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Containment Matters When It Comes To Mold Damage Remediation In Nashville

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Containment Matters When It Comes To Mold Damage Remediation In Nashville SERVPRO Contains Mold Infestations in Nashville and the World

SERVPRO Helps Prevent Mold From Spreading During Remediation

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

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

Protect Your Nashville Area Business From Water Damage

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Nashville Area Business From Water Damage When SERVPRO technicians inspect your home, we provide solutions that include fixing damages that often lead to major issues.

Your Nashville Business Can Be Restored with SERVPRO's Help

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

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

Common Problems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

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

Overcoming Mold Damage in Nashville

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage Weekly With Great Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spot The Signs Of Flood Damage From Leaking Pipes In Nashville

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spot The Signs Of Flood Damage From Leaking Pipes In Nashville Leaking pipes are a headache for any homeowner.

Flood Damage From Leaking Pipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Cleans Your Ventilation System After Fire Damage to Your Nashville Home SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to cleaning your HVAC system after a fire to make sure that soot doesn't keep spreading throughout your home.

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


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

Expanding Business Nearly Goes Underwater In Nashville

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Expanding Business Nearly Goes Underwater In Nashville Call SERVPRO when your business expansion plan results in significant water overflow for efficient dispatching of the flooding.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drying Out Your Attic After Water Damage To Your Nashville Home

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Out Your Attic After Water Damage To Your Nashville Home Drying out an attic after damage can be tricky because of the limited space and insulation that is involved. Call SERVPRO for remediation today.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Dry Out Your Attic After Damage

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

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

Investigating Nashville Mold Damage Risks and Infestations

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Investigating Nashville Mold Damage Risks and Infestations Mold can lurk in the most obscure spaces in your home. Call SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Preparing Your Business To Handle Flood Damage Situations In Nashville

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Preparing Your Business To Handle Flood Damage Situations In Nashville SERVPRO's mobile app, the ERP, Helps Prevent and Mitigate Flood Damage to Nashville Businesses

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

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

Easy Measures To Take Against Mold Growth In Nashville

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Easy Measures To Take Against Mold Growth In Nashville By far the most critical step to take against mold damage in Nashville is preventing water damage.

Mold Growth And Mold Damage


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

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

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

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

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