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Restoring Furniture After Water Damage
After a flood, your furniture may be damaged beyond repair. However, it may be difficult to tell if this is the case if you don’t have experience with water damage restoration. If you’re dealing with water damage in your home or business and your furniture is clearly affected, you should probably call a professional to assess the damage and help with the restoration. Nevertheless, there are a few steps you can take while waiting for the professionals to arrive. Read on to discover a few tips on what to do after your furniture is damaged by water.
1) Call the professionals.
Restoring furniture after water damage is no easy task, and it’s wise to have a professional assess it and help with restoration unless you feel equipped to tackle it yourself. Take pictures of the damage as well so you have something to show your insurance provider when you make a claim. Documentation of damage is always an important first step.
2) Soak up excess water.
If there is any excess water around your furniture, soak it up with towels. Use a fan far away from the water to dry out your furniture. Don’t air-dry the furniture if it’s wood as that may cause it to warp. Instead, just use fans and towels to do the best job that you can drying it until the professionals arrive.
3) Rinse off wood furniture.
If you’re dealing with wood furniture that got submerged, rinse off any mud or debris that is on wood furniture. You should also remove any drawers or removable parts of the furniture to make sure it gets properly aired out. As stated in the bullet above, don’t let the wood furniture air dry.
4) Separate upholstery fabrics if possible.
Usually, upholstered furniture cannot be salvaged after severe water damage, but if you can separate the fabrics from the framework, do that. Professionals should handle any upholstered furniture that may be damaged, and this may be time-consuming and expensive to salvage. It may be wiser to just chuck it and buy new furniture.
Are you dealing with water damage? Give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. In addition to water damage restoration and potentially helping you restore your furniture, we can help prevent mold growth and return your property to its pre-damaged state. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
How To Handle Water Damage To Your Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are stylish, durable, and timeless. A popular choice for kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms alike, hardwood floors enhance many homes and are excellent to clean, treat, and enjoy year-round. However, one danger to your hardwood floors is water damage. Although a quick water spill on your hardwood floor that is attended to and cleaned up after a moment shouldn’t cause any harm, water damage may occur if water gets spilled and unnoticed on your hardwood floors, soaking into the boards and absorbing into the wood.
When your hardwood floors experience water damage, these are the next steps you should take.
- Clean up the water if you can.
If the water damage seems minimal or you catch it before it’s been sitting for a while, grab some excess towels to soak up the water sitting on top of your hardwood. However, this is not always possible if, for example, a pipe bursts and you have gallons of water that have flooded your entire floor.
- Assess the visible physical damage.
Are you dealing with a white water stain or a black water stain? A white water stain indicates that the damage to your floor is only mild, and it may come out with proper treatment. White stains typically indicate a build-up of moisture in your hardwood floor. On the other hand, black water stains mean your hardwood has absorbed the water, which makes it significantly more difficult to repair. Other signs of water damage include cupping, when the edges of your hardwood flooring expand and become uneven with the sides sticking up; crowning, which consists of your wood permanently shrinking or wood planks sticking out; and buckling, which is when pieces of hardwood detach from your subfloor and stick out, indicating severe water damage.
- Call the experts.
Especially if the water damage appears severe, which is pretty much anything outside of white water stains, it’s probably wise to call the professionals like the water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. Depending on the extent of your hardwood floor’s damage, it may not even be worth trying to repair your hardwood floor, and replacing it may be a more smart use of your time and money.
The next time you notice any water damage to your hardwood floor, make sure you take these steps to properly address the repairs or replacements necessary. Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 for more information on water damage restoration. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
How To Prevent Mold In Your Attic
Your attic is a prime location for mold growth. Dark, close to your roof and most likely damp, and often neglected, it’s no surprise that you often hear of attic mold growth. However, there are preventative steps that you can take to avoid being surprised by mold in your attic.
We recommend taking these measures to prevent mold in your attic:
1) Inspect your attic every season (and check for roof leaks.)
A good general rule of thumb is to inspect your attic four times a year, every season, to make sure that there are no leaks in your roof or your attic. Signs of a leak that you should look for include discoloration in wood or insulation, raised shingles, wet areas in your roof alleys or anywhere in your attic, and condensation. Catching a leak early on will ensure you prevent mold growth from the start or at least minimize it before it spirals further out of control.
2) Make sure your attic is adequately insulated.
Controlling the temperature and moisture levels in your attic is integral to preventing mold growth. Insulation does just that. Make sure that your attic has adequate insulation to minimize air transfer between it and the rest of your home. Your attic’s temperature should be at or just about the air temperature outside your home, and your attic itself as well as any heating ducts in it should be insulated so that this is the case.
3) Make sure your attic has proper ventilation.
Without proper ventilation, your attic’s moisture levels will most likely be very high, which puts your attic at a higher risk for mold growth. Mold loves moisture. The warm air that rises to your attic will condense on cold surfaces if your attic doesn’t have the ventilation it needs, so you should make sure you have vents that allow this to escape outside. Double-check that your insulation doesn’t cover your vents.
4) Vent your appliances outside, not to your attic.
Any vents in your home, including your dryer, kitchen, and bathroom vents, should not funnel air or moisture into your attic. They should vent directly outside into the fresh air. Venting your appliances to your attic is a recipe for poor ventilation there if the demands are too high for the attic to withstand, and this can result in the accumulation of moisture and mold growth.
In the event that you discover mold in your attic or any other part of your home, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7, and our technicians are experts at identifying and remediating mold as well as fire damage, water damage, storm damage, and more.
What To Do If A Pipe Bursts In Your Building
A pipe burst never happens at an opportune time, and you may freeze in the event that one occurs and you don’t know what to do. To empower you to act in the case of a pipe burst emergency, we’ve compiled a list of steps for you to take after a pipe bursts in your building.
- Shut off the water.
Whether you have control of the water supply or the phone number of the person who does, shut off the water or ring the individual who can do so as soon as possible. Shutting off the water at the main valve will help you prevent further water damage. Depending on the type of pipe that experienced the burst, you may be dealing with a whole array of further damage after it breaks.
2. Call a plumber.
If you don’t already have a plumber’s emergency number stored in your phone, now is the time to input one. Even if you don’t have a clue about the first steps to take to repair a broken pipe, your plumber does. You’re probably going to need a plumber to repair the burst, and calling one to assess the damage as soon as possible is wise.
3. Assess the damage, and if needed, call the water damage restoration professionals.
How much damage did the pipe burst cause? Is there water everywhere? How long has the water been soaking into your carpet, your walls, or ceiling? Especially if there appears to be a lot of water damage or the pipe burst is discovered an indeterminate amount of time after it occurs, call the water damage restoration professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. Our highly-trained, local technicians will be on the scene in a manner of minutes after you call, no matter the time of day, and we will document the drying process to validate that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly.
4. Document everything and file an insurance claim.
Although you may panic after a pipe burst, remember to snap photos of all the damage once you discover it. Documenting the whole pipe burst thoroughly will come in handy when it comes time to file an insurance claim, and keeping track of damages, repairs, and quotes from different professionals will ensure that you have a written record as a paper trail.
5. Soak up excess water.
If there isn’t too much of it, grab a few towels and clean up the excess water. Soaking up water that is sitting on your floor will help minimize the damage it causes. Above all, keep calm, and call the professionals to take care of the pipe burst and any subsequent damage that occurs as a result!
No matter the reason, if you ever experience any water damage, fire damage, storm damage, or mold growth in your home, business, or apartment building, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year, even on the holidays.
Immediate First Steps if an Appliance is Leaking
Have you ever come home to water pooling on your floor under your sink or by your refrigerator? You may have panicked. Immediate steps to take after a water leak aren’t really common knowledge, so it’s important to educate yourself beforehand so you know what to do if an appliance leaks on you!
1. After you’ve discovered a water leak, shut off the water to that appliance.
Depending on when you’ve caught the leak, you may be able to avoid the most costly damage. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. After identifying a leak, shut off water flow to that appliance so that you can find its source.
2. Unplug nearby electronics.
Any electronics near the leak should also be unplugged and shut off. If the water from the leak appears excessive, turn off the circuit breaker to your home. Give your local electrician a call as well as the restoration professionals to assess the damage and how to proceed. Your safety is paramount.
3. Note where the water appears to be coming from.
Appliance water leaks often can be categorized into three common problems: a drain line leak, a supply line leak, or a burst pipe. A drain line leak stems from a leaky drain that isn’t properly working. This may be fast or slow and can result in bacteria in the line. On the other hand, a supply line leak stems from leaks in your water supply piping that brings water to your appliance.
4. Take pictures for insurance claims.
Especially if extensive damage has occurred, take pictures of the leak and the subsequent water damage to file an insurance claim with. It’s important that you do this before cleaning up any of the mess so that you have accurate documentation of the leak.
5. Call the professionals.
While there are ways you can attempt to identify the leak type and resolve it yourself, it’s always a smart investment to call the local plumbing professionals to assess the leak and fix it. If there is damage that needs to be cleaned up, you’ll probably need to contact your local restoration company, too.
If you’re dealing with the aftermath of an appliance water leak in your home, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re available 24/7 and have seasoned technicians trained and equipped to handle water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold, and other disasters.
When Should I Call The Professionals After Water Damage?
Water damage should never be taken lightly as it can cause a variety of health issues as well as ruin your belongings and seriously endanger buildings’ structural integrity. However, it can be hard to determine the extent of your water damage after you first suspect that it may be present, and this can make it hard to know when you should call the professionals after you suspect, identify, or experience water damage to your home or business.
Do you think you may have water damage at your residential or commercial properties? Read on to discover when you should call the professionals if you are suspicious of or certain that you have water damage.
Suspected Water Damage
Has a water stain appeared on your ceiling or another sign of trouble that you think may indicate water damage? It may be worth investigating the suspected water damage on your own before calling in professionals to address it.
It’s good practice to inspect your home carefully every few months for signs of water damage, which include flaking or peeling paint, water stains on the walls or ceiling, puddles or moist spots, and bowed walls. All of these visual signs point toward water damage, and the more that you see, the higher the likelihood of increased damage severity. Stains from mold or dried spots also may indicate that water damage is or was present and may not have been correctly addressed in the past.
After taking note of any and all signs of suspected water damage, it’s time to call a professional to come in and assess the signs that you’ve noticed as well as pick up on any others that may have missed your eye. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to water damage and calling a professional is always a smart idea.
Identified Water Damage
Are signs of water damage obvious and glaring? Especially if you see live mold, big stains, or compromised structural integrity, call the professionals right away after identifying definite water damage. It’s hard to know the extent of the damage from a simple visual assessment, so it’s integral for you to get professionals on the scene as soon as possible to survey the situation and tell you what to do next. It may not be safe for you to remain in the building if the water damage is extensive enough, and this is hard to know without having professional eyes on the damage.
Whenever you suspect or identify water damage, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 to have the damage assessed and properly repaired and restored. If you believe the water damage warrants an emergency, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re available to address emergencies at any time of day or night.
Leak Under Your Sink? Here's What To Do
When water pools on the floor or in the cabinets under your sink, you’re most likely dealing with a leak. First things first, don’t panic! The situation may not be as bad as you think, but you definitely should get it checked out and examine the surroundings to diagnose the issue before major damage occurs, assuming that it hasn’t already. At the first signs of a leak under your sink, these are the important next steps to take.
1. Watch for signs of a leak.
Before you even identify a sink leak, there are a few signs that you should watch for that indicate you may be dealing with a leak. Signs of trouble include caulk deteriorating around your sink, puddles on your floor or in the cabinet under your sink, and loose faucets or plastic around your sink. Dampness and other unusual moisture around your sink also point towards a leak. Once you observe one of these signs, the next step is to identify the leak’s source.
2. Find the source of the leak.
Check the underside of any plastic laminate countertops you may have surrounding your sink for further signs of water damage. Swollen particle board or water pooling around your faucet also may point toward the leak’s origin. Dripping pipes under the sink are also potential culprits for leak sources. Does the sink leak when water is draining? Determining if your sink leaks when the water is draining or when it is plugged up can help you identify if the leak is in your drain (if water leaks while your sink is draining) or if the leak comes from the water supply (if water leaks when the drain is plugged).
3. Shut off the water and call a professional for help.
Once you find the leak’s source and survey the water damage, call a professional plumber or other water professional to assess the situation and repair the leak. If you suspect that you have experienced water damage as a result of the leak, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a team of experts trained in repairing water damage and getting affected areas dried out and back to normal. Contact us at (615) 232-9131 to have a professional give you a quote and repair the damage. You can reach us at any hour for emergencies, as well!
Although managing a sink leak is never fun, you can take preventive measures to reduce the risk of one occurring. Always remember to stay calm and assess the situation when you believe you may be experiencing a sink leak, and know that SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has your back if any water damage has occurred. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 for professional help addressing water damage, storm damage, mold, fire damage, biohazards, and more.
What To Do If Your Apartment Complex Sprinkler System Goes Off
Sprinkler systems are in place to save lives and prevent fire damage, but sprinkler systems can also cause undesired water damage if they go off at an inopportune time or are triggered by kitchen smoke or a candle. However, the majority of the time, they go off because there is a fire detected in your apartment complex. When this happens, here’s what to do next.
1. Evacuate the building.
Even if you believe that your sprinkler system was triggered by something less serious than an apartment fire, your safety should always come first. It’s time to get out of the building when your sprinkler system activates—your life may depend on it.
2. Call the fire department.
If the fire department isn’t already on its way or hasn’t shown up yet, be sure to dial 911. Your sprinkler system often is activated by heat, and the fire in question may be in someone else’s apartment even if you don’t see any occurring in your own rental unit.
3. Contact your renter’s insurance carrier.
If you believe that your belongings and/or your apartment have been affected by the sprinkler system going off, you should contact your renter’s insurance carrier. Although water damage from a sprinkler system is often much more palatable than the water damage fire hoses may wreak if there actually is a fire, getting water soaked into your belongings is never a fun time. Be sure to take pictures of the damage caused by the water and start to dry out items if they seem salvageable.
4. Save the pieces of the sprinkler system when you return to your apartment.
This step is only relevant if your apartment hasn’t been ravaged by fire. If your apartment complex’s sprinkler system did go off by accident, it’s crucial to save the pieces of the sprinkler system that scattered throughout your apartment when it went off to identify the reason why the sprinkler system was activated. This is crucial to know for insurance purposes.
5. Call the professionals.
If you are the apartment owner and the sprinkler system went off, you should call water damage restoration specialists like the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to come out and assess the damage as well as restore it.
Above all, stay safe and make your own well-being the first priority if your apartment complex’s sprinkler system goes off! To examine any damage caused by the sprinkler system, call (615) 242-9391 for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s experienced technicians to arrive at the scene and take care of the mess. We’re here to help.
Top Three Spots to Check for Water Damage in Your Home
Catching water damage before it becomes evident can save you time and money, so knowing the top spots in your home to regularly monitor for damage is crucial for any homeowner. Instead of waiting until a water stain appears on your ceiling or water pools on the floor under your sink, make it a priority to inspect these three spots for water damage on a monthly basis.
1. Check under the sink.
Sinks are regularly located in your kitchen, your bathrooms, and maybe even in other rooms in your house. Since water flows from the faucets and comes up through pipes underneath the sink, it’s not uncommon for leaky sinks to occur. Always inspect the cabinetry and piping underneath your sink for any leaks or moisture.
2. Don’t forget to look behind the toilet.
Your toilet is another frequently-used appliance in your home that uses a lot of water with every flush. Monitoring the space behind and around your toilet for any water damage is always a good practice.
3. Take a look at your roof.
It’s easy to forget to look at your roof for water damage, but if your gutters aren’t working properly or your roof isn’t in good shape, there’s a fair chance that water may be seeping through your roof into your attic, your garage, and your ceilings. It can be hard to know what to look for, but any obvious water stains are a bad sign. Be sure to check out the roof from the exterior and the interior sides (your ceilings).
Water damage can be costly and affect the structural integrity of your home, and so it’s important to keep an eye out for water damage before it wreaks havoc. If you’re looking to buy a new home, here are a few things to look for to ensure that you don’t prematurely buy a home that’s susceptible to water damage.
If you recognize the signs of water damage on one of your regular rounds inspecting the vulnerable areas of your home, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391. With state-of-the-art technology and training, our disaster restoration professionals are equipped for handling the job.
Sources of Summer Water Damage
Water damage can quickly rack up expenses to clean up and replace items beyond repair, which is why knowing where water damage may originate is key to prevention. Summer water damage can be a nightmare to manage, and summer storms, flash floods, and pipe leaks and bursts are all culprits when it comes to excessive water ruining your property.
To stay educated on potential ways that your property may be vulnerable to water damage, we’ve compiled a list of sources that water damage stems from:
1. Excessive Rainfall
Heat-triggered thunderstorms often accompany the hot temperatures of the summer months, and you should always be vigilant about excessive rainfall and the damages it can do to your home or storefront. Do you live in a flood zone? Is your roof sturdy and impenetrable? Do you have the proper gutter system to redirect water from pooling in nooks and crannies of your home’s exterior? All of these questions and considerations are important to keep in mind as you face summer storms. Owning a building that is vulnerable to water damage caused by excessive rainfall is something that must be accounted for so preventive steps can be taken, ensuring that your home or store’s occupants stay dry.
2. Flash Floods
While these may be triggered by excessive rainfall, flash floods can also occur at a moment’s notice by even just a little bit of rain if you live in a flood zone or by a body of water. Small creeks, streams, rivers, or even drainage ditches can turn your backyard--and potentially your home--into an ocean without any warning, and this can seriously damage any items you have - especially at ground level or below. If you have a finished basement or valuable items located on your ground floor, ensure they are moved to higher ground if at all possible in order to make sure that water damage can only harm so much of your property.
3. Pipe Bursts and Leaks
Last but certainly not least, pipe bursts or leaks can cause significant damage to your home or your business. If your sewage starts seeping into your home, your air conditioner breaks and releases water into your apartment, or your pipes burst or leak due to expanding in the summer heat, you’ll most likely have a water damage issue on your hands. Inspect your pipes and air conditioning units carefully to ensure that their maintenance is up-to-date and the likelihood of a leak or burst is reduced.
If you have the misfortune of experiencing water damage in your home or commercial property this summer, don’t hesitate to give the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. Our expert professionals are available 24/7, and we can take care of mold damage, deodorization, biohazards like COVID-19, and cleaning services for fire, water, and storm damage.
Checking Your Attic For Water Damage
Your attic is the number one place where damage from heavy rainfall can occur, and it’s also one of the places in your home that you won’t visit regularly. A trip up to the attic is only made when you need something you have put away for a special event, such as a holiday or a birthday, but it is very important to check your attic area periodically for leaks and water damage, especially during the summer storm season here in Middle Tennessee.
Your attic will take the brunt of summer storms, just as your roof will. When the roof sustains damage from high winds or flying debris, such as loose or missing roofing material, you will probably see water stains in the attic. These let you know a problem is developing. An issue in the attic that is left unchecked will end up affecting the interior of your property, and spaces that are damp and dark for any length of time will put you at risk for a mold infestation. It only takes a day or two for a colony to start.
Follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your attic:
- Check your attic for damage regularly. It’s important to look over your attic space often, just as you do all the other areas of your home or business. You want to make sure this area hasn’t experienced any water damages, which can spread to problems with your interior ceilings if left unattended.
- Check your roofing after bad weather. It’s crucial to check all roofing after a strong storm and/or high winds to ensure it is still intact. Flying debris, such as tree branches or loose building materials, can cause serious issues in volatile weather.
We are proud to help the Nashville community with cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. If your home or property has experienced damages from Middle Tennessee stormy weather, we are ready to help you get back to normal right away. Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
Summer Water Saving Tips
Saving water helps us to protect against drought, and it can also help save you time and money. There are lots of ways to take advantage of all the rebates and incentives offered by many utilities for water-efficient upgrades, such as water-smart showerheads or landscaping with drought-tolerant plants. Expanding conservation and efficiency programs can actually reduce water use in cities by up to one half of the previous usage!
Here are some summer water-saving tips for you to try, from us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville:
Water evaporates quickly when the sun is high, so you may want to try watering your lawn during the cooler hours so that it will stay in your soil. Take steps to make sure you’re watering your yard, too, and not the sidewalk or driveway. A drip irrigation system works better than sprinklers by sending targeted amounts of water right where it needs to go. You will want to check to see if you qualify for a rebate to make your irrigation system more water-efficient.
Get rid of your ever-thirsty turf grass and replace it with a beautiful drought-tolerant garden that doesn’t need water or mowing.
Leaks are expensive and often hard to find. To see if your toilet is wasting water, you can put a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet into your tank. If the color shows up in the bowl you know right away that your tank is leaking and could be wasting up to 100 gallons of water a day! An inexpensive rubber flapper made to fit your toilet’s make and model may be all you need to fix it.
Shortening your shower by as little as two minutes can save up to 1,750 gallons of water per person in your household every year, and another cost-reducing trick is to turn the water off while you soap and/or shave. You can also capture the water that’s normally wasted while you wait for the shower to warm up by collecting it in a bucket, and use it for watering your plants; just make sure that if the water gets soapy it’s not toxic to your garden.
Upgrading your showerheads, using your dishwasher instead of handwashing dishes, using a rain barrel, and taking your car to the car wash are all ways you can lessen your water usage during the summer, and during the rest of the year, too.
Taking steps to conserve this precious natural resource is good for Nashville, and that’s important to us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We’re proud to serve our community by helping with fire damage, water damage, and mold prevention. Call us today to get your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
Restoring Water-Damaged Documents
Damage to documentation in your home or business due to a water-related incident, such as flooding related to bad weather or a machine malfunction, can create issues for you that could have far-reaching results. Private or financial information is something that simply cannot be lost or mishandled, and our team is dedicated to the proper and careful recovery and restoration of such data if it becomes damaged by flooding or any other water-related accident.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we are often called upon to restore documents from an office or a home that has been damaged by water, and sometimes that water has been contaminated, making the job even more complicated. We employ all our expertise to ensure that the project was completed in a timely, professional, and safe manner.
Our team is very organized and methodical in its processes, and we make sure that all the information captured during the restoration is thoroughly documented and as complete as possible; after the restoration is complete it is of vital importance that home or business owners can access any information they may need to serve their clients or get their households running normally again, right away.
We diligently follow a policy of providing daily communication to our clients and insurance companies involved to ensure that all interested parties are updated on the progress of the project at all times. We also provide complete documentation to our clients that may pertain to sensitive or private situations, such as medical information which is protected by HIPAA.
Healthy indoor air quality has to be maintained during a project involving the restoring of documents. Our SERVPRO technicians know this and take great care to ensure the air quality meets all required standards.
In the event that your home or business is impacted by a disaster or accident and your vital documents and records are damaged, call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We have the experience and expertise to restore all types of records, and we understand privacy law compliance, too.
Pressure Washer Best Practices
Pressure washers are truly impressive and efficient when it comes to cleaning the exterior of your home or business, but they can cause more harm than good if they aren’t used correctly. Today we are going to share some of our best and practices for pressure-washing that we think will help you to avoid damage from using your power washer.
When you are refreshing your dirty deck, cleaning mold or grime from your patio furniture, or removing packed mud from your tire wells, any of these tasks can be done more quickly and efficiently when you make use of your pressure washer, since it uses up to 80 percent less water than the average garden hose, but it produces more than 50 times the power!
It’s also essential to use this tool properly to ensure satisfying, damage-free results. Whether you’re in the market for a powerful machine or you already have one that works well for you, take note of our best practices, so you can be sure to get the most from this powerful cleaning tool.
Without an adequate water supply, your pressure washer won’t fulfill any of your expectations for efficiency. You will first want to test the water flow from your hose by timing how long it takes to fill a five-gallon bucket. If it takes two minutes or less, that will be plenty, but if it takes longer than that it indicates that there’s not enough water flow to operate the washer. Once you have determined that you have sufficient water flow to supply your pressure washer, make sure that you clean out the inlet filter and check that the connections are secure wherever the tool attaches to a hose or other accessory.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are fire damage and water damage experts, and we handle cleaning projects of all sizes, too. If you have a cleanup that is just too big for you, keep us in mind! We’re proud to serve our friends and neighbors here in Nashville whenever situations arise that they need extra help with.
How To Replace Your Carpet After Water Damage
Carpets make any room cozy, and they can help reduce noise, too. However, heavy foot traffic, dirt, spills and more can diminish the quality of your carpet, and if you experience a water damage event, such as flooding from a burst pipe or a weather-related disaster, you may end up having to deep clean it or even replace it if the damage is especially bad. Replacing your carpet could be a project for you to handle if you enjoy doing things yourself, but it is certainly one for more experienced do-it-yourself-ers. If a DIY project of this size is not something you want to tackle, contact a flooring professional for help.
Here are the materials you will need to complete your carpet installation project: Tackless Strips, Carpeting of Choice, Carpet Scissors, Hammer, Staple Gun, Knee Kicker, Utility Knife, Dust Mask, and Gloves.
Before you begin making any permanent changes, you’ll need to decide how much carpet you’ll be replacing and what kind you’ll choose. Measure the area and write down all your measurements, including small areas by windows, closets or hallways. Keep in mind, you’ll want to allow for a little extra to make room for error.
Out With The Old.
Once you’ve purchased the amount of carpeting you’ll need, the next step is to remove the existing carpet and carpet padding. Make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands, and a dust mask as well. Starting in a corner of the room, detach the existing carpet from the tack strip. Fold back and cut, about every 3’ or so, into sections you can handle easily. After you’ve removed the carpet, remove the padding in the same way you removed the carpet - and also remove any glue or staples that are stuck to the floor before proceeding to the next step. If your tackless strip is not damaged, you can keep it and use it to install your new carpeting.
Clean The Floor.
You want to be sure that you’re starting with a clean floor to work on, especially if the floor replacement was due to water damage. Sweep and vacuum the floor to start, then smooth out any areas that may have excess material. Make sure the flooring underneath is completely and thoroughly dry, and mold-free. If you discover a mold issue, call us here at SERVPRO for mold remediation measures.
If there was no damage to the old tackless strips you might be able to use them. Size to the wall and nail them a half-inch away, avoiding doorways.
Next, it’s time for the carpet pad; you will want to be sure the padding is an exact fit, as you don’t want it to overlap. Staple it to the inside of the tackless strip, and stretch and staple any seams of the padding as well. Cut any excess padding and secure any joins with tape.
Lay The Carpet.
Lay the carpeting over the carpet pad, leaving a few inches of excess. Make sure the carpet pile is going in the appropriate direction, especially if you are matching other carpets. Using the knee kicker, attach the carpeting to the tackless strips; place the kicker against the carpet and hit to stretch the carpet into the strips. Trim the carpet with your utility knife and create a clean look by tucking in the edges between the wall and the strip using a metal edge.
Clean Up and Conclude.
Clean and vacuum the area to finish, trimming any excess threads.
Replacing and installing your own carpet is not easy work, but when it’s done you can be proud of your accomplishment!
Always keep in mind that whenever your property suffers from water damage, fire damage, or a mold invasion, our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always here to help!
How To Fix A Leaky Faucet
Faucet leaks can spring up with no warning and catch you unaware. Determining where the water is coming from and then taking care of the leak before it damages parts of your home are going to be important steps to take to avoid as much damage as possible.
Here are the steps involved in fixing a leaky faucet:
- Before beginning work on your fixture, make sure your water supply is turned off, from the handles over the sink to the knobs underneath that control the water coming in from the main line.
- Remove any decorative parts of the handle knobs using a flat-head screwdriver. Underneath each knob, there will be a screw that mounts the handle to the stem. Unscrew, then gently remove the handle with your flat-head. Using penetrating oil can assist in loosening it, allowing you to take the faucet handle off the stem.
- Use your wrench to loosen the packing nut; from there you should notice the stem - remove that as well. Depending on the faucet, some stems pop right off, while others twist off from the valve. Check the removed parts for any damage.
- Inspect the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat—they could be the reason for your leak. Remove the washer and put a replacement inside the seat. It's crucial to make sure your replacement washers and O-rings are an exact fit. Make sure to check the seat to see if the sides fit a cone-shaped or flat washer, and purchase the appropriate type. You may want to take the old O-ring to your local hardware store to verify the correct size. You can also buy a package including many different sizes of O-rings—sometimes it's worth the extra cost.
- Carefully reassemble all the parts (in this order: washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and handle). Slowly and gently turn the knob to test the running water and check to see if you have fixed your leaky faucet.
Once you have determined that your faucet is correctly repaired, take precautions by inspecting your drywall and flooring for water damage, looking for buckling, discoloration, and unhealthy odors - which could mean mold has established itself in the damp area.
In the event that you experience a large water event and the damage is beyond your ability to fix or if a mold colony has been established, don’t hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville We have the skills and experience needed to take care of the water damage from a leak, large or small. We are also mold prevention and remediation experts!
Installing Appliances Properly To Avoid Water Damage
Most of us like to save money by doing things ourselves, and there are actually a lot of projects around your home or business that you can complete yourself. These could be projects like painting and plastering, installing ceiling fans and lighting, installing tile or carpeting, or perhaps laying out and creating a backyard vegetable and herb garden. More experienced homeowners may be skilled enough to build brick walls, roof their own homes, or pour and finish concrete walkways and slabs, as well. We can find much of the information we need on the internet these days to help us begin and then execute projects and tasks of all kinds, and many home improvement centers now offer seminars and classes on do-it-yourself projects for all interested parties, too.
There are some bigger home improvement projects that may take the help of a professional, however, due to their size or logistical challenges. Some tasks, when done incorrectly, can even cause unwanted damage that may make it worth your while to ask for assistance. In such cases as these, contracting the help of a professional company to complete the job may be the best choice.
You could be considering replacing your large appliances in your home, and this may be a project you are thinking about completing yourself, but the logistics of a project such as this one can be a big challenge due to the size of many appliances and the technical know-how that is often necessary. It’s also extremely important that the installation is done correctly in order to avoid water damage in the future. It is very often more cost-effective to ensure that a job is done right the first time.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are ready to help with household or business projects of all sizes, so if you do happen to experience water damage, we are here to help! If you have experienced storm damage, fire damage, or mold infestation, we are experts in each of these areas, and we are proud to serve the Nashville community.
Steps To Take When Your Ceiling Is Leaking
It will always be immediately obvious when you have a leak in your ceiling! Drips of water, discolored tiles or plaster, and peeling paint are going to be dead giveaways. It isn’t always as obvious as to where that water is coming from, and it can be difficult to find the source. Common causes will include: include leaky or burst pipes, a toilet or tub that has overflowed, and leaks in your roofing, just to name a few. In addition to unsightly staining and damage to your interiors, it can lead to mold if they are from a smaller leak, while large leaks and burst pipes can cause your ceiling to crumble completely in a fairly short period of time. If you have a serious issue you will probably want to call a professional full-service repair company.
In the meantime, here are a couple of steps to take when your ceiling is leaking:
- Dry the Ceiling. If the damage is minor, you will want to find the source first and repair that. Using fans and dehumidifiers can be a big help after the repair is done, and you may want to rent commercial units for the best effect. You can use scaffolding to raise these machines up near the ceiling, improving airflow and getting things drier faster.
- Paint/Repair. For a minor ceiling situation, you can make repairs without replacing drywall or plaster by scrubbing the area to take away loose debris, wiping the area with a clean cloth, and allowing it to air dry. If your ceiling is painted, apply a primer to block water spots, and then apply 2 coats of paint, blending it into the damaged areas. For a plaster ceiling, just fill in the gaps and cracks with new plaster.
The steps above are great for someone who is a do-it-yourselfer or when the damage is minor, but if you have experienced a large leak in your ceiling with a lot of damage to your building, you can always rely on us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We’re proud to be able to help all our friends and neighbors here in the Nashville area when the unexpected happens. We are water damage and fire damage experts and skilled in mold prevention and remediation, too.
What To Do When Your Apartment Sprinkler System Goes Off
The overhead sprinkler system in your apartment complex is there to keep tenants safe from possible fire damage, and everyone is glad the system is in place. However, when it does go off, there is going to be a mess to clean up. What should you do when your apartment complex sprinkler system goes off?
You know that it is important to handle any sort of water issues immediately in order to avoid the costly problems that can arise from your damp property, such as mold and mildew. Keep in mind that any intense heat will cause your sprinklers to discharge, and the sprinkler heads contain a temperature-sensitive mechanism that can only be activated when the temperature at the sprinkler head exceeds the allowable range, so make sure your tenants understand that they need to be careful with heat inside their units. You will also want to make sure that residents know never to hang items from the sprinkler heads, as this can damage them, as well as cause them to go off unexpectedly.
Here are a few cleanup tips to consider when cleaning up after your overhead sprinkler system goes off:
- Prompt professional assistance following a sprinkler discharge could be vital in saving your property and your residents’ belongings from permanent damage. Your actions in the first 24-48 hours can save you significant time and money and eliminate subsequent mold growth.
- Professional followup will also be a big help when it comes to odors, and they can evaluate the water damage and potential for mold growth in hidden areas as well as ensure that any affected building materials are dry prior to work area rebuilding.
- We recommend that you hire an independent water damage and mold remediation expert to represent you during planning, response, and closeout, and work together with their insurance carrier.
- Water within the sprinkler system is stagnant and non-potable, and the water picks up and absorbs oils and other contaminants within the piping, resulting in discoloration and odors from its sedimentary state. Cleanup actions typically not only involve moisture remediation but also involve surface cleaning from stains as well as additional measures to alleviate odors.
- Prompt action for cleaning is essential when it comes to fabric and textile items that have been affected to minimize permanent staining and damage.
If your apartment complex has been affected by water damage, whether from an overhead sprinkler system, flooding, or leaks both large and small, here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are ready to help right away.
Preventing Flood Damage To Your Hotel
Fire is a common concern for every hotel business owner, but your premises could actually be in more danger of damage by water. Water damage can come in the form of flooding, which is caused by heavy rains, flash floods, dam failures, mudflows, and snowmelt. If you have construction going on in the area, roads and bridges that are being added can often alter the normal flow of water. This may increase the potential for flood damage to your hotel.
There are some steps that you can take to minimize water damage to your hotel property, however, and we are sharing these tips to help you prepare.
- Know the flood zone risk for your area, and evaluate that risk with professional help.
- Ensure that important equipment and appliances, such as laundry facilities, HVAC systems, and hot water systems are located above the expected flood levels for your area.
- Have all drains and sump pumps inspected regularly to ensure that they are properly operational.
- Keep sandbags stocked onsite for help in diverting unusually high water away from the property and parking areas, to include exits.
- If heavy snow is expected, flag drains ahead of snow plows to avoid them becoming stopped up.
- The law requires that you have an evacuation plan set up for your guests and staff. Ensure that your staff is well-versed in the route and that you hold drills periodically to refresh everyone and to instruct new staff members.
- Make sure that your staff is aware of the flood alert signals for your community and that they know what to do in the event of a flooding emergency. Emergency contacts should be easily accessible and referenced so that everyone onsite can make the necessary calls to alert area police and other emergency personnel in the event that their assistance will be needed.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is proud to serve the Nashville community. We are water damage and fire damage specialists. If you experience flood damage to your hotel, we are here to help, and we are happy to consult with you on flood prevention methods that will protect your investment from the damage that can come from such an event. We work with insurance companies and adjustors on your behalf, as well.
How To Repair Hardwood Floors After Water Damage
A flooding event of any size will have a negative effect on your building and property, and your wood floors will really suffer. Any time water saturates hardwood, the wood absorbs the water through its pores and this, in turn, causes warping and discoloration. If you have experienced water damage to your wood flooring, you will want to follow these steps to repair them:
- Removing Water. Soak up the water as quickly as possible. The longer the water remains, the worse the damage will be. The first 24 hours are critical, but if you are able to remove the water and dry your floors completely, you may be able to avoid serious and irreversible damage. You will also be alleviating the possibility of a mold invasion.
- Sanding/Refinishing. You will need to sand and refinish the wood. This repair can bring your floors back to pre-flood condition and will save you all the time and money involved in having your damaged flooring removed and new flooring installed.
- Contacting Professionals. When you have experienced extensive water damage, such as from a tornado, hurricane, or severe flooding due to a large weather event, your best bet will be to contact a professional water damage restoration service. They are experts in this area and will have the personnel and equipment necessary to get your water damage taken care of as fast as possible. Make sure you call them right away! If your area has suffered a weather disaster, these companies will probably have a waitlist.
- Taking Preventive Measures.
- Find the source of water and take the necessary steps to stop the flow.
- If you have carpeting on top of your hardwood floor, remove both the carpet and the padding immediately and take care of any other wet objects, as well. You may have to deal with odors and discoloration after a water damage event. Remember that your restoration professionals can help you with carpet-cleaning after a water damage event, too.
- Use a shop-vac or household vacuum to extract as much water as you can. Rely on professionals if the amount of water is really extensive.
- Prevent mold and preserve your hardwood floors by using a non-sudsy disinfectant, and then vacuum again to remove standing water.
- Use a dehumidifier or run your heater or air conditioner constantly to keep the air dry inside the affected areas. This will help to prevent unpleasant odors and may provide a deterrent to mold, too.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has the skills and equipment necessary to get your floors back to pre-damage condition, and we are always here to help with repairs and renovations to any area of your property when you are affected by water damage event, whether large or small. We also handle fire damage, and we are mold remediation experts, too.
What Can Cause Water Damage In Your Commercial Building?
Water damage of any kind can be devastating to a business. Even the smallest of leaks left unchecked can create huge amounts of trouble and cost a lot of money to repair. As a business owner, you may be thinking about ways you can prevent this from affecting your business, so let’s talk about what can cause water damage in your commercial building:
Pipes. Your commercial building may be older, with plumbing that has seen better days. Leaky pipes can easily become an issue as the gaskets and seals wear out and the pipes themselves break down.
Faucets. In kitchens, break rooms, bathrooms, and shops you are going to have sinks and water faucets. A faucet that is older and that has developed a drip can not only annoy you but can cause a lot of damage if it’s ignored for too long.
Roofing. The roofing of your commercial building should be kept in top shape to guard against water damage. If a roof is not in the best shape and has developed weak spots and small holes, the walls and ceilings of your building are in danger.
Spills. Spills of all sizes can cause damage if they are not cleaned up in a timely manner. Even the smallest puddle of water can seep into all kinds of materials, resulting in warped wood, discolored tiles, and flaking plaster. Keep in mind that it only takes a little amount of damp to attract a mold colony, and that just takes the damage to another level.
Floods. When heavy, wet weather hits, a flood can occur. We’ve all seen the pictures of what a flood can do, and it can be devastating. From washing away walkways and trees to moving vehicles and even the building itself, a flood is a powerful force.
If you experience water damage in your commercial building, call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We’ll be there right away to help you get back to normal. We are restoration pros, and we handle mold, too.
Steps To Take After Major Flooding In Your Business
Flooding is a common occurrence in many parts of the country, and West Nashville is no exception. As a smart business owner we know you want to be ready should the worst happen. Flooding is dangerous, and kills nearly 100 people yearly, in addition to causing an average of eight billion dollars in property damage in the U.S. yearly. Being prepared can keep your business and your workforce safe in the event of a flood.
- Step One - Know Your Area. Even if you think the risk of flooding will be low, it’s important to be vigilant. Understand your location’s potential exposure. You can reference the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s quarterly updates and maps to see what areas of Middle Tennessee are at higher flooding risk during certain times of the year. Historic flooding maps are also a helpful resource. Just knowing the potential rates of rising waters and how long it would take to drain off will be important pieces of information for you as a business owner.
- Step Two - Have Your Information At Hand. Be sure you keep all copies of your insurance documents and other key business information in a flood-safe location. Using the cloud for storage of business-related information will be essential when it comes to the potential loss of documentation.
- Step Three - Be Prepared. Prepare your location for a flooding event. Investing in a sump pump could help to minimize damages, as well as maintaining gutters, drains, and roofing. Anchoring any fuel tanks is also a good step to take.
- Step Four. Create a flood evacuation route and share it will your workforce so that they know how to get themselves and any customers to higher and safer ground if it becomes necessary. Invest in an emergency kit and keep it well-stocked, in case people get stranded in the building.
When it happens:
- Step One - Roll Call. Make sure you know where everyone is and that they are safe. Do not encourage anyone to come to work if it is dangerous to do so, and keep people onsite if it isn’t safe to travel home.
- Step Two - Call Emergency Services. Contact your local fire department and police, and let them know the status of your property and everyone involved.
- Step Three - Turn Off Electricity. If you have standing water inside or around your buildings, turn off all electricity and unplug appliances and computers, etc.
- Step Four - Stay Informed. Stay connected to local news stations to get updates and important information. The most important thing is that everyone is safe.
When it comes to a flooding event, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to help. We specialize in large-scale disaster repair and cleanup, so call us for assistance if your business experiences any kind of disaster.
How To Handle A Flood In Your Apartment Complex
As a wise apartment owner, you know to be prepared for flood damages, and you know it’s always smart to do what you can to prevent them whenever possible. Your complex may suffer from floods that happen because of bad weather, or it may be the type of flood that comes about due to equipment failure or negligence.
All appliances have a limited lifespan, so it’s important to inspect refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, HVAC units, and bathroom fixtures in every unit for any signs of excessive aging or failure. Flooding in these areas will create huge issues for you, as the flooding can easily expand to affect not only the individual apartment but the one below or beside it, and perhaps more. Look for:
- The sound of running water
- Unpleasant odors in floors, walls, or drains
- Low water pressure
- Mold growing around appliance or fixtures
- Worn out hoses
If leaks are left untreated, they can lead to mold growth, stains, and floor and wall damages. Encourage your residents to let you know about any issues right away so that you can address any leaks immediately. Educate your renters to keep an eye on their water bills. Any large uptick in usage and cost is a huge clue that some investigation needs to be done; there is probably a leak somewhere.
Maintaining the roofs, gutters, and exterior windows and doors of your complex will go a long way towards keeping your business safe from the elements and flooding that can happen during heavy rains. Any drainage system on your property will need to be properly cared for, too, with debris and dirt clogging the system being removed regularly in case of heavy water. A backed-up drainage system can be a huge flooding culprit.
If you are due for some landscaping, make sure any new large shrubs or trees are planted in places where they won’t interfere with pipelines, and remove those that are already in the danger zone. Root systems can easily break apart piping and create a flooding event. Choose those plants and trees that don’t have aggressive root systems, just to be safe.
If you do experience a flood in your apartment complex, first you will want to make sure that everyone is safe. If a unit’s atmosphere is unhealthy, make arrangements for the residents to go elsewhere while repairs are made. If the damage is extensive, it may be necessary to find them another apartment in your complex to stay in for a time.
If it is a large, weather-related flooding event, safety is still the primary focus. Can people get in and out of their homes and the complex? Is anyone out of power? Are their elderly or disadvantaged people in your complex that need special attention? Are all children accounted for and does everyone know where all their family members or roommates are? Are any pets in danger? Many of these issues will require the aid of professionals, and perhaps even the police or fire department.
When you are dealing with flood damages, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is always here to help, 24/7. We are water and fire damage specialists, and we have years of experience with mold remediation and prevention, as well.
What To Do When Your Interior Sprinkler System Goes Off
The overhead sprinkler system in your home or business is made to engage when it senses extreme heat. The sprinkler heads contain a temperature-sensitive mechanism that can only be activated when the temperature at the sprinkler head exceeds the allowable range, and they operate independently, with those directly exposed being set off first. Most fires are extinguished, or controlled, by three sprinklers or less, but the amount of water generated by just one sprinkler head can be significant. A sprinkler head can release from 15 to 40 gallons of water per minute and can fill an entire bathtub in less than two!
Prompt and professional decision-making following a sprinkler discharge in your building is essential. The actions you take in the first 24-48 hours will save you significant time and money by minimizing water damage, as well as helping to eliminate the possibility of a mold colony taking hold in your property. If your employees or guests complain of odors or signs of mold, respond immediately and use professional help for remediation of that mold or mildew where needed.
The water in a sprinkler system is non-potable and often has absorbed oils and other contaminants that are in the piping, so cleanup will require surface cleaning from stains and elimination of odors, in addition to water damage restoration and moisture remediation measures. Where fabric and textiles are affected, prompt action must also be taken to avoid permanent staining and to preserve these articles.
The hard, non-porous surfaces in your building, such as plastics, vinyl, ceramic tile, etc., will need to be cleaned with a mild detergent and completely dried. You can use dehumidifiers for wet areas and during wetter seasons, as well, for comprehensive results.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is equipped with specialized instruments to facilitate comprehensive project investigation, design and implementation, and will complete your damage recovery in a timely, thorough manner. We’re experts in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial restoration, and much more!
Tips On Handling Water-Damaged Electronic Equipment
If your electronic equipment is accidentally submerged or splashed with a liquid, the very first thing you need to do is disconnect its power source as soon you can safely do so. As water damage specialists, we see all kinds of situations where electronics are adversely affected by water and other liquids here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. Today we would like to share some tips with you that can help you in handling water-damaged electronic equipment:
- Safety first. Always use caution when disconnecting your device from a household current or any other source. If you are standing in water or your clothes are wet, remove yourself from any potential shock hazard before retrieving a submerged or soaked electronic device.
- Disconnect. If your device is still submerged and connected to an external power source, you will want to find a safe way to disconnect it, and a good way to do this is to use a circuit breaker or switch for that source of power and switch it off. Use caution if you choose to remove a plug or power adapter from an outlet that has not been switched off.
- Hazards. Retrieving a submerged or soaked electronic device that contains a battery can be hazardous. A shorted battery may be a fire or chemical hazard, or both. If you see or feel any heat, smoke, steam, bubbling, bulging, or melting here, avoid handling the electronic device for any reason.
- Turn it off. If the device is still on, turn it off.
- Drain fluid. Rotate and shake the device to try to let any fluid drain out, and remove the battery if it can be done safely.
- Disassemble the device. To allow any remaining liquid to drain and to begin cleaning the internal components, you will have to disassemble the device. This is particularly important with acidic liquids such as fruit juice or alkaline liquids such as laundry water.
- TIP: Rice will not help you here!
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are water damage and fire damage specialists. We can be on the scene right away to help you with all water damage issues. Keep in mind that we are mold remediation experts, too, and we are proud to be your full-service repair and restoration team.
How To Repair Hardwood Floors After Water Damage
The aftermath of a flood, whether it’s large or small, is going to be devastating to your home, and your wood floors will really suffer. When water sits on top of hardwood, the wood absorbs the water through its pores, causing warping and discoloration, and can be permanently affected. If you have experienced water damage to your home, you will want to follow these steps to repair your hardwood floors:
- Remove Water. Remove the water as quickly as you can. The longer the water remains, the worse the water damage will be. The first 24 hours are critical, but if you are able to remove the water and dry your floors completely, you may be able to save the wood. You will also be alleviating the possibility of a mold invasion, too.
- Sand and Refinish. More than likely you will need to sand and refinish the wood, and this repair can bring your floors back to pre-flood condition, or at least pretty close. This step will save you all the time and money involved in having your flooring removed and new flooring installed.
- Contact Professionals. If you have experienced serious water damage, perhaps from a tornado, hurricane, or severe flooding, your best bet may be to contact a professional water damage restoration service. They are experts in this area and will have the personnel and equipment necessary to get your water damage taken care of as fast as possible. Make sure you call them right away; if your area has suffered a weather disaster, these companies will probably have a waitlist.
- Preventive Measures.
- Find the source of water and plug it up.
- Remove all wet items from the flooring. If you have carpeting on top of your hardwood floor, remove both the carpet and the padding immediately. This is an area where mold can become a problem really quickly. Remember that your restoration professionals can help you with carpet-cleaning after a water damage event, too.
- Use a shop-vac or household vacuum to extract as much water as you can, and rely on your professionals if the amount of water is really large.
- Disinfect. Prevent mold and preserve your hardwood floors by using a non-sudsy disinfectant, and then vacuum again to remove standing water.
- Drying. Use a dehumidifier or run your heater or air conditioner constantly to keep the air dry inside the affected room(s).
These are just a few simple steps that you can take yourself when your hardwood floors are affected by water. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always here to help with repairs and renovations to your property when you are affected by water damage, no matter the size. We also handle fire damage, and we are mold remediation experts, too.
Dealing With Water Damage In Your Office
When your office suffers from water damage, whether it’s from a natural cause or an equipment failure, you may experience losses due to damage to office equipment and furniture, destruction of computer files and paper records. If the incident forces you to shut down your operation, you may also have to deal with loss of income. This type of event can have a pretty serious effect on your finances and can end up creating some time-consuming cleanup projects for your workforce.
The costs to you will include repair and replacement of damaged items that are vital to the function of your operation, along with the costs of water extraction, cleanup, and any renovations that may be necessary to the premises. If you have adequate insurance coverage, your plan will pay these costs, but if not - you may be facing a burden of financial loss.
Secondary issues, such as poor indoor air quality and mold growth, can have an adverse effect on the health and well-being of your staff, and this can often translate into sick days or loss of productivity. Conditions such as adult-onset asthma and other respiratory issues can develop if the environment of your office isn’t brought to a healthy level right away after water damage.
It’s a smart business decision to have a contingency plan in place, in case a water or fire event affects your office building. Providing your workforce with a remote location to use in continuing to work and having your files and records backed up offsite, for example, are a couple of ways you can keep your company operating until the water damage has been cleaned up and safe to inhabit once again.
You may want to contact a professional water damage restoration company to treat and remediate your issues properly. A professional team will be able to extract the water and clean all affected areas in the shortest amount of time, letting you get back to work sooner rather than later.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is ready to help in the event of a disaster, large or small. We are experts in handling fire damage, as well, and we specialize in large-scale cleanup projects. In addition to these services, we are mold remediation and prevention experts.
Storm-proofing Your Hotel
The areas of the US that are being affected by extreme weather are widening, so business owners should no longer just assume that their region is going to experience the same weather as in years past. As the owner of a hotel, you need to reassess your storm preparedness and strengthen all your emergency plans to prevent and reduce damage to your property.
Sudden thunderstorms bring with them high winds, rain, hail, and tornadoes that will damage your premises. Today we’re sharing some tips to storm-proofing your hotel in advance of winter storm season.
- Landscaping. Clear your property of dead or dying trees, and make sure that those you intend to keep are properly cared for - pruned and stabilized ahead of coming heavy weather.
- Clutter. It’s bad business to have clutter around your hotel, anyway, even if it is in the areas where guests will never go. Items left lying about become flying objects when a storm hits, and that can cause dangerous situations to both your guests and your staff.
- Storm shutters. You may want to consider installing storm windows and shutters in your hotel, just to be safe. There are many options on the market, from roll-down steel shutters to see-through polycarbonate.
- Structural upgrades. For areas that are experiencing heavier snowfall than in the past, your buildings may need upgrades to handle the added weight to minimize the risk of roof collapse.
- Lightning rods. Installing lightning rods on your roof will help to prevent lightning strikes that can cause power surges and outages, which will in turn damage electronic devices in your hotel. Using grounded outlets and surge protectors will also help to prevent outages. Professionals can be consulted to determine how many rods you may need.
- Decking. Decking, balconies, and patios need to be built from durable materials and managed properly.
- Moisture control. Keep moisture out, if at all possible. Make sure caulking is done regularly and that doors and windows that need attention get it right away. Any water that penetrates your hotel interior is going to create conditions that are just right for mold and mildew to establish themselves. That’s bad for business. Regular coats of paint or stain will help to maintain a barrier to moisture.
Storms can occur at any time, no matter the time of year. Advance preparation and effective storm-proofing of your hotel will go a long way towards preventing and minimizing damage to your business. Don’t hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for assistance. We are here for you!
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HOTEL FLOODS
No business owner ever wants to experience any type of flooding; floods are messy, expensive, and time-consuming. Floods can also be dangerous, especially to someone whose business is in serving people, such as the owner of a hotel. Whether flooding comes from a pipe or equipment malfunction or from bad weather, there will be many issues to be handled, and we know you want to be prepared. So today we are sharing a few things to think about if your hotel experiences flooding:
Your guests. The safety and well-being of your guests, both those who are already staying with you and those you are expecting, is going to be at the top of any list. If the flooding is merely an inconvenience, take steps to ensure that your guests are moved to unaffected accommodations within your establishment, or partner with a friendly area hotel to make sure their needs are met. If the flooding is significant, you will want to make sure that everyone is out of harm’s way, first and foremost. Once you have determined that the flooding will not affect anyone’s physical well-being, you can take steps to handle the belongings that your guests may have had to leave behind.
Your premises. Call in professionals if necessary to get you back up and running, ready to do business. Any time spent on cleanup is going to be time you are not spending working your enterprise, so think carefully about that before you try to do it yourself, with the intent of saving money. You might not actually save money that way!
Your future business. News will get out, so you will want to handle that right away. If the flooding was due to equipment failure, make sure you take the necessary steps to bring your property up to the highest possible standards and advertise that fact. Flooding may have occurred due to bad weather, so you will want to do whatever you can to assure potential future guests that they will be safe from the same type of experience going forward. Improvements should be placed front and center on your social media and website so that people know you have done all that is necessary to ensure a wonderful stay at your hotel in the future.
If you experience water damage from flooding or damage from fire or mold at your Nashville hotel, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville any time, and we will be there to help you right away. We care about you and your business.
WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT FOR SERVPRO AFTER WATER DAMAGE OCCURS
Here's what to do when water damage occurs.
SERVPRO will be on the scene quickly after a water damage event, but while you are waiting for them to arrive, there are some things that you can do to prepare for the cleanup.
Here is your to-do list:
- Safety assessment. This is the first order of business: making sure that affected areas are safe for anyone who may come into contact with them. If flooring has been affected, for example, you will want to ensure that it is safe to walk on in order to avoid slips, trips, and falls or possible collapse. Look for exposed wiring, sharp edges, and sharp objects, too. Make sure all the people who are in the home or business are safe and accounted for, and see to any needs that may come up.
- Take stock of the damage. Get your camera or smartphone out and take pictures of all the damaged areas and belongings. This will be helpful to have on hand for your insurance person. Make a folder just for the water damage event, and keep all the photos there. If you need to, you can add descriptive notes as to what the area looked like before the event occurred, as well as any helpful notations that may seem important.
- Insurance. Contact your agent and let them know what has happened. Ask them what they require to make their assessment, and get started on providing them with whatever they ask for. Obtain a copy of your policy and make sure you have all the pages it should include. If the damage is extensive or if there have been injuries and you anticipate a claim being filed, contact an attorney who specializes in these kinds of events.
- Dry it up. If you have safe premises, it will be a good idea to start the drying process if the event is not too big for you alone. Sweep water away from corners, for example, and mop up standing water. Move any affected machinery or furniture away from the areas that will be focused on if you can do so safely.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is a team of water damage cleanup experts. We handle fire damage and mold remediation, too.
A WATER DAMAGE CHECKLIST FOR YOUR OFFICE
Here's what to do when water damage hits.
Once waters from flood or leaks recede and clean up has been done, most folks just want to get back into their business office and start rebuilding. However, one problem is that materials submerged in water have probably absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding or renovating too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems like mold growth, insect infestations, and the deterioration of walls, flooring, wood and wall coverings. Flood waters are not going to be clean, either. Therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.
Here is a checklist to refer to if your office experiences water damage:
- Inspect for outside structural and electrical damage to determine if it is safe to enter. Fire hazards and gas leaks will need to be identified, as well. Use battery-powered light sources.
- Wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection. Watch for fire ants, snakes, or other animals.
- If mold is present, wear a respirator that can filter spores.
- Contact your insurance adjuster immediately.
- Begin cleanup, salvage, and drying as soon as possible, and be sure to take photos for use for inventory. All steps suggested on this page can be taken before an adjuster arrives. Keep damaged materials for proof of loss.
- The adjuster will assess all office damage, and as the owner, you will need to sign a proof of loss statement.
- Check that all electric and gas services are turned off before entering the premises for the first time.
- Have an electrician check for grounds and other unsafe conditions before reconnecting the system.
Furnishings and Carpets
- Remove all furniture, bedding, and carpeting and bring it outdoors to be cleaned and dried (or discarded).
- Flooded carpets and rugs should be replaced since flood water may contain contaminants, and affected carpet pads should always be discarded and replaced. Remove these items within 48 hours after flooding subsides.
- Thoroughly dry the carpet and subfloor as quickly as possible. If carpet is installed when damp, it can mildew.
- All upholstered furniture and mattresses contaminated by flood water should be discarded, and solid wood, metal and plastic furniture may be cleaned and restored. Hose off any mud, then clean, sanitize, and let your furniture dry completely out of direct sunlight.
- Open flooded walls, even if they appear undamaged, to prevent mold, odor, and structural decay. Remove water from the structure as rapidly as possible and ventilate.
- Remove baseboards and cut holes in wallboard to drain uninsulated walls, and remove the interior surface of insulated walls to a point above water height. Discard flooded drywall. Remove and discard all wet fibrous insulation. Clean out mud. Wall studs and plates may be sprayed with disinfectant (1 cup bleach/gallon water) to kill any existing mold and fungi.
- Speed dry with dehumidifiers and fans. Leave walls open until they have thoroughly dried, which may take up to a month.
- Select replacement materials that will withstand future floods (such as rigid foam insulation, removable wainscoting, ceramic tile, etc.).
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experts at cleanups after water or fire damage, no matter the size of the event. If your office has been affected by water damage, either from a leak or a flood, we are here to help. We are mold remediation specialists, too!
WHY YOU NEED TO ACT FAST WHEN WATER DAMAGE OCCURS
Even the smallest of leaks can result in a flood if left unattended, so it’s important to catch water leaks in your home or business and react immediately so that the damage doesn’t get worse.
Leaking pipes and a constantly running toilet are often the expensive culprits of water damage. Finding them sooner rather than later will be key in avoiding long term issues. If you find a leak, it’s important to act quickly to stop the spread of water and limit the damage. Mold begins to grow within 24 hours of exposure to excess water, so it’s vital to have a water damage cleanup plan in place for your company.
- Turn off the water to the affected area immediately. This keeps the situation from getting worse while waiting for the problem to be repaired. Turn off the water to just the affected fixture if possible, or the entire building if necessary.
- Call a licensed plumber. There are many who have 24-hour response numbers, and this may be a good one to have programmed into your cell phone’s contacts list.
- Move files, computer equipment, and other important assets to higher ground. It’s suggested that records should be stored electronically, with copies stored off site, in the cloud or in two different physical locations. If you’re concerned about cloud storage being hacked, there are personal cloud storage options available.
- Develop a contingency plan for staff workplaces in case the office is unusable for a few days. Options include working out of rented office space or telecommuting. This is useful in the event of any kind of disaster.
In the event of water damages of any kind, you need to act fast to remediate the issues. Water damage can ruin all kinds of materials, and your premises will suffer from deterioration and unpleasant odors. Remember, too, that once a mold colony gets established, it can never be completely removed, so it’s best to clean up the conditions it enjoys. Any damp area needs to be dried completely before 48 hours has passed, to make sure mold doesn’t gain a foothold. If you do experience water damage and its accompanying issues, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville for help.
WATER DAMAGE RECOVERY TIPS FOR YOUR FURNITURE
Water damage to your furniture is not always as bad as it might seem. Sometimes the damage is very manageable and can be repaired through some simple DIY steps. If you have some furniture that needs care after flooding or weather-related water damage, here are some tips you can follow to restore your furniture and carpeting.
Wood. When a piece of furniture made from wood has been soaked in water, the first step to be taken is to let it dry completely. Place it in a room that is warm and that enjoys good circulation. You can choose to turn on the heat and fans, as well. If the outdoor temperatures are warm, you may place the furniture outside, but take care that the temperature is warm enough - cold weather will cause the piece to dry more slowly and mold can establish a colony, while air that is too hot will cause cracks to form in the furniture.
White Spots. If you find white spots on the furniture, mix a solution of toothpaste and baking soda in equal parts. After dipping a wet cloth in this solution, rub it around and on the spots and polish the area with a dry piece of fabric made from cotton.
Mildew. Black spots indicate that water has seeped through the finish into the wood itself, and that leads to mildew. If this happens, it will require you to remove the finish, clean the mildew with a bleach solution and put on a new layer of finish.
Buckled Veneer. The veneer on your furniture may have buckled or warped through contact with water. You can soak the veneer with a moisturizer to cause it to lie down flat and then wipe it clean and dry. Next, fill a syringe with veneer glue, stick the needle between the veneer and the body of the furniture, emptying the syringe slowly. After it is removed, place a wood block on top of the veneer and wait for the glue to dry, following manufacturer recommendations.
When it comes to recovery of your property and possessions from water damage, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is always here to help. We are experts in the area of restoration from the damages of fire or water, and we are also mold prevention and remediation experts.
Preventing Water Damage in Your Basement
The low-lying areas of any building are always more vulnerable to water damage, whether from rough outdoor weather events or from leaks inside. You will want to take the steps necessary to guard against this kind of damage to your property, which will keep your possessions from being adversely affected as well as saving you both time and money.
Here are some tips to prevent water damage in your basement:
- Maintain proper drainage throughout your property. Take a good look around the premises of either your home or business to make sure that you have proper drainage in place when an excess amount of water is present. Burst pipes and water mains can drive a LOT of water your way, as can flooded streets and drainage ditches, and giving all that H2O somewhere to go besides your basement is a smart move. Enlist the help of a water damage specialist if you need to make some changes, or if you have already experienced issues in your basement or other low-lying areas.
- Maintain all equipment. If your basement contains laundry equipment or other machinery that involves the use of water, make sure that these useful tools don’t become a liability due to poor maintenance. Pipes and water connections need to be regularly assessed since a tiny leak can become a big one really quickly, creating huge issues for you as a home or business owner.
- Maintain the roof. If your roof springs a leak, the water can end up in the walls and travel all the way down to the basement. Once this area gets and stays damp for too long, a mold colony can take hold, and that is a whole new conversation. Regular roof inspections and repairs are one of the most effective steps you can take to prevent water damage in your basement. It will keep walls, windows, and floors safe, too.
When it comes to water damage in your Nashville home or business, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are experts in the areas of fire and water damage, and we are also mold remediation specialists. We’ve got you covered!
TOP SOURCES OF WATER DAMAGE TO BE AWARE OF IN YOUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING
As a commercial business owner, you have worried about your own enterprise when you’ve seen the news reports and social media posts showing water damage to other businesses after a flood or heavy rain. Disasters like that are almost always unexpected, and if you aren’t prepared for what may happen during storm season, you can suffer more water damage than is necessary.
The top sources of water damage to your commercial building will be:
- Wet Weather. The steady rains of winter or occasional snow and ice can cause issues when there are opportunities for leaks. Take a good look around your place of business to see if your premises are prepared for wet weather. Ensure that all exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and that doors and windows are properly weather-stripped. The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be regularly inspected and well-maintained, too, to protect your machinery, product, and furniture from this most common source of water damage.
- Flooding. Both major and minor flooding events can occur during rain storms and after ice and snow melt. The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade in from their cars, floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, and you will want to plan ahead to prevent that from happening.
- Leaks. Another very common source of water damage is going to be from leaks in your interiors. Pipes and water heaters that are not in great repair can spring leaks quickly and cause a lot of damage if the problem is not caught right away. Regular inspections of all your appliances and water systems will help you determine if there needs to be a replacement of older items that could become troublesome.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is standing by, ready to help in any way we can! We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage, and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your commercial property, give us a call today!
SPRING SHOWERS AND WATER DAMAGE: PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SPRING WEATHER
The steady rains of winter, or the occasional snow and ice Nashville can experience, can cause a lot of problems to your business, and with spring showers coming you will want to be prepared. Take a good look around your place of business; are you prepared for more wet weather? You will want to make sure that your exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and the weather stripping on both doors and windows is in good repair. The roof of your office or warehouse will need to be in good shape, as well, to protect your machinery, product, and furniture from the possible water damages that can come from wet spring weather.
- The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned, and well-maintained, drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. Inspect the parking lots of your business regularly for erosion, since the last thing you need is a bill for damages to a vehicle due to deep potholes. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the parking area, consider sandbags for any affected area. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, so you will want to plan ahead here, too.
- If your rain gutters become clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rainwater, so inspect this area and replace any parts that are not in good repair. As water backs up, it can leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can quickly find yourself with water damage and a colony of mold.
- Power lines and telephone poles on or next to your business property are a potential issue when wet spring weather hits. Contact your utility company and have them come take a look to make sure you, your business, and your employees will be safe.
- Be aware of the condition of any large trees on your property. If the grounds of your place of business become saturated, a tree with an unstable root base can fall, while heavy, unhealthy branches can be extremely dangerous in high winds and can create problems for you, your employees, and your customers if they become detached.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is standing ready to help you in any way we can. We have the expertise to handle water damage and fire damage and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your business or property, give us a call today.
RENOVATION PROJECTS TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR BUSINESS
It’s the time of year when many business owners are thinking about renovations to their holdings. The weather is warmer, and it’s going to be a lot easier to get things done now that the sun is out. Keeping your properties in good shape is important for your image as a business owner and operator in your area, so let’s get started!
Here are some renovation projects to plan out that will also prevent water damage in your business:
Roofing. Probably the single most important spot on your property to keep in good shape, especially when it comes to preventing damages from water! A quarterly inspection of your roofing is going to let you know when it’s time to for a re-do. Loose shingles, cracks, and leaks will all make an appearance after heavy weather like the weather we have all experienced this past winter, and repairing your roof during renovation is going to save you trouble and money from water damage in the future.
Pipes and water lines. Internal areas that involve water, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and some work-related spaces in some industries, are going to be due for a renovation periodically. Have a professional take a good look at all exposed pipes, faucets, and other water features as well as testing the water lines that go to the city’s system to make sure you aren’t experiencing leaks or breaks that aren’t yet apparent. A water line break can be a huge issue and disrupt your business for hours, and sometimes even days, depending on the severity.
Appliances. Your water heater, refrigerator, or freezer can all cause damages by water to your property when they fail. Replacing these items in a timely manner can prevent that, and it will give you the opportunity to choose energy-efficient models, as well, which will save you money while giving back to the earth.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we can be on the scene of a water damage emergency right away! Call us in the event that your business experiences damage from water or fire, and remember that we are mold remediation experts.
TOP SOURCES FOR COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE
Planning ahead can keep your commercial property safe from water damage. Just keeping an eye on the places where water can become an issue for your business will help you stay ahead of the game. Some of the top sources for commercial water damage can include:
- STORMS: Winter and Spring bring lots of water, either by steady rains, or ice and snow, and all that water can cause a lot of problems. Make an inspection around your place of business; are you prepared for wet weather? Take note of weather stripping and poorly fitting doors and windows and the drainage for your parking areas and entryways as well as all warehousing and manufacturing outbuildings.
- EQUIPMENT FAILURES. Unexpected events such as a burst pipe in your parking area or under a sink, or a broken or misdirected landscaping sprinkler can easily create problems by sending large amounts of water to the wrong places. In shops and warehouses, water damage can come about from broken pipes or equipment failures, such as pumps, etc.
- WATER MAINS. These kinds of situations come from circumstances that are out of your control, but you do want to keep them in mind. Make sure your parking areas and entryways can stay open in the event that your area streets are flooded due to a burst water main. You know you will have to wait for the city or county to come and correct the problem, and you want to stay in business.
- LEAKS. After wet weather, you may realize you have smaller water damage issues that you hadn’t noticed before. The roof of your office area, your warehouse, or your storage area needs to be properly cared for as well to protect your product, machinery, and office furniture from water damage through leaks and seepage.
If you have sustained water damages to your home or commercial property, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help in any way we can. We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage and specialize in mold remediation.
Water Damage Prevention Tips for Your Hotel
The best way to prevent water damage in your hotel is to be aware. Take time to look around, especially after wet weather and check for signs of a problem. Damage to the walls and foundation areas of a building are extremely important to repair as soon as possible in order to avoid larger structural and property damages in the future, which can end up costing far more in the long run.
Here are some things to look for:
- Look for changes in the color or texture of surfaces. Wallpaper or paint might be peeling away or appear discolored. Check for bowing in the walls, which can be a result of long-term seepage. In service areas on lower floors that may have unfinished walls, you will want to look for a white, salty substance known as “efflorescence”. This usually appears on foundational walls and will tell you how high water has risen. If flooring is swollen or removed from the subfloor, that is another indicator of water damages.
- Make sure your staff is well-trained on how to check for leaks and maintenance needs, and establish a system they can use to get important information about those needs to the people who arrange for repairs and upkeep.
- Cracking can occur in the foundation and/or the floor, and it is often due to water damage. Look for cracks in window seals and door panes, as well.
- Odors are an indicator that there is an excess water problem. Oftentimes, it’s mold or mildew that causes those smells, which means you have water damage on your hands.
- Keep drainage areas well-maintained in expectation of summer storms; directing water away from your buildings will stop any problems before they even start! Pay special attention to guest parking areas and entryways to alleviate the possibility of lawsuits from dangerous situations that can arise through water damages.
Once you have found that you have water damage, it’s probably time to call a professional general contractor. These people are experienced and trained to repair and renovate spaces that have extensive damage from excess water due to leaky pipes, flooding, etc.
The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is the team to call for cleanups after water damage or fire damage, both large and small. We are mold-remediation experts, too!
General Water Pipe Maintenance that will Prevent Water Damages to Your Apartment Complex
No matter how pure the water piped to your apartment complex may be, there is no guarantee that it will remain as pure once it comes out of the taps. To keep your water quality high and your property free from water damages, you will want to prioritize pipe maintenance. Corroded pipes will seep copper and lead into your water supply, and can sometimes cause health hazards as well as leaks and other maintenance issues that can cause thousands of dollars to repair.
The following general water pipe maintenance tips can help to alleviate the possibilities of water damages to your apartment complex.
- Water Softening. If your complex is located in an area that has hard water, be aware that the high mineral content can shorten the lifespan of your pipes, since the minerals will build up in those pipes over time and increase the likelihood of clogging. They can also corrode pipe joints and fillings, as well. Having your apartment complex water system tested for hardness will let you know the steps you may need to take.
- Harsh Chemicals. It may be cheaper to use store-bought liquids to unclog a drain than to call a plumber, but these chemicals erode pipes from the inside, eventually causing leaks. Encourage your tenants to contact the main office when it comes to clogged drains; it will save money in the long run.
- Cold Weather Insulation. In areas with especially cold winters, pipes will need to be insulated properly. Foam tape is an easy solution if an issue is found, and insulate caps on all exterior valves is a great way to prevent a freeze from entering the interior of your water piping. Use compressed air for your apartment complex sprinkler system in anticipation of a cold snap; this will save your landscaping piping.
- Balanced Water Pressure. High water pressure can put a huge strain on your pipes, causing joints, faucets, and appliance valves to work harder than they need to.
Implementing some of these techniques can help to expand the lifetime of your apartment complex water pipes and lessen the possibility of expensive water damages.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are experts in handling water damage and fire damage. We are also experts at commercial restoration projects and mold remediation! If the worst should occur, we are here to help.
What to Do if Your Condominium Complex Sprinkler System Goes Off
The sprinkler system in your condominium complex is made to go off when it senses extreme heat (174 degrees Fahrenheit or above). The heads contain a temperature-sensitive mechanism that can only be activated when the temperature at the sprinkler head exceeds the allowable range, and they operate independently, with those directly exposed being set off. Most fires are extinguished, or controlled, by three sprinklers or less, but the damage from just one sprinkler head can be significant: a sprinkler head can release from 15 to 40 gallons of water per minute and can fill an entire bathtub in under two minutes!
Prompt and professional decision-making following a sprinkler discharge in your condominium complex is going to be essential; the actions you take in the first 24-48 hours will save you significant time and money in minimizing the water damage and help to eliminate the possibility of a mold colony getting started on your property. If your tenants complain of odors or signs of mold, respond immediately, and use professional help for mold remediation, should it become an issue.
The water in a sprinkler system is stagnant and non-potable and has absorbed oils and other contaminants within the piping, so cleanup actions will involve surface cleaning from stains, and elimination of odors, in addition to water damage restoration and moisture remediation measures. Where fabric and textiles are affected, prompt action must also be taken to avoid permanent staining and to preserve these articles.
The hard, non-porous surfaces in the condominium units, such as plastics, vinyl, ceramic tile, etc. will need to be done with a mild detergent followed by complete drying. Employ dehumidifiers for wet areas and during wetter seasons, as well, for comprehensive and complete drying.
The professionals of SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville will arrive equipped with specialized instrumentation to facilitate comprehensive project investigation, design and implementation, and will complete your damage recovery in a timely and excellent manner. We are experts in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial restoration, and much more!
Tips to Prevent Winter Water Damage in Your Apartment Complex
The steady rains of winter or snow and ice can present problems in the form of water damage. Take a good look around your apartment complex; is the weather-stripping on doors and windows in good repair for damp conditions? Do exterior doors fit tightly and close as they should? The roofs of your complex need to be completely watertight, as well, to protect your tenants and their personal property from winter water damages.
The parking lots of your property need to have a well-planned drainage system so that tenants and visitors can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade into their homes, the floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster for everyone, as well as increasing the risk for mold indoors from water damage. Make sure you keep an eye on potholes, as well; ice and water can dig pretty deep in a very short period of time!
Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked periodically; if a rain gutter becomes clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rainwater. As water backs up, it will leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without anyone knowing it, and you can find yourself with a damaged apartment unit and a mold problem.
Large trees on your property can become unstable if a large amount of water lands in the area. Do you need to take them out or cut them back so that they are not a risk factor? It’s something to consider.
Power lines and telephone poles on or near your apartment complex can be a possible issue. Contact your utility companies and have them come to take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your tenants will be safe.
For your records, take pictures of your property premises so that in case of damage you have proof of their prior condition for insurance purposes. Save these types of photos to a CD and/or the cloud for future access.
The paper records for your complex will be lost if exposed to water; make sure that your hard copies are kept in a manner that will preserve them in case of any water damage. Scanning them and saving to your computer system is always a good idea, and backing up those computer records will keep your business in working order, no matter what comes!
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are experts when it comes to water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and all of your emergency service needs! Contact us right away if your business has received water damage of any kind.
What to Do if Your Hotel Floods
Flooding is a common occurrence in many parts of the country, and we are certainly no strangers to it here in Nashville. Whether it happens as a flash flood or as a slow buildup from constant rain, you need to be prepared for this type of event. As a hotel owner, there are some specific things to be aware of:
- Your guests. The people who are staying in your property are at the top of the list of concerns when it comes to flooding. Make sure everyone is aware of impending danger, and touch base with each guest to make sure they know how to stay safe. Getting emergency contacts for your guests is a good idea, too, in case something unexpected happens and you need the assistance of a close friend or family member.
- Medical issues. If there are guests staying with you who have medical issues or are either very young or very elderly, it might be a wise idea to get these people to a facility that can watch over them closely, such as a hospital or community safe haven.
- Vigilance. Even if you think the flood risk is low in your area, stay vigilant. Understand the potential exposure of your property, using reports from such organizations such as the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, which provides quarterly updates and maps that show areas that are at high risk during certain times of the year. Historic flood maps are another useful resource that will help you understand the potential risk where you are. Be informed as to how high water can possibly rise, and evacuate lower levels to make sure no one gets hurt.
- Insurance. Take note of the flood insurance you have on your property before a flooding disaster strikes. Have your attorney go over it for you to make sure that your coverage is sufficient for any disaster that might bring water damage and storm damage. Copies of this coverage and all other key business information should be kept in a safe location that won’t be damaged by flood waters.
- Proactive. Be proactive, and consider getting a sump pump to help minimize potential damages from flooding. Make sure all maintenance projects are current for the entire building, and especially the gutters, roofing, and doors and windows.
- Emergency Kits. These may come in handy if people get stuck in the building for a few days. Water, food, first aid items, toiletries, batteries, flashlights, and other emergency items will need to be available in the event that a flood forces people to stay put.
- Evacuation Plan. Design a flood evacuation route for your employees and guests and make sure it is posted where everyone can access it for a quick retreat.
- Weather Eye. Keep an eye on the weather by accessing local weather broadcasts, and paying attention to evacuation orders. If the local authorities are insisting that you evacuate, it would be a good idea to follow their instructions.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we care about you and your business. We’re here in case an emergency happens, and we can help with clean-up projects both large and small. Call us today for help with damages from flooding or fire, and don’t forget that we’re mold remediation specialists!
WHAT GOES INTO OUR COMMERCIAL DOCUMENT DRYING PROCESS
In the aftermath of any disaster, some of your most valued recorded items, such as documents, photographs, and books, could be lost forever. SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions, and with years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, our restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.
Our processes and facilities are:
- Innovative: Vacuum Freeze-Drying and Gamma Irradiation. We use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and the General Services Administration. In many water damage situations, like those involving sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals, and our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your important documents.
- Secure. Our facilities are managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians and are kept under surveillance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Digital. We use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents. Converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals in digitizing your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.
- Flexible capacity. We can accommodate both large commercial losses and small residential jobs.
- Full Service. SERVPRO offers a wide range of services, which includes drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization.
The types of content we handle:
- paper documents
- books and magazines
- manuscripts and files
- photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
- blueprints and maps
You can count on the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville to handle all your belongings with care, including the vital recorded documents that are so important to any business owner. Call us today to learn more about our commercial document drying process at: (615) 242 9391.
Some of The Differences Between Commercial And Residential Water Damages
As we move into the colder, wetter months, we all have to consider the possible damages that our structures can sustain during this time of year. Summer’s storms are past, and now from leaky roofs and moldy siding to deep ruts in the driveway or potholes in the parking lot, the fall and winter months will bring their own set of concerns to both home and business owners. Weather won’t be as violent, but rains can last a lot longer, and then will come sleet, ice, and snow.
For the homeowner, some of the exterior concerns due to weather will be:
- Eroded landscaping
- Rutted driveways, especially those that are graded either up or downhill
- Moldy siding, window sills, door-jambs, window panes, and roofing
- Rotting wooden fencing and decking
- Leaking roof
- Puddles and pooling
For the business owner, some of the exterior trouble spots can be:
- Potholes and eroded surfaces in public parking areas
- Eroded walkways or damaged, buckling sidewalks and public walkways
- Leaking roofs
- Damaged materials and machinery that have not been stored properly
When it comes to the interior spaces, businesses have to keep an eye on employee bathrooms and kitchen/break areas to make sure that leaks are handled immediately and that spills are cleaned up right away. During bad weather, customers and vendors will track water and debris into your building, and both for safety and aesthetics, it will be a good idea to keep up with this type of accumulation to prevent water damage. Have an umbrella stand ready for everyone who comes through the door!
Homeowners also need to keep up with spills, leaks, and traffic, but it will obviously not be such a large job. In a home, water damage is more likely to come from a water heater or dishwasher that is malfunctioning, or a washer that has developed an issue.
One thing both types of structures have to be concerned about is mold, however - it is never a good thing to realize that a colony has taken hold in either your home or your business.
The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is experienced in all types of clean up after water damage to both homes and businesses, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. Call us today at (615) 242 9391!
Preventing Water Damage in Your Restaurant’s Kitchen
Has your restaurant experienced water damage? Chances are, it has. Do you know how to prevent water damage to your restaurant? If you have inherited an older building with suspect plumbing or a property in an area that has a high risk for flooding, you will need to take precautions. The best thing you can do is to arrange for a full commercial cleaning from a certified professional in the Nashville area.
Water damage is a serious issue that can harm your livelihood. Whether your building was damaged by a flood, a burst water pipe, or a backed up sewer, one thing is certain. You will need to act fast to prevent the damage from getting any worse. If you feel that your commercial property may soon be at risk from water damage, you should contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville immediately.
Damage from water can occur in many different forms. Even after all of the water has been pumped out of your restaurant, you may still be at risk. For example, your building may have sustained structural damage that requires an expert to detect. Alternatively, the increased humidity and standing water caused by water damage are the perfect environments for mold growth.
Another important factor to consider is the possible presence of black mold and other harmful forms of bacterial growth. Black mold can hide in tiny pools of stagnant water that are hidden deep within the nooks and crannies of your building. If left unchecked, it can break out into a serious infestation in as little as 24-48 hours.
If you want to avoid flood damage to your building, the time for you to arrange for a full commercial cleaning and preliminary checkup is now. If you live in Nashville or the surrounding area, you can call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to arrange a visit. Our friendly service team will inspect your property and inform of you of any potential threats from flooding or other hazards.
Owning a restaurant or other commercial establishment in the Nashville area is a very serious responsibility. You owe it to yourself and your customers to keep your building safe from all possible emergency scenarios. If you have any suspicions of possible damage from water, let us know. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to keep your property safe from harm. If you need any assistance with water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or commercial cleaning, give us a call at (615) 242-9391.
3 Tips for Dealing with Commercial Water Damage
Water damage can have devastating results on your business. It can damage your furniture, electronics, and other items, leading to significant losses. In many instances, water damage can be inevitable, meaning that you may not be able to adequately prepare for it. For example, it may not be possible for your business to prepare for flash floods, heavy rains or burst pipes, which are the most frequent causes of water damages. Knowing how to remediate water damage is essential to control the losses and ensure the safety of your employees. In the case of commercial water damage, follow these three tips to help restore your commercial property!
Remove Carpets and Rugs
Water damage often results in wetting of the flooring materials such as carpets and mats. Immediately remove the carpeting and rugs that are wet and hang or lay them outside in the open to dry. Leaving the wet carpets and mats on the floor allows molds to grow under the carpeting, resulting in more damage to the floor materials. Removing the carpeting and drying it in time could prevent the need to replace the carpets. Afterward, you can use the air conditioners to dry up the floor where applicable.
Remove the Extra Water
Prior to trying to clean up the extra water, you need to identify the water source and shut it off. When possible, try to mop up any excess water on the floor after removing the carpeting. It is necessary that you take precautions to avoid accidents such as falls. Wear protective gear and use the right cleaning equipment to remove the excess water. If the water is contaminated or too deep, do not attempt to remove it. Instead, seek the services of professional water damage restoration service providers like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville.
Protect Your Valuables
If you can, try to elevate your valuable items to prevent further damage. For instance, transfer all appliances from the ground and place them on the shelves or on high tables. Also, secure the valuables that are in contact with the water such as the furniture and larger electronic equipment. Use raised blocks or metallic foils to protect the legs of furniture and electronics. You can place the wooden or metallic blocks and foils beneath your furniture or electronics. Protecting your business valuables prevents possible irreversible damage to them. This way, you are likely to eliminate the need to replace some of the materials or undertake costly repairs.
Often, commercial water damage in your business locations may be overwhelming. Do not worry, as SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is ready to offer professional cleaning and water damage restoration services to Nashville clients.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, it is always our very great pleasure and honor to serve the people of West Nashville and the surrounding areas. We work hard to make sure our clients get the very best care and value when doing business with us, and we take whatever time is necessary to make sure that happens, each and every day.
Dealing with property restoration, renovation, or cleanup can be very stressful, and our SERVPRO team understands that. We are here to help you, our customer, and to try to make what can be a tough situation just a little bit easier. We focus on clear and correct communication and professional behavior to help set your mind at ease.
It’s a wonderful thing to receive a letter like this one we are sharing today that expresses such appreciation for our efforts:
“What great people you have!!!
Have met three of them and they are all wonderful men who represent you well. Mike and Jason are here today working in my lot garage and my guest bathroom.
Manners - gentlemen. Workers - hardworking. Humans - showing kindness and making a messy situation better because they are here!
The first gentleman's name I did not catch.
Thomas - Checked with Mike and Jason. He made it plain to builder’s company what needed to happen so that neither would come back on them and we/ I would get sick in future as he talked with builders rep. So very thankful for him spelling it out for Lia and for me. Polite but firm and professional.
When something bad or smelly happens and things get wet, damaged, etc, it's nice to know that kind men will drive up and fix things.
How can we ever thank you for hiring them? Bless you!”
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Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville,, we are dedicated to our customers and our community. We specialize in clean-up projects both large and small that can be needed property damages from water or fire, and we are also specialists in mold remediation. When disaster strikes, contact us immediately for the best in customer care. Our phone number is (615) 242-9391, or click here:: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to visit our website. We look forward to speaking with you!
Restoring Damaged Medical Documents
Experiencing the damage of documentation through an accident or disaster in any office or business can create problems for the business owner and staff, but when that business is a medical office, it becomes much more serious, due to the specific requirements of the HIPAA laws. The private medical information of all persons is something that simply cannot be lost or mishandled, and our team is dedicated to the proper and careful recovery and restoration of such data.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville was recently called upon to restore documents from a local medical office that had been damaged by contaminated water, and we employed all of our expertise to ensure that the project was completed in a timely, professional, and safe manner.
Our technicians worked diligently to fulfill all HIPAA compliance requirements, understanding that the privacy and protection of all personal information of the office’s patients is of the utmost importance. The team was very organized and methodical in its processes, making sure that all the information captured during the restoration was as thoroughly documented and complete as possible; after the restoration was complete, it was of vital importance that the medical staff could get back to work serving their patients with the most accurate data and records available for the benefit of all!
All during the restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville diligently followed a policy of providing daily communication to the office itself and the insurance company to ensure that all involved parties were updated on the progress of the project at all times. We also provided complete documentation to the office that pertained to HIPAA compliance in their medical record keeping.
Good indoor air quality has to be maintained during a project involving the restoring of documents, and the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville technicians understand this and took great care to ensure the air quality met the required standards.
Once the documents had been restored or recreated, it was important that all negatively impacted files were handled properly. Key information was gathered and recorded so that the office would have on file all that was required to be in their possession, and the damaged files were destroyed, with that destruction documented properly according to all requirements.
In the event that your home or business is impacted by a disaster or accident and your vital documents and records are damaged, call the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville and talk with us about restoration. We have the experience and expertise to restore these types of records, and we understand privacy law compliance. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, or call us today (615) 242-9391.
Three Water Damage Prevention Tips
We all know what water damage to homes and businesses look like after a flood or a heavy rain. Oftentimes, events such as these are unexpected, and if we aren’t prepared for what may happen during a stormy season, we can suffer more water damage than we need to.
- DO REGULAR INSPECTIONS. Take a good look around your home or place of business; are you prepared for wet weather? Do exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and are both doors and windows properly weather-stripped? The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be well-maintained, too, to protect your machinery, product, and staff furniture from water damage. The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade in from their cars, floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster. Inspect the parking lots of your business regularly for potholes, especially after a storm. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the parking area, consider using sandbags. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, and you will want to plan ahead to prevent that from happening.
- DO REGULAR UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE. Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked on a regular basis. If your rain gutters become clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rain water. As water backs up, it can leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can find yourself with water damage, and even mold. These types of issues can be alleviated by regular maintenance.
- COMMUNICATE WITH PUBLIC SERVICES. Power lines and telephone poles near to your home place of business can be an issue when storm season comes if they are not in good condition. Contact your utilities companies and have them come take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your employees and loved ones will be safe. Be aware of the condition of any large trees on your property. If the grounds of your place of business become saturated, a tree with an unstable root base can fall and create problems for you, your employees, and your customers. Some trees and plants are the city’s responsibility, depending on where they are placed. Make sure you know who to call should the time come.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is standing ready to help in any way we can! We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage, and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your property, give us a call today at (615) 242-9391, or visit on our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Summer Water Saving Tips
Every state is experiencing the effects of drought, and saving water is on everyone’s mind these days. We waste a lot of water; our showers are too long, and we are often obsessed with an emerald green lawn. We need to change the way we handle and view water and leave behind the outdated and inefficient water management systems of the past.
Here are some tips that will help you save water this summer. Your water bill will be reduced, and you can save yourself some time into the bargain as well as doing some good for the Earth.
- Water your yard in the cool parts of the day. Water evaporates more quickly when it’s hot, so run your irrigation system while it’s most likely to stay with your lawn. Make sure you are not watering your sidewalk or your driveway, too. A drip system works quite well in this respect. Replacing your thirsty lawn with a drought tolerant garden would be a great way to save water, and it won’t have to be mowed every week!
- Check for leaky toilets. Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, your tank is leaking, and could be wasting up to 100 gallons of water a day!
- Take shorter showers. Trimming just two minutes off of your showers can save up to 1700 gallons of water a year. One way to do this is to turn off the shower while you shave or soap up. Install water-efficient shower heads, toilets, and faucets for a savings of thousands of gallons per year as well.
- Cover the pool. Make sure the water in your pool stays there by covering it when you are not using it. This will prevent water loss by evaporation.
- Use a car wash. Washing your car by hand can easily use 100 gallons of water, and takes a lot of time and effort, as well. Commercial car washes average 40 gallons or less!
- Trap rain water. Collect the water from summer rain storms by getting a water barrel. You can reuse this water for your garden. Green roofs, rain gardens, and other water-saving techniques are called green infrastructure and go a long way towards saving this most precious resource. More and more landowners and city governments are choosing to invest in these and other innovative strategies as ways to save water, reduce pollution, and save millions, and even billions, in costs for new water tanks, tunnels, and other traditional water infrastructures.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help you with all your home and business needs. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville
Keep Your Belle Meade Business Safe from Water Damage This Winter
We’ve all seen the news reports and social media posts showing water damage to homes and businesses after a flood or a heavy rain. Most of the time, disasters like that are unexpected. If we aren’t prepared for what may happen during storm or winter seasons, we can suffer more water damage than we need to.
The steady rains of winter or snow and ice can present a lot of problems. Take a good look around your home or place of business; are you prepared for whatever comes? Do exterior doors fit tightly and close as they should, and are both doors and windows properly weather-stripped? The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be well kept to protect machinery, product, and furniture from water damage.
The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade in from their cars, floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster.
Inspect parking lots regularly for potholes, especially after a storm. The last thing you need is a bill for damages to a vehicle due to deep potholes. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the parking area, consider sand-bagging those areas that will be affected. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, and that can be prevented.
Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked on a regular basis, too. If your rain gutters become clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rain water. As water backs up, it can leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can find yourself with water damage, and even mold.
Power lines and telephone poles near to your place of business can be a possible issue. Contact your utilities companies and have them come take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your employees will be safe. Be aware of the condition of any large trees on your property; if the grounds become saturated, a tree with an unstable root base can become a really big hazard.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are standing ready to help in any way we can. If you have sustained water damage to your property, give us a call today at (615) 454 9215. Or visit us on our website: http://www.SERVPRObellemeadewestnashville.com
Keeping Rugs Clean And Free From Water Damage
Most of us have area rugs in our homes and places of businesses, and they are great for keeping feet warm and making our living and working spaces look great. They also take a beating during the winter, when people entering and leaving our homes and businesses are out walking in bad weather - rain, snow, and ice, and tracking in mud and water.
Water can damage your rugs, and if they are not cared for right away, mold can set in and spread, even in cold weather.
A daily vacuum of area rugs is always a good idea, and if they are damp or wet, they should be removed right away and placed somewhere warm to dry out. Puddles can form if people come in from a snowy day, and those puddles can stay underneath an area rug for a long time, undetected. So always check the rugs in your walkways and other rooms to see if any puddled water is hiding underneath. Causing damages to rug and floor alike.
Damp rugs can smell unpleasant, as well. Baking soda can be used to deodorize area rugs and carpets during wet weather. A single layer sprinkled on a rug and left for 15 minutes or so and then vacuumed up can make a big difference by fighting odor in your living and work spaces, and can also keep mold from starting to take hold.
Using a dry carpet shampoo can be very useful as well. These products can be sprayed on to a rug or carpet, and left for an particular length of time, which will remove spots and stains when they are vacuumed up, leaving your area rug or carpet looking great again! In addition, many of these products contain ingredients that will discourage mold from starting to grow and spread, damaging your floors.
The wet weather of winter is always a challenge, but being prepared and proactive will help you survive till spring!
Your friends at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville are always there to help with water, fire, and mold damages to your home or business. You can contact them through their website:
How to Keep Your Water Bill Low
Keep an eye out for leaks all over your house!
How to Keep Your Water Bill Low
A significant number of buildings that get mold growth in Nashville get it as a result of water leakage. We can tell that the water bills have gone up in addition to mold problems. There are many other areas where water gets lost or is wasted. You can lower your water bills by dealing with these areas. Here are some tips.
Wash full loads with your laundry machine and dishwasher
A partial load uses as much water as a full load. However, you will be required to wash more often. With a full load, you conserve water by washing less often.
Use a low flow shower head and water efficient toilet
A low flow shower-head can cut your water usage by almost half while at the same time offering a similar experience. Water-efficient toilets can reduce the consumption of water by over 40 percent.
Repair leaking faucets
Our SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville teams encountered a few homes which were damaged by leaking faucets and blocked drainage. Water filled the sinks and drained to the flow. Leaking faucets can cause water damage in addition to wasting water. Do not ignore that drop that is falling every few seconds; it might be making up for up to 10 percent of your water bill.
Attach rain barrels to the eavestrough downspout to harvest rainwater. You can irrigate your kitchen garden and the lawn or wash your car and other outdoor equipment with the water and not pay a dime for it.
Water your lawn in the evening or early morning
Water your lawn before the sun comes up. This way, you will not be losing the water to evaporation. Moreover, do not overwater your lawn. Use a time to set the length of the period that you will water the lawn depending on the soil dryness.
Turn off water when not using it while doing tasks like brushing, shaving or cleaning items
Do not leave the water running when you are actually not using it as you complete the tasks such as brushing your teeth, shaving, or other such tasks. Shut the water off and then on when you need to use it.
At SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we believe that you can cut your water bills by almost 40 percent by following the above water conservation best practices. Give it a try!
Preventing Water Damage While You're Away on Vacation
Take these steps to keep your home safe from water damage while you travel!
One of the highest insurance claims in Nashville by homeowners is water damage, according to a study done by the Insurance Information Institute. In fact, leaky pipes and in often cases appliances cause millions of dollars of damage in freezing weather and storms annually. While you’re on vacation, it’s no surprise that a leaky pipe can burst and cause hundreds of dollars of repairs. This is why it’s important to read our steps below on how to prevent water damage to your home while you’re away.
Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation
Before embarking on your trip, check pipes under your sinks and the water heater for any rust, cracks, or damage. You should also check the seals around your windows to make sure there are no cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, check the exterior of your house and see what condition your roof shingles are in. If any show damage, getting them replaced before leaving for vacation is a good idea.
Step 2. Inspect Your Major Appliances
It’s important that you inspect the hoses that connect to important appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washer/dryers, and refrigerator. If there is any damage, you should get the hose replaced before you leave to prevent extensive water damage.
Step 3. Clear Out Your Gutters
Make sure to get any debris out of your rain gutters before leaving for vacation. This way, you won’t have any blockages that can cause damage while you’re away.
Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump
Make sure it is in good condition and clear any debris from clogging the pit. You should also run a few tests, listening to the sounds it makes and making sure that the water in the pump is actually going outside. You should also install a battery-powered backup in case there is a power outage while you’re away.
Step 5. Insulate Exposed Pipes
If you are planning on being away from your home during the winter, it can be a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes. This will prevent them from freezing while you are away.
Step 6. Get Someone to Check on Your Home
Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you are gone. Instruct them to ensure that the heat is always on if your vacation is during the winter. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.
Step 7. Turn Off the Water
Lastly, if you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main. You will also want to drain the pipes completely so that they do not freeze or burst during the colder months. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water. You should also open the cabinets under your sink to let the warm air surround the pipes.
If you do experience water damage while you are away from your home, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville as soon as possible.
Spotting Water Damage Early
Be on the lookout for these signs of water damage!
Spotting Water Damage Early
Water is one of the most important natural resources. However, when there is a leak in your roof or plumbing system, water damage will make for one of the most stressful problems you will face as a homeowner. Before water can cause damage to your property, you will need to identify the problem and request professional help.
If you notice standing water around your property, you should suspect a problem with the plumbing system or flooding. Regardless of the source of the problem, stagnant water will weaken the foundation of your home if allowed to stand for a considerable period of time. The water will also form a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Water spots and stains
Another common sign to look for is water spots and stains on your walls and ceilings. While there will be no visible water in such cases, any leaks that manifest in this form could damage your drywall or wooden flooring. Once you notice this sign, you should consider assessing the extent of the damage to take the necessary measures.
If part of your home is damp and has been out of sunlight for a while, mold may start growing on the surface. While it is possible to treat and remove mold that grows on these surfaces, it would be important to hire the best experts in Nashville.
Evidence on walls
If your drywall is sagging or appears to be saturated, this could be a sign that water is causing damage to your property. Some of the other subtle signs you should never ignore include bubbling or peeling paint. Such defects should be repaired before water deteriorates your building material further.
If your home is not well ventilated, odors and smells will be trapped in the space in case there is a persistent leak. The smells will not only be a sign of damp areas but could also be an indication of mold growth.
Sounds of water running
When you are sleeping at night and the house is quiet, you may hear sounds of running water in the pipes or dripping inside the walls. This could be a sign of water damage.
Once you have noticed any signs of water damage, it is advisable to call a reliable company to carry out repairs. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has the expertise and experience to help you address such problems and prevent them from recurring.
3 Places Water Leaks Could be Hiding in Your Home
Check these areas to make sure water is not damaging your home!
If you are a homeowner in Nashville, you know the danger that water damage can cause to your house. Sneaky leaks and unforeseen plumbing problems can cost you more than an increased water bill. They can cause massive damage to your home, and repairs can be in the thousands of dollars. Last year, almost 40 percent of homes suffered some sort of water damage, ranging from a frozen pipe bursting to leaky roofs. Out of these 40 percent of homes, 93 percent of the incidents could have been prevented! Read through this article to find out 3 of the most common ways that water damage can be in your home, without your knowledge! If you do find damage from water in your home, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call. We can give you a quote for water damage restoration, and help you get through the pain of water damage.
Leaky Pump Valves
One of the most common ways that water leaks can happen in your home, comes from the pumps that are in your shower or central air system. These pumps, while rugged, are not impervious to wear and tear. The valves in them often go for years without service, and by the time you can see the damage that they've caused, it is often too late. The water seeping out of the valves can cause floorboards to be destroyed, or cause mold to grow around the area of the pump. The best practice is to give a water restoration company a call and have them assess the damage.
Leaks from the Bathtub
Another sneaky way that water can damage your home, comes from your bathtub. If the watertight seal around the tub is somehow broken, not all the water from your long shower or bath will end up down the drain. It may take a few days to finally notice, but that notice will be shocking. If you have an upstairs bathroom, that notice may come in the form of water dripping from your ceiling, right before the ceiling begins to sink down from the added weight of the water. If your bathroom is downstairs, you may not notice the leak for a longer period of time, allowing for the water under the bathtub to eat away at wood flooring. The worst outcome from the leaking bathtub is that mold growth is almost inevitable!
Hidden Toilet Leaks
Toilet leaks are some of the most common leaks that happen in a home. This makes them the most important place to watch for a runaway leak, and one of the most important places to have inspected by SERVPRO of Belle Meade. Toilet leaks that are not immediately visible to the homeowner can cause massive damage over a long period of time, much like the bathtub leaks mentioned above. A leaking gasket or valve can cause water to pool under the toilet fixture, eating away at the floor of your home.
If you think you might have a leaking valve, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call. They can inspect your home for potential leaks, and evaluate the risk these leaks can pose to your home.
4 Tips to Keep Your Crawlspace Clean and Dry
Protect your home – keep your crawl space clean!
If you have a crawlspace beneath your home, it's crucial to keep that area clean and dry. Dirty, damp crawl spaces not only encourage mold and mildew growth, but also provide a perfect environment for snakes, rats, spiders, or even termite infestations.
These tips will help you in cleaning your crawl space and keeping the area dry and protected.
- Prevent Water Leaks
Standing water and mold are common problems in dirt crawl spaces. The first step in keeping your crawl space free of moisture is to eliminate water leakage. This can be accomplished with the installation of a sump pump to rid the crawl space of standing water and help dry out the area. If the crawl space is very damp or wet, you can also use a humidifier to enhance the drying process.
- Improve your Home Drainage
Once you have a system in place for removing water from your crawl space, the next step is to prevent as much moisture as possible from entering. Groundwater seepage is one of the most prominent ways crawl spaces become damp. You can prevent this by improving drainage around the foundation with soil that's graded at least 0.5 inches per foot, sloping away from the house.
Provide Better Insulation
There are many ways moisture can get into your crawl space and a number of ways you can prevent that from happening. One way is to lay down a heavy-duty plastic moisture barrier on the floor of your crawl space to prevent ground moisture from condensing in the space.
You can also use moisture-proof insulation for any exposed foundation walls. Also, install additional vapor barriers on the walls of the crawlspace. This forces moisture toward the sump pump rather than into your Nashville home's foundation.
- Use Commercial Cleaning Services
If your crawlspace is currently damp, dirty, infested with mold or mildew growth, or suffering from standing water problems, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can help you restore your crawl space to a clean, dry condition. Our expert cleaning technicians will provide mold removal or mold remediation services as necessary. We will completely dry out your crawl space, and install protective measures to help keep the space beneath your home dry, clean, and free from contamination and critters.
Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville to tackle all your tough cleaning jobs, including home crawl spaces and mold/mildew removal. Our highly trained technicians deliver prompt, professional services for all aspects of residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services.
Your Recently Flooded Office Does Not Have to Smell Like the Cumberland River, Nashville
The Cumberland is beautiful, but it does not need to run through your office!
Let's face it, weather happens. Whether it's storms or a good soaking rain, mother nature can do a number on your property. When the water inside is almost as treacherous as outside, Nashville knows who to call. And that's SERVPRO of Belle Meade.
When you've got major water damage, you don't want to wait. And SERVPRO of Belle Meade won't make you. We're available 24 hours a day for an immediate response. We understand the severity of water damage and why it's important to arrive promptly. We also understand that water related disasters may not be your area of expertise. But you can trust us because it's ours. Our representative will ask the right questions over the phone to know the right type of equipment for our staff to bring. Once there, you can be assured that our well-trained team has things under control. They will devise the right plan for your property, be it a home, business or even construction site, depending on the extent of the damage. Before any repair work can be done, our professionals do the necessary tasks of stopping the infilling of water and checking for additional safety concerns, such as asbestos or lead. We don't slap a band aid on the problem. We ensure the essential work is done before we set about restoring.
Removing the water from your property caused by flood damage requires a major effort of both man and machine. SERVPRO of Belle Meade assists in moving furniture and even carpet where necessary. Move out service is even available if it is determined that your belongings are safer off of the property. Then we use state of the art equipment, including truck, mounted vacuum units, to pump up to hundreds of thousands of gallons of water out. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of mold and secondary water damage. We make this a priority because we know you'd rather not have to call us again.
No one has ever said they love the smell of drying walls or floors in the morning. We take the process of deodorization very seriously. Our air scrubber and deodorization equipment go above and beyond to remove offensive post-waterlogged odors. Instead of covering up bad smells, we eliminate them. We use the best quality in equipment to keep floors, walls, and furniture from coming away warped.
We also specialize in cleaning and restoring individual belongings damaged by water. We provide rebuilding services where needed during the restoration process. We do it all and we do it fast when untimely and inconvenient water damage wreaks havoc on your property. All you have to do is call us. We handle the rest.
Be Safe with Water-Damaged Electronics/Appliances
Always take extreme caution with water damage in your home!
Water damage can occur for many different reasons. Sometimes, it happens as the result of a flood due to heavy rains. Other times, it may be due to an inside flood, such as when a pipe or a water heater bursts. Whatever the case may be, if you are dealing with water damage or water-damaged electronics, appliances, or other devices, you need to proceed with extreme caution. The best thing you can do, after water damage has occurred, is to call on Nashville professionals who are familiar with dealing with such damage, such as our skilled pros at SERVPRO of Belle Meade. In the meantime, make sure you practice some good safety tips with the water damaged devices.
First things first, before you start thinking about possible water damage restoration, you need to make sure that you are not in immediate danger and that the devices that you own are not going to cause a fire or another serious incident.
After water damage has occurred, check your home to see if you have any damaged devices plugged in. If you find that you do, shut off the electricity at the breaker level. This will keep damaged devices from being able to start a fire. You should not touch, go near, or inspect any devices that are plugged in until you are certain that the electricity is off. Following this important tip will help you to avoid electric shock.
Believe it or not, it is not only plugged in water damaged electronics that pose a risk. Any device that contains a battery can also pose a serious risk. Thus, it's best to let our pros at SERVPRO of Belle Meade handle any such devices if you think they may have been damaged. At the very least, before touching any battery operated device, ensure that it is not giving off heat or smoke, bulging, melting, or making strange sounds. All these types of things are major warning signs that something serious and potentially dangerous is wrong with the battery!
As you can see, you're not always in the clear once the water subsides! To keep safe, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade before you do anything. At the very least, follow these simple tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
What to Do if There Is a Water Leak Around a Window
The natural elements can wear down the integrity of a home. Over time, the homeowner may notice leakage around a window, which can possibly result in wood rot, mold and water damage. The longer the leak is left unaddressed, the more the repairs will cost.
Locate the Problem
Even a slow drip can mean that more water is sitting inside of the wall. Once a homeowner notices moisture trickling from a window when it rains, the first step is to carefully look at the wall around the area to find the source of the leak. However, thanks to gravity, appearances can be deceiving; liquid may pool in one place, but that place is not always the leak's origin.
Two common problem areas are the edge and the rubber seal. The gap between the edge and the surrounding wall is usually sealed with caulk. Eventually, the caulk dries out and begins to peel and chip. Like caulk, the rubber seal situated between the panes and frame can ultimately dry out, creating rips in the rubber.
Gauge the Severity of Damage
Depending on the severity of the damage, the window may need to be replaced. A replacement is usually warranted when decaying or softness is found on nearby surfaces. However, even if the surrounding surfaces seem to be structurally sound, the homeowner should not just re-caulk the gaps without getting an expert's opinion on the full extent of the damage.
SERVPRO Can Help
A specialist at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can determine whether any ceiling tiles or drywall have sustained damage. After he assesses the situation, the restoration technician will give the homeowner the best remediation option to make the damage disappear. By acting quickly, the homeowner can prevent expensive repairs in the future. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always ready to help the residents of Nashville and the city's surrounding communities solve their water damage problems.
How To Care For Hardwood Floors After Water Damage
SERVPRO of Belle Meade can keep your hardwood floors in great condition even after water damage
Welcome to SERVPRO of Belle Meade and Nashville. Our company can help restore your hardwood floors after home water damage from storms, major appliance leaks, or malfunctions like a burst pipe.
Whenever you have water damage at home, give us a call. Some jobs need expert equipment and materials to remedy and warped hardwood floors are one of those jobs. If you want to get a start before we arrive, following these tips could help stem the tide of damage.
After removing wet items from the area, use a wet vacuum, such as a ShopVac, to remove as much of the water as possible. Go over the entire area multiple times, because even when you can’t see any more water on the floor, the vacuum may be still working to suction the rest of the water out of small cracks and crevices in the floor. Next, clean the surface with a disinfectant floor cleaner that doesn’t foam or suds. Something like Mr. Clean is a good choice.
Next, put a dehumidifier in the affected area and leave it running for at least a full day to further dry out the area. Also, consider putting fans in the room to help with the drying process. If it’s not humid outside or raining, you can open any windows as well.
When the floor is completely dry, check for signs of mold or mildew, and if you see any, treat it with a paste-like mixture of baking soda and water. Do not use bleach on your wood floors. If you can address the water damage problem right away, it’s more likely you’ll be able to salvage them. According to the EPA, mold can start growing in moist areas within 48-72 hours of the first initial contact the floors have with moisture. Time is critical when drying out hardwood floors affected by water and excess moisture.
Seeking out professional help is a good idea when the problem is in a large area or you think it’s not something you can handle yourself. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has sophisticated commercial equipment that helps pull moisture from underneath the floorboards for effective drying and allowing moisture to be released, even from the smallest of places. Moreover, if the damage occurs as the result of a natural disaster or some other weather event, your homeowner’s insurance may cover all or part of the damages that occur, so keep that in mind as well.
How SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you recover from Flood Damage
We can help you recover from flood damage
Flood damage can strike when you least expect it. Whether you are dealing with the fallout of another major flood or you have water damage from a leaky pipe, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has the tools and experience to solve your problem. Working with the professionals is not only a good way to keep your space dry, but the best way to reduce the damage that can be caused by flood waters.
If you've lived in the Middle Tennessee region for more than a few years, you know that flooding is a real possibility. From unseasonable rain to issues surrounding the lakes and rivers, your property could be at risk for water damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has great experience dealing with these problems. Our company will not only help you to dry out your damaged spaces, but it will also help you to find any damage that can't be seen with the naked eye. This will help you to avoid further problems from rot and mold while helping you avoid the issues that can decrease the value of your property.
Nashville's First Choice in Residential Water Damage Control
Remember, water damage doesn't only come from floods - something as simple as a leaky pipe can cause major damage in your home. If you find yourself on the wrong side of water damage of any sort, make sure to give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call. We use the same equipment and expertise we use for flood damage to deal with your other water-based problems. They can also help you track down the source of your damage fast. If you're looking to save your home from damage, this is the best way to do so.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the Leader in Water Damage Repair
Whether you are dealing with the fallout of an unseasonable flood or you have a residential plumbing issue that causes a backup, we can help you. The last thing you need when dealing with this type of damage is to worry about the people who can quickly help you, so we only work with the best. Remember, water damage can be hard to spot on your own, and it can be even harder to fix - so don't try to tackle this type of problem without professional help.
If you live in the Nashville or Belle Meade area and need an evaluation, don't hesitate to give us a call!
Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter Nashville
Let the water drip to prevent frozen pipes!
As we continue to list safety ideas for you to consider this winter, we have one today that carries a little more potential for costly damage due to the nature of when and where the disaster can occur. Frozen water pipes in your home can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. Yes, even Nashville winters carry the potential to wreak havoc in homes with frozen or burst pipes. So, let’s make sure you are as safe as possible this season by informing you of some well-known tips and popular tricks to keep your water flowing and your pipes safe and sound.
First, let’s talk about the what, how and and why of frozen pipes. As many of you know, when water freezes it expands. In cases of extreme cold, ice can expand to the point of breaking through or bursting your pipes that have water sitting in them.
Crawl spaces, attics, garages and similar places that are more exposed to the outside temperature without insulation are the most likely areas where pipe breakage will occur. So for these areas, it is important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold. Swimming pools and water hoses are easy areas to begin the process. Speak to plumber about having insulation, or perhaps a pipe-sleeve, added to trouble areas. Keep the garage door closed if water supply lines are inside.
An area that sees potential for loss every year is families travelling for the holidays and pipes bursting when no one will know for an extended amount of time. No one wants to come home from the airport or after a long drive and see water all over the floor or running water trickling to a standstill. But don’t fear, there are ways to prevent these events as well. It is highly recommended to keep your thermostat no lower than 55? while away from home. Some sources say even while home, keep the same temperature at night as you do during the day. We will leave that to your discretion as it could result in a higher than normal heating bill but possibly prevent a high repair charge.
If you suspect a pipe is frozen but not broken, it is possible to thaw the pipe and resume regular use. An indicator that a pipe is frozen is water trickling from a faucet when it would normally flow fast and free. If you locate a section you believe to be frozen, apply a heating pad or hair dryer while keeping the faucet open. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you found the area! If you can’t never try something you are not comfortable with. Phone a plumber and have an expert do the work. You can also ask for quotes on proper insulation for your pipes so they don’t freeze again in the future.
Enjoy your holidays Nashville and keep your pipes safe to prevent water damage to your home! If a disaster does occur, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is ready to help.
We Can Save Your Wood Floors from Water Damage Nashville!
Our water extraction services are second to none!
It brings our team of professionals great pleasure to know that Nashville residents trust us when a dire situation arises. We understand that it’s normally not a happy day when you have to call a restoration or cleanup crew! So, we take great care in ensuring all customers receive stellar service when we make a visit.
We were recently able to help a customer during a stressful situation and the family was kind enough to leave an encouraging review for us! Clarence and his family experienced first-hand how damaging leaking water can be when left unchecked. Rain seeping from a window seal caused their Brazilian cherry hardwood floors to buckle! Our expertise in water extraction saved a hefty repair bill!
Here is their review in full!
“The SERVPRO employees were excellent! They were prompt in resolving our water damage issues. They were very professional and extremely knowledgeable in finding the exact solution to quickly extract the water from our home. In addition, SERVPRO was able to discard and properly treat mold [affected] areas in our home due to high levels of moisture and rain seeping through the window seal, causing our Brazilian cherry hardwood floors to buckle up. We were utterly despaired knowing it would cost thousands of dollars to repair the hardwood back to its original condition. Once again, SERVPRO was determined to assist us in every way possible. They went above and beyond using their top of the line equipment and their highly intelligent staff to eradicate the problem and restore our Brazilian cherry hardwood floors back to their original state. We salute the SERVPRO team and we highly recommend them to get the job done right. We are forever grateful for your service to our family.”
As you can tell, prompt care from our knowledgeable crew were able to help Clarence and his family. We have great tools on hand in case your documents or precious photos are damaged in the disaster too. Luckily, our vacuum freeze drying chamber was not needed for this job.
If you have any issues with water damage from rain, floods, leaking or standing water, we can help! Even if you detect mold in the home due to the damage, we have all the tools necessary to save the day! You can even search for “a SERVPRO near me” in your mobile browser and contact us directly! We’re ready to help so call today!
Water Extraction Services Conveniently in Nashville!
Have any pipe leaks checked out as soon as possible!
If your home has been flooded due to a natural event, busted water pipe or from a fire, you must act fast. Water damage can cause serious damage to your home and create an environment in which mold can flourish. It is highly important that you contact a water extraction company as soon as possible. The value of your property and the health of your family could be at risk, so you need to ask fast.
Water extraction is a complicated process that must be done right the first time around. If all moisture is not removed from the home, mold could take root and slowly infect your home. Certain types of mold can cause serious health problems for your family and can even be deadly! This mold will often go undetected until health issue starts to come to light. It’s important to ensure that your home is completely free of moisture which will help protect your family from the mold.
If you find yourself in a situation needing water extraction, be prepared to do the following:
- Move out temporarily.
- Contact your local water extraction technicians.
- Examine the carpet.
- See water removal equipment invade your living space. (The aftermath makes it worth it)
Thankfully, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is a leader in the industry and has helped hundreds of families, just like yours, recover from water damage. Getting your home back to normal as quickly as possible is important to you. So, if you face a serious water issue, why not contact them today? They will work hard to remove the water from your home and help you get your life back. They know just how serious water damage can be. Call now to speak with one of the representatives from the company.
Our Vacuum Freeze Drying Chamber Can Recover Your Important Photos and Documents!
You memories might not be lost forever
Water damage can be disastrous in many ways. At home, the pain of a flood or a burst water pipe affects us financially and emotionally. Not only will your family most likely need to temporarily relocate, but looking through the remnants of important flooded papers and cherished photos can be heartbreaking. A note from a high-school sweetheart, a letter from a beloved family member, a last will and testament or even a child’s favorite artwork could all be at risk.
At SERVPRO, we are experts in helping families recover from water damage and that includes document and photo drying. When your valuable paper products are damaged by water in Nashville, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy your documents. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, our Nashville team can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.
Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:
Vacuum Freeze Drying
Vacuum Thermal Drying
Of course water damage does not only occur at home; our Nashville businesses are at risk from the same flooding waters and burst pipes. Important tax documents, business permits, vouchers and ledgers - we know how important these are to your company and we are prepared to help save those items. We can help recover documents, photos, books, ledgers, blueprints, and more. from hospitals, schools, law firms, engineering firms, libraries, courthouses, and other government buildings.
Our vacuum freeze drying chamber is ready and waiting to pain of flood and water damage behind you and start a speedy recovery. Contact us with questions and concerns - we’d love to help!
Don't Let a Sprinkler Leak at Your Nashville Residence Get You Down
Now that spring is on its way, you've likely started watering your grass again with an underground irrigation system. This is a great tool for handling the mundane task of preventing your grass from dying of not enough hydration. Unfortunately, not all good things are without problems. It's time to discuss ways to prevent your sprinkler system from having any problems or causing leaks.
What is low head drainage?
This is when the sprinkler continues to siphon water once the system has been turned off. This typically occurs at one of the lowest points in your yard as water drains down to that water spout. According to experts at Sprinkler Warehouse, "If a sprinkler head is located in the lowest part of the system, water will flow out of that head until an equilibrium has been reached or all of the water has emptied out of the zone's pipes."
When this happens, puddles start to form and or water flows across walkways and driveways. This can be prevented by a few adjustments being made to your system or the installation of a drain check valve.
How does a broken pipe occur?
A broken pipe can occur in the main line or lateral line of an irrigation system. In the main line, there is continuous pressure, so if there is a break or leak in this pipe, then water is continuing to run. Unfortunately, this can cause erosion or a wet spot. Attention needs to be made to this problem immediately so that the water line can be completely turned off for repair.
A lateral line reaches different zones in your yard and are under pressure when the system is running. It can be hard to detect a leak because it's only visible when the system is on and you have to notice which zone actually has the leak. Regardless of its location, it too can cause erosion or holes in your lawn. If you notice a leak in your irrigation system, it can be fixed and should be addressed fairly quickly.
Use this information to keep an eye out for any leaks or problems that could arise this Spring.
The dangers of a leaky roof on your Nashville home
There are several dangers that come along with a leaky roof. The water entering the home not only causes damage to interior and structure, but can also become a health and fire hazard as well. Although it can be expensive and time consuming to repair or replace a roof, it’s important to take immediate action when a leak is noticed. Angie's List gives us some insight on the dangers that occur from a leak in your Nashville home.
1. Attic and ceiling damage
The first place that a roof leak hits is the attic or internal ceiling of the home, causing ceiling plaster to expand, bubble and darken. The water can also damage ceiling fans and light fixtures.
2. Interior mold
One of the more serious issues that occur from a roof leak is mold growth. The consequences of letting the water settle without repairing the leak immediately can be harmful to your health. Mold damage can spread throughout the home’s structure, HVAC system and into personal belongings
3. Fire hazard from water damage
Water isn’t aware of the material that it’s landing on when a leak occurs. If and when water gets exposed to shorted wires (such as some wires that could be placed across your attic), this can pose as a serious fire hazard.
4. High utility bills/wasted energy
As water leaks in through the roof, it causes damage to the insulation in the attic. Over time, this damage can cause your home to lose a large amount of hot and cold air, resulting in higher bills and the use of more energy.
5. Compromised structure
Water can be a powerful force of nature, especially when exposed to the same area over time. When water causes a roof to leak, it can also damage other areas of the home’s structure such as rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing and exterior trim.
Waterproof the foundation of your Nashville home to prevent water damage
Waterproofing your Nashville home keeps your foundation dry and prevents water and structural damage from occurring over time. According to Enlightenme, there are several ways to waterproof your foundation from the inside and outside of your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Check your home and get it protected before the next storm hits.
· Drainage – This type of waterproofing method works by having gravel and a drainpipe installed into your landscape to collect the excess water and carry it away from the foundation of your Nashville home.
· Waterproofing exterior membranes – These are applied by using a brush or roller directly on the foundation of the home. They are usually made by polyurethane to create a waterproof seal to prevent water from entering the home.
· Drainage/sump pump systems – Drainage pipes and tiles are placed around the perimeter of the foundation to direct water to the sump pump in your home, allowing it to exit the home and flow away from the foundation.
· Waterproofing interior membranes – Just as there are materials to waterproof the exterior of your home, there are also materials to protect the inside also. These are applied to the inside walls of the foundation and stop moisture from entering the lower levels of the home.
Make sure your sump pump is working properly in your Nashville home to avoid water damage
Sump pumps are essential to homes that have lower levels. When homes have levels below the sewer line, it can cause water to collect in inconvenient places such as a basement or lower level utility room. Sump pumps ensure that the water drains properly and does not collect in your home causing water damage. Just like any other device, it is important to make sure that the pump is working properly and maintained. EHow gives a list of actions to take in order to check your sump pump thoroughly before the next storm hits.
1. Find the outlet pipe that allows the water to drain outside of your home. Make sure that there aren’t any clogs or damages done to the drain making it impossible for water to exit the home and flow away from the foundation.
2. Locate the sump pump in the lower level of your home and check the inside of it to ensure that the pump is not clogged with debris. Also, make sure that the pump is plugged in. It is electrical, so if it is not plugged in, it will not run when needed.
3. Since you don’t want to wait for a storm to pass through in order to test out the sump pump, there are other ways to make sure it works before mother nature hits. Slowly pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the pump to simulate if a storm were to hit. As you pour, watch for it to turn on and start pumping the water out of your home. It should start pumping when the water reaches about 8-12 inches below the basement floor.
4. If your sump pump contains a float in the basin, make sure that it is also functioning properly and not caught on anything while running the test. This float is what lets the sump pump know when the water reaches a certain height and activates the pump.
It’s important to test the sump pump every couple of months to ensure that it is working properly to avoid water damage in your Nashville home. Make any necessary repairs and replacements if there are issues that occur while testing the pump.
Clean out your gutters to avoid flood damage in your Nashville home
As the temperature drops, we’re starting to see colder mornings and nights that will soon turn into us cleaning frost off of our windshields and making sure that the car is warm enough to sit in on the way to work. With the colder temperature also comes the harsher weather. It gets harder to stay out in the cold during these blustering days, especially when it’s for housework, but it’s important to stay on top of work that needs done to ensure your home is safe from flood or water damage.
With the gutters sitting way above eye level on your home, people sometimes forget that they need attention. Not cleaning your gutters can lead to excessive damage in the future. They are the important part of your home that keeps water away from your foundation and roof. If they aren’t cleaned properly or on a regular basis, they can clog up and cause overflow of water, forcing it into your home. The backup of material in your gutters can also lead to mold and bacteria growth.
Cleaning your gutters does not have to be done every other week or even every other month. It’s good to clean them biannually. Make sure that there is not a build up of leaves, twigs or even nesting materials from animals that will block water flow.
Depending on the size of your home, it can be an easy and quick process to complete, but obviously a tough job for someone who has a fear of heights. To clean your gutters, you’ll need a ladder tall enough to reach the top of your house, rubber gloves, a small rake, trash bag and a hose. QuickenLoans explains how to clean out your gutters properly with a few simple steps.
1. Set the ladder up so that you’re within safe reach of the gutter.
2. With gloves on, start to remove the debris and either throw it directly into the trash bag or onto the ground to clean up later once you’re off the ladder.
3. Once you’re done cleaning the section that is within your reach, climb down from the ladder and move it to the next section to repeat the same process.
4. Once the gutters seem clear from all debris, hose them down to make sure that there is no extra debris stuck or clogged. This will also show you If there is a leak in your gutters that needs repaired.
If you don't feel comfortable cleaning your gutters on your own, contact a professional to help you out!
Prevent ice dams from forming on your Nashville roof this winter
Source - http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20557572_21099309,00.html
According to Familyhandyman.com, one-third of the heat loss in the average home is due to hot air rising through the ceiling into the attic. If you’ve ever had to go into an attic on a hot summer day, you know that the attic holds in hot air like a sauna. With the hot air compressed under the roof, it causes the roof to warm up and melt the layer of snow on top. Although the attic heat warms up the top of the roof, there is still that cold edge around the home that the heat doesn’t reach. This cold edge is where ice dams build up. The melted snow flows down the roof until it hits the ice dam where it freezes, building up an even bigger dam. The trick to keeping ice dams off of your roof and water damage out of your home this winter is by keeping your attic and roof cold enough to prevent mass melting of the snow. Here are some tricks to keep your roof cold.
· Close up attic bypasses
Most of the heat that escapes to the attic is due to cracks near light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys, or cracks in drywall. Stopping some of those leaks may be tough to reach, but plugging them up with caulk or foam can prevent the hot air from rising into the attic and heating the roof.
· Measure your attic insulation level
Check the depth of the insulation covering your attic to make sure that they meet building code. If there is less than 8 inches, you most likely will need to add more insulation. Most building codes require 12-14 inches of fiberglass or cellulose.
· Increase roof ventilation
Placing vents into your roof will help ventilate the warm air and allow some cool, outdoor air to seep in, keeping the attic at a reasonable temperature. Adding vents can be a tricky task, but if you have experienced ice dams during past winters, try to focus on the areas where they have built up previously.
All of these tasks can be done to prevent ice dams, but may take some experience to complete. Contact a professional to assist with helping you cool down your roof and prevent ice dams from forming this winter.
Don’t let frozen pipes ruin your winter holidays
The cold weather always finds a way to creep up on us, making us bundle up in layers of clothes to keep warm. Although the cold weather is an indication of fun holidays and family get-togethers, it’s also a warning to make sure your Nashville home is prepared to avoid water and mold damage. Don’t let your pipes bursting ruin your holiday fun. Danny Lipford, writer of Today’s Homeowner, shares some tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing.
· Insulate your pipes
The pipes located in your crawlspace, basement, attic and exterior walls are all crucial locations to insulate. Snap-on foam insulation can be used and secured tightly to make sure there are no gaps and joints in the pipes are completely covered.
· Drip faucets
During cold days and nights, it helps to let your faucets drip both hot and cold water to avoid pressure build-up and keep the water moving to prevent freezing.
· Heat pipes
Wrapping pipes with UL approved heat tape is a way to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Make sure the tape has a built-in thermostat to prevent from overheating and causing possible fire hazards. Make sure to read instructions thoroughly when using heat tape.
· Check foundation
Having cracks in your foundation walls can cause cooler weather to get in and make it more likely for pipes to freeze. Fill the cracks with caulking or expanding foam.
Source - http://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-prevent-pipes-from-freezing-and-thaw-frozen-pipes/
Ways to control the moisture in your Nashville home to prevent mold damage
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It’s that time of year when the climate is changing rapidly around the country and moisture is filling the air. Many storms and rainfalls are causing flood damage and leaving their mark on homes and buildings. As the water sits and dampens furnishings and materials within the home, it creates an easy breeding ground for mold to live and produce. It’s important to take control of moisture from immediately to prevent the growth of mold and mold damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives some tips on how to prevent mold.
- Ventilation in homes is essential. We see fans in bathrooms and kitchens many times used to ventilate the area. These are important in making sure that moisture does not get trapped in the room.
- Since bathrooms are constantly filling with moisture, it’s important clean them with mold-killing cleaners.
- Be sure to clean furnishings or damp areas within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- Watch out for any leaks present in the home. Whether it be through the roof, the walls or even the plumbing, this allows more moisture to enter the home and create breeding grounds for mold.
- Many people don’t use carpet in rooms such as bathrooms or basements that are prone to flooding due to the fact that carpeting holds moisture easily. If carpeting or upholstery is damaged by water and is not able to be dried quickly, make sure to dispose of the property as it may be holding mold spores.
- Keep in mind that with the changes in the weather, humidity is likely to range throughout the day from the moisture in the area. Make sure that you’re keeping humidity levels as low as possible in the home. It is recommended to keep levels no higher than 50% throughout the day. Air conditioners or humidifiers can help with this.
What is the flood risk of your Nashville home or business area?
A flood can happen just about anywhere with rainfall. According to Floodsmart.gov, a flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow. The site advises that floods are the #1 natural disaster in the United States. Floods can happen due to multiple different factors such as: rainfall, river-flow, topography, flood-control measures, and changes due to building and development. Areas are marked as having different levels of flood risks. There are high-risk, moderate-to-low risk, and undetermined-risk areas. You can check the flood risk of your area by checking the flood map at Fema.gov (https://msc.fema.gov/portal).
High-risk areas, also known as special flood hazard areas, have at least a one in four chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage. Any homes or businesses in these areas that have loans from federally regulated companies are required to have flood insurance. On the flood map, these zones are marked as letters A and V.
Moderate-to-low risk areas, also known as non-special flood hazard areas, carry nearly 20% of flood insurance claims and receive one-third of disaster assistance for recovery. Flood insurance is not required in these areas, but it is highly recommended for all property owners and renters. These areas are shown with the letters B, C, or X in the flood map.
Since flood risks are possible anywhere, these areas are not completely safe from floods, but have not had flood analysis conducted in them. These areas are shown on the flood map with a letter D.
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Being aware of a water leak the moment it happens to prevent water damage in your Nashville home
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Although water leaks usually start off small, they can turn into bigger disasters. Many times, the leak goes unnoticed until it is too late and the small leak has now turned into water damage that we weren’t even aware of. As the water damage sits, it becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold. With all of the hidden places in our homes, it’s impossible to have our eyes glued to every corner. This is where devices such as the water leak alarm come into play to help us out. Enlightenme.com speaks about the importance of having water leak alarms in the home.
The alarm is equipped with leads that have detection mechanisms used to detect when there is a water leak. Once the detection is made by the lead, it sends a signal to the alarm to create a loud, piercing noise, warning you that there is a leak in the home that needs your attention. It’s important to take care of the leak immediately once it is found to prevent further damage and bacteria growing from the water sitting.
It is recommended to use the water leak alarm for places that are most likely to experience leaks and are not always easily visible.
The alarms are usually positioned in places such as:
· Under cabinets or sinks
· Basement corners
· Laundry rooms
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Being aware of the severity of water damage that has affected your Nashville home
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To get started in the restoration of a home or business that has been affected by water damage, it is important to know the extent of damage that you are getting into. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are four classes of destruction that explain the severity levels of water damage. Knowing the class of destruction first will help in making a restoration plan to fix the water damage.
Classes of Destruction
Class 1 –
Class 1 is the easiest water damage to deal with due to the slow evaporation rate. Only part of the room or area is affected for this class and there is little to no wet carpet that has been affected.
Class 2 –
Due to the fast evaporation rate of Class 2, the whole room becomes affected. From the carpeting to the walls and structure, moisture covers the room.
Class 3 –
This class involves the fastest evaporation rate where ceilings have now become involved. Most instances from this class have had liquid come from the ceiling. The moisture in these incidents will most likely affect the ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors.
Class 4 –
When an area has reached class 4, this means that the liquid has had enough time to completely saturate materials such as hardwood, brick or even stone. These incidents require specialty-drying situations.
Source - http://www.iicrc.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html
Cleaning up after flood and water damage has taken over your Nashville home
Restore vs. Replace
Flooded areas are not only a hassle to clean, but can also be a threat to your health. Water that flows in from the outside can pick up a lot of bacteria along the way before it evens enters the house. Having the water sit, especially on a humid day, can cause more bacteria and mold growth. Getting the area cleared out and cleaned up as fast as possible will prevent the situation from getting worse and causing more water and mold damage.
According to the IICRC, these are valuable tips for cleaning up after a flood has left water damage in your home.
· Safety is first and foremost. Be cautious when entering buildings that have just been flooded. Ensure that the electric is turned off and the structure of the building is safe to walk into.
· Keep yourself protected. Use protective gear to protect your skin, hands, mouth and eyes. Hardware stores usually carry the necessary masks, rubber gloves and eye protection to keep you safe while cleaning up the mess.
· Keep the area ventilated. Flooded waters can bring in all different types of bacteria that can become airborne and cause illness. Make sure to open windows and place a fan in the window to ventilate the area.
· Know what to throw away and what to salvage. Any type of porous item that absorbs the contaminated flood water should not be salvaged. Examples – drywall, carpet, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particle board. Clothing and some other household fabrics may be salvageable by soaking in warm water and washing multiple times.
· Remove damaged flooring and wall panels. Remove all portions of damaged wall, wet insulation and base molding. IICRC advises to find the water line on the wall, measure about 15-20 inches above it and remove anything below that line. Any damaged flooring should also be removed to clean and disinfect under the surface.
· Prevent mold growth. With the moist environment that is created by a flood, there is lots of room for mold to grow. Try to keep the air circulating and maintain moderate temperature to prevent mold growth.
· Consider hiring a professional. Although there are situations that can be handled without a professional, some damage is more than people want to handle on their own. Restoration companies have trained technicians, specialized cleaners and equipment to get the job done effective and efficiently.
Source - http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/water-damage/