WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FALL STORMS
Here at SERVPRO of West Nashville/Belle Meade, we are happy to advise area homeowners about what to expect from the coming fall storm season. Extreme fall weather, such as high winds, heavy rains, and even ice, can lead to power outages and disruption of communications and can be damaging to personal and business property and belongings. It’s important to be prepared for diverse weather situations during autumn here in Middle Tennessee.
Here are some things you can expect from fall storms and some essential safety tips you can observe to be prepared:
- High winds: Prepare for high winds by trimming bushes and trees and removing dead trees, bushes, and all broken branches from around your home or business. These can cause injury and damage to roofing and windows if they fall or break during extreme weather involving windy conditions.
- Heavy rains: Clear clogged rain gutters to get ready for all the water. When heavy rains come, they need to be able to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing. If there is dirt and debris left in your gutters from last spring, the water will pool and begin to back up, possibly damaging interior wall spaces in your home. This can lead to mold growth, causing a need for mold removal on top of the storm damage. A rain gutter that is full of dirt can become heavy and can pull away from the building as well, creating another set of issues.
- Colder temperatures: Since you will want your premises to stay warm, prepare for colder temperatures by checking chimney and heating equipment. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned after the winter season and again at the beginning of fall to prevent possible chimney fires. Your HVAC system also needs to be inspected, and all ducts should be clear and ready for use. Also, change out all your filters in the system. If your household or business plans on using space heaters, make sure the equipment is in great shape and that everyone that uses them knows the proper way and time to do so. They should never be left on if there is no one in the room.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville truly cares about your safety and the safety of your loved ones and your property. We are experts in water damage restoration as well as fire damage cleanup and restoration, and we are mold remediation specialists, too.
A WATER DAMAGE CHECKLIST FOR YOUR OFFICE
Once waters from flood or leaks recede and clean up has been done, most folks just want to get back into their business office and start rebuilding. However, one problem is that materials submerged in water have probably absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding or renovating too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems like mold growth, insect infestations, and the deterioration of walls, flooring, wood and wall coverings. Flood waters are not going to be clean, either. Therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.
Here is a checklist to refer to if your office experiences water damage:
- Inspect for outside structural and electrical damage to determine if it is safe to enter. Fire hazards and gas leaks will need to be identified, as well. Use battery-powered light sources.
- Wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection. Watch for fire ants, snakes, or other animals.
- If mold is present, wear a respirator that can filter spores.
- Contact your insurance adjuster immediately.
- Begin cleanup, salvage, and drying as soon as possible, and be sure to take photos for use for inventory. All steps suggested on this page can be taken before an adjuster arrives. Keep damaged materials for proof of loss.
- The adjuster will assess all office damage, and as the owner, you will need to sign a proof of loss statement.
- Check that all electric and gas services are turned off before entering the premises for the first time.
- Have an electrician check for grounds and other unsafe conditions before reconnecting the system.
Furnishings and Carpets
- Remove all furniture, bedding, and carpeting and bring it outdoors to be cleaned and dried (or discarded).
- Flooded carpets and rugs should be replaced since flood water may contain contaminants, and affected carpet pads should always be discarded and replaced. Remove these items within 48 hours after flooding subsides.
- Thoroughly dry the carpet and subfloor as quickly as possible. If carpet is installed when damp, it can mildew.
- All upholstered furniture and mattresses contaminated by flood water should be discarded, and solid wood, metal and plastic furniture may be cleaned and restored. Hose off any mud, then clean, sanitize, and let your furniture dry completely out of direct sunlight.
- Open flooded walls, even if they appear undamaged, to prevent mold, odor, and structural decay. Remove water from the structure as rapidly as possible and ventilate.
- Remove baseboards and cut holes in wallboard to drain uninsulated walls, and remove the interior surface of insulated walls to a point above water height. Discard flooded drywall. Remove and discard all wet fibrous insulation. Clean out mud. Wall studs and plates may be sprayed with disinfectant (1 cup bleach/gallon water) to kill any existing mold and fungi.
- Speed dry with dehumidifiers and fans. Leave walls open until they have thoroughly dried, which may take up to a month.
- Select replacement materials that will withstand future floods (such as rigid foam insulation, removable wainscoting, ceramic tile, etc.).
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we are experts at cleanups after water or fire damage, no matter the size of the event. If your office has been affected by water damage, either from a leak or a flood, we are here to help. We are mold remediation specialists, too!
SOURCES OF FIRE DAMAGE TO AVOID THIS SUMMER
During the summer, we spend more time outdoors. We barbecue and use our firepits, or we have bonfires if we live in an area that is approved for them. We may spend time cleaning out our garages or getting our landscaping done, and these types of activities create trash that will need to be disposed of. This often entails a call to the city waste management department, with the trash then waiting curbside or near our homes or businesses for pickup. Renovation and construction projects often get scheduled for summer, too, and these also create waste that can take time to remove.
What do all of these scenarios have in common?
They can all become fire hazards.
One stray spark from a Fourth of July sparkler near a dry pile of wood from fencing or roofing can turn a fun night into a disaster, and a lack of good sense near a fire pit can change everything in a second. Here are a few tips to help you avoid fire damage this summer.
- Make sure your family and other loved ones understand fire safety before they start roasting marshmallows or cooking burgers.
- Schedule trash pickup immediately to avoid large amounts of dry material from sitting in your yard.
- Remove dry, dead vegetation from around your home or business premises so that if a fire breaks out this material won’t provide more fuel.
- Using propane tanks can be dangerous; make sure the person responsible for filling it and using the barbecue understands how to properly handle volatile fuel sources.
- Follow the laws of your city and county when it comes to the use of fire, and this includes fireworks. Many people ignore these regulations, but keep in mind that one stray spark on a roof can bring down a neighborhood.
Should the worst happen, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here to help. We are experts in cleanups after fire or water damage, no matter the size of the issue, and we are also mold remediation specialists. Call us today for assistance.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY MOLD REMEDIATION?
Mold can be found in many homes and businesses, creating the need for remediation and cleaning that is specific to this type of issue. Many kinds of mold are mostly harmless, causing few problems, unless someone in the home or business suffers from allergies or sinus issues. In that case, mold becomes a major issue, requiring complete removal, or as complete as is possible. This type of removal is officially known as mold remediation.
If you detect that telltale, musty odor in your home or business, call a professional right away to assess your situation and advise you on the best course of action. It may be that there is some discoloration on a wall or baseboard that looks like an old stain. If no one is complaining about respiratory issues or illnesses, it can be tempting to ignore it. Don’t. It takes the expertise of a mold remediation specialist to tell if the mold is dangerous or not. Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville.
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
The word remediation is used to describe the act of remedying or reversing something, usually resulting in stopping environmental damage. The terms “mold abatement”, “mold removal”, and “mold remediation” are often used interchangeably, but they actually don’t mean quite the same thing.
If you need help with a mold issue, call us today. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are ready to help with any kind of mold-related damage to your home or business. We are also cleanup experts, when you experience fire or water damage events, no matter the size of that event. We are proud to serve the West Nashville community.
WHY YOU NEED TO ACT FAST WHEN WATER DAMAGE OCCURS
Even the smallest of leaks can result in a flood if left unattended, so it’s important to catch water leaks in your home or business and react immediately so that the damage doesn’t get worse.
Leaking pipes and a constantly running toilet are often the expensive culprits of water damage. Finding them sooner rather than later will be key in avoiding long term issues. If you find a leak, it’s important to act quickly to stop the spread of water and limit the damage. Mold begins to grow within 24 hours of exposure to excess water, so it’s vital to have a water damage cleanup plan in place for your company.
- Turn off the water to the affected area immediately.This keeps the situation from getting worse while waiting for the problem to be repaired. Turn off the water to just the affected fixture if possible, or the entire building if necessary.
- Call a licensed plumber. There are many who have 24-hour response numbers, and this may be a good one to have programmed into your cell phone’s contacts list.
- Move files, computer equipment, and other important assets to higher ground. It’s suggested that records should be stored electronically, with copies stored off site, in the cloud or in two different physical locations. If you’re concerned about cloud storage being hacked, there are personal cloud storage options available.
- Develop a contingency plan for staff workplaces in case the office is unusable for a few days. Options include working out of rented office space or telecommuting. This is useful in the event of any kind of disaster.
In the event of water damages of any kind, you need to act fast to remediate the issues. Water damage can ruin all kinds of materials, and your premises will suffer from deterioration and unpleasant odors. Remember, too, that once a mold colony gets established, it can never be completely removed, so it’s best to clean up the conditions it enjoys. Any damp area needs to be dried completely before 48 hours has passed, to make sure mold doesn’t gain a foothold. If you do experience water damage and its accompanying issues, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville for help.
SCHEDULING REGULAR CLEANING FOR YOUR HOTEL’S DRAPES, CARPETS, AND MORE
The presence of dirt, dust, allergens, pet dander, and other unhealthy contaminants in your hotel will build up over time, constantly circulated by your HVAC system, and then will be inhaled by your staff and guests. Older buildings also pose the risk of exposure to asbestos fibers and lead dust, along with other pathogens. Thorough, regular, and professional cleaning for your hotel is going to be an important factor in keeping your indoor air fresh, clean, and healthy.
Carpet, area rugs, drapes, blinds, and upholstered furnitureall attract dust and dirt. These must be regularly cleaned to avoid buildup by removing ingrained dirt and dust, and deep stains in the fibers. Beyond making your hotel premises appear dingy, motions and impacts release contaminants into the air, adding to the problem.
The furniture, carpets, drapes, and blinds in your hotel are a major business investment. Without regular deep cleanings performed with professional equipment and procedures, they will begin to deteriorate. Carpet, upholstery, and drape fabric fibers break down, and blinds lose their smooth surface. You can help preserve the longevity of these valuable items with a regularly scheduled cleaning.
No matter how often or how carefully your staff mops, scrubs, and vacuums, dust and dirt are difficult to remove from corners, baseboards, and where the walls meet the floor. For a thorough cleaning, a professional cleaning company will have all the skills and equipment to make it happen.
Dust is made up of many different tiny particles, including dirt, animal dander, insect waste, pollen, textile and paper fibers, and animal feces. Rather than having these contaminants circulating in your hotel air, have all dust removed from the premises, including from blinds, drapes, carpets, and upholstery, by scheduling regular cleaning.
The SERVPRO professionals are familiar with cleaning every type of blind, including vinyl, aluminum, plantation, shutter, wood, roller shades, cellular shades, or custom blinds. We also are trained to handle all types of window dressing or curtain, and from the take down to the re-installation of all your hotel window treatments, you can rest assured that we will get the job done in a timely and professional manner.
As a hotel owner, you may have invested in quality carpet, Persian area rugs, or have carpeting or area rugs crafted from special fibers and dyes. The wrong cleaning process can be a disaster for these items. Keeping valuable carpeting and area rugs free from ingrained dirt, dust, and animal dander helps to prolong life and keep the fibers from deteriorating.
Every place of business needs ongoing deep cleaning, with regular more extensive services, and your hotel is no exception. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, our full-service approach can make your life easier.
Tornado Season Preparedness in Nashville
Tornado quick facts:
- Tornadoes can strike quickly, with little to no warning
- Tornadoes may appear almost transparent until dust and debris are picked up, or a cloud forms in the funnel
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm, but can occur at any time
- Southern states have peak tornado season from March through May, but as we have experienced here, they can happen at any time of the year
- The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph, but they can vary from stationary to 70 mph
- The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but they have been known to move in any direction
Being prepared for any serious weather event is always a good idea, and understanding what you might experience will help you to figure out what will be best. It is important to have a tornado plan in place at home, at the office, or anywhere you may frequent. Know where you can quickly take shelter, and practice at home and at the office at least yearly. When a tornado watch is issued, start thinking about those safe places and what you may need to have ready if things get bad.
- Establish a plan for communication. Make sure your family or workforce knows how to get in contact with one another before, and after, disaster happens.
- Make sure your insurance is up to date. Don’t wait until the worst happens to find out that you aren’t covered.
- Ensure that your home or business is in the best repair possible. Doing this can help you to minimize damages.
- Have an evacuation plan in place. Make sure everyone you care about knows where to go in the event of truly bad weather. For a tornado event, heading to lower and interior areas away from glass and exterior entrances will be the best place to weather the storm.
In the event that a disaster strikes your home or business, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is ready to help. Call us today for help with recovering from a Middle Tennessee severe weather event.
ODOR REMOVAL AND OTHER SERVICES YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT
SERVPRO is well known across the nation for our fire and water damage cleanup services, and we are also tops in the mold remediation industry. But we also offer other services that you may not be aware of, so today we are going to share that information with you.
Here are some services that SERVPRO of West Nashville/Belle Meade provides in addition to our more well-known offerings:
- ODOR REMOVAL. We are experts in deodorization, and trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These kinds of odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure, and masking them or using other shortcuts won’t work when your odor problem is serious or persistent. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, we can often remove it over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize any unpleasant odor thoroughly.
- BIOHAZARDS. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences, and a failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products to handle biohazards and can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
- VANDALISM/GRAFFITI. Vandalism and graffiti can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner
- COMMERCIAL. First impressions certainly do matter, particularly in the world of business. The overall look of your commercial property will make a lasting first impression for your clients, so be sure that your property is always at its best. If your business has suffered from damages, whether water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or any other such disaster, that will present a poor image to both your current and your prospective clientele. When your Nashville commercial property is in need of professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to help restore your property and maintain your best possible image.
No matter what you need, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here to help.
CARING FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX CARPETS
Maintaining clean carpets can be one of the most difficult parts of rental living, and as an apartment complex owner, you are well aware of this. The carpets in your complex will be closely examined when your units are inspected by prospective tenants, and any signs of wear or damage will often be a deal-breaker.
There are some inexpensive steps that can help to protect carpets, and you can share these tips with your current tenants, which will help them live more comfortably while they rent from you.
- Documentation. Before any tenant moves in, make sure all existing stains, damage and wear is documented by examining the entire unit. Don’t forget closets and other storage areas, and make sure notation is made and photos are taken. If the prior tenant had children or pets (or both), use a blacklight for those hard-to-see stains. This inspection will be proof of the original state of the carpeting, so be detailed and thorough.
- High Traffic Area Protection. General day-to-day living will cause carpet wear, and that’s just reality. Encourage your tenants to protect high-traffic areas in their unit by letting them know that removing shoes before entry is one of the best ways to control carpet breakdown. You may even decide to install shoe organizers in each unit to make it easier for your tenants, allowing them to keep entrance ways organized and clean and encouraging everyone to stop tracking dirt down the hallways. Inexpensive mat runners can be laid down in these areas for added protection and a decorative factor, too.
- Accidents. Direct your tenants to do what they can to protect the carpet before a potential problem arises to avoid accidental damage, such as during painting or other decorative projects, or perhaps for parties and in areas that children use regularly. Throwing down a tarp or area rugs can go a long way towards protecting apartment complex carpeting. Even if your tenants are tidy, accidents happen.
- Regular Maintenance. One of the best ways to keep carpets in good shape is to practice regular maintenance. Give your tenants a list of the best cleaning practices and agents for them to use, and update them regularly with tips for carpet care, as well as for other items in their unit. Most apartment complexes have a community website these days, so a weekly blog or newsletter can help keep people on top of the latest cleaning tips.
- Professional Cleaning. As a good business move, as well as a service to your tenants, regular professional cleaning of your apartment complex carpets will help to keep all your flooring in great condition and extend the life of each unit’s carpet. It may seem like a big expense, but if done regularly it can help save you the much bigger expense of replacing carpet sooner than might otherwise be necessary.
- Pets. If your apartment complex allows pets, make sure that pets are fully house-trained.
You might want to institute fines if stains or considerable wear-and-tear are evident in your apartment complex units due to tenant negligence. It might sound harsh, but replacing carpets often is expensive and will lead to higher rental fees in the future.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we can help if your flooring sustains damage from water or fire. We are also mold remediation experts. Call us today!
KEEPING YOUR TENANTS INFORMED ABOUT FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION
As the owner of a commercial property with tenants to think about, you will want to keep them informed about what to expect if the worst were to happen, such as a fire. It will take time to get everything back to normal, and your tenants will appreciate knowing what to expect. Every fire damage event is a little bit different and will require a unique solution, but the general fire damage restoration process is always pretty much the same.
Today we will list the steps that are usually taken so that you are equipped to share all necessary updates and information with your lessees and tenants.
FIRST STEP: Emergency Contact. The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional team with the appropriate equipment and resources.
SECOND STEP: Inspection and Assessment. Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
THIRD STEP: Board-Up and Tarp: Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO will board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
FOURTH STEP: Water Removal/Drying: The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
FIFTH STEP. Smoke Removal, Cleaning and Sanitizing. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
FINAL STEP. Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
If your home or business suffers from fire or water damage, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always here to help. We are also experts at mold remediation, too!
BUILDING AND RECONSTRUCTION: WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER DAMAGE REMEDIATION
First impressions certainly do matter, whether in the world of business or at home. This is true not only for your personal appearance but also where you live and work. The overall look of your property will make a lasting first impression for your clients and neighbors, so be sure that it is making a good one. If your property has suffered from damage, whether water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or any other such disaster, it will not be putting its best face forward to the neighborhood, and that can affect your business and your curb appeal. When your Nashville home or commercial property is in need of professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville for help in restoring your property so that you can maintain your best possible image. We do restoration projects for private homeowners in the Nashville area, as well as owners of:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
If your property has sustained damage, and you are going to be undergoing some building and reconstruction after the event, it will be helpful to know what to expect.
When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.
After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring your building back to full functionality. When it comes to reconstruction services, our SERVPRO team has the training and expertise to get life back to normal in record time.
WATER DAMAGE RECOVERY TIPS FOR YOUR FURNITURE
Water damage to your furniture is not always as bad as it might seem. Sometimes the damage is very manageable and can be repaired through some simple DIY steps. If you have some furniture that needs care after flooding or weather-related water damage, here are some tips you can follow to restore your furniture and carpeting.
Wood. When a piece of furniture made from wood has been soaked in water, the first step to be taken is to let it dry completely. Place it in a room that is warm and that enjoys good circulation. You can choose to turn on the heat and fans, as well. If the outdoor temperatures are warm, you may place the furniture outside, but take care that the temperature is warm enough – cold weather will cause the piece to dry more slowly and mold can establish a colony, while air that is too hot will cause cracks to form in the furniture.
White Spots. If you find white spots on the furniture, mix a solution of toothpaste and baking soda in equal parts. After dipping a wet cloth in this solution, rub it around and on the spots and polish the area with a dry piece of fabric made from cotton.
Mildew. Black spots indicate that water has seeped through the finish into the wood itself, and that leads to mildew. If this happens, it will require you to remove the finish, clean the mildew with a bleach solution and put on a new layer of finish.
Buckled Veneer. The veneer on your furniture may have buckled or warped through contact with water. You can soak the veneer with a moisturizer to cause it to lie down flat and then wipe it clean and dry. Next, fill a syringe with veneer glue, stick the needle between the veneer and the body of the furniture, emptying the syringe slowly. After it is removed, place a wood block on top of the veneer and wait for the glue to dry, following manufacturer recommendations.
When it comes to recovery of your property and possessions from water damage, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is always here to help. We are experts in the area of restoration from the damages of fire or water, and we are also mold prevention and remediation experts.
Preventing Water Damage in Your Basement
The low-lying areas of any building are always more vulnerable to water damage, whether from rough outdoor weather events or from leaks inside. You will want to take the steps necessary to guard against this kind of damage to your property, which will keep your possessions from being adversely affected as well as saving you both time and money.
Here are some tips to prevent water damage in your basement:
- Maintain proper drainage throughout your property.Take a good look around the premises of either your home or business to make sure that you have proper drainage in place when an excess amount of water is present. Burst pipes and water mains can drive a LOT of water your way, as can flooded streets and drainage ditches, and giving all that H2O somewhere to go besides your basement is a smart move. Enlist the help of a water damage specialist if you need to make some changes, or if you have already experienced issues in your basement or other low-lying areas.
- Maintain all equipment. If your basement contains laundry equipment or other machinery that involves the use of water, make sure that these useful tools don’t become a liability due to poor maintenance. Pipes and water connections need to be regularly assessed since a tiny leak can become a big one really quickly, creating huge issues for you as a home or business owner.
- Maintain the roof. If your roof springs a leak, the water can end up in the walls and travel all the way down to the basement. Once this area gets and stays damp for too long, a mold colony can take hold, and that is a whole new conversation. Regular roof inspections and repairs are one of the most effective steps you can take to prevent water damage in your basement. It will keep walls, windows, and floors safe, too.
When it comes to water damage in your Nashville home or business, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashvilleis always here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are experts in the areas of fire and water damage, and we are also mold remediation specialists. We’ve got you covered!
What to Expect From a Fire Damage Restoration Project
A fire damage event is difficult for the home or business owner on many levels, and the restoration process that follows can be intimidating. Today we are sharing what you can expect from a fire restoration project. Each fire event is a little different, and each will require a unique solution, although the overall general process stays the same. The steps we are listing below will illustrate the SERVPRO process for the average fire damage emergency.
- Emergency Contact. Your restoration process begins the moment that you contact us. Our representative will ask you questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us to respond with the appropriate equipment and resources for your particular situation.
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment. Our team will carefully inspect and test all the adjoining rooms of your home or business to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is vital to us, allowing us to develop the perfect plan of action for your property.
- Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service. Fire damage will often compromise the condition of windows, walls, and roofing. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we will board up missing windows and walls, and place tarps on damaged areas of the roof.
- Water Removal and Drying. If water damage is present, the water removal process will begin almost immediately, with the goal of removing the majority of the water. Our team will then employ dehumidifiers and air movers to remove any remaining water and complete the drying process.
- Removal of Smoke and Soot From All Surfaces. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and all other surfaces.
- Cleaning and Sanitizing. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. Our team uses a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to the condition they were in before the fire. We are also trained to remove lingering odors, using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
- Restoration. This is the final step – getting your home or business back to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, installing new carpet, or painting surfaces, or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various rooms or areas.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are ready to help if your Nashville home or business suffers from damage due to fire or water. You can also count on us when it comes to mold remediation and prevention.
UPDATING YOUR BUSINESS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN
You know that flooding, fire, and extreme weather can happen to a business at any time, and the structures and contents can easily be negatively affected. Staff can become injured or find themselves in dangerous situations, and these are scenarios you will want to be able to prevent or be ready for. You probably have an emergency preparedness plan in place, but when is the last time you looked it over? Updating your business emergency plan is a smart thing to do on a regular basis so that you will always be prepared:
- PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE. Make sure that all areas around your buildings are kept free from flammable materials and that landscaping is trimmed well on a regular basis to prevent fires from spreading if they occur. If you have replaced doors or windows lately, don’t just assume that they are properly sealed. Parking and entrance/exit areas need to always be clear and safe, in case of a disaster. Your emergency plan should include steps that need to be taken ahead of time that will lessen the effect a disaster could have. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, low-lying spaces are going to be in danger. Keeping these areas in good repair before a flooding event occurs will go a long way towards avoiding bigger issues.
- EVACUATION INFORMATION. State law requires that you post an evacuation plan in a visible place for your staff and customers, and this needs to be up-to-date, with any floor plan or grounds changes noted. Make sure that your employees understand it and know how to carefully guide clientele to safe areas should a disaster occur.
- CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION. Update your phone and email contact info monthly, so that all employees can be effectively alerted to important information whether they are at work or at home, should a disaster event occur.
Our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is ready to help with water and fire damage, and we are proud to be mold remediation experts. Our professional damage restoration company is an important and welcome resource during tough times; we are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner as well as keep you and your workforce out of harm’s way.
CLEANING YOUR HOTEL CARPETS
The dirt and germs that will accumulate in your hotel carpeting accelerate the wear-and-tear it will experience from all the foot traffic and baggage wheels, and the overall clean impression you want your hotel to give your guests is going to be negatively affected. Today, we would like to share a few simple tips to help you protect your carpet investment in addition to all the regular vacuuming and deep cleaning you already do.
SPOTS AND STAINS. Remember that there is no real difference between the two. All that it takes for a spot to become a stain is to forget about it for a while. A spot should be immediately blotted with a paper towel or other absorbent material to soak up as much of the spill as possible, and this should keep the spot from becoming a more pesky and problematic (and unsightly!) stain.
USE PRE-SPRAYS. Carpet cleaning chemicals can leave behind residue that will actually collect even more dirt. The next thing you know, your carpeting is a dingy mess. Only properly diluted chemicals that break down these stains and rinse clean should be used for spots. Allow your pre-spray to penetrate the spots for a while so that they can do their work.
HIGH-QUALITY EQUIPMENT. Regular cleaning, such as daily vacuuming, can vastly reduce your need for deep cleaning when it is done with high-quality equipment. Shop for properly dated filters and backpack vacuums, and remember that correctly completing periodic deep carpet extraction cleaning in your hotel is essential to keep carpeting dry, which prevents mold growth.
PRE-VACUUM. Carpeted areas need to be vacuumed daily, which allows dirt to be easily removed before it has time to get wet and become embedded in your carpeting.
TRAIN YOUR TEAM. Make sure your team knows how to clean your hotel carpets correctly. The most efficient way to ensure that your carpeting lasts is to establish a routine maintenance plan that is executed by properly trained cleaners.
PROFESSIONALS. Call a professional cleaning company to come in and help you when it’s time for large-scale deep cleaning of your hotel carpets. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have the training and expertise to get your hotel carpets fully cleaned and looking like new in a timely manner. We are water and fire damage experts, and we are fully equipped and ready to handle mold remediation.
RECOVERING FROM FIRE DAMAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
A fire can cause real damage to your hotel, and whether or not your business survives the disaster is going to be determined by the actions after it’s all over. Today, we share some tips to help you recover from fire damage to your hotel:
Documentation. Avoid costly mistakes by documenting everything; maintain a log of all contacts and phone calls so that you can keep track of everyone you speak with, when you talked with them, and what was discussed. Begin collecting receipts to document any expense that you incur during your business’ recovery period.
Insurance. Reach out to your insurance agent immediately to report your losses. Prompt action may help you avoid delays and missed deadlines, which will keep you from getting your hotel back up and running.
Security. Any unoccupied portions of your hotel can be targets for thieves or vandals. Call your local police department and request extra patrols of the property and the surrounding area. Depending on how much time your police department can commit to your premises, you may find it necessary to arrange for private security to protect the property.
Safety. Keep your guests safe and prevent further damage by having utilities serving the damaged areas turned off. Gas and electricity should be turned off at the meter; water can be turned off at the main valve. Do not resume use of any utility until it has been inspected and cleared by a professional or representative of the utility company.
Caution. While you would like to get your hotel running normally again as quickly as possible, it is vital to proceed with caution in the immediate aftermath of a fire. It can be tempting to rush into remediation and repairs, but acting in haste can be an expensive mistake. Contact experienced professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville; we have the knowledge and resources needed to restore your space properly.
Fire damage is especially devastating for a commercial property or business. Every hour spent restoring your business back to a pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we know how to deal with smoke, fire damage, and water damage, and we are available 24 hours a day.
PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SUMMER STORMS
Summer storms in Middle Tennessee can bring torrential rain, which brings with it the threat of flash flooding. Severe thunderstorms are also something to be prepared for, with the lightning, high winds, and possible tornadoes they bring. Being prepared for summer storms will keep you, your workforce, and your place of business safer. If you are adversely affected, you will be able to recover more quickly, too.
A strong response plan is the best way to prepare your business for those summer storm events, and it starts with communication. When a storm hits, communicating with your customers and employees will be vital; they need to know how you will handle the situation. Are your operations reduced, or will you close completely?
Another important part of your response plan is the way you will be protecting sensitive information, such as customer and financial data. Having an off-site backup location is crucial, in case of major damage to your premises or computer systems.
The goal of your response plan should be to get your operations back up and running normally as fast as possible. If it looks like you will be facing a long term disruption, you will be glad of a contingency plan. Creating one will help support your business during an extended period of recovery or reduced operations. If your physical location is destroyed by a summer storm and your workforce is able to do their jobs from home, that will be a huge plus. Think through all the possible issues and have a plan in place that will allow you to conduct your business as close to normal as you can.
These are just a few ideas to get you started in your summer storm preparations. What your business needs will depend on the type of work you do, mostly. Planning ahead for your unique work situation will help you, well….weather the storms.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have years of experience in storm and water damage. We also handle the aftermath of fires and severe flooding. Call us today for help in preparing your business for summer storms.
TOP SOURCES OF WATER DAMAGE TO BE AWARE OF IN YOUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING
As a commercial business owner, you have worried about your own enterprise when you’ve seen the news reports and social media posts showing water damage to other businesses after a flood or heavy rain. Disasters like that are almost always unexpected, and if you aren’t prepared for what may happen during storm season, you can suffer more water damage than is necessary.
The top sources of water damage to your commercial building will be:
- Wet Weather. The steady rains of winter or occasional snow and ice can cause issues when there are opportunities for leaks. Take a good look around your place of business to see if your premises are prepared for wet weather. Ensure that all exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and that doors and windows are properly weather-stripped. The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be regularly inspected and well-maintained, too, to protect your machinery, product, and furniture from this most common source of water damage.
- Flooding. Both major and minor flooding events can occur during rain storms and after ice and snow melt. The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade in from their cars, floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, and you will want to plan ahead to prevent that from happening.
- Leaks. Another very common source of water damage is going to be from leaks in your interiors. Pipes and water heaters that are not in great repair can spring leaks quickly and cause a lot of damage if the problem is not caught right away. Regular inspections of all your appliances and water systems will help you determine if there needs to be a replacement of older items that could become troublesome.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is standing by, ready to help in any way we can! We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage, and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your commercial property, give us a call today!
LANDSCAPING TIPS FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX
We have finally turned the corner into Spring, and the bright sky and blooming flowers are quite pleasant to see after a gloomy Winter. As the owner of an apartment complex, you have already been making lists of things that will need to be accomplished during this time of year, particularly to prevent water damage, and now that things are warming up, and a landscape refresh is more than likely on that list.
Plants and trees are extremely useful on many levels, as we all know. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing and are proven to have a calming effect on us, but they prevent erosion, attract beneficial birds and insects, and help buildings to be more energy efficient by shading them and blocking warm air.
Here are some landscaping tips for your apartment complex:
Use Indigenous Plants. If you are replacing unhealthy plants or trees or landscaping a new area, consider using indigenous plants. They will require less water and care, and will grow naturally. Their maintenance will be minimal, as well, and all of these benefits save you both time and money. In addition, they are part of the natural local environment, so they will cause no harm.
Use Attractive Specimens. A beautiful landscape for an apartment complex is the ultimate in curb appeal, so when you are choosing fresh specimens for your plantings, use those that are most visually appealing. Make sure they smell good, too – or at least select those that put out no unpleasant odors!
Use Less Grass. Grass is expensive to keep up, with all the water, fertilizer, and mowing that it requires. Allow more of your property to revert to a natural setting and invest in walking trails and natural butterfly/honeybee areas. Your tenants will love it! Less water will also reduce the change of water damage and mold growth in your apartment complex.
Use Veggies. Community gardens are sprouting up, literally, all over the country. The benefits are many: bringing people together, providing organic fruits and vegetables for the immediate locale, promoting the health of beneficial insects and birds are just a few. Designate an area or two to this project, and get your tenants involved in the process. It’s something that many will enjoy and will be helpful for them in reaching their health goals.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is here to help with any of your water damage, fire damage, or mold remediation needs!
FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
No business owner wants to see a loss happen because of flood damages, especially when they could have been prevented. There are the floods that happen because of bad weather, and then there are the floods that come about due to equipment failure or negligence. Here are a few flood damage prevention tips for you that will help you avoid the worst of both.
All appliances have a limited lifespan, so it’s important to check your refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, HVAC units, and bathroom fixtures for any signs of failure. Flooding in these areas will create huge issues for you, especially if they happen over the weekend! Look for:
- The sound of running water
- Unpleasant odors in floors, walls, or drains
- Low water pressure
- Mold growing around appliance or fixtures
- Worn out hoses
If leaks are left untreated, they can lead to mold growth, stains, and floor and wall damages. Address any leaks immediately – this is one of the best flood damage prevention tips we can give you!
Watching your water bill is another way to prevent problems. If it goes up considerably for no apparent reason, you probably have a leak somewhere. You can also read your water meter to maintain a check on it.
Maintaining roofs, gutters, and exterior windows and doors will go a long way towards keeping your business safe from the elements and flooding that can happen during heavy rains. Any drainage system on your property will need to be properly cared for, too, with debris and dirt clogging the system being removed regularly in case of heavy water. A backed up drainage system can be a huge flooding culprit.
If you are due for some landscaping, make sure any new large shrubs or trees are planted in places where they won’t interfere with pipelines, and remove those that are already in the danger zone. Root systems can easily break apart piping and create a flooding event. Choose those plants and trees that don’t have aggressive root systems, just to be safe.
When you are dealing with flood damages, the SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team is always here to help, 24/7. We are water and fire damage specialists, and we have years of experience with mold remediation and prevention, as well.
CHECKING YOUR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR MOLD GROWTH
As a Middle Tennessee business owner, you are no stranger to extreme weather. From heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms to extreme heat and tornadoes, you’ve come to expect it. High temperatures paired with humid conditions will create an environment that is right for mold to establish itself in your commercial property. Mold will thrive in dark, moist and unventilated places such as closets, warehouses, and office storage. The best way to stay on top of a mold issue is to do regular inspections of your property for the sights and scents that spell trouble.
You will want to take a look around a day or two after extremely wet weather during the warmer months. Move machinery and office equipment, and look at the places where the walls join the floor and in the corners. Check out the ceiling closely, and if the lighting is bad, this is a great time to schedule an upgrade of your interior lighting. Regular inspections can also keep you informed as to whether your roofing or walls have experienced any kind of damage that can result in leaks – another way for a mold colony to get started.
The best way to handle mold is to use preventive measures in the first place. Here are a few ideas that can help:
- Keep all workspaces well-ventilated
- Use a dehumidifier, especially during the more humid months
- Make sure exterior doors are properly sealed
- Organize all stored items on shelves, using the floor and walls as little as possible
- Don’t keep cardboard in storage areas
- Remove any standing water immediately and dry area completely
- Trim back shrubs and plants near structures, not allowing overgrowth
If you suspect that your home or business has developed a mold problem, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is standing by to help! We are also experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage. Give us a call!
SPRING SHOWERS AND WATER DAMAGE: PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SPRING WEATHER
The steady rains of winter, or the occasional snow and ice Nashville can experience, can cause a lot of problems to your business, and with spring showers coming you will want to be prepared. Take a good look around your place of business; are you prepared for more wet weather? You will want to make sure that your exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and the weather stripping on both doors and windows is in good repair. The roof of your office or warehouse will need to be in good shape, as well, to protect your machinery, product, and furniture from the possible water damages that can come from wet spring weather.
- The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned, and well-maintained, drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. Inspect the parking lots of your business regularly for erosion, since the last thing you need is a bill for damages to a vehicle due to deep potholes. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the parking area, consider sandbags for any affected area. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, so you will want to plan ahead here, too.
- If your rain gutters become clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rainwater, so inspect this area and replace any parts that are not in good repair. As water backs up, it can leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can quickly find yourself with water damage and a colony of mold.
- Power lines and telephone poles on or next to your business property are a potential issue when wet spring weather hits. Contact your utility company and have them come take a look to make sure you, your business, and your employees will be safe.
- Be aware of the condition of any large trees on your property. If the grounds of your place of business become saturated, a tree with an unstable root base can fall, while heavy, unhealthy branches can be extremely dangerous in high winds and can create problems for you, your employees, and your customers if they become detached.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is standing ready to help you in any way we can. We have the expertise to handle water damage and fire damage and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your business or property, give us a call today.
FIRE DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR COMMERCIAL KITCHEN
As the owner, or manager, of a corner cafe or a quick service restaurant, you know that fire is one of the worst things imaginable. It will endanger the lives of your staff and your guests and destroy your property, shutting you down indefinitely.
It will always be a good idea to take a look at your established policies to ensure that your practices and procedures to prevent fires in your establishment are appropriate and are being followed.
Here are some essential fire damage prevention tips for your commercial kitchen:
EQUIPMENT SAFETY. Cooking equipment is often responsible for restaurant building fires. All your equipment must be maintained in top condition, from ovens to fryers. Following established cleaning practices daily, and to the letter, in addition to regular professional inspections, will ensure that repairs are made before something happens and that your equipment won’t outlive its safe operation.
GREASE. A buildup of grease in hoods and grease traps can be a dangerous thing. These equipment components operate under high-heat constantly, so they can easily become a fire hazard, as can kitchen ductwork. Contact an experienced cleaning and restoration professional to address these issues and help you to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
SPRINKLERS. A critical component of commercial kitchen fire safety is the fire sprinkler system. Corrosion can weaken their effectiveness, so having them regularly inspected will be a good practice in preventing fire damage.
UL COMPLIANCE. If you don’t know how old your kitchen UL suppression system is, verify that information during your next inspection. You may want to consider an upgrade to UL 300 compliance to ensure your commercial kitchen’s safety.
EMPLOYEES. The very best equipment and the most top quality maintenance can never completely prevent restaurant fires. The most effective weapon in your arsenal is going to be your employees. Train them well to always be ready for restaurant fire emergencies through monthly meetings and drills, and encourage their input when addressing safety issues. Make sure everyone knows how to use fire extinguishers and how to safely evacuate your building.
Getting your doors back open quickly will be easier with the help of a professional restoration company. Call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville if you experience fire damage, water damage, or mold issues.
SCHEDULING REGULAR CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS
You know that in a competitive business environment, it is essential for you to always put your best foot forward. From your customer service to your networking practices, you are always thinking about your enterprise and promoting what you do.
The appearance and condition of your physical property speaks volumes about you as a business person. When a client comes to see you in your place of business, their first impression of what you do will be what they see.
If your entries, walkways, and landscaping is top notch, they will notice. If they aren’t, they will notice. Is your waiting area comfortable and cozy? Do you have proper lighting, or do you need to change a bulb or two? Are the chairs in good repair, or do they need a cleaning? Perhaps they should be replaced. When your customer uses your public restroom, will they be surprised by the space? And if they are, is it a pleasant surprise? Or are your bathrooms places no one wants to go into? Your client will see all this, and act accordingly. If you haven’t been paying enough attention to your property, you will probably pay a price, and that price will be lost business.
When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, many business owners find it a challenge to make time to get it done, and that’s understandable. You are busy running your enterprise – we get it!
A professional cleaning and restoration company can sit down with you and create a schedule for routine cleaning and maintenance that will be perfect for your business. They can come in and assess what needs to be done, and then do it. No more concerns about the little things like light bulbs or dirty walkways, and if the carpet needs to be deep cleaned, they will schedule that with you and take care of it while you do what you are best at.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is experienced in cleaning and maintenance, and we have the expertise necessary to get the job done, and get it done right. We are experts in water and fire damage, and we handle mold remediation, too.
MOLD GROWTH PREVENTION TIPS FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX TENANTS
To protect your apartment complex investment, you will want to educate your tenants on best practices when it comes to mold growth prevention. For every new tenant, provide them with information about how to best prevent this issue, and renew the information for every tenant on a yearly, or even twice-yearly basis, especially in a humid climate such as the one we have here in Middle Tennessee.
Mold spores are always in the air, and they spread easily. Able to grow anywhere, mold cannot ever be completely eradicated, and it can be found on carpet, clothing, food, and even inside walls. Wherever moisture can be found, mold likes to be there. Therefore, educating your tenants on moisture control is going to be the best practice to prevent mold growth in your apartment complex.
Communication. Let your tenants know that if they see a problem or a potential issue they are to let you know right away. Perhaps you can offer a rent discount for those who identify something serious as an incentive. It will save you a bundle in the long run, so why not? Water stains, leaking water heaters, condensation on windows – these things can point to a potential issue, and mold is just waiting to establish a colony there!
Drying. Encourage your tenants to use fans and dehumidifiers in their units, especially after wet weather. Let them know that leaving wet clothing and towels on the floor can cause a problem, as well, and advise them to empty washing machines immediately.
Indoor plants. Mold loves the leaves of indoor plants, and the moist soil is a perfect mold breeding ground. It can then spread throughout the apartment. Don’t make your tenants get rid of these beautiful household items; they are aesthetically pleasing, and they help to keep indoor air clean, after all. Instead, encourage people to clean the leaves of their plants regularly and to monitor standing water. Taheebo tea is a great product to use here; the oil of this tea is able to withstand fungi even in the rainforest, and it can help to prevent mold growth in plant soil. Your tenants can find this amazing natural product at organic food stores.
Educating yourself and your tenants on mold prevention will go a long way towards preventing a colony from establishing itself. In the event that a problem occurs, however, contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville for help. We are mold remediation specialists!
CLEANING SMOKE DAMAGE OUT OF YOUR KITCHEN
The damages that fire can cause are, of course, significant and devastating. Smoke is a big issue as well, and very hard to get rid of. In the event of an oven or stove fire in your kitchen, you can be left with a mess that requires the help of professionals who know how to deal with the residue left behind, and that smell. It’s not as easy as just opening a window and letting it all air out, unfortunately.
The acidity of smoke and soot can make them difficult to remove, and they contain particles that are harmful to breathe, so it is going to be essential to clean the smoke damage completely out of your kitchen as soon as possible.
There are a few things a homeowner can do themselves to alleviate smoke damage using items found in most homes, such as rubbing alcohol, vinegar, degreaser, and hot water. You will need one item that isn’t normally in your closet, and that is a dry-cleaning sponge.
Open all windows, even if it’s cold outside – ventilation is essential. Use fans, if necessary, to get air moving, and turn off your HVAC system to prevent the spread of the smoke and soot and their harmful particles.
Make sure you wear protection for yourself, such as long pants and long sleeves. Gloves and eye protection are important, as well, since you will be freeing soot as you clean. Lay down floor protection and remove furniture that is not damaged. You may be able to cover items with plastic if the area affected is small, but if it’s the whole kitchen it will be wise to simply remove everything and seal off undamaged areas. If the damage is too severe for you to handle, be sure to contact a licensed professional.
Remove loose soot particles with your vacuum, using attachments. If you have a shop-vac, that is best.
Next, using the dry-cleaning sponge, wipe up soot and smoke stains. These sponges have special chemicals in them to lift stains, so they are best for the job. Never use water or cleaners before you use this sponge, or soot will be spread all over and be impossible to remove. As the sponge gets discolored, you can slice the used parts off with a knife to get a fresh start, but make sure you aren’t using a dirty sponge – that will be counterproductive.
At this point, you can use a clean rag and any cleaning agents you have on hand. Soak your rag in the preferred cleaner and wipe all the walls throughout your kitchen, whether you see soot or smoke damage or not. Wipe down light bulbs, too. After this, soapy water should be used to wipe down everything. Refresh your water throughout the process. Once you’ve finished, you will want to wash everything down with clean water, just to be sure.
After your kitchen is clean, you will want to dry all the surfaces, and run fans, too.
This is such a huge job that you may find it necessary to call a professional for help. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville we have the expertise necessary to help you recover your kitchen from smoke damages.
SPRING STORM DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS
In Middle Tennessee, Spring is very welcome. After all the gloomy, cold days and nights, it’s great to see the sun again. The surrounding hills are green, and flowers are everywhere! We are all anxious to get outside and have some fun.
Spring also brings with it some stormy weather, though, so you will want to be prepared for that. Damages to your home and other properties can make you forget the joy that this season brings with it, so let’s talk about some Spring storm damage prevention tips:
Landscaping. A thorough cleaning of your landscaping for your home or business is in order after harsh winter weather. Some plants and trees will have suffered, and some may not have made it at all. Removing dead branches and trees or other large vegetation will prevent damages in a storm from flying debris.
Drainage. Make sure your property enjoys proper drainage; often the ditch system will be full of leaves, branches, and other debris from the winter, and when water starts running, this can present a problem. Floods, even small ones, are very damaging to your property and can become dangerous very quickly.
Roofing. Have a thorough inspection done of your roofing. Loose shingles, cracks, or damage from excessive moisture made by melting snow or ice can weaken your roof’s ability to keep water out. Make these repairs right away; if you need a new roof, don’t put it off!
Doors and windows. Take a good look at all exterior doors and windows to make sure they are in good repair and fit properly. Are they well-sealed against the coming wet weather of Spring? Did they sustain damages from winter? If so, schedule repairs soon before spring storms come.
Gutters. Be sure to have your rain gutters cleaned out to prevent damages to your building through spilling water. When debris and dirt clog your gutters, the water simply has nowhere to go but into your walls when it backs up. Waterlogged walls are a great place for mold to start a colony, and that is certainly something you will want to prevent!
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are always ready to help in the event you suffer from Spring storm damages. We handle all sizes of fire or water damage events, and we are experts when it comes to mold and its remediation and prevention.
CLEANING TIPS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOTEL
Travel season is upon us, and you will want your hotel to shine! You’ve spent the money to ensure your online presence makes a good impression with excellent photos and descriptive copy, and you want your guests to continue to be impressed when they arrive for their stay.
Today we are sharing some cleaning tips to spruce up your hotel for summer vacation:
Green stuff. After a hard winter, your landscaping is probably needing a facelift. Replace any plants or trees that look like they won’t recover, and trim back everything that is left – dead branches are dangerous as well as unsightly. Plant new flowers and bushes, and maybe add pots of small trees or other vegetation around your property, too. Using indigenous species is always a good idea since they cost less money in water and maintenance, and they won’t harm the environment.
Curb appeal. Pressure washing will get rid of the debris, dust, and cobwebs that accumulate during the months when everyone is indoors and brighten up the exterior of your buildings considerably. Employ professionals to come and wash your windows, sliding doors, and other glass viewing areas, as well, and let the sunshine in!
Flooring. Whether you have carpet or faux wood flooring, they probably could use a deep clean after months of wet weather. Your professional cleaning company can get the job done in record time and leave your hotel flooring looking brand new. If there are any lingering musty odors in your halls or rooms, a good floor cleaning can often remove it.
Bathrooms. Deep cleaning your hotel bathrooms is a great idea, and one that brings you immediate benefits by pleasing your guests. Your housekeeping staff is well-trained and does a great job with upkeep, but a deep clean for each space returns it to its original shine.
Walls and doors. Washing walls, doors, and other surfaces will lend your hotel the look of a fresh paint job without the expense. Over time, these surfaces get dirty, but since it happens in weeks, months, and even years, we don’t notice. But our guests will! Dingy walls and doors make your hotel look like no one cares, and that will drive your customers away.
Sprucing up your hotel will bring you repeat customers. Call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, and let’s get your project started. We handle damages from water and fire, as well as mold remediation.
RENOVATION PROJECTS TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR BUSINESS
It’s the time of year when many business owners are thinking about renovations to their holdings. The weather is warmer, and it’s going to be a lot easier to get things done now that the sun is out. Keeping your properties in good shape is important for your image as a business owner and operator in your area, so let’s get started!
Here are some renovation projects to plan out that will also prevent water damage in your business:
Roofing. Probably the single most important spot on your property to keep in good shape, especially when it comes to preventing damages from water! A quarterly inspection of your roofing is going to let you know when it’s time to for a re-do. Loose shingles, cracks, and leaks will all make an appearance after heavy weather like the weather we have all experienced this past winter, and repairing your roof during renovation is going to save you trouble and money from water damage in the future.
Pipes and water lines. Internal areas that involve water, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and some work-related spaces in some industries, are going to be due for a renovation periodically. Have a professional take a good look at all exposed pipes, faucets, and other water features as well as testing the water lines that go to the city’s system to make sure you aren’t experiencing leaks or breaks that aren’t yet apparent. A water line break can be a huge issue and disrupt your business for hours, and sometimes even days, depending on the severity.
Appliances. Your water heater, refrigerator, or freezer can all cause damages by water to your property when they fail. Replacing these items in a timely manner can prevent that, and it will give you the opportunity to choose energy-efficient models, as well, which will save you money while giving back to the earth.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we can be on the scene of a water damage emergency right away! Call us in the event that your business experiences damage from water or fire, and remember that we are mold remediation experts.
MANAGING FLOOD DAMAGE TO YOUR NASHVILLE BUSINESS
Protecting the bottom line of your business in the event of flooding is important! Taking steps beforehand to prevent or reduce flood damages to your Nashville business is a wise business move and can go a long way towards alleviating distress and flood-related costs to your enterprise, but sometimes even the best-laid protection plans don’t stop flood damages from occurring.
When a flooding event happens, you will need to manage all the damages left behind. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team is here to help you!
Here are some tips for managing flood damages to your Nashville business:
Respond quickly. A rapid response to flood-related damages is going to be crucial in reducing secondary damages and restoration costs. Contacting a professional restoration team and getting them on the scene right away will help you stay open for business or get you back on your feet quickly.
Utilities. If your property has experienced downed telephone poles or utilities have been affected, contact your local authorities right away and let them know what is happening. They will be recording affected properties and areas to schedule service, so this will help them to plan.
People. Make sure you have connected with your workforce to see if everyone is safe. At this point, you can establish methods of completing work from home if possible so that no time is lost there.
Weather. Keep a close watch on the weather so that you are as well-informed as possible. If there are new storms coming or if any dam-releases are scheduled, for example, you will be able to plan ahead.
Documents. Hopefully, you are storing your business-related documentation in the cloud as well as in hard copy form. If flood waters damage or destroy these items, you always have your cloud copies to pull from.
If you are working on your disaster-preparedness plan, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville can help. Floods can occur at the most unlikely or unexpected times, and we are here for you whenever the worst happens. Call us today and schedule a time for us to sit down and talk about you and your business.
SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
The warmer months are finally just around the corner. Finally! And this is always the time of year that we all consider changes and upgrades to help us start fresh. You will want your business to reflect the upbeat mood of Spring with fresh and clean surroundings and atmosphere; it is a great way for your business to be inviting to your clients, customers, and workforce, too.
Here are some spring-cleaning tips for your business:
The Professionals. Any type of commercial cleaning project needs professional assistance. Connect with area services that are well-established and highly respected. Those reviews on social media platforms can actually be a big help here. These companies will come right to you, and they will make sure that your spring cleaning is done right by following your instructions precisely.
Going green. Using green products is always a good idea. These products aren’t composed of harsh chemicals, so there is no danger of negative reactions to your working environment and those with sensitivities. There are a wide variety of environmentally friendly cleaning items these days, and your customers will be happy to know that you are going green, too.
A weather eye. Whenever you plan any seasonal job, always keep an eye on the weather. It can change at the drop of a hat sometimes, making your project difficult or impossible. When you are scheduling spring cleaning services for your business, select alternate days or a full range to allow for a change of plans. Extreme temperatures can have a negative effect on some products, as well.
Working together. Every member of your team has something valuable to add. When planning for the spring cleaning of your business, ask for input from everyone. Perhaps there is something they have noticed that needs attention that has escaped you, or maybe they have a perspective on how to streamline the process that will help you avoid work disruptions. Teamwork will help any project get done faster and more efficiently, and a cleaning job is no exception!
Contact us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville and let us be a part of YOUR team to help you with your business spring cleaning.
TOP SOURCES FOR COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE
Planning ahead can keep your commercial property safe from water damage. Just keeping an eye on the places where water can become an issue for your business will help you stay ahead of the game. Some of the top sources for commercial water damage can include:
- STORMS: Winter and Spring bring lots of water, either by steady rains, or ice and snow, and all that water can cause a lot of problems. Make an inspection around your place of business; are you prepared for wet weather? Take note of weather stripping and poorly fitting doors and windows and the drainage for your parking areas and entryways as well as all warehousing and manufacturing outbuildings.
- EQUIPMENT FAILURES. Unexpected events such as a burst pipe in your parking area or under a sink, or a broken or misdirected landscaping sprinkler can easily create problems by sending large amounts of water to the wrong places. In shops and warehouses, water damage can come about from broken pipes or equipment failures, such as pumps, etc.
- WATER MAINS. These kinds of situations come from circumstances that are out of your control, but you do want to keep them in mind. Make sure your parking areas and entryways can stay open in the event that your area streets are flooded due to a burst water main. You know you will have to wait for the city or county to come and correct the problem, and you want to stay in business.
- LEAKS. After wet weather, you may realize you have smaller water damage issues that you hadn’t noticed before. The roof of your office area, your warehouse, or your storage area needs to be properly cared for as well to protect your product, machinery, and office furniture from water damage through leaks and seepage.
If you have sustained water damages to your home or commercial property, the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help in any way we can. We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage and specialize in mold remediation.
THE ADDITIONAL COSTS OF FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT
Fires are devastating and can cause major damage to your home or business, which can often require you to hire licensed professionals to make the repairs. The extent of the damage will all depend on the fire itself, how it started, and how long it burned, and how it was put out. A few determining factors when it comes to fire damage restoration cost will be:
- The number of affected rooms
- The amount of damage
- Repairs needed
It is estimated that fire and smoke restoration will cost approximately $4.50 per square foot, so for a 2,600 square foot home, this adds up to about $12,000. You probably also know that water damages will be extensive, since this is what is often used in the fighting of the fire. Water can damage walls, floors and furniture, and if not handled quickly, the damage can get worse over time. In addition, mold can easily take hold in damp conditions.
There are a few additional costs of fire damage restoration that you might not know about, such as:
- Soot removal and cleanup. Soot can build up on curtains, walls, and carpets, and can cost anywhere from $2,000 – $6,000, depending on the size of the home or business.
- Cleanup of burnt materials. All the materials that have been burned and are no longer usable or are obstructive will need to be removed by professionals, and this additional cost can be $50-$100 per pound.
- Smoke damages. Clothing, carpet, and draperies absorb smoke, and the strong odor left behind will only get worse over time. Cleanup must take place at the source, and only after soot and water damage are removed. Thermal fogging and Ozone treatment are two of the most common methods, and can cost $200-$600.
- Air ducts. Vent and duct cleaning will prevent lingering odors from spreading.
In the event of a fire at your home or business, call the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals for help with fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, and so much more. We are here to help.
HVAC CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE THAT WILL IMPROVE THE AIR QUALITY OF YOUR BUSINESS
Hiring a professional to inspect, clean, and maintain your HVAC system will save you time and trouble. You will want to schedule an inspection every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. Your professional will inspect and clean all the wiring and mechanisms of your business’ HVAC units, which requires training and expertise. Scheduling regular inspections, cleaning, and maintenance of your HVAC will greatly improve the air quality of your business, and that will be good news to everyone – staff and guests alike.
As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, such as:
- Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system.
- Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass.
- Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units.
- Inspect refrigerant lines every month.
- Replace your air filters at least every 90 days.
- In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier.
- In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on.
- Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
- Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
- Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture
Caring for your HVAC properly throughout the year will keep the air quality and atmosphere of your business pleasant and healthy, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will also save you money by improving and maintaining the energy efficiency throughout your buildings and premises.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team has the expertise necessary when it comes to inspecting and maintaining your HVAC system, and we are here to answer any questions you might have. We are also experienced in large cleanup jobs such as those needed because of fire damage or water damage, and we are pros at mold remediation.
IS YOUR HOTEL PREPARED FOR STORM DAMAGES?
Storm damages can be devastating to a business of any kind, and your hotel is no different. This kind of weather event can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your Nashville hotel for Spring storm season and possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the number of storm damages your business could sustain and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal. Is your hotel prepared for storm damages? Here are a few things to think about:
- MAINTENANCE. The most important factor in the battle against damages to your hotel is going to be regular, and thorough, maintenance. Planning ahead for the possibilities of a severe weather event is going to keep your business damage free, or at least lessen the severity. If your hotel is surrounded by mature trees, keep them properly trimmed and healthy. If your building has rain gutters, make sure they never become clogged with debris to avoid water damage and be sure to keep your parking and entries/exits free of obstructions so that people can get in or out quickly and remain safe.
- INSPECTIONS. Employ a professional to inspect your property regularly to make sure nothing is missed. Replacing roofing, siding, or windows after a storm will be annoying and costly, and a proper inspection program can prevent those types of restoration projects from being necessary.
- STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters and possible water damage.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your hotel staff. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to come in to work or not. No one should drive through flooded roadways and intersections. Listening to weather updates will keep you informed, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.
Responding quickly to storm damages will get you back to business right away, and the team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here for you, 24/7. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville specializes in water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold remediation, and more!
TOP COMMERCIAL SPRING CLEANING PROJECTS
Winter is just about to end, and with Spring right around the corner, every commercial business owner will have a completely new set of cleaning projects to think about due to seasonal weather. Now is a great time to complete some of your top commercial Spring cleaning projects that will help get your business ready for the coming busier season. Here are two top projects:
- Interiors. With more sunlight coming in your interior windows, you will see areas that need to be touched up. Deep cleaning, as well as refreshing touches by painting and other aesthetic maintenance, will help your business look its best. Some areas in your interior spaces that will need attention this Spring include:
- Landscaping/Parking. Your landscaping will probably need attention after a rough winter, and a fresh paint job will be a big improvement, too. Clear out brush and trash that was blown onto your property by winter winds and engage a professional company to come and clean your parking areas.
- Warehousing/Storage. These outlying areas could probably use a refresh after winter, too. Take a good look at them and take steps to help them look their best.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider those commercial cleaning projects for your workspaces:
Professional help. Any kind of commercial cleaning needs professional help. Professionals make the job easier. Research businesses with a local history and lots of positive reviews. A reputable company will make that sure your Spring cleaning projects are done right by following your precise instructions and making your business shine.
Going green. An important factor these days to consider is the well-being of the environment. Using environmentally sound products has a lot of advantages. Products that aren’t made from harsh chemicals can help without the potential for allergic reactions from those who come in contact with them. New products on the market today make it easier than ever to get the results that you and your customers are sure to love.
Team effort. It helps to enlist the assistance of other members of your team when planning seasonal cleaning. Together, you can determine the best dates for the cleaning. You can also talk about the kind of cleaning that will need to be done in individual spaces.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is committed to assisting business and commercial property owners with all their Spring cleaning projects and endeavors.
ODOR REMOVAL AND DEODORIZATION FOR YOUR APARTMENT COMPLEX
Due to the large numbers of people (and pets) that reside in your apartment complex, there are some serious odors that can become a challenge at times. Cigarette smoke, cat litter, and spoiled meat odors are just a few of the smells that can become offensive and troublesome very quickly. If a new resident has moved into an apartment where odors were prevalent, for example, you as the owner could wind up with some contentious conversations that could even lead to legal trouble.
When readying a unit in your apartment complex, make sure the area is completely aired out. You can leave doors and windows open for at least 24 hours, or invest in an air purifying system that can be moved from unit to unit to aid you here. A “home-grown” method that many swear by is to place vinegar or coffee grounds into a bowl and leave in the room with the odor issues. It should be allowed to sit there for several days, and each room should be treated with its own bowl. This method is economical and earth-friendly, too.
Carpet cleaning and/or replacement can be a huge benefit here since carpets are notorious for trapping odors. A green method you can employ is using baking soda: sprinkle it on the offending carpet and leave for 12 to 72 hours. After vacuuming, your unpleasant smell issue should disappear. Steam cleaning is also an option, and a professional cleaning company can be employed here to get the job done in a timely manner. If not, it may be time to consider replacing those old carpets with wooden floors. If you go this route, be sure to instruct your residents on using wood-friendly cleaners, since improper cleaning here can create all-new odor issues.
Washing windows and mirrors regularly can help with cigarette smoke odors, believe it or not. These surfaces get covered with residue and the resulting smell, and cleaning them with vinegar and water can be the perfect solution to the problem. Blinds and drapes can also be culprits and will need to be removed and cleaned. Vinegar is a big help here, too, or you can enlist the help of a professional cleaning company.
If there is still a lingering odor issue, replace HVAC filters and clean the air vents, and even replace the light bulbs. Cigarette smoke, in particular, is very invasive and affects every surface imaginable. Thoroughly cleaning the ceiling may also be a big help here.
When it comes to odor removal and deodorization in your apartment complex, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has the experience and expertise needed to get rid of the problem.
The First Steps in Disaster Restoration For Your Business
After any natural disaster, you as a business owner will be left wondering where to start when it comes to picking up the pieces. You not only have to worry about repairing your own home, but also your commercial property. If your building has experienced severe damages, here are some disaster restoration tips to help you get your business back up and running as soon as possible:
- Safety First. Safety should always be priority number one, whether you are a business owner, a homeowner or both. Even after extreme weather is over and flood waters begin to recede, for example, flooding is still a danger. Potential electrical hazards may exist, and gas leaks and water contaminants are often present – these issues will not be readily apparent to the untrained eye, so enlisting the help of professionals to determine whether there are safety hazards to remove will be a smart decision. Your property should remain off limits until an experienced inspector determines all structures and grounds are safe.
- Insurance Claims. Begin your claim filing process for any major damages as soon as you are able. Dealing with insurance companies can be a frustrating and time-consuming process, so contacting your insurance agent right away will help get you on the road to recovery sooner rather than later. You can contact them periodically with details about the damages as they emerge, but being proactive in starting the process will save you stress in the long run.
- Damage Survey. Take your time in processing the damages your business has sustained. It will be an emotional experience, more than likely, so don’t be surprised by that. As you assess the scope of the destruction, take plenty of pictures and make detailed notes for your insurance claims and company records.
- Salvage. Remove any undamaged items or those things that you know can be repaired, and store them in a safe place until the disaster restoration of your business is completed. Make any minor fixes that you are able to handle, but don’t hesitate to contact professionals for assistance in the big stuff.
- Professional Help. Damage restoration companies know how to handle projects of all types and sizes, and their expertise will help you get back to work quickly. The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville can guide you through the entire process.
There is hope after a disaster, and you can recover. We are here to help you with all your disaster restoration needs.
Caring For Your Belongings Following a Fire
Fire damages will affect both the structure of your home and your belongings, as well. Smoke and soot can ruin furniture, clothing, and keepsakes– the very things that make a house a home.
It may be necessary to contact professional help when it comes to restoring items affected by fire damage, or water damage and mold growth, too. The expertise of such a company can help you save money in the long run, all while preserving those precious, irreplaceable heirlooms. There are several methods that can be used to clean your items:
- Dry Cleaning. For cleaning lighter residues as well as for preparation before wet-cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning. Effective for removing both moderate and heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe Cleaning. Used for items that cannot be wet-cleaned.
- Foam Cleaning. For upholstery and other fabrics that can shrink or bleed if wet-cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning. Uses agitation of any surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning. A bath of cleaning product is used; items are dipped in and soaked.
Electronics that have been damaged by fire often present serious hazards. No device should be turned on if it could possibly have been damaged by fire. Smoke residues contain acids that corrode metal surfaces, and if they are not removed, that corrosion can cause electronic failure in that device. Taking prompt action will prevent further damages to your devices. Some of the devices you should be careful of include:
- Television sets
- DVD players
- Cell phones
- iPads and Tablets
When documents, such as photographs, contracts, wills, etc. are damaged by water or fire, extreme care will need to be taken to ensure the document is not completely lost. Although in some cases it may not be possible to return every document to pre-fire condition, a professional restoration company can certainly save a good deal of them and minimize additional damage. Depending on the type of document and level of damage, there are five professional methods used for document restoration:
- Air Drying.
- Freezer Drying
- Vacuum Freeze/Vacuum Thermal Drying
When you have suffered a fire, handling the damages following that fire can be overwhelming. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville team can help you in caring for your belongings and premises during this process.
What to Do if Your Business Floods
Whether flooding occurs without warning, as in a flash flood, or from a slow business during, or after, a heavy storm, it is a common occurrence in many parts of the country. West Nashville is no different, and as I’m sure you are all aware, Nashville has a history of flooding! Today we are highlighting some important steps to consider as a business owner if your location should experience flooding.
BE VIGILANT. Even if you think the risk of flooding will be low, it’s important to be vigilant. Understand your location’s potential exposure; you can reference the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s quarterly updates and maps to see what areas are at higher flooding risk during certain times of the year. Historic flooding maps are also a helpful resource. Just knowing the potential rates of rising waters and how long it would take to drain off will be important pieces of information for you as a business owner.
INFORMATION. Be sure you keep copies of insurance documents and other key business information in a flood-safe location. Using the cloud for storage of business-related information will be essential when it comes to the potential loss of documentation.
BUILDING PREPARATION. Prepare your location for a flooding event. Investing in a sump pump could help to minimize damages, as well as maintaining gutters, drains, and roofing. Anchoring any fuel tanks is also a good step to take.
EMERGENCY PLAN. Create a flood evacuation route and share it will your workforce so that they know how to get themselves and any customers to higher and safer ground if it becomes necessary. Invest in an emergency kit and keep it well-stocked, in case people get stranded in the building.
Flooding is dangerous, and kills nearly 100 people yearly, in addition to causing an average of eight billion dollars in property damage in the U.S. yearly. Being prepared can keep your business and your workforce safe in the event of a flood.
When it comes to a flooding event, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to help. We specialize in cleanup projects of all sizes, so call us for assistance if your business experiences any kind of disaster.
Water Damage Prevention Tips for Your Hotel
The best way to prevent water damage in your hotel is to be aware. Take time to look around, especially after wet weather and check for signs of a problem. Damage to the walls and foundation areas of a building are extremely important to repair as soon as possible in order to avoid larger structural and property damages in the future, which can end up costing far more in the long run.
Here are some things to look for:
- Look for changes in the color or texture of surfaces. Wallpaper or paint might be peeling away or appear discolored. Check for bowing in the walls, which can be a result of long-term seepage. In service areas on lower floors that may have unfinished walls, you will want to look for a white, salty substance known as “efflorescence”. This usually appears on foundational walls and will tell you how high water has risen. If flooring is swollen or removed from the subfloor, that is another indicator of water damages.
- Make sure your staff is well-trained on how to check for leaks and maintenance needs, and establish a system they can use to get important information about those needs to the people who arrange for repairs and upkeep.
- Cracking can occur in the foundation and/or the floor, and it is often due to water damage. Look for cracks in window seals and door panes, as well.
- Odors are an indicator that there is an excess water problem. Oftentimes, it’s mold or mildew that causes those smells, which means you have water damage on your hands.
- Keep drainage areas well-maintained in expectation of summer storms; directing water away from your buildings will stop any problems before they even start! Pay special attention to guest parking areas and entryways to alleviate the possibility of lawsuits from dangerous situations that can arise through water damages.
Once you have found that you have water damage, it’s probably time to call a professional general contractor. These people are experienced and trained to repair and renovate spaces that have extensive damage from excess water due to leaky pipes, flooding, etc.
The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is the team to call for cleanups after water damage or fire damage, both large and small. We are mold-remediation experts, too!
Commercial Services SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Offers that You Might Not Know About
In addition to clean up after fire damages or water damages, the SERVPRO team is also experienced in mold remediation and removal, but you probably already know that. We are well-known for our expertise in these areas and are proud of our service to our West Nashville/Belle Meade clientele. It’s an honor to serve you!
Today we would like to share a few of the other commercial services we offer that you might not know about so that you can always keep SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville in mind when the need arises:
BIOHAZARDS. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. Failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with all health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, and so can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
TRAUMA AND CRIME SCENE. After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Oftentimes, these events can be traumatic, and dealing with the cleanup can be difficult. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO will respond immediately with the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience necessary to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.
Crime Scene Residues
- From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.
- We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.
These are just a few of the commercial services you might not know about that SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville offers. Visit our website to learn more!
The Importance of HVAC Maintenance in Your Business
Proper maintenance of the HVAC systems in your business will save you both time and money. When temperatures drop, you can trust a well-maintained system to keep your interiors warm and dry, and that will protect your business investment. On the other hand, when your HVAC is not functioning properly due to a lack of maintenance, the damp and cold that can result will wreak havoc on machinery and equipment and even create an unhealthy working environment that can leave you with sick employees who can’t come in to complete their tasks. That’s when a business owner will lose both time and money. Don’t make that mistake!
Here are some things you can do yourself as a commercial business owner both monthly and seasonally to maintain and prolong the life and efficiency of all your units and systems between professional maintenance visits:
- Use high-efficiency filters. These types of filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as those that carry bacteria.
- Keep HVAC units free of grass, leaves, and pollen. Make sure landscaping companies don’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds.
- Clear two feet of space around all outdoor heating and cooling units.
- Inspect refrigerant lines each month.
- Replace air filter at least every 90 days.
- In summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier.
- In fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water.
- Replace your carbon monoxide detector battery.
- Ensure outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground.
- Clean AC condensate drain with bleach/water mixture.
Have your professional maintenance company check all your ductwork to make sure it’s sealed properly when they come to tune-up your HVAC. For more energy savings, you can also pre-program the thermostats in your building.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville. your business is our business, and we are here to help you with all your HVAC needs and more. We are proud to serve the West Nashville and Belle Meade areas of Nashville.
General Water Pipe Maintenance that will Prevent Water Damages to Your Apartment Complex
No matter how pure the water piped to your apartment complex may be, there is no guarantee that it will remain as pure once it comes out of the taps. To keep your water quality high and your property free from water damages, you will want to prioritize pipe maintenance. Corroded pipes will seep copper and lead into your water supply, and can sometimes cause health hazards as well as leaks and other maintenance issues that can cause thousands of dollars to repair.
The following general water pipe maintenance tips can help to alleviate the possibilities of water damages to your apartment complex.
- Water Softening. If your complex is located in an area that has hard water, be aware that the high mineral content can shorten the lifespan of your pipes, since the minerals will build up in those pipes over time and increase the likelihood of clogging. They can also corrode pipe joints and fillings, as well. Having your apartment complex water system tested for hardness will let you know the steps you may need to take.
- Harsh Chemicals. It may be cheaper to use store-bought liquids to unclog a drain than to call a plumber, but these chemicals erode pipes from the inside, eventually causing leaks. Encourage your tenants to contact the main office when it comes to clogged drains; it will save money in the long run.
- Cold Weather Insulation. In areas with especially cold winters, pipes will need to be insulated properly. Foam tape is an easy solution if an issue is found, and insulate caps on all exterior valves is a great way to prevent a freeze from entering the interior of your water piping. Use compressed air for your apartment complex sprinkler system in anticipation of a cold snap; this will save your landscaping piping.
- Balanced Water Pressure. High water pressure can put a huge strain on your pipes, causing joints, faucets, and appliance valves to work harder than they need to.
Implementing some of these techniques can help to expand the lifetime of your apartment complex water pipes and lessen the possibility of expensive water damages.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are experts in handling water damage and fire damage. We are also experts at commercial restoration projects and mold remediation! If the worst should occur, we are here to help.
Damages Storms Can Cause to Your Business
Winter and Spring storms can appear on the horizon quickly, surprising you with their violence. All that water can be devastating to a home or commercial building, causing storm damage and water damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. Here are just a few of the damages a storm can cause to your business:
- ROOFS AND GUTTERS: If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there, while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A roof that is not in good repair is just an accident waiting to happen; saturation either by water or snow can cause a weak roof to develop leaks or even to buckle under the weight. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea, and regular roof inspections will reveal problems quickly and allow you to repair problem areas before bad weather hits.
- PUBLIC AREAS: Storm drains are in place to move excess water away from buildings, driveways, and walkways. Potholes and crumbling surfaces can be caused by storms and will present a dangerous situation for your staff or customers, and are a liability risk for you as a business owner. Your local government is usually responsible for storm drains, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away so that repairs can be made, leaving you ready for storm waters.
- LANDSCAPING. Large trees and bushes can be pulled loose by heavy winds, especially when the ground is saturated. Weak vegetation, from a dry summer or due to age, can become a problem during a storm, with branches coming down or being blown into windows or vehicles.
- POWER. Power surges during inclement weather can damage equipment, such as computers, fax machines, etc. Taking precautions here will help save you time and money.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always ready to help if your property sustains storm damage, fire damage, or water damage. Visit us on our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville
Full-Scale General Contractors: What to Expect for Your Business
A Full-Scale, or Large-Scale, Project (LSP) can have many definitions since there are no established measurements that can be used to define this type of venture. It depends on the view of the parties involved and how they view the project; for example, a large project that has been done many times previously in similar environments may actually be easy to plan and manage, and therefore may not actually qualify to be considered an LSP.
There are some thresholds that can be used to create a general understanding, such as:
- Size of workforce
A full-scale general contractor will be the main contractor on the project. His/her responsibility will be to ensure that the project is completed according to the specifications of the client(s), as well as any required legal compliances and building codes. Large-scale contractors will often hire subcontractors to get work done effectively and on-time. Full-scale general contractors will typically work in an office, reporting to the job site regularly to ensure that the subcontractors are meeting the specifications of the job in a timely and efficient manner. A large project requires specific skills related to their management, and a general contractor of such a project must be knowledgeable and proficient in the coordination of labor, materials, equipment, and subcontractors in order to get the job done correctly and in a professional manner.
Examples of full-scale constructions projects can be:
- Office buildings
- Shopping malls
- Apartment complexes
Each of these commercial projects requires extremely high-quality management skills from any full-scale general contractor!
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is a team of skilled professionals, and we are committed to the residents of the West Nashville area. Call us today for all your damage restoration needs and cleanup projects both large and small. We are also fire and water damage experts and excel in mold remediation.
How SERVPRO Can Help Your Business Prepare for Large Loss Water Damage
As a business owner, you are always thinking about the future, and you know that disasters are something you need to be prepared for. When disaster strikes, possessions are often ruined, and the structures of businesses can be negatively affected. Staff can become injured or find themselves in dangerous situations, and these are scenarios you want to be able to prevent or at least be ready for. A professional damage restoration company can be an important and welcomed resource during times like these; such companies are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner as well as keep you and your workforce out of harm’s way.
While disastrous situations can rarely be foreseen, planning ahead in preparation for any possible commercial water damage will help you be prepared to handle such an event. During extreme weather, some areas of your business are going to be more apt to experience damage than others. For example, low-lying areas like basements, cellars, and parking lots are most likely to experience storm damage.
Planning ahead in these areas will help:
- Basements and cellars should be inspected ahead of wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Let the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville professionals look for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas. Handling the aftermath of flooding and storm damage can be very expensive, but is an event that can be avoided if you plan ahead by enlisting the help of our team.
- A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage, and the areas underneath it will suffer. If rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water, as well. SERVPRO is skilled and experienced when it comes to maintaining our clients’ property, and we can help you be ready in the event of large loss water damage.
- If areas such as entryways, windows, and doors are not properly sealed against extreme wet conditions, large loss water damage is a definite danger. We can help you make sure they are free of standing water and debris, as well, if flooding occurs. Proper planning in this area can prevent injuries and costly repairs.
- Our professionals can help ensure that all areas around your buildings are kept free from flammable materials and that all plants and trees are trimmed well on a regular basis to prevent fires from spreading if they occur.
- State law requires that you post an evacuation plan in a visible place for your staff and customers. Make sure that your employees understand it and know how to carefully guide clientele to safe areas should a disaster occur. Have a phone tree established so that all employees are alerted to important information whether they are at work or at home. The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville team can help in creating a plan.
Our team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is ready to help in case of disaster and large loss water damages, and the repairs your business may need in the aftermath. We are also experts in fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial restoration, and much more!
Fire Prevention Tips for Your Hotel
If you run a hotel business, you will want to do everything you can to protect it from disasters such as water damage and fire damage. Being prepared for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. Today, we’re sharing some tips that can help you prevent fire damages as well as some helpful tips in the event a fire ever does happen:
- Take steps to ensure that the address numbers for your buildings or suites are highly visible, enabling emergency responders to easily find your location quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black on white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.
- All fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from all work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot. Make sure your extinguishers are inspected and serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.
- Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage that is illuminated at all times with a battery backup for power outages. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the exit areas and spaces around the building outside kept clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.
- In order to prevent a fire from ever starting, all stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling in an orderly manner. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern. Entries, hallways, and storage spaces should be kept clear of clutter or obstructions to allow quick exit and access for fire personnel. These instructions have been put in place by your area fire marshal, and if not followed, can result in fines.
- Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged into them, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
- Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and entryways and not stored in the path of exits.
- Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.
- If your hotel has a restaurant kitchen onsite, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
- Make sure your local fire department has your valid contact information on file for your business.
The SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team is experienced in cleanup projects after fires both large and small. We are also mold remediation specialists, and here to help in the event of water damages, fire damages, and storm damages.
Keeping Mold Out of Your Office Building
Whether you live and work in a humid climate, or just in a space that tends to be humid, such as those in older buildings, you or your staff may be experiencing problems from mold and/or mildew or dust mites. Limited ventilation in places such as basement office spaces, or small kitchens/break areas and bathrooms, can cause moisture to build up, even in the driest of climates. It will only take 24-48 hours for a mold colony to begin growing once the airborne spores discover an environment they find attractive.
Using a dehumidifier is one of the best ways you can protect your business from a mold growth invasion. Using a dehumidifier will:
- Reduce humidity levels, making your building less inviting to allergens, particularly mold spores.
- Reduce the possibility that mold will develop on furniture, clothing, and other materials.
- Help to reduce the unpleasant odors that accompany mold and mildew.
- Allow you to breathe easier by reducing irritation to your skin and respiratory system.
- Reduce dust, so you won’t be cleaning and dusting as much.
- Provides a less humid environment for your office and staff, keeping electronics and tools free from rust and corrosion.
- Lower energy costs, helping your HVAC to run more efficiently. When the air in the home is humid, the A/C must work doubly hard by cooling the air AND removing the moisture. Your unit will wear out sooner under that stress.
- Run quietly and efficiently in the background of daily life. You won’t even notice them.
Another way to protect your commercial investment is to have routine cleaning done in all areas where water is prevalent, and keeping these areas dry daily will be helpful here, as well.
The team of SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is always available to help with your clean up issues in your home or office. Fire damage, water damage, and mold prevention are just some of our areas of expertise.
What to Do if Your Condominium Complex Sprinkler System Goes Off
The sprinkler system in your condominium complex is made to go off when it senses extreme heat (174 degrees Fahrenheit or above). The heads contain a temperature-sensitive mechanism that can only be activated when the temperature at the sprinkler head exceeds the allowable range, and they operate independently, with those directly exposed being set off. Most fires are extinguished, or controlled, by three sprinklers or less, but the damage from just one sprinkler head can be significant: a sprinkler head can release from 15 to 40 gallons of water per minute and can fill an entire bathtub in under two minutes!
Prompt and professional decision-making following a sprinkler discharge in your condominium complex is going to be essential; the actions you take in the first 24-48 hours will save you significant time and money in minimizing the water damage and help to eliminate the possibility of a mold colony getting started on your property. If your tenants complain of odors or signs of mold, respond immediately, and use professional help for mold remediation, should it become an issue.
The water in a sprinkler system is stagnant and non-potable and has absorbed oils and other contaminants within the piping, so cleanup actions will involve surface cleaning from stains, and elimination of odors, in addition to water damage restoration and moisture remediation measures. Where fabric and textiles are affected, prompt action must also be taken to avoid permanent staining and to preserve these articles.
The hard, non-porous surfaces in the condominium units, such as plastics, vinyl, ceramic tile, etc. will need to be done with a mild detergent followed by complete drying. Employ dehumidifiers for wet areas and during wetter seasons, as well, for comprehensive and complete drying.
The professionals of SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville will arrive equipped with specialized instrumentation to facilitate comprehensive project investigation, design and implementation, and will complete your damage recovery in a timely and excellent manner. We are experts in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, commercial restoration, and much more!
Storm Damage Prevention Advice for Your Tenants
Winter storms can appear on the horizon quickly and can surprise you with the damage they can cause. Snow, ice, and sleet accumulations can be devastating to a home or commercial building, causing damages that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. Here are several steps you can share with your tenants that will help prepare them for inclement weather events and possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of damage sustained by your property holdings and the time it can take to get life back to normal.
- REPORTING ISSUES. Make sure your tenants know who to call when they notice issues with exterior windows and doors. When windows are not sealed properly or broken, upcoming bad weather will be a real concern. Exterior doors need to be fitted properly, and if there is a large amount of swelling during wet conditions, advise your tenants to let you know immediately to avoid issues when they try to enter their homes.
- BE PREPARED. In the event that weather forces people to stay indoors for long periods of time, they will want to be prepared with food and other necessities. Candles and flashlights, for example, should be supplied to the household in case of power outages, while a source of clean drinking water should be at hand. Advise your tenants to think and plan ahead.
- COMMUNITY ALERTS. Your tenants can sign up for community alerts and weather warnings online. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and www.ready.gov are two sources they can turn to for alerts and information.
- CAR EMERGENCY KIT. Let your tenants know that an emergency kit for their car would be a great idea! Jumper cables, sand, flashlight, extra warm clothing, blankets, and bottled water are a few must-haves, and they will appreciate the thoughtfulness of your notifications.
- MAINTAIN PIPES. Make sure your tenants know ahead of time if there is to be a freeze; instruct them on how to keep their pipes from bursting by allowing a small amount of water to drip through the night and the times of extreme cold in order to prevent possible water damage.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Advise your tenants to have a plan ready for loved ones in the event of bad weather. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to travel or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is always ready to help if your commercial property sustains damages from storms, water, or fire.
Residential Lightning Damage
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we handle fire damages caused by lightning strike roughly twice yearly on average, and 2018 was no exception. This past June, we began the work necessary to complete fire damage remediation on a local residence caused by lightning; the owner was at home and caught it quickly, so the fire itself was contained right away, but the smoke from that fire did a lot more damage than the actual flames itself, so there was still much to be done.
When the lightning hit the residence, it traveled through the electrical lines to one of the home’s electrical boxes, which then caught fire. The foyer of the home, a large entryway with a high vaulted ceiling, sustained the greatest damage, mainly where walls and ceiling met. Standing inside this area, sunlight could be seen coming in through the hole made in the roof by the fire. The home’s bonus room also experienced some damages, and the SERVPRO mitigation team went in with chem-sponge that was used to clean soot off of the walls, and they then worked from the bonus room area where the greatest damage was, moving back to other spaces further away until no soot particles were found. In doing this, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville ensured that no fire damage or smoke damage went untreated. The affected walls in all of the damaged rooms were painted after the cleanup was completed, with drywall replaced where necessary.
It was also found that the garage door opener had shorted out during the event, so this was replaced, as well as the electrical box that caught on fire, with a complete replacement of the melted wiring to that unit.
Our professional in-house crew used a white-glove treatment on this residence and completed the entire project quickly; from the first contact to completion, the restoration project took a little over two weeks.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are proud to serve the residents of West Nashville, especially when the worst happens. In the event of fire damage or water damages large or small, we’re here to help. And don’t forget – we’re also mold remediation experts! Call us today.
HVAC Maintenance in Your Apartment Complex
For the care of your HVAC systems in your apartment complex or commercial buildings, engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your system at regular intervals throughout the year will ensure that the heating and cooling of your property is running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed, which requires the kind of training these professionals have. The experience and expertise of such a company are invaluable to any business owner since the comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves are important to everyone: residents, tenants, and owner.
Here are some things you can do yourself as an apartment complex or commercial business owner both monthly and seasonally to maintain and prolong the life and efficiency of all your units and systems in between professional maintenance visits:
- Use pleated, high-efficiency filters: These types of filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, including those that carry bacteria.
- Keep HVAC units free of grass, leaves, and pollen; make sure your landscaping company doesn’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds.
- Clear two feet of space around all outdoor heating and cooling units.
- Inspect refrigerant lines each month.
- Replace air filter at least every 90 days.
- In summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier.
- In fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water.
- Replace your carbon monoxide detector battery.
- Ensure outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground.
- Clean AC condensate drain with bleach/water mixture.
Have your professional maintenance company check all your apartment complex ductwork to make sure it is all sealed properly during scheduled tune-ups on your HVAC systems. For more energy savings, pre-program the thermostats in your onsite offices.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville, we care about you and your business. When it comes to maintaining the HVAC systems in your apartment complex or commercial buildings, we are here to help.
What is a Large Loss Response Team, and How Can We Help You?
When disasters strike, the people affected need to know that there is someone who can help with large-scale damages and destruction. A Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) is a company that is skilled and equipped to handle these types of events. The best of the best will be pre-qualified in restoration in this area so that those who are suffering don’t need to be concerned about the quality of service rendered, and each project will be supervised by a commercial operations manager who ensures that communications are seamless and mitigation is done in a timely and professional manner.
Clients who call on an LLRT can include: universities, municipalities, the hospitality industry, government offices, and apartment and commercial building owners, to name a few. Here are some ways an LLRT can help in the event of a disaster:
- Creating a custom recovery plan based on specific needs.
- Establishing a pre-approved pricing schedule before work begins.
- Assigning an account manager to act as a liaison for the entire process, from start to finish.
- Providing the necessary manpower and equipment that can handle the loss, no matter how large.
- Providing water, power, and sanitation services during disruptions.
Over 1,700 SERVPRO Large Loss Response Teams are strategically located around the nation, and have been mobilized to handle events such as the 2017 California wildfires, Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Matthew, and the 2015 Carolina flooding, among many others in recent years, and SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is proud and honored to have been recently designated as one of these teams!
Companies are awarded this distinction on past performances and experiences, financial stability, and certifications achieved, and because our team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is committed to producing quality work and service and committed to doing so as a solidly profitable and fiscally responsible business endeavor, we are very excited and proud to be able to say that we have achieved this designation – one of our biggest goals.
Our commitment to excellence has earned our franchise a highly respected reputation as being the company to call when a business has sustained serious commercial fire damage, commercial water damage, mold growth, or any other commercial disaster.
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Apartment Buildings
Mold can take hold in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right. Once it begins a colony, it is impossible to remove completely, and the best you can hope for is remediation. As an apartment building owner, you are responsible for a lot of people and a lot of living spaces. A mold infestation is one of those things you really don’t ever want to see. Here are a few ways you can stay on top of it:
- Educate your tenants. When a new tenant signs their lease, provide them with literature about mold and how it starts. Make sure the information is written in such a way that anyone can understand it, and make sure all their questions are answered sufficiently. Post this information in all public spaces, especially laundry and pool areas. You can include this information again in monthly emails to all tenants, and post it on your website.
- Schedule inspections. Schedule mold inspections; they can correspond with pest control to make sure your tenants aren’t overly inconvenienced. Engage a professional to check the places where mold is most often found. A person or company with mold remediation experience will know what to look for and what information to provide you with when it comes to problem areas or tenants.
- Regular cleaning. Schedule regular deep cleaning of all laundry areas and pool-related spaces such as public bathrooms and showers. If you have a clubhouse, you will want to include it in this schedule as well. Any place where your property experiences a lot of foot traffic and involves water is a prime place for mold to take hold.
- Patio rules. Institute rules for patio, deck, and balcony areas. This is where people have a tendency to store things, and it isn’t going to help you keep an eye on mold if spots such as these are cluttered and inaccessible.
Being proactive will go a long way towards preventing the outbreak of mold in your apartment buildings. If a mold problem begins, don’t hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville. We are mold remediation experts!
Preventing Storm Damage to Your Office Building
Winter weather brings with it a lot of condensation, whether it be rain, snow, or ice, and all that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your office building for the rainy season and any possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal.
- GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems are much better at diverting water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea. Remember: it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to begin to establish a colony if damp conditions persist.
- STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your staff and tenants. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate with everyone so that employees know whether to come into work or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is standing ready to help if your office building sustains storm damage. Responding quickly to any problems your business has sustained can get you back to work right away.
Keeping Your Hotel’s Pipes from Bursting This Winter
Frozen water pipes in your hotel can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. Winter carries the potential to wreak havoc on any building, causing frozen or burst pipes. Here are some tips and popular tricks to keep your water flowing and the pipes in your hotel from bursting.
Everyone understands that when water freezes, it expands. In cases of extreme cold, ice can expand to the point of breaking through or bursting any pipes that have water sitting in them. It’s important to keep pipes warm and to keep the water inside them moving if at all possible when they are exposed to frigid temperatures.
Crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas that are exposed to the outside temperatures without insulation are the most likely areas where pipe breakage will occur, so for these areas, it will be important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold. Swimming pools and water hoses are two obvious places to start. Speak to your plumber or hotel handyman about having insulation or pipe-sleeves added to trouble areas. Keep storage area doors closed if water supply lines are inside.
If you suspect a pipe is frozen but not broken, it is possible to thaw the pipe and resume regular use. An indicator that a pipe is frozen is water trickling from a faucet when it would normally flow fast and free. If you locate a section you believe to be frozen, apply a heating pad or hair dryer while keeping the faucet open for a quick fix. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you have found the area!
Contact a professional to discuss measures to be taken in future that will keep these types of events from occurring again.
Enjoy your holidays, and keep your pipes safe to prevent water damage to your hotel property! If a disaster does occur, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is ready to help. We are experts when it comes to cleanup projects both large and small, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Hotel
Mold is unsightly and unhealthy, and a mold issue can cost you valuable hotel business. Today, we are sharing some steps you can take to mold-proof your motel or hotel business so your guests can truly enjoy their stay with you.
- AUDIT PROBLEM AREAS. Do an audit of your business premises to identify the problem areas. Are the windows in some rooms frequently damp? Are there any persistent leaks in ceilings or hallways? Preventing mold from taking hold and spreading can be as simple as ripping up carpet or using mold-resistant cleaning and renovation products, or just cleaning out rain gutters.
- HANDLE MOISTURE. Mold can’t grow without moisture, so take care of wet areas immediately. Seepage after heavy rainfalls or melting snow and ice, or even carpet spills or minor flooding due to broken pipes, etc. need to be fully dried within 24 to 48 hours. Make sure any bedding and furniture that may have been affected are either completely dried or removed from the area.
- VENTILATION. Make sure all your staff members are educated as to good practices in the prevention of mold. All areas need to be properly ventilated, from the kitchen to the on-site laundry, if you have one. Your housekeeping staff needs to be trained to keep a lookout for leaking AC units in guest areas, and everyone should know what to look for in break areas, bathrooms, and other areas where they work daily. Dehumidifiers might be appropriate to use, especially in more humid regions or during very wet seasons in your area to prevent water damage and mold growth.
- LEAK INSPECTIONS. Regular inspection of exterior doors, windows, and roofing can expose any leaks or improper fits right away. Even the smallest leaks can, over time, cause a mold issue that can be difficult to eradicate.
- LIVING THINGS. Do you use live plants in your decorating scheme? We know they are beautiful and useful, too; they help to purify the air of indoor spaces, which is a welcome advantage. However, they can also accumulate mold on their leaves and in their pots. Make sure that part of their regular care involves checking for mold. Natural food stores carry products that can be added to water for your plants to keep excess moisture down while being safe for the environment.
- RESISTING MOLD. When it comes time to repair or renovate, keep in mind that there are many mold-resistant products on the market today, such as drywall or Sheetrock. Many paints now include mold-inhibitors, which are a great asset in the battle. Some cleaning products can be a benefit, as well in preventing mold growth.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are experts when it comes to water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation and are here for all of your emergency service needs.
Handling Fire Damage to Your Apartment Complex
A fire at your apartment complex could be devastating. Your buildings and your tenants, along with their items of value and personal belongings, may have been lost or badly damaged by the flames, heat, smoke, or even received water damage from firefighting efforts. Firefighters may have found it necessary to cut holes in walls to look for hidden flames or in the roof to let out heat and smoke. The clean up after a fire will take a lot of time, patience, and preparation. Below, we are sharing the first steps you will need to take after fire damage to your apartment complex:
- Insurance Company. You will need to contact your insurance agent before any fire damage is repaired or clean-up is begun. Be prepared with information on what is covered, what needs to be repaired or replaced, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of repairs to your property for you during this time.
- Important documents. You will want to take steps to find and retrieve all important documents and replace those that have been lost or irretrievably damaged, such as tenant leasing and financial records, equipment and appliance warranties, mortgage and banking information, and tenants’ personal information.
- Soot Particles. Try to limit movement in the units to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the upholstery of all furniture and carpeting. Direct your tenants to place towels or old linens on rugs, upholstered furniture, and foot traffic areas to help alleviate this type of damage.
- Equipment and Appliances. Changing the HVAC filters in your apartment complex after a fire is a good idea, and if the power is out, let your tenants know that they will need to empty freezers and fridges and prop the doors open to get rid of the smoke. Check the wiring for ceiling fans before anyone turns them on as the wiring could have been damaged during the fire.
- Fire Damage Specialists. You won’t want walls to be washed or surfaces painted without contacting a fire damage specialist. Walls and other surfaces, as well as carpeting and draperies, will need to be properly cleaned by a professional before any repair is done.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your home or business. We are also experienced in the areas of water damage and mold prevention and remediation.
Tips to Prevent Winter Water Damage in Your Apartment Complex
The steady rains of winter or snow and ice can present problems in the form of water damage. Take a good look around your apartment complex; is the weather-stripping on doors and windows in good repair for damp conditions? Do exterior doors fit tightly and close as they should? The roofs of your complex need to be completely watertight, as well, to protect your tenants and their personal property from winter water damages.
The parking lots of your property need to have a well-planned drainage system so that tenants and visitors can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade into their homes, the floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster for everyone, as well as increasing the risk for mold indoors from water damage. Make sure you keep an eye on potholes, as well; ice and water can dig pretty deep in a very short period of time!
Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked periodically; if a rain gutter becomes clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rainwater. As water backs up, it will leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without anyone knowing it, and you can find yourself with a damaged apartment unit and a mold problem.
Large trees on your property can become unstable if a large amount of water lands in the area. Do you need to take them out or cut them back so that they are not a risk factor? It’s something to consider.
Power lines and telephone poles on or near your apartment complex can be a possible issue. Contact your utility companies and have them come to take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your tenants will be safe.
For your records, take pictures of your property premises so that in case of damage you have proof of their prior condition for insurance purposes. Save these types of photos to a CD and/or the cloud for future access.
The paper records for your complex will be lost if exposed to water; make sure that your hard copies are kept in a manner that will preserve them in case of any water damage. Scanning them and saving to your computer system is always a good idea, and backing up those computer records will keep your business in working order, no matter what comes!
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are experts when it comes to water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and all of your emergency service needs! Contact us right away if your business has received water damage of any kind.
Winter Fire Hazards to be Aware of For Your Business
With the changing of the seasons comes cooler weather, and for most of us, it is a welcome change. Who doesn’t love snuggling up before a warm fire at this time of year? We’ve pulled out the sweaters and fluffy blankets to stay toasty, and most of us will employ a space heater or two before spring comes around again.
In your place of business, you will be taking those extra steps to make sure your staff is comfortable during the colder months, as well. Let’s make sure they stay fire safe! Here are some winter fire hazards to be aware of:
- Most businesses won’t be using a fireplace to warm their interiors, but those who work out of doors may build fires on the job site to keep hands and toes functional. Make sure your crew is careful to use metal receptacles for those bonfires and that they place them far away from flammable materials such as wood and linens. If a wind comes up, things could get dangerous fast.
- In your offices, the use of space heaters will be helpful. Inspect every unit used to make sure that cords and plugs are in good working condition, and enforce a policy that ensures they are never left running when the room is unoccupied or when the workday is over. Designate someone to oversee this; they should be the person who is normally last out the door. As the owner, it may very well be you.
- Employ a landscape company to remove leaves and dead vegetation from your property. In the event of a fire in your building, space that is cleared from the foundation and exterior walls will help firefighters to gain access as well as prevent a fire from spreading further.
- When repairing or renovating your offices or outbuildings, use fire-resistant materials whenever possible. Flooring, furniture, and paint can all be produced or treated after purchase to make them more fire safe.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always available to help you keep your business fire safe. In the event of damages sustained from fire or water, we have the experience and know how to complete a cleanup project quickly and efficiently, getting you back to work as soon as possible.
Minimizing Storm Damage at Your Office
Storms can become a problem with little warning. Watching the news can keep you informed beforehand, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so you need to take steps to keep your office safe from the damages that storms can cause.
Conducting an inspection of the premises of your business is vital to complete before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause problems during extreme conditions such as heavy rains and high winds. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly, and is the weather stripping in these areas in good condition? Make an inspection of your roof to see if it is storm ready. A professional can complete this on a schedule throughout the year to save you time away from your business.
Loose shutters and rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It’s a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition so that the windows of your office and the vehicles parked there are not in danger of storm damage in high winds.
Many offices and businesses in older cities have drainage ditches at the front of the property. Take time to inspect this area and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by backing up and flooding your property both during or after a storm. While this is often the responsibility of your local government, it is a good idea to be aware of any potential issues.
Make sure you have resources and instructions available for your staff in the event of violent weather. Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but your cell phone service could be at risk when rough conditions hit. You might consider installing a landline in your office, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck or injured at work or out doing errands, it will be vital that lines of communication stay open.
The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is experienced and well-equipped to assist you in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues in your place of business.
Having a Storm Plan for Your Condominium Complex
Storm damages can happen any time of year, but during the colder months, they are even more likely to be a problem. Winter brings rain, snow, and ice, and all that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your West Nashville condominium complex for the coming storm season to best prepare for possible storm damage and the accompanying water damage; preventive measures will reduce the amount of damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal.
- GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems are much better at diverting water to proper drainage areas to prevent water damage to your condominium roofs. If the gutters in your condominium complex are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there, while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is just good business sense.
- STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters.
- LANDSCAPING. Take the necessary steps now to trim back or remove all trees or large vegetation, paying special attention to anything that could become dangerous during violent weather such as a blizzard or ice storm.
- RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your staff. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to come into work or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is standing ready to help if your condominium complex sustains storm damage. Having a strong storm plan can get you back to business right away.
Maintaining the HVAC System in Your Highrise
As the owner of a highrise building, maintenance is something you are always concerned about. Every living or office unit needs to be cared for properly so that your tenants are content with their arrangements. High lease turnover is not an attractive prospect for any commercial building owner.
One of the most important aspects of your highrise is going to be the interior environmental climate you provide for your tenants, so HVAC maintenance is going to be high on your list of projects to complete thoroughly and regularly!
Depending on your total square footage, you might want to consider setting up a contract with a professional HVAC company. A business that handles large-scale maintenance of this kind will have a predetermined schedule that will include tune-ups, clean-and-checks, and other services whose purpose will be to keep your HVAC system and units performing at their best.
Changing filters and humidifier pads on a regular basis will go a long way to prolong the life of your system, and your HVAC company will include that in your contract. One less thing to worry about.
When it comes to natural gas heaters, a professional can handle these easily and safely, alleviating the stress that can be a part of this particular maintenance. Your HVAC company will be able to test to see if carbon monoxide is being released into spaces in your building due to gas not burning completely; this is a project that would be difficult for someone not familiar with this area. With the right equipment, they can determine oxygen levels as well as carbon monoxide levels and flue temperature, allowing your furnaces to be adjusted for optimum performance.
You will want to calculate cost and benefits before you engage a professional on a maintenance contract. Some companies will promise priority service and reduced rates for service calls to customers who have maintenance contracts, and then there’s the peace of mind you will have from knowing there is an experienced eye doing regular inspections, alleviating any guesswork.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we know HVAC systems inside and out, and we have the experience necessary to keep your highrise system at top functionality.
What to Do if Your Hotel Floods
Flooding is a common occurrence in many parts of the country, and we are certainly no strangers to it here in Nashville. Whether it happens as a flash flood or as a slow buildup from constant rain, you need to be prepared for this type of event. As a hotel owner, there are some specific things to be aware of:
- Your guests. The people who are staying in your property are at the top of the list of concerns when it comes to flooding. Make sure everyone is aware of impending danger, and touch base with each guest to make sure they know how to stay safe. Getting emergency contacts for your guests is a good idea, too, in case something unexpected happens and you need the assistance of a close friend or family member.
- Medical issues. If there are guests staying with you who have medical issues or are either very young or very elderly, it might be a wise idea to get these people to a facility that can watch over them closely, such as a hospital or community safe haven.
- Vigilance. Even if you think the flood risk is low in your area, stay vigilant. Understand the potential exposure of your property, using reports from such organizations such as the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, which provides quarterly updates and maps that show areas that are at high risk during certain times of the year. Historic flood maps are another useful resource that will help you understand the potential risk where you are. Be informed as to how high water can possibly rise, and evacuate lower levels to make sure no one gets hurt.
- Insurance. Take note of the flood insurance you have on your property before a flooding disaster strikes. Have your attorney go over it for you to make sure that your coverage is sufficient for any disaster that might bring water damage and storm damage. Copies of this coverage and all other key business information should be kept in a safe location that won’t be damaged by flood waters.
- Proactive. Be proactive, and consider getting a sump pump to help minimize potential damages from flooding. Make sure all maintenance projects are current for the entire building, and especially the gutters, roofing, and doors and windows.
- Emergency Kits. These may come in handy if people get stuck in the building for a few days. Water, food, first aid items, toiletries, batteries, flashlights, and other emergency items will need to be available in the event that a flood forces people to stay put.
- Evacuation Plan. Design a flood evacuation route for your employees and guests and make sure it is posted where everyone can access it for a quick retreat.
- Weather Eye. Keep an eye on the weather by accessing local weather broadcasts, and paying attention to evacuation orders. If the local authorities are insisting that you evacuate, it would be a good idea to follow their instructions.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we care about you and your business. We’re here in case an emergency happens, and we can help with clean-up projects both large and small. Call us today for help with damages from flooding or fire, and don’t forget that we’re mold remediation specialists!
First Steps in Dealing With a Kitchen Fire in Your Restaurant
Kitchen fires can happen fast with very little warning. If one starts in your restaurant, you will need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control and causing fire damage and smoke damage to your property. Here are a few tips on the first steps to take in dealing with a restaurant kitchen fire:
- If the fire is in an oven, close the door immediately and turn off the oven, leaving the door closed. Lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames.
- If the oven continues to smoke and you think the fire may still be going, call the fire department right away.
- When it is a fire in a cooking pan or pot, use your oven mitt to put the lid on right away and move it off the burner and away from the source of heat. Turn off the stove and wait for the lack of oxygen to stop the flames inside your pot.
- If you are not able to safely put the lid on the flaming pan, or if there is no lid readily available, use a fire extinguisher. Remember to always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves.
- Never use water to put out a grease fire. Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease. Try one of these alternative methods:
- If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
- Throw a healthy amount of baking soda on it. Do not use flour. Flour can explode or make the fire even worse.
- Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large, wet cloth by laying the wet cloth on the fire itself. Swatting the flames with a towel or other material, however, may fan the flames and spread the fire.
- Use a fire extinguisher. Every restaurant kitchen should have several fire extinguishers on hand for quick and easy access in case of fire damage.
- If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, get every person out of the premises and call 911 immediately.
For cleanup after any type of fire, the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is always ready to help. We are experts in cleanups of all sizes, and mold remediation is our specialty.
The Benefits SERVPRO Can Bring To Your Hospitality Business
Owning a business in the hospitality industry involves a unique set of challenges. Especially if your business is successful! You will enjoy lots of customers as a successful business owner, and that’s great! With lots of traffic, your business will experience wear and tear above and beyond the norm, however, so you need to be prepared for these types of events and take a proactive viewpoint to stay ahead of the game.
Having a company such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville on your team will be a great benefit to you here. SERVPRO professionals are experienced in cleanups after fire damage or water damages, whether large or small, as well as being experts in the area of mold remediation. As a national franchise, we enjoy great business relationships with insurance professionals, so anything that will involve claims will be a breeze when you work with us.
Does your business involve food preparation? Heavy duty cleaning projects for industrial kitchens are all part of a day’s work for the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville team. Going over your kitchen areas thoroughly to get hard to reach places sparkling clean will be something you can enlist us to complete. Stripping all tips of floors and deep cleaning, sanitizing, and restoring them is also something that we here at SERVPRO excel in.
Perhaps your business is as a hotelier. Floors are a concern here, too, but from a different perspective. You will want all your spaces to look as though no one has even been there! Fresh and pristine hallways and lobby areas are great first impressions for your patrons, and a company like SERVPRO that has years of experience in cleanups of all kinds will be the perfect answer to this type of challenge.
In the event that your hospitality-based business suffers damage from storms, accidents, or machinery malfunctions, or any other unforeseen issues that can come out of nowhere, enlist the help of SERVPRO to get things back to normal as soon as possible.
The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville is proud to serve the residents of Belle Meade and West Nashville. Call us today for help with all your clean up projects! (615) 242 9391.
WHAT GOES INTO OUR COMMERCIAL DOCUMENT DRYING PROCESS
In the aftermath of any disaster, some of your most valued recorded items, such as documents, photographs, and books, could be lost forever. SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions, and with years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, our restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.
Our processes and facilities are:
- Innovative: Vacuum Freeze-Drying and Gamma Irradiation. We use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and the General Services Administration. In many water damage situations, like those involving sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals, and our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your important documents.
- Secure. Our facilities are managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians and are kept under surveillance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Digital. We use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents. Converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals in digitizing your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.
- Flexible capacity. We can accommodate both large commercial losses and small residential jobs.
- Full Service. SERVPRO offers a wide range of services, which includes drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization.
The types of content we handle:
- paper documents
- books and magazines
- manuscripts and files
- photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
- blueprints and maps
You can count on the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville to handle all your belongings with care, including the vital recorded documents that are so important to any business owner. Call us today to learn more about our commercial document drying process at: (615) 242 9391.
Some of The Differences Between Commercial And Residential Water Damages
As we move into the colder, wetter months, we all have to consider the possible damages that our structures can sustain during this time of year. Summer’s storms are past, and now from leaky roofs and moldy siding to deep ruts in the driveway or potholes in the parking lot, the fall and winter months will bring their own set of concerns to both home and business owners. Weather won’t be as violent, but rains can last a lot longer, and then will come sleet, ice, and snow.
For the homeowner, some of the exterior concerns due to weather will be:
- Eroded landscaping
- Rutted driveways, especially those that are graded either up or downhill
- Moldy siding, window sills, door-jambs, window panes, and roofing
- Rotting wooden fencing and decking
- Leaking roof
- Puddles and pooling
For the business owner, some of the exterior trouble spots can be:
- Potholes and eroded surfaces in public parking areas
- Eroded walkways or damaged, buckling sidewalks and public walkways
- Leaking roofs
- Damaged materials and machinery that have not been stored properly
When it comes to the interior spaces, businesses have to keep an eye on employee bathrooms and kitchen/break areas to make sure that leaks are handled immediately and that spills are cleaned up right away. During bad weather, customers and vendors will track water and debris into your building, and both for safety and aesthetics, it will be a good idea to keep up with this type of accumulation to prevent water damage. Have an umbrella stand ready for everyone who comes through the door!
Homeowners also need to keep up with spills, leaks, and traffic, but it will obviously not be such a large job. In a home, water damage is more likely to come from a water heater or dishwasher that is malfunctioning, or a washer that has developed an issue.
One thing both types of structures have to be concerned about is mold, however – it is never a good thing to realize that a colony has taken hold in either your home or your business.
The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is experienced in all types of clean up after water damage to both homes and businesses, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. Call us today at (615) 242 9391!
Winter Storm Preparation Tips for Your Business
Do you know how to properly prepare for an oncoming winter storm? If you live in the Nashville area, you know how important preparation is when it comes to these winter storms.
The first thing you need to do is make sure that all of your pipes and water mains are thoroughly protected against freezing. You can call on a professional storm damage control service to help you in this regard. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville specializes storm damage prevention.
Preparation for Winter Storms is a Must in the Nashville Area
There are several key things that you will need to do in order to make the proper preparation for possible storm damage in your area. The first thing you will need to do is make sure that your pipes are in good condition.
A team of winter storm experts can show you how to weather-proof them so that they will not freeze. It’s a good idea to replace any pipes or fitting that are showing cracks or other signs of age.
Make sure that all of your heating systems are in good running order. If they have not been cleaned in quite some time, you will need to see to this to help prevent possible fire damage. You can call on our team of experts to help you in this area.
Your next step should be to install a new set of storm windows. These should be fitted with a plastic lining on the inside. This will help to provide an extra layer of insulation that will work to keep the cold outside air from entering your home.
You will also need to make sure your home is properly insulated. It’s a good idea to caulk and weather-strip all of your doors and windows.
Winter storms can be extremely unpredictable. Pipes, fixtures, and sewage systems that lasted through a previous storm may not make it through the next one. If you have any doubts about the ability of your home to survive severe storm damage, call an expert to help you get ready for it.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to answer your questions and help you to get your home up to speed. If you live in the Nashville area, call for an appointment and visit from our friendly service team today. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391.
Winter Mold Prevention Tips for Your Business
Waterproof your business premises
Start with properly laid out and maintained plumbing works. Leaking pipes, taps and joints can cause significant moisture in your home. If they go unchecked, they can elevate your moisture levels.
Roofing is another area that you must check. Ensure that your roofing is perfect before winter. Heavy rain or melting snow can seep through cracks or damaged gutters. Check your trenches and channels to ensure that water moves smoothly.
Unclog and clean your gutters properly. If you are unsure of how to do it, we are here to help.
Ensure proper ventilation
Humidity can cause condensation on the surfaces of pipes, walls and ceilings, which can encourage mold growth. Adequate ventilation can foster standard room conditions, which include the right humidity, temperature and quality of air. Rooms that can receive sunlight should be exposed to the natural light whenever possible.
Dustproof your premises
Dust can settle on virtually any surface. Fine dust is a potential vector for dust mites and other allergens. It has a high affinity for moisture, too. Together with humidity, the dust forms a conducive environment for all types of fungi.
Dustproofing and cleaning dust from your premise can help reduce the risk of mildew on your premises. We recommend cleaning from the top down. When vacuuming, use a HEPA-approved vacuum cleaner that can deal with the finest dust particles floating on air.
Reverse ceiling fans
Reversing fans is one of the mold prevention tips that are simple yet effective. Air circulation is important. Ceilings, walls, and other exposed surfaces are at risk of condensation. Clockwise movement pumps air upwards, which reduces the risk of condensation from the top.
Preventing mold is easier than mold remediation. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we specialize in mold remediation and prevention. We know where business premises are vulnerable. We know that mold problems can cost a business significantly in terms of downtime and costly repairs. We hope you can use these mold prevention tips wisely. If you need assistance with your water damage, fire damage, commercial cleaning, or mold remediation needs, please reach out to us at (615) 242-9391.
Top Fire Hazards Your Business Should Avoid
Fire damage in your Nashville business is a serious concern. Even moderate damage can result in your facility being closed for repairs for weeks on end, and this can be financially devastating. The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Some facilities may be more likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. However, there are many fire hazards that are present in most workplaces on a daily basis regardless of the type of activities that take place in the building. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.
Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks that quickly lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these may be damaged by pests and other forces. Electrical fires may also start when power sockets are overloaded or when equipment gets too hot. Periodically review your company’s wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.
Poor Equipment Maintenance
Other hazards in Nashville workplaces are related to poor equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace regularly may result in the accumulation of dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may also include dusty, dirty or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents and many other features that are used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.
Flammable or Combustible Materials
Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but even restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners and many other types of business may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times.
As you can see, there are numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage in your business. If your Nashville business has already experienced fire damage, it is essential that repair work is completed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is your trusted source for quality repair services. We can quickly restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today. You can reach us at (615) 242-9391
Preventing Water Damage in Your Restaurant’s Kitchen
If you want to avoid flood damage to your building, the time for you to arrange for a full commercial cleaning and preliminary checkup is now. If you live in Nashville or the surrounding area, you can call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to arrange a visit. Our friendly service team will inspect your property and inform of you of any potential threats from flooding or other hazards.
Owning a restaurant or other commercial establishment in the Nashville area is a very serious responsibility. You owe it to yourself and your customers to keep your building safe from all possible emergency scenarios. If you have any suspicions of possible damage from water, let us know. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is here to keep your property safe from harm. If you need any assistance with water damage, fire damage, mold growth, or commercial cleaning, give us a call at (615) 242-9391.
Preparing Your Business for Winter Storms
Winter is getting closer in the Nashville area. This means that your businesses may be affected by winter storms. These dangerous storms cause damage to property each year, but fortunately, there are ways to protect your business before the storms have a chance to cause any damage. SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is here to give you some tips you can use in order to protect your business from potential storm damage this season!
Protect Your Pipes!
Winter storms are notorious for freezing pipes within your building. These frozen pipes can burst and cause water to flow everywhere. Make sure to check your pipes regularly to see if they need any maintenance. Keep deodorization items around in case water ends up getting onto your carpet. This will help prevent any nasty smells from building up if the water does end up soaking too deep into the fabric.
Get a Generator
There is no telling whether your business will lose power during a storm. Having a generator on hand will allow you to keep electricity running even if the power does end up going out. Make sure to have a generator fully charged and on hand if you ever find yourself in the path of a winter storm.
Update Everyone Regularly
Make sure to maintain consistent communication with all of your employees. Check for weather updates on your phone or computer and plan accordingly if the weather does become severe. Ensuring everyone’s safety is a top priority for you as a business owner, so you need to be able to relay important information regarding any storms to your employees if necessary.
Have a Snow Removal Plan
Oftentimes, severe winter storms come with heavy snowfall. Failure to quickly remove snow will allow it to build up. Built up snow can potentially prevent people from leaving the building if it becomes too deep. It is important to have snow shovels on hand and regularly remove snow from high traffic areas and entrances. Failure to do so can result in injury from slipping and may lead to injured employees and customers.
Being prepared is the first step in ensuring safety during a winter storm. These tips are designed to help you stay ahead of the storm before it can cause damage to your business or property. Make sure to follow them and check the weather regularly this season for any updates on dangerous winter storms that may be coming to your area.
Sometimes, dealing with the effects of winter storms on your business premises may be overwhelming. Do not worry, SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville has the tools and experience to help you get your business back to its pre-damage condition!
3 Tips for Dealing with Commercial Water Damage
Water damage can have devastating results on your business. It can damage your furniture, electronics, and other items, leading to significant losses. In many instances, water damage can be inevitable, meaning that you may not be able to adequately prepare for it. For example, it may not be possible for your business to prepare for flash floods, heavy rains or burst pipes, which are the most frequent causes of water damages. Knowing how to remediate water damage is essential to control the losses and ensure the safety of your employees. In the case of commercial water damage, follow these three tips to help restore your commercial property!
Remove Carpets and Rugs
Water damage often results in wetting of the flooring materials such as carpets and mats. Immediately remove the carpeting and rugs that are wet and hang or lay them outside in the open to dry. Leaving the wet carpets and mats on the floor allows molds to grow under the carpeting, resulting in more damage to the floor materials. Removing the carpeting and drying it in time could prevent the need to replace the carpets. Afterward, you can use the air conditioners to dry up the floor where applicable.
Remove the Extra Water
Prior to trying to clean up the extra water, you need to identify the water source and shut it off. When possible, try to mop up any excess water on the floor after removing the carpeting. It is necessary that you take precautions to avoid accidents such as falls. Wear protective gear and use the right cleaning equipment to remove the excess water. If the water is contaminated or too deep, do not attempt to remove it. Instead, seek the services of professional water damage restoration service providers like SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville.
Protect Your Valuables
If you can, try to elevate your valuable items to prevent further damage. For instance, transfer all appliances from the ground and place them on the shelves or on high tables. Also, secure the valuables that are in contact with the water such as the furniture and larger electronic equipment. Use raised blocks or metallic foils to protect the legs of furniture and electronics. You can place the wooden or metallic blocks and foils beneath your furniture or electronics. Protecting your business valuables prevents possible irreversible damage to them. This way, you are likely to eliminate the need to replace some of the materials or undertake costly repairs.
Often, commercial water damage in your business locations may be overwhelming. Do not worry, as SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is ready to offer professional cleaning and water damage restoration services to Nashville clients.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, it is always our very great pleasure and honor to serve the people of West Nashville and the surrounding areas. We work hard to make sure our clients get the very best care and value when doing business with us, and we take whatever time is necessary to make sure that happens, each and every day.
Dealing with property restoration, renovation, or cleanup can be very stressful, and our SERVPRO team understands that. We are here to help you, our customer, and to try to make what can be a tough situation just a little bit easier. We focus on clear and correct communication and professional behavior to help set your mind at ease.
It’s a wonderful thing to receive a letter like this one we are sharing today that expresses such appreciation for our efforts:
“What great people you have!!!
Have met three of them and they are all wonderful men who represent you well. Mike and Jason are here today working in my lot garage and my guest bathroom.
Manners – gentlemen. Workers – hardworking. Humans – showing kindness and making a messy situation better because they are here!
The first gentleman’s name I did not catch.
Thomas – Checked with Mike and Jason. He made it plain to builder’s company what needed to happen so that neither would come back on them and we/ I would get sick in future as he talked with builders rep. So very thankful for him spelling it out for Lia and for me. Polite but firm and professional.
When something bad or smelly happens and things get wet, damaged, etc, it’s nice to know that kind men will drive up and fix things.
How can we ever thank you for hiring them? Bless you!”
Jim and Jane M.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville,, we are dedicated to our customers and our community. We specialize in clean-up projects both large and small that can be needed property damages from water or fire, and we are also specialists in mold remediation. When disaster strikes, contact us immediately for the best in customer care. Our phone number is (615) 454-9215, or click here:: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to visit our website. We look forward to speaking with you!
Changes In the Commercial Insurance Business
We at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville work closely with your commercial insurance company to provide you with a stress-free claims process and manage your insurance paperwork every step of the way. We know there have been changes in the commercial insurance business, and we have a professional staff who will properly and competently manage all your paperwork. Don’t worry about a thing and rely completely on us to provide you with a highly well-trained staff of professionals who will not only take the stress out of your situation but will also provide you with excellent service in getting your insurance paperwork done efficiently and competently.
In the world of the commercial insurance business, there are some changes coming with regards to mold claims, and these changes are something that every commercial property owner should be aware of. More losses caused by mold growth, bacterial growth or fungal growth are being denied than ever before.
How do you prepare for this change as a commercial property owner? The first step can be in looking into Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) insurance policies. Mold growth is the number one source of new claims under EIL policies, and these policies are sold to commercial buildings for any damage or loss caused by a contamination of some degree. However, less than 5% of commercial properties are insured under EIL insurance policies.
How do you get EIL policies?
Good EIL coverages are available at good rates for those commercial properties that have an active water intrusion loss prevention plan that is provided by a certified IICRC firm. Luckily, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is one such certified damage restoration firm! Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are able to provide businesses with Emergency Ready Programs, or ERPs, which are plans to help a business recover as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster by implementing an immediate plan of action.
With this overall increase in denial rates for mold growth claims, it is more important than ever for commercial property owners to establish a water intrusion loss prevention plan, such as an ERP, in order to better qualify for affordable EIL Policy coverage.
Don’t wait until it is too late and the mold growth has set in on your property! Reach out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville today to help set up your ERP. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (615) 913-4280, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Commercial HVAC Maintenance Service
Five-Star Service for Commercial Heating and Cooling Systems
Commercial properties need to prioritize comfort for their employees and customers all year long. It’s essential to focus on temperature comfort for many reasons. Pleasant temperatures can keep employees in commercial settings productive, happy and healthy. They can keep customers and clients in good spirits, too. People tend to be put off by indoor spaces that are stuffy and hot during the summer months. They tend to be discouraged by indoor spaces that are excessively chilly and cold during the wintertime as well. If you’re searching for professional assistance with your commercial HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system in Nashville, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville can come to your rescue. We cater to the HVAC system requirements of businesses located all throughout Nashville. If your West Nashville business is in need of comprehensive HVAC maintenance and cleaning services, you can count fully on our experienced technicians.
What Maintaining Your Commercial System Can Do
Commercial heating and cooling system upkeep is helpful for many reasons. HVAC system maintenance, first of all, can troubleshoot matters in detail. If you want to pinpoint existing air conditioning or heating system problems before they’re able to accelerate, then maintenance work can be extremely smart. Remember, cooling and heating system problems can be bad news for your business. They can hurt your productivity levels significantly. That’s the last thing most businesses anywhere want or need. Experiencing a cooling system catastrophe in July on an extremely hot afternoon can be awful for any business.
Maintenance service is intricate, nuanced and exhaustive. It can improve matters for you in a range of ways. It can do more than stop time-consuming and expensive system failures. It can keep your unit dependable and strong for longer. Replacing cooling and heating units can cost a lot of money. Maintenance can decrease your energy expenses on a monthly basis. These things can all lead to smoother sailing for commercial settings.
System maintenance can be terrific for relaxation purposes. If you want to feel wonderful in your commercial space regardless of the season, routine upkeep is the solution.
Reach Out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville Today
If you’re searching for qualified and seasoned technicians who can offer you choice heating and cooling maintenance in Nashville, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is the answer. Our professional assistance is the best of the best. Schedule an appointment for our HVAC maintenance in West Nashville and beyond today.
Why Your Business Should Have an ERP
Benjamin Franklin wisely said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” It’s advice that can easily apply to a business. Water damage, fire damage, storm damage and other disasters can ravage corporations. A staggering 50 percent of these companies are too crippled to reopen. So how are the other 50 percent able to rebound? They have a readiness plan.
An ERP (Emergency Readiness Plan) is a method of planning for emergencies long before they occur. It’s a carefully devised, well-rehearsed strategy that guides you and your employees to take decisive action during a catastrophe. Here are some things to consider while putting your ERP into place:
PONDER THE WORST CASE SCENARIOS
Encourage your employees to formulate as many disaster scenarios as they can. One of the worst calamities in the US occurred in the 2010 flood in Nashville, Tennessee, when the city was deluged by 13.57 inches of rain within 36 hours (an event I’m sure you all remember quite well). Studying such tragedies can help you more effectively plot possible situations.
DETERMINE PROTECTIVE ACTIONS
It is necessary to create an ERP that protects anyone in the building. The Department of Homeland Security refers to this as “Protective Actions for Life Safety,” including:
- Fire Drills — Rehearsals for action during a fire.
- Sheltering — Sheltering staff during a natural disaster.
- Sheltering in Place — Sheltering staff during a man-made emergency.
- Lockdown — Eluding an active shooter.
LEARN HOW TO STABILIZE THE INCIDENT
Stabilizing an incident means preventing further damage on the scene. This can be accomplished by training your employees in various rescue procedures including:
- First Aid and CPR
- Proper Use of Fire Extinguishers
TRAIN AN EVACUATION TEAM
Without guidance during an evacuation, people may blindly panic. Consider adding an evacuation team to your ERP:
- Assign employees to guide evacuees out of the building.
- Appoint helpers to assist persons with disabilities.
- If an exit is blocked by a hazard such as a collapsed ceiling, make sure the evacuation team is trained to redirect employees to an alternate exit.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, is a fast, reliable, proactive provider of emergency cleaning and restoration services for fire and water damage. SERVPRO can expertly help you devise an effective Emergency Readiness Plan for your business in the West Nashville area.
The SERVPRO Ready Plan information will give you the security of emergency preparedness. The information can be downloaded into the Ready Plan app to instantly share with SERVPRO, so that the damage can be intercepted. We’ll make it “like it never happened.”
The Commercial Resources SERVPRO Has to Offer
When looking for cleanup for your business, we at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville can help with our commercial resources. Whether it is cleanup after a disaster or mold remediation, we help West Nashville businesses get back to conducting business as usual, as fast as possible. Nobody likes a disaster of any kind, and we are here to help you through it.
Lost time in cleanup for water or fire damage is better spent in your doing productive work for increased business opportunities. As professionals in the Nashville area, we are nearby and ready to help with disaster cleanup. Our expertise can help you through our extensive commercial resources:
Water Damage Restoration
Flooding and water damage seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. We know that and can help you get back to work with our:
- 24-hour emergency service
- Highly trained water damage specialists
- Restoration know-how
No matter the location of the water damage, whether in a small office building or big box store, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion to ensure your business is up and running again as quickly as possible. Our technicians have the training and certifications they need to handle your restoration needs, no matter the size.
Fire Damage Restoration
Lost productivity is the biggest result of fire and smoke damage. With firefighting systems, water damage may also occur from water used. As a trusted leader in fire and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville knows the ins and outs of fire damage and the extra damage that can come with it and are well-equipped to handle it, including:
- Fire and Smoke Restoration
- Odor Control
- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
- Water Damage Restoration
Because mold, whether from a leak or plumbing, can cause serious problems and health risks to those who enter your business, give us a call at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville to discuss how we can manage it as we work fast to address the mold. We work fast to contain the mold growth and prevent it from spreading further. Our technicians are well-trained, including:
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists
- Water Damage Restoration Technicians
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
We address everyday soil and grime that are beyond the scope of your janitorial staff.
Storm and Major Events
Whether you need our elite large-loss specialists who work with the hospitality industry, universities and property managers, or you have damage from a storm, wind and rain, we can help. With our 24-hour emergency service, we will be there quickly to assess and fix the damage. Moreover, we work with your insurance to make the process as seamless as possible.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (615) 442-7768, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Restoring Damaged Medical Documents
Experiencing the damage of documentation through an accident or disaster in any office or business can create problems for the business owner and staff, but when that business is a medical office, it becomes much more serious, due to the specific requirements of the HIPAA laws. The private medical information of all persons is something that simply cannot be lost or mishandled, and our team is dedicated to the proper and careful recovery and restoration of such data.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville was recently called upon to restore documents from a local medical office that had been damaged by contaminated water, and we employed all of our expertise to ensure that the project was completed in a timely, professional, and safe manner.
Our technicians worked diligently to fulfill all HIPAA compliance requirements, understanding that the privacy and protection of all personal information of the office’s patients is of the utmost importance. The team was very organized and methodical in its processes, making sure that all the information captured during the restoration was as thoroughly documented and complete as possible; after the restoration was complete, it was of vital importance that the medical staff could get back to work serving their patients with the most accurate data and records available for the benefit of all!
All during the restoration, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville diligently followed a policy of providing daily communication to the office itself and the insurance company to ensure that all involved parties were updated on the progress of the project at all times. We also provided complete documentation to the office that pertained to HIPAA compliance in their medical record keeping.
Good indoor air quality has to be maintained during a project involving the restoring of documents, and the SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville technicians understand this and took great care to ensure the air quality met the required standards.
Once the documents had been restored or recreated, it was important that all negatively impacted files were handled properly. Key information was gathered and recorded so that the office would have on file all that was required to be in their possession, and the damaged files were destroyed, with that destruction documented properly according to all requirements.
In the event that your home or business is impacted by a disaster or accident and your vital documents and records are damaged, call the team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville and talk with us about restoration. We have the experience and expertise to restore these types of records, and we understand privacy law compliance. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, or call us today (615) 358-0603.
How to Prepare Your Business for Storm Damage
Flooding can happen any time of year, but here in Middle Tennessee, the summer months can be pretty wet. All that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your business for rainy season and possible flooding, and these preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it takes to bring your operations back to normal.
- MAINTAIN GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems divert water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with debris such as dirt and dead leaves, rainwater will overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. Keep in mind that dampness inside walls is the perfect breeding ground for mold, which can establish a colony in that type of situation within 24-48 hours.
- INSPECT STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for these, but keeping an eye on them around your property will enable you to be able to report a problem right away to the proper authorities in advance of flooding.
- HAVE A RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your staff. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to attempt to travel to work or not. No one should brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is also important, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site, as well, in the event that people can’t get home.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is standing ready to help if your business sustains storm damage. Call us with any concerns at (615) 745-3638, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville. We are also experienced in cleanups both large and small, in the event that you have suffered either water or fire damage. We are also mold remediation experts!
Three Water Damage Prevention Tips
We all know what water damage to homes and businesses look like after a flood or a heavy rain. Oftentimes, events such as these are unexpected, and if we aren’t prepared for what may happen during a stormy season, we can suffer more water damage than we need to.
- DO REGULAR INSPECTIONS. Take a good look around your home or place of business; are you prepared for wet weather? Do exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and are both doors and windows properly weather-stripped? The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be well-maintained, too, to protect your machinery, product, and staff furniture from water damage. The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade in from their cars, floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster. Inspect the parking lots of your business regularly for potholes, especially after a storm. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the parking area, consider using sandbags. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, and you will want to plan ahead to prevent that from happening.
- DO REGULAR UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE. Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked on a regular basis. If your rain gutters become clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rain water. As water backs up, it can leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can find yourself with water damage, and even mold. These types of issues can be alleviated by regular maintenance.
- COMMUNICATE WITH PUBLIC SERVICES. Power lines and telephone poles near to your home place of business can be an issue when storm season comes if they are not in good condition. Contact your utilities companies and have them come take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your employees and loved ones will be safe. Be aware of the condition of any large trees on your property. If the grounds of your place of business become saturated, a tree with an unstable root base can fall and create problems for you, your employees, and your customers. Some trees and plants are the city’s responsibility, depending on where they are placed. Make sure you know who to call should the time come.
The team here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is standing ready to help in any way we can! We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage, and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your property, give us a call today at (615) 651-6938, or visit on our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Fire Extinguisher Tips Everyone Should Know
Being fire ready is just plain smart. Make sure everyone you work with or live with knows how to properly use a fire extinguisher, just in case. Here are some things we all need to know:
- Depending on the size of your home or business, it’s a good idea to have a few fire extinguishers around. The kitchen, garage, main work spaces, and warehouses are all places that could use one, and it wouldn’t hurt to carry them in company cars or trucks. There are different types of extinguishers for different classes of fires; depending on your business, make sure you provide the right kind of fire extinguisher. A common ABC extinguisher will put out just about any kind of fire except hot metal fires, and for those you would need a Class D.
- It’s important that everyone in your home or business, including people who only come in once in a while, such as baby-sitters or cleaning services personnel, know where the fire extinguishers are located. It’s important to ensure that there is a clear and unobstructed path to them.
- Keep your extinguishers up to date, performing a check every year. Make sure the external condition is good and that is still contains extinguishing agent. Check the pressure gauge to ensure that it is still pressurized in an operable range, and that the pin is attached to the extinguisher so that it can’t come loose.
- All fire extinguishers have usage instructions printed right on them. This acronym is all you need to know:
- P: Pull the safety Pin from the handle
- A: Aim at the base of the fire
- S: Squeeze the trigger
- S: Sweep from side to side
- If the fire continues to grow, escape routes can be threatened. If you are no longer able to safely fight the fire, and if the fire extinguisher runs out, leave immediately and call 9-1-1.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is proud to serve the Nashville community. We are always ready to help in the event of a fire, and are experienced in fire damage cleanup. We also handle water damage cleanup, and are mold remediation specialists. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville or call us at: (615) 442 7768.
Keeping Your Commercial Property Fire Ready
Keeping your commercial property fire ready is vital in order to avoid disaster. Your livelihood and that of your staff depends on your business, and you will want to protect it. Being ready for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. We are sharing some tips here that can help you get your property ready in the event of a fire:
- Ensure that your building or suite is visibly lettered and numbered so that emergency responders can easily find your location in a timely manner. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black/white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.
- Fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot that is easy to get to. Make sure your extinguishers are serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.
- Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage and should be illuminated at all times, with a battery backup for power outages. Exits should also be clear of any obstructions so that people can get out safely and quickly. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the area around the building outside clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.
- Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling and be orderly. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern.
- Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged in, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
- Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and door openings and not stored in the path of exits.
- Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.
- If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
- Make sure your local fire department has valid contact information on file for your commercial property.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are experienced cleanup projects after fires both large and small. In the event of water damage we’re ready to help, as well! Call us today at (615) 745-3638.
Every state is experiencing the effects of drought, and saving water is on everyone’s mind these days. We waste a lot of water; our showers are too long, and we are often obsessed with an emerald green lawn. We need to change the way we handle and view water and leave behind the outdated and inefficient water management systems of the past.
Here are some tips that will help you save water this summer. Your water bill will be reduced, and you can save yourself some time into the bargain as well as doing some good for the Earth.
- Water your yard in the cool parts of the day. Water evaporates more quickly when it’s hot, so run your irrigation system while it’s most likely to stay with your lawn. Make sure you are not watering your sidewalk or your driveway, too. A drip system works quite well in this respect. Replacing your thirsty lawn with a drought tolerant garden would be a great way to save water, and it won’t have to be mowed every week!
- Check for leaky toilets. Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, your tank is leaking, and could be wasting up to 100 gallons of water a day!
- Take shorter showers. Trimming just two minutes off of your showers can save up to 1700 gallons of water a year. One way to do this is to turn off the shower while you shave or soap up. Install water-efficient shower heads, toilets, and faucets for a savings of thousands of gallons per year as well.
- Cover the pool. Make sure the water in your pool stays there by covering it when you are not using it. This will prevent water loss by evaporation.
- Use a car wash. Washing your car by hand can easily use 100 gallons of water, and takes a lot of time and effort, as well. Commercial car washes average 40 gallons or less!
- Trap rain water. Collect the water from summer rain storms by getting a water barrel. You can reuse this water for your garden. Green roofs, rain gardens, and other water-saving techniques are called green infrastructure and go a long way towards saving this most precious resource. More and more landowners and city governments are choosing to invest in these and other innovative strategies as ways to save water, reduce pollution, and save millions, and even billions, in costs for new water tanks, tunnels, and other traditional water infrastructures.