Best Practices For Using A Gas Fireplace
A gas fireplace provides fire and heat to your home or workspaces, of course, and it’s also a great addition to any room when it comes to ambiance and aesthetics. They do require specific safety precautions, however.
Here are some best practices for using a gas fireplace:
All gas fireplaces should have a protective safety screen across the front of the fireplace; these screens provide a barrier that helps to reduce the risk of someone getting a serious burn. Also, keep in mind that a safety screen will retain heat, so make sure your family members know not to touch it - especially the little ones.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, poisonous gas that can be deadly, and because of this, every home should have at least one carbon monoxide detector located in rooms near gas appliances, including your gas fireplace. In addition, your home should also have smoke detectors that are fully functional; check and replace the batteries on a regular basis to ensure that they are in good condition.
Schedule yearly inspections for your gas fireplace with a licensed gas technician or hearth dealer; they can check the gas lines, clean the unit’s burner and control compartment, check for condensation.
When you are selecting your gas fireplace, try to choose a model that offers direct-venting. They have sealed combustion systems that protect indoor air quality by drawing air from outside the building while sending all the combustion exhaust and any by-products to the outside. Proper ventilation is essential to protect your loved ones, your property, and yourself.
If you have an accident and your premises suffer damage from a fire, you can call us here at SERVPRO of North Nashville for clean up or recovery of your property and belongings. We also handle water damage, we’re mold remediation experts, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Ask us how!
We Can Make Your Property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
You work hard to keep your property and belongings in good condition. It’s not only a great financial decision, but it also brings you a lot of personal satisfaction when things are looking and functioning at their best.
Sometimes, though, life throws you a curveball - such as bad weather, accidents, equipment failure, or the current worldwide viral situation - and these events are out of your control. You just have to take charge of the process of getting things back to normal as quickly as possible, and that’s where SERVPRO comes in.
One of our trademark commitments is our commitment to make your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. What does that mean?
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our new defensive pathogen cleaning program and goes far beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices; it is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of North Nashville Professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.
So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s:
- Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
- Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
- Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and communities.
Many consumers are uneasy about going back to brick-and-mortar locations, so with that in mind, SERVPRO of North Nashville is dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Commercial Water Damage FAQs
You are very aware of the damaging effects that storms can bring if you have lived in North Nashville for any length of time, and these effects can include flooding, storm damage, water damage, and often subsequent mold growth. As damaging as these events can be to a Nashville home, they can be even more so to a North Nashville business where the damage might not be noticed as quickly. Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we offer extensive commercial services to area business owners, and we understand that there is no such thing as a convenient time for commercial water damage. Time spent cleaning up water damage is time when you are losing business, so it is our top priority to get you back to your pre-damage state as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of North Nashville maintains all the training, experience, and equipment for our team members that is needed to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Our team members hold technical training and certifications in these areas:
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
- Odor Control Technician
- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:
- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training
- Initial Franchise Training
- Continuing Education Classes
Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your commercial property has experienced water damage or if you suspect you have developed a mold problem, or both, contact us here at SERVPRO of North Nashville. We will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation. We can get your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
What To Do In Case of a Water Leak In Your Bathroom
As a home or business owner, you may experience a leak in your bathroom that has shown up suddenly with no warning, or you may also find that you have a small leak that has been present for a while that has also become a problem. In either case, a water leak can cause a lot of damage to any home or business.
Today we are sharing some things you can do in case of a water leak in your bathroom:
The most vital step is to find the bathroom leak, so you will need to inspect your bathroom for signs of water damage. Check the areas around your tub, the tub drain and its overflow, your shower door, and the toilet. Inspect all the drywall in the affected room or area for signs damage, such as buckling, discoloration, and warping. Take note of any unusual or unpleasant odors, since this can mean that you may also need to handle a mold infestation.
If you find signs of water leaking from the base of either your tub or toilet, you can scratch out old grout and add new caulking in the joint between the floor and the tub or toilet. You will also want to apply a bead of clear silicone caulk to the joint between the floor and the affected fixture.
If you discover that your shower is the source of the trouble, you will first want to take steps to determine exactly where the issue is coming from. The most common problem is often that the seal at the base of the shower door needs to be replaced; you should be able to complete this project yourself with no trouble. If your shower is older and needs to be replaced, call your local professionals for help here.
Sometimes there is an issue developing under a sink. This is an easy situation to miss since we don’t usually look under the sink very often. You may want to make it a point to inspect underneath your sink areas on a regular basis, and keep an out for some telltale signs of a leak such as corrosion on pipes, puddles and warped cabinet bases. Determine where the water is coming from, and then decide if this is a do-it-yourself project or if it might be time to call in the professionals.
No matter the size of your water leak and the consequent damage, the team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville has all the experience and skill necessary to handle it, and we are experts in fire damage, water damage, and mold prevention and remediation, as well. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too!
How To Protect Your Belongings If Your Home Floods
One of the best ways to ensure that your loved ones and your belongings are protected from disaster is to establish a strategy for mitigation. The word mitigation means “the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters and other hazards.” And there is no time like the present to put a strategy in place that can save you time and money by lessening the impact of a disaster, and here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we can help.
After fires, flooding is one of the most common hazards any homeowner may experience, so today we wanted to share a few steps you may want to include in your mitigation strategy. Putting these steps into practice, along with others you may come up with yourself, will help protect your belongings if your home floods:
- Maintain your rain gutters and drains to keep them free of all debris and allow water to escape freely.
- Stockpile emergency protective materials and equipment, such as shop vacs, sandbags, and items that can be used to soak up and/or block water and save your belongings.
- Raise your water heater, electric panel, and all heating and cooling systems if there is a chance they may be affected by rising water levels.
- Make your building watertight by using waterproof membranes and backflow valves.
- Modify uninhabited areas of your home to let floodwaters enter and exit.
Be aware of the hazards you face and do what you can to protect yourself. Make a disaster plan with your family and loved ones, and assemble an emergency supply kit to have on hand. Talk about designated shelters with everyone in the household so that they know the best locations and sources for emergency information should the worst happen.
Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we care about all the things you care about: the safety and well being of your family and loved ones, and your property. If you sustain fire damage or water damage, remember that we maintain the equipment and skills necessary to get you back to normal after any kind of disaster, no matter the size. We handle mold and mildew, too! We can make sure your home is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Cleaning Up Your Home After Smoke Damage
A fire will affect everything in your home through the flames, heat, soot, and smoke, and the actual structure itself can even be compromised. You’ll need the assistance of professionals who have the expertise and equipment that is needed to get your work or personal space back to normal as soon as possible, following fire damage. Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we understand that smoke damage can last for a long time, so here are some first steps to think about as you are cleaning up your home after smoke damage:
Inhaling smoke can have an immediate negative effect on you, so avoiding a smoky situation is really important, even if it’s only for a short time. With that in mind, make sure you don’t enter your home or business until all the smoke is cleared from your premises. Hiring a professional fire and smoke damage restoration contractor will ensure that your property is free from the after-effects of a fire.
Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we specialize in restoring the contents of a home or business that has suffered from fire or smoke. Our team will assess all your belongings carefully to determine which items can be restored to their original condition, and they will use several cleaning methods to do just that. These can include:
- Foam: used for upholstery; it can shrink or the colors may bleed if water is used.
- Dry: used to get rid of light residue.
- Wet: used to remove moderate to heavy residues.
- Immersion: used for heavy residues and overwhelming odors.
Electronics that have been damaged by fire and the accompanying smoke often present a serious hazard. Never turn your electronics on after they have been damaged by fire. Smoke residue contains acids that will corrode metal and can cause electronic failure in a device. Computers, televisions, and CD/DVD players should be assessed and cleaned by a professional before they are used after a fire.
If the smoke and fire damage to your home is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning, requiring you to move to other accommodations temporarily, SERVPRO of North Nashville can organize your move-out process. Removing your items from the area will move any remodeling process along a lot faster, as well as protect your items from any further potential damage. We can then coordinate and organize your move back into your premises once it is safe to do so.
If your home or business has suffered damage from fire or smoke, our team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville is ready to handle it. We’re experts in cleanup projects of all sizes, and we are mold prevention and remediation experts, too. We can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
Eliminating Odors From Your Home
SERVPRO of North Nashville offers many services to the North Nashville community, such as cleanup after both large and small disasters and mold prevention/remediation. But did you know that we are also experts in odor removal?
Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are experts in deodorization and trained to identify the source of unpleasant or offensive odors and eliminate them. These kinds of odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure, and masking them or using other shortcuts won't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, we can often remove it over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize any unpleasant odor thoroughly.
Odors that can make life miserable can be caused by:
Rot. You may be dealing with rot in your structure, perhaps from a previous flood or a wet season. The framework or foundational areas of your home could have become wet and stayed wet, and what you are smelling is wood that is decomposing.
Mold. You could be smelling mold, which is very unpleasant and can cause health effects. If you are experiencing that familiar musty odor, call the professionals right away. We can find the colony and start the remediation process to handle the issue and its odors.
Animals. You may have some visitors on your property who are living in your walls or your attic. When that happens, odors can result, especially if an animal dies. SERVPRO of North Nashville can come and discover what you may be dealing with, and once Animal Control comes to remove the creatures, we can begin the cleaning process to get you back to normal.
Smoke. If someone in your house smokes, that can create a very unpleasant situation. We are able to come in and alleviate this issue using our specialized methods. Or perhaps you have experienced a fire event that left smoke residue behind; this is one of our specialties, and we’re happy to help.
SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help with all your odor issues, and we can assist with restoration if you have experienced flooding, fire, or a mold infestation. We can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
Keeping Your Commercial Business Fire Ready
It’s good business to keep your commercial property fire ready and avoid disaster. Your livelihood depends on your business, as well as that of your staff, and we know you will want to protect it. With that in mind, we want to share some tips here that can help you get your property ready in the event of a fire:
- FIRST RESPONDERS. Ensure that your building or suite is visibly lettered and numbered so that emergency responders can easily find your location in a timely manner. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black/white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height. Ensure that your local fire department has your updated contact information on file, as well.
- FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. Fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot that is easy to get to. Make sure your extinguishers are continually maintained and serviced properly at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company, as well.
- EXITS. Exits need to be clearly marked and illuminated at all times, with a battery backup for power outages. They also need to be clear of any obstructions at all times, so that people can get out safely and quickly. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the area around the building outside clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.
- STORAGE. Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling and be orderly. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern. Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible materials, windows, and door openings - do not store trash in exit paths.
- OUTLETS. Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged in, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
- SPRINKLER SYSTEM. Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.
Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are experienced in all cleanup projects after fires, whether they are large or small. In the event of water damage we’re ready to help, as well We are committed to getting your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.
3 Tips For Dealing With Commercial Water Damage
Being aware of situations that may end in commercial water damage is the best way to prevent these things from happening. Take the time to check for signs of any issues that could spell trouble, especially after wet weather. Damage to basements or the foundational or low-lying areas of a building are extremely important to repair as soon as possible so that larger structural and property damages can be avoided. Issues of this kind can end up costing a business owner both time and money.
Here are 3 tips for dealing with commercial water damage:
- NOTICE DETAILS. In a finished basement or a warehouse, surface finish or paint might be peeling away or appear discolored, so taking the time to notice details like changes in textures or colors of surfaces will alert you to a problem quickly. Check for bowing in the walls, which can be a result of long-term seepage. You will want to look for a white, salty substance that can appear on foundational walls that’s known as “efflorescence.” This will tell you how high any water has risen from the base. If flooring is swollen or removed from the subfloor, that is another indicator of water damages.
- KEEP UP WITH REPAIRS. Cracking can occur in the foundation and/or the floor, and it is often due to water damage. Look for cracks in window seals and door panes, as well. Handle any repair issues immediately, especially those that could allow water damage to happen in the future. Replace appliances that have seen better days, and inspect hoses and pipes regularly; don’t wait until disaster happens to start.
- FIND THE SOURCE OF SMELLS. Odors are an indicator that there is an excess water problem. Oftentimes, it’s mold or mildew that causes those smells, which means you have water damage on your hands. This can cost a commercial property owner a lot of money, both in remediation repairs and in possible loss of business or business disruption. Keep drainage areas well-maintained in expectation of summer storms; directing water away from your buildings will stop any problems before they even start.
Once you have found that you have experienced water damage, it’s probably time to call a professional cleaning company. They are experienced and trained to handle spaces that have extensive damage from excess water due to leaky pipes, flooding, and weather-related damages.
The team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville is the team to call for cleanups and repairs to your commercial property after water damage or other disasters, and we’re experts in mold prevention and remediation. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.
How To Prepare Your Business For Storm Damage
Heavy weather and storms can happen any time of year, but here in Middle Tennessee the summers can be especially challenging. Storms and all the water they create can be devastating to a commercial building and can cause damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your North Nashville business ahead of storm season, and taking such preventive measures will reduce the amount of damage your business may experience.
- Well-maintained gutter systems will divert excess water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there, while backed-up water can spill into wall structures, so a regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is going to be vital in preparing your business for storm damage. Keep in mind, too, that a mold colony can get established quickly and is impossible to eradicate completely, so removing issues that encourage damp conditions will stop this from happening.
- Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to alleviate excess water from accumulating around buildings and parking areas. Your local government is often responsible for this but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters.
- Have an emergency response plan in place for your employees. In the event of flooding or other storm damage, a system that allows you to communicate with your staff will help to keep people safe. No one should be driving through flood waters, so be sure everyone is aware whether it is safe to return to your premises. Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site as another way to prepare your business for storm damage.
Responding quickly to damage to your business will get you back to work right away. If you have experienced water damage from storms or fire damage, or if you have a mold issue, our SERVPRO of North Nashville team is ready to help. We are experts at large scale cleanup projects, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!