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SERVPRO Tackles Local Fire Why SERVPRO

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Have fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County today. Have fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County today.

Two days ago, a local family in Clarksville, TN, suffered a terrible fire. Luckily, the fire was contained to the second story. However, there was a lot of damage to the house. Our SERVPRO team believes the fire began due to electrical problems. Electrical fires are responsible for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,4000 injuries, and around 1.3 billion dollars in damages. Electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home structural fires. In this case, this family got very lucky. 

SERVPRO of Montgomery County assessed the damage after the firefighters had left. We’ll walk through the house and take tons of pictures for our records. SERVPRO then removes all items in the damaged area. Any items that are salvageable, we’ll save. Lastly, our team will do repairs for all damaged areas. Our SERVPRO team only has the most qualified technicians to help get the job done. For additional information, call our office at (931) 645-1285.

Tips on Professional Water Damage Remediation

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you suspect water damage in your property, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County. Image of water damage icon. If you suspect water damage in your property, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County.

Plumbing defaults, floods, and sewerage systems defaults can cause much water damage to any commercial building or residential premises in Clarksville, Tennessee. Water damage affects the structure of a house and the contents of that building. Whether the damage is from a pipe break, supply line break, or flooding, it's recommended to work with water restoration professionals who help restore the building to its normal condition. In flood damage mitigation, several things are accounted for because the process can be complex.


Water Damage Mitigation Approach


Initial Inspection

The primary consideration is assessing the entire pipe break or supply line break systems and understanding the work requirements. Therefore, the water cleanup experts must conduct a comprehensive inspection process regarding the water in the home or business premises. The inspection process helps the restoration company understand the cost caused by the flood damages, the time frame of the mitigation process, and the materials and machines required.


During an inspection, the professionals evaluate the cause of the pipe break or supply line break and try to stop excess water from entering the building. Some components inspected by a restoration company include the pipes supplying water on business premises, the water source, and supply lines. If the flood damages contain some sewerage components in the supply line break, the professionals will proceed with the necessary precautions.


Water Removal

After SERVPRO of Montgomery County has inspected the entire project, we'll proceed to the water cleanup process. We'll evacuate the water in business or residential areas, including moisture removal. With good technology and efficient water extraction machines, thousands of water in a home can quickly remove the affected premises.


The Drying Process

After water extraction, SERVPRO uses dehumidifiers and air movers to ensure that space is dried. During the drying process, windows are opened to allow air circulation. Restoration companies must monitor the affected areas and make adjustments to their water cleanup equipment if necessary during the drying process.


The primary objective is to provide the most effective services, save the client money, time, and restore the building to its normal conditions within the agreed period.


Actual Remodeling

Remodeling is the final step in any water damage removal process. The process entails re-tilling the house, painting, reconstruction of the walls and the floor, or even renovating the roof. Every remodeling process in each premise is done differently. This mostly depends on the extensiveness of the damage and the desires of the homeowner. 

The remodeling process reflects the kind of design a homeowner shall have after the entire damage renovation process. The homeowner should define and declare the designs they want to be restored to their flooded homes before the actual work is done. This helps in ensuring that the remodeling fits the desires and anticipations of the homeowner. It also helps the expert know the materials in restoring the flooded home, pipe breaks, and necessary supply line breaks.


Things to Consider


In case you experience floods in your home or business premises, it's essential to start the water cleanup process early. Removing items from the flooded home, such as the furniture, fittings, electrical fixtures, and other belongings, are necessary even before calling the experts. Things that absorb water and cause more flood damages result in additional losses. Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County to start the mitigation process of your flooded home in Montgomery County.

Common Water Issues for Businesses

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

If your commercial property experiences water damage, call SERVPRO of Montgomery County! If your commercial property experiences water damage, call SERVPRO of Montgomery County!

For a commercial property owner in Montgomery County, 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 many 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 about what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks can also 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, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, a backed-up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County today!

Commercial Mold Removal

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

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A recent call from a local property owner to check out a restaurant he purchased to renovate resulted in a large mold job for SERVPRO of Montgomery County. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mold remediation job for the experts! So we went to work! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards, and crown “mold”ing (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE, including respirators and Tyvek suits, to be sure they were protected! Mold remediation is a very tedious job for a home, but it is even more so when it is a commercial property like a restaurant. Containment must be set up to not contaminated unaffected areas. All items with mold exposure had to be disposed of properly. At the end of the demo and clean up, an industrial hygienist was brought in to ensure that the commercial property was checked out!

Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job, especially when we get to see a building brought back to life!

Professional Remediation Vs. DIY for Your Clarksville Home

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County can make your disaster "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Montgomery County can make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

Many Clarksville homeowners would argue that the methods of repairing and restoring damage to their homes are as effective as the professionals could produce. While there might be instances this could be as effective or more money-saving, mold remediation is not one of these situations. There's some things that every homeowner should know about the differences between DIY mold removal and professional remediation work for their property.

One of the first concerns about mold damage that any Clarksville homeowner should have is the extent of the damage that they are currently facing. Even a small colony can spread quickly and cause potential effects to both the property's structural integrity and those that get exposed to the colony. This safety concern is one of the defining factors that should deter homeowners from DIY removal. Without the appropriate personal protective equipment and training, removal efforts could cause acute health effects.

DIY approaches encourage homeowners to use a harsh detergent like bleach and scrub over present colonies to remove them, but this can prove problematic for multiple reasons. The first of these concerns is that bleach can react adversely with certain mold types and become more volatile. This is less effective because this approach only takes off surface mold and does not remove the entire hyphae like the equipment our SERVPRO Franchise professionals use can.

Another concern is the spread of the organism. Homeowners do not have the available equipment to contain a spreading mold colony as our SERVPRO Franchise professionals do. With air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and physical plastic sheeting barriers, we can effectively prevent the organism's spread to new areas of the home. At the same time, remediation and mold removal efforts get underway.

As tempting as it might sound to save money and take care of mold growth on your own, many homeowners find that the situation only ends up continually getting worse despite their efforts. Give our SERVPRO of Montgomery County remediation specialists a call at (931) 645-1285 to make mold damage "Like it never even happened."

Storm VS Flood

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Property owners in Montgomery County may have a hard time differentiating storm damage from flood damage. Commercial properties can sustain water damage from either source. There're a few significant differences to keep in mind that may help you manage these risks.

The most general distinction is that stormwater comes from above, whereas flood water overspills natural bodies or watercourses and covers at least two acres of ordinarily dry land.

Storm damage to a commercial property may originate from a variety of causes such as:

• High winds
• Heavy rain
• Hurricanes
• Snow
• Tornadoes

Most business insurance plans protect from storm damage. Property owners need additional coverage to offset the expenses of flood damage. If your property is located on a flood plain, you should make sure you carry the policies necessary to protect your investment.

Flooding occurs when water overflows a body of water or watercourse such as:

• Creeks
• Dams
• Lakes
• Storm-water channels

For water to be considered a flood, it must cover two acres and affect at least two properties. If a commercial property is located in a high-risk zone, and the owner has a mortgage from an insured and federally regulated lender, they must maintain flood insurance. Damage resulting from either flooding or storms can cause severe problems and should be planned for, prevented, and handled as soon as possible. Regardless of a moisture source, the risk of mold and other secondary damage within a building can be just as severe.

Restoring Damage From Storms and Floods

Restoration specialists can help property owners determine the precise causes of damage and the best solutions. If a commercial property in Clarksville, Tenessee, experiences flood damage or sustains damage during a storm, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County as soon as possible.

Why Smoke Detectors Are Important

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

If you experience a fire, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County to begin the fire restoration process. If you experience a fire, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County to begin the fire restoration process.

We learned fire safety throughout elementary and middle school and what to do when you hear a smoke detector. However, have you forgotten to change out the batteries? Or maybe you turned off your smoke detector because everything you cook sets off the alarm?

We know this is bad, and we should think twice before taking out the batteries. Why? Because fire detectors work. According to The National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of 5 homes without a smoke alarm experience deaths. Let smoke detectors help your family!

So, be sure to check your smoke detectors once a year, replace the batteries, and make sure each smoke detector is working in your home – they save lives, after all! For additional fire safety tips, visit The National Fire Protection Association.

For all your fire cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Montgomery County today at (931) 645-1285!

What Happens When You Have Water Damage

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County is available 24 hours. Call today for assistance! SERVPRO of Montgomery County is available 24 hours. Call today for assistance!

Nobody likes the unexpected – it can be scary and overwhelming and, worse case, time and cost consuming. That's why at SERVPRO of Montgomery County, we 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 your water damage is "Like it never even happened."

What Can You Expect When You Call Us?

One of our employees 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 will dispatch a team to your home and business so they can be on-site as quickly as possible. Next, we'll assign an admin within the office to take care of your job. They'll provide you updates and work with your insurance provider.

Once we get to your home, we will extract any standing water 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 unexpected water damage, call SERVPRO of Montgomery County at (931) 645-1285!

3 Facts About Commercial Black Water

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Your Clarksville, TN, commercial building can be affected by flooding from several sources. Water damage can include warped flooring and moldy drywall, but the more immediate issue caused by flooding is the influx of contaminated water. If your business has recently been damaged by flooding, it can help understand how this type of water can cause long-term damage and what you can do to mitigate it. 

1. It Can Contain Dangerous Chemicals 

Environmental experts often call contaminated water that stems from flooding Category 3 or “black water.” This means the water did not come from a sterile source and may contain various hazardous components, including harsh sewer and lawn chemicals that entered the water during flooding. These chemicals can make the water dangerous to touch, so calling in flood damage and cleanup service is the safest way to remove it. 

2. It May Make You Sick 

Category 3 water damage can be dangerous in more than one way. For example, standing black water can grow microbes that may cause a variety of illnesses. Urine and feces may also be present, even if they are not immediately visible, so it is wise to avoid this type of water entirely and wait for professional cleanup services to arrive. 

3. Acting Quickly Can Be Essential 

Because contaminated water can become more dangerous the longer it sits, it is good to call in a cleanup crew right away. This can be important even if you believe the worst of the damage has already been done. Having the water removed may reduce the chances of long-term issues with your building’s affected floors and walls and prevent mold growth, which can be difficult to treat once it takes hold. 

Blackwater damage can harm your Montgomery County commercial building in several ways. However, when you know its dangers and how to combat them, you may be able to prevent the worst of the destruction. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County.

3 Commercial Black Water Facts

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County is the right restoration company for you! SERVPRO of Montgomery County is the right restoration company for you!

Your Clarksville, TN, commercial building can be affected by flooding from several sources. Water damage can include warped flooring and moldy drywall, but the more immediate issue caused by flooding is the influx of contaminated water. If your business has recently been damaged by flooding, it can help you understand how this type of water can cause long-term damage and what you can do to mitigate it. 

1. It Can Contain Dangerous Chemicals 

Environmental experts often call contaminated water that stems from flooding Category 3 or “black water.” This means the water did not come from a sterile source and may contain various hazardous components, including harsh sewer and lawn chemicals that entered the water during flooding. These chemicals can make the water dangerous to touch, so calling in flood damage and cleanup service is the safest way to remove it. 

2. It May Make You Sick 

Category 3 water damage can be dangerous in more than one way. For example, standing black water can grow microbes that may cause a variety of illnesses. Urine and feces may also be present, even if they are not immediately visible, so it is wise to avoid this type of water entirely and wait for professional cleanup services to arrive. 

3. Acting Quickly Can Be Essential 

Because contaminated water can become more dangerous the longer it sits, it is good to call in a cleanup crew right away. This can be important even if you believe the worst of the damage has already been done. Having the water removed may reduce the chances of long-term issues with your building’s affected floors and walls and prevent mold growth, which can be challenging to treat once it takes hold. 

Blackwater damage can harm your Montgomery County commercial building in several ways. However, when you know its dangers and how to combat them, you may be able to prevent the worst of the destruction. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County.

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage and Takes Steps to Prevent Future Mold Growth

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

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A continuous state of elevated humidity is a primary cause of excessive microbial growth in Clarksville residences and can increase the amount of damage that follows. Other factors, such as the presence of absorbent materials in the home, can also play a role in microbial growth.

Whenever a residence in Clarksville sustains mold damage, one of the aspects examined inside the home includes water sources. Leaky water lines, past flooding events, and saturated ground near the home can increase the amount of humidity the interior of the home experiences. SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters and other devices to locate the sources and areas where moisture accumulated. Once we locate these areas and sources, we can then resolve the situation that caused microbial growth to affect the home.

Mold remediation experts know that the existence of future invasive water can cause the microbial problem to return, rendering mold remediation efforts useless. Once we eliminate these sources, we can then begin removing mold-damaged materials, laundering and cleaning household items and furniture, and caring for the carpeting throughout the home. Walls that harbor mold, even if dormant, need cleaning and drying.

During our work, maintaining a set of controls to keep all mold contained safely affects our labor's overall outcome. This includes the use of plastic sheeting surrounding areas within the home, along with the use of our air scrubbers. Sending microbes outdoors helps keep them from entering other areas of your property.

However, ensuring that moisture sources no longer exist where they should not keep old sources from returning in full force. Effectively starving microbes, their population growth stays under control. Once we complete our remediation work, diligent homeowners know to keep an eye out for leaking water lines, loose connections, and other sources of moisture. Microbes do not need a great deal of moisture to begin growing again and causing future problems.

SERVPRO of Montgomery County is always ready to serve those in our community. Contact us by calling our 24-hour service line at (931) 645-1285. Your family does not need to live with the effects of mold damage in your home.

Overcoming Soot Damage

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

Your Clarksville, Tennessee, the 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 of this blaze throughout your property and cause a lot of work for the professional restoration team 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 standard 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 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 of Montgomery County. We can respond quickly and get your home back to preloss conditions as soon as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (931) 645-1285.

Flood Damage in Clarksville from Damaged Roof After a Storm

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

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When a storm comes into the Tennessee area, damage to your roof is relatively standard. Once a hole in your roof gets large enough, extensive flood damage can result. During a rainstorm, many elements such as wind or even hail can arise that can ruin your roof shingles. Wind can blow rocks or other objects into your home and create holes in your roof or exterior walls that rainwater can enter. Once the water starts entering your home, flood damage can occur from the top of your house to the bottom.

As soon as moisture enters your home from the outside, multiple issues can quickly arise. The best thing to do is call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO to mitigate the flood damage. Water coming from the outside is considered black water and may be contaminated with harmful bacteria. Rainwater can also bring microbes from the outside, increasing the chance of microbial growth; no one wants molds growing in their attics.

In many cases, the first place that retains moisture after your roof leaks in your attic. Elevated moisture levels inside your attic can ruin building materials if the area does not get dried out promptly. If the insulation inside the attic gets wet, the moisture can decrease the R-value of the material. Some types of insulation can get dry when wet, whereas others must be removed. 

After removing wet insulation, our SERVPRO team can then dry out the wet ceiling materials and roof trusses. To do this, we often create a containment chamber to control the environment in the affected area better and prevent harmful particles from entering the rest of the house. We then set up heated air movers to create a circular air movement inside the area. In addition to the air movers, we also set up dehumidifiers that remove moisture from the air. Once building materials are dry, we treat the attic with anti-microbial chemicals and sometimes spray the trusses with a specialized sealant paint to inhibit fungal growth.

If you ever have a problem inside your attic after a storm, call SERVPRO of Montgomery County at (931) 645-1285.

Preventing Wind Damage

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

If you have storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County today. If you have storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County today.

Many areas of the United States have experienced heavy winds and storms this season, and the strong, powerful winds can cause significant damage to your home. Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property, from broken windows and fallen tree branches to more severe damage to the roof, garage, or car. It can happen from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house.


Wind Damage from Different Types of Storms

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage, but winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage. It can produce many types of bad weather, such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, and more. Thunderstorms are responsible for most wind damage cases in the U.S., but the storm damage repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage. Billions of dollars are spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year; understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your property and save on restoration and repair costs.

It's important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect. These wind damage facts will help you better understand the potential for wind damage and how to prevent it. Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of damage to your home when severe weather strikes.


Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Most wind damage is caused by flying debris either from plants or other structures and objects that aren't secured. If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris around your homes, such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects, are either secured or brought inside. Secure your doors and windows to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Roof damage can be reduced during the construction phase when the roof deck and the shingles or membrane is applied over the decking. A well-designed roofing system will firmly anchor the trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind. Roofing material must be fastened to the deck. Weakly connected shingles will lift easily from the deck.

The damage to your siding can be reduced at the construction phase as well. Properly fastened siding is less likely to lift off a structure in strong wind. Building codes will likely direct the minimum standards for connections. You, your architect, or your contractor may decide to exceed these minimums for a stronger and more storm-resistant structure.

Falling trees and tree limbs are another significant type of damage to structures in a windstorm. Tree maintenance to remove dead limbs or identify and remove weakened trees will reduce the likelihood of the structure being damaged.


Mitigating Damage After a Storm

Close any openings made in the structure by the wind. Roof openings and broken windows are the most common problem. Keep a roll of plastic sheeting that can be cut to size and nailed over the opening.

Keep your safety in mind and attempt such a closure yourself only if it can be done with little or no risk. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of an emergency close up. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

Falling trees and tree limbs can open a structure with sudden violence. A tree on a structure is a severe personal and structural safety issue. A tree may look like it won't shift position. But it can shift and cause serious injury to the unwary. Fallen trees may also mask other severe safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. The wires may still be alive, and the tree itself energized. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

Suppose your home or business sustains wind damage during a storm. In that case, it's essential to contact a storm damage restoration professional as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage. SERVPRO of Montgomery County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

Reasons Water Removal May be Needed for Your Home

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County has experts in water removal. SERVPRO of Montgomery County has experts in water removal.

Water damage in your Tennessee home occurs when excess water starts to pool where it shouldn't. Several factors can make this excess water, and therefore, contribute to damage to your structure. When you know the potential causes, you can take precautionary steps to help you avoid water loss. You can also spot an issue once it arises and gets it fixed before it has a chance to do additional damage.

The faster you see a problem, the less work and extraction there are. Either way, water cleanup needs to be done in your Tennessee home, and you should hire the help of a professional remediation company to do the job. SERVPRO staff is available to help you at any time with the experience and knowledge that you would expect from a reputable company.

A common cause of water damage in your home is broken hoses and pipes. Things such as aging pipes, a burst water main, or ice maker supply lines, and washing machine supply hoses that fail certainly ruin your day. It is a good idea to purchase copper pipes and braided metal lines to replace the original ones, as they hold up much better so you can avoid accidents.

SERVPRO technicians can help you get your home dry and back in its usual condition no matter what has happened. We have various tools to help extract water, including moisture meters and sensors to find any hidden moisture, truck-mounted pumps to get rid of any standing water over a few inches deep. Additionally, we have air movers dehumidifiers to dry everything back out. SERVPRO of Montgomery County works promptly to avoid additional damage to your structure, such as mold growth.

Another common reason for water damage in your home includes broken toilets and overflowing bathtubs. Children are big culprits, so your best defense is to watch them! Water is fascinating to children, especially when it is flowing over the toilet and tub rims.

Sewer backups, unfortunately, happen as well. Tree roots can invade and clog your drain lines. Using an enzyme drain treatment to flush out your lines every month during the spring and summer months when tree roots grow the most is a good idea to avoid this kind of catastrophe.


SERVPRO of Montgomery County can help you dry your home after a water damage emergency, no matter what type it is. Call (931) 645-1285 as soon as you realize

Five Ways to Avoid Kitchen Hazards

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County has fire damage restoration experts. SERVPRO of Montgomery County has fire damage restoration experts.

Many people in Clarksville, Tennessee, love to cook. But even seasoned chefs sometimes make costly mistakes. Here are five helpful ways to avoid kitchen hazards, such as a drain clog or grease fire.

1. Keep Your Vents Clean

It's essential to keep the vent screens above your stove clean. Otherwise, grease can build up on the screen and inhibit ventilation, becoming a contributing factor in a kitchen fire. The grease buildup could even make a fire worse.

2. Don't Leave Pans Unattended

Most cooks know never to lean a pan unattended on the stove. The pan could be knocked over, grease can splatter, or the food can be allowed to cook too long. Each of these things can be a fire hazard.

3. Don't Put Grease Down the Drain

When you're done cooking, it may be tempting to pour the hot grease down the drain. Build-up grease in the drain can lead to a drain clog and sink overflow. Instead, pour the grease into a container, allow it to cool, and then place it in the trash.

4. Wipe Out Greasy Pans Before Washing

You should wipe out any remaining grease and food particles before washing your pans. This can help prevent buildup that may lead to a sink clog.

5. Call a Professional to Service Appliances

If you're having problems with your stove or drain, it may be time to call a professional. They will know how to fix the problem without causing a potential electrical fire. These can come from attempting to fix a broken stove or clogged dish disposal without the correct tools. If fire or flooding does occur, then a fire and water damage restoration service may help.

Following these tips can help you prevent problems like a drain clog or grease fire. Never leave your stove unattended when it's on, don't put grease down the drain, and call a professional if your kitchen appliances need maintenance. If a fire or flooding does happen in your kitchen, then a restoration professional may be able to help.

Sprinkler Water Damage

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

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A fire in a commercial business or a property-managed real estate complex can be devastating. Still, when you add in the additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Businesses and apartment complexes cannot afford to close for a day; it affects many different individuals' lives. SERVPRO of Montgomery County offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO of Montgomery County 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 damages. SERVPRO's commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO can simultaneously treat fire and water damages. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they do not need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are essentially 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 Montgomery County's commercial services, contact the office at (931) 645-1285, visit the website, or message us on Facebook!

Inspecting Your Home for Damage After a Fire Fire Damage

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

If you have a commercial fire, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County today! If you have a commercial fire, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County today!

A fire in a commercial business or a property-managed real estate complex can be devastating. Still, when you add in the additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Businesses and apartment complexes cannot afford to close for a day; it affects many different individuals' lives. SERVPRO of Montgomery County offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO 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 damages. 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 do not need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are essentially 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. You can trust our SERVPRO of Montgomery County fire restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Give us a call anytime at (931) 645-1285.

10 Things to Know About Mold

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall in residential property If you suspect mold, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Montgomery County.

  1. Mold exposures may include health effects.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate moisture sources.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth.
  6. Clean and dry any damp building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. You should clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent and dry thoroughly. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles that are moldy may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. Some molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Preventing Flood Damage

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage in Clarksville, TN Prevent flood damage with these steps!

According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. It caused $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding, so it may be necessary to buy a separate flood policy for your home.

Three Key Steps

Here are a couple of tips to keep water from entering your home during a heavy rain event:

  • Fix foundation leaks that may allow water to enter your home.
  • Make sure your roof is secure and protected.
  • Clear gutters and drains.

If water ever floods your home, getting someone on-site as soon as possible is key to keeping the amount of damage to a minimum. SERVPRO of Montgomery County is ready to respond at any time and also provides a free assessment!

9 Ways to Manage Mold

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Suspect mold in your property? Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County at (931) 645-1285. Suspect mold in your property? Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County at (931) 645-1285.

  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters.

  2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. 

  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. 

  4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock and mold inhibitors for paints. 

  5. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. 

  6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

  7. Clean or repair roof gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

  8. Improve airflow in your home. Without adequate airflow in your home, excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows, and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they're in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

  9. Keep mold off household plants. They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.

When this Doctor Needed Help He Called SERVPRO of Montgomery County

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

If you are in need of commercial services, call us today! If you are in need of commercial services, call us today!

A Doctor's Office. A Fire. Two Things That Don't Mix.

Fortunately, no one was injured. But we needed to help this practice set up a temporary office so that the doctors could continue to see patients. We know that in a situation like this, time is of the essence. We got the call and responded with plenty of crew to get the damaged contents out and assess what could be cleaned and salvaged and what needed to be discarded. Contents that sustained only light soot damage were quickly and thoroughly cleaned and moved to their temporary office space so that their business could resume somewhat normal activities. Closely working with the client and the insurance company, we packed contents and began the cleaning process at our warehouse and on-site to get their business back up and running as soon as possible. As boxes of contents were cleaned and ready to put back into use, we transported finished items to their temporary office space. Contents ranged from waiting room furniture and files to high-end instruments and tools needing adequate intricate cleaning.

Meanwhile, our crew was busy doing a necessary demo in the building areas that had to be removed due to the fire damage. Debris hauling and cleaning the entire structure to remove soot that had traveled through the entire building was ongoing until that portion of the job was complete. Ducts of the HVAC system also needed cleaning as the smoke and soot traveled through these systems as a means of escape. We readied the building after the demo and cleaned for a contractor to build back the structure to make the offices operational again.

In a fire of this magnitude, the project manager oversaw all of these activities to complete the job. And as you can imagine, this process takes months to complete. We know that situations like these require constant communication with our clients throughout the process. It is always satisfying to see a job of this magnitude come to completion. Throughout this process, our goal is to minimize the stress for our customers and get them back to normal business as smoothly and quickly as possible.

When unfortunate circumstances require our services, we do our best to exceed customer expectations. We are always here to help.

How to Locate a Bathtub or Shower Leak

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

If you suspect water damage in your property, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County. Image of cartoon bathtub. If you suspect water damage in your property, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County.

Though some water leaks throughout your Clarksville, Tennessee, home can be easy to spot, there're a vast amount of others that require more than a casual glance. A shower or bathtub leak, for example, can fall into the latter category, as they're a variety of places for leaks to emerge from in these areas. If you need help identifying a shower water leak, read how to locate one without much hassle effectively. Once the source has been identified, contacting a trained water restoration team can ensure your home removes any water damage, as well.

Check the Common Sources First

Before tearing into the tile work or uprooting your tub, it pays to investigate the more apparent areas first. After a shower, inspect familiar sources such as the:

  • Showerhead face,
  • The O-ring between the showerhead and arm,
  • Faucet handles, and the areas surrounding them, or
  • Caulking at the base or surrounding of a shower/tub combination.

Leak issues are generally noticeable in these spaces and can be detected by sight after running water through your shower.

Have a Professional Inspect Your Shower Pan

A shower pan leak is another usual spot for an issue, especially in tiled shower designs. These leaks can start from the pan being too old and faulty or merely due to a new one being installed incorrectly. Therefore, it pays to have someone inspect this space as a potential cause for any shower or bathtub leak.

Determine the Severity of the Issue by Searching the Levels Below

There's no more precise indication of a bad water leak within your shower floor than through the ceiling or flooring directly below the shower itself. Look for signs of water damage or condensation on the ceiling beneath a second-story shower or throughout your crawl space below a first-floor shower.

When eliminating a bathroom leak in your Clarksville, Tennessee home, follow any of these efficient methods for a quick solo inspection before contacting a professional for further assistance. For additional questions, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County.

How to Check for Roof Damage After a Storm

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

If you have storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County today! If you have storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County today!

After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for storm damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, indicating hail damage. You may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it, and clean the water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms in Tennessee, wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside of your home, look for stains that indicate the leak source and areas needing roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to that area. Here are five familiar sources for a roof leak:

1. Vents and fans

2. Chimneys

3. Window dormers

4. Vent pipes

5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fix Water Damage

To complete your roof repair, start looking for materials damaged by water. Check for discolorations and rotting wood and wet drywall and insulation. When you find mold, remain careful and don't spread it during cleanup.

A mold remediation professional can help create a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials immediately. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry.

Kitchen Fire Tips

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County is here to help! SERVPRO of Montgomery County is here to help!

Between 2012-2016 the NFPA found that cooking was the leading cause of fires within the United States. It’s important to remember safety when cooking in our homes. Don’t leave stove tops or ovens unattended, and if you have to leave the room to host guests or for another reason, be sure to take an oven mitt with you to remind you that something is cooking on the stove or in the oven. 

If you happen to have a grease fire in your home, do not pour water on it! It seems like it’s elementary, but when you’re panicked with a fire in your kitchen, sometimes you can do silly things. Instead, cover the fire with a cookie sheet to suffocate it. If it’s a small fire, you can also use salt to put it out as well. Make sure to always have a fire extinguisher on hand just if a fire breaks out in your kitchen. 

For all your fire cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of Montgomery County a call today at (931) 645-1285.

June 2021 Volunteer Work at Loaves and Fishes

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County volunteering at Loaves and Fishes in Clarksville, Tennessee SERVPRO of Montgomery County loves helping our Clarksville community!

June 15, 2021, a few of our employees at SERVPRO of Montgomery County volunteered at Loaves and Fishes. Loaves and Fishes is a local nonprofit in Clarksville, Tennessee, that serves meals daily to those in need.

Our crew members were able to help make a difference in their local community. Are you interest in volunteering? Check out Loaves and Fishes volunteer opportunities. SERVPRO of Montgomery County is proud to help our community when we are able!

Volunteer Review

"Loaves and Fishes of Clarksville was in need of additional help to prepare and serve meals. A call was put out and a member of SERVPRO management asked the staff for volunteers. In walked the cavalry! David, Lorenzo, and RJ took on food prep tasks like pros, served the guests with kindness and big smiles, and helped get the kitchen standing tall before they left. Thank you gentlemen and thank you SERVPRO! THE PROFESSIONALS WHO SERVE!"

-Mary Cooper

SERVPRO Drying Out Water Damaged Clarksville Homes

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in Clarksville, TN Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County if you need water damage restoration.

After a plumbing disaster, Clarksville homeowners need more than merely using a water-vac to pull water off the floor, open the doors and windows, and rent a rug shampooer from the local big box store. To completely restore a home takes a professional restoration service. 

Drying out a home with water damage in Clarksville requires attention to four key factors that affect humidity. SERVPRO restoration specialists train to analyze each one, knowing which drying methods and equipment they need to use in each home. It all comes down to HEAT. 

Water vapor level determines the humidity levels in the air in a home compared to its capacity. A level of 60 percent or higher indicates the air is saturated. That dramatically slows evaporation and increases drying time. Specialists use dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity level in each affected room. Properly working dehumidifiers can lower the level up to 20 percent every 24 hours. 

Evaporation is the natural process of water converting to vapor. With large amounts of water, it's prolonged. Our SERVPRO specialists use pumps and smaller extraction devices to remove the bulk of the standing water. Once they get the amount to less than two inches in depth, the evaporation rate rapidly increases. They can also augment the evaporation rate with dehumidifiers and use exhaust fans to increase movement, forcing saturated air outside the home. 

Air movement can also be increased using air movers to force warm, dry air throughout affected rooms and across damp surfaces like walls, tables, and countertops to gently increase the evaporation rate. Air movers and fans' combination to increase air movement is also very useful to dry out clothing in a gentle manner that does not damage the fabric. 

Temperature is also an essential factor, especially in cold weather. Since the preferred range to dry home and property is 70 to 90 degrees, we try to engage the HVAC system if it is operational carefully. If not, then specialists use space heaters to raise the internal temperature. They carefully monitor the temperature in every affected room to keep it under 80 degrees on the first day; however, a higher temperature can increase the humidity. 

At SERVPRO of Montgomery County, we use every tool and method available to return every residence to a dry, safe condition for families. If you have had a recent water issue in your home, call (931) 645-1285 to schedule a visit.

4 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

water damage tips Follow these tips to prevent water damage in your Clarksville, TN, property.

With the school year coming to an end, this means kids will be “flooding” into homes this summer. View these suggestions from SERVPRO of Montgomery County for preventing water damage while your kids are home.

1. Be Careful Where You Plant.

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean Out Roof Gutters.

On a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some severe water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. If your gutters are too high, be safe, and get a professional to check them.

3. Use a Drain Snake Instead of Unclogging Chemicals.

Most folks don’t realize these chemicals are eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is an excellent solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

4. Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink.

It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water; grease can still cling to your pipes and could even cause some severe damage and blockage. The safest thing to do is pour your grease in an empty can and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens, you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done. However, we know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays.

Fire Damage Restoration in your Clarksville Home

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County is available today for any fire damage needs! SERVPRO of Montgomery County is available today for any fire damage needs!

Clarksville Home Fire Damage Restoration

We recently responded to a service call regarding a local Clarksville home that experienced fire damage and needed SERVPRO of Montgomery County’s cleaning and restoration services. This home suffered extensive smoke damage from a grease fire that occurred in the kitchen. Additionally, the fire affected the home roof because the fire ended up burning through the ceiling, resulting in a large hole in the roof. As a result of the firefighters putting out the fire, there were water damage issues inside the house.

Our team of production and service technicians arrived on the scene to remediate the damages. We cleaned all of the houses, including the walls, ceilings, and all surfaces. Since most of the structure suffered smoke damage, including its contents, we hand clean every little bit of the client’s personal belongings, including mattresses, lamps, and many other household items. Lastly, we thoroughly cleaned the house’s air ducts with our trained on-staff experts.

Restoration Services for Storm Damage

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Ice dam in Clarksville, TN If you have storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County today!

Water restoration services are needed in water damage caused by floodwater, roof leak, ice damage, oozing of groundwater, leaking or bursting of frozen pipes, and ice dam bursting. Like SERVPRO of Montgomery County, water restoration companies have various storm remediation services to ensure successful home restoration tasks. During the home restoration process, the storm restoration companies concentrate on storm damages such as roof damages that may cause a roof leak hence the need for roof repair. Hail damage and wind damage may, for instance, cause roof damage.

Ice damming is also problematic in cold places like the Tundra that forms an ice dam that can burst at any moment, causing ice damage to your property or home. When frozen pipes burst, they may cause flooding in homes hence the need to clean floodwater before any damage occurs. On the other hand, river flooding can be minimized by constructing a flood pump that helps in the water restoration process when conducting home restoration exercises.

Ice damage, hail damage, hurricane damage, ice damming (forming ice dam), groundwater bursting, wind damage, and floodwater occur naturally. As a result, wind damage can be resolved through storm remediation. Hurricane damage is widespread, and its impact may be overwhelming. These damages may result in roof damage that calls for roof repairs to avoid a roof leak. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County at (931) 645-1285.

We Have The State-of-the-Art Equipment Necessary in Clarksville

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO commercial icon - restoration services If you experience commercial damage, call SERVPRO of Montgomery County!

Saving Facilities After Silicone Roof Water Damage in Clarksville, TN

As many Montgomery County business owners know, water damage is the second most common type of claim that they can make. A staggering 20% of all insurance claims filed are related to water damage of some kind, whether this is from a pipe malfunction, storm damage, or other water-related issues. Without thorough mitigation and drying, this damage can pose challenges to the structural integrity of your business as well as the safety of employees and customers.

If your Clarksville office needs commercial water damage mitigation, you can count on a certified SERVPRO team to handle the damages quickly and efficiently, so you can get back to business. No matter how large or small the disaster, professionals are dedicated to restoring your business and ensuring that cleanup is done to code.

Silicone Roofing Risks

While silicone roof coatings can help business owners with flat roofing save on electricity and other costs, there are some risks to consider when implementing this in your space after water damage strikes. These include:

  • Abrasion and tear resistance. Compared to other coatings like modified bitumen, silicone roofing is not the most durable. It can get very slippery when wet, which can make it more prone to tears. Foot traffic dropped tools, and other activities can potentially damage the coating. 

  • Attracting dirt. Silicone roofing, which is often white, can get a visible coat of airborne dust and dirt over time, darkening roofing. Clean regularly to maximize the energy-reflective nature of the roof coating and save on HVAC costs.

  • Recoating. While recoating may not be needed as often as it is for other roofing solutions, it is imperative to choose silicone compatible with your current coating. 

How SERVPRO Saves Your Facilities

Suppose you have a roof leak in your facilities. In that case, SERVPRO can use centrifugal air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers in tandem to pull moisture off of surfaces and eliminate it, replacing the moist air with air that is warm and dry. To dry a wet ceiling, technicians may open a few ceiling panels on either end of the affected area and position equipment so that air circulates straight up and through the space between your ceiling and roofing. This placement also helps warm, dry air circulate through the affected space for better results.

SERVPRO of Montgomery County is here to ensure that your business looks "Like it never even happened." Call (931) 645-1285 today for rapid disaster mitigation.

Cleaning After a Storm

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Air movers - SERVPRO equipment Clarksville, TN Air movers place in a Clarksville, TN, home to extract water after a storm hit.

When a storm causes damage to your home, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to start the cleanup process. Due to flooding and other factors, however, there are several ways in which cleaning after a storm often differs from cleaning after different types of damage from water.

1. Water is Removed

Whereas a pipe break may only require a certain area of the house to be cleaned and likely will not result in a significant flood, storms can cause extensive water damage. Standing flood water can often be contaminated, meaning that removing the water can be hazardous if not done correctly. It’s essential to use protective equipment, like masks, boots, gloves, and other items when removing polluted water.

2. Home is Dried

Once water is removed from the home after a storm, it’s important to dry out the area. Keep the home dry will help prevent mold growth. However, it’s essential to make sure the right equipment is used while drying the area after flooding. Using a vacuum cleaner or putting on a fan when a ceiling is drooping can be hazardous and ineffective. Once the home is dry, the next process of cleaning and restoration can begin.

3. Sanitization is Required

Since storm floodwater is often contaminated, a home with sustained flood damage is often typically thoroughly sanitized. Besides cleaning items within your home, including furniture, clothes, or other personal belongings, the home itself may require special cleaning. Often, the process of disinfecting a home includes eliminating the causes of unpleasant odors and eliminating odors themselves, and the use of disinfectants as well as the use of antibacterial treatments.

Knowing the differences between pipe burst flooding and stormwater damage can give you a better idea of what to expect and where to start the cleanup and restoration process. You could find it useful to work with water and storm damage professionals as you begin to restore your home.

How to Keep Pets Safe During a Fire

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

dog and owner in a Clarksville, TN home Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County at (931) 645-1285.

How to Prepare for a Potential Fire Emergency

A fire can quickly engulf any home in Clarksville, Tennessee; an inferno can also threaten everyone's well-being, including pets. While you may communicate evacuation instructions to human family members, ensuring pet safety can be 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 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 come to you when called promptly.

2. Practice Evacuating With Pets

If you have children, consider routinely performing 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 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 determine the correct owner quickly. 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.

Smoke Damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

smoke in the air SERVPRO of Montgomery County is the right restoration company for you!

After you've experienced a fire at your Clarksville, Tennessee, property, you need to act fast and contact fire damage specialists.

The longer you allow smoke and odors to linger, the deeper they soak into walls, furniture, and carpets. You should ventilate your house as quickly as possible and turn off your heating and air and replace the air filters. Additionally, your HVAC system could make the problem worse by spreading smoke, soot, and ashes throughout your home. Heavily damaged items may need to be disposed of. Consider throwing away food items that weren't sealed in airtight containers that came in contact with smoke damage.

Don't let a fire ruin your life. The devastation can be disheartening. React quickly, the faster you start the smoke cleaning process, the less extensive the damage will be. Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County (931) 645-1285

3 Ways FEMA Can Save The Day

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Damage after a storm. Damage after a storm.

While the nation's countless victims struggled to pick up the pieces after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many might wondered how they might recover from storms in their areas. Although it might not sweep across a neighborhood with the force that could wipe out buildings, an average storm can bring a significant amount of flooding. Below are three ways the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help during such difficult times.

1. Financial Support

FEMA steps in when a natural disaster takes over. After a governor confirms a state of emergency, FEMA formulates a method to respond to the crisis effectively. The organization can also work with the states to form funding before an expected storm.

2. Organization

When a flood strikes, it can seem as if a catastrophe has suddenly affected life in general. Since FEMA works at the state level, victims may check whether their specific area can receive support. Through a straightforward system, they may then apply for disaster assistance. Even if you have insurance, connecting with all programs before moving forward might be a wise step.

3. Promptness Matters

Despite the differences in each situation, FEMA can respond to disasters that prioritize victims first. When you register, an inspector specializing in disasters generally visits within a week. From there, the agency can work with homeowners to determine the right assistance plan. To ensure speedy support, victims may also need to work with the agency to specify damages.

No matter the extent of the damage, discovering that your home has become the setting for a flood can be shocking, challenging, and stressful. However, this is the point at which FEMA can step in to help you get your space – and subsequently, your life – back on track.

Everything You Need to Know About Flood Damage

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

flood in home Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County for water damage restoration! We can make your disaster, "Like it never even happened."

If there's any good news about flood damage, most people know it could and probably will occur in advance. While flash floods and other water damage from leaks and burst pipes are often unpredictable, flood damage from storms is almost easy to predict. Storm surge, torrential rain, and rising water levels cause massive water damage for those who live along the coast or in other low-lying areas. Flood damage is terrible in every instance, but the good news is many homeowners and business owners have enough time to adequately prepare their home and/or business for the impending water damage as best they can.

When a storm ends, and it's safe to return home or to work, many people are shocked to see how much water in the home or water in the business they find. It seems impossible water levels can rise so high, but it's entirely possible. When floodwater causes the water in a home or water in an office to damage things, it's devastating. Before anyone decides to handle this situation, they must learn how to properly handle this kind of water damage.

Do Not Go Back Without Permission

Anyone who evacuated would like to know how much water is in the property or the kind of water they're dealing with; never return to the property without being notified first that it's safe to return. Flood damage is hazardous, and it's easy to forget it's so much more than just water on the road or in a home. Water in a home is dangerous, water in a business is dangerous, and water is dangerous. Wait for the green light when proper authorities give it. No one ever knows if a power line is down, active, and just waiting in the water to electrocute the next person who walks through.

Beware of the Many Dangers

Before anyone enters a home or office with water damage to begin the water cleanup process, they must know how much danger potentially awaits. The water cleanup process should begin as quickly as possible to prevent more damage from occurring, but it cannot be done until people check for proper dangers. The first is live electricity. Don't assume just because the power is out in a specific neighborhood or city; there's nothing to worry about. The power could come back on at any given moment, which means it could cause serious bodily harm to anyone working out of their home or office. Turn off all electricity before entering any building with standing water.

The second danger is what might be waiting for people in the water. There could be alligators, snakes, dangerous water creatures, or even bacteria or other harmful stuff. Always let the local authorities do a neighborhood sweep before beginning the water cleanup and drying process.

Call the Pros

Finally, anyone can do the most crucial thing when water damage occurs and call a professional restoration and mitigation company to handle the drying process. Restoration companies have powerful equipment designed to allow adequate drying to occur in minimal time. Professional mitigation and restoration are imperative because any missed moisture leads to much larger problems.

It's not uncommon for people to want to begin the water cleanup and drying process independently. Still, it's the help of a professional restoration and mitigation company that provides the best possible results. Restoration is designed to clear out all the water in places others might not realize it's hiding. The more prolonged moisture sits in a home or business, the more dangerous it becomes. It can cause mold to form; it can cause further damage to furniture, flooring, and even walls. Call for professional restoration and mitigation rather than handling the drying process without a pro's help to remove water in a business or home. For additional information, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County.

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