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Water damages and what to do

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

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What actually occurred?

The plastic water line behind the refrigerator frequently cracks, starting a sluggish trickle that accumulates water behind the refrigerator unseen. Excessive condensation buildup is another typical cause that has the same result. Numerous issues can arise in your house as a result of water damage from your refrigerator, especially given how long the issue may go unnoticed before it is discovered and how much damage has already been done to your floors and the surrounding surroundings. Mold can grow and your floors can deteriorate in the ideal conditions of moisture, heat, and darkness. These mold  spores can be problematic in places like apartments or enclosed spaces, and a condition like this should not be disregarded. Since SERVPRO specializes in mold remediation, we will gladly get rid of the problem and stop any future aggravation for you.

Next, what?

Any visible water must first be cleaned up to prevent further damage and the possibility of mold growth. After doing this, check your refrigerator to see if there are any obvious leaks or places where excessive condensation may be accumulating. If feasible, it's critical to replace any damaged connections in order to immediately halt the leak. Examine the damage to the area under and around the refrigerator if you are able to. The majority of the time, damage to the floors will be obvious, but the underlying issues may be hidden beneath.

Call SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis at 901-454-4975

Post Flood Tips

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Steps To Take After a Storm

Are you stuck with a home that is completely engulfed in flood water? There are certain actions that are necessary to take in order for you to protect your property. Here are three important steps you need to take after the storm to protect your best interests.

1. Tell your mortgage lender immediately. Not only will you most likely be able to waive any late fees on your bill - you may even be able to defer payments if your area has suffered from an extreme weather -related tragedy. That is why it is important to take this step before any other.

2. Call your homeowner’s insurance company. The earlier you file a claim, the more likely it is that you will have it quickly approved. Just be prepared to record any water damage and related repairs for their records as well as your own. An insurance adjuster may need to inspect the property, as well, so be prepared for his or her arrival.

3. Find a trusted, professional cleanup company. It is never safe or very effective to clean and repair your home yourself after the flood water has left its effects, so you need to find the best local Midtown Memphis residential storm damage service to help you create a thorough cleanup plan that gives you the best chance of restoring your property.

Above all else, make sure that you keep yourself and your family safe after a storm. A flooded home can cause contaminated standing water, electrical dangers and other hazards that you need to be aware of. In some cases, it is best to avoid your property at all costs until local authorities give the all-clear. Once everything has settled down at and around your house, a professional cleanup team can help you figure out how to deal with flood water and its related damage so you and your loved ones can be safe and happy in your home once more.

Restore or Replace?

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Kitchen SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis

When your Residential property has been damaged by fire or water, SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis mission is to make it "Like it never even happened" as quickly as possible and at the lowest possible cost to you.

Part of recovering your home and belongings includes identifying which things and structures can be preserved using our cutting-edge restoration procedures and equipment and which will need to be replaced—according to research conducted by the insurance and repair industries, restoring property after the fire and water damage is less expensive than replacing it. Restoring is also less disruptive to our clients, allowing them to stay in their homes throughout the process and rapidly return to normal.

 Our SERVPRO Team is trained to identify when restoring can be performed with the high-quality outcomes that our clients deserve as a preferred mitigation and restoration partner for most major insurance companies. This "repair" rather than "replace" mindset can help you save money while keeping family treasures, keepsakes, and other impossible or prohibitively expensive items to replace.

If your home or business has been impacted by water or fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis at 901-454-4975

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  • ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

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3 Tips to Create a Fire Escape Plan

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Three Ideas for a Fire Escape Plan

An important part of your fire safety strategy  is your fire escape plan. This is the measure that protects your employees from the dangers of a fire. Therefore, you must create a solid plan.


1. Identify Potential Hazards
Inspect your property and write down any potential hazards. These will include cooking areas like kitchens and microwaves. Look for overloaded power outlets. Take note of any mini-fridges or space heaters employees have brought in. Once you have identified these, you can make rules to limit their presence. For instance, you can ban non-essential cooking stations. You can also ban smoking on your property. Measures like this reduce your chances of a fire and your chances of having to call a remediation company.


2. Assign Emergency Roles and Responsibilities
A key aspect of any fire escape plan is to have certain employees in leadership roles. These people need to regularly attend the fire drills, lead others, and understand their responsibilities. The roles you must fill are the fire safety wardens, route guides, and floor monitors.


3. Make an Escape Plan
You can use an online template to start making a fire escape plan for your business in Midtown Mempis. Draw out each level of your building with possible routes, fire extinguishers, and first-aid kits. Be sure to include accessible routes as well. Include a meeting place that is a safe distance from your building. It must not be in the way of the fire department.
To keep your plan relevant, check your fire extinguishers regularly to make sure they are working. Also, make sure your first-aid kits are well stocked. If your building changes in any way, be sure to update your plans.
By following these tips to create an emergency escape plan, you are boosting your company's safety. This is because your employees will be prepared and able to get out of the building if a fire occurs.

Fall Brings Football and Fire Dangers

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

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When fall hits, it’s football time in Midtown Memphis. Along with football, comes tailgating, cooking…and additional fire dangers.

While it might not be cool yet here in the heart of Midtown Memphis, cooler weather brings some unique fire risks. It’s worth taking the time now to learn how to protect yourself and your property.

Outdoor Fires

People like to spend more time outside in the fall after the oppressive heat of summer begins to fade. Favorite outdoor activities often involve hanging around a fire, whether it’s the grill or a fire pit.

Grilling and tailgating go together, so let’s discuss them both. The single largest cause of fire with grills involves excessive grease buildup. Regular cleaning of the grill will easily prevent fires from excessive grease.

Campfires and fire pits should also be a source of concern. Knowing where and how to build a campfire is as important as knowing how to put it out.

Use a match or lighter to set fire to dry leaves or twigs, then add dry wood and bigger sticks. Never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.

Fires should be far away from buildings and other flammable objects. Make sure to extinguish your fire completely before leaving your campsite or fire pit. Slowly douse it with a bucket of water and make sure no embers remain—anything you leave behind can start up again with the right breeze.

Burning Leaves

After a long, hot Midtown Memphis summer, many homeowners look forward to cleaning their yards in the fall. This includes raking, and some will burn their leaves and other yard debris.

Open burning is legal in Midtown Memphis but don’t forget about the open burning rules in Midtown Memphis 

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter. While there may be no need for a heater yet here due to the outdoor temperatures, it’s worth mentioning in case ice-cold AC in the office has you reaching for a space heater.

Keep your heater away from anything flammable. Ensure it’s on a stable level surface and not near where any children may want to play. If possible, don’t use extension cords with heaters; plug them straight into the wall.

Why call SERVPRO for Water Damage?

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Water restoration is something that takes skill and training, which is something we strive to maintain at SERVPRO. When you have burst pipes or flooding from your washing machine malfunctioning, you need professionals at your door to get to work. DIY is never recommended, as you risk missing hidden moisture and a host of hazards. SERVPRO arrives fast and gets to work so you can have your house back to normal.

Water detection, monitoring, and drying are key

Before any reconstruction can begin, we initiate water removal services and look for areas of hidden moisture. By setting up equipment like dehumidifiers and industrial fans, we increase airflow and lower relative humidity – thus aiding in our quest to achieve our drying goals.

  • We handle the removal of all trapped water behind walls and under flooring or cabinets.
  • Our technicians may put weep holes in the walls to allow water to escape so that we dry the interior cavity.
  • Flood cuts might get done to remove drywall up to a few inches above the water line and then replace it with all new drywall. 

All reconstruction and repair get carried out by area partners and contractors. We want to ensure that once your interior is dry, all materials get replaced and refinished to make it “Like it never even happened.” You can also count on us as your insurance liaison to ensure your documentation is in order, so your claim for water damage goes as smoothly as possible. 

Why Wait? Call SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis whenever you need help with water damage repair. Our customer care team is available 24/7 

Obstacles for Efficient Fire Restoration in Midtown Memphis

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

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These Factors Can Slow Fire Damage Restoration

Fire restoration requires many layers of cleaning and recovery. When occurring as part of a Large Loss project like the many office buildings in the city, several factors might produce immediate obstacles to restoration after a fire gets extinguished. Our SERVPRO team can overcome these hurdles to provide our efficient:

  • Smoke damage remediation
  • Odor removal
  • Surface cleaning
  • Water restoration

Damage to the Structure

Among the most significant obstacles to fire restoration in Midtown Memphis offices is damage to the structure. Bulk materials and compromised structural elements must often be cleared and discarded before the building's official fire restoration work can begin. To determine where controlled demolition might be needed, our SERVPRO production management reaches the residence and begins a thorough inspection of the structural elements for water, soot, and smoke damage.

Lingering Water Damages

Another concern that could slow fire cleanup getting started is overcoming water damage. Considerable volumes of water are used by firefighters and the sprinkler system of the office building to put out the flames. The extinguishment can leave behind pools of water, puddling, and other moisture pockets that must get addressed by our SERVPRO professionals before fire cleanup can start.

The Claim Approval Process

Sometimes, the condition of the building is not a factor but rather the pace of damage claim approval. Your insurance provider plays a direct role in green-lighting restoration work to begin, even when you have personally chosen SERVPRO to complete this work. While emergency services can start to prevent the situation from worsening, we must still coordinate with adjusters for the total recovery needs. 

After a fire, you want to ensure that cleanup and restoration can happen as efficiently and quickly as possible. With our experience and fast response, we can provide mitigative strategies to help your office open its doors again. Call SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis at 901-454-4975

When you Midtown Memphis home floods

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Restoring a Residence After Flash Flooding in Midtown Memphis 

Flooding occurs in all 50 states, causing billions of dollars in yearly damages. While most floods come from heavy rains and river swells over days or weeks, flash flooding poses serious concerns. In just a short time, a flash flood can cause colossal destruction to homes and infrastructure, leaving homeowners overwhelmed by the amount of cleanup and restoration ahead of them. 

When your Midtown Memphis residence has suffered a flash flood, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are only a phone call away from providing service that can return your home to a preloss state. These restoration experts undergo extensive education on disaster mitigation, restoration, and repair to ensure that homeowners have a safe and comfortable residence once more. Technicians, staff, and franchise owners also receive additional education opportunities to expand their knowledge of mitigation and restoration standards and procedures. 

Preparing Your Home for Flash Floods

If you have time to prepare, take the following steps to minimize damage:

  • Clear out drains, downspouts, and gutters to prevent water from penetrating your home. Check on any sump pumps and moisture detection systems on your property to ensure they work. 
  • Elevate furniture, appliances, electronics, and other items to keep them out of the reach of floodwaters. 
  • If you have not already, consider elevation for water heaters and an exterior backflow valve to minimize the risk of sewage backup. 
  • Have an emergency kit with important documents, first aid, prescriptions, and contact information. 

How SERVPRO Dries Flood Damage

After extracting floodwaters  and debris and sanitizing the space thoroughly, SERVPRO technicians rely on air movers and dehumidifiers for most of the drying process. These two devices pull moisture out of surfaces, wall cavities, and flooring and replace it with warm, dry air. 

The key to effective drying, however, is a consistent and active measuring of surfaces with a variety of moisture sensors and meters, as well as infrared imaging and thermohygrometers, to assess the relative humidity of both flood-affected structures and the air itself. This process determines accurate drying goals and times and ensures that materials are returned to humidity levels that are appropriate for the structure without encouraging microbial proliferation. 

SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis is proud to serve homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call 901-454-4975 for an experienced mitigation team with cutting-edge tools.

No Days off for Disasters

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

Summertime is here and we are all looking forward to warmer days and vacation getaways. The changing season presents us with the opportunity to lay back, enjoy the sun, and let the wind carry our worries away. 

But even with your away messages set and your phones on do not disturb, in our line of work, we’ve noticed that water damage doesn’t always get the memo. While you are away from home, water (in all classes) could be trickling inside your home just waiting upon your return. 

Summer storms, flash floods followed by sewage backups , clogged gutters and downspouts, cracks in the foundation that expand due to the heat; these are all common culprits when for this season’s water damage events. 

One of the easiest ways to prevent these potential dangers from ruining your summer is: (1) Regularly keep up with maintenance on the outside of your home and (2) If you plan to be away from your home for an extended period time, it’s best to shut your water main off. You won’t need it and it greatly minimizes the risk of water running through your home. 

Don’t let the headache of a water damage keep you from enjoying your summer vacation, but if you do arrive and notice that you now have an indoor pool in your living area, our team of IICRC water damage restoration certified professionals are more than happy to help get you back to a vacation state of mind! 

How Can I reduce the level of flood damage in my home?

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

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For many Midtown Memphis residents, any storm-related flooding can be a traumatic event. While there are methods to prepare for flooding like reinforcing your roof or removing expensive furniture, there is little help in an emergency's immediate aftermath. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you overcome flooding by performing vital mitigation acts quickly after a storm event.

Flood mitigation in Midtown Memphis  may include actions like removing standing water from the home, drying inner rooms, or temporarily storing possessions at our warehouse. Contacting a highly qualified restoration company immediately after discussing your coverages with your insurance carrier can go a long way to reducing the losses caused by a flood after the fact.

What preventative measures are useful for storm areas?
- Taking out a flood insurance policy
- Maintaining water disposal in the home such as basement sump pumps, gutters, and drainage
- Turning off water mains access ahead of time to avoid backups

Do floodwaters permanently damage furnishings?
Furnishings are frequently victims of flood damage for residents. We understand how many items may be difficult to replace in a home, so our dedicated SERVPRO technicians are expertly trained in contents restoration. Larger items like sofas may benefit from temporary removal to a dry area where they can be thoroughly dehumidified to remove any excess moisture. Our technicians can also apply an extensive range of cleaning products and techniques to return upholstery to its preloss condition. By pre-testing on discrete areas of the fabric, we can avoid lasting damages of color fade or spot.

What restoration is available for furnishings?
- Thorough drying of the affected furniture
- Special services for leather, satin, or other unique upholstery
- Buffering and mechanical cleaning of furniture fibers

An unexpected summer storm can lead to extensive damage to both your home and its contents. Contact our SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis at 901-454-4975for assistance.