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Are You In The Process Of Listing Your Sumner County Home?

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Are You In The Process Of Listing Your Sumner County Home?

Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. Should a damaging event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage – act within the first 24 to 48 hours.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water.
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used.
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials.
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work.
  • Install a ventilation system.

SERVPRO® of Sumner County can inspect the areas that you feel need attention and provide service to remediate the areas as well to ensure that you are ready to list your home. Call our office today to schedule an inspection at 615-822-0200.

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

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

There are several different types of storms that could effect Sumner County. Storms have proved to result in injuries, deaths and damage to homes, properties and businesses. Below are different types of storms and what they consist of individually.

Thunder Storms -

Heavy rains and heavy winds can cause storm damage and can also result in water damage around Sumner County. Most property damage from thunderstorms is from hail or wind, but lightning is also possible. Lightning is a major cause of storm and fire damage in the U.S. The NFPA states that between the years of 2007 and 2011, local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lighting strikes. In addition to the possibility of fires, lightning strikes can be deadly. Data from the National Weather Service shows that between the years of 2008 and 2012, an average of 29 people per year died as a result of lighting strikes.

Hail Storms -

Hail storms often come with thunderstorms. Hail occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where the rain freezes into ice. Hail can cause extensive damage to structures, crops, livestock and vehicles.

Ice Storms -

If a winter storm causes more than a quarter inch of ice on exposed surfaces, the storm is considered an ice storm. Ice build up can pose severe impacts to the residents of Sumner County. Ice can increase the weight of tree branches up to 30 times and can add 500 pounds of additional weight to power lines. If more than half and inch of ice forms on trees and power lines, widespread damage is expected leaving roads impassable as well as residents without power and damage to homes.

Tornadoes -

The winds from tornadoes wreak havock on whatever they touch. Tordandos are funnels of rapidly spinning air. Winds from tornadoes vary and can top out at 250 miles per hour. Large tornadoes are highly destructive and can clear areas as much as a mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes derive from thunderstoms and are often accompanied by hail.

Blizzards -

A blizzard is a severe snow storm that produces winds in excess of 35 miles per hour and low visibility of less than a quarter mile that last for more than 3 hours. By itself, the heavy snow can cause roof collapse and trees to fall. The combination of wind, snow, and cold is very dangerous.

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOOA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® of Sumner County can help.

Is Your Sumner County Business Prepared If Disaster Strikes?

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.

Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire can affect your business.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® is a start of approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO® of Sumner County to create your SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® of Sumner County is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call our office today at 615-822-0200 to schedule your free facility assessment.

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.