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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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Our Professional Remediation Team Is Ready To Tackle Mold In Franklin

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

We have expanded our fleet so that we can respond more quickly to your restoration emergency.

Finding Long-term Solutions to Commercial Mold Damage in Your Franklin Self Storage Facility 

Mold damage is a severe threat to self-storage facilities. Apart from damaging the structures, it can also ruin the items left by your customers, thus leading to a bad reputation. Unlike other problems, mold can recur easily after removal because the spores are present in almost every environment. Finding a long-term solution, therefore, requires addressing any underlying moisture problems. You can do this yourself or seek professional assistance.

Prevention is the best long-term strategy

Since moisture is the main factor that fuels mold development in Franklin homes, stopping water sources can help provide the long-term protection you need. You can check gutters regularly to ensure they are not clogged or leaky, thus preventing intrusion of rainwater. Redirecting groundwater away from the structure is also essential to prevent seepage into the lower levels of your facility. You can achieve this through simple landscaping the slants the ground around your structure.

Apart from water, the air can also supply the moisture that fuels mold damage, especially if there is limited airflow. At higher temperatures, air tends to hold more moisture so as the temperatures drop, the excess moisture escapes. This appears as condensation on walls, windows, and other surfaces. You can look for ways to facilitate proper airflow within your facility to prevent this problem. Our SERVPRO technicians can use hygrometers to check humidity levels inside and outside your facility, helping you identify problem areas.

Removing Hidden Moisture

Sometimes the moisture that fuels mold growth in your storage facility might not be obvious. If there is a small leak in a pipe concealed behind a wall, you might not notice it. The same is true when there is residue moisture in subfloors. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you identify all traces of hidden moisture using specialized equipment such as FLIR thermal cameras. Once we identify the source, we can do controlled demolition, removing all porous materials affected by the mold and drying the moisture. We also clean the area with antimicrobial cleaning agents to stop further growth.

Mold can be a stubborn problem, but with help from a professional remediation team like SERVPRO of Williamson County, you can find lasting solutions. Call us at (615) 790-9634 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Technicians Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Franklin Home After A Water Damage Disaster

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

If water has taken over your home, don't hesitate and call us right away, we respond quickly and start our restoration process.

The Importance of Performing Water Removal in Your Franklin Residence Promptly

The sight of water pooling in your Franklin home can induce panic, and your first instinct is to remove it. The consequence of a water intrusion mishap sufficient to flood one or several rooms necessitates the use of efficient water recovery methods quickly. You can start removing some water before turning the job over to qualified professionals.

Before you begin the water removal process in your Franklin residence, turn off power to the affected rooms to prevent electrocution and fire hazards. You should also wear essential personal protection items like rubber boots and gloves. It is also vital to take photos to document the extent of water damage. You can remove water fast by doing the following things:

• Use flexible plastic buckets to scoop stagnant water. If you have a wet/dry vacuum or can rent one, do so since it works better than buckets. Most wet/dry vacuums have suction attachments that can remove water from carpeting.

• Once you remove the main volume of water, push the remaining puddles outside using a floor squeegee or push broom if there is an exterior door nearby.

• If there is residual water on hard floors, mop it repeatedly.

• Ventilate your house by opening the windows and run fans to enhance air circulation. If temperatures permit, run your air conditioner to remove indoor humidity.

Removing water using buckets or a wet/dry vacuum and mopping up the puddles may not eliminate all the moisture. Drywall and many types of flooring are porous and could have absorbed a significant amount of moisture. The proper drying and dehumidifying process that SERVPRO offers makes a significant difference in keeping a home safe from secondary damage like mold infestation. There could be moisture hiding in places you cannot see like beneath the floors and inside the walls. It can ruin several rooms because the walls are interconnected. The walls can subtly warp or swell, and their structural integrity can decrease. Hardwood floors can buckle and require replacement.

Our technicians use tools like moisture meters, moisture sensors, and thermal hygrometers to spot the absorbed moisture. We then dry the affected areas adequately using air movers and dehumidifiers before the issue worsens. Our technicians have Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) certification and are therefore familiar with balancing air movers and dehumidifiers for a variety of situations involving water damage repair.

We create a balanced drying system, meaning that the dehumidifiers remove as much moisture in the air as the air movers are pushing in. Rapid drying occurs when we balance the rate of evaporation and dehumidification. Our SERVPRO crew monitors the drying process and can make adjustments if necessary, to promote better drying. Once your house is dry, we remove the equipment and place your possessions back to their original locations.

When you need water removal services, call SERVPRO of Williamson County at (615) 790-9634. Our technicians can dry your home properly and restore it to its preloss state. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Save Your Nolensville Thrift Shop

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

It is our business to get you back in business, and we can make flood effects “Like it never even happened.”

Mitigating Flood Damage For Your Nolensville Thrift Shop

Thrift shops like the establishment that you manage in Nolensville depend on the donations of others and foot traffic to survive and thrive. Profits depend on the selection that you can provide to customers entering the building, and the ability to keep your prices low so that these same customers feel like they are getting a bargain. When disasters strike, all of these components of your balancing act for success become at risk. Flooding can quickly sweep throughout the main shop floor, damaging not only your stock and fixtures but becoming a potentially hazardous situation for your customers as well.

With the multiple levels of effects that must get addressed when flood damage occurs in Nolensville shops, even skilled custodial teams can become overwhelmed with the work that must get done. It may be tempting to clean and restore these effects on your own. This can become a complicated procedure without the right equipment, training, and products available to our experienced SERVPRO professionals.

While many property owners can overcome the immediate effects of a water loss incident when it occurs, flooding is often another situation altogether. Even with clean water events, the damages can be far more widespread, making vital mitigation efforts a challenge for conventional cleaning and drying equipment. With industry-leading equipment, our team can begin drying out your store from the time that we first arrive.

Protecting fixtures like shelving and display tables should happen as quickly as possible. Even with just a thin layer of standing water, wicking of moisture can damage legs and begin to bloat and swell these materials in as little as 24-48 hours. These same risks exist for the secondhand clothing, electronics, and household wares stocked in areas of the highest moisture and dampness concentrations.

You might not have the equipment or the expertise to deal with the full effects of flooding throughout your thrift shop, but with securing our SERVPRO of Williamson County professionals, we can help you through every phase of recovery and restoration. It is our business to get you back in business, and we can make flood effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (615) 790-9634.

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Our Rapid Response Team Is Ready To Restore Your Nolensville Home

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

This sunroom had extensive damage after a heavy rain storm. We arrived right away and began the mitigation process to prevent further damage.

Severe Weather Threats Leading to Flood Damage in Nolensville

Over the years, many substantial storm systems have impacted the entirety of Williamson County, including the residents of Nolensville. With how fast a severe system can develop and move through the region, it can be challenging to provide a property with the right precautionary efforts to prevent widespread disaster and loss. Flooding is a common result of these severe circumstances, and this emergency can quickly get out of control without the appropriate mitigation solutions.

From hail to torrential rainfall, flood damage in Nolensville homes can begin with a compromised roof. With shingles getting removed or tree limbs puncturing the plywood base, a penetration point can allow water flow to continue unabated without the appropriate emergency construction solutions. Our rapid response team during storm events includes licensed general contractors that can help with these temporary repairs, but also work quickly to remove trees from the house and provide portable power to supply our SERVPRO mitigation team with the energy to begin restorative actions.

Once board-up and tarping services have completed, water flow into the home from this roof vulnerability ceases. The professionals at your house can get to work on extraction and drying efforts, but also must address possible threats that could require focused cleaning and disinfection. We allow our advanced machines like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers to continually work to reduce the presence of active mold spores and other potential particles and contaminants from the air in the affected areas.

It is important to fully reconstruct and repair any flood damages that the severe storm system caused to the house after mitigation ends and restoration work begins. Our SERVPRO general contractors can offer full roofing services as well as repairs to a wide variety of damaged materials to help you through this traumatic experience and make flood loss “Like it never even happened.”

Storm systems present structural and flood damage risks for homes and businesses throughout Williamson County. Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Williamson County professionals to arrive quickly with the advanced equipment to help. Give us a call anytime you need us at (615) 790-9634.

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