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Tips to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom
Your bathroom is probably the room in your house that sees the most daily traffic, and it’s also a hotbed for moisture and mold growth if it isn’t properly cleaned and taken care of throughout the year. Mold thrives in dark, warm, and moist spaces, and your bathroom sink, shower and tub, and your toilet all are avenues where water regularly is used and may accumulate over time if left unattended. Although mold growth in your bathroom may seem inevitable when you really think about all the nooks and crevices where mold could start to colonize, there are plenty of preventative measures that you can take to prevent mold growth in your bathroom.
We’ve put together 4 tips to help you prevent mold growth in your bathroom, and we hope you’ll take them into consideration as you go about your cleaning routine.
1) Towel dry mold-prone surfaces.
One of the easiest ways for mold to grow is when mold-prone surfaces are left moist. Lots of crevices in your bathroom hold onto water that isn’t easily let go (like your shower curtains), and if you let that water untouched, it may lead to mold growth. Make it a habit to towel dry all mold-prone surfaces in your bathroom like your shower curtain and any other corners or crannies that have water sitting on or in them if they are left unattended.
2) Spray all bathroom surfaces weekly.
Invest in an all-purpose bathroom cleaner spray, and schedule a weekly bathroom cleaning where you spray all your bathroom surfaces and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth to clean and dry them. Surfaces you should pay particular attention to include your toilet, bathtub, and sinks as well as your shower walls.
3) Use your bathroom vents.
Although we often think of bathroom vents or fans as tools to help deodorize the powder room, they also do the important job of removing extra humidity from the air that can condense on your bathroom surfaces. Especially after hot, steamy showers when lots of humidity is released in the air, turn on your bathroom vent and leave it running for 10-15 minutes to suck the humidity out of the air.
4) Wash shower curtain liners and rugs often.
Every time your shower curtain and rugs are used, they get wet, which means they become prime locations for mold growth if they aren’t cleaned on the regular. Every one to two weeks, wash and dry them so you can enjoy fresh, clean rugs and shower curtain liners without any mold sneaking onto them.
Have you found mold in your bathroom or elsewhere in your home or business? Don’t wait to get assistance. Mold can be hazardous to your health and your property, and so you should contact the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team in short order by dialing (615) 242-9391. We are well-versed in mold remediation and removal, and we’re always on call to help you deal with emergencies as you see fit. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Deep Cleaning Your Business For The New Year
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the new year approaches, there’s more reason than ever to deep clean your business as we enter 2021. There’s no time quite like the new year to remove the dust, dirt, and grime from your office or your storefront, and with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, you can rest assured that your business is sanitized, disinfected, and cleaned to the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our defensive pathogen cleaning program goes way beyond the scope of standard janitorial services to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather, and our SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team considers each business’s unique needs and tailors our cleaning services for them.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consists of three different C’s to help your business inspire consumer confidence in your business’s cleanliness.
First, we consult with you and your business to ensure that we tailor a bespoke cleaning program just for your facility’s needs. Depending on the vulnerability of the people who occupy your business, how your building is set up, and the traffic that passes through it daily, your business has unique needs that should be addressed accordingly with custom cleaning solutions.
Second, we perform an expert deep clean of your facility based on an agreed-upon plan. Our team uses our proprietary EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions to thoroughly clean your business based on the decontamination and cleaning standards set by the CDC.
Third, we post a certification of our cleaning procedures on your window in the form of a shield that declares your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This collateral helps instill confidence in your employees, customers, and community that your business was cleaned according to SERVPRO’s high-quality, rigid standards.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a leading cleanup and restoration company with over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, so you can rest assured that we can decontaminate and deep clean your business to the highest degree. Contact us at (615) 242-9391. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips
It’s the most beautiful time of the year...Christmas season! Many families and individuals who celebrate Christmas often decorate and display a Christmas tree to lift their spirits and spread holiday cheer. However, Christmas trees can pose serious fire hazards if they aren’t properly set up and necessary fire safety precautions aren’t taken.
Rest assured that you’ve taken important fire safety precautions with your Christmas tree this year by taking these four tips into account.
1) Choose a fresh tree.
The more vibrant green, sappy, and perky your tree looks, the fresher it is! Fresh trees are much less susceptible to fire and are less dry, which is one of the most common reasons why Christmas trees can catch fire (when they’re too dry). A fresh tree also shouldn’t have needles that are already easily shedding or that break without much effort. Keep your fresh tree in water 24/7 and replenish its water supply daily.
2) Place your tree far away from heat sources.
Your tree doesn’t need any heat. Period. If you have a fireplace, a radiator, a space heater, a lamp, or any other heat sources close to your tree, you should move your tree (or your heat source, if possible). Candles and heat vents should also not be anywhere close to your tree to minimize their chances of becoming a fire hazard.
3) Turn the lights off overnight.
Your tree lights emit a little bit of heat, and they don’t need to be on all night. They likely don’t even need to be on all day if you’re not at home! Make it a habit to unplug the tree lights every night and any time you’re not in the same room as your tree or you’re gone for extended periods.
4) Don’t choke the light cords.
Instead of choking your tree with lights, it’s much safer to attach only three strings of lights to any extension cord as a general rule of thumb. The fewer conduits between the cords, the better. You should also never run your tree lights’ cords under your carpet or any rugs, and it’s wise to keep them along the wall to prevent people from tripping over them. Always make sure your light cords aren’t frayed or otherwise damaged, as well.
5) Never use electric lights with an artificial tree.
Electric lights on a metal tree is a prime recipe for disaster and potential electrocution. Never use electric lights with an artificial tree to avoid this situation. Charging the tree with electric lights is a disaster waiting to happen.
These 5 tips are only a handful of best practices for Christmas tree fire safety, but we hope you’ll consider them when preparing your tree for the holiday season. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we hope you’ll enjoy the holidays to the full! Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (615) 242-9391 to deal with any fire damage, water damage, or mold that comes your way. We desire to keep you safe, happy, and healthy over the holiday season!
4 Top Places To Check For Mold In Your Warehouse
Mold thrives in the dark, damp corners of buildings, which makes your warehouse a prime location for mold growth, especially if it isn’t thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. The smell of rotten eggs or dirty socks is a sign that mold is growing somewhere in your warehouse, and once you have reason to suspect it, don’t wait to investigate. Here are the 4 top places to check for mold in your warehouse.
- The bathroom.
You might have already guessed that the bathroom is a great place to investigate for mold, especially if you’re smelling it throughout your warehouse. The bathroom is a common spot for mold growth because of the water supply that runs to the sinks and the toilets and the constant dampness in the air as a result. Check under the sink, by the toilets, around the faucets, and even on the walls.
2. The basement or the cellar.
If your warehouse has a basement and/or a cellar, there’s a high probability that mold growth may be occurring in one of those places. Mold likes growing in the dark, and these more closed off spaces are often dark and more susceptible to moisture from the outdoors, so you should definitely check them out. Colonies may be living on your floor if it’s damp.
3. The ceiling.
In addition to the flooring and the walls and wallpaper, mold can live in the ceiling. If you haven’t caught on yet, mold can live and grow just about anywhere if it has the proper moisture and an undisturbed environment. Keep an eye out for any unusual colored spots or specks on the ceiling and make sure to have them investigated if you spy them.
4. Your HVAC units.
HVAC units often experience build-up, especially when the moisture that accumulates on them isn’t properly disposed of. Any other units in your warehouse that use water or mist are also great locations to inspect for mold and should be checked on a regular schedule.
In sum, it’s super critical to establish a regular routine of inspecting your warehouse for mold growth. Mold spores can be hazardous to your and your employees’ health, and you shouldn’t let it fester untreated. If you need mold remediation for your home or your business, you can reach SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391.
SERVPRO Is Your Go-To For 24/7 Disaster Restoration
Have you ever come home from work to water overflowing from a kitchen sink leak or woken up to a crash of a tree into your garage during a late-night storm? No matter the disaster, damage, or hour, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s trained disaster restoration professionals are equipped and ready to come to the rescue.
Disasters never crop up on a nicely scheduled timeline. In fact, they often happen when they’re least expected and at odd hours. A tornado or a flash flood doesn’t wait for a convenient time to inflict damage on your property...it just shows up, sometimes unannounced. However, you don’t have to deal with disasters and the damage they leave in their wake alone. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has a team just a call away to fight an emergency restoration battle just for you. Whether you’re dealing with flooding, water damage, fire, mold, or smoke, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is available to you 24/7 with the technicians and state-of-the-art technology able to return your property back to its original state.
While disaster restoration jobs may take time, our emergency response doesn’t make you wait. We will be with you at a moment’s notice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that includes holidays! You can expect an immediate response time from us, day or night, and we pride ourselves on our ability to assist you in your times of need.
Immediate response to disaster scenarios enables us to minimize the damage that occurs and keep your restoration and repair costs low as a result. In particular, water can be very invasive, and precious minutes can accumulate higher costs and more extensive damage if it’s not addressed from the get-go.
We are staffed and equipped to respond to emergencies on both small and large scales and at both residential and commercial properties. Don’t hesitate to call us if you even think you have an inkling of an emergency on your hands, and our disaster restoration team will be on their way to you before you know it. As they say, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 at any time. We’ll be on our way in moments.
First Steps After Disaster Strikes Your Business
Natural disasters like tornadoes are unfortunately a reality in the greater Nashville, TN area, which is why it’s smart to verse yourself in what to do after disaster strikes your business. During 2020, the devastating tornadoes in March brought lots of disaster to our city, and now is the time to educate yourself to know what to do if something terrible comes your way.
If your business experiences a natural disaster of any type, this is what you should do first.
1. Stay out of the building until it is deemed safe to enter.
Never ever enter your storefront or office building until professionals deem that it is safe to enter following a disaster like a tornado, a fire, or a severe storm. There may be underlying structural issues that aren’t visible to the eye, and you should never risk your safety and well-being to enter a building without first having it examined post-disaster.
2. Call for professional disaster restoration help.
In order to have someone assess the damage, rely on the professionals. You can reach SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at any hour of any day for emergency assistance by dialing (615) 232-9391. Call this number and relay the disaster that has occurred along with your business’s physical location, and after you talk to the operator, wait for help to arrive. There’s nothing that you should do before a professional can properly assess the damage that has occurred and take care of any issues that require immediate action.
3. Take pictures of the damage for the property insurance claim.
While you wait for the professionals to arrive from a safe distance away from your business’s building, you can take pictures of the damage from afar to document what has happened. These pictures will be important to pass along to your property insurance carrier so you can make a claim after paying your deductible to receive any money back for the damage.
Although it may seem counterintuitive to stay away from your business’s building and do nothing beyond call for help and take pictures to document the damage post-disaster, trust us when we say that doing less is the safest thing to do. Disasters are to be taken seriously, and you should always let the disaster restoration professionals assess the safety of your commercial property before approaching and entering it yourself.
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help. Ring us at (615) 242-9391 for emergency assessments and restoration services after any disaster.
Equip Yourself to Handle Emergencies during National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and connecting with SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to have professionals at your fingertips when disasters hit is a great first step to emergency preparedness. Our expert team is trained at recovering and restoring your residential and commercial properties after national disasters, storm damage, water damage, fire damage, mold, and biohazards like COVID-19.
In a year full of unanticipated emergencies like the global COVID-19 pandemic following the tornadoes that swept through Nashville in March, we continue to emphasize the importance of continually family and community disaster planning—not just during National Preparedness Month. The very nature of emergencies dictates that they’re unexpected, but that doesn’t mean you have to passively wait for one to affect you to act. As the U.S. government’s NPM’s 2020 theme states, “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today.”
We encourage you to do the following to prepare yourself to act under the stress of an unforeseen emergency:
1. Plan your communication.
Contact your family and friends to discuss your communication methods in the event of an emergency. Whether someone in your family contracts COVID-19 or a tornado destroys your physical home, it’s important to know where, when, and how you plan to communicate the emergency to them prior to, during, and after the disaster. If you are a parent, teach your kids about what to do when disaster comes your way, especially if they happen to be separated from you at that time.
2. Build an emergency kit.
Create an emergency kit with essential items like non-perishable food, water, a blanket, a first aid kit, and a flashlight to grab whenever disaster hits. Remember to include any prescription medications, inhalers, or items that address the unique needs of particular family members or pets. Keep your kit updated and supplied according to the Center for Disease Control recommendations.
3. Know and insure your areas of risk.
Do you live in a tornado zone? Are you at risk for some emergencies or disasters more than others due to where you live and what you live close by? Make sure you have insurance coverage for whatever damage your property and lives are at risk of, and do your best to fortify your home to face any inclement weather that could cause damage. Additionally, have a plan of what to do and where to go if you’re in your house, outside your house, or on the road when a local warning or emergency alert occurs.
4. Put local emergency personnel numbers and SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number in your phone.
Last but certainly not least, program the local emergency personnel numbers and SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville’s number into your phone. While you should always call 911 if the immediate situation requires medical help or is a serious danger to anyone’s lives or property, it may be helpful to call specific personnel or SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville if your property is the only thing that has been impacted by the disaster. You can reach the SERVPRO team at any time. We have an emergency preparedness team available to respond 24/7 to any emergency situation that calls for disaster restoration.
The next time a disaster hits, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville by calling (615) 242-9391. We’re trained to help you in the wake of a disaster, and our expertise ranges from fire to water damage, mold, biohazards, storm damage, and other emergency situations. For more resources to help you create an emergency plan this September, head to ready.gov.
National Preparedness Month - 4 Things To Do NOW
As I write, there is yet another hurricane (Sally) headed toward the Gulf Coast, and wildfires on the West Coast have ravaged more than 3.1 million acres. We’re in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic - over 188,000 lives have been lost in the US since March, and experts are sounding the alarm to prepare now for what could be a “devastating” cold and flu season.
Nine months into 2020, and we're tired of hunkering down.
Forecasters are saying that we will be living with COVID-19 until Q4 of 2021. Let that sink in a moment. According to Jeff Edelstein, founder of SOS Survival Products, “Following disasters, people get tired of dealing with disasters.” People want their lives to “get back to normal.” No one wants more bad news or how to read about how to prepare for the next wave of disasters.
“We’re all in this together” and WE’VE GOT COVID FATIGUE!
But friends, we don’t have the luxury to procrastinate. It’s 2020, and it also happens to be National Preparedness Month. So, grab your emergency Wheaties and read on.
Tip 1: BEYOND TOILET PAPER AND HAND SANITIZER
If you are like me, my emergency supplies were tapped this March and April during quarantine. If you haven’t already started to replenish your supplies, now is a good time to get going on it. The LAST thing I want to do is try and find toilet paper when it’s 4 degrees this winter!
You know the basics- two week’s supply of food, one gallon of water per day, per family member. But also, rethink your First Aid Kit. I have three- I felt prepared, but recently discovered my OTCs expired in 2013…nice.
Social media and the internet are your friends right now. Pinterest and YouTube are a rich resource of checklists, videos, and solid emergency prep ideas. Follow your local police and fire departments on Twitter, and #prepyourhealth and #natlprep are both great. And don’t forget, the American Red Cross, CDC, FEMA, and Ready.Gov are gold mines for emergency preppers.
Tip 2: CASH IS STILL KING
Do you have cash with your emergency kit? Small bills? Most people keep $400 to $600 in cash, in small bills, but 40% of Americans say they would struggle to come up with it. Today, with unprecedented layoffs and 13.3% unemployment, that number is probably higher. If you are in that boat, just concentrate on two weeks of food and water while you build up the cash reserve.
Tip 3: QUARANTINE 15? TIME TO LACE UP AND EAT A SALAD
I did not gain 15 pounds in quarantine. I gained 20.
There was not a cake, biscuit, pie, or doughnut that I did not savor with glee during quarantine. But the reality is, that was probably one of the worst things I could do. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, six in ten American adults have a chronic disease, and four in 10 have two or more. Those Americans battling COVID-19 that have a chronic disease have a tougher time, and sadly, the chance of death from COVID increases with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
All too often, people would rather buy supplies than eating better and exercising. Better to lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement.
Tip #4: LAST, BUT NOT LEAST
Don’t forget to help Mom and Dad.
If you are blessed to still have your Mom and Dad around, the AARP has some wonderful tips for emergency planning for senior citizens. Help your parents prepare emergency food and water and, more importantly, help them with preparing their important documents. Prescriptions, medications, a schedule for their medication, contact information for family, copies of their photo IDs, copies of medical insurance, and, lastly, their durable and medical POAs. All these things should be in a waterproof/fireproof document bag that can be easily found in an emergency.
In all seriousness, friends, don’t let your guard down. 2020 is an extraordinary year and who knows what lies ahead for us this fall and winter. With some thoughtfulness, planning, and strategy, we can stay well this winter, and look forward to Hallmark’s “Very COVID Christmas.”
- Shannon Warner, Business Development at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville
Staying Prepared With SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville
Look back, if you will, to December 31st, 2019. What were you doing? Who were you with? Were you having a great time with a big group of your closest friends just counting down the minutes until you could put the drag that the last year might have been behind you? Just looking forward to a new year and all the possibilities that it would bring. Now think back to that night again only, this time, try to picture everything that 2020 has managed to throw at the world. Were you in any way prepared for any of this?
By now it’s pretty easy to see that almost none of us were ready for this year. Asking anyone to be ready for a global pandemic is a pretty tall order; let alone the whole world. Here in Nashville, we happened to have a tornado just a week before the world went into quarantine. Add hurricanes and wildfires to the mix and it begins to put into perspective how unprepared a lot of us are for these situations. It’s never too late, or early, to begin thinking about what can happen next. Here at SERVPRO, we understand as well as anyone what it means to be ahead of the curve when bad things happen.
Let’s start with some easy, albeit effective, steps you can take to be better prepared in case of an emergency.
Step one: Have a plan.
It’s always good to have an idea of what you need to do, and what you need to do it, in case of an emergency. Get together with your family to plan out escape routes in case of a fire and make sure everyone knows their way out. Does everyone know where the fire extinguishers are… You do have an extinguisher, right? Everyone should have a nice solid flashlight next to their bed too (in my experience, emergencies are never convenient).
Step two: stock up.
The great toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortage of 2020 was short-lived, thankfully, but should’ve been a large wake-up call to a lot of us. It’s never a bad idea to keep plenty of sanitary items stocked up but you could also go the extra mile and consider things like clean potable water, food (things you can make without electricity), matches/lighters, extra clothes, a first aid kit…
Look, there are a million resources online that will give you a better idea about these types of things. You don’t have to become “doomsday prepper” level of stocked up but, after some of the craziness we’ve seen this year, I wonder if those people aren’t onto something.
Outside of some of the more home-based emergencies, resources like ready.gov or, the National Security Council’s own, nsc.org are great resources for anyone looking to get ahead of their next unforeseen event. There they provide in-depth guides and plans to almost every kind of disaster you can imagine: natural or otherwise. And that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? Being prepared in those situations that you might never have considered?
From articles about how The First Five Minutes Are The Most Crucial In A Medical Emergency to What To Keep Ready In A Home Emergency Supply Kit, these are things that most of us might never have thought of. So study up. Begin to think about the worst things that might happen; so that you can make the best of those situations when they occur. Make safe and sound your new normal.
Top Three Places To Look For Mold In Your Home
When it comes to mold damage, prevention is essential to minimize the havoc that mold wreaks on your home. Mold can be hazardous to your health and your home, which gives you all the more reason to keep a sharp eye out for any signs of mold to treat it before it becomes a problem. Since mold is attracted to moisture and water, it’s natural to presume that the most common places for mold growth are in damp areas of your home, and this is correct!
To combat mold growth before it does serious damage, get in the habit of regularly checking these three locations.
1. Your Bathroom.
With your toilet, shower or bathtub, and sink all being connected to sources of running water, it should be no surprise that your bathroom is one of the most frequent culprits of mold growth. Your shower and your bathtub are normally damp and retain some sort of moisture 24/7 since they often never completely dry out between uses, which makes them the perfect environment for mold spores to thrive. Make it a weekly habit to check all the nooks and crannies of your shower and bathtub for mold growth, including the shower curtain, the shower head, the faucet and faucet handles, the tub, and even your shampoo bottles and razors that you keep in the shower. Routine cleaning will help you identify and minimize mold growth as well.
2. Your Kitchen.
After your bathroom, your kitchen is the second most likely location to find mold in your home. With the dishwasher, the fridge, the kitchen sink, and other appliances that use running water, your kitchen also is set up for the accumulation of moisture that mold growth loves. Don’t forget to check underneath the sink for mold spores as well as along any windows and windowsills that are present. If your windows aren’t properly sealed, they may be a source of mold growth. Also, be sure to thoroughly dry your dishes before storing them in your cabinets! Different commonplace kitchen items like wooden spoons and cutting boards can be prime locations for mold growth.
3. Your Bedroom.
Although you might not necessarily have running water sources connected to your bedroom, it’s good practice to also thoroughly inspect it for mold on the regular. Mold can creep up in places like your air conditioning vents and units, windows and windowsills, and in curtains or on your mattress. Especially if you don’t have a mold-resistant mattress, all it may take is a little bit of moisture soaking into your mattress for mold to grow. Make it a biweekly routine to inspect your bedroom for mold in all of the places that are susceptible to it.
While these three rooms are among the top places to look for mold in your home, there are additional locations to consider when completing an informal mold inspection at home. We recommend checking out this article for a few more mold-prone areas. Whether you know you are dealing with mold or just suspect that an unidentified substance might be mold, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville at (615) 242-9391 to come and check it out. Mold always requires quick action, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Fall Cleaning Checklist For Your Business
In order to keep your business looking spick and span year-round, it’s important to deep clean it at least once every season. As fall approaches, we’re sharing a useful fall cleaning checklist for your business for you to reference as you prepare for cooler temperatures and clean up after the summer storms, heat, and all the wear and tear that the season brings.
Give the Floors a Deep Clean
Do you have carpets or rugs in your business? If so, consider hiring a professional to give them a deep clean. Removing dust, spills, stains, and dirt from your carpet or rugs is no easy task, and you’d be surprised how much a clean carpet will brighten up a room and improve its appearance. If your flooring is a hard surface, get out your mop and polish to make it shine! Removing any streaks or scuffs from your flooring and adding a coat of wax or another type of polish can make your floors—quite literally—sparkle.
Get your Air Ducts Inspected
After a growing season full of pollen and other particles in the air, pollutants can find themselves backed up in your air ducts. Be sure to inspect your business’s air ducts while doing your fall maintenance. An inspection ensures that any mold growth is remediated and pollutants are removed, making the air quality better and safer for your employees and your customers.
Clean the Windows
Summer storms have probably left your windows streaky and grimy. To remove all the residue that has been left behind by the elements (and maybe sticky fingers, too), thoroughly clean all windows and doors. If you choose not to hire professional window cleaners, be sure to have a professional-grade window cleaning product, a squeegee, a sponge, and some microfiber cloths on hand.
Dust the Corners and the Fixtures
Although time passes fast, it seems like dust accumulates even faster. When’s the last time you really dusted those hard-to-reach corners or the top of your lighting fixtures? If it’s been a minute, this is your reminder to do so! Catching dust early is always best to minimize the time it has to irritate your employees and customers. Dusting is also satisfying and quite important to make sure your business presents itself well.
In addition to these action items, it may be a good idea to sanitize all high-touch areas and potentially hire a professional to perform a deep clean of your business as fall nears. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we offer Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned services that provide high-quality sanitation and disinfectant commercial cleaning services for any business or residential property. Contact us at (615) 242-9391 for commercial cleaning or disaster restoration services. We’re here to help!
We Can Remove Unpleasant Odors After Water Or Fire Damage
The odors of mold, mildew, soot, and smoke easily permeate through your household items and can linger for months after water or fire damage, making your home or business extremely unpleasant spaces to reside or within. Unfortunately, these odors are stubborn, and it often takes more than just opening up the windows and airing out the space to remove them.
Mold gives off a smell that is described as musty, earthy, or meaty. It often smells rotten or like something decaying, and the unpleasant odor is quite pungent. If you smell mold, this could be a serious hazard to your health and your home, and you should definitely get it checked out. Mold growth is often the result of moisture or water damage in some area of your home or commercial space.
On the other hand, fire damage brings its own set of obvious odors with it—smoke, soot, and ashes all can leave your property smelling like secondhand smoke and also deposit particles in the air that can become trapped in your lungs. Without proper ventilation and cleanup, this smoke odor will remain in every crevice of your building unless it is properly removed.
However, that’s where our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can step in and restore your property back to its original, fresh condition! We are experts in odor removal as well as restoration services, and we will gladly send a team member out to assess your unique situation so that we can remove the odors from your dwelling.
Deodorization is a multi-step process that includes:
- Identifying the odor
- Determining where the odor is located by finding the conditions where it contacts surfaces
- Figuring out the best way to remove the odor
- Removing the odor and eliminating any trace of it
We have a variety of odor removal products and are trained in techniques to penetrate surfaces to neutralize odors that are trapped within them.
Whether you know the origin of the unpleasant odor or you just want your property to smell clean and odor-free once more, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville a call at (615) 242-9391. We’re thoroughly trained in deodorization as well as Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and restoration services to help you clean up after fire damage, flooding, storm damage, mold, biohazards, and natural disasters.
Using A Dehumidifier In Your Home
Dehumidifiers help to maintain indoor humidity at these comfortable levels, keeping the air in your indoor spaces healthy by preventing mold and mildew from settling in. This can both save you money and help you avoid any number of health risks.
Here are some benefits to using a dehumidifier in your home, from our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville:
MILDEW/MOLD PREVENTION. Mildew emits a strong scent, which can affect an entire home, large or small. Since mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments, dehumidifiers help keep them in check by keeping the air in your home at optimum levels.
COMFORT. As your body temperature rises, your body releases sweat to help cool you off. When humidity is at an optimal level, your sweat evaporates into the air, leaving you cool and dry. However, air molecules that are already saturated with water have no room to absorb further water, which means your skin will remain wet and sticky. Everyone knows how uncomfortable that can be! Bacteria is another organism that thrives in humid environments, and minor cuts and injuries are more susceptible to infection in such a situation. Some minor medical issues can also be made worse by humidity, such as acne and athlete's foot.
HVAC SUPPORT. When air molecules are ladened with water, it makes them harder to heat or cool down. For example, a pan only half full of water will heat and cool more quickly and efficiently than a pan that is full. This is true of air molecules that are half-filled with water as well, such as when humidity levels are at 50% or above. A dehumidifier will help your HVAC system heat up and cool down your home faster and more efficiently by reducing the water in the air, which can significantly save you cooling and heating costs.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here for all your cleanup projects, both large and small, and remember that we are mold remediation experts! We also handle fire damage and water damage, and we are committed to getting, and keeping, your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Maintaining Your HVAC In Your Apartment Complex
For the care of your HVAC systems in your apartment complex or commercial buildings, engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your system at regular intervals throughout the year will ensure that the heating and cooling of your property is running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed, which requires the kind of training these professionals have. The experience and expertise of such a company are invaluable to any business owner since the comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves are important to tenants and owners alike.
It’s important to ensure that the upkeep necessary to prolong the life and efficiency of all the HVAC units in your apartment complex. Some actions that you can take yourself as an apartment complex or commercial business owner both monthly and seasonally, in between professional scheduled maintenance, will be:
- Use high-efficiency, pleated filters. Filters of this type contain an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as dust or those that carry bacteria.
- Keep HVAC units free of grass, leaves, and pollen, and take steps to ensure that your landscaping company doesn’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds.
- Keep at least two feet of space clear around all outdoor heating and cooling units.
- Inspect refrigerant lines monthly.
- Replace air filters in every unit at least every 90 days.
- In summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier.
- In fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water.
- Replace your carbon monoxide detector battery.
- Ensure outdoor AC units are on level, firm, and dry ground.
- Clean AC condensate drains with bleach/water mixture regularly.
Have your professional maintenance company check all your apartment complex ductwork periodically to make sure it is all sealed properly when they come to complete scheduled tune-ups on your HVAC systems.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville, we maintain all the training and skill sets needed by our team members for taking care of HVAC systems, and when it comes to maintaining the units in apartment complex or commercial buildings, we are always here to help.
Mold Remediation In Your Hotel
You have put a lot of time, money, and effort into your hotel business, and as a smart hotel owner, we know you’re careful to take the proper steps that will ensure your premises are in top-notch condition. Mold is one of those issues that no hotel proprietor ever wants to see, so today, we are sharing some tips that will help you keep your motel or hotel business free from mold so that your business won’t be adversely affected.
- Audit. Do an audit of your business premises to identify problem areas. If you find windows in some rooms frequently damp, or any persistent leaks in ceilings or hallways, these will be areas to focus on right away. Preventing mold from taking hold and spreading can be as simple as ripping up carpet or using cleaning and renovation products that are mold-preventive. If you do find that you have a mold issue, keep in mind that SERVPRO of Belle Meade is just a phone call away and we can get your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
- Drying. Mold growth can’t occur without moisture, so take care of wet areas immediately. Seepage after heavy rainfalls or melting snow and ice, carpet spills, or minor flooding due to broken pipes, etc. need to be fully dried within 24 to 48 hours. Make sure any affected bedding and furniture are either cleaned and dried completely or removed from the area entirely to prevent the need for mold remediation services.
- Ventilation. All areas need to be properly ventilated, including the kitchen to the on-site laundry, if you have one. Your housekeeping staff needs to be trained to keep a lookout for leaking AC units and plumbing in guest areas, and everyone should know what to look for in break areas, bathrooms, and other areas where they work daily. If mold is found, use the appropriate cleaning solutions, such as a bleach/water combination, and consider using dehumidifiers, especially in more humid regions, or during very wet seasons in your area to prevent further mold growth.
- Inspections. Regular inspection of exterior doors, windows, and roofing can expose any leaks or improper fits right away. Even the smallest leaks can, over time, cause a mold issue that can be difficult to eradicate. Making sure rain gutters are kept clean of dirt and debris is another preventive measure that can help.
- Products. When it comes time to repair or renovate, there are many mold-resistant products on the market to choose from today, such as drywall or Sheetrock. Many paints now include mold-inhibitors, as well, which are a great asset in the battle against mold, and these may be a helpful choice when you are repairing or renovating your hotel.
The best way to practice mold remediation is through prevention! If you need help with remediation of an existing mold problem, call us. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are mold experts, fully equipped to handle both remediation and prevention. And when it comes to water damage and fire damage, as well as cleanup projects both large and small, we’re here to help.
How To Handle Biohazardous Waste
It is extremely important to call in a trained and certified biohazard cleaning company to handle any biohazard cleanup.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences, and a failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. Here at SERVPRO, we are trained to safely clean up and remove hazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, and we help transform any unsafe environment back into clean, safe homes, and offices.
Safety Equipment. Cleaning extreme situations requires the use of personal safety wear to protect cleaners from exposure to bloodborne diseases, dangerous chemicals, and infection. The average person does not possess this type of equipment.
Cleaning Equipment. Thorough cleaning of locations affected by biological hazards calls for specialized equipment and cleaning solutions. Certified bio-remediation companies use advanced equipment and effective disinfectant solutions that will leave the client sites free of biohazards. Our staff are trained to use this equipment to remove all hazardous materials from your home – many of which you can’t even see.
Disposal. Objects that have come into contact with human or animal blood or waste - such as needles, carpets, mattresses, and clothing - should be disposed of properly so they don’t pose a health threat to the public. We understand the requirements for transporting and disposing of biohazard waste appropriately.
Difficult Scenes. The work involved in cleaning up after a crime or trauma is mentally, physically, and emotionally difficult for those connected to the victim to handle. Our team has years of experience working in this taxing environment.
Peace of Mind. Use of a professional biohazard cleanup company will leave you with complete assurance that your family and friends are safe from any harm posed by the biological hazards once present in your home or business.
If you have biohazardous waste on your premises, contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville to schedule a cleanup.
How Quickly Can Mold Spread After Water Damage?
If you have experienced a water damage event, one of the first concerns you may have is whether you may suffer from a mold infestation. How quickly can mold spread after water damage?
If the damage happened suddenly you can get the issue cleaned up quickly - within a few days or so - you may not have a mold growth problem, but this is only probably if the area is dried thoroughly and quickly. If you undergo a plumbing flood or a water leak that has gone undetected for a while, chances are good that mold is going to be present.
You will want to contact a mold remediation specialist if this is the case. They know that mold spores are everywhere, and under the right conditions, they will move right in and begin to grow within 24-48 hours of a flooding situation. They may not be visible right away, either. Within just a few hours, the spores can spread throughout your premises, ready to settle.
One way to find out for sure if you have hidden plumbing leaks is a moisture meter that measures moisture in common residential construction materials. Anything over 15% tells you that you need a water cleanup crew from a qualified restoration company.
This is why all water damage restoration companies will tell you that the faster water damage is taken care of, the less likely it will be that you have to deal with mold. One of the main concerns the experts take into consideration is making sure the damaged area is dried completely to reduce the risk that mold can take hold at all.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we maintain the specialized training and equipment needed to remediate a mold infestation wherever it occurs. Once mold establishes a colony it can never be totally removed, so the very best practice is going to be to ensure that the conditions mold enjoys are not present. If you need help in the prevention of mold, or if you now need remediation services, we are here to help.
Best Places To Check For Mold In Your Home
Mold is odorous, unsightly, can be even dangerous to our health, and it can show up very quickly. Knowing where to look and what areas are most vulnerable can help keep you a step ahead of a mold infestation. If you do find an issue, you’ll want to contact a professional remediation company right away to ensure that your home and your loved ones stay safe.
Here are the best to check regularly for mold growth in your home:
BATHROOM. Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week. This is the perfect time to check for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen or storage closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there have been any leaks in these places in the past, these areas will be in danger until they are fully dry. If you detect a brand new leak or drip, have it corrected immediately. You may want to invest in a dehumidifier for your bathroom, as well, which can be a great tool in the fight against mold.
KITCHEN. This room is known as the heart of the home, and in addition to the traffic, water is used almost constantly throughout the day. Keep an eye out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores, which are always in our air and cannot be removed.
LAUNDRY. This room in your home has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often since no one ever sees them. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have elements present that will encourage the possible establishment of a mold colony. Enlist help to pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected.
Other areas to keep an eye on: hall closets, garages, storage units, warehouses, and basement areas.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is always here to help you with any issues related to mold and its remediation. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties, as well.
You Know You Need A Professional Restoration Company When...
When you experience damages from fire, storms, or water, the effects can be crushing. In today’s DIY culture it may be tempting to consider taking care of it yourself, but let’s be realistic. Many homeowners won’t actually know where to begin when it comes to the cleanup process, which can be expensive and time-consuming, to say the least. How do you decide?
You know you need a professional restoration company when...
There’s A Fire. If your home has sustained fire or smoke damage, a professional restoration company can effectively treat and remediate all affected areas. The fine particles of smoke will settle into cracks and crevices, resulting in unpleasant odors throughout your home, while lingering smoke damage poses a potential health threat by contributing to respiratory and other breathing issues. Property that has been affected by the water used to fight the fire can often be saved if restoration is undertaken right away, so reach out to your professional restoration experts as soon as possible.
Bad Weather Hits. Inclement weather brings with it all kinds of devastation, as we all know. Strong winds, hail, and heavy rains damage roofing, while tree limbs and other debris can be extremely dangerous and destructive. After a bad storm, you may have sustained extensive damage that will require the skills of a professional restoration company.
There’s Water Damage. Flooding and other water damage can cause large-scale problems to all kinds of structures, and the dangers are two-fold. The contents and structure itself can be compromised, but you also have to consider the additional risk of a mold infestation. The longer your structure remains damp, the bigger the problems can turn out to be, and doing so can cause small issues to become serious over time. Don’t wait to contact your professional restoration experts.
If your home or business sustains damages from a fire, storm, or water, getting the help you need to return your property to its original condition is vital. For Belle Meade and West Nashville residents, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help! We have years of experience in working with area residents and commercial clients, helping with cleanup projects both large and small, and we are mold remediation experts, as well.
Top Places To Check For Mold In Your Business
Here in Middle Tennessee, we all expect heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms, as well as extreme heat and tornadoes. We also know that high temperatures and humid conditions will create an environment that is right for mold to establish itself in a commercial property, and the best way to stay on top of a mold issue is to do regular inspections of your property for the sights and scents that spell trouble.
You will want to take a look around a day or two after extremely wet weather during the warmer months. Move machinery and office equipment, and look at the places where the walls join the floor and in the corners. Check out the ceiling closely for any recent leaks. Regular inspections can also keep you informed as to whether your roofing or walls have experienced any kind of damage that can result in damp areas that will allow a mold colony to get started.
The spaces where mold thrives will be in dark, moist and unventilated places such as closets, warehouses, and storage spaces.
As you establish the top places to check for mold in your business, you will want to establish preventive measures that will help you avoid this issue:
- Keep all workspaces well-ventilated
- During the more humid months, you may want to use a dehumidifier
- Make sure exterior doors are properly sealed
- Use the floor and walls as little as possible when organizing stored items on shelves
- Cardboard should not be kept in storage areas
- Remove any standing water immediately and dry the area completely
- Keep plant and tree overgrowth under control by trimming back shrubs and plants near structures
Probably the number one way to prevent mold, though, is to keep an eye out for vulnerable areas.
If your home or business has developed a mold problem, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is standing by to help - we are mold prevention and remediation experts. We are also experienced in the cleanup after water and fire damage. Give us a call!
Dehumidifying Your Home To Prevent Mold Growth
Studies have shown that high humidity can cause many health-related issues; some are very severe. Optimal humidity levels are between 30- 50%, with around 45% being the most desirable for both health and comfort. Dehumidifiers help to maintain indoor humidity at these comfortable levels, keeping the air in your indoor spaces healthy. This can both save you money and help you avoid any number of health risks.
Dehumidifying your home will prevent mold growth:
- MOLD AND MILDEW. Mildew emits a strong odor, which can affect an entire home. If you leave your clothes in the washer too long when humidity is high, they can become "mildewy" and will need to be re-washed, which only adds to your water and energy bills. Since mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments, dehumidifiers help keep them in check.
Along with mold and mildew prevention, dehumidifying your home will help you:
- LIVE IN COMFORT. As your body temperature rises, your body releases sweat to help cool you off. When humidity is at an optimal level, your sweat evaporates into the air, leaving you cool and dry. However, air molecules that are already saturated with water have no room to absorb further water, which means you run around wet and sticky. Everyone knows how uncomfortable that can be! Bacteria is another organism that thrives in humid environments, and minor cuts and injuries are more susceptible to infection in such a situation. Some minor medical issues can also be made worse by humidity, such as acne and athlete's foot.
It will also help you save on energy:
- HVAC SUPPORT. When air molecules are ladened with water, it makes them harder to heat or cool down. Did you know that a pan only half full of water will heat and cool more quickly and efficiently than a pan that is full? It’s true! And the same is true of air molecules that are half-filled with water. In the same way, a dehumidifier will help your HVAC system heat up and cool down your home faster and more efficiently by reducing the water in the air, which can significantly save you cooling and heating costs.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help with all your cleanup projects, both large and small, and remember that we are mold remediation experts!
How To Handle Mold In Your Carpet
When the weather is humid, keeping your carpet dry and free from mold can be a challenge. Dampness, together with dust and dirt, are tracked in by day-to-day foot traffic, and that creates conditions deep in your carpet that are perfect for the establishment of a mold colony.
Here are some tips to help you handle mold in your carpet:
- Sweep the affected area with a broom to loosen the mold growth.
- Vacuum the area to remove as much mold as possible, and empty the vacuum bag into the garbage immediately.
- Using a mixture of dishwashing soap and water, scrub the affected area with the solution.
- Let it dry in the sun if you are able to bring your carpeting out of doors, as this is one of the best ways to disinfect material. If you cannot take it outside, pat it dry using dry towels or rags.
Here is another method that can cleanse your carpet of mold:
- Scrub the affected areas with a rag soaked in dishwashing detergent and water, or do a base clean with a steam cleaner.
- Using household bleach with a gallon of water, soak the mold patch for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Using a steam cleaner, suck up the liquid, and then pat the carpet dry or remove outside into the sunshine.
If the mold growth is too much for you to handle on your own, or you would like the assistance of professionals, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville has all the equipment and experience needed to help with any of your mold remediation needs. Our team is experienced and equipped to help with mold remediation, as well as both water damage and fire damage clean up projects of all sizes.
New Additions! Acquisition of SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson and SERVPRO of North Nashville!
Hello and Happy New Year!
I wanted to let you know that I am now the owner of SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson and SERVPRO of North Nashville! I have owned SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for 14 years and I'm so excited to continue our work serving the Nashville community with excellence.
To everyone in West Nashville, don't worry! I will continue to serve as the owner of SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville and you can expect the same great service that has helped us grow for years.
We are very excited about this expansion into the Hermitage/Donelson and North Nashville areas, as it gives us the opportunity to grow our presence and provide the highest quality service to these communities.
I, along with my entire SERVPRO team, want to thank you for your support over the last 14 years in West Nashville! Our growth would not be possible without you.
If you live or work in the Hermitage/Donelson or North Nashville areas, or if you have friends or family that do, please spread the word!
- Rob Dixon, Owner of SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville
If Disaster Strikes, Call SERVPRO!
The SERVPRO team of Belle Meade and West Nashville is proud to serve our Middle Tennessee community.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide you with 24-hour emergency service. When fire damage or water damage affects your home or business, we respond quickly to bring you the help you need.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is perfectly positioned and equipped with the training, equipment, and experience that is necessary to complete all your restoration or cleaning projects in a timely and professional manner in the Nashville area. Locally owned and operated, our team knows the ins and outs of Nashville and the surrounding communities. We are also a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, as well as a recipient of the Angie's List Super Service Award!
When your home or business experiences any kind of disaster from fire or water due to flooding or equipment failure, we are here to help. We are certified large-scale disaster experts as well, so if you suffer from the damages that a tornado or heavy thunderstorm can cause, call us. We respond right away to a disaster of any size with a focus on getting you back to normal as soon as possible.
As a home or business owner, you will have a lot of questions and concerns when disaster strikes. Our SERVPRO team will thoroughly answer each and every one, so that you know exactly what to expect. We will help you pack up what is salvageable so that it can be cleaned and inventory every piece. We remove sheetrock, carpet, and insulation and remediate the building. Once the home or business work is complete, we return all the revitalized items. We are experts at cleaning items and belongings damaged by fire, water, or mold.
When disaster strikes your Middle Tennessee home or business, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We have all the experience and equipment needed to get you back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation experts.
Preventing Mold Growth In Your Storage Unit
Your storage unit can be a very susceptible area to mold growth, especially when you live in an area that experiences high humidity at certain times of the year. You’re not going to see the inside of your storage unit very often, and if things get wet or damp, a mold colony can become established pretty quickly. You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue in your storage unit.
Here are some tips for preventing mold in the first place:
- Paint. If your storage unit is on your own property, paint it with mold-resistant paint. Products of this type are readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store. When doing any type of repair or renovation, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients.
- Keep It Dry. Avoid standing water in your unit. If there has been a big rainstorm, drop by and see how things look. If there is standing water of any kind, make sure it all gets cleaned up and aired out before you leave.
- Smell. If you visit your unit and you can smell that telltale musty odor, check all the walls and corners to see if a mold colony has established itself. Any damp and dark area is prime mold real estate.
- Location. A storage unit company will most likely offer interior and exterior units, so if you are storing items that are valuable or that could be adversely affected by mold, you may want to pay the extra leasing fee and rent an interior space. Make sure that the location you are using is in good shape throughout the premises, with proper weather stripping and roofing that will withstand wet weather.
- Wrapping. Wrapping your items in plastic if at all possible is going to help a great deal in preventing mold growth. You can obtain large rolls of bubble wrap for furniture and large items if needed.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage.
Keeping Your Business Organized For 2020
If you experienced some disarray and confusion in your business last year and you are really wanting 2020 to be different, we’ve got some tips to help you get your business organized for 2020.
Your staff may be a real help as you decide where things should go, and what would work best for the business. Getting everyone involved will open up the floor for an organization discussion. If your workforce is involved in the decision-making they will feel a sense of ownership, and it is far more likely that after you get your business organized, you will keep your office organized.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Purge: Shred, empty, and get rid of everything you don’t really need. Take a good look around and identify those items you haven’t used in at least six months. Your archived records need to be kept, of course, but for how long? If you haven’t already, set up an archive schedule that allows for discarding records that are older than you need them to be. If anything isn’t in working order, and it can’t be fixed in a timely manner, throw it away. Encourage your staff to minimize their desktop knickknack collections. If they can’t find time to dust everything weekly, then some things will have to go!
- Straighten: Gather up items around the office that aren’t where they should be and put them away.
- Zones: Determine the type of work that happens in each area of your business. From the main workspace to the reference area, make sure that the appropriate supplies and equipment are being kept in the places that best meet the needs of the business. Those items that are used the most should be easily accessible.
- Labels. Clearly label all storage boxes, bins, and shelving so everyone knows where things belong. This will help with the daily pickup that needs to be done to keep your business organized throughout the year.
- Filing. If you find yourself duplicating your documents, or if your filing system can become digitized, you will be able to eliminate a lot of paper. This step alone can be a big help in keeping your business organized in 2020.
- Work Stations. Organize all work stations, paying attention to all the places where items are stored. Make sure tools and materials are easily accessible so that labor hours aren’t being wasted searching for things needed to complete projects. Use trays for a neater desktop paper system, for example. Even if the staff member knows where things are, on a sick day the person filling in will have no idea unless it is clearly designated.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are always ready to help with your large cleanup projects, with water and fire damage being two of our specialties. We are mold remediation experts, too.
Do I Have To Worry About Mold In The Winter?
You may be wondering if you really have to worry about mold in the winter. Well, turning up the heater in the coming colder months will keep you cozy and warm. But did you know that this very warmth also creates the perfect environment for a colony of mold? These infestations are both unsightly and unhealthy and can make life truly miserable for those who have an allergic reaction to these organisms. A mold colony can also spread quickly and secretly within your walls, compromising their strength and making your home or business unsafe.
Mold and its cousin, mildew, have recognizable differences. Mildew has a flat surface and will appear powdery. It begins growing with white coloration and will become yellow, brown, or black over time, while mold can be a wide range of colors and will have a fluffy appearance. The spores for both are everywhere, even in the air we breathe, and their risk increases when winter arrives since mold and mildew would much rather be where it’s warm when it’s cold outside (just like us).
Their growth can be prevented, however. Here are some tips for mold prevention this winter:
- Mold and mildew feed on any organic material. Old food, the rug on your kitchen floor, or wooden cupboards - it’s all fair game for these organisms. Make sure surfaces are kept clean and dry and don’t allow food to sit out and become moist and warm.
- Moisture condenses when it comes into contact with a colder area, so you will most likely see mold or mildew on tile grout, windowsills, and baseboards during the colder months. Taking care of leaks and areas that collect water right away will be a big help in keeping mold from becoming part of the family.
- Once a colony establishes itself you can’t ever get rid of it completely. Once the moisture, warmth, and food it needs are reintroduced it will simply start to grow again.
- Windows, exterior doorways, skylights, and indoor plumbing that are not properly sealed will produce conditions that are attractive to mold colonies.
- Keeping the air dry in kitchens, laundries, and bathrooms will be a big help when it comes to preventing mold this winter. Running these fans during times when the air is moist will do wonders. You can also use dehumidifiers in your home to prevent mold from establishing itself; follow the established recommendations for keeping your home at the proper level of humidity for this purpose.
So, you see, you actually don’t have to worry about mold in the winter, if you take the proper steps to prevent it from colonizing. You will have to be vigilant, however. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help if you experience a mold or mildew invasion this winter. Call us for more prevention tips or for mold remediation. We are experts in this area!
Dry Ice Blasting: What Is It & How Is It Used?
If you own a business, you know that cleanliness is of the utmost importance. Not only does a cleaner workplace look more professional and help to boost worker morale, but an unclean industrial site can be unsafe and unhealthy. One innovative cleaning method that can be a big benefit is dry ice blasting.
What is it? Dry ice blasting is a type of abrasive cleaning similar to sand or soda blasting, where a pressurized stream of air accelerates particles toward a surface to clean it. Dry ice blasting has a wider range of applications than these and can be used in extremely sensitive environments like food manufacturing.
Dry ice blasting offers many advantages over traditional cleaning methods:
- Environmentally Friendly. Dry ice comes from CO2 emissions that have been recaptured. During the blasting process, there are no solvents or chemicals involved, so there is no secondary waste to clean up, either. There’s also no water used, which means that mold and bacteria are less likely to grow. This cleaning method is also considered safe for the food industry and meets USDA, FDA and EPA guidelines.
- Cleans Effectively. Cleaning with dry ice is faster, more thorough, and can often be done without disassembling or reassembling any equipment to be cleaned. It can easily reach areas that are hard to access and clean by any other means. Dry ice blasting leaves a clean, dry surface that can be recoated, as well. This method of cleaning is aggressive enough to handle difficult surfaces but sensitive enough that it can be used with delicate equipment.
- Less Downtime or Waste. There’s less downtime involved with dry ice blasting. Equipment usually does not have to be taken apart beforehand, and there is no dry time or cool-down time required. Because the dry ice pellets evaporate upon impact, the only clean up required is the removed debris itself.
- Safe. There are none of the hazards of cleaning with chemicals. Dry ice is non-toxic, non-abrasive, non-flammable and non-conductive.
- Cost-Effective. Because the process is faster and there is less downtime than with other methods, labor costs are also lower. Due to its lack of negative environmental impact, you will also avoid the costly clean-up requirements of chemical cleaning methods.
- Easy on Equipment. Dry ice blasting does not abrade, wear or erode equipment, which means the equipment will last longer.
Many industrial facilities and warehouses are now turning to dry ice blasting, which completes cleanup projects much faster, doesn’t produce secondary waste, and is particularly effective when dealing with difficult-to-remove materials. While pressure washing and steam-cleaning require that the equipment is allowed to dry out over time, dry ice blasting allows you to start using your equipment again almost immediately.
Here are some common uses of dry ice blasting for industrial workspaces:
- Fire remediation: Dry ice cleaning does an excellent job of removing toxic residues, soot, and unpleasant odors associated with a fire. Insurance companies often work with independent dry ice blasters because their clients can experience quicker cleanup of those locations that have been damaged by smoke and fire.
- Restoration: The aim of restoration is to return a structure to its original state. Chemicals can seep into stone, for instance, and abrasive cleaning methods can scratch and damage the surface. Dry ice cleaning allows surfaces to be cleaned without causing any damage to the substrate. Operators can use this method on marble, glass, and onyx without damaging the surface at all. There is also no secondary waste produced by this method.
- Dry ice blasting is non-toxic and will stop mold, mildew and other fungi from growing, eliminating odors at their source by destroying the bacterial host environment instead of using a masking agent. Dry ice blasting is 100 percent ecologically safe and harmless to humans.
- Mold removal: Traditionally, mold removal methods entailed sanding and scraping, which are time-consuming and can be ineffective when trying to reach small spaces. Other methods, such as soda blasting and chemical cleaning, often create poor visibility and then require cleanup afterward. Dry ice blasting removes not only the mold itself but also its roots, leaving the surface completely mold-free.
- Textiles: In the textile industry, the accumulation of lint, glue and other materials is common. Dry ice blasting can remove them without damaging the equipment.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help with all your cleanup needs, no matter how large or small. Whether it’s water damage, fire damage, or a mold infestation that you are dealing with, we can be there right away.
Why You Should Have Your HVAC Checked
It goes without saying that you rely on your HVAC system all year round, and when it stops working, your employees can become really uncomfortable. If you live in an area that becomes extremely cold or experiences blizzards, the failure of your unit could cause you to be in a pretty serious situation. Proper care and maintenance will help you to stay on top of any equipment failures and give you peace of mind.
For the care of your HVAC system, engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your system every fall, and again in spring, can help you to be sure that the heating and cooling of your property is running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of your HVAC unit will be completed by these professionals, and they can do a thorough check-up to ensure that your unit is in proper shape to face the colder months ahead, keeping you safe from any malfunctions.
Here are some things you can do yourself both monthly and seasonally to maintain and prolong the life and efficiency of your unit and its systems.
- Use pleated, high-efficiency air filters. These types of filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, like the ones that carry bacteria. These filters need to be replaced at least every 90 days.
- Keep your HVAC unit free of grass, leaves, and pollen. Make sure grass isn’t allowed to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds while you are landscaping.
- Clear two feet of space around all outdoor heating and cooling units.
- Inspect all refrigerant lines each month.
- In summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier. In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water.
- Replace your carbon monoxide detector battery.
- Ensure the outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground.
- Clean AC condensate drain with bleach/water mixture.
Have your professional maintenance company check all your ductwork to make sure it’s sealed properly when they come to tune-up your HVAC, and for even more energy savings you may want to pre-program the thermostats in your building.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we care about you and your business, and when it comes to caring for the HVAC system in your commercial building we are here to help.
Have You Seen Us Around Town?
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is proud to be ready and available to help with any of your water damage or fire damage needs, 24/7.
We are proud to serve the Belle Meade and West Nashville area. Have you seen us around town? Our trucks are hard to miss, with their trademark color scheme of orange and green. We hope that you experience some peace of mind knowing that our team is never very far away and can be there quickly if you experience a disaster, no matter what size.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide you with 24-hour emergency service. When fire damage or water damage affects your home or business, we respond quickly to bring you the help you need. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is perfectly positioned and is equipped with the training, equipment, and experience to complete all your restoration or cleaning projects in a timely and professional manner in the Nashville area. We are locally owned and operated, and no one knows the ins and outs of Nashville and the surrounding communities better than our team. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is also a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, as well as a recipient of Angie's List’s Super Service Award!
As a locally owned and operated business, we live and work in this community too. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which allows us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can even call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams for additional resources.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
- Belle Meade
- Green Hills
- Forest Hills
- West End
- West Meade
- Hillsboro Village
- Elliston Place
If you see us around town, come say hello! We would love to get to know you.
Making An Insurance Claim On Your Home
If you experience an unfortunate event at your home, such as damage from fire or water damage from flooding, you may need to file a claim with your insurance company. A claim against your homeowner’s policy comes with rules and procedures that must be followed by both yourself and your insurer. Here are some tips on making an insurance claim on your home:
- Read your policy. Make sure you know exactly what your responsibilities are and how to fulfill them.
- Contact your insurer right away, and ask questions. Am I covered? How long do I have to file a claim? Is it possible that my claim will exceed my deductible? Keep in mind that if your loss is lower than your deductible, you probably won’t want to go through the claims filing process. How long will it take to process my claim? Do I need to obtain estimates for repairs to structural damage?
- Fill out all claim forms promptly. Your insurance company will send you the necessary claim forms if it is established that you will be making a claim, and by law, these must be sent to you within a specified time period. Make sure that these forms are returned and properly filled out as soon as possible so that there are no delays.
- Inspection. Your insurance company will probably arrange for an adjuster to come and inspect your home. An adjuster is a representative of your insurance company who inspects property damage to determine how much the insurance company should pay for the loss. You can expect to be interviewed.
- Preparation. Be prepared to show the adjuster any structural damage and have a list of damaged items ready so you can make the best use of their time.
- Repairs. Photograph or videotape all damage, and then take reasonable steps to protect your property from further damage. If possible, avoid throwing out damaged items until the adjuster has visited your home. Save receipts for what you spend, as you may be able to submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement later.
- Lost or Damaged Articles. You are going to have to substantiate your loss, so make a list of destroyed or damaged items, and make sure there is a copy of the list for your adjuster as well as copies of all receipts for replacement items.
- Relocation. If your home is so damaged that you need to find other accommodations while repairs are being made, keep receipts and records of all the additional expenses you incur. Most homeowners' insurance policies provide coverage for additional living expenses when a move is necessary, but you’ll need to provide proof of the costs.
When it comes to a disaster in your home, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help. We are experts at repairs and renovations for homes that have experienced fire damage or water damage. Mold remediation is another one of our specialties, and we are skilled at carpet-cleaning after an event that damages your flooring.
How To Prepare Your Condominium For Heavy Rains
As we head into fall, we will be experiencing wetter conditions, and there will be instances of heavy rains during this time of year. As the owner of a condominium, you want to be ready for all the different types of weather that the year will bring, and heavy rain is on that list. There are several smart steps you can take to protect your property from water damage that can come from inclement weather:
- Inspect Your Roof. Since your roofing is your first line of defense against heavy rain, it needs to be inspected ahead of those wet conditions. Walk around the exterior of your condominium, looking for spots that are sagging and for loose shingles. Take note of any issues you find, and make sure you get up on the roof for close inspection or hire a professional to do that job. You may decide it’s time to replace your roof if there are too many weak spots.
- Clean Your Gutters. Your gutters guide water away from your condominium, and that’s what you want during heavy rains. Without good drainage, you can find yourself with flooding around your foundations, with mold and erosion issues stemming from that. Make sure all your rain gutters are clear of any debris and free from blockages, and you may even want to think about having wire mesh installed to prevent leaves and debris from creating problems in the future.
- Check Doors and Windows. Take a good look at all your exterior doors and windows to make sure they are sealed properly, and that they close completely with no major signs of wear. All caulking and weather stripping needs to be in good condition or replaced if not. This step will prevent water damage from heavy rains and will also stop that wintry cold air that is just around the corner, saving you money on energy costs.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is always here to help when it comes to preparing your home and business for all the different types of weather we experience here in Middle Tennessee. If you need us to inspect your property and talk to you about measures you can take to protect your property, we are happy to do that. Call us!
Six Steps To Take When A Pipe Bursts In Your High-Rise Tower
If a pipe bursts in your high-rise, there will be a lot to consider. You will need to handle the issue quickly and safely so that your occupants don’t get injured and you don’t lose property or business due to downtime. A burst pipe in your high-rise can cause some serious water damage, so taking the appropriate steps will be vital to making sure your investment is protected.
- Step One. Call the professionals. They will arrive right away to assess the damage and to check the parts of the structure that have been affected to make sure the premises are safe.
- Step Two. While you are waiting for the professionals to arrive, turn off any water that is going to the affected area. Open faucets that are below the pipe burst so that pressure can be alleviated; this will help to prevent further issues.
- Step Three. Clean up of any standing water can be done safely, as long as it is not “black water” (sewer water). Standing water can lead to mold damage and continued damage to flooring and walls. Mops and buckets can be used to safely remove most of the excess. The goal here will be to prevent the spread of water and even more damage.
- Step Four. Open all doors and windows to begin the drying process by circulating airflow. Once the professionals arrive with their industrial-grade equipment, they will be able to complete the process.
- Step Five. Ensure that electricity is turned off in the affected areas to prevent shocking anyone. Water can easily run into electrical circuits.
- Step Six. Contact your insurance company to let them know what has happened, and make sure to take pictures of the damage as soon as you can after the event. Your professional water damage remediation company will work with your insurance company to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that you and the tenants of your high-rise tower can get back to work as soon as possible.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is here to help you if you experience water damage to your high-rise tower. We are water and fire damage cleanup specialists, and we have the tools and experience necessary to deal with mold and mildew.
FINDING WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR COMMERCIAL KITCHEN
Your commercial kitchen is a place where water damage and subsequent mold growth and equipment failure will be a concern. Since you and your cuisine staff spend many hours in your kitchen, it’s important to make sure that this area is free from flooding and leaks.
During the closing process, part of your kitchen staff’s job should always be to check for problems and let you know right away if they find any so they can be addressed. Whether it’s a bathroom, a sink water line, or a line that connects to your cooler/freezer area, your staff will be the first ones to notice water stains, a sure sign that a problem is developing. A quick response is always best when it comes to water damage since it can lead to some pretty tough issues if it’s not taken care of right away.
You can follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your commercial kitchen:
- Check your dishwashing area for damage regularly. This area gets a lot of hard use every single day, and it’s important to assess your dishwasher space perhaps even more often than you inspect the other areas of your kitchen workplace. You’ll want to make sure your dishwashing equipment isn’t leaking water, which can create problems with your interior flooring, walls, and the valuable tools of your trade.
- Make sure your water heater is working properly. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly or if it has seen better days, have it checked by a professional and perhaps replace it. A malfunctioning water heater can flood your business and cause major property damage.
- Keep an eye on water lines to the sinks and coolers/freezers by inspecting them on a regular basis, looking for telltale drips, puddles, and hard water deposits. Some leaks are so small that they can be overlooked, and a mold colony could find it first. That’s not a situation you want to find yourself in when you own a commercial kitchen.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experienced and always ready to help with cleanup after water and fire damage and are experts in the area of mold remediation. If you happen to find water damage in your commercial kitchen, we can be there right away to help you restore your business to its best.
TIPS TO AVOID MOLD GROWTH IN YOUR BATHROOM
Keep your bathroom free of mold!
Avoiding mold growth in your home is usually at the top of any housekeeping list. It’s unhealthy, unsightly, and often dangerous—especially to those with respiratory issues, the very young, and the very old. Even the cleanest home can end up battling this organism. Today, we are sharing a few tips that will help you avoid mold growth in the dampest room in the house: your bathroom.
- Wet things. Encourage those you live with to keep wet towels and clothing off of the floor. Install hooks to make it easy to remember—if there are children in the house, it will be fun for them to have their own hooks at just their height. Fun and colorful child-friendly hooks are easy to find, and they will make this household project simple to enforce.
- Wet walls and doors. Drying the shower door, the bathroom door, and the walls themselves, if they are damp, will be a smart step in the battle against mold. A colony can be established within 24 hours, so you will want to make dry walls and doors part of your daily routine, especially if you live in a more humid environment.
- Dehumidifier. Using a dehumidifier in your bathroom, especially if it sees heavy traffic, will be a huge help in creating conditions that mold spores don’t like.
- Materials. If you are planning a bathroom re-do, choose mold-resistant materials. There are many available on the market today so it shouldn’t be hard to find what you need at your local hardware or DIY store.
- Cleaning products. Choose cleaning products that are sure to keep all surfaces clear of mildew and mold.
- Closets. Dark areas, such as closets and under sinks, should be checked every time you clean to make sure there will be no unpleasant surprises. Even the smallest leak can contribute to an environment that mold enjoys, so if you find one, fix it right away and dry the affected area thoroughly.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is proud to be experienced in the area of mold prevention and remediation. Call us today for a consultation.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY MOLD REMEDIATION?
Mold remediation ensures that mold doesn't cause serious damage.
Mold can be found in many homes and businesses, creating the need for remediation and cleaning that is specific to this type of issue. Many kinds of mold are mostly harmless, causing few problems, unless someone in the home or business suffers from allergies or sinus issues. In that case, mold becomes a major issue, requiring complete removal, or as complete as is possible. This type of removal is officially known as mold remediation.
If you detect that telltale, musty odor in your home or business, call a professional right away to assess your situation and advise you on the best course of action. It may be that there is some discoloration on a wall or baseboard that looks like an old stain. If no one is complaining about respiratory issues or illnesses, it can be tempting to ignore it. Don’t. It takes the expertise of a mold remediation specialist to tell if the mold is dangerous or not. Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville.
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
The word remediation is used to describe the act of remedying or reversing something, usually resulting in stopping environmental damage. The terms “mold abatement”, “mold removal”, and “mold remediation” are often used interchangeably, but they actually don’t mean quite the same thing.
If you need help with a mold issue, call us today. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are ready to help with any kind of mold-related damage to your home or business. We are also cleanup experts, when you experience fire or water damage events, no matter the size of that event. We are proud to serve the West Nashville community.
ODOR REMOVAL AND OTHER SERVICES YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT
SERVPRO is well known across the nation for our fire and water damage cleanup services, and we are also tops in the mold remediation industry. But we also offer other services that you may not be aware of, so today we are going to share that information with you.
Here are some services that SERVPRO of West Nashville/Belle Meade provides in addition to our more well-known offerings:
- ODOR REMOVAL. We are experts in deodorization, and trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These kinds of odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure, and masking them or using other shortcuts won't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, we can often remove it over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize any unpleasant odor thoroughly.
- BIOHAZARDS. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences, and a failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products to handle biohazards and can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
- VANDALISM/GRAFFITI. Vandalism and graffiti can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner
- COMMERCIAL. First impressions certainly do matter, particularly in the world of business. The overall look of your commercial property will make a lasting first impression for your clients, so be sure that your property is always at its best. If your business has suffered from damages, whether water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or any other such disaster, that will present a poor image to both your current and your prospective clientele. When your Nashville commercial property is in need of professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to help restore your property and maintain your best possible image.
No matter what you need, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here to help.
BUILDING AND RECONSTRUCTION: WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER DAMAGE REMEDIATION
First impressions certainly do matter, whether in the world of business or at home. This is true not only for your personal appearance but also where you live and work. The overall look of your property will make a lasting first impression for your clients and neighbors, so be sure that it is making a good one. If your property has suffered from damage, whether water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or any other such disaster, it will not be putting its best face forward to the neighborhood, and that can affect your business and your curb appeal. When your Nashville home or commercial property is in need of professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville for help in restoring your property so that you can maintain your best possible image. We do restoration projects for private homeowners in the Nashville area, as well as owners of:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
If your property has sustained damage, and you are going to be undergoing some building and reconstruction after the event, it will be helpful to know what to expect.
When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.
After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring your building back to full functionality. When it comes to reconstruction services, our SERVPRO team has the training and expertise to get life back to normal in record time.
CLEANING YOUR HOTEL CARPETS
The dirt and germs that will accumulate in your hotel carpeting accelerate the wear-and-tear it will experience from all the foot traffic and baggage wheels, and the overall clean impression you want your hotel to give your guests is going to be negatively affected. Today, we would like to share a few simple tips to help you protect your carpet investment in addition to all the regular vacuuming and deep cleaning you already do.
SPOTS AND STAINS. Remember that there is no real difference between the two. All that it takes for a spot to become a stain is to forget about it for a while. A spot should be immediately blotted with a paper towel or other absorbent material to soak up as much of the spill as possible, and this should keep the spot from becoming a more pesky and problematic (and unsightly!) stain.
USE PRE-SPRAYS. Carpet cleaning chemicals can leave behind residue that will actually collect even more dirt. The next thing you know, your carpeting is a dingy mess. Only properly diluted chemicals that break down these stains and rinse clean should be used for spots. Allow your pre-spray to penetrate the spots for a while so that they can do their work.
HIGH-QUALITY EQUIPMENT. Regular cleaning, such as daily vacuuming, can vastly reduce your need for deep cleaning when it is done with high-quality equipment. Shop for properly dated filters and backpack vacuums, and remember that correctly completing periodic deep carpet extraction cleaning in your hotel is essential to keep carpeting dry, which prevents mold growth.
PRE-VACUUM. Carpeted areas need to be vacuumed daily, which allows dirt to be easily removed before it has time to get wet and become embedded in your carpeting.
TRAIN YOUR TEAM. Make sure your team knows how to clean your hotel carpets correctly. The most efficient way to ensure that your carpeting lasts is to establish a routine maintenance plan that is executed by properly trained cleaners.
PROFESSIONALS. Call a professional cleaning company to come in and help you when it’s time for large-scale deep cleaning of your hotel carpets. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have the training and expertise to get your hotel carpets fully cleaned and looking like new in a timely manner. We are water and fire damage experts, and we are fully equipped and ready to handle mold remediation.
LANDSCAPING TIPS FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX
We have finally turned the corner into Spring, and the bright sky and blooming flowers are quite pleasant to see after a gloomy Winter. As the owner of an apartment complex, you have already been making lists of things that will need to be accomplished during this time of year, particularly to prevent water damage, and now that things are warming up, and a landscape refresh is more than likely on that list.
Plants and trees are extremely useful on many levels, as we all know. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing and are proven to have a calming effect on us, but they prevent erosion, attract beneficial birds and insects, and help buildings to be more energy efficient by shading them and blocking warm air.
Here are some landscaping tips for your apartment complex:
Use Indigenous Plants. If you are replacing unhealthy plants or trees or landscaping a new area, consider using indigenous plants. They will require less water and care, and will grow naturally. Their maintenance will be minimal, as well, and all of these benefits save you both time and money. In addition, they are part of the natural local environment, so they will cause no harm.
Use Attractive Specimens. A beautiful landscape for an apartment complex is the ultimate in curb appeal, so when you are choosing fresh specimens for your plantings, use those that are most visually appealing. Make sure they smell good, too - or at least select those that put out no unpleasant odors!
Use Less Grass. Grass is expensive to keep up, with all the water, fertilizer, and mowing that it requires. Allow more of your property to revert to a natural setting and invest in walking trails and natural butterfly/honeybee areas. Your tenants will love it! Less water will also reduce the change of water damage and mold growth in your apartment complex.
Use Veggies. Community gardens are sprouting up, literally, all over the country. The benefits are many: bringing people together, providing organic fruits and vegetables for the immediate locale, promoting the health of beneficial insects and birds are just a few. Designate an area or two to this project, and get your tenants involved in the process. It's something that many will enjoy and will be helpful for them in reaching their health goals.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help with any of your water damage, fire damage, or mold remediation needs!
MOLD GROWTH PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX TENANTS
To protect your apartment complex investment, you will want to educate your tenants on best practices when it comes to mold growth prevention. For every new tenant, provide them with information about how to best prevent this issue, and renew the information for every tenant on a yearly, or even twice-yearly basis, especially in a humid climate such as the one we have here in Middle Tennessee.
Mold spores are always in the air, and they spread easily. Able to grow anywhere, mold cannot ever be completely eradicated, and it can be found on carpet, clothing, food, and even inside walls. Wherever moisture can be found, mold likes to be there. Therefore, educating your tenants on moisture control is going to be the best practice to prevent mold growth in your apartment complex.
Communication. Let your tenants know that if they see a problem or a potential issue they are to let you know right away. Perhaps you can offer a rent discount for those who identify something serious as an incentive. It will save you a bundle in the long run, so why not? Water stains, leaking water heaters, condensation on windows - these things can point to a potential issue, and mold is just waiting to establish a colony there!
Drying. Encourage your tenants to use fans and dehumidifiers in their units, especially after wet weather. Let them know that leaving wet clothing and towels on the floor can cause a problem, as well, and advise them to empty washing machines immediately.
Indoor plants. Mold loves the leaves of indoor plants, and the moist soil is a perfect mold breeding ground. It can then spread throughout the apartment. Don’t make your tenants get rid of these beautiful household items; they are aesthetically pleasing, and they help to keep indoor air clean, after all. Instead, encourage people to clean the leaves of their plants regularly and to monitor standing water. Taheebo tea is a great product to use here; the oil of this tea is able to withstand fungi even in the rainforest, and it can help to prevent mold growth in plant soil. Your tenants can find this amazing natural product at organic food stores.
Educating yourself and your tenants on mold prevention will go a long way towards preventing a colony from establishing itself. In the event that a problem occurs, however, contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for help. We are mold remediation specialists!
SCHEDULING REGULAR CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS
You know that in a competitive business environment, it is essential for you to always put your best foot forward. From your customer service to your networking practices, you are always thinking about your enterprise and promoting what you do.
The appearance and condition of your physical property speaks volumes about you as a business person. When a client comes to see you in your place of business, their first impression of what you do will be what they see.
If your entries, walkways, and landscaping is top notch, they will notice. If they aren’t, they will notice. Is your waiting area comfortable and cozy? Do you have proper lighting, or do you need to change a bulb or two? Are the chairs in good repair, or do they need a cleaning? Perhaps they should be replaced. When your customer uses your public restroom, will they be surprised by the space? And if they are, is it a pleasant surprise? Or are your bathrooms places no one wants to go into? Your client will see all this, and act accordingly. If you haven’t been paying enough attention to your property, you will probably pay a price, and that price will be lost business.
When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, many business owners find it a challenge to make time to get it done, and that’s understandable. You are busy running your enterprise - we get it!
A professional cleaning and restoration company can sit down with you and create a schedule for routine cleaning and maintenance that will be perfect for your business. They can come in and assess what needs to be done, and then do it. No more concerns about the little things like light bulbs or dirty walkways, and if the carpet needs to be deep cleaned, they will schedule that with you and take care of it while you do what you are best at.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is experienced in cleaning and maintenance, and we have the expertise necessary to get the job done, and get it done right. We are experts in water and fire damage, and we handle mold remediation, too.
HVAC CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE THAT WILL IMPROVE THE AIR QUALITY OF YOUR BUSINESS
Hiring a professional to inspect, clean, and maintain your HVAC system will save you time and trouble. You will want to schedule an inspection every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. Your professional will inspect and clean all the wiring and mechanisms of your business’ HVAC units, which requires training and expertise. Scheduling regular inspections, cleaning, and maintenance of your HVAC will greatly improve the air quality of your business, and that will be good news to everyone - staff and guests alike.
As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, such as:
- Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system.
- Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass.
- Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units.
- Inspect refrigerant lines every month.
- Replace your air filters at least every 90 days.
- In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier.
- In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on.
- Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
- Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
- Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture
Caring for your HVAC properly throughout the year will keep the air quality and atmosphere of your business pleasant and healthy, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will also save you money by improving and maintaining the energy efficiency throughout your buildings and premises.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team has the expertise necessary when it comes to inspecting and maintaining your HVAC system, and we are here to answer any questions you might have. We are also experienced in large cleanup jobs such as those needed because of fire damage or water damage, and we are pros at mold remediation.
ODOR REMOVAL AND DEODORIZATION FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX
Due to the large numbers of people (and pets) that reside in your apartment complex, there are some serious odors that can become a challenge at times. Cigarette smoke, cat litter, and spoiled meat odors are just a few of the smells that can become offensive and troublesome very quickly. If a new resident has moved into an apartment where odors were prevalent, for example, you as the owner could wind up with some contentious conversations that could even lead to legal trouble.
When readying a unit in your apartment complex, make sure the area is completely aired out. You can leave doors and windows open for at least 24 hours, or invest in an air purifying system that can be moved from unit to unit to aid you here. A “home-grown” method that many swear by is to place vinegar or coffee grounds into a bowl and leave in the room with the odor issues. It should be allowed to sit there for several days, and each room should be treated with its own bowl. This method is economical and earth-friendly, too.
Carpet cleaning and/or replacement can be a huge benefit here since carpets are notorious for trapping odors. A green method you can employ is using baking soda: sprinkle it on the offending carpet and leave for 12 to 72 hours. After vacuuming, your unpleasant smell issue should disappear. Steam cleaning is also an option, and a professional cleaning company can be employed here to get the job done in a timely manner. If not, it may be time to consider replacing those old carpets with wooden floors. If you go this route, be sure to instruct your residents on using wood-friendly cleaners, since improper cleaning here can create all-new odor issues.
Washing windows and mirrors regularly can help with cigarette smoke odors, believe it or not. These surfaces get covered with residue and the resulting smell, and cleaning them with vinegar and water can be the perfect solution to the problem. Blinds and drapes can also be culprits and will need to be removed and cleaned. Vinegar is a big help here, too, or you can enlist the help of a professional cleaning company.
If there is still a lingering odor issue, replace HVAC filters and clean the air vents, and even replace the light bulbs. Cigarette smoke, in particular, is very invasive and affects every surface imaginable. Thoroughly cleaning the ceiling may also be a big help here.
When it comes to odor removal and deodorization in your apartment complex, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has the experience and expertise needed to get rid of the problem.
The First Steps in Disaster Restoration For Your Business
After any natural disaster, you as a business owner will be left wondering where to start when it comes to picking up the pieces. You not only have to worry about repairing your own home, but also your commercial property. If your building has experienced severe damages, here are some disaster restoration tips to help you get your business back up and running as soon as possible:
- Safety First. Safety should always be priority number one, whether you are a business owner, a homeowner or both. Even after extreme weather is over and flood waters begin to recede, for example, flooding is still a danger. Potential electrical hazards may exist, and gas leaks and water contaminants are often present - these issues will not be readily apparent to the untrained eye, so enlisting the help of professionals to determine whether there are safety hazards to remove will be a smart decision. Your property should remain off limits until an experienced inspector determines all structures and grounds are safe.
- Insurance Claims. Begin your claim filing process for any major damages as soon as you are able. Dealing with insurance companies can be a frustrating and time-consuming process, so contacting your insurance agent right away will help get you on the road to recovery sooner rather than later. You can contact them periodically with details about the damages as they emerge, but being proactive in starting the process will save you stress in the long run.
- Damage Survey. Take your time in processing the damages your business has sustained. It will be an emotional experience, more than likely, so don’t be surprised by that. As you assess the scope of the destruction, take plenty of pictures and make detailed notes for your insurance claims and company records.
- Salvage. Remove any undamaged items or those things that you know can be repaired, and store them in a safe place until the disaster restoration of your business is completed. Make any minor fixes that you are able to handle, but don’t hesitate to contact professionals for assistance in the big stuff.
- Professional Help. Damage restoration companies know how to handle projects of all types and sizes, and their expertise will help you get back to work quickly. The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can guide you through the entire process.
There is hope after a disaster, and you can recover. We are here to help you with all your disaster restoration needs.
Commercial Services SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Offers that You Might Not Know About
In addition to clean up after fire damages or water damages, the SERVPRO team is also experienced in mold remediation and removal, but you probably already know that. We are well-known for our expertise in these areas and are proud of our service to our West Nashville/Belle Meade clientele. It’s an honor to serve you!
Today we would like to share a few of the other commercial services we offer that you might not know about so that you can always keep SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville in mind when the need arises:
BIOHAZARDS. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. Failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with all health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, and so can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
TRAUMA AND CRIME SCENE. After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Oftentimes, these events can be traumatic, and dealing with the cleanup can be difficult. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO will respond immediately with the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience necessary to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.
- From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.
- We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.
These are just a few of the commercial services you might not know about that SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville offers. Visit our website to learn more!
Full-Scale General Contractors: What to Expect for Your Business
A Full-Scale, or Large-Scale, Project (LSP) can have many definitions since there are no established measurements that can be used to define this type of venture. It depends on the view of the parties involved and how they view the project; for example, a large project that has been done many times previously in similar environments may actually be easy to plan and manage, and therefore may not actually qualify to be considered an LSP.
There are some thresholds that can be used to create a general understanding, such as:
- Size of workforce
A full-scale general contractor will be the main contractor on the project. His/her responsibility will be to ensure that the project is completed according to the specifications of the client(s), as well as any required legal compliances and building codes. Large-scale contractors will often hire subcontractors to get work done effectively and on-time. Full-scale general contractors will typically work in an office, reporting to the job site regularly to ensure that the subcontractors are meeting the specifications of the job in a timely and efficient manner. A large project requires specific skills related to their management, and a general contractor of such a project must be knowledgeable and proficient in the coordination of labor, materials, equipment, and subcontractors in order to get the job done correctly and in a professional manner.
Examples of full-scale constructions projects can be:
- Office buildings
- Shopping malls
- Apartment complexes
Each of these commercial projects requires extremely high-quality management skills from any full-scale general contractor!
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a team of skilled professionals, and we are committed to the residents of the West Nashville area. Call us today for all your damage restoration needs and cleanup projects both large and small. We are also fire and water damage experts and excel in mold remediation.
How SERVPRO Can Help Your Business Prepare for Large Loss Water Damage
As a business owner, you are always thinking about the future, and you know that disasters are something you need to be prepared for. When disaster strikes, possessions are often ruined, and the structures of businesses can be negatively affected. Staff can become injured or find themselves in dangerous situations, and these are scenarios you want to be able to prevent or at least be ready for. A professional damage restoration company can be an important and welcomed resource during times like these; such companies are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner as well as keep you and your workforce out of harm’s way.
While disastrous situations can rarely be foreseen, planning ahead in preparation for any possible commercial water damage will help you be prepared to handle such an event. During extreme weather, some areas of your business are going to be more apt to experience damage than others. For example, low-lying areas like basements, cellars, and parking lots are most likely to experience storm damage.
Planning ahead in these areas will help:
- Basements and cellars should be inspected ahead of wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Let the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville professionals look for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas. Handling the aftermath of flooding and storm damage can be very expensive, but is an event that can be avoided if you plan ahead by enlisting the help of our team.
- A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage, and the areas underneath it will suffer. If rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water, as well. SERVPRO is skilled and experienced when it comes to maintaining our clients’ property, and we can help you be ready in the event of large loss water damage.
- If areas such as entryways, windows, and doors are not properly sealed against extreme wet conditions, large loss water damage is a definite danger. We can help you make sure they are free of standing water and debris, as well, if flooding occurs. Proper planning in this area can prevent injuries and costly repairs.
- Our professionals can help ensure that all areas around your buildings are kept free from flammable materials and that all plants and trees are trimmed well on a regular basis to prevent fires from spreading if they occur.
- State law requires that you post an evacuation plan in a visible place for your staff and customers. Make sure that your employees understand it and know how to carefully guide clientele to safe areas should a disaster occur. Have a phone tree established so that all employees are alerted to important information whether they are at work or at home. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team can help in creating a plan.
Our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help in case of disaster and large loss water damages, and the repairs your business may need in the aftermath. We are also experts in fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial restoration, and much more!
Residential Lightning Damage
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we handle fire damages caused by lightning strike roughly twice yearly on average, and 2018 was no exception. This past June, we began the work necessary to complete fire damage remediation on a local residence caused by lightning; the owner was at home and caught it quickly, so the fire itself was contained right away, but the smoke from that fire did a lot more damage than the actual flames itself, so there was still much to be done.
When the lightning hit the residence, it traveled through the electrical lines to one of the home’s electrical boxes, which then caught fire. The foyer of the home, a large entryway with a high vaulted ceiling, sustained the greatest damage, mainly where walls and ceiling met. Standing inside this area, sunlight could be seen coming in through the hole made in the roof by the fire. The home’s bonus room also experienced some damages, and the SERVPRO mitigation team went in with chem-sponge that was used to clean soot off of the walls, and they then worked from the bonus room area where the greatest damage was, moving back to other spaces further away until no soot particles were found. In doing this, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville ensured that no fire damage or smoke damage went untreated. The affected walls in all of the damaged rooms were painted after the cleanup was completed, with drywall replaced where necessary.
It was also found that the garage door opener had shorted out during the event, so this was replaced, as well as the electrical box that caught on fire, with a complete replacement of the melted wiring to that unit.
Our professional in-house crew used a white-glove treatment on this residence and completed the entire project quickly; from the first contact to completion, the restoration project took a little over two weeks.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are proud to serve the residents of West Nashville, especially when the worst happens. In the event of fire damage or water damages large or small, we’re here to help. And don’t forget - we’re also mold remediation experts! Call us today.
What is a Large Loss Response Team, and How Can We Help You?
When disasters strike, the people affected need to know that there is someone who can help with large-scale damages and destruction. A Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) is a company that is skilled and equipped to handle these types of events. The best of the best will be pre-qualified in restoration in this area so that those who are suffering don’t need to be concerned about the quality of service rendered, and each project will be supervised by a commercial operations manager who ensures that communications are seamless and mitigation is done in a timely and professional manner.
Clients who call on an LLRT can include: universities, municipalities, the hospitality industry, government offices, and apartment and commercial building owners, to name a few. Here are some ways an LLRT can help in the event of a disaster:
- Creating a custom recovery plan based on specific needs.
- Establishing a pre-approved pricing schedule before work begins.
- Assigning an account manager to act as a liaison for the entire process, from start to finish.
- Providing the necessary manpower and equipment that can handle the loss, no matter how large.
- Providing water, power, and sanitation services during disruptions.
Over 1,700 SERVPRO Large Loss Response Teams are strategically located around the nation, and have been mobilized to handle events such as the 2017 California wildfires, Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Matthew, and the 2015 Carolina flooding, among many others in recent years, and SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is proud and honored to have been recently designated as one of these teams!
Companies are awarded this distinction on past performances and experiences, financial stability, and certifications achieved, and because our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is committed to producing quality work and service and committed to doing so as a solidly profitable and fiscally responsible business endeavor, we are very excited and proud to be able to say that we have achieved this designation - one of our biggest goals.
Our commitment to excellence has earned our franchise a highly respected reputation as being the company to call when a business has sustained serious commercial fire damage, commercial water damage, mold growth, or any other commercial disaster.
SERVPRO Storm Teams: Mobilizing to Help Out During a Crisis
The SERVPRO Franchise System was founded in 1967 and is a national leader and provider of fire damage and water damage cleanup, restoration services, and both mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
The SERVPRO Storm Teams can provide help, whether you are dealing with a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned Storm Teams on standby should any disaster strike near you, and they are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, and the resources of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, no disaster is ever too big.
Past mobilizations include:
- Hurricane Michael (2018)
- Hurricane Matthew (2016)
- Louisiana Flooding (2016)
- Houston Flooding (2016)
- Colorado Floods (2013)
- Hurricane Sandy (2012)
- Hurricane Isaac (2012)
- Tennessee Flooding (2010)
- California Wildfires (2009)
We’ve all heard stories or seen pictures of cars up in trees, or an entire outdoor table and chair set sitting in another yard down the street. Some of the things that can happen during violent weather are pretty scary, such as branches driven through walls by high winds, trees falling on roofs, or extremely large hail falling. The SERVPRO Storm Teams are ready to help when the worst happens to make a terrible situation a little bit more bearable.
As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville knows that fast mitigation is the key to limiting interruption in your business and personal concerns. With an unmatched national footprint of nationwide franchises, SERVPRO can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage flooding can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the right way the first time, saving you both time and money.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are proud to serve the residents of Belle Meade and West Nashville. When serious weather hits, we stand ready to mobilize our Storm Teams to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (615) 242 9391 for assistance.