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SERVPRO® of Sumner County 24-Hour Emergency Storm Damage Service

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage and Insurance in Sumner County

 SERVPRO® of Sumner County wants to create community awareness about the potential risk of flood and water damage. Here are some insurance tips from FEMA about flood insurance. Most insurance rates vary by company and the rules vary by state. Flood insurance is an exception.

Most property insurance does not cover flood damage.

Some homeowners’ policies will cover water damage if the damage came from:

  • Sewer or drain backup
  • Sudden and accidental damage from plumbing, heating systems or air conditioning

Additionally, some policies will also include mold remediation, but not if a flood caused the problem.

How to get flood insurance in Sumner County

  • Check whether your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can still get flood insurance if you live in a low-risk area and many times the insurance will cost less if you live in a low-risk area.
  • Find an insurance agent in Sumner County. The NFIP is the only flood-insurance provider, but the government does not sell it. The NFIP sets the rates and you can purchase the policy through your local insurance provider.
  • If your insurance agent is unaware of the NFIP, you can reach out to the help center at 800-427-4661

Resource Links:

usa.gov

FEMA

SERVPRO® of Sumner County Mold and Mildew Service

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Sumner County thought of starting a band called Mold and the Mildews. We know a lot about the subject and are fungis (lol), but fortunately for you guys, we decided against it.

Mold and mildew are both types of fungi. Mildew is never useful, but some kinds of fungi are okay, like mushrooms (if you like mushrooms) and some molds can be useful, like penicillin. Other kinds of fungi are definitely not okay, like athlete’s foot and you definitely don’t want them growing in your home or office. SERVPRO® of Sumner County can help, if you discover something growing in your residence that shouldn’t be there.

It’s good to learn about the different kinds of mold and mildew. Education is important and finding an industry expert is critical. SERVPRO® of Sumner County recommends Frost Environmental Services, L.L.C. for an inspection. If you need assistance getting rid of the problem, give SERVPRO® of Sumner County a shout and we would be happy to help.

Storm Damage And How It Can Affect Your Sumner County Home

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage And How It Can Affect Your Sumner County Home SERVPRO of Sumner County was happy to help this small business in South Carolina become a success story when they got them back up and running.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) documents that almost 40% of small businesses never reopen after suffering from hurricane or storm damage. The faster you can get your building up and running, the faster you can get your employees and customers rolling again. SERVPRO of Sumner County has exhaustive experience helping businesses open as quick as possible. It doesn’t matter if it the weather damage is from wind, hail, rain, flooding, lightning, or even hurricanes, we can assist all along the way.

The sad thing about storm damage is it can affect an entire community. There are not many restoration companies that can handle large scale destruction, but because SERVPRO has over 1,700 locations nationwide, we are able to pull resources from all over the country when disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Sumner County was happy to help this small business in South Carolina become a success story when they got them back up and running in record time. We are here to help.

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/108451

SERVPRO® of Sumner County - Fire Extinguisher Tips

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Sumner County knows that the proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent fire damages and injuries from destroying lives.

Fire extinguishers effectively put out 80% of all fires. Homes and businesses alike should have fire extinguishers on hand and ready at all times. At this time, there is not a law stating that a propery owner must install fire extinguishers in their homes, businesses with 5 or more employees are required by the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) to maintain fire extinguishers in their facilities. Businesses are required to have one fire extinguisher every 3,000 square feet, and are required to train employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. Training must be provided to new employees, as well as maintained once yearly.

OSHA requires all fire extinguishers to be inspected visually each month, as well as an annuall maintenance check on each fire extinguisher. Fore extinguishers are to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged and the carrying handle should be 3 ½ to 5 feet above the floor.

Questions to Ask Yourself About Using a Fire Extinguisher:

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it? [Look up PASS here]
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO® of Sumner County reminds you that fire moves and builds at a rapid pace. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area, and call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sumner County Home.

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sumner County Home. Have Questions about Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage? Call Us Today 615-822-0200

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smokes migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sumner County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat. Smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today  615-822-0200

Before The Feast

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires. Review the following safety tips to ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended-stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Keep anything flammable-pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen, Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to ensure that all stoves, ovens and small appliances are turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

SERVPRO® of Sumner County wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Restoring Your Gallatin Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Gallatin Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Flooding and water damage events at Gallatin commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Sumner County

SERVPRO of Sumner County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Does Your Hendersonville Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Hendersonville Home Have A Mold Problem? Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moister must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

In Hendersonville, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to removal all mold, which is fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or pet.

Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moister must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment and expertise to remediate you mold infestation.

If you see signs of mold call us today – 615-822-0200

Sealing Its Fate

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold travels when it is disturbed and will attach to anything that is a viable food source. When our office receives calls to complete mold remediation’s we are happy to help, but need to follow certain procedures to ensure that when we are cleaning the areas that have mold present we are spreading the mold to other areas of the home or business.

When our trained teams arrive they will assess the damage and if a scope of work is not already created they will create a protocol or scope of work. If our teams are working inside the home they will hang containment (heavy plastic sheeting) to seal off the area and prevent mold spores from traveling to other portions of the home. The area remains sealed off until the work has been completed. In many cases our teams will place air scrubbers in or around the area to aid with the mold particles in the air.

If you feel that you have mold in your home or business call SERVPRO® of Sumner County today to schedule an appointment.

Understanding Water Types-Damage From Clean Water

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

When you home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper clean up.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for SERVPRO® of Sumner County to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is sage from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electric shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceiling is sagging from retained water.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO® of Sumner County at 615-822-0200.