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Our Fire Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Brentwood Home To Pre-Damage Condition

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

New Hobby Causes Fire Damage In Brentwood Home

Hobbies are relaxing, and a way to destress for many people and should never be at the center of fire damage destruction to a home. Sometimes, accidents happen and when they do, cleaning up the aftermath is a priority to prevent more issues such as foul odors.

A home in Brentwood suffered fire damage in a garage when a homeowner who had recently gotten into pyrography, also known as wood burning and accidentally left his pyrography pen plugged in overnight in the garage. He had some improperly stored cleaners too near his worktable, and the fumes ignited.

The fire severely damaged the garage, but the rest of the house was not directly affected by the flames. When the homeowner contacted SERVPRO, he was instructed to keep the door inside the home leading to the garage shut and traffic in and out of the area at a minimum until our technicians arrived a short time later to begin the cleanup.

When our technicians arrived on-site, the doorway to the home from the garage was blocked with heavy plastic to stop the passage of soot particles into the home. Charred building materials and items that were too much of a fire loss to restore through cleaning were removed from the premises.

SERVPRO technicians spend extra time on the removal of damaged contents and water removal. The more effort spent on the initial cleanup tends to lessen the drying time and odor removal from the affected areas. Once the items were separated into the what could be restored through cleaning and what needed to be removed the actual restoration work on the garage began.

Once the area was dried, cleaned and disinfected, our technicians implemented odor control techniques to ensure that there were residual smoke and soot odors left in the area. Air scrubbers are particularly good at capturing particulates that are smaller than the human eye can see but still cause significant odors. Our SERVPRO location handles rebuilding, and we were able to not only clean up the damage from the fire but also rebuild the garage fully restoring it to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Williamson County has emergency response teams available at (615) 790-9634 to come to your property 24/7 and make the fire damage to your home “Like it never even happened.”

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How To Prevent Toilet Clogs in Your Commercial Building

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

How To Prevent Toilet Clogs in Your Commercial Building

A clogged toilet is not just an inconvenience for your employees. It could also cause a sewage backup in your commercial building. You might then have to temporarily shut down your Leiper's Fork, TN, office or store while emergency restoration professionals clean up the mess.
Luckily, some clogs are preventable. Blockages often occur when workers or customers flush items down the toilet that do not belong there. There are some simple ways to prevent this from happening.

1. Provide Plenty of Wastebaskets
People may throw paper towels or feminine hygiene products in the toilet purely out of necessity. To prevent a clogged toilet, make sure there are numerous wastebaskets in the main area of each bathroom. You may even want to put smaller trash cans within each stall. The cans should be large enough to handle a sufficient amount of daily waste.
Workers may avoid using the cans if they are overflowing with trash. You should thus have a maintenance worker regularly empty each basket.
2. Hang Signs
Other employees or customers may simply throw certain paper items in the toilet because they are unaware those items could cause clogs. Place some signs in the bathroom reminding everyone to dispose of these products in the trash. You can make the signs yourself or order them from supply stores.
3. Buy Thinner Toilet Paper
Even the wrong bathroom tissue can cause a clogged toilet. While you and your family may prefer thick, high-quality toilet paper, this is not always suitable for a commercial bathroom that gets used frequently each day. Instead, opt for thinner bathroom tissue that is less likely to get stuck in the toilet.
The above steps can reduce the odds of paper towels, wipes or feminine hygiene products clogging your commercial toilets. Still, even if you do provide wastebaskets, post signs, and switch to thinner bathroom tissue, a toilet overflow may occur. If you do experience a flood in your restrooms, restoration experts can efficiently clean up the mess.

How To Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

How To Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage

Water damage to your Fairview, TN, business can lead to mold problems if not taken care of quickly. The following steps outline the remediation process.

1. Document the damage. Because mold growth can begin within 24 hours, you may not have time to wait for an insurance adjuster to come out to your property. Be sure to take detailed photo or video evidence of the damage and follow any instructions provided to you by your insurance company.
2. Remove standing water. It is important to remove the water as soon as possible to prevent further water damage. There are pumps and specialized vacuums available for this task. If necessary, you can also use buckets to scoop out the water.
3. Dry out remaining moisture. After the standing water has been removed, there will still be moisture remaining within porous surfaces. Use dehumidifiers and fans to dry these surfaces. If the humidity outside is low enough, you can open the windows and doors to increase airflow. Making sure all affected items are dry is key to mold prevention.
4. Clean and sanitize. Unfortunately, there may be bacteria or other contaminants in the water you are cleaning up. The source of the water and the surface you are cleaning will determine the best cleaner to use. Be sure to sanitize all affected surfaces.
5. Repair and replace. All items that cannot be fully cleaned and dried should be thrown away. For delicate objects, such as paintings and electronics, you may wish to hire a specialist to determine whether or not the items can be salvaged. If your business is prone to water problems, consider mold-resistant products. There are paints, upholsteries, and other materials available that can help prevent mold growth in the future.
Dealing with water damage can be overwhelming. If you need help cleaning up water or mold damage, an experienced restoration team can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

What To Know About Roof Damage Mitigation

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Two roofers inspecting a damaged roof Roof inspection in an Arrington, TN home

What To Know About Roof Damage Mitigation

You may have heard about the importance of roof damage mitigation. It can protect your Arrington, TN, home following a hailstorm or other major weather event. What exactly does this mitigation entail?
Mitigation essentially means being proactive when it comes to the condition of your roof. Have an inspector check your roof for problems twice each year. Ideally, you should have one inspection in the fall and another in the spring. You may also want to bring in the inspector after major snow, hail, or rainstorms to check for wind damage.
The inspector can note any problematic areas before they cause a major leak or necessitate roof replacement. As long as the insulation remains dry, you may just have to repair the roof rather than replace it completely.

What Makes a Good Inspector

Of course, you must make sure to pick the right inspector for the job. Look for a person who:

  • Lives fairly close to your home
  • Will be able to perform any roof damage repairs the same day
  • Has moisture survey technology
  • Has International Organization for Standardization certification
  • Has done weather-impact reports

What Makes a Good Inspection
Your inspector should visibly assess the flashings and membrane and check for any issues that an insurance adjuster or general maintenance technician might miss. The inspection should additionally include core analysis testing that determines the life expectancy of the roof.
If your roof assessment occurs immediately after a storm, the inspector should also use software to document the specific weather phenomenon that occurred. Technology can determine the exact size of the hailstones that hit the roof. Hailstones that are smaller than a golf ball are less likely to harm the roof structure.
At least twice each year, have an inspector check for roof damage to your home. Fix any problematic areas as soon as possible. This way, after a storm hits, emergency restoration specialists will only have to repair your roof rather than replace it entirely.

Fire Sprinklers Are Surprisingly High-Tech Devices

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Automatic ceiling Fire Sprinkler in red water pipe System. SERVPRO logo on the picture Fire sprinklers are surprisingly high-tech devices

Fire Sprinklers Are Surprisingly High-Tech Devices

There’s no question that fire sprinklers are a worthwhile investment. Deaths in commercial buildings with a functioning fire sprinkler system are insignificant compared with buildings without them. Indeed, one recent study in Harris County, Texas found that:

Sprinkler systems saved $144,266,255.
Not a single fatality or injury was reported with functioning sprinklers.
In 93% of activations, only one sprinkler head was activated.

The last fact is important due to the myth that fire sprinklers cause a lot of unnecessary damage. A fire sprinkler is a high-tech device; accidental activations are very rare, and each sprinkler is designed to react individually, due to the way they operate.

A Sprinkler Head Reacts to Heat, not Smoke
To provide the most dependable fire suppression, a sprinkler system is designed to be always on. In other words, the sprinkler should have full pressure constantly available at the sprinkler head, with the activation device contained in every individual unit. Inside most sprinkler heads, there’s a glass bulb containing a liquid, although some types use a two-part metal fusible alloy. Either way, the device is finely tuned to be sensitive to a very narrow range of heat. Once that level is reached, either the liquid expands and breaks the glass or the fusible allow will melt. Once that happens, the always-present pressure will immediately cause activation, striking the fan-like metal sheath on the end and spreading out to cover the fire.

Sprinklers Reduce Water Damage
Contrary to what is so often seen in movies, each fire sprinkler reacts separately, meaning that water damage is isolated to the immediate area around the fire. During a fire without sprinklers, typically the flames have spread significantly before the fire department arrives, requiring a more wholesale use of water for suppression. With sprinklers, once the fire department arrives, they can turn off the sprinkler system and prevent further damage.
At that point, you can call a fire sprinkler cleanup company in College Grove, TN, to inspect the damage and begin restoration. This is usually a massive saving for both the business owner and their insurance companies, which is why so many insurers lower the premiums for those with installed systems.

Our Team Has The Right Equipment to Restore your Franklin Home

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Puzzled man with a wrench looking at a broken toilet Give our SERVPRO of Williamson County rapid response team a call anytime disaster strikes at (615) 790-9634.

Water Removal in Your Franklin Home After Toilet Overflow

While the toilet is not always talked heavily about, it is a staple and much-needed addition to your Franklin home. As these fixtures age, however, the components that allow it to function properly can jam or malfunction, causing several potential problems. While some of these might be a drawn-out refilling process that can affect your monthly water bill, more severe consequences might include overflowing of the reservoir when the float mechanism does not engage.

Overflowing reservoirs might not affect your Franklin home with contaminated water, but it does often require professional water removal and recovery.  Even with noticing the problem shortly after it begins, an instance like this can quickly cover the bathroom floor and affect cabinetry and the vanity as well. Our SERVPRO professionals can understand the importance of reacting quickly to this situation, and so our team arrives with the necessary equipment to quickly extract the excess.

The tile or laminate flooring likely installed in your bathroom can resist penetration from the pooling water, but saturation can still occur with these materials if the problem does not get addressed quickly enough. While each plank or tile itself works to resist absorbing the moisture, seams and grout joints are more penetrable. To protect your flooring from extensive damage, extraction must begin shortly after the situation gets discovered.

Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive with high-powered extraction equipment for severe damages like our gas-powered units. For smaller pools, we can also bring in our portable sump pumps and extraction wands. Once the excess has gotten removed from the flooring, we can set up our advanced drying equipment to protect and preserve exposed cabinetry, fixtures, and flooring. We can double check our drying efforts with our thermal imagery cameras to detect lingering moisture pockets that require added attention.

As traumatic as an overflowing reservoir might seem, the right professional assistance can make this water damage “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Williamson County rapid response team a call anytime disaster strikes at (615) 790-9634.

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The Many Dangers of a Flood

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

Low angle portrait of factory worker wearing biohazard suit sorting reusable cardboard on waste processing plant Trained technicians on site will wear PPE as they extract and remove contaminated water

When it comes to dangers that a company can face in Spring Hill, TN, a flood is one of the most potent, as well as one of the more common challenges to hit businesses. In addition to the impact that water damage has on property, flood waters at times pose a threat to human health. If the water surge comes quickly and without warning, it has the potential to injure employees or customers who are present. Since water can create a danger with electrical systems, it can also cause a shock hazard. Finally, flood waters are considered to be unhealthy due to the substances that could be in the water.

What Is Black Water?

Any water that appears dirty or dark and whose source is in question should be considered contaminated. This is often called black water. Water that comes into a building from a flood could include the following substances:

  • Germs and bacteria
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Sewage
  • The remains of dead animals
  • Asbestos fibers

Any items this water comes in contact with, such as drywall, carpeting, and clothing, should also be considered contaminated. It is important that untrained and unprotected people do not touch this water or these materials. The water damage restoration should be handled by a professional storm remediation team that is Faster to any size disaster.

How Is a Flood Cleaned Up?

Trained technicians on site will wear PPE as they extract and remove contaminated water. They will use equipment such as powerful vacuums to remove standing water and to prevent further water damage. For harder to reach water, the team will employ air movers and other advanced technique to draw the remaining moisture from the property. Sensitive equipment can also measure the moisture level in the building. This allows the monitoring of moisture removal. The final stages include cleaning and sanitizing and restoration or replacement of damaged materials.

Can SERVPRO handle any size water loss in my home?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking from pipe under a sink Water damage happens, and we're here to help

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

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

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

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