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Fire Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey Turkey fryers can fry your entire house, please be safe!

A deep-fried turkey might be delicious, but it can also be dangerous.  We have all seen the viral videos of fire blazing above roofs and heard the stories of houses and other property going up in smoke.  

Please be safe this holiday season and remember the following tips from our friends at State Farm:

If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  5. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

if the unexpected happens, remember SERVPRO of Williamson County is always a phone call away.  615-790-9634

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in Williamson County

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

If the air quality in your building is high and you use high-efficiency HVAC air filters, your ducts could stay clean for years. Even in the ideal situation, though, there's always a chance of unexpected issues. At least once every three or four years, have your duct system professionally inspected to check if it's due for a cleaning.

How Air Duct Cleaning Benefits You

Keeping your building's ducts clean protects the heating and cooling system, and the health of the building occupants.

Improved indoor air quality — When your ducts are clean, you'll have less dust, mold spores, pollen, and pest debris floating in your air. While air duct cleaning hasn't been proven to improve any health condition, cleaner air can help those with allergies and asthma.

Greater HVAC system efficiency — Debris in the ducts impairs airflow through your system, so the fan motor has to work harder to distribute conditioned air to your rooms. With the ducts clean, the air will flow freely and the motor will consume less energy moving it. Clean ducts deposit less dust on your air conditioner's evaporator coil. Even a millimeter of dust on the coil reduces its efficiency, so clean ducts really pay off in summer.

Longer HVAC component lifespan — Dust and debris blowing through your ducts can find its way into your system's fan motor and other components and cause excess wear. Keeping the ducts clean prevents this wear, helping the components last longer.

Professional Duct Cleaning Makes the Difference

Duct cleaning isn't a job to leave up to a regular building maintenance crew armed with a few vacuums. Attempting to clean the ducts without the right tools can worsen your indoor air quality because the debris dislodged will end up floating away into your rooms. You're also likely to miss a lot of the debris.

Give the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County a call to inspect your ducts and give you an estimate for cleaning if necessary.  615-790-9634

Williamson County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Williamson County Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Williamson County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Williamson County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 615-790-9634

Tips for Fire Prevention in your Franklin Home

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

No. 1: Cook with caution.

Nearly half of all home fires are cooking-related, says the National Fire Protection Association. And, of these, unattended cooking is the leading factor. So, stay in the kitchen if you’re cooking, and, if you have to leave — even for a short time — be sure to turn off the stove. Other cooking safety tips from the NFPA: Stay alert, and avoid cooking if you’re sleepy or if you’ve consumed alcohol; check food regularly; and keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove-top.

No. 2: Never leave space heaters unattended.

Heating systems, especially space heaters and wooden stoves, can easily ignite nearby household items. Keep all space heaters at least three feet from household items. Turn heaters off before leaving a room or going to sleep. Never leave pets or children unsupervised with a space heater or wooden stove (the NFPA recommends a 3-foot “kid-free zone”); in addition to the risk of starting a fire, heaters and stoves pose a danger of burns, as well.

No. 3: Check your electrical cords.

Faulty, cracked or deteriorating electrical cords can cause an electrical fire. Check all your electrical cords for fraying or other signs of wear, and replace or repair any damage. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpeting. And do not overload circuits; plug in only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time, the NFPA says; consider hiring an electrician to add additional circuits or outlets if you need them.

No. 4: Replace open-flame candles with LED-powered versions. 

With seasonal decorations covering tabletops and mantles, lighting real candles can be an invitation to disaster. Instead, the NFPA suggests choosing battery-operated candles, like LED versions. They flicker and sometimes even smell like the real thing! If you must have candles, the NFPA says blow them out when you leave the room or go to sleep; use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t topple; and keep all candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

No. 5: Test your smoke detectors.

Test smoke detectors and check batteries at least twice a year (many suggest doing so on daylight savings). Stay safe by following the NFPA’s recommendations for smoke alarm placement: install one inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor in your house, including the basement.

Source: Allstate Insurance 

Understanding the Dangers of Mold in Williamson County

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding the Dangers of Mold in Williamson County Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County help if you think you may have a mold problem.

From the ordinary....

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results.  For example, yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other food products.  Blue cheese's unique flavor is attributed to mold, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold. the Unhealthy

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and extended exposure may present health concerns for some people. 

Any water intrusion into your Williamson County office or your home can result in mold growth.  This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control.  When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. 

Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.  

Organic materials founds inside a building, such are wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that may pose a health threat. 

If you think you or your customer might have a mold problem, please call us at 615-790-9634 and let the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County help.  

Managing Mold in Brentwood Tennessee

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold in Brentwood Tennessee Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County with any mold problems.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home of business when there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line.  Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Williamson County professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.  

Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process:

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment 
  • Mold Containment 
  • Air Filtration 
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration 

Please give our office a call at 615-790-9634 is you suspect you have a mold problem, we are always here to help.  

Faster to Your Williamson County Office Disaster

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that 50% of businesses never reopen after a fire or water disaster?

SERVPRO of Williamson County is available 24 hours a day to get YOUR business back up and running, "Like it never even happened." Storms can produce high winds, heavy rain and flooding that can destroy a business in minutes. Every hour that isn't spent cleaning and restoring is lost revenue to your business. When an emergency situation arises in your business, call one of our highly trained professionals that are certified in water, fire and mold clean up and restoration.

Don't become a statistic, let us help you recover and clean up faster.  

When the next storm hits Brentwood, Franklin or Spring Hill, Tennessee please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County at 615-790-9634.  

SERVPRO of Williamson County goes to Houston

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Williamson County goes to Houston High Floor Waters in Houston Texas During Hurricane Harvey Clean Up.

Our storm team here at SERVPRO of Williamson County went to Houston after Hurricane Harvey to help clean up after the devastating flooding.  When large catastrophes like hurricanes happen, SERVPRO can pool resources and has strategically located Disaster Response Teams across the country ready to help. 

While part of our team was in Houston they were able to help multiple commercial and residential clients recover from flooding.  Flood water is considered catagory 3 by the IICRC.  It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.

Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County when storms strike.  We are always here to help and can be reached 24 hours a day at 615-790-9634.   

Faster to your Williamson County Water Damage Event

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Williamson County Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Williamson County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Spring Hill.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Williamson County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Williamson County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 615-790-9634

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Williamson County

SERVPRO of Williamson specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Understanding Water Types

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Water Types Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County.

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.  There are three types of water.  

Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rain water is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any other type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.  When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance.  Call SERVPRO of Williamson County at 615-790-9634.