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Storm Team Tuscaloosa

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

A truck in Northport, AL flooded in the street by an overload of rain water. A truck floods in Northport, AL.

What do you do when the rain won’t stop? We are barely in 2020 and we have experienced more rain and less sun. All this rain had caused the ground to reach its precipitation threshold. This has caused many Tuscaloosa and Northport homes to experience basement flooding; as well as, discover slab leaks or roof leaks that they had not noticed before. If you do discover these leaks, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to help extract and treat your home to prevent the conditions for microbial growth to occur. While SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa offers reconstruction services, it is best to consult a professional when it comes to fixing foundation issues. We will be there to dry and get your home back together “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377

Microbial Growth? Not Anymore!

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling mold has been cut out by SERVPRO technicians to be replaced due to microbial growth found in this Tuscaloosa home. Ceiling mold to be cut out and removed.

Do you have a finished or unfinished basement that you tend to avoid?

Checking areas of your house such as basements or attics periodically will help you catch small leaks before they become long term damage. Busy schedules or maybe even problems with getting into these areas can cause homeowners to practice “out of sight out of mind.”

If you have a leak, even a small one, that goes unnoticed for any period of time, you could potentially have a big problem with the optimal conditions. Basements and attics are usually uncontrolled atmospheres which can leave conditions optimal for microbial growth. If you use these areas for storage, it is not just the structure of your home that is potentially a food source for spores, but your belongings could suffer damage. Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377 to help clean any microbial growth safely and thoroughly.

Microbial Growth Inside Your Home

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

After a slow leak, this fungi grew through the carpet in a house in Tuscaloosa, AL Carpet fungi growing from a slow water leak, over time.

Most organic life naturally grows outdoors. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has come across fungi growth indoors when a water leak has gone unnoticed. The most common we have seen at SERVPRO Tuscaloosa is a slow leak in the walls. It may be behind furniture or not affected the drywall and only soaked into the carpet and padding. Depending on the portion of the carpet and the access for cleaning, the water saturation could go unnoticed. Fungi will not always grow out of saturated carpeting, but if the conditions are right it can be a possibility.  This is much easier to remediate the fungi, but you must remove all your carpeting and find that leak! Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377 to start your remediation process. We are faster to any kind of disaster.

Return of the Crawlspace Mold

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

When you find mold in your home crawlspace, the first thing you should do is figure out where the water source is coming from. Mold/Microbial Growth will grow in an uncontrolled environment that has extra moisture levels. If the source is not stopped, then the removal of the mold will be futile. The microbial growth will likely return. 

If the damage is less than 100 sq ft, it might be something that a homeowner could handle. However, if anything is over that or the loss is a particularly "hairy" case, hire a professional mold/ microbial growth remediation company to get your crawlspace back in shape. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has tackled many crawlspaces that have suffered from microbial growth both commercially and residentially. Call us today to assist with the proper cleaning and drying method of your crawlspace. 205-553-8377

Follow the Water!

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO technician measuring the walls for moisture after a water damage.  A SERVPRO technician using a Moisture Meter.

Downtown Tuscaloosa has commercial properties that house multiple businesses within a single building. At SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North, we have seen the top floor business suffer from damage, causing at least one business below to also suffer from a water or fire loss. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa 's team will "chase" or follow the water making sure we do not leave any part of the building untreated. This will help prevent the possibility of secondary damage in the building such as odors or microbial growth. Long term, untreated water or fire damage can cause discoloration; as well as warping or de-lamination of flooring, the structure/strength of drywall or ceiling tile. If your business suffers from water damage, please call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377. We are always "Here to Help."

Carpet De-Lamination and How We Can Help

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet delamination happens after water is between the primary and secondary backings under the carpet, causing a ripple. Carpet delamination from water damage, causing a ripple.

Have you ever been walking through your office building or the apartment complex you managed to feel a "bubble" in the flooring? Carpet delamination is a condition where the secondary backing of the carpet is detached from the primary backing or where the glue loses it's stick to your sub-flooring. If this were to happen to your carpets during a water damage situation, we are required to remove any carpet affected by the water as the carpet has become irreparable and once we have removed the damaged carpet we would place the appropriate drying equipment down to remove any remaining moisture in the area.

With SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa being a preferred vendor of multiple insurance agencies and many local property management companies, know we are always "Here to Help." Give us a call at 205.553.8377

Office Growth

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Microbial growth on an air vent in an office building in Tuscaloosa, AL. Air vent with microbial growth, in an office building.

When you find microbial growth in your business, it is important to have it removed as soon as possible. The best and safest way to do that is to use SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to remediate your microbial growth needs. 

Any type of microbial growth can spread quickly. If you have mold you can see on a wall or floor, there likely is more mold in places that you can't see. Getting the mold professionally removed ensures that you prevent it from spreading any further and doing any more damage to your workplace.

Removing microbial growth is time-consuming and must be performed by a professional remediation company to prevent cross-contamination. Trying to do it yourself can be difficult and also can put your safety at risk. Having the microbial growth professionally removed ensures that the job is done right and that your safety and health are protected.

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377

Commercial Properties... We Can Help With That

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

When a problem arises at a commercial building do not hesitate to hire a professional company that will not only remediate correctly but will take measures to do so in a way that will not disrupt your customers and employees. At SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa, we have the training and expertise to get your business back to looking "Like it never even happened." In the event of an emergency, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is always "Here to Help." We are quick to respond so that your commercial building can be back up and running as soon as possible. This will help minimize the amount of cleaning and restoration that will be needed. Doing this not only cuts down the downtime it takes to finish, but also minimizes cost. 

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377

Soot

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Soot webbing from a protein fire, also known as a kitchen fire caused from cooking, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Soot webbing from a protein fire, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

In a building fire, you will find that some damage is blatantly visible and some will only look like lack of maintenance. In this picture, there seem to be cobwebs on the ceiling. What you are actually seeing is soot from a protein fire that has traveled to another room and attached itself to a surface. While this is a small area that is visibly covered in the soot, the sign leads us to believe that the dirt level is more than meets the eye. This is the case for many house fires. 

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa will not only wipe ceilings, walls, and flooring; but also move out the contents for cleaning, in all affected rooms. Even though it was not close to the fire and items are not as damaged as other rooms adjacent to the cause of loss, the damage spread through the entire downstairs of the home. 

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at (205) 553-8377 for all your fire restoration needs! 

Fire Statistics

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

A home in Tuscaloosa has a massive amount of fire damage throughout the home, including down the hallway. Scorched home in Tuscaloosa

A fire department responds to a call every 23 seconds. In 2017, there was approximately 357,000 home fires in the United States.

51.6 % of residential building fires are caused from cooking, as of 2017.

An estimated $25.6 billion in property damage occurred as a result of fire in 2018. (This number includes a $12 billion loss due to wildfires in Northern California in 2018)

74% of all fire deaths occur in the home.

Home fires were responsible fore 11,200 civilian injuries, or 74% of all civilian injuries, in 2018.

We explain these statistics because a fire damage can be a very trying time in the lives of our customers. 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 very customer to feel when the job is complete. If you find yourself, a family member, or friends in need of fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377!