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Winter Is Coming

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes Frozen pipes resulting in a water damage

Now that Christmas and New Years has passed its time to shift our focus to Winter. Although the weather has warmer then usual for this time of year, colder tempertures are now on the horizon. With dropping tempatures comes the risk of frozen pipes and water damage.

Bursting pipes alone can result in thousands of dollars 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 $0.50 per liner foot according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Clean out gutters. By making sure there are no blockages in your gutters you can avoid ice dams, which cause water to back up and flow into the house.

Ensure there are no broken seals around windows and doors.

Check the roof for leaks or cracks in seals. These cracks usually form around vent and chimneystacks. Snow, which is mostly likely to collect on the downwind side of the roof, can cause damage to shingles.

The Dangers of Frying a Turkey

12/4/2023 (Permalink)

Frozen Turkey Fire The fire department drops a frozen turkey into a fryer

We were happy to partner up with the Hendersonville fire department to demonstrate the dangers of dropping a frozen turkey into a fryer. If you are cooking a turkey make sure it has plenty of time a thaw. Do not drop it in the oil quickly. You want to ease it down slowly. Make sure your fryer is outside and you have a fire extinguisher present.

We offer continuing education throughout the year for insurance agents and adjusters. We provide classes that cover water damage and mold, but our most popular class is always the thanksgiving fire remediation class.

After the class is complete we head outside where the fire department already has the oil heated up. They drop a frozen turkey into the fryer and what happens next is crazy.

Here is a really good video of the event this year. The fire department does great job showing you what can wrong when frying a turkey. While also giving you great advice on how to do it the right way.

Frozen Turkey Fire

PigFest 2023

11/3/2023 (Permalink)

PigFest 2023 SERVPRO Storm Trailer

SERVPRO of Sumner County was proud to be a part of PigFest 2023 in Hendersonville. This is our 4th straight year being involved in the event and we look forward to continuing to be a part of it!

This year we had a booth set up right beside Mary's Magical Place. Our job was to pass out paint and materials to kids so they could paint parking spots. It was very cool to see some familiar faces from pervious years that came back to touch up their parking spot.

IF you have never came to PigFest in the past id high recommend going next year. There is great food for purchase as well as some free samples. It is some of the best BBQ you will have! 

SERVPRO is a Proud Sponsor of the Tennessee Vols

9/6/2023 (Permalink)

Servpro: We've Got Gameday, and Everyday, Covered SERVPRO is a Proud Sponsor of the Tennessee Volunteers!

SERVPRO of Sumner County is led by 4 UT Alums - 2 of which played football for the you can imagine our excitement to announce this partnership!

SERVPRO is now a Proud Sponsor of the Tennessee Vols! Be on the lookout for our logos in Neyland Stadium and listening for our radio spots during the broadcast!

Let's have a great season! Go Big Orange!

We've Got Gameday, and Everyday, Covered!

National Preparedness Month

9/5/2023 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month  Contact your local SERVPRO about their free emergency plan

When September arrives most people think about the weather cooling off and the return of football. At SERVPRO September is a big month because its officially the national preparedness month. Its a simple reminder to be prepared for any emergency or disaster.

Most people assume hurricanes are the only disaster and rarely are prepared if they don't live by the ocean. However flooding, fires, and tornadoes can happen anywhere in the world so its important to have a plan in place.

We recommend using some of these tips to make sure you and your family are prepared for any type of emergency.

- Have an emergency meeting location

- Keep emergency contacts saved in your phone 

- Keep copies of important documents in multiple locations 

If you own a business please reach out to your local franchise and ask them about the free emergency ready plan. We are happy to come take a look at your business and customize an emergency plan. This includes documenting main shut offs and organizing emergency contacts. 

Indoor Air Quality

8/1/2023 (Permalink)

Indoor Air Quality Maintaining good indoor air quality

One of the most commons calls we get during the summer is for mold inspections. Mold can cause a lot of different issues within a house or building. It can affect the structure as well as cause health problems for those living inside. This blog will focus on some tips to have good indoor air quality and help prevent mold growth.

  1. Vent bathrooms, kitchens, toilets and laundry rooms directly outdoors. Use energy efficient and quiet fans.
  2. Avoid locating furnaces, air conditioners and ductwork in garages or other spaces where they can inadvertently draw contaminants into the house.
  3. Properly vent fireplaces, wood stoves and other hearth products; use tight doors and outdoor air intakes when possible.
  4. Vent clothes dryers and central vacuum cleaners directly outdoors.
  5. Store toxic or volatile compounds such as paints, solvents, cleaners and pesticides out of the occupiable space.
  6. Minimize or avoid unvented combustion sources such as candles, cigarettes, indoor barbecues, decorative combustion appliances or vent-free heaters.
  7. Provide operable windows to accommodate unusual sources or high-polluting events, such as the use of home cleaning products, hobby activities, etc.
  8. Use sealed-combustion, power-vented or condensing water heaters and furnaces. When natural-draft applications must be used they should be tested for proper venting and should be located outside the occupiable space when possible.
  9. Put a good particle filter or air cleaner in your air handling system to keep dirt out of the air and off of your ductwork and heating and cooling components.
  10. Distribute a minimum level of outdoor air throughout the home, using whole-house mechanical ventilation.

For other information or to schedule a HVAC or ductwork cleaning call us today!

What To Do When You Have a Water Damage

7/25/2023 (Permalink)

Water Extraction Removing water from a customers home

If your home or business just experienced a water damage this blog is for you. I'm sure a lot of questions are running through your head about who to call or what to do next. The first step is to call your local SERVPRO so they can inspect the damage to see if a claim needs to be filed. Why SERVPRO is on the way here are some tips to help minimize the water damage.

Water Damage from Clean Water:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a plumber if you cant find the source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or using towels.
  • Put furniture on blocks to prevent the bottom from getting wet.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture and wet carpeting.
  • Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. 
  • Don't use a household vacuum to remove water. This could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum.

Water Damage from Contaminated Water (i.e. Sewage, Outside Water, etc.)

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and any items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through damaged or wet areas. This could increase the possibility of spreading contamination.
  • Do not use the HVAC system or fans to dry the structure, as this could spread contaminated air.
  • Do not use any products for personal hygiene or cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated area.

Fire Prevention

7/25/2023 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO preparing to clean a fire damage

Fires are one of the worst events that can happen to a home or business. Often they are unpredictable and sudden. However, there a few things you can do to help prevent a fire. While this doesn't guarantee you will never have one, it drastically lowers your percentage.

 -Inspect Smoke Detectors

When a fire starts a working smoke detector can not only save you money, but it could also save your life. It is recommended to test them monthly and frequently exchange the batteries. It only takes a few minutes to test them and its recommended to completely replace the detectors once every ten years. If your house has more then one floor its best to have detectors on each level and especially one close to each sleeping area.

-Watch Your Appliances

Stoves, washing machines, and microwaves all make our lives easier. However, when not used properly they can easily start a fire. Its recommended to clean these appliances regularly and not to use them when nobody is present.

-Be Extra Safe in The Kitchen

Recent studies have show that over half of house fires start in the kitchen. It’s important make sure you keep a fire extinguisher in close reach of the kitchen. Grease fires are most common in this area. It’s important to know that you must treat a grease fire differently than a regular fire. Never use water to put out a grease fire. Instead try to cover the fire with a heavy metal lid or dump baking soda directly on it.

-Don’t Smoke Inside

We don’t recommend smoking period. However, if you do please step outside and dispose your cigarette butts in a safe place.

-Have A Plan

Even if you follow all these tips there is still a chance your home could experience a fire. It’s smart to have an emergency plan in place. If you don’t already one the best time to make one is now. Choose a safe meeting place outside your house. Establish escape routes from every room of your house. Finally make sure everyone in your home knows where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them properly.  

What Causes Mold?

7/25/2023 (Permalink)

Mold Growth SERVPRO specializes in mold removal

If you have ever spent any amount of time in a crawlspace odds are you have been in a moldy environment. Crawlspaces are not the only spot in a home where mold can be present, but it is the most common. This is because the conditions in a crawlspace is perfect for mold growth. This blog will focus on those conditions and what you can do to help prevent mold growth.

- Water Intrusion

This is the number one cause of mold. This can come in many different forms. The most common are roof leaks, frozen water pipes, wet foundations, and outside water. Water is the key ingredient for mold growth. its important to make sure all leaks are stopped immediately and the structure is dried out properly.

- High Humidity

Leaks aren't the only cause of mold. High humidity is also a main contributor to mold growth. You really wan to keep your indoor humidity below 60%. If you are having trouble with high humidity you might want look into purchasing a dehumidifier.       

Social Media Links

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Have you visited our social media and web platforms? Here at SERVPRO® of Sumner County we pride ourselves in the hard work that our TEAM puts in every day. We would love to have you visit our social media and web pages so that you can partake in the fun that we have here! Listed below are the different platforms that we have for SERVPRO® of Sumner County and the content that you might see on those platforms. See something that interest you? Make sure to like that page so that you can follow us for more awesomeness!

Website- www.SERVPROsumnercounty

You can find all of our blog articles, customer photos and testimonials as well as a wealth of other information about our TEAM and company that you might not know!

Facebook- @SERVPROSumner

Well……it’s FACEBOOK! You can find a little bit of everything on our Facebook page. We share local information regarding our communities, try to provide severe weather updates when necessary and try to post fun interactive material.

Instagram- @SERVPROSumner

Only the coolest photos and stories that you have EVER seen! Like really. We are pretty awesome, but our Instagram account is WAY cooler than even us!

Twitter- @SERVPROSumner

We share updates of sporting events that we are affiliated with and much more! Come and follow us so that you can find out what all of the chirp is about!

Google- SERVPRO of Sumner County

Reviews! This is a great place to follow the reviews that are coming in for SERVPRO® of Sumner County. This also has our street address, phone number and hours (24/7).

BBB- SERVPRO of Sumner County

Check out our A+ rating on the BBB website for SERVPRO® of Sumner County.