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Oops! Top 5 Spring Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid!

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Sunny, warmer Spring days are upon us, which calls for a deep cleaning. Maybe it’s some deep-rooted aspect of human nature, preparing for the “hunting and gathering” of warmer days,  or maybe it’s that extra sunshine streaming in and making the dust and grime more noticeable.

Either way, you want to give your home that fresh, deep clean that only a true spring cleaning can inspire. Instead of a list of what you should do, today we are sharing what NOT to do.

Here are 5 spring cleaning mistakes to avoid:

Mistake #1 - DIY Cleaning Chemistry Projects

While there are many “DIY” cleaners that can be effective (like using rubbing alcohol on sticker adhesive on glass or to clean mirrors, grinding rice in your coffee grinder to remove old grounds and oils, or running ice through your garbage disposal), combining cleaning chemicals can be extremely dangerous, if not deadly.

Accidentally combining bleach and vinegar can produce chlorine gas; even at low levels of exposure, this toxic brew causes respiratory and eye irritation. Higher levels (say, for example mixing a bleaching scouring scrub with vinegar in a closed bathroom) can lead to chest pain, vomiting, and severe breathing difficulties.

Other toxic combinations include peroxide & vinegar, bleach and rubbing alcohol, and different brands of drain cleaners. As a general rule, combining any commercial cleaners or mixing ANYTHING with bleach is a bad idea. If the cleaner you are using isn’t effective, clear the item in question of any residue before trying another solution.

Mistake #2 - Scrubbing Away At Stains

When you find a spot on your carpet or upholstery, it’s tempting to scrub at it to try and remove it. This can actually work the stain deeper into the carpet or fabric, making it far more difficult to remove. Instead, blot the stain with an appropriate cleaning solution and a white rag or towel to remove any excess liquid.

Mistake #3 - Using Paper Towels to Clean and Dry Surfaces

No matter what the commercials may say, paper products will leave lint behind. Nothing is more frustrating than wiping a mirror or window clean only for the paper towel to leave little bits of fluff and lint behind.

Paper towels have a  rough surface that might scratch delicate glass, furniture, computers, and TV screens. Instead, opt for microfiber cloths;  they are more efficient at drying, they’re reusable, and they won’t leave lint behind. (You can find microfiber cloths in multi-packs in the automotive section at big box stores.)

Mistake #4 - Cleaning in the Wrong Order

Many people begin tackling cleaning a room by vacuuming the carpet or mopping the floor, when in fact this is the opposite of what should be done for best results. Consider what happens when you dust off the ceiling fan and furniture; any dust that doesn’t make it onto the rag floats down to whatever is below it, eventually landing on the floor.  

Consider starting at the top. Clean the ceiling fans and air registers, then work your way down from there. Clear cobwebs from the ceiling, corners, and walls, then furniture. Then wipe lower walls, doors, knobs, and light switches. Swipe the baseboards, and now you are ready to vacuum or mop.

Mistake #5 - Leaving Carpets and Rugs Too Wet When Cleaning

There are many home carpet cleaning machines on the market today that do a fairly decent job - if they are used correctly. Unfortunately, they often are not. Consumer-grade carpet cleaners use a hot water extraction method; hot water and cleaning solution are pumped into the carpet and then basically vacuumed out.

Many of these machines are underpowered. They must be used in a precise manner to pull water, dirt, and cleaning solution out. If the carpet is left too wet, it can cause a multitude of problems. It won’t get as clean as it could, excess cleaning solution becomes sticky and attracts dirt, the carpet stretches and warps, and you could potentially see mold or mildew growth.

If you do choose to use a DIY carpet cleaner, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning solution, and make several, slow passes over the entire area with just the extraction activated.

Leave It to the Pros

You can save yourself the time, effort, and potential for costly mistakes by hiring an expert cleaning and restoration team, like SERVPRO of Rutherford County. Our pros know the best methods for stain removal, carpet, and upholstery care. We can achieve that fresh spring clean when you don’t have the time, desire, or ability to do it yourself. Call us today to have us take care of your Symrna or Murfreesboro home!

3 Things to Clean for a Spring-Fresh Home

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

When the air begins to warm up and the smell of fresh new grass and flowers is beckoning, opening up the windows and airing out the house can let out the stagnant air and make your home feel fresher— but only for so long.

Today we will talk about 3 things you can clean (or have cleaned) to truly freshen up your house this spring.

Draperies, Blinds, and Curtains

When the house is closed up over the winter months, pet hair, dander, dust, mold, and even food smells can settle in. This contributes to a less-than-fresh smell to your home. But what happens when you draw those curtains to let the sun in and the breeze flow? Dust flies all over.

Take the time this spring to thoroughly wash or vacuum curtains and draperies and clean your blinds. Some curtains can be machine washed on a gentle cycle, but never put them in the dryer! Even the most basic, cotton-blend curtains can end up several inches shorter if heat dried. Be especially careful with lined curtains, as the lining fabric may shrink while the main fabric stays, turning your regular curtains into “balloon shades.”

Most non-fabric covered blinds can be removed, taken outside, scrubbed, and sprayed down with a hose and dish soap. Your best bet for drapery, blinds, and curtain cleaning is to call in experts. Professionals can dry clean your draperies in place. Your home doesn’t need to be left exposed without window coverings while your curtains get cleaned.

Upholstery and Carpet

Cleaning carpets and upholstery is another great way to really freshen up your house after a long winter, especially after holiday guests and late winter mud. Doing a deep, corner-to-corner, vacuuming under all the furniture helps, but dirt, dust, pet dander, and grimy oils can stick around. This leaves funky smells and dirty looking carpet.

Yes, your carpets will smell not-so-fresh if they are dirty, but when dirt gets settled deep down into the carpet fibers, the base of the carpet can get damaged and worn out before its time. The same goes for couches, chairs, upholstered ottomans, etc. Dirt and grime damage the fabric, taking years off the life of your furniture.

Carpet cleaners can be rented or purchased from home improvement and big box stores; they offer a varying degree of effectiveness. Be aware that home-grade carpet extractors may not have the suction power to remove all of the dirt— or the water they put down, which could potentially leave you with damp carpet and mud deep down in the fibers. Your best bet is to have your carpets and upholstery cleaned professionally. A professional cleaning company will have the tools to effectively deep clean your carpets and upholstery without damaging them.

Heating and Air Conditioning System and Ductwork

Dust, pollen, pet hair, even construction debris can find their way into your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). This makes your smell dusty, feel stuffy, and diminishes the air quality.

Your first step for improving the air in your home should be to replace or clean your air filters. These should be replaced regularly— as frequently as every 90 days for homes with pets and/or smokers. This is particularly the case if you have people with allergies living in your home.

Your next step should be to clean your air ducts. You can do this yourself in a limited capacity,  using a vacuum cleaner hose with a flexible hose attachment. Your best bet would be to have an expert check over the HVAC system and air ducts to evaluate the need for an air duct cleaning and make recommendations on other approaches to improving air quality.

In addition to spring cleaning the surfaces throughout your home, tackling these three areas will leave your home feeling and smelling spring-fresh! For all of your spring cleaning needs— including drapery, curtains, carpet and upholstery cleaning, HVAC systems cleaning and check-up, and duct cleaning— contact SERVPRO of Rutherford County.

Our cleaning and restoration experts are ready to help get your house smelling and looking fresh and clean.

What to Expect from the Commercial Fire Restoration Process

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

A building fire can be a scary experience. Even after the flames are put out and the danger has passed, the aftermath can be a confusing time. You may not know what to do about your burned commercial property or what to expect during cleanup and restoration.

After the fire is put out by emergency responders, you should call a professional fire damage restoration company. These experts will walk you through the process of assessing damage and beginning the big task of restoring the site. Along the way you should feel free to ask questions, but here are the basic steps of the process so you know what to expect up front.

Step 1: Assessment

The restoration company you hire will first assess the extent of the fire damage your property has suffered. They’ll look at heat, soot, and smoke damage to all structures and furnishings to see how far the fire reached and how badly it affected all materials it touched. With this information, the company will devise a plan of action and be able to give you an accurate quote for how much the restoration job will cost as well as a reasonable timeline for getting the job done.

Step 2: Preventing further damage

Before cleanup and restoration can begin, the main priority will be to prevent further damage to your property. Damage from the fire might have exposed building interiors to the elements, putting you at risk for further damage from the weather or wildlife. The restoration company can put up tarps and other protective measures to keep the elements out for the most part.

Keeping vandals and looters out of the site might also be a concern. A professional restoration company should have methods for this, such as securing doors and windows or even hiring a security company to monitor the site.

Other safety measures might be shutting off all utilities to the site if that hasn’t been done already and disabling the possible cause of the fire. For instance, if faulty wiring is thought to be the cause of the fire, electricity should be shut off to prevent another fire from happening again before new wiring can be installed.

Step 3: Cleaning up

Finally cleanup can begin. This step may seem like a whole process in and of itself. Water from the fire department or damaged plumbing will be pumped away. Charred and broken debris will be removed. Soot will be washed away and surfaces scrubbed. Damaged furnishings will be disposed of for you. Interiors and undamaged surfaces and furnishings will be deodorized to get rid of the smell of smoke. Dirt and dust will be swept up. Soon your property will begin looking like itself again.

Step 4: Renovation

Once the site is cleaned up, repairs can begin. If there was structural damage done to your building, it will need to be renovated to be functional again. Interior surfaces and fixtures that were too damaged to be cleaned will be replaced. New furnishings will be bought. Utilities will be turned back on. You can choose to match the previous look of the property as much as possible or take this opportunity to make some updates and have a fresh start.

Step 5: Prevention

Finally, the nightmare is over! All repairs and cleanup are completed and your property is ready for business again. But not so fast. The final step may be a consultation with the restoration company to discuss how to prevent future fires. This kind of meeting might depend on the cause of the fire and the company you hired, but if the fire had been preventable they may offer some ideas for avoiding a repeat situation such as placing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in better places.

Your fire restoration team is here for you

You might be feeling overwhelmed after a commercial property fire, but hiring a great restoration company will set you on the right track. At SERVPRO of Rutherford County, our trained fire restoration technicians have you covered. With our 24-hour emergency service, we can get to your business quickly and begin immediate cleanup and restoration. No matter the size of your disaster, our goal is to restore your property and get your business back to functioning as quickly as possible.

Why Should You Hire the Pros for Water Damage Restoration?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Maybe you came into work this morning and discovered a pipe burst and has flooded your office space. Or maybe your community experienced a severe storm that’s left your store under a few feet of water. Maybe you have no idea where all this water came from, but there it is and all you know is it needs to get cleaned up fast before your business loses too much money from being closed.

In a time-sensitive emergency like this, many business owners or property managers might try to clean up water damage themselves, but when a commercial property experiences extensive damage, it’s better to hire a restoration crew who knows what to look for and what to do to get your property cleaned up and functioning again. Here’s just a few reasons why you should call in the experts rather than tackle commercial water damage yourself.

#1: They can find the source.

Sometimes it’s obvious where water damage is coming from, like if you can see the leaking pipe in the basement or know your area has sustained storm damage. Other times it’s not so obvious, but you need to know so the issue can be fixed and prevent future catastrophe.

Water has a habit of sneaking into the least likely of places, which makes it difficult to find where it originated from. A trained water damage restoration technician knows how to follow clues to find the source of your water damage. They will also have the tools to investigate the source without causing undue damage to your building. And when they find the source, they can determine what will need to be done to fix the issue too.

#2: They have the resources.

It will take more than a mop and a few fans to dry out a flooded property. Water restoration companies have all of the equipment and tools necessary to clean up major water damage. Their heavy-duty vacuums can suck up any amount of standing water, and their industrial fans and dehumidifiers will take care of all remaining moisture more quickly and efficiently than anything the average business owner can get their hands on.

#3: They have the training and expertise.

Not only will they have the equipment, they’ll also have the knowledge necessary to assess damage and perform clean up without causing further damage. The training and experience restoration crews have help them identify water damage that the average person may not know to look for or be able to recognize. They understand how moisture affects different building materials and what will need replaced and what will be okay once it’s dry. They also know how best to remove moisture from those different materials to maintain structural integrity and prevent molding later.

#4: They work fast.

With their experience and equipment on hand, a professional restoration crew can do commercial restoration faster than any amateur. When water is soaking through the materials and furnishings of your commercial property, there’s no time to waste. Every second puts the building at risk of increased damage. You don’t have time to look up cleanup advice yourself, gather a team to help, and hunt up the equipment you’ll need. A good cleanup and restoration company is ready at a moment’s notice, even coming in the middle of the night for emergency situations, so they can prevent further damage and get your business up and running as soon as possible.

Leave it to the professionals

If you’ve experienced commercial water damage, don’t take on cleanup and restoration as a DIY project. You wouldn’t want a restoration crew trying to do your job, so don’t try to do theirs. Instead, call a trusted, professional cleanup and restoration company who knows what they’re doing.

SERVPRO of Rutherford County has the expertise, equipment, and experience to quickly and safely restore your property with a thoroughness you wouldn’t be able to achieve yourself. Let us do what we do best so your business can reopen and you can get back to doing what you do best.

Top 5 Causes of Fire Damage and How to Prevent Them

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire is one of the most devastating calamities that can happen to a home.

Before you think that house fires won’t happen to you, think again. According to an NFPA report, public fire departments have responded 1,319,500 fires in 2017 with an estimated $23 billion in property damage. Fire departments in the U.S. have responded to a fire every 24 seconds.

While the numbers are rather grim, this is not the time to panic. Most house fires can be prevented by simply taking the proper safety measures. Here are the most common causes of house fires and the tips to prevent them.

5 Common Causes of Fire Damage and How to Prevent Them

1. Cooking

According to the NFPA, cooking fires are the number one cause of house fires.

Most kitchens have numerous potential fire hazards. You have appliances with faulty wiring, hot cooking oil, and unattended pots and pans. When you are cooking, make sure that don’t leave the kitchen. Fires in the kitchen can start in a matter of seconds. If you have to leave the kitchen, make sure that you turn off the stove.

In addition, don’t prepare or cook food if you are tired, sleepy, or have been drinking alcohol. Finally, children and pets should be off-limits from any active cooking area.

2. Smoking

Most fire deaths are due to fires that are started in the living room or bedroom.

If you are a smoker, make it a point that you only smoke outside. While you’re at it, make sure that you have thoroughly extinguished the cigarettes when finished. A good practice would be to soak your cigarette butts before throwing them away.

Smoking materials such as matches and lighters should be stored in a secure cabinet or any place that’s out of the children’s reach.

Fires have also occurred while e-cigs are being used. The common cause is usually battery failure. Don’t leave the charging e-cigarettes unattended.

3. Heating

Home heating is another common source of residential and commercial fire damage. As you might expect, heating fires commonly happen during December, January, and February.

Central heating doesn’t pose too much of a risk especially if it’s well maintained and inspected regularly. However, the same can’t be said with portable space heaters.

If you want to use a space heater, make sure that you operate in a well-ventilated space. Additionally, you will want to situate the device away from fabrics, draperies, furniture, and other combustible items. Invest in a heating product that has a proper working thermostat control and an auto shut-off feature.

4. Appliance Cords and Wires

Appliances with damaged or frayed wires can trigger a fire. Always make sure that your wires and cords are safely organized.

Regularly inspect all the wires and cords in your home as they can get damaged or worn over time. Once you see any damaged wire, you should replace it immediately or least stop using the appliance until the replacement.

Never overload your wall sockets and extension cords. When tucking away the wires and cords, don’t place them under rugs or furniture. Finally, it never hurts to have a qualified electrician perform a routine inspection of your home’s electrical network.

5. Candles

Candles can provide amazing ambiance and fragrance to any living space. However, you have to keep in mind that they are also a source of open flame and are common causes of house fires. Candle fires are very common around the holidays especially during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

When it comes to candles, you should never leave them unattended. Make it a point to put out the flame whenever you leave the immediate area. Only light a candle on a stable and flat surface, preferably away from the reach of children and pets. Don’t position the candle near flammable items like fabrics, curtains, drapes, and books.

If you want a safer alternative, you can purchase a battery-powered LED candle for your home.

Call a Trusted Pro for a Stress-Free Fire Restoration

If your home has already succumbed to fire damage, a restoration is your best bet as it’s always quicker and more affordable than replacing the damaged areas.

For a reliable fire restoration solution, call SERVPRO of Rutherford County.

5 Tips on How to Prevent Fire Damage to Your Home

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

For the average homeowner, the very mention of fire damage is enough to strike terror into anyone’s heart.

According to FEMA, a fire can become life-threatening in just two minutes. In as little as five minutes, your home could be engulfed in fire.

When it comes to residential or commercial fire damage, fire safety is one thing that you can’t put on the back burner. Taking the proper steps on how to prevent fire damage can go a long way in saving your belongings and avoiding costly repairs.

5 Tips on How to Prevent Fire Damage

1. Observe Proper Installation of Fire Alarms

Fire alarms and smoke detectors are your home’s first line of defense. Early detection of smoke will not only save your property but most importantly, your life as well.

While the installation of smoke detectors has become a law, there are still many properties that don’t install their fire prevention systems properly. One of the first things to ensure is the proper installation of your fire alarm system. Larger buildings should have multiple fire alarms on each level.

As a general rule, you should follow these guidelines for a proper fire alarm installation:

  • Avoid placing the detector in recessed ceilings
  • Don’t install the detector near vents, doors, or fans
  • Install the device 2 feet from any corner
  • Install it 10 feet away from the stove
  • Install it 2 feet away from any lighting fixture

It’s always a good idea to test your fire alarm system once every month. Batteries should be replaced at least twice a year.

2. Watch Out for Candle Burns

A little burning candle never really caused any real damage, right?

Well, not really!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, candles caused 2% of home structure fires. Any source of fire poses a risk to your property’s safety.

Candles are great for setting the mood and providing a nice scent for the room but they shouldn’t be left unattended. Also, make sure that you place the candles on flat surfaces and away from drapes, pets, and children.

3. Inspect Home Appliances and Lights

Inspection of your home appliances and lights should be a part of regular home maintenance.

Make sure that your wires, plugs, and bulbs are not damaged. Just by having pets or using the vacuum can cause damage to your appliance wires. Once damaged wires are plugged, it might cause the appliance or light fixture to catch fire. Always keep your wires and cords organized and refrain from placing them under a rug or between a piece of furniture and a wall.

Double checking your appliances before plugging will help prevent fire damage in your home.

4. Pay Attention to Cooking and Heating Equipment

Aside from open flames, cooking and heating equipment are also primary causes of fires in the home.

For starters, you should make it a habit to keep your stove and oven clean. You should pay more attention to cleaning the grease around your stovetop since this can lead to a grease fire. Clean the vents, filters, and grease traps to prevent grease fires. Also, you should make it a point to keep flammable items away from the stove.

As for your heating equipment, make sure that it is installed and maintained by a qualified professional. Also, you need to check the heating device for potential damage on a regular basis.

5. Have Fire Extinguishers at the Ready

The worst thing that can happen once a fire breaks out is having no way to extinguish it. If you don’t have one already, it’s important that you secure a fire extinguisher for your home.

However, just having a fire extinguisher is not enough.

Make sure that you inform every family member where to retrieve the fire extinguisher. On top of that, everyone should know how to properly use the extinguisher in case a fire breaks out.

Get Restoration Professionals to Help You

If you’re unlucky and weren’t able to prevent damage to your home, your best bet is to work with a company that specializes in fire damage restoration.

Restoration is often cheaper than replacing the damaged areas. Plus, the former solution is a lot faster as well. For your fire restoration needs in Rutherford County, Murfreesboro, and Smyrna, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO.

6 Things You Should Do After a Water Damage Disaster

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water in unwanted places is never a good thing.

Whether it’s a leaky pipe, a rainstorm or flood, water damage can cause all sorts of headaches for homeowners. Aside from causing permanent damage to your home, a water disaster can lead to significant health and safety issues.

When it comes to flooding and other water disasters in a home, prevention is always the best course of action. However, even with enough precautions, there are cases where water disasters still occur.

You are probably asking, what can I do after significant water damage? Here are the things that you should do after a significant water disaster.

What Should You Do After a Major Water Damage?

1. Stop the Flow of Water

If the damage is caused by a water heater failure or a burst pipe, the very first thing that you should do is to shut off the main water valve for your home. This is why it’s important that you know where your main valve is.

If you are unable to locate the main water valve, call a professional as soon as you can.

2. Avoid Additional Risks

If you had to leave your home during the flooding, always remember to practice safety before you enter it when you come back.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency advises that you should check for any visible structural damage such as cracked foundation, warping, cracks, and holes before you enter your home. If you think that there’s damage to your water, electric, gas, and sewer lines, immediately contact a professional utility company.

At this point, make sure that you have a working flashlight for doing the following steps.

3. Cut the Power and Save Electronics

Time is of the essence when dealing with the aftermath of water damage.

If you want to save your electronics, you should act fast and get them out of water’s way. For starters, you should disconnect the power immediately. This is important for obvious safety reasons especially if the water has risen above the electrical outlets. Then, you’ll definitely want to move all your electrical devices first. After that, you can proceed to move the furniture and other movable items.

4. Get Rid of the Water

There are numerous ways to remove the water inside your home.

If you have no power or are worried about loose wires, you can always do it manually. The old-fashioned way of using towels, buckets and mops should work fine. You can then pour the water down the drain as long as the neighborhood isn’t backed up. Otherwise, you can pour the flood water onto your yard.

You may also use a wet or dry vacuum, but you should be wary about which electrical outlets to use. Make sure that you use an outlet that’s out of the water’s way. Avoid using an extension cord since the connection could short out which could lead to an unpleasant shock.

If the water is simply too much, renting a sump pump from your local hardware store is your best bet.

5. Dry Out the Affected Area

Once you have managed to remove the water, it’s time to dry out the area to prevent mold growth and prevent the moisture from doing more damage.

Use fans and dehumidifier for drying out the flooded area. You may also open all the windows for better air circulation, provided that it’s not raining anymore.

On your basement, check if the water damage has affected the drywall. If that is the case, you should consider cutting out the affected area since it’s basically free food for mold.

6. Disinfect the Affected Area

Once the damaged materials are removed, disinfect the affected area to prevent mold growth. The most commonly used disinfectant is a bleach solution. There are also other homemade disinfectants that you can easily make and use. Lightly spray and wipe down all the affected area before doing any repairs or restoration.

Get Top-Notch Water Damage Restoration in Rutherford County

If you have experienced water damage, hopefully, you’re dealing with clean water and a relatively small area. Dealing with a water-damaged home is certainly no joke. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can easily cause permanent damage and even put yourself at risk.

With that said, you can always call a professional water damage service to help you out. If you require a reliable water damage cleanup and restoration service, feel free to give SERVPRO in Rutherford County a call.

5 Expert Tips on How to Prevent Water Damage While You’re Away

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to costly house repairs, nothing is worse than severe water damage. Coming to a flooded house while out on a vacation for several days is nothing short of devastating.

Water flooding is the number one culprit that will do a number on your home’s foundation. In the worst-case scenario, it will lead to serious structural damage. Flood water can cause severe damage to the wooden parts of your home, damage electrical appliances, cause mold and mildew, and other permanent home damage.

When it comes to protecting your home from water disasters, prevention is key. Here are a few expert tips that will prevent water damage from ruining your home.

Tips on How to Prevent Water Damage for Your Home

1. Disconnect Outside Hoses

Screwing the water hose back on the spigot is a task that many of us are not looking forward too. But you know what’s even more of a pain? Water damage. Thus, if you are leaving on a lengthy holiday, you will want to disconnect the water hose from the spigot.

If you choose to leave the hose on the spigot, water will still be present inside.

Once standing water freezes, everything around it will get colder. This can lead to a scenario where the standing water in pipes and hoses will climb up back into the house and freeze the water inside.

2. Shut Off the Main Valve

When you are away for a long time, it only makes sense that you locate the main valve and shut it off before leaving. However, many people still neglect to close their main water valve before going on an extended trip.

The main valve controls all the water that flows into your home, so shutting it off will surely prevent a massive water disaster.

After you shut off the main valve, open each of the faucets in your house to drain any water that is still in the pipes. As mentioned in tip #1, disconnect all hoses from your outdoor faucets.

3. Regularly Test Your Sump Pumps

Your home’s sump pump systems help in keeping groundwater out of your basement. Before you go away, you should test your sump pumps.

Here are the steps for testing sump pumps:

  • Fill your sump pump pit slowly with water. Be on the lookout for the “float” (like the float in your toilet) to come up, which should activate the pump. Be sure that you keep looking until the water level subsides.
  • If you have a backup pump, you can test it the same way. However, you will have to unplug the main pump first.

Ideally, you should check your sump pump once a year. However, it’s recommended that you check several times during stormy seasons.

4. Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage will weaken your foundation and cause cracks and pathways for water to enter your home.

Therefore, before your big trip, you will want to practice proper drainage and gutter maintenance. Even when you’re not going away, it’s important that you regularly clean your gutters.

Take a walk around your house and check your gutters. Check for leaves, sticks, and other debris that can block the inlet of the downspout. Also, make sure that the downspout extensions are releasing the water far enough from the foundation.

5. Check for Water Leaks

You should fix leaks as soon as you see them. The longer the leak goes, the worse it will be for your house and your wallet.

There’s simply no excuse for not fixing leaks in your pipes.

To check for leaks, check for dark spots under the pipes below the sink, toilets that are unstable, stains on ceilings, and drips. If you can’t afford a plumber right away, there’s always the option to fix the leak on your own. If the leak isn’t that big, it can be fixed with sandpaper and a bit of epoxy.

Fix Long-Term Water Damage by Calling the Professionals

These steps should help protect your home from all types of water damage. However, if it’s already too late for you and your home has already succumbed to a water disaster, you need a reliable water damage restoration service.

If you’re looking for a reliable water damage cleanup and restoration company, you should get in touch with SERVPRO of Rutherford County. Whether it’s a residential or commercial property, your water cleanup and restoration needs will surely be accommodated.

How to Prevent Water Damage During the Holidays

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Disaster strikes when we least expect it – and certainly, they tend to spike during the end-of-year festive season. Water damage is one of the most common holiday mishaps that occur in homes. This is probably because many families go for long-distance trips to visit families or just escape the freezing weather. 

When they get home after the trip, they are faced with the reality of a water disaster. The freezing temperatures don’t make things better. But fear not, with these water damage prevention tips you have less to worry about during the cold holiday season.

5 Ways to Prevent Water Damage While Away for the Holidays

Some of the common water-related mishaps include:

  • Toilet overflows
  • Burst pipes
  • Tub overflows
  • Shower leaks
  • Dishwasher leaks
  • Water heater leaks
  • Sink overflows
  • Ice maker malfunctions

To prevent these problems, consider the following solutions:

1. Protect Your Water Pipes from Freezing

When temperatures are really low, the water in your pipe freeze and break your pipes. This can lead to serious leaks or even flooding.

To prevent this problem, try to insulate water pipes in unheated spaces like garages, exterior walls, crawl spaces, attics, basements, and floor cavities. It’s not necessary to insulate pipes that run through heated spaces like through the interior walls. You can use a variety of insulation materials like flexible foam, rubber backing tape, foil-backed natural cotton, and bubble film pipe wrap.

Also, keep the closet and cabinet doors open to prevent the water pipes within the walls from freezing and bursting. Consider investing in temperature detectors which alert you when the temperatures are too low for the pipes.

2. Install a Water Leak Detector

If you’ll be spending the holidays at home, consider getting a leak detector for your home’s plumbing system. If a small water leak goes undetected, it can cause costly damages to your house’s structure, especially if the leak is behind the wall.

A water leak sensor is installed under sinks or near dishwashers, refrigerators, or water heaters to detect leaks. If they detect any moisture, they sound an alarm. You can then take the necessary measures as soon as possible before it turns into a disaster.

Some high-end detectors come with extra functions like monitoring the flow of water and sending alerts to your smartphone. Even better, some home insurance companies offer discounts if you install such devices in your home.

3. Shut Off Water Valves

If you are traveling away for a few days, it’s recommended to shut off all water supply to major appliances. This will go a long way in reducing water disasters.

The most common water damage comes from dishwashers, washing machines, and ice makers. Individual shutoff valves of these appliances can be found on the water supply lines leading to the specific appliances.

If you’ll not be home for a very long time, cut off the main water supply to stop water from coming into the whole house. This is a good way to prevent major pipe bursts and floods. When you shut off this main valve, ensure you open the taps for a few minutes to release any water that may have remained in the pipes.

When you get back home, open the main valve and let the rust and sediments wash out before you start using the water. The main water valve is usually located in the water meter box.

4. Inspect Your Roof and Clean the Gutters

Remove fallen leaves and debris on the roof which may clog the gutters and send water pouring down the side of the house. They can also cause roof leaks which are expensive to repair. It’s also recommended to have a roofing technician inspect and repair (or replace) damaged and missing shingles.

5. Avoid Clogging Your Drainage

The holidays are a busy time for your drainage system, so make sure you go easy on it.

Many homeowners think that their sink disposals can get rid of just about anything –which is not true. Try to limit the food remnants that go into the sink disposal.

For instance, avoid throwing orange peels, potato peels, and large pieces of meat into the disposal as they may cause blockage. Instead, throw them in the trash can.

Call Water Damage Restoration Experts in Smyrna and Murfreesboro

In an unfortunate event you get water damage at your home, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO. From removing standing water to mold remediation, we’ll ensure your home is back to its pre-damage condition in no time. 

Cleaning for Holiday Visitors

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

The holiday season is certainly the most joyous time of the year. It’s a time to fulfill your sweet tooth and not worry about gaining a few pounds.

More importantly, it’s a time to spend quality time with friends and family. But prepping your home for holiday guests can be hectic.

Here are some cleaning tips to help you through the process:

Tidying Up Your Home for Holiday Visitors

1. Declutter the Guest Bedroom

First things first, you’ll want to clear out the guest bedroom to create more space for your visitors. To do this, remove unnecessary items from the closets and dressers. Visitors tend to feel more welcomed when they are able to unpack easily.

Since the guest bedroom is rarely occupied, take time and dust the nightstands, knickknacks, picture frames, and headboards. Don’t forget the baseboards, ceiling fans, mini-blinds, and windows.

2. Provide Clean Beddings and Linens

The bed sheets and duvets for the guest bedroom might be in storage for quite a while, so be sure to launder them again to remove the mustiness. This requires prior planning as some comforters and duvets may require professional cleaning.

Additionally, ensure you stock up enough towels to last your guests throughout their stay. Each visitor should have a set of bath towels, washcloths, and hand towels. If you don’t have a stockpile of towels, place a laundry basket in the bathroom so that you can clean the linens as needed.

3. Freshen Up Your Home

The smell of your home is the first thing your guests will notice. Make a good first impression by getting rid of any underlying odor on your carpet or couch, especially if you have pets. While lighting a scented candle may seem like a good way of tackling this issue, it’s not sufficient.

A good rule of thumb is getting your home to a neutral scent and then add a fragrance of your choice.

To achieve this, you can set bowls of white vinegar around the living room – the acidity in vinegar is a good scent neutralizer. For soiled carpet and couches, it’s recommended to call professionals for help.

Also, make sure that the air conditioning systems in the guest bedrooms are working properly before your guests arrive.

4. Make Room for Your Guests

Apart from visitors, the holiday season brings a lot of decorations and gifts which can clutter your home and make it look quite messy. Before your visitors arrive, take some time to remove clutter and unused items around the house.

For example, you can remove the extra shoes, coats, bags, scarves, and other cold-weather gear from the entryway. If you don’t have a place for them, consider adding more baskets, hooks, and racks to corral these items.

Additionally, the kitchen cabinets and counters should be cleared out to make room for candy, cookies, fruitcakes, and any other snacks that your guests may love. Don’t forget to sort out your stacks of magazines and piles of mail.

5. Stock up on Toiletries

Your guests have most probably left their armory of beauty products in favor of travel-friendly water bottles. So consider getting them several personal items like toilet paper, lotion, shampoo, razor, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, and a bar of soap. Arrange these items in a basket and place it in their bathroom or dresser.

6. Add More Lighting

Though navigating your house at night is seamless to you, the same cannot be said about your guests. Install wall-plug nightlights along hallways and dark rooms to spare your visitors the trouble of scrabbling for light switches in the middle of the night.

7. Keep Your Guests Informed

Place a small card on their bedside or living room with essential information like alarm codes, Wi-Fi passwords, and addresses. Also, if the guests are staying for a few days, give them a spare house key so that they can feel free to explore the nearby malls and stores.

Call SERVPRO for Top-Notch Holiday Cleaning

The holiday is a time for you to relax and catch up with your family and friends. It’ll be such a buzzkill if you had to spend most of this time cleaning your house.

SERVPRO understands that you have better things to do during this festive period and that’s why it offers 24-hour professional holiday cleaning and restoration services.

Whether you are having last-minute visitors and don’t have enough time to do everything or just want to impress your guests with a squeaky clean house, feel free to call SERVPRO of Smyrna and Murfreesboro.  

How to Prevent Fires During the Holidays

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Scrumptious dinners, flickering lights, and making merry are all hallmarks of the holiday season. However, this is also the time when your home is at high risk of burning down.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more residential fires happen in the end-of-year period than any other time of the year.

For this reason, fire prevention and safety should be on top of your priority list this holiday season. To help stay safe during this wonderful time of the year, consider the following tips.

Fire Damage Prevention Tips from Restoration Experts

Before the season fully kicks in, have the following fire prevention tips in mind:

1. Pay Attention to Your Festive Decorations

While Christmas trees and decorations are part of the festivities, they are also one of the major causes of holiday fires.

When decorating your house, test all cords and lights to ensure they are working properly. This is especially important if the decorative lights have been in storage for a long time. Faulty products should be disposed of and replaced with new ones. Also, you’ll want to hang the lights with clips instead of nails to reduce the risk of damaging the cords.

Place your Christmas trees (and any other seasonal plants) several feet away from any heat source. Before going to bed or leaving the house, ensure you turn off the decorative lights on the tree. Also, it’s important to water the tree daily to prevent it from being brittle and dry. Dry trees catch fire easily.

And, when the festivities end, get rid of the tree as soon as possible. Don’t leave it to dry out in your garage or shed.

2. Take Cooking Safety Precautions

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, unattended cooking is the leading cause of residential fires. And it’s clear to see why. With all the chaotic holiday preparation, it’s easy to neglect the food cooking on your stoves and oven.

As a rule of thumb, stay in the kitchen until everything is out of the oven or stove. Also, make sure that you invest in fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and fire sprinklers for your kitchen. If you are planning on deep-frying your holiday turkey, do it outdoors, on a flat surface at least 10 feet from the house.

3. Be Careful with Candles

Candle fires happen the most during the holiday season. To reduce the risk, set the candle several feet away from anything combustible. Also, set the candles on sturdy bases and cover them with hurricane globes.

Don’t leave a burning candle unattended, especially if you have kids and pets. Before going to bed, make sure all the candles are blown out.

If possible, consider other safer alternatives to candles like electric candles.

4. Don’t Forget About Matches and Lighters

An open flame is a serious fire risk when handled improperly. Keep matches, lighters, and other fire-starting materials away from kids. For guests who smoke, create a designated space outdoors where they can smoke and dispose of cigarette butts. It’s recommended to dampen cigarette butts before throwing them in the trash can.

5. Get Your Indoor and Outdoor Fireplaces Inspected

Have your chimney and fireplaces inspected by a professional before using it. This is especially important if you haven’t used them for months. Also, avoid using damp firewood on your fireplaces as they produce smoke which causes choking hazards. 

If you are using space heaters to keep your house warm during the winter, make sure that they’re at least three feet away from items that can easily catch fire like clothing, beddings, furniture, and curtains. Unplug the appliance when you are done using it and don’t leave it unattended.

When using outdoor fireplaces, exercise caution. While gathering around the fire pit can be cozy, it can cause serious injuries if handled wrongly. Ensure that everybody is at least three feet from the fire, and other structures more than 10 feet. Be extra cautious during windy days as fire can quickly spread to unintended areas.

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

If you keep the tips in mind, you will be sure to enjoy your holidays with your family and friends without the fear of a fire disaster.

However, in the unfortunate event of fire damage in your home, you’ll need professionals to take care of the disaster. Doing it yourself is risky and time-consuming. At SERVPRO of Rutherford County, we have the right tools and equipment to handle any fire damage regardless of the size.

Getting Ready for Holiday Guests

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

The holiday season brings with it crisp weather, comfy family sweaters, and a lot of visiting family and friends. Opening your doors to others during this season creates a sense of community and connection that’s cherished all year long.

But preparing for guests is quite daunting. It requires a lot of planning to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and welcomed.

Fortunately, these preparation tips will help you smoothly glide through the process.

How to Guest-ify Your Home for Holiday Visitors

Use these tips to give your guests the best experience this holiday season:

1. Clear Up the Entryway

Your foyer is the first place your guests will see, so strive to make a good first impression by decluttering it. Place a beautiful welcome mat at the entryway to protect your floors from snow and mud. Clear out extra shoes, coats, and umbrellas. Add more hooks or racks for guests to hang their hats and coats.

2. Stash a Lot of Food

Make your holiday visitors feel more welcomed by stocking your kitchen cabinets with pantry staples and snacks. Also, include things like fruits and veggies in your refrigerator and show your guests where everything is located. 

For drinks, stock up on a lot of bottled water, a variety of sparkling drinks and sodas – or whatever your guests prefer. If they enjoy nightcaps, stock several bottles of red and white wine. If you know of any allergies, be sure to ask them what foods are acceptable before you stock up your kitchen.

3. Revamp the Guest Bedrooms

Ensure your guests have at least two pillows each – one soft and the other firm so that they can pick the one that suits the sleeping styles.

While the beddings might have been clean when you stored them, it’s always advisable to wash them to get rid of the dust and odor that they may have accumulated over time. Additionally, have a few light blankets that can be layered neatly into bed just in case it gets extra cold at night.

And, if the bedroom isn’t attached to a bathroom, have the path to the bathroom lowly lit throughout the night. While you can navigate your house blindfolded, your visitors can’t. Nightlights or small lamps are great lighting ideas that will prevent your guests from bumping into furniture as they make their way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Furthermore, keep a few types of magazines or the local newspaper at the bedside table to keep your guests entertained.

Provide an open space in the room where your visitors can keep their luggage and suitcases. Clean out and organize the closets, drawers, and shelves to provide enough space for the guests to unpack.

4. Stock up the Bathroom

Toilet paper! Probably the most important toiletry you shouldn’t run out of when you have guests. Depending on the number of people you have over, you’ll be surprised at how many rolls are used in just a few days. So make sure that you have more than enough. Also, keep extra rolls at logical areas where visitors can easily access.

Other than toilet papers, keep a few bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash. Ensure that your visitors have clean sets of towels all through their stay. And since it’s very easy for them to forget which towels are theirs, consider giving a different color set of towels to each visitor.

5. Create a Mini Information Station

If they’ll be staying for a few days or if you’ll be working during their visit, consider creating a small information station at the focal point of the living room. This can be a small table next to the couch or at the entryway where you can provide information on things like Wi-Fi passwords, home alarm codes, nearby stores and other general information that might be essential when you are away.

6. Prepare a Sweet Send-Off

Wrap up a memorable stay by preparing a sweet dessert for your guests to take home. They’ll always be coming back for more!

Call SERVPRO for Professional Home Holiday Cleaning

We all know that cleaning the whole house for guests is daunting. Additionally, you might not finish in time for the arrival.

Luckily, SERVPRO of Murfreesboro and Smyrna is available 24/7 to give your home a nice scrub in the shortest time possible. We use top-of-the-line and eco-friendly cleaning products and our technicians are highly trained to offer you the best possible services.

Moreover, if you have any home restoration projects, feel free to call SERVPRO.

Quick Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Just like any other building, commercial buildings are subject to the costly damages of Mother Nature’s wrath. Depending on your location and the season, losses can be caused by blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. But one of the most common weather disasters is storms.

You can predict the storm, but cannot predict the extent of damage it will have on your commercial building. Flooding is often the biggest concern in this regard.

According to National Geographic, flooding accounts for more than $6 billion in damages every year. While typical floods may happen over days, flash floods can destroy properties in minutes.

The serious structural and cosmetic damage of your commercial building is more than just a headache to business owners – it’s a source of huge financial loss and an interruption to the normal operations of your business.

After a storm, you may want to replace everything and start from scratch. But this is not the best option as it is way too expensive, especially at such a time. Instead, you can try restoration.

Get the Right Commercial Storm Cleanup Services

A professional restoration company is able to handle all of your commercial damage cleanup and repairs. And since there is never a convenient time for flooding and storm damage, get a company that is available 24/7. Keep in mind that every hour wasted is an hour of lost productivity and revenue.

SERVPRO has the experience, training, and equipment to handle small and large commercial storm damage emergencies. Our technicians respond quickly to clean the mess and manage the restoration project from start to finish.

6 Main Stages of Our Commercial Storm Cleanup Services

This brief overview explains how SERVPRO experts may approach to resolve the storm damage at your commercial building:

  • Examine the Damage: The restoration specialists will assess the extent of the damage and discuss the results with you and your insurer.
  • Prevent Secondary Damage: This step involves boarding and tarp up services which prevent secondary water damages.
  • Remove the Standing Water: With industry-leading vacuums and pumps, our restorers will be able to completely remove the water from the affected areas.
  • Remove Damaged Building Materials: Damaged materials should be carefully removed and properly disposed of prior to the cleaning process.
  • Clean and Disinfect the Surfaces: Our technicians will use customized cleaners to disinfect the affected surfaces as well as restore salvageable items.
  • Dry the Building: Commercial air movers and dehumidifiers will facilitate the drying process and prevent the growth of mold and mildew on surfaces. Building materials are replaced after the affected areas are completely dry.
  • Repaint and Add Final Touches: When walls are exposed to excess moisture for a few hours, they absorb water, and this may cause the paint to flake. When the walls are completely dry, our experts will repaint them for a dazzling finish.

What Next After the Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup?

As a property manager, a disaster preparedness plan will go a long way toward addressing your flooding concerns. You cannot stop the storm, but you can take the necessary actions to keep your building from another water-related disaster.

After the cleanup, consider the following preventive measures:

Flood-Proof Your Building

If flooding has been a problem in the past, consider flood-proofing your commercial building. This will prevent water-related damages in the future. One of the best practices is covering your building with a waterproof coating to keep water from seeping in.

Improve Your Landscaping

If possible, try to elevate the area around your commercial building before the rains begin. You can also build a system that will allow water to flow away from the building. Don’t forget to install downspouts to direct water away from the foundation.

The cost of this project will depend on the size of your building. Nonetheless, this cost will be far less expensive than the cost of repairing the damage.

Pay Special Attention to Basements

After a storm, the basement and foundation of your building may face serious damage.

It’s recommended to contact a specialist who will patch the foundation walls and caulk huge cracks. Moreover, you should consider installing a sump pump and dehumidifiers to keep the building dry always.

SERVPRO Will Be With You All Through the Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

In the unfortunate event your commercial building is damaged by a storm, then do not hesitate to call SERVPRO in Smyrna, Rutherford County, for help. We will not only restore your property, but we will also help you review and make recommendations to safeguard your building from future storm damage.

Storm Damage Cleanup Made Easier

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

It’s hurricane season once again! This season always comes with storms and flash floods that can destroy massive amounts of property, both outside and inside homes.

If your home has ever flooded, then you understand how stressful and challenging the cleanup process can be. From ruined electronics to soaked carpets, water damage is a headache to homeowners.

If you want to take on smaller and safer tasks before help arrives, make sure that you are protected. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you wear boots, long pants, a long shirt, gloves, and an N-95 respirator to protect against mold spores.

Unfortunately, the flooding experienced from a storm is a far too serious matter to handle alone.

Here’s Why Storm Damage Cleanup is Not for Everyone

Flood waters can destroy your home in the following ways:

  • HVAC: When water enters the internal components of air conditioners and heaters, it damages its electrical systems. The venting system can also be contaminated by mold, and it may require professional cleaning to prevent mold spores from being blown through the air.
  • Home Appliances: Flood waters can short out these appliances and make them leak harmful gases into the air. They need to be repaired and cleaned by a professional before use.
  • Electrical Wiring and Pipes: Storms can strip electrical wiring and break water pipes. Work with a contractor if you notice these damages. For safety purposes, do not try to repair the problem yourself.
  • Painted Concrete: Concrete walls flake when exposed to excess moisture and may require repainting. Concrete floors, on the other hand, are quite absorbent and will develop whitish deposits when exposed to moisture. Restorers should use HEPA vacuuming and EPA-registered disinfectants to get rid of these deposits.
  • Floor Coverings: Most carpets are usually thrown out after they are damaged by standing water. However, a professional cleaner is able to restore your valuable carpets. Just remember to remove the soaked carpets from the flooded house as soon as possible to minimize the damage.
  • Furniture and Other Wooden Items: Solid wood items may weaken, warp, and crack following a flood. Fortunately, they can be saved when dried properly.
  • Insulation: Insulation foam sheets that have been affected by flood water need to be hosed off and dried. However, cellulose insulation made of treated paper needs to be replaced and removed.
  • Plaster: Even though this thick material may not be replaced, it may take a really long time to dry. Professional storm damage cleanup companies have the necessary equipment to dry plaster quickly and more efficiently.
  • Drywall and Wallboard: These are porous materials that become very fragile when wet. If they are not dried out properly, they can get contaminated.

Hiring a Storm Damage Cleanup Professional

Cleaning up after a storm is a dangerous task, and should largely be left to professionals.

SERVPRO may be in a position to help you during this difficult time. We are a locally-based storm damage cleanup company in Murfreesboro of Rutherford County. Our highly skilled experts have access to industry-leading equipment to quickly reverse the effects of water damage.

Restoration is better and far less expensive than replacement.

Before the cleanup process begins, the experts will examine the extent of the damage outside and inside your home. The results will be discussed with you and your insurer.

The type of damage present will determine the types of restoration equipment and tools needed. In the case of flooding, specialized vacuums and pumps will be used to remove water from the affected areas.

When drying your house, there are four main considerations that come to play – temperature, humidity, air movement, and the amount of water present. Drying occurs faster under low humidity levels and high temperatures.

Moreover, the damp air in the water-damaged rooms should be replaced by dry air to hasten the drying. Commercial air movers and dehumidifiers can facilitate the drying process and prevent the growth of mold and mildew on surfaces. 

Our specialists will also use customized cleaners to disinfect the surfaces as well as restore salvageable items. Minor house repairs will be done and air fresheners will be used to combat the damp odor of a flooded home. Your house will be restored to its pre-storm state in no time!

SERVPRO is Available 24/7 for Professional Storm Damage Cleanup Services

Natural disasters like storms come without warning and they can flood and damage your property. But if you act fast, SERVPRO of Rutherford County can restore your home. Call us today!

SERVPRO's Ultimate Guide to Making a Business Disaster Restoration Plan

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Can you imagine having your business establishment destroyed by a natural disaster?

It is quite expensive and difficult to recover from such a great loss especially if you are running a small business.

What most business owners don't know is they need to have plans for a natural disaster before it actually takes place.

The plan will help you to get back to your feet, regardless of the scale of the damage caused.

Why You Need a Disaster Commercial Restoration Plan

A disaster recovery plan helps you keep your most important documents and resources in a safe place. Besides preventing accidents from occurring, it can also help you assess the structural condition of your building.

Regardless of the size or financial stability of your company, you need a well-thought-out disaster recovery plan to save as many assets as possible.

Creating a Business Disaster Recovery Plan

The plan can vary depending on the type of company. However, it generally aims at helping you save time and money without compromising on the goals you set out to do. The most important steps for creating a disaster plan are as follows:

1. Train and Assign Tasks to Your Employees

Begin with training your employees on how to carry out an emergency response plan and assign specific tasks to them. Focus on conducting drills to help them prepare for the disaster.

Remember to prepare a list of the most important phone numbers and addresses you'll need when a disaster strikes. This may include places like the fire department, sheriff’s office, or the hospital.

2. Gather Emergency Items Needed Before a Disaster

These emergency items should offer temporary solutions to your business.

Depending on the most probable disaster to occur, you can get items such as backup generators, extinguishers, fire sprinklers, emergency alarms, and backup communication systems.

Be sure to compile the cash value of all assets including inventory, machinery, and equipment. Keep them in an accessible place.

3. Know the Duration of the Recovery Period

A professional restoration company like SERVPRO should give you a time frame of how long it will take for your business to recover from a certain natural disaster.

This information will give you a brief idea of when you can get back to business in case a disaster occurs. Keep in mind that the recovery period will depend on the intensity of the disaster.

4. Insure and Protect Your Business Assets

Sign up for an insurance policy that covers all the assets in your commercial building. Remember to have the building structure inspected to minimize the damage caused by strong winds, storms, and leaks. Find out from a disaster restoration company how long the repairs for the building may take when natural disaster knocks.

Insurance policies are mandatory for every business regardless of the size or years of operation. Review your policy to ensure it covers most of the repair and replacement costs. Work with a disaster restoration company such as SERVPRO that knows how to handle insurance claims.

5. Find an Alternative Business Location

If possible, it is always recommended to find a temporary location to do business. Be sure to plan for this location before the disaster actually strikes. Take time to find a conducive building you can borrow or rent for a while until the restoration work is over.

6. Set Up Strategies of Informing Your Relevant Stakeholders in Case of a Disaster

Your customers and suppliers need to be at par with the disaster recovery plan at your business premises. So ensure that you share with them your disaster preparedness measures.

You'll also need to put up strategies of informing them of the unfortunate event in case it happens. They need to know when you'll resume your operations for them to continue supporting you.

Finding the Right Commercial Restoration Expert in Murfreesboro

Part of your business disaster recovery plan involves soliciting the support of a reputable commercial disaster restoration company.

You should seek advice from the right company because the growth and profitability of your company depend on your present decisions. Don't forget to consider your specific commercial restoration needs when choosing the right service provider.

Working with a firm such as SERVPRO will not only help you create a comprehensive restoration plan, but it also guarantees you of 24/7 support and prompt response in case of an emergency.

With our quick response, highly skilled personnel, and top-of-the-line recovery equipment, your business premise will be up and running in no time. 

Commercial Water Disaster Restoration

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Quite often, water disasters strike when you least expect it.

Even if you have prior information about an impending flood, there isn’t much you can do to prevent a natural disaster, even if you are as prepared as possible.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should just stand and watch your hard-earned assets go down the drain.

With an experienced water damage restoration partner such as SERVPRO, you can cut down on the losses without breaking the bank. Our experts combine years of experience in water damage restoration with unrivaled professionalism to effectively restore your home or business premises to its pre-flood condition.

So when disaster strikes, don’t take on the burden of water damage restoration and dealing with insurance companies all by yourself.

It's always best to hire a professional.

Hire a company that knows how to handle insurance claims as well as clean up your business premises quickly and effectively.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Commercial Water Restoration?

SERVPRO is an industry-leading cleaning and damage mitigation service provider. We specialize mainly in the restoration of property following fire and water hazards. Our services include mold removal, soot cleaning, and mitigation of mildew.

We don’t just mitigate disaster, we also handle the necessary paperwork required to make an insurance claim.

Since every disaster is unique, our prices vary. However, you shouldn’t worry about breaking the bank if you choose us, because our services are all pocket-friendly.

There are tons of other reasons that make SERVPRO your trusted commercial restoration partner. Here are a few:

1. Right Tools for the Job

When a water disaster strikes, it brings with it things like molds growth, carpet delamination, damage to hardwood floors, bad odors, and other forms of damages.

Therefore, you need a commercial restoration service provider who not only understands what it means to deal with water damage, but also has the right tools to for the job.

SERVPRO is the number one commercial restoration service provider in Rutherford County. We have the labor, expertise, and equipment to handle water hazards of all sizes, from small floods caused by plumbing leaks to major ones caused by natural disasters.

2. Fast Mitigation

Commercial restoration is all about acting quickly and promptly. When your commercial restoration partner sleeps on their job and delays to respond quickly, your business assets will be damaged even further.

Moreover, mold may start to grow in damp areas. SERVPRO understands how important your business is to you, and that’s why our response teams move swiftly to salvage everything from water hazards before it gets worse.

So, when a water disaster strikes, don’t just assume that all is lost. Call for help as soon as you can so that we can secure your assets quickly.

3. Commercial Restoration Within your Reach

SERVPRO is dedicated to serve the people of Rutherford County. Being a company run by local experts, we are within your reach whenever you need us.

We also know the area well, and this further cuts down on our response time.

Don’t deal with a stranger in times of disaster. Choose a company that best understands your commercial water damage restoration needs and those of the community around you.


4. A Comprehensive Restoration Service

We don’t just get rid of standing water. We use specialized products and equipment to remove the water from your property, and then dry everything.

Our restoration package includes professional-grade cleaning and deodorizing to get rid of debris and bad smell.

Our main goal is to leave your place dry, clean, and smelling good – better than its initial state.

Your comfort is our responsibility.

5. Minimally Invasive Water Damage Restoration

One of the things that most business owners dread after a water disaster is being out of business for a long time.

As such, we have made deliberate efforts to ensure that you can resume business as soon as possible. This will, however, depend on the intensity of the water damage in your business premise.

Instead of pulling down walls and furnishings, we use state-of-the-art tools such as thermal imaging equipment and moisture meters to assess the extent of the damage and find a minimally invasive solution.

We also perform insulation probes to determine the extent of damage to electrical wiring and appliances without having to rip out your floors and walls.

Call SERVPRO for Top-Notch Commercial Restoration Services 

We want to help you protect your property and stay healthy.

A Moldy Affair: Mold Remediation

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping a functioning and safe home is no small task.

Whether your household is comprised of just you and Fido, or if it’s you, your spouse, your children and Fido – it’s still your home.

It’s safe to say that no matter what your home is like, it’s something special to you and your family.

You’ve put in a great deal of time picking out furniture, putting up pictures, and adding all those little details that represent your family.

The ultimate goal as a homeowner is to keep a safe, secure, and happy environment for everyone who enters your home.

However, mold is the uninvited houseguest you probably never anticipated.

Mold is a common issue which almost everyone will come across at some point during their life. Unfortunately, it’s something that can easily occur in your home and it can lead to some very costly repairs.

At SERVPRO, we’ve seen our share of mold related cases throughout our time servicing the community of Smyrna in Rutherford County.

Part of our professional charge is to make sure you know how mold occurs. With the right information, you can take action to prevent mold in your home. And, you’ll know what to do in the event that you’re in need of mold remediation.

Here’s a quick look into how mold can occur in your home and how it can be prevented.

Mold Loves Moisture and Warmth

Mold has got to be the common cold equivalent of issues facing homeowners.

It’s as easy to overlook as it is to facilitate its spread throughout your house. Additionally, it can be just as simple to prevent it.

There are many common causes of mold in homes that can be provoked with a variety of situations. Something as seemingly nonthreatening as a pipe leak can lead to large mold issues in the future.

Flooding and heavy rains can also cause anywhere from minimal to extensive water damage, which all can mark the beginnings of mold.

No matter what the scenario is, the causes of mold in homes will always have moisture involved. Mold occurs when unchecked moisture meets warm climates. This can be particularly troublesome during summer months or in humid climates where mold has the chance to thrive.

Mold eats through any organic material as long as conditions for its growth are present. This means that what could have been remedied by a simple call to a plumber results in mold spreading through your walls, carpet, and ceilings.

Leaky pipes are issues you can easily check for to prevent mold from ever starting to spread. But less known or hidden water damage can be much more difficult to catch. Be sure to check any spaces where you have appliances, to see if there are any leaks.

Also, if there has been any significant rainfall during a storm, it’s a good idea to check your home. Leaks through your roof are a prime area for mold growth given the combination of continued rainfall and summer heat.

Mold Remediation Services at SERVPRO

If mold has already taken root or spread throughout your home, there are services which can solve this. Mold remediation is a professional service where mold is cleaned and removed from your home.

While a mold problem is something you may initially notice on your own, it’s best to bring in a professional to make sure a full assessment is done on the situation.

A professional will uncover not only what the causes of the mold are, but they’ll also be able to discover how extensive the mold damage to your home actually is.

In addition to offering services to stop the source of the problem, mold remediation is the ideal solution for cases where mold has damaged your home. These services also include cleaning and removing the mold-compromised zones using special chemical applications and methods to make sure mold doesn’t return.  

Keep Your Home Mold-Free

Keeping your home mold-free should be on your list of routine checkups.  

As simple as a routine home check could have already prevented mold growth and extensive damage, but it’s one of those things that can be easily overlooked. Mold could be spreading in all the moist, dark corners of your basement that you rarely check.

In the event that mold and mold damage can get out of hand, SERVPRO is your local source for mold remediation services.

Commercial Mold Remediation: A Professional Touch

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Brick and mortar storefronts are a staple of our economy, allowing for local customers to walk in the front door of a neighborhood business for goods or services.

There is great value in being able to have contact with a friendly face in an environment where you have confidence in the employees, and a general sense of trust that they have your best interests at heart.

As a business owner, you’re aware that there are many challenges to be tackled on a daily basis. The last thing you need is a problem to disrupt your work, especially in relation to your place of business.

A common workplace threat that falls under our area of expertise is the potential for mold growth in commercial spaces.

Perhaps you’re familiar with mold issues at home, but your business can be just as at risk. Understanding how to remedy this is important, not just to your customers, but to your livelihood as well.

Commercial mold remediation is a service that SERVPRO is happy to provide to the businesses in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County. It’s just as important for you to know what causes mold as it is to have professional input on any remediation needs.

In this blog, we’ll discuss both how mold growth begins, and also, how mold remediation services can combat potential damage.

How Exactly Does Mold Occur?

Mold growth happens when there is a perfect mixture of conditions – and unfortunately, it can happen far too easily.

All it takes is  a combination of moisture, warmth, and in applicable situations, food – and you could have a serious mold issue in your hands.

Mold in your business will most likely occur in places like bathrooms, basements, kitchens, or anywhere else where there is some kind of moisture.

For example, if an unchecked pipe leak teams up with the summer heat, you could be in for an ugly surprise.

What is Mold Remediation?

Perhaps you’ve already seen mold in your place of business and that’s why you’re here.

Mold remediation is a key service which, when done professionally, can have your business mold-free in no time. This service basically involves cleaning, thorough removal, and mold treatment done throughout your building.

Mold tends to spread if its conditions for growth go untreated. In most extensive cases, mold can even grow quickly through multiple areas – including walls, carpets, and ceilings.

Commercial mold remediation will use special methods, chemicals, and cleaners to remove all mold present and to prevent it from returning.

A Mold Threat in Commercial Buildings

Mold is an issue that can threaten multiple parts of your business, so it’s important to know exactly how to approach it.

It’s vital to bring in a specialist to first asses your mold situation.

Mold is a natural organism which forms whenever the proper conditions are available. While you may initially only notice it in one spot, it’s very common to find that the small damage you’ve identified is just the beginning.

Examining the area with just your eyes may not show the more extensive growth which has spread throughout your building. A professional assessment will take a true account of the areas that have been affected and they will also let you know what needs to be removed or replaced.

A professional assessment will also investigate where the source of the mold is coming from. This is essential because replacing the walls and carpets could be a complete waste if you don’t find the source of the mold.

Getting commercial mold remediation for your business is a sure way to not only eradicate the current issue, but also, to take the proper steps so it doesn’t happen again.

Call the Professionals Every Time

Mold is one of those issues which, when it strikes, can become a huge inconvenience to you.

The most extreme cases can result in the walls and floors of your business needing to be removed and this could require you to close for a period of time.

Taking pride in serving communities, SERVPRO ensures that your mold remediation work is handled promptly and professionally.

If you’ve noticed any current mold issues, or if you have any general questions about how you can keep your business mold free, SERVPRO professionals are here to make sure your business is mold-free, so you can focus on doing what you love instead.

5 Home Flood Prevention Tips from SERVPRO

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

There’s a very heartwarming idea which suggests that home is where your heart is.

When really pondering on its meaning it turns out that it’s a true statement. Our homes are filled with memories and physical possessions which we’ve gathered over the course of our lives. If sentimental motivations weren’t enough, our homes are where we and our family and love ones live.

To think that anything would bring disaster to your front door immediately triggers thoughts about your family’s safety and your homes well-being. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that natural disasters do tend to destroy homes. With hurricane season coming into high swing taking the potentials of flood disasters is no light subject.

SERVPRO, in Murfreesboro, serving the Rutherford County area - completely understands the necessity to safe guard your home from flooding. Our emergency restoration services provide everything you need to recover from flood damage, but we also believe that you can take steps now to cut down on risk to your home.

SERVPRO’S 5 Flood Prevention Tips

Below, we’ve compiled our list of flood prevention tips to help prevent your home from flooding, or at the very least to minimalize the damage it could cause.

1. Go with the Flow

If you’ve been living at your home for any extended amount of time, there is a likelihood that you’ve seen the best and worst of weather.

When taking preventative methods to safeguard your home from flooding it’s a great idea to consider how water flows around your house. Best case scenario would be if you’ve noticed that the ground’s angle around your house slopes away from your home, which would mean at least that water flows away.

However, you should take note if your street or areas surrounding your home hold water for an extended period. If you have standing water after light showers, then it would be a good idea to speak with your county planning department. If it will flood with a small amount of water, it will certainly during a major storm.

2. On Higher Ground

Whether your land slopes towards or away from your home, it’s always a great idea to rise above the chaos.

If you have a flash flood warning for your area waters can very well rise to your front door in a matter of minutes. This would leave you no time to prepare or move items out of harm’s way.

It’s a great practice during flood warnings to protect valuable and sentimental items by packing them and moving them to higher ground. Items which will easily get damaged liked photos or family records can be placed in sealed plastic containers.

Additionally, any pricey items like furniture, computers, or antiques should be moved to another floor or at worse on top of taller items.

Although the worst-case scenario is that having belongs on a higher ground doesn’t matter you can still take steps to recover those items. Take an inventory, and even photos if possible, for the event you have make an insurance claim.

4. Keep a Watchful Eye

There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for flood damage situations but one of the most important things you can do is to stay alert.

You know the ins and outs of your home and should be attentive to water levels, gutter cleanliness, basement leaks, and your electricity. These are all things which you can take precautions beforehand to avoid damage, but also which most be monitored during the event that your home begins to take on water.

5. Think Ahead

Take your knowledge about your home and how your property respond\ to water as inspiration for preparation.

If you’ve noticed certain tendencies for things like high water, broken gutters, or power outages then take the initiative to avoid greater damage from a stronger storm.

Take small steps like purchasing a small power generator and cleaning out your gutters to allow for water flow.

Our Doors are Open

Flood damage or water damage in general is certainly something that should be taken seriously, and with a few our tips you can prepare yourself to avoid potential issues.

SERVPRO is always available should you have any questions about flood damage prevention, and to help you in the unfortunate event that you need emergency restoration services.

Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

There is a great sense of pride which comes with being a homeowner. Whether it’s about creating a space where you can relax after a long day’s work or simply having a safe place for your family to stay, running your household takes a decent amount of planning.

There are so many things to look after that it’s easy to over look a bill payment or here or there, or to leave the lights on while away.

However, one thing you don’t want to overlook is existing issues that can lead to water damage. These prolonged problems, when not remedied, can spread until they become more serious issues.

SERVPRO specializes in the type of emergency restoration services which you may one day need for water damage issues. However, in addition to this service, SERVPRO also loves to share our expertise with our valued clients in Smyrna, and the surrounding Rutherford County area.

SERVPROS 4 Water Damage Prevention Tips

To help you avoid extensive water damage issues - we’ve compiled a helpful list of preventative tips you can use to safeguard your home.

Is This Water Bill for Real?

A good sign that water damage could be around the corner is if you’re already noticing extra water costs.

Have you noticed any strange spikes in your water bill recently? If so, this is normally a sign that there is water leak somewhere. Leaks tends to cause excess water to be used in everyday tasks because of the quantities leaking out somewhere.

Start by checking where you use the water most to see if there’s any damaged or leaking pipes.

Leaky pipes can certainly result in a spike in your water bill, but if they go undetected for too long you could be looking at bills of another variety. Areas in your house left exposed to water for too long can lead to water damage, which can be especially troublesome during the summer.

The result could be the need for extensive emergency restoration work, which will certainly add up to more than a spike in your water bill.

A Costly Clog

Clogs are a part of every day life, but even they can lead to more intense problems when not remedied correctly.

Even if you have amazing cleaning habits you will eventually run into a clog at some point. A typical method for dealing with this is to use some form of unclogging chemicals. They can be inexpensive, and normally get the job done in a short time with limited amount of work.

However, the issue with these chemicals is that you run the risk of them eating away at your pipes over time. Consistent use of these can lead to leaks over time. Additionally, using chemicals so often may not be good for your health.

We suggest using a drain snake instead to unclog pipes. They’re cheap and typically easy to find at local stores. It may take away some of the convenience of using chemicals, but you’ll be sure to get the job done without any of the worry.

Make Maintenance your Routine

Preventing water damage in your home should be a part of your normal routine.

The suggested maintenance routines vary from item to item within any building, but a general rule is that you should check your home on a schedule.

Cleaning your gutters and downspouts of debris to ensure that they’re clear for water flow is a seasonal check. You certainly use your washing machine on a continual basis, so making sure that its hoses are in good shape is key to avoiding expensive water damage and clean up.

Theses materials, hoses, and pipes are designed to carry water and to keep you safe, but keep in mind that they have their ware and tear like any product that is used over an extended period.

If you keep a to do list of home cleaning be sure to add checking for water damage or damaged areas to your list. It’ll be cheaper to repair and replace if there’s no extensive damage involved.

It’s in Your Hands

Water damage and flooding which has reached the need for emergency restoration can be stressful and intimidating.

However, the good news is that there are many simple things within your control that you can remedy or catch in time.

Breaking the Hold of Mold Caused By Water Damage

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

These commercial duct dryers will circulate the air in your Rutherford County home if it gets too damp.

At some point in all our lives, we’ve encountered water damage in one of its many forms.

Moisture, when left unattended, can have harsh effects to your home and over time can cost large amounts in emergency restoration to fix. Water damage, even from the first signs of leakage, can quickly become a huge issue for you.

Mold is one of most common ways moisture can become your enemy. It thrives in warm environments, and with the summer months kicking into high gear you can expect it to follow behind any unattended moist areas.

Summer is a time for relaxation and travel, but if you don’t take some actions you could return to a moldier home. Mold doesn’t take a holiday.

Tips to Prevent Molds at Home This Summer

Our experts at SERVPRO have some straightforward tips to help prevent mold in your home this summer while traveling. We want that all our clients in Rutherford County be ready with some mold preventing methods, so they can return to mold-less homes. Here’s a few things you can do this summer:

1. Set the Environment

Hot on the outside, cool on the inside.

Summer heatwaves are sure to not only make for warmer sun filled days, but also can be molds' best friend. If you already have existing wet or moist places in your home and leave them unattended, you’re asking for the mold to multiply. While you’re a at the beach getting a tan, the mold will be taking a hold.

To fight back, you can set the environment of your home to be nonproductive for mold growth. Mold will grow best at 77-degrees Fahrenheit or more. One way to combat this would be setting your temperature much lower than their ideal growth temperature to not give moisture the heat it needs.

It may mean a higher electricity bill, but that’s much better than the costs and damage mold can do.

2. Repair to Prepare

The best way to prevent mold is to never have water damage in the first place.

This is the time to finally take that leaky pipe or appliance that you never truly fix seriously. Perhaps it hasn’t caused anything more than a few minutes of your time to patch up in the past, but if you leave it unattended while traveling this summer you could be looking at a mold or emergency restoration situation.

Hire a professional to fix your leaky pipes and appliances so they don’t become a bigger issue down the road. Additionally, leaks in your roof can be especially problematic if it turns out to be a rainy summer. It would be wise to get a SERVPRO specialist on site to make sure that those discolored ceiling spots don’t turn into something worse in the summer heat.

3. Cleanliness is Happiness

If charity begins at home, then mold grows from neglect.

You may be ready to get off to your summer vacation in a hurry but overlooking the small daily things can add up. Perhaps, you’ve already repaired your faulty pipes, appliances, and other moisture prone areas. However, have you cleaned up the areas where they are?

Regular cleaning of any high moisture areas is a pro tip for ensuring that you avoid water damage and mold. Remedying the leak is one thing, but an unclean area which has already begun to develop mold is an entirely different story, especially if you haven’t been cleaning along the way. Make sure you give your home a thorough cleaning before heading hitting the road.

4. No Humidity, No Problem

Let your home breath.

In addition to setting a good cold temperature make sure you allow room for the cool air to flow through your home. If you have too much clutter in your home, it can make it difficult for air flow to reach moist places which have trapped humidity. Additionally, there could already be mold or wet spaces developing that you didn’t know existed.

Happy Travels

The best methods for preventing water damage and mold are the ones which you plan for. While you’re getting things ready for your summer travel take a look around your home using SERVPRO’s tips to make sure it’s clean, cool and clutter free.

Leaving Your Home for Summer? Check for Water Damage First

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

These commercial dryers will dehumidify your Murfreesboro home.

The kids are out of school, you’ve got 2 weeks off, and the sun is shining.

It must be summer.

By now, you’ve probably been planning a great summer vacation to take and are counting the days until your departure.

While you’re sure to double check every final detail on tickets, pricings, and reservations, it can be very easy to overlook safety preparations for the home front.

Some of these are pretty standard like locking the doors and making sure appliances are turned off.

But have you thought about water damage?

Water damage can happen at any time. The innocent mistake of overlooking a leaky pipe or water stain can lead to mold or even emergency restoration projects. While you’re off enjoying your summer travel, the heat and humidity can be wreaking havoc at home.

At SERVPRO Nashville, we know how easy it is for these problems to occur and certainly how they can add up over time. To help you get your home ready for your summer travel, we’ve come up with some quick water damage prevention tips, which can help you make sure mold doesn’t move in while you’re away.

SERVPRO’s Fast-4 Water Damage Prevention Tips

  1. Keep a Cool Home

Summer heatwaves are sure to not only make for warmer sun-filled days, but also can be mold’s best friend. If you already have existing wet or moist places in your home and leave them unattended, you’re asking for the mold to multiply. While you’re at the beach getting a tan, the mold will be taking a hold.

To prevent mold from forming or growing in your home, make sure to set a climate where it cannot thrive. Mold will grow best at temperatures of 77-degree Fahrenheit and more. If you set the temperature lower, you’ll be able to starve any existing moisture of the heat it needs and ideally keep any moist areas from getting too humid.

It’s better to pay a higher electricity bill than to be at risk of water damage and need emergency restoration down the line.

  1. Keep it Clean

The small leak you’ve been having could turn into a much bigger problem.

If you’re seeing pipes or appliances leaking and you haven’t been attending to them, there is most likely water damage present. When left unattended, this seemingly harmless moisture can evolve into mold, mildew, dry rot, and even structural damage to your home. It may not be that way now but when exposed to summer heat and humidity, it won’t take long for mold to take ahold.

A great tip would be to clean up any areas in your home that you know create a lot of moisture or those that have given you issues in the past.

  1. Gut Your Gutters

The last thing you want to do is to return well-rested from your vacation to find an overflowing gutter.

Cleaning your gutter should be something you keep in mind year-round but is especially something you should consider doing before leaving for an extended period. Blocked water can damage your roof and even the gutter itself. A summer of heavy rains would only make this worse. It’s not a pretty job to do, but it’s one worth looking into before hitting the road.

  1. Turn Off Your Water Main

Examining your water main should be a habit for any homeowner, but especially so during summer travel season.

Before you set off for your vacation, make sure the water main is turned off. It’s a simple tip and unless you have preexisting water damage in your home, it’s one that can prevent most pipe or leak-related incident from happening. Existing water issues may persist, but at least they won’t be amplified by running water.

A Happy Home

SERVPRO has emergency restoration and other services available if your water damage and mold problems have already gotten out of hand. We’re here to remedy them so you can focus on taking a well-deserved vacation.

However, these damages and headaches may still be preventable. If you use a few of our tips you’ll be steps further from having water damage and much closer to a mold-free summer vacation.

Mold Remediation: Top Signs and Causes of Mold Infestation in Homes

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth is more common in homes located in flood-prone areas, but it can occur in any home. It looks unsightly, but can also cause major structural damage if left unattended for a long time.

The best way to deal with infestation of this annoying fungus is to be proactive. Being proactive here means you should know the signs and causes mold growth, so you can address the problem immediately and stop it in its tracks.

How to Tell if There is a Mold Problem in Your Home

If you notice any of the following signs in your home, you could be having a mold problem:

  1. Can you see colored, flat spots or fluffy patches forming on the walls, ceilings or floors of your dwelling?
  2. Do you notice a pungent or musty odor when you enter your house?
  3. Can you see water stains on your walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces?
  4. Is the paint on the interior surfaces of your abode coming or peeling off?
  5. Do you have rusty water pipes in your abode?

If the answer to one or more of these questions is a resounding yes, you might have a mold problem in your home.

4 Common Causes of Mold Infestation in Homes

Mold thrives in areas that stay wet, and none will grow on surfaces without direct exposure to oxygen. Besides flooding, there are many other potential water or moisture sources that could encourage its growth within a home.

Continue reading on below to find out a few “typical” culprits behind mold growth and damage in homes.

1. Leaky Water Pipes

Every home requires a consistent supply of clean water for drinking, cooking, cleaning dirty dishes, bathing, doing laundry, and more. Surviving a day without running water is almost unimaginable.

The water connection to your abode comprises a series of water pipes that deliver water to the various faucets or points of use within the home.

When you have a dripping water pipe, you may experience a considerable decline in water pressure, depending on how big or small the leak is. But that is not the only thing that should worry you.

The water leakage may encourage mold infestation, especially if it’s hidden and goes unnoticed for a long time. Leaks that occur underneath sinks installed on bathroom vanities are a perfect example of leaks that may take time to detect.

Once you have called in an emergency plumber to stop the leakage, you should immediately contact a remediation specialist to inspect the affected area for mold growth and determine the extent of damage caused by the mold.

2. Leaky Roofs

Like dripping water pipes, leaky roofs are another common cause of mold damage. Mold growth from roof leaks typically happens during the rainy spell when rainwater runs off the rooftop.

The presence of water stains on your ceiling or interior walls is a tell-tale sign of a leak from above. A roof repair specialist can fix the leaks for you, but they may not have the expertise and experience required to inspect your roof and home for mold damage.

You will need to enlist the services of a water and mold damage professional to protect your family from mold exposure and growth in your home.

3. Hot Showers

Bathrooms are by design wet areas, but are you aware that those long, foggy hot showers you like taking every day could increase the risk of mold growth?

Hot showers cause moisture-heavy air, called condensation, to build up on your bathroom surfaces. This, in turn, encourages mold growth in your bathroom.

To minimize condensation and prevent this growth in your bathroom, you should consider leaving your bathroom windows open when taking hot showers.

When opened, your bathroom windows will allow excess moisture to exit the room to the outdoors. To facilitate quicker expulsion of excess moisture from your bathroom, you should consider installing a ventilator fan.

4. Drafty Doors and Windows

Doors and windows that leak out air are a leading source of energy inefficiency in homes, but they could also promote mold growth by leaking in water from outside when it rains.

Luckily, all you may need to do to remedy the problem is to replace the caulking or weather-stripping around the window.

If you suspect that your house has suffered mold damage, it is best to contact a remediation expert immediately. This will ensure prompt removal as well as prevention of further damage.

Contact SERVPRO for Help

Mold spreads fast, so any sign of growth requires prompt intervention. If you have an infestation in your Murfreesboro home, don’t hesitate to turn to the seasoned remediation specialists at SERVPRO for help. 

6 Basic Steps to Commercial Mold Restoration

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Do you run a business in Rutherford County? Do you have a mold problem that you want to be remedied immediately but don’t have the slightest clue about what happens during remediation?

Like any other business owner or manager, you need accurate and reliable information to make important business decisions. If the answer to the above questions is yes, you should keep reading on below to learn what commercial mold restoration typically involves.

Why is Mold Remediation Necessary?

Mold growth can occur anywhere, be it indoors or outdoors. However, it thrives in areas with wet and humid environments.

For the most part, this fungus that grows outdoors does not present any significant problems for people and businesses. But when the growth occurs indoors, it becomes a major source of worry to building owners and the people that occupy the affected buildings.

Mold remediation is meant to restore normal levels inside a building.

What Happens During Commercial Remediation?

No two restoration situations are exactly the same, but the basics of mold remediation remain unchanged in all situations.

The basic steps to commercial remediation include the following:

1. Getting in Touch with Remediation Specialists

The process begins when you call the professionals working at a mold remediation company/service and inform them that you have a mold problem in your commercial building. They will arrive at your business location in the shortest time possible, prompt response to the problem is critical. 

Every business owner or manager needs to keep the emergency contact of a trusted remediation service with them all the time so they can immediately call for help when a problem arises.

2. Inspection and Testing

Upon arriving at your commercial premises, the remediation experts will carry out a thorough inspection of your building to identify areas that have been affected by mold damage.

The inspection involves identifying obvious signs of mold growth, like the presence of colored, fluffy growths on the walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces of the building interiors. This is known as a visual mold assessment.

The inspection also involves performing a series of tests to see if spores are airborne, growing on various surfaces of the building interiors without showing any visible signs, or in settled dust.

There are many different techniques that can be used to detect infestation. Your mold remediation specialist will select the most appropriate testing methods for your specific situation.

3. Containment

Once the trouble areas have been identified and severity of damage ascertained, measures will be taken to contain the mold. The containment is meant to maximize protection and limit further damage to your property.

Mold produces spores, which can quickly spread into the air and contaminate it. In addition, it requires oxygen and moisture to thrive, so cutting off oxygen and moisture supply to infested areas is a critical part of containment.

4. Air Sanitization

This involves using an air purifier equipped with an air filter to remove spores that may linger in the air.

When exposed to a water or moisture source, the spores can quickly turn into colonies and cause a recurrence of mold problems.

There are many types of air filters that may be used in tandem with air purifiers, but HEPA filters are generally considered to be the most effective at the job.

5. Removal

Once spores have been completely removed from the air, the mold and the affected materials in your building will be the next to be removed.

This is a job that requires specialized handling and advanced equipment because mold growth can easily become airborne and settle on other surfaces if it not properly removed.

The process for removal varies from scenario to scenario, depending on the extent of infestation in your building.

Before getting started with mold removal, the water or moisture source causing the problem will need to be identified and remedied. Otherwise, mold growth and damage will continue even after it has been removed.

6. Cleanup

Cleanup involves cleaning various items and surfaces, such as wood furniture, walls, and floors that may be contaminated by mold.

The principal goal is to eliminate the growth that may still be lingering in your commercial space even after removal.

It is, however, important to point out that not all items in your commercial space may be restorable through cleaning service.

Absorbent belongings like carpets and upholstery furniture, for example, may need to be replaced.

We Are Here to Help

At SERVPRO of Rutherford County, we pride in helping both residential and commercial clients remedy mold damage in their indoor spaces. Don’t hesitate to reach if you need help with your remediation project.

7 Great Tips for Commercial Spring Cleaning

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Winter is slowly fading away, and that means it’s that time of the year when we open our windows and let the fresh air in. It’s also that time to revamp the indoors from top to bottom.

For commercial buildings, the spring season signals many things, but among the most important ones is ensuring that the facility is clean and well-maintained for the warmer months ahead. Deep cleaning initiatives and daily cleaning tasks will go a long way in preparing for a new season of customers and visitors.

Because you probably don’t know where to start with your spring cleaning, here are some tips and tricks that you should consider.

Tips and Tricks for Commercial Spring Cleaning

1. Deep Clean the Carpets and Mats

If there is one item that takes a serious beating during the winter, it is the carpets. Mud, snow, salt, ice, and other debris are brought in with every pair of shoes that step into your building.

A thorough cleaning of our carpets and mats – especially those in high-traffic areas – should be a top priority on our spring cleaning list. This will not only rejuvenate the carpet’s appearance, but will also extend its durability while adding freshness to your facility.

If you fail to address this issue early, the tough stains and debris may turn into costly repairs and replacements.

2. Revitalize Your Floors

The harsh winter weather usually results in excessive wear and tear of your floors. Consequently, they’ll look dull and ugly.

To restore the lost luster and revitalize your floors, you will need professional deep cleaning services. The combination of heat, high-pressure steam, and agitation completely removes the stains and dirt, making your floors look newer than ever before.

3. Clean Your HVAC and Air Filtration Systems

The spring season comes with a lot of allergies. This means that clean and well-maintained HVAC systems are important for the well-being of your employees and customers. Clean air infiltration systems will go a long way in preventing allergens, while increasing the productivity of your work environment.

What’s more, if your building has a history of smoke damage, you’ll need to find a reputable cleaning company to remove the hidden effects of smoke for an improved indoor air quality.

4. Stop Mold and Mildew Growth

After a really wet and damp season, spring is the perfect time to remove mold growth in areas where excess moisture was present. Mold will not only make your building look old and ugly, but can also lead to allergies.

Some of the good places to check for mold include behind and/or above equipment, air filtration and ventilation systems, as well as dark and damp areas, like the basement and warehouse. 

5. Get Your Equipment and Machinery Checked

If your business depends on large equipment and machinery, ensure that they are thoroughly inspected as part of your spring cleaning regime. Ensuring that your equipment is free from rust, corrosion, and is well-lubricated is vital for the smooth operations of your facility.

Among the many types of equipment systems, you should ensure you have inspected the boilers, water heaters, mist collectors, vacuum pumps, and coolant concentration tanks.

6. Revamp Your Restrooms

These are probably some of the most visited areas of a business property. The condition of the restrooms will determine how a client or customer perceives the company. So, you will want to maintain your restrooms spotlessly clean.

Despite taking the necessary precautions, bacteria and dirt will still build up over time. This means that the restrooms have to be cleaned and sanitized several times a day.

7. Pressure Wash the Sidewalks and Parking Lot

Your parking lot and sidewalks are the first things that your customers will notice about your business premises. As a business owner, you need to create a good first impression, and cleaning your parking lot and sidewalks is part of it.

A buildup of sand, salt, dirt, and other debris on the pavement will make your facility look less professional and leave a bad impression. Make sure you pressure wash the walkways, parking lot, and exterior walls for a revamped spring image.

Is Spring Cleaning Too Much For You? Call SERVPRO

If commercial spring cleaning procedures sound too overwhelming for you, even with these tips, feel free to seek the services of SERVPRO for all your large-scale cleaning projects. Our main aim is to make your facility comfortable, clean, healthy, and more productive for both your employees and customers.

So, relieve yourself of the spring cleaning stress by calling SERVPRO’s experienced and highly skilled cleaners. 

How to Spring Clean Your Kitchen

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

From blossoming daffodils to squeaky baby ducklings, it’s that time of the year when everything seems to have a new lease of life. As you bid farewell to the dark days of winter, you need to make your home feel fresher and more livable.

Now that the harsh weather is over, you no longer have an excuse for not getting rid of those stubborn Thanksgiving and Christmas stains in your kitchen. Spring cleaning may feel like you’re exhuming year-long clutters of dirt and debris in your home, but it’s worth it. And with the right guidance, it’s much easier than you think.

Here are some useful tips for cleaning your kitchen after the winter:

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

1. Clean from Top to Bottom

After a long winter of inactivity, you will notice that most surfaces in your kitchen will have accumulated a lot of dust and dirt. To avoid spreading dust to already cleaned surfaces, you should use the top-to-bottom approach when cleaning.

This means that you should start by dusting on the highest points of your kitchen such as the ceilings, walls, shelves, window frames, cabinet fronts, and countertops, and work your way down. As a rule of the thumb, let the kitchen floor be the last thing you clean.

2. Pay Special Attention to the Refrigerator

There is a pretty good chance that you haven’t cleaned your refrigerator for quite a while now. Maybe you have given it the occasional wipe, but that’s not enough.

For a thorough spring clean, you need to empty it and deep clean it using a suitable all-purpose cleaner with antibacterial properties. Don’t just focus on the inside, the exterior will also need a good scrub.

In addition, if you haven’t moved your refrigerator from its usual spot for quite some time, it’s about time you do it. You will be horrified at the gross stuff that has accumulated back there. Clean, disinfect, and dry the spot before placing the fridge back.

Before you store food back into the fridge after cleaning, check if any of them is expired. You can use refrigerator organizers to keep everything tidy and neat.

3. Don’t Forget to Descale Your Kettle

Spring cleaning will obviously involve cleaning all your utensils. However, the kettle is often ignored or cleaned wrongly.

Following a winter of countless cups of coffee and tea, the inside of your kettle may catch a little grime. It is, therefore, necessary to descale it using a weak acid, preferably a descaling agent. If you don’t have a descaling agent, you can use vinegar to remove the mineral deposits.

Just fill your kettle with water and add half a cup of white vinegar, then leave the mixture undisturbed for 12 hours. This will eliminate all the surface scale on your kettle. If your kettle is made of chrome, you can also use white vinegar to buff up its exterior.

4. Use Soda to Remove Stubborn Stains

Soda bicarbonate might be a baker’s closest friend, but do you know that it can also work magic in your kitchen spring cleaning? You don’t need expensive cleaning products to clean greasy sinks and other surfaces in your kitchen.

All you need to do is sprinkle a little soda on a damp cloth, and you’re all set to combat those stubborn stains on your crockery, refrigerator, and other dirty kitchen surfaces. It is most suited for cleaning steel and chrome utensils, as it can cut through ingrained dirt without etching the surface.

One of the advantages of soda bicarbonate is that it softens hard water. This makes the cleaning process a walk in the park.

5. Keep Your Windows Open During and After Cleaning

Since you will be stirring up a lot of dust as you clean, you need to keep your windows open, so that the dust doesn’t settle back on the kitchen surfaces. This will also help in removing bad odor in your home.

Even after you are done with cleaning, leave your windows open and let your home feel the clean, warmer air of spring.

Who to Call for Spring Cleaning Services in Rutherford County

We understand that spring cleaning can be hectic and often overwhelming – especially in large homes. If you need to get more than just your kitchen cleaned, SERVPRO is available for large-scale cleaning projects. Our cleaning technicians are highly skilled and equipped to handle any kind of cleaning project.

Do not hesitate to seek our top-notch services, we are only a phone call away!

What to Do After a Commercial Fire Disaster

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

A sudden fire in your business or commercial premises can be shattering and overwhelming. It may set you back in terms of infrastructure and revenues.

However, even in the face of such disaster, all is not lost. It is possible to restore your business premises back to its original state through commercial restoration services.

Commercial restoration is preferred to rebuilding as it saves you time and resources. You won’t have to buy most of your furniture and equipment again. Instead, a simple cleaning and a little restorative work should have them looking new and fresh.

Even when the fire damage is extensive, your property can still be salvaged through commercial restoration.

5 Things to Do After Commercial Fire Damage

What do you do after the fire trucks have left and you’ve ensured the safety of all your employees? What is the roadmap to normalcy?

1. Protect Yourself Before Entering the Building

If the fire department has allowed you to re-enter the building, make sure that you wear a mask to prevent smoke and other hazardous gases from entering your lungs.

It is also recommended to wear gloves to protect your hands from injuries and other dangerous materials.

2. Prevent Further Damage

Even after the fire is put out, damage can still continue. The water left behind by the firefighters can still destroy your furniture and other commercial items as well as promote mold growth.

If possible, remove all undamaged items such as documents, computers, and equipment from the building to a secure place to prevent them from further damage or possible looting.

3. Collect the Damage Information for Your Insurance

Your insurer will ask for a detailed list of inventory for all the damaged commercial items. You should, therefore, take clear photos and videos of the damage and make a list of all the destroyed items and structures. This will help you to get the most out of your insurance coverage while providing proof.

4. Call a Professional Commercial Restoration Expert in Murfreesboro

After a fire disaster, the fastest way to get your business up and running again is hiring a professional restoration company to clean and restore your building.  Here are the steps taken to restore your business premises:

  • Damage assessment: This involves examining the extent of the damage. You will receive a comprehensive report and plan on commercial restoration after the assessment.
  • Elimination of smoke odor: After a fire disaster, your commercial premises will need a breath of fresh air. With the use of top-of-the-line industrial dehumidifiers and the best air movers, restoration experts will completely eliminate the smoke odor.
  • Soot removal: After a fire, the walls and ceilings of your building are likely to be covered in soot. Removing soot from surfaces on your own can be daunting. Restoration experts have the right products and tools for the job. Not a single stain will remain. When soot is properly removed, it will help prevent the growth of mold after the restoration process.
  • Repaint, Repair, and Restore: Finally, the restoration company will repaint the walls and make quick fixes to get your commercial building operational again.

5. Initiate an Arson Investigation

If you don’t know the cause of the fire, it is always recommended to conduct an arson investigation to determine what or who started it. This information can be vital during the insurance claims process.

And if the fire was started by a particular person intentionally or due to negligence, you can press charges and get help in property repair and restoration costs.

Talk to SERVPRO for Quick and Top-Notch Commercial Restoration in Rutherford County

After a fire disaster, there are so many things that need to be done to get your business up and running again. You need to make new purchases, coordinate claims, prepare to move back in, contact your vendors and customers, and so many other things.

SERVPRO understands the stressful and traumatic process you are going through. That’s why we are dedicated to restoring your commercial property in the shortest time possible. We have highly skilled technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your building to its pre-fire conditions.

Our major aim is to always meet and even surpass our clients’ expectations. In case of a fire disaster, do not hesitate to call us right away.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration: Is it Necessary?

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Most commercial property owners assume that water damage mostly occurs during heavy rainstorms and flooding, which is true, but a significant amount of damage can also happen at any other time of the year.

Your business property should be properly functional to ensure a steady flow of revenue and customers. Water damage can ultimately affect the operations of your business. So it needs to be taken care of immediately.

Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

1. Malfunctioning Appliances and Equipment

If your business has equipment or appliances that use water such as water heaters and boilers, then it runs the risk of water damage.

If they malfunction, you may wake up to find your premises flooded and items damaged. Ensure all your water appliances and equipment are properly operated and maintained to minimize the risks of water damage.

2. Broken Sprinkler Systems

Sprinklers are used for fire emergencies, but they can also cause water damage when they become faulty. To avoid such a nasty experience, make sure that your sprinkler system is checked and maintained regularly.

3. Broken Pipes and Plumbing

When your workplace plumbing or drainage system fails, you are likely to experience some water damage. In such an unfortunate event, make sure you get a professional plumber to take care of the drainage issue and a restoration company to take care of the cleanup.

Always ensure your plumbing and drainage systems are properly maintained to avoid commercial water disasters.

4. Heavy Downpours and Flooding

Heavy rainstorms and flooding can cause massive water damage to your commercial building. If your building is located in a flood zone area, go to the local natural disaster agency and find out the different ways you prevent flooding in your specific area.

5. Leaking Roofs

This is one of the most obvious signs that show your building has water damage. If your roof is leaking, it may not be draining properly or it simply needs resealing.

If you notice even a small leak, ensure it is fixed as soon as possible. These small leaks tend to get bigger with time and cause tremendous havoc.

Commercial Restoration After Water Damage 

Sometimes, the damage and loss can be so severe that you may consider rebuilding. Even though it may seem like a viable idea, it will cost you a lot of time and money.

Instead, you should go for restoration. It’s safe, quicker, and very affordable. However, restoration can still be time consuming and tiresome if you decide to do it with your employees. You likely don’t have the technical knowhow or equipment to do a good job. Moreover, you may not know the extent of the damage and this can significantly cost you in the future.

Seek the services of commercial restoration experts for quick and top-quality restoration.

What to Do After a Commercial Water Damage

  1. Switch off the main power supply.
  2. Contact commercial restoration experts immediately.
  3. Document the damage for insurance purposes.
  4. Contact your insurer.
  5. Salvage any important materials such as files, business documents and other essentials that may get damaged when left in water. Work with most portable items first.
  6. Place office appliances and equipment on elevated surfaces like counters and office desks.
  7. If the building seems unstable do not enter it, especially if the ceiling is wet and soggy.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Your Commercial Restoration Services in Murfreesboro

SERVPRO is your one-stop shop for all your commercial restoration needs. But why should you choose SERVPRO?

  • Fast: Quick response is important when dealing with water damage. We are strategically stationed to respond faster to any size of water disaster emergency in Rutherford County. We want you to get your business back to normal in the shortest time possible.
  • Professionally trained water damage specialists: SERVPRO’s technicians are highly trained and have extensive experience in water damage restoration. With a properly established procedure, the experts are able to do restoration quicker and more effectively.
  • Advanced drying equipment and techniques: SERVPRO has specialized restoration equipment and products like dehumidifiers to help remove water and dry the building appropriately.

Contact SERVPRO today for faster, better and most efficient commercial restoration.

Helpful Tips When Addressing Water Damage

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

First floor of a two story home where water damage has affected the ceiling and light fixtures.

Water damage is never something that you expect to happen, but in an age of extreme weather and aging appliances, it can happen without a moment’s notice.  Do you know what to do if water takes its toll on your home?

Even the slightest damage can lead to something horrible. You might just think that it’s a water stain, but it could be hiding mold that could lead to health problems for you and your loved ones. Don’t risk it. Contact the experts that know how to handle all types of water damage restorations.

While each case of water damage is different, some steps will need to be done to recover from the situation.

Step 1: Call the experts

If the damage is from a storm that is still taking place, you may need to call emergency services to have them assist you out. Once the situation is calm and accessible, you will need to call an expert in water damage restoration.

Step 2:  Assessment

An assessment will be done by the expert who can see how much damage has been caused. At this time, you will need to contact your insurance to make a claim. They may also want to send their own assessor to see the damage.

Step 3:  Water removal

Using cutting-edge techniques, the restoration experts will remove any water left in the damaged area. This is very important is the restoration is going to be a success.

Step 4:  Drying

The affected area will need to be dried and dehumidified in order for the restoration to take place. Failure to remove all the moisture could result in staining and mold.

Step 5: Restoration

Finally, after the area has been treated it can be restored to its former glory.

Water damage can be stressful, but knowing these steps can help minimise the stress by giving you an action plan.

How Long Does Fire Restoration Take?

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Enduring a disaster like a fire damage in your home can be traumatizing and devastating.

While you may feel inclined to go back into the house once the firefighters have put off the fire, it is always safe to never enter your house before restoration experts have assessed it.

Professional restoration companies like SERVPRO are properly trained and equipped to examine the damage after a fire, clean, and restore your beloved home.

But how long does this entire fire restoration process take?

There isn’t an exact timeframe for this but it’ll depend on the severity of the fire damage.

Fire Restoration Depends on the Size of the Fire

If your home suffered a small fire and it was successfully extinguished, it may seem like there’s little damage done. This may be true, but the smoke or soot that is left behind can leave acidic elements that may damage your furniture and other delicate items in your home. You also run the risk of inhaling hazardous fumes.

On the other hand, if your house has suffered a major fire, you should not only be concerned about the damage caused by the fire, soot, and smoke, but also the water damage caused when putting off the fire. 

You’ll need specialized equipment to remove the water before you continue with the restoration process. 

A small house fire will take less time to clean and restore than a big fire. Regardless of the size, it is recommended to seek the professional services of SERVPRO in Rutherford Country.

SERVPRO’s Fire Restoration Process

Every fire damage is unique and, therefore, will require a unique restoration process. However, here are steps to our typical fire restoration services:

  • Fire damage assessment: Our trained technicians will thoroughly examine the house to determine the extent of the fire, soot, and smoke damage.
  • Board-upping and Roof-tarping: If a fire damages the roof, walls, and windows, our professionals will place tarps on the damaged roofs and board-up missing walls and windows.
  • Water Removal: If there is water damage, we’ll use state-of-the-art air movers to remove the standing water and dry soaked items.
  • Smoke and soot repair: We have the right products and techniques to remove soot from walls and other surfaces.
  • Cleaning: Our skilled professionals will clean and sanitize all the restorable items damaged by the fire. We’ll also ensure that your home is free from the acidic fumes and odor of the fire.
  • Restoration: Before leaving, we will ensure your home is back to its initial condition (if not better). Our restoration services will involve installing a new carpet, painting, replacing the dry walls, and many other minor repairs in your home.

If you ever need quick and professional fire restoration services in Rutherford County, do not hesitate to check out SERVPRO. Whether day or night, we are always available to help you.

What Should You Do After a Fire?

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

You may think that house fires are only on the News and in the movies. But this is one home disaster that can easily happen to you.

What if it occurs? Are you prepared?

Not knowing what to do after a fire can be very overwhelming and stressful.

With a little help from your restoration experts and insurance agents, you will be able to get your beloved home back.

Here are some of the things you need to do after a fire incident:

1. Find Somewhere Safe for Your Family

When a fire occurs in your home, you’ll probably not use it for the next 2-7 days (or more) depending on the severity of the damage.

If you can’t stay at your relatives’ or friends’ place, check with your insurance provider and find out whether your family is entitled to stay in a hotel as part of your insurance temporary housing clause.

Alternatively, you could talk to a local disaster relief center like the American Red Cross and let them help you find a safe place for your family to stay temporarily.

2. Take Photos and Videos for Insurance Purposes

Before you start cleaning up and making necessary repairs, ensure you document the water damage for your insurance company by taking photos and videos. Make sure you save these documents safely.

If you start cleaning up before documenting the damage, you could reduce your insurance coverage.

3. Save Your Undamaged Property

Sometimes, the fire department can save part of your house. If this is the case, try to salvage all the undamaged items and store them in a safe place.

If you leave them in the home, they can be destroyed by mold from the water used to put off the fire.

4. List Your Damaged Items

Your insurer will also need a detailed list of your damaged and undamaged inventory. Separating these two will be the best way of making the list.

This list should include the brand name, model, price, and description of each item. If you have the receipts, you can use them as supporting documents.

5. Check Out SERVPRO in Rutherford County for Top-Notch Restoration

SERVPRO is a dedicated restoration company that will ensure your home is looking new in no time. Our services include water removal, soot repair, smoke damage repair, and any other problem caused by the fire disaster.

How to Prevent Commercial Fires

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings are forts for important business equipment and stock. They also serve as the working space for your employees.

They are, without a doubt, precious assets to the business owners and their families.

Fires are quite common in commercial buildings, especially in restaurants and warehouses. It not only damages the structure of the building but also stops your business from running. No business equals not income!

As a business owner, you should adopt an effective fire protection plan for your commercial building.

Preventing Commercial Fires 

Most of the commercial fires are accidental, but there have also been cases of arson attacks. Whatever the cause, a fire can be downright disastrous. As a result, it is important to take the following measures to prevent commercial fires:

  • Ensure your machinery, electronics, and appliances at your business premises are well maintained and working effectively. Defective items should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible as they can easily cause a fire.
  • Regulate fire hazards. It is important to identify flammable materials and keep them away from potential fire sources. So ensure all the paperwork is disposed of properly or stored safely and your outdoor landscape is well-trimmed.
  • Establish safety equipment. Fire is unpredictable and once it has occurred, all you can do is to prevent it from spreading to other areas. Install automatic sprinklers and extinguishers in your commercial building. They will be very useful in putting off small fires.
  • Enforce fire safety regulations to your employees. Ensure all your employees are trained on what to do when a fire occurs and how to use the extinguishing equipment.
  • Also, properly label fire emergency exits in your building.

For the safety of you and your staff, make sure you take these measures into consideration.

However, if your commercial building is already affected by a fire, do not despair. You can always have it restored.

Restore with SERVPRO in Smyrna

Commercial fires are devastating and are indeed a major setback for most companies. 

To quickly get your business up and running again, ensure you seek professional restoration services from SERVPRO.

From water removal to soot repair and smoke damage restoration, SERVPRO will guarantee you top-notch services.

Your commercial building will be back to normal (or better) in no time.

Water to Do in Case of Water Damage in Your Commercial Property

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Your whole family depends on your business. So do your employees, customers, and the community at large.

With so many people relying on you, the thought of experiencing serious water damage to your business premise is quite scary.

As a business owner, you are responsible for maintaining the plumbing and drainage systems of your commercial property.

Since most business premises remain closed during the night and on the weekends, the potential for having a water damage is high at these times, especially during the winter season.

To effectively minimize the damage, you first need to know the common types of water damage that can occur on a commercial property.

4 Common Types of Commercial Water Damage

Freezing and Bursting Pipes

During the winter, the low temperatures can freeze and break the water pipes of your home and present significant water damage to your business.  The damage is worse if the pipes are hidden within the ceilings, walls, or floors.

Heavy Rainfall

Heavy rains can potentially trigger hail and flooding and ultimately destroy your structure, equipment, and furniture of your business.

Sewer and Drain Back Ups

This is usually caused by drain clogging which causes flooding. If it occurs overnight or during the weekend, it can severely damage the walls, carpets, electronics, and other office furniture. It’s not something you’ll want to wake up to on a Monday morning.

Gradual Water Leaks

From old appliances to malfunctioning plumbing, water leaks can occur due to a number of reasons. Factors such as wear and tear, rusting, and degradation can all be significant contributors.

Just like other water disasters, slow and gradual leaks can also cause considerable water damage. However, this is preventable if detected early.

What Should You Do When Water Damage Occurs?

  • Locate the source of the problem and shut off the main water supply of your building to stop further water infiltration.
  • Turn off the electricity at the main breaker box of your commercial building.
  • Remove all your important business documents and supplies that are salvageable and move them to a drier and safer area.
  • Document the water damage using photographs and videos.
  • Call professional water damage restoration experts.

Don’t Let Commercial Water Damage Slow You Down. Call SERVPRO in Murfreesboro

A crucial part of any emergency plan is knowing how and where to get help. If your business or office is disrupted by water damage, call SERVPRO for top-notch restoration.

With our top-of-the-line restoration equipment and highly trained technicians, we are ever-ready to restore your commercial property, equipment, and furniture back to pre-disaster condition so that you won’t have to replace them.

Fire Restoration vs. Rebuilding? What Should You Do?

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire can wreak tremendous havoc on our homes or businesses. In the unfortunate event it occurs, what matters most is what you do as the affected party.

Getting your life back together should be your major concern.

After a fire, be sure to take the following measures:

  • Take photos and videos of the damage for insurance purposes.
  • Examine the stability of the house and whether it is safe to salvage your remaining items.
  • Countercheck for electrical hazards such as exposed wires. If there are, seek professional assistance.
  • Limit your activities in the house to areas that are safe.

A typical fire disaster will also involve water, soot, and smoke damage. The damages caused can be disorienting and truly upsetting. You might even decide to bring everything down and rebuild afresh.

But with a professional restoration company like SERVPRO, they will do everything they can to restore your home to before the fire. 

Fire Restoration vs. Rebuilding

Restoration is far more affordable than rebuilding. At SERVPRO, we will restore your home and all the damaged items. You even won’t know they were damaged. 

Your family will be able to resettle back into their warm and cozy home in no time.

When SERVPRO arrives at your home, we will:

  • Inspect and assess the damage of the fire.
  • If water was used by the fire department to put off the fire, we will drain it completely.
  • Repair the damaged structures of the house.
  • Smoke and soot repair.
  • General cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Restore damaged items.

For Fire Restoration in Murfreesboro, SERVPRO is Here to Help

Fire restoration can be a daunting process. But you cannot do it alone. You need help – professional help!

SERVPRO is equipped with state-of-the-art restoration equipment and has trained professionals who will ensure that the job is done timely and perfectly.

It doesn’t matter the day or time – we are always available to help. Your satisfaction is our number one priority.

What to Do in Case of Water Damage in Your Home

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

According to the Insurance Industry Research, there are over 14,000 people in the country who experience water damage in their homes each and every day.

Whether a toilet overflows, snow thaw infiltrates into your home, or a leaky water heater turns into a geyser, water damage in your home can cost in more ways than one.

4 Things to Do When Water Damage Occurs in Your Home

1. Locate and Stop the Water Source

Immediately when you notice flooding in your home, try to locate the source. Find out whether it’s a pipe burst, clogged drain, or overflowing toilet. If you can’t find the exact source of the water, turn off the main water supply of your whole home.

2. Turn off the Electricity in Your Home

To avoid electrical hazards and failure, you need to turn off the electricity at the main breaker box. This may not be necessary for minor leaks under the sink, but when there’s standing water in your house, you and your family are at risk of electrocution.

3. Document the Damage for Insurance Purposes

Before you start making any repairs in your home, ensure you document the water damage for your insurer by taking photographs and videos.

Digital versions are recommended because they can be easily copied to other devices and stored electronically. If you start doing repairs and removing the water before you document the damage, you could considerably reduce your coverage’s extent.

4. Call a Professional Restoration Company

Restoration companies are trained and certified professionals who are equipped with the right equipment to deal with water damage of any magnitude.

SERVPRO is a Leading Trusted Restoration Expert in Rutherford County

For any type of home water damage restoration, you can always count on SERVPRO. We are on call 24/7 to ensure that your home is back to normal before you know it.

Failure to call a profession for restoration and clean up can lead to costly repairs, structural damage to your home, and you may need to replace most of your household items.

A water damage restoration from SERVPRO will save most of your items, hence, no need for replacements.

You can always count on us!

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes and Snow Thaw Water Damage This Winter

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

The accumulation of snow and freezing temperatures in the winter can cause serious water damage to your home.

Ice dams can form on your roof, pipes can freeze and burst, and melted snow can infiltrate into your home and cause havoc.

Fortunately, here are some effective tips from SERVPRO on how you can prevent winter water damage in your home.

Preventing Frozen Water Pipes and Bursts

Water pipes in the attic, outside walls, and crawl spaces are more vulnerable to freezing during the winter. You can prevent pipe bursts by:

  • Turning the heat on and keeping your entire home warm all through. Set the heat no lower than 55F.
  • Open the cabinet and closet doors when the temperature drops to provide heat to the water pipes.
  • Let the faucets connected to water pipes drip continuously to prevent the water inside from freezing.
  • Wrap the pipes in open spaces with insulating materials such as fiberglass sleeves or foam rubber.
  • Close holes, cracks, and other openings in your foundation and exterior walls with caulk.
  • In the unfortunate your water pipes burst, turn off the main water supply to your home and call for help.

Preventing Snow Thaw Water Damage

Melting snow can enter your house through the foundation or roof when the spring arrives. You can prevent this by:

  • Inspect, repair, and clean your downspouts and gutters before the ice starts to melt. This ensures that the water flows freely into the drainage system.
  • Ensure that the sewer system is clear of any snow or debris.
  • Shovel snow and ice away from your house to prevent water from seeping into your foundation.
  • Ensure the basement walls, floor, doors, and windows are properly sealed to prevent leaks from thawing ice.

For Emergency Water Damage Restorations in Smyrna, Call SERVPRO

Water damage is common in the winter and usually happens at the most inopportune time.

Fortunately, SERVPRO is always on call to handle your water damage.

With state-of-the-art restoration equipment and highly trained technicians, our response is fast and our restoration and cleaning services are outstanding.

Don’t wait until you have to replace all of your damaged items, call us now!

How to Prevent Water Damage in the Winter

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

The freezing winter temperatures can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing system. Your roof can also be damaged by the snow accumulation and formation of ice dams.

You definitely can’t control the weather, but regular maintenance of your drainage system can go a long way in protecting your home from the hazards of the cold weather.

Here are ways you could prevent water damage in your home this winter season:

5 Smart Ways You Could Prevent Water Damage This Winter

1. Drain the Hoses and Exterior Faucets

Drain and disconnect all hoses and faucets as they can easily freeze and break during the winter. Ensure that they are completely drained and no water is left inside.

2. Clean Your Gutters

Fallen leaves and other debris on the gutters could cause blockages and subsequently lead to ice buildup on your roof and walls. This is dangerous to the structure and drainage system of your home. 

Before the winter fully kicks in, ensure that your gutters are cleaned out and are in good working condition so that they can easily carry the melting snow away from the roof.

3.  Protect the Water Pipes from Freezing

Use insulation materials such as fiberglass sleeves and foam rubber to insulate accessible pipes, especially those in crawl places and attics. You can also consider using low-temperature detecting devices which will alert you if the temperatures around your pipes are below zero.

4. Turn off the Main Water Supply

If you are going out of town for a vacation this winter season, ensure the main water supply of your home is turned off. This is the easiest way of preventing water damage in your home.

You could also have a close friend or neighbor regularly check your home for leaks and other water damage. 

5. Install a Leak Detection Device

A minor leak in your pipes can quickly escalate into a serious and costly repair if it remains undetected for a long time.

You can invest in a leak detector and set it up under the sinks, near the dishwasher, water heater, refrigerator, or anywhere that’s susceptible to water leakage. This device will sound an alarm if they detect any leaks.

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Top-Notch Water Damage Restoration Services in Murfreesboro

If your home has suffered some water damage, do not think of replacing your damaged items. A quick restoration from a professional company should get your home back to normal in no time.

At SERVPRO, we a trusted leader in the restoration and cleaning industry. No type of water disaster is too big or small for us. Call us today and let our certified technicians help you with your water problem.

Home Cleaning Tips: Become the Best Host in Rutherford County

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

This statement cannot be applied better than when expecting guests to your home.

The first impression your guests get of your home will forever be ingrained in their minds. What’s more, they will always personify that impression with you.

Now that you know the stakes, you can’t take any chances when getting your home ready for the holidays.

So where do you start?

Quick Home Cleaning Tips to Make Your Home Ready for Guests

1. Have Your Driveway Spotlessly Clean

The driveway is the first thing your guests will see when they get to your house, and will make the immediate first impression of your home.

Is the driveway spotless or is it littered with leaves and twigs from the surrounding trees and shrubs?

Take time to clean, organize, and create space on your driveway so that your guests are already impressed even before entering the house.

2. Make Your Washroom Sparkling Clean

Create a soothing ambiance in your washroom so that your guests feel relaxed and comfortable in your home. 

Place more emphasis on the toilet bowl’s exterior and interior, mirrors, sinks, and tiles, and make sure they have no visible stains.

Additionally, remember to have extra unused toiletries in the washroom so guests who might not have carried their toothbrushes or razors are not inconvenienced.

3. Have a Guest’s Viewpoint of Your Home

It’s easy for homeowners to overlook imperfections of their homes since they’ve lived there for a long time.

However, this is not the case from a guest’s point of view.  In many instances, they will identify even the smallest flaw or stain.

So, when you are doing your holiday cleaning, assume it’s your first time you are stepping into your home. Alternatively, you can have a close friend inspect it. You’ll be surprised at how many dirty spots you would have otherwise ignored.

Call SERVPRO in Rutherford County for Top-Notch Home Cleaning Services

The aforementioned guidelines are only a tip of the iceberg in the whole guest preparation process. There so much to be done.

Doing everything alone is definitely daunting (especially when they are about to arrive on short notice). So why not consider the faster and more efficient option of contacting SERVPRO in Rutherford County?

At SERVPRO, we have highly-skilled professionals who will offer you quick and efficient home cleaning and emergency restoration services in Rutherford County. We’ll have your home ready to receive guests in no time.

Prevent Fires in Homes During the Holidays

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season should be a time to make merry with your friends and family. This is the time of the year when you put away the pressures of life and share in the joy.

But this is also the season when homes are most vulnerable to fires.

To prevent your home from going up in flames this holiday season, consider the following fire prevention tips:

3 Easy Tips to Prevent Fires in Your Murfreesboro

1. Dispose of Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

What is a holiday without some decorations and a Christmas tree?

As much as they bring merry to our hearts, they can also pose a great fire risk to our homes. Many Christmas trees come from cedar, cypress, and pine – and these trees are highly flammable when they are dried out.

It is, therefore, important to water your Christmas tree when in use and dispose of it once the holiday season is over. Consider an artificial fire-retardant Christmas tree as a safer alternative.

2. Keep Matches and Flammable Materials Away From Kids

When you put kids and flammable materials together, the end result is always ugly. 

In fact, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, kids below the age of 5 years have a 50% higher risk of fire-related deaths than the rest of the population.

Being on a constant look-out for all your kid’s activities is a nerve-wracking and time-consuming affair. A better way of handling this would be identifying all items that may pose a fire hazard and keep them away from children.

3. Ensure All Electric Appliance are Working Properly

Statistics show that electrical fires cause as much as $1.1 billion in property damages and an estimated 310 deaths each year. Furthermore, these electric-caused fires peak during the holidays when more people rely on electricity for lighting and heating.

If you don’t want to contribute to these worrying statistics, ensure that you have all your electrical appliances in optimal working condition. This includes inspecting your decorative lights, switches, wiring, and other household electronics.

Count on SERVPRO Murfreesboro for Quick Fire Emergency Restoration Services This Holiday

In the unfortunate event that a fire does break out in your home, you should contact SERVPRO for restoration services as soon as possible.

With SERVPRO, you are guaranteed the most extensive emergency restoration and home cleaning services. You’ll have your home back to normal in no time.

Preventing Water Damage During the Holidays in Smyrna

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Imagine waking up in the wee hours of a chilly morning and finding your entire house soaked in water.

Where do you start? The kitchen? The living room? Your lovely Persian mat?

Water damage can not only destroy your household items, it can also weaken your house’s foundation and this is quite costly to repair. 

To prevent having such horrible experiences during the holidays, you may want to consider the following tips:

3 Ways to Prevent a Water Disaster in Your Home

1. Avoid Pouring Grease Down the Sink

We know this happens quite often. However, this is one habit that should stop.

Grease and water do not mix. This gooey substance will certainly mess up your entire drainage system when poured down the drain.

A grease bag is a great invention you can use to dispose of the grease and oil. 

2. Clear the Gutters on Your Roof Regularly

The gutters are some of the most ignored parts of the house.

Over time, they can accumulate debris from fallen leaves, twigs, and dirt and eventually clog. This will prevent rainwater from smoothly draining from the roof.

So, to prevent having a holiday nightmare, take up a ladder and clear all the debris in your gutters. It’s a simple chore that will go a long way in protecting your home from water damage.

3. Have Your Drainage System Inspected for Leaks

If your drainage system has never been inspected, then you are setting yourself up for a serious water disaster. Apart from causing a water overflow problem in your home, leaks can also encourage a mold infestation in your home.

Get a professional to thoroughly inspect your entire drainage system and repair any leaks present.

Seek the Services of Reliable Water Emergency Professionals in Smyrna

Restoring your home from a water damage can be a back-breaking and time-consuming affair.

And who would want to go through all that trouble during the holiday season?  Fortunately, there’s a faster and better alternative.

SERVPRO offers 24/7 emergency restoration and home cleaning services in Smyrna – whether day or night, we are always ready to offer you a helping hand. We take pride in our professional staff and state-of-the-art restoration equipment. 

Expecting Visitors This Holiday?

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Here are Preparation Tips from Home Cleaning Professionals in Rutherford County

The holiday season is here again!

Most of us, if not all, are expecting visitors in our homes. For this, you need to prepare by engaging in some deep home cleaning – nobody wants to stay in an untidy place.

At SERVPRO, we offer quality home cleaning and restoration services that will make your home spotless and more comfortable for your guests.

SERVPRO’s Key Focus Areas When Cleaning Your Home for the Holidays

1. Floors, Walls, and Ceilings

First impressions are always important. Walls and floors are the first things that guests see when they enter your home. SERVPRO will ensure that your floors, walls, and ceilings are spotlessly clean.

If we detect mold on your walls and ceiling, we’ll get rid of the as soon as possible.

2. Kitchen 

During holidays, cooking is unavoidable. 

For scrumptious meals, your kitchen appliances must be in good condition. Since you’ll be restocking foodstuff for your visitors, the oven, refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, and freezer should be cleaned. Nobody can do it better than SERVPRO.

With proper storage, your food will last longer.

3. Carpets and Furniture

Cleaning carpets and furniture is no walk in the park, especially if you have your children around. Stains are quite stubborn to remove on these surfaces.

At SERVPRO, we have the right cleaning products to remove all the stains and make your carpets and couches fresher for longer.

4. Bathroom

The bathroom is one place that everybody will visit. Don’t make your visitors uncomfortable with a dirty bathroom.

Trust SERVPRO to completely remove all the ugly stains on sinks, tiles, and walls.

5. Bedrooms

If you visitors are sleeping over, the guestrooms should be in splendid condition.

If you have no idea of how to do this, let SERVPRO do you the honors. 

SERVPRO Offers Professional Home Cleaning and Emergency Restoration Services in Rutherford County

During this holiday season, you have more important things like reunions and get-togethers to think about. You shouldn’t stress about home holiday cleaning.

SERVPRO is your one-stop shop for all your cleaning needs. Contact us today and watch us transform your home into a spotless place that your visitors will love.

Happy holidays!

3 Holiday Home Safety Tips You Should Employ

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

The holidays are finally here!

This is the perfect season to get together with your family and make merry.

Unfortunately, the holiday season is also a time when people are most likely prone to different accidents. Many homeowners get so engrossed in the merrymaking that they forget about the many risks that come with the holiday season. And we know you love your family and wouldn’t want anything unfortunate to happen to them.

Here are several ways you can keep them safe during this joyful season.

Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe this Holiday Season

Here are some important tips you should employ to ensure your home is safe during the holidays:

1. Make Your Absence Known to as Few People as Possible

Do you remember the critically acclaimed “Home Alone” movie? Do you remember how the burglars tried to take the advantage of Kevin’s home when the family was away? Thank goodness Kevin was home!

If you are planning to travel away from home this holiday, ensure that you inform a few trusted individuals only (possibly close friends and neighbors).

You never know what intentions people might have once you leave for vacation. If you publicize your absence on platforms such as social media, burglars might find their way into your home and steal all your precious belongings.

2. Check and Replace Any Faulty Switches and Naked Wires

This is another area you should look into keenly. Electric faults are some of the leading causes of fires in our homes.

This holiday ensure your wiring system, switches, and electronics are working properly. If you notice anything fishy, it’s best that you call a professional. DIY electrical projects can be life-threatening. 

It is also wise to switch off the lights and other appliances that aren’t in use when going to bed.  Sudden electrical surges damage your household electronics and start a fire.

3. Do Some Home Cleaning

A clean home is a safe home.

If your items are cluttered all over the floor, you run the risk of slipping or falling.

Moreover, nobody wants to stay or visit a filthy home. So, it’ll be important to start your holiday cleaning as soon as possible before your guests start visiting.

Contact SERVPRO for Professional Home Cleaning Services in Rutherford County

Why stress yourself with all the hectic cleaning tasks, when you can have professionals do all the heavy lifting.

With highly skilled technicians and the right equipment, SERVPRO offers efficient home cleaning and emergency restoration services in Rutherford County. You can always count on us!

The Ultimate Winter Cleaning Checklist in Smyrna

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Home cleaning during the winter season is daunting. A lot of homeowners would rather live in a messy home than go through the trouble of cleaning.

We know that you don't want to stay in a dirty home, especially with the influx of visitors during the holidays. The cleaning process will present a myriad of challenges and you may need a checklist to make things better.

This checklist will help you get things done in a fast and effective manner.

Home Cleaning Checklist This Holiday Season

1. Living Room and Dining Room

Deep clean your couches, carpets, drapes, and curtains. You’ll be surprised at how much dirt and dust build up in your household items. You can also polish hardwood furniture with some vinegar and a soft cloth.

If you are an artsy person, you can bring new life to your interior décor by adding some new photos and using cozy indoor lighting.

2. Kitchen

First things fast, get rid of expired food and restock your refrigerator with fresh foodstuff. While you are at it, clean the storage area with a disinfectant and a soft cloth.

Also, give your dishwasher, racks, oven walls, stovetops, and trays a nice scrub. You can use some recommended bleach to kill all germs and leave your kitchen fresh and sparkling.

3. Bedrooms

Revamp your bedroom by separating outfits according to season. Put your summer clothes away and your warm, cozy winter clothes near. With a nicely arranged closest, you won’t have a hard time finding your favorite outfits.

Also, ensure you revitalize your bed with a fresh set of duvet. Wash dirty sheets and duvets with some baking soda and vinegar. Believe it or not, it works like magic!

4. Bathroom

Disinfect the toilets, tiles, towel rails, sinks, and mirrors with recommended disinfectants and bleaches.

Let Home Cleaning Experts in Smyrna Help You Out with Your Holiday Cleaning

At SERVPRO, we know that you have much more important things to do as the holiday season approaches. We pride ourselves in providing quick and effective home cleaning services to homeowners all over Smyrna.

If you need help with the whole cleaning process, do not hesitate to call us today!

Is Holiday Cleaning Stressing You Out?

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday fever is slowly kicking in and everybody is excited.

However, before you start to make merry and fully indulge in the holiday season, you need to do a little bit of home cleaning.

After all, who wants to spend the holidays in a messy house?

But holiday cleaning isn’t a walk in the park. For quick and easy cleaning, you need to have all your tools and equipment in place and plan in advance.

At SERVPRO, we offer top-notch home cleaning services that will leave your home sparkling for the holidays.

Areas of Concern during a SERVPRO Holiday Cleaning at Your Home

Apart from general home cleaning, we also specialize in the following areas:

1. Walls and Ceilings

Ceilings and walls are exposed to dust, grease, smoke and other contaminants and may require painting during the SERVPRO cleaning process. For houses with mold problems, we have top-of-the-line equipment for mold remediation.

2. Floors

Your floor may seem easy to clean and maintain, however, over the years it may lose its luster and you’ll need professional cleaning to restore its gleam.

3. Carpets and Upholstery

With children at home, we bet you have stains all over your carpets and upholstery. At SERVPRO, our carpet and upholstery cleaning will leave your home sparkling clean and fresh all holiday long.

4. Appliances

The holiday season is a time to feast on different tasty treats.

Freezers, ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators should be cleaned and prepared for restocking before and after the holidays. This will go a long way to ensure that your food doesn’t go bad and prevent food poisoning.

5. Closets and Wardrobes

Before SERVPRO arrives for home cleaning, ensure you get rid of clothes that you are not using. You can hand them over to a charity organization.

We’ll help you reorganize your closet for easy accessibility.

6. Drapes, Curtains, and Blinds

When did last you have your drapes and blinds cleaned? Depending on your heating and cooling system and the amount of smoke and dust in your home, drapes may not soil for two to six years.

However, by seeking the services of professional drape cleaning, you can triple the life of the fabric. Ensure you get your drapes and curtains cleaned this holiday.

SERVPRO Offers Top-Notch Holiday Cleaning in Rutherford County

Nobody likes home cleaning, especially during the holidays. With SERVPRO, you can skip this tiresome process and focus on spending more time with your friends and family.

Our services are available 24/7, so you can always count on us.

What to Do Before Fire Restoration in Rutherford County Arrives

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Have you ever had a fire in your home?

If your answer is yes, then you understand how devastating it is. And if you haven’t, take the necessary precautionary measures as early as possible.

SERVPRO will help you and your family get your life back on track. 

What Fire Restoration in Rutherford County is All About

Whether small or big, fire can cause significant damage to your home. The damage is usually due to the actual flames, smoke, and heat from the flames.

Moreover, the water used to put out the fire can cause significant damage. The results of water damage include:

  • Warping
  • Growth of mold
  • Structural damage
  • Electrical and electronic equipment damage

Tips for Fire Restoration in Rutherford County Before Fire Restoration Arrives

When your home is destroyed by fire, you need to call SERVPRO as soon as possible - we’ll be there in no time.

But before we arrive, here’s what you need to do: 

1. Don’t Clean Up the Soot

It’s understandable that the ashes and soot can be quite annoying.  However, don’t be in a hurry to clean them out on your own, mainly if they are on furniture and walls. You may make the situation worse.

2. Get a Fire Report

Get a copy of the fire report from the local fire marshal.  It’ll help in the general restoration process.

3. Documenting the Damage

Ensure you document the damage. List down the damaged items and take pictures and/or videos for your insurance purposes.

4. Change the Filter of Your AC

Changing the filter in the air conditioning and heating system should make your home a little bit liveable even before the fire restoration takes place.

Fire Restoration Services by SERVPRO in Rutherford County

You need to get a professional for your fire restoration because you may not have the necessary skills and equipment.

At SERVPRO, we have a dedicated team of fire restoration professionals in Rutherford County that are always ready to help. Contact us today!

Finding the Best Home Cleaning Company in Murfreesboro

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Finding the Best Home Cleaning Company in Murfreesboro

Are you worried that you may not be in a position to thoroughly clean your home before the holidays?

 Getting your home ready for the holiday season may prove to be a daunting task. Things may get even worse when you are expecting some guests to visit. 

What do you do if you find yourself in this situation?

If you have not done some deep house cleaning over the past few months, a holiday cleaning may prove to be overwhelming.

So, what are your options? Well, you can start scrubbing and spend the holidays tired or you could contact home cleaning experts in Murfreesboro and restore the gleam in your home in the shortest time possible

Things to Consider Before Hiring Home Cleaning Experts in Your Home

1. Level of Professionalism

A professional cleaning company is equipped with top-of-the-line equipment and a highly skilled staff. It should also be able to approximate the timeframe of the cleaning project. This shows familiarity and extensive experience with the task at hand.

2. Response Time

How fast will the cleaning and emergency restoration experts take to respond when you call them? You’ll definitely want a company that will respond and do the cleaning quickly.

At SERVPRO, we are available 24/7 and we’ll be glad to do your home cleaning before the holiday season kicks in. Give us a call today.

3. Ensure the Cleaning Company is Licensed and Has an Insurance Cover

Always go for reputable cleaning companies like SERVPRO of Murfreesboro. We are not only professional and credible but will also handle the cleaning in the shortest time possible.

Lack of the necessary accreditations shows that a cleaning company is not established enough to handle your home cleaning project.

Get Professional Home Cleaning Experts in Murfreesboro Today

If you don’t have enough time to deep clean your home for the holiday, it’s best that you hire a professional cleaning company. Ensure that the company you choose is in a position to deliver to your expectations.

At SERVPRO of Murfreesboro, we are always ready to help. Our customers’ satisfaction is always our number one priority. You can count on us for all your holiday cleaning needs.

What to Protect When Fire Occurs: Tips by Commercial Fire Restoration Experts in Smyrna

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Even with good fire prevention measures, fire disasters are sometimes inevitable.

What do you do when you have done everything to prevent a fire, but it still occurs?

Minimising the damage caused by fire should be your next top priority.

Even though it’s not possible to go into a burning building to stop the fire from damaging your property, it’s more prudent to work on planning and preparing for a fire before it occurs.

Planning Before Disaster: Tips from Commercial Fire Restoration Experts in Smyrna

As you plan for a fire disaster, ensure your safety and that of others comes before taking into account the losses of your business assets. Here’s what you need to protect:

1. Protect Your Staff

A business owner should be more concerned about how the occupants of the building will be able to safely exit the building when a fire occurs. It’s important that you teach all your employees how to exit the building in the event of a fire breakout.

Also, ensure you have fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and fire sprinklers properly installed in your building. Regular fire drills will help the employees know what to do in case of a fire.

2. Protect Your Business Records

Business records are at the core of your operations and commercial fire restoration will be geared towards recovering them.

However, before a fire disaster occurs, ensure that you secure all your business records (plans, designs, financial records, software) in a fireproof vault.  Alternatively, you can embrace modern technology and go the paperless way.

3. Protect Your Business Property

When a fire occurs, your business property will definitely be damaged.

But just how do you reduce the severity of this damage? Call your local fire stations as soon as possible and minimize the damage of your property.

Feeling Devastated by a Fire Disaster? Call SERVPRO Commercial Fire Restoration Services in Smyrna

Let’s face it, fire restoration can be challenging. Leave it to the pros. After all, you are too overwhelmed by the disaster so you'll need help to get back on track.

Call SERVPRO for effective commercial fire restoration in Smyrna. We have the best equipment for the job and our technicians are highly trained professionals. More importantly, we have fast responses to ensure you get your life back on track as soon as possible.

Fast and Efficient Commercial Fire Restoration in Murfreesboro

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

When a fire disaster strikes, many business owners often wonder how they’ll get back to their day-to-day lives as soon as possible.

Even when the fire is completely put out, questions on what you’ll do and where you’ll start will be troubling you each and every second of the day.

 With the odor of the smoke, the soot on the walls, water on the floor, it’s hard to make any good decision. But you don’t have to worry because SERVPRO is here to your rescue.

We understand how overwhelmed you can get in the unfortunate event of a fire, that’s why we respond and act almost immediately. We will help you get back on your feet in no time.

Commercial Fire Restoration Process in Murfreesboro

1. Assessment of the Fire Damage

When you hire SERVPRO for your fire restoration, we will first conduct a thorough inspection and determine how much damage was done to your building after the fire disaster. A comprehensive plan of the remediation follows and then we get to work.

2. Eliminate the Smoke Odor

SERVPRO is equipped with the best air movers and industrial dehumidifiers to remove smoke odor and bring fresh air back into your building. 

3. Remove the Soot

From the floor to the ceiling and walls, our highly experienced team will clean away all the soot until your surfaces are spanking new. Soot removal will also come a long way in preventing mold and mildew growth in your building.

For areas that were not affected by the fire, we will seal them off to prevent the soot and smoke odor from getting in.

4. Repaint, Repair, Restore

Once all the soot and odor are well taken care of, we’ll repair and repaint the walls of your building as necessary. Your floor may also need some good scrubbing. However, in severe cases, it may need replacement – which we’ll gladly do.

Contact SERVPRO for Expert Fire Restoration Services in Murfreesboro

Fire may strike at any time. In such an unfortunate event, ensure that you find professional commercial fire restoration experts to help you get back to business as soon as possible.

You can always count on SERVPRO!

Commercial Fire Restoration in Murfreesboro: Common Causes of Fire in Commercial Buildings

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that more than 100,000 commercial fires were reported in 2015 alone?

These fires caused great amounts of both emotional and financial stress to business owners. In addition, the hassle of dealing with insurance claims and other paperwork proved to be a daunting task for them.

But how did these fires break out in commercial buildings in the first place?

There are so many reasons why a fire may break out. Here are some of the most common reasons of commercial fires in Murfreesboro.

3 Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires in Murfreesboro

1. Arsons

These are fires started deliberately by people with bad intentions. Sadly, this is one of the leading causes of commercial fires, and it has led to a lot of injuries and damages.

There are so many reasons of arson attacks, including vandalism, disgruntled employees, and the desire to collect insurance money. Install an automatic sprinkler system in your business premise to help minimize fire damage.

2. Human Error

Many commercial fires are also caused by simple human mistakes which are often not meant to be malicious. For instance, misusing equipment, failing to completely extinguish a cigarette butt, or accidentally leaving an electric coffee maker on.

To prevent such causes of fire, make sure that all your employees know how to properly operate all electrical equipment of your business and provide them with designated smoking zones. Alternatively, you can prohibit smoking at work.

3. Furnaces, Water Heaters, and Boilers

For effective functioning of many commercial buildings, these pieces of equipment must work efficiently. When they are incorrectly maintained or improperly installed, the risk of a fire breakout can be great.

Most of the time, these fire by these items are also due to human negligence. For example, when highly combustible materials are stored closely to boilers, furnaces, and water heaters. Always ensure that your business premise has a fire safety plan to help enhance safety and minimize damage in case of a fire.

Get Professional Commercial Fire Restoration in Murfreesboro

In the unfortunate event you are a victim of commercial fires, ensure that you seek the services of an expert commercial fire restoration company.

At SERVPRO, we offer top-notch commercial restoration services in Murfreesboro. We have a fast response team of professionals that will ensure your business is back to its normal operations in the shortest time possible.

How to Prevent Fires in LaVergne: Tips from Fire Restoration Experts

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

What type of business do you have?

Is it in any way susceptible to the risk of fire?

If yes, then you definitely need to have a fire precautionary plan for your business premise.

Statistics from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) indicate a rise in the number of non-residential fires over the years. Some of the most common commercial buildings where fires occur include small offices, small buildings, and restaurants.

So how do you prevent these fires?

Fire Prevention: Tips from SERVPRO in LaVergne

Don’t wait until your building catches fire, here are insightful fire prevention tips from experts.

1. Electrical Appliances

Ensure you take the following precautions when it comes to your electrical appliances:

  • Most electrical appliances come with recommendations from the manufacturer. You need to follow these instructions to prevent a voltage overload that may result in a fire outbreak.
  • Replace frayed power cords. Also, instead of running your power cords under carpets or rags, it’s recommended to use cord protectors.
  • To prevent late-night and weekend fires, ensure you unplug appliances such as coffee makers and microwaves at the end of the day or when they are not using the office.
  • Appliances that feel exceedingly hot may be faulty and may be a fire hazard. Have them checked or just replace them.

2. Regular Inspections

You may have to call in a fire marshal to inspect areas where chemicals and equipment are stored. The aim for this is to ensure there is enough ventilation in these rooms.

3. Storage of Hazardous Materials

Most of these materials come with the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly store them. You will also have to conform to the OSHA regulations and ensure you’ve properly marked them.

Efficient Commercial Fire Restoration in LaVergne

It must have been devastating seeing your building burn.

If the disaster has occurred and you don’t what to do next, seek the services of a professional fire restoration company in LaVergne.

At SERVPRO, our main goal is to have your business up and running as soon as possible. It’s time you talked to SERVPRO professionals for your commercial fire restoration needs in LaVergne.

Commercial Restoration in Smyrna: Prepare Your Business for a Natural Disaster?

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

You never know when a flood, fire, hurricane, or tornado might strike.

As a business owner, it is wise to be prepared for anything.

Natural Disaster Planning from Commercial Restoration Experts

Here are helpful steps to take to secure your assets, protect your staff, and get your business back on track in the unfortunate event of a disaster.

1. Securing Your Business Assets

Your business assets may include equipment, facilities, data, or software. Depending on the most probable natural disaster in your area, you can have effective measures to protect your property against emergency disasters. They may include:

  • Seek the services of a professional to discuss the risk mitigation practices for your commercial building.
  • Maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of the equipment and items used in your business.
  • You should also research for places to temporarily relocate your operations in the case of an emergency.
  • Introduce regular backup procedures for important data and software applications to help your business maintain access to digital infrastructure in the event of a disaster.

2. Protecting Your Workers

Your onsite employees and visitors should always be first in your safety preparedness priority list. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), here are some of the best ways of protecting your employees when disaster strikes:

  • Identify appropriate safety spaces in your facility for emergencies.
  • Plan evacuation exits and routes from your building and properly mark them.
  • Install proper emergency lighting to help show the way in case of power failure.
  • Educate your employees on the best emergency preparedness practices.

3. Getting Back to Business

Following a natural disaster, you will want to get back to work as soon as possible. You can achieve that by using the following tips:

  • Construct an effective financial plan that will continue to cover the payroll expenses as well as debt obligations.
  • Create a list of important creditors, suppliers, customers, and workers.
  • More importantly, seek the services of a professional commercial restoration company in Smyrna.

Quick Commercial Restoration in Smyrna

When disaster strikes, you need a commercial emergency restoration company that will help navigate the maze of actions and minimize damages to your business. Fast and efficient disaster cleanup is crucial.

SERVPRO is on call 24/7, waiting to help you.

Mold in Your Ductwork? Seek Professional Commercial Mold Remediation

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Are you wondering how to get rid of mold in the air ducts of your office?

Mold can grow almost anywhere, but they like to colonize humid areas like air ducts especially during the rainy months. At SERVPRO, we provide extensive commercial mold remediation in Rutherford County and take pride in restoring air quality in your workplaces.

Common Issues About Commercial Mold Remediation 

Here are some frequently asked questions about mold contamination in air ducts:

Where does the mold come from?

Mold can practically grow anywhere with excessive amount of moisture. When a material or surface in your office is holding moisture and spores of mold land on it, the mold starts to grow. The problem will worsen unless the source of the moisture is eliminated, and the mold is remediated by a professional.

Is mold in my ductwork dangerous?

When mold grows in your ductwork, its spores begin to spread throughout your work area. This spreading of spores will infiltrate mold to grow in other places where moisture is present. Your building will then lose its aesthetic value, and this is bad for business.

In addition, the spread of mold spores can cause respiratory allergic reactions to mold-sensitive employees and visitors. With the claim culture we now live in, you wouldn’t want your worker or visitor to get sick, would you?

How often should I have my air duct cleaned?

According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is advisable to have your air ducts cleaned every three to four years for health and safety purposes. However, if you notice mold growing in your ductwork, ensure that you contact a commercial restoration company in Rutherford County to completely get rid of it.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Mold Remediation in Rutherford County

In as little as 48 hours, mold can become a nuisance to your business. It can cause not only negative health effects but also significant damage to your business premises.

SERVPRO professionals have the necessary specialized equipment, training, and protective gear to handle your commercial mold problem in Rutherford County.

5 Ways to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Home

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Anyone who tells you they can completely remove mold from your home is lying.

There are likely thousands of spores in the air in your house right now – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

It becomes a problem when the fungi begins growing and causes mold damage.

How to Keep Mold Damage Out of Your House

Once mold damage appears, it can spread quickly. The cheapest way to get rid of the damage is prevention. The Tennessee Department of Health suggests following these five steps to keep mold damage from popping up in your home.

1. Fix Leaky Pipes, Roofs and Windows

Mold grows best in wet, humid and warm conditions. If you notice any leaks in your home, fix them as soon as possible. It only takes 48-72 hours for significate mold growth and damage to occur in the impacted areas.

2. Keep Indoor Humidity Below 50 Percent

The Department of Health recommends a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. SERVPRO is a little more specific and urges its customers to keep humidity below 45 percent. Regardless, keeping your humidity level down will help prevent mold growth. Make sure to double check the humidity setting on your thermostat – if your unit does not have this feature, you should consider investing in a dehumidifier.

3. Perform Regular HVAC Inspections

Your air conditioner is likely working extra this time of year – especially in the Rutherford County summer heat. If your system has any mold, you’re unknowingly spreading it to all corners of your home. Schedule routine maintenance on your HVAC system to ensure your vents are clean.

4. Avoid Carpeting Bathrooms and Basements

Carpets tend to trap in moisture, and there are few locations in your home as damp and humid as your bathroom or basement. If you decide to go with carpeting, ensure the area is properly ventilated to remove excess humidity in the air.

5. Promptly Clean After Flooding

Flooding is not uncommon in Rutherford County. Should your home suffer any flood damage – and it’s safe to do so – try to clean and dry up the area as quickly as possible. Remember, mold thrives in moisture and it only takes a few days for significant damage to happen.

What to Do When You Find Mold Damage

When you spot mold or water damage in your home, it’s important to act quickly. 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.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Rutherford County: 3 Effective Flood Preparedness Tips for Your Business

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.

Flash floods can happen at any time of the day or night and can cause significant damage to anything on its way. If your business is located near a pond, river, or any other large source of water, then it could be susceptible to flash floods.

If you have property in designated flood zones, it is usually recommended to be covered by flood insurance. However, effective flood preparedness does not stop there.

Flood Preparedness Tips from Commercial Restoration Experts in Rutherford County

1. Raise All Your Electrical System Components

It is a well-known fact that electricity and water do not mix. This means that floods in your area can cause tremendous havoc to your business’ electrical system. It could cost you thousands of dollars in equipment repairs and replacements, and even spark a devastating fire disaster.

By raising your electrical system components on a higher level, you can go a long way in protecting your business when disaster strikes.

2. Use Water Damage Resistant Materials

There are special construction materials that can significantly help reduce the amount of water damage your business suffers in the event of a flash flood. These materials can handle floodwaters for up to 72 hours without sustaining serious damage that may require major repairs.

Some of the top flood-resistant materials that you should consider when constructing or remodeling certain areas of your property include:

  • Walls and ceilings: Use concrete, metal, brick, or stone.
  • Floors: Use ceramic tiles, concrete, or pressure-treated lumber.
  • Surfaces: Use epoxy polyester paint for added protection.
  • Doors: Use modern hollow metal doors and cabinets instead of hardwood.

3. Install Sewer Backflow Valves

Flood waters can cause the sewage from sewer lines to back up, and this may push contaminated water back into the drainage pipes and to your business premises. This water damage is not only expensive, but also poses a serious health risk.

Having a backflow valve installed in your drainage system can prevent overloaded pipes from pushing contaminated water back into your property.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Rutherford County Presents Unique Challenges

At SERVPRO, we are a dedicated team of trained and experienced professionals who are always ready to manage your water damage problems at your place of business.

Whether it’s just a small water damage event or a large water emergency, we will respond quickly to effectively mitigate all the damage and manage the restoration project to its completion.

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)

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)

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)

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.


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.


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)

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)

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.


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 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.


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.

Have High Air Conditioning Bills? Reduce the Cost with Blinds

5/28/2017 (Permalink)

Try these tips to keep cooling costs low this season!

If you are having a hard time keeping your cooling costs at a manageable rate in the summer, upgrading the window treatments in your home and utilizing energy efficient shades is an option to curb your problems. The air conditioner is one of the most costly appliances to run in the home, and if you can reduce the amount of time it has to run by keeping the temperature down inside the house, it can result in big savings. Here are some options to consider.

Have the Blinds Set on Timers

Since you aren't home to control the shades throughout the day, or you may not want to keep the shades closed all the time, set the shades on timers. Blinds that are on automatic timers save you time because you don't have to go around the entire house to close the window coverings when you want shade, or to open the shades when you want light. Instead, the window coverings will shut when the sun is the hottest and directed into your windows to keep the house cool.

Get Colored and Insulated Window Shades

The type of shades you have can affect your heating and cooling expenses. Choosing shades with colors and insulation will stop the heat from coming into the home, and will help stop cool air from your air conditioning unit from escaping. These window coverings will also contribute to lowering heating costs in the winter. There are shades designed for energy efficiency but are still stylish to look good with your décor in the home.

Have an HVAC professional come to your home to give the air conditioning unit a tune-up, to make sure that it's running as well it can, so you aren't wasting energy. There are a lot of ways that you can cut your cooling costs in the summer, and getting new window coverings that are going to help your home energy costs all year round are the most beneficial. Talk with professionals at SERVPRO of Rutherford County about having your air ducts cleaned. This will help lower your summer cooling bills as clean ducts keep your HVAC running efficiently. Give us a cal today to see how we can help you this summer!

Effective DIY Alternatives to Running an Air Conditioner

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Open your windows and give your HVAC a break!

During the warmer months of the year, it is common for residents in Rutherford County to leave their AC unit on throughout the day and night. While this can create a cool, comfortable indoor environment for you and your loved ones to enjoy, it can also yield high energy bills. The last thing you want is to pay a fortune on energy bills, and you may be looking for a reasonable alternative to this. The good news is that there are a few steps you can take to avoid relying on your AC unit for cool air throughout most of the summer and beyond. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Rutherford County to keep your cooling costs down this season.

Use the Ceiling Fans

When you run your AC unit frequently, you increase the need of having to call a repair service. This is because extra wear and tear on your AC unit's various components can take its toll. You can save energy costs and prevent unnecessary repair issues from developing by turning on your ceiling fans. Take time to install ceiling fans in rooms that do not currently have one. Then, turn all ceiling fans on throughout the home, and leave all doors open. This can create a cool, gentle breeze flowing through the home. With this breeze, you may not need to run your AC unit at all.

Open the Windows

While the days may be very warm during the summer months, many nights are mild and pleasant. Some are even cool. You can open your windows at night to allow a cool breeze to filter through your home. This can negate the need to have AC air blowing through your air duct system at night. You can use the ceiling fans in conjunction with the open windows for the greatest effect. Close your windows in the morning to trap the cool air inside the home. Close the blinds to prevent the sun from heating up your home during the day.

There may still be some very warm days when you must close your windows and turn the air conditioner on. However, when you follow these easy steps, you can control the temperature in your home without relying so heavily on your AC system. Through these tips, you can decrease energy consumption and reduce the chance of having to call a team AC repair services.

Call SERVPRO of Rutherford County to schedule air duct cleanings as well. This keeps your HVAC running at peak performance when you do need to cool your house down!

How does your HVAC work?

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Do you know what makes your HVAC tick?

Even though many of us rely on our HVAC systems every day, very few people know exactly how these machines keep our homes comfortable. These complex systems use compressors, blowers, and ducts to keep your home at a consistent temperature throughout the year. Here is a closer look at how your climate control works and what you can do to make sure that it lasts for as long as possible.

The Basics of Central Heating and Cooling

HVAC systems are typically comprised of a few primary components including an outdoor unit, a filtration system, ducts, a thermostat, and exhaust outlets. When the thermostat is set to a specific temperature, it will send electronic signals to the outdoor unit to turn it off and on. The unit then heats or cools the air until it has reached the desired temperature. These units are designed in many different ways, but most use a refrigerant to alter the temperature of any air that the blower brings in.

As the air is blown into the ducts, it will come out of all the open vents throughout your home. If the thermostat recognizes that the ambient temperature matches the settings, then the entire system will turn off. In some new models, outlets are used to vent any dangerous exhaust fumes. Many newer models are also classified as split systems, and that means they have two sets of thermostats and outdoor units to control the temperature settings in different areas of the home.

Keeping Your System Running Smoothly

In addition to scheduling regular service calls with a contractor from SERVPRO of Rutherford County, you also need to carry out some maintenance tasks on your own. That begins with changing your air filters as often as possible to prevent your system from overheating. If the air filters become clogged, then the system must work much harder to push air through the vents. Over time, that will cause your energy bills to skyrocket and reduce the air quality within your home.

Homeowners should also inspect their systems once every few weeks for any signs of damage, mold, or mildew. When you open up the vents and look into the air ducts, there should be little or no debris clinging to the walls. The outdoor unit should be carefully inspected as well to make sure that there isn't any rust or damage from wild animals.

How Can Dehumidifiers Help At Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers could help you manage moisture at home.

How Can Dehumidifiers Help At Home

A dehumidifier will remove excess moisture from your home. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, live in a humid climate, have issues with condensation, or have mold problems, a dehumidifier could be the solution. The following are five ways a dehumidifier will help you achieve clean air within your home.


Mold, mildew, and dust mites are all allergy triggers. They love humidity. Any room with poor circulation such as bathrooms and basements are prone to allergy triggers that can spread throughout the home. A dehumidifier decreases the moisture that can support allergens as well as prevent some forms of virus and bacteria growth.

Pest Control

Several pests like roaches and spiders also love humid conditions. They gravitate towards these areas. If you have noticed unwelcome pests in your house, a dehumidifier could discourage more from coming in. Take note of where you see the most pests. These areas are rooms where humidity levels are high.


Having high humidity and moisture in your home can create structural damage. Condensation builds up and causes mold to form. Moisture also causes warping and deterioration. Even the furniture will become damaged over time. If you find a musty odor in your home or notice peeling paint and wallpaper, you could need a dehumidifier to prevent further damage.


You will be much more comfortable if you have the proper humidity levels within your home. This is especially true for those that live in muggy or tropical climates. Indoor air improves in quality and feels cooler with the use of a dehumidifier.

Energy Costs

Dehumidifiers allow the air conditioner to work effectively. It removes moisture from the air which means the AC won’t have to work as hard to keep a comfortable temperature in your home. This saves wear and tear on the unit as well as lower energy use.

If you are having issues with allergens, mold and mildew, or moisture damage, SERVPRO of Rutherford County can help you clean up your home and air ducts. Follow up with the use of a dehumidifier to keep the air within your home clean and comfortable.

“Mold Removal” vs Mold Remediation In Your Home

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Rutherford County handle your mold-related issues!

Mold is a four-letter word and it's a fungus, so it must be bad, right? Not always. Like most other things, this fungus has its pros and cons. One of the pros is that leaf mold helps plants keep moisture and provides great conditions for organisms living in the soil. One of the cons is that when any variety of the fungus is inside a home or business, it is often linked to health concerns. That means, for humans, it is potentially a hazard and a danger.

Troubling Signs

Before you can fix the problem, you need to find out if you actually have one. Sometimes it's visible, and other times it's smell-able. If you smell a strong, musty odor, it's probably fungus. Other signs to watch for include peeling paint, warping walls and any type of moisture, including leaks, humidity and dampness. These signs are a clear sign that you need professional help.


The name strachybotrys chartarum may not sound familiar, but its common name of black-mold does. It's one of the most common types of the fungus found inside houses and business. No one wants that, of course, so it's definitely an issue to deal with. The question is how? Some companies offer to completely rid your home of the potential toxins, but that is not possible. The fungus spores are microscopic, multicellular thread-like organisms that exist everywhere. Getting rid of all them is impossible, so a business offering complete removal is offering something they can't deliver.


When a house or business has a fungus problem, it is overgrown and out of control. Remediation can solve this problem. SERVPRO of Rutherford County will make sure the fungus reaches normal levels.

A Plan of Action

A proper remedy requires a restoration company that understands the scientific aspects of fungus and how it grows. SERVPRO of Rutherford County has qualified professionals with the skills and expertise needed to examine the problem and deal with it the right way. Because each house or business is different, a SERVPRO rep thoroughly inspects the damage to make an assessment and develop an individual treatment. Once that plan is set, these are the steps to resolve the issue.


  1. Fungus containment


  1. Air filtration


  1. Remove fungus and materials infested with it


  1. Clean belongings and contents


  1. Restoration

If you have a mold problem, let SERVPRO of Rutherford County take care of it!

How Can Mold Remediation Help You at Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

If you have a mold problem in your home, we can help you manage it!

It can be scary situation for any homeowner faced with a mold problem. The growth of this nuisance can lead to several different types of health problems, and in the worst cases it can actually become fatal. Knowing this, you will want to address the issue by contacting a professional mold remediation service. The following information will show you how hiring experts like those at SERVPRO of Rutherford County can help you at home.

Get Rid of the Problem for Good

Like we mentioned already, this problem can be dangerous and even toxic. Hiring a professional remediation expert to rid your house of the danger is the best decision you can make. They will take the necessary action to deal with the problem, and prevent its return in the future. Instead of exposing you and your loved ones to additional dangers, they have the skills and equipment to effectively manage your problem.

Remove Moisture

Spores that cause mildew issues need moisture to multiply and grow. The experts can find the places in your home where moisture has become a problem. They can also identify how to stop the moisture from coming back in the future. Stopping further growth of the spores is key when fighting this situation.

Find Hidden Problem Areas

The remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Rutherford County know where to search for hidden issues that you may not even know exist. Mildew can grow in attics, between walls, in closets, and in basements as well as any other place that accumulates moisture in the dark. Their experts understand this and are capable of identifying the signs that most need addressing.

Once you have discovered you have any of these issues within your home you will naturally be fearful. Moisture and mildew problems can cause you and your loved ones to become ill. Left unresolved, these problems can become fatal. Address the problem quickly by contacting the remediation experts. They can remove the problem as well as prevent further issues so that you can once again have peace of mind.

5 Efficient Ways to Prevent the Growth of Mold in Your Home

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Open your windows and let air circulate through your home!

Mold is a fungus that reproduces through spores that travel in the air, both indoors and outdoors. They thrive in areas with high humidity and moisture. Water-mold is beneficial outdoors as they help to decompose dead organic matter like leaves. They, however, are a cause of irritation and allergies when indoors, causing coughing, skin rashes and headaches. To prevent home loss due to out-of-control fungus, find below some ways to prevent it:

1) Regulate Moisture Levels

This means keeping your house dry, free from both moisture and humidity. One of the ways to do this is by using a hygrometer that lowers the level of humidity; keeping it below 60%.

2) Always Ventilate the House

Air circulation is crucial in the prevention of water-mold at home. Opening windows to let air in, especially in the bathroom, is one way to ensure good air circulation. The use of ceiling fans to circulate air is also crucial.

3) Fix Leaking Pipes, Gutters and Roofs

As pointed out earlier, water-mold thrives in moisture; hence, it is important to fix any areas of the house that might have leakages. Diligently checking areas where leakages may occur, aids in the prevention of water-mold.

4) Clean Spills and Floods Immediately

Clean fluids poured on the floor immediately as water-mold grows within 24-48 hours. Wiping floodwater and spills immediately guarantees safety from water-mold growth. In addition, wiping bathroom walls using molding killers will ensure safety.

5) Avoid Hanging Wet Clothes Indoors and Eliminate Clutter

In the event that one does not have a clothes dryer, it is advisable to look for a spot outside the house to hang clothes. This is because wet clothes increase moisture levels in the home. Eliminate clutter like draperies that block AC grills. It is advisable to add water-mold inhibitors to paint before painting as this will prevent the growth of water-mold.

The above list is important in the prevention of water-mold. In cases where mold is growing in the home, it is advisable to seek the help of professionals like SERVPRO of Rutherford County. We use the latest techniques and equipment to remediate water-mold. We swiftly respond to emergency calls with a specialist team consisting of a microbial remediation specialist, a water damage restoration technician and an applied structural drying technician. We're ready to help you recover faster from any disaster, so give us a call today!

Clean Homes Sell Faster!

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Your home will fly off the market if it is clean!

As a real estate agent, your primary goal is to help your clients sell their homes for top dollar as quickly as possible. The condition of the home is an important factor, and the reality is that clean homes sell faster than homes with serious dirt, odor or mold issues. Realtors can better serve their clients by identifying issues related to water damage, mold in crawl spaces and more by suggesting cleanup or treatment of these areas before listing the home.

What You Can Do

There are many things that can cause water damage and mold in homes. A plumbing leak that was not fixed, drainage issues and leaky windows are often common causes. As a real estate agent, you can make an effort to visually inspect window sills, crawl spaces, ceilings and cabinetry under kitchen sinks. These are among the most common spaces where you may spot damage from water or even mold growth. You may also determine if the home smells musty or like mildew. If you notice an issue, you may need to educate your client about how this type of damage can impact their ability to sell the home.

How to Educate Your Client

Damage from water is a warning sign for many buyers, and some buyers may cross the home off of their list. This is because moisture and areas that were previously moist are signs of potential mold growth. The area itself may be rotted, deteriorated and warped, and this is damage that must be repaired. Also, the potential for mold growth can be a huge red flag because mold can cause illness and property damage. It can also be expensive to remedy. Many buyers do not want to take on this risk when they could easily choose another home that does not have damage.

After you have explained the situation to your client, you may suggest that they call SERVPRO of Rutherford County. The SERVPRO team can repair damage from water and can remediate any mold that may be present. When the property is later listed, it will be in great condition so that it is more appealing to buyers.

Effects of Clean Air on Your Family, Pets and Home

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your air clean at home!

We all want to have a clean and tidy home that's safe to live in all year long. You probably take the time to clean your house on a regular basis and do your best to create a comfortable living environment. What you might not realize is that the air quality in your home is incredibly important to your family's health. Even pets are affected by poor indoor air quality. Having clean air helps the home smell better and reduces the chances of health problems that develop as a result of breathing dirty air.

If breathing problems are an issue at home, it's crucial to have your home's duct system checked every 2 to 5 years by SERVPRO of Rutherford County. When there is an excessive amount of dust and dirt in the duct system, this gets blown out whenever your heating or air conditioning is in use. Your family and pets breathe this dust in, which aggravates asthmatic symptoms in those with breathing concerns. If there is mold in the duct work, this is also being blown out for the family to breathe. Mold has been shown to cause significant respiratory issues in those who are inhaling the fungal spores. Apart from the health implications of a dirty duct work system, the odors coming from your vents can be annoying and gross.

When a ductwork system isn't properly maintained it also becomes a fire hazard for the whole house. Dust in the lines can get overheated and spark without you being aware of it until it is too late. Once a fire ravishes your home, it's difficult to get it back to its former glory without spending a small fortune. It is better to prevent the problem by having your ductwork cleaned on a maintenance schedule. Most professionals will recommend that you clean the air ducts every 2 - 5 years. Cleaning around the registers routinely can prevent excessive build-up as well. This maintenance schedule ensures that the lines are kept free and clear of debris. It can also maintain great air quality while eliminating the fire hazard that duct work often becomes when it gets dirty. Give us a call to set up an appointment and inspection!

Four Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

If you sign any of these signs in your home, give us a call for air duct cleaning!

Spring is a good time to think of hiring a professional to clean the air ducts in a home or business. Dust-clogged ducts prevent the system from both heating and cooling the building efficiently. Debris causes the HVAC system to work harder than it should and shortens its working life. Our professionals at SERVPRO of Rutherford County can keep your ducts in good condition with a thorough cleaning. How do you know when to call us? Be on the lookout for these four signs that the ducts need cleaning.

Puffs of Dust

A home or business owner may see puffs of dust emerge from the floor registers when they first turn on the heat or the air conditioning.


Clots of dust and debris in the space beneath the registers are a sure sign that the ducts need cleaning. Remove the register covers and have a peek!

Dust in Components of the HVAC System

Air filters that are furred with dust need to be removed and replaced and the ducts cleaned. Also check for dust on components of the furnace and the coils in the air conditioning unit.

Signs of Vermin

Ducts must be cleaned if there are signs of vermin living in them. Any nests, cast-off exoskeletons, droppings or scuffling sounds in the ducts are clear signs!

Have your ducts inspected or cleaned when there’s been a flood, or if you suspect some kind of damage to the HVAC system. The ducts should also be cleaned after mold remediation.

Clean ducts are especially important if someone in the house has allergies. The ducts need to be cleaned more often if there’s a smoker in the house or if the household has pets.

For more information or to set up an appointment for inspection  or cleaning of air ducts, don't hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of Rutherford County.

A Closer Look at the Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Having your air ducts cleaned means everyone breathes easier at home!

Air duct cleaning is the removal of dust and other contaminants within the duct work. A powerful vacuum is used to whisk away debris and dust so that it does not circulate in your home. Indoor pollution is an environmental threat to most households. When your cooling and heating system is operating, contaminants are drawn into the duct system. The harmful contaminants eventually build up inside the air ducts. That is why homeowners should invest in a professional air duct cleaning procedure for preventative maintenance.

SERVPRO of Rutherford County has the tools and knowledge to clean ducts effectively. We can tackle smoke, bacteria, chemicals, animal dander, and airborne allergens as well as other contaminants. Here are four benefits of having your ducts cleaned by us:

1) Creates a cleaner living environment
Getting your air ducts cleaned reduces the dust that would circulate in your house. This dust eventually lands on your bedding and furniture. Clean ducts eliminate contaminants, which prevents asthma symptoms and allergies.

2) Extended equipment life span
Some HVAC system failures are a result of excess dust and dirt buildup. The fan located inside your air handler has a role of keeping the heat exchanger cool. Accumulated debris and dust reduces the ability of the fan to function correctly. It is one of the most common causes of premature breakdown and aging of your HVAC system.

3) Enhances airflow efficiency
Vent registers and ductwork that have a buildup of dust restrict the airflow from the furnace to the air conditioner. That means that the system has to work harder to cool or heat your house, which decreases the overall efficiency level of the HVAC system. A clean system is more likely to function at peak efficiency.

4) Save energy
Research indicates that when dirt builds up, even as little as 0.4 inches on the heating coil reduces efficiency by up to 20%. A clean air duct increases efficiency because it does not strain while functioning. Higher efficiency means lower energy bills.

Don’t wait for your ducts to get clogged before you clean them. SERVPRO of Rutherford County is ready to take your call so everyone in your home breathes easier.

Tips to Transition Your Home From Winter to Spring

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Get your home ready for Spring with these tips!

The coming spring season means Spring Cleaning is almost here! Here are a few tips to transition your home from hibernation to elation!

Clean the Interior of Your Home

It can be easy for the home to become dirty due to the amount of time that is spent indoors during winter months. Freshen up the space by cleaning the chimney, dusting the fireplace mantle, and cleaning the grout in the kitchen and bathrooms. Cleaning these areas will improve the air quality and reduce allergies! Try cleaning the oven, wiping down the baseboards, and steam cleaning carpets.

Remove Clutter

Create a clutter-free environment by purging items that are no longer in use. Toss out children's toys that no longer work or paperwork in a home office. It's also important to clean under the couch cushions and wash the windows from streaks or rain spots.

Add Sheer Curtains

You can brighten up the home by adding sheer curtains that allow more natural light in a room. Add decorative couch covers that complement the blooming flowers outside. Consider painting or applying wallpaper to an accent wall.

Pack Winter Clothing

Free up extra space in your closet by packing your heavy clothing once the warm weather arrives. Store the pants and jackets in vacuum-sealed bags and pack them under your bed. It clears space and makes the items easier to find next season.

Inspect the Property

Hire a professional to inspect the property for repairs. An inspector can determine if water damage or mold has developed due to the rainy season that has come to an end. Hire SERVPRO of Rutherford County to restore the materials that have become damaged. We can also clean any of your air ducts to ensure all the debris and dust from winter weather is vacuumed away. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment to have your home fresh for spring!

How Storms Can Damage the Roof of Your Business or Home

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Check your roof for damage after major storms!

The roof of your home or business is important. A well-maintained roof promotes energy efficiency and protects the building from the elements. When the roof withstands damage, the integrity of the building is affected. If a storm damages your roof, SERVPRO of Rutherford County is the company to call for cleanup and restoration.

Surveying Your Roof After a Major Storm

Commercial and residential property owners should have their roof inspected after major storms. High winds as well as heavy rains and hailstones can damage a roof in many ways. They can cause shingles to blow off individually or in full patches. Tree limbs can fall onto the roof to leave a hole in the structure. We do not advise you to climb onto the top of the building on your own because of the high elevation and steep incline of most roofs. If you believe that your property has been damaged by a storm, you should contact a professional for an assessment.

What We Can Do to Recover and Restore Your Property

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility ensures we are always up to date on the best techniques to get your home or business back in shape after a storm. Regular IICRC industry certifications, means we have the knowledge as well as the equipment to restore your property. We clean the damage the storm left behind, and this includes on the interior or exterior of your building.

Severe weather is unfortunately common in the Middle Tennessee area, and it can cause significant damage in a very short period of time. SERVPRO of Rutherford County is available to respond to requests immediately after a major storm. We can begin the restoration and cleanup process quickly so that you can more easily move past the current issue and protect your property.

Do You Have A Drainage Problem At Your Home or Business?

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

Tackle drainage problems quickly to prevent water damage!

Flooding is a common issue that affects many property owners in Middle Tennessee. Interior flooding often occurs because of leaking pipes, but it can also occur during rainstorms. Heavy rainstorms with rainfall lasting for hours will create a flood, but some properties flood after only brief rain showers. If you can relate to this with your property, there is a good chance that you may have a drainage issue. In these instances, SERVPRO of Rutherford County can assist with water damage repair and commercial cleaning services.

The Issue of Poor Drainage

In an ideal environment, the land would grade away from the structure. Proper gutters help channel the flow of water away from the structure. However, in many areas, land slopes toward the home from one or more directions. This can often be remedied with proper landscaping measures that capture water and direct it away from the building. When these measures are not taken or when gutters do not function properly, the water may flow toward the building. This can cause basement flooding with even small amounts of rainfall. Additionally, the water may penetrate into the first floor of the building and cause more damage.

The Damage Caused by Flooding

Standing water inside a building can cause incredible damage in a very short period of time and it must be dealt with immediately. Flooding warps or deteriorates drywall and wood, causes staining on most surfaces, and carpeting develops a horrible stench or becomes unusable. Also, when an area remains moist for even a short period of time, there is a risk of mold growth developing. When mold growth develops, the cost and time required to repair the damage multiplies.

If you have standing water in your building, contact SERVPRO of Rutherford County. We offer the best professional water remediation and restoration services. We handle all aspects of the process, including water extraction, de-humidification and restoration. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." Contact us today for a quote for water remediation and commercial cleaning service.

Warning Signs of Mold

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Be vigilant for mold in your home or business!

Mold is a type of fungus that develops from tiny spores that float around in the air, both indoors and outdoors. Mold is often found in humid or moist places, and if allowed to grow unchecked, it can present issues for a building. With that in mind, we offer this quick list to help you tell when mold is growing in your building:

1) Musty Odor

Even if you cannot see mold, it can be in your home or business. A very common indicator of the fungus is its smell. When mold grows in an area of your building, you will notice a pungent and musty smell. Take action immediately when you notice the odor. Mold overgrowth can cost you a great deal of money and even your health. You may not be aware of the full extent of the problem until professionals check in between walls and under floors.

2) The Appearance of Mold

Mold may look like cotton, granules, or leather. It can appear in various colors like white, green, gray, black, brown, or yellow. Unfortunately, many people ignore small mold and mistake it for soot or ordinary dirt. Take immediate action when you see tiny discolored and fuzzy growth on furnishings or the surface of building materials.

3) Water Leaks

If you notice water leaks from ceiling pipes, water stains, or standing water, mold might become an issue. Water leaks cause moisture, and that provides an excellent growing place for mold. Check for discoloration or watermarks on carpets, walls, and other materials for hidden mold.

Any business or home can face a fungus fiasco. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, SERVPRO of Rutherford County can inspect the property. Mold remediation is one of our specialties and we can eliminate the issue safely. We also invest in state-of-the-art equipment and continuous training that ensures your home or business is quickly and efficiently restored.

Give us a call today!

Don't Let Ice Damage Wreck Your Home

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Rutherford County, we know that ice storms are hard to predict and even harder to deal with. With this said, there are steps you can take to prepare yourself and your home for damage from ice. From taking steps to mitigate future damage to making preparations to call for help, these steps will help you to keep your repair costs down and allow you to keep your home as safe as possible.

Damage Mitigation

The first step towards recovery from damage caused by ice is to mitigate it as much as possible. While damaging ice is relatively rare in the Murfreesboro area, it's good to go ahead and make your preparations any time that freezing precipitation is in the forecast. Make sure you keep your windows shut, your water taps dripping, and your cabinets open. These steps will help prevent freezing and allow you to avoid burst pipes in many situations. While this might not  do much to help you with larger problems, it does help with preventable damage.

Ice Structural Damage

The best way to deal with structural damage from ice is to get the problem looked at quickly. Heavy ice can cause damage to your roof and can even cause foundation problems. You'll want to talk to a restoration service as quickly as possible after the damage happens, so do a full inspection of your property as soon as the ice melts. Unfortunately, the type of damage done by ice is not damage with which you can usually deal on your own, so be prepared to pay for professional help. Don't put yourself in a situation in which you make the damage worse than it was before.

Ice Damage and Water Damage

Water damage is the most insidious damage to come from ice. Not only does it quickly ruin carpet and personal items, but it can cause mold and even make structural damage worse. As soon as you notice water on the ground or on your walls, make sure to call SERVPRO of Rutherford County. If you can get to the damage quickly enough, you can get the area dried out and mitigate future damage. Waiting too long gives the water chance to cause more problems, and you might even deal with more damage if the water freezes again.

If you think you have problems with damage caused by ice, make sure to get help from a restoration service. SERVPRO is here to help you weather the storm and repair the problems after the ice has melted. Remember, you have the choice to take care of your property before worse damage occurs - and with the help of SERVPRO, you will always know that this choice will turn out for the best.

4 of the Best Carpet types for Middle Tennessee Weather

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

What type of carpet do you have in your home?

4 of the Best Carpet types for Middle Tennessee Weather

There are many reasons why carpet is so popular. People often choose carpet as the go to floor covering because of its warmth and versatility. Others like it because of insulation, safety, noise reduction, durability, and ease of maintenance. Carpets are an affordable way to make a room feel cozy while also adding to the "coziness" of a room. Modern carpets are available in a variety of colors and patterns. They can fit in well with contemporary or traditional décor, and each room can reflect its own personal style. Carpet can also be chosen to reflect the weather conditions for that area.


Best Cleaning Methods for Carpet Material

Let's think of carpets according to their construction. The four main carpet types are loop, texture, twist, and shag. Level loops have short loops and multi-level loops offer a patterned texture. In a cut pile carpet, the loops are cut, leaving a soft smooth texture. There are some carpets that use both methods called the cut and loop. The fibers can be natural or synthetic. The type of fiber is what determines how it should be cleaned. Nylon and olefin are durable and are good choices for homes that are located in areas where inclement weather is the norm. Wool and acrylic wear well, but special care is imperative when cleaning. The SERVPRO Rutherford County experts know the right techniques to use for each carpet type.


Weather Affects Carpet Cleaning

Carpets made from synthetic fibers are best used where the humidity and moisture is high. Fibers such as olefin, polyester, nylon, or the relatively new triexta, resist the growth of mold and mildew. Carpets made from synthetic materials are easier to clean because they dry faster than those made from natural fibers. Snow and rainy weather conditions are hard on carpets because of the moisture brought in on shoes. Under these adverse conditions, the carpets may require more cleanings throughout the year to keep them looking pristine.


Cleaning Protects Investment

Carpet is an investment for the home and its residents. Keeping your carpets cleaned and fresh makes it feel homey and comfortable. Middle Tennessee weather can be difficult to deal with, but the experts at SERVPRO Rutherford County know how to keep your carpets clean. Their professional cleaning services remove dirt and grime from carpet using state-of-the-art equipment. They know what type of cleaning method to use for each carpet type and can recommend ways to keep it clean during the hot humid summer months or the cold days of winter. If it's been some time since your carpet was professionally cleaned, you should give us a call!

4 Reasons to Keep Your Hot Tub Clean

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Keeping your hot tub clean is important!

4 Reasons to Keep Your Hot Tub Clean

Most people cherish their hot tubs. Slipping into its warm waters and between its jet streams is the perfect end to a long day or a strenuous workout. Some people like to entertain guests in hot tubs for a safe and fun activity which releases stress and toxins all at once. Others need them to relieve the symptoms of certain health issues.

To continue enjoying your hot tub, SERVPRO of Rutherford County has some suggestions on how you can keep yours in optimal condition.

Maintain Clean Water

Pure, clean water adds to your experience. It also keeps your body clean during and after use. Clean water can also save you from embarrassment that is sure to come by inviting guests into dirty water. More importantly, cloudy, grayish and brownish water can signal a problem in your tub's operating and filtration system. A good cleaning will often identify and flush out old problems as well as prevent new ones.

Prevent Mold and Bacteria

Mold is a health hazard. So many homeowners neglect its buildup in their homes, and subsequently, friends and family members fall ill. When your tub is dry, freestanding mold releases invisible spores which can embed in the lungs,but when the tub is in use, the steam's vapors can carry the harmful effects of mold. You want to make sure your family and guests breathe good, clean air.

If you run a business with commercial tub usage, this suggestion cannot be stressed enough. Customers affected by mold can lead to lawsuits, heavy fines, stiff penalties and even the closure of your business.

Reduce Slime Buildup

Pink and white slime are more than unattractive. They multiply fast. Bacteria, algae and other microscopic organisms are responsible for the sticky film left underwater in your tub. This contamination can cause odors, feel nasty, and signal a deeper problem in your system.

Avoid Permanent Staining

One of the most unpleasant outcomes of poor maintenance and servicing is staining. It is a shame to invest so much money in something you enjoy only to let it diminish in value, if not use, because of a bad appearance.

SERVPRO of Rutherford County offers first-rate cleaning services you can trust. You can depend on us to follow safety considerations when it comes to electricity in and around your tub, and drain and filter its water. Our patient, thorough approach addresses your water reservoir and foot well. We use gentle, effective cleaners guaranteed to restore your tub's appearance and protect against future damage. We also take time to tailor our work according to your tub's unique directions and user manual.

How to Prepare for or Recover from Frozen Pipes

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Protect yourself from frozen pipes this winter

Water damage is a serious problem in Rutherford County. When it freezes in the winter, many people find themselves dealing with significant water problems. If you want to avoid this fate, make sure that you take a few simple steps to prevent damage to your pipes when the temperature drops. If these steps aren't enough to prevent damage, you can then move to the steps necessary to recover from the fallout of your burst pipes.

SERVPRO Rutherford County Damage Preparation

Preventing burst pipes is easy, at least in theory. Make sure that all your cabinets are open whenever it freezes, and keep the taps dripping. This will allow more heat to reach the pipes and will allow the water to keep moving. Both of these actions will make it harder for the pipes to freeze and thus harder for them to burst. If you have outdoor pipes, consider investing in insulation to keep them warmer. There are also special covers for outdoor taps that you may want to use in the winter.

SERVPRO Rutherford County Damage Recovery

Recovery from burst pipes is a little more difficult than preparation. If your pipes have burst, you'll want to take a few steps to first mitigate the damage that has already occurred and then a few steps to repair the damage that already happened.

To begin with, your first step should be to turn off the main water line to your home. Turning off your water will not only stop the water from flowing into the damaged area, but it will keep you from incurring an incredibly high water bill. Once the water is off, you'll be able to more clearly assess what's happened in the area.

Next, you'll want to move anything out of the area that can be salvaged. Get important documents and heirlooms out first, along with any electronics that still work. Once you've moved the salvageable items out, start relocating anything that's been damaged or destroyed. Even if you can't use it, it still needs to be moved.

Once this is done, call SERVPRO of Rutherford County to look at the damage. The professionals can help you figure out what's been affected andallow you to know the true extent of the damage. SERVPRO will then start remediating the damage to your home, drying out the space, and going through the process of getting rid of hard to find damage. While the process isn't always quick, it is thorough enough to make sure that further damage shouldn’t occur.

Burst pipes will usually need at least some level of restoration work. The faster you call for help, the less damage that will occur. If you are in Rutherford County and have burst pipes, make sure to call SERVPRO of Rutherford County.


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