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How Do I Clean the Odors Out of The Air of My Home?

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

When house fires happen, they can leave a smokey odor behind that is unpleasant and not safe to breathe. At SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties we have an ozone machine that is used to clean the air. Ozone machines take the odors out of the air without the use of chemicals. 

Ozone machines can be used to clean the air of a room of a house or the entire floor of a building. These machines have a wide range of uses. Ozone machines can be used to deodorize from pets and food odors as well. 

How does ozone work?

We go in to the home and remove all living things such as; pets, people, plants, etc. Ozone is a small machine that plugs in to a regular outlet. How this works is the machine breaks down the oxygen (O2) and converts it into ozone (O3). By using this machine it cleans the air without using any chemicals making it safer and easier to clean the air in your home.

If you have any odors in your home , call SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties to assess the situation. We have the knowledge and tools to effectively remove odors in your home or business.

Tornado Drill Day

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

If anyone is like me, I got so tired of tornado drills in school. I never understood why we had to sit out in the hallways on our knees with our heads down. Now that I am older I realize they were just trying to keep us safe for the possibility of a disaster. We at SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties suggest you do a Tornado Drill at your home or business at least once a year. This keeps it fresh for everyone. You need to know where to go in case your ever need to get to a safe spot quickly.

  • Seek a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • Stay away from doors, windows, and outside walls
  • Stay in the center of the room and avoid corners because they attract debris
  • Avoid auditorium, cafeterias, and gymnasium, wide-span roofs

If a disaster should strike your home or business SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties is ready 24/7. Call us to help get you back on your feet “Like it never even happened.”

I Have Mold. What Do I Do?

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the topic of mold. Some restoration companies make claims to remove all mold from your home or business. This is false. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere. Microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter into your home or business through windows and HVAC units.

  • Mold is everywhere
  • Mold thrives on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, all sources of moisture or water must be addressed or the remediation was for nothing and the mold will return.
  • Mold often produces a strong musty odor.
  • Higher than normal humidity indoors can support mold growth. It is best to keep indoor humidity below 45%.

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business it is best to call a certified professional like SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties to address this situation. Our technicians are trained in how to properly treat each mold strain. We also test the mold to be 100% sure on how to remedy your exact mold type. 

It's just a little storm damage.

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Have you heard a neighbor or friend say, “Oh, it’s just a little bit of storm damage. That’s not a lot of water. It’s fine.” They aren’t the “mold experts” and most people don’t even actually understand mold. 

Most of the time when you talk about storm damage, you are talking about the roof or the trauma to the exterior of the structure, may it be your home or business. Storm damage can cause mold as well. Bare with me, I know that sounds crazy but a small about of moisture can cause mold to grow and spread. Since mold is in the air in the form of spores when storms cause damage to homes it is likely for the spores to enter our homes and multiply into colonies. This is why it is super important to make sure that any damage caused by a storm is properly acknowledged by a professional. Here at SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties that’s exactly what we are. We are a local mold and remediation specialists that can examine and check your exact situation to see if you have mold or a perfect situation for possible mold growth. We take every job seriously no mater the size. 

Who Should I Call for a Little Storm Damage?

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

house damage Why call anyone else, when you can call the best in the business?

Storm damage can range from a small minor leak in your roof to losing everything you have built and having to start over completely. Neither one is very fun to deal with. 

In Northwest Tennessee, we are know for the powerful straight-line winds along with tornadoes and flooding. It can be really hectic and scary. A small leak can turn in to something more major quick if not taken care of quickly and properly. This can also cause mold and other damages to your home or business.

When dealing with a potential mold or severe water damage you always want to call a professional. At SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties our technicians are highly trained in how to properly take care of your home or business in the best way possible. With state of the art equipment and hospital grade cleaners, we are prepared for most anything. Our goal is to put your home back “Like it never even happened.” But what makes that possible and even better we are “Faster to any size disaster.” Because we know and understand that when it comes to you and your families and employees, your time is valuable. 

Do I Really Need to Clean My Dryer Vent?

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

dryer vent Don't let your lint take your life for a tumble.

We all know that when we take our laundry out of the washer and put it in the dryer to clean the lint trap (some people clean it out when the take their clothes out of the dryer, either way is fine). It’s just common sense and automatic. While this is a good practice to help dry your laundry more efficiently and prevent safety hazards, do you know this might not be enough?

There is a tube that connects this lint trap to the outside of your home to remove the hot air and moisture. Did you know this is recommended to be cleaned out annually? 34% of residential fires are due to dirty dryer vents. The debris in these ducts are highly flammable. The lint and debris that builds up in these ducts and hoses can reduce airflow, backing up exhaust gases.

While safety is the number one priority, there are many benefits to having these cleaned out regularly. 

Shorter Drying Times

Over time it seems like it takes forever to dry a normal load of laundry. This may be an indication that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned. A build up of lint and debris creates a barrier that warm air has to fight through. By cleaning these out your are making it easier for your dryer to breath and clearing the way for the heat to go through these lines quickly and efficiently 

Lower Energy Bills

By shortening drying times this will reduce your energy bill.

Fewer Repairs

By these vents and ducts being clogged it is adding considerable wear and tear on your dryer. Think of it as if your artery is clogged, it puts significant strain on your heart. By cleaning these vents the dryer is able to work more efficiently. You will also save yourself money but not having to pay for pricey repairs or a total replacement.

Why SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

We are a member of the National Art Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). We are held to the highest of standards and held to their Code of Ethics. We have an Air Systems Cleaning Specialist on staff.

Our top priority is to give you peace of mind. Consider cleaning your dryer vent once a year. This will keep your family safe from a potential hazard and possibility lower your energy costs. Call SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Caroll Counties to get your dryer vent cleaned out.

Fire Prevention in Your Trenton, TN Home

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

laundry room fire We hope this never happens to you, but if it does we want to be by your side every step of the way.

Most fires in the home could be prevented. Things that we do everyday can cause a fire or a flame. Once a flame starts if reaction is not quick or correct then it could cause serious damages. Our main focus is to help make you aware and look for everyday habits that you may be putting yourself at risk with.

Main Causes of House Fires:

1. Cooking

Pots and pans can over heat and cause a fire very easily. If the person cooking gets distracted and leaves the cooking unattended this is highly likely to cause a fire. Always stay in the room or ask someone to watch the food while it is cooking.

2. Heating

Portable heaters should be at least 3 feet away from anything that could be flammable; furniture, curtains, clothing, etc.

3. Smoking in bedrooms

Your bedroom is full of materials that are highly flammable. Cigarettes that are not properly put out can easily cause a flame on bedroom or living room furniture. That’s why this is better to be done outside away from flammable materials

4. Electrical Equipment

Something as small as a toaster being faulty or having a frayed cord and easily go from pop tart to kitchen engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds.

5. Candles

Candles look and smell pretty but if left unattended they can cause a room to burst into flames. Always blow out a candle before leaving a room

6. Faulty Wiring

Homes with poor wiring are more susceptible to having a loss due to electrical malfunction. Signs of bad wiring; lights dim when using other appliances, you must disconnect one appliance to use another, breakers tip frequently.

These are just a few of the ways you could cause damage to your home. Home fires can be devastating, but if you ever have a house fire know that SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties will be there to help you get back, “Like it never even happened.”

HVAC and COVID-19

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

coronavirus SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties will gladly tackle your HVAC and air ducts.

Ducts and COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is running high in our communities right now. We are all becoming more cautious about where we go, what we touch, how often we wash our hands, and even who we are around. We are also practicing social distancing. All of these things are great ways to help prevent and protect yourself from hopefully coming in contact with this virus. 

Many of you may be thinking, “Well, what will we do next after this is gone?” This virus is a respiratory related virus. I know many people are amping up cleaning hard surfaces, one place that is out of sight out of mind that most people won’t think about is air ducts and HVAC. This will be a place that these germs can hide and spread back into the air. While there is no set time amount of time between cleanings, a good rule of thumb would be about once a year. While each home is different, some homes may want to clean air ducts and HVAC units more or less often than others. Some that may want to be cleaned more often but aren’t limited to: smokers in the household, pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander, residents with allergies or asthma, after home renovations, or prior to moving into a new home. 

Dust, pollen, odors, and other contaminants could be causing your HVAC unit to not be working at peak efficiency. These things could also be causing you to have breathing issues and costing you more money on your electric bill.

By servicing your HVAC unit frequently this could help restore your unit to peak efficiency, eliminate offensive odors, and reduce the potential for mold and the spreading of germs and viruses.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties would love to help you breathe a little easier by cleaning your air ducts and HVAC unit.

Basement Flooding in Bradford, TN

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

basement flooding SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties has the best trained technicians for flood and water damage.

A basement can flood at any time, flooding typically occurs due to heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding since they are the lowest level of the building, typically built partially or entirely below surface level. 

How do I prepare my basement/home for a possible flood?

  • Have a qualified professional elevate your furnace, water heater, and electrical panel if these are in an area prone to flooding.
  • Install “check valves” in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains.
  • Seal wall in your basement with a waterproofing compound to avoid seepage.

What do I need to do if I notice my home/basement are starting to flood?

  • Never walk through standing water. You never know if there is electricity running through it.
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  • Disconnect electric appliances.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even 6 inches of water and have a very powerful current.

What should I do after the flood in my home/basement?

  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
  • Stay out of any buildings surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Call SERVPRO to help you get your home mitigated and restored.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties is highly trained and has the most experience in flood/water damage. We can help you get back in your home. “Faster to any size disaster.”

We Are Customer Focused So You Can Focus On Your Customers

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

focus We focus on YOU!

In the day and age we live in people are all about the rush and wanting quality but in a quick way. We can get on the internet and find an answer instantly, you can order an entire meal for the whole family and it be brought out to you in 3 minutes or less, we can order our groceries online and have the brought out to our cars. The list goes on and on. 

When it comes to our businesses we want the same instant treatment. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. You call a plumber and have to wait hours or even days, the cable company is the same way. After a disaster you can’t just wait forever as it will interfere with your flow of business. 

Thankfully, our quick response time is only one of the reasons why we are the best in the business. We focus on getting to you and your business back to the way it was before your loss quickly, professionally, and in the best quality. We work hard to avoid costly downtime, so you can resume normal business functions. SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties has the latest industry-approved techniques and equipment to help save you time and money. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That’s why we are here for you.