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Fire Debris Removal Helps Odor Control in Brentwood Homes

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A laundry room with burnt content and hangers. Brentwood we can help your fire damage, let us show you how we.

SERVPRO will help your Brentwood fire damage.

After a substantial structure fire, your Brentwood home can be contending with several layers of harsh effects, including noxious odors. Addressing these concerns often falls to the capable hands of our SERVPRO technicians, and this process begins as soon as our management begins scoping the damage in your household to determine the appropriate restoration equipment necessary to make the fire loss “Like it never even happened.”

Fire cleanup and odor damage in Brentwood properties is a vital element of mitigation, as the faster our technicians can address these concerns, the less costly and destructive fire losses can be for your property. Debris removal falls both on the shoulders of our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and our team of general contractors that are under the tutelage of our experienced owner, Tim Wesley. Through controlled demolition practices and efficient removal of ruined contents, we can begin to cut into the harsh lingering odors present after a fire loss incident.

Our SERVPRO team must often combat both the overwhelming scents that everyone can identify and those that get linked to a heightened awareness of the situation. While general smoke odors exist in the most damaged areas of the property, residents can also become more attuned to specific smells based on their hyper-awareness of the traumatic circumstances. We have the products and equipment to manage both of these situations.

In most scenarios, the removal of charred construction materials and contents can noticeably reduce the strength of smoke odors, but that does not entirely solve the problem. We have multiple devices that can work to neutralize odor compounds that remain circulating through the environment in your home. Thermal and UV foggers are a standard mobile unit for this purpose, and they get used by heating a concentrated deodorization solution into a vapor fog that can neutralize odor molecules on contact.

Removing fire debris and addressing lingering odors are vital to getting a home back to preloss condition. Let our SERVPRO of Williamson County help you through the phases of recovery and restoration by calling (615) 790-9634.

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We Have The Effective Drying Techniques In Franklin After A Flood

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment inside a property drying the floor After a flood all of the water was removed and SERVPRO placed drying equipment in several places on the floor in this property.

Flood Damage to Masonry Walls of Franklin School Structures

Cinder blocks or concrete masonry units (CMU) are a common construction element to commercial structures like the schools in Franklin. With many of the interior and exterior walls getting constructed with this material, especially in new construction projects separate from the brick veneered main building, porous blockwork can allow for flood damage. With an annual rainfall average of over 50 inches of rain, preparing for instances of flash flooding and natural disasters is a sound strategy for school boards and property management. 

The frequency of CMU use in commercial construction has made it necessary for our SERVPRO team to discover the best drying and restoration approaches for flood damage in Franklin schools. The interior face of these units often get painted, both to reduce the rough texture for those touching the wall and to improve aesthetic appeal. In a more practical sense, these paints chosen for the school also have vapor barrier properties designed to reduce moisture penetration. 

Hydrostatic pressures are among the worst situations that a masonry wall faces, as weaker points like the mortar joints can succumb to the immense exterior force and allow water to flow into the building under the right circumstances. While our SERVPRO team has multiple extractors and drying tools to help address the standing water inside of the building, this is still insufficient to address all of the flood effects in the blockwork. Because of stored water in the blockwork, there is still more work to get done before students and faculty can return to this damaged region of the school. 

Weep holes drilled into the bottom course of block in the mortar joints can alleviate collected flood damage in the individual cells of the CMUs. The drained water can get addressed with wet-vacs as it enters the building and dried sufficiently before resealing the openings in the joints in the bottom course. You can utilize these same weep holes for penetration of positive pressure systems like the Injecti-Dry unit to force heated air into these cavities to ensure they are dry before resealing up the interior and repairing any external damage that might exist. 

Reducing loss and shortening relocation needs for your student body and faculty is vital during flooding situations. Our SERVPRO of Williamson County team can help with effective drying strategies for blockwork. Give us a call anytime at (615) 790-9634.

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Containment Is Crucial During The Mold Damage Remediation Process In Brentwood

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Mold and moisture buildup on wall of a house Give our SERVPRO of Williamson County team a call anytime that you need us at (615) 790-9634.

Remediators Establish Containment in Brentwood Mold Disasters

Limiting the migration and spread of destructive mold colonies in a Brentwood home is a vital goal of our remediators beginning the moment that we arrive at a damaged residence. As challenging as colony removal can often become, we have a team of professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), which can have our team offering a confident and thorough approach to removing growing organisms.

Unlike many of the professionals in the area, we do not need to falsely label our services as mold removal, but we can offer effective remediation strategies for mold damage in Brentwood houses. We cannot eliminate all mold spores as they occur naturally in almost every environment. We can, however, remove colonies that are growing and the seated organisms thriving on organic materials. We have several strategies to accomplish this, but they cannot be successful without first stopping the spread of the active organisms.

Containing damaged areas is a vital component to remediation as this can help to establish a drying zone and regulate air quality within this confined space. Physical barriers can get established first, and these begin with a sealed perimeter of thick, 6mil plastic sheeting. Once installed, with extension pipes, painters tape, and special rigging, we can have a decontamination area to avoid tracking microorganisms to new areas of the house.

Because of the containment area, we can better manage and regulate the concentration of spores and volatile organic compounds in the environment with the use of our sophisticated equipment like our negative air chambers and air scrubbers. We can exhaust moist or compromised air from this drying zone and bring in clean air to continually refresh the air quality in the workspace.

Mold can be a hazardous presence in your home, and it can be even more alarming if you do not already have a plan in place to address these concerns. With a group of qualified mold remediators, we can work quickly to make your home less of a hazard and to remove active colonization, “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Williamson County team a call anytime that you need us at (615) 790-9634.

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Danielle Says that SERVPRO Saved Her Fire-Damaged Home in Thompson Station with Fast Service--"Like it never even happened,"

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Three red candles lit plus a string of LED decorative Christmas lights Danielle Learned the Hard Way after Fire Damaged Her Thompson's Station Home--Be Careful with Candles!

Let the Experts Handle the Damage After a Thompson Station Fire Disaster

It is essential to plan to protect your home from a potential fire at all times. Throughout the fall and winter, Thompson Station homes are susceptible to fire disasters due to holiday decorations, candles, failed chimneys, and more.

SERVPRO wants you to know its best to put out decorations following all instructions provided. Any outdoor décor should only be used outside to help you protect your home in Thompson Station from fire damage. Only using decorations designated for indoor use on the interior of your home helps to eliminate potential hazards. Always follow the manufacturer's directions.

Electric Decor
If you use indoor decorations that require electricity and they get damp or wet, it can lead to a fire and injury to people and pets living in your home. Because electricity powers many decorations within the house, it is vital to be proactive. Always inspect your decorations before each use. When storing your mechanical decorations, put them in plastic totes or bags to keep dust from building up inside the motor housing.

Candle Décor
During the fall and winter, many people use candles as part of their regular décor. Know that all candles pose a potential fire hazard, so SERVPRO recommends that candles never be left unattended. Additionally, all candles must be kept clear of pets and children as well as flammable materials. Always place candles in holders that prevent dripping of hot wax from spilling over.

What to do?
If your home is stricken with fire damage, SERVPRO can come to the rescue to remedy the situation. There can be excessive soot and odors left behind within the home. We can send trained technicians out to your property to assess your needs and put a plan of action in place for fire and smoke restoration. Our trained team employs professional-grade cleaning agents that breakdown smoke residue and have multi-surface scrubbing agents to eliminate residual odors.

Even the slightest bit of fire damage calls for immediate response. If something goes wrong and you are left dealing with smoke and soot from a fire, call SERVPRO of Williamson County as soon as possible at (605) 790-9634. We can send friendly, highly-trained technicians to get started.

What are the Signs of Mold Damage Brentwood Residents Should Look For?

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

Drywall cut, showing mold on beams. SERVPRO can show you what to look for in your Brentwood home when it comes to mold.

We will help you keep Mold away from your Brentwood home.

Mold damage often occurs quietly behind the scenes until the symptoms become noticeable. Once discovered, remediation efforts must begin to halt the infestation. 

Homes in Brentwood with mold damage give subtle signs at the beginning that are easy to miss. Once noticed, it is essential to bring in a professional mold remediation company to handle the infestation and ensure there is no cross-contamination during remediation. 

Why SERVPRO? 

Their technicians have extensive training in the restoration services industry and hold certifications as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians. They know the subtle signs of a mold infestation and the best practices for abatement. 

What Signs Should Homeowners Look For?

Visible water damage is one heralding sign. The moisture creates a very hospitable environment for mold spores to thrive in. Another common cause is poor ventilation such as a bathroom exhaust fan doing a poor job porting away the humidity of showers taken by the residents. This causes moisture to collect in the attic and is a frequent contributor to mold issues. Rust on pipes and warped or buckled sheetrock is another clue your home may be host to a mold infestation.

Musty Odors

Once the mold is growing and thriving, it eventually emits an odor. The longer the mold remains, the more pungent the smell. This problem will not diminish on its own until professional treatments eradicate the issues causing it and address the infestation.

What Does SERVPRO Do?

When there is active mold growth, the technicians bring an Industrial Hygienist when necessary to diagnose the type and severity of mold. Containment is standard during remediation to halt the spread of spores and technicians work to determine the reason for the elevated moisture supporting mold growth as well as how to fix it. Then the property is dried, cleaned, and disinfected. Technicians treat the areas where mold colonies previously existed with antimicrobial seals to inhibit their return. 

At the first sign of mold damage, contact SERVPRO of Williamson County at (615) 790-9634. Our certified technicians diagnose and treat mold infestations to make them, "Like it never even happened."

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Franklin Flooding Got You Down? SERVPRO Can Pick You Up with Fast and Efficient Storm Loss Restoration Services

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Stack air movers and dehumidifiers with a SERVPRO Box Truck Background A Picture Says a Thousand Words--SERVPRO's Vast Arsenal of Drying Equipment Salvages Many Flood Damaged Homes in Franklin

Two Types of Air Movers SERVPRO Uses for Franklin Properties

Air movers and dehumidification machines are the backbones of the rapid drying solutions that we can offer Franklin homes after flooding and water loss incidents. As much as these units are a staple of the work that we do, most of our customers are not as familiar with these devices as they could be. The more you can know what to expect during a water loss crisis, the better prepared you are for the work to get started in your house by our professionals.

As much as we lean heavily on the experience and training that we receive through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in water restoration and structural drying, our success in recovering flood damage in Franklin homes is directly related to a prompt response and our commitment to having top-tier equipment. From multiple extractor choices to numerous tools to help thoroughly dry out various materials and contents of your property, SERVPRO can help. Regarding our powerful air movers, we have two primary types that you can see in recovery efforts.

Standard Air Movers
These units are similar to what you might find in home improvement stores throughout your area, though our machines are top of the line. The machines that we use are quieter than many other options and have adjustable settings to provide the appropriately focused stream of moisture dislodging air at a surface or open area. We have hundreds of these centrifugal air movers available to tackle even large loss scenarios without incident.

Low Profile Air Movers
We do not always have a reason to use our low profile air mover units, but they can be useful in situations where flood cuts have gotten made into drywall and paneling. Also, these same machines can more easily reach beneath contents and fixtures where our taller blowers struggle. Our ready trailers feature multiple low-profile air movers as well to ensure that we have the tools on hand to make flooding “Like it never even happened.”

As hazardous as flooding might be for your home or business, you do not have to battle these effects alone. Our SERVPRO of Williamson County professionals has a fast and confident response to deploy as many air movers and dehumidifiers as a home needs to get back to preloss condition quickly. Call us anytime you need us at (615) 790-9634.

Don't Wait For Help If You Find Mold In Your Brentwood Home

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in the corner of the window Call us today at (615) 790-9634.

Why You Should Not Wait For Mold Remediation In Brentwood Homes

Often, mold does not get taken as seriously as it should be when discovered in Brentwood homes. Whether you find it growing in the dank basement beneath your main floor or even in the attic space from moisture that penetrated the layers of your roof, these situations can quickly get out of control without the right remediation services starting immediately. There are many reasons that you should not wait, and many have to do with debunking some myths about mold growth.

While most homeowners can appreciate that mold damage in their Brentwood properties is undesirable, many do not grasp how severe these conditions can become. Not only can mold colonization release volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the environment that can lead to health effects for those exposed, there are also structural degradation and deterioration concerns to consider. Here are some misconceptions about microbial threats.

Mold Goes Away on Its Own
Many homeowners believe that ignoring the problem eventually solves it. If you never address the moisture concerns and dampness, the house remains susceptible to further mold growth. In widespread areas that remain moist, colonization can spread quickly, affecting multiple surfaces, materials, and contents.

Mold Is Not Hazardous
Those exposed to colonies react to mold in various ways. While no human or pet should continually expose themselves to spores and the VOCs, those with respiratory conditions are particularly susceptible to the damage that mold can do.

Mold is Easy to Detect
Many homeowners believe that if mold exists, that they would be able to see it easily. In truth, we have encountered many scenarios where colonies were thriving out of sight. A red flag for potential growth can be a musty odor. Close visual inspections of drywall can also showcase symptoms like spotting, which is early colonization of this material.

You should not wait for the remediation work that your home needs if you suspect that microbial threats exist. Even if you do not know for sure, our SERVPRO of Williamson County team can provide a thorough inspection and environmental testing to put your mind at ease. If we discover mold, we can remove colonies from your home to prevent them from affecting both structural integrity and the occupants of the house. Call us today at (615) 790-9634.

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We Restore Your Home To Like New Conditions After A Storm In Franklin

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans set up on the concrete floor of a home This home had significant water damage after a heavy storm came through the area. We responded to the call right away and began restoration.

Windstorm Damage Franklin – Roof and Wall Punctures, Broken Windows 

Sometimes storms roll through an area with high winds and very little rain. Storms leave debris scattered everywhere, including broken branches blown at high speed that pierce roofs and walls and windows. While there is little water damage, it leaves your home or office exposed to the elements as well as rodents and birds.

SERVPRO can respond to windstorm damage in Franklin with emergency tarpaulins to cover your roof and plywood for your broken windows and damaged walls. The first step is always to assess the impact of the storm and your exposure to further damage. Clients are encouraged to share as many details as possible over the phone. We can mobilize the appropriate emergency resources based on the initial information provided to control and manage the situation.

Repairs and Restoration

Once the immediate protective measures have been implemented, the Crew Chief can assess the situation and with the customer's approval, begin repair of your building and restoration. These tasks include debris removal from the roof and inside the building, repairs to walls and windows as well as roofing services.

If there is water damage inside the building, we can also remove excess water from floors and also the contents. Depending on the amount of liquid involved, we may use truck-mounted pumps or submersibles for small amounts of water. All hard surfaces are wiped down and dried. Fabrics are assessed and may be sent out to be cleaned and dried as needed.

A combination of dehumidifiers and air movers may be used to dry carpets and furniture after wind storm damage. In some situations, the flooring may need replacement if the damage is extensive. SERVPRO discusses all of these issues with the customer before proceeding. SERVPRO even helps with the insurance claim process as well as paperwork that may be needed.

Our focus is to restore your home or office, "Like it never even happened.", as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Williamson County at (615) 790-9634 for 24/7 serve. We serve Brentwood, Nolensville, Thompson Station, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Will Save Your Brentwood Home

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen with severe fire and soot damage We have the means to deal with any damage “Like it never even happened.”

Reasons Why Restoring Fire Damage In Your Brentwood Home Can Take Long

A small fire incident such as stove flare-up that is controlled in time might seem easy to handle. However, restoring your property to its preloss state after such an incident might take longer than you expect. Working with a team of experienced fire damage restoration team helps because the knowledge accumulated through training and experience helps them expedite the process.

Smoke movements
The amount of smoke produced during an incident of fire damage in your Brentwood home can lengthen the restoration period. Smoke generally moves through convection currents whereby warmer air displaces cold air. Barriers such as doors and windows also rarely block smoke, so it can easily reach every corner of your home. Such widespread movement leaves soot and smoky odor all over the property necessitating thorough cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians anticipate these problems so we can handle them.

Impinged Deposits
Ordinarily, soot and other smoke residues are deposited on surfaces where it is easy to clean them off. However, in some fires, the residues might impinge on a surface. Such outcomes are typical in scorching fires. Every 10°F increase in temperature doubles air pressure driving smoke at a higher pressure against surfaces. Hotter temperatures also open up pores in materials driving residues further into the material. Our SERVPRO technicians use several approaches to deal with such residues including:

    •    Manual and automated agitation
    •    Chemical action from professional cleaning agents
    •    Controlling the dwell time
    •    Heating the cleaning agent to an appropriate level

Stubborn Odor
After removing debris from the property and cleaning residues from surfaces, you might expect the smoky odor to disappear immediately. However, in some cases it the strong odor might linger which necessitates further steps. Odor particles can penetrate deep into materials where regular cleaning cannot reach them. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized deodorization techniques such as fogging, which drive a deodorizing agent deep into materials neutralizing odor particles. We also have advanced equipment such as ozone generators to control odor.

Restoring your home to the preloss state after a fire is a matter of priority. Call SERVPRO of Williamson County at (615) 790-9634 to help. We have the means to deal with any damage “Like it never even happened.”

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Make The Best Decision During Remediation After Disaster Strikes Your Home By Calling SERVPRO

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is equipped to handle any type of damage that occurs to your home or business. Contact them today for remediation assistance.

Why Your Brentwood Neighbors Have Chosen SERVPRO for Restoration

The award-winning service that residents and business owners throughout Brentwood have come to expect hinges on the relationships we have forged with area property management firms and our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. We have even managed to obtain an A+ rating through the Better Business Bureau and have become esteemed among SERVPRO’s Top 100 Franchises in the country. This honor showcases our focus on satisfactory results and exceeding the expectations of our clients through every loss incident. 

Water

Open communication and dialogue with our customers throughout water loss recoveries to Brentwood homes is vital to ensure that all parties are in agreement on the best approach for the structure. We want to work with you to meet your budgetary limitations and to put your mind at ease about the work to get performed in the house. One approach to do this is through the use of our SERVPRO-exclusive software DryBook. This program can help to showcase our progress in real-time for our customers, but also compare these results against industry standards to show our thorough techniques for restoring your property. 

We have Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) at every level of our organization. Even our owner, Tim Wesley, has both WRT and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) endorsements to add to his more than a decade of experience in the industry. With that experience at the helm, that same customer-driven restoration approach shines through in every other branch of our team from administration to field technicians drying water damage in Brentwood homes. 

Many of our team also have secondary education and endorsements as Commercial Drying Specialists (CDS) through the IICRC. This coursework is specific to the challenges and obstacles present in restoring larger commercial structures. As a large loss recovery team, there is no job too big or too small in Brentwood or anywhere in Williamson County.  

Fire

One of the aspects that sets our team apart from even other SERVPRO franchises in the state is our ability to restore fine art and electronics after loss incidents have occurred. With the widespread nature of soot and smoke damages following a fire, it can be critical to have a team of cleaning specialists familiar with fire damage in Brentwood homes, and the best strategies and products to protect the contents. This focus on cleaning recovery during mitigation and following reconstruction has encouraged many of our technicians to pursue secondary IICRC certifications beyond the base Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT), such as: 

  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
  • Carpet Cleaning (CCT)
  • Rug Cleaning (RCT)
  • Water Restoration (WRT)
  • Odor Control (OCT) 
  • Air Duct Cleaning

Addressing the primary concerns of a fire-damaged Brentwood home means assessing the full scope of the present damage, even into areas like the HVAC system. We have multiple filtration tools that can improve indoor air quality and reduce lingering odors, eventually clearing the air conditioning or heating system to get put back in service. 

Structural concerns get prioritized in restoring fire damage to Brentwood properties. We have a full-service team of construction-technicians that can offer both emergency board up and tarping services as needed along with complete reconstruction and repairs in compromised regions of the home. 

Storm

We have helped in the recovery of major storms like Sandy and Harvey, so we have witnessed firsthand the destruction these events can bring and how Brentwood homes and businesses get affected differently. We know how vital even an hour can be in a crisis like this, and that is why our professionals mobilize quickly so that no customer waits a moment longer than necessary for repairs, mitigation, and cleaning their property needs. 

Because it is so essential for every one of our technicians to be part of a well-organized unit even amid a crisis, we ensure that our professionals working disaster relief undergo OSHA and Construction Industry Training Programs designed to show safe ways to efficiently clean and renovate Brentwood storm damage. This training is instrumental in the application of our contracting division in the field, as all technicians involved know their roles and how to maximize efficiency. 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, but that speed and efficiency do not stop when we arrive. We know that time is of the essence, so we employ our shaft-driven truck-mount pumps to remove upwards of thousands of gallons every day from damaged properties and our trailer-drawn desiccant dehumidifiers that can quickly dry out even larger commercial structures. 

Mold 

We live in an area of the country where mold growth is a nearly constant threat beginning in both subterranean levels of homes and businesses to extreme humidity conditions during particular seasons. Because of the various causes and specific conditions for isolated mold events in Brentwood properties, our IICRC-Certified AMRTs maintain regular advanced training sessions divulging causes and development patterns of microbial colonization in homes and businesses in our service region. This education can help to provide real-time solutions and ongoing strategies to reduce the probability of recurrence. 

Identifying the food source for microbial growth is a crucial priority of our remediators when we first arrive to address mold damage in Brentwood homes and businesses. Moisture to facilitate mold growth can occur from a persistent leak to a water loss incident that was improperly dried sometime in the past. Detection and discovery devices can help to identify moisture pockets and focus our premier drying units on removing the dampness strengthening the hazardous organism. 

As important as locating the water damage and addressing these concerns is, mold damage in Brentwood home does not go away without effective remediation strategies. From controlled demolition of excessively damaged construction materials to the implementation of sophisticated colony removal machines like media, soda, and dry ice blasting units that protect the hosting material but remove residues and the organism, we can make mold damage “Like it never even happened.” 

No matter what disasters impact your property, you can always count on the fast response and the expertise of our SERVPRO of Williamson County team. You can reach our emergency response line, 24/7, by calling (615) 790-9634.

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