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We're Cleaning Cleaning Experts

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova performing commercial cleaning Choose SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova to clean your commercial property!

During this unprecedented time caused by the coronavirus, our customers remind us that we are specialists in cleaning services. SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova adheres to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

According to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we're prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs daily.

The CDC encourages cleaning high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC's guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen / Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools / Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving / Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends the usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there's currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we follow all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova at (901) 382-0900.

What Happens When I Have Water Damage?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

flooded floor in Bartlett, TN - restoration services needed Call SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova today!

Nobody likes the unexpected. It can be scary and overwhelming, in worst cases, time and cost-consuming. SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova will try and ease the unexpected blow. We're a team of highly trained individuals with specialized equipment, tools, and skills needed to make sure that your water damage is taken care of swiftly and adequately.

What Can You Expect When You Call Us?

One of our employees will first take your call; we'll take your name, number, and address down and then ask detailed questions to know exactly what your situation looks like. As we hang up the phone with you, we'll dispatch a team out to your home and business so they can be on-site as quickly as possible. Additionally, you'll be assigned an admin within the office to take care of your job – they will give you updates and work with your insurance provider.

Once we get to your home, we will extract any standing water that needs to be removed using either a handheld extractor or an extractor that we can ride on. We will then place fans and dehumidifiers to help with the drying process.

In the next few days, we will continue to monitor the drying process, and we will drill holes and pull baseboards if necessary. If you find yourself with an unexpected water loss, give SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova a call at (901) 382-0900!

SERVPRO Can Help With Biohazard Concerns

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO biohazard icon - restoration services Need biohazard cleaning? Call SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova today!

SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova does more than fire and water restoration. Our professionals can help you with biohazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanup.

Bloodborne pathogens can be scary. Bodily fluids, tissues, and other potentially risky substances can be removed and disposed of properly by our technicians trained in proper biohazard removal.

Crime scene residue can be overwhelming. Once law enforcement is finished with the area, let our professional technicians deal with fingerprint powder, evidence-gathering chemicals, and tear gas or pepper spray residues.

Arson and vandalism can leave home or business owners feeling vulnerable, violated, and unsafe. Let SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova take care of the aftermath. Our team can remove spray paint, clean up broken glass, and clean up after a fire.

We are “Here to Help” in any situation you might encounter. We pride ourselves on being a bright spot in a bad situation. Should you ever need our services, contact us at (901) 382-0900.

Overcoming Soot Damage

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Soot damage after a fire in Bartlett, TN Have soot damage? Call SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova today.

Team SERVPRO Has the Experience to Eliminate Many Different Types of Soot Residues Remaining in Your Home

Your Bartlett, Tennessee, or Cordova, Tennessee, home was not intended to stop fires before they spread to other areas of the house. Most of the materials used for constructing your home can catch fire and help it spread throughout the structure. Unfortunately, this can spread the effects throughout your property and cause extensive work for the professional restoration team you choose to clean up this mess. 

Working to clean up the mess after the incident is over is no easy task, either. Most often, the substantial effects that stand out are smoke and soot damages. These are common versions of fire damage in homes, and they can often prove to be challenging to remove without the right equipment. 

Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have the tools and expertise to help you through often widespread soot damages throughout your household. While the most concentrated of this effect can be found around the fire's originating point where it burned the longest, this is not always the case. This matted debris and film from the combustion leave a dark, often black residue on surfaces, furniture, flooring, and other materials. 

Removing this residue requires multiple approaches. For wall surfaces, scrubbing with wet and dry sponges can often remove the present film's bulk. Confined spaces like ductwork require high powered vacuums to get used instead. 

Smoke damage often presents itself in harsh odor lingering in fabrics, carpeting, and open spaces throughout affected areas of your house. Removal of this odor typically requires thermal fogging, a process that releases an unscented chemical compound into the environment and contents of the room to break apart odor molecules and leave no discernable scent behind. 

There's little that most homeowners can do alone to bring their homes back from the harmful effects. When you face these kinds of damages, seek out SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova. We can respond quickly and get your home back to normal as soon as possible. Give us a call at (901) 382-0900

Air Quality is Important in every Tennessee Home

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Air Quality Is Important in Every Tennessee Home

If you live in Tennessee you understand that poor air quality is an unfortunate element that is dealt with on an everyday basis. Not only is it humid and sticky, but one minute the sun is shining, then the next minute the rain is pouring down out of nowhere! So it is important if you do live somewhere in the south to improve quality in the home or the business, and keep that so-called "bad" air outside! Some like to compare the quality of Tennessee to Vegas, although Vegas is hot, it tends to much dryer than Tennessee which seems to create fewer problems as far as humidity goes. Understandably, some risks are unavoidable, but some risks are avoidable and a person should take every precaution to keep their home as sealed up as possible.

There are a few simple tricks a person can do to help improve the air quality in a home. If the quality is improved it will keep allergies, a smoke smell, or any bad odor away! One way is to place a doormat right on the outside of the door, and right at the entrance of the home. That way when people come to visit, they can scrape off their feet and leave whatever dirt and particles they have on their shoes behind. Just make sure to wash the doormats regularly otherwise those particles will linger. One tip that can not be stressed enough is to have furnaces, heating, and cooling equipment cleaned periodically, such as air duct cleaning. If they are not cleaned periodically, then when the air conditioner or heater is turned on, all that dirt that is caught in the filter is being blown out along with the air. It is also important for air duct cleaning to be done by a professional to ensure it is done properly.

If a person lives in the Bartlett or the Cordova area they are very familiar with air conditioning, it is a lifesaver. It is important to use a dehumidifier along with an air conditioner to keep indoor humidity in the 30-50% range. Keeping the humidity at this range keeps allergies and dust mites away. On hardwood or tile surfaces try moping after vacuuming. It may seem like extra work, but it will help clean up contaminants left behind. Also, do not forget the walls. Often people forget walls when it comes to their cleaning routine, and it can be important because dirt and particles stick to walls just like any other piece of furniture or flooring. One of the biggest tips that can be given is to not let people smoke in a home.

It can be nearly impossible to get a smoke smell or a bad odor out of a home, and in places like Bartlett or Cordova, people can always just walk outside and step away from the home if they want to smoke a cigarette quickly. If they start smoking outside a person can say goodbye to that bad odor for good!

Air quality is vital to a happy, healthy home so if a person applies just some of the above tips and tricks they can be effective ways to accomplish this objective. And people who live in areas like Bartlett or Cordova understand the quality outside can be unhealthy so it is especially important to be able to get away from that.



3 Common Places Mold pops Up in a Commercial Building

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Mold can build up in the most unexpected places. Mold can build up in the most unexpected places.

From the musty smell to the discoloration it often causes and the water damage that often accompanies its presence, mold growth has no place in your business. Mold can pop up in some of the most unlikely places, but if you have a good understanding of where to begin your search, you stand a much better chance of getting it under control. Here are its three favorite hiding spots.

1. Bathrooms

Wherever there is high humidity, you will likely find mold. This becomes even more likely if the bathroom has hot water, as warm temperatures are another key ingredient for mold growth. Even worse is when mold finds a nice shadowy corner of the dark cavity behind a wet wall to do its dirty work.

2. Water Heaters

Since warmth and water are likely to encourage mold, it comes as no surprise that water heaters are a favorite hangout spot for mold. As water heaters age, they often begin to rust. This can then lead to rupturing and leaks. If these leaks go ignored, not only does the mold problem worsen, but water damage also becomes a concern.

3. Air Conditioners

Yes, believe it or not, your beloved AC units invite mold in. Like water heaters, they often begin to leak, creating just enough moisture for mold to latch on and grow. This can lead to mold in the HVAC system's drain pans, terminal units or ductwork, or even beneath the carpet of a floor often dampened by the dripping of a wall unit overhead. This constant dripping from AC units can also lead to water damage over time.

Mold growth in commercial buildings of Bartlett/Cordova can prove extremely problematic, but knowing the most likely places mold pops up is an excellent proactive start to finding a solution. Still, for those times when you miss the mark, it’s good to know there are restoration companies to get things back to normal.



Common Water Issues For Businesses

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in a business in Bartlett, Tennessee. Water damage in a business in Bartlett, Tennessee.

For a commercial property owner, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, water damage professionals can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks

A pipe break can occur in several ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.

2. Plumbing Backup

Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from several things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Weather

Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks can become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.

Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

Sprinkler Water Damage

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Busted sprinkler in Tennessee home. Busted sprinkler in Tennessee home.

A fire in a commercial business can be devastating. Still, when you add additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Companies cannot afford to close for a day; it affects the lives of many different individuals. SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova commercial services is like a one-stop-shop. Continuing with the example, if a fire burns through a commercial business and the sprinkler system turns on, there will be both fire and water damage. SERVPRO’s commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO can treat fire and water damages simultaneously. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they don't need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are necessarily a liaison between insurance companies and clients.

Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make it “Like it never even happened,” with their residential and commercial services. For questions regarding SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova commercial services, contact us at (901) 382-0900.

How to Restore Your Home After a Pipe Bursts

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Pipe burst in a Memphis residential property Follow these steps to minimize the water damage before calling a restoration company!

One thing runs through your mind when you have a pipe break in your home—panic. This water could destroy in a short amount of time. How do you stop the water? How are you going to remove all the water? What about damage to your home and the possessions that occupy it? The first step is to turn off the water supply. Next, it’s essential to act immediately to incur as minor damage as possible. Follow these four steps.

1. Circulate the Air and Air Out the House

Opening windows and doors to the outside will circulate the air and air out the house. Ideally, the air outside will be warmer than the humid air inside the house. Turn on all fans so that the humid air can be blown outside.

2. Remove Standing Water

A pipe break means that you’ll have standing water in your home. A wet/dry vacuum is a safe and very effective method of removing standing water quickly. If you don’t have one, use a mop and some towels to soak up the water.

3. Dehumidify

Air conditioners are designed to remove moisture from the air, so your HVAC system can assist in the drying process. Dehumidifiers work best in an enclosed area, so at this point, you’ll want to close all windows and doors that lead to the outside—also, close doors to the rooms that have a running dehumidifier. Regularly check and empty the water tanks.

4. Remove/Discard Affected Items

Mold can start growing within 24-hours of water exposure, so it’s important to start removing water-damaged items immediately. Water-logged carpet can be a huge problem, as water can quickly soak through to the padding and even to the subfloor. This can cause mold growth and structural damage if not correctly handled.

After a pipe breaks in your home in Bartlett, TN, or Cordova, TN, you may feel inept performing the complete restoration process. Then, it’s time to hire water damage, cleanup professionals, SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova.

3 Tips for removing mold damage from household items

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

f your Bartlett, TN, or Cordova, TN, the home has experienced flooding, you may need mold cleaning for some of your household items. Planning this process may seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova has these steps you can take to help make cleaning your items easier.

1. Sort Items by Type

If you find mold damage in your home, your first step should contact a professional for cleanup. Afterward, you can begin the process of going over any items you may wish to save. It's vital to sort through these items as those with extensive damage may need to be removed permanently. Other items should be sorted by types such as cloth, wood, or other materials.

2. Use the Appropriate Cleaning Method

Because the appropriate mold cleaning method for each item will vary depending on the item's type of material, it's best to contact a professional for cleaning. Mold killing upholstery cleaners or detergents may be used on cloth items, while a wipe-on solution may be suitable for disinfecting solid items such as desks or cabinetry.

3. Contact a Professional

If you experience mold damage to your household items, it's best to contact a local mold remediation service as quickly as possible. These professionals will not only be able to tell you if the items in question are salvageable, but they should be able to remove the mold from your home and recommend mitigation steps for the future. If an item can be saved, these professionals will also recommend the best method to do so.

When beginning the mold cleaning process for your home, it's important to remember that different cleaning methods will be required for different item types. Contact SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova for additional information.