Don't let this picture be your kitchen! Please always take care of any food left in the oven or on the stove top. Never stay to far from your work area and take care in preventing flammable objects from being near the hot surfaces. Remember not to place trivets or candles on top of a hot stove eye. This can be cause of a fire loss. In this kitchen, a teenager was left to attend items cooking. The food caught fire and the you person did not know what to do. Thankfully, all were safe. Teach your children how to be around appliances especially ones that can potentially cause fires. Have a preparedness plan for if they walk into a protein fire in the kitchen. Water is not the key in these situations! Make sure you have an up to date kitchen fire extinguisher and that everyone in your house knows how to you it! In any case, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South to help clean up the smoke damage and odors if your home does suffer from any size fire loss.
When to Replace Your Roof
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 South is Always Here to Help.
Commercial Duct Cleaning
SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South offers commercial duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning.
SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South builds a team of qualified individuals that focus on quality and customer relationships. We pride ourselves in our ever growing team and community we are building here.
We currently serve a few commercial customers daily/weekly/monthly or quarterly and have maintained their continued business for 3 years or more.
Like a residential home, routine maintenance cleaning of your duct system and dryer vents improves the air quality and lowers the risk of fire caused by lint build up. Duct cleaning will also assist in the efficiency of your system and potentially prolong the life of the system itself.
Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South today to schedule your commercial duct or dryer vent cleaning.
Flash Flooding in Your Car
Did you know. . . that during a flash flood, like we have had in Tuscaloosa frequently this year, your home is at risk of being a victim of flood damage but so is your car!
Do you know what to do if your car suffers from flood damage? Do you know the difference in water coming in from rain through your sunroof and ground water? Our site has several blogs talking about the category of a water damage. here
If your car suffers damage from flood water, our # 1 professional suggestion is to talk to your local agent before filing a claim to find out if you are covered! Then depending on the severity of the damage and the category of the water call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South to clean and treat the vehicle's surface
Mold in a Crawlspace
When you find mold in your Tuscaloosa home crawlspace, the first thing you should do is figure out where the water source is coming from. Mold will grow in an uncontrolled environment that has extra moisture levels. If the source is not stopped, then removal of the mold will be futile. The mold will likely return.
If the damage is less than 100 sq ft, it might be something that a homeowner could handle. However, if anything is over that or the loss is a particularly "hairy" case, hire a professional mold remediation company to get your crawlspace back in shape. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South has tackled many crawlspaces that have suffered from mold both commercially and residentially. Call us today to assist with the proper cleaning and drying method of your crawlspace.
Fourth of July Fire Facts
How often do you think about Fourth of July Celebrations causing fires in Tuscaloosa? See a report from National Fire Protection Association in 2016 below:
- In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires.
- More than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on Independence Day. Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks.
- According to the CPSC, more than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20, 2014 were under 15; nine percent were under five.
- CPSC data show that sparklers alone accounted for more than one one-quarter (28%) of the emergency room fireworks injuries seen from June 20-July 20, 2014.
Remember to use safety precautions when playing with fireworks and if something does happen to your home Fire or Water related this Fourth of July, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South to help get your home back in order.
Smoke Odor Removal
Ozone vs Hydroxyl Deodorization:
SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South now carries both deodorization machines in our office. Both machines are used for our heaviest deodorization processes. However, Hydroxyl is the only on that can be used without all the WARNING signs and the fear of someone entering the property before it has been cleared. The longer each machine runs, the better the deodorization process in the end.
An ozone machine will remove odors faster but will slow down the process as the machine cannot be running while crews are working or any living thing is in the home or building. Hydroxyls will require a longer run time, however, the cleaning process on a fire can begin faster as the crews can also work in the building while the machine also works.
Lasting smells are scars from damages, which is why SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South recommends removing the odors verses masking them.
Roof Damages Causing Water Leaks in Home
During heavy rains and winds, shingles can lift and be damaged in the storm. If the storm is not big enough to cause a leak at the time of damaging shingles, your Tuscaloosa home could be subject to slow leaks every time it rains. As a homeowner, you may not know of the leak if your attic is not a room you visit often.
SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South sees it all to often when a roof was damaged a few months back and the next heavy rain causes it to rain right in the living room of the home.
SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South can offer assistance in roof tarping, water remediation and reconstruction services for your homeowner's claims. Call our office 205-553-8377 for our 24/7 emergency service assistance.
Car Crashes in to House
We have seen it a couple times in Tuscaloosa 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 South 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.
Vandalism Clean Up
Living in a college town or many towns for that matter, vandalism can be common.
You 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 South 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.