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Tips About Getting Rid of Black Mold in Your Shower

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

white vinegar on the wooden table top Use vinegar to remove mold

Your bathroom is undoubtedly one of the most well-used places in your home. It also gets dirty easily and is prone to accumulating germs and other bacteria. Shower mold is common, so it's important to do something about this issue as soon as you spot it. Fortunately, there are ways you can eliminate it. In more widespread cases, you should contact a professional mold remediation team.

How it Grows

Black mold poses many concerns to everyone in your Thompson Station, TN, home. It thrives in wet, humid environments and can grow and spread quickly. In addition to showers, it appears most likely in the following areas:

  • Basements, cellars, crawl spaces and attics
  • Under sinks
  • Behind appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers

Use Vinegar

If you spot shower mold, there is no need to panic, but you should act quickly to clean it up. One effective way is to put vinegar in a spray bottle and liberally apply it to the affected area. You shouldn't have to dilute it at all. Spray it on and let it work on the mold. Scrubbing is not necessary, and the mold should disappear within a couple of hours.

Use Borax

A natural insecticide, borax can be a powerful agent against a moldy surface. Mix a cup of borax with a gallon of water in a bottle. Then, spray it on the mold without rinsing it off. This product not only gets rid of mold, but it can prevent it from returning.

Use Bleach

Bleach is a powerful chemical that can kill mold. Exercise caution with it, however, as it can be hazardous if you touch it and deadly if you ingest it. Mix one-part bleach to 10 parts of water and spray it on the area with mold. Make sure you wear gloves when you do this.
Shower mold doesn't have to take over your bathroom. Try these three tricks to make it disappear.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Hand with glove spraying cleaner We can sanitize commercial and residential properties.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need 

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

Specialized Training 

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Williamson County, (615) 790-9634

An Overview of Black Water

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Overflowing toilet An overflowing toilet can infiltrate in your property

When you purchase commercial property insurance, you hope to never need to make a claim. If an emergency arises, however, you're happy you have this coverage to help cover the cleanup and rebuilding costs. Your policy should cover water damage under most circumstances. Even a small amount of water in your building can cause problems. You shouldn't ever have to clean up after flooding by yourself, especially if you encounter category 3 water in the office.

How Category 3 Water Gets Into Your Building

Otherwise known as black water, category 3 water is dangerous and potentially fatal. While category 1 water is from clean water sources, and category 2 contains some harmful elements, the category 3 variety can kill a person if it's ingested. Here are a few ways it can infiltrate your property in Nolensville, TN.

  • A sewer backup
  • A broken sewer line
  • An overflowing toilet
  • An overflowing canal, river or other waterways

What Makes it Deadly?
Category 3 water damage is concerning because it contains human waste such as feces. It may also carry other hazardous materials such as silt. Even coming into contact with it can make you ill. Getting into your mouth can kill you.

Cleaning it Up
If you have a flood in your building and discover category 3 water, you should never get close to it. Make sure your employees are out of the building and away from any traces of this water. Next, contact a professional water removal company. Experienced technicians have the right equipment and tools to contend with black water. Not only will the team extract all of the water, but the technicians will thoroughly dry and sanitize the affected area. They will also tear out damaged items and rebuild and restore your office as needed.
Any water damage can be serious. However, if you have category 3 water in your workplace, make sure you get the pros on the job immediately.

The Car Is Floating, Now What?

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Drying equipment on a room, room has empty boxes. Water damage after heavy rain in Franklin, TN

The Car Is Floating, Now What

Severe weather in Franklin, TN, can bring with it flooding and other significant home damage. For many homeowners, there is a concern about what insurance will cover and what it won’t. Without getting into specifics about coverage, if a homeowner does not have flood insurance, the cost associated can be devastating; however, FEMA does offer some relief depending on the situation and homeowner eligibility.

1. Disaster Relief

Depending on the severity of the storm and the damage inflicted on the city or area you live in, the area may be classified as a designated disaster zone. These areas are often allotted some form of disaster relief and aid. If you want to find out if your city is eligible, you can call your local municipality or emergency management department.

2. Grants

If your location is not classified as a disaster area, you may be eligible for a FEMA grant. These grants max out at $33,000 but they can also go a long way in restoring your home or covering alternative living expenses. In order to be eligible, you have to prove that your insurance coverage will not cover the storm damage.

3. SBA Loans

While the government offers some excellent programs to help people reestablish themselves after a flood, the Small Business Administration (SBA) also provides low-interest loans of up to $200,000 for eligible borrowers to rebuild their home. Additionally, the SBA offers assistance in replacing larger ticket items, like cars, through smaller loans of up to $40,000.

4. Outside Help

you can also reach out to local restoration specialists who may be able to work with your insurance company directly or offer special financing to get you back in your home as quickly as possible.

When a flood strikes and you need assistance because of a lack of coverage, you should always reach out to FEMA first; however, you can also reach out to the SBA or other specialists directly to ensure that you get the help that you need.

Managing Mold in Brentwood Tennessee

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on a white wall - Text on image that says MOLD Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County with any mold problems.

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

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

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

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

What Can Environmental Hygienists Do for Me?

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Man in hazmat suit removing mold from the wall Let the professionals handle your mold problem

At first glance, the idea of mold cleaning is a simple one. All you need is some baking soda, vinegar, bleach, and sunlight to get rid of the problem – right? Wrong. Often inexperienced DIYers can make the problem of mold infestation worse when scrubbing, and attempts to clean it just release spores into the air or reposition mold patches to latch on elsewhere and continue to grow. For safety’s sake, it’s better to trust your local Brentwood, TN, environmental hygienist.


What Is an Environmental Hygienist?


An environmental hygienist is someone who specializes in air purification and quality, which includes specializing in mold identification and mold remediation. Mold spores and free-floating mold particles can significantly affect the air quality in your home. If you already have mold damage, an environmental hygienist can help you with the following:

• Identifying the type of mold you’re dealing with
• Pinpointing every area of mold infestation n your home
• Containing the mold outbreak to keep it from spreading further
• Developing a plan for safely remediating and removing mold from your home
• Taking precautions to prevent future outbreaks

Environmental hygienists also possess highly sensitive equipment capable of detecting mold you might not even have noticed, particularly if you have mold in your walls or in other hidden areas not visible on a basic visual inspection. Lastly, environmental hygienists have training in the safety protocols necessary to handle all types of mold without furthering its spread.


How Can I Find a Qualified Environmental Hygienist?


Many mold cleaning, remediation, and restoration companies keep qualified environmental hygienists on staff. When researching mold cleaning companies in your area, you can ask if their environmental hygienists are appropriately certified and experienced in dealing with home mold remediation. Most companies will be happy to provide you with information not just on their specialists’ accreditation, but on their own certification as qualified remediation personnel.

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

Homeowner’s Insurance May Cover Damaged Pipes

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water on a floor Water damage in Franklin, TN

The Following Are 3 Issues That Require Consideration

Water damage is a constant threat to your Franklin, TN, home. Insurance coverage usually makes a provision for the remediation of water damage if it occurs. In the case of a flood from a broken pipe, it may even cover some of the cost of the plumbing repairs. However, there are circumstances under which your insurer may refuse to help. The following are three issues that require consideration.

Was the problem preventable? It is a homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that the home water system is well-maintained. It is also essential to ensure that the plumbing is not susceptible to damage from external forces like cold weather. Periodic inspection of plumbing by a certified professional will help identify problems before they occur. Being a proactive homeowner keeps repair costs low and minimizes the chances of a plumbing emergency.
Was the problem reported promptly? It’s one thing to have an unknown plumbing problem in a hidden space. It is another to have one that you know about but choose to ignore. Even a small leak can cause extensive water damage and a mold problem. An insurance adjuster can quickly determine that there was a reporting delay. This negligence makes claim denial a real possibility.

Does the homeowner’s policy address this situation? Many homeowners don’t understand what their policies cover until they have a problem. That’s a bad time to discover that the coverage is inadequate. An important aspect of being proactive is knowing ahead of time what protections your policy provides. Will it help you respond to a flood from a plumbing failure? Will it pay to fix a broken pipe? The answer to these and other questions is there in the fine print of your policy.

There is no way to know when a plumbing problem will flood your home or how bad it will be. It is good to know that there are local water damage remediation experts ready to step in and eliminate your problem. They are Here to Help.

How to Remove Dryer Lint From the Exhaust

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Vacuum cleaning a flexible aluminum dryer vent hose, to remove lint and prevent fire hazard. You can use a vacuum to pick up the debris and lint

Lint can build up in several areas in and around your clothes dryer. A lint fire can quickly spread and cause severe fire damage. To avoid a dryer fire in your home in Nolensville, TN there are some smart tips to follow.

Clean Out the Lint Filter With Every Use

Each time you plan to use your dryer, gently pull out the lint screen before turning on the dryer. Using your hand, remove the lint from the screen. If the screen still looks dirty or filmy after removing the lint, you should rinse it off with clear water in the sink.

Clean Out the Dryer Vents

Every six months, you should clean out the dryer vents to reduce the risk of a lint fire.

  • Unplug the dryer in the back.
  • Pull out the exhaust hose. You will first need to remove the clamp on the hose.
  • Empty lint from the hose using a soft brush or vacuum attachment.
  • Completely clean the wall vent with a cleaning kit that can be purchased from a home improvement or hardware store.
  • Reconnect the exhaust hose and tighten the hose clamp.
  • Clean lint from the vent on the outside of your house using a soft brush or hand vacuum.

Conduct a Deep Clean of the Dryer’s Interior
Once every six months, you should also clean the interior of your dryer.

After the dryer is unplugged, carefully pull the dryer away from the wall and then unscrew the back panel.
Clean the entire inside area. You can use a vacuum to pick up the debris and lint. Metal parts can be cleaned with an all-purpose cleaner and a soft cloth.
Make sure everything is back in place and secure the panel before you plug the dryer back in. Push the dryer back to the wall.

Following these smart tips will significantly reduce the risk of a lint fire in your home.

How To Stop a Toilet That Keeps Running

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flushometer Flushometer

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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