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3 Common Causes of Mold Damage in Your Home

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Your home has mold.

But don’t get alarmed (yet) – mold is a naturally occurring fungi that lives in all environments. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it’s impossible to eliminate all mold and spores from your house.

However, if conditions in your home are right, those fungi can spread and cause mold damage and big problems.

Stop Mold Damage Before It Starts

Mold grows best in damp, hot, and humid places. So the best way to control mold is to control the moisture in your home. Here are three common causes of mold damage in your house that you need to know about.

1. Leaky Pipes or Roofs Cause Mold Damage

One of the most common causes of mold damage is from leaks. Leaks create areas of standing water where mold colonies can grow. Call a plumber or replace any leaky pipes. Also note any discoloration on your ceiling, which can be a sign of water damage from a leaky roof or a leaky pipe in the room above. Remember, the source of these leaks must be fixed before any mold remediation can occur or the problem will continue.

2. Humidity Causes Mold Damage

The Tennessee Department of Health recommends the humidity in your home be set between 30 and 50 percent to prevent mold damage. Some thermostats have a setting which allows you to control the humidity level. This is important to note, especially during the hot and humid summer months here in Rutherford County.

If your thermostat doesn’t give you this option, think about using a dehumidifier. The most economic units will run between 50 and a few hundred dollars, but this is a small investment considering the potential costs associated with mold remediation.

3. Poor Ventilation Causes Mold Damage

Ventilation helps reduce the heat and humidity from areas with a lot of moisture – specifically kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. Check that your exhaust is not blocked and is venting all of your heat and humidity outside. Ensure exhaust fans are working properly over cooking surfaces and in your bathroom. It’s also smart to crack open a window while showering to help reduce the humidity in the room.

How to Get Rid of Your Mold

If you spot mold damage in your house, you need to act fast. And the highly trained mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO in Rutherford County are on call 24/7 – ready to assist in your emergency needs. Our team will help find the source of your problem and suggest services that are right for your home and budget.

Contact SERVPRO in Rutherford County at (615) 751-8815 to schedule your appointment today.

3 Signs You Might Have Mold Damage in Your Home

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage stinks.

No really, it stinks.

Like any fungi, mold grows best in damp and warm environments – and gives off a noticeable odor. But that’s not the only telltale sign that you might have mold damage in your house.

3 S’s That Could Signify Mold Damage in Your House

Sometimes the signs of mold are obvious, and sometimes they aren’t as noticeable. You might have had mold damage for years and not even realize it. But if you know what to look for, you can spot the symptoms of the fungi and take appropriate steps to get rid of the excess mold.

Here are three S’s you might notice if you have mold damage in your home.

1. Smell Might Be Caused by Mold Damage

If your home has a foul odor that’s not coming from your kids’ sweaty clothes, it could be due to mold growing somewhere in your house. Take heed of the old saying and simply follow your nose to try to detect where the smell is strongest, and mold might be growing. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some of the most common areas to check for mold include your basement, bathroom, roof, kitchen, and laundry room.

2. Stains Might Be Caused by Mold Damage

Unless your mold is located behind your walls – and if that’s the case you have a bigger problem on your hands – you’ll usually be able to see where mold might be growing. Often times you’ll notice black or colored splotches on your walls, pipes, shower, etc. where mold damage is occurring.

Another sign to look out for is water stains. These discolorations are evidence of a current or former leak. Remember, mold grows best in wet areas. A water stain is not proof of mold damage, but it’s important you keep an eye on that area. Most importantly, contact a plumber to ensure the leak has been fixed.

3. Sickness Might Be Caused by Mold Damage

Are you or someone in your home seemingly ill more than normal? In addition to causing an inconvenience in your house, in some cases mold might have a more serious impact on your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists several negative health reactions caused by mold, including stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, and even asthma. However, it’s important to note that not everyone is impacted by mold and symptoms will vary in each person.

How to Get Rid of Mold Damage

If you spot mold damage in your house, you need to act fast. And the highly trained mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO in Rutherford County are on call 24/7 – ready to assist in your emergency needs. Our team will help find the source of your problem and suggest services that are right for your home and budget.

Contact SERVPRO in Rutherford County at (615) 751-8815 to schedule your appointment today.

4 Useful Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Homes

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water-damaged homes are a mess.

Besides the literal mess it creates — with the stained ceilings and dripping pipes — it also lowers the resale value of your home and is inconvenient to repair. You could argue that most home insurance covers the cost of repairs anyway, but is that really something you want to risk?

Thankfully, with proper planning and the right know-how, residential water damage is preventable. It’s true that there are a billion causes out there and we all need a good amount of H2O on a daily basis, but there’s an equal number of easy solutions for you to try.

  1. Pay Attention to Your Water Bill

It may seem a bit weird, but this is one way to know if there’s something going on underneath the surface of your home. If your water bill suddenly skyrockets even if you haven’t been using that much water, it usually means a pipe burst somewhere you can’t see.

Damaged pipes can cause severe water damage if left untreated. In a worst-case scenario, it can make your home uninhabitable. Yeah, it’s that serious.

  1. Maintain Your Gutters

Clogged gutters are another main culprit for water damage as they tend to cause water buildup on your roof — which could, in turn, lead to moisture finding its way to your ceiling.

Regular de-clogging, done around once or twice a month, could save you from a lot of trouble in the long run.

  1. Repair Roof Damage ASAP

With the crazy weather going on nowadays, you’ll never know when to expect heavy downpour. When the rains do come, your roof needs to be in tip-top shape to prevent any unwanted leaks and dripping ceilings.

Check up on your roof occasionally — maybe while cleaning the gutters — to see if there are any cracked or damaged tiles that need replacing. The cost of replacing a tiny roof tile could save you the trouble of having to repair rotting plywood in the future.

  1. Do Regular Pipe Checkups

While I’m sure nobody has enough time to check out all the pipes regularly, spare a few hours of your weekend to make sure easily accessed pipes — such as the one under the sink — are working properly.

Tiny pipe leaks won’t manifest on your water bill so a quick peek once in a while will allow you to catch the problem before it gets any worse.

What to Do When You Need Water Restoration?

Preventive measures are only done to reduce the chances of water damage and it doesn’t eliminate the possibility completely. When you’ve done everything you can and excess moisture still finds its way into your home, quick response is key to making sure damage is kept to a minimum.

At SERVPRO here at Smyrna, TN, we have experienced technicians on call 24/7! After spotting the first signs of water damage, you may contact us at (615) 731-4222 and we’ll make sure your water damaged home is patched up in no time.

4 Common Causes of Water Damage in Homes

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

After pouring blood, sweat, and tears into purchasing your very own house, it only makes sense to give your all into keeping it in tip-top shape.

Knowing some of the most common issues is one of the most important things in properly maintaining your home — and water damage is one of those things.

The truth is, most homeowners don’t even know their home is already slowly falling apart due to undetectable moisture buildup. To make sure your house is protected, here are some common causes of water damage that you should know about.

  1. Bad Infrastructure

Let’s face it, not all homes are made equal. While your house may seem perfectly okay after the first few years of living in it, bad infrastructure can cause unavoidable issues and one of them is water damage.

Flat roofs and loose plumbing are only some of the most common causes of water damage in new homes. In most cases, the damage develops gradually over time.

  1. Faulty Pipes and Plumbing

There’s a lot more going on in your home that meets the eye. Old appliances, rusty pipes, and faulty piping jobs can cause water to wriggle its way into places it shouldn’t be.

Conducting regular once-overs in prone areas such as your sink, bathroom, and laundry room is one good way to prevent faulty plumbing and clogged pipes from causing havoc in the future. It also pays to have a trusted professional plumbing service to do all your repairs so you know where to go when things go wrong.

  1. Damaged Roofs and Gutters

The roof is your home’s main line of defense against the harsh outside conditions. Once it starts failing, it could mean disaster.

A busted roof and clogged gutters allow water to seep through the inner part of your ceiling and cause damage you might not even see. Even when the roof has no sign of visible trauma or the ceiling looks perfectly fine, there could still be moisture buildup that can cause huge damage in the long run.

  1. Unavoidable Natural Disasters

Murfreesboro gets an annual average of 52 inches of rain per year —that’s 13 inches more than the national average! So, when the rains come pouring and the winds start blowing, it’s perfectly understandable for even the most cautious of homeowners to see patches of mold developing on the ceiling.           

In situations like this one, the best course of action is to respond quickly and find the best service providers to prevent further damage to your home.

Trust Only the Water Restoration Experts!

When your pipes start leaking and water damage is threatening the integrity of your home’s structure, trust only SERVPRO in Murfreesboro for quick response and reliable repair services.

Let our highly trained water restoration technicians bring back your home’s former glory. Our services are available 24-hours, perfect for emergency situations.

Don’t let water damage destroy your home. Contact us today at 615-751-8815 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Summer Pool Cleaning and Safety Tips

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Summer Pool Cleaning and Safety Tips Keep your pool clean so you can enjoy all season long!

SERVPRO of Rutherford County can give you tips for peace of mind in caring for your pool so you can sit back and enjoy your investment rather than worry over the continual care of your backyard haven.

Regular maintenance guarantees you won’t have a slick of green algae growing on the edges or surface of your pool. Algae can come on quickly and once it has a grip on your backyard beauty it can be difficult to diffuse. A dirty pool will clog your equipment and lead to more financial woes in the future. It can also lead to cracks or broken pipes, which can cause water damage.

SERVPRO of Rutherford County can prevent that type of damage before it occurs and swoop in and clean up quickly and efficiently if you’ve encountered water damage on your property.

Make sure you check your water circulation regularly and that it is turning over the water at least every 8 hours. Stagnant water can breed bacteria within hours. It’s always a good idea to get a good brush along the sides and bottom once a week at least.

Test your water a few times a week to keep on top of the pH balance and sanitizers to keep your water baby at its optimum health.

When around water of any kind, be aware of the A, B, C, and D of safety.

A – Adult Supervision for children. An adult should be supervising at arm’s length, maintain visual contact, remain close to the child when in a pool, spa, or bathtub. This should be their sole job.

B – Barriers are lifesavers. Installation and proper use of barriers is crucial and reduces the risk of drowning from unsupervised swimming by small children by more than 80%.

C – Classes for swimming and CPR for parents and guardians as well as children. Pool and spa ownership come with the responsibility to ensure family members learn to swim and know CPR.

D – Devices for a safe water environment include a life-saving ring, shepherd's hook and CPR instructions mounted poolside. Install a toy box away from the pool as toys in or around a pool or spa can entice children to that area.

How To Care For Hardwood Floors

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Care For Hardwood Floors It's important to take care of your hardwood floors to ensure their long-term shine!

At SERVPRO of Rutherford County, we understand how much the quality and craftsmanship of hardwood floors can elevate your space. We also know that you will want to protect your investment once the flooring has been installed. To ensure that your hardwood floor maintains its shine and gloss for many years, you will need to care for it in the best way. As experts, we always advise our customers to follow the tips below.

Tread lightly

While a strict no-shoe policy may not be necessary, you should avoid anything that would dent or scratch the floor surface. Try not to walk on the floor with high heels and make sure that you lift furniture rather than slide it when rearranging the living room. Keeping out dirt, salt and sand will require you to place doormats at every entrance to avoid the damage that the particles can cause.

Dust regularly

One of the easiest steps in caring for your hardwood floor is to dust it daily. This helps to remove any dust and dirt that could scratch the floor and undermine its beauty. We also know that dusting the floor regularly will reduce the allergens in your home.

Clean and polish the floor

Extending the beauty and life of your floor means cleaning and polishing it. When it comes to cleaning, you can talk to us about the best cleaning products to use on your floor. Biodegradable products will not only be effective but will also be safe for the environment. We also advise that you polish the floor quarterly to restore luster and shine.

Keep the floor dry

To avoid water damage, limit your use of a wet mop on your floor. It also goes without saying that any water and liquid spills should be wiped up immediately. A wet wooden floor will harm the surface finish irreparably.

Protect from sunlight and intense artificial lighting

When you expose your hardwood floor to sunlight and intense artificial lighting for extended periods of time, it may become discolored. This will take away the aesthetic appeal, style, and class that the wood floor brings to your home.

Call in the experts
While properly maintained hardwood floors will rarely need to be replaced, there are times when you will need to call in experts. If your floor loses its luster, kindly call SERVPRO of Rutherford County for restoration services.

Keep Your Air Ducts Clean in the Summer!

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Keep Your Air Ducts Clean in the Summer! You can breathe easier with clean air ducts!

Ah, summer. It’s a time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and the sunshine. And while you are outdoors, it’s the perfect time to check the environment inside. Several factors determine if you have clean air in your home.

Mold

If you have a basement you most likely have had mold at some point. No matter how much it appears the mold is gone, that nasty stuff still lingers.

Pet hair

Dogs and cats are family members but they leave fur and dander behind. Over the months and years, this builds up in your ducts. If you have pets, it is recommended you have your air ducts checked regularly.

Dust

Finding dust in an air duct is not due to your housekeeping skills. When you dust, the stuff must go somewhere. Often, it gets trapped in your heating and cooling system.

Other factors

It’s not just mold, dust and pet hair that affect the air you breathe. Ducts are a breeding ground for bacteria. And if you have someone who is a smoker or if someone previously smoked in the home, the air ducts become polluted.

The effects of dirty ducts

While ducts are out of sight and often out of mind, neglecting them affects your family and possibly their health. Are you suffering from sinus problems you just can’t shake? Do your young children have recurring colds? The accumulation of dust, mold, pet dander and mold dirties the air and affects your health.

You will not only breathe easier, but your heating and air system will work better. When free of the debris, the fans and motor don’t have to work so hard to cool or heat your home.

While it is summertime and the living is easy, why not let SERVPRO of Rutherford County make the breathing easier in your home? The cleaner air now will benefit you in the fall and winter months when you spend more time indoors.

We Can Restore Your Kitchen After Fire Damage!

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Can Restore Your Kitchen After Fire Damage! We'll have your kitchen looking as good as new!

Kitchen fires in the home can be traumatic. A minor incident with simple smoke damages or a larger blaze can wreak havoc on a home. Once the flames are out, you're likely left with the smell of smoke throughout the home. Water damage from firefighting efforts and a lingering smell that reminds you of the incident can be hard to take. There are several steps to help remove the smell, damage, and negative impact inside your home. We'll help your family return to normal and you can enjoy your home once again.

Air Ducts

Many people don't realize that dust, allergens, and other materials circulate through the home via air ducts. Fire-related smells can remain in the ducts long after the flames are put out, leaving a smell of smoke in the entire home. Even with a small kitchen blaze, smoke rises up into the ducts and that smell proves difficult to remove. Professionals can check the entire duct system to see if cleaning them is necessary to regain clean air in your home.

Removing Evidence of Damages

Even the smallest flames can result in smoke damages in the home. You also have the after-effects of using water or fire extinguishers to put out the flames. Those techniques can leave marks that need removal too. Even if the flames were small and you were able to contain them without firefighters, it’s likely there are damages there to remind your family of the traumatic event. Water and fire-related damages are our specialties. We can restore your home, remove the smell and any other fire-related evidence.


After you experience this type of event, always call the professionals. At SERVPRO of Rutherford County, we can remove smoke and flames in your kitchen and the rest of the home if needed. We have experience in removing fire-related damages throughout the area. We provide 24-hour emergency services to ensure that your family can get back into the home as quickly as possible. Our fire restoration team is equipped with everything needed to remove evidence of flames and get you back in your home.

Tips to Keep Rugs in Top Condition

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips to Keep Rugs in Top Condition Keep your rugs looking brand new all year long!

A rug can spice up the look of an entire room by accenting it with a pop of color or change the style with a unique pattern. It needs to be properly taken care of to ensure it lasts and doesn’t need to be replaced within the next year or two.

Padding and turning

Place padding under the rug to make it more comfortable to walk on. An underlay may be beneficial to prevent it from slipping on surfaces such as wood or stone flooring such as marble. An underlay protects the floor from damages from sliding rugs too. Rotate your rug every few months to ensure that it wears evenly. This is especially important if it is exposed to direct sunlight since direct exposure to the sun fades colors quickly.

Frequent vacuuming

Purchase a new vacuum if you don’t have one appropriate for the type of rug you have. Vacuum at least once a week to remove dirt, dust, dander, and crumbs. Do it more often if it is placed in a high traffic area where cleaning more often is required. You might not even be aware of all the ways contaminants get into the room and on the floor. These include air ducts, people walking through with shoes on or other particles light enough to float through the air.

 Spills

Treat spills that occur immediately. The longer that you wait to take care of it the harder it will be to get out of the material. Only use cleaners and chemicals that are safe for the material to reduce the chances of causing, even more, damage to the rug. Always blot stains instead of rubbing them so you don’t push the stain further into the fibers.

Shampooing

Shampooing your rugs is something you should do on a regular basis, such as every six months for heavy traffic areas and once a year for others. It uses water and heat to suck up dirt and grime that has made its way deep into the fibers.

Restoration

If your rugs have been damaged due to fraying, tearing or flooding you might need to seek the services of a company such as SERVPRO of Rutherford County to assist with restoring it to its original condition.

Take care of your carpeted areas and any rug you choose to place. Proper maintenance and care ensure it will remain in magnificent condition for years.

Tips to Prepare your HVAC for the Summer

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Your home’s air conditioner is one of the most critical components on your property during the summer season. The outdoor air temperatures can soar, and this can dramatically impact your comfort level inside the home as well as your health and well-being. You may rely heavily on your HVAC system to keep your home’s interior cool and comfortable. However, because your HVAC system will be used heavily throughout the summer, it is important for you to follow a few usage tips for your air conditioner.

Schedule Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance service should be scheduled for your HVAC system before the summer months arrive. This type of service can be used to clean various components as well as to replace aging or worn out components before they cause a complete breakdown. Through maintenance service, you can enjoy clean air in the home, improved energy efficiency and fewer repair issues throughout the peak summer season.

Adjust Your Thermostat

You should also spend a few minutes adjusting your programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat makes it easier for you to moderate usage of your HVAC system and to control temperature in the home for comfort. Program higher temperature settings during the day when you are away from home and do not need the home to be as cool. Then, program cooler and more comfortable settings in the evening and nighttime hours when you will be at home.

Clean Your Air Ducts

Your HVAC system works by transporting climate-controlled air through air ducts and vents. These ducts can accumulate many particles over time, including dust, dirt, pet dander, bacteria and more. They can affect your indoor air quality as well as the efficiency of your HVAC system. A smart idea is to have your ducts professionally cleaned once per year if you live in a climate that demands heavy usage of your cooling system.

As you can see, there are several steps that you can and should take at the start of the summer season to prepare your HVAC system for the heavy usage that will occur in the months to come. While you can adjust your thermostat on your own, you need help with the other steps described here. The team at SERVPRO of Rutherford County is available to travel to your home and assist with your preperation. Now is a great time to schedule your appointment with the hardworking technicians at SERVPRO of Rutherford County.