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SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : Is Your Roof Ready for the Storm?
Is your roof ready for the storm?
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Everyone wants rainbows but no one wants to do what it takes to prepare to get through the rain. Indeed, to experience the good, you have to be ready for the bad. This includes knowing how to protect your roof from potential storm damage. Learn how to prepare your roof for a major storm by checking for signs of existing damage and charting a course towards repairs prior to the storm plowing through your town.
Check for Signs of Existing Damage
One of the first things you can do is check your roof for visible signs of existing leaks, mold or water damage. If you end up finding these visible signs, then contact your local roofer immediately to repair everything before the next big storm hits. The longer you wait, the more damage you will sustain and a mold issue can be a real nightmare.
Other Areas to Check on Your Roof
Above and beyond doing a visual inspection (which, for safety purposes, it’s best that a roofing professional performs), homeowners should also follow these steps to secure their roof to keep it from incurring the full wrath of a severe storm:
- Make sure your gutters are clean and unblocked. If they’re blocked, the water will stay on your roof, which can pool and cause leaks or other disasters.
- Cut or prune nearby trees. This is to protect your roof from powerful winds and rain that can cause trees or large branches to fall on your roof.
- Replace missing or damaged shingles. Shingles usually don’t fall off very easily, so it will also be worthwhile figuring out why this happened. If there are any damaged shingles, they need to be replaced.
Cleaning Up the Mess the Storm Left Behind
While the steps above will help fortify or protect your roof, you never know how bad a storm will be. This is why you should never assume that you will be in the clear just because you’ve covered your bases by following these tips. If you’ve had a flood that was caused by storm damage to your roof, then call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 to assess the damages and configure a plan to remediate the issues at hand.
SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville : Nashville Storms Can Cause Damage
Nashville storms can cause damage
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Dealing with wind or water damage to your home caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, or other severe storms that have been known to roll through Nashville, Tennessee can be both difficult and dangerous. Keeping your family safe and charting a course to getting your life back together after a storm hits is imperative.
The Extent of the Storm Damage in Nashville, TN
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), on March 2, 2020 and 3, 24 people were killed in tornadoes in central Tennessee, including the city of Nashville. Tornado deaths in 2020 are the highest since 2011, when 553 people were killed in 1,691 tornadoes. These numbers are devastating, causing millions of dollars in damages to the Nashville community over the last year and leaving many properties in shambles. It is for this reason that property owners must recognize the real threat of a severe storm in their region and what they need to do to stay safe in the future.
Proactive Tips to Follow Before a Storm Hits
Although these statistics are not specifically a precursor for future events, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still be taking proactive measures to keep your home safe from severe storm damage. Some of the most important steps to take before a severe storm rolls through your neighborhood are to:
- Make a plan. Select a common meeting place or single point-of-contact for all family members and stick to it. Practice every few months and more frequently leading up to severe storm season.
- Move your vehicles to a secure location. If you don’t have access to a garage then try to move your vehicles to higher ground, making sure not to park them under trees, power lines or in low-lying areas.
- Unplug appliances. Move your appliances and household fixtures away from exterior doors and window openings to avoid an electrical fire during the storm.
Getting Your Home Back to Normal After Storm Damage
If your home is affected by severe storms in Nashville in the future, you will likely be very eager to rebuild. In these situations, trusting anyone for storm damage restoration other than the best can cause more headaches than it’s worth. That’s why it’s important to call SERVPRO East Nashville at (615) 868-5324 as soon as you’ve sustained storm damage so that our team can restore your property to its original luster.
SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville - The past 25 years of Storms that SERVPRO has managed
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SERVPRO in East Nashville has been an anchor in our community and dealt with some of the worst storms and destruction that our Nashville area has ever experienced. We have and continue to work the most prestigious brands, industries, and homes around East Nashville.
Some of the worst storms that SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville are:
- Our most recent and devastating storm to hit our area on March 3rd, 2020. The tornado was an EF-4/EF-3. Resulting in over 20 deaths injuring over 120 individuals and causing massive damage throughout the Nashville Area. SERVPRO staff was working around the clock with homeowners, businesses, and insurance agents to ensure everything that could be done, was being done.
- April 10th, 2009 was an EF-4 tornado that ripped through Murfreesboro with the winds exceeding over 170 miles an hour. Our community relied on the expertise that SERVPRO offered our neighborhoods and people to ensure storm remediation was commencing immediately and focused on the quality and speed of repair.
- In Gallatin and Lafayette on February 5th, 2008 - an EF-3 tore through Nashville, including going through Texas to Ohio! SERVPRO was on the ready, tracking the tornado and making preparations on how to best help and assist the people who were hit during the tornado.
- An EF-3 on January 22, 1999, hit Clarksville in the middle of downtown destroying over a hundred businesses including churches, and historic districts. SERVPRO was prepared to deal with the mental, emotional and costly damages this quick running storm created in our community and handled everything they could throughout the event and beyond.
- The downtown East Nashville tornado that hit April 16th, 1998 was an EF-3. SERVPRO was there to help facilitate the tornado’s destructive path - moving from skyscrapers in Nashville to after it moved over the main river into the residential areas.
- Lawrence County tornado that hit our area on April 16th, 1998 was an E-5! SERVPRO was dealing with preparation, and plans to help service our Nashville Community - when the storm reached Lawrence County it hit the state of Tennessee’s only recorded EF-5.
When you know a storm is coming it is most important that you take all the precautions to ensure your safety. Part of your safety plan must be to know who is going to help salvage, and remediate your home and business.
SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville, (615) 488-8670 - is here to help plan and make sure that when the storm passes your home or business is remediated in the best possible way - by the best in the business...that has been through it all.
SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville Easy Steps to take to prepare for a storm
Home damage from a storm
Preparing for a storm in Nashville Tennessee isn’t just watching the news, and waiting to see when it is going to hit - and when it is going to be done.
SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville recommends that you do some simple precautions in order to lessen the effect that a storm can have on you and your most valuable asset, your home & business.
Some of the concerns and preparations you need to be aware of during a storm or preparing for a storm are:
- High Winds
- Heavy Rain
- Moving & Falling debris
- Your home and business insurance
- Emergency Contact
With all of these in mind SERVPRO of East Nashville recommends a few easy tips for storm preparation:
- Inspect and ensure that loose objects and items around your home or business are put away or tightened down. High Winds can cause those items to shift, and be damaged during storm events in our area.
- Make sure that drainage systems are cleared and properly working. Unfortunately, many individuals in the Nashville area fall victim to improper drainage that can result in overflowing, flooding, and damage to your property.
- Inspect your property and business for any loose items including but not limited to shingles, roof tiles, siding. Heavy rain and winds can have a negative impact on these items and increase damage to your property. This includes trees and natural environmental ornaments around your home or business. Loose branches, rotted trees, and plants can become detrimental to your property, or become damaged in storms.
- Make sure you speak with your insurance agent prior to a storm event. It is better to have that talk prior to a storm, rather than after.
- Have an emergency kit readily available for you and your family/friends. In the event of a storm, if something was to happen, and first aid was needed, it is a good idea, to have that readily available.
- Stay tuned to local news, and monitoring stations. You want to be aware of what is happening with the storm and where it is heading. The more information you have, the better.
At SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville our number 1 concern is your safety and making sure you are prepared. However, if you have any questions about the damage that may have occurred at your home or business due to a storm - please do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO (615) 488-8670.
SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville May - The Month of Rain Storms
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Nashville TN is known for its amazing weather - and SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville knows that when May comes around - the rain is coming to! Of all the month’s May is the winner for rainfall in our area. Weather-us .com tells us that ”May is the month with the most rainfall in Nashville, Tennessee. Rain falls for 11.7 days and accumulates 5.5" (139.7mm) of precipitation.”
With rainfall and rainstorms comes a host of problems that SERVPRO is ready to handle throughout the East Nashville market. Although many people associate heavy rains with having the ability to cause structural damage. It is far more common that structural damage is not the main problem. Far-to-often the damage that you will find is due to leaks and gaps in the home that rain finds its way through.
Poor or damaged roofs are known to have damaging effects on insulation, floors, drywall, and more. Furthermore, if a rainstorm does hit your home or business - rainwater can find its way through gaps in foundations, low, ground-level windows, and cracks in the siding.
Knowing that any Rainstorm can result in problems at your residence, or business - always be extra aware during the month of May in Nashville. Knowing that is when we experience the most rainfall.
If you are ever in a situation where your home or business is affected by a storm call the experts that know how to remediate all of your home or business problems related to storm damage - SERVPRO of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville (615) 488-8670.
4 steps of protection when a storm is evident | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville
Home in Nashville hit by the resent Tornado
While the topic of a storm is not one that we want to keep top of mind, it is a risk that we all live with. Being in the cleaning and restoration business SERVPRO of East Nashville is generally the first call once disaster has taken place. When it comes to protecting our loved ones and our homes or businesses, we must think proactively when we are faced with a storm warning. Here are a few quick tips to ensure that you are ready to “weather the storm”:
· Look for flying hazards: Items that are left unsecured in your yard my cause risk to you, your home, or someone else’s property. If possible, remove these items and place them in your garage to ensure they are not lifted from the ground. Check your trees and limbs to ensure good health and that they will withstand straight winds.
· Inspect your windows: Windows that are left opened or are not properly secured pose a risk of shattering when encountering high velocity winds.
· Unplug your everyday appliances: Only keep the appliances plugged in that are absolutely necessary. Remember that appliances which are turned off but remain plugged in may still be damaged.
· Locate the safes place in your home: Bring all family and pets to a safe place until the storm passes. This is generally a basement or a hallway bathroom that has no exterior walls. Beware of windows!
Here at SERVPRO of East Nashville the safety of our valued clients is always our priority, then the restoration of their property or place of business. Please do your part in remaining safe and storm ready, then call SERVPRO of East Nashville to handle the restoration of your greatest financial assets. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Do not Neglect the Preparation of a Storm | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville
Home hit by a major storm
When is the last time that you heard your CEO mention a line item on the profit and loss statement for a storm damage accrual? The topic is not brought up in many, if any, annual budget meetings. Do you think a company of the like Walmart or Target account for loss prevention to offset shoplifters? Yes, that would be called risk management. How about a high-end learning academy for children? Would they understand that the toddlers they are teaching are likely going to causes messes? Yes, and they will have a higher cleaning accrual than other businesses. These are all expenses that are predictable, and those respective businesses are likely going to approach said liabilities proactively. Does the line of an F3 tornado only affect certain industries?
All business should prepare for this type of risk management. While we cannot prevent any storm from happening, we can mitigate the expense we incur by being proactive and preparing before the unpredictable hits. SERVPRO of East Nashville is here to help. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to not only restore your property but get you ready for when disaster strikes.
With 2020 and the amount of catastrophe that have taken place, it is time to begin thinking differently. SERVPRO of East Nashville can help you be proactive and ready for a storm with our Emergency Response Plan (ERP). This is a program we have created to assist your business and our professionals in reacting to a loss efficiently. This is a free service with no obligation that generally only takes thirty minutes to complete with you lead engineer. Call SERVPRO of East Nashville today and let us help!
We Can Help You Recover From Storm Damages | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville
SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is your Damage Restoration expert. If you experience any storm damage call us right away.
Storms are a common occurrence, but that does not make them any less destructive. In 2018, storm-related damages and losses cost homeowners in the range of 2 billion dollars. For homeowners, it is important to have a plan in place for how to recover.
Making advance plans for how to deal with storm damage is a smart way to protect your investment, and it is important to choose a restoration company that will be on your side. That is why when it comes to damage restoration after a storm, we are the right choice.Why Our Storm Damage Approach Sets Us Apart
We Are Specialized in Multiple Types of Damage
Storm damage is often a multifaceted problem, involving structural and water damage that homeowners must contend with. To provide our customers with the highest level of service, we make sure that we are fully qualified and trained in all types of damage restoration—this way when you call us, you can be assured that all your damage will be handled.
We Invest in Our Technicians
The technicians who are on the ground doing your restoration are extremely important to the process—which is why we invest heavily in our team. We make sure everyone is trained according to industry standards from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and we provide ample opportunity for continued education and career development.
We Have a Local Presence and National Resources
We are proud to be a local member of the Nashville community, but we are also grateful that we have national resources to help the community in times of need. When destructive storms roll through, we can call upon other SERVPRO® locations across the country to provide extra resources and ensure that everyone gets the restoration they need.
By Upholding Our Positive Reputation
Communities are vulnerable after destructive storms move through, giving rise to unscrupulous restoration scams designed to take advantage of the victims. Because we have a long-standing reputation as leaders in the restoration industry, you can rest assured that we are a legitimate business that is here to work for you and the entire community.
Three ways to stay safe after a storm | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, and Goodlettsville
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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:
- Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe
- Stay away from downed power lines and avoid standing water
- 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.
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Are all winds the same? | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, and Goodlettsville
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:
- Gust Fronts
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 24⁄7 so we can address your damages quickly.
Four steps to follow post storm | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, and Goodlettsville
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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:
- Document the damage by taking photos
- Eliminate the risk of more damage
- Review your insurance policy for potential coverage
- 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.
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Preparing Your Business for Potential Disaster Situations | SERVPRO® of Madison/Goodlettsville
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:
- 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
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
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:
- Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
- Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
- 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.
SERVPRO Should Be Your First Call When Flood Damage Strikes
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.
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 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.
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.
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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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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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Flood Damage in Your Nashville Finished Basement
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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Professionals Help Mitigate Flood Damage in Your Nashville Area Home
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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How Do Professionals Deal With The Odor After Flood Damage to Your Nashville Home?
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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Flood Damage Restoration Services Nashville Residents Can Trust
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 Flood Waters Damage Your Nashville Home
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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Tiny Creeks can Still Create Flood Damage in Nashville
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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How Mitigation Helps Your Nashville Home After Flood Damage
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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Think SERVPRO To Avoid Flood Damage Caused By Standing Water Under Your Nashville Area Home.
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.
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Spot The Signs Of Flood Damage From Leaking Pipes In Nashville
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.
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Quality Storm Damage Repair for Your Nashville Home
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.
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.
Prepare Against Storm Damage In Your Nashville Home
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
Storm Damage in Nashville from High Winds
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.
Why Preparation Is Key to Minimizing Flood Damage for Nashville Businesses
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.
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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.
Flood Damage From Frozen Pipes and Plumbing
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.
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.
Storm Damage: A Look At What Storms Can Do To Your Property
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Happens in Nashville Commercial Flood Damage?
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 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!
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.
Keeping Pets Safe During and After Storm Damage in Madison
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.
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.
Flood Damage and Carpets in a Nashville Home
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
During a Madison Tornado
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:
- Storm Damage Nashville, TN
- Madison Storm Damage, TN
- Storm Damage Goodlettsville, TN
- Inglewood Storm Damage, TN
- Storm Damage Hendersonville, TN
- White House Storm Damage, TN
- Storm Damage Gallatin, TN
- Old Hickory Storm Damage, TN
- Storm Damage Mt. Juliet, TN
- Watertown Storm Damage, TN
We are here in Madison and are ready to help you. Just call us. (615) 868-5324
Nashville Water Damage - What You Need To Know About Damage To Your Nashville Bathroom
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.
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