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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.