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Why Flooded Streets Are Dangerous

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Many residents of Brentwood, TN, have probably been faced with the decision of what to do when encountering a flooded street. Perhaps they’ve noticed cars in front of them that have successfully crossed over with no incident, or maybe they believe that the time saved by taking a calculated risk outweighs the consequences of being late to their destination. Whatever the case, it may be better to take a safer route until the water subsides or a disaster recovery team can restore the area, since reputable sources agree that it may not be worth taking that chance.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Statistics provided by FEMA show why crossing a flooded street may not be the best idea:

• Most cars can start to float in only one foot of water.
• Many vehicles can be affected or even stall in just six inches of water
• Even larger cars can be washed away with two feet of rushing water.


National Weather Service.


The National Weather Service has the following flood-related travel tips that may be helpful:

• Avoid lower-lying areas.
• Remember it is even more difficult to assess flood dangers at night.
• It is better to avoid flooded roads altogether to reduce the risk of drowning.


Consumer Reports.


Consumer Reports notes the potential damage that can result from miscalculating a flooded surface:

• Water can be pulled into the engine and destroy it.
• Your car can become totaled.
• A flooded road can conceal broken electrical sources that can lead to electrocution.

The next time you contemplate crossing a flooded street in Brentwood, TN, remember what the experts say. According to The Weather Channel, 64 percent of deaths in floods between 2004–2010 occurred in vehicles. Even if your experience is not fatal, it can be helpful to understand the risks involved with flooded areas that can mask unpredictable terrain, create unforeseen vehicle damage, or pose serious safety risks.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

How To Save Your Belongings From Smoke Damage

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

The effects of a house fire can be terrible. Your first concern is the safety of your family members. You’re probably then worried about whether you’ll be able to salvage your home. You probably also have many belongings you hope to preserve. While some things might be a lost cause, with proper dry-cleaning and other methods, you can save some belongings, even if they were damaged by the smoke.


Inspect Your Home.


The best thing to do for full-scale content cleaning after a fire in your Brentwood, TN, home is to contact the professionals. A trusted company will send representatives to first inspect the affected area.

• Inspect and test rooms the fire directly affected as well as adjacent rooms.
• Check for smoke damage to the floor, walls and items.
• Check for leftover soot.


Board and Tarp.


In order to prevent any further damage, the professionals will board up windows and place large tarps over damaged portions of the roof or siding. The company representative may also discuss your options for content storage while the restoration process is underway. By boarding your home and putting tarps over vulnerable spots, you can avoid further damage.


Get rid of Smoke and Soot.


It’s vital to remove this damage as soon as possible. The professionals have high-quality methods to not only clean and sanitize affected areas but also to remove the lingering smells smoke leaves behind.


Clean and Sanitize.


Smoke can do extensive damage to all areas of your home. The professional company you choose will send technicians to use dry-cleaning and other proven cleaning and sanitizing agents to help ensure your home is as close to the state it was in before the fire occurred.

Dry-cleaning, sanitizing and preservation are critical to this restoration process. When you have the pros on your side, you can breathe a sigh of relief that you will once again have a livable home.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

Addressing Black Mold in Your Commercial Building

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Coming across black mold in your Brentwood, TN, commercial building is never a fun experience. The best way to confront the unwelcome fungus, however, is to understand its growth habits. You may have been led to believe that mold will only grow in specific spots, but the truth is, this type of fungus thrives in even the most unpredictable places. What, then, do you need to know about this type of mold and how to remove it from your building?


Understanding Mold Growth. 


Its also referred to as toxic mold, and there are a few important facts that you should be aware of when faced with this highly regenerative fungus:

• Mold can grow and colonize anywhere.
• Mold usually carries an odor.
• Prolonged and excessive moisture encourages mold spore reproduction.
• Forty-eight hours is all it takes for mold growth to begin when water is present.
• The microscopic spores can enter your building in a variety of ways.


Identifying Moisture Problems. 


Arguably the biggest issue surrounding the presence of black mold is the moisture problem. When exposed to water, mold spores flourish and rapidly reproduce. What kind of moisture should you be on the lookout for?

Common water-related issues can come from broken pipes, flooding, high humidity, and a broken supply line. Exposure to water stemming from any of these problems will allow the mold to thrive and grow unless the moisture is addressed and the fungus is properly cleaned up.


Cleaning Up Toxic Mold. 


You will want to clear out the fungus growth as soon as possible. The best way to tackle your mold cleanup project is to let the experts handle it by contacting cleanup and restoration specialists who are familiar with this type of problem. Calling on the experts can give you peace of mind that your toxic mold problem is being dealt with in the most thorough way possible.

Black mold can be a headache, but knowing your enemy is half the battle. By understanding how the fungus grows, potential moisture causes and the pros of hiring specialists to take care of the cleanup, you can rest assured that your mold problem will be no more.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

Grill Safety for Your Summer Parties

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grill Safety for Your Summer Parties When your grill fire gets out of control

With the summer upon us, here at SERVPRO of Williamson County know that you will be enjoying these beautiful days gathered outside with loved ones while you are cooking dinner on the grill.

Here are just a few quick tips on grill safety to make sure you stay safe, while still having fun:

  • Establish a four-foot “kid free” zone around the grill
  • Never add flammable liquids to the fire
  • Always put ashes in a metal can stored at least 10 feet from your home or structure
  • Never leave your grill unattended

If for any reason the fire on your grill gets out of control and you do have fire damage, SERVPRO of Williamson County is always ready to serve you. We have a team of professionals that will go to great links to do your fire cleanup.

Don’t Get Sunk by Water Damage

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

For homeowners in Brentwood, TN, any kind of water damage can create a state of panic. The feeling might be temporary if the culprit is a leaky faucet or overflowing toilet. If the damage is caused by bursting pipes, that panic can turn into an overwhelming feeling of despair and uncertainty.

How did this happen? How can it be fixed? Will the water ever go away? What kind of damage will it leave behind? Will there be mold? While the questions of what to do and how to fix the issue may seem endless, below are three steps to help control the situation and get a jump on eliminating the problem and reducing secondary damages.

1. Find the water leak and stop it.

The less water soaking into the home, the faster the cleanup can be. For bursting pipes, the supply of water to the home will need to be cut off. Eliminating the water flow can also help prevent further damage from happening. Keep the water off until someone can come fix the broken pipe.

2. Turn the electricity off.

In the middle of a crisis, this step can easily be overlooked. Don’t let standing water be a conduit to turning a water problem into a fire or potential injuries. Cut off the electrical power to the area with the water leak.

3. Don’t face the problem alone.

If the water problem is caused by a burst pipe, make the call for cleanup services. The sooner an expert can start working on cleanup, the less potential there is for lingering issues. Water left soaking into a home too long can cause mold and odor, and ruin drywall, paint and carpeting.

Bursting pipes might seem like an insurmountable problem. However, remember that there are experts who can provide solutions to keep homeowners afloat and restore the damaged area back to new.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

4 Reasons To Have an Emergency Plan for Your Business

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

No one wants to think about what floodwaters can do to a building, but emergencies sometimes happen. Any type of flood can have a devastating effect on your business in Brentwood, TN, but having a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize that effect. Here are a few reasons why having an emergency profile is beneficial.


1. Establishes Action Steps.


An ERP outlines a clear plan of action to take during an emergency. It establishes a clear chain of command so everyone knows their assigned tasks. It gives you step-by-step instructions of what to do. It catalogues important information and building-specific details to ensure nothing vital gets forgotten. During a time when you may not be thinking clearly, it does the most important thinking for you.


2. Provides Easy Access to Information.



Your ERP app gives you access to all the things you need to know in an emergency. It puts important contact information at your fingertips. Unlike emergency kits, which can be bulky and are just as susceptible to flooding as the rest of the items in your building, your emergency profile is stored electronically and safely.


3. Establishes Preferred Restoration Specialists.


This complimentary assessment of your business is provided by your local SERVPRO. When you let your local technicians help you set up a plan, you start to build a relationship with them that will come in handy should you ever need their remediation services. If an emergency should occur, you already know the first call to make.


4. Provides a Business Continuity Plan.


Knowing how you are going to keep your company in business during the cleanup and restoration process is just as much a part of emergency preparedness as calling your insurance company. Having a plan to continue to take in revenue can keep your business from closing for good.

Make sure your business is fully protected in the event of an emergency. To set up an emergency profile, you can call your local SERVPRO and speak to a representative.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

What do I do if I have water in my house?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you come home from a long day at work and find that your home has been flooded, it is important to get professional help as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Williamson County has teams available 24/7 that can be on site in the Brentwood area to help you. 

The first step is to get all of the water removed from the structure as soon as possible. If the water sits for too long it can begin to create secondary damages such as mold and other microbial growth. 

Once all of the visible water has been removed, SERVPRO of Williamson County will begin to place the drying equipment throughout your home. After a few days of monitoring and drying, our licensed technicians will come out and remove all of the equipment. 

If any of the structure has been damaged, SERVPRO of Williamson County can help with the repairs, to get your home back to pre loss condition. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at anytime, 24/7. 

What is the fastest way to remove water from your home after flooding?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you find water in your home, it is critical to get a professional restoration company on site like SERVPRO of Williamson County immediately. Once on site they will begin to immediately extract the standing water to prevent secondary damages from spreading. In most cases where the water sits for too long, it can begin to form mold or other microbial growth in your home. 

Once SERVPRO gets all of the water removed, they will begin to place their green drying equipment throughout the home.  This equipment needs to be monitored daily, and moisture checks can be performed throughout the home. Once all of the structure is dry, SERVPRO will remove all of the equipment and begin the rebuilding process. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our team at anytime. 

Can SERVPRO handle any size water loss in my home?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Williamson County can handle any size water loss in your home or commercial business. It is critical if you have a water loss, to get them on site as soon as possible. We have one of the largest operations for disaster restoration in Brentwood, Tennessee. 

Once we get on site we can handle extracting any number of square feet of water damage. Once all of the water is removed, we will place air movers an dehumidifiers throughout the home.

It is critical to make sure that the equipment is checked daily and moisture checks are made throughout the home. Once the entire structure is dry, SERVPRO of Williamson County can remove all of the equipment and handle any of the rebuilding that is needed. 

What do I do if I get ceiling damage from heavy rain?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

As you are aware by living in Brentwood, Tennessee, heavy rain and wind storms can happen throughout the year. Many times these storms can cause minimal damage that can cause slow leaks that can eventually create huge problems from water damage and even microbial growth. In most cases mold can begin to form and will not be noticed until it starts to spread. In many situations you will start to notice black and dark spots on your ceiling. 

If you see any changes inside your home, contact SERVPRO of Williamson County as soon as possible. They will get a team on site immediately to start inspecting the situation and make a recommendation of what is needed. 

Even if you just have a question, you are welcome to contact our office at anytime.