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Benefits of a Large Loss Response

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

When an area in Bartlett, TN, is affected by a disaster, catastrophic loss often occurs as a result. However, employing a restoration company that can offer a large loss response can be useful for insurance agents and for business owners.

1. Experts Are Equipped with the Right Tools

When a major disaster strikes, the aftermath can be devastating, and it’s common for restoration experts to be overwhelmed with requests. Some local restoration companies may not be equipped to handle all types of disasters, and these companies may not have access to specialized tools. A restoration company with a wide reach can bring in experts with the necessary tools from various locations to assist in the cleanup and restoration process. 

2. Experience to Handle Catastrophes

Whether a catastrophic loss occurs as the result of flooding, storm damage or a fire, it’s important for business owners and insurance agents alike to know that the professionals restoring commercial properties are experienced. One person alone may not have the experience to respond to a major disaster. However, when numerous people assist in responding to a disaster, the combined experience of everyone involved makes the loss response team equipped to manage many aspects commercial property damage. 

3. Timely Reactions

When widespread damage occurs to an area, a local restoration company may not be able to make an assessment shortly after the disaster. Unfortunately, a slow response can cause a property to acquire more issues, such as mold growth, structural damage and more. With a large loss response, however, professionals can quickly assess a property, and after a thorough assessment, experts can assist in preventing additional damage and can begin restoration.

A large loss response can make managing the effects of a catastrophic loss easier. A large loss response will allow various professionals from different areas to assess the damage, experts will have the combined experience to handle various major problems and the response will likely occur in a quick manner.

Electrical Equipment and Smoke Damage

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

During a fire in a building there is often the major damage of smoke and soot that is easily visible. However, there is another damage that will be almost invisible and hard to detect.

Electrical Equipment Damaged by Smoke

Every electrical item, especially the big ones, have fans to draw in air to cool it and keep it from overheating. During a fire these fans run overtime to keep the machine cool but are drawing in acrid smoke.

The smoke will then leave soot within the electrical item that eventually will eat at the copper and plastics slowly.

When your office or commercial building has a fire give SERVPRO of Bartlett/Cordova a call and we can asses the damage, do the cleanup, and rebuild any damaged areas from a devastating fire.

3 Ways To Prevent Mold Damage in Your Home

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Protecting your Cordova, TN, home from fungi growth can be challenging, especially if you live in an area that experiences heavy annual rainfall or high humidity. Water damage is typically the main cause of mold development, such as hidden leaks or condensation. However, there are a few strategies you can use to prevent these conditions and make your home an unwelcome environment for most strains of fungi.

1. Check Your Home’s Pipes Annually

Pipe leaks and weak joints can lead to plumbing failure, which can cause a significant flood in your kitchen or bathroom. To prevent this, have your home’s pipes checked at least once a year to ensure they are in good working condition. Pipes hidden behind cabinetry can be especially prone to mold growth if they develop leaks, so ask your plumber to check these spaces to ensure mold is not growing on the wood or in dark corners.

2. Reduce Your Home’s Humidity

If your home experiences high humidity throughout much of the year, this can lead to mold growth in areas such as crawl spaces and attics. You can reduce humidity by using ceiling fans in vulnerable rooms and installing a dehumidifier in smaller spaces. On days where humidity is particularly high, avoid taking hot showers and run exhaust fans in your kitchen.

3. Call in a Mold Expert for an Inspection

If you suspect that certain areas of your home may be fostering fungi growth, consider calling a water damage and mold remediation service to inspect them. Experienced technicians can check your water lines, exterior pipes and air conditioning vents to ensure mold has not gained a foothold due to leaks or moisture buildup. It is wise to have a list of questions prepared for the technicians, especially if you have never worked with a mold prevention company before.

Water damage and other problems in your Cordova, TN, home can cause serious mold issues. Knowing how to prevent them can help you protect your home and keep mold from moving in.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe During a Fire

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

How to Prepare for a Potential Fire Emergency

A fire can quickly engulf any home in Bartlett, TN. In addition to potentially causing extensive damage, an inferno can also threaten the wellbeing of everyone living inside, including pets. While you may be able to communicate evacuation instructions to human family members, ensuring pet safety can be more challenging. Employing four useful strategies can help everyone in your family prepare for a potential fire emergency. 

1. Keep Leashes Accessible

A leash is an essential pet care accessory that can help you safely extract your dog or cat from the premise and keep track of them in the ensuing chaos. To expedite its retrieval, you should store this device near a frequently-used exit. You should also train your pet to promptly come to you when called. 

2. Practice Evacuating With Pets

If you have children, you may routinely complete fire drills to ensure everyone understands crucial evacuation procedures. Including your pets in these exercises may be extremely beneficial. 

3. Post a Pet Alert Sign

A pet alert sign is another useful fire emergency planning tool that you can attach to windows near both your front and back doors. These placards are designed to help first responders quickly identify the number of animals living inside the residence. Posting this information may be especially vital if a fire erupts when no one is home. 

4. Help Others Identify Your Pet

A frightened animal may run away during a crisis. Purchasing an identification tag and microchipping each pet can enable others to quickly determine the correct owner. To eliminate communication problems, be sure to update both items if your contact information changes. 

Enduring a fire emergency can be a daunting experience. If you have animals inside your home, pet preparation should be a component of your family evacuation plan. In addition to providing peace of mind, knowing both your human and furry family members are safe may reduce the stress of the fire cleanup and restoration process.

4 Tips For Flood Protection

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Plan Now An emergency plan can help everyone understand clearly what they are supposed to do

Flood Protection

When heavy rains descend, your building in Memphis, TN, may be in danger of flood damage. To avoid having to put your business on hold for massive flood cleanup, follow these tips to protect your building from major damage.

1. Inspect Building Frequently

You are likely sticking to a seasonal inspection schedule, but if the forecast indicates that a strong storm is approaching, it makes sense to inspect it again. Look at your exterior walls, foundation and roof to see if there are any cracks where water could get in. If you find any problems, contact storm damage experts for repairs that can be done before the storm hits.

2. Keep Drainage System Clean

Giving excess water a place to go is vital to keeping it out of your building. Gutters and downspouts should always be kept free of debris, particularly during storm season. Directing the downpour away from the roof and base of your building can help prevent flood damage.

3. Test Basement Pumps

If there is flooding in your basement, you will inevitably need storm cleanup. You can lower your costs by making sure your sump pump is working. These pumps are designed to start getting rid of water as soon as the sensors are triggered. Regular testing, particularly before a major storm hits, is advisable.

4. Have an Emergency Plan

If your building floods, an emergency plan can help everyone understand clearly what they are supposed to do. Make sure it is up to date and that all employees have access to the latest version. Assign tasks that designate what each person needs to do in the event of a flood emergency. 

You may not be able to avoid all flood damage in your building during a particularly aggressive storm. You can minimize its effects, however, by taking the necessary precautions. These tips help ensure that your building is as flood resistant as possible.

Key Restoration Tips After Home Water Damage

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

When water in home reservoirs leaks, it can cause a lot of damage. Since water can be destructive, avoiding leakages in your home is imperative. When water gets into a drywall, it can seep through the interior walls and create some unsightly patches on the floors, ceilings, and gypsum boards. Some walls can collapse depending on the extent of damage. Professional contractors can repair the walls and ceilings since they have the expertise to undertake the job. The following tips will help you to enjoy a certain degree of success during home restoration:

Finding the Water Leak

If you have a leaky faucet or tap, finding the leak is quite easy. If the water in home plumbing systems starts to leak, identifying the faulty valves is easy. However, if the pipes are leaking within the walls, a plumber might have to cut some sections to determine the problem. Other signs of leakages come from the roof. If the roof is leaking, a roofing contractor can find the leak by undertaking a thorough inspection. Since the water will flow by gravity, identifying the source of the leak can be quite difficult. Besides, the sloping roofs pose many threats and risks, including the slip and fall accidents. The ceiling will show the signs of leakages if they start to develop such patches and cracks. The ceiling will sag and crumble under the weight of the water. Home repair after water damage varies depending on the nature of the problem. It is critical to engage a competent home repair contractor in solving the problem completely. If the water in home plumbing installations leaks, the cost of restoration depends on the extent of water damage. Drying after water cleanup can also help to prevent flood damage if you encounter a leakage of water in home or commercial premises.

Flood damage mitigation

One of the sure mitigation procedures is to pinpoint the problem. Undertaking the repairs and restoration can be futile if you do not identify the source of the problem. Pinpointing the leaky toilet, burst pipe, or leaky roof is the first step towards eliminating the problem. Once you stop the leakage, you need to pump the water. When the leakage of water in business appliances occurs, you should act fast. The size of your pump will depend on the amount of the water. In some cases, you might require the truck-mounted water extractors to pump the water. Once you remove the water, you need to dry the walls and floors and eliminate the excess moisture. Such moisture can encourage the growth of mildew and molds in your home. Water damage can cause huge losses to your home. Home restoration can be cheap if you take the critical mitigation initiatives seriously. Once you undertake the water cleanup, drying is imperative if you want to get rid of the moisture.

Identify the nature of flood damage

A home inspector comes in handy when it comes to estimating the cost of drying and water cleanup. The seepage of water in business parking and basements can cause damage. Remember that you might not see the water in the hidden areas such as crawlspaces. A thorough inspection will help to identify all the wet areas and guarantee success during the restoration and repair. Wet wood can develop molds and mildew in several days. Wood can also rot very fast if the water in business plumbing systems gets to the floor. If you do not address the issue immediately, you might have to spend a fortune of home repair.

A reliable mitigation program must seek to prevent the flood damage in the future. After completing the repair, you can safeguard your home from such damage in the future by inspecting your plumbing system often, repairing your roof, and improving your drainage system. Protect your home from water damage in the future by undertaking a comprehensive inspection. The best way to deal with water damage is to call a professional plumber. A reputable contractor has the equipment you need for drying, water cleanup, and any other problem that you might encounter when the water in business establishments leaks. Visit http://www.SERVPRObartlettcordovaeastmemphis.com for more information on water damage.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova / East Memphis adheres to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of 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 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 is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova / East Memphis, 901-382-0900

What Happens When I Have Water Damage?

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Nobody likes the unexpected – it can be scary and overwhelming and worst case, time and cost-consuming. That’s why we here at SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova / East Memphis and SERVPRO of Germantown / Collierville try and ease the blow of the unexpected. We are a team of highly trained individuals with specialized equipment, tools, and skills needed to make sure that your water damage is taken care of properly and swiftly. 

What can you expect when you give us a call then?

One of our ladies in the office will first take your call; we’ll take your name, number, and address down and then ask detailed questions so we know exactly what your situation looks like. As soon as we hang up the phone with you, we are dispatching a team out to your home and business so they can be on site as soon as possible. You will also 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 extracted using either a hand held extractor or an extractor that we can ride on. We will then place fans and dehumidifiers to help with the drying process. 

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 us a call at (901) 382-0900!

How can SERVPRO Help with Biohazard Concerns

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County does more than just fire and water restoration.  Our professionals can also 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 who are trained in proper biohazard removal.

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

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

We are always “Here to Help” in any situation you might encounter. We pride ourselves in being a bright spot in a bad situation. Should you ever need our services, you can call our office anytime. 901.382.0900

Overcoming Soot Damage

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

Your Memphis home was not intended to stop fires before they spread to other areas of the house. In fact, most of the materials used for the construction of your home have the ability to catch fire and help it to spread throughout the structure. Unfortunately, this can spread the effects of this blaze all throughout your property and cause a lot of work for the professional restoration team that you choose to help 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 get found around the fires originating point where it burned the longest, this is not always the case. This matted debris and film from the combustion leaves 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 bulk of the present film. Confined spaces like ductwork require high powered vacuums to get used instead. 
 
Smoke damage often presents itself in the form of a 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 is very little that most homeowners can do alone to bring their homes back from the harmful effects of a fire. When you face these kinds of damages, seek out the professionals we employ at SERVPRO. We can respond quickly and get your home back to preloss conditions as soon as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (901) 382-0900