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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!

Lint Build Up Can Cause Fire

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Air vent in apartment, dirty from build up. Air vent build up that could cause a fire damage.

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa offers commercial duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning.  We have a 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 3 years or more. 

Like a residential home, routine maintenance cleaning of your duct system and dryer vents improves the air quality and lowers the risk of fire caused by lint build up. 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 duct or dryer vent cleaning. 

Is It Time to Replace Your Roof?

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

A Tuscaloosa home with a roof leak, causing severe water damage inside the home. Roof leak causing water damage inside the home.

How long can your roof really weather the storms? We have had extreme heatwaves this year; as well as, excessive rains that have caused flash flooding throughout Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas. So, how can you tell if your roof is truly holding up 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 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 home does 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

Tuscaloosa's Second Tornado Season Approaches

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

map of the Dixie Valley, rating the most frequent spots for tornados to strike. Frequency map of tornadoes in Dixie Valley

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. but can occur at any time.

Facts on Tornadoes in Alabama

  • Alabama resides in the United States’ most deadly tornado area—the Dixie Alley.
  • Researchers are becoming increasingly aware of how dangerous and deadly tornadoes in the Deep South/ Gulf Coast states can be.
  • 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.
  • Suffering from Lilapsophobia? You do if you’re afraid of tornadoes!
  • Alabama’s annual number of tornadoes is 44 tornadoes.
  • Tornadoes usually happen during the late afternoon into the late evening, but can happen anytime.
  • The average tornado lasts less than ten minutes but the repercussions can last far longer. 

If you find yourself in dealing with storm damage from tornadoes or any other severe storm, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377

Fire Damage & the Importance of Immediate Action

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a piece of artwork in a home Fire damage to a piece of artwork

It is devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your Tuscaloosa home. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up 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 that occurred. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem. 

Take action and follow 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 trying experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire and call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa 205-553-8377.

Storm Damage Large or Small

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

ceiling and insulation falling into the home from large hole Heavy rainfall causes this Tuscaloosa home's ceiling to fall inside the house.

There are many cases where Tuscaloosa will have wind storms, severe rain, and sometimes even hail. A homeowner may not see immediate damage to their property, but that storm can cause small holes and create long-term leaks that the homeowner 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 their own reconstruction division for a little over a year. 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, and fire damage! 205-339-5022

Why is being IICRC important?

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

When Tuscaloosa water damage impacts your property, you must take action immediately. As many homeowners and business leaders know, 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 exceptional, ethical 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 Tuscaloosa 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 flooding, a burst pipe, 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's essential that you attain water damage restoration services from a qualified team of professionals. 

The process of selecting the right Tuscaloosa 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. 

About SERVPRO

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. In fact, 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, so contact us immediately at (205) 553-8377

Severe Storm Damage

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO can help you clean up any storm damage and restore your home.

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:

* Orange or Green Skies
* Rumbling or Roaring Sounds in the Air
* Very Calm Conditions after a Storm
* Damaged Power Lines or Debris
* Rotation of the Clouds

Staying 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.

What is the difference between a Tornado Watch, Warning and Emergency?

* A Tornado Watch means that a storm could be coming in 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 locally owned and operated, so 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.

Do's and Don'ts of Water Damages

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Do:

    • 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 to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
    • Pin up 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.

Don'ts:

    • Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
    • 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 leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items that may cause staining on wet carpet or floors.
    • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damaging the vacuum cleaner.
    • Do not use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
    • Do not turn on ceiling fixture if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377. We are faster to any disaster!

Lightning Causing House Fires

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

According to StormHighway.com:

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 houses 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/internet lines, gutters, downspouts, metal window frames - anything conductive in a house is 'fair game' for the lightning to follow. 

Lightning passing through a house will often 'branch' and utilize more than 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 been seen jumping from wall outlets to sink faucets and even across rooms!

The biggest danger lightning poses to a house is fire. Wood and other flammable building materials can easily be ignited anywhere an exposed lightning channel comes in contact with. It is most common for lightning to start 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 remediation. Give us a call at 205.553.8377