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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

Being Prepared for a Commercial Fire

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial fires in Tuscaloosa are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to oversee. In addition to the damage 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 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.  

Prepping for Fire in Your Business or Home

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Teach your employees and family 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 

Once your family or coworkers are safe, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to help get your home or cleaned and back in order “Like it never even happened.”

Microbial Growth in Your Home

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tuscaloosa homes will face microbial growth and it is nothing fun to deal with. You may have had a toilet overflow and thought you cleaned all the water up quickly, but without SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to check the moisture levels in walls, flooring, and cabinetry you may have missed moisture. These conditions create a feeding ground for microbial growth or mold. You may not see it visible at first, but notice an odd odor. By the time you notice the growth, many things may no longer be able to be restored, but must be replaced. Causing more headache and more money! SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa takes the precautions of testing surrounding areas for moisture in any water damage. Even before equipment is removed, your Tuscaloosa crew member will measure the levels of moisture to make sure the drying goal has been met. He/ She will even pre-treat the area to help prevent possible microbial growth! SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa wants to ensure that your home is taken care of during any size disaster. Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa today for a mold estimate or to help remove mold from your Tuscaloosa County home!

205-553-8377

A Pipe Bursting in Tuscaloosa

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

A pipe bursting in your ceiling 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

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SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is here 24/7 for all water, fire needs.

What to do after Storm Damage

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Following a storm rains causing flooding or fire, water cleanup in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the first and one of the most important processes that you will need to have done. In the event that you don't complete the water removal process immediately, your property can be subjected to a many unwanted, unnecessary complications such as microbial growth, loss of possessions, and structural damage. If you find yourself in need of water damage services, it's important to find a skilled team of restoration experts like SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa. We can expedite the water extraction, cleaning, repair, and restoration components of the process. Learn more about the importance of water damage cleanup by reviewing this short reference guide:

Water Cleanup Prevents Mold and Mildew Growth

One of the reasons for securing the services of an experienced water damage cleanup company is inhibiting the growth of mold and mildew in your home. Unfortunately, these fungi can begin thriving and expanding on your property 48-72 hours after the initial water intrusion. Moreover, the moist, warm conditions created by water damage make your residential property a prime location in which mold can develop and proliferate. 

Steps After a Fire

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Steps After a Fire Step 2 call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa

It's devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your Tuscaloosa house. 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 that occurred is very acidic. 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 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. We can guide you to someone who will help you find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.

While a house fire in Tuscaloosa is a trying experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire and call

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa

205-553-8377

Disaster Strikes Call the Professionals

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, most homeowners are not prepared to grapple with the reality of a flood or fire disaster. As a result, many homeowners find themselves dealing with extensive water or soot damage to their property. Rather than dealing with the aftermath of a  disaster alone, it's important that you attain professional assistance from a water damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa. 

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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

We are here and always ready to help you. 24/7 365 Just call us. 205-553-8377

Tuscaloosa Tornado

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO can help you clean up any 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:

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

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.