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Home Flooding

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

There has been a pattern in some of the local developments in Tuscaloosa. The yards are not level or have irrigated drastically causing flooding in backyards not in a "flood zone." Most of these homeowners do not have flood insurance. Why pay the extra costs when you are not in danger? 

However, a few years in their home they have noticed pooling in their backyard. 10 years in and the pooling is becoming a small river in their backdoor. 

Depending on the home insurance policy, this could be a covered claim or you may be dealing with this yourself. 

The first step is to remove any existing water in the home. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South has a crew for emergency service extraction ready 24/7.

Is your Business Ready?

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that 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.

Hire the Professionals

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Two 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.

Why You Should Use  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 on a great reputation, excellent customer service, and extensive industry experience.

Commercial Fire Prevention

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial fires in Tuscaloosa are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to oversee. Fires are not limited to burn damage and smoke invasion 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. 

2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.

The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in the 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  

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South Immediately

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 North. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. We're ready to assist you immediately, so contact us now at 205-339-5022

Apartment Fires

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Apartment Fires Contents damage after a fire.

Whether you are renting or own your home, the importance of contents coverage is just as necessary as structure.  Making sure your coverage is enough to cover even the little items is just as important. These things add up when you are having to replace your entire home.

We may protect our homes as best as we can from a fire, but surrounding homes or apartments can also be the cause. A small fire turned into a huge fire very quickly in this property because it could not be contained in time. 

Some contents can be saved by a textiles company or by SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa with soot cleaning or refinishing. There are some items, however, that go beyond the ability of even experienced restoration companies. To have a professional look at your soot damaged property and find out if it can be saved, call 205-553-8377

Frozen Piping from Winter Storm

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Frozen Piping from Winter Storm When it feels like a waterfall is in your living room.

We rarely see cold winters in Tuscaloosa Alabama. When we do, there is a good chance we as homeowners have a brief panic and do not know what to do. Hence the bread and milk shortage at your closest grocer. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South cannot fix your frozen or busted pipe, BUT we can clear up your standing water and start the dry out process in your home as quickly as we possibly can. We turned to some of our northern franchises that deal with freezing climates frequently to provide our county with some advice and knowledge during Winter Storm Grayson.

Owner Patrick Lavigne from a northern franchise explains that a burst pipe is commonly a result from a frozen pipe thawing to quickly. As daylight brings warmer temperatures, the pipe’s atmosphere potentially changes to quickly causing the burst. Advice? Leave your cabinet doors open and do not worry about cranking the heat up. Leaving a faucet or two in different parts of your home will keep the water moving through pipes and make it more difficult to freeze. Some advice from a northern plumber Karl Sirois 
"Now is not the time for conserving energy. If you have a basement that you don't really use but there is a thermostat down there, you gotta turn that up. You don't want any of your zones lower than 68 degrees on days like today." 
Financially, the higher heating charges will be less expensive than a water damage. Use a hair dryer on an exposed pipe that may potentially be frozen, using slow, low heat will unfreeze the pipe at a slow pace.

Microbial Growth or Mold

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Tuscaloosa county can experience microbial growth, or mold, year round with Alabama's unpredictable weather and rather warm winters. 

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South has seen many different growth situations. If your health is a concern with this invasive growth, we always advise you speak with an Environmental Hygienist who will usually do a clearance test after mold remediation. Common factors that are found to create the optimal environment for growth is a food source such as paint, glue, paper etc, moisture, warm and dark areas. It is common to find growth in your ductwork or corners of your basement. If your home has not properly been remediated following water invasion, the risk of growth is more likely. If you are a property owner and see microbial growth in your home, call 205-553-8377 to find out how SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South can help you. 

Water Damages in Commercial Properties

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damages in Commercial Properties Moisture meter levels show how wet adjacent walls can get in the event of a water damage.

From the moment you realize you have experienced a water damage, the steps you as a Tuscaloosa commercial business manager can determine whether or not there is secondary damage in your building. 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!

Funky Smell? Spots on the Wall?

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Once you become aware that mold is growing in your Northport home, removing the microbial growth should be your biggest priority. Extensive mold removal is not a DIY project. Rule of thumb is if there is about 10 square feet or more of mold growth, don't attempt mold remediation on your own. Play it safe and hire a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa.


Mold is a fast growing fungi that feeds off moisture and in the humid south, it can spread rapidly. In the event of an appliance flood or mass amounts of moisture in your home, the proper mitigation of that excessive moisture is necessary or conditions will be in place for microbial creation. The airborne spores can develop into strings of colonies that bloom into large areas of mold patches. Mold can show up in the form of black spots, blue, green, white or even red staining on porous surfaces. Discoloration on your walls and ceilings will also present other problems.

Mold can leave an unpleasant odor as it permeates through walls, flooring and HVAC ductwork throughout your home. This musty odor may start out very faint and can become more apparent as the growth intensifies. Attempting to mask the odor does not solve the underlying problem.

The Importance of Hiring a Professional like SERVPRO


Sometimes as homeowners, we are inclined to attempt the mold removal process ourselves, this strategy is not always advisable. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa's cleaning crew goes through an extensive amount of training and professional licensing to learn how to properly clean, remove, and if possible restore your home. Once you go beyond fungi on the bathroom tiles or a small patch under the kitchen sink, it is time to consider seriously professional assistance. SERVPRO mold remediation experts will use specialized equipment that demands expert handling for mold containment, air filtration, and cleaning. They will also identify and eliminate most present mold to ensure that your home is restored to its original condition. 

Professional Company for Water Damage

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

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 1,600+ franchises and a passion for excellence and ethical operations. 205-553-8377