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Evaluating Your Business’ Disaster Preparedness | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Risk management is a key part of owning your own business, particularly when those risks are related to severe weather and natural disasters. Understanding how your business can increase its preparedness and making necessary improvements will lead to a much safer working environment and also help you protect your investment and livelihood.

By gaining more knowledge about the three pinnacles of preparedness—coverage, safety and planning—you can determine where you are adequately prepared for a disaster as well as areas where preparations could be strengthened.

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

Following a disaster, many businesses find out the hard way that their commercial insurance policy does not cover as much as they assumed it would. To be fully covered against severe weather or other emergencies, add-ons such as umbrella coverage, interruption insurance and flood policies are often necessary. It is wise to have a sound understanding of your policy so you can determine if there are coverage gaps you may need to fill in.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

Planning ahead is one of the key elements to keeping you and your staff safe during a disaster or emergency. It is smart to plan for many scenarios so you can be prepared for anything that comes your way. Put an evacuation plan in place in case of a fire or other localized event, but also plan for a scenario where you and your staff are instructed to stay put by local officials. Be sure you have adequate supplies stocked in the event that you must wait for help to arrive.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

Having to pause operations due to disaster-related damages can be devastating for a business, which is why reopening quickly is the main focus for most business owners. You can speed up this process by picking a commercial restoration company in advance and knowing how to apply for recovery loans from the Small Business Administration. This will allow you to make the call as soon as restoration can be started and receive low-interest funding right away.

Methods of Increasing Fire Preparedness at Your Business | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

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When you own a business, you are responsible for planning for many things—but have you thought about planning ahead in case of a fire? A fire can derail a business plan quickly, leaving devastating damage in its wake. If you have not yet thought about what you would do if a fire started on your commercial property, now is the time to consider it.

Having a plan in place is a great tool for keeping your staff safe, protecting your building from a fire and making sure you can recover in the aftermath. Increasing your fire preparedness is not a big-time investment, but it is one that you will certainly be thankful you made should a fire start.

Tips for Boosting Your Fire Preparedness

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. The fire codes and standards set up by the National Fire Protection Association are a great place to start when boosting your business’ fire plan. Making sure you are inspecting equipment often, keeping fire doors clear and following the other guidelines listed will go a long way in ensuring everything is up to par.

Identify your specific risks. Fires can start for a number of reasons, but it is true that some businesses are more susceptible than others. Businesses with heat-producing equipment or flammable materials may need to take extra precautions against fires, so it is smart to think ahead about what your specific risks could be.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. If you have employees that work on-site, making sure they are prepared to evacuate when necessary is also smart. Go over the building’s exits, designate someone to call 911 and designate a meeting place for everyone to participate in a headcount safely away from the building after escaping.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. You should draft a fire safety tip list for your business, make sure all of your employees have access to it and schedule group training on it frequently. Go over cooking safety, fire extinguisher use and any other relevant tips so everyone is aware of their role in the fire safety process.

We Can Help You Recover From Storm Damages | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

a yellow storm damage sign in front of a large damaged roof SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is your Damage Restoration expert. If you experience any storm damage call us right away.

Storms are a common occurrence, but that does not make them any less destructive. In 2018, storm-related damages and losses cost homeowners in the range of 2 billion dollars. For homeowners, it is important to have a plan in place for how to recover.

Making advance plans for how to deal with storm damage is a smart way to protect your investment, and it is important to choose a restoration company that will be on your side. That is why when it comes to damage restoration after a storm, we are the right choice.

Why Our Storm Damage Approach Sets Us Apart

We Are Specialized in Multiple Types of Damage
Storm damage is often a multifaceted problem, involving structural and water damage that homeowners must contend with. To provide our customers with the highest level of service, we make sure that we are fully qualified and trained in all types of damage restoration—this way when you call us, you can be assured that all your damage will be handled.

We Invest in Our Technicians
The technicians who are on the ground doing your restoration are extremely important to the process—which is why we invest heavily in our team. We make sure everyone is trained according to industry standards from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and we provide ample opportunity for continued education and career development.

We Have a Local Presence and National Resources
We are proud to be a local member of the Nashville community, but we are also grateful that we have national resources to help the community in times of need. When destructive storms roll through, we can call upon other SERVPRO® locations across the country to provide extra resources and ensure that everyone gets the restoration they need.

By Upholding Our Positive Reputation
Communities are vulnerable after destructive storms move through, giving rise to unscrupulous restoration scams designed to take advantage of the victims. Because we have a long-standing reputation as leaders in the restoration industry, you can rest assured that we are a legitimate business that is here to work for you and the entire community.

Important Tips for Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

a person laying another wood log into hot burning fireplace A house fire can occur when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is on call 24/7 with all your Fire needs.

When one considers the frequency of house fires, it is understandable why so many people are interested in learning how to prevent them. House fires can be devastating as they often cause a loss of property and even life, so being aware of how to protect against them is vital.

Due to the commonality of house fires, there is quite a bit of information about how to stay safe from them, but it is often not in one easily accessible place. To make increasing your fire safety easier, we have included a guide with all of the most important tips in one place.

Quick-Reference Fire Safety Tips

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Installing smoke alarms in every room of the home](https://www.allstate.com/blog/test-smoke-detectors/) is one of the best things to do for fire preparedness. It is best to choose an interconnected system so they will all sound at once, and test them every 30 days to ensure they remain operational.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Every household should have a customized fire escape plan that takes into account how to exit each room and any specific needs that family members might have in an escape. Rehearse this plan regularly in order to have it memorized.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. There are several different types of fire extinguishers that can be purchased, so it is important to select the model most pertinent to your needs and be aware of how to operate it.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. Many of us utilize open flames each day, which can unfortunately lead to nonchalance about the risks they pose. Whether it is from a scented candle or a fireplace, flames can spread in a moment and should never be unattended for any length of time.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. Did you know that simply sleeping with the door closed can greatly reduce your risk of a fire fatality? A closed door will slow down the spread of a fire, which can allow for a longer reaction time and a better chance of executing the fire escape plan before the flames reach you in the event of a nighttime fire.

The Importance of Checking Appliances for Water Leaks | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

frustrated woman on floor looking at broken washer If your home experiences any flooding or other water issue, SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.

Homeowners have to be on guard for water damage from a variety of sources, but did you know that the cause of severe damages could be lurking right in your home?

Appliances that we use every day are piping water into and out of the house, creating a prime opportunity for faulty hoses and seals to create hidden leaks. The good news is that this can be prevented with a bit of maintenance and regular inspections to ensure there are no leaks sneaking up on you.

Check Your Appliances to Prevent Water Damage

Hot Water Heater
With a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, most modern hot water heaters do not have to be replaced as frequently as older models did. However, water damage is still possible due to leaks that can start earlier because of installation issues. Keep a close eye on the appearance and performance of your unit.

Refrigerator
The tubing that an ice maker uses to pull water into the refrigerator can give rise to many problems at it is typically constructed of malleable plastic, and this issue can compound given that refrigerators are rarely moved. Making a point to inspect under and behind yours often can alert you to any hidden leaks before they begin causing serious damage behind your fridge.

Dishwasher
Dishwashers are another appliance that are not moved regularly and can hide leaks well. While dishwashers can last for years, older models that cause water damage may not be covered by insurance depending on the situation. As with the fridge, checking regularly is the best way to prevent any leaks from getting out of hand.

Washing Machine
Washing machine leaks are such a common problem that it is recommended to check their hoses as frequently as once a month to guard against wear and tear. Even with regular checks, exercise caution by replacing these hoses every five years regardless of if they appear worn.

Air Conditioner
As long as the air conditioning unit’s draining mechanisms are operational, the condensation it creates is drained away. However, if there is a malfunction, water can build up in and around the unit, soaking everything in the area. As units are often secluded, it is wise to check on them often and perform the regular inspection and maintenance as advised by the manufacturer.

Wintertime House Fire Prevention | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

snow covered Christmas tree branches Practicing prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire, however if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville.

Though one should always work to prevent house fires, winter is when the majority of fires happen, making it a time to be extra prepared. Winter is a common time for fires due to many factors, and it is important to be aware of the most common fire causes and what you can do to prevent them.

Causes of Winter Fires

An Increase in Cooking
At any time of the year, the No. 1 cause of house fires is always cooking-related incidents, but winter sees an even higher uptick in their occurrence. Experts believe this is due to people cooking large, celebratory meals as well as food preparation often being a group effort, increasing the opportunity for a fire-starting event.

The Risk of Heaters
When the temperatures begin to drop, heating your home safely is important. Heating is a common house fire cause due to the extensive room for error it provides. Utilizing personal heaters without safety measures and neglecting to put a grate over a fireplace will often lead to fires in the home.

Candles and Decorations
Whether candles are lit for scent, decoration or holiday celebration, any open flame poses an increased fire risk. Because they are used more commonly in the winter, it is important to ensure candles are never left unattended in order to prevent the fire from spreading. Holiday decorations are also a common culprit, as their electrical components can deteriorate and cause the fire risk to increase.

Preventing Winter Fires

The best way to stay safe from fires is to prevent them through rigorous safety standards. Practicing prevention of house fires is always important, but because they are so common in the winter, imploring these tips is a wise way to increase your safety:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

Finding the Best Restoration Company for You | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

It is important to practice fire preparedness year-round, but as we move into the winter months, this is a good time to make sure you are ready. According to the Red Cross, winter months are when we can expect to see the most house fires out of the entire year.

Not only is creating a home fire escape plan for your household an important part of preparedness, but so is finding a company you trust to help with the restoration following a fire so you can set the process in motion quickly after the flames cease.

Our Process for Home Fire Restoration

The restoration following a house fire must be complete and thorough to be effective. The structural elements of your home, your belongings and your air supply are all impacted during a fire, and restoring these things to their pre-fire state is our main objective. Here are the methods we use to restore homes after a fire:

Structural Cleaning

Restoring the structural elements of a home consists of cleaning and repairing any floors, drywall portions or other sections that have been impacted. We will first perform tests to determine how your damage is spread through the home and what work should be done, then our technicians will begin taking action to remove the soot, smoke and flames from these items.

Content Cleaning

We understand how important the contents of your home are, and in most cases, it is more cost-effective to restore rather than to replace. By utilizing tools for both wet and dry cleaning, we are able to handle a variety of items and return them to their pre-fire state. Most upholstery, wood surfaces, art and technology are within our scope of restoration.

Deodorization Services

The residual smell of smoke can persist long after the flames are extinguished, and removing airborne soot particles is extremely important due to the health risks they can pose. Our technicians will strategize the best air purification method for your home, using air scrubbers and other tools to deodorize the air and ensure any hazardous particles are removed.

Finding the Best Restoration Company for You | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

black smoke coming out of windows from a burning house Having a team on your side after a disaster can help relieve stress. SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to help when a fire strikes.

It is important to practice fire preparedness year-round, but as we move into the winter months, this is a good time to make sure you are ready. According to the Red Cross, winter months are when we can expect to see the most house fires out of the entire year.

Not only is creating a home fire escape plan for your household an important part of preparedness, but so is finding a company you trust to help with the restoration following a fire so you can set the process in motion quickly after the flames cease.

<h3process-for-home-fire-restoration">Our Process for Home Fire Restoration

The restoration following a house fire must be complete and thorough to be effective. The structural elements of your home, your belongings and your air supply are all impacted during a fire, and restoring these things to their pre-fire state is our main objective. Here are the methods we use to restore homes after a fire:

Structural Cleaning

Restoring the structural elements of a home consists of cleaning and repairing any floors, drywall portions or other sections that have been impacted. We will first perform tests to determine how your damage is spread through the home and what work should be done, then our technicians will begin taking action to remove the soot, smoke and flames from these items.

Content Cleaning

We understand how important the contents of your home are, and in most cases, it is more cost-effective to restore rather than to replace. By utilizing tools for both wet and dry cleaning, we are able to handle a variety of items and return them to their pre-fire state. Most upholstery, wood surfaces, art and technology are within our scope of restoration.

Deodorization Services

The residual smell of smoke can persist long after the flames are extinguished, and removing airborne soot particles is extremely important due to the health risks they can pose. Our technicians will strategize the best air purification method for your home, using air scrubbers and other tools to deodorize the air and ensure any hazardous particles are removed.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.

How to handle sewage back up | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, and Goodlettsville

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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There are many types of water damage that can effect a house, however there is probably none worse than having a sewage back up.

The backup of sewer water can come from a multitude of sources that often are discovered too late for the homeowner. Some of the backups are caused by a simple blockage in the sewer line; whereas, others may be more severe such as cracked or collapsed sewer pipes.

If you find sewage within your home here are the first steps you should take:

  1. Do not go near the water
  2. Evacuate all children or pets from area
  3. Call a water restoration expert

By following these three steps, you will be able to ensure the safety of everyone within your household. In addition to ensuring safety, you will be able to salvage more of your personal property by not waiting to take action.

If you have experienced sewer water damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Highly Trained Professionals make the difference | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

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There is an old adage that goes “if you think a professional is expense, try hiring an amateur.” At SERVPRO, we believe in this wholeheartedly! Not only do we believe this, but we have ingrained this as one of our core values.

As a SERVPRO franchise, we take training very serious; and know that the only way to provide the best quality of service to our customers is by employing the best of the best.

Most restoration companies follow the standard for cleaning and restoration set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC); but not all restoration companies employee trained individuals.

As part of raising the standard here at SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville we not only have our management team certified through IICRC; but take it a step further, by having our technicians and sales team certified as well.

By having trained professionals, we can ensure that we are providing the best quality of work to all of our customers!

If you have experienced fire or water damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.