Recent Commercial Posts

We Can Take Care of Your Greene County Hotel Rooms

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you run a hotel in the Greene County area, then you know how important it is to provide the cleanest rooms possible to your patrons. Your business runs on a solid first impression and customer approval. When your guests enter one of your rooms for the first time, it’s imperative that it looks clean and smells great. This encourages people to come back time and time again plus promotes outstanding reviews. Allowing SERVPRO ofGreene Countyto deodorize your rooms helps create the amazing first impression you want them to experience.

We Identify Odors

Hotels and many commercial buildings do not always have the option to open windows and let in clean fresh air. This is one reason SERVPRO of Greene County has special deodorization techniques and highly trained staff that knows how to identify and eliminate stubborn odors.

We Handle Odors

The techniques we use to handle odors are specifically designed to restore your rooms to a desirable state. Unwanted smells can be trapped in upholstery, carpets, draperies and even hard surfaces. Using fragrance or air fresheners is not the answer to an odor problem. There has been state of the art advances in proprietary cleaning that has changed the way deodorization works.

The professionals here at SERVPRO of Greene County are ready to take your hotel to the next level of clean. We would be honored to work with you to even schedule routine cleanings to prevent offensive odors from becoming excessive in any room. SERVPRO of Greene County is here to help make it "Like it never even happened." Call us to at 423-638-1104 to schedule an appointment for a member of our team to come out look at it.

HOW DO I PROTECT MY FACILITY FROM VIRUSES?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Many of the same agents that eliminate bacteria also destroy viruses. EPA-registered disinfectants protect against a wide spectrum of threats, and if you have a specific concern (such as tackling the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19) you can find lists dedicated to those specific threats.

SERVPRO of Washington County decontamination and disinfection specialists are equipped to help keep your workplace safe from infectious diseases such as COVID-19. It is important to note that while our antimicrobial protection lasts against most pathogens for 90 days, it does not apply to viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting are crucial to the destruction of viral threats.

STOP THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES

Regular cleaning and disinfection are critical to stopping the spread of illness, whether at home or at the workplace. Contacting trained decontamination experts to properly, thoroughly disinfect your business is the safest way to get the job done thoroughly.

Are You Prepared for a Disaster In Your Business?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Those who run their own businesses have a TON on their plate. They’ve got pay roll to worry about, making deadlines, making quarterly numbers – the list goes on. The last thing they need on their plate is a disaster to happen, most times, businesses are drastically underprepared for a disaster to their commercial business. Do you have a contingency plan just in case a pipe bursts or a roof caves in due to a thunderstorm? 

If not, you may want to consider our Emergency Ready Program, or ERP. With an ERP we can identify problem areas, where your water shut off is, and even create a game plan for our team just in case you happen to have a water or fire damage in the future. An ERP can save your company time and money, so give SERVPRO of Greene County a call today to schedule one at 423-638-1104!

HVAC Maintenance for your Apartment Complex

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your apartment complex HVAC systems at regular intervals throughout the year will ensure that all the heating and cooling units on your property are running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed during a professional service call, and a professional will have the specialized training and experience necessary to do this type of job correctly. The comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves are important to you as the owner, and your tenants, too. 

It’s important to ensure that the upkeep that is necessary to prolong the life and efficiency of all the HVAC units in your apartment complex gets done, and done right, and some tasks you can actually complete yourself monthly and seasonally in between your scheduled maintenance call from your professional. These tasks can be:

  • Make sure to use high-efficiency, pleated filters when you are replacing them. Filters of this type contain an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as dust or those that carry bacteria. Air filters need to be replaced in every unit, every 90 days
  • Ensure that your landscaping company doesn’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds while they are cutting your lawn areas so that you can be sure that your HVAC units stay free of grass clippings as well as leaves and pollen
  • Keep at least two feet of space clear around all outdoor heating and cooling units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines monthly
  • In Summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier
  • Replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water ahead of the Fall season
  • Replace your carbon monoxide detector batteries regularly
  • Ensure outdoor AC units are on level, firm, and dry ground
  • Clean AC condensate drains with bleach/water mixture on a routine basis

Your professional maintenance company can check all your apartment complex ductwork periodically, too, and this will ensure that everything is sealed properly and ready for your scheduled tune-ups on your apartment complex HVAC systems.

At SERVPRO of Green County, we make sure we maintain all the training and skill sets that are required for taking care of your HVAC system, and we also handle cleanup projects both large and small. We handle fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

We Can Handle It All

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that we can handle it, big or small? When your commercial property gets hit with an unexpected broken pipe, do you know who to call? Us of course, SERVPRO of Greene County.  Not only do we have the manpower to handle any size of job, we’ve got the equipment too.

We just had a car dealership that had a pipe burst and affect two stories! On site, we had 90 air movers and close to 20 dehumidifiers – that’s a ton of equipment! The best part is that because we’ve got so much equipment that we don’t have to even worry when it comes to being able to handle other jobs that come in, which means if your commercial office space floods, you won’t have to worry because we’ve got it covered. 

So, give SERVPRO of Greene County a call today at 423-638-1104! We are here to help!

Helping a Local Dealership

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we are used to going into customer’s homes day in and day out to help get people’s lives back to normal. We see people in all ranges of emotion, from despair when we first arrive after a disaster to excitement and joy when we are moving them back in after we have mitigated and repaired the damage. It is tough to see folks at a low point, but one of the rewards for doing what we do is seeing them at the end and knowing we had a part in restoring their lives as quickly as we possibly could. While in a commercial setting, there is usually not as much emotion from the people involved because there is less personal attachment to the structure and contents, but the need to perform mitigation and repair services in a timely manner are certainly on the front of the affected party’s mind. They are concerned about hazards of having customers in their store or shop and trying to navigate the normal stresses of their day, let alone when there is drying equipment running and they are missing parts of their building. The importance of getting these jobs done quickly and correctly is paramount and something that we, here at SERVPRO of Greene County, are very familiar with.

Earlier this month, we had a job come in on a Sunday afternoon at a car dealership here in town. A toilet supply line in an upstairs bathroom had broken, affecting much of the upper floor and the majority of the lower floor’s walls, floor, and ceiling as well. The customer was understandably overwhelmed when they called because around 60% of their two-story building was flooded, ceiling tiles were falling, contents in storage had been completely soaked, and things were not looking good for them. Once the call came in, we had eight of our crew members on site within an hour getting to work extracting, performing the necessary demolition to aid in the drying process, and cleanup of the entire affected area. Eight hours later, the standing water was gone, drywall and flooring were cut neatly where necessary, and equipment was set getting them on their way back to normal. Our crew helped move content around in their showroom so that they could close off the affected side while still being able to open the doors for paying customers the next morning. Their kind words were appreciated, as they always are from satisfied customers, but here at SERVPRO, it was just another day in the life. Whether we are going into someone’s home or business, we always strive to act with speed, consistency, and compassion for our customers, whether it is one room or twenty. 

Understanding and Handling Category 1 Water Damage

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

Wet carpet in office building Water damage restoration in Tusculum, TN

Property can be ruined by unexpected floods. Buildings and their contents may be rendered irreparable, and you may end up with a massive bill in the wake of a typhoon or torrent from a broken pipe. If you have commercial property insurance, the cost to have your property fixed or replaced may be completely covered. The amount your policy covers depends on a variety of factors, including the policy itself and the extent of the damage. One factor that might affect your claim is the type of water damage done. One type of water damage is Category 1 water damage, which is caused by clean water. If you don't know what that is, then read on to learn more.

What Is Category 1 Damage?

Out of the three IICRC, or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, categories, Category 1 is the least serious. It comes from clean water, or water that is not tainted by harmful contaminants, and is thus benign. It does not carry a significant risk of causing illness in humans.

What Are Sources of Clean Water?
Clean water flows from sources without toxins, dangerous microbes and sewage. This kind of source can be a:

  • Water supply line
  • Bathtub overflow
  • Sink overflow
  • Appliance attached to the water supply line

What Are Actions That You Should Take?
So what should you do when faced with Category 1 water damage? One action that is recommended is contacting a professional restoration and cleanup service in Tusculum, TN. Even though Category 1 damage is not as severe as Category 2 or Category 3, it can be made worse by amateurs. You should also make sure to call your insurance company and begin drying out what you can.
Category 1 damage is unlikely to hurt those handling it because the water that causes it springs from clean origins like a broken pipe, but it is still important to be cautious and consult professionals when dealing with it.

How Fast Can Mold Grow After Water Damage?

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Wall covered with black spots of mold. Mold infestation If you find water damage, mold could be present as soon as a day later.

How Fast Can Mold Grow After Water Damage?

Even if you’ve never encountered it at home or in your Greeneville, TN office, you know that mold isn’t something you should ignore or take lightly. The cleanup costs alone from mold can be expensive. This issue can even interrupt your business operations. If you’ve experienced water damage in the office due to flooding or other problems, mold can make its appearance quickly.

The Common Suspects

You may wonder how mold finds its way into your workplace. Even if you don’t live in a humid climate, mold growth can show up. As you identify frequent conditions in which fungal development occurs, you can be more aware of mold prevention and cleanup efforts.

  • Leaks in pipes
  • Poor drainage in bathrooms and basements
  • Poor seals around windows, doors and on roofs
  • Lack of airflow in bathrooms and kitchens

The Time Frame

It may surprise you to learn that mold can rear its ugly head in a hurry. In fact, if you have water damage at work following a large storm, sewer backup or other incidents, fungal growth can appear within 48 hours, sometimes even as fast as 24 hours. This is important to know because it should accelerate your response. Mold will thrive in wet, humid conditions, so if you don’t act in a timely manner, the substance will continue to spread and grow.

Now What?

Once you discover this concern, don’t delay. You should take pictures of the affected area; however, be careful not to come into direct contact with the mold, especially if it’s black mold. Next, call a team of mold remediation experts to inspect your office and get rid of the fungal growth. A professional company will have the experience, knowledge and equipment to quickly dispose of the mold in an appropriate fashion.

If you find water damage at work, mold could be present as soon as a day later. Call the professionals as soon as you’re aware of this situation.

3 Types of Damage You May Have After a Fire

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

3 Types of Damage You May Have After a Fire

A fire in your Horse Creek, TN, building can result in quite a bit of damage. Not only will there be primary fire damage, but there can also be multiple kinds of secondary damage. If you have experienced a fire, the following are a few problems that you may be dealing with afterward.

1. Primary Damage From Fire

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this kind of disaster is the severe fire damage it can cause. This is the result of the extremely high temperatures of the flames. Almost anything in your building can be affected by this, from furniture to equipment. Depending on the severity, it can weaken the structure of the building as well. You may sometimes be missing walls and ceilings after a fire.

2. Secondary Damage From Smoke

While it may not seem as devastating or have as much of a visual impact as direct fire damage, smoke damage comes with its own share of problems. Smoke travels through the air and can affect a large area, even if the fire was contained. The soot particles carried by the smoke can become trapped inside porous materials and create a lingering odor. They also contain acidic elements that can corrode electronic equipment.

3. Secondary Damage From Water

If the fire is large and continues to spread, the fire department may need to use a fire hose to put it out. If this happens, you can end up with another form of secondary damage. The water will need to be removed as quickly as possible to avoid additional problems such as warping wood, weakened building structure and mold growth.
When damage to your building has occurred, whether this is fire, smoke or water damage, the best thing you can do is contact an emergency restoration company. They have the necessary training and equipment to clean and repair the building so you can get back to work quickly.

Calculating the Cost of a Commercial Fire

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

Repairing structure of a building after fire damage Fire restoration in Chuckey, TN

When a fire ravages your building in Chuckey, TN, you will have a lot of things swirling through your mind all at once. Once you know everyone is safe, the financials of the situation are likely to take center stage for a while. Getting an accurate estimate of the costs of the cleanup and recovery from a trusted fire remediation franchise lets you know where you stand. This process begins with a fast inspection and assessment of the fire damage and then the development of a plan of action. The costs for the process will depend upon the severity of the fire.

Elements of a Reliable Estimate

A complete cleanup for a commercial fire consists of many actions. It is likely to include many of the following mitigation steps:

  • Board up and tarp services to secure the building
  • Around the clock guard surveillance if needed
  • Water damage and smoke damage restoration
  • Odor and debris removal
  • Content cleaning services
  • Reconstruction of damaged items

A professional estimate should give you a good idea of what is involved. It should be straightforward and understandable. If you have any questions, there should be a contact person that can explain all aspects of the document. A company that does not offer an itemized list of actions and costs could keep adding additional costs. It is better to know where you stand right away.

Benefits of Working With a Trusted Contractor

A full service contractor is in a better position to give you an accurate estimate. This also eliminates the worry of dealing with multiple contractors and coordinating cleanup actions. Costs may also be reduced by working with one recovery company. This also makes it easier to coordinate the claims process with an insurance company, making the process more efficient and resulting in money in your hand more quickly. A fire is a stressful event for any business owner. A worry-free cleanup is a welcome relief.

4 Ways to Keep Working If the Power Goes Out in Your Building

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Portable generator Invest in a portable generator

Ways To Keep On Working When The Power Goes Out

If you experience a power outage during a storm in Jearoldstown, TN, you could just call it a day. However, this may not be the best choice from a business perspective. Luckily, there are some other options available to you. The following are some ways that you can keep working when the power goes out.

1. Use Backup Power

One thing that you can do is to invest in a portable generator. These devices are not usually designed to be used for long periods of time; however, it can give you time to finish up what you are working on and shut down your electronics safely.

2. Do Offline Work

If there are tasks you can do that do not require the use of computers or the internet, you could shift your focus to these during the power outage. Once the power has come back on, you can return to what you were working on previously.

3. Relocate Temporarily

Although the power is out in your building, this might not be the case for others near you. Take your laptops or tablets and move to a nearby coffee shop or library. Along with electricity, they will often have Wi-Fi that you can use to continue your work.

4. Work From Home

Another option is to simply send everyone home. Unless you need to be physically together to continue working on a project, it might be more convenient to have your employees work from home until the power returns.
A power outage can be inconvenient, but using one of these options can help you get through it more easily. Unfortunately, along with causing the power to go out, you may experience some damage to the building. Leaks and broken windows can occur during severe weather and can result in significant water damage. If this happens, a cleanup and restoration service can help bring your building back to its previous condition by performing water removal and repairs.

What To Expect With a Mold Remediation

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in a Horse Creek, TN building

What To Expect With a Mold Remediation

If your Horse Creek, TN, company is experiencing mold problems you could be concerned about black mold in the building. This means it may be time to contact a local mold remediation service. From start to finish these professionals have the equipment and knowledge needed to remove the mold and restore the property. Here are a few things you may see.

1. Damage Assessment

One of the first things a mold remediation professional will do is make a damage assessment. This will allow them to determine if they should test for mold in other areas of the property, what materials might need to be replaced, and what tools they will need for quarantining the affected area to prevent mold spreading.

2. Drying the Area

Mold grows best in damp environments. This is why the next step when dealing with any mold, including black mold, is to dry the area. This may include the use of a dehumidifier. If the moisture problem is due to a leak instead of flooding, it’s important to find the source of the water and make repairs so that the issue does not persist.

3. Sanitizing

After the area is dry, but before repairs begin, the mold spores will need to be removed, and then the area will often been cleaned with sanitizing cleaners to ensure the mold cleanup got everything. After this process is completed the crew may begin any necessary repairs.

4. Repairs

The last step in a mold restoration is any repair work that needs to be done. This may be as simple as repainting, to replacing flooring or other materials. Fortunately, by the time repairs are finished a restoration crew can have the business property looking as though the damage never occurred.
Whether you have black mold or just a few starting spores,a mold remediation company will most often start with a damage assessment. They can then take care of any moisture issues that may be contributing to the mold problem, remove the spores, and sanitize the area. If you have any questions a professional can help.

How To Help Your Company Survive a Power Outage

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

It is never a good time for a power outage in Timber Ridge, TN

How To Help Your Company Survive a Power Outage

It is never a good time for a power outage, whether for a business or for a home. The monetary costs for a business, though, are often greater, and the consequences could include lost sales, angry customers and damage to products. Because of this, a company should have a plan to act quickly in the case of power going out. One simple plan is to make sure computers are protected in the case of lost electricity. An uninterrupted power supply to all computers allows workers to save all data before shutting down the system.

Invest in Backup Power

A portable generator is another savvy tool to consider. It allows a company to run all or part of its business and has many potential benefits.

It keeps the lights on for safety and security
It keeps heating and cooling systems operational
It keeps the security system in place, preventing vandals from entering the building
It provides another option for the computer system to run and service customers

A power outage in Timber Ridge, TN, can be a minor blip with backup power. A generator can be built right into the electrical system. This makes the hookup process a snap and speeds up the process of restoring power.

Educate Employees

The more your employees know about functioning without power can make the transition smoother. For example, mobile phones can be a viable option for communications and for internet access. You can identify places nearby that will have Wi-Fi access.
If damage has occurred to your building because of a storm, flooding or a fire, immediately contact a company that is equipped to deal with the situation. A disaster remediation team can get to your business quickly and provide a valuable assessment of damages. In the case of a power outage, the company can look into the reasons for the lost power and work to restore power in a safe manner.

What To Do for Fire Sprinkler Flooding Cleanup

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a Tusculum, TN church

What To Do for Fire Sprinkler Flooding Cleanup

If your fire sprinklers have accidentally been set off and you may be dealing with flooding in your Tusculum, TN, business. In this situation there are three steps that may help you get up and running again.

1. Call a Restoration Company

Your first step should be to contact a water damage restoration service to deal with any problems. These professionals are trained to deal with a variety of damage types including problems that can result from water caused damage such as mold. They may also have the ability to help you restore any items damaged by the flood water, including important documentation.

2. Dry the Area Quickly

One of the most important things you can do when your business experiences flooding, is to dry the area out as quickly as thoroughly as possible. This process me require the bailing of water with buckets as well as the use of pumps or vacuums rated for water. After which you may choose to use a dehumidifier in the area to dry out any remaining moisture.

3. Begin Repairs

Once the area is dry, and any important items removed from the space for proper cleaning, then you can begin working on repairs. The length of time this process takes will depend on the amount of damage that has occurred, but in most cases with a sprinkler flood the business can be gotten back up and running fairly quickly. You may also find that when done by a professional restoration company the damaged area may look as though no damage at all has occurred.
When dealing with flooding at your place of business it's important to remember to get the area dry as quickly as possible. A restoration company can help with this process as well as any repairs that need to be made. If you have any questions these professionals may be able to help.

Mold’s 6 Most Common Hidden Locations in Commercial Buildings

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can often be hidden in these six secluded spots, but building managers understand when conditions are right the spores can spring up anywhere.

Mold requires water and food to thrive. Food can be as easy as dust particles or skin cells which are found almost everywhere in most commercial buildings. That means the unpredictable element in mold growth is obtaining a water source. Although high humidity can allow for colony reproduction, most often the source of mold’s life-beginning-liquid is a result of water damage. Here are six of mold’s most common hidden locations in commercial buildings in Greeneville, TN.

6 Common Hidden Locations For Mold in Commercial Buildings.

  1. Ductwork often contains moisture during summer’s cooling season. When the duct lining materials collect the moisture, mold can quickly form.
  1. Carpet has a smorgasbord of food sources for hungry molds. Food crumbs, skin cells, and dirt can easily combine with moisture inside the carpet fibers. When the liquid reaches the pad, the carpet can stay wet for a long time, and that often means a long life for mold. 
  1. Electrical equipment in basements or closets provides warm air for mold to thrive in. If water from a leaky pipe or humid air appears near electrical equipment, mold growth can appear in as little as 48 hours.
  1. Ceiling tiles love to absorb water and feed mold. Since mechanical piping and sprinkler systems are typically suspended above ceiling tiles, when the tubes develop even a very small leak, mold can appear.
  1. Paper is a favorite mold meal. Whether documents are stored in a basement or inside a dark closet, if the paper gets wet, mold often follows. 
  1. Appliance drain pans can hide mold. When appliances collect condensation or defrosting water in the drain pans, mold can quickly develop. If the drip is constant, the colonies can thrive and send out spores to other parts of the building.

Mold can often be hidden in these six secluded spots, but building managers understand when conditions are right the spores can spring up anywhere. For that reason, a good preventative program begins with trained personnel looking for signs of water damage. By identifying the conditions supporting mold growth, the need to call a professional remediation team is often eliminated.

Reversing Sewer Damage in Your Commercial Building

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded toilet may indicate a sewer backup

The sewer is not a glamorous aspect of your commercial real estate in Chuckey, TN. Although it provides you and your business with an essential service every day, you'd probably rather not think about it more than you have to, much less sewer cleanup. If you've identified a problem, it's in everyone's best interest to call a professional.

Keep Alert To Signs of Trouble

The sewer is, thankfully, hidden from view, so how could you know if you have a problem? Outside of an official inspection, there are a few signs to look out for that may indicate a sewer backup, including:

  • Flooded toilet
  • Backed-up drain
  • Soggy/smelly spot in your yard

Once one of the symptoms is observed, do not attempt to clean or repair the issues yourself. However, do not delay- due to the nature of sewer water, this should be treated as an emergency.

Call for Help

Only certified water restoration technicians with specialized tools, protective equipment and the proper training should handle your sewer cleanup. This will keep everyone safe and ensure it is done correctly. You should also consider calling your insurance company- they may be able to cover the damage and have a list of recommended services to reach out to. If you have these two numbers picked out beforehand, you probably won't make a rash decision when the time comes.

Step Back and Observe

Once called, the professionals will first determine what category of water damage exists- clean, gray or black water. These three categories refer to increasing levels of contamination. Once this is assessed, a customized plan for your unique sewer backup can be created. This usually involves cleaning, drying, restoring and repairing.

Sewer cleanup can seem overwhelming, but having a plan can relieve your anxiety. It's all part of being a responsible business owner. Stay alert, act in a timely manner and call a company you trust!

Basic Workplace First Aid

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

When you splash hot coffee on your hands or get too close to industrial machinery, there's risk of serious burns. It's important to know how to respond if you or a coworker in Greeneville, TN, gets scalded, exposed to radiation, or zapped with electricity. If you end up with injuries due to fire damage, you'll want to know that someone has the skills and equipment ready to apply burn first aid.

Identify the Severity of the Burn

The first step is identifying whether the burn requires professional attention. Contact 911 or get to an emergency room if there's a major burn.

  • The skin is dry and leathery.
  • There are charred patches and discoloration.
  • The burns cover more than three inches and/or run deep into the skin.

Care for Minor Burns

If the burns are minor, such as blistered hands from providing a quick response to fire damage, there are a few steps you or your coworkers can handle on your own.

  • Remove jewelry and tight clothing from the burned skin. It doesn't take long for swelling to affect the area.
  • Cool the burned area. This may involve holding the burn under cool running water or putting a cool, wet cloth on the area. This should continue until the pain of the burn decreases.
  • Apply an ointment or lotion. After the skin is as cool as possible, apply aloe vera, an antibiotic ointment, or a moisturizing lotion for further relief.
  • Consider wrapping the burned skin loosely with sterile gauze to keep air away and to protect the skin. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be used to reduce pain and swelling.
  • If there are blisters, do not pop or break them. The fluid and skin offer protection from infections. If blisters do break, keep the area clean and apply antibiotic ointment over the exposed skin.

Whether you or your coworker has been affected by flames and fire damage or electrical burns, a quick response and appropriate first aid treatment could prevent a lot of pain and damage in the future. Damage to the building should be handled by fire damage restoration professionals.

Nonstop Flushing: Solving the Flushometer Toilet Enigma

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Easy Fix To a Flushometer

A flushometer is a device found on most commercial toilets. While it works well, it does occasionally get clogged, leading to water continually flowing into a toilet and causing nonstop flushing. When this happens, property owners may grow concerned about toilet overflow or flooding. Thankfully, for manual flushometers, there can be an easy fix to this problem.

1. Shut Off the Water

To avoid overflow or a possible toilet flood, you should first shut off the water to the affected toilet. There should be a flathead screwdriver slot on either the left or right side of your flushometer. Turn the screwdriver to shut off the water supply. On some models, the groove may be hidden under a cover.

2. Remove Flushometer Lid and Flange Cover

Once you have eliminated the worry of toilet overflow by turning off the supply, you can remove the flushometer lid followed by the flange cover. To do this, you will need a wrench. You do not need to remove the top nut, only loosen it. The lid and flange cover should screw off easily. However, be aware that water may spill out when removing the cap.

3. Remove the Gasket and Clean

To stop a toilet from continually flushing, you must resolve the main issue, which is likely a dirty gasket. Once the cover is removed, you will see the gasket, likely with a lot of built-up sediment. Remove the gasket and clean it thoroughly, remembering to clear any debris from the weep hole.

4. Return Elements and Test the Fix

Once everything is clean, replace all the parts and turn the water back on. Hopefully, the cleaning worked, and your toilet stopped flushing. If not, you may want to contact a plumbing specialist in the Tusculum, TN, area to take a look.

A continually running and flushing toilet can lead to toilet overflow, so it is vital to resolve the issue quickly. Try the steps above to clean the gasket, but if that doesn’t work, then shut off the water supply and call in a professional.

How To Prepare Your Business for Severe Weather

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Building severely damaged after a storm in Greene County,TN

Unpredictability is sometimes the only predictable thing about the weather in Greene County,TN. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prepare your business for severe weather threats such as flooding from powerful storms or hurricanes.

Exterior Preparation

During high winds and torrential downpours, storm damage to the exterior of your commercial property may be unavoidable. Take the following steps to minimize potential damage:

  • Clear all drains and gutters from debris to allow for heavy rainfall to flow freely.
  • Prune bushes and trees near the building.
  • Ensure that lightning rods, if applicable, are maintained.
  • Make sure the power generator is fueled or charged and is operational.
  • Bring in or secure all loose objects near the building or on the roof.
  • Board up glass windows.
  • Place sandbags in front of ground floor doorways or secure plastic sheeting with duct tape.

Interior Preparation

Take measures to protect building contents from flood damage. When flooding is anticipated, prepare the inside of the property in the following ways:

  • Move all important inventory and documents away from windows.
  • When possible, move furniture and equipment to a higher floor of the building. Remove papers housed in the bottom drawer of ground level file cabinets.
  • Box up loose papers and small objects and remove items from walls.
  • Unplug, wrap and store electronics off of the ground. Before moving, back up computer data.
  • When you leave the building, take insurance paperwork and crucial records with you. Lock the doors, close the windows and turn off power, gas and water.

When a severe weather event approaches in Greene County, TN, your first priority is ensuring the safety of your employees and yourself. Then take the above steps to protect the exterior and interior of your commercial property from flooding and high winds. In the aftermath of the storm, make sure it is safe before returning to the property. If flood damage or storm damage is evident, it's smart to contact your insurance agent and a storm restoration specialist as soon as possible.

3 Ways To Eliminate Flood Odors

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

If your commercial property in Greeneville, TN has recently flooded, undesirable odors may linger long after flood waters are gone. Restoration experts can identify and eliminate the sources of these odors as part of the storm or water damage recovery process. These trained professionals can prevent or identify and mitigate mold growth and determine the full extent of sewage loss. Here are three ways commercial restoration services can eliminate flood odors.

1. Thoroughly cleaning or removing contaminated porous materials. Any porous materials that remain intact after flood cleanup may be sources of persistent odors. Whether carpets or other porous contents or affected building materials were not thoroughly cleaned or disinfected or mold has begun to develop, a certified restoration service can identify why odors continue to linger. These companies are equipped to perform air sampling and testing if necessary and check for any signs of mold growth.

2. Clean air ducts and HVAC systems. Air conditioning and heating systems circulate air and odors throughout a commercial property. A certified restoration service can clean ductwork, vents, and other system components to put a stop to the recurrence of undesirable odors.

3. Use clean-up treatments to eliminate odors. Certified restoration professionals use treatments such as ozone or hydroxyl machines, fogging, and filtration systems to get rid of every trace of odor on the premises. These methods can help to get rid of stubborn flood odors that persist even after other cleaning methods.

Whether restoration experts trace the source of the odor in your commercial property to incomplete cleanup of flood water or to mold growth, a storm and water restoration service in Greeneville, TN can help you get rid of the smell. If damaged materials are the culprit, you may be able to file an insurance claim for sewage loss and replace contents or materials that need to be removed to eliminate an odor. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

Understanding How to Maintain Emergency Sprinklers

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you want to be prepared for the unexpected, you need to have regular emergency sprinkler maintenance.

As a commercial building owner in Greeneville, TN, you have to perform a lot of maintenance. From cleaning your HVAC unit to repairing your roofing system to performing emergency sprinkler maintenance, you're expected to do everything you can to keep your property up and running. Because the emergency system rarely gets used, you may wonder why this maintenance is important. Regular maintenance ensures the following:

• Sprinkler heads are not plugged.
Sprinklers do not have accidental activation.
• System has proper power.

Your commercial remediation expert may be able to help you better understand why this maintenance is important. The professional may also be able to go over what is involved in the maintenance.

Clean the Heads

Dirt and dust can build up around the sprinkler heads. This gunk may stop your fire sprinklers from properly releasing water in an emergency. A non-corrosive cleaning agent should be used to remove the buildup. If any of the heads have been painted over, your cleaning crew may need to find a way to remove the paint film.

Check Valves and Gauges

One important step of sprinkler maintenance is checking that the valves and gauges of the system are in the proper position. Depending on the style of your system, most valves should be open to ensure water can travel throughout the piping system. The gauges should show there is water pressure in the pipes. Without water pressure, the sprinklers may be unable to send out a forceful spray of water. Checking valves and gauges can also tell you if your system is currently getting the power it needs to run.

Have Annual Inspection

While you may want to look at the system yourself, it is often best to have a fire service professional look over the fire sprinklers. This expert can look for signs of wear and make sure the system can function in an emergency.

If you want to be prepared for the unexpected, you need to have regular emergency sprinkler maintenance. Without this maintenance, you may not discover your sprinklers are broken until there is a fire. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

The Proper Schedule for Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

To avoid fire sprinkler cleanup, your system needs regular maintenance.

The Proper Schedule for Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

When you own a business in Greeneville, TN, it is important to make sure your fire system is working properly. Regular tests of each fire sprinkler and the function of the system as a whole help keep your business compliant with national, state and local fire codes. It also ensures that your system provides the necessary fire suppression during an emergency.

Visual Inspections

The first level of testing is the visual test. Set a schedule for visual inspections of the sprinklers, alarm and signal devices, control valves and pipes. Once or twice a month, you should check sprinklers for certain issues that could alter its effectiveness:

• Obstruction
• Corrosion
• Cleanliness

Valves and gauges should be checked every quarter to make sure they look like they’re supposed to look. At least once a year, check your system’s pipes and fittings, and make sure any signage posted is still accurate.

Functionality Tests

When it comes to how well your fire system functions, there are certain time frames for testing each of the parts. While the National Fire Protection Association does not require official certification to perform tests, your state and local agencies may have such restrictions. No matter who performs the test, though, you don’t want to wait until the fire sprinkler system malfunctions and floods your building to know there is a problem. Then, on top of replacing broken parts, you’ll be calling water restoration specialists to clean up a mess that could have been avoided with proper maintenance.

The mechanics of your system should be tested quarterly, and switches should be tested at least twice a year. Your test technician should complete a full test of the system annually to check water flow, alarms and antifreeze concentration. Every five years, it is a good idea to send a sampling of sprinklers to be tested in a lab and replace old sprinklers and valves before they become faulty.

To avoid fire sprinkler cleanup, your system needs regular maintenance. By having a regular testing schedule, you can protect the fire sprinkler system’s dependability. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

How To Manage Water Damage From Frozen Pipes

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

All pipes can be subject to freezing, and your commercial property in Greeneville, TN, is not immune to these dangers. While taking certain prevention measures can help you avoid water damage from broken pipes, there may be times when prevention is out of your control. If your building floods due to a bursting pipe, you may need to contact a remediation specialist for water cleanup.

How It Starts

There are several conditions that can lead to frozen pipes:

• Lack of adequate insulation around pipes
• Excess water in hoses or supply lines
• Cracks in exterior walls that allow cold air to permeate the building
• Remote location of pipes, such as the building’s exterior walls, attic or crawl space

Some of these issues are preventable with routine maintenance. Other problems, however, such as excess supply line water, are difficult to predict and thus difficult to manage. Many business owners don’t know the circumstances that lead to broken pipes exist until they notice the water damage that results.

How It Ends

If your commercial property floods, the first thing you want to do is negate the source. It may not be possible to see where the water is coming from, though, so that’s why it is important to contact a professional water remediation team as soon as you can. These professionals can help you locate the damaged pipe. They can also remove the excess water and dry out as many of the affected items and materials as possible. Then, if necessary, they can clean the area the water touched.

Whether you own or rent a commercial property, it is important to protect the building by preventing pipes from freezing and bursting. If you cannot prevent water damage to your business in Greeneville, TN, however, you can at least act quickly so that the flood does not cause any more damage. Calling water restoration specialists to fix the problem while it is still relatively small is key to protecting your building. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

Save or Throw: Taking Care of Equipment After a Flood

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

The fans and air scrubbers pictured here are just part of the equipment that we use to make sure the job is done right when removing water.

Content cleaning is a major part of storm damage cleanup in Greeneville, TN. You can't leave your old office furniture and equipment in a restored building because they could be reintroducing too much moisture to the environment. As you set out to clean up your possessions, how do you decide what you can keep and what needs to be thrown away?

What You Can Keep

Most non-porous materials can be saved after a flood. This can include anything made of hard plastic, metal and glass. Some porous and semi-porous items may also be salvageable, depending on the type of water damage you are dealing with. Once you have determined what can be kept, there are a few different cleaning methods you may be able to use, including the following:

* Contents dunked into a bath of cleaning products for immersion cleaning.
* Contents are wiped dry with a cloth for light residues or pre-clean processes as part of dry cleaning.
* Furniture has a foam cleaner applied as part of foam cleaning.
* Items are sprayed with cleaner and wiped down with the spray and wipe cleaning.

Content cleaning specialists may be able to help you determine what items can be salvaged. These professionals can also tell you which cleaning method is best for each item.

What You Should Throw Away

Typically, it is harder to save porous items because the water is able to better soak into the content. If you are dealing with a black water flood, you may have to throw away more items than if you have clean water in your building. Sometimes, you can try some of the aforementioned cleaning techniques on porous objects to see if they can be restored, but it won't always work.

As you try to come back from high waters in your commercial building, you have to go through a long restoration process. Content cleaning can help save you money because it allows you to repair what you can rather than replace everything. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on commercial storm damage. 

Simple Commercial Fire Steps

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here are some simple techniques you can use to combat losses as a result of factors such as smoke, soot, and water:

Smoke Damage

Experts say that smoke damages are much worse and last longer in comparison to fire damages. You can restore good air quality by ventilating affected spaces. Opening all doors and windows can prove to be quite helpful. You can also use a fan to drive out the smoke further. Such measures encourage a smooth air circulation improving the air quality. If the odor persists, you can use odor neutralizing sprays.

Soot Damage

Carpets, curtains, upholstery, furniture, walls and tiles are prone soot damage. Each surface has its own unique procedure to follow when getting rid of soot. You can clean fabric by first steam cleaning then using a vacuum cleaner.

Water Damage from Fire

Mold usually forms as a result of moisture, cause allergy and damage fabric. It is, therefore, important to do cleanup as soon as possible to avoid water damage from fire. Before clean up, inspect all water pipes to ensure none is leaking. In the case of damages, look for a plumber for repairs and maintenance, then clean up the fire damage. For excess water, you can have it drained before cleaning.

Final Inspection

Carry out a final check to ascertain that everything is back in order and the property is ready and safe for use and occupation. It is advisable to acquire opinion from health officials in Greeneville Tennessee on this matter.

Sometimes doing it yourself methods can prove to be quite tiresome and time-consuming; if you do not have the time you have an option of calling in cleaning experts from Tennessee to your aid.

Regardless of where you are in any part of Greeneville, TN, with these steps in mind, your property should be back to normal use in no time. You don’t just want to pass the inspection; you want a safe environment for your employees to work. 

For more information entailing disaster restoration services and prevention, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

How To Know It's Time To Improve Air Quality with Duct Cleaning

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

There are numerous reasons why someone would need air duct cleaning. In the event that a Greene County, Tennessee building is remodeled with new tile for example, this would cause a lot of dirt and dust to still hang around. Getting this type of cleaning done will help eliminate any smoke smell or bad odors in the building. Air duct cleaning is a great way to improve the overall air quality of the building. It's important to make sure that the work is done by a licensed air conditioning contractor. The contractor is going to have to partially take apart the air conditioning system in order to clean it properly. The air intake filters may be replaced during this process as well.

Our professionals in Greeneville TN utilize the necessary tools for proper duct cleaning. Some of the tools a professional would use to clean the intake supply and return ducts are a vacuum, blowers, and brushes. Also included with this is cleaning of the registers, air handler, grills, motors, fans, housings, and coils of the HVAC unit. Dirt builds up over time and therefore should be cleaned. There are certain instances in which a company owner should certainly seek out professional air duct cleaning such as: Renovation / remodeling Mold Animals nesting in the ducts Bad odor Smoke smell

For more information entailing HVAC cleaning and restoration, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Using a Certified Air Duct Cleaning Company

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure that when the air ducts are cleaned that full service is chosen.

This ensures the building gets a complete cleaning of the entire cooling and heating unit. Ask for an estimate to be prepared for the cost of getting the cleaning done. The company should hold a certification from the national air duct cleaners Association or NADCA.

Know that the job is being done right because the NADCA create the rules by which professional duct cleaners operate. They follow the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA). Feel free to have a visual inspection of the ductwork once it’s been cleaned and see if any debris or dirt is visible.

The air ducts in a room that return the air back to the unit are typically the dirtiest and less clean than the supply ducts. Take before and after photos because the difference should be somewhat significant.

For more information entailing air duct cleaning and restoration services, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Air Duct Cleaning for Property Managers

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Avoid using any harmful chemicals in the air ducts.

Sprayed sealants and other chemicals have no place inside the air ducts. Be careful with antimicrobial treatment due to the chemicals that could possibly harm the health of the occupants.

There are products available to clean the air ducts but they are potentially harmful that is why the best thing to do is to seek out a professional to get the air ducts cleaned and improve the overall quality of the building. Keep in mind that steam cleaning should not be involved in this process. Avoid using any type of moisture.

Consider if someone in the building has allergies or asthma, how important it might be to breathe in clean air. How much of a difference would it make in someone's life to have improved air quality when they're dealing with an asthmatic condition or allergies? Say goodbye to the smell of smoke for good with professional duct cleaning.

Contact experienced pros that have been servicing Greeneville TN for many years. We understand the Greene County Tennessee environment well and we’re ready to raise the quality of air in buildings safely and quickly.

For more information entailing air duct cleaning and restoration services, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Make Sure Your Fire Sprinklers Are in Working Order

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

A fire sprinkler is a great way to protect your property and the lives of the building’s occupants against fire. When installed correctly, they do a phenomenal job at controlling the spread of fire. Many state codes require some kind of fire suppression system.

How They Work

Sprinkler heads are designed to work independently. Activating one won’t activate them all. They are designed to work when there is enough heat to melt the fusible link. The fusible link is typically a small piece of metal or a glass bulb. The point is to control the fire until the fire department can arrive. Typically, the activation of one or two fire sprinklers is enough. This means less fire sprinkler cleanup later.

Maintenance

Maintaining the sprinklers is vital. Control valves need to be visually inspected occasionally to make sure they are locked in the wide-open position. Sometimes the valve gets shut during repairs or maintenance on the system.

When they are being shut off for maintenance or repairs:

• Place a tag on the shut control valve
• Notify the fire department
• Notify the insurance companies
• Avoid ignition sources in the area

When a fire sprinkler is shut off, maintenance should be done on it immediately. Get them back up and running as quickly as possible.

Inspection

Sprinklers need to be inspected and tested on a regular basis to meets regulations. Some municipalities require an inspection to be done by a certified specialist. Physical inspections may vary depending on the specific system. In general, unsupervised valves should be visually checked weekly and locked or supervised valves should be visually checked monthly.

A fire sprinkler system is a great safety feature to have in your office. It can greatly reduce fire damage and may save lives. It needs to be maintained and inspected on a regular basis, so when an emergency does occur, it is able to do its job. Specialists in Albany, Tennessee, can install the necessary system for your building.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more commercial fire information. 

Clean, but Still Dirty

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Many business owners in Greeneville, TN incur heavy losses because they don't clean up their water issues. That doesn't mean they're lazy, it just means that they don't have the knowledge necessary to do a complete recovery. You could also be in danger if you have suffered water damage of any type, including:

• Broken pipes
• Flooding
• Leaks

Black Mold

Black mold is one of the reasons that it's important to have your water damage repair performed thoroughly. This nefarious organic pollutant loves high humidity. In fact, all it needs to start taking over your business's facilities is a little extra moisture. It uses the softened building materials as both food and habitat, creating whole colonies of mold.


Structural Weakening

Mold isn't the only thing that likes wet buildings. In fact, improper drying might lead to infestations of much larger life forms, such as termites or rodents. Termites prefer to eat building materials that have been softened by water, whereas rodents find it much easier to chew through weakened woods. The good news is that, like black mold, it often takes these creatures a little time before they figure out that your structure is vulnerable. If you act quickly enough, you might be able to avoid a secondary damage pest problem entirely.

Not every business owner or facility manager in Greeneville, TN who has water damage develops a secondary mold damage problem. However, it's usually difficult to tell whether or not you're at risk. Even if it seems like you've cleaned up the whole spill, there are still plenty of spaces where you might have lingering moisture and humidity, such as crawlspaces, insides of walls and around fixtures. It's usually better to inspect the area meticulously before calling your cleanup job finished.
 Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on commercial water damage.