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Can SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Dry My Documents?
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
- 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.
Can My Hose Cause Damage To My House In Hermitage/Donelson
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Protecting Your Home From Water Damage
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:
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!
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.
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.
First Steps In Recovering After Water Damage
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.
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
- 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.
Steps To Take After Finding A Leaking Appliance
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.
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.
What To Do If You Find A Water Leak In Your Attic
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.
What To Do After A Pipe Bursts In Your Business
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.
What To Do In Case of A Major Water Leak In Your Home
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!
What To Do When Your Basement Floods
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!
Restoring Your Furniture After Water Damage
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.
How To Handle A Flood In Your Apartment Complex
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.
Restoring Your Hardwood Floors After Water Damage
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Dealing With Water Damage In Your Attic
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!
Top Three Places To Check For Water Damage In Your Business
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!
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.
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.
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!
BEWARE of Rust in the Water Heater
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.
Creativity Saves Money
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
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.