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Five Most Common Cause of Water Damage| SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, and Goodlettsville

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

flooded house SERVPRO logo with water damage to the home

Household water damage is a very common issue that effect many homeowners when they least expect it. The causes of water damage can come from a long list of potential issues, the most of which are preventable.

The issue of unwanted water within your home can cause damage to your home that could last long after the water is detected and removed. It is very important that if you detect water within your home that you call a professional to ensure that the water has been properly removed.

Below we have five of the most common causes of water damage:

  1. Leaking/Burst Pipes
  2. Plumbing Issues
  3. Worn or Faulty Household Appliances
  4. HVAC Units
  5. Clogged Gutters

By identifying these five common cause, we hope that you will be able to more easily detect potential water issues within your home.

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

Three ways to stay safe after a storm | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, and Goodlettsville

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

tree on house SERVPRO logo with tree on house

There are many articles and suggestions on how to stay safe prior to and during a storm, but not many people ever share tips on how to maintain safety after the storm has passed.

Often times after a storm individuals want to go out and assess the damage done to their community, but this will typically lead to more issues for the emergency personnel and those working to restore the town.

Below are three easy steps to ensure your safety following a storm:

  1. Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe
  2. Stay away from downed power lines and avoid standing water
  3. Leave and do not enter buildings that have sustained structural damage

By following these three steps, the safety of yourself and those around you will be significantly increased.

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

Are all winds the same? | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, and Goodlettsville

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Wind Storm Damage High winds can cause damage to home or property. Call your storm expert!

While most people know the difference between winds. Caused by tornadoes and straight-line winds, most people do not realize there are actually many types of winds. It is important to understand what types of damages could come to your home, based on the types of winds.

The types of wind damage include:

  1. Straight-line
  2. Tornado
  3. Cyclone
  4. Downdrafts
  5. Downbursts
  6. Microburst
  7. Gust Fronts
  8. Derechos
  9. Haboobs
  • Bow echoes

It is also important to know what types of winds to expect, because every insurance policy is different in regards to the types of coverage that is extended. In the event of wind damage contact your insurance agent as quickly as possible.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Four steps to follow post storm | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, and Goodlettsville

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

tree on house Fallen tree on house

Following a storm can be very stressful for all individuals involved, but particularly stressful for homeowners that incurred damage to their property.

While it is not always the same advice that should be given depending on the severity of damage, most industry experts have agreed that there are four sure steps to ensure that your damage is properly indemnified.

The four proven steps post storm are:

  1. Document the damage by taking photos
  2. Eliminate the risk of more damage
  3. Review your insurance policy for potential coverage
  4. Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible

If you follow these four steps you will be able to more efficiently navigate through the clean-up process following a storm.

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

Fire Prevention Week | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville's fire prevention week SERVPRO logo with Fire behind

Often times most household fires are very preventable. Many times we get caught up in the routine of life; which is when accidents occur. Each year the National Fire Prevention Association works tirelessly to bring to the attention to the public of just how preventable fires are.

Fire Prevention Week was brought about as a way to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which was started on October 8, 1871. The Great Chicago Fire resulted in the deaths of 250 people, left thousands homeless, and destroyed nearly 20,000 structures. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge officially named the first week of October as Fire Prevention Week.

Remember these three tips to help prevent fires in your household:

  1. Unplug any electrical device when not in use.
  2. Do not store any flammable items in places that may become hot.
  3. Use caution while in the kitchen.

By remembering these three simple tips, you can significantly decrease your chances for having a household fire.

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

Picking the Right Restoration Company for You | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville's green work van with SERVPRO logo at clean up site A quick response from SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville ensures your Clean-up and Restoration needs are professionally completed.

When damages occur in your home, having the right restoration company to work with is vital. Because it can be such a stress-ridden time, the company you work with will make a big difference in how smooth the overall process will be.

From the damages they handle to how long they take to respond, it is important to research many things before making your decision.

What to Look For

When you are researching restoration companies, it is important to assess what will give you peace of mind. How much you trust the company you work with will go a long way in how comfortable you feel with the restoration process, so it is important you can identify what’s important to you.

Here are some qualities to look for to know the restoration company is the right one:

They Have Varied Restoration Expertise

It is rare that damages are a black-and-white issue because so many events cause homeowners to need multiple types of restoration. Often water damage can cause issues with a home’s structure or fire damage will release toxic particles into the air. As a restoration company that has seen many of these scenarios first-hand, we are prepared to handle any of it when you call.

They’re Prepared to Respond

Being prepared for damages does not mean we only work during business hours—we have an emergency line available 247 so you can give us a call at any hour. You should never be stuck waiting on a restoration company to get back to you, which is why we’re always here.

They Take Training Seriously

Our technicians are leaders in the restoration industry because they were trained well from the beginning. We start with the standards from the IICRC and build a training program from there that ensures they are experts in the most advanced methodologies.

They Can Handle Big Disasters, Too

We are proud of being a local business, but we also have a network of 1,700 franchises around the country to call upon if we need help. This means there will never be any discrepancies in our level of service between a localized response and a regional one—whether it is a small kitchen fire or city-wide storm damage, we have the resources to handle both.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Where You Should Be Checking for Water Damage | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

water damage and flooding on kitchen tile Water damage can happen at any time. SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville will ensure that each water mitigation job is done correctly and completely. Gi

Flooding is often the cause of water damage in a home, but that is not the only instance where it can occur. There are many ways that water can damage a home, several of which occur in hidden areas.

Water damage that is not found quickly is typically more expensive to restore. Most insurance claims are nearly $7,000 when water damage is present, and many policies do not extend coverage to water damage at all. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of what you need to know about finding hidden water damage so you can address the issue quickly.

<h3to-search-for-hidden-water-damage">Where to Search for Hidden Water Damage

  • Sink cabinets are a common locale. The pipes of a sink are typically tucked away in a cabinet, making it less noticeable if they begin to leak.

  • Update your caulking. Caulk is a common sealant in the home, typically used around the casing of tubs and showers. Over time, it can deteriorate and let water through, but recaulking regularly can stop this.

  • Be aware of drywall damage. It is difficult to tell if the structure behind drywall has been damaged, but if you have any indication that it may have been (such as a flood or a burst pipe) it is best to replace the drywall as well.

  • Roof seals don’t last forever. The seals around exhaust fans and chimneys serve to keep water from seeping under the roof, but they will weaken with time. Inspect the roof often to determine when to replace these.

  • The AC unit can be a culprit. The HVAC unit has a drain for the water it collects during operation, but if this drain becomes clogged, water can begin to dispense into the unit itself.

  • Appliances can hide serious issues. Appliances such as washing machines use a lot of water and are rarely moved. Scoot them away from the wall on occasion to make sure there are no hidden leaks lurking.

  • Exterior faucets can leak, too. Spigots outside the home are connected to water lines inside the masonry or siding and can lead to hidden leaks. Listen for the sounds of water running after it has been cut off to know for sure.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

Know What to Ask Your Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

The complications of property damage are extensive, and for business owners, they could impact their livelihood. After a disaster, up to 60% of businesses are unable to reopen as reported by FEMA.

It is essential for business owners to resume operations as quickly as possible, and working with a commercial restoration company that’s trustworthy can make all the difference in this. Knowing what to ask is essential to ensure you are working with a reputable company—here are the questions we recommend:

<h3how-do-they-handle-emergency-response">1. How Do They Handle Emergency Response?

The faster damage is treated, generally, the less costly and time-consuming the restoration process will be. Inquire about how companies handle emergency responses and what their operating hours are to ensure they are able to get to you quickly.

With our 24-hour emergency line, we can begin our response to natural disasters the moment we get the call. This way, damage gets treated more quickly and business owners can focus on other important recovery tasks to resume operations.

<h3how-do-they-train-their-employees">2. How Do They Train Their Employees?

Quality restoration work comes from quality training, so it is important to ensure the technicians working on your property are qualified and well-trained within the field. The guidelines set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are the best in the industry and should be the pinnacle of their technicians’ education.

In addition to training in accordance with IICRC standards, we also provide our technicians with ongoing education and certification opportunities to ensure they are always able to learn and hone their restoration expertise.

<h3how-do-they-pick-their-equipment">3. How Do They Pick Their Equipment?

Technological advancements have impacted the restoration industry heavily, thus it is important for companies to keep their equipment updated.

We choose our equipment based on the IICRC standards, which ensures we are using the best machinery in the industry. All property damages are most effectively treated with the proper tools, which is why this is an important component of our restoration work.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

Why We’re the Right Choice for Commercial Restoration | SERVPRO® of East Nashville/Madison/Goodlettsville

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Following a disaster, proper commercial restoration is key for the future health of the business. Unfortunately, 40 to 60% of business owners are unable to reopen following a natural disaster, according to a recent FEMA report. Choosing the right commercial restoration company can make all the difference in a company’s continued success.

We understand the importance of commercial restoration jobs, both for recovery and for business owners’ livelihood. These are our top three reasons we are the right choice for commercial restoration after a disaster:

<h3we-re-always-ready-to-respond">1. We’re Always Ready to Respond

Our emergency line is open 247, which allows us to live up to our slogan “faster to any size disaster.” No matter what time you discover damage to your business, give us a call and our technicians will be ready to respond.

A quick response not only helps during a time fraught with emotion, but it also can cut the costs and time associated with restoration. In almost any disaster scenario, the faster damage is addressed, the simpler the restoration process will be. By letting our technicians handle the situation, business owners can focus on other important tasks to help their business recover.

<h3we-have-a-highly-trained-team">2. We Have a Highly Trained Team

We care deeply about the quality of our work, so our technicians are highly trained in the industry standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

After the initial training period, our technicians are also encouraged to continue their education with company-provided resources such as online access courses and certification programs. This ensures they are up-to-date in the field and constantly improving their restoration techniques.

<h3we-use-top-grade-equipment">3. We Use Top-Grade Equipment

The right equipment makes all the difference in the commercial restoration process. We invest in our tools based on the equipment guidelines set forth by the IICRC in order to ensure we are up to industry standards in all of our processes. This equipment allows us to scrub the air for smoke odors or remove water from flood conditions with efficiency and effectiveness, so you can get back to business faster.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

The Best Tips for Picking a Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of South Nashville

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Property damage can negatively impact anyone, and for business owners, it can also put their livelihood at risk. FEMA reports that after a disaster, over 40% of businesses are unable to reopen.

Business owners are wise to create an emergency plan and pick a restoration company in order to be prepared should a disaster occur. Working with the right restoration company can help your business reopen faster—here’s how to pick the right one:

<h3know-their-emergency-plan">1. Know Their Emergency Plan

Because damage can grow worse with time, it is best to have damages addressed as soon as possible after discovery. Knowing a company’s emergency plan and their response time will help you make the right decision on who to choose.

Our emergency line is on 247, enabling us to take action as soon as a call comes in. Business owners have many things to focus on following a disaster, so we make sure that worrying about the restoration can be left to us.

<h3know-how-their-staff-is-trained">2. Know How Their Staff Is Trained

The way a company trains its staff is a fairly clear measure of the quality of work they do. A reputable restoration company will know that training is an investment and will want its technicians to remain knowledgeable in the field.

Our technicians’ initial training starts with the industry standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Following this, they are provided online learning courses and certification programs to keep advancing their knowledge.

<h3know-the-specs-of-their-equipment">3. Know the Specs of Their Equipment

The technological advances in the restoration industry have made it necessary to keep equipment updated in order to provide the best service. A company should take advantage of the tools available to them to ensure the quality of their work.

We choose our equipment based on IICRC guidelines, allowing us to provide top-notch service by taking advantage of the current tech. This way we are able to perform commercial restoration as efficiently and effectively as possible.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Non-weather-related damage is the most common type of water damage in the home, caused by plumbing or appliance issues.

There’s no way around it. We need water for life, but one thing we don’t need it to do is cause damage to our home and property.

Did you know that there are many things that cause the different kinds of water damage?

Causes of Water Damage

For the period covering 2009 to 2015, The Travelers Companies Inc. reported that there were five common causes for filing homeowners insurance claims. They were:

  • Exterior wind damage
  • Non-weather-related water damage
  • Hail
  • Weather-related water damage
  • Theft

Water damage claims two spaces on the list, which means it’s a common occurrence. It’s best to look at water damage as weather-related and non-weather-related.

Non-weather-related damage is the most common type of water damage in the home, caused by plumbing or appliance issues. Causing just as much damage but not as common is weather-related water damage, which is often caused by rain and snow.

In the home, the top five causes of water damage are plumbing issues, appliance malfunctions, bursting water pipes, aging water heaters and bad weather.

How to Keep Your Home Dry

The price of water damage may be high, but just think how it could hit your wallet if you did not have sufficient coverage in your homeowners insurance plan. Generally, the following damages are covered by a standard policy:

  • Damages caused by the weight of ice, snow or sleet
  • Discharge and overflow of water, including accidental
  • Rupturing pipes for a steam or boiler heat system
  • Frozen plumbing and pipes

While water damage can be daunting, there are ways to help eliminate certain water-related issues.

You can use these proactive preventive maintenance suggestions as a guide to help keep your home high and dry:

  • Applying water sensors and automatic shut-off valves
  • Installing metal mesh connection hoses on the washer and dryer
  • Keeping gutters and downspouts free of debris
  • Ridding the hot water tank of buildup by flushing it every six months
  • Keeping grease out the kitchen sink and drain

By utilizing these tips, you can make sure you are working to avoid some costly water damage in the future.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

Cleaning Up After a Commercial Fire | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Having a professional thoroughly clean after a fire prevents the risk of additional damage

Experiencing a fire in your commercial building cannot only negatively affect profit margins, but also have a detrimental effect on your property, personal belongings and health. The smoke and water that is produced during your fire can be dangerous if not cleaned and restored by professionals. At SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville, we take the time to properly restore and clean your commercial building safely and effectively, getting you and your business on the road to recovery.

Commercial Fire Damage and Restoration Services

The damaging effects of a fire are caused by more than flames. At SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville, we understand the complexities of properly restoring and cleaning the damage caused by smoke and soot damage.

Fire damage restoration and smoke removal is a complex task that should only be performed by a professional. Our team has been certified and trained in the proper cleaning and removal of materials that may be hazardous to your health, including glue, solvents, and construction materials that, when burned, can release toxic gases. To protect your commercial building and yourself, you can rely on our tips and the fire damage experts at SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville.

The moments after your fire are the most crucial, call or contact us today. We never close; our certified, middle Tennessee fire damage restoration team is available 24/7.

If not cleaned correctly, smoke damage can have an impact not only on the well-being of your property, but it can also have an adverse effect on your health. Our experienced team effectively removes and cleans the soot from your commercial building or office utilizing the following services:

  • Damage Assessment:By assessing the soot damage in your commercial building or office we prevent additional destruction. Our trained professionals will also evaluate your items to determine which can be restored or refurbished, saving you money on costly replacements. Once we have done a complete assessment, we can determine the best cleaning and deodorizing plan to get your property restored.
  • Thorough Cleaning Services:With the proper tools and experience, we safely remove the soot damage from your walls, curtains, belongings, furniture, and more. Having a professional thoroughly clean after a fire reduces the dangers to your health and prevents the risk of additional damage.
  • Deodorization and Odor Removal: Soot damage after a fire can lead to a strong odor permeating your commercial building or office. At SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville, our certified technicians provide you with experienced deodorization services to remove the smell that lingers after soot has settled on your property.

If you’ve experienced fire or smoke damage, SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to help. Our fully trained water remediation technicians will be there for you when you call.

The Do's and Do Not's of Grilling | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Grease is a major source of flare ups, so be sure to clean your grill between uses.

A summertime backyard barbecue is a great way for your family and friends to enjoy outdoor cooking. But according to the US Fire Administration, barbecue fires severely injure about 6,500 people each year, and cause over $27 million in property damage.

Highlighted below are key safety tips of our DO’s and DON’T’s.

DO:

Give yourself plenty of room.  First things first, keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home, including carports, garages and porches. Fire could flare up into the structure above so grills should not be used underneath any type of roof or over-hanging, especially wooden ones.

Clean your grill regularly.  Grease is a major source of flare ups. Every so often take a good brush to the grill and scrub. Grease and fat to build up on your grill provide more fuel for a fire.

Make sure no gas is leaking. An easy way to check is to make a soapy solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rub it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.

No decorations near the grillDecorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas may look nice, but most of these items are made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot. Make this rule an important.

Keep a spray bottle handy. Fill up a generic spray bottle full of water. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!

Fire extinguishers for the win. Most people never think to have one handy, but it could be the best thing to have in an emergency fire. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 9-1-1.

DON'T:

NEVER turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. When you light the grill with the lid closed it causes gas to build up inside your grill. And when you open the lid a fireball can explode in your face.

Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Before turning on your grill chop veggies, apply seasoning, bring out all your utensils, grab a cold drink… in other words, plan ahead so that and you can focus on grilling.

Don’t overfill your grill with food. Overloading the grill with fatty meats could mean a grease fire. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.

Don’t grill indoors.People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Summer Storms May Cause Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Tennessee is known for popup rain showers and unexpected thunderstorms

Summertime in Tennessee is known for popup rain showers and unexpected thunderstorms. We all have to be aware of the dangers of heavy rain, such as flash floods. Each year, around 16 million thunderstorms occur around the world. Of those, 100,000 of them occur in the United States—and 10% of those are considered severe.

Storms in the summer are not an unusual phenomenon, but there also comes a chance for flooding caused by passing thunderstorms. SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible.  When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Flooding and Other Damages

South gets more precipitation than drizzly Seattle, where raingauges collect a mere 37 inches a year. Nashville soaks up 47 inches on average, according to U.S. climate data. Which means that there are many homes effected by flooding.

Hail can prove quite costly, with the NOAA estimating the damage costs reaching $1 billion per year.

Tornadoes are extremely destructive, and they can have wind speeds reaching upward of 200 mph in the worst of occurrences. Even if there isn’t a tornado, there could be significant wind.

Wind speeds with gusts can exceed 57.5 mph during a severe thunderstorm, which is more than enough to cause damage to your property Even the seemingly harmless items in your yard can turn into dangerous projectiles like tree branches. 

If a thunderstorm has resulted in water damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration.

What Property Owners Need to Know about Mold | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t rely on retail products, such as bleaches that promise to kill mold, especially on porous surfaces.

There are many things a property owner or manager has to take care of, and one of those many things is the constant maintenance of the units. Unfortunately, there could be something inhabiting your rental property other than just the current tenants. In fact, it could be an uninvited guest. Yes, you’ve guessed it… MOLD.

If you have a small mold problem, there are household products to remove it from hard surfaces that you or your head of maintenance try using first.  Porous surfaces and large growth, however, mean you need to involve a mold remediation professional, such as SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville.  When household products are not doing the job properly then call a mold remediation professional that has access to EPA-registered antimicrobial coating after cleaning the surface is the next step. Antimicrobial coating does not only kill the mold colony, but also helps to prevent future growth.

The best defenses against mold are to take away its food source, ensure adequate airflow, and reduce moisture in the air.

  • Don’t rely on retail products, such as bleaches that promise to kill mold, especially on porous surfaces.
  • Vacuum vents every month to remove dust, a primary food source for mold.
  • If you see mold in an area, do not “just” use a fan to dry it out.  Call a professional, as you will likely spread mold spores and create the potential for even more damage.
  • To reduce moisture and control ventilation in the bathroom, run an exhaust fan during a shower or open the door and windows in the bathroom after using it.

The only way to remediate mold safely — and to be sure you’re protecting your property and health from additional risk — is to have trained professionals physically remove it from the affected area.

Ventilation of the home is a crucial way to protect your home from mold. Exchanging room air for outside air can go a long way towards preventing the problem. Basements and bathrooms are the rooms where mold is most likely to be present due to the lack of air flow typically in these rooms. Opening the windows, keeping a dehumidifier in the basement area, and turning on ceiling fans could keep your home aired out enough to help prevent spore growth.

If there has been water damage of any kind. First, make sure the leak is fixed.  Then, dry out the area. The sooner the BETTER! It’s a common misconception that mold is slow-growing and will take a very long time to affect surrounding materials. This is untrue. Mold can start growing and spreading very quickly if the conditions are right (dark, moist, enclosed areas).

Keeping your tenants or guests unexposed to mold is necessity to have a successful rental property or hotel. If your home has experienced water damage you could have mold growing as well. We want you to know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Your Family Should Prepare for Fires Together | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mistakes can happen while cooking, and that’s why being prepared is key.

Being prepared is the best way to protect your family from a fire. Knowing the rules of fire prevention can save lives. Mistakes can happen while cooking, and that’s why being prepared is key. Protecting your kitchen fire, especially young children living in the home, by teaching about kitchen fire safety and putting safety plans into place is always a great idea.

If you can extinguish the fire before it gets out-of-hand, that would be best to limit the amount of damage in your home. Be prepared to think quickly and determine if the fire can be put out without risk of injury or endangering any of your family members. Always put safety first.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 1,450 fire deaths occur every year in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarm. Having smoke alarms may be the most important thing you can do to keep your family safe. Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

Here are some tips for keeping your family safe.

Kitchen Appliances

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States. A fire can start from:

  • food left unsupervised on a stove or in an oven or microwave 
  • grease spills
  • a dish towel too close to a burner
  • a toaster or toaster oven flare-up 
  • a coffee pot accidentally left on

Tips for using the stove:

  • Always supervise kids while cooking.
  • Turn all pot handles in so they can't be knocked over.
  • Don't wear loose-fitting clothing that could catch fire around the stove.

Smoke Alarms

Tips for using smoke alarms:

  • Install them on every level of your home and in each bedroom.
  • If possible, choose alarms with a 10-year lithium battery.
  • If your smoke alarm uses regular batteries, remember to replace them every year.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly, and be sure your kids are familiar with the sound of the alarm.
  • Because smoke rises, smoke detectors should always be placed on ceilings or high on walls.
  • If a smoke detector near the kitchen goes off while you're cooking, don't take the battery out of it — you may forget to replace it. Open the doors and windows instead.
  • If you're having a new home built or remodeling an older home, you may want to consider adding a home sprinkler system. These are already found in many apartment buildings and dorms.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips for Homeowners to Lessen Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

It is important to understand what to do should a flood occur, even if your home is not in a low-lying area.

The unfortunate truth about homeownership is that you must be prepared for disasters you might not even know you are at risk for. Even for homes that are not in low-lying areas, it is important to understand what to do should a flood occur.

With about natural disasters involving flooding about 90% of the time, it is important knowledge regardless of location.

Protecting Your Home From a Flood

While there are no measures you can take to prevent a flood, there are steps homeowners can take to prevent the extensive damage a flood may cause:

Know your risk. Consult with the local branch of emergency management personnel to understand your area’s evacuation procedures, and make use of the FEMA Flood Map Tool to review historic flood data in your area.

Discuss emergency procedures. Make sure each family member is aware of what to do should evacuation be imminent, and ensure they can locate all emergency supplies within the household.

Raise hazardous materials. The substances that can spill into flood water can cause pollution and create toxic water or even fire hazards. Put things like oil or paint on a high shelf so they are not pulled in to the current.

Turn off electricity. Use your breaker box to shut off power in any room that might be at risk for flooding, even if you don’t think the water is likely to get very high. Currents can carry for a variety of reasons so it is better to be prepared.

Prepare appliances. In the case of a shallow flood, appliances such as washers and dryers can be elevated on bricks or stands to protect the internal workings from water damage.

By planning ahead, homeowners can keep their family safe and lessen the damage water would cause in their home following a flood. These simple precautions can ensure a safer scenario for your loved ones and your home.

If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to help. Our fully trained water remediation technicians will be there for you when you call.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Flood | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

If your business has been affected by a flood or storm damage, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here for you.

When the forecast is calling for torrential downpours for Madison / Goodlettsville the good news is you don’t have to wait like a sitting duck. There are plenty of things you can do to prevent flood damage before the first drop hits the ground.

Sewage buildup, leakage, and storm damage can ruin buildings and destroy Madison / Goodlettsville businesses. It’s important to be ready in the event of a flood so that your business can minimize the cost of restoration and repair. If you are preparing for a storm, here are four things you can do.

Furniture and Electronics: Move to Higher Ground  

This is a simple concept, however, putting expensive electronics and furniture in an area that won’t be effected if the floor gets wet may save you thousands of dollars. You can reduce the risk of damage to your building by moving any furniture and utilities to a higher level. Items such as computers, important documents, and machinery should be moved up to a floor that is less likely to receive damage.

Important Data: Always have a Back Up

Storms can cause power outages; sometimes that causes problems with data being lost. If you are concerned about important documents being wiped out in a storm, try to back up all important data needed for the business so that you don’t lose anything that is vital to your company’s success. This could prevent a major headache and a lot of time trying to recover data. Again, moving servers and paper copies of documents to higher ground could save you in the long run.

Insurance: Manage Your Policy

Standard insurance policies don’t normally cover flooding, so consider additional coverage if the risk of flooding and water damage is high. Consider the property’s location and amount of average precipitation you get in your area. These factors may convince you to opt for additional coverage. Flood insurance is a special policy that is federally backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and available for homeowners, renters and businesses.

Evacuation Plan: Get Out Before the Rain Starts

Evacuate the building before there is any sign of floodwater. Make sure your workers are trained beforehand so that they know how to escape the building. They need to know how to get themselves and customers to a safe, dry place. Keeping everyone safe is a top priority in the event of a flood, and by having an evacuation plan, you can prevent chaos and confusion from erupting.

Gutters and Storm Drains: Keep Them Clear

You can keep the storm damage to a minimum by cleaning your gutters and drains. These structures are made to direct water away from the weakest parts of your building. If gutters get clogged, the water can overflow and lead to more destruction.

There are many things you can do to prevent flooding and minimize water damage. By taking these precautions, you can ensure the safety of your employees as well as the preservation of your property and data.

If your business has been affected by a flood or storm damage, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here for you. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Businesses Should Prepare for Fires | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be devastating to any business. Be prepared so you know just what to do.

Businesses spend a lot of money and time towards many safety topics to help protect the work place. You can teach electrical fire safety at your place of business and put them practice, however accidents can still happen. When an electrical fire first ignites it can start small enough that you can extinguish with a blanket or a fire extinguisher. Be prepared and quick to determine if the fire you are dealing with is able to be put out quickly without risk of injury or damage. Remember that employee safety always comes first. If the fire is spreading quickly it can produces dangerous amounts of smoke it’s important to know smoke inhalation can be fatal. Smoke inhalation is the cause of death in home fires than the actual fire. Not to mention, smoke causes just as much damage to the business as the fire itself. Fire fighters say that if you cannot extinguish a fire within five seconds, call 911 and get out of the work place immediately. Be sure to have an updated evacuation place in place for all employees to follow. After the fire is put out and everyone is accounted for and safe, you can always count on your friendly neighborhood experts at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville to help you put your life back together.

Here are the requirements to know as a business owner that the fire marshal will check during an inspection:

Checklist Item #1: Clear Paths of Egress

Having multiple exits in the event of a fire will increase the likelihood that everyone is able to get out safely, and it is required by fire code. Yet, if your staff or customers can't reach these exits or open them once they do, they are of little value. So, make sure they are not obstructed in any way.

Checklist Item #2: Emergency Exit Lights
Not only are all paths of egress required to be unobstructed, they must be clearly marked as well. In the event of a fire, your facility may lose power or visibility may be severely reduced due to heavy smoke. For these reasons, all exit signs should have backup batteries, so they will still be clearly illuminated for a minimum of 90 minutes in the event of a fire or power outage. 

Checklist Item #3: Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are crucial in stopping a small fire before it grows larger, avoiding widespread damage to your business and injuries to your staff or customers. That is why fire marshals pay special attention to verify that they are in compliance.

Checklist Item #5: Fire Sprinklers
If your facility has a fire sprinkler system in place, this will be carefully inspected by the fire marshal. When preparing for an inspection, know that the fire marshal will check to see if there is adequate clearance around each sprinkler deflector.

Checklist Item #6: Fire Sprinkler System Water Supply
For this system to function correctly, not only must the sprinkler deflectors have the proper clearance, the water must flow as it should when called upon to extinguish a fire. The fire marshal will examine the critical components of the sprinkler system water supply, to determine that they are in good working order.

Checklist Item #7: Proper Storage of Combustible Liquids
Combustible materials and liquids represent a special fire hazard and must be treated accordingly. These will provide fuel to any fire and they pose a significant risk to your facility, including explosion potential, so proper measures must be taken at all times.

Checklist Item #8: Maximum Occupancy Limits
Your building has a maximum occupancy limit which has been put in place for a reason. If a fire were to occur, this is the number of people who could safely evacuate the premises in a timely fashion

Checklist Item #9: Overloading Electrical Sockets & Using Extension Cords Correctly

Plugging two or more extension cords together to extend the reach of the power in your facility, will also be cited during a fire marshal's inspection.

Checklist Item #10: Electrical Panels

Since electrical panels have live current running through them, any potentially flammable items (like cardboard boxes stored too close to the panel) make sure you can get to the panels without having to move anything. 

If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why choose SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville for Air Ducts Are Due for Cleaning

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Crew members of SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville of giving a thorough and professional clean after completing a home renovation.

Living in a humid summer climate, your air conditioning system likely works very hard from May to September. While changing your air filters and performing [regular recommended maintenance](https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/maintaining-your-air-conditioner) are great first steps, sometimes these might not be enough to keep the air in your home healthy.

Because HVAC systems are designed to redistribute air throughout the home, contaminants within the ducts can quickly lead to health problems—and can even lead to your system running less efficiently. If you are unsure whether your system is due for a clean, there are some signs that might point to yes.

### How to Know Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

Here are four signs that mean [your ducts might be due for a clean](https://nadca.com/resources/blog/4-signs-your-air-ducts-need-cleaning):

*1. You’ve found evidence of mold around your HVAC system.

Because air conditioner systems can develop condensation, it is a perfect place for mold to grow—especially if you live in a humid climate. Because your HVAC system circulates air through the home, it can also spread these mold spores from room to room. It is important to get a thorough and professional clean to keep this problem from getting out of hand, as mold exposure can lead to [serious health problems for your household](https://www.medicinenet.com/mold_exposure/article.htm).

*2. You’ve just renovated your home or live in new construction.

Even if contractors are diligent about cleaning up after themselves, dust and debris can always find a way into the nooks and crannies of your HVAC system. Additionally, the materials used in construction can contain particulates that are not safe to breathe in, which can make this a dangerous scenario.

*3. You feel you’re always dusting.

Everyone has to dust from time to time, but if you are noticing an excessive amount of dust on your surfaces, a duct cleaning may be in order. As dust travels through your HVAC system, your vents will redistribute it around the home. This creates more housework and can also lead to asthma and allergy symptoms.

*4. You’ve seen an increase in heating or cooling costs.

If you have lived in your home for awhile, you should generally be able to estimate your heating and cooling bills from month to month. If you begin seeing bills get noticeably more expensive, it might mean that your system is running inefficiently due to dirty ducts. Severe contamination in an HVAC system will cause it to work much harder to distribute the same amount of air, translating to higher utility bills for homeowners.


*Do any of these signs apply to your home? If so, give [SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville](https://www.SERVPROmadisongoodlettsville.com/airduct-cleaning) a call so you can have a professional assessment done on your ducts.*

We Stay Focused on a “Restore vs. Replace” Mentality | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians work with a “restore first” mentality.

When disaster strikes, we can get there fast, but did you know there is another reason why we should be one of your first calls if the worst should occur?

In fact, when it comes to your property, our technicians work with a “restore first” mentality aided by the use of specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. This helps reduce the interruptions to life and helps get your home or business back to pre-disaster condition.

We Can Help With Restoration Following a Fire

During the stress of the situation, knowing what to do after a fire has damaged your property is often confusing, but that’s where we come in. One call to us and we will start working for you at your request.

No two fire damage events are the same, and while our highly trained team works to develop a unique plan that is tailored to your needs, the general process remains the same.

Here are the steps that are included in our process:

1. Emergency contact. Once we have been contacted by you, we will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage, which will help us send out the proper equipment and resources with our team.

2. Inspection and fire damage assessment. Once they arrive on the scene, our team will perform an inspection and test adjoining rooms of the property to determine the extent of fire, smoke and soot damage to help us determine the right plan of action for your property.

3. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service. Fire damage can compromise windows, walls and roofs, so we make sure that your property is secure and protected from further damage by boarding up any missing windows and walls and placing a tarp on damaged roofs.

4. Water removal and drying (if water damage is present). Since water damage often accompanies fire damage, we’ll begin the process of removing wet items right away. Dehumidifiers and air movers are brought in to remove the remaining water and finish up the drying process.

5. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. We have specialized equipment and techniques to remove the smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces.

6. Cleaning and sanitizing. If it is possible, we will clean any restorable items and structures. Industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment are used to help remove odors.

7. Restoration. This is our final step in getting your property back to pre-fire condition. Restoration can involve minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet. It could also involve major repairs like reconstruction of damaged areas.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Residual Damage Caused by Fires | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Rust and corrosion might not be the first thing you think of when you consider fire damage.

When dealing with fire damage, there is more to be cleaned up than just what is affected by the flames.

Fires leave behind soot and smoke that can continue damaging property long after the flames are extinguished, and that can give rise to other issues such as mold and rust as well. If left untreated, this damage can compound over time, becoming more difficult and costly to remediate.

Untreated Fire Damage & the Issues It Can Cause


If you’ve been affected by a fire, it is important to call your restoration team right away to prevent giving rise to other issues such as:

Mold Damage. After a fire, affected areas are often left without any artificial or natural lighting. If the fire was doused with water or set off a sprinkler system, this creates mold’s ideal environment to thrive. Mold can quickly begin growth on almost any surface, leading to discoloration and damages to items and structures.

Soot Damage. Soot is the most common form of carbon byproduct that materials produce when they burn. Most home and commercial fires consist of multiple burned materials, leading to soot that is highly acidic. This acid can cause damage to nearly any surface it comes into contact with, with porous or textured surfaces being the most at-risk. Any soot allowed to remain in the affected area can lead to damage of carpets, walls and unburnt portions of the house. The longer the soot is allowed to sit, the more unlikely the damage can be reversed.

Corrosion and Rust Damage. Rust and corrosion might not be the first thing you think of when you consider fire damage, but water left untreated on small electronics can cause it to develop and greatly increase the risk for short-circuits or electrical shock.

Questions to Ask a Fire Restoration Company


Finding a fire restoration company that you can trust to restore your home to pre-damaged conditions is difficult if you are unsure what to look for. These questions are worth taking the time to ask as you shop around:

* Do they have a Master Fire Restorer on staff?

* Can they do all levels of restoration, from cosmetic to construction?

* Will they fully clean and sanitize the area to prevent mold growth?

* Do they use industrial-grade air scrubbers to remove odors?


If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Reaction Steps for Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to help, no matter what size job.

Whether it’s from a hidden leak, sudden flood or broken pipe, discovering water damage anywhere in your home or business can be alarming. However, by staying calm and following a few steps right away, you can get your property back to normal in no time.

Safety First

Determining the safety of your location is the most important thing when you first discover water damage. Turn off the power if need be, make sure floors and ceilings are structurally sound and ensure that there aren’t electrical items that could cause shocks when wet. Never stick around a potentially hazardous area to attempt cleanup.

Professionals Second

After you’re sure the situation is safe, consulting with a professional service should be your next step. With a 24/7 Emergency Service line, the ability to work with your insurance on your behalf and a Master Water Restorer on staff, we can provide a fast and easy cleanup designed to get your life back to normal in a hurry.

Air Flow Third

As you’re waiting on us to arrive, maximize your time by salvaging what you can from the damaged areas. If any items such as furniture, fabric or papers are affected, moving them out can make them more viable for restoration later on.

If the weather outside is dry and not too humid, opening a window and creating airflow can begin evaporating water from surfaces in the room. We’ll tackle the big stuff once we get there, but these small steps can go a long way.

Absorption Fourth

While a mop can’t take the place of professional restoration, removing standing water can certainly have an impact. If you’re able, use a mop or water-rated vacuum cleaner to clear out puddles and standing water throughout the impacted area.


If you’ve just discovered water damage in your home or commercial property, SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to help. Call us today—we’re faster to any size disaster.

Avoiding Fire Risks in the Kitchen | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

Spending time in the kitchen with family and friends is somewhat of a social event. It’s a place for family and friends to gather for quality time and also a place where delicious eats are cooked up. But if we’re not careful, the kitchen is also the space where many home fires occur.

The No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries are cooking fires, and the leading cause of these kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

It has been reported by State Farm that, in 2017, they paid out over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
Fire Safety Tips for Cooking

Remaining in the kitchen while cooking is not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. What type of clothing are you wearing? Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it big and baggy? It could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. What items around the stovetop are flammable? Make sure you don’t have kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Have you equipped your home with a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen? Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. How are you disposing of hot grease after use? The grease may not be on fire, but it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Is there a fire escape plan in place for your home? Thinking about the worst-case scenario is never fun, but it’s better to be prepared rather than unprepared if an emergency were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Does SERVPRO® Stand Out? | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement, before and after

When choosing a service provider to take care of issues in your commercial or residential property, there’s nothing more valuable than the peace of mind that comes with selecting the right company to work with.

You can be assured that whether you’re dealing with routine maintenance such as duct or carpet cleaning or you’ve got large-scale water, fire or mold damage on your hands, SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville will provide you with outstanding service. Here’s why:

We Really Are Faster to Any Disaster

“Faster to any size disaster” is more than just our slogan.

While disasters may not have respect for your schedule, you can count on our 24/7 Emergency

Service to be there whenever you call.

The longer issues like mold, water and fire damage are allowed to fester, the more detrimental to your structure they can be, so whether it’s a weekend, a holiday or the middle of the night, we’re at-the-ready to get your repairs started right away.

We’re Certified Experts in the Field

Restoring your home or business is no light task, which is why we take our work seriously.

We have staff members certified by NADCA to clean ductwork on residential and commercial properties, so you can know you’re getting the best in the business. We also have a Master Water and Fire Restorer on staff, and we maintain contractor licensing to ensure we can do tasks ranging from small home repairs to large-scale commercial renovations.

We Stay Up-to-Date With the Latest

As technologies change, best practices for cleaning and restoration do, too. We ensure that we’re up to date with the latest industry standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification by keeping up with new developments and providing employees with the ability to enroll in training courses.

This high level of training—combined with our state-of-the-art equipment and advanced tracking technology—allows us to provide you with the best restoration experience possible.

You can rest assured knowing that we have you covered for any cleaning or restoration needs because of our commitment to quality and customer service. Contact SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville to service your commercial or residential property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We'll be here to help.

Preparing Your Business for Potential Disaster Situations | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Business ownership brings with it a multitude of things that must be taken care of when running a business, but one of the most important factors to think about is emergency preparedness.

While creating an emergency plan does not protect you, your business or your employees from experiencing a disaster, it can still give your business a leg up on the safety side and at least make sure that your employees know what to do and how to respond if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

Making a Plan

Have you taken the necessary time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? If not, it should be a priority!

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

Disasters can come in different ways—man-made incident or one stemming from nature—and if there is no emergency plan for your business, things could become even more devastating quickly.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

The Starting Point

Setting up an emergency plan for a business should begin by first evaluating which scenarios are most likely to occur—even those that you think that could never happen. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught by surprise.

There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

A business impact analysis (BIA) can be performed to help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This should include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

Once you have come up with an emergency preparedness plan, make sure that you conduct drills to go over it and practice with your employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Important Tornado Safety Tips for Your Family | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is here and it’s beautiful, but we also know that springtime weather can be unpredictable. That’s why it’s a good idea to always be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown.

As a general rule, April and May have traditionally had the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, which means we are currently in the height of tornado season throughout the United States. Read on as we share some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

How Tornadoes Can Form

There are roughly 1,200 tornadoes that strike in the United States every year, and they are caused by thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

A tornado happens when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

In the beginning of a tornado’s life, the signature funnel cloud is transparent and not visible, but it becomes visible when water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or when dust and debris are picked up.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster tornadoes have been observed. Hail and intense winds of more than 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

Tornadoes typically occur in the spring and summertime later in the afternoon when the atmosphere is most likely to be unstable, but it is vital to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.

What You Should Do if There’s a Tornado

Understand the difference between tornado watches and tornado warnings. Tornado watches are issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while warnings are issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If you are in the path of a warned tornado, it is imperative that you take action and find safe shelter immediately.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Keep flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries handy in your selected tornado shelter at home.

If you are caught in a tornado while driving, DO NOT try to outrun it. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes can create absolute havoc on the areas they touch down in. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

Get Ready for the Unpredictable Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

With the arrival of spring, not only are we able to enjoy the weather, but we must buckle up for the stormy ride Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Mother Nature’s Choice

Spring brings us longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, it also presents the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s dealer’s choice this time of year, which means the weather may change at a moment’s notice.

With the unstable temperatures that we experience during spring, the weather can change in an hour, going from warm to cold. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms are plentiful during the spring season and are the main cause of severe weather. They can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

When studying natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, severe thunderstorms were the most common and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

They can bring about the threat of flooding, high winds and even tornadoes given the right conditions. It has been reported that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Preparing for Spring Weather

While it is currently not possible to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, forecasters have the technology available to them to give us an indication that severe weather could be coming. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Also, be sure to have an emergency kit on hand. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

Avoiding Fire Hazards in Your Business | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, there are plenty of safety considerations to address regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors. One of the issues you need to spend a little extra time planning for and working toward is fire prevention.

<h4causes-of-commercial-structure-fires">Leading Causes of Commercial Structure Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (listed in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

From those causes, three of them—intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment—accounted for 20%, 18% and 15%, respectively, of the most property damage.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

In taking a looking at more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year, which were responsible for an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

<h4to-protect-your-business">How to Protect Your Business

What can you, as a business owner, do to protect your business from the risk of fires? By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you can help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

First, you must assess your risk for fire by identifying hazards. In some areas, the local government may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.

You’ll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.

Finally, work at creating a fire plan and reviewing it with your staff. That way you’ll be making sure everyone knows what to do and how to stay safe in the event of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep the fire safety protocol fresh and take time to review evacuation plans and the location of your first-aid kits.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

How Floodwaters Are Classified | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

When you understand the differences in the types of water that are involved with water damage, you will be better able to deal with the cleanup.

It is easy to think that all water causing damage is the same, but there are three separate classifications for it: clean water, gray water and black water.

Whatever the type of water that has caused the water damage, there will most assuredly be a cleanup and restoration process to follow. To begin the process, the most important thing to do is remove all of the moisture and damp items quickly, so that mold will not begin to flourish in its ideal environment.

Clean Water

The name says it all; this water is free from contaminants and is considered “clean” and not the type to pose an immediate threat to your health. Sources of clean water are:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

This will be the easiest type of water damage to work with since there are fewer microbes living in the water, but after 48 hours and building surface contact, clean water can move up to category two, and “gray” water.

Gray Water

Gray water is where water damage cleanup and restoration can become a bit more complicated, and it may pose a health risk due to its containing chemical or biological contamination. That slight contamination in gray water means that it will have to be properly and thoroughly treated before safe consumption.

Gray water can come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. The 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, with gray water turning into black water if not treated.

Black Water

Black water is the most serious of the three and is considered highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter, therefore making cleanup risky. This type of water includes floodwaters containing soil and all sewage waters.

Sewage contains microbe contamination, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, which are hazardous to humans.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

You should remember that, where floodwaters are concerned, it should be assumed that all water involved is black water since it will be picking up contaminants along the path it travels.

All floodwater classifications are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), which is an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians all study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!

Revealed: Fast Response After Nashville Fire Damage Yields the Best Results

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your bedroom or any part of your home can cause some stress. Contact SERVPRO to remediate and restore your damaged property.

Fire Damage in Your Nashville Home? How to Lower Cleanup Costs

If your Nashville property suffers fire damage, quick action is crucial. Not only does it help to limit the damage inflicted on your home but it can help to lower the cost of restoration. In case of a fire in your home, you need to stay calm. Doing so enables you to act rationally. Also, you get to take the right steps to minimize damage and losses.

The first step homeowners should take when faced with fire damage in Nashville is to call the insurance company. As an important step in the insurance claim process, the insurance adjuster inspects your home to determine if you are qualified for a claim. Also, the adjuster comes up with a budget for the repairs and replacements to be made in your home. It is important to inform the insurance adjuster of your intention to have the home cleaned by fire clean up and restoration experts.

As experts, we are in a position to mitigate the damage in your home. Not only can we save your valuables from absorbing smoke but we can help you get your life back on track. Before we start the cleanup and restoration process, you must sign the work agreement. This gives us the go ahead. We use your insurance adjuster’s budget as a guide to clean up and restore your home.

SERVPRO experts arrive at your home with the right equipment to safely deal with the damage. The first step we undertake is scoping the structure. We do so to identify any potential dangers. Before clean up begins, we salvage any of your valuables for professional cleaning.

Later, we clean up your home to the preloss condition by removing smoke residues. If your valuables or parts of your home are damaged badly and cannot be restored, we dispose of such items. SERVPRO fire damage experts use thermal foggers or wet foggers to deodorize your home and remove the smell of smoke. By doing so, we leave your home smelling like a flower.

Afterward, we compile an accurate fire damage assessment report which we hand over to your insurance adjuster. By doing so, we fast-track the insurance claims process finally getting your life back on track.

The team at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville has extensive experience in fire damage and restoration services. For professional and timely cleanup services, call our 24/7 emergency line at (615) 868-5324. By doing so, you get to save on restoration costs.

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SERVPRO Should Be Your First Call When Flood Damage Strikes

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville has what it takes to mitigate flood damage "Like it never even happened."

What Happens when Nashville Flood Damage is Ignored

When flood damage strikes a property in Nashville, the results are typically too much for homeowners to handle on their own. Professional restoration services like those provided by SERVPRO can help bring a home back to the way it was before a flood, but many homeowners are afraid to bear the costs and responsibilities associated with a full-scale restoration project. Unfortunately, few if any symptoms of flood damage go away without appropriate care and attention. Our recommendation is to call for help as soon as damage strikes, or else these long-term effects could begin to develop in your home.

Destabilized Foundations

Long-term exposure to standing water and excess moisture produced during flood damage events in Nashville can cause permanent and expensive damage to the very foundation of your home. All common foundational materials, from masonry to concrete to stone, can absorb small amounts of water through cracks and pores in their material. Unless these pockets of water are removed with specialty drying equipment such as the air movers and dehumidifiers used by SERVPRO, they can create faults in the building foundation that eventually destabilize the entire structure. Fast and thorough drying processes are the only way to protect your home against these threats.

Mold Growth

Mold loves moisture, and without an expedited drying plan, your home is likely to retain much water in the aftermath of a flood. While most residential mold problems remain isolated to a single room or area, floods often create fungal problems that span across the entire home. Preventative treatments can help, but the only definitive solution to developing mold problems is rapid drying and dehumidification.

Materials Degradation

Over time, many materials tend to dissolve, break apart, and otherwise degrade when inundated with water. Again, the best way to mitigate damage is to enact a comprehensive drying plan rapidly, but specialist companies like SERVPRO can also provide vital restorative treatments to most parts of your home even if they are in an advanced state of disrepair.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can begin an industrial-scale drying process in your home within hours of your first call. Contact us at (615) 868-5324 for 24/7 help and services.

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What?? The Dishwasher Flooded Your Nashville Kitchen and More--Does SERVPRO Know?

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Brings It to Water Loss Emergencies in Nashville

Dealing with Appliance Related Water Damage in Nashville

After water floods your property, various problems can develop due to the excess moisture, among other things. Common signs of problems include musty odor, changes in the texture of walls, floors, and ceiling as well as discoloration of different surfaces. By taking proper remediation steps in time, it is possible to address such problems before they reach uncontrollable stages. We offer broad restorations services that can help your property bounce back from the water loss "Like it never even happened."

Some cases of water damage in Nashville originate from the same appliances meant to make house chores easier when they leak water into the property flooding it. Simple problems with the washing machine, refrigerator or dishwasher can leave you with extensive water loss. Problems with dishwashers in particular present various problems including backup caused by food and other debris build up or problems with the supply and discharge lines.
 
How long it takes to start the restoration steps, once the problem is detected may determine how severe the problem becomes. Having the emergency contacts of a professional restorer like SERVPRO helps ensure the response is timely. If the loss originates from a faulty appliance, our technicians can also inspect the other appliances in your house to establish if there are faults that can cause further leakage.
 
Fast extraction of any standing water from the affected area is essential. Extracting more water reduces the amount of effort or time spent drying the property because moisture elimination is faster in a liquid state. Our SERVPRO technicians use different types of extraction equipment and pumps to remove the water. After eliminating the water pooling around, drying the property using dehumidifiers and air movers helps bring down moisture levels to preloss conditions. This final step helps prevent stubborn problems such as mold development.
 
Cases of water loss should not get out of hand. Call SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324.

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The Water Damage Plan To Restore Your Commercial Property In Nashville

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Nashville businesses deal with possible disasters year-round; water being the driving factor behind many of them.

Commercial Water Cleanup In Nashville Businesses

Nashville businesses deal with possible disasters year-round; water being the driving factor behind many of them. Regardless of the source, weather-related or failed plumbing, every owner needs a professional restoration service to ensure he can reopen for business as soon as it is safe to do so.

Most Nashville commercial water cleanup results from a plumbing issue. In a typical office setting like a large accounting firm, the source is often from a sprinkler system. When the fire turns out to be smoke from a plastic cup microwaved too long, SERVPRO response teams understand that the solution for a fire has become a problem all its own.

In a situation like this, cleanup and removal go from floor to ceiling. An accounting office, if it does have carpets, uses a commercial variety, which usually means no pad underneath. That makes removing water a faster process for our technicians. They can use pumps, to begin with, and then switch to extraction wands to draw the remaining water from the carpet.

If the water sat for more than a day or two, or if the water absorbed a large amount of ink from paper and finishes or paint from furniture, SERVPRO specialists may have to use a shampooer to thoroughly clean the carpet and prevent stains from setting in the nape and become permanent.

As team members clean carpets in some rooms, others examine damage to walls. Most paneling resists water fairly well, but the drywall behind it can begin to crack and degrade if it absorbs too much. If this happens, our teams recommend immediate removal and replacement.

When the drywall is merely damp, we can use a combination of fans and air movers to dry the panels. Specialists place the fans at exit points to draw the damp air outside of the business. Next, they set up the air movers to force warm, dry air across the affected surfaces to carefully remove moisture.

Finally, there are the drop ceilings. The tiles under and close to the sprinklers absorb an incredible amount of water in just a few minutes and quickly turn brown and yellow from the absorbed moisture. Since most ceiling tiles are inexpensive, it is cheaper and quicker for our teams to remove and replace them instead of spending the labor hours and cleaning/bleaching agents to try and restore them.

Our goal here at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is to help you start serving your customers again as soon as it is safe. If you need to schedule our services or have a question about what we do, call (615) 868-5324 today to get started.

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What to Do with Unwanted Water in Your Nashville Home! Simple, Call SERVPRO for Removal and Drying

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Nashville Cats and Houses Hate Water (Damage)--Call SERVPRO --"Like it never even happened."

Nashville's Water Damage Team Explains How Dehumidifiers Work

Problems with water occur across the country a lot more frequently than you would ever realize and even your home in Nashville is at risk. The second most regularly filed insurance claims in the U.S. are water damage claims. There are several ways that water can negatively affect your house including pipe breaks and broken appliances. If a water pipe running through your building gets only an eighth inch crack in the pipe, approximately 250 gallons of water per day or over ten gallons per hour can flow into your dwelling. Excessive moisture can also cause numerous other issues with a structure, which means that about 20% of all insurance claims filed are related to water damage of some kind.
 
Once a pipe breaks, calling in a professional mitigation team like SERVPRO is essential to reduce the severity of the issues. Once a mishap happens to your home in Nashville, the water damage can get worse and worse the longer it sits there without being treated. After 48 hours, moisture can cause mold to start forming, making the overall situation much more severe. Therefore, our team tries the best we can to remove moisture within that 48-hour period so that you do not develop fungal problems.
 
Air movers and dehumidifiers can help speed up the natural evaporation and drying process significantly. The air movers keep the wet air moving away from the damp surface so that water will not stop evaporating from the solid material. The dehumidifiers then remove the water from the air and dispense it into your sewage drain in liquid form. The machines then pump out hot, dry air so that the air movers can use it in its circular air flow motion.
 
Refrigerant dehumidifiers LGR's push wet air across cold coils so that the water vapor cools and condenses. Desiccant dehumidifiers pull damp air across a silica gel that absorbs the water molecules. The machine then pushes hot air past the silica so that it removes the water from the silica. If our SERVPRO crew does not set up enough dehumidifiers, then the air movers will push around the wet air and problems can arise in other places meaning that secondary damage could take place. Improper placement and use of dehus can actually result in "indoor rain." If there are too many dehumidifiers compared to air movers, then the drying process may not be as fast as it could be.
 
If you ever find yourself in need of filing a water-related insurance claim, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 24 hours a day for help with the recovery of your property.

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Removing and Preventing Mold Damage in Nashville

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Nashville Crawlspaces Benefit from SERVPRO's Mold Remediation and then Encapsulation. Call for a Consultation.

SERVPRO Offers Nashville Property Owners Mold Remediation and Encapsulation as a Preventative Measure

Nashville homes deal with water problems every year, but they often miss what can be a follow-up disaster. Usually, dormant spores become active and proliferate through a home after they absorb enough moisture.
 
A large share of Nashville mold damage starts behind walls and under the feet of homeowners. SERVPRO restoration teams often find themselves pulling down walls and crawling under homes to find the source of the problem.
 
In cases like these, the mold usually grows over surfaces, but it can dig into drywall and even the framing behind it if not caught quickly. While drywall is easy and cheap to remove and replace, wall framing can be more difficult. Technicians often have to scrape mold from the surface, and if the spores went deep, they could sand down the surface to remove the infestation. Wood studs can also be sprayed with an antimildew product after removing the mold and hyphae.
 
To reduce the risk of mold growth and contamination, SERVPRO recommends encapsulation for crawlspaces exposed to water. Team members start by examining the concrete walls for leaks and seeps. If they find one even as small as a pinpoint, they use hydraulic cement to seal them against further water intrusion.
 
Other specialists level the dirt floor to prevent pooling and then cover it with heavy, polyethylene sheeting. If needed, they use wood framing to hold the sheets in place. Next, they secure the ends of the sheets to the now sealed walls with a polyurethane caulk or a specially designed, two-sided, foundation tape. Team members continue using polyethylene sheets to seal off the walls. They secure them with the same caulk and tape and also use more wood framing for additional support.
 
After completing encapsulation, specialists use a moisture meter to determine if the humidity levels are at an acceptable level. If needed, they can use a dehumidifier to remove water from the air until the level measures as normal. To keep the humidity down, team members can leave a container of desiccant material to continue absorbing moisture. In extreme conditions or environments, a permanent dehumidifier can be installed in the crawl space. Less moisture means less chance of mold growth. The encapsulation also limits food sources for mold spores to develop into large colonies.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is to bring each home back to a clean condition. If you are still dealing with effects from the last storm or flood whether the result was mold damage or not, contact us at (615) 868-5324 today to begin the restoration process.

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Eliminating The Smell Of Fire Damage In A Nashville Home

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can help you mitigate fire damage from the start and then help you control remaining odors.

Eliminating The Smell Of Fire Damage

Nashville is home to some of the region's most-loved foods, and cooking these for friends and family can fill your kitchen, and sometimes, your entire home, with wonderful smells. The smell of comfort food being prepared can make even the worst day seem bearable.

Those who live in Nashville after fire damage happened in their home know that these wonderful smells often give way to the acrid-smelling odors from the fire. These new and unwanted scents can permeate into books, paneling, carpeting, and bedding. They continually waft through the air, especially on warmer, more humid days. Soot particles from the fire continue breaking down and then float through the air, making it possible to curb the amount of odor you detect by eliminating the particles.

SERVPRO's IICRC-certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) can perform different measures to eliminate the smell at its source. These methods use different gases that render the particles inert. Machines that produce either ozone or hydroxyl allow these gases to slowly travel through the air, where they interact with soot particles and neutralize them. Once neutralized, they no longer produce a noticeable smell.

Ozone is probably better known to most people than hydroxyl gas. With ozone, a very fresh scent is produced, much like after a spring shower or summer storm. We can use hydroxyl gas in many situations where using ozone cannot. These include places where plants, pets, or people are at, as well as damp carpeting or rugs. Using ozone in these situations can create problems. For example, damp rugs can become stained and discolored if ozone is used near them.

After these methods eliminate the odor-causing particles, we can also discuss with you additional options. Leaving your home with a long-lasting pleasant scent throughout can be a welcome change to your home's atmosphere. Gel packs placed around your home provide alternative scents that slowly dissipate. Another option is to inject timed-release scented liquids into various spots in your carpeting's padding. We only use these as an additional treatment, and not to mask smoke and soot odors.

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can help you mitigate fire damage from the start and then help you control remaining odors. Serving our community by providing restoration services to families in Lockeland Springs and Inglewood, in addition to neighboring towns, our emergency number is always available to you. Contact us at (615) 868-5324 whenever you have a disaster.

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Flood Damage Experts in Nashville Talk about the Final Cleaning Process

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Rely on the SERVPRO Green Fleet for Storm Damage Mitigation in the Nashville Area--Commercial and Residential

Nashville Storm Property Owners Get Full SERVPRO Treatment--"Like it never even happened."

Thunderstorms that spread into Nashville create conditions that can cause problems with your property. When excessive rain pours into your neighborhood quickly, it is likely that flood damage can result. When water starts to build up outside it can find its ways into your home through lower door seals. When the rain comes down hard in Nashville, it can also enter your house through old window seals.
 
Once moisture enters your building, the problems can get more severe as time goes on. When mitigating flood damage in Nashville, our SERVPRO experts remove moisture as quickly as possible to prevent secondary issues. Items that come into direct contact with water receive primary water damage problems such as carpet delaminating. If water vapor in the air causes issues, they are considered secondary.
 
After the work area is deemed safe, the first step our SERVPRO technicians complete is the extraction phase. We use our specialized industrial extraction equipment to remove standing water and moisture present inside carpet and upholstery. Once all of the water possible is sucked into a sewer drain or wastewater tank, we start rapidly drying out your structural components.
 
During the drying stage, we use specialized equipment to create an environment that helps speed up the time it naturally takes to dry out materials. Air movers get set up to create air circulation that helps moisture keep evaporating from the surfaces of wet materials. Dehumidifiers are working in the center of the airflow so that they remove water from the wet air and exhaust out warm, dry air to be used in the circulation process.
 
Once the moisture content of contents and building materials returns to preloss conditions, we begin the reconstruction and final cleaning steps. If any baseboard or drywall got removed in the drying process, we re-install them as needed. If any holes got drilled into the drywall to create an airflow inside wall cavities, we patch up the holes. If the carpet or pad was removed to dry out subfloors, then we re-install the flooring materials or provide a source to accomplish the above rebuilding and renovating needs.
 
After your home gets put back together by either our team or a certified sub-contractor, we complete a final cleaning process. Any dust creating during the restoration projects gets wiped off as well as any paint or drywall splashes. In most cases, we clean all of the carpets inside your home so that it smells and looks "Like it never even happened." If you ever have problems with wet materials or contents after a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 any time of the day.

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Unexpected Water Damage From Underneath Your Nashville Residence

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

When water comes up into your house from the crawlspace and damages your flooring, it is time to give SERVPRO a call for drying out services.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Assess and Remediate the Damage Regardless of the Source of the Excess Water in Your Home

As a Nashville homeowner, you can find yourself surprised at the varying degrees of threats that your residence can experience throughout your lifetime. While you work to stay ahead of the curve as much as possible, changes in the environment and readjustments of the earth below your house could allow for unexpected occurrences that you have yet to experience.

Among these unexpected threats is water damage coming up from beneath your Nashville home into the crawlspace area and adversely affecting your lower floor. Various effects could result from pooling water underneath your house, and others that can occur if the primary threat is persistent moisture.

One of the most significant concerns that homeowners should have when water damage arises in this area of their property is the effect it has on the floors. Moisture and dampness can warp wooden floors, or saturate and irreparably damage carpeted areas. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you to restore these areas, and if the damage is too considerable, to remove them to prepare for replacement.

With environmental changes like newfound springs on your property, sometimes containing and diverting the water can be almost impossible. In these cases, our SERVPRO technicians incorporate encapsulation for this area beneath your house to protect it from dampness and persistent water flow. This thick plastic coating on all of the supports, walls, and underneath flooring overhead can help to eliminate moisture from this previously affected area.

Often water diversion and ongoing drying efforts are encouraged by the professionals on site. In these cases, we recommend the installation of dehumidification machines, and sump pumps to remove the water away from this area of your house, or both. Removing the threat of persistent moisture can help keep the structural elements of your home stronger and help them to last longer.

You might not become aware of a threat like moisture and water damage from below your home until you experience the effects throughout your house. Even when these conditions are upon you, our SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville experienced restoration experts can help you get things back to the way they should be. Give us a call anytime at (615) 868-5324.

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Commercial Water Removal Service In Nashville

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial water removal in Nashville needs a trained restoration service.

Commercial Water Removal Service

When a Nashville business floods, many owners try to remove property or push the water out of their business themselves. Even if there is only enough water to cover the floor, getting rid of it without professional help is not advisable.

Commercial water removal in Nashville needs a trained restoration service. SERVPRO technicians train to the industry standards established by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). Following these rules is important, especially when the client is a small business like a bakery. Getting the job right can mean the difference between staying open to customers and losing everything.

Since most commercial water damage results from a failed plumbing issue, the first task is to find and stop the leak. Our specialists can repair most minor issues, but if the problem is larger than a failed connection or a split water hose on an industrial dishwasher, the restoration team leader recommends bringing in a licensed plumber.

Now, the heavy lifting begins. The team leader directs bringing in one or more water pumps for any amount high enough to cover the tops of his shoes. Even in a business with a large floor area, our specialists can remove the water in a day or two.

Once completed, specialists switch to water extraction wands. These smaller devices draw water off of concrete and linoleum quickly and are also excellent for drawing water out of carpets in office or customer service areas. The wands SERVPRO uses also contain a heating element, so the handlers can also adjust the temperature to begin drying out these carpets simultaneously, saving time.

In a food service facility, it is also necessary to remove water from the air inside. Lowering the humidity helps to dry out the business and also to reduce the risk of mold spores expanding and growing behind ovens and other equipment or starting to spread behind bathroom walls. Specialists install dehumidifiers to draw out up to 25 gallons from the air every 24 hours. The exact rate depends on how heavy the air is with moisture.

The goal at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is to help each business reopen as soon as possible. If you have any water issues at your business and need our removal service, call us at (615) 868-5324 today to get started.

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Flood Damage in Your Nashville Finished Basement

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Your basement can be a significant part of your living space rather than just a storage area. Contact SERVPRO for drying out services after a flood.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Flooding in Any Part of Your Home

While you do not always consider the detrimental effects of severe weather systems passing through the area, many Nashville homes are at risks that they have yet to realize. Structural concerns are a leading cause of instances of flooding, where degrading materials in your home's construction allow for water to pass through easily. Ultimately, the result is several inches of water in lower levels of your house.

Traditional flooding and flash flooding are also potential possibilities for your house during longer bouts of severe weather. Once the ground becomes overly saturated, it fails to absorb the torrential rainfall. Regardless of the avenue the water took to enter your residence, restoring the flood damages in Nashville is often an intricate process.

Our SERVPRO professionals might begin with the extraction of the water as a form of mitigation to lessen any potential damage from this point, but a primary focus for our technicians is to isolate the entry point and repair this damage as well. Eliminating this penetration point can keep further flooding from occurring while the restoration process continues.

In areas like the basement, many homeowners have concrete floors and block walls. For those with a finished basement, the damage to the materials like your drywall and flooring can be irreparable after even a short time exposed to the pooling floodwaters. Finished basements often require flood cuts to get made, removing anything from several inches to several feet from the foot of drywall or paneling up to where the water has not reached.

The removal of this material can help our SERVPRO technicians gain better access for drying the affected areas. Ultimately, replacing these portions of drywall rarely is challenging, and becomes a way to make the restoration more efficient overall.

Overcoming flood damage can be a challenge when you find it unexpectedly. Conventional cleaning and drying methods can rarely keep up with the high volume of water present, so these processes should get handled by professionals. Our SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville technicians are available 24/7 by calling (615) 868-5324.

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A Restoration Team That Goes the Extra Mile to Restore Fire Damages in Your Nashville Home

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Looking at the damage left by a fire can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage and help you through this stressful time.

Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Remediation Services After a Fire in Your Home

When a fire breaks out in your Nashville residence, the last thing that you tend to think about at that time is the work involved in restoring the damage that it causes. You instead think about the items that are still inside your house, and how things might never be the way that they were just a short time ago. When it comes to the point where you are considering professional restoration, you need more than just a company that can clean and rebuild.

With the wide range of potential fire damages that can affect your Nashville home in an incident like this, choosing the right professional restorers can make all of the difference. They become the force driving your house to return to its original condition, and the team of experts putting everything back in place so that you can resume comfortable living in the future. Many companies might be able to restore your home after a fire, but you want to choose the professionals that go the extra mile for you in this trying time.

Our SERVPRO team of qualified and experienced technicians does just that. We work hard to make sure that the burden of the restoration your home needs is not falling on your shoulders. It begins with our work directly with the insurance adjuster for the claim you file to prevent the stress of dealing with this alone.
 
Services like pack-outs remove damaged items from your home and take them to a place where they can get concentrated restoration efforts, and remain free from further damage until they can get safely returned to your home when the project nears completion.

It might be easy to see that your home needs professional restoration following a widespread fire, but the decision of whom to choose might not always be so clear. You can always rely on our SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville fire restoration technicians to help you overcome the damage and go the extra mile for you. Give us a call anytime at (615) 868-5324.

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Protecting Your Nashville Music Venue With Fast Water Removal Services

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Music performers count on the stage at your facility to express their talents. Contact SERVPRO to remediate your venue after water damage.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Value of Drying Out Your Business Property Quickly in Preventing a Mold Infestation

For those that live in the Nashville area, a natural disaster such as flooding is almost commonplace. With so many creeks and rivers all throughout the region, heavy rainfalls can allow for these bodies of water to rise and affect all of the property around them. Being that this city is one of a thousand stages, music venues of all shapes and sizes are tucked away in every corner. When the water is rising, your venue might find itself on the inevitable path to flooding.

While the nature of flooding might vary from instance to instance, the need for commercial water removal services in Nashville is fairly universal between properties. You work quickly to remove any contents, equipment, and items of your business in the pathway of the destruction. Our SERVPRO team of professionals can not only help you restore the physical damages to your property from these rising waters but also work to get the contents of any room or space away from the impending concerns.

Our technicians first assess the damage and what can get done to stop further floodwaters from invading your building and worsen current conditions. During this initial inspection, we take note of items that must get removed from the area to prevent irreparable damage, as part of our pack-out process.

It is at this time that the bulk of the restoration work happens, from extraction to drying. With mold damage able to form in as little as 72 hours, our SERVPRO professionals are on a timetable from the moment that we begin with removing the water. Various extraction techniques get employed in the removal process, from weighted extraction on carpeted areas to wet vacs and portable pumps.

Once our team has taken most of the steps necessary to return your home to original condition, we can bring the equipment and items removed from your building back to where we found them. When you are facing flooding in your music venue or any business you might oversee, you can count on our SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville team of restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess. Give us a call today at (615) 868-5324.

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Professionals Help Mitigate Flood Damage in Your Nashville Area Home

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding after a storm can seem insurmountable. Call SERVPRO immediately after you and your family are safe for remediation services.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Respond Quickly to Dry Out Your Property After Flooding

As you may already know, the longer water remains in your Nashville area home after a flood, the harder it is to recover from this kind of event. It helps to have someone on your side that operates locally, giving you access to the equipment, personnel, and resources needed to limit any losses you might experience.  

Contacting your insurance company before tragedy strikes is always a good idea. You need to understand more about your insurance and the specific coverage you have to protect your investment correctly. It is also a good idea to have the contact information of an area company who specializes in flood damage in Nashville on your emergency readiness checklist.  

SERVPRO can provide you with IICRC-industry certified technicians, 24/7, anytime, day or night. Our office is strategically located to provide you with a fast response, during those times when you need someone’s support the most. It is our job to get flood waters in your home under control while assisting with maintaining a safe, healthy living environment for you and your family.

SERVPRO technicians address each job individually, giving you access to highly-trained experts who can perform water extraction, drying, and damage mitigation services on your property as fast and efficiently as possible. However, every job is different, making it just as crucial for technicians to think outside of the box, delivering unique solutions that meet your circumstances precisely. Our services were designed to adjust to your specific needs and help limit associated costs.

SERVPRO works with your insurance company to ensure you get the help you need. We walk you through your property, explain our services and your situation in detail so that you understand more about what needs to happen in your home. Our technicians can help you decide which steps to take, whether potential hazards exist, and how you can successfully prevent problems like this from occurring in the future.  

Give us a call at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville for quality cleanup & restoration services you can trust to get your home back to normal, fast. (615) 868-5324

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Removing The Water Source That Allowed Mold Damage In Your Nashville Home

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

One of the typical locations to find mold damage in your Nashville home is down in the lower levels like your basement and cellar area.

Mold Damage In Your Home

When you have discovered mold growth in your Nashville home, your first instinct might be to question the cleanliness of your habits. This is a common misconception about mold and fungal growth, but its presence has virtually nothing to do with the cleanliness of the home that you keep. In fact, it is very simple for mold and microbial growth to happen, and it only requires moisture and warmth to achieve.

One of the typical locations to find mold damage in your Nashville home is down in the lower levels like your basement and cellar area. These areas are warm enough often to support the colonization of mold spores and tend to be the most susceptible areas for moisture and dampness due to their simple construction and vulnerable mortar joints.

Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to not only overcome the mold growth in your home by working to remove the present colony but also to aid in identifying the source of the moisture that allowed the growth in the first place. This inspection of your entire affected area helps to determine what areas need to get isolated with air scrubbers to prevent the spread of active spores and possible points of moisture penetration that allows for the dampness in the room.

If these vulnerable points are small repairs, our SERVPRO technicians can help to seal up these points to prevent further water penetration in the immediate future. For larger and more complex repairs and rebuilds, you have to seek out the services of a qualified residential contractor instead before the remediation work can take place.

Overcoming mold growth in your home is nothing that any homeowner wants to have to contend with, but an unfortunate reality for many people living in the area. The best thing that you can do is to keep close tabs on areas of your home that might be susceptible to moisture and dampness and work to stay ahead of it. Our certified applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can help you to remove any colonies that you might encounter, and work quickly to return your home to its original conditions. Give us a call anytime you need us at (615) 868-5324.

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When Your Nashville Home Requires Water Removal

5/27/2018 (Permalink)

When you continually come home to a wet crawlspace, it's time to discuss sump pumps or encapsulation to stop damaging your home. Call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage as Well as Help Prevent Future Problems

Nashville homeowners are quite familiar with the severe weather damage that could affect their home. Even without the excessive storms passing through the area, natural springs on the property around your home present an ever-present threat to the foundation of your house, with constant water pressure trying to penetrate the blockwork of your basement and crawlspace.  
 
While you might never want to need water removal services for your Nashville home, sometimes nature has other plans. With the degradation of the blockwork used to construct your home over time, the likelihood of impending flooding and substantial damage can prove inevitable for some houses in the area. Fortunately, when it comes to weatherproofing your home against this persistent threat, or removing the damage that has already occurred, SERVPRO is here to help you through it all.  
 
Our team of technicians responds quickly to your call to start assessing the damage that your home faces and what our professionals must do to restore the damage and safeguard your home from further trouble in the future. Starting this process involves locating the source of the damage that you experience right now and sealing up these areas (where possible) with hydraulic cement to withstand the pressure of the water from the exterior attempting to make it in.  
 
More widespread failure of your foundation could require reconstruction efforts from a residential contractor before measures can be taken to restore the damages and safeguard from further issues completely. One of these measures that can get taken and recommended by our SERVPRO professionals is to encapsulate the crawlspace of your home, which is often the source of persistent moisture and dampness to many residences.  
 
This process seals up penetration points in the construction, and then encapsulates the entire area in a thick 12mm plastic sheeting to prevent water from getting into this area, and then making its way into your home. Often the installation of a sump pump is necessary to divert water out of this area. This approach also seals off any exterior points of access, which helps to reduce heating and cooling costs if your crawlspace directly shares adjacent walls and flooring with other areas of your home.  
 
Needing water removal for your home might not be something that you are entirely familiar with, but with the right team of professionals at your disposal, it does not have to feel overwhelming. Our SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville technicians are available 24/7 to help you with any water damage concerns you have and restore your home to the way it used to be. Give us a call today at (615) 868-5324.

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Fire Damage Experts In Nashville Describe Cleaning Soot From Fabrics

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO takes the extra mile to restore your upholstery and personal belongings from smoke damage.

SERVPRO is Here to Restore your Nashville Fabrics Back to Pre-Loss Condition

Many things inside your Nashville home are made out of fibers or fabric material. Most pieces of furniture consist of various fibers that are woven together. Carpets and rugs inside your house contain fibers woven into face yarns. Mattresses and expensive lampshades are also covered with a fabric material.

If a fire starts on your property, your contents and building materials are both at risk. When mitigating fire damage in Nashville, fabric materials are inspected and cleaned of soot and odors if needed. The flames, heat, and smoke coming from a blaze inside a structure can all cause different types of damage.

Flames and heat can burn or char items to the point where they need to be refinished or removed and replaced. The smoke created by burnt materials first moves upward with the heat, then travels throughout the building. Smoke leaves behind soot residues and penetrates into porous materials causing burnt fragrances to exist.

Fabrics are porous materials that can absorb soot and unpleasant aromas. Fabrics are produced using a variety of fibers and constructions. Many fabrics contain multiple dyes, finishes, and coatings.

Our SERVPRO technicians use various techniques when cleaning smoke residues from fabrics without forcing the residues deeper into the fabrics. In many cases, mattresses and box springs are protected from smoke damage from the bedding that lies on top of it. The areas on mattresses that are most exposed are the sides of the box springs. If the fabric surrounding the box springs contain moderate soot residue, then they can be cleaned using hot water extraction upholstery methods.

Many times, lamp shades are not cost effective to clean, so they get replaced when damaged. However, some expensive lamp shades can be cleaned to avoid a costly replacement. Lamp shades can often be cleaned using wet cleaning or dry cleaning with solvent methods. We use caution whenever cleaning lamp shades to ensure that we do not damage any of the trim components or the material.

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When restoring cleaning soots created by smoke off of fabric materials, we take extra measures to ensure pungent odors do not remain after the restoration process. If you need help cleaning fabrics that contain soot residue, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324.

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Handling Mold Damage With Much Care in Nashville

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Dispair in Nashville, Call SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup and Remediation

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Problems Safely and Carefully

Mold damage may lead to health effects, and there is a need to seek professional remediation services. During this process, observing safety measures is a priority and making sure you do not spread the spores to unaffected areas in your Nashville property. To achieve that, getting the basics of containment right is crucial. The fundamental rule is to make sure you do not introduce an airflow from a contaminated area to a clean area thus prevent spreading the spores.

There are many techniques that out SERVPRO technicians use to establish containment during mold damage in Nashville. One of them is by setting up negative pressure on the area that needs containment to prevent the spread of spores. We can also seal HVAC vents and in some cases put in place plastic sheeting to act as containment barriers. Given that there are chances of contaminating the tools we use, disinfecting them is necessary and as a result, we establish cleans rooms to do that job. These isolated small areas also serve as a staging area for donning PPE personal protection equipment when required.

Dependent on the surface with mold growth, our SERVPRO technicians opt for appropriate removal procedures. When working on porous surfaces, in most cases, we remove the materials and discard them. An example of porous materials includes carpeting, insulation, fabrics, and drywall. When dealing with nonporous surfaces, we may decide to use HEPA vacuuming as long as the materials are dry. In some situations, damp wiping may be the best option. When wiping, we use detergents that sanitize the materials to help prevent the possibility of future mold growth cases. When raw wood is infested with mold colonies in a crawlspace or attic, we can use a method called soda blasting that rasps the growth with a pressurized bicarbonate jet spray.

It is also important to note that mold spore settle downwards and that is why our SERVPRO technicians start the cleaning process from the structure's top to its bottom. If there is airflow in the contaminated area, we usually clean surfaces towards the flow of air. Drying the surfaces then follows and the aim is to create unsuitable conditions for mold growth since the spore thrive well in moist conditions.

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is a reliable industry leader in fire, water, mold, and storm damage restoration. Call us at (615) 868-5324 to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Controlling Common Precursors To Mold Damage In Nashville

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Even a tiny leak can lead to catastrophic mold damage to your Nashville home if you are not careful.

Mold Damage

Most varieties of mold damage in Nashville require a source of excess water or moisture to begin growing, as their simple physiology needs relatively high amounts of food and water to facilitate rapid reproduction. Unfortunately, most homes in the area are ideal places for spores to grow and spread, as they contain favorable environmental conditions and ample food sources. Controlling water is thus the most important factor in stopping the spread of fungal colonies: watch out for these precursors, and few types of mold can survive in your home.

Leaks
Even a tiny leak can lead to catastrophic mold damage to your Nashville home if you are not careful. Leaks can come from appliances, holes in the building exterior, pipe ruptures, and many other sources. They provide enough water to feed a significant population of spores without drawing much attention from you. Be mindful of potential weak spots in your home where leaks might be likely and, if you have further concerns, contact SERVPRO to find out how we can help without advanced moisture detection tools.

Flooding
Flooding of any kind is a common precursor to mold, as floodwaters can be difficult to drain and dry out within a short time frame. SERVPRO stocks the equipment necessary to dry out your home before mold problems can develop, but response times are critical to our success. Be certain to call us right away if any part of your home floods.

High Humidity
Some types of mold can grow without a source of liquid water and subsist only off of high relative humidity in your home. While this can be difficult to control in cities like Nashville, where humid conditions are the norm, there are some steps you can take to keep moisture in check. Be sure to dry up spills instead of letting them evaporate, keep air circulating in the home, and if problems persist, contact us to find out how we can reduce humidity for you.

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville responds quickly and professionally to any mold damage call. Call us at (615) 868-5324 so we can treat both the mold and the source of the problem and keep your home secure.

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Water Removal Services for Your Nashville Office Building

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

A burst pipe in your office building can cause severe damage, call SERVPRO immediately to remove the water and minimize the damage.

Call SERVPRO as Soon as Possible after Commercial Water Damage to Restore Your Space and Minimize the Damage

While you might always work to keep your Nashville office building running smoothly, you cannot ever plan for unexpected events like substantial water emergencies. Instances like broken pipes within the walls or above the ceiling grids of your facility can affect a broad area and cause widespread damages in a brief period. Considering that you not only have expensive equipment and electronics likely spread out through the facility, you also likely have records and servers which retain sensitive and client-specific information that you cannot afford to lose.

Our team does not just claim that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our commitment to being available when you need us is something that you should remember when faced with the need for water removal services in your Nashville office building. The team that can offer a rapid response is the same restoration outfit that can work to ensure that your facility does not succumb to worse damages as the pooling water continues to spread and affect new areas of your building.

When our IICRC certified professionals arrive at your business, our first concern is ensuring that the source of the water damage that you face has gotten successfully shut down so that our restoration process can begin. A thorough inspection of the entire affected area, as well as adjacent rooms to the damage, get thoroughly assessed for possible losses, and our technicians develop a site-specific restoration plan to bring your building back to the way that it used to be.

While our ability to extract pooled water and dry the area thoroughly often is sufficient, sometimes the immediate damage to the structure and surfaces in the vicinity is too severe for conventional restoration. In these situations, our SERVPRO professionals utilize our training in controlled demolition to remove overly damaged portions of the construction materials for replacement by a commercial contractor.

When your office building requires water removal services, this issue needs to get addressed as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville restoration specialists are always available for any water emergency or potential disaster that you might face. Give us a call anytime at (615) 868-5324.

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How Do Professionals Deal With The Odor After Flood Damage to Your Nashville Home?

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Odors after flooding need to be dealt with right away for best results. Contact SERVPRO after flood damage for best results.

SERVPRO Deals With Lingering Odors Using Multiple Methods

The odor is one of the most significant problems after a flood due to any natural event such as storms or heavy rains. The odor often lingers on long after the water has receded. It takes expertise, skill and the right equipment to get rid of the odor after flood damage.

SERVPRO professional use multiple methods approach to tackle odors after flood damage to your Nashville home. Once they are on your premises, they access the situation and prepare a plan to combat the odor problems. The plan often consists of multiple steps including the following.

Eliminating the source of the odor
One of the first things that go into combating odors is the elimination of the source of the odor itself. A flood can bring with it a ton of things that can stink including sewage, dirt, trash, dead animals and pet waste. The process of odor removal cannot start without eliminating these sources.

SERVPRO Professionals can clean the premises and eliminate anything that can be considered as potential source of the odor.

Using the multiple deodorants
Different type of odors needs a different type of deodorizing techniques. The technicians can use multiple methods to combat odors of different kinds. It is equally important to use different deodorants to combat different types of odors as well.

Masking agents are the chemicals that mask the bad smell by covering it with a pleasant smell. These are excellent to tackle both real and imaginary odors as well. They are often dispensed as beads that release the masking agent over a long time.

Pairing agents are also excellent to tackle odors after flood damage. The technicians use these agents to eliminate real odors. They work by combining with the airborne odor-causing particles and making them fall to the ground. Once on the ground, they can be cleaned up quite quickly.

Ozone is yet another deodorant that can be used by technicians to eliminate odor-causing particle. Ozone, a form of highly reactive oxygen, reacts with the odor-causing molecule and chemically alters it making it odorless.

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The Fire Damage Experts of Nashville

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

When fires burn contents and building materials, a strong, unpleasant odor can be left behind.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Rid Your Home of Foul Odors after Fire Damage

Sometimes the worst part of a fire taking place inside your Nashville house is the foul odor that exists afterward. Fires burn contents and building materials which create burnt aromas inside a dwelling. Smoke coming from a blaze leaves behind soot residues that also produce malodor particles.

When dealing with foul smells, the two things that take place are odor removal and odor control. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Nashville begin with removing items that potentially create odor problems. Sometimes unpleasant aromas get eliminated when burnt items get discarded.

However, many times the smell of smoke still exists after all charred contents and soot residues get removed. If all known sources are not present and pungent odors still exist, then odor control procedures get taken. When attempting to control odors, SERVPRO's restoration team uses multiple methods to solve the problem.

The first step to odor control is chemical containment. If a barrier gets created between the odor's source and the air, then malodor particles cannot vaporize and spread into the building. Many times we accomplish this by spraying deodorizing chemicals on materials that possibly cause the foul smells. The chemicals create a barrier which slows down or stops odor molecules evaporating off of source materials.

Next, we implement vapor control to help restore the structure. The vapor odor control process involves vaporizing deodorant chemicals into the air that counteract foul odor particles. Spraying deodorizing chemicals into the air helps get rid of odor particles that evaporated before source materials got contained.

The last phase of odor control is the thermal fogging process. A thermal fogger heats up deodorant chemicals and causes them to combust. Once combustion takes place, the chemicals get broken down into microscopic particles. Once the deodorants get broken down inside, they then gain the ability to penetrate into any material that smokes has infiltrated.

In many situations not all phases of odor control are necessary. After each phase, we re-assess its effectiveness. For help with unpleasant smells after a fire, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 for help 24/7.  

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When Your Nashville Basement Requires Water Removal Services

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Check Your Nashville Basement to Help Prevent Water Damage

SERVPRO Removes Water and Dampness from Nashville Properties with Expert Crews and Resources

You might surprise yourself to learn how few people spend time in their basement, let alone check on it regularly. For many people, this area of their Nashville home is intended for storage and little else. The trouble with infrequently checking on your basement area is that you might not become immediately aware when something is not right. What might have started out like a damp feeling when you walked into the room has turned quite rapidly into water seeping in through mortar joints, or finding its way in through shared walls between this lower level of your home and its exterior crawl space.
 
One of the unfortunate aspects of rarely checking your lower level for any changes or visually inspecting structural components for wear is the inevitability that these vulnerable areas eventually form. Once water has a clear path through these new penetration points, these sites continue to erode and break away, letting water on the exterior (even underground) quickly find a path to your basement area. At this point, your only real solution for rectifying the situation and restoring your Nashville home from water damage is a professional services.
 
While our SERVPRO technicians get uniquely and specially trained to deal with all manner of water emergencies, locating the source and cause of your disaster is a critical component of a completed job. Our initial assessment maps out the full scope of the damage, but also looks for the points in which water was able to access your home unabated.
 
In many cases, the foundation walls have begun to erode, and the mortar joints are crumbling away from years of pressure. Likewise, your exterior crawlspace can contribute (or even be the entire cause) of basement flooding. Once the source has gotten adequately identified by our SERVPRO professionals, hydraulic cement can be applied to the vulnerable areas of the foundation construction to prevent further water penetration, and processes like crawl space encapsulation can take place. This procedure waterproofs all components of the crawl space surfaces and then covers the entire area in thick 12mm (or thicker) plastic to prevent any moisture or wetness.
 
When you are dealing with a basement that requires water removal services, you can trust the experienced restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville. You can reach us anytime by calling (615) 868-5324.

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Drying a Shop After Commercial Flood Damage in Nashville

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

If a flooding incident has devastated your commercial space, it is time to contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration efforts.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With the Skill and Experience to Efficiently Dry Out Your Flooded Business

Flooding is one of the most common natural sources of commercial water damage. The impact of a flood is devastating to businesses. Apart from causing serious damage to the property, production, contents, and ability to trade, flood damage can also affect employees and deliveries that need to get through flood-affected areas to reach consumers. Additionally, it can have long-term repercussions to business turnover, with some businesses even failing to recover.
 
If your shop or other business sustains commercial flood damage in Nashville, SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly to secure your property and return it to preloss conditions. Our priority is to minimize inventory loss and ensure you get back to business as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened." To do this, we rely on a team of highly trained, IICRC-certified professionals, as well as industry standard tools and techniques.
 
Every commercial flood damage restoration process begins by creating a "drying goal." SERVPRO technicians regularly monitor the drying process to determine whether it is on the right path. The drying goal generally indicates the ideal conditions of the contents and structural materials after completing the cleanup process.
 
Our water damage restoration experts use drier air (which has low humidity) to accelerate the rate of evaporation. An effective drying process calls for a relative humidity of less than 40 percent. However, specific humidity readings tend to be more accurate than measurements for relative humidity. A structure does not need to be dry to reach low relative humidity readings. Comparing the specific humidity in the flood-damaged area to that of an unaffected area can help determine whether the space is dry.
 
SERVPRO flood damage technicians can use moisture readers to measure the moisture levels of wet materials. We use the readings from dry materials as the dry standard, making them a part of our drying goal for the affected areas. We can also establish a drying goal using normal equilibrium moisture content level of materials. This involves measuring moisture content levels of dry materials in everyday situations, and then using these readings as the drying goal.
 
In the event of a flooding emergency at your shop, you may need quick commercial flood damage restoration services. As a part of your community, SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville has highly skilled technicians that provide swift and reliable water damage restoration to the locals and neighboring towns. Call us anytime at (615) 868-5324.

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Handling Mold Damage Found In The HVAC System Of Your Nashville Area Home

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage can cause health effects. SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can remediate the issue "Like it never even happened."

Found Mold in Your Nashville Home? Contact SERVPRO

Mold can quickly grow anywhere on your Nashville area property, at any time. All it takes is an environment rich with moisture, organic material, and oxygen to present mold with favorable conditions to spread. Your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system is no different.

Have your home’s HVAC system inspected by a qualified technician if you have recently experienced water issues or mold damage on your Nashville property. We can inspect your entire ventilation system for existing problems and control mold growth found in your home.

SERVPRO technicians can provide you with the personnel, equipment, and necessary resources to remediate mold growth found in your ventilation system quickly and efficiently restoring the quality of your living environment. Over time, debris can accumulate in the system providing mold with a food source it needs to grow.

Improper maintenance of your drain pan can allow standing water to combine with microbes and the available food source, resulting in mold growth that spreads through your entire home, every time you turn the system on for comfort. Prevent these issues by performing regular maintenance, replacing filters, and applying HVAC-approved mold inhibitors.

SERVPRO can apply EPA-registered disinfectants to your vents, clean and dry the entire system, making adjustments that help reduce existing problems. We can check air intake vents, remove obstacles, and other debris that inhibits normal operations. Our technicians can also make sound suggestions regarding the relative humidity levels found in your home and give you tips on how to control your overall living environment.

We are proud to provide you with lasting solutions to mold problems found on your property. Our technicians take being active members of our community seriously and enjoy doing our part to make our local communities the best they can be.

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When You Need Water Removal for Your Nashville Clothing Store

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can quickly ruin inventory, but SERVPRO has the training and equipment to remove water and save your store's contents.

Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Water Removal to Save Your Inventory and Damaged Items

When you are running a Nashville clothing store, you have many customers coming in and out of your store every day. You take a lot of time and energy designing your entire layout of the shop to flow nicely and display all of the pertinent stock right where it can get the desired attention. When a water disaster threatens your clothing store, there is quite a lot on the line to encourage you to remedy the problem quickly. 

When you have an incident occurring in your shop that requires you to need water removal services for your Nashville retail store, you might be overwhelmed with all of the potential problems that this could cause. Immediately you think of the stock that sits on lower lying shelves and racks. Spreading water could easily impact these articles of clothing and ruin them, meaning that you eat the cost you paid the distributor to get the goods now that you can no longer sell them for a profit. 

A significant water event like this is also likely going to impact your ability to keep the store open. Due to potential risks to customers and employees, your hand gets forced to close your doors until the restoration process gets completed. Fortunately, our SERVPRO team does not just use “Faster to any size disaster” as a catchy tagline to our business, it is our commitment to every job that we do. 

With water removal, we have several tools at our disposal to extract pooling water quickly and efficiently. From the portable pumps and wet-vacs for smaller extractions and spot specific tasks to larger truck mounted pumps for higher volumes of water, we have the necessary equipment to pull the water out of the affected area quickly. 

Drying is an important step in the restoration process, and this typically gets accomplished through the use of our air movers. Once this process has gotten completed, we can further assess potential structural damage and work to restore contents of your clothing store that have gotten damaged by the water. 

Running a business is difficult enough without needing water removal services or handling water emergencies on your own. Trust our experienced staff at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville to help you through any of these emergencies that you might have. You can reach our restoration specialists 24/7 at (615) 868-5324. 

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Combating Mold Damage In Your Nashville Residence

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Say NO to mold infestations and say YES to SERVPRO mold remediation!

Tackle Mold in Your Nashville Home with The Help of SERVPRO

No homeowner is sufficiently prepared for finding mold or fungus growing in livable areas of their Nashville house. While there are undoubtedly several steps that could have been taken before now to try to avoid such an occurrence, nothing is ever full proof, and most people do not consider the possibility of fungal growth until long after it has reared its ugly head.

The trouble with encountering mold damage in your Nashville home extends far beyond the fact that it could cause health effects. In fact, this is often a clear indication of a broader problem with the structural integrity of your home, allowing water to get into areas where it should not be present. Since mold needs moisture and higher temperatures to thrive, there are significant portions of the year in the area where conditions are easily met to accommodate the growth of a colony in your house.

Our SERVPRO IICRC certified remediation specialists have been extensively trained to handle all kinds of mold that might grow in commercial and residential properties. With the right tools and expertise, our team can quickly get to work on the removal of the colonies and the neutralization of active spores trying to spread throughout the affected area to form new colonies and seat more organisms that require removal.

Once our SERVPRO team dons the appropriate personal protective gear, we get to work on quarantining the affected area to prevent the spread of spores. The process ensures that when scrubbers get used to clean the surfaces harboring mold colonies that they do not have an opportunity to spread elsewhere.

Locating the source of the mold problem is an essential step in the remediation process. Finding these vulnerable areas can allow our team to seal off access points that can keep this region of your home drier in the future, successfully helping to prevent future growth.

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Mold in your home is nothing that you want to leave to grow and thrive unabated. It is a problem that demands your attention, and our certified remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville are here to help whenever you need us. You can call us anytime at (615) 868-5324.

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Fire Damage Restoration Services for Nashville Area Residents

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind extensive damage to your home, but relying on a professional restoration company can save your home from further damage.

Call SERVPRO as Soon as the Fire is Out to Minimize Damages and Items Lost

Any size fire in your Nashville residence can cause extensive damage to your home and take a massive toll on personal property in a variety of ways. To obtain a better understanding of your situation, it can help to understand the recovery process and what an expertly trained restoration technician can do to help.

As flames roar through your Nashville area home, smoke and fire damage gets left in its wake. Your belongings, furniture, and electronics all receive damage while water pipes can burst, electrical wiring and the very structure of your home can become compromised. 

The immediate area of the fire and adjoining rooms receive smoke damage from the fast-moving air that is generated by the fire. Hot ash-ridden plumes of smoke stain every surface in your home, leaving harsh residues and unpleasant odors behind that continually damage items found in your home. 

After firefighters save your home from the fire, it is equally important to contact your insurance company, as well as a company like SERVPRO for help. The longer you wait to begin restoring your home the harsher conditions can become, increasing some of the losses you might experience. 

You need access to someone who can secure your property, control water problems and protect what you have left from outside elements. SERVPRO technicians can help identify existing hazards such as electrical issues or problems like a saggy ceiling or collapsing staircase that may lead to injury or further damage if left unattended.

We can help you assess the extent of damage to your property, using advanced equipment and IICRC certified technicians to present a detailed plan of action regarding your homes recovery. SERVPRO’s cleaning and restoration services can address a variety of problems while also providing you with full-service solutions that return your home to normal. 

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville has technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round to answer your call for assistance. We can handle any size restoration job, provide cleaning, deodorization, and restoration services that fit your unique situation, call today. (615) 868-5324

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Flood Damage Restoration Services Nashville Residents Can Trust

1/27/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Music City Nashville? Sounds Good to Call SERVPRO!

From Bad Weather to Bad Plumbing, Trust SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration of Flooding

Waking up, rising from the warm, cozy bed in your Nashville home, you begin every morning by washing up, getting dressed, and grabbing a cup of soothing, eye-opening coffee. Now just imagine how you would feel if you stepped out of bed, started your shower, waited patiently for hot water to come, and nothing happens.

Many Nashville area homeowners experience flood damage from a burst hot-water heater every year. Not all flooding to a property is a weather-related incident. Waking up to a basement full of cold, icy water, creating a pond in your basement, or a lake in your living area. Problems like this happen more often than you might think and when they occur, you have much more significant problems than not having a hot shower today.

Water leaks and floods that occur in your home should be taken care of as quickly as possible. Never leave a leak like this to wait for you to return from work. Any standing water can ruin most carpeting or flooring, has no problem traveling up your walls, and can damage insulation or even affect the structural integrity of your home if given enough time.  

SERVPRO's IICRC certified technicians use a variety of water extraction and drying equipment to remove water as quickly and efficiently as possible. We help you avoid secondary damages that develop over time such as corrosion, rust, or even mold. If any of these conditions exist, we have experienced technicians available to perform valuable services you can trust to get things right the first time.  

SERVPRO crew members perform all of the moving and handle damaged furniture, appliances, and other household items, providing each with cleaning and drying procedures specific to the material present. Our team understands how valuable your house and personal belongings are and work towards limiting your losses as much as possible throughout the restoration service.
 
SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is proud to serve members of our local community, helping you get your lives back to normal with minimal disruption or loss. "Like it never even happened." Call us today for additional information or to begin your home's flood damage restoration, today. (615) 868-5324.

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When Water Removal Is Needed for Your Nashville Home

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Nashville Homes and Encapsulation Means Mitigated Water Damage--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water Damage to Crawlspaces with Encapsulation

With significant weather events happening one after another, sometimes the ground just does not have the opportunity to keep up. Throughout the winter months, this can be apparent through temperature fluctuations which melts snow that fell on Nashville and then couple it with a day or two of steady rains. This combination leaves the ground (which is still reasonably frozen) to become overly saturated and to create flooding situations for homes and businesses in the area.
 
Waterproofing efforts are a great preventative measure, but even most of these are not thorough enough to completely eradicate the possibility of flooding with these conditions. Most Nashville homeowners that require water removal services in these instances have little to no idea what has been done to the foundation to keep water from coming in, let alone critical areas that allow penetration as well, such as crawl spaces against the foundation blocks.
 
It might seem like a great idea to have all of the areas assessed, and new preventative measures taken before catastrophic events take place, but it is usually an afterthought once flooding has already occurred, whether from inclement weather or a broken water main. No matter which side of the natural disaster you might be on, SERVPRO technicians can help you. Our experienced team can assess your current situation and offer options regarding better safeguarding procedures to prevent flooding in the future, or offer water removal services followed by that same assessment.
 
Extracting the water is paramount to preserving the structural integrity of your home and preventing the damage from getting any worse. In many cases, this involves sealing up the sources of the water by using hydraulic cement on the walls where leaks are evident.
 
A common source of moisture and water penetration is the crawl space against the foundation of your home. Our SERVPRO team offers encapsulation of this area, preventing water from getting into this area and forcing its way through the blocks and into the basement or lowest floor of your house.

When the below living level has been covered with 12 ml sheeting to keep the moisture from the soil from penetrating the airspace of the crawlspace, this also helps in the extraction of large volumes of unwanted water. Ask us about our encapsulation program and look at our video for more information.
 
Water removal services are easy to come by when you know the right team to call. You can reach SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville 24/7 by calling (615) 868-5324.

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Deodorizing After A Fire Damage To Your Nashville Home

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor.

Things You Should Know

One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor. If the odor is not remedied professionally, it can stay on your property for a long time making it almost impossible to stay there.

Thankfully, professionals can help you get rid of this odor after fire damage to your Nashville home. The odor after an incidence of fire is a mix of chemical and natural odors due to the burning of wood, plastic, and other building material. Here at SERVPRO, we employ a multi-step process to eliminate odor and get your home smelling like home again- removing, cleaning and recreating. Let's take a closer look at every step.

Removing
One of the first things that SERVPRO technicians do while tackling an odor problem after a fire is removing the source of the odor. Rather than trying to deodorize the source, it is always easier to remove the source. The source of odor after a fire damage can be burnt wood or other building materials. Our IICRC certified technicians dispose of the source in a safely and efficiently.

Cleaning  
The second step during the deodorizing process is cleaning. Smoke and soot residues can deposit on and even penetrate the various surfaces such as walls and ceilings. Unless these residues are cleaned, the odor cannot be eliminated entirely. SERVPRO technicians clean different surfaces depending on the type of the surface and residue deposited on it. Once the premises are clean, the next step can commence.

Recreating
In this step, SERVPRO technicians recreate the conditions that caused the odors to penetrate deep into porous surfaces. We use foggers to vaporize the deodorizing solutions and make them penetrate into pores, cracks, and crevices very much the same way smoke might have penetrated them. The process ensures that the even the deepest odor-causing particles get neutralized.

Sealing
Sealing is not required in most cases, but if the damage is extensive and the removal of the source is too expensive or impractical, it is the best option. Painting walls to seal in the odors is one such case.

We are here to help you in your hour of need. Call SERVPRO at Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 today to schedule an appointment and discuss your restoration needs.

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When Flood Waters Damage Your Nashville Home

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen to anyone in lower lying areas around Nashville.

Flood Damage To Your Home

When torrential rains happen over short periods of time to already saturated grounds, the conditions become present for possible flooding. While there are always Nashville homes that are at risk of flash floods, more people fall victim to conventional flooding when the water levels in nearby creeks and rivers crest at significantly higher levels than usual.

Preventing flood damage to your Nashville home is usually about being prepared. Preparation involves appropriately waterproofing your home and installing components to divert water away from your foundation and property as a whole. Even the most significant measures cannot fight against the forces of nature sometimes, and water accesses your foundation or lower levels through the path of least resistance.

When this happens, you need to act quickly to preserve the contents of your home and to mitigate your overall losses from this often catastrophic event. By calling us at SERVPRO, you can remain assured that we respond quickly and dedicate our efforts to your home until we have completed the restoration process. Our emergency response team is always ready for calls at all hours of the day in need of our professional assistance.

If flood waters have receded from the area, our efforts begin with removing the water that has gets left in your home. If it is still a present threat, assessment is done to see what must be changed or repaired to prevent further penetration and worsening of the damage. Our SERVPRO technicians then get to work on removing the water and restoring damages to the entire affected area.

Removal efforts utilize pump trucks to extract all of the water from the damaged portion of your home. Our team uses air movers for drying purposes, which allows our technicians to closely inspect which areas of your home are in need of attention, and focus our efforts on restoring these parts first.

Ultimately, no restoration is complete without meeting the expectations of your high standards. This assurance not only extends to the damage that your home has received from the flood waters but also doing what is necessary to ensure that this kind of problem does not happen again in the future.

Flooding can happen to anyone in lower lying areas around Nashville. If you are in need of assistance to clean up the mess after this damaging incident, give SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville a call. We can be reached anytime at (615) 868-5324.

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Remediating And Preventing Water Damage In Nashville

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Crawlspaces are a risk since they are not insulated or protected from water seeping in from the outside.

Remediating And Preventing Water Damage

Winter is almost here, and the increasing rains put Nashville neighborhoods at risk every year. This time of year is when homeowners finally decide to check their homes only to find that leaks have already started and other parts of their residence are at risk as well.

Stopping water damage in Nashville homes requires removing any standing water, drying property, and drawing down excess moisture. SERVPRO also recommends checking the crawlspaces underneath many homes as well.

The first task for our technicians is to get the water out of the home. Each team brings in water pumps and extraction wands to remove standing water and to draw water out of carpets and wood floors. We can remove standing water from an average-sized home in a few hours and draw out the remaining water in a day or two.

Once we have it out, SERVPRO technicians accomplish the next two tasks concurrently. The equipment we use to dry furniture, carpets and other property compliment our efforts to lower the humidity inside each home.

We start the process by setting up air movers and fans to force warm, dry air over the property which drives out the damp air. The devices assist the dehumidifiers in pulling moisture out of the air, which brings down humidity and also reduces the risk of mold spores expanding and growing in the home.

Once the home is dry, the next task is to eliminate possible, future threats. Crawlspaces are a risk since they are not insulated or protected from water seeping in from the outside. To reduce this threat, we recommend encapsulation.

Technicians inspect the walls of the crawlspace and fill every crack or possible seep with hydraulic cement. Once it dries, they cover the walls with masonry cement. These two compounds form a very tough seal against future leaks.

With the walls sealed, we go to work on the floor, sealing it against moisture seeping up through the ground. Technicians begin by leveling the floor, eliminating low spots and covering it with polyethylene sheets. They reinforce the sheets with commercial grade polyester mesh and then seal the two layers to the crawlspace walls with polyurethane caulk and waterproof, foundation tape.

Stopping water damage takes quick action to remove the threat and careful action later to prevent future problems. SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is here to help you secure your home against flooding and other water damage. Call us at (615) 868-5324 for more details or to set up an appointment.

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Commercial Water Damage at Country Music Attractions and Venues in Nashville

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Because entertainment venues are large, SERVPRO is able to leave undamaged space open for your customers as they mitigate the damaged areas.

SERVPRO Quickly Takes Care of Commercial Water Damage to Allow Normal Operations to Continue

Delivering the experiences expected by the many tourists who visit Nashville year-round for the best in country music is a massive feat. Keeping the building in shape to house musicians, bands and others, along with their fans, takes dedication. Shops, restaurants, and bars all require ongoing maintenance. Standard checks often detect problems before they become worse, but sometimes, disasters happen anyway.

Nashville venue owners dealing with commercial water damage in any part of their establishment can solve the situation best with professionals trained and experienced in mitigating problems in large settings. SERVPRO technicians handle such jobs quickly because they know how to work as teams. Different sections of a building sustaining water damage exhibits different kinds of problems, depending on the materials within that area, the amount of water, and the length of time exposed.

Because many entertainment venues are enormous, undamaged areas can remain open to the public. We work within damaged areas, so your patrons see us as little as possible and experience minimal interruption of their experience at your establishment. It is important to us that your ongoing ability to serve your guests in the manner they expect remains unhindered by our presence.

As SERVPRO works on mitigating water damage, we bag up and remove materials saturated with water via unobtrusive exits. Working around your schedule is not a problem, as we offer 24-hour services designed to not only complete the work as quickly as possible but also to allow your regular operations to continue unhindered.

Our Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) both ensure that we handle water damaged areas, so they disappear, making things once again “Like it never even happened.” Keeping your trademark appearance is often a vital concern for similar businesses. We help maintain the presence of anything our customers bring to our attention.

Being a local service, SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is always quick to respond after taking your call. We want to offer businesses in our area the ability to remain open and stop water damage from spreading to other areas of their business. Call us at (615) 868-5324 any day of the year, and at any hour.

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Effects of Water Damage on Your Furniture in Your Nashville Home

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

When you see water dripping from a ceiling in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for an investigation and quick remediation of the problem.

Water Affects Many Materials in Your Home Differently Requiring Experienced Handling and Remediation

Water leaking through the ceiling of your home in Nashville can be disastrous to the contents of your home and the structure itself. When the ceiling in your dining or living room leaks, you could be looking at having to repair or replace expensive pieces of furniture. Water damage can have a detrimental effect on wood and upholstery, especially if you do not move quickly to fix the problem.
 
Water damage in your Nashville dining or living room is not something you want to ignore. You need professionals who act fast to fix the problem which caused the leak in the first place and then help you to dry out your home and possessions. Our staff at SERVPRO are just the ones you want to contact in your time of need.
 
We understand the effects that water has on your furniture, and we also know the methods which are best for drying it back out to help save and restore it.
 
Several problems happen when water affects upholstery. The framing of furniture is usually made of wood and is subject to swelling and cracking. Framing joints weaken because of this swelling. Plus, water can cause the breakdown of glues, causing further damage. Fabrics which are dry clean only could spot from the water. The whole piece of furniture could need wetting to avoid water lines in this case.
 
When wet, the dust cover often bleeds, and if the cover sags, it can stain floors or carpets. The metal backing from upholstered buttons rusts, making stains. When spotting happens, SERVPRO techs follow specific procedures to fix the problem. Wooden furniture legs often stain carpeting and are almost impossible to remove if the material is dried while the stains are on it.
 
The primary method of preventing mildew from growing is to get rid of the source of water with rapid drying, dehumidifiers, and air movers to lessen the drying time of upholstered furniture.
 
With wood furniture, two problems occur when it is exposed to water. Water creates spots on finishes or creates cracking, swelling, or weakening of the joints. Water spots can be removed with specialized wood care produces. A furniture refinisher can fix problems with wooden frames.
 
If the furniture is made of particleboard covered by laminate, it reacts poorly to water damage. The laminate many times resists water and acts as a vapor barrier, while the side that is not laminated absorbs much water, leading to warping.
 
SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville does everything we can to restore your furniture after it has been water damaged. When necessary, we talk to you about repair costs versus replacement costs to ensure we give you the best possible outcome for your situation. Give us a call at (615) 868-5324 when your living or dining room has been damaged from a leak in the areas of Goodlettsville, Edgefield, or Madison.
 
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Understanding Mold Damage In Nashville Homes

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold only grows after it finds a food source.

Understanding Mold Damage

There is a misconception about mold held by many Nashville residents. They think that seeing it means their home is somehow dirty. Worse, is that their neighbors might think the same thing if they see a truck from a restoration company outside the house and they have not had a fire. The truth is that every home has some level of mold.

Actual mold damage in a Nashville home only happens when normally inert spores, smaller than the eye can see, somehow come in contact with enough moisture to expand. Even then, mold only grows after it finds a food source. Stopping mold means knowing how it grows and finding the best point to interfere in the process. At SERVPRO, we train our people extensively to do just that.

Mold spores usually cluster together. Each spore is so small that hundreds of them might be on the screen, you are reading now. Most spores are inert and remain that way unless they absorb water from some plumbing leak or even just a few drops of rainwater that found its way under the roof and formed a tiny smear in the attic. These drops can cause mold to expand and extend hyphae, which look like an almost microscopic root system.

Hyphae spread over surfaces, but do not get far unless they find a ready food source. Unfortunately, drywall and most other building materials make excellent meals. The hyphae then extend into the surfaces and begin to reproduce. New spore clusters start to form and eventually break away to expand the infestation.

Temperature is also a factor. Most types of mold grow in a range of 68 to 86 degrees, so nearly every home may be hosting a mold growth as you read this.

At SERVPRO, we learned years ago that eliminating the source of moisture returns even large spore colonies to their inert state. That is why our first action is to trace the origin of the mold and eliminate every water source as we follow the growth back. Inert mold is easier to clean and safer to remove if it has grown into ceiling tiles or other building material.

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville has helped our neighbors deal with mold and other disasters for almost thirty years. If you need us, call today at (615) 868-5324 to schedule an appointment.

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Jack O' Lantern Mishaps Lead To Fire Damage On Porches In Nashville

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Jack O' Lanterns can be a fire hazard.

Jack O' Lantern Mishaps Lead To Fire Damage

Halloween decorations usually include a carved pumpkin set aglow by a burning candle, and then positioned on the front porch, or elsewhere near the front door, of many Nashville homes. Accidents do occasionally happen, causing a fire to start outside of the home. The entryway of a home in Nashville should always be a safe area for those coming in or leaving home, but a fire can make it dangerous, instead.

When a Nashville home sustains fire damage anywhere, mitigation needs to happen as soon as possible. Not only does your home's exterior now look terrible, but home security plummets when such visible damage on a home exists. Believing the residents might now stay elsewhere, criminals become more likely to attempt breaking in and entering the home. Our activity during our work can also deter those who would otherwise see your home's temporary damage as an invitation.

We know when fire damage compromises your family's safety and security, we need to complete the work involved as quickly as possible. After our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) inspect the exterior, we know which areas need a cleansing of soot, and which areas require replacements. Fire damage can often seem much worse than what it really and cleaning the smoke deposits away can reveal just how much damage really does exist.

If the porch had carpeting, this could ignite and allow the fire to spread very quickly and extremely easily. Because exterior carpeting often has no padding underneath, charring of the floorboards underneath can easily happen. Rebuilding this remains a vital aspect of your porch's restoration.

We clean the ceiling of any soot, as well, and inspect it for damage. Along the same lines, we check any columns or other structural components for damage. Any furniture on the porch can also add fuel to the fire. Getting these items off your porch and inventoried is a step toward complete restoration and making it “Like it never even happened.” Much of the other restoration work's activities depend on the type of siding or other exterior surface on your porch.

Fire damage can happen at any time of the year and in any area of your residence. SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can help restore your home's exterior. Contact us at (615) 868-5324 for our round-the-clock services.

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Tiny Creeks can Still Create Flood Damage in Nashville

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Small or large creeks and rivers can overflow and flood bringing water into your home. Make sure that you and your family are safe and call SERVPRO.

Our Team of Technicians Responds to BOTH Small and Large Scale Flooding Situations

Small creeks near your Nashville home might provide hours of fun for area children, but if the water flows into an area faster than it can leave, flooding can happen.  

Homeowners with properties near such creeks might not become aware of flood damage in Nashville right away, especially in the night or if such flooding affects rarely used areas of the home. The unexpectedness of such flooding, plus other challenges, make overflows from smaller bodies of water an event that must receive adequate mitigation services from competent professionals. Assuming a home only suffers slight damage can permit worse problems in the future.

Outbuildings can also experience flooding, and then hold substantial amounts of water that continually damages the items stored inside. Everything from art studio furnishings to farm machinery faces rust, corrosion, and mildew and mold colonization.  
 
Even though water from a stream may seem clean compared to flooding from a river, microbes and other pathogens can densely populate 'cleaner' creek water. When even a stream, considered clean and pathogen-free, overflows, any contact with your food supplies renders that food unusable. Unfit for consumption, throwing it away and disposing of it may seem like a waste – however, the threat to health remains apparent and very real.  

Flooding that remains undetected because of its location in your home can pose unique risks to you and your family. Weak spots can develop in floors. If the water seeps in slowly enough, it can enter in between the ground floor and the basement's ceiling, and eventually cause the ceiling to collapse.  

Our technicians receive training in preparation for the worst of flooding events. Scaled down for smaller emergencies, we have the equipment that can trace the flow of the smallest trickles of water. Other equipment used by our staff includes those that reveal the number of microbes present. Taking readings before we begin our work and then once again when nearing completion, we compare the two to ensure restoration of your property.  

Not to worry, though, if your home's flooding situation involves more massive amounts of water, or if that water comes from a filthy source. We can handle the situation, no matter how complex or problematic. Trucks with powerful pumps mounted on top quickly extract damaging water. Flooding creates higher humidity throughout a home, but dehumidifiers solve this situation. Whatever problems threaten your home after a flooding event of any size, SERVPRO's equipment can handle the mess.  

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville wants to ensure that your home remains a happy, healthy dwelling for you and your family. Call our local number, (615) 868-5324, for more information about our 24-hour services and to request assistance in restoring your home.  

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Get Fast, Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services For Your Nashville Area Home

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Whether water is coming in through the ceiling or the floor, SERVPRO technicians assess the situation, fix the problem and then remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Water Damage Emergency

Call to Minimize Any Possible Secondary Damages

The purpose of contacting a professional business is to gain access to resources and personnel not readily available in your Nashville home. A quality company can help with larger cleaning or restoration projects, help prevent accidents or provide services during emergency situations that may occur.  

You want to have access to a locally owned company, one in the area which is nearby and ready to respond to your call for help. Water damage in your Nashville area home is serious and should get treated as such by the company you choose. It takes someone who offers a variety of services to get the job done right in most situations, never settle for less.

You can ask for certifications anytime, check for IICRC-industry certification and take a look at their website, read some reviews, or discuss options available through your insurance company. Your agent can assist with finding someone whom they have had success with in the past and give you additional information should you be unable to decide.

At SERVPRO we supply customers with a generic outline of our water damage restoration process on our website, which can give you a glimpse of the overall process. We do this because we want you to understand what you are facing and how we plan to address the problem. However, each situation is different, and technicians often have to adjust on the fly to get the job done right.  

Having a company like SERVPRO available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week can give you peace of mind knowing that if accidents ever happen on your property, you have expertly trained technicians available to come to your aid. Along with fully certified technicians, we have access to industrial-grade equipment and resources that make providing a variety of services easier.  

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville has technicians that deliver quality full-service solutions throughout the Goodlettsville area. We manage the entire affair, help you limit your losses, and cut costs associated with your restoration as much as possible. Call to begin your water damage restoration process, today. (615) 868-5324

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Water Damage Challenges That Nashville Clubs Face

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage to Nashville clubs can be particularly challenging, as there are many potential sources and at-risk areas in most clubs.

Water Damage Challenges

Clubs are often some of the most challenging businesses to clean after a disaster, thanks to typically unique layouts, needs, equipment, and safety hazards present in the building. Water damage to Nashville clubs can be particularly challenging, as there are many potential sources and at-risk areas in most clubs, making the origin and scale of the damage unclear. If you own a club in the area, here are some potential types of water damage you might not even know you have.

Water Damaged Equipment
Some of the costliest water damage to Nashville clubs can occur to expensive electronics and equipment present throughout the business. Many clubs are now fitted with electronic televisions, speakers, jukeboxes, dance floors, and even drink taps, creating a high potential for mishaps if water is spilled in the wrong place. Rather than simply replacing these expensive pieces of equipment at absurd costs, SERVPRO sends them to specialized and certified contractors for repair at a much lower price point than full replacement.

Alcohol And Drink Stains
Most types of flooring can stain in some fashion, and this can become especially evident after years of patrons spilling and sloshing drinks around the place. SERVPRO technicians bring industrial-grade cleaning equipment and deodorizers to the job site to help eliminate these minor but tough blights on your club's appearance.

Restroom Water Damage
While newer, more expensive restroom equipment can help to reduce the costs and risks of water damage in your club's bathrooms, avoiding damage entirely is impossible. Over time, symptoms can mount and become visible, creating the impression of a filthy and unmaintained restroom no matter how often the area is cleaned. Our specialized cleaning tools and techniques allow us to eliminate these difficult and often chemically-abetted stains quickly and easily.

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is ready 24/7 to respond to local businesses should they take on water damage. If your company has suffered from water damage of any kind, call us at (615) 868-5324 to learn how we can help.

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How Mitigation Helps Your Nashville Home After Flood Damage

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

The most important step in our emergency Nashville flood damage response plan is to begin removing all water possible immediately.

Mitigation Helps Your Home After Flood

SERVPRO is well-known around the country for our mitigation strategy. As part of this strategy, we have personnel ready around the clock to respond to damage reports and mitigate as much damage as possible through timely responses and emergency measures. We are prepared to employ mitigation techniques for everything from fires to extreme mold damage, but our service shines the most when helping to mitigate Nashville flood damages. When a flood hits, timing is critical, as only a few hours can make an enormous difference. Here are the main ways our mitigation approach helps to reduce costs and save your home from a flood.

Fast Water Extraction
The most important step in our emergency Nashville flood damage response plan is to begin removing all water possible immediately. Allowing water to stay past its due invites mold, fungi, and significant damage to the home. Even in the dead of night, our technicians come out with powerful water extraction pumps and air movers to pull standing water out of the home in a matter of hours and immediately begin the process of drying walls and fabrics such as carpeting. If your home has taken on standing water, calling us early is of particular importance, as costs can multiply rapidly if the water is not removed quickly.

Inspections And Inventory
In addition to critical water extraction services, we also typically send out an inspector to help identify the exact scope and type of damage in the home and begin creating an inventory of your belongings. This not only helps you to understand what has gone missing in your home but also appeases insurance providers and can even get you bonus insurance assistance. Additionally, if other risk factors exist or damage could be worse than is immediately apparent, inspectors can help to identify these issues and allow SERVPRO technicians more freedom and speed in their work.

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is available 24/7 to respond to disasters in your home, even in the harshest weather and toughest situations. Call us at (615) 868-5324.

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Can I Wait To Start Fire Damage Restoration In Nashville?

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

We understand how devastating fire damage can be to you and your family. Calling SERVPRO for remediation services will help you recover.

SERVPRO Technicians Will Help With the ENTIRE Process of Recovering From Fire Damage in Your Home or Business

The emotional ups and downs of surviving a house fire in Nashville may find you begging for some time before you commit to a company and a recovery plan. If you needed to move out because the damage was severe, you now are dealing with partial homelessness and unexpected expenses. Remaining in your damaged home also makes you feel vulnerable, and the thought of technicians going through your property strips you of your sense of privacy.
 
Some of our customers also cope with injury or worse stemming from the event, interfering with reaction times. Reality does come knocking, however, when your home sustains fire damage in Nashville. Your abode needs immediate attention no matter how much you want to consider your options. Waiting even a day or two greatly increases the amount and severity of the original damage and the chances for collateral harm multiply as your house awaits restoration services.
 
Our training and experience indicate fast action underlies the success of our restoration efforts. The soot and other residue from the fire are extremely acidic, and many surfaces and materials begin to deteriorate immediately. Here are some things that will happen to your home and your belongings if you delay responding to fire damage according to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration, and Certification, the industry’s standard developing organization.
 
Waiting just a few minutes causes some common kitchen and household porous materials like marble, small appliances, and plastics to discolor or yellow permanently.

Waiting a few hours causes grout lines to discolor and laminate countertops to yellow. Porcelain appliances like refrigerators and stoves discolor, and metals without protective coatings tarnish and etch.

Waiting days to a week accelerates the losses, with most other metals pitting, corroding, and rusting. Clothing and fabrics like upholstery and window coverings stain permanently. Wooden surfaces degrade and need refinishing, and vinyl tiles may become so badly damaged they need replacing.

Waiting weeks or more allows permanent staining of carpeting. Glass and china etch and are no longer usable. Silverplate breaks down.

SERVPRO anticipates that homeowners may be operating in slow motion during the period immediately after a fire disaster. Our team members treat you and other victims of fire damage with compassion and concern, but we must stress that action needs to be taken sooner than later.
 
Consider proactive steps before a disaster strikes like developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Plan so you can make decisions without the stress of a crisis impeding you. Both our commercial and residential clients are invited to explore this option.
 
SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville awaits your contact after fire destroys even a portion of your home, frightening you and your family and interfering with your peace of mind. Call us at (615) 868-5324, and we pledge to make restoration after a home fire as painless as we are able.

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Nashville Retail Establishments Receive Expert Water Damage Restoration

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can quickly get your business doors open again after water damage affects your store.

Water Damage Restoration for your commercial space

Whether you are concerned with having a malfunctioning fire suppression system, roofing problems, flooding, or simple plumbing problems, we can help. Through preparation, you can avoid large-loss situations in your retail store. All it takes is a small water problem on your Nashville area property to start affecting in-store products. Packaging, labeling, and the quality of all items in your retail store can get worse, making them impossible to sell.

We have seen it countless times; retail establishments in the Nashville area caught off guard by avoidable water damage. A restoration company, with qualified technicians, can perform a full inspection of your property, exposing the majority of issues that cause water related problems. If you act fast enough, you can often catch these problems before they have a chance to cause significant damages that lead to closing down, even for short periods. 

At SERVPRO, we have specialized services, designed to help your business recover quickly. We provide professional cleaning services that contribute to maintaining your property on a regular basis, as well as 24-hour emergency restoration services that get your business back up and running after a disaster occurs. Regardless of whether you have a plumbing problem in your bathroom, or an entire sales floor full of water, our IICRC-certified technicians put their expert training, industrial-grade equipment, and the vast resources of our company to work for you.

If you get surprised by a fast moving storm system and would like to have help preparing your building, SERVPRO can provide you with the assistance you need. When we answer your call for help, your problems become ours, and we make every effort to reduce any losses you might experience. We respond immediately, providing you with the services your company needs to get back on your feet as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is locally owned and operated by members of your local community. We care about keeping our local businesses throughout the area running and show it in every service we provide. Never hesitate to call for help; we can start your businesses restoration, today. (615) 868-5324

For more information about the city of Nashville, visit https://www.nashville.gov/.

Think SERVPRO To Avoid Flood Damage Caused By Standing Water Under Your Nashville Area Home.

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s crawl space encapsulation services provide you with fantastic alternatives that save your pocket book from quite a hit.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Nashville Flood Damage

If you are having issues with standing water under your home after slight or massive rainfall systems enter your area, you should take a look at our crawl space encapsulation services. We can help you turn your entire basement into an atmospheric wonder, with just a few simple steps.

Having ground water or standing water issues that cause flood damage in your Nashville area home is far more widespread than you might think. Homeowners just like you experience significant problems that lead to mold, rot, and structural damages that you might not even see until it is far too late.

SERVPRO’s crawl space encapsulation services provide you with fantastic alternatives that save your pocket book from quite a hit. IICRC certified technicians with years of experience provide you with excellent results that often exceed any expectations you might have.

Crawl space encapsulation starts with the installation of a submersible pump that allows us to remove standing water that might exist. Next SERVPRO technicians seal the entire crawl space from all openings that lead to the outside or any penetrations leading into the home above. The entire service provides you with an isolated atmosphere, where we can focus on moisture and humidity control.

SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to every surface that might allow moisture to migrate into your home. We seal every surface with our 12mil Crawl Guard liner, keeping moisture out and maintaining relative humidity with a proper dehumidifier. Recent studies prove that an encapsulated crawl space with this type of liner and an installed dehumidifier result in a lasting reduction associated with home cooling and heating costs of about 18% annually.

Why wait until coming face to face with a larger than life incident that causes extreme stress to your family. You can avoid common problems that result in devastating flood damage to your home by taking advantage of this proactive approach to environmental control in your home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville, today. Learn more about our encapsulation service and give our technicians the opportunity to provide you with the results you deserve. (615) 868-5324

For more information regarding the city of Nashville, click here.

Mold Damage and Encapsulation In Nashville

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage can start and grow in a Nashville home for weeks and months before residents see or smell anything.

Mold Damage and Encapsulation

Mold growth does not get the attention like floods or fire. A picture of a mold colony growing on a piece of wall frame is not shocking like a foot of water in a child’s bedroom or a burned-out roof. It can still cost the homeowner thousands of dollars and is responsible for millions in restoration costs every year.

Mold damage can start and grow in a Nashville home for weeks and months before residents see or smell anything. One of the places SERVPRO has dealt with over the years is the crawlspace. This area under the house usually stays ignored unless there is a broken pipe that needs repair or if residents use it for storage.

To stop mold and prevent future growth, we recommend encapsulation and drawing down the moisture levels. Encapsulation is an inexpensive method to seal off a crawlspace from mold and water. It is also our preferred method to prevent future mold growth. We begin the process by installing a water vapor barrier. Technicians hang up sheets of polyethylene and reinforce them with a polyester mesh. This method is very effective to lock out further moisture leaking in through the walls or dirt floor. We seal all of this in place with two-sided, foundation tape along the walls and a polyurethane caulk on the walls and floor. The caulk is particularly useful with a dirt floor. If the walls are high and require multiple sheets, our technicians can build-in a metal or wood frame to augment the tape and caulk.

With the crawlspace now sealed, we can effectively draw down the air moisture level. We use a combination of dehumidifiers and space heaters to accomplish this. Technicians set up the heaters to slowly raise the air temperature, which helps the dehumidifiers draw moisture from the area at a faster rate. Depending on the air content (humidity) and the machine used, we can draw 20 gallons of water from the air in the crawlspace every day.

Without encapsulation, any attempt to stop mold damage in your home’s crawlspace is only a short-term fix. SERVPRO of Madison /Goodlettsville wants to provide the best (and permanent) solution so you can return to your home with confidence. If you need us, call today at (615) 868-5324.

Visit https://www.nashville.gov/ for more information about Nashville, Tennessee.

Dealing With Soot And Smoke Residues After A Fire In Your Nashville Home

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Combustion requires three items: Fuel, oxygen, and heat.

Smoke And Soot

The lion’s share of restoration and replacement costs after a fire are from smoke and soot. These residues settle on and sometimes leave a coating on every surface close enough to the source of the heat and flames.

To do our best in restoring the effects of fire damage in a Nashville home, SERVPRO instructs our technicians on how burning material forms smoke and soot residues. Understanding what happens with combustion (turning a solid into a gas with heat) determines the type of plan used in returning a home to its original state. Combustion requires three items: Fuel, oxygen, and heat. If these articles are all in the right amounts, the fire burns clean, and there are no residues. Since this happens only in theory, we must deal with smoke and soot residues on both the structure and personal property.

Smoke is composed of gases, aerosols, and solid particles. Gases are sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides produced by burning organic materials (wood flooring or paneling for example). They are invisible unless amounts of the other two components are present as well. Since the by-products of gases are carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, it is hazardous for anyone to be around an active fire without a mask or breathing apparatus.

Aerosols are tiny liquid particles within the gases generated by a fire. Solid particles are minute amounts of carbon from the unburned material. Suspended aerosol and solid particles make the smoke visible. When it settles on a surface, smoke then becomes soot residue. Aerosols and solids also absorb odors, which is what makes soot smell.

Depending on the material that combusted, soot residues contain different types of acids. They form from the moisture in the air and the chloride and sulfide particles released from the burned material. The longer soot remains on a surface, the more likely it discolors or corrodes it.

Knowing what burned in your home, how long it burned, and how much oxygen was present helps us restore it to a clean and livable condition. The more we know before getting started increases our capability to get it right. If you need our help here at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville, call us today at (615) 868-5324.

For more information regarding the city of Nashville, Tennessee click here.

Preventing Leaks From Your Refrigerator Or Ice Maker In Your Nashville Home

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Your home can be the victim of extensive water damage at the most unexpected time and by the smallest means possible.

Preventing Leaks

Your home can be the victim of extensive water damage at the most unexpected time and by the smallest means possible. Appliances like refrigerators and ice makers should be regularly checked to ensure all parts are working correctly. If they are not maintained, they can leak, causing a potential for water damage plus mold damage that can ruin your surrounding kitchen floors and walls.

A leaky refrigerator or ice maker can create a lot of water damage to your Nashville kitchen quickly, especially if it happens while you are not at home. No matter how bad the damage is, you need the water removal services of SERVPRO. We are a professional water damage restoration company, and we know how to extract, remove and clean up water from a leaking refrigerator and ice maker. We follow the most effective methods and standards set by the IICRC.

There are some possible reasons for your leaking appliance, including a loose or damaged water line, frozen or clogged defrost drain, damaged and rusted drain pan, or a damaged filter housing and water tank assembly. Pressurized lines bring water to any of your equipment need to be checked regularly. Ensure that all fittings are tight and there is no damage to the water lines. If your ice maker or refrigerator floods or leaks into your home, our SERVPRO technicians can take care of the problem for you.

Seventy-three percent of water damage that involves an ice-maker is caused by the failure of the supply line hose, while only ten percent included new appliances that were improperly installed. Therefore, replacing your plastic water line with a braided steel supply line, a copper tee fitting, and a high-quality shutoff is a good option for avoiding water leaks. Braided steel is a non-kinking and tough alternative to the quarter-inch flexible plastic or copper that usually comes with these ice makers.

When you do have a water removal emergency, SERVPRO can arrive at your home fast with professional grade pumps, dehumidifiers, and moisture meters. We dry your home thoroughly in a timely fashion and check for any hidden moisture and mold before we are finished.

You can trust SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville to take care of your water removal needs when an emergency arises. Call us as soon as possible at (615) 868-5324 when your refrigerator or ice maker fails.

For more information about Nashville, Tennessee visit https://www.nashville.gov/.

Containment Matters When It Comes To Mold Damage Remediation In Nashville

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Contains Mold Infestations in Nashville and the World

SERVPRO Helps Prevent Mold From Spreading During Remediation

Mold is an insidious visitor that can exist in your home unnoticed for a while before you realize it is there. In some cases, there are a few signs of mold, but the householder chooses to ignore them, thinking it is not that bad. Ignoring it is a mistake. The fungus that is left untreated carries the risk of damage to your home and belongings and can even cause health effects. The best idea is to deal with mold as soon as you notice there is a problem, and the most efficient way to do so is to put in a call to SERVPRO.

One of the tricky things about fungal growth is how easily it can spread. Spores can become airborne and spread throughout your home. During mold remediation, cleaning disturbs the spores. Any spores that are disturbed must be contained so they cannot move into other areas and cause further mold damage to your Nashville home.
 
Our technicians take the time to set up containment to stop further distribution of mold and protect the rest of your home. We train our IICRC-certified technicians in every aspect of remediation.
 
We establish physical barriers by using thick plastic sheeting. The sheeting is taped over doors to create a temporary block between the affected room and the rest of your home. The sheets are firmly secured in place to ensure the area stays protected. We also cover heating or air conditioning vents or other ducts. In some cases, it is also necessary to cover power outlets and light fixtures. The aim is to seal the room off from all adjacent areas.
 
SERVPRO teams use negative air machines. These are powerful HEPA filters which draw in contaminated air and then vent it outside of your property using a hose. Negative air machines, as the name suggests, do not only clean the air, they create a negative air pressure environment where the pressure inside the area being treated is less than that outside. The reason we do this is to prevent airborne mold from spreading throughout your home. The negative air pressure ensures it is drawn into the machine and then vented.
 
Establishing proper containment and negative air pressure is vital for successful mold remediation. SERVPRO takes great care at this stage of the process to properly prepare the area for further cleaning.
 
Do not let mold take hold in your home. Call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 for help. For more information about this city click here.

Protect Your Nashville Area Business From Water Damage

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

When SERVPRO technicians inspect your home, we provide solutions that include fixing damages that often lead to major issues.

Your Nashville Business Can Be Restored with SERVPRO's Help

Water damage occurring in your bakery can be devastating. It can slow or even close your business entirely while also costing you a significant amount to perform repairs.

Regardless of whether you successfully manage the situation or not, sending employees home, loss of equipment or time sensitive orders makes water damage in your Nashville area bakery a real pain. No matter where you run your business, water eventually and inevitably causes problems that you need help to prevent.

Common Problems

Knowing where water may come from can contribute to avoiding major loss. So, here are a few examples of water sources you should investigate on a regular basis:

Appliances: Any machinery hooked into a permanent water source can cause problems, this includes water heaters, clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and air conditioning units you have on your property to help maintain stock or supplies.

SERVPRO technicians often find that water supply hoses on washing machines and dishwashers can develop leaks, sending hundreds or thousands of gallons of water into your business and causing significant damage to the building, property, and any contents.

Pipes and Drains: Any plumbing lines or fixtures found on your property become susceptible to clogs and stoppages, which can lead to overflows. Anywhere that you have a wash station or prep area, these leaks can occur.

At SERVPRO we recommend preparing for the winter to prepare for freezing pipes, bursts, or expansion problems that cause problems with your pipes and drains. Even small cracks in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day.

Roofing: Missing or damaged roofing materials help create ice dams that allow water to enter unprotected areas through the roof, damaging ceilings, walls, and floors, causing mold and other problems to exist.

When SERVPRO technicians inspect your home, we provide solutions that include, fixing areas with inadequate insulation, ventilation, and damages that often lead to major issues. Over time, your roof’s exposure to wind, snow, ice, and rain effects its ability to keep water out; it is important to inspect these areas regularly.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can help you install leak detection systems, flow valves, shutoff valves, backflow valves, or additional drainage, make any repairs needed, and provide you with the services necessary to return operations to normal should emergency situations occur. Call today. (615) 868-5324

For more information regarding the city of Nashville, click here: https://www.nashville.gov

Overcoming Mold Damage in Nashville

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Don't deal with mold alone. The technicians at SERVPRO are trained in dealing with all aspects of mold remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage Weekly With Great Success

Mold is a hidden threat that can affect every house, apartment, and condo. When mold spores are inert, they are perfectly safe and of no concern, either to your home or your health. Inert spores are everywhere, causing no problem until they have enough moisture and a food source.

Dealing with mold damage in Nashville is a complicated and time-consuming task which requires a professional restoration service. SERVPRO has developed a four-step process to stop mold from growing further, cleaning existing spores from surfaces and removing them.

First, we contain the infestation by installing containment barriers around the affected area and establish negative air pressure inside of it. This pressure forces loose mold spores in the air outside of your home in the direction we push them. Our technicians seal the HVAC vents to prevent mold from contaminating the air ducts. They also establish areas called ‘clean rooms’ to store equipment and change into protective gear.

Next, we remove the contamination. Surfaces are either porous (drywall, fabrics, and carpets) or non-porous (glass, metals and most plastics). Technicians remove porous materials from the contaminated area, and either disposed of or clean them. We clean non-porous materials inside the contaminated area, and then remove the mold itself. Technicians wipe down the surfaces with a clean cloth or, for thicker molds, using a detergent or anti-fungal cleaner. Technicians then use vacuums with special, HEPA filters that can trap a single, microscopic spore inside.

After cleaning and removal, there is the matter of contaminated dust and settled spores. Response team members allow time for both to settle and then wipe down surfaces. Cleaning is repeated until our inspectors no longer register high mold content on their air meters. Finally, we dry the materials and the structure of the affected area. If we do not lower the humidity of the affected area to normal levels, then mold quickly grows again, no matter how well we clean otherwise. Technicians use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry material, the structure, and the surrounding air.

Mold is not an obvious, visual damage like a house fire. In many cases, it is not seen or smelled until the infestation has grown over an extensive part of the structure. SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is ready to help you restore your home back to its original state. If you suspect mold is in your home or can see it already; call us today at (615) 868-5324.

For more information regarding Nashville, click here: http://www.nashville.gov/default.aspx

Spot The Signs Of Flood Damage From Leaking Pipes In Nashville

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Leaking pipes are a headache for any homeowner.

Flood Damage From Leaking Pipes

Leaking pipes are a headache for any homeowner. A leaking pipe can lead to damage in your home, and yet the leak itself could go undetected for a long period, causing hidden damage. That is why SERVPRO recommends vigilance when it comes to your household plumbing. Being vigilant now saves further issues and more expensive fixes further down the road.

A leaking pipe in Nashville can cause flood damage to any part of your home. The risks of flood damage include water getting into walls or soaking ceilings, waterlogged carpets or rugs, or even structural damage to your home. Water collecting where it should not also means more risk of mold growth which can further damage your house and even cause health effects.

The first step to minimizing flood damage is to spot it early. Keep an eye out for these indications of a leaking pipe:

•Incredibly high water bills. We all get bills that are a bit high at times, but if your water charges are unusually pricey, it can be a sign of a leak.
Mold or mildew in your home, especially in areas that do not normally get damp. Perhaps you have struggled to mitigate mold in your bathroom or laundry room before, but now you are noticing a patch in your lounge or hallway. This could be a sign of a problem with your pipes.
•Stains, warping, or discoloration on walls and ceilings. Discolored areas can be an indication of a water leak. Flood damaged walls sometimes bubble or warp.
•A musty smell. A damp, moldy or musty smell that you did not notice before could be a sign that something is wrong.

If you suspect a leak, there is an easy test you can do yourself: First, locate your water meter and read it. Now, turn off all the appliances that use water in your home, and wait for a few hours. Take a second reading after several hours have elapsed – if the meter shows signs of water usage, you have a potential leak on your hands.

The first thing to do when you find indications of a pipe problem is to put in a call to SERVPRO straight away. Our technicians are equipped to find even hidden leaks. We use moisture probes, moisture meters and thermo-hygrometers to test the moisture levels and humidity within your home. Our teams also have access to thermal imaging. This state of the art technology shows our experts the temperature of the surfaces in your home using a colored image map. Wet areas are colder so we can see where damp is present in walls or hidden areas.

If there is a leak in your property, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 for immediate assistance.

For more information about the City of Nashville visit: https://www.nashville.gov/

SERVPRO Cleans Your Ventilation System After Fire Damage to Your Nashville Home

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to cleaning your HVAC system after a fire to make sure that soot doesn't keep spreading throughout your home.

Our Quick Response Can Save You Money and Lessen Time Unable to Enter Your Home


Fire damage can happen to any home. A small spark, a faulty appliance, damaged wiring or a burning candle can quickly start a blaze which leaves your home and belongings damaged. A home fire is distressing, and it is natural to want things back to normal as soon as possible. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO immediately following a fire - “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.”
 
When fire damage afflicts your Nashville, much of the damage is visible. However, one area you might not consider is your HVAC system, and especially the ventilation part. Soot gets into your ventilation system. That means that when the system becomes operational again, it might distribute smoke residues throughout your home, thus causing further damage or smells. Our experts prevent further contamination by carrying out thorough inspection and cleaning of your HVAC system.
 
The first step is to assess the ventilation system for smoke residue. The extent of damage depends on several factors, including the severity and burn time of the fire, how close the blaze was to the vents and ducts, and whether or not the system was operational during the fire. We train our IICRC-certified technicians to carry out a full assessment, and to liaise with trained HVAC experts on your behalf should the system need disassembling.
 
The next step is to clean the HVAC system as thoroughly as possible. Our experts remove and clean or replace filters, and vacuum, scrub and dust internal surfaces to remove soot residue. Powerful all-purpose detergents aid the cleanup process.
 
SERVPRO understands that complete protection of ventilation systems is vital. That is why we use ULV (ultra low volume) fogging to apply industry standard sealant to HVAC ducts following cleanup. Sealant bonds any remaining soot particles to the duct walls to ensure they cannot spread into your home. ULV machines compress sealant compounds into a fine cold mist, and our experts use specially designed nozzles to direct the fog into every nook and cranny of the duct.
 
ULV fogging is also ideal for spreading deodorant agents throughout the ventilation system to counter unwanted soot odors and ensure your home smells fresh once more. We also place odor control beads in the system for added odor control protection.
 
We train our teams to perform the exact amount of fogging to seal and deodorize ducts without over-saturating them.
 
Your HVAC system needs attention after a fire. Call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 for assistance.

Expanding Business Nearly Goes Underwater In Nashville

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO when your business expansion plan results in significant water overflow for efficient dispatching of the flooding.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Unintended consequences of remodeling or adding new spaces include accidents that cause plumbing damage. Heavy equipment operation goes awry, breaking a pipe, or a connection jostles loose sending significant amounts of water through your plant. Call SERVPRO when your business expansion plan results in significant water overflow for efficient dispatching of the flooding.

Inadvertently the workers building an addition to your production facility cut through a major fresh water line. Suddenly the expansion takes second place to fast water removal for your Nashville factory. Unplanned but not unfamiliar to our water removal specialists, the answer to this disaster is a call for help to the restoration company that has the staff and the equipment to make the water disappear.

Call for assistance right away when water intrusion at this level occurs. SERVPRO promises to answer your plea 24/7, and the sooner we are inspecting your construction site, the better the outcome. We shut off the water and set up the system that pumps outstanding water and extracts less obvious moisture from flooring and other surfaces. Our truck mounted equipment works even if the rapidly expanding lake within your business downs your electricity and other utilities temporarily. Safety constraints observed, yet the water flows out of the plant, setting the stage for the thorough drying that must follow for your construction schedule to get back on track.

Depending on the contents of your business space the water removed may contain contaminants. Chemicals or other substances taint the water, causing our team to follow local protocols when disposing of the liquid -- one less concern for your staff to worry about as we move toward complete restoration of the premises. When the water, with its load of debris, disappears SERVPRO moves in industrial size air movers, dehumidifiers, and, in some cases, heaters to complete the drying process. We know this setback cost you time and money, so we use every tool in our arsenal to ensure your expanded workspace is dry.

Your production equipment needs evaluation for safe future operation after the soaking. SERVPRO’s assistance with that step is invaluable. We work with your staff or other contractors to be certain the damaged pipes are repaired before we call the water removal project finished.

Recover from a rush of water from a construction mishap with one call to SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville. Operators await at (615) 868-5324.

Drying Out Your Attic After Water Damage To Your Nashville Home

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Drying out an attic after damage can be tricky because of the limited space and insulation that is involved. Call SERVPRO for remediation today.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Dry Out Your Attic After Damage

No homeowner wants to deal with water damage. Water can enter your home in multiple ways and cause extensive damage and disruption. Your attic is at risk of water damage just as much as the rest of your house.
 
Many things can cause water damage to the attic of your Nashville home. For example, clogged condensation pans in HVAC systems, or broken humidifiers or water heaters. Extreme weather or damage to your roof due to a falling tree or other debris also put your attic at risk of water damage. Attics are challenging to dry due to space constraints and other factors such as lack of light. SERVPRO arrives ready to assess your attic and put a complete drying plan into place.
 
Insulation is a major concern after water damage to an attic. It is often possible to save fiberglass insulation. We use powerful insulation vacuums that are compact enough to fit into even small attic spaces, but strong enough to collect all the fiberglass insulation so it can be taken away for drying.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians remove waterlogged sheetrock that has become too damaged to be saved. Sheetrock that is fit to be left in situ is monitored throughout the drying process using Teflon coated moisture probes for an accurate reading of its moisture levels.
 
Even with careful handling, there is a risk of dust and debris when removing insulation and sheetrock. SERVPRO sets up a containment field to keep debris in one place if necessary. We also have negative air machines at our disposal if needed. A duct is attached to the machine to vent contaminated air outside of your attic space.
 
The next stage after clearing out any damaged sheetrock or wet insulation is to dry the attic thoroughly. Our technicians have access to a range of air movers to help this process along. Air movers blow air across wet surfaces to increase water evaporation and speed up drying. Adjustable centrifugal air movers are carefully placed to direct air where it is most needed, while downdraft air movers are well suited to drying out larger attic spaces. Low profile movers provide powerful air movement that is easy to direct into even small spaces.
 
Our drying aim is to restore your attic as quickly as possible and save any insulation that can be saved to minimize inconvenience to you.

If water gets into your attic, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 for swift assistance.

Investigating Nashville Mold Damage Risks and Infestations

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can lurk in the most obscure spaces in your home. Call SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO's Quick Response After Damage can Minimize or Prevent the Spread of Mold

Fire and Flood disasters not only have their related problems, but each one also puts a home, apartment or condo at risk for mold infestation. Excess moisture from a storm or a fire hose provides the environment needed for spores to expand and grow. Determining the extent of the growth colony and how to clean and remove it needs a professional restoration service.


Combating mold damage in Nashville is more than just wiping spores off kitchen counters and pulling down infested drywall. SERVPRO interviews you and performs a complete inspection of your home before we pull a cloth out of a cleaning kit or grab a crowbar from a tool box.

Mold is not always visible, so our first question is “Why do you think you have mold”? The answer is usually, “I can smell it.” The musty odor that normally accompanies mold is a good indicator and helps our inspectors determine its location. Not all mold has a distinctive odor though, so our restoration teams use special air content meters to determine how many spores are in each part of the house.

If the answer to the question is “I can see it in my laundry room,” then our inspection becomes much easier. The same goes if the mold is in the kitchen or bath. Our inspectors start there and follow the line of mold growth up into the ceiling or behind the drywall; anywhere that excess moisture might be trapped. Almost as important is the question is “Have you had problems with mold before”? If the answer is yes, we look there first.

Next are the water questions “Where did water come into your home” and “When did this happen”? These apply to flooding, broken plumbing, and the response of the fire department. They let us know where to look for damage that goes unnoticed otherwise. If water drained from the first floor, down into the basement, that is just as important as the bathroom that has a streak of mold along the baseboard.

If we do not find and eliminate every source of excess moisture, then no amount of cleaning and removing the damaged structural property (drywall, baseboards, and under the sink cabinets for example) prevents mold from growing again within hours after we leave.

Responding quickly to remove mold is a task that SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville has decades of experience in accomplishing. That same experience taught us that we have to get every piece of information possible and that you are the best source to point our inspectors and technicians in the right direction. If you suspect a problem with mold in your home, contact us today at (615) 868-5324.

Preparing Your Business To Handle Flood Damage Situations In Nashville

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's mobile app, the ERP, Helps Prevent and Mitigate Flood Damage to Nashville Businesses

The SERVPRO ERP Program Prevents and Protects Nashville Businesses from Flooding and Fire Damages

Your laundromat has a greater risk of sustaining water damage when left unattended overnight (if not a 24-hour business,) or during extended weekends. Even small leaks lead to rotting, staining, and warping of structural materials, flooring, and other contents found on your property.  
 
Water damage on your Nashville property can happen from a variety of sources, which makes it necessary to locate and repair each item separately. A quality restoration company can help prevent these types of incidents from happening and limit any losses you experience when something does go wrong. Ask us about our ERP Program to protect your commercial enterprise.
 
Leaky pipes or plumbing lines located within your walls can cause massive issues over time. While your water pipes can last quite a while, excessive pressure can cause small leaks in joints, couplers, and fittings, or even cause the walls of the pipe itself to burst in vulnerable areas. SERVPRO technicians use advanced moisture detection and extraction devices to locate, repair and remove excess water accumulating in hidden areas of the building. Nothing can hide from our infrared moisture detectors, making locating problems easier than in the past.
 
All of the washing machine connections inside of your building need a proper inspection performed to maintain performance. Even newly installed feed lines can give way to excessive pressure, causing massive issues that are not simple to repair. A monthly inspection and paying close attention to connections under strain helps you catch problems early and ensures that when you contact SERVPRO for help, you obtain the results you deserve. The time it takes for you to make a decision could lead to additional damages or mold contamination, never hesitate to ask for help.
 
Running a laundry facility also includes maintaining a comfortable environment for your patrons, which most likely means that you have advanced HVAC systems installed to provide customers this service. Overflows, leaks, and condensation produced by your ventilation system can lead to corrosion, destruction, and flooding.  
 
While natural disasters do not happen as often as other issues, it is important to have a plan in place, should this type of event occur. You and your employees should understand what to do, help your customers remain safe, and know whom to contact to help get things under control quickly.
 
Contacting SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville gives you access to quality restoration and prevention services, while also providing you with valuable information concerning emergency situation preparedness. Call today for help or to learn about the ERP Program. (615) 868-5324

Easy Measures To Take Against Mold Growth In Nashville

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

By far the most critical step to take against mold damage in Nashville is preventing water damage.

Mold Growth And Mold Damage


Keeping mold out of the home is not an easy task, but with the right tools and determination, you should be able to reduce your chances for future mold damage drastically. Mold does not often grow unless some specific conditions are met, and keeping your home fortified against these makes it many times harder for mold to gain a foothold. Try using these methods in your home, and you might be able to avoid a remediation call to SERVPRO in the future.

Keep Things Dry
By far the most critical step to take against mold damage in Nashville is preventing water damage. The vast majority of mold calls we receive are caused by a leak, flood, or other water damage incident. Keeping your home's water systems repaired and operating smoothly along with regular checks for leaks and intrusions after storms can cut off an essential condition for mold growth. You may want to invest in dehumidifiers in bathrooms and around the home to reduce airborne moisture, as well.

No More Clutter
Not only is clutter hurtful to the eyes, but it can also be a causative factor for mold growth. Mold likes to grow in isolated, stuffy conditions, and piles of debris or belongings can provide these conditions perfectly. SERVPRO technicians frequently have to sort through unkempt areas or piles to find additional spots of mold growth, but doing so before mold has grown into a serious problem could prevent a larger disaster from happening.

Clean And Sanitize
Mold grows best on dirty surfaces, particularly when few chemicals exist to kill off weaker spores. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces around your home may help to stop mold from taking root there and in the immediate surrounding area. The bottom line is, make sure your home is kept in good condition, and mold should struggle to find a place.

When all else fails, SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville stands ready to remove and remediate mold in your home. Call us as soon as you have found signs of mold growth at (615) 868-5324.

Cleaning up Your Nashville Home After a Severe Fire

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Extensive Fire Damage to a Home in Nashville Calls on SERVPRO for Restoration and Rebuild

SERVPRO Handles Large Scale Fire Damage Cleanup and Rebuild in Nashville

One of the most severe losses a homeowner can experience is seeing a fire consume their home and possessions. After such a devastating loss, support and clear direction in salvaging whatever you can from fire and smoke damage are what brings reassurance. At SERVPRO, our staff is more than trained and experienced professionals – they care about people and are their goal is to get you back in your home as fast as possible, while ensuring you are informed each step of the way to ease any concerns you may have.
 
It is good to understand the fire types that are most common which can affect your home in Nashville and cause fire and smoke damage. Knowing ahead of time can help you prevent such fires from occurring that negatively affect you and your family.
 
Protein Fire
Food on the stove or in the oven has burned and has left a strong, burnt food odor and smoke residue on surfaces and contents. This is usually associated with meat.
 
Complex Fire
Multiple synthetic and natural items in your home have burned, which creates a black smoke and sooty residue on surfaces and contents, with synthetic smoke odors. Emergency corrosion mitigation is needed in this case to protect hard surfaces that are at risk for additional damage from pitting and staining.
 
Natural Fire
Shrubs, bushes, and trees have burned, and smoke has come through the structure from outdoors, leaving smoke residues and odors.
 
Furnace Malfunction
Heating appliances like furnaces that run on oil have malfunctioned and created smoke that spreads throughout your home. A classic case of "puff-back" can be difficult to cleanup.
 
Not Just Burnt Items
Smoke and ash can keep causing corrosion and damage to materials if they go unattended. Smoke odors remain in a home long afterward and keep causing problems if they are not removed, which is why SERVPRO comes to your home quickly after being called. In only a few minutes after a fire, discoloring occurs on walls and other surfaces. After a few hours, finishes on appliances turn yellow, and smoke etches glass after a short time, while smoke tarnishes metals fast.
 
Since not all fire damage is the same, we take the time to identify the source and figure out the kind of fire that happened. We evaluate the areas that are wet from firefighting efforts that could need treatment and remediate any water damage. We also evaluate any sensitive material which could be damaged by smoke and soot particles. For the aftermath of severe fire incidents, we recommend that you remove belongings, medications, laptops, school books, toys, and other items when you temporarily relocate during the fire damage restoration and rebuild. Then we "pack-out" the remaining contents for cleaning and storage purposes. The use of ultrasonic cleaning and Esporta washing systems can salvage much thought to be lost possessions.
 
We also perform structural restoration which includes removing any charred contents that might seal in smoke like burned wood and insulation, plus evaluate floor coverings and carpets that could need removing. We inspect your home’s framing and subfloors for safety and treat surfaces affected for smoke odors, sealing them to keep any odors leftover from leaking back into your home. We thoroughly clean, eliminate the bulk of odors and deodorize surfaces to bring your home to its preloss condition, whenever possible.
 
At SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville, we are ready to restore your home after a fire disaster. With you as our priority, we move quickly to perform expert and thorough remediation once you call us at (615) 868-5324.

Quality Storm Damage Repair for Your Nashville Home

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves in taking every case on individually, guiding you through each step of the process to ease your worries.

Your Nashville Property Needs Professional Storm Damage Restoration Service, We Know Just Who to Call


Major storms can bring high winds and create property repair expenses for you as the homeowner. Falling trees, flooding, blown out windows, and broken electrical lines are all common after a big storm. The most common reaction to a disaster from a storm is panic. Therefore, having a plan in place for before and after a disaster is critical to make sure you and your family stay safe and to help minimize the damages to your home. 



Storm damage to your home in Nashville can be devastating to you and your family, and repairing it can be quite the undertaking. To get decent storm damage repair safely and quickly, you need SERVPRO, an experienced restoration company who specializes in bringing your home back to its condition before the loss.

Large or small, we handle total storm damage restoration after windy thunderstorms, flooding from storm surges and tornadoes. These situations could require heavy water damage mitigation, board-ups, demolition, roof tarping, hauling away of debris and other specialized services.

At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves in taking every case on individually, guiding you through each step of the process to ease your worries. We look at all the damage from the storm, from your A/C unit to your roof. We can do the repairs for you or have them taken care of by another professional company if the repairs are bigger than we can handle ourselves. We do everything to make it easy for you to get back to your normal way of life.

Insurance

If you have not filed a claim for storm damage before, it can be confusing. It is almost as bad as having to learn a new language. We can also help you here, working with your insurance company to make sure you get the claim needed for all your repairs. We can give you an opinion of the condition of your siding, roof, windows, and gutters that are honest and accurate, plus, we can speak with your insurance adjuster. When we meet with them, we review the scope of damage thoroughly with them, making sure that all the damage is seen and covered.

We Do the Climbing

Most people do not like the idea of climbing up on a roof, especially one that could be damaged by hail or the wind. Therefore, we are happy to do this for you. We discuss with you every detail of the damage we find, so you fully understand what we are looking at and what needs to be done.


 


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SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville takes the task of repairing your home after storm damage as seriously as you do. We look forward to working with you so things can return to normal as soon as you give us a call at (615) 868-5324.

The SERVPRO Cleaning Techniques After Fire Damage To Your Nashville Home

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Soot Cleanup from a Fire in Your Nashville Home Could Use SERVPRO Service

Fire Damage Cleanup in Nashville Holds Many Options

In the event of a fire, the resulting cleanup is difficult. The fire itself damages many different items. After a fire, some articles are destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Other belongings are damaged by the soot from the fire. Anyone who has dealt with a fire cleanup is familiar with the blackened look of articles that are in a soot residue. For the homeowner, this is one of the most upsetting parts of dealing with the aftermath of a fire.
 
If your Nashville home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO can help. Our IICRC certified technicians are equipped with the necessary equipment and products to thoroughly clean your home and restore it to its pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.”
 
Our professional cleanup teams understand that every article in your home is different and has diverse cleaning needs. When you call us, we start by assessing the items in your house to determine which can be saved and which need to be discarded. Once the viability of each item has been established, our professional technicians can decide on the most appropriate cleaning technique for each of them.
 
Some of the most common cleaning techniques we use include:
Agitation. This is the use of mechanical action to dislodge soot particles from a surface. Using a liquid cleaner straight away can push soot further into the material and make the problem worse. Agitation helps loosen soot particles first and prepare the surface for cleaner application.

Lubrication. This is the use of a cleaner to make the soot particles slippery. They slide away from the surface with flushing and leave it cleaner. Our certified IICRC technicians can then tackle any further cleaning necessary.

Application of cleaning chemicals. The application of cleaning chemicals alters the compound composition of the soot. This means the cleaning product can remove the soot from the surface and leave it clean once more.
Suspension and dispersion. These are common cleaning methods. In most cases, the soot is first loosened with agitation. The item is then suspended in the correct cleaning solution until the residue is removed.
 
SERVPRO have the know-how to determine which cleaning method is the most efficient for each and every article in your home. Our teams carefully examine each item to determine the cleaning method that will best restore it. We know which cleaning products and actions to use and the best dose of each product to clean your possessions without worsening the damage.
 
If you need help cleaning up after a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is here to assist you. Call us at (615) 868-5324 today.

Remodeling Can Lead To The Discovery Of Mold Damage In Your Nashville Home

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can put a dent in your investment, but the incorrect handling of an infestation of mold can make matters much worse.

Discovery Of Mold Damage


There are several stories about people discovering pieces of the past, some of which were very valuable, while they were in the process of remodeling their home. Others end up finding problems. One of these more unpleasant discoveries sometimes includes different types of damage. Instead of a treasure that may have paid for the remodeling costs that lead to its discovery, these can often result in increased costs, instead.

Nashville has a very rich history, and this might lead some to believe that any discovery must be good, but too often, adding on to a home ends up with the discovery of mold damage. Few construction crews are qualified to handle the disposal of mold contamination. Without an expert in mold remediation and containment, contamination of other areas in your home can happen quite easily. SERVPRO has the ability to work alongside other crews to remediate mold correctly, so future problems do not become a reality.

Our professional team members are trained according to IICRC standards, and then given experience working with other employees. Our customers receive the best of both types of training. When remodeling, or another kind of work, is ongoing, discoveries such as mold damage can be surprising. We can install temporary plastic sheeting if it has not already been put in place, or expand the area contained if needed. As the remodeling crew removes damaged materials, we can dispose of these pieces of drywall, wood, or other material correctly, and then check for more areas that are affected by mold patches.

Giving your family the gift of an improved home is one that can be costly but is also well worth the price. Mold can put a dent in your investment, but the incorrect handling of an infestation of mold can make matters much worse. SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville wants to help you protect your family and your investment from harm. Call us at (615) 868-5324 whenever you find mold growing out of control in your home so we can remediate things correctly for you.

Prepare Against Storm Damage In Your Nashville Home

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for any Storm damage that may happen.

Learning more about how to recognize potential water damage caused by storms that exist in a home you may be interested in purchasing or the home you already own, helps you prepare to protect your family's financial and physical well-being.


Checking for possible water-related storm damage in your Nashville area home involves examining a properties exterior, as well as its interior from top to bottom. Sometimes having an IICRC certified technician participating in the process can save you a ton of time and effort.


SERVPRO technicians suggest taking a close look at the attic and basement of the property in question, each requiring specific attention. Try to determine whether the home may have issues with water collecting around and penetrating the foundation or basement due to improper grading, cracks in the foundation or improper drainage during inclement weather conditions.


Are the gutters and downspouts functioning properly? Missing or misaligned sections do not perform their purpose correctly, causing water to enter unprotected areas of your home. While missing or broken shingles or flashing on your roof may suggest water leaks in your attic that lead to possible mold contamination or significant structural issues if not taken care of immediately.


An inspection of the attic should consist of checking insulation for both moisture and discoloration. Often dampness, warping, or tinting occurs around chimneys, vents, or places where the roof and walls meet, signaling potential water exposure. SERVPRO technicians have access to water detection equipment and the proper experience to help identify problems early on.


The same methods should be used to determine the condition of your basement, crawl spaces or storage areas. Storm damage can have serious consequences on your property if not handled properly. SERVPRO's highly trained technicians can help discover possible mold contamination or identify impacted locations and treat them effectively, providing a safe, healthy environment for your family.


You can help prevent flooding in your basement caused during a heavy storm or melting snow by having submersible pumps, and additional drainage installed, or even consider using encapsulation services to help control your home environment better.


Prevent damages from spreading and reduce the cost of your restoration by contacting SERVPRO of Madison - Goodlettsville today. (615) 868-5324

Making Sense of the Numbers: How Maths Is Used to Repair Water Damage in Madison

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Let the experts at SERVPRO take care of any Water Damage you may experience in you home or business.

At SERVPRO, we believe in taking a personal approach to water damage repair. We understand that dealing with a leak or flood can be stressful. Most customers want to stay on top of what our technicians are doing, but they also need to trust them to get on with the task.

Successful water damage restoration involves a surprising amount of mathematical skill. It takes a wealth of precision to reverse the effects of water damage in Madison properties. The team must use humidity percentages and drying fractions to determine the optimal conditions for extraction and dehumidification.

This guide to the most significant numbers is going demystify the process and give you a deeper insight into water damage repair.

40% Room Humidity

It is the room humidity which the SERVPRO team attempt to reach, in residential buildings, after twenty-four hours of drying. If the space is particularly broad or there are complicating factors, it may take longer.

60% Room Humidity

It is what is considered too high for a home. If the humidity in the room is 60% or over, hygroscopic materials become compromised by moisture. They are more vulnerable to microbial invasion too.

55 GPP (Grains of Moisture per Pound)

Standard refrigerant dehumidifiers can only handle a certain amount of humidity. If the GPP reading is above 55, we may need to bring in more specialist tools. However, this is relatively rare in residential scenarios, as we spend a reasonable amount of time extracting liquid water in larger amounts first.

70-90 Degrees

It is the optimal temperature range for a refrigerant dehumidifier. So, it is what restoration experts work towards when setting up drying conditions. At this level, the machines operate at their most efficient rate. It makes it easier for SERVPRO to monitor and predict the progression of the dehumidification process.

10-16 Feet

Air movers (which direct clean, dry air) should be placed between 10-16 feet away from one another if there is more than one. The range offers plenty of flexibility because the capacity for this depends on the size of the space. However, if positioned too far apart, the humid air is not pushed towards the dehumidifiers for extraction.

To find out more about the facts and figures associated with successful water damage repair, speak to SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville. You can find us in the Madison area. Our team can help you beat the flooding blues and get your home back to normal. Call us 24/7 on (615) 868-5324.

Storm Damage in Nashville from High Winds

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Wind Storm Tips from SERVPRO to Mitigate Damage in Nashville, then Call Us

SERVPRO Offers Tips to Help Prevent Wind Damage Caused by Storms


Torrential rains, snow, and high winds have been a larger than usual problem for Tennessee and much of the nation this winter. With the increased number of storms, come the growing number of homes adversely affected by them.

Storm damage in Nashville has been exceptional this winter and now tornado season is upon us. Even worse than simple wind and rain, twisters blow water and debris in every possible direction. It gets under roofs and inside homes faster than a regular storm and is capable of creating hundreds, even thousands of dollars in damage in just a few hours. SERVPRO has decades of experience in dealing with many types of storms, but we have also discovered that a few hours of preventive maintenance is worth a week of restoration and repair.

There are two parts of a home especially vulnerable to storm damage, exterior seals and soffits. Fortunately, they are also easily augmented with a minimum of cost and effort.

Exterior seals secure the weak points of a home from the effects of a wind storm or tornado. These points are the openings to the interior of your home through which electric cables, water pipes, and other conduits enter. If they are not properly sealed, the effect is the same as punching a hole in the side of your home and inserting a funnel. It simply takes a bit longer for the damage to drywall, wood framing and other structural property to occur. A silicon-based caulk seals these openings, regardless if the exterior is wood, stone, metal or brick.

Soffits are the underside to many construction types. They include arches supported by columns, sides of chimneys, projecting cornices or the exterior overhangs of the eaves on your home. Soffits not properly secured shift in high winds and allow water to come in underneath or beside them. They can also be ripped off a home by a tornado. Securing them is straightforward and accomplished with a polyurethane sealant and several handfuls of stainless steel screws. If you wish to accomplish this yourself, be sure to use the correct length. If too short, they do not secure the soffit to the larger structure and may cause additional damage as the wind rips them out.

A weekend of work and a few dollars can prevent thousands of dollars in damage to your home. If you are worried that it may not be enough or if you have already had damage from a previous storm, SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is here to help. Call us today at (615) 868-5324 for an initial inspection or to schedule repairs.

Full Restoration after Fire Damage is Multi-Faceted for Nashville Homes

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Many times there is a fire, substantial amounts of personal belongings need to be laundered or cleaned by hand, which can be an intensive task.

SERVPRO Performs Full Fire Damage Restorations to Nashville Homes 


Fires in the home happen for countless reasons. Some are electrical fires caused by shorts in the wall, or an appliance and others occur when something ignites after touching something hot enough. Even small fires can make a home unsafe in which to live.


When Nashville residents have the misfortune of fire damage in their home, the technicians at SERVPRO can restore your home, so it is “Like it never even happened.” They do this by repairing any structural damage, removing and replacing charred materials, cleaning away the soot and grime, boxing up personal belongings, and deodorizing your home.


Structural soundness of your home is crucial to our technicians' safety and is addressed before any other work can begin. After ensuring that the weight of both our employees and their equipment can be safely held by your home's floors, we can start working on other aspects of the restoration process. Sometimes support beams show obvious damage, and these are replaced or fortified first. Floorboards are also quickly inspected, and those with damage are replaced or covered. Additional repairs that are permanent can be made as we work.


The flames of the fire do not have to touch certain items in your home to damage them. The heat inside your home can become so intense that some materials combust on their own, melt, or even shatter. These items need to be disposed of so that any leached toxins, sharp broken edges, or soiling can create problems in the rest of your home.


Different items in your home have special surfaces that are easily damaged when soot or ash remains on them. These items include fixtures, décor, memorabilia, and much more, and they all must be cleaned of any residue before this damage can happen. This damage, which includes etching and discoloration, may seem insignificant, but as the microscopic particles work deeper into the metal and other hard surfaces, the damage becomes more and more noticeable.


Many times there is a fire, substantial amounts of personal belongings need to be laundered or cleaned by hand, which can be an intensive task. Items, such as blankets, need to be laid out and examined. Baby and toddler gear need to be opened and examined for sharp edges that may have been created when the heat melted plastic materials. These items can be taken to our SERVPRO site and cared for there. Other items too fragile to be handled in your home can also be boxed for the same purpose.


When carpets, ceilings, walls, and your personal things are returned to pre-fire condition, the odor can remain. This does not mean that there is still fire damage, but rather that the soot produced such fine particles that they have permeated into areas that are largely inaccessible without additional, and otherwise unneeded, reconstructive work. Instead, SERVPRO technicians deodorize your home to your standards. Deodorization includes the use of ozone machines, packets that are placed in locations that cannot be reached by children or pets, and also by the use of deodorants injected directly into the carpet and padding.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


We want your home to feel like home again, and we have the training and experience to do so. For complete fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville anytime, at (615) 868-5324.

How Water Damage Affects Your Wood Flooring in Madison

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO Fast to Mitigate Water Damage to Your Madison Wood Flooring

SERVPRO is a Pro at Restoring Damaged Wood Flooring


When unwanted water invades your home, how does it affect your wooden flooring? Whether it is repairable or not depends on things such as how long the water is in contact with your flooring. It is, of course, important to react quickly to reduce damage and raise the chance of restoring the floor.
 
Water damage of any kind to your Madison Water damage of any kind to your Madison home can have a significant, detrimental effect to your wooden floors. To have a good chance of restoring it, you need the professional help of SERVPRO, an experienced restoration company. They can help you decide what is salvageable in your home, including the flooring, and create a plan of remediation.
 
Warping and Buckling
Wood contains moisture naturally but expands when it absorbs excess moisture. Sometimes, the boards warp, and expanded boards can push against each other and could buckle at the joints where the boards meet or at the walls. How much the boards buckle depends on how much moisture is absorbed and the kind of wood it is. Buckling and warping could be permanent once the wood dries. Floors need replacement if the proper drying and refinishing isn’t able to remove the damage.
 
Cupping and Crowning
Cupping happens when the water absorbs from the sides and bottom of the wood. The edges rise slightly or cup. Cupping can be corrected much of the time by sanding it out.
 
Crowning occurs when the top of the wood has more moisture than the bottom and the sides, which makes the wood arch, creating a bowed shape in the middle. Crowning usually happens when the bottom of the wood is over-dried. You cannot sand out flooring which shows signs of crowning.
 
Wood Products
Plywood, particleboard, and oriented strand board are durable enough to withstand exposure to moisture to some degree. These woods are at-risk for water damage if glue which can be dissolved by water is used during installation. In these cases, plywood can delaminate, particleboard and OSB can disintegrate, and all three can warp, swell, and buckle. Plywood, in general, is more resistant to water damage because of the method of construction and the materials and adhesives used.
 
Moisture affects wood framing of many structures. In a few situations, wood could warp to the point it needs replacing. Finishes on wood affect evaporation and absorption. How porous the wood is varies depending upon the type of finish, which slows the rate of moisture absorption by making the surface of the wood less porous.
 
SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville understands how water damage and moisture affects your wood flooring and take all necessary steps to try and salvage it. Contact us right away at (615) 868-5324 when your flooring becomes saturated for any reason so we can assess the damage and try and save your floors.

SERVPRO Commercial Fire Damage Nashville

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for all your Commercial building ever suffers Fire Damage.

Sprinklers and other fire suppression systems work quickly in business structures, reducing the amount of damage from heat and flame to a minimum. Even in a small business (e.g. a bakery), without an overhead sprinkler, most of the damage results from the smoke and soot that covers every surface.


Commercial structures with fire damage must have a trained response team to remediate the damage and restore it to its pre-fire condition. SERVPRO keeps a trained, 24-hour response team ready seven days a week to meet that need. Employers who attempt to clean-up with their employees cause more damage to their building and property inside the structure.


Soot and smoke residues discolor most surfaces in only a day or two. This discoloration happens faster the closer an item is to the source of the flame. Plastics are quickly destroyed within hours while glass and marble countertops (display cases and kitchens) are more resistant, lasting for a day before permanent damage. The sooner our technicians can begin wiping down and cleaning off these residues, the better the result and the lower the replacement costs.


Smoke and soot are more destructive in bathrooms and break rooms. The acids in soot stain grout almost immediately and tarnish the light fixtures and the handles on sinks and toilets nearly as quickly. The surface of large appliances like refrigerators stains rapidly as well. This last process takes much longer, though, and our restoration team has more time to clean each item affected using cloths and cleaning agents.


Painted walls, vinyl flooring, and metal surfaces are more resistant to damage but still need cleaning within a few days. For these items, we have scrubbers and cleaners designed to work the residues out of each material without damaging them. Clothing that has been affected for several days cannot be dry cleaned and is thrown out by the response team.


After two weeks, restorations costs more than double. Even carpets with synthetic fibers have to be replaced by this point. By now, glass (windows and displays) is so pitted and etched that it can only be removed and replaced.


Remediation and restoration after a fire is a long and expensive process. SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville has decades of experience in handling this and works as swiftly as possible to help put your business back to its original state. Call us today at (615) 868-5324 to begin the process.

Quality Water Removal Services Available To Madison Businesses

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water needs to be removed immediately to avoid damaging your commercial property.

Commercial Water Removal Services


You go to work just like any other day. However, today you find a burst pipe somewhere in the building. This leak is currently in the process of causing massive damage to several areas of your building, leaving behind large deposits of standing water.

Do you need professional assistance to address water removal in your Madison business? Turn to us for help. We have access to all of the personnel, equipment, and services you may need to return your property to a quality pre-damage condition, while also preventing subsequent damage from forming and making any event seem, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO has access to professional products and equipment to perform water removal on your property in a quick and efficient manner. We use water devices that help identify how heavily water has intruded into the structure of your building and let us know when drying is complete. SERVPRO's use of extraction equipment is only the first method of removing moisture from various locations and materials. Extractors contain three major components, a heater, pump, and vacuum system. Whether the extractor is truck mounted or portable, they are powerful water removal resources.

A portable extractor includes a 5 to 12-gallon water and solution tank, with an overall weight of 40 to 90 pounds and 140 inches of water lift per unit. While a truck-mounted extractor provides us with a 100-gallon, or more, storage tanks, weighing anywhere from 500 to 1,100 pounds and delivering up to 198.98 inches of water lift per unit. SERVPRO technicians also utilize various extraction tools, such as submersible sump pumps that have an extreme lift and volume capacity. When a structure has standing water exceeding two inches in depth, these pumps are used to remove water as efficiently as possible. However, contaminated water poses a challenging and unique situation that requires various tactics for handling and disposal.

Air moving and dehumidification equipment assist with evaporation, creating a quality speed drying environment. We use a combination of detection devices to check relative humidity in the affected area and provide fast, efficient drying services, to prevent secondary damages from developing. Of course, as with all of our jobs, safety comes first. By providing the proper personal protective equipment on all of our work sites, we prevent possible injury to both our employees and you, the customer.

Contact SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville, we have been providing customers in our area with quality water removal services for several years. We can help, call today (615) 868-5324.

Water Removal in Madison -The Equipment We Use When Floods, Leaks, and Overflows Happen

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Let the Experts at SERVPRO help with any of your water damage needs!

There are many different types of equipment used in the process of removing water from a home's interior. The many different types of restorations we at SERVPRO do require this. Flood damage is one of the worst disasters that can strike a home, but it isn't the only one involving water.

Madison homeowners who have water problems in their home know that complete water removal always starts with stopping the flow of water. Solved When you've had a water line that's started to spray water everywhere while you were out of the house, or a tub overflowing because you were distracted with a knock at the door, getting to the shut-off valve or pulling the plug is first on your mind when you find out about it. After that, getting as much of the water cleaned up as you can. But you can't get all of it, not after it's seeped into cracks and small crevices, and every home has those, no matter their age. That's where we come in.

Using moisture meters, a professionally trained technician from SERVPRO can determine how high an area's moisture content is. Comparing the readings with industry-accepted moisture content levels, we know how much drier materials need to be in order to be considered dry. Almost everything has some amount of moisture in it naturally, including drywall. While the amount may seem high, 5 – 15% moisture for different materials found within your home's structure, those amounts are within normal ranges. Problems start when the percentages increase over the norm.

Depending on the type of water that caused you problems, we'll use a variety of tools and equipment to rid your home of the excess moisture. If you have wood floors, one thing you should know is that time is even more against you than it might be otherwise. Wood floors can absorb excess moisture from all four sides and then swell. Expanding against other pieces of flooring can cause both the warp or crack, requiring them to be replaced – a costly, time-consuming, and noisy activity. If we are called soon after a water emergency happens in your home, we can use special floor mats that help remove the water absorbed by your wood floor. These floor mats, when applied in time, can save your floor.

Fans and heaters are also used to create a drying environment that is conducive toward drying out walls, cabinets, and the air in your home. We always use the right level of drying equipment to not only return your home to a safe, dry place, but also to keep your electric bill reasonable.

Call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 when you need water removal professionals who are experienced and certified.

Restoring Your Belongings Caught Up In-Mold Damage Found In Your Nashville Home

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Esporta Washing System Cleans Mold from Fabrics in Nashville

SERVPRO Provides Solutions to Mold Infested Possessions

Mold infestations can quickly make their way into your closets, or other storage areas in your home. Viewing these types of damages first hand may cause you to think that some of your most cherished belongings received irreparable damages, that isn't always correct.
 
Our expertly trained mold damage remediation technicians in the Nashville area specialize in item restorations. We have access to the services you need to fix the situation occurring in your home, quickly and efficiently. Call our staff anytime, day or night, to begin your restoration services. Our technicians will answer any questions you have throughout the process and help you learn how to avoid these situations in the future.
 
SERVPRO services often consist of locating the source of moisture that is causing the microscopic spores to spread while evaluating both visible and suspected mold growth. We also attempt to contain exposure to the smallest area possible, while physically removing and properly disposing of contaminated materials.
 
SERVPRO technicians dry the remaining materials to ensure a mold infestation does not return and perform the appropriate repairs necessary to restore your property to a quality pre-loss condition; this service includes the handling, cataloging, and restoration of any furniture or personal items found in your home.
 
Many of SERVPRO's customers wonder if it is possible to recover clothing items that have been affected by mold, the answer is yes, to a degree. Any damage existing before the incident occurred will remain, and in some cases, damages caused during the event may still be present. Any garment or fabric that hasn't suffered physical deterioration or discoloration as the result of mold growth can be restored completely under the correct conditions.
 
We have access to the ESPORTA wash system in particular locations that provides you with an industrial cleaning solution that removes 99.99997% of all harmful bacteria, found in both hard and soft items of your home. With a higher success rate than any dry cleaner, we have restored a variety of plastic, leather, foam, and rubber items.
 
Our expertly trained technicians have used this wash system to clean, disinfect and restore belongings like Firefighters Turnout Gear or a SWAT Teams protective gear. From saving your child's favorite teddy bear to Military Protective clothing, this system does the job.
 
Leave your mold remediation needs in the hands of the professionals at SERVPRO of Madison - Goodlettsville, call today. (615) 868-5324

Important First Steps When Fire Damages Your Nashville Home

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville has the training and the experience to help you manage all the aspects of fire damage restoration.

When Fire Damages Your Residential Property in Nashville, Imperative Action is Necessary

After your house has sustained fire damage, there are several things you must do to keep your family safe and begin the process of property recovery and restoration. One of the most important is to engage the professionals at SERVPRO to inspect the damage and begin devising a complete plan to return your home to pre-loss condition. You need us on your recovery team immediately because we have the training and the experience to help you manage all the aspects of fire damage restoration no matter how large or small the extent of the fiery destruction.
 
Once we are on board with you, it is time to walk through the initial steps necessary for a homeowner to take after fire damages your Nashville house.
 
First, you must be given permission by the local fire officials to enter your home so that we may assess the damage and determine what will be required to get your family back to the quiet enjoyment of your space free of the effects of the fire. Take care not to enter before being given the all clear as structural damage can be a hidden danger and fire have been known to reignite.

Second, our SERVPRO team can help you begin an ongoing communication with your insurance company as the recovery effort begins. This is crucial as you want to receive the maximum in coverage according to your contract as your home is restored.

Third, in consultation with local utility companies, we will determine if and when electricity, heating, and cooling systems can be brought back online safely.

Fourth, any areas of your home that have sustained damage severe enough to expose the interior to the elements must be secured. We can help board up or install temporary sheathing. If necessary we can erect a temporary fence to prevent vandalism or looting.

Fifth, we can help you find temporary housing or set up containment areas within your home to keep the fire damage away from unaffected areas.

Fire damage can feel very overwhelming, but you can rely on the training and expertise of your local SERVPRO contractor to guide you through all the intricacies of fire restoration. Our trained staff can manage everything from cleaning away the soot and grit to eliminating the persistent odors that can linger in upholstery, bedding or floor, and wall coverings. If removal and replacement of structures or fixtures are indicated, we will explain why it is necessary and work to get your insurance to cover the cost as we complete these tasks. We follow a specific protocol when cleaning and remediating damage so as to avoid spreading soot or threatening the integrity of your structure.
 

 Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can be reached 24/7 at (615) 868-5324 for an immediate dispatch of trained fire damage inspectors. Team up with us for a thorough restoration of areas of your home damaged or destroyed by fire.

 

Different Types of Emergency Water Removal in Madison

11/26/2016 (Permalink)

A Drip in Your Madison Condo Can Lead to Extensive Water Damage

The Class of Water Contamination Affects the Treatment Process

To most homeowners, water damage is all the same. It is a nightmare situation that disrupts daily routines and makes life rather difficult. Whether the flooding is from a burst pipe or a blocked drain, it’s all the same right? It is destructive, cruel, and costly to put right.

Well, in reality, there are some crucial distinctions to be made. Knowing what type of water is damaging your property or where it is coming from helps restoration experts to approach the situation in a safe way. SERVPRO carries out professional water removal in Madison properties, and we deal with many kinds of conditions.

This handy guide to the main types of water damage will help you identify the problem quickly if it ever happens to you.

Classification One: Clear Water
This water is the cleanest, most non-toxic form of water damage. It is potable water, perhaps directly from the tap. It is unlikely to cause you any harm, even if you are exposed for some time. Nevertheless, even clean flooding can lead to electrical and structural faults, so it is safer you to call in the experts for repairs. Clean water comes from things like a burst kitchen pipe or a leaking faucet. The liquid has to be safe because you’re scrubbing dishes, drinking,  and washing your hands with it on any typical day. The biggest risk it poses is to carpets, paper materials, and soft furnishings.

Classification Two: Gray Water
Gray water damage is a little bit more serious and requires a speedier removal process. Most of the time, it only poses a direct threat to health if it gets into the mouth or eyes. This is because it may contain chemicals, microorganisms, or dirt. For instance, a classic gray water flood might be caused by a broken down washing machine. The water released will be dirty and filled with detergents and waste from your clothes. So, you definitely don’t want to be spending too much time around it. Another example is an overflowing toilet tank, though any kind of sewage water is immediately classified as very severe and a category three situation.

Classification Three: Black Water
Black water can be toxic and, in some cases; it could make you sick even after a relatively brief exposure. It includes water from sewage lines, septic tanks, and floodwater caused by storms. If your home is hit by extreme weather and flooding occurs, leave the premises as soon as it is safe to do so. Call the SERVPRO team, and we will dispatch our technicians to your location right away.

Do not touch or attempt to move the standing water, because it could be dangerous. Our experts are very skilled in the safe handling of black water and will use breathing filtration apparatus and protective clothing to eliminate the risk of sickness. They will also contain the affected area so that no dangerous materials are allowed to escape during the restoration process.

It is not easy to confront the destruction that water damage can wreak, but there always options and choices to be made. SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is your go to a premier local company, so we are here to help you through the process and get repairs started right away. Call us 24/7 at (615) 868-5324.

Why Preparation Is Key to Minimizing Flood Damage for Nashville Businesses

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

The most effective way to protect a business from flood damage is to keep it in great condition.

Preparation Is Important When Minimizing Flood Damage to Your Nashville Commercial Property

Hurricane Matthew was just the latest in a long line of natural disasters to strike the United States. The reality is that some areas of the country, particularly the southeast coast, are more vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes, simply because of the way in which weather systems move across the globe.

This is something that businesses should pay particular attention to, as it can have a significant impact on their future. Flood damage in Nashville businesses does happen, and it can be disastrous if you don’t take the right steps to minimize its effects. At SERVPRO, we don’t just carry out repairs and restore damaged properties. We also try to educate business owners on the most effective prevention techniques.

This guide to safeguarding your business against flood damage will help you keep losses to a minimum if it happens to you.

Store Documents Correctly

If you are located in an at-risk area, it is really important that you don’t store your documents too close to the ground. This means no boxes stacked on the floor. It sounds like such a simple tip, but it can mean the difference between losing everything and just having a damp carpet if minor floods strike. If you have a designated filing room or special area for documents, it should be off the ground floor.

Have an Evacuation Plan

It is unlikely that you wouldn’t have enough warning before a storm to safely evacuate all employees and lock up the building. In the event of a burst pipe or unexpectedly heavy rainwater, however, the situation may be different. Employees should know exactly how and where to exit the building if this happens. Appoint a responsible person who can shut off the power supply if it is deemed necessary.

Keep the Building in Good Shape

The most effective way to protect a business from flood damage is to keep it in great condition. Whether you’re safeguarding against rainwater (maintaining the roof) or preventing internal flooding (inspecting pipes for cracks and faults); good maintenance is essential. The stronger the building, the better it will be able to weather flood intrusion and the quicker SERVPRO will be able to get it back on its feet.

Always Have an Emergency Contact

We recommend keeping our telephone number somewhere safe so that you know exactly who to call if flood damage strikes. Get in touch with SERVPRO before you contact your insurer, because our technicians can have started making repairs by the time you get to sorting out paperwork and allocating funds.

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

The great thing about working with SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is that you’re guaranteed a fast response and quick repairs. We are based in your local area, so our technicians will begin preparations for your restoration as soon as they hear from you. Call us 24/7 at (615) 868-5324.

Water Damage Safety In Nashville!

11/6/2016 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you prevent water damage in your home or business to keep your investment safe!

We provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all of our Technicians and anyone else that wishes to visit any of our work locations. This safety equipment is provided to assist our SERVPRO Technicians in preventing a variety of different health, physical and security hazards that may occur during a visit to any of our work sites.

Make sure that any service you use to repair your properties water damage in Nashville uses the necessary safety equipment. We believe in remaining safe at all times and so should you.

The safety equipment that our SERVPRO Technicians use provides them with a safe working environment, while also complying with safety regulations. These precautions serve to protect everyone and anyone that wishes to join us on our work sites.

Examples of PPE SERVPRO Technicians use include:

Chemical Resistant Gloves - These gloves prevent your hands from being exposed to absorbing chemicals and contamination to micro-organisms. Surgical gloves are added as an additional layer whenever contaminant containment is imperative.

Heavy Duty Gloves - This type of glove helps to protect the hands while demolishing and removing structural materials. They are thicker and provide additional protection.

Splash Goggles and Safety Glasses - While safety glasses protect the eyes from burns or intrusions from flying objects or a corrosive substance, Splash Goggles can offer more resistance to contamination from infectious spores.

Respirator - Depending on the type of hazards you encounter, a breathing respirator or full-face respirator may be needed. Coming in contact with mold particles, chemicals, and black water damage requires a different type of protection. HEPA filters for particulates and organic vapors may be necessary for some instances.

Hard Hat - Everyone is required to wear a Hard Hat whenever there is the possibility of falling objects or if there is a need to enter cramped spaces. Maintaining the integrity and working condition of your hard hat is essential to proper protection.

Rubber Boots - These boots protect the wearer from electrical hazards and unwanted skin contact. Additional protection, such as steel shanks and steel toes offer additional safety when protruding hazards exist.

Electrical Circuit Tester & GFCI - This equipment is used to detect electrical flow and should be used to avoid any dangerous condition where the possibility of being shocked exists. Different types of testers exist, but, it is possible to find one that can determine the circuit that is grounded or protected by a GFCI. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) protect workers from electrical equipment that deployed during repairs.

Full-body Suits - Various versions of this outfit can help protect someone from different types of exposure. However, they do not offer full containment of every kind of hazard.

Call our professionals at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville today for a professional water damage restoration. 24/7 - (615) 868-5324

Flood Damage From Frozen Pipes and Plumbing

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip: Protect Your Madison Property from Frozen Pipes Causing Flooding

Not Yet Winter, But Burst Water Pipes Lead to Flooding in Your Home

Busted water pipes make up nearly half of all in-home flood damage. This type of flooding is often sudden onset and due to hidden leaks, corrosion, or freezing. The cost and inconvenience of a busted pipe make it essential to start prevention while you still can.

Flood damage in Madison can happen during any season. While most homeowners associate flooding with warmer weather, many of you know that the winter is a dangerous time for in-home floods as well. SERVPRO is well prepared to help you with your emergency during winter months as well as all other seasons.
 
Busted Pipes: Winter Prevention
The freezing of a water pipe makes it burst due to the stress it puts on the metal or plastic. To reduce the chance of suffering a busted pipe, you can take a few simple steps. First, it is crucial to know where to shut off the water. If a pipe bursts in your home, the most immediate course of action is to turn off that main water supply. Most can be found outdoors on the side of your home.
 
Second, make sure that your heating system is checked regularly. Also, inspect the insulation on all of your plumbing as well as your cold water tank. Units located in the attic and other vulnerable locations should be protected with insulated sleeves.
 
Third, keep your heat on throughout the winter months. We know that winter can make heating your home costly, but during harsh, cold months, the chances of your pipes freezing get greater as the temperature plummets.
 
Finally, make sure you shut off any external taps and disconnect water hoses outside. In very cold weather, occasionally turn on the outside tap to run some water through the hose to help prevent freezing.

What to Do if You Find a Frozen Pipe
If you see that one of your pipes are frozen, don’t wait around for it to burst or “thaw.” It won’t. What you need to do is immediately turn your water supply off to your home and slowly thaw the frozen pipe by applying a gentle, low heat to the area. You can use a hairdryer, hot water bottle, or even a space heater to accomplish this (never leave a space heater unattended). Never attempt to thaw a frozen pipe by using an open flame or other dangerous methods.
 
Contact Us
If you have run into an unfortunate flooding event due to frozen water pipes, we will take your call and help to minimize your anxiety. Our Emergency Services line means you can call us 24/7 when disaster strikes. Contact SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324.

Recovering From Commercial Water Damage

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO TO Help Re-Open Your Business After Water Damage in Nashville

Water Damage to a Business Can Be Devastating

Mistakes can happen to anyone, but when one of your tenants has a lapse in judgment or attention that results in water damage to your apartment complex you have a lot at stake. Not only do you need to respond to the immediate problem your renter caused but you also must have the entire property inspected for water damage that may have spread to other areas and inconvenienced other tenants. In fact, it is common for another of your lessees to be the first to bring the water damage issues to your attention. Flooding or seeping water from another unit initially may be noticed by dripping from a ceiling or down a wall into another apartment. SERVPRO is the company to call to ensure that you find the source of the leak and create a plan to repair the water damage throughout your commercial building.
 
Commercial water damage in Nashville must be managed quickly and repaired completely to keep all your tenants and their personal property safe and to protect your capital investment in the building. Whether a renter lets a bathtub overflow or failed to tell you that a toilet or pipe under a sink was leaking, you are responsible as the owner to both that tenant and the other occupants of the complex. Our technicians are trained to follow the path of water damage wherever it meanders throughout a building. We can make certain that the leak is stopped and the damage repaired in every unit affected quickly and with as little disturbance to your tenants as possible.
 
Our SERVPRO team has the experience and the skills to restore commercial water damage no matter how severe. We have the specialized equipment and know how to minimize the inconvenience to your tenants while restoring the premises to its pre-water damaged condition. Especially for your renters who were innocent bystanders our promise to make it “Like it never even happened®” is a crucial reason to rely upon our track record when choosing us over other restoration companies.
 
When you get that panicked call reporting water damage from a tenant dial (615) 868-5324 to get SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville on board to inspect the problem. We have all the tools and training to restore water damage in commercial buildings for your tenants’ comfort and to protect your investment.

Speedy Fire Damage Solutions Save Time and Money

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO To Restore Your Madison Fire & Smoke Damaged Property

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration Rapidly

When you need a quick response, SERVPRO does not disappoint, standing with you and your family or business during the crucial hours and days immediately following a fire. No one wants to think about the devastation a fire can bring to daily life, but you will be in professional hands should the unthinkable happen if you let our trained technicians walk you through the restoration process.  As After the fire is out, and the fire department allows access, you can have the damage assessed. Our expert and caring staff will get you through the uncertainty and confusion a sudden fire creates and helps develop a plan to get you safely back into your home.
 
The cost of repairing fire damage in Madison may seem daunting, but our business is committed to helping you find solutions that work financially for you while also swiftly returning your premises to a comfortable and secure state. "Like it never even happened." When we assess the damage, we are always working to make the cost of restoring your property affordable. We work diligently to assist you with your insurance claims by providing professional estimating and invoicing practices confirming for your carriers that the fire loss claimed is supported by the extent of the damage and the repairs and clean up needed, expediting the service. We are not an insurance company, and will adhere to the instructions of you and your insurance adjuster.
 
Although a property owner might want to try to remain in a home or business after a fire, it is often necessary to evacuate the premises until the fire damage is repaired. This is when the speedy reaction time of SERVPRO is vital; our team members are ready to travel to the site of your fire. Smoke damage can cause more problems than the actual fire. Don’t endanger yourself or your family or your business by trying to use a fire damaged building for shelter or commerce because you are fearful restoration will take too long. Big or small, an incendiary event can make it risky to work or live in an unrepaired building. Count instead upon our timely attention to your situation, moving quickly to set things right. We can restore your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."
 
No matter what hour fire devastates your property know that SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is poised to leap into action. Contact us 24/7 at (615) 868-5324 after you have gotten everyone safely out of a building damaged by fire and have contacted your insurance company.

Remediation to Mold Damage is Available Locally

8/2/2016 (Permalink)

Don't Ignore Mold Damage, Call SERPVRO to Remediate!

SERVPRO is Certified in the Latest Techniques to Remediate Mold

Microscopic mold spores naturally grow both indoors and outdoors. Controlling indoor moisture will control the growth of indoor mold. Mold can and will eat whatever it grows on. The water or moisture source must be corrected immediately. The longer mold remains on any surface, the more damage it can inflict. It can also cause structural damage. A few causes for the growth of mold can include leaks, damaged gutters, high humidity, improper ventilation, fire, water, and flooding.
 
Any mold damage to Nashville, Tennessee residential or commercial environments, would be devastating to our Music City USA communities. There is a great deal of rich musical history within our buildings to be damaged by mold. If you think you have mold because you smell a musty odor or if you see just a small mold area, call SERVPRO immediately.
 
Our mold remediation technicians are IICRC certified and highly trained. We are locally owned and operated. This means that as soon as you contact us, we can begin our remediation process. Remember, a faster response lessens additional mold damage and reduces additional remediation costs.
 
We use the latest inspection techniques to locate and identify mold colonies in and around your home or business. Before we begin our remediation process, first the source of water or moisture must be found. If the source is not addressed, the mold may return.
 
Our restoration system is designed to get your home and business back to normal. If minor repairs are required, we can replace drywall, paint or install new carpets. As your one-stop remediation service, we can reconstruct various areas or rooms on your property. We perform inspections, testing, cleaning and sanitizing.
 
Don't wait until you have structural or content damage due to a mold problem. Contact SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville so that our expert specialists can help remediate the mold in your home or business. Let us help your significant investments remain healthy and safe. We are available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Call us today - (615) 868-5324.

Recognizing the Symptoms of an Electrical Fire and Minimizing the Damage

6/17/2016 (Permalink)

Constant Circuit Breaker Problems Can Indicate Wiring Issues

Fire Prevention Involves Many Factors

Small office buildings, apartment buildings, restaurants, hotel/motels, manufacturing and industrial plants and small retail stores are all commercial establishments that people frequent on a regular basis. Before these buildings are open for any type of activity, however, they are required to meet certain codes and regulations based on the city that they are located in. These codes are designed to ensure these buildings are safe for employees, customers and other visitors to occupy. Even though some buildings do meet these standards, problems can still occur at one point in time. One of the most notable involves electrical fires. In fact, electrical fires can cause quite a bit of Nashville fire damage if it is not caught in time. So, for those of you who own or rent these types of commercial structures, here are some symptoms of an electrical fire that need to be recognized in order to minimize the damage.
 
Circuit breaker problems
 
Circuit breakers are usually located in a business where they are relatively easy to find, especially in case they are tripped by an electrical overload. Therefore, if a problem with commercial fire damage issue does exist, the owner or one of their employees can shut the circuit breaker off. It is important to note, however, if the problem occurs occasionally, it normally indicates that it is a simple problem and nothing major is happening. On the other hand, if someone has to go to the circuit breaker frequently to cut it off, there could be a major problem that will require service from a professional in this industry.
 
Hot ceiling fixtures
 
The owner and their representatives should always take a little time out to check out the areas around the light fixtures in the ceiling to see how warm they are getting. If the person feels too much heat, there could be exposure to a fire hazard.

Flickering lights

Another common symptom of a potential fire hazard is flickering lights. If the light flickering cannot be tracked back to the light bulb, it is essential to call a professional in for a diagnosis.
 
Problems with the circuit breaker, hot ceiling fixtures, and flickering lights are only a few symptoms that indicate that there is a possible fire hazard. So, it is best to pay close attention to prevent or minimize the fire damage. In some situations, you may have to deal with the aftermath of an electrical fire in the building. When this occurs, you should always contact someone who works with fire damage restoration to help get things back and in order. Because we at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville have the expertise and knowledge needed to help commercial owners with these problems, you can contact our technicians at 615- 868-5324 today.

Water Damage From a Roof Leak

6/17/2016 (Permalink)

A Damaged Roof Can Bring Water Into the House

Proper Roof Maintenance Can Prevent Water and Mold Damage

A leaking roof can cause substantial property and water damage in single-family homes and townhomes. An obvious roof leak from sustained heavy rain during a thunderstorm or hurricane is easily recognizable. When water is visibly leaking from the ceiling, the homeowner is forced with the decision of quickly responding. The most common reaction is to place a bucket or container under the leak to collect and contain the water. The problem with an unidentified roof leak is the amount of silent damage that occurs without apparent signs. Water damage occurs for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, loose shingles, worn out metal flashing surrounding skylights or chimneys, and sudden damage from fallen trees into a house. When shingles and metal flashing have exceeded their lifespan, the materials begin to deteriorate resulting in the probability of slow leaks that often go undetected. An unexpected problem with roof leaks involves the amount of electrical wiring that is present in the attic space. If the water saturates the electrical wiring, there is an increased risk of an electrical fire. The homeowner needs to be aware that a leaking roof can cause a potential fire in addition to water damage.
 
Unidentified slow roof leaks are a serious problem since the extent of water damage that occurs beneath the surface is not recognized until a more visible sign leads to noticeable water. Rain leaks into the home through missing and compromised shingles. The water then saturates the insulation material in the attic. As the insulation repeatedly gets wet, the performance of the insulation declines and mold begins to form. Although wet insulation can dry out, another related problem is the incidence of increased utility bills. When the homeowners attempt to heat or cool their home and the insulation is not working properly, the heating and air conditioning systems must work harder to keep up. The reason for this is because the home will lose heat and cool air. The result is an inefficiency leading to an increased financial expense.
 
Continuous exposure to moisture and the weight of the water will eventually create dips or pockets in the ceiling. Ceiling surfaces that sustain water damage will often display brown or tan spots that alerts the homeowner there is a problem. The severity of the Goodlettsville water damage could lead to a dramatic sign to the homeowners when the ceiling collapses. Water damage can occur for long periods of time without displaying any obvious signs. The presence of water damage may only be recognized when there is an obvious sign, such as water dripping or a ceiling collapse. There is an obvious slip and fall hazard, especially when the homeowner enters the affected room without noticing the water.

Cleaning up this water immediately and drying the floor surface is necessary to help prevent mold. When your home has a roof leak, call on us at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324.

What To Do When You Suspect Mold In Your Home

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

Yellow Mold Spreading On Wall

It Is Wise To Get Any Suspected Mold Issue Checked Out By Professionals

SERVPRO of Madison Goodlettsville is a very trustworthy and reliable residential and commercial service company. We are a mold damage company with plenty of experience in the industry. Our staff consists of highly trained individuals that will respond quickly to your call and arrive at your location ready to get the mold under control. We are a company that provides 24-hour service. Our around the clock service is our way of showing the local community that we are a locally owned service that is committed to providing quality service to our customers when they need it the most.
 
What Is Mold

Most of our customers are quite familiar with mold in their home or building. Mold is easy to spot. We've worked with black mold in the home. We've also worked with other forms of mold in different colors. For example, mold appears in colors that range from a deep black to bright orange white. Mold is a product of tiny little organisms that spread like crazy indoors and outdoors. Mold spores fly through the air and attach themselves to cellulose material in the environment to feed and continue to grow.
 
What To Do

It's surprising, but some of our regular customers actually tried to take care of the mold damage problem through home remedy methods. Those methods have very little impact on mold infestation. The mold problem will just continue to grow and spread throughout the building, causing additional damage and more costs to the customer. Mold has also led to the shutdown of a thriving business or a community center. We suggest letting us handle the new mold infestation or mold that has occurred after a major shutdown. We are mold removal specialists with the latest mold remediation equipment. We have the right training, skill, and experience to handle any size mold infestation. If you see signs of mold growing in the home, don't try to handle the mold damage with a home remedy. Instead, contact us immediately.
 
Mold Dangers


Our customers contact us with questions. Our customers want to know if the mold is dangerous. The fact is that mold is everywhere in the environment. Mold is found inside the home and outside of the home. Mold is in the higher rent buildings and lower rent buildings. There are several species of mold in the environment. Some of those molds may pose a health risk to at-risk individuals. We suggest acting immediately to remove any suspected mold in the environment for the safety of your family and your property.
 
Mold Damage Madison Company

SERVPRO of Madison Goodlettsville is a mold mediation service. Contact us at (615) 868-5324 the moment that you suspect that you have mold in your commercial building or residence. We are a locally owned company that provides 24-hour service.

Mold in Your Office HVAC System

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

HVAC Ducts Need Regular Inspection and Cleaning

Managing Mold Begins With Understanding How It Grows and Is Spread

Several factors can contribute to mold growth and mold damage in commercial and institutional facilities, but one of the most common culprits is the HVAC equipment. The HVAC system, including the drain pans and piping, can be sources for the growth of mold and a mode of transportation for dispersing the spores of mold throughout a building.

Engineering and maintenance managers who understand the ways in which HVAC systems can contribute to issues of mold and mold damage stand a better chance of coming up with strategies to stop these kinds of problems.

Understanding the Problem

Indoor molds are usually thought to be a problem once they can be seen or are amplified. Mold needs water, the right temperature range, and a food source so that it can grow.

Environments indoors hold a host of sources of food, including carpeting, drywall, paper, cardboard, fabrics, building furnishings and wood. Plus, conditions inside are made to keep relative temperatures which are conducive to the growth of mold.

The best way to control mold is to reduce, control or eliminate the moisture inside. Active fungal growth can cause occupants irritation and discomfort, and can cause serious health effects.

A lot of managers try to kill the mold with biocides, fungicides, and cleaners. This process might kill off the mold but will not remove the problems. Non-viable mold spores which are left behind inside, especially in your HVAC system, could end up compromising the air quality indoors. It is paramount, therefore, to have professionals, such as our experts at SERVPRO, come in and draw up a mold remediation plan for you.

As a business owner or manger, you should also understand some steps to take and avoid when responding to mold in your system. Part of managing your HVAC system includes mold growth prevention, responding to reports of mold promptly and evaluating situations which will need our professional assistance.

A Closer Look at HVAC Systems

The right installation, design, and maintenance of your HVAC system are needed to control mold indoors.

HVAC systems have a large impact on condensation, which is a source of moisture which mold can use to grow. The system will also help mold spores to travel between areas of the building. Poor operation, design and maintenance of this system will provide moisture as well for mold to grow, and the system can give a transportation mode that is viable for mold spores through your building.

Components which are the key to check during an assessment of your HVAC system include: 

  • Drain pans and coils
  • Dehumidification and humidification equipment
  • Outdoor air dampers
  • Air filters
  • Ducts
  • Return-air plenum
  • Air intakes
  • Cooling towers


If you ever believe you have a mold problem in your HVAC system and are experiencing mold damage in Madison, contact us at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville by calling (615) 868-5324 so that we can handle the problem for you right away.

Critical Fire Damage Terms Defined

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Buildings Can Harbor Toxic Fumes and Materials

Things That You Can Do Vs. Things To Leave to Professionals After a Fire


In a lot of cases, residential fires and fire damage could be prevented by taking precautions such as cleaning the lint from your dryer vent or switching to fireless candles. There are three terms that are critical to remember when thinking about the risk of fire in your home. These are Prevention, Mitigation, and Restoration.

Fire Mitigation Explained

Mitigation is defined as the effort to lower the loss of both property and life in the event of a disaster by FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Association. It means action is taken to understand the risks and proactive measures that are taken to manage them, like acquiring insurance to help pay for the costs of fire restoration.

Fire Damage Restoration Explained

Fire damage restoration should be started as soon as the authorities have deemed that the property is safe. An acidic byproduct of fire, smoke is capable of staining and corroding surfaces such as counters and walls. Sometimes, steps which are taken to put out the fire can cause even more damage than the fire itself. This is why correct fire restoration deals with smoke, heat and water damage.

Things You can Do on Your Own

The very first thing you need to do is call for professional help by getting in touch with our team at SERVPRO. Then you need to open all the windows to get air moving and push smoke out of the rooms. Move your children and any pets to an environment that is smoke-free. Smoke has carcinogenic gasses which can affect their health. You can start with trusted neighbors for aid right away, and then move to a temporary home with family or friends until the fire restoration is completed. Empty your freezer and refrigerator if the power is out. After they are empty, prop open the door to keep odors from building up on the inside.

Lastly, take an inventory of the contents of your home. Make a list of any items which will need to be replaced. You should also document the damage with photographs as well. You’ll need copies for your insurance company, for your personal records and maybe even for the fire investigation authorities. It is a good idea to make up to five copies, so you have them just in case.

Leaving it to the Professionals

There are things you should not attempt on your own because of the risk of smoldering ash and toxic gasses. At SERVPRO, we have the right safety equipment so we can do the work without any risks. 

  • Do not wipe down wood trim walls or furniture, or any other surface that is absorbent.
  • Do not move or sit on upholstered furniture.
  • Do not consume any food which was exposed to the fire’s extreme heat, including canned items.
  • Do not turn on any systems in your home such as the air conditioner or the furnace.
  • Keep away from electrical devices like stereos, appliances or TVs until after the SERVPRO can deem that it is safe.


Fire damage in Nashville needs to be handled by the professionals, so when you experience such an event, give us a call at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 right away so we can help you.

Storm Damage: A Look At What Storms Can Do To Your Property

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

Strong Storm System In Town

Many Types of Storms Can Damage Your Property

Unfortunately, storm damage usually occurs with little to no warning. From a tornado's destructive winds tearing the siding off your home to hail battering your roof, storms can cause extensive damage. To help you better understand what you may face after a storm has passed through the area, here is a look at the different types of damage caused by the storms that most commonly occur in middle Tennessee.

Tornadoes

Thanks to their ability to form in a matter of minutes, tornadoes are extremely unpredictable and have the potential to wreak havoc on anything in their path. With wind speeds reaching to as much as 200 mph, they can tear shingles off roofing and siding off sheathing without any difficulty. Also, homes may be storm damaged in Nashville by flying debris, uprooted trees, basketball goals, and even cars. When a tornado hits, no part of your property is immune to potential harm, which is why it is so important to inspect your home thoroughly once the area has been declared safe.

Thunderstorms

There are many components of a thunderstorm that leave your home at risk for injury. For example, the high winds can cause problems like those discussed above. Lightning associated with the storm can strike your property and enter the wiring, which can leave any plugged-in electrical appliances ruined. Lightning also can spark fires, which have the potential to cause extensive storm damage if not quickly controlled. Finally, hail can easily cause holes in your roof and siding of your home while also bending or denting gutters. In some cases, hail may even cause windows to shatter.

Heavy Rains

Whether rain accompanies a tornado or thunderstorm or is alone, it is also a cause for concern, though it doesn't usually cause structural damage on its own. However, if your walls or roof have any gaps, the water can easily enter your home causing water damage, which has the potential to result in mold growth if not treated properly. Excessive amounts of rain can also cause rain gutters to become overloaded, leaving the rain with no other place to go but directly to the ground, where it can pool and damage the foundation. Of course, flooding can also be a significant problem.

Snow / Ice

While Nashville isn't known for getting significant amounts of snow, it is still a possibility, as is ice. When snow or ice accumulates on your roof, it can put a substantial strain on the physical support systems, causing holes or buckling. Also, snow or ice that may form on an overhanging tree branch can fall onto your home. Heavy snow and ice also have the potential to cause gutters to bend and break.


As a locally owned and operated business, the highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of Madison/ Goodlettsville are always ready to respond quickly to storm damage. If your Nashville, Goodlettsville, Mt. Juliet, or Hendersonville property, as well as any of our other local communities, has been damaged by a storm, we have the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to help. Call us at (615) 868-5324 today.

Water Damage Can Quickly Escalate To Mold

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Damage In a House To Be Flipped

Assesing The State Your Home Is In Can Greatly Help With Restoration

Bathroom and household mold is a more frequent occurrence than people may realize until it becomes obvious. Bathroom mold is perhaps expected to a certain degree due to the frequent moisture and recurrent use. When it becomes excessive or does not undergo regular cleaning, the mold can become a problem that can get out of hand quickly. One way to effectively combat the growth of bathroom mold is to perform a regularly scheduled cleaning of bathrooms in the home. Despite best efforts and regular cleaning, mold can still settle into the grout of tiled surfaces. This may be the beginning of a recurrent problem. This is an area of concern if a bathroom was not sealed properly, particularly in tiled bathrooms with grout. The homeowner may or may not be aware if the bathroom was sealed.

The problem with mold damage is that the damage can exist beneath the surface and then migrate into other areas of the home. Unfortunately, this problem can range from mild to severe and occur without knowledge. This is when the experts need to be called to assess the problem.
 
Slow leaks in bathrooms may stream along grout lines and leak into drywall or find its way beneath flooring. Upstairs bathrooms of homes are particularly vulnerable because there is potential for water to leak into the ceilings of the lower floor. Water can travel a long distance across a home and end up leaking from ceilings or out of light fixtures and chandeliers. All of the areas exposed to the water are subject to growing mold. The mold can spread to other adjacent household structures causing additional unseen damage. Mold can cause health effects so there is a legitimate need to look for Madison mold damage anytime a leak has occurred. The presence of mold damage in a home is significant and can affect the chances of trying to sell a home.
 
Bathroom sinks may have leaking pipes that go undetected for long periods of time until obvious signs of water damage occur. Mold growth may build up on the surface of the sink pipes or in the areas where the water has leaked. It is critical to identify the source of the mold and take preventative measures to avoid the problem from reoccurring again. Homeowners need to take proactive actions when mold damage occurs and call the experts to assess the problem.

Our highly specialized team will evaluate the scene and determine an appropriate course of action and provide you with all options to solve the problem. Mold damage is severe and can cause health effects. When you experience a mold problem, call the experts at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324.

Businesses Need Professional Help To Recover From Damage

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

A Flood Damaged Entry Can Shut Down a Business Completely

SERVPRO's Commercial Flood Damage Team Is Your Best Defense In An Emergency

Commercial damage from floods and water can create devastating losses for your business and you. When a flood or water damage occurs at your commercial business, do you know who to call to assist you in getting back on your feet and up and running again? At SERVPRO, we will give you an effective, fast and efficient response to your water or flood damage emergency. We have plenty of experience in restoring water-damaged commercial properties of all types and sizes, and we can assist you, too.

Available 24/7

Our emergency commercial damage team is available 24/7 to help you during your disaster. We know time is money, and your livelihood is on the line whenever your business is. That is why our restoration team can provide you emergency services whenever you need them. We strive to keep our trucks totally stocked and ready to deploy as well so that we can be on site as soon as possible in a majority of circumstances.
 
What Our Services Include 

  • We have the necessary, professional grade equipment that is state of the art
  • Our fully trained and IICRC-backed technicians are deployed fast, any time or the day or week
  • Our manpower and experience have assisted in restoring a lot of large scale businesses
  • Many times we can restore expensive equipment and appliances which other commercial restoration companies can’t
  • We’ll give you itemized and secure storage for all your equipment, furniture, and appliances
  • We will coordinate with your insurance carrier directly so you can focus on your business

Commercial Water and Flood Services We Provide


When your commercial building has experienced a disaster, it can affect your ability to operate your business effectively. Our teams at SERVPRO respond fast and do the necessary repairs to get your business up and running as soon as we can. We can provide you with the following: 

  • Structure drying
  • Cleaning of upholstery
  • Total reconstruction
  • Deodorizing
  • Secure and itemized storage
  • 24-hour emergency flood service
  • Mold remediation
  • Water damage
  • Flood cleanup
  • Flood repair/remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Water damage cleanup
  • Mold cleanup
  • Contents pack outs and cleaning
  • Contents restoration – on and off site
  • Carpet cleaning


We Provide Water Damage Restoration for Any Commercial Property 

  • Food service
  • Restaurants
  • Retail properties
  • Office complexes and buildings
  • Hospitality and hotels
  • Light industrial and warehouses
  • Municipal buildings
  • Heavy industrial
  • Schools
  • Medical facilities and offices
  • Places of worship and churches
  • Plus more

When you’ve experienced any commercial damage in Goodlettsville, our professional staff at SERVPRO is ready to help you out. As you can see, we offer a variety of disaster services and have an experienced and professional team ready to help you out whenever you need.


Don’t hesitate to give SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville a call at (615) 868-5324 as soon as you’ve experienced any commercial damage so that we can get your business up and running again in no time, and with no stress for you.

Fire Damage Requires Expetise to Remediate

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke Damaged Home

SERVPRO Is Equipped To Handle All Aspects of Damage

Fire damage is very unpredictable. For one thing, there are multiple possible causes for a fire. Along with the fire, there are smoke and fumes that could cause a lot of problems in the home. Even after the initial fire, there are usually other damages that extend beyond the damages that the fire causes. Then the amount of water needed to put out the fire can cause a lot of damage as well. This can result in a truly stressful situation.

Fortunately, our professionals at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville can easily and quickly solve your problem.
 
One thing that makes us very efficient in fire damage restoration is that we have a lot of knowledge about the damages that are caused as well as what it takes to fix the damages. We are also quick about restoring the house from damages caused by fire, smoke and soot. Along without knowledge and expertise, we are also very caring and empathetic to what you are going through.
 
Our fire damage restoration process will ensure that your home is back to its prior condition before the fire. We thoroughly inspect the home for all damages caused by the incident. We then cover the damaged roofs and windows with tarps and boards. In the case of water damage, we remove the water with our pumps and dehumidifiers. Afterward, we get rid of soot and smoke from every surface that it has affected. We have the equipment that is specialized in removing all of the smoke and soot from the surfaces of the home. We then clean and sanitize every area of the home that was affected by the fire. Then we restore as much of your home as we can.
 
Our companies are located where we can reach our clients quickly. If you have experienced any fire damages in Madison, then call us at (615) 868-5324.
 
 

Moisture Spawns Damage

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Different Colors of Mold

Mold Can Silently Spread After a Leak

When living in a home or owning a piece of property, it is important to know how to handle mold damage in Nashville. For one thing, discover an infestation of mold in your home can be stressful. The result of mold is often destruction or damages to surfaces. On top of that, there could be health issues that could occur in a mold infested home or piece of commercial property. For this reason, it is important to give us a call so that we can inspect your home and start the process of removing the mold and restoring your home.
 
It can be absorbing to know how mold and mold damage form in Nashville. One thing to understand is that mold is naturally occurring. It is everywhere in the air and on surfaces. How it typically grows is in dark areas that have moisture. This includes cabinets, bathrooms, attics, or any places where there have been leaks or flooding. A common occurrence of mold and subsequent Nashville mold damage is when there is a leak in the plumbing, typically in the walls. This results of mold growing somewhere in the hidden areas of the walls. Upon discovery of mold, it must be removed carefully. Our services are effective at taking care of the mold problem.
 
It is not recommended to try to scrub mold. Instead of getting rid of the problem, scrubbing can cause spores to fly out into the air. As a result, mold could spread in new places. Among the places that they could enter is in the air conditioning system. As a result, instead of cleaning up the mold, you help to spread the mold throughout the home. It is better to give us a call so that we can properly get rid of the mold infestation.
 
We at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville have the experience, techniques, and equipment needed to get rid of the mold in an effective manner. We will carefully contain the infected area and we will be precise in our removal of the mold. We make sure that no other area is contaminated in the home. We will also restore any damages done to your home because of mold. We also understand how quickly mold can spread. We are available 24/7 so you can call us as soon as you detect mold infestation in your home at (615) 868-5324.

Prevent Commercial Damage in Goodlettesville From Becoming a Mold Infestation

5/28/2016 (Permalink)

Different Types of Mold on a Wall

Dealing With Commercial Damage Requires Professionals

There is a lot of reason to deal with commercial mold damage in Goodlettsville. One major reason is that damages are bad for business. Commercial property often undergoes different inspections. There are also other issues that could occur as a result of mold that could cost the company money in the long run. For instance, if someone finds himself dealing with health problems, then that could be grounds for an expensive lawsuit. Therefore, it is important that you give us at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville a call so that we can inspect your home and uncover any potential problems and damages. As a result, we can take care of them.
 
We handle damages caused by fires, storms, floods, leaks, and other issues. We have the experience and equipment necessary to effectively take care of every hint of Goodlettsville mold damage so that it does not cause any further problems down the line. We understand how the initial damage of the property can lead to even further damages, not just to the building, but to one's health. We have the equipment needed to handle all of the damages caused by any occurrence such as fire and water. A lot of these problems require our professional approach and equipment to be taken care of.
 
In the case of mold, trying to clean it without the proper knowledge, equipment and procedure can result in the problem getting worse than better. Therefore, it is better to call us so that we can better assess the problem. Among the things we at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville do is find the source of the mold damage near Goodlettsville, contain it, and then remove it. After cleaning the commercial property of the occurrence of mold, then we restore the property so that it is in the condition it was before it started accumulating damages.
 
It is better to get as close to the root of the problem as possible. Problems like floods and molds often occur because of some other issue such as broken plumbing. Mold is usually the result of moisture. There are different types of mold that could have different effects on people and property. However, no matter what kind of mold you get, give us a call at (615) 868-5324 so that we can take care of any problem.

Contacting Professionals for fire damage in Madison Services

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Candles Are a Common Cause of Fire in a Home

Fire Damage Restoration Always Entails Dealing With Water Damage As Well

Cigarette smoking, electrical outlet problems, candles, space heaters are all common causes for starting a fire in a home. Even when a homeowner takes special care in preventing their homes from going up in smokes, major Fire Damage in Madison problems can still occur. If the owner is home, they may be able to minimize the damage by putting out the flames before the fire spreads. On the other hand, if no one is in the home when the fire breaks out, the entire home may go up in flames before the smoke or flames are even discovered. Regardless to the circumstances, these times can be very devastating for everyone involved. Meaning the lives for the entire family will be completely disrupted until the structure is rebuilt or the repairs are made, and people can occupy their homes again.
 
To that end, here are few things that must done in the aftermath of a minor or a major fire in the home. Some of the most essential consist of the following:
 
Contact a Professional Fire Damage Repair Restoration Company
 
After the firefighters have put out the fire, the homeowner is often left with dealing with the recovery process. Unfortunately, this process is not always easy for the family because the job that’s left can be quite hefty. Also, it does not matter if the fire damage is relatively small, there are still some duties and responsibilities that should only be performed by a professional agency like a Madison Fire Damage remediation company. This is because the process of getting everything back together includes ensuring no hidden damage is left untreated or appropriately cared for. For instance, these jobs normally call for our teams of specialists to use professional equipment to remove soot, smoke damage or other odors from items in the home that can be salvaged.
 
Assessment of the Damages
 
Once our highly trained fire restoration technicians are on site, we provide an inspection that identifies what work needs to be done. For instance, in some cases, the home may have little damage left over from the flames, but will have a lot of smoke damage in the home that can only be removed with the appropriate advanced tools and equipment. Meaning these jobs are not intended for the family to do alone with a do it yourself home remedy.
 
Removing Excess Water
 
It is also important to note that fire damage near Madison is not the only problem that people will have to deal with. Specifically, because the firefighter will use lots of water to put the fire out. When this occurs, the owner will need a professional solution that will remove the excess water, dry the water from the items in the home and ensure nothing is left that will cause mold to grow and spread.
 
So, for those of you who need a professional to visit your home for an assessment of the damage and a plan, you call SERVPRO of Madison Goodlettsville at 615-868-5324 today.

Mold Damage in Nashville

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Near a Doorway of a House

Quick Response Helps to Stops Mold From Spreading

Mold Damage in Nashville is a very severe emergency that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. It also needs professional service to effectively get rid of the occurrence. Therefore, if you have mold, then you should get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville. We are available 24/7 for any emergencies. We are particularly available to handle mold because we understand how quickly the problem could escalate. It could take as little as 48 hours for the mold to spread throughout the property. Also, it takes a particular type of technique to clean the mold without making the problem any worse.
 
We at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville have everything that is necessary to take care of every occurrence of mold. When left alone, mold could even cause health problems. Therefore, it is crucial to get in contact with us so that we can quickly find the mold damage in Nashville and fix it. We can restore the home or commercial property once we are done with our mold remediation services. We can provide effective mold remediation services because we have an understanding of mold and how it can cause many problems in the home.
 
Our company, SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is conveniently and strategically located to reach anyone in the area in a timely manner. We are very passionate about taking care of the mold damage problem near Nashville before it causes extensive damage. We go beyond just removing the mold, we also go to the root of the problem and take care of it so that it could cause no more problems within the structure of the property. AS soon as we receive an emergency call, we arrive at the emergency and inspect the home for mold. We also determine the type of mold infestation and proceed to contain the mold. Afterward, we perform the air filtration process. Then we remove the mold. The rest of the procedure involves cleaning and restoration. Each mold infestation is its own unique problem and requires a different solution. We are equipped for many different types of mold infestations. If you have or suspect you might have an infestation of mold, then give us a call at (615) 868-5324.

What Happens in Nashville Commercial Flood Damage?

5/22/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding Surrounding a Business

Some Major Issues of Concern After Flood Damage

Flood damage is often at its worst when it hits commercial buildings. Businesses often have materials and equipment in them that can make commercial flood damage in Nashville particularly dangerous and damaging. Besides, the large and practical layouts of most commercial buildings can compound repair obstacles, but also expedite some processes. These are some of the most major concerns that may strike you after flood damage hits your business.
 
Leaked or Mixed Chemicals
 
Commercial buildings often have high quantities of potentially hazardous liquid and powder materials that floodwater can easily mix with. Everything from industrial chemicals to simple cleaning supplies may present a hazard, in addition to materials such as drywall or fiberglass which may create further problems if melted down by water. Although the risk of such hazards is greatly reduced once waters have dried up, their risks and potential consequences should not be forgotten.
 
Electronics and Wall Outlets
 
Electrical currents from electronics or wall outlets are one of the most potentially dangerous factors in a flooded room. Although floodwaters do not often reach high enough to make this a significant threat, it can be more common in basements and areas below ground level. Boots and pants, tightly sealed and resistant to electricity, are a must whenever entering a flooded room.
 
Mold Growth
 
Mold patches can develop within days of a flood's occurrence, and these patches will often not stop growing until the area is completely dry. Rapid draining and drying of rooms are essential for stopping mold growth in its tracks, but some amount of mold growth is typical to be expected after a flood.
 
Structural Damage and Repairs
 
Parts of the structure, such as wall and floor materials, outlets, metal building materials, and more may need repair or replacement following a flood. Not only is water capable of tearing through and staining some materials, but it can also cause damage in the form of rust and corrosion in metals and other materials. Water and Nashville flood damage is often a particularly significant problem after huge floods, but a building will typically incur at least moderate structural damage following a flood. One of the most commonly replaced items is flooring, especially for carpets and some types of wood.

So, if you are interested in requesting the services of SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville for flood damage near Nashville, you can contact our professionals at (615) 868-5324.

Madison / Goodlettsville Storm Damage - When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is ready!

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is Ready For When Storms or Floods Hit

Our highly trained crews are able to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Madison / Goodlettsville. SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

We Offer Quicker Response
Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond faster with the right resources, which is crucial. A quick response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Madison / Goodlettsville, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the nation and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (615) 868-5324.

Many Of The Dangers Fire Damage Holds For Your Goodlettsville Home

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

Firefighters Try to Control a Spreading Home Fire

Safety is Primary When Dealing With a Home Fire - During and After

In any fire, regardless of the actual source of the fire, many things can happen. Nashville fire damage in your home should not be treated as an afterthought. Of all things that can and do happen, not too many of them are good, so a quick look helps you understand this.


The flames that can engulf your home or even just a few parts of it can cause things, such as smoke, soot, often greasy, to become airborne and infiltrate throughout the structure. Heat and fire cause many chemicals to be released from carpets and many other synthetic fabrics and building materials.


Furnishings burn, decorations melt, and all of this adds to the odors from those gasses released from those fabrics, along with the insulation. The earthy, fairly musty smell from all of the water that used to put the fire out will also be present. Smell also presents the very real possibility that different molds begin to use that water to take hold and initiate the process that may take over a significant portion of your home.


All of this water, mold and fire damage in your Nashville home must be handled in a proper way to return your house to a livable condition.


There are, of course, things that you can do to help prevent your being hurt or killed during this time which is also a very real possibility as there are more than 12,600 people injured and 2,500 people that die in home fires every year, across the United States.


First, remember that fire is fast. It only takes as little as 30 seconds for a flame to get out of control. The thick, black smoke permeates your home and make it impossible to see or know where anything is, even in a house you have been living in for years and years. It is that intimidating. This timeline does not allow you to gather up all sorts of stuff you would like to save. There is time for getting out if you do it carefully.


Another thing to remember is that fire is, of course, HOT. In the five minutes, it can take to engulf your home totally; the floor temperature may be sitting at 100 degrees, but at your breathing level, it could 600 degrees. It can sear your lungs and cause much damage to skin, eyes, and all extremities.

Fire alarms are the best idea to have installed before you think you need them. They can be life saving and prevent fire damage near Nashville.


Smoke alarms should be placed outside and inside bedrooms.


If one of them goes off, get up and out, staying as close to the cooler floor as possible. Do not try to stop and call anyone; Do not try to stop and gather anything, other than the kids.


If your Nashville home has suffered from fire damage, please call SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville for 24/7 help. We proudly serve the greater Nashville, Goodlettsville and Madison areas with professional, timely and friendly water, mold and fire-related problems for many years. Our phone number is (615) 868-5324.
 

Keeping Pets Safe During and After Storm Damage in Madison

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Dog Looking on Overflowing Flood Drains

Don't Forget to Include Pets in Your Storm Preparation Plans

Humans may be able to understand the nature and complications of a storm well, but for pets, heavy storms can be a source of great fear. Keeping your pets safe and secure during any Nashville storm damage is essential for both their safety and yours, as a panicked pet may cause harm to you or your home. Here are some tips on dealing with your pets before and after a storm.

Be Prepared

A large part of keeping your pets safe during a storm involves preparation. Pets can tolerate a storm better if they are ready beforehand, with arrangements made long before a storm or flooding strikes to keep them in a secure location. Most important, you should have your pet's collar and tags up-to- date and securely fastened at all times; this is important for more situations than just a storm, as this is the easiest way to get your pets back to you should they get lost. Also, giving your pet a microchip is often a good idea, as if the local animal shelter finds or receives your pet, they will know whom to bring it back to. Finally, you should be aware a pet-friendly shelter or secure kennel to accommodate your pets should they need it.

Keep Pets Locked Up

Whether they are put in a kennel, a shelter, or simply a locked room, make sure your pets are in an area where they can not get out or cause significant damage. Many pets panic in big storms, and if they are not in a secure location, damage can occur, or the pet can get lost. Be careful and above all, make sure the location itself is safe for your pet to stay in. Keeping them in a secure location can help to minimize storm damage in and around your Nashville home.

Comfort Them Afterward

Pets derive a great deal of their emotional security from humans, and after a storm, you may be the only one who can help your pet recover. Be sure to groom, feed, and take care of your pets more than normal, and let them know everything is all right. A few pet treats might not hurt, either.

SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is a locally owned and operated company, taking pride in years of experience helping homeowners recover from heavy storms. We have an extensive team with professional equipment ready to handle any storm-related damage. If you need emergency repairs, or would like advice related to storm damage in the Nashville area, please call us at (615) 868-5324.

Commercial Mold Damage in Nashville

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Many Commercial HVAC Systems Can Harbor and Spread Mold Spores

Commerical HVAC Systems Need Professional Service To Remove Mold Spores From the Work Environment

Molds reproduce by making spores that are nearly invisible. Some mold spores are good while other spores are dangerous. Mold spores exist everywhere, indoors and out, and they grow on nearly any organic surfaces, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. All molds and subsequent Nashville mold damage can potentially cause health issues, but other mold species can produce harmful toxins and irritants. Mold can grow on wood, paper, carpets, foods, insulation and other types of damp material. Whenever mold spores find a damp spot, they begin to grow and absorb whatever they land on in order to survive. Bad indoor mold environments cannot be completely eradicated, but mold can be controlled. Mold fungus comes in many different colors, such as black (the most harmful), white, gray, green, red, yellow, brown and blue. The color of mold is influenced by its genus, by the conditions in which it is formed, its nutrient source, and its age. Mold is just another part of nature, and it plays a major role in organic matter because helpful mold breaks down dead matter, for example – fallen leaves.
 
Commercial mold damage in Nashville is not an uncommon occurrence, due to many buildings that have industrial HVAC and daily working plumbing systems. Buildings like motels, apartment buildings, office buildings, medical buildings, and more are susceptible to mold growth, but locations that have high mold exposures, includes antique boutiques, floral/vegetable greenhouses, saunas, farms, grain mills, construction areas, and even summer cottages. EPA studies have reported that microbial growth is a common event in HVAC systems and which should be monitored closely because of its use in indoor air pollution. Commercial building maintenance staff, industrial hygienists, building managers, contractors and other health and safety technicians are guided by building regulations and guidelines in how often to test for mold growths.
 
Most all indoor air travels through HVAC systems throughout whole buildings and mold spores like this environment, especially in drip pans, ductworks, coils, and humidifiers. Management must make sure that their system can trap pollutants with routine cleaning to keep mold spores from growing. They must also keep HVAC mold environments like this under control. The maintenance for indoor venting and plumbing systems in commercial buildings is specifically designed to keep machinery operating routinely and to keep mold fungus from growing. Humidity levels within commercial buildings are required to be no higher than 50% all day, and indoor humidity should be reduced to 30-60% to decrease mold growth.
 
Health officials and the EPA have worked together to keep safe air quality in industrial locations by encouraging the manufacturing of mold resistant products, which includes mold-resistant paints that can be used on walls and floors to help stop mold before it starts. Mold resistant paints have an additive called “mildewcide” which is a specialty antimicrobial chemical that destroys mold and seals the wall, ceilings, and floor to keep mold spores at bay, as well as inhibiting mildew, odor, and stain causing bacteria. Powerful and efficient commercial grade spray disinfectants and hard surface cleaners are produced to remove mold and to kill mold spores completely so that they do not return. These registered disinfectants and cleaners are purposely designed for hard surfaces, such as vents, grilles, diffusers, and cooling coils. Another preventive measure in preventing mold damage within the Nashville workplace is mold resistant drywall (gypsum boards) which is used when repairing interior walls and ceilings in standard commercial and institutional locations. This unique drywall product does not hold moisture or heat so that mold spores can not exist within its structure. 

Mold can spread swiftly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can respond promptly in Nashville, Madison, and Goodlettsville to mitigate property and revenue losses. Call us 24/7 for help. (615) 868-5324

Water Extraction and Expediting the Job in Nashville

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Flood Damaged Home in Nashville

The Benefits of Hiring Professionals After Water Damage in Nashville, Madison and Goodlettsville

In the last several decades, the weather in the U. S. as well as abroad has become strangely unpredictable. In fact, natural disasters like Katrina can occur virtually at any time without notice. Based on the amount of damage done in an area, people may pay hundreds to thousands of dollars in recovery. In specific, flash flooding occurs in a particular field, and much water damage occurs in Nashville. People need to find a way to protect their homes from very costly damage. Therefore, one of the first things that the homeowner should do is contact a professional agency for their services.

When a professional enters the home, there are numerous things that they need to do. However, one of the most important is extracting the water from the floors and the carpeting quickly so that they can begin the drying process. For those who want to make sure that the job is done right the first time and quickly, it is essential for the homeowner to hire a professional Nashville water damage recovery services to complete these tasks. Once contacted, these professions survey the damage and then begin the process of clean up. One of the significant parts of this job is water extraction. Water extraction requires the proper expertise and the best type of water retraction equipment possible.

With the right type of equipment, these professionals can extract all of the water out of the carpeting so that the carpets can dry naturally. Also, for those who contact these professionals to do the job, they can save not only time but also money. If the water damage is severe enough, these teams of professionals can help to expedite the extraction of the water out of the carpets and contribute to make or suggest the recommended repairs to deter the formation of mold.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

The water damage specialists of Nashville from SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can get started promptly to get your property in Nashville, Madison and Goodlettsville dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. We use only advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying principles. Call us 24/7 for help. (615) 868-5324

Nashville Mold Damage - Improving Your Property After Nashville Mold Damage

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be one of the most destructive forces in a home, and you may understandably be stressed if you discover mold damage in your Nashville home.

Call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville for Mold Damage Services in Nashville

Mold can be one of the most destructive forces in a home, and you may understandably be stressed if you discover mold damage in your Nashville property. There are several species of mold that can grow on residential buildings, and many of them can destroy or stain surfaces. Some can cause mild or even severe illness for your family. Solutions are available, so you'll want to find an effective way to remove mold from your property as soon as possible.

How Mold Growth Develops
Mold is a naturally occurring substance that can grow on a broad range of surfaces, including drywall, carpeting, wood cabinetry and more. It prefers to grow in areas that are dark and moist, so you may find it underneath your bathroom or kitchen cabinets, in attics or basements if there have been leaks, and in other areas of the home. Plumbing leaks can occur anywhere inside the walls, so you may have mold damage inside your walls growing in hidden areas. If you have become aware that you have mold growing in your home, it is important to remove it with care.

The Proper Way to Remove Mold
Mold spores can easily become airborne when the affected area is disrupted. This means that scrubbing an area with mold growth can result in mold spores becoming dislocated and taking up residence in new areas of the home. They can even enter the HVAC system and circulate throughout all areas of the home through the air ducts, so your efforts to clean the mold can make the problem worse. With this in mind, the affected area should be handled with care so that the mold is carefully contained and the risk of mold growth spreading throughout the home is decreased.

What a Professional Will Do
If you have mold damage in your Nashville home, it is advisable to request professional mold remediation services. This is an effective way to remove mold from a home because of the techniques that professionals use. Through professional remediation services, the area will carefully be contained, and the mold will be removed in a precise manner that prevents contamination in other regions of the home. The risk of illness to your family members will be minimized.

At SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville, we are skilled at removing mold damage from Nashville properties, and we can quickly and more efficiently clean up your space. We are a local company that is known for hard work and for producing efficient results, and we are ready to begin working for you. If you have a section of mold growth in your home and have been searching for a realistic solution to the problem, contact our office today at (615) 868-5324.

Flood Damage and Carpets in a Nashville Home

3/12/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and Carpets Are a Serious Challenge After a Storm

When Your Nashville Property Has Sustained Flood Damage to Your Carpets Call SERVPRO for Help

When your business or home in Nashville suffers flood damage, and the carpet is in the flood damaged area, you must extract water from the carpet right away. Carpeting, if made from a cellulose product, is particularly susceptible to water damage. Not only is wet carpeting potentially a health risk, but it also produces a bad odor. Further, flood waters do contain bacteria and other contaminants. If water is not quickly extracted from the carpet, long-term health problems could result for people living with the wet carpet for an extended period.

Types of Water Categories
Water damage is classified into three categories. Clean, Gray, and Black Water. Clean water is water that has wetted your carpet from a broken water pipe, or another source of clean drinking water. Clean water is not harmful when it is contained in its conduit. Gray water is water that may have come from an appliance overflowing, a washing machine with soapy water or a water heater. It may also be degraded clean water that has been allowed to pool and collect foreign contaminants. These contaminants may cause discomfiture, but are not lethal. If proper sanitizing and fungicides are applied after the carpet has been dried, then the carpet can be safe for use.  Black Water is from unsanitary water flooding the area. It may be groundwater that intruded into your Nashville home from a river or creek. It may be inundating rainwater that finds its way into your basement or a septic tank or sewer line blockage. Regardless of the source, this contaminated water is a health concern, and the carpet would need to be removed safely from the premises. Flood water containing microorganisms, pathogens, fecal matter, and chemicals must be extracted by SERVPRO professionals.

The Process of Water Extraction
 Extracting water requires special equipment. Water pumps, truck mounted and portable, remove gross volumes of water quickly. Wet vacuums are also employed. The drying will continue with the use of dehumidifiers and air movers to increase the natural rate of evaporation within the structure. Next the carpet must be sprayed with chemicals that disinfect and decontaminate the carpet and help prevent the spread of mold. The carpet padding will be discarded and replaced with a new, sanitary product.

Flood Damage Experts
Flood damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO can determine what type of flood damage the carpet has sustained and if it can be salvaged or not. They will state whether your flood damaged Nashville carpet can be saved based on the category of water that has caused the saturation. They have the equipment, knowledge, and expertise to extract water from the carpet in the most effective and efficient way possible affording you the chance to cut expenses while keeping your possessions. By following the standards set forth by the IICRC, you can rest assured that your dried and sanitized carpet is safe for reinstallation. "Like it never even happened."

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As water and storm damage specialists, SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville has the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your carpeting and  property quickly. Call us 24/7 for help in Nashville, Madison, or Inglewood. (615) 868-5324

Why Professional Assistance Is Needed to Clean Up Fire Damage in Goodlettsville

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean. This usually involved creosote build-up in chimneys.

Hiring Cleaning Professionals After Goodlettsville Fire Damage 

If you are a homeowner and are dealing with fire damage in Goodlettsville, trying to take on the cleanup yourself can be a difficult job. Though it is certainly possible to restore small areas of damage on your own, a home that has significant damage due to fire, such as on the roof, walls or floor, is best left to professionals. Though you might think that cleaning a home in Madison or Goodlettsville with residential fire damage is as easy as removing and replacing the scorched areas, there is much more to consider with this type of problem. With the assistance of a professional company, you will have the best chance to reduce the odds of a total loss.

Cleaning Up After the Chaos

Most homeowners realize that they need to clean up quickly after a fire in Goodlettsville, but what they don't understand is that this initial cleanup is not only toxic for a person's health but could also be extremely difficult to perform. Usually, an inspector from the insurance company will come to view the damage, but after they leave, it often requires the use of a HAZMAT suit to thoroughly protect the lungs when cleaning up this large of a mess. 

Fire Damage Isn't the Only Issue 

Fire in Goodlettsville not only leaves charred and smoky belongings in its wake; it also leaves water damage as water is necessary to control the flames. Water damage can sometimes be more difficult to deal with than fire damage because most Madison or Goodlettsville homeowners do not have the tools or the knowledge to handle it. Also, any surface that has water sitting on it for more than about 18 hours is already experiencing mold and bacteria growth. In this case, the best practice is to throw the surface out as it is too difficult to efficiently clean; leaving the mold and bacteria on the surface can lead to serious respiratory issues in the future. 

Don't Forget About the Smoke Damage

Water and fire damage are only part of the story when dealing with a home in Madison or Goodlettsville with residential fire damage. Smoke is also an issue because not only does it change the look of surfaces; it also leaves an odor that is difficult to remove. To remove the smell of smoke, special cleansers are required. Also, keep in mind that even a small fire can push the smoke through the home, and smoke damage can occur in areas of the home that were never touched by fire. This means every surface of the home must be treated for smoke damage even if the fire occurred in another area of the home. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you have recently experienced a fire in your home, it is best to call upon the pros. When a fire occurs in your residential property in Madison/Goodlettsville, Watertown, or White House, we have the skills and equipment to help. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is available to quickly respond to your home following a fire. Call us today at (615) 868-5324.

Madison Water Damage Needs Quick Action

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

Don't Let a Leak Become a Major Madison Water Damaging Event

SERVPRO Removes Water Rapidly from Your Madison Water Damaged Home

When water damage impacts a Madison property, owners have several pressing issues that need immediate addressing. The actual water extraction and the following cleanup process are unique to every water damaging event. Mold and mildew can bloom on your property, from dormant spores that are found in all homes, within two to three days of the initial water intrusion. Another problem!

Water damage that is not remedied immediately and thoroughly can lead to extensive structural damage. Of course, the volume and the time the water has been around in your home, are key factors. A simple leak or spill can be wiped up by the homeowner, but once water has absorbed into carpets, furniture, and drywall, professional help from a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO is the right course of action.

Mold and Mildew Growth Prevention
An important factor of the water removal service is to inhibit mold proliferation because of too much moisture and high relative humidity. Every home has mold spores circulating in the ambient air by way of the HVAC ductwork. This water and moisture removal are important because ongoing exposure to mold can result in health effects. Fast water removal will lower the potential down to safe levels and decrease the probability that the fungi will bloom on your property because of the initial water intrusion. The use of high-velocity fans and a variety of dehumidifiers (mechanical, chemical, and desiccant) remove moisture, decrease interior heat and help return humidity to normal levels in your Madison home.

Limiting Structural Damage to Your House
Lessening structural damage to your property by rapidly removing the standing water is our primary goal. Unfortunately, severe water damage can cause structural problems that require the removal of damaged materials such as ceiling tiles, studs, floor joists, furniture and personal possessions. Even though water removal is of prime importance, we also simultaneously assess the property in our CCIS report. This is proprietary software developed by Corporate SERVPRO that inventories water damaged items where ever they may be found on your property. We mitigate costs by saving water logged items and materials when feasible. We will safely discard non-salvageable items. This report, and working with your insurance company, can alleviate much of the stress involved with this nerve-wracking event. We will help with the claims paperwork to further ease your burden.

Count on the experienced IICRC-certified professions from SERVPRO.
When it's time for you to secure fast, efficient water damage assistance, there's only one team of technicians to call: SERVPRO. With over 55 years of experience in restoring water damaged Madison properties, we are your one-stop shopping destination to remove the water, clean and dry your home, remediate mold damage, sanitize, and deodorize your living space. "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

The water damage specialists from SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville get started promptly to get your property in Madison, Nashville, and Inglewood dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. We Use advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying principles. Call us 24/7 for help. (615) 868-5324

Commercial Water Damage in Nashville

12/17/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip: Preventing Frozen Pipes Keeps Your Business Open

In Nashville, Water Damage to Your Business is Restored by SERVPRO

When your business is forced to relocate temporarily or close its doors due to Nashville water damage, you lose money. In fact, each hour that the business remains closed constitutes an hour of lost productivity and revenue. The solution is simple: allow the professionals of SERVPRO to provide you with the high-quality water damage restoration services you need to re-open your doors. Learn more about the commercial water damage process by reviewing this short outline and also consider SERVPRO's "Emergency Response Profile." We visit your place of business to develop a proactive approach to deal with unexpected business interruptions. This immediate action plan mitigates downtime and business losses by offering you a "plan to get back in."

Why Taking Immediate Action Is Important. When your commercial property is impacted by water damage, one of the first things to consider is the health of your customers and employees. Depending on the source of the water, contamination could be a concern. Ground water from flooding, sewer or septic tank backup, can transport blackwater, which contains pathogens, into the structure. This issue must be addressed immediately and effectively. Standing water and water absorbed into carpeting or building materials run the risk of developing a mold attack that leaves you and your employees vulnerable to unwanted health symptoms. With the approach of winter, frozen pipes can burst causing pooling water within walls, basement, and subfloors. This can lead to substantive structural damage.

What We Can Do. As a team of IICRC-certified specialists, there are several services that the professionals of SERVPRO can provide to get your commercial property back into pre-loss condition following water damage. Some of them include identifying moisture sources, evaluating any mold growth, containing the damages, removing any and all contamination, and drying structural materials to help reduce your losses and preserve your property. As soon as you call us, we'll arrive promptly and begin the Nashville water damage restoration work. Our protocol involves thoroughly cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing the sections of the property that were affected by the water damage. Items that are non-salvageable will be wrapped and safely discarded to prevent cross-contamination. We'll also clean your business equipment on site or store them in our pack-out facilities for cleaning. Document drying and written confirmation of returning your business establishment to normal moisture levels can also be provided.

Call SERVPRO when commercial water damage in Nashville strikes your place of business. Your immediate concerns are safety, preservation of business equipment, records, inventory, and property. If you have insurance coverage, we can work with your insurance adjuster to efficiently expedite the process and help you with your claim. We are preferred vendors for many insurance and management companies. Our IICRC-certified professionals, using advanced cleaning and drying techniques work rapidly to get you back in business--"Like it never even happened."

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large Nashville commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Madison or a big box store in Goodlettsville, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about our training and certifications.. Call us for 24 hour emergency service. (615) 868-5324

Madison-Goodlettsville, Nashville are you ready?

11/6/2015 (Permalink)

Our professionals at SERVPRO have the training, equipment, and experience to restore your business to running order as quickly as possible!

Are you ready, Madison-Goodlettsville?

SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville in Nashville can help local businesses reduce business interruption. SERVPRO is known for its readiness to help assist in the wake of disasters, but SERVPRO would like to help you and your business develop a proactive approach for unexpected business interruptions. We start by helping you plan now! SERVPRO has developed an Emergency Response Profile to help minimize business interruption with an immediate plan of action. 

We recommend you “Have a plan to get back in.” 50% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

Call us today to schedule one of our team members to come help you develop your plan. SERVPRO doesn’t charge for this service. We make it fast and helpful. Call SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville at 615-868-5324 and ask for Stephanie.

SERVPRO Teamed up with The American Red Cross for Fire Safety

10/19/2015 (Permalink)

Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

Once again SERVPRO was very proud to be involved in our Madison area community for a worthy endeavor that is called the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. It was our pleasure to team up with The American Red Cross on Saturday to help distribute and install 250 smoke detectors to help protect our local families. Rick and Carol Shelley, and many from our SERVPRO crew met at the Cornerstone Church in Madison at 9:00AM on Saturday, October 10, 2015 and we met up with volunteers who listened to our call for help and we found quite a few. Glad you could join us for 3-hours of going door-to-door for smoke detector installations, checking existing smoke alarms for function, and going over basic fire drill escape plans with our neighbors. Let us continue be proud of our community and help keep our friends and neighbors safe.

SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville and the American Red Cross is partnering for a Fire Preparedness Campaign

9/24/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville and the American Red Cross is partnering for a Fire Preparedness Campaign. A nationwide effort by the Red Cross and partners, in collaboration with local fire departments and aligned with existing preparedness initiatives, to convene community coalitions and mobilize resources to save lives and reduce injuries from home fires.

Did you know… 

  • Every 40 minutes, a fire injury is reported
  • Home fires cause, on average, 2,500 deaths and roughly $7 billion in property damages every year
  • 7 times a day, someone dies in a home fire
  • Source: National Fire Protection Association 2013

    Target Neighborhoods include …

    •       Gallatin Pike south of Madison (67 Apartments, 355 other residential buildings)

    •       Edgehill Rose Park between 8th and 12th

    •       South Nashville Napier Area

    •       Springfield, TN

    •       Portland, TN

    Local Partners include …

    •       SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville 

    •       Allstate

    •       Messer Construction

    •       Nashville/Franklin Elks Lodge

    •       Cornerstone Church

    •       The Upper Room

    •       Belmont University SERT

    SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville and individuals across the country are teaming up with the Red Cross to mobilize resources and volunteers to help improve home fire preparedness in their communities. Campaigns are being developed in collaboration with local fire departments and aligned with existing preparedness initiatives, and will focus especially on increasing preparedness in at-risk neighborhoods.

    How can we work together? 

  • Take steps in your own home and neighborhood to prevent fires and increase preparedness
  • Join your Community Home Fire Preparedness Coalition 
  • Participate in community home fire preparedness activities 
  • Donate to support home fire preparedness
  • Help support, promote or implement community efforts to increase working smoke alarms in at-risk neighborhoods 
  • Join your Community Home Fire Preparedness Coalition 
  • To find out how you can participate, contact Stephanie HemmingerSERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville at 615-868-5324.

    What Should I Do When My Property in Nashville Is Affected By Water Damage?

    9/23/2015 (Permalink)

    Fast Water Extraction Needed for Drying

    SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home in Nashville After a Water Damage Event

    When water damage impacts your home in Nashville, immediately addressing the issue is important. Once the initial damage has occurred, water can make its way into the structure of your property. If not acted upon quickly, the result can be extensive structural damage coupled with the onset of mold and mildew. However, immediately reacting to the water damage can help limit secondary water damage. This will save you not only time and money, but also precious possessions. To expedite the remediation process contact a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO. Learn more about water damage and why obtaining professional assistance is important.

    Water Damage: A Brief Overview

    Water damage results when your property is impacted by a natural disaster such as a flood, fire, or tornado. Water damage can also occur due to household issues like leaky faucets, sewage backup, or pipes that burst. Causing structural damage to your property because of unwanted water intrusion can generate a number of other challenges:
    poor air quality
    • mold and mildew growth
    • humid atmosphere
    • unpleasant odors that permeate your ceilings, floors, and walls
    • damage or loss of furnishings, art, electronics and more.

    Mitigate the loss of possessions and structural damage by getting SERVPRO to begin water removal and cleanup.

    Why You Should Call A Water Damage Specialist

    Calling a specialist as soon as your property is impacted by water damage is important for many reasons. First, SERVPRO will perform a thorough assessment of your property to determine the nature and extent of the damage. This work empowers the experts to develop a detailed, customized clean-up plan that will help optimize and expedite the restoration process. Additionally, SERVPRO can send multiple contractors to your property quickly to start the restoration process.

    The Importance Of The Drying Process

    After water pumps have removed the standing water, then vacuums, powerful air-moving machines, and dehumidifiers will eliminate the balance of water and moisture. With fast action and the right equipment, you can often lessen the need to replace hardwood floor, carpet, and walls. You can also minimize stains and bad odors that result from mold and mildew.

    Acting immediately upon the onslaught of water intrusion is the most important step to take. Calling a team of professional water damage restoration experts like SERVPRO should be done right after reaching out to your insurance company. Here at SERVPRO, we're trained in offering a fast response that helps ensure that your home in Nashville is restored with expedience. "Like it never even happened." We're also pleased to provide all of our customers with 24/7 emergency services.

    Locally Owned and Operated

    We live and work in Nashville too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Nashville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

    As leaders in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. Call us. (615) 868-5324

    SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville is partnering with the American Red Cross for a Fire Preparedness Campaign

    9/8/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville is partnering with the American Red Cross for a Fire Preparedness Campaign in our local market. Our campaign objectives include Saving Lives, Reducing Injuries and Building Resilient Communities. 

    Did you know … 

    • 7 times a day, someone dies in a home fire
    • Every 40 minutes, a fire injury is reported
    • Home fires cause, on average, 2,500 deaths and roughly $7 billion in property damages every year

    Source: National Fire Protection Association 2013

    Organizations including SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville and individuals across the country are teaming up with the Red Cross to mobilize resources and volunteers to help improve home fire preparedness in their communities through efforts that range from door-to-door canvassing and smoke alarm installation with neighbors to innovative fire safety and preparedness smartphone app content. Campaigns are being developed in collaboration with local fire departments and aligned with existing preparedness initiatives, and will focus especially on increasing preparedness in at-risk neighborhoods.

    The Campaign Cornerstones include ...

    Door-to-door installation of smoke alarms and completion of home-safety checklists and plans in vulnerable neighborhoods

    Youth engagement in classrooms and after school with technology, challenges, and science-based education  

    Marketing campaign to motivate individuals to take action to save themselves, their families and their neighbors by testing smoke alarms and practicing escape plans

    How can we work together? 

    • Join your Community Home Fire Preparedness Coalition 
    • Participate in community home fire preparedness activities 
    • Help support, promote or implement community efforts to increase working smoke alarms in at-risk neighborhoods 
    • Take steps in your own home and neighborhood to prevent fires and increase preparedness
    • Donate to support home fire preparedness

    To find out how you can participate, contact Stephanie Hemminger

    SERVPRO of Madison-Goodlettsville at 615-868-5324

    During a Madison Tornado

    8/13/2015 (Permalink)

    Tornadoes are terrifying and often deadly.

    During a Tornado

    Tornadoes are terrifying and often deadly. A Madison storm can strike suddenly with little or no warning. Weather conditions such as heavy rain, or even darkness, can make it difficult to know if a funnel is on the ground. Your family should be aware of the following conditions that may indicate a tornado is imminent.

    • A sky that is dark or has a green hue

    • Large hail

    • Dark clouds that are lowering or have signs of rotation

    • Roaring wind sounding similar to a freight train

    • Bright flashes of light from power lines being knocked down

    If you see a funnel or notice weather conditions indicating an approaching Madison storm, you should immediately take cover. While no place is completely safe during a tornado, you should keep the following tips in mind when looking for shelter:

    • Stay away from windows.

    • Look for an interior basement.

    • If you don’t have a basement, go to an interior room on the lowest level of your home.

    • Try to cover your head with something soft such as a pillow or blanket.

    • If you are in a multi-level home, make sure there is nothing heavy directly above you.

    • Seek shelter in a nearby permanent structure or designated tornado shelter if you live in a mobile home.

    If you are in a large public building or wide-span building such as a mall, you should keep the following in mind:

    • Don’t use elevators since you may become stuck if the power fails.

    • Get to the basement or lowest level.

    • Get under or up against something study to protect yourself from falling debris.

    Do not try to outrun a Madison storm if you are outside or in your car. If you are unable to get to shelter, you should do the following:

    • Do not stay in your car since it can be picked up by the tornado.

    • Avoid large trees

    • Look for a low-lying area such as a deep ditch or culvert.

    • Protect your head as much as possible.

    The key to surviving a tornado is being prepared. An inexpensive NOAA weather radio is one of the best ways to protect your family during severe weather. These radios automatically sound an alert whenever a watch or warning is issued for your area. You should also create a tornado action plan for your family so everyone will know what to do should a Madison storm strike.

    Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

    SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Nashville community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

    We are proud to serve our local communities:

    We are here in Madison and are ready to help you. Just call us. (615) 868-5324

    What Happens During Mold Remediation in A Madison Home?

    8/8/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold in the Bathroom is Unhealthy.

    Madison House Mold Remediation Procedure

    When a homeowner encounters a problem with Madison mold growth, it is an unwelcomed situation that he should address immediately. If a homeowner is concerned that he or she has a problem with mold, then a SERVPRO technician can effectively administer mold indoor air quality testing, which will determine the severity of the problem. When our technician completes a mold inspection, a homeowner will be ready to start mold remediation services. A homeowner will benefit from choosing a reputable and highly rated company in Madison that will be able to administer mold remediation services in an efficient and timely manner. When a homeowner is preparing for a Madison mold remediation service he can expect the following:

    Initial Assessment
    When a mold remediation procedure is started, an initial assessment will be administered by a SERVPRO technician. This expert technician has received specialized training to detect and recognize mold spores in an indoor area. Once the air quality test has been finished, a homeowner will be given a set of written instructions for proper Madison mold removal protocol. The mold removal protocol encompasses specific guidelines for a mold remediation company to follow.

    Mold Removal
    When our technician has completed the initial assessment and provided a homeowner with the written protocol, the home will be ready for the mold removal process. To ensure mold spores do not spread, our expert will establish barriers throughout a home. Our technician will then remove any porous surfaces that have tested positive for Madison mold, which could include drywall, carpet, carpet padding, and insulation. After removal by our technician, he or she will then clean and sanitize all surfaces followed by an application of an antifungal paint.

    Air Scrubbing and Clearance Testing
    Air scrubbing and clearance testing are the final steps in the mold removal process. When all of the contaminated materials have been removed from the home, our technician will reduce the number of mold spores in the air by use of air scrubbers. By using air scrubbers, our technician will effectively restore healthy air levels within a home. When the procedure has been completed, our expert SERVPRO technician will perform a final clearance test to an individual’s home.

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property.

    If a catastrophic storm or event occurs, we can call upon the resources of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

    We are here in Nashville and are ready to help you.  Just call us. (615) 868-5324 

    Reasons to Hire Water Remediation Experts in Goodlettsville

    8/7/2015 (Permalink)

    A fast response can lessen the water damage in your home.

    What Happens After Contacting a Water Damage Experts for a Cleanup?

    Most individuals never need to hire Goodlettsville water damage technicians and have no understanding of the services provided. However, the processes involved in a clean-up after a water disaster are complex. When SERVPRO experts arrive at your water-soaked house, they must determine the exact type of problem that has occurred to create a plan to return your building to its previous condition as quickly as possible. To ensure that your home is restored according to acceptable standards, it is vital to hire SERVPRO.

    Contact Water Damage Technicians for a Cleanup
    After a flooding incident in your building, the most important thing to do is contact SERVPRO, which has the industrial-strength equipment and expertise necessary to begin a cleanup within a few hours. When our technicians begin the drying process immediately, it helps to prevent additional moisture damage to materials such as drywall and wood and to avoid secondary problems that include mold growth and mildew odor. A Goodlettsville water damaged building will contain poor air quality and unknown electrical and structural issues. 

    How Our Technicians Dry a Building
    The first thing that our technicians do when arriving at a flooded structure is make sure that no more water is entering by turning off a main valve. Also, they verify that gas and electricity is off to avoid explosions or shock injuries. Increasing air circulation is essential for reducing the humidity levels that lead to mildew and mold. Dehumidifiers and fan systems are installed in your building and powered by generators. If there is standing water in the basement, our technicians use a sump pump to remove moisture with hoses.

    Our Water Remediation Technicians Handle Moisture Extraction
    While reducing humidity levels in a Goodlettsville flooded building, other technicians begin to extract water from floors, walls and ceilings with suctioning devices. When water has soaked into carpeting, it is lifted from the floor to suction water from underlying surfaces. Everything in the water-soaked building requires sanitizing utilizing chemicals to eliminate pathogens that can cause illness. To prevent odors, our technicians also apply long-lasting deodorizers.  Goodlettsville Water damage cleanup is in the works.

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel. 

    Our expertise in water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (615) 868-5324

    How to Deal with Smoke and Fire Damage in Nashville

    8/7/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire can move swiftly down a stairwell.

    How to Prevent, Prepare for and Deal With Fire Damage in Nashville

    Dealing with Nashville fire damage can be very difficult. In addition to the damage, caused by the fire, smoke can also cause damage. Smoke damage includes stains and odor problems.

    How to Prevent Fire Damage
    In some cases, preventing Nashville fire damage is not possible. Lightning strikes and forest fires can lead to fires in your home, also.  If your neighbor's home catches fire, this may also affect your home. Because damage from the fire is not avoidable, it's best to be prepared for fire restoration services. Of course, you can help to minimize risks by properly disposing of smoking materials, being careful while cooking, and by keeping your furnace in good working order.

    How To Prepare to Deal with Fire Damage
    The best way to prepare for damage to your property is to ensure that your home and your possessions are insured. Carefully read the terms of your policy or consult your insurance agent. An effective insurance policy will cover Nashville fire damage and will pay to replace items lost.

    You can also prepare for damage from fire by researching fire restoration services in your area. SERVPRO has extensive experience.

    How Can Your Property Be Restored After A Fire?
    Our company provides services when your property has been damaged by fire. Our technicians will usually tarp and seal any holes in the ceiling or walls. Prevention of rain or snow intrusion into your home nulllifies further damage after the fire.
    Securing the property is also important to prevent looting and trespassing.

    After assessing the Nashville fire damage, SERVPRO will come up with an action plan for restoration. Then, our experts will offer the homeowners an accurate price quote for repairing and restoring their home.

    Then our restoration company will begin the cleaning process. First, we will remove any soot, dust or smoke stains. This process should also help to remove the smoky smell left after a fire. Then, our company will repair damaged items like countertops, cabinets and furniture. The company will also install new carpeting and paint the walls.

    An experienced fire restoration company like SERVPRO will offer homeowners a wide range of services that will help to restore the home, and help the homeowners to get back to their lives as soon as possible. 

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Nashville community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

    We are here in Nashville and are ready to help you.  Just call us. (615) 868-5324

    Hendersonville Water Mitigation

    8/7/2015 (Permalink)

    Quickly move to save belongings.

    Water Mitigation is Crucial

    When your home encounters flooding or a plumbing failure, mitigation is crucial toward preventing further Hendersonville water damage. The process should begin as soon as possible after the event by calling SERVPRO.

    Cause and Effect
    Damage occurs as the result of broken pipes or a rush of storm water. This quickly manifests as wet carpets, warped or ruptured floors and damaged walls and furniture. Hendersonville water mitigation must begin right away to limit the extent of the damage to your Nashville home.

    Water Damage Catastrophe
    With a plumbing emergency, the first step is to shut off the water at the main valve, along with the power breakers. This allows for the safe removal of electrical items. If flooding has occurred, the water will have to recede before any work can begin. All furniture that is sitting on a wet rug should have foil placed under the legs. Drapes, curtains and any other items that could be damaged should be removed from the area.

    SERVPRO Professional Inspection
    After the initial water issue has been handled, a professional SERVEPRO team should be called in to perform an inspection.  Hendersonville water damage will be assessed, and a rebuilding plan will be drawn up to restore the structure.

    Removing the Water
    Flood waters can be contaminated, causing illness. The SERVPRO team will remove water through the use of pumps and other related equipment. In many cases, the pumping process can be done without removing anything from the building, but items that have absorbed water will need to be moved.

    Drying to Prevent Mold
    Water damage can bring mold growth. Removing and preventing more mold requires the use of blowers and dehumidifiers and careful control of indoor humidity. This also prevents non-damaged items from absorbing excess moisture. These steps, combined with keeping a proper indoor temparature, will mitigate mold and baterial growth once the water has been removed.

    Rebuilding
    The final phase of Hendersonville water mitigation is rebuilding and stabilization to ensure the building's integrity. While every project will be different, it is vital to engage the services of professional SERVPRO technicians that have the experience and equipment to treat water damage from start to finish.

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood or water damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

    We are here in Hendersonville and are ready to help you. Just call us. (615) 868-5324

    Dealing with a Water Damaged Building as a Madison Business Owner

    5/31/2015 (Permalink)

    Take all the necessary measures for the best chance of restoring your home to its original condition.

    One of the worst types of damage a building can endure is Madison water damage; if rotting takes place, the structure of the building can suffer. If you are dealing with water damage, there are things that you can do to prevent damage. You need to be aware of the following: 

    1. What is Water Damage Restoration? 

    Essentially, Madison water damage restoration is the "process of restoring a property to pre-loss condition." Generally, the RIA and IICRC will give suggestions as to procedure standards in handling water damage restoration. The S500 outlines these procedures, which are based on research, such as that pertaining to restoration principles. The procedures are often revised, but basic principles are consistent, using the best practices from restoration schools, disaster restoration industry, and scientific community.

    2. Procure a Loss Assessment and Evaluation

    You need to document all materials that are affected by water damage Madison. Refer to industry standard pricing guides, such as The Blue Book, to figure out the reimbursement values for damaged items.

    The amount of damage done can be determined by water sensing equipment, such as infrared tools and equipment with probes.  

    Once the problem has been assessed, the cleanup process can start. Now, affected areas can be cleaned, deodorized, and repaired. This process is essential to the final stages of the restoration process. If there are substances such as urine, feces, or other bacterial waste involved, sanitation should be done to remove them as well.

    3. Contact an Expert 

    An individual with expertise can educate you on what to do in the event of extensive water damage. In order to avoid any oversights that result in structural damage, contact an expert to guide you through the process. There are many water damage experts who are equipped to assist the owners of businesses in these types of situations.

    What to Do When Your Business Is Suffering Due to Water Damage

    If you are wondering what you should be doing in regards to your Madison water damaged business, it would be a good idea to follow the above steps. Deal with all of the water damage as soon as possible, so that you can prevent significant long term damage as much as possible. Some types of water damage are beyond remediation, so it is important not to wait too long, in order to avoid overly high costs associated with rebuilding and repair. Take all the necessary measures for the best chance of restoring your home to its original condition. 

    Commercial Building Restoration Services

    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 Madison/Goodlettsville responds quickly to your Nashville business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,650 Franchises. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

    We are here in Madison and are ready to help you. Just call us. (615) 868-5324

    Are You Missing These Hidden Sources of Goodlettsville Fire?

    5/31/2015 (Permalink)

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

    Are You Missing These Hidden Sources of Fire?

    Most people are aware of the Goodlettsville fire risks posed by candles, smoking, and malfunctioning appliances, but there are also a number of everyday household hazards that may surprise you. Below are some of the most commonly overlooked sources of house fires.

    Microwaves

    Microwaves - especially out-of-date models - are one of the most common sources of house fires. Accidentally microwaving a piece of silverware or aluminum foil can cause arcing, and dry foods can easily ignite if cooked for too long. To make matters worse, the fan can also provide oxygen to feed the flames, which is why you should never leave a microwave unattended when in use. 

    Batteries

    While battery-related fires are rare, they do happen. 9-volt batteries are especially hazardous, since the positive and negative posts are so close together. If a piece of conductive metal comes between those posts, it could cause a short, igniting any nearby combustible materials. The best option is to store unused batteries in their original packaging, or to cover the ends with a bit of electrical tape. Never store batteries in a drawer with loose metal or flammable objects. 

    Light Bulbs

    All outlets are rated for a certain wattage, and use light bulbs that exceed those standards is a fire waiting to happen. If the outlet is unmarked, the safest course of action is to choose light bulbs that are 60 watts or below. If your home includes track or recessed lighting, consider using cooler LED bulbs instead of CFLs in order to avoid overheating. 

    Dryer Lint

    Every year, more than 15,000 fires are caused by dryer lint. Lint traps do not catch the majority of lint, which means that most of it ends up in the dryer vents, blocking air flow and exhaust gasses and eventually becoming a serious fire hazard. Clean the lint trap between each load of laundry, and take the time to clear lint away from the vent and the back of the dryer at least once a month. 

    Laptops

    Laptops heat up during regular use, and covering up their cooling vents can result in overheating and even a Goodlettsville fire. Avoid leaving your laptop on the bed, couch, or any other surface that might block air flow. 

    Reading Materials

    Newspapers, magazines, books, and paperwork can easily ignite if stored too close to a heat source. Always store reading materials on a shelf or in another cool, dry place, and consider tossing out anything that you won't use again so that it doesn't become a hazard in the future. 

    Heating Pads

    Heating pads and electrical blankets that are old, damaged, or improperly used can pose a significant risk to your home and your safety. Replace any pads that have missing covers, tears, cracks, or exposed wires. Avoid bunching pads up during use, and never fall asleep with a heating pad turned on - many older models do not have an auto-off setting, which can lead to serious burns, short-outs, and even Goodlettsville fires

    Charcoal

    Barbecue charcoal is highly flammable, even when it's damp. The best way to store charcoal is to keep it inside a metal container with an air-tight lid, so that if a fire does start, it won't be able to spread. Keep charcoal in an area that isn't exposed to sunlight or moisture, such as a shed or outdoor storage unit. 

    Clutter

    Assorted clutter is a surprisingly common source of household fires. Combustible materials that are stored near light fixtures or electrical outlets can easily ignite; clutter in the bedroom is especially dangerous since it gives you less time to react to a potential fire. Avoid stacking clothing or paperwork in a closet with light bulbs, and vacuum regularly so that flammable dust doesn't accumulate around sockets and light fixtures. 

    Old Appliances

    Old and outdated appliances are a major Goodlettsville fire hazard, even if appear to be functioning properly. Many older appliances do not have the built-in safety features that come with modern models, and pieces may wear out or break down over time with regular use. Check old appliances regularly for worn insulation, exposed wiring, or malfunctioning components.

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

    1. Emergency Contact
    2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
    3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
    4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
    5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
    6. Cleaning and Repair
    7. Restoration

    Why It’s So Important to Clean Up Mold Damage in Nashville

    5/5/2015 (Permalink)

    Clean up Mold Damage in your Nashville Home as soon as possible to prevent damage to your home and health.

    As soon as you notice that mold is growing in your home, it is extremely important that you clean it up right away. Mold is a type of microscopic fungi that is adapted to reproduce quickly and grow rapidly. It can grow and thrive in almost any environment as well. Depending on its location, it can either be helpful or harmful. In a laboratory, it can give rise to beneficial substances such as penicillin. However, in your home, it can be a real danger to your health. Mold damage in Nashville is often caused by high moisture levels in the home. The following are a few tips on how to identify mold in your home, as well as some of the issues to which it can give rise.


    Identifying Mold

    You should quickly remove mold damage as soon as you see it in your home. However, it may be hard to tell whether or not a substance is mold. Discoloration is a key indicator; mold can come in a wide variety of colors. However, remember that stains may be caused by things such as outdoor pollution or soot rather than mold damage. There are also molds that are not visible but that emit an odor. It is recommended by many experts that even if you don't observe either of these signals, evidence of water leaks or extra moisture are indications of water damage problems, and you should be aware that mold can result.

    The Importance of Cleaning Up Mold

    There are many reasons why you should clean up mold damage sooner rather than later. It can cause real damage to materials inside your house. First, it will discolor or stain the material, and eventually, it will ruin it. Fabrics will be damaged and cardboard and paper will disintegrate. Structural damage and wood rot can also happen in your home. However, the most important reason to clean up mold in Nashville immediately is your health. There are types of mold that have been connected with illness after a certain amount of exposure. Allergic reactions are also possible. There are certain people who are more at risk, including elderly people, infants, pregnant women, and people with health problems.

    If you find mold damage in your house, there are professionals who specialize in cleaning this up. It would be smart to call a mold specialist or water restoration specialists and schedule an assessment so that you can know more about your options. 

    SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is locally owned and operated and serves Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville, Inglewood, Hendersonville, White House, Gallatin, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet, Watertown, and the surrounding communities.. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up

    If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

    Call us at 24/7 at (615) 868-5324. 

    Dealing with Water Damage in Madison/Goodlettsville

    3/14/2015 (Permalink)

    The first time you see the water damage Watertown is a shock; you may not know where to start in repairing it.

    Dealing with Water Damage 

    Watertown water damage is traumatic, often to homeowners as much as their house. The first time you see the water damage Watertown is a shock; you may not know where to start in repairing it. However, there are steps you can take in the immediate time after a flood, burst pipe, or other damage that will make it easier to repair your home and move on with your life. 

    1. Stop the influx of water. You cannot repair White House water damage while water is still entering your home. If there is a pipe leak or other repair issue, turn off the water supply and have the problem repaired. If the damage is from a storm or flood, use sand bags or other ways of reducing the water. In some cases, people have to wait out the deluge when water damage is caused by a natural disaster. 

    2. Call your insurance company. It is important to know from the beginning what types of Gallatin water damage your insurance company covers, as well as whether they will cover water removal and other services. Even if this is not an incident covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, your insurance agent can often refer you to good repairmen and contractors in your area. 

    3. Dry out your home. Standing water and wet upholstery can breed dangerous microbes in just 24 hours, so fast water removal is crucial to your future health. Mop or use a wet vac, bag up clothing and textiles, and throw away things like mattresses that hold moisture and cannot easily be cleaned. Open all windows and turn on fans. This will limit the growth of mold and bacteria while also limiting your exposure to whatever microbes are already present. 

    4. Call in the experts. Call professional mold inspectors who can look for remaining water in areas where it hides and immediately dry it out.

    Watertown water damage can be successfully dealt with if you immediately remove water where you can see it and have an expert deal with it where you can’t. Soon you will be once again enjoying a safe and dry home.

    Water Damage Restoration

    Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are: 

    Nashville Water Damage - What You Need To Know About Damage To Your Nashville Bathroom

    1/3/2015 (Permalink)

    Nashville water damage to your bathroom can be expensive and time consuming.

    Bathroom flooding can be very destructive and water damage to your Nashville home. Flooding can lead to potential health and safety risks if not handled properly. Bathroom flooding is especially problematic because it can happen at any time of the day or night. You should know several things about bathroom flooding situations.

    Causes of Bathroom Flooding

    Bathroom flooding can be caused by several things. Clogs are very common. Clogs deep in your plumbing can force water back up and out of your sink, tub or toilet. Drain problems can result in flooding. This includes a jammed drain or a drain that is filled with hair or toilet paper. The drain will stop the water from reaching the pipes. A pipe connected to a fixture could actually burst because of corrosion, age or water pressure problems. A final cause could be frozen pipes that block the drains.

    How Bathroom Flooding Can Harm Your Home

    Bathroom flooding can do a large amount of damage to your home and possibly your health. The water damage can start to rot away the beams that make up the structure of the floor, walls and ceiling beneath. Severe flooding can reach your basement and damage the foundation or appliances like water heaters. Flooding can actually start to corrode other pipes in the bathroom. The water can cause toxic mold to start growing. You might catch a disease or infection if you come into contact with wastewater. Even sewer gases that come up can lead to respiratory problems and eye or nose irritation.

    How to React When Bathroom Flood Starts

    You need to act fast when bathroom flooding starts. Attempt to shut off the water from a safe location. Avoid touching or standing in wastewater from toilets or backed up drains. Attempt to contain the flooding if possible so that less of your home is damaged. Do not flush toilets. If you have towels and mops, then try to minimize the amount of standing water on the ground. You must also contact a professional Nashville water damage restoration company immediately to deal with the problem.

    The Importance of Contacting Professionals

    You always want to contact restoration professionals when you have a bathroom flooding situation. Professionals will know how to prevent mold growth and how to remove all the water from your bathroom safely. They will attempt to salvage as much as possible. You want to rely on a restoration company to repair water-damaged areas for maximum safety. You should always call a restoration company when you encounter flooding in your bathroom.

    Preventing Bathroom Flooding 

    You can prevent some bathroom flooding situations by watching what goes into the drains. Do not put large amounts of toilet paper, food or other objects in toilets and sinks. Keep solid items out of drains. Have your pipes and plumbing inspected regularly to avoid corrosion and burst pipes. Have your sewer lines and drains professionally cleaned once every one to two years. Call plumbers as soon as you see slow drains or frequent clogs. Just a few simple actions can prevent many bathroom flooding situations.

    SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville proudly serves Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville, Inglewood, Hendersonville, White House, Gallatin, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet, Watertown, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

    #Nashville Water Damage

    Water Damage Madison - Luxury Condo in Tampa Has Sprinkler flood

    12/10/2014 (Permalink)

    Water fills the hallways of The Stovall condos

    TAMPA --- Fire sprinkler systems may be your best friend in a fire, but when one breaks open on the top floor off a condo like it did in the Stovall luxury condominium tower off of Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, everyone below gets soaked.

    On November 4, thousands of gallons of water cascaded down the stairwells and through the ceilings of the expensive hi-rise condominium project after a worker who was about to fall off the scaffolding, grabbed a sprinkler pipe to steady himself and broke it.

    A Tampa Fire Department captain, one of the first responders there, said the water pouring down the staircase into the lobby looked like the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride at Disney World. Water was pouring off of the chandelier in the lobby and flowing out the door.

    The Stovall Luxury hi-rise has 22 stories with two units to a floor. Gloria Giunta, resident and president of the condominium association said she was away the morning of the incident but became aware of it when her cell phone started ringing and didn’t stop for a long time. When she returned home she found the place full of firemen had already in action responding to the problem.

    Firefighters quickly accessed the situation and headed to the mechanical room to turn of the sprinkler pump, but so much water had already been dumped onto the 11th floor where the accident happened that it continued to flow down the staircase and into the other units for hours. Floors, ceilings, and the electrical system were compromised and the building had to be evacuated.

    SERVPRO, a disaster recovery company that handles thousands of events like this each year was called in to handle the problem. They made sure water was shut off to the building and set up blowers and dehumidifiers to began drying out the building and stabilizing conditions.

    Meanwhile the residents were evacuated including Don DeFossett chairman of the Tampa Sports Authority and Bruce Sampson, former president of the University of Tampa. Most of them moved into a nearby hotel while their units are inspected and repaired.

    Many of the units could be lived in, but electricity to the building is still shut off a month later because the electrical system sustained substantial damage. The elevators are not working and residents have to walk up and down the stairs to get to their units. Some units sustained only minimal damage while others will have considerable repair to do to replace warped floors and wet drywall.

    At this point no one is exactly sure how the repairs will be paid for. The repairs will cost millions of dollars. The worker who caused the problem was not injured.

    Carbon Monoxide Nashville - Are you Carbon Monoxide aware

    11/11/2014 (Permalink)

    Are you ‘Carbon Monoxide’ aware - It’s not just a Domestic Boiler Problem? 

    Every week there seems to be a new article in the media with the two words we all fear - carbon monoxide. Very effective campaigns driven by The HSE, Gas Safe and other industry bodies have raised awareness of the danger, but to a degree this has been quite rightly focused on the Domestic Sector which is often unregulated, hence targeting owner occupiers with a campaign highlighting the dangers. - See more at: http://www.newsontheblock.com/news-and-opinion/62632/are-you-carbon-monoxide-aware-its-not-just-a-domestic-boiler-problem.thtml#sthash.QZClv0ID.68J9lHr5.dpuf

    What To Do About Frozen Pipe Damage

    10/27/2014 (Permalink)

    How to address a frozen pipe

    Every year, commercial and residential insurance companies pay out billions of dollars in frozen pipe damage claims. When temperatures drop in Nashville, water can freeze inside pipes. Frozen water expands, breaking joints and causing pipes to rupture. Rising temperatures thaw the ice and water flows into the structure, destroying building materials, personal items and inventory. When this occurs overnight or on a weekend, the damage can be catastrophic.

    Property owners should familiarize themselves with the property insurance policy. If no coverage for frozen pipe damage exists, obtaining coverage is a minimal expense compared to repairs and replacement costs in the event of damage. Make a list of things the policy requires, such as how to minimize damage, the items covered and how to submit a claim.

    The first step in dealing with any disaster is preparation. Make a list of frozen pipe damage companies in the surrounding area. Ask the home or business’s insurance company for a list as well in Madison. Make a priority list of companies that offer emergency response and submit insurance claim forms. Having pipes inspected before winter’s temperatures set in can identify potential problems. When freezing temperatures are forecast, turn faucets on to a trickle; running water will not freeze as easily as standing water.

    Next, have exposed pipes in Goodlettsville insulated with the proper materials. Outdoor pipes, those in the garage, intake and output pipes at the water heater and those in the attic all need insulation for protection against potential frozen pipe damage. Locate the building’s water main and ensure that it works properly. Remove any grass, weeds or obstructions so it can be used safely.

    In the event of frozen pipe damage in Inglewood, locate the water main and turn it off. This helps minimize damage when pipes thaw. Mop up any visible water and remove wet furniture as quickly as possible. Call one of the water restoration companies on the list and follow their instructions. The specialists will take care of thawing frozen pipes and water damage. Trying to thaw frozen pipes is not a DIY project; professionals have specialized equipment that completes the task effectively and safely.

    Not all damage happens inside a business or home. Underground pipes can freeze, causing water to run a reduced pace when faucets are turned on. Pipe noises while the water is running, soil or other debris in the water and pipes moving inside the walls are all signs that frozen pipe damage has occurred. Turn the water main off and call a restoration company in Hendersonville immediately.

    If attic or crawlspace pipes burst, the water main should be turned off and the frozen pipe damage company called. Only trained professionals should deal with this type of damage. Remove furniture or goods from the area as quickly as possible.

    SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business.  SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville proudly serves NashvilleMadisonGoodlettsvilleInglewoodHendersonvilleWhite HouseGallatin,Old HickoryMt. JulietWatertown, and surrounding areas. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." 

    SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! 

    We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your Nashville home or Madison commercial structure caused by:

    How To Prevent Frozen Pipe Water Damage In Nashville

    10/5/2014 (Permalink)

    Nashville Winter Is Coming - Prevent Water Damage From Leaking Pipes.

    By Jamie Shelley
    jamieshelley.com
    Oct. 4, 10:48 AM ET

    Every year, commercial and residential insurance companies pay out millions of dollars in Nashville for frozen pipe water damage claims. When temperatures drop, water can freeze inside pipes. Frozen water expands, breaking joints and causing pipes to rupture. Rising temperatures thaw the ice and water flows into the structure causing water damage, destroying building materials, personal items and inventory. When this occurs overnight or on a weekend, the flood damage in Madison can be catastrophic.

    Goodlettsville property owners should familiarize themselves with the property insurance policy. If no coverage for frozen pipe damage and resulting water damage exists, obtaining coverage is a minimal expense in Inglewood compared to repairs and replacement costs in the event of water damage. Make a list of things the policy requires, such as how to minimize flood damage, the items covered and how to submit a claim. For government help and information contact the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. (click here)

    The first step in dealing with any disaster in Hendersonville is preparation. Make a list of frozen pipe water damage companies in the surrounding area. Ask the home or business’s insurance company in White House for a list as well. Make a priority list of companies that offer emergency response and submit the insurance claim forms. Having pipes inspected before winter’s temperatures set in can identify potential problems in your White House home. When freezing temperatures are forecast, turn faucets on to a trickle; running water will not freeze as easily as standing water. Weather.com is a great source for information on pending freeze warnings. Keep up by downloading their weather app.

    Next, have your Old Hickory home exposed pipes insulated with the proper materials. Outdoor pipes, those in the garage, intake and output pipes at the water heater and those in the attic all need insulation for protection against potential frozen pipe water damage. Locate the building’s water main and ensure that it works properly. Remove any grass, weeds or obstructions so it can be used safely.

    In the event of frozen pipe water damage in your Gallatin home, locate the water main and turn it off. This helps minimize water damage when pipes thaw. Mop up any visible water and remove wet furniture as quickly as possible. Call one of the water restoration companies in the Nashville area on the list and follow their instructions. The specialists will take care of thawing frozen pipes and water damage in Madison Tenessee homes. Trying to thaw frozen pipes is not a DIY project; professionals have specialized equipment that completes the task effectively and safely. Call SERVPRO of South Nashville at 615-331-0200 to have an expert help. SERVPRO of South Nashville

    Not all damage happens inside a Brentwood business or home. Underground pipes can freeze, causing water to run a reduced pace when faucets are turned on. Pipe noises while the water is running, soil or other debris in the water and pipes moving inside the walls are all signs that frozen pipe damage has occurred. Turn the water main off in your Nashville home and call a restoration company immediately.

    If attic or crawlspace pipes burst, the water main should be turned off, and the frozen pipe damage company called. Only trained professionals should deal with this type of damage. Remove furniture or goods from the area as quickly as possible.

    SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business.  SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville proudly serves Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville, Inglewood, Hendersonville, White House, Gallatin, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet, Watertown, and surrounding areas. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

    SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

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