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Common Causes of Indoor House Floods

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Common Causes of Indoor Flooding

 Indoor flooding is one of the leading causes of water damage. There are a few common causes of indoor house flooding. 
  1. Leaky of Broken Pipes: The most obvious cause of indoor flooding is leaky or broken water pipes. Pipes cam 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.
  2. 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 insure to doesn’t spring a leak.
  3. 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. 
  4. Faulty Washing Machine Hose: The most common problem with watching machines are faulty hoses. A leak in your intake hose can worsen over tine and can cause flooding in y our home. 
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! 

Common Causes of House Fires

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Between 2012 and 2016, the U.S. Fire departments responded to an average of 355,400home structure fires per year. These fires caused 11,670 civilian injuries, 2,560 civilian deaths, and $6.5 billion in direct damage. Listed below are a few of the most common ways house fires get started and tips to prevent them. 

  • Cooking equipment: Pots and pans can overheat and easily cause a fire if left unattended.
  • 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.
  • 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 overuse of electricity. Double check the appliances and power points in 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and use extreme caution when pouring.
  • Lighting: Lampshades and light fittings can build up heat over time. Lamp bases can become hazardous they are easily knocked over.

The tips above are a guide to avoiding fire damage in your home. If you disaster strikes and you find yourself in need of fire damage restoration and clean up, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377

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SERVPRO Focuses on Your Safety

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Blood, bodily fluids, and other Tuscaloosa biohazards can endanger anyone who comes in contact with them. Even trace amounts so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye can pose serious health risks. When a site in your home or business has been contaminated, how do you make it safe again? 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 crime, trauma or death? With the risks posed by blood-borne pathogens and dangerous communicable diseases, cleaning a scene contaminated with biohazards like blood is a perilous undertaking for anyone who lacks the proper training and equipment. It is unpleasant to think about, but blood and bodily fluids are prone to splattering so that minute amounts can affect a wide area. The air at these scenes can be hazardous since 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 that is experienced 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. Offering emergency services 24 hours a day, we will 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 be confident that they have the expertise and training to remove all biohazards and dispose of them properly. We use specialized equipment that allows us to detect the smallest trace of a biohazard, and we do not stop until your scene is thoroughly sanitized. As biohazard restoration professionals, we can often salvage items that others might have to discard, and we ensure that any material that does need to be removed from your location is disposed of appropriately.

Dealing with a crime, trauma or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can depend on SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa for courtesy, empathy, and the quality biohazard cleanup and restoration services that you need. 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 property and you require assistance with the cleanup, contact us now to discover more about our Tuscaloosa biohazard restoration services and secure our help. (205)553-8377.

Flooded Basement? No Problem.

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Tuscaloosa basement could flood, including:

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

If you have any questions or need help, call us at 205-553-8377.

We always respond to your call within 1 hour, begin the water extraction process within 4 hours, and notify the adjuster no later than 8 hours from the time of your loss. If the water damage is not handled quickly and properly it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure, not to mention the potentially harmful health effect of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

We are flooded basement specialists:

    • We are available 24 hours/7 days per week
    • We’re a preferred vendor to many national insurance companies
    • We bill the insurance directly – one less thing for you to worry about
    •  We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
    • We only use advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Basement flooded? Call us today –

We are here to help! 205-553-8377

Spring Storm Tips

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Spring showers can often lead to flooding conditions in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your property.

Advance Preparation

Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Consider Flood Insurance 

Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into a fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377 to extract water. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Commercial & Residential Cleanings

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Experience your property at its finest! SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa proudly offers exterior property cleaning, fire and water damage restoration, low-pressure roof cleaning, wood and deck pressure washing, and interior power washing and water extraction for commercial and residential clients. We appreciate that your home or business is more than property — it’s an investment. And we’re proud to deliver services that are worthy of it. 

Residential

Residential services include exterior sidings, driveways, sidewalks and patios, fences, and roofs. Regular cleaning such as pressure washing, patio washing and concrete or driveway washing can help to prevent premature aging which reduces maintenance cost and saves you money. When you compare the relatively low price of proper residential pressure wash cleaning to the high cost of home repairs or even replacement, it is easy to see why homeowners choose to have this type of work done on a regular basis. Not to mention the fact, it just plain looks better when it’s clean. 

Commercial

We offer our commercial property owners comprehensive power washing solutions. No two businesses are alike. That’s why we provide tailored commercial services that will fulfill your needs. Shopping malls, banks, restaurants, and convenience stores typically require unique services at different times. We take pride in offering flexible service plans and scheduling to accommodate your needs.

Let us keep your business looking picture perfect. We always ensure that our work is implemented at a time that will minimize interference with your business operations. What’s more, our team will always come to your property with the specialized commercial services equipment needed to complete the task and provide professional results. 

Apartment and Homeowners Association (HOA)

At some point during every interview, a potential resident will tour the neighborhood. The first impressions that are made during this tour can go a long way towards filling the unit or letting it sit empty. Are the common areas and parking lots of your apartment complex or HOA community clean and inviting? What about the units themselves? Do they reflect a clean and properly maintained community?  If you have been looking for a company to handle all of your properties exterior cleaning and maintenance needs look no further! We have the experience and the equipment to get the job done right! Call us SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa today! 205-553-8377

Does Your Business Have a Ready Plan?

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

An estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen.

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has worked with many businesses in the area to ensure they are prepared for any emergency. 

More than 60% of small businesses in the U.S. do not have formal emergency response plans & do not back-up their data off-site.

No Plan Means You Are Less Likely to Recover

  • 80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business.
  • 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.
  • 70% of small business that experience major data loss go out of business within a year.
  • 43% of companies that experience catastrophic data loss never reopen.
  • 51% of companies with data loss closed within 2 years.
  • 80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business.
  • 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

Tips for Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan

  1. Let the professionals help you. Work with an emergency restoration company for assistance in creating your emergency ready profile.
  2. Identify and label utility shut-off locations.
  3. Identify local utility contact information.
  4. Identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.
  5. Establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile. Please contact SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa today to set up your FREE Emergency Ready Profile 205.553.8377.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like it never even happened." contact us for more information.

Protection from Property Fires

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial fires in Tuscaloosa are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to oversee. In addition to wreaking havoc on your property, fires can force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is completed. However, property owners who access and implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from Tuscaloosa commercial fires. Read the brief outline provided below to learn how you can protect your property: 

1. Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers.

As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. Finally, be sure that you take the precautions necessary to prevent the pipe from freezing.  

2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.

Each of your employees should undergo fire safety training. The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in emergency training: 

Hazard Recognition

Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment. 

Prevention

Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.  

Response

Teach your employees how to respond when a fire breaks out. Some subjects that should be covered include how to perform an organized evacuation, operate the fire extinguisher, and set the fire alarm. 

Other issues that should be involved in the training include:

• Breathing Apparatus Training

• Fire Extinguisher Training

• Confined Space Entry Training

• First Aid Training

• General Staff Emergency Awareness Training

• Evacuation Exercise  

Also, be sure that your employee team officials undergo the following fire emergency response training:

• Fire Safety Officer Training

• Fire Safety Adviser Training

• Chief and Deputy Chief Warden Training

• Emergency Control Organization Warden Training

• Spill Response Training

• Lay Flat Hose Training 

Call SERVPRO Immediately 205.553.8377

Although accessing and utilizing fire prevention measures is crucial and advantageous, there is still a chance that a fire could break out on your commercial property. If this happens, you need to know who to call for fast, efficient restoration services. The company to trust is SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. 

Biohazard

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard - a risk to human health or the environment arising from biological work, especially with microorganisms.

Blood, bodily fluids, and other Tuscaloosa biohazards can endanger anyone who comes in contact with them. Even trace amounts so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye can pose serious health risks. Using the correct safety equipment to clean biohazards, as well as, the correct chemicals and procedures when a site in your home or business has been contaminated is the SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa way.

We have a team of professional crew members that can handle the situation quickly, respectfully, and correctly to leave the affected area without a trace of contamination. We talk more about the health risks and possible legal repercussions in a previous blog here.

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is always here to help during any disaster, whether it be water damage, fire damage, storm damage or biohazard.

Dealing with a crime, trauma or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can depend on SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa for courtesy, empathy, and the quality biohazard cleanup and restoration services that you need. Safety-minded, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is ready to do our part in restoring your space and your peace of mind. If a traumatic event has occurred on your property and you require assistance with the cleanup, contact the professional biohazard cleaning service to discover more about our Tuscaloosa biohazard restoration services and secure our help.

Biohazard

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard - a risk to human health or the environment arising from biological work, especially with microorganisms.

Blood, bodily fluids, and other Tuscaloosa biohazards can endanger anyone who comes in contact with them. Even trace amounts so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye can pose serious health risks. Using the correct safety equipment to clean biohazards, as well as, the correct chemicals and procedures when a site in your home or business has been contaminated is the SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa way.

We have a team of professional crew members that can handle the situation quickly, respectfully, and correctly to leave the affected area without a trace of contamination. We talk more about the health risks and possible legal repercussions in a previous blog here.

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is always here to help during any disaster, whether it be water damage, fire damage, storm damage or biohazard.

Dealing with a crime, trauma or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can depend on SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa for courtesy, empathy, and the quality biohazard cleanup and restoration services that you need. Safety-minded, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is ready to do our part in restoring your space and your peace of mind. If a traumatic event has occurred on your property and you require assistance with the cleanup, contact the professional biohazard cleaning service to discover more about our Tuscaloosa biohazard restoration services and secure our help.