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SERVPRO of Belle Meade

(615) 242-9391

2322 Clifton Ave­. Nashville, TN 37209

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Fast response times! Services include residential and corporate restoration, cleaning and emergency readiness planning.

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SERVPRO of Belle Meade

(615) 242-9391

2322 Clifton Ave. Nashville, TN 37209

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Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals have the training and expertise to help make it like it never even happened.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals have the training and expertise to help make it like it never even happened.

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Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning following fire, water or mold damage, you can trust SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals to make your house feel like home again. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville proudly serves Nashville, Belle Meade, Bellevue, Green Hills, Forest Hills, and surrounding areas.

Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning following fire, water or mold damage, you can trust SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals to make your house feel like home again. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville proudly serves Nashville, Belle Meade, Bellevue, Green Hills, Forest Hills, and surrounding areas.

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Fast response times! Services include residential and corporate restoration, cleaning and emergency readiness planning.

Fast response times! Services include residential and corporate restoration, cleaning and emergency readiness planning.

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What Can SERVPRO of Belle Meade do for You Nashville?

Are you a factory owner whose inspection is coming up after damage to your workplace? Or maybe your office is overdue for a professional cleaning? SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help in both situations!

You have probably seen our SERVPRO trucks throughout the Nashville community. That's because we are the premier residential and commercial cleaning and restoration service. We specialize in the following residential and commercial services:

- building services
- cleaning services
- fire damage restoration
- mold remediation
- storm damage restoration
- water damage restoration

While many of you know us for our disaster clean-ups and damage restoration, we excel at far more. We have experience cleaning:

- apartment buildings
- government/military
- high-rise residential
- hotel/motels
- large office/high-rise office buildings
- large retail/big-box stores
- manufacturing/industrial
- restaurants
- small office buildings
- small retail stores

We also provide the best in commercial cleaning for your Nashville business. Whether you need a preventative maintenance system, electronics restoration or document drying, you can trust SERVPRO of Belle Meade. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Our other professional cleaning services includes the following:

- air Ducts and HVAC
- bio-hazard and sewage
- carpet and upholstery cleaning
- ceilings, walls, and hard floors
- drapes and blinds
- odor removal and deodorization
- trauma and crime scene cleanup
- vandalism

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is faster to any size disaster in the Nashville community area because we are locally owned and operated. If you need us anytime, contact us because we have 24-hour/7 days a week emergency service.

Our highly-trained and certified technicians are specialists in using technologically advanced products. We use OSHA-approved cleaning agents, and innovative techniques to restore your home or business to a pre-loss condition.

You can trust SERVPRO of Belle Meade to keep your property’s appearance safe and healthy for your family, staff and clients. Do you need help with your insurance claims, we provide a stress-free claims process by helping to manage the insurance paperwork process. Call us today!


Four Tips to Make Grill Cleaning a Breeze

If you're a Nashville local, you know how gorgeous the weather can be in the summer. Our beautiful blue skies and high temps always inspire a barbecue. After you grill, watch some TV, and catch up with your pals, then, it's time to clean up.

It's a job that nobody likes to do, but it has to be done. A grill that's mired in excessive grit and soot can become a hazard and could lead to fire damage on your property.

If you're already trying to deal with extensive fire damage, don't panic, because SERVPRO of Belle Meade's got your back. With 24/7 emergency service and highly trained technicians on call, SERVPRO can respond faster to any size disaster.

It's a hassle to get your grill back in top shape, but with these four tips for grill cleaning, you'll have a spotless grill in no time.

1. Follow Proper Safety Procedures

Always make sure to follow proper safety procedures! This is true whether you're looking to spot clean after you've grilled food or you're gunning for a more in-depth, thorough cleaning.

Ensure that each of the knobs are OFF. Next, you are using propane, make sure the tank is closed. Following that, check that the grill is on a stable, even surface; and that the grill is no longer hot before you touch any of its individual parts without protection.

2. Invest in a Good Grill Brush

Your grill brush is an important tool that you don't want to skimp out on.

What makes a great grill brush? You'll want a brush that has smaller bristles and multiple heads. Also, a long handle so that you can scrub while the gratings are still hot, and one that's durable. You'll also want to make sure that whatever brush you pick up is a good match for the size and type of grill that you're using.

3. Burn Off Excess Food and Grease

It's never a bad idea to crank the grill up to its highest setting after you're done cooking so that it can burn off excess grime. This can make your post-barbecue spot clean easier.

4. Keep the Grill's Exterior Clean

Ensuring that the exterior of the grill is spotless is as important as maintaining the cleanliness of its interior. It's an easier job than the inside, though; all you'll need is soapy water and a rag.


We're Ready To Make Your Apartment Like New

Time can go by in the blink of an eye, particularly when it comes to preparing a recently rented space for the next tenant.

Apartment building managers of Belle Meade: your days of desperate calls and getting on your own hands and knees to scrub the crevices of vacated apartments are over. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is ready for your next moment of need.

SERVPRO is well known for our large-scale services, including repair and restoration of property damaged by fire, water, mold, and natural disasters. We're also Belle Meade/West Nashville's top choice in professional cleaning for office spaces and commercial facilities. But we're about more than large-scale services. Our services are just as useful for the single bedroom apartment as they are for the big box warehouse.

No matter the state the former tenant has left the apartment, we've got the supplies and services needed to get the job done. For carpet and upholstery, SERVPRO of Belle Meade can remove unwanted dirt and dust that hide far below the surface using state-of-the-art equipment. When it comes to making an apartment like new, deodorization is key. We have the experience and knowledge to identify the source of unwanted odors and use the proper, fast-acting products that will eliminate them fast! We also get to those hard-to-reach places, like air ducts with dirt buildup. We can clean and restore your air ducts and HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality and ensure that heating and cooling systems function properly.

As a locally owned and operated business, we have the customer service and experience needed to make an apartment space like new. We also have the equipment, network, and training to do the job faster than any other cleaning service in Nashville and surrounding areas. At SERVPRO, we are faster to any disaster.

Did a recent tenant leave one of your apartments in poor condition? Or simply expecting a resident to move soon? SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers the fast service and experience you need to get the job done. Not sure where to start? Call us with your questions today!


Be Safe with Water-Damaged Electronic Appliances

Water damage can occur for many different reasons. Sometimes, it happens as the result of a flood due to heavy rains. Other times, it may be due to an inside flood, such as when a pipe or a water heater bursts. Whatever the case may be, if you are dealing with water-damage or water-damaged electronics, appliances, or other devices, you need to proceed with extreme caution. The best thing you can do, after water damage has occurred, is to call on Nashville professionals who are familiar with dealing with such damage, such as our skilled pros at SERVPRO of Belle Meade. In the meantime, make sure you practice some good safety tips with the water damaged devices.

First things first, before you start thinking about possible water damage restoration, you need to make sure that you are not in immediate danger and that the devices that you own are not going to cause a fire or another serious incident.

After water damage has occurred, check your home to see if you have any damaged devices plugged in. If you find that you do, shut off the electricity at the breaker level. This will keep damaged devices from being able to start a fire. You should not touch, go near, or inspect any devices that are plugged in until you are certain that the electricity is off. Following this important tip will help you to avoid electric shock.

Believe it or not, it is not only plugged in water damaged electronics that pose a risk. Any device that contains a battery can also pose a serious risk. Thus, it's best to let our pros at SERVPRO of Belle Meade handle any such devices if you think they may have been damaged. At the very least, before touching any battery operated device, ensure that it is not giving off heat or smoke, bulging, melting, or making strange sounds. All these types of things are major warning signs that something serious and potentially dangerous is wrong with the battery!

As you can see, you're not always in the clear once the water subsides! To keep safe, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade before you do anything. At the very least, follow these simple tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.


4 Tips To Protect Your Nashville Home Before Going On Vacation

Heading to the beach? Hear the ocean calling? Or maybe it's a retreat into the mountains or a fishing trip to the lake? Maybe a journey overseas to a magical destination or resort town? If you choose to take a vacation this year (and we definitely think you should!), it is important to remember to protect your home before going on vacation. Here are 4 tips to protect your home before going on vacation from SERVPRO of Belle Meade.

Tip #1: Install Security Cameras Outdoors and Indoors that Use a WIFI Network

By installing security cameras outdoors and indoors that use a WIFI network, you can check on your home while you are gone. You can also receive notifications if anyone attempts to break into your home. This will allow you to notify authorities and to also have footage of the incident with photographs and videos of those responsible. This is generally a good idea for use when you are home as well.

Tip #2: Home Maintenance Should Be Completed

It might be tempting to put off that latest home maintenance project until you return, but you never know what will happen while you are gone. By not fixing your small air conditioner unit problem, the whole unit may fail while you are gone and cause hot temperatures that destroy beloved items or injure pets staying inside the home. By not fixing your outdoor gutter, a storm may come along and knock the whole gutter off. By not fixing small home maintenance problems before you leave, you leave your home vulnerable and invite bigger disasters.

Tip #3: Cleaning Your Home Will Make Coming Home More Inviting

This one isn't a "necessity," but it can make a world of difference when you return from your trip and find your home clean and inviting. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers cleaning solutions that can leave your home dust-free and ready for your return. Don't leave dirt to collect.

Tip #4: Don't Share That You are on Vacation on Social Media

It might be tempting to share those luxury photos of your feet in the sand or your smiling family out boating on the open water, but by sharing vacation photos on social media while you are on vacation you open yourself up to burglars. Share as many vacation photos as you want, but wait until you get back home.

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we recognize the importance of taking a little time for yourself and leaving the world behind by going on a vacation. Let us help you take care of your home projects before you leave. We are trusted by Nashville realtors, homeowners, business owners, construction companies, disaster cleanup crews, and building managers. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is proud to serve the Nashville area.


Get Your Nashville Event Space Odor-Free in Nashville

Disasters of all types can be incredibly frustrating situations. Flooding can lead to all kinds of property damage. Fires can lead to all kinds of destruction on properties as well. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with persistent awful water smells. It doesn't matter if you're dealing with stubborn smoke odors, either. Prompt professional deodorization service is of the essence.

Event spaces are supposed to be comfortable, welcoming and pleasant. Who wants to attend a party or a work conference in an environment that doesn't smell fresh or clean? If your event space has recently experienced a disaster that has had lasting odor effects, you need to take action as soon as possible. A lingering odor in an event space can be highly off-putting. It can lead to other concerns beyond that, too. Strong smells can give people splitting headaches. If you want to maintain the cleanliness and health of your event space, you need to hire an experienced disaster cleanup service. A reputable disaster cleanup company can offer your space in-depth deodorization service. This service can do away with any and all hints of awful smells. It can get your space smelling and feeling fresh, clean and enticing yet again. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can handle your odor problems.

Nashville is one of the most popular destinations for weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties in the United States. With so much competition for event spaces, any and all flaws are magnified in the eyes of the consumer. Don't let a bad smell turn off your potential clients. It's important to seek help from certified and capable technicians who have experience doing away with all kinds of odors. You need service from technicians who can get rid of mildew, water and smoke smells. You need service from technicians who can deal with septic backup and sewer smells as well. We can assist with everything from air duct cleaning to the eliminating allergens including pollen and dust mites.

You should never wait around to request professional deodorization service for your event space. The quicker you do something about bad smells, the better. You don't want to expose anyone who visits your event space to odors that are anything but pleasant. If you're searching for top-notch professional deodorization service anywhere in the wonderful Nashville, Tennessee area, the answer is straightforward and convenient. It's to reach out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. We're a renowned local restoration and cleanup firm that can take care of all your deodorization service requests. We're on hand 24 hours a day to provide customers with fast and efficient emergency help, too.


Removing Pet Smells From Your House or Car

Dog and cat owners know that animal care is a big responsibility. Unfortunately, a large part of pet ownership is cleaning the messes that the animals make. However, even the most vigilant owner can have difficulty keeping animal odors at bay. The odor removal specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can address pet smells at the source. We love helping animal owners keep their home and car fresh and clean.

Sources of Animal Odors

Airborne particles from animal urine, feces, vomit, hair and dander can all contribute to malodorous smells because these substances cling to carpet fibers and other fabric. Plus, urine can soak through the carpet, padding and subfloor. Urine can even penetrate baseboards and drywall. Also, animal hair and dander can accumulate within a home's air ducts, which ramps up the bad odor each time the owner turns on the heater or air conditioner.

Locating the Sources

Animals tend to urinate and defecate in the same areas. To make animal odors disappear, it is crucial to find the odor's sources. Professional odor removal companies do not rely on the naked eye alone. Instead, they use a black light to highlight the areas that animals have soiled. Once all sources are located, the specialists can begin working on the removing animal odors from the home.

Treating the Areas

The techniques and tools that an odor removal technician uses depend on several factors, including the substance that handles the odor and the material that needs treatment. After thoroughly cleaning and deodorizing all affected areas, the technician will seal the surface of these areas to prevent airborne particles from creating unpleasant odors.

In more severe cases, the technician may need to clean the air ducts or use our special proprietary process. To clean air ducts, the technician will use a powerful vacuum that dislodges and removes dirt, hair and dander from the ducts. The proprietary process may also be used to rid the area of organic pollutants in the air.

The animal odor and mold removal specialists at SERVPRO of Belle Meade are certified and experienced at finding and eliminating all unpleasant smells from homes and cars. Those who are ready to get control over pet odor and make their home an inviting place once again should contact SERVPRO today.


4th of July Summer Safety Tips

The 4th of July is one of the best times of the year in Nashville. Many people get together to celebrate freedom, friends and food. Unfortunately, the holiday can also be dangerous due to different risks that are present. When you want to stay safe, there are a few important safety tips to follow to protect yourself from harm.

Handle Fireworks with Caution

To prevent injuries and fires that are caused by fireworks in the community, certain precautions should be taken. Never allow small children to get near the fireworks or handle them. Adults should be the only ones lighting off the fireworks and should do so on the ground at a safe distance from trees or other objects. Keep a fire extinguisher close by and avoid lighting more than one firework at the same time.

Grill Safely

Grilling can also cause fires when you're spending time flipping hamburgers and hot dogs outdoors. Look for leaks, holes, and cracks in the grill before you start using it on the 4th of July. Avoid grilling indoors or in an enclosed area. This can cause a fire to start and will lead to you to hire professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade to repair the damage. The grill should also be placed at least two feet away from a deck, branches, or the siding of the house.

Use a Pool Gate

Many people spend time in the pool cooling off from the warm temperatures in Nashville during the summer season. Keep it a safe activity by using a pool gate that will prevent children from getting into the water when they're not supervised. Wireless outdoor sensors can also be installed to inform you if a child is near the pool. A first aid kit should also be on hand to tend to any injuries that can occur in the water. Kids should also use life jackets and flotation devices while swimming.

Practice Food Safety

Wash hands and clean the surfaces where you plan to prep food on the holiday. All meat should be cooked with a thermometer used to ensure that it reaches the right temperature to avoid food-borne illness. All leftovers should be refrigerated after two hours and not left outside. Toss out anything that sits outside for too long.

When you want to have a safe and memorable 4th of July, there are several safety practices to follow. With the right caution used, you can protect your family from harm and continue to enjoy the day.


Enjoy Your Summer Fires by Building a Safe Fire Pit

It's finally that time for outdoor BBQs, parties and camp-outs and it's important to always keep safety at the forefront. Whatever type of pit you have in mind, make sure you follow all the rules from proper ignition, to ensuring every last ember has burned out. This will keep not only your family and friends safe, but also those around you, like your neighbors.

Getting Started

Before you start digging to build your summer fire pit, think through the process. Where are you going to build your pit? How deep should you dig? What should you use to create the above ground wall? When selecting your spot, take care not to dig too near other items that would easily flame up. So place your pit at least ten feet from other structures and avoid overhanging branches. It's important that if you are installing a prefabricated pit, you need to ensure your ground is level. Using pavers is a great way to ensure that any burning embers that may escape won't spread to other structures or brush.

When digging your own summer pit, ensure you remove at least one foot of earth. Place large stones or landscaping bricks around the outside edge of your site and cover up at least one foot. Using concrete to secure your bricks will provide a safer, stronger pit. Once you have your pit completed, create a ten foot circumference around it by clearing any brush, leaving only bare earth, or by using pavers to secure the area and help prevent drifting embers.


Enjoying Your Pit

Light your pit before the light is too dim. Twilight is a bit late, but with some skill, you should be able to get it lit. Make sure you have enough water stored near your pit to quickly douse flames. Finally, keep your wood well away from the pit. And it goes without saying, no horseplay should ever happen near the pit. The professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you with any fire disaster--large or small, just as they are there to help you with mold removal. While we would rather you enjoy your summer safely, we are here for you should you experience a fire, or need mold removal after the hoses have completely wet your walls. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always happy to help you restore your home after accidents happen.


Spring Cleaning the Garage: Get the Smell Out

Your car, tools, furniture, and all sorts of things can go in your garage, but if there’s a stink to it, even entering the room can be unpleasant. Fortunately deodorizing the area is relatively simple, so long as you tackle the sources of the smells and keep the area clean. Find out some useful tips below.

1. Remove scent catchers. This means removing wet and old cardboard, papers, and the like. Water in particular can contribute to mold growth and musty odors in general, so it’s best not to leave any of these materials lying around if you can help it.


2. Soak up spills. When oil and other strong-smelling liquids are left to sit, they can make many places unpleasant and unsanitary. You can sprinkle some cat litter on the offending spots to absorb the liquids for easy disposal, or you can proceed to the actual cleaning.


3. Clean! You may go the route of an all-purpose cleanser or a bleach and water solution for tougher areas, but now is simply the time to give the area a thorough cleaning. Pay attention to where smells are coming from so that can eliminate all sources. Smaller spaces like garbage cans will also need to be scrubbed if they’re adding to the odor.


4. Follow up. Though the garage is clean, you still need to keep up the cleanliness. Ventilate it with fresh air for several hours, if not a day, and watch for moisture and temperatures inside. Consider a ceiling fan, especially if you keep pungent chemicals constantly inside. As for keeping the smell away with deodorizers, air fresheners might only be enough to mask scents. Placing deodorants like vinegar, cat litter, or baking soda in controlled amounts can keep the stench away for good.

You probably don’t want any part of your home to stink every time you step inside, and the garage is no different. It isn’t too difficult to aerate and freshen up, so long as you can identify sources and take care of the mess. A little effort will render the room just as clean as pleasant as the others.

If you need professional help, you can call on businesses like SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville to help with the load. Not every odor can be removed quickly and easily on your own, and SERVPRO professionals have the experience and 24/7 access to expedite the process. They'll remove odors at the source and get your home back to normal in no time.


First Steps To Cleaning Up a Kitchen Fire

Kitchen flames can occur suddenly and cause lots of damage; even after the flame is tame. The flame burns anything in its path, soot leaves items covered in gray ash, the smoke damages walls, and the burn odor lingers. Sprinklers add water damage to a destroyed flame, and fire extinguishers spread particles on the flame and unharmed items. After the coast is clear, the cleaning process becomes a time-consuming chore.

It's always advisable to hire SERVPRO of Belle Meade in the Nashville area to handle fire damage.

Begin by gathering cleaning materials. Soap, water, sponge, dry cloth, and scrubber are the obvious necessities, but in a kitchen fire, health risks increase. Therefore, prepare to enter the cooking area with goggles, face mask, and gloves.

To clear odorous smells, open a window and/or door and turn on the fan. Turn the fan in the window or door's direction. Avoid turning on the HVAC; those scents don't leave the home. It circulates the odorous scent throughout the home instead of pushing it outdoors.

The cleaning process varies by how extensive the damage is. First, clean the area where the blaze originated. Afterward, soap and water can clean walls and ceilings containing smoke. Soap and water can clean floors, dishes, appliances, and furniture too. It might take multiple cleans for results.

Cabinets, drawers, and pantries require cleaning attention as well. The closed environment does not provide shelter for items inside or the door outside. Flames can destroy that area too. Open cabinet and pantry doors. Open drawers. Take everything out of cabinets, drawers, and pantries. Be sure to clean the cabinets, drawers, and pantries to remove soot and smoke damage. Clean items that were inside. Return items to cabinets, drawers, and pantries when dry.

With water damage, it's best to wipe wet areas with a dry towel. A fan can speed up the drying process. Ensure hard-to-reach areas get adequate fan air so it won't turn into mold and mildew.

Toss out or throw away furniture, cooking items, dishes, and appliances showing no signs of improvement after two or three rounds of cleaning. Toss out food in appliances, pantries, cabinets, and drawers regardless of whether it was harmed to reduce health risk.

Contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade and one of our specialists will tackle kitchen damage. An uncontrollable flame should not take away from the joy of cooking and family/friend togetherness. We'll make your cooking space look like new.


Eliminating Odors in Childrens Room

It’s time to do a thorough cleaning of your home and as you walk into your child’s room a stench smacks you in the face. You might question what the odor is from, but the main goal is to get rid of the foul smell in the quickest and easiest method available. Odors can originate from all sorts of things including smoke, pet hair and dander, mildew or mold. Take one or more of these measures to get rid of the smell once and for all!

Vacuum
Never underestimate the power of vacuuming. Vacuum carpets and hardwood floors, paying special attention to areas such as corners and against the wall to ensure you get everything from food crumbs to pet cleaned up. Sprinkle carpet deodorizer on carpets and allow it to absorb into the fibers before vacuuming it up. Use the hose to get rid of dust and debris on furniture such as chairs or couches that may be in the room or the curtains. You can also opt to take them down completely and wash them.

Washing
Wash down surfaces to get rid of dust, spilled food or other traces of odor. Wash down walls and take down your light fixtures to give them a good cleaning. The Nashville heat can make the smells worse than they already are. If water damage from mold or mildew is an issue, you may need to seek services from SERVPRO of Belle Meade for professional remediation.

Open windows
Allow fresh air to come into the room by opening the windows. Consider purchasing an air purifier if quality seems to be an issue. Consider putting a long-term air freshener such as a plug-in or auto sprayer to keep it smelling fresh.

Eliminate unpleasant stenches from your home by being proactive in your cleaning efforts. You’ll get rid of the unpleasant smell that your kid seems to be immune from in no time. If you're having difficulty getting rid of the stubborn smell no matter what you do, you might need to seek outside assistance. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help with deodorizing any place in your home large or small quickly at a cost that is affordable to you. 


Tips to Keep Your Vacation Home Smelling Clean

Having a vacation home is a luxury because you can retreat to this spot when you want, and you can also use it as a source of extra income. Imagine, however, that you walk in after some time away to discover a putrid smell. You may also receive a telephone call from renters complaining about the stench. Whether you're spending time there or living at your year-round residence, maintaining a clean smell in your vacation home is imperative.

Use Automatic Air Fresheners

Part of the problem is that you may not get to your vacation home in Nashville enough to evaluate the scent. Therefore, you can set up automatic air fresheners. Models are available that need not be plugged into the wall so you don't have to worry about leaving items in the sockets when you aren't there. While you will need to replace these air fresheners once in awhile, the scent filling the house on a regular basis can create a pleasant aroma.

Hire a Cleaning Service

As long as you are comfortable with having a cleaning team enter the home when you aren't cleaning, you should hire one to come on a regular basis. You may choose to have the service once per week or every other week. If you rent out the house to vacationers, using a clean service is practically a necessity to ensure an enjoyable experience for the travelers.

Handle Major Damage

After a flood, mold may start to accumulate in the house. Even if a flood has not occurred, the property may have issues with mold. Therefore, you can call SERVPRO of Belle Meade to handle the issues. Mold can lead to an unpleasant scent, and it is also bad for health. You should not have to live in a house with mold, and people are unlikely to want to rent a property with mold. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can also help you to deal with other types of damage and scents, such as those ones left by a fire.

Air It Out

While you shouldn't leave the windows open when no one is there, you should open them as soon as you can when you enter the property. A house that hasn't had its windows open in a while can begin to smell and feel stale.

Fortunately, when you learn how to keep your vacation property complete with a clean scent, you can enjoy it even more. 


What to Do if There Is a Water Leak Around a Window

The natural elements can wear down the integrity of a home. Over time, the homeowner may notice leakage around a window, which can possibly result in wood rot, mold and water damage . The longer the leak is left unaddressed, the more the repairs will cost.

Locate the Problem

Even a slow drip can mean that more water is sitting inside of the wall. Once a homeowner notices moisture trickling from a window when it rains, the first step is to carefully look at the wall around the area to find the source of the leak. However, thanks to gravity, appearances can be deceiving; liquid may pool in one place, but that place is not always the leak's origin.

Two common problem areas are the edge and the rubber seal. The gap between the edge and the surrounding wall is usually sealed with caulk. Eventually, the caulk dries out and begins to peel and chip. Like caulk, the rubber seal situated between the panes and frame can ultimately dry out, creating rips in the rubber.

Gauge the Severity of Damage

Depending on the severity of the damage, the window may need to be replaced. A replacement is usually warranted when decaying or softness is found on nearby surfaces. However, even if the surrounding surfaces seem to be structurally sound, the homeowner should not just re-caulk the gaps without getting an expert's opinion on the full extent of the damage.

SERVPRO Can Help

A specialist at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can determine whether any ceiling tiles or drywall have sustained damage. After he assesses the situation, the restoration technician will give the homeowner the best remediation option to make the damage disappear. By acting quickly, the homeowner can prevent expensive repairs in the future. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always ready to help the residents of Nashville and the city's surrounding communities solve their water damage problems. 


Don't Back Away From the Vehicle - Clean it at SERVPRO

If you open the door on your RV or your vehicle and the smell makes you step back a step or two, you are definitely overdue for a good cleaning. SERVPRO of Belle Meade’svehicle and RV cleaning service can deodorize and get rid of those horrible smells.

Whether it is a family car or a family getaway on wheels, it doesn’t take long for the small space to build up odors and become a mess. Food, dirt, pet hairs, and things that are unmentionable or unknown end up in every crack and crevice. Detailed cleaning gets those hard to reach areas clean.

Vacuuming and shampooing the seats and carpets is just the start of the services that SERVPRO in the West Nashville area provides. Getting door jams, trunks and dashboards cleaned right is a little trickier for owners, but SERVPRO has  this covered. Window cleaning is more important than just removing dirt. Streaks that are left behind can impair nighttime driving vision, so drivers want to make sure it is cleaned right and left streak free. Special attention is given to vinyl and leather items, ensuring that they properly cleaned by the professionals.

Traveling with animals? Pet hair and smells can linger even from the cleanest of animals. Shedding allows for the fine hairs to get in the air and travel all through the vehicle. Pet accidents should be cleaned and deodorized to helpdeter pets from using that same spot.

RV cleaning ensures owners that the bathroom is sanitized, the refrigerator is spotless, and the cupboards are clean. Sanitation of the countertops is just as important to us as is it is to you -- SERVPRO of Belle Meade cleans itlike it was our personal vehicle.

Your vehicle might not stink on the outside, but dirt and debris can play havoc on paint jobs and RV roofs. Take advantage of the car or RV wash services toget rid of the elements that can cause rust, stains, and scratches, making your ride last longer.

Whether you live local or coming to visit the Nashville area, SERVPRO is ready to help with all your cleaning and odor removal needs. Don’t be embarrassed. We don’t care what, where, or how long dirt has been there, our qualified professionals can handle odor removal and all of your vehicle cleaning needs. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.


Tips To Transition Your Home From Spring to Summer

It's common for many people to spend more time at home during the summer season as they entertain and bond with the family. Unfortunately, the space can have a lack of functionality and appeal if it's not updated. If you want to transition your home from spring to summer, there are a few important tips to follow.

Add Blackout Curtains

Hang blackout curtains to prevent the heat from transferring into your home which creates a cooler interior setting. The curtains can help to keep your energy costs low and can prevent your HVAC system from working too hard. You can also apply tint to the windows to block harmful UV rays.

Hire Professional Cleaners

Feel proud to show off the quality of your home by hiring professional cleaners who can perform seasonal cleaning that includes wiping down the baseboards or the blades on overhead fans. The cleaners can also deep clean the carpets or remove water residue in the showers for regular home maintenance that will create a comfortable setting to spend time in during the season. You can also hire a professional from a company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville to restore water damage from leaks that developed earlier in the year.

Prepare the Pool

If you have your own pool, you can prepare it for summer use by adding new chemicals and shocking the water to keep it clean. Skim the water for leaves or debris, and scrub the walls of the pool with a brush to remove algae that have developed. You'll also want to vacuum the floor of the pool to remove dirt or grime that is present. Don't forget to check the pool pump to ensure that water is flowing through it. Use a hydrochloric acid mix if the salt chlorinator is covered in white-scale.

Plant Annuals

Brighten up your home by planting annuals that will create a cozy and beautiful setting. Place the plants in areas where there's direct sunlight or use impatiens that can thrive in areas of shade. Place a few lanterns outside that can hold lit candles when you're planning on spending time outdoors in the summer evenings.

Replace the Air Filter

Replace the air filter on your HVAC system to ensure that it operates better during the summer months and to reduce your energy usage on the property. You can also hire a professional to inspect the appliance and perform any repairs that are needed, which will increase its lifespan.


How To Care For Hardwood Floors After Water Damage 

Welcome to SERVPRO of Belle Meade and Nashville. Our company can help restore your hardwood floors after home water damage from storms, major appliance leaks, or malfunctions like a burst pipe.

Whenever you have water damage at home, give us a call. Some jobs need expert equipment and materials to remedy and warped hardwood floors is one of those jobs. If you want to get a start before we arrive, following these tips could help stem the tide of damage.

After removing wet items from the area, use a wet vacuum, such as a ShopVac, to remove as much of the water as possible. Go over the entire area multiple times, because even when you can’t see any more water on the floor, the vacuum may be still working to suction the rest of the water out of small cracks and crevices in the floor. Next, clean the surface with a disinfectant floor cleaner that doesn’t foam or suds. Something like Mr. Clean is a good choice.

Next, put a dehumidifier in the affected area and leave it running for at least a full day to further dry out the area. Also, consider putting fans in the room to help with the drying process. If it’s not humid outside or raining, you can open any windows as well.

When the floor is completely dry, check for signs of mold or mildew, and if you see any, treat it with a paste-like mixture of baking soda and water. Do not use bleach on your wood floors. If you can address the water damage problem right away, it’s more likely you’ll be able to salvage them. According to the EPA, mold can start growing in moist areas within 48-72 hours of the first initial contact the floors have with moisture. Time is critical when drying out hardwood floors affected by water and excess moisture.

Seeking out professional help is a good idea when the problem is in a large area or you think it’s not something you can handle yourself. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has sophisticated commercial equipment that helps pull moisture from underneath the floorboards for effective drying and allowing moisture to be released, even from the smallest of places. Moreover, if the damage occurs as the result of a natural disaster or some other weather event, your homeowner’s insurance may cover all or part of the damages that occur, so keep that in mind as well.


Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Fishing Boat


Marine vessels used for fishing are havens for dirt and bacteria. On the inside, the fish smells linger in the air, and on the outside, mildew and grime cling onto the boat's surface. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has all of the tools needed to clean and deodorize fishing boats; however, those who are willing to do the manual labor can do the cleaning themselves. Review a few tips to get the most out of cleaning and deodorizing your boat.

Choose the Type of Cleaning

The purpose of boat cleaning is to work smarter and not harder. There are more effective methods that don't involve scrubbing over stubborn stains for hours. Hiring professionals is one option that is guaranteed to work every time. Doing the cleaning yourself will save you money, but the results are less effective unless you can afford the high-quality equipment.

Removing Odors Is Possible

Odors are common in boats that are constantly exposed to rotting fish, diesel fuel and polluted water. A lack of routine cleaning is the reason why the smells are unbearable in some boats. On the exterior, some odors are caused by regular encounters with seaweed, slime and floating debris in the water. Mold and mildew are the reasons why some boats emit strong musty smells.

Odor removal is best performed by professional cleaners. Anti-odor products are made to mask the smells and not remove the sources of contamination. Professional cleaners use pressure washing tools that work better than regular scrub sponges and brushes. They have the special equipment to remove particles that are causing odors.

Don't Underestimate the Results

Many boat owners think that boats should be spotless with no cracks or scratches in sight. In reality, boats spend most of their time in unclean, unstable environments. Sailboats are likely to collide with reefs, whales and other vessels. Likewise, hundreds of fish go in and out of a fishing boat, so getting rid of every last fish residue is not possible. Every fishing boat, whether new or used, depreciates in value the moment that it hits the water.

Look for a Nashville service that understands the dynamics of boat cleaning. For a thorough cleaning, include the additional service of odor removal. Cleaning is the first step before you choose other restoration services, such as parts rebuilding, painting and refinishing. Find the ideal company that works on all types of fishing boats in all conditions.


Tips to Make Your Home Smell Like Spring

Even though the Nashville sun makes it feel like summer, spring is still here for a few more weeks. This also means you still have time for Spring Cleaning at home and in your office. Both settings can become musky over time due to lots of factors. If you want to make your home smell like spring, there are a few important tips to follow.

Clean the Carpets

Deep clean the carpets to remove grime and dirt that has accumulated in areas of high traffic. You can also spot clean certain parts of the carpet where wine stains or food have spilled. Shake out any rugs that are in the home outside to remove dust and dirt.

Add Extra Plants

Placing plants in different areas of the home will improve air quality and help eliminate scents and odors. Some of the top plants to use include palms, ferns, and peace lilies.

Make Your Own Citrus Spray

Allow your home to smell like fresh fruit with a DIY citrus spray that you can spritz in different rooms throughout the day. The spray will deodorize and disinfect the home to remove smells in the kitchen or dusty scents in rooms that aren't used as frequently. Use four cups of vodka and peels from two oranges with a few drops of orange essential oils in a spray bottle. Consider adding a few sprigs of rosemary or mint.

Use a Diffuser

Diffusers break down essential oils and release them into the air to create a beautiful natural scent. It's also clean and easy to use instead of dealing with melted wax or burns.

Use a Fresh Bouquet of Flowers

Make it a point to put a fresh bouquet of flowers in an entryway. This will brighten up any setting and allow it to smell like spring. The strongest scents will come from flowers that include roses, gardenias, wisteria, jasmine, and lilacs.

Hire Professional Cleaners

Residents in Nashville can hire the professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade to perform odor deodorization services. Whether it's water damage or mold, we have the tools to rid your rooms of many odors. Smoke from cigarettes or fire damage won't last after our deodorization techniques. You can keep heads in beds whether you work at a hotel or just cleaning your home. Our cleaning will include using commercial equipment that freshens up the space and improve air quality.


Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts in Summer

A few months ago. the heater worked on overdrive keeping your house warm from winter's frosty touch. Now, the HVAC will be in use again, this time keeping the home cool from summer's scorching heat. Between winter and summer is spring when the unit often sits idle. Take advantage of the idle time! SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville can clean your vents and have you ready for the next season.

Maximum Use

During winter heating, air ducts collect dust, debris, and smoke in exchange for toasty heat. The dust, debris, pollen, and other unwanted stuff clog the airflow. Cleaning it now means the heating and air conditioning unit will work at its peak when the air conditioning part of the unit comes on this summer. Do you want to turn on the air conditioner and clean it then? Do you want dust, dirt, and debris returning to the home due to overflow? Both answers are no!

Health Concerns

Garbage in, garbage out; the dirt, dust, debris, and smoke clogging the ducts can reach your throat and nose. A thorough cleaning means breathing in fresh air. This creates fewer chances of allergies and asthma symptoms too.

An equally grave health concern is eliminating mold and mildew from the ducts. Mold and mildew spread spores anywhere in places where it has the best chance of growing. Heating and air conditioning units are no exception. Unclean ducts mean mold and mildew affect fresh air entering your home. In turn, homeowners will deal with mold and mildew symptoms. This is avoidable if ducts are clean.

Pest Control

Warm weather in Nashville encourages bugs to build a nest in your home. They come out looking for a place to stay and select your ducts as the primary home. Insects, vermin, roaches, and small animals burrow inside dust, debris, and dirt as a hiding space. If left unattended, the growing hiding space can become an uncontrollable infestation. When it's finally time to clean it, it will become more than anyone bargained for. A clean duct won't have infestations because the ducts are too clean for pests to hide.

Energy Bills

Expect light or energy bills to lower when ducts are clean. A clean duct equals less time to cool the home at the desired temperature. No roadblocks exist so air goes faster without turning up the controls to do so. The unit is off more often, which translates into lower energy bills.

DIY duct cleaning is not the approach to cleaning out air ducts due to health concerns and pests. Now is perfect timing to spring clean the HVAC unit and our professionals are the primary choice to do this. Give us a call today!


A Clean and Odor-Free Pool

Importance of a Clean Pool

Because pool season is around the corner, many families are beginning to think about cleaning and deodorizing their pool. Most people know that a swimming pool can be home for all types of bacteria, algae, and other unwanted wildlife. Not only are these things not pleasant to have in your pool, they can lead to contamination for those in and around the pool. Cleansing and odor removal of your pool is more important than you might think.

Benefits of Choosing a Cleaning Company

Maintaining a clean swimming pool is harder than you may think. Even if you have the right sized pool filter, it may still be a challenge to get your pool as sanitary as you may want it. Many people choose to use a pool cleaning company to make sure that they have a valid cleansing and odor removal process. A pool cleaning company will not only get the job done, but they will get it done in a timely manner.

Most pool owners are not aware of the knowledge needed to prevent and fix any maintenance problems that may happen with your pool. Companies can check for any problems that may go neglected without a large background in pools. This will end up saving you money in the future in terms of fixing maintenance problems as they come up. Professionals also offer their advice on how to care for the pool before the next time they come back. Their advice is personalized to your specific pool, family, environment, etc.

When professionals come to clean your pool they will also inspect the parts to make sure everything is running the correct way. They will inspect things like the filter, pump, and any other equipment that runs the pool.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is a company that specializes in many residential cleaning services right here in Nashville. We offer a 24-hour emergency service and we're faster to any disaster. Give us a call for a quote on whatever you'd like cleaned today!


Using Blinds to Control the Temperature of Your Home

Heating and cooling costs can pile up. Keeping a house cool in the summer and avoiding heat loss during the winter makes the house livable. Homeowners want to figure out how to accomplish this goal as effectively and cheaply as possible. Here are a few tips from SERVPRO of Belle Meade for homeowners to help keep utility bills to a minimum.

Advanced Technology

Today's blinds are more advanced than ever before. They're also more green than ever before. Windows are one of the most heat and cold sensitive areas of the house. Light, air and heat can seep out when you least expect it. A single draft can cause a lot of energy loss. Heat getting through the windows can make the entire room feel too hot and make it hard to cool the house.

The Blinds

Blinds can help control this issue and offer many advantages. Many kinds of blinds can be used with precise control such as a timer. Controlling the blinds with a timer allows the homeowner to precisely determine how much light is let into the room during the day. Closing the blinds when not home can help avoid increased heat in the space during the summer months. Homeowners should consider keeping blinds up during colder months to allow more light and heat into the house and make it warmer when they get home.

Other Tips

The use of advanced technology is not necessary to get results. A homeowner can choose to use standard blinds but make sure they are installed properly. There should be no gaps between the material. Consider changing blinds depending on the season. Those who live in a four season climate should use darker materials during the winter and lighter materials during the summer. This helps control the amount of light getting into the room. Any homeowner should also consider consulting with a HVAC service. They can also further point out what steps should be taken with the blinds to help the owner use blinds to control the temperature in their home.


Effective DIY Alternatives to Running an Air Conditioner 

Air conditioning is wonderful on a hot day, but it can be costly to operate. With a little creativity and the resources you already have in your home, you can stay cool while saving energy and money. Try these DIY tips from SERVPRO of Belle Meade to your air conditioning costs down!

Windows

Notice which direction the wind is coming from, and open a window that is in its direct line. Next you will want to open a window opposite of this one. You will be creating a funnel effect that will naturally draw the cool air through. Skylights help by causing a chimney effect that creates a steady breeze.

Fans

Placing a fan in the open windows increases the effect. If you don’t have window fans, an oscillating fan in front of it will work as well. Ceiling fans run in a counterclockwise direction also helps.

Close Curtains

The sun beating through the windows will radiate heat into the room and increase the temperature. Closing the curtains prevents this. Follow the sun throughout the day. Close curtains that are letting sunshine in, and open ones that are shaded. This is most effective with heavy drapes.

Cooler Appliances

Consider using a slow cooker instead of your oven during the hottest Nashville months. You can also take advantage of grilling out rather than using the stove top. You will be enjoying delicious summer meals while preventing heat build-up within the home.

An Evaporative Cooler

Evaporative coolers work well in areas with low humidity. It costs half of what it does to run an air conditioner. If you don’t want to invest in an evaporative cooler, you can make a homemade version. Put a block of ice into a bowl, and place it in front of a fan.

Plan Ahead

You can plan for those hottest days by installing awnings over your windows that get the most sun. UV fighting coatings can be applied over the windows too, and planting trees near the house will eventually provide much needed shade.

If you are looking for ways to avoid your HVAC unit this summer, try these simple DIY tips. You’ll be saving money and energy while staying comfortable and cool.


How Does Your HVAC Work?

Everything requires moderation. Whether it is during the hottest days of summer or in the dead of winter in Nashville, it is human to want to moderate the temperatures. Despite us relying on our HVAC for comfort, many don't understand how the system works. If you want to learn more about HVAC systems, read the following blog for insight!

How do different HVAC systems work?

Gravity systems rely on the principle that cold air is heavier than hot air; thus will be at the bottom while hot air rises. Thus, it is not possible to use gravity systems alongside air conditioning systems. They are usually placed in the basement. When you switch it on, warm air goes to the ceiling and heats your house, and when it cools, it sinks and is reheated.
Forced air systems usually takes cold or hot air and pushes it through metal tubes using a blower. Hot air and cold air is forced through different channels subject to whether you are using the furnace or air conditioner. The major drawback of forced air systems is blowouts. With time, the systems undergo tear and wear which can cause the malfunctioning of the blowers.
Radiant systems also have a similar drawback as the gravity system; as they cannot be used alongside air conditioning systems. Radiant heating systems are used to heat all parts of the house, but most commonly, they heat implements that distribute the heat around your home such as radiators.

The following is a list of HVAC parts and how they work:

For you to understand how heating and cooling systems work, you need to know how their parts work. Regardless of the model, these systems comprise of four major parts.

The air conditioner handles cooling the air and is usually placed outside the building. It utilizes either a coolant liquid or electricity to lower the temperature of the air. When it is switched on, it sends cold air inside and hot air outside.
The thermostat controls the system. Usually, it turns the system on or off and controls the temperature. It also operates specialized features that are installed in some heating and cooling systems.
The ductwork consists of channels that enable the transition of cold and hot air in the home. It is fixed in the interior of the building.
The furnace uses various heat sources such as oil or natural gas to heat the air. There is a heat exchanger inside the furnace which maintains the air at the required temperature. Usually, the heater is placed in the basement, attic or inside a specially designed cabinet.

Now that you know how it works, make sure you keep your HVAC in good condition. Schedule routine cleaning with SERVPRO of Belle Meade and keep your air quality and your home or office comfortable!


4 Hard to Remove Smells in the Garage

The garage is one area where smells can really start to build up. Here are four especially hard to remove smells in the garage. It is likely that you have been in a garage with at least one of these smells before.


1. Pet Odors: You love the animals in your home. However, you probably don't love the mess that your beloved animals can leave behind. If your pet likes to spend time in the garage, they could be leaving urine and feces there. It can be tough to detect a pet odor problem until it has started to get out of control. Our company provides deodorization solutions so your garage is no longer at the mercy of pet odors.


2. Mold: A few items in this list are merely unpleasant to deal with. However, mold is extremely dangerous and can grow at a rapid rate. It isn't uncommon for mold to completely take over a home, if measures are not taken. Small amounts of mold within a home are enough to cause illnesses. SERVPRO of Belle Meade specializes in removing harmful mold from your home. Our mold remediation services ensure that this problematic substance is properly handled.


3. Smoke: Cigarette smoke can certainly be a tricky smell to remove on your own. If someone has or currently smokes cigarettes in a garage, it can really leave behind a smell. Like pet odors, if left untreated cigarette smoke odor becomes tougher to remove easily. Smoking for prolonged times can also cause nicotine to form on walls and surrounding areas. In addition to removing the smoke odor, our company can also clean nicotine stained surfaces.


4. Chemical Spills: Whether it is cleaning solutions or food waste, spills happen all the time. Spills in the garage often happen when throwing something away. If a chemical solution has spilled, caution is of the utmost importance. In most cases, these chemicals are filled with ingredients that are dangerous to breathe in. Our company can ensure any and all chemicals spills are removed, without you having to breathe in dangerous chemicals.
In conclusion, there are smells that can prove extremely difficult to remove from a home. However, our team of professionals specializes in cleaning and deodorizing garages all around Belle Meade.


Why Does Your Kitchen Sink Smell?

Since your kitchen is probably the main hub of your home, you want it to be clean and smell as fresh as possible. If your sink is putting off a rank smell, there is cause for concern. A smelly kitchen sink may indicate an overload of bacteria. Some of these bacteria may make your family sick from breathing it.

If you live in the Nashville area, SERVPRO of Belle Meade may be the answer to cleaning and refreshing your kitchen sink pipes. Here are some of the main reasons your sink may be grossing out your family:

Bacteria from Food

Some of the offending smells in your sink may be from bacteria that have made a home in the drain pipes. These minuscule invaders get everything they need to live in your kitchen: water, bits of food, and warmth from the stove. The more they thrive, the worse smell you will encounter.

You do not have to be held hostage by these putrid pests. By pouring ½ cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar down the drain, it will set off a chemical reaction that will kill the yucky bacteria. All you have to do is rinse the sink and drain with hot water after the treatment. There are also commercial disinfectants on the market for cleaning sink pipes. If these do not work, you may need a professional drain cleaning company.

Garbage Disposal Fallout

One of the handiest contraptions in the kitchen is your garbage disposal. It grinds food waste down to tiny particles that will easily pass through the sewer system. Garbage disposals can put off foul smells when these particles build up and decay on the disposal blades. This can also be the consequences of putting fatty meats and stringy veggies down the machine. A quick fix for a ripe garbage disposal is to grind a few lemon or orange peels down it. The citric acid will naturally cut the clogged up grease and will kill smelly bacteria.

Stopped Up Kitchen Vent

If you have cleaned and refreshed your sink and garbage disposal and still detect a foul stench, you might have a clogged vent. You may not realize that there is a vent that leads from your sink pipes to the roof for ventilation. Sometimes, bacteria and other debris can clog the vent from the outside. A professional drain cleaning company can use a snake brush to clear the debris and get rid of the offending smells.

When your kitchen is free from odors, it will be a joy to cook in again. Just take some precautions and give your garbage disposal, pipes, and vent a good cleaning periodically. Your whole family will thank you!


What Are Bed Bugs and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

Bedbugs are insects that were almost eradicated, but have unfortunately made a strong comeback. In fact, there was a report from Orkin placing Knoxville and Nashville on the Top 50 Cities with bedbugs list! These pests are difficult to deal with due to their tendency to hide in places that make them hard to spot. They also have the ability to survive for up to a year without any food! So what are these monstrous bugs and how do you deal with their threat?

What Do Bedbugs Look Like?

Adult bedbugs are oval, reddish-brown colored insects that can be up to 5 mm in length. They resemble an apple seed in both size and shape. Before a meal, a bedbug will appear flat, but changes to a swollen shape and takes on a more reddish hue after a meal.

Where Are These Pests Present?

SERVPRO of Belle Meade has treated various types of properties for bedbug infestations. While these pests prefer environments where humans sleep, such as private homes and hotels, they can appear anywhere. This includes retail stores, movie theaters, office buildings, public transportation vehicles, etc.

Are These Insects Deterred by a Clean Environment?

Unlike other common household pests like cockroaches, bedbugs have no interest in any scraps of food lying around a home, as they exclusively feed on blood, preferably that of humans. They have been seen in all kinds of residences, from rundown cabins all the way to luxury villas, as they can live and reproduce in any indoor location where humans congregate, whether it looks like a complete mess or is cleaned several times a day by a janitorial crew.

However, removing clutter can make bed bugs easier to spot and also helps professional pest control technicians ensure that the product they use gets to all places the pests may be hiding in.

How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Once an infestation takes hold, getting rid of all the bugs is very difficult and is definitely not a DIY project. If you notice signs of bedbugs in your home or commercial property, you should contact us to schedule a professional treatment. If the infestation is particularly severe, several repeat visits may be necessary to ensure that all of the pests and their eggs have been eliminated.


Odor Eliminators vs. Air Fresheners

SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville can address problematic smells in the home, but it’s important to understand that eliminating them goes beyond spraying a fresh scent. The difference between removing and masking scents can have a big impact on your home when the problem is more than a passing stink.

Odor removal and deodorization targets the source of the smell. Whether it’s from mold, leaks, or whatever might give off a smell around your home. This can be inside or outside, and there can be multiple spots and sources involved. This will often call for special training or equipment if the source is serious. A few home staples like vinegar and baking soda can help, but the more powerful and long-lasting the smell, the more likely you’ll need a professional to tackle the issue. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to eliminate odor.

Lingering stenches, as described above, are usually indicative of a bigger problem. Masking smells with air freshener could mean missing a dangerous health risk to your home and family. Additionally, air fresheners can’t eliminate the smell. It might make an area smell nicer for a while, but unless the source is removed, air fresheners simply deposit a scent that won’t last. Overpowering the bad smell won’t clean any affected surfaces, either, so it’s better to address whatever is causing the issue.

Air fresheners offer a quick fix when you can’t identify the source of a smell, but they can end up mixing smells instead of eliminating the bad one. There’s usually more to a stench than the odor itself, so careful consideration of the problem can spare you a lot of unpleasant stinking. In short, if the odor is coming from a place like your garbage can or dirty laundry, air fresheners can offer a temporary improvement. However, when the problem is larger, older, or worse, seek out professional removal and deodorization to get rid of the smell for good. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the choice in Nashville for odor elimination services. Give us a call today!


How Can Dehumidifiers Help At Home?

High humidity can cause many health related issues ranging from the unpleasant to the severe. Optimal humidity levels are between 30- 50%, with around 45% humidity being most desirable. Dehumidifiers help to maintain indoor humidity at comfortable levels. This can both save you money and help you avoid any number of health risks. Here are 3 ways dehumidifiers can help you at home.

1. Helps prevent the formation and spread of mold and mildew

Mildew emits a strong scent, which can permeate an entire home. If you leave your clothes in the washer too long when humidity is high, they can become "mildewy" and need more cleaning. This can pile up huge water and energy bills. Mold can become toxic and even life threatening to people with any kind of respiratory problems. Children and pets are particularly susceptible to the toxic effects of mold and many people have mild to severe allergies to mold. Famed legal personality Erin Brockovich had to spend nearly $600,000 to have her million dollar dream home purged of toxic black mold. Since mold and mildew thrives in warm, moist environments, dehumidifiers help keep them in check.

2. Helps keep you comfortable

As your body temperature rises, your body releases moisture (sweat) to help cool you off. When humidity levels are optimal, your sweat evaporates into the air, leaving you cool and dry. When air molecules are already saturated with water, there is no room for them to absorb further water, which means you run around wet and sticky. Bacteria is another organism that thrives in humid environments. This means minor cuts and injuries are more susceptible to infection. A wide range of minor medical issues can also be exacerbated by humidity such as acne and athlete's foot.

3. Helps your HVAC system operate efficiently

When air molecules are ladened with water, it makes them harder to heat or cool down. Think of a pan of water. A half full pan will heat and cool more quickly and efficiently than a full pan of water. The same is true of air molecules that are half filled with water (humidity is at 50%). A dehumidifier will help your HVAC system heat up and cool your home down faster and more efficiently, which can save you significantly on cooling and heating costs.
If your HVAC or air ducts need cleaning, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade in Nashville. We can help keep your air quality at optimal levels in your home!


Benefits of Mold Remediation 

Excess moisture in your home, whether from a flood, leaky pipe, or high humidity, can lead to mold growth. Once mold grows, it requires a company such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade to safely and completely remove mold and mold spores and prevent its return.

Due to heavy rains and high humidity, Nashville homes are at risk for excess interior moisture. This leads to the growth of mold and mildew in the home. Basements, attics, and crawl spaces are especially susceptible to mold, though it can occur in any area where there is dampness or moisture. Mold remediation ensures that mold is safely and completely removed from an area while also preventing further growth.

Remediation is a multi-step process that requires a certified and licensed professional such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade. It is not safe to attempt as a do-it-yourself task. We can test the areas to see where mold spores are located and what kind of mold is growing to best combat the problem. Once that is determined, technicians seal off the area with heavy-duty sheeting and duct tape to prevent mold from escaping. Then, we remove all objects that can not be clean, such as porous items like drywall that has mold grown all the way through.

After sealing and removing items from the home, work can begin. Technicians use air filtration and professional-grade cleaning agents to start the process. We scrub and clean the area off of non-porous items such as wood and tile. The detergents used are effective and environmentally-friendly and safe for homes and businesses. Once clean, technicians dry the area using fans and dehumidifiers. We also search for the cause of the mold growth if not already treated.

Mold remediation will ensure your Nashville home is safe and healthy for you and your family. If your home has had water damage, whether minor or major, or there are damp or humid areas, it is a good idea to call a professional company to test and see if remediation is required. Call us to set up an appointment today!


4 Hard To Remove Smells in Offices

We spend plenty of time in our offices. Some of us spend more time at work than we do at home so we need our offices to smell pleasant. No one wants to work in an office that reeks of garbage or cigarette smoke.

What if your office has a stink that you can't eliminate? Deodorization, the science of removing particularly tricky smells, can help. And the professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade are the experts in removing the most persistent of foul smells.

What are the trickiest stinks, the most challenging smells to remove from an office. SERVPRO experts list four smells that can be especially vexing.

Cigarette smoke: Most offices are smoke-free these days. But there might be areas of your office that are still havens for smokers. Maybe the scent of cigarette smoke regularly wafts into the office space from a side entrance popular among the office's smokers.

Ask anyone who's ever tried to sell a home: It can be a true challenge to eliminate the scent of cigarette smoke from furniture, carpeting and walls. Sometimes, only professionals can accomplish this task.

Mold and mildew: Has your office flooded? Then you might be dealing with the twin odors of mold and mildew, the common result of water damage. These smells can make an entire office smell sour. Again, removing these smells from furniture and carpeting can prove challenging without the help of professional cleaning services.

Spoiled food: Office kitchens and lunchrooms are breeding grounds for truly awful smells. Who knows how long that casserole on the bottom shelf has been there? And no one even recognizes what's in that tub shoved against the fridge's back wall.

Most refrigerator smells can be eliminated by tossing spoiled food. But sometimes, refrigerators become breeding grounds for offensive bacteria. In such a case, it's time for the office cleaning staff to tackle a deep-clean of your office kitchen's refrigerator.

The shared bathroom: Does your office have a shared bathroom? Then you can bet it is a source of bad aromas. Often, these odors can be avoided with simple air fresheners and common courtesy on the part of office workers.

But some bathroom smells can't just be sprayed away. If your office bathroom is causing serious smell problems, it might be time to call in a professional deodorization service. Again, there are some smells only a professional can tame.


Deodorizing Cigarette Smoke From Lounges 

Many public places, such as restaurants and stadiums, do not allow smoking for health and safety reasons. Some establishments allow lounges for smokers to use in an enclosed place. The benefit of this in that smokers and non-smokers know exactly where smoking is allowed. However, long after smokers leave, the smoke lingers and can be a nuisance to anyone who walks nearby. To keep both parties happy, schedule deodorization visits from SERVPRO of Belle Meade!

Cleanliness Is Important

Staying clean is a common goal for all business owners. Even in a lounge with only one smoker, people can smell smoke from several yards away. In a room with many smokers who come every day, there are smells that linger long after the visitors leave. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has the tools to remove the odors entirely. Last year, we had the privilege of converting The Gold Rush in Nashville into a non-smoking building! It had allowed smoking for 42 years and we transformed it over night!

Time Management Is Important

Some cleaning methods are more effective than others. It takes time to research your options and find solutions that actually work. You are not given the luxury of time as a working professional. You don't always have the time and energy to research the thousands of deodorizers that exist on the market. We already know what works and will tell you what works during our visit.

Customers Choose Established Names

SERVPRO of Belle Meade has a team of restoration technicians that focus on homes and businesses dealing with cigarette smoke. If you have these issues, we have the experience, knowledge and equipment to tackle any job. We remove the odors, not just mask them! Even if you have allowed smoking for 42 years like The Gold Rush!


Lounges with years of lingering smoke and odor cannot be freshened with sprays alone. Should the time come when you need to clean your business, whether for selling or maintenance, and cigarette smoke is involved, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is your first call Nashville!


How To Choose Between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation 

Discovering mold growth in your home can be an awful experience, and if left unchecked, mold can wreak havoc and destruction. Calling in experts to remove the growth can restore the safety of your home before the growth gets out of control. You need to be careful when choosing a professional because some may try to pull the wool over your eyes on how the process works. One of the easiest to catch is hearing “mold removal.”


What happens during this process is not a complete wipe of mold in the home. The reason why is because it’s impossible: mold spores are everywhere much in the same way bacteria is, and they can’t be destroyed in totality. Services who claim they can may either be misinformed or dishonest, so it pays to know ahead of time what you need for your home. A company with the experience and expertise to know the difference won’t lead you astray.

The professionals here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can handle mold growths in home, whether they spring up or worsen over time. The true process is mold remediation, in which the source of the growth is addressed and treated until mold levels reach a safe, natural amount. It takes more than removing mold-infested surfaces and filtering in fungicides, so the root of the problem is the most important thing to tackle.

Even though mold spots look and smell unpleasant, they aren’t going to be the main concern. Any business that eliminates the physical threat of mold alone isn’t doing the whole job, which is why it’s important to distinguish between a “removal” and remediation. The obvious signs of a growth go when the actual cause of the mold goes, so make sure you’re getting the procedure you need done.


If you need an inspection or mold assessment, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call today!


4 Ways to Prevent Mold at Home

Moisture in your home can cause a variety of problems if you’re not careful, and many of these issues are directly related to mold. If your home contains moisture, it might convince spores to grow. You may find issues in your walls, on your floors, or in the darkest and most humid corners of your home. If you live in Nashville, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is who you call for mold remediation. It is a service that helps control unwanted growth at home. If you want to prevent mold from showing up, there are steps you can take to prevent it from growing.

Keep Your Home Dry

Leaks, floods, or any other water damage must be immediately corrected. If this is an issue in your home, you’ll want to have the surfaces and areas dried as quickly as possible. Spores need only a little bit of moisture to cause them to grow and spread. Your job is to keep your home as dry as possible to prevent this from becoming a problem.

Lower the Humidity

Spores and many other things want to grow in humid weather, and that means it’s time to lower the humidity in your home. The humidity level should remain at or below 45 at all times, which is where spores find it too dry to grow.

Ventilate Your Home

When your home is properly ventilated, spores find it more difficult to grow. Your home is much safer if you keep your air ducts clean and properly working. Open windows on occasion and use a humidifier in your home to prevent issues.

Service Your Home

Maintain your peace of mind at home by scheduling an appointment with SERVPRO of Belle Meade. When you have your home checked regularly, it's easier to maintain control of what is growing in your home. However, calling anytime you notice growth is imperative. Schedule a call today!


4 Hard To Remove Smells in Homes

Coming home after a day out ought to mean a sanctuary and place to relax from the demands of the world. Yet it's hard to relax if you come home and experience unpleasant smells invading your space. Some smells are more difficult to remove than others. Let's see how to take care of four hard to remove smells with expert methods of deodorization.

First, any smoke residue needs immediate attention. Whether the source is cigarettes, minor fires or cooking mishaps, smoke is unpleasant. It lingers in areas long after its source is removed. SERVPRO of Belle Meade provides true elimination with state-of-the-art deodorization techniques. Our technicians have several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize unpleasant odors.

Next, mold emits a musty odor that may be difficult to track down. We find the source and define the proper steps to prevent any recurrence. Then we clean any affected surfaces both hidden and obvious. You will notice the difference in your breathing right away. Mold deserves its reputation as a cause of allergens and irritants, so its removal brings relief to all family members including pets.

Speaking of pets, we can eliminate odor attributed to them as well. Our cleaning services sanitize the common living spaces you share with your beloved animals. No need to mask the smell with candles or fragrance because we can neutralize any lingering odor.

Finally, the kitchen produces delectable meals and the occasional water leak or noxious smell. For such an important place in the home, we recommend odor elimination at its finest. We offer 24/7 response to disasters large and small, from the overflowing dishwasher to the untended cooking pot left on the burner. No problem escapes our care because we share in your concern about living in the safe, pleasant home you deserve. So schedule an appointment today and rid your home of the smells robbing your relaxation.


Preventing Lingering Pet Odor

Having pets is a part of life. Having pet odor doesn't have to be. If you love having pets, but can't stand the lingering odors they create, then there are a few things you can do to help eliminate those unwanted odors.

Your carpet can be a big source of lingering odors. Dirt, pet dander, urine, and fecal matter can remain deep inside carpet fibers. Carpet powder only helps deodorize and clean the surface but does little to get in deep. Using a carpet cleaner is more effective but only if you know how to use it correctly. The experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade know how to deep clean your carpet to get rid of any unwanted odors. Their equipment and expert knowledge on carpet cleaning will get the job done right the first time and provide lasting results.

Odors can also linger within the air duct system of your home too. Cleaning the air ducts is a task that should only be left to the experts. SERVPRO has the right equipment to clean out your air ducts and eliminate those lingering odors. You'll notice the difference the first time you use your HVAC.

Pet odors can also linger within the walls and baseboards of your home. Pet urine can be absorbed by the wooden baseboards or absorbed into the gypsum material of your drywall. Priming and painting may not be enough. SERVPRO has the necessary chemicals to clean and deodorize your walls and baseboards.

Choosing SERVPRO of Belle Meade to help with your home's deodorization is the smart choice. Having a pet doesn't mean you have to live with lingering odors. The expert knowledge and equipment of SERVPRO can eliminate all of your home's odors and make it seem like you never had pets at all.


Three Warning Signs of Mold

Nothing sends shivers through a homeowner's spine like mentioning the word "mold." Not only can it cause damage to your home and make it hard to sell, it also can be a health hazard to you and your family. Here are three warning signs of this insidious fungus that you don't want to ignore:

1) Water spots
Any wet spot in your Nashville home can be a potential sign of fungus growth. This can include water spots on your ceilings or walls, or on floors in your basement or crawlspace. If you find evidence of water spots, you need to find the potential moisture source and get it taken care of promptly. Using a highly-recommended remediation company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the best option.

2) Discoloration
If you find a spot on a wall or floor that's discolored, it is a potential sign of mold. Discoloration that is green or black is a definite warning sign of fungus growth. However, any discoloration can mean growth is present, even if it isn't of the tell-tale colors.

3) Bad smell
If you have fungus growth in your home, it can cause a bad smell. Depending on the type of growth and how much of it you have, you could have a very strong smell or one that is faint. It can smell musty or earthy, or it can produce a smell that is more pungent. Any bad smell needs to be investigated.

Mold can be harmful and is not something to be ignored. If you experience any of these warning signs, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade to investigate. Our staff receives extensive training on how to effectively deal with mold infestations. We also have the equipment and start of the art techniques to carry out remediation tasks and keep your home safe and clean.


Tips To Keep Rugs in Great Condition

A new season is almost here in Nashville, and it offers an opportunity to refresh your restaurant. Winter months normally mean windows stay shut, and dirt and grime from boots and heavy shoes gets tracked onto the floor. Similar to how people look forward to spring cleaning at home, you can do the same for your restaurant. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers plenty of services that can help your business start the season fresh!

Clean Your Air Ducts and HVAC

Your air ducts and HVAC unit work hard throughout the winter to keep your customers and employees warm. The ventilation system should be properly cleaned in the spring to make sure the air quality in your restaurant is not poor. If it has not been serviced for some time, your air could be circulating dust, pollen, odors and dirt and debris. Our technicians and equipment can clean out your system and make sure everyone breathes easier in the new season.

Kitchen Cleaning

Checking the hoods in the kitchen is usually a twice a year job, so what better time to start than for spring cleaning. Cleaning the pilots lights (if it is gas) is also a good idea. Just make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions. Empty and sanitize the ice machine, and wipe down walls, ceilings and dry storage areas. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers great commercial cleaning options as well, so give us a call if there are items you want professionals to fix.

Rugs and Carpets

If your restaurant uses rugs or carpet, springtime is a great time to freshen them as well. If the furniture in your restaurant does not often move, tracks from normal foot traffic can start to wear down your rugs or carpets. When they become matted, these items also hold in an abundance of dust and debris that is carried in on shoes. A proper cleaning will get rid of the smells and the dust!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is only a phone call away if you need a professional to help freshen up your restaurant for spring. Get in contact today!


Freshen Up Your Restaurant This Spring

A new season is almost here in Nashville and it offers an opportunity to refresh your restaurant. Winter months normally mean windows stay shut and dirt and grime from boots and heavy shoes gets tracked onto the floor. Similar to how people look forward to spring cleaning at home, you can do the same for your restaurant. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offer plenty of services that can help your business start the season fresh!

Clean Your Air Ducts and HVAC

Your air ducts and HVAC unit work hard throughout the winter to keep your customers and employees warm. The ventilation system should be properly cleaned in the spring to make sure the air quality in your restaurant is not poor. If it has not been serviced for some time, your air could be circulating dust, pollen, odors and dirt and debris. Our technicians and equipment can clean out your system and make sure everyone breathes easy in the new season.

Kitchen Cleaning

Checking the hoods in the kitchen is usually a twice a year job, so what better time to start than for spring cleaning. Cleaning the pilots lights (if it is gas) is also a good idea. Just make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions. Empty and sanitize the ice machine and wipe down walls, ceilings and dry storage areas. SERVPRO of Belle Meade offers great commercial cleaning options as well, so give us a call if there are items you want professionals to fix.

Rugs and Carpets

If your restaurant uses rugs or carpet, springtime is a great time to freshen them as well. If the furniture in your restaurant does not often move, tracks from normal foot traffic can start to wear down your rugs or carpets. When they become matted, these items also hold in an abundance of dust and debris that is carried in on shoes. A proper cleaning will get rid of the smells and the dust!

We’re only a phone call away if you need a professional to help freshen up your restaurant for spring. Get in contact today!


SERVPRO of Belle Meade Tips To Transition Your Home From Winter To Spring

Spring often means entertaining, family BBQs, and having guests in your home. Spring also allows you to spend more time outdoors. The last thing most people want to do when the weather gets nice is to stay inside to do their spring cleaning. That's where it can be helpful to hire SERVPRO of Belle Meade to do the heavy cleaning for you.

Seasonal Cleaning Services in Nashville

After spending the cold winter doors inside with the windows shut tight, spring is the ideal time to freshen up the house. However, once you open those windows, you may notice dust and dirt that has gathered throughout the home. Calling in professionals like SERVPRO of Belle Meade can ensure that your home is clean, fresh, and ready for spring.

What Can SERVPRO Do for Your Nashville Home?

During the winter, the home tends to get grimy from mud and dirt tracked in during wet weather. This can often gather on carpets and upholstery which can lead to stains and discoloration. SERVPRO has the equipment and materials needed to clean your carpet and upholstery to make them look clean and smell fresh. They also perform HVAC and air ducts cleaning services. These are especially important after a long winter because of prolonged usage. Cleaning the air ducts helps to remove dirt, allergens, and dust, to keep it from circulating through the home. People also experience issues with water damage during the spring due to frozen and burst pipes if the temperature drops to extreme lows. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is also experienced in remediation of water damage to get rid of stains and odors.

Why SERVPRO of Belle Meade for Your Seasonal Cleaning?

SERVPRO has professionals who can do a thorough check on your home to provide advice and what cleaning services will be most beneficial. They always use the most up-to-date cleaning equipment and the latest in cleaning materials to ensure the best finished product. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has highly trained technicians and they work in a timely manner to get each job done to exceed customer satisfaction.


SERVPRO of Belle Meade Can Clean Office Buildings Better with Deodorization Techniques

Cleaning is an important part of owning a business. Customers expect and employees expect for a company to ensure the building they shop and work in is clean and odor-free. However, many businesses only schedule cleaning the floors or trash removal on a regular basis. If you want your business to always look and smell its best, it's important that you plan deeper cleaning. SERVPRO of Belle Meade utilizes state-of-the-art deodorization techniques that guarantee a cleaner office.

Deodorization is a deep cleaning process that can completely eliminate odors in a building. This is a process that doesn't just get rid of the surface grime, but makes sure that your building is clean in a way that typical processes can't match.

What SERVPRO of Belle Meade Brings to You

If you need deodorization services in Nashville, you need to call SERVPRO of Belle Meade. Our employees receive certification in the best cleaning and deodorizing techniques in the industry. Our equipment is designed to get your business clean, and to ensure that the deep-down grime and muck is removed. This makes for a more professional clean as well as a longer-lasting process.

Of course, SERVPRO brings with it more than just the right equipment for the job. When SERVPRO comes in, you'll know the job will get done correctly the first time, every time. Because of the company's deep connections to Nashville, you know that they'll always stand behind their work. This isn't just a cleaning company - SERVPRO cares about the work that it does.

If you want bad smells removed from your property, there's only one place to call. Make sure that you always work with the professionals to complete major tasks such as this, as using the wrong chemicals or the wrong techniques might end up making your problem worse. SERVPRO is here to make sure the job is done correctly.


SERVPRO of Belle Meade Can Clean Taxis and Rental Cars Better with Deodorization Techniques

Smells can linger in vehicles and that's not ideal when you rely on passengers for business. If you drive a vehicle professionally, you do not want a potential fare flying out the window of your smelly car. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has a solution for odors in cars.

It can be hard to keep the inside of a cab or a rental car clean in Nashville. As people come and go from the airports, Broadway, and all over the city, they track in mud, dirt, and garbage. That potentially leaves your cars in bad shape. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you to get rid of not only the mess they leave behind and the smells.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade has a deodorization service that can erase foul smells . That means that the car will smell fresh for passengers and they will have a more pleasant experience.

Getting rid of odors in your vehicle is about more than just making your life a bit more pleasant. If you are able to eliminate odors and stains from the interior of the cab, you'll be able to operate on a level playing field with the other drivers. When your taxi or rental vehicle is clean and smells great, it allows your passengers to remember that you provide an important service that can't be matched by someone who only drives part time.

Our deodorization techniques are second to none Nashville. If you want to make sure that your taxi or rental vehicle smells great and gives your passengers the best possible riding experience, make sure that you invest in deodorization. When you're ready to make sure your vehicle has all its unpleasant odors eliminated, give us a call.


Tips For Keeping Your Hot Tub Clean

Nothing can compare to stepping into a nice clean hot tub after a long hard day. A good soak is a great way to relax both the mind and body, but you have to keep your tub clean to enjoy the long-term benefits! Here a few tips from SERVPRO of Belle Meade on how to keep your hot tub clean year round:

A Healthy Tub

It is important to keep the tubs as clean as possible to prevent health hazards. The moist environment can be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth. These can lead to respiratory and skin problems if not taken care of promptly. A complete cleaning should be done on a regular basis. This includes both the tub itself and the cover. Cracks and crevices in and around spas are notorious for bacteria and mold growth.

Stopping Bacteria

Bacteria in spa tubs usually manifests in the form of slime or strong odors. Improper sanitation is almost always to blame for these conditions. Filmy or cloudy water is also an indicator that the tub is in need of professional help. Be sure clean the inside of the spa and also check the filters, jets, and pipes for any bacterial growth. Sometimes it is what can’t be easily seen that is the problem. Regular cleanings and proper sanitation techniques are recommended to keep bacteria at bay.

How often a spa needs to be cleaned is dependent on a variety of situations. Spas that are used on a regular basis require more cleanings, and the number of different people who use the tub is also a factor. Filters are an essential part of any spa tub and need to be changed often to ensure that the system is filtering out unwanted debris. If the filters become blocked, the pump is forced to work harder, which can lead to a complete power failure.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade wants the people of Nashville to enjoy their tubs in a safe and clean environment. Follow these steps along with the manufacturer's guidelines and you'll be warm and stress-free all year long. 


SERVPRO of Belle Meade Tips For Keeping Your Carpet Clean in Winter

Are you one of the people that assumes their carpets need less maintenance during winter? Sure, less mud is tracked into the house, but is that all you need to worry about? Unfortunately, even a short and relatively mild winter can still ruin your carpet. The following tips will save you time and money on carpet maintenance this season.

Start by airing out the rooms in your home regularly. It's tempting to close all the windows, turn up the heater, and keep heavy blankets on hand for the chilly days and cold nights! However, your carpets need to be aired regularly to keep them dry and smelling fresh. Try this technique even on days you don't want to leave your cozy bed. Choose the warmest hour of the day and open the windows. Then close the door to that room. This will help the air circulate while keeping cold air contained!

Another great tip is to sprinkle baking soda on your carpet. Afterwards, vacuum the excess powder. This helps to deodorize your carpet and combat humid conditions. As we know, humidity can increase and spread odor-causing bacteria.

Moisture can easily get onto and into your carpets from the humid air, muddy shoes, wet paws or spills of liquid. Have a dry cloth on hand to blot spills as they happen. When moisture sits and builds on a carpet, bacteria is more likely to multiply.

Be frugal and visit appliance stores during holiday sales to buy a durable vacuum cleaner. To simplify cleaning, invest in a vacuum that lifts embedded dirt and leaves your floor dry. Dont's consider an excess buy as top brand vacuum cleaner is invaluable. It is a one-time buy, so consider it an investment.

Buy a small floor rug that doubles as a decorative mat and carpet protector. The obvious solution to dealing with muddy and wet shoe marks is not to bring them inside the house. Visit any home goods store to purchase a an indoor rug with a rough surface. This surface lets you wipe off more particles and moisture from your shoes. If feasible, keep slippers by the rug so your family can switch footwear easily.

If your carpets soak up an excess amount of moisture, such as during a flood, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call. Our equipment and training will keep your carpets clean and dry year round!


SERVPRO of Belle Meade Cleans Up Nashville

If you run a hotel in or around Nashville, then you know how important it is to offer the cleanest rooms to patrons. Your business runs on customer approval and a good first impression. When travelers walk into a room for the first time, it needs to look clean and smell great! This promotes positive reviews and encourages people to come back again. Allowing SERVPRO of Belle Meade to deodorize your rooms creates great first impressions.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Identifies Odors

Commercial buildings, like hotels, do not always have the ability to open windows and let in fresh clean air. This is one reason SERVPRO of Belle Meade has special deodorization techniques. We have professional staff trained to identify and eliminate difficult odors. Knowing is not only half of the battle, it is part of the solution.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade Handles Odors

We can handle a wide range of offensive odors. Our techniques are specifically designed to restore the room to a comfortable state. Unwanted smells can be trapped in carpets, draperies, upholstery, and even hard surfaces. Covering up the problem with fragrance or simple fresheners is not the answer. State-of-the-art advances in proprietary cleaning have changed the way deodorization can work.

A complete cleaning is the first step to a fresh smelling room. Even vents can be the source of the problem and we check them when there is a persistent odor. This also helps keep the air quality rating at a healthy level. Carpets can trap gases, dirt, hair, and dust which breaks down fibers while causing a musty smell.

A bad smell spells trouble for hotel owners. The professionals at SERVPRO of Belle Meade are ready to take your hotel business to a new level of clean. We can work with you to schedule routine cleanings to prevent offensive odors from taking over any room. Call today for an appointment and quote on a deodorizing plan that will keep customers coming back. Let us identify and eliminate the odor before it becomes a bigger problem for your hotel and your guests. We are just a phone call away!


SERVPRO of Belle Meade Deodorization Services Cleans Rental Properties

When welcoming a new tenant into a rental property, it's important that there are never any lingering odors from the previous tenant. The Nashville and Middle Tennessee population continues to rise at an amazing rate as more people learn about the many great things the city offers. Rental properties are a source of income for many residents here, and competition is fierce for available spaces. You don't want to give people any reason to choose a property over yours, so ensure your rental unit is in top condition. SERVPRO of Belle Meade helps Nashville landlords keep their properties in clean condition and smelling fresh with our deodorization services.

Proper Odor Removal

Why are we the professional service that more property owners trust when they need to get one of their apartments, homes, townhomes or condominiums into move-in-ready condition? It's our level of experience that can't be beat by the competition. Every SERVPRO technician has been trained to not only identify but also eliminate offensive odors inside a room or building, whether they are emanating from outside or inside the structure.

We attend IICRC technical classes so that our employees become experts at removing any and all odors, even trace odors, completely. We don't simply mask odors or take other shortcuts designed to only last for a few days. The powerful combination of training and equipment is tops in the industry. Our professional deodorization services ensure any offensive or strange odors will be quickly identified and properly eliminated.

The Right Equipment

We don't just train our employees. We also provide each of them with the proper equipment to identify and obliterate offensive odors. We use high quality, very effective odor elimination products in the course of our work once we have been able to identify what is causing the odor. We also identify the conditions which are causing the odor to linger on such surfaces as carpeting, flooring, carpeting, upholstery and walls.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Don't hand over the keys to a rental property without giving SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call first for an estimate for professional deodorization services. We are the leading restoration experts in the greater Nashville area for identifying and eliminating offensive odors no matter how serious the odor problem or how persistent the odors have been over time.

Our highly trained technicians have mastered the science of odor detection and proper elimination. When you invest in our professional odor removal services, we guarantee that you will be pleased with our fast and friendly response to your call for assistance, in addition to being 100% satisfied with the ultimate results after our cleaning crew leaves.


Treating Storm Damage with SERVPRO of Belle Meade

When storm damage strikes Middle Tennessee, it is often unexpected and damaging. There must be something about the Tennessee Valley that makes rain and strong winds want to vacation here all year! We love and respect Mother Nature but also recognize she can be a real pain. Those damaging winds and heavy rain can cause huge problems in a hurry. If left untreated, storms can leave permanent effects on your home. If you find yourself needing help in a situation like this, the experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you save your home and get you back to your life.

Storm damage can affect your home in a variety of ways. Water in a home cannot be contained. Moisture looks for a dry surface to penetrate, so it can wick up your walls and expand in your floors. If left untreated, it can affect the integrity of your foundation and can also grow into mold and mildew. Honestly, it doesn't take long for these negative effects to start. Therefore it's important to immediately have damage in your home treated by a professional.

Nashville Services

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville works hard to offer 24/7 emergency clean-up and restoration services. We can restore fire damage, water damage and provide mold remediation. We are also a cleaning company that not only offers traditional carpet, air duct and upholstery cleaning, but also specializes in odor control, bio-hazard environments, sewage and more. We won't just help protect future damage to your home, but we'll get it back to looking (and smelling!) its best.

Nashville Professionals

We only employ trusted professionals. All of our technicians go through restoration training. We perform to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines. The IICRC sets the standards for restoration companies nationwide. We also continue expanding our knowledge and gain new SRT and RRRP certifications. We have also completed the 30-hour general and construction industry training program from OSHA. We work quickly and efficiently so you can be back in your home.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade loves helping the citizens of Nashville, as well as our outlying neighboring communities. You can request help online or call us today at (615) 242-9391. Don't let storm damage ruin your life. We won't even let it ruin your home.


How SERVPRO of Belle Meade can help you recover from Flood Damage

Flood damage can strike when you least expect it. Whether your are dealing with the fallout of another major flood or you have water damage from a leaky pipe, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has the tools and experience to solve your problem. Working with the professionals is not only a good way to keep your space dry, but the best way to reduce the damage that can be caused by flood waters.

If you've lived in the Middle Tennessee region for more than a few years, you know that flooding is a real possibility. From unseasonable rain to issues surrounding the lakes and rivers, your property could be at risk for water damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has great experience dealing with these problems. Our company will not only help you to dry out your damaged spaces, but it will also help you to find any damage that can't be seen with the naked eye. This will help you to avoid further problems from rot and mold while helping you avoid the issues that can decrease the value of your property.

Nashville's First Choice in Residential Water Damage Control

Remember, water damage doesn't only come from floods - something as simple as a leaky pipe can cause major damage in your home. If you find yourself on the wrong side of water damage of any sort, make sure to give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call. We use the same equipment and expertise we use for flood damage to deal with your other water-based problems. They can also help you track down the source of your damage fast. If you're looking to save your home from damage, this is the best way to do so.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the Leader in Water Damage Repair

Whether you are dealing with the fallout of an unseasonable flood or you have a residential plumbing issue that causes a backup, we can help you. The last thing you need when dealing with this type of damage is to worry about the people who can quickly help you, so we only work with the best. Remember, water damage can be hard to spot on your own, and it can be even harder to fix - so don't try to tackle this type of problem without professional help.

If you live in the Nashville or Belle Meade area and need an evaluation, don't hesitate to give us a call!


Saving Lambie and Duckie

We write often about the ways in which SERVPRO of Belle Meade can meet your needs when faced with a cleanup after a disaster. Whether it’s flood damage, sewer cleanup or any other traumatic circumstance, SERVPRO always hopes to help make it “like it never even happened”. And even though the memories of the winter holidays are receding, one family has reason to continue to be thankful, and we were happy to be a part of their recovery story.

The SERVPRO of Belle Meade team received a call for a family who had suffered a devastating fire in their home the Monday after Christmas. These calls are always difficult, but the team wanted to help this family begin to put the pieces together after the disaster. Sometimes, even in the face of undeniably awful loss, something can be salvaged.

SERVPRO began the assessment with the family about the scope of the cleanup and items of loss. During this time, the daughter asked her mother about two particular items: Lambie and Duckie. This little lamb and duck had accompanied her since she was an infant and carried deep sentimental value. Unfortunately, Lambie and Duckie where in a room with a collapsed ceiling. The two keepsakes sat buried beneath soot. The parents attempted to express to their child that Lambie and Duckie were likely gone.

Enter Jeff Sewell, a SERVPRO team member.

Aware of the immense value of this lamb and duck to the daughter, Jeff volunteered to rescue them. Beneath the ashes and soot, Jeff searched for Lambie and Duckie. After some time, the effort was rewarded with a successful recovery. However, the toys were covered in grime and dirt and smelled entirely of smoke. Not giving up hope of a complete restoration, Jeff volunteered to return to the office and “make it like it never happened” for this little girl’s toys.

Back at headquarters, a specially formulated solution for cleaning and eradicating smoke odor was prepared. The solution would not harm the keepsakes but could removed the stench permanently. After the technique ran its cycle, Lambie and Duckie were presented back to the family in recovered condition.

We understand how difficult it can be during the time after such events. That is why we hire good people like Jeff Sewell at SERVPRO of Belle Meade. Jeff wanted to go above and beyond a simple job and made sure a family received the best possible treatment. We always promise to do our best whenever you give us a call!


Smart Decisions To Make To Keep Your Nashville Home Warm 

Winter weather creates challenges for Nashville home owners who want to stay warm, especially during power outages and extreme cold. There are smart ways and not-so-smart ways to achieve this. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has some tips for staying warm while reducing the risk of a house fire.

Before winter begins, have a home heating professional or HVAC service the furnace and fireplace. Finding and fixing problems ahead of time ensures safe and reliable heat in all but the most extreme circumstances. Now is the time to consider professionally installing stationary space heaters which area safer alternative than portable models.

Small “do-it-yourself” projects completed before the thermometer plummets can save money while allowing you to keep the house warmer. An inexpensive and easy project is installing thin foam sheets behind the cover plates of electrical outlets and wall switches. Home improvement stores sell pre-cut sheets to fit nearly any outlet at an affordable price. It may not seem like much, but this will save a surprising amount of heat.

Filling gaps around door and window frames stops heat from leaking from a house. Foam or putty can be pushed into the gaps in a matter of minutes, reducing heat loss and drafts. A can of spray foam can handle bigger gaps under cupboards and in the basement or attic.

Installing insulation in the attic and walls is a bigger project requiring more time and money. Plan to do this during the warm-weather months, and you’ll reap the benefits when it is cold.

If time has run out, portable space heaters can be a godsend if the power goes out during a severe storm. You can keep one or two rooms reasonably comfortable. Unfortunately, these heaters are one of the leading causes of house fires when used incorrectly. For safety's sake, only use recommended fuel types in gas-powered models, and buy only UL-rated electric heaters.

General safety tips include locating portable heaters at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire. This includes upholstered furniture, wall art, storage containers and electrical cords. Turn off the heater when it is not needed or when nobody is available to monitor it, especially at night when everyone is sleeping. Keep children and pets three feet away from the heaters at all time.

Short-term and long-term projects can keep your home warm and safe even in the worst of weather.


Don't Bring Mud  From Last Year Onto This Year's Carpet 

Many New Year's resolutions include plans for making this year better than the last. Perhaps we want to spend more time at the gym for fitness. Maybe reading through the books on your shelf or Kindle is a priority for you. Whichever goal you set for yourself, it is important to not allow perceived shortcoming from the past to affect your progress. That is similar to allowing mud from your shoes to ruin your carpets or rugs! Fortunately, we know all about keeping carpets and rugs clean and that leaves you with one less item to worry about it in 2017!


Many people use the phrase "spring cleaning" to remind themselves that once a year, some form of heavy cleaning needs to take place. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we do recommend a professional cleaning of your carpet every 12 months. However, if your carpet or rugs withstand a heavy amount of foot traffic, then consider preventative maintenance more often.


There are ways to keep your rug or carpet looking and smelling fresh everyday. Regularly vacuuming prevents the dry soil that most carpets and rugs trap from making a home in your home. If you have a furry, shedding, four-legged family member (code-word for pet puppy) as well, this tip is important. Animal hair, gases, oils and other dust settle in carpets and rugs.


Consider moving furniture in an area to create different traffic patterns. This prevents one area of the room from becoming overused and carpet fraying. If you turn the lights off in a room and walk from end of the other without bumping into anything, congratulations! You're a ninja! Also, it might be a sign that your furniture has not moved for some time. But we understand if you like the way your room looks; hey, it's your home and we aren't judging!


Strategic placement of walk-off mats are useful in rooms that have doors that connect to outside. Wipe your shoes and leave them in an area near the door. This works well with young ones who can never seem to find their left shoe when it's time to leave for the dentist.


There are situations that home maintenance cannot handle alone and SERVPRO has plenty of solutions. Our state-of-the-art specialized cleaning methods include:


- Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.


- Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.


- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.


- Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.


- Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.


Whatever mix of professional and home remedy you want to use is great. When it is time for the professionals, make sure SERVPRO of Belle Meade is at the top of your list!


3 Popular Nashville SERVPRO Posts from 2016! Part 2

And we’re back! We hope you enjoyed last week’s look at three of our popular blogs from last year. This week we finish up looking back with three more blogs. Again, it was an honor to serve so many of you in 2016 and we look forward to continuing that service in 2017!
Now onto the posts!

1) SERVPRO of Belle Meade Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Nashville

Last August was special for this franchise as we celebrated 10 years of service to the great city of Nashville. The origin of SERVPRO of Belle Meade is 99% divine intervention and 1% "right place at the right time," as one of owner Rob Dixon's closest friends brought up the idea during a dinner conversation! The rest is history and a self-described rollercoaster of a journey that is only trending upwards.

The SERVPRO brand has a special significance for Dixon as well. His roots in Gallatin also house the SERVPRO international headquarters. The support his franchise receives from corporate team members and fellow SERVPRO managers mirror what his team hopes Nashville feels. Rob loves the sense of togetherness in the Nashville community.

2) Rush Back to The Gold Rush in Nashville!

This was one of our favorite blogs of last year for many reasons. We used our amazing deodorization process to help the company make a huge change!

The Gold Rush Restaurant and Bar is legendary in Nashville. The popular dive makes its way onto plenty of "Top 10" and "Must See" lists in Nashville. Their fantastic bean rolls keep the kitchen humming until late into the night. The establishment is often the place to be after a musical performance at the neighboring Exit/In. Since 1974, the bar has been a staple of the Nashville nightlife, but another staple of The Gold Rush is its status as one of the few bars that still allow smoking inside. Well, that status has changed forever thanks to SERVPRO of Belle Meade.

Recently, SERVPRO turned one of the last bastions of smoking in Music City into a non-smoking business. Overnight. Yes, you read right. Forty two years of cigarette smoke and its dingy residue vanished into much thinner air in one night. The air ducts received a serious cleaning as well. Now, lungs everywhere can breathe easier while gulping down more bean rolls.

3) SERVPRO Supports the 9/11 Nashville Stair Climb

Last year marked the third year that SERVPRO was a sponsor of the memorial event and we are proud to be a part of such a respectful tribute. The Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is an emotional and grueling day as we remember the sacrifices that were made and the families that were left behind.
We at SERVPRO stand firmly with all firefighters and the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities. We can never repay all of the selfless acts performed, so we hope that in this small way, we can say “thank you.”

Thanks for taking a short trip down recent memory lane with us! We look forward to making an even better and bigger impact for the city of Nashville in 2017!


3 Popular Nashville SERVPRO Posts from 2016! Part 1

Welcome to 2017 Nashville! We hope everyone had a great holiday season and the new year has started off on the right path. Last year was a strong one for us at SERVPRO of Belle Meade and for our customers. The feedback on our posts were great and we are excited to bring you even more information and testimonials in 2017! So just for fun, we decided to run down 6 of our favorite posts from the last year - 3 in this post and 3 in the next! So without further ado:

1) SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Honored with Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal

In April, we ran this post about our franchise being honored with the Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal for quality of service. The blog stated:

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville enjoys a track record of documented success, including helping their clients recover faster from disaster. Their goal is to make it look “like it never even happened.” The three major components of their services are emergency response, repairs/construction, and cleaning. They handle the management of the project from the initial emergency response to the final clean up following repairs in order to give their clients peace of mind and the opportunity to focus on their own lives instead of the disaster.

As a participant in BBB's online seal program, SERVPRO is able to display the BBB seal on their website or social media outlets. The online seal will link directly to SERVPRO’s BBB Business Review giving consumers’ added confidence in business practices while demonstrating the company meets and supports BBB Standards of Trust.

2) We Can Uber Lyft Bad Odors Out the Window, Nashville!

In July, we let taxi, Uber, and Lyft drivers know that our fantastic smoke removal process works in cars as well as it does in hotel rooms! So Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers take note: give us 3 hours and you’ll be riding through Music City with the windows down and an odor-free breeze! You’ll be free to cruise Broadway, 12 South, East Nashville, and any other hotspot without the smell of a zillion deliriously happy denizens trailing behind!

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we know how invasive that cigarette odor can be and we know how to give it the boot. We have a few deodorization methods we can employ based on the complexity and severity of the situation. Oftentimes, deodorization results can be achieved quickly, allowing you to get right back to work in Nashville.

Cigarette odors and nicotine staining often require cleaning to remove the source. We use a revolutionary proprietary technology that allows us to treat the car with a safe gas that can eliminate the cigarette smoke odor and other unwanted scents at their source. We still recommend a good cleaning even if the odor and staining are not heavy because a small treatment today can help to avoid a large service later.

3) SERVPRO Is Now An Official WeatherBug Location Nashville!

In July, we also announced our official partnership with WSMV-TV to become one of the 19 official WeatherBug locations for the Nashville area! As a sponsor, SERVPRO is a camera location facing the beautiful downtown Nashville skyline. In segments that feature local WeatherBug perspectives, SERVPRO is one of the rotating camera POVS. Have you seen us on one of the morning segments?

That’s it for part 1, Nashville! The next three will be available soon!


SERVPRO of Belle Meade Rated #1 in Duct Cleaning in Month of September Nashville

As we close out a year of great success, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is excited to be honored with the top ranking in the residential duct cleaning category out of nearly 1700 locations for the month of September! That is incredible and only possible because of our fantastic customers and hardworking employees. The ranking was announced in the most recent edition of SERVPRO’s Newsline magazine and places a cap on a busy 2016.

This past August also marked SERVPRO of Belle Meade’s ten year anniversary of service to Nashville, a milestone that owner Rob Dixon is very proud to achieve. In the blog linked above, Rob tells the story of the idea that created the Belle Meade franchise and some of the events that made the job so difficult, yet a blessing to others - especially the devastating flood of 2010.

SERVPRO of Belle Meade was a mere 3 years old when the flood waters rose. The natural disaster was a sink or swim moment for the franchise. The volume of calls were at an all-time high and it was again 99% divine intervention and 1% hard work that made the team thrive and survive. Additionally, 300 SERVPRO teams from around the country came to Nashville to help the hurting community. The quality of work that those teams performed helped set the standard for a SERVPRO franchise that still exists. In fact, the Belle Meade location ranks in the top 100 SERVPRO locations out of the 1700 spread across the United States and Canada.

The Belle Meade location also received a Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal of Approval in April of 2016. As a participant in BBB's online seal program, SERVPRO is able to display the BBB seal on their website or social media outlets. The online seal will link directly to SERVPRO’s BBB Business Review giving consumers’ added confidence in business practices while demonstrating the company meets and supports BBB Standards of Trust.

SERVPRO Of Belle Meade promises to continue striving for even better results in 2017 to ensure Nashville has the best commercial and residential cleaning option in the United States! Give us a call and see how we can help you in the new year!


Freshen Up Your Business For The New Year Nashville

With the winter holiday season finishing and Christmas right around the corner, most businesses are focusing on the year end goals. Rightly so, as a great percentage of sales occur during these few weeks. Keeping an eye on your marketing and sales numbers for the year is a great idea because it allows you to plan for what needs to occur next year. What could your business do differently? Do you need a fresh start? Let SERVPRO of Belle Meade help clear out the old and bring in the new with a commercial cleaning for your company. Our experts can perform a variety of services to ensure you won’t bring the muck from 2016 into 2017!

As commercial cleaning experts, the staff at SERVPRO of Belle Meade are qualified and experienced in techniques designed to make your office or property look as good as new. We can handle a number of different jobs or sites including:

- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Restaurants
- Hotel/Motels
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
- Government/Military
Many companies employ janitors or cleaning crews to handle the day-to-day maintenance of a property and that is great. However, some jobs require special equipment and techniques to fully tackle and make a great impression. For example, our work with the popular spot, The Gold Rush in Nashville. If you remember our blog, our team transformed the restaurant and bar into a smoke-free operation overnight. Forty two years of cigarette smoke were completely eliminated and the business smelled fantastic.

Another great way to breathe fresh air in the new year is to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned. Over time, air units can circulate pollen, dust, dirt, and debris which your employees and customers breathe. A thorough cleaning will tackle odors and mold and restore efficiency to your system.

Finally, if your property contains carpets, rugs, blinds, or window treatments, consider having them spruced up as well. Routine vacuuming and dusting are great preventative maintenance; but a deep cleaning will do wonders for the image and smell of your business. Even if you are an Uber, Lyft or taxi driver, our cleaning techniques are top of the line!

So give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call and schedule a fresh start for the new year


Winter Heating Tips For Winter Warmth

It seems the temperature finally dropped for good this time, Nashville. So scarves, hats and long coats are officially acceptable items of clothing again. Our region may not see the single-digit numbers other areas plummet to, but that’s fine by us! As we touched on last week, extremely cold weather can present a unique set of problems. If you missed that post, then definitely use the link above and give it a read. We’ll continue our quest to keep you safe and warm this winter with some handy home heating tips directly from Energy.gov.

A stat that maybe should not have surprised as much as it did, is that on average, heating your home typically accounts for as much as 42% of your utility bill. That’s incredible! However, having that knowledge as we head into the coldest season can help plan accordingly.

A sweeping change you can make to immediately see a difference in your monthly bill and your home heating comfort is switching to an energy efficient furnace. This also saves the environment making it a win-win for everyone.

We used a similar list last week, but here are the home heating tips directly from Energy.gov

- Set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and lower the setpoint when you're sleeping or away from home.
- Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as recommended.
- Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
- Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.
- Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
- Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing. When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
- During winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
Also, consider having your air ducts checked for leaks. Poorly insulated air ducts can account for a huge portion of your heating bill if that energy is being wasted especially in unconditioned spaces. Talk to your heating maintenance company before attempting upgrades yourself. If your air ducts have not been checked or cleaned in a few months, consider giving us a call as well. We can make sure there is no debris impeding air flow but giving your air duct system a thorough sweeping clean!

Winter is coming Nashville! Be prepared!


Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter Nashville!

As we continue to list safety ideas for you to consider this winter, we have one today that carries a little more potential for costly damage due to the nature of when and where the disaster can occur. Frozen water pipes in your home can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. Yes, even Nashville winters carry the potential to wreak havoc in homes with frozen or burst pipes. So, let’s make sure you are as safe as possible this season by informing you of some well-known tips and popular tricks to keep your water flowing and your pipes safe and sound.

First, let’s talk about the what, how and and why of frozen pipes. As many of you know, when water freezes it expands. In cases of extreme cold, ice can expand to the point of breaking through or bursting your pipes that have water sitting in them.

Crawl spaces, attics, garages and similar places that are more exposed to the outside temperature without insulation are the most likely areas where pipe breakage will occur. So for these areas, it is important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold. Swimming pools and water hoses are easy areas to begin the process. Speak to plumber about having insulation, or perhaps a pipe-sleeve, added to trouble areas. Keep the garage door closed if water supply lines are inside.

An area that sees potential for loss every year is families travelling for the holidays and pipes bursting when no one will know for an extended amount of time. No one wants to come home from the airport or after a long drive and see water all over the floor or running water trickling to a standstill. But don’t fear, there are ways to prevent these events as well. It is highly recommended to keep your thermostat no lower than 55℉ while away from home. Some sources say even while home, keep the same temperature at night as you do during the day. We will leave that to your discretion as it could result in a higher than normal heating bill but possibly prevent a high repair charge.

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. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you found the area! If you can’t never try something you are not comfortable with. Phone a plumber and have an expert do the work. You can also ask for quotes on proper insulation for your pipes so they don’t freeze again in the future.

Enjoy your holidays Nashville and keep your pipes safe to prevent water damage to your home! If a disaster does occur, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is ready to help.

 


Deck The Halls Safely Nashville!

Now that Thanksgiving and all of its glorious buffet goodness is stuffed behind us, many peopleare looking forward to the upcoming Christmas holiday season. You may have noticed thatretailers started putting out decorations the day after Halloween, but we aren’t fans of skippingholidays! So as you head to the shed or garage where your light displays, Santa’s sleds, elves,red-nosed reindeers, frosty snowmen, oversized gift boxes and trees are stored, here are a fewstatistics and tips to keep in mind before you climb to the roof with thoughts of sugar plum fairies dancing around your head.

● Be sure to use lights that have been deemed safe by a reputable testing laboratory, like UL or ETL.

● When possible choose the cooler-burning "mini" lights over larger bulbs. The older style burns hotter and can potentially start fires.

● Use lights that have fuses in the plugs.

● Inspect each set of lights for damage. Return or throw out any set with cracked or broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.

● Replace burned out bulbs promptly with bulbs of the same wattage.

● Don’t hang lights on a metal tree as it can become become charged with electricity and shock unsuspecting carolers. The tree can also short out the lights and cause a fire.

● Always use outdoor lights for outdoor displays. The packaging will note whether the lights can be used indoors, outdoors, or both.

● All outdoor electrical decorations should be plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter(GFCI).

● Use extension cords properly. Outdoor cords can be used anywhere, but never use indoor extension cords outside.

● Secure outside lights with insulated holders (never tacks or nails) or run strings of lightsthrough hooks.

● When you leave or go to bed at night, turn off your Christmas lights.

Thanks to Rob Brouhard, EMT with VeryWell blog for those tips.

The same concerns should be addressed when considering using candles as well. It is amazing how many injuries are reported during the holiday season due to decorations. Here are a few statistics according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International:

● In 2004-2008, an estimated 1,170 home fires per year began with decorations, excludingChristmas trees. These fires caused an annual average of 8 deaths, 54 injuries, and $19.1 million in property damage.

● Christmas tree and holiday decoration fires result in twice the injuries and 5 times morefatalities per fire than the average winter holiday fire.

● On average, 260 home fires begin with Christmas trees each year, resulting in 12 deaths, 24 injuries and $16.4 million in property damage.

● An additional 150 home fires per year begin with holiday lights and other decorative lighting, causing another 8 deaths, 16 injuries, and $8.9 million in property damage each year.

● Candles started 45% of home decoration fires.

● December is the peak time of year for candle fires.

● Christmas, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Day are the top 3 days of the year for candle fires.

● Roughly 5,800 people per year were treated in hospital emergency rooms for falls associated with holiday decorations. More than half of these injuries were caused by falls from ladders or roofs while decorating outdoors.

● CPSC estimates that each year, about 4,000 injuries associated with electric extension cords are treated in hospital emergency rooms. 50% of these injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from people tripping over extension cords. 13% of these injuries involve children less than five years of age; electrical burns to the mouth accounted for 50% of the injuries to young children.

We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season safely so follow these tips and light up yourneighborhoods Nashville!


Use Your Space Heater Safely This Winter Nashville 

As the months roll on and the winter season approaches, it is important to talk about home fire safety - especially with space heaters. SERVPRO of Belle Meade wants you to remain warm and safe Nashville, so here are some tips and stats on space heaters.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between “2009-2013, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 56,000 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 470 civilian deaths, 1,490 civilian injuries, and $1.0 billion in direct property damage. These fires accounted for 16% of all reported home fires”. Those are astonishing numbers.

Also consider:

Based on 2009-2013 annual averages:

● Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for two of every five (40%) of homeheating fires and four out of five (84%) of home heating fire deaths.

● The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (30%) was failure to clean, principallycreosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.

● Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment tooclose to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, wasthe leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires and accounted for more than half (56%) of home heating fire deaths.

● Nearly half (49%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.

Source: NFPA's “Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment" report by Richard Campbell, April 2016.

So how do you stay safe when using a space heater? Consider these as essential elements for buying.

1) Consider the size. If you are only trying to keep a small space warm then one of the smaller spot heating units should do the trick. If you are attempting to heat an entire room then one of the larger units makes more sense.

2) Check for safety measures. Be sure your heater has a temperature sensor that automaticallyshuts down the unit when it has reached a certain temperature or has been running for a certainamount of time. Just as important is a sensor that detects when it has tipped over.

3) NEVER USE AN EXTENSION CORD. Extension cords will not protect portable space heatersfrom surges and can heat up rather quickly from electric currents causing the extension cord tomelt and create a fire hazard.

4) Look for these symbols as a verification for meeting standards of testing:

5) Handles are especially useful for moving smaller units without risking burning your hands.

6) Thermostats that show room temperature and the temperature of the unit are also useful.

7) Timers are helpful if you just want a quick boost of heat and then the option to shut it offautomatically. This can tempt some people to leave the room while it is running but we do notrecommend that.

8) Make sure the power cord gives you at least 70 inches of length because you can NEVER USEAN EXTENSION CORD!

So Nashville, prevent a fire in your home this winter by following these guidelines when using your space heater!

 


We Can Save Your Wood Floors From Water Damage Nashville!

It brings our team of professionals great pleasure to know that Nashville residents trust us when a dire situation arises. We understand that it’s normally not a happy day when you have to call a restoration or cleanup crew! So, we take great care in ensuring all customers receive stellar service when we make a visit.

We were recently able to help a customer during a stressful situation and the family was kind enough to leave an encouraging review for us! Clarence and his family experienced first-hand how damaging leaking water can be when left unchecked. Rain seeping from a window seal caused their Brazilian cherry hardwood floors to buckle! Our expertise in water extraction saved a hefty repair bill!

Here is their review in full!

“The SERVPRO employees were excellent! They were prompt in resolving our water damage issues. They were very professional and extremely knowledgeable in finding the exact solution to quickly extract the water from our home. In addition, SERVPRO was able to discard and properly treat mold [affected] areas in our home due to high levels of moisture and rain seeping through the window seal, causing our Brazilian cherry hardwood floors to buckle up. We were utterly despaired knowing it would cost thousands of dollars to repair the hardwood back to its original condition. Once again, SERVPRO was determined to assist us in every way possible. They went above and beyond using their top of the line equipment and their highly intelligent staff to eradicate the problem and restore our Brazilian cherry hardwood floors back to their original state. We salute the SERVPRO team and we highly recommend them to get the job done right. We are forever grateful for your service to our family.”

As you can tell, prompt care from our knowledgeable crew were able to help Clarence and his family. We have great tools on hand in case your documents or precious photos are damaged in the disaster too. Luckily, our vacuum freeze drying chamber was not needed for this job. If you have any issues with water damage from rain, floods, leaking or standing water, we can help!

Even if you detect mold in the home due to the damage, we have all the tools necessary to save the day! You can even search for “a SERVPRO near me” in your mobile browser and contact us directly! We’re ready to help so call today!


Water Extraction Services Conveniently in Nashville!

If your home has been flooded due to a natural event, busted water pipe or from a fire, you must act fast. Water damage can cause serious damage to your home and create an environment in which mold can flourish. It is highly important that you contact a water extraction company as soon as possible. The value of your property and the health of your family could be at risk, so you need to ask fast.

Water extraction is a complicated process that must be done right the first time around. If all moisture is not removed from the home, mold could take root and slowly infect your home. Certain types of mold can cause serious health problems for your family and can even be deadly! This mold will often go undetected until health issue starts to come to light. It’s important to ensure that your home is completely free of moisture which will help protect your family from the mold.

If you find yourself in a situation needing water extraction, be prepared to do the following:

1. Move out temporarily.

2. Contact your local water extraction technicians.

3. Examine the carpet.

4. See water removal equipment invade your living space. (The aftermath makes it worth it)

Thankfully, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is a leader in the industry and has helped hundreds of families, just like yours, recover from water damage. Getting your home back to normal as quickly as possible is important to you. So, if you face a serious water issue, why not contact them today? They will work hard to remove the water from your home and help you get your life back. They know just how serious water damage can be. Call now to speak with one of the representatives from the company.


Proper Tree Pruning is a Great Preventative Measure Nashville

As the autumn leaves fall, it can serve as a reminder that our trees can benefit from periodic pruning. There are many benefits to properly trimming so we recommend speaking with an arborist about your specific tree type and what time of year is best. With that disclaimer out of the way, let's talk about the benefits!

Maintaining the structural integrity of a tree is important. Look at it as a preventative measure for for your home. Strong storms can cause the tree limbs and branches to snap and land on your roof if they extend over your house causing damage. Proper pruning can keep the weight of a tree balanced to minimize the chances of a tree falling over. There are even instances of new community developers developing specific tree types *cough bradford pear* because of their poor weight distribution amongst other reasons. To call that tree a safety hazard would be putting it mildly. So, keep your tree well trimmed and it will be healthy as well as beautiful.

Again, speak with a certified arborist to discuss the best time to have your tree pruned. Also, knowing how much of a tree to prune safely is important as fatal damage can be mistakenly caused. Many trees are safe to prune in autumn as it is a dormant season. So the loss of sap is mitigated and the insects that could cause damage are possibly dormant as well.

So Nashville, keep your community safe and pretty by speaking to an arborist about when it is safe to prune your trees. Your roof will thank you!


Rush Back to The Gold Rush in Nashville

The Gold Rush Restaurant and Bar is legendary in Nashville. The popular dive makes its way onto plenty of "Top 10" and "Must See" lists in Nashville. Their fantastic bean rolls keep the kitchen humming until late into the night. The establishment is often the place to be after a musical performance at the neighboring Exit/In. Since 1974, the bar has been a staple of the Nashville nightlife, but another staple of The Gold Rush is its status as one of the few bars that still allow smoking inside. Well, that status has changed forever thanks to SERVPRO of Belle Meade.

Recently, SERVPRO turned one of the last bastions of smoking in Music City into a non-smoking business. Overnight. Yes, you read right. 42 years of cigarette smoke and its dingy residue vanished into much thinner air in one night. The air ducts received a serious cleaning as well. Now, lungs everywhere can breathe easier while gulping down more bean rolls. How was all this achieved in one night without a massive cleanup effort?

The SERVPRO team employs a state-of-the-art proprietary deodorization process that eliminates smoke odor in a safer way than ozone or thermal foggers. SERVPRO uses the same process to turn smoking rooms into non-smoking rooms in hotels. The ability to rid cigarette smoke in this way is a great way to unveil a grand reopening.

So, keep track of The Gold Rush website’s new unveiling via the timer on their homepage and head in to see (and smell) the changes soon!


This month marks the 10 year anniversary of SERVPRO of Belle Meade serving Nashville

During the last decade Rob Dixon and his team have helped many people recover from the low points of disaster. He is so grateful for the support and trust received from the community during this time.

The origin of SERVPRO of Belle Meade is 99% divine intervention and 1% "right place at the right time", one of Dixon's closest friends brought up the idea during a dinner conversation! The rest is history and a self-described rollercoaster of a journey that is only trending upwards.

The SERVPRO brand has a special significance for Dixon as well. His roots in Gallatin also house the SERVPRO international headquarters. The support his franchise receives from corporate team members and fellow SERVPRO managers mirror what his team hopes Nashville feels. Rob loves the sense of togetherness in the Nashville community. That spirit helped the business and the city survive and thrive after a tremendous tragedy struck.

The May 2010 Nashville flood was devastating. Many residents still feel the sting of that disaster. SERVPRO of Belle Meade was a mere 3 years old when the flood waters rose. The natural disaster was a sink or swim moment for the franchise. The volume of calls were at an all-time high and it was again 99% divine intervention and 1% hard work that made the team thrive and survive. Additionally, 300 SERVPRO teams from around the country came to Nashville to help the hurting community. The quality of work that those teams performed helped set the standard for a SERVPRO franchise that still exists. In fact, the Belle Meade location ranks in the top 100 SERVPRO locations out of the 1700 spread across the United States and Canada.

Your support is crucial to our ability to better serve this community. 5 years ago, Dixon purchased its current home near downtown Nashville which enables SERVPRO of Belle Meade to respond to your needs EVEN faster. This is all because you trust and believe in our service. For that we thank you and look forward to the next 10 years of meeting your needs.


Get Your Nashville Home Ready For Autumn

Summer is still in full swing in Nashville, but Autumn will be here soon. These long hot days and nights will give way to cooler temperatures. Every season brings change and a different set of items to stay on top of with your house. Since it is never too early to start thinking about getting your home ready for a changing season, let's start with a quick list of recommended items.

1. Have the roof inspected for leaks or damaged shingles. This summer seems to bring torrential downpours and sweltering heat in alternating amounts. Heat builds up in the attic causing temperatures to rise. It becomes more of a problem when the attic is not vented. If the heat has no place to escape, it can cause your shingles to blister and crack while making it’s way out. Let's avoid that!

2. Power wash any siding. Many HOA maintained communities mandate the cleaning of house siding. Muck and grime can accumulate and leave a horrid green grime stain.

3. Check for wood rot near window seals. Moisture in wood creates an environment conducive to fungal growth and causes the wood’s fibers to deteriorate. So, when water contacts an unprotected wood surface for a long enough period of time, the wood begins to rot.

4. Test your smoke detectors! (Buy them if you own none!) This is important because besides having a hot house, a fire won't warn you on its own. Having these installed may bring down your home insurance as well.

There are plenty of other items you can check, including having your HVAC unit checked. This is just a start, but you can be confident your home is more prepared by following these steps!


Nobody Wants A Moldy Bathroom in Nashville

You may already know SERVPRO employs highly trained mold remediation technicians that tackle commercial jobs large and small. However, mold also appears in homes in various situations. So let’s prevent mold appearing in one place we have seen it often - in your bathroom!

Now, it’s important to understand how and why mold grows in a bathroom to work on preventing its appearance. Bathroom mold is most commonly caused by excessive dampness. So try these tips to keep or clean it out.

1. That sheen of steam on your mirror may be fun to draw letters or cute faces for your significant other but beware! It is important to run your exhaust fan while you shower or bathe. Let it continue to fan out the moisture for twenty minutes after you bathe as well.

2. Squeegee the tile and your bathroom wall to rid it of excessive moisture as well. Also, make sure the tile is waterproofed with a standard grout sealer.

3. If you currently have mold, use the 90/10 water / bleach blend to scrub it away and call the professionals at SERVPRO to check for any unseen mold in your crawl spaces or attics.

Mold is nobody’s friend, so give it the boot and breathe easy again! We are here to handle any jobs!


Pursuit Of Perfection in Keeping Nashville Dry

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always looking for ways to better serve the Nashville community. In this pursuit, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) have declared the Belle Meade team have met the standards and requirements for the Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) title!

Since 1972, The IICRC has certified and developed certifications and standards for inspection, cleaning and restoration. The IICRC also serves as valuable consumer referral source for certified technicians and firms. They provide education and testing in a similar fashion to a university. There are prerequisites that must be met before an individual or a company can gain certification in a particular course or track. The course and description page even resembles a college coursework curriculum! All of this means SERVPRO of Belle Meade always works to exceed industry standards.

Having the ability to offer companies commercial drying is a huge benefit for Nashville businesses of any size. SERVPRO of Belle Meade can dry buildings in a more efficient and effective manner than ever before. This is especially true in emergency situations where businesses need their doors open quickly.

Whether it is a downtown Nashville hotel or a condo complex, SERVPRO of Belle Meade can respond quickly to reduce downtime. Keep our number in your cellphone in case an emergency arises!


SERVPRO Supports the 9/11 Nashville Stair Climb

On September 11, 2016, the 7th Annual Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will take place at William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower in Downtown, Nashville, TN. On that day, 343 firefighters will put on their full gear and climb 110 stories to remember the 343 FDNY Firefighters who died at the Twin Towers.

This is the third year that SERVPRO will be a sponsor of this event and we are proud to be a part of such a respectful tribute. The Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is an emotional and grueling day as we remember the sacrifices that were made and the families that were left behind.

According to the official website by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the 343 firefighters participating in the event will be wearing full gear (from 60 to 80 pounds) and climbing for someone specifically. Each climber will be given a badge to wear with the name and photograph of one of the FDNY firefighters killed on 9/11/01.

Furthermore, 100% of funds raised go to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and are specifically earmarked to help families directly affected by 9/11/01. We at SERVPRO stand firmly with all firefighters and the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities. We can never repay all of the selfless acts performed, so we hope that in this small way, we can say “thank you”.

Registration is open now here.


SERVPRO is Now An Official Weather Bug Location Nashville!

SERVPRO of Belle Meade is proud to announce a partnership with WSMV-TV to become one of the 19 official WeatherBug locations for the Nashville area! As a sponsor, SERVPRO will be a camera location facing the beautiful downtown Nashville skyline. In segments that feature local WeatherBug perspectives, SERVPRO will be one of the rotating camera POVS.

We all watch as intently as our neighbors when those dark storm clouds roll in from the horizon and threaten storms. Believe us, our creeks and gutters fill up just as quickly too! We all live in the same communities. We use the same parks as you when the sun is just right. We also retreat to our homes with the air conditioning when the temperatures inch towards triple digits. That is what this partnership means for SERVPRO. We work and live together in this great state and we want to be more than just a company you call on when things get bad. When you see our green trucks rolling through the streets, give us a wave - unless you’re driving. In those cases, a smile will do just fine as well!

WSMV.com is a great website for checking forecasts, school closings and other weather-related events. Their WeatherBug is prominently featured on its own page with a list of local weather stations and SERVPRO will soon have its name added to the list!

Be on the lookout for us on your local airwaves!


We Can Uber Lyft Bad Odors Out The Window, Nashville!

In previous posts , we talked about the process of removing smoke from hotel rooms and ridding the stench of cigarettes from local businesses. We know there are small business owners as well who rely on their cars for cash and our deodorization process works in smaller spaces as well. So Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers take note: give us 3 hours and you’ll be riding through Music City with the windows down and an odor-free breeze! You’ll be free to cruise Broadway, 12 South, East Nashville and any every other hot spot without the smell of a zillion deliriously happy denizens trailing behind!

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we know how invasive that cigarette odor can be and we know how to give it the boot. We have a few deodorization methods we can employ based on the complexity and severity of the situation. Oftentimes, deodorization results can be achieved quickly, allowing you to get right back to work in Nashville.

Cigarette odors and nicotine staining often require cleaning to remove the source. We use a revolutionary proprietary technology that allows us to treat the car with a safe gas that can eliminate the cigarette smoke odor and other unwanted scents at their source. We still recommend a good cleaning even if the odor and staining are not heavy because a small treatment today can help to avoid a large service later.

Call us with your questions today. We are not afraid to tackle any deodorization challenge and we’re the most effective service in our market in Nashville. Best of all, if our methods prove ineffective in your scenario, we have a money back guarantee.


Clean Your Gutters After Storms Nashville

During Nashville’s long summer days it’s easy to forget that the city is often the recipient of torrential downpours! Air conditioning maintenance and air duct cleaning are essential for the inside of the home, but don’t neglect the outside! Summer rains can bring high damaging winds that can dislodge branches from trees which may look to find a new home...on top of yours! So, it’s essential that after every troublesome storm, an inspection to your rain gutters is performed. It is simple enough - all you will need is a ladder, gloves, protective goggles, water hose and a scoop. Let’s dive in!

Cleaning your gutters can be performed in 3 easy steps:

Climb the ladder and start scooping! Start from the end closest to the drain outlet and remove any debris with your scoop, working away from the drain outlet. For faster cleanup in the end, toss the offending material into a bucket on the ground.

With your water hose in tow, spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This is much easier using a hose with a pressure gauge for high and low power, but any will work just as well.

Check your drainpipes for any blockages. Hopefully any potential blocks are minimized by scooping out the debris before it makes it into the pipes. However, there are instances where the rain storms forced material into the pipes. If you see a trickle instead of a flow coming from your pipes, use the hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet. For harder to reach items, try a plumber’s snake.

Use these quick and easy tips to ensure your rain gutters are ready for any storms Mother Nature wants to throw at Nashville this summer!

Thanks to HomeTips.com !


It’s Hot Outside. Here’s How to Stay Cool This Summer in Nashville

Join us as we continue our series of essential summer maintenance tips with great notes on how to keep your air conditioning unit functioning properly courtesy of Jeff Wilson at DIY Network !

Obviously with the heat raging through Nashville, citizens want to turn the air conditioner up to keep the home infernos down! However, with any appliance, unit or tool that is primarily used seasonally, it is important to ensure nothing damaging occurred during the “offseason”. Luckily, this can be completed in 10 easy steps according to Wilson.

Step 1 - Shut off the power. An easy and often overlooked step. Don’t skip it or you could risk not being around for steps 2 through 9!

Step 2 - Clean away debris. Grab some work gloves and a screwdriver to remove the top enclosure. Dig out the the dead leaves and any offending material.

Step 3 - Spruce the fins. Once the top is removed, use a garden hose to spray the fins from the inside to the out. Not a pressure washer - just a hose - otherwise the fins will spray all over the lawn like a failed fishing trip.

Step 4 - Check the fins for damage. If you didn’t heed our advice in Step 3 (see above), this step will take longer. If the fins need to be straightened use a blunt butter wife.

Step 5 - Clean around the unit. Once everything is reinstalled, sweep away debris and growth around your unit.

Step 6 - Ensure the unit is level. There is one exception: “Service Experts’ Moody adds this exception: “If you have a heat pump system, it’s okay for the pad to be slightly sloped away from the home’s foundation to allow for defrost run-off during the winter.” The last few steps require cleaning inside the unit. If you are not comfortable with these steps, please call a professional.

Step 7 - Clean the evaporator coil with a no-rinse coil cleaner.

Step 8 - Check the evaporator drain.

Step 9 - Change the blower air filter. This should be checked twice a year. Once for summer and once for winter. See that’s easy to remember.

Step 10 - Turn the power back on. This is essential for the unit to work, otherwise all of your hard work will be for naught. If you skipped Step 1, you’re probably not still reading this.

So, with these 10 easy steps you can beat the heat this summer and ensure a cool happy season!


Keep your pool clear all summer!

With another hot summer on horizon, I bet you’re thankful for that backyard pool! If you’re lucky enough to have your own pool, it’s important to keep up on cleaning and maintenance to keep it clear and clean all summer long.

Get on track with these tips from Jennifer Blair, Demand Media :

1. Maintain Chemical Levels

Most importantly, keep the chlorine and pH levels in check. Chlorine keeps your pool clear by killing germs and bacteria that make their way into the water. pH determines how effective the chlorine is, so it’s important to find the perfect acid/base balance. You should test the water in your pool twice per week with water testing kits, such as Home Depot’s 5-Way Pool and Spa Test Kit or the Taylor Comprehensive Test Kit .

2. Administer Shock and Algaecide Weekly

With proper chemical levels, weekly shock and algaecide treatments can help keep your pool extra sparkly. You can find these treatments at your local home improvement or pool supply store. Make sure to read the instructions regarding how much product to use based on the size of your pool!

3. Backwash

Backwashing is the process of cleaning your pool’s filtration system. This is done by reversing the flow of water through the system. You should backwash your system whenever your pool starts to look cloudy or when the pressure gauge reading is 5-7 pounds per square inch above the normal reading (make sure to make note of what is “normal”).

4. Skim Regularly

With pools, it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts. What’s on the outside, or top, matters, too! Regularly (at least daily) skim the top of your pool to remove large debris, such as leaves and bugs, that make their way onto the water’s surface. Not only will it make your pool look more inviting, but it will avoid cloudiness from the breakdown of the debris.


Beat The Heat Nashville!

Tips To Have Your Home Ready For Summer

A quick glance at the weather forecast says Nashville is going to feel the summer heat soon! That means pools opening up, sprinklers out on the lawn, and high air conditioning bills! Everything except high bills sounds like the summer we love. Thankfully, we can help keep that third one as cool as the temperature in your pool with a few tips.

The first step is incidentally the easiest step. Check the filters for your heating and cooling system and ensure they are still in great shape. It’s always recommended to check with the manufacturer's instructions when changing, but a general rule of thumb is when the season changes, so does your filter.

To test your air conditioning unit is running properly, use the “cool” setting on the thermostat, drop the temperature and see what happens. If cool air is not blowing, check the breaker box before calling in a licensed professional for a quick maintenance check. Also, the sooner you call, the greater your chances are of having someone come out. The deeper into summer we go, the deeper down the list you go as everyone tries to have their house serviced. Luckily, you’ll be one of the first!

A few other quick items to check include: checking for holes in the water hose, checking your pool’s pH balance, cleaning ceiling fans, checking outside electrical outlets, and definitely consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat!

Get ready for another hot summer, Nashville!


Nashville Home Air Duct Cleaning Pt. 2 - Customer Tesrimonial

We recently wrote an article about how the air ducts in your home function as lungs. We emphasized the importance of keeping them clean for the health of your home. Today, we have a customer testimonial video giving a glimpse into what it looks like when we come to your home.

The video is a short highlight package of what the customer thought of our work as well some issues we brought to light during the cleaning process. It is amazing how much we can find when we clean inside the areas. Remember, everything we find is potentially something you and your family have been breathing! Even in newer homes, the average amount of time recommended to have your air ducts looked at is every 2 - 5 years.

So watch the video and give us a call when you are ready to see what your air ducts may be hiding!


The Energy Efficient Nashville Home

There are so many benefits to making your home energy efficient. Most importantly, reducing the negative impact your home can have on the environment benefits everyone on the planet! If everyone makes an effort to change one thing with their home, the positive impact would be incredible. Also, the long-term cost savings benefits your bank account as well!

So what does it mean to be energy-efficient?

It is certainly a “buzz-phrase” but being energy efficient simply means reducing unnecessary energy consumption. This is important because our society increasingly relies on gadgets daily. Cell phones, tablets, computers, smart televisions, streaming media players - they all consume energy! These items are etched into our lives and it will take effort to make changes. So let’s start small with these tips.

1. Switch to fluorescent light bulbs. Yes, they cost a little more upfront, but their lifespan can reach 12 years and they use so much less energy. It’s an easy quick fix.

2. Use warm water to clean (instead of hot). The cost of heating the water those few additional degrees far outweighs the cleaning difference. Wash on warm and only with full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine.

3. Plant trees. This is a more long-term investment, but the benefits are plentiful. Shading your home decreases summer cooling bills immensely. Oh and trees help us breathe. That’s kind of a big deal!

4. Purchase energy efficient appliances. Also, an easy fix. When you look for your new oven, microwave, washing machine or dryer, check for the energy efficient seal. It means it has been designed to meet the standards of reducing energy consumption!

5. Lastly, unplug unused devices. Even “standby” uses energy, so when you aren’t using your coffeemaker or toaster or charging your phone - unplug it!

These are just a few of the simple tips we can all use to keep our planet healthy and save a few dollars in the process!


Our Vaccum Freeze Drying Chamber Can Recover Your Important Photos Docments

Water damage can be disastrous in many ways. At home, the pain of a flood or a burst water pipe affects us financially and emotionally. Not only will your family most likely need to temporarily relocate, but looking through the remnants of important flooded papers and cherished photos can be heartbreaking. A note from a high-school sweetheart, a letter from a beloved family member, a last will and testament or even a child’s favorite artwork could all be at risk.

At SERVPRO, we are experts in helping families recover from water damage and that includes document and photo drying. When your valuable paper products are damaged by water in Nashville, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy your documents. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, our Nashville team can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

1. Air Drying

2. Dehumidification

3. Freezer Drying

4. Vacuum Freeze Drying

5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Of course water damage does not only occur at home; our Nashville businesses are at risk from the same flooding waters and burst pipes. Important tax documents, business permits, vouchers and ledgers - we know how important these are to your company and we are prepared to help save those items. We can help recover documents, photos, books, ledgers, blueprints, and more. from hospitals, schools, law firms, engineering firms, libraries, courthouses, and other government buildings.

Our vacuum freeze drying chamber is ready and waiting to pain of flood and water damage behind you and start a speedy recovery. Contact us with questions and concerns - we’d love to help!


Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Nashville Home

Spring is a wonderful season in Nashville. Green leaves return to our trees, flowers begin to bloom and residents emerge from (normally mild) winter hibernation. Suddenly, windows are thrown open and sunlight seeps back into our homes. So, there’s no better time of year to kickstart cleaning.

Drape and blind cleaning are typically performed every two years. However, cranking the heat throughout the winter, smoking indoors and other factors can cause soiling and deterioration on the fabric. Once the shutters are open and that cool breeze blows throughout your house again, make sure the air is free of odor causing particles by either dry-cleaning your drapes or having professional SERVPRO technicians come to your house.

Rug and carpet cleaning can be handled by most competent vacuum cleaners. However, tracking snow or mud or pet paw tracks throughout the winter can build up lots of soil. To preserve and extend the life of your rug or carpet, we recommend having a professional cleaning once every year. SERVPRO professionals have state-of-the-art equipment to make your rug and carpet look brand new. Consider these tips as well:

Preventative maintenance actions include:

- Regular vacuuming

- Spot removal

- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting

- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns

- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

These are just a couple of steps you can take to freshen your home this season. We are including one of our favorite (and colorful) Spring Cleaning Checklists can be found via the link here thanks to freebiefindingmom.com !

Happy Cleaning!


Air Ducts = House Lungs! So Keep Them Clean in Your Nashville Home!

Owning a home is a wonderful experience that comes with huge responsibilities. The list of what needs to be checked is a lengthy one that can honestly seem overwhelming at times – so let us handle a few of them for you! Keeping your house properly maintained ensures you will have a place you love to call home for years.

One area that many homeowners neglect is properly maintaining the air ducts. If you think about what the air ducts do for your home, it is very similar to what lungs do for your body. With that in mind, the industry standard for residential properties is to have the air ducts cleaned every two - five years. This process improves indoor air quality by moving debris within the duct work. It will increase the lifespan of your AC system and make it more efficient.

You may be thinking, “what could they possibly find in these units?.” We are glad you asked!

We have removed things as eccentric as 1950s soda cans (dating from when the home was built), to the more serious discoveries of mold that people never knew existed. Fortunately, not only do we remove debris, we also treat it with an antimicrobial agent to eliminate mold and bacteria. This is a preventive measure that absolutely helps keep your system free of nasty airborne agents.

Do the smart thing and let us keep your house lungs clean. We will ensure your duct work, air handler and system are free of old soda cans and mold. We are equipped to handle any size unit whether you have a residential home that needs care or a building as large as a hospital. If we do find damaged duct-work or maybe the air duct was never connected, we can complete minor repairs such as reattaching them to the vent.

Call us today and let us help you breathe easier!


Cigarette Odor Removal in Nashville

Do you have a friend who smokes and keeps an air freshener in their car? Sure, it’s a quick fix but you know as soon as you leave the vehicle, you’ll smell of cigarette butt as well.

At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we know how invasive that cigarette odor can be and we know how to give it the boot. We have a few deodorization methods we can employ based on the complexity and severity of the situation.

Cigarette odors and nicotine staining often require cleaning to remove the source. We use a new technology that allows us to treat the home or car with a safe gas that can eliminate the cigarette smoke odor at its source, without harming your family. We still recommend a good cleaning even if the odor and staining are not heavy because a small treatment today can help to avoid a large service later.

Also, consider having your air ducts cleaned during our cigarette odor removal service. This treatment will neutralize odors in the air duct system. In the majority of cases, the HVAC system is used by SERVPRO to distribute the deodorization product equally throughout the house, which in turn, removes the odor inside the air duct.

Here are a few examples of how we’ve helped rid Nashville of cigarette odor!

Example 1 - A very well known downtown hotel, recently contacted SERVPRO of Belle Meade to convert 6 smoking rooms into non-smoking rooms. Can you imagine the lingering aroma? Within one day, we were able to convert those hotel rooms to non-smoking units without any trace of cigarette smoke odors. We even recommended taking the smoking signs off the doors as we were leaving. The hotel no longer allows smoking and the General Manager was ecstatic.

Example 2 - A local investor purchased a residential investment property in South Nashville that was heavily affected by cigarette odor. This investor put in some elbow grease and cleaned the walls, ceilings and floors himself before calling us. Using our new technology, we completed an air duct cleaning and overnight deodorization. The property was free of any trace of cigarette scent much to his delight.

Example 3 - Air fresheners and dryer sheets not giving your car that fresh scent? Give us 3 hours and you’ll be riding through Music City with the windows down and a odor-free breeze.

Call us with your questions today. We are not afraid to tackle any deodorization challenge and we’re the most effective service in our market in Nashville. Best of all, if our methods prove ineffective in your scenario, we have a money back guarantee.


Skunk Deodorization: Removing Skunk Funk From Your Nashville Home

You know the smell as soon as it assaults your nostrils. That sulfuric nauseating scent causes you to reach for a tissue, napkin or anything to cover your mouth and nose. It’s bad enough when you’re driving along back roads and it forces you to roll up your windows. Can you imagine that offensive aroma in your Nashville home? We can and we know how to handle the situation.

Firstly, many people are not aware that skunk deodorization could be covered by insurance. Call SERVPRO first to assist you when talking with insurance to have it at least partially and potentially all of the costs covered if you decide to file a claim.

Typically, calls pertaining to skunk deodorization range from:

1. “I let my dog out and he got sprayed by a skunk and came back in and rubbed against our carpet and upholstery and it smells horrible.”

2. Skunks are known to spray under a house - wherever their nest or living space is located. They could also spray in a crawl space for any number of reasons.

3. The skunk is simply near your house and the smell is pulled in through the air duct or in cracks found near doors and windows.

We’ve heard it all and we know how to handle all of these situations and more! Our first step is to remove the source - I.e. the skunk. We do not recommend you doing this yourself so definitely call an animal professional!

Our second step is to determine what needs to be cleaned - furniture, carpet, clothing. The spray oils can cover multiple surfaces and they will all typically need to be cleaned. Also, if insulation in a crawl space has been affected, it may need to be replaced.

SERVPRO uses proven technology for deodorization allowing them to not just mask the odor but completely eliminate the problem at its source. In the past, this process could take several days, but with this new technology, this process can be fixed in a much more timely fashion...even as short as one day in some circumstances.

If you need SERVPRO to handle your skunk funk, you can expect to be out of your house for short period of time while deodorization is in progress. If filing an insurance claim, the company will occasionally pay for food and hotel while the client is displaced. Finally, SERVPRO will properly ventilate your home to ensure you and your family return to a clean and safe environment.


SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville Honored with Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal

Nashville, TN – Recently, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville was honored with the Better Business Bureau Dynamic Seal for the quality of their service.

As one of 19 locations in the Middle Tennessee area, the Belle Meade/West Nashville franchise has been in operation for over 37 years and is now owned and operated by Rob Dixon. During his ownership, SERVPRO of Belle Meade has helped thousands of customers claim their property back by providing quality clean up and restoration services following damage from water, fire and mold.

“We are so grateful to be presented with this award,” stated Rob Dixon. “To be recognized for our outstanding service is quite an honor.”

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville enjoys a track record of documented success, including helping their clients recover faster from disaster. Their goal is to make it look “like it never even happened”. The three major components to their services are emergency response, repairs/construction and cleaning. They handle the management of the project from the initial emergency response to the final clean up following repairs in order to give their clients peace of mind and the opportunity to focus on their own lives instead of the disaster.

SERVPRO is recognized as an industry leader in both the commercial and residential restoration market with over 1,700 locations internationally. The company provides coverage in both the United States and Canada, establishing relationships with major insurance companies, commercial clients and individual homeowners.

As a participant in BBB's online seal program, SERVPRO is able to display the BBB seal on their website or social media outlets. The online seal will link directly to SERVPRO’s BBB Business Review giving consumers’ added confidence in business practices while demonstrating the company meets and supports BBB Standards of Trust.

For more information, please contact Rob Dixon at 615-242-9391, rob@SERVPROofbellemeade.com


5 Ways to Prepare for Rainy Days in Nashville!

Your Nashville home is your most valuable asset so don’t get caught in the rain. Take steps now to secure your property before April showers dampen your mood.

Storms can happen in the blink of an eye with little to no warning. The aftermath of not being prepared can be stressful and costly. Taking the time to address a few key areas of concern can make a huge difference between staying high and dry or up to your knees in water. One of the best things you can do to get prepared is to pretend there is a storm coming right now and take action.

1. Go out and purchase any supplies you may need should you lose power or water supply for a period of time; batteries, a backup generator, bottled water, canned foods and gas just to name a few. By having these items ahead of time, you can avoid standing in line for hours and risking supplies running out.

2. Make sure that you have the proper insurance plan in place. Check on your policy so that you are familiar with what is and what is not covered and to make sure that everything is current.

3. Do what you can to secure your property. Seal up any cracks or gaps around windows and doors and check your roof for any broken or loose shingles. Installing items such as window shutters, garage door braces, and roof clips can all help to protect your Nashville home as well. These resources can be costly but they can save you money in the long run!

4. Take care of the trees surrounding your home. Make sure to keep trees pruned and healthy. Remove any dead branches and trim back any limbs that could become a danger to your house. Overhanging limbs can scrape the roof and damage shingles or can bust through windows. Properly maintaining your landscaping is an easy and necessary task in being proactive against storm damage. So, keep your yard picked up and clear of debris.

5. Also, secure patio furniture and pick up any items such as sporting equipment or lawn items and put them in an appropriate storage space.

Storms are truly unpredictable and sometimes damage is unavoidable. Taking proactive measures can help but also be sure to have the contact information for your local Nashville service company handy should you need help with the aftermath!


Don’t go Undetected in Your Nashville Home!

Protecting your Nashville home or business from fire should be a priority. Smoke and fire damage can be costly and devastating, but there are steps you can take to decrease your risk. Making sure your smoke detectors are in prime working condition is one of those steps that is simple but can have an enormous impact.

Smoke detectors are a key line of defense and in many cases your first warning of danger. First of all, it is important to make sure that everyone is aware of what the alarm system sounds like and knows how to respond appropriately. It is also important to be able to recognize the warning signs of a poorly functioning unit. For example, if a detector begins to “chirp” periodically, the battery is low and needs to be replaced. It is important to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for what kind of battery to use for your specific unit. Installing interconnected smoke alarms is one of the best options for protection due to the fact that when one alarm goes off, all of the alarms go off.

Here are a few more tips to help maintain the smoke detectors in your Nashville residence.

1. Only install smoke detectors that have a label from a recognized testing laboratory

2. Do not place detectors near windows or any area where a draft may prevent the unit from operating properly

3. Make sure you have enough detectors for your space and that they are installed at the proper heights for each room

4. Ensure that they have been installed correctly and that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use

5. Test every detector at least once per month by pressing the “TEST” button on the device

6. Never paint over a smoke detector

Fire and smoke damage can overwhelm your Nashville home or company in very short amount of time. Taking the appropriate precautions to maintain your detectors is an easy and simple step in protecting yourself and your loved ones from harm.

For more information on smoke detector maintainence and fire safety and prevention please visit nfpa.org


Ways to Clean Up After a Small Kitchen Fire in Your Nashville Home

Do you like to cook? If so, you probably know the risks involved when in the kitchen preparing a tasty meal. Sometimes, we can get distracted and leave a hot pot on the stove or item in the oven. These don't typically cause problems unless forgotten about. Especially so, if there is grease involved.

It is recommended to stay alert while cooking. Also, make sure your smoke detector is up to date. Unfortunately, fires still occur and must immediately be put out.

If you live in an apartment, there might be a sprinkler system. If at home, you may have pulled out the fire extinguisher before the fire department arrived. Regardless, there was probably even more damage done when the fire was put out. So, that's why we have put together a check list of what to clean after a small kitchen fire has been put out.

1. Walls and ceilings likely have smoke or water damage. They will need to be wiped/dried thoroughly.

2. Dishes near or involved in the fire may need to be thrown away.

3. Furniture and floors depending on how large the fire was will need a deep scrubbing.

4. If the fire got out of hand, there may be a need for remodeling or replacing of appliances and more.

5. Lastly, there may be hidden places where water is standing. Grab a fan to make sure the area gets completely dry to prevent mold from growing.

While these things may take a few days to clean, they will save you from more damage in the future.


Don't Let a Sprinkler Leak at Your Nashville Residence Get You Down

Now that spring is on its way, you've likely started watering your grass again with an underground irrigation system. This is a great tool for handling the mundane task of preventing your grass from dying of not enough hydration. Unfortunately, not all good things are without problems. It's time to discuss ways to prevent your sprinkler system from having any problems or causing leaks.

What is low head drainage?

This is when the sprinkler continues to siphon water once the system has been turned off. This typically occurs at one of the lowest points in your yard as water drains down to that water spout. According to experts at Sprinkler Warehouse, "If a sprinkler head is located in the lowest part of the system, water will flow out of that head until an equilibrium has been reached or all of the water has emptied out of the zone's pipes."

When this happens, puddles start to form and or water flows across walkways and driveways. This can be prevented by a few adjustments being made to your system or the installation of a drain check valve.

How does a broken pipe occur?

A broken pipe can occur in the main line or lateral line of an irrigation system. In the main line, there is continuous pressure, so if there is a break or leak in this pipe, then water is continuing to run. Unfortunately, this can cause erosion or a wet spot. Attention needs to be made to this problem immediately so that the water line can be completely turned off for repair.

A lateral line reaches different zones in your yard and are under pressure when the system is running. It can be hard to detect a leak because it's only visible when the system is on and you have to notice which zone actually has the leak. Regardless of its location, it too can cause erosion or holes in your lawn. If you notice a leak in your irrigation system, it can be fixed and should be addressed fairly quickly.

Use this information to keep an eye out for any leaks or problems that could arise this Spring.


Tips to Keeping Your Floor Clean in Your Nashville Home

Is your home collecting dirt and germs every time you walk through the door? The answer is yes. Shoes collect bacteria on the soles and can track it straight into your home, but there are a few ways to prevent this. More importantly, there are ways to treat your floor and home if it hasn't been done recently.

Problem:

Some of the bacteria that lands on our shoes can cause a decline in our health if not cleaned. In fact, an EPA study shows that unhealthy herbicides can also be tracked in on our shoes. Don't let this scare you because it can be prevented.

Tip:

Try setting a shoe rack in your garage or right when you walk into your home for shoes to be placed. This limits the exposure of these unwanted germs. It's not a bad idea to clean your shoes once a month to either. Not only will this help eliminate bacteria, but will also make your shoes look better, longer.

Problem:

If you think that your carpet or flooring already has unhealthy herbicides in it, then it may be time for a deep cleaning. Of course this will help kill germs and bacteria, but also get rid of dirt.

Tip:

If you have a steam cleaner, use it to clean your floor. The heat of the water that cleans your carpet will help kill bacteria. If your home is mostly hardwood or tile, grab your mop and the appropriate cleanser to rid your floor of unwanted germs.

Lastly, if you are still unsatisfied, a professional cleaning company can do the job. In either situation, plan to have a good floor cleaning once a month.


Be Prepared to Handle Mold in Your Nashville Home

Part of having your own home is maintaining it and keeping it a safe place to live. We often discuss preventing fires and leaks, but preventing and checkingmold is just as important. Mold can continue to grow and become a serious health problem.

Firstly, it is important to do what you can to prevent mold. Try a structure guard that can help protect surfaces with a sealant. This prevents mold and mildew growth. However, no matter what preventative measures you take, it is still necessary to stay on the lookout and test for mold continually

If you find what appears to be mold in your home, try conducting an at home mold test. Here are the best ones for 2016.If you don't want to conduct a test yourself, you can always contact a mold specialist to perform a professional test. Once completed, it's the results that matter.

What happens if you find mold? Here are our remediation steps to help you.

1. Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville - (615) 242-9391

2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

3. Mold Containment

4. Air Filtration

5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

7. Restoration


Why It's Important to Get Fire Damage Cleaned Up Immediately

It's devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your Nashville house. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority.

The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage that occurred. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem.

Take these action steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire.

1. Contact your insurance company.

2. Contact your local fire restoration company.

3. Take photographs of the damage.

4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.

5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.

6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.

While a house fire is a trying experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So, remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire.


Ways to prevent Nashville cold air moisture from leading to mold in your home

Even though it's cold outside, there is moisture in the air. This moisture can get trapped in your house and cause mold. For example, if indoor air contacts a cold surface, it can cause condensation. That condensation can lead to mold if not cleaned regularly.This can be prevented.

1. Check your ceiling and roof to make sure there are no holes. Even a small hole in the ceiling of a humid home can cause condensation to become frost. Unfortunately, when the sun warms up the roof, this frost melts.

2. Make sure your home does not have any air leaks letting air escape from your home. This should be a routine check because if air leaks, condensation is more easily formed.

3. As spring and summer are on their way, the reverse can happen when the air conditioning is blowing. An air leak can cause air to seep into your home. With this, condensation can build, even on the walls or under wallpaper. Be sure to continue a routine check throughout the year.

Keeping these steps in mind can prevent mold from forming in your Nashville home. However, if you do find mold, be sure to immediately call for help to get it handled properly.


Are you losing money while trying to heat your Nashville home?

Your home may be safe from water leaks and damage, but could still be experiencing air leaks. Air leaks are small cracks or spaces in your home that allow the air to escape, making it harder to keep your home warm in the winter or cold in the summer. As the air sneaks out of the home, it causes your furnace or air conditioning unit to work harder and use more energy to push air consistently throughout the home in order to replace the air that is leaking. There fortunately are ways to take care of these air leaks and remedy your situation. These leaks can be taken care of by weather stripping your Nashville home.

Weather stripping is the act of applying material to joints in areas of your home, such as windows or doors to keep air from escaping. The first step to begin weather stripping is finding the origin or the air leaks. Energy.gov gives a list of some areas of the home to inspect and what material is best to use when blocking these leaks.

Common air leak locations

Interior

- Electrical outlets

- Switch plates

- Door and window frames

- Electrical and gas service entrances

- Baseboards

- Fireplace dampers

- Attic doors

- Vents and fans

Exterior

- All exterior corners

- Outdoor water faucets

- Where siding and chimneys meet

- Areas where the foundation and bottom of the exterior meet

Once you find the origin of the air leaks, it’s important to find the appropriate material to use for weather stripping the specific location of the leak. Vinyl and metal may be more expensive than a cheap felt or foam material, but will hold up and last longer, especially in high traffic areas of the home. Check out the list of 14 different weather stripping options that are available to keep your energy bill low at Energy.gov .


Keeping the carpets clean in your Nashville home this muddy season

The wet season is here, bringing on more than just flood and water damage. This is the time of year that our upholstery and floors get affected most with stains from the mud and dirt that we track in.

Although many stains are better off to be removed right away, mud stains should be taken care of after waiting until the mud dries. Trying to clean mud right away causes the mess to spread, giving you a bigger and tougher stain to clean in the end. Drying the mud with a fan can speed up the process of removal. Cleanipedia gives us tips on how we can effectively remove mud stains and keep our carpet clean this season.

1. Start off by using a vacuum hose to pick up the dry pieces of mud. This will get all of the excess crumbles out of the way to keep from smearing them across the floor. Move the hose gently across the area to ensure that you’re not pressing the dirt deeper into the carpet.

2. There will most likely be some pieces of mud still stuck to the fibers of the carpet after using the vacuum. These remnants left over will need to be removed by scraping them out of the carpet using a gentle object, such as a spoon.

3. Once you’ve scraped the dirt out, run the vacuum hose back over the area to pick up the remainder of the particles. If there are still particles left over, continue to scrape and vacuum until all dirt remnants have been removed.

4. Now that all of the extra mud has been removed from the carpet, there is usually still a stain to be seen unfortunately. There are multiple different methods and removal products to help clean the stain, but even a simple warm water and laundry detergent mixture can do the trick. (Always make sure to try using the solution on a small, unseen portion of carpet first to test it out before applying it to a large area.)

5. Once you have your mixture put together, soak the sponge into the solution and gently dab the area until the stain is completely covered and faded. Let the area dry naturally to see the outcome.

Remember - If you’re still having trouble removing a stain, SERVPRO of Belle Meade is always available to help!


Keeping safe from fire damage while staying warm and cozy in your Nashville home

As the temperature drops throughout Nashville, we find ourselves staying bundled up and inside where it’s warm. This is the time of year when people start to bring out extra sources of heat to warm their home. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) gives us a list of other heat sources available, as well as how to stay safe this winter while using them.

Space heater

- Keep anything that can burn or catch fire at least three feet away at all times.

- Buy a space heater that has an automatic power-off, especially for if the heater tips over accidentally.

- Do not keep the heater on when unattended or while sleeping.

- Plug the heater directly into an outlet instead of using an extension cord or power strip.

Fireplace

- Do not burn paper in your fireplace. This can cause small, burning particles to fly into the living area.

- Keep a screen in front of your fireplace to prevent embers from flying out into the living space.

- Never leave a fire unattended while sleeping or when out of the house.

- When cleaning out the ashes from the fireplace, make sure to dispose of them in a metal can with a lid that’s at least three feet away from your Nashville home.

Wood-burning stove

- The wood-burning stove is treated much like a fireplace with the same rules that apply, but with a wood-burning stove, there is also the chimney that comes into play.

- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a professional.

Read more about heating fire safety at USFA and remember to only use products that are labeled as being tested in a laboratory.


Waterproof the foundation of your Nashville home to prevent water damage

Waterproofing your Nashville home keeps your foundation dry and prevents water and structural damage from occurring over time. According to Enlightenme , there are several ways to waterproof your foundation from the inside and outside of your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Check your home and get it protected before the next storm hits.

Exterior

Drainage – This type of waterproofing method works by having gravel and a drainpipe installed into your landscape to collect the excess water and carry it away from the foundation of your Nashville home.

Waterproofing exterior membranes – These are applied by using a brush or roller directly on the foundation of the home. They are usually made by polyurethane to create a waterproof seal to prevent water from entering the home.

Interior

Drainage/sump pump systems – Drainage pipes and tiles are placed around the perimeter of the foundation to direct water to the sump pump in your home, allowing it to exit the home and flow away from the foundation.

Waterproofing interior membranes – Just as there are materials to waterproof the exterior of your home, there are also materials to protect the inside also. These are applied to the inside walls of the foundation and stop moisture from entering the lower levels of the home.


Make sure your sump pump is working properly in your Nashville home to avoid water damage

Sump pumps are essential to homes that have lower levels. When homes have levels below the sewer line, it can cause water to collect in inconvenient places such as a basement or lower level utility room. Sump pumps ensure that the water drains properly and does not collect in your home causing water damage. Just like any other device, it is important to make sure that the pump is working properly and maintained. EHow gives a list of actions to take in order to check your sump pump thoroughly before the next storm hits.

1. Find the outlet pipe that allows the water to drain outside of your home. Make sure that there aren’t any clogs or damages done to the drain making it impossible for water to exit the home and flow away from the foundation.

2. Locate the sump pump in the lower level of your home and check the inside of it to ensure that the pump isnot clogged with debris. Also, make sure that the pump is plugged in. It is electrical, so if it is not plugged in, it will not run when needed.

3. Since you don’t want to wait for a storm to pass through in order to test out the sump pump, there are other ways to make sure it works before mother nature hits. Slowly pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the pump to simulate if a storm were to hit. As you pour, watch for it to turn on and start pumping the water out of your home. It should start pumping when the water reaches about 8-12 inches below the basement floor.

4. If your sump pump contains a float in the basin, make sure that it is also functioning properly and not caught on anything while running the test. This float is what lets the sump pump know when the water reaches a certain height and activates the pump.

It’s important to test the sump pump every couple of months to ensure that it is working properly to avoid water damage in your Nashville home. Make any necessary repairs and replacements if there are issues that occur while testing the pump.


Protecting your Nashville home from storm damage

Snow isn’t the only thing leaving its mark on our homes this time of year. It may not be springtime yet, but storms are still whipping through cities causing power outages and home damage. According to the National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), damage caused by trees during severe weather, account for over $1 billion in property damage. Broken limbs or trees can cause mass amounts of damage to your property if they make contact. Such damage can be done to roofing, siding, windows and even structure to the home, causing lots of expensive repairs. Unfortunately there is no way to stop the unpredictable weather, but there are ways to prevent damage from happening to your home.

Assessing your tree

The National Storm Damage Center insists on trying to keep trees healthy and surviving as long as they’re not posing an immediate threat, but how do we know if the tree is ready to be taken down or not? There are different ways that a tree can be assessed to give you a better answer to that question.

Broken limbs the larger amount of large limbs that are broken on a tree, the less likely it is to survive or recover from storm damage. This tree is unfortunately probably ready to be taken down.

Amount of limbs broken A tree showing more than 50% of it’s limbs broken or damaged means that it will most likely have a difficult time producing leaves in the upcoming season, therefor making it harder for it to survive.

Leader branch Is the upward-trending branch at the top of the tree broken? Without this branch being intact, it is likely that the tree’s growth will be stunted, making it less likely to survive.

Location – Last, but not least is location. Saving trees is important for our environment, but keeping lives safe is obviously more important to us. The biggest decision on whether to keep a tree in your yard or not is purely the location of the tree. Is it in a location that could cause damage or injury to your home, car or family if it were to break? If so, it is better to be safe than sorry and get it removed before a storm comes through.


Keeping the Air in Your Nashville Home Clean this Winter

Now that the weather is getting colder and we’re nestled away inside our homes, it’s a good time to check your home for certain things that may need to be replaced or cleaned. Take your air ducts for example. Many times, these go unnoticed, but can’t be forgotten. According to Houselogic , the air in your home circulates through the air ducts about five to seven times a day, carrying all of the dust and particles through the air. This is where your HVAC filter comes into play, but this filter can only handle so much.

Reasons for cleaning your air ducts

- Keeping the air clean –This can be important, especially for people with allergies. Getting rid of the dust will ensure that it does not get fed back into the home.

- Ease of airflow – Making sure that your air ducts are clean makes it easier for air to flow smoothly and circulate throughout the house. This also reduces the amount of energy that needs to be used in order to circulate the air.

Methods of cleaning air ducts

- Hand-held vacuum – This can be done by attaching the brush to the end of the vacuum hose. This may be the easiest for some people, but unfortunately not the most efficient. This usually leaves dust behind in places that are harder to reach.

- Mechanical brush – A rotary brush is attached to a mounted vacuum that is fed through the ductwork to suck away debris. This method can be harsher for older systems.

- Air sweep – This is known as the most effective way to get the job done. A mounted vacuum with a compressed air hose is fed into the ducts to get rid of any lodged or stuck debris.


Maintain your Nashville home during winter to prevent mold damage

Although the winter weather has been mild so far, we have to be ready for the harsh weather that January might bring. The cold winds and wet snow not only take a toll on our bodies, but also our homes and belongings. Unfortunately, the wet weather brings on lots of water and mold damage possibilities during this time of year. It’s important to check your home throughout the season to make sure that permanent damage isn’t going unnoticed.

HubInternational gives a list of common household areas to maintain during winter in order to make sure that there is no water or mold damage occurring. These main areas include the roof, basement, windows and plumbing. These are the most common places that water is likely to enter the home and collect bacteria that can possibly turn into mold.

Basement

- Check for water leaks in corners and spaces where the wall and floors meet.

- To remove excess moisture from the air, place a dehumidifier in the basement to decrease the humidity.

Roof

- Keep an eye out for loose or missing shingles.

- Check the seals around any openings in the roof such as skylights, chimneys or vents.

Windows

- Dry any areas that are covered in condensation to make sure that the water does not sit and collect bacteria.

- Check for loose or damaged siding or caulking.

- Ensure that seals around windows are tight and not cracked.

Plumbing

- To prevent exposed pipes from freezing, cover them in insulation to keep from bursting.

- Make sure there are no leaks or cracks in the pipes that will let water out.

- Let water drain from outside faucets and then turn them off for the winter.

- If you’re not going to be near your home for an extended period of time, shut off the water.

Many people wait until spring to fix damages and inspect the home, but the damages have usually already occurred and gotten worse by then. Try to inspect before and during the winter to ensure that you catch any leaks ahead of time and prevent permanent damage to your Nashville home.


Clean out your gutters to avoid flood damage in your Nashville home

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As the temperature drops, we’re starting to see colder mornings and nights that will soon turn into us cleaning frost off of our windshields and making sure that the car is warm enough to sit in on the way to work. With the colder temperature also comes the harsher weather. It gets harder to stay out in the cold during these blustering days, especially whenit’s for housework, but it’s important to stay on top of work that needs done to ensure your home is safe from flood or water damage.

With the gutters sitting way above eye level on your home, people sometimes forget that they need attention. Not cleaning your gutters can lead to excessive damage in the future. They are the important part of your home that keeps water away from your foundation and roof. If they aren’t cleaned properly or on a regular basis, they can clog up and cause overflow of water, forcing it into your home. The backup of material in your gutters can also lead to mold and bacteria growth.

Cleaning your gutters does not have to be done every other week or even every other month. It’s good to clean them biannually. Make sure that there is not a build up of leaves, twigs or even nesting materials from animals that will block water flow.

Depending on the size of your home, it can be an easy and quick process to complete, but obviously a tough job for someone who has a fear of heights. To clean your gutters, you’ll need a ladder tall enough to reach the top of your house, rubber gloves, a small rake, trash bag and a hose. Quicken Loans explains how to clean out your gutters properly with a few simple steps.

1. Set the ladder up so that you’re within safe reach of the gutter.

2. With gloves on, start to remove the debris and either throw it directly into the trash bag or onto the ground to clean up later once you’re off the ladder.

3. Once you’re done cleaning the section that is within your reach, climb down from the ladder and move it to the next section to repeat the same process.

4. Once the gutters seem clear from all debris, hose them down to make sure that there is no extra debris stuck or clogged. This will also show you If there is a leak in your gutters that needs repaired.

If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning your gutters on your own, contact a professional to help you out!


Keep your Nashville home safe from fire damage this year by following these Christmas tree safety tips

The holiday season is upon us and the streets and houses are covered in color. As you drive around the city you can see homes strung with lights, wreathes hanging on doors and trees lit up in windows. If you decide to pick out a real tree this year, remember to keep some safety tips in mind. The National Fire Protection Association gives some tips on how to stay safe while picking out, placing, decorating and disposing your tree.

Picking out a tree

- Pick out a tree that is fresh and not dead or dying. Look for a tree that displays fresh, green needles that don't fall off easily.

Placing the tree

- Before placing the tree in a stand, cut approximately 2” off of the base of the trunk.

- Take a look around the room and make sure to place the tree at least three feet away from any type of heat source including, but not limited to, fireplaces, candles, radiators, heaters or lamps.

- Make sure that the tree is not blocking an exit.

- Add water to the base daily to keep the tree from drying out and causing a fire hazard.

Decorating the tree

- Check the lights to make sure they’re labeled as tested and that you are using them as stated (indoor or outdoor use).

- Replace strands of lights that are worn, frayed or have loose bulb connections.

- Turn off lights before leaving the home or going to bed.

Disposing of the tree

- Get rid of the tree as soon as possible after Christmas. Having a dried out tree in the home is a fire hazard. Check with your local community to see what your options are for disposing the tree properly and safely. Do not leave the tree in the home, garage, or leaning against the house outside.


Stay safe while decorating and entertaining for the holidays

The holidays are finally here meaning lots of food, family, celebrations and decorations. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to prepare for the next big holiday! This time of year can seem like the busiest, from longer work hours to trying to find the perfect gift for loved ones. Don’t let the running around fog your mind. It’s important to keep safety forefront during this time of year to avoid fire damage incidents. RedCross gives some fire safety tips to keep in mind while decorating and entertaining for the holidays.

1. Keep children, pets and decorations away from lit candles

This is the perfect time of year to light your Christmas scented candles to fill the home with a welcoming and cozy aroma. As you're placing your candles around the home, make sure that they are set in safe locations out of the reach of children, pets and decorations.

2. Remain in the home and set a timer while cooking

Cooking is one of the most time consuming tasks around the holidays, so it’s understandable that people try to multitask as much as possible while making meals. It’s easy to forget that something may be in the oven when you have a lot of other things to focus on. Set a timer and make sure to stay in the home when cooking meals.

3. Choose decorations that are flame resistant

There are plenty of decorations to choose from every year and as the years go by, companies are coming up with safer ways to decorate your home. While searching for new decorations, try to find ones that are fire resistant or retardant. Also keep in mind to place trees away from heat sources, exits and water real trees daily.

4. Never leave fireplaces or portable heaters unattended

Sometimes having a portable heater running can go unnoticed or forgotten about. Set yourself a reminder or timer to remember to turn off the heater or fireplace, especially before heading off to bed for the night.

5. Do not light the fireplace where stockings are hung

Many people hang their stockings traditionally over the fireplace every year. As this a great decoration, make sure to not use the fireplace while the stockings are hanging. The smallest ember can fly up and land on a stocking and start a fire.


Keep your Nashville home warm and your heating bill low

Are you having trouble keeping your home warm during the winter, but are still feeling a difference in your wallet from increased heating bills? This may be an indication that your home needs some maintenance, repairs or restoration. Popular Mechanics lists off some ways to cut your home heating bills this winter.

1. Replace worn weather-stripping

The draft and cold air that seeps into the house is usually let in through worn weather-stripping. As the cold air gets in, the furnace works harder to pump warm air into the home to increase the overall temperature. As the furnace works harder, this increases your bill over time. It’s smart to replace the weather-stripping around your doors and windows every few years to save you money and keep the warm air in.

2. Seal air leaks in duct work

Check your ducts for gaps in the seams and corners where the ductwork may have come apart.Energy Star states that the typical house with forced-air heating loses about 20 to 30 percent of air to system leaks, holes and gaps. You can cover these gaps with a mastic sealant or metal tape to seal them.

3. Keep the heating registers clear

Covering up these vents will cause poor air circulation throughout the room leaving it feeling colder than it normally would. Make sure that your vents are clear and able to provide even airflow.

4. Lock your windows and doors

This is a small step that can be easily overlooked, but locking your windows and doors can help keep the warm in and the cold air out. When setting the lock on your door or window, a tight seal forms to keep that cold air out.

These four tips are a good start to helping you save air and money. Check out the rest of the tips that could help you save this winter at Popular Mechanics .


Prevent ice dams from forming on your Nashville roof this winter

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According to Familyhandyman.com , one-third of the heat loss in the average home is due to hot air rising through the ceiling into the attic. If you’ve ever had to go into an attic on a hot summer day, you know that the attic holds in hot air like a sauna. With the hot air compressed under the roof, it causes the roof to warm up and melt the layer of snow on top. Although the attic heat warms up the top of the roof, there is still that cold edge around the home that the heat doesn’t reach. This cold edge is where ice dams build up. The melted snow flows down the roof until it hits the ice dam where it freezes, building up an even bigger dam. The trick to keeping ice dams off of your roof and water damage out of your home this winter is by keeping your attic and roof cold enough to prevent mass melting of the snow. Here are some tricks to keep your roof cold.

- Close up attic bypasses

Most of the heat that escapes to the attic is due to cracks near light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys, or cracks in drywall. Stopping some of those leaks may be tough to reach, but plugging them up with caulk or foam can prevent the hot air from rising into the attic and heating the roof.

- Measure your attic insulation level

Check the depth of the insulation covering your attic to make sure that they meet building code. If there is less than 8 inches, you most likely will need to add more insulation. Most building codes require 12-14 inches of fiberglass or cellulose.

- Increase roof ventilation

Placing vents into your roof will help ventilate the warm air and allow some cool, outdoor air to seep in, keeping the attic at a reasonable temperature. Adding vents can be a tricky task, but if you have experienced ice dams during past winters, try to focus on the areas where they have built up previously.

All of these tasks can be done to prevent ice dams, but may take some experience to complete. Contact a professional to assist with helping you cool down your roof and prevent ice dams from forming this winter.

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Is your Nashville home ready for the cold winter weather?

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The cold weather is back to stay for the next couple of months and it’s time to make sure that your home is ready for it. According to Popular Mechanics, there are steps that can be taken to winterize your home before the cold is here to stay. Taking the time to winterize your home will not only save the energy in your home, but also keep money in your pockets monthly.

- Change furnace filter

This task can be easy to forget, but should be done once a month during the cold season. These filters fill up quickly and without proper airflow, more energy is used when trying to heat the home and in turn costs more money.

- Fill in the cracks

Take a look around your home for any gaps or cracks in seals. Many cracks form at corners, chimneys and where pipes or wires exit along the foundation. Use caulking or weather striping to seal up these gaps to save energy and money throughout your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, simple leaks can sap home energy by 5% to 30% a year.

- Run fans in reverse

Many people either don’t realize that this is an option or just forget to change their fans direction. Running the fan counterclockwise produces a cool breeze, while running the fan clockwise takes the warm air from the ceiling and circulates it back into the room, making the room warmer.

- Insulate your windows

Plastic over your windows does not have to look big, bulky and noticeable. Department stores sell cheap windows insulation kits that help keep the draft out and the warmth in.

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Don’t let frozen pipes ruin your winter holidays

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The cold weather always finds a way to creep up on us, making us bundle up in layers of clothes to keep warm. Although the cold weather is an indication of fun holidays and family get-togethers, it’s also a warning to make sure your Nashville home is prepared to avoid water and mold damage. Don’t let your pipes bursting ruin your holiday fun. Danny Lipford, writer of Today’s Homeowner, shares some tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Insulate your pipes

The pipes located in yourcrawlspace, basement, attic and exterior walls are all crucial locations to insulate. Snap-on foam insulation can be used and secured tightly to make sure there are no gaps and joints in the pipes are completely covered.

Drip faucets

During cold days and nights, it helps to let your faucets drip both hot and cold water to avoid pressure build-up and keep the water moving to prevent freezing.

Heat pipes

Wrapping pipes with UL approved heat tape is a way to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Make sure the tape has a built-in thermostat to prevent from overheating and causing possible fire hazards. Make sure to read instructions thoroughly when using heat tape.

Check foundation

Having cracks in your foundation walls can cause cooler weather to get in and make it more likely for pipes to freeze. Fill the cracks with caulking or expanding foam.

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Reasons to have the carpet cleaned in your Nashville building year round

Carpeting holds many pollutants, dirt and dust follicles making it easy for particles to build up over time. As the rainy season approaches, muddy shoes join right along with it. During the muddy season, it gets tougher to keep flooring clean and prevent stains from surfacing on the carpet. CleanLink.com lists the top reasons to have your carpeting cleaned year round.

- Prolongs the life of the carpeting. As dirt and material gets locked into carpet, it wears the flooring away over time.

- Most warranties for carpet are maintained by having it cleaned using the extraction method approximately every 12-18 months.

- Carpet traps airborne pollutants and allergens, so keeping it cleaned regularly protects indoor air quality.

- Stains and spots are easier to remove and keep the carpet from getting permanently damaged over time.

- Carpeting is easier to maintain. Keeping carpet cleaned regularly keeps from needing deep cleaned often.

- Having clean carpet in a room, especially an office building enhances the overall appearance and atmosphere for workers and customers.

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Ways to control the moisture in your Nashville home to prevent mold damage

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It’s that time of year when the climate is changing rapidly around the country and moisture is filling the air. Many storms and rainfalls are causing flood damage and leaving their mark on homes and buildings. As the water sits and dampens furnishings and materials within the home, it creates an easy breeding ground for mold to live and produce. It’s important to take control of moisture from immediately to prevent the growth of mold and mold damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives some tips on how to prevent mold.

- Ventilation in homes is essential. We see fans in bathrooms and kitchens many times used to ventilate the area. These are important in making sure that moisture does not get trapped in the room.

- Since bathrooms are constantly filling with moisture, it’s important clean them with mold-killing cleaners.

- Be sure to clean furnishings or damp areas within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

- Watch out for any leaks present in the home. Whether it be through the roof, the walls or even the plumbing, this allows more moisture to enter the home and create breeding grounds for mold.

- Many people don’t use carpet in rooms such as bathrooms or basements that are prone to flooding due to the fact that carpeting holds moisture easily. If carpeting or upholstery is damaged by water and is not able to be dried quickly, make sure to dispose of the property as it may be holding mold spores.

- Keep in mind that with the changes in the weather, humidity is likely to range throughout the day from the moisture in the area. Make sure that you’re keeping humidity levels as low as possible in the home. It is recommended to keep levels no higher than 50% throughout the day. Air conditioners or humidifiers can help with this.

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Fire Prevention Week 2015: October 4th – October 10th

Every year, the National Fire Protection Association sponsors fire prevention week where they pick a topic about fire safety to share with communities. This year, the topic chosen was “Hear the Beep Where you Sleep” to show everyone the importance of having smoke alarms installed in every bedroom of the home. According to the NFPA, roughly half of home fire deaths that occur happen from fires that occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are sound asleep.

Smoke alarm safety tips

- Choose smoke alarms that have the label showing that they’ve been tested in a testing laboratory.

- Install smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside of every sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Basement smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling right at the bottom of the stairway.

- On main levels, (such as where the living room or dining room is) install smoke alarms in the main rooms and right where the entrance of the stairway leads to a different level of the home.

- Smoke alarms should be installed at least ten feet from a cooking appliance.

- Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings. If mounted on the wall, they should not be more than 12 inches from the ceiling.

- Interconnect all smoke alarms, so if one goes off, they all go off in the home. This will ensure that no matter where you are located in the house, you will be aware of the house fire. Make sure that all smoke alarms are from the same manufacturer and compatible.

- Remember to always test smoke alarms at least once a month, replace batteries when necessary and make sure to replace the smoke alarms when needed or stated by manufacturer.

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Firefighters climb 110 stories to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

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As we all know, this past month of September holds a special place in our hearts as we remember the lives lost in the tragic event that took place on September 11, 2001. On that day, 343 firefighters lost their lives in attempt to rescue the ones stuck on the top floors of the Twin Tower buildings. To reach the fire and the people waiting to be rescued, the firefighters had to climb 110 stories in full uniform.Since this day, many groups and organizations have come together to raise money for the families directly affected by this event. SERVPRO of Belle Meade is honored to sponsor the Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb event as people gather to honor the fallen firefighters and raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

This year, on September 15th, was the 6th annual Nashville stair climb, where 343 local firefighters raised money and registered to climb 110 stories in full gear (60-80 pounds) up the William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower. Each participant is given a badge to wear during the climb, showing the name and photograph of one of the FDNY firefighters killed on September 11th, 2001.100% of the funds raised at the event will be given to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to help the families directly affected by the ones lost back in 2001.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created by congress to lead a nationwide effort in order to honor America’s fallen firefighters. According to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation official website at firehero.org, the foundation’s mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Check the Foundation’s site to find an event near you to help support our fallen firefighters.

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Avoid fire hazards while trying to stay warm as the Fall weather settles in

As we can all tell by the weather, we’re starting to experience the cooler weather now that Fall has approached. This unfortunately means more time inside, as we get further into the year. As we spend more time inside trying to stay warm, it’s important to remember the safety precautions to take in order avoid potential fire hazards and fire damage. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) put together Fall season safety tips to keep in mind as the weather gets cooler.

Fall Safety Tips

- Most people enjoy the feeling of being snuggled up in a warm blanket, as the weather turns chilly, but take proper precautions when using electrical blankets. Do not place the electric blanket under a mattress or child and always make sure that it is exposed instead of being covered by other blankets or comforters. Also never let pets sleep on an electric blanket.

A. Look for dark, charred or frayed spots on the blanket or near the electrical cord. This could indicate damage and could potentially cause a fire.

B. Never fold electrical blankets when in use. This can lead to overheating and fire damage.

C. Do not leave blankets unattended or when sleeping.

- Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture and use only weatherproof electrical devices for your outdoor activities.

- This is the time to start putting away the warm weather tools and swap them out for the tools that are needed for the colder weather. Check your equipment ahead of time to make sure there is no wear and tear in the cords and if there are, make sure to get them replaced to avoid electrical hazard.

- Keep dry leaves away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.

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Don’t let the electrical system in your Nashville home cause fire damage

Most of us have grown up using electricity just about every day of our lives. Whether it is plugging in a toaster, watching TV, or even charging a laptop or phone, we’re surrounded by it. Electricity is essential, but can be a huge hazard to us if not used and maintained properly. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (Esfi.org), home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in property damage. 65% of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors. ESFI gave a list of some electrical fire safety tips to keep you and your family informed on the proper electrical safety precautions.

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

- Make sure that there are smoke detectors installed on every floor of the building, inside each room and right outside of every sleeping area to ensure that the alarms can be heard even when sleeping.

- Test smoke detectors monthly to make sure that they’re working properly and have working batteries.

- Have your electrical system inspected by a certified professional to make sure that all of the electrical work meets the National Electric Code safety standards.

- Look and listen for signs of electrical problems such as, flickering or dim lights, buzzing or sizzling sounds from electrical outlets, or insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. If any of these or any other electrical problems are found, contact a professional as soon as possible for the issue to be inspected.

- Avoid overloading outlets with too many electronics. Consider having more outlets or circuits installed by a professional.

- In homes with children, install tamper resistant devices to keep children from getting electrical shocks or burns.

- Create an evacuation plan that can be used in the event of a fire.

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What is the flood risk of your Nashville home or business area?

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A flood can happen just about anywhere with rainfall. According to Floodsmart.gov, a flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow. The site advises that floods are the #1 natural disaster in the United States. Floods can happen due to multiple different factors such as: rainfall, river-flow, topography, flood-control measures, and changes due to building and development. Areas are marked as having different levels of flood risks. There are high-risk, moderate-to-low risk, and undetermined-risk areas. You can check the flood risk of your area by checking the flood map at Fema.gov .

High-risk

High-risk areas, also known as special flood hazard areas, have at least a one in four chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage. Any homes or businesses in these areas that have loans from federally regulated companies are required to have flood insurance. On the flood map, these zones are marked as letters A and V.

Moderate-to-low risk

Moderate-to-low risk areas, also known as non-special flood hazard areas, carry nearly 20% of flood insurance claims and receive one-third of disaster assistance for recovery. Flood insurance is not required in these areas, but it is highly recommended for all property owners and renters. These areas are shown with the letters B, C, or X in the flood map.

Undetermined-risk

Since flood risks are possible anywhere, these areas are not completely safe from floods, but have not had flood analysis conducted in them. These areas are shown on the flood map with a letter D.

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The four main ways to remediate your home after fire damage hits

When something drastic happens such as a home fire, our minds aren’t always thinking of the next steps involved to repairing the fire damage. This is when restoration companies come into play to make sure that the fire remediation process is as efficient as possible and the home is brought back to its original state; safe and structurally sound. Fire remediation is the process of cleaning up the debris and damage caused after a fire occurs. According to enlightenme.com, there are four main steps that a restoration company can take to remediate the fire damage in your home.

1. Drying the home

Water damage is one of the biggest concerns following a fire. As the water sits, it collects bacteria, contaminants and becomes the perfect place for mold to grow. Restoration companies have the proper equipment to help dry out the area such as dehumidifiers, large fans and other machines to quickly circulate the air through the home.

2. Cleaning the HVAC system

If an HVAC system is present in your home, it is a strong possibility that the filters or coils in the equipment will get clogged from the soot and debris caused by the fire damage. Depending on the severity of the damage, the restoration company may have to replace the filters or perform extensive repairs.

3. Rebuilding damaged structure

The structure of the home is very important to keeping your family safe. If the structure is damaged, it may need replaced. A remediation company will help assist in the steps to making sure your home’s structure is safe and rebuilt correctly.

4. Removing the last of the debris

Any items that are unable to be salvaged will need removed to make sure that they don’t contaminate the rest of the home and belongings. Some items may be tough to restore back to their original state, but this is also something that the restoration company is able to assist with. Make sure that everything is cleaned properly before putting it back into the home to ensure that there is not debris contaminating the other belongings in the home.

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Keep your hard surface flooring shining bright year round in your Nashville business

We spoke about how to properly maintain commercial carpeting in our last blog, but what about the commercial properties that have purchased hard surface flooring instead? We’ve got those commercial properties covered in this article. Although many people view hard flooring as an easier cleanup, it still takes the proper care and maintenance year round to keep it looking presentable and clean. According to the Institute of Inspection of Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the first step to maintaining your hard surface flooring is identifying the type you have. The IICRC states that there are primarily six different categories of hard flooring such as, natural stone, concrete, ceramic, wood, resilient and specialty. Each category may take a different method of cleaning to ensure that it lasts a long lifetime.

- Using a walk off mat is critical to keeping dirt and extra contaminants from entering your building and sticking to your flooring. Just as dirt wears down carpet, it also can damage and cause erosion on hard surface flooring. According to the IICRC, five feet of walk off mat will reduce dirt from entering the building by 33% and 25 feet of walk off mat will reduce almost all dirt by time the person has entered your clean Nashville business.

- Make sure to clean up spills right upon discovering them. This is not only extremely important for your customers’ safety, but also will stop from causing a stain or water damage on your flooring. Find the proper cleaning product for the type of flooring you have, mark off the area, clean the spill up and dry the area fully before letting people walk back over the surface.

- We spoke previously about vacuuming carpet regularly to eliminate dirt build up and although there is isn’t much material for dirt to build up on with hard surface flooring, the dirt will cause erosion, breaking down the flooring and possibly causing visible damage. Make sure to provide daily maintenance to the surface by mopping, scrubbing and cleaning the area thoroughly after the commercial traffic is done for the day. This will lead to a longer lifespan and will help eliminate replacing the flooring early on.

- Last but not least, sometimes it’s nice to treat your flooring to some special treatment. If there are stains or tough to clean spots that have developed over time, this doesn’t always mean that the floor needs to be replaced. Contact your local restoration company to help clean the surface with their specialty equipment.

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Keep the carpet in your Nashville business maintained year round to prevent replacement

Keeping carpet clean is not a fun task, especially in high traffic areas such as commercial buildings. As a business, it’s crucial to keep that clean and professional image, but as we know, replacing carpet can get pricey, so it’s important to maintain and take care of the carpet year round. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, there are things you can do maintain your commercial carpeting and keep it from getting permanently damaged over time.

- Keep the walkway leading up to your building clean to prevent dirt, clippings and other materials from tracking in with the crowd.

- To grab any dirt that’s being tracked in before it hits your carpeting, place a large entry mat outside of the doorway on a hard surface. Make sure it is on top of cement or something that will not get water damage from water soaking through. The mat should be large enough for people to take a couple of steps to wipe away anything that is stuck to the bottom of their shoes.

- Make sure to vacuum at the end of everyday. Since your commercial building sees much more traffic than an everyday home, it requires much more vacuuming and upkeep. The quicker you pick up the dirt, the less likely it is to stick in the carpet and the easier it is to remove.

- Aside from making sure that you’re vacuuming every night to remove the loose dirt, it’s also important to deep clean the carpeted area semi-annually. This will keep the high traffic areas such as the entrance clear from collecting dirt build up over time.

- For any stains or spills that occur, make sure to treat the area immediately to keep from permanently damaging the affected carpet.

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How to clean a surface using dry ice blasting

According to cleanblasting.com, there are three steps in the process of dry ice blasting.

Step 1 –

The dry ice pellets are sent out of the blasting gun at a high speed creating a forceful impact when hitting the surface that they are projected at. This energy transfer causes the surface to be cleared of any extra dirt/contaminents without damaging the surface underneath.

Step 2 –

The dry ice is a very low temperature of -79 degrees Celcius causing a micro-thermal shock when the dry ice pellets come in contact with the contaminents and surface that they’re hitting. This micro-thermal shock is what also cracks and removes the particles after the initial energy transfer.

Step 3 –

The last step of the dry ice blasting process is the gas pressure. As the dry ice pellet explodes on impact, it converts to a harmless CO2 gas that is forced between the contanimenent and substrate layer forcing the last of the contaminent layer away from the substrate, leaving only the contaminents to be left behind and the substrate unharmed.

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Being aware of a water leak the moment it happens to prevent water damage in your Nashville home

Although water leaks usually start off small, they can turn into bigger disasters. Many times, the leak goes unnoticed until it is too late and the small leak has now turned into water damage that we weren’t even aware of. As the water damage sits, it becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold. With all of the hidden places in our homes, it’s impossible to have our eyes glued to every corner. This is where devices such as the water leak alarm come into play to help us out. Enlightenme.com speaks about the importance of having water leak alarms in the home.

The alarm is equipped with leads that have detection mechanisms used to detect when there is a water leak. Once the detection is made by the lead, it sends a signal to the alarm to create a loud, piercing noise, warning you that there is a leak in the home that needs your attention. It’s important to take care of the leak immediately once it is found to prevent further damage and bacteria growing from the water sitting.

It is recommended to use the water leak alarm for places that are most likely to experience leaks and are not always easily visible.

The alarms are usually positioned in places such as:

- Under cabinets or sinks

- Basement corners

- Attics

- Bathrooms

- Kitchens

- Laundry rooms

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How to remove that awful smoke smell after your Nashville home has been hit with fire damage

When our home and belongings are affected by fire damage, we usually aren’t thinking about the aftermath of the damage right away. Aside from figuring out all of the insurance deductibles and what needs replaced, we also have to worry about the hidden smell that may linger after an incident such as a house fire. According to the Home Guides on SFgate.com, there are steps that can be taken to eliminate the smell of fire damage, bringing your home back to its original scent.

Steps to removing fire damage smell

1. Blow fresh air into the house to start the process of removing the odor. Close all windows and doors except for one window to work as an exhaust. This will force the pressure of the air blown from the fan to push out any smoke lingering in the home.

2. Remove any linens, pillows, drapes, or curtains and put them in the wash to completely clean and remove any residue that is left over. Any plastic blinds will need to be wiped down and washed by hand.

3. Any solid surfaces, such as tables, chairs, baseboards, shelves or tile, will need to be sprayed down and scrubbed to remove the residue and smell from the surface. It is recommended by SFgate to use one gallon of water mixed with a teaspoon of dish soap and a quarter cup of white vinegar.

4. Vacuum any carpeted area with a vacuum that holds a high-efficiency filter to make sure that particles do not blow back into the air. This will also be a good time to clean the furniture with the vacuum or upholstery cleaner.

5. Make sure to wash and scrub all windows and screen due to the smoke and residue possibly getting stuck on the screens as the smoke tried to clear the rooms.

6. Remove and wash all of the light fixtures within the home to make sure that there isn’t residue left untouched at the top of the light fixtures in the hard to see and reach areas.

7. Scrub or mop any hard surfaced floors where particles may have settled even during the cleaning process. Make sure that if using a mop, there aren’t particles being placed into dirty water and then back onto the floor that was just cleaned.

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Being aware of the severity of water damage that has affected your Nashville home

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To get started in the restoration of a home or business that has been affected by water damage, it is important to know the extent of damage that you are getting into. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are four classes of destruction that explain the severity levels of water damage. Knowing the class of destruction first will help in making a restoration plan to fix the water damage.

Classes of Destruction

Class 1 –

Class 1 is the easiest water damage to deal with due to the slow evaporation rate. Only part of the room or area is affected for this class and there is little to no wet carpet that has been affected.

Class 2 –

Due to the fast evaporation rate of Class 2, the whole room becomes affected. From the carpeting to the walls and structure, moisture covers the room.

Class 3 –

This class involves the fastest evaporation rate where ceilings have now become involved. Most instances from this class have had liquid come from the ceiling. The moisture in these incidents will most likely affect the ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors.

Class 4 –

When an area has reached class 4, this means that the liquid has had enough time to completely saturate materials such as hardwood, brick or even stone. These incidents require specialty-drying situations.

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Cleaning techniques for cleaning soot and smoke residue after fire damage occurs

Just as fire moves rapidly through the home, soot and smoke moves quickly through the home once the fire is put out. The aftermath of soot and smoke damage is not a pretty sight and can affect just about everything in the home, but that does not mean that some things cannot be salvaged and cleaned. Depending on the type of fire that occurs and with the proper techniques, there is a possibility for a recovery of some materials. According to publichealth.lacounty.gov, there are different techniques to cleaning depending on the person’s situation.

High- oxygen fires –

These types of fire usually result in dry, dusty soot. This type of damage would be most effectively cleaned up by using a dry sponge to remove the top layer deposits, then detergent to get the stain out and water to rinse.

Low-oxygen fires –

These fires leave a damage that is more like a greasy deposit coating. Do not start off with a dry sponge for this type of damage. This will most likely cause smearing worsening the damage. Use a high-alkali detergent mixed with warm water to wash down the area and remove the greasy deposits. Make sure to rinse thoroughly afterward to ensure that the area is clear.

Methods to cleaning heavy residue –

- Low-pressure sandblasting

- Sodium bicarbonate blasting

- Dry-ice blasting

- Power washing with stream

- Chemical application and agitation

- Non-destructive rubber blasting

** Safety tips to remember **

- Do not use electrical appliances that have been near a fire.

- Do not use ceiling fixtures on wet ceiling.

- Get drapes and other linens dry-cleaned to eliminate transfer of soot from one area to the next.

- Do not touch anything during first inspection.

- Do not hesitate to contact a professional

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Methods to removing the water and mold damage from your Nashville home

According to epa.gov, there are some cleanup methods to remediating mold damage and water damage from a home or commercial building. The methods used are chosen depending on the amount of water damage done or the material that is affected.

Some methods used to cleanup mold and water damage:

1. Wet vacuums

Restoration companies use wet vacuums to collect excess water that has accumulated on floors, carpets, or hard surfaces. These vacuums should only be used when the surface is still wet and should not be used on porous materials. These vacuums can be in contact with contaminated water and mold, so it is important to make sure that all parts and attachments are cleaned thoroughly.

2. Damp wipe

When water damage occurs, there is a high possibility that mold damage is right around the corner. Use a damp wipe to remove the mold spores and dry immediately to make sure that the surface is no longer damp. Leaving a damp surface can cause mold to grow further. Most porous materials need to be discarded due to the mold growing in spaces that cannot be reached or cleaned out.

3. HEPA Vacuum

A high-efficiency particulate air vacuum is usually used as the last piece of equipment to finish up the remediation of the area. The vacuum should be used after mold or water damaged is removed and thoroughly dried. The contents that are vacuumed up will pass through the air filter in the HEPA vacuum making sure that all allergens and left over contaminants are taken out of the air.

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How to stay safe this summer when joining around the campfire

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Although it’s getting hotter outside, the nights are still keeping cool, making it the perfect weather to sit around a campfire. Whether it be your family’s annual camping trip or just a small fire in your backyard, it’s always important to remember the proper safety precautions to take. The smallest fire can spread and cause fire damage in a matter of moments. It’s good to know the safety precautions to take ahead of time and be prepared.

According to Smokeybear.com, there are steps to take when maintaining and extinguishing a fire.

Maintaining your campfire

1. Once your fire is already roaring steadily, keep it maintained by adding larger pieces of dry wood.

2. Make sure the fire is staying at a manageable size and is not in danger of getting out of control.

3. Never leave the campfire unattended. It can take a matter of moments for the wrong material to catch on fire and spread.

4. Never cut live trees or branches to use in the fire.

Extinguishing your campfire

1. Try to allow the campfire to burn completely out to ashes to ensure that it will not start back up.

2. Pour lots of water on the fire and embers, even the ones that are not glowing red. The embers that look dead are still very hot.

3. Pour water until the hissing sound stops.

4. Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.

5. Make sure everything is wet and covered in water so that it is cool to the touch.

6. If water is not available, dirt can also be used to put out a fire. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers to cool it down.

7. If it’s too hot to touch, then it’s too hot to leave.

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Don’t let soot damage settle in your Nashville home

The time to act on fire damage restoration is unfortunately right after the disaster happens. At the time of the devastating incident, many people are not in the right state of mind to act quickly and get the area cleaned up and restored. This is where companies, such as SERVPRO, come into play and help take care of the damage that has been done. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, delays in fire damage clean up can have serious consequences. Acidic soot residue can cause permanent damage to areas of the household over time.

- Within minutes of the fire being extinguished: The residue can cause a discoloration to materials such as, plastic, marble and alabaster.

- Within hours: The acidic soot residue can cause permanent discoloration or yellowing of furniture in the household, such as bath fixtures, countertops and unpolished metals.

- Within days: Walls and flooring can start to be affected. The soot will cause discoloration of walls and corrosion of metals throughout the home. Flooring that is made out of vinyl or wood must be replaced or refinished and any clothing or upholstery will most likely be permanently stained.

- Within weeks: Carpet can become unsalvageable and objects such as silver-plated fixtures, glass, crystal or china will become etched due to the long exposure to the residue.

Although the restoration process can be done with extensive vacuuming and cleanup, it is a process that sometimes requires the proper equipment and time to get the job done. Restoration companies have the equipment to help save you hundreds of dollars in valuables and time to get the job done effectively and efficiently. With the proper tools, there is more chance for the removal of stains, damage and odor removal to take, leaving you with less of a headache and salvaged items.

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Cleaning up after flood and water damage has taken over your Nashville home

Flooded areas are not only a hassle to clean, but can also be a threat to your health. Water that flows in from the outside can pick up a lot of bacteria along the way before it evens enters the house. Having the water sit, especially on a humid day, can cause more bacteria and mold growth. Getting the area cleared out and cleaned up as fast as possible will prevent the situation from getting worse and causing more water and mold damage.

According to the IICRC, these are valuable tips for cleaning up after a flood has left water damage in your home.

- Safety is first and foremost. Be cautious when entering buildings that have just been flooded. Ensure that the electric is turned off and the structure of the building is safe to walk into.

- Keep yourself protected. Use protective gear to protect your skin, hands, mouth and eyes. Hardware stores usually carry the necessary masks, rubber gloves and eye protection to keep you safe while cleaning up the mess.

- Keep the area ventilated. Flooded waters can bring in all different types of bacteria that can become airborne and cause illness. Make sure to open windows and place a fan in the window to ventilate the area.

- Know what to throw away and what to salvage. Any type of porous item that absorbs the contaminated flood water should not be salvaged. Examples – drywall, carpet, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particle board. Clothing and some other household fabrics may be salvageable by soaking in warm water and washing multiple times.

- Remove damaged flooring and wall panels. Remove all portions of damaged wall, wet insulation and base molding. IICRC advises to find the water line on the wall, measure about 15-20 inches above it and remove anything below that line. Any damaged flooring should also be removed to clean and disinfect under the surface.

- Prevent mold growth. With the moist environment that is created by a flood, there is lots of room for mold to grow. Try to keep the air circulating and maintain moderate temperature to prevent mold growth.

- Consider hiring a professional. Although there are situations that can be handled without a professional, some damage is more than people want to handle on their own. Restoration companies have trained technicians, specialized cleaners and equipment to get the job done effective and efficiently.

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Know how to properly use a fire extinguisher to protect your Nashville home or business from fire damage

Everyone knows what a fire extinguisher looks like, but when it comes to operating one, do you know how to use it in case of an emergency? In the moment of a disaster, such as a fire, our ability to stay calm and think rationally isn’t always there. It’s very important to know how to use a fire extinguisher ahead of time so that we know what to do if a fire ever breaks out. There most likely won’t be time to read the label once you realize the fire has started. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the best way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is by remembering the word PASS.

How to use a fire extinguisher

Pull the pin. Hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Fire extinguisher maintenance

According to fire-extinguisher101, fire extinguishers should be maintained at least once a year.

- Make sure that the extinguisher is always in a convenient location to grab and is not blocked by anything, in case of an emergency.

- Check the pressure of the extinguisher by the gauge attached to it to make sure that the pressure is within the recommended level.

- Make sure the nozzle or other parts of the extinguisher are not tampered with and the pin is in tact.

- Check for dents, leaks, rust or other signs of abuse/wear.

- Always make sure to recharge extinguishers after use no matter how much they were used.

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Don’t let the spring storms cause water and flood damage in your Nashville home

With storm season underway, there are unfortunate cases of flooding and power outages taking place all over. The humidity and flooded areas create a perfect combination and environment for mold to grow, giving you more than just flood damage to take care of. The sooner the water damage is cleaned up, the less likely there is a chance for mold to produce, leaving you with less to cleanup in the end. According to Angieslist, there are important steps to take in order to prevent mold damage after a flood.

Flood damage cleanup

-Remove furniture and upholstery to clean or repair separately.

-Start by using a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of as much water as possible so the water is not sitting.

-Use fans to circulate air and speed up the drying process. A dehumidifier can also be used to remove the excess moisture in the air to prevent mold growth.

-Once the water and moisture is cleared, start cleaning and treating the carpet and flooring throughout the flooded area. Steam clean any carpeted area to properly sanitize and check the padding under the carpet to ensure that it does not need replaced. Carpet padding usually needs replaced when a flood occurs.

-Clean walls and baseboards with warm water and soap to remove any residue. Then apply bleach and water mixture to sanitize the surface.

Water damage produced from a flood can be dangerous and cause illness due to the bacteria sitting in the water. It’s important to act quickly when it comes to flood and water damage to prevent illness and worse damage to occur.

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SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville honored with award for the Top Producing Franchise in Middle Tennessee for 2014

Nashville, Tenn. – SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville has been awarded as the Top Producing Franchise in Middle Tennessee for 2014

As one of 19 locations in the Middle Tennessee area, the Belle Meade/West Nashville franchise received the award by generating the highest total sales volume in the area. The location has been in operation for over 35 years and is now owned and operated by Rob Dixon, owner since 2006. During his ownership SERVPRO of Belle Meade has helped over 6,000 customers claim their property back by providing quality clean up and restoration services following damage from water, fire and mold.

Rob says, “Some of the contributing factors to our success in 2014 include, earning the opportunity to become preferred vendors with multiple insurance carriers and property management companies, assisting clients with restoration due to the 2014 Polar Vortex and continuing to provide quality work and care for all our Nashville customers.”

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville enjoys a track record of documented success, including helping their clients recover faster from disaster. Their goal is to make it look “like it never even happened”. The three major components to their services are emergency response, repairs/construction and cleaning. They handle the management of the project from the initial emergency response to the final clean up following repairs in order to give their clients peace of mind and the opportunity to focus on their own lives instead of the disaster.

SERVPRO is recognized as an industry leader in both the commercial and residential restoration market with over 1,700 locations internationally. The company provides coverage in both the United States and Canada, establishing relationships with major insurance companies, commercial clients and individual homeowners.

For more information, please contact Rob Dixon at 615-242-9391, rob@servproofbellemeade.com


Keep your family and home safe from fire damage by maintaining your smoke alarms

Smoke alarms have been a staple in the American home, but should not go unnoticed or taken for granted. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties that did not have working smoke alarms. The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms. Most smoke alarm failures are due to missing, disconnected or dead batteries. According to the NFPA, there are precautions to take when it comes to maintaining and checking your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarm safety tips

- Install smoke alarms inside and outside of each bedroom or sleeping area. Every level of the home, including the basement should have smoke alarms installed.

- It is recommended to have interconnected smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm goes off, they all go off at once.

- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by hitting the test button on the smoke alarm.

- Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or high up on a wall.

- Replace all smoke alarms at 10 years of use.

- People that are hard of hearing can order special smoke alarms that include flashing strobe lights and bed shakers to alert the person within the property.

- Make sure to talk with your children about the importance of smoke alarms and what to do in case of a fire.

- There are two kinds of alarms: ionization and photoelectric

A. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires

B. Photoelectric smoke alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires

C. It is best to have both present in the home

Source - nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms/safety-messages-about-smoke-alarms

Prevent water damage in your Nashville home this spring by watching for sump pump failures

Sump pumps are headache savers when it comes to saving our basements from flooding whenever a downpour occurs. The sump pump sits in the lowest part of our basement or crawlspace and is automatically activated when it detects that there is water starting to fill up the hole it is sitting in. As the pump runs, it sends the water out of the discharge line and away from the home making sure that the home does not flood. Like any other mechanical device, sump pumps still have the possibility of failing. According to citywideplumbing.com, there are several common failures that occur with the average household sump pump.

Causes of sump pump failure

- Power failure – The most common cause for failure of a sump pump is a power outage. As we know, most power outages happen when we need the sump pump most, during a storm. Purchasing a backup generator to keep your sump pump moving during a storm can save your home from a flooded basement.

- Improper installation – The installation of a sump pump is crucial to it working properly. One mistake or misstep in following the manufacturer instructions can lead to water to be displaced. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s manual or consult a professional to make sure the sump pump is installed correctly.

- Frozen or clogged discharge line – The discharge line is where the water exits the home. It is important to make sure that the line is protected from freezing and does not have debris such as dirt, rocks and sticks. A grated discharge line will give water a separate way to flow in case of a blockage.

- Lack of maintenance –Manufacturers recommend testing and running the pump every 2-3 months.

- Sensor misread – The purpose of the sump pump is to automatically turn on when a sensor notices that there is water build up. If the pump gets shifted and moves position inside of the basin, it can cause switch to be inaccurate and not know where the correct water level is, making the pump not switch on at the correct time.

- Manufacturer defect – Although it is rare to get a bad machine right out of the store, it still is possible. It is important to test the pump after installation to ensure that it is running properly so that you aren’t finding the defect when it is already too late.

Source - citywideplumbing.com/resources/common-plumbing-emergencies

Sump pump diagram

Source - home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/plumbing/sump-pump1.htm

 

Grilling and fire pit safety tips to prevent fire damage this summer at your Nashville home

As the weather gets warmer, we transition from spending all of our time bundled up inside, to spending every minute we can outdoors in the sun. We’re excited to finally trade the stove for a grill and the fireplace for a fire pit in the backyard. As we drag the summer appliances out and set up the backyard to get ready for the summer, we have to keep the proper safety precautions in mind to avoid fire damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year grilling causes an average of 8,800 home fires.

Grill safety tips:

  • There should be a 3-foot clearance surrounding the grill making sure that there are no kids or pets within this range
  • Position the grill far away from home siding, deck railings, and out from underneath overhangs or branches
  • Periodically remove grease buildup from the trays below the grill to prevent grease fires
  • Make sure to buy the proper starter fluid for charcoal grills and never add the fluid once the grill has already been ignited
  • If using a propane grill, check the propane cylinder hose for leaks each year to make sure that it is not leaking gas while cooking

Fire pit safety tips:

  • Before lighting the fire, make sure that the lid can fit over top of the material inside of the pit in case of an emergency
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby
  • Do not use flammable fluid to start or relight the fire
  • Keep the fire pit well away from flammable materials and fluids
  • Do not burn trash, leaves, paper or cardboard that could spark or send hot particles through the air

Source - http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grilling

 

Spring season maintenance tips to prevent water and flood damage in your Nashville home

It’s that time of year that we’ve been waiting for, when we can replace our winter coats with our shorts and tank tops. It also means Spring cleaning time is here and people are getting their houses ready for the beautiful weather ahead. Properties have been put through the ringer for the winter months and now may need some extra care to get the property ready for summer. Instead of worrying about repair and restoration while everyone is out enjoying the weather, walk through some maintenance tips to prevent the headache of water and flood damage this spring.According to Travelers.com, there are some important things to keep in mind when running through your spring maintenance and cleaning checklist this year.

Safety maintenance tips:

- Check electrical outlets for frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Make sure that fuse boxes, outlets and extension cords are not overloaded.

- Check the water heater for leaks or corrosion.

- Clean or replace the furnace filter.

- Inspect your home detectors and replace the batteries. These should actually be tested monthly to ensure that they’re working properly.

- Clean out the clothes dryer exhaust duct to make sure it isn’t clogged with lint or dust, which can be very flammable.

- Check the expiration on your fire extinguisher and make sure that it is located in an accessible area and ready for use.

- Look into possibly replacing high-intensity bulbs, such as incandescent bulbs that produce more heat, with fluorescent light bulbs.

You can print out your own Traveler’s spring home maintenance checklist from: https://travelers.com/prepare-prevent/home/home-maintenance/spring-home-maintenance-checklist.pdf

Source - https://travelers.com/prepare-prevent/home/home-maintenance/spring-maintenance-tips.aspx

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Don’t let the April showers bring more than May flowers to your Nashville home this year

The heavy rain makes its appearance around this time each year, bringing thousands of dollars in water damage to residents all throughout the United States. Taking the time to do some preventative maintenance can save a lot of headache and money when the rain starts to pour.

According to the Institute for Business & Home Safety, there are several ways to keep your home protected from water damage occurring.

Inside of your home

- Know the location of the shut off valve – water travels quickly, so in case of an emergency, make sure to know where the main shut off valve is located.

- Inspect hoses and faucets – check the hoses and faucets for cracks or leaks and replace any that need replaced. It is recommended to replace these every seven years.

- Inspect showers and tubs – check the seal around the shower and tub to make sure that it is tightly sealed and water is not leaking out.

- Check pipes – check the pipes for leaks or cracks, especially right after winter when there is pressure from the cold weather.

- Install an emergency pressure release valve – this will keep the pressure from increasing when the pipes are cold, keeping them from bursting.

Outside of your home

- Check downspouts for debris – make sure there isn’t anything clogging the drains causing a water backup.

- Install gutter guards – these guards are used to keep the roof gutters from clogging and makes sure that the water is being drained off of the roof properly.

- Seal windows – make sure that there is a tight seal around your windows to keep from water leaking into the home.

- Inspect your roof – look for any damaged or missing shingles.

Source - http://iii.org/article/how-protect-your-home-water-damage

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Don’t let your air conditioner unit cause water damage to your Nashville home

The snow has melted and we’re finally feeling the warmth start to creep up on us, indicating that summer is right around the corner. Instead of worrying about the snow or ice making its way into our homes, we are now moving onto other issues, such as our air conditioner units. As most of you have probably witnessed, some A C units will show signs of moisture from condensation forming on the unit. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless it becomes more than just condensation.

Causes

When the AC unit starts to show signs of leaking and appears to be more than just the average condensation, it’s important to know what to look for to stop the leak or water damage from getting worse. Some of the most common issues that cause these units to leak are improper installation, blocked drain hole, air leakage or broken pump.

There are different parts to the AC unit that may fail or get blocked causing the AC unit to leak and cause water damage. The condenser pump that pumps the water out of the condenser pan may be broken or has lost power causing it to stop pumping the water out of the unit. You can test this by checking the power to the pump and pouring water into the pan to see if it is pumping it out properly. Another issue may be a blockage in the drain hole. If the drain that sends the water out of the unit is blocked by debris or dirt, this can also cause a backup of water leading to an overflow effect and leaking. These mechanical breakdowns can sometimes be spotted due to a malfunction of the unit, but there is also the issue of air leaking or improper installation.

When it comes to the installation of the AC unit, it is important to make sure that it is level. An AC unit that isn’t level can cause the excess water to flow toward the leaning end and leak out of the unit. Making sure that the seals on the unit are tight is also an important detail to watch out for. If excess warm air is able to enter the unit, this causes moisture from the air to condense, therefore causing excess moisture to pool below the unit.

Having water pool up in the unit can cause leaking and eventually lead to water damage, so it is important to keep an eye on your air conditioner this summer and make sure that it is running properly. Having this pool of water also indicates that the unit is not running as efficiently as it should, meaning there is a possibility you are spending more money to keep your Nashville home cool. If it is hard to find the cause of the leak, make sure to consult a professional for help.

Source - http://redbeacon.com/hg/why-my-air-conditioner-leaking-water/

Source - http://compactappliance.com/Buyers-Guide%3A-Air%3A-Window-Air-Conditoner/BUYERS_GUIDE_AIR_WINDOW.html

Cleaning your Nashville home after the fire and soot damage settles in

When the smoke clears and the soot settles, let someone else take care of the cleaning and restoration. After a fire occurs, the last things we want to face are the left over remains of our belongings covered in soot and fire damage. There isn’t always lost hope for remains left over from fire damage. Depending on the amount of damage done, some objects in the home are able to be restored with hard work and powerful machinery. The cleaning equipment available to restoration companies are far more powerful than the average vacuum sitting in your Nashville home. Trying to clean some materials with the wrong product or equipment could even lead to further damage.

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, there are three common mistakes people make when attempting to tackle the cleaning on their own. The first mistake is using too much shampoo. Sometimes people think that the more shampoo, the better, but in some cases, this could just lead to more damage. The second mistake is using too much water when trying to clean the carpet or upholstery, causing water stains or excessive moisture. Last, but not least, the final mistake is not protecting the carpet from the furniture. Wooden furniture can stain the carpet from dyes and metal furniture can rust and stain the floor beneath it. It’s always important to keep the furniture separated from the carpet and cover the furniture immediately after cleaning to ensure they will not get damaged again.

Hiring a professional can help in many different ways, from the special equipment to the professional opinion for an insurance adjuster. Soot damage leaves a heavy residue that calls for heavy duty equipment. Restoration companies have the tools to clean the damaged property most efficiently. Tools such as wet cleaning tools, rotary scrubbers, and extractors can inject steam and lift deep stains the first time around instead of having to clean the same surface multiple times. This also ensures that there won’t be too much soap or water leaving stains or residue. As the company cleans the belongings, they’re also able to gauge the amount of damage that has been done and what can be restored or needs replaced. Depending on the insurance that the victim carries, these damages may be covered. The restoration company is able to give proof of the damages done and give a professional opinion for the claims adjuster to work with. Don’t let all of the weight sit on your shoulders when dealing with a catastrophe. SERVPRO is here to help with any fire or soot damage that hits home.

Source - http://iicrc.org/cleaning-smoke-damage-with-professional-a-77.html

What category of water is sitting in your Nashville home after water damage occurs?

We all know that there are many different uses for water. In our household alone, water is used for drinking, sanitation and even sewer purposes. When water damage occurs, it’s important to know where the cause of the damage started so that we’re able to identify the category of the water that we’re dealing with. According to the Institute of Inspection and Restoration Certification, certain categories of water can pose a higher threat than others. The IICRC set the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration.

Categories of water contamination

Category 1 –

This category of water is also know as “Clean Water”; the most known out of all of the categories. This is the water that is sanitary to drink, cook with and wash in. This water is only sanitary while in it’s source though, such as the pipes in your home. Once it is exposed to other elements, there is a possibility of becoming contaminated.

Category 2 –

Once the water reaches category 2, it usually is noticeable due to foul odor or different look. At this level, the water is unsafe to consume or come in contact with. This category is also known as “Gray Water”. It usually occurs from an overflow of the toilet or other appliances. Do not leave this water unattended for long.

Category 3 –

Category 3, or also known as “Black Water”, is almost always pretty noticeable to point out due to the high level of contamination. Being at this level means that it may contain raw sewage, pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances. This high level category is extremely toxic.

It is always important to clean any type of flood or water damage as soon as it is noticed. The longer the water damage sits, the higher risk of the water becoming contaminated and causing illness.

Source - http://iicrc.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html

Clean water flood damage

Source - removewater.com/what-types-or-sources-of-water-damage-can-occur-in-your-home-or-business

Battling drywall water damage in your Nashville home

Between the walls and ceiling in our homes, we are surrounded by drywall. With as much as there is, damaged drywall can become a hefty fine to pay. Detecting drywall water damage early on is the key factor to saving money and to keep the damage from spreading. Depending on the extent of damage, some incidents of drywall damage are able to be cleaned and repaired without any replacements.

According to realestate.com, some signs of water damage include odors, stains and discolorations, peeling wall surfaces, warped or buckled walls and even mold damage. Once the damage is located, it’s time to get to work. Don’t let any type of water damage sit without repair; it is more likely to worsen over time. Every situation has a different outcome depending on the cause of the water damage.

With drywall being a heavier material to begin with, the longer is saturates in the water, the heavier it becomes, causing more damage to the affected area. If the drywall has been exposed for less than 2 hours and has not been sitting in contaminated water, there is a good chance in saving the drywall by repairing it.

Realestate.com gives instructions on the proper way to repair and replace drywall -

  • Determine how far back the drywall needs to be removed. Cut out the damaged area; whether it is a small square or the entire bottom half of a room that has been damaged by flooding. End the cut in the middle of a stud on both ends of the opening to provide an anchor for the replacement drywall.
  • Make sure to remove any wet/damaged insulation and completely dry the interior and exterior of the wall to ensure that there will not be further damage done while it sits.
  • Once the inside of the wall is completely dry, replace the old insulation with brand new material.
  • After the insulation is replaced into the dry wall, we will make sure to cut a new piece of drywall to fit into the opening of where the damage was done.
  • As the final touch, use drywall tape to tape off the seams and cover the seams and screws with mud or compound to make a smooth, level surface across the new drywall.

Source - http://realestate.com/advice/repairing-water-damage-in-your-home-10472/

Drywall water damage / Source - angieslist.com/companylist/us/il/des-plaines/anvil-interiors-inc-reviews-7525548.htm

Don’t let water damage sneak into your Nashville home

By the time water damage is noticed, it is usually too late and the damage has already been done. We may not have a scent or special power to always know where that one hidden leak or spoiled foundation is, but there are some areas that are important to be aware of. According to the writer of coolray.com, there are 5 different areas of your Nashville home to keep a regular inspection on. Coolray explains why each area is an important part of the home to pay attention to throughout the year. Although, some incidents cannot be prevented, being able to recognize the damage ahead of time can save a lot of money, resources and further damage done to your belongings.

  • Appliances

Some appliances such as water heaters, washing machines and refrigerators have a tendency to leak over time. These leaks can start off small, but if not taken care of, can turn into a big mess.

  • Basements

Basements collect moisture from drips through the foundation that tend to cover the walls. As the moisture evaporates, it creates more humidity, which in turn can cause condensation throughout the cold basement.

  • Plumbing

Even the smallest of leaks inside a wall can become a bigger issue over time. Make sure to check your plumbing periodically to make sure that there aren’t any loose attachments that could cause a leak down the road.

  • Pipes

A backed up pipe can lead to much more than just that pipe being clogged. As the pipe backs up, it can cause them to back up into other drains causing a massage leak or flood under floor boards or even behind walls. If there are signs of a clogged pipe, make sure to have it looked at immediately to stop further damage.

  • Air conditioner

Many people have seen the moisture that collects on air conditioners on a hot, sunny day. This moisture gets worse throughout the life of the air conditioner due to regular maintenance going unseen. Make sure to watch regularly for any signs of leaking or damage to the unit.

Source - http://coolray.com/blog/article/hidden_causes_of_water_damage/

Source - bakerbrothersplumbing.com/2013/09/slab-leaks

Keeping a level head after the fire damage has been done

We’re always told that if disaster strikes, we are to remain calm, cool and collected, but when that time hits, it’s hard to always put those words to action. Although there is a lot of chaos in that moment, it is still very important to stay organized and calm from the beginning of the disaster to the end of the restoration. According to ldr4service.com, there are steps we can take to stay organized and calm during these tense times.

Steps to clearing the chaos –

  • First, call your insurance agent to get the claim filed as soon as possible to get the insurance adjustor to your home.
  • Next, call a local restoration team to assess the damage as soon as possible and get working on the damage so it does not get worse over time.
  • Keep a binder and notepad with all of the information that you’re receiving from your insurance provider and restoration professionals. (During this hectic time, don’t rely on remembering everything just off the top of your head)
  • Last, but not least, make sure to save all receipts and documentation you receive pertaining to the incident and only give copies when requested; keep the originals.

Now that we’ve went through the steps to do, here are some steps NOT to do when involved in this situation.

  • Make sure not to wire any soot damage from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
  • Do not keep or use carpet or furniture that has been heavily damaged by the residue as this is unhealthy.
  • Dispose of any canned goods or food items that were exposed to the extreme heat.
  • Do not turn on any electronic devices until they’re thoroughly inspected by a professional to make sure there isn’t electrical damage.

Hopefully no one will ever have to go through these events, but if it does occur, these steps will help you keep that calm and collected mindset to get through the unfortunate.

Source - http://ldr4service.com/after-the-fire-smart-steps-toward-fire-damage-restoration/

Kitchen fire damage / Source - phjservices.com.au/blog/fire-damage-restoration-professionals

Keep a clean roof to prevent water damage in your Nashville home this winter

This winter feels like its never-ending; with our continuous snow fall and days below 0 degrees, spring is feeling further away. The snow has been piling up since the beginning of winter with barely any breaks causing the snow to accumulate. Don’t let the snow fall weigh heavy on your home and shoulders this winter. Make sure to keep the heavy snow off of your roof and out of your home to prevent the unwelcome water damage that it brings.

Your roof may be giving you warning signs that it’s not holding up with the weight of the snow. According to NBC News reports, two feet of snow accumulated on the average sized roof can weigh up to 38,000 pounds, or 19 tons. That’s about the equivalent of 4-5 cars parked on top of your roof. The most obvious sign is the caving or sagging of a roof. This shows right away that there is too much weight sitting in one area. As the mass amount of snow sits and starts to melt, it flows in every direction to make its way off of the roof. This causes water to seep into the home causing water damage to the roof, insulation, attic, gutters and interior of the home.

Removing the snow multiple times throughout winter helps to keep it from piling on so high and heavy. There are different ways to remove the snow safely from your roof, such as roof rakes or even professional help. The roof rakes extend long enough to usually remove the snow while standing from the ground to ensure that no one is climbing up that high off the ground in the middle of winter. If you don’t have access to a roof rake, you’re next best option is to hire a professional. Although this may be costly in the beginning, it will save you a lot more money in the long run from water damage that may occur to your roof and home. It also is a lot safer than climbing up on an icy roof on your own.

Source - http://homesessive.com/read/prevent-roof-collapse-remove-ice-and-snow

Using a roof rake to clear the heavy snow

Keep the air in your Nashville home clean

The cold wind and wet ground makes it easier to justify staying inside wrapped up in a blanket with a hot chocolate in hand. Being stuck inside during a cold winter day is sometimes the best way to spend your day off, but being stuck in the house isn’t getting us the fresh air our bodies prefer to breathe in. Throughout the house, we have our HVAC systems that work as the lungs of our home, breathing the air in and out of the home. Keeping this system clean is essential to keeping the air clean that we breathe in daily.

According to the HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association (NADCA), up to 40 pounds of dust is accumulated annually from everyday living activities in a typical 6 room home. This means that throughout the year, our bodies are breathing in those dust particles constantly. The particles pulled into the HVAC system recirculate throughout the house about 5-7 times a day causing that build up in the air ducts. The average American spends about 26 years of the life sleeping! For most people, this includes in their own home, so aside from all of the time just spent in the household, there are at least 26 years that we possibly are breathing in that same air in our homes.

Aside from saving your respiratory system from a harsh beating, there also is the energy savings that clean air ducts provide. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling is wasted. Just like any other type of blockage, the more objects blocking the airway, the harder the system has to work to move the air successfully throughout the house. This is where the energy is wasted. Having a clean HVAC system provides a good amount of air flow throughout the home without the system having to work as hard. This leads to less energy used and a longer life for the HVAC itself, which in the long run saves you money to pocket away for the fun things.

Source - nadca.com/en/why-clean-air-ducts#

 

Save your sentimental items with Ultrasonic Content Cleaning

As a homeowner or even a renter, one of our biggest fears is losing everything we own to a natural disaster, especially the items that are most sentimental to us. When a natural disaster hits, it is much more than just a physical burden, it also takes a mental toll with everything that now needs cleaned and repaired. There are many different methods of cleaning, depending on the type of damages that are done, but one specific way could truly salvage items that you might have just given up on in the past. This method of cleaning is called Ultrasonic Content Cleaning. Ultrasonic Content Cleaning uses cavitation action to access even the smallest of crevices on damaged objects. Cavitation is the formation of vapor cavities in liquid, meaning small bubbles that implode to send powerful shockwaves of pressure across the damaged or dirty object, successfully removing residue. This process can send the cleaning fluid in places that a hand cannot reach to clean.

According to TovaTech, the restoration process for smoke and water damaged articles includes a couple of different steps. First the objects are placed into mesh baskets where they are pre-washed with high agitation to remove as much loose residue as possible. Next, they are placed into the ultrasonic cleaning tank for the cavitation action to take place. The bubbles from the cleaning fluid make their way through the items, removing the last of the remnants thoroughly cleaning the, what used to be, damaged items. The rinse station is next where the flowing reverse osmosis water (water that was put through a membrane removing tap water impurities) removes the soap residue and leaves that clean final touch. The last 5 minutes of the cleaning process go to the drying tunnel where the dyer covers the items in a continuous, down draft, hot air to make its way back to the customer.

According to besttechnologyinc.com, the assembly line layout of the Ultrasonic technology can improve cleaning and labor times by as much as 75%. This process has saved tons of money by restoring products instead of having to replace them. Items that look like they could never be used again have been restored back to beautiful looking items. Don’t give up on your items next time and give the ultrasonic cleaning a try.

 

Don’t let the winter chaos spoil your Nashville business

This time of year brings in the chaos, from cars bring covered in snow to carpet being stained with mud; there is no escaping the winter mess. The kids and pets come running through the front door leaving behind a trail of debris that will later take some time to deeply clean, but at least it’s just a small crowd. In a different situation though, what if those couple of kids and dog were hundreds of customers walking through your living room daily? Cleaning the carpeting of a small living room can even be a challenge, but it is nothing compared to a corporate office with 10 times the traffic. Maintaining a large office requires more attention and higher end equipment to ensure that the area is always up to professional standards.

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), “the first critical component in programmed maintenance and cleaning is routine vacuuming coupled with rapid response to spots and spills.” The longer dirt is sifted into the carpet by constant traffic, the more worn down the fibers get in the carpet, leaving stains or worn out spots that eventually require carpet replacement. Making sure that spills and stains are taken care of promptly can make a large difference in the amount of years that carpeting lasts and for a company, which can mean saving thousands of dollars.

Tricks to maintaining commercial carpeting:

  • Vacuum daily, especially after hosting large parties or events where the traffic throughout the house or office is more than usual. This will stop dirt and debris from being permanently imbedded into the carpet or harder to remove at a later date.
  • All carpet should be deep cleaned at least twice a year. Some areas with more traffic should be deep cleaned quarterly. Deep cleaning the carpet consists of using a carpet shampoo vacuum to wash, scrub and rinse the excess dirt out of the carpet.
  • Treats spots immediately! Most spots are able to be cleaned by just warm water and mild detergent if treated right away. If the spots or stains are given time to settle, this could mean a more intense and expensive clean up for you later.

Source - http://iicrc.org/consumers/care/commercial-carpet-cleaning/

Don't let the soot or smoke damage settle in your Nashville home

When a fire blazes through a home, the first thought in peoples' minds is not whether the carpet or upholstery made it safely through without a burn. Those thoughts don't settle in until after the wreckage. All at once, we are hit with the thoughts of everything that now needs done following the incident. This is where the professionals come in to take that burden off of your shoulders; To take care of the smoke damage, fire damage, and soot damage throughout the home.

It's hard to take immediate action and get motivated after a tragedy happens, but when it comes to smoke and soot damage, there is no time to wait. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are some steps to be taken immediately following a house fire.

Steps to take following the incident:

  • Take safety precautions – Make sure to have the proper gloves and respiratory protection to enter a property after a fire. Breathing in the smoke residue could lead to respiratory health issues down the road.
  • Bring in box fans – Open windows after immediately entering to start airing the building out. Fans help to get the contaminated air out as quickly as possible. Ventilation is key to prevent further damage to health and the home.
  • Clean every surface – Don't leave any surface behind. Check all surfaces (on top of cupboards and below appliances) for soot and smoke residue. Using soap and water, scrub the area thoroughly to make sure that there is nothing left behind.
  • Use a high efficiency vacuum – Smoke and soot damage will cling most to upholstery and carpet, making it difficult to recover. If you're able to recover these assets, make sure to use a high efficiency vacuum with a HEPA (High-efficiency particulate air) filter to ensure that the dirt isn't being blown back out onto the floor.
  • Clean all laundry – Any washable materials should be professionally cleaned at dry cleaner who knows what to use to neutralize the odor and acid from the soot. This will also make sure that your washer and dryer doesn't get damaged in the process.

Source - http://iicrc.org/what-after-smoke-damage-has-happened-a-140.html

 

Make sure your Nashville home is protected from flood damage this spring

Spring time is right around the corner and although we are ready for the nice spring weather, most of us are not ready for the storms and flooding. Instead of letting the storm and flood damage take over your Nashville home, we can be proactive and make sure that we’re ready for the unexpected weather to hit. According to Rytech, there are 5 points to keep in mind when protecting your home from flooding this

spring.

  • Check for leaks ahead of time on your own before finding them during a storm. Take matters into your own hands and use the hose lightly to test any suspicious areas that may have caused issues in the past to find out where the leaks may be happening.
  • Roof flashing is installed below the first course making sure that the flow of water is directed away from openings, keeping water out of your home and from deteriorating the walls. It’s always a good idea to have your roof professionally inspected annually to check for damage.
  • Basements are the most common area to flood in a home being located at the very bottom, so it’s always a good idea to look into a sump pump to protect your assets. If you have a sump pump already, make sure to check for any damage or signs of failure. (Irreplaceable items should be placed higher up or even on a different floor in case of unexpected weather events.)
  • Make sure to keep the gutters cleaned to eliminate constant water flow down the exterior of the home causing possible leaking to flow into the home.
  • Last, but not least, compare the costs to the risks. Many people hold off on putting some extra cost into making their home more water resistant due to cost, but the cost of cleaning up the damage after the incident is usually much more expensive.

Source - http://rytechinc.com/5-points-to-keep-in-mind-to-protect-your-home-from-flooding/

Avoid Nashville Water Damage During Holidays

With the cold weather and holidays coming around the corner, the last thing people need is a weather disaster such as water damage! Just like people walking around bundled up in their winter jackets and tons of layers, a house also has to have the proper insulation to keep its insides warm and stable. Without proper insulation, not only do costs go up for your heat, but this also can bring on frozen pipes. This is a very expensive and messy situation that people don’t want to find themselves stuck in, especially right around the holidays.

According to the Red Cross, there are preventative actions that can be taken ahead of time to stop pipes from freezing. Here are some tips to keep in mind this winter!

  • When the weather is bitter cold outside, even a trickle of water dripping from a faucet can help prevent the pipes from freezing.
  • Many people travel throughout the holidays, but this doesn’t mean that people should completely shun the heat from their homes. The temperature in a home should never go any lower than 55 degrees F.
  • During the night, people tend to turn their heat down to save some money, but the temperature on the thermostat should actually always remain the same, no matter if it is day or night. Night is when the temperature drops the most, making it the time for pipes to freeze over easier, so this is a crucial time to have the heat up.
  • Last, but not least, make sure your home is properly insulated to the standards of your state suggested by the IECC. Check out the climate zone and insulation information for your area here.

Connect with us and have a chance to win prizes

For anyone who has been following our blog, you see a mixture of articles that give tips and tricks for cleaning up water damage, flood damage, fire damage, and even mold remediation for your Nashville home. The blog gives us a way to share our knowledge at your convenience and connect with you, our client, which has kept our business flourishing.

We want to stay connected as much as possible as we bring in the New Year and make 2015 an interactive year for our clients. We’re starting off in January by holding a social media contest, giving you different ways to win some great prizes, such as event tickets, sports swag, and event tickets.

For this contest, our clients will be receiving a post card in the mail with a detachable calendar magnet on it. Once they receive the postcard, they will take a creative selfie with the card and post it to our Twitter or Facebook page to be entered into the contest. Throughout the month of January, there will be winner’s chosen weekly for this contest to everyone that chooses to participate. Have fun and be creative with the card! We want to see as many smiling faces as we can.

In February, we have our rug-cleaning contest, which is going to give one lucky winner an opportunity to get one free area rug cleaning. Many people don’t see or know the actual process or getting a large area rug cleaned, but it is quite a process to see, so we’re going to share the process with you over the month of February. There will be more details of the contest, as we get closer to the month of February, so keep an eye on our Facebook page to get started!

We’re excited to get to know our clients more as we start off 2015. Get connected with our Facebook and Twitter and watch out for more contests and information to come throughout the year.

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Preparing your Nashville home from water damage this winter

These past couple of years has brought on bitter cold winters and unexpected climate changes. Don’t let the next polar vortex ruin your holiday season. It’s better to play it safe than sorry and start preparing your home for what might come!

According to Chris Kissell from netquote.com, the low temperatures, ice and snow caused $81 million in winter weather-related damage in 2012. Bursting pipes alone can result in more than $5,000 in water damage, including the amount of damage that can be done from a flooded basement or flood damage in other parts of your home.

Another important and dangerous winter issue is ice dams that collect on the roof. Ice dams are created from snow melting from a warm part of the roof back down to a cold spot where the water refreezes and forms a dam. The ice dams continue to build up over cold days leaving a pocket for water to sit and leak through the roof.

Here are some preparation tips to protect your home this winter:

· Make sure to insulate pipes – pipe insulation can cost as little as .50 per linear foot according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)

· Clean out gutters to make sure there is no blockage, so water has a way to escape - Ice dams can cause water to back up and flow into the house.

· Ensure that there are no cracks or broken seals around windows and doors.

· Check the roof for leaks or cracks in seals, especially around vent and chimney stacks – snow is most likely to collect on the downwind side of the roof causing damage to shingles.

Is there mold damage hiding in your Nashville home?

As the winter is quickly approaching and temperatures are fluctuating, moisture is making its way into our homes in the most unexpected areas. As moisture sits and humidity rises within the home, mold begins to find its place to grow. According to Houselogic.com, the 5 most unexpected places for mold to hide in your home are chimneys, refrigerator drip pans, front-loading washing machines, dishes, and windows sashes and seals.

1. Chimneys

As rain and snow collect down in the chimney, they combine with the dirt and other particles within the brick to create a breeding ground for mold to grow.

2. Refrigerator drip pans

The drip pan collects moisture and food spills over time and goes unnoticed from being located under the refrigerator where most people don’t think to clean or even look.

3. Front-loading washing machines

The seal around the door of the front-loading washing machines often stay wet from being closed when not being used, which creates a great environment for mold growth.

4. Window sashes and seals

This is the time of year when the chill of the cold weather combine with the warmth of the inside to create condensation along windows and walls. The dirt and dust particles left on these surfaces mixed with the moisture create the perfect surface area for mold to grow.

5. Air conditioners

The air conditioning units hold the dust, pollen and moisture from the air. With the AC sitting throughout the winter, it gives mold the chance to grow and still be hidden away.

Source http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/air-quality/unexpected-places-mold-can-hide/

About SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Residential and Commercial Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville proudly serves Nashville, Belle Meade, Bellevue, Green Hills, Forest Hills, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

Water Damage Restoration

Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

Fire Damage Restoration

We understand that smoke and fire damage is both devastating and disruptive to your family or business. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals respond quickly to repair fire, smoke, and soot damage, including:

  • Fire damage cleanup
  • Smoke and soot damage cleaning and repair
  • Cleaning your home's contents and belongings
  • Eliminating fire and smoke odor and deodorization

Mold Remediation

Mold can present serious health concerns and can spread quickly through your home or business if left unchecked. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals utilize proven mold remediation techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to protect you and your property. SERVPRO professionals can assist you with:

Biohazard Remediation

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville professionals are trained to safely remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. SERVPRO professionals can assist you with:

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"They came out last week and completed the work. It was done very well. The lady that was there (Kia P.) should be commended for her excellent work. I was very impressed with her and the time frame she worked in. "

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"You guys rock. As do Matt and Matt. Complete pros, all of you. Thank you."

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Awards

2008 Rookie of the Year - SERVPRO System-wide

2010 CEO Award - Associate Franchise

2011 Chairman's Silver Sales Award

2012 Chairman's Bronze Award


Certifications

AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

ECTP - Employee Certification Training ProgramII

CRC Certified Firm

OCT - Odor Control Technician

OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician

SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician


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ACP - Association of Contengency Planners - Mid TN

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Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

CAI Nashville Communities Associations Institute

GNHA Greater Nashville Hospitaliity Association

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