Recent Water Damage Posts
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!”
Jim and Jane M.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville,, we are dedicated to our customers and our community. We specialize in clean-up projects both large and small that can be needed property damages from water or fire, and we are also specialists in mold remediation. When disaster strikes, contact us immediately for the best in customer care. Our phone number is (615) 242-9391, or click here:: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to visit our website. We look forward to speaking with you!
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
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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.
Source - https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/defining_flood_risks.jsp
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.
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