be best. It is important to have a tornado plan in place at home, at the office, or anywhere you may frequent. Know where you can quickly take shelter, and practice at home and at the office at least yearly. When a tornado watch is issued, start thinking about those safe places and what you may need to have ready if things get bad.
- Establish a plan for communication. Make sure your family or workforce knows how to get in contact with one another before, and after, disaster happens.
- Make sure your insurance is up to date. Don’t wait until the worst happens to find out that you aren’t covered.
- Ensure that your home or business is in the best repair possible. Doing this can help you to minimize damages.
- Have an evacuation plan in place. Make sure everyone you care about knows where to go in the event of truly bad weather. For a tornado event, heading to lower and interior areas away from glass and exterior entrances will be the best place to weather the storm.
In the event that a disaster strikes your home or business, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is ready to help. Call us today for help with recovering from a Middle Tennessee severe weather event.
Preparing for Hurricane Season in Nashville
Tornadoes are created out of powerful thunderstorms and can cause fatalities and devastation in seconds. They are rotating, funnel-shaped clouds that extend from the thunderstorm itself down to the ground, and generally occur near the trailing edge of the storm. Winds from a tornado have been known to reach 300 miles per hour and can be obscured by rain or low-hanging clouds, developing so rapidly that advance warning is often almost impossible.
Understanding tornadoes and their warning signs will help you prepare for tornado season in Nashville.
A tornado watch means that the present weather conditions are favorable for violent weather. Keep an eye out for these danger signs:
- Dark and greenish sky
- Large, dark, and low-lying clouds
- Loud roar, often described as sounding like a passing train
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground, or indicated by radar, and you will need to take cover immediately:
- Go to the lowest, most interior area of your home or business immediately, putting as many walls between yourself and the outdoors as you can.
- Stay away from windows, and do not open them.
- Use your arms to protect your head, or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag/pillow.
- Remember where very heavy objects are on the floor above, and stay away from the area directly beneath, in case they fall through.
If you are in a mobile home, evacuate immediately. At school or work, you will need to follow the established drills to protect yourself. In an office building, go to an enclosed and windowless area near the center, away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Make sure you stay off of elevators, as you could become trapped. Never try to out-drive a tornado; if you are caught in your car, get out of it and go to the nearest building. If you can’t get out, stay in the car with the seat belt on, and put your head down below the windows, covering your head with your hands, coat, or any other cushion. If you can safely get to an area that is much lower than the roadway, leave your car and lie down in that area, covering your head with your hands.
It is important to have a tornado safety plan in place at your home or office, letting your workforce and family know where to quickly take shelter.
When it comes to damages to your home or business by a tornado, hurricane or other severe weather, remember that the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need us, we will be there right away.
PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SUMMER STORMS
Summer storms in Middle Tennessee can bring torrential rain, which brings with it the threat of flash flooding. Severe thunderstorms are also something to be prepared for, with the lightning, high winds, and possible tornadoes they bring. Being prepared for summer storms will keep you, your workforce, and your place of business safer. If you are adversely affected, you will be able to recover more quickly, too.
A strong response plan is the best way to prepare your business for those summer storm events, and it starts with communication. When a storm hits, communicating with your customers and employees will be vital; they need to know how you will handle the situation. Are your operations reduced, or will you close completely?
Another important part of your response plan is the way you will be protecting sensitive information, such as customer and financial data. Having an off-site backup location is crucial, in case of major damage to your premises or computer systems.
The goal of your response plan should be to get your operations back up and running normally as fast as possible. If it looks like you will be facing a long term disruption, you will be glad of a contingency plan. Creating one will help support your business during an extended period of recovery or reduced operations. If your physical location is destroyed by a summer storm and your workforce is able to do their jobs from home, that will be a huge plus. Think through all the possible issues and have a plan in place that will allow you to conduct your business as close to normal as you can.
These are just a few ideas to get you started in your summer storm preparations. What your business needs will depend on the type of work you do, mostly. Planning ahead for your unique work situation will help you, well….weather the storms.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have years of experience in storm and water damage. We also handle the aftermath of fires and severe flooding. Call us today for help in preparing your business for summer storms.
FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
No business owner wants to see a loss happen because of flood damages, especially when they could have been prevented. There are the floods that happen because of bad weather, and then there are the floods that come about due to equipment failure or negligence. Here are a few flood damage prevention tips for you that will help you avoid the worst of both.
All appliances have a limited lifespan, so it’s important to check your refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, HVAC units, and bathroom fixtures for any signs of failure. Flooding in these areas will create huge issues for you, especially if they happen over the weekend! Look for:
- The sound of running water
- Unpleasant odors in floors, walls, or drains
- Low water pressure
- Mold growing around appliance or fixtures
- Worn out hoses
If leaks are left untreated, they can lead to mold growth, stains, and floor and wall damages. Address any leaks immediately - this is one of the best flood damage prevention tips we can give you!
Watching your water bill is another way to prevent problems. If it goes up considerably for no apparent reason, you probably have a leak somewhere. You can also read your water meter to maintain a check on it.
Maintaining roofs, gutters, and exterior windows and doors will go a long way towards keeping your business safe from the elements and flooding that can happen during heavy rains. Any drainage system on your property will need to be properly cared for, too, with debris and dirt clogging the system being removed regularly in case of heavy water. A backed up drainage system can be a huge flooding culprit.
If you are due for some landscaping, make sure any new large shrubs or trees are planted in places where they won’t interfere with pipelines, and remove those that are already in the danger zone. Root systems can easily break apart piping and create a flooding event. Choose those plants and trees that don’t have aggressive root systems, just to be safe.
When you are dealing with flood damages, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is always here to help, 24/7. We are water and fire damage specialists, and we have years of experience with mold remediation and prevention, as well.
SPRING STORM DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS
In Middle Tennessee, Spring is very welcome. After all the gloomy, cold days and nights, it’s great to see the sun again. The surrounding hills are green, and flowers are everywhere! We are all anxious to get outside and have some fun.
Spring also brings with it some stormy weather, though, so you will want to be prepared for that. Damages to your home and other properties can make you forget the joy that this season brings with it, so let’s talk about some Spring storm damage prevention tips:
Landscaping. A thorough cleaning of your landscaping for your home or business is in order after harsh winter weather. Some plants and trees will have suffered, and some may not have made it at all. Removing dead branches and trees or other large vegetation will prevent damages in a storm from flying debris.
Drainage. Make sure your property enjoys proper drainage; often the ditch system will be full of leaves, branches, and other debris from the winter, and when water starts running, this can present a problem. Floods, even small ones, are very damaging to your property and can become dangerous very quickly.
Roofing. Have a thorough inspection done of your roofing. Loose shingles, cracks, or damage from excessive moisture made by melting snow or ice can weaken your roof’s ability to keep water out. Make these repairs right away; if you need a new roof, don’t put it off!
Doors and windows. Take a good look at all exterior doors and windows to make sure they are in good repair and fit properly. Are they well-sealed against the coming wet weather of Spring? Did they sustain damages from winter? If so, schedule repairs soon before spring storms come.
Gutters. Be sure to have your rain gutters cleaned out to prevent damages to your building through spilling water. When debris and dirt clog your gutters, the water simply has nowhere to go but into your walls when it backs up. Waterlogged walls are a great place for mold to start a colony, and that is certainly something you will want to prevent!
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are always ready to help in the event you suffer from Spring storm damages. We handle all sizes of fire or water damage events, and we are experts when it comes to mold and its remediation and prevention.
MANAGING FLOOD DAMAGE TO YOUR NASHVILLE BUSINESS
Protecting the bottom line of your business in the event of flooding is important! Taking steps beforehand to prevent or reduce flood damages to your Nashville business is a wise business move and can go a long way towards alleviating distress and flood-related costs to your enterprise, but sometimes even the best-laid protection plans don’t stop flood damages from occurring.
When a flooding event happens, you will need to manage all the damages left behind. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team is here to help you!
Here are some tips for managing flood damages to your Nashville business:
Respond quickly. A rapid response to flood-related damages is going to be crucial in reducing secondary damages and restoration costs. Contacting a professional restoration team and getting them on the scene right away will help you stay open for business or get you back on your feet quickly.
Utilities. If your property has experienced downed telephone poles or utilities have been affected, contact your local authorities right away and let them know what is happening. They will be recording affected properties and areas to schedule service, so this will help them to plan.
People. Make sure you have connected with your workforce to see if everyone is safe. At this point, you can establish methods of completing work from home if possible so that no time is lost there.
Weather. Keep a close watch on the weather so that you are as well-informed as possible. If there are new storms coming or if any dam-releases are scheduled, for example, you will be able to plan ahead.
Documents. Hopefully, you are storing your business-related documentation in the cloud as well as in hard copy form. If flood waters damage or destroy these items, you always have your cloud copies to pull from.
If you are working on your disaster-preparedness plan, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville can help. Floods can occur at the most unlikely or unexpected times, and we are here for you whenever the worst happens. Call us today and schedule a time for us to sit down and talk about you and your business.
IS YOUR HOTEL PREPARED FOR STORM DAMAGES?
Storm damages can be devastating to a business of any kind, and your hotel is no different. This kind of weather event can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your Nashville hotel for Spring storm season and possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the number of storm damages your business could sustain and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal. Is your hotel prepared for storm damages? Here are a few things to think about:
- MAINTENANCE. The most important factor in the battle against damages to your hotel is going to be regular, and thorough, maintenance. Planning ahead for the possibilities of a severe weather event is going to keep your business damage free, or at least lessen the severity. If your hotel is surrounded by mature trees, keep them properly trimmed and healthy. If your building has rain gutters, make sure they never become clogged with debris to avoid water damage and be sure to keep your parking and entries/exits free of obstructions so that people can get in or out quickly and remain safe.
- INSPECTIONS. Employ a professional to inspect your property regularly to make sure nothing is missed. Replacing roofing, siding, or windows after a storm will be annoying and costly, and a proper inspection program can prevent those types of restoration projects from being necessary.
- STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters and possible water damage.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your hotel staff. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to come in to work or not. No one should drive through flooded roadways and intersections. Listening to weather updates will keep you informed, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.
Responding quickly to storm damages will get you back to business right away, and the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here for you, 24/7. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville specializes in water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold remediation, and more!
What to Do if Your Business Floods
Whether flooding occurs without warning, as in a flash flood, or from a slow business during, or after, a heavy storm, it is a common occurrence in many parts of the country. West Nashville is no different, and as I’m sure you are all aware, Nashville has a history of flooding! Today we are highlighting some important steps to consider as a business owner if your location should experience flooding.
BE VIGILANT. Even if you think the risk of flooding will be low, it’s important to be vigilant. Understand your location’s potential exposure; you can reference the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s quarterly updates and maps to see what areas are at higher flooding risk during certain times of the year. Historic flooding maps are also a helpful resource. Just knowing the potential rates of rising waters and how long it would take to drain off will be important pieces of information for you as a business owner.
INFORMATION. Be sure you keep copies of insurance documents and other key business information in a flood-safe location. Using the cloud for storage of business-related information will be essential when it comes to the potential loss of documentation.
BUILDING PREPARATION. Prepare your location for a flooding event. Investing in a sump pump could help to minimize damages, as well as maintaining gutters, drains, and roofing. Anchoring any fuel tanks is also a good step to take.
EMERGENCY PLAN. Create a flood evacuation route and share it will your workforce so that they know how to get themselves and any customers to higher and safer ground if it becomes necessary. Invest in an emergency kit and keep it well-stocked, in case people get stranded in the building.
Flooding is dangerous, and kills nearly 100 people yearly, in addition to causing an average of eight billion dollars in property damage in the U.S. yearly. Being prepared can keep your business and your workforce safe in the event of a flood.
When it comes to a flooding event, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to help. We specialize in cleanup projects of all sizes, so call us for assistance if your business experiences any kind of disaster.
Damages Storms Can Cause to Your Business
Winter and Spring storms can appear on the horizon quickly, surprising you with their violence. All that water can be devastating to a home or commercial building, causing storm damage and water damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. Here are just a few of the damages a storm can cause to your business:
- ROOFS AND GUTTERS: If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there, while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A roof that is not in good repair is just an accident waiting to happen; saturation either by water or snow can cause a weak roof to develop leaks or even to buckle under the weight. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea, and regular roof inspections will reveal problems quickly and allow you to repair problem areas before bad weather hits.
- PUBLIC AREAS: Storm drains are in place to move excess water away from buildings, driveways, and walkways. Potholes and crumbling surfaces can be caused by storms and will present a dangerous situation for your staff or customers, and are a liability risk for you as a business owner. Your local government is usually responsible for storm drains, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away so that repairs can be made, leaving you ready for storm waters.
- LANDSCAPING. Large trees and bushes can be pulled loose by heavy winds, especially when the ground is saturated. Weak vegetation, from a dry summer or due to age, can become a problem during a storm, with branches coming down or being blown into windows or vehicles.
- POWER. Power surges during inclement weather can damage equipment, such as computers, fax machines, etc. Taking precautions here will help save you time and money.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always ready to help if your property sustains storm damage, fire damage, or water damage. Visit us on our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville
Storm Damage Prevention Advice for Your Tenants
Winter storms can appear on the horizon quickly and can surprise you with the damage they can cause. Snow, ice, and sleet accumulations can be devastating to a home or commercial building, causing damages that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. Here are several steps you can share with your tenants that will help prepare them for inclement weather events and possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of damage sustained by your property holdings and the time it can take to get life back to normal.
- REPORTING ISSUES. Make sure your tenants know who to call when they notice issues with exterior windows and doors. When windows are not sealed properly or broken, upcoming bad weather will be a real concern. Exterior doors need to be fitted properly, and if there is a large amount of swelling during wet conditions, advise your tenants to let you know immediately to avoid issues when they try to enter their homes.
- BE PREPARED. In the event that weather forces people to stay indoors for long periods of time, they will want to be prepared with food and other necessities. Candles and flashlights, for example, should be supplied to the household in case of power outages, while a source of clean drinking water should be at hand. Advise your tenants to think and plan ahead.
- COMMUNITY ALERTS. Your tenants can sign up for community alerts and weather warnings online. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and www.ready.gov are two sources they can turn to for alerts and information.
- CAR EMERGENCY KIT. Let your tenants know that an emergency kit for their car would be a great idea! Jumper cables, sand, flashlight, extra warm clothing, blankets, and bottled water are a few must-haves, and they will appreciate the thoughtfulness of your notifications.
- MAINTAIN PIPES. Make sure your tenants know ahead of time if there is to be a freeze; instruct them on how to keep their pipes from bursting by allowing a small amount of water to drip through the night and the times of extreme cold in order to prevent possible water damage.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Advise your tenants to have a plan ready for loved ones in the event of bad weather. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to travel or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is always ready to help if your commercial property sustains damages from storms, water, or fire.
Preventing Storm Damage to Your Office Building
Winter weather brings with it a lot of condensation, whether it be rain, snow, or ice, and all that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your office building for the rainy season and any possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal.
- GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems are much better at diverting water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea. Remember: it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to begin to establish a colony if damp conditions persist.
- STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your staff and tenants. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate with everyone so that employees know whether to come into work or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is standing ready to help if your office building sustains storm damage. Responding quickly to any problems your business has sustained can get you back to work right away.
Keeping Your Hotel’s Pipes from Bursting This Winter
Frozen water pipes in your hotel can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. Winter carries the potential to wreak havoc on any building, causing frozen or burst pipes. Here are some tips and popular tricks to keep your water flowing and the pipes in your hotel from bursting.
Everyone understands that when water freezes, it expands. In cases of extreme cold, ice can expand to the point of breaking through or bursting any pipes that have water sitting in them. It’s important to keep pipes warm and to keep the water inside them moving if at all possible when they are exposed to frigid temperatures.
Crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas that are exposed to the outside temperatures without insulation are the most likely areas where pipe breakage will occur, so for these areas, it will be important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold. Swimming pools and water hoses are two obvious places to start. Speak to your plumber or hotel handyman about having insulation or pipe-sleeves added to trouble areas. Keep storage area doors closed if water supply lines are inside.
If you suspect a pipe is frozen but not broken, it is possible to thaw the pipe and resume regular use. An indicator that a pipe is frozen is water trickling from a faucet when it would normally flow fast and free. If you locate a section you believe to be frozen, apply a heating pad or hair dryer while keeping the faucet open for a quick fix. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you have found the area!
Contact a professional to discuss measures to be taken in future that will keep these types of events from occurring again.
Enjoy your holidays, and keep your pipes safe to prevent water damage to your hotel property! If a disaster does occur, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is ready to help. We are experts when it comes to cleanup projects both large and small, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.
Minimizing Storm Damage at Your Office
Storms can become a problem with little warning. Watching the news can keep you informed beforehand, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so you need to take steps to keep your office safe from the damages that storms can cause.
Conducting an inspection of the premises of your business is vital to complete before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause problems during extreme conditions such as heavy rains and high winds. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly, and is the weather stripping in these areas in good condition? Make an inspection of your roof to see if it is storm ready. A professional can complete this on a schedule throughout the year to save you time away from your business.
Loose shutters and rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It’s a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition so that the windows of your office and the vehicles parked there are not in danger of storm damage in high winds.
Many offices and businesses in older cities have drainage ditches at the front of the property. Take time to inspect this area and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by backing up and flooding your property both during or after a storm. While this is often the responsibility of your local government, it is a good idea to be aware of any potential issues.
Make sure you have resources and instructions available for your staff in the event of violent weather. Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but your cell phone service could be at risk when rough conditions hit. You might consider installing a landline in your office, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck or injured at work or out doing errands, it will be vital that lines of communication stay open.
The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is experienced and well-equipped to assist you in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues in your place of business.
Having a Storm Plan for Your Condominium Complex
Storm damages can happen any time of year, but during the colder months, they are even more likely to be a problem. Winter brings rain, snow, and ice, and all that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your West Nashville condominium complex for the coming storm season to best prepare for possible storm damage and the accompanying water damage; preventive measures will reduce the amount of damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal.
- GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems are much better at diverting water to proper drainage areas to prevent water damage to your condominium roofs. If the gutters in your condominium complex are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there, while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is just good business sense.
- STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters.
- LANDSCAPING. Take the necessary steps now to trim back or remove all trees or large vegetation, paying special attention to anything that could become dangerous during violent weather such as a blizzard or ice storm.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your staff. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to come into work or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is standing ready to help if your condominium complex sustains storm damage. Having a strong storm plan can get you back to business right away.
Winter Storm Preparation Tips for Your Business
Do you know how to properly prepare for an oncoming winter storm? If you live in the Nashville area, you know how important preparation is when it comes to these winter storms.
The first thing you need to do is make sure that all of your pipes and water mains are thoroughly protected against freezing. You can call on a professional storm damage control service to help you in this regard. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville specializes storm damage prevention.
Preparation for Winter Storms is a Must in the Nashville Area
There are several key things that you will need to do in order to make the proper preparation for possible storm damage in your area. The first thing you will need to do is make sure that your pipes are in good condition.
A team of winter storm experts can show you how to weather-proof them so that they will not freeze. It's a good idea to replace any pipes or fitting that are showing cracks or other signs of age.
Make sure that all of your heating systems are in good running order. If they have not been cleaned in quite some time, you will need to see to this to help prevent possible fire damage. You can call on our team of experts to help you in this area.
Your next step should be to install a new set of storm windows. These should be fitted with a plastic lining on the inside. This will help to provide an extra layer of insulation that will work to keep the cold outside air from entering your home.
You will also need to make sure your home is properly insulated. It's a good idea to caulk and weather-strip all of your doors and windows.
Winter storms can be extremely unpredictable. Pipes, fixtures, and sewage systems that lasted through a previous storm may not make it through the next one. If you have any doubts about the ability of your home to survive severe storm damage, call an expert to help you get ready for it.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to answer your questions and help you to get your home up to speed. If you live in the Nashville area, call for an appointment and visit from our friendly service team today. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391.
Preparing Your Business for Winter Storms
Winter is getting closer in the Nashville area. This means that your businesses may be affected by winter storms. These dangerous storms cause damage to property each year, but fortunately, there are ways to protect your business before the storms have a chance to cause any damage. SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is here to give you some tips you can use in order to protect your business from potential storm damage this season!
Protect Your Pipes!
Winter storms are notorious for freezing pipes within your building. These frozen pipes can burst and cause water to flow everywhere. Make sure to check your pipes regularly to see if they need any maintenance. Keep deodorization items around in case water ends up getting onto your carpet. This will help prevent any nasty smells from building up if the water does end up soaking too deep into the fabric.
Get a Generator
There is no telling whether your business will lose power during a storm. Having a generator on hand will allow you to keep electricity running even if the power does end up going out. Make sure to have a generator fully charged and on hand if you ever find yourself in the path of a winter storm.
Update Everyone Regularly
Make sure to maintain consistent communication with all of your employees. Check for weather updates on your phone or computer and plan accordingly if the weather does become severe. Ensuring everyone’s safety is a top priority for you as a business owner, so you need to be able to relay important information regarding any storms to your employees if necessary.
Have a Snow Removal Plan
Oftentimes, severe winter storms come with heavy snowfall. Failure to quickly remove snow will allow it to build up. Built up snow can potentially prevent people from leaving the building if it becomes too deep. It is important to have snow shovels on hand and regularly remove snow from high traffic areas and entrances. Failure to do so can result in injury from slipping and may lead to injured employees and customers.
Being prepared is the first step in ensuring safety during a winter storm. These tips are designed to help you stay ahead of the storm before it can cause damage to your business or property. Make sure to follow them and check the weather regularly this season for any updates on dangerous winter storms that may be coming to your area.
Sometimes, dealing with the effects of winter storms on your business premises may be overwhelming. Do not worry, SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville has the tools and experience to help you get your business back to its pre-damage condition!
How to Prepare Your Business for Storm Damage
Flooding can happen any time of year, but here in Middle Tennessee, the summer months can be pretty wet. All that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your business for rainy season and possible flooding, and these preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it takes to bring your operations back to normal.
- MAINTAIN GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems divert water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with debris such as dirt and dead leaves, rainwater will overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. Keep in mind that dampness inside walls is the perfect breeding ground for mold, which can establish a colony in that type of situation within 24-48 hours.
- INSPECT STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for these, but keeping an eye on them around your property will enable you to be able to report a problem right away to the proper authorities in advance of flooding.
- HAVE A RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your staff. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to attempt to travel to work or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is also important, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site, as well, in the event that people can’t get home.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is standing ready to help if your business sustains storm damage. Call us with any concerns at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville. We are also experienced in cleanups both large and small, in the event that you have suffered either water or fire damage. We are also mold remediation experts!
STORM-PROOFING YOUR GARAGE
When planning to protect your home from storms, make your garage one of your first priorities. Your garage is one of the most vulnerable areas in your home when it comes to high winds. Here are some tips to stormproof your garage:
- Install a garage door with a high wind-resistance rating. Storms that bring with them extreme levels of wind will cause the most damage; when a garage is breached, the winds will batter the rest of your home. Water will start to come in, and even just an inch of water can cause unwanted, and costly, damage. If you live in an area prone to tornadoes, it’s recommended that you invest in a door that can withstand winds of 130 mph or higher. Doors with high impact-ratings will protect your home and belongings from flying debris.
- Install a bracing system. You can reinforce your garage door with proper bracing. Most garage doors are secured only by the tracks or hinges, which will be no help during a powerful storm. A bracing system works by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge.
- Maintain your garage door. If there are any holes, cracks or breaches, these will allow storm winds through your garage door. Perform a monthly inspection and look for any of these types of issues as well as problems with the weather stripping or any parts of the garage door mechanisms and functionality. Perform the needed maintenance as soon as possible to stay in storm-readiness.
- Secure all windows. If you have windows in your garage, these will also be weak points during extreme weather. Ensure they are in good repair and that the weather stripping is in great shape. Having wrought-iron window protection installed as well can go a long way to protect your glass from flying debris, such as rocks or tree limbs.
- Install drainage and flood vents. Make sure that this vulnerable area of your home is properly outfitted for the drainage of large amounts of water. You can have a trench drain installed in front of this area and on the sides of your driveway to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain any water coming inside quickly before levels rise and cause damage.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we handle clean up after house and business fires, and are well-equipped to handle water damage. Mold remediation is also one of our specialities! Call us at (615) 913 4280, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Things You Might Not Expect From Storms
Storms of all kinds are just a part of life. We usually know they are coming, and we know things will get wet and blown about. Sometimes there will be flooding in low-lying areas, and for the folks who live in those places, that’s to be expected, although certainly not something anyone looks forward to. But you know what to prepare for, and so you do. You check windows and doors, drainage systems, and you make sure everyone you care about knows what to do in those events. So far, so good.
But what about those storm events that cause things to happen that just didn’t seem possible, or that you weren’t looking for?
After a severe rainstorm, your property can suffer from an infestation of insects, for example. They might be seeking higher ground, or their nests were destroyed and they need to build again. Not something you would be thinking about, but it can happen! Make sure you know who to call if you develop a problem like that!
In the event of hurricanes and tornadoes, large items can end up in the strangest places! We’ve all heard stories or seen pictures of cars up in trees, or an entire outdoor table and chair set sitting in another yard down the street. This, too, is not something you would expect. What will you do if that happens? A professional cleaning company such as the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is ready and waiting to help you if your neighbor’s stuff ends up on your property!
Some of the things that can happen are pretty scary, such as branches driven through walls, trees falling on roofs, or extremely large hail falls. Before storm season, maybe think about weather events that could happen, and make some plans. Do you have a safe place for your larger machinery and cars in case of extreme weather? Do you have enough non-perishable food items in case of longer-than-normal power outages? If you have elderly neighbors, do you know who would be helping them if they were in trouble? Does that huge tree in your yard look like a liability? Safety is serious business!
We are always ready to help in the event of water or fire damage here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville or call us at (615) 651 6557!
Preparing Your Business for Inclement Weather
Flooding can happen any time of year, but here in the Southeast during Spring, that can be especially true! All that rainwater can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. We share here several tips for you to help you prepare your Belle Meade/West Nashville business for our rainy season and any possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal.
- GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems do a great job diverting water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea. Remember: mold spores begin to grow rapidly if left alone in just 24-48 hours!
- STORM DRAINS: The storm drains on your commercial property need to be maintained properly at all times, but most especially this time of year. Storm drains are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your employees before inclement weather hits. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone as to their safety, and whether to come into work or not. Your staff should not brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an in-case-of-emergency kit on site.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always standing ready to help if your business does sustain storm damage. Call us with any concerns at (615) 913 4280, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville.
Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Property
Dealing with repairs and insurance companies after severe weather hits your property can be difficult. Homeowners can use the following tips to help tackle the storm damage caused by hard rains, flooding, or storm-related issues.
If you and your family were away from home when the storm hit, do not return until it has been confirmed safe. Contact a storm damage expert like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville; we’ll help you determine if your home is safe to return to.
You will need to contact your homeowners’ insurance adjuster as soon as possible. If your neighborhood has sustained widespread damage, find out if any special teams of insurance agents, relief workers, or contractors are coming to the area. Check your policy to find out what actions you need to take or talk to your agent to make sure you are following the proper procedures. Not following these actions correctly could result in a reduced claim. Inspect your property and make a list of all damages; take photographs of all noted damage if at all possible.
RECORDING AND DOCUMENTING
Document your neighbor’s damages, as well; this can prevent the insurance provider from downgrading your claim by saying the damage is from your neglect of maintenance or other unrelated issues by giving them a way to compare. Keep a record of all the communication you have with your insurance provider, and don’t do any unnecessary repair work yourself. Hire a trusted storm damage restoration service provider such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to handle any repairs.
BE SCAM FREE
Always check the adjuster’s identification. If you are evacuated, ask for money from your claim upfront. If they agree, you will be given a check for an amount that will be deducted from your final settlement. Some providers will automatically offer a partial payment early on during the process. Review it carefully and decline it if you feel uncomfortable with any part of it. Never be afraid to ask questions and to expect an answer that makes sense or seems fair.
Dealing with a storm's aftermath is stressful, but reacting properly will be an immense help and can prevent problems down the road.
The SERVPRO Team of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is ready to help 24/7. Call us for your fire or water damage issues at (615) 913 8420, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Make Sure Your Belle Meade Home is Storm Ready
Storms in the springtime are something we need to be ready for. We watch the news, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.
It’s a really good idea to conduct an inspection of your home and grounds before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during heavy rainfall and strong winds. Do all of your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? When is the last time you took a good look at your roof? These are all great questions to keep in mind.
Loose shutters and unstable large trees and bushes can present a real problem in high winds. It’s a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large, heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.
Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches or creeks on the property. Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm.
In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone you care about in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, others will worry, so keeping those lines of communication open can keep everyone safe and worry-free.
The SERVPRO team of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at (615) 913 4280, or visit us on our website:
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Keeping Your Home Storm Damage Safe
Storms can come upon us without much warning. Yes, we watch the news, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.
An inspection of your home’s premises is a really good idea to conduct before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during extreme conditions such as a snow storm or heavy rains. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? Is all your weather-stripping in good condition? When’s the last time you took a look at your roof to see how things are looking up there? These are all great questions to ask yourself.
Loose shutters and rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It might be a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition, so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.
Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches at the front of the property. Take time to inspect this area and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm.
Your family is very precious to you. In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, families will worry, so it’s vital that lines of communication stay open.
The SERVPRO team of Belle Meade/West Nashville has your back in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at (615) 454 9215, or visit us on our website:
Treating Storm Damage with SERVPRO of Belle Meade
We can help you recover from storm damage Nashville!
When storm damage strikes Middle Tennessee, it is often unexpected and damaging. There must be something about the Tennessee Valley that makes rain and strong winds want to vacation here all year! We love and respect Mother Nature but also recognize she can be a real pain. Those damaging winds and heavy rain can cause huge problems in a hurry. If left untreated, storms can leave permanent effects on your home. If you find yourself needing help in a situation like this, the experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you save your home and get you back to your life.
Storm damage can affect your home in a variety of ways. Water in a home cannot be contained. Moisture looks for a dry surface to penetrate, so it can wick up your walls and expand in your floors. If left untreated, it can affect the integrity of your foundation and can also grow into mold and mildew. Honestly, it doesn't take long for these negative effects to start. Therefore it's important to immediately have damage in your home treated by a professional.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville works hard to offer 24/7 emergency clean-up and restoration services. We can restore fire damage, water damage and provide mold remediation. We are also a cleaning company that not only offers traditional carpet, air duct and upholstery cleaning, but also specializes in odor control, bio-hazard environments, sewage and more. We won't just help protect future damage to your home, but we'll get it back to looking (and smelling!) its best.
We only employ trusted professionals. All of our technicians go through restoration training. We perform to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines. The IICRC sets the standards for restoration companies nationwide. We also continue expanding our knowledge and gain new SRT and RRRP certifications. We have also completed the 30-hour general and construction industry training program from OSHA. We work quickly and efficiently so you can be back in your home.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade loves helping the citizens of Nashville, as well as our outlying neighboring communities. You can request help online or call us today at (615) 242-9391. Don't let storm damage ruin your life. We won't even let it ruin your home.
We're Your Umbrella In A Storm, Nashville!
When the storms come, give us a call!
Did you know that the probability of precipitation in Nashville in August is 36%? On days with precipitation, the probability of thunderstorms is 56%! That's incredible. In September the number drops to 32% with thunderstorms likely on 37% of those days. We are heading into three relatively dry months, historically speaking, for Nashville, but according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, this past August was one of the wettest ever nationwide! More rain could mean more storms and more storms could mean more flood and storm damage. That is a lot of "ifs" but when the stormy days come, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is ready to help!
SERVPRO employs trained water and storm damage specialists, water restoration technicians and applied structural drying technicians. We also have IICRC recognized commercial drying specialists on our team! That means we can restore your home or business and get life back to normal. Our list of storm related services includes (but not limited to):
- Mold Remediation
- Sewage Cleanup
- Carpet Cleaning
- Odor Removal
- Contents Restoration
- Move Outs / Pack Ups
- Electronic Cleanup
- Document / Photograph Drying
So the next time the thunder rolls and lightning strikes, have our number ready in case the worst case scenario happens.
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Clean Your Gutters After Storms, Nashville!
Prevent potential water leaks into your home by cleaning gutters after storms!
During Nashville’s long summer days it’s easy to forget that the city is often the recipient of torrential downpours! Air conditioning maintenance and air duct cleaning are essential for the inside of the home, but don’t neglect the outside! Summer rains can bring high damaging winds that can dislodge branches from trees which may look to find a new home...on top of yours! So, it’s essential that after every troublesome storm, an inspection to your rain gutters is performed. It is simple enough - all you will need is a ladder, gloves, protective goggles, water hose and a scoop. Let’s dive in!
Cleaning your gutters can be performed in 3 easy steps:
Climb the ladder and start scooping! Start from the end closest to the drain outlet and remove any debris with your scoop, working away from the drain outlet. For faster cleanup in the end, toss the offending material into a bucket on the ground.
With your water hose in tow, spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This is much easier using a hose with a pressure gauge for high and low power, but any will work just as well.
Check your drainpipes for any blockages. Hopefully any potential blocks are minimized by scooping out the debris before it makes it into the pipes. However, there are instances where the rain storms forced material into the pipes. If you see a trickle instead of a flow coming from your pipes, use the hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet. For harder to reach items, try a plumber’s snake.
Use these quick and easy tips to ensure your rain gutters are ready for any storms Mother Nature wants to throw at Nashville this summer!
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5 Ways to Prepare for Rainy Days in Nashville!
Your Nashville home is your most valuable asset so don’t get caught in the rain. Take steps now to secure your property before April showers dampen your mood.
Storms can happen in the blink of an eye with little to no warning. The aftermath of not being prepared can be stressful and costly. Taking the time to address a few key areas of concern can make a huge difference between staying high and dry or up to your knees in water. One of the best things you can do to get prepared is to pretend there is a storm coming right now and take action.
1. Go out and purchase any supplies you may need should you lose power or water supply for a period of time; batteries, a backup generator, bottled water, canned foods and gas just to name a few. By having these items ahead of time, you can avoid standing in line for hours and risking supplies running out.
2. Make sure that you have the proper insurance plan in place. Check on your policy so that you are familiar with what is and what is not covered and to make sure that everything is current.
3. Do what you can to secure your property. Seal up any cracks or gaps around windows and doors and check your roof for any broken or loose shingles. Installing items such as window shutters, garage door braces, and roof clips can all help to protect your Nashville home as well. These resources can be costly but they can save you money in the long run!
4. Take care of the trees surrounding your home. Make sure to keep trees pruned and healthy. Remove any dead branches and trim back any limbs that could become a danger to your house. Overhanging limbs can scrape the roof and damage shingles or can bust through windows. Properly maintaining your landscaping is an easy and necessary task in being proactive against storm damage. So, keep your yard picked up and clear of debris.
5. Also, secure patio furniture and pick up any items such as sporting equipment or lawn items and put them in an appropriate storage space.
Storms are truly unpredictable and sometimes damage is unavoidable. Taking proactive measures can help but also be sure to have the contact information for your local Nashville service company handy should you need help with the aftermath!
Protecting your Nashville home from storm damage
Snow isn’t the only thing leaving its mark on our homes this time of year. It may not be springtime yet, but storms are still whipping through cities causing power outages and home damage. According to the National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), damage caused by trees during severe weather, account for over $1 billion in property damage. Broken limbs or trees can cause mass amounts of damage to your property if they make contact. Such damage can be done to roofing, siding, windows and even structure to the home, causing lots of expensive repairs. Unfortunately there is no way to stop the unpredictable weather, but there are ways to prevent damage from happening to your home.
Assessing your tree
The National Storm Damage Center insists on trying to keep trees healthy and surviving as long as they’re not posing an immediate threat, but how do we know if the tree is ready to be taken down or not? There are different ways that a tree can be assessed to give you a better answer to that question.
· Broken limbs – the larger amount of large limbs that are broken on a tree, the less likely it is to survive or recover from storm damage. This tree is unfortunately probably ready to be taken down.
· Amount of limbs broken – A tree showing more than 50% of it’s limbs broken or damaged means that it will most likely have a difficult time producing leaves in the upcoming season, therefor making it harder for it to survive.
· Leader branch – Is the upward-trending branch at the top of the tree broken? Without this branch being intact, it is likely that the tree’s growth will be stunted, making it less likely to survive.
· Location – Last, but not least is location. Saving trees is important for our environment, but keeping lives safe is obviously more important to us. The biggest decision on whether to keep a tree in your yard or not is purely the location of the tree. Is it in a location that could cause damage or injury to your home, car or family if it were to break? If so, it is better to be safe than sorry and get it removed before a storm comes through.