Do This if You Suffer from Water Damage
Water Damage? Follow these tips for the best results:
- Shut off the source of water if possible, or contact a qualified plumbing technician to stop the water source.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Remove any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe, dry place.
- Pinup upholstered furniture skirting to keep off damp floors.
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with carpeting or floors.
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
- Do not turn on the ceiling fixture if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items that may cause staining on wet carpet or floors.
- Do not use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damaging the vacuum cleaner.
If you have water damage, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377. We are faster to any size disaster!
Choose Your Character: Your Roof or Heavy Rain
Can your roof withstand harsh storms? What about heavy winds? Extreme rains? We primarily get extreme heatwaves, but in recent years we've seen excessive rains that lead to some flash flooding. So... How can you tell if your roof is truly holding up? And how can you tell without hiring a contractor for a full inspection?
We turned to Extreme Home Blog's guest post from a roofing company on some major signs like shingle curling, sagging roof, sunlight spotting, and more signs that your roof needs replacing.
"If you noticed cracked shingles around the various parts of your roof, then that might be a hint that there’s something deeply wrong. Don’t neglect this problem, because cracked shingles increase your home’s vulnerability to water damage and mold growth from rain." (Webber. Extreme Home Makeover 2018)
If your Tuscaloosa or Northport home happens to suffer water damage from a roof leak, SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa is always Here to Help. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377!
House Fire? Tips for After the Flame Dies
When it comes to a Fire Damage, "devastating" is an understatement. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean-up can be, too.
The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage. These can lead to corrosion, unpleasant odor, and discoloration. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem.
Take immediate action by following these steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire:
1. Contact your insurance company.
2. Contact your local fire restoration company – SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa.
3. Take photographs of the damage.
4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.
5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.
6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.
While a house fire is a difficult experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So remember these steps for the next time you or someone you know is handling the aftermath of a house fire, and call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377.
Endure the Storm, But First, Have a Plan!
There are several steps you can take to stay safe while expecting a tornado or other major storm. Below are a few tips listed to help protect you and your loved ones. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa can help you clean up storm damage and restore your home.
Stay Informed During a Storm
Local television and radio stations are your best source for updates on how the storm is developing. However, if you hear a tornado siren, you should immediately head to the nearest shelter.
Look for Storm Warning Signs
Tornadoes typically occur when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. Rain, hailstorms, and lightning strikes are some of the signs of a possible tornado. Some other warning signs of an oncoming tornado include:
- Rumbling or Roaring Sounds in the Air
- Orange or Green Skies
- Rotation of the Clouds
- Damaged Power Lines or Debris
- Very Calm Conditions after a Storm
What is the difference between a Tornado Watch, Warning, and Emergency?
- A Tornado Watch- a storm could be coming into your area soon because of the current weather conditions.
- A Tornado Warning- a sign that one or more tornadoes are in the immediate area. Look for shelter as soon as you see this signal.
- A Tornado Emergency- the final step in the warning process. A tornado has been spotted near a populated location. Move to the safest possible place if you cannot get to a real shelter in time.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa is independently owned and operated and we are part of this community, too! When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Tuscaloosa community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be! Call us at 205-553-8377!
Upcoming Tornado Season and What to Expect
In Tuscaloosa and Northport, we typically see a lot of severe rain, wind storms, and sometimes, even hail storms. Unfortunately, a homeowner or business owner may not see any immediate damage to their property... but that storm can cause small holes and create long-term leaks that the homeowner or business owner may not find until the damage has spread severely.
There are other times when storms cause massive damage to a roof and cause immediate flooding of the home. Neither damage is preferred, but the immediate can prevent secondary damages such as microbial growth!
SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa has had its own reconstruction division for almost three years. We are experienced and capable of large and small loss insurance claims and able to handle them from start to finish. This makes it easier for homeowners and speeds up the claim process, which also benefits your insurance company. Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa today for any storm, water, microbial growth, COVID-19 cleaning, reconstruction, or fire damage!
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Pinhole Leaks - Explained
According to Repairmyleak.com, there are a few forms of corrosion in copper pipes.
Did you know that pitting corrosion is most likely to culminate in pinhole leaks in plumbing systems made of copper?
"Pitting corrosion is the non-uniform localized attack of the wall of a copper tube, pipe, or fittings initiated on the inside surface of copper water pipes. Usually, only small areas of the metal surface are attacked.
Pitting corrosion can be classified into three types:
Cause: Hard Water
Type I pitting is associated with hard or moderately hard waters with a pH between 7 and 7.8, and it is most likely to occur in cold water. The pitting is deep and narrow, and results in pipe failure.
Cause: Soft Water
Type II pitting occurs only in certain soft waters, with a pH below 7.2 and occurs rarely in temperatures below 140° F. The pitting that occurs is narrower than in Type I, but still results in pipe failure.
Cause: Cold, Soft Water High PH
Type III pitting occurs in cold soft waters having a pH above 8.0. It is a more generalized form of pitting, which tends to be wide and shallow and results in blue water, byproduct releases, or pipe blockage."
Commercial or residential building suffers a pinhole leak or any type of water damage?
Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377! We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Where's My Water Coming From?
So, What Causes Indoor Flooding?
Water damage usually has one major leading cause: indoor flooding. Some of the most common causes of indoor flooding are:
- Broken or Leaky Pipes: The most obvious cause of indoor flooding is leaky or broken water pipes. Pipes can burst from changes in water pressure or even a faulty setup, but regardless of the cause, pipe problems often cause a ton of damage. Leaky pipes are usually a warning sign of more problems to come. Hidden floods caused by broken pipes in your walls can even create the perfect environment for microbial growth. This is why it is so important to mitigate the water as soon as possible.
- Clogged Sewer or Drain Lines: The flow of water to and from your house can be disrupted when you have clogged sewer or drain lines. Some clogs might be benign, allowing for a slow drain that is merely an inconvenience. But those clogs can get worse over time. The clog can cause your sinks, toilets, and showers to overflow with water, resulting in major damage. This can even include backed-up sewage, causing a hazardous environment for anyone or anything that comes in contact with the affected water.
- Faulty Washing Machine Hose: The most common problem with watching machines are faulty hoses. A leak in your intake hose can worsen over time and can cause flooding in your home.
- Water Heaters: Even a small leak in your water heater can cause major flooding due to its endless flow of water. Make sure to inspect your water heater on a regular basis, as keeping up with maintenance ensures it doesn’t spring a leak.
If you find yourself in one of these situations, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa will make it "Like it never even happened."
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Why Did My House Catch on Fire?
What Caused My House Fire?
Between 2012 and 2016, the U.S. Fire departments responded to an average of 355,400 home structure fires per year. These fires caused 11,670 civilian injuries, 2,560 civilian deaths, and $6.5 billion in damage. Here are 10 of the most common (and some surprisingly easy) ways house fires get start and tips on how to prevent them:
- Heating: Keep all portable heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch fire such as furniture, curtains, and laundry. If you have a furnace, be sure to get it inspected once a year to make sure it is up to safety standards.
- Cooking Equipment: Pots and pans can overheat and easily cause a fire if left unattended.
- Faulty Wiring: Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires. Signs you have faulty wiring include: lights dim when using another appliance, having to unplug one appliance to get another to work, and frequently blowing fuses. Have a licensed electrician come and inspect your home.
- Candles: Candles smell and look pretty, but they can be hazardous if left unattended. They can easily burst into flames and need to be kept away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. If you are leaving the house, make sure to blow out any candles beforehand.
- Lighting: Lampshades and light fittings can build up heat over time. Lamp bases can become hazardous as they can be easily knocked over.
- Flammable Liquids: If you keep any flammable liquids in the house or garage such as petrol or kerosene, keep them away from heat sources. Always check the labels before storing them and use extreme caution when pouring.
- Smoking in Bedrooms: A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame because the butt may stay lit for a few hours. If it comes in contact with flammable materials, such as furniture, it could burst into flames.
- Electrical Equipment: An electrical appliance, such as a toaster, can start a fire if it has a faulty or frayed cord. Any power point that is overloaded can cause a fire from the overuse of electricity. Double check the appliances and power points in your home.
- Curious Children: Kids are known to do crazy things. They can cause a fire out of curiosity, just to see what would happen if they set fire to an object. Keep any matches or lighters out of reach of children. Installing a smoke detector in your children’s room will avoid curiosity turning into a disaster.
- Barbecues: Keep BBQs regularly maintained and cleaned, including checking the gas for leaks before using it each time. The grill or BBGS should be kept away from the home, tablecloths, and any plant to avoid a fire.
The tips above are a guide to avoiding fire damage in your home. If disaster strikes and you are in need of fire damage cleanup and restoration, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377.
When Lightning Strikes... Strike Back!
When Lightning Strikes... Strike Back!
As StormHighway.com reports,
A cloud-to-ground lightning bolt's main objective is to find the path of least resistance from the cloud to deep into the ground. Most homes are filled with many potential routes for lightning to follow in their journey. This can include gas and water pipes, electric lines, phone lines, cable TV or internet lines, gutters, downspouts, metal window frames - anything conductive in a house is 'fair game' for the lightning to follow. This can be very dangerous!
Lightning passing through a house can 'branch' and utilize more than just one path to ground at a time. It can also jump through the air from one conductive path to another in what is called a side flash. For example, lightning may first connect to electric lines in the attic of a house, then jump to better-grounded water pipes on the first or second floor. Lightning can connect to gutters, then jump to a window frame as a 'stepping stone' to the electrical system or water pipes. All (or part) of bolts have even been seen jumping from wall outlets to sink faucets and even jumping across rooms!
What is the biggest danger that lightning poses to a house? It's Fire! Wood and other flammable building materials can easily be ignited anywhere an exposed lightning channel comes in contact with them. Most commonly, lightning starts a fire in the attic or roof of a house, as the channel usually has to pass through some of the structural material in the roof before it can reach a more conductive path such as wiring or pipes. When lightning current travels through wires, it will commonly burn them up - presenting a fire ignition hazard anywhere along the affected circuits.
SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa helps with water and fire cleanup and restoration. Give us a call at 205-553-8377 - Faster to Any Size Disaster!
Bodily fluids, blood, and other biohazards in Tuscaloosa and Northport can cause health effects. When your home or business has been contaminated, how do you make it safe again? It's simple: Just rely on the professionals at SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa for top-notch biohazard cleanup and restoration services.
Avoiding Health Risks
Is it necessary to seek professional assistance in cleaning up a location impacted by trauma, crime, or death? With the risks posed by dangerous communicable diseases and blood-borne pathogens, cleaning a scene contaminated with biohazards like blood is a perilous undertaking for anyone who lacks the proper training and equipment. Although unpleasant to imagine, bodily fluids and blood are prone to splattering so that minute amounts can affect a wide area. The air at these scenes can be very hazardous because small particles can become airborne if dried material is disturbed. Anything removed from the scene must also be disposed of properly to avoid spreading the contamination. Ultimately, the best way to make sure that a place is once again safe is to use a professional organization like SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa that is experienced and highly-trained in biohazard restoration.
Preventing Legal Repercussions
As if the health risks created by biohazards are not dire enough, failure to have a contaminated space properly cleaned can also have serious legal consequences. There are regulations and laws regarding how biohazards are handled that must be followed. These rules are designed to safeguard everyone, and ignorance is not considered an acceptable excuse for disregarding them. Individuals and businesses that do not follow these rules may find themselves facing hefty fines. They might even be held liable if someone else is injured by their actions. Using a professional team that understands what is required to comply with the various rules and regulations governing biohazards in your area can shield you from both health risks and legal issues.
Focusing on Your Safety
At SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa, we are committed to the well-being of our customers. We always offer emergency services, 24 hours a day, and we rapidly respond whenever you request our assistance. Our technicians follow the protocols established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, so you can have confidence in knowing they have the expertise and training to remove all biohazards and dispose of them properly! We use specialized equipment that allows us to detect even the smallest trace of a biohazard, and we do not stop until your scene is thoroughly sanitized. As biohazard restoration professionals, we often can salvage items that others might have to dispose of, and we ensure that any material that does need to be removed from your location is discarded properly.
Dealing with trauma, crime, or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can definitely depend on SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa for empathy, courtesy, and the quality biohazard cleanup and restoration services that you deserve. Safety-minded, we are ready to do our part in restoring your space and your peace of mind. If a traumatic event has occurred on your commercial or residential property and you require assistance with the cleanup, contact us now to discover more about our Tuscaloosa or Northport biohazard restoration services and secure our help.