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How Fires Can Damage Retail Stock

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How Fires Can Damage Retail Stock Sprinklers help to save a business from many larger fires, but they also have the unfortunate consequence of adding additional damage to a situation.

How Retail Stock Can Be Damaged By Fires

When picturing a fire, most people think only of the flames themselves. However, in a real fire, open flames are often among the least of your concerns. Fires are multifaceted disasters that can cause damage in multiple ways, especially in retail merchandise. Between ash, smoke, burns, and water damage, fires can damage almost any type of merchandise. SERVPRO can clean and restore many of these, but understanding what might happen to your stock during a fire is important for calculating financial loss and extra shipments.
 
Burned Goods
 
The most obvious damage for fires in retail locations is through direct burns. Flammable items may catch fire, in most cases becoming unsalvageable, and other goods may be exposed to flames that partially or fully destroy them. We're able to restore some of the damage caused by direct burns, such as some discoloration or warping in items, but many victims of this type of damage are irrecoverable.
 
Water Damage from Sprinklers
 
Sprinklers help to save a business from many larger fires, but they also have the unfortunate consequence of adding additional damage to a situation. Water can damage most unsealed goods, and whether or not they will need replacing depends entirely on how much water is sprayed and what types of items are affected.
 
Ash
 
Ash is a tricky substance, as it can work its way into deep recesses and mix with water to become a harmful sludge. Ash is particularly bad for electronics and food items, but thankfully, its effects can usually be mitigated by SERVPRO or an affiliated contractor.
 
Smoke
 
Smoke has the highest potential to damage fabrics and clothing, but can hurt other types of merchandise as well. We have many different methods of treating smoke damage, be it on an individual item or rooms at a time. Smoke is usually a more serious problem for the building itself than any merchandise.
 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties is a locally-owned company with industrial-grade equipment and training capable of handling even the most serious retail fire restorations. Call us 24/7 at (615) 672-1905.

Inadequate Venting Causes Mold Damage In Dickson Home

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Inadequate Venting Causes Mold Damage In Dickson Home Consulting with SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties helps you identify the reasons your dwelling supports mold growth.

Does Your Dickson Home Have Mold Damage?

Mold needs one thing to grow: water. It may not be a significant amount of water nor does it matter if it is clean or contaminated. Mold spores always inhabit the same spaces as you and your family, unseen microscopic particles floating in the air or lying on surfaces. SERVPRO helps you to learn about mold, so it peacefully coexists with you.

One common way mold damage gains a hold in your Dickson home is when kitchens, bathrooms, and other humid areas have improper venting. Spores swell and grow even if the water available is in a vaporous state. When you run your dishwasher, boil water for pasta, shower, or do laundry, water vapor builds in the air. The vapor that remains in the air because of no or improper venting activates nearby spores. Mold growth follows, attaching to areas like backsplashes, walls, grout, shower curtains, vanities, and hoses. The growth accelerates if any real leaks are present in plumbing or if damp towels or clothing offer the mold another source of moisture and an organic place to grow.

Consulting with SERVPRO helps you identify the reasons your dwelling supports mold growth. Our mold remediation training program thoroughly prepares our technicians to search successfully for mold growth and to isolate the moisture source. We use scientific methods and instruments to test for airborne mold and humidity levels that encourage microbial growth. If the humid areas of your home have fans or other venting systems, we urge you to use them to reduce ambient humidity. Rooms that are often steamy but have no venting are a different kind of problem. Opening windows, using free standing fans, or exploring other venting options are all options we suggest.

Regardless of the water source, we follow EPA protocols to contain, remove, and disinfect areas that show mold growth. When the mold is bagged and discarded, our staff measures the humidity and help you reduce it to below 60 percent. Mold is always likely to regrow if the moisture spikes again so controlling humidity, eliminating seepage and leaks, and extracting hidden areas of water are crucial in mold damage remediation.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Frustration about recurrent mold growth is a challenge SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties frequently handles with success. Call (615) 672-1905 and begin working with us on a plan that remediates current mold colonies and limits future infestation.

Tips for cleaning your Cheatham, Robertson or Dickson County Restaurant

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips for cleaning your Cheatham, Robertson or Dickson County Restaurant  SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson & Dickson Counties offer many cleaning services to help your restaurant stay in compliance with the National Fire Prote

SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson & Dickson Counties offer many cleaning services to help your restaurant stay in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association and the federal Food and Drug Administration. These services not only help keep your restaurant in compliance, but they are key factors in the health and safety of your employees and patrons.

 

Carpet Cleaning

Great service and food are not the only things that keep customers returning to your establishment, maintaining a restaurants cleanliness and appearance play a large role in a restaurants success. Although most carpeting is found in the dining area, there are aerosol grease particles that travel through the air and find their final home on the carpeting. The residue is a host for bacteria and a magnet for dirt. With the abundance of foot traffic, as well as food and drink that are spilled regularly, keeping the carpets clean can be a daunting task. Scheduling regular cleanings will help to keep your restaurants carpets clean and odor free.

 

Exhaust Fan Cleaning

Ensuring that your exhaust fans are cleaned regularly and properly is one of the most important tasks in the restaurant business. Having your exhaust fans cleaned is required by the National Fire Protection Association and the federal Food and Drug Administration. Commercial exhaust fans are a popular place for grease build up, and keeping a regular cleaning schedule decreases your risk of having a grease fire.  Cleaning your exhaust fans regularly also increases the lifespan and ensures that your equipment is working at top capacity.

 

SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson & Dickson Counties can not only clean the carpets and exhaust fans in your restaurant, we can work around your schedule to ensure that both you and your customers are not inconvenienced. Call our office today for more information and scheduling options.

Spring Cleaning Tips for: Cheatham, Robertson & Dickson County homeowners

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Tips for: Cheatham, Robertson & Dickson County homeowners As winter slips away and the warmer weather draws near, homeowners often want to freshen up their home for summer gatherings.

As winter slips away and the warmer weather draws near, homeowners often want to freshen up their home for summer gatherings. Many times “spring cleaning” can be time consuming and keep you indoors and unable to enjoy the warm weather. Many of the larger tasks on your list can be taken care of by our highly trained staff to give you additional time to spend with your family.

 

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Services- Cheatham, Robertson & Dickson Counties

It is recommended that homeowners have their carpets cleaned every 8-12 months. Cleaning your carpets regularly improves indoor air quality, extends the life of your carpet, as well as reduces health risks. Upholstered furniture is recommended to be cleaned every 12-24 months depending on how often it is used. In addition to improving the overall life of furniture regular cleaning also helps to reduce potential allergens.  After a long winter and little outside air circulation, your home can become stuffy. Cleaning your carpets and upholstered furniture can help to freshen up your home and improve the appearance.

 

Duct Cleaning Services- Cheatham, Robertson & Dickson Counties

It is recommended that homeowners have their air ducts cleaned every 2-5 years. The frequency of cleaning depends on what part of the country you live in, if anyone in your household has allergy problems or asthma, inside pets and how often your system is used. Cleaning your air ducts will help to eliminate dust and debris particles that are circulating through your duct work as well as help to eliminate stale/stagnate odors.

SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson & Dickson Spring Safety Tips

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson & Dickson Spring Safety Tips Spring is often a welcome change from the cold winter months, but there are spring weather hazards that can arise.

How to be prepared for spring weather hazards

Spring is often a welcome change from the cold winter months, but there are spring weather hazards that can arise. You are not powerless to inclement weather that produces tornadoes, water events and lightning. Make sure that your family has a plan in place for these types of inclement weather to ensure everyone’s safety.

Knowing your risk is a key part of ensuring you are prepared for weather hazards that arise. Always ensure that you are checking your local weather forecast before leaving home. You can also follow weather patterns and possible threats by downloading apps such as Accuweather or Yahoo Weather.

Planning for weather hazards, such as tornado, flood or lightning strike to your home is an essential part of preparedness. Assemble an emergency kit with non-perishable food items, water and basic first aid supplies to ensure that your family is taken care of in case of emergency. Also ensure that your family has an emergency plan in case of evacuation, loss of power or fire. You can visit Ready.gov  for a free template to create your plan.

If you find yourself with damage to your home from spring weather hazards SERVPRO is here to help. From water damage to fire damage, you can count on our highly skilled project managers and staff to restore your property and ensure that it is back to normal as quickly as possible.

Dickson Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dickson Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This Dickson home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Dickson basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – (615) 446-7626

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help! (615) 446-7626

Emergency Fire Damage Tips for White House

1/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Fire Damage Tips for White House When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties will help you take it back.

Emergency Fire Damage DOs and DONTs 

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties arrives. Follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking. 
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Empty the freezer and refrigerator if the electricity is off, and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.
  • Remove soot particles from plans with a damp cloth.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop soot particles from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON'T:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties.
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TVs, computers, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water (they may be contaminated). 
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

If you have any questions, or need service, please contact us at 615-672-1905.

Prevent Fire Damage in Springfield This Winter

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prevent Fire Damage in Springfield This Winter SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties responds 24 hours a day to fire damage emergencies.

Heat Your Springfield Home Safely 

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. In Middle Tennessee, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. 

Did You Know?

According to the National Fire Protection Association:

  • 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
  • Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. 
  • Heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually.

Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire.

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. 
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

If your property does suffer fire damage or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties at (615) 672-1905 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

 

*Statistics and tips provided by National Fire Prevention Association.

 

Dickson 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dickson 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Dickson.

 

SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help.
Call Today - (615) 672-1905

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties

SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.

Meet Our Team - Click Here

Certifications

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • ASCS - Air Systems Cleaning Specialist
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • CVI - Certified Ventilation Inspectors
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

Protect Your Springfield Home from Frozen Pipes

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect Your Springfield Home from Frozen Pipes Prevent pipes from freezing in your Springfield home this winter.

Avoid Frozen Pipes in Springfield

While the winters in Middle Tennessee may not be as bad as some other areas of the country, they're still nothing to ignore. Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you're not prepared. One of the most damaging and costly problems with frigid temperatures is the potential for frozen water pipes.

How and Why Pipes Freeze

As most of us know, when water freezes, it expands - anyone who has ever left a water bottle in their freezer overnight can tell you that. We often overlook or forget about the potential of the water in the pipes at our house freezing. However, in cases of extremely cold temperatures, that's exactly what can happen. As the water in your pipes expands as it freezes - and just like the frozen water bottle, it becomes bloated. These pipes will burst if they expand beyond their capacity, and water will begin to leak once it thaws.

Another thing to keep in mind is areas that are exposed to colder temperature are more susceptible to frozen or broken pipes. These areas include crawl spaces, attics, garages, and even the exterior walls of your home. 

How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather. Below are some tips and tricks to help you prevent water pipes from freezing at your property. 

  • Allow water to drip from faucets when temperatures dip below freezing. Moving water is less likely to freeze.
  • If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Use insulated covers or wrap towels around any outdoor faucets. Shut off the water to these faucets if you have the ability to do so. 
  • Close the exterior vents of your crawl space. This will keep the area and pipes inside it a little bit warmer.
  • Inspect the pipes in your crawl space and attic to ensure they are well insulated.

By utilizing these tips and taking the proper precautions now, you could save yourself a lot of money and headaches later. 

For more information about preventing frozen pipes at your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties at (615) 672-1905.