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Remediating And Preventing Water Damage In Nashville

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remediating And Preventing Water Damage In Nashville Crawlspaces are a risk since they are not insulated or protected from water seeping in from the outside.

Remediating And Preventing Water Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commercial Water Damage at Country Music Attractions and Venues in Nashville

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage at Country Music Attractions and Venues in Nashville Because entertainment venues are large, SERVPRO is able to leave undamaged space open for your customers as they mitigate the damaged areas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Effects of Water Damage on Your Furniture in Your Nashville Home

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Effects of Water Damage on Your Furniture in Your Nashville Home When you see water dripping from a ceiling in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for an investigation and quick remediation of the problem.

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

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

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Damage In Nashville Homes Mold only grows after it finds a food source.

Understanding Mold Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Jack O' Lantern Mishaps Lead To Fire Damage On Porches In Nashville Jack O' Lanterns can be a fire hazard.

Jack O' Lantern Mishaps Lead To Fire Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tiny Creeks can Still Create Flood Damage in Nashville

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tiny Creeks can Still Create Flood Damage in Nashville Small or large creeks and rivers can overflow and flood bringing water into your home. Make sure that you and your family are safe and call SERVPRO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Get Fast, Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services For Your Nashville Area Home Whether water is coming in through the ceiling or the floor, SERVPRO technicians assess the situation, fix the problem and then remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Water Damage Emergency

Call to Minimize Any Possible Secondary Damages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Damage Challenges That Nashville Clubs Face

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage Challenges

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

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

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

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

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

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How Mitigation Helps Your Nashville Home After Flood Damage

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Mitigation Helps Your Nashville Home After Flood Damage The most important step in our emergency Nashville flood damage response plan is to begin removing all water possible immediately.

Mitigation Helps Your Home After Flood

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

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

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

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

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Can I Wait To Start Fire Damage Restoration In Nashville?

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can I Wait To Start Fire Damage Restoration In Nashville? We understand how devastating fire damage can be to you and your family. Calling SERVPRO for remediation services will help you recover.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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