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How Can I Best Prepare For Spring Storms In Hermitage/Donelson?

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Spring storms in the Hermitage/Donelson area can be unpredictable and dangerous. These storms bring heavy rain and high winds; flooding and damage to roads and buildings are often a result. 

Being as prepared as possible is an intelligent way to stay safe and prevent damage to your Hermitage/Donelson home or business. We’ve got some preparation tips for you today that you can use for your location:

What Are Some Spring Storm Preparation Tips I Can Use To Protect My Hermitage/Donelson Home Or Business?

Here at SERVPRO, we know what will happen during a Spring storm, so we know what to prepare for! Our extensive experience with Nashville area storm damage has helped us compile the following tips:

  • Conduct an inspection of your home or business and grounds before inclement weather hits; a leaky roof or windows can cause significant problems during heavy rainfall and strong winds. All your exterior doors and windows should fit correctly and be weather-stripped. Roofing needs to be evaluated and repaired ahead of time to withstand inclement weather conditions. 
  • Unstable large trees and bushes can be dangerous in high winds. Trim back trees and bushes with large, heavy branches that are not in good condition, so windows and vehicles are not in danger of being destroyed by flying debris. 
  • Many neighborhoods have drainage ditches or creeks meant to handle excess water. Inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that obstructs water flow. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed will back up and flood property during and after a storm. 
  • Most of us use our cell phones to communicate, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service may not be available. Consider installing a landline if your cell phone towers are damaged or go down. Have an emergency radio and a supply of batteries on hand to receive emergency updates and alerts.

How Can SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Help Me With Storm Damage? 

If you experience damage from a Spring storm, we can be there right away to help you begin your recovery. We can be reached by calling (615) 885 3906.

  • SERVPRO personnel has been trained and certified to assist in any storm event.
  •  Every crew member has experienced storm damage restoration projects in the past, so they are experts in the SERVPRO recovery process. 
  • We have all the advanced technology and equipment to meet your needs. 
  • We can be on-site to assist quickie; we offer fast 24-hour emergency service!

The team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is proud to serve Nashville, Tennessee's Hermitage/Donelson area. In addition to storm damage restoration, we offer commercial restoration services, water damage restoration, odor removal and deodorization, and much more. 

Contact us by phone or online any time a disaster strikes; you can count on us!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Prevent An Oven Fire In My Hermitage/Donelson Home?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Your kitchen is a prime spot for a house fire to start. We’re all aware of the dangers that grease fires on the stovetop can cause, but many issues can also create a fire in your oven. While your range helps contain the flames, they can still spread to other parts of your house if a fire starts. Being aware of the common causes of oven fires can help you use safe practices to avoid disaster.

What Are Some Best Practices For Oven Fire Safety In My Hermitage/Donelson Kitchen?

Keep reading for some great tips on how to avoid a fire in your oven:

  • The easiest step in avoiding a fire is ensuring your oven is always working correctly; be sure to get it serviced at least once a year. 
  • Keep grease from splattering all over the inside of your oven by using a splatter guard or cover. It will save time when cleaning up, as well as prevent fires. Fat and grease splattering can cause a flame that leads to a small fire; it can take only a few minutes for a small grease fire to flare.
  • Be sure to install fire alarms in your kitchen and ensure installation is done right. They should be located 6 to 20 feet away from any kitchen appliances to prevent false alarms. The shorter distance applies to photoelectric smoke detectors and the 20-foot space to ionization smoke detectors.

Why Is SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson A Good Choice For Fire Damage Restoration?

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson, we understand fire damage and that it can be incredibly upsetting and destructive for your family to process. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson is uniquely positioned to handle all of the damage you may experience. SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson will treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with the utmost care. You can read about SERVPRO fire damage restoration here.

  • Your recovery starts as soon as you call us at (615) 885 3906! See what our fire damage restoration process involves here.
  • SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. 
  • Fire fighting efforts will involve water, so you can rely on SERVPRO to help you recover from water damage.
  • Soot and smoke leave behind unpleasant odors and unhealthy particulates. SERVPRO uses advanced technology to get your home environment back to normal.

For any accident or disaster in your Hermitage/Donelson home or business, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Is The SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Storm Damage Restoration Process?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity for your Nashville commercial enterprise. Suppose you experience a weather-related disaster at your Hermitage/Donelson commercial location. In that case, you will want to contact restoration professionals to help you get back to business as soon as possible. 

That’s where SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson comes in!

What Can I Expect From The SERVPRO Storm Damage Restoration Process?

Our restoration process has been created to ensure that our clients experience the same high-quality restoration service no matter the disaster. 

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your storm damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of that damage and how far any moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of any moisture. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning content using several techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments, remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs - such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet - or may entail major repairs like the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a business.

Why Is SERVPRO OF Hermitage/Donelson My Best Choice For Storm Damage Restoration?

  • SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson will respond immediately to the storm or flood event affecting your commercial property regardless of the size or scope of the damage. 
  • We are part of a national network of over 1950 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale events and disasters.
  • At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. 

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we know that storm damage can still affect your Nashville commercial business even with all proper precautions. If you have experienced damage of any kind, we offer commercial restoration services focused on getting you back in business right away. We also handle fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are The Steps I Should Take When I Find A Water Leak In My Hermitage/Donelson Home?

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Water leaks happen from time to time in every home. These leaks can become more significant if they are not handled correctly, so time is of the essence when it comes to fixing them! A water leak can be stressful and overwhelming to deal with, especially if you have no experience in doing so. 

Here’s what to do after a water leak in your house and how taking the right action at the right time can help you manage. 

What Are The First Three Steps In Managing A Water Leak At My Nashville Location?

Let’s talk about the very first things you should do. 

  • Find the water valve in your basement and turn the knob clockwise to shut the water off. If you don’t know how to turn the water off, call someone who does know right away. The longer your water runs, the more likely your home will suffer damage. Be careful when turning the water valve, too. It could break if you turn it too hard, which means you won’t be able to turn off the water at all. 
  • As a precaution, shut off the electricity in your house until the damage has been assessed. It might look like the leak only impacts a particular spot in your home, but you never know where that leak may have spread unseen. It could start a fire if the water drips into your electric line. To prevent this from happening, shut off your electricity right after shutting off the water. Locate your circuit breaker and flip the switch or pull out the fuse box to shut off power to your entire house. 
  • The most crucial step after discovering a water leak in your house is to identify the source of that leak. Look for signs of water damage in every room, especially the bathroom or kitchen. Examine the floor and walls for dark or wet spots, cracking, bubbling, and puddles of water, and be alert for unpleasant odors.

What Comes Next After I Find The Leak And Make My Home Safe?

Now that you have found the source of the leak and have taken steps to ensure your home is safe call a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson! 

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson, we are water damage restoration specialists, and we have the equipment and know-how to help restore your Nashville home or business to its pre-water damage state. Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, our team of technicians at SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson can quickly extract the water from your property and begin the drying process, all while dealing with any mold growth that has occurred.  

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are always prepared to help whenever you are dealing with damage from water, mold, or fire. We handle large cleanup projects for commercial business owners and smaller projects for Hermitage/Donelson area homeowners. Call us at (615) 885 3906!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What is SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson’s Restoration Process?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Our restoration process is basically the same no matter what kind of disaster you experience or where it happens. Our process has been formulated to ensure that our clients receive the help they need and the result they want. 

We are here to get you back to work and doing life as quickly as possible! 

What Does The SERVPRO Restoration Process Look Like?

We can use our Water Restoration process as an example:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning content using several techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson?

We believe in supporting local Nashville businesses first and helping out our community as much as possible. Our franchise has high involvement in the Hermitage/Donelson Chamber of Commerce. 

We are industry leaders in the emergency restoration field:

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson can be onsite right away to handle an emergency in your Nashville home or business. We are known for our fast 24-hour service and advanced technology and techniques. In addition to commercial water damage service, we handle fire damage restoration, storm damage restoration cleanup, and much more. You can read testimonials from some of our Nashville customers here.

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Stormproof My Hermitage/Donelson Business?

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Storms can be devastating to a commercial building, and the resulting damage can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. You can take some steps to prepare your business location for storms and possible flooding here in Middle Tennessee. Preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your Hermitage/Donelson business sustains and the time takes to get your operations back to normal. 

What Are Some Stormproofing Best Practices For My Nashville Business Location?

Below we list three of the most vulnerable areas of your business:

  • In case of high winds, a small opening in windows or doors could enlarge and allow enough wind inside to compromise the property's roof, so you will want to check them for these issues ahead of stormy weather:
    • Check doors for missing screws/bolts or loose hinges. 
    • Fit keyhole covers on doors to keep rainwater and snow at bay.
    • Use weather-stripping to seal doors and windows tightly.
    • Apply caulk on both sides of windows to prevent water seepage.
    • Apply a durable transparent plastic film on windows to prevent glass shards from blowing inside the house if the winds breach the windows 
    • Install permanent shutters to shield windows from wind and debris 
    • Windows made especially to withstand storm-level air pressure and impact can be installed in extreme weather conditions.
  • Well-maintained gutter systems will be effective when diverting water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there, while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. Mold damage only takes 24-48 hours to begin growing a colony inside walls and unused spaces and corners, so a regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea in helping to avoid this situation. 
  • Storm drains on your business property will need to be appropriately maintained, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for these, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem to the proper authorities right away in anticipation of any possible flooding.

How Can SERVPRO Help If My Hermitage/Donelson Business Sustains Damage During A Storm?

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is equipped to handle storm events at a moment's notice. 

Our personnel have been trained and have all the necessary certifications to assist you with storm damage to your commercial location. Every crew member is experienced in handling a storm damage event. Our warehouse is packed with a plethora of equipment to meet all the cause's needs. If we do not have the equipment, our supply is less than 30 minutes away.

You can count on SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson to help you get back to work right away! 

Our team is ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you handle disasters of any kind. Middle Tennessee weather can be unpredictable, but you can rely on us to get you back to normal! In addition to commercial storm damage, we also handle commercial water damage, commercial cleaning, and other services formulated specifically for Nashville area business owners. Call us today at (615) 885 3906. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How Can I Prevent A Dryer Fire In My Donelson Home?

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), local fire departments responded to an estimated 1.4 million fires in the United States in 2020. These fires caused 3,500 civilian fire deaths and 15,200 reported civilian fire injuries. Property damage was estimated at $21.9 billion.

Clothes dryers caused a large portion of those home fires! Let's talk about some ways you can prevent a dryer fire.  

What Are The Top Three Steps I Need To Take To Prevent A Fire In My Dryer?

Practicing fire safety is a meaningful way to keep your family and your Donelson home safe. Some fire safety tips for your laundry room are:

  • Clean the lint from the dryer's lint screen after every load; this helps prevent fire and allows your laundry to dry faster.
  • If you have a plastic or foil accordion-style duct connecting your appliance to the vent, you may want to replace it. Plastic or foil ducts can be a fire hazard because they can sag, allowing lint to build up at low points and trapping lint in their ridges. It would help replace it with a rigid metal duct with smooth walls to enable the air to flow and reduce lint buildup.
  • If you notice that your dryer takes longer to dry laundry than it used to, that's a sign that there may be a blockage in the dryer vent system. When drying a load, go outside and look at the vent; it's good if you see or feel exhaust air. If not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked with lint. To unblock: 
  • Disconnect your dryer from the power source. If you have a gas dryer, turn off the valve near the dryer. 
  • Slide the dryer away from the wall so that you can access the vent in the back. If you have a gas dryer, be sure not to overstretch or damage the gas line. 
  • Disconnect the duct from the dryer, and vacuum both the dryer and the vent as much as you can. Where possible, separate the duct into shorter sections for better access, then reassemble and re-attach the duct to the dryer. Be sure all joints are correctly connected and held together with clamps or foil tape. 
  • Return the dryer to its original spot and reconnect the power. While you're there, you can clean behind the dryer and underneath it since lint builds up there, too. 

What Is The SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Fire Restoration Process If A Dryer Fire Does Occur In My Donelson Home?

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson, we understand that damage to your home from a fire can be incredibly upsetting and destructive for your family to process. SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson is uniquely positioned to handle all of the types of damage your property might experience. 

Our fire restoration process involves:

Step 1: Emergency Contact. The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment. We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service. Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present). The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces. We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire. We use various cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We're also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration. Restoration is the final step in getting your home or business back to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

In addition to damage from fire and smoke, our SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team also handles water damage, mold remediation, and much more. Call us today at (615) 885-3906, or contact us via our website for more information. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Can You Do To Prepare Your Hermitage/Donelson Business For Spring Storms?

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Every Hermitage/Donelson business owner knows that Spring storms in Middle Tennessee can be dangerous. You know that it’s vital to protect your property from damages and injuries that could potentially happen due to violent weather, too. Storms can be challenging to predict, so it’s wise to be prepared ahead of time. 

Here are a few ways to prepare so that you can avoid damages and ensure your employees and property are safe. 

What Are Three Ways I Can Prepare My Business For Spring Storms In Hermitage/Donelson?

  • The condition of your business before any potential storms, assess your business' condition. Document the interior and exterior of your property via video or photos for insurance purposes. When filing insurance claims, it is often necessary to have before and after pictures of your property. Take steps to repair any areas that need it as you go through the process. 
  • Your roof can leak and potentially cause water damage to your business, so you will want to make sure it is in good shape. Make sure there aren’t any shingles that are compromised, which can cause water to leak through your roof, and replace missing ones right away. It is also essential to inspect your ceilings for any discoloration. This is often a telltale sign that you have already sustained some water damage.
  • Clean your gutters and rain spouts regularly throughout the year to prevent them from getting clogged and overflowing. That water can back up into your walls and cause structural issues. Gutters are designed to keep moisture away from your property, so it is necessary to ensure the channels are working correctly. 

How Can SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Help Me Recover From Storm Damage To My Business Location?

If you do experience damage to your business from a Spring storm, SERVPRO is here to get you back to normal as soon as possible. Time lost due to damage to your operation will be costly. 

  • SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson will respond immediately to the storm or flood event affecting your commercial property, regardless of the size or scope of the damage. 
  • We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale events and disasters.
  • The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we know that even with all proper precautions, storm damage can still affect your home or business. If you have experienced damage to your business of any kind, we offer commercial restoration services that are focused on getting you back in business right away. We also handle fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Can You Do When Your Basement Floods?

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

The basement is the place in most homes where essential items are stored. In most cases, it’s one of the best places to keep things since it’s quiet and out of the way. However, if a flood occurs, that water becomes a serious threat to all your possessions. Books, photos, and textiles stored in your Hermitage/Donelson basement can end up completely ruined if they are soaked.

Structural issues and damage to walls and ceilings can also result from a flood in your basement. 

If this happens, you may not know what to do. Keep in mind that a professional restoration company like our team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has all the training and technology needed to recover these kinds of items and get your premises dry.

What Should I Do First If My Hermitage/Donelson Basement Experiences Flooding?

  • After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
    • Is it safe to stay in the house? Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are the most prevalent concerns.
    • Call your power company, electrician, and your professional water damage cleanup team immediately so that they can take steps to manage the dangerous combination of water and electricity in this situation. These professionals will determine the steps you can take in beginning your cleanup process without increasing the risk of injury from exposed wires, etc. 
  • While you wait for SERVPRO to arrive, there are some cleanup tasks you can do once you determine that it’s safe to do so:
    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.
  • Pro Tip: To discourage mold and mildew from establishing a colony on damp surfaces, scrub them with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of water - be sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear. Make sure you keep the space you are in well ventilated while you are doing tasks that involve cleaning solutions. SERVPRO can advise you here since we are mold remediation specialists. 

What Are Some Things I Should Not Do After A Flooding Event?

Here are some tips to help you avoid further damage to your property after your basement floods:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging or any other structural issues are observed.

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are always prepared to help whenever you are dealing with damage from water or fire. We handle large cleanup projects for commercial business owners and smaller projects for Hermitage/Donelson area homeowners, and we can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Are Some HVAC Maintenance Tips For Your Hermitage Home?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Have you done any maintenance on the HVAC unit for your Hermitage home recently? If not, now is an excellent time to take care of that since warmer months are just around the corner. Maintaining your unit regularly will ensure that you avoid an air conditioning malfunction during the hottest part of the year. 

If you’re not sure how to maintain your HVAC or just don’t have time, the team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson can manage it for you.

How Can SERVPRO Help Me Maintain The HVAC System For My Hermitage Home? 

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson professionals will routinely inspect your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit. Keeping your HVAC system clean can extend the life of the equipment, saving you money and giving you cleaner air to breathe.

Air duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO will recommend the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns, which saves you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of having SERVPRO service your HVAC unit include:

  • Restoration of peak energy efficiency.
  • Elimination of many offensive odors.
  • Reduces the potential for mold growth.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

What Are Some Clues That My HVAC Unit May Need To Be Serviced?

There are some specific things you can look for that will let you know your HVAC unit needs attention. Here are some telltale signs that mean you need to do some maintenance or repairs to your system:

  • When you find your air conditioning unit barely has any airflow at all, then you may have clogged vents on your hands. It doesn’t take long for dirt to build up inside the HVAC system, causing many problems, including blocked fan units, dust-filled air filters, and more. These will impact each component, hindering the overall efficiency of your system.
  • If your electric bill is higher than usual, it’s time for some maintenance and repair. Your costs always increase when the temperatures rise, of course. Still, if they continue to increase independently of your usage, that’s an indication that your HVAC system isn’t working correctly. 
  • Some parts of the HVAC system are more prone to leakage than others and may get damaged quickly, while the lines that form the primary connection between your home and the outdoor HVAC unit can sometimes start leaking due to wear. Leaks such as these allow the cool air to escape the pipes, so the system must work harder. If your HVAC is running all day and your home is still not getting cool, you may be experiencing these issues. 

In addition to servicing your HVAC system, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson offers many other restoration and cleaning services, such as carpet and upholstery, drapes and blinds, and much more. You can learn more by calling us at (615) 885-3906 or contacting us via our website. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Are Some Ways You Can Prevent Spring Storm Damage To Your Nashville Property?

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your Nashville home or business. With Spring storms on the horizon, now is a good time to talk about some ways you can prevent damages to your property. 

What Is The Top Tip To Use In Avoiding Damage To My Nashville Location From Spring Weather?

The condition of your property always needs to be maintained and documented regularly, especially ahead of bad weather. Being prepared is the single most important thing for you to do to help keep your Hermitage/Donelson location safe from storm damages. 

  • In order to avoid water damage from roof issues, your roof should be in the best shape and without any weaknesses. Make sure there aren’t any loosened or missing shingles that could allow water to leak through your roof and into your home or business. It is also important to inspect your ceilings for any discoloration that could also potentially signal water damage.
  • Clean your gutters consistently throughout the year to prevent them from getting clogged. Rain gutters are designed to keep water away from your structure, so it is necessary to ensure the gutters are working properly. 
  • High winds can cause debris to fly and cause damage. Look around your business for trees that have the potential to fall and threaten your property. If you see any trees that pose a threat, consider seeking assistance in order to help you eliminate them.

What Do I Do If My Nashville Property Suffers From Spring Storm Damage?

Here are some ways you can handle storm damage at your home or business. 

  • First of all, you need to make sure that you identify any areas around your property that are not safe. For example, if a tree has become compromised you will want to have a professional arborist come and look at it right away to see if it needs to be removed. Keep people away from standing water that is in areas that have live electricity, as well. 
  • Take pictures or video of the damage so you have a record for your insurance professionals.
  • Once it’s time for the cleanup to start, call SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson at (615) 488 3774!

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson we know that even when you take the proper precautions, storm damage can still affect your Nashville home or business. If you have experienced damage from a storm, water, or mold, contact us so that we can begin your restoration. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.  

How Can You Prevent Fires In Your Nashville Business?

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Refrigeration equipment, big electrical appliances, cooking equipment, computers and printers, are all items in your Nashville business that can easily catch on fire. A commercial fire can happen at a moment’s notice, with no warning. The best way to prevent fires in your Nashville business is to practice fire safety at all times, and while there are standards in place through the city government, there are also things you can do regularly to help keep your location fire-safe. Today we’ve put together a list of safety precautions to help you avoid an unplanned fire and maintain a safe business location. 

What Are Some Important Safety Precautions I Can Observe In My Nashville Business?

  • Maintain cooking equipment regularly. Many Nashville businesses are restaurants, and kitchen fires are the top culprit in commercial fires. Since cooking equipment and appliances are normally fired up every day, wear and tear builds up in no time. If any minor issues are unaddressed, this could lead to more vulnerabilities in the equipment that may make it easier for things to catch fire. Be proactive about repairing any damage and fine-tuning the equipment to save money in the long run as well as be vigilant about safety. 
  • Have fire safety systems in place. You should have carbon monoxide detectors installed in addition to the required fire extinguishers. Make sure that your entire staff is trained on what to do in the event of a fire and where to go. They should all know how to use a fire extinguisher, and how to handle grease fires
  • Recognize and reduce hazards associated with electrical equipment. 
    • Make sure proper outlets, switches, wiring, connectors, circuit breakers, junction boxes, plug adapters, and other electrical equipment is used in your building. 
    • Use properly grounded and insulated power strips, extension cords, and other wiring: 
    • Ensure power strips are UL certified and capable of handling the loads you put on them. Do not connect multiple power strips or extension cords in sequence.
    • There should be enough working space in front of electrical equipment; a common space allotment is 30 inches wide, 36 inches deep, and 78 inches high.

Why Is SERVPRO The Best Choice To Help Me Manage A Fire In My Nashville Business?

We are fire damage restoration specialists. If the worst should happen, we are ready to help at a moment’s notice. 

  • Our entire team has received advanced training in restoration techniques, and we have the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property.
  • We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire or water damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
  • Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption to your life.

In addition to fire damage, here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson we also handle water damage, storm damage, mold remediation, and many other types of disasters, large or small. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Is The Water Damage Restoration Process For Your Nashville Commercial Property?

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we know how to handle water damage to your commercial property. If you have lived in Nashville for any period of time, you are very familiar with the effects that storms can have and how bad the water damage can be. There is no such thing as a convenient time for flooding, water damage, mold growth, or other such disasters, and all you can do as a Nashville business owner is be as prepared as possible. Every hour that you have to spend cleaning your commercial location  is an hour of lost revenue. That's why when water damage strikes your Nashville business, SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson is here to help get you back to your pre-damage state as quickly as possible so that you can get back to business.

Why Is SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson The Right Company To Call To Handle Commercial Water Damage?

SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or a big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about our training and certifications

For example: Our Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Why Should I Choose SERVPRO To Manage Disasters At My Commercial Business Location?

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson, we offer professional cleaning and emergency restoration services to ensure your business is in tip-top shape for your customers, no matter its current condition. If your business has experienced any damages, such as water damage, mold growth, or storm damage, SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson can be onsite right away to handle any emergency in your Nashville home or business. We are known for our fast 24-hour service and our advanced technology and techniques. In addition to commercial water damage service, we handle commercial fire restoration, commercial storm damage cleanup, and much more. You can read testimonials from some of our Nashville customers here.

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Check My Hermitage Property For Water Damage?

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

Doing regular inspections of areas in your Hermitage home or business that are most likely to develop water damage will allow you to take care of issues before they can become serious. Damp areas in any building will attract a mold infestation, structural issues, and unsightly conditions. 

What Are The Top Three Areas I Need To Investigate For Water Damage?

  • The bathroom. Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, and these times are great for checking for leaks and damp areas. Look in the least traveled spots, such as behind the toilet and under the sink. If there are any leaks in these places, they will need to be fully dried after finding the source and have that repaired first.  
  • The kitchen. This area of the home is used more than any other area in homes besides the bath, and if you have a staff kitchen in your business, that will be just as true. Keep an eye out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores, which are always in our air. Under the sink and refrigerator are places that can be damaged by water without you noticing, so get out your flashlight and make sure you see every corner clearly.
  • The laundry room. This room, with its large appliances, also has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often, and a leak behind the washing machine can create huge issues down the road. Add to that the humidity in the air and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony, buckling floorboards, peeling walls, and more. Enlist help, pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected. 

Other areas to keep an eye on: hall closets, your garage, and/or basement. 

What Are Three Telltale Signs Of Water Damage In My Hermitage Home Or Business?

There are a few telltale signs that will let you know right away that you have a water damage issue. 

  • One of the most obvious signs to watch for is a visible leak with dripping water. It could also appear as a watermark, where the paint is darker than the surrounding area. Flaking, bubbling, or cracking paint are also signs that you may need to schedule water damage restoration, as is visible mold, which can be light green to dark black in color. 
  • You might smell the signs of water damage long before it becomes visible due to an accompanying mold infestation. Mold has a strong, musty odor which can also irritate sensitive populations, including people with asthma and allergies.
  • A spike in your water usage is another way to know that you have a leak somewhere. If your bill is suddenly much higher without an obvious explanation, start inspecting areas of your home for wet spots, a damp smell, or sounds of running water.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always here to help you with any issues related to water damage in your Hermitage home or business. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties, and we are mold remediation experts, too. You can contact us any time online or by phone at (615) 488-3774 for help with disasters of all sizes. We will be onsite right away to start your recovery process!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Fire Damage Restoration Services Does SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Provide?

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

The damages that come with a fire are devastating, and you can never truly prepare for everything that it might entail. In addition to the fire damage, the smoke damage, and the soot damage, your Hermitage/Donelson home may also suffer from water damage and mold growth due to the firefighting efforts. 

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson, we understand this type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson is uniquely positioned to handle all of the types of damage your property might fall victim to. You will most likely experience stress, confusion, and a feeling of vulnerability. SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson will treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with the utmost care.

How Does SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Handle Damages After A Fire?

This is what our fire damage process looks like:

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact. The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 
  • Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment. We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 
  • Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service. Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 
  • Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present). The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 
  • Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces. We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 
  • Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire. We use various cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
  • Step 7: Restoration. Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Why Is SERVPRO The Fire Damage Restoration Company To Call For Help With My Nashville Home?

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our team is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

In addition to fire damage, the team at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson handles many other types of disasters, both large and small, including water damage, odor removal, and much more! Call us today at (615) 499-3774!

This franchise is locally owned and operated.

How Can I Protect My Nashville Yard From Storm Damage?

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

You can expect storms to happen in Nashville in the winter months, and they can cause a lot of damage. You’ll want to be ready for whatever may come so that your property and belongings will be safe. Today we’re going to talk about a few ways you can prepare your home and surrounding property for storm damage:

What Are Some Important Steps I Should Take To Prepare My Property For A Storm? 

You may not think about your yard when it comes to storm damage, but it can actually be the area that is most affected when bad weather blows through. Here are some points to consider:

  • Landscaping. This is probably one of the most potentially dangerous parts of your yard when it comes to storms. Large trees that come down unexpectedly and branches that break off and are thrown in the wind can wreak havoc. Your windows, vehicles, and even your loved ones can be hurt by this kind of activity. Make sure the trees in your yard are properly cared for and trimmed back in anticipation of heavy weather. If a tree looks unhealthy, have it removed before it hurts someone. 
  • Trash. Larger items to be disposed of by the city should be in an area where they can do the least damage if winds pick them up. When these items are being piled up for disposal, place heavier items on top of lighter ones to lessen the chance that they get carried off. 
  • Lawn furniture. Designate a secure place to store your lawn furniture and umbrellas if bad weather is coming. A lawn chair can easily become a danger if it is carried about by high winds. 
  • Roofing. Inspect your roofing, rain spouts, and rain gutters before heavy weather hits to make sure everything is in good shape. High winds will tear off anything that is not secure and can lead to large leaks and long-term issues. 
  • Sheds. If you have a free-standing shed in your yard, give it a good once-over to ensure that it can withstand bad weather. If it is not secure, it could actually be blown across your yard or into your neighbor’s.
  • Tools. Remove yard work equipment, such as shovels, rakes, and hand tools, and place it in a secure spot ahead of bad weather. 

How Can SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Help Me Manage Storm Damage To My Nashville Home?

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is equipped to handle storm events at a moments notice. 

Our personnel are highly trained and have all of the necessary certifications to assist in a storm event. We have total confidence in each of our team members and their ability to get the job done right the first time. We're here to make it look "Like it never even happened."

  • We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. When a storm hits your Nashville home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. Learn More
  • We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists. As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn More
  • We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters. We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country. Learn More

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help you get prepared for storms and other events. If you obtain damage from flooding, storms, or fire, we have all the expertise necessary to get things back to normal. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How Do I Remove Odors After Smoke Damage To My Home?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Due to the heat, soot, and smoke of a fire, everything in your home or business will be affected. You’ll need the assistance of professionals who have the expertise and equipment that is needed to get your Nashville home or business back to normal as soon as possible.

You won’t want to enter your home or business until all the smoke is cleared from your premises, since it won’t be healthy to breathe the accompanying fumes from burned materials; hiring a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson right away will ensure that your property is completely free from the after-effects of the fire as soon as possible. We can also remove those unpleasant lingering odors, and that is important for both home and business owners, too. 

What Is The First Step In Managing The Unpleasant Odors That Come From Smoke Damage?

  • The first and most important step in smoke odor removal is to remove all sources of the odor. This will include removing items that have been burned, such as cabinets, furniture, drywall, and anything that is non-salvageable. The items can then be either discarded or restored, depending on their condition. 
  • Professional technicians will then clean the salvageable items with the appropriate products. They pressure wash, scrub, and disinfect exterior surfaces like walls, windows, and decks, while interior walls and hard surfaces can be cleaned with mild soap and then rinsed thoroughly. Professionals will also clean inside cabinets, drawers, and closets, and wash household items, too. Carpets, furniture, and upholstery are usually cleaned off-site. All these steps should be taken right away so that the odors don’t penetrate any materials deeply - this makes them much harder to get rid of later. 
  • Smoke, soot, and odors from a fire will penetrate the duct system and any dust or other particles existing inside the system. Cleaning the ducts early in the odor removal process is therefore essential to prevent the HVAC system from re-contaminating areas that have been cleaned. Professionals should be the ones tasked with cleaning the ductwork, as it involves specialized equipment and procedures that are only available to them. 

Why Should SERVPRO Be My First Choice When It Comes To Fire Damage Restoration?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries; our SERVPRO professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality results possible. 

Our SERVPRO team is highly trained in all aspects of restoration, from odor removal to biohazards and everything in between! From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are experts in handling the after-effects of a  fire or water damage, and we can help with mold remediation, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Keep My Business Clean With SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office over time. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can call SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson for prompt service! Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

What Types Of Commercial Cleaning Services Does SERVPRO Offer? 

SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get you back in business right away. Our cleaning services include the following:

Why Should I Choose SERVPRO As My Commercial Cleaning Company? 

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

We are also faster to disasters of any size. In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is proud to serve the Nashville business community with all of our restoration and cleaning services. In addition to commercial cleaning, we offer commercial water restoration, commercial mold remediation, disaster recovery, and more! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Clean My Hermitage/Donelson Property After Water Damage?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can come in many different forms, and each one can be equally damaging. Whether your water damage is caused by recent storm damage, a burst pipe, fire fighting efforts, or from any other sources, the results will be the same: extreme damage to property that can disrupt your daily life.

Mold will often follow a water damage event if not handled immediately, so it’s essential to know how to clean your property afterward. You may want to rely on a professional water damage restoration company to help you get your premises cleaned up after a flood or other type of water damage.

What Are Some Important Steps To Take When Cleaning My Hermitage/Donelson Property After Water Damage?

Here are some things you can do while you wait for your professional water damage restoration company to arrive:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What Does The SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Process Look Like?

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning content using several techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are water damage restoration specialists, and we have the equipment and know-how to help restore your Nashville home or business to its original state. Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, our team of technicians can quickly extract the water from your property and begin the drying process, all while dealing with any mold growth that has occurred. In addition to water damage, we handle many other cleanup projects, such as mold remediation, ceilings, floors, walls, air ducts and HVAC, and much more. Call us at (615) 885 3906 for more information.

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Get My Commercial Hotel Carpets Cleaned?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Any commercial endeavor will see a lot of foot traffic, and your flooring will get dirty and damaged over time. As a hotel owner, you know it’s essential to keep your carpeting looking good at all times so that your location makes the best impression possible. Cleaning the carpets of a commercial hotel is a big job, so you need to find an experienced professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson to service your location. 

Why Is SERVPRO A Good Choice For My Carpet Cleaning Project? 

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets.

We offer a range of specialized carpet cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

How Often Should I Have My Hotel Carpets Cleaned?

The number of times you’ll need professional cleaning throughout the year depends on 

  • soil build-up 
  • traffic 
  • type and color of carpeting 

A good rule of thumb would be to have your carpets cleaned professionally every 12 months before they become saturated with soil. If you wait until your carpets look filthy, they may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty, you only see the soil at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson gets your carpet cleaning job done right. Our cleaning methods are backed by state-of-the-art equipment and over 40 years of experience, and our professionals are trained to the highest standards. We also handle cleaning projects such as ceilings, walls, and floors, sewage cleanup, and much more. Call us today at (615) 885-3906! 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are Some Winter Storm Damage Tips For My Hermitage/Donelson Property?

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Here in Middle Tennessee, we’re heading into winter storm season, and as a savvy homeowner, you know it’s best to be prepared ahead of time. Power losses, debris, and standing water can create challenges during stormy weather. We will talk about ways to prevent damage and handle any damage you may experience.

What Are Some Important Safety Measures I Can Take For My Hermitage/Donelson Home Or Business?

Safety is, of course, the most critical consideration of all. Whether you’re thinking of your loved ones or your workforce, you can take steps to ensure no one gets hurt by damages from a winter storm.

  • There may be much debris after a storm comes through that will need to be cleaned up. If you are using machinery for the cleanup, make sure never to operate machinery while on your own. Wear protective eye- and headgear while operating machines (such as chainsaws and chippers, for example). Take note of anyone in the vicinity and be aware of your surroundings while operating such machinery and tools. Schedule professional assistance if you have even the slightest uncertainty about clearing storm damage.
  • If you have experienced flooding and there is standing water at your Hermitage/Donelson property, keep people clear of this area. Electricity in that part of the home should be shut off safely, but never walk through standing water when electricity is engaged. It will be vital to get any standing water removed as soon as possible to avoid contamination and mold. Professional cleanup companies can be onsite right away to handle damage after storms. 
  • If you have tree damage to your home or property, always make sure there are no power lines down nearby before you start any cleanup. If there are, wait until utility crews can remove them before beginning your cleanup.
  • You should have the overall structure of your home professionally assessed if you have experienced storm damage. These professionals will check power sources, whether the home is leaning, exposed wiring, and other unsafe conditions. 
  • If your property has sustained substantial damage, be sure to leave things as they are before your insurance company does their inspection if at all possible. Your policy may state that repairs need to be done by professionals and may not cover anything you do yourself. If you’re not sure what you can or cannot do, employ a professional who can do an inspection and give you an estimate for any repairs. 

How Can SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Help Me Get Back To Normal After A Winter Storm?

SERVPRO specializes in storm damage recovery, and we are equipped to handle these events at a moment’s notice. 

  • Our personnel have been trained and have all the necessary training to assist in a storm event. 
  • Every crew member has experienced a storm event in the past, so our team knows what to do. 
  • Our warehouse is well-stocked with equipment that can meet all your needs. 

Cleaning up after a significant weather event can be challenging. Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we manage all kinds of damage to your home or business so you can get back to normal as soon as possible. We also handle storm damage, fire and smoke damage, water damage, and mold remediation/prevention.

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do You Clean Smoke Damage In Your Kitchen?

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

The smoke damage caused by a kitchen fire can be challenging to deal with and very hard to get rid of. In the event of an oven or stove fire in your Nashville kitchen, you may have a mess that requires the help of professionals. A professional restoration company will know how to deal with the residue and odor left behind. 

The acidity of smoke and soot can make them complex materials to remove. Such substances contain harmful particles to breathe, so it will be essential to clean the smoke damage entirely out of your kitchen as soon as possible. 

Are There Steps I Can Take To Alleviate Smoke Damage In My Kitchen? 

There are some steps you can take yourself to help manage some of the damage, such as: 

  • You can alleviate smoke damage using items you probably have in your home, like rubbing alcohol, vinegar, degreaser, and hot water. Using a dry-cleaning sponge is also a good idea, although you may not have one of those handy. 
  • Open all the windows, no matter what the temperature may be - ventilation is essential. Use fans, if necessary, to get air moving, and turn off your HVAC system to prevent the spread of the smoke and soot and their harmful particles. 
  • Wear personal protection equipment, such as long pants and long sleeves. Gloves and eye protection are essential, as well, since you will be freeing soot as you clean. Lay down floor protection and remove furniture that is not damaged. You may be able to cover items with plastic if the area affected is small, but if the whole kitchen has been affected, it may be easier to remove everything and seal off areas that are not damaged. If the damage is too severe for you to handle, be sure to contact a licensed restoration professional like SERVPRO. 
  • Remove loose soot particles with your vacuum, using attachments. If you have a shop-vac, that is best. 
  • Next, using that dry-cleaning sponge, wipe up soot and smoke stains. These sponges have special chemicals in them to lift stains, so they are perfect for the job. Never use water or cleaners before you use this sponge, or soot will be spread all over and be impossible to remove. As the sponge gets discolored, you can slice the used parts off with a knife to get a fresh start, but make sure you aren’t using a dirty sponge - that will be counterproductive. 
  • You can now use a clean rag and any cleaning agents you have on hand. Soak your rag in the preferred cleaner and wipe all the walls throughout your kitchen, whether you see soot or smoke damage or not. Wipe light bulbs, too. After this, you should use soapy water to wipe down everything. Refresh your water throughout the process. Once you’ve finished, you will want to wash everything down with clean water, to be sure. 
  • After your kitchen is clean, you will want to dry all the surfaces, and run fans, too. 

What Can SERVPRO Do To Help Me With Smoke Damage In My Nashville Home?

Smoke damage removal is such an intensive job that you may find it necessary to call a professional for help. As fire and water restoration specialists, the SERVPRO team has the training, experience, and specialized equipment required to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property to pre-fire condition.

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we have the expertise and equipment necessary to help you recover your kitchen from smoke damages. Don’t hesitate to contact us in an emergency; we will be there right away! In addition to fire damage, we handle water damage, odor removal and deodorization, and more.

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Assist You With Winter Storm Damage?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Middle Tennessee's winter storms can bring severe weather; heavy snowstorms aren't uncommon, and ice is also a concern. These weather conditions can cause damage to your home or business, and you may decide you need the help of a professional restoration company to get you back to normal. SERVPRO can be onsite right away to get your winter storm recovery process started!

What Can SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Do To Help Me Manage Winter Storm Damage?

We are proud to serve Nashville home and business owners in fulfilling all your restoration and recovery needs. With over 1,700 franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson for Storm Damage Restoration.

When your business operations are interrupted by storm damage, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson provides emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. We have the training, equipment, and resources to handle any size disaster.

What Are Some Tips To Help Me Handle Weather-related Damage To My Hermitage/Donelson Home or Business?

  • Trim all bushes and trees, and be sure to remove dead trees, tall bushes, and broken branches from around your home. These can fall and cause injury and damage to the windows or the roof of your house during extreme weather involving wind, ice, or heavy snow accumulation. 
  • Melting snow and heavy rain need to be able to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing. Dirt and debris left in your gutters will force the water to pool and back up into your walls and attic and possibly even cause structural issues. Such damp conditions in unreachable interior spaces can lead to mold growth, causing a need for mold removal in addition to any storm damage. A rain gutter full of debris and water will be heavy, and it can tear away from the building, creating another set of issues. 
  • To prevent future fires, have your chimney and all heating equipment inspected and cleaned before winter and then again when winter is over. Your HVAC system also needs to be checked, and all ducts clear and ready for use, replacing filters and older parts, as well. If you are using space heaters, make sure they are in good shape and that everyone in the house knows the proper way to use them. They should never be left on if there is no one in the room. 

Our SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team is ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you handle disasters of any kind. Middle Tennessee winter weather can be unpredictable, but you can rely on us to get you back to normal!

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Should You Know About Entering Your Nashville Home After A Flood?

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

When returning to your Hermitage/Donelson home after it’s been flooded, you need to be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage. Taking precautions before you check out the damage will keep you safe. Don’t forget that you can engage the services of a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to help you here. 

What Are Some Steps You Should Do First When Going Into Your Hermitage/Donelson Home After Flooding? 

Any assessment should be done during daylight hours if at all possible. If you must go in while it’s dark, make sure any lighting you carry does not need to be plugged in. 

  • The main power needs to be turned off first. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, call an electrician to turn it off. Never turn the power on or off or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water. An electrician needs to check the house’s electrical system before turning the power on again.
  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows, and leave your house immediately. Notify the gas company or the police or fire departments, or State Fire Marshal’s office. Turning on the lights could cause a spark. Stay away until you know it is safe to return.
  • If your home has been flooded and closed up for several days, assume your home has mold. Your home also may be contaminated with sewage after a flooding event.

What Are Some Ways You Can Prevent Unsafe Conditions In Your Home After A Flood?

  • Throw away food that may have come in contact with floodwater, perishable foods that have not been refrigerated properly due to power outages, and any foodstuffs with an unusual odor, color, or texture. Unsafe food can make you sick even if it looks, smells, and tastes normal. When in doubt, throw it out. 
  • Do not use water you suspect is contaminated to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula. Safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene will be bottled, boiled, or treated.
  • If flood or stormwater has entered your home, dry it out as soon as possible to prevent a mold colony from getting started. Follow these steps:
    • If you have electricity and an electrician has determined that it’s safe to turn it on, use a “wet-dry” shop vacuum, an electric-powered water transfer pump, or a sump pump to remove the standing water. If you are operating equipment in wet areas, be sure to wear rubber boots.
    • If weather permits, open windows and doors of the house to aid in the drying-out process.
    • Use fans and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture. Place fans at a window or door to blow the air outwards rather than inward, so mold spores are not spread inside.

When the worst happens, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help. We are highly trained and well equipped to handle water damage, mold remediation, odor removal, and much more. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Why Is SERVPRO The Right Fit For You?

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SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week—including all holidays. Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours, and neither do we. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night!

What Makes SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Stand Out From Other Restoration Companies?

SERVPRO has such a stellar reputation in the restoration community because our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured that our team is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

What Technology Does SERVPRO Use To Help Me Get Back To Normal After A Disaster?

The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson Professionals to quickly, reliably, and more effectively restore a property to preloss condition.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of applicable standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and thoroughly.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment. Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property's moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us see the water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • We may use an infrared camera to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.

Water Extraction Equipment. Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps perform continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from your home or business' ceiling, walls, and floors. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization. Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use will remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Antimicrobial Treatments. The use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents are sometimes needed to clean and remove odors and contaminants on your property.

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson handles cleanup projects large and small, whether you have experienced fire damage, water damage, mold infestation, unpleasant odors, or other various types of emergencies. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Steps Should I Take After A Storm Has Damaged My Home?

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

In a storm damage restoration situation, immediate action is vital. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson can quickly get to any size of emergency. Rapid response helps to minimize the damage to your home and the cleaning and restoration costs.

When a storm has damaged your home, call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO!

What Should I Do If I Have Experience Flooding After A Storm? 

What To Do After Flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

What Storm Damage Restoration Services Does SERVPRO Offer?

SERVPRO handles all the different types of restoration you may need. Here are two essential services: 

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our commitment to "restore" versus "replace" can help you save money and preserve your irreplaceable keepsakes. We pretest your contents to determine which items can be brought back to their original condition. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean. 
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can't withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface while being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

We will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs when your restoration is complete. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

You can learn more about our storm damage restoration services by visiting our website. We handle emergencies and disasters of all types and sizes, such as mold remediation, odor removal/remediation, and more. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How Is SERVPRO Prepared To Fight Fire Damage?

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is a trusted leader in the fire restoration industry. Our highly trained technicians are standing ready to provide you with 24-hour emergency service. When fire damage or water damage affects your Middle Tennessee home or business, you can count on us to respond quickly. 

No matter what size fire you experience, your belongings and structure will be compromised and damaged by the event. SERVPRO can manage the unhealthy odors and air quality from the smoke and burned materials, and we focus on renovating and recovering your premises, too.

What Does The SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Fire Restoration Process Involve?

Every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact. The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event. This will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 
  • Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment. We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 
  • Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service. Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 
  • Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present). The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 
  • Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces. We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 
  • Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
  • Step 7: Restoration. Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. Or, it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson handles cleanup projects large and small, whether you have experienced fire damage, water damage, mold infestation, unpleasant odors, or other various types of emergencies. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Is the SERVPRO Fire Restoration Process For Your Hermitage/Donelson Commercial Property?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Your Donelson commercial business is a vital part of the community, and many people depend on your products or services. A fire in your business affects more than just you and your organization; it can harm the surrounding community, too. If your business experiences a disaster, such as a fire, it's critical that you get your organization back up and running as soon as possible. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO have all the necessary equipment and skills to get the job done!

What Does The Fire Damage Restoration Process At SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Involve?

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us at (615) 885-3906. Our representative will ask you questions regarding the fire damage event, and the answers will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. Our team will remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment, as well. 

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in your home or business. 

What Other Commercial Restoration Services Does SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Offer? 

In addition to fire restoration, we are experts in:

We’re here for you when the worst happens, and we’re proud to serve the Hermitage/Donelson community.

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Are Water Damage Categories?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage to your Hermitage home or business can be the result of many different situations. Storms, burst pipes, fire fighting efforts, or any other number of sources could cause this. There are different classifications of water damage. Some water damage scenarios are small and manageable, while others can be disastrous! Our SERVPRO team is well-equipped to handle water damage events of all classifications. We can be onsite right away to start your water damage restoration process. 

What Are The Elements Of Each Water Damage Category? 

The 4 Primary Classifications of Water Damage:

  • Class 1 involves the least amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. It affects only part of the material that has absorbed minimal moisture. Little or no wet carpet or cushion is present.
  • Class 2 involves a more significant amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad). Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches. There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.
  • Class 3 involves much more significant amounts of water, absorption, and evaporation. This includes saturated ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion, and subfloor.
  • Class 4 relates to specialty drying. For example, situations involving wet materials with very low permeance/porosity. This includes hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, lightweight concrete, and stone. Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity. These types of losses may need longer drying times and unique methods. 

What Does The SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Water Damage Restoration Process Involve?

  • EMERGENCY CONTACT. Our representative will guide you through the crisis. We will gather information from you to help us determine which equipment and resources are necessary. 
  • INSPECTION AND WATER DAMAGE ASSESSMENT. At this stage, SERVPRO determines the scope of the water damage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of the damage and how far the moisture has traveled so that we can take the appropriate steps to complete your restoration.
  • WATER REMOVAL/WATER EXTRACTION. This begins immediately to remove the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly. This helps to prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
  • DEHUMIDIFICATION AND DRYING. We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is more difficult to access. Our professionals use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
  • CLEANING AND SANITIZING. We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We specialize in cleaning and use various professional techniques. Our technicians are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
  • RESTORATION. This is the process of restoring your home or business to its original condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help you with disasters and accidents of all kinds. In addition to water damage, we also handle mold remediation, odor removal, and much more!

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Is The Appropriate Protective Gear For Mold Mitigation?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Mold can be potentially hazardous to your health when working in a water-damaged building. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Services, mold thrives in moist conditions with low light levels.

The primary function of personal protective equipment is to limit mold exposure. Actions likely to stir up mold include:

  • Breaking moldy porous materials such as wallboard
  • Using invasive procedures to examine or remediate mold growth in wall cavities
  • Stripping or peeling wallpaper to remove it
  • Using fans to dry items

It's crucial to use the correct personal protective equipment while cleaning up a mold infestation.

What Is The Correct PPE To Use During Mold Mitigation? 

Here are the OSHA recommendations for PPE: 

  • Use non-vented goggles, long and chemical-resistant gloves for surface cleaning, and disposable protective clothing such as coveralls.
  • Use charcoal-impregnated filters to control odors.
  • For areas smaller than 100 square feet, use at minimum a NIOSH-approved half- or full-face 95-rated N, R, or P respirator.
  • For areas greater than 100 square feet, where mold coverage is heavy, or that generate substantial amounts of dust by cleaning or debris removal, use at minimum a NIOSH-approved half- or full-face 100-rated N, R, or P respirator.
  • Disposable clothing is recommended for medium and large remediation projects. It prevents the transfer and spread of mold to clothing and eliminates skin contact with mold. When limited protection is warranted, disposable paper coveralls can be used.

What Can I Do If A Mold Infestation Is Too Serious For Me To Handle Myself? 

A professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO will be able to handle a dangerous mold infestation. We maintain the specialized training and equipment required to mitigate a mold issue of any size. Every mold infestation is different and each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. Our professional mold remediation process steps are:

  1. Emergency Contact - (615) 885-3906
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

You can learn the details of our professional mold remediation process here. In addition to mold remediation, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson also handles commercial mold remediation, biohazards, and much more. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well.

This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What are the Differences Between Commercial Cleaning and Commercial Restoration?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

When your business operations are interrupted by fire or water damage, you need professional help to get your property back to normal. Every hour spent cleaning up or repairing is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson provides professional cleaning and emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. We have the training, equipment, and resources to handle any disaster and get the job done right.

You may have experienced damage to your commercial property and need more information to decide whether commercial cleaning or commercial restoration would be right for you. Below we describe each of these SERVPRO services so you can decide. 

How Does SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Handle Commercial Cleaning? 

We know you don’t have time to worry about the everyday wear and tear that gradually soils your office. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO to make your workspace look its best.

SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

How Does SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Handle Commercial Restoration? 

SERVPRO of Hermitage / Donelson responds quickly to your Nashville fire, water, or mold damage emergency 24 hours a day. Whether the emergency occurs in a small business building or a big box store, our highly-trained team can be on-site right away to assess the damage and get started on the recovery. Our national network of 1,700 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency. Learn more about our commercial restoration services here:

SERVPRO is standing ready to help you with any damage situation in your commercial property. We can get your business or your personal property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Are The Do's and Don'ts When Handling Fire and Smoke Damage?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire is a devastating experience for both home and business owners; it is difficult to overcome and repair and can be risky for you to handle when unsure how to handle the damage left behind. There are simple things you can do on your own, however.

  • Cleaning smoke and fire damage involves some health and safety precautions, so before getting started, call the fire marshal to know whether it is safe to enter your home.
  • Be sure to open doors and windows whenever possible to allow air to circulate when performing a fire and smoke cleaning project. Toxic fumes and chemical compounds from burnt objects can be very harmful. Wear proper gear and clothing, including gloves and masks. 
  • You can get some more tips on what you can do to recover from fire and smoke damage HERE

Do's For Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration

Your checklist for what to do after the fire should contain specific non-negotiable tasks, including:

  • DO contact a certified restoration specialist: Make sure you immediately schedule an accredited fire and smoke restoration professional for remediation services.
  • DO turn off utilities: Turn off water, electricity, gas, and any other utilities until a professional can evaluate whether these were affected.
  • DO vacuum: You can enhance the professional's chances of success by doing the first pass on your own. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment and go over your upholstered furniture. 
  • DO address your carpets, floors, and countertops: Vacuum carpets to help prevent soot from grinding deeper into the textile. Countertops and hardwood floors should be wiped clean to prevent the soot from staining and clinging to the surfaces.
  • DO check your appliances: Your utilities should be off. Be sure to empty your freezer and refrigerator and leave the doors open to prevent mold and mildew. Likewise, winterize your plumbing and drain your hot-water heater and boiler. During the fire damage restoration process, fluids can freeze and cause burst pipes and other damage in the absence of heat.
  • DO take care of pets: Remove pets from your fire-damaged home. Lingering soot and smoke can be harmful to them.

Don'ts For Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration 

Your checklist should also include several things to avoid at all times, as well, including:

  • DON'T use your AC, heater, or electronics: Wait until a professional arrives on the scene — same with electronics like the television, computers, and DVD players. Turning on electronics can create more significant damage.
  • DON'T clean walls or clothing: Do not clean walls, ceilings, or similar surfaces, and wait to clean your clothing and similar garments. A professional should examine them first and provide advice.
  • DON'T eat leftover food: Never eat anything that was in the home during the fire. Due to smoke, soot, or contaminants introduced to the environment, food left behind is probably not safe to consume. 
  • DON'T wipe away powder from extinguishers: Forgo trying to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher. It is best to let professionals guide the cleanup of these areas.

When in doubt, wait for the professionals. Upholstery, carpets, and counters are fine to begin cleaning yourself, but let your professional fire restoration company manage the rest. Remember, never re-enter a home until cleared by the fire department or other local officials.

Whenever you experience a disaster of any kind, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help!. In addition to fire damage and smoke damage, we also handle mold remediation, odor removal, and more.

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How Do I Prepare My Hermitage/Donelson Property For A Storm?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we always advise homeowners and business owners to prepare their properties for the coming winter storm season. It’s wise to be proactive. Extreme weather can lead to power outages, communications disruption, and personal and business property damage. It is not uncommon for snow and ice to occur in our area, and floods are not unusual, either. It’s essential to be prepared for many different severe weather situations during winter here in Middle Tennessee. 

What Are Some Important Tips To Help Me Prepare My Hermitage/Donelson Property For Bad Weather?

  • Windows and doors need to be inspected and appropriately sealed or replaced before storms, and other winter weather conditions occur. You will save on related energy costs and enjoy more excellent safety if you replace old windows and doors with newer, more efficient models. 
  • Before storm season comes to the Hermitage/Donelson area, make sure all dead or unhealthy trees and bushes are trimmed back or removed from your yard. Prune branches that are not stable, and clean up debris that may be cluttering up your premises. Hazardous trees, tree branches, and loose debris can cause significant damage to your property during high winds and ice storms.  
  • When rain falls, or snow melts, the water needs to be able to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing. If there is dirt and debris left in your gutters from last spring, the water will pool and begin to back up, possibly damaging the interior walls of your building. Damp within the walls can even lead to mold growth, causing a need for mold remediation in addition to managing the storm damage. A rain gutter full of dirt can also become heavy and pull away from the building, creating another set of issues. 



How Can SERVPRO Help Me Get My Hermitage/Donelson Property Ready For The Winter Storm Season?

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donselson cares about your safety and wellbeing, and keeping your property in good condition is part of that. We can come and assess your property’s’storm-readiness ahead of seasonal bad weather and make recommendations to help you keep your home or business damage-free. If repairs and cleanup projects are needed, we can handle everything that is required. 

If you need help after an extreme weather event, call us. We manage:

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Can SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Dry My Documents?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

We often store vital information in a digital format today, where they are quickly recovered in the event of a disaster. What about documents that haven’t yet been digitized? If these become water-damaged, you are likely to lose them. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson employs a drying process that can recover your damaged paper goods; we use the same technique that the Library of Congress uses to dry water-damaged books!

What Is The Process SERVPRO Uses To Recover My Damaged Paper Goods?

Freezing Your Documents

  • SERVPRO uses vacuum freeze-drying to achieve sublimation, a process where the moisture in an object is frozen and dried by being converted directly into gas using various vacuums and pressures. This process avoids additional damage that water would create. Our priority will be to freeze and stabilize the damaged documents. The documents are stored in a frozen state until they can be appropriately shipped to SERVPRO’s corporate headquarters. We work closely with corporate to make sure everything possible is done to preserve your paper assets.

Undergoing the Drying Process

  • Once your documents arrive at SERVPRO’s headquarters, they are transferred to our state-of-the-art Drying Chamber Facility. The HIPAA Master-certified staff will carefully move the items to the chamber where they undergo the above-mentioned process. The building is secured and monitored 24/7, so you can rest assured your items are safe. Drying time is typically 7 to 10 days, depending on the amount of moisture and backlog involved. Staff is available around the clock to offer updates and answer questions.

Are There Other SERVPRO Services Besides Drying That I Can Request?

Beyond Document Restoration

SERVPRO offers more than just a top-of-the-line drying process. In addition to drying the water-damaged documents, the Document Restoration Team provides the following services upon request:

  • Scanning and digitizing documents
  • Gamma irradiation (cleans contaminated records)
  • Certified destruction of sensitive materials
  • Deodorization
  • Trimming after fire damage
  • Refile jacketing

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is committed to helping you recover from disasters of all types and sizes. In addition to document recovery, we handle commercial restoration, many different cleaning services, and more. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too!

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated. 



Does SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Have The Right Tools To Help?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

No matter what challenges you may be facing, SERVPRO has all of the right tools and equipment to get you back to normal as quickly as possible. We have what it takes to manage damage from both fire and flooding, the after-effects of an accident, or the issues accompanying a biohazard. 

What Specialized Tools Are Used By SERVPRO?

For example, here are just a few examples of the specialized equipment we use to remediate water damage.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment. 

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us see the water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera is used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.

Water Extraction Equipment. 

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • We use submersible and gas-powered pumps for the continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment. 

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from your home or business’s ceilings, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization.

Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. Our machines remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Antimicrobial Treatments.

An OSHA-approved cleaning agent may be required to clean and remove odors and contaminants on your property.

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

What Makes SERVPRO Different?

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our team is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

For more information, visit us at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson. You can find out more about all the different ways we can help you prevent and manage other types of disasters, such as fire damage, and biohazards,

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too.

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated. 

How Can SERVPRO Help During Flash Flood Warnings In Hermitage/Donelson?

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

According to Weather.gov, many things can cause flash floods, but in most cases, they are due to heavy rainfall from thunderstorms. The intensity of the rain, the location and distribution of the precipitation, land use and topography, vegetation types and growth/density, soil type, and the water content of the soil itself all determine just how quickly the flash flooding may occur.

Where/When Are Flash Floods Most Likely To Occur In Hermitage/Donelson?

Flash floods most likely to occur:

  • When a dam or levee breaks
  • When significant amounts of water are released upstream (such as what happened during the Nashville Flood of 2005)
  • During mudslides (debris flow)
  • When there is heavy rainfall in a metropolitan area, the impervious surfaces in urban areas do not allow water to infiltrate the ground, so water runs off to low spots quickly.

How Can SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Help After A Flood?

Our highly-trained team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson can be onsite right away to help you deal with the aftermath of flooding. We will

  • Assess your property for safety hazards and remediate any issues
  • Identify damage that could be serious, such as structural issues or contaminated water
  • Help document all damage for your records
  • Safely remove moisture and dry the area
  • Work with your insurance representative to ensure coverage is not affected
  • Create a plan for remediation of property, including those items that require specialized care
  • Complete all restoration and construction needed in a timely and professional manner to get you back to normal as soon as possible

For more information on the many ways SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is committed to assisting our friends and neighbors in the Nashville area when the worst happens, visit our website. In addition to managing storm damage, specialized cleaning services, and more!

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

This franchise is Independently Owned and Operated. 

Can A Fire Ruin The Foundation Of My Nashville Home?

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

The core materials of concrete used to construct the foundation of a home, such as cement and aggregates, combine to form an inert material, so the foundation of your Nashville home will not burn. Concrete cannot be set on fire like other building materials. Its slow rate of heat transfer also means that the concrete of your home foundation will act as an effective fire barrier. 

However, fire CAN damage your foundation. 

WHAT ARE THE WAYS FIRE CAN HARM THE FOUNDATION OF MY NASHVILLE HOUSE? 

When a fire exposes foundation concrete to high heat:

  • Extensive damage can occur due to the temperature shock to the material. Concrete expands as it’s heated, so if extreme heat is applied, the outer layers expand more quickly than the inner layers. The layers will separate from each other, eventually breaking away.
  • When hose streams or automatic sprinkler systems douse a fire, the hot concrete cools suddenly, and the outer layer may shrink at a different rate and break away.
  • When extreme heat penetrates concrete enough to weaken the steel reinforcement components within the concrete, the structural integrity of the entire structure could be negatively affected.

HOW CAN I PREVENT FIRE DAMAGE TO THE FOUNDATION OF MY NASHVILLE HOME?

Practicing fire safety will protect your Nashville house from fire damage, keeping everyone safe. Some critical fire safety tips for homeowners to follow are:

  • Maintain fire alarms properly
  • Use caution with open flames
  • Cook safely, using proper kitchen tools
  • Establish a fire escape route 
  • Heat your home safely
  • Use electricity in a safe manner
  • Protect yourself first in case of fire

The SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team of experienced technicians can be onsite right away to help you recover from fire damage. We are experts in managing the recovery of homes, businesses, personal belongings, and any other items that have been affected by a fire. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What Is A Proper Commercial Fire Sprinkler System For My Nashville Business

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

There is a lot to consider when you are in the process of deciding which commercial fire sprinkler system is best for your Nashville business location. Of course, the type of business you have will be a primary factor in determining the proper fit. Keeping both your operation and your employees safe is vital, of course, since a fire can be debilitating, dangerous, and costly. 

WHAT FACTORS SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM FOR MY NASHVILLE ORGANIZATION? 

There are various sprinkler system types on the market, and the options available vary depending on the environment that the system will be covering. You will want to think about:

  • the size of your building(s)
  • the cost of the system itself
  • building restrictions and fire codes
  • the type of operation you run and its specific fire hazards
  • your protection preferences as the owner

WHAT TYPES OF COMMERCIAL FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS ARE THERE TO CHOOSE FROM FOR MY NASHVILLE BUSINESS? 

  • WET SYSTEMS:
    • Attach to a piping system that constantly fills 
    • Will automatically dispenses water when a fire is detected
    • Designed for environments that maintain a consistent temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Not ideal for protecting sensitive equipment 
    • Most recommended commercial fire sprinkler system
  • DRY SYSTEMS:
    • Filled with pressurized nitrogen or air rather than water 
    • Release air that permits the water pressure to open the dry pipe valve, causing the water to flow into the piping system and out of the sprinkler heads 
    • Designed for areas where freezing temperatures (below 40 degrees Fahrenheit) can be expected 
    • Most commonly installed in attics, loading docks, commercial freezers, etc. 
  • PRE-ACTION SYSTEMS:
    • Contain an electronically-operated valve that controls the water that goes into the piping system 
    • Similar to a dry system, except the sprinklers are closed  
    • Will not release water until heat activates the operating element in each sprinkler
    • Typically seen in facilities that house high-value equipment, such as hospitals, computer rooms, art museums, etc. 
  • DELUGE SYSTEMS:
    • Installed in the same areas as sprinklers but only opened by the operation of a detection system 
    • First ensures the valve is opened, and water is then released in all attached sprinklers 
    • Most commonly used where large quantities of water are required to control a fire quickly
    • Found in power plants, aircraft hangers, chemical storage, processing facilities, etc. 

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help you get your Nashville commercial business fire safety systems in place. We can evaluate your premises and make recommendations specific to your location. Then, if your business suffers from fire damage, we can be onsite right away to begin the restoration process, saving you both time and money. 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Clean, as well. Ask us how!

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Can My Hose Cause Damage To My House In Hermitage/Donelson

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A damaged hose will not only waste water and make outdoor chores more troublesome, but it can cause water damage to your home, as well. Unfortunately, you will often have no idea that there’s a problem until you find excess water around your foundation near the faucet or when the neighbor complains that you are flooding his or her yard!

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS THAT MY HOSE CAN HARM MY HOME? 

Water damage to your home can occur any time water is allowed to run unchecked, and a faulty garden hose is a common culprit here. Damage could include:

  • erosion around walkways and driveways causing the concrete to crack or surfaces to collapse
  • standing water to pool around foundations which can leak into low-lying parts of the home 
  • soaked ground conditions in your yard could attract insects and wildlife that may move indoors and infest your house
  • wet earth around large trees can cause them to fall, and they could end up on your roof or fencing
  • wet conditions around your foundations can seep into your walls, leaving you with structural issues and possible mold infestations

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY HERMITAGE/DONELSON HOME FROM WATER DAMAGE FROM MY GARDEN HOSE? 

You can take some do-it-yourself Garden Hose Repair: 4 Tips To Repair a Leaking Garden Hose (bobvila.com) to repair your hose if it leaks and creates issues. Here are some helpful hints:

  • Pinholes are often only visible when you turn on your faucet and see small streams of water from punctured parts of the hose. You can use electrical tape to seal these tiny holes since it has the elasticity and weather resistance needed to be effective out-of-doors.  
  • Bigger tears in a hose can happen over time, and these will crack with exposure to extreme heat or cold. A hose mender - a short plastic or metal tube used to replace the damaged section - can be just the perfect fix here. 
  • A leak in your hose coupling is another cause of water damage. If you spot a steady drip coming from the hose coupling when you connect it to a source, the gasket may need to be replaced. 
  • You may notice that the coupling has been bent while you are replacing your gasket, so now is the time to replace that coupling, as well. A bent collar loses the watertight seal between the hose and a spigot, nozzle, or sprinkler, causing a leak.

WHO CAN I TRUST TO REPAIR WATER DAMAGE TO MY HERMITAGE/DONELSON HOME?

A professional restoration company like SERVPRO can be onsite right away to help you recover from all the issues water damage can cause. 

You can expect our water damage restoration process to look like this:

  1. The restoration process begins when you contact us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis by asking you questions that will help us better understand which equipment and resources will best fill your needs.
  2. Next, we determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
  3. The water removal process will then remove the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to clean hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly.
  4. We use specialized equipment to take away the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
  5. We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water once the removal has been completed. We are experts at cleaning content using several different techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
  6. Restoration is the final step in the process of restoring your home to its original condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or significant repairs, such as reconstructing various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson Is here to help you with water damage to your home, no matter the size of the restoration project. If you have experienced water damage and find yourself dealing with mold, remember that we are mold remediation experts, too! 

We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Should I DIY or Call in a Pro?

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

When your home or business experiences a disaster of any kind, even a tiny one, one of the very first things that will enter your mind - once you know people are safe - is, “Oh, dear. What is this going to cost me?” 

If you’re a handy person, you will probably decide to see what you might be able to safely manage yourself, and that’s not always such a bad idea. If you’re NOT handy, however, that thought may still cross your mind, but it may not be the best idea you ever had. 

When It’s a Good Idea To Do It Yourself

It may be a good idea to “DIY” it if:

  • If it is safe for you to repair the damage
  • You are handy, experienced, and physically able to repair the damage
  • If you have the proper materials at hand to complete the job correctly
  • When you can follow all the manufacturer recommendations  
  • If your warranty isn’t affected - be sure to check first!
  • If the damage is not extensive

When You Need To Call In The Professionals

  • If you cannot complete repairs safely
  • If the damage is extensive, there really is no wiser choice than to call professionals to help 
  • If you are not sure that you are physically able to manage the damage, you should not try to do so 
  • In many cases, an item will be under warranty; many warranties explicitly state that you should not attempt to repair the item in question yourself, and if you do so the warranty will become null and void
  • If items have been damaged that require specialized reclamation - such as some textiles, electronics, or paper documents - it’s best to have someone trained and experienced do this job, to make sure that the items will be recovered if at all possible. 

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help all our friends and neighbors if the worst happens. Don’t hesitate to call us for professional assistance if you experience damage from fire, water, mold, vandalism, or biohazards. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well - ask us how! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

What To Do While Waiting For SERVPRO To Arrive

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is committed to being on-site right away if you have experienced a disaster of any kind. Our motto is that we are “Faster to any-sized disaster!” We’re committed to ensuring that you and those you work with and care about are safe, as well as that you experience the least amount of loss possible to your premises, buildings, and belongings. 

Steps To Take While Our SERVPRO Team Is On The Way

While you are waiting for us to arrive on the scene, there are some things you will probably want to do. 

  • You will, of course, have already made sure everyone is safe. If you have had to call an ambulance for an injury, keep the person warm and dry to guard against shock, and provide any first aid, you feel comfortable giving. 
  • Contacting your insurance provider is an excellent next step. Take photos and videos of damage so that you have a record of what has occurred as long as you can do this safely. If your insurance policy is accessible and you have time, go over it to understand what your coverage is and what requirements you may need to fulfill. 
  • If any of the utilities in your home or business have been affected, contact the appropriate utility company so that they can come out and do whatever needs to be done to get your services back online. They will also know what to look for as far as safety issues and equipment failure. 
  • If your business has been affected, you’ll want to take steps to alert your clientele and business partners of what has occurred. If you cannot use your social media to make a statement, you can make some phone calls to the businesses you interact with to stop deliveries, for example. 

SERVPRO Is On The Way

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is a team of professionals that maintain all the up-to-date training and equipment needed to get you back to normal as soon as possible. We manage fire damage, water damage, mold prevention and remediation, damage from vandalism, biohazards, and more. Ask us how we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Tips for Buying the Right Smoke Detector

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors are vital when it comes to keeping your family or workforce safe. They will prevent extensive fire damage by alerting anyone in the building to the occurrence of a fire, allowing fire emergency units to be called right away. The fire evacuation plan can be put into action so that people are kept safe, and it can alert you early enough that minimal damage is done, so you want to make sure you have the proper detectors in place.

How To Choose The Proper Smoke Detector

First, let’s look at the types of smoke detectors on the market: 

  • Photoelectric Detectors – useful for detecting large smoke particles from electrical fires or smoking upholstery
  • Ionization Detectors – useful for detecting small smoke particles from grease or paper fires
  • Dual-Sensor Detectors – have both photoelectric and ionization components
  • Combination Detectors – may include carbon monoxide detectors

You can use the same type of detector throughout your building, or choose to use a combination throughout your location. If your building is large, it is helpful if all of them are wired together so that they will all go on alert at the same time. This will ensure that the alerts are heard, and everyone can escape safely, possibly save important items early, and be able to call for fire fighting personnel and fire damage cleanup professionals from a safe distance away.

The Right Locations To Install Smoke Detectors

  • Centrally Located. Install smoke detectors in a central area on every level of your home or business so that they can be heard easily, no matter where anyone might be. 
  • Attic. If you have an attic, it is advisable to install a device that detects heat rather than smoke, since smoke detectors are not designed to be used in areas that are experiencing extreme temperatures. 
  • Bedrooms. For proper fire safety, you also need a detector outside each sleeping area and inside every bedroom.
  • Outbuildings. Don’t leave the outbuildings out. They may not be used as much, so alerting everyone on the property right away will keep a large conflagration from building and possibly affecting other buildings. 

Having the correct type of detectors in suitable locations can help you keep your home and your family safe. If you need help with any aspects of fire safety in your home or business, the team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help. We can work with you to plan ahead for any disaster. We handle fire damage, water damage, mold remediation, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

How SERVPRO Can Help Your Business Stay Prepared For A Disaster

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Whether you run a small, locally owned business or a large corporate operation, being prepared for any unexpected disastrous event is crucial. You will want to identify the right help so that the problem is resolved as fast as possible. In fact, more than half of all businesses close down completely following a major disaster because they didn’t have a plan or appropriate assistance to manage all the consequences of that disaster.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson can help you here. Our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help you with putting a disaster plan together. All you need to do is provide us with some vital information, then we will go to work right away on putting your profile together. We provide you with important contact information for law enforcement, emergency responders, our offices here at SERVPRO, and other entities which can come to your rescue in the event of a disaster. 

Our ERP will include the following information:

  • Points of Contact for your organization
  • Locations of all water, electric, and gas shutoffs 
  • A comprehensive list of utility service providers 
  • A detailed chain of command so that SERVPRO can be authorized as soon as possible following an emergency

You may want to consult with us to develop precautionary maintenance practices, an emergency evacuation plan, or to identify vulnerabilities in your company and on your premises. Just give us a call and let’s schedule a time to sit down and talk about all the ways we can help your business stay prepared for a disaster of any size or type. We’re happy to help you in any way that we can; we are also prepared to put together an ERP for your residence, too!

We are committed to helping our friends and neighbors stay safe and assisting in recovery from disasters of all sizes. Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, you can call us 24/7 for help with biohazards, water damage, fire damage, mold invasions, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well! This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

There’s nothing worse than water damage for a homeowner. It can often occur with little-to-no warning, leaving the homeowner completely unaware that there is an issue; the damage from this kind of event can be significant. From weakening a structure - such as columns, walls, fencing, steps, etc. - to creating the optimal environment for a mold invasion, a flooding event can lead to serious consequences, no matter how much water is involved.

One of the best ways to protect your home from water damage is to be prepared in advance. Preparation can involve:

MAINTENANCE:

Maintaining the condition of your home is smart, both financially and with regards to safety, so make sure you keep your eye on the areas involving water. Windows and doors need to be kept in good condition, sealed well in advance of wet weather. Also, we all know what will happen if the pipes under your kitchen sink don’t get regular care and burst! 

FLOODING

If you live in an area that is near a river or creek, or if you have drainage ditches on your property, you will want to take the necessary precautions to ensure that rising waters of any kind won’t get near your property. Some of these concerns will need to be handled by city or county authorities, so take a moment to find out who your contact people are, and reach out to them for tips and pointers. 

SPILLS

If you have a spill or accident in your home, such as an overflowing dishwasher, that can be a huge issue when it comes to the clean-up. If the water is not managed properly and quickly, warped floorboards, baseboards, and carpeting can be the result. Take the steps you can to clean up standing water, and then give your friends here at SERVPRO a call!

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson can be onsite to help with any emergency you have experienced right away. We handle fire damage, water damage, mold invasions, biohazards, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Services

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

When a water damage event occurs in your home or business it can happen at any time of the day or night, and that means that the professional water damage restoration company you reach out to will need to be a company that is always available. You’ll be happy to know that SERVPRO offers 24/7 water damage restoration services to our friends and neighbors here in the Hermitage/Donelson area!

Water damage can be due to:

WEATHER

We’re heading into late Spring and early Summer here in Middle Tennessee, and it’s a beautiful time of year. It’s also a season that can be very volatile when it comes to weather, so it’s smart to be ready. 

Heavy rains are known to cause flooding in the area, and sometimes it can be pretty serious. Tornadoes are not uncommon, either, and when one blows through it will bring with it a significant amount of water that ends up in some inconvenient places. No matter the time of day or night, SERVPRO can be onsite to manage the damages right away. 

EQUIPMENT/FIXTURE FAILURE

In any home or business, there are plumbing systems, HVAC systems, and business-related machinery. Any kind of equipment failure in the systems that involve water can cause flooding that leads to damage to your property. It can become an even bigger problem if it occurs overnight or during the weekend! SERVPRO is here to help you 24/7 in the event that you have experienced equipment or fixture failure involving water. 

SPILLS

Spills of all sizes can end up causing damage to your home or business if that spill has not been properly managed as soon as it happens. We’ve all heard stories about the busy parent who started filling the bathtub, got distracted, and remembered that tub when they found the hallway underwater! No matter what type of spill or overflow you may have experienced, always keep in mind that SERVPRO is available any time of the day or night!


The team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is ready to get to our client 24/7 to help with water damage. We also manage damage from fires, vandalism, biohazards, and mold infestations. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Checking Your Home For Storm Damage

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Here in Middle Tennessee, springtime can be pretty wild weather-wise. From heavy rains and high winds to hail, lightning, and tornadoes, you never really know what to expect. Your home can wind up in the path of destruction, too - and even if you experience only minor damage from bad weather, these damages can cause long-term problems that will be costly if left unrepaired.

Assessing the damage right when it happens will allow you to get repairs completed quickly. Even if you think your home suffered little-to-no damage during a storm, it’s important to run through a checklist for problems. 

Here’s a helpful list you can use when checking your home for storm damage:

ROOFING

Tree branches and other debris left on your roof can indicate larger impacts have occurred during the storm. Water may have leaked in through holes created by such events.  

Scan the roof in as much detail as possible; see if any shingles are missing or if they have slipped during the storm. Cracked shingles are another sign of weather damage to your home and could indicate a larger impact from debris. 

INTERIOR/EXTERIOR WALLS 

If you see any clear damp patches either outside or inside your home, that means water has gotten into them. It can take some time for exterior walls to dry out after a storm, so make sure to check them over several days.

A classic sign of storm damage in a wall is a spider-web pattern of cracks that radiate out from a central point. This indicates a serious impact has occurred on the exterior wall that may have affected cavity foam insulation. Smaller signs of damage include chipped paint or plaster, or minor holes in the stucco exterior.

WINDOWS

Small cracks, glass panes that are loose, or even damaged window frames can all lead to much larger problems, and signs of water inside your windows indicate a small leak that could be a problem. Check also for damage caused by flying debris or high winds to your window frames.

FENCING AND OUTBUILDINGS

When you’re checking your property after a storm, look over any outbuildings and fences. Check for signs of water damage, such as dampness or water pooling, as well as any indications of impact damage. Take a walk around your perimeter fencing and make note of any damaged or missing panels or of damaged posts that will need to be replaced to secure your boundary. 

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help area homeowners with any damage due to seasonal storms. If you have experienced water damage, storm damage, or fire damage, or if you need help with a biohazard situation, a mold infestation, or vandalism, remember that we can be onsite right away, with all the tools and skills needed to get you back to normal as soon as possible. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Fire Safety Tips For Every Homeowner

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Studies show that American households experience over 350,000 residential house fires every year. These fires often result in injuries, major property damage, and other serious challenges. Keeping your home and your loved ones as safe as possible is important to you as a homeowner, we know, so with that in mind we decided to share some fire safety tips that every homeowner can use:

SMOKE ALARMS

Install good quality smoke alarms in your home; using a professional installation company will ensure that these alarms are the appropriate type for your space and that they are put in the right areas for maximum safety. Carbon Monoxide alarms are good to have in your home, as well, since CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels and such an alarm can also let you know if a fire has started. There are remote monitors available today to let you know if there is a fire in your home while you are away. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and you will be notified by the app you download on your phone.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Be sure that you have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher readily accessible in your home. Show everyone in the home where it is and how to use it, and make sure to keep it in good repair year-round. 

INSPECTIONS

Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected annually in the fall before you use it during cold weather. Your HVAC unit should be looked over at this point as well. Employ a professional for these tasks. 


EVACUATION PLAN

Have an escape plan for your family, and make sure everyone understands it and can follow the plan in case of fire. Second-story homes should have an escape ladder onsite in case of fire or other emergency situations.

MATERIALS

During home repair or remodeling, use fire-resistant building materials whenever available to maximum fire safety in your home. For example, using a fire retardant brand of insulation can be a huge part of keeping your home fire safe.


The SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team is available anytime to help with fire safety. Our focus is to assist you with home or commercial clean-up after fire damage, water damage, biohazards, and other disasters - both small and large. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

A Cleaning Checklist For Your Business

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Keeping your business clean and your work environment pleasant and healthy may require a checklist, especially if the business is booming and you are busy from the time the doors open until work is done for the day. If you don’t have one, you may want to consider creating one - it can really help you streamline all the tasks you have to complete every day and throughout the year. 

Here are some pointers you can use when you create a cleaning checklist for your business:

DAILY

  • Clean and disinfect bathrooms, including mirrors, countertops, sinks, and both the inside and outside of toilets. 
  • Clean and disinfect doors, door handles, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces. 
  • Sweep and mop floors, using a disinfectant liquid; the mop head needs to be cleaned and/or replaced regularly. 
  • Clean cigarette trash from provided receptacles. 
  • Clean and polish drinking fountains.
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen/food prep area, including sinks and countertops. 
  • Clean all glass, paying special attention to entrance doors and other areas that are high visibility. 



WEEKLY

  • Wipe down and disinfect work desks and machinery such as phones, keyboards, printers, and filing cabinets. This can be a weekly task if you feel your premises requires it or if your workforce feels it is necessary for their safety. 
  • Sweep and vacuum all offices. 
  • Dust window sills and baseboards. 
  • Dust artwork, framed certifications, etc. 
  • Clean out refrigerators and wash/disinfect microwaves. 
  • Sweep exterior entrances, both front and back.
  • Make sure break areas are clean. 
  • Remove trash and debris from parking areas

MONTHLY

  • Inspect the roofing, exterior doors and windows, and parking areas for potential problems and maintenance needs.
  • Trim back large bushes and tree limbs on your property ahead of a heavy weather season in your area.
  • A complete inspection of fencing and entrance gates.
  • Schedule regular maintenance of all your HVAC systems and ductwork


Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are here to help you handle all your cleaning and maintenance projects. Contact us to schedule an inspection or cleanup assistance after water damage, fire damage, or a bio-hazard event, or when you need expert assistance in mold remediation and prevention. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

First Steps In Recovering After Water Damage

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

You will often have no idea that water damage has occurred. It can be due to a natural event, such as an overflowing creek or river, or maybe just a big spill. Other times it can be because an appliance or piping has sprung a leak. Some areas of your home or business are more likely to experience water damage than others; rooms with sinks, as in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas are always at risk, while low-lying areas such as basements and cellars are places that will be more likely to see water damage. 

RECOVERY

Here are first steps you can take in recovering from water damage:

  • Turn off all water sources immediately and soak up standing water using mops, or towels, blankets, and rags; you can use a ShopVac here if necessary. Get ceiling or oscillating floor fans started to dry the affected areas as soon as possible, and in all cases make sure tools and machinery away from standing water before you plug them in
  • Remove and prop up all wet upholstery and cushions so that they can dry, and protect carpeting by placing wooden blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs
  • During the summer, turn your air conditioning on for additional drying 
  • Hang furs and leather goods and don’t leave wet fabrics lying on wet surfaces 
  • Remove books and magazines from wet carpets or floors so that colored inks don’t leave marks

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

  • Refrain from using household appliances and ceiling fixtures while surfaces are wet
  • Avoid rooms with sagging ceilings or warped flooring; inspect areas that have experienced large amounts of water to ensure there is no severe structural damage
  • Wet materials are often extremely heavy; avoid moving anything that is difficult
  • Never wade into water when you don’t know how deep it is or if you aren’t sure whether it is contaminated


When you experience a water damage event, keep us in mind. Our team here SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has all the experience and expertise that you’ll need to manage this kind of event. We are also experts when it comes to fire damage and mold remediation, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

HVAC Maintenance For Your Apartment Complex

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Inspections and maintenance of your apartment complex HVAC units at regular intervals during the year will ensure that every tenant enjoys a comfortable living environment, and satisfied tenants are one of the best advertisements you can have as an apartment complex owner. Engaging the services of professionals who have all the skills, equipment, and experience in this area ensures that the heating and cooling systems of your complex are cared for all year round. 

SIMPLE MAINTENANCE TASKS

In between your scheduled maintenance visits, there are some tasks you can make sure are completed both monthly and seasonally that will help to both maintain and prolong the life and efficiency of every one of your units and systems:

  • Use pleated, high-efficiency filters: These have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as those that carry bacteria
  • Keep HVAC units free of grass, leaves, and pollen
  • Clear two feet of space around all outdoor heating and cooling units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines each month
  • Replace air filters at least every 90 days
  • Turn off the water to the furnace humidifier in the summer months
  • Replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water in Autumn
  • Replace carbon monoxide detector batteries regularly
  • Clean AC condensate drain with bleach/water mixture

PROFESSIONAL MAINTENANCE

Your professional HVAC maintenance company will complete precision tune-up and maintenance tasks, which can include: 

  • Measure amperage and voltage of blower motors for proper operation
  • Test thermostats for proper operation, calibration, and level
  • Clean existing air filters
  • Inspect bearings for wear and lubricate
  • Inspect indoor coils
  • Flush and treat condensate drains with anti-algae treatment
  • Inspect condenser coil
  • Monitor refrigerant operating pressures
  • Inspect all safety devices for proper operation
  • Inspect electrical disconnect boxes for proper rating and safe installation
  • Inspect electrical wiring and tighten connections
  • Test/inspect contactors for burned or pitted contacts
  • Check for exposed wiring
  • Inspect and test capacitors
  • Inspect fan blades
  • Clean condenser coil and remove debris
  • Inspect service valves for proper operation
  • Measure supply/return temperature differential
  • Inspect ductwork for energy loss
  • Monitor, measure amperage and volt draw and wiring connections on compressors


Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are here to help keep the HVAC units of your apartment complex, commercial building, or private home in good working order. We handle cleanup projects of all sizes, as well as the aftermath of fire damage, water damage, and mold infestations. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preparing Your Home For Spring Storms

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Daffodils and tulips are showing up here in Middle Tennessee, and that’s a sure sign that Spring is here. We’re all glad to leave the cold of winter behind, of course, but Spring brings its weather challenges, such as rainstorms. With a little preparation, you can be ready for whatever happens, and we’ve got some ideas for you to help you prepare your home for Spring storms: 

ASSESS YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR

Keep an eye out for the following things and make the necessary repairs ahead of bad weather:

  • Loose or missing shingles
  • Siding that is not firmly in place
  • Tree branches or weak vegetation that could damage your home in high winds
  • Sheds or gazebos that are not bolted securely to their foundation
  • Loose patio furniture and décor not secured; these items should be stored ahead of stormy weather
  • Gutters and downspouts that are not firmly attached
  • Shutters that are not secured
  • Weak fencing 

CLEAN GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS

Clean gutters and downspouts keep water run-off away from your home and help prevent flooding. Be sure to:

  • Follow all ladder safety precautions and have a spotter there to help
  • Wear gloves and use tools to pull out debris
  • Lay down a tarp to help with removing debris
  • Force water through downspouts to make sure they’re clean
  • Hire a professional contractor if this kind of project is not something you can complete yourself

STORM SAFETY PLAN

Get together with your family and go over what to do if there is a severe storm. Things to consider for your storm safety plan:

  • Choose the safest place to shelter in your home for a storm
  • Create a communication plan for times when you’re not together
  • Learn escape routes in case there’s an evacuation
  • Decide how your pets will be included in the safety plan
  • If you’re bringing supplies into the safe area, predetermine who is responsible for what

POWER OUTAGE PREPARATION 

Take these steps so you’re prepared if the power goes out in your area for an extended period:

Address any family medical concerns that rely on consistent power:

  • Talk to your medical professional for direction as to alternatives during a power outage
  • Share concerns with your power company so they can put you on their priority list

Preparations:

  • Test your generator to be sure it’s in good working order
  • Plug all your electronics into surge protectors just in case there’s a power surge when your power is being restored
  • Charge your phones and any other electronic devices; cordless charges might be a good idea to have on hand
  • Fill the car and generator gas cans with fuel, and purchase non-perishable foods ahead of time

We are here to help, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week in case of any emergency or accident. SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has all the skills and equipment necessary to help with water damage, fire damage, vandalism, mold and mildew, and more. Call us if you need help getting prepared ahead of Spring storms. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! Just ask us how. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Odor Removal After Smoke Damage To Your Home

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

The heat, soot, and smoke that results from a fire will affect your entire home, and you may need professional assistance to get you back to normal. Smoke especially can be dangerous and will need to be fully cleared from your premises, since it’s not safe to breathe the accompanying fumes from burned materials. A professional fire and smoke damage restoration contractor will be able to do whatever is necessary to ensure that your property is completely free from the after-effects of a fire and can also remove those unpleasant lingering smoke odors. 

Remove Sources Of The Odor

The most important step in smoke odor removal is going to be to remove all the sources of the odor, which are the items that have been burned. This may include cabinets, furniture, drywall, textiles, and anything that can’t be salvaged. Some of your belongings and materials may be able to be restored; your professional fire damage restoration specialist will be able to advise you here. 

Cleaning Salvageable Items

Professional technicians will clean salvageable items with appropriate products. They will pressure wash, scrub, and disinfect exterior surfaces like walls, windows, and decks. Interior walls and hard surfaces will be cleaned with mild soap and then rinsed thoroughly. The interiors of cabinets, drawers, and closets, as well as carpets, furniture, and upholstery, are probably all going to be affected and will need immediate attention. Some items can be cleaned onsite, while others may need to be removed for a deep cleaning process. All these steps should be taken right away so that the odors don’t penetrate any materials too deeply, making them impossible to remove. 

Cleaning Ducts

Cleaning the ducts early in the odor removal process is essential to prevent the HVAC system from re-contaminating areas that have been cleaned, since smoke and soot will often penetrate these areas, depending on the size of the fire. Professionals will have the specialized equipment and procedures that are necessary here. 

Our SERVPRO professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality results possible, so you can depend on us for odor removal after smoke damage to your home. 


Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are fire damage and water damage experts, and we can help with mold remediation, too. Ask us about getting your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Steps To Take After Finding A Leaking Appliance

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Appliances can spring leaks and easily go unnoticed for some length of time, and your flooring, cabinetry, and other belongings can be negatively affected. If the leak has been developing slowly over time and releasing small amounts of water that ends up soaking into the materials below, the damage can actually be significant. 

Protect Your Flooring

The first step you will want to take after finding a leaking appliance is to protect your flooring and any items around the leak so that no further damage is done. If the leak has become serious and you have standing water to deal with, a shop-vac can be used in removing as much of that water as possible, and you can put absorbent materials in place to help this process.  Professionals in your area can be contacted to come in to help if you find that you have a situation that’s too big for you to handle alone. 

Turn Off The Water Source

If the leak is significant, turn off any source of water to the appliance right away. Call your appliance repair person and have them come to take a look at the machine; be sure to check your warranty to see if it is covered so that you can be prepared for the financial cost to you. It may be time for a new appliance, and your professionals will be able to give you the right recommendation.

Assess Affected Areas

Assess the affected areas around the leak. If there has been a large amount of water standing for any period of time you may have some damage to flooring, walls, or personal belongings. Your SERVPRO cleanup and repair professionals can be onsite in no time to get your home or business back to normal.

Document Recovery

Documents and other paper items may have been affected, so make sure you talk to a professional restoration company that specializes in document recovery and restoration; they will have the equipment and training to be able to save these items if at all possible. 


SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is ready and waiting to help you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week with all your water damage and fire damage issues, and we handle document restoration, too. Mold remediation and prevention are also areas where we excel, by maintaining the training and skills necessary to properly manage this type of cleanup project. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Top Three Places To Check For Mold In Your Business

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

During Spring here in Middle Tennessee, we all expect heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms, as well as the occasional tornadoes. We also know that humid conditions will create the conditions that are just right for a colony of mold to establish itself in a commercial property. There are some areas that are most vulnerable to issues of this kind, and the top three places to check for mold in your business will be: 

Lavatories

With all the piping installed here to conduct water, this is an obvious place to begin your mold inspections. Every dark corner that can become damp without notice is going to be vulnerable, so make sure you are looking under and behind fixtures, cabinetry, and closets. If there is any tiling in this area, it will also be an area that can be attractive for mold spores. Using products that include bleach will help to keep tiling and countertops mold and mildew free. 

Storage/Warehouse

These areas of your business are also great places for a mold colony to get started. The items you store will often not be moved for long periods of time, and if you have a lot of cardboard and paper packaging, this can also be attractive to spores. Keeping things dry is important here; make sure to handle leaks and drips right away, with that in mind. 

Kitchens

Some businesses have kitchens for their employees, and if that is your situation, and if you have kitchen appliances, they will of course involve water. You’ll want to make regular inspections for mold and mildew a priority here, too. 

As you establish the top places to check for mold in your business, you will want to establish preventive measures that will help you avoid this issue:

  • Keep all workspaces well-ventilated and dry 
  • During the more humid months, a dehumidifier is a great option
  • Make sure exterior doors and windows are adequately sealed
  • When organizing stored items on shelves keep items away from floors and walls
  • Remove any standing water immediately and dry affected areas completely


If your home or business has developed a mold problem, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is standing by to help; we maintain all the training and expertise necessary to be your mold prevention and remediation experts. We are also experienced in the cleanup after water and fire damage. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson - Faster To Any Size Disaster

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson offers 24/7 commercial and residential services and we get there faster for any size of disaster! We are always standing at the ready, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to be onsite with the assistance and support necessary for any kind of event. 

We handle flooding situations and are equipped to clean up both small puddles and significant amounts of standing water, and we’ll be there to do our job right away. If your property has experienced a fire, just give us a call. We will be there quickly and get right to work restoring your property to its original condition wherever possible. 

You may discover that you have a mold problem. If you’re in that situation, contact us as soon as possible. Once you contact us, we will be onsite promptly with all the equipment and skill necessary to handle this kind of situation immediately. 

Another way we can help you with an event that could be significant is with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. This is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond just janitorial services or carpet cleaning; it’s a higher standard of clean - proactive viral pathogen cleaning. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard contamination and chemical spills and are trained in proper adherence to the cleaning and decontamination standards that have been set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by local authorities, as well. If you are experiencing issues from contamination, give us a call. We will be there right away to get to work to ensure that you and those you care about are safe. 


Our highly-trained technicians are always on call to offer top-tier service to those in need and consists of crews with over ten years in the restoration industry. You can rest easy knowing you and your home/business are in good hands. We are a locally owned and operated business, so helping out our community is our number one responsibility. We have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson and our commitment is to be there faster, to any size of disaster!

What To Do In Case Of A Flood In Your Home

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

If your home has been flooded, there are some specific things that you can do to help you get back to normal as soon as possible, especially if the levels of flooding are not severe. If the flooding is severe, your friends here at SERVPRO are here to help! 

Here are some steps to take in case of a flood in your home: 

PEOPLE

Evacuate everyone from the premises as soon as it is obvious a flooding event is happening. Find a dry, safe spot away from the house where everyone can wait until it is safe to return home. If flooding is caused by a natural disaster, stay connected by listening to the local news or emergency broadcasts; these will help you to find a temporary shelter. If you need help getting to shelter, you can contact area authorities for assistance or if anyone needs medical attention.

SOURCE

If the flood is not from a natural event you should attempt to find the source of the flood and stop it by turning off any faucet or sealing up holes in piping or hoses; turning off the main water valve may also solve the issue, at least temporarily. 

ELECTRICITY

Turn off the electricity, but do not attempt to reach the fuse box if you have to walk through water to reach it. Call an electrician if the fuse box is inaccessible. 

DOCUMENTATION

Document all the damage by taking photos and videos of all the affected areas. This information will be necessary for insurance purposes if you need to file a claim.

Clean-up safety tips:

PROTECT YOURSELF

Do not touch the water without the proper equipment, as it may be contaminated with sewage or other hazardous material. If you have to enter the establishment, wear waders or waterproof boots. 

SALVAGE

Do not eat any food that has been contaminated by floodwater.

DRYING

If the water damage is not too bad, dry the space out with fans and dehumidifiers, but do not plug in electrical devices unless you are sure it is safe. All standing water needs to be removed from the area before this step. Open any windows and doors to let fresh, dry air in and circulate.

MOLD PREVENTION

Your property needs to be as dry as possible to prevent mold spores from growing. Once a mold colony gets established it is not possible to remove it completely. Keep the affected areas as dry as possible and treat them with a strong cleaner, such as a bleach solution. 


Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are experts when it comes to water damage repair and restoration, and we are mold prevention and remediation pros, too; we are always prepared and ready to come help in the event of any kind of disaster or accident, no matter the size. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preventing Fires In Your Kitchen

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

The kitchen of any home is always going to be a place where fire safety is practiced. Kitchen fires are one of the most common sources of damage, and such damage can be devastating to the residents. Loss of personal property and injury is often the result of such an event, and here at SERVPRO, we are in the business of ensuring that you and your family are safe and protected. With that in mind, here are some essential fire damage prevention tips for your kitchen:

EQUIPMENT. Cooking equipment is often responsible for fires, so your equipment must be maintained in top condition. Following established cleaning practices and manufacturer’s suggested usage for all your kitchen equipment - from pans and pots to microwaves and ovens - will help to prevent a fire from a malfunction or accident. 

GREASE. The buildup of grease in stove hoods, oven interiors, and around cooking equipment can be hazardous. These kitchen components operate under high heat, this is an explosive combination, so keeping them as clean as possible is another fire prevention practice you can put into place. Experienced cleaning and restoration professionals can help you to address these issues if the job is just too big for you alone. 

SPRINKLERS AND FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. Your fire sprinkler system throughout your home needs to be up-to-date to ensure that if there is a fire it will work properly. Corrosion can weaken their effectiveness, so having them regularly inspected will be a good practice in preventing fire damage, and this is true of your fire extinguishers, as well. Make fire safety inspections a routine each quarter to prevent fires in your kitchen and other areas of your home. 

GET EVERYONE INVOLVED. The most effective way to prevent fires in your kitchen is to get everyone involved. Make sure that each member of your family understands fire safety and how to handle a fire if one should happen. Every adult and older child should know where the fire extinguisher is, even if they aren’t comfortable using it. Emergency numbers should be added to every phone and/or posted somewhere easily accessible, too, just in case. As children mature and start cooking, make sure they know all the basics of fire safety, and if you have an aging parent living with you always take notice of the limits of their abilities as they use the kitchen facilities.  


Call us here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson if you experience fire damage, water damage, or mold issues. We have all the skills and equipment that are required to get you back to normal as soon as possible, and that includes restoring affected documents and prized possessions. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned as well, and we’re happy to talk with you further about that service. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Keep Your Business Clean With SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

While regular cleaning services may keep your premises looking good, this type of cleaning service isn’t effective when it comes to bigger problems such as health challenges, biohazards, or recovery from weather events. SERVPRO is equipped to handle cleanup projects of all kinds, whether it involves accidents, contaminations, chemical spills, or weather-related issues, such as mud, mold and mildew, debris, and more.  

Healthy Environment. A clean and sanitized workspace will keep your employees healthier during cold and flu seasons and this will benefit your business through increased productivity, while customers entering your business will appreciate your spotless environment as well. A deep cleaning will make your business look pristine but will enhance your health safety levels, too. A thorough cleaning of the shared spaces in your work environment will also be advantageous in preventing the spread of disease. Deep cleaning and disinfecting all shared areas, such as bathrooms, breakrooms, and training rooms, will decrease the possibility of workforce illness. During the previous year, we all learned a lot about preventive measures that can be taken to protect the health of everyone, and there is no reason why we can’t continue to use these measures going forward.

Air Quality. The air in your building could be contaminated with different particulates, which are circulated by the ventilation system. It is believed that dirty, polluted air minimizes human cognitive function; unhealthy indoor air can be harmful to employees and customers. Your ventilation systems and air ducts need to be cleaned regularly to keep them free of pathogens and other irritants. When any allergens, bacteria, dust, debris, mold, and dirt are removed from the air ducts, your HVAC system will also perform more efficiently, as well.

Weather. With the coldest months upon us, you can count on the SERVPRO team to help in the event of storm-related damage and mess. If a flood happens or if high winds leave you with debris that keeps you from doing business, give us a call and we can be there right away to get you back to work.   


Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are water damage and fire damage recovery pros, mold remediation and prevention experts, and we maintain all the skills and equipment necessary to be able to complete deep cleaning projects of all types. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too - ask us how!

What To Do If You Find A Water Leak In Your Attic

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you experience a leak in your attic springs a leak, that can easily become an issue for other areas of your building. When water damage has occurred in your attic area, you will want to take immediate action to avoid both the damage and the associated higher costs and stress.  

Here are some ideas about what to do if you find a water leak in your attic:

  • Location. You’ll first need to determine where the leak is coming from, either from a roofing issue or pipeline break. Make sure you are thorough in your assessment and be sure to take safety precautions. Stay away from light sockets, recessed lights, and other electrical systems until the electricity to the attic area has been turned off. Get an accurate idea of how widespread the damage is.
  • Source. Find the source of the water issues and eliminate them before handling any of the damage. Contact your homeowner’s insurance carrier at this point if it looks like repair costs will extend beyond your deductible and if you think you need the help of professionals. The carrier may decline to cover any damage if you attempt to complete repairs yourself. 
  • Repairs. There are some common repairs you can expect after your attic experiences water damage, such as:
    • Structural. This can include anything from basic framework to floorboards. This process can be time-consuming since materials need to be checked carefully to ensure that they are in good condition. 
    • Plumbing. If the source of your attic water damage was a plumbing issue, you will have to replace pipes or components that led to the event. If the main cause was pipes freezing and bursting, the next step will be to installing proper insulation. 
    • Electrical. Lighting, light sockets, and electrical outlets may have been negatively affected by a water damage event. Unless you are an electrical professional you need to avoid any repair attempts here, so be prepared to contact a reputable company to take care of this part of your repair project.
    • Insulation. If your insulation was affected when your attic was damaged, you will want to consider replacing or upgrading your attic insulation.  
    • Recovery. The last step in the process of dealing with water damage in your attic will be the final recovery and cleaning. Get rid of remaining items and residue and wipe down surfaces with a bleach and water solution, and be sure to take steps to protect yourself with proper Personal Protective Equipment. 

The team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always available to restore and repair your home or business if you experience damage from leaks. We are water damage and fire damage experts, and we handle mold prevention and remediation, too. We can also get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - ask us how. 

Maintaining Your HVAC This Winter

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Middle Tennessee, we are already experiencing colder weather, and as a smart home or business owner, you know that it is important to focus on the maintenance of your HVAC system to ensure that your living and working environments are comfortable.

You may want to hire a professional to come to inspect your HVAC system even during the colder months; if any maintenance is needed, they are equipped to manage that situation on the spot. A professional will inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms for your HVAC unit and determine if you have any outstanding operational issues that need to be addressed immediately.

Some simple, regular maintenance chores that you can do yourself to prolong the operational  life of your HVAC and increase its efficiency between those professional inspections and maintenance visits are:

  • Install a high-efficiency, pleated air filter and be sure to change filters regularly
  • Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
  • Maintain a clear two feet of space around your outdoor AC and heating units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines every month and clean drain lines and pans
  • Inspecting the heat exchanger, heating elements, heat pump, burner, and the ignition system
  • Check thermostat and controls for proper measurement and regulations
  • Inspect fan motors, blowers, vents, and ductwork and lubricate all moving parts
  • Replace worn-out belts and pulleys
  • Inspect electrical components and connections as well as replacing batteries
  • Check for gas leaks and flue gas passageways

Inspecting, preparing, and maintaining your HVAC throughout the winter will keep your HVAC working as it should, and that means your interior environments will be as comfortable as possible. No one likes to go out into freezing weather to handle an HVAC issue, so keeping your unit in good repair will ensure that you don’t have to. 

At SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we make sure that our team maintains the skill and equipment necessary to keep your HVAC working perfectly during even the coldest Middle Tennessee weather. We are also experienced in large cleanup projects you may need to help you to recover from fire damage or water damage, and we are mold remediation experts. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well. Ask us how!

The Dangers Of High Winds And Snow To Your Business

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Any type of severe weather can potentially create problems for your business, and with winter just around the corner that is something to keep in mind. High winds and snow can cause damages that slow down or stop your production, ruin materials and goods, or put your workforce in danger - or all three! - so it’s a smart business move to be informed and prepared when it comes to any seasonal weather challenges. Wind, rain, snow, and cold can each affect the condition of your building and can also harm the actual structure. Below we will discuss the dangers of high winds and snow to your business:

Wind

Wind causes two conditions - uplift and racking. Uplift happens when fast-moving wind creates a low-pressure area on the leeward slope of your roof, walls, and inside the building. The inside pressure can then push structural components outwards, causing damage. Racking occurs when high winds don’t hit your building squarely; the framing will most often withstand this force but extremely high winds can tear shingles off of the roof. High winds can also drive rain up under the shingles, vertical siding, frames of windows and doors, and the roof itself. Properly installed construction materials that are well-maintained can help you to avoid damage of this kind, but if you experience destruction of your property, SERVPRO is here to help.

Snow

When a building is first designed, the amount of snowfall it may have to handle is taken into consideration. Snow is light as it falls, but its accumulation can add up to lots of weight. Light, dry snow will weigh between ten and fifteen pounds per cubic foot, while wet snow is much heavier; it can weigh forty or fifty pounds per cubic foot. In areas of the country where lots of snowfall is seen, roofs are designed to handle as much as four hundred pounds per square foot - the equivalent of six feet of water! Buildings are designed to withstand the weight of snow so that you don’t have to worry about sagging, cracking, and collapsing roofs in your business. 


Any time you experience damages from extreme weather, you can always count on SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson to help. We have a great team, well-trained and highly-skilled, ready to help you any time to get back to work. We handle water damage, fire damage, and mold prevention/remediation, too.

Top Winter Fire Hazards

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

There are many fire hazards that are present during the colder months of winter due to the necessity of trying to stay warm in our interiors. Knowing what these hazards are will help you to take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage in the future. Here are some top winter fire hazards to watch out for: 

ELECTRICAL

Damage to electrical wiring can cause sparking, and this can lead to a fire. Electrical wiring damage can include frayed cords - such as those connecting desktop computers or desktop lamps to the wall power outlets, for example - and can also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls. Appliance cords, floor lamps, and space heaters also need to be monitored for the same reason, since all wiring can be damaged by pests or weather-related issues. Electrical fires may also start when power sockets are overloaded, such as when space heaters are added or when equipment overheats. Inspect wiring regularly to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed, and never leave independent heating units running while a room is unoccupied. 

MAINTENANCE

Poor equipment maintenance is another fire hazard. We all get busy and we can forget to maintain items that are only used during part of the year. For example, failing to service your furnace regularly may result in an accumulation of dust and other flammable debris, and a gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Make sure to do proper maintenance on your furnace on a regular basis, and be sure to do a check of the system before winter weather arrives. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may also include dusty, dirty, or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents, and many other features that are used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas. 

FLAMMABLE ITEMS

Flammable materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but even private homes, restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners, and other types of businesses store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times, and that they are not stored near any heat source. In the home, keep your space heaters away from combustible materials, such as drapery, bedding, and rugs, and never use one in the bathroom or kitchen when large amounts of water are present on flooring or in tubs, to avoid electrical shocks. 


As you can see, there are numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage to your home or business in the colder months. If you have experienced fire damage, it is essential that repair work is completed as soon as possible, and SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to make sure that happens. We have the skills training, and equipment necessary to restore your premises and belongings to their previous condition if possible, so that you can get back to normal right away.

First Steps After A Fire In Your Business

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

The clean up after a fire will take a lot of time, patience, and preparation and should be handled by industry experts. If your business experiences a fire of any size, you will want to ensure that your enterprise is properly protected through careful consideration and the work of well-equipped professionals. Below, we are sharing the first steps you will need to take after a fire in your business: 

  • Insurance. Before any clean-up is started you will need to contact your insurance company. You will need to gather information about what is covered, what needs to be repaired or replaced, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of repairs to your property for you during this time. A restoration company such as SERVPRO is equipped to work with your insurance representatives to ensure your business is taken care of correctly. 
  • Documents. Find and retrieve all important documents, and let a document recovery specialist handle anything that has been damaged beyond your ability to recover. 
  • Soot Damage. Movement around your premises should be limited to prevent soot particles from being stirred up and becoming embedded in the upholstery of your furniture and carpeting. Laying down tarps or plastic strips to walk on can help in this area. 
  • Filters/Appliances. Change your HVAC filters and any others you may have around the office, and if the power is out, empty the breakroom freezer/fridge. Get rid of any leftover food so that you aren’t dealing with the smell of it going bad, and prop the doors open to get rid of lingering smoke and its odors. Once the power comes back on, be sure to check wiring for ceiling fans and any plug-in lighting before turning them on as the wiring could have been damaged during the fire. 
  • Specialists. Washing walls or painted surfaces, or clean carpets, etc. should not be done without contacting a fire damage specialist; these will need to be properly cleaned by a professional before any repair is done. 


Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are always ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your business, and we have all the equipment and skill necessary to get you back to work right away. We are also experienced in the areas of water damage and mold prevention/remediation, too.

What To Do After A Pipe Bursts In Your Business

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

If a pipe bursts in your business, you will need to handle the issue quickly so that your premises and equipment don’t get destroyed due to any flooding. A burst pipe in your business can be extremely costly if not handled correctly and efficiently, so taking the appropriate steps will be vital to making sure your investment is protected. 

  • Call the professionals. They will arrive right away to assess the damage and to assess the parts of the structure that may have been affected to make sure the premises are safe. 
  • Turn off any water that is going to the affected area; you should open the faucets that are below the pipe burst so that pressure can be alleviated. This step will help to prevent further issues.
  • Begin to soak up any standing water as long as it can be done safely; keep in mind that  “black (sewer/contaminated) water” should be completely avoided and left for the professionals to handle. Standing water can lead to mold damage and continued damage to flooring and walls.
  • Open all doors and windows to begin the drying process by circulating airflow. Once the professionals arrive with their industrial-grade equipment, they will be able to complete the process. 
  • Ensure that electricity is turned off in the affected areas to prevent shocking anyone, and have everyone leave any areas that are affected. Water can easily run into electrical circuits and create a serious situation. 
  • Contact your insurance company to let them know what has happened, and make sure to take pictures of the damage as soon as you can after the event. Your professional water damage remediation company will work with your insurance company to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that you and the tenants of your high-rise tower can get back to work as soon as possible. 

The SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team is here to help you if you experience water damage in your home or business. We are water and fire damage cleanup specialists, and we have the tools and experience necessary to properly prevent and remediate mold. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! Ask us how. 

Where To Look For Mold In Your Business

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Mold thrives in dark, moist, and unventilated places such as closets, warehouses, and office storage, and since the spores are always in the air looking for a place to land, it’s smart to check your commercial property routinely to see if a colony has established itself, especially with the darker and more humid months of winter ahead of us. It might be too cold outside for a mold colony, but it’s warm inside your business, so you need to be vigilant. 

Move machinery, furniture, and office equipment so you can see any of the places where the walls join the floor and in the corners as you make your inspections, and be sure to check out the ceiling carefully at this time. Regular inspections can also keep you informed as to whether your roofing or walls have experienced any kind of damage that can result in leaks, which is another ideal spot for a mold colony to get started. Here at SERVPRO, we always recommend proactive and preventive maintenance to save you both time and money. 

As you look for mold in your business, keep these 8 common spots in mind:

  • Basements or cellars that have been flooded
  • Underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that has gotten damp or wet

You should pay special attention to particular areas of your business, such as:

Bathrooms. Mold thrives in damp, dark, moist environments, so your bathroom is the perfect fungal breeding ground. Check for mold and mildew growth in showers, bathtubs, sinks, and other fixtures.

Kitchen/Break Areas. Your kitchen or break area probably has a water source for clean up, so you will want to check underneath your sink for mold growing in the cabinets regularly. You also need to make sure that you're cleaning your refrigerator pantry out regularly, as mold often grows on outdated food items. Make a schedule that encourages your workforce to take their food leftovers and utensils home weekly for cleaning to avoid a mold issue. 

Lobby/Waiting Area. Spills that occur in your waiting area can leave your carpeting at risk for mold damage. All spills must be cleaned up immediately - and thoroughly - in order to protect your carpeting. Mold can also appear in your household plants if you tend to overwater them.

Storage/Basement. Any unfinished storage areas are also at risk for mold growth, so check any exposed water piping for signs of mold or mildew, especially after leaks or other types of water damage. Mold can also grow in insulation. 

If you suspect that your business has developed a mold problem, the team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has all the skills and training necessary to handle the issue. We are also experienced in cleanup after water damage and fire damage, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! Ask us how.

Preparing For Winter Storms In Nashville

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Ensuring that your home or business is prepared ahead of winter storms in Nashville is a smart move, both from a safety perspective and financially, as well. Both the exterior of your home or business and the surrounding landscaping need to be ready for the cold winds, snow, and ice that winter can bring. Being well-prepared will mean lower energy costs and increased efficiency of your appliances that will ensure that your loved ones, friends, and clientele are safe even during the worst of it.

Here are some things to think about as you are preparing for winter storms in Nashville: 

Windows/Doors. The windows and doors of your property are always going to be vulnerable during heavy weather of any kind, and winter is no exception, so this is a great place to start your winter storm preparation. Some steps you can take are:

  • Check all weatherstripping and replace damaged items to keep your interiors well-insulated against the cold. 
  • Replace doors and windows with storm-proof versions for protection. 
  • Repair or replace wooden window frames if signs of rot or decay are evident. 
  • Caulk windows and doors inside and out to be sure there will be no drafts. 

Trees/Shrubbery. This is an important area to consider ahead of bad weather; ice and high winds can turn any weak or dead branches into debris that can cause damage:

  • Trim back all overgrown branches away from any building and its electrical wires. This guards against loss of power or property damage caused by icy or wind-blown branches during winter storm conditions. 
  • Clean and dry deck/patio furniture and use a heavy covering if it is stored outdoors. You may want to store items like this indoors ahead of high winds for safety. 
  • All outdoor pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads need to be drained and stored in a safe place to keep them in good shape for spring.  
  • Look for decay, insect damage, or splintering in your deck to prevent further deterioration, and clean away leaves and dirt from between the boards so that mold has nowhere to establish itself.

HVAC/Fireplaces. Your heating systems will need to be in the best condition possible when preparing for winter storms in Nashville:

  • Inspect your fireplace, chimney, and flue system: they need to be clean of soot or creosote and free of cracks that could cause a fire hazard. If you find a cold draft even when the damper is closed, the damper itself may be warped, worn, or rusted, and you will want to fix this issue before winter storms. 
  • Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace for maximum efficiency and improved indoor air quality.
  • If you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable unit; this can often bring pretty large savings in energy costs during cold weather. 
  • Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort. 

The team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always here to lend a hand if you need help preparing your home or business for winter storms here in Nashville. We’re experts when it comes to recovery and repair from damage due to flooding, extreme weather, fire, or accidents, and our team has the expertise and skills necessary to complete all your projects quickly and professionally. Ask us how we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Creating A Fire Evacuation Plan For Your Business

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

It’s always a wise move to be ready for whatever might happen. Your commercial property is an important investment for yourself and your work staff, and one of the most important things for you to do to guard lives and livelihoods is to create a fire evacuation plan for your business. 

As you are creating your strategy, you will want to think about the types of disasters that are most common to your area in addition to fires; no disaster can be foreseen. 

Some important points to consider while you are creating a fire evacuation plan for your business are:

  • Where are the safest areas for people to go should a fire break out? Establish safe spots that are easily accessible and far enough away that no one will be in danger of fire. 
  • Is a map posted in all public areas? A map leading people to safe areas needs to be clear and labeled properly so that anyone can reference it and easily know where to go. Make sure every language commonly spoken in your area is reflected.
  • What kind of shelters are available for people? In addition to fire safety, keep in mind that these shelters could be used for bad weather, too. For areas that experience tornadoes, for example, an area on the lowest floor or below ground that is constructed to withstand the highest wind forces will be necessary. 
  • How will tenants and workforce members receive emergency alerts or warnings? An alarm system within the building might work best if your commercial building is composed of large shops or warehouses. If your property is an office, then perhaps a phone tree to contact each department or office individually would work best.
  • How will people receive updates? You will need to be able to communicate with your tenants so that they are updated concerning the state of your building. Your business will be discontinued so that the emergency can be handled, and they will want to know when it is safe and when they can exit shelters or re-enter the building and get back to work. Create a strategy where you can communicate with everyone in a timely and efficient way to prevent misinformation and confusion. Text messages could be the best course here, for example. 
  • Is your evacuation plan safe for those with special needs? It is a requirement that any exit strategy is tailored to individuals with any special needs, and you will want to think about older people and those that are impaired visually or in their hearing. Designating areas to gather ahead of time for having volunteers in place that can manage and oversee these situations will be helpful. If your commercial business houses sensitive equipment or machinery that is designed to save lives, this will need to be taken into consideration when dealing with emergency evacuation, as well. 

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help you in the event of any emergency or accident. We specialize in water and fire damage clean-ups no matter the size, and we are mold remediation experts, too. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. 

We Can Make Your Business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

You work hard to keep your business premises in great shape and good working order. That’s just good business. It’s not only a great financial decision, but it also gives your customers a sense of who you are as a business person and what they can expect when doing business with you.

Unforeseen events, such as dangerous weather, accidents, equipment failure, or the current worldwide viral situation, are just going to happen, however, and as a smart business owner you know it is vital to take charge of the process of getting things back to normal as quickly as possible to avoid unnecessary loss of time and money. That’s where SERVPRO comes in. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our new defensive pathogen cleaning program and goes far beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices; it is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson to bring a higher standard of clean to the places you do business.

Our trademark cleaning system is grounded in our unique 3 C’s:

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.

  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.

  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and communities.

Many consumers are uneasy about going back to brick-and-mortar locations, so with that in mind, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned


We are industry professionals who maintain high-quality standards in every area. Our technicians are highly trained and certified, and each team member has access to ongoing industry training that enables him or her to do the best job possible. Whether their expertise is in commercial property cleaning or document restoration, if you work with SERVPRO you can be assured that you are getting the best in the business. We handle crime and trauma scenes, biohazards, sewage spills, and contamination, mold remediation, and more. SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here for you!

What To Do In Case of A Major Water Leak In Your Home

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

A major water leak can cause a lot of water damage to any home, and we know you will want to do everything possible to prevent as much damage to your living spaces and your belongings as you can. Our team SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has some helpful tips for you if you experience a major water leak. 

The first step is to find where that leak originated, so you will need to inspect your home for the source. 

If the leak is an interior one, you may see a lot of water but its source may not be readily apparent. Check the areas around your tubs, sinks, shower doors, toilets, and other appliances that involve water to see where the fault is. You may find the issue under a sink if you have a burst pipe. Inspect all drywall for water damage, looking for buckling, discoloration, and warping; this will tell you if your major water leak is inside your walls. Pay attention to any unpleasant odors; this can mean that you will also need to have a mold infestation handled.

If your water leak is due to a serious structural issue, either before or following heavy weather, you will want to talk to construction experts right away to start renovation or repair work. More wet weather is on the way with the approach of Fall and Winter, so there isn’t much time to waste here. Having a faulty roof or gutter system taken care of ahead of bad weather is a really good choice for the smart homeowner.

Some issues that you find may be things you can take care of yourself, but if you find that you are faced with something beyond your capabilities, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced and skilled professional.

Whether your water damage is minor or major, the team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always ready and happy to help. We handle fire damage, water damage, and restoration projects of all sizes. We’re experts in the areas of mold prevention and remediation, as well. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Reasons To Use A Dehumidifier In Your Home

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

You may not be using a dehumidifier in your home, but there are some really great benefits to doing so. Perhaps the most important way they can help is by alleviating the conditions that irritate and even cause allergic reactions. 

Allergic reactions can present as skin rashes, sneezing, difficulty breathing, itchy eyes, and a stuffy nose. When allergies are left untreated, they can lead to asthma and other pretty serious complications, so if you or someone you love suffers from allergies, using a dehumidifier in your home can be a huge help.

Whether you live in an area with a humid climate or just a living space that tends to be damp,  you may be experiencing problems. Limited ventilation in places such as basement spaces, small kitchens, or bathrooms can mean that moisture will build up, so ensuring that these areas are properly ventilated is really important. If that’s not possible, however, you can also opt to use a dehumidifier, and this is a very efficient way to protect your home and loved ones from physical issues that may arise in a damp environment. 

There are some other great reasons to use a dehumidifier in your home. They help by:

  • Reducing humidity levels, making your home less inviting to allergens. 
  • Reducing the possibility that mold will develop on furniture, clothing, and other materials. 
  • Eliminating the odors caused by mold and mildew.
  • Allowing you to breathe easier and reducing irritation to your skin and respiratory system. 
  • Lowering the amount of dust in the home, which can be an irritant.
  • Keeping electronics and tools dry and free from rust and corrosion; their use even prolongs the shelf life of bread and cereals.
  • Helping your clothing dry faster.
  • Lowering energy costs by assisting your HVAC in running more efficiently. When the air in your home is humid, your A/C must work twice as hard to remove the moisture and cool the air. Your unit will wear out faster under these conditions. 


If you have experienced a flooding event in your home or business, remember that the SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team is here and ready to help. We handle cleanup projects both large and small, and we are mold prevention and remediation experts, too.

Preparing For Fall Storms

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Getting your home ready for the colder temperatures and stormy weather conditions of fall is smart, whether you are a homeowner, a business owner, or both. Weather may be unpredictable during the fall here in Middle Tennessee, but you won’t have to worry about it if you prepare now. Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson, we have some preparation projects for you to consider:

  • Remove dead leaves and debris from your gutters and drainpipes. This will prevent clogging during wetter weather. Drain all outdoor faucets ahead of freezing weather now, as well. 
  • While late summer is not the time to heavily prune trees and bushes, it is a good time to remove any branches that are dead or look like they could prove dangerous during a fall storm. If you have a tree that you think may be dead or dying, contact an arborist to come and take a look at it. If it is actually dead and near your house, you will want to have it removed before anything happens during a fall storm. 
  • Examine all your windows and doors for cracks. If you find any, have them sealed now so that you can stay warm and save energy this fall and winter. You’ll be saving both time and money here!
  • A roof inspection ahead of colder weather will tell you if your roofing needs any attention before fall storms. Loose shingles can be replaced more easily when it’s warm and dry outside. If you have siding on your home, look it over well for any loose sections; fall storms bring wind that can create problems here. 
  • Make sure your entrance walkways are in good shape with no buckling or crumbling. When the surrounding ground is wet it can compromise cement, causing it to crack and split, and that’s an accident just waiting to happen. 



If you need help with the job of preparing your home for the upcoming stormy season, just call the professional team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson. We have the experience and skills needed to take care of your property and belongings to keep them safe. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too!

How To Avoid Fire Damage This Summer

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Summertime is such a great time of the year. The weather is just right for all the outdoor activities everyone loves. Many of these activities will also create scenarios where fire safety is something to keep in mind. For example, in the summer:

We gather around our barbecues and our fire pits, enjoying our friends and families, and life is good. We also spend time cleaning out sheds and garages or getting our landscaping done, and these types of activities create trash that will need to be disposed of, and while we are waiting to have it picked up and hauled away, that trash then waits at our curbside. Renovation and construction projects often get scheduled for summer, too, and these also create waste that can take time to remove.

One stray spark from a fire pit or a bonfire near a dry pile of wood or wooden fencing can turn a happy event into a disaster, and a lack of good sense near even the smallest campfire can change everything in a second. Here are a few tips to help you avoid fire damage this summer. 

  • Make sure your family and other loved ones understand fire safety before any fire is lit 
  • Schedule trash pickup immediately to avoid large amounts of dry material from sitting in your yard. 
  • Remove dry, dead vegetation from around your home or business premises so that if a fire breaks out, this material won’t provide more fuel. 
  • Using propane tanks can be dangerous, so be sure the person responsible for filling it and using the barbecue understands how to properly handle volatile fuel sources. 
  • Follow the laws of your city and county when it comes to the use of fire, and don’t light a bonfire if you don’t have the clearance to do so. Many people ignore these regulations, but keep in mind that one stray spark on a roof can bring down a neighborhood. 


If you should experience damage from fire this summer, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help. We are experts in cleanups after fire, as well as water-related disasters, no matter the size of the issue, and we are also mold remediation specialists. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! Call us today for assistance.

HVAC Maintenance For Your Apartment Complex

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your apartment complex HVAC systems at regular intervals throughout the year will ensure that all the heating and cooling units on your property are running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed during a professional service call, and a professional will have the specialized training and experience necessary to do this type of job correctly. The comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves are important to you as the owner, and your tenants, too. 

It’s important to ensure that the upkeep that is necessary to prolong the life and efficiency of all the HVAC units in your apartment complex gets done, and done right, and some tasks you can actually complete yourself monthly and seasonally in between your scheduled maintenance call from your professional. These tasks can be:

  • Make sure to use high-efficiency, pleated filters when you are replacing them. Filters of this type contain an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as dust or those that carry bacteria. Air filters need to be replaced in every unit, every 90 days
  • Ensure that your landscaping company doesn’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds while they are cutting your lawn areas so that you can be sure that your HVAC units stay free of grass clippings as well as leaves and pollen
  • Keep at least two feet of space clear around all outdoor heating and cooling units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines monthly
  • In Summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier
  • Replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water ahead of the Fall season
  • Replace your carbon monoxide detector batteries regularly
  • Ensure outdoor AC units are on level, firm, and dry ground
  • Clean AC condensate drains with bleach/water mixture on a routine basis

Your professional maintenance company can check all your apartment complex ductwork periodically, too, and this will ensure that everything is sealed properly and ready for your scheduled tune-ups on your apartment complex HVAC systems.

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we make sure we maintain all the training and skill sets that are required for taking care of your HVAC system, and we also handle cleanup projects both large and small. We handle fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

What To Do When Your Basement Floods

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

A basement flood can create a lot of problems for a homeowner. Since the basement is often used for storage, items such as books, photos, electronics, and textiles can be adversely affected if they become water-logged. Often, the items themselves can become so damaged that they are beyond repair. Your friends at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson have some tips that can help save you from this situation.

Act quickly if you find that your basement is being flooded, but make sure anyone who is involved is being safe. If you have a large amount of standing water in your basement, call your power company, electrician, and/or your professional water damage cleanup team immediately. These professionals have the tools and training to handle the situation properly and will be able to determine the best, and safest, steps to take in beginning the cleanup process without increasing the risk of fire damage from any dangerous scenarios, such as exposed wires, etc.

There are some steps you can take safely, though. A shop-vac can clean up smaller amounts of standing water, and using a dehumidifier or fans will circulate air; this discourages mold growth and mildew. Make sure to keep these machines at least 8 inches away from walls to allow for the best circulation possible. Your air conditioning can be a big help here, too, so it should stay running throughout the building. Make sure no one turns on a window air conditioning unit in the basement while there are damp conditions, however. 

To discourage mold from taking advantage of damp surfaces, you can scrub them with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of water while wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Remember to keep the room ventilated while you are doing tasks that involve cleaning solutions.

You can actually save valuable documents and papers by placing them in the freezer if they have been soaked. This may stop the growth of mildew or deterioration. 

Storing important items in your basement may not be a best practice, but if you don’t have space anywhere else, you may want to try using air- and water-tight plastic bins to protect your items against a flooding event. 


Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are always ready to help whenever you are dealing with water damage and fire damage, and we are mold remediation specialists, too. We handle large cleanup projects for commercial business owners and smaller projects for area homeowners, and we can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Understanding Mold and Our Mold Remediation Process

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Many of us don’t really understand all the issues and the facts that surround indoor mold. For example, most people don’t know that the spores for all kinds of mold are in the air all around us, and that it only takes a day or two for a colony to get started. Once mold has established a colony, it can never be completely eradicated. It’s vital to understand mold so that you can keep yourself and your belongings safe, and practicing prevention is the best way to do that. 

If you do end up with mold issues, however, remediation can be done to keep the situation from becoming unmanageable, and our SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson team is full of experts at mold remediation. Today we would like to give you some information about our mold remediation process so that you know how it works and what to expect. 

Every mold damage scenario is different and will require a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process is always the same. The steps listed below illustrate our typical process:

  1. Call us right away if you notice an issue. Our emergency contact number is: (615) 246-7851
  2. We will come to your location and do a mold inspection and a mold damage assessment
  3. Our next step will be to contain the mold colony and spores
  4. Good air quality is vital, so we will establish proper air filtration in the area
  5. We will remove all mold and mold-infested materials
  6. Contents and belongings will all be cleaned thoroughly
  7. We will initiate and complete total restoration of your location and belongings

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we care about you and your health and safety. If you are experiencing issues from a mold infestation, we are here to help. We maintain the proper training and tools to take care of any mold remediation you might require, and we can help you with proper mold prevention techniques, too. We are also experts in large-scale cleanup projects and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! Call us for help with fire damage and water damage.

How Often Should I Replace My Roof?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to knowing how often you should replace your roof, there really isn’t any hard and fast rule. You have to keep an eye on its condition to be able to tell if you need to start thinking about it. If your roof is showing signs of damage, that could lead to major water or storm damage to the rest of your home. Today, we here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson are going to share a few potential issues your roof may develop; any one of these may mean it’s time to replace your roof. 

Age

An asphalt shingle roof should last between 20 and 30 years, so if you have a 40-year-old roof, just keep in mind that you will probably need to replace it entirely in the next 1-5 years.

Shingles

Shingles can curl in two ways: by “cupping,” which happens when the edges of the shingles turn upward; and “clawing,” which is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to come up. Both are signs of weathering and indicate that potential leaks may possibly be developing, depending on the extent. Every homeowner finds themselves replacing a missing shingle, but it can be just about impossible to get a new shingle to match the color of an old one. Granule colors have changed pretty significantly over the years, and shingle colors often change with years of weathering. If your roof is starting to look like a patchwork quilt, you may want to consider replacing it soon. 

Damage

Cracked shingles are typically caused by wind damage, and if the damage is extensive and not isolated to just one area, you should start thinking about replacing your roof within the next few years. 

Algae Or Moss

This is not a big deal when it shows up on your roof, but it doesn’t give your home or business a great look. You don’t want to take matters into your own hands by power washing or scraping it away since that will often chip off all the protective granules and essentially render your shingles useless. You can use a wash that's one part bleach and one part water to remove algae or moss, and if you do decide to replace your roof, consider tiles that are algae-resistant.

Light

This issue is pretty obvious: if light can get in through your roof, so can rain. If you see any water stains during the next rainfalls, and if they spread or expand, you have an active leak, and it is time to contact SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson immediately to help remediate the water damage and potential mold growth.

Sagging

A sagging roof is typically an indication of a structural issue and demands immediate attention. There could be a problem with the decking in the attic or with the supports in the foundation, which is even worse. You're not necessarily in imminent danger, but this is the kind of thing that's a lot easier to take care of when it's small and localized, so call your roofing professionals right away for this roofing issue. 

When it comes to replacing your roof, there is no hard and fast rule. If you are experiencing water damage, it is probably time. remember that SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help if you are dealing with water damage, fire damage, or a mold infestation. We are committed to getting your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Removing The Smell Of Smoke From Your Furniture

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

The odor of smoke always lingers longer than anyone wants it to, whether it is cigarette or cigar smoke, or if it was caused by a fire. Today, we are going to share a few tips to help you in removing the smell of smoke from your furniture, whether you are handling fabric or wood. 

Fabric

Two cups of witch hazel and twenty drops of essential oil can be a very efficient and cost-effective way to get rid of the odor of smoke from your furniture. Place the mixture in a glass spray bottle and shake well; spray liberally onto your furniture fabric and allow it to air dry. The oil will help to absorb the smoke odor instead of just masking it, and if you use a favorite scent of oil, you will be able to enjoy the improvement that much more.  

Wood

Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on a corner of the piece first, as a test, and let it sit for about an hour, then vacuum it away. Once you have determined that your furniture will not be negatively affected, cover both the exterior and interior of your pieces with the baking soda and let it absorb the smoke odor for up to eight hours, depending on how bad the smell is. You can then just vacuum up the baking soda from the exterior parts. We do recommend that you wait a week before removing the baking soda from the interior since this area will probably have been more affected by the smoke. Repeat this process as needed. You can also clean your wooden furniture using this wet method: Apply Murphy’s Oil Soap, using an amount approximately the size of a nickel, to a soft sponge; you can also use a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar here. Gently rub the affected areas in a circular motion, which will help you avoid damage to the wood surface and finish. Allow your furniture to air dry in a warm interior space, although make sure not to place your piece in the direct sunlight, as it could cause the wood to warp. 

If your furniture and other belongings have been negatively affected by unpleasant smoky odors and you can’t seem to get the results you want by doing it yourself, remember that the team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always ready to help with smoke odor, fire damage, water damage. We handle mold prevention/remediation, as well, and we maintain the necessary training, skills, and equipment that will help us to get your belongings back to normal as soon as possible. We are committed to getting your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Deep Cleaning For Your Business

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

A deep clean will bring many benefits to your business, your employees, and your customers. While regular cleaning services may save you money, you may need something more. In the long run, you won’t regret hiring SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson to make your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Your employees will be happier and healthier when they work in an environment that is free from dust and dirt. A fresh, clean workspace will keep your employees healthier and more productive the whole year round, while your customers will enjoy a spotless environment as well. A business owner that keeps their premises in top shape is considered to be conscientious in all their business endeavors. 

One deep cleaning project is the cleaning of ventilation systems; these are often the biggest contributor to poor indoor air quality. Many business owners fail to realize the importance of clean indoor air. Air may be contaminated with different types of particulates, which are then continuously circulated by the ventilation system, and polluted indoor air quality will often lead to a significant drop in worker productivity due to sickness. These ventilation systems and air ducts need to be cleaned regularly to keep them free of pathogens and other irritants. When any allergens, bacteria, dust, debris, mold, and dirt are removed from the air ducts, not only will it be easier and healthier to breathe, your HVAC system will also perform more efficiently. 

A thorough cleaning of your workplace environment is also advantageous because it will help prevent the spread of germs and other contaminants. Disinfecting shared areas, such as bathrooms, breakrooms, and training rooms, decrease the possibility of employee illness. It’s a good idea all year long and not just during flu season. 

Another aspect of deep cleans is carpet, walls, and hard floor cleaning. By wiping down walls and deep cleaning your floors, it will remove any dirt and make your business more presentable. 


For any and all commercial cleaning services, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson. We are experts at all kinds of cleaning and we can get your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Cleaning Your Hotel Carpets

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

The classy first impression you want your hotel guests to experience is going to be negatively affected by unkempt carpeting. We have some tips to share that will help you maintain your carpet to the highest standards possible; keep in mind that your friends here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson are ready to help at a moment’s notice if you experience an event that leaves you with hotel carpet that needs serious attention. 

Here are a few of our best practices for cleaning your hotel carpets:

Stains. There isn’t really much difference between spots and stains. All that it takes for a spot to become a stain is to neglect to remove it right when it occurs. Any spot should be immediately soaked up with an absorbent material to remove as much of the spill as possible. This should keep the spot from becoming a more unsightly stain. 

Pre-treating Carpets. Carpet cleaning chemicals can leave behind residue that will actually collect even more dirt, and only properly diluted chemicals that break down these stains and rinse clean should be used for spots. Make sure you allow your pre-spray to penetrate the spots for a while so that they can do their work. 

Daily Carpet Care. Regular cleaning, such as vacuuming every day, can vastly reduce your need for deep cleaning, especially when it is done with high-quality equipment. Supply your hotel with backpack-style vacuums that will be easier for your staff to use, and make sure you use properly dated filters; completing periodic deep carpet extraction cleaning in your hotel is essential to keep carpeting dry, which prevents mold growth, as well. Daily vacuuming removes dirt and dust quickly before it has time to get wet and become embedded in your carpeting. 

Routine Maintenance. Make sure your team knows how to clean your hotel carpets correctly, using all the established machinery and cleaning solvents as per manufacturer’s directions. The most efficient way to ensure that your carpeting lasts is to establish a routine maintenance plan that is executed by properly trained cleaners. 


Call a professional cleaning company to come in and help you when it’s time for large-scale deep cleaning of your hotel carpets. The SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has all the necessary deep-cleaning expertise that will ensure your hotel is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Preparing Your Yard For Storm Damage

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

We advise homeowners to prepare their homes and property for storm season, whether it’s winter or summer. Extreme weather can lead to power outages and disruption of communications, as well as damage to personal and business property and belongings. Flooding and debris can make a mess of your property, and your yard is no exception.

Here are some essential safety tips to help you prepare your yard for storm damage:

  • Walkways. In advance of a storm, it would be wise to make sure that all walkways allowing you free access to the buildings on your property are in good repair and that they can withstand excessive amounts of water that may come from a summer storm. If you can’t safely walk to your house or your outbuildings, injuries and accidents can happen to you and those you love.
  • Furniture. When you receive warning of bad weather, secure all patio or deck furniture, or move the items indoors. If the winds get extremely high they could end up becoming dangerous as they are blown about.
  • Fencing. Inspect your fencing and gates to ensure that they are in good condition. High winds and flying debris can knock even the strongest fence over, and that creates a lot of work for you after the storm is over.
  • Drainage. Make sure that you have good drainage in your yard. Standing water can create issues all by itself, such as mosquitoes, sinkholes, and other hazards.
  • Landscaping. Before storm season comes, make sure all dead or unhealthy trees and bushes are trimmed back or removed. Cut away branches that are not stable, and clean up those items that may be littering your premises. Flying tree branches and other debris can cause major damages to your property when a storm hits.


Our team SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson truly cares about your safety and the safety of your loved ones and your property. If you need help after an extreme weather event, call us. We are experts in repair caused by water damage and fire damage, and we specialize in mold prevention and remediation.

Restoring Your Furniture After Water Damage

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

If you have some furniture that has experienced water damage, the damage can often be manageable and you can handle it by following some simple DIY steps. If you have some furniture that needs care after flooding or weather-related water damage, here are some tips you can follow to restore your furniture and carpeting, and always remember that the SERVPRO team is ready to assist you with the jobs that require professional expertise. 

Wood Care. When a piece of furniture made from wood has been soaked in water, the first step you will need to take is to let it dry completely. Place it in a room that is warm and that enjoys good circulation; you can decide to turn on the heat and fans, as well, and that can be helpful. If the outdoor temperatures are warm, place the furniture outside, but take care that the temperature is truly warm enough - cool weather will cause the piece to dry more slowly and mold or mildew may appear. Weather that is TOO warm won’t be much help, either; air that is too hot will cause cracks to form in the furniture. 

White Spots. If you find white spots on the furniture, mix a solution of toothpaste and baking soda in equal parts. After dipping a wet cloth in this solution, rub it around and on the spots and polish the area with a dry piece of fabric made from cotton. Helpful Tip: This method can be used to remove water rings from drinking glasses, as well. 

Black Spots. Black spots indicate that water has seeped through the finish into the wood itself, and that leads to mildew. If you see this issue developing, it will require you to remove the finish, clean the mildew with a bleach solution, and put on a new layer of finish to bring your furniture back to its original beauty. 

Veneer. The veneer on your furniture may have buckled or warped through contact with water. You can soak the veneer with a moisturizer to cause it to lie down flat and then wipe it clean and dry. Next, fill a syringe with veneer glue, place the needle tip between the veneer and the body of the furniture and empty the syringe slowly. After it is removed, place a wood block on top of the veneer and wait for the glue to dry; make sure you are following manufacturer recommendations. 


When it comes to recovery of your property and possessions from water damage, the SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team is always here to help you get back to normal. We are experts in the area of restoration from either water damage or fire damage, and we are also mold prevention and remediation experts.

Most Common Causes of House Fires

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

According to reports, there are more than 350,000 house fires every year in the U.S. that cause millions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses, as well as suffering due to injuries and death. Here are some of the most common causes of house fires, as well as a few tips on how to avoid them:

  • Cooking. This is the most common cause of fire and is often caused by grease that is overheated on a stove or in the oven. Grease is very flammable and can combust spontaneously, and once it is ignited it is almost impossible to control. Never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking in oil or if the food you are cooking produces grease, and if a grease fire starts, do not use water to try to put it out. Use baking soda instead. 
  • Heaters. Space and baseboard heaters are common causes of fire as well, especially if items made of fabric or combustible materials are placed too close to them. Electrical heaters are also dangerous if the wiring is faulty or if flammable items get too near. 
  • Electrical Wiring. Short circuits causing arcing are a common culprit, as are circuits that are overloaded.
  • Smoking. Cigarette butts dropped on furniture, carpets, or other flammable materials are yet another common cause of house fires. This often happens due to the smoker falling asleep. Smoking in bed is especially dangerous since it only takes a single stray ash to ignite bedding or clothing. 
  • Burning Candles. Candles are a common culprit of house fires. Always extinguish them when you leave the room, and keep them at least 12 inches away from any flammable materials. 
  • Flammable Chemicals. Residential chemical fires occur when vapors from gas and other petroleum liquids reach a high temperature or when the fumes contact a source of an open flame. Store all fuels and other chemicals in their proper containers and keep them in locations that are protected from heat. 
  • Rags. Another cause of fires is when oily rags spontaneously heat up. Never store oil-soaked or chemical-soaked rags, and never stack them in a pile. Heat can be spontaneously generated when the fumes combine with oxygen. These rags should be spread out in an outdoor location until the oil evaporates. Once thoroughly dry, they can be washed for reuse; remember here to wash them by hand and not in your washing machine. 
  • Holiday Decorations. Christmas trees are a holiday tradition for many families, but they can be a fire risk. Live evergreen trees tend to dry out over time, and by the end of the holiday season, they can pose a very serious danger of flash fire. A hot light or a spark can immediately set the tree aflame, and such fires spread incredibly fast. If your family will be using a menorah during Hanukkah celebrations, always remember to keep an eye on it while it is burning, and never leave small children unattended in the same area. 


If you experience water damage or fire damage, give us a call. The team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has all the training, equipment, and expertise necessary to get you back to normal right away after a fire.

Why Your Business Should Have An ERP

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

An ERP, or Emergency Ready Plan, is a method of planning for emergencies before they even occur. Why should your business have an ERP? Your emergency strategy will be carefully devised to guide you and your employees when taking the decisive action necessary during a disaster of any size. The SERVPRO Ready Plan information will give you the security of emergency preparedness, and your plan information can be downloaded into our Ready Plan app to instantly share with SERVPRO so that the damage can be intercepted right away. 

Here are some things to consider while putting your ERP into place:

Planning Ahead

  • Talk with your employees to formulate as many disaster scenarios as they can come up with. One of the worst calamities in the US occurred in the 2010 Nashville flood here in Tennessee, when the city was deluged by almost 14 inches of rain within 36 hours - most of us remember that event very well. Studying such tragedies can help you more effectively project other possible disasters to better plan for them. 

Protecting Everyone

  • It is necessary to create an ERP that protects anyone in the building. The Department of Homeland Security refers to this as “Protective Actions for Life Safety,” and includes:
    • Fire Drills. Rehearsals for action during a fire.
    • Sheltering. Sheltering staff during a natural disaster.
    • Sheltering in Place. Sheltering staff during a man-made emergency.
    • Lockdown. Eluding an active shooter.

Incident Stabilization

  • Stabilizing an incident means preventing further damage on the scene. This can be accomplished by training your employees in various rescue procedures including:
    • First Aid and CPR
    • Proper Use of Fire Extinguishers

Evacuation Team

  • Without guidance during an evacuation, people will often panic. Consider adding an evacuation team to your ERP:
    • Assign point persons to guide evacuees out of the building.
    • Appoint helpers to assist persons with disabilities.
    • If an exit is blocked by a hazard such as a collapsed ceiling, make sure the evacuation team is trained to redirect employees to an alternate exit.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is a reliable, professional provider of emergency cleaning and restoration services when you experience fire and water damage. SERVPRO can expertly help you devise an effective Emergency Readiness Plan for your business here in the Hermitage/Donelson area.

How To Handle A Flood In Your Apartment Complex

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage from a flood in your apartment complex can make units impossible, and even unsafe, to live in, and can even ruin personal property permanently. No matter the size of the flooding, it can have long-lasting consequences, both to you as the owner and to your residents. 

Here are some important tips on how to handle a flood in your apartment complex:

  • Safety. Safety is always the very first consideration in any emergency situation. Even the most minor flooding event can create unsafe conditions, such as washing out walkways or causing deep potholes in the parking areas, so you will want to inspect your grounds thoroughly to identify any unsafe situations that have become an issue. Log these observations and take plenty of pictures and videos, and make sure that your residents are notified to stay clear. 
  • Inspections. Visit each affected unit to see what kind of damage there may be. Pay special attention to mold infestations, especially. Wet surfaces are fertile environments for mold, which can further damage the apartment and create substantial health hazards.
  • Responsibilities. You will be responsible to repair the damage up to a point. Be aware of your tenants’ rights, as well, and always do the right thing (It’s good advertising)! Some residents may be under the impression that the owner is liable for the replacement of personal property, for example, and this may not be true in every instance, so knowing the laws will really help here. The principles that support the rights of tenants are pretty much the same in every state, with each state varying in some of the specific details. You or your residents can consult the local housing authority or a tenants’ rights organization if there are any disagreements or if clarification is needed. 
  • Rent Payments. If a resident has to leave their unit due to severe water damage, they do not have to pay rent for that particular month or until their apartment is completely repaired. In addition, if the apartment is totally destroyed they can request to cancel their lease if they do not want to move to another unit.
  • Professionals. After you have ensured that the safety of all involved is secured and you know where the repairs need to be made, call in a professional repair company with the expertise and equipment needed to get you back to normal as soon as possible. You are required by law to get these repairs completed in a timely manner and to ensure that units are fit to live in, so make sure you use a company that has a great reputation for thorough and timely completion of all projects.


Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we have the experience and skill you need to get your apartment complex back to pre-flood condition as soon as possible! We are water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation experts.

Keeping Your Hotel Free From Mold

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is very unsightly, unhealthy, and costly to your hotel business. Today, we are sharing some steps that will help you keep your motel or hotel business free from mold so that your business won’t be adversely affected. Your guests will thank you!

  • PROBLEM AREAS. Do an audit of your business premises to identify problem areas. If you find windows in some rooms frequently damp, or any persistent leaks in ceilings or hallways, these will be areas to focus on right away. Preventing mold from taking hold and spreading can be as simple as ripping up carpet or using cleaning and renovation products that are mold-preventive.  If you are in need of mold inspection services, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is just a phone call away and ready to assist you in your mold inspection and mold remediation needs!
  • KEEP IT DRY. Mold growth can’t occur without moisture, so take care of wet areas immediately. Seepage after heavy rainfalls or melting snow and ice, carpet spills or minor flooding due to broken pipes, etc. need to be fully dried within 24 to 48 hours. Make sure any affected bedding and furniture are either cleaned and dried completely or removed from the area entirely to prevent the need for mold remediation services. 
  • PROPER VENTILATION. All areas need to be properly ventilated, including the kitchen to the on-site laundry, if you have one. Your housekeeping staff needs to be trained to keep a lookout for leaking AC units and plumbing in guest areas, and everyone should know what to look for in break areas, bathrooms, and other areas where they work daily. Dehumidifiers might be appropriate to use, especially in more humid regions or during very wet seasons in your area to prevent water damage and mold growth.  
  • WEATHER. Regular inspection of exterior doors, windows, and roofing can expose any leaks or improper fits right away. Even the smallest leaks can, over time, cause a mold issue that can be difficult to eradicate. Making sure rain gutters are kept clean of dirt and debris is another preventive measure that can help. 
  • VEGETATION. Do you use live plants in your decorating scheme? They are beautiful and useful, too; they help to purify the air of indoor spaces. They can also accumulate mold on their leaves and in their pots, though, so make sure that part of their regular care involves checking for mold. Natural food stores carry products that can be added to water for your plants to keep excess moisture down while being safe for the environment. 
  • MOLD-RESISTANT PRODUCTS. When it comes time to repair or renovate, there are many mold-resistant products on the market to choose from today, such as drywall or Sheetrock. Many paints now include mold-inhibitors, as well, which are a great asset in the battle against mold, and these may be a helpful choice for your hotel if you are repairing or renovating any of your spaces.

Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we are experts when it comes to water damage and fire damage as well as mold prevention and remediation, and are here to conduct a mold inspection if you think you have developed an issue.

How To Handle Storm Damage Before Professional Help Arrives

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

A heavy storm, hurricane, or tornado may mean you have some serious damage to deal with, and that can be difficult if you have to tackle it by yourself. Today we are sharing some tips that will help you manage storm damages before the professionals arrive. 

SAFETY.  

  • Listen to your radio or local news station to hear all the updates and advisories that will be aired for your area. Don’t go outside until instructed that it is safe to do so, and when you do venture out, make sure you stay away from downed power lines and any metal objects nearby. 
  • Standing water isn’t safe to go into, so don’t wade into these areas. Damaged trees with dangling or broken limbs also need to be avoided. 
  • Once you know that your own family members and loved ones are okay, be sure to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled. 
  • Turn your gas off if you can smell it, and avoid using candles or any other open flames indoors. 
  • Make sure your sewer system is working before using any sinks or toilets and be careful when consuming any perishable foods. If these foods have been warmed up over 40 degrees, discard. 
  • Keep your pets indoors, and use leashes if they must go out. 
  • Watch out for snakes and other wild creatures; they will be disturbed due to the wild weather and may be more aggressive than normal. 
  • Don’t attempt to drive unless you absolutely have to, and watch out for damaged bridges and undermined roadways. 

CLEAN UP. 

  • When climbing ladders, working on your damaged roof or using machinery like chainsaws to cut away tree branches, etc., use extreme caution. 
  • If your roof is damaged to the point of allowing more water indoors, cover it before more rain comes into your area. Open windows and run fans if your interior has suffered water damage.

INSURANCE.

  • Make sure you document all the damage to your home by video or photographs and compile the most complete list possible of all damaged items before you clean up.  
  • Your homeowner’s insurance policy should be read thoroughly so that you know what is and what is not covered before you ever contact the company. If you have trouble getting in touch with them, use any means available, such as phone, email, fax, and even letters. 

CALLING PROFESSIONALS.

  • For the bigger jobs, it is probably going to be necessary to call a professional restoration company. 
  • Check with your insurance representative before hiring a contractor, and avoid those companies that go door-to-door after a storm to drum up business.
  • Contact your local homebuilder’s association to obtain recommendations for reputable contractors. 
  • Get more than one written bid, and make sure you understand what each bid includes. Be patient with reputable contractors after a storm, as they may be overwhelmed with projects. They will get to you as soon as possible!


If your home and property have suffered damage from storms or other extreme weather and you decide you need the help of some professionals, the team here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to help! We have the skills, experience, and tools necessary to get you back to normal as soon as possible.

What To Do When Your Kitchen Catches On Fire

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in the kitchen can happen with no warning, and you will need to act fast to keep it from getting out of control. Take stock of what kind of fire you have and where it is so that you can act appropriately. 

Here are some tips on what to do when your kitchen catches on fire:

  • If the fire starts in your oven, turn the oven off and close the door immediately; make sure to leave the door closed. Lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. 
  • If the oven continues to smoke and you think the fire may be building, call the fire department right away. 
  • When you experience a fire in your cooking pan or pot, use your oven mitt to put the lid on right away, and move it off the burner. Turn off the stove and wait for the lack of oxygen to stop the flames inside your pot. 
  • If you are not able to safely put the lid on the flaming pan, or if there is no lid readily available, put your fire extinguisher to work. Always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves. 
  • Never use water to put out a grease fire. Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease when you apply it. Try one of these methods instead:
    • If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
    • Throw plenty of baking soda on it. Flour is not a good substitute here; it can explode or make the fire even worse. 
    • Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large cloth. 
    • Use a fire extinguisher. 
    • Caution: Swatting the fire with a towel, apron, or other material, is likely to fan the flames and spread the fire. 
    • If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, get every person and pet out of the house and call 911! 


For cleanup after any type of fire, the SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team is here to help, and we can be on the scene right away. We are also experts in cleanup from water damage, as well as mold prevention and remediation.

What To Expect From A Commercial Restoration Project

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you already have a lot on your plate on any given day. You need to know who to call when something goes wrong or your business is damaged. Whether the damage your business is experiencing is from water, fire, or other weather-related issues, you need a company with the expertise and availability to assist you quickly after a disaster. 

Here are some things to look for when seeking a Commercial Restoration Company.

  • Efficiency.

Lost time is lost money. When looking for a company to help you restore your business, you need a team that understands how important and necessary it is to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

  • Availability.

When in the midst of a disaster, you need to be able to pick up the phone and have immediate assistance from a team of highly trained professionals. It is important to pick a company that is available 24/7 for emergencies and near your business. 

  • Communication. 

In times of stress, you need people who can talk you through it and communicate a plan, not add to it. When seeking Commercial Restoration, make sure you find someone that is ready to communicate a plan, a time frame, and peace of mind. 

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is ready to be that company for you. We have experience in damage restoration and have covered commercial loss for many clients. Here are examples of restoration projects we’ve handled:

  • Flood Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Inclement Weather Damage
  • Damage from Equipment Failure
  • Damage from Vandalism
  • Damage from Accidents 
  • Damage due to Aging of Property

We are available 24/7 and are experts in restoration projects in restoring businesses to their proper condition. If you would like to receive assistance from our team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, call us at  (615) 885-3906 or seek assistance online!

Restoring Your Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

The flooring in your home is a key aesthetic element and expense in every home. Hardwood floors are expensive, but beautiful if kept in good condition. Water damage on flooring can be time-consuming and stressful, depending on what type of floors you have. If you suspect you may have any type of water damage in your flooring, it is necessary to immediately start the cleanup process in order to ensure your floors are restored properly and avoid costly damages. Dismissing any kind of water damage could cause mold development, leading to more substantial and damaging effects. 

Restoring your flooring.

  1. Wear protective gear. First, ensure that you are taking all the proper precautions for your health and safety. Wear gloves, boots, and a mask to avoid exposure to any possible mold. 
  2. Clear the area. Move any furniture and clear the damaged room of objects before inspecting the water damage. Make sure the electricity to that room is cut off in order to take safety precautions and prevent any power surges. 
  3. Dry up any visible water. Begin by using a wet/dry vacuum and towels, making sure you absorb any and all water that is only on the external flooring first. This can prevent it from leaking into the subflooring, causing more time-consuming repairs. Afterward, set up fans and dehumidifiers in order to properly dry and ventilate the area. The process of air drying could take anywhere from 7 to 10 days. 
  4. Clean any debris. Clean any and all buildup of dirt with detergent and a brush. Continue to do this until all of the flooring is clean and free of debris. Keep the fans and humidifiers running, and rinse the floors with clean water after you have finished. 
  5. Refinish the flooring. After the floors have been thoroughly cleaned and dried out, they may still have some cracks and blemishes. This is expected through the process, and the floors can be refinished now that they are restored and clean. 


It is important to have the proper knowledge and equipment to thoroughly finish the hardwood flooring restoration process. At SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we understand how overwhelming and stressful water damage can be. We specialize in water damage restoration and would be happy to help and take the stress off your shoulders. Reach us at (615) 885-3906 or seek assistance online!

Cleaning Your HVAC System

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

It is necessary to continue to keep your HVAC system clean and in good condition to avoid large amounts of dirt and dust from getting trapped. Like any piece of equipment, the HVAC system needs to be cleaned in order to be kept in good condition and avoid costly damages. If the HVAC system had a buildup of dirt or growth, it could potentially compromise the efficiency and performance of the system. While it is important to have your HVAC system professionally cleaned, there are a few ways to cut costs and clean on your own. SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has a few tips in order to get started on cleaning!

Inspect Air Filters.

One important element that can be done at home is changing out the Air Filters in your HVAC system. Too much dirt or bacteria in the filters can slow down the system or potentially cause health issues. It is important to check and update your air filters routinely, every 30 to 90 days is recommended. 

Listen for anything unusual. 

While this one may seem obvious, it’s easy to dismiss any unusual noises or not recognize what consistent sounds your HVAC system makes. Try to listen closely to the sounds your HVAC system makes so you can recognize anything out of the ordinary. If you notice that you have been hearing sounds you haven’t heard before coming from your system, try to locate the sound and find a solution or contact a professional. 

Look out for debris. 

If your system is outdoors, you will likely see a buildup of dirt, leaves, and debris on your HVAC system. It is important to routinely clean this buildup in order to keep airflow consistent. You can do so with gloves and hands or use a hose to wash off any accumulation of debris. 


While these are just a few tips to keep your system in good shape, you can contact our highly trained team of professionals at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson for more advice or cleaning assistance at (615) 885-3906!

Spring Storm Damage Prevention Tips

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

As a business owner, it is your responsibility to protect your business from damages and injuries that could potentially happen from damage due to bad storms. Although storms are difficult to predict, you can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your business. We have a few tips to ensure you are taking all preventive measures possible in order to take proper care of your business. Here are just a couple ways to prevent damages and ensure your employees are safe and your business avoids costly damages. 



Check the state of your business before any weather damage hits. The state of your business prior to any potential storms needs to be thoroughly assessed and documented. 

When filing insurance claims, it is necessary to have before and after pictures of your property.

Inspect the roof. Roofs can leak and potentially cause water damage to your business. In order to avoid this, your roof should be in the best shape and without any issues. Make sure there aren’t any shingles that could cause water to leak through your roof and into your business. It is also important to inspect your ceilings for any discoloration that could also potentially cause water damage.

Inspect your gutters. Clean your gutters consistently throughout the year to prevent them from getting clocked and adding cracks to your foundation. Gutters are designed to keep water away from your property, so it is necessary to ensure the gutters are working properly. If there are cracks in your foundation, water could leak in and cause flooding in your business.

Check the property for potential debris. High winds can cause debris to fly and cause damage. Look around your business for trees that have the potential to fall and threaten your property. If you see any trees that pose a threat, consider seeking assistance in order to help you eliminate them.


SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson understands that sometimes things happen, and even with all proper precautions storm damage can still affect your business. If you or your business have experienced damage from a storm, contact us to help you repair the damages. You can reach SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson at (615) 885-3906!

Cleaning Smoke Damage out of Your Kitchen

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

We all know that the smell of smoke tends to stick. It can be extremely difficult to completely remove this strong odor and get the important areas of your home restored to be clean and healthy once again. At SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we understand that this process can be overwhelming. If you are stressed and tired of trying to get the smell of smoke out of your home, give us a call at (615) 885-3906!

With that being said, it is possible to assess the smoke damage at home on your own. We are here to give you a couple of tips in order to ensure your home is back in great shape!

Proper Ventilation: This tip is huge in order to start the process of smoke damage removal. You want to make sure that your kitchen is properly vented, and has airflow coming in. If there isn't already a fan in your kitchen, we suggest putting one in and opening any windows in your kitchen in order to circulate air.

Throw away soot infected items: Make sure any opened food that was infected with soot from the fire are disposed of. Any appliances and areas that were exposed to the smoke damage should be cleared or removed and cleaned properly.

Use TSP:  A common and effective chemical used is trisodium phosphate, commonly known as TSP. This chemical is very strong and can potentially be toxic, so make sure you’re using gloves and taking the proper precautions for safety. Use TSP and a sponge to clean the infected area.

Cleaning the smell of smoke: Use deodorizer in carpets and use vinegar as a cleaner to absorb the smell. Vacuuming can also help to ensure you are sucking up all of the smoke trapped in the carpet. Be gentle in order to avoid stains.


If you are still concerned about smoke damage and cleaning or would prefer assistance, our team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always happy to help! Reach out to us at (615) 885-3906, or get assistance online!

Dealing With Water Damage In Your Attic

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Considering the attic isn’t an area that is used often by homeowners, it’s easy to forget about it. This is the main reason water damage in the attic often goes unnoticed. If water damage isn’t addressed, it can cause more damage to the areas below the attic and potentially cause mold. The signs of water damage usually include water stains, mold, or musty odors in your home. It is important to make sure you take the proper steps to assess the damage as soon as you notice in order to assure your safety and health, and avoid expensive repairs. 

In order to address the damage, you must first find the source of the problem. Begin by evaluating the damage. Where is the water coming from? Could it be a burst pipe or a hole in your roof? Make sure to check the roof for leaks on a regular basis. The water damage in your attic can also be caused by a lack of ventilation. Humidity can get trapped in the attic and cause a buildup of condensation, which causes water damage. Be sure to remain safe throughout this process and turn off all electrical items before touching anything. 

The next step is to inspect for mold and fix any leaks. As previously mentioned, water damage can lead to a more serious issue, mold, and mildew. Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours, and it’s easy for it to go unnoticed. When inspecting for mold, it is important to take the proper precautions and be careful. Some mold is toxic to humans and if the mold is a serious issue rather than a small one, it’s best to contact a professional. It is also advised to contact a professional before attempting to fix any leaks unless you have to tools and skills to do so with ease. 

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always ready to help and assist you with any water damage or mold you may have! If you’re in over your head with water damage, give us a call at (615) 885-3906!

HVAC Maintenance For Your Commercial Property

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

As a commercial property manager or owner, it is important to maintain your property and keep it in the best condition during all seasons. Maintaining your HVAC system can help avoid costly damages and extend the life of your equipment. Here are a few helpful tips in order to assure your equipment stays intact.

  • Perform inspections regularly. 

It is important to regularly inform inspections on your HVAC system. This prevents any surprise damage and allows you to be more prepared for expenses that may come up due to necessary maintenance.

  • Replace air filters.

Replacing the air filters when needed will assure that your equipment is functioning at its best. Keeping the air filters clean in your HVAC system is an essential element of maintenance. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and slow your system. If the air in your HVAC is flowing properly, it will reduce strain and allow it to function more efficiently. 

  • Monitor your thermostats. 

If your thermostat isn’t set to a consistent temperature and is changed regularly, it can cause your system to work too hard and struggle to keep up with the switch from heating to cooling. Monitoring your thermostat can help to keep your system from developing more wear and stress.

  • Repair any minor issues as they come up.

Although the major issues should be left to professionals, repairing damages such as leaks and air ducts should be a consistent part of maintenance. It is important to assure that smaller issues don’t get left alone for too long, causing them to become costly damages and more work.

These are just a few tips to keep your system running smoothly. If you come across any large damage within your HVAC system or would prefer assistance in any of these areas, our team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always happy to help! Reach out to us at (615) 885-3906, or get assistance online!

Chimney Cleaning Tips

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Owning a fireplace can add a sense of life and warmth to your home. In order for your fire to run efficiently and safely, it’s important that your chimney stays clean. Keeping a clean chimney will also prevent dangerous chimney fires that could potentially cause you to lose your home. Chimney fires are fires that start with few large sounds resembling gunshots and eventually cause an explosion. The fires can typically not be handled by homeowners. Firefighters often have to shoot water from the top downward, which can cause the house to suffer from flood damage. More often than not,  the entire house is lost. One of the most common causes of chimney fires is a poorly maintained chimney. Your chimney should be cleaned once a year, either by you or by a professional (which we recommend.) However, if you have the tools and confidence to do it on your own, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to give you a couple of tips to get you started.

Inspect first.

  • First, you need to inspect your chimney and begin by removing the creosote, which is soot that has condensed and becomes a toxic substance. Creosote is tar-like, and if the buildup is too high then it can catch on fire. Make sure your fireplace is cooled off before you begin the inspection or any cleaning.

Use a plastic tarp.

  • Using a tarp around the front of the fireplace will help protect the floors in your home. This will also make the process of cleaning up more efficient. 

Sweep the interior.

  • Use a brush to remove creosote buildup inside the chimney. You may need a long attachment to hook to the brush in order to reach the flue and spin the brush. The flue looks like a small metal door near the top of the chimney. Make sure to keep the flue open until you are done cleaning.

Choose a cleaner and brush the interior.

  • Use a brush dipped in a soot eraser to brush all inside the chimney and start as high as possible in order to get as much of the debris out as you can.

These are only a few tips in order to get your chimney cleanup started. If you need more assistance or help from a professional, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is prepared to help you with any chimney maintenance or cleaning you may need. Call us at  (615) 885-3906, or request help online!

Storm-Proofing Your Garage

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

In order to protect your home as a whole, it is important to stormproof your garage. Doing so can protect your family and home from dangerous winds and weather damages. If the garage is left unprotected, it is much more likely that there will be expensive damages. Here are just a few tips in order to help you get started on storm-proofing the garage. If you would prefer to leave it up to the professionals, contact SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson for help! 

Maintain the garage door.

The door of your garage is the most susceptible to damage, and storm-proofing should begin with ensuring you have a strong and sturdy door. When it’s time to replace the garage door, look into purchasing a more wind resistant door. It is also important to consistently check your garage door for holes and cracks, and seal them in order for your garage to stay protected. It is also recommended to install a bracing system to the door. Braces anchor the door to the floor, walls, and hinges, adding support and wind resistance. This can be done yourself if you do well with tools, or you can hire a professional to do this.

Stormproof the windows.

It is suggested to remove windows in the garage if you are concerned about storms, but that may not always be an option. If you have any windows in your garage, you want to make sure the glass is impact resistant. It is also important to install outside window protection that can be locked and protected from impact and storm remnants.

Protect the garage from flooding.

Lastly, your garage could be damaged by water buildup after a storm. Water damage can always negatively impact your garage, potentially causing mold and health problems. In order to prevent flood damage after a storm,  you can install a trench drain outside your garage. This creates a channel for water to flow through in order to avoid the overflow of water in street gutters, causing water damage to your property. You may also install flood vents, which allow water to flow through your garage easily, so it doesn’t put pressure on your foundation.

These are just a few tips to begin storm-proofing your garage. If you are concerned about your garage or would prefer assistance in any of these areas, our team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always happy to help! Reach out to us at (615) 885-3906, or get assistance online!

How To Keep Mold Out Of Your Bathroom

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Bathrooms are one of the most common areas to find mold due to high humidity levels. In order to protect your health and your bathroom, it is necessary to address mold as soon as possible and assure that it is taken care of quickly. Important areas to inspect for mold in your bathroom are the tiles, the sink and toilet, ceiling and walls, bathroom windows, towels, and shower curtains. If you are unsure whether you may have mold or not, contact the professionals at  SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson. We are always happy to assist and help keep your home healthy and clean! For now, here are a couple of ways to keep mold out of your bathroom.

  • Ensure you have proper ventilation.

Bathroom fans are necessary to help prevent mold and moisture buildup. Install a fan or keep a dehumidifier in your bathroom during showers in order to properly vent the steam in your bathroom. This is one of the main causes of mold in the bathroom, and it can be a potential health risk if left unaddressed. 

  • Keep everything clean and dry.

Make sure all accessories in your bathroom are being cleaned and dried properly. This includes curtains, towels, and bath mats. If you see any physical signs of mold on any of these accessories, it is best to throw it away. Make sure once the bathroom accessories have been washed, they are dried for the proper amount of time before being moved back into the bathroom. Putting these items back wet will only allow for more moisture buildup. 

  • Maintain tile grout.

Another important tip is keeping the grout in your shower sealed, fresh, and clean. Clean the grout with detergent, soap, and bleach as soon as you spot mold. In order to prevent mold on grout, replace the grout often and seal the lines annually to waterproof them. 

Our team at  SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson knows mold can be overwhelming and the cleanup process can be stressful. We are happy to help! If you suspect mold in your bathroom and feel too overwhelmed to handle it yourself, don't hesitate to contact us at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson! Reach out to us at (615) 885-3906, or get assistance online!

Top Three Places To Check For Water Damage In Your Business

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage within your business can not only cause health risks to your employees but also can lead to costly damages that are time-consuming to fix. In order to avoid the risks and costs of water damage, it is important to stay on top of the potential areas water buildup can develop and inspect your business often. Within a business, there are many areas that are common to be susceptible to water damage and mold. SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to list the top places to check for damages in your business! 

  • The roof and ground

After storms and flash flood warnings, it is common that water damage can appear on your business’s property. This damage can affect the foundation of your building, which is an expensive fix. After storms, ensure that you inspect gutters and rain spouts, as well as water pooling on the ground or roof. The pooling of water can lead to a weak foundation or an unsturdy roof. 

  • Office equipment

The dishwasher, water heater, and toilets can all be easily susceptible to water damage. All of these pieces of equipment have the potential to leak and cause damage to your business. These appliances need to be regularly maintained in order to avoid damage that may buildup over time. 

  • Carpeting or flooring

If you notice a musty smell, you may have mold in your business due to unaddressed water 

damage. Rooms within your office that have poor ventilation can be common areas for this mold to develop. Check beneath flooring and carpet and consistently change out the air filters in your business in order to avoid potential health effects and allergies in your employees.

If you suspect water damage or mold in your business, it is best to let a professional handle the problem. A team with the proper equipment, like SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, can use the correct tools and ensure that the problem is completely addressed and is unlikely to return. You can contact us by requesting assistance online or calling us at (615) 885-3906!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Business

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Throughout the year, it is common for your business to get cluttered and dirty. Spring cleaning isn’t only for your home or vehicles, it is also essential to spring clean your business. It is important to ensure your business is in the best shape in the Spring, and every season. SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to give you and your business a few cleaning tips to get you started this Spring!

Move All Furniture. Move out all furniture and items that could get in the way of vacuuming, scrubbing, and carpet cleaning.   

Clean the floors in all areas of your business. Vacuuming, sweeping, and carpet cleaning are all important steps to restoring your business to a clean and healthy environment.

Sanitize all items. Make sure all computers, desks, and appliances are properly sanitized and cleaned. This can prevent germs and illness from spreading to employees and around the business. 

Wipe down all surfaces. This goes hand-in-hand with sanitizing. Surfaces usually forgotten when doing daily cleaning procedures like doorknobs, mop handles, and brooms should all be wiped down.

Clean all restroom surfaces. Urinals, countertop, sinks, restroom walls, and floors should be sanitized and thoroughly cleaned. It could also be useful to redo the caulk around the toilets and sinks.

Dust all fixtures, vents, and furniture. Getting to the areas that aren’t normally dusted is part of the deep spring cleaning process. The dust in these areas can build up over time and be unhealthy for your business. 

We know deep cleaning can be a lot on top of your already busy schedule running a business. If you would prefer assistance in cleaning this spring or any time, contact our team of highly trained professionals here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson. Please feel free to contact us at (615) 885-3906, or get assistance on our website. 

Biohazard, Vandalism, and Crime Scene Cleanup & Restoration

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Recognized as the leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. Your local professionals at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson help turn unsafe environments, into clean, safe homes and offices. 

Can I get a mulligan?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Thank you to the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce for throwing another fun and exciting Golf Tournament. We appreciate all that the members of the chamber do for the community of Donelson and Hermitage.

Though we did not win, we definitely had great fun and were able to do some great networking. We were set up on the 16th hole and supplied the players with drinks and mid-course snacks. For ones that were waiting to tee off, we played a competitive corn hole game for prizes. We have SERVPRO tees, divot tools, and ball markers that we give out every year so make sure to stop by and grab your supplies next time!

We are looking forward to next year's golf tournament and we're coming to take home the gold!

2018 GNAA Tradeshow

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

All set up and ready to go.

The Greater Nashville Apartment Association put on ANOTHER great trade show this year. SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson was very excited to be a vendor that was able to attend this event. We met some great people and are hopeful to be able to help our contacts in the future! The trade show is an event where vendors, apartment managers, and property managers gather for some after work fun and networking. Our booth handed out some SERVPRO swag to our game winners and a fantastic raffle prize! We hope that if you have a chance to attend this event in the future that you are sure to stop by our booth! This has become an annual event for our franchise and something that we look forward to all year! Thank you GNAA for all that you do!

BEWARE of Rust in the Water Heater

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Know before it is too late, rust in the water heater can cause multiple problems. You may not know, but most water-heater tanks are made of glass-lined steel. If water gets though imperfections in the glass, then you can count on rust and eventually a leak. But because the tank has no inspection ports, it’s hard to tell when it’s dirty or beginning to rust. Tank rust usually isn’t discovered until after a leak occurs- and then it’s too late. You’re not totally without recourse, though.

A special rod call a cathodic anode (or sacrificial anode) is built in to the water-heater tank assembly to prevent rust. As long as the rod is in good condition, deterioration of the tank is drastically reduced.

To prevent damage to the tank, simply replace the cathodic anode, a $15 item that takes about 30 minutes to install. Cathodic anodes are often not readily available in hardware store- you’ll probably have to buy from a plumbing-supply company. Because anodes come in all shapes and sizes, be prepared to give them the make and model of your water heater so that you get the right one. You can find this information on a label on the water-heater housing.

Fun Nashville History!

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

The town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men in 1779, near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough. It was named for Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary War hero. Nashville quickly grew because of its strategic location, accessibility as a port on the Cumberland River, a tributary of the Ohio River; and its later status as a major railroad center. By 1800, the city had 345 residents, including 136 enslaved African Americans and 14 free African American residents. In 1806, Nashville was incorporated as a city and became the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1843, the city was named the permanent capital of the state of Tennessee.

In February 1862, Nashville became the first state capital to fall to Union troops. The state was occupied by Union troops for the duration of the war. The Battle of Nashville (December 15–16, 1864) was a significant Union victory and perhaps the most decisive tactical victory gained by either side in the war; it was also the war's final major military action, in which Tennessee regiments played a large part on both sides of the battle.

In 1963, Nashville consolidated its government with Davidson County, forming a metropolitan government. The membership on the Metro Council, the legislative body, was increased from 21 to 40 seats. Of these, five members are elected at-large and 35 are elected from single-member districts, each to serve a term of four years.

Since the 1970s, the city and county have undergone tremendous growth, particularly during the economic boom of the 1990s under the leadership of then-Mayor and later-Tennessee Governor, Phil Bredesen. Making urban renewal a priority, Bredesen fostered the construction or renovation of several city landmarks, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the downtown Nashville Public Library, the Bridgestone Arena, and Nissan Stadium.

Nissan Stadium (formerly Adelphia Coliseum and LP Field) was built after the National Football League's (NFL) Houston Oilers agreed to move to the city in 1995. The NFL team debuted in Nashville in 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium, and Nissan Stadium opened in the summer of 1999. The Oilers changed their name to the Tennessee Titans and finished the season with the Music City Miracle and a close Super Bowl game. The St. Louis Rams won in the last play of the game.

In 1997, Nashville was awarded a National Hockey League expansion team; this was named the Nashville Predators. Since the 2003–04 season, the Predators have made the playoffs in all but three seasons. In 2017, they made the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history, but ultimately fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 2, in the best-of-seven series.

In March 2012, a Gallup poll ranked Nashville in the top five regions for job growth. In 2013, Nashville was described as "Nowville" and "It City" by GQForbes, and The New York Times.

Ready For Whatever Happens

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Make a Plan!

Pretty sure you have seen the commercials about being prepared. “When Disasters Strike”, well it is true! When a disaster strikes are you and your family prepared? Here are few helpful hints and tips from our family to yours to aid in limiting the losses you take.

1st Step is preparing a plan and discussing the 4 areas of that plan with your family and possibly your friends and neighbors.

  1. How will I/We receive emergency alerts and warnings?
    1. What devices will be in use to allow your family to be aware of any emergency?
    2. Where will these be placed though out the house?
  2. What is our shelter plan?
    1. Where are your shelters and how do we get there as quickly as possible?
    2. Who are the contacts for any shelters outside the home?
  3. What is our evacuation route?
    1. How many routes and what are the safest ways to get there?
    2. Where is our rally point if we are separated?
  4. What is our family communication plan?
    1. Who do we contact if we can not reach one another?
    2. Establish a communication tree.

2nd Step is to consider the specific needs of your household.

                What needs are there within your household. A few of those to consider are:

  • Age of family members in home
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical Needs
  • Depth of responsibility
  • Pets
  • Language needs
  • Individuals with Special needs or Disabilities
  • 3rd Step is to create a Family Emergency Plan. There are several printable forms on the internet that can assist with the framework of that.

    4th Step is to practice that plan with your family at least once a month or every other month. The more it is known by all, the easier it will be to execute when the time comes.

    Keeping An Eye Out for Mold

    8/8/2018 (Permalink)

    The truth about MOLDThere are many myths about mold, like: it is no big deal, I can just wipe it off and it is gone, every house has mold so there is nothing that can be done. These are all wrong! Mold is a big deal and wiping it off the surface may not actually take it away. Not every house has it but every house can get it.

    What Is Mold?

    Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. They can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. Outdoors, molds play an important role in nature, breaking down dead leaves, plants, and trees. Molds thrive on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. You’re exposed to mold every day.In small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. If you're sensitive to mold and inhale a large number of spores, you could experience health problems.

    Where Do Molds Grow?

    Your walls, floors, appliances, carpet, or furniture – they can all provide the food mold needs to grow. But the thing all molds need most is moisture, so you're most likely to see mold in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces.And it can affect a wide range of people from the young to the old; here are some of the people it can affect:
    • People with allergies and asthma,
    • Infants and children
    • The elderly
    • People whose immune systems are compromised due to HIV infection, cancer, liver disease, or chemotherapy
    • People with chronic lung disease
    Here are few tips from SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson to help prevent and control mold:
    • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
    • Keep indoor humidity below 60% if possible. You can measure relative humidity with a hygrometer, an inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores.
    • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of obstructions and flow properly.
    • Keep the house warm in cool weather. As the temperature goes down, the air is less able to hold moisture and it condenses on cold surfaces, which can encourage mold growth.
    • Dry wet areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

    Keep Your School Clean!

    7/30/2018 (Permalink)

    August is here and that means it's time to head back to school!

    Educational institutions can depend on their local technicians at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage. With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum. SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup. Our Franchise Professionals are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

    Feel free to ask about our vandalism and biohazard cleanup services!

    Last-Minute Back-To-School Shopping

    7/24/2018 (Permalink)

    There are a number of people that do not procrastinate to go and get the things that they need for their children for school. However, the majority of the population DOES wait until the last minute to get their school supplies and here are a few places that still have discounts going on:

    • eBay – So many sales are on eBay right now: 50% off of school supplies, 40% off of tech accessories, 70% off of dorm essentials for the one going off to college, new laptops under $400 and other great deals.
    • Staples and Target – the best deals at these shops have come and gone for the ones who go early school shopping, but they still have a few good deals on their school supplies. Target is providing free shipping to online orders over $35, a large number of school items are under $1, and there are some BOGO deals on select items. Staples was running a deal where if a backpack was purchased then the rest of the supplies bought would be 25% off. This is still going on only the discount is 20% rather than 25%.

    Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we like to be prepared for whatever happens, but we know that sometimes disasters happen and put us behind. Happy shopping!

    Crime Scene Cleanup

    7/3/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has excellent and professional crews that can handle any bio-cleanup that you may need.

    These services include cleaning bodily fluids, blood, and ruined product.

    Say for instance, you get home one day and while you were gone, someone broke into your home through a window and cut themselves on the way in. After everything is taken care of and a police report is filed, someone needs to clean up the blood. Cleaning blood out of the carpet requires strong cleaners that SERVPRO has developed special for those kinds of jobs. 

    Another example of a bio-job is, let's say that you have taken on the responsibility of babysitting for your neighbor. While the kids were playing, one ate too much at lunch and has now gotten sick all over the living room floor. Sure you can attempt to clean, but SERVPRO cleaners take the stain AND smell out completely.

    We have bio-jobs listed and sometimes what those entail can be confusing. Please consider us to take care of a messy situation and make it "Like it never even happened."

    Fire Damage DOs and DON'Ts

    6/21/2018 (Permalink)

    Emergency Fire Damage Tips

    DO

    • Keep hands clean
    • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
    • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.

    DON'T

    • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

    It may seem easier to try and take care of fire damage on your own, but more often than not, trying to clean with generic products only ruins the damaged area more. Call SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson and we'll be there to help! 

    Tips for Surviving Summer

    6/19/2018 (Permalink)

    The First Day of Summer Is Approaching!!

    SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson pulled together some of our best known tips and home remedies for common summer problems!

    Sunburns

    We all know that the best part about summer is that we get to cool off with a nice dip in the pool! Depending on how long that dip takes, you could be in for some sun damage. Here are a few ways that we have found works best for treating sunburns:

    • ALOE gel/lotion - During the summer aloe is your best friend. It takes the heat out fast and minimizes your peeling. If you only have a little sunburn the best to use is the gel. If you are severely burned, the best advice to give is to use the aloe lotion. It is so much more gentle when it comes to a burn that is very painful.
    • Hot Tub/Hot Shower - This is by far the most painful way to deal with a sunburn, but it works the very best. After you've been in the sun for as long as you can stand, dip in the hot tub for 15 minutes. Make sure that your sun-exposed skin is completely submerged. It hurts initially. but the recovery time is cut down by at least 50%. It pulls heat out and keeps it out. It also helps to follow up with an aloe treatment. 

    Mosquito Bites

    During the summer, we tend to spend a lot of time outside, especially at night when the weather is more enjoyable. Unfortunately, that's when the pesky little insects like to come out and play. When treating a mosquito bite, here are a few topical solutions to try:

    • Honey
    • Green Tea
    • Ice
    • Lemon
    • Aloe
    • Cucumber

    Those few things are to decrease the swelling and itching of a mosquito bite. This may sound crazy, but the most effective way to get rid of an itch is simple. Take your fingernail and press into the center of the bite and make an "x". This works like magic and we wish we could tell you why, but that, my friend, is a mystery.

    And last, but not least:

    Bee Stings

    We try and avoid these little guys, but they love the sun as much as we do. Here are a few things that help with the stinging and swelling of a bee bite (assuming that you are not allergic to them):

    • Basil - This is mainly to help with the swelling after the stinging goes away. The best way to use basil is to mix with water in a food processor so that all of the good nutrients in the basil come to surface.
    • Water & Baking Soda Solution - mix these to form a paste; apply and let dry before taking it off. This helps with the sting.
    • Apple Cider Vinegar - apply straight, not mixed with anything. Organic, with mother works best. This helps with the sting.
    • Raw Honey - plain and simple. Apply topically, this helps with sting.

    We hope that you all have a wonderful summer and that these tips help! 

    A Skating Good Time

    6/15/2018 (Permalink)

    Owner, Bob Jacobs, and Marketing Rep, Jordan Sanders having their new books signed by Scott Hamilton.

    Olympic Gold Medalist and retired American figure skater, Scott Hamilton, was the must-see person at the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Luncheon this month! Having spent time talking one-on-one with him, we can vouch that he is a very genuine and down-to-Earth person who cares a lot about the people that he comes into contact with.

    In his address to the members of the Chamber, he talked about his battle with testicular cancer, his experience with his brain tumor and the steps that he has made to help the people that are affected by cancer.

    He has a foundation called CARES and that stands for Cancer Alliance for Research, Education, and Survivorship. The main purpose of this foundation is to create different, less harmful ways to treat cancer patients including Immunotherapy and Proton Therapy which you can learn more about on his website.

    He also started the 4th Angel Program. After recovering himself, he identified his three angels through his battle. The first angel: his oncology physician. The second angel: his oncology nurse. The third angel: his family and his friends. He said what he needed was a fourth angel: someone who had "been there, done that". This program is set up to pair someone that is going through their journey with cancer and match them up with someone who is close in age and had a similar cancer experience. This gives the patient someone that he/she can relate to and maintain that one-on-one relationship with to help them through a very difficult time. 

    SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson cares a great deal about the steps that Mr. Hamilton has made in the cancer field, because we, much like millions of others, know first-hand how cancer can affect the ones that you love and care about. 

    His website also includes a link in case there is any desire to donate to the CARES program to further the production of cancer killing treatments.

    Sun's Out, Grill's Out

    6/14/2018 (Permalink)

    As the summer season is quickly approaching us here in Nashville, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson wanted to remind everyone to exercise fire safety around your home. We all know that the first official sign of the summer season is when Dad decides to pull out his handy, dandy grilling apron. When using an open flame, the U.S. Fire Administration says that you should keep your grill at least 3 feet away from any structures. This ensures that the mixture of out-of-control flames and wind cannot reach your home, garage, or any other building that you may have in your backyard. Always be aware of other surrounding while you are grilling. Keep an eye out for children, pets, and small flammable objects to be sure that they stay away from the flames. When you practice the appropriate fire safety techniques, the only thing you have to worry about is keeping stains off of your lucky apron! We wish everyone a great summer and happy grilling!

    GNAA Trade Show 2017

    8/11/2017 (Permalink)

    We were thrilled to be a part of another great trade show with the Greater Nashville Apartment Association. We even got our owner, Bob Jacobs, out in some spirited clothing. The theme was "Red, White, and Blue." As you can see by the photo, we take our themes seriously, but still want to be ready for whatever happens. Like a modern day Clark Kent, Bob could easily rid himself of his red, white and blue disguise to respond to a property related emergency. 

    We love any opportunity to get out for a night of fun with friends, customers, and industry partners. Even if it means we are wearing weird suspenders! See you next year at the GNAA Trade Show.

    Ready For Whatever Happens

    7/3/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is always ready for whatever happens. We are available 24/7/365 with state of the art equipment and top industry training to handle whatever issue you might be facing in your home or business. Need a ceiling tile replaced? We can fix that. Need water removed from 15 floors of your building? We can fix that too. 

    With unmatched resources and training, there is no task too large or small for SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson to handle. No one expects fire or water damage, but in the unfortunate event you end up experiencing either, rest assured you are in good hands with us.

    We Stand With The Nashville Predators

    6/6/2017 (Permalink)

    As the rest of the country seems to have fallen in love with our likable underdogs, we decided it was fitting to formally announce that SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson stands with the Nashville Predators. Their historic run for the Stanley Cup has not only brought much deserved attention to Nashville's hockey team, but it has also solidified Nashville as one of the greatest sports atmospheres in the country. We are proud to say that our office is just a short two and a half miles away from Bridgestone Arena, the home of the Predators. As you are cheering on the Preds in these Stanley Cup Finals, remember as the Predators are cleaning up around the net, SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson is here to clean up around your home after your celebrations.

    Fire Damage Didn't 'Soot' These Walls

    5/26/2017 (Permalink)

    Production Manager Mike Knight test cleaning an area of damaged wall.

    Get it? Here at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson, we enjoy terrible puns almost as much as we enjoy serving our community. 

    Following a damaging fire, all of the concrete block walls in this apartment were covered in a thick layer of black soot. We don't feel soot and fire damage suits any dwelling, so we decided to remove it.

    In this photo, you can see the stark difference between the cleaned area and the remaining affected areas. With the right chemicals, meticulous cleaning methods, and a little bit of elbow grease, we were able to get this seemingly destroyed structure back to habitable conditions within just a few days.

    Mold Cleanup in Nashville

    1/6/2017 (Permalink)

    This relatively new construction in a Nashville suburb essentially had its own ecosystem beneath the house. This was caused by a crawlspace that was improperly ventilated. This image shows what the damage looked like prior to remediation. Check out our section of before and after photos to see how it looked at SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson was finished. This crawlspace required a drying treatment, followed by an extensive remediation. After that, we replaced the vapor barrier and fully encapsulated the crawlspace. This prevents outside moisture, or ground moisture, from building up and creating a problem like the one in this image.

    Two Can Be Better Than One

    11/23/2016 (Permalink)

    As we head into Thanksgiving, many of us plan to carry on with centuries old traditions of indulging in excessive consumption of food and beverages. While these SERVPRO koozies can help keep two drinks cold during this holiday season, they are a reminder of other times that two can be better than one.

    In this case, it reminds us that SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson has a sister franchise known as SERVPRO of Northwest Davidson County. These two are definitely better than one. Twice the resources, twice the manpower, twice the expertise. These are all qualities that are to be desired when dealing with fire, water, or mold damage. We are proud to serve the Greater Nashville area. Happy Thanksgiving. 

    Creativity Saves Money

    11/18/2016 (Permalink)

    At this flooded office building in Nashville, creativity saved money. Instead of removing large portions of drywall to dry a saturated wall cavity above the ventilation, our crew chief Darren decided to get creative with his drying strategy.

    Little Time, Lots of Damage

    11/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Here is an example of how little time it takes for water to cause A LOT of damage. This home in Nashville, TN was fine when the homeowner left for work at 7:45 in the morning. She came home for lunch to find her ceiling collapsed in three rooms, and a waterfall from upstairs landing in inches of water downstairs. It was the result of a ruptured toilet supply line in an upstairs bathroom. This damage was caused in less than four hours.

    Now that it is fall and our temperatures are starting to drop, be mindful of preventative measures to keep your pipes from freezing this winter. Although this particular damage was not caused by a frozen pipe the end result is very similar and just as detrimental.

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