Recent Water Damage Posts

Leaky Roof?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa has you covered! 

We have experience flash flooding from excessive rains this year all over Tuscaloosa and Northport. Due to the flooding, there have been many Northport and Tuscaloosa homes to experience basement flooding damage. With further inspection, some homeowners have found slab leaks (roof leaks) that were not noticed before the heavy rains. If you find any roof leaks, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa to help extract the water and treat your home to prevent conditions favorable to microbial growth.

We always respond to your call within one hour, begin the water extraction process within four hours, and notify the adjuster within eight hours from the time of your loss. 

Water damage must be handled quickly and properly to prevent severe damage to your home. Calling us as soon as you see the leaks will prevent the problems from worsening. SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa has you covered! 

Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377

Flooded Basements Got Nothin' on Us!

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

Heavy rainfalls in the rainy season are most often the cause of flooding basements, but basements can also have flooding or water damage throughout the year. 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 or Northport basement could flood, here are a few:

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Storm sewer backup
    • 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. It also has the potential for the health effects 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 a 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 at 205-553-8377

We are always Here to Help! 

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

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!

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! 

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. 

We Can Fix Your Flooded Basement

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

Basement flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfalls, but basements can also have flooding or water damage throughout the year. 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 or Northport 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. It also has the potential for the health effects 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

Do You Have a Roof Leak?

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has you covered 

This year we have seen flash flooding throughout Tuscaloosa from excessive rains. Due to this flooding, there have been many Northport and Tuscaloosa homes to experience basement flooding damage. With further inspection, homeowners have found slab leaks (roof leaks) that were not noticed before the heavy rains. If you find roof leaks, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to help extract and treat your home to prevent conditions favorable to microbial growth.

We always respond to your call within one hour, begin the water extraction process within four hours, and notify the adjuster within eight hours from the time of your loss. 

Water damage must be handled quickly and properly to prevent severe damage to your home. Calling us as soon as you see the leaks will prevent the problems from worsening. 

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

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!

Suffering from Pinhole Leaks

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

According to repairmyleak.com, there are a couple of 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."

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa if your commercial building suffers from a pinhole leak. 

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! 

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

Discovering Roof Leaks

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

We have had excessive rains that have caused flash flooding throughout Tuscaloosa this year. This has caused many Tuscaloosa and Northport homes to experience basement flooding. During further inspection homeowners have discovered 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. 

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. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

Replacing Your Roof, When is it Time?

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

How long can your roof really weather the storms? We have had extreme heat waves this year; as well as, excessive rains that have caused flash flooding throughout Tuscaloosa. 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 North is Always Here to Help.

Car Crash in Northport Home

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

We have seen it a couple times in Northport where a car will lose control and drive through the side of a house or building. It does not happen often, but this loss usually bursts pipes within the building causing massive damage.

It not only causes structural damage resulting in emergency service board up and some extensive reconstruction, but it will often break and burst pipes within the house. These broken pipes will often run for some time releasing large amounts of water into the home. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North is available to be a one-stop shop offering emergency services from board-up, debris removal, water remediation, and reconstruction services. Once the first responders have been notified, be sure to call the green team to make sure your home is taken care of. 

Water Damage from Vandalism

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Many towns, especially college towns, vandalism can be a common occurrence. 

You will see victories for sports events turn into borderline street raids and some businesses and homes can fall victim to these out of control instances. Many vandals will merely cause surface damages with wall art or a few broken windows. 

Some instances, the damage goes deeper and can cause water damages from broken piping or even small fires.

If your Tuscaloosa home suffers a loss from a vandal, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North for all your restoration needs. From board up, cleaning and most importantly water damage restoration, SERVPRO can become your one stop shop for your remediation needs. Our crews are IICRC trained and can handle sensitive situations.

Common Homeowner's Claims

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Per the Insurance Journal (2016) the 5 most common homeowner claims:

  • Exterior wind damage – 25 percent of all losses.
  • Non-weather-related water damage (e.g., plumbing or appliance issues) – 19 percent.
  • Hail – 15 percent.
  • Weather-related water damage (e.g., rain, melting ice, snow) – 11 percent.
  • Theft – 6 percent.

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North sees damages from HVAC and overflowing toilets quiet often within our community. 

About one in fifty insured homes have a property damage claim caused by water damage or freezing each year. (Insurance Information Institute, 2012-2016)

Our First Responders are trained and use a program that aligns with insurance adjusters that can guide on the cost of a claim. Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North before filing your claim so that we can determine if the loss is worth filing a claim against your insurance. 

What to Do When Your Carpet Gets Wet

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Saturated Carpet

Sometimes, we as homeowners do not realize that carpeting usually has multiple layers underneath. There is a pad below the carpet fibers that tend to hold any liquid, dirt and odor that it comes into contact with. This is why carpet cleaning will sometimes take two cleans before you are satisfied with the end result. Once a carpet pad has been saturated, whatever the pad underneath is holding on to will soak into the fibers of the carpet causing odor and sometimes more visible stains. Likewise, when that pad is overly saturated, extracting the excess water is vital to the drying process. Many instances it is best to remove the pad completely to save the carpeting since it is fairly inexpensive to replace. Remember, never use a standard vacuum to attempt to extract excess water yourself and call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North to assist in all water damage needs. 

Water Damage from Toilet

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Your toilet can cause more damage than just an overflow because your toddler sent their aquaman action figure for a swim. There are times when the connection on the back to the toilet may become loose and a slow leak will happen. Sometimes that slow leak can be found quickly or over the course of a few days. This bathroom had one of the pipes in the walls that caused a slow leak saturating the sheet rock. It takes more than just a fan when sheet rock is saturated, a dehumidifier in combination with fans is the optimal situation. There are times, however, when that is not enough and the sheet rock will have to be removed. In this particular situation, a small area was removed in order to dry the wall cavity and get the bathroom back in order. No flooring removal was needed. Luckily this was a small damage!

Gutter Cleaning

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Just a friendly reminder that spring rains are in a heavy swing in Alabama. It may still be chilly one day and humid the next, but the heavy raining at least once or twice a week is constant. With that being said, be sure to check your gutters and clean those out. This includes any piling leaves on your roof or in your yard that you might have ignored this winter. Leaves that stand for too long are breeding grounds for microbial growth to happen. You especially do not want this to occur on your roof or in your gutters because it could possibly spread to the structure of the house and keep going. With all the raining, a full gutter can overflow and push rainwater under your shingles and into the roof and walls of your home causing damage. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North just wants to remind Tuscaloosa to be proactive in protecting their home from preventable water damages. 

Washing Machine Overflow

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Washing machine overflow

Washing your game day wear may not always be a win like The University of Alabama brings to Tuscaloosa. A washing machine can potentially cause some major damage in your home if it malfunctions. A clogged drain pipe can push grey water back into your home leaving you with dirty game day gear, no towels and wet walls and floors. While continuous flooring throughout your Tuscaloosa home may be the design style, that water damage may seem contained, as far as moisture, but will cause your continuous flooring to need removal and replacement if the damage cannot be dried. Don't DIY your water restoration or hesitate to Calle SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa for all your water restoration needs. We have emergency ready crews 24/7 365 days a year and can handle the task. Even on game days.

Home Flood

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

This bathroom flooded causing damage to almost the entire home!

Flooding means something different to each home. Most would think that a home flood comes from rain damage. Some homes experience flooding internally from a toilet or sink. If you are not home to stop the source quickly or you do not know how to shut your water off, your home can potentially flood! In the picture, you can see the water line on the sheetrock where the water flooding reached. This specific damage was caused by a toilet overflowing in the back hallway and caused damage through 4 plus rooms and the hallway! A overflowing toilet can do major damage to a property, one that sits for 12 plus hours can do even more damage and much more costly. SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa is always "here to help"

Kitchen Sink Pipe Burst

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Moisture Meter Wet Hardwood floors.

When you come home from vacation or an event, you sometimes find a surprise that is not a favorite. Many homeowners come home to find their Tuscaloosa home has suffered a water loss. When you are not home and damage occurs, the damage can be much larger than it appears on the surface. In the picture, you will see our moisture meter reading that the hardwoods are 100% wet  and they will likely not dry in time before the wood is 100% damaged and needs to be replaced. SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa does have hardwood drying mats which create a "tent" to suck out moisture in a controlled environment. This will help the hardwood flooring dry as quickly as possible and hopefully, not need to be replaced. Restoration versus replacement is our main focus at SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa.

Water Damage Timeline

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Hardwood drying tent

From the moment you realize you have experienced a water damage, the steps you as a Tuscaloosa homeowner take can whether or not there is secondary damage in your home. Timely mitigation is critical to ensure that secondary damage is minimal. Turn off the water source and call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa


          205-553-8377


A SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa rep will be able to look at the damage and let you and your insurance agent know, if the damage is worth a claim. Extracting the water and placing drying equipment as quickly as possible will be the difference in restoring your home and potentially replacing the affected area completely. Protecting the surrounding furniture by raising it off of the saturated carpet will prevent any secondary damage caused by the water disaster. Moving quickly and getting a professional restoration company on site will be the difference between drying your home and uprooting your daily routine for extended periods!

Pipe Bursts in Tuscaloosa

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Pipe bursts in Tuscaloosa Home

A pipe bursting in your wall can cause severe damage quick throughout your Tuscaloosa home. If you are "fortunate" enough to be home, you can quickly shut of the water to prevent the water damage from worsening. Unfortunately, many homeowners are not home when a disaster like this strikes and the water affects several rooms of wall, flooring and even ceilings, depending on pipe location. The first person you should call is your Tuscaloosa SERVPRO to get that water extracted quickly and start damage control. If you know your deductible, our SERVPRO reps will be able to tell you if your water damage is worth a claim. Your insurance claim service is your next call while SERVPRO is on their way! We are faster to any size disaster! Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa


             205-339-5022


We are here for all your water, fire and mold needs!

3 Categories of Water

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Dirty Gutters can cause nasty water to leak into your roof!

You have suffered a water damage in your Tuscaloosa home. Knowing where the water is flowing from will help you with safety precautions. Each category is a reflection of how "difficult" the mitigation and restoration process will be, but will also be how your Water Mitigation Specialists will know how to treat your home.


 IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration - 2015 defines 3 Categories.


Cat. 1- water originates from a sanitary source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestion or inhalation exposure.


Cat.2- significant contamination and has potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. i.e Water coming from dishwasher or washing machine overflow


Cat. 3- DON'T TOUCH IT! Commonly referred to a "black water" this water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogens or toxic agents. i.e. sewage backup or flooding from rivers


Read our "Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage" to learn how to handle a water damage before SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa arrives on scene! 


            205-339-5022

What Do I Do if My Basement Floods?

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding Water Damage in Tuscaloosa Alabama

Tuscaloosa and the entire state of Alabama has suffered a severe drought this last month and half. While heavy rainfall is a very common cause for flooding basements, there are several other causes of basement flooding. Some of these major causes are:



  • 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


Because basements are the lowest part of a home and generally built underground, the basement is prone to suffering from flooding and high moisture levels. High moisture levels are worrisome as well due to the risk of microbial growth.


If you have any questions or need help, call us at 205-339-5022.


SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa will 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. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is “here to help.”

Steps to Take When Your Tuscaloosa Home Floods

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa drying water damage

Have a water damage emergency? Call:


           205-339-5022


Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa has 6 steps we follow for any “typical” water damage call. You can check out SERVPRO’s 6 step process here.


If you notice water pooling near your appliance take the time to do these four things:



  1. Inspect the device (valves, tank, pipes etc.) to visually locate the leak. Dry any damp spots thoroughly and check back in a few hours to see if they are damp again.

  2. Once it is obvious that the device has a leak, turn off the power source to avoid accidents.

  3. Call a professional plumbing service fix the leak.

  4. Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa to help you with experienced drying and clean-up from the leak.


When water damage happens in your Tuscaloosa home, cleaning and drying should be one of your first priorities. Using a professional cleaning and restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa, you can rest assured the company IIRC-certified and trained in water damage repair and restoration. Restoring your home to its original condition as quickly as possible is our first priority.  IIRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. An IIRC- certified company is trained in the proper steps to dry your home completely which is a preventative step to more damage that can potentially be caused by excessive moisture in your home. If you would like to learn more about microbial growth in your home click here.


SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has a 24/7 365 Water and Fire damage emergency crews. Call us any day, any time at 205-339-5022. We are faster to any size disaster. If you are still contemplating on whether or not the to have SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to come check out you house after finding what you thing was a small flood in your dishwasher, take a look at the  water damage timeline.  SERVPRO's main goal is to restore not replace to make your home look "Like it never even happened."

Spring Flood Tips

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

Act fast to mitigate your flood loss.

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 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 205-339-5022 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

What IICRC-Certified Means to You

2/9/2016 (Permalink)

When water damage impacts your residential property, you must take action immediately.

When Tuscaloosa water damage impacts your residential 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 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, 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. Because of our commitment to working with extraordinary competence and speed, we have become industry leaders with more than 1,650 franchises. We're ready to offer you the exceptionally efficient services you need and deserve, so contact us immediately at (205) 339-5022.  


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is strategically located to respond quickly to your water emergency event. When water damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today!     


          (205) 339-5022

Dos and Dont's for Water Damage

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Do's & Don'ts


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 effected 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 ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

Water Damage Restoration: Mastering the Basics

1/8/2016 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, most homeowners are not prepared to grapple with the reality of a flood or disaster. As a result, many homeowners find themselves dealing with extensive water damage to their property. Rather than dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster alone, it's important that you attain professional assistance from a water damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa. To learn more about water damage and why attaining professional assistance is a must, refer to the short outline that appears below:

Types of Water Damage

There are two basic types of water damage. The first is internal flood damage. Internal flood damage transpires when damage is caused to property as a result of washroom malfunctions, broken water pipes, or leakage. The second type of water damage is external flood damage. External flood damage results from storms or floods. Both internal and external flood damage are best handled by a professional restoration company.

The Importance of Attaining Professional Water Damage Restoration Services

In many cases, individuals who encounter water damage attempt to complete the restoration process themselves. This is not a prudent course of action. Attaining professional help is better because SERVPRO experts possess the equipment and knowledge necessary to optimize and expedite the water damage restoration process. Our SERVPRO team prides themselves in a great reputation, excellent customer service, and extensive industry experience.

Why You Should Attain Professional Assistance Immediately

Often, homeowners and business owners put off the water damage restoration process. This is a serious mistake. As water damage specialists know, failure to address the issue can increase damage and subject your loved ones to health complications. For example, water damage increases your susceptibility to unwanted mold. Once your property has been subjected to a mold infestation, you can suffer structural damage while also elevating risks for lung problems and respiratory issues.

Let SERVPRO Assist You 

When you find that water damage has impacted your property, there's no time to waste. You need to attain precise, professional services from a water damage remediation team that can expedite the restoration process. The team to trust is SERVPRO. We employ a staff of thoroughly trained technicians who are happy to provide you with 24/7 emergency assistance and cutting edge customer service. Additionally, our company is a trusted industry leader with more than 1,650 franchises and a passion for excellence and ethical operations. We're ready to help you right now, so call us today at 205.339.5022.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We are here in Tuscaloosa and are ready to help you. Just call us. 205.339.5022

Flooded Basement Specialists

12/15/2015 (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 205-339-5022.


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 potential 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! 205.339.5022