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Can Your Roof Handle Heavy Rains?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Think your roof can withstand harsh weather and storms? We usually get extreme heatwaves, but this year 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 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 Rules to Follow After a House Fire

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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 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, discoloration, and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem!  

Take immediate 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 troubling 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 205-553-8377.

Storm Damage of Any Size, We've Got Your Back!

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

There are many occasions when Tuscaloosa and Northport have severe rain, wind storms, 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 its own reconstruction division for almost two 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, or fire damage! 205-553-8377. 

Important Tornado Facts that Prepare You for the Second Tornado Season

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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.
  • 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 is less than ten minutes but the repercussions may last much longer. 
  • Suffering from Lilapsophobia? You do if you’re afraid of tornadoes!

Find yourself dealing with storm damage from tornadoes or any other severe storm? Just call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377.

Water Damage: What to Do and Not Do

8/3/2020 (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.
    • 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:

    • 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 size disaster!

IICRC... It Matters!

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

When water damage in Tuscaloosa or Northport impacts your property, you must take action immediately! Many homeowners and business leaders 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 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 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'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. 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. 

The Impact of Severe Storms

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Expecting a tornado or other major storm? There are several steps you can take to stay safe. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa can help you clean up 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:

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

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 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! 

Indoor Flooding and Their Common Causes

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Indoor Flooding and Their Common Causes

Indoor flooding is one of the leading causes of water damage! Here are some of the most common causes of indoor flooding: 

  • 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 to doesn’t spring a leak.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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! 

10 Common Causes of House Fires

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

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 ways house fires get started and tips on how 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 the 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 them and use extreme caution when pouring.
  • Lighting: Lampshades and light fittings can build up heat over time. Lamp bases can become hazardous as they can be easily knocked over.

The tips above are a guide to avoiding fire damage in your home. If disaster strikes and you are in need of fire damage restoration and clean up, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377.

Like it never even happened!

Pinhole Leaks: Explained

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

What are Pinhole Leaks? Do you have them? 

According to repairmyleak.com, there are a few forms of corrosion in copper pipes, but 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:

Type I 
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.

Type II 
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.

Type III 
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."

If your commercial building suffers from a pinhole leak, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377.