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How To Stop a Toilet That Keeps Running

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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There Are Ways to Stop a Toilet that Keeps Flushing

Your commercial building in Brentwood, TN, likely includes flushometers that control the various toilets in the facility. While flushometers use up less space and can even save water, they are not immune to problems. Toilet overflow or continuous flushing can still occur.
A constantly running toilet, in particular, can both annoy your employees and waste gallons of water. However, there are ways to stop a toilet that keeps flushing.

Automatic Flushometers

No matter what type of flushometer you have, you should start the repair process by turning off the water. Simply use a flat screwdriver to stop the water from flowing. If your flushometer works automatically, you should then follow the below steps:

  1. Press and Hold Down the Manual Flush Button
    This will tell you whether or not there is a problem with the diaphragm kit. If you hear two clicks that are two seconds apart, replace or clean that kit.
  2. Check the Solenoid
    The solenoid may also be causing the toilet to flush constantly. Check for any missing bowl rings and make sure the solenoid is tight enough.

Manual Flushometers

A manual flushometer also requires minimal effort to fix. After you turn off the water to prevent toilet overflow, you simply do the following:

  1. Screw Off the Top Lid
    The flushometer lid comes off fairly easily. All you need is a wrench to loosen it.
  2. Remove the Flange Cover
    Some water may splash out when you perform this step. You may want to protect yourself with gloves or a mask.
  3. Clean or Replace the Gasket
    A manual flushometer that won't stop running likely has excess sediment on the gasket. Thoroughly clean the gasket before putting the flushometer back together. If that doesn’t fix the problem, consider replacing the gasket entirely.

While you can stop a running toilet on your own, larger problems such as a major toilet overflow require the help of professionals. If you encounter one of these messy bathroom situations, toilet flood cleanup specialists can assist with the restoration.

We Make It "Like It Never Ever Happened" In Brentwood After A Fire

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

We have the experience, expertise and equipment to restore your home to pre-damaged conditions. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Cleaning Up Fire Damage from Dryer in Brentwood Laundry Room

According to FEMA, home clothes dryers are the culprit behind nearly 3,000 home fires reported each year, causing $35 million in property loss due to fire damage from dryer fires. Failure to clean the appliance vent is the most common reason for these types of fires. 

When SERVPRO technicians handled the fire damage from a dryer in a Brentwood home, the laundry room had a large amount of charring and smoke damage. The techs proactively put up containment to stop the spread of soot in the house, along with running an air scrubber to capture any airborne odorous particulate.

Removal of Debris

Charred items contribute in large part to the odor in the room. The techs removed the burned hangers, items on shelves, and the dryer so they could begin removing the smoke damage from the room. As they remove each piece, they photograph and catalog the items requiring disposal to assist in expediting the insurance claim for the homeowner. Items with restoration potential receive cleaning either in another area of the home designated for this purpose or in the local facility. 

Cleaning the Smoke Residue

SERVPRO techs clean the smoke and fire damage from the walls with the hope it will not need repainting. In cases where the fire drove the soot into the paint, they can apply a sealant that eliminates odors and is ready for a primer, so when the room gets repainted, there are no lingering smoke odors. They have cleaners specifically for appliances to assist in the cleaning away of stains without harming the outer coating. 

Getting the Laundry Room Ready for Reuse

After cleaning the visible fire loss from the room, odor control is necessary as a part of the restoration to eliminate smoke odors, especially in a laundry room where clothing could potentially absorb those scents. The type of neutralization treatment depends on the level of odor in the area. 

When you have fire damage, dryer or any other cause, contact SERVPRO of Williamson County at (615) 790-9634 for cleanup of the loss and removal of odors left behind in the home, "Like it never even happened."

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We Act Fast In Brentwood To Prevent Further Damage After A Flood

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Our team responded quickly and extracted all of the standing water in this home after a flood. Call us right away we respond 24/7.

Steps To Take During Flood Removal In Brentwood

Every once in a while, severe thunderstorms riddle the Brentwood area causing residents to suffer from property damage. During heavy-hitting rainstorms, moisture can leak into your house and make flood removal procedures a necessity. After you notice the presence of water in the interior of your building, it is wise to seek assistance from a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. However, you (the homeowner) can do some things to help speed up the mitigation process.

Some flood removal procedures in Brentwood residences can be conducted by someone with little or no professional restoration experience. While professional companies like SERVPRO can help especially when problems are severe, you can put forth some productive efforts by knowing the basics of what it takes to remove moisture. The quicker steps towards extraction and drying procedures get started, the less of a chance that your house will suffer from secondary damage. Secondary problems with your building materials or contents are considered those that occur even though the items did not come into direct contact with water. Therefore, the quicker you can mitigate primary issues or those caused by direct contact with moisture, the less likely secondary damage will exist.

The first step to removing moisture from your affected possessions or structural components is to vacuum up any standing water or liquid H2O that has saturated materials like your carpet. Moisture is much easier to remove when it is still in its liquid form before it has evaporated into the air or soaked into items inside your building. Thus, it is best to start flood damage mitigation efforts by using a wet/dry vacuum to suck up as much water from your carpets as you can. If you notice standing water on hard surfaces such as hardwood or tile, use a mop or squeegee to get it off your floors.

Next, it is smart for you to start the applied structural drying or ASD process yourself. The idea when drying out your contents and building materials is to create an environment inside the affected areas of your house that helps speed up drying and evaporation. Drying occurs most quickly when the temperature in the affected region is room temperature, or warmer and humidity levels are as low as you can achieve. Air circulation with fans can also prove to be very useful.

If mitigating moisture-related problems ever becomes too much for you to handle, call SERVPRO of Williamson County at (615) 790-9634 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Debris Removal Helps Odor Control in Brentwood Homes

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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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