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

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Think SERVPRO To Avoid Flood Damage Caused By Standing Water Under Your Nashville Area Home. SERVPRO’s crawl space encapsulation services provide you with fantastic alternatives that save your pocket book from quite a hit.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Nashville Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mold Damage and Encapsulation In Nashville

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

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

Mold Damage and Encapsulation

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing With Soot And Smoke Residues After A Fire In Your Nashville Home Combustion requires three items: Fuel, oxygen, and heat.

Smoke And Soot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Leaks From Your Refrigerator Or Ice Maker In Your Nashville Home Your home can be the victim of extensive water damage at the most unexpected time and by the smallest means possible.

Preventing Leaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.