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How Do I Handle A Pipe Bursting In My North Nashville Business?

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

You can experience serious flooding if a pipe bursts in your North Nashville business. Such an occurrence can be caused by frozen water lines, or it can just be due to faulty pipes or fittings. Whatever the case may be, you will be left with the aftermath. Let’s talk about what you will need to do to handle a pipe bursting at your business location. 

What Are The First Steps I Need To Take To Manage A Burst Waterline? 

  • Shut off the water. If you have control of the water supply, it should be shut off immediately. You may need to contact the property owner or landlord to do this for you. Shutting off the water at the main valve will help you prevent further water damage. 
  • Call a plumber. Repairing the burst pipe will take the skills of a professional plumber, so you will want to contact one as soon as you can. 
  • Assess the damage, and if needed, call the water damage restoration professionals. If there appears to be a lot of water damage, you can call the water damage restoration professionals like SERVPRO of North Nashville. Our highly-trained, local technicians will be on the scene in a manner of minutes, no matter the time of day, and we will document the drying process to validate that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly. 

After The Damage Is Managed, What Are My Next Steps?

  • Document everything. Before the water restoration professionals get started, you will want to take photos and video of the damage to support your insurance claim. 
  • File an insurance claim. SERVPRO can be a big help here by working with your insurance company representatives. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call (615) 697 4190 for details!
  • Restore property. You may have equipment, furniture, and machinery that has been damaged by water. SERVPRO can help with all the issues that come along with commercial water damage. 

If you experience water damage, mold growth, or unpleasant odors in your North Nashville home or business, SERVPRO of North Nashville can be onsite right away to help. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Protect My Belongings From Storm Damage If My North Nashville Home Floods?

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Nashville is always looking for ways to help our community stay safe, and one of the best ways to ensure that your loved ones and your belongings are protected from disaster is to establish a protective strategy. For your strategy to be effective it needs to be established before the next disaster. 

What Are Some Mitigation Projects I Can Completed to Protect My North Nashville Home? 

Flooding is one of the hazards that can occur here in the North Nashville area, so today we wanted to share a few mitigation projects that you may want to complete before bad weather hits and damages your property and belongings. 

  • Keep your rain gutters and drains free of all debris to allow water to escape freely. 
  • Stockpile emergency protective materials and equipment, such as shop vacs, materials to soak up standing water, sandbags, and items that can be used to block water.
  • Elevate 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, otherwise known as “dry flood-proofing.”
  • Modify uninhabited areas of your home to let floodwaters enter and exit. This is known as “wet flood-proofing.” 

What Are Some Other Helpful Tips To Help Me Protect What Is Important To Me? 

  • Be aware of your own unique hazards and do what you can to protect yourself. Make a disaster plan with your family and loved ones, and make sure to assemble an emergency supply kit to have on hand. Talk about designated shelters and ensure that everyone knows the best locations and sources for emergency information should the worst happen. 
  • SERVPRO of North Nashville offers many services that will help you to protect your home, business, belongings, and loved ones. We are restoration experts: 
  • Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:
  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
  • Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of vital or heirloom documents:
    • Air Drying
    • Dehumidification
    • Freezer Drying
    • Vacuum Freeze Drying
    • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we care about you, your family, and your property. If you sustain damages from water or fire, we are here to help. 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!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Prevent Fire Damage With These Helpful Fire Extinguisher Tips

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

According to OSHA, fire is the most common emergency occurrence that home and business owners should plan for. By having a fire extinguisher readily available, making sure it’s properly maintained and audited, and by being educated on its proper use, you can ensure that your North Nashville property will be protected. Having a properly maintained fire extinguisher will already be a fire safety requirement for any business, and it’s a good idea for the homeowner, as well. 

OSHA requires employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly and to accurately assess the situation if fire breaks out so you know if/when people need to be evacuated. OSHA has also established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this same training will be helpful for homeowners as well.  

What Do I Need To Know About Safe Fire Extinguisher Use? 

There is a simple method used to train people how to use a fire extinguisher safely; the PASS training technique is recommended: 

  • P. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A. Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire. 
  • S. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent. 
  • S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished. 

What Are Some Fire Safety Protocols I Should Follow?

Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocols. This training will equip you to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately. 
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. 
  • Keep the route from becoming blocked.
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher (outlined above), and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again. 
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If the environment becomes too dangerous, everyone should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can evolve very quickly, and people need to understand that safety comes first and foremost. 

Remember that SERVPRO is here to help when the worst happens. 

SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help with cleanup projects both large and small. In addition to fire damage, we handle water damage, odor removal, commercial fire damage, and much more. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Should I Expect During The Disaster Restoration Process?

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the disaster restoration industry. These advancements allow the SERVPRO of North Nashville professionals to quickly and effectively restore a property to preloss condition.

What Standards Does SERVPRO Follow When Restoring Property?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. Standards are created to find the best possible method of performing a specified task. 

  • The methods are presented by industry experts, debated, agreed upon through consensus, and, finally, reviewed extensively by industry peers to ensure they are fair and work as intended. 
  • Standards ensure the method of cleaning, restoration, or inspection being performed is - in fact - the best and most effective one. 
  • Standards reduce redundancy, errors, costs, and time spent on a job.

What Are Some Of SERVPRO's Methods When Handling Disaster Restoration?

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment. Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property's moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us see the water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • We may use an infrared camera to identify water locations for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.

Water Extraction Equipment. Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

Submersible and gas-powered pumps perform continuous pumping of high-level water. 

  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from your home business's ceiling, walls, and floors. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization. Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use will remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Antimicrobial Treatments. The use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents is sometimes needed to clean and remove odors and contaminants on your property.

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

SERVPRO of North Nashville handles disaster restoration projects large and small, including fire damage, water damage, mold infestations, biohazards, and many other various types of emergencies. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are Some Storm Damage Restoration Tips For Your North Nashville Commercial Office Space?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

It’s essential to be prepared for winter storms, no matter what kind of property you own. Power losses, debris, and standing water from severe weather can create challenges. After the storm has passed, you may want to know some ways to manage any damage to your North Nashville commercial office space - and maybe even prevent it.

What Are Some Important Safety Measures I Can Take For My North Nashville Business?

Safety for your workforce is the most critical consideration, so it’s wise for you to take steps to ensure no one gets hurt both during and after a winter storm.

  • If you have experienced flooding and there is standing water at your Hermitage/Donelson office space, keep people clear of this area. Electricity in that part of the building should be shut off safely, but never walk through standing water when electricity is engaged. You can contact your local electric service company to come to your location and take care of that. It will be vital to get any standing water removed as soon as possible to avoid contamination and mold, too. Professional cleanup companies can be onsite right away to handle damage after storms. 
  • You should have the overall structure of your building professionally assessed if you have experienced storm damage. These professionals will check power sources and look for exposed wiring, determine whether the building structure is compromised and other unsafe conditions.  
  • If your property has sustained substantial damage, be sure to leave things as they are before your insurance company inspects your location. Your policy may state that repairs need to be done by professionals and may not cover anything you do yourself. If you’re not sure what you can or cannot do, employ a professional who can do an inspection and give you an estimate for any repairs. 

How Can SERVPRO of North Nashville Help You Get Your Office Space Back To Normal After A Storm?

SERVPRO specializes in storm damage recovery, and we are equipped to handle these events at a moment’s notice. 

  • Our personnel have been trained and have all of the necessary training to assist in a storm event. 
  • Every crew member has experience with storm damage events, so our team knows what to do. 
  • Our warehouse is well-stocked with equipment that can meet all your needs. 

Cleaning up after a significant weather event can be challenging. Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we will manage storm damage to your commercial office location so you can get back to work as soon as possible. We also handle commercial restoration, water damage, mold remediation/prevention, and more!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are Some Water Damage Recovery Tips For The Floors Of My North Nashville Property?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

If you experience a water damage event in your North Nashville home or business, chances are good that your flooring will be affected. Once a flood occurs - even if it's just a small one - standing water will begin causing issues immediately. If the water is not cleaned up right away, the damage will only continue to get worse, causing problems with furniture, walls, machinery, and anything else that comes into contact with the floor. 

You will want to contact your water damage recovery specialists as soon as you discover the issue so that they can get to your location right away and begin the restoration process. SERVPRO of North Nashville is faster to any disaster!

What Are Some Things I Can Do To Handle Water Damage While I Wait For SERVPRO To Arrive? 

First Things First: After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be on safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy. Be careful!

The following steps will help you to save your flooring along with other items in your North Nashville property:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What Are Some Things I Should NOT Do?

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

The team at SERVPRO of North Nashville is ready to help with any size disaster caused by flooding or other water-related issues. When it comes to disaster recovery, we can be there right away to get your apartment complex back to normal. We are fire damage and water damage specialists, and we handle mold remediation and more! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are Some Winter Storm Safety Tips For My North Nashville Property?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Nashville advises area home and business owners to prepare their homes and property for the coming winter storm season. Extreme weather can lead to power outages and disruption of communications, and damage to personal and business property and belongings. Flooding and significant snow accumulations can create unsafe conditions for your family, workforce, or residents, so you must take the necessary precautions for winter storm safety

What Are Some Essential Tasks To Complete That Will Ensure Safe Conditions At My North Nashville Location? 

  • Remove dead trees, tall bushes, and broken branches from around your home. These can cause injury and damage to the roof of your house or business location if they fall during a winter storm involving wind, ice, or heavy snow accumulation. 
  • When the snow melts or during heavy rainfall, the water needs to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing easily. If there is dirt and debris left in your gutters from the previous season, the water will pool and begin to back up, possibly damaging interior wall spaces in your home. Such conditions can even lead to mold growth. 
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned to prevent chimney fires. You will want to use your fireplace during cold weather and winter storms, so make sure it is in proper condition ahead of time.
  • Your HVAC system needs to be inspected throughout the year, ensuring that ducts are clear and ready for use, and winter is no different. Change out all your filters in the system, as well. 

How Can A Professional Restoration Company Help Me Keep My North Nashville Property Safe During Winter Storms? 

A professional restoration company like SERVPRO of North Nashville can come to your home or business and assess all the areas mentioned above with an eye to how you will weather a winter storm. We may detect issues that you are not aware of. We can also be onsite right away if the worst should happen. 

  • As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and expertise to dry your home and restore it to pre-storm condition quickly.
  • The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.

Our team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville cares about your safety and the safety of your loved ones and your property. In addition to storm damage, we also handle mold remediation, water damage, commercial restoration, and more. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation on the winter storm readiness of your North Nashville home or business or if you have suffered damage from winter storms and need help with recovery. We can be there right away!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Fire Damage In Nashville?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are over 350,000 residential fires every year in America. Your Nashville home is one of your most important assets. Therefore, ensure that you have the proper homeowners insurance with enough coverage for a fire in your home. You need to be aware of some critical aspects of homeowners insurance to ensure that your residence is covered in case of a fire. 

What Does A Standard Homeowners Insurance Cover? 

A standard homeowners insurance policy traditionally covers your home and belongings. Most policies include coverages that can help pay to repair or replace your home and all contents. 

Standard homeowners insurance coverage will include:

  • The main structure and attached structures, such as garages
  • Additional costs incurred (such as hotels, food, etc.) if your home is uninhabitable, requiring you to make other living arrangements for the duration of the fire damage recovery.  
  • Detached structures - also known as "other structures coverage" - such as detached garages, fences, and sheds
  • Personal property, such as appliances, furniture, and clothing
  • Landscaping is often included, with reimbursement for a portion or all of the value of the loss.

Should I Purchase Additional Coverage For My North Nashville Home?

Homeowners insurance covers your home and personal belongings if damaged by smoke or fire, but fires can result in a devastating - and total - loss of your entire home and property. You may need to add supplemental coverage or raise your existing coverage limits to be fully protected. You can even purchase a separate fire insurance policy. Some things to consider here:

  • Homeowners may consider a fire policy to be sure that the entire amount of damages are included. Fires often cause more extensive damage than other complications. A separate fire policy extends your coverage options. It is vital to assess the home and its belongings to understand what a total loss could cost you.
  • Inquire about the coverage limits on the homeowners' policy concerning fire damage. A small fire stopped in time may not result in extensive property destruction. However, a total loss of the home may leave you with little left to replace personal items. A fire policy can help give security full reimbursement for everything necessary after a home is lost to fire.

SERVPRO of North Nashville will help with your insurance claim process and claims paperwork, in addition to assisting with your restoration after fire damage, odor removal & deodorization, water damage, and many other types of emergencies. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Why Should You Trust SERVPRO of North Nashville?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fires, storms, and other emergencies don't wait for regular business hours, and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Nashville provides emergency services to the Nashville community 24 hours a day, seven days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night!

What Makes SERVPRO of North Nashville A Restoration Company That I Can Trust? 

Our SERVPRO team is well trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our team is equipped with the knowledge and skill to restore your property from all kinds of damage. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Our Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after the successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:
    • Crew Training
    • Fire Restoration
    • Water Restoration
    • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes. SERVPRO of North Nashville offers credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:
    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
    • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
    • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

We have a good reputation in the Nashville community for being timely, skilled, and thorough. We know word-of-mouth is the very best advertising out there, so you can read testimonials from your North Nashville neighbors and our past clients here!

Does SERVPRO of North Nashville Stay Up-To-Date On The Latest Technological Advancements? 

Over the last few decades, we have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow the SERVPRO of North Nashville professionals to restore a property to preloss condition more quickly, reliably, and effectively. We adhere fully to the practical standards for restoration and cleaning set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

SERVPRO of North Nashville handles cleanup projects, both large and small. You can count on SERVPRO whether you have experienced fire damage, water damage, mold infestations, or other various types of emergencies. We will be on-site right away with all the right equipment and skill needed to get you back to normal right away.  


This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Start Recovering From A Commercial Kitchen Fire In Nashville?

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

A commercial kitchen fire can cause a lot of damage to your business, and you may have some “burning” questions about where to start when it comes to restoration. Fire can break out unexpectedly in a kitchen setting, and it happens more often than you might think. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, a national study showed that fire departments responded to close to 3,500 commercial fires annually. 

If you experience a fire in your Nashville commercial kitchen, you can count on the restoration professionals at SERVPRO to help you get back to normal.

WHAT STEPS DO I TAKE TO GET MY COMMERCIAL KITCHEN BACK TO NORMAL AFTER A FIRE?

  • The safety of your staff and clientele is your priority if your Nashville commercial kitchen experiences a fire. After calling the fire department, ensure that everyone is present and accounted for and out of the building before you do anything else.
  • Call your insurance company immediately post-disaster to report the incident and start your claim process.
  • If you are leasing the space, let the owner or property manager know so that they are aware of the severity of damage and possible repair costs. 
  • Wait for the fire department to give you the all-clear to go inside the building before assessing the damage and removing necessary items.
  • Call fire damage restoration professionals like SERVPRO of North Nashville to come and begin assessing the damage and planning your recovery process. 
  • Document everything by taking photos and videos of the damage for your insurance claim.

WHAT DOES THE SERVPRO FIRE RESTORATION PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

When your commercial business experiences fire damage, it is important to get back to business quickly to avoid lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of North Nashville has years of experience restoring commercial properties damaged by fire, and we will help you make the right decisions to get your business up and running as soon as possible. Our team will:

  • Board-up and tarp the affected areas to minimize further damage
  • Remove and dry the water used to put the fire out
  • Clean any soot and smoke left behind
  • Clean and sanitize all restorable items
  • Remove any odors on soft surfaces 

SERVPRO of North Nashville is a trusted leader in commercial fire damage restoration. One of our fire damage specialists can assist you with getting the cleanup and restoration process started the moment you call us at (615) 876 9551.

In addition to fire damage restoration, we also handle other commercial services, such as commercial water damage restoration, commercial mold remediation, commercial cleaning, and more.

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are The Steps For Water Damage Restoration In Nashville?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

The damage that can be done to your North Nashville home or business by water can be extensive and may require the help of a professional water damage remediation specialist like SERVPRO. Water can do more than just ruin furniture and textiles; it can seep into walls and flooring and create unsafe and unhealthy conditions. If water damage is left untreated you can find yourself with a mold infestation. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE SERVPRO WATER DAMAGE PROCESS?

Every water damage situation is different and requires a unique solution, but the general SERVPRO process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact: We will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency when you call. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment. When responding to a water damage emergency, we begin with a detailed inspection of your home or property, including a damage assessment. At this stage, our professionals will determine the scope of the damage and develop an appropriate plan of action.

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction: After the inspection and damage assessment step, the water extraction process begins. This step removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification: Once we remove the excess water, the floors and walls may appear dry, but a quick inspection will reveal they are wet to the touch. Nearly all building materials, like wood, drywall, and flooring materials, are porous and retain water. This water can cause materials to break down, warp, or cause mold damage.

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair: Your walls, flooring, and ceiling will most likely require professional cleaning services. In addition to cleaning your property’s structure, we will clean your furniture, upholstery, clothing, and other restorable belongings damaged by the water. Most flooding and water damage also require professional odor removal and deodorization since wet materials have a distinct odor.

Step 6: Restoration: Restoration, the final step, is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

WHAT OTHER SERVICES DOES SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE OFFER?

In addition to water damage restoration, we offer:

And much more!

When your Nashville home has water damage from flooding or leaks, call SERVPRO of North Nashville right away before the leak has caused more damage. We are available 24/7, highly experienced, and motivated to have your Nashville home or business back to normal quickly and done correctly. All of our crews are IICRC certified and trained in the repair of new and older homes. Depending on the extent of the water damage or other factors - such as mold growth - we will have your water damage situation remediated in just a few days. We will document the whole drying process to assure you and your insurance provider that the job has been as contracted.

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How Do I Stay Safe During Power Outages Caused By Storm Damage In North Nashville?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

There can be a significant impact on your daily activities when the power goes out during a Nashville storm. Heavy storms can create hazardous conditions that compromise your safety, too. 

WHAT ARE SOME SAFETY TIPS I CAN FOLLOW DURING A NORTH NASHVILLE POWER OUTAGE?

Food and Medication Safety. 

  • Keeping the doors of your refrigerator and freezer closed will help your refrigerator remain at an acceptable temperature for approximately four hours. 

CDC Food Safety Guidelines:

  • Never taste food to determine if it is safe to eat. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Throw out perishable food in your refrigerator (meat, fish, cut fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk, and leftovers) after 4 hours without power or a cold source like dry ice. Throw out any food with an unusual odor, color, or texture.
  • Check temperatures of food kept in coolers or your refrigerator with an added cold source. Throw out food above 40°.

Contact your physician to get direction on storing medications that should be refrigerated. 

Communications. 

  • Keep all electronics fully charged while you have power during a storm. 
  • Have extra batteries ready for flashlights and emergency radios. 
  • Avoid using candles for lighting, which can cause house fires.
  • Unplug items during a power outage. Although GFCI outlets and surge protectors are designed to control the current that goes through an outlet, this does not mean that equipment and appliances are safe to remain plugged in during a power outage. A surge can happen at any time, and an untested surge protector may not be able to prevent damage.

HOW CAN SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE HELP ME RECOVER FROM STORM DAMAGE? 

SERVPRO is dedicated to getting you back to normal as soon as possible. Your safety takes top priority, so if you experience power outages after a North Nashville storm, call us at (615) 866 9551 and we will be on-site right away to help you assess your situation and handle any safety concerns.

Keep in mind that when a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of North Nashville can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too!

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Why Should You Hire Professionals To Manage Your North Nashville Fire Damage Restoration?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Recovering from a fire can be an overwhelming task. From safety to handling the insurance claim process - each aspect involves a long list of things to do all by itself. The emotional toll that fire in your North Nashville home or business takes on everyone involved is more than enough to handle! When a fire occurs, the best thing you can do is hire a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to help you get back to normal.

WHAT DOES THE FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS AT SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE  INVOLVE?

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us at (615) 876 9551. Our representative will ask you questions about the fire damage event. The answers will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

  • Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

  • Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

  • Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

  • Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

  • Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. Our team will remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment, as well. 

  • Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step to getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. It could also entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

WHY SHOULD I TRUST SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE TO HANDLE MY FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PROJECT?

  • Our staff holds high-level training in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing education at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 
  • In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is vital. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is well-positioned to be faster to any size of emergency. Rapid response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
  • The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of North Nashville Professionals to quickly, reliably and more effectively restore a property to preloss condition.

Contact us right away if your home or business experiences an emergency of any size. In addition to fire damage, we handle water damage, mold remediation, and more. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Makes SERVPRO Of North Nashville Different Than Other Restoration Companies?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

When a disaster occurs at your North Nashville location, you want to know who the best restoration company is. Getting back to work or life-as-usual will be at the forefront of anyone's mind that has experienced difficult circumstances. If your North Nashville property is damaged and in need of restoration, SERVPRO can be there right away to get you back to normal. 

WHY IS SERVPRO THE BEST RESTORATION COMPANY TO HELP ME GET MY NORTH NASHVILLE PROPERTY BACK TO NORMAL? 

  • SERVPRO of North Nashville is locally owned and operated, so we're already close by and ready to respond when you need us. You won't have to wait hours for us to show up! 
  • We're also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which gives us access to more resources for more effective cleaning or restoration projects or major storm scenarios.
  • Our SERVPRO team maintains specialized training in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured that our team is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:
  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes
  • The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of North Nashville Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively. Learn more here: 

WHAT SERVICES DOES SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE OFFER? 

You can find out more about all our services here: 

No matter the size or type of damage your property experiences, we can handle it. We are proud to serve the residents and business owners of North Nashville. The restoration process starts the moment you call us at (615) 876-9551.

We can get your home or business  Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.  

What Should I Know About Mold Remediation In My North Nashville Hotel?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is unsightly, no matter where you find it. It damages surfaces and produces unpleasant odors that can cause health effects to breathe in. Mold spores are in the air all around us, and once they settle on a spot to build a colony, you can't ever completely eradicate it. 

None of this is desirable, no matter what type of space we are discussing. No one wants to experience mold in their home, office, or commercial building, and certainly not in their hotel! You can lose business if you develop a mold issue in your hotel and don't handle it immediately. A professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO of North Nashville can be on-site at your hotel to manage this right away. 

HOW CAN SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE HELP ME MANAGE A MOLD ISSUE IN MY HOTEL? 

Every mold damage scenario is different. They need a unique solution, but our general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our typical commercial mold remediation process:

  • Emergency Contact - (615) 876-9551

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Local and state laws may require a specific inspection and documentation protocol based on the size of the affected area. We can advise you on this process, providing guidance based on your unique situation. We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and is often unseen. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  • Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. Fans and HVACs are shut down as a preventive measure against the spread of mold.

  • Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful "air scrubbers" and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the remediation is in progress.

  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We'll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies. This will prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items. Our team employs a variety of techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment, as well. 

  • Restoration

We will remove drywall, subfloors, and other building materials, depending on the level of mold infestation. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. It could also entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

WHAT OTHER SERVICES DOES SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE OFFER FOR MY COMMERCIAL PROPERTY? 

Some estimates find that almost half of all businesses will not reopen after a disaster. SERVPRO of North Nashville does not want to see a single Nashville business become a part of that statistic. We have the skills and equipment necessary to make sure your Nashville business recovers from any disaster. We offer many services designed with the commercial customer in mind: 

If you experience an emergency or disaster of any size in your hotel or commercial property, SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help!

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Can Water Damage The Foundation Of My North Nashville Building?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

A typical building foundation will be a thick slab of poured cement set into the ground or heavy mortar blocks, and it doesn’t sound as though it would be vulnerable to the effects of water damage. However, water can negatively affect your foundation both directly and indirectly and make expensive foundation repairs necessary. The water can seep into your North Nashville home or business and cause problems indoors, as well. 

What Are Some Ways Water Can Damage The Foundation Of My North Nashville Location?

  • Rainwater will usually penetrate the ground quickly and be carried away. Still, if the soil is already saturated - as can often be the case during rainy seasons - it can add to the pressure already coming to bear against the foundational walls. This pressure may create cracks and gaps, allowing water to seep into your basement or crawl spaces. Such conditions can then cause the foundation walls to tip or rotate inward, requiring major foundation rehab work.
  • Suppose the local water table rises near the surface. In that case, it may push against the underside of the foundation - a condition called “hydrostatic pressure” - and the force of rising groundwater is powerful and continuous. Such a situation can infiltrate water into your basement through cracks and joints that widen over time, even sometimes permeating your solid concrete. 
  • Pooling water on the surface around the perimeter of your location will eventually degrade concrete and mortar foundations and is often caused by landscaping that slopes down toward the building. Rainwater will then pool around the foundation and seep in. Other damages can be caused by clogged, overflowing rain gutters that direct water to the ground or downspouts that allow discharged water to flow back toward the house.

How Can I Protect My North Nashville Property From Water Damage To Its Foundation?

There are a few preventive measures you can take to protect your house or business from foundational damage:

  • Clean rain gutters regularly, and replace both your gutters and rain-spouts ahead of wet weather if they look like they won’t function properly. 
  • Adjust any landscaping that slopes towards your building to direct water away from it instead. 
  • Ensure that your foundation is always visible. At least six inches of foundation should be visible for brick or cement exteriors, while eight inches of foundation should be visible for wood exteriors. If soil, mulch, or other materials are too high, moisture can more easily penetrate the top of your foundation, creating some of the above issues.

Whenever you experience water damage to your property, remember that your friends here at SERVPRO of North Nashville are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help! We can be onsite right away if the worst happens. We can assist you in assessing your property to find vulnerabilities and establish ways to prevent future accidents. 

We can get your home and business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. Ask us how!

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated. 

How Can I Determine The Differences Between Storm Damage Vs Flooding And Water Damage To My North Nashville Property?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

One easy way to tell the difference between water damage from flood damage is to answer this simple question: is your home the only one having any issues in your neighborhood? If your house is the only one affected, you are probably not looking at storm damage. 

Flood damage is generally considered damage caused by rising or overflowing water entering your home due to a storm surge or rain-induced flooding after building up on once-dry land.

Water damage is when water damages your home before it comes into contact with dry land, including heavy rainstorms or hail storms that allow water to leak through broken windows or damaged roofing.

What Are Some Causes Of Water Damage To My North Nashville House?

Your home can incur water damage from: 

  • A burst sewer line 
  • An overflowing toilet
  • A malfunctioning water heater 
  • A broken pipe under a sink
  • A malfunctioning household appliance
  • Dozens of other sources inside your home.

What Are Some Of The Causes Of Flood Damage To My North Nashville House?

A flood is defined as a temporary situation where two or more acres of dry land, or two or more property units, are covered in water from one of the sources listed below.

According to FEMA, flood damage is caused by:

  • overflow of inland or tidal waters
  • unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source
  • mudflow
  • Collapsing land along the shores of a lake or a similar body of water. the collapse is a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or currents of water that have exceeded anticipated levels 

How Are The Dangers Of Flood Water Different From The Dangers Of Water From My North Nashville Residence?

  • Category 1: CLEAN WATER. It comes from supply lines, faucets, and other sources that aren't contaminated and can usually be cleaned with extraction, drying, and dehumidification.
  • Category 2. GREYWATER. This water will come from dishwasher leaks, sump pump failures, and other sources that can include contamination. It typically requires a degree of sanitation and decontamination.
  • Category 3. BLACKWATER. This comes from sewage, standing water, and other sources that can be seriously contaminated by pathogenic and toxic material. It requires an extreme degree of sterilization before people can safely re-enter the structure without safety gear. NOTE: Floodwater is always category 3.

How Can SERVPRO Help To Clean Up Water Damage?

  • We will remove mud and debris. Dirt and sediment will be carried in with water, whether from a natural flood or a burst sewer line. All mud must be removed from your home before we can begin the disinfecting process.
  • We will disinfect surfaces and contents. Many of your items, including toys, rugs, and furniture, may have to be disposed of completely.
  • We apply biocide, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial to every surface. Contamination by black water and flood water damage can contribute to mold growth. 
  • We will repaint and refinish surfaces. The powerful disinfectants necessary for this water and flood damage class may discolor walls, floors, and other interior features more than lower classifications of water damage.
  • We will repair any roof leaks or storm damage. Flood damage will often come with extreme weather, so the exterior of your home has likely experienced issues, too. 

SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help you when the worst happens. In addition to storm damage, we manage fire damage, mold remediation, and more. Visit our website for information about all our services.

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated. 

How Can I Choose The Right Fire Restoration Company For My North Nashville Property?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

After experiencing a fire, things can be confusing and stressful. You will be faced with discussions and decisions about insurance, restoration, and inspections, and it can be hard to manage alone. That’s why your first - and best - step to getting back to normal is choosing just the right fire restoration & claim management company. The professionalism and skill of the company you hire will determine the restoration and insurance claim outcome.

What Are Some Important Factors To Consider When Selecting The Perfect Fire Restoration Team For My North Nashville Property?

  • Reviews/Credentials. One of the most important things you should look for in a fire restoration company is their certifications and insurance. You want to hire a company that has been adequately trained and recognized by a third party such as IICRC. IICRC licensed contractors have gone through excessive training, becoming experts in their field.
  • Insurance. In addition to acknowledgment and certificates, a reliable company is also insured. If the company isn’t insured, you might have to pay for any injury or damage that can happen.
  • Reviews. Checking for online reviews should be another priority. Modern and popular companies have a significant presence on the internet, so it won’t be hard to check customer feedback. You can also look for the company’s replies; this will tell you how they treat their customers even if they have written negative reviews.

What Should A North Nashville Fire Restoration Company Offer?

Fire inspection and restoration is a complicated task. Some companies only do inspections, while others participate in the reconstruction or focus on risk management and assessment. You could end up working with 2-3 companies to cover all these fields, but we always recommended that you find one specializing in all of the areas just mentioned above. 

  • Ability. Your chosen company should be certified and trained for the variety of services they offer. 
  • Availability. Hiring a responsive and dedicated company is always best. look for those that offer 24-hour services and quickly arrive to address your problems.
  • Reliability. Home fires are emotional and complicated, so you need a reliable and responsive company to protect your back. you wouldn’t want an absent and uninterested company assessing and restoring your home from issues with the insurer and paperwork to mold removal and plumbing repair.
  • Works With Insurance. Working with a restoration company that offers help with insurance claims is a wise choice. The insurance company assigned to your home will send their inspectors, who will do an inspection and assessment to satisfy the needs of the insurance provider. This could mean you will get less money than needed to restore your house. 

Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we take pride in being able to cover all your fire restoration needs: 

  • Certification & insurance
  • Positive reviews & satisfied customers
  • 24-hour availability and responsiveness
  • High-tech equipment and knowledge
  • A variety of services and specialization in various fields
  • Training and experience in working with claim management and negotiations with insurers.

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated. 

How Can I Prepare my North Nashville Office for Reopening?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Managing the unexpected is one of the biggest challenges a business owner will face, and this past year has undoubtedly presented you with its share! You may have found it necessary to close your office to allow your workforce to do their jobs remotely. Reopening your office space will bring a whole new set of requirements to ensure everyone will be safe and comfortable on their return. You may want to consider engaging the help of a professional cleaning and restoration company so that you can complete your transition as smoothly and safely as possible. SERVPRO is here to help!

HOW CAN SERVPRO GET MY NASHVILLE OFFICE AS CLEAN AND SAFE AS POSSIBLE?

As a proactive viral pathogen cleaning, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program - Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - goes beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust our team of SERVPRO of North Nashville professionals to bring a higher standard of cleanliness to your commercial business office.

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 your office or facility.
  • Clean: Our expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and will always adhere to the top level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: Your clientele will know your business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on your front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents your commitment to the comfort and security of your employees, customers, and community.

So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

WHAT OTHER COMMERCIAL SERVICES DOES SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE OFFER TO HELP GET MY OFFICE READY FOR REOPENING? 

FEMA estimates that 40% of businesses will not reopen after a disaster. Our SERVPRO of North Nashville team does not want to see a single Nashville business become a part of that statistic! We have the skills to ensure your Nashville business can recover from anything.

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties and businesses requires a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. The commercial services experts at SERVPRO of North Nashville have the resources and expertise to give you excellent results. We want to keep any disruption to your business operations to a minimum and get you back to work as soon as possible. Whatever your commercial services issue—from cleaning to fire damage to water damage or disaster recovery—SERVPRO of North Nashville can help restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

We are always available 24/7, and we can get your home or business back to normal quickly and cost-effectively.

We handle commercial restoration projects in a variety of locations:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of North Nashville responds quickly to your Nashville business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. We have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises, so no commercial project is too large. 

Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Contact us for further assistance in getting your office reopened safely!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Types of Cleaning Services Can SERVPRO Of North Nashville Provide?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Accidents of all kinds will happen in any home or business, and you can find yourself left with a mess you have no idea how to handle. Some issues can even be unsafe, such as chemical spills or the aftermath of an injury. Don’t worry - SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help you with all your cleaning needs. 

WHAT TYPES OF CLEANING SERVICES DOES SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE OFFER? 

The team at SERVPRO of North Nashville maintains all the training, equipment, and expertise needed to manage any cleanup/recovery project. We handle it all for you no matter what you find yourself facing. 

Our standard cleaning services include:

  • Water Damage Recovery 
  • Fire Damage
  • Chemical Spills 
  • Odor Removal
  • Vandalism
  • Air Ducts & HVAC 

DOES SERVPRO OF NORTH NASHVILLE PROVIDE SPECIALIZED CLEANING SERVICES?

Not only are we able to manage the more common issues you may experience, but we also maintain specialty skills to achieve success in more specialized areas. These can require hazardous materials tools and equipment, proper disposal according to governmental safety guidelines, or professional knowledge concerning how to handle the materials that have been affected. Our goal is to ensure that the owner experiences the least amount of loss possible and to keep them protected from any adverse consequences throughout the process.  

If you have undergone an accident or damage to your home or business and the aftermath is overwhelming, remember that SERVPRO of North Nashville can clean anything life throws at you! We can typically be onsite within four hours of your call to begin the cleanup and restoration process. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How Do I Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher for my North Nashville Property?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher is an essential item for any home or business. A fire can occur with little warning and sometimes with no warning at all. A pan can catch on fire on your stove; flammable liquid can spill, lightning can strike, a candle can fall over - many things can happen in the blink of an eye. When they do, you will want to be ready to handle it. Being knowledgeable about fire safety and prevention is an important responsibility for any home or a business owner. 

Rental properties must have a fire extinguisher on-site. However, as the residential or commercial property owner, it will be your responsibility to ensure that fire extinguishers are on hand and ready to use.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT SELECTING A FIRE EXTINGUISHER FOR MY NORTH NASHVILLE PROPERTY?

When selecting a suitable fire extinguisher, the most important thing is determining what type of fire you may need to put out. Your commercial property will require a different kind of extinguisher than your home. 

Did you know? There are five different types of fire:

The five types of fires are:

  • Class A: Trash, wood, cloth, paper, and other ordinary combustibles start Class A fires.
  • Class B: Gasoline, oil, propane, paint, and flammable gases and liquids start Class B fires.
  • Class C: Electrical equipment is always involved in Class C fires. Examples can include electrical short-circuiting and sparking from poor connections.
  • Class D: Rarer Class D fires involve combustible metal alloys and metals like sodium, potassium, lithium, and more.
  • Class K: Cooking fires started by grease, cooking oils, animal fat, vegetable fat, and similar materials.

And did you know that there are eight different types of fire extinguishers?

  • Water 
  • Foam
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Dry Chemical 
  • Purple K 
  • Multi-purpose Dry Chemical, 
  • Dry Powder 
  • Wet Chemical.

WHO CAN I CALL IF I EXPERIENCE A FIRE AT MY NORTH NASHVILLE LOCATION?

SERVPRO of North Nashville is always ready, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, to help if you experience a fire at your Nashville home or business. We have all the equipment and skills necessary to restore your property to its pre-fire condition and get you back to normal. We can manage all fire-related issues for you, as well, such as:

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too - ask us how!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can Technology Help Me Manage Storm Damage in North Nashville?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Storms in Middle Tennessee can be violent and cause a lot of damage to your North Nashville home or business. However, you can use technology to prepare for the worst, and today we would like to talk about ways you can do just that. 

HOW CAN I STAY INFORMED DURING A STORM IN THE NASHVILLE AREA?

Getting weather updates is going to be vital for you during - or after - a storm. Here are some sources for trustworthy information:

  • The Weather Channel is a great place to find in-depth reports on area conditions, as well as what to expect in the coming hours. You can access this channel on your computer or laptop, or you can download their app to use on your phone. 
  • Local news stations will also be sharing up-to=the-minute information, and they will have a website you can access. 
  • You may want to consider buying an emergency radio so that you can stay informed if you lose wifi or electricity. Do some research to find the best one for your location.
  • FEMA sends out emergency television and radio broadcasts, so if you have some access to the airwaves, you will get those essential updates. 

WHAT TECHNOLOGY EXISTS THAT CAN HELP ME PROTECT MY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS?

When you experience storm damage, you can end up losing essential items through water damage. Heirlooms, clothing, and items made of paper may not survive the water and debris that accompanies the storm. Scanning and downloading your vital statistic documents will help you avoid losing things like :

  • birth and death records
  • marriage and divorce papers
  • birth certificates
  • insurance policies
  • wills and deeds 

To ensure that such documentation stays undamaged even if your computer is affected, you can store extra copies on:

  •  a flash drive that you can keep away from water damage 
  • a water-proof hard drive 

SERVPRO of North Nashville can be on-site at your North Nashville home or business right away to help you recover from storm damage. We also handle water damage, mold remediation, and much more!

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How Can I Manage Water Damage in My Apartment Complex?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

We will be experiencing winter weather in Middle Tennessee very soon, and that may include rain, ice, and snow. Now is the perfect time to consider ways to prevent damage from water in your apartment complex. You may run into many issues, such as rain gutters that need attention or pipelines that have burst due to the cold. Planning can prevent these kinds of damages.

In addition to such weather-related situations, appliances fail, windows get left open during rain, and bathtubs overflow. Each of these occurrences leaves you with a mess to clean up and damaged property that will need restoration. You will also need to make sure that your lease addresses the responsibilities of both yourself and your tenants

WHAT ARE SOME STEPS TO TAKE TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE IN MY APARTMENT COMPLEX?:

  • Inform your residents on how to handle freezing temperatures. Some of your residents may have moved from warmer climates and have no idea this is an issue. They will need education on how to avoid frozen pipes, etc. 
  • Make sure your residents know who to contact if they see a potential or actual problem. You could even offer prizes or discounts for those who identify an issue before it becomes an absolute disaster. Ask your residents to keep an eye out for loose or missing rain gutters, crumbling walkways, leaking pipes, or irrigation that needs repair. 
  • Keep on top of potential issues by inspecting areas in your complex that could develop problems, such as the pool or irrigation lines. Some complexes offer car washes, so if yours does, that’s another place to watch.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE IN MY NASHVILLE APARTMENT COMPLEX?

Your lease should outline your responsibilities and those of your residents. Generally speaking, a complex owner will be responsible for water damage from items owned by the complex. Whereas Residents are usually held accountable for water damage due to negligence. 

The team at SERVPRO of North Nashville is ready to help with any size disaster caused by flooding or other water-related issues. When it comes to disaster recovery, we can be there right away to get your apartment complex back to normal. We are fire damage and water damage specialists, and we handle mold remediation and more! 

We can get your apartment complex Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What To Expect During The Mold Remediation Process In Bellevue, TN

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from any home or business in Bellevue is impossible. You may find that some companies advertise “mold removal” services and even guarantee that they can remove your mold infestation altogether, but this is unfortunately not correct.

Mold Facts and Prevention Tips

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems. They can even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture and can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, address any sources of water or moisture, or the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, which will let you know where a possible mold problem might be developing.
  • Higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth, keeping indoor humidity below 45 percent to avoid an infestation.

What The SERVPRO of North Nashville Mold Remediation Procedure Looks Like

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Our “typical” approach will be:

  • The SERVPRO of North Nashville mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us for help at (615) 876-9551
  • Our representative will ask you a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
  • We will schedule an inspection and Mold Damage Assessment to determine how serious the problem has become and the best methods to remediate your mold infestation.  
  • Mold Containment will then be completed, followed by
  • Air Filtration to ensure that your home or business air quality environment is safe and healthy
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials is another crucial step in our Mold Remediation Process
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings is our specialty - especially when it comes to situations that pose a threat to your health
  • Our Mold Remediation/Restoration process has one ultimate goal in mind: to get you back to normal as soon as possible

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. Local and state laws may require a specific inspection and documentation protocol based on the size of the affected area. Our team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville can advise you on this process, providing guidance based on your unique situation. In addition to mold remediation, we are also experts in other areas of restoration. We can help you recover from storm damage, vandalism and graffiti, and more. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too - ask us how!

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated. 

What To Do After The Sprinklers In Your Nashville Business Go Off

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

You may have experienced a situation where your overhead sprinkler system in your business discharges unnecessarily, or you may have suffered from a fire. The mess that is left behind can be more than you can manage on your own, and you have a business to run, as well. That’s where SERVPRO of North Nashville comes in! 

Prompt Cleanup Measures When Your Overhead Sprinkler System Discharges 

Water within your overhead sprinkler system will be non-potable, meaning the water will have picked up and absorbed oils and other contaminants within the piping. The additional pollutants lead to discoloration and odors that can be pretty unpleasant, which is the last thing you need in your workspace. Cleanup actions should be prompt and involve both moisture remediation and focused surface cleaning to remove stains’. Additional measures will be necessary to alleviate odors and protect safe air quality.

Save Yourself Time And Trouble By Engaging Professional Assistance

  • Engaging prompt, professional assistance following an overhead sprinkler discharge is essential so that you can save your property from permanent damage. Your actions in the first 24-48 hours will save you significant time and money, and quick resolution for damp and humid environments will prevent subsequent mold growth, too.
  • Professional follow-up will be invaluable when it comes to the odors that can result from damp conditions. Our team can evaluate the water damage and potential for mold growth in hidden areas, ensure that any affected building materials are dry before work area rebuilding, and manage the recovery of your electronics and other business tools and equipment. 
  • We also highly recommend that you hire an independent water damage and mold remediation expert to represent you during the planning, response, and closeout stages of your recovery project and work with your insurance carrier. 
  • Prompt action for cleaning is essential for affected fabric and textile items to minimize permanent staining and damage. If paper documents are damaged, SERVPRO or North Nashville has the equipment, training, and expertise to recover them whenever possible. 

If your overhead fire sprinkler system has gone off in your place of business and left a mess behind, SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help you get back to business as soon as possible. We are fully trained and equipped to manage water damage and fire damage, flooding, cleanup projects of all sizes, and more here at SERVPRO of North Nashville. We can also get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. 

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated

How Can SERVPRO of North Nashville Help You Recover From Water Damage?

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Our highly trained restoration industry technicians are here at SERVPRO of North Nashville 24-hours a day to help you in the event of an emergency. When a disaster involving water and its aftermath of damage affects your home or business, you can count on us.

Here are just a few of the ways SERVPRO can restore your property from water damage: 

SERVPRO Can Remove Moisture and Repair Damaged Belongings

SERVPRO of North Nashville has all the skills and equipment necessary to dry damp areas and restore items that have been negatively affected by moisture. You may have undergone a flooding event from bad weather, equipment failure, or an overflowing creek or river; each of these situations will ruin belongings. We can help you recover and dry out:

  • Textiles, furniture, draperies
  • Documents
  • Flooring and floor coverings
  • Low-lying buildings and rooms, such as basements

We will help you pack up what is salvageable so that it can be cleaned, inventorying every item. We also remove sheetrock, carpet, and insulation and remediate the building too. 

SERVPRO Can Remediate Unhealthy and Unsafe Environments

A water damage event - such as the flooding of a river or an industrial spill involving large amounts of water mixed with chemicals - may create an unhealthy environment that can result in illness or injury. SERVPRO will ensure that your premises are safe and accessible by managing:

  • Unclean water
  • Mold and mildew infestations
  • Dangerous debris
  • Structural elements
  • Unsafe situations, such as those involving electrical components and standing water
  • Chemicals and toxins

These are just three of the many ways we are here to help you recover your business after a disaster. Visit our website for more information!

The SERVPRO of North Nashville team can be on-site with all the experience and equipment necessary to get you back to normal quickly when your home or business experiences water damage. We handle other types of cleanup projects, including the aftermath of fire damage, mold infestation, vandalism, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. 

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated. 

What You Need To Know About Filing A Storm Damage Insurance Claim

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Damage from a storm may very well mean that you are going to need to file a storm damage insurance claim, and you may be unfamiliar with the process. To help guide you through it we are sharing some tips today to help:

INVESTIGATE THE DAMAGE.

Once it’s safe to do so, take time to look around your property to see what has been damaged. Make detailed notes and take photos and/or videos of what you find for your records; this information can be helpful for your claims adjuster, as well. Take special notice of anything that seems dangerous or unsafe, and be sure to keep people away from those areas. If you feel it is not safe to stay in your home, save documentation for any steps you have to take, such as meals, hotels, rental cars, etc. If it is your business that is affected and you must go elsewhere to complete work, the same provision holds true. Reimbursement is made much easier with proper documentation. 

CONTACT THE INSURANCE COMPANY.

Insurance company contracts require home and business owners to report the property damage claim to them promptly, so this is an important early step. You will want to check for time limits as to when you need to file your claim since your claim could be denied if you fail to meet this requirement. Additionally, exclusions, limits, and add-on provisions, like additional coverage for personal items, may be included in your policy, so be sure you know what these are. After you contact your insurance company, the claims process will begin. 

DOCUMENTATION.

As we mentioned above, it is essential that you document the aftermath and provide your insurance adjuster with as many details as possible, such as by taking photos and videos of the damage. Be detailed in your description of the incident and list all items that have been affected. If your payout ends up being less than you expect or is fair, such documentation can be used when filing an appeal.

DO IT YOURSELF?

In most cases, you and your insurance company will work together to come to an agreement on all the necessary repairs and the cost of such repairs, and this will need to be in writing before you make any changes to your home. You may find it necessary to take reasonable do-it-yourself repair steps to protect your property from further damage. Avoid throwing out any damaged items until the insurance adjuster has made a visit to your home and be sure to save any receipts for items you purchase; you might be able to submit these to your insurance company for reimbursement.  

SERVPRO of North Nashville is available to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible after any-size disaster. In addition to storm damage and helping you manage the insurance claim process, we handle fire damage, biohazards, chemical cleanup, and mold remediation. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Three Tips To Prevent House Fires

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Believe it or not, a house fire occurs every 24 seconds here in America! Therefore, Preventing a fire in your home is very important, and the good news is that most common fires are preventable by following some standard safety practices. Here are three tips to prevent a house fire:

DON’T OVERLOAD ELECTRICAL PLUGS AND CORDS.

Be careful with your electrical and extension cords; plugging too many items in one outlet can overload the circuitry, while using damaged cables can also create a hazard. Make sure your extension cords are not overloading your system and that they are carrying the recommended electrical load. If you are not sure what the proper load should be, check the documentation that comes with your equipment; manufacturers must provide this information. Also, make sure to purchase the right kind of cords for indoor or outdoor use.

BE ATTENTIVE WHILE COOKING. 

Never leave food unattended while you are cooking. Mishaps in the kitchen are among the top causes of home fires. Look out for burning food can also cause smoke damage. If you aren’t in the kitchen, turn off your appliances and be especially cautious when cooking with grease or oils. If a stovetop fire does occur, make sure you know the proper procedure to put the fire out; for example, using water on a grease fire will cause the flames to explode across the area, creating an even more dangerous situation. 

NEVER LEAVE A FLAME ALONE. 

Who doesn’t love a fragrant candle? It can be tempting to light one and let it burn for a long time to add a pleasant scent to your home, but you must remember to blow out the flame when you leave. Ensure you extinguish a fire in the fireplace or your fire pit the same way. A spark or a falling piece of burning wood can start a house fire in a matter of seconds, so eliminate such a risk by practicing smart fire safety. 

We hope these tips help keep your home and your loved ones safe from a house fire, but if the worst happens, always remember that SERVPRO of North Nashville is available to help. We are proud to serve our North Nashville community in the restoration of homes and businesses when damage happens from fire, water, accidents, vandalism, biohazards, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO Technicians' In-Depth Training

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Industries, Inc., has been redefining the mitigation and restoration industries since 1967. In addition to offering ongoing training at regional levels, SERVPRO also developed the National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration and mitigation skills to SERVPRO Franchise Owners and insurance industry employees. SERVPRO understands that providing our customers with the very best service requires that our technicians receive in-depth training on every level. With this in mind, we have designed educational programs that provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to get the job done: 

Employee Certification Training

Our Employee Certification Training is a self-paced program designed specifically for the franchise's employees. The certification is awarded after the employee successfully completes all course materials and passes the final examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

e-Learning

Our e-learning program is a web-based program designed as an ongoing self-paced training program. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module.

Continuing Education

SERVPRO offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and franchise staff. These programs are designed to expand the attendees’ knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

New Franchise Training

The new franchise training is an in-house, hands-on training program at our corporate training facility that was designed primarily for new franchise owners, but it is also a valuable course for franchise employees. During the 15-day program, we cover all aspects of:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

IICRC Training Program

The SERVPRO IICRC Training School offers classes in the following categories year-round:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Applied Structural Drying (in our purpose-built ASD facility)

As you can see, SERVPRO of North Nashville is dedicated to ensuring that our technicians have access to the most in-depth educational materials possible so that we can give our customers the best service in the industry. If you have experienced water damage, fire damage, a mold infestation, a bio-hazard event, or any other kind of disaster, you can be confident that our team is fully prepared and equipped to manage any emergency situation. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Protecting Your Restaurant From Mold

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

It’s a well-known fact that mold thrives in dark, moist, and unventilated places such as warehouses, storage spaces, and anywhere that water is used often. Spores are in the air looking for the right conditions in which to colonize, so the best way to protect your restaurant from mold is to ensure that those conditions don’t exist! 

COMMON AREAS FOR MOLD. 

  • Bathrooms. Mold thrives in damp, dark, moist environments, so it follows that a bathroom is the perfect fungal breeding ground.
  • Kitchen/Break Areas. Kitchen and break room sinks are obvious places for a mold infestation.
  • Lobby/Waiting Area. Spills that occur in your waiting area can leave your carpeting at risk for mold damage, so all spills must be cleaned up immediately - and thoroughly - in order to protect your carpeting.
  • Restaurant storage areas are often loaded with cardboard boxes and carrying supplies. Once these get damp mold can follow. 
  • Your bar area can also be a spot for a mold infestation; flooring and sinks are constantly damp. Your storage cabinets in this area need to be kept dry, as well. Refrigerated cases for beverages that need to be kept cool can also develop a mold issue. 

REGULAR INSPECTIONS. 

Regular inspections will ensure that you are aware of a mold infestation right away. You should move machinery, furniture, and equipment so you can see into those places that are often overlooked and that can often remain damp for periods of time. Leaks of any kind, such as in the roofing, in windows and doors that don’t fit properly, pipes that need to be replaced, and hoses that are cracked - are the kinds of things to be on the lookout for, and repaired right away to avoid further problems. Here at SERVPRO, we always recommend proactive and preventive maintenance to save you both time and money! 


If you find that your restaurant has developed a mold problem, our team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville can be onsite right away to help manage this kind of issue. We also have all the skills and training necessary to handle disaster events of all sizes and types, such as cleanup after water damage and fire damage, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

My Basement Flooded; What Now?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

When you discover your basement flooded, you can be left wondering what in the world you need to do now! Such an event can create so many problems since basements are so often the place where important items are stored. Books, photo items, and textiles can end up completely ruined if they are soaked - but keep in mind that a professional restoration company like our team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville will have the training, equipment, and products needed to recover many of these kinds of items.

If you are asking yourself “What now?”, we have some answers! 

TAKE ACTION

Act fast if you find that your basement is being flooded, and make sure you put safety first. Call your power company, electrician, and/or your professional water damage cleanup team immediately so that the appropriate steps can be taken to manage the dangerous combination of water and electricity in this situation. These professionals have the tools and training to handle it all safely. They will be able to determine the steps you can take in beginning your cleanup process without increasing the risk of fire damage from any dangerous scenarios, such as exposed wires, and more.

SOME CLEANUP TIPS. 

A shop-vac can clean up smaller amounts of standing water while using a dehumidifier or fans will circulate needed air. Circulated air discourages mold growth and mildew, and that’s something you definitely want to avoid! Your air conditioning can be a big help here, too, so it should stay running throughout the building as long as that can be done safely. You will want to get a professional opinion before using window air conditioning units. 

STOP MOLD AND MILDEW. 

To discourage mold and mildew from establishing colonies on damp surfaces, scrub them with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of water while wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Make sure you keep the space you are in well ventilated while you are doing tasks that involve cleaning solutions.

PERSONAL ITEMS. 

You can actually save valuable documents and papers by placing them in the freezer if they have been soaked. This may stop the growth of mildew or deterioration; if the worst happens, remember that SERVPRO is fully equipped to recover documents that have been affected by a disaster.  Storing important items in your basement may be unavoidable, so using air- and water-tight plastic bins to protect your items against a flooding event will help you in the future to protect your valuables from a basement flood. 


Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are always prepared to help whenever you are dealing with water damage and fire damage, and we are mold remediation specialists, too. We handle large cleanup projects for commercial business owners and smaller projects for area homeowners, and we can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Steps To Take After A Tornado

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

After you have experienced a tornado in your community, there will be various things to consider as you move towards recovery. Such extreme weather events can cause a large amount of damage, both with respect to physical destruction and loss to emotional trauma. 

Here in Middle Tennessee, our springtime is lovely. It’s also the time of year when tornadoes occur more frequently. With this in mind, we wanted to share a few steps you can take after a tornado that will help you manage the damage and recover! Below are tips that will help save both time and money as you work towards recovery. 

  • Find a contractor that is able to fund the beginning of the rebuild; insurance companies often take a few months to send the funds for the construction and repair work, so this step will help you begin more quickly.
  • Insurance claims will also cover your possessions, so take an inventory of all the items you have lost and cannot salvage through photo and video. You may even be able to list food loss in your claim; check with your insurance agent.
  • As you make purchases to replace the items that were lost, remember to keep all the receipts. Your insurance company will be asking for them in order to pay out your claim. 
  • Advances can be requested through your adjustor for living expenses like clothes, food, and toiletries, so be sure to ask. 
  • Your insurance policy will probably cover storage for items that were not damaged so that construction can go forward unhindered. If you have lost your roofing, for example, you will want to be able to guard undamaged items against rain and weather. 

Next on the list are a few more helpful steps: 

  • Cleaning or restoration service for clothes, house, and property will need to be scheduled.
  • Contact your utility companies about damage and important insurance.
  • Contact your mortgage holder or landlord to gather important directions you may need to know.
  • Rent a postal box for redirected mail if needed, and obtain a storage unit for undamaged items for protection during construction.

Our team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville is always ready to help if the worst happens. We are skilled restoration specialists who can manage disasters of all sizes. SERVPRO of North Nashville can help you recover from water damage, fire damage, mold infestations, biohazards, and more. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Should I Do After a House Fire?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

A house fire is an emotionally gut-wrenching experience, no matter what size the fire is. From smoke damage and unhealthy air quality to the loss of belongings that may be precious or important, there are a lot of issues that can stem from a disaster of this kind. Even a small grease fire in the kitchen can require plenty of clean-up, not just in the kitchen, but throughout the whole house. Emotional stress is yet another challenge, and it can leave you with a sense of confusion that can be hard to overcome; you could find yourself saying “What should I do?” after a house fire. 

WHERE TO BEGIN

The most important thing to do after a fire of any size is to have your home inspected for safety. There may be unseen damage to electrical wiring, wall supports, and other structural elements that need to be addressed before completing the cleaning and finishing cosmetic touches. The inspection may be conducted by a professional restoration company, and they can also give you estimates as to recovery, as well as help you to navigate the insurance portion. 

PPE

Once your home is cleared as safe to enter, you still need to take precautions before stepping inside to document the damage. Adults should be wearing close-toed shoes, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, safety glasses, work gloves, and face masks. Children should be kept clear of the areas of damage entirely. 

DOCUMENTATION

If possible, take pictures or videos to record the damage. If you do any repair yourself, be sure that you have proof (before-and-after) on hand for the insurance claim portion. Warranties can be negated if they require that something is repaired by a certified professional. 

CLEANING

To remove soot from interior walls, cabinets, wood/metal furniture, and floors, mix a solution of two tablespoons dishwashing soap, four to six tablespoons trisodium phosphate, and one cup bleach with one gallon of warm water. Start at the top of the wall or area to be cleaned and sponge-wash one small area at a time. Rinse each section with clear water immediately and allow the surface to air dry. Bleach will help reduce the chance of mold and mildew growth. Do not repaint walls and ceilings until they are completely dry.

If the damage is extensive, the best choice may be a professional restoration cleaning company like SERVPRO. We can remove excess water, heavily damaged wood, and building materials.

For small fires, open your windows and bring in fans to help increase air circulation. For flooding, pull out all wet vinyl flooring, carpets, and carpet padding; these will need to be disposed of properly. Remove all wet items to a garage or storage area for further inspection or cleaning so you can tackle the interior repairs.

Smoke odors can linger for months and may have been trapped in the attic and wall insulation. Once the clean-up and renovation are complete, if you still detect a smoky odor, consider calling a professional restorer who may use a chemical fog to penetrate walls and insulation to neutralize the smoky smell. A thorough cleaning of the HVAC ductwork will also help reduce recurring odors.

SMOKE AND SOOT REMOVAL

If your upholstered furniture is saturated with water and you want to save the wooden frame, the fabric and padding should be stripped to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Wooden components will need to be cleaned with a good furniture cleaning product. 

Carpets that are not wet but soot-stained should be cleaned by a professional cleaning service that can employ chemical cleaners to combat the inevitable smoke odors in the carpet and padding.

Take any clothes that are labeled “dry clean only” to a professional dry cleaner and request that they treat these items to remove smoke odors. For washable fabrics affected by soot, wash as recommended on the care label with a heavy-duty detergent, and the appropriate bleach - oxygen-based is best. If stains remain, mix a new solution of oxygen bleach and warm water and soak the stained items for several hours or even overnight, and then wash again. For those fabrics that are not stained, you can just add a cup of baking soda to the final rinse cycle to remove that smoke odor. Again, soaking will help here if the smell lingers. 

Place books and papers that smell smoky in a large, sealable plastic container and add a powdered odor eliminator; seal the container for at least 48 hours. Remove the books and see if the odor remains. If it does, then reseal the container for a few more days. For documents and other paper items that have been severely damaged, you can employ the services of a professional restoration company. 

ITEMS TO BE DISCARDED

  • Perishable and Non-Perishable Food
    • If the electricity has been off for more than four hours, most refrigerated and frozen food should be discarded. If a freezer is full and undamaged, you may be able to salvage the food for up to eight hours.
    • Any foods that have been exposed to heat and chemicals used in fighting the fire should be tossed. Excessive heat can cause food to spoil.
  • Cosmetics and Medicines
    • Water, smoke, firefighting chemicals, and high temperatures can ruin cosmetics and medicines.
  • Electrical Equipment
    • No electrical items like small appliances or entertainment equipment should be used until they have been checked by a professional remediation company for water damage and heat damage to wiring. 


SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help you with any disaster, no matter the size. We’re experts in fire damage, water damage, mold remediation, biohazards, vandalism, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How SERVPRO Can Help After a Disaster

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Nashville is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians are standing ready to provide you with 24-hour emergency service. When fire damage or water damage affects your Middle Tennessee home or business, you can count on us to respond quickly. We can help you in many ways after a disaster, such as:

WATER DAMAGE

We are water damage specialists. When your home or business experiences any kind of disaster from water due to flooding or equipment failure, SERVPRO has all the skills and equipment necessary to dry damp areas and restore items that have been negatively affected. These items can be textiles, structure-related, documents, and more. We will help you pack up what is salvageable so that it can be cleaned and inventory every piece. We remove sheetrock, carpet, and insulation and remediate the building. 

FIRE DAMAGE

Your belongings and structure will be compromised and damaged by fire, no matter what size the blaze may have been, and we are trained to help you handle all the issues surrounding a disaster of this kind. We can manage the unhealthy odors and air quality from the smoke and burned materials, and we focus on renovating and recovering your premises, too. 

BIOHAZARDS

In addition to water and fire damage, we are equipped to properly and safely handle biohazards of all kinds, from chemical spills and explosions to mold infestations and viral/bacterial issues. We can get your home and/or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

We are certified large-scale disaster experts as well, so if you suffer from the damages that a tornado or heavy thunderstorm can cause, we are only minutes away. Visit our website to find out more about all of our services; we are here for you whenever you experience disasters of all kinds. 

Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we have all the experience and equipment needed to get you back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. We handle cleanup projects large and small, no matter if you have experienced water damage, fire damage, a mold infestation, vandalism, and more. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Fire Safety Guidelines For The Workplace

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

You have put lots of time, effort, and finances into your business endeavor, and part of being a successful business owner is knowing the steps you need to take to protect that endeavor from any type of disaster, including fires. Having established fire safety guidelines for your workplace is just plain good business.  

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, SPRINKLERS, AND ALARMS

Fire extinguishers should be stored no more than 75 feet from all work areas for easy access and mounted in an obvious spot. Have your extinguishers, sprinkler system, and fire alarm system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by licensed fire prevention professionals. 

EMERGENCY EXITS

Illuminated EXIT signage should have a battery backup in case of power outages and kept in good working order at all times. These emergency exit areas and spaces around the building outside need to be kept clear of debris and plant material to allow everyone to get out of the building with no mishaps. This also reduces the risk of fire outside, as well. Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and entryways, and away from exit pathways. 

STORAGE SAFETY

Stored materials should be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling in an orderly manner. In buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required. This allows smoke to collect in areas above all items and gives the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern, enabling water to reach flames. These instructions have been put in place by area fire personnel and can result in fines if they are not complied with.

SAFETY PRACTICES FOR OUTLETS

Electrical outlets should only be supporting the appropriate number of items, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker; overloaded outlets can often catch fire. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced whenever they are no longer safe to use.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Take steps to ensure that the address numbers for your building or suite are highly visible; this enables emergency responders to find your location quickly and easily in the event of a fire or other emergency. 




FIRE SAFETY IN A COMMERCIAL KITCHEN

If your business is a commercial kitchen, make sure stove hoods, stovetops, ovens, and grease traps are cleaned regularly and thoroughly to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also pose a risk due to the buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.


The SERVPRO of North Nashville team is experienced in the restoration of your home or business after a fire no matter the size. We can also help with what may be needed in the event of flooding or a mold invasion, and we handle biohazards, vandalism, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This franchise is individually owned and operated.

Top Sources For Commercial Water Damage

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Water can cause a lot of damage and the repairs will often be costly and time-consuming. In some instances, you find yourself unable to conduct your commercial business properly due to the aftermath of water damage. Some of the top sources for commercial water damage can include:

WEATHER

Steady rains, tornadoes, hurricanes, or ice and snow, all bring water that can cause a lot of problems. Make an inspection around your place of business; are you prepared for wet weather? Take note of weather stripping and poorly fitting doors and windows and the drainage for your parking areas and entryways as well as all warehousing and manufacturing outbuildings. Be sure to stay on top of the weather projections for your area so that you know what to expect. 

EQUIPMENT

A broken or misdirected landscaping sprinkler can easily create problems by sending large amounts of water to the wrong places, and that’s just one of the types of equipment that can be found in a commercial business involving water. Your business may use machinery that requires water, such as for a laundromat, restaurant, hotel, and in such businesses, water damage from equipment failures can be extensive. 

PIPES

Burst pipes and mains, as well as hoses, are yet another top source for commercial water damage. Maintaining fittings and exposed piping will help to keep flooding and the consequent water damage from occurring, while water mains are the responsibility of the city or county where your commercial business is located. 

LEAKS

Leaks, both large and small, can cause a lot of water damage. A small leak that goes unnoticed can create serious issues, and in addition to the loss of property and the need for repairs, you may find yourself with a mold issue in your commercial property. 



If you have sustained water damages to your home or commercial property, the team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville can be onsite right away with all the skills and equipment needed to get you back to work as soon as possible. We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage and specialize in mold remediation. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Is Your Hotel Prepared For Storm Damage?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Your hotel business can be adversely affected by storm damages due to high winds, excessive rainfall, and tornadoes, and the repairs after this kind of weather can mean losses to any business owner.

Preparing your hotel for the stormy seasons and possible flooding ahead of time will mean a quicker recovery; preventive measures reduce the number of issues from storm damages your business will experience as well as the amount of time it will take to bring your operations back to normal.

Here are some ways in which you can prepare your hotel for storm damage:

REGULAR INSPECTIONS AND MAINTENANCE

One factor that can go a long way towards preventing damages to your hotel from storms is going to be regular inspections and maintenance. Identifying trouble spots and planning ahead for the possibilities of a severe weather event will often lessen the severity of the damage. Some examples of areas to focus on:

  • Landscaping. If your hotel is surrounded by mature trees, keep them properly trimmed and healthy. 
  • Gutters. If your building has rain gutters, make sure they never become clogged with debris to avoid water damage and be sure to keep your parking and entries/exits free of obstructions so that people can get in or out quickly and remain safe. 
  • Roofing. The roofing of your hotel needs to be in the best shape possible to keep heavy rainfall from causing leaks and high winds from loosening shingles, vents, and other equipment. 

Employ a professional restoration company to inspect your property regularly. Replacing roofing, siding, or windows after a storm will be costly - both from a materials and labor standpoint and from lost business, so it’s just smart business to be prepared. SERVPRO is always here to help with storm preparedness as well as assisting with damage after the fact. 

PROPER DRAINAGE

Storm drains are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas, and these areas need to be in good shape ahead of heavy rainfall. Your local government will sometimes be the responsible party in public thoroughfares, 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 storms. Walkways, patios, and other guest areas also need to be set up for proper drainage. 



RESPONSIBLE PLANNING

You are required by law to post emergency exit information for guests around your property and to keep that information up-to-date, of course. For the safety of your staff, you will want to make sure you have a system in place to communicate with them, as well,  so that they know what to do in case of an emergency. Listening to weather updates will keep everyone informed, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on-site in the event of accidents or if the power goes out and people are unable to leave your premises.  


Responding quickly to storm damages will get your hotel back in business right away, and our team here is here to help you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. SERVPRO of North Nashville specializes in water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold remediation, and clean-up projects of all sizes. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Caring For Your Belongings After Fire Damage

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire, the home or business owner can find themselves with a lot to handle, and the hours and days right after this type of traumatic event can be difficult to manage on several levels. It can be hard to know what to do with the damage that has been left behind, and it can be exhausting to even think about when you have just been through such a trying situation. Your structure, premises, and belongings will have been affected in most cases and that can be hard to manage by yourself. 

PROFESSIONAL HELP

A professional restoration company, such as the team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, knows just what to do and where to start, however, so contacting a business that can provide support and direction will be an important first step to take when it comes to caring for your belongings after fire damage. 

The professionals will provide a wide array of services that fall under the heading of fire damage restoration, and one of these services will include the restoration of your belongings, whether that includes textiles, electronics, paper, or other materials and types. 

HELP RIGHT AWAY

A fire damage restoration company is an emergency service company, which means that they are dedicated to getting to you as quickly as possible after you contact them to provide you immediate relief from your disastrous situation. The fire department and EMTs will also be there right away, but once the fire is out and your loved ones are in good hands, your fire damage restoration company will go to work to recover and care for your property. The team will assess the extent of the damage and start taking the necessary steps to care for each type of item appropriately.

CLEANING AND RESTORING

Stabilizing your building will be the first step your technicians take, followed by the removal of any items that are considered high value. Pre-cleaning is often necessary to prevent further damage and loss. Their goal should be to restore items so that you are not required to replace them if at all possible.

Technicians will then clean all hard surfaces to remove smoke and soot residue - they will be able to properly manage Formica, chrome, aluminum, stainless steel, and more. Porous materials will need to be removed, as well, and smoke odors eliminated using the appropriate technology. 

Furniture, electronics, and paper documents and items will all be cared for using the most up-to-date equipment and technologies so that your loss is as low as it can be. Your restoration professionals will work with your insurance adjuster so that the claim process goes smoothly and quickly, too. 

THE SERVPRO COMMITMENT

Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we’re committed to getting you back to normal after any kind of disaster, and that includes restoring all your belongings and equipment. Our processes are the best available, and our technicians are trained and equipped to handle any disaster you might face, from water damage and fire damage to mold infestations, damage from vandalism or accidents, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too - ask us how! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Three Tips To Keep Mold Out Of Your Closet

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Studies have shown that mold can grow pretty much anywhere if the place is dark, musty, and humid, and your closet is a space that can be all three if preventive measures aren’t put in place. Mold can wreak havoc on textiles if left alone to grow undisturbed, so those preventive measures can save you a lot of time and trouble. 

For the sake of both your health and that of your clothing  we’re going to share three tips (and maybe a few more) today that you can use to prevent mold and mildew in your closet:

1) REDUCE HUMIDITY

According to home maintenance professionals, enclosed closets suffer from restricted airflow that traps humidity and this is why mold tends to grow here. Using a dehumidifier in your closet will effectively remove damp from the air and facilitate circulation; this makes it a great accessory for your closet. You can also leave your closet door (s) open to encourage the flow of fresh, dry air. 

2) LIGHT

Mold and mildew need moisture to live, and you may be surprised to know that the warmth from a low-wattage light bulb can help keep your closet dry enough to prevent them from establishing a colony there. We recommend using an energy-efficient brand for cost savings. Do ensure that bulbs aren't anywhere near your clothing to prevent them from damaging your clothes or causing a fire.

3) AIR PURIFIER

Air purifiers are great for your health and they're also great for maintaining your closet's air quality, too. A purifier that includes a HEPA filter can trap airborne and fungi spores and prevent them from entering your closet space. Some products come in a hanger-like design that makes them easy to incorporate into any wardrobe. Remember to clean your unit every week, so your filters stay mold-free.

And a few more tips:

Even if you put in place the tips we have suggested today, they can only do so much if your wet clothes - such as sweaty athletic wear or wet shoes from a rainy day - end up in your closet, so be sure that anything entering your closet is dry and clean. You can let your shoes dry on the porch and immediately place all sweaty garments into the washer, instead, to prevent fungi from growing on your clothes and all that extra moisture from evaporating into your closet space. 

Installing wire shelving is yet another tip to help you keep your closet safe from a mold invasion. As we already mentioned, a space with poor airflow is one of the prime environments for mold to grow in, so it helps to build your closets with free airflow in mind. Wire shelving allows air to circulate, even between your clothes. 

If you experience a mold invasion, call us here at SERVPRO of North Nashville. We have all the equipment and training needed to manage mold, both in remediation and in prevention. We also handle cleanup projects of all sizes, as well as fire damage and water damage. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preparing Your Business For Any Disaster

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

As a savvy business owner, you know that the very best way to protect your investment is to be as prepared as possible for any eventuality. You also know that there are some things you just can’t predict, and these unforeseen events can often be disastrous. You may not be able to predict them, but you certainly can take steps ahead of time so that you can alleviate damages and prevent as much loss as possible if they do occur. 

Disasters can come from weather, malfunctions, accidents, health emergencies, and the effects of time. Here are some things to think about when preparing your business for any disaster:

MAINTENANCE

When it comes to the ravages of time or malfunctions of equipment and machinery, you can often be prepared simply through proper maintenance. Keep up with all cleaning and tuning of your equipment and make sure that you take advantage of any warranties that may be in place. Repair and renovate your structures regularly and whenever necessary so that if bad weather comes you are not caught with unnecessary and preventable damage. 

FINANCES

Engage the help of a financial advisor if you don’t already have one and talk to them about market downturns and how to properly insulate your business from any related financial disasters. Always ensure that your licensing is current, and touch base with your insurance professional about your coverages in case of accidents on site. 

EMPLOYEES

Keep the safety training of your employees up-to-date; if they work with dangerous machinery be sure that everyone is operating each piece properly at all times and that appropriate PPE is being used at all times. Have a regular cleaning and sanitation protocol in place and train employees to practice them; in the case of illness, these protocols will help to insulate your business from the effects of any health disaster.

If your business experiences a disaster of any kind, SERVPRO of North Nashville can be there right away to help. We maintain the equipment and training necessary to handle disasters of all kinds, from health and safety to water and fire damage, mold remediation, and more. We can get your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do If You See Signs Of Mold In Your Home

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Maintenance on our belongings is part of life if we want to keep things in good working order, and our homes are - of course - no different. Today we’re going to talk about mold and what to do if you see signs of mold in your home, as this is one of the most difficult maintenance issues to handle. It can be a serious issue and impossible to completely eradicate once it gets established, so engaging the help of a professional mold remediation expert can be one of the most important steps you take in the event that mold has started a colony in any of your living spaces. 

Mold spores are microscopic and they are everywhere. They float in the air, so they are able to enter your home through windows and doors or HVAC systems, and in damp conditions, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Mold often produces a strong musty odor, so that odor will alert you to areas in your home that have developed a problem. Keeping the humidity level in your home below 45 percent can be a big help in blocking the growth of toxic mold in your house, as well. 

The scientific name for the mold that is often called black mold is Stachybotrys chartarum. It can produce both health effects. However, many other types of mold can produce those same health effects, so it’s best to treat any mold with caution. Do not touch or disturb any mold found, and be sure to stay out of affected areas.

Here are some steps to take that will help you both identify signs of mold in your home and prevent an infestation:

LEAKS

Leaks always need to be cleaned up and dried as soon as possible to prevent water damage and mold growth so you will want to be vigilant here. Keep an eye open for stains on ceilings and walls - telltale signs of leaks that are happening behind the scenes. Keep rain gutters clean and in good repair, and make sure water is properly diverted from the foundations and low-lying areas of your house. 

MANAGE DAMP

Mold grows where it’s wet and can take over in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Even leaving wet items lying around the house, such as beach towels and swimsuits, can create a problem, so make sure those who live in your home keep wet items off of the flooring. If there are large spills these will need to be sponged up and dried completely, as well. If you see that tell-tale black dust where wet items were left, you can use a bleach/water mixture to get rid of it. Carpeting and textiles will probably need a professional touch, however. 

VENTILATION

If you experience that musty smell whenever you go indoors, you may have a mold situation developing. Make sure your home is properly ventilated, and ensure that any appliances that produce moisture are vented to the outdoors. Using a dehumidifier is always helpful, as well; today’s energy-efficient homes can actually hold moisture indoors, so monitoring and managing the humidity levels in your home will help you keep the atmosphere healthy.

INDOOR VEGETATION

Mold is likely to grow on houseplants, and you will know it is happening if you see white or black dust on their leaves. Keep your indoor vegetation clean and dry by wiping down leaves periodically. Your local plant nursery will carry products that can help you here.

MOLD-RESISTANT MATERIALS/PRODUCTS

Whenever you repair or renovate your home, using mold-resistant products such as drywall or sheetrock can help you prevent mold infestations in the future. 


Many types of mold can cause adverse reactions, so you should contact us here at SERVPRO of North Nashville right away no matter what type of mold you find in your home. You can actually experience many types of mold in the same house or structure, some of which are toxic. The help of a professional mold remediation company will be vital in this situation. Keep in mind that we handle water damage, fire damage, and clean up projects of all sizes, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is individually owned and operated.

Checking Storm Damage To Your Roof

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Winter storms often cause roof damage from ice, snow, and heavy rains. Now that Spring is just around the corner and it’s getting warmer, you may want to make an inspection of your home or business to see if you incurred any damage during the winter months. The roofing of any building is most likely to have been affected, so make sure it’s on your list.

Inspect For Leaks

Inspect your attic interior for leaks or water damage - this is a great way to know if there is an issue above on the roof. Water stains appearing on your ceiling or walls will tell you that you likely need repairs or a roof replacement.

Look For Signs Of Storm Damage

Look for signs of storm damage from the ground. Check for missing shingles or missing pieces of metal fascia, including any metal pieces displaced from around your chimney. You will want to carefully assess the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meets the walls, as well. Any gaps or missing pieces can allow water to drip down or soak into places that will create more problems. Loose shingles will be affected in high winds, so those will need to be re-attached or replaced as soon as you identify them. 

Hire A General Contractor

Fallen trees or large branches will be immediately apparent, of course. If that has occurred, stay out of your home until a professional can determine whether any structural damage occurred. You may need to hire a general contractor or roofer with a general contractor’s license if your home suffered structural damage; this may actually be something that is required by your insurance company. If the damage is really extensive, it may be necessary to obtain a permit, and a professional will know. 

If you need a professional consultation or repair work for your roof following stormy weather, don’t hesitate to contact us here at SERVPRO of North Nashville. We work with all major insurance companies and provide a full range of roofing services, and we have all the skills and equipment necessary to restore your roof to its full operational condition. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Odor Removal After Fire Damage

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

A fire will affect everything in your home or business due to the heat, soot, and smoke. 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. You won’t want to enter your home or business until all the smoke is cleared from your premises, since it won’t be healthy to breathe the accompanying fumes from burned materials; hiring a professional fire and smoke damage restoration contractor right away will ensure that your property is completely free from the after-effects of the fire as soon as possible. This type of company can also remove those unpleasant lingering odors, and that is important for both home and business owners, too. 

Remove All Sources Of The Odor

The first and most important step in smoke odor removal is to remove all sources of the odor. This will include removing items that have been burned, such as cabinets, furniture, drywall, and anything that is non-salvageable. The items can then be either discarded or restored, depending on their condition.

Clean Thoroughly

Professional technicians will clean the salvageable items with the appropriate products. They pressure wash, scrub, and disinfect exterior surfaces like walls, windows, and decks, while interior walls and hard surfaces can be cleaned with mild soap and then rinsed thoroughly. Professionals will also clean inside cabinets, drawers, and closets, and wash household items, too. Carpets, furniture, and upholstery are usually cleaned off-site. All these steps should be taken right away so that the odors don’t penetrate any materials deeply - this makes them much harder to get rid of later. 

Odor Removal

Smoke, soot, and odors from a fire will penetrate the duct system and any dust or other particles existing inside the system. Cleaning the ducts early in the odor removal process is therefore essential to prevent the HVAC system from re-contaminating areas that have been cleaned. Professionals should be tasked with cleaning the ductwork, as it involves specialized equipment and procedures that are only available to them. 

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries; our SERVPRO professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality results possible. 

Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are experts in handling the after-effects of a fire or flooding event, and we can help with mold remediation, too. Ask us about getting your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Creating An Emergency Ready Profile For Your Business

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

An Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) will help you plan for emergencies ahead of time; emergency preparedness is an important part of protecting your business investment. Your emergency strategy should be carefully devised to guide you if it becomes necessary to take decisive action during a disaster. SERVPRO has developed SERVPRO Ready Plan information, which will give you the security of emergency preparedness; your plan information can be downloaded into our Ready Plan app to instantly share with us so that the damage can be intercepted right when it occurs. 

Here are some things to consider while developing your ERP:

STRATEGIZE

Talk with your workforce and formulate as many disaster scenarios as possible. One of the worst calamities in the US occurred in the 2010 Nashville flood here in Tennessee, when the city experienced 14 inches of rain within 36 hours, for example; it was completely unexpected. Studying such events can help you effectively project other possible disasters in your effort to plan ahead wisely.

PROTECTION

It is necessary to create an ERP that will protect everyone in the building. The Department of Homeland Security refers to this as “Protective Actions for Life Safety,” and includes:

  • Fire Drills. Rehearsals for action during a fire.
  • Sheltering. Sheltering staff during a natural disaster.
  • Sheltering in Place. Sheltering staff during a man-made emergency.
  • Lockdown. Eluding an active shooter.

TRAINING

Stabilizing an incident means preventing further damage or injury on the scene. This can be accomplished by training your employees in various rescue procedures including:

  • First Aid and CPR
  • Proper use of fire extinguishers

EVACUATION

People will often panic during a disaster or dangerous event without any guidance, and that can lead to more damage and injuries. Adding an evacuation team to your ERP will help to alleviate situations of this kind and can include:

  • Assigning point persons to guide evacuees out of the building.
  • Appointing helpers to assist persons with disabilities.
  • Training for the evacuation team to redirect employees to an alternate exit if an exit is blocked or too dangerous to use safely.

SERVPRO of North Nashville provides professional emergency cleaning and restoration services if you experience fire damage, water damage, mold infestations, biohazard situations, and more. We can help you devise an effective Emergency Readiness Plan for your North Nashville business, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too - ask us how! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Biohazard Cleaning For Your Nashville Business

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for you and your workforce, and a failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to ongoing unhealthy and dangerous environments. The SERVPRO of North Nashville team is trained and certified to safely remove such biohazards and dispose of them properly following OSHA and current health regulations.

We are equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products that will help return any unhealthy environments into safe and clean spaces, and we can be onsite right away if you have experienced a situation that you believe involves biohazard materials. To help you maintain a safe environment, you can refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself, your workforce, and your property until we arrive onsite.

The decontamination of your business due to serious accidents, sewage backups, chemical spills, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and traumatic, and our specialized training and experience is a vital part of our ability to resolve circumstances like these.

SERVPRO of North Nashville provides cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations, including:

  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup
  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues

The word “biohazard” is a broad term covering many situations that involve dangerous materials. You won’t be able to determine the severity and precise agent of a biohazard yourself without testing by biohazard professionals, so it is important to treat every biohazard risk with great care.

The SERVPRO of North Nashville team of qualified and highly trained professionals is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; our highly trained technicians are standing by to help you in the event of water damage, fire damage, a biohazard event, or even mold management and remediation. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. We can get your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too; ask us how!

Can Hardwood Floors Be Restored After Water Damage?

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Any time water saturates hardwood, that wood will absorb the water through its pores and this causes warping and discoloration. If your hardwood floors have undergone a flood of some kind, you may be wondering if they can be restored. The answer is yes, and here are the steps to follow to do just that:

Remove Water. Soak up all standing water as quickly as possible. The first 24 hours are critical and if you can remove the water and dry your floors completely, you may be able to avoid serious and irreversible damage. 

Refinish. You will need to refinish the wood, beginning with sanding. This repair can bring your floors back to pre-flood condition and will save you all the time and money involved in having your damaged flooring removed and new flooring installed. 

Preventive Measures.

  • The first thing you can do yourself is to find the source of water and take the necessary steps to stop the flow if this is related to a pipe or appliance on your premises.
  • If you have carpeting on top of your hardwood floor, remove the carpet and the padding immediately, as well as any other soaked items that may be in contact with your wood surfaces. 
  • You can use a shop-vac to extract as much water as you can; if you don’t have one on your premises they are readily available for rent at any hardware store. You should rely on the professionals if the amount of water is really extensive, however. 
  • Prevent mold and preserve your hardwood floors by using a non-sudsy disinfectant, and then vacuum again to remove standing water. 
  • Run your heater, air conditioner, or dehumidifier constantly to keep the air dry in the affected areas. This will help to prevent unpleasant odors and may provide a deterrent to mold, too. 

Professional Help. Contact a professional water damage restoration service if you have experienced extensive water damage. They are experts in this area and will have the personnel and equipment necessary to get your water damage managed both quickly and properly. Remember that your restoration professionals can help you with carpet-cleaning after a water damage event, too. If your area has suffered a weather disaster, these companies will probably have a waitlist, so be sure to reach out as soon as you can in this situation.

The team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville has the skills and equipment necessary to get your floors back to pre-damage condition, and we are always here to help with repairs and renovations to any area of your property if they have been affected by water damage. We also handle fire damage, and we are mold remediation experts, too. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Ask us how!

Steps To Take After Storm Damage To Your Home

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

It’s the time of year we will be experiencing stormy weather here in Middle Tennessee, and any smart homeowner knows it’s best to be prepared. This isn’t just what you do before the storm comes, however - it is also having everything in place for the necessary repairs and cleanup projects just in case. Issues such as power losses, debris, and standing water can create challenges even after the storm has moved on and the safety of your home and loved ones can be affected. 

Below you will find some steps to take after storm damage to your home: 

Safety Measures

There may be a lot of debris, such as fallen branches or fences that have come down, that you will need to manage. Make sure to never operate machinery used in these areas while you are on your own, and wear protective eye- and head-gear while you are operating such machinery (such as chainsaws and chippers, for example). Take note of anyone who may be in the vicinity and be aware of your surroundings while you are operating such machinery and tools. If you have even the slightest uncertainty about clearing storm damage, wait for professional assistance.

If you have experienced flooding and if there is standing water in your home, keep people clear of this area. If it can be done safely, electricity in that part of the home should be shut off, but be sure to NEVER walk through standing water when electricity is engaged. It will be vital to get standing water removed as soon as possible to avoid contamination and mold. Professional cleanup companies can be onsite right away to handle damage after storms. 

If you have tree damage to your home or property, always make sure there are no power lines down nearby before you start any cleanup. If there are, wait until utility crews can remove them before beginning your cleanup.

Structure Assessment

The overall structure of your home should be professionally assessed if you have experienced storm damage. These professionals will check power sources, whether the home is leaning if wiring is exposed, and other unsafe conditions. 

Insurance

If your property has sustained substantial damage, don’t clean up anything before your insurance company does an inspection. The damages may not be covered, otherwise; if you’re not sure, employ a professional who can do an inspection and give you an estimate for any repairs. 

Cleaning up after a major weather event can be challenging. Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville we can take care of these kinds of projects for both your home or business right away and get you back to normal. We handle storm, fire, and water damage, and mold remediation/prevention as well. We can also get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. We are available 24/7, so ask us how!

Safety Tips For Using Your Space Heater

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

While space heaters provide wonderful warmth during the colder months, they also can be safety hazards if they aren’t properly set up and monitored. Our SERVPRO team is always concerned with your safety, and today we are sharing safety tips for you to follow when you are using a space heater:

Carefully place your space heater at least 3 feet away from flammable objects. If any objects come in contact with the space heater’s electric heating face or a hot surface, this is a fire risk. Never wrap anything over your space heater and keep it away from rugs, furniture, bedding, clothing, window treatments, or other flammable materials. Your space heater should also always sit on a level surface so that it doesn’t accidentally tip over or fall. 

Plug your space heater directly into an outlet instead of using an extension cord; there is a much higher chance of your space heater overheating or otherwise malfunctioning if it is plugged into an extension cord or an outlet strip. You can minimize these dangers by plugging your space heater directly into an outlet that has the power capacity necessary to fire it up and keep it running.

When you’re not using your space heater, turn it off. You will save energy by doing so, as well as ensuring that there will not be an accidental fire. 

You should clean your space heater and wipe it down regularly to ensure that no dangerous overheating can occur. You should also carefully monitor your space heater to make sure you know that it is functioning properly. If anything seems out of order, turn it off and unplug it right away until a professional can inspect it. 

Space heaters should never be run in places that are humid or wet, due to the dangerous situation that water and electricity will create. 


Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we care about your safety and are fire damage restoration experts. If you have experienced any disastrous event, such as a fire, flood or storm, call us right away so that we can help you get back to normal as soon as possible.

HVAC Maintenance In The Winter Months

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

The colder months are almost here and now would be a good time to plan for the maintenance of your HVAC system. Having a routine in place will be a good way to ensure that your system is in good working order when you need it most. 

You may want to hire a professional to come to inspect your HVAC system ahead of the colder months; if any maintenance is needed, they can take care of it on the spot. A professional will inspect and clean all of your unit’s wiring and mechanisms and will be able to determine if you have any outstanding issues that need to be addressed. They can also recommend routine maintenance that you can do during the winter months to keep everything in good shape.

Some simple, regular maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between those professional inspections and maintenance visits are:

  • Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system
  • Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
  • Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines every month
  • Replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on in the Fall
  • Inspecting the heat exchanger, heating elements, heat pump, burner, and the ignition system
  • Change the filters on heating equipment
  • Clean drain lines and pans
  • Check thermostat and controls for proper measurement and regulations
  • Inspect fan motors, blowers, vents, and ductwork
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Replace worn-out belts and pulleys
  • Inspect electrical components and connections as well as replacing batteries
  • Check for gas leaks and flue gas passageways

Inspecting, preparing, and maintaining your HVAC throughout the winter will ensure that your interior environment is as comfortable as possible and will also ensure that you are far less likely to experience equipment failures when you least expect them.

The team at SERVPRO of North Nashville has all the experience, skill, and equipment necessary to keep your HVAC working perfectly during even the coldest weather. We are also experienced in large cleanup projects you may need to recover from fire damage or water damage, and we are mold remediation experts, too.

First Steps To Take After A Fire In Your Business

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

You have worked hard to get your business to where it is today, overcoming all challenges and moving forward despite the ups and downs of the market. A fire in your business can do a lot of damage to that business. Here at SERVPRO, we are here to help you recover from a disastrous event such as a fire, as well as flooding, accidents, and other unforeseen situations. To help you today, we are sharing the first steps you will need to take after a fire: 

  • Insurance Agent. You will need to contact your insurance agent before any fire damage is repaired or clean-up is begun. Be prepared with information on what is covered, what needs to be repaired or replaced, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of repairs to your property for you during this time. 
  • Important documents. Retrieve all important documents and take note of any that may have been affected by the fire. SERVPRO is trained and equipped to restore documents that have been damaged by fire or water, so let us know right away if we can help.
  • Soot. Limit movement about your building to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the upholstery of furniture, carpeting, curtains, and other materials. Place towels or tarps on your rugs, upholstered furniture, and foot traffic areas to help alleviate this kind of damage.  
  • Appliances and Equipment. All appliances and equipment will need to be aired out to ensure that no damage is sustained from lingering soot or smoke. You can prop open doors and windows to help clear out rooms. Check wiring for ceiling fans before turning them on; the wiring could have been damaged during the fire. 
  • Walls and Surfaces. Don’t want to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean carpets, etc. without contacting a fire damage specialist. Walls and other surfaces need to be properly cleaned by a professional before any repair is done. 


Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your home or business, and we have all the skills, tools, and experience necessary to get you back to work right away. Our SERVPRO of North Nashville team is also experienced in the areas of water damage and mold prevention and remediation. Let us know how we can help!

What To Do If A Pipe Bursts In Your Business

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Your equipment, machinery, and supplies on your business premises can be destroyed or severely damaged if a pipe bursts and there is flooding from that occurrence. Even the health of your workforce can be compromised if the resulting mess is not cleaned up properly. SERVPRO is here to help you if this happens. 

You may be wondering what to do if a pipe bursts in your business:

Turn off the water flow right away when you suspect a pipe has broken; the stop tap is on the water main typically located under the main sink or where the main service pipe connects to your building. Turn off all electrical components at this time to prevent shocks, keeping people away from dangerous areas. 

Once the main water switch is off, drain the pipes by running cold water through the faucets, and be sure to flush each toilet at least once. When there is no more running tap water, the leak will stop.

After draining all the excess water, locate the burst pipe and inspect the damage, and before you purchase parts or fittings, consider where the pipe is. You may be able to fix a small leak on the spot and prevent further damage while saving money. If you use commercial tape or a chemical bonding agent, keep an eye on your repair job in case it bursts later and creates even more issues.

Fixing a rupture or crack in non-main pipes is usually fairly simple, but when it comes to bigger issues, you will want to call in professionals. Regardless of the damage or size of the break, a major water pipe will take more time and effort to replace because it holds more water and leads to additional connections.

If your walls and floors became saturated during the flooding, contact a professional water restoration company. Simply using fans and open windows to dry a soaked area may not be enough to prevent mold and mildew from developing and this could cause serious health issues for your staff. 

The team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help any time your business experiences damage from flooding. We are also experts in fire damage recovery and mold remediation and prevention, and we can get your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too; ask us how!

Preparing For Winter Storms

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

With winter right around the corner, it’s going to be a smart practice to ensure that both the exterior of your home or business and the surrounding landscaping are ready for the cold winds, snow, and ice that winter can bring us here in Middle Tennessee. Being prepared will mean lower energy costs, increased efficiency of your appliances and other components, and a high level of safety for loved ones, friends, and clientele.  

Here are some things to think about as you are preparing for winter storms: 

Windows and Doors. The windows and doors of your property are always a vulnerable spot during heavy weather of any kind, and winter is no exception. Some steps you can take are:

  • Check all weatherstripping and replace damaged items to avoid any loss of heat. 
  • Replace doors and windows with storm-proof versions.
  • Repair or replace wooden window frames if signs of rot or decay are evident. 
  • Caulk windows and doors inside and out to be sure there will be no drafts. 

Landscaping. This is an important area to consider ahead of bad weather; ice and high winds can turn any weak or dead tree branch into a dangerous thing:

  • Overgrown branches should be trimmed back from any building and its electrical wires. This guards against loss of power or property damage caused by icy or wind-blown branches during a storm. 
  • Clean and dry deck furniture and use a heavy covering if it is stored outdoors. You may want to store items like this indoors ahead of high winds or tornadic activity for safety.  
  • All your clay planters and pots won’t last well during winter, so empty them and bring them indoors. Now is the time to dig up your bulbs, remove the loose soil, and label them for spring. They should be kept in a bag or a box with peat moss in a cool and dry location until planting season. 
  • Make sure all outdoor pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads are drained to guard against burst pipes. Store them in a place where they won’t be destroyed by ice.  
  • Look for decay, insect damage, or splintering in your deck to prevent further deterioration, and clean away leaves and dirt from between the boards so that mold has nowhere to establish itself.

Fireplaces and HVAC. Your heating systems will need to be in the best condition possible ahead of the entire winter storm season: 

  • Inspect your fireplace, chimney, and flue system to ensure they are clean of soot or creosote and look for any cracks that could cause a fire hazard, and be aware of drafts. If you find a cold draft even when the damper is closed, the damper itself may be warped, worn, or rusted. You will want to fix this issue before winter storms. 
  • Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace for maximum efficiency and improved indoor air quality.
  • Check to make sure that all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
  • If you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable unit; this can often bring pretty large savings in energy costs during cold weather. 
  • Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort. You will be warm and snug during any winter storm!

Always remember that the team here at SERVPRO of North Nashville is always here to lend a hand if you need help preparing your property for seasonal weather.  We are experts when it comes to recovery and repair from damage due to flooding, fire, or accidents, and our team has the expertise and skills necessary to complete your projects quickly and professionally. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too; ask us how!

Best Practices For Using A Gas Fireplace

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

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!

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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
  • e-Learnings
  • 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

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

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

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

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

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

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!

Fire Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

In every home or business, fire extinguishers are an invaluable tool to use against small fires and can also be very effective to protect evacuation routes. The most common emergency any home or business owner should plan for is a fire, according to OSHA.

Everyone should take the steps necessary to learn how to use the fire extinguisher kept in their home, while OSHA requires all employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur. We all also need to be able to properly determine when an evacuation should take place for the safety and well-being of all those in danger. OSHA has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this training is helpful for homeowners as well.  

The PASS fire extinguisher training technique is recommended:

  • P - Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A - Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire. 
  • S - Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent. 
  • S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames until the fire is extinguished. 

Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. They should know how to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately. 
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should also know how to keep the route from becoming blocked,
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher as outlined above, and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again. 
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel. 

Fire extinguishers are only made to handle small fires, so keep that in mind. If a fire is getting out of control, call the fire department immediately. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can arise quickly. Safety comes first and foremost; always be prepared to evacuate if the fire grows to excessive levels. 


SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help you if you have experienced fire damage, water damage, or damage from mold. We also handle mold remediation and prevention.

Preventing Mold Growth In Your Storage Unit

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Your storage unit could easily develop an issue with mold growth, especially during those times of the year when it is damp and hot. You’re not going to see the inside of your storage unit very often, and if things get wet or damp, a mold colony can become established pretty quickly. Practicing preventive measures will ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue in your storage unit, and we’ve got some great tips that can help you do just that:

  • Paint. If your storage unit is on your own property, you can paint it using mold-resistant paint. This type of paint is readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store, as well as many other materials and products, too. When doing any type of repair or renovation, you can always check with a professional to find available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients. 
  • Dry. Avoid standing water in your unit. If there has been a big rainstorm, take a trip to your unit and see how things look. If there is standing water of any kind, make sure it all gets cleaned up and aired out. 
  • Smell. If you visit your unit and you can smell that telltale and familiar musty odor, check all the walls and corners to see if a mold colony has established itself. Any damp and dark area is prime mold real estate.  
  • Location. A storage unit company will most likely offer interior and exterior units, so if you are storing items that are valuable or that could be adversely affected by mold, you may want to pay the extra leasing fee and rent an interior space. These will almost always be climate-controlled, so mold will be unlikely to make an appearance here. Make sure that the location you are using is in good shape, with proper weather stripping and roofing that will withstand wet weather. If the property at large is unkempt, take that into consideration.
  • Prevention. Wrapping your items in plastic if at all possible is going to help a great deal in preventing mold growth. You can obtain large rolls of bubble wrap for furniture and other large items.


Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we have all the necessary expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage.

HVAC Maintenance For Your Commercial Property

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

As a commercial property owner, you are very aware regular maintenance is a vital part of keeping your business running efficiently. Equipment and machinery need to be cared for so that you don’t lose business, time, or money. Scheduled maintenance will ensure that this is done. An important maintenance aspect of your business is the interior environmental climate you provide for your staff and clientele, so proper HVAC maintenance should definitely be high on your list of maintenance projects.

You may want to consider setting up a contract with a professional HVAC company to save you time. The owner of a smaller business may decide to maintain their system themselves, but larger companies could probably benefit from professional assistance.

A professional that handles large-scale maintenance of this kind will have a set schedule that will include tune-ups, clean-and-checks, and other services that are needed to keep your HVAC system and units performing at their best, such as changing all the filters and humidifier pads on a regular basis. These are important maintenance tasks that will prolong the life of your system, and your HVAC company will include that in your contract. 

Your natural gas heating system will need to be tested ahead of colder weather, to see if carbon monoxide is being released into spaces in your building. This is a project that would be difficult for anyone without training. With the appropriate equipment, a professional HVAC maintenance company can determine oxygen levels, carbon monoxide levels, and flue temperature, all of which will ensure that your furnaces are adjusted for optimum performance and safety.

Before you sign any maintenance contract, consider both the costs and the benefits. You may enjoy priority service calls at reduced rates when you have a maintenance contract with some companies, and if you choose this option, you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing there is an experienced team doing all those regular inspections and necessary maintenance on your behalf. 

Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are HVAC experts, and we have the experience and equipment necessary to keep your system functioning properly year-round. We are fire damage and water damage specialists, and we handle mold remediation and prevention, too.

What To Do When Your Basement Floods

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

If your basement is affected by a flood as a result of stormy weather or malfunctioning machinery or appliances, it can create a lot of problems for the homeowner. Basements are very often used for storage, and items such as books, photos, electronics, and textiles can be difficult to manage when they are water-logged and damaged. We here at SERVPRO of North Nashville have some tips to help you out!

Act quickly to handle the situation, but make sure safety is always your first concern. If you have a large amount of standing water in your basement, call your power company, electrician, and/or your professional water damage cleanup team immediately, while keeping everyone away from the area to avoid injury. Exposed wires in water are not to be tampered with, for obvious reasons! Experienced professionals will be able to determine the best, and safest, steps to take in beginning the cleanup process without increasing the risk of fire damage from the exposed wires.. 

While you are waiting for the pros, you can do a few things that can be helpful. A shop-vac can clean up smaller amounts of standing water while using dehumidifiers and fans will move air around, and that discourages mold growth and mildew. Make sure to keep them at least 8 inches away from walls to allow for the best circulation. Your air conditioning can be a big help here, too, so it should stay running in the rest of the house. Don’t turn on a window unit in any basement windows if it’s flooded. 

Scrub hard surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of water while wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Remember to keep the room ventilated, too.

If your valuable documents or papers have been affected, you can actually save them by placing them in the freezer. This may stop the growth of mildew or deterioration until you can take a better look at them. Storing important items in the basement may not be your best practice, but if you don’t have space anywhere else, then using air- and water-tight plastic bins should help protect your items if your basement floods again. 


Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are always ready to help if you are affected by water damage, fire damage, or other disastrous events. We handle large cleanup projects for commercial business owners and smaller projects for area homeowners. We’re mold remediation specialists, too!

Protect Your Home From Summer Storms

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

A smart homeowner will take the steps necessary to be ready for any kind of inclement weather. Today, we here at SERVPRO of North Nashville would like to focus on some vulnerable areas of your home and share some tips that can help you protect your property from the damages that can happen during those Middle Tennessee summer storms:

Roofing Inspections. Inspect your roofing on a regular basis to help you identify issues like minor leaks or missing shingles. If you do find issues, make sure that you get them repaired as soon as possible, and definitely before summer storms hit the area. If your home does suffer storm damage, remember that SERVPRO of North Nashville is here to help you with your repair and cleanup.

Landscaping Upkeep. Heavy rain and high winds are expected during the storms of summer, and dead tree branches, unhealthy vegetation, and unstable trees can often cause serious damage when they are uprooted or broken off. Be sure to cut back your plants and trees properly, and dead or dying limbs and plants wherever necessary. 

Storm Windows. Investing in high-quality storm windows to prevent leaks and other storm damage is a smart idea that will help you protect your home from summer storms. In addition to adding another layer of protection to your home, they are also energy-efficient, so you will enjoy savings in your energy costs over the coming years. 

Driveway/Entranceway. Your driveway and your entrance need to be in good repair ahead of inclement weather. Replace buckling concrete and other hazards before large amounts of water produce an even bigger issue, to help avoid accidents and injuries to anyone entering or leaving your home.

Basement. Basements are a place in your home where leaks will show up and often go unnoticed, so doing an inspection both before and after wet weather will help you spot a problem and allow you to fix it, readying your property before a summer storm.


If you need some more information on how to prevent storm damage to your home, contact us here at SERVPRO of North Nashville. We specialize in cleanup from water and fire damage, no matter the size, and we’re mold remediation specialists. Visit us online for a complete list of our services.

Firework Safety

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fireworks may look pretty and are fun to set off, but they can prove to be a real danger to your family, your home, and others around you. Whatever the situation may be, be sure to practice the utmost safety when handling fireworks. When misused, they may cause injury, fire damage, or wildfires. Be sure to check if consumer fireworks are legal in your area. Here are some tips on how to be safe around fireworks during the holiday season from your friends here at SERVPRO of North Nashville! 

  • Do not let children and young teenagers light or operate the fireworks. Children should not be handling fireworks and should be under strict supervision. Make sure the person who is setting them off is a responsible adult who has not been drinking prior. It is also recommended that the person using the fireworks wears safety glasses.
  • Before using the fireworks, read all safety and warning labels. Do not use fireworks that do not have warning labels or fireworks that have been bought illegally. If it is an outdoor celebration, only purchase and use consumer fireworks from a licensed dealer. 
  • When you buy fireworks illegally, it can often lead to unexpected explosions. Do not use any fireworks for any purpose besides what they were made for, and do not combine multiple fireworks and light them off as one. It is illegal to make your own fireworks, and building your own can be incredibly dangerous. As mentioned previously, follow local and state laws and regulations.
  • Keep water close at hand, whether it be a hose or a bucket of water. This will be used to put out stray flames or sparks. Pour water onto any area that was used when lighting your fireworks. If you have any unused fireworks, do not throw them in the garbage, but instead, check your area’s local waste management system for proper removal so as to avoid any unwanted trash fires and the resulting fire damage.
  • When actually lighting the firework, make sure it is on level, solid ground where it cannot tip over. It is also advisable to use a multipurpose lighter instead of matches. Be sure to not have your hands and face directly over the firework when lighting it and do not attempt to light again if it does not go off.
  • Be wary of your surroundings by planning where people will be spectating and which direction the fireworks will be fired. Do not buy fireworks that are too large for the area you are lighting them in, and be sure that the spectators are a safe distance away. Never light fireworks indoors or near combustible materials and set them off away from buildings and onlookers to minimize the possibility of fire damage to your property.
  • Be prepared just in case of an emergency where an injury occurs. Be familiar with first-aid information and call emergency services when needed.

You must always prioritize your safety and the safety of others before using fireworks. If you are in an area where you do not have enough space to use them, it is advisable to not buy them. However, if you are in a situation where fireworks do cause fire damage, do not hesitate to reach out to professionals to help restore your home building. Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are experts in fire damage repair and restoration, and we are always willing to help!

Mold Removal Tips For Your Bathroom

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Your bathroom is a potential breeding ground for mold, simply because moisture can easily build up. Mold only needs four ingredients besides moisture to grow, this includes humidity, organic material, and oxygen. You can find all four of these things in your bathroom at home, which makes it easily susceptible to mold. It is a good idea to regularly inspect your bathroom to ensure that it does grow out of control and damage your home or health. Common causes of bathroom mold include lingering moisture due to lack of ventilation, leaky fixtures such as sinks, or damp cellulose materials such as wood that mold can feast on. 

One danger of bathroom mold is that it isn’t in the most obvious areas. Thoroughly inspect the entirety of your bathroom, this includes underneath sinks, exhaust fans, the access doors to shower and bath fixtures, or even in crawl spaces and basements underneath the bathroom. The most common places to find mold are caulk, tile grout, and painted or wallpapered walls.

How can you prevent mold from growing in your bathroom? Here are some tips:

  • Turn on the bathroom ventilation fan when you take a shower or bathe, and leave it on for at least 30 minutes afterward. If you do not already have a fan, it is in your best interest to install one. 
  • Wash and dry your bathroom rugs regularly.
  • After using the shower, wipe down the shower walls with a towel or squeegee.
  • Buy a mildew-resistant shower curtain, and wash or replace it frequently. After using the shower, keep open the curtain to let it dry.
  • Mop any water spills on the floors and counters. 
  • Avoid keeping too many shampoo and other body product bottles in the shower, or do not keep them in there at all. Also, avoid keeping toys and loofahs in the shower. They all provide places for mold to grow and hide. 
  • Keep humidity levels low, and use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to help control these levels.

If the mold comes back or worsens, you might want to consider calling the professionals to properly remove the problem areas. Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Nashville before the mold grows out of control. Not only are we faster to any size disaster, but we also are highly trained mold remediation specialists who only want to help you!

Deep Cleaning For Your Business

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever considered that your business might need a deep clean? More thorough than typical janitorial services, a deep clean offers a slew of benefits for your business, your employees, and your customers. While regular cleaning services may save you money, they won’t be able to really clean where it counts. In the long run, you won’t regret hiring SERVPRO to make your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

For starters, your employees will be happier when they are working in an environment where it is free from dust and dirt. A fresh and clean workspace will keep your employees healthier along with increasing their productivity, and your customers and whoever else enters your business will benefit from a spotless environment as well. A deep cleaning will get your business looking not only clean but professional as well.

One deep cleaning process is the cleaning of ventilation systems. They are often the biggest contributor to poor indoor air quality. Many business owners fail to realize the importance of clean indoor air. Within a business, the air may be contaminated with different particulates, which is then continuously circulated by the ventilation system. Polluted indoor air quality leads to a significant drop in productivity. It is believed that dirty, polluted air minimizes human cognitive function. Unhealthy indoor air is incredibly harmful to employees and customers. These ventilation systems and air ducts need to be cleaned regularly to keep them free of pathogens and other irritants. When any allergens, bacteria, dust, debris, mold, and dirt are removed from the air ducts, not only will it be easier and healthier to breathe, your HVAC system will also perform more efficiently. 

A thorough cleaning of your workplace environment is also advantageous in preventing the spread of disease. Disinfecting shared areas, such as bathrooms, breakrooms, and training rooms, decrease the possibility of employee illness. 


Another aspect of deep cleans is carpet, walls, and hard floor cleaning. By wiping down walls, and deep cleaning your floors it will remove any dirt and make your business more presentable. Consider investing in deep cleaning for your business and you will notice an improvement in customer and employee satisfaction! For any and all commercial cleaning services, do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of North Nashville. We are experts at all kinds of cleaning and want to make your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

How Quickly Can Mold Spread After Water Damage?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth is a serious problem and when left untreated it can cause a multitude of issues, for your home and health. What is mold? It is a fungus made of decomposed organic material, and in small quantities, it is not usually dangerous. However, it needs to be removed and prevented before growing to an unsafe size. One of the biggest problems with mold is that it can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage. It grows well in dark and damp environments, but if your home has recently suffered from water damage, then your home is a viable location for mold growth. Besides moisture, mold needs at least three other things to grow: food (any organic material), humid temperature and environment, and oxygen. Has your home recently experienced water damage, and you are afraid of mold growth? Here are some tips to fight it off before it starts:

  • Remove any remaining water and dry areas immediately. Special vacuums are available designed to suck up water, but you can also use traditional tools such as a mop and bucket. If the water came from a natural flood or sewer backup, do not attempt to remove it unless you have adequate protective equipment. This kind of water usually has a cocktail of contaminants that you do not want to touch. Contact the necessary professionals, such as SERVPRO of North Nashville, if you are unable to remove it yourself.
  • Remove any furniture, carpet, and other items not bolted down from the area inflicted with water damage. If they are damp, you can dry them yourself by leaving out in the sun or by using a heater. Mold will grow underneath these carpets if you do not dry them out. 
  • Dry out the affected areas with fans and dehumidifiers, and if the weather outside is sunny and dry, then consider opening any windows and doors to help air out your home. It is also recommended to dry any other wet surfaces with a rag. Eliminate any excess moisture as soon as possible to minimize the occurrence of mold.
  • During this process, be wary of any spores, which can be green, brown, or black. Keep an out on the affected area by looking for any visual signs of growth or odd smells. 
  • If you do find mold, remove it carefully and completely. If you do not remove all of it at once then there is a high possibility that it will regrow. Get rid of any furniture or other items that have begun to grow mold. Clean and sanitize different surfaces and all possible sources of mold. Over-the-counter cleaning solutions are available at your local hardware store that can eliminate bacteria and prevent mold from growing.
  • Try to keep the room’s humidity low in order to keep the mold from growing. You need to keep the room at a low humidity level for at least a few days after this to prevent it. 


Dealing with mold can be dangerous. Even with these steps, it is possible for mold to grow back when you are not careful enough. Black mold is even more dangerous, and if you ever encounter mold or black mold within your home then reach out to the proper professionals to handle it so that you do not endanger yourself or your family. Feel free to call us, SERVPRO of North Nashville, for your mold remediation and restoration needs. We have highly-trained specialists who are always willing to help you remove mold from your home!

How Tree Removal Prevents Storm Damage

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Do you live in an area where storm and bad weather conditions are frequent? Is your house situated next to trees and you are concerned about the safety of your home? You might want to consider removing any trees near your house that could be capable of damaging your home. Falling trees and limbs cause millions of dollars in destruction each year damaging homes, cars, and downing power lines. Take proactive measures by inspecting the surrounding trees regularly and remove them if necessary. Any trees that show hazardous signs of weakness need to be removed before storm season or they could topple. 

Signs to look out for include:

  • Unsafe proximity to power lines or your home
  • Deep hollows or holes
  • A large number of dead branches, especially if the branches are large in diameter
  • Cracks in the trunk of the tree, especially vertical cracks
  • Decay affecting more than half of the tree
  • Prevalent trunk rot, mushrooms, or other fungi
  • Leaning trunks, especially if the leaning trunk has exposed roots on one side

Not all trees grow the same, some are more prone to storm damage than others. For example, a tree with shallow roots growing in soft soil could easily fall over onto your property with the aid of strong winds. It is also possible for trees to grow roots strong enough to damage the foundation of a house, create cracks in the sidewalks, or plug up septic systems. The most common types of storm damage include:

  • Branch failure, where branches break away from the tree trunk, falling to the ground or getting trapped in foliage.
  • Blow-over, where the tree heavily leans to one side and/or topples over completely.
  • Root failure, where the roots are not able to anchor into the soil correctly, this can contribute to a blow-over.
  • Crown twist, where there is pressure on an asymmetrical treetop that causes branches to split or warp.

You might also want to consider pruning these trees, which can prevent many problems. Quick removal of damaged, diseased, or dead plant parts helps limit the spread of harmful disease and insects, and can reduce the chance of future storm damage. However, over-pruning can weaken a tree significantly.


There are some instances where removal of a tree is absolutely necessary, especially when the tree lacks any structural integrity or there is a decline in health. Remove any trees around your property when it has major decay or significant damage from a past storm, failure to remove the tree can prove a dangerous threat to your family and home. If you failed to remove a tree before it fell over and damaged your property, do not worry! You can call SERVPRO of North Nashville for any storm damage needs. We’re faster to any disaster, highly trained storm damage specialists, and we have the resources to handle storms and disasters. We are always happy to help!

Protect Your Home By Cleaning Your Gutters

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Have you considered cleaning out your gutters? While cleaning them may seem like a daunting task, it is a chore that is beneficial for your home and can save you money. If you still need convincing, here are some more reasons why you should regularly clean your gutters:

  1. When your gutters and downspouts are clogged with leaves and other debris, it may cause water damage. Rainwater cannot drain properly when there is a blockage in the gutters. This will cause the water to overflow and create damage to the interior and exterior of your building or home. Excess water can also create a leaky or rotten roof.
  2. By leaving leaves trapped in your gutter, it becomes a desirable home for different kinds of pests, from rodents to insects. Prevent a pest infestation by removing those leaves!
  3. The excess water can also pool around the foundation of your building if it is blocked from traveling away from your home. This pool of water can crack your foundation in the winter when it expands and freezes in the cold weather. 
  4. By taking early preventative measures, gutter cleaning can help minimize the possibility of having to replace or repair your roof. Cleaning your gutters regularly will save you money.
  5. Debris buildup can also eventually lead to sagging gutters, mold growth, and wet basements, all of which can be very costly.

To prevent the worst from happening, clean your gutters! Make sure to clean them at least twice a year, in the spring and fall, and clean even more if your home or building is situated around trees. Tools you will need for gutter cleaning include a ladder, a hose, and a scoop or trowel. When using a ladder, practice the utmost safety, and if you do not feel comfortable, do not hesitate to call us, the professionals, here at SERVPRO of North Nashville

  1. It is recommended that you wear gloves while cleaning for ease and convenience. Have two buckets alongside you, one to hold the debris, and the other to hold your tools.
  2. You should begin cleaning near a downspout. Confirm that your ladder is secure and on level ground before you start to climb it. 
  3. Remove any large debris such as leaves and twigs by hand, then for the more compact debris use your gutter scoop.
  4. Remove and clean the downspout strainers. Then flush out the gutter with water, using your hose, and starting at the end, opposite of the downspout. Replace the downspout strainers when finished.
  5. Once the gutters are cleaned, check the downspouts for any lodged debris. If any remain, use the hose again to spray down the spout.
  6. Use the hose one more time to flush the gutters and check for proper water flow and drainage. Ensure that there are not any leaks or standing water by the downspout. Then make sure all gutters are secure and firmly attached to the house.


Now that you are done with gutter cleaning, do not forget to repeat this at least once more during the year. While a relatively simple process, you must always remember to carry out the best safety practices when operating from tall ladders. If you require assistance in gutter cleaning, feel free to contact the professionals. Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are experts at any home project and we are more than happy to help!

Add Value To Your Business With A Restoration Project

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Do you want to add value to your business but not sure how? Well if you have the budget, consider a restoration project to improve your business and attract more customers! Here are some tips to add value to your business through a restoration project:

  • Consider repainting, a little paint can go a long way in updating a space and refreshing your business. Keeping the paint fresh is also an easy way to keep customers impressed. Cover up any chipping on the walls and any other damage.
  • Check to see if your building is properly insulated, if not consider adding more insulation within your walls and even your attic. This will keep heating costs down and keep your customers at a comfortable temperature.
  • Do you have carpeting in your business? It is recommended to switch to hardwood or laminate flooring. While it doesn’t come cheap, it is much easier to clean compared to continually having to vacuum the carpet. Hardwood or laminate flooring is also more durable and fairly easy to install.
  • Does your business have old light fixtures? Think about replacing any outdated fixtures with newer, more modern ones to enhance the appeal of your business. If you cannot afford to do that, consider changing all of your light bulbs to LEDs, which are up to 95% more efficient than fluorescent and incandescent lights. This saves you money on lighting.
  • Remodel the bathrooms of your business. Updating and replacing old fixtures along with repainting the bathrooms will leave a good impression on your customers.
  • If your business has siding, think about replacing it. Old siding can make any good business look shabby.
  • Make your business look more presentable by adding exterior improvements. This can include new paint, and updating the front entry. If the front of your business has shrubbery or a yard, keep it landscaped. This adds to the curb appeal and makes your business more inviting.
  • New windows not only look better but also keep your building more insulated, which saves on energy and heating costs. 

These are some ways you can more easily improve not only the value but also the presentation of your business. Consider these restoration projects next time you think about enhancing the space. If you need any of these projects done by professionals, consider calling SERVPRO of North Nashville for any painting, plumbing, hardwood floor repair, drywall installation, and commercial cleaning. SERVPRO offers a multitude of services, done by seasoned professionals, who are adaptable to any project. Our restoration services are guaranteed to spruce up your business!

Keeping Your Hotel Free From Mold

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Are you worried about your hotel developing mold and possibly endangering not only your guests but also your employees? Do not worry, while mold might be tricky to handle, it is manageable when you take the right proactive steps to prevent it. Here are some steps you can take to keep your hotel free from mold. 

Where does mold originate?

Mold can come from a multitude of places and can grow almost anywhere from carpets, fabric, wood, drywall, and furniture. It only needs a few of these conditions before it can start growing: darkness, moisture, warmth, a food source and time. All of those coupled together prove to be a breeding ground for mold to easily cultivate. Mold can then develop into black mold, which is extremely dangerous for humans and will create structural damage to buildings.

How can you prevent mold from growing?

Inspect your hotel for leaks, such as leaky pipes or a broken roof. Stopping these leaks will prevent water from getting into unsavory places. Inspect your hotel regularly, not only for these leaks but also for areas where moisture builds and water damage. Keep an eye out for mold as well.

Keep all the walls and floors dry in all areas of the building by doing routine housekeeping.

Install proper ventilation in areas that tend to get a lot of moisture or steam, such as kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms. Proper ventilation is important to prevent moisture from building up within these rooms. Installing vents and/or fans will also mitigate moisture.

Be wary of humidity levels. Mold thrives off of humidity, so by monitoring these levels by buying cheap monitors, you can identify where in your hotel there is humidity and then fix it.

If you do find mold in your hotel, it is of the utmost importance you do not try to clean it up yourself. You may make the situation worse and can endanger yourself or anyone else in the hotel. 


If you take all of these steps and mold still grows in your hotel, it is not your fault. Mold is very tricky and can find ways to grow almost anywhere. If you discover mold growth within your hotel, be sure to leave it to the professionals to properly remove it. Restoration companies such as SERVPRO of North Nashville are expertly trained in how to remove mold safely and prevent it from growing there again. Choose SERVPRO for any and all mold removal and mold remediation needs.

How to Manage Storm Damage Before Professional Help Arrives

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

If your home was recently hit by a severe storm, it is of the utmost importance that you keep you and your family safe until proper help arrives. You could be dealing with wind, water, or storm damage caused by a multitude of different factors. Here are some tips you can follow if you are not in immediate danger and if the damage that was caused is manageable.

Practicing Precaution:

  • Do not enter your home or the building until a professional has cleared it if you believe that it has been structurally damaged or if there is flood risk remains. For the time being, find somewhere else to take shelter and do not go outside until it is safe enough to do so. Do not drive unless it is absolutely necessary. Pay attention to the radio for advisories.
  • Do not go anywhere near downed power lines or any standing water or metal objects near these downed wires. Stay away from damaged trees, and do not swim in floodwaters.
  • Avoid using open flames, especially indoors. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Once the worst has passed, assess any and all damage that your home or building has received. Inspect every part of your home for possible destruction, from missing shingles to bent exhaust pipes.

Cleaning Up Your Home:

  • Do not climb onto your roof unless the building has been deemed structurally sound, and still practice precaution when climbing and working at tall heights.
  • If using a chainsaw to cut trees or branches, be careful where you are cutting them down to ensure they do not cause any more damage when they fall.
  • Remove any wet material, such as rugs or carpets, and properly dry them out to prevent mold from growing and doing more harm to your house. Dry your home by opening any and all windows and doors, it is also beneficial to have fans running.
  • If it is more serious flooding, you are at risk for mold within the first 24 hours of a flood, so it is vital to remove the water as soon as possible and start remediation. Flooding poses a risk to drywall, support beams, and foundations. Flood water also contains dangerous contaminants and sewage and must be avoided.
  • Keep track of everything that was destroyed or damaged in the storm by documenting it through photos or videos along with putting together a list of broken items. You will need this list for insurance purposes.



Even if you want to take a proactive part in restoring your house after a storm, it is better to be safe and contact a restoration company like SERVPRO of North Nashville as soon as possible. The sooner you call us, the higher chance your house can be properly restored after a strong storm. Here at SERVPRO, we only wish for your safety and we would not want you to endanger yourself trying to clean it all up without professional help. We are professionals with years of experience and we are more than happy to help with any and all storm damage.

What To Do When Your Kitchen Catches On Fire

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Have you recently experienced a fire in the kitchen and you are not sure how to clean up afterward? There is typically soot left behind along with smoke damage and a lingering smell. You must be sure to handle this situation correctly to prevent it from worsening or endangering your health. If the damage is not too severe, then these instructions will be a helpful guide for you to repair your kitchen to normal in no time! Your first step should be to open the windows and the doors along with setting up fans within the kitchen to create a current of air to push out any lingering odor. Be sure to not use the AC because it could spread contaminated air to the rest of the house.

After letting the kitchen air out, here is what to do next:

Protect yourself from harmful soot and chemicals by donning protective goggles, gloves, and a face mask.

Clean affected walls and surfaces with a cleaning product and then rinse. You will have to go over the affected areas multiple times before it is completely clean. After rinsing, let the area dry before cleaning again.

Use the correct cleaners and detergents to do the job. Different soaps have differing purposes and will be more effective in different areas.

For soot and smoke removal on floors, furniture, and walls, use a mild soap or detergent mix or you can mix together 4 to 6 tbsp. of tri-sodium phosphate and 1 cup of household cleaner or chlorine bleach to every gallon of warm water. Be cautious with TSP, while it is effective, it can be dangerous when mishandled. Do not use it on ceramic or chrome.

You can use dry soot sponges, as long as completely clean and dry them between each use, to clean all surfaces including fabric. They are specifically made to remove soot and other residues without the use of liquids.

Degreaser products are not as strong as TSP, but they are as great at removing soot on many types of surfaces. 

Always check the details on the whichever cleaning material you decide to use before applying it to the job.

Do not forget to clean within your cabinets, pantries, and drawers as they are not protected from smoke and soot.

Empty everything out and wipe everything down, thoroughly clean every surface and appliance in your kitchen, including the inside of cabinets. 

You will also have to toss out all packaged food, including everything in the refrigerator for safety purposes.

After thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and all affected areas, the scent of smoke still may not be fully removed. Here are some tips to solve this:

Clean non-porous surfaces with an orange citrus cleaner.

Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and other fabrics, let them sit for several hours before going over it with a vacuum.

Set out bowls of vinegar around the house to absorb any remaining scents.


While this is an extensive list of tips you can follow in the event of a kitchen fire, it is important to know that handling soot can be very dangerous. If the fire damage is too massive for you to handle on your own, do not hesitate to reach out to a restoration company such as SERVPRO of North Nashville. We are focused on your health and happiness, and we are ready to help with any kind of restoration project, such as fire damage restoration. Our years of experience make us perfect for the job.

Water Damage Recovery Tips for Your Hardwood Floors

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

An unfortunate flood or spill can easily damage your hardwood floors, but fixing them is not impossible. However, time is not on your side. You will need to move quickly to preserve them and prevent permanent water damage and mold growth. The presence of moisture encourages the growth of the mold, and hardwood flooring will absorb moisture more easily. Work thoroughly and with speed when trying to recover your hardwood floors. Here are tips to follow when your hardwood floors experience water damage:

  • If the source of water has not been stopped yet, be sure to do that immediately. Take precautions and wear proper protective gear.
  • Prevent any possibility of electrocution by turning off the power to the affected room until the water has been taken care of.
  • Remove any items from the affected area and move them to a dry spot.
  • Open any doors and windows to allow for ventilation in the room. This will help the floor dry faster. Fans, dehumidifiers, and heaters can also help with drying the room.
  • Remove the surface water by using a vacuum to remove as much of the excess as possible. 
  • Scrub the floors to get rid of any leftover debris and mud. Use mild detergent and clean water with a brush and clean thoroughly until all dirt is gone.
  • Leave the fans going, and continue to dry the floor. Depending on how serious the damage is, the drying process can take from up to a week or more. Dehumidifiers, fans, and heaters can help speed up the process, but do not attempt to dry it too quickly or the floor can crack. Do not apply direct heat to the floor either, as this can cause other issues as well. 

Even with all of your efforts, properly cleaning and removing moisture from hardwood floors is difficult. Mold can still grow if not properly treated. If the floors are too badly damaged then they might have to be replaced altogether. But if you call SERVPRO of North Nashville today, we can assess the damage and help go in the right direction of fixing your floors! Our Commercial and Residential Restoration and Cleaning Services are not only fast, but also effective. We can fix the damage before it escalates.

Cleaning Your HVAC

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

Keeping your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units clean can extend the life of the equipment which will save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe. Servicing your HVAC includes benefits such as: 

  • Restoring peak energy efficiency
  • Eliminating offensive odors
  • Reducing the potential for mold growth

Attempt to clean your entire HVAC system, failure to do so can result in recontamination of the system, recontamination defeats the point of cleaning your HVAC in the first place. Here are some steps to take when cleaning your HVAC system:

  • Firstly, gather the proper tools and equipment. These are typical household items and should not be hard to find. Recommended tools include a vacuum cleaner, a dust brush, cleaning cloths, and new filters.
  • Turn on your fan to loosen up dust, making it easier to clean, but be sure to turn off your heat. Also cover up all of your supply registers by lifting up the grills and putting down paper towels to cover them, do this to prevent the dust from getting into other areas of your home.
  • Use your brush or vacuum cleaner to clean the supply registers and sweep out the dust and debris. 
  • Turn off the fan before you start cleaning the main air ducts. Use a screwdriver to unscrew air duct covers and grills. Clean those by wiping them down.
  • Once you are ready to clean the air ducts, use the long hose on your vacuum to suck up all of the dust throughout the ducts, especially in the hard to reach areas. Try to wipe down the interior of the ducts with a cloth as far as you can reach.
  • Replace any old filters that have accumulated large amounts of dust.

Cleaning your HVAC system yourself can be an intensive job to do yourself, but it can be done. However, if you need assistance with this type of project, do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of North Nashville with any concerns you may have. We are experts at cleaning air ducts and HVAC systems and are prepared to handle any kind of situation.

Flood Damage Prevention Tips for Your Business

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause very serious issues to your business, whether it’s weakening the foundation of your business and causing structural damage or becoming a place where mold can fester. Excess water easily creates mold and mildew in the right environment, which may cause health effects very quickly. Here are some tips you can take to ensure that you and your business are prepared in case flooding occurs.

  • Flood Prevention
    • Keep your gutters clean
      • Make sure there is good drainage surrounding your business. You do not want rainwater traveling anywhere near the base of your establishment. By keeping the gutters clean, it ensures that they will not overflow and cause the water to go where it should not be.
      • It is possible to clean gutters on your own, but if needed, call a professional.
    • If possible, the yard or area surrounding the building should be sloped downwards to avoid having water flow to the base of the building and collecting, where it can cause cracks in the foundation.
    • Have your downspouts directed 5-10 feet away from the business to make certain the water is far away enough from the building to not cause damage.
  • Fix all water leaks
    • Check for any leaks within or around your business, whether it be pipes or appliances. Even if you see drips or any dark spots under pipes, be sure to fix those as well. It is important to identify any leaks before they develop into a serious issue.
    • As previously mentioned, excess water can lead to dangerous problems like black mold or even termites, and leaks are just one this can happen.
    • Keep pipes insulated and have the internal temperature of the building regulated to prevent the pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can crack and then lead to leakage.
  • Replace roof shingles that are missing
    • It is recommended that you inspect your roof at least once a year for leaks or missing shingles. Damaged shingles need to be replaced as well, and repair any cracked caulking.
    • Snow buildup can cause structural damage and weaken your roof, clean your roof when there is snow or ice buildup to prevent this.

If serious flooding occurs, be sure to evacuate everyone from the building as quickly and safely as possible to higher ground and call the necessary authorities. Anything minimal can be cleaned up by a restoration company, like us, here at SERVPRO of North Nashville. If your business suffers from water damage even after following these steps, do not hesitate to call us! We are professionals at water damage restoration and mold remediation!

What to Expect from a Fire Damage Restoration Project

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Has your home or business recently been affected by a fire? No matter the size of the fire or affected area, it is important to practice caution while waiting for the restoration company to arrive. Here is what to do and what not to do after a fire:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash any houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over the air register.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service. Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

Once the restoration team has arrived on the scene, this is what you should expect from a fire damage restoration project. Every situation is different and requires different ways of solving the problem, but the process generally stays the same.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to their pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. It may also entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.


Do not hesitate to reach out to us here at SERVPRO of North Nashville! Our employees are professionally trained in property damage restoration to guarantee each job is fully completed and done well. Fire damage is especially difficult to handle, so don’t overwhelm yourself by attempting to take on the job alone!

Steps to Take If Your Hotel Floods

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Has your hotel been affected by flooding? This is a serious issue and the right steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of the residents along with the integrity of the building. If there are high levels of flooding in your hotel, call SERVPRO of North Nashville immediately to ensure that there is no additional damage being made. If the levels of flooding are not severe, here are the steps to follow so your hotel can be up and running in no time. While it is hard to be prepared for flooding, know that it can happen at any place and at any time. 

  • Evacuate everyone from the premises as soon as possible once the flooding starts. Find a dry, safe spot outside of the hotel occupy while waiting for the flooding to stop. Make sure everyone is accounted for. If flooding is caused by a natural disaster, call the authorities or listen to the local news to find a temporary shelter and relocate to that shelter when possible.
  • Call 911 if anyone needs medical attention. Ensure that everyone who was evacuated is safe.
  • Attempt to find the source of the flooding if it is not from a natural disaster. Stop it at the source, and if possible, try to turn it off or seal it up. Turning off the main water valve may also solve the issue.
  • Turn off the electricity, but do not attempt to reach the fuse box if you have to walk through water. Water is a conductor of electricity and you could be shocked. If you cannot reach the fuse box without stepping on water, call an electrician.
  • Document everything: take photos and videos of all the affected areas. Use this information for insurance purposes.

Once the flooding has stopped, you can start the clean-up process.

  • Do not touch the water without the proper equipment as it may be contaminated with sewage or other hazardous material. If you have to enter the establishment, at the very least wear waders and waterproof boots.
  • This will be a long, difficult process. All of the water has to be removed, then a wet vacuum or a pump can be used to dispose of any standing water.
  • Attempt to salvage any items that were not seriously damaged. Do not eat any food that has been contaminated by floodwater.
  • If the water damage is not too bad, dry the space out with fans and dehumidifiers. Anything that was touched by the water also needs to be disinfected.

Warm, wet spaces are a breeding ground for mold growth, such as a flooded hotel. Act as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth.

  • The property needs to be as dry as possible to prevent mold spores from growing. Once it starts growing, it is difficult to remove. This includes toxic black mold that is dangerous to one’s health. To avoid mold from growing, keep the affected areas as dry as possible and treat it with a strong cleaner, such as a bleach solution. 
  • If it is not humid outside, open any windows and doors to let fresh air in and circulate. 

Flooding does not mean the end of the world. Even if your hotel was flooded, it can still be salvaged. If the damage is critical or you are not capable of fixing the issue by yourself, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Nashville to aid you in returning your hotel back to peak condition. Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are experts at water damage repair and restoration along with mold removal and remediation. We are here to help!

Prevent Mold in Your Business This Winter

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is a serious issue, and it can be exacerbated in the wintertime when precipitation is common. The melting of the snow and ice is the cause of heavy moisture, and when paired with the warm temperature indoors, it can be deadly to your business. Mold spores are all around us and it is difficult to completely remove them. Mold thrives in moist, warm environments where it breaks down material and dead matter, but it can also just as easily damage your business which may result in a costly repair. However, if you take early action, mold growth can be stopped. Your top priority is to make sure there is no excess moisture in your business, and that humidity levels are low. Leaks and high humidity levels are common sources of condensation which may lead to mold growth. Below are some preventative measures you can take to ensure that your business is safe from mold growth this winter:

  • Pipes can be a source of moisture. Make sure they do not freeze as that can cause flooding. This can be done by fully insulating your pipes.
  • Keep all areas clean. Control moisture by drying leaks and any other wet areas immediately. Vacuum and clean regularly to remove sources of mold growth. 
  • Repair any leaks as quickly as possible. Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned regularly.
  • Have adequate air circulation and ventilation. The use of fans for ventilation is beneficial, but make sure to clean them regularly.
  • It is a suggestion to have well-insulated walls which can not only prevent condensation and mold within your walls, but it will also cut down on heating and cooling bills.
  • Check to see if your doors and windows are properly sealed and that moisture is not coming in through the cracks.
  • Avoid carpets or having carpet in the entire room - especially in rooms that are prone to moisture, they can easily trap moisture and be a breeding ground for mold.
  • Try not to store paper, books, and clothing in humid areas because they can be sources of mold growth.
  • If there is a room in your business that is prone to humidity, use a dehumidifier to counter it.


If you take these steps to prevent mold growth in your business, your chances of it occurring will greatly decrease. It is easier to take action early to prevent it than having to remove it. However, even with taking preventative steps, it is not 100% guaranteed that it will not grow. Mold growth can be dangerous, and if you spot any in your business, call the professionals! To guarantee that mold growth doesn’t endanger your business, be sure to contact us at SERVPRO of North Nashville. We are experts at mold removal and remediation, and can make sure your business is back to normal if you do find mold growth!

Smoke Damage Removal from Your Kitchen

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Have you recently had a kitchen fire where smoke damage left stains and a bad smell? Smoke damage is hard to remove but it is not impossible. Soot stains can stick anywhere from your counter to your walls or even to your ceiling. So what do you do when everything is covered in soot and smells smoky? The wrong techniques can spread soot throughout the rest of your house and make stains permanent. Even worse, soot is detrimental to your health, so it is important to wear protective clothing while handling it such as gloves and goggles.

The first step you should take in fixing smoke damage is creating good air circulation in your kitchen by turning on the fans, along with opening doors and windows. But be sure not to run the AC because it will circulate the contaminated air throughout the rest of your home. However, if the damage is severe then call a professional to properly remove the soot.

Next, assess the damage. Can the surfaces be cleaned? Surfaces with a satin or semi-gloss paint cover can usually be cleaned, washed, and restored easily. Walls with flat paint may be more difficult to clean completely, and you may have to clean as much as possible and then repaint or replace the wallpaper. Once you have followed these steps, follow the tips below to clean smoke damage and removing smoke odor from your kitchen.

Cleaning Smoke Damage:

  • Clear the area that needs to be cleaned, move items so that the affected area is more accessible. Any food exposed to soot should be thrown away, exercise caution by throwing away food if you have any doubt. Clean and wipe down other items that were affected by soot.
  • Create a solution of one gallon water and one tablespoon of trisodium phosphate (TSP). TSP is a harsh but effective chemical because it works well on sticky soot residue. Since it is an irritant, wear protective clothing such as rubber gloves and avoid getting it on your skin. Less harsh alternatives to TSP exist, such as degreaser products and dry soot sponges.
  • Use a sponge soaked with the solution to clean the affected areas. Try not to get too much water on non-water-resistant walls, as this can cause water damage to the home’s drywall or become a source of mold.
  • Wipe down every surface in your kitchen to ensure that all of the soot is removed. Make sure to also wipe down the insides of cabinets, pantries, and even drawers.

Removing Smoke Odor:

  • Even after the stains are removed, you may still find a lingering smoke odor in your kitchen that makes it hard to breathe.
  • Remove the unpleasant smell by wiping down and disinfecting every surface with an orange-scented cleaner. Odor can attach to virtually every surface, so be sure to wipe down areas from walls to cabinets to windows.
  • You can also leave bowls of vinegar out to absorb the smell. If there are areas with persistent smoke smell, create a water-vinegar solution to remove it.
  • For carpets and other fabrics, sprinkle baking soda then let it sit for several hours before vacuuming.


These tips are suitable for jobs that you can attempt on your own but do not hesitate to call the professionals if the damage is severe. Here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are experts when it comes to fire and smoke damage restoration and can help you with everything from odor control to fabric cleaning! Your kitchen can be as good as new with our help!

Preparing Your Business for Winter Storms

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Winter weather is upon us. Are you taking the right precautions for your business to be prepared this winter season? Make sure winter storms don’t take you and your business by surprise by following these simple tips:

  • Stay alert for storms by monitoring your local weather channel. Know your weather terminology and listen for these three terms:
  • Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, are possible in the next 12 to 36 hours. Prepare now. 
  • Winter Storm Warning: Severe winter conditions are expected in the next 12-24 hours; 4-6 inches of snow or sleet, or 1/4 inch or more of ice is expected. Seek shelter. 
  • Blizzard Warning: Snow and strong winds (gusts up to 35 mph or greater) can produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and a life-threatening wind chill that is expected to occur for three hours or longer.
  • Stay prepared by having a stockpile of emergency resources. These may include flashlights, first aid kits, battery-operated radios, water, blankets, food, extra toiletries, cell phone chargers, and food just in case the storms get severe. 
  • Invest in a backup electric generator. It is also beneficial to have sandbags, road salt or ice melt, and shovels. Keep any walkways and driveways clear of snow, and salt the sidewalks to prevent mishaps.
  • In severe winter weather, establish space on your property for sheltering. There should be room for all persons currently on your property, such as employees, customers, and so forth.
  • Have a contingency plan. Be prepared for power outages, and determine essential equipment that would require the use of a generator.
  • Stay warm indoors and have a backup heating source. But guarantee that the room you are heating is well-ventilated to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Use battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Once the storm has passed, assess any possible damage to your business. Make sure that there is no damage that could possibly hurt customers or employees.

Stay safe and warm this winter season. If the weather is unfavorable, it is ideal to stay indoors until the storm passes. After the snow melts, make sure your business stays mold and water free as mold grows easily when there are high levels of moisture. If you encounter any mold damage or water damage to your business after the weather clears, contact us, SERVPRO of North Nashville, so that we can take care of it for you.

How to Keep Mold Out of Your Nashville Business

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Are you concerned about mold infesting your Nashville business? Do not fear, there are proactive steps you can take to reduce the possibility of it happening. Mold spores are everywhere, spread easily and cannot be completely removed. It can grow anywhere, from ceiling tiles to clothing to food to inside walls. Not only is mold hard to remove, but it can also be toxic and may cause health effects. It is important to stop mold before it starts or it will be more costly in the long run. Here are tips to prevent mold growth in your Nashville business!

  • Moisture control is important as mold cannot grow without it. Mold growth is also sped up by warmth. Keep mold growth at bay by controlling moisture, heat, and humidity.
  • Identify the problem areas in your business where it is prone to moisture such as areas around pipes or appliances. Address the issue as soon as possible so it does not cost you in the long run. It may be just as easy as installing mold-resistant products or removing carpet. However, it might be as serious as excavation or major waterproofing depending on how prone your business is to moisture.
  • Dry any wet areas immediately, and clean up after messes as soon as possible. Monitor any areas that are susceptible to moisture and make sure they stay dry. Signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls.
  • Use proper ventilation in your business to prevent moisture. To prevent moisture build-up and mold growth, use fans, AC units, and dehumidifiers. Be sure to clean them regularly so they do not develop moisture themselves. It is beneficial to even open a window to create fresh airflow. However, do not open your windows or doors if the AC is on or it will bring humid air into the home. Improving airflow is important, and it can be improved by removing clutter. Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air.
  • Monitor your humidity levels indoors, which can be measured by a tool found at any local hardware store. The EPA recommends indoor relative humidity to be kept below 60 percent, or ideally between 30 percent and 50 percent. 
  • Clean or repair roof gutters.


By following these steps, you can prevent mold growth in your Nashville business. While these steps are a good start, it is not 100 percent guaranteed to keep mold out. If you encounter mold in your business, be sure to contact us here at SERVPRO of North Nashville. We are professionals when it comes to mold removal and mold remediation, and we will safely solve the problem for you if it escalates beyond your control.

Dealing with Commercial Water Damage

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a serious issue and it can lead to even more serious problems. It is important to assess the damage and determine if you are capable of fixing it single-handedly or if you should call the professionals. Depending on the level of water damage and if you have the right equipment then it is possible to clean it up by yourself rather than calling a professional. However it is safer to refer to experts, and here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we are experts on removing and fixing water damage. Give us a call if your facility suffers from serious water damage. However, if the water damage is at minimal levels, here are some steps on how to fix it!

  • First figure where the source of the water that is causing damage, then determine what type of water it is. There are three types:
    • Clean Water - comes from rain, leaky pipes or condensation. This does not have harmful bacteria and is safe for you to clean up.
    • Gray Water - comes from dishwashers, washing machines or clean toilets. This water may be contaminated, but it is possible for you to clean up as long as you exercise precaution and use the right safety gear.
    • Black Water - comes from sewers or flooding from a nearby body of water. Do not attempt to clean it up on your own as it could be dangerous due to highly infectious organisms or other health hazards.
  • After assessing the level of damage and what kind of water it is, if it is safe to clean up, then it is important to turn off all water and electrical sources in your facility. If needed, you may have to call in an electrician to turn off your electricity. 
  • Ceiling water damage is hazardous, and if it is present, try to focus on that first. Consider the level of damage, as light damage may be fixed. If it escalates then it will be in your best interest to call a professional. Significant water damage can cause an unsafe environment. Always call an expert when the damage is beyond your ability to repair. Also, consider possible damage to your electrical and HVAC systems.
  • How to lower levels of water damage:
    • If the amount of water is small then use a wet vacuum. Larger amounts may require the use of a water pump to efficiently get it out.
    • Dry out the affected area as soon as possible to prevent mold growth. You need to act fast to ensure mold growth is stopped. Using fans or a dehumidifier is beneficial.
    • Mold can begin growing in as soon as 24 hours. Be careful around mold and mildew, as they can be toxic. If there is serious mold damage, call a professional to resolve the issue.
    • Remove any porous materials that were damaged such as carpet, insulation, fabric and similar items. You may have to cut it out and replace it. Replace rotting and/or warped wood. Check underneath your floors to make sure there is no moisture trapped underneath.
    • Disinfect the affected area and make sure everything is properly sanitized. 

Always remember to practice safe methods of removing water damage. If not done properly, it may result in mold growth. If you are incapable of removing it by yourself, do not worry because here at SERVPRO of North Nashville, we’ve got you covered with cleanup and restoration!

Cleaning Your Hotel Carpets

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Does your hotel have carpeted floors? It is not easy keeping them clean, with dirt and other particulates being tracked indoors often. However, to ensure the happiness of your customers, it is important to keep your carpets looking fresh and clean. Depending on the type of carpet you have, it will require different kinds of cleaning methods compared to wood flooring or even an area rug. Regular vacuuming does help clean up the dust and dirt but your carpets also need regular deep cleaning to ensure they look brand new. It is recommended to deeply clean your hotel carpets professionally at least once every year, and clean more often in areas that are experience higher volumes of foot traffic. Clean even more frequently if it is a light-color carpet.

Even then, use precaution when cleaning. Do not use the same cleaning technique on all of your carpets, multiple kinds of flooring require multiple ways of cleaning. Unless the carpeting is the same throughout your hotel, avoid using the same method for all of your flooring.

The National Carpet Cleaners’ Association has a basic guide on how to remove different stains from carpets.

Before you can start cleaning, you need to ensure that you have all of your needed materials on hand. This carpet cleaning kit should contain clean white cloths, baking soda, plain white vinegar, carpet detergents, along with your vacuum cleaner.

A good basis for cleaning is vacuuming regularly, around three times a week, however vacuuming at least once a day is recommended. If there is a spill first try scrubbing the area gently with a wet cloth and depending on the stain, it can usually be removed. Another option is sprinkling baking soda on the affected area, letting it sit, then vacuum up the excess. It is highly recommended to have a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar or brush. Rental carpet cleaners can save you money in the long run, but will not have the same power that professional carpet cleaners have.

It is important for the integrity of your carpet that you clean it frequently and clean spills once they occur. Plan your deep cleans ahead of time, and plan them regularly whether that be with a rented or bought carpet cleaner, or with a professional to enhance the experience of the customers. Do not wait until your carpets are excessively dirty to clean them, or you may not be able to restore them to their former glory.


If you have difficulty in removing dirt and stains from the carpets of your hotel, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Nashville. Dirt builds up in layers, and it will be difficult to remove the deeper layers of dirt. Our professional cleaning can remove all layers of dirt, and is capable of addressing moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. If you need professional cleaning, our specialized methods are sure to get the job done!

Storm Damage in Nashville

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

It can be deceptive to how much damage water really does.

When you have suffered any flood damage in  Nashville, whether it was from backups in the basement sewer or from a large-scale disaster from a major storm, you’ll need certified technicians who know how to handle best flood damage, especially storm related. The last thing you want to have to do is search for a flood cleanup company that is reliable after you are dealing with a flood. Knowing who to call beforehand is important and will make things move much faster in the event of a problem. 

It can be deceptive to how much damage water really does. It will penetrate structural cavities, making pockets of trapped saturation. Finding water in these areas can many times only be discovered with moisture meters. Moisture which goes undetected will keep causing damage, and this damage at a minimum will result in unpleasant odors. Even more, the damage will surface when materials shrink, delaminate and split, further deteriorating to where you will need very costly repairs. Plus, dangerous bacteria and mold can grow, causing very serious health problems for you and the members of your family.

What You Can Expect: 
Once you call a professional water damage cleanup service like SERVPRO, we will first come and remove all the water in your residence with tools such as vacuums. The professional equipment that we use will allow the company to get all the water out of your home without creating a larger mess while doing so. Large air movers can also be used to finish getting rid of the water and dry out the rooms in your home. The primary goal is to dry your home out as fast as possible to prevent further secondary water damage

Once the water is visibly dried up, SERVPRO will go through with water meters so we can assess the damage. This will make spotting the source of any other water or moisture much easier, and once we’ve conducted any work which needs to be performed, we’ll take another reading to make sure your home is completely dry and back to its normal state. We also use thermal foggers, ozone machines, and air scrubbers as needed to ensure that all odors have eliminated and all debris as well. Sanitizing the affected areas after a groundwater flooding is critical to remove any pathogens or other harmful agents

Not all companies are the same, that is why if you do have any Nashville water damage, you will want to contact the professional services of SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County right away. We can be reached anytime of the day or night and any day of the week by calling 615.876.9551.  We arrive at your residence promptly night or day since we are available 24/7 and are Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Top 5 Common Causes of House Fires

1/27/2019 (Permalink)

Their is an average of 29 candle fires per day.

Top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.

  1. Candles

From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there were an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep
  1. Smoking

While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there was still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
  • Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.
  1. Electrical & Lighting

According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.
  1. Dryers & Washing Machines

Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage. 

Safety tips:

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.
  1. Lightning

From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.

Safety tips:

  • Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.

You experience a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County 615.876.9551

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO For Water Damage In Your Nashville Home

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Most of Nashville’s water damages results from a failed plumbing issue.

In Nashville, damage to even a modestly sized home can run into thousands of dollars after even just a day or two. Expensive furniture, carpets, and other high-end items in the home need immediate care and restoration to begin as quickly after a disaster as possible. 
 
Most of Nashville’s water damages results from a failed plumbing issue, and not from a storm or other natural event. SERVPRO technicians and specialist train to quickly respond, removing this water from the home as fast as possible and immediately begin restoring both personal and structural property. Our office maintains a deep inventory of the latest equipment needed to stop damage and return as much of the home to its original condition. 
 
After removing the water, our immediate task is to begin drying as much of the home as possible. One of the methods we can quickly set up in minutes involves dehumidifiers. These machines draw water from the air and nearby property such as curtains and upholstered furniture. Removing moisture and lowering the humidity level in the home augments our other methods as well. Drier air allows evaporation to happen more quickly which helps to save building materials like drywall panels. 
 
As the dehumidifiers work, technicians begin using extraction devices to dry carpets. For most, that means using extraction wands which efficiently remove water from carpets and carpet pads. For thicker carpets, SERVPRO specialists can also use a riding extractor. The driver propels this larger device which has a platform that uses his weight to press down on the carpet and pad, allowing it to remove more water. Regardless of the cost of the carpet, most pads are cheap, and we nearly always advise replacing them than go to the expense of attempting restoration. 
 
As specialist dry the carpets, team members remove furniture to either an unaffected part of the home or to a covered area outside. They place the items on blocks or pallets, and immediately set up fans to increase air circulation around them. The fans naturally speed up the drying process without the risk of cracking or splitting the damp wood. 
 
If needed, team members can also use air movers to generate warm air across the surfaces to force out moisture. They monitor and adjust the level of heat and the airspeed to prevent accidentally causing secondary damage. 
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County uses these first actions to reduce and eliminate the effects of water damage in area homes. If you need us to help return your home to a safe, dry condition, call us at (615)-876-9551 today.

Heroes in Training

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire house at Corporate Headquarters. This is smoked every 6 months and anyone can see how well it is cleaned out.

One of the most frequently asked questions that we encounter is "Why SERVPRO"? Why not some other company that offers the same service? I'll tell you why. The service that our company provides is top of the market. In order to work at SERVPRO, you have to have a kind heart that is willing to help those in need. Not only do you have to be capable of great customer service, you must also be trained thoroughly. At our corporate office, they have a fire house and a water house that they smoke and flood and send in the teams to mitigate. It is a three-week training course, which is longer than most restoration companies. Not only are they required to have this training, but they are also required to take specific classes to make sure they are certified to do the work and stay up-to-date on their certifications.

Fun Nashville History!

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

The town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men in 1779, near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough. It was named for Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary War hero. Nashville quickly grew because of its strategic location, accessibility as a port on the Cumberland River, a tributary of the Ohio River; and its later status as a major railroad center. By 1800, the city had 345 residents, including 136 enslaved African Americans and 14 free African American residents. In 1806, Nashville was incorporated as a city and became the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1843, the city was named the permanent capital of the state of Tennessee.

In February 1862, Nashville became the first state capital to fall to Union troops. The state was occupied by Union troops for the duration of the war. The Battle of Nashville (December 15–16, 1864) was a significant Union victory and perhaps the most decisive tactical victory gained by either side in the war; it was also the war's final major military action, in which Tennessee regiments played a large part on both sides of the battle.

In 1963, Nashville consolidated its government with Davidson County, forming a metropolitan government. The membership on the Metro Council, the legislative body, was increased from 21 to 40 seats. Of these, five members are elected at-large and 35 are elected from single-member districts, each to serve a term of four years.

Since the 1970s, the city and county have undergone tremendous growth, particularly during the economic boom of the 1990s under the leadership of then-Mayor and later-Tennessee Governor, Phil Bredesen. Making urban renewal a priority, Bredesen fostered the construction or renovation of several city landmarks, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the downtown Nashville Public Library, the Bridgestone Arena, and Nissan Stadium.

Nissan Stadium (formerly Adelphia Coliseum and LP Field) was built after the National Football League's (NFL) Houston Oilers agreed to move to the city in 1995. The NFL team debuted in Nashville in 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium, and Nissan Stadium opened in the summer of 1999. The Oilers changed their name to the Tennessee Titans and finished the season with the Music City Miracle and a close Super Bowl game. The St. Louis Rams won in the last play of the game.

In 1997, Nashville was awarded a National Hockey League expansion team; this was named the Nashville Predators. Since the 2003–04 season, the Predators have made the playoffs in all but three seasons. In 2017, they made the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history, but ultimately fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 2, in the best-of-seven series.

In March 2012, a Gallup poll ranked Nashville in the top five regions for job growth. In 2013, Nashville was described as "Nowville" and "It City" by GQForbes, and The New York Times.

Keeping An Eye Out for Mold

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

The truth about MOLDThere are many myths about mold, like: it is no big deal, I can just wipe it off and it is gone, every house has mold so there is nothing that can be done. These are all wrong! Mold is a big deal and wiping it off the surface may not actually take it away. Not every house has it but every house can get it.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. They can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. Outdoors, molds play an important role in nature, breaking down dead leaves, plants, and trees. Molds thrive on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. You’re exposed to mold every day.In small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. If you're sensitive to mold and inhale a large number of spores, you could experience health problems.

Where Do Molds Grow?

Your walls, floors, appliances, carpet, or furniture – they can all provide the food mold needs to grow. But the thing all molds need most is moisture, so you're most likely to see mold in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces.And it can affect a wide range of people from the young to the old; here are some of the people it can affect:
  • People with allergies and asthma,
  • Infants and children
  • The elderly
  • People whose immune systems are compromised due to HIV infection, cancer, liver disease, or chemotherapy
  • People with chronic lung disease
Here are few tips from SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County to help prevent and control mold:
  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
  • Keep indoor humidity below 60% if possible. You can measure relative humidity with a hygrometer, an inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores.
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of obstructions and flow properly.
  • Keep the house warm in cool weather. As the temperature goes down, the air is less able to hold moisture and it condenses on cold surfaces, which can encourage mold growth.
  • Dry wet areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Ready For Whatever Happens

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Make a Plan!

Pretty sure you have seen the commercials about being prepared. “When Disasters Strike”, well it is true! When a disaster strikes are you and your family prepared? Here are few helpful hints and tips from our family to yours to aid in limiting the losses you take.

1st Step is preparing a plan and discussing the 4 areas of that plan with your family and possibly your friends and neighbors.

  1. How will I/We receive emergency alerts and warnings?
    1. What devices will be in use to allow your family to be aware of any emergency?
    2. Where will these be placed though out the house?
  2. What is our shelter plan?
    1. Where are your shelters and how do we get there as quickly as possible?
    2. Who are the contacts for any shelters outside the home?
  3. What is our evacuation route?
    1. How many routes and what are the safest ways to get there?
    2. Where is our rally point if we are separated?
  4. What is our family communication plan?
    1. Who do we contact if we can not reach one another?
    2. Establish a communication tree.

2nd Step is to consider the specific needs of your household.

                What needs are there within your household. A few of those to consider are:

  • Age of family members in home
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical Needs
  • Depth of responsibility
  • Pets
  • Language needs
  • Individuals with Special needs or Disabilities
  • 3rd Step is to create a Family Emergency Plan. There are several printable forms on the internet that can assist with the framework of that.

    4th Step is to practice that plan with your family at least once a month or every other month. The more it is known by all, the easier it will be to execute when the time comes.

    Keep Your School Clean!

    7/30/2018 (Permalink)

    August is here and that means it's time to head back to school!

    Educational institutions can depend on their local technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage. With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum. SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup. Our Franchise Professionals are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

    Feel free to ask about our vandalism and biohazard cleanup services!

    Last-Minute Back-To-School Shopping

    7/24/2018 (Permalink)

    There are a number of people that do not procrastinate to go and get the things that they need for their children for school. However, the majority of the population DOES wait until the last minute to get their school supplies and here are a few places that we have rounded up that still have discounts going on:

    • eBay – So many sales are on eBay right now: 50% off of school supplies, 40% off of tech accessories, 70% off of dorm essentials for the one going off to college, new laptops under $400 and other great deals.
    • Staples and Target – the best deals at these shops have come and gone for the ones who go early school shopping, but they still have a few good deals on their school supplies. Target is providing free shipping to online orders over $35, a large number of school items are under $1, and there are some BOGO deals on select items. Staples was running a deal where if a backpack was purchased then the rest of the supplies bought would be 25% off. This is still going on only the discount is 20% rather than 25%.

    Here at SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County, we like to be prepared for whatever happens, but we know that sometimes disasters happen and put us behind. Happy shopping!

    Crime Scene Cleanup

    7/17/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County has excellent and professional crews that can handle any bio-cleanup that you may need.

    These services include cleaning bodily fluids, blood, and ruined product.

    Say for instance, you get home one day and while you were gone, someone broke into your home through a window and cut themselves on the way in. After everything is taken care of and a police report is filed, someone needs to clean up the blood. Cleaning blood out of the carpet requires strong cleaners that SERVPRO has developed special for those kinds of jobs. 

    Another example of a bio-job is, let's say that you have taken on the responsibility of babysitting for your neighbor. While the kids were playing, one ate too much at lunch and has now gotten sick all over the living room floor. Sure you can attempt to clean, but SERVPRO cleaners take the stain AND smell out completely.

    We have bio-jobs listed and sometimes what those entail can be confusing. Please consider us to take care of a messy situation and make it "Like it never even happened."

    Fire Damage DOs and DON'Ts

    7/17/2018 (Permalink)

    Emergency Fire Damage Tips

    DO

    • Keep hands clean
    • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
    • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.

    DON'T

    • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

    It may seem easier to try and take care of fire damage on your own, but more often than not, trying to clean with generic products only ruins the damaged area more. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County and we'll be there to help! 

    Tips for Surviving Summer

    6/19/2018 (Permalink)

    The First Day of Summer Is Approaching!!

    SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson pulled together some of our best-known tips and home remedies for common summer problems!

    Sunburn

    We all know that the best part about summer is that we get to cool off with a nice dip in the pool! Depending on how long that dip takes, you could be in for some sun damage. Here are a few ways that we have found works best for treating sunburns:

    • ALOE gel/lotion - During the summer aloe is your best friend. It takes the heat out fast and minimizes your peeling. If you only have a little sunburn the best to use is the gel. If you are severely burned, the best advice to give is to use the aloe lotion. It is so much more gentle when it comes to a burn that is very painful.
    • Hot Tub/Hot Shower - This is by far the most painful way to deal with a sunburn, but it works the very best. After you've been in the sun for as long as you can stand, dip in the hot tub for 15 minutes. Make sure that your sun-exposed skin is completely submerged. It hurts initially. but the recovery time is cut down by at least 50%. It pulls heat out and keeps it out. It also helps to follow up with an aloe treatment. 

    Mosquito Bites

    During the summer, we tend to spend a lot of time outside, especially at night when the weather is more enjoyable. Unfortunately, that's when the pesky little insects like to come out and play. When treating a mosquito bite, here are a few topical solutions to try:

    • Honey
    • Green Tea
    • Ice
    • Lemon
    • Aloe
    • Cucumber

    Those few things are to decrease the swelling and itching of a mosquito bite. This may sound crazy, but the most effective way to get rid of an itch is simple. Take your fingernail and press into the center of the bite and make an "x". This works like magic and we wish we could tell you why, but that, my friend, is a mystery.

    And last, but not least:

    Bee Stings

    We try and avoid these little guys, but they love the sun as much as we do. Here are a few things that help with the stinging and swelling of a bee bite (assuming that you are not allergic to them):

    • Basil - This is mainly to help with the swelling after the stinging goes away. The best way to use basil is to mix with water in a food processor so that all of the good nutrients in the basil come to surface.
    • Water & Baking Soda Solution - mix these to form a paste; apply and let dry before taking it off. This helps with the sting.
    • Apple Cider Vinegar - apply straight, not mixed with anything. Organic, with mother works best. This helps with the sting.
    • Raw Honey - plain and simple. Apply topically, this helps with sting.

    We hope that you all have a wonderful summer and that these tips help!

    Sun's Out, Grill's Out

    6/11/2018 (Permalink)

    Image belongs to the U.S Fire Administration.

    As the summer season is quickly approaching us here in Nashville, SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County wanted to remind everyone to exercise fire safety around your home. We all know that the first official sign of the summer season is when Dad decides to pull out his handy, dandy grilling apron. When using an open flame, the U.S. Fire Administration says that you should keep your grill at least 3 feet away from any structures. This ensures that the mixture of out-of-control flames and wind cannot reach your home, garage, or any other building that you may have in your backyard. Always be aware of other surrounding while you are grilling. Keep an eye out for children, pets, and small flammable objects to be sure that they stay away from the flames. When you practice the appropriate fire safety techniques, the only thing you have to worry about is keeping stains off of your lucky apron! We wish everyone a great summer and happy grilling!

    April Showers Bring May Gutter Clogging!

    5/18/2018 (Permalink)

    As the warm front continues to push into the Nashville area, it has brought quite a bit of rain during this past week. The rain is supposed to let up come Friday and this weekend would be a great opportunity to take a look at those gutters!

    Making sure that your gutters are cleaned out is one way to prevent a backup and to prevent water damage in and around your home! Cleaning out that dirt and debris from the past few months is a tedious but necessary task in order to keep your home safe from summer showers!

    As much as SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson would love to help in any way, we know that no one WANTS that water damage. 

    Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    What Business Interruption?

    8/8/2017 (Permalink)

    Trailer mounted A/C unit used to cool damaged hotel.

    Some industries never sleep. As a 24/7/365 emergency services company, SERVPRO is a member of one of those industries. The hospitality industry is another that never sleeps. This can make for difficult situations when a hotel becomes fully involved with water damage on the busiest travel week of the year with record high temperatures.

    With a hotel space that had turned into an active construction zone without electricity, hundreds of guests had to be relocated to other area hotels. While SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County was working hard to dry the structure as quickly as possible, the hotel staff was working diligently to relocate their guests. 

    In the midst of summer, it doesn't take long for a powerless building in Tennessee to become unbearably hot. Although the hotel was unable to accommodate any guests, we were able to bring in a commercial grade, trailer mounted air conditioning unit to allow hotel staff to continue working around the clock to make sure their guests were ultimately taken care of.

    While the hotel did experience significant business interruption, their leadership was successful in making sure each and every guest was comfortable during their stay in Nashville. SERVPRO finds solutions to problems, because like us, the hospitality industry doesn't sleep so that their guests can.

    Commercial Fire Damage, Nashville TN

    3/17/2017 (Permalink)

    On St. Patrick's Day, SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County was called out to help mitigate fire and water damages in a distribution warehouse in Nashville TN.


    Although this photo appears to be hazy, it is just a realistic aftermath of a major fire. There is no power and most components inside have melted.


    To most, cleaning and restoring this damage seems like an insurmountable task. It could be the luck of the Irish, it could be that we always wear green, or it could be unmatched training and expertise that will allow us at SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County to have them back up and running in no time. 

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