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How We Save Your Building Materials From Being A Loss In Franklin

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How We Save Your Building Materials From Being A Loss In Franklin We have the specialized equipment to restore your floors after your home has been effected by water damage. We are here for you 24/7 so call today.

Water Removal Crews In Franklin Talk About Mitigating Wet Hard Wood Floors

If a pipe ever breaks inside your Franklin home, many of your building materials can become damaged. When things get wet inside your house, it is wise to call in a professional water removal company such as SERVPRO. Our team knows that moisture follows gravity once it leaks out from its source. This can create problems with flooring materials including carpet, linoleum, and wooden floors. Whenever moisture negatively affects your building materials or contents, conducting water removal promptly can keep items from having to be removed and replaced.

In many cases, our SERVPRO technicians can remove the moisture from your building materials and save them from being counted as a loss. When arriving at a water removal project in Franklin, our team first secures the working area. If there are any potential hazards such as slip or fall dangers, we mitigate them before beginning any restoration procedures. Once the building is deemed secure for all of its occupants, we find the source of the moisture. We then either temporarily repair the leak ourselves or call in a certified plumber to fix the broken pipes.

Once we make it so that water stops spilling into your dwelling, we begin extracting it while it is still in liquid form. If there is a large amount of standing water on your hardwood floors, we vacuum it up using a truck-mounted extractor and extraction tools designed specifically for hard surfaces. Once all of the water we can extract gets pulled up out of the flooring materials, we begin the drying process.

In many cases, we can dry out most building materials using a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers push the wet air away from the damp floor so that more moisture can evaporate out of the materials while the dehumidifiers handle water removal from the air. However, in more severe situations, other methods must get implemented so that the hardwood floors do not cup or buckle.

During severe cases, we use specialized drying mats to push water deep into the hardwood floor. If your wooden floors ever get wet during a plumbing failure, call SERVPRO of Williamson County at (615) 790-9634 any day of the week.

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Take Mold Seriously And Call Our Experts Right Away In Brentwood

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Take Mold Seriously And Call Our Experts Right Away In Brentwood Mold will continue to grow if untreated. Please call our experts right away we are available 24/7.

The Risks of Allowing Mold Damage in Your Brentwood Home

Even with all of the information available about mold and fungal growth that can occur in your Brentwood home, many homeowners remain convinced that the situation is not as critical as it might seem. In many situations, these same homeowners allow the problem to persist with the impression that it goes away on its own or that the extent of the current damage is all the worse that it becomes. Unfortunately, this living organism intends to grow and thrive throughout your home and can allow for many detrimental effects should you do nothing to remove forming colonies.

Many consider mold damage in their Brentwood home to be little more than the eyesore of active colonization and the musty odor that often accompanies it. As colonization occurs on organic materials throughout the affected areas of your home, these hosting materials weaken and degrade, eventually becoming too compromised to get preserved. However, as the organism runs out of material to feed on in the hosting surface, it spreads to new areas to begin the process again. Within a brief period, the situation can get out of control.

Even more alarming than the potential structural concerns that can come from allowing mold damage to persist in your home is the effect that it can have on those exposed to the thriving colonies. Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the potential health effects that can result from direct exposure to active colonization, which can become even more exasperated if someone is already contending with a respiratory condition.

That is why our team works to isolate active colonization when we first arrive to prevent the spread to new areas of your home. We can work to limit mold spores in the environment as well with the use of our air scrubbers. Our remediation technicians work to remove active growth by either removing the affected material if the damage has become too severe or through removal techniques like sanding and soda blasting.

Do not let mold damage continue in your home, as it only becomes costlier and more challenging to remove the worse the situation gets. Give our SERVPRO of Williamson County mold remediation technicians a call anytime at (615) 790-9634.

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How Our InjectiDry System Can Save Your Water Damaged Wood Floors In Your Brentwood Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Our InjectiDry System Can Save Your Water Damaged Wood Floors In Your Brentwood Home Protecting your hardwood flooring after a water loss incident is more intricate than it might initially appear.

Using Our InjectiDry System For Wood Floors In Brentwood Homes

Protecting hardwood flooring in your Brentwood home might become complicated when water loss incidents have occurred. While simple spills can get cleaned up quickly and dried up without incident, larger loss scenarios can cause pooling and saturation of this flooring material. Within only a few days, hardwood flooring can begin to warp and distort, causing irreparable damage and requiring removal and replacement to restore successfully. Our crew can respond quickly to emergencies like this to provide effective mitigation strategies designed to protect this flooring and other exposed materials throughout your property.

As soon as your hardwood flooring in your Brentwood home gets exposed to water damage effects like standing water, saturation begins almost immediately. Our SERVPRO team has a 24-hour response to water loss emergencies, offering effective mitigation strategies with our industry-leading equipment that can remove standing water quickly and begin the intricate process of restoring saturated hardwood flooring. One piece of equipment, in particular, is uniquely effective in the controlled drying process for this material, our injectidry system.

With this approach, we can combine the use of large drying mats with this advanced technology to regulate a steady draw of moisture from the damaged wood flooring. These mats are laid perpendicular to the seams of the planks, covering the largest overall area. Thick plastic sheeting covers the entire exposed area of flooring, keeping these mats and the injectidry unit covered to promote a unified drying effort.

During this process, our SERVPRO professionals must monitor the moisture content of the wood flooring. It is very easy with our advanced equipment to overly dry these planks, which can be as detrimental to their strength and function as allowing them to remain saturated. Once the moisture content has reached the desired levels, we can begin the removal of the drying mats and focus on cleaning the flooring.

Protecting your hardwood flooring after a water loss incident is more intricate than it might initially appear. Our SERVPRO of Williamson County water restoration technicians can arrive quickly with the tools to effectively protect your flooring and restore the other effects your home has experienced. Give our specialists a call anytime at (615) 790-9634.

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SERVPRO has the Equipment to Make Water Extraction in Nolensville a Breeze

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO has the Equipment to Make Water Extraction in Nolensville a Breeze SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to meet your water damage restoration needs.

Extractor Trucks Help Flood-Damaged Nolensville Homes

If flooding occurs and affects your Nolensville home, you want the assurance that the professionals that you reach out to have the skills and appropriate equipment to remove this threat quickly from your home. While widespread flooding can often come with disastrous effects for your property, our professionals can help to remove the damaging excess water quickly so that our team can get to work on the rest of the restoration work that your property needs to return to preloss condition.

When a natural disaster affects your home, you need a fast response to the situation with flood extraction equipment that can eliminate the rising levels of floodwater within your Nolensville house quickly. Our SERVPRO professionals have many different levels of extraction equipment ranging from handheld machines capable of getting into areas with accessibility issues to massive pumps that can remove high volumes of water fast to protect unexposed areas of your property.

The most powerful extraction equipment that rolls out with our Green Fleet from our main office is our extractor truck. This high-volume extractor can pull floodwater from exposed areas of your home at a rate of 300 psi. For even substantial flooding situations leaving several inches or more of standing water, this machine can get your home ready for the drying and controlled demolition steps necessary to restore the damage fast.

Once the water has gotten removed from the affected areas of your property, our SERVPRO professionals must work quickly to assess the full scope of the damage to determine what materials and structural elements must get removed and replaced. We can use controlled demolition techniques to only remove the portions of affected materials that became exposed to potentially contaminated water to allow the reconstruction step to follow to be more efficient and cost-effective.

While flood damage can prove detrimental enough when the spread of the water is low, when you contend with a higher volume disaster, you need the industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Williamson County team. Our Green Fleet, extractor truck, and IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7 by calling (615) 790-9634.

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Avoid Delays After Finding Water Damage in Nolensville, Regardless of the Location

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Avoid Delays After Finding Water Damage in Nolensville, Regardless of the Location When your attic has water damage, a mold infestation can quickly follow. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate and damage.

Water Cleanup Services and Moisture in Your Nolensville Home's Attic

When many people think about moisture in their homes, they think about the basement. However, your attic in Nolensville can also acquire moisture problems. Common signs of moisture include ice or frost on cold surfaces in the winter, musty smells, foggy windows, visible mold, condensation on windows or other surfaces that are smooth, staining, warping or discoloration of construction materials or the deterioration of masonry.

If any of these signs are apparent, it is best to have the help of professionals determine the cause of moisture. You may also need water cleanup services for your Nolensville home, so contacting our staff at SERVPRO is wise since we can detect where the moisture is coming from and dry up all the water and moisture. It is not hard to see why SERVPRO is the right call to make once you discover a moisture problem in your attic, considering our excellent response time and thoroughness on the job.

So how did the moisture get there in the first place? Several things can cause it, the first probably being the obvious – roof leaks. Attics are many times the first place to show the signs of a leaky roof. If you have pipes running through your attic, these can leak and sweat, so be sure to check them regularly to see if the pipes are dripping or if there is condensation on them. Rest assured that SERVPRO technicians have the tools to be able to get into the attic, find the source of the moisture and dry the attic back out.

Foundations, believe it or not, can also create a moisture problem in your attic. If there is water in your home’s foundation, the water can easily travel through the crawlspace or basement walls and floors. As the water evaporates into the air inside the house, it travels to the attic through bypasses or any area which warm air is flowing into your attic. Bypasses can be anything from cracks in the ceiling to openings around light fixtures.

You should also ensure that the ventilation in your attic is not blocked by something such as an animal nest or debris. Attics need proper ventilation to the outside, so moist air cannot become trapped.

SERVPRO of Williamson County is skillfully trained to find the source of moisture in your home in Brentwood, Franklin, or Nolensville and the surrounding areas. Get in touch with us right away by dialing (615) 790-9634 when you notice an issue so we can correct the moisture issue and have your attic dry again in no time.

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Our Team Has The Right Equipment to Restore your Franklin Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Team Has The Right Equipment to Restore your Franklin Home When you find yourself in a jam call our team we have the right tools to restore your toilet or any other water damage emergencies you encounter.

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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A Simple Plan for Flood Damage Remediation in Nolensville

2/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Simple Plan for Flood Damage Remediation in Nolensville Flooding in your home can happen fast. React just as quickly by contacting SERVPRO. We are available 24/7 365 days a year to answer your call.

Preparing Your Nolensville Home for Restoration After a Flood

After a disaster strikes your Nolensville home, many homeowners might be curious as to their own role in getting their property restored. While there are undoubtedly steps that you can take to secure the right professional restoration and prepare for the work to follow, there are also things that you should not do that could be a hindrance or potentially slow down the efforts to return your home to preloss condition after a flood.

As difficult as it might be to admit, recovering and restoring flood damage in your Nolensville home is something that owners simply cannot do on their own. There are too many variables and ways that properties become damaged from the disaster, and that is why recovery is something that should get left to professionals like our SERVPRO team.

The best way that you can protect your home in a traumatic time like this is to contact our professionals as promptly as possible. With the full measure of our resources, we can work quickly to assess the full scope of the damage and the restoration actions required to return your home to its original condition. This assessment should get left to our estimations department, as we can accurately determine the full extent of the damage, including moisture and water damage beyond the pooling water in the home to know exactly what must occur.

As tempting as it might be to begin preliminary work on your home yourself such as extracting excess water or recovering items that are still inside of the house, this is not a safe decision to make. Flooding can weaken structural elements, allowing for collapse and failure under even small amounts of weight. Our contents department can recover at-risk items and belongings from your home during our mitigation once we arrive at your home.

Knowing what you can do after a flood has affected your home might not always be clear, but often, these steps should get taken by our experienced professionals. Our SERVPRO of Williamson County rapid response team can arrive quickly with the tools and expertise to help. Give us a call anytime at (615) 790-9634.

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Revealed: Team SERVPRO can Handle BOTH Small and Large Scale Fire Damage in Your Nolensville Home

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Revealed: Team SERVPRO can Handle BOTH Small and Large Scale Fire Damage in Your Nolensville Home Fires in the kitchen can quickly escalate. Stay vigilant when cooking and contact SERVPRO should your home face fire damage.

Eliminating Fire Damage from a Kitchen Fire in Nolensville

Kitchen fires are one of the most common and devastating reasons for fire damage in a home. The reason is the kitchen is where electricity, heat, water and oil or grease are in the same area and they can all be volatile. The fire itself gives off damaging heat, smoke and soot and then after the fact, the water used to put out the fire can be the cause of mold and residual odors. All of these factors need to be cleaned and removed from the home so life can return to normal.

Our technicians are available 24/7 and as soon as you call SERVPRO to your home, we immediately access the fire damage in Nolensville and go over the best course of action to restore your home to the same condition as it was pre-kitchen mishap. If the damage is compromising roofing or walls, our team will board up or lay tarp to stop further damage from the elements if needed.

SERVPRO technicians get to work quickly removing any water left from the fire. Standing water can be quickly eliminated by portable vacuums, for large-scale water removal, we have industrial truck-mounted vacuums to expedite the removal. Powerful air movers assist in quickly drying the affected areas in your home. Our techs do not rely on sight or touch to determine if an area is dry, we use state-of-the-art moisture detectors to ensure the area is completely dry so the next step in the fire damage restoration can begin.

The smoke and soot residue that is on nearly everything in the vicinity of the fire is a visual and olfactory reminder of the kitchen blaze. Our technicians are certified in the detailed removal of both the residue and odors through hand cleaning or the use of equipment such as fogging machines that completely penetrate and eliminate odors from the fire.

The final step of returning your home to its condition before the fire damage occurred is the final restoration work. SERVPRO handles the repairs from minor such as replacing damaged drywall to major restorations such as the reconstruction of a damaged room.

Don't wait to begin cleanup after a kitchen fire in your Nolensville home, our team is available to assist you 24/7. Contact SERVPRO of Williamson County at (615) 790-9634 and our expert technicians can immediately begin the process of turning back the clock on your fire damage.

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How Our Fire Damage Specialists Get Rid Of Foul Odors In Your Brentwood Home

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Fire Damage Specialists Get Rid Of Foul Odors In Your Brentwood Home SERVPRO of Williamson County can help to restore your home to the way it was before a fire.

Different Chemicals SERVPRO Uses To Eliminate Odors From Fire Damage To Brentwood Homes

Fire damage in Brentwood can often create large volumes of thick smoke that leave permanent damages and odors in your home. The approach SERVPRO technicians need to take towards reversal of damage and removal of odors can vary dramatically depending on the material burned and the presence or lack of moisture and certain chemical compounds in it. Here are several techniques our technicians employ on a day-to-day basis to keep your home free of smoke odors after a fire.

Pairing Agents
Some of the most critical tools we have at our disposal to take on fire damage in Brentwood homes and businesses are our specially-designed pairing agents. These agents are chemical compounds that bond with odor-producing molecules in the smoke residues found throughout your home, eliminating the odors at the source. While these agents cannot typically eliminate odors on their own, they act as a highly effective counterpart to the next weapon in our arsenal.

Masking Agents
While pairing agents are chemically engineered to target specific types of odor molecules and neutralize them, masking agents are more generally applicable chemical compounds that mask and cover odor molecules. Without a pairing agent, masking agents are often ineffective, but with our industry-leading chemical combinations, our deodorizing treatments remain both effective and low-cost.

Absorption and Adsorption Agents
Sometimes, smoke odors may require a slightly different approach to scrub out of your home. For these situations, we can use absorption and adsorption agents, which are as similar in function as they are in their names. Chemicals that absorb odor molecules pick them up and contain them while adsorbing chemicals encourage odor molecules to bond to their surfaces. In both cases, these agents help to remove smells from the air and leave your home with a neutral scent.

SERVPRO of Williamson County can help to restore your home to the way it was before a fire. Call us at (615) 790-9634 to find out more.

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Let Our Team Of Professional Assist You When Your Thompson Station Property Experiences Mold Damage

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Let Our Team Of Professional Assist You When Your Thompson Station Property Experiences Mold Damage Addressing mold in commercial establishments presents different dynamics.

How To Handle Commercial Mold Removal In Thompson Station

Mold contamination in commercial areas presents many challenges. In multi-tenant buildings, the problem could originate from one tenant's space and spread to the others. Since the infestation might develop mostly in confined spaces, it might be a big problem by the time of discovery necessitating isolation and other actions that lead to business closure. We have IICRC certified AMRT, Applied Mold Remediation technicians that can fix the problem with minimal downtime for your business.

Proper commercial mold removal in Thompson Station should be uniform to be effective. If your business is in a building with multiple tenants, fixing the problem in your section alone might not be very useful. Remember, moisture issues fuel every case of mold infestation, and if the moisture source is in a different section of the property, cleaning the infested areas is just a temporary solution. Our SERVPRO technicians first inspect the structure to establish all areas with moisture problems. Because we use advanced equipment like thermal cameras, we can detect moisture problems in concealed sections.

Removing the colonies might require different approaches considering in most cases the idea is removal with minimal damages to the affected surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the type of material to determine the most appropriate method. For heavy infestations in areas with porous materials, the best option is to remove the material entirely. For non-porous materials can use abrasive methods such as wire brushing to remove stubborn mold residues.

It is necessary to deal with the underlying moisture issue before completing the process to prevent recurrence. Our SERVPRO technicians look for leaks in roofing, plumbing, or HVAC systems to identify the moisture source. Once the source is addressed, we embark on drying the property to normal levels. We have moisture meters and thermo-hygrometers to monitor the moisture levels inside and outside the structure. We also have air movers and dehumidifiers for evaporation and extraction of moisture from the air.

Addressing mold in commercial establishments presents different dynamics. Call SERVPRO of Williamson County to help ease the process. You can reach us at (615) 790-9634 any time.

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Nolensville Properties Require Extensive Cleanup and Drying After Severe Flooding--SERVPRO Answers the Call, Swiftly

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Nolensville Properties Require Extensive Cleanup and Drying After Severe Flooding--SERVPRO Answers the Call, Swiftly Flooding in Nolensville Homes Is for the Birds! SERVPRO Removes the Water and Damage

Cleaning Up Dirt and Debris in Your Nolensville Home after Floods

Certain disasters pose risks for your Nolensville home almost immediately, causing you to have to find new accommodations until professionals can restore the damage that the incident has caused. Flooding is a good example of this, especially when it is an instance like flash flooding or bodies of water rising to flood many properties simultaneously. As much as the high volume of water becomes an effect to overcome in restoring the property, debris and soiling also play significant roles in the challenge of returning your home to its preloss condition.

Many Nolensville homeowners are unaware of the risks of flood damages to their home and how quickly these results can ruin contents and structural components. Our SERVPRO professionals commit our services to our customers 24/7 to help contend with emergencies as they happen to prevent substantial water loss with our effective mitigation techniques. Through extraction and drying efforts with our advanced equipment, we can often quickly remove the persistent moisture and excess water from a flood-damaged property to leave our restoration team conditions like the debris, dirt, and soiling to face.

From the point in which the excess water has gotten removed, and the area is getting dried to acceptable moisture parameters, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on cleanup and debris removal. With high-powered vacuums, we can clear out much of the sediment throughout the affected areas of a property. While materials like carpeting and portions of drywall must get removed in the event of flooding because of the contaminations, we can work to preserve other elements that did not get directly exposed to the pooling water with potential contaminants, hazardous chemicals, or mud. Flood cuts may be necessary to remove sections of the non-salvageable wall.

Flooding within your property can welcome in considerable dirt and debris, along with potentially harmful substances and contaminants with the water. Overcoming these effects takes our highly-trained technicians with our advanced equipment showing up quickly to face the situation. Give our SERVPRO of Williamson County emergency response team a call anytime at (615) 790-9634.

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The Williamson County CASA-A Worthy Cause That SERVPRO Proudly Supports

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Williamson County CASA-A Worthy Cause That SERVPRO Proudly Supports Tim and Natasha Wesley from SERVPRO of Williamson County Proudly Present a Sponsored Golf Tourney Check for Our County CASA

Advocacy For Vulnerable Children -- A Worthy Cause Supported By SERVPRO of Williamson County

Williamson County CASA recruits, trains, and supports citizen-volunteers to provide friendship and responsible advocacy for abused and neglected children trapped in the legal system. Established by The Honorable Jane Crockett Franks in 1993, this vital community organization helps an ever-increasing number of children in our area. The goal is simple -- to discover and share with the court system critical information about vulnerable children, to ensure every child finds a safe and permanent home.

Although the advocates recruited serve as volunteers, Williamson County CASA depends on the financial support of community partners like SERVPRO of Williamson County to fulfill its mission. We are honored to be among those backing the essential work of these Court Appointed Special Advocates.

On October 1, 2018, SERVPRO of Williamson County held our annual Golf Tournament at The Grove in College Grove, Tennessee. We earmarked the proceeds from the event for the good work done by Williamson County CASA. The exciting and fun-filled day raised $16,274.36 for the children who face the worry, fear, and chaos of court proceedings that affect and determine the very places they live and the persons who care for them. Being part of the safety net that holds and guides them through a painful and scary process is our privilege.

As a regional business and a team of residents and neighbors living and thriving in the Williamson County area, SERVPRO is proud to shoulder the responsibility to be a cornerstone in the foundation of support for the local organizations providing for the needs of those most at risk. We take seriously our commitment to the greater good as well as our dedication to delivering the very best in restoration services to our neighbors, friends, and fellow businesses.

Williamson County CASA looks after abused and neglected children and their needs, knowing only when they thrive is a society on a positive and constructive path. Our business success depends on happy clients and a vibrant community, and we pledge to continue our partnership with CASA to achieve all these goals. Moreover, we ask our neighbors to please find the time to volunteer in any way to provide a safer harbor for these abused and neglected children.

SERVPRO of Williamson County is ready to support these children and residents and commercial enterprises with disaster reconstruction year-round. Call us for assistance at (615) 790-9634.

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How Our Team At SERVPRO Will Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Nolensville

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Team At SERVPRO Will Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Nolensville SERVPRO of Williamson County has the equipment and the trained technicians to complete a fire damage cleanup thoroughly and professionally.

What To Expect From Professional Fire Damage Cleanup In Nolensville

When your Nolensville home suffers the effects of a fire, the cleanup follows a research-driven, proven professional protocol when an experienced restoration company takes on the project. Checking the boxes according to best industry practices developed by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) gives you the best possible outcome and is the approach we use with every fire damage remediation.

Ironically the first job on the list for Nolensville fire damage cleanup is water removal and structural drying. Firefighters work hard to save your property from the destructive flames with unlimited quantities of water. Safety considerations, as well as the considerable risk of permanent structural and property damage from the water itself, demand a primary focus on water remediation.

SERVPRO technicians hold multiple certifications from the IICRC across water, fire, and microbial restoration skill areas. This multi-pronged approach streamlines the project, with soot and smoke cleanup proceeding immediately after the water evacuation. Our crews begin soot cleanup, matching tools and products to the types of residues and soiling involved.

Ashy, loose soot removes with dry sponges and HEPA filtered vacuuming. Paper and wood fuel fires commonly leave this type of soiling. Electrical and other smoldering fires involving fabrics deposit thicker, stickier soot requiring abrasive cleaning tools and products with wetting agents and surfactants that help break down the coating. Protein-based fires in the kitchen deposit a thin but tough film that might need solvents to loosen. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the evaluation of the residues left by the combustion of a wide range of materials.

SERVPRO crews are expert at odor removal, often needed after fire cleanup. A cleaned home that still holds smoky smells is unacceptable. The odors make it very difficult to move past the fire damage. Our technicians try different techniques to rid the space of malodors, including the use of thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators to neutralize through chemical reactions the tiny odiferous particles airborne or settled on surfaces after the blaze.

SERVPRO of Williamson County has the equipment and the trained technicians to complete a fire damage cleanup thoroughly and professionally. Call (615) 790-9634 to set up an evaluation and get the process moving.

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Brentwood Water Damage Restoration You Can Trust

12/8/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Brentwood Water Damage Restoration You Can Trust Water damage in basement caused by sewer backflow due to clogged sanitary drain

Why SERVPRO Takes On Any Kind Of Water Damage In Brentwood With Confidence

A Brentwood homeowner can struggle with water intrusion stemming from a broad range of emergencies. Plumbing leaks or appliance malfunctions are the most common reasons for water losses in a home, exposing the structural components and contents of your dwelling to possible deterioration and permanent harm. Speedy water removal and structural drying are crucial to halt progressive damage and avoid secondary issues like mold growth. Our team is eager to achieve the best outcome for each customer.

Kitchens and laundry rooms are often places for water damage in Brentwood. Loose connections, cracked hoses, and rusty pipes cause significant water catastrophes. Water spreads from the initial breach quickly, and hides in cavities between walls, under flooring, and above ceilings. You need a restoration company employing IICRC-trained technicians, ready to use advanced moisture monitoring tools to locate all areas affected by the water.

Our commitment to providing thoroughly trained and experienced crews to every project is why SERVPRO is a restoration industry leader. Comprehensive protocols for water removal the creation of a balance of air movement and temperature to move moisture out of building materials guide our crews. Our high-efficiency evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers condense or absorb the water vapor created, reducing moisture readings to normal levels. The research-based methodology and consistency guarantees that our efforts lead to the desired result -- “Like it never even happened.”

Personal possessions and household goods saturated by the excess water need specialized treatments to dry out and regain function and appearance. Our production technicians master a broad range of strategies to remove water. We complete inventories and pack-outs of items systematically before drying treatments, options that show why SERVPRO is a full-service water damage recovery company. The care and thoroughness we provide permit us to work efficiently with your insurance company. Documentation is part of each project plan.

Throughout the restoration process, we are alert to signs of collateral damage, such as mold growth. We also offer microbial remediation services if needed, another reason why SERVPRO streamlines all aspects of water damage remediation.

Our top-notch team of technicians uses leading-edge equipment and products to resolve any damage from water crises, showing why SERVPRO of Williamson County is the obvious choice for area residents. Call (615) 790-9634 to schedule a rapid assessment of your water restoration needs.

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Do I Need Storm Shutters?

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Do I Need Storm Shutters? Safeguard your Nolensville,TN home from storms

Worried about high winds coming your way? You may want to consider adding storm shutters to your home. These additions can help protect your windows if inclement weather hits. Here’s some information on how they can help you safeguard your Nolensville, TN, home.

Shutter Definition

Shutters shield your windows from winds and other storm damage. You cannot rely on them during Category 5 hurricanes and other extreme weather events, but most high wind situations you encounter will only call for this type of storm defense, which works extremely well most of the time.

Types of Equipment

All storm-related high winds are not alike, which is why there are a wide variety of storm shutters available to purchase. Some common types you will find include the following:

  • Bahama - Highly attractive, excellent in hot regions and costs $200-$2000 per piece
  • Plywood - Costs under $1 per square foot and is great in emergencies
  • Rolling - Made of durable materials with a price tag of approximately $20 per square foot
  • Colonial - Great-looking, permanent choice for the discerning homeowner and priced around $200-$500 for one window
  • Accordion - Another permanent option that is quite affordable, starting at $15 per square foot
  • Storm Panel - Temporary for sudden winds and made of sturdy materials, with options starting at around $7 per piece

Damage Assistance Is Available

If you are ever facing the challenges of high winds, Nolensville, TN, storm damage remediation specialists can usually help you handle cleanup and restoration. Even so, choosing from one of the many equipment options above should help you better protect your home if a storm should come your way. Whether you are looking for something simple or ornate, affordable or higher end, there is an option for you and your home’s unique needs in order to protect your valuable windows from the damage that winds can bring.

For Immediate Service in Williamson County, Call SERVPRO

11/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage For Immediate Service in Williamson County, Call SERVPRO Williamson County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!??

SERVPRO of Williamson County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Williamson County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 615-790-9634

Residential Services

Whether your Williamson County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Williamson County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Does Your Brentwood Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Brentwood Home Have A Mold Problem? ?In Brentwood, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.?

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 615-790-9634

What to Know About Your Fire Extinguisher

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners in Nolensville, TN, remember to put a fire extinguisher in their home, but don’t know some of the basics they need for proper use. There are a few things everyone should be aware of with these important tools.

How To Use your Extinguisher

Having an extinguisher on hand may seem like an easy way to quickly put out a small kitchen fire. But knowing how to use it is equally important. Professionals have come up with an easy acronym to help users remember the correct formula. It is P.A.S.S.

  • Pull - pull out the pin located in the extinguisher’s head to break the tamper seal
  • Aim - aim the nozzle or hose at the fire’s base
  • Squeeze - squeezing the handle will release the formula inside the extinguisher
  • Sweep - From side to side, move the nozzle over the base of the fire until it goes out.

If the fire does not go out, is too big for the extinguisher, or reignites, get out of the house and call 911 immediately. If there is fire damage afterwards a professional may be able to help.

What the Labels Mean

Many fire extinguisher labels contain important information you may need for proper use. The labels will rate the extinguisher with an A, B, C, or combination of these three to indicate what type of fire it can be used for. An A designation shows the extinguishing agent is effective against combustible dry fuels like paper, while B designate usefulness against liquid fuels such as oil. The C designation indicates the extinguisher may be used in the event of an electrical fire. Some extinguishers are rated for all three fire types while others cover only one or two.

Knowing how to properly use your fire extinguisher can not only help you put out a small kitchen fire safely, but may help you save valuable time needed to mitigate fire damage. Remember to P.A.S.S. (pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep) over the fire. When in doubt, always call your local Nolensville, TN, fire department.

This Is a Drill: How To Teach Your Escape Plan to Your Employees

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage This Is a Drill: How To Teach Your Escape Plan to Your Employees It is important to keep your employees safe by having a disaster plan in place!

An unexpected disaster can cause fear and panic in your employees. A solid emergency plan for escaping that disaster, however, can increase their confidence and thus the likelihood that they will conduct themselves calmly and rationally when a problem arises. If a situation that requires evacuation comes up during the workday, you will be glad you made a plan and trained employees to carry it out through the use of practice sessions such as a fire drill.

Making the Plan

As the business owner, you are the best equipped to devise the escape plan for your business in Franklin, Tennessee that will work the best for your employees. Each plan should contain the following elements:

  • Alarm procedures
  • Evacuation routes and meeting areas
  • Chain of command and division of responsibilities
  • Emergency kit containing water, flashlights and first aid items
  • Contact list of employees for confirming their safety
  • Clear reporting structure

Contact information for insurance company and restoration specialists

The time to plan for a natural disaster or fire is before it happens. After you have the plan, it's time to train your employees.

Training the Staff

Whether you are staging a fire drill or testing storm procedures, the information should always proceed the practice. Include evacuation plans in your yearly training. Impress upon your employees the importance of understanding the plan and encourage questions and concerns during the discussion. At some point, you can test the plan with a drill. Only a handful of personnel who will be assisting with key elements of the procedures need to know when the drill is planned. That way, employees can actually experience the surprise they may feel if the real situation should ever arise. During the drill, take note of what goes right and what needs improvement so that you can tweak the plan or training as needed.

Planning how you want your employees to respond in a disastrous situation and training them to implement the plan can keep them safe. Each fire drill brings you closer to a calm, smooth resolution.


Protect Your Building Envelope

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Building Envelope Mold on ceiling due to water damage in Franklin,TN

Rain damage can be a serious threat to your commercial building, easily causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after a bad storm. The most important thing you can do to protect your building is to ensure that the building envelope is in good shape and well maintained. It is much more cost effective to maintain the property in such a way as to prevent damage than it is to repair after a weather event.

Rain Damage Can Present Big Problems

In many cases, damage done to commercial buildings is caused by water being where it’s not supposed to be. Black mold is just one example of the serious consequences that can arise when rain is allowed to intrude into the building. Get out ahead of potential problems by making sure that cracks are sealed and gaps are closed. There are other things that can help to divert water:

  • Gutters
  • Overhangs
  • Baffles

The use of these items can move water away from the foundation of your building and help to prevent water intrusion.

The Building Envelope and Why It’s Important

A building’s envelope is, in a very basic sense, the actual building itself. It is the physical barrier between the conditioned interior and the unconditioned environment outside. It is comprised of the roof and walls of the structure. Cracks, gaps, and other openings in the envelope, including doors and windows, can all present possible points of entry for water and air into the building.

Maintenance Can Make a Big Difference

Preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run. Once damage has been done, it usually becomes a much more costly situation to rectify. However, should damage to your building occur, bring in professionals to help with cleanup.

It is easier and cheaper to fortify a weak point than it is to replace a larger area that has become subject to rot or mold due to water damage. Keep in mind that Franklin,TN, can be subject to severe weather, including heavy rains. Protect your building from rain damage so it will continue to serve its purpose for years to come.

Understanding Why Your Sewer Backed Up

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Why Your Sewer Backed Up A damaged pipe may allow sewage to lek into your Brentwood,TN home

One important part of a residential sewer cleanup in Brentwood, TN, is figuring out why your home was flooded with sewage. Your team of water damage experts can help you figure out the source of the damage, which helps you create a better repair plan. You can also use this quick guide to learn more about the potential causes.

1. Damaged Pipes

A damaged pipe may allow sewage to leak into your home. If a tree root has cracked open the pipe in your yard, the sewage may fill the ground and travel into the lower levels of your home. In some cases, a pipe in your walls could have burst and unleashed sewer water.

2. Faulty Fixtures

A flooded toilet could also be the source of dirty flood water. While this water may not contain fecal matter, it may still have traces of urine from the bowl of the toilet. A broken or clogged toilet can cause the water to fill your bathroom.

3. Heavy Rainfall

When there's a lot of rain in Brentwood,TN, the water table level can rise exponentially. This extra water can flood into the city sewer line. When this line reaches its capacity, the water and sewage have to go somewhere. You may not think of a sewer cleanup being tied to a storm, but it does happen when the system gets overloaded.

4. Clogs

Clogs and blockages are another common cause of a sewer backup. The blockage could be located in your plumbing or it could be in the sewer main pipes. No matter where the clog is, it causes the same problem. The sewage leaving your house cannot travel past the clog. The pressure builds up and causes the contents of the pipes to travel backwards into your home.

Sewer doesn't often fill a home, but when it does you need to start sewer cleanup as soon as possible. Understanding the potential cause of your flooding can make creating a repair plan easier.

Cleanup After Commercial Sewer Damage

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleanup After Commercial Sewer Damage Air movers on a commercial water restoration in Brentwood, TN

If your business in Brentwood, TN, has experienced a sewer backup or damage due to a flooded toilet, the results can leave your building in a terrible state. It's likely that business equipment, documents and furniture may have become saturated. The area has been exposed to black water, which can harbor dangerous bacteria and viruses. This is not something you can handle on your own. Once the plumber has come to make the necessary repairs, you'll need to enlist the services of a water damage restoration company to do the sewer cleanup. They can send a crew out quickly so that more serious damage doesn't occur. Their specially trained technicians will get your building back to normal by following the procedures outlined below.

1. Inspection

The first step in a commercial sewer cleanup operation is to inspect the damage. The water will be tested to see what kind of contaminants are present, and the amount and type of damage will be assessed to determine what kind of specialized equipment is needed.

2. Contents Removal

All furniture, equipment and other items will be removed from the premises. Any items that can be saved will be thoroughly dried, cleaned, deodorized and disinfected, using a number of specialized methods.

3. Water Removal

Once everything has been taken out of the affected area, the technicians will begin to remove all the water from the building, using a variety of high-efficiency equipment, including truck-mounted extractors, sump pumps and trash pumps. Any porous materials that have been contaminated will also be removed at this time. All surfaces will be disinfected using specially-made cleaners to make sure everything is completely free of contaminants.

4. Final Drying and Dehumidifying

After as much water as possible has been removed and the area has been disinfected, any remaining moisture will be removed using industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers.

5. Restoring the Building
Once everything has been thoroughly dried and disinfected, the damaged areas can be restored to their pre-flood condition. The amount of restoration work can vary depending on the damage, ranging from minor drywall replacement and repainting to large reconstruction jobs.

Using the above steps, a water damage restoration company will promptly take care of your sewer cleanup problem and make sure you're back to business as usual.

The Car Is Floating, Now What: Funding Your Flood Recovery

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Car Is Floating, Now What: Funding Your Flood Recovery Water damage after heavy rain in Franklin, TN

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.

How To Deal With Mold Damaged Contents

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Deal With Mold Damaged Contents Mold growth on crawlspace in a Brentwood, TN home

How To Deal With Mold Damaged Contents

You should take steps to address mold damage as soon as it occurs to improve the chances of being able to restore and retain more contents. Experts recommend disposing of most porous items exposed to and extensively damaged by mold. Some items with sentimental value may stand up to mold cleaning as part of the larger mold remediation process.

  1. Resolve the Underlying Issue: Until you put a stop to the source of primary water damage or excess moisture, mold may continue to grow in your residence and heighten the risk of undermining the structure and contaminating more contents. This issue typically involves sources of moisture within your home. Contact a plumber, roofer, or another type of specialist to fix leaks and use a dehumidifier to control air moisture levels.
  2. Consider the Condition of Contents: Some delicate porous and semi-porous contents directly exposed to mold growth may not be capable of being restored. Other materials, such as canvases or other painting mediums and cloth, can be restored with specialized mold cleaning methods. Remediation experts can help you determine which method is suitable for the composition of each affected item.
  3. Seek Expert Remediation Methods: Certified experts trained at performing remediation should be able to recommend the best cleaning methods for any item or material. Non-porous materials may be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Materials that are more porous may require special cleaning tactics such as the Esporta wash system, freeze-drying, being dipped in solvent, or being exposed to ozone.

Mold remediation experts can recommend the best ways to approach mold cleaning the contents of your home in Brentwood, TN. It is a good idea to address this problem as soon as possible to limit the extent of damage caused by mold and increase the chance that more delicate or rare possessions can be restored instead of needing to be replaced.

What You Need to Do When There's a Fire at Your Business

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What You Need to Do When There's a Fire at Your Business Most likely, you'll never have to face the results of a commercial fire.

If you're a business owner in Brentwood, TN, you need to know how to proceed if a fire impacts your company. If disaster strikes, you have to be prepared for the substantial monetary loss from the cost of fire restoration and the time lost while repairs are being done. The good news is that you can save a lot of time and money by moving quickly and following the plan below.

1. Notify Your Insurance Agency

Your fire insurance company should be notified as soon as possible. When you file a claim, they will send someone out to look at the damage and get you the money needed to for cleanup and repairs.

2. Call a Fire Restoration Company

As soon as you've spoken with your insurance agency, you need to get in touch with a qualified fire restoration company. The restoration company will immediately come out to assess the situation and begin any emergency repairs needed to prevent further damage. After this, they will start the process of smoke cleaning, removing water from carpets and furniture, and drying and disinfecting the building. When this phase is finished, the final restoration and repair can be completed.

3. Assessing Damage and Salvaging Property

As soon as the fire department allows you to re-enter the building, you will need to assess the damage done to valuable items inside, such as computers, documents, phones, and other office or manufacturing equipment. (Don't go inside without taking precautions first; wear a breathing mask, as there may still be harmful smoke in the air.) Your insurance company will need a list of what items have been damaged in order for you to be reimbursed. Try to save everything you can. Some items may still be working, or may work after being professionally cleaned.

4. Call in Arson Investigators

Even if you don't believe any foul play was involved, it's important to enlist the services of a fire forensics team. The insurance company will want to know for certain what the cause of the fire was, and if it was indeed arson, find the perpetrator and recover costs from them.

Most likely, you'll never have to face the results of a commercial fire. But if it does happen, by following the steps above you'll know how to take quick action to get the fire restoration process started and get your business back on track in much less time. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

3 Storm Preparedness Tips for Business Owners

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Storm Preparedness Tips for Business Owners Increase your business’s chance of survival in Brentwood, TN, by preparing for a natural disaster.

Suddenly, your business is in the path of a natural disaster in Brentwood, TN. As the flood water accumulates, the potential consequences of a flooded building start to sink in. Will your business survive this disaster? Unfortunately, not all businesses do. Prepare ahead of time to recover faster in the aftermath of a storm.

1. Purchase Insurance

Every business owner knows the importance of commercial property insurance. But, do you know the specifics of your plan? Does it cover damage caused by flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and fires? What about business interruption insurance to keep you afloat during the restoration process? If you cannot answer these questions off the top of your head, it is time to meet with your insurance agent and review the policy. Supplemental insurance may be needed. The worst time to find out your policy does not cover damage from flood water is after a flood.

2. Back up Documents

Do you store important records for your business in spreadsheets, word processing programs or in file cabinets? Consider what happens to computers or papers in a flooded building. It is possible to lose the data forever. To avoid this scenario, ensure that all important information is backed up securely in another location. This includes employee data, financial and tax records and customer information.

3. Put a Plan in Writing

Stressful situations can easily turn into chaos. In a weather emergency, do your employees know how to safely evacuate? Is there a plan for protecting the building and contents from flooding and water damage? To be efficient in an emergency, write down a plan, assign roles and responsibilities and communicate the plan with staff. Keep important numbers handy, including your insurance agent and a storm restoration company.

Increase your business’s chance of survival in Brentwood, TN, by preparing for a natural disaster. After the danger has passed, act immediately to have restoration specialists remove the excess flood water and restore your business. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

Why a Basement Floods and What You Should Do About It

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why a Basement Floods and What You Should Do About It Following the above checklist of troubleshooting tips will usually stop the problem before it begins.

Typically, the best way to deal with flooding in your basement in Brentwood, TN, is prevention. By understanding the usual causes of water retention in the lower floors of your home, you can take the necessary maintenance steps to ensure that your property stays dry for years to come.

1. Location and Climate Factors

A primary cause of excess water is above-average rainfall. Choosing to reside in a coastal area, for example, can increase the risk of a basement flood. Even in dryer climates, laying your home’s foundation on a low-lying or sloped part of the property can cause water to pool under walls and seep through the outer layers of the building.

2. Basement Drainage

Should your home sit near or on the water table, a basement drainage system and sump pump will likely be necessary to prevent excess dampness in the flooring. If the pump system breaks down due to electrical or plumbing problems, contact a qualified professional who can perform wiring or pipe repair. A powered mechanism for removing water from the basement after flooding is the most robust method for the prevention of property damage.

3. Sources of Leakage

Sometimes the biggest issues facing the homeowner lie in the ingress of water. Cracked walls or insufficient sealants and waterproof coatings can allow water that would otherwise drain away to enter the basement. Improperly positioned or damaged gutters and downspouts can divert water toward the house rather than into the yard. Gutters can also become clogged with leaves or other material, causing them to overflow. Gaps in roofing tiles or shingles can also cause undesirable water redirection, especially in periods of extreme rain or snowmelt. Controlling the water volume before it reaches the basement is often the best preventative measure.

Following the above checklist of troubleshooting tips will usually stop the problem before it begins. Should you experience unavoidable flooding and require basement cleanup and decontamination, contact a company that specializes in that process to avoid potential health hazards. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

Why Flooded Streets Are Dangerous

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Many residents of Brentwood, TN, have probably been faced with the decision of what to do when encountering a flooded street. Perhaps they’ve noticed cars in front of them that have successfully crossed over with no incident, or maybe they believe that the time saved by taking a calculated risk outweighs the consequences of being late to their destination. Whatever the case, it may be better to take a safer route until the water subsides or a disaster recovery team can restore the area, since reputable sources agree that it may not be worth taking that chance.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Statistics provided by FEMA show why crossing a flooded street may not be the best idea:

• Most cars can start to float in only one foot of water.
• Many vehicles can be affected or even stall in just six inches of water
• Even larger cars can be washed away with two feet of rushing water.


National Weather Service.


The National Weather Service has the following flood-related travel tips that may be helpful:

• Avoid lower-lying areas.
• Remember it is even more difficult to assess flood dangers at night.
• It is better to avoid flooded roads altogether to reduce the risk of drowning.


Consumer Reports.


Consumer Reports notes the potential damage that can result from miscalculating a flooded surface:

• Water can be pulled into the engine and destroy it.
• Your car can become totaled.
• A flooded road can conceal broken electrical sources that can lead to electrocution.

The next time you contemplate crossing a flooded street in Brentwood, TN, remember what the experts say. According to The Weather Channel, 64 percent of deaths in floods between 2004–2010 occurred in vehicles. Even if your experience is not fatal, it can be helpful to understand the risks involved with flooded areas that can mask unpredictable terrain, create unforeseen vehicle damage, or pose serious safety risks.

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

How To Save Your Belongings From Smoke Damage

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

The effects of a house fire can be terrible. Your first concern is the safety of your family members. You’re probably then worried about whether you’ll be able to salvage your home. You probably also have many belongings you hope to preserve. While some things might be a lost cause, with proper dry-cleaning and other methods, you can save some belongings, even if they were damaged by the smoke.


Inspect Your Home.


The best thing to do for full-scale content cleaning after a fire in your Brentwood, TN, home is to contact the professionals. A trusted company will send representatives to first inspect the affected area.

• Inspect and test rooms the fire directly affected as well as adjacent rooms.
• Check for smoke damage to the floor, walls and items.
• Check for leftover soot.


Board and Tarp.


In order to prevent any further damage, the professionals will board up windows and place large tarps over damaged portions of the roof or siding. The company representative may also discuss your options for content storage while the restoration process is underway. By boarding your home and putting tarps over vulnerable spots, you can avoid further damage.


Get rid of Smoke and Soot.


It’s vital to remove this damage as soon as possible. The professionals have high-quality methods to not only clean and sanitize affected areas but also to remove the lingering smells smoke leaves behind.


Clean and Sanitize.


Smoke can do extensive damage to all areas of your home. The professional company you choose will send technicians to use dry-cleaning and other proven cleaning and sanitizing agents to help ensure your home is as close to the state it was in before the fire occurred.

Dry-cleaning, sanitizing and preservation are critical to this restoration process. When you have the pros on your side, you can breathe a sigh of relief that you will once again have a livable home.

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

Addressing Black Mold in Your Commercial Building

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Coming across black mold in your Brentwood, TN, commercial building is never a fun experience. The best way to confront the unwelcome fungus, however, is to understand its growth habits. You may have been led to believe that mold will only grow in specific spots, but the truth is, this type of fungus thrives in even the most unpredictable places. What, then, do you need to know about this type of mold and how to remove it from your building?


Understanding Mold Growth. 


Its also referred to as toxic mold, and there are a few important facts that you should be aware of when faced with this highly regenerative fungus:

• Mold can grow and colonize anywhere.
• Mold usually carries an odor.
• Prolonged and excessive moisture encourages mold spore reproduction.
• Forty-eight hours is all it takes for mold growth to begin when water is present.
• The microscopic spores can enter your building in a variety of ways.


Identifying Moisture Problems. 


Arguably the biggest issue surrounding the presence of black mold is the moisture problem. When exposed to water, mold spores flourish and rapidly reproduce. What kind of moisture should you be on the lookout for?

Common water-related issues can come from broken pipes, flooding, high humidity, and a broken supply line. Exposure to water stemming from any of these problems will allow the mold to thrive and grow unless the moisture is addressed and the fungus is properly cleaned up.


Cleaning Up Toxic Mold. 


You will want to clear out the fungus growth as soon as possible. The best way to tackle your mold cleanup project is to let the experts handle it by contacting cleanup and restoration specialists who are familiar with this type of problem. Calling on the experts can give you peace of mind that your toxic mold problem is being dealt with in the most thorough way possible.

Black mold can be a headache, but knowing your enemy is half the battle. By understanding how the fungus grows, potential moisture causes and the pros of hiring specialists to take care of the cleanup, you can rest assured that your mold problem will be no more.

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

Grill Safety for Your Summer Parties

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grill Safety for Your Summer Parties When your grill fire gets out of control

With the summer upon us, here at SERVPRO of Williamson County know that you will be enjoying these beautiful days gathered outside with loved ones while you are cooking dinner on the grill.

Here are just a few quick tips on grill safety to make sure you stay safe, while still having fun:

  • Establish a four-foot “kid free” zone around the grill
  • Never add flammable liquids to the fire
  • Always put ashes in a metal can stored at least 10 feet from your home or structure
  • Never leave your grill unattended

If for any reason the fire on your grill gets out of control and you do have fire damage, SERVPRO of Williamson County is always ready to serve you. We have a team of professionals that will go to great links to do your fire cleanup.

Don’t Get Sunk by Water Damage

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

For homeowners in Brentwood, TN, any kind of water damage can create a state of panic. The feeling might be temporary if the culprit is a leaky faucet or overflowing toilet. If the damage is caused by bursting pipes, that panic can turn into an overwhelming feeling of despair and uncertainty.

How did this happen? How can it be fixed? Will the water ever go away? What kind of damage will it leave behind? Will there be mold? While the questions of what to do and how to fix the issue may seem endless, below are three steps to help control the situation and get a jump on eliminating the problem and reducing secondary damages.

1. Find the water leak and stop it.

The less water soaking into the home, the faster the cleanup can be. For bursting pipes, the supply of water to the home will need to be cut off. Eliminating the water flow can also help prevent further damage from happening. Keep the water off until someone can come fix the broken pipe.

2. Turn the electricity off.

In the middle of a crisis, this step can easily be overlooked. Don’t let standing water be a conduit to turning a water problem into a fire or potential injuries. Cut off the electrical power to the area with the water leak.

3. Don’t face the problem alone.

If the water problem is caused by a burst pipe, make the call for cleanup services. The sooner an expert can start working on cleanup, the less potential there is for lingering issues. Water left soaking into a home too long can cause mold and odor, and ruin drywall, paint and carpeting.

Bursting pipes might seem like an insurmountable problem. However, remember that there are experts who can provide solutions to keep homeowners afloat and restore the damaged area back to new.

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

4 Reasons To Have an Emergency Plan for Your Business

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

No one wants to think about what floodwaters can do to a building, but emergencies sometimes happen. Any type of flood can have a devastating effect on your business in Brentwood, TN, but having a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize that effect. Here are a few reasons why having an emergency profile is beneficial.


1. Establishes Action Steps.


An ERP outlines a clear plan of action to take during an emergency. It establishes a clear chain of command so everyone knows their assigned tasks. It gives you step-by-step instructions of what to do. It catalogues important information and building-specific details to ensure nothing vital gets forgotten. During a time when you may not be thinking clearly, it does the most important thinking for you.


2. Provides Easy Access to Information.



Your ERP app gives you access to all the things you need to know in an emergency. It puts important contact information at your fingertips. Unlike emergency kits, which can be bulky and are just as susceptible to flooding as the rest of the items in your building, your emergency profile is stored electronically and safely.


3. Establishes Preferred Restoration Specialists.


This complimentary assessment of your business is provided by your local SERVPRO. When you let your local technicians help you set up a plan, you start to build a relationship with them that will come in handy should you ever need their remediation services. If an emergency should occur, you already know the first call to make.


4. Provides a Business Continuity Plan.


Knowing how you are going to keep your company in business during the cleanup and restoration process is just as much a part of emergency preparedness as calling your insurance company. Having a plan to continue to take in revenue can keep your business from closing for good.

Make sure your business is fully protected in the event of an emergency. To set up an emergency profile, you can call your local SERVPRO and speak to a representative.

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

What do I do if I have water in my house?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you come home from a long day at work and find that your home has been flooded, it is important to get professional help as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Williamson County has teams available 24/7 that can be on site in the Brentwood area to help you. 

The first step is to get all of the water removed from the structure as soon as possible. If the water sits for too long it can begin to create secondary damages such as mold and other microbial growth. 

Once all of the visible water has been removed, SERVPRO of Williamson County will begin to place the drying equipment throughout your home. After a few days of monitoring and drying, our licensed technicians will come out and remove all of the equipment. 

If any of the structure has been damaged, SERVPRO of Williamson County can help with the repairs, to get your home back to pre loss condition. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at anytime, 24/7. 

What is the fastest way to remove water from your home after flooding?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you find water in your home, it is critical to get a professional restoration company on site like SERVPRO of Williamson County immediately. Once on site they will begin to immediately extract the standing water to prevent secondary damages from spreading. In most cases where the water sits for too long, it can begin to form mold or other microbial growth in your home. 

Once SERVPRO gets all of the water removed, they will begin to place their green drying equipment throughout the home.  This equipment needs to be monitored daily, and moisture checks can be performed throughout the home. Once all of the structure is dry, SERVPRO will remove all of the equipment and begin the rebuilding process. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our team at anytime. 

Can SERVPRO handle any size water loss in my home?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

What do I do if I get ceiling damage from heavy rain?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

As you are aware by living in Brentwood, Tennessee, heavy rain and wind storms can happen throughout the year. Many times these storms can cause minimal damage that can cause slow leaks that can eventually create huge problems from water damage and even microbial growth. In most cases mold can begin to form and will not be noticed until it starts to spread. In many situations you will start to notice black and dark spots on your ceiling. 

If you see any changes inside your home, contact SERVPRO of Williamson County as soon as possible. They will get a team on site immediately to start inspecting the situation and make a recommendation of what is needed. 

Even if you just have a question, you are welcome to contact our office at anytime. 

Heavy wind can cause significant damage to your home

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Brentwood, Tennessee, you are probably aware that we can get storms with high winds that can cause significant damages to your home or commercial business. 

If you believe you have damage, we encourage you to contact SERVPRO of Williamson County to come on site and look over your property. Our team will carefully inspect your entire home to see if you have extensive or just minimal damage. We even have thermal cameras that can detect if walls and other hidden parts of your structure have water damage. 

If damage is found, SERVPRO of Williamson County can facilitate processes with minimum invasion to help correct the situation. 

If you have any questions about our teams processes and capabilities, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. 

What do I do if I have a fire in my home?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home it is important to contact a professional restoration company in Brentwood, like SERVPRO of Williamson County. They have crews that operate 24/7, and can be onsite at anytime to preform emergency board ups and/or start the initial inspection of what is needed to get your home back to pre loss condition. 

Every fire situation can be unique so it is important to get SERVPRO on site immediately to start observing what can be saved and what needs to be replaced. If you content has smoke and soot damage, SERVPRO can do a professional pack out and take the content to their state of the art facility to start cleaning and restoring them. 

If you have any questions about our fire restoration processes, feel free to reach out at anytime. 

How do I clean up items in my home after a fire?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home in Brentwood, TN it is important to get a professional restoration company on site immediately. SERVPRO of Williamson County is one of the premier companies in Brentwood that can come on site and take care of your contents from start to finish, as well as fully restore your home. 

In most cases where there is severe soot and smoke damage, SERVPRO will complete an itemized pack out and very detailed inventory of all of your contents. These contents will then be taken to our state of the art warehouse, where we will carefully clean and restore what is not fully damaged. If contents are damaged beyond repair, our team will take pictures and provide you the details to give to your insurance company. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Williamson County at anytime. 

Does Your Business Need a Flood Policy?

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

It is a common misconception that flooding does not occur that often in Brentwood, TN, as according to Floodsmart.gov, 90 percent of all natural disasters involve flooding and a flood or flash flood has occurred in every state in the past five years. That is why it is often recommended that your business have a comprehensive commercial insurance policy to protect against this very real threat.


What Causes Floods.


It is a common misconception among many business owners that floods only occur during massive storms, yet there are many types of flooding that can occur:

• Overflow of inland or tidal waters
• Runoff of surface waters from any source
• Mudflow
• Land collapse along a body of water

In short, flooding can occur anywhere and at any time, for a whole host of reasons large and small, and that is why it is essential to be prepared and protected for the unexpected.


How You Can Protect Yourself.


The best protection for your business may be a comprehensive flood policy. The FEMA website includes a wealth of information about NFIP, the National Flood Insurance Program. This commercial insurance program offers your business coverage against physical damage to your insured property, such as your building and its foundation, all electrical and plumbing systems, water heaters, and ventilation equipment, often up to the actual cash value of the property. In addition, you may also be able to obtain coverage for the personal property of your business, such as furniture and fixtures and your stock of inventory on hand.


Now You Are Ready.


Once you have put a commercial insurance policy in place, your business is ready for the unexpected. If the worst does happen, all that is left for a business owner to do is call his or her Brentwood, TN, flood damage cleanup and restoration professionals and let them take care of the rest.

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

Sprinklers in Commercial Fires – Myths Versus Facts

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

A properly working sprinkler system can make the difference between full recovery from a fire in your place of business or irreversible damage and loss of property, not to mention the safety risks of commercial fires. You may be concerned about water damage or accidental activation of a fire sprinkler; however, there are many more risks to fire damage. Frequently, damage can be prevented or reduced by immediate fire suppression.

By understanding how a sprinkler system works during a fire, you will be able to face the problem with a plan of action. Following are some common myths with corrections to put you and your company in the know, so you can be prepared in the event of a fire in Brentwood, TN.

1. Sprinklers activate when there is smoke. This is perhaps one of the most common myths about fire sprinklers. While smoke alarms are critical to have in working order to alert people in the building of a fire, the fire sprinkler itself works by sensing heat. In most types of sprinklers, activation occurs within a liquid-filled glass bulb that breaks with heat-activated expansion.

2. Fire sprinklers will cause tremendous water damage. Usually, only one or two sprinkler heads will respond to the heat in a confined fire, therefore eliminating widespread water damage. In adjacent rooms, the heat would need to reach the sprinkler head in order to trigger a pressure-activated release of water. If a fire department sprays water, the pressure from a hose is significantly greater, and they may need to spray over a larger area as the fire has had time to grow.

3. Fire sprinklers will go off accidentally. It is very uncommon for this to happen, even in wet pipe systems that are most prevalent in commercial buildings. In dry systems, there may need to be two triggers for the water to first enter the pipe, and then an additional trigger of heat to release the water from the sprinkler. A properly working fire sprinkler will ensure your business is protected from fire damage and minimize water damage. However, even with water damage, a reputable company can provide fire sprinkler cleanup.

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

What Can Environmental Hygienists Do for Me?

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

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 athttp://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

Be Ready To Fight Small Home Fires

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Defense against a home fire starts with you. Thanks to notification by the smoke detectors, you will see it first. Having the proper tools and understanding how to use them will give you an excellent chance of preventing a small fire from turning into a major disaster. The primary tool of choice should be a suitable fire extinguisher.


Look for a Suitable Code Rating


• Code A describes the effectiveness against normal combustibles including burning wood, paper and trash.
• Code B describes the effectiveness against burning gasoline, oil and burnable gasses such as propane.
• Code C means that it the extinguisher is safe to use on burning electrical equipment.


Ratings Can Be Confusing


For example, code 1-A:10-B:C means that it is 10 times better at B fires than a code 1-A:1-B:C unit. The best thing you can do is to go to a retailer with a knowledgeable staff. Explain what you plan to protect and they will help you select the best one for the job. They can also give advice on placement and use.


Choosing the Correct Size


Fire extinguishers are sold by weight. Heavier ones have more fire-fighting capacity but are also more difficult to handle. Lighter ones are easier to handle but there is a risk that they will empty before the fire is completely suppressed. The size decision gets easier if the extinguisher you choose has a hose. A 10-pound unit with a hose will be much easier to handle than a 10-pound unit without a hose.


Now You Are Ready


Owning a suitable fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it are the two keys to fire preparedness in the home. If you and your extinguisher succeed in extinguishing a fire, congratulations on a job well done. To help with the cleanup you can call upon the services of restoration specialists in Brentwood, TN. Also, don’t forget to have your extinguisher refilled.

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

How Can You Beat the Odor?

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Can You Beat the Odor? Mold damaged home in Brentwood, TN.

Once your Brentwood, TN, home has been afflicted by the smell of mold, you may be trying desperately to figure out how to get rid of it. Here are the two best ways to beat the odor:

  • HEPA air filtration
  • Thorough cleaning
  • Mold spore removal

HEPA air filtration will save your home from the mold spores itself by cleaning the air. In order to get rid of that musty smell for good; however, you need to get rid of the source. Mold remediation to get rid of all mold and its spores will help eliminate all odors. Taking care of mold should be top priority when you have it. Normally, for the safety of your home, using a specialist is the best option. 

When it comes to the telltale smell of mold, it comes from the mycotoxin that is released into the air. Most people will know that they have mold in their house before they see it. This is due to the musty scent that comes from the mold or mildew.

The Truth Behind Mold’s Odor

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Truth Behind Mold’s Odor Mold in Brentwood, TN home.

What Does Mold’s Odor Come From?

Anyone who has a mold problem knows that it’s not only unsightly, but tends to come with an odor. No one wants to have to deal with mycotoxin mold growth. While most know that it’s not good for their home, they may not know all of the facts behind it. If you’re curious about what’s behind the odor of mold, here is where it comes from and what you can do about it.

You can identify mold by its musty odor. Generally, if mold is hidden, this is going to be how you first identify that there is a problem. As the problem worsens, the smell can also. Unfortunately, this odor can seep into everything if not taken care of. It smells so bad because of a compound called mycotoxin. Mycotoxin has a repugnant smell.

Reach out to SERVPRO of Williamson County for more information about mold.

Storm Preparation Tips

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Preparation Tips Flooded Building in Brentwood, TN.

When weather reports forecast a storm with heavy rains or hurricane strength for Brentwood, TN you need to prepare. It is easy to get caught up in making sure your home is safe and sound, but it is important to make sure your business is ready to weather the storm as well. Flood water can do a lot of damage, and a flooded building might mean you have to shut down while you clean up all the mess. 

Planning

This best thing you can do is plan ahead before hurricane season rolls around. If you are in a flood zone, it is especially important to have all your ducks in a row:

Review insurance policies with your agent.

Determine and establish a written preparedness plan that lays out procedures to protect business property and contents.

Establish employee training programs where appropriate. Key employees should have specific responsibilities to make sure procedures are followed. 

Acquire any protective equipment you may need in case of an emergency, such as plastic tarps, duct tape, storm shutters, sandbags, etc.

Building Exterior

If a flood is imminent, you need to protect the outside of your building from flood water and potential debris: 

  • Make sure gutters, drains and downspouts are regularly cleaned.
  • Remove outdoor signs.
  • Any loose objects normally left outside should be brought in.
  • Shutter and board up any windows as necessary.

Building Interior

It is important you protect the interior of your building from water damage. If water does get inside, you want to mitigate water damage as much as possible:

  • Move merchandise and furniture away from windows and doors. 
  • Relocate any files or important documents; water can do a lot of damage and ruin them. 
  • Move electronics to a safe area and cover them in plastic.
  • Centrally locate as much as you can. Wrap merchandise in plastic.
  • Turn off all electricity.

If flood water threatens your building, secure the premises, merchandise and equipment as best you can. Having a firm plan of action makes dealing with a disaster much more manageable. If your building sustains damage from water, hire a professional commercial water damage restoration company.

Fire Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey Turkey fryers can fry your entire house, please be safe!

A deep-fried turkey might be delicious, but it can also be dangerous.  We have all seen the viral videos of fire blazing above roofs and heard the stories of houses and other property going up in smoke.  

Please be safe this holiday season and remember the following tips from our friends at State Farm:

If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  5. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

if the unexpected happens, remember SERVPRO of Williamson County is always a phone call away.  615-790-9634

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in Williamson County

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

If the air quality in your building is high and you use high-efficiency HVAC air filters, your ducts could stay clean for years. Even in the ideal situation, though, there's always a chance of unexpected issues. At least once every three or four years, have your duct system professionally inspected to check if it's due for a cleaning.

How Air Duct Cleaning Benefits You

Keeping your building's ducts clean protects the heating and cooling system, and the health of the building occupants.

Improved indoor air quality — When your ducts are clean, you'll have less dust, mold spores, pollen, and pest debris floating in your air. While air duct cleaning hasn't been proven to improve any health condition, cleaner air can help those with allergies and asthma.

Greater HVAC system efficiency — Debris in the ducts impairs airflow through your system, so the fan motor has to work harder to distribute conditioned air to your rooms. With the ducts clean, the air will flow freely and the motor will consume less energy moving it. Clean ducts deposit less dust on your air conditioner's evaporator coil. Even a millimeter of dust on the coil reduces its efficiency, so clean ducts really pay off in summer.

Longer HVAC component lifespan — Dust and debris blowing through your ducts can find its way into your system's fan motor and other components and cause excess wear. Keeping the ducts clean prevents this wear, helping the components last longer.

Professional Duct Cleaning Makes the Difference

Duct cleaning isn't a job to leave up to a regular building maintenance crew armed with a few vacuums. Attempting to clean the ducts without the right tools can worsen your indoor air quality because the debris dislodged will end up floating away into your rooms. You're also likely to miss a lot of the debris.

Give the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County a call to inspect your ducts and give you an estimate for cleaning if necessary.  615-790-9634

Williamson County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Williamson County Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Williamson County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Williamson County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 615-790-9634

Tips for Fire Prevention in your Franklin Home

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

No. 1: Cook with caution.

Nearly half of all home fires are cooking-related, says the National Fire Protection Association. And, of these, unattended cooking is the leading factor. So, stay in the kitchen if you’re cooking, and, if you have to leave — even for a short time — be sure to turn off the stove. Other cooking safety tips from the NFPA: Stay alert, and avoid cooking if you’re sleepy or if you’ve consumed alcohol; check food regularly; and keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove-top.

No. 2: Never leave space heaters unattended.

Heating systems, especially space heaters and wooden stoves, can easily ignite nearby household items. Keep all space heaters at least three feet from household items. Turn heaters off before leaving a room or going to sleep. Never leave pets or children unsupervised with a space heater or wooden stove (the NFPA recommends a 3-foot “kid-free zone”); in addition to the risk of starting a fire, heaters and stoves pose a danger of burns, as well.

No. 3: Check your electrical cords.

Faulty, cracked or deteriorating electrical cords can cause an electrical fire. Check all your electrical cords for fraying or other signs of wear, and replace or repair any damage. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpeting. And do not overload circuits; plug in only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time, the NFPA says; consider hiring an electrician to add additional circuits or outlets if you need them.

No. 4: Replace open-flame candles with LED-powered versions. 

With seasonal decorations covering tabletops and mantles, lighting real candles can be an invitation to disaster. Instead, the NFPA suggests choosing battery-operated candles, like LED versions. They flicker and sometimes even smell like the real thing! If you must have candles, the NFPA says blow them out when you leave the room or go to sleep; use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t topple; and keep all candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

No. 5: Test your smoke detectors.

Test smoke detectors and check batteries at least twice a year (many suggest doing so on daylight savings). Stay safe by following the NFPA’s recommendations for smoke alarm placement: install one inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor in your house, including the basement.

Source: Allstate Insurance 

Understanding the Dangers of Mold in Williamson County

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding the Dangers of Mold in Williamson County Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County help if you think you may have a mold problem.

From the ordinary....

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results.  For example, yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other food products.  Blue cheese's unique flavor is attributed to mold, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold.  

.....to the Unhealthy

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and extended exposure may present health concerns for some people. 

Any water intrusion into your Williamson County office or your home can result in mold growth.  This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control.  When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. 

Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.  

Organic materials founds inside a building, such are wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that may pose a health threat. 

If you think you or your customer might have a mold problem, please call us at 615-790-9634 and let the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County help.  

Managing Mold in Brentwood Tennessee

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold in Brentwood Tennessee 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.  

Faster to Your Williamson County Office Disaster

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that 50% of businesses never reopen after a fire or water disaster?

SERVPRO of Williamson County is available 24 hours a day to get YOUR business back up and running, "Like it never even happened." Storms can produce high winds, heavy rain and flooding that can destroy a business in minutes. Every hour that isn't spent cleaning and restoring is lost revenue to your business. When an emergency situation arises in your business, call one of our highly trained professionals that are certified in water, fire and mold clean up and restoration.

Don't become a statistic, let us help you recover and clean up faster.  

When the next storm hits Brentwood, Franklin or Spring Hill, Tennessee please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County at 615-790-9634.  

SERVPRO of Williamson County goes to Houston

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Williamson County goes to Houston High Floor Waters in Houston Texas During Hurricane Harvey Clean Up.

Our storm team here at SERVPRO of Williamson County went to Houston after Hurricane Harvey to help clean up after the devastating flooding.  When large catastrophes like hurricanes happen, SERVPRO can pool resources and has strategically located Disaster Response Teams across the country ready to help. 

While part of our team was in Houston they were able to help multiple commercial and residential clients recover from flooding.  Flood water is considered catagory 3 by the IICRC.  It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.

Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County when storms strike.  We are always here to help and can be reached 24 hours a day at 615-790-9634.   

Faster to your Williamson County Water Damage Event

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Williamson County Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Williamson County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Spring Hill.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Williamson County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Williamson County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 615-790-9634

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Williamson County

SERVPRO of Williamson specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Understanding Water Types

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Water Types Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County.

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.  There are three types of water.  

Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rain water is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any other type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.  When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance.  Call SERVPRO of Williamson County at 615-790-9634.   

Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration in Williamson County

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration in Williamson County SERVPRO of Williamson County also offers 24 Hour Crime Scene and Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO of Williamson County is recognized as a leading fire and water damage clean up and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide.  SERVPRO of Williamson County Franchise Professionals also offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene clean up and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.  

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners.  A failure to  properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.  

SERVPRO of Williamson County employees are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.  Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Williamson County employees help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.  

SERVPRO of Williamson County can help with:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions 
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Contact SERVPRO of Williamson County at 615-790-9634 with any questions.  

Let SERVPRO of Williamson County Clean and Restore Your Shelter from Life's Storms

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Let SERVPRO of Williamson County Clean and Restore Your Shelter from Life's Storms Trust SERVPRO of Williamson County to Help.

Here in Franklin, Tennessee SERVPRO of Williamson County knows your church is your congregations shelter, helping shield them from the storms of life.  But if life's literal storms damage your place of worship you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County to help.   

SERVPRO of Williamson County provides 24 Hour Emergency Response to any water, fire or storm damage.  One call to 615-790-9634 will have you connected with a live professional who can take your information.

  • Within one hour from notice of loss,  SERVPRO of Williamson County  will contact you to arrange for service. 
  • Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Williamson County will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).  
  • Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of teh scope will be communicated to you by SERVPRO of Williamson County.  

When a storm strikes - call on us.  

Facts of Flooding in Williamson County

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Facts of Flooding in Williamson County Flooding can happen anywhere, trust SERVPRO of Williamson County to clean up the mess it leaves behind.

The truth is a flood can happen anywhere.  One doesn't have to live by a lake or a river to experience the devastation of a flood.  Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, out in the country or even in the desert, there is a potential for flooding.  Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.  

A variety of events can cause flooding, like: heavy rains, if snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break.  A flooding event may occur over a long period and can last days, weeks and even longer.  

When the flood water recedes the clean up must start, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County to be there to help.  Please call us any time at 615-790-9634

Can Your Williamson County Business Survive a Disaster?

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Can Your Williamson County Business Survive a Disaster?  Is your business ready for the next possible disaster?

As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow.  

Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including business of all sizes.  

SERVPRO of Williamson County can help you make sure your business is "Ready for whatever happens."  In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The Emergency Ready Profile is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contacts Information, Shut-off Value Locations and Priority Areas. 

Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.  Call SERVPRO of Williamson County at 615-790-9634 to arrange to have your no cost Emergency Ready Profile completed today.       

Faster to any size disaster in Brentwood, Tennessee

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to any size disaster in Brentwood, Tennessee Trust water damage clean up to the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County.

A pipe bursts.  A water heater leaks.  A bathtub overflows.  Flood waters rush in.  A sprinkler system malfunctions.  Water damage can happen in any number of ways.  But if your business or home is under a few inches of water, everything else takes a backseat.  Only one thing matters when your business can't operate, and there is just one thing on the mind of a water-logged resident: A solution.  

SERVPRO of Williamson County professionals are that solution.  We are equipped with the knowledge, the experience and the training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened."  

From water extraction from a burst pipe to dehumidification from saturated building products, SERVPRO of Williamson County will start helping the moment you call.  Trust us 24 hours a day, we can be reached at 615-790-9634.  

Doggy Splash at Port Royal Park

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Community Doggy Splash at Port Royal Park This dog enjoyed the Doggy Salon at the Doggy Splash at Port Royal Park in Spring Hill.

SERVPRO of Williamson County once again took part in the Doggy Splash at Port Royal Park.  This fun community event is put on each year at the end of summer by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Spring Hill.  Before they winterize the Splash Pad it is opened up for the dogs to enjoy.  

SERVPRO of Williamson County provides the Doggy Salon to dry off the furry companions and make it "Like it never even happened" before they go home.  Our fans quickly dry off the dogs and on this particularly warm day some dogs just enjoyed cooling off in front of them.  

Reach out to us at 615-790-9634 with any community events you have, we are always here to help!  

When Storms or Floods hit Williamson County Name, SERVPRO is ready!

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Williamson County Name, SERVPRO is ready! SERVPRO of Williamson County traveled to Houston to help with the clean up of the flooding cause by Hurricane Harvey.

SERVPRO ofWilliamson County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Williamson County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 615-790-9634

Restoring Your Williamson County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Williamson County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Cool Springs commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Williamson County

SERVPRO of Williamson County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Community Emergency Response Team

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Community Community Emergency Response Team SERVPRO of Williamson County is committed to Disaster Preparedness.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

At the same time, the CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that the local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.

FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members:

Background

The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs.

Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training. FEMA supports CERT by conducting or sponsoring Train-the-Trainer and Program Manager courses for members of the fire, medical and emergency management community.

Source: Ready.gov

Williamson County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Williamson County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and soot can leave odors if not cleaned properly, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Williamson County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
615-790-9634

Williamson County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Williamson County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! SERVPRO of Williamson County is Faster To Any Size Disaster, call us if you find your basement flooded.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Williamson County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 615-790-9634

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Williamson County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 615-790-9634

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Williamson County Home

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

General Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Williamson County Home SERVPRO of Williamson County is an IICRC Certified Firm.

SERVPRO of Williamson County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Williamson County

SERVPRO of Williamson County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Grill Safety - Memorial Day

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grill Safety - Memorial Day Always keep your grill at least 10 feet from your home or any other structure.

As Memorial day approaches and we take time to remember those who we have lost while proudly serving, and gather to celebrate their memory make sure to celebrate safely.

Here are just a few quick tips on grill safety to make sure you stay safe, while still having fun:

  • Establish a four-foot “kid free” zone around the grill or campfire
  • Never add flammable liquids to the fire
  • Always put ashes in a metal can stored at least 10 feet from your home or structure

SERVPRO of Williamson County hopes that you have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. SERVPRO of Williamson County is open 24/7 365 “faster to any size Disaster” to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 615-790-9634

Halloween Fire Safety

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Halloween Fire Safety Have a Safe & Happy Halloween from SERVPRO of Williamson County

 

For each year from 2011 to 2013, an estimated 10,300 fires were reported to fire departments in the United States over a three-day period around Halloween and caused an estimated 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) nearly half of decoration fires in homes occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source.

Don't let these statistics scare you away from celebrating Halloween to the fullest! The vast majority of these fires are easily preventable. Here are a few safety tips to help ensure the holiday remains festive and fun.

•Keep decorations far away from open flames and other heat sources like lights and heaters. Remember to keep all of your home's exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

•Try a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o'-lanterns. If you want to use real candles, be extremely careful. In this case, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter when lighting them inside jack-o'-lanterns. If there are children around, make sure they are watched at all times when candles are lit. Place the lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far away from driveways, doorsteps, walkways and yards -- anyplace where trick-or-treaters may walk.

•Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters whose costumes may brush up against the lighting as they walk to from your door.

•Choose costumes that don't require long-trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can clearly see where he is walking to prevent trips or falls near dangerous or flammable items.

•Talk to your children and remind them to stay away from open flames, including jack-o'-lanterns with candles inside. Provide them with flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting as part of their costume.

 

Fire Prevention Week - "Don't Wait - Check The Date!".

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Week - "Don't Wait - Check The Date!". Don't Wait - Check The Date!!

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Read more from NFPA Journal.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

$7,575.92???

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Community $7,575.92??? Donation presented to Williamson County CASA by SERVPRO of Williamson County.

On August 15th of 2016 SERVPRO of Williamson County held their inaugural charity golf tournament.  A great day on the golf course at Westhaven Country Club started off with lunch and some time on the driving range followed by a 1:00 shotgun start.  Awards were given out during dinner and everyone had time to mingle with the other attendees and sponsors. 

The results are in from our inaugural SERVPRO of Williamson County Charity Golf Classic and we raised $7,575.92 for Williamson County CASA!!  We are so thankful to our sponsors and clients who helped make this event such a success and we look forward to next year. Save the date of September 18, 2017 and join us out at the Hideaway at Arrington for our 2nd annual event and help us raise more much needed funds for Williamson County CASA. 

Doggy Splash at Port Royal Park

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Community Doggy Splash at Port Royal Park Barkley is getting all dried off, "Like It Never Even Happened".

We love our community!

SERVPRO of Williamson County joined in as the Splash Pad at Port Royal Park in Spring Hill, TN was taken over by dogs on Saturday, September 17th.  Over 100 dogs braved the rain to play in the water before the park closed for the season.  There were lots of goodies for the dogs, low cost micro chipping by Pet Pals of Maury County and SERVPRO of Williamson County was there with the clean up station consisting of fans and towels so we could make it "Like it never even happened" before the precious pooches got back in their cars to go home. 

If SERVPRO of Williamson County can help in any way with your community event, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at 615-790-9634. 

Night Out Against Crime

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Community Night Out Against Crime SERVPRO of Williamson County sponsored the bounce houses.

SERVPRO of Williamson County participated in the Night Out Against Crime with the City of Spring Hill Police and Fire Departments. Each year the first responders of the City of Spring Hill organize an event to bring the community out to see all of the resources we have in a fun way.  There are food trucks and search and rescue dogs, as well as all kinds of emergency vehicles set up for a touch a truck.  Several nonprofit organizations also set up to tell about their programs and how they help the community.  SERVPRO of Williamson County partnered with AC's inflation Nation to bring bounce houses to the kids zone, we also gave away SERVPRO Orange and Green glow bracelets.  A great time was had by all. 

Restoring Your Williamson County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Williamson County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event This hotel was affected when a contractor hit a pipe during a remodel.

Flooding and water damage events at Williamson County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Williamson County 

SERVPRO of Williamson County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Williamson County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Williamson County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Williamson County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Williamson County.

SERVPRO of Williamson County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 615-790-9634

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Williamson County 

SERVPRO of Williamson County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Williamson County Charity Golf Classic

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of Williamson County Charity Golf Classic 2016 SERVPRO of Williamson County Charity Golf Classic

Innaugural charity golf event benefitting CASA of Williamson County to be held at Westhaven Golf Club on August 15, 2016.  registration and lunch are at 11:00 and we have a 1:00 shotgun start. 

Tips to avoid a pipe burst in cold temperatures

1/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to avoid a pipe burst in cold temperatures Snapped PVC pipe with ice inside

As Temperatures Drop

  • Keep your house warm, and allow the warm air to circulate as much as possible. Seal drafts and keep interior doors open. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period, don’t turn off the heat. Keep it set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
     
  • Open cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow heat to reach the pipes. Be sure to move cleaners and other chemicals out of reach of children and pets.
     
  • Open indoor faucets, hot and cold, to allow a trickle of water. Flowing water is less likely to freeze.

Fires During the Holiday Season

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fires During the Holiday Season We are available all hours and all days.

Fires during the holiday season kill many hundreds of people and cause millions of dollars of property damage each year. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires. Christmas trees alone account for 200 fires annually. Here are steps you can take to safely stay warm and festive this year.

Cooking Care

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food
  • Check your food regularly if you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food and use a timer to remind you
  • Keep items that can catch fire away from your stovetop - paper plates, napkins, towels, etc.
  • Have baking soda and a current fire extinguisher available. Water should not be used on oil fires

Christmas Tree Care

  • Select a tree with a trunk that is sticky to the touch and green needles that don't break off when you pull them back from the branches
  • Keep your Christmas tree watered at all times
  • Place your tree as far away as possible from any heat source, including heat vents and fireplaces
  • Never put lit candles on a tree
  • Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove
  • Don't go near a Christmas tree with an open flame, such as a lit candle, lighter or match
  • If you are using an artificial tree, make sure it's flame retardant

Available 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year

9/23/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Available 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year Late night response to a commercial loss.

You never know when disaster is going to strike.  One call for help to SERVPRO and we are on the way.  This commercial building had a sprinkler line burst, flooding three stories.  The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County were at the scene quickly to extract the water and start the drying process to prevent further damage and get the business affected back open quickly.  Our phone lines are answered 24 hours a day so never hesitate to call us at 615-790-9634 if you experience any water, fire or storm damage.  SERVPRO of Williamson County has unlimited resources available to meet any commercial need, from a busted sprinkler line in an office building to a burst pipe on the 6th floor of a hotel.  

1800's Log Cabin Kitchen Fire

7/21/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 1800's Log Cabin Kitchen Fire Kitchen fire in a rebuilt 1800's log cabin.

Groceries set on the stove caused this fire in an 1800's log cabin.  SERVPRO of Williamson County will use soda blasting to preserve the logs. 

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