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SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : BBQ Fire Safety

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

As the seasons change and the weather begins to warm up, many people opt to head outdoors and cook their meals on their BBQ grill. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) an average of 19,000 patients per year end up in the hospital because of grill-based injuries and gas and charcoal grills combined cause around 4,200 house fires and 5,600 external fires per year. Before you light your BBQ this season, read these tips that will help you focus on having a fun, great time with friends and loved ones while you maintain a safe BBQ environment.

Give your BBQ Plenty of Space

First things first with your BBQ is making sure that it’s situated in a place that far away from sheds, fences or over hangings. You should also never use a grill indoors or in tents because the heat that radiates when it’s cooking can be enough to spark a fire overhead.

Even without actually causing a fire, incorrect placement of your grill can leave unsightly scorch marks, cause damage, or worse. In a worst-case scenario, having a lit grill to close to a wall, a fence, overhanging tree branches, or under an awning can cause a fire.

Keep your BBQ Clean

Before you use your barbecue every time, be sure that it’s working properly and that your cooking site is on a flat surface. Grilling means grease and, although it’s no one’s favorite job, cleaning old grease out of your grill keeps you safer. In fact, accumulations of grease can act as additional fuel, cause sudden, dangerous flare-ups and actually account for 20% of all grill fires.

Don’t Leave your BBQ Unattended

Many people like to leave their grill unattended while the food cooks, but this can spell trouble. Leaving a BBQ unattended during use can allow a small fire to get out of control. If you’re cooking for others, try to have someone be your BBQ helper who runs for condiments, plates, etc. If there’s nobody who is able to help, make sure to prepare a station with everything that you may need so that your BBQ will be a well-oiled machine.

Who to Call for Fire Damage Restoration

Although there are many steps you can take in order to prevent fire damage from a BBQ, accidents still happen. When they do, make sure you call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 for an immediate consultation. The SERVPRO team is experienced at handling all types of fire damage scenarios, helping properties get back to their original luster quickly and safely.

SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : Driving in the storm

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Singing in the rain is fun. But driving in it? Not so much. Driving in light or heavy floods, or even just rainy, stormy conditions can be anxiety inducing. 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are on average more than 950,000 automobile accidents each year due to wet pavement, resulting in approximately 4,700 deaths and 384,000 injuries. Let’s review the top tips for safely driving in a storm that will help you and others drive to safety in stormy conditions.

Don’t Drive in a Storm Unless you have to

This sounds like a no-brainer, but it still bares to be repeated. The golden rule for safety in storms, is refraining from travelling whenever you can. Keep a close eye on the news and abide by any weather warnings when they arise. This means that if the local weather forecast calls for high winds and heavy rain that day, it’s probably best to leave your errands for a day when driving is a little less risky.

Driving Safely in a Thunderstorm

If you’re caught driving in a thunderstorm, stay calm. As long as you’re in an enclosed, metal vehicle (i.e. hard-topped cars with all of the windows closed), you will be safe. Even if your vehicle is struck by lightning, the electrical current will flow through the metal body of the vehicle to the ground.

On the other hand, driving in an open and soft-topped vehicles like Jeeps or convertibles won’t give you that same level of. For this reason, try to avoid driving in an open or soft-topped vehicle if you know a storm is coming.

Keep your Headlights and Windshield Wipers in Good Condition

Many drivers don’t know this, but It's the law in all 50 states to turn on your headlights when you encounter low visibility. Many states also require having the headlights on when the windshield wipers are in use.

Although Tennessee does not currently require drivers to have their headlights on when your windshield wipers are working, the state law does require them to be on when you encounter “adverse conditions” such as heavy rain, snow, dust, fog, etc. This is why having well-working windshield wipers, headlights and relatively new (not threadbare) tires are must-haves when driving in rain, especially when driving at high speeds on the highway.

Calling the Water Damage Restoration Pros

If you come home from driving in a storm and find your property wet from floor to ceiling, it’s best to act quickly. Instead of calling around town for a “storm chaser,” pick up the phone and call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 for immediate assistance. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal. You can trust our team to treat you and your property with respect and care because we understand that a water damage is disruptive and damaging.

SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : Spring Fire Hazards

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

As welcome a sight as spring can be, with it comes the potential danger for wildfires as dead grass and leaves become exposed by melting snow. As you transition from sweaters to shorts, deep fryers to grills, and indoor holiday parties to backyard BBQs, it’s best to keep an eye on these important spring fire hazard tips.

Keep an Eye on your Dead Grass

People don’t realize there can be wildfire danger even when nights are cool and snow piles linger in the shade. The hazard begins when homeowners start spring cleanup chores by burning yard waste. If your landscape needs new sod installed that requires you to burn your yard waste, make sure that you do so according to guidance from your local and/or state ordinances. This will allow your property to be safe while also keeping you from being hit by a large fine for improper outdoor burning.

Chimneys

As cozy as it was in January and February, come April and May chances are you’ll be less inclined to build a fire in the living room fireplace. As easy as it is to just scoop out the ashes, close it up, and forget about it until November, go ahead and have the chimney inspected as part of your spring cleaning effort.

The NFPA recommends having a chimney inspected and thoroughly cleaned at least once a year anyway, and getting it out of the way this time of year often means ridding it of buildup that would only cause more damage if it hung around until the fall. Plus, chimney technicians will be more likely to have flexible schedules in the springtime, giving them time to take a more careful look at your chimney’s condition.

Smoke Alarms

The batteries in your smoke alarms should be changed once a year. If you’re already doing a lot of your spring cleaning and organizing now, you might as well just swap out your batteries for fresh ones now. While you’re at it, don’t forget to test the smoke alarms on your property to ensure that the batteries you put in are functioning and not duds that accidentally got mixed in with your open box.

When Spring Fires Strike

Even if you’re very careful with how you’re caring for your home, fires can still happen. If a fire occurs on your property this Spring, make sure to call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 for immediate assistance. Our team has decades of experience at restoring homes from fire damage and you deserve the expertise that we bring to the table.

SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : Water is coming in my Garage - what now?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Modern homes now feature garages that can command more than a quarter of the square footage of a property’s actual square footage. This can be both a blessing and a curse for homeowners. From a storage situation, you have more space for your vehicles, tools, etc. On the other hand, if you have a flood, it could mean that a substantial part of your home will have water damage. This is why it’s imperative that if you see water coming into your garage that you act quickly to prevent water damage from taking hold of your property.

Use Sandbags Strategically

First things first if you see water in your garage: try to redirect it away from your property and toward the street. This option will work if you find that the source of the water is coming from outside of your garage (i.e. if your driveway is flooded). Although this option will not completely seal off your garage, it will reduce flooding during massive downpours.  By stacking sandbags in a pyramid-shaped wall near the flood zone area you can at least keep water from causing more damage to your property.

Get to the Source of your Garage’s Water Problem

The most common place you’ll find leaks in your garage door is from the bottom, where the door meets the concrete floor. Garage condensation problems can occur in homes located in both hot and cold environments. Low winter temperatures, followed by the rising humidity that occurs in spring and early summer, make your garage and home vulnerable to excess moisture.

Another very common source of condensation is rainwater and melting snow from cars parked in garages. Running appliances in a cold garage without proper ventilation will also create excess moisture in the air. Excess condensation can also be caused by improper roof drainage that causes leaks in your garage.

Removing the Excess Water

To ensure that your garage doesn’t begin growing mold, you need remove all of the water, even if it’s only an inch. The entire area garage would need to be dried out and disinfected. Your walls, wood, and any non-upholstered furniture that sat in the flood water would also need to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected if those items can be salvaged.

When to Call the Pros

If you find that you don’t have the time or resources to handle water damage restoration on your property, it’s time to turn to the professionals before your garage turns into a breeding ground for mold growth. Even if you just have a small amount of water in your garage, it’s best to call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 to make sure that the job is done right from start to finish.

SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : Is Your Roof Ready for the Storm?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Is your roof ready for the storm?

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Everyone wants rainbows but no one wants to do what it takes to prepare to get through the rain. Indeed, to experience the good, you have to be ready for the bad. This includes knowing how to protect your roof from potential storm damage. Learn how to prepare your roof for a major storm by checking for signs of existing damage and charting a course towards repairs prior to the storm plowing through your town.

Check for Signs of Existing Damage

One of the first things you can do is check your roof for visible signs of existing leaks, mold or water damage. If you end up finding these visible signs, then contact your local roofer immediately to repair everything before the next big storm hits. The longer you wait, the more damage you will sustain and a mold issue can be a real nightmare.

Other Areas to Check on Your Roof

Above and beyond doing a visual inspection (which, for safety purposes, it’s best that a roofing professional performs), homeowners should also follow these steps to secure their roof to keep it from incurring the full wrath of a severe storm:

  1. Make sure your gutters are clean and unblocked. If they’re blocked, the water will stay on your roof, which can pool and cause leaks or other disasters.
  2. Cut or prune nearby trees. This is to protect your roof from powerful winds and rain that can cause trees or large branches to fall on your roof.
  3. Replace missing or damaged shingles. Shingles usually don’t fall off very easily, so it will also be worthwhile figuring out why this happened. If there are any damaged shingles, they need to be replaced.

Cleaning Up the Mess the Storm Left Behind

While the steps above will help fortify or protect your roof, you never know how bad a storm will be. This is why you should never assume that you will be in the clear just because you’ve covered your bases by following these tips. If you’ve had a flood that was caused by storm damage to your roof, then call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 to assess the damages and configure a plan to remediate the issues at hand.

SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : Nashville Storms Can Cause Damage

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Nashville storms can cause damage

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Dealing with wind or water damage to your home caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, or other severe storms that have been known to roll through Nashville, Tennessee can be both difficult and dangerous. Keeping your family safe and charting a course to getting your life back together after a storm hits is imperative.

The Extent of the Storm Damage in Nashville, TN

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), on March 2, 2020 and 3, 24 people were killed in tornadoes in central Tennessee, including the city of Nashville. Tornado deaths in 2020 are the highest since 2011, when 553 people were killed in 1,691 tornadoes. These numbers are devastating, causing millions of dollars in damages to the Nashville community over the last year and leaving many properties in shambles. It is for this reason that property owners must recognize the real threat of a severe storm in their region and what they need to do to stay safe in the future.

Proactive Tips to Follow Before a Storm Hits

Although these statistics are not specifically a precursor for future events, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still be taking proactive measures to keep your home safe from severe storm damage. Some of the most important steps to take before a severe storm rolls through your neighborhood are to:

  1. Make a plan. Select a common meeting place or single point-of-contact for all family members and stick to it. Practice every few months and more frequently leading up to severe storm season.
  2. Move your vehicles to a secure location. If you don’t have access to a garage then try to move your vehicles to higher ground, making sure not to park them under trees, power lines or in low-lying areas.
  3. Unplug appliances. Move your appliances and household fixtures away from exterior doors and window openings to avoid an electrical fire during the storm.

Getting Your Home Back to Normal After Storm Damage

If your home is affected by severe storms in Nashville in the future, you will likely be very eager to rebuild. In these situations, trusting anyone for storm damage restoration other than the best can cause more headaches than it’s worth. That’s why it’s important to call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 as soon as you’ve sustained storm damage so that our team can restore your property to its original luster.

SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : What to use on Specific Fires

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

What to use on specific fires

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When a fire is tearing through your property, you have to think quickly to salvage your home and belongings and keep yourself safe. Knowing what type of fire you have before you and understanding what type of fire extinguisher needs to be used is of critical importance. Read on to get the facts you need to potentially save your home from severe fire damage and save your life as well.

Classes of Fires

There are five classes of fires (A, B, C, D, and K):

Class A: These fires are the easiest to put out of the five classes. They involve solid materials like wood, paper, plastic, or clothing.
Class B: Flammable liquids such as alcohol, ether, oil, gasoline and grease. The best way to extinguish these is by smothering them.
Class C: Electrical equipment, appliances and wiring in which the use or a nonconductive extinguishing agent prevents injury from electrical shock. Never use water on a Class C fire.
Class D: Certain flammable metallic substances such as sodium and potassium. These fires are rare, but can happen when a metal ignites.

Class K: These are kitchen-based fires that are caused by the combustion of substances such as the animal and vegetable fats. Although Class K fires are often overlooked, they still account for the majority of fires that ravage our commercial and residential properties.

Using the Right Type of Fire Extinguishers

There are 5 different types of fire extinguishers that you can choose from including Water, Foam, Dry Powder, CO2 and Wet Chemical. Make sure to use the right type of fire extinguisher for the class of fire as detailed below though:

Water: To be used on Class A fires only.

Foam: To be used on Class A and B fires only.

Dry Powder: Are effective at putting out all types of fires except Class K (cooking fires).

CO2: To be used on Class B and C fires only.

Wet Chemical: To be used on Class A and K fires only.

Who to Call When the Smoke Settles

After you’ve successfully put out your fire, it’s time to take inventory of everything in your home to determine what has been damaged. Once you’ve outlined all fire damaged spots in your home, it’s best to call the experienced team at SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 to take a closer look at everything!

SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : Are Candles Safe?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Are candles safe?

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Whether you’re a fan of lighting candles in your space for the smell, soothing ambiance or both, it’s best not to take your safety for granted. Although a candle flame may be small, you should treat it as you would any other flame – with care. Learn more about the potential dangers of lighting candles in your space and what safety precautions you should take to ensure your safety around candles in your home.

Are Candles a Fire Hazard?

Candles might seem harmless on the surface until you look at how significant their damages can and have been in U.S. homes in the past. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) tells us that:

  • Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires from 2014-2018.
  • Three of every five (60%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 10% percent of the home candle fires and 15% of the associated deaths.

Candle Fire Safety Tips

Here are 10 tips that you must follow to reduce your risk of a fire in your home while your candle is burning:

  1. NEVER leave a burning candle unattended.
  2. NEVER place your candle under shelves or other enclosed spaces.
  3. Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
  4. Make sure children and pets cannot reach burning candles. Do this by putting them in a place where they cannot be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  5. Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
  6. Always put candles on a heat resistant surface.
  7. Always use a suitable holder when burning candles.
  8. NEVER touch or move a candle while it is burning or while the wax is liquefied.
  9. Make sure that you have a working smoke detector in every room where you burn candles.
  10. Use a snuffer or spoon to put out candles. This is because blowing out candles can send sparks and hot wax flying.

Fire Restoration Following a Candle Fire

If you can follow these safety tips when you’re enjoying your candle aromas in your space, you can tremendously lower your risk for a home fire in the future. If candles do happen to cause a home fire and you’re in need of fire restoration solutions then call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 for a consultation! You can rest assured that our experienced team can make your fire damage "Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : How Bad is a Drip?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

How bad is a drip? 

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When you notice a water leak in your home, looking the other way could be costly. This is because a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year! The cost of this addition to your water bill is one thing. But often, the thing that should be the most worrying for homeowners when they find a drip is the possibility of future water damage if the drip turns into something bigger. 

Drips Turn Into Leaks Quickly 

It’s important to realize that these little drips can become large leaks that can grow fast and impact your entire plumbing system quickly. As water continues to run, often at full pressure through a hole, the hole has the potential to expand into a burst pipe. Burst pipes occur when the pipe is broken open to expose the full flow of water or whatever substance is supposed to be traveling through it.  

This is why you shouldn’t look the other way when you hear the drip-drop of water hitting the water basin in your sink. It’s not over dramatic to consider the possibility of a flood if you don’t take preventative measures to fix the issue. 

The Impact of Water Leaks 

As mentioned above, water leaks have the possibility of turning into full-on floods. If you’re unable to act quickly to remediate the water damage, then a whole slew of other problems are sure to arise. When the leaked water stays on the surface for an extended period because the water damage has not been addressed, it will lead to a dampening of the place, and hence it can trigger widespread mold contamination. 

Along with damaging the home and lowering the net worth of your place, water leakage and molds could also have a significant health impact as well. If the water leak were to occur at a hidden place, there is a possibility that the leak could lead to a weakening of your home’s overall structure as the mold and fungi may continue to develop inside.  

Proactive Plumbing Can Deter Water Damage 

By being proactive and catching the malfunction while it’s still just a small leak, you can save so much time and money. Be sure to check your pipes frequently for leaks and corrosion. If you spot trouble areas or leaks where your drips are occurring, then call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 immediately for a fast and effective consultation. 

SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : How Do I Stop Water in My House?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

How do I stop water in my house? 

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Whether you want to do some remodeling to your plumbing peripherals or need to shut off your water supply in a hurry in the case of an emergency, it’s best to know where and how to stop water in your house. Instead of scrambling to figure out where your water main is when you see water damage right in front of you, read our guide below to stop water in your house in an emergency before water damage occurs. 

Locating Your Water Main Shut-Off Valve 

Every home was required to have a main water shut-off valve installed inside the home during initial construction. For typical city dwellings, there are actually two main shut-off valves: one that the city controls outside of your house and one that you can control inside the house. Keep in mind that your city’s water main valve is always located on the street side of your water meter, often near the edge of your yard. Make sure to never tamper with the city shut-off side or the meter itself as it is illegal to tamper with, obstruct access to, or remove your city’s water meter. 

If you still have your property inspection report from when your purchased your home, the location of your water main should be documented in that report. If not, you will likely find it by searching in and around these key areas: 

  • Underground within a pit at or near your property line. 
  • Basement 
  • Crawl space 
  • Near your foundation 

Operating Your Water Main Shut-Off Valve 

Depending on how your water main is configured, you might need a few different tools to turn off the valve and stop the flow of water. While some valves can simply be turned by hand, many valves require a wrench or a meter key to turn properly. In either case, turning the valve clockwise will shut your home’s water supply off. 

Who to Call for Water Damage Remediation 

If you’ve found water damage in your home that needs to be addressed ASAP before it turns into something worse, then it’s best to call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 while you locate and turn off your water main. Our team has an incredibly fast response rate and are available 24/7 to remediate any sized water damage issues that may arise.