Wait, LINT Cause My House Fire?!
Did you know that SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa offers commercial duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning? We have a great team of qualified individuals that focus on quality and customer relationships. We pride ourselves in our ever-growing team and community we are building here!
We currently serve a few commercial customers daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly and have maintained their continued business for 5 years or more.
Regular maintenance cleaning of your dryer vents and duct system improves the air quality and lowers the risk of fire caused by lint buildup. Duct cleaning will also assist in the efficiency of your system and potentially prolong the life of the system itself!
Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa today to schedule your commercial dryer vent or duct cleaning!
Fire: Statistics You Need to Know
Fire Statistics from Data...
- 51.6 % of residential building fires are caused by cooking, as of 2017.
- A fire department responds to a call every 23 seconds. In fact, in 2017, there were approximately 357,000 home fires in the United States.
- Home fires were responsible for 11,200 civilian injuries, or 74% of all civilian injuries, in 2018
- 74% of all fire deaths occur in the home.
- An estimated $25.6 billion in property damage occurred as a result of a fire in 2018. (This number includes a $12 billion loss due to wildfires in Northern California in 2018).
Fire damage can be a difficult time in the lives of our customers, which is why we wanted to make these statistics known. Our goal is to mediate the process as much as possible. “Like it never even happened,” is our motto and that is how we would like every customer to feel when the job is complete.
If you find yourself, a family member, or a friend in need of fire restoration, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377!
What You Need to Know for the Upcoming Storm Season
In Tuscaloosa and Northport, we typically have a lot of severe rain, wind storms, and sometimes, even hail storms. Unfortunately, a homeowner or business owner may not see 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 where 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!
Call us today at 205-553-8377!
The Difference IICRC Makes
Water damage in Tuscaloosa or Northport impacts your property? Immediate action is absolutely necessary! Many business leaders and homeowners know that contacting a professional water damage restoration company is typically the first step to restoring your property. However, many individuals do not know how to select the most ethical, exceptional company. If this is the case for you, it's important to know that hiring an IICRC-certified company will prove advantageous. Learn more about why this is the case by reviewing this short outline:
What Is The IICRC?
As many water damage restoration experts know, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries.
How Do Companies Obtain Certification?
To obtain IICRC certification, water remediation companies have to conform to specific criteria. Some of the criteria include:
1. Provide consumers with accurate data
2. Conduct business processes with integrity and honesty
3. Ensure that a trained technician is present for all work assignments
4. Ensure that a continuing education program is in place
5. Maintain policies for written complaints
6. Hold liability insurance
Why Choose an IICRC-Certified Company?
There is a wide variety of forms of water damage can take. Some of them include a burst pipe, flooding, sump pump overflow, and sewage backup. Irrespective of the cause, however, the end result is substantive damage. In fact, the standing liquid can lead to severe property damage as well as mold infestation. For this reason, it is essential that you attain water damage restoration services from a qualified team of professionals!
The process of selecting the right Tuscaloosa or Northport water damage restoration company can be challenging. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that doing a Google search for the key phrase "water damage restoration" will produce over 500,000 results. To narrow your selection, it's a good idea to limit your search to companies that have obtained their certification from the IICRC. Because the IICRC is efficient in establishing reference guides and industry standards regarding water damage restoration and mold removal, companies that have been certified by the organization will likely offer you the excellent, effective services you want.
When you begin your selection for an IICRC-certified company, be sure to consider SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa. In addition to offering all of our customers 24/7 emergency services, we employ a team of trained professionals with extensive industry experience. Our technicians possess advanced skills in monitoring and documenting drying processes. We're ready to offer you the exceptionally efficient services you need and deserve!
Call us immediately at 205-553-8377! We're Here to Help 24/7!
Water Damage? Do This, Not That!
Got a Water Damage? Follow these Tips for 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 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.
- Do not use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- 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.
If you have water damage, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377. We are faster to any size disaster!
Which is Stronger: Your Roof or Heavy Rains?
Think your roof can withstand harsh weather and storms? 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!
6 Tips for After a House Fire
"Devastating" is an understatement when experiencing the chaos of a fire in your Tuscaloosa or Northport home. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean-up can be, too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority!
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.
Severe Storms: Be Ready
Expecting a tornado or other major storm? There are several steps you can take to stay safe. Below a few are 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 means that a storm could be coming into your area soon because of the current weather conditions.
- A Tornado Warning is 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 is 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!
Alabama and Tornado Facts
SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa offers packing and inventory of belongings after storm damages such as tornadoes. Peak tornado season is March through May, but Tuscaloosa has a second tornado season from November to early December. Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. however, they can occur at any time.
Facts on Tornadoes in Alabama
- Alabama resides in the United States’ most deadly tornado area—the Dixie Alley.
- Alabama’s annual number of tornadoes is 44.
- Huntsville, Alabama was been rated the top tornado city in 2013.
- Birmingham, Alabama was been rated the third top tornado city in 2013.
- Tuscaloosa, Alabama was been rated the fourth tornado city in 2013.
- The University of Alabama created a tornado factsheet that cited Tuscaloosa as having a second tornado season from November to early December.
- Researchers are becoming increasingly aware of how dangerous and deadly tornadoes in the Deep South/Gulf Coast states can be.
- Tornadoes usually happen during the late afternoon into the late evening, but can happen anytime.
- The average tornado usually lasts less than 10 minutes but the repercussions may last much longer.
- Suffering from Lilapsophobia? You do if you’re afraid of tornadoes!
If you yourself dealing with storm damage from tornadoes or any other severe storm, just call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377.
So, What Causes Indoor Flooding?
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:
- Leaky or Broken 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.
- 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, keeping up with maintenance to ensure it doesn’t spring a leak.
- 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.
If you find yourself in one of these situations, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377!
"Like it never even happened."
Faster to any disaster!