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Three Common Reasons For House Fires In Your Sumner County Home

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Three Common Reasons For House Fires In Your Sumner County Home Educating yourself on the leading causes for house fires and prevention is a step in the right direction to ensure that your family and home are safe.

Three Common Reasons For House Fires In Your Sumner County Home

If a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape. House fires can be devastating and the road to recovery is long and hard. Educating yourself on the leading causes for house fires and prevention is a step in the right direction to ensure that your family and home are safe.

Electrical Outlets

Many electrical fires in homes or businesses are caused by faulty electrical outlets, old wiring, outdated appliances or electrical cords that are frayed.

-If you live in an older home have an electrician complete an inspection. Standards and codes are constantly being revised and updated to ensure safety.

-Do not overload your circuits.

-Understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips. Both devices allow you to plug in multiple electronics, but only the surge protector will help protect your electronics from a power surge.

Kitchen Fires

Carelessness in the kitchen can lead to devastating house fires. The leading cause of kitchen fires is due to unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

-Never leave pots or pans unattended on your stove.

-Keeping your stove an oven clean will prevent buildup of food splatter and grease that could later ignite when the stove or oven is turned on for cooking.

-Keep any items that could ignite away from your stove top

-Ensure that you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen in case of emergency.

Dryers

Dryer vents are becoming a much bigger and more common safety problem. Over time, your dryer vent fills with lint that sneaks by your dryers filter. Fires can occur when the excess lint builds up in the dryer or exhaust duct.

-Clean out the dryer vent regularly.

-Clean the lint filter after EACH load of laundry that is dried.

-Clean underneath and behind your dryer to eliminate any lint that collects.

Efflorescence or Mold? Do you know the difference?

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Efflorescence or Mold? Do you know the difference?

Efflorescence and mold can look quite similar. Although they look similar, that is the only quality they have in common. Distinguishing between the two is important for your piece of mind and treatment of the affected area.

What is Efflorescence?

Efflorescence is the migration of salt to the surface of a porous material, where it forms a white chalky coating. Efflorescence is found on masonry, stucco or concrete surfaces. It forms from salt deposits that remain on the surface of the materials when groundwater and sometimes rain water evaporate. Although it is unsightly, it does not pose a health risk. It does however indicate that there is excessive moisture entering and can be problematic if not addressed.

What is Mold?   

Mold is a term used to refer to fungi that grow in the form of multicellular thread-like structures and comes in a rainbow of colors. Mold grows and spreads in unconditioned spaces and sometimes in structures that do not have proper ventilation or have experienced a leak. With the exception of the winter months mold is always present outdoors. Exposure to damp and moldy environments can cause a variety of health effects, or none at all.  

How do you know the difference?

-Efflorescence dissolves in water, whereas mold does not.

-If rubbed between your fingers, efflorescence turns powdery. Mold does not

-Mold can be any color, but is often black or grey. Efflorescence, is almost always white or yellow.

-Efflorescence develops on inorganic building materials, like masonry, stucco or concrete. Mold typically grows on organic materials, such as wood or drywall.

If you are uncertain as to whether you’re dealing with mold or efflorescence we suggest calling our office to schedule an inspection. Once the problem of mold or efflorescence is distinguished we can provide you with an estimate for cleanup.

Flash Flooding And How It Affects You

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Flooding And How It Affects You Flash flooding occurs when there is a sudden influx of water onto normally dry land.

Flash Flooding And How It Affects You

Flash flooding occurs when there is a sudden influx of water onto normally dry land. Flooding can happen for many reasons, including heavy rains, ocean waves, snow that melts too quickly or dams and levees that break. Floods are the most common and wide spread weather-related disasters.

Flooding can happen very quickly with little or no warning. The destructive power of a flood combined with unpredictability make them extremely dangerous. Flooding can occur anywhere that receives rain fall. In the United States floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning.

What areas are at most risk from flooding?

Areas that are densely populated are at a high risk. Heavy construction and areas that have little to no dirt or grass that is not covered by concrete have nowhere for water to run off. In turn, instead of the water dissipating back into the ground it rises. In these densely populated areas if the streams have been re-routed underground and into storm drains they are at risk of overflowing and causing damage.

Areas near rivers are at risk. Levees are built along rivers and are used to prevent high water from flooding bordering land. If these levees are not maintained or the rains cause them to fail they cause devastating damage.

Mountains and steep hills produce a high amount of water runoff. If there are streams around these areas it causes them to rise quickly due to the rock and soil sediment. A creek or stream that at its regular depth might be 6”-7” can swell to a 10 foot raging river if a thunderstorm with heavy rain lingers.

Flood Alerts:

Flash Flood or Flood Watch-Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated watch area-be alert.

Flash Flood or Flood Warning-Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent-take necessary precautions at once! Get to higher ground.

Urban and Small Stream Advisory-Flooding of small streams, streets and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains is occurring.

Flash Flood or Flood Statement-Follow-up information regarding a flash flood/flood event.

Ensuring that you are well educated on flooding and why it happens is the first step to safety. If you find yourself in a flood situation stay calm and get to higher ground.

Understanding Mold Management

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Management Controlling the indoor and outdoor moisture of your home are the first steps in preventing mold growth.

Understanding Mold Management

Mold is an essential part of nature and returns carbon as well as other elements, back into our ecosystem. However, mold is not a word that homeowners want to use when describing their homes. Mold cannot be completely eradicated, but it can be managed to a sanitary extent.

Moisture control and rapid response are a key component in controlling mold growth in your home or outside structure. Controlling the indoor and outdoor moisture of your home are the first steps in preventing mold growth.

Indoor Moisture Control:

                -Fix any indoor plumbing that is dripping or “sweating”.

                -Limit indoor humidity levels

                -Improve air movement in poorly ventilated areas of the home

Outdoor Moisture Control:

                -Inspect and maintain roofs, gutters and flashing

                -Ensure that the home has proper grading to direct water runoff away

                -Install air conditioners in outside buildings for air flow

                -Keep outside doors to the home closed on humid days

If you find that you have mold in your home or outdoor structure it is important to locate and correct the problem. Once the problem that is causing the mold growth is corrected the area needs to be cleaned and porous materials need to be removed.

Call our office today for an estimate on mold removal.

Fire Damage-The Breakdown Of Damage

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage-The Breakdown Of Damage Understanding the effects of fire and how quickly items need to be evaluated and attended to can minimize the need for costly repair.

Fire Damage-The Breakdown Of Damage

There are roughly 300,000 to 400,000 residential home fires per year in the United States. These fires range from small to large and originate inside of the home. Fires are a devastating occurrence for homeowners and are extremely hard to overcome, as they take months to clean and repair. SERVPRO of Sumner County specializes in fire damage restoration and is here to help if you find yourself in need.

Damage to your structure and contents happen rapidly after the fire occurs. Every second counts after the fire is extinguished and our professionals know that damages increase and cost escalates the longer neutralization, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When restoration is prolonged, effects brought on by smoke exposure are extended. Below is a breakdown of the damage and effects from fire and smoke on a home.

Within Minutes:

Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolor; highly porous materials (marble, alabaster) discolor permanently.

Within Hours:

Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms; fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow; uncoated metals tarnish, countertops may yellow; finishes on appliances, particularly refrigerators, may yellow; furniture finishes may discolor.

Within Days:

In time, acid residues cause painted walls to yellow permanently; metal corrodes, pits and rusts; wood furniture requires refinishing; vinyl flooring requires refinishing or replacement; clothing becomes soot stained; upholstery stains permanently.

Within Weeks:

Restoration costs escalate tremendously. Synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass, crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.

Understanding the effects of fire and how quickly items need to be evaluated and attended to can minimize the need for costly repair. Our fire and smoke restoration experts can help you return to your home and bring most of your items to “preloss” condition. If you find yourself in need of restoration after a fire, call our office.

Tips for cleaning your Sumner County Restaurant

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips for cleaning your Sumner County Restaurant  SERVPRO of Sumner County offers many cleaning services to help your restaurant stay in compliance

SERVPRO of Sumner County offers 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 Sumner County 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.


 

SERVPRO of Sumner County Spring Safety Tips – How to be prepared for spring weather hazards

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Sumner County Spring Safety Tips – 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.

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.

Spring Cleaning Tips for: Sumner County Homeowners

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Tips for: Sumner 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- Sumner County

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- Sumner County

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.

How Fires Can Damage Retail Stock

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Fires Can Damage Retail Stock Sprinklers help to save businesses 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 way that items take fire damage in Hendersonville 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 Sumner County 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) 822-0200.

How Flood Damage can Affect Your Home in Hendersonville

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Flood Damage can Affect Your Home in Hendersonville Flooding can damage floors and much more in your home. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!

A Quick SERVPRO Assessment will Give You a Detailed Remediation and Restoration Plan

Flooding can happen at almost any time of the year, and sometimes these events are completely unexpected. Without time to move things to a higher level in your home, if available, many things can actually be swept around in your home haphazardly. At the least, it is important to close off doors so that the disarray when the flood recedes will not be as dramatic as it might be if the water had full access to every part of your home. The water might be able to seep in under doors, but items will not find their way from one end of the home to another.

Hendersonville homes affected by flood damage need special cleaning and restoration work. The water itself can cause substantial damage in your home. You might find that your specialty flooring has come loose because saturation in water can loosen the adhesives used to lay floors of this type. Curling at the edges and bubbles elsewhere are indicative of this type of flood damage. Saturated carpeting most likely will need to be replaced. Leaving soggy carpet in place can keep the floor underneath from drying, and also from being cleaned to a sanitary level.

Furniture will also need to be assessed for how soiled each item is. Some items that are upholstered may require additional time to dry before cleaning can commence. At SERVPRO, we have the technology to not only assess how contaminated your items are individually, but to also clean most of these items to acceptable levels by decontaminating them. Handling items before they have been adequately decontaminated can bring about serious water-borne illnesses because pathogens can be carried from the hand to the mouth all too easily.

Walls and floors will need to dry quickly or will need to have their water damaged sections replaced. This may be true if the flood lasted a long time or took an extended period to drain away. Walls must be dry from their exterior surface that you can see, all the way through to their interior surface. Feeling dry to the touch is not a good indicator of what is going on inside your walls.

If you are caught dealing with flood damage, call us, SERVPRO of Sumner County at (615) 822-0200. We can get your home back to a clean, livable state quickly so you can go back to your normal routine.