We Put the PRO in SERVPRO
When it comes to damage at your home or commercial property, it is very important to trust the professionals on-site. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa technicians are highly trained specialists in property damage restoration.
As cleaning and restoration specialists, the technicians at SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa stay up-to-date on industry standards. One way our crews do this is by completing Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIRC) training and certification. Our professionals study the best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses to receive their certification.
Our technicians understand that we often respond to people in serious times of need, which can be stressful and emotionally draining. You can take a deep breath and feel relieved when SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa arrives at your home or business.
Stay Warm, Stay Safe
There is nothing better than the warmth of a fire or space heater during the winter. However, fireplaces and space heaters can be the source of fire damage if the proper safety measures are not followed.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides tips for space heater safety.
- Before you even buy the space heater, make sure it has a seal of a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
- Keep flammable materials such as curtains, clothes and papers at least three feet away from the heater.
- Never leave the heater on if no one is home or when you are asleep. The consequences could be disastrous for your home.
- Don’t plug your space heater into an extension cord. This reduces the risk of fires.
Wood-burning fireplaces can be beautiful to look at and are a crowd pleaser, but like space heaters, they come with risks. You should follow some of the same precautions, such as keeping flammable materials away from the fire and never having a fire lit unattended.
Here are a few more safety guidelines for wood-burning fires:
- Do not overload the fireplace. This prevents embers from tumbling out.
- Never burn rolled newspaper, garbage, charcoal, plastic or chemically-treated or painted wood.
- Keep small children and pets away from the flames.
In case of fire damage, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa. Our team of professionals takes your family and business’ safety seriously, and we know that fires can be a traumatizing experience. We are always here to help.
Commercial HVAC Cleanings
One of the biggest culprits of poor indoor air quality? Ventilation systems!
It should be a priority to inspect the ductwork of your commercial property. In fact, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends that commercial HVAC ducts are cleaned every three to five years to ensure optimal performance. Your HVAC could be circulating dust, odors, pollen, dirt and debris, and other contaminants if left unchecked for long periods of time.
SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa professionals can service your business or other commercial property with routine inspections. Not only will this make your air cleaner, but it also keeps the equipment working properly for longer.
Some of the benefits of HVAC cleanings are:
- Helps restore peak energy efficiency
- May eliminate offensive odors
- Reduces potential for mold growth
If duct cleaning is not necessary, we will make recommendations that save you money and stress. Call us today at 205-533-8377 for more information on HVAC cleaning services for your commercial property.
I Feel A Mold Coming On!
Do you know why mold is so common in apartment complexes? According to RTK Environmental Group, having a large number of residents increases the chance for accidents that lead to mold contamination.
“The main issue in apartment buildings is that water travels downward,” says Robert Weitz, founder of RTK Environmental. “It will travel down through the floors to the ceilings and walls below. When that happens, you are at risk of developing a mold problem,” he explains.
Consider this scenario: A tenant on the top floor leaves for work, but their toilet overflows while they are gone. The water trickles down to apartments below, and causes water damage. If the property manager isn’t able to get SERVPRO out fast enough, the wet walls, ceilings and floors can attract mold. Mold then leads to structural and health issues.
It is important for property managers to act quickly when a tenant alerts them of a possible mold contamination, which means that tenants need to be aware of the signs and risks too. Commercial property owners should encourage residents to use their maintenance portal or follow the apartment’s guidelines for reporting any issues like mold instead of taking matters into their own hands.
SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is happy to serve commercial properties like apartments in the community. If a resident reports mold contamination, call us for professional advice and service!
Seasonal Storm Damage
Did you know Alabama had more tornado warnings than any other state in 2022? This past year, the severe weather in Alabama was very active. And unfortunately, where severe storms go, property damage follows.
Even though there is a low frequency of what some might consider typical winter storms in Alabama, there are still risks of property damage from storms in colder months.
It is possible that Alabama residents see ice storms after prolonged periods of freezing rain, according to Alabama Power. During these storms, water pipes may freeze and burst. Burst water pipes can cause mold growth and structural damage.
The mitigation and reconstruction professionals at SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa are here to help restore your home after damage caused by a storm. Even though your home or business is a major concern during a storm, the top priority is to remain safe. Always follow local news, radio stations and social media accounts for weather updates and warnings.
Here to Help Commercial Properties
Running a business or apartment complex is already stressful, so water, fire or mold damages are the last things that owners and property managers want to have on their plates. However, emergencies happen, and you should have a plan for damage to your commercial property.
Property managers in Tuscaloosa are especially busy making sure that college students and their parents are satisfied with the property’s services and quality. Even if an apartment complex or property management company has an internal maintenance team, SERVPRO can still help with large or unique jobs!
For commercial businesses, SERVPRO can provide specialty or general cleaning services. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa helps hospitals, schools and other facilities with routine cleanings and emergency situations.
Commercial businesses in Tuscaloosa can trust SERVPRO professionals to get the job done, no matter the size. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa understands that the appearance and safety of commercial properties are extremely important, and we are here to help!
Winter Water Damage
Living in Alabama, Tuscaloosa residents don’t experience too harsh of a winter. Still, it is important to know what kinds of water damage Southern states could see during colder months.
One of the most common issues for Tuscaloosa County residents during the winter months is damage from frozen water pipes. If outdoor pipes or pipes located in unheated areas of your home or business are not properly insulated or the temperatures get severely low, those pipes will unfortunately freeze and possibly burst.
SERVPRO says these outdoor pipes are the most likely to burst:
- Outdoor hose bibs
- Swimming pool supply lines
- Water sprinkler lines
Pipes in the following areas are at high risk to freeze and burst:
- Crawl spaces
Cold weather and winter storms cause different damage in different areas. Regardless of your winter emergency, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa will respond quickly to any size disaster.
Holiday Travel Checklist
Your bags are packed, the vacation plans are made, and your furry friend is taken care of while you’re out of town. Just one more thing…have you prepared your home for possible water damage?
Many people don’t consider home damage prevention when making holiday travel plans. However, nobody wants to come home to find water damage. Unfortunately, when you leave for long periods of time, your home is subject to damage from leaking or burst pipes.
You can feel relaxed about being away from home by following these steps:
- Have a friend or family member check on the house while you’re gone.
- Check for any leaks before leaving.
- Insulate any exposed pipes to prevent freezing.
- Turn off the main water valve if your home is going to be vacant.
- Clean debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding.
- Inspect and test the sump pump if you have one to avoid returning to a flooded basement.
Don’t forget that holiday trip planning goes beyond your usual checklist. Stay prepared and create a plan anytime you are away from home. If your residential or commercial property suffers from water damage, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to remediate the damage.
Why Most Home Fires Occur in the Winter
Did you know more home fires occur during the winter than any other season? The United States Fire Administration (USFA) says that winter home fires claim 905 lives per year and result in damages that cost upwards of $2 million.
Some of the most common causes of winter home fires are candles, holiday decorations, dry Christmas trees and fireplaces.
Keep these tips in mind when preparing your home for the holidays:
Follow safe heating practices.
- Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut-off.
- Use a screen for your fireplace and check your chimney regularly.
- Keep heating equipment away from flammable materials.
Follow safe cooking practices.
- Keep an eye on the stove and turn off hot burners or the oven if no one is home.
- Don't let too many cooks in the kitchen!
- Roll up your sleeves to avoid clothes catching on fire.
Practice winter fire safety during the holidays.
- Don't leave holiday lights leaving all day, and don't connect more than three strands of lights.
- Don't leave burning candles unattended, and make sure they are away from flammable materials.
- Have family emergency and communication plans ready in case of a fire.
Avoiding Holiday Kitchen Fires
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is important to remember kitchen safety. For most, the kitchen is the heart of this holiday, but it can also be the most hectic room in the house before family time and celebrations begin.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for fires that start as a result of home cooking. There are more than three times the amount of kitchen fires on this holiday than any other day of the year.
Here are some safety tips from NFPA to prevent fires in your kitchen this holiday season:
- Stay in the kitchen if you are cooking on the stove top to keep an eye on the food.
- Stay at home while you are cooking the turkey to check on it frequently.
- Test your smoke alarms, and make sure they are working properly.
Having a plan in place before a fire emergency occurs can relieve the emotional distress in these situations. If you have damage from a kitchen fire in your Tuscaloosa home, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377.